Articles Tagged: Activism

Lie detection technology and activism

May 30th, 2015 | By Pirate

I have been researching and writing about this for a lot of years regarding lie detection technology and activism.  The idea that politics and important subjects that are vulnerable to lies and deception, could potentially be sorted out with existing and potentially improved technology.

I have bought prototypes, that are not claiming to be 100% accurate by any means.  I have also researched software that insurance companies use to detect deception.

This is some information from Wikipedia on this topic;   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie_detection

This is a video that I made about 18 months ago about technology that I am testing;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnjsadL27Ac   and this one (comedian genius Johnny Carson is the lead in this skit; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjmAd8PKOCw )

Then there are the military projects that are focused on this functionality, and have been releasing prototypes that are in use in the military since at least 2008.

Ref;   http://www.nbcnews.com/id/23926278/ns/world_news-terrorism/t/new-anti-terror-weapon-hand-held-lie-detector/

“The Pentagon will issue hand-held lie detectors this month to U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan, pushing to the battlefront a century-old debate over the accuracy of the polygraph.

The Defense Department says the portable device isn’t perfect, but is accurate enough to save American lives by screening local police officers, interpreters and allied forces for access to U.S. military bases, and by helping narrow the list of suspects after a roadside bombing. The device has already been tried in Iraq and is expected to be deployed there as well. “We’re not promising perfection — we’ve been very careful in that,” said Donald Krapohl, special assistant to the director at the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment, the midwife for the new device. “What we are promising is that, if it’s properly used, it will improve over what they are currently doing.”

Ref; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/09/hand-held-lie-detector-th_n_95826.html

Realistically this sort of device is faulty and is bound to lack accuracy for a very long time.  So there are some questions that people need to ask themselves.

1.  Should this be allowed as admissible in court?  What is the threshold for accuracy if this type of evidence is allowed in court?   Currently polygraph testing is allowed in court, and there is a lot of scientific debate on how accurate it is as a scientific measurement of deception.  A lot of problems come with analyzing stress, and a polygraph situation can alone induce erratic stress levels.

2.  If allowed as evidence in a court case, should there be a requirement for a secondary test of at least equal accuracy be offered for good measure?

3.  What else should be offered in place of lie detection?  As it is well known that a high percentage of convicts are innocent.  So we need to be able to correct the inaccuracies and the habitual mistakes of our current system.  What would your solution be?

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Passive arm-chair activism vs. Actual activism

May 24th, 2015 | By Pirate

For all of my life I have been active in one cause or another.  Whatever had churned my heart.  When my heart strings are pulled on an issue, I typically pour my entire self into the endeavor.   I can’t just passively participate, it’s not in my soul to sit back and watch other people do all of the work.  Something inside me tells me that I have to get involved.

Recently I have been called “lazy” and a “drug user” and a plethora of other things by jealous family and friends.  The reason being is that I got in a horrible accident in 2013, I’ve had many surgeries since, and I got a bit of an insurance settlement to get me through the next few years.   So I took some time off activism.  For example, this forum was down for a little over a year, just because I didn’t not have the ability to focus on this.   For about 8 months of that year, this site was not online at all.  I simply let it go, which is not like me to do, after putting 7 years into this blog/forum.  We have 13,243 members (which I am going to clean up inactive members at the end of this month).  On twitter we have over 6000 followers, and between all of our facebook groups we have over 60,000 likes/participants.  Needless to say, I put a lot of time in to this site, and others.  But since my accident, I just have been in a bit of a slump.

But even with the downtime, I still provided for my family.  We started a new newspaper, and a vaporizer store while we were in Idaho.  I couldn’t just lay around moping all of the time, I had to do something.

But I am getting my bearings straight again, and I am getting back to it.  Trying not to get too deep into passive arm-chair activism

Activism for me does not pay anything, nor would I want it to.  I have almost a million views on Youtube, but I do not turn on adwords or monetization, because I don’t want my activism to be based on a financial gain.   For 7 years I have my hundreds of videos for youtube, some of them each have over 60,000 views and hundreds of likes, but I have not crossed the line from “grassroots activist” to “paid lobbyist”, it’s just not my style.

You can see some screenshots of my youtube account for xcannabis;

Youtube Statistics

(reference this video for more, circa 2013; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDm7cjLXolM)

I mean if I was desperate to live the easy life, I would tap into every opportunity to make money off anything that I can.

