The Manchester Free Press

Monday • November 19 • 2018

Vol.X • No.XLVII

Manchester, N.H.

Bitcoin Embassy NH’s Presentation/Discussion Regarding the First “Hash War” Starting Today

Free Keene - Thu, 2018-11-15 08:14 +0000

Bitcoin Embassy NH Logo

It’s been in the cryptocurrency news over the last several weeks, but many do not know what the world’s first-ever “Hash War” is all about. Thankfully Bitcoin Embassy New Hampshire is now here and Head Ambassador Chris Rietmann scheduled an event that happened yesterday afternoon to talk about it.

What is the history of the conflict brewing between rival factions of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) community, and what might happen in the all out “Hash War” that’s supposedly to begin this morning at just before high noon today (11/15), Eastern time? If you watch the video, you’ll find out all we know:



The event was attended by several local cryptocurrency advocates and ended up being very informative and a learning experience for all. I brought my camera so those who didn’t attend the one-time event would be able to learn, though if you’re holding BCH, time is of the essence – I recommend you watch the video ASAP. Even if you’re not, if you’re holding any altcoins, you really should be aware of what is happening and the potential longterm dangers to all of cryptocurrency. I do not want to spread FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt), but there are some very bad potential outcomes of this “Hash War”, and you ought to know about them.

Kudos to the brand new Bitcoin Embassy NH for providing timely, useful information. I’m glad to have been able to share it with you, no matter where you are in the world. (If you’re not in New Hampshire and you love crypto – you’re missing out!) If you are in New Hampshire, drop into the brand new Bitcoin Embassy NH at 661 Marlboro St. in Keene Tuesday through Sunday and check out the space. If you’re new to crypto, sign up for a free “Bitcoin 101” class! Or, drop into the Bitcoin Embassy NH website at BitNH.me!

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Bitcoin Embassy NH Opens Doors, Offers Free “Bitcoin 101” Classes – Covered by Sentinel, NHPR, and Shopper News

Free Keene - Mon, 2018-11-12 23:15 +0000

Chris Rietmann Gives “Bitcoin 101” Class at Bitcoin Embassy NH

Keene, New Hampshire has already established itself as a world leader in real-life businesses accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies at their cash register. Now local area cryptocurrency advocates have taken the next step and opened an educational center to help people learn about crypto – the Bitcoin Embassy New Hampshire.

The Bitcoin Embassy NH joins others around the globe, and is the second in the United States. The first Bitcoin Embassy in the US was Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy, which opened earlier this year.

With the goals of education, networking, and inspiration, head ambassador and instructor Chris Rietmann opened the doors to the Bitcoin Embassy NH in October and has already created a “Bitcoin 101” class that is free to take! Though, donations are certainly welcomed if you find the class valuable. Classes are also available for those looking to learn how to accept crypto at their businesses.

Already the Embassy has received coverage in the Keene Sentinel, NH Public Radio, and a front page feature in the Monadnock Shopper News.

The Bitcoin Embassy New Hampshire is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday and is located inside Route 101 Local Goods at 661 Marlboro St. in Keene, NH.

Of course, the Bitcoin Embassy NH is just the latest development in the area. We already have an active Meetup group with meetings every six days and Telegram chat room, so please connect with either or both of those to join the cryptocurrency community in the Monadnock region.

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NH Libertarians Lose Ballot Access – Is taking over the old two parties a viable alternative?

Free Keene - Sun, 2018-11-11 17:42 +0000

Libertarian Jilletta Jarvis Announces Run for NH Governor in 2018

The 2018 election is over and Jilletta Jarvis, the Libertarian candidate for Governor of New Hampshire has failed to reach the 4% required for the Libertarian Party of NH to retain ballot access, which it achieved in 2016 for the first time in two decades. I want it to be clear, I really like Jilletta and she was a much better candidate than the 2016 offering from the LP, Max Abramson. Jilletta ran a good campaign and was much more active than Abramson, but didn’t even come close to Abramson’s 4%. She got 1.46%. What happened?

It’s pretty clear that 2016 was a fluke. I’d speculated then that Abramson, who barely existed as a candidate, and other “Libertarians” like Gary Johnson at the national level had benefited from people’s frustrations with Trump and Hillary being their main presidential choices. It’s pretty clear this palpable frustration benefited all third parties in 2016, with the Libertarian and Green presidential candidates getting three times their vote totals from 2012. People weren’t voting for the Libertarians and Greens, they were voting against Trump and Hillary.

Add to that the fact that major media entities WMUR and the Union Leader set their debate rules to exclude the Libertarian candidates like Jilletta, and it’s pretty clear she didn’t get a fair chance from all New Hampshire media. Shame on WMUR and the Union Leader for excluding their viewers and readers from knowing about their third choice.

