What is this Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency thing you've been hearing about? Find out here. What's in the News with stories on death row, Free State Project crypto news, gun registry, taxation is theft, government cereal regulations, and Starbucks barred from closing stores. Also, a Herding Cats segment on Liberty Forum with a discount code for you, and a Statists Gonna State segment on a charity frozen by the government. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day. Also brought to you by NordVPN, the fastest, easiest to use service to protect your online presence that I've ever seen.

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

Bitcoin is in the news big time right now thanks to its meteoric rise over the last couple of months. But, if you've been listening to this show for any amount of time, you know I've been recommending buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies essentially since the genesis of this show three years ago. The week I started this show, Bitcoin was at $280 per coin. Now it is sitting at nearly $16,000 per coin. This is over a 5600% increase in price in three years. And the highs we've seen very recently are even higher than that. And now, since it's big news all of a sudden, you have some libertarian podcasters acting like they know some shit about it and telling you what cryptocurrencies to buy. These same podcasters have made fun of cryptocurrencies in the past and have never owned a single cryptocurrency until this month. It would be funny if it weren't so sad. I think my crypto-cred is pretty solid. I've been telling you to invest for three years and I've been an investor, and more importantly a user, of cryptocurrencies for many years. Here in New Hampshire, crypto actually has utility in my everyday life, as you'll hear more about in the What's in the News segment later in the show. Hell, even my kids have crypto wallets where they accept crypto for their small businesses. 

I know many of my listeners are already on the crypto train, and I appreciate that. I've had dozens of you use my Coinbase affiliate link to get started in crypto and get a free $10 in Bitcoin for both of us. That link is at thelavaflow.com/coinbase if you're interested. Once you buy $100 in crypto through that link, we both get free money. Pretty cool.

I also know that I have a lot of listeners who still aren't' into cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin yet. Well, like I have said for a long time, the best time to get into Bitcoin was in 2009. The second best time is NOW. This segment will help you with that, I hope. And, I'm more than willing to help anyone out who may have questions or need help with this if you're stuck.

Also, make sure to go to thelavaflow.com/savings to check out Heleum today.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

In the state is deadly news, an Ohio man who became the third U.S. death row inmate in seven decades to survive his own execution filed a new appeal for mercy, arguing that Ohio’s lethal injection protocol constitutes cruel and unusual punishment because one of its drugs may not work properly.

In Free State Project crypto news, Bitcoin.com put out an article detailing six of the world's most Bitcoin-friendly neighborhoods. Number one on the list, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the home of the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe opened and run by two friends of mine, Derrick J. Freeman and Steven Zeiler.

In why we don't want a gun registry news, Hawaii is one of 29 states that allow medical use of marijuana, but it is the only state that requires registration of all firearms. Now, they are using both of these laws to disarm patients who use medical marijuana for their illnesses.  

In the tentacled arms of the IRS news, Meghan Markle May Become a Princess by Marrying Prince Harry, but the IRS Will Want Its Share of the Royal Jewels.

In ridiculous government rules news, Kellogg's has been accused of a “weasly” attempt to get around child obesity sugar rules after re-branding Frosties as an adult cereal to avoid the nanny state telling it how much sugar to use in its products.

In the government owns your business news, an Indiana judge has taken an unusual step and temporarily barred Starbucks from closing 77 failing Teavana stores in Simon Property Group malls because the real estate giant was less able to handle the financial pain.

HERDING CATS

Boy, do I have some news for you about Liberty Forum this year! First of all, I've been asked to moderate two panels of podcasters at Liberty Forum. The first panel will be Jack Spirko from The Survival Podcast, Vin Armani from the Vin Armani show, and Lou Perez from the Unsafe Space podcast. All three of these guys are dynamic podcasters who bring a lot to the table and I expect this to be an amazing panel. 

The second panel I'mm be moderating will be a New Hampshire media panel with New Hampshire podcasters Brian Sovryn from Sovryn Tech, Stephanie Murphy from Sex and Science Hour, Brett Venoitte from School Sucks Podcast, and Tom Hudson from the UpRev Ninja podcast

And, I have a coupon code you can use to save 10% off of your tickets! If you use the code “lava10” at checkout, you will get that 10% off automatically. So, go to nhlibertyforum.com today and use coupon code “lava10” to save 10%!

