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Nanny State Update: LED Light Bans and Jail Time for Collecting Rainwater
ATR ^ | 2012-07-27 | [Staff]

Posted on 07/30/2012 9:43:50 AM PDT by 92nina

While the House of Representatives passed legislation eliminating red tape and rolling back regulations on businesses this week, Nanny State regulators at all levels of government continued to impose new bans on everything from LED lights to feeding turkeys. At the federal level, 2,266 pages were added to the federal register along with 86 new rules setting quotas for Atlantic Bluefin tuna and determining what assets state savings associations can invest in.

Oregon Man Faces Jail Time for Collecting Rainwater: A rural Oregon man was sentenced to 30 days in jail and $1,500 in fines after he was found guilty of operating three reservoirs on his private land, reservoirs that collected rainwater and snow runoff. In other words, digging holes that happen to trap rainwater is a misdemeanor in the state of Oregon.

Federal Consumer Safety Regulators Ban Buckeyballs: Federal consumer safety regulators are suing the maker of the popular Buckeyballs magnetic desk toy in order to prevent them from continuing to manufacture their hallmark product. Under the guise of protecting children from a product marketed exclusively to adult users, the CPSC has initiated only their second lawsuit in more than a decade to take this popular product out of production. Over 2 million sets of magnets have been sold since 2009 and the agency can identify less than two dozen cases of harmful ingestion during that period. Yet they are proceeding nonetheless, banning enjoyment for millions of users to protect against eight poor parenting decisions a year.

Outdoor LED Lights Banned in Hopkinton: In the small town of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, LED lights will no longer be displayed outdoors after a new council ordinance banned them. In introducing the ban, Councilor Capalbo asserted that LED signs pose a direct threat to the town’s environment and citizens’ health, saying, “The intent is to prevent the use of self-illuminated, diode driven signage, both for health and safety.” It’s unclear if the council believes the open flame on torches would be a healthier and safer option for citizens hoping to see while they are outside at night.

Turkey Feeding Banned in Hainesport: The town council of Hainesport, New Jersey is cracking down the public nuisance posed by wild turkeys by prohibiting feeding them, intentionally or otherwise. Offending bird watchers will be fined $2,000 for every offense as the town attempts to control its turkey population, which has grown unchecked since trapping was also banned. The town council failed to specify when, exactly, it would stop chasing its tail on fowl regulation.

Salem Bans Tobacco Products in Pharmacies: As tourists flock to Salem, Massachusetts before the annual Halloween celebration tied to the infamous Salem witch trials, they will find the local drug store lacking all its usual tobacco products. This week, the Salem town council banned all tobacco products from its pharmacies. This seems to be the obvious next step after states fail to tax products they disdain out of existence…they simple ban them.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Local News; Reference
KEYWORDS: economy; govtabuse; statesrights; tyranny
While the House of Representatives passed legislation eliminating red tape and rolling back regulations on businesses this week, Nanny State regulators at all levels of government continued to impose new bans on everything from LED lights to feeding turkeys. At the federal level, 2,266 pages were added to the federal register along with 86 new rules setting quotas for Atlantic Bluefin tuna and determining what assets state savings associations can invest in.
1 posted on 07/30/2012 9:43:59 AM PDT by 92nina
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To: 92nina

I don’t get the LED ban. I had no idea there were health risks. Do they have mercury in them like the “flourescent bulbs” that the government mandates?


2 posted on 07/30/2012 9:47:03 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: 92nina

The led sign ban most likely comes from these guys:

http://www.icq.eps.harvard.edu/nelpag/nelpag.html


3 posted on 07/30/2012 9:49:15 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: cuban leaf

There are NO health risks from LED lighting, unless you damage your eyes by looking directly into them.


4 posted on 07/30/2012 9:50:42 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: 92nina
Outdoor LED Lights Banned in Hopkinton: In the small town of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, LED lights will no longer be displayed outdoors after a new council ordinance banned them.

WTF?
Traffic lights are switching to LED technology all across the country, and for good reason.

Government LEDs good, private LEDs bad?

