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Ridge Wallets Joins the MSB and Becomes a Show Sponsor

I have entered into an agreement for The Ridge Wallet company to become an official MSB show sponsor.  I am really impressed with this company and their products.

Their lead product is of course The Ridge Wallet.  These wallets come in a large array of colors and types but they offer three primary value propositions.  First they are compact, holding as much or more as a standard wallet in far less space.  No more sitting on a big lump when driving etc.  Next they are practically indestructible.

These wallets are made with your choice of aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber or polycarbonate.  I am a black titanium man myself but the choice is yours.  And this brings me to the third primary benefit.  Have you noticed how all credit cards, bank cards and even many IDs now have an RFID chip in them.

Well did you know that RFID tags can be easy to hack, really easy.  Check out this video on that.  An 8 dollar part on eBay and people can steal your credit card information.  Oh and the biggest thing!  Listen to the last 20 seconds, “the bigger thing is passive surveillance, with an antenna on this thing I can go into Starbucks and get the name of everybody there”.  Well every ridge wallet is immune to RFID sniffing.

There are cheaper ways to do this, you can line your wallet with foil I guess but with the Ridge Wallet you get all this security with a wallet that will last a lifetime, use less space and looks great at the same time.

The Ridge also offers some of the best looking, highest quality and functional phone cases as well.  Right now they offer options for the iPhone 6 -X but will be adding other phone types this year.  On top of this they offer one of the best minimalist back packs I have ever seen along with a great 10,000mh power back up pack that fits perfectly into a custom pocket for their back pack.  That back up power pack is 40 dollars as a stand alone but only 20 bucks if added to the back pack.

So you know I have a 10 year rep here of bringing you guys the best in show sponsors, companies that don’t just want your business but serve our community.  The Ridge is that type of company, founded with a 300K successful kick starter and our contact there is a long time listener to TSP.  But the other thing I do is get you guys DEALS.  And once again I have done that for you too.  MSB Members get 10% off all Ridge Products, the code is already added to the MSB Benefits Section.

So check out Ridge Wallet today and their amazing line up of products that are sure to grow.  I think we have a long term partner in Ridge and I am very excited to have them as part of the TSP Community.

P.S. – This year so far I have brought you Butcher Box, GunAdapters.com and The Ridge as new discount partners and I will be announcing a 4th one this week.  If you have been on the fence about MSB, I am telling you 2018 is the year we make the value so insane you’d have to be crazy not to be a member.  So if your not an MSB member, consider becoming one today.

P.S.S.  – I heard from a few of you last week that the High Mowing Seeds discount wasn’t working, so I reached out to Maggie over there and they just renewed for another year, the new updated code for 2018 is already in the MSB as well.

Last Chance to Get the MSB at 30 Bucks a Year for Life

Special Notice – The current sale on MSB which is 30 dollars a year for life, which is a 40% discount off the normal price will end at 12 midnight, Central Standard Time, Monday the 8th.

No exceptions.  Before you ask for one see this old post as to why I don’t grant exceptions on sales.  That old post is worth reading, it is quite prophetic as to the future of the Prepping Industry and TSP’s place in it.  It was written 5 years ago and much of what I said would happen, indeed has.

Anyway here are the details of the current sale below, given we just added ButcherBox this week and I will be adding a 20% discount for GunAdapters.com tomorrow, at this price you are basically getting paid to become a member if either of those two products are something you want to purchase.  Of course those are only two of about 80 great discounts you can get as a member.

The Member’s support brigade is a great value, always has been and always will be.  However, I am going to make that deal even sweeter!  How about 30 dollars a year instead of 50 and, that 30 dollar rate locks in for as long as you maintain an active account.

This sale is open to new members and existing members with expired accounts.  Active members can’t use this sale, not because I am a big meanie, it is simpy because the billing system has a limitation that won’t let me do it.

To Sign Up Online

  • If you want to become a new member today, all you have to do is click here to sign up for the MSB, when you do so use code 2018 during sign up and  get 20 dollars off the MSB for as long as you maintain your account.
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  • If  you are an existing member with an expired account, you can sign up by logging into your old account and clicking on the link you will see to renew.  Again just use the code 2018 and get 20 dollars off for as long as you maintain your account.  If you have any issues logging in just email me and tell me the email on your account and/or username and we will get you back in.

