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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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Feb 5, 2018

Rhodes of Iron Edison drops back in. He shares with us the fundamentals of an off-grid solar system. You'll get the basics of what you need to know to start planning solar power for your bug out location or "vacation cabin".

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Retrofitting or building an off-grid home can be very confusing, especially when it comes to how to get electricity. (And don't we have enough to fool with preparing for whatever comes next?)

There's so much to consider preppers often threw up their hands in frustration. And they then put the entire topic off for another day. This then holds them back from they're goal of getting a bug out location or bug out vacation home.

And done incorrectly, whether to large or too small, can be a budget killer. Building a battery-powered home with solar or other alternative energies is already a big expense. The project requires care and careful planning.

But the fundaments of an off-grid solar system are relatively easy to grasp. It just takes someone with in-depth knowledge to break it down into bite-sized easy to understand parts. And they need to be someone who can keep us out of the necessary weeks.

Fortunately, we know a guy.

So Rhodes is back to give us just that: An easy to understand fundamentals episode.

Off-Grid Solar System Fundamentals Topics Covered:

  • Building a bug out location or viewing this as a vacation cabin, which is the best way to think about this
  • Breaking off-grid solar systems down into it's three major parts
  • The one major mindset that will change the way you understand off-grid homes
  • The process of determining loads
  • How to size batteries
  • The upside down lease with bad math
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Lithium Iron Batteries
  • Nickel Iron Batteries
  • Determining how big of a solar system is right for you
  • Estimating loads

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Jan 29, 2018

Jill Powell of Remanent Canine 360 drops back by to share with how to take care of your SHTF Dog should the world go mad. You learn all about seldom discussed food storage and medicine for dogs.

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Your SHTF dog could be one of your top assets in a world gone off the rails. Their senses are way better than ours for finding and warning you about a danger. Many will fight to the death to protect you and your family. And, let's face it, they're more loyal than anyone in your prepper group.

Preppers spend endless hours and dollars putting things away for themselves. And we've discussed training your prepper SHTF Dog to be an asset in the past.

But what about storing food and medicine for them?

Our lack of preparation for them could turn an asset into a liability. So let's dive into our companion's needs a bit more to ensure they're survival too.

Storing Food and Medicine for SHTF Dog Topics:

  • The crazy truth about storing dog food in the original bag
  • How long does dog food stay good for when properly put way
  • The best way to store dog food for short and long-term use
    • Dry Kibble
    • Canned Food
  • Their three most common first-aid needs
  • Basic medical supplies to pack away for your best friend and personal protection dog
  • Alternative medicine and first aid items for your SHTF dog
  • Other items to consider for your dog's BOB

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Jan 22, 2018

Jonathan Hollerman stops back by to discuss his book series Equipping Modern Patriots. We cover everything from him as an author to his biggest prepper fiction pet peeve.

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From the episode 237, you know Jonathan as the former Air-force SERE instructor turned survival retreat consultant. He takes a hard look at preparedness and judges strategies and techniques against his experience seeing some of the worse human traits in action.

And he's made it his personal mission to teach others how to prepare for the worst-case scenarios. As we covered previously, he's written a nonfiction manual.

But he's also written a fiction series titled Equipping Modern Patriots. In his book series, he takes you on a journey in order to teach readers survival lessons. These are the aspects of survival he feels are most important and overlooked. Most notably is human desperation and how good people can do horrible atrocities.

Equipping Modern Patriots Topics Covered:

  • How he came to writing
  • Illustrating the hard choices people must make in a collapse
  • Lessons learned as a SERE instructor and woven into his fiction books
  • Hollerman's thoughts on what's wrong with most prepper fiction
  • What one piece of equipment
  • The biggest thing he believes most preppers get wrong
  • Aspects of his preparedness that changed after writing this series
  • His prepper fiction author pet peeve
  • His go-to rifle and why


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Jan 15, 2018

Justin Carrol drops by to discuss several tinfoil hat ways to protect your identity and make you safer for 2018. We cover buying and setting up anonymous phones, cars, mailboxes, and land. And that's just the start.

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We often speak of becoming a hard target. There are past episodes on guns, martial arts, mindsets, physical security, homes, and bug out locations.

In addition, we've also spoken a length about hardening your life against the black swan events. These include everything from your financial life to life after a societal collapse.

But what about marking your data a hard target to protect your identity?

Did you know you're leaving a trail everywhere you go?

Identity protection isn't just for the paranoid. But remember the old expression: Just because your paranoid doesn't mean no one is watching you.

If you're new, Justin is a privacy and security expert with a long history of government service. As a result, he's made it his life's mission to become, as he says, impenetrable and anonymous.

Some of these will seem right out of a Jason Bourne movie. And they will all be just as much fun. So it's time to dig in and erase yourself from the system.

Crazy Ways to Protect Your Identity Topics Discussed:

  • Securing your cell phone to protect your identity
  • Getting an anonymous phone
  • Using Faraday bags to protect your smartphone
  • Using "burner" phone numbers
  • Getting nomad status
  • The only states you can get nomad status in
  • Using mail forwarding services - PMB (Personal Mailbox) Services
  • Making your driver's license safe
  • Buying property anonymously and without your name being tied to it
  • Using a land trust
  • Buying a vehicle anonymously and without your name being associated with it

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Jan 8, 2018

Rhodes Carter of Iron Edison stops by to discuss the basics of solar power. We cover everything you need to know to start your journey and one big scam you should avoid.

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Alternative energy is all the rage these days. Buring the liquified or charred remains of dead dinosaurs is so last century.

Preppers have wished upon a star to give them energy production for a long time now. The reason was simple: We want energy independence and self-sufficiency! And it's just about the only way we're going to power our BOL when the zombies march, right? (OK... there's that cold fusion reactor, but that's not happening tomorrow.)

Solar power simply wasn't realistically a viable option for the last few decades, sadly. The equipment to build a system to juice up our power hungry lives was too expensive. The efficiency didn't make sense. And it didn't produce enough electricity to meet the demands of most people.

However, things are rapidly changing in the world of solar power. And we may be at the point where this type of alternative energy production verges on what most people hoped it would grow into.

But figuring out the different types of systems and what you need is as confusing as a football bat. You'll need to figure out your loads, wire sizes, volts, watts, amp hours, batteries, battery chemistry, panel sizes, and on, and on.

The worst part is most of the information reads like drunk engineers hastily wrote it. (English may also be a second language just to make things more exciting.)

Fortunately, Rhodes joins us to give us a primer and promise to take us all the way... 

Basics of Solar Power Topics Covered:

  • Are we there yet with solar
  • Where do the real costs come in
  • Grid-tied Solar Systems
  • Off-grid Solar Systems
  • Hybrid Solar Power Systems
  • Are batteries getting cheaper?
  • Use in remote Bug Out Locations
  • The upside down lease with bad math
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Lithium Iron Batteries
  • Nickle Iron Batteries


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Jan 1, 2018

James Price drops by the studio to whip you into shape for the new year. We discuss what the habits that the best shooters and professional chefs both share.

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Many people watch in awe and wonder as the best shooters in the world work. These top performers seem to glide through courses of fire with ease. Long time listeners will often hear us refer to this as tactical ballet.

And if you ever watch the best chefs in the world, you'll notice they seem to dance around a kitchen. All their movements are fluid, efficient, and purposeful.

But there's more than a surface-deep correlation between the best shooters 'dumping mags in fools' and chefs baking a perfect soufflé.

The commonality is this: They attain unconscious competence by turning skills into habits. And it all starts with a mastery of the basics.

James explains in more depth with some great takeaways for you in this episode...


