Livestock on Your Homestead – A Model of Productivity and Stealth

If you’re raising animals for meat protein, you’ll want to see how Rick Austin does it. When it comes to livestock on your homestead, he sets forth a model of productivity and stealth.

Rick is my guest on DestinySurvival Radio this week to talk about Secret Livestock of Survival. Below I’ll tell you about his book as well as give a few hints of what we talked about.

View what I’ve written about a couple of Rick’s previous DestinySurvival Radio visits and his two other books by going here and here.

The Stealthy Homesteader

If you’re not familiar with Rick, here’s some background info.

“Rick Austin is known as the Survivalist Gardener, and is a preparedness, homesteading and off grid living expert. He is the author of Secret Garden of Survival–How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest which is now the #1 Best Selling book in Garden Design.

“Rick is also the author of the Secret Greenhouse of Survival–How to Build the Ultimate Homestead and Prepper Greenhouse and Secret Livestock of Survival – How to Raise the Very Best Choices for Retreat and Homestead Livestock.

“Rick is a nationally recognized speaker on survival preparedness and has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Castle, Doomsday Preppers, the documentary film Beyond Off Grid, as well as in Newsweek, American Survival Guide, Prepper &Shooter, Prepare Magazine, and in Mother Earth News (three times).

“You can also hear Rick on his #1 rated radio show- Secrets of a Survivalist -on the #1 Preparedness Radio Network, where each week he talks with the world’s best survival experts that share their own secrets of survival.”

The Guiding Philosophy

Rick says he likes to think outside the box. That sounds cliche, but he puts it into practice.

Just like in Rick’s previous two books in this series, Secret Livestock of Survival, will show you how to grow your own sources of food–in this case protein–with a much better return on your investment of time, money, feed, housing and real estate, than with traditional homestead thinking. Plus, these livestock animals are discrete, so most people won’t even know you are raising them.


Secret Livestock of Survival


The Brief Overview

This is an easy to read, enjoyable book, loaded with colorful pictures. Each chapter is a mini primer. Of course, many books can be, and have been, written on the subject covered in each chapter.

Rick begins by making the case for organic, sustainably grown food. It’s simply healthier than conventionally produced and processed food. He’s so passionate about this that he couldn’t help but talk about it during the first few minutes of our conversation.

In the first chapter he summarizes what his first two books are about as a way of establishing his credentials for what he presents. He also covered a little of this when we spoke.

Homesteading can be labor intensive, but Rick has found a number of labor saving, cost cutting ways to do it. As a result, you’ll find numerous sensible gems throughout the book, including recommended resources. He refers readers to several YouTube videos he has produced.

What you’ll find in this book isn’t theory. It’s clear as you read that Rick writes from his own experience. If you’re a homesteader or farmer, you may agree or disagree with some of what you read; but he’s doing what works for him. Thus, he recommends it to his intended readers because it can work for them as well.

It’s clear Rick carefully thinks through what he does. Stealth is important. So is strategy. The animals on Rick’s homestead are part of his method to grow wholesome food without chemicals and fertilizers while keepin it all hidden in plain sight.

Rick is blessed to have a wife (Survivor Jane) who supports what they’re doing. She pitches in to cook wonderful meals, can their abundant produce, make cheese and other dairy items, and more.

Uncounted synergistic relationships are in play on Rick’s property. You’ll recognize it as permaculture.

The Productive Livestock

Animals (and insects) mentioned in the book are ranked in order of return on investment and work. Rick is also quite selective about the animal breeds he raises.

It might sound strange at first, but something as simple as placing the barn closer to the house can make a big difference in animal care.

Meat onl the hoof, or on the foot, is how Rick gets around the problem of freezing and storing meat. In other words, butcher when you need to, rather than set aside a large supply of meat.

Rabbits – They’re easy to raise and are a good meat source. Can you conceive of 90 rabbits a year, each producing 12 pounds of meat?

In the book you’ll find tips on housing, breeding and butchering them. Rick tells how he provides his rabbits with food that replaces what normally comes from the feed store. For example, ever thought of feeding rabbits with barley sprouts?

