It’s Not Free Speech if You Don’t Have a License

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Source: TheDailyBell.com
May 7, 2017

Should free speech cover criticizing the government? That is kind of the whole point, right?

An Oregon man is suing Portland for violating his first amendment right to free speech after he was fined $500 for calculating how long yellow lights stay yellow and then speaking publicly about it.

Free speech? No. The city considers making and disseminating calculations about public works “engineering without a license.”

The lawsuit states:

This is a civil-rights lawsuit to vindicate the right of Plaintiff Mats Järlström to talk and write freely without fear of government punishment. Järlström wants to write and speak publicly about a matter of local, state, and nationwide concern: the safety and fairness of traffic lights and traffic-light cameras. Specifically, Järlström wishes to communicate about the mathematics behind traffic-light timing. If he does so in Oregon, however, he will be exposed to government investigation and punishment for engaging in the unlicensed “practice of engineering.” In fact, between February 2015 and January 2017, Järlström was investigated and fined for “critiquing” the standard formula for calculating traffic-light timing and for sharing his ideas with “members of the public.” Under Oregon’s Professional Engineer Registration Act (Act), Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 672.002 et seq., only state-licensed professional engineers are entitled to speak publicly on these sorts of topics. For everyone else—in the words of the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (Board)—sharing “reports, commentary, and testimony” on technical subjects is “clearly not protected speech.”

…But speech like Järlström’s is exactly what the First Amendment’s Speech and Petition Clauses exist to protect.

Obviously, the city is just trying to silence and intimidate him so they can keep making money off of red light cameras. His point was that the yellow lights were too short to properly allow motorists to stop.

By the government’s definition of free speech, you basically are not allowed to criticize or even petition the government at all.

What if this same standard was applied elsewhere in government?

We could easily get to a point where any speech about government actions is not protected unless you are an expert in the field–the government, of course, deciding who qualifies as an expert.

Should accountants be the only ones allowed to publicly advocate a tax policy?  Perhaps only licensed law enforcement could criticize the police. And surely if you are not a legislator, the intricacies of bills and laws are off limits to discuss.

What an open and public dialogue that would promote!

And as for the issue of traffic light cameras issuing tickets, that in itself should never have been permitted. The government takes a picture of a car and accuses the owner of a crime, regardless of who was driving the vehicle. And then, you must either pay the fine or prove yourself innocent! So much for due process. So much for the government having to prove you committed a crime. Innocent until proven guilty? What an inconvenience for a government!

There are various reports online of how to beat a red light camera traffic ticket. Even so, it will take multiple visits to the court, which waste time and money, and even then you might be forced to fork over the cash!

That is why most people just pay the fine, and forget about it. The system is rigged against the recipients of tickets. Everyone knows the time wasted in fighting a traffic ticket will overshadow any money saved if it is dismissed.

Still, if you have the time, and are bothered by the principle of it, it may be worth fighting the ticket to at least make the court work for its theft.

Interestingly, one of the tutorials online about how to fight traffic cameras suggests visiting the site of the infraction:

Time the traffic light as it transitions from yellow-to-red. If the timing is minimal, you might be able to stage an argument in court that there is not enough time to safely bring your vehicle to a stop at the particular intersection.

Would Oregon even allow this evidence in court? Perhaps they would instead slap and extra fine on top of the red light ticket for public engineering. After all, only state licensed engineers are allowed to testify publicly on technical issues.

Read More At: TheDailyBell.com

Oregon Man Fined $500 for Criticizing Red-light Cameras

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By: InstituteForJustice
via: ActivistPost.com
April 26, 2017

Running red lights can get you a ticket. But in Oregon, you can be fined just for talking about it.

Mats Järlström learned this first-hand last year when the state of Oregon fined him $500 for publicly suggesting that yellow lights should last for slightly longer to accommodate cars making right turns.

Mats is a tinkerer. In the great tradition of American inventors and scientists who got their start working in their garage or basement, Mats saw a problem and set out to fix it—that is, until the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying brought everything to a screeching halt.

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The Circus Is Leaving Town – #GoodNewsNextWeekThe Circus Is Leaving Town – #GoodNewsNextWeek

Source: MediaMonarchy
January 17, 2017

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: “The greatest show on earth” is closing down for good; monkey-wrenching the #NWO with pennies, cannabis; and Hungary plans to kick out foundation-funded phonies. Notes/Links:

Ringling Bros. circus says it is closing down “The Greatest Show on Earth,” ending a 146-year run
http://bit.ly/2ivGU74

