In 2008 I was a Ralph Nader supporter. I did not vote for Barack Obama, but I was optimistic that he would keep his campaign promises about cannabis.
After all, Obama was more open about his marijuana usage in his life, than any other president in history, and Obama stated time and time again that he would decriminalize cannabis, and spend DOJ resources on “real crimes”. I made a video on December 5th 2008 congratulating Obama and encouraging him to keep his promises.
Medical Marijuana which was thought of during Obama’s original presidential campaign to be a focus that he would work on as president, ended up being a far worse policy than even George W. Bush, and more people by far were persecuted and prosecuted under Obama than W.
Over the course of Obama’s first term as president, his administration spent nearly $300 million on marijuana enforcement in states where medical cannabis had already been legalized.
Between 1996 and 2013, the federal government conducted 528 dispensary raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.
During Obama’s first term as president, his administration oversaw 270 dispensary raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Between 2009 and 2013, President Obama’s administration spent $100 million more cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries than George W. Bush’s did.
In May of 2013 the editor and author of most of the blogs on this website (me Ryan Thompson), was in a horrible car accident that nearly claimed my life. It did claim the life of the drunk driver that hit me.
Shortly after that, I went from working 96 hours a week as a robotics engineer, to being in a wheel chair and not working for several years.
I recovered partially, and I decided after such a life changing moment, that every minute counts and I decided to not waste any more time.
So I retired essentially, while still supporting my wife in her businesses and we are now circumnavigating the globe in our 45 foot yawl (sailboat).
I recently noticed that a former colleague and a “radical” liberal radio talk show host was being condescending to Trump supporters, and he happened to step in a pile of shit with Roseanne Barr, telling her that she didn’t know as much as he did about cannabis law reform.
Well then Russ tried to insult me saying that my ranking in Alexa was down to 18 million. Which anyone can see, that it has been dropping steadily since 2013, after I essentially stopped blogging while I recovered.
Just this last month Alexa shows a drop of 4 million in traffic ranking, which shows 30 days ago, I was much higher.
Jumping from the low spot that he was in just a few short months ago, to being in the top 100,000 Alexa ranks, is an obvious sign of rank manipulation. Which anyone with $50 can do these days, just do a google search for “alexa rank boost”
So I gave Russ this challenge. I told him that I would register a new domain (I won’t say what it is for now), and I will do exactly what he has done to manipulate the traffic ranking, and then in two months I will reveal my stats, and it will match his metrics almost identically. Organic traffic looks much different than Russ Belville’s traffic does. My traffic from 2013 is clearly organic, and I can prove it (its easy to see actually in my video from 2013). However to demonstrate how easy it is to get higher ranks, I will do it, and by January I will prove it. I won’t do it on any domain with any meaning, just some random thing, to make my case even more obvious.
The point is, to show that these people trying to drive public opinion, lie, cheat and steal. It’s not about ethics, and the value of their content. To them, and people like Russ Belville, it is about their ego, and their influence.
When their traffic sucks, they pay to manipulate ranks, and then they brag about it like they are in a big dick contest. It’s just like polling during an election. Polling is meant as a manipulation tactic.
This to me in the video below is what I am focused on. Spending time with my family. Getting to know the world we live in and circumnavigating the globe in my ship, while teaching my kids about the world.
I may get back to maintaining a regular blog. But it won’t be any time soon. So I suppose Russ can at least gloat that as a legitimate accomplishment. Even though my blogs beat the pants off his for years. Now that I am taking a break, his is king of the social media world. SMH
2013 progress report, where I captured Russ Belville sad ratings and rankings in search engines, social media, and traffic reports, and compared it to my own.
Russ Belville got fired for being a liberal shill
It is my opinion, that if progressives were not violent, crass, hateful, and dishonest, that this country would not have completely turned over this last election to conservatives.
The liberals lost all 3 branches of government this election. The executive office went to Donald Trump (but lets be honest, he is more of a democrat than most other republicans, and he use to be a Democrat and a good friend of Clinton), they lost both sides of Congress, and soon will have a conservative majority in the Supreme Court. These folks doing media, need to just be more honest, and less power hungry and manipulative so that we can regain some balance.
I mean for example, look at all of the deceptiveness in the DNC, where the DNC chair was caught manipulating the primary debates by handing the questions to Hillary before the debates. Also seeing all of the fake polling that the media was doing during the election, trying to show Hillary as the winner, to discourage conservative voters from turning out. When people like Russ Belville claim that “Bernie was the first ever political candidate to say he would legalize cannabis” and it is obviously false, he should be aware that people will call him on it and people will lose trust in his media and his “facts”. Hopefully encouraging him and others to change over to a more turthful platform.
