Episode-1658- Listener Feedback for 10-12-15 — 41 Comments

  1. Just gotta say- Good Job! I haven’t even finished listening to today!
    I work in the Medical Industrial System (AKA – Hospital Health Educator!)
    You have relayed really well thought out nutrition education/information today.
    I’m a bit embarrassed that I haven’t gotten my back up income stream within my credentials etc.. I can say I back up your points as a credentialed, licensed, registered health care ’employee’ ! I choke sometimes listening to MDs and other Dietitians in the system spew the old pyramid feed concepts. The food systems and pharmaceuticals are definitely ‘in-bed’ as far as I’m concerned. Thanks again for reaching such a diverse range of people with your podcast.

  2. Jack! Thank you for catching that last little remark about “direct democracy.” You understood the problem perfectly! I’m happy beyond description.

    You also knew that Hitler got his “master race” ideas from the USA. He wanted to leap-frog the USA. In the end, Hitler’s crimes were so obviously linked to prominent figures in the USA and Great Britain that suddenly everyone got a bad case of amnesia.

    1. H.G. Wells (The SciFi author of “War of the Worlds”).
    2. Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood).
    3. Bertrand Russel (Philosopher)

    Here is a video where Bertrand Russel advocates forcing people to justify their lives or be put down with a painless gas.

    Teddy Roosevelt seemed to have good intentions, but like the mythical Pandora he unleashed some of the most evil stuff imaginable. This is what happens when the Party Bosses have the bright idea of getting rid of a troublesome political figure like Teddy by making him Vice-President. That works only as long as the President doesn’t get shot. When the President dies, all of your worst dreams come true, and the VP is now President who cannot be dislodged.

    Alex Shrugged

  3. Beep! I was scanned!

    A week ago I was in the emergency room because of a problem with my medicine. As the nurse went through my medical history, she told me that she had contacted all the local pharmacy databases and had a complete list of my meds without asking me.

    I found that frightening.

    I said, “Thank God, you missed my heroin addiction.”

    She smiled and replied, “I am forgetting that you said that.”

    I was frightened again. Clearly she had considered adding that remark to my medical files.


    Alex Shrugged

  4. I was sent a letter in the mail from Fidelity, but I had ignored it because I had no 401k account, right? Wrong!

    I did get a follow up email from HR that I almost overlooked.
    “As of April 1st our plan allows for automatic enrollment into the 401(k) Plan with a pre-tax deduction of 3% of your earnings per pay check. If you do not take any action, your first deduction will automatically be taken on Friday, May 15, 2015.”

    I had to ask myself why was my employer pushing this.

    I found out that 401(k) plans are subject to annual testing to ensure that the amount of contributions made for rank-and-file employees is proportional to contributions made for owners and managers.

    If an employer doesn’t get enough participation they would have to contribute the 3% for the employee.

    more info

  5. Howdy Jack,

    I just got the following message from Amazon while listening to the podcast..

    “Hi Teddy,
    I’m the new Amazon Assistant. I’ll be taking over for the Amazon 1Button App. (He’s retired.)
    My job is to make shopping easier for you.”

  6. Also, as far an electric chainsaw, I bought a 9 amp 14 inch saw from Harbor Freight for $36 on sale with coupon, which I keep in my “Steve Harris Battery Bank” equipped Truck from your workshop. A tree fell 100 feet from my truck across the drive. I had no problem cutting and removing debris with main trunk about 14 inches. I didn’t even crank the truck.

  7. Regarding the cordless chainsaw…. I have bought a 40 volt Greenworks cordless chainsaw 2 years ago and was surprised at how well it does. I had already bought their cordless mower and was pleased with that. I have a very small yard with a few trees along the fence and I do some small reovations in my spare time. I think I have used this saw on other peoples property more than mine!! I have also downed and cut up some 16 inch ash and maple. The battery life is decent and I can recharge a battery in about an hour which is about how long I can work with one battery. If the battery isn’t charged I make a cuppa and then the battery is ready. I would not recommend this saw to use in a woodlot but for the weekend warrior I think it is fantastic.

    I now have the grass trimmer so I can have three batteries on the go.