5 posted on 07/30/2012 9:51:17 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of NO! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
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To: 92nina
I got an email from Buckyballs asking to call your congressman to "save our balls." http://www.getbuckyballs.com/
6 posted on 07/30/2012 9:55:42 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: cuban leaf

[ Outdoor LED Lights Banned in Hopkinton: In the small town of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, LED lights will no longer be displayed outdoors after a new council ordinance banned them. In introducing the ban, Councilor Capalbo asserted that LED signs pose a direct threat to the town’s environment and citizens’ health, saying, “The intent is to prevent the use of self-illuminated, diode driven signage, both for health and safety.” It’s unclear if the council believes the open flame on torches would be a healthier and safer option for citizens hoping to see while they are outside at night. ]

I don’ get it either, unless they are talkiing about the “Giant LED Television “ display signage???? And if they are going to ban them they might as well ban billboards...

So you could build a giant Sign that uses a CRT? or use a projector? I don;t get what these ninnies are wanting...

LEDs use far less energy then giant light display signs that use regular light bulbs... frickin’ morons...


7 posted on 07/30/2012 9:55:56 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: beethovenfan

Well, ingesting one might be so good either.


8 posted on 07/30/2012 9:58:15 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: 92nina

I didn’t know what a buckyball was but they look like lots of fun. If a kid is dumb enough to eat them, then they look small enough to flush on out in a couple days with no harm done.

Getting fined for unintentionally feeding turkeys? So, if you squished a knat that was flying around your head and it fell to it’s death to the ground and a turkey wandered by and ate it, you’d be fined for unintentionally feeding the turkey? I call fowl on that.


9 posted on 07/30/2012 9:59:01 AM PDT by bgill
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To: cuban leaf
I don’t get the LED ban. I had no idea there were health risks.

You can't imagine the amount of photonic particulates that are violently emitted from these LED lights. It is disturbing and dangerous for humans to be over exposed to photons. They should ban photonic exposure. Then "Big LED" would care about our safety.

10 posted on 07/30/2012 10:04:38 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: 92nina

I will illuminate with burning excrement before I will buy another CF bulb.


11 posted on 07/30/2012 10:06:35 AM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: 92nina

You don’t feed wild turkeys you EAT them.

Stupid Yankees!


12 posted on 07/30/2012 10:07:13 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: bgill
If a kid is dumb enough to eat them, then they look small enough to flush on out in a couple days with no harm done

I read something about them awhile ago. They're magnetic, so they stick together in the small intestine and don't pass through.

Still and all, though .... it's a foolish thing to ban. More likely the kid will hit himself on the head with it while pulling it off your desk, than eat the things.

I guess it's too much to ask parents to be responsible and put away things that little kids shouldn't have ... like Mrs WBill and I did. (and still do) Biggest surprise, and something that I learned about on FR? Keep the paper shredder unplugged to keep little fingers out of it. We're pretty careful, but I never in a million years would have thought of that without reading something about it on FR.

13 posted on 07/30/2012 10:12:54 AM PDT by wbill
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To: bgill

:: they look small enough to flush on out in a couple days with no harm done. ::

the concern is ingesting multiple buckeyballs. They could stick to each other across and through the intestine walls. Digestive impact, that.


14 posted on 07/30/2012 10:13:03 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Tenacious 1
You can't imagine the amount of photonic particulates that are violently emitted from these LED lights. It is disturbing and dangerous for humans to be over exposed to photons. They should ban photonic exposure. Then "Big LED" would care about our safety.

It's worse than that. LEDs emit waves of radiation, more than ten times as much as an incandescent bulb with the same power!

15 posted on 07/30/2012 10:13:16 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Tenacious 1

I’m expecting Schumer and Pelosi to co-sponsor anti-sun legislation any day now. That huge nuclear fireball just set up shop and started operation without any government regulation at all - and do you know what kind of back taxes it owes??? :)


16 posted on 07/30/2012 10:15:08 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: cuban leaf

It’s not banning the lights, it’s banning the signs. The big trend in billboards now is animated signs with LEDs. They tend to be pretty distracting, not to mention ugly. I don’t know about ban worthy, but I’ll enjoy the day the trend dies... except they’ll probably be replaced by something that annoys more.


