In a frankly-startling interview given to radio shock-jock Alan Jones, the PM (Tony Abbott) said among other things:
- “What we've managed to do through this, admittedly imperfect ... is reduce the growth rate of this particular sector as much as the current Senate would allow us to do”.
- “What we did recently in the Senate was reduce, Alan, reduce, capital R-E-D-U-C-E the number of these things that we are going to get in the future.”
- “I would frankly have liked to have reduced the number a lot more.”
- And, in spite of there being no scientific research that wind farm noise endangers health: “I do take your point about the potential health impact of these things; when I have been up close to these wind farms not only are they visually awful but they make a lot of noise”.
See here for all the details
But then this thursday there was a global meeting of climate contrarians - it looks like Tony is making the same noises as the members of that gabfest did. Yeah right, just like smoking is prefectly safe - or so the spindoctors told us all. . . .which brings me to this:
Merchants of Doubt, a film by the same man who made Food, Inc. all about the Spin Doctor business and how they twist things around to con people into thinking pretty much anything they want them to think . . . . . . (thanks to Boing Boing for that link!)
Sign of the times: This young man became a pro racing driver at this year's Le Mans 24 hr by training in a game. I kid you not. Expect more of this in future.
Finally, today's newspeak from Wired, a site that I once visited often, but not so much now - it seems to have slumped:
Until now the only "solids" I did went down the toilet. Where do they get this stuff?