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Jun 6, 2018

This week we discuss checkpoints (again!), eminent domain, ranked-choice elections, Exeter Police charge a man for criticizing the police chief, cake wars, and in the history segment, NH Death Penalty.




  • Freecoast Liberty Outreach Meetup
    • Dover - 1st Thursday 6/7
    • Exeter - 2nd Thursday 6/14
  • Freecoast Festival (
    • Sept 7th through the 9th in Portsmouth, NH
    • Tickets on sale now!
    • Large Dash Prize
  • Porcfest


Special Segment - Autocrat of the Week

  • Lincoln Soldati
  • Bill Shupe Exeter police chief


NH History

  • History of the Death Penalty in NH

    Famous capital cases

    Ruth Blay, executed in 1768, was the last woman executed in New Hampshire.  She was accused of allegedly killing her stillborn child - a crime that she was exonerated of shortly after her execution.  A play was made about her death and a popular song recognizing her innocence was sung locally in the Portsmouth area for many years.  

    Thomas Powers was executed in 1796 for rape.  He was the only African American man ever executed in New Hampshire and the only person ever executed in NH for a crime other than murder.

    Past milestones in abolition/reinstatement

    New Hampshire has executed 26 people in its history.  The last execution was in 1939.

    Howard Long was put to death in July of 1939.  The rope used to hang him is still retained on display in the Belknap County Sheriff's office.

    A bill to abolish the death penalty was passed by the House and Senate in 2000.  The bills were vetoed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen.

    In 2004, as part of a national campaign to end the death penalty for juvenile offenders, a bill banning the execution of those convicted of killing while under the age of 18 passed the House and Senate.  It was vetoed by Governor Craig Benson. The next year the same bill was reintroduced and passed again. It was signed by Governor John Lynch.

    In 2009, an abolition bill passed the House and was then amended in the Senate to create a study commission on the death penalty. Governor Lynch signed that bill and the commission met for a year and issued a report in December 2010.

    In April 2018, the House and Senate again voted to abolish the death penalty. Governor Chris Sununu has said he will veto the bill.
  • New Hampshire "firsts"

    For many years, New Hampshire had the most restrictive death penalty in the country.  It applied only in cases of homicide or treason.

    In 1834, New Hampshire's Governor Badger was one of the nation's first to call for abolition of the death penalty as part of the gallows movement.
  • Other interesting facts

    New Hampshire still retains a narrow death penalty statute, which only applies in six specific circumstances.
    • 630:1 Capital Murder. –
         I. A person is guilty of capital murder if he knowingly causes the death of:
            (a) A law enforcement officer or a judicial officer acting in the line of duty or when the death is caused as a consequence of or in retaliation for such person's actions in the line of duty;
            (b) Another before, after, while engaged in the commission of, or while attempting to commit kidnapping as that offense is defined in RSA 633:1;
            (c) Another by criminally soliciting a person to cause said death or after having been criminally solicited by another for his personal pecuniary gain;
            (d) Another after being sentenced to life imprisonment without parole pursuant to RSA 630:1-a, III;
            (e) Another before, after, while engaged in the commission of, or while attempting to commit aggravated felonious sexual assault as defined in RSA 632-A:2;
            (f) Another before, after, while engaged in the commission of, or while attempting to commit an offense punishable under RSA 318-B:26, I(a) or (b); or
            (g) Another, who is licensed or privileged to be within an occupied structure, or separately secured or occupied section thereof, before, after, or while in the commission of, or while attempting to commit, burglary as defined in RSA 635:1
  • New Hampshire does not currently have a death chamber. In 2010, the Department of Corrections estimated that building an execution chamber would cost about $1.7 million, but the legislature has not authorized funds to build it.



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May 23, 2018

This week, we discuss a school choice victory, being locked in prison and not charged or convicted, death penalty, war machines, and the loss of the electoral college.

Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Tom Hudson, and Nick Boyle

Engineered by: Matt Carano

Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, and Nick Boyle



  • Freecoast Liberty Outreach Meetup
    • Dover - 1st Thursday
    • Exeter - 2nd Thursday
    • Hampton - 3rd Thursday
    • Rochester - 4th Thursday
    • Brentwood - 5th Thursday
  • Freecoast Festival (
    • Sept 7th through the 9th in Portsmouth, NH
    • Tickets on sale now!

Special Segment - Autocrat of the Week

  • Sununu unless he signs death penalty repeal into law (MC)
  • Jeanne Shaheen, official sponsor of the USS Manchester, 1 of ten ships in a $3.5 BILLION contract to Austal shipyard in Mobile, AL. Will be commissioned the Saturday May 26th 2018(NB)

NH History

  • Alan Shepard, first American in space.
    • Born in Derry, NH in 1923
    • Earned a Bachelor of Science at the US Naval Academy
    • Served on a Navy ship in the Pacific ocean during WWII
    • After the war, entered flight training, then graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School and the Naval War College
    • In April 1959, Shepard was selected as one of NASA’s first group of seven astronauts
    • On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. He flew on a one-person Mercury spacecraft that he named Freedom 7. It launched on a Redstone rocket. On this flight, Shepard did not orbit Earth. He flew 116 miles high and then returned safely. The flight lasted about 15 ½ minutes.
    • After his first flight, Shepard developed a medical problem. An inner ear problem stopped him from flying in space. NASA named Shepard as chief of the Astronaut Office. He helped select new astronauts, plan missions and make sure astronauts were ready to fly. Later, he had surgery to fix the ear problem, and he was able to fly again. Almost 10 years passed between his first and second flights.
    • Shepard's second spaceflight was on the Apollo 14 mission to the moon. He was commander of a crew that included Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell. The Apollo spacecraft was launched on a Saturn V (5) rocket.
    • On Feb. 15, 1971, Shepard and Mitchell landed on the moon. (Roosa stayed in orbit around the moon while the other two landed.) During two moonwalks, Shepard and Mitchell collected more than 100 pounds of moon rocks. They conducted scientific experiments on the lunar surface. Shepard also became the first person to hit a golf ball on the moon, showing how far it would go in the moon's lower gravity.
    • After his second flight, Shepard returned to his job as head of the Astronaut Office. He retired from NASA in 1974. Shepard worked in private business. He also did volunteer work to support education and to help people learn about spaceflight. Shepard died of leukemia in 1998.
    • My favorite quote from him, “It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”



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May 14, 2018

This week on The Freecast, we discuss the NH ACLU wins case against the US Customs & Border Protection, SWAT team activity, no more wine in the mail, and more.

Featuring Host: Nick Boyle

Engineered by: Matt Carano

Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, and Nick Boyle



  • NH ACLU wins case against U.S. customs and border protection
    • We’ve covered the checkpoints issue a couple times now; Season 2 episode 11 Season 2 Episode 16
    • A state court found that CBP broke the law by setting up “checkpoints” far from the border to ensnare marijuana users and that local law enforcement violated the state constitution by colluding with CBP officers to search vehicles for drugs. As a result, the court suppressed all evidence of drug possession gathered by police at the checkpoints.
    • CBP decided to set up a checkpoint in Woodstock, 90 miles from the border.
    • The ostensible purpose of the checkpoint was to enforce immigration law, and officers demanded proof of citizenship from drivers who passed through. But they also brought drug-sniffing dogs, allegedly to help them “detect concealed humans.”
    • As the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire later exposed in court, the real purpose of these drug-sniffing dogs was, naturally, to find drugs. But the U.S. attorney for the state does not bring federal charges against those carrying small amounts of cannabis. So CBP asked the Woodstock Police Department to participate in its checkpoint. The two agencies decided to work together. CBP would stop drivers and have a dog sniff their cars. If the dog “signaled,” a CBP officer would search the car. If the officer found drugs, he would hand them off to WPD, which would press charges for drug possession.
    • This cooperation was a gift to the Woodstock police for two reasons. First, New Hampshire’s marijuana decriminalization law would take effect within just weeks; by working with CBP, local law enforcement could maximize its marijuana prosecutions before it lost the power to arrest cannabis users. Second, and more importantly, the New Hampshire Constitution prohibits canine searches of vehicles without a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity—unlike the federal Fourth Amendment, which permits them. Thus, by teaming up with CBP, the Woodstock police hoped to reap the rewards of searches it could not legally conduct on its own.
    • In an astonishing passage, Rappa found that CBP had attempted to deceive the court and that the agency’s real intention was to search cars for drugs with no reasonable suspicion. “While the stated purpose of the checkpoints in this matter was screening for immigration violations,” the judge wrote, “the primary purpose of the action was detection and seizure of drugs.” CBP agents were “aware of that prior to setting up the checkpoints which is precisely why they felt the need to reach out to the state and local agencies for assistance.” Rappa pointed to emails exchanged between CBP and WPD that make it “patently clear that the primary purpose” of WPD’s presence was to seize their drugs for state prosecution. “As such,” he concluded, “the checkpoints were unconstitutional under both state and federal law.”
  • Somersworth apartment raided by SWAT on warrant for drugs, namely heroin
    • Green st in Somersworth
    • 19 hour “standoff”
    • 5 people arrested, one person on the run
    • An AR-15, a shotgun and a revolver were seized. A replica Sig-Sauer AR-15, three airsoft pistols and two crossbows were also seized.
    • In addition to the guns, crack cocaine, loaded heroin needles and drug paraphernalia were also taken.
    • Starting late Thursday night, periodic loud pops could be heard coming from the residence. The pops were reportedly heard as far away as downtown Rollinsford.
    • The standoff included the use of a New Hampshire State Police battering ram attached to a Bearcat, and several heavily armed and armored law enforcement officers wearing gas masks. A small bomb-disposal robot was also on the scene.
    • Throughout the standoff, police could be heard intermittently using loudspeakers or bull horns to attempt communication with someone inside the dwelling, trying to talk to a person named “Robert.”
    • “Robert, this is the State Police. We have a warrant for your arrest. Please come out now and there will be no harm done to you,” said police over an amplification device.
    • A police sharpshooter in camouflage could be seen on the ground near the scene and looking through the scope of a rifle.
    • “How are toys (airsoft guns) relevant? "Also seized were a My Little Pony play set, an Easybake oven and a cache of Nerf guns".”
  • Liquor commission bars mail-order wine shipments to NH customers
    • Citing a statutory ability to “protect its revenue,” the New Hampshire Liquor Commission has denied permits for brick-and-mortar retailers shipping wine to customers in New Hampshire, a move the National Association of Wine Retailers calls “gangster tactics.”
    • The situation has been fermenting for months, after the state Senate voted in February to table SB 353 — sponsored by Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, and endorsed by the Liquor Commission and N.H. Grocers Association — to ban shipment of wine into New Hampshire from certain mail-order retailers the bill’s proponents argue cost the state millions in lost sales each year.
    • New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) spokesman E.J. Powers said since the bill was tabled, commissioners have denied permits for roughly 80 brick-and-mortar retailers shipping wine to customers in the state — “cases upon cases of brand-name products that we currently carry in our 79 NH Liquor & Wine Outlet locations,” said Powers.
  • CACR 15 passes the house and senate
    • relating to legal actions. Providing that taxpayers have standing to bring actions against the government.
    • [Art.] 8.  [Accountability of Magistrates and Officers; Public’s Right to Know.] All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them.  Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted. The public also has a right to an orderly, lawful, and accountable government  Therefore, any individual taxpayer eligible to vote in the State shall have standing to petition the Superior Court to declare whether the State or political subdivision in which the taxpayer resides has spent, or has approved spending, public funds in violation of a law, ordinance, or constitutional provision.  In such a case, the taxpayer shall not have to demonstrate that his or her personal rights were impaired or prejudiced beyond his or her status as a taxpayer. However, this right shall not apply when the challenged governmental action is the subject of a judicial or administrative decision from which there is a right of appeal by statute or otherwise by the parties to that proceeding.
  • Governor candidate Steve Marchand proposes campaign financing plan


  • Freecoast Liberty Outreach Meetup
    • Dover - 1st Thursday
    • Exeter - 2nd Thursday
    • Hampton - 3rd Thursday
    • Rochester - 4th Thursday
    • Brentwood! - 5th Thursday
  • Freecoast Festival (
    • Sept 7th through the 9th in Portsmouth, NH
    • Tickets on sale now!


Special Segment - Autocrat of the Week

  • Molly Kelly
    • Former State senator from Keene
    • Huge advocate of Hillary Clinton in 2016
    • “We’ve got to invest in education, get more funding to local schools to reduce the burden of property taxes. I’ll veto any plan that takes money from public schools to pay for vouchers for private schools”
    • “It’s also time to enact common sense gun safety laws.”
    • Already endorsed by autocrats Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen even though she only announced last month and has barely done any campaigning, and her primary challenger Steve Marchand has already done 200 campaign events.


NH History

  • Sarah Jospeha Hale
    • Background and Early Writing

    • Sarah Josepha Buell was born on October 24, 1788 in Newport, New Hampshire. She received private tutoring from her brothers growing up and later became a teacher herself at a school in her hometown. She married lawyer David Hale in 1813, and the couple went to have five children. David died of a stroke in 1822, and, after working in the millinery trade for a short time, Sarah embarked on a career as a writer and editor to support her family. She went on to anonymously pen the 1823 book The Genius of Oblivion and Other Original Poems, and a few years later released the novel Northwood: A Tale of New England (1827).
    • Famed Publishing Career and Poetry

    • Towards the end of the decade, Hale took on a position as editor of Ladies’ Magazine, later called American Ladies’ Magazine. She did a bulk of the writing for the publication while also relying on other contributors for original content, though in 1837 the magazine was acquired by Louis Godey. It eventually became known as Godey’s Lady’s Book, and Hale continued to work for the magazine for 40 years, relocating to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and focusing on what was seen as feminine etiquette of the day. The publication would eventually have a circulation of 150,000 and published the work of prominent scribes like Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    • Hale had also worked with childhood educators and penned Poems for Our Children (1830), which included the poem “Mary’s Lamb,” later becoming widely known as “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Over the forthcoming decades, Hale continued to release works from a variety of genres, including Three Hours; or, The Vigil of Love: and Other Poems (1848) and Women’s Record; or, Sketches of All Distinguished Women, from “The Beginning” till A.D. 1850, which had multiple editions and is credited as the first work to honor female writers.
    • Girls' Education and Thanksgiving

    • Hale was a staunch proponent of education for girls and women, pushing for entrance into professions like teaching and eventually medicine. She helped establish the Troy Female Seminary and finance Vassar College and campaigned for women to join the institution’s faculty. But Hale did not support suffrage and the feminist call for equal access to a wide range of work and did not take up abolitionist causes with other women reformers, though she took an anti-slavery stance in Northwood.
    • Hale has also been called by some the Mother or Godmother of Thanksgiving as she ardently pushed for some time to have the day recognized as a national holiday. Thanksgiving was regularly celebrated by different parts of the country, but not in a particularly unified way. During the Civil War, Hale wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward in 1863 calling upon the leaders to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. The president followed suit, ultimately leading to a fixed time of annual celebration over the years.
    • Sarah J. Hale retired at the age of 89 from the editorial and writing work that came to define and enrich her life. She died on April 30, 1879 in Philadelphia.


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Apr 26, 2018

This week on The Freecast, we discuss the $36M bill the State of NH has due to a hospital lawsuit, no free speech for you in Scotland, and Governor Sununu’s 10 year energy plan.

