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Brink of Freedom Community

fam-prepper-blue-apple-ios-retinaBrink of Freedom Magazine was redone and released as version 2.0. This was weeks ago, and it looks better than ever.
Once that major update was released work begun on the community side of BOF. The work is done and is now up and running as version 2.0. It looks great, and there is a ton of new features with even more to come. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think.

http://community.brinkoffreedom.net

Episode-1196- Updates on Future TSP Endeavors and Homestead Plans

A Lot Has Changed Since We Moved From Arkansas.

A Lot Has Changed Since We Moved From Arkansas.

Time for a good old fashioned chat with Jack style show today.  I am going to provide some more thoughts on the concept of an eco centric libertarian community.  I even have a name for it, PermaEthos, I’ll tell you about the name today.

I will also tell you about some projects I and Josiah have planned on the TSP homestead and some successes and failure thus far for the year.  Additionally I want to lay out a true vision for where TSP is headed.  Some things have become a lot more clear to me lately about the untapped potential of the TSP brand and community.

Join me Today as we Discuss…

  • More on the potential PermaEthos Community (I don’t have all the answers yet)
  • Progress on the aquaponics system that is turning more toward a aquaculture system
  • Planned workshops, what we are leaning and how that relates to PermaEthos
  • Report thus far on the Freedom Ranger Chickens
  • Our need for a livestock guardian dog, making peace with the wife on an “outside dog”
  • Our biggest weakness, water, and what I plan to do about it
  • The true power of the TSP community and what it could lead to

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1164- Curt Linville on the Power of a Prepared Community

Curt Linville of 180Tack

Curt Linville of 180Tack

Today we are joined by Curt Linville of 180 Tack.  While Curt is an expert at wilderness survival and cold weather camping we are taking a decidedly different subject on today.

Today we are going to discuss what a prepared community is.  Note this is not a “prepper community” or “prepper group” just a community where people look after each other and are highly self sufficient.

While I grew up largely in the coal region of Pennsylvania as the grand child of first generation immigrants from the Ukraine and Curt grew up in rural Oklahoma the communities we were part of are far more similar then different.

Join us as we travel only about 20 years back in time and discuss life as it was then, more over, how we can begin to restore that dynamic to our communities across the nation.

Resources for today’s show…

Special Notice – For a limited time in addition to the MSB Discount on the 180 Stove all MSB Member get the MSB Discount AND Free Shipping, just use the special link on the benefits page of the MSB.

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-1065- Mark Kirkwood on Hybrid Earthships and Building Community

Construction Begins on a New Hybrid Earthship

Construction Begins on a New Hybrid Earthship

Mark Kirkwood is the cofounder of Biotecture Training and a self proclaimed life long survivalist.  He teaches aquaponics, earthship construction, sustainable living and survival through community development.

He is 36 years old and his past careers have included working as a banker, health insurance professional, pest control specialist and as a construction worker.

Mark is currently married with 3 children. He and his business partner have invested a year and a half and several tens of thousands of dollars to build a foundation for people to come and learn how to live free of “the systems of man”.

Mark joins us today to discuss earthships and how they are the perfect survival vehicle. We discuss Biotecture Trainings new hybrid earthship that is mixed with Monolithic dome technology and brings the price down significantly.  We also discuss the training they offer to teach people how to build these new earthships in conjunction with aquaponics and permaculture.

Additional 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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1035- How I Would Personally Design a Sustainable Community

We just had Brian Newhouse on with a discussion on Permaville.  Since then I have been reading his book and while I like a lot of it, there are some compoenents I don’t agree with.  Such as having land “where no human may step”.

Though my view is if anyone buys land individually or collectively it is their land to do with as they please.  Hell there are definitely some parts of my heavily wooded 5 acres I haven’t stepped on, at least a few square feet of thick brambles or two.  Of course it is by choice, not decree.

This got me thinking that I have often described in pieces and parts what my vision for what we could call my own version of Permaville would be like but I have never described it deeply.   So I am going to do that today.  If you hear anything you think is “totally wrong” remember that anyone could build a community anyway they choose if you can find others to willing do it with you.