To Sign Up Offline

  • Just go here and print out the form, include payment (cash, check, money order) and sign up for as many years as you want, write the code 2018 on the form.  If you pay by silver we will give you 16 months per 2 ounces instead of 12 which is the same 40% discount given to cash and online payments.

To Pay with Crypto Currency

  • Just fill out the form on this page and you will get instructions to pay with Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether, Augur, Zcash or DASH.  However I will take literally ANY and ALL cryptos as MSB payment.  If you want to pay with one of the six above just follow the instructions during sign up and adjust payment to 30 bucks per year and yes you can pay for multiple years in advance.  If you want to pay with another crypto just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com after you fill the form out.  Tell me what crypto you want to pay with and I will send you an address.

Thanks to everyone who is or ever has been an MSB member, without your support we could not have delivered this show 5 days a week for over 9 years now.

To Join the MSB with this Great Discount Just Click Here and Use Code “2018” at checkout.

P.S. – this is a better price than the standard military/service discount.  If you are LEO, Military, etc, take this deal instead.  While the service discount is a forever and always thing, occasionally a sale is a better deal, as is the case here.

Free Bacon For Life from a New MSB Supporters


ButcherBox has joined us as an MSB supporting vendor and as an official podcast sponsor.  This was about a month in the making, it first involved them sending me a box of their meat to evaluate.  As you know I am tough on people, products and companies and only the best gets presented to my audience.

Well I was blown away!  The quality of this meat is amazing, sure it is grass fed beef, organic chicken, etc.  But it is equally important to me that the quality in a product like this is top notch.  Can you find meat of this quality in a market?  Honestly I can, if I go to say Central Market and hand pick my cuts from a butcher.  But at say Albertson’s or Kroger’s, not only no but hell no.  And I don’t care if you buy organic, grass fed, etc.  You just ain’t finding this quality in your average market, it doesn’t happen.

Next is the price, it isn’t cheap but when you do the math per meal the average box comes out to about 6 dollars per meal portion of meat.  Folks that ain’t expensive in any world, certainly not the real world.  So steps one and two of the Spirko evaluation formula, quality and value to price ratio, check and check.

This is where the work began, they wanted to do affiliate sales, they made me great offers to pay me in meat or cash, etc.  But this one was too damn unique and I wanted something special for you guys, so Dan from ButcherBox and I went back and forth for a few weeks, this is the deal I got for you guys in the end.

For everyone, MSB or not, on your first order you get 10 dollars off and FREE BACON.  For MSB I got you and even sweeter deal.  On all subsequent orders you will get 10 dollars off forever.  10 bucks by the way will cover a bacon add on, so it is kind of like FREE BACON for life.  Yes, that is the deal I got for MSB, effectively free bacon for life on a great product at an already great price.

So is this some sort of prepackaged, get the same stuff every time type of deal?  Hell no, I wouldn’t even talk to them if that were the case.  Now if you want to save time, you can get a prepicked box, either all Chicken, all Pork, all Beef or variety.  But you can also build your own custom monthly box, and you can change it any time before your next invoice period.

You can also cancel any time and you can set your delivery frequency to monthly or every other month.   You can even pick a stock box and add on a few items to it.  You get complete control and frankly I wouldn’t recommend any company that didn’t offer that.

So how much do I like this product?  Well while I intentionally cut my fee to get the above deal for you guys, (again 10 bucks for all MSB off every order forever, AKA FREE BACON FOR LIFE) I take my payment in a monthly box of meat.  Yea it is that good, oh and while frankly I have seldom had bad bacon, that “free bacon”, well that shit is just the bomb.  This is “paleo bacon”.  We are talking family farm humanely raised hogs, nitrate free and no sugar, in other words real bacon.

So how do you get the deal, just get on over to ButcherBox and all TSP Listeners can get 10 dollars off your first order and a free pack of bacon with discount code TSP10.

However If you are an MSB Member your special deal is even better, to get your MSB only discount code click here to log into your MSB account and get the code in the Benefits Section.

