Thursday, 20 June 2013

"Thank you for your time"

I just saw a client for 20 minutes, gave him some advice, and at the end, as he was walking out, he said "Thanks for your time."

I was blown away. Especially for Legal Aid clients, I very rarely get any recognition for the work that I do, so when a client just comes out with that...

It really makes you feel good about the work that you do.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Wind Power Scam; how wind turbines will one day kill us all.

I was sent a link to this site called 'Stop These Things' which is advocating against Wind Farms. Specifically, an article titled 'The Great Watt and Pole Swindle', featuring a photo of a man who looks alarmingly like Vyvyan Basterd from 'The Young Ones.' 

This particular article appears to be ranting about how much the wind power industry is costing Australian consumers, specifically because recently there was no wind, and the wind farms were not producing any electricity. Therefore, power had to be provided from other sources, which came at a large cost.

The underlying message, however, was that because of this, wind power was evil, and was a tool of the 'Croweaters' and the power prices 'cartel'. 

This article isn't about the merits of wind power, or the dangers of living too close to a turbine, because, frankly, I just don't know enough about wind turbines to argue either way. My current view is that it is, like many other things, a wonderful alternative source of power, but one that needs to be used in conjunction with more reliable sources, like fossil fuels, tides, or solar. 

This article is about the rhetoric that is routinely used to sell these arguments.