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As you may have seen from my recent video—“Decrypting Bitcoin: The Blockchain Technology Explained”—I’ve taken a deep interest in cryptocurrencies… digital money, if you will. In learning more about Bitcoin and the revolutionary blockchain technology underneath it, I also began mining Ethereum coins and exploring the seemingly endless pitfalls of the modern central banking system. (It’s AWFUL. Seriously, the Federal Reserve is the largest scam that’s even been unleashed on humanity.)

All along this educational journey, I was working with my multi-talented friend JJ Epic, who has co-hosted the Neocash Radio podcast along with brilliant mathematician Dr. Darren Tapp for the past three years. They often discuss international news surrounding digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash, as well as traditional markets and fiat currencies. They also cover monetary & economic policy, blockchain news, and technological innovations that I’m by no means an expert in, but I have been passionately curious about all of these things since moving to New Hampshire in early 2015 for the Free State Project. I was extremely honored when JJ and Darren asked if I’d like to come on as a co-host, and I’ve had a great time sitting behind the mic with them for the past seven weeks!


Here’s an archive of all the Neocash Radio episodes (I started on #167):



Don’t want to miss a single moment of great Neocash content?! Be sure to subscribe to our feed to get our weekly podcast episode—EVERY Wednesday night—as well as bonus segments and special interviews with thought leaders in economics, technology, blockchains, cryptocurrency, encryption, and more!

Check out our most recent bonus episode—“The Painful Economics of the War on Drugs”—an interview with Matt Simon, New England Political Director & Legal Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project!

Neocash Radio will be upgrading to video podcasting in the coming months as well! Stay tuned!


Subscribe to Neocash Radio on iTunes / SoundcloudStitcher / and Google Play Music!

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We’re also on Tunein, Player.FM, Overcast.FM, Podcast Addict, Blubrry, and more!


And if you missed my video explaining Bitcoin and blockchains, consider giving it a watch. I don’t know about you, but my confidence is waning in the economies, governments, and central banks of the world. Watch the video and get the scoop on cryptocurrency here!


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Randy Clemens http://www.randyclemens.com <![CDATA[60sec VIDEO: What Makes Me Passionate About Liberty! (And why I won’t settle for anything less…)]]> http://randyclemens.com/?p=1639 2016-09-29T17:12:25Z 2016-09-29T17:08:12Z Libertarianism.org is hosting a contest asking for 30-60 second videos that answer the question: “What Makes You Passionate About Liberty?”

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Libertarianism.org is hosting a contest asking for 30-60 second videos that answer the question: “What Makes You Passionate About Liberty?”

Well, I’ve JUST submitted my entry—told in a “poetry slam” style—and I hope that it inspires YOU to protect and defend YOUR liberty as well! (The full poem is also written out below…)

If you are on Steemit.com, I’ve also posted this entry there and I appreciate any upvotes and reblogs you can give! It’s a new tool that allows people to earn money for their posts, and it costs nothing to use! Check it out for yourself!

It’s worth noting that I’m actually one of 20,000+ libertarians & voluntaryists who’ve moved/are moving to New Hampshire to create a truly free society as part of the Free State Project. Click here to learn more about me and the activism/protests I’ve participated in since moving to NH in April 2015.


Is this 1938 East Germany?
Politicians are starting World War 3

They tell us we’re free and call it democracy
but all I see is an aristocracy riddled with hypocrisy
They pardon Hillary
for broken confidentiality
while invading OUR privacy
and ignoring OUR calls for ANY kind of transparency

Freeze! On your knees!
They caught ya smokin trees!
Now take the plea, pay the fee,
go directly to penitentiary,
forever branded in their registry

Meanwhile the commander-in-chief drone bombs schools and hospitals indiscriminately

They claim it’s for our safety
but it forces blind conformity
When did we become their property?

Since when did liberty come with conditions like these?
What gives them the authority to cause such atrocities?

Why do whistleblowers have to seek amnesties in other country’s embassies
when they reveal it’s the U.S. committing terrorist activities?
Did we all develop some mental disease …
Stockholm Syndrome with unhealthy co-dependencies?

Well, I’m speaking out for the world to see:
This isn’t the land of the free; it’s just pretending to be.

What makes me passionate about liberty
is knowing anything less is tyranny and slavery.

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(Music credit: “Covered In Oil” by Broke For Free)

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Randy Clemens http://www.randyclemens.com <![CDATA[[VIDEO] Decrypting Bitcoin: The Blockchain Technology Explained]]> http://randyclemens.com/?p=1624 2016-10-11T16:07:33Z 2016-09-05T18:11:48Z A little over a year ago, I didn’t know a single thing about Bitcoin. I’d heard of it, but that was where my familiarity with it ended. Then, in April ...
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A little over a year ago, I didn’t know a single thing about Bitcoin. I’d heard of it, but that was where my familiarity with it ended. Then, in April 2015, I moved across the country from Southern California to New Hampshire to be part of the Free State Project, a group of over 20,000 pro-liberty activists moving to NH to create a truly free society with minimal government.

It was here that I saw Bitcoin being used, and I quickly got a deep interest in understanding how it worked. I had tons of questions, and as I learned more, I began to see that Bitcoin is more than just a convenient way to send money to anyone, anywhere… it also reduces the costs and friction of international commerce, and presents a viable alternative to the world’s troubled currency markets.


My good friend JJ Epic and I created this video to explain the benefits of using Bitcoin, as well as to provide an informative overview of how Bitcoin works under the hood to someone who may have never even heard of it. If you’re new to cryptocurrencies: WELCOME! And if you’re an expert, I hope this intro video will be a valuable tool that you’re inspired to pass along to curious friends and family!

We will be producing more in-depth videos to explain Ethereum, Dash, Steemit, and the Federal Reserve soon! We’re building a media studio—5th Quill Studios—which I talk about a little in my Steemit intro post!


