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Episode-1236- Plans for the TSP Homestead and Upcoming Workshops

I am going to continue with some fun stuff that is informative and not so deep into the world of politics, economics, etc.  Today I am going to line out the planned projects for our 3 acre property and what they will be doing for us long term.

The first principle of permaculture in my mind is “observe and interact” and while interact is part of it, to me on a new property about a year of observation is really ideal for the planning process.  At this point I have been on my property for about 10 months.  I now know it intimately.  I know where the winds blow including when they don’t line up with the “official information” from the weather service.

I know where my soils are a foot deep and where they are only a few inches above the limestone reef that is under this part of north Texas.  I know where water flows and where it pools.  I know the species that do well here on their own in all seasons.  I  have seen the results of my work with my animals an I know it works.  Islands of deep green now exist in pastures that are tired and mostly brown.

I have had the great fortune to have my intern Josiah Wallingford of Bring of Freedom on property now for 3 months to aid in my planning.  We now have a much deeper understanding of many of our subtle contours.  Then we did an urban design workshop.  30 students received certification in Urban Design and we got amazing ideas for a small space design on the property.  Josiah and I have expanded these plans and it is all coming together.  Today I will do my best to explain our future plans and how this homestead is going to be transformed over the next year into a holistic system that is self supporting and will generate its own fertility.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The tactical greenhouse with a “climate battery”
  • 6000-7500 gallons of catchment tanks are going in, just for starters
  • Why we will use some pumps in our systems, yet we will not “need” them
  • Taking swales to an extreme level even on land anyone would call flat
  • Road catchment diversion, more water then we could ever need
  • Cell grazing of geese and chickens in our system, perhaps sheep next year
  • Building a 60,000 gallon pond where you can’t go below grade and making it self sustaining
  • Making hugul swales where we can only dig about 2 inches into the soil
  • Building top soil at a massive rate in the interswales
  • Berms, berms and more berms
  • A food forest going in this spring, 40 productive trees, 280 support trees
  • The contour beds are due to become a massive “micro food forest”
  • This is just the beginning!

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Episode-1118- Lou Hayes on 6 Core Tactical Skills

Lou Hayes of theillinoismodel.com

Lou Hayes of theillinoismodel.com

Lou Hayes is a full-time municipal police officer (15yrs), SWAT officer (13yrs) and trainer (12yrs). He sits on a large Statewide tactical officers organization.

Lou provides instructions on weapons, tactics, law, command, rescue, active shooter response and area searches (K9).

He and his partner have developed a fully-integrated system to train these items together, rather than in isolated fragments.

Lou and his partner teach these as part of a program around the State to various police trainers and officers.

Today we discuss six core tactical team skills. They are:

  • Priority of Fire
  • CrossFire
  • Flanking
  • Cover-Maneuver
  • Back-to-Back
  • Cross-Clearing.

These six skills are the root of ALL team movements, formations, or positions. They are combined into applications such as: patrolling, bounding overwatch, room entry, building clearing, searching, perimeter functions, site security.

These team skills are being applied to preppers trying to train small communities of shooters who plan to work together on security or post-SHTF living.  Today we compare these six skills to “simple machines” (wedge, screw, wheel and lever) that combine into all other machines.

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Episode-911- Ben Branam on IDPA Shooting

Ben Branham of Modern Self Protection

Ben Branam of Modern Self Protection

Ben Branam served 10 years in the Marine Corps Reserve along with 2 years on active duty, during his active duty service he was as part of an anti-terrorism unit in California after which he served during  the invasion of Iraq.

He also has been through 2 separate police academies and has a law enforcement degree yet today is not serving in law enforcement because in his words he discovered, “I determined it was not for me”.  He also worked for an Armored Car company for 7 years

In 2008 he returned to Iraq this time as a Private Security Contractor.  Ben has been shooting IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) style competitions for almost 10 years now and loves it.  He has also been listening to TSP for about 3 years, started his first garden last year.  And has begun working on building his own business at ModernSelfProtection.com

 Ben Joins Us Today to Discuss…

  • Exactly what IDPA is
  • How IDPA can help you in real life self defense or a social breakdown
  • The limitations of what IDPA or any training can do
  • The types of shooting scenarios IDPA entails
  • How IDPA directly helped Ben in a real combat scenario
  • How are matches set up
  • The low cost of participating in IDPA matches
  • How to find a club in your area
  • How to get started and common gear used
  • How IDPA clubs insure safety of all participants and spectators
  • Things you can learn shooting IDPA, that you can’t learn elsewhere
  • How IDPA relates to TSP
  • The opportunity IDPA presents to find other like minded people near you

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Episode-893- Why Being a Lone Wolf Won’t Work for 99% or More of Disasters

Even Wolves Survive in Packs

Even Wolves Survive in Packs

Many preppers seem to think telling anyone, anything about your views on preparedness is a huge mistake.  They point out it might make you a target of everyone who isn’t prepared when doomsday comes.

Others seem to embody the very reasons others are so tight lipped about their preps.  These are the self absorbed jackasses that state nonsense like, “My AR15 and 2,000 round are all the survival kit I will ever need”.  Such people live in a world of Hollywood B movies and fan fiction novels.  In the real world such tactics are seldom effective for a variety of reasons.

This is why I have always taught that while there is a place for basic and common sense opsec it is still highly important to build community for both day to day living and for the eventual reality of a possible or even probable disaster.

