FOTW October 28, 2017

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  • FallenSun

    Loved this pod cast / FOTW. Thank you for diving into many topics. Pharma is on everyone’s mind,One thing interesting i noticed in the “first world problems article” was the skin cancer was 10 times higher then the 3rd world countries, this seems interesting because both people get the sun.
    Also the lung cancer, i know other countries have even more access to cigs, so this seems odd as well.

    That article is very suspect

    • KittyMac

      FallenSun…The higher skin cancer rate in 1st world countries is most likely due to slathering on sunscreen lotions, which are loaded with detrimental chemicals, and block the very spectrum of sun rays which are so beneficial to the human body. Also, I think that people in 1st world environments have been more exposed to environmental pollutants, and to massive amounts of chemicals in the food, beverage, and water supplies than those in 2nd and 3rd world countries.
      BTW…Cigarettes aren’t the only things which can cause lung cancers; and tobacco doesn’t cause lung cancer, but the hundreds of chemicals processed into the tobaccos can surely cause cancer!

  • Harvey Hill

    I always like to listen to FOTW but today I particularly liked.
    One problem with pelletized stoves is that most require electric to feed the pellets and most have an electric fan for circulation. The ones without electric are usually for camping and are gravity feed and have issues wrong with them.
    We are forgetting about coal. It takes less coal than wood to get the same amount of heat. My father had a none insulated cabin in upstate NY made from 2x4s, T111, and old drafty windows. It was heated by a VERY small pot bellied stove. We frequented it at all times of the year and often temperatures would drop into the low to single digits at night. We had three small children at the time and used the stove with coal to keep everyone toasty. It took some maintenance but I could get the cabin in the high eighties when it was well below zero outside.
    Just some thoughts

  • laurie

    About 20 years ago, I traveled through India by train. This was a time when everyone there used wood for cooking and heating. I could hardly breathe for all the smoke (especially in and around Delhi). Even in the Phoenix wintertime, when it gets below 50 degrees F, and everyone wants to use their fireplaces, we have “no burn” days, because the pollution from all the wood burning fireplaces create “unsafe” levels of particulates in the air. I cannot imagine if everyone went to wood burning heating systems (a truck load and one half per household??) if the electric grid went down. We would have to find a better way to stay warm (without increasing the population level too much!!)

    • KittyMac

      LOL, Laurie! you must have been reading my mind when you typed in that final parenthesized statement! 😉

      • laurie

        @KittyMac – LOL

  • markaxen

    on my property it is 60deg. f at 5 feet down into the earth. a properly sized h2o tank set below that depth w/ a heat exchanger in it running up to a car (typical) radiator in your living structure w/ a properly sized fan/ ducting system allows year around “climate” control for the electricity of small pump to circulate the closed loop heat ex./ radiator and the fan. the earth takes care of the therm exchange as a ballast. i have a small dwelling/ shed all 12v photovoltaic system, the described system runs on less than 2 amps @ 12vdc. 6 computer fans provide air circulation at about 100cfm for 1.2 amps @ 12vdc total and a chinese aquarium pump that does 240 liter per hr. at .5 amps 12vdc. toyota corola radiator (free from repair shop). keeps the place at constant temp range year around. constant temp depths will vary w/ altitude and latitude. system size will vary depending on structure size and insulation/ outside temp. extremes. there are also earth balast air systems but these necessitate hundreds of feet of 6″ – 8″ buried w/ air blown through.

  • ElectricDragon

    So what gave the scientists in the coral/plastic study the idea to use sand as a control food?!

  • ElectricDragon

    First world cancer article completely misses the point. Henneberg, et al sound more like eugenics proponents than good scientists.

  • Ricky Neff

    Stop calling it dark matter, call it dark gravity because that is what it is

  • Ryan Harlow

    I have seen how much wood is required for a winter in mid-Minnesota. For a average sized house. Holy wow, what a lot of wood. My brother and I asked, “how many years of wood you have here” …..”this is just one season,” he replied. It was rather close to enough to fill a standard 40ft shipping container.

  • Caroline5765

    Thank you for the upload as always.

  • Richard

    Melancholia – def watch!!

  • David Droescher

    What was the spirograph looking like at the time of the eruption that Rosetta captured
    We recently had some CMEs eject to the north could one of these northbound ejections have arrived had approximately the time that that common lit up 89 million miles wide?
    The eating a plastic by Coral maybe bad for a reason that they did not state in there paper

  • John Mallary

    Wood burning.
    Pellet stoves require electricity.

    I’ve been off grid for over ten years. No heat. Winter’s not horrific but cold enough to freeze my water pipe. Hypothermia possible without a shelter. So I need heat.

    Having a conventional house means warming a lot of area.

    Nice to have but impractical if your direct physical labor provides your fuel.

    My solution was a hybrid.
    A 12′ X 12′ simple cabin with a small woodstove. 12″Deep 16″High 16″Wide. Lots of glass and awning covered deck.

    A used, 28′ long RV, and a short hallway connecting the two.
    All the comforts of home for only about $5500. You’d be surprised what’s for free on Craigslist…

    Propane fridge and water heater. Generator for occasional use. 12 volt lighting that’ll run led lights and a portable DVD player just fine with three deep cycle batteries and small solar charger that boosts if the generator’s on.

    That stove can easily cook open all my windows, and a potroast at the same time!

    I can strategically burn bone dry and slightly green wood 24-7.
    One fireplace load can last 8 hours.

    Split, that’s about half a cubic foot. A cord (48″X48″X96″) will last me about 85 days, burning 24-7. Two cords lasts the winter.

    That’s 4 days work for an old guy like me, two for a whippersnapper. It’s also $800 if somebody does it for you… Would you give up two 8 hr days for a winter with no heating bill, and some really good exercise?

    I dropped a dead 75′ tall madrone tree yesterday. Vertical storage!
    I only cut it into rounds that I custom split as I burn. Took me four hours to drop, buck, cut into rounds move with my truck, undoad and stack. It’s a good full cord of bone madrone. Firewood of loggers and kings!

    That has me swingin an axe, making firewood logs three times a day in winter. At 56, that’s mainly what keeps me active and fit in the winter. The best thing about doing your own firewood is, it warms you twice, three times if you cook with it!

    For those wishing to remain in the suburbs, building a small “cottage” in the back yard, similar to my home, with an RV parked next to it and a breezeway?
    That gives you an efficient alternative for winter, an RV to tow away if SHTF, a place for the in-laws or guests to stay, and a man cave that plugs into a wall socket, complete with fridge and bathroom.

    It’s not rocket science. If I can build a twelve foot square salt box, any fool (or smart person;) can do it.

    Ben, you already have the RV.
    As for water, a well is great. Failing that, a tank, a pump, an RO filter and a UV filter system would render recycled Santa Fe waste water, better than tap water, and with only trace fluoride.

    You could actually run urine through that and not tell the difference. Another treat for the in-laws…lol
    Just kiddin about the in-laws.

    Also, consider a fireplace insert, with a convection shroud. Those can just sit in your existing fireplace and efficiently pump out the heat, you can adjust airflow from blaze, to overnight near shutdown air flows.

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