Episode-1332- Listener Calls for 4-11-14

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Join Me Today as I Answer Your Calls

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on real estate, education, radios, swales,  toxic plants, tactical kit, wood sheds, shotguns, ammo, bamboo, finance, vehicle preps  and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Waterways on BOLs good or bad or some of both
  • The dumbest reason I have ever heard for the failure of our school systems
  • Putting a CB antenna in your attic
  • The structure and shape of swale berms and why it matters
  • Why black poly tanks for water tanks
  • Mountain laurel and other toxic plants
  • Thoughts on tactical kit for your firearms training
  • Advice on building a wood shed from Ben Falk
  • What color of shotgun for home defense, hunter brown or evil black
  • Does properly stored ammo have a shelf life
  • An urban legend about ammo primer shelf life that is total BULLSHIT!
  • Thoughts on bamboo for prepping, homesteading and controlling spread
  • Council member Jon Pugliano on high frequency trading and the BS around it
  • Brand new cars with no spare tire, yep, just wow!

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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MSB Sale Discount Code Fixed – spring14

Okay so something went wrong with the discount code for the current MSB sale.  Right now you can get your first year of the MSB for only 30 dollars, full details on the sale are here.

Thing is yesterday some folks got an error saying the code was expired.  Some fricken bug jacked up the back end of the system, anyway I have fixed it and the code which is “spring14″ once again will work.

Episode-1331- Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on their New Survival Board Game

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy (Joe and Amy Alton) are great friends of the TSP community and personal friends of the Spirko family.  They have done some of the best work period in the medical prepping community.

Joe and Amy Alton are, by profession, a doctor and nurse practitioner who happen to be husband and wife. Lifelong board game enthusiasts, they are also specialists in disaster medical preparedness. As authors of the #1 Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid “The Survival Medicine Handbook”, they have spoken in the U.S. and Europe on the topic of survival at numerous conferences and host a weekly podcast on all things survival on Blogtalk radio.

Their articles has been featured in leading survival magazines like Survival Quarterly, Survivalist, Self-Reliance Illustrated, and Backwoods Home, and their website at www.doomandbloom.net is one of the top survival websites on the internet. They are regular guests on radio and TV and have been featured in magazines from Mother Jones to Fortune. They have even been mentioned as “the real deal” in survival medicine in both non-fiction books (“The Simple Survival Smart Book” and “MAGS: The People Part of Prepping”) and apocalyptic fiction (“Expatriates” by James Wesley, Rawles).

Today they join us to discuss their new kickstarter for their new survival board game called, “Doom and Bloom Survival“.

NOTE SPECIAL OFFER FOR TSP FANS –  Pledge $351  for fans of Jack Spirko and The Survival Podcast: Receive a copy of the game and a SPECIAL limited edition Jack Spirko Character Card with art by Kurt Miller to add to YOUR game! PLUS, all applicable stretch goal rewards will be yours! Estimated delivery: Sep 2014 Ships within the US only.  Amy will also send you a discount code for 15% off items in their survival medical supply store.

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Spring Sale on MSB – Discount Code is “spring14″

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Spring has officially sprung, at least in the south so I decided to run a spring MSB sale.  With this sale you can get your first year of TSP Members Brigade for the next ten days for only 30 Dollars, which is a savings of 40%. Use discount code “spring14″ to get your first year for only 30 dollars.

This sale runs until midnight on Sunday the 20th and as usual I will not offer the discount after the sale closes. This is a great discount on an already great product.

You can learn more and join the MSB Here. Those who wish to pay by mail can just write the discount code on the mail in form. Those paying by silver will receive 2 extra months (14 vs 12) instead of a direct discount.

Yes you can pay for multiple years if you pay by cash, check or silver and apply the discount to every year.  If you pay online you can’t use this code to renew early, sorry it creates a logistical nightmare to do that.  Let me just say in the words from the Electric Company song on PBS when I was a kid, “I would if I could, but I can’t so I won’t, please forgive me if I don’t.”

That said if you currently have an expired membership, you can use this code to add a new subscription to your old account.  Just log in to the MSB, you will see a link saying your account has expired.  Use the code “spring14″ during renewal and select MSB 12 Month Renew as your term of membership.

Let me just close with, while the MSB is already a great value, when I return from vacation later this month I am launching a full on summer time blitz to gain new discount vendors.  The value of the MSB will definitely go up in 2014 a great deal, so if you have been thinking about it, now may be a great time to get in on a great deal and help support the work we do at TSP at the same time.

 

 

Episode-1330- An Evaluation of Prepping for the New and Seasoned Alike

Be Prepared or You Could Wind Up, "In the Dog House"

Be Prepared or You Could Wind Up, “In the Dog House”

As I look forward to about a week of shows with “just Jack” (that will be next week, we do have an interview this week)  I am trying to do a bit of what my football coach always did, “stick with fundamentals”. Evaluation

I also want to do so in a way that won’t be overly remedial for those who have been at this prepping gig for a long time.

Today I want to discuss more “how to think” about prepping is more important in your planning and implementation than the “what” of prepping.   Any good prepping plan should begin with a risk analysis.  Any established plan should be tweaked from a starting point of a risk analysis.  Note the clear commonality!

Prepping isn’t a once and done affair, it is an ongoing way of living.  It is something that makes disasters often into simple inconveniences.  It also takes many things that would inconvenience others and simply eliminates them for a solid prepper.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What are your primary risks
  • What is commonality of disaster
  • The inverse relationship between impact scale and probability
  • How you evaluate your weaknesses
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Communications
    • Health and Sanitation
    • Financial/Economics
    • Recovery Risks
    • Transportation
  • Getting things off the ground
    • Just start with copy canning and a “deep pantry”
    • Store at least 50 gallons of water, it is too cheap not to
    • Make sure you have a place to go if your home is compromised
    • Make sure you can fix basic problems in your home
    • Have a black out kit, build a simple battery back up, get a generator
    • Store gas, rotate it, build your storage over time
    • Have portable heaters and fans
    • Know your neighbors
    • Practice situational awareness and OPSEC
    • Get firearms training, have a means of defense for everyone
    • Have well understood procedures for threats before they happen
    • Have a get out of the house and meet up plan
    • Every family member should have the info of every other family member
    • Have radios, consider two way radios as well
    • Have a way to deal with waste
    • Keep a good med kit
    • Keep extra maintenance meds
    • Take care of yourself
    • Exercise mentally and physically
    • Save money, get out of debt
    • Know your investments, practice real diversity
    • Have good insurances
    • Think about how you would cope with a
      • Minor loss
      • Major loss
      • Total loss
    • Keep vehicles maintained
    • Have a basic working knowledge of vehicles
    • Have simple extra parts on  hand and tools
    • Plan to take extra fuel with you
    • Have multiple routes planned and document for evac
  • In the end, this makes you more prepared than 99% of Americans
  • Remember the two most important things you can do in life are learn and teach

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1329- Thoughts on Remote Land, BOLs, etc.

A Pre Fab Mini Cabin at a BOL

A Pre Fab Mini Cabin at a BOL

A few of you guys have asked for a few shows that get a bit away from the homesteading/permaculture stuff and a bit deeper into some of the other more typical “survival topics” we have covered before.  Today we do the first of a few shows I have planned to answer that need.

Today we discuss remote land/home ownership and the unique advantages and challenges it represents.  Far to many see a BOL solely as a place for when the shit has really hit the fan, like TEOTWAWKI level stuff.  The reality is a BOL serves a variety of functions.

In our case we haven’t had a BOL since 2011 when we moved to Arkansas to a place that had been serving as such for about 6 years at that time.  After a shot stint up there of about two years, it was clear my wife’s heart was in Texas.  We decided to sell the remote property and use the gains to improve our new homestead in Texas.