But instead, I have done all of my activism on my tab.    When we spread the word in the past, we have printed and given out t-shirts at out own expense (I got arrested for it in Springville Utah, and ended up getting a law nullify that the used to arrest me).  I also paid for that lawyer out of pocket, and got no reimbursement for it from anywhere.

During the Sensible Washington campaigns, I used my own earnings to rent a conference room at a law office and paid for the meetings and all of the concessions.   We did not pay signature gatherers with those initiatives, but we did give thousands of dollars of gifts away from our stores for rewards in regards to the efforts of collecting signatures.

So what does this all come down to?  First of all, I have family who are activists for gay rights and such.  We have had a few conversations about our activism, and I get a feeling that they sense competition with me.   The last conversation that I had with a family member about activism was in March.  I started trying to apologize for our misgivings on facebook.   She stopped me, and she said  “I have my causes, and I am passionate about it, and you have yours.   We are all passionate”.

I was like whoa nelly.  Im not having a competition about activism, I am just trying to apologize and move on from our disagreement.    The conversation ended, and I haven’t heard from that person again.   It’s likely that I never will, and its likely that I will never reach out.

But I notice that I am a competitive person.  Not competitive with other people as much, but competitive in getting something done.

Like with those initiatives in WA under Sensible Washington in 2010, and 2011 (i-1068 and i-1149). I was desperate to get those initiatives passed, because I KNEW and I made videos about it, and I said that “If we do not get these passed, we will have some corporation or organization come in to Washington and take over cannabis, and screw it up”, and that is what happened with I-502.  This video is kind of long winded, but I post it to demonstrate why I am so passionate and maybe even competitive.  Ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtFsQ-EO3H0

For someone who has been arrested for simple possession of cannabis (as a teen), spent many months in jail over simple possession, was denied service to this country over it, and who has had negative side effects follow me around from being arrested in my life, I am VERY passionate about getting cannabis laws decriminalized.

That is not the only thing that I have worked on.   I have also worked on issues like protesting the wars (including the drug war), ending affirmative action, fighting against unconstitutional issues like Proposition 8 in California, restructuring our markets in the USA, and promoting responsible and smaller government.   But I think my biggest efforts have been made in cannabis law nullification.

Anyway, we only have one life.  Are we going to pass a broken world on to our children, or are we going to fix it?  Do not let this opportunity pass you by, to make the world a better place!

This was a video that I made directly after my accident that took me out of commission for 2 years.  This explains why I do blog.

 

 

I hate censorship

September 1st, 2013 | By Pirate

I am not completely innocent here, I had to tell an activist in Spokane to leave our meeting and sober up before he came back back in 2011.  I have rarely censored anyone, but when I have I have felt terrible about it.

But I have been censored over and over by liberals who disagree with one thing or another.   Either when I protest abortion, taxes, or government force.   I almost always document these occasions with a screen shot so that I can’t be accused of being crass or rude, when I have been censored.  I feel I am very polite, even if in disagreement with some of the statements in a particular conversation.

There are two occasions in the past 5 years that I have felt badly about being censored.  Thinking to myself “wow, did that person really just delete all of my comments?”..   I get censored a lot, mostly by far left liberals, and the topics are usually pretty consistent.  But there have been these two times, and I documented them pretty well.

Recently with Jared Allaway when he once again strongly disagreed with me insisting that we defund the government via ending the Federal Reserve Act and the Income Tax Act, when he was complaining how the government keeps screwing up.

See more here:  Passive Aggressive Activism

The other time was when Steve Elliot came to my page to badger me about faith and Christianity.
I have saw similar rants like which Steve brought to me, at Hempfest so it inspired me to write this article;

Is militant atheism a sore spot for the legalization movement?

If I was to document every time I got censored, I could fill a week worth of blogging up every week.
But I am way too busy to worry about each little instance.   But when influential people, whether via political ambitions, or career ambitions censor people, while on the other hand complaining about how people censor them.  I just think there is something to say about that.

Recently watching what went down at Hempfest with the guy who wanted to roll “The World’s Largest Joint”, and how Hempfest censored him and several others.  That sort of broke my heart too, even though I wasn’t directly being censored.  I felt like through that person who I am not even directly connected, that my voice was in a way censored.
Because I love hempfest, and I have gone many times to hempfest and I have supported them in whatever ways that I could.   So I made a little bit of a fuss about that.  But I still love Hempfest.  I just think that staying silent about things like this does no one any good.

