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 Episode-995- Jackie Clay of Backwoods Home Magazine on Off Grid Homesteading | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:53:32

Jackie and her husband, Will, are lifetime homesteaders who live on a self-reliant 120 acre wilderness homestead in northern Minnesota.  They are happily off grid and raise about 90% of their own food. Jackie is also a contributing writer to “Backwoods Home Magazine” which features both her articles and the popular “Ask Jackie” column which answers questions on all aspects of low-tech homesteading. Jackie is also the author of several books including “Growing and Canning Your Own Food” and “Jackie Clay’s Pantry Cookbook”.  She joins us today to discuss developing a self-reliant homestead. Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum TSP Copper Back Yard Food Production – (sponsor of the day) JM Bullion – (sponsor of the day) Backwoods Home Magazine Jackie’s Online Articles at BWM Growing and Canning Your Own Food Jackie Clay’s Pantry Cookbook 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-994- Why the Shotgun is the Ultimate Survival Weapon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:11:16

For an All Around Survival Tool an 18 Inch Smooth Bore with Iron Sites is Hard to Beat. Every day I hear from people who are worried that society will break down.  Some fear it will be a big old TEOTWAWKI and others are more concerned about a regional SHTF scenario where they may be on their own for perhaps a few days to a few weeks. Most of these people are considering some sort of semi auto rifle with the two most prominent of course being the AR or AK platform.  Often they are considering the AK because they read or heard how an AK can fire if dipped in mud.  Well I ain’t here to settle this old debate today, I will just say most intelligent people don’t dip their weapons in mud. The bigger issue is most of these people are not “gun guys”.  Most of them perhaps have a 22 and may be a handgun, many have yet to buy that first gun.  What they are most concerned with is defense of a home or neighborhood or being able to feed themselves from the field.  Well friends if that is you, nothing beats the shotgun, today I tell you why. Join me today as I discuss… The primary needs of a survival weapon Protection from a defensive position One shot stopping power Reasonable rate of fire Accurate at defensive ranges Able to fill multiple roles Survival weapon roles Protect property and life Kill large to medium sized game Kill small game (likely more abundant) Shotgun Types Break action (single + double) Bolt action (sort of a novelty) Pump Semi Auto Ammo Types Bird Shot Buck Shot Slugs Less than Lethal Configuring a Flexible Shotgun Improved Cylinder Choke – most versatile Consider multiple barrels The smooth bore rifle sighted option (yes you can shoot birds and bunnies with it) See Thru Saddle Mount Scope Rings Don’t over build it Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Safecastle Royal – (sponsor of the day) Survival Gear Bags  – (sponsor of the day) 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-993- Listener Calls for 10-05-12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:04:04

Join Me Today as I Answer Your Calls to 866-65-THINK Today I take your calls on gardening, solar, pellet guns, alternative energy, real estate, silver, livestock, permaculture, wells, climate change  and more. Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details. Also please do your best to call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard. I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on. Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss… What to do if you have stumps in a garden area Thoughts on leaves as mulch Thoughts on radiant barriers and roof insulation Other ways to keep a house cool during hot weather Making a land purchase decision on multi-parcel acreage Does butter need to be in the refrigerator Determining hogs per acre for pastured pork Making a choice to sell and rent a house or stay put as an owner Why has China risen so fast and how are they positioned for the future For small silver units is fractional silver or junk silver the best option How do you protect your 401K funds with out liquidation Thoughts on sand point wells The real threat of climate change without concern for CO2 Pellet gun hunting of citified squirrels How to store food that is paleo diet friendly What good does a third party vote do What I mean when I say there is no difference between Obama and Romney, it isn’t what you think Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Ready Made Resources – (sponsor of the day) Bulk Ammo – (sponsor of the day) Join Our Forum TSP Copper Interview with Jeffery Yago of DTI Solar 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-992- Tawnya Sawyer on Aquaponics at the Individual, Community and Commercial Level | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:21:49