STATISTS GONNA STATE 

Never, ever expect the government to give a good goddamn about you trying to help others, as a Maryland church found out after they were fined $12,000 for providing shelter to homeless individuals living in the community. 

 

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TEASER INTRO
What is this Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency thing you've been hearing about? Find out here. What's in the News with stories on death row, Free State Project crypto news, gun registry, taxation is theft, government cereal regulations, and Starbucks barred from closing stores. Also, a Herding Cats segment on Liberty Forum with a discount code for you, and a Statists Gonna State segment on a charity frozen by the government. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day. Also brought to you by NordVPN, the fastest, easiest to use service to protect your online presence that I've ever seen.

INTRO 
“Welcome to The LAVA Flow, channeling the flow of information to the Libertarian, Anarcho-capitalist, Voluntaryist, and Agorist community. Find us at thelavaflow.com. Here’s your host, Rodger Paxton.”

Thank you for joining me this week, from the only state in America  where the parks system is completely funded by user fees instead of appropriated funds from the state budget, this is the show that will bring you the people, places, and events that everyone in the liberty revolution needs to know. You can catch me on Twitter @TheLAVAFlowPod.

This is episode seventy-six, How to Get Started in Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency, and it's Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, when there have already been more than 1169 people killed by police this year and the United States Debt Clock shows us at 20 trillion, 608 billion, 500 million dollars in debt. What's Rustling My Jimmies this week? You're about to find out! Let’s Do It To It!

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES
Bitcoin is in the news big time right now thanks to its meteoric rise over the last couple of months. But, if you've been listening to this show for any amount of time, you know I've been recommending buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies essentially since the genesis of this show three years ago. The week I started this show, Bitcoin was at $280 per coin. Now it is sitting at nearly $16,000 per coin. This is over a 5600% increase in price in three years. And the highs we've seen very recently are even higher than that. And now, since it's big news all of a sudden, you have some libertarian podcasters acting like they know some shit about it and telling you what cryptocurrencies to buy. These same podcasters have made fun of cryptocurrencies in the past and have never owned a single cryptocurrency until this month. It would be funny if it weren't so sad. I think my crypto-cred is pretty solid. I've been telling you to invest for three years and I've been an investor, and more importantly a user, of cryptocurrencies for many years. Here in New Hampshire, crypto actually has utility in my everyday life, as you'll hear more about in the What's in the News segment later in the show. Hell, even my kids have crypto wallets where they accept crypto for their small businesses. 

I know many of my listeners are already on the crypto train, and I appreciate that. I've had dozens of you use my Coinbase affiliate link to get started in crypto and get a free $10 in Bitcoin for both of us. That link is at thelavaflow.com/coinbase if you're interested. Once you buy $100 in crypto through that link, we both get free money. Pretty cool.

I also know that I have a lot of listeners who still aren't' into cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin yet. Well, like I have said for a long time, the best time to get into Bitcoin was in 2009. The second best time is NOW. This segment will help you with that, I hope. And, I'm more than willing to help anyone out who may have questions or need help with this if you're stuck.

Now, I am not an investment advisor, and nothing I tell you in this segment should be taken as investment advice. I'm also not an attorney, so please don't take any of this as legal advice either. I will explain to you the coins I own, why I own them, and coins that I think have promise. However, I will not be telling you what you should do. The biggest thing to remember is to never invest money you can't afford to lose. Yes, Bitcoin and other cryptos are worth a lot of money right now, but they can also be worth zero one day. Just look at Venezuela and other fiat currencies, and those are backed by the force of governments. Investing in crypto is risky as fuck. Many people have made millions. Many others have lost tons as well. Be careful. But, if you trust John McAfee, here's what he had to say about Bitcoin recently.

When I predicted Bitcoin at $500,000 by the end of 2020, it used a model that predicted $5,000 at the end of 2017. BTC has accelerated much faster than my model assumptions. I now predict Bircoin at $1 million by the end of 2020. I will still eat my dick if wrong.  

While I'd love to see someone eat their own dick, in my opinion, John McAfee may very well be right.

So what exactly is a cryptocurrency? Simply put, it is a digital currency that uses encryption techniques to regulate the creation of new units of the currency and verify the transfer of funds. By design, most cryptocurrencies are decentralized and completely independent of government or of central banks. Bitcoin was the first of these cryptocurrencies and continues to be the most popular and most expensive of these digital currencies, although there are more than a thousand other types of cryptocurrencies that have come out since Bitcoin was created in 2009.

But what's the big deal about cryptocurrency? Why should you invest in and use these digital currencies instead of using the money backed by your country? There are several reasons. First, cryptocurrencies, for the most part, are fast, secure, and global. You can use it anywhere in the world, to send value almost instantly, nearly for free. Now, some cryptos are experiencing some major increases in the amount it costs to send currency, but that is because they are not dealing with issues in the currency. For example, the amount of money it takes to send Bitcoin has skyrocketed because the Bitcoin network can't handle the number of transactions that are happening. There is a long, detailed reason for this but to simplify it, it is because some people involved in Bitcoin development have decided not to change the code to allow Bitcoin transactions to scale to meet the demand. Many other coins have fixed this problem and are still seeing transfer fees of pennies. So, with many cryptos, you can send as much money as you want to anywhere in the world in seconds for a few cents. Try that with your bank or credit card.

Cryptocurrencies are also not subject to inflation like fiat, or government-backed, money. The total number of bitcoins, for example, are capped at 21 million, which is different than other currencies. As the total number of dollars in circulation rises, this creates inflation. Inflation is where the value of your dollar, for example, decreases over time due to an increasing supply.

But, perhaps the best feature of cryptocurrencies is that the government can't control it without completely shutting down the internet. Because the currency is decentralized, you own it. No central authority has control, and so a government or a bank can’t take it away from you. If you keep your currencies in a digital wallet that you own, those coins are yours and no one can touch it. And, if you do it right, you can make it to where no one even knows you own them. Remember, the government can't tax what it doesn't know about. However, this could turn you into a criminal if Dianne Feinstein has her way. She has introduced S.1241 that would amend the definition of ‘financial institution’ in the United States Code to include digital currencies and digital exchanges. This bill would make criminals out of anyone intentionally concealing ownership or control of a digital currency or digital exchange account. Sounds like a good way to do some civil disobedience to me!

There are other reasons that cryptocurrencies are the wave of the future, but I won't be detailing those in this episode.

I am asked all the time by people what cryptocurrencies they should buy. I will never tell anyone what they should buy. That is completely up to you and your situation. However, I will tell you what I buy, what I own currently, and how you can get started in the coins I use if you decide to.

My current list of crypto holdings includes Dash, Swarm City Tokens, Ethereum, Zencash, Bitcoin Cash, which is different from Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Monero. As I said, Bitcoin Cash is different from Bitcoin, which is sometimes called Bitcoin Core. Bitcoin Cash split off from Bitcoin Core a few months ago because of the scaling issue and rising transaction costs I spoke about earlier. A split like this is called a fork. That's pretty detailed for this show, so if you want more information, Google Bitcoin Fork. Currently, Dash makes up about 80% of my crypto holdings, and it has done really well for me. I bought a bunch of Dash at $7 per coin and those coins have hit a high of as much as $1500 per coin. I hit a 19,000% increase on those coins in a little over a year. Yes, I said 19,000%. In just over a year. I like Dash a lot because it has super low fees for transfers, meaning it can be used to buy anything at anytime for next to no cost securely. The utility of Dash is higher than most coins right now, and the development team behind Dash has huge plans to make Dash much more mainstream.

But, if you've never invested in cryptocurrencies, how can you get started today? I mentioned Coinbase earlier in this segment. The reason for that is because Coinbase is one of the easiest ways to get started. You can add your credit card or bank account to Coinbase and start buying coins very quickly. Coinbase currently sells Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin. There is some noise that they will be adding other cryptocurrencies soon. Using Coinbase, it is easy to convert your current fiat money, like US dollars, into cryptos. And, you can also get a free $10 by using my affiliate link to buy your cryptos. All you have to do is go to http://thelavaflow.com/coinbase and buy at least $100 in crypto, and we both get a free $10. Easy peasy. If you want to get into other cryptos that Coinbase doesn't offer yet, there are a couple of ways you can do that. For example, you can buy a crypto that Coinbase sells and then use a service called ShapeShift at shapeshift.io for a very small fee and convert your current crypto into another crypto. That was how I bought most of my Dash for example. Shapeshift is very easy to use and is very cheap. Use can also use different exchanges than Coinbase. There are dozens of these out there that sell various currencies.

However, buying crypto from exchanges may not be right for you. For example, since exchanges have to meet strict government regulations, there may be some reporting of your purchases to the government. Coinbase, for example, was recently targetted by the IRS since they are the largest exchange. A California federal court has ordered Coinbase to turn over identifying records to the IRS for all users who have bought, sold, sent, or received more than $20,000 through their accounts in a single year between 2013 and 2015. Coinbase estimates that 14,355 users meet the government’s requirements. So, for now, if you're buying less than $20,000 worth, you should be ok. If buying more, you may have to be more creative.

You could buy from friends if you know anyone who is into crypto. Here in New Hampshire, we are very lucky to be surrounded by people who use crypto all the time and a quick post will find people who are buying and selling pretty easily. Another resource is a website called localbitcoins.com. It is essentially like having a Craiglist for crypto buying and selling. There is some risk in meeting strangers when you have cash on you to buy something, but the site does allow for ratings of buyers and sellers to hopefully limit some of that risk. I've never used localbitcoins, but I've heard good things from those who have.

But, you may find cryptos to be too confusing, or you may just not want to take the time to learn everything. That's fine, there is still a way you can invest in cryptos without buying cryptos yourself. There is an excellent app call Heleum (H-E-L-E-U-M) that I personally use and recommend highly. It essentially takes you fiat money and buys cryptocurrencies when they are priced low, then sells them when they are priced high, and does this over and over to bring you some huge gains. I have made really good returns just allowing my money to sit in Heleum without any interaction from me. Heleum is really easy to get started with and really easy to use. You can check it out at thelavaflow.com/savings. I promise you want to check this one out. Again, go to thelavaflow.com/savings to check out Heleum today. You won't regret it

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS
In the state is deadly news, an Ohio man who became the third U.S. death row inmate in seven decades to survive his own execution filed a new appeal for mercy, arguing that Ohio’s lethal injection protocol constitutes cruel and unusual punishment because one of its drugs may not work properly.

Alva Campbell, a 69-year-old man sentenced to death in 1998 for killing 18-year-old Charles Dial in a robbery, had his execution halted about 25 minutes after it was scheduled to start, according to the Associated Press. The execution team, it turned out, couldn’t pinpoint a vein that they could use to inject Campbell with a dosage of lethal drugs. This is not a new issue in Ohio. In 2009, an Ohio execution team made 18 attempts over the course of two hours to find a vein to inject Romell Broom with lethal injection drugs. Then-Gov. Ted Strickland ultimately ordered them to give up. Broom remains on death row, locked in a court battle where he argues that trying to execute him a second time would be unconstitutional.

Campbell’s lawyers write in his latest appeal, evidence “from recent executions demonstrates the disturbing signs that prisoners remain sensate to severe pain, aware, and conscious following injection of 500 mg. of midazolam or more are ‘the rule,’ not ‘the exception." Campbell’s new execution date is June 6, 2019.

Look, we know the state is fallible. We also know that the Innocence Project has to free over 350 innocent men from prison, many of whom were on death row, using DNA evidence. This means that it is a near certainty that several innocent people have been put to death by the state. This is murder, period. The state should not have the power to put people to death, guilty or innocent. If we can't trust the state with our money, our kids, or anything else, why on ea rth would we trust the state to put people to death? End the death penalty!

In Free State Project crypto news, Bitcoin.com put out an article detailing six of the world's most Bitcoin-friendly neighborhoods. Number one on the list, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the home of the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe opened and run by two friends of mine, Derrick J. Freeman and Steven Zeiler. These two have also developed a point of sale system for both Bitcoin and Dash that I highly recommend, called AnyPay.

There's a reason that Portsmouth was selected. It is the heart of the Freecoast area of the state and a hotbed of Free State Project activity, including the home of The Praxeum, a flexible-use liberty meetup space

Tons of liberty activists in the area have been promoting the use of cryptocurrencies for some time, with the opening of the Bitcoin Shoppe being a huge boon to getting more shops in the area to accept crypto. I can take my wife out on the town using nothing but crypto now, thanks to these two. I can take her to eat using Dahs or Bitcoin at Street, a fabulous restaurant in Portsmouth, then we can go to the SeRepertoryeratory Theater where I can pay for tickets in Dash or Bitcoin, as well as stop at the crypto ATM there and but even more crypto. Then, I can take her for drinks at the Liars Bench Beer Co., or we can go to The Fresh Press for organic juice smoothies and more. There are a couple of dozen locations in Portsmouth alone that accept crypto, and the rest of the state has lots of places as well.

Make sure Portsmouth is on your destination list if you want to see crypto in action. It is becoming the premier crypto city in the world, and I am so lucky to live so close to it.

In why we don't want a gun registry news, Hawaii is one of 29 states that allow medical use of marijuana, but it is the only state that requires registration of all firearms. Now, they are using both of these laws to disarm patients who use medical marijuana for their illnesses.  

Some of these patients recently received a letter from Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard, instructing them to turn in their guns.

"Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition," Ballard says in the November 13 letter, which Leafly obtained this week after Russ Belville noted it in his Marijuana Agenda podcast. "If you currently own or have any firearms, you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntarily surrender your firearms, permit, and ammunition to the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) or otherwise transfer ownership. A medical doctor's clearance letter is required for any future firearms applications or return of firearms from HPD evidence."

As authority for disarming medical marijuana users, Ballard cites Section 134-7(a) of Hawaii's Revised Statutes, which says "no person who is a fugitive from justice or is a person prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law shall own, possess, or control any fire arm or ammunition." The relevant federal provision prohibits possession of firearms by anyone who is "an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance." Since federal law does not recognize any legitimate reason for consuming cannabis, all use is unlawful use, as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives makes clear in a boldfaced warning on the form that must be completed by anyone buying a gun from a federally licensed dealer: "The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside."

Thankfully, the Hawaii PD has changed their tune a bit due to a huge amount of criticism and backlash. They say they have stopped telling medical marijuana users to turn in their guns. The Daily Caller says police will return firearms to two patients who surrendered them. The department will continue to deny gun permits to anyone on the state's list of medical marijuana patients. Yes, they've seen the light this time, but this will continue to come up over and over all over the country, I will guarantee you.

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In the tentacled arms of the IRS news, Meghan Markle May Become a Princess by Marrying Prince Harry, but the IRS Will Want Its Share of the Royal Jewels.

Sadly, Ms. Markle is a US citizen. As such she is subject to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). This means that she must report any foreign bank accounts to the IRS every year, if they have more than $10,000 at any point during the year. If Markle and the Prince have any sort of joint bank account, then the IRS gets information about the Prince's finances. It also means that any financial institution that she uses must comply with IRS demands or face serious financial consequences. 

Markle will also be required to pay US taxes on any money she receives in the United Kingdom. The United States and Eritrea are the only countries in the world that tax based on citizenship, rather than residency. That means that even if Markle has no desire to ever live in the United States again, she'd still be subject to US Tax laws, as long as she maintains her US Citizenship. Other countries, sensibly, survive without double taxing their citizens abroad. 

If Markle retains her US Citizenship (which she must for at least 3 years after obtaining UK residency and marrying Harry), then any children born to the marriage will also be US citizens and subject to this. Once they are born, even the Queen herself cannot take away their US citizenship. The US government doesn't allow minors under 16 to renounce citizenship, and minors between 16 and 18 must demonstrate that they are not renouncing due to parental pressure. The US government advises you to wait until you are 18 to renounce.

As one person tweeted, hilariously, "Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the same time? Brits are playing long-ball here, but it's a smart move. They want America back and this is how they'll do it."

You know, people always say that if you don't like the laws of the US, then move. Well, even if you move, the IRS, the tax arm of the US, still wants its pound of flesh for many years after. It's damn near impossible to remove all ties to the country. So, to all those who say "if you don't like it, then leave," and also to the IRS... Fuck you in the neck.

In ridiculous government rules news, Kellogg's has been accused of a "weasly" attempt to get around child obesity sugar rules after re-branding Frosties as an adult cereal to avoid the nanny state telling it how much sugar to use in its products.

From 2020 food brands targeting children with sugary products face being named and shamed by the Government if they fail to reduce the sugar content by 20 percent. But after a trial of "reduced sugar" Frosties that contain 30 percent less sugar flopped, Kellogg's confirmed that it will not reduce the sugar content.  Ahead of the deadline Kellogg's has banned promotions on Frosties, including free toys inside packs, but will keep the Tony the Tiger mascot on the front of boxes for the foreseeable future.

Tam Fry, a spokesman at the National Obesity Forum, said: "Frosties is a Kellogg's classic and they won't want to do anything about that.  At first glance making them an adult cereal appears to be a way of getting around the regulations. It is a bit weasely. But as long as they make the generous concessions to health across the range they should be allowed to keep their classic products. With Frosties if you get rid of the sugar, then you get rid of the product." 

At least this fucking bureaucrat understands the fact that without the sugar, Frosties isn't a product anyone would buy, but the gall of this ass to say, "they should be allowed to keep their classic products." What the actual fuck? Who the fuck does she think she is, deciding who can keep the product of their own labor and investments? 

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In the government owns your business news, an Indiana judge has taken an unusual step and temporarily barred Starbucks from closing 77 failing Teavana stores in Simon Property Group malls because the real estate giant was less able to handle the financial pain.

Starbucks, after trying to turn around its stumbling tea chain, said last August it was pulling the plug on 379 Teavana stores. It wanted to close all the stores by the end of the year. But Indianapolis-based Simon, in an environment where hundreds of stores across the country are closing, rushed to a local court to ask Judge Heather Welch to stop the store closing.

Welch, in a 55-page order, found that the very profitable Starbucks could, get this shit, absorb the financial hit — estimated by Starbucks to be $15 million over five months — better than Simon could. The mall operator did not provide an estimate of how much the closings of the Teavana stores would hurt them.

Welch admitted that “no court has ever entered preliminary or permanent injunctive relief to specifically enforce a continuous operations covenant against a non-anchor tenant” — but she did so anyway.

Wow. If you ever needed proof that nothing you do is out of the reach of government, this is it. You can't even close a store that you own because the government can tell you no. This judge thinks she has the power to do anything she wants because she has the backing of guns wielded by thugs with badges to enforce her every edict. 

In some personal news, as you all know, I've now reached my latest goal of $250 per episode which means I'll be bringing you this show every single week. Thanks for your patience this month as I spool up for this big change in my workflow. It's going to take some time for me to work all the bugs out with this, so bear with me as I start bringing you twice the LAVA Flow that you've been getting for the last three years.

The show will remain relatively unchanged, with the exception that there will be more of it. One thing I do plan to do to help me with some content is run an "ask me anything" segment every couple of weeks where I can answer direct questions from you guys. Not only will this help the show be more interactive, but it will help me bring you the content you want to see. You can help me big time with content by bringing me questions. You'll start to see my AMA threads in two Facebook groups. First, if you're a supporter of the show, you will see it in The FB group called "The LAVA Flow Super Secret Supporters Group." If you're not a supporter, you'll see the thread posted in the FB group named "Pax Libertas Pro Fans (The LAVA Flow, Resist the Empire, Ancap Barbershop)."

Wait, you haven't joined the Pax Libertas Pro Fans page yet? Come on! What are you thinking? Get your ass in the group right away so we can keep in touch. All of the hosts of all Pax Libertas Productions shows are in that group so you can chat us all up anytime. I'll see you in there!

HERDING CATS
Boy, do I have some news for you about Liberty Forum this year! First of all, I've been asked to moderate two panels of podcasters at Liberty Forum. The first panel will be Jack Spirko from The Survival Podcast, Vin Armani from the Vin Armani show, and Lou Perez from the Unsafe Space podcast. All three of these guys are dynamic podcasters who bring a lot to the table and I expect this to be an amazing panel. 

The second panel I'mm be moderating will be a New Hampshire media panel with New Hampshire podcasters Brian Sovryn from Sovryn Tech, Stephanie Murphy from Sex and Science Hour, Brett Venoitte from School Sucks Podcast, and Tom Hudson from the UpRev Ninja podcast. As much as I'm looking forward to the first panel, this one is by far going to be my favorite. Some of my favorite podcasters in the world have agreed to be on this panel for me and I am super stoked about it. I'm so fortunate to be in a place where I can call most of the folks on this panel personal friends.

I'll also be hosting a couple of the off-site dinners this year as well that will be media related. Make sure to attend those if you can.

Liberty Forum is one of my two favorite libertarian events of the year and you don't want to miss it. And, I have a coupon code you can use to save 10% off of your tickets! If you use the code "lava10" at checkout, you will get that 10% off automatically. So, go to nhlibertyforum.com today and use coupon code "lava10" to save 10%!

I really hope to see a bunch of you guys there. I love hanging out with my listeners and supporters at events. If you're there and you see me, please come up to me and say hi!

STATISTS GONNA STATE 
Never, ever expect the government to give a good goddamn about you trying to help others, as a Maryland church found out after they were fined $12,000 for providing shelter to homeless individuals living in the community. 

Over the last several years there has been a crackdown on privately funded charitable efforts, with local governments using food and safety concerns-along with zoning codes to penalize those who are trying to help those less fortunate. Just last month, 4,000 pounds of leftover barbecue from the World Series of BBQ in Kansas City, Missouri was destroyed before it was able to be served at a local homeless shelter. Local health officials claimed that they could not account for the safety of the food, even though the chefs who prepared the meat were world-renowned in their craft. As a result, 3,000 homeless people went without a meal.

In 2014, an elderly man in his 90s was jailed numerous times for feeding the homeless after a city ordinance was passed, forbidding citizens from doing so. While these are just a few examples, both instances demonstrate a pattern of local governments shutting down individuals who were willing to dedicate their time and funds to helping those in need.

The events currently unfolding at the Patapsco United Methodist Church in Maryland follow this same trend of punishing those seeking to do charity work on a private and voluntary scale. For some time now, a handful of homeless community members have been using the church for shelter during the late night hours. Since Maryland winters can be rough, having the church provide this option has been a lifesaver for many who would have otherwise slept out on the street.

For the most part, the church has been able to provide shelter to these homeless individuals without strong opposition from the surrounding community. However, Chester Bartko, whose property line lies just behind the church, has insisted that the church put an end to providing shelter to those with nowhere else to go. Yep, you heard this right, this is all because of some NIMBY fucking busybody wants to put their nose all up in someone else's property, and use the force of government to do so .

Bartko, the fucking busybody, who has repeatedly alerted local officials to the church’s actions, believes that the homeless should be seeking assistance elsewhere. “The county and state has facilities for homeless people. They shouldn’t be here living like this,” Bartko told local reporters. Yeah, because the state does a good job at anything. Give me a fucking break.

Since the church does not have the  proper permit which would allow these homeless visitors to reside there overnight, the city is demanding that the church pay a $12,000 fine by the end of December.

Reverend Grover is beside herself now that she is unable to continue helping the homeless in the way she chooses. “This is the business that we conduct carrying for the least, the last and the lost, and the best we can do right now is let them take refuge,” she said. “I had one woman say this is the only place she felt safe to lay her head down to sleep at night because she has no place else to go. It’s an issue with no real good solution, but we as a church believe that Christ has called us to serve the least, the last, and the lost.”

In times of economic uncertainty, communities should empower churches and other private organizations to give as much as they are willing to give. By creating criminals out of do-gooders, and then sending those in need back to into the state’s arms, we are not doing anything to strengthen our communities, we are only harming our communities. The state should never be involved in the voluntary exchanges between two individuals, ever. There is never an excuse for force to be added to a voluntary exchange, and the state is nothing but force.

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