Saturday, November 13, 2021

CONEX containers


If the inability to return CONEX shipping containers (and other standardized containers) are part of what is constipating the free-flow of goods through the supply-chain, then it is possible that diverting a strategic number of them in a few, key choke-points could slick things up immensely.

"Authorities" proposed that a $100 fine for every 24 hours the containers are not moved as a potential solution. Since a new container costs less than $3k, the fines would be more than the value of the container in less than a month.

Those fines have been proposed in places like....Los Angeles.

Additionally, Los Angeles has been in the news for it discontented homeless people.

Has anybody proposed stacking a bunch of these containers for use as ad hoc housing?

"But, but, but...they look like jail cells!" you might point out.

I am glad you brought that up. They would make excellent jail cells, too.


  1. While it sounds like a good idea it isn't. First problem being the insane "codes" that would have to be met for them to be approved as a dwelling....mucho dinero to do that. Second would be the fact that the wastes of skin who would be inhabiting these would have no "skin in the game"....and therefore would DESTROY these as fast as they could be built. Sorry but there really isn't a viable solution to homelessness for the most part. Most people who are temporarily homeless quickly find a way to remedy their situation. The rest don't care enough to do so . As for solving the problem of excess containers? The best remedy is to cease importing so damn much crap from China.

  2. I said the same thing years ago when I worked in a shipping dept. it has been done, in a few places, sort of, and some companies refurbish the conex into temp offices. They would be adequate housing; secure, dry, sturdy.
    Southern NH

  3. For a hundred buck fine, one might think of pushing them off into the sea. Creating artificial reefs, not encouraging the mentally insane to stay *somewhere* of OUR choosing.
    Mill Tone

    1. EPA fines.

      The system is rigged so every project is forced to hire several Ph.Ds and provide them with employment. Even if the project is a cookie-cutter replica of a nearby project that was already approved and has data supporting its positive benefits.

      Lots of land around Needles, Ca.

  4. The traditional solution is to give your mentally insane, homeless, and political undesirables voluntary exile - usually in the form of free rides to a colony, or any place stupid enough to have open borders. There really isn't an easier, or more moral solution than this. These are broken people, and will actively resist integrating with society again.

  5. The homeless get disparaged a lot. While some choose that life, there is a subset who are incapable of making the decisions that would keep them within society. Granted, some are homeless by choice but my personal experience is that for some they dont have the mental ability to make and follow through with healthy decisions.

  6. They actually make kits for turning these containers into tiny houses. Was looking at them over a year ago and considering buying a lot in the country an putting a couple of the in with them joined together with a doorway. May have to reconsider trying that if the container prices drop. Cost of foundation and utility connections have to be considered.

  7. I mentioned this over at American Digest a couple weeks ago. Fill the containers with homeless addicts and illegals, restack em on an old ship, tug it out 100 miles, and sink it for an artificial reef. Solve several problems at the same time and help the ecology.


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