Our video goes much more in-depth, but here are some of the items I wanted to write out as well, just as a quick overview of why Bitcoin is so much more than just an electronic payment system…

Many call cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin “the future of money,” but a majority of people don’t really know much about them. What are cryptocurrencies? How do they work? How do you get them? Where can you use them? And what makes them safer, faster, and often cheaper to use than cash or credit?

We created this helpful video to answer these questions and more, walking you through an in-depth overview of this paradigm shift in money. You’ll see how Bitcoin is already benefitting millions of users across the globe, and you’ll learn how you can be one of them.

Join us as we decrypt Bitcoin, from its enigmatic beginnings in late 2008 to a look at its promising future. We’ll also explore the breakthrough technology underneath Bitcoin—”the blockchain”—and how it can change more than just our relationship with money; it can transform our societies, our governments, our businesses, and possibly our every interaction.

What is Bitcoin? How does Bitcoin work? What is a blockchain?

The idea for peer-to-peer Bitcoin transactions (and the blockchain technology allowing them) was published in October 2008 by an anonymous user—or group of users—under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakomoto. By 2010, Bitcoin grew to be the world’s top performing currency, a feat it would repeat in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015. Today, there’s more than 10 billion US dollars’ worth of Bitcoin in circulation, with millions of Bitcoin transactions occurring each day.

Digital, electronic money transfers have been around for decades, but what sets Bitcoin apart is that it is completely decentralized; no single person or institution controls the Bitcoin network. And its structure, money supply, and the transaction record can’t be manipulated by any bank, government, organization, or rogue bad actor.

The Bitcoin network is made up of thousands of independent computers—called nodes—located across the world. Rather than having one central party control a private ledger, each node on the Bitcoin network maintains its own copy of the blockchain, a distributed public ledger which some have called “the biggest thing since the internet.”

At its essence, the blockchain keeps track of every Bitcoin transaction that’s ever taken place, and enables what is called distributed consensus—each node on the network can mathematically verify that the ledger is accurate and has not been altered. And each node can see that the copy of the blockchain they are using matches the blockchain data that other independent nodes are using. There is no central party controlling the ledger; it only gets updated by the consensus of nodes around the world. This is why Economist Magazine dubbed the blockchain “the trust machine.”

Benefits of Bitcoin — Why Are Millions of People Using Bitcoin?

There’s a lot more in-depth explanation in the video above, but here are just a few of the reasons why more people are using Bitcoin everyday:

  • Send Money to Anyone, Anywhere, Almost Instantly, with Low- to No-Transaction Fees!
    Bitcoin’s low- to no-fee transactions are already disrupting several markets. Some of the largest relief will be for remittance payments, money sent home by people working in other countries. This is a HUGE economy, with an estimated 580 billion dollars flowing to families in developing countries. Banks and companies like Western Union take an average of 9% of that, though it can reach as high as a whopping 16% for something Bitcoin does essentially for free.
  • YOU Are Your Own Bank! Bitcoin is Peer-to-Peer!
    YOU control YOUR money! Transactions are handled with a buyer and seller only… no middlemen taking a cut of the sale. There is no third party holding your funds, no monthly account charges, no overdrafts, no “convenience” fees for spending or transferring funds. All users can view the code to ensure that
  • Bitcoin is Secure, Open-Source, and Protects Users’ Privacy!
    Bitcoin mixes the digital ease of credit card payments with the privacy of a cash sale. With credit cards, you hand over your sensitive private data and account number every single time you buy something. Credit card and bank data centers are constantly warding off cyber attackers, at great cost, though they’ve been less than successful. With a decentralized network like Bitcoin, there is no single point to attack. No stored private data to steal. You don’t have to trust any third party to store your funds or information. Again, YOU are your own bank!
  • Save Money on Everyday Purchases with Bitcoin!
    Tools like Bitcoin debit cards now let people spend their cryptocoins anywhere credit cards are accepted, and several third-party tools such as Gyft.com and Purse.io have popped up that help Bitcoin users actually SAVE MONEY on their Amazon orders and on gift cards for everyday purchases from places like Starbucks and Target.
  • Providing Banking to the FOUR BILLION Unbanked People in the World!
    The estimated 4,000,000,000 people on earth who currently don’t have reliable access to banks can now plug in to the global financial network… with nothing more than a cell phone that can send a text message!
  • Bitcoin as an Investment / Price Speculation
    Bitcoin has also attracted plenty of users because the price can still be quite volatile, enticing speculators to buy low and sell high. Online exchange markets allow users to invest in and trade cryptocurrencies just like a stock market, only this runs 24/7 and there’s no need to go through a costly broker. As with any investment, it’s best to do some additional homework before considering jumping in. Don’t invest any money you can’t afford to lose.
  • Bitcoin Enables Micropayments!
    Bitcoin and blockchain technology allow for micropayments: small amounts like a few pennies or fractions of a cent. This is of particular interest to the financial industry, and as the advertising industry continues to slowly die—clogging your browser windows with more clutter and spyware to support “free” content—micropayments could allow people to access the content they want without being subjected to invasive ads or needing to sign up for a full unlimited subscription to all the site’s content.
  • Bitcoin Benefits for Merchants / Businesses
    There are numerous large online retailers—and a growing number of savvy brick-and-mortar businesses across the world—jumping on the bandwagon. Accepting traditional credit card payments is expensive for merchants; Bitcoin’s low transaction fees save business owners serious money! Credit card transactions are also vulnerable to fraudulent payment reversals and chargebacks. Bitcoin payments are not reversible, making malicious chargebacks a relic of the past. Checks and electronic/ACH transfers can take days or weeks to clear; Bitcoin payments are sent nearly instantly and confirmed within minutes.
  • The Robust Community of Bitcoin Enthusiasts!
    Bitcoin is fascinating, and Bitcoin users are fascinating people! There’s a robust community of inspired people that are excited to help new users learn the ropes for using Bitcoin casually or how to accept Bitcoin for your business.

How Can I Get Bitcoin?

You may have heard of Bitcoin “mining,” which we make a point to explain in this video. Yes, mining is one way to get Bitcoin, though it’s not really considered cost effective to get started mining at this point without significant investment and very low electricity rates. There are plenty of easier ways to get Bitcoin, thankfully.

For many, the simplest way to get Bitcoin is to just find someone in their area who uses it. There are currently 900+ local Bitcoin groups across the globe on Meetup.com! And a website called LocalBitcoins.com connects people around the world, allowing them to trade traditional currency or other items like Amazon gift cards for Bitcoin, online or in person. Bitcoin ATM Radar also has a map of Bitcoin ATM and Bitcoin Vending Machines around the world! And Australians will soon be able to buy Bitcoin over-the-counter at newsstands across the country.

You can also buy Bitcoin using your bank account or debit card using a Bitcoin app such as Coinbase, Airbitz, or Mycelium. (When you join Coinbase using this link and buy $100USD (or equivalent) in Bitcoin within 180 days, you AND 5th Quill Studios will each receive a Bitcoin bonus equivalent to $10USD!)

Perhaps you’re someone who sells products online or owns a business, or maybe you’ve got a blog or media channel that you’d like to monetize? Accepting Bitcoin as payment is extremely easy to set up. In fact, one of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms—Shopify.com—has helped thousands of entrepreneurs, crafters, freelancers, and other merchants to take Bitcoin, all with just a few simple clicks!

Where Can I Spend My Bitcoin?

Over a million items are available at discount retailer Overstock.com. Got a travel bug? Expedia.com is ready to book your dream trip with Bitcoin! Microsoft users can buy apps for Windows phones as well as movies, videos, and video games for Xbox One. Steam, the massively popular video game platform with 125 million users, announced in April 2016 that they too were accepting Bitcoin. Software & hardware vendors like TigerDirect, Dell, and Newegg are a few of the other bigger names. And several third-party services such as Gyft.com and Purse.io allow people to purchase gift cards for all kinds of stores—like Amazon and Target—using Bitcoin, often at a discount!

To find more vendors who accept Bitcoin, visit UseBitcoins.info and check out the new, decentralized free market platform: OpenBazaar.

Learn More About Bitcoin — Additional Resources

Here a just a few of the better resources available for Bitcoin enthusiasts—novice, expert, or anywhere in between:


Header image via LBRY.io

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Randy Clemens http://www.randyclemens.com <![CDATA[RECIPE: Yummy Gluten Free 2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes]]> http://randyclemens.com/?p=1566 2016-04-11T20:53:39Z 2016-04-11T19:34:48Z I’d heard rumors of these two-ingredient grain-free pancakes floating around for a few months, and I couldn’t wait to give them a whirl. Made with only bananas and eggs, this ...
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I’d heard rumors of these two-ingredient grain-free pancakes floating around for a few months, and I couldn’t wait to give them a whirl. Made with only bananas and eggs, this pancake recipe couldn’t be easier to make! Of course there are plenty of ways to doll it up to suit your tastes or to rotate different flavors for some variety, but at its core, it’s just a marriage of two simple ingredients coming together to make a delicious, nutritious breakfast. (Or brunch. Or breakfast for dinner.)

2-Ingredient Easy Grain-Free Pancake recipe

Simply toss the bananas and eggs into a food processor or blender and whizz it around until you’ve got a smooth pancake batter. The bananas provide the starch you’d normally get from flour, while the eggs add a little fat and protein, plus they help hold it all together. (No cruel, factory-farmed eggs from hens in battery cages please.) And since there’s no flour, these pancakes are gluten-free, grain-free, and Paleo-friendly! (Sub coconut oil for the butter to keep them dairy-free as well!)

Now then, it bears mentioning that these do taste quite a bit like bananas, so if that’s not your thing, maybe this isn’t the pancake recipe for you. But if you’re like me and you do like bananas, you’re in for a treat!

Gluten Free paleo pancakes recipe made with bananas & eggs

I wanted to keep the base pancake recipe fairly simply for my first try, so I just mixed in a few sprinkles of cinnamon and a dash of salt with the banana-egg batter… but the flavor combo possibilities are seemingly endless! I’m dreaming of mixing in a teaspoon of cacao powder and some toasted coconut mixed into the batter… or a touch of finely ground espresso with chopped pecans? Or a tablespoon of honey, a splash of vanilla, and some macadamia nuts? Or perhaps a tablespoon of Nutella or chunky peanut butter, topped with some warm jam as they come off the griddle? Or maybe put a small handful of fresh berries and/or chocolate chips on the pancakes just after the batter is poured? Fresh lemon zest and minced thyme for something savory? (Subbing pomegranate molasses for maple syrup could be fun for that one too!) The list is only limited by your imagination!

On the subject of flipping, it’s worth mentioning that these banana pancakes can be a little tricky to flip compared to traditional pancakes, as the batter is quite different. Here are the tips I’ve found that helped ensure a successful pancake flip each time:

* Make your banana pancake batter thick… thicker than you would for traditional pancakes; the batter shouldn’t spread out very much when you pour it on the skillet. Thicken with more banana if necessary. You can also toss 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon of flax seeds or chia seeds into the food processor and blend it with the batter, which will gel and cause it to thicken even more after sitting for a few minutes.

* It’s all about the spatula! I recommend using a wide spatula that isn’t very thick, like the OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Pancake Turner.

* Keep your banana pancakes on the smaller side; two to three tablespoons of batter should make a nice three- to four-inch pancake.

* Cover your pan! This way the steam is captured, allowing the tops of the pancakes to firm up and hold together while the bottom browns from the direct heat of the pan.

Recipe: Easy 2-Ingredient Grain-Free Banana Pancakes

 

Easy, Delicious 2-Ingredient Grain-Free Pancakes
 
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Made with just bananas and eggs, this easy recipe for 2-ingredient pancakes makes a delicious, nutritious start to your day. Grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free too if using coconut oil in place of butter!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6 to 8 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
  • Butter or coconut oil, for cooking and serving
  • Real maple syrup, for serving
Instructions
  1. Place the bananas, eggs, and salt in a food processor. Blend until a thick batter is formed (slightly thicker than traditional pancake batter) adding more banana to thicken, if necessary.
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  3. Heat a large pan or griddle over a medium flame. Melt a pat of butter or coconut oil and allow it to heat up and spread around the pan.
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  5. Drop 2-3 tablespoons of batter into the pan to form each pancake. (Though these pancakes need nothing more, this is a great opportunity to sprinkle on any extras you like such as chocolate chips, sliced berries, chopped nuts, etc. See notes above in the blog post for more flavor ideas!)
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  7. Cover the pan and allow the pancakes to cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
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  9. Uncover the pan and check under the pancakes to see if they've browned. Slide your spatula underneath the pancakes gently to see if they hold their shape well enough to be flipped. Feel free to let them cook a little longer if you feel at all iffy.
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  11. Flip the pancakes gently using a wide, thin spatula. Cover and let brown on the other side, about 3-5 minutes.
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  13. Serve immediately or hold in a warm oven while cooking any remaining batter. (This recipe scales well; you can easily double or triple this recipe to serve a bigger crowd.)
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  15. Serve with a pat of butter or coconut oil and a drizzle REAL maple syrup, grade B if you can find it. (None of that crappy high-fructose corn syrup-based "table syrups" here please.)
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  17. Keep it simple or jazz it up with a few sprinkles of cinnamon, some fresh berries... whatever tickles your fancy!
Recipe: Easy 2-Ingredient Paleo Pancakes made with Bananas & Eggs

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Right near the middle of 2013, I wrote fairly openly about the passing of my parents—my father finally drinking himself to death after 15 years of trying, and less than a month later, my mother succumbing to the aggressive lymphoma she’d been diagnosed with about 15 months prior.

Ever since, I’ve been in a bit of a quandary in regards to what to do with their final remains—a euphemism that the mortuary industry uses in place of “corpse” or “ashes,” delivered with an air of elegance so thick it should have its own line item on your receipt. Each time I heard it… “final remains” … I felt like I was at one of those posh, pretentious restaurants that serves French fries, but they fetch $12 an order because they’re listed as pommes frites on the menu.

They both wanted to be cremated, though neither of them had any specific instructions or requests regarding what to do with the ashes, and I suppose it never really crossed my mind to ask. I passed on the fancy urns—outrageously marked up to reassure you that you’re getting the VERY best for your recently departed—and instead asked for their most modestly priced receptacle.

(^ I don’t think she got the reference.)

After going through the insultingly large hurdles of paperwork and government/court regulations that I had to pay lawyers thousands of dollars to translate, I received the ashes inside two ugly, nondescript boxes that still somehow cost somewhere around $80 each. Inside each box, there was a sealed bag holding the ash… ahem, final remains… of one of my parents. “It’s not a totally even consistency,” the woman said when I came to pick up ma. What? “There’s usually some tiny bone fragments. We like letting people know so they’re not alarmed if they decide to scatter them.”

I was pretty sour at my dad in the last few years of his life. Just when you thought he couldn’t fuck up more, he would… and boy did he seem to like trying to take everybody else down with him. Regardless, I never considered doing something unkind with his ashes. Despite his shortcomings, I knew that this was an opportunity to lay him to rest… in peace… something he unfortunately wasn’t able to find for himself in his time here. I may have lost my respect for him, but I still wanted to have a chance to honor his life and thank him for his sacrifices.

On the other hand, my mom and I were nearly as close during the last year of her life as we were during the very first year of mine. I’d originally wanted to scatter bits of her ashes in different places I traveled, but given how terrible the TSA is, I never did think having a small bag of a strange, white-ish powder in my suitcase would be a good idea.

So I kept the boxes in my house and waited until the right opportunity presented itself. I didn’t dedicate any brain space to actively thinking about what I wanted to do to honor them, but one thing I knew for certain was that I didn’t like the idea of keeping their essence… alright, their final remains… locked away inside of a plastic cage, completely removed and detached from all that is alive, changing, shifting, and co-evolving on this floating rock in space. Divorced from the place from whence they came.

My parents had a rather contentious relationship to say the least. Divorce was arguably the best thing that ever happened to them, but even good things must come to an end, so they say. After a decade of separation, they remarried, against pretty much everyone else’s better judgment. They moved into my grandparents’ old home, a beautiful respite overlooking Canyon Lake in Southern California that I’d always loved visiting as a kid. It reminded me a lot of the house from On Golden Pond, a film my parents used to watch pretty often. It shares the story of a family that’s been through their share of growing pains over the years, and their heartfelt struggle to heal old wounds during a visit to their summer cottage, and for whatever silly reason, I jokingly named my grandparents’ place “the On Golden Pond house” when my folks tried rekindling their wickless relationship there.

About a month after moving to New Hampshire, my friend BuMps played a music video for me called “Granite State of Mind”, a parody of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” that gives a shout-out to all the neat stuff that comes from NH. And just around the minute-forty mark, up pops the movie cover from On Golden Pond. I froze and felt a tear cascade down my cheek and fall from my jaw, agape in disbelief. It turns out that it was filmed at a cabin right on Little Squam Lake in Holderness, NH, just under an hour from where I now call home. It was one of those moments where you really question coincidence and wonder if there are little encrypted messages like these scattered throughout your life’s journey, covertly hinting that you’re somehow in the place you’re supposed to be and to keep exploring this chapter you’ve chosen to open.

My aunt and uncle came out to visit and witness some of the stunning autumn foliage changes that New Hampshire is famous for, and it seemed like just the opportunity I’d been waiting for to place my parents’ final remains to rest. We went to Little Squam Lake, thoroughly enjoying the warm, rich colors nature had painted just for our drive. We found a quiet, secluded alcove along the water and solemnly sprinkled mom and dad back into the great circle of life… two more loons now returned to nest on Golden Pond. 🙂

Sprinkling ashes after cremation

Scattering parents' ashes & saying final goodbye

Scattering ashes at Little Squam Lake, NH

“Don’t hang on. Nothing lasts forever, but the earth and sky. It’s there always… and all your money won’t another minute buy.”


