Joël from DASH Force joins JJ and Darren in-studio for this bonus episode of Neocash Radio! We discuss his history with cryptocurrency and how he got to where he is now. We ask about what DASH Force News is and who is all involved. We talk about how someone could be paid by the DASH blockchain. Other topics include: History of DASH and the DASH DAO, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and much more on this bonus episode!
In our discussion Joël brings up the private send feature build into DASH and gives a brief explanation. Just as we have done here on the blog he also points to a video by Amanda B Johnson where she does a good job explaining the Private Send feature. Check it out!
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Joël from Dash Force joins us in-studio. Bitfinex hires a 3rd Party auditor to gain confidence among critics. Ethereum-based Mysterium platform aims to decentralize VPN services. The Federal Reserve’s Federal Funds Rate climbs to 0.9%. The Australian Government has deregulated digital currencies repealing the goods and services tax. Peter Todd questions the security of Zcash due to his participation. We talk DASH news and what it’s like to work for a blockchain. Darren has written and published a paper offering up a new solution to on-chain scaling. Is the market caps good measure of a digital currencies potential? The life and price of Bitcoin.
Beau Davis joins us for a special episode. Beau is famous for filming and editing 101 Reasons Liberty Lives in New Hampshire. This film highlights the advantages of moving to and living in New Hampshire. This movie is professionally and beautifully presented by Beau. Neocash Radio is honored to host Beau for this special content. You can encourage Beau by donating to 1Nj22kwZGZWr4kbmJip3CYmHXmRMQSp8CS or here.
Love Liberty? New Film Gives 101 Reasons You Belong in New Hampshire
Feature-Length Documentary Chronicles Efforts of Free State Project to Move 20K Libertarians to Small NE State; Interviews Include Free-Market Titans of Finance, Agriculture, Business, and Media
The Free State Project (FSP) started with an idea: if 20,000 libertarian activists could all move to one small state with a friendly culture, that would be enough to create true “Liberty In Our Lifetime.” In 2003, New Hampshire was chosen. Since then, more than 16,000 people have signed the Statement of Intent to move when the target is hit – and over 1,600 participants have already made the move.
Today, two of these early movers have released an original documentary on the project, entitled 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, now available for free on Youtube.
The film is a love letter from these 21st century pioneers to their newfound home. It is told through the personal stories of fellow FSP participants and interviews with liberty’s leading lights, including investor Peter Schiff, Food Inc.’s Joel Salatin, Patrick Byrne of Overstock.com, Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine, and several more.
For the first time, viewers are taken inside this intentional community to understand how it functions and why it chose a rural Northeastern state as its refuge. The filmmakers show a face of New Hampshire that even lifelong residents may not have seen before. For instance, the state is now home to one of the largest communities of active users of Bitcoin, the digital currency that has global fanfare and intrigue in its first few years of existence. Also, FSP participants have inspired the New Hampshire legislature to lead the charge against unconstitutional federal legislation, setting a defiant example to other states on issues from national ID cards to Obamacare.
But aside from what they’ve brought to their new home, many Porcupines – as FSP participants call themselves due to the animal’s agreeable nature and spiny defenses – remark on how much they appreciate New Hampshire for what it already is: a place where small is still considered beautiful. The film celebrates the state’s high rate of small business ownership, accessible political system, and tolerance of eccentric individualism. Speaking of New Hampshire, famed independent farming advocate Joel Salatin says, “I salute any environment that unshackles innovation and creativity from industrial-scale compliance and protocols.” Mike Vine, former organizer of the FSP’s annual PorcFest, puts it another way: “New Hampshire chose freedom, and it is now the wealthy state among its neighbors. It’s like a microcosm of what happened with America and people moving from Europe… we chose freedom and this is where the opportunity was where anyone could come and make a life for themselves.”
