Lunacy: A Real Government Job is Answering Emails sent to Trees

Your tax dollars at work…

tree-emailGuest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova – Did you know that you can email every single tree in the City of Melbourne, Australia – and they’ll write back?

According to Broadsheet Melbourne:

“Some said we were wasting money, but the trees were always going to have individual ID numbers anyway. So it was only logical we’d assign the ID numbers to an email which connects these trees to the community,” says Melbourne city councillor, Arron Wood.

So far the messages have ranged from piss takes to genuine expressions of devotion. So, if you’ve ever used a tree to prop yourself up with on a night out, the world’s most liveable city is now giving you the chance to apologise the morning after.

http://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/entertainment/article/trees-return-your-emails

The trees apparently often tell sad stories if they are asked about their future – experts estimate that 30,000 trees in the Melbourne area will die in the next few decades due to old age, coupled with the effects of worsening droughts caused by climate change.

Critics of tree communication might suggest that the money spent helping the trees to answer their correspondence could be better spent on drought mitigation measures – more irrigation, maybe some silica pellets to help with soil moisture retention. But perhaps it does the trees good to talk through their problems.

As a former resident of Melbourne, there is more than one tree to which I probably owe an apology, thanks to the lamentable lack of after hours facilities in some parts of the city. But I don’t think I will ever get drunk enough to write an email to a tree.


(Anthony) See also:

Melbourne’s trees bombarded with emailed love letters

Guardian Australia emailed a ginkgo maidenhair tree in Fitzroy Gardens, a park near Melbourne’s city centre, which responded: “Dear Oliver, Thank you for your lovely words. I am very well. Enjoy your day. Yours sincerely, Tree 1441724.”

A nearby ficus was also contacted for comment on the scheme but has yet to reply.

This government funded lunacy reminds me of the epic video showing crying and wailing over trees:

 

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February 5, 2015 9:07 am

“I talk… to the trees, but they don’t… strewth, yes they DO listen to me!”

BFL
February 5, 2015 9:08 am

Too bad they don’t have a number for this tree as it really deserves an apology by the warmists:comment image

TobiasN
Reply to  BFL
February 6, 2015 7:59 pm

if it’s the same tree, an oceanographer named Nils-Axel Mörner has an account of this. If anyone wants to find it.
As I remember it, according to him it was not “turned over” to scientists. They saw on TV an interview Mörner gave, explaining how the tree indicated the sea-level narrative was BS, and they then immediately traveled to the Maldives and cut down the tree

nutso fasst
Reply to  BFL
February 9, 2015 6:11 pm

Look carefully at the top right image. It’s an extremely bad composite of two photos. It’s so bad I’m inclined to believe it was done to discredit skeptics.
A search of “Nils-Axel Mörner Maldives” brings up this:
http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com/2013/06/dr-nils-axel-morners-maldives-tree.html

Coach Springer
February 5, 2015 9:09 am

Government putting words in the mouths of trees. Hmmm.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Coach Springer
February 5, 2015 1:41 pm

That has a ring of truth to it.

February 5, 2015 9:20 am

I can hear them now: “Feed me!”

Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 9:22 am

^- this is knot news.

PiperPaul
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 10:20 am

I figured someone wood say that.

LeeHarvey
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 10:23 am

You’re really going out on a limb with that statement.

Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 10:48 am

Bad puns. Wooden you know it.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 10:48 am

Perhaps he’s just branching out.

MattS
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 11:24 am

Leaf me alone.

Mac the Knife
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 11:40 am

What’stomata with a few bush-league jokes, Bud?
(In another vein, I think I’d better bough out before folks start barking at me….)

Admad
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 2:22 pm

I just twigged that. Oh well, bark to work.

TimTheToolMan
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 6:46 pm

Think of the poor sap who has to pretend to be a tree.

Woz
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 7:59 pm

Clearly a splinter group on this thread.

FerdinandAkin
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 6, 2015 5:23 am

I am board with all these puns.

Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 11:34 am

Well a lot of us don’t trust people who will do anything just to be poplar.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Zeke
February 5, 2015 1:39 pm

I think these people who send emails to trees are wall-to-walnuts!

