Thursday, November 12, 2009

nothing changes

Another vomiting-up-my-cornflakes kind of morning. I read the Victorian government is giving the Catholic church and private educators over $2 billion. The kind of cash that could transform the public schooling system into one of the world's best. On the next page I spy the same government is planning yet another major road to the airport, while adamantly refusing to fund the much needed public train link instead.

We so obviously need more cars on roads and an even greater divide between rich and poor in our education system.

And in the meantime, 6 days into the heatwave I've barely turned on my air conditioner not wanting to contribute further to the environment going to hell in a handbasket.

It doesn't make sense, does it.

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Blogger Ann oDyne said...

oh thank god I'm not alone.
have a fan on, but not the aircon.
I am convinced that when the forecast is '34' and we get '47', it's because 2 million people turn the aircon on and pump thousands of btu's into the hot atmosphere, making it hotter.
That's what caused Black Saturday

British Thermal Units btw.

re the 2 billion for teaching cult religion: it's cheaper than if all of those students suddenly had to be absorbed into the existing state school rooms.

W V is 'sigRAIN'

9:59 am  
Blogger JahTeh said...

I don't turn the air-con on until four o'clock, cool everything down then turn it off and the fan on.
Then I go out and use the water from it on the garden and the birds where everyone else lets it go down a drain.

7:02 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Anne - but I fear there are so few of us who get it :(
JahTeh - I too collect my aircon water. My shonker renovators just left a bit of piping sticking out of my wall - I stick it in a 5 litre bottle and use it for watering.

Haven't used my air con for 3 days. Total running time this week 2-2.5 hours. Don't know whether I'm clever or stupid :)

10:22 am  
Blogger Marshall-Stacks said...

My reference point is a printed Letter to the editor in Friday's Age, that apparently the supposedly ecological aircons use lots and lots of water, so it would appear that we all need to accomodate a little less comfort in our lives, for the sake of the planet.

1:46 pm  
Anonymous NB said...

Anne - It always comes down to the dollar doesn't it, bugger social cohesion and any hope for a better society. Funding religious schools simply promotes intolerance. Case in point, the Catholic Church is more than happy to accept money from the State, yet they insist that they should be exempt from anti-discrimination laws so they can discriminate against Atheists, gays and single mothers.

We'd still be better off removing all finding from religious schools as I don't think all the students would migrate to the state system. There are many parents who will consider a religious education, aka child abuse, worth the extra money and keep their kids in the nurturing hands of the local Priest. So maybe it wouldn't be cheaper. Wouldn't you love to see it tested though...

1:12 pm  
Blogger Marshall-Stacks said...

comment above by AOD is not a defence of cult schools btw.

Dear NB - religious schools actually get double-finding in that they dont have to pay land tax or other gocernment costs, while not having to be responsible to govt in return.
Privately and foreign-owned
Eastlink and Citylink don't either.
They are the cult of Carsnconcrete religion, but that's another RAnt.

4:16 pm  
Blogger Mr Spooky said...

I agree wholeheartedly with you post! I was going to write something, NB has described exactly what I was thinking.

10:36 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Thanks everyone for being part of this discussion...I really should write about politics more often :)

3:51 pm  

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