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Reading Between the Lines – Creatively

[…]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 a good boy even though Trump insulted his ‘best friend’ Cruz.” “So?” Bill asked. “Why so good?” “Hey, read between the lines,” Jay smiled. “Trump’s a bit too liberal for the base – for the Cruz, Lee tea party – Freedom Caucus crowd, right?” “Right!” Bill said. “So Lee could be VP – and bring all the hard right ideologues with him.” “Bingo,” Jay said. “Did you see the piece about Romney saying his family is encouraging him to run?” “Oh, yes. A sacrificial Independent run, so Trump-averse Utah Republicans don’t have to vote for Hillary.” “Another Rubio. I say 10,000 times I won’t run. ..Oops, maybe I better – for the good of the state, the country, the party.” “They’re all hypocrites. Or is it the revelation syndrome? Anyway, your turn,” Jay said, looking at me.   “I’ll do local. The U carbon divestment campaign.” “Yea – the […]

Scalia Supreme Court Michael Lee Hayek Simplism

[…]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 […]
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Mia Love Learns about Climate Change

[…]was somewhat receptive due to her earlier Ananda Chocolates experience?” “Possibly. She was at Mike Lee’s Christmas Party at the State Capitol – I was pretty liberal with Ananda’s goodies there. Mia got some for sure – and perhaps actually took one or more.” “Cool. And what about this Libertarian with a revelation?” “His name is Jerry Taylor; he’s for getting fossil fuels out of the economy quickly, but not via government regulation. He wants the free market unleashed, but empowered by a carbon tax.” “Interesting angle,” Bill said. “Yes, but USU’s Davies held firm – he said we need it all. The situation is so urgent we need strong regulation, a strong carbon tax-empowered free market, and lots of Federal, State, and local leadership.” “And he had incredible slides, didn’t he?” Bill asked. “Yes, as usual. He gives a great talk. So Congresswoman Mia heard it all.” “Did you thank her with some chocolates?” “No, but I did give Heinberg’s Post Carbon Institute book:  ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, to her office manager. Hopefully she’ll see it -it’s a huge book.” “I understand the District 4 Citizens’ Climate Lobby folks have been communicating with her and […]

Chapter 11: Delivery and Treatment

[…]said.   “Maybe Chocolates and Jello for Utah?” Jay suggested.   “Hey, have you heard about Mike Lee’s Jello with the Senator weekly parties?” Bill asked. “Wednesday afternoons, 3:30 pm, in the Senator’s DC office. All are invited.”   “You’re serious?” I asked.   “It’s official – on his web site. If he’s in town he’s there. Otherwise, his staff hosts it.”   “Since the DC Jello parties are largely over for the season, get to his local Christmas gig,” Bill recommended..   “Where and what is that?” Jay asked.   “At the State Capitol. Senate Building, from about 5 to 6 pm. Mike says in the announcement that it’s for ‘good conversation’.”   “And good chocolate!” Jay added.   “Ask him about his Heritage Foundation tirade against Obama’s climate efforts,” Bill said, looking at me.   “Changing the subject a bit – although Lee’s three kids are older, the oldest perhaps 20 or so and the other two in their late teens, here’s a serious consideration,” I said. “We want to minimize the possibility – the risk – of excess dosing – or ingestion by small children.”   “The template now includes a field for restriction or caution. For […]

Chapter 6: Patient Priorities

[…]– California District 49. Labrador, Raul – Idaho District 1; Freedom Caucus co-founder. Lee, Mike – Utah Senator. Rodgers, Cathy – Washington District 5. Smith, Lamar – Texas District 21; Chair, House Committee on Science.   These 29 and the additional ‘convenience’ patients, effectively treated, may facilitate a tipping point and a major change in governance via the Federal Government.     “We could use Centennial Valley as a key delivery strategy,” Bill said. “We could arrange a gig at the U’s Taft Center with the Kochs and with others they endorse and support.”   “Are you smoking something?” Jay asked.   “No, seriously. The Kochs own Beaverhead Ranch, which practically surrounds the wildlife refuge which borders the U Center. I read somewhere that their Dad, Fred, sent his kids there in the summers to work and help make men out of them.”   “Interesting,” I said. “So the Kochs, Joni Ernst, Jim Inhofe, and perhaps even Lamar Smith, as well as Ryan, Rubio, Labrador and their families, could all be there?”   “Sure, why not? Charles and David Koch seem to have an affinity for the Koch ranches. The Taft Center is about environmentalism and sustainability. The place is […]

