Thursday, May 13, 2010


de·range   /dɪˈreɪndʒ/ [dih-reynj]
–verb (used with object),-ranged, -rang·ing. throw into disorder; disarrange. disturb the condition, action, or function of. make insane.

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I haven't been able to describe the behavior of public officials and agency bureaucrats across the state of Pennsylvania other than deranged.

No matter the reward. No matter the benefit of power and control afforded to political operatives...

The end-game will be horrific.

An un-inhabitable state. Property values bankrupted. A disaster that will never be able to be corrected or repaired.

And the most discouraging part is this, the very people who stand to lose everything, health, property and prosperity, are indifferent or at best just resigned. That scares me.

My heart breaks for the children of Pennsylvania. They are the most vulnerable. What 5 year old can go to a town meeting or call a state representative and contend with the assault on the air, water and land? They can't. They are trusting the adults, the guardians of their safety. And those guardians are neutralized. Neutralized by the day-to-day activities of life. Ironic.

There's a term in the coporate banking world I came from. It's called "knowledge deficit". Companies cash in on the consumer’s “knowledge deficit”. If you want to be the most profitable bank or credit card company, you must exploit the consumer's "knowledge deficit".

That is what the gas drilling companies have done. They not only exploit the landowner's knowledge deficit, they also exploit the politician's knowledge deficit and greed.

Incidentally, most politicians also have to rely on exploiting the taxpayer's knowledge deficit to get their deranged agendas passed.