The Shire Society
The Shire Society website has gotten a facelift! The site now has a responsive design so it will work on mobile browsers and desktop and still has all the features from before including the Shire Society Declaration that you can sign, the Shire map, immigration information, and useful tools and links. Drop in and declare your independence by signing the Shire Society Declaration today!
Perhaps more important is there is brand new software running the Shire Society Forum now. We’ve switched from SMF to the more-modern Vanilla Forum. That means a few major changes – now messages post instantly to a thread without having to reload the page – using the forum is a lot faster as a result. It’s also easier in general to compose a message, plus, there’s social networking sharing options on every thread.
While it’s true that a lot of activists are on Facebook, the Shire Society Forums have continued on despite the mass-exodus to Facebook. It’s important to keep alternate communications methods alive. The Shire Society Forum does that and has long been a destination for new people who are not on Facebook or don’t know where to find NH activists on Facebook. There are new people signing up every month at the Shire Society Forum, so please drop in and welcome them.
There is a world outside of Facebook and the new Shire Society Forum will help connect you with that world. If you’ve never been, come by and post an introduction to get full forum access.
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!
In this excellent new video about Shire Sharing posted to the 101 Reasons youtube channel, several participants are interviewed from Shire Sharing and foundress Amanda Bouldin discusses the impact of the successful charity and its future.
If you’re looking for the strongest community of liberty-loving people, you need to get to New Hampshire. We’ve got an amazing community here and it just keeps getting better as more Free State Project participants move in and bring their unique talents to the market and the activism world. Check out the new video, courtesy of 101 Reasons‘ Beau Davis:
Happy Customer Pays With Bitcoin (the Bitcoin Vending Machine is to his left)
Many in the Keene area have read the Sentinel article about local businesses that are accepting bitcoin. Others may have heard about it from word of mouth or other media. Bitcoin is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, and the word is getting out. However it can seem confusing at-a-distance. What is this internet money and how do you get some?
The easiest way is in-person, from either another human, or in this case, a Bitcoin Vending Machine (BVM).
101 Deals Thrift Store just opened its doors on Monday at 661 Marlboro St. (NH RT-101) in Keene and on their first day of business, the Skyhook BVM was present, offering to sell bitcoin to anyone with a bitcoin wallet (usually on their smartphone).
If you don’t have a bitcoin wallet yet, there are a couple of very popular ones you can download for your favorite phone operating system: Blockchain or Mycelium. Once you have your wallet installed, drop into 101 Deals (seven-days-a-week!) with some cash and try out the Bitcoin Vending Machine.
You can keep your bitcoin, or when the transaction is confirmed in the Bitcoin network, you can use some of it to buy something you want in the store, since 101 Deals accepts bitcoin for purchases, just as do several other local businesses including Corner News, The Farm Concessions, Moda Suo Hair Salon, Carroll Garden Center in Marlboro, and Stone Farm in Fitzwilliam!
101 Deals’ Proprietors James Cleaveland and Jay Freeville
The 101 Deals BVM is the only one in the region, according to CoinATMRadar.com. What an exciting development for the future of decentralized money in the Monadnock region! To learn more about Bitcoin, visit WeUseCoins.com or drop in to meet the local bitcoin community on the Keene Bitcoin Network facebook group.
Liberty activists are back at the 2014 Cheshire Fair for our third year! In addition to the usual liberty-oriented propaganda, this year’s booth features a bitcoin vending machine! If you haven’t gotten started with bitcoin yet, drop by and we can set you up with a free bitcoin wallet from Blockchain.com and you can fund the wallet with bitcoin via the vending machine at the table.
Like last year, the Shire Society Declaration is available for you to sign and keep, so come on out! The fair runs through this Sunday.
UPDATE 8/1 – Over a hundred Bitcoin flyers have been distributed thus far, bitcoin wallets have been set up, and response from those stopping is very positive. See you at the fair!
Josie Wales and Chris Cantwell talk about Bitcoin to attendees at the 2014 Cheshire Fair
Last night there was a DUI checkpoint in Manchester, NH. Some activists caught wind about the event and created signs to warn drivers to divert their paths. Dozens of activists participated, and probably hundreds of drivers were saved from unwanted interactions with police. Some people handed out “Know Your Rights” cards to passers-by on the street. I took video throughout the night to document this effective activism. One of the highlights of my night was rolling through the traffic stop with James “Robin Hood” Cleaveland. The checkpoint begins 5 minutes into the video. Here’s how it went: