Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ceremonial Use of Tobacco

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Here is an interesting article on the historical (and spiritual) significance of tobacco in the Americas that  I'd like to share. Tobacco has a long and rich history in Native America, so it seems appropriate on this Thanksgiving day to take a few moments to reflect upon our history through the eyes of a people that were here long before we had a Thanksgiving.

Enjoy!

In Woodland Indian rituals, ceremonies, and religious observances, tobacco is the unifying thread of communication between humans and the spiritual powers. The manidog (spirits) are said to be extremely fond of tobacco and that the only way they could get it was from the Indians, either by smoke from a pipe or by offerings of dry tobacco. According to tradition, the Indians received tobacco as a gift from Wenebojo who had taken it from a mountain giant and then given the seed to his brothers.


Ceremonial Use of Tobacco - Indian Country Wisconsin

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pot Smokers Get a Taste of Anti-Smoker Madness

DENVER - Despite opposition from marijuana advocates, Denver's City Council voted initial approval Monday night of an ordinance prohibiting people from using pot in a private yard or on a balcony, if the user can be seen from the street or sidewalk.

But, but....pot is a legal substance in the state of Colorado, right? However do they get away with enacting such silly laws? I mean, banning tobacco use from public sight (and well, basically everywhere) is one thing (ie., acceptable), but pot? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.. Pot=good. Tobacco=bad.

With this line of thinking, it's no wonder that many in the pro-pot legalization camp did not see this coming. The old saying is true: United we stand, divided we fall.

Because of our own  collective ignorance, the zealots are winning.

Here is a comment that was made by one proponent of the ban. To many of us tobacco users, the sentiment will sound familiar:

..a parent argued that allowing residents to smoke pot in their front yards "undermines our conversations with our children by making it appear OK."

Sound familiar? Ah, the old "it's for the children" argument.

Not too long ago, I predicted that this would happen in Colorado. In fact, I also suspect that many of the outdoor smoking bans that have been put into place around the country serve not only to demonize tobacco smokers, but also to act as a de facto (and preemptive) strike against the growing popularity of marijuana legalization. Oh, but we knew that already, now didn't we?

We tobacco users know a thing or two about the tactics of the anti-/tobacco/enjoyment/freedom lobby. Maybe the pot folks could learn a thing or two from us about who the real enemy is.


7NEWS - Denver council takes 1st step toward banning marijuana smoking in public view on private property - Local Story

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Future Is Here!

As someone who has recently become a fan of the Ploom modelTwo, I was delighted to come across this article in Businessweek last night:

Ploom is also gaining traction with a novel electronic cigarette called the modelTwo. The device heats small pods of tobacco, unlike most e-cigarettes that use liquid mixtures of nicotine and synthetic materials.

It is comforting to see that there are some in the mainstream press that are coming around to the idea of THR.

...Better late than never...

Do read on at the link provided below and feel free to comment.

Ploom's E-Cigarettes, Vaporizers Use Real Tobacco - Businessweek

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

America's Finest News Source Discovers Man Who Can Time Travel


This made me laugh, so naturally, I wanted to share the laughter.

Upon being interviewed by a reporter from The Onion, one eye witness had this to say about the sighting of a man who appeared to be inhaling a strange and futuristic looking device that most definitely had to be from the future:

“Obviously this man is a cold-hearted killer with the ability to seamlessly traverse space-time, that much is clear,” accountant Todd Saunders said of the man inhaling nicotine fumes with what reportedly must be 25th- or 26th-century technology, at least. “But what’s hidden behind those badass mirrored shades? Highly advanced ocular cybernetics?

Do read the whole thing for a good laugh. Happy Wednesday!

Man Smoking E-Cigarette Must Be Futuristic Bounty Hunter | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Friday, November 1, 2013

Whopper Of The Day

Here's a bit of information to enlighten us all. Apparently, unbeknownst to the rest of us,  all e-cigarette companies are owned by the devil. Yeppers, it's true, for I read it in the news:

Tobacco companies, which own all the e-cigarette companies, are spending more marketing dollars ....

Now how's that for some accurate reporting? It kind of makes you wonder what else the prohibitionists are wrong about.

E-cigarettes: Are they safe? | The Star Press | thestarpress.com
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