IAF Podcast Episode 26

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This episode was an experiment, crafting several videos then compiling them into the podcast audio. Not sure what yet to think.


"The poorest nations, already beset by man-made disasters, have been threatened by a natural one: the possibility of climatic changes in the monsoon belt and perhaps throughout the world. The implications for global food and population policies are ominous."

-- HENRY KISSINGER, Address before the UN General Assembly, April 15, 1974


  • December fires rare, hurricane force winds


  • Earliest snowing on record across south, including Texas


  • Mumbai -- 50 year record rainfall after Ochki:


  • VOLCANO !!
    • Iceland


    • Chile


    • Alaska
  • Tripling down on their failed narrative:


  • Faking sea level rise


  • same BOM caught faking temperatures only months ago
  • Not only that, but because we are correct, they will simply silence us:
  • YouTube hired 10,000 people to eliminate disturbing content--an army of censors. The digital stasi.

Good time to be reminded of d.tube/iceagefarmer -- based on STEEM blockchain, can't be censored.

   You better believe that the establishment is doubling down on its agenda, and sources of truth INCLUDING

climate truth, like this channel, are ALREADY experiencing effects [ i hear from subs constantly ] and this will only worsen. Check out d.tube, or let me know of other platforms.

  • Puerto Rico -- something about which you won't read too much in the "mainstream media"

Organic Prepper did what journalists are supposed to do: sourced, verified, and shared stories:

http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/pmillion-people-in-puerto-rico-still-dont-have-power-12042017 http://investmentwatchblog.com/catastrophic-living-conditions-in-puerto-rico-can-teach-us-a-wealth-of-truth-about-post-collapse-survival/

Snow in the Deep South

2 days later, nearly half a million people are without power

via Little Red Hen

Under there somewhere is the winter garden.  I'll let you know how it does after this snow and the dip into the 20"s for a few nights.

via Rob in

Must save the broccoli, must save the broccoli! Most of the hardy greens and cabbage will make out OK. Will harvest sugar cane now.

Cold Times



Started with Oysters -- really pretty easy to do, and can be done anywhere.

vitamin D, immune boosting, lowers blood pressure, anti-inflammatory

You can also do cool things WITH them: shroomsnack (mushroom jerky) "Mycoprotein" -- fermented mushrooms, but this looks pretty "labby", not sure

A lesser known group from whom I've enjoyed learning some, Radical Mycologists. Some nature-based philosophies, like using a fermented medium instead of pasteurizing and attempting to maintain a sterile medium

The Agarikon family has strong anti-inflammatory properties with antibacterial and antiviral properties. Researchers tested 11 strains of Agarikon found in North America and discovered strong activity against swine flu (H1N1), bird flu (H5N1), and herpes (HSV1, HSV2) viruses. The ancient Chinese believed that Ganoderma mushrooms promoted longevity, and the Greeks called Agarikon the elixir of long life.

Agarikon grows to resemble a very large beehive and grows like a fruit hanging from the places where branches connect to trunks on old tall trees. Historians have noted that Native Americans mashed the fungus and used it as a medical remedy for a variety of ailments. The ancient Greeks knew about the medicinal qualities of agarikon, suggesting in an early text that it was useful for combating a host of diseases. Thereafter in Europe and the U.S. it became known as a treatment for several lung ailments including consumption (tuberculosis).

Indeed, Paul Stamets' work with U Illinois confirms, some level of effectiveness against tuberculosis, as well as cowpox, swing and bird flu, and the virus that causes herpes.

Given its demonstrated level of effectiveness as an anti-viral, anti-biotic, I've wondered about cultivating the Agarikon; unfortunately this is something that's only found in old-growth forests.

Chaga, as well, demonstrates anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer properties. Grows from a burl on a dying birch -- for the Betulinic acid, which seems to be responsible for at least part of the effect:

Chaga supports the integrity of blood vessels and provides soothing properties in times of irritation. This can be helpful for those suffering from pain, neuropathy
GI -- stomach/ulcers, intestinal 
Also functions, due to Beta-D-Glucans, "Biological Response Modifier" - -much like an adaptogen, as an immune system modulator;  boosts when low, if in overdrive,  slows down; reckon could help with sustained allergic reactions.  We may need to talk GcMAF at some point -- not now.

