Episode-1965- Expert Council Q and A for 3-10-17 — 19 Comments

  1. I’m enjoying the description of labneh, but have to pause for a quick note: acetic acid is the acid in vinegar; it is not Vitamin C, which is ascorbic acid. Neither of these acids is the sour principle in sumac; that is malic acid (which occurs in many fruits, especially apples, Malus). Malic acid, like the other acids mentioned, also has some reported health benefits. Sumac seed is rich in oils, and that’s what would make it go rancid. That’s good to know; seems like keeping extra in the freezer would be a good idea if it’s not being used quickly.

  2. Part of my garden was concreted by the previous owner, common blackberries took root in the cuts between the concrete slaps (expansion joints) where I can’t get access to dig out the roots. As I am totally against using any herbicide in my garden I have gone down the road of just cutting the shoots regularly, I can say that they are very persistant at fighting back but they can be kept under control this way. I leave the cuttings to totally wither in the sun then compost them only using them in a single bed, (just in case they should take root again).

  3. I accidently hit a link from some site (possibly here) which brought me into part of sticher where there were only ‘survival/prepper’, podcasts.
    I have been unable to find that link route again?
    If I go onto the general stitcher then I can’t find a way to narrow it down to survival/ prepper stuff.
    Instead I am only finding heaps of stuff on stitcher which I am not interested in.
    Can anyone advise me how to get back again into the prepper section of Stitcher?

  4. I am a big fan of labneh. I don’t think draining it in a fridge is necessary. My favorite use is in Tzatziki: strained yoghurt, grated Lebenese cucumber, pressed garlic cloves, salt, pepper and lemon juice. I like it even more with lime juice instead of lemon juice.

    • I agree with that and said so in my follow up. Frankly I think doing the draining in the fridge is a bad idea because you don’t get enough additional lacto activity.

  5. “…because we were just the next group of foreigners to occupy their country as far as they were concerned.”

    Well, not as much as you may think.

    It should be noted that I am basing these opinions from having a father-in-law who was a physician and officer in The Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Army and a brother-in-law who was smuggled out of Vietnam to avoid certain death in the killing fields of Khmer Rouge. He was one of the Vietnamese “boat people.” And from conversations while eating bowls of Pho Bo on the streets in Nguyen Van Luong.

    The first thing to remember is that, when we started to arrive in The Republic of Vietnam, Vietnam was not one country, it was two. The Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North) which was really nothing but a satellite state of China overseen by Ho Chi Minh and The Republic of Vietnam (South) which was finally free, had gained sovereignty in 1955 and was formally recognized by the UN after centuries of occupation. China, through the use of the North and of Ho Chi Minh was not about to let this stand. Make no mistake, this WAS NOTHING like the recent Ukrainian issue. The people in the South were very happy to be out from under foreign occupation and did not want to be a Chinese satellite.

    You may wonder if the South took into consideration how the US treated Japan and South Korea after the bullets stopped flying. Until “The American War” (as the textbooks in Vietnam called it,) We were very helpful in getting war ravaged countries back on their feet and on the road to prosperity. Now we are seen as a power that makes promises, blows shit up and hauls ass when the going gets tough leaving the area in ruins and in a state of chaos.

    Should we have accepted the pleas from The Republic of Vietnam to help them retain their independence? Maybe, if we still had a government and a people that understood honor and commitment but those days were already gone.

    It would be interesting to hear something about the history between the Johnson family and Texas oyster shells or Halliburton. These kind of put Lyndon’s mindset into perspective and help to understand what that war was really all about from our governments standpoint.

    Well it’s time for lunch, maybe some left over Bún Mang Vit

  6. “… sent to war by somebody who intends to lose it or doesn’t intend to fight it properly”

    That statement sums our Johnson era involvement it that conflict perfectly.

    As was mentioned in a previous episode, Ike warned us about this.
    The pertinent part starts at 7:19

  7. At an early age I figured out that most wars envolve wealthy powerfull people having a business disagreement among themselves and sort of resolving it by sending poor people off to kill each other. After a war is over the wealthy powerfull start doing business again safe in the knowledge that the most militant members of both their underclass have been culled for a few generations. War is a tool used by the powerful to cull their working classes of those particular members who could potentially overthrow them. The ruling classes prefer to farm/breed dossile serfs to serve them and remove militant strains. A bit like sellective breeding and culling any animal or plant to end up with a desired controlable breed for a purpose.

    • That’s pretty cool, probably same cost in materials, may not last as long but easy set up and cleaning.

  8. That was an AMAZING critique of my show, thanks so much. It certainly is a mess and I’m just learning all of this stuff from the bottom up. Does anyone else have a recommendation of anything to read, book or site ways?

  9. Mosin Nagants and Surplus stuff….

    Is there a good place to keep up to date on firearms entering the market? I would like to keep up and buy them as they come out. I don’t have time to hang around the gun shops and such..

  10. Concerning saving for college, my husband and I are self-employed. Even though we are lower-middle class, we knew there was no way our daughter would financially qualify for any state or federal education grants. So, we put her college money and much of our retirement savings into two rental properties. The income from these combined with her merit-based scholarships to a prestigious private university mean she will graduate with absolutely no student loan debt. And, once she graduates, the income generated will be once again put towards our retirement. I have to admit that at times it sucks being a landlord but for us, it has been one of the most financially sound investments we could have made. Thanks for the show and all you do.

    • Wow, great, taking it to the next level why not teach her how to do this? Might be more beneficial than that fancy degree. Smart college kids are now getting a house near school, they live in it and rent two – three spots to others. This pays for the mortgage to at least be lower than dorm fees.

      At graduation they either continue to rent it or sell it.

  11. To Josh who asked for help with his podcast. You might try John Lee Dumas’s site, Entrepreneur on Fire. He offers a “free podcast course” that covers at lot of this information. Of course, he is trying to pull you into signing up for his membership groups and advanced courses. But the content in the free podcast course is quite good and might be helpful to you.

  12. Thanks Ms. Albatross! I had tried those podcasts before and not really enjoyed them, but I didn’t know about the podcast educational stuff. I’m not opposed to paying for value. I’m definitely in Jack’s demographic of people who pay for the membership because I get value from his show and don’t want it to go away, rather than doing much saving through purchases. A great model!

  13. I was amazed to hear Jack talking about a spice that I had such fond memories of from Childhood. One of my best friends who I met in first grade was Armenian. His mother was a wonderfully sweet lady who was very good to me over the years. She used to send him to school with two sandwiches every day. One of which was Za’atar mixed into a thick paste with olive oil and spread on bread. He let me try it once when I showed an interest and I was hooked. When he and his family moved out of the state his mother gave me a quart jar full and I savored it for years keeping it in the freezer and using a little at a time. It has been gone for years and I could not find it or even remember how to spell it. I am definitely going to order some now. It’s flavor is hard to describe but I can say it is wonderfully savory, tangy, nutty and unlike anything else.