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October 21, 2014

What’s Good About Conservation Easements?

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 7:01 am

Conservation easements require on-going stewardship by entities such as Land Trusts — i.e.they provide a constant stream of revenue and income for a cadre of middlemen (accountants, lawyers, surveyors, appraisers). The Saint Simons Land Trust, for example, pays out $200,000 annually for five conservation easements. On the other hand, the development value of land, established by appraisers (also middlemen) rather than actual sales, can be donated and claimed as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. That’s a benefit derived at someone else’s expense. A free good, so to speak. And a two-fee. Exemption from local taxes makes it a triple treat.
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October 20, 2014

Wherefore the fearful USA?

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 6:29 am

An admission. When I use the letters USA to refer to that part of the North American continent that is not Canada and definitely distinct from Central and South, it is in recognition of my sense of not being a part and, to be honest, glad of it. Who would want to be a part of the fearful glop much of the melting pot has become?
But, to answer a question on Kos about how it happened, read on.
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October 17, 2014

James Holland Re: Glynn County Board of Assessors

Filed under: Economy,James Holland Photography — hannah @ 11:30 am

This is an open letter to all that would like to know what happened at the Glynn County Board of Assessors (BOA) meeting yesterday afternoon where the decision was made that the St. Simons Land Trust (SSLT) would not have to pay certain property taxes, especially for 2013 under a 501 (c)(3) exemption. James Holland
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October 11, 2014

Georgia, the state of things left out

My spouse of fifty years has a quirky brain. It looks for things that aren’t there. Which is probably why one of his favorite poems is Antigonish or “The man who wasn’t there,” by Hughes Mearns.

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today,
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

When I came home last night at three,
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall,
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door…

Last night I saw upon the stair,
A little man who wasn’t there,
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away…

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Deficit Hawks, Where Art Thou?

Filed under: Cost/benefit,Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 5:53 am

Paul Krugman wants to know, now that the federal deficit has shrunk to 3% of GDP. He suggests there’s been a deception. Let me be more blunt.
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October 5, 2014

12 Star Ranch in Glynn County, Georgia

Filed under: Cost/benefit,Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 6:34 am

I think I am going to object to this planned development for a number of reasons, which I will be able to enumerate better after I have a look at the area today. While the Forest Agriculture (FA) zoning is inappropriate for the defunct forestry enterprises in the Georgia coastal plain and Glynn County should undertake a comprehensive rezoning at its own initiative, not only is this piecemeal process wasteful and counter-productive, but the last thing we need is more suburban sprawl.
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September 30, 2014

Our Vanishing Wildlife

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 4:51 am

Rubbish dumped on the tundra, Greenland
The Guardian reports:
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September 27, 2014

The Show-Off Society.

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

Paul Krugman, in Thursday’s op-ed referred to conservatives as show-offs. And he started his little essay with the assertion that

Liberals talk about circumstances; conservatives talk about character.

Both, to my way of thinking, are accurate, but why?
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A significant chart.

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 9:37 am

It’s been described as the most important chart of the year. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but here it is.

Tcherneva income scale

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September 25, 2014

The Promise of Private Property

Filed under: Cost/benefit,Economy — hannah @ 6:41 am

The promise of private property was always that ownership would make people more productive — enabled to fulfill the biblical command to “be fruitful and multiply”–and there would be more to share. And, in the beginning, the Americas were made more productive as new arrivals exploited the natural resources they found. Though, also from the beginning, the original inhabitants were harassed and deprived and ended up with less. Then, at an increasingly rapid rate in recent decades, deprivation has swept through the land because the people to whom the land has been entrusted are not productive and definitely do not share. Perhaps they just don’t understand that ownership implies an obligation. Perhaps there is a natural antipathy between accumulation and obligation. Perhaps the urge to accumulate the fruits of Mother Nature’s cupboard is simply endemic in organisms that aren’t very creative and remains as a default in the human species to promote survival whenever the productive agenda fails.
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