Legally accept Bitcoin donations for any political campaign in the U.S.

Bitcoin for political campaign donations is a no brainer, and Bitcoinbuilder seems to have made the go-to platform. So many small transactions are nearly zeroed out by the cost of credit card transaction fees. ¬†Here’s hoping the Bitcoin donation system for Super PACs is just around the corner ūüėČ

Here’s the minimum information required for a donation for Jeremy Hansen‘s campaign:

 

 

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Bitcoin and Morality

Bitcoin ‚ÄĒ¬†a currency by most measures ‚ÄĒ is consistently framed as ‘amoral.’ Let‚Äôs think about why currencies are not compatible with morality.

An unethical or amoral use for a unit of exchange says nothing about the unit, and everything about the user. Those who don’t understand Bitcoin seem to think its¬†uses¬†make it good or bad. Cash, silver, gold, diamonds & bitcoins: These are units of value that can be used to purchase things no matter how the larger society perceives them.

The fact that you can buy drugs, guns, and assasinations, with Bitcoins is indisputable. Bitcoin was not built for the narrow purpose to purchase ‘illicit’ things. Teddy bears, maple syrup and beef jerky are all for sale. It was built to be a secure network of exchange, secured by the computing power of its participants. Sure, Bitcoin’s creator endowed its very DNA with an offhanded critique of our current banking system, but Bitcoin is at its core lacking an ethical or moral position.

I can’t blame¬†Gawker headlines¬†for this persistent problem when it comes to the common man’s perception of Bitcoin. The currency is scary once you get know it. Let me introduce you to a world using Bitcoin:

Transactions can be anonymous (1). Sending money from neighbor to neighbor or Alaska to Istanbul is instantaneous and free (2). Money can be stored with a memorized passphrase, or stored on paper in a vault (3). Only complete disconnection from the Internet can stop a transaction from occurring or disrupt the network (4).

This seems pretty liberating to say the least. But of course, with all disruptive technologies, one can forsee problems.

Can you see why I want Bitcoin to be understood correctly, free of moral relativism? It is a unique unit of value built for the Internet age which has been derided since the beginning. Placing a moral judgement upon what is essentially an open source algorithm is like calling a tomato evil. Learn more about Bitcoin here.

“What is true for you is true for you, and what is true for me is true for me.” –¬†Protagoras

Notes:

  1. There are numerous mixing services.
  2. The double spend problem is real, but difficult to perform (read more). After 6 confirmations (usually after a few minutes) a transaction of coins from point to point can be reasonably trusted. See the comments for more discussion on this. A technical explanation.
  3. See Brainwallet. Pick a long, memorable phrase, and use that to generate a private and public key (this is printable).
  4.  The nodes, miners, and clients spread across the world make Bitcoin the largest distributed computing project ever. Ever.

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Proposition 37 Dunk Tank at the Heirloom Seed Exposition

One of my favorite things from my visit yesterday at the Heirloom Seed Exposition was this dunk tank, where kids flung balls at a rowdy man who represented the Monsanto Devil. Proposition 37 would require that GMO foods be labelled, and California is leading the way in this legislation that Europe has long ago decided was important. Unfortunately, $23 million from large corporations would want to keep things the way things are.

This is worth a watch to get up to speed on what the Food Industry is working on:


 

Motoi Yamamoto “Floating Garden” Saltworks at LMU

On view now at the Laband Art Gallery at LMU in Los Angeles:

Yamamoto forged a connection to salt while mourning the death of his sister, at the age of twenty-four, from brain cancer and began to create art out of the element in an effort to preserve his memories of her. Salt, a traditional symbol for purification and mourning in Japanese culture is used in funeral rituals and by sumo wrestlers before matches. It is frequently placed in small piles at the entrance to restaurants and other businesses to ward off evil spirits and to attract benevolent ones. Yamamoto’s art radiates an intense beauty and tranquility, but also conveys something ineffable, painful, and endless.

Exhibition organized by the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. This exhibition and its programming are made possible by the College of Communication and Fine Arts, LMU Theatre Arts program, LMU Music Department, William H. Hannon Library, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, MGS Architecture, and Moon & Associates. The salt was generously donated by Morton Salt (Newark, CA).

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First four photos by Paul Morgan

Last by Justin Lai: day one at the Laband Art Gallery, LMU