Confabulation is a memory disturbance that is characterized by verbal statements or actions that inaccurately describe history, background, and present situations. Confabulation is considered “honest lying,” but is distinct from lying because there is typically no intent to deceive and the individual is unaware that their information is false. Although patients can present blatantly false information (“fantastic confabulation”), confabulatory information can also be coherent, internally consistent, and relatively normal. Individuals who confabulate are generally very confident about their recollections, despite evidence contradicting its truthfulness.It is frequently associated with delusions of grandeur, and the CAO process has been dominated by an attitude that individuals and their opinions are worthless compared to bureaucratic ambitions. Every time we hear Adamus say, "According to Science" (and we hear it almost every time he speaks), we're hearing confabulation. What reasonable person with a healthy psyche presumes that his lone voice embodies "Science," especially when so many credible scientists disagree with him? What group of damn fool Councilors laps up such drivel?
According to the WAC, Adamus' BAS synthesis should have been peer reviewed to be considered BAS itself. It was not. So much for the opinions of "Science." I believe it (and its author) would have been thoroughly discredited had it received a proper peer review, as even the modest review by Dr. Tim Verslycke (and others) suggests.
And speaking of "peer review," we'd like to hear more about the widespread rumors, which have persisted for weeks now, concerning Council Chair Patty Miller's alleged wetland filling activities. According to several sources on Orcas, she has been filling in wetlands like mad in an effort to reduce her personal exposure to the harsh restrictions of the proposed CAOs, ahead of her vote on the matter. These alleged activities have occurred at the very same time she has been the Chair presiding over deliberations about wetland protections. That's the story, anyway. The Trojan Heron wrote to the County's new "fact-checker" website yesterday afternoon (see below) and directly to Council Chair Miller requesting comment, but we have yet to receive a response. Maybe she was busy.
If any readers have any information to share about these alleged activities, please feel free to post a comment. In the words of the County fact-checker website, we would very much like to clear this matter up one way or the other by:
provid[ing] straightforward facts and information to correct errors and misperceptions that have appeared in widely circulated sources.We'd like to think the fact-checker people at the County could live up to their mission statement (assuming they respond at some point), but based on the confabulation of the CAO process, the County hasn't been doing a very credible job of providing straightforward facts and information.
What say you?
From: Trojan Heron <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM
Subject: Patty Miller Filling in Wetlands
To: email@example.com, PattyM@sanjuanco.com
For weeks, Orcas Island has been replete with persistent rumors that Patty Miller has been using rented and purchased excavators to fill in wetlands on her property in advance of the CAOs taking effect. Several reliable sources allege that this has been occurring throughout the time that Miller has led deliberations on the wetland CAO.
Would the County or Councillor Miller like to respond to these reports?
Trojan Heron Newsblog