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Episode-836- Understanding Multi System Dependence

One concept that many modern survivalists aspire to is to be less dependent on “the system“ or independent of “the system”.   I know this seems like a great goal but the problem with it is that it is not “a system” or “the system” the reality is that we are dependent today on multiple interconnected systems.

Each of these systems is becoming more globalized and centralized and the dependence upon them in growing at an alarming rate.  While there are more systems of dependency then the following today we will focus on what I consider the 8 largest systems of dependence.

It is only by beginning to break down each of these and evaluation of individual and societal dependence on each that we can begin as modern survivalists to become less dependent upon them and make better decisions about moving forward.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The financial system
  • The debt system
  • The distribution system
  • The agricultural system
  • The energy system
  • The health system
  • The welfare system
  • The military industrial complex system

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Episode-553- Ten Ways to Test Your Preps

I promised you a cool and different show today so here we go.  These are ten ways you can test and improve your disaster preparedness.  Some are somewhat complex and require significant commitment to do, others are really simple and actually can be a lot of fun.   Please take part in the comments today with your ideas for the two drills that use index cards with tasks and emergencies.

Join in today to hear how to utilize the following ten prepper drills…

  • The Self-Induced Power Shutdown
  • The Back Yard Camping Trip
  • The real world “Bug Out” with other preppers
  • The one week prepper meal plan
  • The flea market barter drill
  • The load up drill (basic alert drill)
  • The systems shut down
  • The spouse/family face off drill
  • The BOB night
  • The first aid/emergency flash card drill

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Episode-534- Prep? Save Money? Or Enjoy Life?

A question I get often is some variation of the following….

  • When do I stop prepping for a while and simply save some of our money?
  • When have I invested enough into prepping and should just start blowing some money once in a while?
  • How do I stay positive in the face of all the problems headed our way?

In essence these folks are asking at the core of things….

  • Is there hope in spite of the danger?
  • Is it okay to just have fun in spite of what might be coming?
  • Is there a such things as a “maintenance mode” as a prepper?

The nice thing is the answer to those last three  questions are yes, yes and yes.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • A quick refresher on commonality and probability
  • Exactly what is “money” anyway, why do we have it
  • What is life all about, what are we surviving for?
  • Setting your personal goals, the big ones
    • Time to debt freedom
    • Time forward in self reliance
    • Percentage of self sufficiency
    • Where you will go if you have to leave
    • How you want your daily life to be
    • What you need for basic comfort
    • What you need to be truly happy
    • What level of physical security do you desire
    • What level of financial security do you desire
    • How much redundancy do you want
  • The reasons most people won’t ask these questions
    • They require you to be 100% responsible for yourself
    • The answers are subject to your self imposed limitations
    • We have been conditioned to think focusing on what we want is selfish
    • The resulting answers require massive action
    • We all have a desire to “fit in” on some level, even me
    • Your plan is going to require sacrifice for some period of time
  • Why you can make it happen
    • In the end you make the decisions
    • You have the courage to ask the questions
    • It ain’t as hard as “they” make it out to be
    • We don’t have to prepared for “the end” just change

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Episode-470- What Is Modern Survivalism

I call myself a modern survivalist, well what does that mean.  What is the difference between a modern survivalist vs. a traditional survivalist or a primitive survivalist.  What are the fundamentals of modern survivalism?  What does it mean to survive anyway?  Why are we coded as humans to survive and what are we surviving for?

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Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why I choose to make the term modern survival synonymous with the TSP brand
  • Why are humans “hard coded” as survivalists
  • What motivates us to create societies
  • Why societal collapse always results in rebuilding
  • Why economics and politics must be part of modern survivalism
  • Why debt elimination must be part of the equation
  • Why we all should store food and how it prevents hoarding
  • Understanding that the unprepared are the most dangerous after an event “ends”
  • Why we must pay attention to emerging threats
  • The difference between planning and paranoia
  • Why you really can have a better life as a modern survivalist

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Episode-467- If the World Doesn’t End Won’t You Feel Stupid?

I see and hear versions of this admittedly extreme version of why survivalists are nuts all the time. I just talked to a guy that pointed out how “we were all gonna die from swine flu” and it turned out to be nothing but “a bunch of bullshit”. I guess he hadn’t listened to my show called, “Lessons From the Non Event of Swine Flu“.

It is really common though for the average person to look at a “prepper” or “survivalist” and wonder why we in their minds waste money and resources. The reality is we actually save money and maximize resources it all depends on how you look at things. As I said from day one, modern survivalism is about “living a better life if times get tough, or even if they don’t”. Is it really possible though, you bet.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The myth, the world must end as we know it for preparedness to pay off
  • The well it won’t happen to me bias, the why and dangers behind it
  • Why debt elimination must be part of the plan or the naysayers may be right about you
  • Why you never lose money storing food if you do it with sanity
  • The value of “alternative energy” even just at the property value level
  • Gun ownership is like voting, exercise the right or you may very well lose it
  • Having some gold and silver is something every rich guy I know does, so why not you too
  • A garden improves physical health, improves mental health and can increase property values
  • Only the ignorant would say being informed is a bad idea
  • Help me out, what is the “down side” in this survivalist thing

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Episode-421- How to Develop Your Personal Survival Plan

