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#1 niggles

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:12 PM

This was just posted on Sasha Shulgins facebook account:

Sasha Shulgin never made money from his enormous contributions to the world. Now in his eighties, and having recently suffered a stroke, Sasha requires round the clock caregivers. It is my fondest hope that you all help them live the rest of their lives free of constant financial worry. Those of you that have been to The Farm recently, and know personally of their circumstances, please speak up and bear witness. I understand skepticism and am grateful for your interest... and your generosity. gregM (Team Shulgin)


I really hope theres enough people out there who feel their lives have been touched in a positive way to help contribute and make his final years financially stress free.

- PayPal: Non-tax deductible: http://goo.gl/M5VEF
- Erowid: Tax deductible supporting Shulgin publishing projects: http://goo.gl/r00j6
- Mail: Sasha Shulgin c/o Transform Press, PO Box 13675, Berkeley, CA 94712


I encourage you all to give a bit!
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:47 PM

its sad that someone who's contributed so much has to worry about financial problems so late in life :(
he is a great man

thanks for the links niggles i think i will give a donation
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:48 PM

just donated $10. sad to see such a sad ending to a great man.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:45 PM

just donated $10. sad to see such a sad ending to a great man.

I dont think it will be a sad ending, its an opportunity for the international community to be a community and reveal its generous nature. I imagine a happy peaceful dignified end when the time comes, cos we wouldnt let him go any other way... right?

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:07 PM

i'm confused. the erowid link says that the money given to them is for an archive project, if giving through erowid will it go to the archive or to the health care providers?
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:55 PM

Hmm I have no idea, I just paypal the money.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:52 PM

I've given $20-$50 several times, through erowid and through caringbridge and you can see in your paypal transaction history that it goes directly to his email account.

His Caring Bridge page is at http://www.caringbri...rg/visit/shura and you can check up on what Sasha (occasionally but not recently) and Anne, or friends post about his situation and his continuing contributions to the community through this web site. I would encourage all to visit it, have a read, sign the guestbook (you can sign anonymous and emotional support means a lot even if you cant afford a donation) and if you can afford even a small amount, collectively it does add up and it goes to pay his carers.

Being a part of the San Francisco community, we all feel a sorrow that one of our great Elders is in poor health. The loss of him being active and at dinner parties is something felt by us all from the Bay Area. But Sasha's influence is global and I'm sure in some way he has impacted everyones lives in some respect. I would encourage donations as really what we are doing is looking after our own, and that is what community is about.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 12:17 AM

I need to read before I post :-)

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 01:59 AM

Just donated. Only a little bit cos i have no job.
Feels good man.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:50 PM

Nice job on the donations :)
If you havent seen it .. Vice Pharmacopeia did the 'last' interview with the shulgins.. I cant remember when, but here it is
http://www.vice.com/...known-and-loved

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:02 PM

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 08:08 PM

i could listen to shulgin talk about cacti all day hehe. that interviewer was recently on rogans podcast.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 08:38 PM

indeed it was! that may be where i found it. good ol joe.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 04:05 AM

There are different ways to donate and these go to different purposes. The urgent appeals are usually for his healthcare though because witout the money the care stops and that could have tragic consequences.
I don't understand how so many people around the world got filthy rich from his work but don't feel they need to pay some of that back. It makes me really sad.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:46 AM

There is an update on Caring Bridge from Ann

"Hello, there,

Where did you all go? It's been at least two months -- maybe more -- and I've been lurking around this site, hoping to catch a glimpse of somebody, maybe find a note pinned to a blackberry bush, telling me where to go, or where you all might be doing something together. The thought actually occurred to me, finally (yesterday to be exact; 2:30 a.m. to be precise), that maybe I ought to write the note I had been looking for, and someone out there might find it and realize that I was looking for all of you. Of course, I don't know who you all are, so it's hard to imagine how we would look for each other(s), or how we would recognize each other once we'd found somebody we thought looked like someone we might be looking for. Know what I mean?

(You have now been exposed to a portion of an episode of Nanna's World of Fantasy.)

That should help explain the silence of the past two months (or is it three?). Never mind.

Xmas came and most of us survived. We caught a cold that came to be known as The Cold That Never Goes Away, and some of us are still coughing from it.

The Republicans --- or Republicans now calling themselves Conservatives -- began to be really funny, though probably not intentionally.

