It’s no surprise to long-time followers of Free Keene that I participate in a lot of projects. At one point I ran the Free Keene Press, co-hosted Free Talk Live, and produced Free Keene TV. These days in Manchester are no different as I find myself starting my fourth active project. With each campaign or project I typically go about soliciting donations to help fund various aspects. Well today I am trying something different. I am offering those who want to support the projects I manage an opportunity to help all of them at once. I’ve created a gofundme campaign to raise money for me. Total transparency, the money will go to support me with typical life expenses while I continue to manage and create valuable liberty projects.
It is another experiment and I don’t know how well it will work but I felt it worth a shot! You can visit the page here: http://www.gofundme.com/SupportJJ
Here is the copy from the fundraiser page:
The past couple weeks have seen some drastic moves by the United States Government and the US Global Illicit Financial Team. Starting with the DHS blocking and seizing Dwolla accounts that were linked to Mt. Gox a little more than two weeks ago, the scene was set for more of the same. The crime in question: Money Laundering and not registering as a money-transmitting service.
This past week the witch hunt continued with Liberty Reserve being the next suspect. Liberty Reserve is a Costa Rica based online virtual currency service similar to PayPal. Founder, Arthur Budovsky, was arrested in Spain and was one of six indicted in connection with Liberty Reserve. The indictment included a ludicrous claim that the service laundered, “more than $6 billion in criminal proceeds” and was “one designed to help criminals conduct illegal transactions and launder the proceeds of their crimes” — essentially accusing most of the users of being involved in criminal activities.
Among the legitimate customers of Liberty Reserve is ePay Cards, a service that functioned like an online pre-paid MasterCard or Visa. Mitver Holdings owns ePay Cards and has $28,000 USD tied up in Liberty Reserve accounts at the time of the shutdown. This is not a new territory for Mr. Budovsky, in 2006 he was found guilty for operating Gold Age from his Brooklyn, New York apartment. Started in 1999, Gold Age was one of the first independent e-gold exchangers. Read more
2012 has been a whirlwind year for me with so many successful projects. I finished Free Keene TV with my 52nd episode in July. I finished Porcfest Chronicles in October with 51 individual videos. I had a lot of fun working with Gary Johnson, John Babiarz and Hardy Macia making the zombie videos for political campaigns. Shire Sharing and the Free State Project round out the year with a few more videos documenting the hard work carried out by liberty activists.
I enjoy producing and publishing videos for the expressed purpose of spreading the ideas of liberty. It is a labor of love. At the same time I have spent hundreds of hours creating this content and it is always nice to get a little cash for the work. Bills, food and all that! So I created a chip-in for anyone that wants to give me a few bucks for my efforts:
This video is perhaps my last for the year. I visit the Maine Liberty Summit with Antigone Darling who gives a speech about liberty and secession. We network with neighboring liberty lovers and talk about the Free State Project.
Some of my stats for 2012:
27 Episodes of Free Keene TV
51 Porcfest Chronicles videos
3 Zombie videos for Libertarian Party Candidates
2 Shire Sharing Videos
6 Videos for NH Gubernatorial Candidate John Babiarz
4 Videos for the Free State Project
? Additional videos for miscellaneous ventures
I did what many will tell you not to do. I moved to Keene nearly five years ago with $500 and all the property I could fit in my compact car. I took a leap of faith and landed in the home of Kat and Russell Kanning, much to my fortune. With no job lined up prior to my move and my limited resources, my brand new car was quickly repossessed.
I remained steadfast in my resolve to make the move a success. A month after my move I voted for Ron Paul in the New Hampshire GOP Primary. Two weeks later I landed perhaps the best job of my life thus far. I quickly started saving money and soon bought a used car.
Curiously my first “liberty event” was karaoke at a then “Free Stater Owned” bar just outside Keene. I didn’t sing at the time as I had not yet discovered my talent for karaoke. I also attended the Social Sunday events and a training session for New Hampshire Liberty Alliance bill reading. I sat and listened mostly, absorbing the energy around me, adapting to the new culture, community and ideas. Read more
Filed under: Announcement, Civil Disobedience, Essay, JJ's Fun House, Noncooperation, Personal Freedom
Thanks to Jodie and Marc Emery and the rest of the great crew of Cannabis Culture for publishing this awesome feature article all about Keene’s cannabis freedom movement, starting with Andrew Carroll’s arrest last year and going through the Nashua crackdowns. Not only that, but they allowed JJ from the Free Keene Press to write the piece! They included activists’ photos as well as videos from OTN and Anarchy in Your Head. It’s an amazing piece that is going to help put Free Keene on the cannabis activism map!