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Since moving to New Hampshire in April as part of the Free State Project, I’ve really enjoyed finding how much of a focus there is here on local food and small farms! Most recently, I ventured out to visit Benedikt Dairy Farm in Goffstown, NH and Rock Salt Creamery in Sanbornton, NH to see what they had to offer.

To hear more about both of these fantastic New Hampshire artisans, check out my radio segment about them on “Food For Thought with Carol and Mike” below! I’m on the air (WTPL 107.7FM) every other Monday from 1-1:30pm ET talking about veggies, healthy cooking, and healthy living! Meatless Monday FTW! I chat about my visits to Benedikt Dairy and Rock Salt Creamery on this segment:

 

100% grass-fed organic Jersey milk Camembert from Benedikt Dairy in Goffstown, NH

100% grass-fed organic Jersey milk Camembert (photo courtesy Benedikt Dairy, Goffstown, NH)

Walking into the farmstand at Benedikt Dairy, a glass-doored cooler shows off glass bottles of fresh raw milk for sale, along with several cheeses owners Max and Melissa Benedikt have crafted from their herd’s milk. Raw cream, pasteurized butter, and pasteurized cream-on-top yogurt also line the fridge shelves, flanked by a gorgeous selection of produce from their own fields and from friends and neighbors of theirs. I picked up two big containers of AMAZING organic blueberries, two gorgeous eggplant, a bunch of basil and parsley for the house. My partner also grabbed a few pounds of Benedikt’s grass-fed beef for herself and a few of our friends that asked if she could pick up for them. (Yay community!) The other cool thing? There was a self-service honor system box where you wrote down what you bought, dropped your funds in and got out your change! (You don’t see that in the big city!) Of course, if you need any help or have any questions, someone from the farm will gladly walk you through your purchase. (They also run a CSA program!)

The beautiful grounds at Benedikt Dairy Farm in Goffstown, NH

The beautiful grounds at Benedikt Dairy Farm in Goffstown, NH

Then it was off to Rock Salt Creamery, located right next to Heritage Farm Pancake House in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire! My friend Chris recommended we stop in since he’d heard so many great things about their ice cream. Besides being delicious, their ice cream is actually all vegan!

Delicious vegan ice cream from Rock Salt Creamery in Sanbornton, NH It’s made with a base of organic cashews that have been soaked and blended up with a variety of different flavors. I’d tried their maple-walnut bar on a stick (dipped in chocolate because… I mean…) at the 3rd Annual New Hampshire VegFest back in May, but this time coffee-hazelnut was calling my name. We hung out for a bit on their beautiful property, played on the swings, and picked up some fresh zucchini on the way out the door. Besides their amazing vegan ice cream, Rock Salt Creamery also sells some produce from their land, and they also carry an assortment of health supplements and health foods in bulk, in addition to a few choice books for those interested in cleaner eating and cleaner living.

Rock Salt Creamery in Sanbornton, NH -- not your typical ice cream shop, not your typical ice cream!

Rock Salt Creamery in Sanbornton, NH — not your typical ice cream shop, not your typical ice cream!

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Randy Clemens http://www.randyclemens.com <![CDATA[Quick, Easy, Healthy Popsicle Recipe made with Coconut Water]]> http://randyclemens.com/?p=1496 2015-12-12T18:22:19Z 2015-09-08T23:02:07Z While scrolling through Pinterest one day, I came across a really neat recipe for making your own quick, healthy, popsicles using only two ingredients: fruit and coconut water! No added sugar, ...
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While scrolling through Pinterest one day, I came across a really neat recipe for making your own quick, healthy, popsicles using only two ingredients: fruit and coconut water! No added sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup, and none of the stabilizers / gums / dyes / flavorings / preservatives / other garbage that usually makes it into food that comes from a factory.

The frightening ingredient list on usual popsicles. Making your own can be cheaper and wayyyy healthier!

Nope nope nope

Since when did wanting a cool, refreshing frozen treat on a hot summer day subject you to getting diabetes? Horrid, really. Anyway, enough negative thoughts… that’s why we’re all here. We’re looking for a positive alternative. Something delicious, nutritious, easy, quick, and cheap to make. Great news: it’s here and it’s kinda ridiculously easy, with a ton less sugar than if you used fruit juice as the base, which probably still has less sugar than those nasty frankenpops from the grocery store. Not only is this popsicle recipe quick and easy, the variations are practically endless! Not to mention how refreshing and hydrating that coconut water is with all of the electrolytes it contains!

I picked out these BPA-free popsicle molds from Amazon because they catch any drips and you can slurp out any excess liquid that happens to melt if you’re not eating it fast enough or if it’s disgustingly hot that particular day! But really, no special equipment is required. You could totally use small paper cups and old-school wooden popsicle sticks if you wanted to! If you’re making these popsicles with kids, of course they’ll love the colors and presentation of the popsicle molds, but really, at the end of the day, they’re excited to be eating something unique that they helped make!

Quick, easy, healthy popsicle recipe made with coconut water. No added sugar! Great for kids! No high-fructose corn syrup!

RECIPE: Quick, Easy, Healthy 2-Ingredient Popsicles
 
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Quick & easy 2-ingredient popsicles that are inexpensive to make, good for you, and a blast to make for kids! Coconut water is full of electrolytes and vitamins to help keep you hydrated on even the hottest of days!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 popsicles
Ingredients
  • 1 11-oz. carton coconut water
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit, cut into friendly bite-sized pieces
Instructions
  1. Divide fruit evenly between eight popsicle molds, alternating flavors and colors of fruit within each popsicle to make each bite different and exciting. Try to leave the center clear toward the top of the molds so that your sticks can be placed in easily.
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  3. Top up the popsicle molds with your favorite brand of coconut water—I like CoCo Libre Organic Coconut Water—or fresh young coconut water if you like.
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  5. Place the sticks/tops on the popsicle molds and put in the freezer until frozen, about 4 hours.
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  7. NOTES:
  8. * Feel free to use WHATEVER fruit you like! I like to use a mix of fresh or frozen berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Pineapple and kiwi are also fun! Peaches, cherries... you name it!
  9. * And if you aren't looking for big chunks of fruit in your popsicles, feel free to blend the fruit up with the coconut water and freeze it like that! (Or just mix fruit juice and coconut water to taste... it'll help cut some of the juice's high sugar content.)
  10. * Feeling a little zesty? Stir in a bit of citrus zest! Want something creamier? Use coconut milk instead of coconut water! Go bananas! Or maybe you want something a little savory? Try cucumber and mint, or carrot and ginger!
  11. * And if a little more sweetness is desired, you can also mix in a touch of honey, agave nectar, or a few drops of stevia to the coconut water before pouring it into the popsicle molds.
 

