Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // October 13, 2017

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // October 13, 2017

Happy Friday, Invaders! We’re in New York again, racking up those frequent flyer miles jumping back and forth across the country. Man, remember when we used to drive? We definitely had more time to deliberate on these juicy topics… CarTalk would have been a better name (it was taken - sheesh). Yesterday we spent about four and a half hours in JFK for a delayed flight, and here are some of the things we talked about:
 

Watch SpaceX launch its first of two Falcon 9 rockets this week

We live about fifteen miles from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is pretty cool since the fine folks there are working on perhaps our best defense against any North Korean attacks that are seeming less and less preposterous to propose. The base is also home to the SpaceX program, which is cool in a different way. Will our little western town one day become a hub of tourism for pre- and post-Mars travelers? Will the saloon fill with people offering the share slideshows of their recent trips to the Moon? What it meant earlier this week was that from 5:37 - 5:41 AM, our old farmhouse shook like a mini, prolonged earthquake while this launch happened. You can watch it on the video, next time we think we’ll get out of bed to take a look.
 

On Harvey Weinstein, Hillary Clinton, and Blaming Women for the Acts of Men (An Incomplete List of Things That Are Not Men's Fault)

The Harvey Weinstein drama, depressing and gross as it is, is difficult to pull your eyes away from. A modern master of the universe got away with being a monster for decades; celebs calling each other out; the expectation of a response from everyone who ever crossed paths with him. There is no shortage of reportage, all of it awful and fascinating in its own way. We like Rebecca Solnit’s take, a prolific writer and journalist who is credited for the concept “mansplaining.”

 

Vineyards may have kept wine country fire from getting worse

The fires in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino county are devastating. This is an interesting look at how the actual wineries and vineyards are being affected, and it’s not as bad as is could be, not by a lot. The care winemakers take in tending vineyards seems to have made them nearly indestructible; superhero-plants, able to withstand blistering fire. The winds that make the fires so dangerous to people--resulting in residents’ getting four minutes of notice to evacuate, and that unbelievable story of the couple that survived six hours in their neighbor’s pool--mean the fire doesn’t linger long enough to burn up the lush vines. Even some instances of grapes that were still on the vine when the fire came through are not expected to be harmed or unusable. So while it’s fun to say buy wine to save Napa!, it’s probably not your most effective way to help.

 

Are you curious about microdosing?

So are we. It’s time that psilocybin is taken off the Schedule I Drug list. Multiple studies have shown that this experience has the ability cure symptoms of depression. Ask your parents if they’ve partaken; our guess is that (if they’re cool) they probably have. There’s a few people we can think of who might benefit humanity by eating a little chocolate with some buds.

 

Bitcoin’s market cap is larger than Goldman Sachs’, Morgan Stanley’s

While Hagan thinks it’s a bit of a runup to the upcoming “Bitcoin Gold” fork, we can’t know for sure. We might never see BTC below $5K again. Is it too late to get in? We don’t think so, but as you all know, this Table Talk is for entertainment purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. *WOMP womp*