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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #330 on: November 22, 2005, 06:16:23 pm »

politicalGRAFFITI,

The video is excellent - well done!   8)

What else have you done?

Brian
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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #331 on: November 22, 2005, 09:12:50 pm »

politicalGRAFFITI,

The video is excellent - well done!   8)

What else have you done?

Brian

For the freedom movement in NH...

Getting alot of activity for the SS Card Burn video.
http://www.politicalgraffiti.com/nhfree/NHfree-SS_Card_Burn.mov

Got a couple hundred views of the Porc Fest video.
http://bureaucrash.politicalgraffiti.com/

Getting some traffic for the Open Carry video.
http://www.politicalgraffiti.com/nhfree/Open_Carry_11-12-05.mov

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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #332 on: November 22, 2005, 09:51:39 pm »

Nice.  Your website front page is very cool too.
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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #333 on: November 24, 2005, 03:41:46 pm »

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Russell, check it out, they are talking about you in the Czech Republic already. ;D
http://forum.libinst.cz/viewtopic.php?t=809

Too cool...

It was me. I've signed up for the FSP more than a year ago, am one of the four recent czech FSP participants (held here in cz by the US immigration policy only).
The Lib.institute is the only institution in this country, where libertarians gether, organize meetings, lectures, discussions, tax freedom day (June 14 :P), publish Hayek's, Rothbard's, Mises's boks etc.
Their forum.libinst.cz is one of the few places, where I can get in touch with the few (too few) libertarians in this country online. I tried to introduce the FSP there, explain to the other guys, what it is.

BTW, one reaction was: Is burning flags and irritating cops all what FSP is about ?   ;)

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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #334 on: November 24, 2005, 09:06:37 pm »

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Russell, check it out, they are talking about you in the Czech Republic already. ;D
http://forum.libinst.cz/viewtopic.php?t=809

Too cool...

It was me. I've signed up for the FSP more than a year ago, am one of the four recent czech FSP participants (held here in cz by the US immigration policy only).
The Lib.institute is the only institution in this country, where libertarians gether, organize meetings, lectures, discussions, tax freedom day (June 14 :P), publish Hayek's, Rothbard's, Mises's boks etc.


Their forum.libinst.cz is one of the few places, where I can get in touch with the few (too few) libertarians in this country online. I tried to introduce the FSP there, explain to the other guys, what it is.

BTW, one reaction was: Is burning flags and irritating cops all what FSP is about ?   ;)



Thanks for posting the link ;D

Several people have clicked through from your posting.

The 'Social Security Card Burn' was just a good visual... I thought it deserved to be covered. You can learn more about the "civil disobedience" approach to attempt to restore our freedoms at www.NHfree.com

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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #335 on: January 01, 2006, 07:17:52 am »

The Board of Directors meeting minutes show a lot of improvement!  Thank you!!   :)
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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #336 on: January 01, 2006, 11:31:54 am »

You're welcome! ;)

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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #337 on: January 01, 2006, 12:44:44 pm »

So who is on the board nowadays?
What is happening with the pr firms?
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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #338 on: January 01, 2006, 04:10:23 pm »

The current board consists of:  Jason, Jean, Varrin, Amanda and Steve.  One empty slot is going to be filled by a vote of the coordinators this month.  The other empty slot will likely be filled by the board this month.  If anyone is interested in running for the board seat you should contact Jason. Any candidate must be a FSP participant and of the age of maturity in the state of NV.

We have a trial project in motion with one PR firm to generate some local stories.  We should get an update on that soon.

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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #339 on: January 01, 2006, 07:00:45 pm »

 8)
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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #340 on: July 14, 2006, 12:31:21 pm »

/bump

I just reread Friday's first post.
Friday give us an update on the good and bad....  ;D
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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #341 on: July 14, 2006, 12:32:55 pm »

I really would like to know where we can do better - realistically.

Jason.. we (FSP) fail in that we don't do anything with new members.  After they join that is it.  See ya 5 years after we hit 20K.
How about a welcome letter signed by you and Amanda?  How about a packet full of NH details, websites with job postings, real estate details, news from NH?
Hell at the rate we are going we could probably get a personal phone call to each new member by the board.
 

Welcome letters are now being sent out.
With a real live autograph from V.
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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #342 on: July 14, 2006, 06:22:07 pm »

/bump

I just reread Friday's first post.
Friday give us an update on the good and bad....  ;D

How DARE you hold me accountable for something I posted on a public forum??  ;)  Anyway, I'm in power now, I don't have to answer to peons like you.  ;D

Kidding... let me reread my initial post and formulate a response.
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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #343 on: July 15, 2006, 09:04:24 am »

Alright, Dreepa, since you asked...

FSP Participants, Friends, libertarians, lend me your eyeballs, and let us discuss what is to be done with our beloved FSP.

As has been discussed at great length on this forum and elsewhere, the FSP has �issues�.  :P

Here is my current assessment of the progress that has been made on the issues I elucidated back in October.

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The current configuration of the Board of Directors is self-appointed and meets in secret.

This is still largely the case.  Of the seven current Directors (Jason, Steve, Varrin, Morey, Brian, Jon and myself), only Morey and I were elected by a group other than the Board itself.  This issue has been discussed by the Board at various times, but an official decision has not been made.  Jean spent some time formulating guidelines as to which group of FSP volunteers would qualify as the "voting body" in director elections, but I think we never followed through on finalizing that either.  There's actually a Board meeting today, but the agenda is absolutely gi-normous.  I will put this topic on the agenda for the August Board meeting, and make a motion.  It will then go into the minutes exactly how the current incarnation of the BoD comes down on this issue.

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The minutes of its meetings are a joke, IMHO.

I believe this issue has been resolved.  Former Secretary Jean made an effort to provide more verbose, informative minutes.  I'm Secretary now, and I attempt to not only provide minutes that are informative to non-attendees, but even include information that, strictly speaking, isn't applicable (for example, I include comments such as "The Board discussed this prior to the meeting").  Minutes are posted promptly on the FSP website:  http://freestateproject.org/about/bod_minutes  If you have any questions or concerns about the minutes, feel free to bring them to my attention.  I like to think I'm responsive to those who elected me (Dreepa!  ;) ).

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Some Directors and department heads go MIA for months at a time

This has been fixed.  All seven sitting Directors are VERY active and participate on this forum.  As for department heads, there are a few who, for whatever reason, aren't really into the forum, but in my experience, if you email them, they respond promptly.  I'm really not aware of a single person on the Org chart who is MIA anymore.  This is a good thing.  :)

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yet retain access to internal leadership discussion lists, while other very active members are refused admittance.

This is still an issue.  There is a private, invitation-only mailing list called the "Organizers List" (or the O-List for short), the purpose of which is to advise the Board on policy decisions.  Jason controls this list and has the discretion to add people to it (although he generally asks the other Directors for their opinions first).  The size of the list is currently fixed at 15 (I think?).  There are people on the list who haven't said a word in months.  There are other very active and thoughtful FSP volunteers who have not been invited onto the list.  Perhaps if a particular individual would like to be on the list, the appropriate action to take is to lobby Jason?

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There hasn�t been a board election since the summer of 2004.

There have been two elections since I posted that.  See above for more on the issue of electing Directors.

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The winner of that election became so disgruntled, for reasons that were never publicly spelled out, that she not only quit the Board, she quit this forum.

You may have already noticed the recent return of Kat!  Hooray!!  Welcome back, Kat.  :-*

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Several other Boardmembers and officers have disappeared over the years.

This is still an issue.  I find it mysterious, the number of people who used to spend gobs of time on the FSP, and now no longer weigh in at all.  I think it might be helpful to make a friendly gesture to some of those people.  Maybe time has healed their wounds, or their personal situations have changed, or whatever, and they'd now be willing to help out with the FSP again.   I'm thinking of people like Kelton, and Michelle, and Eddie, and Doug (aka Stumpy).  Any really old-timers with good people skills want to volunteer to take a stab at this?

to be continued... (man, I do ramble on at times, don't I?  :P )
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Re: Seditious Ramblings
« Reply #344 on: July 15, 2006, 10:19:50 am »

Even public DISCUSSION of BoD elections has been relocated to the Participants Only section, preventing prospective members from being fully informed about the history of an organization that, let�s face it, asks for a rather large dose of personal sacrifice.

Recently, Jon (who is in charge of this forum) asked for opinions re: reopening the archives.  I'm not sure what came of that.  Jon?  In any case, I believe the plan is to completely replace this forum in the near future.  Seth and/or Jon has the best info on that.

