Cryptocurrency for Dummies: Bitcoin and Beyond

Bitcoin created a lot of buzz on the Internet. It was ridiculed, it was attacked, and eventually it was accepted and became a part of our lives. However, Bitcoin is not alone. At this moment, there are over 700 AltCoinimplementations, which use similar principles of CryptoCurrency. So, what do you need to create something like […]

Blockchain Technology Explained: Powering Bitcoin

Microsoft recently became the latest big name to officially associate with Bitcoin, the decentralized virtual currency. However, the Redmond company did not go all out, and will only support bitcoin payments on certain content platforms, making up a tiny fraction of its business. What’s The Big Deal With Bitcoin? Like most good stories, the bitcoin […]

Physical Bitcoins: Finding a Replacement for Cash

One of the main hiccups for Bitcoin, especially when it comes to the older generation, is that you can’t really hold bitcoins in your hand. This is technically not true since paper wallets already exist, but there is definitely room for improvement in this department. Physical bitcoin wallets are in the works from companies such […]

Marijuana Prohibition On The Ropes

In November, Washington and Colorado became the first two states to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. While medical use of cannabis is now legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, the herb remains highly illegal under federal law, and the response of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) remains to be seen. […]

Changing Demographics Influencing US Politics

Republicans suffered a major electoral defeat in 2012. Barack Obama remains president, and the Republican establishment is reeling. From party leaders to the rank-and-file, Republicans are busy picking through the ruins of defeat — and planning their next moves. Historic demographic changes underline 2012 as a turning point in America’s electoral profile. Latino and other non-white voters now […]

The Fiscal Cliff Gives Republicans a Chance to Save Face

When the US Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, it offered an unwanted final solution to the perennial problem of deficit spending: if Congress could not agree on a plan to reduce the budget, then automatic spending cuts and tax increases would do it for them. The deal was designed to compel an agreement between the parties by threatening […]