I wrote this blog about what happened at Hempfest last week;

Hempfest extinguishes free speech at hempfest due to corporate interests

Then there are the times when I have fought censorship when I expected as much.
In 2010 when I was protesting in  Springville Utah, I was arrested for “using the streets without a permit”.  A month later I got the law nullified (not before spending a grip on two different lawyers and going way out of my way to fight that tyranny).

The law that I got changed, in Springville City Utah

It’s the thing about activism that I have been most active about.   I have  not been nearly as active about cannabis as I have about free speech.  I understand that there are limitations to free speech, where maybe some restrictions or at least some common etiquette is necessary.  But then there are occasions when free speech should be honored and when it is not, it is not conductive to common respect and freedom.  That is when I protest!
This is a video that I made about this.   I read from Vivian McPeak’s book about free speech and protesting  and what Hempfest is all about.

I don’t get paid for activism, I do it because LIBERTY is my payment.

 

Hempfest_Protestival_0004 Hempfest_Protestival_0004_smallFrom Vivian McPeak’s book “Protestival”.

 

 

NJ Weedman gets his medicine by mail (Cannabis delivery)

August 27th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have been following NJ Weedman lately again.  It has been a few months since I have paid much attention to anything but healing from my accident.  But I have watched NJ Weedman as he has been getting treatments for his bone cancer in California, while living in New Jersey.   We had contacted Ed Forcion (AKA NJ WEEDMAN) in June when we were on our way to our new home on the east coast and we wanted to do an interview with him.   Ed agreed, and we told Ed we would pay him for his time.
When we got to Ohio, we started see how low our funds were, and how far we were from Maine.  So we told Ed we would have to reschedule.   New Jersey would have taken us several hundred miles out of our route.

Tonight I was able to send Ed $20, to try to keep my promise.  I figure it may come in handy during a rainy day when Ed is budless.  I sure wish I could send more.  I know Ed is overwhelmed right now with medical treatments, court cases, and activism.  As Ed often says “Activism doesn’t pay” and I know that all too well.   It was nice to be able to support a good activist and someone who has been very effective in promoting and using Jury Nullification.  Good work Ed!

Tonight Ed posted a video about how he had sent his medicine to himself from California to New Jersey and he displayed a video with all of his ganja treats..   This is revolutionary!   People in so-called “Dry states” can do this too, and there are many ways to do it.

First this is Ed’s documentation of this process:

See more at:  http://njweedman.com/

Now here is the nitty gritty of how this works for other people.

I have learned about several websites on the “Darknet” that you can purchase and have different illicit items shipped to you.

It is neither illegal to visit these sites, nor is it illegal to post about them.  But the legality of the items and the process in which the items are shipped is a different story.   Before I give any links to these sites or references to these sites, let me make it clear.

1.  You do no know who you are ordering from.  Be very mindful of that.

2.  You don’t know what you will receive in the mail or who will follow your package

3.  You need to be VERY careful of how you browse these sites and how you relay information over the internet.
With this in mind.   I am neither responsible for your orders, or your actions.  You take full responsibility!

However if you are a cancer patient and you need cannabis for medicine, I have no moral conflict with you ordering cannabis online to help treat your symptoms or in fact to even CURE your ailments with cannabis.   I lost my father and my grandmother to cancer, as well as countless friends and loved ones.

First is Silk Road Marketplace, which is one of the oldest sites for ordering medicine over the “Darknet”.

They accept bitcoin as payment and they offer both sellers accounts and buyers account.   You can learn more at Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road_%28marketplace%29

Forbes reports that Silk Road makes 22 million dollars in sales per year.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/08/06/black-market-drug-site-silk-road-booming-22-million-in-annual-mostly-illegal-sales/

Then there is a few smaller sites.  One that I have heard of is “Black Market Reloaded”, and I do not know much about it.  You will have to do your own research.

Another one that has made some recent waves over the last few months, and has gotten a lot of press is “Atlantis”.   Which is also an .onion website, and offers very similar services to Silk Road.  They are probably most well known as Silk Road’s biggest competitor.

Learn more about them at this link:

http://www.businessinsider.com/atlantis-drug-marketplace-2013-6

Now down to the security issue.   As NJ Weedman says, he does not have items delivered to his own house.  That would just be stupid.   So finding a drop location is going to be one of the most difficult problems with getting meds by mail.

It takes the TOR Network to even gain access to these sites.  The TOR Project is used by various private individuals, organizations and governments to provide concealed/anonymous internet browsing.   Learn more at their website;

http://torproject.org/

But many people have still been traced.  Recently several web hosting sites, and mail hosting sites were targeted by authorities and their owners were found and arrested.

