A Holiday Treat - Grilled Jackass


OK, so here's the deal. We've made it through the doldrums. For over 100 days, gold and silver have based and consolidated and, this week, they have finally broken out. Now, before the fireworks begin, we have a 3-day weekend. Knowing that you've got some time to kill over the next few days, I figured that today was the perfect time to give the mic to The Jackass.

But here's the deal: This is not your usual podcast. Knowing that you had all weekend to listen, I let Jim go and responded with an interview that clocks in at an hour and ten minutes! If that seems like a lot, please break it up into parts. Jim covers an extraordinary amount of information here and it is imperative that you listen to the entire thing. And, what the heck? You've got three days. This should help you to kill the time.

One last thing, Jim and I struggled all day to get a good Skype connection. This recording was made while we had the best connection we could make but it still wasn't perfect. You'll notice several intervals where Jim disappears for a few seconds. Please be patient and hang in there. The podcast resumes each time.

Have a great weekend!



Sep 4, 2012 - 3:49pm

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Lamenting Laverne
Sep 4, 2012 - 1:15pm

@ Katie Rose - Greenhouse

Thanks a lot for your comment. I agree wholeheartedly that it is a great challenge to keep the climate stable in a greenhouse and orientation and shape is very important. I used to have a southfacing un-insulated winter garden, and it was hellish in midsummer to keep it ventilated enough for the plants to thrive.

I need to see more data on the actual performance of a dome, but the interesting part about a dome shape as opposed to a normal house shape is that it has a huge volume of air inside the shell, and air volume is very important for the climate control. Further the shape is said to induce a better natural circulation of the air because of the rounded shape, when the air warms up, rises and cools off slightly, when it hits the shell and gets a bit more heavy again.

In my view, it is very important to have a heavy volume of something like water or stone/sand, which can accumulate heat during the day and release it at night. In addition to this, your point about shade cloth is just spot on. Finally the windows high up and ventilation intakes lower in the structure must be deliberately dimensioned so the air exchange capability is sufficient in comparison to total air volume, while avoiding a stiff draft on the plants.

The orientation of the dome may change with where it will ultimately be built. I used to live in coastal climate at sea-level, where my stated orientation would be right. Now I am much further south but at altitude with much hotter summers, and the orientation would have to be adapted to this.

We will see if it ever happens. I am so good at dreaming, drawing, researching, and thinking out smart technical details and beautiful designs, but when it comes to actually getting things done, things are hardly moving at all, partly because I am alone in doing all the work, so it gets overwhelming to even think about it.

That is why I am absolutely in awe about the activities you write about in your posts. It seems to me that you are living many peoples dream, even if it is very very hard work and sometimes very disappointing. (I used to do that in a smaller way with an old maintenance demanding house, big kitchen garden but no animals, along with a more than full time job, and I ended up utterly exhausted). But I can so imagine the joy it is for you, when you get a new little goat jumping around in the sun for the first time like the world is brand new, or when you make your own produce from your own milk, and the profound satisfaction it must be to taste thoroughly healthy and fresh food on a daily basis, even if it took much longer time to make. In short - I think you rock! And I am very inspired, and I hope to one day find a spouse, who shares my dream, so I can summon the courage and energy to live more like you do today.

Last point - the non GMO seeds you wrote about one day with an article about a Danish farmer. Non GMO is a big thing in Scandinavia, and if I can be of assistance to search out particular information for you or translate the gist of scandi articles you may have found, please just let me know.

Sep 4, 2012 - 10:45am
Katie Rose
Sep 4, 2012 - 10:23am


Over the last 10 years real estate has changed for the better. It used to be that both agents represented the seller as he/she was the one paying the commission. That is no longer true. Contract law gives all kinds of opportunities for the buyer to legally walk away if the property is unsuitable.

The property you linked to looks beautiful. The plat map shows that much of it is wetlands. Just know that the EE wants to control all water and wetlands , so investigation/ DD is warranted.

If you are interested in the property I would suggest writing a Feasibility Clause of at least 2-3 weeks into the contract. An agent/broker will know how to do that. Essentially what that says is that you have 2-3 weeks to investigate with the county restrictions concerning the water and wetlands, and to hire a consultant who is knowledgeable about hydro-electric and bring them onsite.

Many buyers will take a couple days off work to do the investigating, having set up appointments a head of time with the county and alternative energy experts.

Just realize that the real estate market is quite slow and the county employees are terrified for their jobs. A purchaser with running water will give them something to focus on (harass) so as to justify their pay checks. Bottom line, they are going to give you HELL!

I personally would not let the county know I was interested in putting a small hydro system on the stream. I would keep my mouth shut. I would meet with the county first, then bring in the consultant.

As a real estate broker (inactive) I could never tell a client what I just told you. Too many liability issues. But I have come to loathe the little Hitlers who work for the county planning commission. They make life impossible for land owners, especially when they have so little to do in this real estate climate. Many are new college grads who have never owned a home, and believe that they are personally responsible for "saving the planet" from people like you (us.) They are stupid and ignorant bullies with the power of the law behind them. Rant. Rant. Rant!!!