Tawyna Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics Today we are joined by Tawnya Sawyer of Colorado Aquaponics. Tawnya is a Colorado native who grew up in the mountains raising plants and animals for food. Tawnya is passionate about changing both the quality of the food available and the demands placed on natural resources for food production. Colorado Aquaponics grows local food, designs and builds aquaponics systems, provides project management services and delivers educational programs. They do so by growing fish and produce together in a sustainable food production system, without agrochemicals, while reducing natural resource consumption, conserving water and producing zero waste.  In doing so Colorado Aquaponics provides food and education to individuals, families and communities who want to take charge of their own sustainable food production. Join Tawnya and I Today as we discuss… Exactly what is aquaponics and what makes is so productive What has been happening in the aquaponics world over the last year How aquaponics fits the lifestyle of the prepper and homesteader How you can take aquaponics to the community level How aquaponics solves many current problems in the food system Marketing the “local” and “natural” components of food What we can and can’t grow effectively with aquaponics Where green houses fit in and unique challenges for the industry Is there a future in indoor aquaponics, if so how would it work How you can learn more and get started with aquaponics Additional Resources for Today’s Show Members Support Brigade TSP Gear Shop Join Our Forum ShelfReliance.com – (sponsor of the day) HarvestEating.com – (sponsor of the day) Colorado Aquaponics Members Support Brigade 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-00991- Ned Farrell from Happiary.com on Beekeeping | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08:51

Ned and His Wife Sharyn in Bee Keeping Mode Ned Farrell has been a beekeeper for the last 24 years.  Part of his beekeeping experience was in Paraguay, South America, teaching farmers how to keep honeybees with the local African (killer) bees. Ned uses and teaches people how to keep bees with both the modern Langstroth hives common in the U.S., along with what he considers “more appropriate technology”, top bar hives common in other parts of the world. Ned like many beekeepers feels the honeybee in the United States is in trouble. tis is due to a combination of factors like the overuse of pesticides, attacks by predatory mites, and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  Due to these occurances honeybee numbers in the U.S. are dwindling at an alarming rate. Ned wants people to understand that only honeybees can pollinate our flowers and crops to the extent we need. Honey, with all of its nuances and health benefits, can be produced only by bees. Our vast scientific knowledge cannot manufacture hive products in the laboratory. Without the honeybee to take care of pollination and to create the hive products, we are in trouble. He joins us today to discuss how we can help the bees reestablish the populations many of us remember from the not so distant past.  How to get started bee keeping and why top bar hives really are all they are cracked up to be.  We also discuss how you can keep bees just about anywhere and where to get the equipment you need to get started. Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum TSP Copper Harvest Eating – (sponsor of the day) Free State Project – (sponsor of the day) Happiary.com – Ned’s Website Ned’s Kickstarter – How they created their full time bee keeping company 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-990- Glen Tate Author of 299 Days on Under the Radar Prepping and Family Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:25:36

The First of the 299 Days Series Today you get an opportunity to win a signed set of the first editions of the first two books in the 299 Days series.  Not just by Glen but by me as well, make sure to pay attention to how to do that in today’s episode. Glen Tate is the author of the ten-book prepper novel series “299 Days” published by Prepper Press. The books describe an average guy who prepares for, and lives through, a partial collapse of the United States. Glen joins us today for a bit of a look at the next two books in the series, an update of feedback thus far on the release of the first two books and how people are opening minds with the first two books.  We also discuss prepping with a reluctant spouse and how it can be done under the radar if necessary along with the importance of never saying “I told you so” in such important matters. The story line of 299 Days is as follows, In it, the main character, Grant Matson, has a job that allows him to see what’s wrong with government. He realizes he needs to prepare for what’s coming and he does so. His wife, Lisa, is reluctant to prepare because she thinks things are just fine. When the civil unrest and political collapse hit in a dramatic way, it is undeniable that they need to leave their Olympia, Washington home and head to their cabin. But, Lisa is still reluctant; she desperately wants things to remain “normal.” Out at the cabin, a collection of amazing–yet real–people assemble. They create their own community because the government isn’t functioning in their area. They have to work together and, as a community, they manage to achieve some impressive results. Unlike most prepper stories, in 299 Days America suffers a partial collapse. The utilities stay one (due to a spell-binding plot twist) and the government functions in larger cities. People in rural areas still get some food and services from the government, but must increasingly rely on themselves. There are no zombies or cannibalism; 299 Days describes a much more likely partial collapse scenario. Grant’s friends, who work in government, describe how things continue to go down hill in the city and how the government is trying to maintain control. They describe exactly why the government, as big and powerful as it once was, cannot control things. Many in the military and law enforcement step in to stop the bad things; others in the military and law enforcement perpetuate the bad things. After a while out at the cabin, some important visitors arrive and present Grant with a difficult choice. Eventually, the Patriots–the side Grant is on–are forced to take on what’s left of the former government. There is a huge battle. In the end, Grant has an important job at the beginning of the rebuilding. Glen is a moderator on the TSP forum under the name “Heavy G.” He lives and works in Olympia, Washington where he has a front row seat to the corruption in government. Much like the main character in the series, the author is a forty-something resident of the capitol of Washington State, Olympia, and is a very active prepper. He grew up in the remote logging town of Forks, Washington. “Glen” keeps his identity a secret so he won’t lose his job because, in his line of work, being a prepper and questioning the motives of government is not appreciated. Additional Resources for Today’s Show Members Support Brigade TSP Copper Join Our Forum ShelfReliance.com – (sponsor of the day) The Berkey Guy – (sponsor of the day) 299Days.com 299 Days on Facebook 299 Days on Twitter How to Enter the Contest To enter the 299 Days contest to win one of twenty sets of the first two books in the series do as follows…. 1.  Purchase a set of the first two books (from any online retailer) 2.  Forward your receipts by email to glentate123 at gmail.com On Oct. 31st 2012 we will draw 20 names and give out the books via US Mail.  

