Category Archives: Economy

Food Waste

If people are hungry, it’s because other people are convinced that hunger makes human compliant and that satisfies their power lust. Currently, global food production is sufficient to provide adequate nutrition to NINE BILLION people. But, instead of feeding people, in the U.S. of A. alone, we discard fully 40% of all that’s produced. And that’s before individuals decide they don’t like the taste. Here, as elsewhere, aggregation and accumulation are fundamental to the problem. John Oliver says it better.

St Simons Land Trust: “in loco parentis,” paternalistic, or just plain loco?

Once upon a time, not so long ago, before our emancipation at age eighteen was certified by the right to vote, all sorts of adult groups presumed themselves entitled to issue orders and make demands as if they were the parents of all juveniles. That is, they claimed to be acting “in loco parentis,” in place of parents, whose intentions were presumably good and the same. It was not, as I recall, widely questioned that parents are well-intentioned. Perhaps because, in the grand scheme of things, paternalistic adults were actually an improvement over the real thing.
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On the Brunswick, Georgia Waterfront with the incredible brothers Koch

About a quarter century ago, when Hercules Specialty Resins was still spewing its sulfurous emissions across the marshes of Glynn to be dissipated by mingling with the off-shore breezes, local wags dubbed the odiferous environment “the smell of money.” They may have been more right than they thought. For, within a decade, all profits had apparently gone up the chimney, even as every rain storm deposited more toxins to poison the marsh. That profitable enterprise depends to a large extent on avoiding waste is a lesson the new owners of Pinova seem to appreciate. On the other side of town, the tradition of spewing tons of sulphur up the chimney continues.

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Pervasive Patterns of Deception in the Golden Isles of Georgia

It is often said that history is written by the victors. In my researches I’ve found that not to be quite true. At least in the American South and since the invention of the printing press, history has been based mostly on what the people, who got themselves noticed in newspapers and had both the inclination and time to save their clippings, managed to preserve in the archives historians are wont to peruse. In other words, that historians end up with a biased perspective is not entirely their fault. They work with what they’ve got.
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