Libertarians Protest Unfair Debates Outside St. Anselm College

Of course, the two-party duopoly has long been complicit in excluding libertarians politically. In the 90s when the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire got ballot access for the first time by getting over 3% of the vote, the Republicans and Democrats voted to raise the bar 33% higher to its current level of 4%.

Not all the blame can be placed on the media and government, however. While Jilletta is a wonderful person and a far better candidate than we had in 2016, she wasn’t the most principled libertarian. Doubt my claim? Even the Keene Sentinel knows what a libertarian is supposed to sound like. In a recent piece in the Sentinel, opinion page editor Wilfred Bilodeau said:

She seems enthusiastic and smart, but we were struck at how her libertarian vision differs from some of the party’s more orthodox candidates. She says she’s for smaller government but outlined several programs that would necessitate spending more money. To improve education, she pitched the concept of centralizing public education, with the state collecting all education taxes and determining how to best spend them. That strikes us as anything but a libertarian approach. Overall, we feel Jarvis has some worthy ideas, but her vision for the state seems unfocused, perhaps due to the pressure of trying to appeal to enough voters to garner the 4 percent of the vote needed to keep the party on the ballot.

The good news is the media, at least in Keene, has learned what a libertarian is supposed to say. A true libertarian should be advocating the non-aggression principle and applying it consistently across all government programs. That means eliminating coercion from the system, or eliminating the system entirely. That’s it. If Jilletta believes in some government coercion, she really shouldn’t be the party’s nominee. Watering down the message does not win over votes. Staying true to principles is what the LP is supposed to be about. Hopefully the LPNH will offer more principled state level candidates in the future so we can see how their vote totals compare to Jilletta and her similarly – as the Sentinel described it – “unfocused” predecessors.

NH Third Parties

Meanwhile, the Libertarians have once again lost ballot access and will need to struggle to get it again in 2020 via the difficult and expensive process of gathering petition signatures. All the while the Republicans and Democrats benefit by merely having to pay $2 to run for state rep and $10 for state senate. Plus, the duopoly parties benefit from straight-ticket voting, which appears to be what many voters do. Many voters don’t know who the candidates are, so they just vote for their party – likely the same party to which their parents were registered.

For years, libertarians in New Hampshire have been debating whether or not working within the Republican and Democrat parties is the best strategy. The LPNH folks typically say they’d be stronger if the libertarians who’d joined the major two parties would have joined the LPNH. However the libertarians joining the Rs and Ds are getting elected and have been for many years now. How many of them are watering down their views or hiding them from the big party members, I don’t know. The point is they are winning and many of them have been re-elected multiple times, like the A+ rated liberty “legislator of the year” Mike Sylvia of Belknap county, or Mark Warden, also an A+ rated liberty “legislator of the year”, as awarded by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance.

The sad, unprincipled Libertarian Party

It’s hard to argue with success. Also, in any other state besides New Hampshire this takeover-the-major-parties tactic would be near impossible due to the small number of libertarian activists elsewhere. In NH, we have the largest (and growing) contingent of libertarians, voluntarists, and liberty-loving anarchists on the planet.

Political takeover is a reality and the reason why I resigned from the national Libertarian Party in disgust in 2008. The national LP had been infiltrated by a bunch of Republicans and sure enough they took control of the party’s presidential nominations in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

However, if the Republicans and Democrats refuse to treat the LPNH fairly by making ballot access difficult and excluding us from debates, then they shouldn’t be upset when we join their parties instead. Now that the state is going to eliminate Libertarian from the registration options, I can be “undeclared”, or declare as Democrat or Republican. I was a Democrat previously (and ran for governor in the Democrat primary in 2012 and 2014). Perhaps it’s time for a new approach and… join the Republicans? What would you do in my position?

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Democracy The God That Fumbled

Free Keene - Wed, 2018-11-07 01:51 +0000

This past primary was the first primary in New Hampshire in which the Libertarian Party (LP) was a recognized party. The LP has less to do with libertarianism than I would like, but many people’s conversion stories seem to start there, however brief their stay, so if “we” can get the State to draw attention to the fact that libertarianism exists that seems like a good to me. It also seems to diminish the legitimacy of the system, and that’s always a good thing. In the interest of full disclosure I will point out that my conversion story starts with walking into the first election held after I turned 18, seeing more than two presidential candidates, looking up all the parties, and Googling “non-aggression principle’ after reading the LP platform.

The State acted like they just had no idea how to handle having a third party on the ballet. In my opinion, most of this is attributable to incompetence rather than malice, both due to Ochham’s Razor and the fact that the State isn’t exactly an efficient organization. The system wasn’t set up to manage third parties actually achieving ballot access; the system was set up to manage a facade of popular choice while two groups take turns liquidating the value of the general area.

