Bitcoin and cryptocurrency are unusual in their own right, but even in this already bizarre world, there are ideas and personalities on the weird end of the spectrum. Roger Ver, who is called "Bitcoin Jesus", is pitting his own Bitcoin Cash (or "BCash" if you're feisty) against Bitcoin Core. There are also the Bitcoin carnivores, who not only eschew central banking but the eating of fruits, vegetables, and "toxic grains".
Chris Cantelmo, who we covered in Episode 43, came down to our Discord to have a productive exchange of ideas. Below you will find a plain text export of the Discord chat. Enjoy!
DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) not only produces vivid (and often hellacious) hallucinations but some wacky beliefs as well. Chris Cantelmo is a DMT cultist recruiting teenagers on Reddit via dank memes and Reddit Gold, and Terence McKenna thinks DMT allows one to communicate with intelligent beings he refers to as "machine elves".
The Rainbow Family has held annual gatherings since the early 70's. These non-hierarchical, non-organizations feature aging hippies mixing New Age spirituality, vegetarian cuisine, and latrines dug daily. Sadly, they also involve hard drugs, violence, and rampant cultural appropriation of Native American beliefs.
This first installment of their Psychedelic Cults series covers the early history of hallucinogens and their impact on the 60's and hippie culture. Unsatisfied with chemical enlightenment, some psychonauts, including Bart Hughes, Amanda Feilding, and Joe Mellen, pursued trepanation (i.e. boring a hole in their skull) in their eternal quest to stay high forever.
While most of us use bleach as a household cleaner, it has gained popularity as a miracle cure-all in the form of Miracle Mineral Solutions (MMS). Jim Humble, the creators of MMS, even founded a church to peddle his baloney, the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing. Pastor Jim Baldwin and Sam Little have taken MMS to Uganda, and Kerri Rivera has taken it to the desperate parents of autistic children.
In their fifth installment of None Dare Call It News, Dylan and Brent (with Forrest in orb form) discuss Brian Kolfage, who made news last December when his GoFundMe campaign to build a border wall between the US and Mexico went viral. But just who is Kolfage, and should we be worried about how he paid for his yacht and his taste for faked images? Find out that and more in this episode!