With rising temperatures across the planet setting more records the US government announced that the globe experienced its hottest month of March since record keeping began in 1880. Apparently, the period of January to March was also the warmest on record, if you’re inclined to give credence to the monthly report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The latest data, which takes into account global averages across land and sea surfaces, follows announcements from the same US government scientists that 2014 was the hottest year in modern history.
We’ve made comment on the Anthropogenic Warming issues previously:
What is surprising is that we have a Government that, despite evidence to the contrary, which is becoming more certain day by day, still holds the view that the changes in the climate are just normal variation, or just not there at all. So what do they do? The Rabbott government finds $4m for the climate contrarian Bjorn Lomborg to establish his “Consensus Centre” at the University of Western Australia whilst trying to impose deep spending cuts to the higher education sector. So we get this “methodology” from Lomborg’s little empire which the Danes and others have decided to cease funding. An empire which plays down the effects of global warming. Apparently one of the Consensus Centre’s other tasks will be to advise on policy concerning developing countries in the Pacific. You know! The one’s particularly vulnerable to climate change! It seems that the University was very supportive of the proposal.
And somewhat associated with what seems to be a lust for income by our centres of academia regardless of credentials we also learn that our Universities are paying an estimated $250 million a year to unregulated middlemen to recruit international students, despite knowing that many of these agents are corrupt and deal in fraudulent documents. That’s something like $1 billion in four years! I wonder if those are Australian tax dollars? No wonder they are anxious to be deregulated and charge large fees for their courses. And to top it off the Four Corners investigation (ABC1, 20th April) has shown that these agents are fiddling student applications and the requirements for entry, apparently with the collusion of University entrance exams of lesser quality than that generally accepted. Further down the chain the Universities are relaxing not only ethical standards but also achievement criteria to essentially qualify people who shouldn’t be given a qualification. Sad to say I’ve had direct experience (some 25 years ago) of the issue of reducing the relaxation of requirements for passing courses It was a fancy statistical balancing act then to justify its use. So it’s not uncommon and it’s been going on for some considerable time. However, it would seem that these days Universities are more places focussed on earning rather than learning!
And what of the week? Given our new consensus centre we thought that this was an appropriate drought response from our Lieberal/Neutered Puppy Coalition after considering the advice from said centre of course.
And out of the West he came like a rampaging Quokka, threatening secession, the end of cooperation and the end of Rabbott’s Team Australia unless he got lots and lots of money to feed his economic crisis. Now where have I heard those two words before?
Our favourite Prime Minister Rabbott demonstrated his penchant for raucous drinkers in rowdy bars, and skolling the amber fluid. We’re told Tone’s was “very proud” of his achievement.
Our Minister for Social Services, Scotty (On Water Matters) Morrison was being coy with the detail of his revitalisation of the ministry policies but assured us that he would keep it simple!
Our Erudite Rat, after consulting the oracle, otherwise know as the “Oxford Dictionary of Humourous Quotations”, thought that this little revelation was particularly apt.
And the recent attempts at policy creation and policy backflips by our esteemed Government reminded us of days gone by when we still celebrated Guy Fawkes with bonfires and firecrackers and we referred to those that failed to perform as designed as “fizzoggs”. Seemed appropriate!
And that thought led to this!
And there you have it . . . . . . . .!
AFTERTHOUGHT: If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!
POSTSCRIPT: All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics! We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!