The Painful Economics of the War on Drugs — interview with Marijuana Policy Project’s Matt Simon

The War on Drugs has been called a trillion dollar failure, and beyond its economic failings, more and more people are waking up to the horrors this modern-day Prohibition is creating in our society, and asking more about who actually benefits from these antiquated authoritarian controls.

In this special bonus episode of Neocash Radio—“The Painful Economics of the War on Drugs”—Darren and Randy interview Matt Simon, New England Political Director and Legislative Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project.

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Episode 134 – Where in the World is Satoshi Nakamoto?

New Hampshire passed bitcoin regulations. Australian Tax Office raids house of man to steal money, turns out WiReD thinks the guy is Satoshi. China on course to overtake Switzerland for worlds top rice producer. More countries are looking to outlaw cash. GoCoin and Ziftr merge. Occupational licensing costs an average $1000 per American household.

 

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Traditional Markets

Gold down slightly $1075

Silver down $13.89

Oil drops to $35.36

DOW 17,265

30y US Treasuries down 2.8763%

 

Crypto Markets

BTC 435

LTC 3.57

ETH 1.03

 

Bitcoin Difficulty estimated to be above 90 billion after next adjustment.

Bitcoin Regulations in NH

http://bravenewcoin.com/news/new-hampshire-money-transmitter-rule-change-will-include-bitcoin-businesses/

Australian Police Raid house of suspected Satoshi

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-bitcoin-exclusive-idUSKBN0TS0AB20151209#HIKHttHmeRaYKS3L.97

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/ato-in-the-hunt-for-possible-bitcoin-founders-stash/news-story/f7efe50bb9ecb0c608d58a902c5a4efe

China on course to surpass Switzerland as top rice producer.  

http://www.rwrreport.com/china-to-overtake-switzerland-as-world-leading-producer-of-rice.html

Sweden to outlaw cash

http://www.businessinsider.com/sweden-has-declared-war-on-cash-2015-12

Higher interest rates in December?  Many Economists think so.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/wsj-survey-economists-are-convinced-fed-will-raise-rates-in-december-1449759601

GoCoin and Ziftr looking to merge

http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/12/10/bitcoin-payment-platform-gocoin-takes-merger-vows-ziftr/

Canada’s Central Bank governor considers negative interest rates.  

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/stephen-poloz-monetary-policy-1.3355704

Occupational Licensing costs the average American household $1000

http://ij.org/occupational-licensing-costs-the-average-american-household-over-1000/

Special interview with Beau Davis

 

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Beau Davis joins us for a special episode. Beau is famous for filming and editing 101 Reasons Liberty Lives in New Hampshire. This film highlights the advantages of moving to and living in New Hampshire. This movie is professionally and beautifully presented by Beau. Neocash Radio is honored to host Beau for this special content. You can encourage Beau by donating to 1Nj22kwZGZWr4kbmJip3CYmHXmRMQSp8CS or here.

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Love Liberty? New Film Gives 101 Reasons You Belong in New Hampshire

Feature-Length Documentary Chronicles Efforts of Free State Project to Move 20K Libertarians to Small NE State; Interviews Include Free-Market Titans of Finance, Agriculture, Business, and Media

The Free State Project (FSP) started with an idea: if 20,000 libertarian activists could all move to one small state with a friendly culture, that would be enough to create true “Liberty In Our Lifetime.” In 2003, New Hampshire was chosen. Since then, more than 16,000 people have signed the Statement of Intent to move when the target is hit – and over 1,600 participants have already made the move.

Today, two of these early movers have released an original documentary on the project, entitled 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, now available for free on Youtube.

The film is a love letter from these 21st century pioneers to their newfound home. It is told through the personal stories of fellow FSP participants and interviews with liberty’s leading lights, including investor Peter Schiff, Food Inc.’s Joel Salatin, Patrick Byrne of Overstock.com, Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine, and several more.

For the first time, viewers are taken inside this intentional community to understand how it functions and why it chose a rural Northeastern state as its refuge. The filmmakers show a face of New Hampshire that even lifelong residents may not have seen before. For instance, the state is now home to one of the largest communities of active users of Bitcoin, the digital currency that has global fanfare and intrigue in its first few years of existence. Also, FSP participants have inspired the New Hampshire legislature to lead the charge against unconstitutional federal legislation, setting a defiant example to other states on issues from national ID cards to Obamacare.

But aside from what they’ve brought to their new home, many Porcupines – as FSP participants call themselves due to the animal’s agreeable nature and spiny defenses – remark on how much they appreciate New Hampshire for what it already is: a place where small is still considered beautiful. The film celebrates the state’s high rate of small business ownership, accessible political system, and tolerance of eccentric individualism. Speaking of New Hampshire, famed independent farming advocate Joel Salatin says, “I salute any environment that unshackles innovation and creativity from industrial-scale compliance and protocols.” Mike Vine, former organizer of the FSP’s annual PorcFest, puts it another way: “New Hampshire chose freedom, and it is now the wealthy state among its neighbors. It’s like a microcosm of what happened with America and people moving from Europe… we chose freedom and this is where the opportunity was where anyone could come and make a life for themselves.”

But life is not all business in the Granite State. Two participants explained how moving to New Hampshire allowed them to realize more charitable dreams. Kate Baker, of the Network for Education Opportunity, uses New Hampshire’s generous education tax credit program to secure scholarships for students to attend alternative schools. Amanda Bouldin operates a charity called Shire Sharing, which, with the help of her fellow Porcupines, now delivers Thanksgiving meals to over 300 families across the Merrimack Valley.

“What [participants of] the Free State Project are managing to do is to put their money where their mouths [are]. Physically getting up, across the country, and saying, ‘let’s go someplace, let’s demonstrate the power of these ideas,’” explains Emmy-winning investigative reporter Ben Swann. “There’s a lot of philosophy that surrounds liberty, there’s a lot of pontificating, there are a lot of people thinking about it and talking about it, but here in New Hampshire, people are doing it.”

101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire reflects the most optimistic and touchingly human story to come out of the waves of discontent that led to the Ron Paul Revolution, the Tea Party, and the Occupy protests. For this small but growing group of pioneers, there are 101 reasons to stop being cynical – and start a new life in New Hampshire.

Episode 76 – Get Surgery With Bitcoin and Gold in Oklahoma

Jon Matonis is stepping down from the Bitcoin Foundation. The 1970 US Bank Secret Act is declared obsolete. Crypto Passports could offer more online identity solutions. BTC Guild was set to shutdown in three months but now may be sold instead. Blockchain.info raises $30.5 million. FinCEN declares bitcoin payment processors and exchanges as “money-transmitters”. Amanda writes about buying surgery with bitcoin and gold. Mattheus writes about the bitcoin scene in New Hampshire. Home loan applications are the lowest since February.



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