Episode-276- Listener Questions for 9-14-09

Today we do another round of listener questions on all kinds of stuff like alternative energy, gardening, real estate, bug out locations and more.

First let me take a moment to mention the sad passing of Linda Rawles (wife of James Wesley Rawles).  James have hugely contributed to the survivalist and prepper movement over the past few years.  Let me state as a husband myself that when a man gives this much his wife must give as well and his actions are driven as much by his passion to help others as to be a good husband and provider.  I can only imagine what it is like to loose the woman who is the love of your life.  Please think of James and send him your thoughts and prayers during this time.  (You can see James’ post about his loss on his blog here)

Second the audio today is not as good as usual (ironic as to my comments to aspiring podcasters today).  There is a setting on the recorder that got changed and I did not notice it until I got to my office.  I apologize but will be REMOVING COMMENTS asking me about the audio today since I have posted the reason for it already.  In addition to the accidentally changed setting part of today’s audio issue were the heavy rain pounding on the car.

Tune in today to hear me answer…

  • What will happen with the health care debate?  (please not NOT what I want to happen but what I think WILL HAPPEN and remember you guys asked, lots of you asked)
  • What does it mean if land is zoned “commercial” or more importantly when a commerical piece of land is selling WAY below market value, what can it teach us about buying land and real estate?
  • How the hell do you deal with squash groups?
  • Can social programs work at a very local government level?
  • What can you do for a garden if your yard is fully shaded?
  • Is it too late to start a garden in north for the fall, what crops are best for fall gardening?
  • What if someone owns the mineral rights to land you are considering buying?
  • What advice do I have for a person wanting to start up their own podcast?
  • How do you get your employer on board with disaster planning?
  • When it comes to green energy and food preps do the “ends justify the means”?

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11 Responses to Episode-276- Listener Questions for 9-14-09

  1. Jack on the land thing a friend of mine was going to buy a lot for dirt cheap.But when he looked into it he could not build anything the power company had built the powerlines too close to the ground and refused to put them up higher because they said it would cost too much money.So instead of buying the lot and going to court he just walked away.

  2. Regarding the land…
    If that land is EPA contaminated it could cost MILLIONS of dollars for cleanup, be super careful.

  3. Modern Survival

    @BUB that is a great one to look out for. Imagine your shock when you find that bargin has been saturated with cadmium and is going to cost 500K to clean and as the owner you must clean it or go to jail. OUCH!

  4. On the $500 dollar commercial lot. Check to see if it is heavily polluted. You could be liable for the clean up if it is. Polluted land is sometimes zoned commercial to keep people from building houses on it.

  5. Underground fuel tanks are very common. Older tanks were made of metal, and if the commercial lot was a service station or used for fueling vehicles at all it may have tanks that rusted through and are leaking. The buyer would be required to have the tanks removed and then pay for testing and cleanup if necessary. Very expensive…

  6. As a land owner in Alberta, we do not own our mineral rights. If it has been grandfathered in is the only way a landowner can own his mineral rights. Otherwise they belong to the Government of Alberta and they on a regular basis hand over those rights to Oil and Gas Companys when they put in applications for leases or pipelines. If the landowner objects to a project proceeding, they must go in front of the Surface Rights Board, they should be represented by a lawyer to get the best deal or to have it not proceed. The Oil and Gas industry can then drill directionally and still take what they want, but not on your land. The monies received by landowners who let projects proceed, does not even remotely come close to the profit gained by the companies. There are standard monies set out by the industry to be paid to landowners in the event that the projects proceed. For the amount of damage done to the land the amount is pitiful.

  7. wow. Even you have been sucked into the “healthcare” debate. Sorry, I think it’s a distraction for something else more pressing, like gun ownership. They do NOT care about us, or our healthcare situation. Seriously. If it is going to cost us one red dime more for our own care paid for by our own tax money, it will go down. It’s not going to happen. While we’re all tied up on this issue, they are sneaking in the back door with gun control. They are sneaking in with the control of alternative and natural health substance control. Wake up people. This is not the only issue, just the one they CHOOSE for us to focus on. We’re being manipulated.

  8. Modern Survival

    @Kathy

    You are both right and wrong on this. You are 100% correct that there is other stuff going on, there always is and during these debates is when they try a lot of underhanded crap.

    You are wrong though to dismiss the issue. This is a huge goal of our government. The end game is to control

    food
    energy
    medicine

    Once they have that, they have everything. They are damn close to all three.

    The gun issue is one they want to settle as well but Heller vs DC set the back a bit. Right now they will focus where the momentum is. Gun control is a poison pill at the moment even Reid and Pelosi want no part of it. Now if the Chief Assclown had his way we would have mandatory registration tomorrow, a license for any gun and an outright ban on handguns. Fortunately he ain’t getting his way. He even appointed a very pro gun guy to the Department of the Interior.

    I agree they are up to many things just not this one at this moment. I also am not “sucked in”, I was asked and I answered. I didn’t even say what I think should be done, just what I think is going to happen.

  9. Glad to see that I am not the only one who heard EPA whistles go off in my head about the $500 commercial property. At that price I’d bet $500 it’s contaminated with something and the owner knows it. If the person is going to pursue buying the property ask the current owner for permission to have the land tested for all contaminates by a company of the buyers choice. If they don’t agree, run, don’t walk, away from the deal.

    Healthcare, unfortunately, I agree with Jack’s comments, it’s going to happen and we will be heading down the same road they are in Europe.

  10. Oops, I forgot to ask a question, The mineral rights question is something I am trying to research. When I lived in Michigan we had all mineral rights the land. Here in Arizona, I have read hat the only right you have is to the surface of the land. Is there a place to find out what states allow the restriction of mineral rights?

  11. Great info about podcast :-)Something I’ve been kicking around but haven’t made up my mind.

    It is possible to use hydroponics for some veggies. Set up isn’t cheap but it’s an option.
    Trees around a house are extremely useful.
    The moderate the heat in the summer & the cold wind and snow in the winter. Sometimes the are a problem for solid fuel appliances.

    In western Pennsylvania OGM (oil,gas & minerals) are a concern for land buyers, and should always be included in any title search. I have 45 acres under lease to a coal company and in the past have had a gas lease.
    For experience I would recommend the services of an attorney that specializes in OGM & real estate law for ANY purchase of land – commercial, residential or agricultural. Way too much can happen and go wrong -right up to the closing.
    That said plenty of good land is still available with complete OGM.