Read this:  http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/08/04/2054208/half-of-tor-sites-compromised-including-tormail

Many of these sites had illegal child porn or other related services on them, and it good that those people were blocked from injuring children.   However many legitimate services that activists, journalist and others rely on were also taken down at the same time, since it was a central hosting company that was providing service to these sites.

So I recommend to people to do many things to protect themselves.  On top of using the TOR Project, I recommend looking into an anonymous VPN service.  See more at this link;

http://torrentfreak.com/vpn-services-that-take-your-anonymity-seriously-2013-edition-130302/

It is also well known that using Windows in any sense will leave you vulnerable to attacks and exposing sensitive data.  So I recommend using linux, as well as a USB live linux OS like Tails.   Even if your computer is loaded with only one operating system, and that OS is a Windows version.  You can still bypass using windows, and boot in to a USB Operating system like Tails, which is designed to provide anonymity.

https://tails.boum.org/download/

And there are many others to choose from.

You may also want to encrypt your data.  TrueCrypt is known for being a free an effective way to encrypt your data.

See more here:  http://www.truecrypt.org/

That is the basics, and there is a lot more to it than that.   So do your own research.  DO NOT TRUST WHAT I HAVE GIVEN YOUR HERE.  There are always changing circumstances that may leave you vulnerable.   So rely on your own research and wisdom.

To see this on wordpress.com go to:   http://xcannabis.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/nj-weedman-orders-his-medicine-by-mail-you-can-too/    <  That is our backup site incase this site is having problems

 

Passive Aggressive Activism

August 17th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have participated in all kinds of approaches to activism over the years.   Mostly anything to do with giving freedom and liberty to people.   I started out with the “it’s my body, I’ll do what I want” as a teenager.  Which got me two cannabis charges that stuck, and one that was expunged when I was a teenager (17).  I served 8 months in jail, mostly because I didn’t understand the laws and the legal system at the time.   Later after watching my father pass away from cancer, I protested in every way that I could.   I approached it with many protests, youtube videos, support for many different cannabis organizations like NORML (and their many different branches).  We started  a Causes.com page for “Cannabis Cures Cancer”  @  http://cancer.xcannabis.com

We have held an annual vigil for family and friends who have passed away from cancer, at the end of December we hold a “Cannabis Cures Cancer Awareness Week”.   http://www.causes.com/actions/1710962-cannabis-cures-cancer-awareness-week

After my dad passed away in 2008, I traveled from Washington to Utah and Idaho regularly to protest.  I tried the “tax and regulate” approach.  I tried the “no victim no crime approach”, and I got arrested for pushing too far with a protest and violating a “use of streets without a permit” law and I was arrested and put in a detention cell for a few hours.  After getting out, I hired a lawyer and a month later I got that law changed in July of 2010.

This was one of my South Eastern Idaho demonstrations in 2009.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXWGyXMJrVw

This was another demonstration in SE Idhao in 2009:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IMG6xJT1MbY

I have continued to do what I can to change the laws, and after all of these years.  If we are counting from the first time that I was arrested for marijuana (but not deterred), it has been 19 years.  I have learned over these years, that passively trying to effect or change these laws doesn’t do a lot of good.   If you change a law, the system of prohibition just adjusts itself, and makes the laws more strict even after relaxing them at first.  We saw this with prop215 in California, where they saw a 3x increase in possession arrests from 1990 to 2010.   People think that cannabis prohibition is so relaxed in California, but the fact is in 2010, sixty thousand (60,000) people were arrested for cannabis possesion (simply possesion!) in California.   Proof that prop215 did not relieve prohibition in California.   Hopefully SB 1449 passing will relieve prohibition a little, I am hopeful it will.  But Prop215 did the opposite of help in my opinion.

As I have watched President Obama fail to keep his promises, I have watched the liberal spectrum of the political system and I have become more and more disenchanted with that wing.   George W. Bush (I do not like him, nor did I vote for him) only had one Federal MMJ indictment under his belt as president in both terms.   Barack Obama has over 80 under his belt.  So the president who has made it so well known that he believes that the drug war has failed, and that he feels strongly about decriminalizing cannabis, has 8000% more federal cannabis indictments under his belt, than his conservative predecessor.    That blows me away!