 Episode-989- Listener Feedback for 10-01-12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:19:45

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 economic collapse, states grabbing private retirement dollars, the real US national debt no one talks about, WROL 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 Would you pay 1 billion for 100 million in return, CA schools do The National Debt will be 22 Billion by 2016 The REAL US Debt is 222 Trillion, yes really The REAL growth in the national debt last year was 11 trillion So you say I am a conspiracy nut when I tell you the UN wants a global tax? New Government Run Pension Funds for Private Sector in CA If you have a year of food, is there any reason not to by a 2nd year’s worth A response to “Preppers will Die in WROL” by MainePrepper Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum TSP Copper Back Yard Food Production – (sponsor of the day) Fortress Defense Consultants – (sponsor of the day) California Finances Schools with CAP Bonds US Debt Clock Blink the Real US Debt Just Grew by 11 Trillion in one Year UN Considers Imposing Global Taxes State of CA to Run Private Retirement Accounts Stuffed with Knowledge Deal from Survival Gear Bags Stuffed with Gear Deal from Survival Gear Bags “Preppers will Die in WROL” by MainePrepper 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-988- Listener Calls for 9-28-12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:41:52

Join Me Today as I Answer Your Calls to 866-65-THINK Today I take your calls on financial advisers, feral hogs, bone stock, storage space, livestock, 22 handguns, squash, peppers, droughts  and more. Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details. Also please do your best to call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard. I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on. Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss… What podcasts do I listen to or perhaps not listen to and why Finding a good financial adviser – in some ways you can’t Trapping hogs, the good, bad and dangerous Making bone stock and what to do with the remains Effective use of attic storage space Protecting trees from deer during the establishment phase Multi species rotational grazing on small acreage Choosing a 22 handgun Propagation and storage of winter squash Saving pepper seeds Pepping for a “drought” Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Safecastle Royal – (sponsor of the day) Survival Gear Bags  – (sponsor of the day) Be Part of Episode 1000 22 Conversion Kit for the Glock Pot Bellied Pigs as Meat Animals 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-987- Jeffery Yago of DTI Solar | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:09:54

Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEMj Jeff Yago P.E., CEMj is a licensed professional engineer and certified energy manager with over 25-years experience in the energy conservation field. He is also certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners as a licensed solar installer and a licensed journeyman electrician. He has extensive solar, thermal and solar photovoltaic system design experience and has authored numerous articles in magazines including Backwoods Home, HomePower, Mother Earth News, Solar Engineering Magazine, Energy Users News and Engineered Systems Magazine. He is also the author of a book “Achieving Energy Independence – One Step at a Time“. Jeff joins us today to discuss the role of solar energy, battery back ups and generator systems should play for the prepper lifestyle. Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum TSP Copper MURS Radio – (sponsor of the day) Bulk Ammo – (sponsor of the day) Be Part of Episode 1000 Aquaponics Class in Dallas Texas DTI Solar Jeff’s Articles at Backwoods Home 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-986- Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on the Role of a Survival Medic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:09:14

