Back at Home with Episode 22

This week Don and Offie go back home and talk about Scott Pruitt and all the reasons he should never have even been confirmed, Brett Kavanugh the nomination to fill the newly open Supreme Court seat and the possible pros and cons as well as controversy around him, the good and the bad of more States Rights, President Trumps visit and summit with NATO as well as some background on NATO, what BREXIT is and why it matters, Elon Musk is pretty alright, Boys Meets World is the best, and as always a big healthy SPORTS!!

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A look back on WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s 2017 Annual Report

As we enter into the month of July we have reached the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which in this case runs from July 1st through June 30th. During this time of year the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will be preparing and publishing their annual report. In reverence to this we’re going to take a quick examination of last years report. It of course isn’t the sexiest of topics but due to our own close relationship with Cannabis here at Salt of the Streets, it is important to understand the statistics behind the industry, and there is no better source for such numbers than the state board. I will link to the report below, but I will cover a just a few of my favorite interesting stats as we go.

Lets first touch on what exactly the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board does. In their own words the mission statement of the board is to, “Promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor laws.” Loosely speaking they oversee/regulate and enforce the laws within the industries that buy/sell/produce products that contain Nicotine, Alcohol or THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). They seek to provide consumer/industry safety through thoughtful regulation and administration.

What kind of information is in the report?

This is actually rather interesting if your the type of person interested in the world of cold hard statistics. That being said it reads like a standard news letter. It leads off with a list of “highlights” of the boards accomplishments over the last FY, followed by picture clad biographies of each of the board members, a useful tool for getting to know a little about who the unelected bureaucrats are who are running the industries regulatory system. Good or bad, this is almost as important as learning who your elected political officials are due to the fact that the laws/regulations they implement, which can often effect peoples everyday lives much more significantly than a standard politician, especially if said person is either a consumer or proprietor of a store in the industry.

The report then details the structure of the entire organization and even outlines each departments general purpose. Each department then details some of their statistics associated with their department. In the first major section of the report “Enforcement and Education” a wide range of statistics are shown that reflect the departments activities throughout the FY. Looking at the Cannabis enforcement section for example, “Each licensed and operating retail location received at least three compliance checks by the end of the fiscal year. No-sales-to-minors compliance rates were at 90 percent for FY 2017.” Right there we’ve got two pretty amazing pieces of information.

1. We know now that every licensed cannabis retail location receives at least 3 compliance checks per year
2. 10% of those checked apparently failed to meet the “No-sales-to-minors” compliance, though without assuming, we don’t necessarily know exactly what that means.

Moving through the report further we run into another interesting set of stats under the Licensing and Regulation section. There were 507 retail licensed cannabis businesses in FY17 throughout the state of Washington. Given the estimated population of Washington State in 2017 of 7.406 million people, that means that there was 1 retail cannabis stores for every 14,607 people in the state. There was even 13 cooperatives, which until reading the report I didn’t even know existed.

There are so many interesting stats and facts to glean from this report but by far my favorite aspects are the financial details. They show a comparison between tax income from FY16 and FY17, showing a massive $130 million dollar increase in tax revenue collected in FY17 totally a whopping $319 million in FY17 alone. Now that’s all well and good, but do they show what there spending that money on? Actually the answer to that is yes! They don’t go into exact detail of course but it does show how much went to each individual fund. $96.6 million went into the general fund “Revenue sent to the state General Fund is used to provide much-needed additional resources for education and other critical state services.” Further spending detail within each additional fund isn’t specified but it is good to know at least that much.

The report concludes with an overview of state legislation effecting the industries covered by the board, which in and of itself doesn’t go into much detail but does open the door for further and detailed research if that’s the path you choose to pursue.

In closing I would like to suggest anyone interested in the industries covered under the board should certainly read this report. It’s only 21 pages and is filled to the brim with very useful and informative material delivered in a very digestible format.

Get to reading.

WA State Liquor and Cannabis Report for FY17

Episode 21 Power Hour Livestream Special

A SUPER special episode this week with a super special guest, Case Bohls is back in the house and with him Offie and Don take it easy and let the TV be the guide, Ostrich racing, Home Shopping Network, wheelchair ballroom, Big Cats go hard as hell, a successful power hour to finish it off regardless of Offies lack of belief.