In New Hampshire, you can register and “un-register” with a Party on the day of the election at the polls. Previously, I had to request a form to return to Undeclared after primary elections. No state agent had ever taken the time to go over this process with me. Which is fair enough, just because polling places are located in schools doesn’t mean the poll workers are there to teach civics class. However, when I requested a Libertarian Party ballot in the last primary I was handed a form to return to Undeclared with it and she started explaining how I could return to Undeclared. I don’t have a strong preference for either procedure, but whatever it is should be consistent and should definitely be the same between ballots of different parties. I have received mixed reports for whether people were offered these forms without asking.

Some un-affialated voters reported being asked only if they wanted a “Republican or Democrat” ballot.

Jay Noone of New Hampshire was able to vote after claiming to not be a citizen of the US nor a resident of New Hampshire. Some State agents have decided that it is easier to ignore our responses to questions if we allege enough facts to get them the answer that they are looking for. However, Jay did not allege facts sufficient to determine that he is in fact a US citizen as defined by US law or a New Hampshire resident, he simply stated his opinion on what the word “citizen” means. Perhaps the poll worker decided that only a New Hampshire resident would give such a response.

Though Carla Gericke ran as a Republican candidate for State Senate, she also won as a write-in candidate as the Libertarian candidate for State Senate. After the election results showed a lower number of write-in votes than those in the libertarian community knew occurred, a recount was requested. The recount amount in just Ward 11 was changed from 1 vote to 29 votes. This is concerning for the accuracy of write-in counting in general.

If I believed in democracy I’d be terrified at how the process is treated.

As of the time of this writing, it appears that both constitutional amendments will pass.

 

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Libertarian Ian Freeman: Top Rated Candidate by Marijuana Policy Project and NH Firearms Coalition

Free Keene - Tue, 2018-11-06 05:22 +0000

Free the Guns and Weed

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about libertarians, but for the record, I’m honored to receive top ratings from both the Marijuana Policy Project and the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition.

Of the three candidates in the race for NH Senate District 10, I was the only one to receive a recommendation from the Marijuana Policy Project, while the Republican and Democrat in the race received a middle “unknown, uncertain, or less favorable” rating.  You can see MPP’s full state senate voting guide here.

I also received a “A” from the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, once again, as they’d previously endorsed me in my 2016 run for the Democrat gubernatorial primary.  Here’s their ratings PDF for Western New Hampshire.

For those unaware, libertarians believe in the non-aggression principle which says we don’t support the use of aggressive force.  Prohibitions should therefore be ended and people who want to own/produce/sell weapons and chemicals or plants should be free to do so.  Live free or die.

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Only the Libertarian Candidate for NH Senate District 10 Answers the League of Women Voters Questionnaire

Free Keene - Mon, 2018-11-05 22:14 +0000

As part of my near-zero budget campaign for NH Senate District 10, I’ve been posting my responses to the various candidate questionnaires that I’ve been receiving. Now, on the eve of the election, I’m surprised that neither of my opponents, Republican Dan LeClair nor Democrat Jay Kahn have yet replied to the League of Women Voters’ questionnaire, as shown on their VOTE411.org voters’ guide website. I received their questionnaire over a week ago and it’s relatively short so I was surprised that when I submitted my answers that I was the first candidate in the race to respond and now a week later am still the only candidate to respond!

There’s not a direct link to my answers I can share with you, but if you’d like to see them, just put in an address in Keene, like 63 Emerald St, Keene, NH 03431 in their VOTE411.org website. Then it will show you the races and issues on the ballot for the address you put in. Choose “State Senate District 10” and you’ll see me there.

Also curiously, Libertarian Jilletta Jarvis is the only gubernatorial candidate to respond to the LWV and in the Keene-wide house race for Cheshire 16, Libertarian Darryl W Perry is also the only candidate who responded to the LWV survey.

Thank you to the League of Women Voters for playing fair and inviting all ballot qualified candidates to participate in their voters’ guide. For voting recommendations for Keene from Libertarian Darryl W Perry, click here. Don’t forget to vote tomorrow, November 6th and remember that in New Hampshire you CAN register and vote same day at the polls.