Nurse Amy is a certified nurse midwife as well, and an expert on herbal remedies and essential oils. Her tilapia pond is teeming with activity and new babies. She has also written articles on survival gardening and natural remedies for Survivalist and Backwoods Home Magazine. Dr. Bones is a contributor to Survivalist Magazine, Backwoods Home, and Self Reliance Illustrated, and has written a chapter on Basics of Medical Survival for Doctor Prepper’s latest edition of “Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook.” Both Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy have written a book titled, “The Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medicine Handbook,” a guide to staying healthy is situations where help is NOT on the way.  It has occupied the #1 Amazon Bestseller spot numerous times in the Survival Skills and the Safety and First Aid categories since it was published. The Doom and Bloom Hour is live every Saturday 9:00pm – 10:00pm Eastern Time on PRN, BlogTalkradio.com. www.doomandbloom.net Additional Resources for Today’s Show Members Support Brigade TSP Copper Join Our Forum Sawtooth Tactical – (sponsor of the day) Ready Made Resources – (sponsor of the day) Be Part of Episode 1000 Doom and Bloom – (Bones’ and Amy’s Website Site) The Doom and Bloom Shop – (get 10% off for 7 days on everything with discount code S4PMYXU11AD73 expires Oct. 3rd) The Doom and Bloom Survival Hand Book- (Get 15% off between now and Oct. 3rd use discount code TES6TQAL) SPECIAL NOTICE TO MSB MEMBERS – The above discount codes are for all listeners for one week only.  New codes will be added to the MSB later today, they provide the exact same discounts but will be permanent for all MSB Members.  If you want to order something now though feel free to use the above codes, as again they provide the same discounts. 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-985- From Pawn to Personal Sovereignty | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:03:22

If You Wish to be Free – First Understand You are a Pawn I chose the title today in spite of the wackos at the fringe of the “sovereign citizen movement”, not because of them.  In may ways those people have polluted the concept of personal sovereignty but no other phrase really applies to what I want to discuss with you today. Personal sovereignty basically means “self ownership” and as such is much larger then any political statement.  Someone who truly lives their life based on self ownership must carry far more responsibility then just telling others that they won’t do as commanded.  The individual sovereign much accept that if they fail the failure is theirs and it will be up to them to get up and try again.  They realize any help by any other party will be voluntarily and not something they are entitled to. They will carry a burden that due to this they must also have a responsibility to help others in need, to do what is right for simply the sake of right.  They can’t rely on others to tell them when to give, what to give, how much to give or who deserves their help.  They must be responsible for themselves, their families, their communities and their nation as a whole.  The problem is today, most people even those who believe they are “free” are pawns on a giant chess board.  Just as the drug addict must first admit to being a drug addict before he can become free of drugs, so must we admit first that we are pawns if we wish to claim our birth rights of personal sovereignty. Join Me Today As I Discuss… The blog post that led to this What our nation claims to be vs. what it is Why you must first accept you are a pawn if you want to be free Why you have to let go of all dogmatic beliefs when they are proven false What is personal sovereignty What are your responsibilities as someone who owns yourself How do you break the chains that keep you on the game board What hope do we have if we indeed are all pawns?  A lot! Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Harvest Eating – (sponsor of the day) Knife Kits – (sponsor of the day) Aquaponics Class in Dallas Texas Be Part of Episode 1000 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-984- Listener Feedback for 9-24-12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:35:07

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 what the droughts might mean, a deer tears up an Obama sign, the Berkey Guy’s September bonus for MSB,  more on QE3 (aka QE Infinity), a potential stock bull market, top bar bee hives, new taxes coming for all in 2013, 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 What might all the droughts mean for us More on QE Infinity and what it may mean for the stock market Why now may be a time to buy stocks, CAREFULLY Some humor, apparently deer don’t like Obama The Berkey Guy’s September Bonus for MSB Making “paleo pancakes” A new way to make top bar bee hives (with a potential problem) Obama’s George Bush Sr. moment on “no new taxes” A simple way to understand big numbers, use time Why we need to think more about a “shift” then “the end” Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum TSP Copper ShelfReliance.com – (sponsor of the day) Free State Project – (sponsor of the day) Be Part of Episode 1000 Weimar Republic – Read the part called the Golden Era and it came AFTER hyperinflation! Deer kicks the crap out of Obama Sign 55 Gallon Top Bar Hives Tax Increases for ALL – Shockingly yes Obama Lied 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-983- Donald Green on Prepping Your Children for School Emergencies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:54:33

Don and I at the Self Reliance Expo in N.C. Donald Green is the founder of IfItHitsTheFan.com and has been a prepper since he was in high school in the early 80s.  He has run his blog, If It Hits The Fan, for over three years. He is also a retired police officer and currently the chief of security and emergency planning for a large, urban public school district.  He is a Certified Emergency Management Assistant and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management through American Military University. Donald teaches crime prevention, school safety, and disaster preparedness at state conferences and to church and civic groups.  Donald joins us today to discuss how we can better prepare our children for the risks they may face while in school. Join Don and I Today as we Answer Questions Like… What threats do our schools face? What are some of the worst school disasters historically? What are some age-specific things that parents can do for their children? What can parents expect from their children’s schools How can parents help their children’s schools be more prepared? How should parents respond if their child’s school is attacked? How you can teach opsec even at a young age with a EDC kit? How to stay compliant with school rules in regard to EDC? The questions to ask school teachers and administrators to eval security and safety? Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum TSP Copper The Berkey Guy – (sponsor of the day) Fortress Defense Consultants – (sponsor of the day) Be Part of Episode 1000 IfItHitsTheFan.com IfItHitsTheFan.com  on Facebook 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-982- Freestyle Day on The Survival Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:29:36

