Category Archives: Economy

We Are Georgia: The Coast

This is one of ten videos produced to promote economic development and tourism in the State of Georgia. From the images you’d never guess that 19% of our people exist below the poverty line. No wonder Georgia is the #1 state for business. Forced labor and the exploitation of our natural resources is attractive to the middlemen.

Energiya Solar Farm in Glynn County

The principal can’t explain apparent environmental insults because the project isn’t yet finished?
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Well, at least it’s nice to know the Brunswick/Glynn Economic Development Authority is just leasing the land and will, presumably, be collecting rents. So, now the only question is what payments in lieu of taxes are going to be forwarded to the County and the School Board. Granted, five permanent employees aren’t going to put a lot of children in the schools. On the other hand, if there are only five employees, the County is going to have to provide a lot of security services for such a large area.

Contrary to John Scott’s claim, they have cut the trees and filled the swamp along the road and the 200′ naturally vegetated buffer promised for the wetlands is nowhere in sight, which calls into question the credibility of all other commitments.

That the rates customers will have to pay for electricity won’t increase as a result of this project is sort of irrelevant, considering solar power is supposed to be cheaper and friendly to the environment. On the other hand, this irrelevancy might well be considered another form of deception. Fact is we’ve had forty years of economic development in Glynn County and still 19% of our population’s income is below the poverty line. Them’s the facts.

But, Mr. Herskovits is “not at liberty.” Does that mean the cat’s got his tongue?

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Hope Dashed

At the end of the second quarter, the velocity of the dollar, the rate at which it travels through the economy showed a slight up-tick — the first since the infusion of dollars in 2009 prompted a significant increase for about a year. However, the St. Louis Federal Reserve, which has been keeping track since the 1950s suggests another blip, for the trajectory of the velocity resumed its downward trend in the third quarter. Dollars are not being passed around at a goodly rate. For the interactive page, click

Paul Krugman pulls no punches.

It’s only in his historical perspective that Mr. Krugman goes wrong in today’s screed on the grifters. The con man has been an American staple for a long time. Perhaps the reason we have more cons in politics nowadays is because other occupations do require a higher level of cognition. Scammers were always good talkers who talked others out of their assets instead of stealing them.

SIA Still Dumping on St. Simons

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SIA, aka SIA PROPCO II, LLC or the new owners of the bankrupt Sea Island Company, want to swap a bit of road frontage and a Wetland for an oak hammock and more swamp because they “need more employee parking.” Aside from the fact that half the employees they transport to their swanky island resort arrive at their paved piece of flood plain on bikes, what SIA needs to do is remove the dead storage and equipment they’ve left to rot.
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Escaping the laws of man.

It seems that for many religion is a mechanism for escaping the laws of man. Under the laws of God, one can do anything ’cause He’s so forgiving and, in any event, punishment doesn’t come until after you’re dead. You can do anything you want under the laws of God. No need to think ahead. What a relief!

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.