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FSP President Wins Case: Right to Film at Traffic Stops Established

From the Union Leader: Individuals have a right to film police during traffic stops, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday in a 2010 case filed by Free State Project President Carla Gericke against Weare police.

Even so, police may impose limits on the public's right to film when circumstances justify them, Judge Kermit V. Lipez ruled. Such situations include the need to maintain safety and control, particularly during traffic stops, which can be "especially fraught with danger to police officers."

"It was clearly established at the time of the stop that the First Amendment right to film police carrying out their duties in public, including a traffic stop, remains unfettered if no reasonable restriction is imposed or in place," Lipez wrote in his 21-page decision. The ruling upheld a Concord federal court decision that denied Weare police officers' claim that they were entitled to "qualified immunity'' in charging Gericke with illegal wiretapping during the March 24, 2010, traffic stop. Read more...

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...

Sugar Shack

maple products made in New Hampshire

...I had visited a “sugar shack”, as they’re called, once before several years ago, but I was particularly excited about this event because it advertised “Maple chili, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and Biscuits with Maple butter”. I swore to myself that, to honor the cultural traditions of my adopted Yankee home, I would eat ALL THE THINGS.

This particular sugar shack is actually on my own block, if you can call the long, winding, rutted, frost-heaved (and that’s just the paved parts) series of roads I had to traverse through the rustic town of Twin Peaks to get to it “circling the block”. But basically, if I just took every right turn, I did get there, and afterwards wound up back at my own driveway, so… it was around the block. On the way there, I stopped at the country store on the corner and bought some local raw milk and local fresh eggs. After almost ten years in New Hampshire, it still blows my mind that this is my life now. I mean that in a good way. :-) ...

read more at SovereignSandy.com

Why YOU Should Move to NH

The crew at 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire have successfully raised $5,000 for their Indiegogo campaign--4 days early. This is testament to the community's commitment to get this documentary done. Kudos all round! Enjoy this promo video where early movers and FSP supporters talk about why liberty lovers should be flocking to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. Join the most exciting, effective mass migration movement for more liberty in the world. Curious to learn more? Attend the Porcupine Freedom Festival, June 22-29, 2014 in Lancaster, NH. Buy your tickets today.

Bitcoin Magazine's Take On Liberty Forum

I browsed the Internet and filed away stories of nanobreweries and porcupine quill crowns, and stumbled into a Facebook group dedicated to the Liberty Forum. The most noticeable pattern in the Facebook posts was the amount of people driving in from out of town. Several conference attendees were driving in from South Carolina, Michigan and other locations outside of New Hampshire. Others were members of the press, with requests being posted for Ben Swann’s journalists who would need a ride from Logan Airport.

Read more, including an interview with Carla Gericke, at bitcoinmagazine.com.

  • Mar 8 2014 

New Hampshire's Unemployment Rate Drops Below 5%

The New Hampshire Unemployment Rate is Dropping

According to New Hampshire Employment Security, New Hampshire's unemployment rate is now below 5%. The January 2014 unemployment rate is 4.9%. For months now, New Hampshire has had the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the East. The only Eastern state with an unemployment rate lower than New Hampshire is border state Vermont, which scores low on liberty metrics. See more detailed New Hampshire employment data at New Hampshire Freedom.

Looking for a job in New Hampshire? There are lots of helpful resources linked to in the Free State Project Forum. Specifically, this post. Check out the upcoming New Hampshire job fairs. If you are on Facebook, consider joining the FSP Job Alert page, for job listings and general support from the Porcupine community. Happy hunting!

Blockchain Weighs in on Liberty Forum

Do you think of yourself as a voluntarist, anarchist or libertarian? If you do, chances are you attended last week’s 2014 New Hampshire Liberty Forum in Nashua. Blockchain was proud to be the Rearden sponsor of the event this year, where nearly 500 people attended to mingle, learn more about freedom and why it is so important to ask questions. Read more at Blockchain...

February 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Crowne Plaza Hotel, after Liberty Forum

Meeting called to order 9:13am
Attending: Carla, Varrin, Aaron (left at 10am), Seamas, Jody, Sharon, Rich (on skype)

Agenda:
1. Liberty Forum
2. 501c3
3. Budget

Liberty Forum. Record ticket sales. VIP tickets work well; expenses matched revenues; Discovery Channel, New Yorker, and other media channels were here. We also had favorable local press. We invited speakers outside the traditional liberty circles, reaching into other demographics, and it was very well received. A tweet-up started the conference, and people were tweeting throughout the Forum. The conference organization team was great. People liked the magazine-style program. There were a lot of first time people attending. Attendees will be asked for feedback via an online survey. We don’t have final numbers for attendance yet, but one good indication was that the parking lot was sometimes full. In order to grow the conference, we’re exploring alternatives for next year.

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