Episode-358- Listener Feedback 1-18-10 — 13 Comments

  1. @Burnt Hollow,

    Damn It! I hate when that happens stupid photo shop jerks. I am pretty sure it is a hoax now seeing that. The people that do this do more harm then good. Guess I have to retract things tomorrow.

  2. Here you go: \"Another Ice Age?\" from June 24th, 1974.,9171,944914,00.html

    \"Man, too, may be somewhat responsible for the cooling trend. The University of Wisconsin\’s Reid A. Bryson and other climatologists suggest that dust and other particles released into the atmosphere as a result of farming and fuel burning may be blocking more and more sunlight from reaching and heating the surface of the earth.\"

    Of course! All they needed was some weaselly Vice-President to champion it, and maybe it would have stuck.

  3. I’ve been battling ants of all sorts off and on for a few years (except the TSP sort, of course!). Don’t get me wrong, like Jack mentioned in the show, ants do actually provide benefits. In addition to their hunting prowess, their burrowing activities create air pockets in the soil…making it easier for earthworms to move in after their mound has been abandoned. How to get them to abandon a mound? I’ll post a few non-toxic methods on the forum. A preview of what to expect: use old-man winter to your advantage; a long stick, some liquid dish soap and large amounts of boiling water can be very effective; evict the suckers and slow their return by removing their friable soil and replacing it with more compact filler.

  4. I lost about 80 our of 100 red tips that I planted to fire ants. They probably don\’t hurt established plants but put too much air to the roots of immature plants I guess. We did all else correctly including mulching.

  5. Jack:

    Great answer to my question. I had just gotten in a rut. You reminded me why I’m prepping. It’s all positive.

    I appreciate your comments on my wife. You’re trying to kick me (and others) in the ass but you do it because you care.

    Things are going in the right direction with her. I had kind of a breakthrough lately.

    I’ve accomplished a lot of stuff in my life. Getting her on board is my mission now. I’ll do it. I know me.

    Thanks again, man.

  6. @Heavy G

    On the wife, very simple. Go toss the breaker switch to off and then say. We are going with out power for 2 hours and you are in charge. Do it at night on a cold night. Add to it we are doing it for two hours but we are going to pretend that we have to deal with this for 7 days and we can’t leave the house. OK honey, tell me what do we do?



  7. Hey Jack,

    Could you do an interview with Brandon when he gets back from Haiti. I would like to listen to that!


  8. Here is another cheap, organic way to get rid of fireants:
    Feed them grits.
    They like to eat it, can’t digest it, and the whole mound dies – usually within a week.
    For an average size mound, 1/2 a cup of grits is plenty. I normally disturb the mound slighty with a shovel or rock, and pour the grits on top.
    Do not add water.

  9. You mentioned buying frozen foods to dehydrate. Just wanted more information on this and how to do it.

    Oh…. I had an idea for you. You seem to be pimping the MSB lately. You should talk about some of the topics that are being discussed on the Forums. Maybe that will peak some interest in those that haven’t joined yet. My Husband and I check it everyday and most days we learn something new or hear of an idea that we want to implement in our Preps.

    Keep up the good work!

  10. Hi All,
    I am about a week behind so I just listened to this show today. A couple of years ago, I bought and installed one of the petrol/propane/natural gas (NG) conversions for my generator. My gen is a 4kw and can run on any of the 3 fuels. The conversion kit is easy to install and use. Tying it to the NG pipeline gives me a relatively limitless supply of fuel for non-permanent outages.
    In addition to the underground nature of the pipeline, there are several other aspects that contribute to the stability of the supply. One of which is that large (industrial) consumers typically buy the gas at an interruptible rate. When the gas supplies (i.e., transport capacity or pressure of the pipeline) become strained, the interruptible consumers are effectively turned off via cost penalties. In this regard, even if the electrical power to the pipeline pressurizing facilities goes down, the high pressure pipelines still have a significant amount of gas to provide until the pipeline power is restored.
    Silver Wolf