Articles Tagged: zion curtain

The importance of social media – corporate media vs. social media

June 1st, 2011 | By Pirate

I have been involved in social media since about 1993 when I started getting connected to BBS’s (Bulletin Board Systems) with my commodore 64 computer.  In fact I used my cousin’s Commodore for a few years before that which is what got me hooked.
The thrill was being able to communicate instantly, and freely anytime I wanted to anywhere in the world about any topic I could think of and mostly without censorship!
This was before the internet as we know it.  This was on a big server called Fidonet, and others.   There were local, and international BBS’s.  It was amazing!   Being someone trapped “Behind the Zion Curtain” in Utah, where free expression was resisted and shunned very much.  This new form of communication was like medicine for my soul.

Now there is just so much more available, and it is progressing in so many ways.   20 years ago it was just text based chats and emails.  Now it’s videos, and MMPORPG.   The speeds of communication are beyong my wildest dreams 20 years ago when I was using a home built radio shack kit 300 baud modem..  If you can even imagine.  A 56K modem is about 25 times faster than what I was using back in the day.

But I could ask things and say things that I couldn’t ask or say in the flesh for the most part.  Parents and school officials certainly wouldn’t have any of it.  I found that out quickly by getting suspended from school a dozen or so times, usually for wearing a Sex Pistols concert shirt or something.

Social media breaks the mold of commerical media.  It may not be polished and professional, but it is raw, and real.

I am doing a 30 minute show today on BlogTalkRadio about cannabis and I am going to further explore this medium of communication.   Please join @ 3pm PST

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sensilife/2011/06/01/cannabis-and-the-hurdles-of-full-legalization

Call in number to speak the show

Call toll free:
888-644-3872    (ext. 709)
888-NI4D-USA   (ext. 709)

(626) 696-8606

Also please see our latest publish article on another great social media platform:

http://huffingtonpostunionofbloggers.org/2011/06/01/corporate-socialism-and-the-cannabis-industry/

Marijuana Radio – Sign of the division

December 30th, 2010 | By Pirate

I have been doing a lot of radio shows recently about unity.  I have been more concerned than ever about the division in the cannabis community than ever before the past year, so I have decided to start broadcasting again.  I was doing a reggae show for a part of last year and 2009.  But I have gotten distracted with buying land in California, working on legalization in 3 states, starting  a new business and being a dad and all the other stuff. 
But with renewed need, and an invitation to do some interviews with Pastor Ray Christl I have put my heart back into doing radio again.

My motto is; when you can’t get media from traditional sources, MAKE YOUR OWN!


The one thing that we are lacking, is pro-equipment and software, advertising capitol, and guest hosts.  
We are very intersted in opening up our broadcasting network  (Sensi Life) to other broadcasters.

We love free speech and other points of view, and we think that uniting other broadcasters can really help strengthen the cannabis voice in the mainstream media culture.


I have been building   www.SLU2.com for the last 4 years when I originally bought the domain, and it was originally intended to broadcast my thoughts to Utahans.  Now SLU2.com coming along, yet still in a beta stage, not quite ready for a full launch.   Before we officially launch, we would like to have at least 5 regular broadcasters.   I believe that I have at least 2 spots besides mine filled.  Pastor Ray Christl is on board, and I have to requests from Utah, one that I believe is already onboard, and I have had some interests from groups in Washington that promote legalization of cannabis.


We have a huge heart for Utah and we anxiously look forward to seeing more free expression being broadcast to that area.  There is a serious liberty issue in Utah, many issues.  I look forward to seeing the Zion Curtain free again some day.


We also have been reaching out to other marijuana radio stations and inviting them to our network.  I want to combine resources and talent to become very useful to the community that we serve and to liberty.


So far we do have a station setup at BlogTalkRadio and we will continue to use BlogTalk for now.  We have also setup SensiLife for a independent radio station that we will try to broadcast all of our network shows once we get that organized.  You can see that station here:   http://www.SensiLife.com/listen/


Listen to internet radio with xcannabis on Blog Talk Radio



Here are some recent interviews, and we talk a lot about unity in these.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puGBg5MN9yc (1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXrpl7NtyyQ (2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igLZvbouUbw (3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCwNfd4bJGE (4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKy1HyvRRIw (5)

Here is the show in it’s entirety from 12/3/10

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/libertytalk/2010/12/03/liberty-talk

You can see some of my shows at:   http://blogtalkradio.com/xcannabis

I have spoke about Unity in the last couple of interviews that I have done one other people’s shows.

