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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
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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
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."

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.


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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