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It appears to have analysis paralysis; it has been sitting on over $30,000 in organizational funds for months now, unable to decide whether to spend it on a marketing campaign or a paid employee (resulting in the money being spent on neither).

This has been fixed.  We'll be spending money on a new winter conference.  I'll be spending money any minute now placing more print ads for First 1000 in some liberty-oriented publications.  The Board voted to continue using the PR firm PIC after the trial period ended, because it seems to be doing great work for us.  FYI, the head PR guy, Brian Gottstein, attended PorcFest. 

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Exciting and inspiring things are being done by early movers and friends of our cause in New Hampshire.  This is the proof that our concept is feasible, and must be shared with the rest of the world.
This continues to be a topic of heated debate.  There are two main factions: the one that wants to advertise the goings-on in NH loudly and proudly, and the one that believes that it's best to not advertise any goings-on, for fear of implying endorsement of some groups/individuals/activities and not others.  This item is on the agenda for today's BoD meeting.  I believe a decision is about to be made.

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There�s a growing schism between those who, officially, hold the reins of power over FSP policy, publicity and funds, and those of us who have actually put our lives where our mouths are by moving to New Hampshire and becoming political activists, in some cases at enormous personal cost.

Mixed bag on this one.  The Board now consists of 3 Directors who already have moved to NH, or will be doing so within a few months (Varrin, Brian and myself), and four directors with no immediate plans (to my knowledge; feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) to move (Jason, Steve, Morey and Jon).  Frankly, I'm not sure what to do about this.  I still think it's reasonable to ask leaders to do that which they ask others to do. 

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The denizens of the FSP forum, and those of the NH Underground forum, each pretend that the other doesn�t exist.
My sense is that this has improved somewhat.  There are numerous individuals who "hang out" on both fora.  There are a few FSP'ers who used to avoid the Underground, but now do occasionally make an appearance.  And vice versa.  It would be cool if certain Undergrounders would stop posting on this forum about how much it stinks in comparison to the other one, and how weak and ineffectual the FSP is in comparison to the Underground.  I don't believe that, and I can't think of any FSP'ers who are posting on the Underground forum in such a hostile and antagonistic manner.  We're not in competition with each other!

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The FSP leadership seems repulsed or frightened by the radicalism expressed on the Underground; yet, as far as I can see, the majority of regular posters there are bonafide FSP early movers, or NH natives friendly to our cause, or FSP participants who seem serious about relocating within the next few years.  The official forum, meanwhile, is dominated by nonmembers engaged in endless discussion that has nothing to do with the FSP.
Relations between the FSP leadership and the Underground "leadership" have improved.  Note that Varrin recently made Russell one of the lead people for PorcFest 2007.  There has also been serious discussion of selling the Political Graffiti DVD, which features video shorts of various Underground demonstrations, on the FSP website; this is also on the agenda for today's BoD meeting.  And as mentioned above, this forum is much livelier than it used to be.
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The early movers who are running for political office (or have already won) post in neither place, and we therefore lose the ability to point to their successes (or noble defeats) as a recruitment tool.
This remains a serious issue.  Several early movers running for political office have gone to great lengths to ensure that their names aren't publicly linked to the FSP, I guess for fear that it would hurt their chances of being elected.  But perhaps others simply haven't thought about it.  I think we should approach some of these people and ask them to write essays for the website, or post on the forum about how they've been elected to such and such (Dreepa!  :D ), or write for the monthly newsletter.

re: President who doesn't appear to be moving to New Hampshire any time soon
Fixed. Hi Varrin!  :)

re: Chairman who doesn't appear to be moving to New Hampshire any time soon
Jason has discussed this openly quite recently: http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=12117.msg157893#msg157893.  And, just my personal observation, but Jason seems more enthused recently about getting himself to NH (I'd comment on how much fun he had at PorcFest, but, you know what they say, WHAPFSAPF  ;) ).  Let's all keep our fingers crossed, and maybe one of the Poli Sci professors at Dartmouth will get trampled by a rabid moose, providing Jason with a golden career opportunity.

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The concept of the FSP will succeed or fail by our actions.  Let�s discuss this, and take action.  I welcome all ideas.  Please post them here, IM me, email me, or call me (I�m in the Porcupine directory).  If you�re *really* paranoid, I�ll even meet you in a crowded pub and remove all my bugged fillings first.   ;D
I can also be found at Bickford's in Manchester on the first Saturday of every month.  :D

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I will do this again.
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