Freecast S03E03: $36M Hospital Bill and 10 Years of Energy

Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Tom Hudson, and Nick Boyle

Engineered by: Matt Carano

Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, and Nick Boyle


  • State of NH $36 million in the hole due to hospital lawsuit
    • Under federal law, hospitals that treat significant numbers of Medicaid or uninsured patients may receive “disproportionate share hospital” (DSH) payments – state and federal funds that help them recoup the higher costs associated with those patients. Exactly how much each hospital receives comes down to how many services it can count as “uncompensated care.””
    • Under the current federal law, hospitals can double bill, i.e. if a patient is on medicaid and pays, but still requests money from the state as if they hadn’t paid.
  • Count Dankula (Mark Meechan) loses free speech case, ordered to pay fine
  • Governor Sununu releases 10 year energy plan
    • On average each NH resident spent $3,934 on energy in 2015
    • Goals listed in the plan
      • 1. Prioritize cost-effective energy policies.
      • 2. Ensure a secure, reliable, and resilient energy system.
      • 3. Adopt all-resource energy strategies and minimize government barriers to innovation.
      • 4. Maximize cost-effective energy savings.
      • 5. Achieve environmental protection that is cost-effective and enables economic growth.
      • 6. Government intervention in energy markets should be limited, justifiable, and technology neutral.
      • 7. Encourage market-selection of cost-effective energy resources.
      • 8. Generate in-state economic activity without reliance on permanent subsidization of energy.
      • 9. Maximize the economic lifespan of existing resources while integrating new entrants on a levelized basis.
      • 10. Protect against neighboring states’ policies that socialize costs.
      • 11. Ensure that appropriate energy infrastructure is able to be sited while incorporating input and guidance from stakeholders.
    • Highlights of the plan: Pro nuclear energy, renewable energy should only be considered if it’s cost effective and doesn’t rely on subsidies and only on market selection, “It should not be controversial to seek an ultimate outcome where production technologies are not subsidized by ratepayers or taxpayers. Uneconomic resources would not exist absent subsidization, yet those same resources may be wise investments in the near future when cost curves are more favorable. The end goal with energy infrastructure should be unaided market competition where the technology competes on the merits, not one that depends on taxpayer support.”
    • A quote in regards to passenger vehicles, “Government should avoid speculative investments with taxpayer dollars focused on a fraction of the consumer base, but may be able to leverage non-taxpayer funding sources to spur private investment.”
    • “New Hampshire policymakers should pursue market-based mechanisms for achieving cost-effective energy, while avoiding preferential quotas and mandates.”
    • Much of the energy is dependent on the rest of New England because it’s all under the same grid.
  • Amazon Park in Rochester evacuated due to a standoff
    • My old neighbor owns that park, this is what he told me.
    • Tenants were originally evacuated up to our rec-hall where my office is located. We had a growing group of tenants from 330 until around 6. Then the police officer came in and told everyone they would have to evacuate the park. Tenants said “can we go get our cars,etc” and the police officer literally said “no, those with cars up front leave now, those without cars start walking through the woods and then onto Whitehouse Road and just head towards Briar Ridge”... so here we are with 70 tenants... about 30 of them got out using cars up front, the others just started walking down the street.  I left the park and drove all the way around up to the Dunkin Donuts that is up near Hilltop Chevy. There I met about 15 tenants that had been prevented from returning home from work or afternoon errands. At that point a police officer was discussing with the bus drivers about getting 2 busses to send around to pick up tenants. At this time I also received information that the Briar Ridge center that they had originally told people to start walking to was not open. So it’s 40 degrees out and people are just standing outside in the rain. The bus company gave the police the go ahead that they would be able to have 2 busses go and that they had changed the location to the Rochester Community Center.

      So at that point I told my tenants located at the Dunkin Donuts parking lot to head to the Rochester Community Center and I left with my car to head over to Briar Ridge. When I got over there there was about 20 people standing outside and 5 cars. I told all those with cars to pile as many people into their cars as possible and head over to the Rochester Community Center. I loaded my car with 3 tenants (all I could fit). After this there were still 10 people without a ride. So I told them to walk over to the intersection of Whitehouse Road and wait at the Corner for the bus and I would be back. I proceeded to bring the 3 tenants to the Rochester Community Center. At that point I got a call from my father (who was still at Amazon) that police needed additional help evacuating tenants cause the busses had already left yet there were more tenants coming up from around the park. So myself and another tenant returned to Amazon Park (it’s around 730pm now). Once again filled my vehicle and the other vehicle. My father and one of our employees also filled their vehicle and then we once again drove to the Rochester Community Center. At this point we have about 60-70 people at the Rochester Community Center. I walk in and it’s an empty room with metal. Folding chairs with tenants just sitting. It’s now 8pm. No Red Cross, no food/drinks for people, no blankets. Many of these people have been standing outside in 40 degree weather with rain for hours at this point. Many have had to walk a considerable distance. These people have no access to their medicine or food which they had to leave in their trailer. I was honestly shocked as to why emergency services had not been called in but understood that they were dealing with so much going on with the actual barricade situation. So my father went and bought like 35-40 large “Little Caesar’s” pizzas to feed the tenants. Another tenant let someone borrow their inhaler etc. If my father hadn’t bought food idk if the tenants would have even had dinner that night. A lot of them have diabetic issues etc so they really dropped the ball on that part. Around 830 I left and headed to Qual Drive where I talked with one of the officers about the ongoing developments inside the park and also talked to fosters. At that point officer Danie told me they had another 2 tenants up at Dunkin Donuts that needed to be transported and didn’t know if I could do it. I told him of course and left for Dunkin Donuts where I picked them up. On my drive back to the Rochester Community Center one of my tenants that was sitting on Qual Drive in their vehicle called and told me they heard 12-13 large bangs (8:50 pm). When I got back to the Rochester Community Center pizza had just arrived so I helped pass out the food to the tenants. I returned to Qual Drive from 9:30-11 where I personally heard another 5 large bangs and then I heading back to the Community Center for the remaining hour. A little after midnight (still no blankets provided, no water etc to tenants) we received information that they had gotten the suspect and that we could return residents back to the rec-hall and then they would be released in groups back to their trailers. So they loaded up the 2 busses and I took a tenant and headed back. Got back to Amazon around 12:40pm and tenants were allowed to return to trailers around 1am
  • Marsy’s Law




