Archive for March, 2011

March 25, 2011

Enforced Donation in Dogma Class

See the Impact of Climate Change blog for documentation of a “Society and History” teacher, in a Tasmanian high school, giving her students homework which involves, inter alia, donating to a Canadian environmental organisation.

March 15, 2011

Another Reason to Avoid 10:10 Parties

I thought I saw a badger fight
   a brawny, fierce baboon;
their teeth were bright in silver light
   reflected from the moon.

The cunning badger hassled well,
   the ape’s defeat was near;
the ground was ruddied by his blood,
   it whimpered now in fear.

The badger ceased its frenzied strikes,
   and struck a pose instead:
“The Climate-Gate Enquiry’s great,
   you’ll now concede,” it said.

I rubbed red eyes in wild surmise,
   the truth now clear to me:
two drunken warmist loons I saw,
   debating with a tree.

(Originally posted at Bishop Hill’s site.)

March 11, 2011

Climate-Change Indoctrination

Educit obstetrix, educat nutrix, instituit paedagogus, docet magister.*

These days, unfortunately, teachers neither teach nor instruct; they propagandise.  Alfred, my son, has written a review of his high school’s Society and History class on “the impact of climate change”.

* “The midwife delivers, the wet-nurse nourishes, the tutor instructs, the master teaches.” (Varro, ap. Nonius Marcellus, 447, 33.)

March 11, 2011

A Contingent Possibility

According to its advertisements on television, if you insure with Aussie Insurance, the noble, generous company will give your beneficiaries up to a million dollars “if you were to die.” What, there’s a possibility that some of us might not die?
Dum spiro spero.

March 8, 2011

A Wager

Should HRH the Prince of Wales become King, I warrant that he’d opt not to be known as Charles III—he’d want to avoid being compared with either Charles I or II, and Prince Charles Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie or the Young Pretender, is already considered by some to have been Charles III.  Instead, I reckon, he’d prefer to be known as George VII.  George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George) provides a recent precedent.  Consider also Robert III of Scotland (whose original name was John): by assuming the name Robert, instead of John II or III, he avoided acknowledging or disputing that John Balliol had been king.