Carpe Diem

Monday morning links

1. VIDEO: Milton Friedman on Political Labels and Why He’s Not a Conservative.

2. Markets in Everything: Incredible machine that lays out a carpet of bricks removing back-breaking hard work (see video).

3. The Armed Citizen: It’s Been a Bad Week for Robbers in Detroit: Concealed Carry Holders Fight Back and Open Fire, and Florida senior citizen defends home against three teenage robbers.

4. Vast, untapped oil reserve in California is one of state’s best opportunities to improve its still struggling economy.

5. Physicians go retro: One In 10 Doctor Practices Will Flee Medicare To Concierge Medicine Within the Next 3 Years.

6. Intrade Odds: 55% that Democratic Party candidate will win 2016 US Presidential Election (light trading).

7. Real estate recovery continues in 2013: January real estate sales were hot in Dallas (highest for month of January since 2007, Sales +24% and Prices +10%), Las Vegas (prices up 27%), Charlotte (sales +40.4%), Chicago (sales +35.5%), Memphis (sales +46%), and San Diego (sales +15%, prices +12%).

8. Unintended Consequences IPlastic bag bans kill people.

9. Unintended Consequences II: Heroin use is booming in Ontario, almost a year after the regional government tightened access to “hillbilly heroin” (OxyContin).

10. From State Farm: US map of the Likelihood of a Car Collision with Deer by State; West Virginia is No. 1 state by far: 1 in 40 Chance.

10 thoughts on “Monday morning links

  1. Cool brick laying machine. But – but what about the jobs?

    Larry, what will all those 55 year old bricklayers do now?

    May we assume they can quickly learn to write HTML?

  2. “7. Real estate recovery continues in 2013:”

    A new bubble, or reversion to the mean? Pondering whether to cash out of my house in Az and rent for awhile.

  3. Plastic bag ban: Perhaps reusable bags aren’t a good idea after all. If only someone could come up with a way to make single use polyethylene bags incredibly cheaply, they might be a better choice.

    :)

      • No, I’m sure that guy was unhappy, but if he’s going to act creepy he should get a permit for that thing.

        I did notice two happy ending stories in the post above under the heading “The Armed Citizen”…or was it “The Armed Citizen B”?

        • “No, I’m sure that guy was unhappy, but if he’s going to act creepy he should get a permit for that thing. “

          He might well have had a permit, that does not stop creepiness does it?

          • He might well have had a permit, that does not stop creepiness does it?

            Heh! No, creepiness and CCW permits aren’t mutually exclusive, but your news piece said he was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, If he’d had a permit he wouldn’t have been arrested for the weapon. I’m not convinced it’s against the law to be creepy in Detroit, and the women could have just been jumpy and assumed he was following them. After all, he did go to a pizza place in the same strip mall and stayed there long enough for police to arrive and question him. Not a smart thing to do if you’re intentionally creeping out women while carrying an illegal weapon.

            Just sayin’.

            I think we need to know more about that incident to draw any meaningful conclusions.

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