So in closing I want to point something out, right now the MSB is on sale for 30 dollars a year for life.  This one discount is all you need to pay for your MSB 4X per year, all while eating free bacon.  Save 10 dollars a month, for 12 months on a great product and get 120 dollars of free bacon, or meat of your choice by buying a 30 dollar membership!  Yea that is the kind of value I try to bring you in every deal I cut with MSB supporting vendors.

So if you are not a member yet but want to get this great service from ButcherBox now is a great time to join the MSB, by the way, even if you get your box of meat every other month, that would still pay for your MSB 2X per year with one benefit alone.

New Year – Time to Join the MSB with a 40% Discount for Life

The Member’s support brigade is a great value, always has been and always will be, in fact by the end of this week i am going to bring you a new benefit that alone will pay for your entire annual membership at full price, twice in one year, yeah, really.

However, I am going to make that deal even sweeter!  How about 30 dollars a year instead of 50 and, that 30 dollar rate locks in for as long as you maintain an active account.  This sale is open to new members and existing members with expired accounts.  Active members can’t use this sale, not because I am a big meanie, it is simpy because the billing system has a limitation that won’t let me do it.

To Sign Up Online

  • If you want to become a new member today, all you have to do is click here to sign up for the MSB, when you do so use code 2018 during sign up and  get 20 dollars off the MSB for as long as you maintain your account.
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  • If  you are an existing member with an expired account, you can sign up by logging into your old account and clicking on the link you will see to renew.  Again just use the code 2018 and get 20 dollars off for as long as you maintain your account.  If you have any issues logging in just email me and tell me the email on your account and/or username and we will get you back in.

To Sign Up Offline

  • Just go here and print out the form, include payment (cash, check, money order) and sign up for as many years as you want, write the code 2018 on the form.  If you pay by silver we will give you 16 months per 2 ounces instead of 12 which is the same 40% discount given to cash and online payments.

To Pay with Crypto Currency

  • Just fill out the form on this page and you will get instructions to pay with Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether, Augur, Zcash or DASH.  However I will take literally ANY and ALL cryptos as MSB payment.  If you want to pay with one of the six above just follow the instructions during sign up and adjust payment to 30 bucks per year and yes you can pay for multiple years in advance.  If you want to pay with another crypto just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com after you fill the form out.  Tell me what crypto you want to pay with and I will send you an address.

Thanks to everyone who is or ever has been an MSB member, without your support we could not have delivered this show 5 days a week for over 9 years now.

To Join the MSB with this Great Discount Just Click Here and Use Code “2018” at checkout.

Last Call for Questions For Bug Out Trailers Part Two

About a month ago Steven Harris and I did an off the cuff bug out trailer episode and asked for questions for part two.  Well it was one of the most commented episodes of this winter so far so we are coming back with part two on Tuesday this coming week, January the 2nd.

So this is the official “last call” for questions for that show, again it will air on Jan. 2nd which is a Tuesday but I have asked Steve to consolidate the questions and get me a copy of them by Monday.  So the best advice to make sure you get included is get your last call questions posted here by Sunday the 31st.

Please don’t email in these questions, please post them in the comments below.  We will be taking all questions from the comments on this post and from comments on the original episode.

Come Meet Jack Spirko at Liberty Forum 2018

I will be appearing at Liberty Forum 2018 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  This will be the 11th Annual Liberty Forum will take place February 8-10, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester. Early bird tickets are available now!

I got you guys a discount too of 10% with discount code TSP10, so make sure to use that when you buy your tickets.

Other announced guests are Lou Perez who I am really looking forward to meeting and my friend and co cryptosavage Vin Armini.  I can tell you after Vin attended our fall workshop, he is like me, he hangs out and is very accessible.

I will be doing three talks this time around.  The opening key note which will focus on personal liberty though “proactive apathy”.  My hope is to fire up folks in this opening talk so they get the most out of event, more on that in a bit.

I will also be participating in a podcasting forum with other podcasters like Vin.  In that session we will be discussing how you put liberty into action thru podcasts and daily activities and show others how to do the same along with how to actually make a living doing it.

I have yet to decide on my final talk as to a subject, they have given me carte blanche to discuss anything.  As I know many of you will attend, I am open to suggestions, so just comment with them below.

