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1  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 07, 2011, 04:44:30 AM
That is actually sound advice. Should be sticky in Mining
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 07, 2011, 03:02:37 AM
This is bad.  This is an image we have to shake, by any means necessary.

What means do you propose? What is your aim? Merely to "shake this image", or to prevent some individuals from using Bitcoin to perform the types of transactions which gives us this image?

If a large enough people think that violence should be used against some Bitcoin users, and doing so will "shake this image", do you support using such violence?

You know damned well what my aim is.  As long as the word "bitcoin" is associated with "drug money" and "laundering" it will be impossible to sell it to the united states populace, and therefore impossible to squeeze the powers that be into accepting it as a valid form of exchange that doesn't need to be obliterated by any means necessary.

Your anarchistic fantasy of unstoppable free trade can't last, because unless bitcoin graduates from the back-alley territory it is in, the value of the bitcoin will be annihilated when uncle sam drops the hammer on using it for illegal goods.  Bitcoins HAVE to be traded for goods and services in great numbers and in broad daylight, and this crap is hindering that.

Edit:  I propose we retrofit the DEA to break down people's doors and rough them up a bit, you know, really step on their civil liberties.  Maybe fire off a couple rounds into their Corgis for absolutely no reason.  That'll do the job, as per your specification.

Edit of the edit:  Wait.  That's what the DEA already orchestrates, in a way.  I guess we're good to go as is!

For some reason, I was compelled to google* "DEA raid corgi" and I found out this actually happens. They just "Bang" shoot your dog, based on the SUSPICION of you being involved in something illegal. How exactly is this innocent until proven guilty?

Just came to mind, lets say that you are mining bitcoins and consuming unreal amounts of electricity and "non-existent" thermal scans show a incredible amount of heat in his living room. DEA gets warrant based on "you has pot farm, supar seckret sources tells me so". DEA breaks through your front door and finds your dog, of course, because they have a warrant, they shoot it. They then find out there is not a single illegal substance anywhere to be found in your house. What happens now?
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 07, 2011, 02:49:22 AM
Reason for the throwaway account is I like to keep my internet alias' unrelated to my real identity (being a minor, people don't take you seriously if they know your a kid).

I've got to say dude, you're the first bitcoin minor I've seen, but not the first bitcoin miner Cheesy

Smiley . I know of a number of other people who are minors and who openly proclaim so, and then I'm certain there are others like myself, who wish to pretend to be an adult so people don't freak out when we are doing 3-4 digit (left of decimal) trades (I understand why they would freak out 100% too, as hypocritical as it sounds, I wouldn't knowingly do large transactions with a minor).
4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 06, 2011, 11:59:10 PM
It'll be a fun ride for us in the US, assuming we pick the right moment to step off the train before it wrecks.

Bitcoins will proliferate elsewhere, and it will creep back here one day, when our country realizes that unless it competes with the countries utilizing this superior currency, it will straggle and die off as a world power.

6/6/2011
Name : Me
Place : USA

6/6/2012/2013
Name : Me
Place : Not USA
5  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 06, 2011, 11:52:53 PM
lol at this rate, we are doomed. but at least it's a amusing read.
6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 06, 2011, 09:30:06 PM
This is bad.  This is an image we have to shake, by any means necessary.

What means do you propose? What is your aim? Merely to "shake this image", or to prevent some individuals from using Bitcoin to perform the types of transactions which gives us this image?

If a large enough people think that violence should be used against some Bitcoin users, and doing so will "shake this image", do you support using such violence?

Back, but only for a moment then I'm out again.

Of course not, but you bring up a good point here, we need to start choosing our words carefully to be explicitly clear of our intentions as to prevent any ill interpretations of anything we say.
7  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 06, 2011, 09:01:24 PM
lol @ cyber bullying presentation in college Cheesy

Psh. You'd be surprised. Some colleges, particularly private ones of a religious nature, treat their students more patronizingly than the high schools they come from. I have a friend who went to a private Christian college in Portland, OR where men and women were not allowed in each other's living quarters except for one hour a week, and that under supervision. And I've heard of colleges in the south where things are even worse. So... yeah. Sadly it may not be all that far-fetched.

Oh my. I am surprised, though I guess I shouldn't be, it could have been guessed.

