Why Farmer Labor

I’ll be speaking for about 5 minutes today at the Nicollet Open Streets (3637 Nicollet) event between 3:30-4 today, and this is a rough draft of what I’d like to say.

Hello residents of Minneapolis, on this warm day that feels more like August after what seems like September in August. Now I don’t know if that’s because of climate change, or because we have volatile weather, but I do know we need more discussion about this and some of the other important issues I’m going to bring up, and that’s why I chose Farmer Labor as my principle and registered to run for Mayor of Minneapolis.

Every one of the 16 candidates who either paid $500 or took the time to get 500 signatures is a serious candidate, and has something important to say. You may think it’s crazy, unreasonable, unethical, or immoral, and I’d say you have every reason to think so.

What I ask you is please take the issues we raise seriously. Sometimes the only way we can address a serious issue is with a joke candidate, as your media tends to judge the credibility of a candidate by how much money they have to spend on advertising.

Now to go back a little, 4 years ago I thought it was important to have a candidate talking about local control of municipal utilities, local food production, and financing it with local currencies that include a basic income distribution. At that time, no politician was willing to make a statement like “100% renewables in 10 years”, so with my farm energy and engineering experience, I had to become that politician. Today this is not so much a loft grand greenie leftist vision, and more economically inevitable, as the cost of building new wind and solar power is lower than any other source of electric power generation. The only missing piece is storage, and before I moved here I spent 2 years researching a solution to that problem that’s been deployed by our very own University of Minnesota since 2008.

I want to ask you to read what I’ve been writing at Mayortroy.com for the past 4 years, and give me your first choice vote, your second choice to one of the issue candidates like Captain Jack Sparrow for Basic Income and vote for your favorite media candidate for number 3.

But most importantly, remember our system only counts votes every 4 years, and counts the money every day, it matters more how you vote with your money than how you rank the choices for mayor. Get together with your neighbors and start talking about what you want a local neighborhood currency to do, and start paying each other with it.

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.