This is the first blogpost on this site in almost a year. I used to blog on a site called “LiveFreeOrDance.com” a personal blog site I named after my arrest at the infamous “Live Free Or Dance” party in Keene, NH. Since then, a lot has happened to me. You may enjoy the blogposts from the past, which I have moved over to this new site, DerrickJ.me. Most important to me was that I retain my Jail Journal, a serious of blogposts I wrote from the Cheshire County House of Corrections. You can find those here.
Central Texas Gun Works, a popular gun store in Austin, accepts bitcoin as payment for everything they sell. Safety training, tshirts, shooting courses, and firearms. They not only sell all your favorite guns for bitcoin and ship them anywhere in the country, but they also have a bitcoin ATM in their store. They were one of the first in the country to have one, and they are long-time sponsors of projects in the liberty movement such as John Bush’s “The Liberty Beat“.
One blog is reporting that yesterday Central Texas Gun Works had its bitcoin account frozen by processor BitPay.
For those who jump the gun to point out the risk of large scale buying of illicit firearms, Michael clarifies every paying customer will need to fill out Form 4473, a United States government form that must be submitted when a person purchases a firearm from an authorized dealer. The FBI is informed and background checks are run before the transaction is completed. The store, earlier turned down by BitPay because of concerns over its firearms sales, has now partnered with CoinVoice to process its payments.
While I’m glad owner Michael Cargill was able to find a replacement processor so quickly, but I am shaking my head wondering, “Why would BitPay stop serving Michael?” I’ve tweeted them, but no response yet.
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of sitting down to talk with Jay Noone, a volunteer firefighter, tax resister, and freedom-to-travel activist based in Massachusetts. In the second hour, I spoke with Michael W Dean about the freedom of the internet and how MeowBit is making it easier to achieve.
[iframe style=”border:none” src=”http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/2714699/height/100/width/600/thumbnail/yes/theme/legacy” height=”100″ width=”600″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen]
Part 1: Jay Noone on Social Security Numbers and beating traffic tickets in court
Part 2: Michael W Dean on the future of internet freedom
MeowBit is Free Software for Windows that allows you to effortlessly view Dot-Bit websites. It works on your entire system: ALL browsers, plus e-mail, instant messenger, FTP, everything on your computer.