Option 1: Tick here if you'd like your children indoctrinated into an organisation that spent $1M advocating against their family structure, has banned weddings and any advocacy for families like theirs, and is actively fighting to retain the rights to eject people like their family from institutions they control.
( https://www.sbs.com.au/…/sydney-anglicans-preparing-ban-sam… and many many other stories )

Second box (not a second "Option"): Tick here for them to waste an hour of their learning time instead each week staring at iPads as part of a group of "others" in a separate part of the school.

What garbage. The best I can make of this is that at least this note has appeared rather than us having to seek out and actively opt out of Option 1.

Fairness In Religions In School are doing good work in this space. ( http://religionsinschool.com/ ). I would have really appreciated a broad non-denominational education into the major world religions.

Rough facts and figures post.

In 2018:
- We spent $1700 to travel about 15,000 kms in our diesel Santa Fe. This included one long caravan trip and a couple of short ones. Plus about $500 for servicing.
Overall that's 15c/km, and this car is pretty efficient at about 6.5 l/100km when not towing and 11 or so when pulling the caravan.

- We would have spent $1200 to travel about 20,500 kms in our electric Nissan Leaf, but due to our solar panels and various free chargers we use, we only spent $495 importing electricity. Plus about $200 for servicing.
Overall that's 3c/km we paid, or it would have been 7c/km without the solar.

This is all expensive peak 100% GreenPower, so these numbers would be about 15% less if we were powering with equivalently-dirty coal, or 50% less if we were on a time-of-use tariff and charged only overnight.

Both exclude tyres and any extra repairs. Also rego costs the same for both because it's based only on weight. Insurance is similar.

Of course the Santa Fe is bigger, has all-wheel-drive, 7 seats, and can tow a caravan. But in terms of day to day use, we all much prefer the Leaf, even as a family car. And interestingly we've spent less on tyres and country-road repairs on the Leaf than the Santa Fe.

Free book download from ANU Press. We've been had.

"Twenty-five years ago climate scientists spoke clearly and openly about global warming and the risks of climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from burning fossil fuels. Leading politicians of both parties (yes, bipartisan), amplified by the media, repeated the messages of risk and vowed to act."

"In October 1990, the federal Labor government under Prime Minister Bob Hawke established an interim emission reduction target for the nation to lower greenhouse gas emissions 20 per cent below 1988 levels by 2005.
Every state and territory drew up a detailed response plan. Every strategy that is known today to lower emissions, from efficiency and renewable energy to a carbon tax or price and emissions trading scheme was known then."

"The evidence trail shows, however, that by 1996 and thereafter, with basically the same science story as laid out in the first IPCC report in 1990 (albeit with changed communication style), risk messages were being reframed into a hazy scientific debate, particularly about human agency, that confused the public and helped those who blocked action. The narrative that once asked what could be done to slow or reverse the emission of excess greenhouse gases by human societies, i.e. an early risk management and global ethical argument, evolved into an inward-focused national interest argument for no change from ‘business as usual’."

Well done BoM detecting severe thunderstorms near Camden and Picton.

We have water leaking in, one water tank destroyed blown into our forest, several tree branches down, horizontal hail on the cars, and two very scared dogs.

But every creature is safe.

To think we were in the surf at Wollongong this morning!

My favourite thing about January 26th in Australia is that it means the blackberries are ready to harvest.

If you are going to invade a native population uninvited and take over, at least be tasty.

Country Shopkeeper: Bit warm
Me: Good weather for a beer!
CS: Sorry we've closed but feel free to grab one
Me: *surveys the really poor options in the fridge*
Me: Any cider, or Coopers maybe?
CS: We sell lots of Carlton Cold?
Me: ok then... *grabs long-neck of substance I last consumed last millennium*
CS: Because you're only a small girl, don't drink it too fast!
Me: ok sure *rolls eyes, sniggers*
CS: I'll wrap it in paper so you can be like one of the boys
Me: *somehow resists saying "nah, been there, done that"*

I do love country folk :)