Warm beds for street pups in Istanbul
http://bit.ly/2iAC7wq

Lost cat reunited with owner after nearly two years
http://bit.ly/2iAyK8N

Dad adds special effects to kids home movies
http://bit.ly/2jq7oXg

Man Pays Virginia DMV Tax Bill with 300,000 Pennies
http://bit.ly/2jqbsXr

Growing closer by growing cannabis
http://bit.ly/2iFGw4h

Neighbourhood food pantries are popping up across America
http://bit.ly/2jinoYH

Dashcam captures ‘American Ninja’ giving Heimlich to roadside choking victim
http://bit.ly/2j2lB9q

Hungary Plans to Crack Down on All Soros-Funded NGOs
http://bit.ly/2jDwQ8Z

We got proof of life the Julian Assange is alive, Bitcoin Block #447506
http://bit.ly/2jitGrz

Oregon bill would prohibit warrantless stingray spying
http://bit.ly/2jDj0mS

‘Portlandia’ to end in 2018, damage done to city will continue indefinitely 📺
http://bit.ly/2jqpOXJ

Oregon Rain Man Forced to Destroy Pond: Americans “Not Entitled To Private Property Water Rights”

via: SHTFPlan.com
Source: AnonHQ.com
January 5, 2017

Editor’s Comment: The continued assault against independence and self-sustainability is absolutely eradicating freedom. 2017 would do well to see a resurgence of off grid living and a fight back against the regulatory systems that would restrict how people can live on their own land, and without the need to be dependent upon government or corporations for their livelihood.

Unless that silent war is curbed, people will find that all the freedom talk on the Internet won’t mean anything to a population that needs its own resources and resilience. Preppers should be particularly wary of areas that have cracked down the hardest.

Oregon Couple Told They Have No Water Rights, Forced to Destroy Their Own Pond

by AnonHQ

Remember the Oregon ‘Rain Man’ or Gary Harrington — who was sent to 30 days in Jackson County Jail and slapped with a $1,500 fine for collecting rainwater on his 170-acre property? He was ordered to breach his dams and drain his ponds that held more than 13 million gallons of water, enough to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Now, an Oregon couple faces a similar fate as Gary Harrington because the rain belongs to the overbearing government, because corporate greed claims water is not a human right, and because Americans are not entitled to do what they please on their private property.

The Jackson County Watermaster’s office has told Jon and Sabrina Carey to destroy their 2-acre pond — built 40 years ago, long before they bought the 10-acre property off Butte Falls Highway two and a half years ago — as they don’t have any water rights.

“I basically bought a lemon. That’s how they explained it to me.”

The county had no issues with the pond until Jon sought to grow legal medical cannabis on his property. He was then required to produce proof that he had a viable source of water for cannabis cultivation.

Although the county records clearly show the pond, the Watermaster’s Office claimed the previous owners had not received a permit for the pond so the Careys were now in violation of Oregon regulations — and they would have to shoulder the cost of draining the water. As a result, the Careys stopped using pond water and resorted to trucking in water from Butte Falls for their household and garden needs.

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Since the Medford Water Commission has rights to the watershed around Careys’ property — where Medford’s primary source of water, Big Butte Springs, is located — its staff denied Careys request to adopt the pond and treat it as a municipal water source so that the water could be used for emergency firefighting, wildlife habitat and as an additional source for municipal needs.

In spite of the government claiming ownership of rainwater as part of the public water supply, it still rejected the Careys’ plea to treat their pond as part of public property. Mail Tribune reports:

“Water Commission staff found several problems with the Careys’ request, including setting a precedent that could prompt similar requests and weaken state statutes while not meeting the definition of ‘municipal water source’. The staff found it would be very difficult to access the water stored in the pond for municipal reasons, and further monitoring and following up on compliance issues would be difficult and costly for the commission.”

Careys’ attorney, Sarah Liljefelt, who filed a request with Jackson County to provide the couple a permit to store water, says:

“The reservoir on Ms. Carey’s property, though small, is one of the largest in the area. In the past, the pond has been used for fire suppression and is accessible to fire trucks from Butte Falls Highway. The pond is an important source of water for beavers, otters, elk, deer, bear, mountain lion, bobcat, bald eagle osprey, great blue heron, snowy egret, Canada geese and the western pond turtle.”

The couple have agreed to not use the pond water for their household and garden needs and keep the pond for wildlife, fire suppression and for any purpose specified by the Medford Water Commission. They’ve also agreed to reduce the size of the pond from about 12 acre feet of water to 9.2 acre feet; execute an easement to the city of Medfore to flood the property, access the reservoir, and cause the reservoir to be drained any time the city deems necessary; and assume all costs associated with permitting, construction, maintenance and liability. However, the Medford Water Commission is unmoved.

“I’m terrified right now… I am trying to work with the various government agencies to resolve this issue so the property doesn’t lose one of its most valuable assets. We’re just trying to do it by the rules. I’m trying to cooperate.”

