Eight years after I was released from jail, my record now shows no arrests, no charges, no jail time. Just a regular guy who has had zero problems with the law. All wiped away. I am so relieved. Thanks for following along with this story. It is now officially over. NO CRIMINAL RECORD. The End!
Libertarians Holding Online Convention to Nominate Presidential Candidate :: COVID in Prison :: Forkfest Two Weeks? :: New Hampshire Protests :: Joe Biden Knows Who is Black :: Escaping Politics :: New Orleans Crackdown :: Mark and Derrick Giving Up, Changing Strategy :: Reopening :: Obedient People :: People Standing Up :: Mass Barber Civil Disobedience :: HOSTS – Ian, Mark, Derrick J
0:49:00 – Jerome, Charlston South Carolina Joe Biden “You Ain’t Black” accused of rape, deferments, avoiding war, patriotism
0:54:00 – Johnathan in New Orleans Donald Trump bankruptcies, Presidents are not elected, they are selected, the uselessness of politics
1:07:00 – Andrew in Pensacola Florida Just got back from New Orleans, everything is closed, Marti Gras for 2021, everything closed, nothing to do, wanted name and number before could go into restaurant
1:11:00 – Changing strategies for Liberty in Our Lifetime
1:20:00 – Graham says in Michigan
1:23:00 – Mark in Charleston, South Carolina 30 day executive order – can Governors do whatever they want, or can the legislature stop them
1:25:00 – Mary Lu in Talahassee Florida All the beaches are open, the places are open, Macys, “It’s rocking.” People are wearing masks.
1:33:00 – Steven Zeiler New Hampshire Freedom Festival June 22 – July 5
1:48:00 – Steven Zeiler Bitcoin Pizza Day. Serving each other in the market. Building the Space Disco dome.
1:56:00 – Jeff Port Orange Florida First Batman Movie with Jack Nicholson poisoned all the toiletries and cosmetics and no one could use them. First thing they closed down in Plannedemic.
2:07:00 – Mike in Maine, Rick Savage from Sunday River Brew Pub stood up and said, “No more!”
2:14:00 – New listener in Milton Driving around listening says, Stick to the Constitution
2:20:00 – Barbershop protest in Michigan and limiting damage from government goons
2:36:00 – Cops issued tickets at a protest and walked away at barbershops
2:48:00 – David in New Mexico The Constitution, Article 2, Within 7 days of declaring lockdown that the Governor has to consult the legislature
2:52:00 – Gene the Christian Anarchist Twitter sanctioned one of his tweets a link to ZeroHedge article
This week I joined the Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast to give a retrospective on the “activism” I did almost a decade ago. That word, “activism,” is repulsive to me now. Then, it meant I was “doing something.” It probably sounded like a joke to everyone else like it sounds like a joke to me now when others use it to describe their stupid, pointless protests and marches.
Don’t mistake my attitude for bitterness. But I was 21 during the “Victimless Crime Spree.” What were you like when you were 21? I am more mature now, I have learned what works and what doesn’t, and my example shows that civil disobedience is a pretty poor way to truly increase one’s personal freedom.
It’s a long, uncharted slog to the promised land of Ancapistan. In this episode, you get the benefit of learning how you can truly increase freedom in your personal life while minimizing risk. Enjoy!
It’s been long enough, and I have been well-behaved enough, that I got all my charges annulled last year. It cost about $100 to wipe away 16 or so charges because the State of NH was good enough to give me a bulk discount (I’m not kidding).
A group of about a hundred students took off from school today to attend an event in Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today as part of a larger day of action across the state and beyond. They brought signs, listened to speeches, and signed clipboards offered to them by political campaigners visiting from Massachusetts. Below is the video I captured from the event. It features interviews from young people explaining why they attended today and what they want their opposition to know.
When I heard the first ever Straight Pride Parade was happening just an hour from my house, I knew I had to go. I brought along my video camera and a microphone with the goal of conducting as many interviews with interesting people as possible. No gotchas, just straight questions: “What brought you out today,” and “What do you think of the event?”
