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“Bier-Jesus von Mariendorf” and His Temple

Stone’s bearded CEO and co-founder Greg Koch already has nicknames in Germany: “Bier Jesus von Mariendorf,” referencing the Berlin suburb where the new  “Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Berlin” is located. Another one: “Bier-Rocker.Berliner Kurier refers to the new Stone location as his ‘temple.’

Yelpers! and reporters alike question Stone’s location ten minutes from the nearest subway or suburban trains. This does not bother the 52-year-old Koch.

“In our hometown of San Diego, California, we are ranked number three largest brewery with a similar location,” he told the Berliner Morgenpost October 1 after Stone Berlin soft-opened, and one month before recent layoffs at Stone’s in San Diego County. Koch wants the new Germany location to serve 17 European countries.

Craft beer for all Europe,” reads a headline by the Berliner Abendblatt.

The brewery is designed to produce nearly 100,000 barrels of beer annually. Stone was available in just 25 Berlin restaurants before the new Berlin location opened.

“I prefer beer brewed with creativity, passion and knowledge,” says Koch. He is surprised that “cheap” for many Germans is more important than quality.

Many have wondered what Germans will think of the stronger aromas and higher alcohol content of San Diego craft beers, as well as Stone’s bitter flavors.

One Yelper! warns others about Stone’s different taste than traditional German beer, describing international bitterness units and where Stone falls on that scale. “Have a big glass of water with the beer,” the Yelper! Writes. “I had a 0.3 Hasel and coconut brewed beer (without liquor), and it tasted remarkably well.” Commenters commend the 65 types of beer, from Stone and local German brands, on tap.

“One seeks in vain the sweet beer mixed drinks (a.k.a Radler) at Stone,” writes Daniel H. of Berlin, referencing popular drinks in Germany that mix fruits with beers.

“The American beer recipes take some getting used to,” says Berliner M. W.

“The beer tastes super,” says Berlin resident Patrick J.

“Craft beer lovers get their money’s worth here,” says.Commenters nearly ubiquitously lamented Stone’s high prices in Berlin.

“I’m not ready to pay California prices,” says one commenter. They finish the comment in English: “This Ain’t California in Mariendorf.” Further, Germans express disappointment with a ‘No Smoking’ terrace.

“Smoking is forbidden on the terrace,” complains Dusan S of Berlin on the Yelp! for Stone’s new location in Berlin, Germany. “Incomprehensible!!!”

Koch’s vision for the Berlin location, after all, was somewhere  “which takes you far away, and in the middle of Berlin.”

Eleven beers are brewed on site. Morgenpost reports the “hoppy” Indian Pale Ale is most popular at the European location, followed by Cali-Belgique Indian Pale Ale and then Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Koch calls the 115-year-old, 2400-square-meter building with numerous gardens a “world-class destination for relaxation in a creative, environmentally friendly environment.”

Glistening bright tanks are separated by a glass wall from the gastronomical area, where experimental meat and vegetarian dishes are served from a food truck, such as duck tacos. It cost Stone 23 million euros. Like it’s Escondido location, tours of the facilities are offered.

“It took a lot of time and countless hours to get where we are now,” says Koch about Stone Berlin.

Something Spread By Direct Contact Caused People To Hallucinate In Oregon

When a 78 year-old patient, her caregiver, two sheriff’s deputies and hospital employees began hallucinating, a hospital in Coos Bay, Oregon quarantined its emergency room. Officials are still looking for answers.

KVAL-TV News reported Wednesday: the hallucinations began in the early hours of Wednesday. At 3 a.m. a elderly woman’s caregiver, a 52-year-old woman, called authorities to report vandals destroying her car. A deputy responded, but found nothing. The caregiver then called back at 5:30am and deputies took her to a Bay Area hospital suspecting medical issues. She appeared fine and went home, but then two deputies began hallucinating and were hospitalized. The 78-year-old then having a similar experience.

A Coos County Haz Mat Team was dispatched to Bay Area Hospital and to the residence.

