I’ll be in the Boston area briefly in a couple weeks

I’ll be in the Boston area briefly in a couple weeks. I’d love to connect with those available, and meet some new friends in the local blockchain/cryptocurrency community.
Anyone interested in joining Johanna Werbach and me for an informal “Blockchain and Booze” gathering on Monday July 16? Bar suggestions welcome.

I hate the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – AIPAC

"I hate the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – AIPAC, “the preeminent power in Washington lobbying” today. I hate it with a strong, unadulterated passion that has been burning inside me for decades.
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AIPAC lobbies for the security of the Zionist Jewish state. Some people believe the words “Jewish state” should be put in quotes, not because Israel is not a Jewish state in character and practice, but because there is a minority of Jews worldwide who are anti-Zionist and do not wish the way they identify as Jews to be associated in any way with Israel’s brand of religious and political Zionism. That number, thankfully, is on the increase, especially among the younger generation of American Jews, according to polls.
And there is hope. Ramzy Baroud writes in Arab News:
Despite the massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. ….Netanyahu has shoved Israel into the heart of polarizing American politics and, although he has achieved his short-term goals (for example, obtaining US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel), he has irrevocably damaged the decades-long consensus on Israel among Americans, and in that there is a great source of hope.
From Ramzy Baroud’s mouth to heaven."

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In my ongoing efforts to explain what’s happening with blockchain and cryptocurrencies, I’ve noticed that there are now three distinct areas of…

In my ongoing efforts to explain what’s happening with blockchain and cryptocurrencies, I’ve noticed that there are now three distinct areas of development. All are based on the same technical foundations, but it’s a mistake to lump them together.
For example, corporate adoption of distributed ledgers tells you little about the price of bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency. And the fact that usage of the Cryptokitties digital collectibles application overwhelmed the Ethereum network, and then cratered as the fad passed, has little relevance to whether commercial real estate investors will be buying tokenized equity instead of conventional securities.
In this Medium post, I untangle the three strands of the blockchain phenomenon. Please share if it’s of interest, and I welcome your comments!

Read this excellent story by Rosa Goldensohn if you haven’t already

Read this excellent story by Rosa Goldensohn if you haven’t already.
“Pete Orput raised a coffee mug that proclaims, ‘I am a ray of sunshine,’ with an expletive embedded therein. A recovering alcoholic, former Marine and now the prosecutor in Washington County outside Minneapolis, Mr. Orput is not given to sugarcoating.
The opioid manufacturers he is suing are ‘corporate schlockmeisters.’ Prosecutors he deems overzealous are ‘political hacks.’ And as to whether overdose prosecutions have had an impact on the street, the answer is simple: ‘No.’”

With Arvind Narayanan and James Grimmelmann, I wrote a piece for WIRED online about why operating a Bitcoin node or downloading its blockchain won’t…

With Arvind Narayanan and James Grimmelmann, I wrote a piece for WIRED online about why operating a Bitcoin node or downloading its blockchain won’t — contrary to the suggestions in a recent paper — land you in jail for possession of child pornography. It’s a great illustration of how easy it is to oversimplify the relationship of law and technology.

Brazilian Rights Activist Marielle Franco Assassinated in Rio

Brazilian Rights Activist Marielle Franco Assassinated in Rio
[ Obama-regime installed puppet coup junta in Brazil deploys death squads as expected ]
Prominent human rights advocate and councilwoman Marielle Franco has been murdered by assailants who shot her in the head while she was in a car.
Prominent Brazilian human rights activist and leftist councilwoman Marielle Franco has been assassinated in Rio de Janeiro, it is being reported.
Part of a generation of young Black Brazilians who are becoming increasingly vocal inside and outside statehouses, Franco was elected to office in 2016.
A resident of the Favela da Maré, an impoverished community in Rio, she was one of the main defenders of human rights in the country.
The day before she was murdered, Marielle complained about the violence in the city in a post on her personal Twitter. In the post, she questioned the action of the Military Police.
"One more homicide of a young man who may be coming in for the PM’s account… How many more will have to die for this war to end?"
Franco was shot dead in a car on Joaquim Palhares Street, in the Central Region of Rio, at about 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Globo.com reports.
The driver of the vehicle, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also fatally shot, and a passenger, Marielle’s adviser, was struck by shrapnel.
Her death was confirmed by councilman Tarcisio Motta (PSOL), who said that "several indications point to an execution."
Investigators at the Homicide Office told Globo.com that the main line of investigation is execution.
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I know it’s late but I wanted to say thank you all for the birthday wishes this past week

