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Saturday, July 16, 2005

I admire Greg Swann quite a bit, so I'm willing to entertain the possibility that he has some reasoning and insight to support the premise that his property rights extend infinitely above and below that portion of the surface of the planet delineated by deed or fence. If such support exists, I'm entirely unaware of it.

Warning to those contemplating colonizing the moon: Should it pass through Greg's wedge of private space at any point, you'll need to negotiate an easement.

Then there's the question of how the creation of an electromagnetic wave that propogates itself across another's airspace constitutes a trespass.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Current reports say at least 7 separate but obviously coordinated bus and subway bombings in London, possibly suicide bombers. The death toll is currently 10, but it will most likely grow as the recovery efforts continue.

Al-Quaida has taken credit, no surprise there. I hate to say it, but at some point - and this may be that point, if 9-11 and Madrid weren't already it - the only solution will be to "go medieval" on somebody. An appropriate response at this point might be to promise that whatever part of the world that is currently harboring bin Laden will - once we find out where it is - be turned to glass and rendered unhinhabitable for centuries. It might not be very libertarian of me, but there may not be any solution short of purging the earth of anyone and everyone who even remotely supports this kind of thing.

One bright spot - and it's a very faint candle in a very dark day - is that this probably means no more anti-capitalist protests at the G8. I don't imagine the British police having much patience in the next few days for masked anarchists shutting down streets and breaking windows. Even those miscreants will probably realize that violent protests now will only serve to associate themselves with those who did this.

Monday, July 04, 2005

I'll be putting my flag up today, but don't any of you driving by with "G" on your licence plates, or any of those fancy markings on your car door that identify you as public "servants", dare feel that you have any right to share in the sentiment. That flag is a relic, a rememberance of days long gone, not a show of support for anything any of you are doing today. For years now, I've thought of this day as a memorial, not a celebration.

I support much of what W is doing, and I think that the chances of him doing something actually worthwhile are an order of magnitude greater than any President in my lifetime (though the X in "X to 1 odds" still has too many zeros in it to count) but I'd rather he not pretend he is representing me in doing it. I'm an outsider looking in.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Richard Nikoley has links to all that needs to be said about the eminent domain issue, including one of his own. I have nothing to add, except that no one who understands the meaning of the words eminent and domain should be the least bit surprised at SCOTUS's clear explaination of the meaning of the phrase.

Those claiming that this is the final straw have had to dig deep into the haystack to find it - it's been there for a long time, and there's plenty of straws on top of it.