RLS 47 – Fair Weather Activists

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Rob and Shire Dude hit the digital radio waves this past week on LRN.FM recapping the latest 420 rally in Concord. Other topics discussed on the show include the art of live streaming, the next pub crawl in Manch, Keene vs Manch Karaoke, the start of our THC cleanse, DUI checkpoint season, Artsy Fartsy party, Morgan Spurlock documentary crew in the Shire, LRN.FM in Africa, bitcoin hair cuts, Shire Dude’s upcoming trial, the Lizzie Closely story, and what the future holds for the Rebel LOVE Show.

Keene T-Shirt Maker, “The Mountain” to Accept Bitcoin!

Three Wolf Moon

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.

Parking Rate/Fine Increase Proposal Tabled By Committee

Parking Meter Fail Good news!  The Keene Sentinel’s Martha Shanahan has a comprehensive article up describing last night’s FOP committee meeting where all five city councilors on the committee voted to table further discussion on the proposed parking fine & rate increases indefinitely, apparently.

I wouldn’t expect to see this back on the table until after the council election this fall.  Thank you to Dorrie O’Meara and the good people who signed her petition as well as the courageous business owners in downtown who spoke out against this.

Of course, no city councilor really seems to know what to do about parking, though the answer is simple:  turn over ownership of all spaces to the property owners adjacent to them.  Then, let the property owners decide on their own the best way to handle the situation.  The big lots could also be sold to the highest bidder.  Then, the city’s parking department could be abolished entirely.

Further, there has been much discussion in town about a panhandling ordinance, that were it to be enacted, would violate free speech and be struck down at great cost to the city’s taxpayers.  However, if you take my parking suggestion to the next logical step, and also cede the sidewalks to the private property owners adjacent to them, that turns them into private property and if a private property owner doesn’t want panhandlers, it’s fully within the owner’s rights to have them removed.

Private property solves parking issues and panhandling issues.  I wonder if any city councilor is brave enough to suggest it?

New Forum & Commenting Software!

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!

RLS 46: Tech Therapy

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Stephanie Murphy & Brian Sovryn join us in studio this week. As per usual we go into life issues. Stephanie opens up the show with dating site activism. From there, other topics discussed include recent Manch activism including the Rebel Love Pub Crawl, talking podcast shop, the studio’s origin story, the return of Porc Therapy?, the need for different types of liberty content, Stephanie’s desire for tit pics, podcast groupies, sci-fi tv geek out, balding, Telegram app for encrypted group chats, and we almost kill Stephanie. As bonus content after the LRN feed, we go in depth with Stephanie and Brian about our polyamory life styles. The Rebel Love Show airs every Tuesday night at 10 p.m. EST on LRN.FM

New & Improved Bitcoin Vending Machine Launches in Keene!

Lamassu BVM

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.