When Politics Mean More Than Human Lives; Saudi Arabia Bombs Yemen

This week a coalition of Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia bombed targets across Yemen in an attempt to reverse recent gains by Shiite rebels. The Saudi’s also announced that 150,000 soldiers had been deployed in anticipation of a possible ground invasion. It’s all part of a familiar recipe. It has become so familiar that […]

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Ukraine Conflict: Don’t Trust The Media

The armed rebellion by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has been ongoing for nearly a year, and if you believe everything Western media says, it’s astonishing that the conflict did not end months ago. It does not have popular support and is propped up by Russian troops; but that effort, combined with sanctions, has brought […]

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Ecuador launches new digital currency – but most residents know little about it

Bill passed last July gives Central Bank authority to create digital dollars, but opinions divided along party lines amid concerns of a presidential power grab

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I Visit Libraries to Sell Bitcoins to Random People from the Internet

  This story was first published by Motherboard.Vice — I’d been interested in Bitcoin since I first heard of it in early 2013. I even bought a few then, but I never had much chance to use it or interact with the community until I started selling it to people I met online. Setting up […]

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Support Your Favorite Independent Journalist

Hey! Please support my writing and independent, user supported journalism. Contributoria (owned by The Guardian) is an interesting new experiment where writers are supported by readers rather than advertisers. Please sign-up for a free account and “donate” your points to my proposal (linked below). If I reach the goal then I’ll write and publish a long-form narrative that […]

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Winter

This week’s post is a bit of a divergence. It’s some photos (taken last week in Connecticut) and a short poem.

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2015: The Year of Bitcoin

A decade ago I self-published a collection of letters from travels in South America and I talked about money a lot. The irony is, I hated consumerism and capitalism and all those things we associate with the dollar sign—but it’s a simple language we all understand. Telling someone how different prices were from where I […]

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