Rick Steves is Just a NORML Guy

Rick Steves is Just a NORML Guy
Posted by CN Staff on March 14, 2006 at 06:48:12 PT
By Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times Staff Columnist
Source: Seattle Times 
Seattle -- You imagine Rick Steves going to bed early, bags packed, itinerary ready, sensible shoes lined up by the door. You don't imagine him ensconced in some European parlor, taking pulls off a big, fat doobie. But it turns out Steves, our home-grown travel magnate, likes to smoke pot.He's a card-carrying member of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He's even given the keynote speech at its annual conference.
But like everything about Steves, his is a sensible stand: America needs to treat marijuana as a "soft drug," and as a medical, not criminal issue.Doing so would ease the burden on our courts and prisons, Steves said. It would ease the hypocrisy of parents who lecture their kids about drugs, then light up later. And, Steves says, it could help relations with those across the pond."When I say I don't think we should lock up people for smoking pot, people think I am pro-drug use," Steves told me the other day. "I just say stop criminalizing people who do."It's an intriguing proposal that Steves, 50, will present as part of "Marijuana, the Unnecessary War," a seminar to be held at 7 tonight at the University of Washington's Kane Hall. Steves will be joined by Roger Goodman, director of the King County Bar Association's Drug Policy Project; and Dr. Gregory Carter of the UW Medical School. George Rohrbacher, a former Washington state senator and NORML board member, will moderate."Nobody should think that Europe is down on hard drugs," Steves said. "They just don't clog their legal system with a lot of innocent pot smokers."Our program is so laughable, wasteful and counterproductive."While Washington state has laws for jailing and fining those caught with pot, Seattle seems sympathetic to Steves' perspective. City voters in 2003 approved an initiative making marijuana possession the lowest law-enforcement priority.But like us, Steves has the sense to draw a line.He has concerns about abuse and children getting access to drugs. And he is against easier sentences for hard drugs.But pot, he says, shouldn't be linked to the same ills caused by meth or other illegal substances."There are not legions of people waiting to ruin their lives once pot becomes legal," he said. "Seattle is not going to become one big Hempfest."Rather, he sees responsible adults smoking recreationally, and not hiding that from their children.Steves isn't worried what people think of his stoner stance. He doesn't need to get elected, he said, and doesn't care if people boycott his travel books and shows.The truth is, he hardly smokes anyway."If I wasn't working so hard, I would smoke," he said. "I'm kind of a workaholic. I smoke overseas with European friends."Alcohol leads to other things, Steves said. Sex leads to other things."Pot causes us to enjoy the Beatles."His favorite gelato: ganjaNicole Brodeur's column appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Source: Seattle Times (WA)Author: Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times Staff ColumnistPublished: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 Copyright: 2006 The Seattle Times CompanyContact: opinion seatimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #33 posted by global_warming on March 15, 2006 at 15:29:45 PT
How much money ?
Is actually spent on this insane prohibitionists campaign to eradicate cannabis and the users of this medicinal plant.These drug warrior junkies are getting high on that American Tax Dollar, while they inflate the dangers to society, they continue to repeat those tired mantras about some gateway, that "they" have sworn on a sacred bible to protect our children and the public safety.In the meantime, they have filled our jails, and the pockets of too many lawyers, judges and deluded folks, who have been beguiled by that serpent of greed, lust and power.
