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Oct 22, 2018

Zombies: Are they absolute nonsense or useful metaphor for modern survival? In this episode, we have a little spooky fun and wax philosophically to gain perspective on prepping and the main thing to focus on.

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Oct 15, 2018

Have you ever heard about a Solo 401K? We'd never heard of it either. Turns out, we're not alone. But what's more interesting is how you can use this financial tool as a prepper and safeguard your money even if the market melts down.

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Oct 8, 2018

Author Gary Collins drops by. He’s going to share us his story of the RV life and the trials of living the simple life of a modern nomad. It's about the freedom to live your life on your own terms and in your own way.

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Oct 1, 2018

Your BitCoin Cash buddy Joey King drops by. We discuss what the heck is going on with cryptocurrencies and what the future may hold.

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Sep 24, 2018

Author Shelby Gallagher drops in for her first ITRH interview. We discuss her book The Divide, her story, and some scary goings-on in Oregon.


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Sep 17, 2018

Gun control in the Third Reich is referenced in firearms regulations debates often. Yet, concrete information wasn't readily available, until now. Fortunately, Stephen Halbrook took up the challenge.

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Stephen Halbrook is an author, lawyer, and champion of the 2nd Amendment. And he’s going to share with us a history lesson of gun control from Nazi German through his book Gun Control in the Third Reich.

Restrict or absolution gun rights they say...

Force people to register their firearms they say...

What could go wrong, it's for the greater good they say.

History has something to say on the topic. And Stephen Halbrook spent 20-years collecting, analyzing, and distilling the information into a book. Join us as he walks us through some of the salient points and takeaways.

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Sep 10, 2018

Catch-up with Co-host Jason and his efforts to parlay his small-scale beef production effort into paying for a bug out location.

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To bring new listeners up to speed, Jason is one of the original hosts of ITRH. He and Aaron spent years playing around with rabbit and chicken production on the ITRH Urban farm. After the closure of the urban farm, Jason began a passion project with two objects:

1) Start a small-scale beef production operation (aka micro-ranching)
2) Parlay the success of the beef production into a business and use the proceeds to pay for a bug out location

So what's the result of Jason's venture after a few years? Find out in this episode.

Aug 20, 2018

We quickly discuss bugging out, bugging in, hunkering down, and making sure you didn't forget your wooby.

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Jul 30, 2018

Here's the thing about hurricanes: The time to think about them and prepare for them is long before they happen. This episode is a reminder for some and gentle nudge to all who might live in areas that experience them.


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Jul 16, 2018

In this ITRH summer short, we ponder what happens when you are drowning in preparedness. And we’ll discuss simple ideas for avoiding it.

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Jul 2, 2018

We discuss rumors of civil war and checking your preps to ensure you are indeed prepped so you can be ready for whatever comes next.

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* Should you work yourself into a lather over current events ore merely be away
* Checking the everyday things around your home
* Reviewing your bugout bag and other kits
* Reviewing your plans with your spouse
* Checking your medical supplies, long-term food storage, and batteries
* Don't forget about pets

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Jun 18, 2018

It’s summer shorts time. In this short, we discuss my favorite post-apocalyptic fiction. And we’ll get into something very wrong some readers do with their prepper fiction.

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~ Breaking Prepper Fiction and My Favorit Books:

  • My 5 favorite prepper books and a few honorable mentions
  • The wrong way preppers view fiction
  • Why fiction in the genre is great and can be useful

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Jun 4, 2018

It’s summer shorts time once again. In this short we discuss the hidden mechanism of modern society putting people at risk.

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Weird summer short for you today. I say weird because almost no-one really talks about this. But it is a major weak point in our society today. Weak because of fragility.

I have to warn you. This might be a little boring at first. We’re going to talk about an inventory strategy. Or this will be exciting if operations and efficiency blows your skirt up.

This inventory strategy has produced a large benefit for developed nations. It lowers costs of the things you buy every day. And its meant shelves in stores are rarely empty.

The strategy is called Just-in-time inventory.

Breaking Down Just-in-Time Doom:

  • The model explained simply
  • Why business use this strategy
  • How the strategy works
  • What rubber dog doo has to do with just-in-time inventory
  • How supply interruptions impact human behavior
  • How JIT influences human behavior in the long-term
  • What you should do to make sure you do not fall victim to JIT

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May 21, 2018

We discuss the seven best survival book every prepper should read in this ITRH Summer Shorts episode. We'll cover six nonfiction and one fiction book that influenced most modern prepper fiction.

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I'm often asked this question,"What's your favorite book on survival?" There isn't one singular book.

But there are a collection of survival books I love. And I'll share each of them with you here.

Note: If you’re new to ITRH, this is a summer short episode. As the name suggests, summer shorts are short episodes intended to tide you over till the full seasons starts back up in the fall. They come out about every two weeks.

May 7, 2018

We look back on the season, share a personal update, look to the future, and answer some listener questions. It's the season 7 finale. Don't miss.We look back on the season, share a personal update, look to the future, and answer some listener questions. It's the season 7 finale. Don't miss.

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Topics Discussed:

  • How season 8 will differ from past episodes
  • The two "big things" that influenced the season to end early
  • What keeps me in prepped
  • Social Welfare Programs
  • The erosion of liberty in a time of  progress
  • The Alfie Evans implications for the US
  • China's Social Credit System

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Apr 30, 2018

Gary Collins joins us to discuss the how to simplify your life. What it does it take to get there and what does author and former Federal Agent Gary know about it? He shares lessons from the Simple Life series this episode.


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~ Simplify Your Life with Optimal Health Topics Discussed:~
  * Aaron shares his favor simple life quote from The Unit TV show   * What Gary has been up to lately
  * The latest updates on his Off-grid Home Build
  * Why you should simplify your life and why life simplification is a big deal
  * Publicly misleading health information
  * Misleading health information the government promotes
  * The cholesterol myth and danger of statins
  * The calory mth and how not all calories are created equal
  * The case for eating healthy as a way of saving huge amounts of money per month
  * The case for eating healthy being a time saver
  * The future of the simplified life series and Gary

 

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Apr 23, 2018

It's the time of year where I review gear purchased in the last year. These are things I'm using, playing with, loving, and hating, in some cases.

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Apr 9, 2018

In this episode, we riff on guns, YouTube, and Facebook. And we’ll sit down with Justin Carroll. He’ll us understand Cambridge Analytics and your intimate secrets.


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Episode Topics:

  • What happened to the ITRH Facebook page and group
  • Why this is a short episode
  • Cambridge Alanalitica data scrape
  • How much of your intimates were scooped up
  • The current attack on the Second Amendment
  • Thoughts on the YouTube "Gun Ban"

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Apr 2, 2018

An EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) attack is one of the top three most feared catastrophes by preppers. It is reported that there will be a 90% population die off in the first year after one occurs. And that's just the start.

But do we know the truth about EMPs?

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Arthur Bradley Ph.D., a NASA Scientist, Electrical Engineer, and Certified EMI expert drops by to tell us the truth and destroy the myths.


An episode dedicated to discussing an EMP is one of the most requested topics In The Rabbit Hole gets. But we held off on doing it all these years. The reason was this: We wanted someone who had the credentials and background to speak on the topic expertly. That required a very special person who understood the physics, math, preppers, and prepper fiction.

Note: This episode is technical. We do our best to make the EMP topic approachable for everyone. But somethings just are what they are. With that...

Let’s. Discuss. EMPs!

EMP Topics Covered and Myths Dispelled:

  • Are EMPs a real threat or a Prepper fiction fantasy?
  • How much of what is spread around the community about EMPs is false?
  • The low-frequency high-destruction problem
  • Where do EMPs and CMEs overlap and where do they differ?
  • What are the conditions needed for an EMP to be generated and most effective?
  • Are there nuclear bombs optimized to maximize an EMP?
  • Are there any immediate physical dangers to people by an EMP?
  • What are the ways a bad actor can effectively use an EMP?
  • Can an EMP be used from an Airplane effectively?
  • Does tinfoil really work as shielding or is best left to headwater to keep out the alien mind control waves?
  • What will just stop working and what is a myth?
    • Will all cars die after an EMP?
    • Are batteries susceptible?
    • Will it fry Solar Systems?
    • Does the entry electric grid go down?
  • Will a gun safe protect your electronic gun optics?
  • Can you use a metal trashcan to protect electronics?
  • What products and DIY projects are available to protect electronics?

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Mar 26, 2018

Together, we wrap up the series on lessons from the past. I’ll share the final 5 lessons I’ve learned from 15-years in preparedness.

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Lessons Covered:

  1. Shooting isn't the only prepper skill to learn
  2. Your NO list is as important as your To Do list
  3. It really would take 3-years of supplies
  4. There will always be a looming threat
  5. Live every day like it MIGHT be your last and find some joy

Episode Resouces:

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Mar 19, 2018

We pick up where we left off in episode 248. I’ll share 5 more lessons I’ve learned from 15-years in survivalism.

Seems a lot of people enjoyed part one of the 5 Important Lessons from 15 Years in Survivalism series. So we're going to keep things rolling with a part II and part III.

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Everything in life is a journey, as the cliche. And along the journey, you make mistakes and course corrections. As you progress your view of the journey changes. Maybe you develop new strategies to replace old strategies. Perhaps you find you understand something completely different from experiences.

These are the things that shape us. And by sharing them we help others progress faster, lose less time, stumble more infrequently, and stay in with more conviction.

As a side note: The title of this series is 5 lessons from 15-Years. I can’t say when I really got serious about prep. The show started in 2010, but I think this all started in 2003. By started I mean where this started to be something I thought about and engaged in daily.

Note: Comment on this episode and share lessons you've learned along the way. These lessons should be the things you would tell you're younger self or someone just starting out.

