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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)
1. Liberty Forum
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.
In the dark months of winter, when the moon casts its light on canescent mounds of snow, the latter become fields of icy, glowing gems, riches to behold for the eyes of the careful observer. The angle must be just so to reap the rewards of this natural sacrament. This heightens the transcendence of the moment – the moment we realize that treasures surround us.
One must be observant to glimpse the majesty of nature. So too, the intrepid searcher of hidden restaurant treasures must be equally observant to find the amazing gastronomical gems that can be found in surprising places in New Hampshire. The Crystal Quail is one such gem.
Liberty Forum is put together by the incredible efforts of a team of dedicated volunteers. If you see them around, be sure to thank them for their hard work, and maybe even buy them a beer!
Carolyn A was introduced to the Free State Project in 2010 when she attended her first PorcFest. She became a frequent visitor to New Hampshire, and finally made the move in June 2013. As Transportation Coordinator for Liberty Forum, she is responsible for arranging flights and safe and timely ground transportation for our speakers. This includes communicating any delays and reworking the schedule as necessary. If you are a speaker, and you made it to Liberty Forum, it’s thanks to Carolyn. If you didn’t, it’s on Mother Nature!
It's time to get more signers! Thanks to a generous Free State Project supporter, $5 will be donated to the FSP for every verified signer we get between now and the end of Liberty Forum. If you have not signed the pledge yet, now is the time to do so! You know the FSP is your best chance of Liberty in Our Lifetime. We are the largest, most successful, voluntary mass migration liberty movement in the world. No more excuses, this is HAPPENING. Be part of history. If you have already signed up as a participant, what about your liberty-loving friends? Take the time to reach out personally to someone about the FSP today. What about your significant other? In some cases, only one spouse signed the pledge. Ask your partner to sign up too. How about your children who have turned 18 and who love the FSP? Get them to pledge as well. We have also discovered that some eager-beavers are moving without pledging. We are happy you are here, but please make the counter move. Every signer counts.
Liberty Forum is fast approaching. Now in its 7th year, with the theme "Watching the Watchers," Liberty Forum is set to be the biggest and best one yet. One thing that differentiates the Free State Project’s annual events from other liberty conferences is that we are focused on doing, acting, producing, changing. We don’t just talk about the problems; we work to fix them. One way to do this is to make fun of the state. And boy, did FSP participant Dan McCall do just that. The owner of Liberty Maniacs made a t-shirt bearing the NSA logo, modified to read "peeping while you're sleeping,” with the slogan "NSA: the only part of the government that actually listens." The NSA was not amused. They contacted the distributor demanding the product be removed from Zazzle’s site, saying, “Your product contained content which infringes upon the intellectual property rights of National Security Agency.”
Several months ago my friend and Free State Project compatriot Jenn Coffey let the word out that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has bravely been blogging about the experience ever since. Although it has been painful and depressing to read, it has been educational for me; I really had no idea what a time-consuming, frustrating pain in the ass it is to get treated for cancer! It seems particularly ironic, in a haha-you’re-really-NOT-being-funny-universe kind of way that Jenn, of all people, has been sidelined with a life-threatening medical condition, because she is one of those seemingly larger-than-life individuals who seems to cram three times as much life into the allotted timeframe than the rest of us...
Among those focused on the principles of liberty, those passionate about changing the world, there is always debate. One topic that gets less attention is welfare. Most of us, if not all, tend to agree that charity is best given voluntarily, and we usually agree that the funding method the state uses--taxation--is immoral, if not outright violent. Usually the discussion ends there, and we sit back, self-satisfied. Taxation is theft, end of story. Now the world will get better, right? What commonly happens next is we are called cruel, Darwinist, unloving, uncharitable. We are accused of not caring about the needy, of wanting the poor/disabled/drug-addicted to die so we will finally have time to roll around in our giant piles of money, laughing maniacally.
If you have moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project, please take a moment to complete this survey before November 25th.
We recently sent this survey via an email to all known movers. If you did not receive that email, we may have lost contact with you, or, may not know that you moved. No need to do anything if you already responded to that email.
Once the survey data has been processed, a mover number will be assigned to you, and you will receive a message from us with your number in the coming weeks.
Once this step has been completed, mover numbers will be automatically assigned going forward. New movers will receive their mover number when they update their status to “moved” online.
Your mover number is a reflection of your commitment to more Liberty in Our Lifetime. The lower your number, the bigger your bragging rights! Whether you are one of the First 1,000 Movers, the next 1,000, or even one of the final movers, you are making history!
The Shining was a Disco-era bestseller from Maine's Master of Macabre, Stephen King, but it was the foreboding grandeur of the Overlook Hotel and Jack Nicholson's portrayal of dangerous dull-boy Jack Torrance that made The Shining a part of modern culture. While it was the Stanley Hotel in Colorado that reportedly inspired King, the author could have looked a lot closer to home for his supernatural stimulation.
