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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

UNDERSTANDING THE DIETA PROTOCOL FOR PARTICIPATING IN AYAHUASCA CEREMONIES

Many people are finding their way to the Amazon to experience plant medicine ceremonies, or are finding local events hosted by traveling shamans and facilitators. As shamanic medicine traditions morph into newer westernized versions, much of the esoteric and important cultural knowledge about how best to prepare for and receive these plant medicines is being lost.
Of particular note is the ‘dieta,’ a commonly heard term describing the ascetic prescriptions in preparation of a ceremonial gathering. Because there is no universal dieta protocol that all ayahuasca traditions uniformly adhere to, understanding the value of the dieta is a matter of personal experience, but it should be understood that there is a very definite spiritual component of such preparations.
“Dieta” is a Spanish term for the preparation of the body mind and soul to participate in a ceremonial experience of any type. The essence of the “dieta” is to learn to channel and focus ones’ energy into the grove of unlimited life. ~Jonathon Miller-Weisberger
In it’s essence, the dieta is an act of self-control, and self-control is the cornerstone of self-mastery. Self-mastery is the most noble and virtuous reason to drink Ayahuasca, for only those who first master themselvescan be of sincere help in transforming the world.
To shed some light on this issue, and to offer clarity for anyone interested in Ayahuasca, the following outline of a proper dieta will be of great value. The protocol relayed here is written by author and ethno-botanist Jonathon Miller-Weisberger, specifically for the retreats he offers in Costa Rica and in the Upper Amazon. With decades of experience with direct involvement in the ancestral Yagé tradition of the Siekopai people, his recommendations for dieta are quite unique compared to typical ayahuasca tourism. 
His book, Rainforest Medicine: Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon expounds on the unique and colorful cosmology embedded within the Siekopai tradition of drinking Yagé, and on the need to preserve their culture and ancestral plant knowledge along with sharing the experience of drinking medicine. 
Years of experience, study and insight into ceremonial protocol and dieta is shared here in a thorough explanation of what the dieta is, why it is important, and what other elements of ceremonial preparation are advantageous. 
For more on this, please visit Rainforest Medicine Gatherings:

The following protocol, for participating in ancestral rainforest medicine ceremonies, has three principal intentions.
  • To facilitating your understanding of how to prepare the body for the experience.
  • To allow you to be more receptive in receiving the full therapeutic effects.
  • To avoid contrary effects and set backs on your life voyage.
This “dieta” Protocol is according to the tradition of “Our Creator’s Multicolored People,” who taught the methods of drinking and preparing Yagé to the remote ancestors of the current day Siekopai people of the Upper Amazon, as a method for spiritual self-development and as a spiritual medical science. The ceremonial drinking of Yagé was transmitted from celestial immortals, a sacred spiritual gift to assist the Siekopai people. In its most practical sense as an indigenous healing science for wellness, strength and renewal. Among the Siekopai, the few remaining elders who know the tradition, attest that this plant medicine tradition has far-reaching implications for ameliorating human suffering the world over. And that it was taught to them not to keep to themselves but to teach. To teach people of many walks of life who are called to receive the energy of the medicine, who are in need of healing, and who see the need to rectify their imbalances, and for those who are searching for communion with the energies of the spiritual realms.
https://rainforestmedicine.net/
While there are many types of Ayahuasca traditions passing over to the developed countries now, we ask you to kindly abide to the method described here, being that this protocol is specific for the ceremony you will be participating in, which is a ceremony of Yagé, conducted according to ancient guidelines. These guidelines are fail safe methods that help guide the experience towards one of successful integration, healing, wellness, integrity and wholeness.
Note: “Dieta” is a Spanish term for the preparation of the body mind and soul to participate in a ceremonial experience of any type. The essence of the “dieta” is to learn to channel and focus ones’ energy into the grove of unlimited life.
For more information on “dieta” protocol, different indigenous people communities’ approaches, and the purpose of these, see Rainforest Medicine page 118 – 136 – “La Dieta: For Purification and Spiritual Mastery”

On Ceremony Day

Please follow the following fasting protocol:
Refrain from any food or water the day of participating.
It is imperative the body be dry, this in order to more easily absorb the medicine.
If need be, have only some water or light tea before noon. In order to fast from food and water it is necessary to avoid direct sun, and avoid engaging in physical work, or too many activities or socializing. Stay home, go into nature, and avoid visiting people who may offer you food. Refrain from telling anyone who will not be sitting with you, what you are preparing for.
Please refrain from sexual activity for at least 4 days before and after participating in the ceremony.
The reason for this goes back to ancient spiritual instructions that relate the following. Sexual energy, physical vitality and spiritual energy are one and the same energies, they are the immortal essence of the universe found within our bodies. The body is separated in three basic regions, know as “Immortal Medicine Gardens.” Sexual energy is located in the lower region, the sacral region. Physical vitality in the center region, the thymus gland or heart region. And Spiritual energy in the upper region, the pituitary and hypothalamus glands in the center of the head. The purpose of spiritual development is to integrate these energies so they may be one energy. The sexual energy must rise into the heart and the spiritual energy must also decent into the heart. Another way of putting it is the following: Sexual energy must be transformed into physical vitality, physical vitality into spirituality. Then the level of spiritual energy we have been able to develop is united with the corresponding spiritual energy of the universe. In order for this to begin to occur the sexual energy must remain calm, so it can begin to rise as a vapor in order to vitalize the body.
Refrain from emotional outburst, from casting judgment, being too opinionated, or jumping to conclusions. Keep to a calm centered disposition.
Practice being non reactionary, practice patience, practice being non impulsive. The essence of the above three golden guidelines are just this, to train the body in being less reactionary, less impulsive, less consuming. To train our selves into needing less from life, from people and from nature. By refraining from the above activities as described, the body mind and spirit begin to integrate. Universal integration is the sacred eternal purpose of the ancestral rainforest plant medicine tradition that is the ceremonial imbibition of Yagé.
Additional guidelines of importance:
The theme of women who are on their menstrual cycle and men who have experienced a wet dream or have ejaculated sperm.
For women who may be receiving their menstrual cycle during the experience or men who have experienced a wet dream or have ejaculated sperm the days prior to the ceremony, you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Nor will you be able to assist in any of the food preparations on the following breakfast day.
There are many reason for this, some of the most important are outlined here:
The Yagé can build a large amount of pressure inside the body. It is its’ method of detoxifying and aligning the body and its energy centers.
It is believed that, although a rare occurrence, that woman can experience prolific hemorrhaging.
The energy related to menstruation, and this goes for ejaculation as well, including wet dreams men may experience, is related to the physical 3D reality of life on earth. A reality bound by constant change, by life and death, essentially it is a reality bound by duality.
It is believed that the celestial spirits, the sky people, that live inside the earth, inside the water and certain celestial regions of the universe, called “Immortal Islands,” will not enter the lodge.
The ceremonial facilitator will not be able to see the visions brought by the immortal spirits, the doctor spirits and the heaven people, necessary to sing, heal and guide a successful ceremony for all the participants.
Further explanation of this phenomena:
The ceremony of Yagé is about understanding, cultivating and developing a union with the universe’s most supreme and subtle energies. It is understood, that the multi-universe is composed of many types of energies. The energies of Yagé are related to understanding and preparing the body to an alignment with the energies of the subtle immortal realms, that are eternal and unchanging. While it is also understood that the interaction of these two polar energies bring forth all life, it is also understood that neither is better or lesser, pure or impure more or less than the other, they are just different realities. The ceremony of Yagé is a time to set aside the realities of the earthly realms, in order to experience the supernatural subtle energies of the celestial realms.
Further specification:
If you are man whose wife is pregnant, please bring your own cup to drink from. This is important because if you drink from the same cup as others, it is believed that too much energy will pass to the fetus. The development of a child is a mysterious and powerful thing, and it must be respected. In this tradition women who are pregnant do not drink the Yagé, nor do children under the age of nine years.
Herbs to avoid taking (9 days beforehand):
– St. John’s wort– Passionflower
– Valerian root

– Lemon balm– Ginseng
– Nutmeg
– Kratom
– Kava
Regarding marijuana. While to some it is an ally, most people overuse it, and its best if you can refrain from using her, in order to more fully experience the medicine ally of the Yagé. Some chronic users find it very hard to do so, and while it is not contra-indicatory to the experience, this is a personal choice that only you can make.
Foods to avoid eating (9 days beforehand):
– Alcohol
– Aged cheeses
– Refined white sugar
– Fried/Heavy foods