Habits of The Best Shooters and Chefs Topics Discussed:

  • The surprising origins of the CIA (Culinary Institute of America)
  • The only way to reach skill perfection
  • Innovation through refinement
  • Weird trivia about the movie To Catch a Thief
  • The stupidity of muscle memory and what unconscious competence really is
  • Why the basics of any field are crucial to learn and commit to the point where they are a habit
  • Being able to pull out the best parts and adopt new skill from trainers
  • Cooking fish while running and gunning
  • Mise en place - everything in its place in cooking and tactical applications
  • The finite ability to think while in a stressful situation
  • How cleaning up saves lives
  • Always ending a day and training correctly
  • Lessons from that time a co-worker of James' yawned during a shootout
  • Making and using tactical recipes
  • How back briefs - repeating information back - saves lives
  • Learning the value of showing respect and keeping an open mind in order to learn
  • Taking responsibility to the extreme

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Dec 25, 2017

We sit down with voice-over artist Kevin Pierce aka the "Voice of the Apocalypse." He shares with us how he got started in the business of book narration and eventually became the voice reading most of our favorite post-apocalyptic prepper fiction books to you.

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Hiding deep in the bowls of dystopian fiction is something special, terrifying, titling, and even insightful: Prepper fiction. Some say this all started with the book Alas, Babylon. Others say it goes further back to the book Earth Abides. Then the genre slumbered for nearly 60-years only stirring occasionally as the decades rolled on.

But then the money vanished, and the hordes roved in Patriots in 1998. Next, the lights went out, and the hordes roved once more in the book One Second After on March 17th, 2009.

And finally, the match was lit; prepper fiction exploded. Rather than waiting for a decade or two between great stories, we're now on to the next book as soon as we finish the last.

Sometimes we're attacked by Zombies. Other times we're stricken with a sweeping pandemic. Often, we're taken back to the stone age by an EMP.

Whatever your prepper jam, there seems to be one voice tickling your eardrums in most of the audiobook versions of these books. Its a voice so ubiquitous in the genre your mind is immediately transported as though you've just heard some deeply embedded NLP command.

You might know this voice by the name Kevin Pierce, or you might know him as the Voice of the Apocalypse. You know the sound of his voice well, either way.

But most of us do not know the man behind the voice. Who is he? How did he get his start? And how did he come to be the Voice of the Apocalypse?

Let's find out...

Kevin Pierce on Being the Voice of the Apocalypse:

  • How he got his start in TV and Radio
  • His transition to book narration
  • Is he strictly a narrator of prepper fiction?
  • What it takes to be the narrator of more than 330 books
  • How long does it take to produce a typical audiobook?
  • Does he ever turn down books because they’re just not good?
  • That time Kevin played a 13-year-old Vietnamese girl
  • His favorite non-prepper books
  • Does he consider himself a prepper?
  • That time reading all those prepper books paid off
  • How does reading all these dystopian fiction books impact his state of mind
  • How he prepares for reading the books to you
  • The most influential and pivotal moment in his career as a voice-over artist

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Dec 18, 2017

In this episode, we’re joined by Jonathan Hollerman of Grid Down Consulting. We discuss the basics of survival retreats and bug out locations that may save your life in TEOTWAWKI.

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Bug Out Locations (aka BOLs) is a tough subject to tackle. And for this reason, it's not something we've covered too often.

First, there's the expense. Researching, planning, purchasing, and stocking a survival retreat adds up quickly. Very quickly!

Then there are areas most preppers just can't be sure of about their survival retreats. The how far away from a major city question comes up constantly.

And the amount of research to come up with answers is staggering. It's easy to spend months reading about all the topics that go into building a remote place to take yourself and your family when the unthinkable happens.

But there are a few professionals in the industry who commit themselves to helping others plan, find, and develop a bug out location for the worst case scenarios. And today, we sit down with one to answer many, if not most, of your questions.

Survival Retreats and Bug Out Locations Topics Discussed:

  • Who is Jonathan Hollerman
  • What it's like to become an Airforce S.E.R.E. instructor
  • How he translates what he learned as an S.E.R.E. instructor into what civilians need to know about survival
  • Hollerman's thoughts on North Korea and EMPs
  • The thing he believes will happen and cause the need for a bug out location
  • The surprising types of people he has as clients
  • Mental exercises and stories Hollerman shares with people to impress upon them the importance of bug out locations
  • Understanding how far your BOL needs to be from major cities and small towns
  • Selecting a property that isn't too far away from your primary residence
  • The biggest mistakes people make with BOLs
  • How to determine when it's time to bug out
  • Dealing with security at your BOL
  • What to do when you can't afford a BOL of your own
  • Mutual Aid Groups (aka MAGs)
  • Convincing reluctant spouses of the need for a BOL
  • The darkness of human desperation

