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  • South Africa 'unexpectedly' slides into recession as agricultural production plummets

    09/05/2018 8:22:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/05/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Gee, who could have possibly anticipated that threatening to steal (that is, expropriate without compensation) land from farmers who have worked it for generations would cause farmers to cut back on planting?  Thus, we have Bloomberg telling us, "South Africa's economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter in the three months through June."  The recession, based on a second-quarter decline in GDP of 0.8%, is entirely due to a steep decline in agricultural production: "the agriculture market fell back by 29.2 per cent, taking 0.8 per cent off GDP." This was entirely predictable.  Half a year ago, I warned that with expropriation of...
  • The Justice Department Sues California: The state is trying to grab control of federal lands.

    04/04/2018 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/04/2018 | Margot Cleveland
    On Monday, the Department of Justice filed suit against the state of California, challenging a state law that purports to prevent the federal government from selling federal lands without the permission of a state agency. Passed by the California legislature in October 2017, Senate Bill 50 declares that, with limited exceptions, “conveyances of federal public lands in California are void” unless the State Lands Commission is provided a “right of first refusal” or “the right to arrange for the transfer of the federal public land to another entity.” The statute also prohibits purchasers of federal land from recording the deed...
  • McConnell Boasts of $4.99M Federal Grant ‘to Support Conservation of Private Lands’ in Kentucky

    12/28/2017 8:07:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 27, 2017 | 2:37 PM EST | CNSNews.com Staff
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put out a press release on the Friday before Christmas touting of his efforts to secure a $4.99 million federal grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to The Nature Conservancy “to support the conservative of private lands” in Kentucky. “Senator McConnell contacted the NRCS in support of TNC’s application,” said the release. […] McConnell’s press release also quoted Will Bowling, who is the director The Nature Conservancy’s Central Appalachian Project. Bowling expressed his gratitude to McConnell for securing his group this multi-million-dollar grant of taxpayer money. …
  • If The Feds Grab Your Land, Why Can't You Get A Jury Trial On Compensation?

    12/22/2017 1:36:54 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 22, 2017 | George Leef
    In 2009, the federal government decided to take property from Kevin Brott and other landowners in Michigan for a recreational trail. That was done under the Trails Act, which allows the government to turn abandoned railroad lines into hiking trails. There is nothing inherently wrong in that, but under the Fifth Amendment, whenever government takes private property for public use, it is required to pay the owners just compensation. The problem is that under federal statute (the Tucker Act), property owners are only allowed to submit their claims for compensation to the Court of Federal Claims (CFC) if the amount...
  • (NYC) City not liable for processing fake deed that allowed man to steal woman’s Queens home

    12/13/2017 2:09:15 PM PST · by Coleus · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12.03.17 | Andrew Keshner
    A man who swiped an elderly woman’s house with phony documents did time for the crime — but an appellate court is letting the city off the hook for processing the paperwork that let the ex-con make himself at home.   A Brooklyn appeals court has ruled that a judge was right to toss a lawsuit brought against the city by Jennifer Merin — whose Queens abode was filched by a criminal who filed a fraudulent deed.   Merin, 74, had sued the city for not catching the forgery when the paperwork was first filed, but lost on appeal when the court...
  • Obama’s Waning Days Of Power Grow The Government By 1.5 Million Acres

    01/15/2017 7:02:18 AM PST · by Twotone · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Jan. 13, 2017 | Ken Ivory
    Thomas Jefferson acquired 530 million acres for $15 million and, under the Constitution, relinquished the vast majority of it to newly created states and their people- and changed the world. Outgoing President Barack Obama has now locked up 553 million acres as national monuments, in disregard of the Constitution and the equal protection of law, leaving western states and their people with burning forests, polluted air, devastated water supplies, blocked off access, underfunded schools and dead communities- and also changed the world.
  • Obama Seizes Area Near Bundy Ranch In Massive Last Minute Land Grab