Gunga Din
Reply to  Zeke
February 5, 2015 2:33 pm

What a bunch of saps!

Reply to  Gunga Din
February 5, 2015 4:24 pm

This kookaburra will sum up my thoughts on that!

Antonia
Reply to  Zeke
February 5, 2015 11:03 pm

Oh spare us this punishment!

Gentle Tramp
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 11:57 am

Exactly ! If Australian trees really could speak for themselves, they would shout aloud:
“GIVE US MORE CO2 !!! SO THAT WE CAN SAVE MORE OF OUR SCANTY WATER SUPPLY WITH LESS OPEN STOMATA ! “

Gary
February 5, 2015 9:22 am

Dorothy talked to the trees.

Jimbo
Reply to  Gary
February 5, 2015 10:28 am

So did the Warmist Prince Charles. Well actually potted plants.

Chip Javert
Reply to  Jimbo
February 5, 2015 10:47 am

King Chuck is going to be a hoot.
All that inbreeding is a perfect compliment to CAGW “science”.

dp
Reply to  Jimbo
February 5, 2015 10:50 am

Knotty knotty, Jimbo – he’s to be King of the Elm one day, don’tcha know.

Jimbo
Reply to  Jimbo
February 5, 2015 11:09 am

Prince Charlie has a point doncha know.
“So Charles was right – you should talk to plants, scientists discover”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-478558/So-Charles-right–talk-plants-scientists-discover.html

Peter Miller
February 5, 2015 9:22 am

Excellent news!
Talking to trees should be made compulsory, as they would all say: “gimme more CO2 and gimme it now.”
How could 400 billion trees (NASA estimate) be wrong? That’s circa 55 trees for each and every one of us.

Peter Miller
Reply to  Peter Miller
February 5, 2015 9:24 am

Oops, make that 61 trees per person.

Will Nelson
Reply to  Peter Miller
February 5, 2015 9:38 am

How many is that in Hiroshima atom bombs?

Go Home
February 5, 2015 9:26 am

I think there is one tree in Yamal (?) I would like to send an email too. Mann owes it a check.

Peter Miller
Reply to  Go Home
February 5, 2015 9:39 am

It won’t reply, Mann paid it a lot (of whatever you pay trees) to keep its trunk under wraps, so no one can ever have a second look at the raw ‘data’..

Bruce Cobb
February 5, 2015 9:28 am

If the trees could talk they’d “more CO2, please”!

Randy Kaas
February 5, 2015 9:37 am

I would truly enjoy a job personifying trees. Truth be told though I wouldn’t last long in it if my trees were to become oracles of CAGW.

February 5, 2015 9:40 am

There is umpteen thousands of trees in Appalachian coal country many of which the “treehugging” greenies would luv to send a personal E-mail thanking it for their getting arrested.
I can “smell” a few new Government Grant Applications already in the process of being written just to provide that “environmentally friendly” service to them.

Oldseadog
February 5, 2015 9:40 am

Aw, come on, I’ve been asleep and it is 1st. April.
Surely.
No?

February 5, 2015 9:40 am

Wood you say? “Burn more fossil fuel.”

Kamikaze Dave
February 5, 2015 9:41 am

Sounds like you Aussies are getting as good at pissing away money as us Americans.

Olaf Koenders
Reply to  Kamikaze Dave
February 5, 2015 6:01 pm

Yep Dave. We’re right behind you circling the same drain..

lee
Reply to  Olaf Koenders
February 5, 2015 10:45 pm

It has been said – ‘The average age of the world’s greatest civilisations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years.’
But we Aussies are fast learners.

Bloke down the pub
February 5, 2015 10:00 am

I’m sure Prince Charles would like to strike up a conversation, though he’s more noted for his spider scrawl letters than e-mail.

Matt
February 5, 2015 10:01 am

They should do the same thing for people who are praying… they are waiting for an answer, too.

Ron Durda
February 5, 2015 10:05 am

I plan to go into the government office where people write those tree responses with an axe and smash everything in sight. Then, when brought before the judge, plead “SANITY”.