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on March 15, 2006 at 13:20:49 PT
Solidarity Protest Tomorrow 
 Join Sensible Colorado tomorrow for a protest of the continued brutal DEA raids on medical marijuana patients. WHO:   Medical Marijuana patients and activistsWHAT:  Protest against DEA Raid on Medical  
         Marijuana Collective WHEN:  Thurs, March 16th at noon WHERE: The federal building in Denver at 1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80294. **Please see below press release for more information**     DEA Raids Small Medical Marijuana Collective- 
     Advocates Protest Excessive Force, Intimidation at Denver Federal Building Denver, CO - On Thursday, March 16, 2006 Colorado medical marijuana patients and advocates will be taking part in a national protest of the federal government's continued raids on seriously-ill patients. This action is a response to a March 14 DEA raid on a small patient collective in Riverside County, CA. When the DEA knocked on the door, 53 year old Gary Silva went to let them in. As he was unlocking the door, DEA agents proceeded to kick it in, dislocating Mr. Silva's shoulder, cracking a bone, and causing lacerations to his face. Mr. Silva cultivates and uses medical marijuana for degenerative disk disease and nerve damage.Agents confiscated fewer than 80 plants and dry medicine, which were grown for several patient collective members. Patient records and equipment were also seized. No arrests were made. DEA agents repeatedly told Gary that they would not be arresting him, and that he would only be arrested if he grew again. "Colorado, like California, has a citizen-enacted law to protect medical marijuana patients," noted Brian Vicente, Sensible Colorado Executive Director. "It is vital that medical marijuana advocates in Colorado and elsewhere call for an end to this senseless, government-sanctioned violence." Some members of Congress are also questioning the federal actions taken to prosecute medical marijuana patients. Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) this week led a group of lawmakers in calling for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation of how much money the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) spent each year over the past decade to enforce federal medical marijuana laws. See this request at: In response to the federal government's failure to respect the state laws that permit the use of medical marijuana for the seriously ill, patients and supporters will engage in a protest and a press event at 12 noon at the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver.WHO:   Colorado Campaign for Safe Access WHAT:  Protest against DEA Raid on Medical Marijuana   Collective WHEN:  Thurs, March 16th at noon WHERE: The federal building in Denver is located at 1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80294. Dozens of additional protests are planned around the country on Thursday, March 16 in front of federal buildings. Since federal raids on dispensaries started in 2001, thousands of people nationwide have participated in protests at DEA offices in over 50 cities. #### The Colorado Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA) is a patient and activist group that advocates for medical marijuana rights. The CCSA is a shared project of Sensible Colorado and Americans for Safe Access
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Comment #31 posted by jose melendez on March 15, 2006 at 11:22:45 PT
learn from history, repeat, learn from history
 "The Conch Republic was established by secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America, on April 23rd, 1982 in response to a United States Border Patrol Blockade setup on highway U.S.1 at Florida City just to the north of the Florida Keys. This heinous act effectively isolated Keys Citizens from the U.S. mainland since the blockade was on our only land artery to and from the mainland. This roadblock portrayed Keys residents as non-U.S. citizens who had to prove their citizenship in order to drive onto the Florida mainland! Hardly an American thing to do!We protested! A totally American thing to do! Key West Mayor Dennis Wardlow along with a few other 'key' Conchs, went to Federal court in Miami to seek an injunction to stop the federal blockade, but to no avail. Upon leaving the Federal Court House , on the court house steps , Mayor Wardlow announced to the world, by way of the assembled TV crews and reporters, that ; "Tomorrow at noon the Florida Keys will secede from the Union!"At noon, on the day of secession, at Mallory Square in Key West Florida, Mayor Wardlow read the proclamation of secession and proclaimed aloud that the Conch Republic was an independent nation separate from the U.S. and then symbolically began the Conch Republic's Civil Rebellion by breaking a loaf of stale Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a U.S. Navy uniform. After one minute of rebellion, the now, Prime Minister Wardlow turned to the Admiral in charge of the Navy Base at Key West, and surrendered to the Union Forces, and demanded 1 Billion dollars in foreign aid and War Relief to rebuild our nation after the long Federal siege!Thus began our Conch Republic journey which still continues today! We are both Conchs and we are Americans and we are proud to be both. By act of Congress we hold dual citizenship as Conchs and as Americans and will fight for the right to be both! Contrary to recent reports, the name "Conch Republic" refers to "all"of the Florida Keys, or, that geographic apportionment of land that falls within the legally defined boundaries of Monroe County Florida, northward to "Skeeter's Last Chance Saloon" in Florida City , Dade County Florida, with Key West as the Nation's Capitol and all territories north of Key West being referred to as "The Northern Territories". Be it known that these boundaries were established by the U.S. Government when they set up "THE" Border Patrol blockade in front of "Skeeter's Last Chance Saloon", in April of 1982, thereby establishing a new United States border!To enforce the validity of our secession, the Monroe County Commission, in 1994, by unanimous vote, did pass a County Resolution recognizing Mayor Wardlow's actions, on the 23rd of April in 1982, as by, of and for the people of the Florida Keys."from:
We seceded where others failed. 
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Comment #30 posted by kaptinemo on March 15, 2006 at 04:25:26 PT:
Partly OT, but worth mentioning
Since the general thrust of the subject is travel, here's something that has been brought up here before: the threat by the US to squeeze the Canadian border crossing process in retaliation for not kow-towing to US DrugWarrior demands.U.S. ID card scheme fatal for tourism: survey the article details, anything threatening to do so - such as the proposed special ID cards needed by US citizens to return to the US from Canada - will ruin the tourist trade between the two countries, estimated at a billion dollars a year. And that's just tourism; what do you think will happen to other businesses?The threat to damage cross-border trade for not kissing the US DrugWarrior's backsides in proper (or so they think) obeisance to their insanity is what it has always been; a paper tiger. Those Canadians who may be worried that if they don't turn over Marc Emery to the US that they'll suffer economic penalties evidently haven't been keeping up with the trade figures, as China is edging closer to the US's position as the nation Canucks trade with the most. And with the Dollar's fortunes sinking and the rise of the Euro, there's plenty of other markets out there with more stable currencies. Hint, hint, hint...
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Comment #29 posted by OverwhelmSam on March 15, 2006 at 02:41:55 PT
I Admire Rick Steves
Rick is an outstanding example of a successful marijuana consumer and I applaud his bravado. I am a professional very much in the public eye and though I have talked to many of my associates about the ridiculous drug war, I have not reached the point in my life where I can openly profess marijuana use as an alternative to alcohol. I have faith that soon, people who work to perpetuate the drug free Society will become as pervasive and relative as a deviant sick cult.Regulating marijuana for adult use is the best way to help prevent minor use.
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 20:49:26 PT
I appreciate your posting the press release. I want us to help each other with issues like this. 
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Comment #27 posted by Toker00 on March 14, 2006 at 20:46:18 PT
FoM, May I?
Emergency Response: DEA RAID IN PALM DESERT, CA1. Call the local Riverside DEA offices to tell them to stop harassing patients!
2. Call for Action at Federal Buildings Nationwide - 12 Noon on Thursday, March 16th
3. National Congressional Write in Day on Thursday, March 16th
4. Forward this Message to Lists & FriendsThis morning, in a cruel act of harassment and intimidation DEA agents, along with Riverside County Sheriff's officers, raided a small medical marijuana collective grow outside of Palm Desert, California.When the DEA knocked on the door, patient Gary Silva went to open it. DEA agents proceeded to kick in the door, dislocating Gary's shoulder and causing lacerations to his face. Gary uses medical marijuana for degenerative disk disease and nerve damage. He is currently being treated in the emergency room of a local hospital.Agents confiscated less than 80 plants and dry medicine, which were grown for several patient collective members. Patient records and equipment were seized as well. No arrests were made. DEA agents repeatedly told Gary that they would not be charging him, and that he would only be charged if he grew again.Please stand up against this blatant harassment of patients! There are four ways you can get involved:1. Call the local Riverside DEA offices to tell them to stop harassing patients!Please call (909) 328-6000 to express your dismay with this attack on patients. Tell them the patient community will not stand up for this behavior!2. Call for Action at Federal Buildings Nationwide - 12 Noon on Thursday, March 16thWe are asking all medical cannabis supporters to rally in opposition to these raids at noon on Thursday, March 16th in front of your local federal building. Please contact Rebecca immediately at rebecca if you plan to organize one of these actions so we can post the information on our website.These demonstrations are a vital part of our grassroots opposition to the federal crackdown. Please make plans to attend and encourage others to do so. Please check our web site or call the ASA office if you need additional information.3. National Congressional Write in Day on Thursday, March 16thOn Thursday, please visit our website to write to your congressional representatives and educate them about the need and the ways to stop DEA raids. Look for more details on the write-in tomorrow.4. Forward this Message to Lists & FriendsPlease pass this message on to any and all supporters you know.Our web site is You can reach the ASA office directly at (510) 251-1856.Thank you for your active support and participation.-- 
Rebecca Saltzman
Field Coordinator
Americans for Safe Access
p (510) 251-1856 x 308
f (510) 251-2036
www.safeaccessnow.orgYou know me. I'll be there. Federal building 1919 Smith Street, Houston, Texas. Give 'em hell! At least they didn't arrest anyone!Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW!
