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My Stepson Died of an Opioid Overdose

Three weeks ago, my 18-year old stepson died in his bed. Police say it was almost certainly an overdose. We’re waiting for the coroner’s report to confirm. His primary drug of addiction was fake Xanax pills that are widely available and almost always contain fentanyl.

Fentanyl killed Michael Jackson.

Fentanyl killed Prince.

Fentanyl killed Tom Petty.

Fentanyl probably killed half of the 72,000 Americans who died of drug overdoses in 2017.

For reference, fewer than 59,000 Americans in military service died during the entire Vietnam War.

Most fentanyl comes from illegal Chinese drug labs, according to our government. Mexico is the second biggest source. I call them #FentanylChina and #FentanylMexico. Those are their brand identities now, at least to me. About 72,000 families come around to that opinion every year. The Trump administration is acting aggressively against the epidemic, but it’s a long, hard fight.

So I wondered how I can help. I have a plan. Read More about My Stepson Died of an Opioid Overdose

Episode 253 Scott Adams: A Persuasion Lesson While Persuading You to Try the Interface App

Topics: 

  • Key persuasion tips throughout the discussion
  • Why, how, when to use various persuasion techniques, demonstrated

I fund my Periscopes and podcasts via audience micro-donations on Patreon. I prefer this method over accepting advertisements or working for a “boss” somewhere because it keeps my voice independent. No one owns me, and that is rare. I’m trying in my own way to make the world a better place, and your contributions help me stay inspired to do that.

See all of my Periscope videos here.

Find my WhenHub Interface app here.

Episode 220 Scott Adams: Puerto Rico, Creepy Porn Lawyer and Other Disasters

Topics: 

  • Puerto Rico death toll, 18 or 3,000?
  • Political analysis versus business analysis
  • Puerto Rico was a disaster by design
  • NASA says CO2 rise has caused significant greening of the earth
  • Experts available on the Interface app by WhenHub

I fund my Periscopes and podcasts via audience micro-donations on Patreon. I prefer this method over accepting advertisements or working for a “boss” somewhere because it keeps my voice independent. No one owns me, and that is rare. I’m trying in my own way to make the world a better place, and your contributions help me stay inspired to do that.

See all of my Periscope videos here.

Find my WhenHub Interface app here.

Episode 218 Scott Adams: How to Get Paid as Citizen Video Journalist Using the Interface by WhenHub App

Topic: 

  • You could offer to provide live breaking news video via the Interface App by WhenHub.  Sign in and select “Be an Expert”.  Then offer key words that news organizations would search for to locate you at a news worthy event.

Episode 208 Scott Adams: Socialism, Woodward’s Book, Nike, Airplane Fear Persuasion

Topics: 

  • Amy Siskind took down her tweet accusing Zina Bash of white power signal
  • Bob Woodward’s book says things denied by the people referenced
    • He begins with a fact and devolves into mind reading over and over
  • Understand President Trump’s mindset, and how he’s successful is obvious
  • Selling healthcare for all without getting stuck in the Socialism bog
  • Uses for the Interface app by WhenHub

I fund my Periscopes and podcasts via audience micro-donations on Patreon. I prefer this method over accepting advertisements or working for a “boss” somewhere because it keeps my voice independent. No one owns me, and that is rare. I’m trying in my own way to make the world a better place, and your contributions help me stay inspired to do that.

See all of my Periscope videos here.

Find my WhenHub Interface app here.

Episode 202 Scott Adams: Crypto Exchange LATOKEN.com CEO Valentin Preobrazhenskiy About the “WHEN” token

Topics: 

  • “WHEN” tokens available for purchase on LATOKEN.com
  • September 1, 2018: Buy
  • September 20, 2018: Trade
  • WhenHub Interface App

I fund my Periscopes and podcasts via audience micro-donations on Patreon. I prefer this method over accepting advertisements or working for a “boss” somewhere because it keeps my voice independent. No one owns me, and that is rare. I’m trying in my own way to make the world a better place, and your contributions help me stay inspired to do that.

See all of my Periscope videos here.

Find my WhenHub Interface app here.