I was the featured guest on this show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odMH3SG6dMs (1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X18fAWcNOyc (2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svOG6uJK2bI (3)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/claydouglas/2010/12/01/the-free-american-hour <whole show)



My condolences to MJRadio.  I hope all of these radio hosts can work together in the future and we can all forge ahead!


End of the MJRadio Show:  http://marijuanaradio.com/mr/MarijuanaRadioGoodbye-122010.mp3


Shalom!



http://marijuanaradio.com/mr/MarijuanaRadioGoodbye-122010.mp3

Utah 3rd annual hempfest Sept 29th 2010

September 24th, 2010 | By Pirate

Hempfest Utah 2010

This is an announcement to those living behind the Zion Curtain. 
The 3rd annual hempfest in Utah is coming up at the UofU.

September 29th 2010

Facebook group <


FREEDOM!!

Behind the Zion Curtain – Protesting Tomorrow and Saturday.

June 10th, 2010 | By Pirate

I have arrived in Utah, and I have begun to set things up.  I turned in the proper paper work to the police department this after noon, after getting signatures from the Zoning dept, the Fire Department and the City office receptionist.  But when I turned it in to the police department, they took my paper work and said “the Sargent will have to get back to you”.   I was surprised that there wasn’t someone else who could act in his absence.   Anyway, we shall see how that turns out.  But I can protest with out a permit, the noise permit is all I am waiting on.

We have a bunch of shirts incase anyone shows up.   As seen in my last post.


So come on out, every one is encourage to stand up for your rights!


June 11th, Noon
4th District Court (Freedom Blvd and 100 North), Provo
Protesting to end prohibition in front of drug court


June 12th, Noon

4th District Court (Freedom Blvd and 100 North), Provo
Protesting to end prohibition in front of drug court

Douglas Hiatt on I-1068, sounds like heaven!

April 5th, 2010 | By Pirate

I just want to thank Dougals Hiatt  and those who are working on I-1068!  Thank you so much!


This is Douglas Hiatt on King5 News talking about I-1068 and legalizing marijuana in Washington.
These are great facts!


This is for my Utah friends and people who are Latter Day Saints (Mormons)


A.D. 1854. The earliest paper to be made in Utah was formed by hand by Thomas Howard, an English Mormon, assisted by Thomas Hollis. The small beginning was sponsored by Brigham Young (1801-77) and the Mormon Church.  The first sheets of paper were produced on June 27, 1854 and probably found their original use in the printing of the Deseret News, Brigham Youngs newspaper, which began publication in Great Salt Lake City, June 15, 1850 this notice appeared in his newspaper:  Rags! Rags! Rags! Save your rags, everybody in Deseret, save your rags; old wagon covers [hemp], tents [hemp], quilts [hemp and flax], shirts [hemp], etc., are wanted for paper. [First mill opened in the Far West.]

Legalizing cannabis is not an un-Mormon priniciple



Whats with the monkey?

Currently one of our rotating head logos has a smoking monkey on it.
Some want to know whats up with the monkey’s? 
It doesn’t have a lot to do with the Zion Curtain, but in Jack Herer’s book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes“, there is an article about the government tests done with marijuana in the 70’s.

The researchers gave the monkey enough smoke to suffocate them, and that is exactly what happened to them, over and over again. Tell me one human that you know who smokes 63 Colombian strength joints in 5 minutes!?!?!! 
See this article, or reference The Emperor Wears No Clothes”.

How that relates to me, or even Utah.  Is that I served almost 8 months in Utah for possession (not distribution, not for growing, JUST possession) of a few grams of weed before I was 19 years old.  Utah has insane weed laws.


http://xcannabis.com/2009/08/jack-herer-on-the-marijuana-monkeys/

http://xcannabis.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys1.jpg

http://xcannabis.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys2.jpg

http://www.jackherer.com/chapters.html

Eleventh of September

Uwe Banton – 11th September

11th of September is a sad day for many different tragic events in history.
I think about this day on occasion. Even though it’s sad, it’s good to remember.

News from the Rev

Happy New Year!   I’ve been busy with some projects.  Doing some community service, by modifying some really cool open source software, for use in a marijuana dispensary environment.  I’ve invested some $$ and a lot of time in to this project.  We released the software(s) for free at EmeraldPOS.com
I have also been busy with cancer awareness and I have been posting what the CURE for cancer is, CANNABIS!
The new year 2010 seems like the old year, but progress IS being made in our government. If nothing else, the government is respecting the 10th Amendment better than in previous days. Marijuana is not such a villainous plant is seems. Laws are being passed, public servants are not being prejudice or piggoted (pot biggoted?)..

It also seems many if not most than many of the politicians in office today including the last 3 presidents of the USA are ‘former’ pot smokers. The current president “inhaled frequently, that was the point” by his own admission. Pot isn’t the evil corruption of this world like many religious folk make it out to be.   In fact, it’s quite the opposite.   I made a few videos last year about religion and cannabis.   Please enjoy the links below.  From the video at the top that shows that cannabis cures cancer.  To the cannabis and religion videos that I’ll be posting at the bottom. All in all 2009 was a great year, and 2010 seems like it will be the same.  Praise Jah!

Cannabis Cures Cancer



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGmPamqJpf8

More Cannabis Cures Cancer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJcVr0GLsEA

Politics – Utah vs. Marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfp25vJZ_5k

1rst web sermon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z0lVzdP7DI

Politics, Religious Freedom (Barack Obama): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa8Q2I4TpZI

Protest at Drug Court in Idaho Falls on 4/20/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXWGyXMJrVw

There was a bunch of good times. You can see the rest of them at: http://youtube.com/xcannabiscom

http://youtube.com/utahpirateradio

I think one of the better videos that I’ve made was my topic of Marcus Garvey / Bob Marley and the Irish Immigration in the early days of the USA, at least this is one that I put a lot of heart in to.



Yolanda Madden gets a new trial!

I love Barry Cooper, I think he is an outstanding human being. 
He is the former ‘top drug officer’ in his area, where in his career he headed a 14 organization drug task force.

Barry Cooper ultimately saw the pain and destruction and ineffectiveness of the drug war, and he switched sides and married a pot dealer.

See the latest story about what happened when Barry Cooper setup Odessa TX police in order to bring attention to the Yolanda Madden case.

Yolanda Madden gets a new trial! < link to Cooper’s site!

It’s too bad when the legal system itself is more corrupt than the so-called “criminals”. 
Odessa PD should be ashamed!

Good work Barry!

Legalizing cannabis is not an un-Mormon priniciple

It is a fact that Brigham Young himself directed his flock to grow cannabis.

From a document by an Idaho state Rep (Tom Trail)

Seven states have approved hemp cultivation. Many more might follow if North Dakota clears all the administrative and legal hurdles. Idaho Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, says he will resubmit a thrice-rejected bill allowing farmers to plant hemp if North Dakota succeeds. To the Eastern Idaho legislators who object, Trail notes that Brigham Young, patriarch of the early Mormon Church, directed Utah settlers to grow hemp.

“I think it’s a good crop,” Trail says.

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/tools/story_pf.asp?ID=166347

Here are other references to Brigham Young’s direction to Mormon settlers.

(he also instructed them to grow tobacco)

A.D. 1854. The earliest paper to be made in Utah was formed by hand by Thomas Howard, an English Mormon, assisted by Thomas Hollis. The small beginning was sponsored by Brigham Young (1801-77) and the Mormon Church.  The first sheets of paper were produced on June 27, 1854 and probably found their original use in the printing of the Deseret News, Brigham Youngs newspaper, which began publication in Great Salt Lake City, June 15, 1850 this notice appeared in his newspaper:  Rags! Rags! Rags! Save your rags, everybody in Deseret, save your rags; old wagon covers [hemp], tents [hemp], quilts [hemp and flax], shirts [hemp], etc., are wanted for paper. [First mill opened in the Far West.]

http://www.hempmuseum.org/SUBROOMS/HEMP%20PAPER%20CHRON.htm

This one from Rep. Tom Trails of Idaho:

http://www.infotrail.com/idaho2008/Pre_Legislative_Update/Hemp_Update/hemp_update.html

Like the prohibition in the 30’s that cost much money and many lives.  This prohibition (of cannabis) will end too!

Judge and former narcotics agent support legalization

Judge Nepolitano with special guest Barry Cooper discuss the benefits of ending prohibition, just like the USA did in the 30’s with alcohol.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV3bBqpy76M

Also see this report:

A labor organization’s former voice for a drug-free work force pleaded guilty Friday to trafficking medical-grade marijuana.

I support Barry Cooper for Attorney General! Go Barry!

Utah is responsible for the first cannabis prohibition

Police Harassment in Utah

Police Harassment in Utah

I have been researching the beginning of cannabis prohibition in the USA.  I have found several sources that show that the first prohibition of cannabis in the USA started with Mormons in Utah, without any science or logical reasoning.

Mormons which outlaw coffee, tea, alcohol, and tobacco for dogmatic religious reasons, banned cannabis when a group of Mormon missionaries returned from Mexico with cannabis.

This movie “High – A true tale of American Marijuana”  is a great show with truthful history of cannabis prohibition in the USA.
I HIGHLY recommend it!


HIGH The True Tale of American Marijuana

Also see a post that I made about this on xCannabis.com.

Also reference drugwarrant.com which has a great article on the subject.

LDS bloggers vs. the facts – prohibition discussion

This is a conversation that I recently got into with some long time LDS blogger aquaintenances that I have chatted with for over 8 years.  I felt compelled to bring this conversation to my blog and archive it, because with some of these same folks, I have had over 500 posts deleted in one day.  So I wanted to set the record straight, and archive it.

I’ve done this before when they have accused me of lying, cheating, and abusing them.  ROFL.  I either make a video, and/or archive these conversations for later.  I have a whole collection of these conversations spanning over 8 years, because of how many times I’ve been censored by some of these folks.

Anyway, this conversation is about LDS sponsored prohibition.   I made comments earlier in the conversation about “Why don’t LDS spend more money feeding the poor and helping out widows, and less time and money trying to take people’s rights away”..


Burt LDS in brown, Whew in blue and me in red:

If you drink that coffee your going to hell

If you drink that coffee your going to hell


“Then you make a statement that the LDS financed over half of the Prop 8 campaign! First off the LDS Church did not contribute any money to the Prop 8 campaign! Second what ever the real contribution by LDS members to the Prop 8 campaign, it is within their right to contribute to what they want to pass! No real rights were taken away by prop 8 just the right to call a same sex union a marriage, which is not a right!” My Previous comment!

Burt, if the LDS leaders that urged the members to donate, doesn’t qualify. And if the members don’t make up the organization. Then you have a point.

Here is an apostle urging the members to support the initiative: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1B2ECCDC5A032A82&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&v=ewXaVmfOj2w
And the members responded. The members make the church. Without the members, the organization doesn’t exist.


Again I want you to back up your claim that the LDS Church financed over 50% of the Prop 8 campaign or admit that you Lied!

What happens when you learned the truth? Do you apologize Burt?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[44][45][46] whose members are commonly known as Mormons, also publicly supported the proposition. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter intended to be read in every congregation in California. In this letter, church members were encouraged to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.”[47][48] The response of the LDS membership to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive,[49] such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California.[50] About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state.[51] ProtectMarriage, the official proponents of Proposition 8, estimate that about half the donations they received came from LDS sources, and that “eighty to ninety percent” of the early volunteers going door-to-door were LDS.[52] The LDS Church produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the opposition to the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to oppose the Proposition.[53][54] Local LDS leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership-sometimes quite specific-to fulfill this call.

Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah all have 3.2 beer laws!

I’ve lived in Colorado, a state where in fact you CAN buy wine in the grocery store, which IS stronger than 3.2%. Don’t misinterpret what I said.
If I want to cook with wine, I can go to the grocery store in the states that you have listed, and buy wine for my meal. In Utah, no go.

In Utah the only beer you can buy in a grocery, convenience, or drug store is 3.2 % by weight the only place you can buy higher content beer is in Liquer stores and some bars with Liquer license, with high content beer aproval! In Colorado the only beer you can buy in a Grocery store or convenience store is 3.2% by weight Some drug stores can sell 5% by volume beer! Some bars can get a licence to sell 5% by volume beer but they are not allowed to advertise the higher content, therefore you never know what you may get when you walk in to a bar! In Minnesota, some places can get a license to sell 5% by volume beer but it is not easy! In oklahoma 3.2% by weight is the normal but some places can sell 5% by volume beer but it has to be at room temperature!

