Friday 21st of November 2014

the abbott regime hates science...

the dish

The Dish — "in a sheep paddock" outside Parkes... Picture by Gus Leonisky.

“Parkes’ Biggest Event Since Gold Discovery”, screamed the headline of the Parkes Champion-Post one August day in 1958.

It reported that the previous evening, Richard Casey, the minister for Australia’s science agency, the CSIRO, had announced that a sheep paddock outside Parkes in western New South Wales would be the site of Australia’s new, £500m giant radio telescope.

Casey said that Australia had already played a pioneering role in the burgeoning field of radio astronomy. “With the aid of this giant radio telescope, Australian scientists will be able to maintain for us a prominent position in this new and important branch of science,” he said.

The telescope has spent more than half a century since picking up signals, perhaps none more important than a faint transmission in the late hours of 20 July, 1969. Famously, one-fifth of the world’s population watched Neil Armstrong’s first walk on the moon in grainy footage beamed from right here in rural NSW.

This month, the telescope featured in another Champion-Post front page, but it was a glummer story. It read that the Parkes observatory would not be spared from a $111m cut to CSIRO funding in the May federal budget. Staff numbers would be “scaled down” and more scientists would have to use the telescope remotely.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/telescope-beamed-moon-landing-faces-budget-cut

Meanwhile the Abbott regime finds some extra cash to fund "chaplains in public schools"... UGLY UGLY UGLY...

 

no leeches... but "co-payments" to destroy medicare...

 

Under our Dark Lord Abbott’s present public service jobs freeze, the CSIRO look to lose about a quarter of their staff, reports the Syndey Morning Herald.

Thanks to Tony’s plan to cut 12,000 jobs from public servants, the employment of 1,400 non-ongoing CSIRO staff and the research projects they’re working on are threatened. Sadly for these workers with their heads on the block there are no answers for them.

Maybe the Minster for Science could help?

Oh wait… that’s right.

No science minister, no climate change commission, a quarter of CSIRO left to die, the environment minister is not attending the international climate change negotiations in Warsaw, the NBN ripped out from under us… Anyone else feel we are rapidly moving backwards?

What’s next Tony?

How much do you want to bet that by this time next year Tony will have downgraded Medicare so that it only covers the use of leeches and amputation?

http://the-riotact.com/why-does-tony-hate-science/119220

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The co-payment is supposed to fund a medical research activity for which there is no plan and no financial structure except that the money will be "invested" and the interest will be used to fund "medical research"...

If you believe Tony and Joe are telling you porkies, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT as Julia Zemiro would say on Rockwhiz... Those two are completely BONKERS or "meschugge"!!! in Julia's mother's lingo that would be completement cinglé...

 

meanwhile in the netherlands... and australia...

 

Gold for Dutch girl at mathematics Olympiad


Saturday 12 July 2014


Dutch teenager Michelle Sweering (17) is the only girl to have won a gold medal at the International Mathematic Olympiad in South Africa.

With six medals and six entrants, the Netherlands ended up in 13th place in the overall rankings, which were led by China, the US, Taiwan and Japan. In total, 101 countries took part.

‘We knew we had a good team, but these results beat our expectations,’ coach Quintijn Puite told news agency ANP. ‘We are incredibly proud of them all.’

Michelle, from Krimpen aan den Ijssel, was one of just 15 of the 560 competitors to solve the most difficult puzzle.


 

- See more at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/07/gold_for_dutch_girl_at_

mathema.php#sthash.TuKWll2n.dpuf

 

Meanwhile Australia was placed 11th (no women in the team)... Germany was 16th... You won't see these result in Aussie papers... 

read more: http://www.imo-official.org/year_country_r.aspx?year=2014

an unfair idiot attacks the abc...

 

A Coalition senator who called for the ABC to be sold because of perceived left-wing bias has been ridiculed by Labor as a "fruit loop".

Queensland Liberal National senator James McGrath used his maiden speech in Parliament to call for the GST to be increased and applied to "everything", and for an overhaul of the public broadcaster.

The former senior Liberal adviser asked for a review of the ABC's charter and said if the broadcaster did not address concerns about bias it should be sold and replaced by a "regional and rural broadcasting service".

"While it continues to represent only inner-city leftist views, and funded by our taxes, it is in danger of losing its social licence to operate," he said.

He also called for the federal health and education departments to be axed, and for the GST to be increased to 15 per cent and applied across the board to pay for the abolition of the payroll and company taxes.

Labor senator Doug Cameron has attacked Senator McGrath as a "Tea Party extremist".

"I'm still gobsmacked by that speech," Senator Cameron told reporters on his way into Parliament this morning.

"It's clear that the extremists are the ones that are coming into Parliament from the Coalition – this Tea Party approach dominates the Coalition ... from Tony Abbott down.

