The Fiefdom of Glynn

It used to be ruled by the lords of Sea Island. Their corporate henchmen, by name of Hercules, Atlantic Richfield and Georgia Pacific, sent out odiferous emissions and poisoned the fish, so employment in the mills was the only option. Then the whole enterprise began to decline and the lords drifted off to other climes. The locals were left to find new treasure in the Golden Isles and refill the county coffers by auctioning off the pieces. Thus a new creature, the St. Simons Land Trust was born.
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Lust for Power

So, ok, we know that power has to hurt to be felt — sort of like a squirrel in the road has to twitch for us to know it’s still alive after its contact with the electric wires knocked it to the ground. The question is whether the lust for power is endemic in some humans (obviously, not all are afflicted with the urge towards dominion) or arises to compensate for some missing component in the psyche. Are they born tyrants or does a sense of satisfaction for some reason elude them?
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Half-truth Guinta

The world now recognizes him as a liar, but it’s just possible that the reason he was able to persist with his falsehood for five years was because his parents belongings ($355,000) were as good as his, if they would just hurry up and die. There’s many a child thinks like that. And then there’s the personality that says “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine, as well.” If they can see it, they claim it. If someone objects, they were just borrowing it.
Anyway, in-Frank Guinta is about to get his comeuppance.
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“Indulging Generosity”

It’s a phrase that just popped into my head out of the ether the other day. And, sure enough, Google has a handy reference in a book by a Scottish minister, David Gilkison Watt, who died in London in 1897, after having visited both India and St. Petersburg, Florida. Watt was a missionary, so it’s perhaps not surprising that in his writing he promoted the wisdom he found in the Book of Ezekiel–i.e. long before his time. I don’t know if his “Homiletic Commentary on the Book of Ezekiel” was timely when he wrote it, but it sure seems timely now.
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Green Herons in the Bamboo Thicket

Reference to the bamboo is important as a reminder the bamboo is native to Coastal Georgia and the cane breaks are what gave way to rice plantations and then pine, which required that the land be drained. So, if we want to be restoring wetlands, we should probably look to planting more bamboo, an annual grass not bothered by being harvested.

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An Environmental Assessment for Storm Water Management

FLETC

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in cooperation with Glynn County, Georgia, proposes to relieve flooding in some residential neighborhoods. It’s a project that’s been in the works since 2001. Can we say “antiquated?” There was a finding of No Significant Impact. Not surprising, since the most polluted run-off will still go directly to the marsh. Why? Because the whole environmental protection agenda is man-centered. The environment is only considered in terms of whether is serves immediate human interests and needs.
That the Brunswick Golf Course is unwilling to co-operate should be noted, but it may be too late. We are at the request for engineer services proposal stage.
EA – Final – Glynn County Flood Control

The Chameleon Effect

The authors of a study hypothesize that humans moderate their behavior unconsciously in response to their perception of behaviors in their environment. It’s a rational hypothesis. And I am inclined to agree that it occurs unconsciously. However, a necessary prerequisite would seem to be an ability to perceive the behavior of others and to do so with some accuracy. And that’s not necessarily the case. Some people perceive wrongly. They not only mistake inattention for antagonism; they even mistake a friendly overture for aggression — like a dog mistaking a pat on the head for an assault and biting in response.
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