See my last response.

How did Utah get 3.2% by weight beer in the first place? Federal regulation during prohibition! Many states were slow to change to higher contents after the law was changed! Most states were more concerned with harder Alcholol. But the 5 listed above still have not increase the alchohol level in Beer! How much difference is there between 3.2% by weight and 5% by volume? 3.2% by weight is the same as 4% by volume so it is 1% difference by volume! the difference between beer and 80 proof vodka (40% by volume) is 35% by volume 1% does not seem as much does it?

Did you fail to comment on the fact that Utah was the only state in the Union with “Private Clubs” as opposed to traditional pubs and bars?

http://www.sltrib.com/tourism/ci_12721457

don’t you feel foolish constantly posting false information and statements that have no basis in facts?


Out of all of the times I have to repeat the facts, and provide sources, over and over again. Sometimes it’s just too much for me. I posted the truth (again) and I just backed it up (again). Do you ever feel compelled to offer an apology? After 8 years, probably not… ;(

Burt

Whew says:

Good post Steve! Isn’t it interesting how Ryan claims Aspirin has killed more people than “Weed”. I sometimes watch the TV program called “Cops”, and it is very interesting at how many times the Police stop guy’s and gal’s under the influence of “Pot”, “weed” take your pick. And it is very interesting how the Police will not let them continue to drive their car, I wonder why?


I have never advocated for anyone to drive while intoxicated on anything. Not pain killers, not alcohol, not prozac. I don’t believe in driving while intoxicated, and Im glad that there are laws against it.
However, if you want to know more about it, have you ever tried to find a study that demonstrates how a person reacts while stoned?
I have, here is one of few studies on the subject. (BTW- If you look up statistics, there isn’t much to find there either. Why?)

~Ryan

Links

Alcohol related automobile fatalities in the USA

Information about marijuana related auto fatalities

Video showing a drunk man buying alcohol at 10:45 in the morning

Video of a man driving while stoned (televised study of the effects before and after)



You decide which is more harmful. Cannabis, or alcohol… I dont advocate for driving while intoxicated. However, there is a reason why there are 40 million marijuana smokers in the USA, and so few marijuana related accidents. And it has nothing to do with prohibition.

More information about Prop 8 financing: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/01/top-officials-w.html

(this post was removed from the original blog, or at least made private so that general visitors of the site can’t see it.

But I made some PDF’s of the conversation for ref.

Angry after leaving – Mormon2

Angry after leaving – Mormon3



“Then you make a statement that the LDS financed over half of the Prop 8 campaign! First off the LDS Church did not contribute any money to the Prop 8 campaign! Second what ever the real contribution by LDS members to the Prop 8 campaign, it is within their right to contribute to what they want to pass! No real rights were taken away by prop 8 just the right to call a same sex union a marriage, which is not a right!” My Previous comment!

Burt, if the LDS leaders that urged the members to donate, doesn’t qualify. And if the members don’t make up the organization. Then you have a point.

Here is an apostle urging the members to support the initiative: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1B2ECCDC5A032A82&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&v=ewXaVmfOj2w
And the members responded. The members make the church. Without the members, the organization doesn’t exist.






Again I want you to back up your claim that the LDS Church financed over 50% of the Prop 8 campaign or admit that you Lied!

What happens when you learned the truth? Do you apologize Burt?




The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[44][45][46] whose members are commonly known as Mormons, also publicly supported the proposition. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter intended to be read in every congregation in California. In this letter, church members were encouraged to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.” Local LDS leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership-sometimes quite specific-to fulfill this call.[47][48] The response of the LDS membership to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive,[49] such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California.[50] About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state.[51] ProtectMarriage, the official proponents of Proposition 8, estimate that about half the donations they received came from LDS sources, and that “eighty to ninety percent” of the early volunteers going door-to-door were LDS.[52] The LDS Church produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the opposition to the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to oppose the Proposition.[53][54]

Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah all have 3.2 beer laws!

I’ve lived in Colorado, a state where in fact you CAN buy wine in the grocery store, which IS stronger than 3.2%. Don’t misinterpret what I said.
If I want to cook with wine, I can go to the grocery store in the states that you have listed, and buy wine for my meal. In Utah, no go.

In Utah the only beer you can buy in a grocery, convenience, or drug store is 3.2 % by weight the only place you can buy higher content beer is in Liquer stores and some bars with Liquer license, with high content beer aproval! In Colorado the only beer you can buy in a Grocery store or convenience store is 3.2% by weight Some drug stores can sell 5% by volume beer! Some bars can get a licence to sell 5% by volume beer but they are not allowed to advertise the higher content, therefore you never know what you may get when you walk in to a bar! In Minnesota, some places can get a license to sell 5% by volume beer but it is not easy! In oklahoma 3.2% by weight is the normal but some places can sell 5% by volume beer but it has to be at room temperature!

See my last response.

How did Utah get 3.2% by weight beer in the first place? Federal regulation during prohibition! Many states were slow to change to higher contents after the law was changed! Most states were more concerned with harder Alcholol. But the 5 listed above still have not increase the alchohol level in Beer! How much difference is there between 3.2% by weight and 5% by volume? 3.2% by weight is the same as 4% by volume so it is 1% difference by volume! the difference between beer and 80 proof vodka (40% by volume) is 35% by volume 1% does not seem as much does it?

Did you fail to comment on the fact that Utah was the only state in the Union with “Private Clubs” as opposed to traditional pubs and bars?

http://www.sltrib.com/tourism/ci_12721457

don’t you feel foolish constantly posting false information and statements that have no basis in facts?


Out of all of the times I have to repeat the facts, and provide sources, over and over again. Sometimes it’s just too much for me. I posted the truth (again) and I just backed it up (again). Do you ever feel compelled to offer an apology? After 8 years, probably not… ;(

Burt

Whew says:

Good post Steve! Isn’t it interesting how Ryan claims Aspirin has killed more people than “Weed”. I sometimes watch the TV program called “Cops”, and it is very interesting at how many times the Police stop guy’s and gal’s under the influence of “Pot”, “weed” take your pick. And it is very interesting how the Police will not let them continue to drive their car, I wonder why?


I have never advocated for anyone to drive while intoxicated on anything. Not pain killers, not alcohol, not prozac. I don’t believe in driving while intoxicated, and Im glad that there are laws against it.

However, if you want to know more about it, have you ever tried to find a study that demonstrates how a person reacts while stoned?

I have, here is one of few studies on the subject. (BTW- If you look up statistics, there isn’t much to find there either. Why?)

~Ryan

Links

Alcohol related automobile fatalities in the USA

Information about marijuana related auto fatalities

Video showing a drunk man buying alcohol at 10:45 in the morning

Video Showing a stoned man using cannabis while driving (before getting stoned and after)


You decide which is more harmful. Cannabis, or alcohol… I dont advocate for driving while intoxicated. However, there is a reason why there are 40 million marijuana smokers in the USA, and so few marijuana related accidents. And it has nothing to do with prohibition.

More information about Prop 8 financing: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/01/top-officials-w.html

Protesting all alone behind the zion curtain

I have organized and attended many rallies in Utah and Idaho over the past year.  Whenever I have an opportunity to do it, I do.

Which means, every holiday that we travel to those areas, I make it a point to make a new sign, and I show it off in front of drug court at some town Behind the Zion Curtain.

I have very few if any people show up.  I often get the crotchety old man or old lady who lectures me about immorality or something.  But something that can be seen in the videos that I make is that people honk, hug me, or scream cheers of support.  And no small amount at that.  It is really fun making a bunch of noise in these town of Utah where prohibition is the normality.

Whether we are talking about people shunning those who drink coffee, or tea, or who smoke cigarettes, or come from a different religion and are proud of it.  All of these things are against Mormon doctrine.   You can see these doctrines in the “Word of Wisdom” which is actual a section from their book of doctrines titled “The Doctrine and Covenants” .   Reference: Doctrine and Covenants Section 89 (Also see the main LDS website for the Utah group here:  http://tinyurl.com/6ry8bt)

The idea that other religions get shunned because of the LDS in Utah, also appears to be doctrinal.   Joseph Smith History Chapter 1

” I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”

I consider this institutionalized bigotry.  Which is something else that I advocate against.
So this Thankgiving, I will find myself Behind the Zion Curtain once again, and I will be looking for a good place to protest.
If anyone knows of any good parades, or events let me know.   info@behindzioncurtain.com

This is a video of one of my last protests in Utah:



BTW-  EVERYONE is welcome to attend and participate!

Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857

If you are wondering what that pile of rocks are on the banner at BehindZionCurtain.com, that is a mound built to memorialize a massive grave for over 120 innocent men, women and children that were killed while unarmed by Mormon leaders in Southern Utah in 1857.

The reason that I put that mound on the website, is as a protest to the LDS church not allowing the family members of the victims to properly mourn or give proper burial to their ancestors.
The LDS church owns the property where the current mound is now. But in the late 1850s a rock cairn was built with a cross on top in the exact same place as the LDS owned memorial is now. But Brigham Young in a fit of rage, ordered that the memorial be torn down. Since it has been rebuilt, the LDS church has prevented the family of the victims from erecting the signature cross that Major J. H. Carleton had originally constructed on the memorial, to give reverence to the faith of the victims who were buried there.
It should be noted that the LDS church does not consider the cross a sacred icon, and it is not worn by LDS and you will not find a cross at any LDS church or temple.

This is what the original cairn would have looked like:

Mountain Meadows Massacre Cairn

Mountain Meadows Massacre Cairn

The MMMF (Mountain Meadows Massacre Foundation) have constructed a replica of the original memorial in Carrollton Arkansas. See pictures at this link: MMMF Replica Memorial

It is my opinion that the LDS church are in the wrong for the massacre back in 1857. They are also wrong for restricting the family members of the victims from properly honoring their ancestors.
SHAME ON YOU LDS!

Is marijuana activism about money?

December 1st, 2009 | By Pirate

I got so mad today when I was posting on a blog today and the blog owner/moderator person edited my signature (which linked to this site, but just text no actual link), and removed an entire post about how cool the new (free) dispensary software is.  He wrote me and told me “gotta pay the pony if you want to advertise here”.

I got a little pissed first about the signature, because it leads to xcannabis.com  and we are truly a no-profit/not-for-profit entity.
Just like  BehindZionCurtain.com which I have owned for 9 years and NEVER have I sold ad space on there.  Never will.  Same with UtahPirateRadio.com.   Those sites are things that I dont want polluted with money and transactions, etc.  BehindZioncurtain.com gets over 35,000 visitors per month, and over 100,000 page views a month.  At least that was the averages from last year.   But I have no intention of commercializing those sites.

I hope someday that xCannabis.com will pay for itself.  But that day may never come, and for over a year now, I have sunk thousands of dollars building and advertising this website.  Plus the countless hours driving and protesting all over “The Zion Curtain”.  But I do this because I love it.  Not because I expect to make money.

Making Money with Marijuana

Making Money with Marijuana

I looked at the ad prices for this site (these numbers may give it away for some); $500 to $20,000.

I thought to myself  “I would much rather advertise on CannabisCulture.com or NORML.org”.  I mean both those sites get a high amount of traffic, and at least I have saw those people around.  Plus their advertising is way less expensive.

I have never heard of this particular website ever before in my life.   However they are wildly popular (probably because of how obvious and clever their name is).  Its so obvious, it would be like looking for a shoe, and typing in the word “shoe” in google.   You would find were looking for.  Its that obvious.

But anyway, I wrote the guy back and I got a little snippy with him.   Telling him, that Im just too poor to advertise after a big year of protesting, and contributing time and money to marijuana law reform.  His prices are too much.  And, my “product” is free.

But then I realized “I would love to make money with marijuana myself”.   The thought of using this wonderful plant to sustain my life and the life of those around me.  To me that is beautiful.  Just the idea.

So I can’t hold it against them too much.  I just wonder why they are so popular, and I’ve never even heard of them.  After 15 years of going to shows and rally’s, why have I never saw this website, or this person?    They don’t seem to support any of the major political activism groups, or any of the festivals like HempFest.

Or maybe I’ve got it all wrong.    But I can understand wanting to make a profit off of this market.  And that’s a good thing.  If our culture is making legit money from marijuana in some way.  I think that is 10 steps forward in our movement.  Which is why we are utilizing our skills to build and strengthen cannabis businesses.

Good job cannabis businesses, thanks for all you do!