"What is it with these people, what is it with them?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-17/senator-ridiculed-by-labor-as-27fruit-loop27/5603974

Even right-wing people I meet would admit privately that the ABC is now far more shifted to the right-wing... To have this coalition fruit-loop do a "maiden speech"  that is an abomination of idiocy shows how low the standard of politicians has gone — below the sewers into the putrid cesspools of right-wing decay... "Fruit-loop" is too kind for this idiot.

 

a mandate to destroy the future as he sees fit?...

 

Asked last week about his previous depiction of climate scientists as alarmists, Abbott told the ABC that “on either side of most arguments some people go a little over the top”.

“My position is that climate change is real, humanity does make a contribution and it's important to have strong and effective policies to deal with it and that's exactly what the Coalition's Direct Action policy is,” he said.

The government is looking to bring in Direct Action – which would provide $2.55bn in funding for carbon abatement – to replace the carbon price, which was abolished last week.

read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/21/abbott-praised-for-fighting-green-blob-by-former-uk-environment-minister

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One would have to be a moron to believe that Tony Abbott is serious about global warming. His main aim with "his direct action" is to fill the pockets of his mates, the polluters, for token reduction in emissions which no-one would be able to judge or measure, except Tony's appointed denialist mates, in charge of the purse. As Turnbull rightly suggested, "this is open to corruption" and fiddling of bookkeeping rather than relying on the solid measurement of the total amount of carbon burnt — as per the carbon pricing.

And between you, me and a Sinodinos "I can't recall", Tony is a fully fledged denialist, despite making loud farts to the contrary. If he truly "believed" in global warming being anthropogenic (which it is) he would not have repealed the carbon pricing which was working well, he would not have sacked all the scientists working on this problem and he would not be trying to "repeal" all the commission of this and that, including dismissing renewable targets. Tony Abbott is a hypocrite first class, telling fibs to con the public. And basically, he is an idiot who thinks he has a mandate to destroy the future as he sees fit.

 

blind to science, abbott wants science to be blind...

 

The radio telescopes at Parkes and Narrabri may shut within two years “without substantial, long-term external investment”, the chief of the CSIRO’s space research division has warned.

It was expected that funding for the telescopes would diminish as the next-generation square kilometre array (SKA) telescope comes online between 2020 and 2025.

But the head of the CSIRO astronomy and space science department, Lewis Ball, said the $114m cut to the agency’s funding in the May federal budget “ramps up the pressure and means that we have to make significant changes right now”.

“This is a budget cut for the current financial year, which we only became aware of when the federal budget was announced on 13 May,” he said. “So we’re dealing with a $3m cut, amounting to 15% of our budget, on six weeks’ notice.”

He told the Australian Astronomical Society this week that “without substantial, long-term external investment”, the agency would have to “cease funding of one or more of Parkes and the Australian telescope compact array [at Narrabri]”.

The future of the two centres, which astronomers inside CSIRO said were “at the peak of their ability”, was already uncertain, because federal government funding under the national collaborative research infrastructure strategy was due to run out in mid-2015.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/25/parkes-narrabri-telescopes-shut-csiro-warns

Tony Abbott is a thug and an idiot...

 

the turd destroys our scientific hub...

 

The CSIRO has cut its education and outreach budget by nearly a third, shedding more than 50 science education jobs and disbanding Double Helix, its children’s science club.

The 30% cut in funding for science education is the result of “a strategic decision to refocus programs on CSIRO’s research and move away from more general science activities”, a spokesman for the research agency said.

He said 14 permanent positions were being made “potentially redundant”, but the CSIRO Staff Association said the figure was likely to be higher.

The union said all 42 casually employed outreach staff – who deliver hands-on science education to regional and remote schools – would be sacked.

The research agency’s school-holiday programs will also cease and its student science club, Double Helix, will close after more than 25 years.

The CSIRO said the changes to education programs were “part of an overall refresh of CSIRO’s education and outreach branding” and that it would continue to deliver science events and activities aimed at young people in each of its nine education centres around the country.

The national science agency is scrambling to find savings following a $114m funding cut in the federal budget, which the union said would see the loss of up to 500 jobs...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/01/csiro-takes-axe-to-education-and-childrens-outreach-work-to-meet-cuts

Tony Abbott is a turdy thug and an shitty idiot...

 

the common core...

It wasn’t the first time that Americans had dreamed up a better way to teach math and then failed to implement it. The same pattern played out in the 1960s, when schools gripped by a post-Sputnik inferiority complex unveiled an ambitious “new math,” only to find, a few years later, that nothing actually changed. In fact, efforts to introduce a better way of teaching math stretch back to the 1800s. The story is the same every time: a big, excited push, followed by mass confusion and then a return to conventional practices.

