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Episode-996- James Howard Kunstler on “The Long Emergency”

James Howard Kunstler - Author of The Long Emergency

James Howard Kunstler – Author of The Long Emergency

James Howard Kunstler wrote The Long Emergency, published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2005, about the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other “converging catastrophes of the 21st Century.”

His 2008 novel, World Made By Hand, was a fictional depiction of the post-oil American future. The sequel to that book, “The Witch of Hebron,” was published in 2010.

In one of his latest books, Too Much Magic, he take a stark look at wishful thinking, technology and the fate of the nation and the implications of the belief that life can just continue as it always have.

James has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and many other colleges, and he has appeared before many professional organizations such as the AIA the APA., and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  He currently lives in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York.

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Episode-812- My Thoughts on 7 of Our Biggest Global Threats

I try to keep things positive but hey there is a reason we all prep right.  From individual disasters, to regional SHTF events to the reality of some global threats.  Today I am going to take a look at some of the big threats, what I think the probability of them are and what I feel the ramifications would be.

Join Me Today As We Discuss

  • Pandemic
  • Nuclear Disaster/War
  • Global Economic Meltdown
  • Global Conventional War (is it possible?)
  • Long Term Power Grid Failure (solar or EMP)
  • Global Food Shortage
  • Peak Oil

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Episode-578- Listener Feedback 1-03-11

We are back and ready to roar into 2011 and kicking it off with a listener feedback Monday show.  Today we discuss the great education scam and student loan bubble, cities on the edge or past the edge of bankruptcy, the big brother future of our roads and highways, new data on peak oil and more.  I also want to apologize for my voice today, I have caught some sort of crud that is making my voice cracked and strained.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Choosing a new career with computers, the good, bad and ugly
  • 16 Shocking Facts about College Loans and Education in America today
  • Vermont eyes state sovereignty of its food supply under the 10th amendment
  • Prichard, AL stops paying on all pensions, which city/state is next
  • What’s the future of traffic camera’s and highway monitoring
  • A lesson from NYC, land of the completely unprepared
  • Ways to extend your growing season in northern climates like zones 2-5

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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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Photo Credit Above to Joshua Delaughter

Episode-515- An Interview with Chris Martenson – Author of The Crash Course

Chris Martenson Author of The Crash Course Today on The Survival Podcast we are fortunate to have with us as a guest Chris Martenson who is the creator of “The Crash Course”. Crash Course is an incredible look at our global population and resources that we require as a population.

The Crash Course is definitely not “feel good” viewing but I think every American should see it and after we visit with Chris today I am sure you are going to want to check it out, perhaps even watch it again if like many listeners you have already watched it before.

Join Chris and I today as we discuss…

  • What is “The Crash Course and what is its message?
  • Why is population growth itself a potential disaster?
  • Which resources will first feel population driven shortages?
  • Why are we on course for an energy shortage soon?
  • Why more oil, gas, alternative, nuclear etc. isn’t enough?
  • What are the biggest pending dangers to our economy?
  • How is money loaned into existence?
  • What is meant by primary, secondary and “third order” wealth?
  • What does it mean to become “resilient”?
  • Why is community important for preppers?
  • What are some methods of individual energy independence?
  • What are some easy methods of food and water storage?
  • Why is growing your own food so important?
  • Why does it make sense to invest in productive land?

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Episode-475- What a Few Big Disaster Scenarios Might Be Like

I thought it was time for a bit of a change up today so I am going to go over a group of really big disaters, national/global in scope and tell you what I think the results would be like, the down fall, the response and the rebuilding.

