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So .. Roger Ver, the Bitcoin Jesus, just got his (first?) death threat (http://tinyurl.com/rogerreply). I knew this day would come. He just posted an outstanding bounty of 37.6 BTC for whoever provides the authorities with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the criminal making these threats. Roger, we are all with you, and I pray and hope nothing bad will happen to your or your family. I will also take this chance to post an identical preemptive bounty on myself:
MY BOUNTY FOLLOWS:
While this post is standing on my site – ripper234.com, I hereby offer an outstanding bounty of 37.6 BTC (currently about 25,000 USD) for whoever provides concrete evidence that will lead to the apprehension (by a ‘legal authority’), trial and conviction of any individual or group that make similar death threat or other criminal offence against me, my family, or my friends. I pray and hope such a day would never happen, and that this post always remain just a deterrent. I wish you all peace, love, and a wonderful day.
P.S As someone pointed out to me, this post actually incentives people to send me death threats if the value they attach to 37.6 BTC is greater than the penalty. The purpose of this post is to deter “real” death threats and serious crimes. So – I will amend the bounty conditions – the bounty will only be paid if I deem the death threat or crime “real”, and/or causing a monetary damage of at least 37.6 BTC. E.g., if someone actually plots to steal my scooter which is worth about 3K USD, and then an accomplice “reveals him”, I won’t pay 37.6 BTC for a 3K USD scooter. I hope you get my drift. I will be the final judge of “how real the criminal intent is”.
P.S.S Yes, the threat that Roger received might be a fake one. I don’t know, and I don’t want to find out whether a death threat I receive is real or not. As a public figure in the Bitcoin space, I want to make sure any such death threats are never made, and that bad people stay the fuck away. I realize that posting this post may be perceived as a taunt or drawing fire … but the truth of the matter is that I’m drawing enough fire as it is. I’m a public figure in the Bitcoin space, and I have had paranoias about similar threats targeting me for a while. This post is aimed at making sure these paranoias never become real. Some people would say this post actually serves the opposite purpose. I respectfully disagree. References: