Monthly Archives: February 2015

U.S. to auction 50,000 more bitcoins from Dread Pirate Roberts

What strange times we live in when the U.S. government is involved in the business of Bitcoin.

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Want to be the next Dread Pirate Roberts? You can get started by buying 50,000 bitcoins once owned by Ross Ulbricht (aka the Dread Pirate), who is awaiting sentencing on a litany of charges related to his operation of the Silk Road, a defunct drug marketplace.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that it would hold its next civil forfeiture auction on March 5 from 8am to to 2pm EST. The bitcoins will be auctioned off in 10 blocks of 2,000 bitcoins and 10 blocks of 3,000 bitcoins.

This will be the third such bitcoin auction. The first took place last June when Venture Capitalist Tim Draper bought approximately 30,000 bitcoins seized from the Silk Road, and was followed by another one in December in which a consortium of bitcoin investors bought another stash of 50,000 bitcoins once belonging to Ulbricht.

The new auction comes as the price of bitcoin has fallen precipitously…

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My Adoption Story. Full Version.

One of the best accounts of what it is like for adopted people I have ever read.

Stepping Stones

I was born on November 22, 1975, downtown, St. Louis, Missouri at City Hospital. My mother currently had two twin children from a previous marriage she was trying to raise on a single, small income. Even though family helped out as much as they could, she did not want to further complicate the situation and add another burden or stress to the family and felt she could not provide for another child. So, before she could be found out by family that she was pregnant with me, she went to the nearest Lutheran Family and Children services (being Lutheran herself) early in her pregnancy and filled out adoption papers for me to be placed at the time of her giving birth.

Around 6 months, she made a home remedy to try to start labor contractions. I believe she was also wanting to be able to keep her job and not…

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