Hal liked to stuff as many freshman as possible into his VW bug and head out for Tommy's at 3AM. I would wind up folded into that cubby behind the back seat.
Tony Judt, a great historian, died of it a couple? of years ago, and he wrote a harrowing tale about it here: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/jan/14/night/?...
If I only knew him, I'd make it my mission in life to get Hal some Rick Simpson oil.
It's not the cure-all you think it is, regardless of the douchebags in charge.
Listen, there's just not going to be scientific proof behind a mostly illegal substance with legions of powerful people incentivized to stop it from growing in popularity. Feel free to evaluate the video testimonials though: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwBs_ihArc1lCYDym-DH4...
Bitcoin shares many similarities with hemp oil, you can always tell the armchair opinions from the guys who actually use it.
Checking your comment history, I agree with this commenters sentiment: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5546063
I made a similar comment recently: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5535940
Personally I think you have valid criticisms. If I just want to convert dollars to btc and vice versa, why do I care what chain I am on? Bitcoin is just a brand, but the technology can be forked and new chains can be created. Granted you wont have a convenient exchange to use, but do you really think a Mexican druglord is going to transfer billions of dollars to you through mt gox for btc?
Perhaps the govt never stepped in to curtail bitcoin because they realized that speculation and greed would ruin this chain (and then possibly be in position to influence the next chain).
The tech is great but the pyramid scheme implementation is a critical flaw. Does anyone believe that the intrinsic value of having an alternative currency like btc outweighs the money being made by the prospectors?
 im libertarian, btw
(I also get the reference in your username, btw. I don't know if it's obscure or not, but I don't see it often.)
I'd bet this is one of those situations where it's better to assume human ignorance than conspiracy in the context of government.