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Episode-1291- Kermit Jones author of “Prepper Pete Prepares”

Prepper Pete Teaches Kids about Preparedness.

Prepper Pete Teaches Kids about Preparedness.

Join me for a conversation with Kermit Jones about Prepping with Kids: Don’t Scare – Prepare!  Kermit is the author of a new children’s book series based on the character “Prepper Pete” who is the star character of Kermit’s first book, “Prepper Pete Prepares“.

Prepping makes complete sense – to those who prepare. But we all know the blank stares, looks of confusion, and even snickers that sometimes come when we try to explain our reasons to others.

I mean, how do explain the obvious, right?

But even if your in-laws, out-laws, friends or family, just don’t “get it” – you can’t escape the need to prepare those who literally depend on you – your children.

If you’ve seen shows like “Doomsday Preppers” – then you’ve got a pretty nifty list of what NOT to do. Going through a dry-run with you kids can be a great way to bond, but sometimes “how” you do something is just as important (if not more so) than “what” you do. In fact, you can teach a lot of skills to your kids without ever mentioning the end of the world, zombies, or even disasters.

For example, Kermit wanted to show his kids how to make a fire with a magnesium fire starter (with the flint down the side). Now, he could have said, “Okay, daddy’s gonna show you how to use this because one day your life may depend on it, and if you can’t figure it out, you’re gonna freeze to death or be eaten by wild animals in the pitch black of night!”

Sure, that would have gotten the point across, but is it really necessary!?

Instead, his approach took a slightly different approach: “Hey, how would you like to learn to make fire without using matches or a lighter!?” Oooooh… a little excitement combined with a fun challenge.

“And we’ll even make s’mores with it!” Instant sell.

During the process, they were still able to discuss types of tinder, kindling, fire-building philosophies and the like. Because it was tied to something emotionally important to them (yes, the s’mores), this way kids not only remember, but they want to do it again in the near future!

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Episode-1220- Dan Haight on the Dystopian Novel Flotilla

Daniel Haight is an emerging science fiction novelist with many published short stories. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he is equal parts ‘geek’ and ‘blue collar’ with a love for science fiction, emerging technology and working with his hands.

Haight has been writing stories since he was 12, but began writing professionally after he ‘gave it a try’ and found that people enjoyed his work. As a single parent, he works as a lowly IT guy during the day and writes in his off-hours.

Flotilla is an apocalyptic science-fiction story in which Jim, a slacker teen alcoholic is thrown into the ocean, literally and figuratively, to become both a survivor and a hero. He leaves rehab to start life aboard a floating city filled with strange and dangerous characters who work at farming edible fish and other enterprises. Jim sees this as an opportunity to re-connect with his estranged father, Rick, but he quickly finds out that second chances can come with strings attached.

Daily adventures and brushes with death give Jim the chance to grow up and screw up. His new home serves as both the classroom and crucible he needs to put his past behind him. At the same time, the Colony is also a dangerous ecosystem. Drug-dealing, human trafficking and gambling create fortunes that people will lie, cheat and kill to protect.

The tension explodes when a terrorist attack hits nearby Los Angeles. Jim and his sister are safe for the moment aboard the Colony but Rick is drafted and taken ashore. Now the kids are left helpless to deal with angry drug pirates and crooked cops. Will Jim be able save himself and his sister? Is doing the right thing always the right choice?

This is a whirlwind adventure over two summers that paints a vivid picture of adventure and hardship. It is also a deeply moving look at the impact of sustainable technology on some hilariously dysfunctional, flawed characters. Readers are finding Flotilla to be a stirring coming-of-age tale that brings together fathers and sons and conquers loss through courage and inner strength.

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Episode-1153- David Crawford and Travis Fox on the “Lights Out Saga”

We are joined on TSP today by Travis Fox and David Crawford.   Travis Fox is a  security consultant, disaster planning specialist, and firearms instructor, Fox is the owner of Reel Equity Funding (REF), the film production group responsible for securing the rights to produce Lights Out as a film.