Special Segment - Autocrat of the Week

  • Rand Paul
  • New Hampshire Democrats on Twitter


NH History

  • NH’s rebellious western towns
    • When & What: Frustrated by the persistent attempts between 1776 and 1781 of a growing number of western New Hampshire towns to either join the newly proposed state of Vermont or form a new, independent Connecticut Valley state with territory on both sides of the river, New Hampshire officials appealed in March 1781 to the Continental Congress for help. With the war not yet over, they begged the assembly for assistance in quelling the unrest, claiming that “it is impossible for [New Hampshire] to comply with the requisitions of Congress . . . while this dispute remains unsettled.” On October 11, Vermont’s legislature gathered in Charlestown on the eastern side of the river, an insult to the New Hampshire government, which claimed that territory as its own. A week later Congress finally resolved to pressure Vermont into returning the 38 rebelling New Hampshire towns and into rescinding its claims to territory east of the Connecticut River as a prerequisite to Vermont’s admission to the Union as the 14th state. When no further action had been taken by January 1782, George Washington, then commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, wrote encouraging Vermont to return the towns to New Hampshire, pointing out that such a boundary encroachment would set an undesirable precedent for the future. The New Hampshire legislature issued a proclamation on January 12 declaring the western towns to be in a state of rebellion, threatening military action, and requiring all persons who had been involved in any way with the controversy to sign a declaration within 40 days acknowledging that New Hampshire extended to the Connecticut River and promising to become good New Hampshire citizens. In February 1782 the Vermont legislature complied and renounced jurisdiction over the rebellious towns. Two years later, Hanover became the last such town to capitulate.
    • WHO The leaders of New Hampshire’s western rebellion were Elisha Payne of Lebanon and John Wheelock and Bezaleel Woodward of Hanover, the son and son-in-law of Dartmouth founder Eleazar Wheelock. They organized the reaction against the new New Hampshire government by gathering together members of the committees of safety of the various Grafton County towns, forming a group known as the United Committees, but more informally as the “college party,” in recognition of the prominent role of Dartmouth in the protest.
    • WHERE The 38 “rebellious” towns were located in western New Hampshire in what were then Grafton and Cheshire counties (the latter including what is now Sullivan County). The Connecticut River runs between these counties and the easternmost regions of what was to become Vermont. The towns in these counties, like those on the western side of the river, were settled mostly by people from Connecticut and Massachusetts rather than from the eastern parts of New Hampshire. All of the towns were beyond the bounds of the original New Hampshire grant to John Mason. The Connecticut River Valley was, and remains to some degree, a distinct cultural region, with close social, economic, religious, and political connections among the people along the length of the river as well as on both sides. By contrast, the Upper Connecticut Valley’s ties with either New Hampshire or New York, the governments that traditionally claimed the territory, were weak.
    • WHY The western part of New Hampshire had been underrepresented in the provincial government, and the first (1776) state constitution did not improve the situation. Unlike in Connecticut where many of the residents of the western towns originated, the new constitution did not allow each town a delegate, basing representation instead solely on population. In fact, the 68 towns in the two western counties shared just 21 representatives. Residents there felt that the new government did not recognize the sovereignty of the town corporation and that it continued to favor seacoast interests. They felt, moreover, that the seat of government should be more centrally located. Almost simultaneously with a growing desire in these towns to free themselves from the New Hampshire government, the towns west of the Connecticut River declared their independence from New York in January 1777, and the new constitution of Vermont guaranteed each town at least one representative. The western New Hampshire leaders, who were generally well-educated, often with Dartmouth connections, considered the Declaration of Independence to have terminated all political associations that originated with the Crown. The towns, which were entities with perpetual charters and thus not dependent on the pleasure of the King, were returned thereby to a “state of nature,” making them free either to form new connections or to remain independent. Due to early settlement patterns, people throughout the Connecticut Valley shared cultural connections despite being geographically divided by the river and despite the King’s determination in 1764 that the Connecticut River was the boundary between New Hampshire and New York. The underlying goal of the rebelling towns was to avoid political separation from the people on the opposite side of the river with whom they shared a common heritage, and their various attempts at merging show that they didn’t care in the end whether they became a part of New Hampshire or Vermont as long as the two sides of the river could remain together.
    • IMPACT The rebellion in western New Hampshire has been called perhaps the most serious of the smaller revolutions that took place within the American Revolution. The settlement of the dispute permanently determined New Hampshire’s western boundary with Vermont, and in 1791 Vermont became the nation’s 14th state. Yet Vermont’s relinquishing of the rebelling towns did not immediately end the decades of tension between the western frontier towns of New Hampshire and the state’s older eastern towns. Although in an attempt at reconciliation, New Hampshire officials gave prominent residents of the Connecticut Valley government positions, several individuals from the rebellious towns interrupted New Hampshire court proceedings at Keene in September 1782 because of the exclusion of Vermont courts. After the leaders of this protest were arrested, rumors circulated that 200 men were arming themselves to oppose the resulting trials. New Hampshire authorities later sought to ease tensions by granting amnesty to the rebellious regions in 1784, under the state’s new constitution. The conflict bred a lasting mistrust, however, between the leaders of Dartmouth College and the rest of the state, perhaps influencing the state’s decision decades later to attempt to bring the college under state control.



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Apr 12, 2018

S03E02: Death and Taxes

Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Tom Hudson, and Nick Boyle Engineered by: Matt Carano

Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, and Nick Boyle


Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Tom Hudson, and Nick Boyle


Engineered by: Matt Carano


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  • Freecoast Liberty Outreach Meetup 12th Exeter, 19th Hampton
  • Matt’s Crypto Talk

Special Segment - Autocrat Of The Week

  • Matt - Steve Marchand

NH History

  • Bretton Woods Conference
    • 730 delegates from all 44 allied countries
    • July 1st-22nd 1944
    • Hosted at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods NH
    • Main Objective: Establish a new international monetary order
    • Lessons Learned from the past
      • At the end of WWI the allies imposed large reparation payments. These payments were supposed to cover the debt accumulated by Allied forces during the war and help them pay to rebuild their countries.
        Result: Germany printed money to make the reparation payments causing hyperinflation. (e.g. 1 loaf of bread in 1918 ¼ of a Reichsmark, 1 loaf of bread in November 1923 80 billion Reichsmarks
      • Most countries response to the Great Depression was trade restrictions(tariffs, quotas, etc) to improve account deficits and stop reserve loss. Retaliation against trade restrictions only pushed the level of restrictions to international trade higher and further suppressed output and employment in many countries.
    • New realizations
      • Even though the conference participants were dedicated to capitalism, John Maynard Keynes’ economic ideas were flourishing(unfortunately). Keynes prescribed during recessions an increase in government spending, to prevent aggregate spending from falling. Reflecting the Keynesian ideas, the welfare state emerged out of the Great Depression.
    • The two major personalities there were Keynes, representing Britain; and Harry Dexter White, representing the U.S.
    • The British plan
      • Keynes proposed an International Clearing Union (ICU) as a way to addressing current account imbalances. He wanted to avoid the reappearance of persistent and large current account deficits that happened during the interwar years (1918–1939), which increased countries’ debt and debt payments and decreased growth at the global scale.
      • Keynes thought of the International Clearing Union as a bank with its own currency (called Bancor), exchangeable with other currencies at a fixed rate. He proposed using Bancor to measure countries’ trade deficits or surpluses.
      • Countries with current account deficits would have an overdraft facility in their Bancor account with the ICU. He worked out specific numbers regarding the size of the overdraft facility. His proposal implied a maximum overdraft of half of the country’s average trade size over five years. If a country needed funds higher than the overdraft, it would be charged interest, thus motivating the country to devalue its currency.
      • Keynes’s plan implied an interest charge of 10 percent if a country’s current account surplus was more than half the size of its permitted overdraft; this solution would motivate these countries to lend more. At the end of the year, if the country had a current account surplus that was half the overdraft, the ICU would confiscate the surplus.
    • The American Plan
      • The U.S. agreed on the necessity of an agency to manage current account imbalances, but Keynes’s idea of the ICU was too interventionist for the American side. Additionally, the U.S. saw itself as a surplus country in terms of its current account in the years to come and didn’t want such interventionist ideas to be practiced on the U.S.
      • White proposed the International Stabilization Fund (which later became the International Monetary Fund, or the IMF), which placed the burden of balancing current accounts on deficit countries and imposed no limits on surplus countries.
      • White’s Plan included a new multilateral development agency that would plan and finance economic reconstruction in all war-torn countries, allied or aggressor. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD, part of today’s World Bank) emerged from the American ideas about reconstruction.
    • Result
      • Created the International Monetary Fund & World Bank
      • IMF monitors exchange rates and lend reserve currencies to nations.
      • World Bank provided financial assistance to reconstruction for countries post-WWII
      • IMF pegged all currencies to the US dollar. The US dollar was pegged to gold. This ended in 1971 when Nixon got off the gold standard. Now all currencies “float”

Mar 29, 2018

We're back for season 03! This week we cover March for Our Lives, Omnibuses, blue ribbons for a prison, and more.

Feb 2, 2018

This week, Nick Boyle is all alone in bringing you the latest on The Freecast.

Jan 17, 2018

Show Title: $250K Crowdfund & Activist How-To Praxeum reaches $250k. Bouldin goes berserk. Irn Bru to change formula due to government regulation. Free State Bitcoin Shoppe refuses bitcoin. MLK dream alive? Civil liberties group challenges warrantless search. Larry Sharpe Reason interview. And a Vine farewell! Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle News HAF Reaches $250,000 Stretch Goal (Mike) Irn Bru to change its formula due to government regulation (Nick) Free State Bitcoin Shoppe Stops Taking Bitcoin (Matt) Martin Luther King day (Mike) Civil liberties group challenges validity of drug checkpoint (Matt) NH forbids warrantless searches here: Selling freedom (Mike) S***hole (Mike) Events (Nick) Powwow this Sunday January 21st at noon at the Praxeum in Portsmouth, NH Liberty Forum February 8th-10th (Thursday-Saturday) Weekly Thursday meetups. Rotating 1st Dover, 2nd Exeter, 3rd Hampton, 4th Rochester Special Segment Ways in which listeners can become activists. How easy it is and also how important. And how forming a group of likeminded people magnifies one’s efforts. Ideas here:

Jan 11, 2018

Show Title: Sununu Loses But Bundys Get Loose Homeschooling under threat. Police selling guns. Powerball winner comes from NH. Sessions cracks down on cannabis. Venezuela to use crypto backed by oil. Bundy is let loose. Sununu loses some “nu’s”. Rochester plans to loosen zoning restrictions. Technology innovations. FSP changes leadership. Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine and Nick Boyle Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle News Listener Message Homeschool bill HB 1263 Law agencies selling guns Powerball Sessions supports nationwide marijuana ban Venezuela may use crypto backed by barrels of oil Bundy is let loose Sununu loses some nu’s Rochester plans to lower zoning Beautiful Anarchy Lifi E-palette Hyperloop Events January 21, 2018 at 12noon • Freecoast Powwow @ ✌️ January TBD 2018 • Praxeum Benefactors Soireé * @ ✌️ February 8-10 Liberty Forum Special Segment FSP Alert!!!!! Crypto wallets are not safe!

