Episode-480- Listener Feedback 7-22-10 — 15 Comments

  1. We really need to come up with a cooler title than listener feedback. How about “Open Source Survival Topics” or something that let’s people know how cool these episodes really are. Just my two cents.

  2. Well, I don’t have a pool in the hood, but we have toilets. 😉

    Believe me, SS is a scam on the American work force. Essentially who doesn’t work “under the table” is on welfare. Try going to your company accountant and refuse to pay SS and you will find your ass fired and collecting the dole in the unenjoyment line.

  3. 1. Thanks for opening with my question.
    2. For those who think a popular vote for President would increase the attention smaller states would get, think about this. The smaller states would have even less appeal to the campaigns because they have lower populations. The candidates would just focus their efforts on the most populous areas (cities). As it is now, we already are seeing a growing political division between the urban and rural areas. This would just escalate this.
    Also, as Jack pointed out, the majority is not always right. The point behind a constitutional Republic is to prevent the tyranny of the majority. A popular election would just increase the odds of our country electing a true dictator.

  4. Follow up on kohler folks. As I thought this is cut and paste from the website I linked to, this person is an activist. My blog comments require a VALID email, this is not shared with visitors but I have access to it. I have emailed kohler and agreed to let his/her comments stand. If I get a bounce because it is fake, they will be removed. Just wanted all to know why. If kohler reads this and wants to post a real comment with a valid email and stop trying to pretend to be something he/she is not we can go from there.

  5. I’M PROUD OF YOU LABOR!. Keep standing up. The lives and health of all the American people and the World are in serious jeopardy.

    Further, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.

    It’s over. Tell congress to get the healthcare Merchants of death and injury out of the American peoples lives for good. 2010 is about THE PUBLIC OPTION!

    And that CORRUPT! UNDEMOCRATIC! filibuster must GO! NOW!

    Alan Grayson Honors The Dead

    Alan Grayson on Healthcare

    Ron Sparks HealthCareReform

    John Garamendi – The Public Option

    I want to commend all of you for working so hard and being so strong at helping the whitehouse and congress begin to address our U.S. and Global healthcare crisis. You have been AWESOME! my fellow Americans and peoples of the World. America and the World is better and safer for it. My greatest pride is the knowledge that I am one of you. And that you really get it. You really understand the importance of it all.

    There are some potentially very good things in the healthcare legislation. Especially with the reconciliation fix’s. The Democrats, Bernie Sanders and the Whitehouse did a GREAT! job of fighting to produce the best healthcare legislation that they could. They have earned all our strong support. And we should give it to them.

    But it was your relentless pressure and hard work that made the difference. Whatever good comes from this healthcare legislation, America and the peoples of the World will have each of you to thank. You were smart, creative, courageous and relentless. You fought together for the best legislation possible. And when you had to, you fought alone. No matter who stumbled and fell you continued to push and forge ahead. Fighting for the lives and health of the American people and the World. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR-SELVES 🙂

    It may come to pass that future generations will look back on us and say that we were ALL Americas Greatest Generations. And that healthcare reform was our finest hour. You should be proud of our leaders President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and the many other Democratic and independent fighters for the people in congress. They proved them-self worthy of the leadership of a GREAT! PEOPLE.

    But we are not done yet. This was just the beginning of healthcare reform, not the end. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, ARE NOT! divided on healthcare legislation. The vast majority of you have been consistently crystal clear that this legislation does not go far enough. You want a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE!! available to everyone on day one. And you want it NOW!


    WE THE PEOPLE have been crystal clear that we want an end to dependence on for-profit healthcare and the for-profit proxies called private for non-profit healthcare. The American people want the CHOICE! of a strong Government-run Public Option to replace their need or dependence on healthcare providers whose primary motivation is profit. Rather than providing the highest quality, easiest accessible and most affordable medically necessary healthcare possible. This is what the rest of the developed World has. And the American people want it too. They want healthcare ASSURANCE! Not, for-profit health insurance. And they want it NOW!

    Now is the time to continue the push for a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone that wants it on day one. Rationally it’s clear what we have to do to get this done. SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATS that supported you with a Public Option choice, and REMOVE as many republicans as you can. Not one republican in congress was willing to step across the isle to support a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE!! available to everyone on day one. NOT ONE! Let no candidate prevail this November that does not support a Strong Government-run Public Option.

    47,000 AMERICANS die each year from lack of healthcare. 120,000 die from treatable illness that don’t die in other developed countries. Hundreds of thousands of you are dieing from medical accidents in a rush to profit. And Millions of you are injured. Millions more are driven into bankruptcy. All for the privilege of paying two to three times as much as any other people in the developed world for healthcare. HOGWASH!

    Additionally, tens of thousands of you and your children were killed and millions sickened and injured from a terror attack with H1N1 (swine flu). Released on the American people and the World by the for-profit healthcare industry. All in an attempt to panic and frighten you into accepting the oxymoronic criminal enterprise of private for-profit healthcare (The most costly, deadly, dangerous, and disgraceful product sold in America). H1N1 is still sickening people and killing them. Especially children, the young and the middle aged. And there will be a third wave. These are the terrorist you need to worry about the most. Even the so-called international terrorist would not do something so INSANE! But greed driven medical profiteers would and did.

    Apparently as far as republicans in GOVERNMENT are concerned, YOU! my fellow Americans – CAN JUST DROP DEAD! Including their own family members. Fools!… Hundreds of thousands of you, and possibly millions of you will die from the long-term effects of your infection and poisoning with H1N1.

    So my fellow Human Beings. Rest-up, Take good care of the basics (Balanced nutrition, hydration, exercise, rest and POSITIVE emotional supports). Then wade back into the FIGHT! for a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. Drug re-importation, Abolishment or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. You must take back control of your healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. You MUST do it NOW! This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings. I’m glad to know of you. And proud to be one of you.

    See you on the battle field.


    jacksmith – WorkingClass 🙂

  6. @Commissioner not even a little bit, no answer for about 5 hours so his cut and paste was deleted. Decent is fine. Attempting to look like a third party while pushing an agenda of a group and hiding who you are is not. kohler whom ever he/she was is gone as is their mile of cut and past propaganda.

  7. The Electoral College is archaic and outmoded, but electoral votes were an important part of the compromise between large and small states that allowed the Constitution to come into being.
    What I would like to see is for the Electoral votes to be awarded by Congressional district to the popular vote winner in the district, and the two Electoral votes corresponding to the two senators would go to the candidate winning the popular vote of the state at large.
    This would do several things. It would encourage local activism — you could go out and work your local district and actually deliver an Electoral vote to your candidate. It would prevent massive voter fraud in a metro area such as, say, Chicago, from delivering the Electoral votes for the entire state; the most it could deliver would be the number of congressional districts in the metro area plus two, while non-metro areas of the state might well send its votes the other way.

  8. @bushpilot807

    I find that a reasonable proposal, hence it probably has a snowball’s chance in hell.

  9. Something about property taxes to watch out for:
    We bought our house about seven years ago from an elderly couple. The tax records showed they were paying taxes on about half the sale price of the house, most likely the assessed value at the time they got the over 65 exemption. I noticed it but figured the mortgage lender would calculate the correct amount of tax for the escrow account. They did not, so there was a big jump in our monthly payments the following year to make up for the shortage. Hope this helps someone.

  10. I have been trying to ask “why” for just about everything lately. Why are those weeds there? Why do we prep? Well this one gave the perfect answer as Jack read; “to take control of our lives”.


  11. This has got to be the very best show I’ve listened to, got sooo much out of all the great questions that people ask…keep Jack on his toes people!! Great show Jack, THANKS!!

  12. I don’t believe that there’s a hiking filter that will render pool water drinkable. These filters remove particles from water. Chlorine is a molecule, too small to be removed by the porous filters that are commercially available. Additionally, running highly chlorinated water through this sort of filter might damage the membranes, rendering the filter less effective at knocking out the bacteria and living nasties its designed to work on.

    Chlorine can be reduced by boiling, as Jack mentioned on the show. Note that this process will leave a pretty awesome scale on your pots. To remove all chlorine from water, though, a distillation rig would be a more secure way to go. Catching the steam from boiling water and cooling back to a liquid renders it about as pure as you can get.