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Episode-1241- The Possibilities of Abundance in Spite of Modern Self Destruction

Today I am going to talk about permacutlure from an entirely different angle then I have in the past.  What I mean is the concept that really makes permaculture brilliant isn’t swales, food forests and biogas energy.  No it is the concept that we can do the following…

Take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children and do so while not harming others, not harming natural systems and generate sufficient surplus for it to work.

That of course is taking the prime directive of permaculture and the three ethics and making one goal oriented sentence out of them.  I would ask you this though, as a modern survivalist, is that not exactly what we should all be working for.

Notice the above says nothing about growing plants, digging ditches, raising chickens or planting gardens.  Notice also there is nothing political about it, it is all about self responsibility, self governance and self directed decisions.  It begins with two words, “take responsibility” and once spoken those words leave no room to blame others, call on a government to fix a problem or sit around and hope that things get better.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The ethics and directive as a life philosophy, what is it closest to?
  • Why people don’t understand permaculture, it doesn’t “fit” our way of thinking
  • Why growing food is what permaculture is most known for, but perhaps should not be
  • How much wealth is in a swale, how much in a tree or a pond
  • Why we need to understand that all wealth originates from natural systems
  • What is the real value of an hour of human labor
  • Why permaculture values off grid living so highly, security!
    • Lack of systemic dependence
    • Requires the creation of redundancy
    • Eliminates huge amounts of interference
    • Results in a “balanced” system
  • What does it mean if permaculture isn’t possible?

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Episode-1057- Zero to Prepared – Fast, Simple and Low Cost- Part 2

Today we cover part two of going from zero to prepared.  If you haven’t listened to part one of this series yet, you really should do so first.  You will notice that title of this episode ends in “low cost” vs. “cheap”.

As a marketer there is a rule, if you can eliminate a word do it, but that won’t work here.  Cheap sets the wrong tone for what we will discuss today, we are talking about protecting your life, your property and the lives of those you love, one doesn’t go “cheap” with such things.

Today may seem like a basic beginners show but I will bet even the seasoned prepper will gain something and if nothing else will be better able to help others get started.  Prepping doesn’t have to be complex or expensive, what it must be is specific to a set of goals, today we talk about simple ways to make that happen.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Energy
    • Set up a black out kit (basics)
    • Have a secondary means of cooking
    • Consider a generator and battery back up system
    • Have a means of supplemental heat and cooling if possible
    • Remember it is easier to heat a person then a house
    • It is also easier to make ice then cool air
    • Store gas, kerosene,  diesel, etc based on your needs
    • Keep your vehicle tanks full and rotate stored fuel
  • Security
    • Keep your doors locked at all times
    • Practice situational awareness
    • Keep multiple means of defense in your home
    • Be armed and be trained (every member of the house)
    • Know when to go to a “higher threat level” – trust your gut
    • Consider a dog, window films and other enhanced security
    • Take basic self defense training
    • Develop a mindset of meeting violence with superior violence
    • Keep your mouth shut, keep your eyes open and keep your mouth shut
  • Sanitation and Health
    • Water is almost always the biggest problem
    • Have a plan to deal with human waste
    • Have a plan for basic bathing, etc
    • Keep a decent supply of medical supplies
    • Maintain your health on a daily basis
    • Take basic first aid and CPR training
  • Final thoughts
    • Your plan must be your plan
    • There are 52 weeks in a year, one thing a week makes a big impact
    • What you think can never happen has already happened
    • Preparing while times are good is easy and inexpensive
    • Preparing when times are bad is often impossible

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Episode-794- Chad Kuntz on Back Up Generators

Stand By Generators are an Excellent Option for Back Up Power

Stand By Generators are an Excellent Option for Back Up Power

Join me today as I welcome Chad Kuntz an Electrical Engineer with 10 years of experience working for large utility company building substation generation facilities with back up power redundancy.

Today he joins us to discuss generator systems for our homes, sizing a generator to your needs and deciding between DIY vs. professional installation depending on your ability and system requirements.

Personally I have found that most sales people who call themselves “experts” or “consultants” in the generator industry tend to attempt to sell you the largest system possible vs. address your actual needs.   So I am very happy to have Chad with us today to discuss things from the view of a professional making this decision for himself and his family.