There are lots of small businesses that specialize in alternative energy. A look on the internet will bring those in your area to your attention.

PM me if you need any more help.

Sep 4, 2012 - 10:22am

This one will end up burning up some stakes

Obama Plan For Gun Control !

https://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE59E0Q920091015 U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto.

The decision, announced in a statement released by the
U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush's administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better.

On Wednesday Obama Took the First Major Step in a Plan to Ban All Firearms in the United States. The Obama administration intends to
force gun control and a complete ban on all weapons for US citizens through the signing of international treaties with foreign nations. By
signing international treaties on gun control, the Obama administration can use the
US State Department to bypass the normal legislative process in Congress. Once the US Government signs these international treaties, all US citizens will be subject to those gun laws created by foreign governments. These are laws that have been developed and promoted by organizations such as the United Nations and individuals such as George Soros and Michael Bloomberg. The laws are designed and intended to lead to the complete ban and confiscation of all firearms.

The Obama administration is attempting to use tactics and methods of gun control that will inflict major damage to our 2nd Amendment before US citizens even understand what has happened. Obama can appear before the public and tell them that he does not intend to pursue any legislation (in the United States) that will lead to new gun control laws, while cloaked in secrecy, his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is committing the US to international treaties and foreign gun control laws. Does that mean Obama is telling the truth? What it means is that there will be no publicized gun control debates in the media or votes in Congress. We will wake up one morning and find that the United States has signed a treaty that prohibits firearm and ammunition manufacturers from selling to the public. We will wake up another morning and find that the US has signed a treaty that prohibits any transfer of firearm ownership. And then, we will wake up yet another morning and find that the UShas signed a treaty that requires US citizens to deliver any firearm they own to the local government collection and destruction center or face imprisonment.

This is not a joke nor a false warning. As sure as government health care will be forced on us by the Obama administration through whatever means necessary, so will gun control.

Please forward this message to others who may be concerned about the direction in which our country is headed.

We are being led like a lamb to the slaughter (Socialism/Dictatorship).

Katie Rose
Sep 4, 2012 - 9:36am

@ Lamenting_Laver...

Just thought I'd comment quickly about your dream home/dome/greenhouse combo.

We've learned a lot about greenhouses living in the frigid continental climate where we are located.

It is the western sun that bakes a greenhouse, turning it upwards of 120 degrees. It took us no time at all to figure out that little solar vents won't do the job. What is needed is a good shade cloth over the western side.

We were told not to make the greenhouse longer than 24 feet if we did not want to rely on fans to circulate the air, to have large double doors at the south and north ends for air circulation, and to shade cloth the west side as that is where the hottest sun hits in the summer. We also were told to have the doors on the south/north sides with the length of the greenhouse running east /west.

So just reverse your dream with greenhouse on the east and it will work out much better for you.

Sep 3, 2012 - 7:11pm

Educators are the biggest

Educators are the biggest lobbyists, hmmmm

You wonder why higher education has tripled in cost?

They know that without jobs, they are the only game in town, and they are controlling the market and legislative process.

And by the way, Obama is by far the biggest recipient of this "edu bubble money", also curious how places like MIT are being used as paid pimps to promote how safe nuclear is, and to come to the conclusion that evacuating people is very stressful, therefore you should just make them sit in the radioactive waste after a major disaster, their conclusion is that overall that will be better for society. No joke, that stuff is really playing out in our world.

Breakdown of the donations is here

https://oahutrading.blogspot.com/2012/09/educators-are-biggest- lobbyists-hmmmm.html

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Sep 3, 2012 - 5:01pm

Jim Willie

I love these podcasts with the Jackass, just for the entertainment value if nothing else. Did anyone else laugh out loud when he breathlessly exclaimed "they knock down three mansions and build 80-bedroom ARAB MANSIONS!" Just something about the emphasis on Arab Mansions that made me crack up

The last one was the same, when he was doing his impression of the "New Sheriff in Town" saying "Give us your gold, you Cartel Bank!" We've had JFK retiring to a Greek island and now secret Nazi get-out-of-jail free cards. That and some more prosaic (and dare I say grounded) stuff about about interest-rate derivatives.

Roll on the next podcast with the Golden Jackass I say. Great stuff Turd.

Sep 3, 2012 - 12:05pm

"Ingenious Minds"

I don't think there is much separation except for the 'filter' most of us have that might keep some of the more extreme thoughts out of earshot. Some people are so comfortable in their own skin that they simply don't care about the filter. Good for them unless it becomes loud ranting (and carrying picket signs while wearing a wooden barrel around their naked body)

This is in no way a critique or insinuation of JW, just a general thought on the subject. Centuries ago you would've been burned at the stake or worse for the heretical concept of a round Earth.

George Widener "Ingenious Minds" - e1 Full/HD

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