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July 10, 2012, 01:56:06 AM
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I was just reading this Yahoo! article titled "With 'freedom' in fashion, is libertarianism back?".

It starts out by saying it's not about Ron Paul, but then goes on to talk about how it looked like a Ron Paul rally at a conservative gathering on primary night in Nevada. It says all different people are starting to come together under the common thread of freedom.

Then it mentions FreedomFest where "thousands will converge on the Las Vegas Strip" for the event July 11 to 14th. FreedomFest began in 2002 and 850 people attended. Last year there were 2,400. I'm thinking this year there will be at least double, possibly even near 10,000 people.

The idea to give Bitcoin exposure at FreedomFest came up here in 2011:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2588.0

Some ideas were tossed out, but it doesn't look like much came of it.

Of course things have changed up to now, and I think this year should be different! Thoughts?

http://www.freedomfest.com

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FreedomFest 2012: What to Expect

Once a year thousands of freedom lovers from around the world gather together to learn, network, discuss, debate and celebrate liberty – or what’s left of it!

Join us July 12 – 14, 2012 for over 200 sessions on politics, the economy, philosophy, history, geo-political events, finance & investments, science & technology, art & literature, healthy living, music, religion, you name it.   There’s definitely something for everyone!
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July 10, 2012, 07:09:50 AM
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Interesting...

Important: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=92424.0;all

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July 10, 2012, 01:59:09 PM
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Very good point, FreedomFest attendees in my experience tend to have deeper pockets than say the Free State Project crowd... maybe the BitInstant crew will find the time and funds to make the event?

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July 10, 2012, 02:02:34 PM
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Get some businesses there accepting it. Show people coming for this event how it works, how easy it is to use. I imagine there's going to be a lot of talking and people attending will be overflowing with new information, so if you want people to remember it you have to do something a bit remarkable.

Showing people that you can buy chips with bitcoins anonymously, or a nice dinner, or some crappy "what happens in..." t-shirts will go a long way towards making it stick in their minds.

Don't just go and talk to folks. Show them. That helped a lot at PorcFest.

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July 10, 2012, 02:37:32 PM
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Agreed! It would be really great if we could have Bitcoin as well represented at FreedomFest as it was at this year's Porcfest. I saw this note from the 2010 event: "The American Eagle Silver Dollar became the official symbol of FreedomFest." Hmm, I wonder if anyone can think of an even better symbol to adopt at this year's event? Wink BTW, any plans for an "official" Bitcoin presence at PaulFest in Tampa? That seems like another great opportunity to spread the word.
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July 11, 2012, 03:29:32 PM
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Okay, FreedomFest starts today!

We don't have any Bitcoin plans? Not even simple flyers with bullet points comparing Bitcoins virtue to silver/gold Eagle coins? And directing them to WeUseCoins.org?

Don't we have any bitcoiners in Vegas that could hand out flyers?

Regarding PaulFest in Tampa, I think we should try for that too, but it probably won't be near as big. Ron Paul said he won't be speaking there.
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July 17, 2012, 07:50:31 AM
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Trace Mayer of HowToVanish.com attended, and got a little publicity:

 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB30alf2smw

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July 17, 2012, 01:01:47 PM
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Trace Mayer of HowToVanish.com attended, and got a little publicity:

 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB30alf2smw

That's an excellent video, perhaps deserving one of the top three all time best description of Bitcoin videos currently available.

I so have one concern though. He stated in the video that he's known about, or been involved with, Bitcoin for three years, yet...(linked)

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July 17, 2012, 01:26:16 PM
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I so have one concern though. He stated in the video that he's known about, or been involved with, Bitcoin for three years, yet... "I first learned about it in October and wrote about it 17 January 2011"

He's bending the truth, but he probably rationalizes it like this:

Oct-Dec 2010 = one year (2010)
All of 2011 = one year (2011)
2012 so far = one year (2012)
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July 17, 2012, 01:38:58 PM
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I so have one concern though. He stated in the video that he's known about, or been involved with, Bitcoin for three years, yet... "I first learned about it in October and wrote about it 17 January 2011"

He's bending the truth, but he probably rationalizes it like this:

Oct-Dec 2010 = one year (2010)
All of 2011 = one year (2011)
2012 so far = one year (2012)

That does make sense, and in no way was I dissing him. I like this guy. Articulative. Knows his shit about Bitcoin.

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