The trouble always starts when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it. In the hands of unprepared teachers, the reforms turn to nonsense, perplexing students more than helping them. One 1965 Peanuts cartoon depicts the young blond-haired Sally struggling to understand her new-math assignment: “Sets . . . one to one matching . . . equivalent sets . . . sets of one . . . sets of two . . . renaming two. . . .” After persisting for three valiant frames, she throws back her head and bursts into tears: “All I want to know is, how much is two and two?”

Today the frustrating descent from good intentions to tears is playing out once again, as states across the country carry out the latest wave of math reforms: the Common Core. A new set of academic standards developed to replace states’ individually designed learning goals, the Common Core math standards are like earlier math reforms, only further refined and more ambitious. Whereas previous movements found teachers haphazardly, through organizations like Takahashi’s beloved N.C.T.M. math-teacher group, the Common Core has a broader reach. A group of governors and education chiefs from 48 states initiated the writing of the standards, for both math and language arts, in 2009. The same year, the Obama administration encouraged the idea, making the adoption of rigorous “common standards” a criterion for receiving a portion of the more than $4 billion in Race to the Top grants. Forty-three states have adopted the standards.

read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/magazine/why-do-americans-stink-at-math.html?_r=2

abbott blasted for living on planet dork...

 

The first woman and the first Australian to lead a NASA team that will search for life on Mars has criticised the Australian government's decision to slash its science budget, calling the cuts "tragic and embarrassing".

Geologist Abigail Allwood was announced as one of seven principal science investigators in NASA's next mission to the red planet, scheduled for 2020.

read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/australian-scientist-abigail-allwood-first-woman-to-lead-project-team-for-life-on-mars-20140805-1008ge.html

 

 

See image and article at top...

 

inaugural Science in ACTion....

Aspiring scientists and space enthusiasts turned out in force for the start of National Science Week in Canberra.

The inaugural Science in ACTion brings families face-to-face with scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

Melville Hall at the Australian National University was transformed into an interactive play area for young children to learn more about research and discoveries.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-17/science-in-action-draws-crowds-in-canberra/5676414

VERY IMPORTANT....

time for australian scientists to revolt... why science?

Why science?

Investing in research enriches society and helps drive the economy. It led to our preeminent position in the 20th century, and will be vital in meeting the challenges of the 21st – whether they be in energy, medicine, infrastructure, computing, or simply humanity's primal desire for discovery.

The UK has a proud history of excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We are world leaders in many fields of research, producing over 10% of global scientific output with only 1% of the global population, and despite spending less on science per capita than most of our competitors.

Our world-class research universities and institutes which attract excellence and investment from around the world have made us a global hub for science. Nations such as the United States, China, Germany, and France have all recognized the importance of investing in science especially in austere times – it could be catastrophic for the UK to do the exact opposite.

http://scienceisvital.org.uk/

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The crap pronounced on Four Corners (ABCTV) by Greg Hunt about the dumping of dredgings upon the Great Barrier Reef is beyond the pale... He even had the gall to claim that the barrier reef had declined under "previous governments" and that HE was going to stop the decline... By dumping mud on the reef? By burning more coal? He is an idiot amongst this Abbott regime of Idiots of the worse kind, all addicted to their own little neo-fascist ways, possibly knowingly talking shit to serve their coal and bank masters — as if to brush off their REAL responsibilities and replaced them with definite thieving hubris...

Coal and cash will be finite one day... Meanwhile, the silliness of a Greg Hunt under instruction from Tony Abbott, will see the destruction of the reef likely forever (or at least 15,000 years before it could recover from severe damage — including acidification of the sea and higher temperatures due to increasing CO2 in the atmosphere).

These MORONS don't listen to scientists, only to their (often corrupt) hip pocket... A sad world indeed.

confirmed...

The government must invest in scientific research, jobs and education to build a knowledge-driven economy and secure the nation’s long-term prosperity, eminent molecular biologist Professor Suzanne Cory will say as she delivers the 2014 Boyer lecture series for the ABC.

Cory is aware that her call comes at a time when Australian scientists are on edge. Last year the prime minister, Tony Abbott, axed the position of a dedicated science minister from cabinet. The CSIRO has suffered deep funding cuts of $115m and hundreds of jobs at the national science research institute are set to be lost.

It is a fiscally irresponsible situation, Cory told Guardian Australia.

“Investment in science is absolutely vital for the future prosperity of the country,” she said. “I know the government are trying to be fiscally and economically responsible, but it is fiscally irresponsible not to increase our investment in science if we are to have a prosperous future.

“It’s clear we’re at a tilting point in the Australian mining boom – mining is slowing down, trade manufacturing is collapsing with the loss of many jobs in that sector, and there are growing socioeconomic disparities.

