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Episode-1028- Technologies, Products and Ideas for a Transitional Society

For Acorns to be a Food, First a Market Must be Created

For Acorns to be a Food, First a Market Must be Created

There are a lot of things wrong with modern business, finance, agriculture and manufacturing.  Many of us understand the current system is far from sustainable but we also know for now it is all we have.  Today I will discuss some business and product ideas that are just bouncing around in my head.

Some of these are honestly very easy to do, others may require a lot more work then I imagine but most of them do have a potential to change things for the better long term.

Like most ideas though, they are pretty much worthless unless someone make them happen.  Some of what you will hear today isn’t new at all, in fact some if it is how we can take old ideas and actually make them work.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • First you have to understand how a market is “created”
  • Second you must understand human nature is to be lazy
  • Third you must understand that people naturally resist change
  • Ideas for Transitional Products and Businesses
    • Stop taking about acorns and make them edible in mass quantity
    • Develop small scale affordable hullers and presses
    • Make methane biogas but do so for others on their own sites
    • Develop a pond based back yard aquaponics system
    • Cheap modular (snap together) aquaponics systems
    • Building electric motorcycles
    • Building battery back up systems

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-905- Listener Feedback for 5-21-12

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

It’s Monday and time for another round of you your feedback, questions and commentary sent to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Today we discuss controlling fear and anger, the safety of a Credit Union vs. a bank, the first public pension fund goes bankrupt, solar power, broke cities and more.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air. I do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • The “If I Wanted To Save America” contest voting has begun (vote here)
  • BOBs for all or All for BOBs – it will make sense on air I promise!
  • One listener tells us how TSP won her over and I tell you the lesson for all of us in it
  • The solution to cheap solar, make it cost more, only politicians can understand this one
  • Do credit unions loan via fractional reserve banking
  • 1,000,000 miles and still going strong, the power of a diesel motor
  • Biodiesel form algae, is it possible, well for a 16 year old kid yes it is

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-840- Steven Harris on Alternative Energy Technologies Part 1

Steven Harris - CEO of Knowledge Publications

Steven Harris returns to TSP for his 6th visit.  Today he joins us to discuss various alternative energy technologies including, solar, wind, biofuel, wood gasification and more.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Steve is always full of great ideas, knowledge and projects we can use to improve our personal energy independence and today is no exception.

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-707- Steven Harris on Bio Fuels for Personal Energy Independence

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Mr. Harris is currently working on Project Destiny, a solar hydrogen energy system and holds break through technology in the field of Solar Energy Conversion and Biomass Gasification. He is authoring an upcoming book, “The Positive Promotion of Hydrogen Energy a Model for Success in an Economically Driven Market” and the currently released book, “Sunshine to Dollars”, “Surviving the Blackout of 2003″, plus the author of 4 Hydrogen related DVDs and 2 other videos.

Join us Today as we Discuss…

  • What is Project Destiny?
  • What is the best REAL solar energy to use in a disaster?
  • Can a generator be run off biogas
  • Can a vehicle be run off biogas.
  • What is the history of cars running on biogas ?
  • How to run natural gas appliances on biogas?
  • How much biogas could be produced in a small backyard operation?
  • How to obtain material for making biogas for little to no cost
  • How to build your own wood gasifier inexpensively
  • How to stay safe when making bio gas
  • How do you safely store, compress, etc. biogas?
  • How much biogas already is working at a national level

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-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

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-74- New Solar Energy Incentives and More on Gardens

Today’s podcast covers some exciting new things coming in the Solar Industry and expands on some of yesterdays thoughts on gardening along with supporting local agriculture as a combined form of new patriotism.

Tune in today to hear…

  • New prizes coming for the Listener Appreciation Contest
  • Ren Reeder has won the first round and choose the iPod (congrats Ren)
  • More on our growing food trade deficit, we can no longer feed our own population
  • How we can support local growers with just a little bit of effort
  • The hard choice many small farmers have been forced to make
  • Additional cool ideas like setting up web sites for a local farmer’s market
  • A possible new profession, “Farmers Market Organizer”?
  • The difference between a tax deduction and a tax credit (tax credits rock)
  • New solar incentives for business and utilities will drive prices down for us with economy of scale
  • Build a 10,000 dollar solar system for 7,000 dollars, really, no catch
  • The new solar incentive does not start until 2009
  • Why the second half of 09 will be a better time to install a system then the first half
  • How you can get a new stove, fridge, etc almost for free in 2009
  • Why conserving energy or putting in alternative systems is patriotic
  • The solar energy bill is the only diamond in the turd that is the bail out, make use  of it
  • The added resale value that energy improvements add to your home
  • Why a “south facing roof” may soon be a real hot feature to homes
  • Thoughts on the government giving you your own money back vs. getting money from the government
  • Install your own radiant barrier and insulation and get it back on your taxes
  • Things to be positive about for our future, solar, wind, gardens and local economies

Resources for today’s show

Episode-16- Banks Collapse, More on Nuclear Power and Jim Cramer Get’s One Right

Today’s show is another free for all with quite a few subjects, today we discuss..

  • The continued drop in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stock
  • Steve Forbes Suggestion to break up and privatize Fannie and Freddie
  • Jim Cramer is right for a change, kill ethanol and mandate natural gas?
  • My personal ways I conserve energy in the home
  • The greed of modern cities and oppressive property taxation
  • Your gas is being subsidized by over charging the airlines
  • The survival podcast grows to 100 plus listeners in less then 25 days!

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Episode-13- The Individual Benifits of Green Energy

Honestly I think that people who believe that buying a hybrid car and some carbon offsets, is “saving the planet” are deluding themselves. The way to get people to use alternative energy (such as solar) and conserve electricity is to champion the benifits to the individual. Rather then complex and expensive alternatives individuals can take some simple energy independence steps that put real money back into the family budget and reduce dependence at the same time.

The side effect is a benefit to environmentalism but we need to stay in touch with reality. People in general do what directly is beneficial to them when they understand the benefit. Contrairy to the Al Gore speal the oceans won’t be covering the city of New York any time in the next 1000 years unless there is a tsunami (which may occur).

Still just because many on the fringe of environmentalism are alarmists doesn’t mean that we should not be trying to minimize pollution, resource consumption, energy dependence and the personal expense of energy use. This podcast covers some practical and economical things people can do to make more efficient use of electricity and incorporate things like solar energy in an economically beneficial way.

Also is my first “2008 One Minute Presidential Race Rant” at the end. Discussing McCain’s double stance on Social Security and Obama’s plea that he bail Hillary out of the consequences of her stupid decision to continue to spend money like water even when her campaign was clearly lost. Are these two really the best we could come up with?