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UnCommie Goods

UnCommie Goods

By Steel
A podcast promoting the discovery of American made goods, and not stuff from China.
Let's promote a better supply chain for the US, resulting in higher quality of goods, better national security, economic growth, and expansion of small, American businesses.
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EP 34| Yen For America!!
Hearing about Panasonic's $4 Billion dollar investment to open an American Electric Vehicle Battery Plant in Desoto, Kansas got me excited.  Yes, more jobs for Americans.  But, what do I really think about EV Cars?  Also, I get nostalgic with some classic 80s Sitcoms and movies. Kansas City Lands Panasonic’s Second Huge US EV Battery Factory https://www.autoweek.com/news/industry-news/a40642300/kansas-city-panasonic-second-us-ev-battery-factory/ Gung Ho Movie:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091159/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 The Facts of Life 80s Sitcom.  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078610/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Find and subscribe  on Apple Podcast app!    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/uncommie-goods/id1516009028 Please like and Subscribe on youtube! Visit me at www.uncommiegoods.com Find cool, UnCommie stuff to buy at www.uncommiegoods.com/buy More show notes at UncommieGoods.com/episode34  
15:55
July 23, 2022
EP|33 Hush Hush, Iodine!!
www.uncommiegoods.com/episode33 My first "UnCommie Goods: Reacts" podcast.  I went off on a little rant instead of a my usual more (slightly) polished script.  I heard on a radio about a supply chain crisis of contrast media, an iodine solution that medical staff inject into blood vessels to allow a device such as a CT scanner or fluoroscope to see inside the body. These are critical vital life saving medical diagnoses.  Of course, the supply chain is due to dependency of single vendor suppliers, who manufacture in where else, China!  I was so angry I looked this up online and reacted to the first article I found.  Link to Washington Post article: Covid shutdowns in China are delaying medical scans in the U.S. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/05/11/medical-scans-dye-shortage/ Link to Armor Suit iPhone screen protector. Other models are available.  https://amzn.to/3ls36Nr Link to Armor Suit Review:  https://uncommiegoods.com/armorsuit/ Link to Uncommie Goods Episode 25 "Drugstore China"  https://uncommiegoods.com/episode25/
28:51
May 20, 2022
EP|32 Climbing the UnCommie Ladder - Manifesto Continued.
The Uncommie Manifesto Part 2. A series.    www.uncommiegoods.com/episode32 YouTube: https://youtu.be/cJqYXZltses I was inspired during a recent flight to Hawaii about how to UnCommie your life, and not only based on buying American made products.   I banged out some ideas on my iPhone's Notes app, and wanted to share them with you.  It's really how you live, and eliminating dependencies on system that might not always be there for you.  Here are the steps in climbing the UnCommie Ladder.   1. Seek out and buy American made goods.- use the cultivate Chrome extension when shopping on Amazon.   https://www.wecultivate.us/  2. Buy Local Food. Seek out local ranchers and farmers. A great resource is www.eatwild.com.   3. Get your health in order.  The real pandemic is obesity, and being overweight leads to feeding the matrix that is the "Pharm-Industrial Complex".  They want you sick and on medications. I recommend a Paleo/Primal centered diet and lifestyle.  https://www.marksdailyapple.com/success-stories-home/   4. Eliminate all consumer debt/payments.  Pay off all your consumer loans and credit cards. Don't count on Social Security.
40:24
March 06, 2022
EP|31 "HomeSchooled Sweet Home"
Youtube: https://youtu.be/z8JqhoVh8FY https://uncommiegoods.com/episode31 Are you on the fence about home schooling your kids? You're not the only one. With today's woke leftist school boards, and lack of curriculum transparency, many parents are looking into homeschooling their kids.  On Episode 31 of UnCommie Goods,  Chris and Katie Corbett from Spotlight On Home, come to UnCommie Goods to talk about their experience in homeschooling their children, and breakdown many of the myths about homeschooling.  Spoiler Alert: The kids don't end up weird, and they get into great colleges.  Resources discussed on this episode: Learn More about Chris and Katie Corbett :https://www.spotlightonhome.com/ Get your Homeschool Survival Kit: https://www.healthwellnessandchocolate.com/sales-page-a7ed2e01-2ed3-44de-931b-9b30f692a9b2 What is an UnCommie Good? It’s anything not made in communist China, or any communist country, that is hostile to the U.S. I believe a consumer driven effort can strengthen the US Domestic Manufacturing base, improve the quality of goods, secure our critical supply chain, and make a more resilient economy. At the same time, lets celebrate small businesses and support them. Send me a voice message with any questions or thoughts - Link Here: https://anchor.fm/lars207/message Or shoot me an email hello@uncommiegoods.comx
01:31:16
February 17, 2022
EP|30 Wash That Commie Right Outta My Hair!
Youtube: https://youtu.be/n3wJDAk84Zs https://uncommiegoods.com/episode30 On Episode 30 of UnCommie Goods,  Shannon Tor comes to UnCommie Goods to talk about his All-American business, TOR Salon Products! Torsalonproducts.com. What I especially loved about Shannon is he is a REAL scientist, and not compromised in his principles for a paycheck.   TOR Salon Products is a another small family run business, that creates salon and spa products that are naturally based and backed by science. Think Shampoos, Conditioners for a range of hair types, and styling products.  We covered a wide array of topics, from his wide ranging scientific background, working for global hair and salon product companies, to politics The Parallel Economy, and more.  With his business Tyler support his family, business partners,  and makes high quality, American sourced natural hair products!  Resources discussed on this episode: TOR Salon Products on Gab: https://gab.com/TORProducts Buy TOR Salon Products : https://www.torsalonproducts.com/ What is Gab.com: “A social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online. All are welcome” What is an UnCommie Good? It’s anything not made in communist China, or any communist country, that is hostile to the U.S. I believe a consumer driven effort can strengthen the US Domestic Manufacturing base, improve the quality of goods, secure our critical supply chain, and make a more resilient economy. At the same time, lets celebrate small businesses and support them. Send me a voice message with any questions or thoughts - Link Here: https://anchor.fm/lars207/message Or shoot me an email hello@uncommiegoods.
01:31:23
January 22, 2022
EP28| The Battle for A.I. and the WanTai Dynasty
Artificial Intelligence, China acting touch with Taiwan, and an 80s sitcom anecdote.  Visit me at www.uncommiegoods.com Find cool, UnCommie stuff to buy at www.uncommiegoods.com/buy Episode Show notes at www.uncommiegoods.com/episode28 WanTai Dynasty.  China has been aggressively flying warplanes in record numbers near Taiwan's airspace. I look in the goals and reasons why Taiwan is so important to China, and what the US is doing, or NOT doing in support.  Article Referenced in show:  1) China Ramps up warplane flights in Taiwan's Airspace.  https://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2021-10-04/brazen-china-steadily-ramps-up-warplane-flights-in-taiwans-airspace 2) Why Taiwan Really Matters to China  https://jamestown.org/program/why-taiwan-really-matters-to-china/ Bonus: Three's Company Episode "The Heiress"  "Jack believes Janet's vase that she inherited is a priceless antique." https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0723004/ Battle for AI A senior Pentagon official resigned over our lack of Artificial AI progress and lack of competitiveness with China! They are leading!  1) Pentagon Official Resigns Over Belief China Has Won AI Battle, Heading to Global Dominance https://www.newsweek.com/pentagon-official-resigns-over-belief-china-has-won-ai-battle-heading-global-dominance-1637772 UncommieGood for this episode~ (Not a sponsor)  SNRJerky.com.  Try the pepper! 
20:02
October 26, 2021
EP27| Amazon.Commie???
Please like and Subscribe on youtube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5edjXsmdsAxIxHwTI_WKcw Visit me at www.uncommiegoods.com Find cool, UnCommie stuff to buy at www.uncommiegoods.com/buy Episode Show notes at www.uncommiegoods.com/episode27 So Amazon sells a ton of stuff from China, but did you know that last January more that 70% of new sellers on Amazon were Chinese manufacturers? They're really starting to branch out and brand themselves. It turns out a lot of them will stop a nothing to grow, including fake reviews and bribing buyers to submit reviews. I discuss this article from TechCrunch. - "Prime today, gone tomorrow: Chinese products get pulled from Amazon" https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/11/chinese-products-get-pulled-from-amazon/ In addition, this fake review scam was uncovered by a data breach, implicating over 200,000 people involved. If you submit a fake review, you're putting your personal data a risk! - "Amazon Fake Reviews Scam Exposed in Data Breach" https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/amazon-reviews-leak-report/ UnCommie Book Club! Be sure to pick up Socialism Sucks while supporting a local independent bookstore. This is a great book and while they travel to see the horrible effects of socialism, at least they're having a few beers on the way. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781621579458?aff=lars1000 What is an UnCommie Good? It’s anything not made in communist China, or any communist country, that is hostile to the U.S. I believe a consumer driven effort can strengthen the US Domestic Manufacturing base, improve the quality of goods, secure our critical supply chain, and make a more resilient economy. At the same time, lets celebrate small businesses and support them. Send me a voice message with any questions or thoughts - Link Here: https://anchor.fm/lars207/message Or shoot me an email hello@uncommiegoods. 
22:18
May 19, 2021
EP26| Cotton, Commies, and Computers?
Cotton, Commies, and Computers?  YouTube: https://youtu.be/pF4cEj9mGVg  Cotton and Commies: The Better Cotton Initiative took a stand, or tried to against Chinese made cotton from the Xinjiang Province in China.  As mentioned in Episode 16 https://uncommiegoods.com/episode16/, that's a area rife with forced labor and concentration camps of the Uighur muslim minority.  The major fashion, goods, and apparel companies like H&M, Uniqlo, Muji, and Adidas are wilting under the of a backlash boycott from within China.   I discuss this great article from Sup China.   Everyone is in a rush to escape the dumpster fire that is the Xinjiang cotton crisis  https://supchina.com/2021/03/25/everyone-is-in-a-rush-to-escape-the-dumpster-fire-that-is-the-xinjiang-cotton-crisis/  Computers?  Intel, the microprocessor juggernaut is bucking trends, and investing in US manufacturing, to the tune of $20 billion dollars!  True Heroes. You know who's not investing in American Manufacturing? Apple. Screw em. I'm no longer buying any of their products.   TECH ‘Intel is back:’ New CEO’s plan to make chips for other companies excites investors  https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/23/intel-makes-foundry-strategy-shift-under-new-ceo-pat-gelsinger-.html  This week's UnCommie Good is Origin Maine.   Origin Main https://originmaine.com/ is a website where everything they make and sell is US made. Clothes, bison leather boots, fitness equipment, jeans, and even Martial Arts uniforms. Check them out!  I ordered the Blackout Joggers.  https://originmaine.com/durable-goods/bottom-game/blackout-joggers/  You can reach me at hello@uncommiegoods.com 
26:52
April 16, 2021
EP25 | Drugstore China
Alternate title: "We lost the Pharm... aceutical, to China".  Also on Youtube https://youtu.be/qbUY50FBcm4 Uncommiegoods.com/episode25 Enough puns aside, I was absolutely stunned to learn than China produces and exports 90-95% of the world's prescription drug supply. This ranges from completely manufactured generic drugs,  or raw components, known as precursors for  use in pharmaceutical manufacture. Again, 90-95% of it comes from China. I was too stunned to even pick and discuss a new All American UnCommie Good for this episode. So in lieu of that, please go check out my www.uncommiegoods.com/buy to find one of the items I recommend.  To also help find American made goods, check out https://www.wecultivate.us/ The Cultivate is a great Chrome Browser Extension  Now back to the story. I caught this amazing, and stunning Twitter thread from https://twitter.com/ShivenChabria  He also wrote a great article at American Greatness called End China’s Chokehold on Pharmaceuticals back in March 23 2020. That's right, over a year ago!  https://amgreatness.com/2020/03/23/end-chinas-chokehold-on-pharmaceuticals/ Some highlights (or lowlights)  1. China Dumped cheap medications until domestic sources stopped making drugs and pharmaceuticals. Then China raised the price.  2. The Three most important drugs to fight Anthrax are no longer made in the United States . 3. The last fermentation plant for Penicillin closed in 2004. In the podcast I said, or guessed it was "invented" in America. Turns out it was London.         Close enough!  4. Heparin, an injectable blood thinner, killed over 200 Americans when a tainted batch from China was shipped here.  And so much more!  Please contact me at hello@uncommiegoods.com with any questions or feedback. 
