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Nobody Cares Which Crypto You Vote For

It’s Presidential election season again, and as always Nobody is going to end the wars, Nobody is going to fix the economy, and Nobody cares about you. So, once again, Bitcoin Not Bombs is endorsing Nobody for president. In addition, polls now show that Nobody cares which cryptocurrency you vote for. So, you can stop asking us what we think about Bitcoin vs. Bitcoin Cash, because now we’re giving the opportunity to vote with your crypto. If you’re going to vote, vote with your wallet, and if you’re going to vote with your wallet, make it a crypto wallet. That ratty old leather bill fold you’re hanging on to is just sooo… 2016.

For most, the Great Debate began on Armistice Day, 2017, but here at Bitcoin Not Bombs we never saw any reason to take a side. The reason is simple, whether you’re a Bitcoin Maximalist, or a BitcoinCash Minarchist, or even a Dogecoin Dominionist, if you’re not using War Dollars, you’re not funding the war machine. Money is money because both parties agree to the medium of exchange, not because Uncle Vader takes a cut. Meaning, if you’re using any state-free currency, you’re not supporting government forced fiat and the violence that backs it. Here at Bitcoin Not Bombs we say, let a million cryptocurrencies bloom. A truly free market economy is decentralized, and free to take a different direction at any time. Let every individual make their own decision what kind of money they want and why. In the open-source world of cryptocurrency, a fork is a feature, not a bug.  

But that’s not the goal of our Cyber Monday campaign. In fact, this may be The Most Important Election In Cryptocurrency History™.  With your help we can finally answer the most important question facing the cryptocurrency community today: What color is Bitcoin anyway? 

From now until Bitcoin Black Friday (November 27, 2020) the Bitcoin Not Bombs store is offering our new 2020 Bomber design, for the first time, in both Orange and Green. That way you can cast your ballots, and let us know which color you support. At midnight on Bitcoin Black Friday we will tally the votes, and the payment methods used, certify the results, and announce the official winner of the 2020 crypto wallet election. Once the winning color is sworn in, we’ll be launching a variety of exclusive new products, available only in the color elect. The inauguration will be on Cyber Monday (November 30, 2020), with the launch of the new products. 

Your participation in our crypto demockery is more vital than ever as we fly the world’s first decentralized aircraft into the future. 

Crypto Details and shop specifics.

Update: 10/21 The shirts are now shipping internationally to Most of Europe, Australia, Mexico, Canada and Japan.

While the campaign shirts are currently only for sale in the US, we are looking into international shipping options and intend to make this one of many firsts in the realm of international voting.

The Bitcoin Not Bombs shop currently accepts Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and War Dollars in the form of major credit cards, but we look forward to providing more options in the future. 

So, vote early, and vote often, because Nobody cares which crypto you vote for.

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Decentralize All the Homeless Outreach!

Homeless outreach is a difficult calling that many assume centralized organizations are taking care of efficiently, but this is simply not the case. Because of grants with strings attached, many organizations have their hands tied by the state and this limits their ability to reach as many people in need. Homelessness is a huge problem nationwide, and many people slip through the cracks of these aid organizations. By decentralizing our efforts, we can have the maximum amount of efficiency in outreach operations.

By diversifying the type of funds homeless outreaches can collect, we allow them to take advantage of new and growing markets. With access to extra funding, the goals of any homeless outreach can be expanded and a variety of creative solutions can be tested.

With the recent arrests of two Food Not Bombs volunteers for flaunting a homeless feeding ban in Fort Lauderdale, or the homeless blanket ban in Pensacola, Florida last year, decentralized homeless outreach is more important than ever. This year Bitcoin Not Bombs is working to coordinate with existing homeless outreach organizations, such as the San Francisco Community Clinic ConsortiumProject Homeless Connect, the Bay Area Rescue Mission, and Food Not Bombs Pensacola to help them get set up to use Bitcoin as a funding tool, and further decentralize the charity options in the Bitcoin ecosystem. Cooperation between these organizations can help them reach more people, and bitcoin is no longer a fringe currency, but one accepted by major charities including the Red Cross. But that cooperation hinges upon the success of our fundraising efforts.

We also want to thank SnapCard.io for extending their offer for a free merchant processing account with zero processing fees and a free tablet to the homeless outreach centers in San Francisco, California we have reached out to. The offer from SnapCards Integrate SF project is very compelling, and for a new merchant or organization getting immediate conversion to USD to mitigate the risk of volatility is critical for turning donations into care.

