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.
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
Wherefore, I ask, doth this odd, fearsome land
allow within these foul amphibians?
[Both men expire.]
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.
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.