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Episode-1807- Four Years of Flux – Rapid Changes Between Now and 2020

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Today I will take a look into the next 3.5 years, yea half of 2016 is already gone and tell you the good, the bad and the ugly of what I see coming.  They world is not on “a tipping point” it is teetering on dozens of them, some good, some bad and again some ugly.

Understand I am not someone who claims to be a futurist or a profit, just a person that pays attention and isn’t willing to let others tell me what will or won’t happen.  Over the years I racked up a lot of spot on predictions and a few misses to boot, keep that in mind today.

We are at a very unique point in history though, there has never been a time like this, ever.  Every generation seems to think that but this time really is different.

Consider that in 1995 almost no one was online.  It was going to be 3 years before google was even founded, but yahoo was born in that year, as a simple directory.  There was no such thing as a smart phone, no Facebook, Twitter, Slack or any social media at all.  I was using a pager for work, only senior managers had mobile phones.  We still had tape players and frankly CD players in cars.  It would not be till 2001 that the first iPod would let you keep a measly 1000 songs on it.

In 1995 a 1 gig hard drive was huge, now we have 256 gig usb drives that hang on a key chain.  That is only 20 years ago folks.  And nothing has slowed down, in fact tech is speeding up rapidly.

In those same 20 years China’s GDP doubled making second only to the US as a global economic super power.  Russia rebuilt itself after the fall of the USSR into a new military and economic superpower.  In the last 5 years the middle east has turned into a complete quagmire.  You know what though, all that stuff is typical, it is what happens when you marry technology to the standard global flux that thing really start to change.

Tune in today to discuss…

  • Things that will clearly be on their way out by 2020
    • Conventional education
    • Most manufacturing jobs
    • Most agricultural jobs
    • The general practitioner doctor
    • A tremendous number of low level and service jobs
    • The current IPR paradigm
  • Things we will see available by 2020 in mass
    • 3D printers – in a way you can’t yet imagine
    • Self driving cars will start to be on regular roads
    • Virtual reality will be on the way to becoming a mega industry
  • Bad things likely to happen by 2020 or very soon there after
    • The student loan bubble won’t pop, it will explode
    • Commercial real estate will crash in a way that makes 2008 look like a day at Disneyland
    • The government is going to take over health care, people will beg them to
    • The stock market will crash, hard
    • The government will take over everything it can (survival mode)
    • Dozens even hundreds of pension funds will fail
    • Domestic terrorism will get worse
  • The solution
    • There is no one solution
    • Work hard, save, protect your wealth
    • Develop hard and soft skills
    • Stay up to date on technology (yes social media)
    • Create groups, community, relationships
    • There has never been a time more suited to basic prepping
    • Don’t be afraid, when you fear you capitulate to tyranny
    • Be open to radical change at the systems level
    • Be a willow not an oak

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Episode-1749- Financial Preparedness the Modern Survivalist Way

It Would Be Funny If It Wasn't So Accurate

It Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t So Accurate

Tuesday shows are always stand alone, just Jack shows on a particular subject.  Today’s will be on financial prepping, next Tuesday will be on guns and the following will be on food storage and prep.  This was all due to the results of an informal Facebook poll.  You can see the post and results here.

To that end I will be doing more stuff like this in the future to let you guys tell me what topics you want covered.  Today we delve into financial preparedness in a way you won’t ever learn in school and almost no “financial adviser” will ever assist you with, except perhaps John Pugliano.

Economics and the reality of unfunded liabilities, the national debt along with everyday financial worries is the number one reason people get into the preparedness lifestyle.  Sometimes it is from a practical approach but just as often it is panic and fear based.  Today we set aside panic and establish a base of common sense and pragmatic techniques to build, preserve and protect wealth.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • The number one wealth killer – poverty consciousness
  • The number two wealth killer – consumer age thinking
  • Why the two are actually related and not as oppositional as you’d think
  • The lesson of the game Monopoly
  • Why debt is cancer and must be eradicated
  • Why saving is more important than investing for most people
  • The lessons of alternative energy
    • Start with increasing efficiency (income)
    • Reduce losses (spending)
  • My rules for truly becoming financially resilient
    • Increase your economic IQ – daily for a year at least
    • Save money, determine what you can save, then do a bit more
    • Reduce expenses in small ways, put at least half of it away
    • Create additional income (business, second job, more hours)
    • Save money (cash on hand, cash in bank, CDs, bonds)
    • Become a land owner on some level
    • Put some money into silver/gold (5-10% of NW)
    • Put some money into bitcoin (a little each month or quarter)
    • Become a producer of food, yes, really
    • Plant trees
    • Buy the best you can afford once vs. cheap twice
    • Become highly skilled at fixing your own problems
    • See opportunity everywhere because it is everywhere
    • Become a great cook
    • Invest in only what you understand and only when it makes sense
    • Get out of the way of telegraphed punches, yes time the market
    • Pay off all debt asap, I know I said it before and I will keep saying it
  • Final thoughts – The game is rigged, it is a big club, you are not in it!