Join us in reaching out to your local shelters this winter. The season is a crucial time for those without homes, and by working together we can help some of the over 610,000 individuals fighting for survival every night in the U.S. Let’s see if we can begin decentralizing all the homeless outreach.

Please help us show the world that Bitcoin is a force for good, and make Hoodie the Homeless 2014 all that it can be

General donations welcome, all donations to this address are live tweeted. Follow along and shout out your donations! Bit.co.in/HoodieTheHomeless

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Freeing Markets with Cryptocurrencies

In order to understand how society has arrived at its current state, one must understand its past. Confucius said, “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.” and with this declaration, one can understand how propaganda, through the State apparatus, has skewed and subjectivized everything in society. Orwellian double-speak is in full swing, with words holding contradictory meanings, effectively destroying wisdom, evidence and reason, and allowing for the enlargement of our rulers. But with the advent of the Internet and now cryptocurrency, the tides are quickly turning, showing these evils for what they truly are. As society has grown, understanding of property ownership and free-markets has allowed for the vast majority of human kind to flourish. A Yale study shows that,

“We are in the midst of the fastest period of poverty reduction the world has ever seen. The global poverty rate, which stood at 25 percent in 2005, is ticking downwards at one to two percentage points a year, lifting around 70 million people – the population of Turkey or Thailand – out of destitution annually. Advances in human progress on such a scale are unprecedented, yet remain almost universally unacknowledged.”

However, this does not mean we are out of the jungle. Regulation, taxation, inflation, confiscation and war are still in good health and gaining at an ever-faster pace. But, as with everything in life, each action has an equal and opposite reaction with liberty and markets pushing against the regulation and domination that is so ever present in our lives. Cryptocurrency is leading the fight for true deregulation and giving back control of one’s money, property and resources at an astonishing rate. Thanks to the Internet, the double-speak that is so prevalent is being hacked away at an increasing pace. Famous Austrian economist Murray Rothbard notes that,

“The Free market is a summary term for an array of exchanges that take place in society.”

Cryptocurrency is now providing a platform for peaceful and voluntary exchanges to occur outside of the statist paradigm. To show how cryptocurrency is restoring the broken structure of peaceful exchange, it is important to note the difference between control and ownership. Ownership has degrees of control within it, but it does not truly retain the exclusive rights of control in full capacity. Control on the other hand has the complete package of exclusivity when it comes to property and this is where cryptocurrency reigns king. For instance, one may claim to “own a house”, but this is more accurately stated as a “permission slip of partial control” by State privilege. One may be able to occupy, arrange, destroy or discard a house, but in Western countries and others, property taxes exist as a de facto “right to use” grant from State institutions. Legitimate control is never allowed for those outside of the bureaucratic regime. The same intrusive and destructive measures apply to money and value mechanism.

This is best seen in the public/private relationship of central banking, where coercive control is instituted by States and prohibitions are established against all other forms of monies/currencies from competing with State functions. The most notable recent case with Bernard von NotHaus and Liberty Dollar. Control of money has been sized and any legitimate attempt by individual actors to opt-out is quickly snuffed out. Through manipulation of interest rates and legal tender laws, double-speak is seen again where the “Federal Open Market Committee” “goes to market” to “discover prices”. Obviously, this has nothing to do with the market operations of peaceful individuals and voluntary exchange. But now, individuals are taking a stance against such violations and are using cryptocurrencies to finally regain authentic control again of their resources and life. With cryptocurrencies, the mechanism of freedom are finally being reverted back to cooperative market forces. Control of property is the true pinnacle of individual autonomy and with the Internet and cryptocurrencies shaking the statist world, sovereign peoples are now the sole controllers of their money and resources. Blockchain technology has revolutionized property rights by allowing for mass disclosure of assets, property, value and resources on a trustless, distributed, mathematically validated structure, which means individuals have direct control of what is theirs. To further elaborate, Murray Rothbard states that property,

“…begins with the basic axiom of the “right to self-ownership.” The right to self-ownership asserts the absolute right of each man, by virtue of his (or her) being a human being, to “own” his or her own body; that is, to control that body free of coercive interference. Since each individual must think, learn, value, and choose his or her ends and means in order to survive and flourish, the right to self-ownership gives man the right to perform these vital activities without being hampered and restricted by coercive molestation.”

