Adventure at Porcfest XI, Part IV

This is the Bitcoin Not Bombs store. They sell Bitcoin-related attire- mostly T-shirts and badges. I took a photo of this shop at night after the shopkeeper had already called it a day. He just left his stuff there overnight. Why? Because that's just the culture of Porcfest! People are comfortable leaving their stuff there.

This is the Bitcoin Not Bombs store. They sell Bitcoin-related attire- mostly T-shirts and badges. I took a photo of this shop at night after the shopkeeper had already called it a day. He just left his stuff there overnight. Why? Because that’s just the culture of Porcfest! People are comfortable leaving their stuff there.

Lots of pro-freedom stuff was for sale. Stickers, badges, buttons. One of the shops had hemp-based food. Isn’t it a shame that selling stuff with hemp is a sign of rebellion?

What was going on here? What does it mean? The Dome was a closed-off section of PorcFest, who knows...

What was going on here? What does it mean? The Dome was a closed-off section of PorcFest, who knows…

The campsites were all connected by chains of asphalt path. Chalking was quite prevalent. There were hopscotches and fun drawings. People also took advantage of the asphalt for practical and informative purposes, as indicated by the photo on the left.

Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of running the Silk Road.

Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of running the Silk Road.

One of the panels titled “The Impact of the Silk Road Case on 21st Century Law”. The speaker explained why her son’s trial will be very important. That is, once the trial actually happens. He has been locked up since last October. The prosecutor claimed that he should remain locked up because he is “dangerous”, even though he is not charged with the commission of any kind of violent crime. The government is either dishonest or they don’t know how technology works (or a some mix of both). The allegations made against Ross and the statutes he is charged with violating do not match. Lyn explained this during the speech quite thoroughly.

Lyn Ulbricht handed out "Free Ross" flyers to PorcFest attendees. They had QR codes on them that contained the Free Ross Bitcoin address for his defense fund.

Lyn Ulbricht handed out “Free Ross” flyers to PorcFest attendees. They had QR codes on them that contained the Free Ross Bitcoin address for his defense fund. (photo by Tennyson McCalla)

If the creator of Silk Road can be locked up because of the activities that are occurring on his site, then, potentially anyone can be sent to prison because of things that users on doing on their sites. If the creator of Silk Road can be convicted of money laundering, then potentially anyone can be accused of money laundering if they are running a website in which Bitcoin is used as a medium of exchange. In addition, the legal definition of what constitutes money could be revised, because the IRS has ruled that Bitcoin is not money (Bitcoin is money in the real world, but in “legal land” it’s not).

Lyn claims that she is not wealthy and thus has had good reason to request donations. This case is important. She said that if everyone at Porcfest donated a small amount of Bitcoin, they might have enough to reach their donation goal. You will see the address to send donations by going to freeross.org

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