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Dec 11, 2017
We sit down with Jill from Remnant K9 360 to discuss how to train a dog to be a survival asset.
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Training a dog to be a valuable component of your survival tools doesn't get enough attention by most preppers. In fact, man's best friend gets very little attention in the community. And that's odd.
Mans' best friend has a long and storied history. Some say our friendship goes back 30,000 years.
And estimates place K9 ownership in the United States at 78 million. And it's estimated 36.5% of US homes have at least one dog. So you think the topic of how to train a dog would be a more frequent topic amongst preppers.
But only a small fraction of survival podcast episodes and blog posts are dedicated to our furry buddies. (We're culprits of this oversight too, to be fair.)
Perhaps the problem is thinking we need to turn them into full blow military working dogs. This is a long process with heaps of specialized knowledge needed and is time-consuming.
The reality is this: Most of us just want something between Cujo and Mr. Buttons the spoiled pet.
In this episode, we discuss making this happen.
~ How to Train a Dog And Turn Them Into a Survival Asset Topics Discussed: ~
  • How Jill became a prepper
  • When she realized how valuable a dog could be in a survival situation
  • What patrol training is
  • Training a dog for scent detection and alert
  • Teaching your furry friend appropriate levels of aggression
  • The best dog breeds for survivalists
  • The worst dog breeds for survivalists
  • When small dogs can be an unexpected survival hero
  • How long does dog training take for the animal to become useful
  • Appropriate ages for different times of training
  • Where obedience training fits in
  • The time investment needed
  • How online dog training classes differ from in-person classes
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Dec 4, 2017

Concealed handgun instructor Salvatore DeGennaro joins us to discuss practical gun training. He’s going to share his thoughts on handguns vs. long-guns and must have [EDC] items.

We've all heard the adage, "You use your handgun to fight to your long-gun." It makes sense: long-guns are more powerful, easier to make accurate hits with, do more damage to the intended target, and tend to be immediate "fight stoppers."

And long-guns posses a greater effective range. With a weekend's worth of instruction, it is possible to for someone to achieve a high degree of consistent precision out to 400 yards. By high degree, I mean the ability to hold a 4-MOA group, over the course of 40 rounds, at varying distances, while changing positions and magazines, engaging multiple targets, and under a time constraint.

Good luck achieving that with a pistol in a weekend with a newer shooter. The newer shooter should be able to become effective out to 25-yards with a pistol. However, that is typically the limit.

But what is realistic and practical often getting tossed to the side and ignored. And there are case studies like the financial collapse of Argentina provided by FerFal. They demonstrate the real world problems involved in relying primarily on a long-gun in a grid-down or near collapse situation.

So today, Salvatore helps break it all down for us...

Practical Gun Training Topics Discussed:

  • Who is Salvatore DeGennaro and how did he get into guns
  • Why more of the gun community aren't preppers
  • What to look for in a handgun
  • Lessons from the Argentina financial collapse
  • The place and case for long-guns in a prepper's gun battery
  • How he stays sharp as a shooter and instructor
  • Thoughts on how to find a good handgun instructor
  • How to decide the amount of training time you spend on rifles vs. handguns
  • His list of essential EDC items
  • Understanding the importance of de-escalation techniques

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Nov 27, 2017

Best-selling author Steven Konkoly joins us. We discuss how he crafts his prepper fiction books just for you. And we learn about his latest book: KILL BOX: A Post-Apocalyptic Pandemic Thriller.

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Pandemics don't get enough love in the prepper fiction niche. Often, we focus on EMPs and terrorist attacks. EPMs, like Zombies, are fun thought experiment: How would people survive in a total grid scenario.

But when it comes to the most likely major disaster, pandemics are a ticking time bomb. Many say we are long overdue for a pandemic, in fact.

And here's where Konkoly takes to ball and runs with it. What if we took the idea of a pandemic and brought it into the modern world were man's hands meddle with things. Do we see zombies?