16:00
April 02, 2021
EP24| Uighur You Goin?
Today's show introduces listener mail, and a new tool called "The UnCommie-ometer" Listen to learn more.  Use the Cultivate Chrome Browser Extension https://www.wecultivate.us/ to easily determine what is American Made on A China is systematically trying to depopulate and change the lifestyles of their Uighur minority population by splitting the young from home, putting them into labor and re-education camps thousands of miles from home, and not allowing many of them to leave the workdplace I discuss this issue covered by the BBC Article  1) 'If the others go I'll go': Inside China's scheme to transfer Uighurs into work https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-56250915 2) The study uncovered by a Uighur researcher proving the existence of the program to move Uighurs from their homeland into labor and re-education camps. Use a translate tool.  http://web.archive.org/web/20200507161938/https://ciwe.nankai.edu.cn/2019/1223/c18571a259225/page.htm 3) The trade war comes to Walmart, Target and Macy’s -  This Article covers what percentage of goods are chinese made and sold from Target and Walmart.  https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/23/business/china-tariffs-trump-trade-walmart-retail 4) Over 40 Percent of Amazon's Sellers Are Based in China  https://www.pcmag.com/news/over-40-percent-of-amazons-sellers-are-based-in-china The UnCommie Good of the week (Not a sponsor), is the Sleep Master®Sleep Mask.  https://amzn.to/3rbklD0 I have personally bought two of these, I left one in a hotel on a vacation, and I immediately bought a replacement. I love this thing, and as a light sleeper, the Sleep Master® Sleep Mask is essential for my well being.  The Sleep Master® Sleep Mask really fits in with the theme of the last three episodes, which interviews with entrepreneurs that all happened to be in the fitness world.  One important factor in being as fit as possible. Is good quality sleep! I’ve always been a light sleeper, and need to make my conditions as optimal to get a good night’s sleep, and that’s why i use the american made Sleep Master® Sleep Mask eliminates light and reduces sound,  and I”ve been using it for years, way before I started this show, trying to make  sure everything I buy is an UnCommie Good. The Sleep Master® Sleep Mask is lightweight, made of a soft, cool satin fabric mask, that is comfortable and breathable. Seriously, if you’re a delicate sleeper, you’re going to love the Sleep Master® Sleep Mask  and it’s around 20 bucks. Go To  https://www.uncommiegoods.com/buy to see all the american made goods mentioned on this show. 
30:13
March 22, 2021
EP23| Get a Grip! Victory Grips! (Interview)
For a complete set of shownotes: Go to www.uncommiegoods.com/Episode23 Today’s guest on  UnCommie Goods Victor is Pelligrino, founder and CEO of VictoryGrips, and his production partner Kent Foster , Victory Grips produces  100% American made Grips. Now what are grips? Straight from the Victory Grips website: “Grips are the gear you wear on your hands for protection and to help you hold on to a pull-up bar or rings for skills such as kipping or butterfly pull-ups, toes to bar, and muscle ups.......  For the rest of the shownotes: www.uncommiegoods.com/Episode23 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/VictoryGrips Instagram https://www.instagram.com/victorygrips/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VictoryGrips
54:09
March 01, 2021
22| Let's Get WildBar! (Interview)
Here’s the second interview in the history of UnCommie Goods, with a long time personal friend of mine, and founder/CEO of Wild Bar, Jason Cook. I learned a lot and I think many of you will enjoy his story of how he brought this product to market, despite the odds stacked against him. Wild Bars are delicious, and I know you’ll enjoy them and feel great after you have one. You will also enjoy this great interview. Read on below, or listen to the show to learn how to enter the  giveaway contest sponsored by me! Yes, I love Wild Bars and am excited to personally supply the prize. You can find Wild Bar at Wildbar.co, that’s right, dot co. Twitter at www.twitter.com/wildbarco and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildbarco/ Why Transparency is important to me, and the UnCommie Way. The problem with most protein or energy bars - The Mystery Ingredients, it's like sludge. You don't really know what you're eating. How a back problem was cured with Crossfit. In turn, to be a successful CrossFitter, you need the right fuel, aka nutrition. The origins of the Wild Bar - Jason dealing with the hassle of meal prepping led to the need for healthy, grab and go snacks to fuel intense workouts. Onerous FDA regulations led to pivoting away from a meat-based bar to another wonder nutrient that is the main Wild Bar ingredient How the Wild Bar is like a work of art. The origin of their tagline “Eat Instinctually” TradeMark disputes marked the biggest challenges in the beginning. It’s really difficult to find a supplier willing to do  small runs when you’re starting out. This was the same experience in episode 21, Here Comes the Spider Chalk         Suppliers and vendors asked for a ridiculous amount for whatever you want to order. In this case, packaging and wrappers.   I think this is one                 the  biggest challenges for a new company to make a product. Potential vendors will want you to buy 100,000 units instead of a few hundred. How is one supposed to start out with a limited budget? You really will need to search far and wide to find a source that will work with you. Is there collusion between the large protein/fitness bar brands to keep out the little guy? The Pandemic hits, and Jason can’t use one of his biggest strengths, his ability to sell in person.  He pivots to digital and direct marketing. The importance of DIY and sharing that a product is made with love, and using top quality ingredients.  This is a passion business, and integrity is key to persevere when  times are tough. Do you believe in your product? Then you won't give up. The giveaway: Winner gets their choice of a box of the following flavors, Cherry, Blueberry, or Pineapple. How to enter: Please do the following by March 1, 2021 to enter the giveaway: 1) Go to Apple podcasts app and find UnCommie Goods. 2) Give UnCommie Goods a five star rating 3) Write up a review,, saying why you like this show, 4) Take a screenshot of the Review, and email it with subject “Wild Bar to hello@uncommiegoods.com and I’ll enter you in the contest. I’ll announce the winner shortly after on the show! You can reach me at hello@uncommiegoods.com, my website at www.uncommiegoods.com
37:37
February 18, 2021
21 | Here Comes the Spider Chalk! (Interview)
Special Giveaway promotion for this episode - enter by March 15, 2021. See details below, go to the episode webpage at www.uncommiegoods.com/episode21,  OR listen to the show.  I am so excited to share this first guest interview in the history of UnCommie Goods.  I loved doing this show, and learned a lot. I bet you’ll love it too, even if you’re not into chalking up your hands to lift some heavy weights! I love this company’s story and am a huge fan of their products which I use daily. The  guest for this episode of UnCommie Goods is James Hobson, Founder and CEO of Spider Chalk, the only 100% American source for chalk.  This is block, powder, or liquid chalk for getting a good grip on anything you need it for, such as weightlifting, gymnastics, rock climbing, pole dancing, and even some sports I never heard of before! I had a problem. The gyms were closed due to the pandemic.  As a gym rat, I needed to workout. All I had was my 50 lb kettlebell. After 15 to 20 kettlebell swings, my hands get sweaty and I was pretty sure the 50lbs of iron would slip out of my hand and break my apartment. No problem, I just need some chalk. But does a liquid chalk exist? Yes! and I found some online! The first liquid chalk I bought (not from SpiderChalk) to solve that problem was made in China.  I didn’t know that until I received it.  I was annoyed, and determined to find an American manufacturer of chalk. Spider Chalk was my savior. After talking to my guest, i agree with his statement “I hope it encourages other entrepreneurs to take a leap of faith into manufacturing here in the USA.” It certainly requires persistence and never giving up. Please enjoy this amazing interview with the CEO and Founder of Spider Chalk, the only UnCommie Chalk out there.  The giveaway: Winner gets their choice of Liquid Spider Chalk*, Powdered Spider Chalk*, or Mega Gym Chalk Block (Total Prize Value 25-ish buck)  How to enter:  Please do the following by March 15, 2021 to enter the giveaway: 1) Go to Apple podcasts app and find UnCommie Goods. 2) Give UnCommie Goods a five star rating 3) Write up a review,, saying why you like this show, 4) Take a screenshot of the Review, and email it with subject "Spider Chalk" to hello@uncommiegoods.com and I'll enter you in the contest. I'll announce the winner shortly after on the show!  You can reach me at hello@uncommiegoods.com, my website at www.uncommiegoods.com and  *Affiliate links that pay me a referral fee, at no extra cost to you. Proceeds go towards supporting this show. 
53:58
February 01, 2021
Minisode - What is "Slower Commerce" And Why It's Good For Us
Do you love Amazon Prime and Two day shipping? I don't blame you.  Have you ever thought about the impact of having millions of goods mass-produced, shipped, warehoused, and at the ready for your one-click buy? Do you even know where it was made, who made it, and how it got to your front door?  China has benefited tremendously during the pandemic and the  explosion in online shopping by Americans in 2020. How can we reverse this trend?  With Americans Stuck at Home, Trade With China Roars Back https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/14/business/economy/us-china-trade-covid.html?searchResultPosition=1 What are the long term ramifications of buying Chinese-made goods, versus American made?   Do you want to feel better about what you buy and bring into your home?  I wanted to share some thoughts on how we buy goods online, and embracing an ethos of "Slower Commerce" can help support American Jobs, economic growth, and prosperity in your or another American community.  Listen and learn the five characteristics of what makes some goods part of the "Slower Commerce"  movement.  There's no UnCommie Good for this week, so slow down, and enjoy the New Year.  Subscribe to this show so you can listen my first Interview with a Small American manufacturer, coming in January 2021!  Reach me at Hello@Uncommiegoods.com" 
13:29
December 23, 2020
20 | China's Abysmal Record...and Let's Play Some Records!
China's efforts go way beyond economic expansion, they are pushing their Marxist-Leninist ideology across the world.   In this episode we learn how China is spying on normal Americans,  why Marxists are worse than Nazis,  what we can do to fight back, awesome and awful 80s movies,  and much more! This episode is not sponsored by any product or service  I mention. You can reach me at UncommieGoods@gmail.com. Do you want to ask a question for me  that I’ll put on a future episode? There’s a link to leave a voice message here https://anchor.fm/lars207/message  Articles referenced in this episode:  1) How China Threatens American Democracy "Beijing’s Ideological Agenda Has Gone Global" https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2020-10-21/how-china-threatens-american-democracy 2) Americans are spending more on vinyl records than CDs for the first time since the 1980s https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/americans-are-spending-more-on-vinyl-records-than-cds-for-the-first-time-since-the-1980s/ar-BB191JO2 The UnCommie Good of this episode is UTurn Audio, handcrafters of Turntables based out of Woburn MA.  Check them out at https://uturnaudio.com/
22:48
November 26, 2020
19 | I'm China get out of here!!
