Episode-919- Listener Feedback for 6-11-12 — 23 Comments

  1. I think you got the Rand Paul Romney endorsement right on the money. It sure makes more sense than anything else I can think of.

    BTW, the Eagles’ latest tour was named “Farewell I” It was numbered as a subtle dig at other acts (Cher, Garth Brooks, etc.) who are constantly retiring – until next time. Sorry, I’m a fan & couldn’t let that one be. 🙂

  2. At an Appleseed shoot, I picked up a cool tip to speed load a .22 with a tube feed. One of the instructors had old aluminum arrow shafts with cork plugs. The one guy would fill 4 up before starting the course of fire, and it seemed to work better than hand-loading them. Just make sure you load them in correctly!

  3. WHAT! A typical suburban home with a quarter acre lot for 60.000 dollars? Jeez, I can’t even get a small appartment for that kind of money around here (Holland), you guys are lucky!

    A typical suburban house with a quarter acre lot would cost you about 300.000 dollars here, most houses don’t even have a quarter acre lot, you’ll have to get by with 100 square meters (1.000 square feet) and still pay 200.000 dollars!

    US, here I come!

    • @Jasper, I think you need to listen to that segment again, we are not lucky, it isn’t the median cost, that isn’t what I said at all. The cost you cite would be pretty much par for course in much of the US, in some areas less, some a lot more. What I said is that is what housing would cost if mortgages didn’t exist, hell it might be a lot lower honestly.

      • Ohw shoot, your right. Should not listen to TSP when tired and almost falling asleep 🙂 No moving to the US of A after all.

  4. I think education is ready for a revolution. The standard model of higher education will still exist but ventures like udacity will commoditize education like amazon did books. Some advanced classes require students on site but much will be augmented and 100,000 paying $45 per class will be normal vs. 200 at $2000. Just a thought. Check the link for an article on udacity which is far from being ready but its a start.

  5. @Modern Survival

    “If” the Fed starts pumping money into the banks/economy post election in November (and I think you are right, they will), could we see precious metals take another huge leap up? After the last election, the money pumping began and we saw a huge increase in the price of metals. Just curious what your take on that is. Wondering if silver is a good buy now at $28 like it was at $12 in 2008.

  6. I agree that the financial elite will stop at nothing to keep member states from leaving. I asked myself what will they do to threaten Greece to keep them from leaving? A. Take away their utilities:

    May 2011 – IMF pushing Greece to fully privatise utilities

    June 2011 – Strike Forces Power Cuts in Greece
    The Greek government announced to sell 17% of its share of PPC to meet conditions of loan package. The workers of PPC responded by limited power cuts to selected towns across Greece.

    June 2012 – Greek utility PPC seeks emergency loan to keep lights on

    Watching Greece is a good way to picture what could happen here. Image if a state ever tried to leave the US. Makes me wonder if there is an alternative reason to why the EPA is shutting down local coal plants that provide power in favor of natgas plants that are supplied via inter-state pipelines from global elite companies.

  7. Ron Paul has now said that he’s not going to win. His goal (and Rand’s) is to build the liberty movement within the GOP, and that can’t happen without Rand endorsing Romney. If Ron wants to speak at the convention, he’ll have to do the same (But I wouldn’t be surprised if Rand is the one who speaks).

    A lot of libertarians think that education, not politics, is the only way to grow the movement. What I think this perspective misses is that Ron Paul’s failed campaigns have themselves “set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men” more than anything else. If Ron Paul hadn’t been running for President, almost no one would have bothered to listen to him. As a result, the liberty movement is now bigger than I ever thought it would be. Getting more libertarians into office and building a farm team is an important part of capitalizing on this. The other is exactly what Jack is doing — giving us a bigger presence in the media and in other key institutions.

    But on an individual and community level, Jack is absolutely right — politics offers no salvation. If you’re waiting for some politician to save you/us, you’re only preparing for failure.

  8. Re pasteurized milk: I’d like to add the raw milk option to Jack’s answer. Here’s a landing page from a source I trust:

    Even organic milk that is pasteurized (cooked to kill everything), or homogenized (crammed through tiny screens) causes my family minor issues, like more phlem and allergies. Raw milk from a local farmer gives the kids milk and me cream for my morning joe without any negative effects. Local food = better food security.

  9. Jack,
    Regarding schooling following economic laws, of course. The only reason those peeps are allowed to get away with what they get away with is the general ignorance of the populace. Most peeps don’t have a clue, as an example, what an interest rate is supposed to do? In real economics (non-keynesian), interest rates serve a purpose… huh? People just assume now that inflation is some sort of natural law, it just happens. Peeps don’t recognize nonsense when the see it, because they have no clue that it’s nonsense.

      • @michael, said it long ago,health insurance in its current form is the problem. Health insurance should be for catastrophic illness only. If you see a doc, you should be paying him for the visit. My wife estimated that 80% or more of their office visits were for things that absolutely had no need of a doctors office visit, 80%. Most of these people of course were on medicaid. She blogged a bit about it here,

      • according to the internet..

        65% of healthcare is ‘paid for’ by the government
        ‘free money’ = higher costs

        of course with health care, there is also the issue of preventable/reversible ‘conditions’, such as diabetes (2007 estimated excess medial expenditures, $116 Billion), that require continual costly ‘treatment’.

      • should have been in above post.. est 2007 health expenditures were $2.26 Trillion.. Diabetes represents roughly 5% of that total, or $372 per capita

        as to Jack’s comment about office visits.. the spouse got pneumonia last year, to get her an antibiotic prescription cost us a $1500. emergency medical visit (regular docs said they couldn’t get us an appointment in less than a week, which was NOT ok).

        Fish Mox costs $18/bottle, so the ‘gatekeeper tax’ was $1480. (8222%)

  10. Does anyone have the link to the video Jack mentioned the Trillions of dollars the Federal reserve has created? I thought he said 16T

    • Wow – That was a good illustration – Thanks!! For anyone that hasn’t see that it is worth a few minutes, I shared it with my sheeple 😉