Carpe Diem

Saturday morning links

1. Markets in everything: A 70-unit apartment complex made from recycled shipping containers in the Eagle Ford Shale oil patch.

2. Words of wisdom from a fortune cookie.

3. Alfred Anaya was a genius at installing secret compartments in cars. If they were used to smuggle drugs without his knowledge, he figured that wasn’t his problem. He was wrong. The DEA put him in federal prison for 292 months (more than 24 years) with no possibility of parole.

4. Another example of using a Smartphone as a medical product: UK Researchers have created an app that turns an iPhone into a hearing aid.

5. Guys Who Do Housework Get Less Sex. Christina Sommers explains why in Slate.

6. The Houston real estate market is red HOT: Home sales in February increased 15.5%, and the median sales prices increased 7.9% to the highest price ever for the month. Inventory is the lowest since 1999.

7. Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin go unindicted and possession is a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. Experts are pleased with the results: “This is working.” Go here for Part 1 (“Portugal, 12 Years After Decriminalizing Drugs”) and here for Part 2 (“Drug Users Aren’t Criminals, They’re Sick”).

8. Measure your baguettes: The struggling French economy is being stifled by 400,000 “norms” that cost public bodies and private businesses billions of dollars, warned a report handed to the government this week. According to the report, “The last time a French norm was scrapped was in 1789. Ever since, they have only built up”

9. An Oregon man – “Rain Man”- was sentenced to 30 days in jail for collecting his own rainwater and snow melt in his own ponds on his own land.

10. The WaPo reviews David Stockman’s new book: “The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.”

2 thoughts on “Saturday morning links

  1. If the goal of drug decriminalization was reducing drug use, it failed, since drug use in Portugal increased. Marijuana is the most decriminalized drug and the most popular.

    However, at least you’re not labeled a criminal, in Portugal, when caught with small quantities. Instead of jail, you get education, rehabilitation, community service, and labeled a “sicko.”

  2. RE: ” those caught with small amounts…”

    What happens to those caught with LARGE amounts? Prison?

    re: ” “Portugal, 12 Years After Decriminalizing Drugs”)

    eh… not so much….. if they are still whacking those who “deal” drugs, right?

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