Honey bees – They help with pollenation and, of course, produce honey. If keeping bees isn’t your thing, Rick suggests asking a local beekeeper to put hives on your place and care for them. You can divide the honey produced.

But he strongly encourages you to raise bees for yourself. It’s easier than you might think, and it’s a good investment.

Ducks – Rick prefers ducks for their eggs more so than for their meat. They lay more eggs than chickens. He has built a duck tractor, similar to a chicken tractor, for his young ducks.

Goats – Nigerian Dwarf goats are Rick’s preferred breed. He raises them for milk, rather than meat. Imagine a gallon and a half per day from three dairy goats. He says their milk doesn’t taste “goaty.” He and his wife preserve all that milk by making cheeses, yogurt, butter and ice cream.

Fish – Aquaponics is a trendy and intriguing way to raise fish and plants, but it is demanding and less appealing to Rick than digging and pond and stocking it with fish.

Chickens – Rick isn’t a fan of raising chickens, in spite of their popularity. They don’t produce meat as efficiently as rabbits, and they don’t lay as many eggs as ducks. His wife has a rare allergy to duck eggs, which is the reason he has chickens.

Pigs – While pigs are a meat animal, they’re farther down Rick’s ranked list. Butchering and processing are quite labor intensive. Nonetheless, like his other chapters, there’s good info in the one on raising pigs.

Nature’s Bounty – The chapter on hunting is short. While many idealize hunting, it’s not the best meat source for your family. Large game must be butchered, processed and preserved. It’s easier to hunt or trap small game, birds and fish.

That said, if you want to hunt and be stealthy about it, use a bow and arrow for larger animals and an air rifle or snares for smaller animals.

Protection and security – The chapter covering this topic focuses mostly on livestock guardian dogs. Other security tips are sprinkled throughout the book.

Rick doesn’t recommend raising…cattle, horses, sheep, geese, turkeys and several exotic animals. Remember, he’s homesteading on a small acreage and focuses on raising animals that give the most bang for the buck.

The Motivating Factors

A key to success in such a homesteading venture is to think like a producer, not a consumer. Rick and his wife aren’t going without any food. They have more than enough. And they’re doing it all on a small plot of land.

Not only are they practicing skills lost to most of us from previous generations, but they’re not dependent on the industrial food grid. Plus, they aren’t spending the money the rest of the population spends at grocery stores.

If you’re considering setting up a homestead like Rick’s, or if you want to modify your current arrangement, don’t wait. Now’s the time to get started. I can heartily recommend all three of his books to give you guidance.

The Information Gateway

I can only give you a taste of what’s in Rick’s book and what we talked about. Thus, you need to hear my conversation with him by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for December 1, 2016. (Right click to download.) Get Secret Livestock of Survival and Rick’s other books by clicking on their titles wherever you see them in this post.

Check out Rick’s site at

Rick and his wife would be happy to welcome you at Prepper Camp. Find out about it at

While most people think of preparing to live off the power grid, you could follow Rick Austin’s example and live off the industrial food grid. The less you rely on that, the wealthier and more secure you’ll be–for now and in the future.


Prepper’s Guide to Knots – Practical for Survival and Fun, Too

Knowing how to tie knots is a practical survival skill to have. And, believe it or not, it can be fun, too.

Nonetheless, I’ll be the first to acknowledge I’m no expert on knots. I have baseball bats for fingers, and tying knots is a challenge.

So after receiving a review of Prepper’s Guide to Knots, by Scott Finazzo, I began to have doubts. Surely, there are those who are more qualified to do a book review and podcast about tying knots than me.

But I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I enjoyed it and learned more than I expected. I believe you’ll want it in your survival library for sure.

If you’re like me and not up to speed on knots, Scott’s book is a great place to start. Plus, I have no doubt that knot veterans will find it useful, too.

In case you think the subject of tying knots isn’t very exciting, well, you’re not alone. But there’s more to it than you might guess.

To help me untangle the subject of knots, Scott joined me on DestinySurvival Radio this week. Below I’ll share a few strands of thoughts about the book, and I’ll string out a hint or two about our conversation.

Not a Not Nerd

Scott Finazzo is fascinated with ropes and tying knots, but he’ll tell you there are others with more knot knowledge and experience. Still, he’s knowledgeable enough to put forth this book.

Scott has been my DestinySurvival Radio guest before, and he’s always good at passing along down to earth information. If you’re not acquainted with him, here’s a little background.


Scott has been a firefighter for nearly 20 years and is currently serving as a lieutenant for the Overland Park, Kansas, Fire Department. He has been an instructor for firefighting tactics, confined space rescue, first aid, CPR, Community Emergency Response Teams, and other emergency training.

In addition to being an emergency responder and educator, Scott has been writing in various capacities for much of his life, contributing to blogs, magazines, and books. Scott’s first book, co-authored with Scott B. Williams, The Prepper’s Workbook, became a national best seller. He followed that up with the narrative of his kayak journey through the Virgin Islands called Why Do All the Locals Think We’re Crazy? Most recently he wrote The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook and Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook.

Scott has a bachelor’s degree in management and human relations, and two associate degrees. Follow him at


Looping Around to the Book


Prepper's Guide to Knots


As info from Scott’s publisher points out, when it comes to survival, tying the right knot can mean the difference between life and death. Ask our firefighters, national guard, and military personnel how ropework saves lives.

Prepper’s Guide to Knots is a step-by-step guide packed with 100 practical, easy to remember knots for both critical and everyday situations.

From the basic stopper knot, like an Overhand Knot, to the famously reliable Bowline Loop (which does not slip, loosen, or jam!), this book will teach you the ropework skills essential for survival.

Unraveling the Subject of Knots

Why this book? In his duties as a firefighter, Scott is a rope rescue technician and knows the value of knots in life saving situations.

While it’s true there are numerous other books out there on knots–some featuring hundreds of them–this one is meant to put forth a select group of knots which should prove useful to preppers for today and for disaster scenarios. Furthermore, knots are presented in a simplified, step by step format.

Most knots in this book require only a few steps to complete. I’m grateful for that because I find knots baffling.

What’s inside? The opening pages are full of interesting tidbits, such as uses for knots and the different kinds of rope in existence. You’ll find out about the materials used to make ropes, how to care for and clean ropes, and important definitions.

By the way, who knew rope needs care and maintenance? It’s not difficult to do, but not something to take lightly.

At 156 pages in print, this isn’t a large book. You’ll be able to take it with you on outdoor adventures.

Yet it isn’t too small to keep you from viewing the illustrations well.

Knots covered are divided into…

  • Basic Knots
  • Bends
  • Binding Knots
  • Loops
  • Coils

Instructions are simple and straightforward. “Knot Notes” and tips accompany many of the knots featured. They give historical background or some other useful tip.

Many of the knots are described in a single page, while others take up two.

Clear drawings comprise most of the book. You’ll see what the completed knot looks like at the top of the page as well as in the final step diagram. There’s plenty of white space to help you focus on the sketches, too. Scott gives credit to the design team at Ulysses Press for bringing everything together so well.

How will you use this book? Well, you won’t likely read it from cover to cover. Decide what task you have in mind, then look through the pages to find one or more knots that will help you do it.

Do you need to hoist or drag something? Maybe you want to tie something down on your truck. Or maybe you need a secure knot for a hiking or camping adventure. During our conversation I asked Scott his thoughts about putting up an old fashioned tire swing in a tree.

In any case, you’ll want to get acquainted with the knots featured in the book so you’ll have an idea of what will work in a given situation. You may want to start with knots that look fun and interesting.

Why not knots? You’ll learn what knots work best in certain circumstances. You’ll also learn what knots you shouldn’t use. For example, don’t use a square knot as a bend. Furthermore, some knots aren’t meant to take a load.

You’ll see knots with functions you may not have thought of. For example, did you know there’s a knot that will serve as the handle for a bottle or jug?

Many knots have interesting names, such as Cat’s Paw, Highwayman’s Hitch, Thief Knot and Tom Fool’s Knot.

As long as knots have been around in some form or other, it surprised me to learn that so many have been created in recent times. I mean since the 1980’s and ’90’s. And Scott says more variants are likely on the way.

Why knots now? Like other preparedness skills, don’t wait until an emergency scenario happens before you learn and practice knot tying. This is a book you’ll want to spend time with as you practice various knots.

