The Manchester Free Press

Friday • August 18 • 2017

Vol.IX • No.XXXIII

Manchester, N.H.

Bitcoin Feature Story Hits Front Page of Keene Sentinel!

Free Keene - Sat, 2017-07-29 22:16 +0000

Front Page, Above-the-Fold, Twice!

What’s that? You say Bitcoin has not been the front page feature story your local newspaper where you live? You must not live in Keene, New Hampshire – the capitol of real-life business acceptance of the world’s first cryptocurrency!

About one month ago, the Monadnock Shopper News featured Bitcoin and the regional businesses that accept it on their front page, above-the-fold! Not to be outdone, the Keene Sentinel’s business section had a massive article in today’s paper that was not only the front page feature but was also promoted above-the-fold in the headline of the front page of the century-plus old newspaper. You can read it online here at the Keene Sentinel’s site. (Here’s a PDF of the piece.)

Reporter Paul Cuno-Booth did a thorough job interviewing various owners of the local bitcoin-accepting businesses about their reasons for backing the amazing decentralized currency, including Monadnock Makerspace founder Johnny Bolster, area computer tech Michael Gordon, Bob Maibusch of Pine Springs Golf Course, Ken Urbanski of Kirby’s Q, and Steve Wilder of Wilder Automotive. Cuno-Booth also focuses on the Shire Free Church’s media outreach along with our local meetup group for Bitcoiners and other cryptocurrency users and newbies, the Monadnock Decentralized Currency Network.

Monadnock Decentralized Currency Network Meetup at Rick’s Ice Cream

As we have reported here at Free Keene, according to CoinMap, Keene is the number one city in the world for bitcoin-accepting businesses per capita. Obviously not all businesses have the same results, of course. Though the golf course has yet to have a customer with bitcoin, Wilder Auto reports approximately a dozen customers regularly using bitcoin. Bolster, who also is the creator of the Portal Map, reported that he was able to sell ads to some new customers on his yearly map of area businesses, because he is accepting bitcoin as payment! That’s money that otherwise would have been left on the table had Bolster decided against accepting the cryptocurrency.

Bolster’s story really exemplifies one of Bitcoin’s strongest aspects. Even though it’s an international currency, it has a strong local feel. Unlike other attempts at local currencies that are based on the US Dollar and therefore subject to the whims of politicians, Bitcoin cannot be manipulated by politicians and banks. It’s truly a money for the people. Plus, Bitcoin accomplishes what a local currency is supposed to do – it keeps more money in the community – unlike credit card providers, who take approximately 3% out of every transaction away from the Keene area and into major bank coffers. It’s really exciting to see downtown businesses doing business with each other in bitcoin, and not just accepting it from customers and converting it to cash (which they could do if they wanted).

Keene-area Bitcoiners Visit Little Zoe’s to Celebrate Bitcoin Pizza Day!

What you’re seeing here in Keene is what’s possible with only a dozen or so dedicated activists. Keene’s already the top in business bitcoin-acceptance and that’s now getting acknowledgement in mainstream media. Combine our success here in Keene with Derrick J’s new bitcoin-only store out in Portsmouth, this year’s major political win with the NH “Bitcoin protection bill“, and NH’s overall dominance in the Bitcoin universe, and its no wonder that libertarian and voluntarist cryptocurrency fans are moving here in large numbers. In case you needed more reasons to come, here are 101 of them.

In a time when governments are trying to crack down on cryptocurrency, we need a haven now more than ever. Please come join us in real life and make the move to the Shire as part of the ongoing NH Freedom Migration and get active with us. In addition to the local meetup group, we also have NH Bitcoin forums that you’re welcome to join and connect with other cryptocurrency users across the Shire.

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Radical Agenda EP335 – SPLC and Chill

Christopher Cantwell - Fri, 2017-07-28 13:56 +0000

I had a chat with Stephen Lemons from the Southern Poverty Law Center yesterday afternoon. He appears to be new with the outfit, judging by an April 19th post of his from this year at the Phoenix New Times, stating that he was about to start work for the SPLC. So proud was he of his new position, that he boasted “I’m leaving due to an offer from another outlet, as the grown-ups say, an organization that sues the pants off racists and gives their property to minorities.

Radical Agenda EP335 – SPLC and Chill

With that attitude, I am certain that he will fit in just fine over there. The Southern Poverty Law Center is a weapon of the Democrat Party’s rainbow coalition against whites, and are currently embroiled in a lawsuit against Andrew Anglin at the Daily Stormer. Let’s see how long it is before they try to bankrupt your humble correspondent with a frivolous lawsuit.

I may or may not be back for a live episode later this evening. I consider my duties satisfied by releasing this recording, but I might come back on later anyway. , be on the mailing list to stay up to date, and I’ll see you Monday, if not sooner.

Below is a transcript of the Facebook chat I had with him, the attached MP3 is our phone call which I only edited to avoid advertising an irrelevant and disreputable blog.

 

You’re friends on Facebook
Staff Writer at Phoenix New Times
Lives in Phoenix, Arizona
6:02PM

 

You are now connected on Messenger.

Lemons: Mr. Cantwell, I’m a fan!

Would you be up for an interview? I’m working on a story about your call-in show. And the Libertarians and Keene. Fascinating stuff.
Please let me know. I have a number for you, but I wanted to read some more about you before I reached out.

Cantwell: Don’t lie to me. I know you are working for the kikes.

Lemons: Um, lie? I’m not hiding who I work for, the SPLC, natch.
That doesn’t change the fact that I want to interview you. I strive to be accurate.

Cantwell: It’s a lie that you’re a fan. You are here to harm me

Leomons: Well, I disagree with you immensely. However, I do enjoy watching your product and reading about you. So in that sense, I am a fan. Yes.

Cantwell: If you strived for accuracy, you would find a different employer.

Lemons: Certainly, you don’t expect everyone to agree with you. Where’s the fun in that?
I do think you have a natural talent for talk radio.
A lot of your stuff is Stern-esque.

Cantwell: I’m very good at what I do, even jews find that difficult to lie about

Lemons: I was raised Methodist, but am currently an atheist, like yourself, I believe.
More agnostic-atheist.

Cantwell: So you’re some kind of ethnic ashkenazi who doesn’t like admitting it?
Cryptojew? lol

Lemons: Nah, I’m just not Jewish. Neither is Morris Dees, BTW.
I’m a plain’ ol cracker.

Cantwell: So it was communism that attracted you to the SPLC?

Lemons: The last communist I met was in New York. What attracted me to the SPLC was cold-hard capitalism.

Cantwell: Ah, I get it. You conflate shekel chasing with capitalism.

Lemons: You case shekels yourself.
chase

Cantwell: I gotta go run some errands. I’m sure you, me, and your employer are just getting started though. ttys

Lemons: Likely. I’ll send you a couple of articles to show my bona fides. I will not misquote you. I’m even happy to read you whatever quotes I want to use prior to pub. Or we could do it all online, if you prefer, and then it’s in black and white.

Cantwell: This type of shit is why you people get run out of countries

Lemons: What, writing about people? Hell, 1A protects you, CC.
I mean you do call yourself a “professional shit talker.”

Cantwell: I’ll require permission to record any conversations between you and I.

Lemons: And if 1A ever goers away, your God Emperor’s minions will eventually come after you. Eg; the Night of Long Knives.
goes away
Sure. We can both record.
A couple you might like: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lemons-gun-totin-left-wingers-demonstrate-trump-rally-bloodshed-on-the-horizon-9192965
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/21st-century-viking-the-life-and-death-of-ex-con-tattoo-artist-and-heathen-warrior-jubel-dean-perkins-8750701
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/chico-mora-led-the-dirty-dozen-into-the-hells-angels-camp-claiming-arizona-for-the-red-and-white-7438397
One last one: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/us-marine-corps-scout-sniper-hells-angel-and-now-songwriter-andres-oz-ospina-9189035
Give it some thought. You could say it’s a sign of your eminence within the movement that you’re being written about. You’re the Alt-Right Howard Stern!

Cantwell: Wanna do it live on the air with an audience?

Lemons: I’d prefer not. I mean, I wouldn’t mind, but I don’t think my employers would dig it.
Plus, I want to interview you. I am but a humble scribe.

Cantwell: You’re an enemy propagandist working for and colluding with known liars. I’m trying to figure out the best way to keep you honest, to the extent possible.

Lemons: I’ve been in this line of work for going on 24 years, in one form or another. What I always tell people, as free advice, is that it’s always better to talk to the press. Because they’re going to do a story on you either way. Might as well have your 2 cents in it.

Cantwell: Look, I do an open phones radio show. There’s no way for you to honestly say I declined comment. You chose to talk to my enemies instead of contacting me directly because you’re my enemy. Don’t talk to me like I’m an idiot. I’m grocery shopping, I’ll follow up with you later

Lemons: It’s always best to talk to as many people as you can about your subject before approaching the subject. That’s pretty standard.
As for the open lines, then it becomes performance, something for entertainment purposes. Which I appreciate, but that’s not my role.