An overlooked benefit we likely take for granted living in a Free Country is the ability to leave! I know, it's great here, and people have the right to leave for any reason they wish. Vacation, permanent or temporary move, whatever they want!  Listen and learn how China engages in coercive and unjust  "Exit Bans" to both their citizens and foreigners, as a form of Hostage Diplomacy, with not only the US, but friendly Canadians!   Wall Street Journal: China Warns U.S. It May Detain Americans in Response to Prosecutions of Chinese Scholars https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-warns-u-s-it-may-detain-americans-in-response-to-prosecutions-of-chinese-scholars-11602960959 USA Today: China Using Exit Bans to bar Americans from Leaving https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/09/14/china-increasingly-using-exit-bans-bar-americans-leaving/2269191001/ The UnCommie Good of this episode:  https://www.airoasis.com/ Air Oasis home and commercial air purifiers.  Our G3 series and nano Induct purifiers are made in the USA. iAdaptAir and Bi-Polar 2400 are assembled in the United States with global and domestic parts.
11:07
November 06, 2020
18 | UnCommie Manifesto: Part 1
You may live in a free country, but are you living as free and "UnCommie" as possible?  This episode is taking a break from the usual critique on China's nefarious actions across the globe, and is the first of a series of the UnCommie Manifesto!  Listen to learn how to live a freer life.  Articles referenced or researched in this episode:  - Zero Interest Loans: Why You Should Beware https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/081216/zero-interest-loans-why-you-should-beware.asp - Average U.S. Credit Card Debt Statistics https://www.thebalance.com/average-credit-card-debt-u-s-statistics-3305919 UnCommie Good of this Episode:  Nordic Ware Cooking equipment:  Link to their iconic Bundt Cake Pan (affiliate) : https://amzn.to/3mqLwb2 
17:32
October 29, 2020
17 | "Why You China Get All Up In Everyone's Business?"
China has been flexing its diplomatic muscle along with some bribing and intimidation tactics to influence the United Nations to support China's anti-freedom actions rather than condemn them.   Also, today's UnCommie Good is All-American, iconic, and made in a small factory by hand.   Articles mentioned on this episode:   BBC: Hong Kong security law: What is it and is it worrying? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-52765838 CNBC: 1 in 5 corporations say China has stolen their IP within the last year: CNBC CFO survey https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/1-in-5-companies-say-china-stole-their-ip-within-the-last-year-cnbc.html  WSJ: How China Is Taking Over International Organizations, One Vote at a Time  https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-china-is-taking-over-international-organizations-one-vote-at-a-time-1160139720 I highlighted Zekelman Industries as they are very pro-domestic manufacturing.  https://www.zekelman.com/  Uncommie Good of this episode.   Yes, you got it, the classic, All-American Wilson football. All handmade in a small factory in Ada, Ohio.  https://www.wilson.com/en-us/football/footballs/pro/nfl-recreational/nfl-duke-replica-football You can reach me at UncommieGoods@gmaill.com or the voicemail link in the shownotes. 
18:24
October 07, 2020
16 | In China We Don't Trust
In China We Don't Trust.  Trust is a big part of my upcoming UnCommie Manifesto. I can't wait to share it.   Learn how my latest trip to the hardware store inspired this episode,.   A lot of the companies we count on to audit and inspect labor conditions in China, are bowing out and will no longer work in China. It's too dangerous, it's nearly impossible to trust the authorities there, and why normalize manufacturing in a region in China known for suppressing and imprisoning ethnic and religious minorities.   Articles in the episode:   Auditors to Stop Inspecting Factories in China’s Xinjiang Despite Forced-Labor Concerns  https://www.wsj.com/articles/auditors-say-they-no-longer-will-inspect-labor-conditions-at-xinjiang-factories-11600697706 Uncommie Good of the Week:  Lodge Cast Iron Cookware   https://www.lodgecastiron.com/ As always you can reach me at UncommieGoods@Gmail, and the voicemail link below. 
18:13
September 25, 2020
15 | Don't Byte my Dance Moves!
Big news! Oracle wins the bid for ByteDance's TikTok, "byting" the dance moves from Microsoft and Walmart,  who were also in the running.  Now, Oracle is going  to manage it as a "Trusted Partnership".  Oracle?  Really? What does that really mean? I discuss my concerns.  Oracle Wins Bid for TikTok in U.S., Beating Microsoft - WSJ "Deal, which is likely not to be structured as an outright sale, will face White House review"  I discussed the ill-fated acquisition of Flip Camera by Cisco in 2009.  Man I loved those things.  I bring this up because the history of B2B tech companies buying consumer businesses doesn't usually work out.  Election 2020 - How does each presidential candidate plan to deal with China? They are more alike than you'd think. What’s Biden’s New China Policy? It Looks a Lot Like Trump’s-WSJ  The UnCommie Good of this episode is not a good, it's a cause. Please make a tax deductible donating to Achroma Corp in support of a great cause that funds research to treat Achromatopsia.  This cause is near and dear to me, as one of my best friend's son has this condition. This year, due to the pandwe are not able to do our regular golf Tournament fundraiser, so I wanted to get the word out and help out as much as possible  A little  bit about Achromatopsia from the Achromacorp.org website:  Achromatopsia (ACHM)  causes the complete absence of cone photoreceptor function, the cells in our retina we rely on to read, to drive, to see faces and color, and to generally navigate through life. As a result, Achromatopsia patients are day blind, have extreme sensitivity to light, poor acuity, nystagmus (rapid uncontrolled eye movements), and color blindness. There is no cure for Achromatopsia in humans. But research is ongoing. In animal models (dogs, mice, and sheep) genetic treatments have shown positive results in restoring cone function. These positive results in animals have led to the start of human clinical trials with gene therapy for those affected with the most common gene mutations. However, because the incidence of Achromatopsia is rare compared to other retinal diseases, funding for research continues to be limited. The lack of funding and consequently the slow pace of research led John and Bridget to start Achroma Corp. in order to help expedite a cure.
