The machine is grinding us into food for the system. Fight the system. Fight the machine. It is not your friend. 
Sage Against The Machine.
Libertarian Humanist.
May 10, 2023
Suzanne Thomas was found dead in a scrapyard in Canton April 26 2023.

Suzanne Thomas was found dead in a scrapyard in Canton April 26 2023. I've been meaning to talk about this for some time. But it's a bit of a difficult subject for me. Suzanne was a close friend of our homeless community. She lived at our tent village for quite some time. She also was […]

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May 8, 2023
5 People Have Already Moved Into This Church

We've been starting to clean out this church. It has sat completely empty for years. Random people come and go. But nothing really significant was happening there. Within a couple weeks of us working in the church we now have no less than 5 people living in this church. How could it go from having […]

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April 27, 2023
SATM Podcast 120: Insanity In Akron

Sage Against The Machine Podcast Episode 120 We are going to look at the forced mental health treatment courts in Akron Ohio.

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April 12, 2023
Will You Play Well With Others?

I was out talking to voters yesterday and a woman asked me this question: “Will you play well with others?” That’s a really good question. It represents a deep understanding of who I am. I really appreciated the question. She is wondering if I will be able to work with other members of city council […]

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March 24, 2023
Help! My Family Member Is Addicted To Meth

I just got this question from a person on Facebook. This is what they wrote: This is what I wrote: This is a favorite topic of mine. I LOVE thinking about it. And I'm so sorry you are experiencing this in your family. It's brutally difficult. This is what I tell people: Think of yourself […]

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March 11, 2023

I was sitting inside my building yesterday when a homeless friend came to me and said there was a man with a gun who was extremely agitated at our house. I went to see what was going on. As I slowly walked towards the scene I watched as this man ranted and paced around aggressively […]

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March 8, 2023

This is a friend of mine passed out after taking a really good hit of fentanyl. The needle is still in her arm. In our circle we all know who this is. She’s embarrassed by this picture. But she didn’t tell me to take it down. That’s the one rule I’ve given myself. If a […]

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March 4, 2023
Why Do I Want To Put Myself Through This?

I read this article: Akron, Ohio, police condemn councilwoman's comment on Jayland Walker and my first thought was: "Why am I doing this to myself?" I could sell a couple assets and retire. I'm 51 years old and I could just move to an island or California or someplace where there is less racism and […]

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March 1, 2023
It Turns Out We All Live In A Prison

Did you see the new policy where Akron Public Schools is locking away some students cellphones? We are starting at East, Buchtel and Ellet. We have contracted with a company called Yondr for $43,450 to lease 2,475 locking pouches. East and Buchtel's campuses include grades six through 12, and Ellet is nine through 12. (What […]

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February 20, 2023

If we are ever going to get one step closer to solving our societal problems we must acknowledge the complicated nature of reality. Let me tell you this week's story… A young woman from out of town ended up in our house that tries to help the most challenging homeless people. She said that she […]

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January 28, 2023
My Most Prized Possession

This might be my most prized possession. (I think telling its story is relevant to the brutal beating and murder by Memphis police of Tyre Nichols). I just bought this gun last night from a felon. This is something I do from time to time. I buy guns from people that shouldn’t have them. But […]

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December 29, 2022
An Unloaded Gun

As a drug addled insane man pulled a gun on me yesterday because someone broke into his room and stole his clothes while he was in jail for two months and somehow blamed me for it, my first thought was: "That poor guy spent all his money on drugs and doesn't have an easy way […]

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December 22, 2022
SATM #109 - Assisted Outpatient Treatment - Big Brother is coming.

House Bill 439 has already passed the House in Ohio. It's only a matter of time before it becomes a law in Ohio. Big Brother is coming. If you have missed any shows they are now archived in a podcast. You can check them out on my blog. Or you can get them on […]

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October 21, 2022
The Main Lesson Helping Is Teaching Me

A homeless person messaged me recently (I hadn't talked to her in MONTHS.)She said she needs her mail and a phone she had sent to my office immediately or she was going to "Report" me. These encounters are where the learning in life is most important for my personal journey. "No good deed goes unpunished" […]

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September 28, 2022
1979, When I Was 7

I doubt I'll ever write an autobiography. It's like masturbating and asking people to watch. It's just a weird exercise for people who probably spent their entire lives looking for approval through some action they did. I'm not saying that I'm not one of those guys. I certainly am. But an autobiography just feels too […]

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September 24, 2022

THE DRAW OF THE STREET Something we aren’t discussing much when we discuss homelessness and addiction is how the street pulls you in. And it’s not just homeless people, addicted people and drug dealers. It’s cops and homeless helpers and harm reduction people. It’s me. The street has a small amount of high risk. You […]

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September 12, 2022

From what I know about the homeless community, this is the kind of sex trafficking that goes on… Yesterday I came up on 2 very serious guys. One Black. One White. They were squaring off on each other. I asked them what was going on. The Black guy said that the White guy had taken […]

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September 10, 2022
Where Does He Get His Money?

