Attorney General Schneiderman of New York has prevailed in the argument over whether a corporation (Exxon) headquartered in Texas, can be held to account for its behavior in New York, where it sells stock on the Stock Exchange. More specifically, can a corporation be charged with fraud when it hides signal information about its condition from shareholders? The answer, so far, is yes.
Well, it is not entirely the agencies’ fault that they are industry-friendly. After all, corporations have long been accorded the same principle of probity as individual persons despite the fact that these artificial creatures are designed to shirk all moral responsibility and respond only to dollar signs.
Ulterior motives aren’t necessarily hidden. An ulterior motive can serve as an excuse to disguise what the real motive is. So, the ulterior motive and the real motive and the act form a sort of triangle whose object is to distract. It is hard to take revenge when one doesn’t know who did what and why.
Dear Friends of SLEAT:
As you know, the Georgia Coast, just a hundred miles, if you don’t count all the islands’ shores, is being roiled by a proposal to subdivide Cumberland Island, whose designation as a National Seashore persuaded almost everyone that it was to be preserved as one of the few wild places on the Atlantic Coast. The Jekyll Island Authority, the stewards of a state park, are angling to manicure what they still refer to as “pristine” lands and deploy bulldozers to haul off “nuisance sands.” And, on Saint Simons Island, under the guise of “conservation easements,” whose “values” are sanctified by the IRS, a number of large tracts of land (Cannon’s Point, Sinclair Plantation, Musgrove Plantation) are being temporarily taken off the real estate market to restrict public access and protect the exclusive interests of a few estates (the Jones Family, Davis Love and Sam Nunn) with contributions from the public purse via tax breaks and outright grants.
There is some consternation that Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General of the U.S. is committed to the proposition that the separation of church and state is un-Constitutional. That’s because people do not realize that:
Public service is hard work. Duh! The Dude says he thought it would be easier. That’s a lie. The Dude does not think. The Dude imagines. That is pictures and sounds he’s acquired swirl around in his brain and surface more or less at random.
Descartes’ “cogito ergo sum” got it wrong. It is entirely possible to be — i.e. participate in organic existence — without thinking. Vide the mosquito out for blood. To be is to have a tangible presence. A person that has stopped thinking, whether on purpose or by accident, nevertheless continues to exist until the last molecule dissipates into the ether.
Does a person exist in someone else’s thoughts? Some of us may like to think that we exist in other people’s memories, but even as we are still living their images of us are likely false.
I did have one this morning. Just can’t remember what it was.