While I am pouring through yesterday’s footage, I came across 4 minutes of particularly defining footage. A man walking down the sidewalk gets blocked by a woman, and then a group of people, and prevented from moving. He yells for help but his calls are unanswered. The masked thugs revel in their positions of power and his vulnerability. They have deemed him the enemy. Why? That is unclear. But they have him. And they are going to project all their anger and hatred onto him. He smiles. He does not relent.
Here is a video containing all of my raw footage from the entire day. You can feel as if you were there yourself!
A customer purchased a “Live Free or Die” wood plaque and a “Legalize Gay Marijuana” bumper sticker at the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe in Portsmouth, New Hampshire using an encrypted digital currency called ZCash. The cryptocurrency is the most private money ever created, relying on a complex mathematical principle called a “Zero-Knowledge Proof”. Essentially this customer took some digital cash, locked it in a box with a secret key, and sent the shop the key. There is no discernible trail left. No observer can look up the transaction on the blockchain, not even those who know the sending/receiving addresses. Pretty slick! Here’s what it looked like:
This marks yet another turning point for human freedom. An evolution on the creation of bitcoin, this new cryptocurrency offers features and advantages that bitcoin simply doesn’t. While many are still holding fast to the promises of failing Federal Reserve Notes, others are seeking alternatives and building more reliable systems that make extortion far more difficult. Learn more by following the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe on Twitter and by joining our email list.
The bitcoin meetup this week was a blast! We packed one corner of the Kitchen restaurant with people of all ages and experience levels. We celebrated Mark, the owner of Portsmouth Smoke and Vape, becoming the newest addition to the World Famous Bitcoin Tour. His business is unique on the tour, as it is the first downtown retail store to take cryptocurrency — and he takes a lot! They accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, Litecoin, and ZCash.
Some people had heard about the meetup from the flyers posted around town — others from visiting the store — and still others from searching Meetup.com. It was a good mix of people. One guy downloaded his first bitcoin wallet and funded it by trading someone at the table for $5 in cash. He was surprised how fast and easy it was, and that it required no signup at all.
The food and service was notably excellent, as it often is at the Kitchen. The staff knew we were having a bitcoin meetup and treated us super nice. They delivered some food out to us (which is not normal — usually you pick it up from the counter yourself). And they let us linger a bit after they closed, since we were having so much fun talking and learning from each other.
Charles shared with us about a cool thing the Portland Bitcoin meetup group is doing: they’re issuing their own cryptocurrency and awarding it to people who attend and participate by speaking. It would be so awesome to have someone spend that cryptocurrency to purchase merchandise at the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe!
The next Portsmouth bitcoin meetup will be at the Fresh Press on Sunday, October 15 at 2pm. The Shoppe will be closed for the next 2 weeks as Steven and Derrick will be in Prague for the Hackers Congress. We’ll have lots of great info and fun pictures and video to share, so follow us on Twitter.
Wow, what an incredible day. It began at noon, when a man who had walked in weeks prior to buy his first bitcoin, returned to spend some on a 3D-printer kit to build with his son. Then, nationally-syndicated radio hosts Ian Freeman, Mark Edge, and Darryl W. Perry arrived and set up microphones to record an episode of their show Free Talk Live. Finally, we all headed over to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre for the 5-year Anniversary Screening of Victimless Crime Spree!
Here’s what you missed:
Broadcasting From the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe’s Grand Opening in Portsmouth, NH :: Operating the Store :: Is Bitcoin the Best? :: Bitcoin and Banks :: World Famous Bitcoin Tour :: Derrick J’s Favorite Customer Stories :: Joel Valenzuela from Dash Force News Joins Us :: Cryptocurrency Acceptance in Other Countries :: Bitcoin Vending Machine :: Victimless Crime Spree Fifth Anniversary