24:22
September 15, 2020
14 | UnCommie's Greatest Hits: Volume 1
I took a break from the usual current events,  and recapped Seven of the American Made items I've featured in previous episodes.  No Commie stuff here!  Anything with a stars ** I've used myself and love.  I'm not endorsed, sponsored,  or compensated in any way by any product or service mentioned in this episode.  *Block and Liquid Chalk for lifting weights . https://spiderchalk.com/   American Made knives https://radakitchenstore.com/ American Made Clothing https://www.allamericanclothing.com/ *LES Labs "Life Enhancing Supplements" https://www.leslabs.com/ **Accusharp Knife Sharpener. https://accusharp.com/ American suppliers of PPE, https://clinicalsuppliesusa.com/                                                                  https://www.armbrustusa.com/ Insulated Coolers Made in America | Orca Coolers – ORCA  https://orcacoolers.com/
14:05
August 28, 2020
13 | Congratulations! It's an UnCommie! (baby)
All my friends having babies or expecting  a baby made me think about how to raise an UnCommie Baby? Or at least dress them up in American made clothes. This was a fun episode to research and talk about.  This episode is not sponsored by any product or service  I mention. You can reach me at UncommieGoods@gmail.com. Do you want to ask a question for me  that I’ll put on a future episode? There’s a link to leave a voice message here https://anchor.fm/lars207/message  I'm on Instagram and Twitter @UnCommieGoods! UnCommie Goods mentioned in this episode:  1) Indiebound.org - Support local independent bookstores:   https://www.indiebound.org/?aff=lars1000 (Affiliate link)  2) Made in USA Baby Clothes, Toddler Clothing: An Ultimate Source List https://www.usalovelist.com/made-in-usa-baby-clothes-toddler-clothing/ Articles  mentioned in this episode:  1) Apple Surges to $2 Trillion Market Value https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-surges-to-2-trillion-market-value-11597848808?st=gelc49vh7br4b9d 2) How Tim Cook Made Apple His Own https://www.wsj.com/articles/tim-cook-apple-steve-jobs-trump-china-iphone-ipad-apps-smartphone-11596833902?st=2767jahiv6ttape 3) Target Sales Jump as Pandemic Speeds E-Commerce Shift https://www.wsj.com/articles/target-sales-jump-as-pandemic-speeds-e-commerce-shift-11597833311?st=rexexcdzn7fiixf 4) The trade war comes to Walmart, Target and Macy's https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/05/23/business/china-tariffs-trump-trade-walmart-retail/index.html
18:24
August 21, 2020
12 | Quit TIK TAKING My Stuff!
FOXConn Says China is no longer "World's Factory! TIK TOK has been Taking our data without our consent! This episode is not sponsored by any product or service  I mention. You can reach me at UncommieGoods@gmail.com. Do you want to ask a question for me  that I’ll put on a future episode? There’s a link to leave a voice message here https://anchor.fm/lars207/message  I'm on Instagram and Twitter @UnCommieGoods! Article: China's days as world's factory are over, iPhone maker says http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200812000907 TikTok Tracked User Data Using Tactic Banned by Google https://www.wsj.com/articles/tiktok-tracked-user-data-using-tactic-banned-by-google-11597176738?st=w0oe4o7annph1yn UnCommie Good of the week! Check out Orca Coolers at https://orcacoolers.com/
14:08
August 14, 2020
11 | Tik Tok Around The Clock! Dangerous Chinese Mask Update!
President Trump wants a Broker Fee for forcing  TIK TOK to sell to Microsoft. That is wild  And, an important update to Episode 3: "Don't PPE on me!"  This episode is not sponsored by any product or service  I mention. You can reach me at UncommieGoods@gmail.com. Do you want to ask a question for me  that I’ll put on a future episode? There’s a link to leave a voice message here https://anchor.fm/lars207/message  I'm on Instagram and Twitter @UnCommieGoods! Articles:  Trump Says U.S. Should Get Slice of TikTok Sale Price https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-says-u-s-should-get-slice-of-tiktok-sale-price-11596479818 FDA’s Shifting Standards for Chinese Face Masks Fuel Confusion https://www.wsj.com/articles/fdas-shifting-standards-for-chinese-face-masks-fuel-confusion-11596460191 UNCOMMIE GOODS: Source of American Made PPE/Masks.  https://clinicalsuppliesusa.com/  https://www.armbrustusa.com/ Vertically integrated factory takes raw US-Made Polypropylene and transforms it into surgical and N95 masks
19:44
August 06, 2020
10 | TikTok'd Off The Blok!
Will the U.S follow India's steps and ban TIK TOK, a Chinese App suspected of harvesting data to send back to China, and spreading propaganda?  This episode is not sponsored by any product or service  I mention. You can reach me at UncommieGoods@gmail.com. Do you want to ask a question for me  that I’ll put on a future episode? There’s a link to leave a voice message here https://anchor.fm/lars207/message  I'm on Instagram and Twitter @UnCommieGoods! Articles.  TikTok Could Be Tougher Target for Trump Administration https://www.wsj.com/articles/tiktok-could-be-tougher-target-for-trump-administration-11595755800 Report: Online predators use teen app Tik Tok to solicit children https://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Parents-warned-online-predators-often-use-popular-teen-app-Tik-Tok-to-lure-children-506752631.html The UnCommie Good for this week:  AccuSharp® Knife & Tool Sharpener (001) The best and easiest knife sharpener I've ever used. Had mine for over 15 years.  I buy it for all my "dull" friends.  Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3avq1mz https://accusharp.com/product/001/ check out the testimonials:  https://accusharp.com/media/testimonials/
12:21
July 29, 2020
9 | Huawei You Doin'?
