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  • Graffiti Artists Awarded $6.7 Million for Destroyed 5Pointz Murals

    02/14/2018 6:27:26 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2018 | ALAN FEUER
    Ruling that graffiti ó a typically transient form of art ó was of sufficient stature to be protected by the law, a federal judge in Brooklyn awarded a judgment of $6.7 million on Monday to 21 graffiti artists whose works were destroyed in 2013 at the 5Pointz complex in Long Island City, Queens. In November, a landmark trial came to a close in Federal District Court in Brooklyn when a civil jury decided that Jerry Wolkoff, a real estate developer who owned 5Pointz, broke the law when he whitewashed dozens of swirling murals at the complex, obliterating what a lawyer...
  • Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito Butt Heads Over the Fourth Amendment, Again

    02/01/2018 2:02:40 PM PST · by Sopater · 161 replies
    Reason ^ | Feb. 1, 2018 | Damon Root
    A major split seems to be developing between conservative justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito over the issue of property rights and the Fourth Amendment.The most recent evidence of this division came on January 9, when the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Bryd v. United States. This case arose in 2014, when a woman named Natasha Reed rented a car and allowed her fiancť, Terrence Bryd, to drive it in violation of her rental contract, which listed her as the sole authorized driver. When the state police stopped Bryd for a minor traffic infraction, the officer searched the...
  • Mistrial declared in Bundy trial over withheld evidence

    12/20/2017 11:52:51 AM PST · by Sopater · 18 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | 12/20/17 | Kimber Laux
    A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday morning in the Bunkerville standoff case involving rancher Cliven Bundy and other defendants, finding that the federal government improperly withheld evidence. A new trial for Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and co-defendant Ryan Payne, on charges arising from the 2014 standoff with federal agents was set for early next year. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said that video surveillance, maps and FBI interview information was willfully withheld by the prosecution in violation of due process required by the U.S. Constitution. Considered collectively, she said, the evidence that was withheld was favorable to the...
  • Olympia, WA: Train Tracks Sabotaged To Stop Fracking Equipment [April 21st, 2017]

    12/18/2017 11:34:05 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 124 replies
    Early in the morning of April 20th we poured concrete on the train tracks that lead out of the Port of Olympia to block any trains from using the tracks. We took precautions to notify BNSF (the train company) Ė we called them and we used wires to send a signal that the tracks were blocked. We did this not to avoid damaging a train, nothing would bring bigger grins to our faces, but to avoid the risk of injuring railway workers. This action was done to disrupt the movement of trains carrying proppants used in natural gas fracturing. These...
  • Government regs add costs, impede property rights for homebuilder

    11/17/2017 10:19:52 AM PST · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | November 17, 2017 | Wayne Hoffman
    Over the course of two years, Randy Hamilton built a single-story custom home in which he planned to live out his retirement with his wife, Lois. But by the end of the construction process, Hamilton found himself in a standoff with government officials who were threatening him with criminal prosecution and the possibility he might never be able to occupy or sell his new home. It all came about because Hamilton didnít want to hire a contractor to calculate whether his air conditioning and heating system had been properly sized for his 1,500-square foot home. Hamilton is no novice when...
  • Federal judge sides with New Mexico ranchers in water case

    11/08/2017 4:13:34 PM PST · by Tammy8 · 21 replies
    FOX Business ^ | November 07, 2017 | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Ė A U.S. court has sided with a New Mexico ranching family in a decades-long battle over access to water on national forest land, providing more certainty that state law allows for the protection of water rights dating back more than a century. The case of the Goss family has been closely watched by thousands of ranchers who hold grazing permits across the West. Attorneys and others say the outcome could have ripple effects on ranchers and rural communities that have often complained about federal land managers trampling property rights. The Goss family claimed the federal government violated...
  • Social justice warrior spends nine minutes explaining why she stole Trump hat [warning: profanity]

    09/28/2017 6:00:19 PM PDT · by grundle · 38 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 28, 2017 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Video: social justice warrior spends nine minutes explaining why she stole hat from Trump supporter In this video, a social justice warrior spends nine minutes explaining why she stole a hat from a Trump supporter.The thief takes the hat to campus authorities, thinking that they will take her side.But they don’t. Instead, they take the side of the hat owner, get him his hat back, and call the campus police.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ2T4b14WbY
  • Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street