Alx
February 5, 2015 10:06 am

Listen I don’t think talking to trees is crazy. To some people, trees are a spiritual thing. When it comes to all things spiritual, all to their own. I am not going to mess with anybodies belief system, because it is different than my own.
What I think is crazy, absolutely insane, clinically delusional, a severe catatonic separation from reality, is people emailing government employees who are pretending to be trees, and those government workers responding as trees.
YOU like a tree, YOU take a walk, YOU go see the tree. YOU talk to the tree. Trees do not use email!

Reply to  Alx
February 5, 2015 11:36 am

Alx February 5, 2015 at 10:06 am
Listen I don’t think talking to trees is crazy. To some people, trees are a spiritual thing. When it comes to all things spiritual, all to their own. I am not going to mess with anybodies belief system, because it is different than my own.
What I think is crazy, absolutely insane, clinically delusional, a severe catatonic separation from reality, is people emailing government employees who are pretending to be trees, and those government workers responding as trees.
YOU like a tree, YOU take a walk, YOU go see the tree. YOU talk to the tree. Trees do not use email!

You sir, are WRONG!
Clearly, you’ve never used Pine or Elm before.
OK, that was a UNIX joke…

Yirgach
Reply to  SABicyclist
February 5, 2015 4:38 pm

ELM – ELectronic Mail
PINE – Pine Is Not Elm

Reply to  SABicyclist
February 6, 2015 8:09 pm

Log in as ROOT 😉

Chip Javert
Reply to  Alx
February 5, 2015 12:38 pm

Rule of Nature: When you give idiots the unaccountable ability to spend other people’s money, they tend to do idiotic things.

Herbs
Reply to  Alx
February 5, 2015 8:22 pm

It would be quite simple to provide automated email responses based on their ID. “Hi [Hipstergirl] from [Richmond], I’m [Ashley] the [ash]. Thanks for contacting me. I’m [13] years old and my last checkup showed that my health is [excellent] [but] that I’m threatened by anthropogenic climate disruption. My last drink was [18] days ago. I live in [Collingwood] exactly here[GoogleEarth link]. Peace and have a nice day.

DLBrown
February 5, 2015 10:12 am

Druids everywhere, rejoice! We can now communicate.

Reply to  DLBrown
February 5, 2015 10:15 am

^- knock on wood…

Timo Soren
February 5, 2015 10:17 am

Each pump at the sewer lift station has a number, so following their logic, i each sewage lift pump number gets assigned an email address of a Melbourne city employee. Inspecting pump AW23-PT-240-300A (a 240 volt 3-phase pump that can handle 300 gallons per minute {with suspended solids}) I think I would like this pump attached to Arron Wood City Councillor.

Dear Sewage lift pump # AW23-PT-240-300A, (A.K.A Arron Wood)
I was wondering if you have lost pump pressure, as the guarantee of continued suspended fecal matter seems to have failed. A large quantity of this matter seems to be quickly depositing in Melbourne City Hall and in Councillor offices. Do you need replacing? Are you at the end of your viable life-cycle? We just can’t have such a large quantity of non-suspended fecal matter accumulating in city hall.

lee
Reply to  Timo Soren
February 5, 2015 10:48 pm

No, I’m just so depressed.

February 5, 2015 10:17 am

I’m rooting for the trees: use email; save paper!

Reg Nelson
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 10:29 am

Rooting means something entirely different down there, but maybe that was what you were going for.

davesivyer
Reply to  Reg Nelson
February 5, 2015 4:32 pm

Is that Reg from the “beach”? If so G’day.

Eric Sincere
February 5, 2015 10:21 am

“..the trees were always going to have individual ID numbers anyway.” says Arron Wood.
Don’tcha think perhaps that Arron is a tree? After all, his last name is WOOD! I think he’s a plant.
Do their vehicles have ID numbers? Park benches? Tiolets? manhole covers? Lamp posts? Streets? It is only logical to assign the ID numbers to an email which connects these things to the community.

JimS
February 5, 2015 10:26 am

Email sent back from a tree:
“Leaf me alone, will ya!”

