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Posted: September 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Recently my buddy Kevin and I started a podcast called The Disindoctrination Podcast. We seem to be off to a good start with 2 casts and an interview with Ademo Freeman so far. All of this “word pressing” I’ve been doing lately, has re-inspired me to get back on my personal blog again. I’m going to ease back into the writing and try to keep everything short and to the point.

But it will mostly just be rants about the trials and tribulations of doing a podcast from scratch with no prior experience.

You can actually hear the conversations where most of what I’ve learned so far came from, by listening to Michael Dean’s Search Engine Optimization Guide. I don’t come into the cast until Part 2.

If you’re thinking about doing your own podcast or blog you should have a listen and take notes. There’s a ton of good information packed into this series about how to drive more traffic to your site. And doing it without being obnoxious.

Summer Time!

Posted: June 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

It occurred to me, while chatting it up online about PorcFest today, that there are tons of  events coming up this summer. I’ll personally be attending as many of these events as possible, but I figured I’d make a list of these, if not only to organize myself, but also in case you haven’t heard of some of them.

The first thing coming up this Saturday June 4th, is the Dance Party @ TJ’s. You can see who you know that’s going out of the 3000+ attendees on the Facebook event page. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you have heard about what happened there last weekend. But just incase you have been living under a rock here are some of the videos that emerged.

Also, if you can’t make it to DC on Saturday there is always the sister event being called the National Monument(al) Dance Party in support of the Dance Party @ TJ’s. There are separate events popping up on there all the time.

Then there will be the usual Tuesday night of chatting with my fellow voluntaryists in the chat room for Thinking Liberty. The show starts at 8:00 and goes to 10:00 every Tuesday. 

Friday June 10th will be the, always amazing, Rebel Inc show in Baltimore. Tickets are only $10 from the band or $12 at the door. You can catch these guys playing up at PorcFest too.

At this point, there will be only one event that I will be talking about and getting ready for. That event is The 2011 Porcupine Freedom Festival! Before I go off on a rant about why you should go  (I’m saving that for another post) I’d suggest you check out the speaker/guest list. We’re talking about 1000+ hardcore liberty minded individuals all on one camp ground. It doesn’t get any better than this.

After recovering from what I call “back to reality shock” there will be another overnight camping festival called FreedomPalooza. It’s on July 2nd and 3rd in Kintersville, Pennsylvania. Tons of great bands playing and plenty of good people to philosophise with. Definitely good times to be had.

Not even two weeks later we will be going to our second Kick Ass Camping and River Trip! Yes this is exactly what it sounds like. Go check out some of the picture from last year. If you’re able to make it I suggest you do. There are no speakers yet, no campgrounds, no rules. Just how we like it.

That just about wraps up most of the major events for the summer. If you know of any that I missed and think they should be added, comment away and I’ll add them.

 

Image I was "playing with" on MS Paint

One of the projects that I’m working on requires me to reach out to all 3 of my subscribers. I’m kidding, I think there are like 7 subscribers (thanks guys). This project is for low-cost t-shirt production. Most people who I interact with know that I have a love for t-shirts. Especially cheap ones with a real message.

I’m not necessarily trying to start a clothing company or anything. But in this awesome libertarian world that is getting bigger and bigger everyday, we have lots of artists but strangely, not enough cool shirts to wear.

Now there are always organizations putting their images or logos on shirts and selling them to help support their efforts, which is a great idea, but it’s limited to said organizations main focus. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t support our favorite groups messages but I want to see more art work out there. Not just a picture you can click on or set as you desktop background, but stuff that we can wear.

There are quite a few websites that will most certainly do this for you. Although I have found that with some of these “custom graphic” websites like Zazzle or CafePress you get a lot of options to choose from, as well as the ability to upload your own images. You can have it put on anything from a coffee mug to a mouse pad. The one problem I keep noticing is that you don’t receive exactly what you think you’re going to get. This is especially detering when you bust out $23.50 plus shipping, for ONE shirt.

In these seemly 100% automated websites, there is a serious lack of common sense. Like, why would anybody screen print black ink on a black t-shirt? The example below is from a very talented artist whose poster I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with. The shirt I recieved was a far cry from the original print.

The image on the left is the way it is supposed to look.

Obviously I didn’t exactly get what I paid for. Luckily they had a very good return policy and customer support has been awesome. But it wound up that I got a full refund and waste of time. Come to think of it I didn’t even have to return the shirt.

Now I’m not trying to bash these websites they do have a lot of positive attributes. But in the interest of bringing these types of designs and this type of service back to the agora (that’s us) I’m asking that any and all artists that are interested in getting their work onto t-shirts and out there for people to see, to please contact me on FB or simply leave a comment below.

