FTL & LRN.FM Updates

Big Change to "Declare Your Independence" on LRN.FM

June 11th, 2021 - 4:54pm by FTL_Ian in

Big news: Today was the last day of the live production of "Declare Your Independence" . Don't worry, Ernest Hancock won't be leaving LRN.FM and his show will be staying put on weekday mornings. However, what *is* changing is that he'll no longer be doing a live show.

There are a few reasons for this:

First, Ernie has over the last year been producing his show from the road as he is traveling the country in an RV. This is good in that it will allow him to talk to more guests in-person, but the down side is he is relying on mobile internet connections which vary from okay to terrible when it comes to live audio delivery.

Second, by recording his show as a podcast he'll have more flexibility on when he can record his interviews. Since Ernie never took callers on his live show, whether it is produced live or not really doesn't matter.

Third, it means he can go commercial-free and do a...

Long Overdue

June 7th, 2021 - 5:15pm by Aria DiMezzo in

Well, it's been nearly 3 months since the raid on the Free Talk Live studio, and, as you might imagine, we've all been pretty busy. Until very recently, Ian Freeman was still detained; Nobody (also known as Rich Paul) remains in detention, with a hearing pending.

Ian is now free, but under very tight restrictions. In fact, all of the Crypto Six are under pretty tight restrictions, although, luckily, the restrictions on myself seem to be the least limiting. My supervisory officer has proven to be very fair.

Free Talk Live was back to operating in some sort of normal capacity, but then Ian was released, and everything crashed. The terms of release prohibit Ian and I have from having contact with one another. Seeing as we've both become critical to the back-end of Free Talk Live, you can imagine how this made things difficult. While we have filed motions to amend these conditions (because it's silly for my conditions to demand me...

FTL is live streaming again in HD on YouTube and Facebook - until they take us down!

March 1st, 2021 - 1:06am by FTL_Admin in

We recently announced the various ways we're decentralizing and cutting reliance on Big Tech. We launched our own social network last month. Our video archives are on the uncensorable LBRY . We launched our own federated, self-hosted, open source Matrix chat server , and more is to come.

We're even experimenting with peer-to-peer video streaming but it's not-quite-ready for primetime. Meanwhile, thanks to a tool called "Mobcrush", we are now to get around the pain-in-the ass hoops that YouTube and Facebook have placed in front of regular live streamers like us. As of tonight we are going to be streaming video not only on DLive and Twitch as normal,...

In Under Two Weeks, Over 160 Users Joined Our "FTL Social" Competitor to Twitter

January 24th, 2021 - 3:38pm by FTL_Admin in

As announced recently , Free Talk Live has launched its own Mastodon social network to compete with Twitter and other Big Tech social giants. Want more freedom to express yourself online or just want to follow liberty-minded people on a platform immune from Big Tech's reach? Join the over 160 users of "FTL Social" !

In under two weeks, the independent, self-hosted, open source FTL Social has signed up over 160 presumably freedom-friendly people and they've authored over 500 posts. The site is easy to use and has multiple mobile and desktop apps from which you can choose.

Also, thank you to the several new AMPlifiers that...

Free Talk Live Launches Telegram Discussion Group!

January 17th, 2021 - 5:12pm by FTL_Admin in

In a recent article at Free Keene , I went over a bunch of our decentralized and polycentric, self-hosted alternatives to Big Tech social media. If you didn't read it and you're interested in what alternatives are available, you should take a few minutes and check it out .

In the article, Telegram got an honorable mention for being the best of the centralized communications options out there. We've been using it between activists in the Keene area for most of the last decade and over the past few years we've been posting our show prep to our Telegram channel . Recently, Telegram upgraded its channels - which are a one-way communication method - to allow channel owners to create and...

FTL Launches Social Network, Doubles Down on Decentralization

January 12th, 2021 - 10:06pm by FTL_Admin in

Big Tech is a big problem. The centralization of power has predictable consequences and we've been recommending alternatives to the existing social media megacorporations for years now on-the-air on Free Talk Live . However, we're definitely not perfect at it ourselves, so we're doubling down on decentralization - more on that in a moment. I recommend you consider doing the same, for as long as you are on systems run by Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and various other state-worshiping companies, you are at risk for a takedown.

At Free Talk Live , we're big supporters of free speech and so today I'm happy to announce "FTL Social" - our social network that runs on our own server, where you can speak your mind without a Big Tech overlord holding an axe over your head. While "FTL Social" is still...

New Podcast on LRN.FM :: FTL Hosts Protest at NH AG's House

November 28th, 2020 - 3:42pm by FTL_Admin in

Longtime liberty activist John Bush is back with a new show, " Live Free Now "! You can now hear it as part of our podcast lineup on LRN.FM. Also, be sure to check out John's latest activism project, Freedom Cells !

Speaking of activism, Free Talk Live hosts including me, Aria, Nobody, and Chris Waid protested yesterday at the NH Attorney General's house. Don't miss the video here: https://youtu.be/rAnzz3Cq0nU

Have you checked out our Matrix chat server yet? Get step-by-step instructions on how to join at chat.lrn.fm .

Thank you as always for listening to and supporting Free Talk Live , Ian

Matrix Chat Server: Now with Federated Channels!

November 16th, 2020 - 4:56pm by FTL_Admin in

Free Talk Live recently launched a self-hosted Matrix chat server and it's been a smashing success. Recently, I posted about why I hit the reset button on all the server's public channels . Now, we're introducing another new feature - federated chat rooms.

What does that mean? It's one of the strengths of the Matrix platform, a decentralized system which allows servers to accept connections from other Matrix servers. In this case, our server contains rooms that are federated and some rooms that aren't. The federated rooms allow connections from anyone on any other Matrix server. Each channel admin gets to decide whether or not to federate their room(s). On our server , the federated rooms include the brand new "Federated Chat" and also "Goldbacks", "New Hampshire", and...

Why we blew up all the public channels on the Matrix server.

November 8th, 2020 - 1:15am by FTL_Admin in

UPDATE: You may need to log out and log back in to the Matrix server to ensure the old channels disappear from your channel list.

After a couple months of experimenting and receiving your feedback, tonight we made a major change to the settings of the LRN.FM Matrix server . The issue was that we missed an important setting when setting it up initially. We figured out the problem when someone noticed it was impossible to create an unencrypted room on the server. Why would one want to have an unencrypted room? Simply because it makes life easier.

Encryption is a very cool feature of Matrix, there's no doubt. However the trade-off for security is inconvenience and cost. In the case of Matrix rooms, the inconvenience includes not being able to see content that was said in a room prior to joining it. This could be considered a feature from a security perspective, but for rooms that are open to the public, it's not very welcoming. Also,...

Election Night Special with Vincent & Ian

November 2nd, 2020 - 10:28am by FTL_Admin in

Tuesday night after Free Talk Live, join Vincent and Ian for an election night episode of Questioning Authority on our live video channels, DLive and Twitch: http://dlive.lrn.fm and http://twitch.lrn.fm . Bring your favorite mind-altering substances to help you cope with the results, because as you know - whoever wins - we lose.

Also, don't forget to login to our Matrix chat server to interact with other FTL & LRN.FM listeners. You can get step-by-step instructions on how at http://chat.lrn.fm

Thank you for listening, as always! Ian