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Comment Re:May not be as bad as the clickbaity headline sa (Score 1) 72

If the properties are vacant and property taxes in arrears, then the county is likely within its power to seize the plots, and sell them to cover the costs. Then Zuckerberg has the opportunity to purchase those plots of land. Mind you, it sounds like maybe that scenario doesn't cover all the plots of land.

Comment Re:"The highest bidder"? (Score 4, Informative) 72

In general, in Common Law, if you buy land that has known encumbrances, then you inherit the obligations that go with that encumbrance. I have land that has a water easement on it so people up the road can pump water from a creek nearby. Since that was attached to the land when I took possession, I'm obligated to allow the neighbors to continue to operate water lines. I can certainly try to buy them out or otherwise offer incentive for them to voluntarily vacate the easement, but if I go to a judge and demand he terminate the easement and kick my neighbors' water lines off my property, I'm going to be shown the door. Of course, I'm not a fucking dirtbag, so I accept certain limitations on my ownership that I voluntarily took on, and don't try to push people off with threats of legal action.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 28

I don't like all of Netflix's offerings, to be sure, but series like Jessica Jones, Bojack Horseman, Stranger Things and even The OA (which does get weird for weird's sake sometimes) are all as good, if not better, than anything on network TV.

Stranger Things, in particular, is just a glorious piece of awesomeness, celebrating an era that's essentially my youth. Seeing those kids eating takeout pizza and playing D&D in the basement, well, that could have been me back in 1982-83. It evokes the era so well it just made the hairs on my arm stand on end, and that's before any weird monsters showed up!

Comment Re:Pleasant surprise (Score 1) 231

I think there's more at work here than simply China wanting to mitigate climate change. A long with signalling that Beijing intends to champion free trade, it's my view that China is basically saying "America is about to abrogate its role as a world leader, so we're going to step into the breach." I'm not criticizing China's stances on global warming and international trade, quite the opposite in fact, but I'm not too sure I like the idea of the autocrats in Beijing replacing Washington DC as the focal point of international relations, but then again, maybe some are right and the 21st century is China's century. Not so great for democracy, that's what I'm most concerned about.

Comment Re:Catastrophic man-made global warming (Score 1) 231

What does climate from 4 billion years ago have to do with anything? In fact, what does climate from even 100,000 years ago have to do with anything? Human civilization has evolved within fairly narrow climactic constraints. It did not arise in the Carboniferous epoch, nor did it evolve in Paleolithic. So what exactly is your point?

Comment Re:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 4, Interesting) 157

There are a lot of people in the US and Britain who seem keen to minimize Brexit's effects, to the point where they seem unwilling to admit that because Brexit hasn't even happened yet (Article 50 hasn't even been activated yet, for goodness sake), the idea that the more dire predictions can be just dismissed seems pretty unsupportable.

My assumption is that Theresa May, for political reasons, is going to allow this uncertainty to do a certain amount of calculated damage to British economy. This will serve to finally undermine the "Bastards" in her party, and allow her to negotiate at least some access to the Common Market, which will inevitably entail some degree of freedom of movement for EU citizens. But first she needs to make sure Boris Johnson's reputation is ruined.

Comment Re:WHat I said on ars: (Score 4, Informative) 487

And what pray tell is Hillary going to be pardoned for? She's been investigated more than any candidate in US history, and if there was something to bring charges against her over, it would have happened by now. And if you think Trump is going to pursue charges, then you're nuts, because if Trump does that, then it would invite his successor, should that successor be a Democrat, to do the same to him, and so on and so forth. ]

You can safely abandon the Clinton criminal syndicate rhetoric now. She's not going to be President, Trump has won, so can we all just please move on..

And yes, Assange is a weasel. This has nothing to do with the US, which has never put out an arrest warrant for him and has never shown any actual desire to bring him into custody. Demanding clemency from people who have no obvious intention of even laying charges against him is ludicrous. His legal problems are with Swedish and British authorities.

Comment Re:Stop calling Snowden a whistleblower (Score 1) 487

Exactly. Probably the single biggest blow to Wikileaks, and the point where I think that organization jumped the shark, is that Snowden eclipsed it both in the extent of the leak, and in the fact that, whatever you think of Snowden, he worked with actual journalists

Comment Re:Can't say as I blame him... (Score 1) 487

Do you have some evidence of any "hardon"? There have been some pretty intemperate remarks from the US intelligence community about Assange, and obviously the current US Administration, not to mention quite a few lawmakers in both parties, don't like the man, but there's been no charges laid against him, no request for his extradition, indeed no legal proceedings at all. I've heard many a tale spun about how he's going to end up in some Third World hellhole with car battery leads tied to his testicles while a CIA operative takes notes, but since that sort of thing is thus far unevidenced conspiracy theory, I see no reason to give it any particular credence. He's wanted for questioning by Swedish authorities on allegations of rape, and wanted by the British police and the Home Secretary because he's a foreign national on British soil who is supposed to be extradited to Sweden and is currently evading arrest.

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 3, Insightful) 487

I never got the impression that the Alt-right had any time for Manning. I was lectured yesterday by many Alt-righters here on /. on how Manning is mentally ill and that gender dysphoria is a fake disorder and so on and so forth. I'm beginning to get the sense that the Alt-right are filled with a lot of people whose world view could be charitably described as chaotic and disordered.

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 1) 487

The British put an arrest warrant out for him because he failed to convince the British courts that he shouldn't be returned to Sweden. At the moment, he's in violation of British court rulings saying he is to surrender and be sent to Sweden. The whole "the US is out to get me" has been Assange's attempt at misdirection since the rape accusations in Sweden came out, but no actual evidence that the US actually wants to take him into custody has ever been demonstrated.

The British government does not want Assange in the country at all, but rather wants to honor its agreements with Sweden and return a man residing on British soil who is wanted by Swedish prosecutors on suspicion of rape. The British courts deemed Sweden's request valid, and thus sought to detain Assange so that he could be turned over to Swedish authorities, and his flight into the Ecuadorian embassy is why the British government wants him now.

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