The couple recently received support from firefighting agencies that need the water for wildfires. A letter from the Oregon Department of Forestry to the Water Commission supported retaining the reservoir to help suppress wildfires and provide enough water for a multiday operation. Neal Laugle, state aviation manager for ODF, wrote:

“I would like to urge the Medford Water Commission to consider keeping the reservoir in place at its current capacity for the purpose of providing a long-term water source for wildland firefighting. Without the water, it could increase the length of a wildfire fight and could lead to more destructive wildfires.”

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#GoodNewsNextWeek: Belgians Hunt Books, Not Bulbasaurs

Source: GoodNewsNextWeek
Media Monarchy

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Studies show being good is hot; A teacher started a book hunters club where kids capture, read and release; Community disaster relief saves NOLA before the state tries. Notes/Links:

Women Find Chivalrous Men More Attractive
http://bit.ly/2bPt2xe

Belgians Hunt Books, Not Bulbasaurs
http://bit.ly/2bYyBfZ

Private Disaster Relief in Louisiana Outperforms the Government
http://bit.ly/2c32eLl

Organization restores photos damaged in natural disasters
http://bit.ly/2cd20ni

Is underwater agriculture the future of food production?
http://bit.ly/2bPtnjk

#MorningMonarchy: Scottish football fans fly flag of Palestine in match against Israeli team (Aug. 18, 2016)
http://bit.ly/2bvvXea

Scottish football fans fined for waving a Palestinian flag; respond with crowdfunded donations for Palestine
http://bit.ly/2bE99bL

Study: Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork
http://bit.ly/2c32cmH

EpiPen maker’s stock value drops nearly $3 billion in 5 days
http://bit.ly/2c6D39O

“I’ve done really bad things”: Undercover UK cop abandons war on drugs
http://bit.ly/2c9JYPX

2016 Ballot Measures Could Nullify Marijuana Prohibition in Eight States
http://bit.ly/2bPtATH

First Hemp Crop Planted in Maine
http://bit.ly/2bPZC6m

Oregon collects $25M in Marijuana taxes so far in 2016
http://bit.ly/2bQw7Q9

#GoodNewsNextWeek: Little Pantries On Your Sidewalk Give Shelf-Stable Help

Source: MediaMonarchy
August 15, 2016

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Ireland jails banksters, Canada frees patsies, Arkansas shares pantries, UK cops pay up, Aldi goes organic, pot gets cheaper *and* goes to the Oregon State Fair. Notes/Links:

Ireland Jails 3 Top Bankers Over 2008 Collapse, Opposite Of What US Did
http://bit.ly/2biR6eE

Canada Day Bomb Plot Couple Freed After Judge Rules Police Entrapped Them
http://bit.ly/2bA4kW0

Update 1: Canada Couple Freed In Terror Entrapment Case Swiftly Rearrested
http://reut.rs/2ag6cyW

Update 2: Why Do Police Need To Manufacture Terror?
http://on.thestar.com/2btH0Fo

Like Little Libraries & Community Fridges, Little Pantries On Your Sidewalk Give Shelf-Stable Help
http://bit.ly/2aWBVd7

‘Decentralized Uber’ App Delivers 1,000 Meals In Austin, Texas
http://bit.ly/2aPiwcA

US Giving Back Lots of Land In Okinawa, But Still Not Leaving
http://bit.ly/2aZd445

Corrupt Anti-Corruption Cops To Pay Journalist £10,000 Over Illegal Intercepts
http://bit.ly/2aZdyY5

Aldi Goes Organic, Bans Toxic Chemicals From Shelves
http://bit.ly/2bcVTLu

Study Shows Potheads Pay Less For Legal Weed
http://bit.ly/2aZckMF

Inaugural Cannabis Fair Being Set Up In Oregon
http://bit.ly/2aPiFgk

Cannabis Fair Winner To Be Displayed At The Oregon State Fair
http://bit.ly/2blqK8S

#GoodNewsNextWeek: West Virginia Comes Together After Historic Floods

Source: MediaMonarchy.com
James Evan Pilato
June 28, 2016

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Stop the presses! Going outside is good for your mind and body; West Virginia gets outpouring of support after deadly floods; and we’re lovin’ it as McDonald’s closing 500 more locations. Notes/Links:

Long Visits To Nature Linked to Improved Mental Health
http://bit.ly/296qOvd

Death Toll Lowered To 23 After Deadly #WestVirginia Floods
http://bit.ly/28WVB9I

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department: “If the residents of this area catch you first, you may not make it to jail.”
http://bit.ly/2921Rl1

Not Lovin’ It: McDonald’s To Close Over 500 Restaurants Worldwide To Stay Afloat
http://bit.ly/29a16ED

