Soon to be available for bitcoin!
Keene’s bitcoin network is growing! Now in addition to Corner News, Moda Suo, Carroll Garden Center, and The Farm Concessions, Keene’s “The Mountain” has announced they’ll be accepting bitcoin! The Mountain is world-renown for their “Three Wolf Moon” shirt, that went viral online. Now The Mountain is teaming up with NH-based bitcoin payment processor ziftrPAY to accept bitcoin (and other altcoins) for their products, starting this Summer.
Interestingly, per capita, (based on data from CoinMap) Keene has more bitcoin-accepting businesses than San Francisco, which has recently been promoted in news articles as the city with the strongest bitcoin presence.
Businesses that accept bitcoin are able to tap into a new market and also virtually eliminate transaction fees. Credit card companies usually hit a business for about 3% of each transaction, and bitcoin’s fee is just pennies, no matter the size of the transaction. By adding bitcoin as an option for their customers, businesses keep more profit from each bitcoin transaction than if they were to use credit card. Whether you are a buyer or a merchant, you can learn more about bitcoin here at WeUseCoins.com.
I’m happy to announce major changes to the Shire Society forums and the Free Keene commenting system! First, please visit the all-new Shire Society Forum – it’s now being run by modern forum software that should make posting and responding easier than ever. Plus, social networking capability is built-in! That means you can login with your facebook or twitter and easily share interesting posts via your social network!
In addition, I’ve changed out the Disqus comments here on Free Keene with a new provider, Livefyre. Don’t worry, all your old comments made on the Disqus system are still present in the new system. Hope you enjoy the changes!
The Lamassu’s First Customer, Lauren Canario.
Keene’s 101 Deals Thrift Store is now home to New Hampshire’s first public Lamassu Bitcoin Vending Machine! If you’ve tried the previous machine at 101 Deals and had a frustrating experience, the Lamassu will solve that. Come give it a try! 101 Deals is open seven-days-a-week 10a-6p Mon-Sat and 10a-4p Sundays and is located at 661 Marlboro Rd. in Keene.
Not only is the Keene BVM New Hampshire’s first public Lamassu, it’s one of only two publicly operating Bitcoin Vending Machines in all of Northern New England! Once you’ve got your bitcoin, check out CoinMap to see several local businesses that accept the exciting, international, decentralized cryptocurrency. (Or spend it at thousands of online sites like Dell, Wikipedia, Overstock, and countless others.)
Want to meet with other bitcoiners in the area? Maybe you’re new to bitcoin and have questions? Join us at the Keene Bitcoin Network online on facebook or in real life at McCue’s at 5:30pm, on the first Sunday of each month. Next meeting date is May 3rd – here’s a facebook event for it.
The Keene Bitcoin Vending Machine is provided as a non-profit service to the community by the Shire Free Church.
For the sixth consecutive year, activists will be taking to the State House lawn today, Monday, April 20th at 4:20pm to demand the repeal of the continued war on cannabis consumers. Some will likely engage in civil disobedience. Despite roadblocks put up by NH governor Maggie Hassan, we hope that this will be the year that we win more liberty for our people. Please join us today at the State House lawn at 4:20pm!
Rich Paul Addresses the Concord 420 in 2014
Here’s a facebook event with 150 confirmed attending. Come on out, rain (likely) or shine!
The Uncoinventional Family & Bitcoin Bus Parked at the LRN.FM Studios
In the long tradition of interstate, large-vehicle liberty tours launching from or traveling through Keene including Motorhome Diaries and Liberty on Tour, the Bitcoin Bus kicks off an “uncoinventional” tour across the Eastern United States! Free State Project participants John Bush, Cat Bleish and their two kids have taken possession of the Unschool Bus and have converted it into the Bitcoin Bus!
Today, the family rolled out from the Shire to their next destination in New York and will stop in other places along the way to their home of Austin, Texas. Along the way their goal is to spend only bitcoin. This is the family’s third bitcoin-only tour, but the first for the Bitcoin Bus!
LRN.FM is sponsoring the bus (with bitcoin, of course) as are some other great sponsors including the super-cool new WageCan, which is finally offering a bitcoin-based Mastercard tied to a bank account in Hong Kong.
You can follow them along via their Uncoinventional website which features a podcast and plenty of photos.
Inside the Bitcoin Bus
A downtown business owner has started an online petition in the hopes of stopping the new proposed parking rate and fine increases from the city. It will be delivered to the city council and it says:
Downtown merchants and their customers are already paying enough! We are forcing our community to shop at the BIG BOX stores and dine out with their families at CHAIN restaurants because they offer FREE parking. Some view this increase as a segway to pay for a new parking garage but even after it is built the cost will stay the same to park downtown. The folks who live in the apartments above the storefronts need to park out front to unload groceries, carry in and out their laundry or simply to run up to their apartment to just grab something quickly and have to pay a meter to do the simplest chore. Our diners complain constantly and often have to run out in between their meal and shopping to put more money in the meters. Customers of the local stores are often complaining because they cost so much already and if not paid quickly the fine increases dramatically. Please sign below so I can personally deliver this petition to the City and show them that we are against this increase.
You can sign the petition online now and don’t forget the city council’s FOP committee is meeting tonight on the matter at 6:30pm.