Episode-341- Listener Feedback 12-21-09

Back on another Monday with another round of questions.  Many of them are centered on land and land purchases today, a bit on libertarian politics at the end, some stuff on solar power during a SHTF, a bit on HSA’s and a report in from the North East on the big snow storm and its’ impact.

Tune in today to hear…

  • What is vanishing from store shelves in the North East, it ain’t food
  • What is an HSA, how do they work, why aren’t they more popular
  • How do you evaluate pricing on a large parcel of land
  • If the SHTF what will we do for our solar systems once our batteries run out
  • Would I buy land bordered on three sides by others who have not built yet
  • Can you use an IRA to buy land, what are the advantages and disadvantages
  • If the constitution applies to humans, not just Americans how does that effect the use of military force

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9 Responses to Episode-341- Listener Feedback 12-21-09

  1. @ 6:58 of todays podcast, you let a juicy burp, maybe a Hardees sausage, egg and cheese. I give you a 6.5 of 10 for the way you just kept going. Hysterical.

    Love the show, especially today.

  2. I have been listening for awhile, joined the members support brigade because I believe that you support those who support you. I think todays broadcast was the best I have listened to. Keep up the good work.

  3. I\’ll come clean: I\’m on SSDI (Social Security I paid into, if you work you pay into it too, so don\’t attack me!)and Medicare. The SSA makes me pay 110.00 a month for worthless insurance. I tried to cancel and they said no. The only way they would let me cancel would be if I had other insurance. I raised a stink and they threatened to have me arrested and put away in a mental institution for refusing Medicare. Jack is right when he says, you will be forced to accept this Obamacare.

  4. Modern Survival


    Holly crap I thought I had hit pause and that wasn’t in there! Been really in a rush this week and didn’t check. DAMN!

    Sorry folks if you have the original consider it a collectors item the file has now had the “interruption” edited out.

  5. @Jack,

    No worries, rather entertaining. 😉 We’re only human.

    God Bless & Merry Christmas all!

  6. My company started offering HSAs as part of a high-deductible health plan this year. They have a set contibution to my account and then a match to the tax-free $$ I put in. They still come out even since the high-deductible part is such a cut from usual prices.

    I agree with Jack that HSAs will likely be hurt by the new crap from Washington DC. But I was excited to get started this year since it could end up being one of those weird beneficial programs that are closed but grandfathered over for existing users when everyone else is forced to something else. I think I’ve heard of obscure railroad pensions (instead of Social Security) that end up giving big benefits rather than pennies on the dollar like the masses get back. The HSAs could be like that and yield some kind of advantage in the future, even in the middle of a bad system. At least it is tax-free money that can be used for almost anything medical, like first aid equipment or OTC medications. Just need to keep records of what you spent it on.

  7. Should also mention that the account earns interest and as I understand it can even be invested once it grows past a certain point.

  8. Jack,
    Great show as usual. The info you gave on the long term issues of batteries was right on. One thing I would add, regarding long term storage of batteries for future use, I believe that new lead acid batteries may be stored dry (i.e., separate from the electrolyte (sulfuric acid) almost indefinitely. When you are ready to put them into use, the electrolyte is then added.
    Merry Christmas!

  9. Jack Great show as usual! The part at batteries stored on concrete is an old wives tail, The discharge part is true for turn of the century wood cased or natural rubber batteries. Check the following (http://www.thebatteryterminal.com/TechTalk_Batteries_on_Concrete.htm)or from trojan battery sire (http://www.trojanbattery.com/Tech-Support/FAQ.aspx)

    Q: Storing a battery on concrete will discharge it quicker-
    A: Long ago, when battery cases were made out of natural rubber, this was true. Now, however, battery cases are made of polypropylene or other modern materials that allow a battery to be stored anywhere. A battery’s rate of discharge is affected by its construction, its age, and the ambient temperature. The main issue with storing on concrete is that if the battery leaks, the concrete will be damaged.