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Reading Between the Lines – Creatively

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: July 1, 2016

Jay, Bill, and I were at the Roasting Company - a pleasant first of July day. We had agreed to each review some stories in the local and national papers.   "You go first," I said to Bill. "My big news is, of course, the Dalai Lama in Salt Lake City." "You've known him for some time, haven't you?" "For some 20 years. He talked at the Huntsman Center on campus. You could have heard a pin drop," Bill said, smiling. "He promoted positivity, among other things." "And he's threatening to not appoint a successor?" Jay asked. "Yes and no," Bill answered. "He's dealing with the crazy Chinese government, who insist on 'approving' any new Dalai Lama. He also said some interesting things about reincarnation - or not."   "You go next, Jay," I said. "I'll do the Mike Lee - Donald Trump games." "You mean 'loathsome Lee', according to his new demo opponent, Misty Snow?" Bill asked. "Loathsome isn't a new descriptor for Mike," Jay countered. "Mike and wife Sharon are on the GOP Rules Committee and are going to the convention." "So?" I asked. "So, he's said he sees no need to change the rules - he'll be…

Has Hatch Lost It?

Relevance: 88%      Posted on: May 13, 2016

We sat down at Coffee Noir, outside, enjoying the spring sun. "It's been a while," Bill said. "About three weeks, I think." "I've been rereading our patient write-ups, especially Chapters 7 to 10," Jay said.  "Although we've had all the president-wannabees dropout, except for Trump, the other 25 perspectives are fairly current." "And you really nailed Hatch," Bill said, looking at me. "What do you mean?" "About losing it," Bill answered. "He's obviously completely lost it. It's no longer just his ignorance and arrogance - his neurons must be short circuiting." "Details, please," Jay said, impatiently. "You both saw it. Hatch is now in bed with Trump, expecting to change Trump a bit by whispering in his ear." "Good luck," I said. "Trump is not a listener; I doubt he pays any attention to whispers in his ear." "All the more reason Hatch has clearly lost it." "Maybe there's a reason," Jay said. "Hatch always wanted to be nominated for the Supreme Court. Wouldn't he be the ideal new Scalia?" "Our discussion of Scalia losing it may have been prophetic. From one scrambled brain to another." "God! Hatch would be worse than Gowdy - or even Mike Lee," Bill said.…

Democracy, Fascism, Trump – and Evil

Relevance: 69%      Posted on: January 4, 2017

Diana and I were back in Portland, with Lucien, Peter, Saul, and family - trying to avoid talking politics. I have been working in the Reed College Library, where so much of State Change was written more than a year ago. Lucien, Peter, and I had a lunch discussion in the Reed Student Commons.   "Did you see that full page ad, in today's Times?" Peter asked. "Not yet, go on," I said. "It's by a group called refusefascism.org , arguing for a month of resistance, 'reaching a crescendo by the Jan.20, 2017 Inauguration'." "Who's behind it?" "A few names I recognize: Cornell West, Bill Ayers, Alice Walker. It doesn't seem to be connected with the Women's March." "There's been a lot on the web," Lucien added, "saying don't rationalize or give Trump the benefit of the doubt, don't cooperate, don't back off - protest, make noise, get involved." "Remember the poster on the door at Mississippi Pizza the other night?" I asked. "It defined the place as a safe house, a safe place - inclusive and welcoming all." "Yes, that's going on all over Portland," Peter added. "And Seattle - all along the West Coast." "And Jerry Brown's taken a very strong…

Treating Trump? State Change II?

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: December 13, 2016

We needed to talk. We needed self-therapy. Jay was depressed. Bill was despondent. I was in tears thinking of my granddaughters and the billions of others who would need to survive on an increasingly destroyed planet. Diana and I were in Monterey for several weeks, escaping Salt Lake City’s cold and its winter air inversions and polluted air. Thanks, gods, for Skype. Bill and Jay were at the Roasting Company, in a second floor secluded corner. I was in a corner of Book Works Cafe in Pacific Grove. We decided earlier to give Trump the benefit of our doubts - for a few weeks. That time was now over.   “It’s all over the Net now,” Bill started. “Tillerson is the international oil dealmaker par excellence - and knows Putin well. As Trump’s new Secretary of State he could lift the economic sanctions on Russia, allowing a whole new level of deals for Siberian oil.” “And thus for creaming the planet,” Jay groaned. “… our worst fears - the worst scenario imaginable.” “Yes, horrible for the planet - both physically and humanistically,” I added. “Cheap Siberian oil, with the backing of Russia and the USA, could flood the market, economically…

Trump 2016 Election: State Change now even more important

Relevance: 63%      Posted on: November 9, 2016

The harmless team was at The Roasting Company - doing our 2016 election mourning over good coffee. "Jesus, I'm depressed," Bill said. "There's no question I am," Jay said. "I even considered fully losing it early this morning." "Remember those last pages of State Change," I cautioned. "Those who are old and ready, and those who are considering checking out, can have an especially important set of opportunities. They can go way beyond distributing Ananda's Chocolates to our entire hit list - our 29 ideologues. Most were reelected." "You mean really take them out, don't you?" Jay asked. "Or at least make them undesirable for further service." "Why not? All they'll do in Congress is do more damage. They'll make many others suffer for their distorted ideologies." "We could just plant some illegal drugs on them," Bill suggested. "That might do it. Or do - or get done - some serious investigative reporting exposing their financial connections and other shenanigans." "Most of them - especially Gowdy and Chaffetz - love conspiracy theories and witch hunts. We could give them a taste of their own tactics - develop some paranoid fantasies in them." "I thought State Change would be somewhat obsolete…

Scalia Supreme Court Michael Lee Hayek Simplism

Relevance: 43%      Posted on: April 13, 2016

“Did you see the local papers in the last two days?” Jay asked. “There’s a move on to get Trump to commit to appointing Mike Lee as Scalia’s Supreme Court replacement.” “Crazy,” Bill said. “He’d be even worse than Scalia. It’s because Cruz did commit to appoint Lee. Cruz and Lee have been shouting Libertarianism fallacies into each other’s ears since they both ran for Senate.” “We said it earlier,” I said. “They’re afflicted with – and addicted to – their mental adolescence. They are infected with seductive Hayekian simplicity – what the psychologists might call simplism.” “Maybe we should get more chocolate to them,” Jay said, smiling. “In their case, change would require a brain transplant,” Bill said. “Or a more powerful chemical change agent,” I suggested.

Rubio, Trump, and Fathers’ Day – Tom’s Mass and Catholic Youth

Relevance: 42%      Posted on: August 29, 2016

Bill, Jay, and I were celebrating their identical August birthday dates at the Roasting Company - on a warm, clear but semi-dirty air day.   "Bill said you wrote Rubio a Father's Day letter?" Jay asked. "I did, and submitted it to the Miami paper and Buzzfeed. Miami Herald didn't pick it up but it is at BuzzFeed." https://www.buzzfeed.com/joeandrade/rubio-running-fatherly-advice-2ezak "What did you advise him?" Jay continued. "Look at the BuzzFeed link. Advices number 1 - 5 are still very valid and relevant; only Advice #6  (Run, Marco, run) is now outdated - he's running." "But Trump may take him down," Bill said. "Yes, hopefully. Patrick Murphy, currently in the House  representing Florida 18, is coming on strong." "If Rubio takes your advice, he might win," Jay said. "I hope not," Bill added. "For all the reasons in State Change." "He's unlikely to take my advice," I said. "He's too young, naive, arrogant - unless one of his kids sees the letter and really gets to him." "Or Jeanette," Bill said. "Yes, or Jeanette." We sipped our coffees and tea (Jay) silently for a few minutes. "Did you get to Tom's memorial Mass?" Bill asked. "I didn't." "Yes, it was at St. Ambrose's…

Did Koch eat Ananda’s Chocolates?