I’ve done quite a few shirts in the past with simple one color designs and am looking to expand to more intracate designs. I wrote a sort of ‘how to’ on screen printing at LibertyActivism.info. Unfortunately I seem to lack the ability to get any images of my own work, on a screen. I know there is a ton of talent out there so don’t be shy. Let’s see if we can get a shirt ready before PorcFest (which is in 24 daze, WAHOO! :-)). Anyone who submits their original work will be compensated with one free shirt from the image that I pick. Whomever submits the image that I pick, will share a portion of the profits.  We can discuss these parts further once I see some designs.

Please send this link to any of your friends who you know are crafty with a pencil, brush, tattoo gun or mouse. Oh and don’t forget to subscribe for updates on this and my other projects.

Hope to see you at PorcFest!

Spring Festival Fail

Posted: May 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

This year I wanted to do something a little different at the spring festival from the usual pamphleteering. I decided that with all of the police presence I noticed last year, I should wear my new CopBlock.org t-shirt. Also, I made it my goal to complete at least ONE transaction with somebody using silver.

After we parked, it didn’t take all of 30 seconds to see the first cop directing traffic by the festival entrance, he seemed too busy to notice my new shirt. As we where waiting in line to get into the beer garden, I see that there are at least a half dozen cops standing around watching the crowds. Last year, I wouldn’t have paid any attention to them, as long as I’m not doing anything wrong I have nothing to worry about, right? That used to be my mentality about a lot of things.

I needed some cash and spotted the ATM right behind two of the cops. As I’m withdrawing funds, I noticed that the two cops couldn’t help but casually take turns to look at my shirt. I maintained a stare at the ATM screen while noticing them out of the corner of my eye, wondering if they where going to say anything. But alas they let me be.

After a beer and some pop jams from this cover band, (they where pretty cool) I figured I’d go do a little shopping around trying to find the right vendor who might accept my precious metal for their products. The first one I decided to stop at had all of this cool artwork glued to little keepsake boxes, clocks and other random things for you to set on your dresser or hang on the wall. I saw this sweet little box with a combination of shelves and drawers. It had a little PCB board and other electrical components glued to it.

She was asking $40, so I asked the nice lady if she’d accept an ounce of pure .999+ silver for it. At first she was like, “Hmm…I never thought of accepting silver for my stuff”. So I explained to her that she’d be making out better on the deal then me, since an ounce of silver was selling for about $48 at the time. I even showed her the current silver prices on my Android app. But unfortunately, she just wasn’t confident enough and wanted to talk to her brother in-law about it. I said thanks, here is my name and number, I’ll be here until about 7:00 if you change your mind. Although I still haven’t heard back from her yet, I’m hoping that she will at least look into precious metals now.

It get’s better though. After a couple more failed attempts, I spot this stand selling belt buckles and jewelry. I should be able to trade with these guys right? They are aware of the market for sure.

I found one of those cool spinner rings. You know, the kind you can keep spinning around your finger when you’re bored. They where asking for a flat $20 on this one and it’s made out of steel. I offered them one of my half ounce rounds from Delvalley Silver which was worth about $23.50 at the time. Seems like a no-brainer. But the offer was declined. So at this point I said alright, here is some fiat paper currency instead. They gladly accepted. But then chuckled at my comment and asked me why I wanted to use my silver when it’s gone up so much in value lately. I simply told her that I was trying to get it back into the market and that I was trying to spread these alternative ideas.

On the way back to the beer garden, my buddy Kevo stops at a table set up by the Baltimore County Auxiliary Police Team. Instantly they started posturing as they saw me coming with my CopBlock.org t-shirt. But they where very receptive to our questions and compared themselves to voluntary fire fighters. They explained that they had the “authority” to make arrests, back-up the Baltimore County Police Department, and write tickets.

As we are having this conversation a group of about 8-10 cops come walking down the sidewalk behind them. I heard a bit of commotion and as I looked up, one of the cops that was in the beer garden earlier, was pointing at me going “Yeah, yeah. See?” Luckily (probably for me) one of his superior officers kinda grabbed him to make him keep walking. It was pretty funny to me because this guy was acting like a high-schooler, trying to provoke an after school fight.

After a couple more questions, we took some of their fliers (I promise next time, I’ll get any conversations like this on film. There was a good, almost positive dialog between us. Probably because they don’t wear guns) then decided to go  back to meet up with the rest of our friends.

Once we got back to the beer garden, all the cops had condensed over to one corner of this fenced in parking lot. I didn’t think much of it and carried on about my business. Then about 20 minutes before we are about to leave, I’m coming out of the port-o-potty and see 6 cops making a b-line through the crowd. I could see that they where heading towards my buddy Kevo! Aww shit, what happened? I’m fumbling for my phone and got over there just quick enough to convince my other buddy to tell me what happened. I’m going to have to upload this after I figure out how to make wordpress recognize .3pg files.