We also messed around and live streamed the entire show this week so make SURE you check that out on YouTube later tonight, you can always find all of our pods on SoundCloud, and you can find our musical guests there as well. Let us know what you think of the episode and the content on ANY of our platforms.

Donavan’s Dissent

This last month for me was pretty interesting. As most of you probably know, around the time the Upper Left guys came on, I lost another member of my family and then the next morning discovered that my wife and I were having a baby. This dissent, even though we announced the new style, for me won’t yet be a well-done, research piece but the next one definitely will be. For now I just want to talk about what I think fatherhood is.

First off, I’m terrified. Regardless of the reality I couldn’t feel any less prepared to be a father. I have no idea what it takes. My parents were divorced when I was two, and my dad wasn’t solidly in my life after the age of six. I grew up in a house with my mom, my sister – who is seven years older than me – and my grandmother. The home I was raised in was incredibly loving and I’m not sure I could have asked for a better one but it wasn’t filled with what could be considered “standard masculine energy”.

My mother loves football, but learns from me now. She had me open her radiator once RIGHT after she drove, we didn’t know any better. My grandma taught me how to shave by describing to me how my grandfather did it when he was alive. I learned everything I could from every boyfriend my sister ever had, no matter if it was good or bad. I’ve always had a hard time fitting in with males and making strong male friendships, even to this day in my current place of work. I don’t say these things to try and get some type of strange sympathy, because I am by no means unique in the case of not having a present father in this country, but simply to highlight some of the things that I had to teach myself and continue to learn today.

I am not concerned about what some might tell me are “socially constructed” ideals of what a man is. These are some qualities that I would also attribute to what I think is a strong and well-rounded male; qualities that I wanted for myself when I was younger and hoped desperately for someone to teach me. As simple as auto mechanics, the fine details of football of base, how to put the chain back on my bike when it falls off or even how to talk to a girl I liked. Some times I did learn things from other men but a lot of these things I had to teach myself. I have fully considered and feel comfortable with the possibility that my child might not identify with the same qualities that I do when it comes to being a male, but the qualities I considered to be strong were identified the same way with my wife, which was the goal in the long run even if I didn’t know it.

I don’t think I’m afraid of not knowing these things when my child arrives, I feel totally comfortable learning things WITH my child. I am still learning much for myself, for example, everything I know how to do on a vehicle are things that have broken on my cars and I have had to repair on my own. My fear, I think, is not in the skills I feel I may lack but in my deep concern that without HAVING a solid and strong father figure in my life how could I possibly be one to my child? And I think I’m starting to come up with an answer. To borrow a phrase from the far left, fatherhood is not linear. That’s why people can grow up with two moms or two dads and still be normal functioning members of society.

I think that with that, there are only a few things that a child needs in that non-linear definition of fatherhood that are vital, and the rest I theorize could be played by ear, for lack of a better term. I could not by any means provide a list of those vital characteristics, but a few could be love from a masculine force to help the child understand that won’t only come from a mother, the feeling of obligation and responsibility to protect your family and those around you and to respect women and their choices and feelings in this world. The rest, as I said, I think are easier to choose for yourself.

By these “non-vital” aspects I mean having an opinion on your child sexual preference of choice of career, caring what sports they play even if they don’t, the college they want to go to if they want to go at all, or even the hobbies that they choose to occupy their time. And by non-vital what I really mean is if you take an objective look at these possible aspect of the child’s life, what do they matter? Sure there are outliers like your child COULD choose to occupy their time by taking copious amounts of acid or torturing your dog, but chances are they won’t. It’s much more likely that difference I speak of is that I love football and my kid might hate it.

Ultimately I think it’s these things that cause men to buy books on how to be a father. As most of you probably know I’m not innocent of that judgement, but the book I chose was chosen for a reason. It was written by a PNW native that mostly discusses how to help support your partner while they are going through pregnancy, because being a man, I have NO idea what that is like. He also explores how to act independently in order to make choices that you feel as a couple are best and to not be pressured into making the decisions others think you should, because everyone has an opinion on how to raise your baby.

As terrified as I am I also feel confident – confident that I will do my absolute best to teach my child all of the vital pieces of existence that I can, and that I will also do my best to not let the non-vital aspects of my child affect my life, because I don’t think they should. I feel comfortable and confident saying that I will love my child to the fullest extent possible until the end of my life, with no exceptions. I also believe this is what will get me through, and has gotten every great father through, since the beginning of time. Confidence. Confidence will allow me to follow my heart, and always do what I think is best for my child and my family. And from the eyes of a man without a father figure that is doing his best, that’s what I think fatherhood is about.

