Category Archives: Down the drain

On the tradewinds industrial park site

My comment to the Brunswick News story.

Let me start by admitting I have lately decided that “developer” is actually a euphemism for “destroyer.” Developers destroy the natural environment or raze the built environment; developers do not build. At best they speculate and put out fancy brochures about what other people should build.
The picture illustrating this story is characteristic–the soon-to-be-replaced director/president wearing sun glasses to account for why he does not see too well and missed that piece of rotted tire at the head of his road to nowhere. It was there last week when I took pictures of the clear-cut site growing up into scrub to illustrate another example of our local governmental agencies wantonly destroying the maritime forest, while they maunder over a few oaks on St. Simons. The BWKEDA and the Airport Commission, with the blessing of the BWKEDA, to whom the Airport Commission reports, have together removed a thousand acres of the canopy on which we depend for temperature amelioration, water diversion and retention, transpiration, carbon removal and oxygen creation. And for what purpose? To subsidize the operations of a few agencies whose dabbling in real estate gives them a thrill because they get to do it in secret. Not that our watchdogs in the press are paying much attention anyway. Baxter’s Swan Song seems designed to make up for the BN having paid scant attention for too long.
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An Immoral Proposal


Dear Commissioners:

On your agenda this evening is the public hearing on ZM3785, the application from RLF Kingsland Properties, LLC, for a “Minor Revision to Amend an Existing PD”. That supposedly minor revision, if approved by you, may result in what the applicants describe as between 75 and 200 dump trucks a day coming and going to haul away sand and dirt for up to eight years.
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The proposed “surface mine” on the mainland

We are talking about unincorporated Glynn County, Georgia here, where the land laced with rivers, fresh water wetlands and marshes is distinguished as the “mainland” from the barrier islands on the edge of the ocean. While the terrain is somewhat higher (21′ instead of a maximum of 12′ above sea level), the water table is just as high and infiltration is slow. Transpiration by the maritime forests helps, but not once the forests are cut down. Open water bodies do little to ameliorate temperatures, though they do retard the runoff of fresh water to the sea.
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For Shame!

Shame on Georgia Senate District 3 Democrats. This person was re-elected three times because no-one stepped up to serve in his place.
Ligon found himself in the headlines in 2011 when an African-American secretary claimed she was fired because of her race just weeks after being assigned to his office. The Senate paid $80,000 to settle her complaint.
The secretary, Ethel Blackmon, said she had decorated her new desk with family photos and artwork, according to a copy of her EEOC complaint first posted by Ligon, she wrote, told her in their first meeting to put the items away:
During this initial encounter, he gestured to my artwork depicting African Americans and my family photographs and said, “All of this has to go.” I asked if I could keep the print of the African American child, as it is sentimental to me. He said no, that his interior decorator would not be able to fit that in the décor. As instructed, I removed my personal items – including my family photographs and the artwork.
Neither Ligon nor his officemate, Sen. Barry Loudermilk, raised concerns about her performance, according to Blackmon, but a human resources officer fired her a month later because “it was not working out.”
Well, that’s new one. Blame the interior decorator. Also, way to avoid governmental waste! Why is it that authoritarians keep having to re-decorate their environment?…/sen-william-ligon-racial-…/…

Sen. William Ligon (SD 3): Racial bias complaint settled for $80K | Atlanta Unfiltered
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DNC Analytics

So, the Russians stole the Democratic National Committee’s data on which voters to propagandize and which to ignore and the Trump people received the stolen information and used it to counter the DNC efforts. Stealing the information is a crime just as serious as stealing dollars from a vault and, just like dollars, electronic information is signed and numbered and dated. Fine, we will convict them of rceiving stolen property.

What are we going to do about the Nationalists collecting information to deceive the citizenry? How do we oust the Nationalists?

Strumpet and Puta

It is not necessarily terror that cements Trump to Putin. The mindset of megalomaniacs is similar. They can run in tandem, like a team of chariot horses.

Russia sees itself as comparable to the U.S., made up of many cultures and having a Wild East instead of a Wild West. However, while the U.S. majority is made up the descendants of people who migrated from their homelands more or less voluntarily and developed a culture from scratch, Russia’s diverse populations have been subjugated in place and the failure of the Soviet Union is evidence that the effort to homogenize failed. Moreover, the educated ruling class is entirely derivative. That is, intellectual and technical achievements have their roots in Europe, specifically Poland and France and Germany. Being excluded from the European Union is psychologically quite devastating. On the other hand, the electronic culture lets them plug into the rest of the world, even during the isolating long winter months.

Indeed, I can easily imagine the election hackers as comparable to bored teens, just not sitting in basements, but in the high rise building above the Arctic Circle powered by the energy produced by nuclear submarines tethered just off-shore. Why can I imagine that? Because in 2005, in connection with the hundreth anniversary of the signing of the Russo-Japanese pact in Portsmouth, N.H. we hosted four wild and crazy Russian guys for a week. Although these guests, only one of whom was moderately proficient in English, were scheduled to attend all sorts of commemorative events and social gatherings, they were not interested in that. Instead, having arrived with international driver’s licenses and credit cards, they rented a car, went sight-seeing in the White Mountains and then down to New York City and back to Boston where they turned in their car before getting back on the plane to head home.

They left me their email addresses printed on their calling cards, but did not subsequently stay in touch. Nothing of interest at our house.