Survivalism Lessons Covered:

  • Last Week
    1. Why you can't reasonably become a human swiss army knife.
    2. Why All answers need context and nuance.
    3. How Planning and Prepping For TEOTWAWKI is a recipe for disaster and burnout.
    4. You can't force your husband, wife, or life partner into prep. But you can probably lead them into prep.
    5. Almost everything needs an ROI in the immediate future; especially in the beginning.
  • People are your greatest asset and danger in an event.
  • You're better off keeping it to yourself - most of the time.
  • Most preppers think all other preppers are probably loons, and they're right. But only 1% of the time.
  • Nothing is as easy as 'old-timers' make it out to be.
  • Skill almost always supersedes gear.

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Mar 12, 2018

Together, we do a little time travel to learn lessons from the past. I’ll share 5 lessons I’ve learned from 15 years in survival preparedness. These are the things I wish I could go back and tell myself. And even if you've been at it a while, you may find some helpful insights and mindsets from these prepper lessons.

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As a side note: The title of this episode is 5 lessons from 15-Years. I can’t say when I really got serious about prep. The show started in 2010, but I think this all started in 2003. By started I mean where this started to be something I thought about and engaged in daily.

Comment on this episode and let me know if you’d like a part two. I came up with 15 in total, but we’re just going to do 5 today. Again, comment to let me know if you liked this episode and want the other 10 things.

Prepper Lessons Covered:

  1. You can't become a Swiss Army knife; you'll just wear yourself out
  2. Answers need context and nuance
  3. Planning and Prepping For TEOTWAWKI is a recipe for disaster and burnout
  4. You can't force your partner into prep
  5. Everything needs immediate ROI; in the beginning

 

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Mar 5, 2018

Author Arthur Bradley drops by to share with us how and why he made The Survivalist series for you.

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Arthur Bradley is a NASA engineer by day and a prepper author by night. (A real NASA engineer, not like the sort of nonsense Jonathan Jason and myself used to tell women.)

This isn't just a cool side-note. His vocation shapes the fiction he writes: Facts and realism play a key role.

And there's a much deeper reason Bradley has all the potential to be a great prepper author. But we'll get into that in the episode.

Beyond NASA and the fiction books, he's also written a several non-fiction survival related book. And he's something of an expert on EMPs.

From his bio:

His "Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family" has been featured in the New York Times, Money magazine, the Toronto Sun, Popular Mechanics, Men's Journal, the Costco Connection. The handbook is widely recognized as the gold standard of family preparedness manuals.

The Survivalist Series and Arthur Bradley:

  • How he came to preparedness
  • How he came to writing before The Survivalist series
  • The authors who influence him
  • His favorite books
  • The disaster type that keeps him up at night
  • The inspiration for The Survivalist series
  • Is he telling a great story, teaching through a story, or both
  • Why he chose to write a Pandemic scenario book rather than an EMP book
  • His most important piece of survival gear
  • His go-to rifle of choice
  • The heartwarming story about the best $100 he never spent


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Feb 26, 2018

We discuss whether or not arming teachers with guns is the best answer to stopping school shootings. The question is more complex than it appears. And, so is the answer.

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Arming Teachers Topics Discussed:

  • Why Samuel L Jackson should stick to what he knows
  • The red herring argument against arming teachers
  • How many teachers would really be up for arming teachers
  • Who's going to pay for training and ammunition
  • What if a teacher leaves a gun where it's accessible to students
  • How do we handle teacher liability in an accidental shooting incident
  • Developing intelligent ways of disarming the mentally disturbed and incompetent
  • Employing less lethal ways to deter and defend schools from mass shooters
  • All the ways we protect things with guns, so why not the kids
  • Why complex problems cannot be solved with singular solutions

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Feb 12, 2018

Michael Bazzel drops in to discuss Open Source Intelligence. He shares with some extremely creepy things people can find out about you from the internet. And we’ll discuss how to cleans them.

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Open Source Intelligence, or OSINT as it is often referred to, is anything information openly obtainable. Now, this doesn't sound very sexy. But this might be because you haven't heard just how much personal information about you can be pulled off the internet.

It's downright creepy and terrifying in some cases!

Imagine using deadly force to defend your life. Then, after, by the time you get home, the media is camped out on your lawn and won't go away.

And image someone wanted to track you, your spouse, or even your children down. Everything they need to know to plan and execute something bad may be already floating in cyberspace without you knowing. Are you so sure you're safe?

We'll cover what's out there and what you can do about it in this episode...

Open Source Intelligence Topics Discussed:

  • What is Open Source Intelligence?
  • How is it different than say a general searching on the internet?
  • Why should us normal people care?
  • When we say sensitive details, how sensitive are we talking?
  • Why do the upfront work and not just take care of cleansing the web if something comes up?
  • What can we do to protect ourselves from people using OSINT offensively on us?
  • Can you remove all personal information from the internet?
  • What skills are required and how hard is this for the everyday person with a job, kids, dog, and zombie platypus apocalypse to plan for?
  • Can you use this vulnerably of personal information to an advantage and say do offensive research?

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