The next Cafe Chew (August) will be devoted entirely to the subject of water.
It is a hot topic locally and will be nationally too with the Murray Darling Water Management Plan due in the next few weeks and the interest groups are lining up to stake their claims.
I have attached a couple of documents to help those who are interested become better informed so that our discussion can be more fruitful.
Hi All, just found a neat little smartphone app that puts at your fingertips a truck load of climate data and responses to those skeptical questions:http://itunes.com/apps/skepticalscience This is the iPhone app but there are other versions for android and nokia phones also works on ipads. Search on the web for as "skeptical science app" Cheers James
I am back in Dawson City, sitting on my verandah overlooking the Yukon River. Let me say right off, the Yukon River is a real river not like those muddy trickles that pass for rivers in Australia. More water would go by my verandah in an average hour than goes down the Macquarie in a month - or two. But the Yukon River is not looking good. It's low, very low.
The federal budget has been proclaimed and the opposition has predictably poored scorn on it.
Mr. Rudd does not seem to have been given the bounce from it he may have hoped and he is still being roundly criticised for his abandoning of the government's proposes Emissions Trading Scheme. Having trumpeted so loudly that this was the great moral challenge of our time and then to have been so critical of the opposition for not embracing it - nay it was an act of political cowardice to do so, he then so glibly walked away from it himself.
An expression of unknown origins to me, but I have always liked it - "chewing the fat". It brings to mind satisfying dinners and satisfying conversations during and after, where consulting adults enjoyed the fruits of intercourse - stimulating intellectual intercourse that is.
Last Wednesday evening, BCCAN held function which might turn into a regular event.
The occasion had two guests to entertain us with presentations. Dr. Bruce Fell, a lecturer from the School of Communications at Charles Sturt University and Dr. Andrew Rawson, who also lectureres at Charles Sturt University, at the Orange Campus.
I am watching "Burn Up" ABC Sunday night (April 25). What a crock of oily green rubbish. I was about to switch it off when they brought the Tar Sands into the plot.
I have a certain nostalgic fondness for the ole Tar Sands. I worked in the (Great Canadian Oil Sands) mines over two long university breaks. Six day week, ten hour day. Great Canadian Oil Money! Oil definitely paid my way through university. Oh, how I loved the smell of oil in the morning.
I have just recently finished reading a book about "recycling" in a general sense. The book's title, "The Same Ax, Twice" suggests an interesting conundrum. If the owner of an ax ( or axe) replaces the handle twice and the ax head once in his lifetime, is it the same ax?
I went to Frank Smith on Keppel Street recently to buy a new pair of elastic sided boots. In my shy way, I insisted on being shown only Australian made boots. In the past, I have always worn Blundstones, made in Tasmania and very good they are too. Or "were". They are now made in India. I picked on a pair of Rossi's from South Australia. I am not rich enough to afford the Williams boots. But, I am happy.
I came across the attached article, "How Long Will the World Last?", in the Shoalhaven Telegraph (30 July 1898). The science will probably raise a smile or two, but don't laugh too hard, instead just keep in mind how much bad science was in the IPCC Report.