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Ginkgo Biloba, also known as maidenhair tree, is a deciduous tree. These trees are extremely long-lived, with individual specimens surviving for up to 3,000 years. Ginkgo Biloba trees have distinctive leaves that flutter in the slightest breeze.

Once fall arrives, the leaves turn golden or bright yellow before carpeting the ground. The extract from the leaves are used in Ginkgo Biloba supplements to improve memory, symptoms of dementia and blood flow.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com

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Episode-1737- 10 Businesses You Could Start with Very Small Investments

You Can Get Shit Done or Watch Others Get Shit Done.

You Can Get Shit Done or Watch Others Get Shit Done.

I hear from people all the time how they want to start a business.  Many times the reason they don’t is they are being to complex rather than just getting shit done.  They start off trying to launch a business that looks like it is 5 years old and successful on day one.

Don’t get me wrong I am not talking about marketing here, you absolutely do want to market a business to its vision, vs, looking tiny.  No what I mean is people are trying to find a warehouse before they sell a single product or even figure out if they need one, that sort of thing.

Today you can have a business up and going pretty fast, today I am going to just toss out some ideas and try to do it more from a business model stand point than “go into ____ business and sell _____s for ___ dollars each.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Real business is first the creation of value
  • Follow your passion is the best advice no matter who shits on it
  • Spending about 500-2000 dollars to start a business is a VERY small investment
  • Ten Businesses You Could Start with Very Small Investments
    • The 52 week infomercial – “of the week business”
    • The weekly delivery business – food coop style
    • The niche service business – above ground pools, beekeeping, etc.
    • Pressure wash and stain/paint business
    • Spin Farming – Urban Farming
    • Airsoft based realistic tactical training (this actually needs a warehouse)
    • Nature walk specialist – yes I am absolutely serious
    • Fishing guide – easy because most can’t market for shit
    • Independent Sales Manager – (broker stuff for others)
    • Pet sitting, mobile grooming, etc.
  • Marketing and sales platforms people don’t get
    • Pinterest – pin your ass off
    • Facebook – build a group not a fan page
    • Youtube – market yourself, make them ask for your product
    • Blogging – have consistency or don’t bother
    • Email – boring but the one you have total control over
    • The Phone – yes it still works
    • Cold Calling – works better than it ever has
    • Google Local – the fact that people don’t do this is crazy
    • Basic SEO – simply optimize for your city, town, metro area
  • Final thoughts
    • No one can do it for you
    • It isn’t easy but it is simple
    • You always have to prime a pump
    • When you’re in charge you are also responsible

Bob Wells Nursery “Plant Of The Week” – Santa Rosa Plum – It is adaptable from zone 5 to zone 10 .  Beautiful, large, red fruits with gold flesh. This big producer bears sweet plums that are delicious when eaten fresh, cooked or canned.

The tree is vigorous and easy-to-grow. Originated from Santa Rosa, California in 1906. It is heat-tolerant, ripens in mid-July and is self-fruitful.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1661- Follow Up on the Nicole Foss Interview

decisionsYesterday’s interview with Nicole Foss was great but there are some issues I need to clear up.  Due to time constraints and a challenging connection with her in New Zealand certain views that I have counter to her’s were not expressed.

Also I don’t bring on guests to debate with them, I bring them on to present their point of view.

But frankly the feedback I am getting has told me that for some of you what she said to be blunt scared the shit out of you.