David Crawford is best known as the author of Lights Out a story that revolves around a full on grid down scenario which requires a local community of ordinary people to band together to survive.  He wrote the original story years ago and originally gave it away at no cost in a PDF.

Today the printed version has done very well and combined the modern ebook, original PDF and printed book have reached over 2 million people with a message of preparedness for the everyday person.

They join me today to discuss the production of the Lights Out Saga an eventual trilogy based on David’s book.  We also discuss why they are remaining independent.  Why Hollywood types really hate this type of story and would want to change it and struggles with fund raising due to anti 2nd amendment policies of companies like Indigogo and Kickstarter.

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Episode-1151- Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on The Survival Medicine Handbook

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Nurse Amy is a certified nurse midwife as well, and an expert on herbal remedies and essential oils. Her tilapia pond is teeming with activity and new babies. She has also written articles on survival gardening and natural remedies for Survivalist and Backwoods Home Magazine.

Dr. Bones is a contributor to Survivalist Magazine, Backwoods Home, Self Reliance Illustrated, and Survival Quarterly, and has written a chapter on Basics of Medical Survival for Doctor Prepper’s latest edition of “Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook.”  He is a member of Mensa and collects 19th century medical books to gain insight on off-grid medical strategies.

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy have just released the revised and expanded second edition of “The Survival Medicine Handbook,” a guide to staying healthy is situations where help is NOT on the way. The first edition occupied the #1 Amazon Bestseller spot numerous times in the Survival Skills and the Safety and First Aid categories since it was published.

The new edition is a hugely expanced version that goes into many hard core components of survival medicine.  It is full of new illustrations that make these complex medical concepts easier to understand for the layman.

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Episode-1104- Pasha Roberts on the New Movie Silver Circle

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Pasha Roberts is the Director/Producer of Silver Circle an animated film which explores the impact of excessive government and hyper inflation in a fictional near term future.

Pasha holds a bachelors degree in Economics and Russian Studies from The College of William and Mary, and a Masters of Science in Financial Engineering from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

In addition to his MIT degree, his background includes twenty years of software development and successful entrepreneurship experience.  Today he joins use to discuss the premiere of Silver Circle, the movie & graphic novel.

Today we discuss the film with Pasha including why he decided to produce it in the first place.  Why it was done and an animate film and how that approach is reading a young audience that isn’t generally interested in complex economic issues.

Additionally we will discuss some current events and silver’s history as “the currency of the middle class” also with why it makes the perfect form of a “guerrilla currency”.  We will also tell you where you can see the film, how to get the graphic novel and when the DVD version will be released.

Here is a synopsis of the story line of the film

At the center of corruption is the Federal Reserve who has gained enormous amounts of control over America’s economy, with disastrous effects beginning to show.

Standing opposite, is the band of Rebels who have vowed to take back the freedom they once knew…and they won’t go down without a fight.

Monetary mayhem. Explosions. Romance. Silver Circle plans to take indie animation to a whole other level.

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Episode-1098- Angery American on his Book “Going Home”

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Angery – adjective – “A sarcastic, condescending, or taunting use of the word  angry.”

American – noun – “One who is a citizen of the United States of America”

That should set the stage for our interview with Chris “Angery American” today on his new book, “Going Home”.  One reviewer described this book as addictive in fact what he said was,

“Imagine squatting behind a dumpster trying to melt a page of this book in a spoon so you can get your fix, yeah, it’s that addictive.”

Here is a description of the story.

Imagine you’re driving down the interstate, it’s Friday and all you can think about is getting your weekend started. Then to begin the ruination of your much anticipated weekend the grating tone of the Emergency Alert System flashes over the radio, then promptly dies.