– Fermented foods
– Processed foods
– Canned foods
– Spicy foods
– Garlic
– Pork
– excessive use of dairy products.
The following drugs & medications can be dangerous when combined with yagé:
If you are taking any of the listed substances, you must be off them for at least 2 months prior to drinking the Yagé. It is extremely dangerous to drink Yagé or Ayahuasca if you are using the below mentioned medications. It can result in causing what is known medically as “Serotonin Syndrome.” While this is known mainly among people working in mental health, it is very little understood and still to this date western medicine suffers from a great dearth of understanding on how to appropriately handle cases of Serotonin Syndrome. Most cases are improperly handled and this triggers a worsening and down spiral of the patients’ mental health condition. One that can take years to recover from. No one wants this to ever happen to them!
For these reasons the following drugs are ABSOLUTELY prohibited and completely contra indicative:
– MAOI’s (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors)– SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)
– Antidepressants (Such as Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Luvox, Oleptro, or any other type of Antidepressants not mentioned here)– Antihypertensives (high blood pressure medications)
– Appetite suppressants (diet pills)– Medication and inhalers for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems
– Antihistamines– CNS, or Central Nervous System depressants (Such as: Xanax, Ativan, etc.)
– Vasodilators
– Antipsychotics – Barbiturates– Medication for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies (Such as: Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, Bromarest-DM or -DX, Dimetane-DX cough syrup, Dristan Cold & Flu, Phenergan with Dextromethorphan, Robitussin-DM, Vicks Formula 44-D, several Tylenol cold and any drugs containing “Tuss” in its name.)
The above mentioned drugs are VERY dangerous and can be fatal when combined with Yagé. If you are taking ANY of these, for your best interest, you are mustn’t drink Ayahuasca or Yagé.
Regarding illicit and recreational drugs:
– Cocaine
– Amphetamines (meth-amphetamine or dex-amphetamine) – Ephedrine
– MDMA (Ecstasy)
– MDA, MDEA, PMA
– Opiates (heroin, morphine, codeine and opium)– Dextromethorphan (DXM)
Please refrain from using these for at least two months before participating in a ceremony of Yagé. Search out holistic methods to assist you in refraining and overcoming the craving, try to practice being ok with feeling empty. Everyone has the innate power to overcome the addictive nature of the mind, or at least transfer those craving into a less harmful channel of personal fulfillment. Seek out reliable professional help, health and dietary assistance, acupuncture, homeopathy, yoga and meditation will all be helpful.
Other Medical Conditions:
Epilepsy/Seizures – If you or an immediate family member has a history of epilepsy and/or seizures, you MUST inform us prior to drinking. Use of Yagé, if not properly managed and monitored, can induce a seizure if you have a prior family history of epilepsy.
Diabetes – People with diabetes have extra risk involved with the consumption of yagé. The use of the MAOI’s present in yagé can alter blood sugar levels through hypoglycemic effects. MAOI’s may change the amount of insulin or oral anti-diabetic medication that you need. People with severe and unstable diabetes should not take yagé because of this risk. People with less severe diabetes should contact us prior to drinking to discuss the particulars of the case including the possibility of a modified dieta.
Heart/Cardiovascular Conditions – If you have any chronic heart condition or high blood pressure it is not advisable to participate in the drinking of yagé. The use of yagé can elevate the blood pressure and can pose serious and/or fatal risk to those with serious heart conditions or high blood pressure. Having such serious conditions would exclude you from participation in one of our ceremonies. This includes people who use a pacemaker. Those with minor heart conditions are welcome to discuss the matter further.
Liver and Kidney Conditions – The use of yagé can be stressful for the liver and kidneys. The liver and the kidneys play essential roles in the metabolism of exogenous and endogenous chemicals. Yagé contains harmine and related alkaloids, which act as inhibitors of monoamine oxidase. This inhibition activity occurs in the liver and gastrointestinal tract. If a participant has various monoamines still present in their system from diet, environmental exposure, medical condition, or use of pharmaceutical or illicit drugs, these would accumulate in the presence of an MAOI and would add further stress for the liver and kidneys.
Hypothyroidism – If you have a hypothyroidism condition, it is generally safe to partake in the use of yagé; however, you MUST inform us of your condition, so that we can closely monitor your dosage. You also may continue using your hypothyroid medication (synthetic hormones, such as synthroid) during your ceremony without complication.
For more information on traditional ceremonial gatherings visit Rainforest Medicine Gatherings, or write to info@rainforestmedicine.net.

