Why I Won’t Be Watching Tonight’s Debate

"Mr. Roark, we're alone here. Why don't you tell me what you think of me? In any words you wish. No one will hear us." "But I don't think of you." - The Fountainhead We've reached a pivotal moment in 2016. After eight years of war and upheaval, combined with growth of
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Why I Won’t Be Watching Tonight’s Debate

Examining the NH Primary Election Results

Back in August we conducted a poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters for the gubernatorial races. Instead of polling by phone we targeted our subjects via social media by scrutinizing their activity in politically oriented Facebook groups or their Twitter activity. This polling method has been essentially written off
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Examining the NH Primary Election Results

New Hampshire GOP Speaker Jasper Lashes Out at Free Staters

Shawn Jasper, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in New Hampshire, has targeted Free Staters in comments related to his bid for reelection as Speaker. Responding to criticism he has faced over his top-down authoritarian approach to the legislature, Jasper insisted that this was result of a "false narrative" regarding
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New Hampshire GOP Speaker Jasper Lashes Out at Free Staters

Ruben Loved Cows: A True Tale of Vigilante Justice

The following is a true story. Names have been changed and details omitted to protect the privacy and safety of all parties involved Ruben loved cows. In fact, he loved cows too much. In the end, it was his undoing. What Ruben never did love much, however, was working hard. His
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Ruben Loved Cows: A True Tale of Vigilante Justice

Gary Johnson: New Hampshire’s Choice?

Gary Johnson has won the endorsement of New Hampshire's largest paper, as well as a majority in the paper's online reader poll. The Union Leader ended over a century-long tradition of backing the Republican Party nominee for president by snubbing Donald Trump in favor of the Libertarian Party's candidate Gary Johnson.
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Gary Johnson: New Hampshire’s Choice?

What Will Replace the Constitution?

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra We've reached a pivotal moment in American history. No, it's not: "Should we return to strict adherence to the Constitution." It's: "What comes next?" The United States of America was that great experiment in constitutionally-limited government. Its main
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What Will Replace the Constitution?

Should Johnson and Weld Be Removed from the Libertarian Party Ticket?

This is the transcript of episode thirteen of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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The Libertarian Party of the Seacoast of New Hampshire has asked the Libertarian National committee to remove Johnson / Weld as the candidates. Will this have any impact? This is the thirteenth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Remove Johnson and Weld Edition.

Many of us have been railing against Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for months, and many of us have independently asked the Libertarian National Committee to invoke Article 14 Section 5 of their Bylaws to remove Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, or at the very least, [Read more…]

Bitcoin Debit Card: All You Need to Survive on Digital Money

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About a month ago I wrote about my decision to take the plunge and ditch my bank account to go all Bitcoin. I got a bunch of responses, mostly either telling me I’m crazy or wishing they were hardcore enough to quit banking cold-turkey like I did. Among the dozens of questions I received was the big one, likely the very issue holding back cryptocurrency lovers and central banking haters alike from dumping the banks for good: how do you pay for stuff if very few places take Bitcoin these days?

Now, there are some places that take Bitcoin directly, especially in New Hampshire. Purse.io allows you to buy anything off of Amazon.com for 5% or more off with Bitcoin, which covers an enormous spectrum of stuff, including some groceries and gas cards, meaning you can fill your car up on Bitcoin. For most of the rest there are gift card services that take Bitcoin for instant gift cards you can use at chains all over the country. For everything else there’s Bitcoin debit cards. [Read more…]

Kratom vs. Oxycontin

This is the transcript of episode twelve of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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The DEA bans kratom as the FDA approves OxyContin for kids. Am I the only one that sees the hypocrisy of this? This is the twelfth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Kratom vs. Oxycontin Edition.

The DEA recently added the herbal substance, kratom, to its schedule 1 list of drugs. Kratom is a plant from Southeast Asia that activates some of the same receptors as opioids but is far less dangerous.  Schedule 1 is generally reserved for the most dangerous drugs that have no medicinal benefit, although several of the drugs scheduled that way have shown to have medicinal benefits much to the chagrin of the DEA and the FDA. Schedule 1 includes drugs like heroin, ecstasy, LSD, peyote, and others. Why did they decide to schedule this plant the same way? As Tom Knapp said in a William Lloyd Garrison center article:

The agency offers numerous excuses — insufficient testing for the plant to have an approved medical use, its historical use as an opium substitute,  its increasing use “to self-treat chronic pain and opioid withdrawal symptoms, with users reporting its effects to be comparable to prescription opioids.” DEA says that last bit like it’s a bad thing. It isn’t. Pain relief is a GOOD thing.

And to go even further than Tom, at a time when the federal government is busting folks who are [Read more…]

Police Union May Boycott 49ers Over Kaepernick

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Cops are threatening to go on strike over Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem.

The Santa Clara police union, offended by Kaepernick’s continuing decision to not stand for the anthem in protest of police brutality, sent a letter to the San Francisco 49ers saying that doing nothing about their incorrigible player “could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.” Apparently, in addition to forcing the public to pay for their services or face arrest, Santa Clara police also demand their steadfast devotion. [Read more…]

You Can Now Use Bitcoin At Dunkin Donuts

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Bitcoin enthusiasts rejoice: you can now use it to get your coffee fix just about anywhere.

Ubiquitous coffee and breakfast chain Dunkin Donuts, which you can find just about every few blocks in New England, can now be patronized with Bitcoin, thanks to a recent gift card integration through eGifter. This allows customers to effectively pay with Bitcoin, even though the chain itself doesn’t yet take it directly.

According to 2014 figures, there were a total of 2,243 Dunkin Donuts locations in New England, 215 of those in New Hampshire. Massachusetts is the clear heavyweight in the Dunks game with 1,151 locations, more than half the total of New England, and 10% of the global total of 11,500 spanning 40 different countries. [Read more…]

I Sit with Kaepernick

This is the transcript of episode eleven of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem. Is he right to do so? This is the eleventh episode of The LAVA Spurt, The I Sit With Kaepernick Edition.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself directly into controversy and the line of fire by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States. He has done this for at least two preseason games so far.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that [Read more…]