So let me tell you why you should come to New Hampshire in of all months February for Liberty Forum.  Yes it will be cold but it will also be indoors, in a awesome hotel, so don’t let the weather scare you.

The reason is the people, just see all the speakers and education you get as a bonus.  I am heading back to New Hampshire to support a movement (The Free State Project) that I can’t even join, think about that.  Why?  The people, that is why.  I have been speaking in large venues for over 20 years and my absolute favorite place to do so is Liberty Forum in New Hampshire.

If you take the time and come this year you will be transformed by the experience and make connections with people that may last a lifetime.  I know quite a few ventures that started over a beer at Liberty Forum.

So what is the cost, there are two options for tickets they are…

  • General Admission for – $129.00
  • All Inclusive for – $289.00

I really recommend the all inclusive as it includes all sessions and meals.  If you want to attend my key note on Thursday night and do general admission plus Thursday evening dinner & entertainment as a $79.00 add on.  At that point you are up to 208 so I really think going all access for that plus Friday and Saturday meals makes a lot of sense.  It is during a lot of the meals you get a chance to meet and network with people you’d otherwise not connect with.

On that let me say PLEASE network, bring business cards, get cards or names, numbers and emails of those you meet and cultivate those relationships.  There are few places you can hang out with say 1,000 people that truly love liberty.  Make the most of it.

So again check your calendar and do what you can to come meet me and other awesome folks at Liberty Forum 2018.  Again you can get your tickets here, and make sure to use discount code tsp10 when you do so you get your 10% discount.

P.S. – Here is one of my talks from Liberty Forum in 2012, it will give you a bit of a feel for what the venue is like.

Check Out the All New TspAz.com

For about two years now I have been doing our Item of the Day Reviews which of course can be found at TspAz.com.  Well I took this Friday to tackle a long time goal and categorize all the TspAz Reviews by tags.

Now when you got to TspAz.com you can pull up say all the items for Cooking, or Power Tools or say EDC.  In fact all our reviews are now broken down into 49 different categories.

So check out the brand new TspAz.com today and remember as long as you do your online shopping at TspAz.com you support TSP and the work we do.

An Update on Cryptogulch – 11-21-17

So Ben Fitts just released a video on Cryptogulch about his investor pulling out which pushes back his growth plans in a big way.

This has resulted in several dozen emails to me asking if I am said investor and if my confidence in Cryptogulch has changed?

That is really two questions so let me answer both one time so I don’t have to again. 

1.  Am I the investor? – No, I am not the investor, I never was and have not “invested” in Cryptogulch in any form of equity or debt.

2.  Have I lost confidence? – Absolutely not.

Here is were we are at, Ben could just take a shit load of orders and try to let cash flow solve the problem.  But if he did this what would happen?  Well, he’d end up with a huge back log of unhappy people.  Frankly my best guess is that his investor backed out due to his slow growth model in the first place.   In other words this investor wanted fast money over smart money.

His investor was doing venture debt, not venture equity, in other words a simple loan with repayment terms.  He in the end simply probably didn’t like his time to ROI under Ben’s sane and rational growth model.

I am going to work with Ben over the Holiday to see if we can come up with a way to raise sufficient capital to get things moving in a creative way.  I have been known to come up with those types of things.

In any event I am not the investor that backed out.  I have been clear from the get go that my relationship with Ben here is as follows.

1.  I am an affiliate and earn a small commission for each customer I refer.  I have elected to take this commission in mining gear.  Meaning the better I do the larger my stake in his success becomes.

2.  I am a customer at Cryptogulch in fact I was the first customer, customer 001.  I generally never ask anyone to spend money on something I won’t spend it on myself.  At this point I have purchased a rig and 6 GPUs from Ben out of pocket.

3.  I am a long time personal friend and business partner on many projects with Ben.

4.  As to Cryptogulch, in addition to being an affiliate I am an unofficial advisor to Ben and how he advances the company.  It is important to note that due to our long time relationship I would be doing this, even if I had no stake in the company.  Ben and I do this for each other in a lot of ways.  He is part of my very small core network.

