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New person
« on: May 06, 2009, 01:24:03 pm »

G'd day everyone

My name is Mo (short for Moataz)

been lurking on the forum for the past couple of weeks and quite interested in the FSP. I live all the way in NZ. Hopefully I will be travelling to the US at the end of this year (Uncle is coming from California to visit so i'll be going with him  :))

NH looks like a very attractive state but it seems members have different opinions of each town. Generally looking for a pro-business culture (want to setup a health and fitness club), low taxes and for the first time be getting into activism. Not too concerned about the weather.

I did wanna ask about healthcare in the state in general (e.g any mandated coverage and any healthcare employers)

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Re: New person
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 01:32:48 pm »

Welcome!  ;D

No mandated health insurance.  There are quite a few healthcare jobs in the state though.

Pro-business culture is mostly the same around the state.  NH has the 2nd lowest tax burden.  The porcupine in this video who started a very successful business describes the restaurant regulations as "pretty slim."  I imagine that's pretty universal.

Despite the recent rash of silly arguments about which town is best, the differences are mostly superficial.  Different towns have different "feels" but it really comes down to what area suits you best.  If you're starting a health club, you'd probably want to stay around the population centers: Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, maybe even Concord.  It would, of course, depend on where your competition is situated as well.
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Re: New person
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009, 04:15:09 pm »

Unfortunately, some of the bigger cities put a lot of red tape in the way of new businesses.  The nice thing about New Hamsphire is that there is almost always a neighboring town.  Seabrook is a small, probusiness town (already has the Seabrook Community Center and one of the nicest gyms I've seen outside of Los Angeles), but it's very probusiness, the town is easy to get along with, and it's a short drive from Portsmouth, Amesbury, and Newburyport.  There are are several small tax havens near Manchester and Nashua that are worth looking into.

I think that the important thing is to keep your options open, rent for a while with a porc manor, and then get around the whole state.  You can never really fully understand New Hampshire until you actually winter down here for a while.
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Re: New person
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2009, 04:53:35 pm »

Welcome Mo!
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Re: New person
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2009, 05:54:03 pm »

thanks for all the replies. I would assume that liberty activists are scattered around those small towns you mention. Its nice to hear that Seasbrook is pro business-- I've been disillusioned with the mentality down here-- A fitness club was something off the top of my head but I did ask about healthcare because I have done postgraduate studies in health informatics (Health IT) and it seems quite a sizeable amount of people are into IT/engineering. What sort of activism do you guys get into?

and speaking of drive, whats the driver license like in the US. Do you take a single driving test and get your license?
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Re: New person
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2009, 06:56:38 pm »

What types of activism?  All types.  What's your flavor?
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Re: New person
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2009, 11:42:15 pm »


and speaking of drive, whats the driver license like in the US. Do you take a single driving test and get your license?


It varies by state, and NH is on the simple end.  It's slightly more complicated if your a non-citizen, in terms of documentation.   However, you basically have to pass a written test and then a driving test.

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Re: New person
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2009, 12:46:58 am »

Hey there Mo. What part of NZ are you from? (I left Hamilton back in November, but I grew up near Ngaruawahia.)

I'm not sure whether you're concerned about using a drivers licence for ID purposes, but I've been driving throughout Canada (and on one trip to NH) with my NZ licence. The rental car companies have no problem with that, and rather than go back through the tests again I think I'll simply renew it when I'm next back in NZ.
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Re: New person
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2009, 02:19:57 am »

Hey Ferg

I live in Dunedin, St Clair to be more specific. My question about driving was whether you need an international driving permit or not? I have a restricted license and will hopefully get the full license middle of next month. Can you drive with a NZ full license in the states?

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I am not familiar with the different types of activism you guys are engaged in but would certainly like to know about those differemet methods



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Re: New person
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2009, 02:35:26 am »

We've been pretty successful with political activism.  Six FSP participants have gotten elected to the NH House of Reps and about 20 to various local offices.  Porcs have also helped pass spending caps and cut a lot of local spending.

There are a lot of media outlets that porcs have started: local TV shows, web broadcasts and an internationally syndicated radio show.

Civil disobedience...mostly in Keene.

Then there's the general cultural changes that come from talking to neighbors and participating in the community.
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Re: New person
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2009, 03:27:40 am »

to be honest CD is not my thing

are there any uncontested positions in local government?

media seems like my type of activism: blogging in particular, newsletters etc.... perhaps writing articles on topics people have misconceptions about

what about business activism?
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2009, 04:47:58 am »

to be honest CD is not my thing

Mine either.

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Yes, there are.  Pretty much all of them are unpaid volunteer positions (as it should be).

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Porcs have started two restaurants, a book store, a heating business, and a few others.  Is that what you mean by "business activism?" 
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Re: New person
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2009, 05:04:03 am »

are the volunteer positions significant enough to impact change?

in regards to business activism,I meant more along the lines of marketing liberty ideas through one's business. I can think of some ideas in my mind e.g. B2B partnership, canned food drive, postcard designs etc....
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Re: New person
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2009, 08:23:33 am »

Hey Ferg

I live in Dunedin, St Clair to be more specific. My question about driving was whether you need an international driving permit or not? I have a restricted license and will hopefully get the full license middle of next month. Can you drive with a NZ full license in the states?


Righto. My sister's studying dentistry at Otago, but I've never been myself. I was getting more than a little frustrated with what was happening back in NZ - and the socialist trend marches on so rapidly. You've probably heard about how every immigration advisor/consultant in NZ must now pay $2,000 to get licenced. Oh no, there are too many immigration consultants running around! Give me a break. Only about a quarter of them have paid the money, so there are going to be plenty of ridiculous court cases in the near future. All so some agents don't have to face competition and so the government has a nice new revenue stream.

Regarding the drivers licences, I haven't looked into it too deeply. My experience is just with the rental agencies. Like in NZ, they will essentially accept any licence, so long as it is in English, and I've been on a handful of trips like that (and since my licence doesn't expire until 2011, I don't intend to get another anytime soon). I think there has been some discussion of this on the forum in the past, but I can't remember what the consensus was. I will say, though, that back in 2006, when I was working for a moving company in Boston, I went in to go through the first steps of getting my truck licence, and I could not believe how easy the written test was (and I'd been studying seriously for it). The reality is that they just wanted people to come in, pay the money, and be on the state ID list. They were not exactly concerned about road safety.
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Re: New person
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2009, 09:36:33 am »

yeah and ACT turning out to be a bunch of pragmatists and John Key behaving like adam smith overseas but like Keynes locally. Then we have the super city project in Auckland and the push for more burearacracy.  I won't feel sorry when I leave.

by your description it does sound that a restricted driver license might just be enough then.
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