How to turn $25 into $4 million, and then lose it.

Happy Saturday, y'all! It's Memorial Day weekend here in the States, which is sort of the unofficial
How to turn $25 into $4 million, and then lose it.
By Daveslist • Issue #47
Happy Saturday, y'all! It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States, which is sort of the unofficial kickoff of summer. The kids are out of school (at least mine are) and it’s getting stupid hot down here in the Big Easy. 
As you enjoy your weekend, take a moment to remember the men and women who gave their lives defending freedom. I’ve known too many, and I’ve witnessed first hand the devastation their loss causes to their families and friends. 
We’ve got a great issue this week. We’ve got monkey mafiosi. We’ve got (literally) lost fortunes in Bitcoin. We’ve got humanity’s first artist community. Without further ado…
Let’s get it on.

These are the names of the all the Skid Kids who died in the line of duty from 1976-2013. Unfortunately this is only one side of the plane. Until Valhalla, brothers.
These are the names of the all the Skid Kids who died in the line of duty from 1976-2013. Unfortunately this is only one side of the plane. Until Valhalla, brothers.
I Threw Away $4.8 Million In Bitcoin
This makes my brain hurt. Back in 2010, Campbell Simpson bought $25 worth of Bitcoin for a goof and stored them on a portable hard drive he later threw out during a move. Those coins are worth millions of dollars today.
How Tesla, self-driving cars are changing insurance industry
Ever since autonomous vehicles became a “thing”, I’ve been saying their adoption would be driven not by consumer demand or government legislation, but by the insistence of the insurance companies. Turns out Tesla is already working with Farmers Insurance, and ultimately wants to sell their autonomous vehicles fully insured.
James Mattis, a Warrior in Washington
This is an absolutely fascinating profile on Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis, the man affectionately known as Chaos Actual among his Marines. He is a true warrior monk, and isn’t afraid to mix it up with the enemy hand-to-hand. Believe me when I tell you, it’s better to have a guy like this inside your tent pissing out, than outside your tent pissing in.
At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death
This is a beautiful story of a man with an incurable disease who wanted everyone’s final memory of him to be a happy one. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a better argument in favor of assisted suicide.
'The pill mill of America': where drugs mean there are no good choices, only less awful ones
Easily the saddest thing you’ll read this week, but you should definitely read it. I’m not in the business of assigning blame, and there’s frankly too much blame to go around for outcomes like this, but I can’t help wondering when this country turned so cold.
A future of more extreme floods, brought to you by climate change
We’re no strangers to extreme flooding here in Louisiana. But it’s getting worse all over the world, and it’s starting to hit us where it hurts most. In just one example, the arctic seed bank where we store all the emergency seeds for the continuation of humanity recently flooded when the permafrost under which it was buried melted.
The vanishing animals that future generations will never see
Scientists believe that we are either entering or have entered Earth’s 6th mass extinction. Animal species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate, and it’s speeding up. By some estimates, most animal species (with the exception of those cultivated by humans) will be gone in the next 250 years. Here are just a few that future generations will likely never see.
There Aren't Enough Slaughterhouses to Support the Farm-to-Table Economy
You don’t have to be a vegan to find what happens in a typical slaughterhouse abhorrent. The animals often die in pain and fear, and the assembly line of death is a true horror. Unfortunately, humane slaughterhouses (where the animals are dispatched with a modicum of care and dignity) are few and far between.
For 4,500 years, Stone Age humans returned to this mysterious cave
45,000 years ago, early humans began showing up at a cave in Ethiopia and storing the supplies to create paint, of all things. For the next almost 5,000 years they kept coming back, making paint, and creating art. This cave was one of the first, and longest running, artist communities in human history.
Monkey mafia steal your stuff, then sell it back for a cracker
Monkey ransom is a thing. These macaques have figured out that they don’t want your camera, but you probably do, and will be willing to give them plenty of snacks to get it back.
That’s it for this week, y'all. Let me know what you thought by hitting the THUMBS UP or DOWN below here. As always, feel free to share far and wide with anyone else you think might enjoy Daveslist.
Have a tremendous Memorial Day weekend, stay safe, and I’ll see you next week for our…wait for it…Anniversary Issue!
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