Red states burning

Red states burning

Politics turning

Why should we care

In our comfortable urban spot

of a ranch in kansas

and people we are not?


We should care, for while some food grows on trees, we are not planting them in Hiawatha park. A large portion of our plate comes from places we forgot.

Remember the Farmer on your vote and in your thoughts.

The farmers & Greens are our only hope

The more I read about the fascist takeover of Germany, and how places where farmers and labor stood together to create a strong Nordic social democracy, the more I think we need a new political party. Or maybe, since yesterday I heard some good things from two Green Party City Council candidates, there is hope.

But it’s not going to be easy. Our biggest challenge, in my opinion, is not the ‘alt-right’, but the organized elite left-wing. Have you heard of the phrase ‘non-profit industrial complex’? If you’ve ever been around Minneapolis politics, you’ll see a whole lot of career politicians who move from one non-profit gig to consulting to government and then back again. These folks are well-educated, well-respected, and, I believe, honestly well-intentioned.

They are, due to unconscious bias, far more dangerous than the open right-wing fascists. You see it in the politics in Minneapolis in the belief that only a card carrying lifetime democratic party member can be a serious candidate. I am a serious candidate, and so is everyone else who has taken the time to gather signatures or pay the fee to be on the ballot. The more of us there are on the ballot for Mayor, City Council, and all the other ranked choice voting elections, the more you know the political process is working, and that you have a real voice.

There are two hopes we have. The urban farmers in this town, and the Green party, which is well organized with serious candidates. Our state has a strong history of Nordic socialism where Farmers and Workers with middle class allies held off the fascist advances in their home countries, and the immigrants from these places created the Farmer-Labor party.

I’m asking for your help over the next year. The vote is important, and I’d be quite happy if you vote for me in your top three ranked choice voting. But what I really need your help with is a change in your money, for this is the source of real political power. I am the only candidate with a copyright notice in a cryptocurrency supporting a basic income guarantee. Use the money the Grantcoin foundation made with a goal of building a new financial system with built in wealth redistribution. Use Hourdollars. Barter some time.

Or as I suggested last election cycle,
Pay your taxes with vegetables.

Mincome is inevitable

When members of one party make destroying my family’s financial security a central plank of their platform, hatred comes real fucking easy.
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The ACA’s regulations and Medicaid expansion are the basis for our current, and previously projected though now uncertain, level of security, yes. Disabled kids aren’t cheap to raise.
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This, my friends, is why the Republican party is the walking dead. They have created mortal enemies who will never forget the angry campaign rhetoric used to attack Obamacare, and the name Barack Hussein Obama will go down in history as the first great US leader to move us toward a Mincome (basic income), and universal health care state.
The opposition to these things just does not seem to understand the fundamental economics going on due to their unconscious bias against social collectivism.
There are many things that have been clearly demonstrated in which groups using coordinated collective action absolutely destroy short-term profit driven and authoritarian structures.
What happened to Germany and Japan once the sleeping giant in the Americas decided it was time to go to War?
The Republicans, in their claims of fighting a war against the ever expanding powers of the state have awoken many forces for collective action. Now they are fighting not just the state, but most of their political support base which is, or will be in need of these social programs.
There might be one way out for Republicans, but they will have to throw this anti-collectivist rhetoric under the bus, and start talking about how a guaranteed minimum income (or basic income guarantee) is good for tax reform, how it’s good for business, how it’s good for industry. And most importantly, throw any of the elitists who are afraid of taxes and ‘the dole’ to the rabid wolves they have created who will not rest until their families are secure.
Basic income and Mincome are invevitable, says the farmer.
Vote for farmer.
Vote for your future.
Vote for Mayor Troy.

308 days to Basic Income

The basic income already exists, and a small percentage of residents of Minneapolis already receive it. Passive income from capital assets that you inherited is a form of basic income, and we should be thinking much more critically about this. We could, if we chose, under my 100% renewable in 10 years plan decide, as a city, to issue municipal bonds at a low interest rate to finance construction, ownership, and operations of wind turbines under the Minnesota Flip model, and then distribute the revenue from the renewable energy capital assets to every resident of the city of Minneapolis, much like the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Or, we could, as I’ve proposed before, put solar over the interstate highways, and use that capital asset. Both of these are long-term energy-generating capital assets, that, when combined with low-cost municipal bond issues, can generate a return for the city far beyond anything the private sector (or Washington politicians) can hope to offer.

