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3281  Economy / Services / Re: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (.org, et al. registered to raise $1M USD) on: November 13, 2013, 08:24:06 PM
And I really don't find Rassah to be all that trustworthy in an endeavor such as this.  Atheists typically don't do this sort of work (it's more often Christians who are unselfish), so I have to admit it's a strange choice for me to be sure.

That's a joke, right?


Personally, I'm really skeptical about this (give it a probability of 20%). Also, now that I know what this fund is for and how much it may hold, I'll have to create this vanity address on something other than Windows. Plus, do we really need a vanity address?

Where is Pinkie Pie when she's needed?  Grin

20%? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJNpxvdqd_o

We don't really need a vanity address, but any tiny edge could go a long way, especially when seen in press releases.

~TMIBTCITW
3282  Economy / Services / Re: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (.org, et al. registered to raise $1M USD) on: November 13, 2013, 07:34:27 PM
Well, if you want to ensure that 90% of your funds do not go to the Philippines, then donate to the Red Cross.

And I really don't find Rassah to be all that trustworthy in an endeavor such as this.  Atheists typically don't do this sort of work (it's more often Christians who are unselfish), so I have to admit it's a strange choice for me to be sure.

You made me laugh. Religion haven't got anything to do with selfishness. Just because the religions have a loud propaganda it doesn't mean they operate that way or that normal people are selfish.


I support this initiative.  Please take the religious views to another thread and keep this one on topic.

Thank you, doof.

FWIW,...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freethought

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Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds opinions should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, rather than authority, tradition, or other dogmas. The cognitive application of freethought is known as "freethinking", and practitioners of freethought are known as "freethinkers".

We all have different belief systems, and that shouldn't enter into the equation as to whom does what, or to where the endowment goes, albeit any religious organization is probably outta the question.

That said, there are Baptist who wouldn't donate to any Catholic causes, and versǽ visa.

To echo doof's post, we can take any religious concerns pertaining to this endeavor to another thread of which any member is welcome to open. This is not meant to diss ANY fellow Bitcoiner who has any concerns on this delicate issue.

~TMIBTCITW
3283  Economy / Services / Re: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (.org, et al. registered to raise $1M USD) on: November 13, 2013, 07:17:57 PM
Donate to World Food Programme, ultimately the best course of action is to physically volunteer over there, if you can.

I'll use Post #2 of this thread to list the various NPOs suggested so that they can be all viewed in one place. Thank you kindly, LiLeilei, for your input.

~TMIBTCITW
3284  Economy / Services / Re: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (.org, et al. registered to raise $1M USD) on: November 13, 2013, 07:09:12 PM
Before I address the recent posts, I want to state that I've redacted the original Bitcoin wallet address since we can expect a dedicated wallet hashed by that atheist  Wink Rassah shortly. Zero bitcoins were donated to it while it was available.

~TMIBTCITW
3285  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: COINBASE IS A BUNCH OF THIEVES. on: November 13, 2013, 06:24:37 PM
Sure, when price goes up rapidly it is a high risk for them. Transaction takes 3 days, and I guess price and their bitcoin reserves may change significantly during this time. It is highly probable that they will not be able to fulfill your order in this case. I guess, they prefer not to risk under this circumstances.
The situation you describe is a prop trading house.   a broker does not have that risk because he takes your order and executes it immediately and either takes a commission or makes money on a spread basis.

As I understand, they don't have your money. They need to transfer you money from your bank first then they give you bitcoins. But the price is set when you place a buy order, not when your money is transferred to their bank. I don't know why they do it this way.


Some people clam that that's exactly what Coinabul does. Not defending, nor elsewise, Coinbase, I think it's a good practice to have the rate set in stone oppose to having it fluctuate, up or down, during the settlement of funds process.
3286  Other / Off-topic / Re: there are auditions, and then THERE ARE AUDITIONS! on: November 13, 2013, 09:36:58 AM
I'll tell you what! This girl's worth a million bitcoins. Now look what she did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX5YAr0kBEc
3287  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoins to the phillipines on: November 13, 2013, 09:02:30 AM
Lets aid the phillipine people together. get ourselves in the news, show bitcoin in a good light. Bitcoin gets there the fastest and from citizens of the world. Lets show them how a crypto currency can bring the people from all over the world united to help a cause together. Lets send a few thousand there way as a sign of support.