It is so important and more important than ever to have trustworthy, brave, and effective media like Wikileaks, to combat the fake news like that of what Russ Belville and MSM sources give.
This country is so divided right now, and while I think there are times for peace, and there is a time for every season.
After the nation has had a few days to celebrate or fret about a Trump win, the funny discussions are coming from twitter where marijuana activists are trying to convince one another who has the most credentials and the best information.
Actress Roseanne Barr Argues with mansplaining Radical Russ Belville about Trump and Legalization
@RadicalRuss (Russ Belville) is currently “mansplaining” to @therealroseanne how Clinton “supported legalization 100%”, and Roseanne is explaining to chauvinist Radical Russ that;
Y Trump won: 2-He included th legalization of Marijuana in his platform,whereas #FascistHRC said Feds have power over st8s & she’d prosecute
Radical Russ is trying to prove that Hillary Clinton would have legalized cannabis the same way that Donald Trump would have. He uses some vague examples where she said that she would favor cannabis. However Russ Belville ignores the recent interviews where she said that she would not favor cannabis legalization, and that she would prosecute (much like Obama did, when in just two years as president, Obama had 6100% more federal MMJ indictments than Bush did in his whole 8 years). The real kicker in this case for Clinton is not her public message, but her private message. Remember that issue coming up during the debates, where she was called out for the wikileaks revelations that Clinton said that she has both a public position on the issues, as well as a separate private issue on the issues when she gave a paid speech to top bankers who at the same meeting she was assuring these bankers that she most definitely did not favor legalization.
But anyway, Rosanne is doing good fighting back the non-sense. While I am not ecstatic with the choices that we had this year to vote for, I can say that I am glad that it was not Hillary that was chosen. I had said that it would be no-doubt her that wins (despite how unpopular she is), but lo-and-behold, I was wrong. I admit it. I didn’t have this one correct for once. I usually have these elections pegged. I spoke about what changed in the election since I made my prediction in this post.
I hope that Trump keeps his promises, especially about legalizing cannabis. I also hope and pray that Trump makes Ron Paul the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Although I am more realistic than that. I didn’t trust Trump and I would have much more preferred Rand Paul. But at least all three branches of government are controlled by conservatives, and I think that will go a long way for positive change. Progressives have screwed this country up so bad, and the American people responded this election! I am surprised to see Roseanne move away from being on the SJW side of the political and emotional spectrum, but good for her. As for Russ Belville, he will continue to shill around for sponsors, to support his non-existent audience, and will continue to support regressive legislation to appease the NORML lawyers who need to keep a job.
Russ is bragging about getting top Alexa ratings in just two months. But what he doesn’t explain, is that his traffic is fake.
How long you been working XCannabis to still have it in 18M rankings? My WeedNews is in the top 100K in just 2 months. @ClovisStarMedia
With it seeming as though Trump is going to be the candidate for the Republican nomination, there are rumors of who Trump will pick for his VP, and for his cabinet.
There have been some stranger tickets in the past, and stranger candidates yet. In fact earlier this year, I cast my support for Vermin Supreme, realizing that the elections are rigged.
I still believe this. But to me these election are more than voting for the candidate who is going to win. To me it is a statement of my convictions, which means when there are no valuable candidates to vote for, I do not select “the lesser of two evils”, instead I vote for who I think will do the job best, regardless of their ability to win.
Dating back to the 2000 election I put my chips in with Ralph Nader, knowing that he did not have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning anything that election. But I supported him because of his sincerity and convictions on a national initiative process. I did not believe in everything that he supported, specifically the abortion topic and some of the socialist ideology. But I think it was about time to give the government back to the people. I supported Ralph Nader for about 11 years, eventually switching over to a candidate that best supported my world view, and someone who I thought had more experience, and a better plan for being president, which was Ron Paul. However even in the 2008 elections, I supported Ralph Nader.
So back to this election. I do not support Donald Trump (alone), and I certainly do not support Hillary Clinton, and I think Bernie Sanders would bankrupt our country even further based on his “good intentions”. So that is why I threw my lot in with Vermin Supreme, because he mocks the political process, and makes great points about socialism, fascism, and “free ponies”.
But I saw an article yesterday that clicked something for me. There are rumors that Donald Trump may appoint Ron Paul as secretary of state. I don’t know if it will happen, and Trump hasn’t announced this yet. But it has some neo-cons nervous that it might happen. Ron Paul’s foreign policy is the exact opposite of establishment politicians on both sides, taking a very non-interventionist stand. A non-interventionist stand would bankrupt the military industrial complex who needs war to bolster high profits.
Anyway, I just wanted to put this out there. That even though Trump is not my guy, if he put Ron Paul in as VP or Secretary of State, then all of the sudden I find myself supporting Trump.
I have been frustrated for years when I work with or are in the same network as, typical pot dealer “cannabis activists”, who are typically no better than a corporate lobbyist for an industry or business. The only exception that I typically notice, is that most of these “cannabis activists” are very demotivated and show up to meetings with less ambition to participate in law reform, but rather they show up in a guise of being an “activist” and instead slang pot instead. Or they are there to make connections with clients, even if not directly selling pot at the meetings.
When I see folks like LaVoy Finicum who are ready to give their life for their cause, and are not there to simply peddle their wares, or to make connections. But are there to participate in revolution. I feel ashamed being any part of a cannabis law reform group.
I have collected signatures for many citizens initiatives, most of which failed anyway. But in participating, I have spend 10’s of thousands of dollars of my own money, and yet in the last 20 years, I have not so much as sold one single gram of marijuana. Because I am not participating under a guise of being an “activist” while actually being there to peddle pot. I am actually there to participate in revolution, and to see cannabis laws NULLIFIED.
I have gained a new respect for ranchers after the standoff in Nevada at Cliven Bundy’s ranch, and after watching what went down in Burns Oregon when Lavoy Finicum gave his life to stand up for liberty.
I will still fight to get cannabis laws nullified. But I will NEVER work on another “legalization” cause again. Legalization could otherwise be translated as “give the government more control over cannabis than they already have”, rather than ANYTHING to do with REAL liberty. If an initiative does not dispel and remove existing laws (and replace them with NOTHING), then in my opinion it is not worth fighting for. Initiative 502 in Washington is a prime example of how legalization is a negative cause, as opposed to nullification which means to simple get rid of existing laws on cannabis.
This country could use much less laws, not new ones!
Thanks for all of those who actually care about liberty, rather than just furthering their own financial gains.
I often hear about how “the rich pay no taxes, and those on the bottom pay all of the taxes”, and some people, especially so-called “progressives” vilify “the rich”, and talk about how their only motivation is to victimize the poor. I get upset, knowing that it is those on the top are the ones that pay 97% of all of the income taxes, that those on the bottom use for survival in a lot of cases.
As I point out in my video, in 1913 our government who at the time all 3 branches were controlled by “progressives” including the so-called “father of progressivism” Woodrow Wilson who was president at the time, sold our treasury to a private banking system with no public accountability, in order to get elected, so that he and other progressives could push their utopian society on us with freebies and handouts for just about anyone who asks (including the wealthy). This type of government intervention caused the wealthy in this country to be taxed at 94% by 1944, and this is when we saw a lot of wealth and jobs leave for other tax structures that favored their business. We were #1 in the world for manufacturing at one time, and then the federal government started penalizing wealth, which in turn forced businesses to take their manufacturing plants to mostly Asian countries, as well as South American countries.
Now with all of our lost jobs, we can and do point to the rich and say “they don’t pay a living wage”, or “they are so greedy, they took their jobs overseas to save money”. But we are not looking at the root cause of the problem, just the reaction to the cause. The cause of the problem is government intervention, the reaction is jobs going over seas to shelter wealth from government theft.
We need to include the wealthy at the table, and we need to sit down and discuss with all stake holders, how to get our country back to our former glory.
We have been there before, so we know it’s possible to have a strong middle class, and lots of jobs and exports. Prior to this “progressive revolution” we had that. But after the “progressive revolution” we only have debt and government handouts. We are not the economic force that we use to be in the world, and in my opinion that is a major national security risk.
No nation in the world has carried the debt that our nation is carrying. Eventually it is going to break our backs, and then what?
It is my opinion that we need to stop vilifying the rich, and start including them as friends, and neighbors, and fellow Americans.
Then this came; Marijuana Policy Project takes over the Legalize Maine campaign in Maine for the 2016 ballot initiative
MPP joined forces with the ACLU and took over the Legalize Maine campaign, and now they are working to destroy the campaign. They even hired an abortion activist to speak to the conference as the “Featured speaker”. To me, that seems counter productive to push an abortion activist in a VERY conservative state like Maine.
My guess is that they are doing what the ACLU did in Washington state with I-502. They are trying to squash the iniative that intended to bring GOOD law reform, so that they can come back and reintroduce a much more regressive initiative next year.
Mark my words, I doubt that this initiative will even get on the ballot in 2016. But in 2017, the ACLU and MPP will reintroduce a different initiative that is much more regressive.
Prior to October, there were TWO SEPARATE initiatives to “legalize cannabis” in Maine. And then MPP took over the other campaign.
Why? Like I said above, this is some dirty dealings like we have saw in the past in other states.