This is the beginning of a 250 mile odyssey for Morgan Carter. Morgan works on the road and finds himself far from home when his car dies, as well as his Blackberry and every other piece of electronics he has. With no idea what has occurred he reluctantly finds himself on shanks’ mare carrying that ridiculous pack that everyone made fun of him for keeping in the car.

Morgan has to find his way across the state of Florida, from Tallahassee to the heart of the state in Lake County.Along his way he has to seek out food, water and shelter where he can, not to mention keeping himself from being killed by any number of now scared and desperate people. During his travels he will try and help where he can, but that can turn out to be a costly mistake.

We live in a wonderfully modern society where anything we want is a mouse click away. The lights come on with the flip of a switch and even a child can turn on the faucet at the sink and water always comes out. But what if it all went away?

Could you face what Morgan faces, could you make the decisions he has to make? Life and sometimes death in the blink of an eye, could you do it?

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Episode-990- Glen Tate Author of 299 Days on Under the Radar Prepping and Family Life

The First of the 299 Days Series

The First of the 299 Days Series

Today you get an opportunity to win a signed set of the first editions of the first two books in the 299 Days series.  Not just by Glen but by me as well, make sure to pay attention to how to do that in today’s episode.

Glen Tate is the author of the ten-book prepper novel series “299 Days” published by Prepper Press. The books describe an average guy who prepares for, and lives through, a partial collapse of the United States.

Glen joins us today for a bit of a look at the next two books in the series, an update of feedback thus far on the release of the first two books and how people are opening minds with the first two books.  We also discuss prepping with a reluctant spouse and how it can be done under the radar if necessary along with the importance of never saying “I told you so” in such important matters.

The story line of 299 Days is as follows,

In it, the main character, Grant Matson, has a job that allows him to see what’s wrong with government. He realizes he needs to prepare for what’s coming and he does so. His wife, Lisa, is reluctant to prepare because she thinks things are just fine. When the civil unrest and political collapse hit in a dramatic way, it is undeniable that they need to leave their Olympia, Washington home and head to their cabin. But, Lisa is still reluctant; she desperately wants things to remain “normal.”

Out at the cabin, a collection of amazing–yet real–people assemble. They create their own community because the government isn’t functioning in their area. They have to work together and, as a community, they manage to achieve some impressive results. Unlike most prepper stories, in 299 Days America suffers a partial collapse. The utilities stay one (due to a spell-binding plot twist) and the government functions in larger cities. People in rural areas still get some food and services from the government, but must increasingly rely on themselves. There are no zombies or cannibalism; 299 Days describes a much more likely partial collapse scenario.

Grant’s friends, who work in government, describe how things continue to go down hill in the city and how the government is trying to maintain control. They describe exactly why the government, as big and powerful as it once was, cannot control things. Many in the military and law enforcement step in to stop the bad things; others in the military and law enforcement perpetuate the bad things.

After a while out at the cabin, some important visitors arrive and present Grant with a difficult choice. Eventually, the Patriots–the side Grant is on–are forced to take on what’s left of the former government. There is a huge battle. In the end, Grant has an important job at the beginning of the rebuilding.

Glen is a moderator on the TSP forum under the name “Heavy G.” He lives and works in Olympia, Washington where he has a front row seat to the corruption in government. Much like the main character in the series, the author is a forty-something resident of the capitol of Washington State, Olympia, and is a very active prepper. He grew up in the remote logging town of Forks, Washington.

“Glen” keeps his identity a secret so he won’t lose his job because, in his line of work, being a prepper and questioning the motives of government is not appreciated.

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How to Enter the Contest

  • To enter the 299 Days contest to win one of twenty sets of the first two books in the series do as follows….
    • 1.  Purchase a set of the first two books (from any online retailer)
    • 2.  Forward your receipts by email to glentate123 at gmail.com

On Oct. 31st 2012 we will draw 20 names and give out the books via US Mail.

 

Episode-957- Glen Tate – Author of the New Book Series “299 Days”

Glen Tate is the author of the ten-book prepper novel series “299 Days” published by Prepper Press.  The books describe an average guy who prepares for, and lives through, a partial collapse of the United States.