    The 2 problem with this brand is that, 1) I can’t buy a bare tool (no battery) anywhere I have found. I’m in Canada and this line is sold at Canadian Tire.
    The second problem is that the oiler does not work well when cutting horizontally. I have to stop and run the saw for 10 seconds while it’s upright and it’s good to go. Seeing as the only time I use the saw on its side is when felling (which I do very little of) this is not a huge problem for me.

    I see that greenworks is now coming out with an 80 volt system!! I don’t know about the amp hours on the new 80 volt battery

  8. Social Security: This is without doubt one of the most immoral, government created scams in history, but I think you only scratched the surface. The book that changed my mind on SS, or social insurance in general, was “Social Security – False Consciousness and Crisis,” by John Attarian. If you want to really understand the accounting scam being perpetrated and the history of it, this will lay it all out. The amazing thing is that Paul Samuelson and many other noted economists all admitted to what was going on, and went along with it.

    You will not find two Congressmen that even know the difference between “public” and “nonpublic” Federal debt. The Fed knows, however, and as it turns out the public debt right now is really not a problem. The nonpublic debt constitutes future US Treasury spending authority; that is all it is, an accounting mechanism for excess earmarked Federal taxes. That excess is spent of course, but valued as nonpublic debt having the same imaginary rate of return as the average of all outstanding public, or marketable Federal debt. This is a fantasy, no value can be determined until it becomes marketable debt. Nonpublic debt is a loan made to yourself.

    As a recipient you have no legal right to any benefit, and in fact benefits have changed continually since the beginning of SS. Those changes have nothing to do with payroll taxes. You also should note that nonpublic debt in the SS trust is only a portion of the present value benefit deficit which may run up to $8T or $9T. I have not looked, but the SS trust fund has a so-called surplus of between $2T and $3T. This only means that the US Treasury is authorized to spend this money as SS payments.

    The nonpublic debt which is accounted for by all Federal trust funds can simply be repudiated by simply not spending the money. And of course that is exactly what will happen. In other words if the US Treasury cannot convert the required nonpublic debt to public debt to send you your check, then you will not collect. And Congress can do this in an infinite number of ways just by changing the payout rules.

    For those that still get caught up in arguing over how good the bonds are in the SS Trust fund you need to move out of fantasy land. Or just be the first pig to the trough, buy there is nothing moral about that.

    • That is all bang on, I guess my focus was more on how this ponzi is failing now and they need SS 2.0 to make it keep going.

      The initial thought was “privatize part social security”, (1/6th) but trust me it wasn’t public outcry that stopped it, it was reality. This simply could not be done if the pig of a government was going to continue looting SSI.

      So the cabal hatched a plan, create a myriad of streams into government debt.

      1. Remove the cash option from 401s, this is almost 100% at this time.

      2. Create mandatory 401K enrollment

      3. Force number two based on “employee participation”. *see foot note below

      4. Create mandatory “savings plans” like myIRA with automatic enrollment.

      My best guess is the 4 above will put about 500 billion (half a trillion) new dollars “lent” to the government. So 5 trillion over 10 years. It doesn’t fix the problem but it does kick the can a good decade or decade and a half out.

      * I have just learned about #3 above. Turns out now what is being done is companies over a certain size that do 401s are being forced back into a traditional pension disguised as a 401K plan if employee participation is too low. See comment by @Rex above!

      “I found out that 401(k) plans are subject to annual testing to ensure that the amount of contributions made for rank-and-file employees is proportional to contributions made for owners and managers.

      If an employer doesn’t get enough participation they would have to contribute the 3% for the employee.”

      Okay so all your upper crust management is going to shove money into 401s, they are sheep following rank and file but very well paid sheep. They will do it if nothing else for tax deferral or tax mitigation. So the top 10% of a company will likely all do about 10% on average contribution.

      So the new rules are, if that number is too high compared to the people making say 12 bucks an hour, the plan either must be killed off (your high paid sheep won’t allow that) or the employer must enroll the low paid workers and provide the 3%.

      The financial rape continues!

