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April 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting 4/28/14 Phone meeting Attending: Carla, Rich, Varrin, Jody, Seamas, Sharon, Aaron

  1. President's Report
  2. Events: PorcFest update; LF14 Wrap up
  3. Policies & Procedures
  4. 2014 Budget
  5. 501c3 Status
  6. Other business?

  7. President’s report, sent by email prior to the meeting: PorcFest: Current sales: 604 adult, 106 kids, 55 Agora Valley sites filled, less than 20 AV sites left. Bimonthly newsletter “PorcFest Prickler” will begin this week, edited by Sandy Pierre.

Theme: DIY with focus less on “speakers,” and more on DIY/ community building.

Program: Patrick Byrne from Overstock.com is Saturday night keynote. In discussion with others for Friday night keynote. Lots of good class submissions. Great children’s events lined up, being spearheaded by Melanie & Richard Gibson, with a $1,000 donation from an attendee. Cook-off is very popular, so added Brunchfest--need more people to cook & buy tickets. Daily gun safety classes to be taught by Tony Lekas, SAS, and Shaolin Rifleworks. Private security to be provided by Church of the Sword.

At only 4.4%, the New Hampshire Unemployment Rate is Head and Shoulders Above the Nation

Low unemployment rate New Hampshire

The New Hampshire unemployment rate has fallen every month in 2014. April was no different. The preliminary April unemployment rate is 4.4%, a drop from the March rate of 4.5%.

New Hampshire Employment Security issued a press release with the news.

Seasonally adjusted estimates for April 2014 placed the number of employed residents at 714,640, an increase of 2,200 from the previous month and an increase of 10,770 from April 2013. The number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,160 over-the-month to 32,740. This was 6,290 fewer unemployed than in April 2013. From March 2014 to April 2014, the total labor force increased by 1,040 to 747,380. This was an increase of 4,480 from April 2013.

The March numbers for the four largest metros in New Hampshire: PORTSMOUTH, NH-ME MetroNECTA 3.9%; ROCHESTER-DOVER, NH-ME MetroNECTA 4.3%; MANCHESTER, NH MetroNECTA 4.4%; NASHUA, NH-MA NECTA DIVISION 4.9%

See more detailed New Hampshire employment data at New Hampshire Freedom.

The Statement of Intent Isn't a Promise

Why doesn't every libertarian sign up for the Free State Project? For some, deep local connections to family or friends make it difficult or undesirable to move, and I don't wish to see them uprooted: society trumps politics every time. But for many, the issue is being unable to promise confidently to move to New Hampshire within six or seven years. This short essay is for these people.

The Free State Project's Statement of Intent isn't a promise. It begins, "I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the state of New Hampshire." What does "solemn intent" mean? Let's look at the word "intent" first.

In normal usage, "intend" and "intent" convey something weaker than a promise. "I intended to go, but something came up." Here, the speaker isn't admitting to breaking a promise; instead, he's simply noting that he meant to pursue a particular course of action, but unforeseen circumstances changed his mind. When you intend to do something, you admit it might not be possible, but you think it will be.

Aeon Magazine: A Libertarian Utopia

"This is the thing, ultimately, that seems to bring people to the Free State Project. They become libertarians because they hate taxes, or fear a police state, or distrust collusion between the state and corporate power. But they move to New Hampshire because they want, more than any of these things, to build something new together."

Read Livia Gershon's full take on the Free State Project at Aeon Magazine.

New Hampshire Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5%, US Unemployment Rate Stuck at 6.7% Since December

Month after month, the New Hampshire unemployment rate is dropping.

While the size of the New Hampshire labor market increases month after month, the unemployment rate continues to fall. While the US unemployment rate remains stagnant at 6.7%, there is a clear trend developing in New Hampshire. Jobs, job and more jobs! New Hampshire continues to have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the East. The only Eastern state with a lower unemployment rate is Vermont at 3.4%. The unemployment rate is 5.9% in Maine and 6.3% in Massachusetts, the only other states that border New Hampshire. See more detailed New Hampshire employment data at New Hampshire Freedom.

10 Best Places to Live in NH

Movoto Real Estate recently published a report about the best places to live in New Hampshire.

"Who has great maple syrup and even greater seafood? Who has purple lupine in bloom every spring and a blanket of snow on the ground for skiing every winter? Who knew that the very first place to declare independence from England all those years ago would still be such a happening place today? If you haven’t figured out who we’re talking about yet, here’s a spoiler: it’s the great state of New Hampshire." See their top ranked spots...

Legends of the Porcupine

blue porcupine

...Where else has this prickly but adorable creature been used as a symbol? Well, as early as 1394, Louis I, Duke of Orléans established the chivalric Order of the Porcupine, proclaiming himself Grand Master and bestowing this honor upon loyal knights who would wear “a tortil of three gold chains, at the end of which a gold porcupine hung on a green-enamelled flowered terrace”. The motto of the order was « Cominus et eminus » (“From close and from far”). Kind of like Porcupines in New Hampshire!!

Meanwhile, across the Channel, a blue porcupine was used as the heraldic symbol of the Sidney family. Sir Philip Sidney, poet and soldier of Penshurst in Kent, inherited the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, and placed his mark above its doors. Note that the hospital is not actually a medical establishment; the word “hospital” is used in the medieval sense of a charitable institution for the old and infirm. This establishment has served as a retirement home for ex-servicemen for centuries.... read more at Sovereign Sandy

Free Staters Featured in The New Yorker

From The New Yorker: "By 2011, the brothers had heard about Bitcoin, the digital currency produced through a computerized process called 'mining,' known for its ability to facilitate anonymous online transactions. Bitcoins are generally unregulated, a fact that appealed to the Harveys, who were fed up with the government’s role in their business. They began accepting bitcoins at their store. In December, 2011, they decided to move to the United States. They settled in New Hampshire, a popular destination for Bitcoin-loving advocates of small government." Read more...

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