This is my video to President Obama from 2008.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DwGdwItpCE

This video is from a top economist/professor, Jeffery Miron:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcRMRuS-J-U

But as I have watched liberal friends on facebook approach this, they seem to do the same passive aggressive law reform approach.  Like “ya prohibition is the worst thing that has plagued this country, but we’ll just relax the laws a little rather than nullify them”.    I recently wrote a few posts about Jared Allaway, because he has been leading a few of these law reform campaigns.   I wrote recently about I-584 “real legalization” in Washington and how it really doesn’t legalize anything.  It just puts another bandaid on the problem, rather than simply nullifying the harmful and illogical law completely.  It doesn’t even take cannabis off of the Washington State Unified Controlled Substances Act.
I also addressed Jared Allaway in a recent post that I made about “Socialism vs. Capitalism”.   Jared seems very passive aggressive in his comments, rather than saying exactly what he has to say, he kind of beats around the bush.   So I tried to light a fire, and I did yesterday, when I brought the same conversation up, where Jared was like “the federal government keeps persecuting cannabis people” and I said “Ya and we condone it by giving them endless tax monies”.   This comes after many conversations with Jared about how he is in agreement with Obama on “more taxes more taxes!”.
But my point is, the more taxes we give them, the more they spend on this obscene drug war, and wars over seas.
Yesterday he deleted my posts about it, and then I deleted him from my friends list.
All hail socialism or be censored

All hail socialism or be censored

I hate to delete people, and I usually don’t   But after I go way out of my way and I even make a video to illustrate my points  (no I don’t make a dime off my videos, no adwords or anything), and all of the time that I work on these points gets deleted, because someone demands to be in control.   Well, I just don’t have time for that shit.
This is the video that I made:
But I think it was good to draw the line in the sand.  Im tired of the passive aggressive activism, where no one wants to directly solve any problems, they just want to be responsible for some kind of “change”.  Pretty much ANY kind of change.   Socialism is really easy to push, because someone is rescuing someone else by giving them freebies from the government.   But socialism just doesn’t work, based on the reasons that I proposed in this blog post:   http://xcannabis.com/2013/07/socialism-or-capitalism-for-the-next-election/
I guess if push comes to shove, and it will for sure some day in this road we are headed down.  I think it’s better to push before the economy and the civilization deteriorate completely.  What happened when the USSR fell apart is the last thing that I want to see happen to our country, or for my children.  So if someone is going to propose running for governor, and Jared has.  I feel like I have the right to interject my opinion about his BS policies.
One thing that I can not be accused of, is passive aggressive action, or passive aggressive activism.   If I enlist myself in an endeavor, I go all in, or I don’t go at all.   I have to really believe in something to put myself in there.   So many people have ambition to be involved, but then they don’t get much done.  They either get rich, or they get famous, but they typically don’t get the job done.   I wouldn’t even propose putting myself in for a political campaign, unless I was willing to give it 100% and get stuff done once I get there.

A few days ago Eric Holder released his BIG NEWS about drug reform.  Rather than decriminalizing cannabis, like Obama campaigned on 6-7 years ago.    Holder says “we are going to change the mandatory minimum requirements”.  What?  That’s it!  That’s the big victory that everyone is so happy about?

Ref;   http://reason.com/archives/2013/08/14/eric-holders-prison-break

If you are an activist, it’s time to take inventory.   What have you done?  What positive change have you effected?  Have you accomplished ANY of the goals that you set out to do?   What’s the next step?   If you don’t know, it’s time to shit or get off the pot!

On that note, practicing medical physician and TV personality Sanjay Gupta came out and gave his new analysis on his old position on marijuana, and comes out decidedly in favor of ending cannabis prohibition!

http://www.businessinsider.com/sanjay-gupta-cnn-weed-thc-cbd-2013-8

 

Wrapping up one project and moving on to another

March 6th, 2013 | By Pirate

In the past 15 years I have started many internet/BBS/Website projects.   I have completed over 30 personal websites, and 100s of paid websites for clients and friends.

I feel like an architect in this way.  Once the project is complete, there is no need to continue to build it over and over.  Building is once is enough.   There are plenty of more builds to undertake.   When they are exactly as they are meant to be, over building or rebuilding can mess the whole project up.

This is the case with my projects that I have completed to this point.   Though xCannabis.com is still in BETA, the forum, and the over all destination for xCannabis is complete.  There are some minor tweaks and new functionality that will eventually be added to xCannabis.com.  But my role as editor, publish, author, etc is coming to an peak.  At this point I am going to take a “hiatus” (using that term loosely) from the blogging, and I am going to start working on building more infrastructure, and finish up a bunch of unfinished projects.

