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ClimateStrike: The oldest mass protestors still willing to “strike” for climate change are children

Did any of them even give up their pocket money this week? 

When you can’t talk adults and real voters into marching en masse or losing pay in an actual strike, the only protesters left are children — the cheapest “Rent-a-crowd” around.

Is there any audience easier to find on a weekday than school children told they can skip school for a walk in the park? There are 4 million school students in Australia, and less than 0.5% may have turned up today.

#ClimateStrike: Why not let ten year olds set national energy policy?.

What are these students learning?

ClimateStrike

Advanced grid management?

We all know why they don’t hold these protests on the weekend:

Child protestors, Australia, climate change.

These students are learning that old people are selfish and dumb, and that 80 year olds don’t realize “there is no spare planet”. Let’s teach them humility, and history and why Autocrats always use children to sell their agendas.

Chumpy cliches make for cute TV moments as long as journalists don’t ask any hard questions. But they don’t solve the high maintenance costs of collecting low density energy across vast square kilometers of wilderness.

Let’s teach our children what inertia and 50Hz frequency stability means instead, and why intermittent renewables can’t provide either. Let’s take them on tours of coal plants run by actual engineers. Let’s use government funding to make computer games where students have to design national electricity grids with real costs (not subsidies). Let them figure out how to go “net zero” on a 10GW grid, when every system blackout costs a billion dollars, battery storage lasts 3 minutes, and fuel makes up only a tiny part of the total bill.

There is still no evidence CO2 will cause a catastrophe.

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79 comments to ClimateStrike: The oldest mass protestors still willing to “strike” for climate change are children

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    TdeF

    As I noted, there is nothing about science and nothing about Global Warming. Look at the placards. Koalas, fracking, good planet, dinosaurs, trees, fossils, old age, no future and only two which mention Climate Change which is meaningless. Not a thing about Global Warming now. Or why CO2 or fossil fuels are a problem to anyone, anywhere. Nothing. These are children.

    In just a decade rapid runaway tipping point end of days Global Warming became Climate Change became Climate Extinction became Carbon neutrality. And all right thinking people want carbon neutrality, whatever that is?

    These children have no idea what they are protesting.

    CO2 is essential to all life on earth. CO2 is 50x more soluble than oxygen and fish need to breathe, so if O2 goes into the water, so does all the CO2. CO2 is in balance and we have no control over CO2 and 98% of all CO2 is in the ocean. But those are science facts. What these children are protesting against are the lies told by their teachers. That is the real problem, adults using children as weapons, as in Gaza. And it is this generation of children who will find themselves in a third world country.

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      GlenM

      Inculcated by the decision makers of the Education dept and Teachers federation
      Kids are clueless unless indoctrinated. I tell this and accuse stupid – and I mean stupid teachers in my domain that they are destroying their charges. Education is f..ked!

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    Jojodogfacedboy

    Our piss poor education fails to inform our kids all the items that are created from fossil fuels to give them this current lifestyle of not being in labor camps and surviving from day to day.
    So far the education system is now creating ‘Professional Activists’ for any cause that is needed by our new generation of ‘pre-programmed sheep’.

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    Philip

    I see no problem in letting 10 year olds determine national energy policy. Society’s level of debate and thinking is about the same level so it is quite fitting.

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    Kalm Keith

    This afternoon as I was driving I heard an interview on an ABCCCC radio station.

    A year 12 student has taken the day off school to protest about “Climate Change” and the need for action. She spoke for several minutes, and didn’t actually say anything at all. It was just filling the air with waffle and victimhood.

    Bushfires, the Koalas, carbon, flooding, and on and on.

    And at the end of the rant, she had said nothing about truth, reality, or common sense.

    The reality escaped her.

    Governments can minimise bushfire deaths and damage: but they don’t bother, it’s only voters who get caught.

    People can build on flood plains, there’s profit in them there plains.

    Having just been through one of the coolest summers in my life I can’t feel any threat from Wobal Glorming nor believe anything that our BOM says about “temperature records”.

    But let’s all protest.

