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About dwalters

My name is Derrel Walters. I was born in Oklahoma - the son of a construction worker and a stay at home mom - in June of 1981. We moved around a lot. I grew up half in Texas and the other half in the Cherokee Nation. It is no wonder I ended up a neo-conservative. Fortunately, I discovered Ron Paul during the 2012 campaign - later better than never.

I was the kid that took everything apart. Always curious about how things worked and interested in learning something new and useful, much of my life, I have lived inside of my mind. Now past thirty, I'm still not shy to take apart broken technology. I repaired my old Playstation 3 on more than one occasion - more interested in the repair than playing games. I have always believed that I can fix anything.

Following in the footsteps of my father - who is still my best friend in the world - as soon as I turned eighteen (the summer before my senior year in high school), I began working in the dirt excavation business. By the time I turned twenty, I was a proficient and versatile operator of heavy equipment (a finished blade hand - for those in the business) and at the top of my crew. Convinced that my career would be stationary for years to come - until I was promoted to superintendent - I decided to attend college.

(As many older folks remember what they were doing when they heard the news of the Kennedy assassination, when I first learned of planes flying into the Towers on 9/11/2001, I was sitting in a company truck on a construction site preparing to begin a new project constructing a building pad. That job site is an indelible impression on my mind.)

In 2002, I moved back to Oklahoma to pursue my education. I attended a community college at first - earning my AA in business administration. During that time I worked at a boys' home, in a door factory (repairing doors with Bondo and/or operating a forklift), and for a business installing residential Dish Network satellite systems. I remained a neo-con.

The next logical step was to attain my bachelor's degree. Living fifty miles from the university I attended, my undergraduate experience didn't include much partying with my fellow students. I taught the kids in the Education Department on how to put together their online portfolios and tutored the students in the Chemistry Department on chemical theory in order to earn money. I enjoyed both. As the top chemistry student at the university, I was convinced by a $10K scholarship to change my major purely to chemistry. I attained my bachelor's degree in chemistry and minored in mathematics. I remained a neo-con.

Next - and still my current station in life - I began graduate school at the University of Arkansas (having been convinced by professors that this is what a person of my caliber an aptitude should pursue next). During my graduate studies - beginning in 2008 - I've met, including but not limited to, people from China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Argentina, Columbia, Nepal, and the list goes on. Discussing the opinions of my colleagues, I began to question my worldview.

Then came Ron Paul. Having had my head in the books since 2002, Ron's 2008 campaign came and went without notice. I had just started graduate school, and politics were a heavily neglected pass-time. During graduate school, I had learned about the rest of humanity (It does exist outside of the United States). Then, in 2011/2012, everything came together. The world was fucked. It became apparent that my previous held beliefs were nearly completely bullshit. I was no longer a neo-con.

Since that time I have struggled with my position. I quit graduate school after my fourth year because I recognized there were more important problems to solve other than those in the scientific community. After taking a year off, I returned. It depresses me that my pay is stolen from the taxpayers. I wish I could promote liberty full-time rather than attaining a degree that will only serve to impress others. I do not value today's degrees. In my opinion, experience is superior to, likely, forgotten teachings from the classroom.

So, here I am, formally introducing myself to the DailyPaul after writing approximately 300 articles on this site.

I have become consumed with liberty. My mind keeps me convinced that no other problem is worth more of my attention than our current predicament. Most of my other endeavors have become unproductive because of it. I wish I could promote liberty full-time (My resume is impressive and I'm willing to share it with you - email me at dwalters@uark.edu). Liberty is my passion.

I've come to learn, the State is not great. (Surprise... surprise)

I'm Derrel Walters - an individual. That's all I know how to be.


P.S. I've used marijuana since I was thirteen years old. And soon, I'm expected to finish my Ph.D. - which I likely won't use (since most research is funded by the State). The demonization of cannabis is despicable. Those motivated can achieve whatever they wish - despite their use of nature's medications (which have been part of life for thousands of years). By the way, I quit smoking cigarettes at age 29 (after 17 years). That shit will kill you.

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Nothing inherently wrong with research. It's a good match for me

I am research scientist/educator with a PhD in Chemical Engineering. I love science because it is the discovery of truth. Politics may play a role in science funding, but it has no role in the actual scientific discovery. My job is not perfectly aligned with my political views, but no job is. I do what I am best at, and I enjoy it very much.

Have you ever taken a Myers-Briggs test? The personality profile that is common for scientists and engineers is also common for libertarians. Look at this story:


If you take the test, many will find they have INTJ result:


Many readers of the Daily Paul will have the same result, and that personality type is found in only 1-2% of the population.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

Yah, I came out INTJ

Introvert(33%) iNtuitive(12%) Thinking(25%) Judging(67%)

According to a simple Myers-Briggs test, I am ISTP like....

Clint Eastwood.

Here is the test I took: http://www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html

Welcome, brother in Liberty.

Find your bliss, and do it. You'll never regret having done so.

And I happen to agree with the sentiment down thread, liberty seems to attract those whose minds work well, the inventive, talented, and wise.
I believe that given time, we can change this entire world, one heart at a time.

God bless.


Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

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I second Michael's book recommendation Rich Dad Poor Dad

It really does change the way you look at employment and money. It's not a get rich quick scheme, but there are some good pointers in it.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

I plan to check it out...

Thanks for the second opinion.

I notice that you appropriately subtracted an "l".


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I've been thinking about what you said in your comment below.

You're multi talented, and mobile, which gives you lots of opportunity. In looking to promote liberty, I would suggest doing things that only you can do. You'll have a PhD, you like to fix things - these are assets that you are blessed with that can be of use in certain fields.

As others have pointed out, marijuana is a growth industry, we're in the early stages and most certainly chemists are needed.

I understand the need for income, and not wanting to be doing what you're currently doing (sometimes I don't want to be running the DP), but a property claims inspector wouldn't be putting your talents to the best use. That is great as a short term bridge, but long term you want to live up to your full potential.

Think back to why you got interested in chemistry in the first place. Try to go back to that passion and excitement, and how it can be used - not in the traditional path of academia, but to take it and make it your own. In order to do this, you need to continue to free your mind.

I would encourage you to get out of the "employee" mentality. I always recommend the book Rich Dad Poor Dad because there are ideas in it that can change your life. The subtitle says it all:

What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Somewhere along the way, Dr. Paul said something like "Financial freedom is freedom." You can see that both Ron & Rand took this route. They established their careers, achieved financial stability, and then started in with the hardcore activism.

My philosophy is that the best place to start working for liberty is to begin with yourself. You can't change other people, but you can change yourself.

There are multiple components to this, beginning with mental freedom. This means breaking out of the unconscious, preconditioned mindsets that we've been programmed with since birth. Clearly you've begun that journey, but freeing the mind is a never ending journey. There are so many layers upon layers of preconditioned thought.

"Know anyone who's hiring?" is an innocent manifestation of that mentality.

The Rich Dad book is a good start to getting out of the employee mentality. Free yourself in time, and you gain orders of magnitude more freedom for yourself than those punching a clock. And the more freedom that you have in that respect, the more you can contribute to the larger goal of Liberty itself.

That is the best, most important advice I can give. I hope that helps, and I hope I don't come across as arrogant or didactic.

Good luck! From my perspective, your future looks bright.

He's the man.

I've bookmarked the Amazon page...

I'll try to remember to pick it up when I get paid.

Whatever I do, I'll land on my feet. I'm a resilient bastard - to say the least. :)

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MN mentioned, not only is it a "growth industry," it is a chance to work in a field where we are decades behind in research because it has been suppressed.
Not only that, but it's a plant that has almost 600 different strains and each one of those has complex chemical compounds. The future of medicine (imho) will be isolating these cannabinoids and then reformulating them in different ratios with others to gain a desired result.
From a layman's perspective it would seem like a great challenge for a chemist, and I can't think of many more rewarding fields than being part of curing cancer, diabetes, and a host of other diseases that chemical based medicine has failed to cure. (not treat, but cure)
I was watching a presentation by the guy from GW Pharmaceuticals who was featured in Sanjay Gupta's "Weed 2 Cannabis Madness." He was sharing some spectacular results from case studies involving MS patients.
I have a friend who packed up his family, sold his house, and shuttered his business here in Texas to go be part of the green rush in CO.. It has paid off exponentially as he now has multi million dollar investors and the opportunity to expand into other states and even Canada. There is still tremendous opportunity in CO..
Besides, where else would you get to work with a giganto-flask like this? ;) (this is a fairly established testing and research facility in CO..)
This is a company that was featured on 60 minutes and has been going gangbusters ever since. They are hiring professionals out of the pharma industry to work with them. The CEO seems to have his head screwed on straight as well. I would love to work for a creative company like this. Imagine making an adult beverage that gives you a buzz, but heals the liver instead of destroying it. It's already here.
Currently, Super Critical CO2 extraction is the gold standard, but there are other methods of "solventless" extraction coming out. The equipment for a CO2 extraction starts at about 65k. If you could develop a method/equip that doesn't require hexane or butane or CO2, but uses hot air or hot water instead (or something else), you might get rich. Just sayin'
Here is a CO2 machine in action. (i love this guy)


Anyway, I won't pester you any more about it. If it were me, and I were in your shoes with your experience, I'd certainly at least consider it. Also if you haven't seen the latest CNN special, it's worth a watch when you get the time.


PS I will email you my questions at the addy you provided in the OP, as long as you are ok with getting these types of questions.


great comment, Jefferson

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

There's a few chemists kicking around the Daily Paul.

I wonder how many.

Overall, I think the Daily Paul crowd...

is a pretty intellectual bunch. Among us, I bet we have enough talent and knowledge to do just about anything.

now you're cookin'

Let's put our heads together and fix this broken world


for putting your story all out there. dwalters is cool. yeah.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

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What about Ed?

I would love to hear the story of Ed Ucation.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

It's a lack of shame and fear


Nice to Meet Ya, Mister Walters

...well expressed...your post script note brought this incident to mind.
Perhaps a sense of Deja' Vu ??? Enjoyed your post, enjoy this:
"Shaping the Minds of America; One-at-a-Time"


"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

I need to watch animal house again...

