Articles Tagged: Activist

Comparing real activists to hipster pot dealers

January 28th, 2016 | By Pirate


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 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:

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

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

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:

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;

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:

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;

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.

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:

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.

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Time for a change, Reverend Ryan quit smoking weed

February 18th, 2013 | By Pirate

It’s not that I have anything against cannabis.  It’s not that I plan on permanently quitting using cannabis.
But right now I am feeling fine.   I use cannabis primarily for headache relief, as well as stress relief.
I still have a valid medical marijuana recommend.   But I have been feeling fine lately.  Fine enough that I don’t need cannabis any longer at this point.  I do still very much like cannabis.   But between the expense, and some of the side effects of cannabis (such as short term memory issues and concentration), and the fact that I am actively taking pilot lessons I have decided to take a break.


Right now my family is learning Gaelic (via RosettaStone, GREAT software), and I am going back to school.  So memory retention is very necessary right now.

That is not to say that people can not do well on cannabis.  Because they certainly can.  I passed many of difficult tests while using cannabis.  My wife was a straight A student all throughout school, and got an academic scholarship to Westminster in Utah, and during her highschool years, she was stoned every day all day.

But this is a bit different.  I will be piloting a plane.  I will be taking off and landing at potentially busy airports during my training.   So this is a much more serious situation than taking a math test in high school.


As I said, I am still a fan of cannabis in society.  I still believe that cannabis is mostly harmless.   I am still a supporter and activist for legalization.   But the difference is, that I am going back to a point where I was 10-12 years ago, where I am back in school and I am trying to get the biggest bang for my buck with learning (both piloting and the Gaelic language).

I wanted to mention incase my time on this blog become more and more limited, which I suspect that it will.
However, PLEASE support Hempfest, and please consider sending good vibes to Vivian McPeak who is having a difficult time right now.   Vivian is a living legend and the founder of Hempfest.  He just had his car stolen (mind you a very special car).   Look Vivian up on facebook to see the car, and to find out how you can help.
I just bought Vivian’s book “Protestival”.  AWESOME book, with a DVD and an amazingly professional publishing.   Good work!  (see the book features in my video above)

One more note, is that I will be neglecting  too for awhile.  But please check the archives if you are interested in past shows.  I will probably be updating my youtube from time to time at:

I had planned on showing off some of the shirts that I ordered from Jared Allaway, but they haven’t shown up yet.  Please also check out Jared Allaway on facebook to see his shirt campaign.  AWESOMENESS!

Peace, Pot and Liberty!!

xCannabits Economy 2013 – Beta + Reopened the Forums

February 8th, 2013 | By Pirate

For the last four years we have been working on fine tuning two different aspects of
Originally we designed to be a social network, news site, and activist reporting hub. as well as my family grew very quickly since August 2008 when this all started.
We originally took on four content contributors that we met online who wanted to contribute and help where we had to leave off, with our ever growing family.
In order to reward them, we set up a point system in the background with “Cubepoints” for wordpress.  We didn’t tell anyone about it, because it was not a certain solution to compensation, just a thought.
For about 4 and a half years anyone who has logged into the site, or posted comments have been earning points.  It is still working good, and if you have ever saw the “Dashboard” of your account on xCannabis you have probably noticed your points accumulating.

Some of this has been an experiment for me to explore the possibility of converting to a commodity based market that is outside of the status quo.
I have worked with a lot of different software over the years, and I have posted youtube videos about my experiences with testing a localized commodity based economy.  (see the links at the bottom)

There have been hiccups along the way, both in coding and in social relationships that are directly connected to xCannabis and how she works.

We have met some really great people.  The original four our stilling in our thoughts and prayers.  We also greatly appreciate the open source projects and the developers that we have worked with to get where she is today.
There have been a lot of changes, and we have hoped to always be the “best buddy” to people who support us, and to try to back everyone involved in creating a cannabis business.
But someone hopes and expectations differ slightly from reality.  Though we remain hopeful.

In the past several years we have witness other countries around the world like Greece and Cuba experience very difficult financial and economic situations.
Iceland also got into trouble with finances.  The difference being the way these countries approached it.
I believe that Iceland did the right thing by convicting the bankers for theft basically.
Cuba is now converting from socialism back to a standing form of capitalism after their socialist economy failed to provide jobs and resources to the people as of late.
With the USA printing money so frantically, we expect similar results with our home land.  We hope for better, and we pray for change.  But realistically we see the USA heading down hill fast due to our corrupt central banking system.

In honor of the free market and Ron Paul, we offer our alternative economy to our members.

Our economy is based on user activity.  The more our users participate the more cannabits they earn.
We encourage business owners and members to contibute to the storehouse so that xCannabis can continue to sponsor our user’s activity and provide them with high quality products.

If any advertisers are interested in contributing to the storehouse, contact xCannabis at:

This is the video that I made to demonstrate the improved Beta release of Cannabits

For more on the topic of Greece, Cuba, Iceland and alternative currencies and economies see the links below.

Iceland jails bankers

Ron Paul wins with Audit the Fed Bill  

Rand Paul reintroduces the Audit the Fed Bill

Cuba to Fire 500,000 Government Workers

Greeces staves off bankruptcy but troubles lie ahead

Using Open Source Currency To Trade (online and offline)

xCannabis Forums

xCannabis Store:

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 (, and Amendment 64 in Colorado (

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.

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 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 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., 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:









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. :)-~


free version of xchat for windows

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), 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!

BRAVO: COP WATCH 4 Police Officers Assess a homeless man requiring medical attention

April 25th, 2012 | By Pirate

This is good activism right here.

Less than a month after Kelly Thomas  in Orange County CA was killed by police, this brave activist sees cops harassing a homeless man and he jumps into action and films most of the harassment of 4 squad cars, and at least that many cops.

This is the video:

From COP BLOCK, my new favorite activist site!

Filming in public what are your rights?

April 25th, 2012 | By Pirate

First we must define “what is public”?

I know that the law allows for one party consent in more than 10 states.   Utah being one of them, and I know because I have utilized this when dealing with police.  That applies to telephone, video etc.

But what about online, what makes online events public vs. private?

I know that on facebook and other social websites like MySpace, making a conversation, a group, a profile private is easy.
There are a lot of tutorials and ‘help’ sections to learn more about doing this.

So when a group is public, or when an email has been sent.  Are those situations where events are “public” or at least rightfully recorded?

I think so.  I have found serious issues that have included threats, bullying, intimidation and even elderly abuse online and I have recorded several of those types of events.

I don’t mind being criticized for it.  Activists do it all of the time with police and violent encounters.
I see using video is a tool for an activist, just as it is a tool of the nanny state.

It is suggested by studies that the average US citizen gets filmed without giving consent at least 300 times per day.
Which includes public camera, private (businesses) cameras, traffic lights, toll booths, police cameras (dashcams), etc.

I like to have a recording of weird shit that has presented itself in my life as well.


Here is an example that I found on YouTube recently that illustrates my point.

These are videos that I made that have come in handy in the past.

This incident would have been better if I had a recording of the event that took place.
But I did get some interesting data from these recordings, from public officials.

This is another issue that I recorded, and I truly believe the camera is what saved me.

This is another one of my new favorite websites: