Bitcoin has been a very interesting development in both the liberty movement as well as the monetary world. You might think of it as the economic version of libertarianism in that it is very much fighting the status quo and presents a radically different way of thinking about things.
One of the "marketing problems" the freedom movement has pretty much always had is the inability to speak the language of those who are believers in 'government as a good thing'. When we speak of compassion for the poor, they hear it as us wanting to throw poor people out in the streets. When we talk to them about improving education, they take it as us not wanting any education at all. Clearly there is some underlying difference in thinking that keeps us from effectively communicating. I think I have one piece of the puzzle, or at least a good clue.
I'm a member of an interesting group of wildly diverse futuristic thinkers that are discussing what to do about potential existential threats to humanity. You can describe it as a think tank for ensuring our survival as a species. As you can imagine, much of the talk is either about protecting the planet from things like huge asteroid strikes or how to get enough people living off the planet that its destruction wouldn't cause our extinction.
When the occupy movement was still just starting, some New Hampshire residents formed their own occupy group. A handful of libertarians and/or Free Staters (myself included) joined up, with several being founders of the group. This was an interesting and potentially significant opportunity to effect change.
Back when I had a lot of cash I started turning into a sort of coffee snob. I had a nice coffee maker with a built in water source as well as a good burr grinder. I tried different grind settings and many different roasts and blends, over time finding my personal preferences. But eventually the good times went away, and for years now I've had to settle for what I can afford.
But a free promotion from Bitcoin Coffee gave me a chance to try something new, and so I jumped on the opportunity. They were just starting out and were looking for new customers, and were giving away small samples. I got mine in the mail not long after asking. Unfortunately I've been out of the bean grinding routine for so long that I hadn't even considered that they might send unground beans, and I'd long ago gotten rid of my grinder. So the beans have been sitting there for around a month, unopened, in their plastic bag.
I've had lots of people ask me how I got involved in precious metals. Its not the most exciting story, but people seem to like it so here it is.
How it should have started
Back when I was in the army, I once went with a friend to a pawn shop. As he drove, he explained that every paycheck he went and bought one ounce of silver. I don't remember a lot of the details, but I do remember thinking the piece he picked up was interesting, but I really didn't "get it".
Shire Silver is one of my passions and hopefully will become lucrative enough to let me make a living at it. I've been working on the idea since 2007, when federal agents raided the offices of the Liberty Dollar folks.
So far life in Seabrook seems to be the slower pace and lowered level of interruptions that I've been needing. Yesterday I was able to concentrate for several hours on getting that website transitioned to a live state - even with a bunch of things that went wrong. I was able to get them straightened out and the client is pleased.
At the most recent Porc Fest, I had the pleasure of listening to a presentation by an extended family that is working very hard to become self-sufficient. They talked for over an hour on all the various aspects of such a life, but what I found most interesting was the mention of danger.