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Libertarians Trail Meter Readers, Telling Town: Live Free Or Else

 

 

 

 

 

” In most places, the parking enforcement officer reflects the municipal compact. Armed only with a gadget that can spit out a ticket at the forgotten drop of a dime, the officer quietly serves civic and commercial life by ensuring that meters are fed.

  In most places, yes. But not here in charming Keene, where parking officers figure in a philosophical tug of war between a small band of activists who live by the motto “Free Keene,” and the great majority of residents who were unaware that their city was in bondage.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Keene’s two parking officers, both women, are often videotaped by young adults known as “Robin Hooders.” They track the whereabouts of the officers by two-way radio, feed expired meters before $5 tickets can be written, and leave a business card saying that “we saved you from the king’s tariff.”

  Welcome to Sherwood Forest, N.H., where these acts of charity have led to some donations and gratitude, but also to sidewalk tensions, harassment allegations and litigation. They are part of a broader effort by about two-dozen activists, most of them from someplace else, to unshackle Keene from the “violent monopoly” of government and its enforcers, including these parking officers who work in weather fair and foul.”

 

 

 

   Meet the Robin Hoods Of Keene in the New York Times and visit their Facebook page to give them a Like as they do battle with the State in an effort to keep New Hampshire free .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congress Seeks To Jack Up Fees On Home Heating Oil In Midst Of Frigid Winter

 

 

 

 

” Congress‘ mammoth farm bill restores the imposition of an extra fee on home heating oil, hitting consumers in cold-weather states just as utility costs are spiking.

  The fee — two-tenths of a cent on every gallon sold — was tacked on to the end of the 959-page bill, which is winding its way through Capitol Hill. The fee would last for nearly 20 years and would siphon the money to develop equipment that is cheaper, more efficient and safer, and to encourage consumers to update their equipment.

  It’s just one of dozens of provisions tucked into the farm bill, which cleared the House on a bipartisan 251-166 vote last week and faces a key filibuster test in the Senate on Monday. It is expected to survive and face final passage Tuesday before heading to President Obama’s desk.

  Taxpayer groups say the bill could increase spending over the previous version and that it’s crammed with favors for individual lawmakers, such as rules legalizing industrial hemp.”

 

Washington Times has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yahoo To Acquire Tumblr For $1.1 Billion

 

 

” Reports say the Yahoo board has approved a $1.1 billion cash deal to acquire Tumblr. Yahoo’s board reportedly approved the deal in a meeting on Friday.

 
According to All Things D, the deal was a unanimous vote and it will be announced Monday morning.

 

Part of the deal stipulates that Tumblr CEO David Karp, will stay with Yahoo for at least four years and retain control over day-to-day management of the online service allowing the Tumblr brand to continue, but Yahoo will be helping to develop advertising.

 

The Wall Street Journal notes that Tumblr had just started focusing on building its advertising revenue after concentrating on building its user base as an easy-to-use blogging platform. 

Tumblr has experience fast growth in recent years. According to WSJ, it had a worldwide traffic of about 117 million vistors in April, compared to 58 million the previous year, about 12 million unique visitors on smartphone, compared to about four million in the previous year. The site claims 108.4 million blogs and 50.9 billion posts. It had a US desktop traffic of 37 million in April, comparable to LinkedIn and Twitter although Twiiter has much more mobile traffic. “