So he get’s thrown out for taking a few pictures of the ridiculous amount of cops that where present. After they made him delete those picture of coarse. But I can sit there interviewing my buddy while clearly wearing a t-shirt with a big portrait of a cop on it and they don’t even say a word to me.

So I don’t know why they singled my buddy out for snapping a few pictures. I guess maybe it was a bit of selective enforcement or something. But we will be back next year and everyone will have camera phones and I WILL trade with silver.

Good day!

Freedom for your Ears

Posted: May 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

After a discussion that started on the book of faces with some of the future PorcFest attendees/organizers a short list of liberty-minded podcasts and radio shows has been populated. The list has already expanded significantly. In the intrest of creating a place for this list to live beyond Facebook now you also have this post.

Also if you are trying to get your podcast up and rolling, let me know and I’ll post it on here.

The Podcasts:

  1. Adam Vs. The ManAdam Kokesh
  2. Anti-War Radio – Scott Horton & Charles Goyett                                           
  3. Agorist Radio – Hiro White 
  4. Ask the Anarchist – Joey Hill                        
  5. Complete LibertyWes Bertrand
  6. Cop Block PodcastCloe & Nick Saorsa
  7. Declare Your IndependenceErnest Hancock                               
  8. Free Domain RadioStefan Molyneux
  9. Freedom Feens – Michael Dean & Neema Vedadi
  10. Free Talk LiveIan & Mark
  11. The Lew Rockwell Show – Lew Rockwell                                               
  12. The Libertarian Solution – Nick Coons, Richard Sutton & Jim Iannuzo                                  
  13. Liberty Cap Talk Live – Todd Andrew Barnett
  14. Liberty UndergroundAlex Snitker
  15. NH Liberty Radio – Rich Angell & Bob Constantine 
  16. No State ProjectMarc Stevens
  17. Peace Freedom Prosperity Movement RadioJames Cox    
  18. The Peter Mac ShowPeter McCandless
  19. The Peter Schiff Show – Peter Schiff                                                                
  20. Porc Therapy – Stephanie & Mike                           
  21. Prometheus Unchained – Neal Conner and Dale Everett
  22. Ridley Report Podcast – Dave Ridley
  23. Radio Free Market – Michael McKay
  24. School Sucks Podcast – Brett Veinotte
  25. Sons of Liberty – Bradlee Dean & Jake McMillan
  26. Thinking LibertyDarian, Tennyson, Bosco & Bile
  27. Voice of Radical DissentCorey Moore
  28. Wheels off Liberty – Jamie Crane

This is a “live list,” so if you have any other podcasts that I may have missed, feel free to post your favorite(s) in the comments section and I will add it to the list. Also, whoever added all of the host names and contact info of the original Facebook Doc, please contact me so I can give proper credit for your efforts.

About 10 years ago I was told that it’d be in my best interest to open a bank account to have somewhere to store the money that I was earning. Seemed reasonably at the time. That’s what you’re supposed to do right?

So I open the account and was told I could open a checking/debit account for easier transactions. I said “Ok cool, sign me up”. I even got a card with my picture on it. This was really exciting for me at the time. I was growing up and taking control of my life.

Little did I know that a year later I was going to get the first in my face dose of “things are not what they seem”. I was tight on cash but was confident that I had enough money [in my year old account] to put some gas in my car. Paid at the pump, gassed up and headed home. The next day I get an email that my account had been over drafted. They had charged me $5 for dropping below the $25 minimum balance requirement.

So I’m getting charged for not have enough funds? How is that right? Then, because of that initial $5 fee my account over drafted from the gas I purchased and I was charged another fee. This one was $30! Now my account balance was actually a negative number. I owed my bank money because I wasn’t thinking about all the fine print from a year ago.

This all started a chain reaction of money issues for me which I was eventually able to work out. But, I’ve never trusted a bank since.

Not too much longer after getting my first taste of being  legally robbed, a major national incident happened. I was sitting in my 11th grade US History class [of all the classes i could have been in] when one of the other teachers came frantically into our class with a TV.  A couple of planes had just plowed into the twin towers. Just watching the videos of the towers falling, I could tell something wasn’t right. It just felt like I was being lied to. Why would these buildings just fall straight down like that? I kept asking myself. Not to mention my school mates where running around excited about how we where getting out early that day. The whole world had changed, almost like a movie.

For the next 7 years I just floated through life. Knowing that things weren’t alright. We’re in all of these wars, gas prices are exploding and we’re in this “Greatest Depression”. I felt trapped. Well then I’m just going to party and work on my career, I decided. So somehow (it’s a long story) I ended up in Las Vegas. Living with a couple gnarly roommates, this is where I really started pulling my head out of the sand.

