The Untold Story of Silk Road

The Rise & Fall of Silk Road ◇ part I➚ ~9,730 words ◇ part II➚ ~11,110 words

How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar and became a murderous kingpin.

Joshuah Bearman ※ ※ May 2015 issue

Fix Yourself [YouTube / PragerU]

by Jordan Peterson – 5 minues long

Blaming others for your problems is a complete waste of time. When you do that, you don’t learn anything.

Published: Jan 29, 2018 by Prager University ◇


Movies & Shows – My Ratings for Watched in 2017

Movies or TV shows I watch or rewatched in 2017. Ordered in approximate chronological order seen in the year. Stars (⭐️) indicate exceptional.

Hope you find something new in the ones I liked.

Movies – Liked


TV Shows – Liked


Movies – Okay/Neutral


TV Shows – Okay/Neutral


Movies – Disliked


TV Shows – Disliked


‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin

‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin ◇ ~6,300 words ◇ A veteran tech journalist tries everything, including hypnosis, to recover a small fortune from a locked bitcoin device.

Mark Frauenfelder ※ Wired ※ ※ October 19, 2017

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet ◇ ~5,800 words ◇ The most dramatic cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American computer savants pleaded guilty to masterminding an unprecedented botnet—powered by unsecured internet-of-things devices like security cameras and wireless routers—that unleashed sweeping attacks on key internet services around the globe last fall. What drove them wasn’t anarchist politics or shadowy ties to a nation-state. It was Minecraft.

Garrett M. Graff ※ Wired ※ ※ December 13, 2017

Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance

Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance ◇ ~4,100 words ◇ Andrew Therrien wanted payback. He got it—and uncovered a conspiracy.

On the morning a debt collector threatened to rape his wife, Andrew Therrien was working from home, in a house with green shutters on a cul-de-sac in a small Rhode Island town.

Somewhere—at the top of a ladder of dirty debt collectors that Therrien would spend the next two years relentlessly climbing—a man named Joel Tucker had no idea what was coming.


Zeke Faux ※ Bloomberg Businessweek ※ ※ December 6, 2017

I Threw Away $7.6 Million In Bitcoin – Campbell Simpson

I Threw Away $7.6 Million In Bitcoin ◇ ~1500 words ◇ Five years ago, I threw away a hard drive. An utterly generic 250GB portable hard drive, already a few years old… It had a data file containing 1400 Bitcoin on it. No big deal, at the time. Today, those few kilobytes are worth more than four million seven million dollars.

AU Editor’s Note, 2017-Aug-15: So, the price of Bitcoin smashed through the $US4000 barrier yesterday. I just did the maths, and instead of $4.2 million, my 1400BTC would now be worth $7.6 million. It seemed like the right time to share this with you all again. C’est la vie, I guess. — Cam

Campbell Simpson ※ Gizmodo Australia ※ ※ May 28, 2017

The High Price of a Free College Education in Sweden

The High Price of a Free College Education in Sweden ◇ ~1,300 words ◇ Here’s why Swedish college students still graduate with a ton of debt.

Matt Phillips  ※ The Atlantic  ※  ※  May 31, 2013

Why Hollywood and the Harvey Weinstein Accusations Matter

Harvey Weinstein Accusations Cause Chaos in Hollywood  ※  FoxNews  ※  ※  October 12, 2017

The following is a conversation between me and a friend on Facebook about the Weinstein news:

A friend posted, “Am I the only one that doesn’t care about this? Really, is this news? I couldn’t care less what Hollywood is doing!”

My reply: This is how the elite treats the nobodies. Elites in Hollywood, corporations, and the government are raping––in this case literally raping––people and getting away with it. Their higher-up buddies cover for them. Do you really want these kind of people running the country or representing our society. They do. P.S. Don’t forget about all of our “news” corporations that not only did not want to cover this story, but actively quashed it repeatedly when reporters started researching and writing the story.

Reply to my reply: I’m not ignoring anything, but I’m tired of hearing so much negative stuff. Everyone knows Hollywood is a swamp. Just about every child-star was sexually abused by people in the industry and no one wants to tell that story or protect the children still dealing with it. (another reply) How many of these actors and actresses whored themselves out for fame? … I didn’t say what he did was right, just that it’s not relevant news to me and a lot of other people as well.

My reply: Hint: Washington DC is also a swamp. Are people interested in cleaning it up or do they want to keep voting for people who promise them free goodies? In a sense, these voters are whoring themselves out too. If you choose to ignore that, then you are giving those politicians a pass just like many in Hollywood gave Harvey a pass. It is the same story: it is an open secret, and is barely covered too.

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