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    Philip

    I like the sign that reads “I speak for the trees”. The irony is lost on them there.

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      Klem

      Its not the kids, it’s the parents who don’t see the irony.

      These kids are just being kids, it’s their moronic parents who are actually the protesters here.

      The parents should be in jail.

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      Deano

      A bit like the S11 anti-capitalism protestors that wore Nike, had Apple and Samsung phones and ate at Macca’s afterwards.

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    robert rosicka

    All of those signs and all of the clothes they wear are only there because of fossil fuels .

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    TdeF

    “You’ll die of old age. We’ll die from Climate Change.” They’ll also die of old age before they see Climate Change.
    33 years after rapid Global Warming was announced to the US Congress in June 1988, a third of a century, where is it? Most countries are experiencing rapid cooling, so nothing is said.

    And Coal is Australia’s second biggest export and pays for all the clothes and signs and cars and cameras and computers. But I suppose only people overseas are allowed enjoy to coal. I certainly hope those children enjoy their Green jobs, dressed in rags and living on Quinoa and Kale.

    Lose manufacturing and you lose. Australia knew that after WWII, but everyone seems to have forgotten.

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      TdeF

      The latest misinformation in the grasping at straws in the Global Warming department is that the Arctic is warming three times faster than the rest of the planet. Is that because the rest of the planet is not warming at all? Odd then that sea ice levels are normal after 33 years.

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        TdeF

        And we are still being told ‘Arctic sea ice looks set to be an early victims of rising temperatures, with each fraction of a degree making a big difference’. Really? After 33 long years of rapidly rising temperatures and sea ice melting in the Arctic, why is the sea ice still there?

        There’s something wrong with this as sea ice reached its record maximum extent on 21 March 2021 So under the pretext of saying that the sea ice is going to vanish (in summer), they announce a record extent.(In winter). Can anyone see a problem with this logic?

        And what about those vanishing Polar Bears? And the missing Caribou? Is there any Climate Change news which is not so ridiculously distorted to create dramatic scary news when there is no real change at all. That sea ice is going to vanish soon. Sure.

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          TdeF

          And if it did vanish in summer, why wouldn’t that be a great thing? After all, the real problem is ice which does not melt in summer.

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          Flok

          I too struggle with directions to the right given by the left handed person. What logic?

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          el gordo

          They are making a big fuss over the older ice melting and the general trajectory, but the focus should be on currents as the cause.

          We could legitimately argue its a sign of global cooling.

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        Tarquin Wombat-Carruthers

        As you infer, three times zero is still, ad will always be, zero!

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    Serge Wright

    The message that needs to be sent to these Marxist teachers and their students is that you don’t need a government to force you to make a change that you can do all by yourself right now, simply by turning off the power to your own house. In fact it would be a good experience for the kids to live for one week without power in the middle of winter so they can experience first hand what it would be like to remove all fossil fuel sources of energy.

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    James

    Turn off the heat, turn off the lights and see how long the like it in the middle of winter!

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    TdeF

    And the 10 year old children who were supposed to suffer in rapid Global warming announced 33 years ago are the parents of these children. It is what they were told too. Manhattan and Sydney were supposed to be underwater by now.

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    OriginalSteve

    Speaking of children….i was trying to explain to a nice but clueless 35yo that our baseload is the equivalent of 18,000 kettles. Helps to visualise the load….

    Anyway, I asked a question – how do you keep that baseload going when the sun dont shine and the wind dont blow?

    *crickets*

    And I said – the core issue is that lawyers (MPs ) in parliament are making engineering descisions…..and are bad at it.

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      Philip

      They keep base load going by running coal plants inefficiently

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      The average kettle (electric water boiling appliance) is rated at around 2.5KW.

      The Base Load is 18,000MW, so that’s 7.2 million ‘kettles’.

      Nice analogy though. (Man, turn that lot on all at once and Oz goes ….. blink, cough)

      Ask your friend how much power is being consumed in the Country while he (and the rest of the Country) are sound asleep at 4AM.