Geoff Shorten
Reply to  JimS
February 5, 2015 10:48 am

Leaf me alone, wood ya, surely.

Jeff in Calgary
February 5, 2015 10:28 am

Why did these trees need ID numbers? The whole thing seems a little strange. With (it would appear) at least 1.5M trees in the area, are they really that special. I would understand if there was only a couple hundred trees. Do these people know that they can just plant new ones?

Yirgach
Reply to  Jeff in Calgary
February 5, 2015 4:42 pm

Jeff,
You don’t understand.
Trees need ID numbers because people need jobs.
It’s that simple.

Dawtgtomis
February 5, 2015 10:30 am

I fear the next item in this agenda is establishing the legal right of trees to file suit.

Juan Slayton
Reply to  Dawtgtomis
February 5, 2015 11:00 am

If they made you into firewood, you’ld file soot, too.

Dawtgtomis
Reply to  Juan Slayton
February 5, 2015 11:32 am

Yes, and if a tree is annoyed by a Woodpecker, it should have the right to suet!

rogerknights
Reply to  Dawtgtomis
February 6, 2015 1:45 am

There’s a book about that: Do Trees Have Standing?

Eric Sincere
Reply to  rogerknights
February 6, 2015 7:20 am

Some do, but only the ones that haven’t been cut down.

Leonard Lane
February 5, 2015 10:34 am

Another fine example of a government that is too big, with too much money, and too many employees with too little to do.
Try cutting the city’s budget by about 50% and you will not see more of this nonsense and I bet the service is much better, targeted at jobs for those need them, education, safety, and all the things that make a city a better place to live.
The problem is not climate change or drought. The problem is leftists socialism and its desire of control over everyone that brings big government and foolish, things as sending messages to trees while people are in need of help and relief from big government
This is the comment I left on JoNova. But I have to admit that the leftists in Melbourne are pikers compared with what some government employees are doing in the USA.

H.R.
February 5, 2015 10:40 am

“You get paid to do what?!”
I’m not sure how I’d tailor my resume to get a job pretending I was a tree. What do I list under the Previous Experience section?
Maybe, “I was considered deadwood at all my previous jobs so that’s why I was cut?”

Jimbo
February 5, 2015 10:45 am

I found these folks barking up the wrong tree. Anyway, they still can’t use email.

BBC
Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus
Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It’s made of fungi
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141111-plants-have-a-hidden-internet
===
Science Daily – August 14, 2014
Plants may use newly discovered molecular language to communicate
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140814191939.htm
Abstract – 15 August 2014
Genomic-scale exchange of mRNA between a parasitic plant and its hosts
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1253122

Reply to  Jimbo
February 5, 2015 10:57 am

Jimbo,
Plants communicate more than most folks realize. Anyone who has seen an Ohio buckeye tree drop its buckeyes knows this. Within about 30 seconds all the buckeyes drop. They come down like rain.
How does one branch know what the branch on the other side of the tree, 30 feet away, is doing? I don’t know, but the communication from one side to the other, and from top to bottom is practically instantaneous.

tty
Reply to  dbstealey
February 5, 2015 12:54 pm

Plants do have long-range [chemical] signals that reach the whole plant, but they are slow. When a large plant reacts quickly it is as far as I always triggered by some external cue that affects the whole tree.
I would guess in the case You cite that a chemical signal goes out that says essentially “attention: get ready to drop on cue” and then when the cue (whatever it is) comes, the buckeyes drop.

Yirgach
Reply to  dbstealey
February 5, 2015 4:45 pm

Yes, I have seen acres of oak trees simultaneously drop their leaves 24 hours in advance of an oncoming hurricane. It was a bit erie and noisy too!

rogerknights
Reply to  dbstealey
February 6, 2015 1:57 am

I have trees that drop their small, olive-like seeds in similar bursts–but over the course of a few minutes. No wind involved.

David Chappell
Reply to  Jimbo
February 5, 2015 1:50 pm

Magic mushrooms?

