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1  General Category / General Discussion / Bitcoin ATMs on: July 05, 2013, 06:20:59 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqEdBCKFPAo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqEdBCKFPAo</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUYN_cboQjI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUYN_cboQjI</a>
2  General Category / General Discussion / Freedom through Law? on: June 22, 2013, 10:57:09 PM
Freedom through Law?

Below is a news article about a town which has mandated that all new buildings be built with solar panels. While I have no doubt that many here will see this act as just another example of the innate evil of government, I am conflicted over this issue, even though I consider myself a voluntaryist.

On one hand, this is the government mandating that individuals use a certain category (renewable) of electrical generation or pay a fine. This clearly violates the Non-Aggression Principle as the threat of violence (in the form of fines) is used against individuals.

However, on the other hand, this legislation, and others like it, will further the independence of this town; in this case, from the electrical companies. I am a huge advocate for self-sufficiency and while it does step on some toes, in the long run, it will create a town that is not reliant on government-funded energy companies for their electricity. Imagine if the town no longer consumed outside fuel, electricity, food, water.....the people would begin to question the need for a government at all.

Ultimately, the question is: Should the government be used to destroy itself?

Link: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130507/ARTICLES/130509624
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Food Forest on: June 22, 2013, 10:39:13 PM

The real problem is that they do not want to! 

If someone comes by every day and hands everyone on your block $250 as long as they continue to spend it and not work, how many would bother to work?  The same kind of problem is happening in most countries the USA claims to be helping.  The government workers basically have nothing to do, but get paid huge amounts of money.  The money destroys the local economy as people become reliant on easy money and imports, rather than local industry.  When the money ends, a lot of people in the world will be hurting. 

What you say is sad, but true. However, I will do everything within my power to not only obtain self-sufficiency for myself, but for anyone else who will listen. It is my opinion that we voluntaryists should strive to not only liberate ourselves, but others as well, through food and energy independence.
4  General Category / Lounge / Re: Literature Pirate on: June 16, 2013, 07:29:02 PM
So, what would you (or anyone else) say is the best e-reader to get?

-Amazon Kindle
-Barnes & Nobles Nook
-Kobo Glo
-Sony Reader PRS-T2
5  General Category / Lounge / Re: Seasteading on: June 16, 2013, 07:25:57 PM
Maybe this country will look into seasteading?
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2QUx-8siLw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2QUx-8siLw</a>
6  General Category / Lounge / Re: Literature Pirate on: June 14, 2013, 11:52:44 PM
Question: If an individual were to pirate ebooks, which e-reader(s) don't use DRM, a cloud interface verification process, and can support a file type that is readily available on the internet.
7  General Category / Lounge / Literature Pirate on: June 14, 2013, 06:42:01 PM

"I cannot live without books"--Thomas Jefferson

While I absolutely love history, growing up, I was never too quite fond of reading.  I always preferred to watch educational television or films. However, about a year ago, I just started to get into reading with the help of, Earth Abides and Foundation, which I highly recommend. Both of these books I acquired from a local used book store, however, there selection is limited and many of the books they sell are quite literally falling apart.

However, after taking a stroll through the pirate bay, I noticed they have quite a selection of many written works, even those that are out of print. Most of these are uploaded in .PDF format.

Question: Which e-reader is best for reading .PDF format books?
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Food Forest on: June 14, 2013, 01:52:00 PM
Unfortunately you just linked some of the most expensive ways to produce food due to all the equipment that goes with it, and for many people an unreliable, noisy type of wind generator.

While I will agree the aquaponics and hydroponics have a high initial cost, once they are up and running, they can be configured to have a maintenance cost of zero. Also, I would personally never rely solely on any one method of food production or power generation. Diversification and the ability to change is the best way to survive. Those links I posted were merely a handful of the many ways individuals can grow their own food and generate their own power. For power generation, some other great ways are waterwheels and solar panels.