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Taxpayer Standing On The Ballot Tomorrow

Free Keene - Mon, 2018-11-05 18:28 +0000

Everyone in New Hampshire should vote “yes” on Constitutional Amendment #1, which reads in part, “Therefore, any individual taxpayer eligible to vote in the State, shall have standing to petition the Superior Court to declare whether the State or political subdivision in which the taxpayer resides has spent, or has approved spending, public funds in violation of a law, ordinance, or constitutional provision.”  Anarchists of good faith and logical positions can disagree on whether or not voting *for people* is moral. I’m not writing this article to attempt to convince you of trolly problem or lifeboat ethics, or that you should Sophie’s Choice your and others’ rights by picking the least harmful person running for office. I don’t find it immoral to vote for the least harmful person. My husband does. But I have never heard a decent argument against voting on ballot initiatives. If the State is asking you “So… Should I violate the NAP?” there is no logical argument against telling them “no.”

The proposed amendment institutes taxpayer standing in New Hampshire. This has several short-term and long-term benefits, and, to the extent that I can guarantee that a piece of legislation will never have any side effects, it has no negative effects. The only thing that this amendment can be used for is to stop the State from spending/stealing money. Taxpayer standing is a long-attempted, arguably fringe legal argument that a person has standing to challenge the constitutionality of actions of the State based on the fact that the plaintiff funds the actions through funds stolen from them. Flast v Cohen did rule in favor of very limited taxpayer standing, but said that the constitutional violation had to be fundamentally unconstitutional not just regular unconstitutional, whatever the hell that means. It mostly means that the case is very easy to rule around aka there is no taxpayer standing… unless you want to sue the State for an injunction to stop providing textbooks to religious institutions. Its that specific. Generally, taxpayer standing case law reads very much like draft, religious exemptions to taxation, and internment camp case law- which is of the “don’t look behind the green curtain” variety with lots of invoking “Compelling Governmental Interest” and very little if any explanation and legal argument found in most any other US Supreme Court case law which often reaches hundreds of pages per case.

The practical short term effect of not having taxpayer standing is that there are several things that the State can do with impunity simply because no one has standing to challenge them in court. Of course, if the State decides that they are going to do a thing, there are very few people on this earth with the power to stop them, and as far as I know all of people are other States with very little incentive to do so. Luckily for us, the State likes to maintain a facade of legitimacy and non-violence. As it stands the State will generally* back down under its own rules as long as it doesn’t stand to loose something more valuable than perceived legitimacy. *Offer not valid in Southern rural towns. Enacting taxpayer standing will not only prevent the State from wasting money in specific instances where people sue for injunctions, it will make them hesitant to waste money illegally in the first place. It will only waste stolen money legally. The proposed amendment applies to ALL illegal spending of stolen funds, not just unconstitutional spending of illegal funds. In my opinion the State will be sufficiently deterred from illegally spending stolen funds, which will in turn provide less incentive for them to steal as much money. The opinion of productive people being stolen from will have to hold at least some value when the State weighs decisions.

These are beneficial results and would put New Hampshire in a near unique position regarding this issue. (It seems that two other states have at least some form of taxpayer standing, but I’m not going to vouch for that without thoroughly researching it.) I do not believe that we will ever be able to “vote the State away” or otherwise successfully ask it nicely to go home and quit oppressing people. However, that does not mean the the position of non-aggressors can not be improved via the political process. In my opinion, the long-term cultural and perception effects are much more important. Granting taxpayer status is something of an admission on the State’s part that it is indebted to tax victims. It reveals part of the nature of the State. The reason the US Supreme Court got rid of it was not only so that the State could do what it wanted without the aggravation of additional lawsuits; it was because dismissing tax victims as significant entities that have a steak in the operations of the State, the State can further obscure what it actually is. The people paying, however unwillingly, are not significant players under the law- there are various and complicated groups of supposed protectors, scholars, and protected classes. Taxpayer status brings to light who pays the bills- actual tax victims, not metaphysical powers. If society is consciously clear on who pays the bills, people are more likely, though not guaranteed, to change their opinions on some policy. I understand that people are cognitively aware of where tax funds come from. But the reality of the situation is deliberately obscured by layers of metaphysical claims about the State, and I believe that being more direct about the reality of the situation would be helpful.

In addition of the nature of the State being more front and center, my prediction is that in the long-term the State will appear to be more of a fee-for-a-service entity. Stolen fees- yes, wildly immoral services- absolutely, but what it will be less likely to be perceived as is an all-powerful benevolent force of nature that judges wisely and literally can not run out of resources. If the population is forced to be aware of the source of State resources if they choose to be aware of policy, then they will be more aware of the nature of the State. Some people will be less inclined to advocate theft. Some people will be less inclined to trust in the infallible power of the State. The way people think about the State will be shifted, and at the end of the day, that is what “we” need to win.