Just to be clear my ideas here would be for my community and any rules or ways of things confined to the borders of a privately held piece of land.  It is in no way how I think others should live.  When it comes to my day to day life I am a libertarian, but when it comes to my ideology, I am a voluntarist, please keep that in mind today.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • My community would be started from scratch so all involvement is voluntary
  • There would only be 5 main rules
    • 1st rule would be individuals may use personal property as they choose, period
    • 2’nd rule would be people must attempt to solve problems directly first
    • 3’rd rule seek community arbitration before “contacting authorities”
    • 4th rule no one may harm another or take their property
    • 5th rule common areas have their own rules
  • The concept of private property and collective ownership
    • Each land unit is one “share” of the whole
    • Common areas are managed for community and commercial use
    • Community needs before commercial gain
    • Commercial gain is distributed based on share holdings
    • Expenditures and purchases are voted on by share holders
    • All “community dues” are voluntary
    • Community dues can be sweat, commodity or monetary
  • Functions, Goals and Operations
    • Individual home sites in the 1 acre range
    • Approximately 20% of total land should be common or infrastructure
    • Property should be as off grid as possible (about regulations not polar bears)
    • Lots are privately held and common areas are in a land based trust
    • Common areas are use for community production, education and commercial production

This isn’t a full picture just the basic components but I feel a society run this way would be tight nit, highly resilient and solve almost all of its own problems.   Someday I may formalize this into a book and call it Perma Libertyville.

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1018- The Vision of the TSP DRT

Disasters are Nothing New as this Photo from 1900 Clearly Shows

A week ago I floated the idea of a new group, the TSP-DRT or The Survival Podcast Disaster Response Team.  Due to a large number of both positive and negative responses on Friday I released a blog post explaining it a bit more in depth.  Today I will lay out a true vision for the DRT with far more details and a better explanation of the role I see the DRT playing in the future.

I will also lay out my concepts of a vetting process for DRT Team members along with minimum level training/certifications.  Additionally I will tell you why I feel such a new group is necessary rather then TSP simply joining or partnering with an existing group.

From there I will lay out my concept for on going training, drills, community outreach and “musters” along with how we can ensure that on site responders are aware of the DRT and can understand how to best utilize our assistance.

There are two primary goals with today’s show…

  1. Explain the DRT Concept Fully to the TSP Community
  2. Provide a vision and starting point to the DRT Leadership Team

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Why the DRT and why now
  • Why we really do need to do this as an individual group
  • Why I will only be an adviser to the leadership council
  • Minimum level skills/training/certification required to be part of DRT
  • The operations manual and making it available to other responders
  • How responders/LEOs will be able to vet our team members in seconds
  • How DRT will be different by providing the “most needed” items on demand
  • The need for initial drills, non-disaster deployments and musters
  • The primary concepts I currently have for what the DRT will do
  • Why those that say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those already doing it

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-893- Why Being a Lone Wolf Won’t Work for 99% or More of Disasters

Even Wolves Survive in Packs

Even Wolves Survive in Packs

Many preppers seem to think telling anyone, anything about your views on preparedness is a huge mistake.  They point out it might make you a target of everyone who isn’t prepared when doomsday comes.

Others seem to embody the very reasons others are so tight lipped about their preps.  These are the self absorbed jackasses that state nonsense like, “My AR15 and 2,000 round are all the survival kit I will ever need”.  Such people live in a world of Hollywood B movies and fan fiction novels.  In the real world such tactics are seldom effective for a variety of reasons.

This is why I have always taught that while there is a place for basic and common sense opsec it is still highly important to build community for both day to day living and for the eventual reality of a possible or even probable disaster.

Recently I got an email that caused me to do this show, it read as follows…

“Jack I grew way too many potatoes this year and have over 100 pounds more than I can use.  I thought about selling them at the farmer’s market but that might make me a magnet when TSHTF, I thought about the neighbors but that may even be worse in attracting people if there is a disaster and I thought about donating them to a church but again that might make me a magnet if the SHTF, what should I do with all these extra potatoes.

Here is what my wife did when I read this to her

  1. Rolled her eyes
  2. Sighed and laughed
  3. Asked “is he serious?”
  4. Stated, “well if he is that paranoid just donate them anonymously”
  5. Asked, “has he been listening to you at all?”

