Category Archives: Down the drain

BIE

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued what it calls an “intelligence product” about Black Identity Extremists (BIE), a category it has invented, to be circulated internally and to public officials–a public document that the public is not supposed to see.
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The evolution of “predator”

I have been using the word “predator” as a descriptor of human beings since 2006 on this blog and not just in connection with predatory lending, which is a long-standing problem. I seem to recall some adverse reaction when the Pentagon dubbed one of its new drones targeting Iraqis with missiles “Predator,” a companion to the “Raptor” without, apparently recognizing that humans killing people by remote control is doubly reprehensible. And not at all what natural predators looking for a meal do.
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Wherefore the Poobahs?

Before the passage of the Civil Rights acts and the expansion of the franchise to all adults, there was little civic involvement by the majority of the people and the ruling elites pretty much had their way. The gradual growth of true democracy has not been welcome, either by the elected or appointed office holders, who perceive themselves as poobahs, rather than public servants. So, the appointed cadre, under the auspices of “professionalization” has evolved to handle community affairs out of the sight of public eyes. Republicans actually had a valid point when they railed against the unelected bureaucracy, but that railing stopped when their people got elected and could participate in the secrecy–secrecy which is being sold to the public as privacy. As in, “we don’t reveal who the child abusers are to protect the privacy of their victims.”

I read the news today…….

Two items are of particular interest. One is an extensive report on a Memorandum of Understanding the Glynn County Commission approved, without discussion, to enter into with Taean County in South Korea because they have a lot of islands and had to do a lot of beach cleaning after a giant oil spill in 2007. The other is the report that the Sea Island resort is sponsoring a half marathon the first week of December because “that particular weekend, not a lot of people come to Sea Island.”
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Envision Alachua

Why does it seems so much more attractive to be manipulating people, rather than interacting with the natural environment to create something useful or new? I’m prompted to ask that by the news that Weyerhaeuser, the timber company, is getting out of the business of processing wood fibers and joining up with Plum Creek Timber to plan new residential communities.
In Glynn County, Georgia they have only just begun, but in Alachua County, Florida, the process is further along with the establishment of something called “Envision Alachua.”
Here’s a map of their land holdings:
http://www.envisionalachua.com/pages/map
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