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A Legal Review Of Secession 150 Years Later- Part 1, by TEH

Introduction The Civil War (or The War of Northern Aggression, depending on your personal view) ended in 1865. However, the legality of secession by the Southern States simply will not die 150 years after Texas formally seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America. As late as May, 2011, secession by part of the State of Arizona from the rest of the State is being proposed. Secession is often bandied about by politicians on both sides of the spectrum, but do any of its proponents really understand what secession, from a legal standpoint, is and isn’t? This article will explore the illegality of secession through the style United States Supreme Court cases dealing directly with the issue. As much as possible, the article will let the Court, through its own words, explain what secession is and its legal effect on the seceding states. All emphasis within the following quotes, unless otherwise noted, are those of the author. Texas – 1861 The Texas Ordinance of Secession, at least in the opinion of its drafters and the people of Texas, officially separated Texas from the United States in 1861. It was adopted by the Secession Convention on February 1 … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Drones and Airspace

Hugh, I believe that the article posted on December 22 may present inaccurate guidance to the readers of SurvivalBlog. In June, 2016 the FAA announced the forthcoming release of Part 107 of their regulations. The likely final regulations are here. The regulations detail the Operating Rules for drone pilots, including things such as See-And-Avoid and Visibility Requirements, Containment and Loss of Positive Control, Careless and Reckless Operation, and more. For drone pilots, note that the Section on Careless and Reckless Operation is a FAA “catch all” that will be used to legally go after drone pilots who operate in an unsafe manner. Similar Sections exist in other FAA regulations for private and commercial pilots, and this “catch all” has been used to convict pilots who did dangerous things. More importantly, the FAA and the courts have already demonstrated that the FAA regulates the airspace over the USA. Not you, them. Unless a drone is operating so dangerously that your life is in danger (and ideally you document such), think twice before you shoot down a drone. You’re likely going to end up in court, and even if you win you’ll probably spend at least $10,000 in legal fees. The FAA … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

While on the subject of UBI, Reader T.Z sent in the link to Stefan Molyneux’s rant on Universal Basic Income. It’s worth the 18 minutes required to watch it. o o o FORENSIC EVIDENCE: Why Silver Price Manipulation Will End o o o Oil Traders See Market Balance By Mid-2017. The current narrowing of the contango from mid-2017 on is an indication that oil traders believe that the market could come into balance by the middle of the year. o o o Personal Income Flat, Consumer Spending Weak, Real Disposable Income Down o o o With Gold Plunging For 7 Straight Weeks, Here Is A Look At The Big Picture For Gold, Silver & The Miners o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

How to Make AMAZING Bullet Resistant Armor for $30. As always, be careful. Use at your own risk. – G.P. o o o CANBERRA ‘CAR BOMB’ Canberra terror fears as van packed with gas bottles ploughs into Australian Christian lobby office and explodes o o o Albuquerque Police Department to start manufacturing crack cocaine so they can arrest the people they sell it to. If police arrest users so that they can get them to rat out pushers, dealers, and manufacturers, does this mean that they will cut deals with the users to arrest themselves? – DSV o o o Christmas solar storm to batter Earth as flare blasts from massive hole in the sun – G.G. o o o A bit of holiday fun: Save The Snowflakes!

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