Why not have some fun and get your kids or grandkids into knot tying, too? During our chat Scott gave guidance concerning what kind of rope to practice with.

Tying It All Together

Hear my conversation with Scott Finazzo by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for November 17, 2016. (Right click to download.)

Get Prepper’s Guide to Knots by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. I think you’ll agree, it’s worth having this one on hand.

Think about it. Knots can help you have a secure life–in more ways than one.


Landfall – Entertaining and Instructive

When the big one hits, such as an EMP, many of us will be miles from home. But what if you were even farther away, like out at sea?

That’s where a handful of people find themselves in Scott B. Williams’ novel, Landfall: Islands in the Aftermath. It’s volume four in The Pulse Series. It’s a story that lets the imagination go to places far away, while giving you and me the chance to ponder how we would face life that’s different than anything we’ve known to date.

There’s a lot of post-apocalyptic, prepper-oriented fiction out there these days, but I’m not interested in most of it. Scott B. Williams has a way of writing about ordinary people struggling to survive, which appeals to me.

At the risk of sounding cliche, Landfall is a page turner. I spoke with Scott about it on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio. Below I’ll tell you about the book, and I’ll drop a few hints about our conversation.

The Novelist

Perhaps you’ve heard one or more of my previous conversations with Scott, and you may be familiar with who he is. He’s a soft spoken and pleasant show guest.

If you don’t know Scott, here’s some background.

Scott B. Williams has been writing about his adventures for more than twenty-five years. His published work includes dozens of magazine articles and fifteen books. His interest in sea kayaking and sailing small boats to remote places led him to pursue the wilderness survival skills that he has written about in his popular survival nonfiction books and travel narratives such as On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, an account of his two-year solo kayaking journey through the islands.

With the release of The Pulse in 2012, Scott began writing fiction and has since written multiple novels in The Pulse Series and The Darkness After Series, with more sequels in the works to each, as well as a new series coming later in 2016. To learn more about his upcoming books or to sign up for his new-release mailing list, visit Scott’s website at:


Landfall - Islands in the Aftermath


The Novel

Landfall: Islands in the Aftermath continues the saga of a small group people who have sought escape and refuge out at sea in the wake of a giant solar EMP, which has crippled much of the U.S. and beyond. But things don’t go as planned.

As the story begins, their catamaran is grounded on a reef. Larry’s partner Scully is missing, left behind in Florida waters, where the coast is under lock-down by the U.S. Navy. The impulsive actions of a stranger named Russell puts the group of survivors in still greater danger.


As with his other novels, Scott knows how to leave you and me in suspense. Action happens at just the right time. Cleverly planned chapter breaks will make you want to keep reading.

When Russell makes himself known to Larry and Artie, they must decide if they can take him along. Also, as Scully teams up with a couple he rescues, Thomas and Mindy, he ponders their usefulness to Larry’s growing community.

To me, this points out the need to have useful skills for survival if you’re to help both yourself and others. What do you have to offer the group you’ll be part of?

Most of the story takes place at sea in or near the Bahamas. Scott and I discussed how geography, particularly tiny islands, reefs, sandbars and wind, plays a significant role in events.

A little romantic tension is woven into the narrative with the interactions between Jessica, Grant and Casey. Then Russell enters the picture. Jessica isn’t Gran’ts girlfriend, but he finds himself protecting her from Russell’s unwelcomed advances.

As fate would have it, Larry and Jessica find themselves together later in the story, but you’ll have to read the book to decide if there’s any romance going on.


I enjoy reading the reflections of Scott’s characters at various points throughout his novels. It makes them more real. Scott says his stories are character driven.

The variety of characters is instructive to me. While each day you and I deal with individuals with different temperments and talents, think of what it would be like to have to get along with them in a survival situation.

When we first meet Russel, he has been stranded on a small island for weeks. He’d been abandoned by some Canadians he teamed up with to make their escape. As the novel unfolds, we see why he was left behind.

In early conversations on the boat with Larry and Artie, Russell brings up conspiracy theories about the EMP and it’s alleged real cause. He shows shallowness of character when he asks for pot and alcohol.