      Now THAT’S where you’ll see cluelessnesslessness. (I think I’ve got a touch of the Harvey Manfrenjensendens)

      (Lawyers and Pixie Anne Wheatley Zali Steggall, Sarah Hanson Young and Jackie Lambie et al)

      Tony.

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        The things I could do with a 1 megawatt kettle though…. think!

        But yes, conversion to kettles is a good idea. Though all the kettles I looked at recently were in the order of 1.5kw to 2kW. Is the average still 2.5kw? Probably some energy saving genie has snuck in and shrunk the kettles, not realizing that they still need the exact same joules to boil water, it’s just slower.

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          John Hultquist

          The new and improved appliance is the computer doing bit-coin mining.
          The WSJ has an article (by By Brian Spegele and Caitlin Ostroff) about refurbishing coal power facilities to provide the electricity. A claim is made that world-wide the electricity to “mine bitcoin” is high and growing rapidly. Theme of the article is that investors may be making a big mistake throwing money at this.
          A University of Cambridge index pegs the annual power consumption of bitcoin mining at around 130 terawatt-hours, more than three times higher than at the beginning of 2019. That would be more than the power consumption of Argentina.

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            TdeF

            130 terawatt hours! This is 2x Australia’s total load of 18,000 Megawatts. 18 x3600 x 10^9 = 64,800 x10^9 = 64.8×10^12 or 65 terawatt hours for the whole country.

            Why are Australians destroying and replacing their perfectly good generation system to ‘save the planet’ when financial speculators are consuming twice our entire consumption for nothing?

            Wouldn’t it be easier to stop bitcoin mining?

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              The Base Load is that figure 18,000MW.

              However, Australia’s total yearly power consumption (just slightly less than the total power consumption, accounting for some losses) is now 205TWH a year, slowly rising now, after plateauing at 197TWH back in 2014. The ‘rolling’ total for the last 12 Months from today back a full 365 days is just under 203TWH, thanks to a benign and cooler Summer with less power consumption for that Season.

              That Bitcoin mining is a monstrously humungous consumer of electricity. I bet you won’t hear of the green supporters complaining about that.

              And Joanne, you are correct about the ‘kettles’, as they (also) are coming down in power rating.

              There is one thing though. With all of the power savings that come hand in hand with technology improving, hence much less power consumption across the whole range of electrical everything, that Base Load figure has remained pretty much stable at 18,000MW for many years now, and while overall power consumption (on an Australia wide basis) started to fall from the high in 2010, falling by around 2TWH a year, it has started rising again each year.

              So, even while technology wrt power consumption advances, saving more power, that total power consumption is still on the rise.

              You just do NOT get 207TWH a year from ANY renewable source anywhere on the Planet, considering that 75% of that is required ABSOLUTELY for 24 hours of every day.

              Tony.

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              Tarquin Wombat-Carruthers

              Hello, TDF and Tony from Oz. I’m sorry, but you are neglecting the inputs from village/town/city idiots (of which we have a regrettable surfeit)! Surely their contribution to our society requires suitable attribution? Ps Do I really need a sarc tag?

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          Richard Jenkins

          It’s just slower.
          The kettle’s ambient temperature is cooling the water as the element heats it.
          Being slower therefore makes it use power longer and hence more.
          To heat the same mass it is more economical to buy a higher wattage.

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          Serp

          A kettle that is EU compliant will be lower powered as are their toasters. I’m continually reminded of Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron (http://www.wordfight.org/bnw/bnw-unit_packet.pdf)when catching sight of Europe’s institutionalised stupidity.

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          Jo

          Some years ago when we were living in a more rural house we had a series of power cuts so bought a two kw generator which was quite a chunky beast.

          It really struggled to boil just a kettle. It would be instructive if children just realised the enormous amount of energy needed to do the most mundane tasks by providing them with a generator and seeing how many gadgets they could run off it and then do the same test with solar panels to see how many we’re needed. Repeat at night

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        OriginalSteve

        Youre right Tony…it is 2.5kw, I think I’m just having an off day…

        or maybe subconsciously I made it 1kw to make it easier to work with? Thats possible.

        I do find non technical people dont care about such details, but rather the bigger picture and prefer an emoji based visual reasoning over numbers and figures.