The New Hampshire Freedom blog analyzes the latest New Hampshire Unemployment numbers:
"Another month, another drop in the New Hampshire unemployment rate. When 2013 started, the New Hampshire unemployment rate was 5.8%. Last month it was 5.1%. The August unemployment rate is 5%. We are talking 2008 levels. In fact, the last time the unemployment rate was this low in New Hampshire was December of 2008." More....
I went to a move-in party today. For those of you that don’t know, a move-in party is an event where participants of the Free State Project who have already moved to New Hampshire come to help unload the moving truck of new arrivals, usually in exchange for pizza and beer or other yummy goodness. It is work, to be sure, but it’s always a fun time, and it’s a great way to meet other people, both new movers and old shakers. This move-in was no different, and meeting the newest Porcupine was wonderful, as always.
Canterbury's Baptist Hill Road is a timeless stretch of pavement, meandering through the rolling hills of northern Merrimack County, closely guarded by a phalanx of trees on either side. Though many years and even more miles separate Chaucer's Canterbury from its New Hampshire counterpart, it's easy to picture the famed English writer's caravan of story-telling pilgrims making their way along the path in search of a hearty meal and a frothy pint. The former can be had by taking a quick detour down Briar Bush Road, where the nearby Fox Country Smokehouse offers locally prepared meats and cheeses to satisfy any traveler's appetite; for the latter, however, our wayfarers need look no further, for they will find a cool draught served with warm conversation at Baptist Hill's own Canterbury AleWorks.
The brewery is located at 305 Baptist Hill Road, but a lengthy driveway keeps it hidden from casual passersby. Nonetheless, when the “open” flag is flying, you can rest assured the beer is flowing.
On Monday, September 9, 2013, the City Council of Concord approved the grant application to receive a Ballistic Engineered Armored Counter Attack Truck. The 11-4 vote defied the will of the community, ignoring the more than 1,500 petition signatures collected by individual activists, the 50 people who testified against it, and the many, many Letters to the Editor, articles, and editorials against the BEARCAT. The City chose instead to side with the police chief and the 4 people who testified in support of the attack truck.
FSP Board Meeting
September 2, 2013
Present: Rich, Seamas, Varrin, Steve, Jody, Carla, Sharon
Meeting called to order at 8:06pm
- President’s report
- Open Sourcing Projects
- New Board Member/VP Position
Over at the New Hampshire Freedom blog, the town of Durham's status as "Youngest Town in America" is discussed.
"According to CNNMoney, Durham, NH is the 2nd Youngest Town in America. The median age is just 20.3 years old in the Census designated area. There goes the stereotype of New Hampshire being full of old people. Well not exactly, NH has kids, college students, working professionals and retired people. In other words, people of all ages enjoy the Switzerland of America. Durham, in addition to hosting the main University of New Hampshire campus, is on the Great Bay tidal estuary and only 1 city away from the Atlantic Ocean. Durham hosts the Oyster River, historic farms and is a hop, skip and a jump away from an endless list of awesome activities. The New Hampshire Freecoast has a ton of activities to keep young people busy." Read more at New Hampshire Freedom...
At Freedom Fest in July 2013, NH State Representative, Mark Warden, who is a Free State Project participant, small business owner and Realtor, was interviewed for the Future Money Trends blog. Says Warden: "The Free State Project is an amazing idea and concept that is just now coming to life." You can read the transcript and watch the full interview here.
Individual sovereignty is a concept that formed the bedrock of Common Law traditions extending back to the Magna Carta. Its essence is self-ownership, and its antithesis is subservience and slavery. The idea is axiomatic. Some have even called it self-evident. There are few expressions, however, that encapsulate the sentiment's thrust better than the well-worn saying “a man's home is his castle.” And perhaps it was the latter that spurred a handful of New Hampsirites to erect homes that have taken the castle concept from the cognitive realm to the weighty domain of stone masonry.
Copied below is the speech Free State Project president, Carla Gericke, gave before a packed room at the Concord City Council meeting on August 12. 2013. More than 200 individuals showed up to testify against Concord receiving a BEARCAT attack vehicle. Due to the large number of people who wanted to speak, speeches were limited to one minute, but several people yielded their time to allow Carla to finish her testimony, which ended up running about 6 minutes to the Chief of Police, John Duval's thirty. She added some off-the-cuff comments in rebuttal to Duval's testimony that do not appear in the script below. The Council, in a 8-4 vote, decided to table the matter until September. Stay tuned for more details. TESTIMONY: We, the people, are not the enemy. Free Staters--productive people moving to New Hampshire because of the shared values with our neighbors of small government and more personal responsibility--are not terrorists. We do not pose “daily challenges” to the City of Concord--in fact, I volunteer for Concord Reads at the Concord public library!
"’The Free State movement and Occupy New Hampshire have no history of violence, so it's very unclear why any police department would need to use an armored vehicle when addressing these groups," says Devon Chaffee, executive director of the NHCLU. ‘But we all agree that we want the police and we want our communities to be safe, and what this conversation is about is really what type of equipment and tactics are most appropriate to achieve that goal.