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Meteoranxiety — pre traumatic stress about climate change that hasn’t happened yet

More support for snowflakes.

Are you feeling stressed about imaginary man-made climate change that hasn’t even happened yet? Thanks to taxpayer funds, there is a virtual reality event that may help you (or not). The Bureau of Meteoranxiety is on in Melbourne this week. This experimental, untested technique doesn’t look like it gets to the nub of the problem.

If victims spent 45 minutes with a friendly skeptic instead, they could be cured for life. Where is the grant for that?

Meteoranxiety, image, photo.

Image credit: Michael Tartaglia

Are you feeling stressed about the end of the world? If yes, you might want head to this Next Wave event. An immersive live art experience incorporating VR technology, Bureau of Meteoranxiety by Perth-based artists Alex Tate and Olivia Tartaglia will allow participants to work through their fears of climate change by exposing them to “experimental visual therapies and sensory remedies” and providing “new language and coping strategies to help stay above the metaphorical and literal flood line”.

Blindside: Bureau of Meteoranxiety.

Book your tickets for Melbourne (or pick an airline and fly somewhere else).

Hannah Francis of The Age tells us the treatments seem “counterintuitive”. Not half. You can listen to other naive victims and touch a 3D printed log:

Participants in the bureau’s “wellness trial” start by filling out a questionnaire to assess their level of “meteoranxiety”.

They then watch a video from Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, who coined the term meteoranxiety as “the specific anxiety that people feel when their climate and the weather … becomes so abnormal as to give them a sense of foreboding that the future is going to be more difficult than the present; that the next storm is going to wipe them out”.

But the bureau’s proposed treatments may seem a little counterintuitive. There’s a guided meditation that starts off soothingly and escalates into an unusual weather event; an AI chatbot called Gail, who delivers online counselling; a shared online journal to help patients feel less alone with their meteoranxiety; and a three-minute virtual reality simulation of a rainforest which eventually leads the patient to touch a 3D-printed log, giving them a therapeutic dose of “nature”.

“There is a satirical element to the work,” says Tartaglia.

It’s good to know there is one. If anyone spots that lone satirical element, let us know.

Art as good as this couldn’t survive without forced payments coerced from taxpayers:

Amount unknown… (can anyone find that grant?)

Olivia Tartaglia recieved $14,953 from the WA Dept of Culture and the Arts.

To support the presentation of “Bureau of Meteoranxiety”, a multi-room pseudo-agency dealing with the pre-traumatic effects of climate change. The presentation will combine sculpture, performance, and digital and virtual reality technology. The presentation will be part of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival.

 

Grouped snowflakes break into a wail,
As they feared being caught in a gale,
When a soft gentle breeze,
Caressed their bare knees,
Reaching 3 on the Beaufort scale.

–Ruairi

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101 comments to Meteoranxiety — pre traumatic stress about climate change that hasn’t happened yet

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    Gordon

    Stress over something that has not happened yet!? Can I get some government money for this? You know…..like pre stress disorder compensation.

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      a happy little debunker

      I was thinking like a pre-disability pension could solve a lot of unemployment issues.

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        Hasbeen

        I wonder how many bureaucrats have grabbed this as a chance to get off on stress leave, without having to invent some stress they are suffering from.

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    Roy Hogue

    Awh. Cmon Jo, climate change has already happened. Everyone says so. Why, just yesterday I saw a climate change scurry back under the geraniums as I went outside.

    If it’s that visible they must be right.

    Quick, everyone head for your psychiatrist and get a valium prescription right away.

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      Roy Hogue

      Or ROFLYAO. :-)

      That’s how I’m going to handle it.

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        Roy Hogue

        ROFLYAO: Roll On the Floor Laughing Your “Butt” Off for those who’re not familiar with it.

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          Yonniestone

          Oh you kids and your acronyms!

          Actually Roy your suggestion of seeking professional help is probably the most pragmatic.

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            Roy Hogue

            I don’t believe there is professional help for foolishness. Drugs can maybe make it feel better but you remain a fool.

            The secret is to demand evidence before you believe. But that would require learning about the concepts of evidence and proof. And we can’t allow that because it takes too much time away from Facebook or whatever else society spends most of its time on.

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              OriginalSteve

              Roy, next time you see climate change scurry out from under the garden folage, i suspect 2 barrels in quick succession of rock salt may cure it….
              :-)

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                Roy Hogue

                Unfortunately discharge of any gun inside, outside or around my house without a legitimate self defense argument in front of a judge would put me in jail for a long time. It’s a felony.

                Besides, I think it’s rather nice to see them around. They’re kinda cute actually. And we all know they’re harmless. And if something harmless is happening, why worry? So as I said, ROFLYAO.

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              Yonniestone

              Agreed but the opportunity for councilling must be given to assess the level of foolishness for the sake of possible rehabilitation.

              Social media is a great distraction for the mind to not absorb or retain any important information while passing time that the participant believes is relevant, while I converse with people here from all walks of life and have the resources to verify or learn my neighbour has been gaming for five straight hours between checking fakebok, whose downtime is of the most benefit to their personal development?

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      Awh. Cmon Jo, climate change has already happened. Everyone says so. Why, just yesterday I saw a climate change scurry back under the geraniums as I went outside.

      Did dey grow legs like Froggies? Der still supposta be hiding in da ocean! :-)

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    Roy Hogue

    If someone has government grant money for this then I want in on it. I’m at least as good a psychologist as these numbskulls.

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      sophocles

      Roy, I would say you are better by far than this over-educated ignorant fool. At least you have a much better understanding of what science is and how it should be done.

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        Roy Hogue

        Wow! When I read just this far my head exploded.

        Currently, there are three important issues on which there is scientific consensus…

        After that it’s all touchy feely and detachment from reality. Consensus, consmenchus, why do they fool themselves that it means anything?

        I’ll answer my question by saying one word, ignorance. No, make that, abysmal ignorance, 2 words and more accurate.

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          I’ll answer my question by saying one word, ignorance. No, make that, abysmal ignorance, 2 words and more accurate.

          Not by the elite educators! Only of those willing to help their own children become slaves\cattle! And in only sufficient numbers to provide services\food for the very same elite! :-( Elite children do not attend serf schools!

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    Richard111

    Don’t need 45 minutes to cure that anxiety. Four to five minutes should be enough.

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    michael reed

    I love the way,actors, sculptures, writers, philosophers etc know so much science ie physics,biology,ocean chemistry, meteorology etc etc .I was a science teacher
    for thirty years and most of these types referred to in this blog were the kind of students who were never able in science (and discontinued the hard subjects maths etc as soon as they could).What they did continue with was art ,english etc.The art they did continue with was by and large abstract.Their artwork generally
    needed convoluted explanations (as would be the case with these “science” aware arty/Physchologists) because it never seemed to make much sense.So the
    world view -with regard to science for these people is still stuck back in the year 7 or 8 which they more than likely failed in.
    Cheers Mike

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      NB

      I wish this observation covered the field. In fact, some seriously smart people take on the belief. I really don’t know why. It has been one of the interests of my life to watch as very smart people adopt weird ideas and seem unable to shake them off. There is an emotional capture mechanism in weird ideas that can overwhelm analytical intelligence alone.

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        sophocles

        What we see are the human-centric superstitious mind-set/mentality/ways-of-thinking behind all the misanthropic blaming.

        “I don’t know anything so somebody must be to blame!”
        to
        “Burn the Witches! Burn the Witches.”
        and
        “No, no, all that’s necessary is a Protection from Witches Tax. Pay here and we’ll take care of it for you. All you have to do is exactly what we tell you.”

        The most dangerous of all are the Eng.Lit graduates. They can frame and explain their ignorance better and more convincingly than the other ignoramouses.

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          sophocles

          Jerry Samuels, billed as Napoleon XIV, in his 1966 hit “ They’re Coming to Take me Away, Ha Ha
          solved the problem:

          chorus:
          And They’re coming to take me away Ha Ha
          They’re coming to take me away ho ho he he ha ha
          to the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time,
          and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats
          and they’re coming to take me away ha ha

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        NB – we are a gregarious species. Highly socially evolved. Sometimes the groupthink spreads like an infection.

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        Ted O'Brien.

        NB. There are two kinds of smart. Memory smart and constructive smart. Only two and a half per cent of the population are in the top echelon of the constructive type.

        Even those in the top echelon of memory smart can be subject to erroneous convictions.

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        There is an emotional capture mechanism in weird ideas that can overwhelm analytical intelligence alone.

        Yes! it is called deliberate Marxist indoctrination of children via one world order teachers and higher order educators! If you can stop kids before 6yr from asking (WHY?); cause being busy taking ‘tests’ of only what was in the textbook; parents are grateful; until having to kick-sorry-ass from the basement! Those poor disadvantaged kids that keep asking ‘why’ instead learn “cause I said so”(!); now go weed the strawberries before dinner! These somehow learn personal integrity from own effort and become useful citizens!
        All the best!-will-

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      Another Ian

      Michael R

      By what we see their approach to English probably wasn’t much different

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    Here I was all excited that someone had finally made “Lucifer’s Hammer” into a movie.

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      sophocles

      Now, properly done, that would be a good movie. :-)

      But: Hollywood can’t be trusted to do it properly. Too much science in it.

      “Footfall” would be another great one. It might need as many episodes as “Star Wars” but it’s much more realistic. However, Hollywood would stuff it up for the same reason: too much science.

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    Mark M

    Satire?

    There is nothing funny about doomsday-global warming.

    Unless you are laughing at the gullible fools who believe in it …

    … “As scientific terms go, “climate change” is failing.

    It’s too late to prevent anthropogenic climate change, or unnatural climate change, or global warming — call it what you will.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-05-11/inspiring-terms-are-simple-climate-change-isn-t

    If there really is a climate crisis, they wouldn’t need to point at it.

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      el gordo

      When the planets Jupiter, Venus and Earth are aligned to the sun it measures a solar cycle.

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        “it measures a solar cycle.” Which solar cycle there are many?
        My favorite is the 160 minute cycle.

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          el gordo

          “Interestingly, every 11.07 years, the Sun and the planets Venus, the Earth and Jupiter are aligned. We asked ourselves: Is it a coincidence that the solar cycle corresponds with the cycle of the conjunction or the opposition of the three planets?” ponders Dr Frank Stefani.

          ‘Although this question is by no means new, up to now scientists could not identify a plausible physical mechanism for how the very weak tidal effects of Venus, the Earth and Jupiter could influence the Sun’s dynamo.’

          WUWT

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            el gordo. Have you seen this? Note the two modes parts http://personal.inet.fi/tiede/tilmari/sunspots.html

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              el gordo

              I’m aware of his work, he passed away to 2009 so we are left to discuss his predictions.

              Timo Niroma said the oceans and atmosphere should be much cooler by now, but I don’t see any sign of that.

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                “Timo Niroma said the oceans and atmosphere should be much cooler by now, but I don’t see any sign of that.”
                From my reading I think he said the opposite.
                “What is happening in the Sun is a change to a new mode: the Gleissberg cycle has reached its minimum (71 years) and now there will be a reversal to longer and lower cycles. When the 200-year cycle is also nearing its turning point (2010-2030), my theory also predicts a turn of the global warming to a global chill.”
                The center of that 2010-2030 period would be 2020 for the center of a pause that ends with a cooling trend.

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              el gordo

              We need to focus on the 60 year cycle as a starting point and illustrate with a sine wave.

              https://curryja.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/f5.jpg

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                Ooops sorry el gordo I meant opposite as in future not past. To me the most obvious cycle in Australia is the repetition of the federation > Millennium drought. Rather than a sine wave it seems like three cycles of a 35 and a bit year cycle on top of a slower negative half cycle.
                So about 1899warm to 1935warm to 1970cancelled by longer slow cycle cool part to 2005 leaving the next cool part of the 35 and a bit year cycle at 2023/24.

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                Siliggy May13,18:19:55

                Millennium drought. Rather than a sine wave it seems like three cycles of a 35 and a bit year cycle on top of a slower negative half cycle.
                So about 1899warm to 1935warm to 1970cancelled by longer slow cycle cool part to 2005 leaving the next cool part of the 35 and a bit year cycle at 2023/24.

                Have you kept up on the Paul Vaughn, Oldbrew, “Why psi’, over at Tallbloke’s? Consider the Rudy Clausius virial theorem for finite orbital bodies! Why does the Earth have only 1/3 the atmospheric mass claimed by academic Meteorologists?

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    David Maddison

    It seems “climate change and mental health” is a whole new area to harvest taxpayer funds.

    E.g.:

    https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/climate-change-and-mental-health-connections

    ///Studies show that climate change related events can affect health and mental health. Extreme weather events and slower moving events such as droughts can have significant effects.1 The mental health consequences of events linked to a changing global climate include mild stress and distress, high-risk coping behavior such as alcohol use and, occasionally, mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. Climate change related impacts can also lead to job loss, force people to move, or lead to a loss of social support and community resources —all of which have mental health consequences.///

    And check this:

    https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-impact-climate-change-on-mental-health-impossible-to-ignore/amp

    ///It is now widely accepted that climate change is one of the world’s leading health risks. From driving up the number of people exposed to heatwaves to increasing the risk of infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, climate change is already causing significant harm.

    Similarly, the body of evidence that climate change is increasing the frequency and ferocity of weather-related extremes is increasing year-on-year. More people are being exposed – or, worse still, the same people are exposed more frequently – to injury, loss of homes and businesses, environmental damage and even loss of lives.

    All of these have profound, often long-term effects on mental health. Yet there remains relatively little research on this topic, and even less commitment to doing anything about it.

    This is a mistake. Good mental health is essential to our capacity to cope with and make the best of what life throws at us, including climate change. But it is not something we can take for granted.///

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      el gordo

      ‘It is now widely accepted that climate change is one of the world’s leading health risks.’

      That is true, global cooling is already having a devastating impact on Britains, with a large increase in winter deaths

      Cheap abundant energy would rectify the problem over night.

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        PeterS

        Correct and in two ways. One, allowing more people to heat their homes with cheap power once again. Two, generate more CO2 to help heat the planet if one believes in that sort of nonsense, which the global warming alarmist obviously do. In fact the best way for say a country like Australia to boost its economy and pay off as much as possible if not all of it’s national debt (gradually approaching to a trillion) is to stop renewable incentives and subsidise the building of coal fired power stations to use our own coal that’s being exported to around the world, and force power prices to collapse to record lows to make businesses more lucrative and attract overseas companies to move here. Of course that will never happen since governments very rarely do the right thing for the nation. Instead they almost always do the exact opposite and end up destroying the nation.

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          David Maddison

          Australian Government total debt (federal, state and local) is about to roll over to $793 billion, I estimate about 6 hours. It goes up a billion every few days.

          http://www.australiandebtclock.com.au/

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          Yonniestone

          Yes Peter all good but dung fires and dirty water are far more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible aren’t they?

          Except to the people that endure it of course……but think of the…….

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            Leonard Lane

            They used to say there is a sucker born every minute. But why con them one at a time when you can con the state government out of thousands and hundreds of thousands?

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        OriginalSteve

        Excellent…and since sceptics dont believe in that fairy story/mass delusion, we are in sound mental health…and think also the savings to the taxpayer by us not needing any form of mental health assistance.

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    “new language and coping strategies to help stay above the metaphorical and literal flood line”.

    Now, I hate to nag…but you still don’t think we should close down most university courses and every single arts council?

    We’re wasting good parking space, people. With plenty left over for volleyball courts or bubble tea franchises…or whatever you fancy. The Living must start to reclaim territory from the Undead.

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      Roy Hogue

      The Living must start to reclaim territory from the Undead.

      If we could only figure out how…

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        If we could only figure out how…

        Satire, ridicule, confront, and laugh such ‘abject ignorance’, out of existence!! You cannot fool those that do not ‘BELIEVE’ you! Buy this fine set of kitchen knives; that never get dull! :-)

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    Peter C

    Meteoranxiety!

    Check out Eric Holthaus’ lament

    Warmist Meteorologist Eric Holthaus admits to ‘soul-crushing despair’ – ‘I confess: I need help’

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/05/12/i-lose-sleep-over-climate-change-warmist-meteorologist-eric-holthaus-admits-to-soul-crushing-despair-i-confess-i-need-help/

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      tom0maason

      Yes Peter C,
      I just came from reading that strange piece to here, and now I feel I have ‘preclinical virtually acquired post pre-traumatic stress anxiety’.

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      Roy Hogue

      Can we just write off those whose condition is so bad because of climate change that it’s “lamentable”.

      Really, a few years ago I would have said they’re coocoo. Now they get treatment for figments of their imagination? It’s time to bring in the men with nets and straight jackets.

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        OriginalSteve

        The communists used to prefer declaring their internal enemies “mentally unsound” so they could lock them up in loony bins…..i see the Left has changed….

        Interestingly, the latin for left handed is “sinistra” from whuch we derive the word “sinister”…..

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          Roy Hogue

          I always thought that the right hand, since it’s the one favored by most of the human race was called right because that hand was, “the right one”. Then the other one becomes simply the one that was left over and needed to be called something. And what’s more natural then calling it left.

          I guess I was wrong, huh? Or maybe I was closer than I thought? ;-)

          Interestingly there’s a terrible implication in our calling the conservative, relatively unemotional decision makers right and the emotional decision makers left — as in right and wrong. I wonder if that was the intent of nature, man or just dumb luck. I have a guess but being a conservative decision maker I’ll keep it to myself as wisdom dictates.

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            I guess I was wrong, huh? Or maybe I was closer than I thought? ;-) Interestingly there’s a terrible implication in our calling the conservative, relatively unemotional decision makers right

            Better (from the thumb) to call conservatives anti-clockwise; as in cuckoo clocks!

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    el gordo

    ‘Depression and anxiety are afflicting Americans who are concerned at the fate of the environment, according to a study of the mental health effects of climate change.

    ‘Those hit hardest are women and people with low incomes who worry about the planet’s long-term health, said the study published this week in the journal Global Environmental Change.’

    SMH

    ————–

    Stepping outside the realms of common decency I reckon poor women are ignorant and shouldn’t be encouraged to vote.

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    glen Michel

    Whatever happened to that sage group o f EXPERT climate scientists (Karoly,Pitman etc) that”briefed” errant politicians about the “facts”.Did this put these misled pollies on the right track? You know the scene: serious looks -reams of papers with graphs all heading upwward and dressed in new issue lab coats

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    glen Michel

    I apologise for the standard of sentence construction.

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    PeterS

    Sounds a lot like Trump derangement syndrome. The leftists even now are trying to invent impossible interpretations on how Trump did the wrong thing when he spoke about the event where three American citizens were freed from North Korea and arrived back home:
    Thiessen: Sen. Schumer Revealed His ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ With NK Hostage Remarks
    I bet even if Trump managed to reduce CO2 emissions in the US to zero by way of some new, safe and cheap energy source the global warming alarmists would still deride him. Such is the twisted and evil mindset of leftists and global warming alarmists.

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    Graeme No.3

    “Art as good as this couldn’t survive without forced payments from taxpayers:”
    As I said before the Budget about what we would get

    They will take more money in tax than ever before.
    They will spend more than ever before.
    They will WASTE more than ever before.
    And they will make more “politicians promises” than ever before.

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    Before we worry about supporting “the presentation of a ‘Bureau of Meteoranxiety’, a multi-room pseudo-agency dealing with the pre-traumatic effects etc”…

    Can’t we get the yartzy types to fix that WA crest? I mean, a black swan floating on a fish-bowl shield supported by two of the dorkiest kangaroos imaginable, each clutching a boomerang in its free paw? With a weed-infested pommie crown on top of the lot?

    What’s the good of an Olive Tartaglia (recipe, please!) and a WA Council for the Yartz if they can’t even fix that?

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    Kinky Keith

    And as a HeteroSemiAssimilatedForwardLookingPostIndustrialCataclimatic world society, we continue to move around and around in ever decreasing circles until we disappear up our collective anoretentive inverselyprojective passages in a Blinding flash of blue light.

    What Australia needs is a new department in our national governance structure to turn this all around and face us towards a sensible future.

    Demand of your local MP that all parliaments immediately create a new Department, maybe the department of Verifiable Reality. Other names may be considered.

    KK

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      And as a HeteroSemiAssimilatedForwardLookingPostIndustrialCataclimatic world society, we continue to move around and around in ever decreasing circles until we disappear up our collective anoretentive inverselyprojective passages in a Blinding flash of blue light.

      Yous can do better, please. Hows ’bout ‘Blinding Ultra Violet flash’? :-)

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    robert rosicka

    Our society as a whole is clearly doomed but not from Climate change , from the inmates in charge of the asylum.
    I would have thought man would have learned from history about the dangers of pagan rituals and human sacrifice to appease the gods to make it rain or stop raining .
    Witch hunts from the Middle Ages are back in vogue to weed out those who don’t believe in Gai.

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    Robert

    Titled THE LAST RESORT. this installation (made from old spring mattresses)(the spring seat is especially comfy) in the Yabby Vineyard Mornington Peninsula SE Melbourne, is a must for all pre metereo stress disordered sufferers.
    The plaque attached reads
    “Sit in the observation dome of rusty dreams and watch as the tsunami of climate change approaches”

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    Yonniestone

    Jo’s article automatically conjured up memories of Lucy’s psychiatry booth in Peanuts.

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=peanuts+lucy%27s+psychiatry+booth&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwidl_7fs4HbAhVBUbwKHUA_DmsQ_AUoAXoECAAQAw&biw=1680&bih=919

    Upon assessment I believe Lucy to be more grounded in application.

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    Yonniestone

    Does anyone else think this is a climate parody?

    I mean ‘presented by Blindside’ come on!

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      robert rosicka

      Maybe a Monty Python movie in the vogue of the life of Brian

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      I did wonder. There is that hint of “satire” in The Age. I looked in vain…

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        Roy Hogue

        Whatever else it is it’s the result of continually telling people that disaster is just around the corner unless we immediately do whatever the current ex-spurt says we must.

        If there were any real psychologists around they would say shut down this climate change nonsense and you’d cure a whole lot of this whatsit-anxiety.

        Of course that would put the governments of Australia and California out of a job and we can’t have that now, can we? All those bureaucrats running around unhinged unsupervised would surely lead to trouble.

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        Yonniestone

        To paraphrase Oscar Wilde “Satire is wasted on the stupid”

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      I think it could be , but I’m not going to the Exhibition
      to find out, … life’s too short.

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    pat

    read all:

    1 May GoUpstate: Walter Williams: Colleges are filled with misbehaving liberals
    (Walter Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University, and his weekly column is distributed by Creators Syndicate)
    None of this professorial and student behavior is new at the nation’s colleges. It’s part of the leftist agenda that dominates our institutions of higher learning.
    A new study by Brooklyn College professor Mitchell Langbert (“Homogeneous: The Political Affiliations of Elite Liberal Arts College Faculty”), published in the quarterly Academic Questions, demonstrates that domination. (By the way, Academic Questions is a publication of the National Association of Scholars, an organization fighting the leftist propaganda in academia.)…

    Later in the study, Langbert turns his attention to Democrat-to-Republican faculty ratios at some of our most elite colleges. At Williams College, the ratio is 132-1. At Amherst College, it’s 34-1. Wellesley’s is 136-1. At Swarthmore, 120-1. Claremont McKenna, 4-1. Davidson, 10-1.

    Only two colleges of the top 66 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list have a modicum of equality in numbers between Democratic and Republican faculty members. They are the U.S. Military Academy, aka West Point, with a Democrat-to-Republican ratio of 1.3-1, and the U.S. Naval Academy, whose ratio is 2.3-1…

    Many professors spend class time indoctrinating students with their views. For Democratic faculty members, those views can be described as leftist, socialist or communist.
    It is a cowardly act for a professor to take advantage of student immaturity by indoctrinating pupils with his opinions before the students have developed the maturity and skill to examine other opinions. It is also dereliction of duty of college administrators and boards of trustees to permit the continuance of what some professors and students are doing in the name of higher education.

    The leftist bias at most of the nation’s colleges is in stark contrast to the political leanings of our nation.
    According to a number of Pew Research Center surveys, most Americans identify as conservative.

    These Americans are seeing their tax dollars and tuition dollars going to people who have contempt for their values and seek to indoctrinate their children with leftist ideas…
    http://www.goupstate.com/opinion/20180501/williams-colleges-are-filled-with-misbehaving-liberals

    24 Apr: National Assn of Scholars: Homogeneous: The Political Affiliations of Elite Liberal Arts College Faculty
    by Mitchell Langbert
    Political homogeneity is problematic because it biases research and teaching and reduces academic credibility. In a recent book on social psychology, The Politics of Social Psychology edited by Jarret T. Crawford and Lee Jussim, Mark J. Brandt and Anna Katarina Spälti, show that because of left-wing bias, psychologists are far more likely to study the character and evolution of individuals on the Right than individuals on the Left. Inevitably affecting the quality of this research, though, George Yancey found that sociologists prefer not to work with fundamentalists, evangelicals, National Rifle Association members, and Republicans.
    Even though more Americans are conservative than liberal, academic psychologists’ biases cause them to believe that conservatism is deviant….
    https://www.nas.org/articles/homogenous_political_affiliations_of_elite_liberal

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    PeterPetrum

    There is absolutely no doubt the climate is changing and it is scary. We left the Blue Mountains on Thursday to drive up Top Tweed Heads on the NSW/QLD border and guess what….. it was only 5degC up here at night and it snowed in the Blue Mountains. That sure is a scary change…. we are not going back because we are terrified.

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      el gordo

      Climate has changed and my strongest advice is not to return south until that high pressure leaves the Bight.

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    Ruairi

    Grouped snowflakes break into a wail,
    As they feared being caught in a gale,
    When a soft gentle breeze,
    Caressed their bare knees,
    Reaching 3 on the Beaufort scale.

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    pat

    “They then watch a video from Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht”

    Wikipedia: Glenn Albrecht
    Glenn Albrecht was Professor of Sustainability at Murdoch University in Western Australia. He retired in 2014. He is an honorary fellow in the School Of Geosciences, Sydney University, N.S.W. In 2008 Albrecht finished as the Associate Professor in Environmental Studies in University of Newcastle in New South Wales. He has become known for coining the neologism ***solastalgia.

    He is an environmental philosopher with both theoretical and applied interests in the relationship between ecosystem and human health. He has pioneered the research domain of ‘psychoterratic’ or earth related mental health conditions with the concept of ‘solastalgia’ or the lived experience of negative environmental change. He also has publications in the field of animal ethics including the ethics of relocating endangered species in the face of climate change pressures.

    He publishes in peer reviewed journals and has recently completed and published book chapters on his research interests. With colleagues, Nick Higginbotham (University of Newcastle) and Linda Connor (Sydney University) under Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants, he has researched the impact of mining in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW, Australia, and now, the impact of climate change on communities, again in the Hunter Region…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Albrecht

    ***Wikipedia: Solastalgia
    Solastalgia is a neologism that describes a form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change. In many cases this is in reference to global climate change, but more localized events such as volcanic eruptions, drought or destructive mining techniques can cause solastalgia as well…

    In 2015, the medical journal The Lancet included solastalgia as a contributing concept to the impact of Climate Change on Human Health and Wellbeing…

    A paper published by Albrecht et al. in 2005 focused on two contexts: the experiences of persistent drought in rural New South Wales and the impact of large-scale open-cut coal mining on individuals in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW. In both cases, people exposed to environmental change had negative reactions brought about by a sense of powerlessness over the unfolding environmental changes…

    Solastalgia tends to affect wealthier populations less…This is due to the flexibility wealth can provide…

    Other studies have supported the existence of solastalgia in Appalachian communities affected by mountain-top removal coal mining practices. Communities located in close proximity to coal mining sites experienced significantly higher depression rates than those located farther from the sites…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solastalgia

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    Mark M

    Pre-traumatic stress for climate that hasn’t happened yet?

    It’s worse than we first thought!

    Difficult to predict

    The Bureau of Meteorology usually has several days’ indication that a system like this may form, but development of multiple low-pressure centres at the surface makes it tricky to predict exactly where local impacts will strike.

    https://theconversation.com/heres-how-a-complex-low-pressure-system-sent-temperatures-plummeting-96422

    Long term snow forecasts still can’t predict a great ski season

    “The bureau doesn’t issue an official snow season outlook,” said Andrew Watkins, the Bureau of Meteorology’s head of long range forecasts and an avid skier.
    “The problem with snow is a big dump at the right time may make it a fantastic season. It might be a completely random weather event, rather than driven by climate.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-12/snow-snow-snow/9742572

    > If the BoM cant predict cold climate a week ahead, what chance they can predict warming in 100 years?

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      Mark M

      Here is Dr Andrew Watkins, the Bureau of Meteorology’s head of long range forecasts and an avid skier admitting the BoM cant predict cyclones:

      “This year, (2017) on the other hand, the low numbers have blindsided them.
      Dr Andrew Watkins the manager of climate prediction services at the bureau, said scientists are, at present, trying to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

      They have a few theories, Dr Watkins said, and are presently crunching the data to get to the bottom of it.
      “There are several theories and at the moment the data is pouring in from satellites and everywhere,” he said.

      In the Climate Council’s Cranking up the Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events report released earlier this year, the independent body predicted that in coming years, due to rising temperatures, cyclones would get less frequent but those that formed would be higher in intensity.

      But he said “basic physics” governed that climate change would increase the intensity of cyclones in the future.