The ACLU did something very similar with the Sensible Washington campaigns in Washington state. They played the whole “Divide and conquer” card, and came out publicly in opposition of the more liberal cannabis initiatives that would allow for more freedom, right before introducing their own initiative, that is called by many “Prohibition 2.0”.
The wording in the “CRMLA” campaign is some of the best “law reform” that I have saw at a state level, but now seeing that MPP has pirated the campaign, I expect to see it fail, and then to see MPP and the ACLU forge through in 2017 with a new and more restrictive campaign, that will appeal to their lawyer sponsors who rely on prohibition for an income.
Time will tell, but either way, I refuse to support any initiative that makes an abortion activist with only scant support for cannabis, their “Featured speaker”.
I have been teaching and preaching about how cannabis has a special place in the Bible and in the lives of the people of the Bible. References to cannabis in rituals, and healing can be found in many chapters of the Bible, both old and new. The translation of the words that identify cannabis in the Bible have been properly sorted out, but rabbi’s with authoritative teaching credentials in Torah translation, Rabbi’s like Aryeh Kaplan who wrote the book “The Living Torah”.
Now in many areas of the world, as in the days of old, many devout religious people are growing cannabis for it’s amazing healing benefits.
This group of nuns in California is growing both high THC, and low THC medical cannabis strains. As they talk about in the video, they explain how congress has recently taken high CBD, but low THC cannabis off the drug schedule. This opens up many avenues for patients in non-medical states to get their medical cannabis.
Rather than writing a long blog about this topic, I have made a video (long winded 20 minute video), and I have put a list of links and talking points below.
Since I post so rarely and infrequently, I make it up by making rare long winded posts about these subjects that I at one time use to post about frequently.
I hope you can spend the time with me. Thanks if you do!
This video describes my own personal emancipation proclamation, and a history of my lifelong activism. I hope to inspire and educate with my work. But most of all, I continue to strive to make our world a place with less force, and a more voluntary community, where we enjoy being self-governed, and where we do a good job at it as a species.
Reverend Ryan’s Emancipation Proclamation
This is a brief overview of my activist history;
1. Resisting the LDS religion, and social structure of Utah based on a cultish religion
2. Resisting my father’s hypocritical and often drunken ways
3. Resisting the pills that my parents were force-feeding me in my childhood
4. Resisting the police state after being thoroughly harassed by police for skateboarding and other non-crimes as a kid
5. Resisting the issue at Ruby Ridge Idaho, when the Weaver family was slaughtered by government
6. Resisting the drug war, especially on marijuana that made no sense
7. Resisting the BS tax system, and statism
Hasn’t won me a lot of friends, but I have piece of mind knowing that I have fought for what I believe in as hard as I can.
Links from the video;
Maine pushes to legalize marijuana similar to alcohol via RegulateMaine.org‘s campaign that was launched in June 2015.
Maine petition – to put legalization on the ballot
From the website RegulateMaine.org, this is the initiative summary. You can read the full initiative here.
What the Initiative Will Do
End marijuana prohibition — It allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes, and possess the marijuana produced by those plants. It will remain illegal to use marijuana in public places, and the initiative does NOT change existing laws that prohibit driving under the influence of marijuana.
Regulate marijuana — It establishes a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product-manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities and creates rules governing the production, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products (e.g. testing, labeling, and packaging requirements). Municipalities will have the right to prohibit the operation of marijuana establishments.
Tax marijuana — Enacts a 10% tax on marijuana sales in addition to the standard sales tax and allocates tax revenue generated by marijuana sales to public education. Medical marijuana sales will NOT be subjected to the 10% sales tax.
What the Initiative Will NOT Do
It will NOT change the ability of employers to maintain their current employment policies or create new employment policies that restrict the use of marijuana by employees.
It will NOT change existing medical marijuana laws for patients, caregivers, or medical marijuana businesses.
While this isn’t exactly like alcohol regulation, being that there are no limits that I am aware of for home brewing your own beer, or wine, etc.
With this initiative, a person over 21 is limited to growing 6 plants, and possessing 1 ounce. So the name of the initiative is a little disingenuous IMHO.
But a few good aspects, is that the full initiative is only 19 pages. Which is much better than Washington’s I-502 which was 68 pages with lots of carefully worded hidden agendas. I would not support anything like I-502.
Yet even though this initiative is not perfect, I am being pragmatic and supporting something that is better than current law, and something that gets us a step closer to complete nullification.
I honestly believe that once voters see the benefits, and lack of concern when cannabis is freer than now, that they will realize that the full benefits of cannabis can only add value to society and we as a community we nullify all of the unproductive cannabis laws on the books, and treat cannabis as just another plant.
I said the same thing about Proposition 19 in California on August 30th 2010. I even moved to California from Washington state fully expecting that initiative to pass, which sadly we got so very close and then we missed it by just a few points.