Climate Change to shrink like a polar ice cap

Primal 4 April 2012 74

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The ABC reports that the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency needs to downsize from 900 to about 600 staff to meet the demands of its budget.

Anyone else suddenly much happier with their job this morning?

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Jim Jones Jim Jones 10:55 am 12 Apr 12

dungfungus said :

Re comment #70.
Hey, HenryBG does this symptom sound like something familiar to you? “subtle but distinct difficulties in social interaction along with repetitive patterns of behaviour or obsessiveness of things that are of interest to them”
Aspergers can be treated you know.

There’s also this other nasty disorder, consisting largely of denying reality because it clashes with a deeply held political perspective (usually of the neanderthal persuasion), but commonly known as ‘rabid dickhead disorder’. There are lots of high profile public figures who have RDD: Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt are the most prominent, but there are people from all walks of life that suffer from RDD.

dtc dtc 10:08 am 12 Apr 12

dungfungus said :

Re comment #70.
Hey, HenryBG does this symptom sound like something familiar to you? “subtle but distinct difficulties in social interaction along with repetitive patterns of behaviour or obsessiveness of things that are of interest to them”
Aspergers can be treated you know.

Actually Aspergers can’t be treated. It can be mitigated through education.

HenryBG HenryBG 10:02 am 12 Apr 12

dungfungus said :

Re comment #70.
Hey, HenryBG does this symptom sound like something familiar to you? “subtle but distinct difficulties in social interaction along with repetitive patterns of behaviour or obsessiveness of things that are of interest to them”
Aspergers can be treated you know.

Sounds like a good description of footballers and the fat couch-ridden idiots who waste their time watching them run around a field.

dungfungus dungfungus 9:59 am 12 Apr 12

Re comment #70.
Hey, HenryBG does this symptom sound like something familiar to you? “subtle but distinct difficulties in social interaction along with repetitive patterns of behaviour or obsessiveness of things that are of interest to them”
Aspergers can be treated you know.

HenryBG HenryBG 12:42 am 12 Apr 12

justin heywood said :

Rick Santorum (Republican Presidential hopeful) says it’s all a conspiracy, because plants looove CO2. .

Well, look at all the plants on Venus.

Why are Americans always 3 years behind the times? The whole “CO2 is plant food” is so way-back-then.
I’m not sure the deniers have come up with anything new. Monckton’s been demolished. I think Plimer and Carter have finally realised what fools they’ve been, considering how they’ve gone all quiet.

All Andrew Bolt has left are the odd loose cannon like Jenniefer Marohasy, frothing lunatics like Barnaby Joyce, and the LaRouchian CEC-friendly comedy duo Joanne Codling & David Evans.

If you were ever in any doubt as to whether Global Warming was something to be sceptical about, just check out the kind of people who want you to keep doubting:
http://www.cecaust.com.au/
A notable proponent of CEC being the lovely Lisa Milat – somebody who wanted you to also doubt whether Ivan *really* was responsible for those barbaric human-hunt-murders at Belanglo.

justin heywood justin heywood 8:05 pm 11 Apr 12

kagey said :

BTW – the polar icecaps don’t appear to be shrinking at the moment.
Just saying.

Here’s a neat little time-series grapghic that shows the loss of Arctic sea ice from 1979 to present.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/33/Arctic_sea_ice_loss_animation.gif

For a decade or more change deniers have claimed there is no evidence for climate change (‘the ice ain’t melting’). Presented with evidence, the next catchcry is ‘it’s natural variation’.

Now we’re starting to hear that climate change won’t be so bad anyway. Rick Santorum (Republican Presidential hopeful) says it’s all a conspiracy, because plants looove CO2. This from potential leader of the free world!

I’m pretty conservative, but if people don’t believe that climate change is bloody serious, then it must be because they don’t WANT to believe it.

HenryBG HenryBG 6:35 pm 11 Apr 12

Deckard said :

kagey said :

BTW – the polar icecaps don’t appear to be shrinking at the moment.
Just saying.

Probably because you’re not there. Or get your info from Andrew Bolt.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112509100/satellite-observes-rapid-ice-shelf-disintegration-in-antarctic/

Ah, thanks – i’ve had it in the back of my mind to introduce Kagey to reality, but you’ve taken care of it.

A good site is:
http://psc.apl.washington.edu/wordpress/research/projects/arctic-sea-ice-volume-anomaly/

Here’s a collection of graphs Andrew Bolt would rather you ignore:
http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2011/09/piomas-august-2011.html

Arctic sea ice is disappearing *very* rapidly.

Even if you want to be sceptical about *global* warming which is harder to define, it is a demonstrated fact that the Arctic has been very rapidly warming over the last couple of decades.

Deckard Deckard 1:47 pm 09 Apr 12

kagey said :

BTW – the polar icecaps don’t appear to be shrinking at the moment.
Just saying.

Probably because you’re not there. Or get your info from Andrew Bolt.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112509100/satellite-observes-rapid-ice-shelf-disintegration-in-antarctic/

kagey kagey 11:30 am 09 Apr 12

BTW – the polar icecaps don’t appear to be shrinking at the moment.
Just saying.

kagey kagey 11:17 am 09 Apr 12

So the scare campaign that Andrew Leigh ran during the last election has come true. Oh wait, the ‘other side’ was supposed to do the PS slashing. Whoops, well done public servants who voted Labor.

As for the DCC, they have been ordered to make the sacrifice that they have encouraged on the rest of Australia.
Oh, the irony.
The unseemly gold-rush towards job vacancies in DCC of only a few years ago is now over. Being opportunists, I expect these folk will readily find other work to do.

PantsMan PantsMan 6:50 pm 06 Apr 12

crackerpants said :

dungfungus said :

2620watcher said :

schmeah said :

Oh, and has anyone heard from Andrew Leigh or Gai Brodtman on this.. didn’t think so.

Gai was at DCCEE while they were still paying any contractor with a heartbeat to work there.

Andrew was on TV behind glorious leader yeasterday with his little head nodding as if he has early onset Parkinsons.
Gai’s Bulletin Edition Five arrived in my mail box today (must find that “no junk mail sign” again) and she has a front page declaration that she defends the public service in Canberra while the evil Mr Hockey threatens to sack 6,000 in the Dept. of Health and Ageing. Seems to me that Gai’s side of politics is doing all the sacking; after all they are the government (aren’t they?)

It would be very difficult to sack 6,000 from the Department of Health and Ageing.

The Department of Health and Ageing is a public service wasteland – literally. But Jan’s so psycho that you cannot go near it with the knife.

crackerpants crackerpants 9:02 am 06 Apr 12

dungfungus said :

2620watcher said :

schmeah said :

Oh, and has anyone heard from Andrew Leigh or Gai Brodtman on this.. didn’t think so.

Gai was at DCCEE while they were still paying any contractor with a heartbeat to work there.

Andrew was on TV behind glorious leader yeasterday with his little head nodding as if he has early onset Parkinsons.
Gai’s Bulletin Edition Five arrived in my mail box today (must find that “no junk mail sign” again) and she has a front page declaration that she defends the public service in Canberra while the evil Mr Hockey threatens to sack 6,000 in the Dept. of Health and Ageing. Seems to me that Gai’s side of politics is doing all the sacking; after all they are the government (aren’t they?)

It would be very difficult to sack 6,000 from the Department of Health and Ageing.

dungfungus dungfungus 10:11 pm 05 Apr 12

2620watcher said :

schmeah said :

Oh, and has anyone heard from Andrew Leigh or Gai Brodtman on this.. didn’t think so.

Gai was at DCCEE while they were still paying any contractor with a heartbeat to work there.

Andrew was on TV behind glorious leader yeasterday with his little head nodding as if he has early onset Parkinsons.
Gai’s Bulletin Edition Five arrived in my mail box today (must find that “no junk mail sign” again) and she has a front page declaration that she defends the public service in Canberra while the evil Mr Hockey threatens to sack 6,000 in the Dept. of Health and Ageing. Seems to me that Gai’s side of politics is doing all the sacking; after all they are the government (aren’t they?)

2620watcher 2620watcher 7:46 pm 05 Apr 12

schmeah said :

Oh, and has anyone heard from Andrew Leigh or Gai Brodtman on this.. didn’t think so.

Gai was at DCCEE while they were still paying any contractor with a heartbeat to work there.

gazket gazket 4:08 pm 05 Apr 12

WTF so for around 4 years the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has had nothing to do and were grossly over staffed like most government departments.

More Labour waste

MissChief MissChief 2:14 pm 05 Apr 12

kakosi said :

Every government is good at blaming government workers for it’s policy faults and getting votes by sacking people.

Happens every administration and you get the same “joy at watching people get sacked” in online chat rooms and in the media every time. Of course the hundreds of families to become affected by unemployment is not something people should be rejoicing.

+1

At least those families will now be eligible for the carbon tax compensation, which was partially funded by the slashing of their jobs.

And the tax they’re no longer paying/ money they’re no longer spending will make Mr Swan’s deficit dream even harder to achieve, resulting in even most spending cuts in the next 12 months.

It’s all one big vicious cycle and the losers are every single one of us.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back VYBerlinaV8_is_back 2:00 pm 05 Apr 12

Mysteryman said :

No, Labor is doing it now because they have screwed around the budget since 2007 and are realising that there is no way they can ever deliver their promised surplus until they stop spending – which they aren’t prepared to do – so they will cut jobs and cease some of the streams of GST funding to the states instead. At least it’s not another new tax, which they also seem fond of lately.

This.

Labor are finally realising that spending more than they have coming in is not a winning strategy in the longer term.

floradora floradora 1:56 pm 05 Apr 12

Yawn…what’s the fuss. In the private sector, redudancy is an occupational hazard. Yet for those who suckle on the public mammaries, it seems the end of the world is at hand. Get over yourselves. PS redundancies usually come with some re-training options. Use them wisely and find a real job!

zippyzippy zippyzippy 1:36 pm 05 Apr 12

Wow, they didn’t even wait for Tony Abbott before slashing away the climate change dept! They might get a round 2 with tony in a year or so.

MERC600 MERC600 12:25 pm 05 Apr 12

Hell poor old brodburgers. The only ones who could wait 90 minutes for a lunch feed were pubes.

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