  • Written by Donavan Phillips

Check-in & Dissent Update

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the Salt of the Streets Blog!

Today we wanted to just jump on real quick to give everyone a quick update on the progress of our Dissents.

Don and I have been hard at work getting together all of our material for our new and improved Dissents. They are, however, not quite ready to see the light of day just yet. Between our increased work schedules and of course Don getting his future fatherly duties taken care of, time has been our constant nemesis.

The Dissents are almost ready and at this time were looking at a release sometime next week. In the meantime make sure to check out the latest and greatest episode of the podcast and video pre-show on YouTube.

We are very excited for the future, we’ve got a lot of great content in the works and we can’t wait to share it all with you soon.

Episode 20 is being recorded this weekend so be sure to keep an eye out here or on our social media pages for any updates.

Catch you all here for next weeks Blog post!

Number 19 is here!!

This week Don and Offie dive into the immigration crisis at the boarder, the system as a whole and how we may have gotten here, the Inspector Generals report on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton, a recap of our recent trip to see Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a quick trip into basic income, and watch for the star in SPORTS!!

The farther we go the more comfortable and proud we feel of what we are doing. We talked about a lot of big topics this week so reach out if you have anything to add! Check out our feeds on twitter and look for the pre show on YouTube later tonight.

Jordan Peterson

Tomorrow (at the time of writing) is finally the day that Offie and I get to see Dr. Jordan B. Peterson (JBP) live at the Moore Theater in Seattle. We have been waiting for this for a long time.  JBP is someone that Colin and I reference often for many reasons, one of the largest being that he is part of what is now being called “The Intellectual Dark Web”, a group of people that most of whom had a part in bringing the two of us together.

For those who don’t know JBP came to fame/infamy when Bill C-16 came into Canadian Parliament which would enforce a number of gender pronouns into the public lexicon and create an environment where if someone was accidentally mis-gendered that could/would be considered discrimination which, according to Dr. Peterson, is considered a hate crime under the Ontario Human Rights Code and could therefor lead to the offender being imprisoned for an accident. Understandably he resisted this but despite his efforts the bill was passed anyway.

Ever since, he has gained a massive following by people similar to Colin and I who are seekers of objective truth and look to have honest conversations in search of the truth. He has also recently published a book entitled “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” which I am about halfway through and couldn’t be more impressed with. I look forward to finishing it and implementing some of those tools into my life. For more info on that you can listen to any of his interviews in the last few months so I don’t just sing his praises all day.

I’m not sure exactly what to expect from the experience. Because of what I’ve seen from past lectures, I halfway expect to be met with a large number of protesters. Because of the modern social climate there are a great many people who misrepresent JBP as a far right pundit who is among many other things sexist, racist, and trans-phobic (of which he is none) which often brings the loud opposing voices of those who have been misinformed of what he truly represents.

I personally think one of the reasons I find the opinions of JBP so refreshing and fulfilling is because as I drifted farther from the left I began to get the feeling that I knew something was wrong there. The political side I once felt comfortable on was now making me feel as if I was too conservative and not able to come to terms with the new way of the world which I soon learned was not true. The opinions and lessons of Dr. Peterson helped me see that the overwhelming and totalitarian style of the far left is parallel to the far left communism that led to the death of so many people in Europe. THAT’S what was wrong.

The same ideals that fuel the modern forces of equality of outcome are the same ideals that were warned of in 1984 by George Orwell, a book that is part of junior high curriculum so that even those who are just beginning the think critically are able to see the destruction that comes from trying to equalize an entire society. Enforcing speech and adjusting peoples’ lives unnaturally to ensure the equality of everyone will benefit only the few and denies biological structure inside of us. Dr. Peterson is one of the few people willing to acknowledge and spread this truth.

In my personal opinion JBP will soon be regarded as one of the most important and positively influential speakers of our time. He will be one of the people that begins the intellectual revolution that brings this country back from the brink of destruction. The time that we have with him should be cherished and every word grabbed from the air the moment it is spoken from his mouth. I couldn’t be anymore excited for this experience.