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Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 05:38 AM PDT

Control

by hannah

"Pollution control" has long been problematic because, as time passed, it became obvious that pollution, the flow of mostly man-made toxins into the environment, was not even lessened, never mind eliminated by what boiled down to little more than keeping records. So, it looked like the word "control" was deployed as a palliative to assuage the concerns of people who don't know any better than to object to the "necessary" discomforts of modern existence. That is, if the air is to be "conditioned" in summer and winter, some people (asthmatics) are going to find breathing harder.

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Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 04:06 AM PDT

Advocacy Works!

by hannah

That's the hopeful conclusion of Pierre Howard, former Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, in response to the news that a petition by Sea Island Acquisitions to park catamarans and other toys in the dunes was finally denied.

Actually, we thought the matter was settled back in February when the application was withdrawn and Dr. Fred Marland showed up at the hearing for naught. But, being a professional, he didn't miss an opportunity to make a point to an organization of which he'd once been the head.

Then, with almost no notice to the public, they were back in April.

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Sat Apr 11, 2015 at 01:23 PM PDT

Legally Screwed

by hannah

Some people prefer to believe there are some most powerful people who are doing them in.  I'm not sure why.  I'm more inclined towards the proposition that the U.S. has a very long history depriving some group or other of their rights surreptitiously, by screwing them legally.

Perhaps that's the legacy of the explorers having arrived with charters in their hands. The Europeans have long relied on documents.  And so it continues.

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Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 06:30 AM PDT

Settlement or Extortion?

by hannah

Sea Island spit from the air, looking north
The reports of a settlement on Sea Island, Georgia, are disturbing on many counts, not the least of which is that the Sea Island Company no longer exists. Not only have many of the assets of the bankrupt, family-owned firm been acquired by an artificial body that called itself "Sea Island Acquisitions," as if acquisition were an honorable enterprise, but that Limited Liability (little responsibility) Corporation has now morphed into an alphabet string that's not even a pronounceable acronym, SIA PROPCO II, LLC. So, it's no wonder references default to the historical moniker, which may well be the intent. Then too, the community has an historical investment in an enterprise, whose shame they'd just as soon forget. Bankruptcy may be SOP on Wall Street, but it's not welcome on Main Street. So, Sea Island Company survives in local discourse.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 02:41 PM PDT

Selling Out the Public

by hannah

This post was previously published at Hannah Blog andLiketheDew, whose editor always adds pretty pictures to my posts.

For those who don't like to follow links, here's the original:

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Tue Mar 10, 2015 at 08:39 AM PDT

What's so nice about liberals?

by hannah

What's so nice about liberals?  You don't have to be constantly worried about what they're going to do next.

Liberals are not out to steal you blind.  Liberals are generous, perhaps to a fault, and may perhaps give something to someone else that you yourself might want. But, they respect not just your private property, but your personal properties, aka rights.

Deprivation is not the liberals' schtick. Some may not be overly empathetic and may even distinguish between wants and needs, but they're not punitive and rationing is not a concern.

"Live and let live" is about as conservative as they get.  And that's a fur piece from benign neglect -- an example of a mean-spirited euphemism if there ever was one, making a virtue our of a moral deficit.

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Sat Mar 07, 2015 at 05:06 AM PST

Bigwigs on the Spit?

by hannah

The Spit at Sea Island on the Georgia Coast
Bloomberg News reports that our Golden Isles are to play host to the capos of Conservative politics at the annual American Enterprise Institute World Forum.
Held at the remote, luxury Sea Island resort in Georgia, the 2015 American Enterprise Institute World Forum will bring together several potential GOP candidates and members of the business and media. Unlike the Koch's brothers Freedom Partners event in January, however, the World Forum will be closed to the press, but a guest list of invitees and speakers has been obtained by Bloomberg Politics.
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A few days ago it was revealed that Dodd/Frank is indeed "working," not to break up mega banks, but to help them shrink to a more manageable size.

Helping things along has been Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York, who's been methodically going after fraudsters both large and small.

This time he's announcing a big catch.  UPS, the United Parcel Service, competitor of the USPS, has been proved to be a recidivist when it comes to transporting contraband -- i.e. untaxed cigarettes or, as some people call them, "cancer sticks."

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Thu Feb 19, 2015 at 12:21 AM PST

Georgia: Island Planning Commission

by hannah

St. Simons Island, an unincorporated community in Glynn County does have a separate Island Planning Commission with some final authority. The community turnout (some 500 people) was not entirely prompted by this issue. The concern about plopping a gas station in the middle of a residential neighborhood was more intense. While the "highway commercial" designation of the parcel had been ignored for a long time, the fact that highways aren't attracting as much traffic as they used to seems to be prompting developers to bring highway enterprise right into where people live.

Part One deals mainly with re-zoning from one residential category to another. The applicant, sensing the attitude of the room, finally asked to have the matter deferred, to come back later with a more favorable proposal. So, individual members of the public were not heard. That's why this video is only 8 minutes (after editing) instead of the 30 minutes taken up by the next.

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Sun Feb 08, 2015 at 02:56 AM PST

Mother Nature's Cupboard

by hannah

In the state of Georgia, the Department of Natural Resources has the key. Good customers, who follow the rules, get to help themselves to free stuff. At the most recent meeting of the Board of Directors (who knew state agencies have boards of directors, just like private corporations?), the topic was alligators.

Alligator management, it turns out, means deciding how many permits to issue to insure the right number get killed. And, even though the "success" rate is only thirty percent, alligator hunting is developing into a team sport, increasing in popularity because it's an "opportunity" for cameraderie and a "unique" experience.

The communal kill!!! Now, there's progress!!!

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Sun Jan 25, 2015 at 04:42 AM PST

"Killing Beavers is not Management"

by hannah

That was the subject line of one of my missives in response to the Glynn County Director of Public Works entering into a contract with a trapper to deal with beavers that might presume to clog his culverts with sticks and debris. I was wrong. "Management," it turns out is the catch-all bureaucrats' euphemism for destroying and disposing of whatever inconvenience might impede their enterprise.

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Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 08:37 AM PST

LCP White-Wash

by hannah

It has been known for several decades that various industrial enterprises on the coast of Georgia had left a residue of contaminated soils and wetlands. But that the residues continue to be absorbed by the human population, as well, is not readily apparent because some people just get overlooked.
The income stream from remediation gets more attention because that keeps a small army of "experts" in a job. At present, their focus is on extracting some more dollars from the Honeywell corporation, whose executives made an unfortunate decision to acquire some waste lands on the cheap. A pro-forma public hearing to review the most recent "plans" left all the attendees largely unsatisfied.

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