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Let me know when you've settled in and I'll treat you to a few beers [strangebrewtavern.net].
/me invites self
When I read your name I read the -1 as the moderation, and thought someone modded you down.
It's clearly just an imaginary name. ;)
Naw! I think it reflects their complex personality....
Or this. [portsmouthbrewery.com]
I'll let you know when I'm in the area. Incidentally, I got your puzzle you sent me, but I can't get it to disassemble, and I'm concerned if I apply too much force, I'll break it.
Good choice - New Hampshire is a good place. I always hoped that the Free State project would make it even better, but that seems to have fizzled...
I heard about FSP. Since I'm heading to FSP, I'm going to look at signing it.
Why do you say it fizzled? I believe the FSP is still growing.
What makes you say the Free State Project [freestateproject.org] has fizzled?
Just to be clear, since people read all kinds of things into short comments: I am not a libertarian, but I support your right to be a libertarian, and I wish the FSP all the best.
Well, apparently it did ruin some townships, so there's that.
It didn't fizzle at all, but it didn't get the reaction at all that it expected. (I was born and raised in NH, and know some of the established political players personally, so I have some sense of the story.)
Basically, what happened was that the libertarians moved into NH, settled in the lovely towns that are all over the state, ran some candidates for the state House, won (not too hard - because there are 400 House seats for 1 million residence, that works out to about 1200 votes per winning candidate), and their leaders went to Concord ready to do battle for libertarian ideals.
If their image of politics was shaped by what was going on in Washington DC, they were in for a surprise, because the reaction of the other legislators (majority Democrat at the time) was along the lines of "Hi, nice to meet you! We're looking forward to what ideas you might have about how to make the state better. If you need any assistance working with the various offices in the state, please let us know."
What some of the Free Staters hadn't realized before that moment is that in New Hampshire the political culture focuses more on effective and good government than on party affiliation. As an example or this in action, the Secretary of State Bill Gardner (a Democrat) was appointed in 1976 by the then-Republican leaning legislature and Republican governor, and has been consistently re-appointed by both Democrats and Republicans ever since because everyone recognizes that he's both very good at doing the work and fair to everyone. It probably also makes a big difference that there are about 10 full-time politicians in the entire state (governor, 2 senators, 2 federal congresspeople, and a few city mayors), and holding any other office is essentially a volunteer role.
Well, I assumed it fizzled in the sense that nowhere near the number of people signed up for it as they expected. NH politics aren't bad, but when I lived in the neighborhood, southern NH was being invaded by Boston workers looking for cheaper digs. Granted, I haven't been there for a long time, but I had the impression that things were going in the wrong (read "progressive") political direction.
Fun facts about the Granite State:
- The alarm clock was invented there.
- It's the birthplace of great Americans like astronaut Alan Shepard, porn star Erica Campbell, and pop crooner G.G. Allin.
- It's not true that there's a sign on I-95 North in Kittery that says "Welcome to Maine, sorry about New Hampshire".
"...pop crooner G.G. Allin."
"...pop crooner G.G. Allin."
Ah yes, an underrated gem with a throat of gold. Anybody with an interest in serious discourse should learn from his extensive catalog which contains such thought-provoking songwriting with hits such as "Sleeping in my Piss," "Fucking the Dog," "Expose Yourself to Kids," and "I'm Gonna Rape You."
>The alarm clock was invented there.
Well that tears it. I had liked most of what I heard about New Hampshire, but now I have no choice but to destroy them all and salt the ground.
I love the new logo and catch phrase. Dear god, that is catchy.
You will be free or you will be food. Choose.
The slogan is actually a quote, the full line is "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.", made as a toast by General John Stark during the revolution war.
FWIW. using that license plate might be bad luck.It features a picture of the Old Man of the Mountain which collapsed a few years ago. [wikipedia.org]
And here I thought it was a Bruce Willis movie tagline this whole time.
The more you know...
Glad to know the full quote! I was wondering about the 'new' logo... Great to be kept up to date on all this. We're in good hands.