My roommate walks up to me and starts saying something about this new agenda to combine Canada, the US and Mexico. There was even this supposed new currency called the Amero. How the hell is this possible and I’ve never heard a thing about it? So my rommate shows me this crazy movie [you might have heard of it] called Zeitgeist… “Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts it’s going to be a crazy ride”. This opened the floodgates. I wanted to know MORE.

I had all of these questions now. From “how does nobody know this” to “You mean I don’t have to pay taxes”? Every question I had that got answered, just led me to more questions. Now I had a mission, a goal, something to live for. Expose the truth. Through further research I stumbled upon a little group by the name of We Are Change based out of New York City. Then I started a Meetup for our chapter in Maryland. It’s an awesome thing when you’re searching the internet about a particular topic and you come across a website that you can join and share ideas with other like-minded individuals. It all has to start somewhere.

After a couple years of street actions, protests and hours of conversation with people who just didn’t want to hear any of it, I got frustrated. I get it, so how come my friends and family are so content with ignoring the things I’m trying to show them. All of this anger and frustration led up to one question in my mind, “How can I live free, right now”? It was this question that led me to New Hampshire’s Free State Project.

There are people already joining together to live in liberty oriented communities up in New Hampshire? They’re living there lives to the fullest and not asking for permission?! This is where I stumbled upon the website for the 2010 Porcupine Freedom Festival. Before I could even finish the event description, I was forwarding the link to all of my friends and making preparations to take off of work so I could go see what this festival was all about. This was, by far, the best thing I have ever done for myself.

I came in there as a constitutionalist who was getting ready to run for my district’s Republican Central committee. I didn’t want to be a registered republican but I needed to do something more constructive than just my local activism. And boy did PorcFest change that! Who knew a bunch of Anarchists with guns could be so intelligent?

Through many conversations and after watching a ton of great speakers and debates, I was starting to realize something. Freedom doesn’t come from the top down… It comes from within. I realized that I didn’t have to wait for the system to collapse, or for everybody to wake up. I could start living more free everyday.

Leave it to an event like PorcFest to turn a “Truther” into an individualist-anarchist-voluntaryistor whatever you want to label it today. I have had a blast so far, learning ways to avoid all these governmental constraints. And just doing things everyday without anyones permission, as long as it doesn’t conflict with the Non-Agression Principle. I’ve never had such good relationships with friends and such a joy for life since I became a Voluntaryist.

Let me know what you think,

-Garrett

The 2012 presidential elections are already getting rolling, so it’s quite natural for everyone to start looking for their new favorite candidate. People are even getting behind Trump’s campaign. I don’t know if it’s because of his cut throat attitude or his entrepreneurial demeanor, but he does have support (which I’ll never understand).

I’m not here to discuss any of the other candidates strengths or weaknesses. I couldn’t care less who wins. It doesn’t matter what the outcome of the election is, there will still be an administration trying to tell me what is moral one day and immoral the next. Why do people spend so much time and energy supporting the people who they want to be their new leaders masters?

All last weekend up in Philly I was with a few hundred fellow “fed-killers” [hahaha]. I was surprised to see how many people where flailing their Ron Paul 2012 signs around in the air, all the while speaking about how they KNEW he wasn’t going to win. I’m not going to get into any “rigged elections” and “puppet master” reasoning but we all know they are not going to let this man into the oval office. It would be detrimental to any one of the different agendas you may have heard about.

There is constant talk amongst activists about utilizing your energies. No one wants to burn themselves out and waste all of that time and energy when it could have been put to better use somewhere else. That’s why I wanted to know why so many people are supporting a candidate who they knew wasn’t going to win.

After asking a few people what they thought was so amazing about Dr. Paul, it became clear to me that there are even some liberty-minded individuals who still don’t get it. There where answers ranging from “uhh…he want’s to end the fed” to “It’s his message of liberty” and I even heard one “Because he’s the best libertarian leaning candidate”.  So sure there is a plethora of reasons to get behind this man. Take your pick.

My favorite response was the one about his message of liberty. That is truly what it comes down to for me. Living as free and being as free as you possibly can every day. The more people who hear about him through television interviews and book signings the more people are hearing about liberty! Oh but then there will be the debates! I can’t wait to hear about what issues are being discussed in the debates.

There’s so much talk about him and plenty of amazing books and videos all over the web, that I would urge anyone who hasn’t heard about his message to get the looking. And to all  my die hard “I’ve been a Ron Paul fan since ’07” buddies, please remember that he is playing the political game. Please don’t get caught up in it yourselves.

Since I don’t support the idea of anybody else telling me how to live. And since we have to get started somewhere, to release this governments death grip on humanity, and even though I know he’s not going to win [crosses fingers] I still support Ron Paul.