Low-sugar easy popsicle recipe made with two ingredients: fruit and coconut water!

Another satisfied customer! 😉

Additional healthy coconut water popsicle recipes:
Strawberry Mango Chia Popsicle recipe [SuperHealthyKids.com]

White Peach, Kiwi, Coconut Water Popsicles [GourmandeInTheKitchen.com]

Carrot-Ginger Coconut Water Popsicle recipe [TheNewPotato.com]

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Randy Clemens http://www.randyclemens.com <![CDATA[Loving Myself & Saying Goodbye to Fear and Shame]]> http://randyclemens.com/?p=1476 2015-09-03T22:53:06Z 2015-09-02T21:54:30Z There are two big emotions I’ve chosen to work through since my move to New Hampshire, and it’s not always been pretty finding just how much these two feelings have overtaken ...
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There are two big emotions I’ve chosen to work through since my move to New Hampshire, and it’s not always been pretty finding just how much these two feelings have overtaken parts of my life. My decision-making process. My ability to be present in the moment. Fear and shame grew to be deeply rooted in my subconscious, and it’s taken a lot of difficult reflection to begin snapping out of their toxic spells, but I’ve come to a point where I no longer wish to give that much power to these emotions. All these things I’ve ever been ashamed of… where did that come from? I really wanted to find out what was at the root here, and when it finally got to the point where I was ashamed of having so much shame… I figured facing it head on to wipe it all away wasn’t going to be easy, but anything had to be easier than drudging through all of these awful, belittling feelings til death do us part.

There were two types of shame I often struggled with: the first of which I’ll call real shame (for lack of a better term) like the disbelief I felt when reflecting back on what an absolute bully I was for many years in school, and other skeletons from who I used to be; the other is what I came to call perceived shame—that is, shame I projected on myself with little or no basis in reality. This is not to take away from the VERY REAL feelings of shame and pain that can be produced—it can be crippling!—but these things I was ashamed of, these things I felt must be hidden from others, were ultimately creations of my mind. An ego feverishly hard at work, fruitlessly attempting to control how others saw it.

I’d manufactured this version of myself in my head that thought he was superior to others for any number of reasons… an ego with a polished, practiced narrative that had it all figured out. A defense mechanism that protected me from the difficulty of looking at why I judged myself and others so harshly. Always fun and jovial on the outside, but inside, I was constantly consumed with how others were perceiving me. Constantly feeding off of feedback cues, desperately scanning for signs of acceptance, love, and worth. “If they knew these things about me, they’d see the true me and see that I’m a fraud and they won’t love me and nobody will ever love me, therefore I’m worthless…” is probably along the lines of what my subconscious spiral was. It became so prevalent that it felt natural to think like this, despite the fact that it looks pretty ridiculous and farfetched right there on the screen, doesn’t it?

To lean into this negative thought spiral, to see why it so effortlessly triggered itself during most interactions, I made a list of all the (unsurprisingly superficial) things I’ve ever been ashamed of It’s incredible how silly it all sounds… the things you can measure yourself up against others with… the things most consumer media is obsessed with reminding you all about. You’re deficient and they’ve got the cure, they say. (Don’t buy it!) These things I obsessed over, as if they somehow defined who I was and who I would always be… that I’d never be able to escape them and that I was better off hiding part of who I am rather than letting people see the real me. The whole me. I was denying part of my essence, failing to face it, to fear acknowledging it, never learning or growing from it. Wanting desperately to be vulnerable, to open up, but always afraid I’d say something someone didn’t like.

But when I finally gave in to the fact that I could not control how others perceive me—no matter how hard I try!—I also engrained in my brain that I could control my actions, my reactions, and my own feelings… that this love and acceptance I was seeking could only come from one place: it must come from within me, otherwise I’ll always be seeking it.

“What we learned in childhood is ubiquitous throughout our entire culture, and taught to each crop of new humans: ‘Love is a commodity that lives outside of you, and you must be good, do it right, behave, and perform properly, in order to receive your share.’ That is the lie of love.” —Allan Hardman

After much searching, a couple pivotal explorations with psychedelics (more on that later), and lots of and listening and learning from cherished friends and trusted guides… through several breakdowns and countless breakthroughs, I can now say: Even with all my imperfections—real, imagined, or somewhere in between—I am my own unlimited source of love, I accept myself completely, and I am worthy of giving and receiving love.

And with that acknowledgement of unlimited love comes an overwhelming sense of relief and peace within me and around me, the positive effects of which I feel more and more each day. That simple statement allowed me to let go of so many things I’d been inadvertently holding onto, and it’s been immensely liberating. It was the underlying fear that I’d be unloved which was causing this shame and this desire to control my image. (If only they could see me this way, they’d love me!”) And now that I’ve tapped into this bottomless spring of love, acceptance, and self-worth, I can take that control back from others and focus on making my actions, reactions, and feelings more positive and coming from a place of love.

In facing my shame and fear with love and forgiveness for myself, without judgment or blame, I’ve derived great strength, confidence, and a knowing that all the qualities I possess—”good” or “bad” or otherwise being inconsequential—are part of what’s made me who I am. There are things I can choose to change, there are things I can’t change, but no matter how others may judge me, I can choose to focus my energy into being the best me I can be rather than what I think someone else might want me to be. (And really, who the hell knows what other people are thinking? I feel as though I barely know what’s happening in my own mind sometimes!)

