The Reformation comes to Wall Street?

Remember when Catholicism was the province of people who at least could read Latin? It was an exclusive religion. Well, the financial community’s reliance on the dollar is similarly exclusive. That is, controlling access to the dollar lets the fraternity decide who gets in and who gets banished to purgatory or hell. When the Catholic Church gave up Latin, all of a sudden all its sins came pouring out. If we deprive Wall Street of their exclusive access to dollars, there goes their power and their glory. Banksters will be reduced to clerks. Of course, Sanders hasn’t talked about that, except peripherally in the context of letting the P.O. play bank, but he and the banksters know what’s in store.

If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Yesterday I had occasion to send another missive to the Friends of Sidney Lanier Environmental Advocacy Team. Today I just posted this image on Facebook and the Google+ Group page.
Airport ad Behind the times much? A Security Advisory from 1972!
Dear Friends of SLEAT:

To start with something cheerful, let me recommend this video from last Saturday’s voter registration drive at Mary Ross Park on the Brunswick waterfront. As you probably know, Monday was the last day to register for the March Presidential primary. However, you can register anytime and be sure to vote in November.
As you probably heard, a bill in the Georgia legislature to give St. Simons Island residents an opportunity to vote on incorporation is crawling along. The incorporators urge communications to the local legislative delegation:
While you’re at it, you might call our legislators’ attention to the bogus Conservation Easement with which Sea Island Acquisition LLC is attempting to evade compliance with local regulations and laws as they apply to the South End of Sea Island. While I have converted the whole 24 page Deed to the St. Simons Land Trust into a pdf file, in the interest of saving time and space, I’m attaching images of just six (annotated) pages. Who knew that a slew of obligations could be called a “gift” and referred to as “benefits”? The “permitted exceptions” on Exhibit “C” would seem to give a whole new meaning to American Exceptionalism. Finally, the omission of Glynn County zoning and land use regulation is, of course, consistent with the SIA LLC, a mail-order company registered in Delaware, claiming to be acting “in lieu of local government.”
True, Glynn County has been lax in exercising its authority and enforcing regulations and delegating others to appointed authorities, which are unresponsive to citizen concerns. Case in point would seem to be Glynn County Airport Commission, which is currently proposing to clear-cut a hundred acres of County-owned forest, located between the airport and the acreage recently cleared for a solar farm. For some reason, the County’s Tree Board, instead of being presented with a tree survey and a logging plan for the clear cutting of pine and hardwoods, is being cut out of the loop.
There will be a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Canal Crossing Planned Development ordinance this evening at 6:00PM, in front of the Mainland Planning Commission at the Old Court House. Anyone concerned with this 40+ acre project on Canal Road should attend. The request is to reduce the number of parking spaces required for retail establishments. It is unclear whether the “saved” space will go into larger buildings or green space to replace all the canopy that was cleared.
The Glynn Environmental Coalition will hold its first Friday luncheon meeting at IHop this coming Friday at 11:00AM. Clay Davis, a “green” builder will speak.

The Curse of the Professional

What I have decided today is that professionalization has undermined quality. Since the professional gets paid regardless of whether s/he makes a mistake and, indeed, gets paid, like the plumber, to do the job over, we have (inadvertently) promoted mediocrity, if not failure. We used to think that payment would promote good work. Similarly, we thought that ownership would prompt care and preservation. We were wrong. Material rewards (payment) seem to dampen the incentive to do excellent work and, of course, ownership turns out to be a bundle of obligations and that discovery generates resentment about having been misled.

If we want excellence then we should promote the amateur or, in the alternative, go back to relying on the “greater glory of God” to inspire excellence.

Lucky is the person who loves what s/he’s doing!