As can be seen, this protocol for preparation for drinking yagé is quite involved, and when journeying with this sacred medicine, especially for the first time, it is critical to understand that the dieta is far more than just restrictions on what food should be avoided prior to ceremony.
Furthermore, it is advised to continue the dieta after the ceremony for as long as is possible, preferably for at least two weeks. Doing so greatly enhances the ability to integrate any spiritual transmissions received in ceremony into everyday life, so that you may more fully benefit from the transformative aspects of this medicine.

Read more articles by Dylan Charles.

About the Author
Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist esoteric arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. His remarkable journey of self-transformation is a testament to the power of the will and the persistence of the human spirit. He may be contacted at wakingtimes@gmail.com.
This article (Understanding the Dieta Protocol for Participating in Ayahuasca Ceremonies) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Dylan Charles and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

AMERICANS FIGHTING FOR THEIR HOMES. THIS IS THE BEST AGENDA 21 PUSHBACK I HAVE EVER SEEN.

AGENDA 21 PUSHING POLITICIAN MATT DABABNEH RESIGNS CAUSING CALIFORNIA DEMS TO LOSE SUPER-MAJORITY

This tiny South Pacific Island should be dead by now, but it’s still alive and kicking


Scientists want to know why it's lingering instead of crumbling into the sea. A new island in the South Pacific. NASA/Damien Grouille/Cecile Sabau We all thought it would only survive for a few months when it was born in a blast of ash in January 2015.

This human-sized penguin isn't even the largest ancient penguin we know about


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Putin's Army Brought To Its Knees By Muslim Ethnic Gangs! Кавказ В Армии

 

Extreme bullying, extortion and racketeering of Slavic soldiers by thugs from Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia are so rampant in Putin's army, at one point they had to stop draft from those regions. Writings on subdued Slavic soldiers bodies traditionally say the name of Northern Caucasus mountains region the thug is from and some supremacy statement about his nation...

Italy declares energy emergency after Austria blast

World's largest firefighting aircraft grounded by U.S. gov't

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/worlds-largest-firefighting-aircraft-grounded-by-u-s-govt/

Ca Fires Update Fire Caused By Homeless "Illegal;" Moonbeam In Paris "Science Says Climate Change"

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

VITAMIN THC: SHOULD CANNABINOIDS BE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS?

http://www.corespirit.com/vitamin-thc-cannabinoids-considered-essential-nutrients/

The Folks That Built The Internet Tell The FCC It Has No Idea How The Internet Works

