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20110317 – Show Notes

Segment 1 – 10 minutes

News Item:  ALERT – Nuclear (and economic) Meltdown in progress

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow

Review of article written by Chris Martenson, and published at Zero Hedge, March 16, 2011

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The substance of this alert centers on the unknown aftershocks that may result from the world’s third largest economy, Japan, rapidly shifting from an exporter of funding to a consumer of it. In situations like these, we are by definition operating with incomplete and often confusing information, and events are developing more rapidly than they can be fully analyzed and internalized. We regret in advance any mistakes that we might make due to making calls and decisions in this highly fluid environment.

This alert warns you that major world-changing events are now underway and that your personal preparations for an uncertain future should either be completed or take on a new sense of urgency. On the basis of the information contained here and in the past two days of posts, I am personally ratcheting up my preparations, making purchases, and topping off what needs to be topped off.

Important caveat: At this point in time, I cannot fully support 100% of my concerns with hard data and evidence. Some of what has tipped me into this state of urgency is data, evidence, and stories that I can point to. Some is due to the absence of data or information, the remainder results from watching market gyrations and correlations shift into new patterns, which tell me something is afoot.

I have not been this concerned since October of 2008.

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Link to full article –
Late breaking news:  Let The Bombing Commence: UN Set To Impose “No Fly Zone” Over Libya

Segment 2 – 10 minutes

Alternative Energy News Update

Presenter:  Sterling D. Allan, CEO, Pure Energy Systems Network

Sterling D. Allan’s show notes are available at

Segment 3 – 40 minutes

Feature Presentation – Using waste vegetable oil as diesel fuel

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow – interview with Richard (aka:  Inspironator, HoldonTight, HOTVO)

*             Alternative fuels based on vegetable oil — focusing on the differences
–              Which vehicles can use vegetable oil based fuels?
–              Distinguish differences between biodiesel and vegetable oil
*             Processing differences
*             Consumables and
*             Vehicle differences
*             Viscosity
–              Biodiesel
–              Veg Oil

*             Benefits of using Biodiesel
–              Cost – lower than Diesel
–              Greener than Diesel!
–              Lubricity is better than diesel
–              As an additive (up to 5%)

*             Benefits of using Veg Oil
–              Lowest cost/gallon
–              Environmentally green (carbon footprint, cleaner burning/less pollution)
–              Lubricity – longer lasting pumps and injectors

*             CONVERTED 1999.5 Ford F-250 VIDEOS – A QUICK TOUR:
1. VegOil tank, filter & Pump  à Short discussion, the details
2. Fuel Fill, Gauges & Switches –> Short discussion, more details!
3. Engine Fuel Control and Coolant Mods –> Short discussion:
Flat Plate Heat Exchanger,
 Solenoids are not all equal!
Looping the fuel through heat exchangers – hotter fuel & faster
*             How convert a vehicle properly:

–              Heat the Veg Oil from the tank until it nearly reaches the injector pump or injector, temperature goal is 160 F or higher.
–              Where to get the waste heat for free, temperature regulated!
–              Gauges or sensor-based switches to monitor/control & the advantages of each
–              ALWAYS START A COLD ENGINE ON DIESEL, and switch  over to Veg Oil when up to normal operating temperature
–              Automated control – see the recommended reference sites for specific vendor controllers – make sure the features meet your needs/desires… examples.

*             Sourcing Used Vegetable Oil for free, or nearly free – quick how-to for newbies
– Tests:
— Nose test
— Free Fatty Acid Level Test Strips
— Clarity
– If oil is desirable, approach restaurant owner (independent restaurants are best, Not McD, Not BK…)
               – How I approach the Manager/Owner:
                              — Be a recognized customer
— Be consistent with pickup
                              — Be neat

*             How to prepare Veg Oil as a fuel:  filter and dewatering

(Youtube Demos – quick easy inexpensive and effective Veg Oil processing video how-to: 

        PLAY ON SHOW: 
From YouTube user joebro32

        Alternate simplistic approach for reference (NOT PLAYED ON SHOW): 
From YouTube user vegipower

My Veg Oil Processing research
PLAY VIDEO  4. VO Processing
         Reducing waste: Centrifuges

*             Questions: (While waiting for questions, suggest this reference book for theory & scientific data: SVO – Powering Your Vehicle with Straight Vegetable Oil, by Forest Gregg, 2008)

(Recommended information sources for SVO Conversion & Processing Veg Oil as a Fuel: 

SVO Conversion designs, specific to Ford, Dodge, VW, Mercedes-Benz and others:


Segment 4:  Audience Q&A

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