    01/02/2017 1:23:35 AM PST · by greeneyes · 47 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/30/2016 | Tyler Durden
    With a stroke of the pen President Obama has unilaterally declared vast swaths of land in Utah and Nevada as two new national monuments, thus putting them under control of the federal government.
  • Bears Ears and Gold Butte: Obama creates two nature preserves (BUNDY RANCH TARGETED)

    12/29/2016 9:10:20 AM PST · by Nextrush · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/29/2016 | BBC
    President Barack Obama has unilaterally designated two new "national monument" nature preserves in the western US states of Nevada and Utah. The Bears Ears National Monument and the Gold Butte National Monument will protect areas rich in Native American artefacts from energy drilling. Some Republican in those states are opposed to the move and say it amounts to a federal land-grab..... In Nevada, the 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument outside Las Vegas will protect rock art, fossils and recently discovered dinosaur tracks......
  • Obama Puts 1.6 Million Acres Under Stricter Federal Control Despite Intense Local Opposition

    12/28/2016 8:45:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 83 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 28, 2016 | By Michael Bastach
    President Obama has created two new national monuments in southeastern Utah and southern Nevada totalling 1.64 million acres, despite intense opposition from American Indians living in the area. Obama created the Bears Ears and Gold Butte national monuments using his powers under the Antiquities Act, adding to the 265 million acres of lands the president has already put under stricter federal regulation. The White House set aside 1.47 million acres of land to create the controversial Bears Ears monument, which has been opposed by local Navajo tribal members despite being supported by tribal officials. “Today’s actions will help protect this...
  • With new monuments in Nevada, Utah, Obama adds to his environmental legacy (LAND GRAB)

    12/28/2016 2:42:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/28/2016 | By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
    President Obama on Tuesday created new national monuments in a sacred tribal site in southeastern Utah and in a swath of Nevada desert, after years of political fights over the fate of the sites. The designations further cement Obama’s environmental legacy as one of the most consequential — and contentious — in presidential history. He now has invoked his executive power to create national monuments 29 times during his tenure, establishing or expanding protections for more than 550 million acres of federal lands and waters. Environmental groups have praised the conservation efforts, but critics say they amount to a federal...
  • VANITY:HOA wants to buy "mitigation bank" for community streams. COE/EPA take over.

    11/16/2016 6:17:33 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 20 replies
    16 NOV 16 | dcbryan1
    I went to our yearly HOA meeting last night. Some consultant with GBM Associates in Bryant, AR said that he is proposing a "Neighborhood mitigation bank" where we buy "credits" for letting the Corps of Engineers (COE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) get deeded our "wetlands", which are really 2 creeks, and dry tributaries. The consultant was honest. He said, no federal law dictates it, just a 1983 guidance. NO promises of making money, no guarantees that COE/EPA will do anything. Fines are possibe, like if my kid catches crawfish, or throws rocks in the lake/stream. Anyways, my wife and...
  • (NJ) Piano tuner's fight to save A.C. home isn't over yet

    10/14/2016 7:18:05 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    NJ.com ^ | September 01, 2016 | Erin O'Neill
    A state agency that lost its bid to seize the home of piano tuner Charlie Birnbaum in state Superior Court last month plans to continue its lengthy legal battle to acquire the Oriental Avenue property.The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, or CRDA, on Wednesday filed a notice appealing the Aug. 5 decision from Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez, who wrote the state agency's effort to condemn Birnbaum's property is a "manifest abuse of the eminent domain power." The agency has targeted the brick walkup that has been in Birnbaum's family for more than four decades as part of a mixed-use development project in...
  • Utahns Fear Obama Will Heed Environmentalists, Not Them, on National Monument Designation

    09/27/2016 8:29:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 26, 2016 | Senator Mike Lee
    This past Monday marked the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton using the Antiquities Act to create the 1.5 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. For most Utahns, this date is not a cause for celebration. It’s a source of anger toward what many see as an out-of-touch and overbearing federal government Infamously, the Clinton administration failed to notify the people of Utah prior to announcing the monument designation—probably because the administration knew that nearly everyone in the state was opposed to the idea. Utah’s congressional delegation, state and county leaders, and local residents all warned that a...
  • Feds Steal 100 Million Acres of Alaska During Summer of 2016

    09/27/2016 10:23:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    MRC TV ^ | September 26, 2016 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    Every US state has a motto. Some are interesting, like “Live Free of Die,” in New Hampshire, and some are sadly truthful, like, “Our Government is Vampiric” in Massachusetts. Just kidding. It’s more along the lines of “We’ll Tax You to Death,” or something like that. Anyway, some, like the motto for the 49th state, Alaska, are very upbeat and offer a sense of adventure. In Alaska, politicians tell us to look, “North, to The Future.” But, a shocking move by the federal government might inspire Alaskans to change their motto to, “Our Land Is Being Stolen By The Feds!”...
  • Regulators Vow Revenge Against States for Opposing Federal Land Grab

    07/24/2016 3:54:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | July 20, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    On Tuesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) formally announced the removal of the lesser prairie chicken from the endangered species protection list. They did not take this step voluntarily; FWS lost a court case last year which ordered the agency to remove the bird from the list. However, even as they complied with the court’s order, the FWS issued a threat that the agency’s land grab under the guise of conservation was not over. In the words of Director Dan Ashe, “Responding to this court ruling by removing the bird from the Federal List does not mean we are...
  • Push to create Utah monument marks latest Western land fight

    07/14/2016 1:09:35 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 14 July 2016 12:19pm EDT | Brady McCombs
    BLANDING, Utah (AP) -- Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. "Don't erase the traces of America's past," the signs read. "Please do not enter interior rooms." The weathered signs and a similar warning at the trailhead are the only protections in place for these easily accessible ruins along a canyon hiking path. -snip- Opponents agree the area is a natural treasure worth preserving but fear a federal designation would create restrictions on oil and gas development as well residents' ability to camp,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Clinton Foundation Got $100M From ‘Blood Minerals’ Firm

    06/02/2016 10:49:32 AM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies
    A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors, thanks to a ($100 million pledge) in 2007, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.“Blood minerals” are related to “blood diamonds,” which are allegedly mined in war zones or sold as commodities to help finance political insurgencies or despotic warlords. When the Vancouver, Canada-based Lundin Group gave its $100 million commitment to the “Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative,” the company had long been cutting deals with warlords, Marxist rebels, military strongmen and dictatorships in the...
  • The Jewell Of Denial

    05/25/2016 2:13:31 PM PDT · by hieronymous · 1 replies
    Interior Secretary Calls for 'major course correction' in conservation. Video of Secretary's speech: https://www.doi.gov/video/next-100-years-conservation And weep!
  • Harry Reid Plots Federal Land Grab Near Bundy Ranch

    04/07/2016 12:09:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 7 Apr 2016 | Dustin Stockton
    Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is reportedly hoping the federal government — specifically resident Barack Obama’s administration — will grab a stretch of land in Southern Nevada near the infamous Bundy Ranch, now that many in the Bundy group are in federal custody. The reason that the resident hasn’t had an opportunity to look at that very closely is that is where the Bundy family raised the hell that they did. Now most of them are in jail so maybe we can move forward on that,” Reid said, according to a Nevada political observer, Jon Ralston. ... Nevada...
  • Ted Cruz Promises Nevada He’ll Get Its Land Back

    02/19/2016 1:04:30 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 19, 2016 | Chris White
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz promised Nevada voters he will transfer control of federally-held lands back to the states if he's elected. "If you trust me with your vote," Cruz says in a new ad revealed Thursday. "I will fight day and night to return full control of Nevada's lands to its rightful owners, its citizens." Cruz criticizes fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his reluctance to champion state control of federal land. The ad begins by lamenting the fact that the federal government currently controls 85 percent of the land in Nevada, including the Lake Mead National...