from the repeal-this dept

By now the FCC has made it clear it has absolutely no intention of actually listening to the public or to experts when it comes to its plan to repeal popular net neutrality rules later this week.
It doesn't really matter to the FCC's myopic majority that the vast majority of the record 22 million public comments on its plan think it's a stupid idea. It apparently doesn't matter than over 800 startups have warned the FCC that its attack on the rules undermines innovation, competition, and the health of the internet. And it certainly doesn't appear to matter than over 190 academics, engineers, and tech-policy experts have told the agency that its repeal will dramatically harm the internet -- or that the FCC's justifications for the reversal make no technical or engineering sense.
If the current FCC was actually capable of hearing these dissenting expert voices, they'd probably find this new letter from 21 of them worth a look. You might recognize some of the authors. They include Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, several designers of the Domain Name System (DNS), World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, public-key cryptography inventors Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, and more.
In their letter, they effectively argue that the FCC's entire rationale for dismantling net neutrality protections rests on a flawed misunderstanding of how the internet actually operates. And worse, that the FCC has made absolutely no attempt to correct its flawed logic as this week's rule-killing vote approached:
"It is important to understand that the FCC’s proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology. These flaws and inaccuracies were documented in detail in a 43-page-long joint comment signed by over 200 of the most prominent Internet pioneers and engineers and submitted to the FCC on July 17, 2017.
Despite this comment, the FCC did not correct its misunderstandings, but instead premised the proposed Order on the very technical flaws the comment explained. The technically-incorrect proposed Order dismantles 15 years of targeted oversight from both Republican and Democratic FCC chairs, who understood the threats that Internet access providers could pose to open markets on the Internet."
Their previous, ignored warnings highlighted how the FCC's Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) includes incorrect assessments and conflation of the differences between ISPs and edge providers (Netflix, content companies), incorrect claims in the NPRM about how the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 functions, how firewalls work, and more. Instead of consulting people that actually know how the internet works in public hearings, the FCC blindly doubled down on flawed reasoning and technical inaccuracies. Why? Because ISP-driven ideological rhetoric, not facts, are driving the repeal.
The letter notes how experts aren't the only ones the FCC is ignoring. It's also blatantly ignoring the will of the public, as well as turning a blind eye to efforts to undermine the public's only opportunity to make its voice heard during the open comment period of the proceeding:
"The experts’ comment was not the only one the FCC ignored. Over 23 million comments have been submitted by a public that is clearly passionate about protecting the Internet. The FCC could not possibly have considered these adequately. Indeed, breaking with established practice, the FCC has not held a single open public meeting to hear from citizens and experts about the proposed Order.
Furthermore, the FCC’s online comment system has been plagued by major problems that the FCC has not had time to investigate. These include bot-generated comments that impersonated Americans, including dead people, and an unexplained outage of the FCC’s on-line comment system that occurred at the very moment TV host John Oliver was encouraging Americans to submit comments to the system."
And again, while the FCC may be eager to ignore objective experts and the will of the public as it rushes to give VerizoCasT&T a sloppy kiss, the fact they did so will be playing a starring role in the lawsuits filed against the agency in the new year. In court the FCC will have to prove that the broadband market changed dramatically enough in two years to warrant a wholesale reversal in net neutrality policy. But critics will have plenty of ammunition in their attempts to prove the FCC engaged in "arbitrary and capricious" policy based predominately on fluff and nonsense, not hard data or engineering expertise.  

A Proxy for the Kremlin: The Russian Orthodox Church

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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on public cinemas


Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the kingdom's nascent film industry.

HSBC Shares Surge As US DoJ Removes "Sword Of Damocles" On Money Laundering

On Monday, HSBC announced its deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) had expired, removing the threat of criminal prosecution for money laundering which had been hanging over the company for five years. From the Financial Times.
The US Department of Justice has given HSBC a major boost by seeking dismissal of the deferred criminal charges that have been hanging over the bank since it was fined for money laundering and sanctions breaches five years ago. The move by the DoJ lifts the threat of criminal prosecution that had been a “sword of Damocles” hanging over London-headquartered HSBC, as its new management team looks to put its misconduct-plagued past behind it.
HSBC said the DoJ would file a motion with the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York seeking the dismissal of the charges deferred by the agreement it reached as part of a settlement with the bank in December 2012.The deferred prosecution agreement meant the DoJ could have reopened the criminal case against HSBC if the bank had been caught breaching the rules again during that period.
To recap, in December 2012, HSBC agreed to pay the largest fine ever - £1.2 billion ($1.9 billion) - to settle charges of money laundering after a US Senate investigation concluded that the bank had acted as a conduit for “drug kingpins and rogue nations”. HSBC was found to have violated the Bank Secrecy Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act. From the DoJ’s press release.
“HSBC’s blatant failure to implement proper anti-money laundering controls facilitated the laundering of at least $881 million in drug proceeds through the U.S. financial system.  HSBC’s willful flouting of U.S. sanctions laws and regulations resulted in the processing of hundreds of millions of dollars in OFAC-prohibited transactions.
The bank admitted to poor money laundering controls and its CEO, Stewart Gulliver apologized, stating “We accept responsibility for our past mistakes”. At the time, the BBC summarised the key points from the Senate’s report.
HSBC in the US had not treated its Mexican affiliate as high risk, despite the country's money laundering and drug trafficking challenges
The Mexican bank had transported $7bn in US bank notes to HSBC in the US, more than any other Mexican bank, but had not considered that to be suspicious.
It had circumvented US safeguards designed to block transactions involving terrorists drug lords and rogue states, including allowing 25,000 transactions over seven years without disclosing their links to Iran.
Providing US dollars and banking services to some banks in Saudi Arabia despite their links to terrorist financing.
In less than four years it had cleared $290m in "obviously suspicious" US travellers' cheques for a Japanese bank, benefiting Russians who claimed to be in the used car business.
HSBC’s share price surged up to 2.1% after trading opened in London on Monday, hitting an intra-day peak of 748.9 pence. In its 2016 annual report, the bank had warned that an independent assessor appointed by the DoJ had expressed “significant concerns” about the pace of HSBC’s attempts to address the shortcoming highlighted in the Senate report. The media is portraying the announcement as a victory for outgoing CEO, Stuart Gulliver, an HSBC lifer, and the recently appointed Chairman – never mind that the bank has paid $13-14bn of fines for all manner of misconduct since 2011. From Bloomberg.
The expiry of the DPA is a vindication for Stuart Gulliver, who is due to hand over his role as chief executive to his retail banking and wealth management head John Flint after the bank’s full-year results in February. Mr Gulliver said: “HSBC is able to combat financial crime much more effectively today as the result of the significant reforms we have implemented over the last five years.”  
The move also provides an early success for Mark Tucker, who took over as non-executive chairman of HSBC in October having been chief executive of Asian insurer AIA for almost a decade.  
Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-11/hsbc-share-surge-us-doj-removes-sword-damocles-money-laundering

