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This just in from Christopher David, FSP early mover and civil disobedience activist who has continued to drive for Uber in the City of Portsmouth, despite the city council's ban. You can read more about the background to his story here.
Portsmouth has a warrant out for my arrest.
Officer Andre Wassouf -- the police officer from THIS VIDEO -- called me two weeks ago to inform me that I may be guilty of a class B felony for posting this audio recording of the bouncer (even though I was on a public road, in my car, and he was on a public sidewalk with no expectation of privacy). Bouncer called the police about it, and Wassouf said he would check to see if the bouncer wanted to press charges; if so, he would call back when a warrant was done. Wassouf recently called again to inform me that he has completed my ARREST WARRANT. Wants me to turn myself in.
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Check out NH Open Doors where you can experience the best New Hampshire has to offer during this weekend-long touring and shopping event. You can: Shop (tax-free) for distinctive products made in NH; See demonstrations by artists and craftspeople in their studios; Sample fresh products from farmstands and orchards; Savor fine cuisine and wine at a local restaurant; Enjoy special events and cultural attractions; Spend the night in a cozy accommodation overlooking NH views.
Next week, don't miss:
Manchester hosts the 3rd Annual Distillers Showcase at the Radisson Hotel on November 12. For $60, you will get to sample premium spirits, getting you... into the spirit!
"Children are not creatures of the state, and public school officials in Croydon should be commended for their efforts to put the best interests of children ahead of petty, parochial politics."
Yesterday, the New Hampshire AG's office mailed paperwork to the Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport filing a complaint from the N.H. Department of Education for a preliminary and permanent injunction against the Croydon School District. Read more at the Union Leader.
Yesterday, Ryan McMaken, editor of Mises Daily and The Austrian wrote a blog at Mises Wire comparing Sweden and Germany to American states, finding that if they were to become U.S. states, these countries would be amongst the poorest.
This is interesting, but not half as mind-blowing as the fact that New Hampshire, according to his data, is the wealthiest state in the developed world, beating Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland.
Why would this be? Perhaps the NH Advantage has something to do with it? Or maybe it is a combination of the hundreds or reasons why New Hampshire has become such an attractive destination to discerning individuals?
Here in New Hampshire, excitement is in the air! Thanks to new targeted Facebook ads, a new landing page, and the dedication of a great team of social media volunteers, the Free State Project is growing at a staggering clip!
Since September 14, 2015, another 1%, or 200 signers, have joined the most audacious liberty movement in the world. Assuming this growth rate remains steady--although we hope to accelerate it even more!--the FSP will Trigger the Move in less than 12 months.
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What do Liberty Forum and a Pie-Eating, Sword-Fighting Church Have in Common? This month read about Uber activism, school choice, and a pie-eating and sword-wielding church. Find out about Liberty Forum Early Bird tickets, and catch up on what Early Movers have to say about living in the Free State of New Hampshire.
Things are heating up in Portsmouth, NH, in the battle between free market Uber drivers and the crony protectionist taxi cartel. Watch the video for the latest, and read more about the situation at PanAm Post.
"My buddy, Representative Glen Aldrich (Meredith/Gilford), told me he was planning a day where he could drive around and nail a bunch of covered bridges that he didn’t have yet. You see, when people get old we start doing things like driving around to look at old wooden bridges that have been travelled on for hundreds of years. I’ve had a personal goal to grab a shot at all of New Hampshire’s covered bridges. I’m not really interested in the ones at the Golf Course or the one that’s 4 miles onto someone’s property and looks like it was thrown together with 2×4 construction. I’m talking the ones that served the community, the ones that halved travel commutes, the ones that joined together neighboring towns that otherwise didn’t interact." Read the rest and enjoy the fantastic fall foliage photos at Tony's site. Photo credit: Tony Jankowski, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for reprints and swag.
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 15th, 2015, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire will hear oral arguments in a case about the Church of the Sword, a non-denominational religion started by FSP early movers.
The heart of the case revolves around whether COTS is a "real church" that can be afforded tax exemption under the IRS's "14 Points of Consideration." I would argue the "separation of church and state" means it is blindingly illogical to allow one party (the state) to determine the status of a religion (COTS), but hey, that's just me!
From Reason Magazine:
"During a written interview, Bloom defends the COTS status as a religion:
On its face, COTS qualifies as a religion as the IRS defines it via the 14 point test. More importantly, a religion should consist of three elements.
Join us February 18-21, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester for the Free State Project's 9th annual liberty conference, “Living Liberty.” Meet the early movers, hear nationally acclaimed speakers, and immerse yourself in New Hampshire's thriving liberty community. Early bird pricing available for a limited time - get your $99 tickets today!. Bitcoin accepted since 2011. Visit www.NHLibertyForum.com for more details.
Early mover Christopher David has vowed to keep driving in Portsmouth, despite the recent Uber ban. Listen to this clip of him interacting with a bouncer, a cop, and a grateful passenger, who makes a foul mouthed yet compelling argument for free market capitalism. You can learn more about the situation in Portsmouth, and around the world at Free Uber. WARNING: Contains bad language
Much of what I know about New Hampshire's history, I first learned in the Super Secret Project's "Granite State of Mind." My favorite lyric: "I could live anywhere, but I choose to live here, in the middle of nowhere." (Although I prefer "Knowhere," geddit?) New Hampshiremen have been inventing awesome things for centuries, from the first mechanical alarm clock, to arguably the first steamship, to the first steam-powered airship and motor bike, to Dean Kamen's Segway. You can read more about it in this 2011 New Hampshire magazine article "Invented Here."
Should learning be done the same way it was 100 years ago? Breathtaking developments around the country suggest otherwise.
And while new, innovative school choice options have some incredible success stories, they could be replicated much faster. Similarly, traditional school district modernization, like expanded online and blended learning curricula, better vocational education, opt-out ability for teacher union dues and tenure reforms have progressed in only a few noteworthy places.
Please join Bob Bowdon, Executive Director of Choice Media, for a presentation on the trends in the most important subject in America: Education.
Choice Media not only publishes the best daily newswire and Twitter feed about education, the least covered subject in the American media, but its content remains 100% free.
The old saying (and funk song) "Keep on Truckin," which means to plow through, staying focused on the task at hand, needs to be updated to, "Keep on Uber-ing." This is what a group of FSP early movers and pro-liberty supporters in Portsmouth are doing, pushing a new kind of vehicle, the ride-share platform Uber.
Uber's rollout in Portsmouth was set to be a great Seacoast success story, when, earlier this year the Portsmouth taxi commission voted to eliminate all regulations and disband itself.
The battle over school choice in one small New Hampshire town heats up. FSP trustee and chair of Croydon's school board, Jody Underwood, says today on NHPR: "If you really want kids to get an adequate education, the schools have to suit them." This case exemplifies how early movers are helping to give New Hampshire residents more choice when it comes to dealing with the state. Will you join the cause for more freedom? Join the movement today!
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What's white and white and prickly all over? This Lempster, NH, albino porcupine! People sometimes ask about the relevance of the porcupine as the FSP's mascot. Here's what our standard press release says: The porcupine is an animal that has become synonymous with libertarians and the liberty movement as a whole. Porcupines are peaceful creatures that become defensive when subjected to aggression; their sharp quills are used in self-defense only as a last resort. Read more about this adorable albino porc at the Concord Monitor.
NH #1, again: "And New Hampshire is the Texas of New England. It's that simple. The state motto is 'Live Free or Die,' and they are deeply committed to doing just that. Two things stood out: 1) They are really, REALLY into their guns; and 2) They are really, REALLY into their massive highway rest-stop liquor stores... I'll bottom-line this for you: New Hampshire is patently un-touristy but still has all the New England outdoor recreation activities you could want, making it the least pretentious and desperate-for-approval of the New England states. They'll welcome you, but they don't need you -- their sense of pride and independence runs much deeper than just the state slogan." Read all the rankings HERE.
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Last night was a great victory for internet freedom and anonymity, and once again showcases why New Hampshire is the right destination for the Free State Project. The Kilton Library of Lebanon decided to turn its first-in-the-nation Tor relay node back on!
Backstory: In June of this year, Kilton Library's Board of Trustees voted to install a Tor relay in their library, which runs on a GNU/Linux environment. Working with the Library Freedom Project, this small town library became the first in the country to allow a Tor relay to operate. In early August, the Department of Homeland Security's Internet Crimes Against Children contacted the Lebanon Police department, who in turn contacted the library to warn that Tor could potentially be used for nefarious purposes, including child pornography. The library's director decided to shut down the relay until the Board had a chance to weigh in.
Hear from Porcupines from around the state about why their region is the place to live.
Mike Sylvia grew up in Rhode Island and found liberty in Ithaca, NY (stranger things have happened). He moved to Laconia, New Hampshire in 2010. Enjoying the lakes region, he bought land in Belmont in 2012 and in the same year was elected to his first term in the New Hampshire house.