Portsmouth Bitcoin Yoga Business Frustration Solved

The yoga studio in Portsmouth where I spend bitcoin for yoga classes has experienced some frustration with the mobile device I gave them, specifically that it doesn’t hold a charge.

Since they already use a desktop computer with monitor to sign students in and process credit card payments it makes sense that that use that same computer to accept mobile bitcoin payments as well.

I created a short video explaining how to accept Bitcoin in the browser in your place of business, watch it here!

Bitpay currently provides the mobile app and bitcoin currency exchange for the yoga studio, so all the owner has to do is switch to using the online browser-based bitcoin checkout tool to match their mobile app.

Thanks Bitpay for enabling me to spend bitcoin at my favorite yoga studio in a simple and seamless fashion 😀 Our next challenge with bitcoin at Bikram Yoga Portsmouth is now figuring out how to enable automated monthly payments with Bitcoin, an exciting problem faced by many businesses!

Check out my original post on how I set up the owner of my yoga studio to accept bitcoin as payment.

In all my experience, New Hampshire is the number one place for real-world cryptocurrency adoption, and is home to a large population of free, independent people. Do please consider living here to expand our markets and grow our freedom-loving culture.

 

steven bitcoin vending machine

steven with his bitcoin vending machine

 

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ACLU of NH Joins Case Against Manchester Police for Illegal Wiretapping Arrests

Alfredo Valentin

Alfredo Valentin, Hero

Last year in a surprising decision from the district court level in New Hampshire, Manchester resident Alfredo Valentin was exonerated from the “wiretapping” charges against him for secretly recording Manchester police when they were searching his home for a tenant’s drugs. The court was clear in its ruling that secretly recording police is protected by the first amendment.

Valentin filed suit against the “City of Manchester” over the illegal arrests last year asking for over $1,000,000 in damages. Now, the ACLU of NH has joined the suit.

“Essentially, Mr. Valentin was arrested and charged twice because he chose to exercise his constitutionally-protected right to record the police,” said Gilles Bissonnette, Legal Director for the ACLU-NH. “We need to encourage more citizens to do what Mr. Valentin did. Here, the officers’ decision to arrest and prosecute him is indicative of a broader, troubling trend in which police continue in a variety of ways to hinder people’s right to record their work in public.”

Here’s an excerpt from the ACLU of NH’s announcement of their joining the case: (more…)

Another Small Victory for NHexit

I organized an NHexit event in Portsmouth this Friday called “NH Independence Celebration“. People from Keene, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth attended. Dave Ridley of New Hampshire’s #2 YouTube channel shot video from a safe distance across the street. Shire Dude live-streamed video while making commentary and chatting with curious passers by. One person waved a blue flag with a peace sign. Another waved a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and a sign that read, “I LOVE AMERICA, NOT D.C.” Some conducted a 3-question poll about secession from a random sampling of Portsmouth’s downtown. Music by The Beatles played from a small portable speaker. In total the event was 1 hour.

Poll respondents were asked to read 3 short statements and rate their level of agreement or disagreement with each one. 17 people participated. The results are as follows (click image to enlarge):

NHexit poll
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Is Bitcoin a Failure?

The following is a summary and analysis of a graduate thesis paper written by Michael Russo. It’s titled, “Satoshi’s Broken Promise: Conflicting Rhetorics In The bitcoin Ecosystem.” Russo calls bitcoin, “…yet another digital artifact promising revolution while at the same time instituting its own brand of control.” He claims bitcoin fails in its principles of decentralization, bitcoin as property, and anonymity. That being said, the following is highly critical of bitcoin, but not a dismissal of the technology. I only request that you keep an open mind in considering the points below, as I believe they are worth the attention.

Bitcoin was, and is, the response to a financial disaster, as indicated by Satoshi’s referencing the following headline from the Financial Times: “Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks” (“Genesis Block”). -Russo

 

I once argued that bitcoin is not and should not be held to libertarian principles. If we are to accept it as an open technology, as a true alternative to the current banking system, we need to accept creative uses of the blockchain that are both apolitical, and pro-establishment. Limiting the currency to a specific ideal and infighting about its adoption and use can only stagnate its rise. However, Russo makes a compelling argument for the fact that as bitcoin gains popularity, it becomes more vulnerable. (more…)

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