Articles Tagged: money

What’s wrong with the USA chocolate or silver?

July 13th, 2015 | By Pirate

The question of ” What’s wrong with the USA chocolate or silver? ” was recently answered for me today, when I watched a video that Mark Dice made, when he went to the street with a handful of chocolate bars and a 10 oz bar of silver worth about $150 in current silver spot prices.

I was astonished that he got rid of a stack of chocolate bars, but was left standing with a 10 oz bar of silver.

It was amazing even more so, because he was standing outside a coin store, that he offered to verify for at least one of the “winners” that the silver was real.


silver or chocolate

silver or chocolate

Yet the people were so much more interested with the instant gratification of getting their chocolate bar, that they neglected to realize that they could have taken that silver, cashed it in at the coin store that was in the same parking lot, and then went across the street to the convenience store and bought 100 of those chocolate bars with the money that they got from cashing in the silver.   Within 5 minutes of making the choice to take one of the two items, had they made the right choice, they would have had enough money to make a car payment, or buy a nice gift for their sweetheart, or a million other useful things.

But this society is so indulgent that the instant gratification of taking a chocolate bar that they could eat RIGHT NOW, was far more interesting than taking the $150 worth of silver, that would have taken them 5 minutes to cash in for far more value.

And this is why socialists like Obama, or Bernie Sanders, and others have a far better chance of winning a presidential election than someone like Ron Paul.

Even though Ron Paul’s methods and policies would take a little more effort, and possibly a little more initial sacrifice, the end result would be much more prosperous, and the long term benefits would be far greater than the instant gratification of taking free handouts from socialists, that will in the end hurt our country the most.

So at the end, what was incredibly frustrating, is that I tried to share this with my group on facebook @xcannabis, and I got a message about the content not being “safe”.
The content was uploaded to facebook, it was not a 3rd party video, and it was not “adult” or “dangerous” content.  It was about chocolate and silver!

Here is the message that I got on facebook about this ‘dangerous’ content.   What’s wrong with the USA, chocolate or silver?

Banned Facebook Unsafe chocolate video

Banned Facebook Unsafe chocolate video

Why the free market is so important to my family and yours (pre-wreck prophecy)

July 9th, 2013 | By Pirate

Why the free market is so important to my family and yours (pre-wreck prophecy)

I made this video exactly one month before I got in a terrible accident in which one person died, and I barely lived.
I practically predicted this accident.  It’s crazy.  Pay attention to minute 4:50 and beyond.
Then see this about my accident exactly one month later:  Denied the ability to serve again

The point of the video was to explain how inflation affects the poor most, and when the government spends a ton of money, that drastically effects inflation.

When mandates and government force says “You must do or else”, that is reason enough to resist socialism.  But beyond that, socialism is unsustainable.  We can not continue to give corporate welfare, and social welfare and continue to live with our present standard of living.

I speak about how health care has changed for us. even though I work for the same company, our benefits continue to cost more, and our return on this investment keeps getting less and less.   Insurance is too expensive to maintain under Obama care.

Putting my money where my mouth is – Cannabis Stocks

June 6th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have been talking for a long time how I believe in the cannabis market.  I have also mentioned on frequent blog post and video blog how I have lost trust in most of the top cannabis lobbies out there.

So I have put my money where my mouth is.   When I entered the stock market I said I would only buy cannabis stocks.  I have stuck to that, and so far I have the follow stocks.

CBIS :  420 Shares
HEMP:  5,008 Shares
MJNA:  1655 Shares

I have put more than $500 into these shares, but they continue to lose value so what I currently have is work just over $430 today.  Every time the stock goes down, I buy more.  I am waiting for the surge in price during the next election, just like was witnessed in the last election.

I honestly believe that far beyond any cannabis lobby that would like to claim credit for cannabis freedom, that the market itself will be the driving force.

If there is a large profit with these stocks, we will take dividends off the top in some beneficial amounts and feed the websites that we run to blog about cannabis.  Which includes,,, and

I encourage all of my readers to look in to cannabis stocks.   There are a lot more than I have listed here.  I only listed the stocks that I have so far invested in, but I am looking at a few others too.


How is Washington’s I-502 worse than California’s recent SB 1449 decriminalization bill?

August 28th, 2012 | By Pirate

How is Washingtons I-502 worse than California’s recent SB 1449 decriminalization bill?

I mentioned SB 1449 in this video where California just decriminalized cannabis last year, but did not introduce any new DUI provisions to replace it.   SB1449 makes sense, because it reduces penalties without adding new penalties.  In fact, possession small amounts of cannabis in California is no longer a crime.

Reference here:

I am referring people to Bitcoin as much as possible to help raise money for initiatives.
This is one of the articles.…

Already existing laws in Washington that are intended to protect the roads from impaired driving without I-502 getting voted in.

RCW 46.61.502: Driving under the influence

RCW 46.61.500: Reckless driving

Here is a study from the UK on cannabis + driving that I mentioned in the video:

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!

