A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS THING

Citizen Tom

Which is better? Starting off with an empty slate, or thinking you know something when what you “know” is not so.
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“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” is not an especially old saying. That saying probably only goes back to 1709, but what does it mean?

What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing’?

The proverb ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ expresses the idea that a small amount of knowledge can mislead people into thinking that they are more expert than they really are, which can lead to mistakes being made.

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-little-knowledge-is-a-dangerous-thing.html

When speaking of his political opponents, President Ronald Reagan described the problem this way.

It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so. 

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/194830-it-isn-t-so-much-that-liberals-are-ignorant-it-s-just

Consider, for example, the support Liberal Democrats express for…

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CAN WE PERFECT OTHER PEOPLE BY LOADING THEM UP WITH GUILT?

Citizen Tom

We must be careful what we ask for from our government. Why? Check out that graphic above. It represents the balance of powers between the three branches of government, the fact that the people we elect are so untrustworthy that we have to figure out ways to prevent them from abusing the power we give them.

We make jokes about politicians, and we tend to think of them as a special class of human beings, but politicians are not all that extraordinary. They may on the average be a bit more intelligent and gifted with words, but they are not any more or any less wise than the rest of us. That is, we will find the same character flaws we find in our leaders in the rest of our fellow citizens. Likely, we also won’t find more or less wisdom in our self. So, not one of us is…

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WHAT SORT OF GOVERNMENT IS SUSTAINABLE? — PART 2

Citizen Tom

From A Dictionary of the English Language (en.wikipedia.org). Picture above from Johnson’s Dictionary Online, a searchable version of the 1st (1755) folio edition of Johnson’s Dictionary (johnsonsdictionaryonline.com).

In PART1 of this two-part post, we considered the characteristics of a government that would make it sustainable. Here we consider the characteristics that citizens must have if they wish to maintain a sustainable government.

When contemplating what we want from a society, we usually consider what Utopian characteristics we want to see in that society. That is, we generate a list for our perfect, Utopian society that looks something like the stuff we find in these articles:

The writer of the first article points out…

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Trouble Brewing in River City – Venezuela — REBLOG

Citizen Tom

The Qods Mohajer-6 (Persian: پهپاد مهاجر-6) is an ISTAR UAV capable of carrying a multispectral surveillance payload and/or up to four precision-guided munitions. (from Qods Mohajer-6 (en.wikipedia.org))

Trouble Brewing in River City – Venezuela (bunkerville.wordpress.com) contains a couple of interesting observations. So, doubting Thomas that I am I went and checked on those observations. Here are some additional references.

The world is dividing up much the same way it did before World War II. Western democracies are playing with Socialism, and tyrannical states are flexing their muscles and looking for opportunities for conquest. In fact, our situation is worst. Too many of our leaders are acting as if they are trying to sabotage us. They don’t even seem to be on our side.

Our enemies see our weakness. Our border is wide open. Our ruling party is obsessed with gaining power and wealth. So, our enemies devise…

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House Democrats Block Probe Of Biden Family Business Deals, Ask: What About Trump?

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By Fred Lucas ~

House Democrats on Tuesday blocked an inquiry into 150 reports of suspicious financial activity surrounding the international business dealings of Hunter Biden and other Biden family members, which Republicans said could compromise President Joe Biden.

Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee generally had a disciplined message in opposing oversight of potential conflicts of interest for the president, his son Hunter, and his brother Jim: What about Donald Trump?

Republicans seek 150 documents in which banks flagged suspicious financial activity by Biden family members and associates. Pictured: Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, attends a July 7 ceremony in which his father presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 recipients at the White House. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images)

Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., listed matters such as the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Constitution’s emoluments clause, and insinuations that Trump…

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Study: If You Want To Go Green, Stick With Fossil Fuels

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By Bonner Cohen, Ph.D. ~

“Contrary to the claims of proponents of the Green New Deal and Net Zero, fossil fuels are the greenest fuels.

First, uniquely among energy sources, fossil fuel use emits CO2, which is the ultimate source of the elemental building block, carbon, found in all carbon-based life, i.e., almost all life on Earth.”

These two sentences, which run counter to everything you may have heard about the “climate crisis” said to be plaguing the planet, introduce a provocative new study by Indur Goklany, Ph. D. A widely published author and longtime researcher into a variety of scientific fields, Goklany strips carbon dioxide of its status as an environmental villain as decreed by modern-day climate orthodoxy. He also shows that rising atmospheric levels of CO2, including those produced by fossil fuels, are highly beneficial to biodiversity.

Goklany’s study, “Fossil Fuels are the Greenest Energy Sources,” was…

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In Discussing Reparations, Honest History Of Slavery Makes The Left Uncomfortable

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By Jarrett Stepman ~

The Left loves to promote “reparations”—but only up until the point where history and truth run counter to its simplistic narratives about the past.

British royals expert Hilary Fordwich threw CNN host Don Lemon for a loop on Tuesday when he asked her if the British monarchy should pay reparations for colonialism and slavery.

CNN’s Don Lemon—seen here at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics taking part in a program titled “Race, Media and Politics” on Feb. 22, 2019, in Cambridge, Massachusetts—was taken aback in a Tuesday interview when he got an answer he wasn’t expecting on racial reparations. (Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Lemon said to Fordwich, “[Y]ou have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism, and they’re wondering, you know, ‘$100 billion, $24 billion here and there, $500 million there.’”

To cut to the clickbait, you won’t believe what happened next.

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Wishes And Secrets Fill Dominion’s Offshore Wind Plan

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~

I am still digging into the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for its monster offshore wind project that Dominion Energy filed with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. My focus is on adverse environmental impacts, especially on the severely endangered North Atlantic Right Whales that migrate through the proposed project area twice a year.

My last article pointed out that the crucial technical Appendix R on Endangered and Threatened Species was being kept secret by Dominion and BOEM. You can read that here: https://www.cfact.org/2022/09/15/dominion-hides-osw-threat-to-whales/

It turns out that this is not the only secret stuff in the COP. In addition there is a lot of hand-waving wishing when environmental impacts are addressed where you can actually read. Here is a quick look at just some of the worst of the secrets and wishes.

First some more big secrets, that is important technical appendices that…

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But Is It Too Little Too Late?

The Lone Cactus

Democrats are scurrying. Not the rank and file Dems that are your neighbors. I’m talking about the do-nothing Democrats (when they do something, it’s usually the wrong thing!) in Congress. Realizing they are less than two months away from midterm elections that still don’t bode well for their party, Democrats in the House and Senate are trying desperately to do SOMETHING before November 8th.

But it ain’t gonna be easy.

See, in order to get Joe Manchin on his side for the big trillion dollar budget busting spending bill Congress passed (I think they called it “Inflation Reduction”?) Chuckles Schumer had to agree to a side deal. That was that the fossil fuel industry was going to get some sweetheart deals going forward. Of course, that is included as part of the federal budget bill that has yet to pass Congress. But that throws a wrinkle into the whole process…

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Is Lindsey Graham Screwing The Pooch?

The Lone Cactus

In case you missed it this past week, on Tuesday, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced an abortion bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks except for instances of rape, incest, and saving the life of the mother if she is in danger from a physical condition.

In short, Lindsey Graham is rubbing salt into an already gaping wound.

Graham did manage to get Joe Manchin on board by giving him the “exceptions” rule, but it seems to me that the last thing Republicans would want to do is take the Dobbs v. Jackson case, which already has ignited some of the Democrat base, and make it worse.

The GOP has traditionally been pro-life, which is fine, but they’ve also believed in states’ rights, which is what Dobbs did. It didn’t outlaw abortion, it only sent it back to the states to decide the issue because the Constitution says…

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