Paul sits down with Ashley for both the first podcast and first smackdown of 2022 to supposedly review Building a Better World, but never get around to it, instead having a good natter about various bits of media and old podcasts.
A benefit of running a podcast is that sometimes people come to you to discuss permaculture. One such person is the guy behind “Fat Head” who called Paul up for that exact reason, although Paul doesn’t think he managed to talk him out of having a raging bonfire with all his surplus wood instead of doing something more useful with it. Like hugelkultur beds, or rocket heater fuel. But bonfires are fun, I guess. Ashley has a similar problem with her husband, just replace “bonfire” with “grill”, although seeing as she’s there as well, she tends to just pinch the wood for her own nefarious purposes.
The two spend a fair bit of time discussing Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged despite the inevitable onset of people that hate the book and its author descending into the comments. They both appreciated the story, the characters and values that they embody (predominantly personal integrity). Paul points out a parallel between the government-funded laboratory and Helen Atthowe who quit being a Master Gardener after 17 years due to an ever-tightening collar that demanded she basically preach pro-chemical agriculture. He also notes that the book seems to bring out certain character traits in those that hate it, making them reveal quite a bit about themselves in the process, while others find the values so alien that they have trouble even reading the sentence structure. Finally, and much less validly, some seem to hate on it based on the view that the author had some weird happenings in her bedroom – she’s an artist, that’s par for the course.
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