Episode 24 – A. American And Off-Grid Power

What will you do when the power grid goes down? It might be time to prepare to go off-grid, or just stay on grid and reduce your electricity bill.

Author Angery American, who spent 20 years as an industrial electrician before becoming an author, joins us and describes some tips and tricks to installing an off-grid power system, or economically staying on the electrical grid.

Follow this link here to see all of the books Angery American has written, and follow him on Amazon, so that you can be alerted when he has new releases.

A lot of what we discuss in this podcast can be found in chapter 23 of my book, Dirt Cheap Valuable Survival Retreat. In that book I have a TON of references to off-grid power suppliers and sources of education.

Here are some links to other things discussed in this episode:

The Donna Reed Show. This television show was my idea. Refer to Survival In Motion’s Christmas 2018 podcast

Honda 2kw Portable Generator. These things are great and usually go for around $1,000. Start it like a lawn mower.

Honda 3kw Generator. These things are also great, a little more powerful than the portable 2kw Honda generators, and they come with their own internal battery, so they can start like a car.

Wheel Kit For The Honda 3kw Generator. The 3kw generator weighs 150 pounds, so this wheel kit will make it more portable

Canadian Solar

The Inverter Store

The Solar Biz. This is my favorite supplier and educator. They will make sure you know what you are doing to go off-grid

Backwoods Solar. This is a great supplier and they will help educate you. Lots of articles and personal help.

Real Goods. A good supplier and educator

Amazon sells an impressive 24-volt battery bank at this link here. It might be a good place to start looking.

Scott Hunt (“Engineer 775”)’s website and consulting business is here

Scott Hunt (“Engineer 775”)’s YouTube channel is here. Extremely educational

Scott Hunt’s book (The Practical Prepper’s Complete Guide To Disaster Preparedness) is here. This book should be included in every prepper’s library.

Charlie’s Requiem Retribution (Book 4) by Walt Browning

An Old Fart’s Survival Guide, by Ron Foster

Beano Anti-Flatulence Pills. “Take Beano Before And There’ll Be No Gas.” It just seems appropriate to refer to these pills when also referring to a book written for Old Farts.

 

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Episode 23 – It’s A Wonderful Prepping Life

I know this might be hard to believe, but I was working on an episode of the Survival In Motion podcast when I got struck by lightning, and I was sent back in time into a Christmas movie from 1946. I accidentally sent George Bailey running off the wrong way on the bridge and hilarity ensued. Will I be able to undo all the damage before SHTF?

I eventually convey the important prepper lesson that if you ever go back in time, you need to clean up your mess, so that you don’t mess things up in the present.  For example, if you go back in time and make some changes that aren’t corrected, your parents might never meet and you will not be born, or a few Republicans in 2016 will stay home and someone else will be elected president.

Of course, there is no rule against traveling back in time and gathering some collectible coins and rare dollar bills, then returning to 2018 and selling them all on Ebay.

Join the fun in this episode, and Merry Christmas!

Oh, and the “Alrighty then!” joke is a reference to the movie Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.

Instead of being sent into this movie by a strike of lightning, it might be better to just watch it on DVD:

It’s A Wonderful Life

 

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Episode 22 – Survivalist Author Angery American

Today I caught up with survivalist and post-apocalyptic author, Chris Weatherman, known by his pen name, Angery American.

Angery American is known mostly for having written the “Going Home” book series, which is currently being turned into a TV series. Angery American can be followed on Amazon here.

He has also co-written books with authors Walt Browning and G. Michael Hopf.

In this wide-ranging interview, we discussed how he comes up with the characters and plots in his books, the book business, Beowulf, the political riots in the news lately, and the relationship between prepper enthusiasm and which political party occupies the White House. We even discussed how he got the “Angery” part of his pen name.

Here is the list of blogs, websites, book and YouTube channels Angery American either produces or follows:

AngeryAmerican.net

AngeryAmerican.tv (buy his swag here!)

Alas Babylon book

Sootch00 YouTube channel

Mike The Cop YouTube channel

R&U Videos YouTube channel

Facebook group: Angery American Asylum

 

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Episode 21 – Politics and Violence 2018

Can our country survive the political violence that is so prevalent today? That seems to be the question we face as we get closer to the November 6 midterm elections, and violence is usurping political dialogue.  Every day the news is filled with riots, mobs, assaults, beatings, powder mailings, threats of violence, and on and on.

Sure, both sides are to blame. But from what I see, Democrats and their supporters are responsible for about 99% of the violence.

In this episode I discuss the violence that threatens Americans, and the political leaders who implicitly encourage it. I also have a suggestion as to what average Americans can do to put an end to the political violence, so that we can live in peace.

Here are some links for donations:

National Republican Congressional Committee

National Republican Senatorial Committee

Christian Coalition

 

At one point I discussed the YouTube channel of SouthernPrepper1, which is at this link here. His wife needs prayer as she continues to heal from her surgery.

