Carpe Diem

Early Saturday morning links

1. The Miami area had the highest January home sales in six years and the highest year-over-year gain in the median sales price (28%) since Oct. 2005.

2. The Las Vegas median home sales price increased 32% in January, the biggest gain in nearly eight years going back to Feb. 2005.

3. Drug overdose deaths (for both legal and illegal drugs) increased for the 11th consecutive year.

4. New data show that 29 states hit record export levels in 2012.

5. Markets in Everything: Beer tourism aka a ‘Beer-cation’.

6. Consumers are spending, confidence is rising, manufacturing activity is accelerating, car sales are booming, and the stock market is up 10% YoY.

7. US had the best February car sales in five years at 15.38 million vehicles (seasonally adjusted annual rate), a 6% increase over last year.

8. Faith in Humanity restored: High school basketball player passes the ball to mentally challenged player… on the other team.

9. Markets in Everything: The world’s first Oreo cookie separator machine.

14 thoughts on “Early Saturday morning links

  1. “Consumers are spending, confidence is rising, manufacturing activity is accelerating, car sales are booming, and the stock market is up 10% YoY.”

    Americans will pay more for less government services, which also means less money for everything else.

    • Since 2009, real GDP has been about $1 trillion a year below potential real GDP, which is output lost forever, even with an additional $1 trillion a year in federal spending.

      While monetary policy keeps saving low, fiscal policy piles-up more debt, which aren’t conditions for future economic growth.

      • The weak “recovery” has become even weaker:

        US GDP in 4Q grows 0.1 percent
        Mar 1, 2013

        “The U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 0.1 percent in the last three months of 2012. A month ago, the government estimated that the economy shrank at a 0.1 percent annual rate in the quarter.

        The latest revisions added less to fourth-quarter growth than financial markets expected. The consensus forecast had been that the economy grew at a 0.5 percent annual clip.”

    • re: drug overdose deaths…

      these are LEGAL drugs, right?

      how do these compare to ILLEGAL drug deaths?

      3. Drug overdose deaths (for both legal and illegal drugs)

      Do yourself a favor. Ask someone to read the article to you. If they read you any numbers, be sure to ask them exactly what those numbers mean.


      • ” In 2010, the CDC reported, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths nationwide. Medicines, mostly prescription drugs, were involved in nearly 60 percent of overdose deaths that year, overshadowing deaths from illicit narcotics.”

        my bad.

  2. “8. Faith in Humanity restored: High school basketball player passes the ball to mentally challenged player… on the other team.”

    This could be the most important story of them all. There may be hope after all.

    All of you statists who believe that private charity and compasion for others isn’t enough, and that those less fortunate need the state to provide for them, should consider watching this one. You might change your little minds.

  3. this was not a public school by any chance where the disabled kid had a right to be there in the first place, eh?

    Oh.. and it sounds like one of those nasty schools where they “indoctrinate” kids on how to be charitable also?

    Now.. I would have been totally impressed had this been in a private school that did not normally allow handicapped and refused to engage in indoctrination of “do-gooder” treatement of others.

    tell me again why handicapped have a right to go to public schools ? Is it that nasty coercive force of thug govt?

    • When I addressed “all you statists” and suggested you might change your little minds, I wasn’t thinking of your little mind, Larry.

      • uh huh… in your world, the disabled kid would have no school to go to – to start with – much less be on the sports teams or have a chance to play.

        we know you Ron.

        • Heh!

          Yep, that’s right. I hate disabled kids and strive constantly to deny them any opportunity to have a better life.

          You moron.

          • no don’t hate them..but you are full of hate and venom… towards those that would care for them if taxes are involved. And so if you had your way, you’d deny those kids access to schools funded by taxes – if you could. You’d deny ALL kids access to tax-supported public schools if you could.

            right? It would be up to “charity” to do good things for the disabled, right?

            isn’t that your view?

          • Larry’s so generous with other peoples’ money. Somebody should give him a medal.

            Of course, he spent a lifetime voting for the tax-and-spend fools that bankrupted said children before they get their first paycheck. It must be for their own good. Or something.

            Oh well, at least Larry can bask in his own moral superiority on somebody else’s dime.

          • well .. he HAS spent a lifetime paying taxes for public schools that do allow handicapped to be admitted, educated and allowed to participate in sports.

            and I do support taxation for that purpose and yes.. it does include me.

            how about you? do you support taxation for public schools?

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