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Comment Re:Speculative Trading (Score 1) 32

Investing is always a gamble. You're giving a company capital and hoping that that company makes sufficient money that they can either pay you dividends, or that the value of your shares go up enough that you can sell them to make a profit. A share is a piece of property, to be used either as a means of collecting dividends, or to be sold.

Comment Re:"The highest bidder"? (Score 1) 92

We have similar easements and accesses in my neck of the woods. One of the most contentious where I live is public access to lakes (I gather this is also an issue in Hawaii with access to beaches). Basically the law says that landowners are certainly allowed to own land up to the beach, but they cannot own the beach or any stretch of the water. There are some slight variances on this principle for self-contained bodies of water, like artificial lakes, but in general, you can own land adjacent to a lake or stream, but you don't own the lake or stream, or the immediate vicinity around it. Further, there are public access points to the beach, which often do cross peoples' property, but by law the property owners cannot impede peoples' access to the lake, nor can they attempt to block the access points. Further, if they build warfs or boat launches, well, they're doing so on public land, so while they may be free to locate those structures there, they can't prevent other people from using them.

Every year property owners around various lakes in the area try to block access trails, make absurd threats against people enjoying what constitute public lands, and generally be fucking assholes. That they bought this land knowing full well that they are not lawfully empower to prevent access is irrelevant. They're big crybabies who want to assert defacto ownership over land and water that explicitly does not belong to them, and never will.

Comment Re:Speculative Trading (Score 1) 32

If the soon-to-be head of the Executive makes statements that look like they're going to lead to interference in a business's activities, you're saying there ought not be some sort of inevitable alteration in that company's overall trading performance? I'm not really sure you understand what stocks are, or what a stockmarket is.

Comment Re:May not be as bad as the clickbaity headline sa (Score 1) 92

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) 92

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) 33

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) 233

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) 233

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) 159

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.

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