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Episode-787- Paul Wheaton on Cast Iron Cooking, CFLs and Rocket Mass Heating

Paul Wheaton - Founder of Permies.com

Paul Wheaton from Permies.com

So Paul Wheaton is back for another interview that basically means when the two of us get together you might as well strap in for about 90 minutes of information, entertainment and insanity.  No guarantee on the ratios by the way.

Today Paul joins us to discuss cooking with and caring for cast iron cookware, his work to determine the effectiveness of CFS (or lack there of) and building and utilizing rocket mass heaters.

Additionally tune in to learn about an event where you can meet both Paul and myself along with one of our mutual heroes, Sepp Holtzer.

Paul is the author of many articles both online and in many off line publications.  He is a pioneer in Permaculture and taking techniques to another level.  He has published hundreds of videos on his YouTube channel and works tirelessly to teach how profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive ideas.

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Episode-516- A New Look at Peak Oil

After yesterday’s interview with Chris Martenson I have been unable to get the concept of Peak Oil out of my head.  What I am reconnecting with mentally right now is how many people don’t have any idea what peak oil is all about.

Peak oil isn’t the end of oil it is only the point at which production reaches a peak and can’t continue to grow concurrently with demand.

Additionally most people are not aware of what oil really means to our economy beyond the obvious.  How oil effects coal extraction, wind power, making plastic, making medicine, transporting our food, etc.  Today’s show is more of just me chatting with our than a more conventionally hard outlined show.

I will give you some numbers and statistics but mostly I want to talk more about what peak oil really means even with out a cataclysmic no oil left doomsday type event.  Imagine just a 5% shortfall in oil demand, the effect on cost, service reduction, economic impact, etc.

You will also hear a short piece from a show I did originally on Sept. 5th 2008 and what has happened since that point with the Cantarell oil field in Mexico.

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Episode-48- Why Oil Isn’t “Down” and Why it Will Keep Going Up

Today we discuss the so called “drop in oil prices to 108 dollars a barrel”, why it isn’t a real drop and why prices will continue to rise.  Tune in today and hear

  • The first five winners of our listener appreciation contest
  • My warning for South Florida and Hurricane Ike
  • The effects on oil no one is talking about
  • Why the drop isn’t a drop and Wall Street knows it
  • The reality of the “movement” of oil prices between 2005 and 2008
  • How small adjustments by U.S. consumers have major impacts on oil prices
  • What “oil speculation” really is an its’ minimal impact
  • The China effect no one is talking about and why they are not buying much oil for now
  • The reality of capacity and demand
  • The effect of “profit movement” between exploration, refinement and retail
  • The decline of the Cantarell oil field and others
  • The effect of the Cantarell decline on Mexico and how it will impact us
  • The myth that we “buy all our imported oil from the Arabs”
  • Why you shouldn’t start celebrating the new “low gas prices”
  • The hidden effects and manipulation of “price point psychology”
  • Why our available imported oil has dropped by 1.2 million barrels a day and is getting worse

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Episode-15- The Lies of Ethanol and Biofuel

Note - There is an error in today’s podcast. When I stated that it took 400 pounds of corn to make a gallon of ethanol that was a mistake. What I meant to say was 400 pounds of corn to produce 25 gallons or one tank of gas.

Today we will start off with a quick look at two financial stories that are being spun as “positive”.

First we will look at the decision by the Federal Reserve to bail out Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and how once again the M3 Money supply will be inflated further devaluing the dollar.

Second a few quick comments on the decision by InBev (a Belgium company) to buy Anheuser-Busch for 52 Billion Dollars. Let’s ask if this is just one of the first examples of the weak dollar resulting in foreign take overs of profitable American companies.

Moving on to the main topic of todays show we will cover a major hot topic in the energy sector, the production of Corn Based ethanol. We will discuss some of the chief problems with ethanol such as..

  • Ethanol can’t be pumped in pipelines
  • You loose energy in ethanol production
  • It would take 97% of U.S. land to fully provide for our annual fuel consumption
  • Corn is resource intensive
  • The escalation pricing in the global food market
  • It takes 11 acres of land to produce enough corn for one average American vehicle

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