Cantwell: If you’re not a jew, you’ve spent entirely too much time around them

Lemons: Funny. Some of the best comedians are Jewish.

Cantwell: Definitely a jew

Lemons: But you were raised Catholic, yes?

Cantwell: Ever do 23andme?
Ancestry DNA?

Lemons: Scots-Irish. But truthfully, if I were Jewish, I would certainly claim it. Ypou seem preternaturally focused on it. Though, you yourself have admitted that you were not always anti-Semitic.
I’m interested in how you made that turn. I mean, it’s a rea life change. One that’s very difficult to disown, like all of your previous writings about killing government agents.
real life change.

Cantwell: You a premium member yet?

Lemons: I’ve thought about joining, though there is a lot of your stuff out there already.

Cantwell: Oh, it’s real alright, and I disown nothing

Lemons: Including the drug use?
Do you still advocate killing cops?
I apologize, but these are the things I must ask you.

Cantwell: I own my history. I advocate defeating one’s enemies. I don’t currently see police as my biggest problem.

Lemons: Why is that? From what I’ve watched, it seems you were ticked because of the DWI and the time in stir. But your anger lasted a long time.

It was at this point that I called him, after the call I sent him some publicity photos.

 

 Source: Christopher Cantwell

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Radical Agenda EP334 – Shut up, Cancer Boy

Christopher Cantwell - Wed, 2017-07-26 16:05 +0000

Here at the Radical Agenda, we try to focus our energies on defeating the left. For the most part, that means defeating the Democrat Party. Since the Republicans are the only force in America capable of stopping the Democrats at the ballot, we’ve reluctantly accepted our role as partisans, and tried our best to obey Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment.

Radical Agenda EP334 – Shut up, Cancer Boy

This is no small task of course, because the Republican party is full of globalist tools of the elite, if you know what I mean. We really do try though, and that’s why when John McCain announced that he had brain cancer, I celebrated privately instead of dancing on his yet to be dug grave like the Democrats who were to stupid to realize that he works for them. Sadly, Cancer Boy just can’t help but continue punching right. So now we have no choice but to verbally stomp a mudhole in his tumor improved skull.

This tax and spend anti-white liberal just can’t die fast enough. If only Jared Laughner had a better understanding of how the world works, perhaps he could have removed that tumor the way he tried to remove Gabby Giffords. John McCain is what happens when the Republican Party mistakes illegal immigrants for “natural conservatives,” and if the only thing that can stop John McCain’s tenure in the Senate is cancer, then I say we start a new type of cancer charity, one that actually supports cancer.

As if the Democrats had not openly told the whole country that their purpose and intent was to “resist” the Trump administration, this warmongering neocon hack actually had the nerve to get up on the floor of the United States Senate, and blame his own party for stalled progress on repealing and replacing Obamacare. He said “Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio, television and the internet. To hell with them.”

The order of operations in that statement is important. If he had told the Senate to stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the television, one might assume he was talking about the fake news propagandists who keep insisting that the Russians tricked me into voting for the greatest president since at least Ronald Reagan. He was rather specific in mentioning radio first, because radio is the medium of the right.

So hear the words of this bombastic loudmouth like you’ve never heard anything else in your life. The United States Senate, and the Republican Party in particular, can listen to us while we talk on the radio, or they can listen to us as we nail them to crosses. Our country is being given away to lesser animals, our economic incentives are breeding an infestation of parasites which threatens the survival of our race and nation, and against our better judgement we gave the Republican Party one last shot to straighten this mess out before we take matters into our own hands.

Repealing Obamacare was not just *a* promise made by Republicans as they begged us to put them back in power, it was *the* central focus of all of their campaigns. In line with Trump’s campaign promises, they already abandoned repealing the most critical part of the law, the prohibition of discrimination against insurance clients with pre-existing conditions. They have already abandoned defunding Planned Parenthood to the tune of half a billion dollars a year, which I remind you is not only the nation’s largest abortion clinic, but also a communist activist organization that spent $30 million trying to get Hillary Clinton elected.

Still, the bill is too far right for this “Maverick” of the US Senate. He actually had the nerve to tell us “I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue and amendments to be offered. I will not vote for this bill as it is today.”

If “repealing and replacing Obamacare” does not mean allowing insurance to function properly by refusing to cover the uninsured, if it does not mean defunding the lobbying groups who created it, then what minor details does the Republican Party intend to alter? If those minor details are too far right for the likes John McCain, then just what minor details is this malignancy prepared to tinker with?

He gets up there and tells us the success of the Senate is important? We are talking about the survival of the market economy here! We are talking about literally limitless suffering and loss of life, as the final major economy with anything resembling a free market in health care, puts an end to what was left of our ability to form prices in the medical marketplace. This country is about to fall to single payer, and in case you think that’s a good idea, I would remind you that when only one entity pays for something, this eliminates the competition for resources from which prices are formed. When the entire global medical system is run by central governments, prices for services will be decided by the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters, which is to say, by random guesses and kickbacks to campaign donors.

The only silver lining to this black cloud of bureaucracy, is that the regulatory environment destroying our medical system is probably what prevented a cure from cancer being developed. Let us take comfort in the fact that John McCain’s cooperation with the left, is going to be what gets him killed, even if none of us ever get a clear shot at him.

There’s a lot more to get to, plus your calls at 747-234-2254 or RadicalAgenda on Skype.

So join us, this and every Wednesday from 5-7pm Eastern for another exciting episode of the Radical Agenda. It’s a show about common sense extremism where we talk about radical, crazy, off the wall things like patriotic tumors.

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Radical Agenda EP333 – Now or Never

Christopher Cantwell - Mon, 2017-07-24 20:39 +0000

Here at the Radical Agenda, we try to fill the listener with a sense of urgency. It seems to us that most of the populace, even those who are comparatively well informed, are entirely too comfortable with the lethal obstacle courses their governments have made of their nations. Getting people to “wake up” and see the danger they are in, thus seems like an important first step to solving our problems.

Radical Agenda EP333 – Now or Never

So I was very happy to see Stefan Molyneux on Alex Jones, warning the world that time is running out. That we could be reaching a point of no return, where our enemies secure such a degree of control over us, that we might never break free from it.

Sadly, what happened next was slightly less uplifting. When asked what to do, Molyneux gave Jones a vague non-answer about winning arguments and obeying the law.

I’m not saying I know what to do, but I do know that toppling the regime will be illegal no matter what the means. I do know that this is no longer a negotiation, and the time arguments passed the moment our enemies rejected reason and evidence.

There’s a lot more to get to, plus your calls at 747-234-2254 or RadicalAgenda on Skype.

TuneIn/Raw Audio Feed are down right now, I hope to have them back online and much improved by Wednesday.

So join us, this and every Monday, as well as Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-7pm Eastern for another exciting episode of the Radical Agenda. It’s a show about common sense extremism where we talk about radical, crazy, off the wall things like saving the world from barbarism.

I’m still banned from streaming to YouTube. Got Roku? We’re on there too! Get the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Roku, RSS, or RadicalAgenda.com.


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2017 Legislative Session Recap

Free Keene - Mon, 2017-07-24 17:10 +0000

Before the 2017 Legislative Session began, Liberty Lobby LLC CEO Darryl W Perry began identifying bills of interest. This was initially done based solely on the titles of the Legislative Service Requests (LSRs), which are made public shortly after being filed. The text of the LSRs are then made available once the wording is finalized and has a signature from the sponsor. Not every LSR gets a bill number; a Representative or Senator can ask to withdraw the LSR. This often happens if there are multiple LSRs on the same topic with the same objective, or if the sponsor learns there is little chance of passage.

Of the LSRs marked as “of interest” by Liberty Lobby LLC, 39 were withdrawn before the text became available. Another 3 were withdrawn after the bill text became available, but before being assigned to a committee. Once committee hearing began in January, bills could not be withdrawn. However, the sponsor of SB82 (relative to labeling for maple syrup) requested the bill be deemed “Inexpedient to Legislate,” and the public hearing lasted less than one minute.

Click here to read the full recap of the 2017 Legislative Session.

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Libertarian Activists Enforce Headlight Law

Free Keene - Sun, 2017-07-23 22:32 +0000

Manchester PD was one of 7 gangs to receive a share of $1,304,118 (pages 63 and 124) in grants to conduct “sobriety” checkpoints. One of the checkpoints was conducted this past Thursday, July 20th 10pm through July 21st 2:30am. The checkpoint was located on the westbound lane of Bridge St. Manchester PD records indicate that there were 3 stops on Bridge Street during those hours. There were no arrests, and no citations are listed. No DWI arrests occurred during those hours anywhere in Manchester, according to the gang’s website.