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 18:34:20 PT
Oil is so damaging to so many things. It's hazardous, dirty and stinky and there must be a better way. If we really cared we could change the use of the amount of oil we consume but then they wouldn't make the money they want. It is very sad to me.NY: Be The Rain:Save the planet for another dayHey big oil what do you say?
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Comment #25 posted by mayan on March 14, 2006 at 18:24:42 PT
I've been reading about that spill for a couple of days. They keep bumping up the estimate of the amount of oil spilled. Lust for black gold is doing us in in so many ways...Burst oil pipeline causes 'catastrophe' in Alaska: on the crumbling cover-up... Event: New Yorkers To Challenge NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer: Destroyed The WTC? birth and life of the '9/11 Truth Movement': Boeing 757 did not hit the Pentagon:
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Comment #24 posted by global_warming on March 14, 2006 at 16:24:10 PT
reminds eternallyit's not only those naked genitals of that 'carpenterhanging, in the 'hot sun,it is our place'we can 'hide and and offer 'confusionthere is that 'bottom linehave your prospered?
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Comment #23 posted by Toker1776 on March 14, 2006 at 16:17:20 PT:
Rick Steves: Level headed, and in touch !
For decades now I have enjoyed Rick Steves travels throughout Europe. I had no idea that he smokes,let alone is a member of NORML. And why should anyone be supprised, after all, this is exactly the type of upstanding, hard working, down to earth person who is in favor of legalization. A real blow to the so called main streem American prohabitionist mind set!!!!! In my opinion, he should become the official spokes person for the cause, and we're lucky to have such a person on our side. He is so in touch with the common person, and I believe it's because he has spent so much time in Europe especially Amsterdam,that he has developed a total synergistic ideology on cultures, and harmonizing within the environment, that he may well be years ahead of his time! I wish him all the best with getting the message out and across. Just wish we had more people like him that arn't afraid to stand up to ELITE bullies that seem to be running every aspect of our day to day lives. We need a major change in policy, and we need it like 30 years ago!!!!!!  
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Comment #22 posted by global_warming on March 14, 2006 at 16:04:33 PT
Sweet Darling
I am moving along
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 15:58:08 PT
NORML & SAFER Encourage a SAFER St. Patrick's Day
DPFCA: NORML and SAFER Join Together to Encourage Americans to Have a SAFER St. Patrick’s DayCitizens this holiday are urged to remember: marijuana is safer than alcoholContact: Allen St. Pierre, NORML executive director, 202-483-5500 Steve Fox, SAFER executive director, 240-476-7305Washington, DC/Denver, CO: Four days before one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, two of the nation's largest marijuana policy reform organizations – the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) – are asking the media to help us spread an important message: marijuana is less harmful than alcohol.St. Patrick's Day is widely recognized as a day to celebrate Irish culture. It's equally recognized as a time for revelers to consume mass quantities of beer and other alcoholic beverages. This latter tradition, however, is not always one for celebration. In fact, it is often more harmful -- both to the user and to society -- than the responsible use of marijuana. Therefore, NORML and SAFER believe it's appropriate this St. Patrick's day to call on elected officials and the media to support the legalization and regulation of marijuana so that those millions of Americans who wish to celebrate this holiday by choosing marijuana rather than alcohol no longer face the threat of criminal arrest and imprisonment.To this end, Greater St. Louis NORML will be holding a demonstration outside of an Anheuser-Busch facility in downtown St. Louis on Wednesday, March 15. Demonstrators will be promoting the "Safer St. Patrick’s Day" message. A similar event will be held in Dublin, Ireland, as a group called Centre for Cannabis Policy Reform Ireland launches the "SAFER Ireland" campaign.Studies by the National Academy of Sciences and others have shown that alcohol is far more addictive than marijuana. Moreover, chronic alcohol use, as well as acute intoxication, can lead to death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 20,000 Americans die annually as the direct result of alcohol consumption. By contrast, marijuana is nontoxic and incapable of causing a fatal overdose.Alcohol use also increases the likelihood of violent behavior. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, "Two-thirds of victims who suffered violence by an intimate (a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend) reported that alcohol had been a factor. Among spouse victims, 3 out of 4 incidents were reported to have involved an offender who had been drinking."It is especially important for college students to consider the relative harms of marijuana and alcohol before heading out for the first round of green beers on Friday. Drinking by college students, ages 18 to 24, contributes to an estimated 1,400 student deaths, 500,000 injuries and 70,000 cases of sexual assaults or date rapes each year, according to a 2002 study commissioned by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Task Force on College Drinking. While these numbers are staggering, some statistics are even more powerful when conveyed as percentages. For example, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health College found that nearly three quarters (72%) of all college female rape victims experienced rape while intoxicated."The SAFER St. Patrick's Day campaign is not intended to be an attack on the alcohol industry or alcohol users," said Steve Fox, executive director of SAFER. "We are merely trying to provide the public with factual information about the two most widely uses recreational substances. And we really do want to make people think before they drink. If just one bar fight or one sexual assault is prevented by this campaign, it will have been worth it.""We are tired of laws and traditions that encourage and celebrate the use of alcohol while at the same time prohibiting and criminally sanctioning a less harmful substance -- marijuana," added NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre. "Let's make both substances legally available to adults and allow them to decide for themselves which one they prefer. For years we have been trying to tell the public that marijuana use is normal. It is time for people to get over their hang ups and accept it."NORML and SAFER ask those in the media to please consider reading or printing the following public service announcement on your station or in your publication:St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. The thought of green beer is probably already dancing around in your head. But perhaps you should be thinking about another green substance: marijuana. Marijuana is less harmful – both to the user and to society – than alcohol. It is less likely to cause violent behavior, can not cause a human overdose, and will not lead to uncontrollable vomiting or a terrible hangover. So if you plan to party hearty this St. Patrick's Day, please consider making the SAFER choice.Of course, whatever substance you use, please be sure not to drive while under the influence. When it comes to driving, you can never be too safe.For more information about SAFER, visit: For more information about NORML, visit:
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Comment #20 posted by global_warming on March 14, 2006 at 15:45:33 PT
re: ownership
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Comment #19 posted by global_warming on March 14, 2006 at 15:39:18 PT
What is 'your place?
there is not the finest that can illuminate, your place,illumination can only come from the deepest inspirations,that can "never" be owned
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Comment #18 posted by global_warming on March 14, 2006 at 15:24:07 PT
re: Bed Bugs a moment, I thought they were talking about those dea critters, but, soon, I came to my senses, for I understood, how bed bugs and this place where i live is infested with money hungry people, who have "bought" this American Dream, they have "bought" every human "lawyer" and "legislator"For those Christians, who boldly march forward, with anger filled souls, what is "your place in Christendom?
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Comment #17 posted by CorvallisEric on March 14, 2006 at 15:17:58 PT
Forum on Rick Steves' website
Marijuana in EuropeEthnocentric Americans believe that because something is illegal in the US, it's wrong everywhere. However, many Europeans believe that marijuana is a recreational drug to be enjoyed by adults — much like alcohol. Those interested in "going local" with respect to marijuana during their European travels have few ways to compare notes. Let this be a forum for discussion. Was it safe to smoke? Did you feel comfortable? Did it add to your travel experience? Any pitfalls to avoid? are links on the page for previous year postings. I ran into this a couple years ago, first time I heard of him. Kept my eyes and ears open for him since then (mostly ears, being a TV hater).He has a new show on public radio - not NPR or PRI, just some scattered stations:
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Comment #16 posted by global_warming on March 14, 2006 at 14:39:33 PT
peace is not 'profitable
can't sell guns and bullets,..Has anyone done any business with this company?
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Comment #15 posted by lombar on March 14, 2006 at 14:24:20 PT
Pot causes us to enjoy the Beatles.
All we are saying...
... is give peace a chance. Pretty please with sugar on top?The only wars that are holy are those against Ignorance, hate, and war itself. These demons are not dispelled with more ignorance, hatred and war. Consider: if you have a friend or relative that does something you really hate:do you
1) kick the loser to the curb?(intolerance)
2) tolerate the malfeasance?(patience of a God)
3) attempt to correct, then the boot?(1+2)
4) compound their problems with further trouble?(extreme prejudice)War is #4, as in the war on drugs and the latest fiasco in the middle east. Should we as North Americans want to encourage positve change, we cannot do so by negative action. I tried to explain this to someone recently and they just could not grasp it. 
We have strive to be an example to other nations, not a tyrant to force our ways upon others because its more profitable. 
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 10:50:06 PT
And remember me calling anyone a hippie is a good thing.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 10:48:45 PT
If you own bongos your a hippie in my book.
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Comment #12 posted by whig on March 14, 2006 at 10:46:53 PT
Not quite.I do own some bongos...But I'm more likely to be wearing a striped shirt with a collar, and never a sleeveless T. :)
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 10:37:21 PT
Heck I thought you looked like this! LOL!
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Comment #10 posted by whig on March 14, 2006 at 10:30:18 PT
Wait 'til you see how square I look! :)
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 09:43:48 PT
Max Flowers 
He sounds like a go with the flow type fellow. I like people like that. A hippie comparison would be keep on truckin.
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Comment #8 posted by Max Flowers on March 14, 2006 at 09:36:30 PT
He is super nice, in fact, he is almost "pastorly."He kind of reminds me of a chaplain in a WWII movie or something. He has that very peaceful vibe to him, lots of buddha-nature... that's probably why he reminds me of a pastor. He's about 6'2" or 6'3" but still has a very non-imposing energy about him. He also dresses about as "square" as anyone I've seen since I was a kid in the 70s! But that's okay, because we know he's not... :-)
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 08:46:46 PT
Max Flowers 
I don't know much about Rick Steves but what I have seen or read about him makes him seem like a nice person.
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Comment #6 posted by Max Flowers on March 14, 2006 at 08:37:47 PT
Rick Steves
What a cool guy he is. I saw him and talked to him for a minute at that "Wonders Of Cannabis" event in San Francisco a few months ago. He gave a talk there about traveling and cannabis, and about the general subject of prohibition and his ideas to end it.He is the very personification of the "person who you would assume is super straight and would bet doesn't smoke, but surprise surprise, does"
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 08:32:26 PT
Thanks Whig. I know and maybe because of all the corruption that is why it is really hard for me to get involved in politics. I believe in the people but not in politics.
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Comment #4 posted by whig on March 14, 2006 at 08:24:58 PT
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 08:01:38 PT
We sure don't see much on the oil spill in Alaska on our regular news channels.Cold Slows Alaska Oil Spill Cleanup
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on March 14, 2006 at 07:47:04 PT
Over the weekend we watched Link TV and they mentioned this web site on Global Warming. We won't be hurt where we live if the sea rises but coastal cities could be in for a big problem. Another problem in coastal areas is salt water contaminating the fresh drinking water. Al Gore showed a graphic type picture of southern Florida and it will be under water. He also showed a graphic type picture of New Orleans. Katrina had not happened at that time when he did the program but a few months later it happened.
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on March 14, 2006 at 07:37:38 PT
Let E'm Boycott
Steves isn't worried what people think of his stoner stance. He doesn't need to get elected, he said, and doesn't care if people boycott his travel books and shows.Let the prohibitionists boycott. Their numbers are dwindling by the day anyway. If anything, Steves career will get a boost from his increasingly popular stance on cannabis. I know I will buy his books if I make a trip to Europe. It would be great if Steves could do an entire book devoted to cannabis tourism if he hasn't already. I imagine it would sell very well. It's past time for more folks to come out of the cannabis closet. This plant can help heal our earth and we have no time to waste. Maybe it's too late already but shouldn't we at least try? We are right and we must demand a chance to prove what this plant can do!Many folks where I live are recovering from the freak twisters that plowed through sunday night. F-2's in March? Things are certainly changing faster than most people ever expected. Time won't wait...Climate change 'irreversible' as Arctic sea ice fails to re-form:
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