Recently I got an email that caused me to do this show, it read as follows…

“Jack I grew way too many potatoes this year and have over 100 pounds more than I can use.  I thought about selling them at the farmer’s market but that might make me a magnet when TSHTF, I thought about the neighbors but that may even be worse in attracting people if there is a disaster and I thought about donating them to a church but again that might make me a magnet if the SHTF, what should I do with all these extra potatoes.

Here is what my wife did when I read this to her

  1. Rolled her eyes
  2. Sighed and laughed
  3. Asked “is he serious?”
  4. Stated, “well if he is that paranoid just donate them anonymously”
  5. Asked, “has he been listening to you at all?”

While her response was great there were two bigger points here,

  1. Unencumbered by paranoia she found a solution in about 30 seconds, donate anomalously
  2. She saw at once the folly in the paranoia

I get a lot of emails that tell me many of the people in the audience are not yet sold on the true community aspects of prepping, so today I present to you 10 reasons why the lone wolf approach will not work in 99% or more disasters.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • What are humans at their core
  • Why is communication considered critical by even the lone wolf
  • 10 reasons you can’t go it alone or in a “tactical squad” successfully
    • 1.  Most disasters will not result in total break down
    • 2.  Most people can’t afford the resources for long term self reliance
    • 3.  You can only prey on others while they have something to take
    • 4.  Rebuilding will take precedence over tearing down
    • 5.  The weakest are strong in an organized group
    • 6.  In all but the most extreme examples LEOs will still be on the job
    • 7.  You don’t have close air support and massive logistics support
    • 8.  What ever you store will run out eventually
    • 9.  You are one serious injury or illness away from being essentially useless
    • 10. You will need, want and desire recovery as much as anyone else
  • What is Proper Prepper OpSec?
    • Discuss basic preparedness not how much you have
    • Create relationships not dependence
    • Encourage action, any positive action, not here is all the stuff I do
    • Stick to the more basic disasters people can relate to
    • When you are pushing a string, stop
    • See your priority as, family, neighborhood, city/town
    • Realize in the worst case scenario, existing makes you a target

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Episode-892- Richard Morgan from GreatNorthernPrepper.com

Check Out GreatNorthernPrepper.com

Check Out GreatNorthernPrepper.com

Richard Morgan grew up in the arctic and later joined the Marine Corps completing two tours in Iraq. After leaving the Marines he contracted with a well known defense contracting agency for about three years in Afghanistan and Iraq.

During this time he became interested in the Prepping lifestyle after reading James Rawles’ books and spending time on a friend’s “remote military outpost” in northern New Mexico. After that experience Richard decided to approach prepping in same fashion until later when he stumbled upon a more even minded approach.

He soon discovered sensible prepping was about setting realistic goals, building on them with more knowledge, increasing self reliance supplies and above all teaching others so they could be be more prepared in a time of crisis.

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Episode-253- Tactical Training for the Everyday World with James Yeager

Today on The Survival Podcast I interview James Yeager of Tactical Response, Tactical Response Gear and the GetOffTheX Forum.  James joined us to discuss tactical concepts and training for every day survival and for practical preparation for real life scenarios.

Tune in to Hear James Answer Questions Such As…

  • Why he chose tactical training as a business?
  • What makes a good defensive hand gun?
  • Is a hand gun best for home defense or is a shotgun or carbine a better option?
  • How can you best train tactically when most ranges are not accommodating to doing so?
  • What is the best carry hand gun?
  • Are husband’s doing a disservice to their wives by buying them revolvers or “smaller framed guns”
  • How do you find a good tactical instructor
  • Why do regular everyday people need specialized tactical training?
  • Why is the 9mm such a popular round?
  • Is the statement that “all the Special Forces guys toss their 9mm sidearms for 45’s myth, fact or a blend of each?
  • What are the fundamentals of being as prepared as you can for a gun fight?

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-249- The Practical Aspects of Tactical Firearms

I don’t do a lot of firearms centric podcasts simply because there are a lot of great podcasts about guns and their use, training and customization.  Yet it is a major component to modern survival philosophy so today I attempt to bring some practicality to that subject.

Today in the intro segment we discuss the 33 million dollar fine to Bank of America and why it pushishes their shareholders (whom it is supposed to protect) and doesn’t punish the company at all.  We also discuss a small group of senate democrats that recently stood up for the second amendment.

On the main topic tune in to hear my thoughts on…

  • Are you grounded in reality from a home defense stand point?
  • Can you get to your gun?  Is a 5 second response time 3 seconds to slow?
  • Why I advise concealed carry holders to continue carrying when the get home
  • Are you mentally prepared to pull the trigger are you mentally prepared to not pull the trigger?
  • Are you proficient with your firearms, is your family?
  • What makes a good defensive hand gun, is bigger better?
  • What makes a good home defensive shotgun?
  • What place does the carbine play in home defense?
  • Has the “fantasy” many engaged in ever actually occurred?
  • What can we learn from the NRA’s armed citizen segment in American Rifleman?
  • What role to airsoft weapons play in tactical training?
  • Where does the 22 fit in the mix, why should you have one and how to choose one
  • A bit on airguns for training and game harvesting

Resources for today’s show…

I left up these videos on Safe Deposit Boxes from Yesterday,  You Really Should View Them Both

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.

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