I know it’s late but I wanted to say thank you all for the birthday wishes this past week. I turned my phone off and climbed a mountain over 10,000ft, then immediately turned around and headed to @edc_lasvegas to get the scoop with the #wideawakesix newscrew! I think this is what you would call living the dream. Thank you so much @insomniacevents for having us back year 3 to cover the breaking news, and of course to fearless leader @mseasy for making it all possible. #EDC #EDCLV2018 #1970snewscrew #newscrew #performerlife #SkylarNightly #insomniac #insomniacevents #mtsanjacinto #sanjacinto #hiking #birthdayhike #nature

I’ve got a special Facebook group dedicated to Coaching & Facilitation Mastery, as well as Curriculum Mastery and facilitating Ritual Work

I’ve got a special Facebook group dedicated to Coaching & Facilitation Mastery, as well as Curriculum Mastery and facilitating Ritual Work.
Inevitably, whenever I post in there about how to work with a particular new or full moon (like today – it’s the full moon in Virgo!), or how to create a ritual to honor a moment in the wheel of the year…a couple of people immediately exit the group, and sometimes even send me messages implying I am worshipping the devil.
This no longer offends me, but it does kind of make me chuckle.
If you look at almost every religion, holidays are based on the sun or the moon. I can speak best for Judaism, where almost every Jewish holiday is based on a new or full moon. Also, our calendars are based on it too!
In any event, I am a proud tracker, honor-er, and student of the moon.
I’ve learned so much about myself, my own rhythms, my moods, my desires, my shadows from this work. I’ve learned how to find deeper connection and meaning through it too. And so have my clients. It’s not only an incredible personal development tool; it’s a powerful tool for coaches and facilitators doing transformational work.
Happy full moon today! And happy Purim too!
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The imprisonment and murder of our men

You’ve been programmed to ignore us. Ignore our genocide, ignore our struggles, ignore the abuse we’ve suffered and continue to suffer. The rape and murder of our women. The imprisonment and murder of our men. The suicide of our children. The broken treaties and the forced removals painted as long ago tortures but they’re still happening now. Kidnapped children painted as long forgotten treachery but it’s still happening now. Do you know of our forced sterilization? Do you know of the children subjected to cruel experiments in child prisons labeled as schools? You ignore us so efficiently that our spirituality was illegal until 1978. You ignore us so efficiently that baseball, football and hockey teams STILL launch racist attacks on my people every day. YOU IGNORE US SO EFFICIENTLY THAT MY PEOPLE HAD TO LIVE THROUGH ANOTHER YEAR OF THIS COUNTRY CELEBRATING A SLAVE TRADING MASS MURDERER, THIEF, PEDOPHILE AND RAPIST WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MY PEOPLE. Seriously, Columbus had babies ripped from their mothers arms and fed to dogs, and every year y’all tell us how great he was. You ignore us so efficiently that most people don’t even know that the first Thanksgiving feast celebrated the murder of 200 INNOCENT men, women and children and y’all celebrate this slaughter every year. You ignore us so efficiently that a story of one of our children being raped and sold into slavery became a fun family movie for all to enjoy, a costume for white people to wear and a permanent marker of our lack of value to EVERYONE involved. You ignore us so efficiently that you have no idea who the following people are: Marcus Lee Lance McIntire Daniel Covarrubias Raymond Eacret Jessie Lee Rose Jacqueline Salyers Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket Richard Estrada Jeanetta Riley Larry Kobuk Jamie Lee Brave Heart Loreal Tsingine Corey Kanosh Allen Locke Sarah Lee Circle Bear These are some of the names of Indigenous men and women who have been killed by police in the last three years. How many of those names did you recognize? One? Two? If that. We have been here for thousands of years. We are still here. You are not conscious and fighting oppression unless you’re conscious and fighting oppression at its source in this country. The genesis of racial hatred in this country was its invasion and colonization. You want everyone free? AWESOME but you gotta stop ignoring us, first.

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