If you found this website via Cannabis Culture, please take a look around – there’s a lot more happening here than cannabis freedom activism.
Here’s the text of the piece: Read more
by James B Schlessinger Jr
The Leviathan grows and consumes
It’s great maw is a place of Doom
teeth like guns
cold blood runs
One gaze and you are held in shackles
Left in confusion, the great beast cackles
Its claws pierce through
what privacy you knew
The armor is thick with the strength of apathy
the guise is flawed; to protect me from me
In its right hand a pen
made to write and rule men
In its left hand the scales of justice
behold, the great beast rolls loaded dice
All that’s left to decide is how you will pay
If you work with us, you can go home today
By James B Schlessinger Jr.
Is it a sin to want to be free?
To live as I want, leave me be
What would you have me do?
Do you want me to be like you?
Should I dress the same?
Should I take your name?
Should I fall like rain
And bow to the pain?
Filed under: Announcement, Introduction, JJ's Fun House, Keene Weekly News, News, Outreach, The Free Keene Press
Keene liberty activists once again have a paper dedicated to the happenings in Keene, NH. I have finished the first issue of The Free Keene Press. Meant to be an extension of the Free Keene blog with a bent directed at the community of Keene. The FKP will start out as a single page inside the New Hampshire Free Press.
The NH Free Press was once titled the Keene Free Press when Kat Kanning, the paper’s creator, lived in Keene. Now like a seed inside a piece of fruit the next iteration of a local Keene newspaper is borne within the pages of the former one.
My goal is simply to have one more avenue of communication with the individuals who inhabit the Keene area. I will not shy away from controversy or contentious content but instead I hope to give insight where there is confusion. I have plans to expand this paper and to do some actual investigative reporting but for now it will start out small and grow into whatever it becomes.
If you have any ideas or thoughts in how to make this a better paper please share them and if you would like to lend you time in any way be sure to let me know.
You will find a .pdf of this first issue among the links to the right, titled Press. http://press.freekeene.com
Please direct any special comments or inquiries to email@example.com
James B Schlessinger Jr.
Filed under: Copwatch, Corruption, Hypocrisy, Issues, JJ's Fun House, Keene Weekly News, Police
A great deal has happened these last several days involving activists and various Law Enforcement Agencies around Keene, NH. Many videos have been posted and much outrage expressed. In the end I think the heat of the moment causes us to lose sight of the reality and perhaps creates an illusionary world where one does not exist.
I might catch hell from my friends for posting this but I’m the type of person who speaks his mind regardless.
In general the Keene Police Department and the local Sheriffs have acted in a very professional manner and have shown a great deal of restraint in dealing with activists. Most notably, Lt. Shane Maxfield. In every incident I have seen involving the Lt. he has been calm and communicative, dare I say honorable. This is reality. Whether you like the job they do, the actions they take or the orders they follow, we are fortunate to have good humans in those uniforms. And they are human, just as we are, subject to the same flaws and features, the same mistakes and misjudgments.
I do take issue with the way Patrick was carried today and the way Sam was likely treated, I do take issue with the orders to arrest peaceful activists for victimless crimes and I do take issue with the use of force in general to achieve a hegemony of the State over the Individual. One need only read my previous blog entries to see how I feel.
Filed under: Corruption, Hypocrisy, JJ's Fun House, Personal Freedom, Police, Rant, Thuggery
By James B Schlessinger Jr.
This terrible sickness
Where is the victim?
Where is the witness?
Swear in the truth
Tell you no lies
Lest ye be judged
By my own two eyes
The Circuit of circus
The Juggling of Justice
Will all hands be tied
When and innocent dies?
At the hands of a court
Is humanities demise
Laws to determine
What’s said in a sermon
Laws to endanger
Laws to give voice
When we make a choice
Laws to enslave
From cradle to grave