Thursday, August 27, 2020

A change in government is coming ironically through power

The sky is falling, no,  just a tree limb fell on to wires

    The past couple weeks in Connecticut for the weather have seen an extreme turnaround of events we start the month of August with a tropical storm on the fourth which knocked out power to almost 1 million customers across the state which led to massive power restoration efforts that took up to almost 8 to 9 days to complete completely, although there is still an argument that there is still some ongoing work to sure up from the temporary patches that were made at the time. This is been the subject of the bay has been going on today to get as PURA the public utility regulatory authority in the state of Connecticut opened up hearings today against ever source about their current rate hike prior to the storm hitting Connecticut. The reason why I'm commenting about this particular incident is that is made politics become extremely local in Connecticut. Is cause something to occur that has not occurred in about four years in this country. A agreement with the Republicans and Democrats in their agreement that Eversource needs reform or to be broken up, or more regulations implemented. You had a few state representatives both Republicans and Democrats, calling for possibly the breakup of the company, a takeover by the state government, or regulations that would effectively make them a nonprofit company.
In the few hours I was listening to the meeting today, there was a strong indication that reform needs to occur. In the next few days I plan on going through some of the testimony that has been submitted posting some points that are made in the testimony as highlights that should be noted from the average citizen in the state. It is good to hear the information from politicians and state leaders but I would like to focus on two individuals and their stories and how it affects them. The sky is not falling, but rather enlightenment or awakening is occurring in civic participation in the United States of America. At the national level we see this awakening being portrayed in some other states especially out in the state of Oregon and Washington. Here in Connecticut on a more local scale we see protests occurring at the post office, and on street corners. However, the more interesting aspect of this political awakening is the amount of people that are now involved in learning about their governmental systems and how they have the power to change things. I believe in Connecticut the land study habits is about to go through a revolutionary change in the state politics especially at the municipal level. The reason for this belief is that the electric crisis that was crated by the tropical storm in combination with the rate hike led people to start examining how things are done in this state and by the government. When you have over 1000 people wanting to attend and give common on a state agency repertory board which most people did not know exists up until a few weeks ago there is a change that is occurring. 

    Therefore, both parties Democrats and Republicans will see great influence on them in the next coming months. I believe that there will be a movement afoot to make the state government and town governments in the state of Connecticut more responsive to the people that are not necessarily the corporations. I believe the catalyst for the shift will actually be ironically the educational process that will occur through learning about their electric bill and the fees that are associated. When people see and compare it to municipal power that was much better run and is cheaper for a few people in this state that have chosen to live in towns with municipal power there will be change that occurs in people understanding that government can be a force for good and mutual beneficial engine of economic growth when a costs of the essential service can be offered at a much lesser rate compared to a private enterprise offering the same surface especially in a monopoly typesetting. A new era of progressive politics is upon us, the same style that led to establishment of the antitrust acts, the new deal legislation, the establishment of prohibition and the repeal of Prohibition. People are sitting at home having time to think about learn about their government and will be an active participant in their government.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Are you ready to get to work?

Here are some pictures from last Midterm Election.

I hope the picture give some motivation to get out there.

Jahana Hayes Waterbury Office on Election Day 2018

 Chris Murphy in Cornwall CT in 2018

Jahana Hayes in Cornwall in 2018

Sunday, August 23, 2020

How to Make Sense of Information That You Are Not an Expert In

 Evaluation of Information

One of the first things to consider when it comes to evaluating information is the source, as I've outlined before. However, if you're not an expert in the information that you're looking at, one of the things you must consider is the author. In particular the author that is writing the piece or presenting the information to you. One of the biggest aspects of this consideration is, is the presenter or the author an expert in the field? For example, if you're taking information about nuclear physics from an English Literature author, claiming that nuclear physics will solve the world's energy problems without harmful effects, would you consider this statement from this person credible? A statement is more credible coming from a person with a background in nuclear physics. They could potentially provide you with detailed arguments about their position. This is one of the major problems in my view when it comes to dealing with information that is being presented to the average citizen or person. There is no clear way for an individual to determine the person's credibility on the topic. If we were going to further discuss this topic, evaluation of information from the author, I would consider also your ability to contact the person and their ability to respond to challenging questions. Also, research the topic from other perspectives that question their work. Questioning is not an issue for a person that is well-versed in the topic, they should be comfortable with presenting their topics and arguments.

Another aspect to consider of the information being presented is of the quality of the underlying information. How was the information taken, how has it been presented, and what type of framework is used. This can lead to skewed results of impressions. For example, you can say, "please get out of the car," which sounds more like a request, but is still something you must do. Or somebody can say it this way "I order you to get out of the car or you will be arrested." Again, same action will occur, you getting out of the car. However, one is much pleasant and may get you to be more cooperative later on. Then there are statements that can be factually wrong and misleading, just by using the same technique as I demonstrated above. Furthermore, if you're going to continue to evaluate a piece of information to see if it is determinative as good, how would you critique your own position if it agrees with the sources that you're reading?

Critiques of Information

The critique of information being presented is very important. One's ability to self assess and critique their own arguments provides insight into how other information they may be consuming could be evaluated. Critiques are very important to determining the credibility of the source. If the author or presenter acknowledges the flaws of their argument and provides information against those generic type arguments on their positions, that would be providing some more credibility to their arguments. However, I would caution that sometimes a falsity may be setup on purpose to make their arguments appear more effective. I would also go on to say, this is a classic literary technique that is used by other authors even in nonfiction and fiction settings. 

This post would be an example of this. An argument could be had, evaluating information in this way is inherently flawed because it distracts the reader from the absolute truth that the author is trying to present. The argument against us is that it does not provide a stimulation to challenge your own belief system. If you do not challenge your own belief systems, then you are inherently flawed. A flawed approach to a view is actually worse, because you're blinded from the truth or the position that you're supporting. Therefore, I always recommend constructing an argument against your position in order to be able to verbally and radiantly defend your position.