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About the standard of currency and the alternatives

August 26th, 2012 | By Pirate

For the last decade or so I have been researching the prices of alternative currencies to the United States Federal Reserve dollar  (USD).  I have researched gold and silver and in the last two years I have been keeping my eye on bitcoin.

Gold and silver make sense because they keep their value very well and they are a tangible item with intrinsic value.  Everyone knows how the price of gold continues to go up.  Silver has stayed very steady but has not saw the increase that gold has.   Silver has increased over the last 10 years, and is worth has had around a 900% increase from 2002 to 2012.  In 2002 the price of silver was about $4.25, and in 2012 the price of silver is around $33.50.   The same increase was realized with gold, but with much more over all value of course.  In 2002 the price of gold was a little over $300, and in 2012 the price of gold is over $1600.

You can view these charts here for the exact information at the present time:

Then there is the Bitcoin value.  In the two years that I have been watching bitcoin, I have watched the value start at nearly nothing per coin, then it went all the way up to $35, and now its down to about $10.50.
You can see this here:

The interesting thing about bitcoin is that it is based on current market value of the bitcoin community.  Like gold and silver it depends on no central government or bank, it is open source and community driven.  On the down side it has no intrinsic value, it is all digital.  Other than what the bitcoin market itself is worth.

More on bitcoin from wiki:

Bitcoin is an experimental new digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is also the name of the open source software which enables the use of this currency.

The software is a community-driven open source project, released under the MIT license and originally created by Satoshi Nakamoto.

Bitcoin is one of the first implementations of a concept called crypto-currency which was first described in 1998 by Wei Dai on the cypherpunks mailing list. Building upon the notion that money is any object, or any sort of record, accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a given country or socio-economic context, Bitcoin is designed around the idea of using cryptography to control the creation and transfer of money, rather than relying on central authorities.

Sourced from and Wikipedia.


But in any case, whether it be precious metal, or digital currency to me the value is more secure than the US federal reserve notes (USD).

Certainly if I had an ideal economy it would all be based on commodities like food and craftsmanship.  However in this economy it is difficult to pay bills, or send provisions or payments over great distances with commodities.

I have thought having cannabis as a commodity/currency would solve a lot of inflation problems.  But that is not feasible just yet.

So I have a few videos and points of interest to share with you.

First of all this is an animated video about the collapse of “the American Dream”.
The second video is from Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano about Bitcoin.
The third video is a video that describes Bitcoin and ways to procure bitcoin without any moneitary investment.

In cryptography we trust!


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Spokesman for pot group fired at news conference

August 17th, 2012 | By Pirate

I oppose I-502 as well, but I sure as hell would have fired Philip too.  He is a total profiteer and a complete embarrassment to the cannabis movement.
Just like when he was charging dispensaries $5000 a year to be a part of the WCA which went all defunked shortly after people started giving up their money.

This is a meeting that I went to in January 2011 and Phillip Dawdy was hustling dispensaries for $5000 a pop, and then shortly after taking their money, shut down the Washington Cannabis Association that he was trying to build.

Sensible Washington Meeting (Spokane) 1/12/2010

Also reference:

More information can be found here:

My advice..   Wow…  I really don’t have any here.  But I do think that Philip Dawdy was a better journalist than cannabis activist.

Dave Bilsland Advocate for the less fortunate

April 12th, 2011 | By Pirate

Dave Bilsland is a guy I have met here in Spokane who quite honestly Ive yelled at.
But as a charming Irish gentleman, and a good political eagle Dave has not so much as raised his voice back. Dave has been a gentleman and fellow concerned citizen working for improving the lives of those around him.

I had some how missed this about Dave, though I had heard Dave speak about this, I didn’t actually know much about his structure and his professional approach to repealing the shelter ordinance in Spokane.

Dave’s participation in organizing: “Help 4 the Homeless” Contribution Drive is a really great story for inspiration as an activist.
I just got done telling Dave on facebook that even when I was homeless I didn’t accomplish as much for the homeless as Dave has.

My main drive has been to legalize cannabis as I believe it will benefit the other 99% who don’t have family wealth to rely on. Those who earn their money, including homeless and others. I think legalizing cannabis/hemp we will create a few more jobs and have some great products to produce out of locally grown hemp.

Dave Bilsland and many activists here in Spokane know about this as well. I am blessed to know how active this community is, and how when I came back to this city, I was simply comforted to hear through the grapevine that there was going to be a dispensary in Spokane, and when I heard about the dispensary I quickly got my recommend, as I had been a patient for many years for my condition.

After that there was some troubles, and NORML announced that they would be having some meetings. Of which I attended just about all of them from 2009 forward.

I was blessed to have met briefly some great activists, including a few who are involved in pushing the I-1149 campaign. Doug Hiatt was at a few meetings. It was good.

We have disagreed and we have had good times, all in all I just wanted to say cheers to David Bilsland, and thanks for all you are doing and thanks to those supportive members of this community who work together to see a brighter future for liberty in our state and our world!

