Nutrients or price?

One of the reasons to vote for me as your first choice for Mayor in November, and vote with your dollars for my soybeans (or soy milk) with more nutrients is because I do a little bit of everything. Sometimes I am a scientist, and I find some really important scientific understanding that will help all the residents Minneapolis if I can manage to explain it clearly.

Our food is about half as nutrient dense as it was 50 years ago, and maybe even 1/4 as nutrient dense as what hunter-gatherers were eating thousands of years ago before we started farming.

The article points towards climate impacts and CO2, which I expect are real contributors, but I would estimate only account for 5-20% of the carbohydrate increase.

What really matters is how we grow our food. We’ve gotten so good at growing corn in extreme high-density conditions that it grows so fast there’s no time to absorb the nutrients, even if there were still there in the soil (which is another problem for another article).

When you vote with your money for the lowest price per pound product on the shelf, you tell me, the farmer that empty nutrient deficient calories are what you want me to produce, and produce we do, growing 2-3 times as much corn per acre than my Grandfather could even imagine, and we’ve planted corn for several years in a row, because that’s what’s profitable.

Except, it’s not, at least at the system level. The health care costs associated with nutrient deficient food dramatically exceed what it would have cost to grow better food in the first place, but we compensate doctors for doctor visits and farmers for food by the pound, rather than doctors for having healthy patients because they could afford to get healthy food from a farmer.

Now think about this in how you get your news and politics. Is it about the quantity and price, or is this about quality?

Vote for quality food, vote for the farmer, and vote those things every day with your money.

Taking criticism

So I seem to have gotten noticed, and by just about any rational stretch of the imagination, I’m quite a bit behind any of the ‘serious’ candidates, and I have to say, a lot of the criticism of about cryptocurrency is fair enough.

Do I have any chance of winning? That’s up to you.


Is there a reason to vote for me? Absolutely. The currency I downloaded off the internet 6 years ago when it was only worth unicorn farts is now a 60 billion dollar global economic phenomenon that has made people like me who see how technology changes the world and the political landscape major players on the international world stage.

No other candidate in Minnesota has the expertise or the experience in what creating a new money supply with this financial cryptography software might mean for our city.

I can speak to and articulate the real substantial ways the world is going to change in the next 4 years, and separate what’s real from the marketing and political snake oil

I’ve built renewable energy systems, and 4 years ago when I first made it a political statement 100% renewables in 10 years was unicorns and rainbows. Today it’s looking like a good investment that produces energy cheaper than coal or natural gas.

What else am I saying that’s going to be good for you, your city, and your property values?

And whatever you do, remember that while you get a ranked choice vote once every 4 years, you get to vote with you money every day. Look into some of those unicorn fart ideas; they might just pay your mortgage or your rent sooner than you ever imagined.


Science of opportunity

There has been a lot going on in the world recently. Unlike other politicians, I prefer to tweet less, and try to do more testable experiments.

I do, however, feel the need today to write on the science of opportunity, after reading various news about some sheltered-snowflake tech-bros who seem to believe that just because privileged white men are most common in technical and engineering positions that somehow that means !(privileged white men) are somehow inferior.

Frankly the fact that most executives and tech-bros are white guys tells me that white guys are the easiest to manipulate and control. The rest of the world actually has to work to survive, or die getting shoved off a refugee boat, or get deported, or get stuck in a small rural town with a meth problem, no health care, and no way out.

Part of the problem, as illustrated here, is that Science has become a religion, and not science.

Google bro would argue that we ought to consider the possibility that white women and racial minorities simply produce lower-quality work, which is why we struggle to be recognized as competent knowledge producers. It’s time to turn the tables on this debate. Rather than leaning in and trying endlessly to prove our humanity and value, people like him should have to prove that our inferiority is the problem. Eliminate structural biases in education, health care, housing, and salaries that favor white men and see if we fail. Run the experiment. Be a scientist about it.

So later this afternoon, I’m going to register as a candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis, for the second time, and run an experiment.

Can the child of a single mother who knew no other choice but giving her son up for adoption, and who grew up in a small rural town with no way out go from no hope to Mayor of Minneapolis, because of a simple thought experiment:

What if everyone in our city had a guaranteed minimum income?

It’s time to run the experiment.

Join me this fall, and vote for the farmer, we have some work to do.

If you want to support my campaign, get yourself some Grantcoin, which is what I’m selling to pay the $500 registration fee.  Try it out, and then start talking and help me design a local Minneapolis basic income currency, and get local business that supports local food and local farmers to start using our own local currency.

Your vote counts, and your money matters more. Vote with your choice of currency.

100% renewables in 10 years

If you’ve been paying attention, you might see that utility-scale solar is less than $1.50 per watt, and that the MIT technology review is talking about the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab report (PDF) that starting in 2019, relatively expensive batteries for grid-scale energy storage will be cheaper than building a natural gas peaker plant.


Fueling up a delivery of 6KW of solar at the Freeborn County Co-op with farm-grown fuel

This also means that building a wind energy to ammonia plant is also likely to be substantially lower cost than building a natural gas peaker plant TODAY.

The problem, as I surmised 5 years ago when my partner Kim and I installed solar on her roof, is not technology. It’s financing. And unlike most politicians who mostly talk and act little, I am taking action. I am in negotiations to acquire the remaining stock of TenKSolar’s Apex solar modules, and if you want to vote with your money, put it here.

Vote for the only solar farmer on the ballot in 2017.

Link update

I’d like to write more in detail about this, however it seems more important to work on some other things today.  And please pass around that I’m looking for a personal assistant and campaign manager.

And remember, in November, vote for the only candidate who has donated more than half a year of his time to writing code for a financial cryptography basic income program

Systemic class bailout

I’m riding in the car on my way back to Minneapolis tonight, and NPR is running a story about the south side of Chicago, and the sense of hopelessness being created both by a broken economic system, and a broken criminal justice system. If you can’t afford a lawyer, or afford bail money, you become a second class citizen. And how do we seriously consider “$15 now” to be anything other than a distraction from the reality of people shooting each other on the south side of Chicago, and our police shooting our citizens here in the Twin Cities.

There is story I’ve heard about the greatest nation in the world, one that was strong enough to to write on a statute in a harbor

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

What happened to this great nation? What does our statue of Liberty stand for, if she does not stand for the words on the very pedestal she stands on?

We all, who site in comfort, with our employer sponsored healthcare, safe in our homes and property recorded in Hennepin county government center, must make reparations to those who do not share our privilege. Yes I said it.

Reparations must be made

But to whom, might you ask? To every single one of us. The homeless under the bridge. The poor, the out of work, the unemployable. The addicted, the hopeless, the single parents.

Basic Income must be a Human right

and if you, the beneficiaries of our current economic system cannot figure out how to handle funding this voluntarily, then I will happily take your money developing, deploying, and implementing a financial cryptography instruments that give away money to everyone so everyone has money to buy the food that I grow.

Vote for the Farmer in November, and vote with your choice of money, starting today. Sign up for Grantcoin, or use hourdollars.

You don’t have to take my word for it that Basic Income is coming. But you might find I’m offering you a better deal than Silicon Valley will.

Minneapolis climate accords

I’d like to join the world community of leaders like Nicaragua and California that believe the Paris Climate accords do not go far enough. There is only one candidate running for Mayor of Minneapolis with both the financial motivation (farming), and engineering experience to give us 100% renewable energy in 10 years. And I’m not talking 10 years from now, I’m talking ten years from when I first made the statement.

Vote for the only candidate who can build our local crypto-finance economy, our local food system, and negotiate deals with farmers for baseload wind power, and rooftop solar to create new jobs in our city.

Vote for the local Fintech expert

From my work email today (yes, it’s the Sunday of a holiday weekend, and I’m working. Farmers, crypto-finance startups, and mayors don’t get any breaks. This is why you should hire, I mean vote for me in November)

Up for debate: Should Mac users get better rates on loans? The growth and development of FinTech may be inevitable, but its ability to produce more transparent markets that create greater wealth for more people is not. Aaron Klein, a fellow in Economic Studies and policy director at the Brookings Center on Regulation and Markets, looks at this FinTech conundrum by asking the question, “When two people apply for a credit card (for example), should it be legal to offer them different interest rates based solely on the fact of whether they are using a Mac or PC?” The nuances may surprise you. Klein’s article provides an overview of anti-discrimination lending regulations since the 1960s and concludes that FinTech will require that regulators rethink how they define and implement anti-discrimination laws. “Having an open and honest conversation about race, lending and financial technology is not easy, but it is necessary if we are to harness the best that FinTech has to offer,” he writes.

There several things in this quote above that should probably disturb you.

If you have not yet gotten the memo, Reparations are required for business (yes, you did hear me, a white 1% guy, actually seriously use that word).

Most organized leftist progressives, for the past couple decades, have been organizing around ‘big’. Big Labor unions. Big visions of government correcting past wrongs.

The problem now is how do you address when the government has become the establishment that has wronged us? Are we going to write another regulation to further entrench the blunt-force trauma of state power to dictate morality?

Here’s what the state can do. The state can, while it still has said power, use it’s near monopoly power on the issuance of money to make reparations for past unjustice to EVERYONE, regardless of race, creed, color, history, orientation, or income.

This is not just a progressive moral issue. It’s critical for any libertarian-leaning small business owner if they want to stay relevant before another wave of technologically automated giants come rolling through and put another half of them out of business.

We need Reparations to EVERYONE for all the wrongs that have been committed by our established power structures, and the wrongs they will continue to do. The only check and balance against unchecked power is to demand that a basic income is a fundamental right of all sentient beings.

Otherwise, if you are going to speak of Reparations, how do you decide who is most harmed? What other alternatives do we have to equitably distribute wealth than to simply just distribute it equally to each one of us.

Or do you want our corporate sponsored political system to decide who’s more worthy?

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.