Larry pegs him as a harmless loudmouth–someone who has to be tolerated. But he underestimates Russell’s ability to pull a stunt that jeopardizes them all. It leads to a series of events that separates the group once again and puts each one in peril.

We catch up with the resourceful Scully as well, who is trapped with a couple, Thomas and Mindy, on an island in the Florida Keys. He rescued them by killing two assailants. In turn, they let him navigate their little boat to meet up with Larry and the rest.

Thomas represents those who see no need for firearms for self defense. But the solar EMP and its aftermath changed all that.

This may be a bit of a spoiler alert, but here goes.

Thanks to the loyalty the group members have for one another, as well as a fortuitous set of events, they find themselves back together at the end of the novel. But we’re left knowing there must be more to the story. Let’s hope it comes sooner than later.

The Further Exploration

There’s much more to my conversation with Scott B. Williams than I can relate here. Hear what we talked about by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for November 3, 2016 (Right click to download.)

At the risk of repeating myself, I enjoy Scott’s novels because they’re about ordinary people doing ordinary things, trying to survive in the aftermath of an unforeseen, widespread disaster. Though this series of novels portrays post-apocalyptic life, you don’t have to totally suspend your sense of disbelief as with so much fiction. And yet the story provides a means of entertainment and escape, as a good novel should.

Apparently other readers agree as evidenced by favorable reviews on Amazon. Get your copy of Landfall: Islands in the Aftermath by clicking on its title wherever you see it in this post.

Read and enjoy.


Forex and Preparedness– What’s the Connection?

Joe Gelet contacted me to refer me to an article entitled What Preppers haven’t Prepped for – the big gaping hole, which sets forth the idea that preppers have prepared for many things, but most have overlooked suitable financial preparation.

This affects our day to day lives both now and in the future, whether you’re concerned about your retirement fund or the ever increasing price of a loaf of bread. Joe’s remedy? The info in a book he wrote called Splitting Pennies: Understanding Forex.

What is Forex? And what is the connection to preparedness? We should know something about this if we’re going to understand how the monetary world works so we can best be prepared to live each day or face an economic collapse.

Joe and I talked about these things on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio.

Below I’ll pass along info to help you get acquainted with who Joe is. Then I’ll share observations about his book and our conversation.

Getting to Know Joe Gelet

Once you have a look at the following info, you’ll have to agree it takes such a bright person as Joe to tackle something so complex to the rest of us mere mortals.

“Joseph James Gelet was born in Anaheim, California in 1980 and grew up bi-coastal, in Southern California and Boca Raton, Florida. His interest in computers led him to electronic trading and algorithm development when there was no ‘program trading’ or algorithmic industry to speak of. Joseph Gelet has been trading since 1996. He began day-trading equities during this time and was always on the cutting edge of algorithmic electronic trading.

“In 1999 Mr. Gelet began a quest to develop an intelligent trading system for the markets – but at that time algorithmic trading was heresy. In 2002 Mr. Gelet founded Elite E Services in New Zealand, the first boutique Forex broker in the jurisdiction (currently, New Zealand is a Forex hotspot).

“In 2006 Mr. Gelet became registered with the NFA as a Member CTA (#373609) with a Series 3 designation, Gelet featured in futures magazine through Elite E Services, Inc. USA – and for many years, managed client funds using algorithmic Forex systems. EES was twice named top 10 CTA by Barclay Hedge, as well as receiving press from publishers such as Futures Magazine, Stocks & Commodities magazine, FX Magazine, and many others.

“Mr. Gelet is a well read author, he has authored 2 books on the topic of Forex as well as countless articles both in leading print and online publications.

“Always staying on the cutting edge of algorithmic electronic trading, he recently pioneered the first Binary Options Forex robot available in MT4 format. He also is an expert Forex consultant to Steinmeyer Law, a leading securities class action & anti-trust litigation firm. He holds a Series 3 license (Commodity Trading Advisor), and has developed an in-depth Forex training course which has helped many Wall St. professionals and international investors understand the nuances of Forex.

“Mr. Gelet has been the Forex & IT consultant to many FCMs, FDMs, Banks, Hedge Funds, and Universities. Due to the overwhelming amount of fraud and unscrupulous practices in Forex in the United States, Elite E Services decided to withdraw from the NFA in 2014 in pursuit of opening a Forex bank.

