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Detailed Blog Covers Nearly All of Keenevention 2015!

November 18th, 2015 - 11:10pm by FTL_Ian in

Hallowkeene 2015

Hallowkeene 2015 – Photo by Richard Masta

Thanks to Richard Masta for posting this detailed summary of just about everything that happened at Keenevention 2015! Here’s a quick excerpt from his introduction:

I was prepared for a weekend of exciting adventure and invigorating learning, and I got it. Libertarians know how to get things done. And in the Shire, they know how to have fun.

Richard first attended Keenevention in 2014, and posted a similarly...

Free UBER’s Christopher David Joins Free Keene as our Newest Blogger!

November 18th, 2015 - 5:04pm by FTL_Ian in

Illegal UBER Driver Christopher David

Christopher David Delivers his Keynote at Keenevention 2015

Continuing in Free Keene ‘s tradition of giving some of New Hampshire’s best, visible activists a platform for their opinions, news, and media, I’m proud to announce our newest blogger from the Seacoast, Christopher David!

Chris has made headlines for his “ Free UBER ” project and delivered an excellent keynote brainstorming session at this year’s Keenevention . His energy and drive are exemplary and I hope we get lots more activists like him moving here as part of the...

Concord Monitor’s Front Page Features Keene’s Bitcoin Vending Machine

November 18th, 2015 - 4:04pm by FTL_Ian in

Keene Bitcoin Vending Machine

Keene’s Bitcoin Vending Machine

Thanks to David Brooks of the Concord Monitor’s “Granite Geek” blog for his coverage of the Keene Bitcoin Vending Machine’s first year of operation . In addition to the front page of the Monitor’s print edition, the story also appeared in the Valley News , covering the Upper Valley of NH....

Hard Lesson from Portsmouth for the Libertarian Critics: Publicized Activism Offends

November 17th, 2015 - 5:46pm by FTL_Ian in

Portsmouth Herald, Spreading Hate of Activists

Portsmouth Herald, Spreading Hate of Activists

Here’s an ugly, state-worshiping editorial from the Portsmouth Herald that tries to position the area taxi companies as the little, local guys vs the big, evil national corporation. The reality is that UBER is merely a platform that individual drivers, who operate as independent contractors, can use to find people who need rides. These drivers live in the Portsmouth area, and as independent, individual businesses, are even smaller businesses than the local taxi companies. But that’s not all the derisive...

More Mainstream Media Coverage of Portsmouth UBER Controversy

November 17th, 2015 - 4:03pm by FTL_Ian in

With the protest at the council meeting last night in Portsmouth and the second ticket issued to the Grandma UBER driver , mainstream media continues to report on the situation. Here’s a recent rundown:

First up, FOX 25 in Boston filed this report covering the protest and interviewing new Free State Project mover from Arkansas, Jessica Paxton, last night:

Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston


Portsmouth Police Target Grandmother UBER Driver AGAIN + City Council Meeting Footage

November 17th, 2015 - 3:38pm by FTL_Ian in

Illegal UBER Driver Stephanie Franz

Illegal UBER Driver Stephanie Franz, courtesy CBS Boston

In an article at Seacoast Online , Portsmouth acting police chief Frank Warchol uses his best, “I’m just doing my job” excuse for his department targeting 63-year old grandmother Stephanie Franz a SECOND time for what is now a total of $1,500 in two tickets. Franz is accused of driving people somewhere in Portsmouth without the city’s permission slip.

The protectionist racket will continue...

Robin Hood Case – the Latest Legal Arguments from Both Sides

November 15th, 2015 - 4:41pm by FTL_Ian in

Wanted Robin Hood The lawsuit brought originally in 2013 by the “City of Keene” vs several Robin Hooders (people who feed expired meters to save folks from parking tickets) continues onward, with both sides having filed legal memorandums with the Cheshire superior court after a second round of “evidentiary hearings” .

First up, heroic pro-bono free speech attorney Jon Meyer filed this...

Portsmouth Mayor Livid Over Activists Using the System

November 14th, 2015 - 7:30am by FTL_Ian in

Portsmouth Mayor Robert Lister

Portsmouth Mayor Robert Lister, Courtesy Seacoast Online

Civil disobedience UBER driver Christopher David and the Free Uber supporters will be rallying and speaking to the Portsmouth city council this Monday at their regular meeting. They want the regulations on people giving others rides removed, but the outgoing mayor is not having it.

The Portsmouth mayor, Robert Lister, is mad that people are trying to use the system to change the system – a typical...

Bitcoin Discussion on Manchester Morning Talk Radio with WFEA’s Jared Goodell

November 14th, 2015 - 2:22am by FTL_Ian in

This Summer, Keene native Jared Goodell launched a morning show on Manchester talker WFEA 1370 AM & 99.9 FM . Friday morning I was honored to have my first chance to appear as a guest on his program . Jared wanted to discuss the decentralized future of money and had some good questions about Bitcoin . The interview turned out to be a good short intro discussion for people new to Bitcoin. Feel free to share, as always:

Rand Paul Interviews Christopher David, Civil Disobedience UBER Driver

November 14th, 2015 - 1:30am by FTL_Ian in

He may not be a true libertarian, but Rand Paul scored some points for this video where he interviews and openly supports Christopher David’s UBER civil disobedience , for which Chris is now facing a felony charge . Here’s what Rand posted along with the video:

I met with Christopher David, an Uber driver arrested for trying to make a living. Listen to our interview and stay tuned for the Facebook live stream coming up! Christopher is driving me to my rally in Portsmouth, NH.

Posted by Rand Paul on Friday, November 13, 2015