As always, a group of libertarians showed up to warn drivers of the presence of the gang members. Though it seems that the MPD gang did not remove any unsafe activity from the roadways, the libertarians warned several drivers, both those who drove through the checkpoint and those who did not, that their headlights were off. One car was pulled over in the right turning lane turning onto Elm St. This was promptly filmed by several libertarians and the driver seemed to me to be let go without any further violations of their rights beyond the initial kidnapping/death threat.

A “Utility Work Ahead” sign was on the sidewalk next to the right turn lane turning onto Bridge St (towards the checkpoint). There was no visible utility work in the area. The sign was facing away from any traffic that would have seen it. Due to the design of the sign, it was easy to walk behind to walk down the sidewalk with a sign to warn drivers. (These drivers would have seen the blank metal back of the utility work sign.) The only drivers who this sign would realistically been visible to would be a driver driving east on the westbound side of Bridge St.

If you want to be warned of checkpoints in the geographical area occupied by New Hampshire before they happen, you can follow Checkpoint Free New Hampshire on Twitter, Facebook, or send an SMS saying “follow @NoCheckpointsNH” to 40404 to get SMS alerts.

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“Dash Force News” Covers New Hampshire’s Bitcoin, DASH Outreach

Free Keene - Sat, 2017-07-22 19:00 +0000

Dash Force News Covers NH Cryptocurrency Activism

Originally, Keene, New Hampshire was the civil disobedience capitol of the libertarian movement. The new activist zeitgeist across New Hampshire and especially in the activism epicenter of Keene, is around cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and DASH. Spreading cryptocurrency is a great method for helping keep wealth in the community and hopefully enrich it, presuming Bitcoin and the others continue to rise against fiat currency like the US Dollar. Bitcoin has been very good at this over the years.

While some old organizations like some big banks and the governments of the world may feel threatened (every activism has its haters, if it is effective), cryptocurrency is rising worldwide and there’s little the old money people can do about it.

Even better, the real strength in Bitcoin and most of its competitors is that of decentralization. The more people get into decentralized currency, the more power transfers from the government and bankers’ hands to the hands of the people, like you.

To that end, the Shire Free Church entered the Bitcoin vending world in 2014 with a mission of spreading bitcoin and therefore, fostering peace. I believe cryptocurrencies are one of the greatest tools for working towards peace, as every dollar that transfers to bitcoin is one fewer with which governments can go to war with the world, or against their own people.

Because of our efforts at spreading bitcoin in the area, Keene has become the city with the most bitcoin-accepting businesses per capita in the world. I recently had the pleasure of sitting in with Joël Valenzuela as his guest on the YouTube version of Dash Force News. We discussed the ongoing merchant recruitment, outreach, and bitcoin vending projects happening in New Hampshire, along with the recent rise in DASH acceptance and vending:

If you’re a libertarian who loves cryptocurrency. You really need to plan your move to New Hampshire and join the fun. We need your help making sure New Hampshire stays a haven for cryptocurrency users and businesses. To connect with others already here, check out the Shire Forum, which also as areas about cryptocurrency.

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Does “Valerian” Top “Fifth Element”?

Free Keene - Fri, 2017-07-21 20:30 +0000

Me Gusta

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD

How did the new Luc Besson movie “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” compare to the now-two-decades-old film of his, “The Fifth Element“? Both were very funny and action-packed. It would be interesting to ask someone who saw the two movies but Valerian first. With that said, here are my impressions:

Valerian might as well have been played by Keanu Reeves, since the actor is basically channeling him. Actor Dane DeHann will inevitably be compared to Fifth Element’s much-older-than-the-female protagonist Bruce Willis. However, this time it is Valerian’s co-heroine Laureline who feels more like Willis’ “Corben Dallas”, doing both cracking-wise and kicking-ass. Actress Cara Delvingne apparently sang a song for the soundtrack, too, which is always fun. (That happened in a similarly trippy action fest from 2011, “Sucker Punch“, too.)

It has similar pacing, production design, fun dialog, and incredible visuals, just like Fifth Element. However, though the scale is much more grand – Valerian spans planets and thousands of creatures – the movie just doesn’t feel quite as important.

Both films have the process of a character coming to understand the horrors of war. In the Fifth Element, its “Leeloo” who in a heartbreaking scene, experiences it through a super-speed computer history lesson. In Valerian, it’s an entire group of tribal, peaceful characters who explain in a narrative flashback that they, after having their planet exterminated by an unrelated war from space, learned about the self-destructive human race who caused the genocide. It’s the same theme in both films, but Leeloo’s eye-opening scene just felt more important, perhaps because Fifth Element focused on just her individual evolution in that scene.

Leeloo is just more lovable than the tribe in Valerian.

It’s such a powerful paradigm shift for Leeloo that actress Milla Jovovich cries. In Valerian we’re told the same thing about the human race’s penchant for war and hate, but during a flashback about a group of characters, none of whom we really have any attachment to or character development for, so it’s just not as moving. One can still empathize for the tribe’s plight, but by the time the evolution in understanding happens to Leeloo, the viewer is already in love with her character.

In addition to being one of the main protagonists in the Fifth Element, Leeloo is also the title character and essentially the MacGuffin (the object around which the plot centers), all in one. However, as we learn in the film’s climax, the final element is more than just Leeloo – it’s love. Without it, they’d never have saved the world. In Valerian, the MacGuffin is a little creature that can reproduce and multiply whatever you stick in its butt. Besson’s message about love is present however, just in another way. In a movie with more than one self-important government agent character, Laureline is the character who puts love over the law at the climax of the film, in one of the film’s deeper moments.

For baddies, we’ve gone from Gary Oldman’s zany Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, or “Mr. Zorg”, a power-mad weapons manufacturer to Clive Owen’s power-wielding Commander Arun Filitt. I had to look up Owen’s character’s name on IMDB – in the movie, he’s just the “commander”. Maybe he’s named a few times on-screen, but I didn’t retain that info.

Yes, Zorg coolly walks away from an explosion while smoking. Valerian’s “commander” cowardly orders another man to press a button destroying an entire planet. No contest who is the badder-ass.

Owen was fine in the role for what it is, but the character can’t hold a candle to Zorg, where much of the entertainment besides Oldman’s over-the-top acting was watching him interact with his subordinates in the film. Here, Owen is just a typical corrupt military bad guy who instead of human subordinates, is surrounded by a crack team of badass-looking robots, which communicate solely via a colored light on their forehead.

These are really minor quibbles, though. Valerian is a lot of fun – maybe as fun as Fifth Element, but maybe not. Graphically, Valerian is as beautiful today as the Fifth Element was in 1997. Some practical effects purists will complain about the large quantity of CGI, but I suspect that the reason Besson made this movie today is because the CGI is there to do it in the way he’s been envisioning it since he was a kid reading the comic books on which he based the film.

There are even some nods to the Fifth Element in the production design that fans will notice on the first viewing and I bet more will pop up on subsequent viewings as the movie is packed with things happening on-screen at once. (Of course, Fifth Element was highly influenced by Besson’s childhood interest in the French sci-fi comic “Valerian and Laureline” in the first place.)

I kept wondering if Ruby Rhod was going to pop up in Valerian.

Valerian’s probably always going to be in the shadow of Fifth Element for fans of that film, but surely fans of that movie couldn’t be disappointed with this latest dive into Besson’s amusing and creative mind, unless they are the cynical, angry type. If you’re cynical and angry, you probably didn’t like the Fifth Element in the first place.

Most movies, I wouldn’t see a second time. This one, I will. The one real disappointment was with the audio mix in the theater. Maybe it was me going deaf, or the theater just trying to not offend some ears, but the front channel, while dialog was very clear, sounded suppressed on things like gunfire and musical score. Or, perhaps the movie was meant to sound that way? I suspect it was the theater trying their best to find a tolerable volume level for large audiences (there were less than ten people there for opening night in Keene, NH – sadly), so I look forward to a blu-ray viewing in a home theater where I can crank it up.

If you like Besson’s work, you’ll probably really like Valerian. If you’re not familiar with Besson or the Fifth Element, and you enjoy action/sci-fi/comedy, you should check out “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” in theaters now.

Here’s a review I found via Rotten Tomatoes that I quite enjoyed reading:
http://www.indiewire.com/2017/07/valerian-and-the-city-of-a-thousand-planets-review-luc-besson-rihanna-cara-delevingne-dane-dehaan-1201853674/

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Radical Agenda EP332 – MAGAnomics

Christopher Cantwell - Fri, 2017-07-21 20:16 +0000

I don’t even care if it works, the sheer marketing genius of the term MAGAnomics is enough to sell me all by itself. In case you haven’t heard, this is what Office of Management and Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, dubbed the Trump economic plan. A unified theme of tax reform, the regulatory accountability project, energy dominance, welfare reform, infrastructure, trade policies, trade, and spending restraint.

Radical Agenda EP332 – MAGAnomics

I haven’t gotten to pour over all the details yet, but it sounds good on its face. The Trump administration wants to drive capital investment by lowering the tax and regulatory burdens on industry. Simultaneously, they want to keep wages up by restricting immigration, and discourage dependency by reforming welfare and getting people back into the workforce. That sounds like an economic plan to Make America Great Again if I’ve ever heard of one.

Sadly, we can expect congress to butcher it wherever their powers permit. Just like the Obamacare repeal effort, the wall, and basically everything else that the Democrats dislike.

On the bright side, John McCain has brain cancer, and if you thought that was joyous news, the cherry on top is that the doctors say it is and “extremely aggressive” form. That could sort of explain a lot, eh? A really aggressive tumor in the brain of a warhawk communist sympathizing RINO?  Has cancer itself been voting on behalf of the people of Arizona this whole time?  Would brain cancer have been controlling the nukes if he had won the 2008 election?

There’s a lot more to get to, plus your calls at 747-234-2254 or RadicalAgenda on Skype.

So join us, this and every Friday, as well as Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7pm Eastern for another exciting episode of the Radical Agenda. It’s a show about common sense extremism where we talk about radical, crazy, off the wall things like economic policy.

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Poker Legalized In-Home in New Hampshire!

Free Keene - Thu, 2017-07-20 16:56 +0000

Home Poker Games Legalized in NH!

The political wins for libertarians in NH just keep coming! Home poker games will become legal in New Hampshire on September 16th! Last week, the new governor, Chris Sununu, signed HB 164 which makes legal:

A poker game held in a private residence so long as the house takes no compensation from the prize pool, no admission fee or seat fee is charged, no one receives any money or anything of value for conducting the game, for allowing the use of his or her residence for the game, or for any other reason except his or her own winnings as a player, the game’s odds do not favor a “house” or any player, there is no house bank, the game is limited to no more than 10 players, and the game is not advertised to the public.

Thus far in 2017 we’ve seen lessened penalties on cannabis, concealed carry with no permit, bitcoin and cryptocurrency protection, legalized firecrackers, and now this news. New Hampshire is clearly on a positive trajectory towards freedom. It’s thanks in part to the ongoing NH Freedom Migration and the liberty-loving natives who’ve lived here for generations, protecting NH from the ravages of big government.

We need more liberty-minded people to move here, ASAP and help us end prohibitions entirely. Here are 101 reasons why you should join us in the Shire.

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Raising Voluntary Children in Community

Free Keene - Thu, 2017-07-20 14:26 +0000
Why critical mass makes all the difference

This is a cross-post from Freecoast.org, and was posted in an effort to raise awareness for the Fourth Annual Freecoast Festival. Hope to see you there!

From 2010-2014 I ran a summer camp on the Northern shores of Oneida Lake in Upstate New York. We had 850 acres and a private 45 acre lake to ourselves for most of the year, and during the summers we welcomed in hundreds of children to help them understand what it meant to live in a community that put consent and voluntary interactions ahead of everything else. My living expenses were taken care of, and with the camp thriving, we could have stayed there forever had we chosen to. But, we left.

In 2014 we moved to the Seacoast of New Hampshire, leaving behind security and mostly free living to join a growing community of liberty-minded folks that had left other destinations around the world to try and create something new.

Why take such a risk when life was mostly going great? I’ll explain.

When we lived in New York, we were doing our best to raise our kids to live out the non-aggression principle, to think critically, and to dream big. There was one problem, though – basically no one around us shared our values. Libertarians were few and far between, and many of the “liberty minded” people we did meet were far closer to Ted Cruz than they were to Ron Paul.

Now, I don’t believe in sheltering my kids from competing ideas. I believe that the ideas of liberty hold up to the most intense scrutiny, and I am prepared to teach my kids the intellectual self-defense they’ll need to engage in discussions with entrenched statists. But group-think is a very powerful thing, and the reality of living in Upstate New York was that none of my kids’ peers would see things the way they did. They would have no access to a community where they could see children parented in the same way that they were. No access to grown-ups (besides their parents) who could answer their questions through a principled lens of liberty.

Don’t get me wrong – we met a lot of kind, well-meaning people. But raising our kids in an area with exactly zero voluntaryists just felt sort of risky. What if our kids decided that we were the kooky ones with our off-the-wall views, and that our conservative neighbors were far more “realistic?” What if they never gave the idea of principled liberty a chance because it seemed too Utopian, or too far off? What if the number of people who loved the American Army was so great that they were persuaded to think that engaging in war was heroic?

Moving to New Hampshire, for us, meant moving to a place where at least we could guarantee there would be some people who saw the world similarly to how we did, so we decided to give it a chance. And man, it’s so far exceeded our expectations that I don’t know where to begin.

I won’t pretend that all of our next-door neighbors are freedom loving people (though many of them are more liberty-minded than you’d imagine), but the liberty-community that lives nearby means we can spend every single day hanging out with liberty folks if we’d like. I’d love to share with you what this looks like on a week to week basis, and what that’s wound up meaning for us.

Celebrating Independence Day a little differently

This last Independence Day was easily my favorite ever. I’ve largely found the 4th of July to be a pretty cringe-worthy day, so it wasn’t exactly a high bar to clear, but it’s hard to believe I’ll ever forget this one.

My family and I woke up, and our kids were asking about their friends, so we figured it’d be a good excuse to invite over a few other families and their kids over to hang out for a bit. We’d do a little grilling, maybe catch the fireworks in town, and give our kids a chance to hang out. Immediately two other families with young kids answered the call, and came over to celebrate.

When everyone arrived, the kids got to playing immediately. A few of them played on the Xbox together, taking turns without any issues. A couple others did art projects, while the rest played an imaginary game together. Some disagreements popped up, but the kids worked through them without adult intervention.

Meanwhile, the grown-ups were outside hanging out by the grill. We talked about everything from little things our kids were working through, to the libertarian roots of our country, to silly city ordinances against fireworks, to the unique struggle of raising kids voluntarily. None of the adults present ever raised their voices with the children present, and handled the little disputes that did come up as peacefully as you could imagine.

Once it got dark out, our liberal neighbors gave us a private fireworks show, setting off the types of fireworks normally reserved for huge displays directly over our house. We marveled at them together, the kids looking on in wonder. Our neighbors shared sparklers with our kids, and explained how our town has an ordinance against fireworks, but that they’ve been violating it for 10 years.

“No one complains,” he told me. “This is New Hampshire. Do you think the cops want to come bother people for celebrating their independence? Come on.”

Yep, in New Hampshire, even the liberals practice libertarian civil disobedience.

At this time, my toddler held my hand and guided me across the street to another one of our neighbors, Mike. Mike is a liberal as well, but also qualifies as a “New Hampshire” liberal.

“You must love this holiday, huh?” he asked, knowing by now that I’m deeply libertarian.

“Depends,” I responded, “I love the independence, but don’t really love the nationalism.” He nodded knowingly.

We peacefully talked about politics for about 40 minutes, and he concluded, “I was just telling my girlfriend about you today. I think we actually agree on the ends of a peaceful society, but we just disagree on the means. You always give me a lot to think about, anyway.”

As a quick aside, I’ve had more peaceful political discussions with people who think differently than I do in NH than everywhere else I’ve ever lived combined.

Around this time, the local town was shooting off its fireworks downtown. Some kids wanted to go, and some didn’t, so we brought the eclectic crew who wanted to see them downtown with us. Thousands of locals were gathered around different parts of town taking in the show, lighting sparklers, and having a blast.

When we got back, a 10 year old girl who had joined us threw out the idea of sleeping over. We have 3 boys – ages 7, 4, and 1 – but what the heck? We agreed immediately, and she slept in our guest room. It went fantastically well. You see, she has also been raised by liberty-loving peaceful parents, and it didn’t occur to her that it might be unusual for her to hang out with kids who were both younger than her and a different gender. Her family and ours also unschool our kids, so the fact that she was sleeping over on a Tuesday didn’t mess up anybody’s schedule. It was perfect.

Our 4 year old decided to sleep on a blow-up mattress in the room with her, which wound up being the first night he’s ever slept in a room without one of his parents helping him fall asleep. Independence Day, indeed!

So what’s the point of this little snapshot? Well, before I moved to New Hampshire I couldn’t have imagined a day like this one in my wildest dreams. Having kids changed everything about my priorities as a liberty-loving person. Creating a nurturing environment where kids can learn to love themselves (and love liberty) is exceedingly difficult everywhere I’ve ever lived, until I moved to the Seacoast of New Hampshire. Here, it happens as a matter of course.

And this one little day wasn’t unusual, it was a microcosm. Families (and single folks as well) here are getting together several times per week, supporting one another and giving our kids access to other people who share the same values that they do. We go to the beach together, go to the farmer’s market, share potluck dinners, and more. Nothing is ever perfect, of course, but in the years we’ve lived here we haven’t experienced any drama, or people who have violated the trust of the community we’re building.

See you soon?