Once again now I find myself scouring places like LandsOfTexas.com, LandWatch.com and UnitedCountry.com looking for that perfect get away property.  This time my goals are a bit different, yours may be more like my first property, the one I am looking for now or something entirely different.  The purpose of today’s show is to help you find the right property for your needs.  Further to decide if having such a property is even right for you at all.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why would you want a remote property
    • Fall back location
    • Recreation
    • Investment
  • What I think makes a property desirable
    • Water
    • Access
    • Structure
    • Distance
    • Grid
    • Near a Small Town
    • Secure
    • Good Neighbors
    • No Restrictions
  • Questions to ask yourself
    • Are there other things I really should do first
    • Can I really afford it
    • How often will I really use it
    • What do I most want out of it
  • Thoughts on “Teaming Up”
    • It can work, everyone just needs to be clear going in
    • Look for people with common goals and values
    • Define use and define guests very clearly
    • Decide between common ownership and defined areas going in
    • I would likely only do this if all parties could pay cash going in
    • There are many advantages to teaming up
  • Final thoughts on BOLs

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1328- Listener Feedback for 4-7-14

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Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your comments, questions and thoughts on, skills vs. strength, politics, date encryption, shifts in power, the educational system and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • Conflicted Monday – knowledge vs. strength
  • Bees are now on the homestead
  • Obamacare will be sold to you by Republicans as  having been “fixed”
  • To encrypt or not to encrypt – piss off the NSA or become a “target”
  • Television execs can now read the writing on the wall, an interesting observation
  • What student loans are actually used for, the depressing truth
  • You are in the game, but are you a player or a gaming piece

Resources for today’s show…

The Conflicted Monday Scenario

Do you think physical ability or knowledge will be more valuable to your group in a survival scenario?  Who would you rather team up with?  A 70-year old female who knows how to live off the grid but needs almost every form of phyical assistance, or a 28-year old man who only offers a strong back to your group?

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1327- Jen Mendez on Permaculture Based Childrens Education

Jen Mendez of PermieKids.com

Jen Mendez of PermieKids.com

Jen Mendez is a wife, mother, permaculture enthusiast and student, lifelong learner, urban homesteader, and professionally trained, successful educator gone rogue. Her experiences living and working around the world as an active duty military member led to an understanding  of the need for and the impact of education on the future of our world.

After her service, she completed a Masters in International Education with a focus on early childhood and elementary education and has been an educator ever since. Between her time as a classroom teacher and now as a homeschooling parent, she has fused her passion for educating and her enthusiasm for permaculture into an ethical, scientific design process to create a comprehensive, project-based inquiry education that empowers in learning and life.

The goal is to help children become active, solutions-based thinkers and do-ers. She has created an approach to education that the children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and other mentors can use to collaborate and design an education that meets the needs, goals, and passions of each individual children.

Moreover, she is using her knowledge and connections within the educational community to access, integrate, and re-configure resources that already exist so that, in the words of Bill Mollison (Permaculture Designers’ Manual, p.9), “It arranges what was already there in a different way, so that it works to conserve energy or to generate more energy than it consumes.” The idea is that as a community, we can use this commonsense, ethical design system and resources to create an education that empowers in learning and life.

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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The 299 Days Kickstarter Has Launched

299 Days is a ten-book series written by government insider Glen Tate. He has a front row seat to the corruption in government, and based this story on his first-hand observations of why a collapse is coming and how it will unfold. The book series, published by Prepper Press, has been very well received by both “preppers” and the general population. To date, over 70,000 copies have been purchased.

Click Here to See the Kickstarter for 299Days and Please Consider Being a  Backer

Episode-1326- Peter McCoy on Mushroom Cultivation via Radical Mycology

Peter Teaching "Radical Mycology"

Peter Teaching “Radical Mycology”

Peter McCoy is a mushroom cultivation instructor and co-founder of the Radical Mycology project and co-organizer of the Radical Mycology Convergence.   The Radical Mycology Convergence is a weekend long event consisting of workshops, presentations, and various mycoremediation installations.

Peter has studied mycology for over 13 years with a focus on the uses of fungi for healing the minds, bodies, and ecosystems of the earth’s inhabitants.  He is pursuing a degree in media and mycology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and is the author of the upcoming book Radical Mycology.

Peter joins us today to discuss mushroom cultivation and answer questions like.  What is Radical Mycology?  How we can learn about mycology without it being complicated?  What is an overview of the mushroom cultivation process?

We continue with more in-depth questions such as, how much does it cost to grow mushrooms?  What is one way to grow a ton of mushrooms for about one dollar?  What are the nutritional and medicinal benefits of mushrooms?  Are there other ways mushrooms can be used in survival strategies?  How does mushroom cultivation fit into other aspects of food security such as growing fruits and vegetables?

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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