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Just a brief column today because I have a pretty hectic schedule ahead of me before the sun sets on this week.
Firstly, it seems that Mr Rod Vaughan, rather than being contrite about making wildly unfounded allegations in respect to drones and the role they allegedly played in the crash of microlight aircraft he was flying last year, continues to show is arrogance and ignorance.
Despite the CAA report clearly stating that the windscreen was damaged by UV light and therefore liable to spontaneous failure, Mr Vaughan was quoted by The BOP Times as saying that "he accepted the report's findings but did not think it could be ruled out that a drone caused the crash due to reports from residents and helicopter operators alike of drones flying in the area".
Okay... so there were DEFINITELY helicopters flying in the area -- so how does he know it wasn't a helicopter that hit his plane? :-)
He has previously claimed that it can't have been a bird-strike because there was no evidence of a bird found but that it was most "probably" a drone strike -- even though there was also no evidence of a drone found.
I guess we'll never see the response of an honest man, which would go something like "I apologise to the drone community for suggesting that one of their number was the cause of my crash. I guess I got it wrong"
If his "journalist" mates don't hammer him for this then I guess they endorse the kind of fake news that is running wild in our media of late.
Now for something different...
It was great to see a wide and diverse range of opinions being voiced on yesterday's column.
Some were fervently supportive of what I said, others critical.
That is fantastic! That is what freedom of speech is all about.
I thank all those who contributed their opinions and thoughts and who did so in a way that was also respectful of other people's positions. I think this proves that you don't always need the heavy hand of moderation to control a frank and honest discussion on what can sometimes be a sensitive and emotive subject.
Once again we have proven that the readers of this column are perhaps a cut-above the general "great unwashed" public in respect to their intellect and their maturity.
It is sad however, to see that Australia has blundered head-long into the whole issue of crushing free speech on the Net by passing legislation that allows for huge fines and even the jailing of executives of social media companies if they fail to police their content to the government's satisfaction.
Where was the public consultation? Where was the adherence to due process for the creation, refinement and implementation of such dramatic law changes?
I guess this is further proof (as if we needed it) that terrorists have succeeded in their goals of stripping us of our freedoms and turning our governments from democracies into fascist dictators. How the hell can it have been so easy to do?
Perhaps it's because, deep down inside, all those who aspire to power actually aspire to power which is unfettered by the need for pesky consultation with those over whom that power is wielded.
The terrorists biggest ally these days -- are perhaps our self-serving governments who, whenever the opportunity presents itself, will whisk away our rights and freedoms, all in the name of safety and security.
Yet, despite the wise words of Benjamin Franklin (who said "those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety") the vast majority of people fail to recognise this and simply watch it all happening before their very eyes.
Where will we be in another decade or two? Powerless serfs under the oppressive thumbs of our "protectors"? I'm not kidding!
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