Because of these inherent characteristics, cryptocurrency finally allows for a pipeline out of the coercive State institution and provides a break-point for individuals to truly opt-out of the regressive and detrimental system of fiat and legislative domination. With these crucial definitions put into place, one can now begin to understand how crypto is giving true control back to the individual and allowing for markets to flourish once again. We have seen a massive boom in the space of Bitcoin and now, with alt-coins, competition is growing at a spectacular rate, testing the market for which features and prospects are in demand and which are not. As these coins test the water for market demand, the crypto-space will expand and grow to satisfy all market participants. Andreas Antonopolous, cryptocurrency enthusiast and entrepreneur reflects on this competition between altcoins in an interview,

“Once you break the link between a fixed market for these things – like we’ve had with publishing institutions or financial institutions – you allow anyone to use those as a tool of expression, and in response, people will start using them…Once you look at it from that perspective, the question about how many alt-coins there will be is equivalent to the question of how many bloggers there will be on the Internet.”

With all these points taken into account, one can truly begin to see how the waters are parting when it comes to State monopoly vs. free-market experimentation. For too long, the most crucial parts of society have been defined, occupied and manipulated by institutions such the State, but with the Internet and the cryptospace finally in full bloom, the rulers are effectively trying to put a stranglehold on sand. As each individual takes charge of their life, property and money, another sand particle slips out and it is only a matter of time until the stranglehold squeezes its own body out of existence.

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Asset Backed Cryptocurrency Warcoin Seeks to Ease Volatility Woes

A San Francisco startup has announced that it has created a new digital currency that will solve the pesky problem of bitcoin’s volatility. Dubbed warcoin, the digital currency will be backed by the military industrial complex—a stable and even growing industry that its creators argue provides real value to the cryptocurrency.

“We wanted to make a coin that utilized this fledgling blockchain technology but was unburdened by uncertainty in the economy. If there’s one industry that’s going strong, it’s the trade of arms to military insurgencies all around the world and the rebuilding of other countries torn apart by revolutions. I mean, we’re not going to stop aiding brown people any time soon, so why not?” exclaimed founder, investor, and former child star Thad Stab.

Warcoin would operate on the same blockchain technology as bitcoin, but as we’ve seen in the last few years, bitcoin’s volatility has some investors worried. A 10,000% increase in one year is dangerous not only to those concerned with stability, but also to those trying to keep the dollar fueled economy afloat.

With some countries eyeing currencies to use other than the petrodollar, global skepticism could spell bad news for the US, which relies on people using its currency to prop up a failing economy and hide the massive debt accrued from decades of borrowing for humanitarian causes.

Co-founder Sieve Farthings had some insights to add about warcoin’s philosophic potential:

“Warcoin seemed like the logical next step. We can’t have people rushing into new digital currencies that could rob them of what little wealth they have accumulated. There needs to be stability, and right now there are few things more stable than our military’s economic and physical grasp over noncompliant countries. Warcoin, like bitcoin, is about ideology too. Do you want to support a currency that may siphon funds from the greatest world power to have ever existed? One that could result in the deaths of thousands of innocents who were unable to get our assistance? We’re changing lives for people all around the world by bringing them a heaping helping of democracy in an explosive package. I think we all know the name for people who would wish to prevent us from saving these victims of tyranny—terrorists.”

Libertarians and anarchists have hailed cryptocurrencies as a way to hide their wealth and transactions from government agencies, but Farthings and others view these “fringe idealists” as damaging to the ethics and funding of humanitarian military actions.

It is rumored that Raytheon has quietly partnered with Stab and Farthings to provide more tangible assets to back warcoin despite their earlier support of bitcoin. You will also be able to exchange warcoin for US dollars at FinCEN compliant exchanges for a reasonable fee. Stab said he realizes that carrying cash is becoming a thing of the past.

“People want cool codes they can scan on their phones to send money and paper dollars are so 1900’s. Why not be able to turn dollars into digits you can transfer on your phone and have the stability associated with the globalization of altruistic military actions? Peace of mind can come from knowing your digital currency will always retain its value as long as the US is engaged in carrying out these special missions.”