Join Me Today for a Freestyle Edition of TSP Today we are going to just free style things and talk about some recent events, some recent news and some upcoming changes at TSP and for myself as well. One thing I will never do is apologize for who I am, what I stand for or how I present it, unless I am factually wrong or truly make a mistake.  It is a piss poor man that can’t admit to being wrong. However, I will often explain why something is the way it is or why it is presented the way it is for the sake of clarity and for the genuine respect of the audience, so I have some of that to do as well today. Join Me Today as I Discuss… Some sponsorship changes and the why behind them Follow up on yesterday’s show with two polar opposite responses Why I “snap a gasket” from time to time Should you really be worried about Islamic protestors 4,000 miles away Mitt Romney says 47% feel entitled, I tell you the real problem with his statement What are we doing differently based on the fact that we have a move planned Why I think QE Forever will “work” and why that is really bad What to do with two “grace years” or more if we get them  Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum TSP Copper Safecastle Royal – (sponsor of the day) Back Yard Food Production – (sponsor of the day) Be Part of Episode 1000 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-981- Lessons in Sustainable Living Japan’s Edo Period | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:10:22

An Edo Period Farm House Photo Credit to acreutz via Flickr While I was traveling to and from North Carolina for the recent self reliance expo I wasn’t laying down on the job. I was in fact doing more research for more shows, one such piece was a complete reading of the book, “Just Enough – Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan” by Azby Brown. The book was a fascinating look at life in Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868) which was largely a stable period at the end of what could best be described as Japan’s feudal era along with the end of their isolationist period. The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social orders, isolationist foreign policies, an increase in both environmental protection and the creation and popular enjoyment of arts and culture. Japanese society during this period was controlled by the Tokugawa shogunate and the country’s 300 regional Daimyo (like Dukes and Lords in Europe). It was officially established in Edo on March 24, 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The period came to an end with the Meiji Restoration on May 3, 1868 after the fall of Edo. Included in the social structure were several classes of people.  They were basically, Peasant Farmers of Varying Degrees Peasant Towns People of Varying Degrees Samurai also of Varying Degrees Daimyo again the “Nobles” With in these primary groups were many additional layers, for instance some farmers owned sizable lands, say 2.5 Hectares (about 6 acres), though most land owners in this class were more likely to own about 1-2 acres.  Some were more accurately tenet farmers, having to lease land or work the land of others. Samurai also had many ranks, some would own very large tracts of land, though in the Edo period most had given up their country lands and moved to special areas of the large cities and towns.  A mid ranking Samurai would own about 990 square meters of land, (about a quarter of an acre) and on it have a house that would average about 99 square meters, (just over 1,000 square feet), this was considered an absolute luxury by many peasant towns people who often lived in one room apartments that were on average 12 x 16 feet and would house an entire family. Today we examine many of the ways these people lived a 100% self sufficient lifestyle as a nation.  Remember during this period Japan was almost a 100% closed society, having little to no trade or interaction with any nation outside of their own borders.  Yet cities like Edo with populations over 1 million had little incidence of plague or rampant disease, very few if any people (even the poorest starved) and much of the pressured environment was restored and protected. Join us today as we discuss…. Lessons from a Peasant Farmer The production possible from 2-6 acres In some places livestock are not sustainable Forests must be preserved Irrigation can be accomplished with 90%+ gravity A dirt floor may not be a sign of poverty in some parts of a house High taxes are nothing new (25-50% on farmers) Lessons from Peasant Town’s People What you need is far less then you think it is Rebuild our distinctive neighborhood communities Put human waste to good use Fix things, if they are truly broken recycle them Design with reuse, recycle and return to earth in mind Design cities and towns with walking in mind Create common areas Lessons from mid ranking Samurai A quarter of an acre can make one largely self sufficient Develop local and even micro economies for stability Embrace cottage industries Build edible fish ponds in back yards Value education, meditation and relaxation Plant trees for beauty and for production Design home that can be “reconfigured” Understand how much the average person really has today Create what you long for, don’t just dream of it Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum TSP Copper MURS Radio – (sponsor of the day) Bulk Ammo – (spo[...]

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