Lookit, kids! It's Charles Schumer, the dude who waged a widely publicized war on "Bath Salts" a few months ago. The senator is now setting his sights on Silk Road, an eBay-like website dealing in illicit drugs.
"Silk Road, a digital black market that sits just below most internet users’ purview, does resemble something from a cyberpunk novel. Through a combination of anonymity technology and a sophisticated user-feedback system, Silk Road makes buying and selling illegal drugs as easy as buying used electronics — and seemingly as safe. It’s Amazon — if Amazon sold mind-altering chemicals."
To all of my well-informed readers, I ask this question: How many of you had ever heard of this website before Schumer's rant? Despite Mary's heavy involvement in the online drug discussion community, Silk Road is news to her. Just like bath salts, Silk Road has gained mainstream attention via stories like this...and just like bath salts, online drug dealing will thrive in spite of (because of?) politician tantruming. The question is, on what scale? I'd like to personally thank Senator Schumer for helping ensure the growth of the online drug trade, which eliminates at least some of the dangers of street-corner deals.
You can thank him here.