While her response was great there were two bigger points here,

  1. Unencumbered by paranoia she found a solution in about 30 seconds, donate anomalously
  2. She saw at once the folly in the paranoia

I get a lot of emails that tell me many of the people in the audience are not yet sold on the true community aspects of prepping, so today I present to you 10 reasons why the lone wolf approach will not work in 99% or more disasters.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • What are humans at their core
  • Why is communication considered critical by even the lone wolf
  • 10 reasons you can’t go it alone or in a “tactical squad” successfully
    • 1.  Most disasters will not result in total break down
    • 2.  Most people can’t afford the resources for long term self reliance
    • 3.  You can only prey on others while they have something to take
    • 4.  Rebuilding will take precedence over tearing down
    • 5.  The weakest are strong in an organized group
    • 6.  In all but the most extreme examples LEOs will still be on the job
    • 7.  You don’t have close air support and massive logistics support
    • 8.  What ever you store will run out eventually
    • 9.  You are one serious injury or illness away from being essentially useless
    • 10. You will need, want and desire recovery as much as anyone else
  • What is Proper Prepper OpSec?
    • Discuss basic preparedness not how much you have
    • Create relationships not dependence
    • Encourage action, any positive action, not here is all the stuff I do
    • Stick to the more basic disasters people can relate to
    • When you are pushing a string, stop
    • See your priority as, family, neighborhood, city/town
    • Realize in the worst case scenario, existing makes you a target

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-887- How to Talk to Others About Prepping

Today’s show is going to be very cool.  I actually got feedback for it on Zello this morning during my drive in and I am going to play part of that feedback for you in the lead off portion of the show today.  Remember anyone with a Android phone, an iPhone or a Mac or PC with speakers and a mic can join us at Zello.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Using Zello itself to get people thinking about possible disasters
  • Real feedback on Zello about talking to others about prepping form other TSP members
  • Use existing interests
  • Don’t use language like “when X happen Y will be the result”, use could and might
  • Use low resistance events as examples
  • Ask questions like do you think and what would you do if
  • Use follow up questions like, how long do you think that would work
  • If “non reality TV” comes up explain the truth about it
  • Why informing others is so important at this time in history

Additional 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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-862- The Modern Homesteading Mindset

Some folks wonder why I spend so much effort on homesteading type topics.  Simply put because modern survivalism is about a better quality of life, not just prepping for total systems failure.  In fact I feel in many ways that systems have already failed or are actively failing.

Understand the role of society and government is supposed to be to make sure people have individual rights and the ability to pursue happiness.  While it may be the case that these words are part of our foundational documents I view them as universal natural law.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • How well are “the systems” working for the average person
  • Homesteading as a mindset vs. tasks and stuff
  • What were the goals of the original homesteaders
  • Typical modern homestead lifestyles
    • Urban Homesteading
    • Suburban Homesteading
    • Rural Homesteading
    • Off Grid Homesteading
  • How the six needs of survival relate to homesteading
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Sanitation
  • The importance of community for homesteaders
  • The concept of a true “homesteaders community”

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-796- The Future of The Survival Podcast

I feel that we have been on sort of a whirl wind tour with awesome guests, interesting topics and world events.  That’s great of course but it also has me thinking more about the show’s roots and our core message, things I very much never want to loose.

Some long time listeners may be wondering if we might drift from those root messages and core values, the answer is a solid no.  Join me today as I discuss what my goals are for the TSP community in 2012 and how I plant to get us there.

Join me today to hear…

  • The core messages that have built TSP
    • You are not alone
    • What you do matters
    • Understand what you are, a human being
    • Preparedness is a virtue
    • Times may or may not get really tough
    • There is much to be optimistic about
  • Why I am going to cap guest shows in 2012 at 2 a week maximum
  • Why I am working hard to do “Five Minutes with Jack” in addition to TSP
  • My personal biggest concerns for our future
    • The economy
    • Downward class migration
    • Long bell curve peak oil
    • Climate shifts (no I haven’t crossed over to the AGW Church)
    • Agriculture failures
    • Water shortages/conflicts
    • Global socialism
    • Pandemic
  • What I believe we can do about the future
    • Preserve skills, knowledge and values
    • Believe in a better future rather then “false nostalgia”
    • Move to a system based purchasing model
    • Speak the truth about liberty daily
    • Be the real “first responders” in a crisis
  • Some of my other plans for 2012
    • More public appearances
    • Developing a educational program for “warrior permaculture”
    • More “regular guy/gal” guests
    • Podcast from “the road” (not mobile studio)
    • Get out and video what you are doing
    • Show you everything we are doing at our homestead
    • Do something totally awesome for episode 1,000

Additional 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 and you might hear yourself on the air.