I spend a lot of time reading, writing and editing in regards to cannabis activism.  Yet there is SO much more to life, and to activism for me.  I am more concerned about our national debt than I am if Jimmy gets to puff a spliff legally.  Though the ending of prohibition of cannabis is already centered on GDP and commodity revenue.  That is what is getting the politicians on board with it.   But for me, it’s like writing a book.  I have completed the chapter on cannabis legalization, and community awareness causes.  More books will be written, but there is only so much time and so many words that can be put to this work at this time.

I’ve covered all of my legal interaction with this topic, including the time I spent in jail for cannabis and what led up to it.  I covered my conversion to being a deist and how I have learned cannabis consumption is an ancient religious ceremony in many world religions including Judaism and Christianity.   I’ve covered the politics of newly passed legislation regarding cannabis and historical legislation.  I’ve covered my view on the constitutionality of cannabis prohibition (which I think is key), and I have covered the capitalistic appeal of ending prohibition.

In this time we have created a half dozen cannabis related websites, we have created a few technologically related cannabis services, a non-centralized currency/economy here on xCannabis, and we have distributed a fair share of promotional materials that deal with ending cannabis prohibition, which included several hundred t-shirts, and lots of protesting/pamphleting .

One of my proudest moments was when I got a municipal law changed in Springville Utah that required protestors to get a permit.  A law that had been on the books since the 60’s and was repealed one month after I was arrested for violating this law.

But none of this compares to my wonderful little family, which have been in part neglected due to my activism.  My businesses have lacked funding and time investments, and my retirement plan is stagnating.

I am so happy to see other people out there distributing massive amounts of cannabis legalization media and such.  I am glad to see all of the new radio stations coming out supporting cannabis legalization, and newspapers too.   Colorado made some progress with Amendment 64, and many other states are climbing on board.

So now my focus is US debt reduction when it comes to politics.  Which includes ending the fed, and chipping away at wasteful government spending and wasteful government bureaucracies .  We are head over heels in debt, and the responsibility to pay it back will be heaped on the backs of our children.  We currently have more debt than GDP, and that is where Greece, Spain and now Cuba has gotten to with their socialistic practices and big government political structures.

Sure legalizing cannabis would help that problem a lot.  However if we still have an income tax, and if we still have the federal reserve, and if they put down tax structures like Washington state did with I-502, then it won’t make any difference because the government will just squander that as well.  So we need to fix the problems at their roots and work our way up, that is my goal.    How am I going to effect change you may wonder?  I believe that the free market can fix these things.  We can replace our current worthless bureaucracies with free market involvement.   (see Ron Paul’s statements on these worthless bureaucracies, he lays this out really well).

This was my message on facebook:

Instead of writing books of thoughts, and video of important topics to me, I pretty much need to call it a finished product and move on.

These are the sites and video blogs that I’ve made over the years.

I started with BehindZionCurtain.com (old content) in 2001.
http://youtube.com/behindzioncurtain
http://youtube.com/slu2com
Then Utah Pirate Radio in 2006
Old site: http://utahpirateradio.com (expired domain, I don’t own it anymore) http://youtube.com/utahpirateradio
Then xCannabis.com in 2008.
http://youtube.com/xcannabiscom
And in between 1999 and now, I’ve had a handful of others.
I think Im wore out.
I was saying this in 2007, that Im wore out.
Six years later, and now Im really tired.
This is from 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPYZDi_O9iE&list=UU5CsSkg0mbW11V6nSGVeYZQ&index=10

I figure this is a “fare-well” to many. At least in this format, I will be stepping away.

 

For more information on sites that we have built (incase they no longer exist)
This site is a great resource to see historical pages of these sites:   http://archive.org

And this is the last thing I want to post here (for at least awhile).

I believe capitalism, the free market, and hard work is the way cannabis prohibition will end.  Not by making new laws, but by repealing old dumb laws completely.

I recently made this video to talk about my recent investment into Cannabis Science Inc  (nasdaq symbol: CBIS)

 So I will be working on legalization while I sleep essentially.  24/7/365

Not to say I won’t come back for updates.  But right now, it’s time to focus!

Will Technology Advance Enough to Catch Politicians in Lies?

February 16th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have thought long and hard about how we can expose the lies instantly and obviously when politicians lie to the public.

A lot of the public are too trusting and innocent or more likely too lazy to research anything themselves.  But they are constantly getting force-fed propaganda from the media about which business to like, which politician to like, which colors are happiest.