Huawei You Doin? 5G Networks are coming soon and they will radically change and improve  Mobile communications.   The question is, will the free world deploy 5G networks on Chinese made gear?   Huawei want to dominate the 5G world.   This episode is not sponsored by any product or service  I mention.  Also, if you want to write me, you can reach me at UncommieGoods@gmail.com.  Do you want to ask a question for me  that I’ll put on a future episode? There’s a link to leave a voice message here https://anchor.fm/lars207/message  Articles from this Podcast:   China May Retaliate Against Nokia and Ericsson If EU Countries Move to Ban Huawei  https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-may-retaliate-against-nokia-and-ericsson-if-eu-countries-move-to-ban-huawei-11595250557  UnCommie Good of the week:   American Made Hand Cranked Coffee Mill:  Red Rooster Trading Company  https://www.redroostertradingcompany.com/shop/camano-coffee-mill/  And this video of them making coffee is poetry:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03CkWzDepIg
14:21
July 24, 2020
8 | DeCommunized Coffee, Please
It's hard to find a coffee maker NOT made in China. I was devastated to find out my reliable Mr. Coffee was made in China, along with my Krups grinder.   This episode is not sponsored by any product or service  I mention. Also, if you want to write me, you can reach me at UncommieGoods@gmail.com. Do you want to ask a question for me  that I’ll put on a future episode? There’s a link to leave a voice message here https://anchor.fm/lars207/message  I found a great article about US Made (or assembled in the US)  Coffee makers, and one I'm dying to buy made in the Netherlands.   I also rank the most freedom loving ways to prepare coffee to the most communist method to prepare the world's greatest beverage.   Article mentioned in the podcast:   13 Coffee Makers Made In USA And Not In China 2020  https://www.coffeeble.com/gear/coffee-makers/made-in-usa/  Amazing coffee maker from the Netherlands- The Moccamaster by Technivorm.   https://technivorm.com/
20:27
July 17, 2020
7 | As Commie as Apple Pie
Apple makes nearly all their products in China. Let's explore alternatives.  This episode is not sponsored by any product or service  I mention. Also, if you want to write me, you can reach me at UncommieGoods@gmail.com.  Do you want to ask a question for me  that I’ll put on a future episode? There’s a link to leave a voice message here https://anchor.fm/lars207/message I'm faced with the fact I need to make sure my next smartphone is not made in China, meaning NOT an iPhone. Otherwise, I'd be supporting a Commie Made Good.  I did a little research:  Can I purchase an iPhone not  Made in China:   Apple discussion dated Apr 17, 2020 From Dufster1916 https://discussions.apple.com/thread/251280505#:~:text=Johnathan%20Burger%20wrote%3A-,Apple%20moved%20Mac%20Pro%20assembly%20to%20the%20US.,done%20in%20Brazil%20and%20India. Apple tried to make their iPhone 11 in India.  https://9to5mac.com/2020/03/02/iphone-11-india-production-failed/ Apple makes the Mac Pro in Austin, TX.  https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/23/apple-will-make-the-mac-pro-in-austin-avoiding-some-china-tariffs.html#:~:text=Apple%20will%20manufacture%20the%20new,products%20are%20assembled%20in%20China. Motorola Q9C Youtube Review - This video is for True Players only.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJx23HSCcYo The main article. Top Ten Phones Not Made in China:  https://www.zdnet.com/article/10-best-smartphones-not-made-in-china/#listicle-0effb8c1-fb52-4208-bfb5-d2d383672637 American Made Product mentioned in this Show: LES LABS - Not a sponsor. Maker of DETOXX for hangovers, MOOD BOOST, and many other supplements that are manufactured in the US.  https://www.leslabs.com/  The article that let me to discover LES LABS - although it calls DETOXX, "PreToxx", and the link goes to Amazon. Do good, go buy it direct from the the leslabs.com website.  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/article/nutrition-articles/how-to-get-rid-of-a-hangover-as-fast-as-possible-with-the-best-natural-hangover-cures/
15:47
July 10, 2020
6 | Let's Play Chow Mein and Indians
What are UnCommie Goods?  It’s anything not made in communist China, or any communist country, that is hostile to the U.S.  I believe a consumer driven effort can strengthen the US Domestic Manufacturing base, improve the quality of goods, secure our critical supply chain, and make a more resilient economy.  At the same time, let's celebrate small businesses and support them. As always, tell any small business you bought from them specifically because you want to support US Made goods and businesses. Send me a voice message with any questions or thoughts - Link Here: https://anchor.fm/lars207/message Or shoot me an email at UncommieGoods@gmail.com. Articles mentioned on this podcast:  ‘Boycott China’: India Bans 59 Chinese Apps, Including TikTok https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020/06/30/boycott-china-india-bans-59-chinese-apps-including-tiktok/ Government Bans 59 mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetailm.aspx?PRID=1635206 Indian Media: Chinese Military ‘Death Squads’ Used Barbed Wire Batons to Kill Indian Troops https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020/06/17/indian-media-chinese-military-death-squads-used-barbed-wire-batons-to-kill-indian-troops/ Ah the good old PC DeCrapifier https://www.pcdecrapifier.com/ All American Clothing  https://www.allamericanclothing.com/
13:14
July 03, 2020
5 | Home Fitness Boom and Zoom
