“A thousand truths do not mark a man as a truth-teller, but a single lie marks him as a damned liar….Lying to other people is your business, but I tell you this: once a man gets a reputation as a liar, he might as well be struck dumb, for people do not listen to the wind.” — Robert A. Heinlein
I’ve ranted before about this critical aspect of the degradation of American society. And of course, long time Gentle Readers will already be familiar with this quote, one of my all-time favorites:
There is no need in human life so great as that men should trust one another and should trust their government, should believe in promises, and should keep promises in order that future promises may be believed in and in order that confident cooperation may be possible. Good faith — personal, national, and international — is the first prerequisite of decent living, of the steady going on of industry, of governmental financial strength, and of international peace. — Benjamin M. Anderson
The vacuum created by the loss of trust is immediately filled by the darkest, all-encompassing suspicion of everything. The untrustworthy person or agency is no longer awarded any credibility. Everything he / it says or does is immediately suspected of being duplicitous and evilly self-serving. This is the state we find ourselves in today as regards the actions of government agencies:
In 2019, a 38-foot baleen whale washed up near the Florida everglades, but now researchers suspect the individual may belong to a brand new species—Rice’s whale (Balaenoptera ricei)—that calls the Gulf of Mexico home, reports Zachary T. Sampson for the Tampa Bay Times.
A study detailing the discovery of Rice’s whale, published last month in the journal Marine Mammal Science, suggests there may be fewer than 100 of the new species left in the wild, instantly adding the species to the list of critically endangered species, according to a statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration….
“Even something as large as a whale can be out there and be really different from all the whales, and we don’t even know it,” [NOAA geneticist Patricia] Rosel tells the Tampa Bay Times. “It really brings to light the urgent need of conserving and protecting these animals in the gulf, and making sure we don’t lose another marine mammal species like we already have.”
A “new species” in the Gulf of Mexico! How timely. Just as the Usurper Regime found itself in need of a new rationale for forbidding off-shore oil exploration in the most promising region in the world!
Good ol’ NOAA is at it again. They’ve been busted manipulating historical temperature records to provide fraudulent climate change charts. I’m sure we can trust them on discovering a new “sub species” of giant whales in US coastal waters.
One of the gimmicks the Fish & Wildlife Service has used to prohibit development in the Hill Country of central Texas is to classify the harvestmen (daddy long-legs) in virtually every cave as a new species. They’re the exact same arachnid, just separated by thousands of years of isolation in separate caves. I fully expect NOAA to try to suspend all oil and gas activity in the Gulf to save this newly discovered “critically endangered species.”
Once burned, twice shy – and the NOAA has definitely been caught “adjusting” atmospheric temperature readings and falsifying historical temperature records. Given that the Usurpers are visibly determined to wipe out the fossil fuel industries, and that they’re likely to reward any agency that assists them in that effort, how far would you trust them, Gentle Reader?
Perhaps an organized, well armed campaign to slaughter every “Rice’s whale” in the Gulf of Mexico at once, before the NOAA and EPA bureaucrats can add this “brand new species” to its list of the “critically endangered,” would clue the Usurpers in about how far we trust the “most popular presidential candidate in history.”