Alan Robertson
February 5, 2015 10:46 am

Must be getting jaded, this report is not surprising.

dp
February 5, 2015 10:52 am

I wonder what the pay grade is for senior wood whisperer in Oz. Perhaps that would be a way to provide employment here in the states for all our new neighbors.

Jaakko Kateenkorva
Reply to  dbstealey
February 5, 2015 11:54 am

The Australian civil service is deep in it.

Reply to  dbstealey
February 5, 2015 12:34 pm

Excellent choice dbstealey. That’s Pentti Linkola. He’d jazz up the replies to a completely new dimension.

February 5, 2015 11:00 am

Thanks for the video. xD
I, like the trees, gag and choke and wish to run away at the smell of patchouli and cannabis. Even a photograph can cause the reaction.
But I am grateful not to have to haul firewood and stack it, as I did when I was young. In fact, where I grew up, everyone had a wood stove. There was also a permanent cloud of cannabis over the town, and there still is. But with hydro and coal, the trees remain standing, and not much coal is needed at that if you use a bread machine, slow cooker, and a microwave (8 min to cook potato vs 45 min to bake it). It really is the good life. (:
PS, I think the ID numbers for trees is a slippery slope. In Portland, the city has passed laws that make it illegal to cut a tree on one’s own property. It also makes wooden heads out of children who are told to write emails to trees in public schools.

Harry Passfield
February 5, 2015 11:03 am

says Melbourne city councillor, Arron Wood…

I bet his wife is Theresa. (Give it time – you’ll get there)

toorightmate
Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 5, 2015 12:58 pm

Her maiden name was Theresa Green.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  toorightmate
February 5, 2015 1:21 pm

And they have 2 x 4 children.

Woz
Reply to  toorightmate
February 5, 2015 9:05 pm

Chips off the old block really.

Taphonomic
February 5, 2015 11:03 am

It’s interesting that the eco-weenie council member being interviewed about this is named: Wood.

Harry Passfield
February 5, 2015 11:10 am

Not sure if this will work (not well-versed in inserting pics in comments), but in Stratford Upon Avon we have the ‘Remembering Tree’ – it doesn’t have an email, just lots of crocheted squares of wool:
http://www.gaga-uk.org/images/TU0A6801_website_edit.jpg
More about it here:http://www.gaga-uk.org/support-us/the-remembering-tree

Mac the Knife
Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 5, 2015 11:58 am

Harry P,
Is the Whomping Willow in your area also?

BFL
Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 5, 2015 3:18 pm

It needs a sign: Pls burn mor koal an oyl (after the eat mor chikin ad).

Annie
Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 6, 2015 1:37 am

Gag!

4TimesAYear
Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 10, 2015 9:00 pm

What a waste of good yarn when so many refugees in Iraq are freezing…

February 5, 2015 11:20 am

There used to be an old joke about Agriculture Canada. When asked about an employee sitting at his desk and crying, the manager responds, “oh, his farmer died”. Will the joke become about a distraught City of Melbourne employee whose tree died?
Someone down there is reading too much Dr. Seuss. They think they’re the Lorax, they speak for the trees…

February 5, 2015 11:20 am

This isn’t ‘lunacy.” They’re “Nuts!” (& cheap entertainment for me)

Bruce Cobb
February 5, 2015 11:23 am

Hey, they may be onto something. Why stop with trees? How about emailing individual glaciers, for example? They could be given names like Wally, Sam, and Irene. They could be “sad” that parts of them have vanished, and be “worried” about the future.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 5, 2015 11:37 am

How about “Icess”?

Eric Sincere
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 6, 2015 7:54 am

With over 170,000 glaciers worldwide, that would be an impressive undrtaking.

Keith Willshaw
February 5, 2015 11:36 am

So the Greens are worried about 30,000 trees in Melbourne but are supportive of the insane plan to convert the Drax power station in the UK from coal to wood burning. This ‘green’ policy will require the felling of hundreds of thousands of trees which will be shipped 3500 miles across the Atlantic after being dried (using fossil fuels) and chopped into pellets.