Who writes these kinds of terrifying nightmares of prepper fiction? We get to know the man behind the words in this episode with author Steven Konkoly.

Steven Konkoly and Kill Box Topics Discussed:

  • How he came to writing
  • His favorite prepper books
  • His favorite non-prepper fiction books
  • On becoming a prepper
  • How the book starts
  • The process of making characters come to life
  • Whether he is telling a story with survival lessons or survival lessons being shared through a story
  • His go-to rifle
  • What is the best $100 spent preparing
  • His most important piece of prepper equipment
  • What to expect next

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Nov 20, 2017

Joey King drops by to share news from the war front. The cryptocurrency war that is. He’s going to share with us some basics, history, news, and what to do with your BitCoin Cash.

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The cryptocurrency world is on fire. Some would even say war is ranging. Digital currencies are seeing crazy high prices.

And there's a lot of confusion about what these cryptocurrencies are. The uninformed and uninitiated often ask, "What's the new BitCoin?" There's also a lot of misunderstandings about whether or not it's too late to get into BitCoin or if you should buy an altcoin do to cost.

But people are using the wrong paradigms to think about and invest in cryptocurrencies. This has lead to some scams, confusion, and kept people out of the market altogether.

So we've got a bit of work to do to bring people up to speed. There's a need for a shift in thinking and a bit of backstory. Not to mention the need for some basic, straightforward, and simple information how to acquire and now to store it.

And then there's wrapping our heads around what may be the worlds first true hard currency.

Joey clears most of this up in this episode...


~ Cryptocurrency topics Discussed ~

  * What is digital scarcity

  * How cryptocurrency attempts to solve scarcity in a digital age

  * The historical and sociological implications of a decentralized digital currency

  * What altcoins like Etherium and Lightcoin are and if you should pay attention to them

  * Why Segwit2x was canceled and what it means for BitCoin Cash

  * How to buy and sell

  * Best wallets to keep your money in

  * Scams to avoid

  * What's real and what's marketing

  * The future outlook


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Oct 30, 2017

In this episode, Joshua Sheats of Radical Personal Finance stops by. He’s going to share with us some fundamental truths of how to increase wealth and how to survive the most likely disaster to impact your life.

Money doesn't come up often enough in the preparedness community. Sometimes there's talk of having cash on hand for emergencies. Other times there's talk of gold and silver investing, bitcoins, and other more unconventional stores of wealth.

And there's sometimes talk of being debt free.

But what does it take to be financially secure, resilient, and having a life you love. After all, if you've got lots of money and hate your life, what's the point? Plus, if you don't know what you're working towards besides retirement do you know retirement is going to be successful?

Today's guest helps us start on the road to taking a long hard look and action to get you closer to increasing your wealth so you can survive personal disasters. And it helps you live a better more fulfilled life today.

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Increase Wealth and Surviving the Likely Person Disasters:

  • The behavior difference between the wealthy and the broke
  • The value of direct, practical, and time-saving advice
  • Three ways people get into credit card debt and how to undo
  • Secured Debt vs. Unsecured Debt
  • Developing a debt plan
  • Getting pissed off enough to do something
  • Setting Clear Financial Goals with a result
  • Using questions to set goals
  • Questioning the magic retirement age of 65 (the lies we've been sold)
  • First steps for making financial change
  • The devious history of retirement
  • How the government lies about the unemployment rate
  • When retirement was a curse
  • How to quit your job and do something you love safely
  • The three laws of how to increase wealth
  • The biggest culprits bleeding your bank account
  • Marrying the academic integrity of financial advice with practical real word output
  • Joshua's prepper pet peeve
Oct 23, 2017

In this episode, Josh drops by to discuss building up the best prepper gun battery on a small budget.

Many preppers obsess over their gun battery. There's a good reason: they are among the best tools to help keep us safe and defend our lives with.

And, let's face it, most of us like guns a whole lot. They're fun to play with and many find shooting to be a relaxing hobby. (I often call it yoga with loud noises and a little more smoke.)

But building a full prepper battery of guns is expensive; especially if you are just starting out. And guns can be the most expensive part of a preppers overall kit. It’s easy to drop $5,000 just on guns and glass. Five bills or more is a big bite to take for a lot of people.

Buying a full gun battery eats into what many long-time preppers feel is as important to nail down quickly: Food, medical supplies, and training. Then there's more training.

So Josh and I discuss the best guns and strategies for starting out your prepper gun battery on a small budget.

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Best Gun Battery on a Small Budget Topics:

  • The benefits of using a commonality team mentality
  • Budgeting for today and tomorrow
  • Preparing and buying for the 80% of what might happen first
  • What is the prepper gun battery
  • Deciding on the order in which to build up a prepper gun battery
  • Best budget Handguns
  • Best budget Shotguns
  • Most accurate and best budget Bolt-action rifles
  • Best budget AR-15s and other semi-auto rifles
  • Best budget 22lr Rifles
  • How to Buy Used Guns and Save Money
Oct 16, 2017

In this episode, we’re joined by Author RE McDermott. He shares with us who he is, his book Under a Tell Tale Sky, and how life after a coronal mass eject might go off the rails.

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Dystopian fiction books in the prepper niche often focus on EMPs. It's a seemingly easy target -- especially these days. North Korea and other bad actors are suspected of either being capable of or working diligently to produce a weapon that can destroy our grid.

But it's not often we get a book based on a coronal mass ejection; CME for short. Under a Tell Tale Sky paints a picture of what life might look like immediately after a CME. And author RE McDermott uses this scenario to demonstrate some of the benefits of being on a boat if a CME it.

A coronal mass ejection is an electromagnetic pulse caused by a solar flare, in simple terms. So it's a naturally occurring phenomenon. And there are such events in recent recorded history. Most famous and largest among them is the Carrington Event - also known as the solar storm of 1859.

Under a Tell Tale Sky Topics Discussed:

  • How McDermott become interested in writing
  • His history in the maritime industry and how it impacted the book
  • Why he picked a CME as the cause of the disaster for his book
  • Natural Vs. Man-made disasters
  • Balancing storytelling with technical details
  • McDermott's view of prepping and what he personally focuses on
  • The best $100 he's ever spent on preparedness (he cheats ;-)
  • The thing that bothers him most in the prepper community
  • What he considerers his go-to rifle
Oct 9, 2017

In this episode, we sit down with Jay. He’s going to share with us how power grids are restored and put back together after a catastrophe. Plus, we'll discuss basic safety tips for during and after a power outage to keep you safe.
Preppers like us are acutely aware of how delicate society is. And when it comes to the electric grid, we’re all at least a little freaked out. (Some a lot freaked out.)

EMPs, Coronal Mass Ejection, Cyber Attacks, physical attacks on plans and substations are on a lot of prepper minds. Then there's simply the mundane weather event. This massively complex thing we depend on for modern society seems to be attacking threats from all over.

But often, gaining a deeper understanding of something we worry about moves us closer to the sound part of staying safe and sound. To know a thing is to have some control over it. Maybe not a lot, but some. And it can put your mind at ease simple to understand what's happening and why.

And knowing some simple tips of what to do and what not to do when power grids go down and when it comes back up can keep you safe.

So listen in as we discuss power grids and safety...

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Power Grids and Restoration Topics Discussed:

  • What causes a grid to go down
  • The stages of how power is restored to an area
  • The unexpectedly complex negotiations power companies must go through
  • How you may be putting linemen at serious risk of electrocution and death
  • How gasoline and diesel became a priority one resource after disasters
  • Why controlling the flow of power to your home after an outage could save your home
  • Where and when not to use a generator
  • Powerfly bad puns
Oct 2, 2017

Justin Carroll drops back by to talk about the 1911 pistol. The US government paid a LOT of money teaching him to depend on one. And he shares real-world use lessons learned.

For those who don’t know, he’s a former Marine Recon, Marine special operations, and former government alphabet soup guy who ran a 1911 and many other guns for a living.

So Justin has just a wee bit of experience with what works and what doesn't. And today he’s going to share with us some basics about the reality of depending on one and must have options for neophytes.

The 1911 pistol is a deep part American lore. If you're a child of the 70's and 80's, you probably have at least one grandfather who used one in war. And your dad might have used one in a "conflict" and most likely had a 1911 as his one go-to handgun for home defense. For this reason, many of us lust after them even though we're converts to the Tupperware warrior guns like the Glock.

But there's still that lust begging to be satiated. So today we talk all things 1911 so you can decide if it's right for you and what to look for.


The 1911 For Beginners Topics Discussed:

  • The number one must-have feature on a 1911
  • John Browning's invention Vs. the modern striker fired pistols
  • The secret to how the US Marines keep their pistols running in top condition
  • Understanding the limitations and setting expectations
  • High-end custom 1911s
  • Off the shelf Vs. DYI
  • Different types of sites and why ledges are important
  • Why night-sites
  • Skeletonized hammers
  • Skeletonized triggers
  • Justin's must-have feature list
  • Pistol sites
  • Beaver safeties

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Sep 25, 2017

In this episode, Daisy Luther drops back by. We discuss starting and stocking your prepper pantry, cutting the grocery bills, and being a food in the apocalypse.

Let's face it, building out and stocking a good pantry isn't sexy for most of us. It's meticulous work requiring a lot of thought and care -- especially for new preppers.  Stocking food and water doesn't go bang, isn't shiny, won't word off zombies, and isn't something we can brag to our friends about. (Well you could, but it's not advisable.)

And it can require a lot of planning ahead. You must know what your family will and won't' eat. There's no point in stocking and squirreling away food items if it's going to go uneaten. You may be thinking, "they can just eat it or go hungry" or you may be thinking, "if they're hungry enough they will eat it". But this creates unnecessary stress for everyone. Why bother?

But with a bit of thought, planning, observation, and smart buying you can put together a great pantry. Then it's just a matter of maintenance; that's the easy part.

There are many considerations, obviously. Fortunately, Daisy did most of the thinking for you and shares her great tips and strategies with you in this episode...


Building out a Propper Prepper Pantry Topics Discussed:

  • Where to begin
  • Why it's important
  • Leveraging a pantry for saving money and budgeting
  • What are good food items to store
  • How to store food with bugs and vermin in mind
  • Keeping everything organized
  • Staying on top of what you have so you don't waste or turn meal time preparation into a scavenger hunt
  • The place for freeze dried food

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Sep 18, 2017

We sit down with author Sara Hathaway; the creator of Day After Disaster and The Changing Earth series. She shares with us her writing story and thoughts on female preppers.

Female preppers tend to be greatly outnumbered by their male counter parts. Most informal reports put the percentages at 30% female and 70% male.

The disparity between sexes is also evident in prepper fiction. It is dominated by male characters -- often overly stylized super soldier types. And this get's boring after a while. So when something, anything, different comes along, we tend to take notice.

Author Sara Hathaway is herself a female prepper. And she's damn proud of it -- as she should be. So her crafting a series of prepper fiction books featuring a strong female character is no surprise.

But some women's reactions to Sara's works are rather surprising. Listen in to hear this and many other topics...

Author Sara Hathaway:

  • Who is she
  • How did she become a writer
  • What is Sara's go to rifle in the apocalypse
  • If she could only have one thing in a collapse, what would it be
  • What's the best $100 she's ever spent on preparedness

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Sep 11, 2017

In this episode, we're joined by author Glen Martin to discuss navigation skills for preppers and survivalists.

Navigation skills are an often overlooked skill. Partly this is due to the perception of it being a non-sexy skill. And this may also be due to the perceived difficulting in learning and practicing the skill.

But it turns out, it’s easier than you might think. And there are some fun tricks. This includes one where your dog tries to tell you which way is north in an exceptionally odd way.

~ Navigation Skills for Preppers Topics Discussed:

* His backstory
* Why Martin wrote <em>Prepper's Survival Navigation</em>
* The case for learning how to navigate overland
* Teaching kids about how to navigate overland
* Talent vs pure skill
* Simple exercises for learning and retaining the skill
* Why not simply use a GPS and forget about learning the skill
* Wilderness survival tips for in case you get lost

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