Haters gonna hate, and if someone thinks that the best use of their time is judging me (or anyone else for that matter), well… go right ahead. But if you do, are you prepared to take a serious look at what it means to acknowledge that as the best use of your time? I bet there’s a list of about a million other things that would be a better use of everyone’s time! And I bet there’s another list of things you’re ashamed or afraid of too. Here’s hoping you can make something positive of it! Lovers gonna love.

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Randy Clemens http://www.randyclemens.com <![CDATA[Fighting Unjust Laws with Jury Nullification]]> http://randyclemens.com/?p=1432 2015-05-22T19:48:07Z 2015-05-22T15:46:50Z

“It is presumed, that juries are the best judges of facts; it is, on the other hand, presumed that courts are the best judges of law. But still both objects ...
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“It is presumed, that juries are the best judges of facts; it is, on the other hand, presumed that courts are the best judges of law. But still both objects are within your power of decision… you [juries] have a right to take it upon yourselves to judge both, and to determine the law as well as the fact in controversy.” —John Jay, first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, State of Georgia v. Brailsford (1794)

You’re out on a leisurely walk in the city one day, simply going about your business and keeping to yourself, when… crap! People handing out informational literature. Uggghh. Don’t they have anything better to do? You’ve clearly spotted them and worse yet, they spotted you spotting them! Good luck escaping their tractor beam now!

Potential jurors receive Jury Nullification information from volunteers with the Free State Project and Rights Brigade

Potential juror discusses Jury Nullification information with volunteers from Rights Brigade & the Free State Project outside of a courthouse in Dover, New Hampshire

You briefly consider reaching for your cell phone to pretend to take a call, but it’s too late. It’s clear that there’s no way to weasel out of accepting their disruptive pamphlet, so you force a polite, acknowledging smile, or construct a curious, inquisitive glance as you take the propaganda from their outstretched hand, feigning interest juuuuuussstt until you’re out of their field of view (probably), at which point you can safely discard whatever it was they were peddling without looking like a terrible, close-minded person.

Sound familiar? Or is that just the process that usually runs through my head when I see someone handing out unsolicited pamphlets? (To be fair, it is usually promotional garbage trying to get us to buy something, or telling us we’re going to some version of hell if we don’t repent for our existence, etc.) Well, even despite my less-than-savory feelings about this method of interpersonal exchange, I was actually on the other side of it for the first time this week, volunteering my time to help spread awareness of an incredible right that we as Americans possess, but simply aren’t informed of: jury nullification of law.

“Jury Nullification is the term given to the process where the jury of a criminal case acquits the defendant regardless if he has broken the law in question. The jury would do this in a case where they judge the law to be unjust, therefore the jury can vote to find the defendant innocent since the jury found the law itself to be immoral, unfair, unjustly applied, or unconstitutional.”

When fellow liberty-loving activist and Free State Project participant Joël Valenzuela posted that he was organizing an outreach event to inform potential jurors about jury nullification and their rights as jurors, I knew I wanted to get involved. Tuesday morning at 6:00am, my phone’s alarm shot out of its speaker like the Big Bang, doubling as a defibrillator to really jumpstart my day. And despite the forecast of potential rain (spolier: it definitely rained) out in Dover, New Hampshire, I made the drive out to the Strafford County Superior Court – William A. Grimes Justice & Administration Building to help spread a message of true justice along with Joël and several other volunteers he organized through his activism group: Rights Brigade. And I’m pleased to report we were met with largely open ears… except for that one “don’t know, don’t wanna know” guy. Ah, willful ignorance…

Volunteer activists from the Free State Project educate New Hampshire jurors about jury nullification of unjust laws

Troy Brown, Joël Valenzuela, Donna (aka BuMps) & Rich Priolo, James Davis, and Randy Clemens ready to hand out Jury Nullification pamphlets! (brochures courtesy NHJury.com; photo courtesy RightsBrigade.com)

So what exactly is Jury Nullification of Law?
Jury nullification of law—or just “jury nullification” for short—is a process by which a juror not only examines the testimony and facts of the case to deliver a verdict, but also weighs whether or not the law is unjust or being unfairly applied.

When has Jury Nullification been used effectively to acquit victims of unjust laws?
Jury Nullification is a powerful tool that empowers jurors to bring into question the validity of laws that punish victimless “crimes” such as those that create Prohibition of substances that the government doesn’t like, such as raw milk, marijuana—be it recreational, medicinal, spiritual, or otherwise—and formerly, alcohol.

Other examples of “crimes” where Jury Nullification has been exercised to challenge unjust laws include those involving:

  • Conscription—refusal to join the military and/or fight in a war the “violator” feels to be unjust,
  • Licensure—people exercising a right to conduct private business without permission from the State. (Remember the two pastors & the 90-year-old vet that got arrested in Fort Lauderdale last year for feeding the homeless?)
  • The countless other manmade laws that restrict or otherwise control what a person does in their personal life, e.g. education, traveling, gardening, eating, walking, etc.

Historically, Jury Nullification has also been used to challenge the Fugitive Slave Act, seeking to acquit those who were harboring runaway slaves.

Who is the Court working for?
It’s important to note that the judge, prosecutor, and police all work for, and receive their salary, from the same place: the State, which I’ll take this opportunity to remind you is operated with our tax money. Defense attorneys, too, must be licensed by the State for compliance, and as such, they too become officers of the court, swearing an oath to uphold the law, making them ethically prohibited from directly advocating for Jury Nullification.

Laws exist across the U.S. restricting attorneys and defendants from informing jurors of an option to nullify and judges have been known to dismiss jurors who openly discuss nullification, assuming they’ve made it past the initial juror selection process.

In a courtroom stacked with officials on the same team who may find higher allegiance to the system which provides their paycheck rather than in promoting true justice, only the conscientious juror is present to speak objectively for the defendant.

There’s a reason the Constitution placed trust in juries—not judges—to determine criminal guilt.

