Category Archives: Down the drain

Disconnected Cons

Question: It seems fairly clear that Cons don’t get connections. This seems to account for their resistance, among other things, to math and the comprehension of consequences. Is this intentional or evidence of a cognitive disability? If the latter, should it be accommodated or disregarded?

Public Servants Downgrading Public Service

It’s been fairly obvious over the last four decades that “public” has been turned into a dirty word in some circles. Everything public, from assets to utilities, has fallen into disrepute. All across our nation, the public has been felled by privatization, as often as not cheered on by our erstwhile public servants. Why? Because, for the most part, service is not what office holders were about, especially not once the public got informed. Officials turned “public” into a dysphemism and now “service” is following suit.
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Evidence of Abuse to be Released by Department of Defense

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I’m not sure how Word Press is going to handle the inclusion of a pdf file. Readers of Hannah Blog may need to click on the link to open them up with their own document reader.
Anyway, Judge Hellerstein has issued a final order telling the Department of Defense to release the images of abuse collected in Iraqi interrogation centers about which prisoners reported that all their humiliations had been photographed.

As long as there were significant numbers of U.S. troops in country, the Department of Defense argument that innocent troops were in danger if the images of deprevation prompted Iraqis to take revenge had some merit and the Obama Administration reiterated that argument in 2009. Once all the troops were removed, that argument became moot.

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Settlement or Extortion?

The reports of a settlement on Sea Island, Georgia, are disturbing on many counts, not the least of which is that the Sea Island Company no longer exists. Not only have many of the assets of the bankrupt, family-owned firm been acquired by an artificial body that called itself “Sea Island Acquisitions,” as if acquisition were an honorable enterprise, but that Limited Liability (little responsibility) Corporation has now morphed into an alphabet string that’s not even a pronounceable acronym, SIA PROPCO II, LLC. So, it’s no wonder references default to the historical moniker, which may well be the intent. Then too, the community has an historical investment in an enterprise, whose shame they’d just as soon forget. Bankruptcy may be SOP on Wall Street, but it’s not welcome on Main Street. So, Sea Island Company survives in local discourse.
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Selling out the Public

Once upon a time it took thirty pieces of silver to sell out a man. Now, in the electronic age, when all precious metals have been replaced by paper or electric currencies, millions of people, some not yet born, can be sold out for next to nothing. That’s progress.

Some people work to conserve the environment and to prevent further pollution and degradation of the organisms that make up the basic web of life. Others are content to simply exclude their fellow man. Still others promote financial interests by making some lands inaccessible, thereby increasing the market value of what’s left. The latter are the new face of segregation, providing evidence that exclusion is both not necessarily sectarian and may well, as Goerge Wallace promised in 1963, last forever.

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Here a Dump, There a Dump, Everywhere a Dump Dump.

Don’t expect Best Management Practices (BMPs) from people who don’t know what good management is. What’s increasingly obvious is that the high rate of bankruptcies in the U.S. is often the result of people not knowing how to manage what they’ve got. Except for what’s extracted from the worker’s hide, there’s little or not surplus because so much of any enterprise goes to waste.

We do know that, contrary to predictions, when industrial production has a mandate to reduce/eliminate harmful emissions and effluents, the profitability of the enterprise increases. But, even when that’s noted and reported (good news often isn’t), the report is likely to be in the context of the prediction having been wrong. That there’s a connection between avoiding waste and generating a surplus or profit usually doesn’t get addressed.

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