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    Flok

    God bless their cotton socks, kids say the darndest things.

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    Gerry, England

    How is preventing children from receiving education not child abuse?

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      Deano

      Well, it plain IS child abuse. Interrupting their education and encouraging them to feel hopelessly pessimistic about the future. How does that ‘cool the planet’?

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        John R Smith

        Considering this tiny little warm spot in a really cold universe, hysterical demands to ‘cool the planet’ are curious.
        Seems like a form of climate anorexia.

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    Deano

    I’ve organized that everyone who thinks the anti-fossil fuel gang are dead wrong should drive with their headlights on this Tuesday night between 8:00pm and midnight.

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      Hanrahan

      And the anti-fossil fuel gang should drive with their lights off during that time.

      Are you hoping for a Darwinian effect?

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        Deano

        The warmists wouldn’t drive anything other than electric vehicles and at that time of night they’d be parked, plugged in and charging up for 10 hours using power charged at 6 times what it cost about 20 years ago. And if they cycled, we all know that cyclists at night are totally dark anyway!

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    CHRIS

    The March of the Zombies. If there is one thing that is obvious, it is the ability to infect childrens’ minds with ANYTHING (not just AGW), in our social media New World Order. I weep for the future of humanity.

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    John Hultquist

    I hesitate to imagine what my mother would have done to me if at the age of those children I used the words in the black-on-yellow sign. That would have been about 1952 – different times.

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      Hanrahan

      My father was something of a sportsman, enjoyed a beer and fought in France during the great war. “Bloody” was still a swear word in our house.

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    Ruairi

    The children protest coal and gas,
    With the parents behind on the grass,
    For the youngsters it’s play,
    On a fine sunny day,
    While the adult behaviour is crass.

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    Wet Mountains

    I genially feel very sorry for these brain washed children. No difference in their teachers and the teachers of the Nazi Youth in the 1930. Criminal.

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    For the children: A dreadful picture of bird chopping windmills.

    Tax dollars at work. See and weep.

    https://tinyurl.com/eukzxfjt

    Please share this terrible picture of the truth.

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    Simon

    The G7 has just agreed to end their financial support for coal development overseas. All reaffirmed their commitment to limiting global heating to 1.5C, and committed to phasing out coal and fully decarbonising their energy sectors in the 2030s.
    Maybe these kids are more astute than you realise.

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      el gordo

      The children and parents have been brainwashed, along with you, completely clueless. In the not too distant future these young people will revolt against their parents and teachers on the issue of climate change, we are at the mercy of nature.

      If the G7 tell us to leave our coal in the ground, then the market will decide.

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      Ian

      “Maybe these kids are more astute than you realise.”

      There is no maybe about it. Anyone who can read will know that since the turn of the century the change in Earth’s global mean surface temperature has been close to zero. Yet despite the halt in acceleration, each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850.

      Warming may not all be due to human use of fossil fuels but why not cut back just in case it is?

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        robert rosicka

        Ian electricity is thought to make houses catch fire so why not go to your switch board and turn it off at the master switch , just in case .

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          Ian

          Not sure why you state “electricity is thought to make houses catch fire”. The increase in decadal global temperatures is fact inot thought to be

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          Lucky

          RR, thanks for that example of using the Precautionary Principle.

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        Ian

        It is not just a matter of cutting back, but dismantling the power system that has dragged us out of abysmally low health, wealth, and short life expectations during the past three centuries.

        Why would any sane society wish to do that unless there was a viable and cost effective energy alternative. Can you tell us which of the renewable technologies will be able to do the job?

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    Travis T. Jones

    Yes Greta, there is a planet B, and you’re on it, because you and your doomsday believers are most certainly not on this planet – Earth …

    School climate strikes resume around Australia with more to come

    “David Soriano, school captain at Doonside Technology High School, travelled an hour to make it to the protest outside the Sydney Town Hall.
    He said his region was particularly exposed to more extreme weather in a warming world especially during heatwaves.

    “Western Sydney [is] disproportionately affected by [global warming],” the year 12 student said.
    “We’ve seen more intense heatwaves [and] we’ve seen lower air quality.
    “It’s frightening and concerning to me that [temperatures nearing] 50 degrees is becoming the normal now,” he said.”

    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/school-climate-strikes-resume-around-australia-with-more-to-come-20210521-p57twy.html

    2021: Sydney records coldest stretch of May days in 54 years

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/record-cold-weather-for-may-in-sydney-as-southeast-australia-continues-to-shiver/69ced3d8-2087-41c8-9f70-0d7babcac7a3

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    Travis T. Jones

    Their abc has a comprehensive coverage of the low-info, poorly educated kids (and adults) …

    School Strike 4 Climate: Australian students walk out of their classrooms over climate change

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-21/school-strike-4-climate-australian-students-walk-out/100155388?utm_campaign=news-article-share-control&utm_content=twitter&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_source=abc_news_web

    All living a quality fossil-fuelled life.

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    Penguinite

    Let’s interrupt their power supply instead of Tomago. Say from 5pm to 7pm!

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    It shows how brainwashed they all are. Protesting about Global Warming on Melbourne’s coldest day of the year!

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      Greg in NZ

      Cold in Melbourne, you say?

      We’ve got a troppo sliding down from Fiji this weekend, being stalled by a blocking high, so it’s back to our lingering ‘Indian’ summer PLUS huge surf. See? Climate change! Warm here, cold there! Simples.

      Do the little ones know they exhale 40,000 ppm ‘carbon pollution’ with every breath?

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    Matt. M.

    I love the sign that says, “Fund our future, not gas”. Seems like their parents and teachers are already teaching these children to expect a handout. Unfortunately, if we follow the AGW lunatics. There won’t be any money to handout when they get old enough to submit a claim.

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    exsteelworker

    Using children as propaganda tools, now what/who ideology used children as politucal propaganda?….answer Adolf, Mao, Lenin, Stalin….all politically similar to the left wing politics /media of today.

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    I like your video game idea. Is anyone working on that?

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    Lee

    I blame education departments for
    a) allowing these end of week protests/demonstrations/political activism by students and teachers
    b) permitting, if not encouraging teachers to indoctrinate their pupils with rubbish, instead of teaching the three “Rs”.

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    u.k.(us)

    Why is everyone smiling ?
    I heard this was serious.

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    Well…
    It was about time for another Children’s Crusade.
    Fair bet that not one of these gullibles could tell us how those ended.
    And here they are “marching for slavery”
    As it turned out .
    We must devise a way to give these people what they demand(for us) .
    Good and Hard.
    There must be an island we can fly them to,where they can live the dream,showing all us ignorant fools,how the “Eco Life Style ” is properly done.
    I bet the crying would start before they ever arrived..”No cellphone?””No materials synthesized from oil?,what are those?”

    Rapidly followed by “You can’t do this to us,we have rights”.
    Coming from these very fools who insist we have no rights,nor freedom to doubt their sanity and intelligence..

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    Owen Morgan

    The public education systems around the world seem to have turned into indoctrination systems. Four out of five schoolchildren in the UK and the US and Canada will spend thirteen years in school and still be illiterate at the end. I don’t know what the equivalent statistic is for Australia and NZ, but I doubt that it is very different.

    What the heck, though… Teachers can teach the kids to paint slogans on pieces of cardboard and how to hold them the right way up for the photographers.

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      Kalm Keith

      Owen, there’s an important point attached to school years.

      Long ago most students left after 10 years of schooling to intermediate level and they were quite competent.

      The current options are 11 years, 13years and university and I believe that the added years were only adopted to keep the unemployment figures at a level that didn’t disturb the voters.

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    Owen Morgan

    I meant one out of five – obviously a big difference, but still a disgraceful statistic.

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    CHRIS

    Ahh just look at the Zombies, striking for something they know nothing about. When their grandkids are freezing to death, following a sharp global cooling, maybe they will wake up (but I doubt it)

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    Chris

    Here is a slogan for a placard. “if trees could vote, they would vote for more carbon dioxide” .

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