Apparently the Akron Police Department has been asking my homeless friends where I get my money. My friends thought it was a strange question to ask and so they let me know the police were asking. It's strange because it sounds a little like an investigation. I mean, who in the government asks that question […]

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August 16, 2022
The Sister Ignatia Heritage Center and Chapel at Summa Health’s St. Thomas Hospital in Akron is closing.

The Sister Ignatia Heritage Center and Chapel at Summa Health’s St. Thomas Hospital in Akron is closing. St. Thomas Hospital opened in 1928. Eleven years later, the late Sister Ignatia and the late Dr. Robert H. Smith, known as Dr. Bob and the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, together created the first hospital-based unit in the […]

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August 3, 2022
I am a Democrat

In America you are either a Republican or a Democrat. You could be a Tea Party Republican or a Socialist Democrat. But you are still either an R or a D. The number 1 biggest determination if you will win an election is if you have aligned with one of those 2 parties. I am […]

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May 26, 2022
My jobs idea

In low-income communities in a city, IN GENERAL, women boost (they steal from stores) and men scrap metal. Copper wire is the ultimate prize. They burn off the outer coating of the wire so that it pays more. They are all making about $10-$40 a day. Most people refuse to fly a sign for money. […]

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May 19, 2022
Yesterday's Mental Health Story

The mental health issues in the inner city don't always culminate in physical violence. Here's yesterday's story... 2 large checks were stolen from the mailbox of my building. They then attempted to cash one of the checks. These checks weren't stolen just for straight crime. That would make sense. These checks were stolen because the […]

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May 14, 2022
One good cop. One good drug dealer.

On the street everyone needs one good cop and one good drug dealer. Both can be challenging to come by. But they exist. A good cop will look past small issues like possession to stay focused on things like arson, grand theft auto and violent crime. They also won't run every name in a car […]

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May 10, 2022
Gun deaths reached the highest level ever recorded in the United States in 2020

I can tell you without a doubt, that there are more guns in the homeless community now than any other time I've done this work.   What's interesting is that Covid had a very minimal effect on homeless people. In fact, it might have been a net positive because camp sweeps were way down during […]

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May 10, 2022
Jesus? Or The Inspector?

The Inspector Is Taking Pictures Of Our Village right now. I guess my question is: WHEN IS IT EVER APPROPRIATE TO CARE FOR THOSE IN NEED? Immigrants? Asylum Seekers? Addicts? Homeless people? I mean was that story all us Christians learned about the Good Samaritan just a feel-good kid's story? Was Jesus caring for lepers […]

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May 6, 2022
Dr. Anonymous

In 1972, Dr. John Fryer (right) gave a speech in this mask stating that homosexuality was not a mental disorder. Dr. Fryer was a psychiatrist and gay. Admitting that he was gay would have admitted that he had a mental disorder and therefore would have lost his license. May 2 was the 50th anniversary of […]

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March 17, 2022
I Need You To Believe

Do you ever think that maybe it wasn't God who made us in his image, maybe it was US that made God in OUR image? As I run for mayor over the next year I have made a pact with myself to try to be as positive and hopeful as I can possibly be. At […]

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January 22, 2022

I am now of the belief that this entire thing. This earth. This universe. It's all a construct built for us each to individually practice becoming better. And better means finding understanding and compassion for all other things. The very first step in our practice is letting go of judging. Judgment is the creation of […]

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January 20, 2022
Do the right thing.

My friend Kenny Boldt always preaches to me that wisdom. I've never met an organization or system that fully stays true to that commitment. Just yesterday I was at the health department getting needles. I was trying to pull a fast one on them. You are allowed to use fake information. So this week I […]

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November 8, 2021
Meth is driving me insane

I wish I could say that at least I'm benefiting from the euphoria and great sex meth produces. But I'm not. I don't do meth. I'm just surrounded by people who use meth... like A LOT  of meth. Let me fill you in on the methscapades of the last week. Here's a picture of the […]

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