If you’re like me, you worry that your kids will feel like a fish out of water wherever else you are. You worry that being surrounded exclusively by statism might lead to all sorts of negative consequences. You struggle to imagine that there’s a critical mass of liberty-loving families raising their kids to respect others and stand up for themselves.

Well, good news – we’ve already got one. I hope you’ll come out to the Freecoast Festival this year. You can meet all the people that make this community so great, as well as others who are considering making the move and joining us. If you have any questions, or are planning to attend, I’d love to chat with you! You can email me at james@dfsr.com. Hope to see you really soon.

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Radical Agenda EP331 – Naming The Hate

Christopher Cantwell - Wed, 2017-07-19 20:21 +0000

I’m moving up in the world. I recently told you about my name finding its way to the pages of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, following the DC Free Speech Rally. Now the Anti-Defamation League has joined the party, listing your humble correspondent along with others they perceive to be at the top of the Alt-Right/Alt-Lite factions of what might be described as the “New Right”.

Radical Agenda EP331 – Naming The Hate

In their piece they describe me as follows;

Christopher Cantwell runs Radical Agenda, a racist, “pro-European,” internet radio show/blog that touts its pay-to-view content as “common sense extremism.” Cantwell has a history of promoting anti-police and anarchist rhetoric, but has recently moved toward the extreme right, and spoke at the neo-Nazi gathering in Pikeville, Kentucky. He has interviewed and appeared alongside white supremacists Mike Enoch and Matthew Heimbach, and has written that he abandoned libertarianism for the alt right after seeing that the latter “has better memes.” At the June 25 Free Speech Rally in DC, Cantwell urged the crowd to fight “Jewish influence.”

This indicates to me that they’ve done their homework, even if they’ve chosen to purposely misrepresent a few things. Not that these folks have ever been known for that sort of thing.

I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with these guys. Their entire existence is based around destroying people’s businesses and reputations by smearing them as racists and anti-semites. I have long said that guys like Spencer and Enoch have all these people looking at them, but no apparent clue how to monetize it. If the ADL and SPLC want to tell people about me, that’s quite alright with me. They can even continue their usual pattern of misleading the public, so long as they keep on putting my name into search engines.

Why? Because my business model plans on exactly this kind of marketing, and I am going to spread this business model far and wide until these idiots realize it is no longer in their best interests to harass good white folks.

There’s a lot more to get to, plus your calls at 747-234-2254, or RadicalAgenda on Skype.

So join us, this and every Wednesday, as well as Mondays and Fridays from 5-7pm Eastern for another exciting episode of the Radical Agenda. It’s a show about common sense extremism where we talk about radical, crazy, off the wall things like the Anti-Defamation League.

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Manchester Bitcoin Vending Machine Adds DASH, Making NH #1 For DASH Vending

Free Keene - Wed, 2017-07-19 17:37 +0000

Bitcoin Vending Machine Adds DASH!

With all the Bitcoin drama going on, it’s easy to get distracted from what is important. What is important, whether Bitcoin stays on top or not, is the idea of cryptocurrency, of which Bitcoin was the first. While I personally believe Bitcoin can survive its internal turmoil, I could be wrong. After all, no one buys the Model T these days, even though it was the first car. The Model T is a clunker compared to what we have now.

Though there isn’t much mainstream media coverage of its alternatives, Bitcoin is far from the only cryptocurrency. There are hundreds of them, most based off of the original code for Bitcoin released by Satoshi Nakamoto, its anonymous creator.

One of those competitors that libertarian cryptocurrency enthusiasts in NH have been using recently instead of Bitcoin is DASH, or “Digital Cash”. Due to the growing pains Bitcoin has been experiencing, people here have been looking hard at other alternatives. DASH has started to appear in use at various libertarian market days across the state. Its fees are much lower than Bitcoin’s and DASH has an interesting governance structure that really sets it apart from many of the “me-too” cryptocurrencies out there vying for Bitcoin’s #1 position.

With DASH, the “Masternodes” (people who’ve invested into at least 1,000 DASH and are running special software) can vote on how to promote and expand DASH. They do this via proposals that have been made regarding how to spend 10% of the mining rewards, which are earmarked for the purpose of promoting DASH. It’s a smart system that the other major cryptos don’t have and has resulted in DASH appearing in various places other cryptos have not.

Satoshi Nakamoto, Anonymous Creator of Bitcoin

Last month, Portsmouth’s Bitcoin Vending Machine became the first in New Hampshire to offer DASH in addition to bitcoin. Now, NH’s top Bitcoin Vending Machine, the Manchester “General Bytes” unit at Murphy’s Taproom has also added DASH, making New Hampshire the #1 state for DASH Vending Machines per capita with one DVM per 0.67 million population compared to Oregon’s one per 1.3 million, and Florida’s one per 2.25 million. (These numbers per CoinATMRadar and Census data.)

To be fair, there aren’t a whole lot of DASH Vending Machines in the world. Most Crypto Vending Machines globally are bitcoin-only, but it’s still worth noting the crypto-haven of New Hampshire is already leading the rest of the world in providing an alternative to the struggling Bitcoin. Given the uncertainty of what could happen with Bitcoin in the coming weeks, it makes sense to rebrand Shire BTC Vending, which launched back in 2014 as part of the Shire Free Church, as Shire Crypto Vending.

Hopefully we’ll see the DASH option (and possibly other cryptocurrencies like Ether) expand out to include the Keene and Concord Bitcoin Vending Machines, but for now that’s not possible until Lamassu, the manufacturer of those machines, adds other coins as a possible option for vendors. We’re told they are working hard at doing just that, so stay tuned to Free Keene for more exciting cryptocurrency news from the Shire!

Also, if you’re looking to connect with other cryptocurrency enthusaists in New Hampshire, check out our forums.

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It’s Official: NH Governor Signs Cannabis Decriminalization!

Free Keene - Wed, 2017-07-19 03:18 +0000

Libertarian Party of NH Chairman Darryl W Perry Takes a Rip

After it passed with veto-proof margins for the first time in New Hampshire’s history, cannabis decriminalization was signed today by new NH republican governor Chris Sununu.

Marijuana decrim is the latest feather in the cap of the NH Freedom Migration that has been tipping the political scales of the state in favor of more liberty. This year alone, there have been multiple political wins, from multiple elected state representatives flipping to the Libertarian Party of NH, to the constitutional carry bill passing, the bitcoin/cryptocurrency protection bill, and even legalizing firecrackers!

This isn’t the best decrim bill possible, but it’s a big step in the right direction for the Live Free or Die state. Police have sixty days before the bill goes into effect to arrest as many users as possible, because after sixty days, they’re only allowed to ticket for cannabis possession. HB 640 eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of hashish for those age 18 or older. Under the new law, first time offenders will receive a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine. Unfortunately, if the person is caught three times in three years, then the fourth ticketing would be a class B misdemeanor, but the person still cannot be arrested. The first offense is fined at $100, but subsequent offenses within that three year period would be $300 each.

New Hampshire Loves Bitcoin and Cannabis!

Hopefully, after a year of this decrim, the state reps and senators will see that the world in NH has not turned into a satanic hellscape, and we’ll see further decriminalization in the future, right down to the total elimination of all penalties for possession, growing, or sale of any amount of cannabis. Ideally, New Hampshire, if it were truly a free place, would have no regulatory or taxation structure around the cannabis plant at all. If that miraculously happened, the cannabis industry would explode in the Shire and we’d all be better off for it.

If you like that vision and you’re a libertarian, voluntarist, or liberty-loving anarchist, we need you here to help make NH the best state for cannabis freedom. Sure, other states have legalization, but there’s an insane amount of regulation and tax around the industry. What if NH could be the one state without that legal garbage? It could happen if you were here to help. We need more people to move here and join the most successful freedom migration in the world. Here are 101 reasons why you should.

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Radical Agenda EP330 – Medi-Cal Inequality

Christopher Cantwell - Mon, 2017-07-17 18:08 +0000

Latinos in California are suing the state for unequal access to health care they claim is racially biased. The reasoning for the suit is that California has created a “separate and unequal system of health care, one for the insurance program with the largest proportion of Latinos (Medi-Cal), and one for the other principal insurance plans, whose recipients are disproportionately white,” according to court filings.

Radical Agenda EP330 – Medi-Cal Inequality

In other words, California’s health care system is racist, because white people get better services than Latinos, on account of the fact that white people pay for their health care, and Latinos receive theirs at the expense of the taxpayers, who you might not be surprised to find out, are also disproportionately white.

We have literally reached a point in America, where recipients of government benefits for the supposedly indigent, have become convinced they are entitled to all the same comforts and accommodations as successful, capable, people who sustain themselves. This obviously would be unworkable and catastrophic, even if America were entirely made up of genetic equals, all capable of the same accomplishments. The fact that public policy has spent the last 60 years operating under the delusion that “diversity is our strength” has only compounded the problem. Inequality of outcome is a feature of the human condition even in a racially homogenous society. Pouring the productive efforts of whites into the money burning pit of non-white degeneracy, is like shooting a hole in a car’s gas tank and heading out for a cross country road trip.

America has gotten to a point where heart surgeons and mathematicians are expected to share a bank account with mental patients and farm laborers. The only accounting permitted on this ledger, is to be certain benefits are metered out equally. Inequality of contributions thereto are features of the system, not bugs. The idea that a more capable person could receive better outcomes than an incapable person is viewed as a violent imposition upon the less capable. Even if the capable are drained of half or more of what they produce, the inequality of the benefit is the only imbalance leftists are willing to consider.

They are not waiting for a “single payer” plan to pass the California legislature. They are simply operating under the assumption that everyone within the geographical boundary of California is entitled to medical services without regard for production or contribution. Just like they aren’t waiting for “hate speech” to be banned before they assault you for it in the street. Just like they aren’t waiting for Trump to commit any “high crimes or misdemeanors” before his impeachment. They do not care about the law, only their own will.

This is why “leftist authoritarians” and “liberal fascism” are nonsensical contradictory terms. While leftists love to wield State power, expand the size and scope of government, and care quite little for anything you and I would recognize as freedom, they are still in a sense anti authoritarian. They only use the State apparatus as a mechanism by which to facilitate their own rule breaking. Laws and authority have little relationship to what they do while in office, except as a means by which to convince the populace that their criminality is to go unpunished.

There’s a lot more to get to, plus your calls at 747-234-2254 or RadicalAgenda on Skype.

So join us, this and every Monday, as well as Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-7pm Eastern for another exciting episode of the Radical Agenda. It’s a show about common sense extremism where we talk about radical, crazy, off the wall things like paying your own damn bills.

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Why We’re Temporarily Shutting Down Bitcoin Vending Machines on July 31st

Free Keene - Sat, 2017-07-15 19:27 +0000

Will Bitcoin “Fork” on August 1st?

In a recent, in-depth article, I discussed the out-of-control fees to send bitcoin. The executive summary is that Bitcoin is somewhat broken due to the high fees that have been caused due to the Bitcoin network not being able to scale to consumer demand. The reason for this is because there has been an ongoing “geek war” for a couple years now behind the scenes that centers over some fundamental disagreements over how Bitcoin should handle its growing pains with scaling up. Meanwhile, the fees have been rising over the last six months and have killed off the previous usefulness that Bitcoin had for microtransactions, or even small dollar transactions. Again, see my original piece for more about the fee difficulties.

Now the ugly Bitcoin not-so-civil war that has been playing out behind the scenes on message boards, reddit, and social media for months and months is going to come into public view on August 1st. Here’s my non-technical explanation for what’s happening and how, if you’re a bitcoin holder or bitcoin-accepting merchant, it could affect you:

To oversimplify a complex situation, there are basically two “sides” in this ridiculous conflict. (For those who want the more complex, technical explanation, there are no shortage of excellent articles you can find by searching for SegWit2x, UASF, and UAHF. Here’s one.)

Satoshi Nakamoto, Anonymous Creator of Bitcoin

One side is those who say that a new technology for Bitcoin called “Segregated Witness” or “SegWit” for short, is necessary to fit more transactions into Bitcoin’s “blocks”. Blocks are the guts of the “blockchain”, the distributed, decentralized, public ledger that is the essence of what makes Bitcoin special. The problem causing the fees to be bid up is that these blocks are full of transactions, leaving the lower-fee transactions stuck waiting for hours or even days to confirm. As a result, people are paying 10-100x more than they used to just to get their transactions through in a decent amount of time.

The other camp are those who support increasing the block size. It’s currently one megabyte and they’d like it raised to two and beyond. The “big blockers” argue that limit was originally put in place to fight spam transactions. They say Bitcoin’s anonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto’s vision was clearly against limiting the block size.

I’m not a computer programmer, so I have no real opinion about which technical change is the best one, and ultimately it doesn’t matter what I think, the people with the most sway in the Bitcoin universe are the miners. What they decide to do, is likely the way things will go. Likely. Let me explain from a more philosophical perspective, before getting back to what could happen on August 1st.

Bitcoin is a decentralized currency that transcends national borders.

One of Bitcoin’s greatest strengths is that it was not created or issued by big banks or government. It was the world’s first decentralized digital currency. It’s cryptographically secure and can’t be hacked or taken offline because of its distributed, decentralized, global network. It’s truly an amazing creation and has changed the future of money as fundamentally as the way the internet has changed communication.

There’s also a major difference between how centrally-issued currencies like the US Dollar are administrated. The US Dollar, controlled by the Federal Reserve for the benefit of the evil, aggressive US Federal Government, is administered at the whim of politicians, whichever ones happen to be in power at the moment. They can inflate the money supply at will, destroying the value of any dollars you might be holding. This is a fundraising method for them, a hidden tax. Bitcoin on the other hand is decentralized, which means that it’s not subject to the will of one man or a group of unaccountable men. That’s good because it means Bitcoin’s value can’t be debased to benefit anyone “in charge”, because there’s no one in charge.

However, its decentralized nature means that while Bitcoin can be upgraded over time, it can be a messy process. There are various types of stakeholders in the Bitcoin ecosystem: Miners, Programmers, Full Nodes, and Users (which include merchants, individuals, exchanges, merchant services providers, etc).

Is it over yet?

Now that you know the various types of stakeholders and the possible options to scale the network, you may be wondering, “How do these people come together to improve Bitcoin technically and allow it to scale up to consumer demand?” The answer is, they might not come together, and those who are refusing to come to the table to talk and compromise are planning to possibly break away on August 1st.

What could happen? Lots of different things. Here’s what I hope will be the most likely scenario:

Segwit2x:
In late May at the “Consensus” event in New York an agreement was finally reached by major Bitcoin-related businesses and holders of approximately 83% of the mining power in the world. This agreement gives the SegWit advocates what they want, SegWit, then within six months increases the block size from 1 MB to 2 MB. The “SegWit2x” or the “New York Agreement” plan includes a timeline that they have been following, thus far. They’ve released their beta software to the miners and as of right now, more than 86% of the world’s mining power is signaling their support for SegWit2x. In order to change Bitcoin, you need ideally a supermajority of miners to support the proposal. SegWit2x appears to have this support. If a proposal doesn’t have the miners’ support, that idea is basically dead in the water.

Some People Really Like the Segwit Proposal, Others, Not-So-Much

In less than a week from now, on July 21st, SegWit2x-supporting miners are expected to be running the new SegWit2x software and signal their activation of SegWit. If they do as agreed, SegWit will activate, likely before August 1st. With 86% of the mining power currently behind this proposal and everything going as planned so far, this seems the most likely scenario.

However, even if SegWit2x goes into action before August 1st, there’s still at least one wildcard in play called “UASF”.

UASF:
The “User Activated Soft Fork” or UASF is the reason why August 1st is the big day in question. There is a group of people who run Bitcoin “Full Nodes” that are SegWit fanatics who are planning to split the Bitcoin network with a “soft fork” on August 1st. I realize that’s a lot of jargon, so allow me to clarify:

“Full Nodes” are those computers in the world that are running special Bitcoin software that includes a copy of the entire Bitcoin blockchain – currently over 140 GB of data. While the miners are arguably the most important decision makers in the Bitcoin universe, the Full Nodes also perform an important role of block and transaction validation. In this case, right now about 15% of the approximately 7,900 Full Nodes are signaling their support for the UASF.

Bitcoin mining doesn’t actually look like this.

The UASF people, as I understand it, do not support the SegWit2x plan, despite their support for SegWit. Presumably, they do not wish to see the block size raised, and that’s why they oppose SegWit2x. Despite not appearing to have any significant mining power or even the rest of the full nodes behind them, this vocal minority is plotting a schism in the Bitcoin network on August 1st. They plan to accomplish this by ordering their nodes to refuse to validate any blocks that do not include a signal that indicates the miner who mined the block supports the UASF proposal. If the UASF full nodes are backed by some small amount of miners, they will “soft fork” the Bitcoin blockchain.

A “soft fork” would mean the point in time at which the blockchain, (Bitcoin’s public ledger that goes back to the beginning of the currency in 2009 and contains every transaction that has occurred), will fork into two. Each would have all the transactions from 2009 through August 1st at the time of the fork, but after that time would have different transactions logged to each chain. That means there would be two Bitcoin networks, each competing to be the “real” Bitcoin.

It also means that anyone holding bitcoin (in a non-custodial wallet where you control the keys) before the fork would then have the same amount of BOTH types of bitcoin. For the sake of this discussion, let’s call them “Original Bitcoin” and “UASF Bitcoin”. If you had 10 bitcoins before the split, afterwards you’d have 10 original bitcoin and 10 UASF bitcoin.

Which will be the “real” Bitcoin if a fork happens?

