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May 06, 2014, 12:57:03 AM
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So believe it or not, I am a pretty politically opinionated bastard. I got to thinking, one thing really pisses me off: the drug war.

I really, truly believe if people could be made to understand just what has happened over the past few generations, I feel it would make them mad too. I have little skill in persuasive writing, I have no skill in video or art. I do have ideas and a few bitcoin that I could afford to spend. I am willing to put up 3 bitcoin, which I was thinking of breaking up 1.5 to the winner, and splitting the rest between two runners up. It seems to me that would be a decent prize for people who make videos on their own.

Anyway, I wanted to bounce some ideas off this forum and try to flesh out the details so I can get this rolling.

I am not entirely sure what parameters to put on the video. Suitable for wide distribution on sites like youtube, maybe 3ish to 5ish minutes. Something that informs, something that exposes, something that writes the narrative rather than accepting the one that has been pushed on us. Something that makes the case before the jury that the prohibitionists are the real criminals and the real threat to liberty and civility.

I feel a topic punch list should be provided to give some guidance, I am open to suggestions

The bigger question is logistics. I kind of like the idea of publishing a bitcoin address with the prize purse as a token for people to see and know I at least control as much coin as I claim (say by publishing the address before making the deposit) but also, in case anyone else sees this and thinks they might like to sweeten the pot. Hell, if it shows enough interest, maybe more of these contests could happen?

Of course, I know how crazy it would be for anyone to trust that, I would be wary. This sounds like something I should use an escrow service to handle just for the trust issues?

I would love to see this be a success and maybe pave the way to get more ideas out there; as there are more of us with opinions and coin than the ability to really express ourselves, and my personal stash will only go so far; but,  I am tired of just being mad and having people see that and think I am crazy, I want them to be shown what makes me so crazy. I want them to know whose policies so clearly lead to the result of giving half the people in burn units a financial reason to end up there....and put the blame where it belongs....with the people who started the violence and who drove the lucrative drug markets into the hands of psychopaths.

Is a 3 month deadline for submissions a good time horizon? Is it unrealistic to ask people to cite verifiable sources so that they can be fact checked to prevent choosing videos that misinform? Maybe a first round with public comment where videos might even be re-submittable for a period so factual issues could be ironed out and someone doesn't get disqualified over using something from one dubious source.

The goal is to both run a fair contest and produce a quality message that might turn some heads.  It is an idea I have been kicking around for a while; any suggestions? Things I should look out for?
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May 06, 2014, 01:15:06 AM
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I like your idea and would certainly throw in a few extra satoshi.
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