In someways this is good.  As I have been saying this sift in not only coming it is here and it is happening already.  However fear that leads to inaction due to what might happen is almost always bad.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The progression that happens when really smart people discover societies problems
    • They begin with a single issue say peak oil
    • The single issue exposes a myriad of other issues (finance, demographics, etc)
    • The problems interlock, compound and become scary
    • The total understanding sinks in, a “coming soon” conclusion is drawn
    • For a time all data collected is confirming data
    • Time passes, the end does not come, only then will thinking progress
  • Examining the issues we covered with an understanding of adaptation
    • Peak oil – real yes, truly understood, not really
    • Debt and Liquidity – a problem yes, but you need to understand money is fake anyway
    • Mortgages vs. renting – they are situational strategies, not right or wrong
    • The can kick – they are better at it then you think
    • Total collapse – not likely, not for long anyway
  • What we all should do
    • Avoid toxic debt
    • Buy below our means
    • Maintain cash reserves
    • Avoid set and forget investing
    • Never confuse education with school
    • Start and build businesses
    • Expand all 8 forms of our capital
    • Plan for both total collapse and continued normal
    • Never fail to do the smart thing because of what might happen
  • Final thoughts – The world has ended before and yet we are all still here

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Episode-1482- John Pugliano on Small Business as a Wealth Building Tool

John Pugliano of Investable Wealth

John Pugliano of Investable Wealth

John Pugliano is a late blooming entrepreneur and the founder of Investable Wealth, LLC an independent fee only investment advisory firm. John served in the military for 7 years before starting a 20 year corporate career in sales and marketing of industrial products.

More importantly he followed his passion and honed his skills as an individual investor for over 25 years before becoming an investment adviser. Understanding the plight of the retail investor, he advises clients using the experience he gained while managing his own portfolio. John has recently launched the Wealthsteading Podcast.

John practices what he preaches. He believes in first being a disciplined saver, getting your preps in order, and then investing in the stock market. John is a long time TSP listener, he’s a MSB member, and a PermaEthos Founder.

Today he joins us to discuss small business ownership as a primary method of building wealth.  In this show John discusses getting mentors, developing entrepreneurship groups, funding your start up, building local and then reaching out nationally or internationally.

He then goes into why value add is a great entry method into business start up.  How you can gain insight by talking to local businesses and business owners.  John also explains the necessity of a simple business plan, keeping employee head count low or even to zero and learning from your mistakes.

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Episode-1433- Developing an Online Business

It has been a long time since I have really dug deep into this topic.  Our mission at TSP is to help people become more self sufficient.  The reality is the biggest systemic dependency most people must deal with is economic dependence.

Economic dependence also leads to a required acceptance of many things you don’t want in your life.  Trading time for dollars is what the labor force is based on.  Yet the entire concept of “labor” is actually disdained by most business owners, even those that treat people very good.  In the end a labor force is an massive expense and a massive source of frustration.

Every business, no matter how well they treat employees is always looking to improve efficiency, at least if it is to survive it is.  Every time I improve efficiency I reduce my need for labor relative to my production.  This means quite literally that business is and has been seeking to design out labor to the highest degree possible for a very long time.

So all while we are told about “job creation” the entire system is based on systemic job elimination.  To be brutally honest, if I am employing 500 people and improved efficiency will let me get rid of 50 I will do so.  Why?  Beyond the capital return, it will let me purge the 10% of the lowest performers from my company.  In the end the 450 will actually be a lot happier.

There is nothing wrong with a job and being an employee, just understand the above is the reality of your existence.  You are employed only because you are either necessary or perceived necessary.  That alone should make most people at least consider either building a business or learning to at least market themselves more effectively.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The entrepreneur mindset is for everyone, even employees
  • The entrepreneur mindset is infectious, just warning you
  • Business ownership is easy, successful business dev and operation is hard
  • You are likely to fail, so what, that’s great
  • How the internet should really be seen and what is an online business
  • The two types of products, there are only two, no more
    • Needed
    • Desired
  • There are three primary reasons people buy, only three
    • Entertainment
    • Profit
    • Life Changing
  • Define the market in simple terms
    • Who are they (BE SPECIFIC)
    • What do they want (BE VERY SPECIFIC)
    • How do they want it delivered (BE LASER PRECISE)
  • Thoughts on getting started, why just do it works
  • Remember if you are just starting no one is paying attention
  • Success comes with time, if the work is done and a system is followed
  • Many times it is best to develop a market and make the market develop the product
  • Why I suggest above all, follow your passions

 

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Episode-1432- Why the Current Generation is “Lost”

Call a Generation Lost and it May Believe You.