  9. Thanks for the tremendous plug for Mai Thai today. I’m finishing up the show right now.

    Just a heads up that we were all out of town last week and coffee orders got backed up. We are working as fast as we can to get them out. About half got out yesterday and the other half of last week’s orders should go out today. I am so sorry for the delay guys! If you ordered and have had to wait we are including some extra coffee and a mug as an apology.

    • Cool, Charlie stopped by yesterday for about 40 minutes. I showed him around the farm, he is an amazing guy.

  10. Actually, I suspect the dogwood trees being referenced might be Cornus Kousa, rather than Cornus Mas aka Cornelian Cherry.

    This would coincide with your suspicion she recognized it from her homeland, seeing that Cornelian Cherry’s native range ends in the Middle East.

    Incidentally Raintree and Burnt Ridge also sell Kousa.

    Lastly… this is New York of course anybody in any form of public administration there is a moron.

  11. Hey Jack… I was thinking about Democracy today as our federal election is next week and I came to the realisation that it isn’t a difference of 1%… it is a difference of only 1 vote. 50% + 1!

  12. Loved what you said about direct democracy.

    Didn’t love the story about Okinawan longevity. It seemed suspicious to me (the info in the video), so I looked up the organization, Headed by this Dr. Greger, who is a “supervegan,” and I’d say that story definitely has a vegan bias. If it was the U.S. gov’t reporting on what the traditional Okinawan diet was, how can we trust that? Much of the info didn’t seem credible, and I think it serves Big Ag to tout a “plant-based” diet.

    • @Kate you are committing a fallacy known as the ad hominem fallacy.

      Ad hominem is Latin for “to the man.” The ad hominem fallacy occurs when one asserts that somebody’s claim is wrong because of something about the person making the claim. The ad hominem fallacy is often confused with the legitimate provision of evidence that a person is not to be trusted.

      You are calling into question the reliability of a witness which is relevant when the issue is whether to trust the witness.

      It is relevant, however, to call into question the reliability or morality or anything else about a person when the issue is whether that person’s reasons for making a claim are good enough reasons to support the claim.

      The claim is there are more centurions per capita in Okinawa then in the average population and that their diets were mostly vegetables.

      While I refuted some of the conclusions as things with perception bias I did so with FACTS. Your assertion is that either Okinawans didn’t live longer or they didn’t have the diet presented.

      If you wish to make that case you must do so with FACTS not via simply saying you do not trust the source.

      My research indicates the claims are true…

      1. Okinawans did live on mostly vegetables
      2. They did live longer on average then most of us do today

      Sorry you brought no facts just “I don’t like the source and they are bias”.

      Now a bias source may commit a cherry picking fallacy, but that doesn’t disprove the claims. Only the assumptions and conclusions. If you want to refute the actual facts, please do so. Other wise see this page

    • Big Ag doesn’t want people eating a healthy, plant-based diet. Most people into a plant-based diet are also against GMOs and tend to support local, organic agriculture. Big Ag likes people eating meat, because most of the output of the big, corporate farms goes to animal feed.

  13. Jack, I bought that corded Oregon chainsaw earlier this year, and absolutely love it. I got it after you raved about the battery version, but I wanted a corded for the reasons you mention. (And I’m a big DeWalt fan as well.)

  14. I was patient and found a stihl e20 for an around the house saw last year for a great price, otherwise I would have been saving up my pennies for this at $500.
    I can run a 20in bar on mine and the only time I have tripped the breaker on the saw is going through a 24 inch walnut log with an aggressively sharpened chain. I would love the DeWalt saw if they would have gone the way of makita using two batteries from their power tool line as opposed to another specialized battery.
    A note on safety when operating electric chainsaws: They have been known to go through chaps.

    • Stihl USED to be a great company that made excellent, tough-as-nails equipment at all levels.

      I’ve seen and heard and experienced a great deal of issues with their Quality Control over the past decade at the household level though. Can’t speak to their commercial-grade machines.

      • I’ve never dabbled with their consumer grade product. I only upgraded a couple saws last year going from “made in west germany” to the professional lineup as the vibrations of old saws have become too much for me. I decided against husquvarna because they flooded the market with their product and that doesn’t bode well in my opinion.