Haven't seen it in years.

Nice to meet you too.

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to meet you Derrel.
You sharing your story just reinforces the notion that most "RP people" on the other end of a screen name are ones with similar life experiences/values, and ones you'd most likely have a beer...eh...doobie and fruitful conversation with. I have met a couple of people through the DP that have become good friends.

On a side note, I've been doing somewhat of a crash course in organic chemistry over the last year related to cannabis medicines. It's been an interesting learning experience. You seem like you would be a perfect fit for this research even though our states are not friendly toward it.

I know of a friend of a friend who was given the Cannabis oil on his death bed suffering from prostate and bone cancer. 2 months after taking the oil, his scans revealed that his prostate shrunk from the size of a grapefruit back to a little larger than normal. This is a guy who was sent home to die. He is now "up and around" and his wife is calling it a miracle. That's about all I can reveal. There is no question in my mind that it is the future of medicine and one of the most important fronts in the revolution.

BTW, maybe you can translate this chart into English for me...;)

These folks are retired chemists (i think) and have created quite a resource for those looking to make their own medicines. Feel free to PM me. (didn't mean to hijack your thread)

Yes, this is the effect that

Yes, this is the effect that oil has. There are plenty more stories like this if you look around.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

No problem! I love answering questions!

Here is the graph (for convenience):

The series of reactions we are concerned with is:

THCA + heat --> THC + heat --> CBN

THCA is an undesirable compound in any type of edible since it is inactive (as stated in the article, it's too polar to cross the blood brain barrier effectively). Thus, one wishes to convert THCA to THC. Like THC, CBN is also an active compound – but much less so that THC. Accordingly, in the process, one wishes to maximize the yield of THC (which occurs at the maxima of the curves).

Looking at the graph, the concentration of THC is along the y-axis while heating time (at the stated temperature) is represented on the x-axis. Let's pick out the 122C curve to use as a model example of how to interpret the others.

Let's visualize the experiment. We begin with a solution of cannabis extract and begin heating it. At first, the THC concentration is relatively low (3 mg THC per g of solution). However, as we begin to heat it (at a constant temperature – here 122C), the THCA begins to undergo decarboxylation – thereby converting it to THC. As time passes, the THC content begins to rise. However, simultaneously, THC is being converted to CBN. So, as the THCA is consumed, less and less of THC is produced while more and more CBN is made. As a result, the curve eventually reaches a maximum after 27 minutes of heating (where the supply of THCA is becoming exhausted), and the amount of THC begins to decline as heating continues (converting it to the less active CBN).

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I knew you were a natural fit for this research..;) I can tell you're a good teacher as well.

Thanks for the explanation. Unfortunately it leads to a few other questions, but I don't want to litter your thread with them. Maybe I could PM them to you if you're willing to tackle it. Just curious, have you ever worked with a rotary evaporator?
Thanks again..

I've worked in an organic lab before.

We would refer to it as a roto-vap.

I'll try to remember to check my pm. Never used that feature before.

well, mine are about Hydrocarbons.

the good news is that I do not expect you to have the answers.

Dude, when I googled that place in ft smith?
I noticed that Oklahoma owns the Arkansas side of the river....

interesting, I wonder how that came about?

That is interesting...

Learn something new everyday. I may look into that. Perhaps, it was covered on that show How the States Got Their Shapes.

I know where you're talking about.

Andrew Jackson is my best guess.

looking forward to it bro.

Found it....

Bottom of the sixth page of this pdf:

That portion was originally set by a treaty between Arkansas and the Cherokee Nation.

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Thanks for sharing

all of that with us Derrel. It was really interesting to learn more about you and it was really well written. Perhaps you could find a career in writing! So much of what you had to say struck a cord with me. My father too was a construction worker and he also was my best friend while he was alive. I miss him quite a bit and think the DP helps to fill that void a little bit because there are so few people you can actually talk to today who have such an intimate understanding of what is happening in our country and nearly everybody here does. My dad and I would spend hours and hours on the phone talking about it (used to drive my husband crazy!) I also lived in ignorant neo-con bliss and was convinced that the "state was great" until about 1999 when my dad first learned the truth about the income tax and shared it with me. After that, there was no going back.

It got me thinking too that it might be really fun and interesting to try to put together a "meet and greet" at some point for the all the DP members. I think it would be really great to actually meet the people that so many of us converse with on a regular basis and which we all have so much in common with. Perhaps it is something I'll run by Michael at some point (the paranoid types that wish to remain anonymous could always just wear a nametag with their screen name on in!). I don't know...just a thought.

Well anyways, thanks for sharing. :)

Sorry to hear about your dad

I can somewhat relate. Although I didn't lose him, the last time he had a serious heart attack he died a couple of times, and they had to defibrillate him.

I think it would be awesome to have a big meet up sometime! It got mentioned here awhile back in the comments of a thread, but nothing ever came of it. I think we had decided that karaoke would be a necessary ingredient.


Not only am I a Liberty enthusiast by day, by night I can sometimes be found hosting a karaoke night for my own karaoke company. So yeah....I'm in!

*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*