But life is not all business in the Granite State. Two participants explained how moving to New Hampshire allowed them to realize more charitable dreams. Kate Baker, of the Network for Education Opportunity, uses New Hampshire’s generous education tax credit program to secure scholarships for students to attend alternative schools. Amanda Bouldin operates a charity called Shire Sharing, which, with the help of her fellow Porcupines, now delivers Thanksgiving meals to over 300 families across the Merrimack Valley.
“What [participants of] the Free State Project are managing to do is to put their money where their mouths [are]. Physically getting up, across the country, and saying, ‘let’s go someplace, let’s demonstrate the power of these ideas,’” explains Emmy-winning investigative reporter Ben Swann. “There’s a lot of philosophy that surrounds liberty, there’s a lot of pontificating, there are a lot of people thinking about it and talking about it, but here in New Hampshire, people are doing it.”
101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire reflects the most optimistic and touchingly human story to come out of the waves of discontent that led to the Ron Paul Revolution, the Tea Party, and the Occupy protests. For this small but growing group of pioneers, there are 101 reasons to stop being cynical – and start a new life in New Hampshire.
In episode 3 of the Neocash Radio podcast we had a chance to talk to Jon Holmquist from BitcoinStore.com. Jon told us about how in the first quarter of being in business BitcoinStore.com had $500,000.00 in sales proving that there is a market in selling electronics for Bitcoin. The store sells a large variety of electronics and offers a dollar price so you can compare it to other sites.
On February 16th, 2013, nearly two months before one bitcoin hit $266.00 in value, three brave entrepreneurs unveiled their Bitcoin Machine to the public. The venue was the 2013 International Young Americans for Liberty Conference held in Washington D.C. and the three early adopters were Zach and Josh Harvey, and Matt Whitlock of Lamassu BTC Ventures. One week later they debuted it at the 2013 Liberty Forum in New Hampshire and $5500 worth of Bitcoin was purchased, at the time bitcoin was rough $30.00 each.
The three returned to the development of the machine and while they fine tuned the design Bitcoin took off! On April 10th, 2013 at just after 12:00pm UTC bitcoin hit $266.00 in value and the world took notice! A week earlier the situation in Cyprus was heating up and the talk of the worlds first Bitcoin ATM started to happen. The press jumped on this story and soon Jeff Berwick was known as the Bitcoin ATM guy with quotes like, “we already have orders from 30+ countries”.
These sort of stories continue as the idea of a bitcoin ATM is exciting, this one is from May 3rd, 2013: San Diego May Get World’s First Bitcoin ATM. The press is hungry for Bitcoin news and it’s no wonder, Bitcoin is fast becoming the hip trend to jump on.
The Bitcoin Machine
Lamassu BTC pushed to finished their development and the rise of bitcoin only intensified the demand for a machine that could accept Dollars and vend Bitcoins. More recently exchange crashes, DDoS attacks, and bank account closings have caused some difficulty for consumers to get their money in and out of Bitcoin. The Bitcoin Machine will help with one of those problems leaving wire transfers and a variety of non-bank methods for changing your Bitcoin into Dollars.
The Bitcoin Machine is going through the final stages of testing and development in Manchester, NH. The machine is designed to be a counter-top unit kept indoors and under supervision. It works with the consumers smartphone camera and utilizes a QR code to relay wallet address information. As you can see from the photograph, some effort was put into making sure the device was not only secure and functional but also aesthetically pleasing. The company hopes to start taking pre-orders as early as this summer.
Neocash Radio had a chance to conduct a phone interview with one of the owners, Zach Harvey for Episode 3 of the podcast. We have packaged the interview in a stand-alone format for easy listening and sharing. Take a listen!
This episode featured two interviews from prominent bitcoin businesses. The first was an interview with Jon Holmquist from bitcoinstore.com, an online discount electronics retailer. The second interview was with Zach Harvey from Lamassu BTC Ventures, the worlds first bitcoin ATM. We also discuss possible changes to the bitcoin-qt client as well as reasons why bitcoin will succeed.