Call a Generation Lost and it May Believe You.

You might think that the most difficult questions I get come from older folks who have been around a while, you would be wrong.  The most difficult questions to answer come from young people, asking “what do I do with my life”, in some sort of way.

The current generation (Millennials) and the one coming next (Generation Z) take a lot of flack.  We hear they are lazy, don’t know the value of hard work and never knew a day without a computer.  Really, well, hey Boomers and Gen X on that last one, few of us knew a day without a TV right?  Sometimes we should think before pointing to the “flaws” of others.  I digress though.

The reality is this generation has been born at what should be one of the most exciting times in history.  There is more opportunity today than ever before.  Businesses are easier to start, educations are easier to obtain and new ways of doing things happen every day.  The truth is right now is one of the greatest expansions of entrepreneurship ever seen  on the planet.

Yet many of our young people feel lost.  TSP is about survival and living a better life.  If we don’t preserve families and if we don’t look out for our next generations, who will look out for us when we are old men and women.  What of any value can we leave behind if we don’t leave behind young men and women who value both their past and their futures?

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Why today really is a great time to be alive
  • Why can’t people see how great this time is, what went wrong
  • Why do out children and young adults feel lost
    • They don’t know where they have come from
    • Due to that they don’t know where they are going
    • They don’t have a connection to the earth and innate humanity
    • They believe the hype from both sides of the dichotomy
    • They feel helpless about the hype
    • They are not permitted to fail
    • They are not challenged to excel
    • They are praised for mediocrity and they know it
    • They are presented with a single path to “success”
    • The path is expensive and they know it often doesn’t fit or doesn’t work
    • They are being taught success formulas that are often out dated
    • They see their “parents hell” but are pushed to follow that example
    • They are then blamed for all of the above
    • It is more our fault then theirs and they know it
  • Fixing the problem isn’t really that hard
    • Address the above at least for your family
    • If your family won’t do it, do it for yourself
    • Life really is amazing, just make sure to realize that
    • Take risks, winners fail before they succeed
    • Realize that others will always urge caution to the bold
  • The choice is yours, choose your path wisely and don’t hesitate to change paths

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week – Arbequina Olive – Adaptable from zone 8 to zone 10

Cold hardy variety that has one of the highest olive production and oil yields. The soil should be well drained. Tree has an upright habit. We recommend covering the tree the first winter if the temperature drops below freezing. Once the tree has been in the ground for a year and is well rooted, it then will begin to withstand the colder temperatures.

The older the tree gets the more, cold hardy it becomes. Oil is sweet, delicate and fragrant with intense fruitiness but low levels of bitterness and spiciness. If you live above zone 8, you can grow it in a container and bring it inside during the winter months.  –  Order this Plant at Bob Wells Nursery

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Episode-1428- Libertas a Virtual Nation

What Would a Virtual Nation be Like

What Would a Virtual Nation be Like

In Episode 1421 I discussed both the Estonian E-Citizen Program and Ecuador’s new Digital Currency and asked a simple question, could digital currencies and the concept of E-Citizenry be used to create a virtual nation.

I think this is a valuable thought experiment and I have some ideas I want to share today.  The goal is to get a discussion going about what can be done, vs. what can’t be done.  What might work vs. why nothing can work.