Jan 3, 2018

Show Title: Hate Speech and The Anti-Choice Agenda Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano and Mike Vine. With guest Carol Gardner. Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle Summary: Social media censorship from Germany to the US. Wikileaks shows collusion between The New York Times and Hillary Clinton’s State Department. SP 193 a win for school choice. Bitfinex defrauds again with Tether. And Carol Gardner joins The Freecast to discuss the ethics of investing.  News Social Media Censorship Spreads to Germany (Mike) And in the US: Wikileaks Drops Proof that NY Times colluded with HRC (Matt) SB 193 Education Freedom Savings Accounts Bill (Mike) Pro: Anti: The Fraud that is USDT (Matt) Bitfinexed on Twitter or Neocash Radio Portsmouth church is being demolished for condos Events Dover Meetup - Thirsty Moose, Dover – Thursday 1/4 at 6pm Portsmouth Art Walk - Various Galleries – Friday 1/5 at 5pm MVP Meetup - Murphy's Taproom, Manchester - Saturday 1/6 at 11:30 * The Director of School Choice for NH, Michelle Levell, will be present to speak about the legislative push for school choice in New Hampshire! * Melanie Gibson will stop by to inform us about the great stuff coming up at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum! * NHLA bill review to follow Bardo Potluck and Upper Valley New Mover Party Saturday 1/6 at 5pm - "feel free to come early and tour the farm" NHLA Meeting - Murphy's Taproom, Manchester - Sunday 1/7 at 1pm Special Segment The Ethics of Investing. Do we have an ethical duty to invest according to our values or should we simply seek profit and then spend the proceeds toward our values? With: Carol Gardner Prax 2.0 Fundraiser drive Tweet us at @freecastpodcast

Dec 27, 2017

The Future Is Here & Cord Is Back! Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Cord Blomquist Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle Show Summary: US life expectancy drops. Bitcoin billionaire ballad. Cronies crack down on e-bikes in NYC. Amazing human advances in 2017. And, Cord makes his return. News US life expectancy decreases for the second year in a row. Bitcoin Billionaire Vietnam unveils 10,000 strong cyber unit to combat “wrong views” NYC Mayor DeBlasio cracks down on E Bikes 2017 Was a Year of Amazing Advances For Humanity 12 Days of Dash-mas Special Segment Concord and Discord Events Boardgame Bonanza at the Prax Dec 30th 6-12 Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive The Big Question Last week's question: Environment protections. @freecastpod cast and we’ll read the best ones next week!

Dec 20, 2017

Bitcoin Bubble and Indecency Bananas Show Summary: Net neutrality gone for good, Banana debauchery in Egypt, France says “Non” to WhatsApp, Elon Musk saves lives. And we analyze the bitcoin boom. Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle  News FCC repeals net neutrality, what will states do? (Mike) Banana sucking pop singer jailed for sexually suggestive video (Matt) France gives Whats App a month to stop sharing metadata with Facebook (Nick) UPS is Tesla’s latest electric semi-truck customer (Mike) Dog owner uses lethal force to break up dog fight (Matt) GOP Tax Plan (Mike) Events Dash Meetup Dec 20th at Liar’s Bench in Portsmouth Board Games at the Praxeum - Saturday, Dec 30th at 5pm Bitcoin Meetup | Martingale Wharf - Tuesday, Jan 2nd 2018 at 6pm MVP Meetup - Saturday Jan 6th 2018 at 11:30am at Murphy's Taproom Special Segment Monte Crypto Segment Quote of the Week "According to an analysis from the Tax Foundation, a few states with the lowest local taxes include portions of Alaska, New Hampshire and Texas. May we suggest New Hampshire? It has lovely mountains." -NYT Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive The Big Question Last week's question: What is the best way to keep bad actors out of your liberty community? This week's question: From anonymous. “I was wondering what you guys thought of environmental changes that affect the future generation. In the podcast you’re suggesting filing a lawsuit against who wronged you is the method of control, but how can you find peace when they are no longer available? For example if no guidelines are in place for fishing or hunting and the population of bass or deer is wiped out how can the next generation who is now influenced find peace. Or if a transfer station is not utilized and a new homeowner finds tons of trash buried, oil leached, or pesticides on their land, how can the future stewards of the land deal with the mess. Although guidelines of how to dispose of waste or not over harvest are useful, if you look at the guidelines that adults should have 1800-2000 kcals/day how many Walmart shoppers are listening to that? Send us an Answer @freecastpodcast and we’ll read the best ones next week!

Dec 13, 2017

Cryptro-Craigslist and Penta -funds-are-gon Show Summary: Craigslist gives crypto option. CNN humiliated. American Express to remove signature requirement. Pentagon can’t keep track of trillions of dollars and thousands of soldiers. Philly steps toward banning bulletproof glass in shops. State sovereignty threatened by the Feds. Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano and Nick Boyle Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle News Craigslist adds crypto ok button CNN humiliated American Express customers will need no signature soon Pentagon Audit Philly pushes through bulletproof glass ban State sovereignty threatened by the Feds Events Seacoast Liberty Meetup this week is in Exeter 6 PM Thursday. Board game night, Saturday Dec 30th, 5-12 Midnight at the Prax. The Big Question Last week's question: What percentage of your life should you give to the “cause”? This week's question: What is the best way to keep bad actors out of your liberty community

Dec 7, 2017

Pot Cannon & Saving the Environment Show summary: SCOTUS allows travel ban. TSA packs a gun for lunch. US Senate trying to make sure it knows every transaction you're doing. Vermin Supreme sues Concord. Pot cannon at the border. Panhandler gets settlement. Free market environmentalism. Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle  News Travel ban passes SCOTUS (Nick) TSA packs a lunch (Matt) US Senate Bill would criminalize concealed ownership of cryptocurrency (Mike) Vermin supreme sues City of Concord (Nick) Pot cannon (Mike) Panhandler (Mike) Free State Blockchain and Digital Assets Conference Recap (Matt) Events Board Game NIght Dec 30 5-12 (Nick) Don’t forget Thursdays Meetup Special Segment Free market environmentalism (Mike) Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive The Big Question Last week's question: Does culture follow politics or does politics follow culture? (Nick) Rodger: Politics almost always lags behind culture. Two cases in point: gay marriage and marijuana legalization. Harrison: Aside from the civil rights act (which as usual the Fed gov still screwed up on, but that's a different topic) I don't think there has been a time in the last century where politics didn't lag behind culture. This week's question: What percentage of your life should you give to the cause? (Nick)