Relevance: 40%      Posted on: April 25, 2016

"Did you see today's NY Times piece by Barbaro - on Charles and Hillary?" Bill asked. "Not yet, I thought Charles was fond of Sanders," I answered. "He's certainly anti-Trump, and probably not pro-Cruz," Jay said. "The Brothers must be very disappointed, even despondent." "Yea, so much money spent refocusing the GOP - mainly to result in a stable of loser candidates for President." "The Times story, very briefly, suggested Koch was willing to at least consider Hillary," Bill said. "Maybe you did get to him," Jay said, smiling and looking at me. "The chocolates went to his Wichita receptionist - she said she'd give them to him." "Well, she apparently did," Jay said. "He does seem to be more open than before." "Yes, his Sanders comment and now this Hillary one." "Another dose could have an even greater effect," Bill said, " - that and his growing awareness of impending mortality." "Aging does cause some of us to be more philosophical - and open-minded," I said. "And Charles is five years ahead of me. It's easy to get to Wichita. I'll make another visit."  

Author Fake Interview – Book Review

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: June 16, 2016

Book Review Press Release (for immediate release) State Change - A Chemical Fantasy By Joe Andrade 491 pp. Andrade Self-Publishing Free at www.statechange.us An ‘interview’ with the author:   Academic Activist Advocates Illegal Politics   'We cannot elect mental adolescents to public office,' says Joe Andrade, author of a provocative new novel State Change - A Chemical Fantasy. He corrects me: “It’s a semi-novel. Two thirds of it is fact.” Andrade is a University of Utah retired engineering professor - now involved in local and national politics. I ask - What do you mean by mental adolescents? “I don’t want to disparage adolescents - they’re great, exciting kids. But they’re too young to be elected to political office.” I’m confused: If they’re too young to run, how can they be elected? Andrade looked annoyed. “They’re adults, so they ran, and we elected them. But they have the brain development of pre-adolescents. They need mental enhancement - treatment - to do their job.” You mean education, I asked. “That would help, but most never got a decent education. Most were brain-washed early by simple-minded, often highly religious, parents. So they became simple-minded adults - and we elected some of them, many…

Why the Increase in MDMA ‘Problems’?

Relevance: 20%      Posted on: June 14, 2016

I was on the phone with Lucien and Peter, who were at a coffee shop in Portland. "My Google Alert on 'Ecstasy' shows more issues, problems with street Ecstasy," Peter reported. "Yes, I've also seen some reports on more ER admissions and even deaths," Lucien added. "I've seen them, too," I said. "The Chinese?" Peter asked. "Have you been listening to Trump? The Chinese aren't responsible for everything, but they are connected." "So you've dome some homework?" Lucien asked. "Yes. I came across a UK psychopharmacologist, a Valerie Curran with University College, London. She was on the BBC recently warning users about high dose Ecstasy." "And?" Peter asked. "Patience!" I said. "She was almost immediately criticized, even vilified, by the drug control crowd for advising users to cut current pills in half, because street pills in UK and rest of Europe may now have 200 mg or more of pure MDMA." "That doesn't make sense," Peter said. "Why would dealers use excess drug?" "Good question. Apparently there's a new precursor readily available - from China, of course - that makes it easier and cheaper to produce MDMA. So there's now sort of a competition to produce, provide more potent pills." "Why?" "It may…

Manzanita, Neahkahnee, and Arthur Koestler

Relevance: 19%      Posted on: August 4, 2016

July 21, Manzanita - during and after Neahkahnee hike - and Arthur Koestler Peter, Lucien, and I were in Manzanita for the annual family gathering. The weather was perfect - sunny, low 70’s, very light wind. This place and time is not conducive to thinking about global warming and planetary perils! While in Portland I experienced one of the better cannabis medicinal shops - Farma on Hawthorne. I bought an oil salve for my bruised toe - the victim of a dropped wine bottle a week earlier. Peter and Lucien did their vap experiments. I did, too - and this time did feel a bit giddy.   “What’s that large black book you’ve been reading?” Peter asked. “One I should have read and used a long time ago. I should have referred to it in State Change,” I said. “It’s Janus - A Summing Up, a sort of final autobiography by Arthur Koestler, from 1978.” “So,” Lucien asked. “Who’s he?” “Very interesting thinker - in the Aldous Huxley mold. He became a sort of neuro-biologist and was very interested in the evolution of the brain - in why we have a phenomenal neocortex that’s often over-ruled by our primitive reptilian…

