Episode-1995- Listener Feedback for 5-1-17 — 17 Comments

  1. Another cool reason to live and let live with opossums:

    “I had no suspicion they’d be such efficient tick-killing animals,” Ostfeld said.

    Indeed, among other opossum traits, there is this: They groom themselves fastidiously, like cats. If they find a tick, they lick it off and swallow it. (The research team on the project went through droppings to find this out. All praise to those who study possum poop.)

    Extrapolating from their findings, Ostfeld said, the team estimated that in one season, an opossum can kill about 5,000 ticks.

    • I brake for them when we are out on dirt roads. Now I know a reason for others too. We have opossum and ticks around work will have to work on more opossum habitat. Thanks

  2. For the problem with nosy EPA stuff, I’d suggest having your preselected and informed lawyer present while the inspectors are there. I’d also suggest not getting lawyers from a big prestigious firm – they aren’t motivated enough by small clients. One who is new enough to want to build a reputation might be a good choice. If you know you’re firmly in the right on this issue, a local reporter present could be a plus.

    • He could probably go in in mass with his neighbors to hire a lawyer for a cheaper rate individually to be present when the epa inspects everyone’s land. I think a lawyer on site is a great idea!

  3. My dogs consider anything in our yard vermin. Opposums are dispatched quickly, racoons are more challenging, I take a field machete just in case the racoon charges me. It has happened the dogs just stood back and let it charge. You can stop a racoon with one chop. I was not impressed with the meat but it didn’t taste bad or smell either. The dogs ate it well.

  4. Just last week I heard an odd noise in my backyard in the late afternoon. I opened the door and saw that not only had my chickens escaped their pen and were eating the cat food at the doorstep, they were sharing it with a possum between them – all happily scarfing down the Friskies. I found that the populations of possums & raccoons actually decreased once a family of owls moved in – I’m guessing baby possums and coons make good owl chow.

  5. History segment:
    We created the mess in Yugoslavia?
    To characterize that conflict as anything other than a continuation of the incessant attempts of forceful expansion by the followers of Islam dating from the early 600’s to today, and the defense of those attempts by the Christians is to ignore history.

    Did “We” cause it through establishing borders after WWI and WWII? Come on, that conflict was going to happen regardless of borders because the true cause predates that instance of the total conflict by over 1300 years. It is still going on today, just in other times and places. The establishment of those borders definitely played a part in the location and timing but not the fact that it happened any more than they caused the Paris Train or Boston Marathon bombings.

    I do find it ironic that we were providing air support for the KLA which included leaders such as Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri but when I look at our administration at the time and way our media distorts events, I am not surprised.

    Over and over, “we” look at world problems through our own eyes, using perspectives based only on our own cultural values and experiences to make assumptions and decisions without realizing that the outcome is predominately dependent on “their” perceptions. Until we realize and correct this… “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

    • Two documentaries that I have found fantastic are “Hypernormalisation” and “Bitter Lake”, both by Adam Curtis.

      They explain how politicians have tried to present the world as good/evil, us/them, with us / against us, when in fact historical cause and effect is so tangled and complex that there is no such thing as a coherent reason for any conflict around today.

  6. Some other nut tree options for zone 5 are pine nuts, heartnut, butternut, the cross of the two – buartnut, and northern pecan. I live in 5b the heartnut and buartnut are growing and fruiting well. I have a northern pecan and some pine nuts but they haven’t reached fruiting age yet, but are growing well. Check out (on this site need to order Jan/Feb so would need to wait until next year) under Edible Nut Trees. I believe they ship to the US, if not there should be plenty of nurseries in the US.

  7. The great George Carlin on society attempting to change the English language:

    I just happened to be listening to this today before I played today’s TSP episode. The golden nuggets of this clip are 3:27-4:32 on the meaning of words, and 6:25-645 on government agencies

  8. On the Oregon story on the word “engineer”. Yeah, it’s BS. I have a degree in electrical engineering hanging on the wall that says State of Tennessee, but I cannot legally put that on a business card. The whole process for becoming a PE (professional engineer) is screwy. You have to have so much engineering experience before you can sit for the exam but cannot legally do “engineering” to gain said experience. At least doctors do residency.

    Oh and if you pass said tests, etc. and put it on a business card, at least in this state, you can look forward to paying an $800 annual privledge tax. My work doesn’t require an”engineer” so I don’t bother.

  9. I admit I don’t know the specifics of Oregon’s laws, but under normal circumstances I don’t see how he’d be “practicing engineering” up until the point he made ‘official’ engineering plans/documents for public use, tried to offer his work as a product or service for sale, served as an expert witness on the subject in a court, or created his own professional engineering business. I could be wrong, but even in the context of the BS system that already exists they are overstepping their authority.

    What makes Oregon’s engineering license requirement even more ridiculous is that licenses are typically not required for certain engineering fields. My degree is in aerospace engineering, and most of my work since then was government contracting under the nebulous title of ‘systems engineer’. I took and passed the FE exam in my last year of college, but the only way to gain the necessary experience to take the PE exam is to work under a PE… and NO ONE I worked under (as far as I knew) was a PE. I don’t believe a PE exam for the aerospace engineering discipline even exists… I think the few aerospace engineers who bother getting licensed take one of the mechanical engineering exams. So like Bryan said above, my work never required/involved licensure so I didn’t pursue it.

    • Same here. I’m an agricultural engineer. Basically mechanical but focused on ag. Our field has very few PEs, and it’s not really even required for anything we do. With the only exception being that the company I am with is starting to do some structures, so we have to have a PE for that, but he’s not an Ag E.

  10. Around a horse farm possums sould be killed they carry a prodazoa called EPM that affect horses. And they will eat alot of eggs like ground nesting birds like woodcock grouse and many others. Keep the population in check is a good thing.

  11. The DVD format launched in the US in March 1997 in seven test markets; then in the fall nationwide. The DVD-video specs were not even finalized until the end of 1996.
    An earlier version of DVD-video might have been available in Japan as early as 1995; this may have been what Alex found.