Category Archives: Down the drain

What’s the Matter with Georgia?

What’s the matter with Georgia? Well, for one, the “protectors” of our coast, the ocean’s shore and our marshes, are on a “mission” to promote economic development.

Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Georgia Coastal Management Program to balance economic development in Georgia’s coastal zone with preservation of natural, environmental, historic, archaeological, and recreational resources for the benefit of Georgia’s present and future generations.

In other words, the object of preservation is to insure there’s some nature to destroy later. It’s a homocentric vision.

For another, our “protectors” seem to have no sense of time. We are now in the year 2016. So, what does a recent report cover?

Click to view the recent report: Accomplishments of the Georgia Coastal Management Program (2008-2011)

Will they ever catch up? Given that management is the objective, one suspects not. Management is obviously a synonym for control and, as we know from “pest control,” the goal is neither prevention nor elimination, as evidenced by this statement.

The Coastal Nonpoint Source Program is housed at CRD’s sister agency, the Environmental Protection Division. This program is a requirement of states participating in coastal management programs. Georgia’s program focuses on the development and promotion of sustainable growth tools in order to enhance state and local efforts to manage land-use activities that degrade coastal waters and coastal habitats.

At least they’re honest. Their goal is to “enhance …efforts …that degrade…”

If you think that’s not what they meant, then explain how it happens that’s what we’ve got — continued degradation of the Georgia Coast.


Blaring siren

A blaring siren is hard to ignore. It needs to be silenced. The question is at what point does speech become a blare?

I wonder if “blare” is morphologically related to “blöd.” Do stupid creatures make blaring noises? That is, of course, a matter of perception. One person’s blare is another’s song? Or not?

Are mothers’ voices imprinted on fetal brains so that they register as an irritant ever after? Does that explain the apparently widespread misogyny?

How to penalize non-performance?

When you hire someone to do a job and they don’t show up, what are going to do? Hire someone else and keep your fingers crossed. Of course, if the job is to prosecute malefactors and non- performance lets them get away, there’s no recourse. So, that’s the fix Pam Bondi seems to have left the citizens of Florida in. Will they throw her out of office?
These musings have nothing to do with the fact that I’ve spent most of the day waiting for plumbers. LOL

Apologies

I’m beginning to think I owe several state agencies apologies (DNR,EPD,GADOT) for questioning their competence in dealing with our fair county. Glynn County is a real challenge. For the record, I am going to post a sequence of communications prompted by yet another staff insertion on the Consent Agenda — i.e. matters not to be discussed. It is now 2016 and a project that was approved in 2011 is still not done. Oh, an MOU, for the uninitiated, is short for Memorandum Of Understanding.
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This week in SLEAT

While some of you surely heard that the administrative judge upheld the CRD’s cavalier approval of another groin to disrupt the ocean currents off Sea Island’s shore, that the judge bought the argument that property owners have a right to exploit natural resources as best they can is not that much of a surprise. After all, the DNR mission is to conserve our resources just so there’ll be something left to consume later on. Besides, when the issue was heard, the judge heard nothing to refute that earlier permits had been complied with. Now we know different from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ summary of the issues.
http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/Home/Congressional-Visits/Georgia/District-1-Corps-of-Engineers-Projects/The-Reserve-at-Sea-Island/
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