Glynn County, Georgia elections

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It’s hard for Georgia citizens to get good information. While a registered voter can go to My Voter Page and access sample ballots for the next election (in this case, the primary on May 24th), the Secretary of State doesn’t list all open positions. Which is why, although the U.S. Senate election is most interesting, I’m going to start with the Brunswick and Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission, where two positions are to be filled.ballot2
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Social Media Kerfuffle

Is bad press better than no press? That’s a question that comes to mind in response to the information that Clinton supporters on the internet have been trying to subvert Sanders supporters by getting their chat sites removed. Dailykos has just rescinded its “moderating” program because swarms of commenters were making baseless attacks. “social media” is just another euphemism for low-grade gossip. Perhaps all the “chatter” compensates for the fact that in real life, especially in the work place, people are forced to shut up, sit down and mind their manners. Far from being free, speech is under constant restriction.

The Disappearing Spit

Combo Tip of the spit over time (11-29-13 & 4-21-16)

The sea is on a military maneuver, assaulting the right and left flank of the land. The currents around Gould’s Inlet have always been very strange, bringing up treasures from the ocean floor and driving detritus way into the land.

On Liberty

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Taken together these words describe the essence of liberty — i.e. human mobility, the ability to transit the earth on our own two feet. The problem is that liberty conflicts with the desire to exercise control over our own kind. If people can just wander off, they can’t be made to work and obey. Therein lies a basic conflict.
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Seashores

SeashoreI’ve been perusing a 160 page Golden Nature Guide to Seashores, published in 1955 and what it tells me is that we’ve got a long tradition of homocentric attitudes to change if our impact on the world around us is to be reversed. For example, on pages 62 and 63, the short dissertation on starfish concludes with the gratuitous information that “Starfish destroy millions of dollars’ worth of shellfish yearly.”
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False agents and motivations

What’s the matter with identifying the false agent of an action, aside from the fact that, if we target the wrong person, we can’t affect future behavior? The false identification gives both the false target and the real perp deniability, even as it undermines our own credibility. Who knew there were so many down-sides to such a common occurrence?
Had to leave and lost my train of thought. Oh well!

Arguing over taxes

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So, Brunswick, Georgia and Glynn County commissioners met to argue over a special sales tax levy that is being proposed for voter approval. At one point they almost came to blows. But, that sort of cleared the air and then everyone settled down to being more agreeable.

I do want to note that the presence of members of the public, even though they are not invited to voice their opinions, has a salutary effect. Like hall monitors, they tend to promote better behavior just by being there.