Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Wednesday Links

1. U.S. apartment vacancy rate fell to a decade low of 4.9% in Q1 2012, the lowest rate since Q4 2001.

2. Hiring at U.S. workplaces jumped in March; Gallup Monthly Job Creation Index rose four percentage points to the highest level since mid-2008.  

3.  Canadians protest wind subsidies claiming that turbine noise is making them ill and wind energy is raising energy prices and lowering rural property values.

4. How is changing the creative economy $5 at a time.

 5. Burnsville, Minnesota man arrested, jailed for two Days for a siding code violation on his suburban Minneapolis house.  (HT: Walter Olson)

16 Comments:

At 4/04/2012 1:22 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

5. Burnsville, Minnesota man arrested, jailed for two Days for a siding code violation on his suburban Minneapolis house. (HT: Walter Olson)

So much for the claim of how free Americans are.

 
At 4/04/2012 2:05 PM, Blogger AIG said...

So much for the claim of how free Americans are.

It's worst than North Korea over here. Ron Paul is our only hope! :p

 
At 4/04/2012 3:06 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Local and state government are usually the worst abusers go commercial freedoms.

Try vending from pushcart, practicing law or accounting, driving a jitney, starting a bar or liquor store, running a call girl operation, cutting hair, fixing some plumbing etc etc etc. The city or state will not let you.

The city or state will also unilaterally rezone your land, especially in Texas, where local zoning can decide to tax your land to highest and best use no matter what you choose to do with your land. They can downzone your land, a favorite in the such cities as Newport Beach, CA.

And don't forget the Keystone pipeline. Thanks to state intervention, they can seize rancher land for their pipeline, and if the rancher contests that, they can haul him into court, and coerce cooperation, after forcing the rancher to pay court costs.

North Korea? Not yet. But maybe....

 
At 4/04/2012 3:23 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"So much for the claim of how free Americans are"...

People getting the government they deserve...

Fiverr.com looks like a hoot...

I might have to try something out there just for laughs...

 
At 4/04/2012 4:52 PM, Blogger AIG said...

North Korea? Not yet. But maybe....

I said worst than North Korea. You see, us Paulestineans, LewRockwell devotees and overall Mises dot org avid readers, do not comprehend things like "degrees" and "amounts". Relativity is for looser who live in the real world.

 
At 4/05/2012 7:15 AM, Blogger VangelV said...

It's worst than North Korea over here. Ron Paul is our only hope! :p

If your benchmark is North Korea than you are still fine. If it is freedom than you are not.

 
At 4/05/2012 7:18 AM, Blogger VangelV said...

I said worst than North Korea. You see, us Paulestineans, LewRockwell devotees and overall Mises dot org avid readers, do not comprehend things like "degrees" and "amounts". Relativity is for looser who live in the real world.

First, your thinking is as bad as your spelling. Second, you are either free or you are not. If you can go to jail for having a toilet tank that is too big, a shower that allows too high a flow rate, purchasing incandescent light bulbs, or having siding that is not to code you do not live in a free country. End of story.

 
At 4/05/2012 9:54 AM, Blogger AIG said...

Second, you are either free or you are not

Yes. Thanks for proving me right.

If you can go to jail for having a toilet tank that is too big, a shower that allows too high a flow rate, purchasing incandescent light bulbs, or having siding that is not to code you do not live in a free country. End of story.

You don't understand that the linked-to article is an extreme example which has been condemned by everyone, and its not the end of that legal story. You take an extreme outlier, and assume it to be the norm.

So again, thanks for proving my point of why you people don't live in the real world

 
At 4/05/2012 2:35 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

You don't understand that the linked-to article is an extreme example which has been condemned by everyone, and its not the end of that legal story. You take an extreme outlier, and assume it to be the norm.

Really? Do you mean that you can go out and buy and install high capacity toilet tanks or high volume shower heads without worry? If the government regulates the size of your toilet tank just how free are you?

So again, thanks for proving my point of why you people don't live in the real world

It seems that you are the one who is a denier of reality. We report what we see. You claim that everything is an outlier and create narratives to support your delusions instead.

 
At 4/06/2012 7:41 AM, Blogger AIG said...

Really? Do you mean that you can go out and buy and install high capacity toilet tanks or high volume shower heads without worry?

No actually I have regular police searches of my house every 2 weeks, to check for this sort of thing. Just last week I was arrested for using too much toilet paper.

We report what we see

Everything you've ever seen has been posted on a youtube video at LewRockwell dot com.

 
At 4/06/2012 8:07 AM, Blogger VangelV said...

No actually I have regular police searches of my house every 2 weeks, to check for this sort of thing. Just last week I was arrested for using too much toilet paper.