At another point in this episode, I discuss the podcast Radio Free Redoubt, manned by John Jacob Schmidt. That podcast is found at this link here.

The essay by Sir John Glubb that I discussed, entitled “The Fate Of Empires,” can be found here, and was discussed at Radio Free Redoubt podcast here and here.

 

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Episode 20 – Inside Venezuela Today

In this episode I play some interviews I got from three people who currently live in Venezuela and speak fairly good English. I asked them to answer these questions:

Question 1: What are things really like in Venezuela today?

Question 2: What were Venezuelans told to get them to vote for Hugo Chavez in the late 1990’s?

Question 3: What would you stockpile if you could go back to Venezuela before things got bad that would allow you to better survive Venezuela today?

Question 4: What are your immediate plans?

In my opinion, these people were not nearly as nervous about the situation in Venezuela as I would be if I lived there.  Let’s face it, Venezuela is on its way to becoming a failed state, like Syria, Somalia or Libya.  Anyone who currently lives in Venezuela should just leave.

Also, I believe that what is happening in Venezuela today could someday happen in the United States.

My main takeaway was the common answer to the “stockpile” question.  Most of these Venezuelans said that if they could go back to Venezuela many years ago, they would stockpile dollars.  For American preppers, that translates to the importance of stockpiling “junk silver.”  “Junk silver” is loosely defined as dimes and quarters with the year 1964 or older.  In those coins, it is acknowledged that the silver content of the coin is at least 90%, and it is believed that these coins will be the currency of choice in a post-SHTF United States.  You can buy junk silver coins at a local coin shop or online here or here.

Earlier in the podcast, I read from the end of chapter 1 of my book on survival retreats, Dirt Cheap Valuable Survival Retreat. As I wrote in this book, setting up a survival retreat in the country is easier and cheaper than you might suspect.  But it would also be a good idea to have a “Plan B,” meaning that if society doesn’t collapse as expected, then you can still sell your survival retreat for a profit several years down the road.  My inspiration for this idea is comedian Bob Hope, who made a lot of money with his real estate investments back in the day.

I also recommend another book that also discusses survival retreats, Going Off The Grid by Gary Collins.

Here are some movies that I referred to as giving a good introduction of what life is like in a failed state, like what I believe Venezuela will soon be:

Mad Max

Road Warrior

Book of Eli

Titanic (not that it has anything to do with what I was talking about, but it is a good metaphor for Venezuela today)

 

If you are interested in donating money to charities to help either people inside Venezuela or those who have left, I found some worthwhile charities:

Matthew 25 Ministries

Catholic Relief Services

International Rescue Committee

American Refugee Committee

 

Here are some charities that look interesting but are not rated by Charity Navigator:

Cuatro Por Venezuela

Salto Project — Helping Venezuelans Leave

 

Before donating to any charity, it is a good idea to first check out the charity at Charity Navigator.

 

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Episode 19 – Doctor And Dystopian Author Walt Browning

This was a great conversation I had with doctor and dystopian author, Walt Browning.  Browning has been a doctor in Florida for over 30 years, and has authored several post-apocalyptic books entitled the Charlie’s Requiem series, and a military adventure book, entitled The Book of Frank.  In this conversation, Browning and I discuss many topics, including antibiotics, ways to stop bleeding, dehydration, PTSD, Islamic terror, diseases, first aid kits, dogs, and guns.  We even discuss medical and dental tourism.

Check out Browning’s books on Amazon here, along with the books of his occasional co-authors and collaborators, Angery American and Nicholas Sansbury Smith.

During this interview, Browning and I refer to the following items / websites / books:

The Best Years Of Our Lives DVD.  This is one of Hollywood’s earlier attempts at discussing “shell shock,” now known as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Books for dog lovers: Racing In The Rain, and A Dog’s Purpose books

EMP: The End Of The Grid As We Know It book

Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping book

Amazon 300-Piece First Aid Kit with cool carrying case for only $25!

Compression Bandages

Gauze With Clotting Agent

Trauma Kits: basic / intermediate / maybe too much but if you are totally serious about this stuff

Tourniquet With Holster

Facing Darkness DVD.  This is a gripping documentary about the Franklin Graham Ministry’s attempt to take on the Ebola outbreak in west Africa in 2014

Skinny Medic website (skinnymedic.com).  This looks great.  The website has useful medical stuff for sale and has links to some very helpful YouTube videos

The 15:17 To Paris DVD: this is a great movie, not only because it shows a terrorist getting his butt kicked, but the movie also shows how USAF Airman Spencer Stone stops the bleeding of someone on the Paris-bound train who had been shot in the neck.  This disc also shows actual news footage of Spencer and his friends being awarded medals during their vacation to France.

Where There Is No Doctor book (updated in 2015)

Watch for Browning’s new book releases, and the re-release of “Lost Valley” book, which was an Amazon Kindle World book until Amazon discontinued the Kindle World program.

