Private property 2, planet Earth 0

Yesterday was a great day for private property and a setback for life on Earth.

A militarized police squad pepper-sprayed and arrested hundreds of protestors, mostly members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, to clear the way for the Dakota Access Pipeline to run through sacred burial sites, threaten to pollute Sioux ancestral homeland with toxic crude oil, and undoubtedly pollute the homeland of all life on Earth with resulting gas emissions.

And an Oregon jury acquitted the armed militants who earlier this year ousted the federal government from a national wildlife refuge. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was established by Teddy Roosevelt to protect threatened wildlife habitats and archaeological sites of Paiute tribes. Militia members and other heavily armed “sovereign citizens” took the wildlife refuge by force to support their cause of returning federally protected resources to the exploitation of private property owners. And a jury of their peers found them not guilty of what everyone agrees they willingly did.

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