LOL...I see that you are still denying reality.

Water Conservation Bill (SB407)
Effective January 1, 2014, all pre-1994 residential, multi-family and commercial properties must replace non-compliant plumbing fixtures (including toilets, faucets, and shower heads) with water-conserving fixtures when making certain improvements or alterations to a building. Final inspection/certificates of occupancy will not be issued until these plumbing fixtures are compliant. By 2017, all single family homes must replace non-compliant plumbing fixtures, and by 2019, all multifamily and commercial buildings must have compliant water-conserving plumbing fixtures in place.


The authorities will be checking each installation for compliance. So yes, you do live in a police state that you confuse with the land of the free.

Everything you've ever seen has been posted on a youtube video at LewRockwell dot com.

The issue made prime time TV. I guess that you missed it.

The DOE Office of Enforcement has settled a civil penalty action against Hudson-Reed, Limited, after the manufacturer failed to certify over 60 of its showerhead models. In the settlement, the manufacturer further acknowledges that its showerheads used more water than allowed by federal law. As enacted by Congress, showerheads may not consume water in excess of 2.5 gallons per minute. DOE agreed to accept a civil penalty of $80,000 for the violation, after considering factors set forth in DOE's penalty guidance. In the settlement announced today, the manufacturer also agrees to test and certify all covered products it sells within the United States.

 
At 4/06/2012 10:39 AM, Blogger AIG said...

The authorities will be checking each installation for compliance. So yes, you do live in a police state that you confuse with the land of the free.

Oh my! I had no idea I was a save! Clearly, ANY law, limiting my activities in ANY WAY, means slavery. Why...I just got it! Thanks VangeIV!

I guess that you missed it.

I don't have a TV. But, again, so that I understand, in your "mind" (loosely using the term), your definition of "freedom" means having absolutely no laws which in any way place limits on any aspect of anyone's activities? If that;s the case, than "freedom" only exists in your "mind" (again, if we use the term very very loosely).

But this brings me back to my original point, you "libertarians" of today, you Mises dot org lew-rockwell Ron Paul voting Ayn Rand reading types...are sooo far disconnected from the classical liberal tradition, that even I am often scared of you. You would be little more than a side-show joke, if it weren't for you being such a wonderful target for Leftists to demagogue the REST of us

 
At 4/06/2012 11:28 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"In the settlement, the manufacturer further acknowledges that its showerheads used more water than allowed by federal law."

Without knowing the context, one could easily imagine they were reading science fiction.

Oh! Good morning Big Brother. Yes, I know you're watching us all. Thanks to your forsight, we won't destroy our planet by selfishly using too much water.

 
At 4/06/2012 9:17 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

Oh my! I had no idea I was a save! Clearly, ANY law, limiting my activities in ANY WAY, means slavery. Why...I just got it! Thanks VangeIV!

It is a law that tells you what kind of toilet or shower head you may use on your own property. Some freedom.

I don't have a TV. But, again, so that I understand, in your "mind" (loosely using the term), your definition of "freedom" means having absolutely no laws which in any way place limits on any aspect of anyone's activities? If that;s the case, than "freedom" only exists in your "mind" (again, if we use the term very very loosely).

Not at all. We would still be free if the ability of others to agress against us were limited because they have no right to do so in the first place. But when someone from the government comes in your home and tells you which light bulbs, toilets, or shower heads you must use, how much you must charge at a minimum for your labour, or who you must hire in your business you are not very free.

But this brings me back to my original point, you "libertarians" of today, you Mises dot org lew-rockwell Ron Paul voting Ayn Rand reading types...are sooo far disconnected from the classical liberal tradition, that even I am often scared of you. You would be little more than a side-show joke, if it weren't for you being such a wonderful target for Leftists to demagogue the REST of us

An apologist for serfdom is hardly a defender of the classical liberal tradition. If you want to see a joke and a hypocrite find the nearest mirror.

 
At 4/06/2012 9:19 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

Oh! Good morning Big Brother. Yes, I know you're watching us all. Thanks to your forsight, we won't destroy our planet by selfishly using too much water.

And yet we have apologists for the entire charade who imagine that you can have restrictions in all aspects of your daily life and still be free.

 
At 4/19/2012 12:38 AM, Blogger Hydra said...

I live on a well. Despite filters I get a fair amount of grit. The grit isn't a problem for normal showers, but it clogs the water saving showers, so they have to be replaced frequently.

Now I just drill larger holes in the water savers so they work normally.

I am on a well. I have no near neighbors. I irrigate a whole farm. Whose water am I saving, with a water saving shower that I just disabled?

 

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