Chapter 9: Congress

[…]who hasn’t ‘written’ a book, I think,” Jay said.   “Maybe we can get to them at Mike Lee’s Christmas party – in the Utah State Capitol,” Bill suggested.  “After all, Mike’s son John took Chaffetz daughter Ellen to a prom. Maybe they’ll all be there.”   “I plan to be there, chocolates in hand – and also at the St. George meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee on BLM Planning – Chaffetz, Bishop, and Stewart should all be there,” I said. “There’s even a ‘listening session’ that afternoon hosted by Stewart with ‘special guests’ Chaffetz and Bishop.”   “Report back if any of them actually listened to anything,” Bill requested.   “And as they’re not likely to have drinkable coffee, you should have great interest in Ananda’s Chocolates,” Jay said.   “I’m sure I will.”     Ernst, Joni – Senator, Iowa; elected 2014 after serving in the Iowa State Senate.   Ernst is the first woman to represent Iowa in the US Congress and the first female veteran to serve – from any state – in the Senate. She recently retired from the Army National Guard as a Lt. Colonel. She saw 14 months of active duty […]

Chapter 1: Concerns and Beginnings

[…]I am a professor of engineering, soon to be retired, concerned about the planet. That was all.   Mike, a rural Utah legislator, is 20 years younger than me. We argued several times – at hearings related to the Legislature’s efforts to ‘outlaw’ CO2. “CO2 is a plant nutrient,” he said. “How can it possibly be harmful?” I was surprised to learn of his BA in botany or zoology – from UC-Berkeley.   Hans, a now emeritus professor of economics, organized a session on climate change at a national meeting at the U. Hans asked me to speak briefly at the session.   The issue is NOT Science. … the issue is BELIEF. If you choose to Believe in something very strongly and you choose to adopt a position very strongly – no amount of science will change your Belief. It takes a private revelation … to really change .… We must understand that rationality is quite rare … We must identify those totally irrational legislators…and get rid of them.   That was the real beginning of my interest in ‘politics’ – and the evolution of State Change.     Tim went on to become bidder number 70, the man […]

Chapter 7: Supreme Court Justices

[…]many years ago. Good idea.” “Alito has a Utah connection,” I said. “Our own Junior Senator Mike Lee – after serving as Governor Jon Huntsman’s legal counsel – did a one year clerkship for Alito when he served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.” “So maybe Mike Lee’s own arrogance is the result of his emulating his mentor?” Jay asked, smiling, of course. “Perhaps they deserved – and empowered – each other,” Bill added. “Of course, Lee could just be emulating Utah’s GOP legislators.” According to SCOTUS, Alito is giving talks and discussions in West Orange, NJ; National Archives in DC; NY Historical Society; University of Notre Dame; Memphis; and Georgetown University Law School in DC.   Sonia Sotomayor was appointed by Obama in 2009. She may be helpful in generating a little empathy and compassion in her five co-justices. Her religious tradition is Catholic. She is divorced and has no children. Her parents are from Puerto Rico. Her undergraduate studies were at Princeton, in history; her undergraduate thesis was on Puerto Rican history. Her younger brother, Juan, is a physician and professor. She is diabetic and has daily insulin injections, which she learned to give […]

Chapter 12: Outcomes and Tomorrow

[…]was also there. Mia Love didn’t make it.”   “Nor the Senators?” Jay asked.   “Nope. Mike Lee’s too busy extolling Cruz, and Hatch is now endorsing Rubio – perhaps angling for his long coveted Supreme Court appointment.”   “You mean things really can get worse?” Bill said.   “Did you see Stewart’s recent newsletter to constituents? He’s the new Trump – or Cruz. It’s full of battle words – he ‘grilled’ the Forest Service, he ‘blasted’ Obama.”   “Maybe he’s now on testosterone supplements?” Jay smiled.   “The Utah three mouseketeer Congressguys were easy to get to,” I reported. “First, there was little security; it was a southern Utah-style town meeting. Second, the three were to be on a panel, entertaining questions from largely anti-BLM, anti-Fed folks. And thirdly, as no one knows me down there, I just pretended to be on the building staff and set out bottled water and several chocolates on each panelist’s table space.”   “Cool,” Jay said. “But you could have been recognized and challenged.”   “Sure, but only by Democrats, who probably would not have interfered. You know, I only got two dozen or so votes in all of Washington County in 2012. […]

Chapter 4: The Therapy

[…]is shipped to Europe and Asia for MDMA synthesis. The issue is covered in Drugs Unlimited, by Mike Power, and documented in a 20 minute film titled Forest of Ecstasy.   We learned there’s an herb and tea supplier in Watsonville, California that sells sassafras root bark for $35 per pound. I bought some online.     Tom and I discussed synthesis routes and final chemical needs. He was preparing to return to Oregon in a few days and spend two weeks setting up and testing the lab between his chemo treatments. Peter and Lucien were cleaning up and furnishing the place in preparation for his return.       “Are we staying focused on MDMA?” Tom asked.   “Yes,” I answered.   “I thought there was some other agents, more effective for revelation purposes than LSD or MDMA,” Tom said.   “Nothing as good as MDMA. Power discusses, in Drugs Unlimited, an interesting variant called 6-APB – it’s essentially MDMA with one of the dioxygen ring’s hydrogens missing. He quoted an English major Jeffrey Jenkins as saying MDMA intrigued me .. with its strangely universal experience, its ability to make even the hardest soul empathic….   “An English major!” […]

Chapter 2: From Eleusis to Revelation

[…]Perrine, The Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs, 1996. David Nutt, Drugs without the Hot Air, 2012 Mike Power, Drugs Unlimited, 2013 Ben Sessa, The Psychedelic Renaissance, 2012.   “Hofmann could make almost anything – and Shulgin made nearly everything,” Tom said. He was new to the discussion. Tom and I worked together some decades ago on materials for medical devices. He’s one of those organic chemists who can make almost anything. He even looks a bit like Shulgin! I recruited Tom by telling him I was starting a new, interesting, politically effective, and largely illegal project. Tom was well aware of my concerns about the state of the nation and the planet – and was generally in sync with the concerns of the group. He was interested. “I’m working with – and leading – a very small group concerned with the rapid deterioration of our democracy – and the rapid and possibly irreversible degradation of the planet,” I said. “We think that the time for politics is over.” “Because it doesn’t work?” Tom asked. “Because of gerrymandering, money in politics, plutocracy?” “Exactly,” I agreed. “The nation is so far over to the right – controlled by a bunch of simplistic, uninformed, […]

Chapter 10: Plutocrats – and Others

[…]defeat in 2012 really impacted Charles and David Koch. They really didn’t expect it.”   “Mike Lee might ask for more of it – he’s up for reelection,” Jay said. “Better I earn some of it.”   “If you need a reference, you can use me,” Bill smiled. “I’ve been on their Montana ranch.”   “You mean Centennial Valley?” I asked.   “Yes. You have to drive right through the Koch spread to get to the U’s Humanities Center – the Taft Center. It’s 26 miles from Interstate 15 on an unpaved road.”   “The Koch Brothers’ father, Fred, started the Koch empire with a number of cattle ranches, right?”   “Yes, ranches were part of it. The spread in Southern Montana is Beaverhead Ranch, part of their Matador Cattle Company,” Bill noted. “It borders a major National Wildlife Refuge.”   “The Taft Center is a great facility,” I recalled. “Diana and I visited there some five years ago. On the way out, heading East towards West Yellowstone, we were stopped by a shredded tire.”   “The way in and out from the West is shorter and easier on tires,” Bill said.   “Maybe the Kochs could have an event […]

Chapter 3: Harmless – The Team

[…]an Amsterdam equivalent at .   Drugs Unlimited, a fairly new book by Mike Power of The Guardian, discusses nearly all street drugs, including those available via the internet or DarkNet, and means and methods for monitoring drug production, sales, and distribution. Although there are several newer drugs with MDMA-like effects, there appears to be nothing superior to or safer than MDMA for our purposes.       “MDMA it is, then,” Tom concluded. “We will make everything from scratch, with good QC at every step.”   “I can start testing almost anytime,” Lucien volunteered. “I assume we’ll adopt the Shulgin five step self-testing scale.”   “Yes, that’s reasonable.”   Turning to Tom, I asked “Any thoughts on your lab?”   “Well, not my home or your U office,” he answered. “Perhaps some place very convenient, cheap, and largely invisible. And maybe in a state where the laws are not ultra hard-nosed.”   “Even though it’s Federal laws we’d be breaking, doing it in a semi-progressive state might help. That rules out Utah. Perhaps Oregon, or Northern California?” I asked.   “I vote for Oregon,” Peter said.   “Me, too,” agreed Lucien.   They both live in Oregon.   […]

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