Maitake -- or "Hen of the Woods" -- grows at the base of oak trees. It's a polypore, which you can see just means it looks frilly.

Anti-cancer, immune booster, due as before to polysaccharides

maitake inhibit alpha-glucosidase, an enzyme that breaks down starch and simple sugars to glucose. By inhibiting this enzyme, glucose absorption slows down in the body. Not surprisingly, many oral anti-diabetic drugs are alpha-glucosidase inhibitors

Also rich, like most of these we've hit, in Vitamin D:

To increase the vitamin D2 content of your mushrooms, place them gills-side-up under direct sunlight. Sliced mushrooms will yield even more vitamin D2, as this method increases surface area and allows more ergosterol to be exposed to sunlight.

There are more. These can be found, foraging. They are medicines, out and about, and as #gsmWet, good chance there will even be more.

2 reasons I share this:

One, to restore our appreciation for the decomposers & reframe "waste" (dead straw, fallen log) as just another form of energy available.
 In a self-sufficient world, like nature, nothing ever gets "consumed" -- it only changes form.  Fungus is awesome.
They are now tools at your disposal, just by learning, by becoming aware.  Knowledge is preparation you can do anywhere, can not be taken,
 can not expire in a fire.  Sharing knowledge in the GSM.  Armed with a fierce knowledge, can creatively find many solutions.
  Arm yourself well.  

For more, and it's a fun listen:

- miles of mycelium to support root structure of a large tree
- mycelium networks have literally solved mazes and modeled non-linear, complex systems like tokyo-area subway

A leading researcher-slash-evangelist, Paul Stamets. Did a show with Joe Rogan.

Viewer Questions

  • What's the difference between the solar charge controller and one for wind turbine ?

This was curious to me as well, so I checked in to it -- it seems the difference in charge controllers is less about the way the charge is applied to the batteries, and more that a turbine needs to have a reliable load at all times. If it's not charging the battery, a wind controller will divert to a dummy load -- unlike solar charge controller, which can simply effectively disconnect the panels.

Without a reliable load, turbine can spin out of control, causing catastrophic failure.

Richard in Indiana

  • What kind of high tunnel structure does he recommend for high wind situations?
I use high tunnels which are manufactured by Tunnel Vision Hoops in Cleveland, Ohio.   Their bows are constructed out of thicker metal then most competitors and they offer an all metal, all included kit which is straightforward to assemble. Our original tunnel has withstood 75 mph wind guests without issue and I have heard of them withstanding close to 90 mph wind guests. 
I prefer Gothic style high tunnels which are 72 feet long x 30 ft wide.  We live in an area where we get days of 50mph sustained winds so some of the design chararcteristics are to suit our location.  I am putting together a short pdf which highlights some of the  things I have implemented to make a tunnel more secure in a prairie environment.

Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret

Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret https://archive.org/stream/ArnoldMucuslessDiet/Arnold_Mucusless_Diet_djvu.txt http://iceagefarmer.com/docs/Health

  • Hydroponics freezing / Aquaponics

Good thing about moving water, the whole liquid has to reach 0' before it freezes. That said, I do heat my tank, not just because diurnal swings were too much for healthy fish, but because goldfish basically go into hypometablic state, hiberante, don't eat much, or produce much waste, which is the whole point.

In fact, after I lost a few fish, I started actively manage the tank on both sides of temp: in summer, I started cooling the system to keep the goldfish from kicking into Spawning behavior, which was 76-78' iirc. They started beating up on each other.

Let me speak to that, by saying there are fish, like Rainbow trout, that would do better over the winter. Some folks will swap out their tilapia for rainbow trout over the winter.

An IAF, though, would be interested in a robust fish: perch, catfish, largemouth bass. These can be fine in both summer and winter temperatures.

We're also interested in breeding these guys, to have a reliable source of protein and keep the aquaponics running, unless you have a convenient & well-stocked pond... This enters a whole new world that I've not explored. Fish breeder? get in touch.

There is a guy named Jeremiah Robinson who has an interest in cold-weather aquaponics. He runs "FrostyFish.com" and has plans on how to upcycle an old freezer into a well-insulated fish tank. He's selling them, but. Try to get him on show.