      It does not, however, explain this season’s anomaly.”

      http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/cyclone-blanche-is-latest-to-cross-land-in-second-consecutive-quiet-season-in-australian-history/news-story/220bd07cbd24d1db32cfd2175d3ec2ac

      But, they can predict 100 years in the future …???

      http://www.garnautreview.org.au/pdf/Garnaut_Chapter5.pdf

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    David Maddison

    How did it come to be that people believed that climate was static and unchanging including some supposed “scientists”?

    I knew even in primary school (for non-Australians that’s for ages 5-12) that climate was always varying and I learned about Ice Ages etc..

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      Another Ian

      No doubt heard Dorothea’s poem too

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      tom0maason

      Whatever the climate is doing now is anomalous, and we must shackle future generation to {editlots of debt to solve it.} sustainable green initiatives to generate virtual wealth.

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      PeterS

      Yesterday I was asked by a global warming alarmist who happens to be very well educated and has a good job if I believed in climate change. I of course said I did. You can guess what unfolded over the next hour as I explained in great detail how climate change and man-made global warming are totally separate issues. The propaganda machines have done a good job of convincing a lot of people that climate change is new and that it’s mostly or all man-made. Such is the lack of critical thinking even among very well educated people. I don’t see it getting better, only much worse. I tend to think the education system from infants to University is the main cause of the lack of critical thinking. Given they will continue to do what they are doing for the foreseeable future, I can only see the propaganda getting stronger and the ability of people to distinguish truth from fiction getting weaker. At the moment the only thing that I can see will break the trend is a crash and burn scenario.

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        Yonniestone

        Don’t despair PeterS, when people accustomed to sheltered existences experience true hardship their prior perceived realities change toot sweet!

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          PeterS

          Thanks but I’m actually very hopeful of a good new beginning but not until we get past the crash and burn scenario if we do indeed need to experience it, which by most accounts we do

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    TdeF

    So, PTSD is the new money maker? Pre Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    3D printed logs for reality? Virtual 3D reality. AI computer grief counsellors.

    People fear Climate Change might not happen despite all the trillions spent trying to stop it?

    This has to be a joke. If it’s our money, it’s not funny.

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      TdeF

      Let me guess. The psychological experts in this are meteorologists?

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      PeterS

      Virtual Reality is just an extension of the current craze of escapism by way of Hollywood movies and similar distractions and distortions to reality. Movies, at least some, used to be OK but lately they have become another means of dumbing-down and brainwashing the world. Once VR takes hold I can imagine how people will follow imaginary thought leaders using AI because they will appear to be more attractive than physical leaders despite the fact their promises and beliefs will be less real than they already are with no ability to recognise absolute moral values. Next there will be a focus on virtual leaders that are made up of a mixture of real people and AI all combined into one. I’m beginning to think mankind is devolving into a lesser and lesser intelligent species as time goes by. Perhaps that’s why virtual reality is becoming more popular. People are looking for a way to get back the intelligence they once had by sharing. Too bad it will do the opposite and spread the cancer of stupidity even more easily. Has everyone forgotten what groupthink was all about as illustrated in George Orwells’s 1984 novel? I’m also expecting virtual memory holes to arrive soon to make it so much easier to wipe out history, not that it’s really that necessary since we never learn from it. It just makes it easier for dictators to rule if all history is wiped. We then become mindless serfs. Many people are already that way now.

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        TdeF

        History is being wiped in all universities in Australia. Even English is being assaulted. How long before Shakespeare and Homer and the King James Bible are declared racist, homerphobic and anti muslim?

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          TdeF

          istory is being wiped in all universities in Australia. Even English is being assaulted. How long before Shakespeare and Homer and the King James Bible are declared racist, homerphobic and anti m*slim?

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    J.H.

    As Homer Simpson would say about Donuts…. Mmmmmm…. Funding.

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    Geoffrey Williams

    Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht and his climate meteoranxiety or whatever – he should try a stint living in the UK for a few years, then he’d know about weather anxiety and depression!
    Just an opportunist bunch of artists and philosophers fooling naive climate worriers with a load of old fashioned cobblers.
    GeoffW

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    Michael Spencer

    This puts me in mind of the joke about the two psychiatrists/psychologists who met one day.

    The first looked the other deep in the eyes, and said: “You look alright! How am I?”

    I rest my case ….

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    The end result of Australia’s energy policy.
    Turnbull will become a billionaire like Al Gore,the poor in Australia will not be able to afford electricity and the climate will be exactly how it would have been without this criminal attack on our economy and our most vulnerable citizens.

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