 

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2018 Cheshire County Candidate Forum Speech : Ian Freeman

Free Keene - Sat, 2018-11-03 05:58 +0000

I was recently honored by the Walpole Grange in that they invited me (and the other local libertarians running for office) to their candidate forum event. I was given six minutes to speak about my campaign, where I struck at the root against the entire idea after the state after covering the drug war, voluntarizing taxation, and secession in four minutes. Later, I was given two more minutes to speak regarding the gubernatorial campaign of Jilletta Jarvis. Here’s the video:

You can learn more about my campaign here.

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Libertarians Protest Unfair “Granite State Debates”: Last Night & Thursday Night

Free Keene - Wed, 2018-10-31 21:37 +0000

Libertarians Protest Unfair Debates Outside St. Anselm College Yesterday

As of 2016’s election, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire has gained full ballot access as a major party on par with the Democrats and Republicans. This is a big deal as it means we no longer have to jump through ridiculous ballot access hoops like petition gathering to get candidates on the ballot here. This has resulted in more Libertarian candidates appearing on the ballot here in Keene than Republican candidates. If the LPNH’s gubernatorial candidate, Jilletta Jarvis, can receive at least 4% of the vote this year, the party’s major ballot access status will continue for the next two years.

Sadly, the two largest mainstream media entities are working to help stop Jarvis from getting her ideas exposure in their debates they are hosting this week. WMUR-TV and the Union Leader are putting on the “Granite State Debates” and have set the rules to where only the Republican and Democrat candidates will qualify. To get in to their debate, a candidate must have received 12% in a recent poll and have raised over $25,000. Ironically, Darryl W Perry told me that both organizations have opined in favor of getting money out of politics, but when it’s a metric they can use to exclude the Libertarians, they apparently support money in politics.

NH-2 Congressional Libertarian Candidate Justin O’Donnell

The idea that such rules are in any way necessary is totally ridiculous. There are only three ballot qualified candidates for governor. It’s not like they’d need eleven podiums on the stage. They could have kept it fair and allowed in all ballot-qualified candidates, but they stacked the deck against the Libertarian campaigns.   It’s pretty clear the exclusion was done on purpose, likely to appease the other two parties’ candidates, who as we saw recently may refuse to attend if the Libertarian is invited.

It wasn’t just the race for governor. Last night they held their debate for NH’s 2nd congressional district and excluded Libertarian Justin O’Donnell. In an interview with Free Keene, O’Donnell said this on the matter:

Radio and TV broadcasters are given free access to use public airwaves worth more than half a trillion dollars in exchange for a requirement that such broadcasters “serve the public interest” and provide a fair and unbalanced reporting of the news to inform the American people. By hosting a facade of a debate, and failing to include all the options who have qualified to be on the ballot, these broadcast organizations are negligent in their duty to inform the people.

Tomorrow, Libertarians will gather to protest starting at 5pm, two hours before the beginning of the gubernatorial debate at St Anselm College. They will be standing near the college’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics at 100 Saint Anslem Drive in Manchester. LP gubernatorial candidate Jilletta Jarvis will be present. Last night the turnout was approximately a dozen activists – hopefully we’ll have as much or more tomorrow night! The fake “debate” begins at 7pm Eastern.  Here is a facebook event for the protest.

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New “Bitcoin Embassy NH” Featured on Front Page of Monadnock Shopper News

Free Keene - Fri, 2018-10-26 10:00 +0000

Front Page Article About Bitcoin Embassy NH

Last year, the Monadnock Shopper News, a weekly paper delivered by mail to 40,000 households in Cheshire County, ran a front page story about Bitcoin’s growing popularity in the region at local businesses. This week, the Shopper News once again is featuring Bitcoin on the front page, announcing the major news that New Hampshire now has its own Bitcoin Embassy!

If you live in Cheshire County, NH you probably already have a print copy at your house, but you can also download the PDF of the front page, above-the-fold feature story here.

Bitcoin Embassy New Hampshire, which recently launched inside Route 101 Local Goods at 661 Marlboro Street in Keene, is not the first Bitcoin Embassy in the United States, but it is the second one! The first was opened earlier this year in Atlanta. There are others in various parts of the world but Bitcoin Embassy New Hampshire is the only one in the Northeast part of North America.

The Bitcoin Embassy will be a place for learning, with “Bitcoin 101” classes already available, teaching the basics of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Classes are pay-what-you-can-afford, which means if you can’t afford to pay, you can still attend for free. Drop in to take a tour at 661 Marlboro St in Keene and sign up for a class, or visit online at BitNH.me.

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2018 General Election voting recommendations

Free Keene - Wed, 2018-10-24 16:10 +0000

The 2018 General Election is approaching in less than 2 weeks. Per state law, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor, Jilletta Jarvis, needs at least 4% for the Libertarian Party to retain ballot access. This will be difficult since Jarvis and the Libertarian candidates for Congress haves been excluded from the upcoming Granite State Debates hosted by WMUR and the Union Leader. I encourage everyone who wants to keep NH tri-partisan to vote Libertarian in the upcoming election!
Governor: Jilletta Jarvis
Congress: Justin O’Donnell
State Senate: Ian Freeman
State House Cheshire 7: Robert J Call
State House Cheshire 16: Darryl W Perry
Sheriff: AriaDiMezzo Baker
Treasurer: Kenneth Kelly III
Register of Deeds: Darlene Lester
Register of Probate: Jacqueline Mason (write-in)

Amendment 1: YES
Amendment 2: YES

Sample ballots for Keene available here:
Ward 1
Ward 2
Ward 3
Ward 4
Ward 5

You can find your polling precinct, and a sample ballot here

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Conflict issue casts shadow on NH felony cases

Important article if you or someone that you know was prosecuted by Hillsborough County Attorney Dennis Hogan during the last year or so?                READMORE                  

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NH is Cryptocurrency Mecca : Panel Discussion

Free Keene - Sun, 2018-10-21 19:07 +0000

Earlier this month, the 2nd annual Free State Blockchain Digital Assets Conference took place in Portsmouth. The event was a success, intimate and informative. In addition to broadcasting my radio show, Free Talk Live from the event, I was also given the privilege of moderating a very important panel which we called “NH is Crypto Mecca“.

Any Bitcoin conference can have big names in the industry come speak, but only this conference could have this panel. As longtime readers here know, New Hampshire is a special place due to our global lead in real-life cryptocurrency acceptance. The reason is because of the concentration of libertarian crypto activists we have here that are doing the boots-on-the-ground work to make amazing thing happen here, thanks to the ongoing NH Freedom Migration.

For my expert activist panelists I selected Chris Rietmann of the new Bitcoin Embassy New Hampshire, and my fellow Free Keene bloggers Darryl W Perry and Derrick J Freeman, so we had activists representing both of NH’s crypto hotspots, Keene and Portsmouth. The guys did an amazing panel and I think it gives an excellent taste of what it’s like to be here in Crypto Mecca. You can watch the full hour-long panel here:

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Helping the Developmentally Disabled: Why Libertarian Solutions are the Most Compassionate

Free Keene - Fri, 2018-10-19 03:33 +0000

Monadnock Developmental Services Logo

Yesterday evening I was invited along with other Libertarian candidates Darryl W Perry and Jilletta Jarvis to Monadnock Developmental Services for a presentation to political candidates about the frustrations that families with children who have developmental disabilities have with state “assistance” programs. Multiple family members presented their difficult stories to a couple dozen state reps and candidates for office.

I didn’t feel like I was asked there to comment, so I was there just to listen. However afterwards Darryl and I returned to the Keene-based studio of LRN.FM, the Liberty Radio Network, where we were joined by Conan Salada for our live nightly libertarian talk show, Free Talk Live, where we discussed the issues raised in great detail.

If you want, compassionate solutions to healthcare issues that don’t rely on institutionalized violence, you really need to listen to the first hour of last night’s Free Talk Live to find out why Libertarianism and the non-aggression principle is the best way to help our neighbors in need. Here’s the archive:

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Keene Sentinel Reports on Libertarian Candidates: Freeman, Jarvis, DiMezzo

Free Keene - Mon, 2018-10-15 05:45 +0000

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the editorial board of the Keene Sentinel. We covered a variety of issues that I was able to speak on from a principled voluntarist perspective. It was a very good interview and in addition to a lengthy article about it, they also posted the full hour-long video to their youtube:

However, I’m not the only one they interviewed. They first sat down with Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Jilletta Jarvis. Here’s their video of Jilletta’s interview and the accompanying article. After having interviewed us both, they astutely inquired of me regarding the vast differences between Jarvis’ positions and mine, since she is more of a small government libertarian while I’m a total voluntarist who believes all human interaction should be consensual.

They also recently ran a story about the sheriff candidates for Cheshire county’s positions on immigration which included a comment by Libertarian candidate Aria DiMezzo.

Thanks to the Sentinel’s staff for the continuing, fair coverage.

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My Appearance on RT America Friday to Comment on Facebook’s Takedown of Hundreds of Pages

Free Keene - Sun, 2018-10-14 16:48 +0000

RT America contacted me Friday and asked for a quick comment on behalf of Cop Block regarding this week’s mass page takedown by Facebook. The takedown affected the facebook pages of major police accountability and pro-liberty sites including the Free Thought Project, the Anti-Media, Cop Block and others. I explained that Facebook is their property and they can do as they wish with it. Police accountability activists and other libertarians should be building alternative platforms rather than relying on those provided by political corporate behemoths like Facebook and Twitter. Here’s the segment that aired on RT America yesterday:

The good news is, such a platform already exists in the form of Mastodon, which is a decentralized, federated competitor to Twitter. Unlike Facebook and Twitter which are centralized platforms controlled by corporations, a Mastodon server can be run by anyone and worldwide there are thousands of Mastodon servers. Each server admin decides the rules for their server, including which other Mastodon servers to connect to – this is what it means when Mastodon is described as “federated”. Its decentralized, federated structure is why Mastodon is much more censorship resistant than the centralized, corporate platforms.

Cop Block’s new Mastodon!

I recommend you create an account on your preferred Mastodon instance. If you’re pro-liberty, then you should try out Liberdon, which launched this summer and houses various libertarians and voluntarists. I just made a CopBlock account there today, which you can follow here.

I also highly recommend following “The Police State” on Liberdon – they’ve been doing a solid job reporting on police corruption – much better than the mostly-dormant Cop Block.

Facebook’s blog post explaining their takedowns basically admitted they were upset that pages like Cop Block were getting people to leave Facebook and visit their respective websites, meaning potential revenue for the sites in question and potentially less revenue for Facebook. Facebook doesn’t want you to leave Facebook. Whether there were political motivations behind the takedowns is more speculative, but it certainly reeks of it. Regardless of their reasons, perhaps you should consider leaving Facebook entirely and helping build the decentralized alternatives. It’s up to you.

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Subcommittee to vote on key Oct. 10 - Supporters should stand up for HB-192

Please come to a Hearing on October 10th in Concord, NH.

A House subcommittee votes this Wednesday on HB 192, our legislation to make the Department of Corrections write administrative rules for several controversial prison programs. These include probation, community parole supervision, the placement of women in the secure psychiatric unit, and the sex offender treatment programs inside and outside the prison.

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NH’s Top Police Chief Resigns After Attacking Own Son

Free Keene - Sun, 2018-10-07 21:09 +0000

NH’s top cop has resigned over physical abuse of son – Photo from Valley News’ Jennifer Hauck

Enfield police chief Richard Crate, until recently was the longtime president of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police. He was a regular figure at state house hearings to decriminalize medical and recreational cannabis. Crate publicly opposed those proposals every step of the way – on behalf of police chiefs across New Hampshire. Here’s some of his testimony on cannabis decrim where he predicted a “wave of devastation”. Needless to say, now a full year since decrim – said devastation hasn’t occurred.

Now it looks like Crate should have take up the habit of consuming cannabis. Maybe a joint at the end of his work day would have helped him calm down and deal with his anger issues that appear to have led him to attacking his own son. Crate resigned earlier this year to avoid prosecution by the state’s attorney general’s office, agreeing that he’ll undergo counseling, apologize to his son, and not seek recertification as a police officer, according to the Union Leader.

Don’t think for a moment that Crate is unusual. In fact, he’s not the first police chief to be embroiled in corruption and controversy. Just last year a police chief from Cheshire county was convicted of rape of an actual child (not a teenager). Don’t forget the New London, NH chief who allegedly coerced college girls to take nude photos in the police basement when they were arrested for some victimless crime or another. Or how about the Canterbury, NH chief who allegedly used his position of power to engage in sexual acts with a female teen police explorer? There’s the Haverhill, NH chief who resigned after being busted for DUI. The list just keeps getting longer and longer – does anyone actually still trust these guys?

Of course, if I were to try to catalog the known corruption news regarding the rank-and-file officers, it would be a much more difficult task. Here’s one of the more recent stories involving two now-fired Manchester detectives, Darren Murphy and Aaron Brown, that allegedly used their badges to coerce a woman into sex in order to avoid criminal charges. According to witnesses, the forced sex allegations are just the tip of the iceberg with those guys.

Given the corruption is endless with people in power, how do we stop or reduce it? The answer is that taxes need to be voluntary. If police are not guaranteed a budget every year regardless of the satisfaction of the people they allegedly “serve”, we should not be surprised when they behave poorly. If people were free to stop funding the police, then they’d have to shape up and become more accountable to the people who pay their paychecks. If you could say “no” to their “service”, maybe they’d start being more service oriented and focus on catching real violent criminals instead of college kids who just want to have a good time. Crazy, right?

Hmm, I wonder if because he resigned to avoid prosecution rather than being charged and fired, is Crate still eligible for that sweet police pension?

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NH Libertarian Party Candidates Excluded from WMUR’s Debates via Insurmountable Rules?