Nov 29, 2017

Show Title: Net Neutrality & The World's Blockchain Hub Is Portsmouth NH Show summary: Net neutrality should go. Airbnb is a no go in Portsmouth. US government uses $17 million of taxpayer money to silence accusers of misconduct. NH man makes a marvelous recovery. Jasper is no longer speaker. Health insurance options are discussed as the open enrollment window closes. Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle News Net neutrality (Mike) Airbnb (Matt) US Government Settlements (Nick) In past 20 years, $17 million taxpayer dollars in total have been spent on 264 settlements Conyers was accused of firing worker for refusing to succumb to his sexual advances Conyers settlement ordered that the accuser remain quiet NH man dies, revived (Matt) Jasper becomes new Agriculture Commissioner even though 2 republicans voted nay (Nick) Breaking News: Gene Chandler of Bartlett becomes speaker nominee of NH House (Nick) 116-80 vote on second ballot Previous speaker in 2001-2004 3 NH Libertarians nominated Speaker Jim McConnell (R) Homelessness on the seacoast (Mike) Portsmouth NH #1 bitcoin friendly community in the world(Nick)(Brief mention) Bittersweet news, woman with gun from glove box has job reinstated. (Brief Update)(Matt) After recount my vote didn’t count (Nick)(Brief Update) Ended up being a tie and a tie means no keno Events Lakes Region Porcupines are running their toy drive for a 4th year helping kids from all over NH with 100% all funds going right to kids gifts. Monetary donations can be made to or Blockchain conference 12/1/17 Enlightenment 12/21/17 Health Insurance Buying Guide 2018 Venture Capitalist La Cascade du Chocolat QOTW “if #NetNeutrality helps little guys compete with internet giants, why are internet giants for net neutrality? Asking for a friend.” - Rep. Thomas Massie, KY 4th district. The Big Question Last week’s question: How can one be a voluntarist in practice, attempting to ignore the state, when the state has no problem finding you and encroaching upon you? Carol: Voluntarism for me is broader than just how I interact with the state. Professionally -- communicate goals to co-workers, get their input on how to achieve the necessary goal. Many people find they get more buy-in from colleagues if they feel they have a say in what they do, than when they are simply told what to do. Interpersonally -- build voluntary relationships with friends and loved ones. My mother is in her 80s, her boyfriend is in his 90s. I described them to my BF as "my mom and her companion". His face lit up and he said "I like that! Companion! It’s a word that describes two people who are together strictly because they WANT to be together." With the state, there are many options for voluntary participation: - Volunteer fire departments - Volunteer EMS responders - Supporting voluntary decisions, such as private trash pickup instead of municipal trash pickup. Have the residents decide whether they want to haul their trash to the dump, or pay someone to take it away. - Volunteering to maintain parklands -- NH State Parks is self-supporting -- they take NO money from the general fund, and 90% of trail work is done by volunteers Voluntarism only works when people execute on their promise to work for a goal. By volunteering to support our community, we demonstrate to our neighbors, and the state, how voluntarism can work - and it often works very well. Success begets success -- successful voluntary participation in the world around is will spawn more opportunities for voluntary participation in other aspects of this world. Next week’s question: Does culture follow politics or does politics follow culture? Send us an Answer to @freecastpodcast and we’ll read the best ones next week! Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive

Nov 22, 2017

Antitrust Smacks Of Cronyism On this episode; The Justice Department sues to block AT&T, Time Warner merger. Amazon takes over mail delivery Less democracy would help Congress avoid more Roy Moore debacles. Portsmouth , NH uses the State Liquor Dept to ban dancing. And, special guest BJ Mumford discusses peaceful coaching. Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle  News Justice Dept sues to block ATT Time Warner Merger (Mike) Your New Mailman Works For Amazon (Matt) How Politics and bad decisions starved NY Subway To avoid debacles like Roy Moore, Repeal the 17th (Mike) No Dancing at the goat Quote of the week: “Enjoy the music, but for God’s sake don’t move.” - Jonathan Flagg, attorney for The Goat ownerz Al Fleury Special Guest: BJ Mumford - Peaceful coaching Events Freestate Blockchain Digital Asset Conference Dec 1 Portsmouth December 1st in Portsmouth Tickets are still on Sale Jonathan Johnson of Medici Ventures (Overstock), Bruce Fenton, Matt, Darren Tapp Feast Of The Freecoast this Friday Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive Social media Question of the week: “How can one be a voluntarist in practice, attempting to ignore the state, when the state has no problem finding you and encroaching upon you? E.g. homeschooling as if the state does not exist, but the state can "revoke your privilege" to homeschool if you don't jump through their hoops. And if you do not obey the revokation, they can take away your children.” -Ken Justice Send us an Answer to and we’ll read the best ones next week!

Nov 15, 2017

Show Title: Think And Grow Rich On this episode; foreign wars since 2001 cost taxpayers 5.6 Trillion. Rand Paul’s attacker is outed as a socialist. Homeschooling under threat in NH. How to invest in cryptocurrencies for beginners. And, is China going to take over the world? Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle Special guest: Chris Rockwell Engineered by: Matt Carano Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle News Foreign wars cost 5.6 TRILLION since 2001 (Matt) USA today says feeding a family of four costs an average of $239 a week in 2013 In that time that 5.6 trillion could have fed 28,162,214 families of 4. Or 112 million people 64,367 Dover High Schools (cost is $87M) 509 hyperloops between LA and the Bay Area (Approximately $11 billion per hyperloop) (From Carla Gericke) 1 million seconds is 12 Days 1 Billion seconds is 31 years 1 Trillion seconds is 31,688 years. Homeschool under threat in NH (Nick) (Nick) Proposed bill would effectively re-enact a law that was repealed in 2012 Government would “evaluate” students to make sure they are at or above the 40th percentile Government oppression is the biggest reason to own firearms Man who assaulted Paul attacked him because Paul’s trees were blocking a view of a lake and has tried for 10 years to sell his home (Mike) My vote counted! (Nick) Dublin, NH passes new ordinance prohibiting drug paraphernalia (Matt) Quote of the week “The socialist movement takes great pains to circulate frequently new labels for its ideally constructed state. Each worn-out label is replaced by another which raises hopes of an ultimate solution of the insoluble basic problem of Socialism—until it becomes obvious that nothing has been changed but the name. The most recent slogan is ‘State Capitalism.' It is not commonly realized that this covers nothing more than what used to be called Planned Economy and State Socialism, and that State Capitalism, Planned Economy, and State Socialism diverge only in non-essentials from the ‘classic’ ideal of egalitarian Socialism.” - Ludwig Von Mises Special Segment Crypto investing with Chris Rockwell The Big Question The Big Question: Is this the Chinese Century – or will China stall out like Japan did in the '80s? Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive Social media No answer to our question last week If you have thoughts on the big question, tweet us @freecastpodcast

Nov 8, 2017

Even With Bad News The Kids Give us Hope


Show synopsis: $300 million in Parity wallets frozen. Despite faster technology, younger generations better at delaying gratification. Portsmouth thinks more regulation will solve zoning crisis. Rand Paul assaulted. Hundreds detained on Bolshevik centennial. The big question: Would America have been better off if the US fell apart in 1787? 1861? What about now for the future?

Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle


Engineered by: Matt Carano


Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, Mike Vine, and Nick Boyle


  • Breaking news The Parity Multisig Wallet contract has another exploit. (Matt)
    • Within the last 24 hours a hacker by the name of devopps199 posted in the Parity Github the phrase “anyone can kill your contract”
    • Basically by making themselves the contract owner they were able permanently and irreversibly disable it from sending.
    • We’re looking at ETH worth roughly $300 Million so far. Maybe more - not including token values.
    • Second major exploit to Parity multisig in the last 4 months. The last one in July affected 3 projects and claimed roughly $50 Million in ETH. It would have been more if Whitehat hackers hadn't intervened saving close to $200 Million in value.
    • Parity apparently fixed that exploit but did not adopt the community audited version of their multisig afterwards, which did not contain this exploit.
    • Gavin Wood, creator of Parity is also on another project called Polkadot, who right now has close to $90 Million in ETH stick in a Parity wallet
  • Gen Z and Millennials are better at delaying gratification than their parents (Nick)
  • Portsmouth residents vote on charter amendments (Mike)
    • Charter amendment one increases Portsmouth’s financial disclosure requirements for city candidates.
    • The second charter amendment, if approved, would expand the city’s conflict of interest disclosure requirements to land-use board members
    • “It’s becoming more and more valuable for developers to develop or grow in Portsmouth,” Splaine said Tuesday. “That means decisions affecting tens of millions of dollars of development are being made by land-use board members and members of City Council.”
    • “Someone serving on a land-use board, voting on who can build what and where, holds enormous power and influence,” Splaine said. “It is only reasonable -- and responsible -- for our charter to require disclosure of very basic information, such as the identity of the board member’s employer, and the location of Portsmouth real estate or assets owned. Not disclosing such information can breed distrust in the integrity of that board’s decisions, and cause costly lawsuits.”
  • Rand Paul assaulted at his home (Matt)
    • However, worth noting that the neighbor may be charged federally because members of congress get special legal protection
    • The attack was a shock for the community in Bowling Green, where a neighbor says he would often see Paul and Boucher out walking their dogs on the normally quiet streets. Jim Skaggs, a member of the state Republican Party executive committee, lives in the neighborhood and has known both men for years. He said they disagreed politically, but was shocked to hear of the incident.
    • "They were as far left and right as you can be," Skaggs said. "We had heard of no friction whatsoever other than they just were difference of political opinion. Both of them walked their little dogs at about a mile and a half circle, a nice little dog trot. I'd see them out walking, maybe they might stop and speak with each other."
    • Boucher is an anesthesiologist and a pain specialist. He invented the "Therm-A-Vest," a cloth vest partially filled with rice that when heated can be worn to relieve back pain, according to a 2005 article from the Bowling Green Daily News.
  • Texas shooting (Mike)
    • TX shooter was ex-military
    • >>Investigators are also probing how the attacker obtained his gun, noting that he had sought and failed to obtain a permit allowing him to carry a concealed weapon.
    • >> "By all of the facts that we seem to know, he was not supposed to have access to a gun, so how did this happen?" Abbott said in an interview on CNN.
    • >> Kelley worked briefly over the summer as an unarmed night security guard at a Schlitterbahn water park in New Braunfels, the company said in a statement. The company also said that Kelley passed a Texas Department of Public Safety criminal background check before beginning work there.
    • >> Referencing the armed civilian that apparently exchanged shots with the attacker, Trump said: "Fortunately someone else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction" or the rampage "would have been much worse."
    • >> No one inside the church was armed at the time of the attack, the sheriff said Monday, saying he was not surprised by that fact. "People from this community would never think this could happen," he said.
    • >> "We have to stand up,” Boswell said. “We have to work together. We have to advocate and we have to speak out against gun violence."
    • "Automatic weapons is the first place we start,” Jordan said.
    • Channel 9 asked the pastors if they were comfortable or open to the idea of members carrying guns at church.
    • They said people have brought up the idea in the past, but they want to have a gun-free zone.
  • Hundreds detained in Moscow on centennial of communist revolution (Nick)


  • Feast of the Freecoast
  • Shire Sharing
    • 1) Assemble the Thanksgiving gifts. This is an open event in Manchester. Find the Facebook event here. Meet us at 4 Technology Drive in Londonderry any time between 10am and 3pm on November 18th. It's a potluck and family-friendly. There will be balloons thanks to NH Balloon Man! While technically Londonderry, this address is right by the Manchester Airport.
    • 2) Deliver Thanksgiving meals. On November 19th, we will be going door-to-door with our Thanksgiving gifts. If you'd like to help, sign up using the form below! Deadline to sign up is 5pm EST November 10th. We will contact you by Nov. 17th, 2017. Any questions, use our contact form.


The Big Question

  • Would America have been better off if the US fell apart in 1787? 1861? What about now for the future?

Social media (Nick)

  • Questions for Listeners, What do you think of the new format so far? How can we make this show better for you?
  • Send us an Answer to @freecastpodcast and we’ll read the best ones next week!


Nov 1, 2017

Corporate Power and Natural Rights On this episode of the Freecast we discuss the power of Fortune 500 companies, guns in gloveboxes, TSA pre-check in stadiums, and Hollywood’s power to ostracize. Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine and Nick Boyle Engineered by: Matt Carano News Corporations aren't as powerful as you think (Mike) "Socialism above all meant a horror of the new age: the age of machines and high finance. It was more than conservative. It was reactionary and nostalgic, and in the long march from status to contract it demanded a return to the familiar and time honored world of status." - George Watson, The Lost Literature of Socialism This one is crazy (Matt) Same story from liberty perspective Same story from a liberty perspective: TSA precheck now fast tracks entrance to NFL stadiums Bill of Rights sought for Foster parents (Mike) Ferrier school forced to have students have high school diploma or GED (Matt) The unintended consequences of Portsmouth’s parking problems (Nick) Hollywood shows power of ostracism – but is it practicing collective punishment? (Matt) Events Venture Capitalists: BigFish Learning Community (Mike) The Big Question Are Rights Really Inalienable? Do Natural Rights Even Exist? Praxeum 2.0 (Maybe give this a week off) Fundraiser drive Social media Last week we asked: “Why does liberty matter to you?” @BitcoinNotBombs It is the way to leave the world better than we found it, a reason for being at all. #liberty Question for listeners: Would you agree never to collect social security (despite paying in), if it would exempt your children from contributing? (Stole from Link, with permission) Send us an Answer on Twitter @freecastpodcast and we’ll read the best ones next week!

Oct 25, 2017

News Update: Proposal for Amazon would be in Londonderry. (Nick) 238 contenders. Decision will be made sometime next year The Wakeup Call Crypto-Anarchists Need (Matt) When Prisons Become Nursing Homes (Mike) Sununu asks Trump to stop deportations (Matt) Dash Venezuela conference draws over 350 attendees (Nick) Venture Capitalists Cheddar: (Mike) Monte Crypto - Arcadia As A Crypto Hub Recent expansion of Crypto accepting businesses in Portsmouth NH Promoting Bitcoin as a net positive? Quote of the week “You know you are in too many wars in too many places when even warmonger Lindsay Graham can’t keep track anymore” - Senator Rand Paul Decentralize Me Italy Catalonia Answers from listeners What is the next step towards liberty? Brian Shields: Work towards getting a voluntary safety net to replace a state safety net. E.G. Replacing food stamp program with food banks @chrislopez2004: Move to New Hampshire @m_r_j_smith Taking control of your OWN life and making YOUR OWN self free. Produce some of your own food (10% calories or just what your fav food). Start a business (10% income replacement) learn new skills. Get healthier, talk to and help neighbors, learn about crypto, get out of debt, that should get you started. START SMALL be realistic. The Big Question Anonymous - "How do I talk to non-libertarians about what a libertarian or specifically a freecoaster is? Some of my friends unfortunately have negative views or prejudice toward Free Staters and libertarians, so I’ve avoided talking about it. But I feel like these convos should happen and I guess I’m just not really sure where to start. I’m not aiming to change anyone’s mind but get them to think about it in a new light so at least they don’t hate me. I know you guys have had some success with this and maybe it’s already been covered – but it is a struggle for me and it weighs on me a lot." Special Guest: Hannah Braime Self care for libertarians. Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive Social media Question for this week. Why does liberty matter to you? Send us an Answer on Twitter @freecastpodcast and we’ll read the best ones next week!

Oct 19, 2017

News Jasper jolts to Agriculture Commissioner (Nick) Harvey “The Hurricane” Weinstein paid off sexual harassment accusers for decades (Matt) Healthy Markets - Tesla fired 'hundreds' of workers this week over performance reviews (Mike) Quebec quashes Uber demands, Uber stays put (Matt) Ellen DeGeneres advocates getting rid of taxation (Matt) "I would get rid of taxes. I don't think we need taxes. I'd have boxes where you can put money in. You should get to choose where your money goes instead of giving it and just letting them decide. I think you should decide.” -Ellen DeGeneres Free trade makes people nicer (Mike) “Societies that use markets extensively develop a culture of cooperation, fairness, and respect for the individual.” Sununu won't let state troopers enforce federal immigration laws (Nick),-ICE?template=mobileart Spain imprisons 2 leaders of Catalonia Independence movement. (Mike) Universities riding urbanism wave (Mike) Events Check out your local meetup next Thursday 26th in Rochester at Magrillas Quote of the week QOTW: “Everyone else is still trying to play catch up to this tax incentive we created in 1789 -- no sales tax and no income tax. Obviously the Boston region is a great place to go, but if you’re going to be there, be in tax-free New Hampshire. It’s all the benefits without the headaches.” - Gov. Chris Sununu The Big Question Do you regret voting for Trump? Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive Social media Question for listeners Send us an Answer to and we’ll read the best ones next week!