“I think it is fairly clear we must transform to a knowledge-driven economy.”

Cory’s work as a cancer researcher with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research has significantly improved the understanding of immunology and the development of cancer treatment.

There was a dire need for consistency in scientific funding, Cory said, with too many projects shutting down before reaching their potential because funding grants were not renewed. Australia still lacked a strategic, long-term scientific investment plan that looked beyond election terms, she said.

read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/04/science-cuts-fiscally-irresponsible-boyer-lecture-biologist-says

the demise of sciences in favour of bullshit crap...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-05/the-future-of-science-in-australia/5723888

 

see also: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4080209.htm

 

See story at top.... Abbott is pommy bastard, self appointed dude in charge of promoting religion ahead of sciences... Idiot.

more poor scientists than precious petals...

 

Scientists have reacted angrily to industry minister Ian Macfarlane’s description of them as “precious petals”, while the Greens have demanded that he apologise for the remarks.

On Wednesday, Macfarlane, who has science in his portfolio, said he would not accept “crap” criticism of Tony Abbott’s decision to do without a dedicated science minister in cabinet.

“It really does annoy me,” he said. “There’s no one more passionate about science than me, I’m the son and the grandson of a scientist. I hear this whinge constantly from the precious petals in the science industry.”

The remarks went down badly with many scientists, microbiologist Mel Thomson posting a picture on Twitter of her freezing petals with liquid nitrogen, ready to be smashed by a hammer. Criticism of Macfarlane has also been emblazoned on a T-shirt.

read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/11/scientists-angry-about-ian-macfarlanes-precious-petals-remark

 

see also: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/27191

 

Tony chasing scientists from the temple :

tony chasing scientists from the the temple...t

 

light pollution from csg...

 

Siding Spring, Australia’s premier observatory, could be forced to shut down due to light pollution from a series of planned coal seam gas developments in the area, astronomers have warned.

The site of the Australian National University’s observatory, near Coonabarabran in New South Wales, currently benefits from clear, dark skies above it.

This environment allowed the observatory’s powerful SkyMapper telescope to discover the oldest known star, at 13.6bm years old, earlier this year. Siding Spring also gave its name to a comet that had a close shave with Mars on Monday.

But three proposed gasfields around 50km away could render the observatory useless, due to the amount of light the developments will cast into the night’s sky. Astronomers need dark skies in order to pick out stars and other celestial objects in space.

Mining firm Santos plans to tap the area, known as the Gunnedah Basin, for gas. This area includes the Pilliga forest, which has seen exploration met with fierce protests. Test drilling has already taken place in Narrabri.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/oct/21/siding-spring-observatory-threat-coal-seam-gas-light-pollution

Not only the Abbott regime hates sciences, it will help the further destruction of what we had... :

The Siding Spring survey, named after the observatory, was the only program in the southern hemisphere actively searching for potentially hazardous comets, asteroids and meteors before its funding was cut last year.

 

Abbott is an ignoramus Idiot...

 

abbott is fucupping research and destroying development...

The axe has fallen again at Australia’s research agency, the CSIRO, with another 75 researchers retrenched across the organisation’s future manufacturing, agriculture and digital productivity programs.

All three affected areas belong to the CSIRO’s flagship “impact science” division, set up in 2003, which aims to partner with universities and the private sector to bring “large scale and mission directed science” to bear on major national priorities.

Future manufacturing research will be hardest hit, losing up to 45 full-time positions, including in advanced fibres, biomedical manufacturing and high-performance metals.

Among the work to which future manufacturing research scientists have contributed is state-of-the-art ceramic body armour for Australian soldiers, the southern hemisphere’s first Arcam additive manufacturing facility, which enables 3D printing of metals, and a spray-on topcoat for aircraft.

A further 25 jobs will be lost in digital productivity, an area in which 41 positions were shed earlier this year. Six agriculture research positions will be lost, in addition to the 36 jobs lost in the area since the May budget.

The organisation suffered a $111m federal funding cut in the May budget, and it is estimated that around 700 jobs will go this financial year.

read more: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/17/csiro-retrenches-75-staff-in-kick-in-the-guts-for-flagship-research-programs

But we're selling the farm and the milk to the chinese...

malcolm the bunny...

The expression on Malcolm Turnbull's face said it all as the senior minister hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a tour of a research facility the Abbott government has cut funding to.

The decision to highlight the work of National Information Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) with a tour of a Sydney facility on Monday was a source of some tension between the ­organisers of the Chancellor's visit and Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office, according to the Australian Financial Review.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/awkwardness-in-sydney-as-angela-merkel-visits-victim-of-federal-governments-research-funding-cuts-20141118-11ope8.html#ixzz3JNSVb9At