What are UnCommie Goods? It’s anything not made in communist China, or any communist country, that is hostile to the U.S. I believe a consumer driven effort can strengthen the US Domestic Manufacturing base, improve the quality of goods, secure our critical supply chain, and make a more resilient economy.  At the same time, let's celebrate small businesses and support them.   As always, tell any small business you bought from them to support US Made goods and businesses.   Send me a voice message with any questions or thoughts - Link Here: https://anchor.fm/lars207/message Or shoot me an email at UncommieGoods@gmail.com.  Articles and Websites mentioned in this Episode:   Zoom Zoom closed account of U.S.-based Chinese activist “to comply with local law” https://www.axios.com/zoom-closes-chinese-user-account-tiananmen-square-f218fed1-69af-4bdd-aac4-7eaf67f34084.html  Toronto Citizen Lab:  https://citizenlab.ca/2020/04/move-fast-roll-your-own-crypto-a-quick-look-at-the-confidentiality-of-zoom-meetings/  Home Fitness Boom US made fitness equipment : https://www.tworepcave.com/2997/made-in-the-usa-gym-equipment-master-list/  Great Chalk made in the US. https://spiderchalk.com/
08:17
July 03, 2020
4 | Don't call me, China. We'll call you
What are UnCommie Goods? It’s anything not made in communist China, or any communist country, that is hostile to the U.S. I believe a consumer driven effort can strengthen the US Domestic Manufacturing base, improve the quality of goods, secure our critical supply chain, and make a more resilient economy.  At the same time, let's celebrate small businesses and support them. As always, tell any small business you bought from them to support US Made goods and businesses.  Send me a voice message with any questions or thoughts - Link Here: anchor.fm/lars207/message Or shoot me an email at UncommieGoods@gmail.com.  Articles mentioned in this episode:  1. How the Coronavirus Will Reshape World Trade In the post-pandemic world, more economic activity will be designated vital to national security, accelerating pressures on globalization June 19th.  https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-coronavirus-will-reshape-world-trade-11592592995?shareToken=st8f13cb95a52f495491aef49e8fbfcb97  2. Trump just used Boeing's new global airliner to attack globalization  https://www.businessinsider.com/boeing-trump-administration-policies-effects-dreamliner-787-2017-2  3. What Went Wrong At Boeing?  https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2013/01/21/what-went-wrong-at-boeing/#1fe575027b1b  UnCommie Good for this episode (not sponsor)   https://radakitchenstore.com/ According to their website: Guaranteed for Life  •  100% American Made With over 150 million pieces sold, Rada Cutlery has earned the reputation for remarkable cutlery, service, and value.
13:35
June 29, 2020
3 | Don't PPE on me!
What is an UnCommie Good? It’s anything not made in communist China, or any communist country, that is hostile to the U.S.  I believe a consumer driven effort can strengthen the US Domestic Manufacturing base, improve the quality of goods, secure our critical supply chain, and make a more resilient economy.   At the same time, let's celebrate small businesses and support them.  Send me a voice message with any questions or thoughts - Link Here: https://anchor.fm/lars207/message Or shoot me an email at UncommieGoods@gmail.com.  I was enjoying my coffee this morning until I came across this article from the Wall Street Journal:  "Over 1,300 Chinese Medical Suppliers to U.S.—Including Mask Providers—Use Bogus Registration Data WSJ analysis shows gaps in FDA coronavirus-response program; false address, nonworking number " https://www.wsj.com/articles/over-1-300-chinese-medical-suppliers-to-u-s-including-mask-providersuse-bogus-registration-data-11591991270?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=13  Take a listen, and learn some of the ways defective Chinese goods made it US soil and endangered the health and lives of medical professionals desperate for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)   Here's some links to Made in the USA PPE gear: https://www.safetysmartgear.com/ppe/ppe-made-in-usa/?sort=bestselling&page=1  https://arisindustrial.com/made-in-usa/  Please subscribe and leave a review. 
10:52
June 13, 2020
2 | Even more goods not made in China
What is an UnCommie Good? It’s anything not made in communist China, or any communist country, that is hostile to the U.S. I believe a consumer driven effort can strengthen the US Domestic Manufacturing base, improve the quality of goods, secure our critical supply chain, and make a more resilient economy.  At the same time, let's celebrate small businesses and support them.  Send me a voice message with any questions or thoughts - Link Here: https://anchor.fm/lars207/message Or shoot me an email at UncommieGoods@gmail.com.  Here is the Reddit Post that inspired it all.  https://www.reddit.com/r/HongKong/comments/e0b4ln/everyday_items_not_made_in_china/
12:36
June 03, 2020
EP1 | UnCommie Goods: Everyday Goods Not Made in China
What is an UnCommie Good? It’s anything not made in communist China, or any communist country, that is hostile to the U.S. I believe a consumer driven effort can strengthen the US Domestic Manufacturing base, improve the quality of goods, secure our critical supply chain, and make a more resilient economy.  At the same time, let's celebrate small businesses  Send me a voice message with any questions or thoughts - Link Here: https://anchor.fm/lars207/message Articles I mentioned in the podcast:  Americans Are Giving Made-in-China the Cold Shoulder https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/americans-are-giving-made-in-china-the-cold-shoulder/ar-BB14cN3P Chinese Pet Food Scandal https://time.com/107922/china-pet-food-contamination-recall-video/ Ballad Health moves to shift PPE supply chain from China https://www.wjhl.com/local-coronavirus-coverage/ballad-health-moves-to-shift-ppe-supply-chain-from-china/ AirPods shifting production to Vietnam https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/21/airpods-pro-assembled-vietnam/
15:38
May 22, 2020