Oct 12, 2017

Episode 02. Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine and Nick Boyle Special Guests: Jake Desyllas Editor: Matt Carano News (10 min) Change the Voting system, Change the World (Mike) Approval Voting Pence’s pull out price: $88,000 (Matt) Hassan’s attack on Israel (Nick) Supporting argument Counter argument More detailed analysis Heroin(e) documentary glosses over government blame (Mike) Catalonia DOESN’T declare independence, but still on the table (Jake) Events (5 mins) Powwow this Sunday... Feast of the Freecoast (but we'll ask ppl to contact us for when and where)... Special Segment (10 mins) Jake Desyllas of The Voluntary Life Podcast: This Week in Liberty (5 mins) 60 years ago this week Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged released October 10th 1957 Topped #3 on NY Times Bestseller list. 22 weeks on the list After the “Great Recession” Charted #1 in Fiction and literature on Amazon Influence Reason Magazine: Free Minds and Free Markets is taken directly from John Galt Walter Block credits Rand from turning him from a commie to libertarianism Alex Epstein, author of “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” Penn Jillette Ron Paul Mary Ruwart credits Atlas Shrugged as her introduction to libertarian ideas. Even some mainstream people have said they’re influenced by Ayn Rand Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice SCOTUS Jimmy Wales, Co-Founder of Wikipedia ran an email list discussing Rand’s philosophy Glenn Beck Paul Ryan A 3 movie series which has been ranked horribly by critics. Part 3 was ranked 0% on Rotten Tomatoes Rand wasn’t perfect and didn’t even like the term “libertarian” Claim: Europeans and their descendants were justified in removing Indians from their lands because the Indians didn’t believe in property rights Link Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive Social media Question for NH listeners: We've made great strides towards liberty in the last 12 months. What's next to achieve, and how do we do it? Send us an Answer to and we’ll read the best ones next week!

Oct 6, 2017

Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Mike Vine and Nick Boyle with special gues: Tom Hudson Editor: Matt Carano Segments News (10 min) Sponsor (5 mins) Local happenings (5 mins) Philosophy of Liberty (10 mins) Seacoast History (10 mins) Social media Intro to the revamp (Mike or Matt) News (10 min) Portsmouth bureaucrats poo poo pork roast (Matt) IMF finally figures it out (Mike) NH legislative session 2017: A review (Nick) 258 bills passed into law, all but 5 were signed By Gov. Sununu. The other 5 became law without signature. Positives Concealed Carry Repeal of Commuters income tax Students aren’t forced to go to a particular public school because of geography, aka Croydon Bill Deregulated cryptocurrencies People reporting a drug related emergency are immune from prosecution, even if they themselves are using illegal drugs Firecrackers are legal No longer need a licence to braid hair Wine manufacturers can retail their product at their own wine retail outlet. Chronic pain is added to the qualifying list of therapeutic cannabis and cannabis can be used for more qualifying medical conditions Any data that law enforcement receives from “cell data” must be removed by the end of the day it was acquired if it is not the party specified in the court order. And within 30 days if there is no more reason to believe the information is evidence. Marijuana decriminalized up to ¾ oz. People can play poker in private residences now, as long as it’s indoors. Negatives Dairy Farmer bailout Use of out-of-state drivers' licenses and nondrivers' identification cards will be recorded in the statewide centralized voter registration database. Expansion of food facility inspections at the discretion of the department of health and human services. If the state is the plaintiff it must be brought to court within 3 years Increase in the amount of education hours a drug counselor needs to get a license. (270 hours to 300) State police can enforce motor vehicle laws anywhere in the state, not just on the highways. Stricter voting laws based on domicile Spain police block Catalan referendum voters from voting (Matt) No gun control proposals would have stopped the Vegas shooting (Mike) Events (5 mins) There are liberty events all throughout the state almost every day. Freecoast Festival recap Powwow & Sunschool coming up on Sun Oct.15 Free State Blockchain Conference - Dec 1st @ Sheraton Harbourside Portsmouth Special Segment (10 mins) Living Up To Your Potential with the Uprev Ninja Featuring Special Guest Tom Hudson State Comparison (5-10 mins) California Taxes: Income tax: Low: 1% (on up to $15,700 of taxable income for married joint filers and up to $7,850 for those filing individually) High: 13.3% (on more than $1,052,886 for married joint filers and $1 million for those filing individually) New Hampshire Taxes Income tax: New Hampshire doesn't have an income tax. But there's a 5% tax on dividends and interest in excess of $2,400 for individuals ($4,800 for joint filers) There is no inheritance tax or estate tax Sales tax: 7.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.5%, and the average combined rate is 8.48%, according to the Tax Foundation. The state sales tax rate is scheduled to decrease to 7.25% on January 1, 2017 Sales tax: None $0.38 Gas tax per gallon of gasoline, $0.39 for diesel Gasoline: $0.24 per gallon. Diesel: $0.24 per gallon. Median property tax of $3,104 on the state's median home value of $385,500 The median property tax on New Hampshire's median home value of $236,400 is $5,131. Sin taxes: Californians voted in November to increase the state tax on cigarettes from 87 cents to $2.87 a pack, effective April 1, 2017. The tax will also apply to e-cigarettes. All other tobacco products: 28% of the wholesale price Beer: $0.20 per gallon Wine: $0.20 per gallon ($0.30 for sparkling wine) Liquor: $3.30 per gallon Sin tax: Beer: $0.30 per gallon. New Hampshire directly controls wine and liquor sales through state-owned stores. Cigarettes, little cigars and loose tobacco for cigarettes: $1.78 per pack Other tobacco products: 65% of the wholesale price. Travel tax: Hotel: No statewide lodging tax, but cities and other localities can levy taxes. For example, the city of Long Beach has a 12% rate. The city of Anaheim has a 15% rate. Sales tax isn't collected. Rental cars: No statewide tax, but localities may levy them. Sales tax is due Travel tax: Statewide lodging tax: 9%. Rental cars: 9%. Vehicle tax: No sales tax is due, but vehicle registration is done at the town and county level, where taxes may be levied based on the vehicle’s value and age There is no inheritance tax or estate tax There is no inheritance tax or estate tax Crime Violent crime rate: 396.1 per 100k 17th Murder rate: 4.9 per 100k 26th Crime Violent crime rate: 196.1 47th Murder rate: 1.3 per 100k 50th Government State representative salary: $104,118/year $183/day for each day in session Legislature: 40 Senate (1 per 981,250 people) 80 Assembly (1 per 490,625 people) Government State representative salary: $200/two-year term Legislature: 24 Senate (1 per 55,625 people) 400 House (1 per 3,338 people) Weather LA, CA Avg hi/lo F Jan 66/48 Avg hi/lo F Jul 83/63 Natural disaster threats Earthquakes, mudslides, floods, wildfires and droughts 87 Major disaster declarations since Jan 1953 FEMA CA Weather Concord NH Avg hi/lo F Jan 31/9 Avg hi/lo F Jul 83/57 Natural disaster threats Floods, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Blizzards, Ice Storms 35 Major disaster declarations since Jan 1953 FEMA NH Praxeum 2.0 Fundraiser drive Social media Follow us on Twitter @freecastpodcast Email:

Oct 1, 2017

This is the keynote speech by Jake Desyllas from The Voluntary Life podcast at the Freecoast Festival 2017. 

Sorry for the poor audio. The boat noise was unavoidable and the audio system on the boat was terrible. I have cleaned it up as well as I can.

Sep 30, 2017

Sponsorship message from (Joel Valenzuela) for Freecoast Festival 2017.

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