Many of the counties in the United States whose tax base depends on property taxes seem to have little if any idea as to how much land they, the counties themselves, own. As federal land ownership increases, as the feds step up and stop resource use on federal lands, stop allowing the timber harvest and so on, this raises some very serious questions for the future and for the economic status and stability of many of the counties across the United States. As you probably know, there have been a number of counties in the last decade or so that have actually had to declare bankruptcy because there is not enough private land to make the counties run. read more
A man was arrested on Sunday afternoon in connection with the cattle roundup currently ongoing by the Bureau of Land Management on nearly 600,000 acres of public land in northeastern Clark County, Nevada. Dave Bundy, son of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, was reportedly arrested while he was standing along State Route 170 taking photos of his family's cattle that were grazing on federal land along the Virgin River down below. "He was doing nothing but standing there and filming the landscape," Bundy said. "We were on the state highway, not even off of the right-of-way." The BLM has designated two fenced areas near the city of Mesquite as free speech areas for members of the public to express their opinions. "An individual is in custody in order to protect public safety and maintain the peace," the BLM said in an email.
As we noted here, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had blocked Twitter access to his nation ahead of what was rumored to be a "spectacular" leak before this weekend's elections. Then this morning, amid a mad scramble, he reportedly (despite the nation's court ruling the bans illegal) blocked YouTube access. However, by the magic of the interwebs, we have the leaked' clip and it is clear why he wanted it blocked/banned. As the rough translation explains, it purports to be a conversation between key Turkish military and political leaders discussing what appears to be a false flag attack to launch war with Syria. read more
We are all for capitalism and making hefty profits in a free market. This ain't that. The incumbent companies are utilities that control essential infrastructure and instead of competition they are now colluding in multiple ways and have figured out how to have the government protect them -- as a group. It harms the U.S. economy and it harms every customer in multiple ways. read more
"The Right Sector was armed and will be armed till the time when it will be necessary," said the man in camouflage in the video. As if to prove his words, he pulled anAK-47 machine gun out from under the table of a local Ukrainian parliament. "You did not give us this weapon and you will not take it away. Who wants to take away my machine gun, my pistol, my knives? Let them try! As Americans say, God made every man different; Sam Colt made them equal!' I will put aside my Kalashnikov only when order in Ukraine is restored." read more