Join me today as we look at scenarios like…

  • A real pandemic with a high mortality and morbidity rate
  • A second great depression
  • A solar storm that takes out the electrical grid
  • A global food shortage due to crop failures and other factors
  • The realization of true “Peak Oil”

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-365- An Interview with Cam Mather

Today on the Survival Podcast I interview Cam Mather.  Cam is a great guy and a wealth of knowledge. Living on 150 acres of forests and ponds, north of Napanee and northwest of Kingston, Ontario Canada and being as independent as he can. He has channeled his real world knowledge into a book called, “Thriving During Challenging Times: The Energy, Food and Financial Independence Handbook

Join Cam and I today as we discuss…

  • The reasons we need to focus on energy independence today
  • What you can do to become more financially independent even on a less then median wage
  • The problems with how so many of us get our food today
  • Advice for growers in northern climates
  • The advantages of country living
  • The challenges and rewards of living off grid
  • The potential effects of peak oil and peak water
  • Some of the biggest pending threats including pandemic and food shortages
  • Advice on freedom and making it happen for yourself

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Episode-351- An Interview with Bill Wilson about Permaculutre

Join me today as I interview Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture to discuss the concept of Permaculture and the commonalities between the Permaculture and Survivalist communities.  Bill is an amazing guy that followed his dream, walked away from a career and created something special.

Join us Today as we Discuss…

  • How Midwest Permaculture came to be
  • What exactly is Permaculture
  • The importance of planning in Permaculture vs. agriculture
  • The training available from Midwest Permaculture
  • What are some of the long term threats we face
  • How can Permaculture address and prevent potential threats to our survival
  • What is a rain garden and how can you build one
  • How much oil is really left (you have got to hear this one)
  • Why Permaculture as a solution vs. other options
  • Who created Permaculture and why it is a true revolution in the traditional sense of the word
  • How many people can be fed with as little as two acres of well managed land
  • Why we all should have green houses in temperate climates

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Episode-237- Listener Questions 7-14-09

Today on The Survival Podcast I answer listener questions about subjects such as peak oil, global currencies, Obama’s Czars, spare parts for weapons, ammo for the BOL 12 gauge, California’s budget crisis and more.

Tune in as I answer questions like…

  • How do you stay positive once you wake up to danger
  • Is peak oil a threat to worry about right now
  • What is the deal with all these Czars appointed by Obama
  • What extra parts should you keep on hand for your weapons
  • What should California do about its’ debt
  • How can we make prepping more main stream?
  • What is a good out lay  of ammo for a 12 gauge if it is your BOL gun?

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Episode-189- Peak Oil – Fact? Fiction? Or Both?

Today we discuss the concept of peak oil and what it means in the coming two decades.  Is the oil going to run out?  Will capacity exceed demand, will it create more wars?  Regardless of environmental wackos, global warming hoaxes and carbon credits what does it all actually mean for the individual and what should you be doing about it.

Today we also do a brief update on the Swine Flu (now called the North American Flu), a bit about the truth vs. the myths of what went wrong in 1976 with a different variant of the Swine Flu and an update from a Doctor at Parkland Hospital on the severity or lack there of, of swine flu.

Tune In Today to Hear…

  • Is Tamiflu a government plot to kill us all, NO!
  • What the 1976 Flu screw a conspiracy or incompetence, bet on incompetence
  • What exactly is Peak Oil – perhaps not what you think
  • Do we need to run out of oil before we have peak, no
  • Can we have peak oil even if there is still lots of oil in the ground, yes
  • If we don’t use oil for electricity will peak oil still increase the cost of electricity, yes
  • Understanding the capacity and demand equation in oil
  • How do we know the oil isn’t running out, the government is build a tax system based on it
  • The myth that taxes are designed to change behavior and we we learn by looking at pricing models
  • Why the message is save the earth vs reduce dependence and increase self sufficiency, no foil hat required
  • Why you should increase your ability to produce your own electricity and it has nothing to do with saving the polar bears
  • The inconsistency of the environmentalist claiming peak oil is here
  • What we were told about “climate change” in the 70s and 80s
  • What a school text book had to say about remaining oil in 1985
  • The new battleground over oil is Africa, it is coming sooner then you think
  • Where the environmentalists are right, the US using 25% of the worlds oil is very bad
  • The difference between the end of oil and the end of easy oil

Resources for Today’s Show

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