    08/07/2017 2:06:52 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 72 replies
    http://www.sfchronicle.com ^ | 7 August 2017 | Ross & Matier
    Thanks to a little-noticed auction sale, a South Bay couple are the proud owners of one of the most exclusive streets in San Francisco ó and theyíre looking for ways to make their purchase pay. Tina Lam and Michael Cheng snatched up Presidio Terrace ó the block-long, private oval street lined by 35 megamillion-dollar mansions ó for $90,000 and change in a city-run auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill. They outlasted several other bidders.
  • What Is Mine Is Mine, What Is Yours Is Negotiable

    07/30/2003 10:19:38 AM PDT · by DPB101 · 27 replies · 619+ views
    Rosbalt News ^ | 7/30/03 | Peter Lavelle
    The Kremlin-Yukos conflict, almost a month old now, has shaken the conventional wisdom many had come to accept about the Vladimir Putin presidency. In a nutshell, the standard interpretation before this happened was the following: Putin's 2000 agreement with the oligarchs called for strengthening the state without big business getting overly involved in politics. In turn, the state would not meddle too much in the affairs of the business empires - basically, in the Russian economy. Of course, there are many nuances, but, essentially, the Yukos fracas has put this 'social contract,' as it were, into question. Eventually, most likely...
  • Another bleak Supreme Court decision for property rights

    06/28/2017 4:45:54 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 6/28/17 | Roger Pilon
    Property owners have long suffered under the Supreme Court's erratic rulings. It got worse last Friday when the court ruled against owners who wanted simply to sell their property. Both facts and law in Murr v. Wisconsin are complicated. But in a nutshell, the Murrs, four siblings, inherited adjoining lots on the St. Croix River that their parents had purchased at separate times in the 1960s, building a home on one and keeping the other as an investment. Deeded and taxed separately, the two lots remained so to the present. But in 1975 a local zoning ordinance combined the lots....
  • Supreme Court Deals Blow to Property Rights

    06/23/2017 2:20:20 PM PDT · by Sopater · 131 replies
    Reason ^ | 6/23/17 | Eric Boehm
    When governments issue regulations that undermine the value of property, bureaucrats don't necessarily have to compensate property holders, the Supreme Court ruled Friday. The court voted 5-3, in Murr V. Wisconsin, a closely watched Fifth Amendment property rights case. The case arose from a dispute over two tiny parcels of land along the St. Croix River in western Wisconsin and morphed into a major property rights case that drew several western states into the debate before the court. Chief Justice John Roberts, in a scathing dissent, wrote that ruling was a significant blow for property rights and would give greater...
  • The Supreme Court Just Bolstered Your Right to Repair Stuff

    06/01/2017 1:17:17 PM PDT · by Thalean · 36 replies
    Wired ^ | June 1, 2017 | Kyle Wiens
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in March and considered the principle of patent exhaustion. This idea stipulates that a patent ownerís rights over a product should vanish once the patent owner sells the product to a consumer. By attaching a post-sale restriction to its single-use cartridge, Lexmark aimed to create a zombie patent thatís never exhausted. You may have bought that cartridge, but Lexmark still controls it. The justices agreed 7-1 that Lexmark canít do that. (Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed after the court heard the case.) The court held that Lexmark exhausted its patent rights when it sold its...
  • Law School Professors Reject Property Rights

    04/07/2017 7:30:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 7, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    People without college degrees, or even high school diplomas, appear to understand property rights. Why can't law school professors? Evidence of the former can be found trend can be found in the number of signs one sees that read, "This house protected by shotgun three nights a week. You guess which three." Fences and walls are other good indicators of this cognizance. Evidence of the latter phenomenon seems almost as overwhelming. "Property is just a bundle of sticks, according to law professors," Adam Macleod, a professor at Faulkner University's Jones School of Law said at the annual meeting of the...
  • Landlord Fergus Wilson defends 'no coloured people' ban over curry

