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After a long 6 months, 2 Kickstarters, multiple summer events, and a Rocket Mass Heater workshop, Paul sits down with Samantha to discuss a couple of “things” he wrote simply to get them said – much to the chagrin of corporate trolls.

The one being discussed today is called, as the name of the podcast implies, “The Oil and Water of the Mind”, linked below.  But not before the usual tangents – such as RMH building regulations in England and a wave of firewood theft in Germany due to rising fuel prices caused Putin’s war in Ukraine.  
“Ten years ago I was walking in downtown Missoula and a fella with a clipboard asked me to sign his petition.  He was getting paid pretty good money to ask people to sign his petition - so I guess somebody, somewhere, was gonna profit if this passed.  The petition was to ban those payday loan places.  […]  His math was that you get the loan where you promise to pay it back in two weeks.  But if you don't pay it back in two weeks, there are fees and fees and fees. […].”  While Paul does think that if you agree to do something within a timeframe, you kinda should do so, and indeed he did that one time he got in a pickle and took one out.  But they both think that just banning them outright wasn’t the right call as, predatory as they are, they do serve a legitimate purpose for society.  They start to suspect banks were trying to axe their competition, but this is getting into conspiracy territory.

“Today I learned that the Missoula city council wants to make restrictions on people renting out airbnb stuff.  I kinda get the idea that they are thinking that there should be fewer airbnbs so that there is more long term housing in Missoula.   I guess the problem they see is that so many people are making more money with airbnb than just regular renting that there are fewer places left to rent long term for Missoula residents - and that pushes up rental prices.  So if they find a way to restrict airbnb stuff, then more rentals will become available and rent prices will drop.  […].”  Housing prices in general in Missoula are quite high at the moment, not helped by the influx of people that want to live there, with the average price of a three-bedroom home being around half a million dollars.

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