A video discussion of my recent Steemit post about Coinbase and Bitcoin Cash.
(When meeting Brad Burge several years ago, I was immediately struck by his masterful ability to communicate to all comers at an academic conference we were speaking at. He connected immediately, and never lost the purpose, message, or empathy that we all strive to have when speaking to people we care about, even when addressing someone he’d never met before. He’s become one of MAPS’ most effective ambassadors, overseeing a period of rapid visibility expansion, to the point where MDMA & PTSD is coming up at the watercooler and at the holiday dinner table. I wanted an update on the MDMA/PTSD clinical trial after my previous article on it, so I was overjoyed when he obliged! Enjoy the chat, and feel free to refer to it while talking about MDMA & PTSD with your family over the holidays!)
Interview by Terry Gotham
1. Even with the recent Breakthrough Therapy designation, how do you keep going in the Age of Trump?
We have been able to make a lot of progress since the election, including getting the FDA’s stamp of approval for Phase 3 trials and the Breakthrough Therapy Designation, which came in August. Trump has taken a fairly hands-off policy when it has come to the FDA so far and has given every indication that his administration supports facilitating accelerated development of pharmaceuticals and new medical treatments. Plus, and more importantly, we see psychedelic science and psychedelic therapy research as bipartisan issues, since they are not about being countercultural or revolutionary or being oppositional in the traditional sense, but rather about being careful scientists and treating serious mental health conditions. Of course we think that this research has tremendous transformational value, and that the approval of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD is likely to change how our culture understands and treats mental illness, but we are working with the system to make those changes happen, not outside it. We have had equally positive media reports, for example, from The New York Times and Scientific American as from Fox News and Breitbart.
Streamed live on Dec 21 2017. The livestream had some problems with the clips so I edited it.
The last couple of years have seen YouTube journalism rising to the forefront – but is it worthy of the most distinguished awards? Are some of the major stars with backgrounds in media and sales genuine researchers? Or LARPers? What interest does the Deep State have in LARPing and ARGs?
I’ll be making short videos and doing longer live streams.
In the first episode I cover the 174,000 Bitcoin seized by the FBI and US Marshals Service when Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht was arrested a mile from Burning Man Headquarters during the Silk Road themed year Caravansary. More than half those BitCoins are unaccounted for, over a billion dollars worth.