Monday I responded to a listener who asked a question about planning and he was hoping for a checklist.  My response was that I can’t really give you a hard check list because you must develop your own plan (Tenet Ten of Modern Survival Philosophy).  From the beginning of TSP I have stated that to be the case, I also realized that it has been a long time since I did a show on planning and that I have never really dissected the personal aspect of planning for the needs of the individual and their immediate family.  So today we are going to do just that.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • First we must define survival and preparedness
  • Next we should consider the meaning of self sufficient and self reliant
  • It is important to acknowledge that you need a plan in the first place
  • Before we assess threats we need to delineate between acute and long term effects
  • Next examine threat probability and the commonality of disaster
  • Now define your self sufficient and self reliant time lines (“wealth” according to Buckminster Fuller)
  • Then define your primary and secondary priorities
  • Determine your weakest points and assign future resources based on your most urgent needs
  • Journal your progress, successes, failures, the weather, everything
  • A plan is designed to be fluid but you must have a basis and changes need documenting
  • As you shore up weaknesses you will find new ones emerging, prioritize them accordingly
  • Be sure to test yourself both voluntarily and involuntarily
  • Remember no one cares about you as much as you do

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Episode-307- An interview with David Wendell

David Wendell of Bushcraft on Fire joins us today, so while I am at my BOL today you guys still get a show.  I met Dave at Dirttime09 and we struck up a friendship so I asked him to appear on TSP.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • Why bushcraft skills are important and how they build confidence
  • The close link between “urban prepping” and primitive skills
  • Why Dave is so passionate about sharing his knowledge
  • Thoughts on being a vegetarian and getting adequate protein
  • How gardening, permaculture and attracting wildlife to your property don’t just provide you food but an education as well
  • Why people are communal and will always from communities and societies
  • How you can learn more about plants in your area and find edibles anywhere
  • The joy of rural living and leaving the city behind
  • Why debt has no place in the life of a survivalist
  • Why people need to be prepared and should learn many of the once common skills we have lost
  • Thoughts on bugging in vs. bugging out there is a right answer

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Episode-306- 18 Common And Not So Common Modern Survival Items

Today we discuss 18 items that I think should eventually be in the home of ever modern survivalist.  Some are common items that we talk about often, others are items that are often over looked or not considered “prepper items”.  The key is this is NOT a complete list or even a punch list, just a group of items we should all be aware of and think about.

If you have items that are not on the list (other then food or guns because no one leaves those out ever) please chime in with your suggestions in the comments area.

Tune in today as we discuss the following 18 items, with few bonus items you have to tune in to hear about…

  • The Machete
  • Lights, Lanterns, Flashlights, Oil Lamps, you get the picture
  • Grills, Portable Stoves and Solar Ovens
  • A GOOD QUALITY Pressure Canner
  • Radios and Back Up Radios and Weather Radios and More
  • Axe’s, Hatchets and Tomahawks
  • Water Filtration Gear
  • Fire Starting Tools (not bow and hand drills!)
  • Good Quality Work Gloves
  • Winch and/or a Come Along
  • A Generator AND Battery Back Up Power System
  • Quality Hand Tools and Knowledge to Use Them
  • Maps, An Atlas and Topo Maps
  • A Compass AND a GPS
  • Tents and Portable Shelter
  • A Grain Grinder
  • A Fruit Press
  • Brewing Equipment

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Episode-280- Understanding the Mind of a Modern Survivalist

Today’s topic was impromptu because I actually left my show notes at the house.  I was going to do a show on Bug Out Vehicles but that show will now air some time next week.  That’s OK becuase today’s show came out very good and will help you understand why you think the way you do and to a degree why much of society things they way they do.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Everyone has a survival mind but most only use it as a last recourse
  • Where the survival mentality comes from and why you must make it part of your life to be authentic as a human
  • Why so many are living “plastic lives” and the misery it creates
  • Why many fear what you have to say when you talk about prepping
  • The damage that is done to our children when we change stories like the grasshopper and the ant
  • What is normal, who decides, do you think what most people call normal is really normal
  • Why do many hide “blue collar roots” and deny what they know to be true
  • What is normalcy bias and why is it so dangerous
  • What can we learn from the tin foil hat brigade
  • What can the current swine flu issues teach us about denial, obsession and balance
  • Why are survivalists generally happy and very optimistic people willing to take risks
  • What is a sheep vs. an ostrich, why are the ostriches even more dangerous

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Episode-179- The Bug Out Bag

Today’s podcast covers putting together a bug out bag (BOB), also known as the 72 hour kit or three day survival bag.  In today’s show we cover things like what goes in a BOB, what type of bag is best to use, the purpose of a bug out kit and more.

Today we discuss,

  • The purpose of a 72 Hour Kit – getting to safety not spending three days at home.
  • Ideas for food items that keep you nourished on the go and are easy to obtain
  • The advantages of a “back pack” over a duffel bag
  • Ideas for wet weather and sleeping gear
  • My view of what makes a good survival knife
  • Rechargeable lighting options
  • Making sure you have the ability to purify water
  • The value of maps, a gps and a compass
  • Why a poncho is not a good wet weather gear option
  • Ideas to save space and weight
  • Various “hard gear” equipment options
  • Methods of self defense that won’t be confiscated by authorities during a disaster
  • The value of a simple small tool kit

The list presented in the podcast is by no means complete. If you have ideas and suggestions please leave them in the comments below.

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