A few thousand? https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=332561.0

3288  Economy / Services / Re: Philippines bitcoin address on: November 13, 2013, 08:49:55 AM
Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

As stated in the OP of the following thread, I meant to do this yesterday, as Rassah could verify: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=332561.0
3289  Economy / Services / Re: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (.org, et al. registered to raise $1M USD) on: November 13, 2013, 08:45:18 AM
Sounds cool but too risky IMO.

Personally I think people are better off donating directly to the charities themselves instead of rounding up funds and passing them around. More steps = more chances it will be lost, stolen or sent to the wrong place.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/11/11/philippines_typhoon_how_to_donate_to_typhoon_haiyan_relief_efforts.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/10/help-typhoon-haiyan-relief-effort

About as risky as http://bitcoin100.org/ 's wallet https://blockchain.info/address/1BTC1oo1J3MEt5SFj74ZBcF2Mk97Aah4ac  ?

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No. Transactions   356   

Total Received   $ 582,496.22   

Final Balance   $ 54,776.99
3290  Economy / Auctions / Re: (AUCTION) $100 USD in Free Ad Credit via AdWords on: November 13, 2013, 08:25:43 AM
FTW! Only one bid? I know people that would pay twice as much of that sole bid.  Roll Eyes
3291  Economy / Auctions / Re: (AUCTION) $100 USD in Free Ad Credit via AdWords on: November 13, 2013, 08:25:17 AM
FTW! Only one bid? I know people that would pay twice as much that sole bid.  Roll Eyes
3292  Economy / Services / Re: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (.org, et al. registered to raise $1M USD) on: November 13, 2013, 08:03:39 AM
Consider using http://www.charitynavigator.org/ when evaluating NPOs as to which one(s) would be most deserving for the $1M endowment.

Feedback from Dabs as to which NPOs may qualify, since he lives in the Philippines, will be most welcome.
3293  Economy / Services / Re: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (.org, et al. registered to raise $1M USD) on: November 13, 2013, 07:00:29 AM
List of NPOs suggested by bitcoiners for consideration of the $1M USD endowment via bitcoin donations:


Please make me aware if any of the links above needs amending.
3294  Economy / Services / Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (.org, et al. registered to raise $1M USD) on: November 13, 2013, 07:00:16 AM
<Mods: Not seeking any latitude this time regarding this thread staying in this section. If a better place exists, earn your keep and put it there.  Wink Thank you in advance.>

EDIT: The following is the official Bitcoin vanity wallet address: 1THRF26KAsDDLh1JyWB5Hbm5mYgN6LwZt

My intent was to do this yesterday, but wanted a vanity address to go along with it, hence requesting of Rassah to hash one.

I just registered typhoonhaiyanrelieffund.org, along with the .com, .net and .info to eliminate as much as possible somebody coming along and hijacking visitors, diverting them from the main domain. I'll redirect those other three to the .org site once it's up and running.

It will be hosted at Host Gator and built with Wordpress, unless The Bitcoin Foundation feels they're best suited and up to the task to take over this venerable endeavor, opting to host it elsewhere utilizing a different CMS.

EDIT: Please note that the following is no longer relevant, but opted to use a smaller font size oppose to striking through or editing out the entire text. As seen above, the official Bitcoin address is 1THRF26KAsDDLh1JyWB5Hbm5mYgN6LwZt. Note the firstbits 1THRF, of which is nothing special but does give it a nice touch, at least that was my intent.

The temporary Bitcoin wallet address that'll be use until Rassah creates a vanity wallet is 1Jhre(redacted)F4t. (address redacted at 12:58 PM (CST) on 11-13-13, prior to penning the post now available toward the bottom of this OP, when it contained $0.0 USD/0.0 BTC)

The Bitcoin wallet address above was created through blockchain.info and I'm the only one that has access to it. Once Rassah hashes a new wallet, all funds in the above wallet WILL be transferred to the vanity address of which ONLY Rassah and Roger Ver will have access to it. I WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS! Any and all donations to the discontinued wallet in the future after it served its purpose will also be transferred to the yet to be created vanity address.

With the exception of this post, the above address WILL NOT be published elsewhere by me. I will later strikethrough the above address and add a statement after it consisting of, in no uncertain terms, "This address is no longer valid and should not be used for any ongoing or future causes." I simply wanted a Bitcoin address in place now to get the ball a rollin'.

That said, only donate to the above address if you trust me, otherwise wait to donate to the vanity address created by Rassah, probably one of the few people that can totally be trusted in the Bitcoin community. There shouldn't be any issues concerning Roger Ver also having the private key to the yet to be hashed Bitcoin vanity address.