Activists Rescue 1,000 Dogs From China’s Controversial Dog Meat Festival
http://bit.ly/28Zo1QM

Outdoor Library Season Begins In Slovenia
http://bit.ly/290D02t

Peace Breaking Out? Colombia Agrees To Peace With FARC, Ending 50 Years Of War
http://bit.ly/290CCkG

Brisbane’s Orange Sky Laundry Still Helping Homeless
http://bit.ly/290CC4d

Real Brexit “Catastrophe”: World’s 400 Richest Lose $127 Billion
http://bit.ly/296B6wW

Phoenix Seniors Find Healing With The Power Of Music
http://bit.ly/296qPiG

Running Releases Proteins That Help Boost Brain’s Ability To Remember
http://bit.ly/28Ys7sP

Supreme Court Rules Warrantless Forced Blood Draws for DUI Unconstitutional
http://bit.ly/296rCjq

“Pinot Meow” Wine Made With Catnip Lets You Get Drunk With Your Cat
http://bit.ly/290CMbR

Lawfully-Armed Portland Woman Shoots, Kills Home Intruder
http://bit.ly/293q5uq

Oregon Cowboy Lassos Would-Be Thief In Wal-Mart Parking Lot
http://bit.ly/28ZFObh

Obama Premiums Set To Spike Again In 2017

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Source: NaturalSociety.com
Julie Fidler
June 20, 2016

Obamacare was instituted to make sure that every American had access to healthcare, especially low-income individuals and families. But Obamacare insurance premiums are set to go up yet again. For many, their families will be covered, but it could be a hardship.

In 2017, some of the most popular types of Obamacare health insurance plans want to jack up their prices by 10% or more in 14 major cities, an analysis published Wednesday reveals.

The Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows there is a wide variation in the proposed prices of lower-cost so-called silver plans. The foundation found that about half of the markets it looked at would see a slight drop in the number of insurers selling plans.

The price hikes ranged from a high of an 18% premium increase proposed for the second-lowest-cost silver plan in Portland, Oregon, to a low of a 13% price cut for the same type of plan in Providence, Rhode Island.

In most of those areas, Kaiser’s report shows double-digit hikes would be common. [1]

Cynthia Cox, lead author of the analysis, said:

“Premiums are going up faster in 2017 than they have in past years.”

The impact on consumers will depend largely on whether they receive government subsidies for their premiums, as well as their own willingness to switch plans to keep increases more manageable.

Among the cities Kaiser looked at, the monthly premium for a 40-year-old nonsmoker in 2017 will range from $192 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to $482 in Burlington, Vermont.

Continue Reading At: NaturalSociety.com

#GoodNewsNextWeek – Kitchen-Based Sharing Economy Cooking Up Change

Source: MediaMonarchy
James Evan Pilato
May 3, 2016

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Romans sick of the corruption and crime cleaned up their own streets; a new startup aims to be the Airbnb of the coming kitchen-based sharing economy; and animals are learning how to dismantle their traps. Notes/Links:

Story #1: Scandal-Plagued Rome Becoming ‘Do It Yourself’ City
http://bit.ly/1UtOSc7

“Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”
http://bit.ly/1UtOSc7

Story #2: Kitchen-Based Sharing Economy Cooking Up Change
http://bit.ly/1pXmwdE

Story #3: Young Gorillas Seen Dismantling Poachers’ Traps For The First Time
http://bit.ly/1pXmwdE

#GoodNewsNextWeek Headlines: Cats At Japan’s ‘Cat Cafes’ Now Allowed to Stay Up Till 10
http://bit.ly/1W3dtWh

33 Abused Circus Lions Flown to New Home In South Africa
http://bit.ly/21rspgW

Community Fridge In Somerset UK Offers Free Food For All 🍎
http://bit.ly/1TrTPgD

Oregon Approves First Recreational Marijuana Licenses
http://bit.ly/1rfsfMP

8 Businesses to Open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Hawaii
http://bit.ly/1Z4YXeE

US House Unanimously Passed Bill Requiring Warrants For Email
http://bit.ly/1Thx92u

Binney: NSA Is So Overwhelmed With Data, It’s No Longer Effective
http://bit.ly/1OczUAR

Peruvian Farmer Wins Monumental Battle Against U.S. Mining Giant
http://bit.ly/1SVvouw

#MorningMonarchy: Peruvian Farmer Wins Monumental Battle Against U.S. Mining Giant
http://bit.ly/24uDaAS

Researchers Accidentally Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer
http://bit.ly/26MRnv5

#MorningMonarchy: Scientists Accidentally Create Batteries That Last A Lifetime
http://bit.ly/1TrTWZQ

Playing Music to Babies Helps Brain Development
http://bit.ly/1SJzhRe