As part of this I created a forum thread to discuss a Virtual Nation’s Constitution would be like.  There has been some interesting discussion and in particular some clear examples of limited thinking demonstrated in it.  Part of this is my fault, for calling it a constitution.  That framed it in the world of Statism vs. Nationalism.  A better term would have been a Technical Specification.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • First I don’t want to be in charge, this isn’t my thing it is a thing
  • Why we really should consider this
  • Why we would not need, presidents, senators, etc.
  • What makes a nation accepted by other nations and where VNs have an advantage
    • Land
    • Hard Force
    • Money
    • Population
    • Soft Force
    • Defensive Force
    • Defined Borders
  • What is a nation vs. what is a state
    • Nation – a large group of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent or history.
    • State – an organized community living under one government
  • How the economy might work
    • A set amount of contribution to the national reserve is established
    • A new citizen buys something like bitcoin
    • The bitcoin is exchanged for the nations currency
    • The bitcoin or other currency is held as a reserve
    • The two currencies are pegged to a fixed exchange rate
    • Citizens do business in the virtual nation with the nations currency
    • The reserve is a vault that citizens can buy currency from or convert it to an outside currency
    • The action of buying currency is what creates it
    • Yes Bitcoin already does a lot of this, sort of
  • Why do it?
    • As an example
    • As peaceful revolution and protest
    • To assert individual liberty however we can
  • Replacing roles of the state
    • Conflict resolution (courts)
    • Education
    • Security
    • Privacy
    • Leadership
    • Commerce
    • Product Quality Assurance
    • What Can You Add
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1314- How Most Americans are Little more than Proud Slaves

Are You Proud of Your Chains Slave?

Are You Proud of Your Chains Slave?

I try to focus on the solutions here 99% of the time, vs. the problems.  The issue though is many listeners are often frustrated by my comments like “politics no longer matter especially at the federal level.

They feel if everyone felt that way there would be no checks left on the system.  To a degree they have a point, I will acknowledge this today and tell you why it still doesn’t matter.

Still others are frustrated by those they love and care about who are not willing to “wake up” and simply become just a little bit self reliant.  They simply have done so themselves, they know how great it feels and they can’t understand why others will not take at least that first step.  It becomes very hard to understand why so many continue to exist as dumbed down cogs in the system and can’t even fix say their own flat tire.

The truth?  We are a nation of slaves!  We are slaves to…

  • Exceptionalism Ideology
  • Debt
  • Taxes
  • Class Structures
  • Racial Bias
  • And Above All Fear

We are a nation of slaves, slaves that have built our own prison walls, our own cells and slaves that even manage our own “work release” programs.  We are slaves who not only have forged and crafted our own chains, we actually are proud of them and polish their shackles to a high shine.

This sounds insane but there are two reasons I felt it was time to do this show.

  1. You will never achieve your freedom unless you first acknowledge your slavery
  2. You will never understand why many cling to ignorance until you understand that they currently fear freedom

What I am saying really is that even though we are delving into the “problem” today we are actually still focused on the solution.  Hold on and strap in this won’t be a feel good episode but in the end it still might make you feel good, I mean freedom feels good.

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Episode-1309- Wake Up the Zombie Apocalypse is Here

Frankly I almost never use the term zombie apocalypse because of the stigma by those that don’t get its generic meaning.  Anything that causes the end of the world as you know it is often referred to as “the zombies” or such by the survivalist community.  Many in this community are waiting for it to happen, they are concerned with peak oil, a pandemic, a EMP, a CME, an economic collapse, the rise of the “Blue Helments” and “agenda 21” among other scary TEOTWAWKI scenarios.

The truth is all those scenarios are possible, some probable to the point of not if but when and others so improbable you flatly have bigger fish to fry.  The truth though is that we are currently watching the zombies metaphorically walk across the backs of most Americans and feeding on their metaphorical brains.   Those brains are things like future earnings, job security, industrial stability and social class stability.

This isn’t coming, this is now, it is such a slow and insidious process that most won’t ever see it until they personally feel the direct impacts of what is going on.  Many won’t even then, they will blame the ______ party or _____ group just as they do now.

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  • Retail is dying Amazon is just the first big fish of many to come
  • The middle class is eroding from behind, downward class migration
  • Computer programmers will be sliced in half, 50% won’t be necessary soon
  • The entertainment industry is slowing being decentralized
  • Old school news is honestly a zombie a walking corpse that doesn’t know it is dead
  • Even if bitcoin fails it has shown us the fatal flaw of the financial industries illusion of value
  • I don’t care what Harris says, energy will become cheaper, cleaner and more abundant (don’t celebrate just yet)
  • As I have said the education market is going to be sliced and diced
  • The current paradigm of health care is dying, good
  • The population growth of all developed nations is becoming a negative number
  • Even as the State becomes more powerful it is growing weaker
  • The world in 10 years will be drastically different but you won’t recognize it in 20

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