Free Keene - Sun, 2018-10-07 17:23 +0000

WMUR’s Fake Debates Exclude Libertarians

The fix appears to be in. Despite attaining major party ballot access in New Hampshire for the first time in twenty years, the Libertarian Party of NH has been unfairly excluded from the biggest debates – those hosted by WMUR-TV. How? According to the rules the ABC affiliate announced last month, in order to be invited to their debates, the candidate must be polling at over 12%.

Guess what? There have been no polls that have included the libertarian candidates!

It’s not like WMUR and their newspaper partner the Union Leader can use the excuse that without their rules there would be too many candidates on stage. There are three ballot qualified candidates for governor in New Hampshire. There are three candidates each in the two US House races.

Oh yeah, and they want the candidate to have $25,000 in the bank. So, only wealthy candidates may apply.

Is there any doubt the WMUR debate organizers are working hand-in-hand with the republicans and democrats to exclude the libertarians? Thankfully, many of NH’s local media like newspapers and radio have been fair to the libertarian candidates, like the Keene Sentinel, whose editorial board recently interviewed Jilletta Jarvis.

Libertarian Jilletta Jarvis Announces Run for NH Governor in 2018

According to Jarvis, if she’s invited to a debate, the other candidates will protest. She told me that North Country Community Radio recently invited all three gubernatorial candidates to debate. Incumbent republican Chris Sununu responded and declined the station’s invitation and democrat Molly Kelly ignored their invite entirely. Instead of the planned debate, the station gave a two hour interview to Jarvis and reminded their audience of the major candidates’ conspicuous absence.

Though Jarvis was told personally by WMUR’s Political Director Adam Sexton that the Libertarian candidate for governor WOULD be invited to debate, News Director Alisha McDevitt later told Jarvis that Sexton was not authorized to make that promise on behalf of WMUR. Sexton by the way, HAS been fair to the Libertarians in his various coverage – kudos to him for that.

If you’re upset by these blatantly biased rules, please reach out to the debate organizers at WMUR and the Union Leader and let them know how you feel. NH congressional district two candidate Justin O’Donnell has created a petition you can sign here. Jilletta Jarvis, the LP’s gubernatorial candidate has set up a page from which you can send an email to the News Director at WMUR, Alisha McDevitt.

Hopefully your input can help Ms. McDevitt change her mind, do the right thing, and invite the Libertarians to debate the two-party duopoly, giving the people of New Hampshire an actual choice.

Interestingly, Jarvis’ campaign has raised more than any other LP candidate for governor since 1994, but she’s still $16,000 short of WMUR’s $25,000 campaign finance goal. You can donate to her campaign here.

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Only Two City Councilors Voted Against Expanding Nicotine Prohibition in Keene

Free Keene - Fri, 2018-10-05 22:09 +0000

Keene City Council Voting for Prohibition – Photo by Vincent Freeman

It’s an early step of the ugly political process that may ultimately expand nicotine prohibition up to age 21 in Keene, New Hampshire. As sadly expected, the full city council voted 12-2 last night to order city staff to write up a new ordinance prohibiting the sale and possession of nicotine-related products for under 21s within the arbitrary geographic area known as Keene.

Several councilors spoke with the majority using the spectre of children using nicotine and how dangerous and addictive the chemical is to justify voting in favor of moving ahead with writing the ban, ignoring all the historic evidence of the failure of prohibition. One councilor, Mitch Greenwald, even voted with the majority despite bizarrely acknowledging in his remarks that prohibition hasn’t worked.

Prohibition is a tactic based on aggressive force against peaceful people that has created terrible unintended consequences each time in history it’s been tried. This time won’t be any different. The council will push legal sales outside the city limits and encourage police to harass even more young people than ever before. Tickets will be written just like they are constantly for underage alcohol possession. The tickets will obediently be paid, and the person who got caught will try to be more careful and not be discovered in the future. Oh, and black market sales to 18-20 year olds will expand in Keene.

You can watch the whole, ugly council discussion and vote here:

It was refreshing to see a couple of politicians stand up against the insanity, including both of Ward 4’s councilors, Margaret Rice and Bob Sutherland who not only voted against crafting the ban, but spoke against it. Rice eloquently said, in her speech to the council:

“It’s not my role to tell somebody what they can and cannot do with their own body, provided that they’re not harming anybody else.”

Sadly, not only does the supermajority of the council think it’s their role, but they’re willing to use violence to get people to behave how they want. Statism is sick and immoral.

Next, the city staff will write the ordinance and then return it to the council’s MSFI committee for another public hearing, where at that point the politicians will argue over just what the ban should say. It’s gonna get worse from here. Unless we can get more libertarians to move to Keene as part of the NH Freedom Migration or somehow stop it from the state level by removing the authority of towns to craft more restricting regulations.

Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest on this expansion of the failed War on Drugs.

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