      • I bought a professional Stihl and had problems with it from the start. I was told it was because I had used gas that was more than a month old and that I should always use Stihl’s pre-mixed gas and oil. That seems like a bit of a scam. I have friends with older Huskys that work better than my new Stihl.

  15. Good comments, Jack, on the Okinawan diet and paleo. Paleo is a joke, in many ways. Many of its adherents seem to use it as an excuse to eat lots of meat, without going much further on what it means to be “paleo.” Of course, it’s really not clear what the benefit of eating like our paleo ancestors is. And it’s absurd to think about benefitting from their diet without living the rest of their lifestyle. Which meant constant movement, caloric restriction and frequent fasting (and fasting for more than a few hours), as you mentioned. It would be interesting to see how many paleo proponents are actually living the lifestyle, and not just eating meat. Our paleo ancestors also many cultures, some of which were probably more plant-based than anything. But those paleo cultures that were eating meat were certainly not eating meat they hadn’t killed themselves. That meat, of course, contained no additives, hormones or antibiotics, and that meat was not feedlot fed. How many meat-eating paleo adherents are diligent about the source of any meat they eat? There are so many variables when it comes to paleo, and so many questions about its value, that I chooses to look at modern examples of longevity. And the simple fact is that the longest lived cultures in modern times eat a plant-based diet (not to mention the fact that it’s better for the planet). If someone is going to eat meat, it should be done sparingly. The evidence on that is clear. And if you grill meat, you’re eating a carcinogen. That also is clear. Vegetables should be the centerpiece of a healthy diet, and kudos to you for stating the importance of including vegetables in the diet. Eating meat, like owning a gun, is an emotional decision, especially if you’re not a hunter.

    • It’s kind of funny that you rag on the nastiness of feedlot meat but don’t go out of your way to highlight the nastiness of non-organic [sometimes GMO] plant material.

      And then go on to claim that a plant-based diet– without any other qualifiers– is better for the environment [which is a load of bull.]

      Conventional grain and bean farming is every bit as bad for the environment as abusive meat production.

      It’s only when you create a holistic system that integrates animal production with plant production that one emulates the harmony of nature’s regenerative processes.

      • I am so proud of Lukkas for slamming your moronic comments David so that I didn’t have to.

        • Jack, you don’t have to resort to name-calling when someone disagrees with you. Especially when I’m just presenting the facts. That’s hardly building community. I’m sure you don’t treat your neighbors that way. In a way, we’re all neighbors.

        • What name where YOU called. Your comments were moronic, indeed. Your next comment saying you hope I am against nasty farming practices shows you don’t know a damn thing about me, my work or what we do at TSP. If you make a stupid comment (like you did) it isn’t calling you a name to say what you said was stupid.

        • My reply about the “nasty farming” that Lukkas brought up was responding to Lukkas. I appreciate that we’re on the same page on many agricultural issues, and that people can agree on some issues while disagreeing on others. And we can disagree, apparently, on what constitutes moronic or stupid.

        • “Eating meat is an emotional decision”. = stupid because, it is actually NOT eating meat that is an emotional decision. All scientific evidence shows that humans evolved to eat meat and evolved in many positive ways BECAUSE they eat meat. Eating meat is absolutely human behavior. Not eating meat due to some sort of religious or political view is actually an emotional decision.

          “Paleo is a joke” = beyond stupid because it has at this time saved likely over a million lives being conservative. It has been proven to improve health, reduce weight and far more.

          “If someone is going to grill meat” is moronic because it assumes that grilling requires brickette charcoal. I grill all the time, usually I don’t even use lump charcoal but instead real wood. IT ignores that studies have shown that marinading meat can reduce any HCAs by 92-99%. It is a blanket statement made by someone that likely via perception bias found support for their existing view and looked no further. Using marinades and cooking at moderate temperatures reduces any concerns to a point of irrelevance. Every time you breathe you take in about 60,000 toxins. Are you going to stop breathing.

          The claim that most corn produced in America is dumb because it no longer holds true. They put corn syrup in almost all human food now, ethanol use is up due to subsidies. At current time about 55-60% of corn is used for industrial use, food additives and ethanol production. That number will continue to grow. Big Ag doesn’t want people eating meat, they just want them eating any and all big Ag products, like corn and soy for instance. Grass fed beef by the way is the largest growing segment in meat production today. Thanks to a LARGE DEGREE to the paleo movement.