The famous and wonderful singer to whom I had written a plea for financial help last year (2011), knowing that he had admired Sasha's work for a long, long time, sent word through his very nice secretary that he couldn't do anything for us this year, since his (charity) money had already been assigned by the people whose job it was to assign his disposable money to whomever it was that was assigned to receive it.

I continued getting reminders from various good people that if I actually got to work and wrote Book Three, it would undoubtedly make enough money to pay for Sasha's round-the-clock care for a year or more. I always replied, "I know, I know." And Tania and I would set up a plan involving her answering the phone for one afternoon a week, while I wrote the book. It worked very well for a couple of weeks, then Xmas knocked on our door and said, "Ahem -- you haven't forgotten me, have you? Or your sweet grandchildren -- eight of them, isn't that so? And didn't I hear that you have two great-grandchildren this year? Oh, sorry -- I didn't mean to talk so loudly."

For a while after that, everything is a blur in my -- and everybody else's -- mind.

Things come back into focus around February 14th, and the year is 2012. There is a smell of chocolate in the air. The fruit trees have exploded into buds and flowers, despite the fact that we are all waiting for the rains of winter to arrive -- and stay for a while. This drought bodes ill for Burning Man; it means the possibility of dust storms again every day, maybe several times a day. Most of our favorite people are planning to be there; we can't be, obviously.

Sasha is doing beautifully. His hearing has gotten a wee bit harder, but not yet bad enough for me to insist he make use of his wonderful and expensive hearing aids. He stopped using them a year ago, and we decided not to make a fuss about it, but if he starts asking, "What did you say," too often, there will be a rethinking.

Sasha had pneumonia for about two days, but reacted almost immediately to antibiotics and returned to health within the week. Our Tibetan women cook immensely healthy meals every day, and at night, his feet get inspected as if they were vital ingredients in a successful space launch; not a tiny piece of dry skin gets past the eagle-eyed care-person. No ulcers will ever be allowed within fifty miles of the Great Alchemist's feet, not again, not ever!

Sasha's body is obviously becoming a bit more frail, but his spirits are so good, I suspect they keep the machine going. His favorite place to be is the lab, which he goes to whenever Paul comes over, about twice a week. The rest of the time, he likes to sit at Starbucks, watching cars and people with one of the women by his side. He seems to have become a mascot for a small group of very elderly gentlemen -- and one nice lady -- who visit our local Starbucks almost every day. Greg got some Starbucks cards for all of us, which make things even easier.

For now, I hope this will be a sufficiently informative note to keep you happy and forgiving. I'll continue soon, because there's a lot to tell you.

I hope you're all happy (or reasonably contented) and healthy. And that your own private economy is improving. If yours improves, ours will also improve, we hope.

With much love --- and Blessings -- to all of you. Ann"



EDIT: increased text size - apologies I posted before my morning java

Edited by fheenix, 24 February 2012 - 06:48 AM.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:57 AM

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:35 AM

Ann posted that to facebook last night as well though the text was more readable ;).

I'm surprised nobody has organised a fundraising gig or doof in Aus for the cause.. I'm sure there are enough trippers musicians\DJs\organisers out there who feel they owe Sasha one for how his work has affected them and who'd be willing to do an volunteer based event.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:28 PM

I'm sure plenty of people from here have donated already but maybe we could have a little auction of stuff? which is donated on behalf of The Corroboree?
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:35 PM

I like your idea a lot, Watertrade. In much the same way members have supported Erowid & EGA.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:41 PM

in the next few days I will set something up and put up an auction item.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:52 PM

I was considering it. One big auction? or raffle? or individual auctions?
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:58 PM

Maybe watertrade could start an auction, and people can be added to the first post (ie their contribution against their username) as they donate stuff (each donater responsible for shipping)

One big auction is good, but raffle is good too. If its a raffle, it means that more people are directly contributing to the fund, so as a community everyone's involved.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:23 PM

I was considering it. One big auction? or raffle? or individual auctions?

just do a stack of individual ausctions.more dosh would get raised i anticipate(hopefully: ) waterade
1 massive auction would exclude mebres who have limited funds but are aching for a particular item or set of items
more lots to auction =might raise>1 massive lot 2 auction
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:29 PM

problem is that you then have 10 or more auction threads going. Also people may no be able to contribute enoughto seem like a good auction item on its on, but when added to a massive booty it makes it much better.

None of my business, but Im liking to the idea of a raffle more and more. $5 a ticket, surely we could get 100 sold, right ? That's 500 bucks, with little effort.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:31 PM

nah man.when 1 auction finishes.start the next one within the same thread.





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