Maybe we can up our game, and instead of a new local fortune 500 company about every two years, we can go for one every year with a UBI for all our residents.

Vote clean, vote green, vote for the farmer

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Installing solar on our roof in Minneapolis in 2012

If Las Vegas can go 100% renewable for all city electric uses, we can do better.

You will see some alternative Energy options on the ballot for Minneapolis Mayor in 2017.

Vote for the farmer, because he sees first hand how Climate changes impacts food and agriculture, and puts us all at risk.

Vote for the Engineer, because he knows how to make a detailed deployment plan to get to 100% renewable energy

Vote for the advisor to the Grantcoin foundation, because the only way we can really effectively address income inequality is by building wealth redistribution into the currency we use

Vote for the only politician who can provide a real answer to where do the resources we need to run a city come from when the tax well dries up. The answer is we grow them, in our city, under our local control.

We can follow the two-party political system into madness, or we can vote with ranked choice. We can vote with our choice of money. We can vote with our choice of food.

Vote #mayortroy

356 days until your vote really matters

While I’ve seen many comments about general malaise about the most recent election results, the election in which the votes of the residents of our great city really matter is coming up in 356 days. We might have a few things to say about the president-elect.

Remember rural America when you get to the polls, and vote for the farmer.

Climate disobedience

Empty the oil pipeline. Fill up with E85.

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Filling up at a rural Iowa corn to fuel station. The car gets about 15,000 miles/acre

How, might you ask, would this stop the line? This morning on facebook I saw this. Note the section about low oil prices and financial collapse.

Here’s the deal on Dakota Access.

DAPL had to get permits from county, state and federal governments. They are still missing two permits. The first is the 408 permit on the Missouri River that the Obama administration has blocked for the time being. The other permit is the hydrostatic testing permit to test the whole pipeline using water from various water bodies across the length of the pipeline.

DAPL told the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) that they wouldn’t begin construction until they had all the permits. The IUB granted the permit on a dark day this spring. At that time, DAPL still was missing the Army Corps of Engineers permits to cross the rivers and waterways. They began construction anyway. The IUB tsk tsked and then gave them approval to begin construction at their own risk.

They still don’t have all their permits but the pipeline has almost been completely built. There are only a few stretches that have not been finished–sections in Iowa and the small reach across the Missouri River in North Dakota.

What that means is that we have a nearly complete 1,000 mile pipeline. Even if the Missouri River permit is denied, the rest of the pipeline stands ready to ship crude oil across the Heartland.

There are a few things standing in the way of oil actually flowing through it. The first is those two pesky permits. Second is several lawsuits, two by the Tribes, a third by landowners and environmentalists in Iowa. Another block to this pipeline’s completion is the finances of DAPL which could collapse given the delay and low oil prices. Finally, the emergent properties of such a fluid situation could lead to a surprising avenue that stops this cold. We simply do not know which action, or friendship or strategy could tip the scales. As yesterday’s events show clearly, you just never know what might happen.

Because they continue to do construction in Iowa, we will not rest until we have done everything we can to stop this travesty. It is our sacred obligation to future generations.

The Natives at Standing Rock have the legal and the ethical arguments. But what most people miss is that Iowa is economically hostile territory for oil. We make far more money on corn, and the corn harvest starts in a few weeks. In the next two months, Iowa farmers will be harvesting $15 billion dollars of corn from $200 billion dollars of the world’s best farmland. If politics really is all about the money, who do you thinks going to win, a $4billion pipeline, or $200billion of family-owned farms? The value of those farms will go up by at least $4 billion if we let the oil companies bankrupt themselves on a pipeline that will never flow petroleum.

Oil is done, and in a few months the farmers in Iowa are going to demonstrate this new economic reality to the rest of the world. We need your help. If you have a flex fuel car, fill up with E85. If you don’t, put 2 gallons of E85 in, and 6 gallons of regular petroleum. The car will work just fine on 30% ethanol.

If you want more information, ask my about my 2001 prius (pictured above) that has been running on 30-50% ethanol for the last 10 acres (or 150,000 miles). And remember, if you want to make good on the Minneapolis climate action plan, make sure you vote for the farmer.