Small Scale Hydro-Electric
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Iq0b2jwyw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Iq0b2jwyw</a>
Solar Panels
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouLa4Ftu3O8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouLa4Ftu3O8</a>

But since you seem to have problems with these methods, what do you suggest? What way should an individual grow their own food and generate their own power? 
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Food Forest on: June 12, 2013, 06:08:31 PM
....Besides IIRC Food Not Bombs is associated with stopping GOVERNMENT spending on and production of weapons of war, for purposes of war.

I know, I was just trying to keep the mood of the thread, which is to create life, not destroy it. Through self-sufficiency, freedom can be achieved. Over 50 million people in the United States are on some sort of government assistance (ie: welfare, food stamps, etc.) Imagine if just 1% of those people (500,000) were to be become self-sufficient by growing their own food, either through food forests, hydroponics, or aquaponics, and if they generated their own electricity. If individuals can become self-sufficient, they will no longer be reliant on the government for their most basic necessities. Not only that, but if great multitudes of people generate their own power, grow their own food, and collect their own water, 3 of the world's largest industries (energy, food, and water), who are also 3 of the world's largest consumers of government subsidies, will be eliminated.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5tnHfikb64" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5tnHfikb64</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBspR2p0YYM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBspR2p0YYM</a>
Power Generation
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH8lzTz23XE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH8lzTz23XE</a>
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Food Forest on: June 10, 2013, 11:08:41 PM
You know...urine and explosives....And then you have urea nitrate. Smiley

Make Food, Not Bombs!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epui86fqmLg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epui86fqmLg</a>
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Food Forest on: June 08, 2013, 09:04:46 PM
It looks like another food forest is being constructed, this time in Seattle. What is interesting about this food forest is that it is built by and for the local community. It is a good example of voluntaryism in action. Different people coming together by their own will and working together.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUVqCpxVKl8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUVqCpxVKl8</a>

It will be interesting to see what happens with this food forest. I have a suspicion that someone will injure themselves or be injured by a wild animal, sue the city, and have it torn down. Or, due to the tragedy of the commons, people will take cart fulls and sell it on the side for a profit. Or maybe, someone will plant a few 'special plants' and law enforcement will come in and torch the place. 
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Liberty Reserve on: June 06, 2013, 08:58:11 PM
Russia Today story about the shutdown of Liberty Reserve and its impact on Bitcoin:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaxTcIcauCI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaxTcIcauCI</a>
13  General Category / General Discussion / Japan and 'Abenomics' on: May 31, 2013, 03:23:35 PM
It seems that like many other industrialized nations, the Japanese government has attempted to mitigate the effects of the economic recession of 2008 through economic manipulation. These policies, nicknamed 'Abenomics' after the Prime Minister, "...involve raising public spending and easing monetary policy by an unprecedented extent to stimulate demand and investment, along with reforms aimed at making Japanese business more competitive."

While everyone here will probably agree that these policies will ultimately fail, how long do you think it will keep Japan afloat? When will their economy bust? Will this bubble cause Japan to experience an even worse economic disaster than if they hadn't used artificial stimulation?

News about Abenomics:
1) The Economic Times
2) The San Francisco Chronicle
3) The Telegraph

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBUngqBWZ10" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBUngqBWZ10</a>
The Economist
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KGie-Nk-jk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KGie-Nk-jk</a>
14  General Category / General Discussion / Liberty Reserve on: May 29, 2013, 01:43:23 PM
The War on Virtual Currency Has Begun!

Some Articles:
1) Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323855804578511121238052256.html
2) Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2013/05/29/after-liberty-reserve-shut-down-is-bitcoin-next/
3) New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/nyregion/liberty-reserve-operators-accused-of-money-laundering.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Some Videos:
Al Jazeera
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=verywoSD1_w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=verywoSD1_w</a>
France 24
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_aaGIXRwzs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_aaGIXRwzs</a>
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Looking for Talent on: May 29, 2013, 12:15:52 AM
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