“Joseph Gelet lives in South Carolina with his wife.”


Splitting Pennies - Understanding Forex


Getting Into the Book

You’ll note from the following summary that this isn’t a book specifically about prepping. It’s a book about finances–an area many of us need help if we’re to be better prepared.


“What is Splitting Pennies all about?

Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex is a book about our global financial system and its direct impact on every human being on this planet Earth. Every day, our money is worth less and less. Splitting Pennies explores why, through the prism of its mechanism; Forex. Forex is the largest business in the world and the least understood. This is not taught in school – start your journey, and just read.

Splitting Pennies displays practical examples of how many have profited in Forex, the history of Forex, and practical examples of strategies to use for your portfolio. Readers of the book will know more than a Harvard MBA about Forex, and can consider themselves Sophisticated Forex Investors (SFI).

“Complex topics such as currency swaps are broken down in digestible form, for the average investor or for financial professionals. Splitting Pennies is a must read for those in investment banking, securities, fund management, accounting, banking & finance, and related fields. But it’s written for the layman, the worker, the average investor – the student in us.”


Parts of this book were smooth sailing as I read, while other parts went right on past me. If you get bogged down in certain parts of the book, like I did, stay with it because it makes for thought provoking reading.

Even if you’re like me and don’t get all that’s in it, you’ll get enough to move your understanding forward on what money is and how markets work. And you’ll get a good picture of Joe’s opinions on the Federal Reserve, banks in general, and the policies of those in power who don’t take kindly to threats to the supremacy of the U.S. dollar.

Like a mystery novel, Joe drops clues throughout the book as to the nature and scope of Forex.

Broadly speaking, if you know a little something about Forex, you’ll know why your dollar buys less and less as time passes. You’ll understand more about what has real value.

You may also be able to determine whether or not you should own silver or gold. And you can figure out for yourself what role bartering should have in your preparedness strategy.

If you have money tied up in investments, you’ll want to pay attention to chapter 7. It’s on investments and finding a good manager. The more you know, the less chance you have of getting scammed.

If you want to get into Forex trading yourself, check out chapter 8, which describes Penny Splitter, a software program useful for Forex investors.

By the way, here’s a bonus Joe offers.

“Every owner of Splitting Pennies is entitled to receive their free unlimited copy of “Penny Splitter Expert Advisor, a fully automated algorithm designed specifically for the foreign exchange market.”

The book winds up with references which include a multitude of Internet links.

Getting Acquainted with Forex

Joe and I had no trouble filling the time allotted to us for DestinySurvival Radio. He’s quite knowledgeable and explains things thoroughly.

When I asked him to define Forex, it might sound at first like he’s going down a rabbit trail. But he’s not. Listen carefully to what he says about the U.S. dollar and foreign exchange money markets, and it will make sense. Throughout his book he layers on finer points describing Forex.

Here’s how massive Forex is.

Forex is the driver of the global economy. It supercedes nation states, politics, even religion. It’s not governed by law, but by trading principles.

Our Federal Reserve plays a large role in Forex, as do other central banks.

In the book he asserts it’s irrelevant as to who owns the Federal Reserve.Things are what they are. We owe it to ourselves to know a little something about how the system works.

It’s startling to think our Federal Reserve can create money from nothing, and we accept it as such. Yet this plays a significant role in inflation, which affects all of us. Joe and I talked about this and explored what it means to have a fiat money system.

Even though the Fed can create money from nothing, it wouldn’t be wise to print ourselves out of debt. Nor would it be a good idea to go into default.

But about that ever present fiat money…

This may sound shocking to some, but Joe asserts in his book that the U.S. dollar isn’t backed by gold but by bombs. You won’t want to miss what he has to say about this during our conversation. If you’ve paid attention to the news for the past 10-15 years, you’ll observe he’s not saying anything we don’t already know.

To me all of this is terrifying. We’re living in a world whose system is based on feathers and fairy tales.

Does that mean the many dire predictions about a sudden economic crash are sure to come to pass?

