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December 22, 2014

The demise of the U.S. as a nation of builders.

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 6:31 am

No, it wasn’t Reagan’s fault. The fault (unanticipated consequence) lay in the liberation of our traditional captive population. When African Americans attained full citizenship and could no longer be held up as an example of what happens to people who don’t toe the line (obey), how to control the whole population became a major concern. And the answer was two-fold — disperse the concentrated populations of the cities and secure individuals in mobile (automobiles) and stationary (homes) cages. Car culture.
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James Holland reports

Triple Combo the spit (1)

This triple combo image includes a 2003 Google Earth Image of the Sea Island Spit, showing the tributary (Forked). In my 2011 photo, this forked stream was either gone or almost gone. I confirmed this with a 2011 Google Earth Image. Then in the April 2014 photo, the forked tributary was back with a large portion of the east bank of the Spit gone. This is occurring all up and down the dune(s) on the ocean side of the Spit.

What interests me is how Mother Nature can take back very easily what She gives. So I thought I would pass this along to anyone who might also have an interest in this. James

Perhaps the tributary is related to the elevation of the dunes, which can increase even as the land mass shrinks.

December 18, 2014

The Vanishing Spit

9971---12-04-14 Sea Island Spit, Future Cedar Island, Virginia

The perspective is deceptive, but there’s no question the Spit’s “upland” used to be accessible by waders crossing the knee-high waters of Gould’s Inlet at low tide. Now the “upland” only exists in the imagination of County planners looking at maps.
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December 17, 2014

What Kind of Idiots?

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain — hannah @ 10:46 am

W-1
What kind of idiots shell out, or commit themselves to borrow, two hundred thousand dollars for a row house and then sign on to a “warranty” that warrants nothing other than their responsibilities as buyers and owners?
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December 16, 2014

Our Confused Public Servants

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain — hannah @ 7:47 am

Glynn County Commissioner Mike Browning opines:

“Citizens hear so much stuff from non-experts and grab on to the last thing they hear. We, as commissioners, need to know the ordinances and rules and regulations so that we can relay proper information to our constituents and know when to act if something does in fact need to be done. We cannot effectively deal with issues and concerns if we are not educated on our county regulations.”

Well, he’s not going to be able to deal with anything until he realizes that his job is to formulate rules and regulations.

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December 13, 2014

Of Corporate Shells and Shills

Filed under: Down the drain — hannah @ 8:20 am

Brunswick, Ga– Yesterday’s meeting of the Coastal Marshland Protection Committee was held in the Susan Shipman Learning Center, an adjunct of the Department of Natural Resources District facilities located at the foot of the iconic Sidney Lanier Bridge. In addition to three projects in Savannah, whose representatives either had to get up real early to make a 9:30 meeting, or got to spend a night at the beach, the agenda featured a presentation by the very same Susan Shipman after whom the building is named. Ms. Shipman, having been the director of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia DNR, has apparently transitioned from the public corporation to shill as a consultant for our island’s newest eleemosynary corporate shell, the Cannon’s Point Preserve LLC. Limited Liability Companies are designed to shield the participants in the enterprise from the negative consequences of their acts.
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December 11, 2014

“Legal” is not necessarily moral.

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain — hannah @ 10:22 am

The former head of the CIA and various Bush Administration officials are responding to the official report of torture with the claim that the executive branch called it “legal.” What that should tell us, if nothing else, is that “legal” is not necessarily moral. Or, rather, it should remind us.
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December 9, 2014

Don’t pee on me….

Filed under: Down the drain — hannah @ 3:53 am

So many ‘p’ words!
privilege
pretense
private
public
process
perverse
protocols
protection
preference

Since each applies to what the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee in Georgia is about, it’s hard to know where to start.

So, let me focus on privilege, doling out favors to special people (people who can pay for permits and call on friends in high places), permitting the exclusive use of our resources by shutting other people out. In this case, the application by the eleemosynary Cannon’s Point cohort for permission to construct a bulkhead and a dock, what’s perhaps most objectionable is the deception being perpetrated by the Sea Island Acquisitions people. For, it is their ownership claim to the marshes surrounding Cannon’s Point which is being perversely affirmed by letting a public body pretend to be in charge. Private property is the leis majesty of the 21st Century.

Why we the people still accord preference to ownership of property over the rights of persons, including Mother Nature, is the question. You’d think that having gotten over the ownership of persons, the rationale for giving special deference to private property would be gone. But, as George W. Bush rightly observed, the US of A is an ownership society and ownership without obligation is what’s valued most highly of all.

By rights, if protecting resources, rather than doling out privilege, were the issue, it’s Sea Island Acquisitions that should be bringing a petition to erect yet another obstruction in the marshes and harm the organism that live there in the process. SIA should be making the argument for reasonable harm. Instead, as usual, this public corporation is letting someone else do the dirty work.

Why we the people let them get away with that is perhaps the biggest question. Why do we authorize artificial bodies and then let them lay waste to the nation? Why not make them discharge their obligations; to preserve what they claim to own?

It’s a sucker play.

“Don’t pee on me and tell me it’s raining!”

December 8, 2014

Re: Mariners Landing

Filed under: Down the drain,hannah news — hannah @ 7:08 am

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Making a record.

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December 7, 2014

St. Simons, where Sea Island goes to dump

Filed under: Down the drain — hannah @ 1:13 pm

Mariners Landing, a proposed multifamily development on St. Simons Island, Georgia, might well be an improvement, but there is no excuse for the Sea Island company dumping their wastes in our community. Words cannot explain what these pictures show.
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