The story line of this new series is as follows,

In it, the main character, Grant Matson, has a job that allows him to see what’s wrong with government.  He realizes he needs to prepare for what’s coming and he does so.  His wife, Lisa, is reluctant to prepare because she thinks things are just fine.  When the civil unrest and political collapse hit in a dramatic way, it is undeniable that they need to leave their Olympia, Washington home and head to their cabin.  But, Lisa is still reluctant; she desperately wants things to remain “normal.”

Out at the cabin, a collection of amazing–yet real–people assemble.  They create their own community because the government isn’t functioning in their area.  They have to work together and, as a community, they manage to achieve some impressive results.  Unlike most prepper stories, in 299 Days America suffers a partial collapse.  The utilities stay one (due to a spell-binding plot twist) and the government functions in larger cities.  People in rural areas still get some food and services from the government, but must increasingly rely on themselves.  There are no zombies or cannibalism; 299 Days describes a much more likely partial collapse scenario.

Grant’s friends, who work in government, describe how things continue to go down hill in the city and how the government is trying to maintain control.  They describe exactly why the government, as big and powerful as it once was, cannot control things.  Many in the military and law enforcement step in to stop the bad things; others in the military and law enforcement perpetuate the bad things.

After a while out at the cabin, some important visitors arrive and present Grant with a difficult choice.  Eventually, the Patriots–the side Grant is on–are forced to take on what’s left of the former government.  There is a huge battle.  In the end, Grant has an important job at the beginning of the rebuilding.

Glen is a moderator on the TSP forum under the name “Heavy G.”  He lives and works in Olympia, Washington where he has a front row seat to the corruption in government.  Much like the main character in the series, the author is a forty-something resident of the capitol of Washington State, Olympia, and is a very active prepper.  He grew up in the remote logging town of Forks, Washington.

“Glen” keeps his identity a secret so he won’t lose his job because, in his line of work, being a prepper and questioning the motives of government is not appreciated.

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Episode-814- Ted Lacksonen Author of “The Eagle Has Crashed”

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Get the Book The Eagle Has Crashed

Ted Lacksonen is a writer and commentator known in the blogosphere as The Country Thinker. He has previously practiced as an attorney for a major international law firm, and worked as a structural designer in the shipbuilding industry. Ted lives in the rolling hills of his home state of Ohio with his wife and son.

Ted joins us today to discuss his recently released novel The Eagle Has Crashed, which is a near-future novel that is set in 2029-30. It is the story of the day that America’s national debt leads to an economic meltdown.

The Eagle has Crashed documents the lives of several ordinary Ohioans as the nation falls apart around them. As the situation worsens it brings out the best – and worst – in Ohioans and Americans across the land.

 

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Episode-586- An Interview with David Crawford Author of Lights Out

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Today on TSP we are really fortunate to have David Crawford author of the “doomer” novel “Lights Out” now available in hard copy.  Make sure to pay attention tward the end of today’s show where you can find out how you can win an autographed copy of Lights Out.

David’s book has been downloaded from the internet over three million times, this exciting, action-packed, survival story is finally available in book form. Lights Out chronicles the challenges of Mark “Karate Man” Turner when the lights go out over most of the free world. He must find in himself the ability to unite his family, friends, and neighbors if any of them are to survive the harsh reality that everyday life becomes when the veneer of civilization is stripped away.

David is an avid outdoorsman who likes to hunt, fish, hike, off-road, and shoot. He is a third degree black belt with the American Society of Karate where he teaches children and adults.

He is also a very active prepper who resides in the San Antonio area with his wife, he is the father of two, and is working on his next novel.  Today we will dig into the plot and inspiration behind Lights Out but we will also get to know David and get his ideas and thoughts on daily prepping, food storage and security concepts.

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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 and you might hear yourself on the air