This is where things can get dangerous and even more confusing, if it wasn’t flummoxing enough already!

In Jimmy Song’s blog post where he covers multiple potential scenarios, he does an excellent job of explaining a likely outcome of the UASF scenario if they don’t have much mining support (and they don’t appear to):

In this scenario, the Users have something like 0–13% of the July 31 network hash rate on August 1. The obvious consequence of having such a low hash rate is that blocks will come very slowly (one per 80 minutes+). This leads to two big problems.

The first problem is that there will be a tremendous backlog of transactions on the Users’ fork. Transactions will take a very long time to confirm, and since block space is scarce, fees will be very high. The cost and time of transacting Users’ fork coins may put downward pressure on price.

While there’s a chance the UASF Bitcoin could be snuffed out due to lack of miner support there’s also a chance it could continue on competing in the marketplace to be considered the “real” Bitcoin. This will be quite difficult if they have low miner support for the above reasons. For more detail on “forking”, check out this article.

For an unknown amount of time after a fork, it’s risky to send or receive bitcoin. This has to do with the fact until the dust settles after the fork, you can be subject to “replay attacks” until the exchanges and wallet providers come up with a way to protect against these attacks. There’s also the risk that one of the two sides of the fork will be eliminated through competition, which would destroy any transactions that happened on that chain. Further, some companies may side with one chain or another rather than allowing both, which will lead to extreme confusion as to which Bitcoin is which.

Bitcoin Vending Machine at “Route 101 Local Goods” Will Shut Down Temporarily on July 31st.

Is this starting to sound like a nightmare? I’ve only scratched the surface on what could happen, but as a non-programmer who has done a fair amount of reading on both “sides” of this subject, it seems to me that these are the two most likely scenarios:

1. SegWit2x activates before August 1st and UASF supporters abandon their plan out of expected failure.
2. SegWit2x activates before August 1st and UASF supporters and a small percentage of the mining power fork Bitcoin. It could then be days or weeks before the dust settles and we can safely send and receive bitcoin again.

Please note, I’m oversimplifying and haven’t even touched on the “User Activated Hard Fork” (UAHF) that is planned as a response to the UASF being more successful than expected.

Given that the situation is going to be very fluid and potentially risky, we at Shire BTC Vending and Shire Bitcoin are shutting down the Bitcoin Vending Machines in Manchester, Concord, and Keene temporarily on July 31st. We at Shire BTC Vending will be monitoring the situation and will post updates on the Shire BTC Vending website and NH Bitcoin forums. Shire Bitcoin, who operates the Concord BVM, will post updates to their site as well.

If you are an individual or business that holds or accepts bitcoin, I can’t tell you for sure what you should do, but here are some ideas:

It’s best if you hold your private keys yourself.

  • Check Your Keys: If you have some amount of bitcoin, make sure it’s in a “non-custodial” wallet to which you hold the private key. Some examples of non-custodial wallets include Jaxx, Blockchain, Mycelium, Airbitz, Copay, Bitcoin.com, Breadwallet, Electrum, and Exodus. If you had to write down 12 words to back up your wallet – you have your private key. If you have the private key and Bitcoin forks, you’ll come out on the other end with both types of bitcoin. If, on the other hand your bitcoin is being stored in a custodial wallet where someone else, like Coinbase, LocalBitcoins, Paxful, Backpage, Xapo, Freewallet, GDAX, Kraken, BitStamp, Poloniex, or any bitcoin exchange, has control over the private key, then you are subject to their whims regarding how they handle the fork. Maybe they’ll give you access to both bitcoin, or maybe only one of them. It’s best to hold your bitcoin in a wallet which gives you access to your private key, instead of giving corporations control over your key, and therefore your bitcoin.
  • HOLD: Once you’re sure your bitcoins are in a non-custodial wallet, hold on for the ride. If Bitcoin forks, you shouldn’t spend or receive BTC if you can avoid it until the dust has settled. If you’re a bitcoin-accepting merchant, lock up the point of sale device and instruct staff to politely decline any customers who want to use bitcoin to pay until the confusion no longer remains online. Stay positive! There’s a good chance the bitcoin price could drop dramatically during a fork and any ensuing reorganizations. Bitcoin can survive this challenge – we’ve had drops in price before, dramatic ones. Watch, wait, and keep up with the latest.
  • Bail Out: If you’re too spooked by the possibility and uncertainty of a fork, you can always cash out for fiat currency like US Dollars or trade your bitcoin for other competing cryptocurrencies. Keene-area merchants who want to cash out should contact the Keene Bitcoin Network and we can probably help with that or any questions you might have.
  • Pick a Side: If you really want to take some risk, you can try to pick a winner in the event of a fork and as soon as the two competing bitcoins appear on exchanges for trading, you can try selling your least-favorite bitcoin and buying your favorite (or other altcoins). I personally will not be taking this level of risk and will instead HOLD.

“HODL” – A now popular mistyping of “HOLD”, generally a simple an effective strategy with bitcoin.

For the sake of simplicity, I hope for the future where nothing happens on August 1st. However, there’s an argument that Bitcoin would ultimately be better off if it forks, since finally both sides in this geek war will get what they want – a version that conforms to their vision for what the currency should be. Ethereum, the current #2 cryptocurrency, survived a contentious fork into two Ethereums last year. Out of that split came “Ethereum” and “Ethereum Classic“. While both coins’ prices took a dive after the split, they’ve both risen in price since, becoming the #2 and #5 cryptos in the world according to CoinCap.io, which measures the market caps (total global value) of hundreds of cryptocurrencies.

However, the big difference is that Ethereum was not (and still isn’t) used in the retail marketplace like Bitcoin is. No other cryptocurrency has the retail penetration Bitcoin does, which means if there are two Bitcoins, that could lead to some confusion about which one is “real” and which is the useful one. We’ll do our best to keep you informed as this situation does or does not develop.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest big news for Bitcoin in New Hampshire and the Shire BTC Vending website and NH bitcoin forums for more detailed information and discussion.

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Radical Agenda EP329 – News, Phones, WWHD

Christopher Cantwell - Fri, 2017-07-14 20:30 +0000

There’s a lot going on, but the show starts in 30 minutes and I still haven’t written a blog post because my nap lasted longer than expected. So how about I just paste a new intro I’ve been working on and we go from there?

Radical Agenda EP329 – News, Phones, WWHD

The Radical Agenda is a live, uncensored, and mostly unscripted, entertainment program, which airs, usually, from a sorry excuse for a studio in Keene, New Hampshire every Monday Wednesday, and Friday from 5-7pm Eastern time.

We take calls on the air, as you may have heard.

More information, most notably how and why you are now legally obligated to hand me all your cash can be found at ChristopherCantwell.com/donate, and for the 329th time get on my mailing list at ChristopherCantwell.com/subscribe

The program is hosted by yours truly. A very troubled artist who usually goes by the name of Christopher Cantwell. He is a convicted criminal who literally begs for money on the Internet, talks about himself in the third person, loses track of his court dates and abortion victims, and as you probably guessed, has a history of substance abuse and relationship issues, which could compete for status with the likes of Luka Magnotta.

He is a racist, and a sexist, and while he’d rather not be an anti-semite, those oven dodging sons of whores just refuse to stop running our government, media, financial systems into the ground.

Did I mention your humble correspondent was a homophobe, a xenophobe, an islamophobe a transphobe and which ever isms and phobias are popular catch phrases amongst the communists at the moment?

We’re definitely going to say fuck before this thing is over, so while I’m doing what I can to improve in this regard, it would probably be best if you got the kids out of the room 5 minutes ago, and you definitely don’t want to be caught listening to this at work. Please do keep in mind that I endorsed Donald Trump, and not the other way around, but with your help I sure do hope to someday see that change.

What follows is privileged, copyrighted, fictional, artistic, private, legally protected, and whatever other terminology one might assign to a meaningless wall of light and sound one is not looking forward to hearing read aloud in a courtroom. If I had any rights at all, I’d reserve them, but in case you haven’t picked up a newspaper in a while, none of us have any rights or entitlements at all and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably working for the the guys with the stars on their sleeves.

I am not, nor have I ever been of sound mind, and anyone who says I am is obviously a woman, so who gives a shit what she thinks, am I right fellas?

This is being delivered to you through what I’m certain is the most heavily monitored communications medium in the history of mankind, on the publicly known profile of a man who has been in close proximity to at least one terrorism investigation.

You will get exactly what you deserve, if you follow my advice, so how bout you call in and ask for some at 747-234-2254, or Radical Agenda on, ah, on dah Skypes dere, if you would like to be on the program, and the more you talk the less I have to so, please do give us call. Kids be sure to ask your parents permission, and report them to the proper authorities, if they say yes.

So without any further ado, welcome to the Radical Agenda. What’s your agenda?

 

There’s a lot more to get to, plus your calls at 747-234-2254 or RadicalAgenda on Skype.

