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in: blairtrewin; blairtrewin > 2016-02-04

Feb 4, 2016 1:53 PM # 
Hadn't seen this news until just now in your log - sounds astonishingly shortsighted. And shortsighted in ways that are pretty easy to convey in not many words as you demonstrated. Which at least gives me some hope this decision won't stand - the press reaction, to the extent I've surveyed it, certainly seems more or less unanimously disapproving. Though I haven't checked on Andrew Bolt yet. MIght actually do so just to see how he deals with the cognitive dissonance involved in an action he'll presumably approve of being justified on the grounds that the people he's disagreed with for years were right all along.
Feb 4, 2016 11:44 PM # 
Please report back on that particular gem. I don't want to have to read Bolt myself.
Feb 5, 2016 9:48 PM # 
Can't, as looking through his last few days of output, he appears to have kept his silence. Maybe, despite all past appearances, he actually is sufficiently in touch with the realities of climate change to realise when the jig is up and his time would be less embarrassingly spent bashing refugees.
Feb 6, 2016 3:14 AM # 
You are a true optimist.
Feb 7, 2016 10:58 PM # 
Well, there was almost nothing about it in our daily tabloid, so if AB only reads the section of the press for which he writes, he may still be blissfully ignorant.
Feb 8, 2016 11:24 AM # 
Doesn't seem to have been much in the News Limited tabloids generally - I'm not surprised that the Advertiser left it alone, but thought the Mercury might have run with it given that many of the jobs that stand to be lost are in Hobart (none are in SA as far as I know). The Australian did have a piece on Friday which was surprisingly free of gloating; their letter-writers on Saturday apparently showed no such restraint.

I suspect this story may have a bit to run yet; the CSIRO chief executive's scheduled appearance at Senate Estimates on Wednesday will be interesting.
Feb 9, 2016 1:31 AM # 
Blair, what are you doing about Perth's extreme weather?
Feb 9, 2016 4:11 AM # 
Keeping track of the records it might set (albeit not as closely as usual because I'm out of the office for most of this week) and being quietly thankful that it's happening to someone else, having had our own turn two Januarys ago.
Feb 9, 2016 8:04 AM # 
Can you forecast something else for us tomorrow, please?
Feb 9, 2016 8:27 AM # 
Hey is down to a 40 deg forecast now
Feb 9, 2016 10:39 AM # 
Pfft, 40 is uninteresting. It happened to Adelaide 7 times in December.
Feb 9, 2016 11:08 AM # 
Was it seven days in a row? If not then I've lost interest.

With the current forecast for Thursday (which was 40 earlier today but now down to 38 - thanks Blair), Perth is not going to equal its five day record of 39+ temperatures.
Feb 9, 2016 11:19 PM # 
Yeah nah, we only had 4 in a row over 40, plus a pair and a single.
Feb 10, 2016 5:33 AM # 
Australia, the driest country on Earth, eliminates basic climate science research
Feb 10, 2016 5:34 AM # 
Feb 10, 2016 6:43 AM # 
I thought the driest place on earth was Antartica?
Feb 10, 2016 7:24 AM # 
Antarctica isn't a country. Yet.
Feb 10, 2016 9:06 AM # 
Not until they find oil there.

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