Case 76

Silk Road

(Part 1)

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Case 76

Silk Road

(Part 1)

[Part 1 of 3]

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that started in China in the 2nd century B.C. Via a combination of roads, and sea routes, goods like silk, paper and spices were transported from the producers in Asia to markets in Europe. Eventually, it wasn’t just goods that were traded – there were also ideas, customs, religions and even diseases.

The Silk Road expanded throughout different continents and civilizations for several centuries. It connected Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. A marketplace across the world.

Two major expansions can be traced back to the Silk Road. One of these was the introduction of Buddhism into China. The second was the Black Death.

Vermin accompanied some of the goods along the silk road – and upon the vermin were fleas. These fleas carried the bubonic plague—also known as the Black Death—and as the fleas entered Europe, so did the plague. It’s estimated that in the 14th century, between 100 and 125 million people died from the Black Death, reducing the world’s population by somewhere between 30 and 60%.

The Silk Road is recognized as the very first true globalization that the world experienced. The free trade of goods and the passing of ideas and customs from one society to another. It changed everything.

It would be many centuries later that a very different kind of marketplace would open up on a modern platform, a new trade route – using the same name.

Silk Road.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt For The Criminal Mastermind Behind The Silk Road – by Nick Bilton

Silk Road – by Eileen Ormsby

 

DOCUMENTARY:

The Deep Web – a film by Alex Winter

 

PODCAST:

Episode number 633 with Alex Winter – The Joe Rogan Experience

 

ADRIAN CHEN’S GAWKER ARTICLE:

The Underground Website Where You Can Buy Any Drug Imaginable – Gawker

 

COURT TRANSCRIPTS:

United States of America v Ross William Ulbricht – January 13, 2015

United States of America v Ross William Ulbricht – January 20, 2015

Full archive of Ross’s court documents

 

WEBSITES:

Ross’s post as Altoid on the website www.shroomery.org

Ross’s post as Altoid on the website bitcointalk.org. The original post has been deleted. But this was the thread, you can see Altoid’s post quoted.

Free Ross

Silk Road Drugs

Silk Road Timeline

Silk Road on Reddit

Hi, My Name is Ross Ulbricht – Reddit

Free Ross – Twitter

 

ARTICLES:

About this $1.2 billion crap… – All Things Vice

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 – WIRED

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2 – WIRED

 

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[Part 1 of 3]

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that started in China in the 2nd century B.C. Via a combination of roads, and sea routes, goods like silk, paper and spices were transported from the producers in Asia to markets in Europe. Eventually, it wasn’t just goods that were traded – there were also ideas, customs, religions and even diseases.

The Silk Road expanded throughout different continents and civilizations for several centuries. It connected Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. A marketplace across the world.

Two major expansions can be traced back to the Silk Road. One of these was the introduction of Buddhism into China. The second was the Black Death.

Vermin accompanied some of the goods along the silk road – and upon the vermin were fleas. These fleas carried the bubonic plague—also known as the Black Death—and as the fleas entered Europe, so did the plague. It’s estimated that in the 14th century, between 100 and 125 million people died from the Black Death, reducing the world’s population by somewhere between 30 and 60%.

The Silk Road is recognized as the very first true globalization that the world experienced. The free trade of goods and the passing of ideas and customs from one society to another. It changed everything.

It would be many centuries later that a very different kind of marketplace would open up on a modern platform, a new trade route – using the same name.

Silk Road.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt For The Criminal Mastermind Behind The Silk Road – by Nick Bilton

Silk Road – by Eileen Ormsby

 

DOCUMENTARY:

The Deep Web – a film by Alex Winter

 

PODCAST:

Episode number 633 with Alex Winter – The Joe Rogan Experience

 

ADRIAN CHEN’S GAWKER ARTICLE:

The Underground Website Where You Can Buy Any Drug Imaginable – Gawker

 

COURT TRANSCRIPTS:

United States of America v Ross William Ulbricht – January 13, 2015

United States of America v Ross William Ulbricht – January 20, 2015

Full archive of Ross’s court documents

 

WEBSITES:

Ross’s post as Altoid on the website www.shroomery.org

Ross’s post as Altoid on the website bitcointalk.org. The original post has been deleted. But this was the thread, you can see Altoid’s post quoted.

Free Ross

Silk Road Drugs

Silk Road Timeline

Silk Road on Reddit

Hi, My Name is Ross Ulbricht – Reddit

Free Ross – Twitter

 

ARTICLES:

About this $1.2 billion crap… – All Things Vice

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 – WIRED

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2 – WIRED

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Audible – Offer code ‘casefile’ for a free 30-day trial & free audiobook

Empty Frames – A new investigative podcast

MVMT Watches – 15% off free shipping and return

Casper – Offer code ‘casefile’ for $50 off select mattresses

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