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January 10, 2011

Tim Flannery Is Not a Zombie Controlled by Ants, Claim Ants

Following the continued mental decline of the very silly Prof. Tim Flannery, who, amongst other idiocies, recently insisted that the Ancient Greek goddess Gaia would soon be physically manifest,* and praised the democratic politics of insects (on a radio show with the late Robyn Williams), the world’s ants recently took the trouble to refute any suggestion that they were controlling Flannery.

Details can be read at the all right, all right blog.

* Here is some of what Flannery said:

I think that within this century the concept of the strong Gaia will actually become physically manifest.  I do think that the Gaia of the Ancient Greeks, where they believed the earth was effectively one whole and perfect living creature, that doesn’t exist yet, but it will exist in future […].

We’ll never be able to control the earth, there’s no doubt about it.  We can’t control its systems; but we can nudge them and we can foresee danger.  Once that occurs, then the Gaia of the Ancient Greeks really will exist.  This planet, this Gaia, will have acquired a brain and a nervous system.  That will make it act as a living animal, as a living organism, at some sort of level.

January 10, 2011

Tim Flannery and the Late Robyn Williams on Resurrecting Mammoths and Modifying Human Babies

From the ABC’s Science Show (the first of this year), the very silly Tim Flannery and the late Robyn Williams converse:

Tim Flannery: So if we want the Mammoth Steppe, if we want to have maximum and optimal productivity on the planet, we need to put back some large herbivores into that ecosystem.  The one that’s excellent, even to live in cold conditions, is the mammoth.  It even had a little stopper over its arsehole to stop heat escaping!   It was perfectly adapted.

the late Robyn Williams: I did not know about that stopper!  The tail goes down and it’s sort of like that and it plugs in.  We should have those for babies, shouldn’t we really!

Tim Flannery: We probably should!

the late Robyn Williams: It would be fantastic!

January 10, 2011

Death of Robyn Williams

Recently, following some bizarre behaviour (and, in particular, some ravings in a conversation with the silly Tim Flannery, broadcast on ABC Radio’s “Science Show”, wherein Flannery and Williams celebrated the democratic politics of ants and continued to spread the gospel of the discredited pseudo-science of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming), many former admirers of Robyn Williams had been worried that he was either suffering from some form of dementia or was extremely ill.  Now the sad new comes that Robyn Williams is dead, and has been for some time.

Full details are at the all right, all right blog.