I got this from the Sensible Spokane website:

Raising Awareness

PJALS – Hand Full of Salt Aug 2004

People 4 People Putting a face on Homelessness April 10

Spokane rousts homeless camp July 9, 2004

Homeles advocates blast Spokane camping law July 12, 2004

Word Is Bond – Someone Always wants to be someone

March 13th, 2011 | By Pirate

After having many friendships and several business relationships fail I have looked back to figure out what went wrong.

To me it always comes down to egos.  It comes down to someone wanting to be someone that either they are not, or that they aspire to be.

In the case of Change it seems like it came down to money.  It’s always about money.  As much as people say “I dont do it for the money”.  I always find it suspect when they say that, yet there are hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.

Lets take for example the story of Christopher Stevens in Spokane Washington.   Chris Stevens bravely opened Change in Spokane.
This is the website that I made for them when I was a patient:
Along with Scott Shupe and a few other brave business men in Spokane.   I was blessed by their services to help relieve inflammation of a vesicular anomaly in my brain.  I traded my services in website design and website hosting for medicine and it was a great blessing to me.   I was happy to be a small part of something so awesome and historical.
Chris registered the domain, and I put the site together.
I drove all the way from Deer Park to Spokane weekly to get good quality, fresh medicine.  It wasn’t hugely convenient, but since I didn’t know anyone in Deer Park as we had just moved there, it was nice to be able to walk into a store that I knew had regular business hours and a regular supply of at least 5-10 strains of medicine.  Sometimes I have different symptom and sometimes different strains help in helping me in different ways.  So that was a huge blessing above and beyond what I had available in the black market.

So finally after the state accepts $11,000 from Change for taxes, and shortly after Scott Shupe was caught in Oregon with more than his limit of medicine.   They get raided and shut down and the police also went to four other residents houses.

Shortly after that happened, I created some software mods that I released for free to help dispensaries prove that they were only selling cannabis to “one patient at any one time”   You can see that service here: anyone can download and use those softwares and use our website and our youtube videos for free.

While Mr. Stevens is in jail, he is filmed with this testimonial about the events that took place over the span of three months previous.

Now this is where I get confused, because while Mr. Stevens was running for city council, and while he was running Change with his business partners, they were telling us this was about “compassion” and “medicine”.
But in this interview Mr. Stevens claims that his business partners lured him into Change based on “making millions of dollars”.

But now, not only was it about millions of dollars.  Now Mr. Stevens is turning state evidence on one of these people who suckered him in to making “millions of dollars”.

“Shupe faces charges of delivery, possession and manufacture of a controlled substance — all felonies that might come with prison time. (Change’s other owner, Christopher Stevens, plans on testifying against Shupe, which will lessen his own charge to a relatively minor misdemeanor.)”   ref:

You can say what you want about Scott Shupe, but one thing is for sure.  He bravely paved the way for other patients, and stuck his neck out for a whole bunch of people.   I guess the difference between Scott and Chris, is that Chris is honest about it being all about money.  I don’t know what Shupe’s motives were for sure, but I suspect the pay wasn’t bad.

Here’s the thing.  It has been said by many of fine humans  “united we stand, divided we fall”.   We can’t be turning over on our friends.  Regardless on if they duped you into making millions or not!
I really liked Chris, and he was even running for city council, and was very kind to patients.  But this whole event makes me think of a bumper sticker that I once saw  “The more I know about humans, the more I love my dog”.

This is a sad day for medical cannabis in Washington.   We need to clear this law up once and for all, and simply LEGALIZE IT!

Sensi Life Radio – When you can’t get press

January 5th, 2011 | By Pirate

When you can’t get press, MAKE YOUR OWN. That is my motto anyway. We are tired of the piss poor job that the media does of covering pot issues in Washington state, and other states. Utah is a particularly hard place to get anything done because most of the media is controlled by a dominant religious force that is completely against marijuana usage, and seemingly any kind of freedom in general.

So after years of dealing with this in Utah, and now finding that even many of the legalization groups aren’t covering what is going on in Washington, we have put together a 24/7 broadcasting server and we have 2 weekly radio shows.  
You can hear this at: and several of our other sites including

We are also looking to syndicate other broadcasters via Sensi Life to get more prospective on the liberty topics that we broadcast.
So if you are interested now is your chance.    Write info @

Here is a tutorial on setting up your radio station for free:

On to other news.   We have contributed some items from Emerald Sun Design Studio to Sensible Washington which will be used to raffle off and raise money.  Please contract Jessica Nuna Or Britney Lanza via facebook.   If you haven’t added them, please do!   We need all of the help that we can get this year.

Currently the item being raffled is a vintage tie dye designed and printed by Liquid Blue in 1991.   It is rare, brand new and never worn before.
This raffle is going on until Feb 1st 2010!

sensible washington raffle

This is a better look at the shirt: