Talk Points-The Whole Enchilada!

  1. What is the “Pit of the Stomach exercise”, and how could it save my life in a crisis situation? Not only for disasters—stock brokers could probably use this one!
  2. What is a “Grab-and-Run Kit” (also known as 72-hour kits, short-term emergency kit, etc.) and why should I have one? Best not to send the wife out for this one, she could be grabbing things for hours—nail polish, lipstick, favorite hair dryer, high-heeled shoes….
  3. Why should I have a family emergency plan and what kind of things should it cover?
  4. How can I disinfect “ditch water” using just sunshine or simple household chemicals?
  5. When push comes to shove, what are the best bugs to eat? Please pass the maggots!
  6. What are the most important emergency supplies to have on hand?
  7. If I am in my home, and a terrorist act or superstorm takes the grid down for several days or more, what should I do?
  8. The price of gas is going through the ceiling. Why is this happening and what can I do to be ready for the changes it will bring (Peak Oil Prep)?
  9. What do Germany, Iceland and Brazil have in common, and why do they give us hope that we can get America off the oil habit and revitalize our economy?
  10. Why is emergency preparedness like buying car insurance?
  11. What is “Peak Oil” and why will it make the current financial melt-down seem like a picnic?
  12. What are the four greatest threats to our future?
  13. The aftermath of Hurricane’s Katrina and Ike made it quite clear that people need to be prepared to fend for themselves for several days after a major disaster. What kinds of plans and basic emergency supplies do you recommend to have on hand? (See web site www.whentechfails.com  article “Preparedness Checklist”)
  14. There is a lot of talk about toxic mold in the flooded homes on the Gulf Coast. I understand that you have had some experience in Hawaii dealing with the effects of toxic mold. Can you tell us some of the warning signs of toxic mold exposure and what people should do if they encounter mold in their homes?
  15. Why did you write “When Technology Fails”?
  16. TV Topic: Bring in a 72-Hour Grab-And –Run kit, and pull out key items for a show and tell, to demonstrate to viewers how easy it is to prepare a portable emergency kit to cover essential needs during the critical first 72 hours after a disaster, when you will most likely be on your own. (See web site www.whentechfails.com  article “72-Hour Grab-And-Run Kits”)
  17. Keynote speaking topic: Creating a Sustainable Future and Dealing with the Long Emergency (Peak Oil combined with global warming): In today’s world of climate change coupled with escalating oil prices that have contributed to much suffering and hardship, and may also be a significant factor in the recent financial melt-down in America (more bankruptcies than we have seen since the Great Depression), how can we shift the direction of our country into building a healthy economy while at the same time creating a sustainable future?
  18. What are the 12 key strategies to creating a sustainable world and saving the Earth?
  19. TV Topic: Most adults could survive over a month without food before starving to death, but when the temperature is hot, a single day without water would put us at risk. Matthew Stein is an expert on water quality and treatment. He has designed both back country water filters and point-of-use water filters for the home. He can demonstrate how to use sunshine and empty soda bottles, or common household chemicals such as tincture of iodine, household bleach and pool chemicals, to kill harmful organisms so you could drink “ditch water” in an emergency. He could also demonstrate his favorite portable filters and treatment chemicals that he recommends you carry in your emergency kit. (See web site www.whentechfails.com  article “Disinfecting Your Water”)
  20. Why does the solution to America’s economic woes lie not in pumping more oil, but in getting off the oil habit? (HINT: We are currently sending a freight train full of dollars out of America every day in the form of $1.5 billion a day to buy foreign oil and another $1/2 billion every day for military protection and intervention in the Persian Gulf to insure that this oil keeps flowing)
  21. Do you have any suggestions for how the average American could prepare himself for a “Pandemic” from an emerging virus, or an antibiotic resistant bacteria, like Drug-Resistant TB, Methicillin resistant staph (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as M.R.S.A.), Bird Flu or Ebola? Do you have suggestions for materials and supplies that people can have on hand in case traditional medicines are unavailable or simply don’t work against a disease that is “going around”? (See web site www.whentechfails.com article “Bird Flu Notes”)
  22. What about wild fires and earthquakes? What sort of precautions and preparedness tips can you give our listeners in the Western States who may have to deal with these natural hazards? (See web site www.whentechfails.com articles “Earthquake Precautions” and “Fire Resistant Green Building”)
  23. What alternative medicines and herbs do you recommend that everyone should keep on hand to prepare themselves and their family to fight antibiotic resistant viruses and bacteria, like Extreme Drug-Resistant TB, Methicillin resistant staph (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as M.R.S.A.), and various emerging flu viruses (Bird Flu, SARS, etc.)?  
  24. Fire Resistant Green Building for the Western States: The risk of catastrophic wildfires in the western states is predicted to only get worse due to global warming. What kind of things can I do to improve the fire resistance of my existing home, and how can I build an environmentally friendly fire resistant new home? (Matthew Stein is a licensed contractor specializing in green building and fire resistant construction).
  25. I understand that you have had your own personal encounter with antibiotic resistant bacteria that would not respond to modern antibiotics, including the infamous “Cipro”. Could you relate your experiences, and how you cured this infection with a few dollars worth of materials after spending over a thousand dollars on antibiotics and doctors?
  26. What about Global Warming and its effect on the weather? Is it a real threat or is it blown all out of proportion by environmentalists and the media?
  27. I understand that according to the German Energy Watch Group, the world’s production of regular black oil (not including tar sands and bio fuels) has already peaked in 2005 or 2006 and is beginning to decline at an alarmingly fast rate. What does this mean for me and my family?
  28. What can I personally do to help reduce my “Carbon Footprint” and do my part in the fight against Global Warming/Climate Change?
  29. Deforestation is a huge contributor to global warming that no one is talking about, accounting for about 25 percent of global emissions of green house gases (more than the contributions from either industry or transportation).  Daily deforestation, including slash and burn clearing of tropical rainforests, releases as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York City.
  30. What changes can I expect to see in our world over the next 5, 10 and 20 years, and how can I prepare for this?
  31. Mankind has been around for hundreds of thousands of years, so how could things on our planet turn critical so quickly?
  32. In your book you talk about the value of developing an “intuitive edge”. Could you expand on that?
  33. Many future predictions are very bleak. Is there any hope for a bright future? How could we contribute towards creating a positive future?
  34. I hear that you have built hurricane resistant homes in Hawaii. Would these types of homes be good for rebuilding areas like New Orleans, Florida and the rest of the Gulf Coast?
  35. Why are the short term oil shortage and gasoline price spike caused by Hurricane Katrina, and the Mideast OPEC oil embargo of the late 70’s, frightening previews of an impending oil crisis (“Peak Oil”) that won’t go away?
  36. Are you a survivalist? (The author does not consider himself a survivalist, but feels that in this age of super storms, terrorism, global warming, and peak oil, that everyone should be prepared to help themselves, their friends and their family in the event of an emergency)
  37. Who should buy “When Technology Fails” and why?
  38. I am not a survivalist. I just want to be able to help my friends and family in an emergency. What should I do?