Reply to  Keith Willshaw
February 5, 2015 11:40 am

Greenies are often surprised to learn that “biomass” means “chopped up trees”

mikewaite
Reply to  Slywolfe
February 5, 2015 1:39 pm

And very reluctant to accept that renewable energy means chopped up birds

Brute
February 5, 2015 12:01 pm

Yes, the idea is infantile and, to make it even worse, politicized by cretins.
But trees are cool to have around and why not have children learn to appreciate them early on. So I say, remove the simpletons but keep the email addresses.

Mac the Knife
February 5, 2015 12:04 pm

The intent is to keep the wee kiddies and irrational adults from using rational thinking…. and keep them focused on emotional appeal. Emotions are far more effective tools for indoctrination, when data, science, and reason fail to support ‘the agenda’.

Reply to  Mac the Knife
February 5, 2015 12:15 pm

I think the intent is to introduce young’uns to puns. Too bad we can’t count or identify the ones who don’t ‘get it’

February 5, 2015 12:26 pm

I picked a willow and wrote to it. I told it all about how CO2 makes it grow faster and stronger and makes it more drought tolerant and water efficient. How UHI makes cities like where it lives warmer and brings spring sooner and fall later. How that gives it a longer growing season than the country trees to use that CO2.
I also told it that the biggest thing it has to worry about is where man plants it. If it isn’t meant for the climate it has to rely on man to water it more, hard to do during a natural drought.

Reed Coray
February 5, 2015 12:55 pm

Come on guys, give the city of Melbourne a break. For $54.00 + S&H (custom), $109.95 + S&H (deluxe) or $154.95 + S&H (ultimate), the International Start Registry [http://www.starregistry.com/catalog/dspProduct.cfm?prod=starkit] will give a star the name of your choosing. I predict that in the near future the city of Melbourne will unveil its new “fund-raising plan”: For a fee of $100.00 (sickly tree), $200.00 (healthy but young tree), $300.00 (healthy and old tree), and $1,000.00 (healthy, old, and capable of emailing), the city of Melbourne will give a tree the name of your choice.

toorightmate
Reply to  Reed Coray
February 5, 2015 1:01 pm

and $1,000,000 for a “Good Politician” tree.
(good politicians are extremely rare)

donaitkin
February 5, 2015 1:04 pm

I can remember Spike Milligan singing:
‘I talk to the trees,
That’s why they put me away…’

John in Oz
February 5, 2015 1:07 pm

A more useful idea would be for everyone to get off their fat A$$es and talk to the trees from as close as possible. The 4% CO2 we expire would be of far more benefit to the tree than an email, created on a device requiring electricity which is assisting in putting only .04% CO2 into the atmosphere.

Gary Pearse
February 5, 2015 1:26 pm

Well if the world order luddites get their way, we will all be tagged with trackable number implants. We may also be obliged to answer their emails.

Resourceguy
February 5, 2015 1:44 pm

Hey, trees can apply and receive grants. If the tree is claimed by GreenPeace, then it’s probably in the Obama budget for DoE or EPA to fund it. They are the Rasputins of our time.

February 5, 2015 1:51 pm

I wonder how the trees feel about that extra CO2 in the atmosphere…..

Gunga Din
February 5, 2015 1:52 pm

This government funded lunacy reminds me of the epic video showing crying and wailing over trees:

Were the trees hacked?

Dawtgtomis
Reply to  Gunga Din
February 5, 2015 3:36 pm

Not only that, the identities of the resident squirrels were stolen as well.

Truthseeker
February 5, 2015 2:11 pm

Anthony, surely Benji as a member of the Union of Concern Scientists will want to communicate with trees in his preferred fashion.
Does this mean that my two Pommeranians can now urinate on government employees?

John Whitman
February 5, 2015 2:42 pm

Trees have vocabularies limited to the expressions like “I am Groot”**
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph_l7Pp_1mk&w=674&h=379%5D
** tree-like humanoid in the Sci-fi flick ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
John

dmacleo
February 5, 2015 2:48 pm

I’m an Ent and I approve this message.

