Episode-2230- Expert Council Q&A for 6-1-18 — 15 Comments

  1. This is a bit of tangential topic — but an excellent video / conference call example of how 30+ days into a disaster “officials” and “media” come “understand” and “feel the pain” (or not) of actual folks on the ground. And how “officials” are “rewarded” different from folks in the clutches of a mess.  It funny to watch a man beat his mule. It is another thing to be the mule.

    For those of you who interact with local governments — and the mass media — in both official and unofficial capacities — 28 min video link below — from 31-May-2018 —  has two excellent components — (a) Video “eye candy” of Lower Puna eruption, and (b) Useful “grind” example of management of “group knowledge” via conference calls.   What do we know, how do we know it — and what it means (at least to officials and the media. The mules being beat are not in the conference call).

    One key note:  Most of the “main stream media” are so ignorant of any technical issues — simple things like switching between degrees C and degrees F — that speakers & officials cannot assume any “foundation” knowledge — and must explain small details — and act as “on the fly” earth & environmental science and civil defense tutors.

    How to watch?  Best on Big Screen TV — the video is much better than the 10 sec slices a typical TV new spot flashes over.

    Who is “Big Island Video News” (BIVN)?  Good question.  Not certain if private, Hawaii county sponsored or other.  BIVN is clearly aggregating & editing — into informative and coherent narratives —  video & audio from public and private sources — and seems to be operating “in the public interest.”

    Brain fuel and “real life” example for emergency response, media management — and the “grind” of a slow torture disaster for Puna Hawaii communities.

    Regards, Spencer T

    ==> 28 min video, much video ‘eye candy’ and conference call details:

    ==> Who is Big Island Video News?  Best About page?

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    Deirdre: “A wealthy scoundrel seduced and betrayed me.”

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    — 1998 Film, Ronin

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  2. skip to 34:00 To hear about cooling rabbits and cages with Nick Ferguson

  3. Nooook short for noooocleus not nuck!

    Also oxallic acid not o-lick acid.

    Yes it’s petty, but those in teaching roles should use proper pronunciations.

  4. It seemed to me that Doc Bones focused more on athlete’s foot, rather than toe nail fungus in his reply. All very good information but, in my humble opinion, not that relevant to toe nail fungus. (I’ve been dealing with toe nail fungus for a couple of decades.)

    I’ve never wanted to take “medication” for it. One of the few things I’ve found that works is soaking the affected foot in an herbal mixture that was “brewed” with apple cider vinegar.   Here’s a link to it on Amazon. (I don’t think Jack will mind — this issue probably isn’t broad enough to be an “item of the day”).

  5. Re: Blockchain disruption

    I’m currently doing some consulting work with a local startup that’s trying to incorporate blockchain technology into an existing service. And it’s just as you said, cryptocurrency itself has little to do with this project (beyond the desire to have future options to make payments in crypto).  The thing that’s given me the most pause with this project is the privacy issue you briefly mentioned, as one feature of the proposed blockchain product is to allow affiliate companies to share customer data (particularly the data on past delinquent payments, fraud, and other negative customer data relating to this particular industry). I see the utility and reason behind this, but I worry about the potential for mistakes or abuse. I’ve made a number of recommendations and the developers have proposed some measures in response, but I still worry about overlooking something or the company not giving the issue enough importance in the final product (privacy issues don’t get the same amount of attention here as in the U.S.).

    Of course, that assumes this startup is actually successful in the attempt (this is in the very early stages). But then even if they aren’t, some company will succeed at it eventually. Things are moving so fast… this must have been what it was like working in the early Internet companies in the 90’s. Sometimes I feel barely qualified to give advice and recommendations on some of this stuff, but the fact that the small amount of knowledge and experience I’ve acquired thus far is still more than 95% of the other IT people here. And I have to give credit for some of that to you Jack, as you were the one that first got me interested in this stuff and you keep throwing all this knowledge our way 🙂

  6. Steven Harris was talking about CPAPs on the show.  My wife and I spent a week in a house boat in Florida and she needed her CPAP.  Hers is setup to run off 120VAC or 12VDC , order the plug setup from the company she got it from.  They gave us a 12V marine battery to run her CPAP, they didn’t want us running the generator all night and there wasn’t any way to hook to the battery bank.  That one battery ran her CPAP all week with no problem.  Not sure how much charge was left in it.  Also on 12v she had to take the water part off and just run the air pump.

  7. I raise my rabbits in a colony. I have 5 does I keep for the manure for the garden. I have had no problems and the rabbits are happy and healthy. I made a 3 foot mound of dirt in the center that the rabbits borrow into. If your interested there are facebook groups on this. Search for Rabbits in colonies. In my opinion it is a more humane way to keep rabbits and possibly cheaper with out the expense of multiple cages etc. They are very social creatures.

  8. Steve and Jack are right about the weight issue — though not always the case, let’s face facts — it is highly likely the case for most apnea sufferers.

    I was 300lbs – and I had an AHI of 100 — yes 100. After losing 80lbs  I no longer needed the machine and I was feeling SO much better.

    But over the last few years I crept back up 20lbs – and I feel it again. Even went for another sleeps study and though I am just across the threshold for needing a machine – I am instead focusing my energy on losing that 20 lbs again.

    good luck

  9. Do you have a link for the article/whatever you referred to when you said “it’s come out finally that they’ve been lying to us [about carbohydrates etc]”?

    I know it’s true already because I understand the science, but it’s nice to have a good article or whatever to shove in peoples’ faces when they tell me I’m a nut-job for believing in REALITY…

    I don’t watch TV or use facebook, so I guess I’m living under a rock and may have missed it if it was publicized… Thanks!

  10. I have been raising rabbits for over 8 years, and I have to say I have never had a problem with Coccidiosis  I have met many people who raised rabbits in Tasmania and no one has ever had a problem with it.  I suspect it could be because everyone is practicing good hygiene (cleaning up) with their bunnies, or maybe the locations in which we live.

    With the highest degree of respect to Nick, I believe his warnings on the dangers of Coccidiosis were a little over exaggerated.  To state that keeping rabbits on the ground (where they actually live in nature) will almost always cause Coccidiosis, I believe is not correct.  I know people who keep rabbits in the same area for weeks and they don’t get sick.

    It probably depends on where you live… perhaps Coccidiosis is less of a problem in Australia.

    If you are interested in a ground style rabbit hutch, please check out my instructions here.

    • Hey Dan, I have also been raising rabbits for 6 years and all 3 of my colony attempts have been utter failures. Wild rabbits are moving over many acres, not the 100-1000 square feet that most colonies so the disease concentration is much higher in a colony. I feel that domestic rabbits need wire cages that can be sanitized and secure.