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Cryptocurrency Featured at Liberty Forum

The Free State Project (FSP) announced recently an exclusive partnership with Milford-based cryptocurrency startup ziftrCOIN for FSP’s annual Liberty Forum event that takes place March 5-8 in Manchester.

ziftrCOIN is an innovative new altcoin designed to bring on board the next 10 million cryptocurrency users. Ziftr, the company behind ziftrCOIN, has designed a suite of tools to make cryptocurrency highly accessible and easily adoptable for both consumers and merchants. These tools include ziftrPAY, a secure API that enables merchants to accept Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, ziftrCOIN and other popular altcoins in addition to credit cards; ziftrWALLET, a multicoin digital wallet, and ziftrSHOP, an online marketplace where consumers can shop their favorite online merchants and pay using cryptocurrency or credit cards. Each ziftrCOIN will have a $1 minimum redemption value when spent within Ziftr’s retailer network.

Early Mover Inspires Ska-Punk Band

California-based ska band Warehouse One released a new track called "Victimless Crime Spree." In a tweet, the band says: "Title stolen from/inspired by @derrickjme." Derrick J is an FSP early mover who starred in the embedded documentary about his activism in Keene, NH. Whether you love the movie or not, Derrick's actions and film inspired others to make protest art, and this is a good thing. As Aldous Huxley, author of A Brave New World, states at the start of "Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree": "The... creative life of man is ultimately impossible without a considerable measure of individual freedom." To listen to Warehouse One's new track, which calls out the emerging police state (NSFW), and to read more, visit The Free Thought Project.

Packing Heat: Not Just for Men

There is a growing trend in New Hampshire: More women are learning to shoot and arming themselves. “When the government started talking about gun control," said Dan Gebers, president of the Major Waldron Sportsmen’s Association and a Dover police officer, "There was a major influx in [female] membership, young and old.” Several FSP early movers, and founding members of the Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire, are quoted in the Seacoast Online article. Photo credit: Foster's Daily Democrat front page. (They ran a story about this trend over the weekend as well.)

Uber City: Portsmouth, NH

In an unprecedented move, the taxi commission for Portsmouth, NH, voted unanimously to ask the City Council to eliminate all taxi medallions and end city inspections and the regulation of taxi fares in order to level the playing field between regulated taxis and Uber rides. Said Lt. Chris Cummings, the Portsmouth Police Department’s liaison with the Taxi Commission: “I guess it’s going to come down to what consumers want to do.” Indeed. Read more at the New York Post, which has dubbed Portsmouth, NH, home of the FSP early mover initiative the FreeCoast, "Uber City." For more coverage, see Seacoast Online. Photo credit: Christopher Sadowski

Bitcoin for Taxes and Fees? Only in NH

New Hampshire is known as a libertarian hot spot, and the Bitcoin community here is strong. Read about the rich connections between Bitcoin and the Free State Project here. Now, Republican Representative Eric Schleien has introduced a bill, with bipartisan support, that would mandate the state treasurer to “develop an implementation plan for the state to accept bitcoin as payment for taxes and fees [by 2017]." Read more about the proposed bill at PanAm Post. Full text of bill. Photo credit: Bitcoin Magazine

Police Body Cam Bill Introduced

NH leads the charge again. This time, a new bill that will require state police officers to wear and use cameras during interactions with the public. Says the bill's prime sponsor, Rep. Kyle Tasker: "As much as I like police accountability, this is more about re-establishing that trust. Instead of having a ‘he said, she said’ situation, you have a neutral, very objective witness to what goes on." Read more at the Concord Monitor.

FreeCoast Festival 2014 Highlights

On top of the FSP's Liberty Forum and the Porcupine Freedom Festival, early movers have been organizing their own liberty-oriented events to highlight different regions and approaches to more "Liberty in Our Lifetime." Watch the clip for highlights from the 1st Annual FreeCoast Festival, held in Fall 2014 in Portsmouth and NewMarket, which focused on radical entrepreneurship.

5 Fast Facts About Porcupines

The Porcupine is the FSP's mascot--and liberty lovers within the state of New Hampshire call themselves "Porcs"--because these peaceful creatures just want to be left alone, and, on the flip side, you don't want to mess with them. National Geographic shares some fun fast facts about these fascinating creatures. Read more. Photo credit: HARRISE HARRIS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

Snowball Fight!

When life hands you snow... make snowballs! The east coast was recently hit by what was hyped as the Snowpocalypse of 2015. In typcial "have snow, will have fun" fashion, residents of Portsmouth, NH, made the most of the blizzard. The giant snowball fight was promoted through social media, and around 1PM, the melee broke out in the town square. After the fun, participants went to a bar to warm up and share their experiences. Read more at Mail Online. Photo credit: Youtube.

NH Proposes Bill to End Police Militarization

In NH, folks don't just complain about police militarization, they do something about it. Over the past few years, in several towns across the state, concerned NH residents have fought the acquisition of BEARCATS, garnering national and international media attention in the process. Now, once again, NH leads the charge with a bipartisan bill aimed at stopping local police from receiving military grade weapons. Want to be part of the solution? Join the FSP!

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