17 posted on 07/30/2012 10:21:15 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: Alas Babylon!
You don’t feed wild turkeys you EAT them.

The town already banned trapping them. I can't imagine the horror that would ensure if you were to actually shoot one.

18 posted on 07/30/2012 10:25:05 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: beethovenfan

must be a ban pushed by GE abnd Siemens. Makers of CF bulbs that pushed the incandescent ban.


19 posted on 07/30/2012 10:30:43 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: bgill

“then they look small enough to flush on out in a couple days with no harm done.”

The issue is, and this has happened, that a kid eats TWO magnets, not at the same time. When they meet in the intestines, they immediately click together, pinching one intestine loop to another. If you have ever got a piece of skin nipped between two strong magnets you’ll appreciate the force here, the magnets actually can penetrate the intestine wall.

It has only happened a few times but in each case the outcome was very unpleasant.

Eating ONE magnet won’t do anything.


20 posted on 07/30/2012 10:38:26 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: kevkrom
The town already banned trapping them. I can't imagine the horror that would ensure if you were to actually shoot one.

...Officer, I did not "trap" this turkey. I killed it, cleaned it and am now enjoying this scrumptious breast. It was never trapped. Would you like a peice? I'm happy to share.

21 posted on 07/30/2012 10:39:39 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: cuban leaf

It’s for animated LED signage. The light police also feel that LEDs have too much blue in them, which can interfere with the “circadian rhythms” of wildlife.

The legislation is directed at led advertising signs, not government streetlights and stoplights, which greens lile.


22 posted on 07/30/2012 10:43:33 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: grobdriver
Traffic lights are switching to LED technology all across the country, and for good reason.

They are not good in traffic lights in the north, in the winter. LED lights don't get hot enough to melt the snow that can accumulate, and it's caused a few accidents. Otherwise I am with you on that. :-)

23 posted on 07/30/2012 10:45:21 AM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: discostu
Remember Bladerunner?

This sort of thing really does seem pretty common now.

24 posted on 07/30/2012 10:54:41 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

Depends on where you’re at. We only have a few in Tucson. But they’re everywhere in Phoenix, especially near the freeway, because what a bunch of people doing 80 really need is bright shiny animation to look at.


25 posted on 07/30/2012 10:57:49 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: RikaStrom
Heh.
Austin, Texas.

What is this... "snow"?

26 posted on 07/30/2012 10:58:53 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of NO! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
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To: grobdriver

“What is this... “snow”? “

As strange as it seems, “snow” is crystallized dihydrogen monoxide. In some places it falls from the sky, creating an unbelievable hazard. Even an LED can’t burn through crystallized dihydrogen monoxide.


27 posted on 07/30/2012 11:02:24 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Yo-Yo
I got an email from Buckyballs asking to call your congressman to "save our balls." http://www.getbuckyballs.com/

Yup. I'm a big fan of BuckyBalls. They rock. I have 12 sets here at work that I build with while on conference calls. I think that when you go to work for Fedgov, your brain has to be checked into a safe deposit box or something to make sure you won't interfere with their insane policies.

BuckyBalls are definitely not for small children, but then again, neither are many other common things that people use every day.

28 posted on 07/30/2012 11:49:02 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Alas Babylon!
You don’t feed wild turkeys you EAT them.

Stupid Yankees!

I wonder if these are the same people who set out apples and other "treats" to attract deer, and then wonder why their children are coming down with Lyme Disease.

Seriously though, even without feeding them, wild turkeys can be a hazard to motorcyclists. I nearly had one fly into my head as I was driving one evening. Scared the crap out of me.

Mark

29 posted on 07/30/2012 11:56:57 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: bgill
Swallowing one buckyball is not the issue. The trouble is, like any magnet they are very strongly attracted to other magnets. So... eat one, and it starts working its way through the system... then eat another, and it may well find the first one as it passes through the intestines. Surgery is the only thing that will get them out at that point, and where they joined, there is likely to be significant tissue damage. They have 5 separate warning labels on their packaging about the danger of ingestion.

That said, more people are harmed by pencils each year. Fedgov is a deadly virus.

30 posted on 07/30/2012 12:00:06 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Or drink.


31 posted on 07/30/2012 1:34:44 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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