Ms. Teresa Treacy loves her 100 acres of trees, which is why she's refused the demands of Ireland's state-owned Electricity Supply Board to chop them down to make way for new power lines. Claiming that her homestead is a country haven from city life, she simply does not want the power lines to cross her property, at the expense of trees she's tended for decades.Read more »
From Reason.tv. Nuisance Abatement Teams in the Antelope Valley, CA, are enforcing ridiculous code violations in order to get people to stop living on their land. The Mayor, Mike Antonovich, responsible for enforcing these rules is now, not-so-ironically, heavily involved in promoting an "inland port", a high desert corridor, and a high speed rail line through in the same area.Read more »
Appeals court backs man's eminent domain sign. City wanted the man to remove the sign or pay a fee for it to be allowed to stay up.Read more »
For the last five years, Missouri Citizens for Property Rights has been trying to bring to the people a vote concerning the abuse of eminent domain. The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that the phrase "and that landowners receive just compensation" in a summary statement for the amendment be removed because, in part, it already was in the Missouri Constitution.Read more »
When Apple needed to complete a $1 billion data center in North Carolina, they found themselves thwarted by an acre of land belonging to Donnie and Kathy Fulbright--their home of 34 years. Where the state would've condemned the property and taken it by force (offering some token amount in "compensation"), Apple told the Fulbrights to name their price. They did, and Apple (a corporation driven by profit motive, not political power) will easily earn back the $1.7 million price they paid for that land.Read more »
Since it was first proposed last July, the monument has been opposed by the timber industry, miners and off-road vehicle enthusiasts on both sides of the state line. The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution 4-1 last summer opposing it, citing what it said would be a dramatic downturn in an already struggling economy.Read more »
1 in 20 East Germans were informants. "The Lives of Others" is a sad and unsettling movie about what results when Soviet statism is executed with German efficiency: The Stasi. Funny how much of East German communist assets like this museum were homesteaded, and now the "kindler, gentler" western state wants to seize it all over again. Never again!Read more »
Diner: "Waiter, theres a fly in my soup!"
Waiter: "Your soup? We don't respect private property anymore, its his soup too."
Unable to purchase an old Sears building in Camden using fair negotiations, Campbell Soup Company has asked the Camden Redevelopment Authority to use government force to acquire the property for them.Read more »
The sleepy Morses Line border crossing between Vermont and Quebec has fewer than 15,000 vehicle crossings per year. So, naturally, the Department of Homeland Security wants to improve it through property seizure:
It intends to acquire 4.9 acres of border land on a dairy farm owned for three generations by the Rainville family. Last month, the Rainvilles learned that if they refuse to sell the land for $39,500, the government intends to seize it by eminent domain.Read more »
State forcing residents out of 'dangerous' town who refuse to leave.Read more »
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