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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pokemon Go, Cannabis, And Bitcoins

I don't want to hear any more about Pokemon Go.



Really, I don't. Yes, it's about to surpass Twitter in daily app users on Android.



It's stupid. If there's a silver lining to its success, however, it is that we are getting closer to a 'gamified' point where a Bitcoin-integrated app could probably become very addictive. Think about it: 30 to 40 year old men are running around at 3am because their Pokemon Go app tells them to... imagine when you tie a real economic incentive (money, that is) to all this geolocation real world immersion insanity that our apps and games are moving toward at breakneck speed.



If it helped pay the rent, I'd be catching Pokemon among the best of them.



Speaking of stupid, however. It's 2016 and the Drug War still rages on unabated: as 'enlightened' citizens in states like California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and even in the nation's capital have gotten used to varying degrees of legalization... cozy with its convenience, comfortable with the closer relationships to police forces it engenders... as that's gone down quietly with little aftertaste in these states, citizens in less 'awakened' states especially on the East Coast and in parts of the great South are subjected to imprisonment, fines, and career loss - strikes me as macroeconomically inefficient, cruel - beyond time we push for full legalization, in my view.



It's a plant.



We can't be held forever responsible for the mistaken beliefs, corporate media driven hysteria, and dishonest policy actions of an administration that enacted the Drug War more than 40 years ago, with dubious intentions at the time.



This weekend's opinion video from me delves into my views on lingering cannabis prohibition in some parts of the U.S., as well as a discussion of how civilization's views toward money have shifted with the advent of newer technologies like Bitcoin. Watch it below:



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