Dusty in here

Excuse me while I clean this place up. Give me a few days.

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Published in: on October 4, 2012 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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Unofficial Tattoo Fund Results

For the record, though I don’t believe it will affect bidding, the Unofficial Tattoo Fund have bid collectively at $80.

The Free Keene fund bid at $50
The Free Talk Live fund bid at $30
The Freedomain Radio fund bid at $0
The C4SS fund bid at $0

These funds will be forwarded to the appropriate organizations when it is confirmed that Meg has received payment of the winning bid. Look for a new set of Chip In funds for Megs next tattoo sale!

Published in: on September 7, 2010 at 11:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Unofficial Tattoo Funds

Cross Posted at FreeKeene.

You may have read that Meg McLain is selling off her body. No, not for that. She’s selling a 2″x2″ tattoo. To help out I’m collecting donations to buy either a Free Keene, Free Talk Live, Freedomain Radio, or Center for a Stateless Society logo tattooed on Meg.

Donations can be made via ChipIn. If no one organization has the winning bid, the bids will be pooled, and whichever organizations ChipIn was the largest will be the logo used in the tatoo. If that doesn’t win a tattoo, all funds raised will be sent to their respective organizations.

Published in: on August 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sovereign Curtis Released

Sovereign Curtis has been released. Curtis was arrested Tuesday during a 420 celebration in Nashua, and was the 4th activist arrested this week by the Nashua PD. He has a hearing in Nashua on Monday, March 29. If you find yourself in the Nashua area, come out and show your support.

Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 11:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

OTN Video of Nashua 420 Celebration

One of the best parts of activism in New Hampshire is the incredible variety of media being created. When an event happens, there are usually videos streaming live to the internet via Qik.com. Up next comes the Ridley Report, and the LCL Report both of which present a compilation of activist video, audio, and photographs to get the story out, often on the same day. Usually the last to post, and the video I anticipate most, is the work of the Obscured Truth Network. Sam Dodson and the rest of the OTN team always present an incredible, high quality product, and a professional news documentary style that the other activists, because of their valuable focus on rapid communication, cannot match. Today, 4 days after the 420 celebration and arrests in Nashua OTN has uploaded their video of the event.

The work Sam does gives the liberty movement a high quality professionalism, that I feel is essential to spreading the idea of liberty, and demonstrates that this is not a movement of a bunch of kids playing at activism.

Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

NH Activists Spreading Information

New Hampshire activist and Free State Project member Mike Barskey was pulled over today just outside of Topeka Kansas. He had been pulled because he did not get out of the passing lane fast enough after a toll booth. After waiting for a K9 unit to sniff his motor-home he was given a warning and sent on his way.

On its own, this event isn’t that interesting. What is interesting is that it is now approximately 1 hour after Mike was pulled over and there are already 2 videos and 7 audio recordings available online of the relatively minor bit of harassment.

In addition I have just learned that area activist Sovereign Curtis has been arrested in Nashua through the same information channels. The speed that activists can spread information is nothing short of amazing, and this is just one more example. Every time the state tries to crack down on peaceful people, their violence is visible to all in mere minutes, not hours, day, or never as it had been in the past.

Barskey’s harassment and audio from Curtis’ arrest is at nh.porcupine411.com

Video of the arrest of Curtis

Video of the harassment of Mike

Video 2 from Mike

Update:

Mike was pulled over again in Kansas, cited for not having insurance, even though it’s not required in the state issuing his license and registration (New Hampshire, yet one more reason to move). Another drug dog sniff, this time it triggered, so his motor-home was searched, nothing found and he was sent on his way.

As of 1:30am Curtis is still in Nashua PD custody, has been fingerprinted, but no info on when he might be released.

Published in: on March 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm  Comments (3)  

More Arrests in Nashua

Via Porc411 there is news that the Nashua PD was waiting for the repeat 420 event today in Nashua and has arrested local activist Curtis. Activists are converging on the Nashua police station.

It has been requested that people call Nashua PD at 603 594-3500 to seek information.

Update:

It has been brought to my attention that Curtis has a back problem and it has been requested that Nashua PD be mad aware of this fact.

Published in: on March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

So Why Do We Need This Stuff Anyway? What is Money?

Having discussed the form of money, I feel I should go into some detail on its function. As I said before, I’m not an economist, I just play one on teh interwebz. Money serves three major rolls in the market. First, it acts as a medium of exchange, allowing people to trade with anyone in the market without having the specific good their trading partner wants. Money also serves as a measure of a market actors desire for a particular good. The last function I want to discuss is that of information, allowing an individual to make the best decision in any given market situation

A medium of exchange is perhaps the most basic of the functions of money. Without money the fisherman who wants a chair has to hope that the furniture maker wants fish, whereas if money is around, he can trade his fish to anybody who wants fish, weather or not they have a chair. He can then take the money he received for his fish, and trade that to the furniture maker, even if the furniture maker has no desire for fish. This facilitates trade among individuals whom recognize a particular form of money. Without recognition as money, even gold cannot purchase things, except from people who want gold. It is this widespread recognition by multiple individuals that gives gold, silver, or paper its power as money.

Most people don’t think of money as a measure of an individuals desire for a good, but it does serve this purpose. Let us suppose that Alice has $50 and wants an MP3 player. At the store she sees they have 2 models on sale, A)a 2GB for $25 and B)a 8GB for$50. In simple terms of price per gigabyte B is the better deal, and the better apparent value. The question is whether or not Alice values the extra storage at $25, the difference in cost. If Alice values the storage at $20, she won’t buy player B unless the price comes down, and will take player A instead. If Alice valued the extra storage at $30, then she would see the price on player B as a great deal, and buy it.

To see the use of money as information, we need only look at the other side of Alice’s MP3 player purchase. Let us suppose first, that Alice purchased player A. This tells Bob, the store owner, that a customer values $25 more than they value 6GB of storage space in an MP3 Player. If enough customers send this information by purchasing player A, Bob would likely react by either 1) lowering the price of player B until it reached a point where player B was purchased more, and A less, or 2) raising the price of A, thus reducing the cost of the 6GB of storage, and perhaps encouraging purchase of player B. Bob could also choose to do nothing. All three of these possible actions come with risks to take and rewards to gain, and any one of them will give Bob more information to make a better decision. If Bob takes action 1, he runs the risk of lowering the price to a point below his cost, thus taking a loss on the 8GB MP3 players. It gives him some information on what his customers are willing to pay for MP3 players, and encourages him to find a better price for his supply. Option 2 runs risks, in that he may raise the price of player A to the point that his customers aren’t willing to buy that player either, and in addition, rising prices tend to drive customers to competitors. Bob would gain information on how high he could raise the price of player A without losing customers, though this can be difficult to measure, as you can’t count customers who don’t exist because they did go to the competitor. Doing nothing may seem like a good idea, but soon enough Bob will find himself holding on to those MP3 players that are unwanted, and as technology advances, he may soon be able to profitably sell new 8GB MP3 players for $25, and is likely to take a loss on the ones he purchased first and couldn’t sell at a profit.

Now let us suppose that Alice purchased Player B. Bob now receives an entirely different set of information, and would need to take different action to maintain profitability. Bob now knows that a 2GB MP3 player is valued at less than $25, when an 8GB player is available at $50. Again assuming this is a general trend, Bob has a few options, 1) reduce the price of player A, 2) Raise the price of player B, or 3) do nothing. Option 1 runs the same risk in this situation as previously, and offers the same information and encouragements. Option 2 is even more risky now, as he may end up stopping his sales of MP3 players completely. Again, by doing nothing Bob may find himself holding a lot of obsolete merchandise that he can only ever sell at a loss. Without money to serve its vital function of sending the profit/loss signals any market actor would be hard pressed to accurately determine what his customers want, and what they are willing to give up to get it.

Clearly by acting as a medium of exchange, both in goods, and in information, money is a vital tool to the conduct of business in any market. A pure barter system with no money to serve as an exchange medium results in wasted time and resources as each market actor must find a person whom both has what they want, and wants what they have. By helping to quantify desires money enables the customer to make the best decision for how to spend, and it’s importance as information in profit/loss signals is the driving force that allows markets to be self-correcting. Money is the heart and soul of any economy, and well worth understanding.

Published in: on March 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Video and News From FreeKeene.com on Nashua 420 Arrests

Over at FreeKeene is a video by Nick Ryder and links to mainstream media articles on the 420 events.

Published in: on March 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

First Witness Report

From Jason Talley at Fr33 Agents

At one point one of the police officers frantically yelled out “He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!” in reference to one individual, like many, open-carrying. There were several folks carrying and it is legal in the state of New Hampshire. The only people harming others were wearing badges given to them by the government of Nashua, New Hampshire.

Published in: on March 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment