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The Dude on Windmills

Talking to the New York Times.

TRUMP: Oh, I see. I might have brought it up. But not having to do with me, just I mean, the wind is a very deceiving thing. First of all, we don’t make the windmills in the United States. They’re made in Germany and Japan. They’re made out of massive amounts of steel, which goes into the atmosphere, whether it’s in our country or not, it goes into the atmosphere. The windmills kill birds and the windmills need massive subsidies. In other words, we’re subsidizing wind mills all over this country. I mean, for the most part they don’t work. I don’t think they work at all without subsidy, and that bothers me, and they kill all the birds. You go to a windmill, you know in California they have the, what is it? The golden eagle? And they’re like, if you shoot a golden eagle, they go to jail for five years and yet they kill them by, they actually have to get permits that they’re only allowed to kill 30 or something in one year. The windmills are devastating to the bird population, O.K. With that being said, there’s a place for them. But they do need subsidy. So, if I talk negatively. I’ve been saying the same thing for years about you know, the wind industry. I wouldn’t want to subsidize it. Some environmentalists agree with me very much because of all of the things I just said, including the birds, and some don’t. But it’s hard to explain. I don’t care about anything having to do with anything having to do with anything other than the country.

No!

We have now reached the point where the only response to the Party of No is “No!”

Charles Blow at the New York Times has thrown down the gauntlet.
Yes, when authority stands silent in the face of abuse, it becomes complicit. So, since the Dude from New York is a serial abuser, much speech is going to be required. And some restraints.

SLEAT report

Dear Friends of SLEAT:

Lest you think I’ve been silent for over three weeks because of some great distressing event, let me assure you it was just a matter of spilling a little beer on my lap top with the SLEAT addresses that sent the machine back to the Apple shop. Hurricane Matthew had put the local techs temporarily out of commission.

In the mean time, we’ve had a tremendous turnout for the election in Glynn County (76.9%) by our registered voters and I am pleased to report the Puddy was not employed. So, now we can continue to dog the Glynn County Commission unfettered. Upcoming issues are the giving away of three acres of high land along the Altamaha Canal to expand an intrusive dead storage facility and surface mining in the old Altama Plantation tract (ZM 3370) to be heard by the Mainland Planning Commission on Dec.6th.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced an intent to revise storm water management regulations for industrial installations.
http://epd.georgia.gov/npdes-industrial-storm-water-general-permits
It would be good if more frequent testing of the effluent for water quality were initiated. Also good would be a reconsideration of protecting only receiving waters that are already “impaired.” Imagine if industrial sites were part of the general clean-up process!

As you may have heard, development in Glynn County is being slowed by the failure to replace departed staff in a timely manner. But, even closer attention will be required, since over-worked people are more likely to make mistakes.
Oddly enough, a plea from Wild Cumberland (http://wildcumberland.org) answers a question about what happened to the Glynn County Head of Planning and Zoning. Eric Landon seems to have moved on to Camden County and is now overseeing a residential subdivision on Cumberland Island. Seems like the last wild places on the Georgia Coast are attracting trophy hunters as if they were lions or rhinos.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Matthew and subsequent king tides have taken a bite out of the Sea Island Spit. The old borrow pit now has a sand beach.
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Perhaps under new ownership the Sea Island Resort will do better with maintenance and repairs. Dumping concrete rubble doesn’t cut it.
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Hannah

Dumping on Sea Island

For some reason, the Sea Island resort has a waste disposal problem. The ocean front is not the only place they are dumping concrete rubble, but it may be the most intentional.
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Glynn County gives tacit approval by arguing that code enforcement does not apply to private property. Which accounts for the dump in the marsh the Inn at Sea Island has now fenced off.img_0453-04-01597-inn-at-sea-island-parking-lot-7

The Dude is a Nutcase

The Dude is a nutcase for whom his family have been running interference for decades. If the United States were a kingdom, it would not matter much if the throne were occupied by a child in whose name the ministers actually managed the affairs of state. But, that’s not what the U. S. Constitution contemplates. The Constitution counts on the nation having a chief executive to see that public policy is carried out by the agents of government. The Dude from New York, who can’t even comb his own hair, is not fit to execute anything or anyone.
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Stunning!

“(Clinton) lost by 11,000 votes in Michigan,” Moore said. “Ninety thousand Michiganders voted for every office and every ballot proposal on both sides of the ballot and refused to vote for president.” Those voters refused to vote for Trump, Moore said, but they also “were not going to participate in what they saw as a system that had left them forgotten and at bay.”