IAF Podcast Episode 18

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Air date: October 21, 2017

GSM News

  • Ski resorts open in Europe


  • Indeed, UK facing MONTHS of snow -- Sinking polar vortex to trigger COLDEST winter since GREAT FREEZE


  • North America: winter will be warm...unless it's FREEZING (h/t Shaun)


  • #gsmRain
    • Trinidad & Tobago under a LOT of water


    • Record rain wreaks havoc across Queensland, destroying crops & food supply:


New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between October 11 and 17, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes.

  • Loss of insects / pollinators -- this is one i want to explore a bit

We've looked before at how changes in the sun's UV output can affect behavior (mating, eating, resting) of insects. Concerning because we see dolphins/whales sunburned, so we know UV output is changing: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/40108686/sunburned-whales-ozone-hole-could-be-culprit/ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36865435 specifically with respect to the important ones that pollinate plants. This week, a study claiming http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809 Importance of flies: https://sciencing.com/importance-flies-10016971.html

  • Global Cooling going mainstream -- Martin Armstrong picked up the penguin story:


    • Between Uranium One scandal breaking open, and global cooling going mainstream, and a whole host of other factors,

I do have to advise, I think a major [anthropogenic] event is coming. further advise,

Daily Steps

Honored and thrilled to share some notes from a couple awesome IAFs today. I find these two individuals very inspirational, I know you will too.

We are in good company here folks!

Viewer Feedback: Answers to "Open Questions"

q1: too many bubbles in Spirulina?

a1: too much aeration ! too many polysaccharides


q2: how to make vertical towers?

a2: got some feedback, also polled some hydroponic practitioners,

- use thinner PVC (sched 80, not 40), and, via SJS Blacksmith:

I think part of the difference was you  were using a heat gun, and he was using a small torch. You get more heat and a more focused heat out of a torch in general.   I also think a torch should let you be able to fire polish the edges of the cuts. Like you would do while working with glass.   It also looks like you had a courser cut saw that you were making your slits with, which left a rougher cut.  I would be tempted to use a power miter saw or circular saw to cut the slits. You could set up a wooden jig to cut just the right depth with the circular saw safely. The width of the kerf of the larger saw blade would give you a wider opening too. He was also using a wedged mandrel to open up the holes, hopefully that helps... Don't be afraid to play the heat across the PVC with the mandrel in place to get the shape and depth of cup you want.

"Nutrient Collapse"

Already having mentioned the pollinators disappearing, let's explore also another issue facing ag moving forward:

  • decreased energy from the sun == worse growth, less resistant to disease, less protein
  • increased CO2 -- also less nutrients, less protein




heavy AGW slant: http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/09/13/food-nutrients-carbon-dioxide-000511

dropped links in show notes to studies indicating that protein and nutrient content also falter as CO2 increase.

Two thoughts here:

  1. Using CO2 in greenhouses to "improve yield" is not the best idea; prefer nutritious food, even if slower
  2. We are hitting 410ppm atmospheric CO2; without speaking to where it's going thereafter, this does affect us already.