I foresee a future where science brings lie detection that is 100% accurate.  I don’t know how or when, but science certainly has advanced in a very short time, and we are finding that many new sciences are close to 100% accurate.
I think it’s reasonable to suspect science can or maybe already has (for the government) produce such a technology.

Well in all of the years of activism, either me vs. the LDS/Mormon history and doctrine, me vs. the state (free speech or cannabis), or me vs. liberals who love abortion and socialism.  I have had a lot of accusations to discredit, defame, or to stress me.  But I wonder if the reason why my foes don’t confront me with the rumors and lies, is because they know I will film their BS, and then maybe some day, their lies will be exposed?

I personally won’t believe anyone about anything important, without solid proof.  Whether it is claims about ancient history, politics, or personal interactions.  Proof is required in this age of bullshit.

Musing on this, I made a video with commentary on the state of the union in the video below, and below that are two more videos about technology and tools to analyze human behavior such as truth vs. fiction.

 

 

The New Age of Science and the Future of Lie Detection by Rev Ryan

 

The Warrior Gene, Genetic tendency towards violence

 

Obama_Lie_Detector

BTW-  I loved this response to Obama’s state of the union by Rand Paul>
http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/rand-paul-asks-serious-questions-abou

How to fund an initiative without money?

August 26th, 2012 | By Pirate

I have just completed a blog post about what bitcoin is, and how it differs from standard currency used in today’s markets that are typically controlled by a central bank or a central government. Where as bitcoin is open source and community driven and completely decentralized.

But after writing this article I started thinking about all of the people who are working on initiatives unpaid and are in financial distress. Despite having the time and passion, they are lacking funds to help with.

There are two legalization initiatives on the ballot for 2012. We have Measure 80 in Oregon (www.octa2012.org), and Amendment 64 in Colorado (www.regulatemarijuana.org)

In writing about bitcoin and it functionality, I got thinking about the practical uses of bitcoin as well. Ive had one activist tell me that they are unable to do anything for any activism right now, because they lack even shoes or bus fare. Ive had another tell me that they would circulate petitions except they have no money to buy petitions. There are a lot of people out there that are really hurting right now.

So what I have done is I made a video to demonstrate how to use your internet connection to generate bitcoin, which can then be turned into pre-paid debit cards.

You do not need any money to invest other than the internet that you already pay for. There are several methods of getting free bitcoins.

One of these methods that are used by a lot of people to get bitcoin is to allow your computer to process payment blocks for the bitcoin system.
As it stands and always will, bitcoin is an open-source community driven digital currency. There is no central bank or government that control bitcoin. Bitcoin runs off of the processing power of the community, and therefor people can elect to put their computers to use to be able to process cryptographic payment blocks for the community. In return the system kicks out payments to those who process payments in the form of bitcoin. The payment percentage varies and there are some aggregate figure you can use to predict how much you will earn. But it all depends on your processing speed and internet connection speed. Some people build heavy duty data banks to process bitcoin blocks via multiple processors. Some using hundreds of processors to do this work. The more processing power you have, the more you can earn. But anyone can do this with any computer and any internet connection.
You can learn more about this at. https://bitminter.com/

There are other ways of earning free bitcoin. You can play some casino games that give free bitcoin without any investment except for the time it takes to play the game. In www.dragons.tl you can earn free bitcoin simply by search the statues in the game. You can withdraw these earnings to ANY bitcoin address. Like I said it doesn’t cost a penny to play this, but the rewards are real.

Other ways to doing this is to find a ‘pay-per-click’ site that pays in bitcoin. There are many, you will have to research this on your own.

So you are asking yourself, what do I do with these bitcoins, and how can they help a campaign drive?

This is the best question. For one, bitcoin can be spent at many merchants. Some who sell advertising, some who sell merchandise, and some who will exchange bitcoin for a pre-paid debit card.
If you go to the bottom of this page https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade you will see a small list of vendors who accept bitcoin, but there are plenty more out there.

One more resource mentioned in my video is. www.flexcoin.com, which is a bitcoin bank and makes it easy to send payments. (do your own research)

I have sent money to several different campaigns and promotional media as well. But with someone that has 3 kids to take care of, and a 90 year old woman (my wonderful grandma) we have had to upgrade our home, our car and every other aspect of our lives in recent months, and I can only contribute so much. So I want to empower others who are also struggling to come up with capital and this is the best way that I can think of.

I hope the video below helps!

To Donate>
Send bitcoins to: 1FsanA3kfySNo5wZdPQf5vx5wfobwKZo2X

Why in 75 years has the ACLU never supported a cannabis legalization initiative?