Warcoin’s founders are also building relationships with banks like JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America, who are notorious for their efforts to bring transparency and efficiency to banking. Their charitable efforts to work with homeowners hit hard after the housing crisis are fresh in the minds of Americans and Stab and Farthing think the familiarity of the banks will give consumers comfort. By fusing banks with exchanges, people may feel more safe as reports of mismanaged cryptocurrency exchanges continue to surface.

“The experience and reputations of these banks make them a perfect fit for integrating currency exchange functions that can support warcoin. If we don’t get these major players involved in this exciting new technology, average people are going to be suspicious and it may never catch on. It doesn’t have to be that way.” Farthings reassured reporters.

Digitizing the dollar into a currency backed by the most robust part of the economy could be very lucrative for struggling banks, venture capitalists, and weapons manufacturers who were unjustly harmed after the financial crisis and scaling back of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the recent transfer of 300 US advisors to Iraq, the perfect storm may be brewing for this festive new digital currency.

 
*Thanks to the Wall Street Journal for inspiring this piece.

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M.K. Lords interviews Andreas Antonopoulos

Andreas Antonopoulos is well known in the bitcoin sphere for his expertise in security and cryptocurrencies. His perspective is always unique and refreshing, and I’m very happy he took the time to chat with me. We ran into some technical issues, but the heart of his explanations remained in tact.  We covered a wide variety of topics both technical and philosophical, and even got to take insightful questions from the audience. You can follow Andreas on twitter at @aantonop for his daily musings.

Also check out Let’s Talk Bitcoin, Mad Bitcoins, and The Bitcoin Group to see more commentary by Andreas et. al and stay informed of new developments in the Bitcoin sphere.

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Cleaning Up Satoshi Forest

As mentioned in previous posts, Jason King is the founder of Sean’s Outpost, a homeless outreach center in Pensacola, FL. So far, Sean’s Outpost has fed 20,000 people through donations. Hold up, let me say that again, 20,000 people have been fed with Bitcoin donations. Simply amazing. With the help of the generous Bitcoin community, he also acquired nine acres of property that will be used as a homeless sanctuary. The landlord is even allowing him to pay for the property in Bitcoin.

Jason named the property Satoshi Forest in honor of the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. His vision for the land incorporates permaculture techniques of gardening, food forestry, aquaponics, a kitchen area to prepare meals, and paying the homeless in Bitcoin to build their own portable small homes situated on trailer hitches. There has never been anything like Satoshi Forest in Pensacola, so this is groundbreaking for the homeless community here; who was left to struggle even more after a panhandling ordinance passed outlawing homelessness. Satoshi Forest will also be a self-sustaining crypto-community. The Forest backs up to water, which will be useful for self-sufficiency, and plans for a stage will provide a unique venue for events and speakers on a variety of educational topics.

This past weekend, I got a sneak peek at the property and helped with cleaning up. We probably covered maybe a quarter of an acre between six people, and much work still needs to be done, but the experience was an exciting one and the difference afterwards was noticeable. From old carpets trapped by roots to the ground to snakes to a beautiful but pesky kudzu invasion, we encountered some interesting items during the clean-up. Ever the klutz, I discovered a bucket containing a wasp nest covered with dozens of wasps, but escaped right before they were able to swarm (luckily it was chilly and they were slowed from their usual velocity). Later, Jason contained and triple bagged the wasp nest which we joked no doubt could have been a useful tool for some uncivil disobedience, but alas, we lacked the time and had to press on.

The weather was agreeable for the work being done, and my husband Joseph scaled a large tree covered with the invasive kudzu. Although the vine covered most of the tree and surrounding area, Joseph, Jason, Adam, and Jesse were able to successfully take much of it down. I spent much of my time in shadier sections collecting various pieces of trash and rotted wood, using loppers to clear my way through some of the thicker parts and brushing off spiders and stickers. Aside from a couple scratches, we made it to lunch unscathed. While we had to leave early for a wedding, Jason and the others stayed behind to work more. There are still nine acres to cover and any additional help is appreciated. You can donate to Sean’s Outpost here: http://seansoutpost.com/donate/

Coming up this weekend, Jason will be holding a Satoshi Forest camp out to celebrate the five year anniversary of Satoshi’s paper Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, which laid out the concept of Bitcoin. There will be food and ample room for camping and you can RSVP by sending an email to SeansOutpost@gmail.com. Please come join us for what will be the beginning of an autonomous community in Pensacola fueled by Bitcoin! I’ll be publishing a write up of my experience there next week.

Here’s some pictures Jason took of the clean up:

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