    03/29/2017 11:14:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Sky News ^ | March 29, 2017
    A buy-to-let tycoon facing a public backlash over his ban on "coloured" tenants has said: "I would do it again." Fergus Wilson has banned "coloured" people from renting his homes because he claims they leave them smelling of curry, costing him thousands of pounds after they leave. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has pledged to investigate the matter. Mr Wilson insisted he was "not racist" and said his move was an "economic decision". He said his stance was no different from his ban on letting his properties to smokers and dog owners. The 69-year-old said: "There has been much...
  • Professor Takes Stance that State Government can Decide Property Rights of Private Owners

    03/24/2017 9:36:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If there is an indefensible position on property rights, count on an academic to take it. On March 20 the Supreme Court began to hear oral arguments in Murr v. Wisconsin, a property rights case it agreed to take up in January 2016. The Cato Institute previewed the case on St. Patrick's Day. "Joseph Murr and his siblings own two side-by-side lakeside lots, one with a recreational cabin and the other left vacant as an investment," the Cato Institute release noted. "Due to land-use restrictions, they allege that Wisconsin has 'taken' the vacant lot, which would require the state to...
  • Landlords suing over Seattleís Ďfirst come, first servedí rental ordinance say itís unconstitutional

    03/24/2017 9:47:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Q13 FOX News ^ | March 24, 2017 | BY HANA KIM
    A lawsuit in Seattle pits some fundamental rights against each other ó itís civil rights that ban discrimination, and property rights that allow owners to decide what to do with their homes and land. The issue is with a new law that requires landlords to rent to tenants on a ďfirst come, first servedĒ basis. The goal is to make sure all renters are treated equally. But the landlords who are suing say the program is a bureaucratic nightmare and unconstitutional. Critics say itís all about the survival of the fastest, but supporters say it levels the playing field for...
  • Sen. Cruz: This Is an Important Step Toward Curbing the Federal Governmentís Intrusion on States

    10/10/2015 7:12:26 AM PDT · by Isara · 72 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | October 9, 2015
    WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚ÄĒ U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement upon the 6th Circuit‚Äôs stay on the ‚ÄúWaters of the United States‚ÄĚ rule, which allows litigation over the legality of the rule to proceed before implementation:‚ÄúThe 6th Circuit‚Äôs order to halt implementation of the EPA‚Äôs new ‚ÄėWaters of the United States‚Äô rule is a win for all Americans, but especially for farmers, ranchers, and landowners in the state of Texas. Today‚Äôs order is also an important step toward curbing the federal government‚Äôs relentless intrusion on the states‚ÄĒpower grabs that have become standard practice for President Obama‚Äôs EPA....
  • Socialism USA

    04/13/2002 2:10:47 PM PDT · by rapsux · 91 replies · 1,050+ views
    Communist Party USA ^ | January 1, 1996 | Gus Hall
    Socialism USA Author: Gus Hall (1910-2000), former National Chair First published: Jan 1, 1996 by the Communist Party, USA We Communists believe that socialism is the very best replacement for a capitalist system that has served its purpose, but no longer meets the needs and requirements of the great majority of our people. We believe that socialism USA will be built according to the traditions, history, culture and conditions of the United States. Thus, it will be different from any other socialist society in the world. It will be uniquely American.What will be the goals of our socialist society? A...
  • God, Classrooms and Property Rights

    12/07/2016 9:34:29 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/07/16 | John Anthony
    Throughout thousands of years of history, governments have never changed. Whether ancient Egypt, European Union, or the Obama presidency, those in power want more. For over 100 years, our government has sought to trivialize Godís role When our Founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they knew that property rights were essential to freedom and prosperity. Under the feudal system, Kings granted property to workers in turn for outstanding service. But the crown never completely surrendered its ownership
  • Western counties join in opposition to BLMís land-use plan [ Colorado ]

    12/07/2016 9:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | December 6, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    County officials in western Colorado have regularly lambasted Planning 2.0 and this week, Garfield County joined in with five other counties in the western United States considering suing to halt the rule, which they have criticized as a central-planning measure. The BLM this month announced that the rule was final and on Monday, Garfield County agreed to spend as much as $40,000 with the Texas-based property-rights organization, the American Stewards of Liberty, to halt it. While Garfield County is taking an active role, Mesa County officials are looking to Congress and a Republican administration under President-elect Donald Trump to deal...