“No source of contaminate has been identified or found,” Sgt. Pat Downing of the Coos County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

DoJ Arrests Man For Phishing Stolen Darknet Accounts, Stealing Bitcoins

The dark web, having gained a reputation for offering illicit goods and narcotics, caught the attention of authorities after the Silk Road fueled much early Bitcoin price activity. Law enforcement’s subsequent focus on the dark web continues to this day. “We are well aware of these websites” authorities in Australia said in September.

In the US, the Department of Justice announced charges October 6 against Michael Richo, 34, of Wallingford, Connecticut on a criminal complaint charging him with access device fraud, computer fraud, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering offenses tied to his phishing to steal bitcoins.

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation filed the complaint, which alleges Richo partook in an online phishing scheme to steal bitcoins from people on the dark web, where the crypto-currency is often accepted as a payment means.

Richo allegedly posted fraudulent links to online marketplaces on dark web forums. Users were brought to a fake login page made to look like the proper login page for online marketplaces. Richo then stole usernames and passwords and monitored people’s bitcoin balances on the darkweb marketplace they had intended to log into. When bitcoins were deposited, Richo withdrew them and sent them to his own bitcoin wallet.

Richo saved more than 10,000 usernames and passwords on his computer. Richo appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam in New Haven. He was released on a $100,000 bond.

Richo faces 20 years in prison for money laundering, another 20 years for wire fraud, 10 years for access device fraud, five years for computer fraud and two years for each identity theft.

Bitcoin has been called money in other court cases, such as the court case of Trendon Shavers, in which the defendant was accused of running bitcoin’s first major ponzi scheme.

See complaint here.

How Broke And Stoned Are You?

Rodrigo studied law, but never became a lawyer. The Mexican-American lives in Tijuana and works as a cannabis activist in California. He bounces between jobs. Depending on income, he smokes as much cannabis as possible.

35, Rodrigo laments how hard liquor leads him to spend money on friends and cocaine. He spends the most money on dates with his girlfriend.

Thanks to Mexican marijuana prices, he’s able to smoke cheap. He prefers US medical, and would only smoke that if he had the funds.

Raised in San Diego, Rodrigo has saved money living in the same place in Tijuana for seven years. A rough stretch once meant an entire year passed in which he failed to pay rent. His landlord said nothing. Does it depress him to be broke?

“Yes, it depresses me,” he says, “but, Tijuana makes it easier. I can make the money last.”

Rodrigo got paid the day before we spoke. Before payday, $4 were in his checking account. Now he had just under $1,000 which would need to last him until his next paycheck in two weeks.

“I am going to spend $500 this month on a co-working space in the heart of Tijuana I am trying to start with a friend,” he said. The co-working space has no workers, he said.

Rodrigo once laundered currency across the Tijuana-San Diego San Ysidro border. He profited from different exchange rates.  He got caught crossing without declaring $30,000. He was making more money than ever. He’s now a convicted felon.

“Man, if I had to live in San Diego, I’d have to move to Tijuana,” the American citizen, and Tijuana resident, quipped.

47% of US based respondents to the Federal Reserve board’s recent tri-annual Survey of Consumer Finance revealed that, in the event of a small emergency, they would not have more than $400 set aside. They would borrow from friends, family or sell belongings. Fifty seven percent said they burned through most of their savings after the 2008 financial crisis.

In a 2015 survey, 62 percent of respondents claimed to have fewer than $1000 in savings. 21 percent (mostly 35 through 54 year olds) had no savings account.

Older generations – especially those without money – have a hard time discussing money. MERRY JANE easily found stone broke cannabis users willing to talk financial misfortunes. Though like their older impecunious counterparts, they prefer to use pseudonyms.

No one knows how much former Lance Corporal Lew, 31, spent on marijuana before or after the marine corps, but he did smoke on a nearly daily basis. While without disability cheques last year, he lived residentially with the Veterans Administration for free boarding and housing.

“Obviously, I didn’t smoke during that period,” he told MERRY JANE. At present, Lew lives disability cheque to disability cheque, and therefore was not comfortable answering questions about current cannabis use. He admitted bouts with alcohol abuse had hurt his wallet far more than marijuana.