What's the goal? To garner ONLY $1M USD via Bitcoin. It'll be the largest, let alone fastest, amount of bitcoins donated, to date, intended for an NPO, in this case to help with their relief efforts due to the disaster in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

What's the timeframe? ONLY 30 days to reach the goal, then have it all transferred to an NPO(s) by Christmas (2013).

Where will the funds go once the goal is reached? To The Bitcoin Foundation.

Are they aware of this? NO! But they will be once somebody there reads this thread.

Why them? Because they're a trusted enough Bitcoin entity that WILL make sure the million dollars reaches its intended NPO(s), among other reasons.

Which NPO will be receiving this wonderful endowment? This aspect is 100% open for discussion.

Can it be divided among more than one NPO? Most certainly, if that be the case but, ideally, one lump sum to a single NPO may be a better option and something that should be strongly considered. Personally, I would love to have BitPay process another $1M USD transaction, this time sans a fee, thus giving Bitcoin that much more exposure. A rising tide analogy comes to mind, don't you think?

Does, or will, the NPO have to accept bitcoin donation on their site to earn this endowment? NO, albeit they will/should be gently asked.

Why not? Because the lucky recipiate may have reservations about Bitcoin, for whatever reason(s), but they may be deemed most worthy of receiving the $1M USD endowment.

What if I don't like, or trust, you or Roger Ver or The Bitcoin Foundation? Then we won't let you pet the goat.  Grin

And we should trust Rassah because...? Furry avatar and https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=trust;u=20203.

How will we know if The Bitcoin Foundation via BitPay (hopefully) truly sent the endowment to the NPO(s)? The burden of proof will solely be on them to provide undeniable proof that such did occur. This aspect could, and should, be discussed as well in this thread.

What are the chances of the $1M USD goal being reached? I'll place it at around 75-80%.

Media exposure? Mega, once the site is up, the vanity address is generated, and The Bitcoin Foundation is fully behind it.

Besides Bitcoin, can donations be giving via other means? Not directly to Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, but others may amass donations via other means, then convert their local currency to bitcoins.

Is Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund a 501(c)3 organization? No! But, if that needs to be the case, and is preferred, and can be accomplished in such a short timeframe, then I'm willing to foot the cost to have such in place. This aspect is definitely opened for discussion. Seeing that this may gain major media exposure, it may be prudent to have it in place, in which case I would seek help from the legal department arm of The Bitcoin Foundation.

Will you be tracking each and every donation like you've done so in the past? No, because the task would be too overwhelming. But, I will, as always, thank each and every person who donates via this thread. The first 100 businesses that donate, I will construct a sign showcasing its name, whereupon it will be on display during Thanksgiving at Satoshi Forest, an endeavor to feed the local homeless in Pensacola, Florida: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=329396.0

How do you continue to come up with these great ideas? Because I'm TMIBTCITW.

I may add more information in the form of EDITS to this OP if such is warranted. Feel free to ask questions and express your concerns.

Thank you in advance, all.

Bruno Kucinskas a.k.a. TMIBTCITW

EDIT:

Before I address the recent posts, I want to state that I've redacted the original Bitcoin wallet address since we can expect a dedicated wallet hashed by that atheist  Wink Rassah shortly. Zero bitcoins were donated to it while it was available.

~TMIBTCITW
3295  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Ask charities if they accept bitcoin on: November 13, 2013, 04:28:07 AM
After seeing the tragedy unfolding in the Philippines over the last couple of days, I felt the need to donate to a disaster relief charity here in UK (http://www.dec.org.uk/appeals/philippines-typhoon-appeal).

I was pleasantly surprised that the charity accepts donations via PayPal, which led me to send an email to them to ask whether they had considered accepting BTC too.  It then struck me that if a charity were to receive lots of similar requests, they could begin to consider it as a means of receiving donations.  After all, charities are pretty hard up these days and are always looking for innovative ways of raising money.  BTC seems absolutely perfect for charitable giving/receiving, especially across international borders: no transaction fees = more money straight to the charity.

Then, with my speculative hat on Tongue I figured that if a big name charity were to begin to accept BTC it could generate lots of positive publicity ("Oxfam accepts Bitcoin", etc).

Let us all bombard household name charities with requests for them to accept BTC (obviously, you must be willing to donate something too!).

Unless I'm mistaken, Oxfam doesn't accept bitcoins, but maybe one of their subsidiaries do.

http://www.oxfam.org/en/search/apachesolr_search/bitcoin

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I have something in the works, but been waiting for Rassah to generate a vanity bitcoin address before I announce it. The endeavor's a tad grandiose, but obtainable, I believe, nonetheless.

Stay tuned.

~TMIBTCITW
3296  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: TradeFortress - Full Verifiable Dox - Possible scammer on: November 13, 2013, 03:37:55 AM
You invest in Bitcoin because you don't like the government interfering. Then you cry havoc when TF doesn't report the theft to the, that's right, GOVERNMENT.

 Huh People are investing in bitcoin for profit. Actually many if not most of the people here want some sort of official regulation around bitcoins as a step to become mainstream.

Yeah, only after the fact that an enormous amount of fraud is taking place. Before that, regulation was every one here's enemy. Comes back to my initial statement that a lot of people here are incredibly ignorant of how the world works, and thought that regulation was a terrible thing when in fact it is the only thing that is capable of preventing a lot people from getting scammed. You guys change your stances to suit your impulsive needs at the time. Just like you are now vigilantes targeting TF, without any kind of solid proof but rather a bunch of circumstantial conspiracy theories.

Fyi, scammers don't go on the radio after scamming a million bucks. They disappear and never pop their heads up again.

Some opt to go on national television (FF to last minute of this long video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeR4jS_IO7Y
3297  Economy / Services / Re: Feed Some Children by Dabs (Donate Bitcoins) 420 meals so far! on: November 12, 2013, 10:08:24 PM
You seem credible. And that you could win over Phinnaeus Gage seems a feat in itself.  However, I still have a question or two. But do want to help the poor/needy affected by the hurricane/typhoon.

When are you going to post photos of the goods you received? Would you post a photo of you picking up the goods for distribution? All the photos you've posted so far are professional news or of pre-hurricane conditions. Taking photos at your eye level (vantage point) will significantly reduce questions, and get more people to helping.

From the OP:
How it works:
1. You send at least 0.01 BTC to the donation address.
2. I wait until it reaches 1640 PHP (fiat equivalent.) *edit* I will probably wait until there is at least a whole bitcoin, regardless of exchange rate.
3. I change the BTC to PHP through local traders here.
4. I buy and donate 1 bag of VitaMeal.
5. I take a picture of the bag, and the receipt, post here.
6. Go back to step 1.


A photo of you WITH the bag would be even better. Preferably at the pick-up center. Don't delay. I'm probably not the only one that wants to give, especially now.

Also, is the address you gave for donations ONLY used for this project of yours? Is it located in a separate wallet than a personal wallet? Can you prove each contribution was used for meals?

How much does it cost for one 50 meals (or is that bags) measured in US dollars or Philippine pesos? It would be best to donate in increments of 50 meals to maximize Nu Skin's matching program.

You mentioned using local traders. How quickly can you exchange and how close can you trade to market prices?

Last question. How targeted are you giving these meals or is a relief organization doing this for you? I've so far read the people of Tacloban were hit severely. I know the storm was wide, but I'm not sure how much of the Phillipines received such a degree of devastation. Those hit hardest by the storm are most in need. [Just read in your post above: "Most of the fatalities were from Eastern Visayas, from the central part of the Philippines."]. Please, don't take offense, I'm sure you're competent. But I'd like a bit more reason to know any donation is helping where most needed.

"Survivors at city airport said they have not eaten in more than a day"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2501471/Philippines-Typhoon-Haiyan-Soldiers-hold-desperate-Filipinos-trying-escape-typhoon-ravaged-region.html


I'm sure Dabs will do everything possible to address all your concerns in a professional manner. If not, I'll kick his ass.  Grin

But, that's not what I came here for.

Hey Dabs, I need any Bitcoin business you may be related to so that I can post it here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=329396.msg3533934#msg3533934 It's a gift from GrabHive.

~TMIBTCITW
3298  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Pilgrim Kālua (theme): First Thanksgiving at Satoshi Forest on: November 12, 2013, 10:01:54 PM
Hey Phin, please give our advertising space to some other Bitcoin-oriented non-profit or cause.

Maybe Dabs would appreciate that for example:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=300631.0;all

(He'd have to make something)

No problem whatsoever, bud. I will take care of it and honor your request.
3299  Other / Off-topic / Re: What should I have to eat? on: November 12, 2013, 06:14:46 PM
3300  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: First Thanksgiving a la Kālua in Satoshi Forest (seeking a tad support) on: November 12, 2013, 05:54:15 PM
Mad bump!  Grin

Nobody puts the Thanksgiving in Satoshi Forest thread on the second page of this section.

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