“It is not only [a juror’s] right, but his duty… to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” —President John Adams

“The primary function of the independent juror is not, as many think, to dispense punishment to fellow citizens accused of breaking various laws, but rather to protect fellow citizens from tyrannical abuses of power by government. The Constitution guarantees you the right to trial by jury. This means that government must bring its case before a jury of The People if government wants to deprive any person of life, liberty, or property. Jurors can say no to government tyranny by refusing to convict.” —Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA)

If I am a juror, can I be punished for following my conscience and nullifying?
One word: NOPE. But I’m sure the 3,278 people serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent crimes will thank you.

What can I do to help create greater awareness of Jury Nullification?
There are certainly efforts to keep Jury Nullifation awareness limited. Even here in New Hampshire, where I recently moved to enjoy greater personal liberties as part of the Free State Project, there are government officials fighting vehemently to overturn the strides made toward fostering an open dialog about Jury Nullification. Currently, defendants are allowed to ask the judge in a case to deliver these instructions to a New Hampshire jury: “Even if you find that the State has proven each and every element of the offense charged beyond a reasonable doubt, you may still find the defendant not guilty if you have a conscientious feeling that a not guilty verdict would be a fair result in this case.” … though the New Hampshire Supreme Court recently ruled that it still does not endorse jury nullification, and the NH State House’s judiciary committee is still entertaining testimonies that support not informing jurors of their full rights. Troubling to be sure.

For more information on your rights as a juror, jury nullification, or to get involved with activism/spreading the word, check out:

And for fellow New Hampshire residents, check out NHJury.com and RightsBrigade.com for more info. And if you’re inspired to get more involved with activism and working toward greater personal liberties, make the move to New Hampshire yourself like I did! Free State Project FTW!

I’m not a lawyer and this should not be confused with legal advice. The text and images of this post were created by RandyClemens.com, except where noted, and are released for use for non-commercial purposes with proper credit/attribution/linking under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0.

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Randy Clemens http://www.randyclemens.com <![CDATA[PorcFest: Free State Project’s Porcupine Freedom Festival]]> http://randyclemens.com/?p=1423 2015-09-08T23:03:17Z 2015-05-19T04:20:46Z

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Free State Project's PorcFest -- Porcupine Freedom Festival -- Lancaster, NH

It’s been a little over a month and a half since I moved from Los Angeles to New Hampshire for the Free State Project and I’m really excited to be attending my first “PorcFest” in June! And while I’ve certainly been keeping busy with getting settled and checking out the incredible scenery, I have been trying to get involved as a volunteer and activist, helping to spread the message of liberty! One of the first tasks I signed up for? Helping to write the PorcFest press release! Here she is; hope to see you there! I can’t wait!


PorcFest XII comes to New Hampshire!

LANCASTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The 12th Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival—affectionately known as “PorcFest”—is a weeklong celebration of freedom and community, organized by volunteers from the Free State Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is successfully moving 20,000 liberty-minded participants to New Hampshire to create a decentralized society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property.

PorcFest returns to the privately-owned Roger’s Campground in Lancaster, NH from June 21-28, where an expected 2,000 attendees will enjoy a one-of-a-kind camping event, filled with activities for families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Campfires, panel discussions, presentations, movies, live talk shows, dancing, singing, music, food, parties, a newbie shoot for those new to firearms, and all around liberty-loving good times will be found at the most electrifying freedom event of the year.

“New Hampshire is the future of liberty,” says Carla Gericke, president of the Free State Project. “We know the liberty message is growing, and PorcFest attendees get bragging rights to say they were at ground zero. Coming to PorcFest is like being in on the early floor of something like Burning Man, which even Grover Norquist attended last year.”

Featured speakers at PorcFest XII include:

  • Lenore Skenazy, the celebrated (and oft-maligned) author/writer/activist behind FreeRangeKids.com and the book Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) who can be seen on the reality TV show “World’s Worst Mom”; and
  • Philip M. Stinson, former Dover, NH police officer-turned-associate professor of Criminal Justice with Bowling Green State University, who manages the largest-known database of police misconduct in the country; and
  • Russ Baker, American investigative journalist who founded the non-profit website WhoWhatWhy. He is the author of Family of Secrets about the Bush dynasty, which Gore Vidal called “one of the most important books of the past ten years.”
  • Other topics of discussion throughout the week will focus on a wide variety of issues, such as: homeschooling/school choice, police militarization, community support, national surveillance, Bitcoin/cryptocurrency, agorism, food freedom, nonviolent protesting and civil disobedience, political activism, medical marijuana, jury nullification, and more.

“The best part about PorcFest is that there’s something for everyone, which sounds like a cliche, but it really is true,” Gericke continues. “There are aspects of learning, networking, and of course relaxing, but ultimately, PorcFest is about building a healthy community of like-minded people who are passionate about freedom… and who are actually willing to do something about it.”

PorcFest is family-friendly and open to anyone looking to celebrate freedom and individual liberties, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Free State Project. Information on tickets, lodging, etc. can be found at PorcFest.com.

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What others are saying about PorcFest:

  • “I had no idea, but now that I do, I wish I had started coming years ago.” —Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets”
  • “It’s like Woodstock for rational people.” —Roderick T. Long, Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University

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About the Free State Project

The Free State Project is a movement to get 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire, where they will work to create a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property. The Free State Project attracts participants from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and nationalities who agree with 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. The Free State Project is a 501(c)(3) entity; donations are tax-deductible. Find out more at http://www.freestateproject.org.

About New Hampshire

Consistently ranked among the safest and most beautiful places to live in the U.S., New Hampshire also has some of the lowest tax burdens and has a robust citizen legislature that provides the most representation per capita in the nation. For these reasons and countless others, New Hampshire was selected as the destination for the Free State Project in 2003.

About the Porcupine

The porcupine is an animal that has become synonymous with libertarians and the liberty movement as a whole. Porcupines are peaceful creatures that become defensive when subjected to aggression; their sharp quills are used in self-defense only as a last resort.

 

 

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