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From the President's Desk

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Spring is springing on the West Side of Manchester

Spring is springing, and momentum continues to build for the Free State Project. Several more Trigger the Move pledges have been received. Thanks for your support! There’s still time to contribute as one of the 270 Trigger the Move Patrons who history will judge as having helped change the world.

This is not hubris. What the FSP is accomplishing is truly historic. In my office, I have an “FSP Museum Box,” in which I keep newspaper articles, event knickknacks and sundries, political potpourri, if you will, everything from my Atlas Shrugged II movie premiere stub, designed to look like a train ticket, to a Golden Porcupine. I hope you too are collecting mementos for the museum one day.

Speaking of historic, Porcfest X is less than ten weeks away and man-oh-manicotti, it is going to be a whopper. With a lineup that includes liberty luminaries like keynote speaker Lew Rockwell, David Friedman, and Robert Murphy, we anticipate record breaking attendance. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, don’t delay.

This weekend, a large contingent of Free Staters will be heading to the City-of-No-Big-Gulps to attend Anarchy in The NYC, where I will give a speech and catch up with folks like Jeff Berwick, John Bush, Stefan Molyneux, and Larken Rose. Thanks to the generous support of a donor, the FSP is a sponsor of the event, where we will have a table and Free State Now will be hard at work recruiting new signers.

Next month, together with three other dynamic liberty loving women, I will attend a Bitcoin conference in San Jose. The panel, which consists of myself, Angela Keaton of antiwar.com, Teresa Warmke of Fr33 Aid, and moderated by Porc Therapy podcaster Stephanie Murphy, will discuss nonprofits that take Bitcoins. New Hampshire is fast emerging as a crypto-currency hotspot, with the potential to become a world leader. Can you say “sideways skyscrapers” and “Yankee Hong Kong”?

This month, we surpassed 14,000 signers, 25,000+ “likes” on Facebook and 30,000+ followers on Twitter. The new website is close to being launched. We have mad media coverage coming out soon. We continue to go from strength to strength. I am so honored to be on this journey with you. You know what to do: Sign up, move to New Hampshire, and come make history with me!

Yours in peace and liberty,
Carla Gericke
President, Free State Project

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Two Months until PorcFest: June 17 - 23

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Summer is right around the corner, and that means PorcFest preparation is kicking into high gear. If you haven’t registered yet, click here to do so. Entry for the entire week is still only $50 and will be going up to $75 at the door, so don’t procrastinate! Campsites are selling out too… make sure to reserve yours while you can. You won’t want to miss the chance to hang out with more than 1000 fellow liberty-lovers in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.

At PorcFest, you can not only see free-market economics in action in Agora Valley and throughout the campground, but hear about economics theories from some of the greatest minds of our time. Lew Rockwell has been announced as PorcFest’s keynote speaker, giving a talk titled “Our Job as Libertarians” on Friday evening. An-Cap author David Friedman and official PorcFest MC Bob Murphy will be debating the Chicago vs. Austrian schools of economics.

With panels being planned on topics varying from homebrewing and gardening to Bitcoin and social media, everyone’s sure to learn something. Buzz’s Big Gay Dance Party will certainly be bigger, gayer, and dancier than ever -- and entry to this unmissable party is included in your PorcFest registration this year! Visit Buzz’s fundraiser page to pitch in.

If you have a great agorist business idea you’re ready to share, present it at the Agorist Pitch contest for a chance to win funds that will help with start-up costs.

Start planning your week with the online schedule, which is frequently updated with the latest confirmed events, and read about some of this year’s technological advances that will help make your PorcFest experience as enjoyable as possible.

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New Hampshire App Review

by Luthor Miranda

I recently bought a Motorola Android RAZR M, and I'm digging it. I've even named it: Burnadette. It's like having my own personal assistant. In fact, I have an assistant app. There are also a few New Hampshire-centric apps available through Google Play, and here is my list of top 10 (in no particular order).

Portsmouth City Guide
This clever little app is your personal tour guide to New Hampshire's colonial capital. It has information on restaurants, stores, attractions, ATMs, gas stations, parking garages, and much more. There is also a forum where you can ask questions about Portsmouth. Probably the best thing about this app is that it's free!

All Newspapers New Hampshire
As the title implies, this app provides you with every newspaper in the Granite State, from the major publications like the Union Leader to grocery store freebies like the Monadnock Shopper News.

New Hampshire Constitution
The State's current constitution is available at your fingertips for winning those pesky arguments with bureaucrats.

New Hampshire Criminal Code
This is actually an add-on to an app called "DroidLaw", but a useful one. The entire criminal code of New Hampshire could be a handy thing to have on hand if you're ever caught in a cop's fishing line. If the officer tries to arrest you on charges you know are not even illegal, whip out your smartphone and prove him wrong. This add-on only costs $2.99.

