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A Tale of $2 Bills in Ecuador

  Last night, upon returning to Latacunga after traveling with my god-daughter and her family for Carnival, I invited everyone out for pizza. All I had to pay was a stack of $2 bills. That’s all I ever have in Ecuador. Since the nation was dollarized in 2000 not many of these bills have made

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A Short Guide to Bitcoin in 2017

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and payment system. Coindesk has written up a fairly concise article to quickly answer ‘What is bitcoin?’ and if you want more, dive into the wikipedia entry. A good place to find bitcoin enthusiasts discussing the latest news would be r/bitcoin or r/btc. I’ve been interested in the technology for about

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A Notebook From 2016

I carry a notebook with me almost everywhere I go. I see each one filled as a new chapter completed. This one began in Nepal and ended in the US with the election. Here are some excerpts… — What is life? Life is the capacity for growth. It is our ability and desire to improve.

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My Experience with Inkshares: A Cautionary Tale

  About a year ago, in late 2015, I stumbled upon a decentralized, crowd-funded publisher called Inkshares. At a glance, it looked great. Inkshares seemed a combination of a couple of passions of mine. I’ve been interested in the trend toward decentralization for years and am forever interested in projects that subvert media funding models.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline: Today’s Most Important Fight

If the United States is going to move forward in a progressive direction it will be forced to do so from the ground up, kicking and screaming. The encampment blocking the Dakota Access pipeline is today’s best hope. If the world is saved from environmental disaster it will be because ordinary people took action, not

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President Trump; thoughts on a broken system

It’s been a hectic and confusing week. Donald Trump was elected the leader of my birth-nation. There is so much to unpack in that sentence. I consider Trump’s campaign to have been a snapshot of much of what is wrong with this nation. It was a campaign of fear with a consistent underlining message that

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Vote With Your Feet; Leave The Country

Our options go beyond choosing the lesser of two evils.

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The Tragedy of the City

For two months I lived in an isolated Himalayan village, hemmed in on all sides by soaring, snow-capped peaks. I’ve passed through places like this before but had never stayed long enough to fully adjust. This time, when I finally did leave, it seemed the world had changed and the city had become a terrible

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