 

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Episode 18 – Ideas To Deter Burglaries

Who better to advise on making your house less tempting to a burglar than a convicted burglar?  Not me!  I’m talking about a convicted burglar who long ago gave most of these ideas to my wife after breaking into her house.

In this episode I present many ideas on ways to make your house less inviting to a burglar.

Here are the Amazon links to the products I suggest:

Walt Browning book: Charlie’s Requiem, Book 1

Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping (Spanish translation).  Unfortunately the translator of this book has vanished before I was able to interview her on the conditions inside Venezuela today.

Beware of Dog sign.  There are a ton of these on Amazon, but this one is a good place to start.

Timers for lamps.  Same here, many to choose from on Amazon.  But these are great and just had a price cut.

Home Alone DVD

Outdoor wireless solar-powered lights.  I bought these very lights and they are great.

Eneloop AA Batteries

Eneloop AAA Batteries

La Crosse Battery Charger

Goal Zero Solar Battery Charger

naturehills.com is a good online nursery

Wifi-controlled outlets that are controllable from your smart phone.  These look cool.

Ring Doorbell

Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off DVD

 

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Episode 17 – Sneak Preview Of New Post-Apoc Book

I this episode I discuss my previous post-apocalyptic book, entitled EMP: The End Of The Grid As We Know It, available at Amazon at this link here, and the sequel to it, which is coming out soon.  I discuss some of the challenges I had in writing both books, including not making an end of the world book too graphic.

Then I include a reading of parts of the sequel book, which will be released late summer or early fall.  The setting in the part of the book included in this reading is this: it has been three days since the EMP attack on New York City, and the protagonist, David, has decided to stay in town and help out (I advise against this, BTW).  David works for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, and he is working on clearing the stalled cars from the Brooklyn Bridge so that food can be brought in from Long Island to feed the people of Manhattan.

At the end of the reading of part of the sequel book, I have an announcement about something I will be giving away soon, available for a limited time.

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Episode 16 – Prepper’s Sermon: Memorial Day 2018

Occasionally I volunteer to give a sermon at our local nursing home, and included here is a recording of the the sermon I gave last July.  The themes of Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and July 4 are all wrapped into this episode.

Your Christian faith, and what happens to you after you die, are legitimate prepper issues.  Serious preppers should listen to this episode, and take seriously the issue of faith.

There were some serious moments in this talk, but also a few jokes and a happy audience.  There was even a good story I found of George Washington praying during the American Revolutionary War.

There are no Amazon links to any products, but below are some useful links for further investigation into this most important topic (I like these pastors).  You can also find a good local church from these links:

Greg Laurie:

https://www.harvest.org/

John Piper:

http://www.desiringgod.org/

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:

https://billygraham.org/

Voddie Baucham

http://www.voddiebaucham.org/

Ravi Zacharias

http://rzim.org/

 

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Episode 15 – Disgusting Preps

In this episode I go through the most disgusting of all the preps that are found in my two non-fiction prepping books, Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping, and Dirt Cheap Valuable Survival Retreat.  And boy, is this episode disgusting!  Rated “R” for Revolting!

Below are some helpful links for this episode:

Travel bidet with carrying case, for $10 on Amazon.  Much better to stock up on these than trying to stockpile toilet paper.

Here is a link to a pair of (post-childbirth) mentrual cups for $16, including  carrying case.  (The pre-child-birth size is at the link here.)  These are so popular with women, it might be a good idea to use them before any emergency makes tampons unavailable.

Shop rags for $10 on Amazon.  A good last resort for many uses.

Skin fungus cream with a unit cost almost as cheap as what I just bought at Walmart.

Here is the link to a website of a company that sells and delivers pretty basic porta-potties for as low as $700.  They have a ton of options, including a dump valve and a trailer.  Shipping is offered.  This company may or may not work for you, but it is a great place to start.

Rid-X is great treatment for septic tanks.  Be a supporter of culture!

Snake-Catcher for $30 sold on Amazon.  These things are great.  I saw one in action and it was very impressive.

Here is a round-head shovel sold on amazon for $29, which is more than you would pay for a similar shovel at your local hardware store or Home Depot.  But this shovel is very well-made, and an extra-long handle will enable you to chop at a poisonous snake from a longer distance.

Equate brand anti-diarrheal pills.  These would be great to stock up on — very helpful if you eat some bad food.

Equate brand laxative pills.  Same here.

Here is a link to the cheapest odorless garlic pills on Amazon.  $8 for 250 softgels.

I can’t say I have tried these, but here is a link to some IntestinePro pills that might work to cleanse your stomach of parasites.  $25 on Amazon for 30 servings.  Those who have used these pills are very happy with them.

As I wrote in my book, snakes will often get tangled up in bird netting that is put on the ground.  That would make it easier for you to catch and dispatch any unwanted snakes.

 

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