Chapter 8: Presidential Candidates

Relevance: 16%      Posted on: March 24, 2016

Leading Presidential Candidates get an enormous amount of press. Major U.S. elections are a media spectacle, where hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on advertising. harmless feels that all the Republican candidates would benefit from a more empathetic and socially considerate perspective in their campaigns. Harmless wants to advise and ‘treat’ those needy candidates.   Homework.       “Let’s start with Bush, Rubio, and Cruz,” Bill offered. “They are likely to be in the news at least until the 2016 GOP Convention.”   “And one of them is likely to be the Republican nominee,” Jay said. “And each has an interesting wife and lives in a climate-impacted state.”   “And two of the three are not total nuts,” Bill noted.   “Two? You left Cruz out - the total nut?”   “Yep - together with Donald Trump and a dozen or so others.”   “Scott Walker is now out - so I don’t have to read his Unintimidated,” I said.   “The lack of money must have intimidated him,” Bill smiled. “The Kochs must have read the writing on the wall.”   “And let’s look at Rand Paul, too,” Jay said. “At least he’s consistent and interesting.”  …

Chapter 6: Patient Priorities

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: March 24, 2016

harmless is now meeting in parks, on the U campus, or at Westminster College. We’re too far along in the project to risk too much general public awareness or curiosity. We don’t want coffee shop - ‘regulars’ listening in. Today we’re on the U campus at one of the picnic tables outside the cafeteria.       “I’ve been thinking about the challenge ahead - the logistics,” I confided. “It would be most effective if we could treat all of our highest priority patients at once, thereby helping initiate an empathy tipping point.”   “You mean like over a very short period of time, so their individual experiences are roughly coherent?” Jay asked.   “And in a supportive, non-threatening environment - during a comfortable time,” Bill added. “We know that set and setting are critical to a good experience - to effective therapy.”   “It should be during a time of good press access,” Jay continued. “Perhaps when they’re giving speeches, being questioned, being interviewed.”   “What about college and high school graduations?” asked Bill. “They’d be accessible on campuses and in their local districts. Many would be giving graduation speeches - talking about futures, opportunities, careers - perhaps in…

Chapter 9: Congress

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: March 24, 2016

We had decided to allocate 15 of our patient ‘openings’ to current members of Congress. Who are our ‘winners’?   Homework.     “There are 435 members of Congress,” I said. “So many potential patients.”   “Time to decide on our full list of high priority patients,” Jay reminded us.   “I’ve been working with Kay on the various Congressional committees and subcommittees,” I responded, “trying to identify which might provide access without serious security or related issues.”   “Yes,” Bill said. “If we can get access to a subcommittee hearing or meeting, we may be able to access several members during one session.”   “And if that doesn’t work, we can still work to treat them on their own turf, during local events, town meetings, Congressional recesses, etc.”   “And parties, “ Jay suggested.     Committee and subcommittee meetings are generally open to the general public. They are scheduled at least a week in advance, although the specific agenda may not be fully available. The schedule is readily available. Audio and/or video records of meetings are available within three weeks after the meeting. Many are covered via C-Span. The site includes information on the Chair and Members and…

Chapter 12: Outcomes and Tomorrow

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: March 24, 2016

Jay, Bill, and I traveled and worked during the holiday season and in January to make our many assigned deliveries. Peter completed his trips by early January and filled me in via phone. About six weeks later, the delivery phase of harmless finished with a meeting and discussion - at a new coffee shop near Bill’s home - in the Avenues. It was an unusually warm early spring day, so we sat outside, away from the other patrons. The Salt Lake Valley had had another terrible winter inversion season. We were pleased that today the air was clean and relatively warm.     “I’m very happy to be here,” Jay said. “There were times I thought they’d get me.”   “Me, too,” Bill agreed. “Some of those local Congressional office staffers are scary. It was hard to fake it without really taking them on.”   “You can thank the Kochs and their libertarian study fellowships and professorships for providing such well trained staffers,” I smiled.   “Brain-washed staffers,” Bill corrected.   “Reminds me of a quote in Dark Money,” I said. “Back in 2009, Mayer writes, Charles Koch gave nearly $150,000 to Brown University’s Political Theory Project - a freshman…

Chapter 10: Plutocrats – and Others

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: March 24, 2016

The United States is the most plutocratic ‘democracy’ on the planet. We’re not even close to being second ranked. Some say that’s not so bad - that we were founded and organized as a plutocracy, of sorts. In order to vote, you had to own land and had to be a white male, and you were allowed to own African slaves. It was only much later that black men were allowed to vote, and even later women. We were founded as a republic - a representative ‘democracy’. Voters voted for representatives who would in turn write, pass, and implement laws and policy.   The founding fathers, by and large, were semi-wealthy, white men who owned significant land and other property, and were naturally inclined to favor a system of government that protected the financial interests of their own class. But they were also, generally, well educated, well read, and fairly intelligent. The historical musical Hamilton is helping to inform Americans of that intellectual heritage.   The word "democracy" does not appear in the US Constitution. The founding fathers were afraid of true democracy; they warned of the dangers of the tyranny of the majority if America adopted a truly democratic…

Chapter 11: Delivery and Treatment

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: March 24, 2016

“Let’s talk about Centennial Valley,” I said. “It needs to happen by mid-September or it’ll be too late for harmless. September 23 is father Fred’s birthday, I think.”   “I read it’s the 26th,” Bill said. “I’ve talked with the Manager of the U’s facilities in Lakeview. They have space available in September, which is nearly ideal for early school year events.”   “Terrific. I’ve been doing the homework on Bill Koch’s Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, especially on the science and environmental studies teachers and courses. I’ve made contact with several who are very interested. I’m now working on getting the idea to Bill Koch, perhaps via his wife or son. School starts in early September. Once we book the school - and hopefully Bill - then we can work on his brothers.”     Koch Industries’ Matador Cattle Company operates three ranches: Beaverhead near Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Spring Creek in the Flint Hills of Kansas, and Matador Ranch in Texas.  Beaverhead Ranch is located on more than a quarter million acres in Southwest Montana. It stretches along a 90-mile road from Dillon to the Idaho border then east to Yellowstone Park.…

Chapter 2: From Eleusis to Revelation

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: March 20, 2016

“So how are you going to drug Stewart - in his Mormon coffee?” That’s Jay talking about Utah’s then new District 2 Congressman, Republican Chris Stewart. “Ryan couldn’t even begin to get him to think during his protest at a Stewart town meeting. The guy’s hopeless.” Ryan is young, gutsy, passionate. On his first day as a public school bus driver in Salt Lake City, he altered his route slightly so the students on board could see the large protest near the Federal Courthouse - a protest against the sentencing of Tim DeChristopher for ‘disrupting’ a Federal fossil fuel lease auction (see Bidder 70 for details). Ryan was fired from his new job the next day. “Stewart has been deprived of any intellectual puberty. He’s an anti-science ideologue, a far-right Republican - an arrogant denialist - and a Mitt Romney wannabe,” Jay said. Jay helped during my campaign against Stewart in 2012. Jay’s tall, thin, bearded - and emotional and even impulsive, like Ryan but some 40 years older. He has a deep, resonant voice - and is impatient for change. “But he is Mormon, meaning he believes in ‘agency’,” I said. “Maybe he can accept a ‘revelation’.” “The Revelation…

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