August 18th, 2012 | By Pirate

The Americans Civil Liberties Union founded in 1920 has a mission statement of:

“The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.”

Yet in the last 75 years, since prohibition of cannabis started at a federal level, and before that in state legislation, the ACLU has not once supported or initiated any cannabis freedom initiatives.  Despite having some very good initiatives to support, endorse or even fund.   The ACLU has not once before 2012 helped out with any of these, including a few in Washington that received hundreds of thousands of signatures.   But yet we are supposed to believe that they care about our cannabis liberty?

Now with the introduction of initiative 502 in Washington that would give very little freedom, and at the same time it would repeal freedoms of many who drive.   We are supposed to believe that they aren’t just in this to thwart other efforts to fully legalize cannabis?   Why didn’t Alison Holcomb or the ACLU back Sensible Washington’s initiatives that received hundreds of thousands of signatures?
Why introduce non-sensical driving policies that are not only redundant since Washington already has cannabis driving restrictions, not to mention Reckless driving laws, but also offers even more strict provisions for driving?

This seems like a half-assed attempt to stay relevant in civil liberties issues, while at the same time ensuring job security in defending people against criminal cannabis charges such as these new, and un-scientifically backed DUID provisions.

My words to the ACLU.  Just keep doing your job of persecuting Christians, and anyone who is on the right.  And leave the cannabis activism to the REAL cannabis activists who care about FREEDOM, not just your retirement.

If you want an example of Alison Holcomb’s work in cannabis rights.  Take a close look at SB 5073, which took rights and protections away from both doctors and cannabis providers while offering nothing in return.

Read more articles about SB 5073 here:
http://xcannabis.com/?x=0&y=0&s=SB+5073

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why in 75 years has the ACLU never supported a cannabis law reform?

So this is one thing I can thank facebook for

May 4th, 2012 | By Pirate

While we all complain about facebook from time to time.
I usually use facebook just to host automatic feeds as of late, because I am not loving timeline.
Fortunately I made a second account that does not have time line, and I may eject one and trade it for the other.

Aside from the complaints and the conspiracies. I do like facebook, because it makes it easy to send quick alerts, and make new contacts and meet up with old acquaintances. Its been basically like the new MySpace. But a lot of people do use Facebook manually and regularly. So when I need to get info out to people directly, facebook is a great way to communicate. I have a few open forums, and I post there sometimes back and forth about topics.

But ya know being an old techy type, I still am still fond of IRC.

I remember talking to my younger brothers when I moved to Washington state, they were in Utah via IRC using mIRC (a nifty little client/interface of IRC),
IRC is a good multiplatform communication community. Open source is always good. Their are all types of IRC interfaces, because the protocol they use is fairly common. IRC for phones is good for me. Saves on texting fees too. :)-~

http://www.bartcop.com/mirc.htm

HydraIRC
http://www.hydrairc.com/

free version of xchat for windows
http://www.silverex.org/news/

http://ircd.bircd.org/
http://www.bersirc.com/

In other news, and this is related to facebook. Jodie Emery, the wife and partner of the famous CCHQ (Cannabis Culture Head Quarters) in Vancouver BC has come out in favor of I-502.

I have to admit, I admire Marc and Jodie a lot, as well as the activist that have stood up with the Emery’s as a community such as Greg Williams and Michelle Rainey (RIP) www.michellerainey.com/, otherwise known as the BC3.

Well, I have to concede, I was shocked by their support for I-502.

But now that one of the people I look up to in the world with high esteem, and the one who’s activism really got me fired up in 2008. I am going to bow out of the situation in Washington with I-502.
I have said my peace. I have recorded my words. Those recordings remain available and my opinion of I-502 is the the same.

However out of great respect for the Emery’s, and because I have nothing more to add to my objections.
I am going to spend less time worrying about I-502. Ron Paul is still a major focal point of my goals this year. So I am going to say C’est la vie!

I have to admit another thing. I have read more from Steve Elliot these last 2 months than in the entire time Ive known of his existence which has been for a few years anyway.

We may not agree on religion. But more power to his words about I-502. A lot of his words echoed the way that many people in the community felt about I-502.

For the sake of that and other accomplishments. I commend Steve Elliot for some really excellent articles, and for publishing the Washington Activist piece with Cydney Moore.

I also commend Russ Belville for a buch of his articles. He really is gifted, and it was fantastic to see him debate Kevin Sabet!

Peace, Pot, Liberty !

Have a great weekened! We have a bunch of stuff coming up so check back later!