So join us, this and every Friday, as well as Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7pm Eastern for another exciting episode of the Radical Agenda. It’s a show about common sense extremism where we talk about radical, crazy, off the wall things like avoiding stereotypes.

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Radical Agenda EP328 – Cultural Incompetence

Christopher Cantwell - Wed, 2017-07-12 18:46 +0000

The good news is, leftists have finally admitted that this influx of migrants they think is so wonderful, will never assimilate to our culture. The bad news is, that won’t stop them from trying to import these savages, because they want our culture destroyed.

Radical Agenda EP328 – Cultural Incompetence

We’ve talked a few times, about how our judicial system seems to be letting invaders, rapists in particular, off the hook. Whether you’re a developmentally disabled 5 year old girl in Idaho, a 14 year girl old in a Maryland High School, a college student from Massachusetts, an anally raped Swedish teen, or a young mother of three from the United Kingdom, you can count on your rapist going free as long as he doesn’t speak the language of the country properly.

You might think I’m oversimplifying here, but I’m not. In Sweden, an Iraqi migrant anally raped a 14 year old, on Facebook Live video while she screamed “No!” on camera. He was literally released under the auspices that he did not understand this lack of consent. The Hovrätten (royal court) of Western Sweden said the Iraqi, who had former convictions, had “suspected ADHD,” which, according to the court, gave him “difficulties in interpreting and interacting with other people as well as recognizing the standards he is expected to live up to.”

Now if you live in America, you might be thinking to yourself “Those dumb Swedes! Good thing we’re not as stupid as them!” but you would be wrong again. A 33 year old Congolese immigrant named Augustin Bahati, escaped prosecution on six domestic-violence crimes when his lawyer convinced a city prosecutor that he lacked the cultural competency to participate in the American justice system, according to court and public records reviewed by the New Hampshire Union Leader. Apparently it is one of those outdated ideas of the whitecisheteropatriarchy that men are not supposed to be “striking, pushing, grabbing, kicking and pulling out the hair of a woman who was 27 weeks pregnant” (a description from one of the police reports).

Cultural incompetence, ladies and gentlemen. We are now expected to believe that a guy who was arrested six times for battering women, literally lacked the capacity to see the problem after arrest number 5. Of course, if you suggest that might be a reason to restrict immigration from places where certain “cultures” dominate, you’ll be called a racist, which is apparently a bigger problem than being called a rapist in America today. If you suggest this Congolian savage should have been kept in his hellhole with the rest of his subhuman kin, you’re a literal Nazi who deserves to be punched on television.

These people aren’t even trying anymore. After decades of brainwashing and unchecked immigration into America and Europe, the left has declared victory even while they are removed from power. As far as they’re concerned, white people are the enemy, and the war is almost over. They are just running around bayoneting the wounded at this point. Feel like raping or beating a woman? Just make sure she’s got blonde hair, blue eyes, and good credit, and you’ll be back on the street with your weaponized dick in no time.

If our governments will not protect our women, then the men of our society will. If that means we have to go to war with our own governments, then I would encourage the existing powers to check with the Brits on how well that worked out for them 242 years ago.

There’s a lot more to get to, plus your calls at 747-234-2254 or RadicalAgenda on Skype.

So join us, this and every Wednesday, as well as Mondays and Fridays from 5-7pm Eastern for another exciting episode of the Radical Agenda. It’s a show about common sense extremism where we talk about radical, crazy, off the wall things like hunting rapists for sport.

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Free Shipping Special Offer Today Only

Christopher Cantwell - Tue, 2017-07-11 13:58 +0000

I once found myself unable to host my show one day because I had found my XLR microphone cable to be faulty during one of my recent travels. So I set out to purchase a replacement. I drove nearly an hour to a Radio Shack, only to find out it was closed. Next, I tried a different store with a giant closing sign, hoping to get a deal, only to find the inside of the place looking as if it had been ransacked by a pack of wild animals, who as it happens are still in the store drinking grape soda, and eating cheese puffs. After that I went to a different store, where the store employee in the sound section looked at me like a deer in headlights when I asked him where to find the product in his store. He instead suggested a local guitar store, where I was finally able to purchase the product.

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While that was an extreme example, it left me thinking about the time I could have saved by buying it online. Usually when I shop, I go to pick up a specific item or know the type of thing I am looking for, not to browse for whatever catches my eye, as I suspect most straight men also do. (I’m lying, I treat Walmarts like they are tourist attractions) When I am shopping, I want to avoid liberals in the wild, long lines and unknowledgeable salespeople which is not usually possible with America’s rapid demographic decline, and better use that time instead on my show, working on my physique, having intellectual conversations or whatever of the thousands of things I might do in a day.

I recently decided to sign up for a sort of promotion with one of my top affiliate programs. Their big annual sale is today, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (though they start offering deals Monday night) and the sale is only available to current members of their service. They offer a free one-month trial, so besides the Christmas season, this is the best time to try out the service. [I would like to point out for my college listeners, if you have a working .edu email, you qualify for a free 6-month Student trial and half-off membership (It offers the same benefits as the regular one, plus a few student specific ones).]

The service offers unlimited free two day shipping (or one day or 2 HOUR shipping in select locations). If you don’t have the service, their free shipping can take a week or more. Service members are also able to buy sale items before the general public so you can get an item before it sells out. You can read about the other benefits on their website here.

It’s a place where you can find things that the liberals and chosen ones hate ranging from Ivanka Trump shoes to It’s the Jews Stupid!: Who and What These Evil Vipers Are! I enjoy that when you look at a product page, they recommend similar items based on what other customers bought and that they also include negative reviews, so if you are wondering if a product is cheaply made, people will have usually answered your question in the comment section.

Many of my listeners are already customers with the service, and I’ve been an affiliate with them for a while now. Sometimes people contact me to ask if I got my commission for a given purchase, and so long as it is unique enough I’ve been able to confirm the purchase every time. If you are not already doing so, please click on my affiliate link (which is also listed on my website’s shopping mall section), and click the top banner which takes you straight to the service’s homepage, where you can browse and shop. It helps me to keep the lights on here and it costs you nothing besides a few seconds to click on my link. I am hoping soon to host videos on my website, buy better equipment and your use of my link, greatly helps me towards those goals. Bookmark it (Bookmark it I said!) for future use as well.

[I also list links to other online shopping sites you are probably already familiar with on my website’s shopping mall section. If there is a website you frequent that you think I should be an affiliate of, feel free to send me an email.]

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City Commits Civil Disobedience Against Feds By Painting Blue Line Down Marlboro St.

Free Keene - Mon, 2017-07-10 22:23 +0000

Keene Signals its Support for Secession by its Recent Peaceful Civil Disobedience

In case you aren’t aware, the police have their own gang symbol. It’s called the “thin blue line” – a blue line horizontally sandwiched between two black bars. You’ll frequently see it on the back of vehicles presumably containing police or their immediate relatives. Of course, anyone can buy these stickers now, so police have other ways of recognizing their own, like these family “professional courtesy” passbooks, but regardless, the blue line is still seen on their cars, their clothing, and now flags. It helps create the “us vs them” mentality that some police have. Worse still, some people insist on treating the police as though they are better than the rest of humanity. Their word is gold in court, they get special burials when mass calamity happens, deferential treatment in many of the crimes the corrupt officers commit, and more.

In a recent Keene Sentinel piece about multiple city councilors gushing over their recent decision to paint a horribly garish blue line down the middle of Marlboro St, local commenter Johnson Rice points out that the city is actually committing civil disobedience against the federal government:

This doesn’t look like the kind of thing a “peace officer” should be sporting.

Interesting that the city decided to violate the law outlined by the USDOT & FHA when they clearly warned a few towns in New Jersey that this practice is illegal in that it creates unsafe road conditions because motorists don’t know what this line means. It could result in lawsuits for the city if the unsafe condition results in any legitimate accidents or even “accidents” involving less scrupulous people.

Good for the City of Keene though for adopting that rebellious “Free Keene” spirit and willfully violating federal law.

I think the bright blue paint is ugly, distracting, and possibly dangerous to clueless drivers. The police get far too much worship as-is, for the job of a supposed “servant” and don’t need any more blind obeisance. (They aren’t all saints. Here’s a story about a local NH police chief who also was a child rapist for several years at least.)

All that said, while I don’t agree with the issue they chose, I do appreciate the city government’s embracing of peaceful civil disobedience. Maybe they’ll see the light that the federal government is a controlling, abusive spouse and start openly supporting secession next?

Doubtful, but this does point out that the law means nothing to the state & city when they wish to ignore it. Who can blame them? Statutes and codes are just words on paper written by strangers. They are opinions backed by guns. Thanks to their “thin blue line” of police, the political class is protected from having to follow their own rules, yet the rest of us are jailed for victimless crimes in ever-growing numbers.

It might make you wonder who the police are really there to “protect and serve“, hmm?

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