Houses Burnt Orange Trees Infront Still Standing

Police Escort Ventura Residents Back Home For 1 Hour, Wait Till You Hear What Was Confusing

 

Just like Northern California, they are maintaining tight control over where people can go, and what they can see, and how long they be in their own homes. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n719v...

Monday, December 11, 2017

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Senate Tax Debacle: Certain Pass-Through Entities Face Marginal Tax Rates Over 100% Under Current Bill

As the House and Senate continue to try to reconcile their two versions of a tax plan, the taxing structure for pass-through entities (s-corps, LLC's, etc.) continues to be somewhat controversial, if not completely nonsensical. As we pointed out last week, the Senate bill somewhat randomly chose to exclude pass-through entities organized as family trusts from tax cuts which would ultimately leave them on the hook for much larger tax bills due to the elimination of other deductions. It's unclear whether this bizarre exclusion was just an oversight or an intentional political hit on an easy target that no one in Washington DC would dare defend publicly: rich families organized as trusts.
Now, a new note from the Tax Policy Center lays out some scenarios whereby the marginal tax rate for high-income pass-through entities could soar to over 100%.  Of course, while two rational people can debate the impact of a ~40% tax rate on a person's desire to work, we're almost certain that a taxing structure that takes more than 100% of your marginal income will be a slight disincentive.  Here's an example of how it works from the Wall Street Journal:
Consider, for example, a married, self-employed New Jersey lawyer with three children and earnings of about $615,000. Getting $100 more in business income would force the lawyer to pay $105.45 in federal and state taxes, according to calculations by the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation. That is more than double the marginal tax rate that household faces today.

If the New Jersey lawyer’s stay-at-home spouse wanted a job, the first $100 of the spouse’s wages would require $107.79 in taxes. And the tax rates for similarly situated residents of California and New York City would be even higher, the Tax Foundation found. Analyses by the Tax Policy Center, which is run by a former Obama administration official, find similar results, with federal marginal rates as high as 85%, and those don’t include items such as state taxes, self-employment taxes or the phase-out of child tax credits.
As Joseph Rosenberg of the Tax Policy Center notes, the penalty is greatest for high-income pass-through entities in highly taxed states. 
Consider the example of a married couple whose entire income is “specified service” income generated by a pass-through entity and who claims the standard deduction. At an income of $524,000, the couple could take an $87,000 deduction (17.4% of the couple’s taxable income “without regard” to the deduction) that would reduce their taxes by $30,450 (since they are in the 35% tax bracket), but the deduction is entirely phased out at an income of $624,000. On average, that amounts to more than a 30% surtax on top of the 35% statutory tax rate over that range of income.

The actual phase-out is much more complicated, as the bill’s text released Monday night makes clear, because the deduction continues to apply even as its benefit is phased out. (If that sounds convoluted, it’s because it is.) The couple’s marginal income tax rate would jump to 61.375% at $528,541 of income. And it would rise to 73% until their income reaches $624,000 and the deduction is fully phased-out,at which point their marginal tax rate would return to the 35 percent ordinary income tax rate. (Note that these calculations do not include the additional 3.8 percent in self-employment payroll tax or the net investment income tax).

Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-11/senate-tax-debacle-certain-pass-through-entities-face-marginal-tax-rates-over-100-un