          Stating people use paleo as an excuse to eat a ton of meat is also stupid because it is not true. Paleo is not eating nothing but meat, it is eating healthy meat as a significant portion of your caloric intake. Most of us eat also gasp a good amount of fat. Animal fats from pastured animals are the healthiest fats you an consume. Again the rise in pastured meats is largely in response to the paleo movement.

          Your statements are stupid because they are used from an emotionally attached view point and use half truths and lies of omission to make a point. One can’t make a valid point with half truths and half the data.

          Claiming you were “called a name” because you were told something you said was moronic is also a stupid statement because it is flatly untrue.

          I could go on but why? It won’t do any good, nothing I tell you will matter no matter how factual it is.

      • I hope you’re against nasty non-organic farming, like I am. Most of the plant material — especially corn — grown in the U.S. is grown for animal feed. Most of that corn is GMO. Qualifiers? Yes, a poorly done plant-based diet is worse for you than a well done diet that includes meat. But most people do not include healthy meat in a healthy way in their diet, and in our meat-obsessed culture the danger is with getting too much protein (which is bad for you). Even worse, most Americans are eating meat from unhealthy (for us and the planet) sources.

      • I’m also against nasty organic monocultures and wondering just where you expect to get your fertility for conventional organic farming when there isn’t cheap manure available from CAFOs.

        You are right about the unhealthy sources of most meat in this country though, no doubt about that point.

  16. I stand corrected on the corn statement. I should have clarified that most corn not used for ethanol (which is a waste) is used for animal feed. I’ll agree that “paleo” is better than the standard American meat-eating diet, because, when done in the spirit of what is probably closest to a true paleo lifestyle, it does result in a healthier lifestyle. In that sense, it saves lives. As I’ve said, I hear a lot of people saying they’re doing “paleo,” when they simply eating more meat, regardless of the source, and not being eating more vegetables, being more active or occasionally fasting, as per a true paleo lifestyle. I’ll have to see more evidence before I believe that paleo, even when done correctly, gives you greater longevity and overall health than a plant-based diet. You’re right about ways to reduce the cancer risk with grilling, and I hope more people and restaurants start taking those steps.

  17. I would recommend Dr. Stephen Simpson talk on Macronutrient ratios and aging(, his portion of the talk last about 30 minutes. Surprisingly, at least I was surprised, this research indicates that calorie restriction is not important ( Although, not as conclusive the same pattern has emerged in humans(,

  18. I think Bill Gates is working on a system for large scale vegetarian farming but it is not the best thing to be vegetarian in that sense; However, I am not convinced ancient people’s ate mostly meat. I think I have heard plenty of evidence that they ate a more plant based diet than many are aware of ..

    Mostly why paleo works is because people eat too much and they eat too many carbs. You don’t have to go to a meat based diet, just eat less carbs especially if you are not burning off the carbs .. I have heard different things about protein from plants also. Protein is needed to rebuild muscle when it breaks down which can be caused by stress or heavy exercise .. so there may be alot of variables ..

    It is well known in sports nutrition that if you don’t eat enough carbs before you have to do alot of exercise, then you can end up not having enough energy .. You usually need some amount of both carbs and protein.

    I do this for surfing. My sister accused me of eating a meal to sound like just a trip to the gas station, but I learned about it from sports nutrition books and I feel it works

    Carb loading:

    “Carbohydrate loading, commonly referred to as carb-loading or carbo-loading, is a strategy used by endurance athletes, such as marathon runners, to maximize the storage of glycogen (or energy) in the muscles and liver.”

  19. Also,

    Sardina Itally is another place said to have people who live very long lives:

    “So what are those ancient Sardinian shepherds eating? You guessed it: goat’s milk and sheep’s cheese — some 15 pounds of cheese per year, on average. Also, a moderate amount of carbs to go with it, like flat bread, sourdough bread and barley. And to balance those two food groups out, Sardinian centenarians also eat plenty of fennel, fava beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, almonds, milk thistle tea and wine from Grenache grapes.”