New England Inns & Resorts Association
This program provides you with information on New England's quaint inns, resorts, and bed & breakfastses. Vacation is never far when you live in New Hampshire, and the NEI&RA is your guide to relaxing and historic places to stay. The app even informs you of upcoming deals and discounts. My only real complaint with this app is that as soon as it opens, it must close and reboot the program. Every time.

New England Wine Trail
The New England Wine Trail application is exactly what it sounds like. Locate vineyards, wineries, cider mills, and cellars by state.

Seek JobsInNH
Let's say you're getting ready to move, or you've already moved, and you're in need of employment. Seek JobsNH allows you to search by keyword, city, or zip code. You can upload your resume and check for inquiries.

New Hampshire, USA Offline Map
I drive for a living, and I've learned two very important things about driving in New England: First, it can be sort of confusing if you don't know where you're going because some of the street signs are missing. About fifty percent are missing, actually. Secondly, you won't always have data service if you're lost somewhere in the woods, so don't rely too heavily on your GPS. That's why it helps to have a map. This map app (hehe) only costs ninety-nine cents and works offline.

New Hampshire Fishing Maps 4K
Another map app (that's so much fun to say) that only costs $1.99 and gives you information on over 4,000 fishing spots in the state -- perfect for outdoor adventurers.

Brewery and Craft Beer Locator
I decided to save my personal favorite for last. It works everywhere breweries and brewpubs are found, and there are plenty of those around here. It's a little slow to load, but that doesn't bother me. It also has a very novel feature: a compass. Let's say you're out on a hike, and you come down with a thirst. Fear not, quenched traveler, for the app will point you in the right direction...literally.

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FSP News

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FSP President Carla Gericke and state reps Joel Winters and Carol Mcquire were guests on NHPR’s recap, One Decade of the Free State Project.

“Robin Hooders,” who refill expiring parking meters around town, made the Keene Sentinel in a front page story.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Tim Condon’s entertaining coverage of Grafton town elections.

Fr33 Aid has abandoned its ties to the IRS and traditional banks in favor of Bitcoin-based financial operations.

In New Hampshire

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An explanation of what’s happened since 1951 to cause NH’s private sector to flourish while Maine’s has floundered.

New Hampshire is rated A+ as one of the best states in the nation when it comes to launching a new business.

Senior citizens in New Hampshire are top in the country in terms of health-related quality of life, according to a new study.

NH has the 5th lowest car insurance rates in the country.

Beat out by only its Arcadian neighbors Vermont and Maine, New Hampshire ranks 3rd in Stroll’s 2013 Locavore Index.

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Armchair Activism Opportunity

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Promote the Free State Project around the internet using your own unique Free State Now affiliate link, and help trigger the move while getting paid! Read more about FSN’s affiliate program and exciting plans for the near future.

Website of the Month

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NH For Liberty has been one of the best and most active sources of liberty-related news from New Hampshire since 2011. Browse the blog-style posts covering news and information for “Free Minds in the Free State,” or visit the comprehensive event calendar to find out when and where you can up meet with other liberty people in your area.

Facebook Page of the Month

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Whether you’re able to go to PorcFest this year or just want to know what you’re missing (and start planning for next summer’s White Mountains vacation!), you’ll want to like the official PorcFest page to get the first look at the exciting things being planned. If you are going, RSVP to the Facebook event and please invite your friends -- you never know who you could inspire to attend their first PorcFest by simply reaching out with an invitation.

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Handy FSP Links

If you've moved to NH or otherwise changed your info, please update your contact info or send a message to Moved@FreeStateProject.org to let us know.

Find NH job info on the website - post your resume & check the FSP forum for a job! Join the FSP Job Alert page on Facebook for up-to-date job listings.

Check out NH housing and other community & logistical information at NH Info.

Are you ready to join the FSP, move to New Hampshire and work with us towards Liberty in Our Lifetime? Join here!

And if you're planning a visit, email visitnh@freestateproject.org, and we'll be in touch.

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We Keep Growing and Growing...

As of 4/16/2013:

Participants: 14,046
Participants in NH: 1,147

As of 03/12/2013:

Participants: 13,919
Participants in NH: 1,137

As of 02/12/2013:

Participants: 13,795
Participants in NH: 1,131

As of 01/16/2013:

Participants: 13,626
Participants in NH: 1,125

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The Free State Project

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The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people's rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else.

SIGN UP TODAY!

The work of creating and sustaining such a society in New Hampshire is the job of residents, including project participants, not the Free State Project itself.

The FSP does not endorse any specific changes to government or strategies to achieve them. The FSP does not take positions on issues, candidates, legislation, places to move within New Hampshire, tactics or methods of action. The one stipulation the FSP does make is that people who promote violence, racial hatred, or bigotry are not welcome.

Reporting by the FSP on participant activity or NH events on the website, in the newsletter, or in any other place does not represent support or endorsement and may not portray the diversity of opinions and activities that exists among participants.

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