Episode 170 Scott Adams: coinpulse.io Founder Chez Darji Explains Crypto Exchanges, Wallets and Interface App by WhenHub

Topics: 

  • coinpulse.io Founder Chez Darji explains…
  • Crypto exchanges, crypto wallets and the Interface app by WhenHub

 

I fund my Periscopes and podcasts via audience micro-donations on Patreon. I prefer this method over accepting advertisements or working for a “boss” somewhere because it keeps my voice independent. No one owns me, and that is rare. I’m trying in my own way to make the world a better place, and your contributions help me stay inspired to do that.

See all of my Periscope videos here.

Find my WhenHub Interface app here.

All of the Dilbert Comics on Blockchain, Bitcoin, or Cryptocurrency

By popular demand, I pulled together the Dilbert comics that mention blockchain, Bitcoin, or cryptocurrency. You can find these or any other Dilbert comic by keyword searches on the main Dilbert.com page.

And if any of the situations in this collection look familiar, you might want to check out my startup’s ICO that is live now.

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WhenHub SAFT (Simple Agreement for Future Tokens)

Today might be one of the biggest days of my life, and it will be impossible to explain why that is so unless you know at least a little bit about blockchain, dAPPS, cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, and the legal distinction between a Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT) and an ICO.

If those words look unfamiliar, one of the biggest technical revolutions the world has ever known is sneaking up on you. The folks in Silicon Valley — who live about three years in the future compared to the rest of the country — can’t stop talking about this topic. The smartest people in the Valley tell me blockchain will change nearly everything, and already is. It’s like “the Internet” before anyone had heard of the Internet. That’s how big it is.

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Start-ups that Lower the Cost of Health Care

[Update: fixed bad email address in step 3.] 

Most of the remaining problems in the world are information problems in disguise. For example, our politicians in the United States are trying to figure out how to provide health insurance to low-income people without breaking the budget. 

It looks impossible, at least with our political system as it stands. 

So I thought I would help. 

In my opinion, the only hope for affordable health care in the long run comes from startups that will dramatically lower the cost of medical services. There are many such healthcare startups in the pipeline, and some could make a big difference to society. As a public service, I’ll collect a list of them in this blog post so investors can see their options for helping the country lower the cost of medical care. 

I started the list with one start-up (Sandstone) that I happen to know because I invested in it. Any healthcare startup that lowers the cost of medical treatment is welcome to add their information to the list. To add your company, do this…

1. Go to whenhub.com and create a schedule with one entry for your company, using as your event date the year you went live with a commercial product, or the year you plan to do so. 

2. You can include any kind of documents, links, photos, or video to your one event. But please include at least a paragraph saying how your startup lowers healthcare costs.  

3. Share your schedule, with its one event, to this address: healthcarestartups@whenhub.com. I’ll check it for completeness and add it to the list.

By the way, WhenHub – a start-up I co-founded – wasn’t designed for this sort of task, but I couldn’t think of an easier way to do it. I’ll use our new streaming feature to create one schedule (really just a list of start-ups) from the shared events. You’ll see the Whencast below grow as I add entries.

The nature of Whencasts is that you can share them on social media and embed them on blog pages. So if this list is useful, feel free to share it. Whencasts stay live and updated no matter where they travel.

I’m also imagining some sort of “digital doctor” healthcare insurance that is super-cheap and relies largely on startups that are not yet part of mainstream medicine. This low-cost insurance plan might be better (but slightly riskier) than traditional medical treatment. For example, if the low-cost insurance people get first access to IBM’s Watson for diagnosing problems, they are probably getting better treatment recommendations than the patients going to human doctors.

I can also imagine this low-cost health insurance plan asking patients to voluntarily give up more health-related privacy than normal, and perhaps agree to some sort of health tracking technology. The data from this group would help improve healthcare technology and treatment for all. 

We probably can’t tax-and-spend our way to universal healthcare. The numbers just don’t work. But startups could get us more options for serving low-income folks if we decide to make that a priority.

Update 2: Here’s a great article by Benjamin Joffe explaining the medical tech device revolution ahead of us. This is one of the most underreported stories on the planet.