So again I am going to try to help Ben develop a path forward with CryptoGulch.  I have posted a comment with one proposed solution on his video at YouTube, if you have thoughts about that comment please feel free to email me about it, or comment there.

My view is we will find a way though this period, it is a good problem to have mind you, more customers than you can take and people clamoring to get in as a customer.   The fact that Ben is being thoughtful and not taking stupid risks is exactly why I am working with him here, and why I have done so for 19 years.

 

 

TSP Now Has an iPhone App

This is so long overdue but we have finally entered the 21st century when it comes to apps.  TSP now has its very own iPhone and iPad app and it is pretty bad ass.

Of course it will syndicate all new episodes of TSP to you so you never miss an episode but it does a lot more.  Included are the most recent posts from the TSP Forum, posts to the TSP Facebook page and the official TSP Twitter Feed, all in one place.

You can of course also get the TSP Youtube channel and all our great video content though it as well.  There are some features I would like to get our developer Blake to add, such as the blog posts that are not podcasts currently don’t display and a few other things.

I’d like to have you guys install it, start using it and tell us what you’d like to see added to this app.

Oh, how do you get it?  Okay the App is called Survival Podcast but searching the app store for that brings up a ton of video game crap, at least for now.  So the best way is by going to this link,

The Survival Podcast iPhone App

I and the dev team would love your thoughts and input on this new app.  Also any bug reports, so far we haven’t found any bugs.  You can also search the iTunes App store for the Development Company’s name, “Conspecture” and find it that way.

Special Add On’s for the Coming Fall Workshop

If you are coming to the TSP Nine Mile Farm Workshop from Nov. 8-12 there are some awesome add ons available I wanted to make you aware of.

First – Patrick Roehrman is doing a build a knife with Patrick workshop.  In this workshop you will work with Patrick during times between our regular sessions to build a truly custom knife.  A knife you would normally pay say 500 dollars just to buy.  But in this special workshop you will learn how to build knives like this and end up with one you built along with Patrick for only 400 dollars.

Full Details on This Workshop
Can be Found Here

Second – Nicole Sauce will be doing a class on Word Press site development for all students.  She will also be announcing a special guided workshop allowing you to develop and fully deploy their own sites.  This will cover site development and deployment with options on hosting, graphic design and much more.   This course will be done via webinar and will begin about a week after the workshop at Nine Mile Farm end.  This will be a great opportunity to take all the ideas and things you learn at our workshop and launch it into an actual business.

Full Detail Options and Pricing for
Nicole’s Add On Course are Here

Third – Nick Ferguson is offering a drawing for a  “Consulting Session With Nick Ferguson”.  Basically anybody interested in winning the slot will need to follow his Distance Consulting instructions page at

www.homegrownliberty.com/consulting

They will need to shoot a video tour video of their property, fill out the questionnaire, and either mail that to Nick prior to the event, or bring it with them.

The students here at Nine Mile Farm will watch the video of one lucky winner, and do a sit down quick consultation with Q&A. All attendees get a 40% discount on a distance consulting session with Nick after the event is finished if booked before the event is over. ($175 check, money order, paypal – $150 if paying cash. he will also accept silver at spot price)

Additionally Nick will also be doing a class on making herbal salves which will include a breakout Class Session hands on class 30-45 minutes.  The cost of this add on is $25, with a limit of 20 attendees.  Those who take part in this add on will leave with 2 Jars of the famous “Ferguson First Aid Salve” Plus some of Nick’s own comfrey crowns and seed packets to plant and grow every herb used in the salve recipe.

The value of the seeds and cuttings alone is about $20 – Jars of salve worth $15   Total class valued at $35 with a cost of only $25.

Anybody interested in the first aid salve class can bring cash. First come first served – Email nick@homegrownliberty.com with “Salve Class” in the subject line to reserve your spot.

If you  have any additional questions on Nick’s consulting or the salve class, please email him with “TSP Workshop 2017” as the subject line at nick@homegrownliberty.com

Fourth – Not really an add on but John Pugliano wants to hear from you.  John  is presenting on building wealth and lifestyle businesses.  He’s soliciting your feedback as to what questions or topics you’d like covered relating to wealth & starting a business.  Contact him at:  podcast@wealthsteading.com