Abandonment

If the only way public agencies can get rid of rights they’re not using is to abandon them, then it seems reasonable to suggest that the people who deployed that term intended to send a negative message — i.e. failing to take care of public property is not a good idea.
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Trashy Is as Trashy Does

Dear Friends of SLEAT:

It did not occur to me until recently that the pejorative “poor white trash,” might be used to make a distinction from “rich white trash.” But, given the evidence, it’s hard not to conclude that, whatever the income level, trashy behavior is a constant. Here in the Golden Isles, it’s not just the causeways and roadways and beaches that are regularly trashed by visitors and transients. While paper mills and power plants pollute air and water, our stellar tourist industry turns the land, marshes and beaches into dumps, albeit behind Potemkin-like fences, screens and walls.
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On hoarding and sharing.

Accumulation and hoarding are very primitive behaviors. Hoarding money, a figment of the imagination, makes it look sophisticated, but it’s still primitive. Primitives hoard; social organisms share. Sharing is the basis of communion and communication.

Thinking Ahead

OK, I think I’ve got it. People who cannot think ahead prognosticate. To prognosticate is to know ahead, which involves reaching a conclusion, while thinking ahead is an open-ended function. So, it seems that people who don’t perceive function and, therefor, don’t think, settle on knowing as the reasonable alternative. Which is fine in the present. Knowing the past and the present is possible; knowing the future is not.
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“free market” is shorthand

“Free market” is short for taking free goods (natural resources, which presumably replenish themselves) to market for a monetary profit. Since the American continents were first claimed by European squatters, U.S. agents of government, unlike their royal progenitors, who mainly focused on exacting tribute from whatever populations they managed to hold in thrall, have managed to retain power by doling out the natural resources judiciously — i.e. to individuals and groups that pledged allegiance and were willing to fight. For some reason, fighters for freedom were always a necessity. Probably because “free” is also a euphemism for the strategy of the predator — to take without giving anything in return.
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Hand-me-downs on the Georgia Coast

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This is what the Georgia Department of Emergency Management considers “help” — “donating” a used/excess armored personnel carrier to the Glynn County Police.

The Chief, apparently not aware of the purpose of the common sense caution to “look a gift horse in the mouth” recommends acceptance without so much as a mention of housing, maintenance and repair costs of this hand-me-down.
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Squatters in acquisition (SIA)

Squatters in America. From the perspective of the natives, that’s what the invaders from Europe were. Moreover, it turns out that, instead of accommodating themselves to the terrain, squatters abuse. Perhaps we could say that’s because squatters just stay long enough to exploit what’s easy to take and then, when the assets are gone, they just steal away. Squatters are predators who just stay around a little longer.

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Two Against One

When the Shore Protection Committee of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources voted in December of 2015 to grant a permit for the construction of a groin/breakwater and a dune in waters of the state and on a public beach, the vote was two to one, because one member was absent and the Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mark Williams, only votes in case of a tie. If the members of the staff who processed the application for a permit, including 99 comments in opposition from citizens and other agency experts in natural resource preservation, were looking for back-up from their chief, they were disappointed.
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