Audit on researchers required

Subject: Audit on researchers required
From: "Night Parrot" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2000 13:04:19 GMT
I agree with Andrew Stafford

It's hard to remember what's gonna get us next! Global warming caused by the Greenhouse effect or is it the Ice Age coming, not to mention the ever growing hole in the Ozone layer and sea levels rising!

Maybe its time to establish an honesty audit on all this crisis research, just to be sure there is a benchmark standard being adhered to, for example, lets make sure that all the sea level measuring poles are not sinking into the mud. Or that the global warming measurement devices are not conveniently located in the concrete car park near the air conditioning outlet next door to the researchers ivory tower. Its been rumoured that three of every five global warming measurement devices are in artificially warm locations and that the other two havn't shown any warming YET.

Have you ever wondered who are the beneficiaries when a new environmental crisis is reported? How far down the ladder of Government funding would sit a frog researcher, if it wasn't for the convenience of the Global Warming Theory? Are frogs really a better environmental indicator than most other animals and plants, or is it merely that frogs are objects represented by a cunning group of researchers that have conspired to con the pollies and the public for their own ends.

Did you know that the White-backed Swallow and Red-backed Kingfisher are indicators of desert erosion? Just imagine how much taxpayers money (other peoples hard earned money) could be ripped out of the system if an articulate researcher played with that one?

Bye for now

Night Parrot

"Andrew Stafford Wrote"

Speaking as a former journalist, birders should treat some of the more
disaster-prone reportage with real caution. The whole point of news and current affairs is that it is, by definition, crisis-driven. If there is no crisis, then one has to be invented or at least exaggerated. This is how it works. So it is all too easy to focus on any amount of oil found in a birds' stomach without considering other possible variables.

I ask birders to think more critically about the information they receive before jumping on the crisis bandwagon. Why is it only Short-tailed Shearwaters that have been affected? Allan Morris' explanation seems to me by far the most likely, but it's also the least sexy from an editor's point of view.
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