On the way to the gym today I hear on the news that:
a) a US based investment bank has rated Australian mining companies as the best mining investments in the world and this is post mining tax. A recent newspaper report showed that by international standards our mining tax is modest.
b) the UN Refugee Council has shown figures that indicate the number of boats coming to Australia has dropped in 2011 and that as a percentage of asylum seeker movements globally our percentage per capita of arrivals and intended arrivals is abnormally low.
I pointed this out to a bloke at the gym who sees facts as comments by supporters in a footy match and he duly trotted out the lies that are daily retailed by his favoured side with no regard to the facts.
And some of them think it is just a game.
This theme has been returning while I listen to the 24 hour 'news'. Opinion given as fact, idiocy given oxygen and made newsworthy. The dadaists said that art is anything you show in a gallery and now news is anything you put to air in a news program regardless of it's veracity, value as news or relevance to what is actually going on outside of the game being played.
If you read what our scientists are telling us for instance you are alarmed by what is happening to the globe and what an emergency we all face and yet we are as a group confused by the noise of special vested interests disguised as valid opinion.
The absurdity of post-modernist cant as boiled down in our academies gives equal weight to all views and discounts 'official' science as the view of the power elites. Ask a flat-earther what they believe when they get on an aeroplane or an intercontinental boat.
Gravity is not a matter of opinion.