Not as Joe sees it. Or at least not in the way most sensationalists would have us believe. That’s because there’s no good alternative to the dollar.

What does Joe mean when he says banks can’t do without the economy, but the economy can do without banks? We discussed that. And I think it bodes well for us, should we end up in the midst of the proverbial postapocalyptic scenario one day.

And what about Bitcoin and other alternate currencies? They’ve been touted as revolutionary and independent of the big banking system. But are they? Listen to Joe’s comments and draw your own conclusions.

If you make financial investments, Joe offers what seems to me to be a reasonable solution. But what if you can’t invest?

If you had $1,000 to put toward getting prepared, what should you do? I think you’ll be surprised by Joe’s advice. (Hint: It’s a practical position I have taken for quite some time.)

Joe’s goal is to help you and me be better prepared financially. Thus, his book. You may also want to see

Going Deeper

As usual, there’s much I’m simply unable to pass along in this post. Be sure to hear my conversation with Joe Gelet by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for October 13, 2016. (Right click to download.)

Then get Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex wherever you see it’s title linked in this post. Joe’s book is where you should go to get a better grasp on Forex.

Understand our world and be better prepared.


DestinySurvival Radio Features Selected Gateway Preparedness Expo Highlights – Part 2

This week on DestinySurvival Radio I conclude highlights from the Gateway Preparedness Expo, September 17-18, 2016, in St. Charles, MO. I had the opportunity to be there a few hours on Saturday afternoon, the event’s first day.

I spoke to a handful of exhibitors so I could share their information with you. On this week’s show you’ll hear conversations with…

I also spoke with representatives from…

I think you’ll find these conversations informative. Hear this week’s show by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 29, 2016 (Right click to download.)

If you missed last week’s show, click here for Part 1.


DestinySurvival Radio Features Selected Gateway Preparedness Expo Highlights – Part 1

This week’s DestinySurvival Radio is different than anything I’ve done before because I was fortunate enough to attend the Gateway Preparedness Expo in St. Charles, MO, Saturday, September 17, 2016. The expo took place on Sunday, too; but I wasn’t able to attend then.

I was only able to spend a few hours at the expo Saturday afternoon. Knowing my time was limited, I recorded a handful of conversations with exhibitors and didn’t attend any of the seminars.

I was thrilled and honored to meet Joe and Amy Alton (a.k.a. Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy) in person. They’ve been frequent DestinySurvival Radio guests. And I met a few people whose companies I’d heard of before.

Whether or not you’ve been to a prepper expo, I hope you’ll listen to and enjoy this week’s show. It features conversations with…

…As well as representatives from…

Hear this week’s preparedness expo excursion by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 22, 2016 (Right click to download.)

Find more highlights when you click here for Part 2.


Prepper’s Armed Defense Explains Your Options for Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Jim Cobb joined me on DestinySurvival Radio this week to talk about Prepper’s Armed Defense. It explains your options to help protect yourself and your family.

It’s not a “how to” manual for you or me to bolster our bravado. It’s not about being the aggressor. As the title suggests, it’s about defending oneself when the need arises.

Jim set out to write a book with information you can trust. You know your situation best, so you can pick and choose the options that will help keep you and your family alive, should the need to defend yourselves arise.

His Creds

With a mini-library of survival and prepper books to his credit, you may already be familiar with Jim Cobb. If not, here’s a little background.

“Jim Cobb is the author of several books focused on disaster readiness, such as Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide, Countdown to Preparedness, Prepper’s Financial Guide, and the #1 Amazon bestselling Prepper’s Home Defense. He has been a student of survivalism and prepping for about 30 years. He is the owner of, a rather popular disaster readiness resource. Jim and his family reside in the upper Midwest and he is currently working on several more books.”


Prepper's Armed Defense


His Book

At 178 pages, Prepper’s Armed Defense isn’t a long book. It’s an easy read. Illustrations are scattered throughout.

Chapters cover…

  • The Realities of Self-defense
  • Non-lethal Self-defense Options
  • Firearms
  • Projectile Weapons
  • Knives
  • Melee Weapons
  • Martial Arts Weapons
  • Homemade Weapons
  • Force Multipliers

His Approach

As with Jim’s other books, this one is well reasoned and loaded (no pun intended) with common sense. You’ll see an array of weapons and weapon wannabes you may not have thought of.