“I’ve never had a savings account even though I started working very young – around the age of ten,” he revealed.

Lew would mow neighbors lawns, babysit, do odds and ends and later gave swim lessons, all under the table.  At the age of fourteen he started working in restaurants.

“On one side of town, I worked at the Chinese stir fry, and at the other side of town I flipped burgers,” the Fallujah combat veteran recalled. That has led to a longstanding restaurant “career,” one he since re-entered after his time in the marine corps.

“Somewhere in the 2007-08 collapse one needed to work twice as hard for half the money,” he said. “I live off of my service connected disability and am going back to school for retraining. It’s extremely difficult to get hired in the non-federal field as a combat veteran. A certain stigma goes with the history. After twenty years of work, I still don’t have a savings account.”

Long Beach City resident Edmond, who works in physical therapy, says he “had the luxury” of being disabled – he lost the use of his legs –  and receive $800-$900 in disability per month.

“In Southern California, that might not even pay rent,” Edmond, 29, said. “I really struggled in marginal apartments.”

Now he makes “maybe” $2,000: “That doesn’t go too far either.”

Edmond says he is lucky there is public transportation to take him throughout Los Angeles. If he had to pay for a car outfitted for his disability, he’d be “flat broke each month.”

Currently working towards a masters, Edmond is now going into debt to improve his financial prospects. “It’s what it takes,” he said. “Pay at entry level jobs is a joke. If you’re single, and you’re trying to make it in So Cal, you need to pull in six figures with the tax implications. I do well with my disability, but it’s still a matter of scraping by.”

He buys marijuana from friends who harvest the plant in Northern California. They’ve supplied him since college. Marijuana doesn’t arrest Edmond’s budget too much. The self-admitted social alcoholic spends most of his money drinking. Edmond can spend a quad of marijuana (one month’s supply for him) worth of money in one night of drinking.

“I’ve lowered my alcohol intake,” he said. “Granted, today is Wednesday and I am going out tonight. And I will prob go out tomorrow and Friday. So, yeah, definitely alcohol is a greater detriment to my wallet and bank account than marijuana.” He contends marijuana saves him money.

“It helps me chill and take it easy, enjoy free festivals around Long Beach, concerts and art galleries,” the San Diego County native said. “With marijuana, I don’t get stuck in a bar. It helps me to be a bit more adventurous. It keeps me in check.”

Edmond injured himself drinking. It’d never have happened stoned, he says. No chronic pain, smoking bud just gives him “more enjoyment of life.”

“I just like to get stoned every once in awhile, relax and not worry about money or fucking whatever it might be with how expensive So Cal is,” he says. “Marijuana brings me back to the old school Cali’ days of enjoying the beach and enjoying life.”

“I’m not gonna be poor i always have enough to do what i want to do. Maybe i dont have a lot of savings i always have enough to get all my things.”

Marijuana Grows Are Causing Millions In Fire Damage In California

Photo Source: LA Times

The negligent use of equipment and improper installation of electrical systems on cannabis farms caused four wildfires in Calaveras County between June 14 and July 11, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Cal Fire brought three of the fires under control quickly, limiting damage to minimum acreage and vegetation, according to Cal FIre Battalion Chief Matthew Gilbert.

The July 2 Appaloosa Fire, however, charred 310 acres on numerous properties.
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IRS Targets Colorado Marijuana Businesses

The Internal Revenue Service has sent many Colorado marijuana companies questionnaires largely focused on IRS Form 8300, which tracks cash transactions above a certain amount. Fears of money laundering charges have gripped cannabis entrepreneurs. Read More

A Bitcoiner Did LSD On A Plane & Had An Awakening

The Redditor, who recounted his story in the Bitcoin Reddit r/BitcoinMarkets, dedicated to price analysis of the crypto-currency, was due to fly home across the Pacific when he decided to really go on a trip. Not wanting to smuggle drugs through the airport, nor wanting to through away the strog LSD tabs he had procured while on vacation, he ate them before going through security, “figuring it would kick in pretty nicely in time for the flight. It did.” Read More