I'll be back in a couple hours, I need to take care of a couple of things.
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 06, 2011, 08:50:20 PM
lol @ cyber bullying presentation in college Cheesy I hope to god that college students have learned that the internet is a giant circle jerk and not to take anything seriously, if not, than instead of campaigning to prevent cyber bullying, we should campaign to teach people that randoms "internet-toughies" say "mean things" on the internet, and to grow up.

Also, on my real account I do just pretend to be in college whenever asked. It's simple, and it doesn't effect anybody

Lol basically I'm just protecting my real account's e-peen (more or less).
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 06, 2011, 08:32:06 PM
You can't convince her. She probably believes a regulated, state-approved currency is the only way to go. She can't imagine a common man having so much power over his labor, which Bitcoin provides.

She's a politician. It would be political suicide to back something like this, I imagine. The Federalists certainly wouldn't approve, at any rate.

Reason for the throwaway account is I like to keep my internet alias' unrelated to my real identity (being a minor, people don't take you seriously if they know your a kid).

I am amused that you state your reason for using a throwaway account while simultaneously negating that reason.


Well of course she couldn't "back" it, its just that if there is a chance to shake that horribly incorrect title, then I'd like to try and jump on it. I don't want to be known as a "criminal" because I want to avoid paying corporations (not government) for doing something that I could do myself for free. I have nothing against paying taxes.

EDIT: Lol, Just realized what you actually meant. I found it hard to avoid the fact that I spoke with her at a school related event. Thats why I included that little bit.

Basically, I could care less if people don't believe me (again throwaway w/ no proof of the convo). I just wanted to let people know that it happened and wanted to report roughly how the convo went, without having my minority attached to my real account.

That is all.
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 06, 2011, 08:14:16 PM
You can't convince her. She probably believes a regulated, state-approved currency is the only way to go.

She isn't a bad person AFAIK, and does have people in mind AFAIK, but again, I'm just a kid (when I proclaim this, I tend to abuse this).

My relative who is a friend of hers is very liberal and he supports her more than he supports any other elected official from what I've seen, I believe he met her through helping her campaign back when she was first trying, but I could be wrong, might have been before/later.
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Write a Congressperson! (My letter to Ron Paul) on: June 06, 2011, 08:11:36 PM
can you write to a congressperson, even if you are not a US citizen? will they listen?

They'll listen to a non-citizen just as well as they listen to a citizen.

I loled.

I spoke to Loretta Sanchez today in person (details in this thread http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=12723.0 )
12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 06, 2011, 08:10:19 PM
My thoughts exactly, I didn't like reading "Online money laundering currency" I was very angry when I first read that.

She didn't give me any response on her feelings towards bitcoins, but hopefully it will all work out okay.
13  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / So I spoke with Loretta Sanchez today about bitcoins... on: June 06, 2011, 07:49:43 PM
Reason for the throwaway account is I like to keep my internet alias' unrelated to my real identity (being a minor, people don't take you seriously if they know your a kid).

She was at my school talking about cyber bullying being a problem (highschool) and made reference to her being one of the main people involved in internet related events and bitcoin popped into mind, so after the presentation I went up to speak with her.

I introduced myself, and told her that I am related to a (good? idk) friend of hers. She recognized the name of the person I made reference to and seemed "small world" kind of happy.

I proceeded to bring up bitcoin and there was a immediate shift in facial expression, so this confirmed that she is well aware of bitcoin (as I expected).

I told her that as I'm sure she saw, a bit of bad publicity hit bitcoin and it was dubbed a "online money laundering currency" and "drug trafficking agent". I told her that this is not the aim of bitcoin, I told her that if you where to read on the home forum, it is ever abundantly clear that the aim of bitcoin is to take away some of the MASSIVE power from the banks and reduce fees associated with it, I said her how recently I made a international transaction on paypal and they took a ludicrous fee for doing virtually nothing, which she agreed that it was indeed a ridiculous fee.

I went back to the titles "online money laundering currency" and "drug trafficking agent", I said that granted, bitcoin can be used for such things, but so can cash and almost anything else (i.e : insurance, gold, silver, etc etc).

I'll try and follow up with her about this though, or ask my relative to do so if I can convince him so.
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