|FIRST MEETING OF CAIRNS REGIONAL COUNCIL|
FOR 2013 REVEALS ALL TO THE COMMUNITY
Sadly, in the age of "publication equality", wackjob opinions have gained equal status with science. All information is equal. Science is deprecated. Being an "expert" is denigrated and attacked and seen as shameful. The pyramid has been turned upside down. The flat-earth society rules.
Here we've desperately tried to stay away from the fluoride argument. We don't believe Kennedy was killed in a conspiracy. Harold Holt isn't hiding in China. The CIA didn't knock down the World Trade Centre. Joseph Smith didn't find any golden plates. Barack Obama wasn't born in Saudi Arabia. Princess Diana wasn't killled by the royal family.
Such is the fluoride argument, and today the spineless, gutless, ignorance and hillbilly laziness of the Cairns Regional Council was on full display. The Bob "Sleepy" Manning team voted to disconnect the fluoridation in our water as a sop to the wackjobs and under the public pablum of "common sense".
We understand that one Brain-dead councillor compared fluoride to "forced drug testing of soldiers in Africa" during WWII. It's no more "forced medication" than the alcoholic stupor Australians are expected to engage in weekly as part of our culture. Use of fluoride is settled science.
More than anything, the public deserves intelligent, thoughtful government. But under the banner called "common sense", government is devolving into the lowest common denominator with now poorly educated local councillors making decisions on the health in their community.
And sadly it doesn't stop at fluoride. The same wackjob "internet scientists" aren't immunising their children, and Australia is seeing increases in what many thought were eradicated diseases. We'll be seeing cases of polio again soon, with the massive lifetime cost foisted on the community. With no TB screening at the time we're seeing huge growth in the Chinese tourism market, we'll be seeing huge increases in drug-reistant tuberculosis soon. Measles, mumps, chicken pox - all making a comeback. Gutless government does nothing.
And as the wackjobs are emboldened, we'll soon see "imported Chinese chlorine" attacked as "forced medication". (This was exactly the argument run by this crowd in Douglas when they installed their "no chlorine" water system, and then pumped the water into disease carrying pipes). And with the level of intelligent, thoughtful government we now have at the Cairns Regional Council, we'll be Bangladesh before we know it.
ONE ADDITIONAL COMMENT:
In the Cairns Post "letters to the editor" today, one Eric Mullner in Earlville writes:
"Sanity has prevailed and our council will stop putting this poison fluoride in our drinking water. Now please use that money for "fogging" to combat a real danger to our health - dengue fever".
Hey Eric, you're an idiot. 10 seconds on the internet and you can find a raft of discussions on the "dangers of mosquito fogging".
Julia Gillard announced the federal election today with the statement: "I know that we have it within us to ensure the next generation of Australians is stronger, fairer, and smarter".
Not in North Queensland. Meh.