I don't think it's funny as much as it's sexy. It gave me (as it should give any lover of liberty) a serious hard-on.
Ugh, seriously, didn't need that mental image. Really.
A beer bottle should not have a boner.
Brain bleach please.
Soylent News: Be informed, or be formed... into green biscuits.
You'll do great here. Portsmouth is nice...
Live free or DIIIIIEEEE! [youtube.com]
Thanks for carrying out this task. I know it is not one that you have enjoyed and that it has taken an inordinate amount of time. But, once complete, I'm sure it will have been worth it.
That light at the end of the tunnel could be a train.
You are doing a great job with a massively difficult task. How can I contribute to the beer/reloaction fund?
Are there a disproportionate number of NH people on this site, or is it commenting selection bias?
I thought we all were from New Hampshire. You're not?
Joke's on you, I live 3 miles from barrabas's suggested tavern.
Since SN is not incorporated as a non-profit yet, I can't send in a donation. Fine, where do I send your birthday present?
To me. Everybody forgets my birthday.
"To celebrate this milestone, I've temporarily changed the site logo and slogan to reflect our status."
Please tell me you are going to get this custom plate to put on the back of some 70's Pinto. I'll donate just for that.
You know ... when I was in college, I toyed with the idea of buying a Pinto.
I need a car to drive the Pan-American Highway. Driving a Pinto across two continents probably would be worth it for the story alone.
"Driving a Pinto across two continents"
God no, we need you alive longer than that!
You know how you have an adventure?
You take a stupid idea and follow through. I believe my last one started with "Hey guys, I've worked with Slash before ..."
I thought you started out by rolling 3d6...
Ha! Thats some good shit there. :D
But I'm not sure why you feel you need our approval.
YOU are the one putting this together.
YOU are the one whose name will be most prominent on the Articles of Incorporation.
In short, it's YOUR site.
While I have an account, and make the occasional contribution, administrative minutiae are of no concern to me. It should also be of no concern to anyone who has not made a significant contribution of either time, money, or expertise.
It's our site (we exist for and by the community) actually, and there was some people that posed the option of incorporating elsewhere in the world (some people dislike the US). NCommander said anyone willing to research other nations as a basis for setting up the NFP were free to. He opted to research which state would be best in the US. As no one stepped up, it looks like we have a conclusion.
So when he says "relocate" is he really permanently relocating himself solely to do the incorporation?
That's pretty... drastic. Especially if this site doesn't make him any money (and I assume it doesn't).
Yup. :-) (not sure how permament it will be, but at least until we have all the necessary certificates of business + rubber stamps, etc.)
Maybe it is just an excuse. You know. To move. To New Hampshire.
(Wait, could it be that NCommander is in reality Scott Brown? Nah, no way!)
(some people dislike the US)
We don't dislike everything about the US, but secret court orders and stuff like this [soylentnews.org] makes some of us really uncomfortable about some of the stuff going on in the US and that's one of the reasons some of us have suggested incorporation in another country.
This is exactly the point he's making: it's OUR site!
I seem to remember another site feeling like it didn't need the approval of its users. Last I checked, that site's comments had drastically fallen off into being about as useful in the scope the site aimed to pertain to as posts on AOL forums.
There's a lesson to be learned in there somewhere, and I think NCommander is on the right track.
SoylentNews is People!
As a counterpoint, I know of another site that was pretty good, and I contributed there for a while.
Then the owner started on a kick about wanting more input from the users for site decisions.
Kuro5hin.org is now just an Internet backwater site.
I'm concerned that SN will suffer the same fate.
Fair point. It would seem that the sweet spot, as it were, is somewhere in between despotism and willy nilly democracy. From what I've seen, we've been thus far not straying too far to one side or the other here...there's a core of folks involved in executive tasks, some that take direction a bit in the form of editing or other general labor, and then the majority of us plebs that need to be whipped and prodded just to go vote on the site name.
But yes, leaders, don't be afraid to lead. You can be sure we'll be happy to let you know when you're doing it wrong.
Why New Hampshire? Everyone knows Delaware is the logical place to inc.