Episode-2006- Listener Calls for 5-18-17

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10 Responses to Episode-2006- Listener Calls for 5-18-17

  1. Maclura tricuspidata ~ Mandarin Melonberry would probably work great for Frazier Park, Ca. I grow them in zone 8A @ 4,500′ and they’re tough & drought tolerant.

  2. Thanks Jack for the mention.

    Here is where my stories have appeared on The Survival Podcast:
    http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/feedback-7-7-16 at about the 1:08:30 mark. We Need A Monster

    And America’s Big Game
    http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/feedback-9-15-14 about the 50 minute mark.

  3. Song of the day segment:

    I think the increase of problems some returning vets had and are having today from the Vietnam era and Gulf Wars compared to WWII is more a function of the mental and physical toughness of the people of the time. The realities of war were much closer to the realities of daily life then than they are now. If somebody got sick in the 40’s or 50’s the reality that they might die was in the front of their minds while by the late 60’s that concept was replaced with the thought that they would be fine soon unless they had a diagnosis of a specific terminal illness.

    Along with that the relative comfort levels were more similar in WWII than now. In the forties if you took a farm boy from South Georgia that had a brother die from a farming accident and a mother that died from TB and sent him to the South Pacific to fight the Japanese, he was used to the realities that it’s hot and muggy and people close to you die. By the Vietnam era life in the US was much better and most of the troops that went to the Gulf had never lived without central heat and AC.

    If this were not the case Vietnam would have a much greater problem with this than we do… and they don’t. This struck me one day in Cairo Egypt when this woman carrying a baby just walked into the road in front of us, in traffic we can’t comprehend here, without looking and no she was not starring into a cell phone. She just wanted to get to the other side of the road. When I said something about it to my local driver, he said “27 million people here and 2 die, who cares.” There is a direct correlation between quality of life and value of life.

    • Michael Floyd

      I had a friend in Germany who joined the US Army right at the end of the Vietnam war. He was stationed in Germany, and he said a lot of soldiers returning from Vietnam were stationed in Germany a few months before they were shipped home. They weren’t assigned to duties, they just hung out in the barracks and drank and got high, and the Army knew, “We can’t send these guys home yet.”
      Now, we just put our soldiers on watch lists and call them dangerous because they served their country. The more things change…

    • I think the biggest difference between WW2 /Korea and Vietnam to present day is the way technology has altered troop movement. Vietnam was the first war to heavily use Helicopters for troop deployment and evacuation thereby enabling the military to insert troops into any needed location quickly. This method of troop deployment is still the norm today. This technology advancement allows a smaller number of troops to cover a larger area and thereby substantially increased the number of days soldiers saw combat in a year. Helicopters also save the lives of wounded soldiers which makes it difficult to compare casualty stats of pre-Vietnam wars with post-Vietnam wars. With soldiers seeing more combat per year it is not a surprise to have an increase in mental health issues.

  4. There are two competing cabbanoids CBD and THC the more CBD the less THC. CBD is medicinal THC is the high. There are THC free cannabis plants hemp. But THC marijuana does have some CBD in it. Confusing but the pharmaceutical industry convinced the government to outlaw both.
    I am not saying THC has no benefit, with the present snobs we may never get an honest evaluation of either.

  5. FYI if anyone was still considering Full Life or Variable Universal Life, let me be another voice against it. I was sold it when I was 21 by a slick talking investment advisor who made it sound amazing… Just invest money into it, and you won’t pay any tax on the gains, ever! He talked about how “he was losing money on this one, but he knew I would grow wealthy with him and we would win together.” I really didn’t think I was that gullible back then…

    When I was 21 and in absolutely perfect shape $250k in insurance was costing me over $1,000 a year. When we had our first kid I got a 20 year level term policy. I was 29, weighed more, and was one or two steps below the perfect that I was at 21. Four times the insurance cost me $1100 per year… So four times the insurance, against someone older and not as healthy cost nearly nothing.

    The Variable Universal policy also had a 50% penalty for any money withdrawn before ten years. On the week that policy turned ten years I cancelled it and got my money out.

  6. Further on the seed starting, DIY grow tent. Wrap a shelving unit with the foam insulation or like a reflectix-type material.

    I also use a mix of 2700k and 6500k CFLs with clamp work lights and y-splitters

  7. Jack, thanks for answering my question about seed starting.

    I had listened to Episode 1932. In hearing your answer today, I think my mistakes were too much watering and not enough light. I might not have understand how much light they needed once they germinate. I had my seed tray near a window but no direct sunlight coming in. I was using a smaller LED than the Kingbo(I do have one, just not the space to set it up currently) but I didn’t use it often enough I don’t think. Im going to run another batch of seeds sometimes soon and Ill make changes and see how that goes.

    As always, thank you!!

  8. This is for Mark on seed starting. I’ve made two Youtube videos about the 2 indoor grow setups I’ve put together for salad greens, seed starting, and growing things like tomatoes year round. I talk about the equipment and pricing.

    Salad bar LED video:

    Indoor veggie grow tent video:

    Thanks for all you do Jack, I started this Youtube channel and associated blog inspired by your 2017 challenge to “get out there and building something”.

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