But the information is basic and uncomplicated. Any jargon or slang is defined in simple terms.

As an example, those who have used firearms a good while may find some of the info in the firearms chapter to be elementary, such as the descriptions of a revolver,a semiautomatic pistol and various long guns. But it’s good info for those not that familiar with firearms. In fact, Jim says some have thanked him for dumbing down the subject matter.

After all, we all have to start somewhere.

Speaking of ignorance–unintentional or otherwise–our media would do well to stop referring to semiautomatic rifles as assault rifles. Jim and I touched on this in our chat.

It’s clear Jim wants to help you and me to get rid of any romantic notions we may have picked up from movies and novels. Defending ourselves is a subject to be taken seriously.

And yet, as odd as it may sound, imagination–think clever and devious–will serve us well. Be resourceful.

His Advice

Face reality. Right from the start, Jim tells us the down side of needing to practice self defense. An incident will be stressful. Avoid trouble when possible. Deal circumspectly with police. Get a good lawyer.

If you’re using a firearm and pull the trigger on someone, are you justified in doing so in the sight of the law? What are you legally allowed to do where you live? The significance of this shouldn’t be underestimated.

Your job is… Keep yourself and your family alive. But if you have to take defensive action, Jim says it should be swift, violent, brutal and decisive.

If you’re going to carry any weapon for self defense, you need to be mentally prepared to use that weapon. You could put yourself in greater danger if you don’t use it when you need to.

To kill or not to kill. It depends on where we are and when we are. are you being attacked today? Or is it taking place after disaster and anarchy are the order of the day? If you have to make this decision in the here and now, again, know the laws whre you live.

When the size of your gun matters… Jim recommends shooting the largest caliber you can comfortably handle. The notion of comfortability is important. No sense in incurring recoil and its consequences any more than you have to. That should be good news especially for women shooters.

It’s also a good idea to have plenty of ammunition for your firearms. It’s better to have fewer guns and abundant ammunition for them.

Find a prepping instructor you can “mesh” with. Has the topic of self defense become too militaristic? Jim and I spend a few minutes hashing this out, and I think you’ll appreciate what he has to say.

Consider the non-lethal options. I’m glad Jim wrote a chapter on non-lethal self-defense. For those who have a fear of firearms, there are other weapons you can use, such as pepper spray, electroshock weapons, and even a very bright flashlight.

But often just the presence of a firearm in hand gives an intimidation factor to your advantage.

In any event, it’s good to know there are other options if you’re unable to use a firearm, for whatever reason.

The chapter on projectile weapons covers the bow and arrow, crossbows, slingshots and blowguns–a fine assortment of weaponry you won’t have to register.

In the chapter describing various knives, Jim reminds us that defending yourself against an attacker will be up close and personal. Do as much damage as you can as quickly as you can, then flee as fast as you can.

Melee weapons are used in close proximity to your attacker in close quarter fighting. These include brass knuckles, clubs, batons, walking sticks, blackjacks, machetes, spears and tomahawks, to name a few.

I confess, I’m not familiar with the martial arts weapons Jim describes, so I’m glad for his overview. He emphasizes the need for getting good training if you’re going to use any of these weapons.

If acquiring certain of these weapons puts them out of your reach, whether because of cost or legal issues, you’ll appreciate the chapter on homemade weapons. You’ll find a recipe for pepper spray, a molotov coctail, hairspray flame thrower, and something as simple as a rock in a sock.

Jim observes that just about anything can be a weapon, as long as enough force and creativity are applied.

Alarms, surveillance cameras and booby traps are among the topics covered in the chapter on force multipliers.

My Recommendation

There’s more to our conversation and his book than I can relate here, so be sure to listen to DestinySurvival Radio for September 15, 2016. (Right click to download.)

Jim welcomes your prepping questions. is where you can go first. He’s also on Facebook.

Don’t buy Jim’s book hoping you’re going to become a super soldier who can take on all comers. But do buy it so you can make an informed decision on what you need to protect you and your family in your particular situation.

Get Prepper’s Armed Defense by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. And protect yourself in the best way possible.