Streetcred
February 5, 2015 2:54 pm

You need to understand that the Melbourne City Council is a socialist green arty mob.

xyzzy11
February 5, 2015 2:57 pm

This is a crazy scheme. It would be funny if it weren’t for the fact that it is MY taxes at work here.

asybot
Reply to  xyzzy11
February 5, 2015 8:16 pm

At work? How about being out on a limb? By the way it also reminds me of that picture of an urbanite busily under cutting a limb with the saw between him and the trunk.

Tom in Florida
February 5, 2015 3:06 pm

I thought that I would never see,
an email sent to a lonely tree ……

H.R.
Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 5, 2015 4:30 pm

What’s half-way between a groan and a laugh, Tom? Anyhoo… I didn’t see that one coming!

asybot
Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 5, 2015 8:17 pm

But as you can see,
the money is only coming to me..

lee
Reply to  Tom in Florida
February 5, 2015 10:56 pm

I thought it was
I do not think I shall ever see
A sight as good as a lavatory.

Berndt Koch
February 5, 2015 3:09 pm

Isn’t this the best news we’ve had for a while? All we need to do is email each tree the local historical BOM temperature records and ask them to confirm the temperatures! That way we get a true historical record with no adjustments!!

Editor
Reply to  Berndt Koch
February 5, 2015 3:15 pm

Berndt Koch!
Yamal pulling mah leg ’bout ‘dese treemometers?

michael hart
February 5, 2015 3:10 pm

It’s not the first time someone has attempted to obtain money by pretending to be a tree:

Police: Man Robbed Bank Disguised As Tree

Reg Nelson
February 5, 2015 6:02 pm

I wonder if they get threatening emails for lumberjacks and arsonists.

Chas Wynn
February 5, 2015 8:29 pm

A line spoken by Spike Milligan in the Goon Show circa 1960 or so seems appropriate:
“I talk to the trees, that’s why they put me away”!
Wish it were so ….

David the Voter
February 5, 2015 8:55 pm

As a Melburnian, I am delighted to know that that the obscene amount of tax extracted from me by The Sherrif of Nottingham is being used on such a critically important project.

rabbit
February 5, 2015 10:36 pm

Makes sense. Canada Post replies to letters to Santa Claus (postal code H0H 0H0. Seriously).

johann wundersamer
February 5, 2015 11:52 pm

why not reserve a playground for that kind of nailbiters.
In the best habitable zones of Australia, preferable Melbourne, Sidney, – not Woomera etc!
Plastered with YinYang Gaja murmer Graphities, crowded by Teddy Coala Bears, Teddy Polar Bears, Teddy Penguins, Teddy Salt Water Crocos ….
Sun Flower Fields stretching to the horizon!
Taxpayers OUTsourced at, inklings to sole need, to the OUTback.
A better World. For all them Sustaineabled!
/ As long as there remain taxpayers /
Sounds – weird?

johann wundersamer
February 6, 2015 12:54 am

but what about the children.
and their grand childrens’ children.
Will they live on the proteins scratched from their backs when the heavy chemical hygienic industries already backed to no future.
mod: I see [Your] problem.
sentinals!

johann wundersamer
Reply to  johann wundersamer
February 6, 2015 1:19 am

Youre problem – your problem.
foreign, still practisising.
Anthony – a way to live.
[Do not worry. Life happens, then you misspell. 8<) .mod]

johann wundersamer
February 6, 2015 1:23 am

OK with me, OT.
abandon.
Just thinking.

greg
February 6, 2015 4:57 am

I reckon that if Capt. Cook could have foreseen what was happening in Aus he wouldn’t have bothered landing. So sad.

Hugger
February 6, 2015 12:47 pm

Attention all tree huggers. We have been remiss. I just learned that cacti need hugs too!!!

DirkH
February 6, 2015 6:05 pm

Well a government will use any form of propaganda to intensify and maintain its robbery but isn’t this one a little obvious? Send an e-mail to a tree asking him when was the last time a socialist hang from it.

Patrick
February 7, 2015 3:45 am

“This is Australia”. And for the last 8 years or so, we have politicians more worried about THEIR positions than anything else. We have, yet another, leadership challenge. This time in within the LNP. A leader does not need to be popular (In polls). They just need to LEAD! Turnbull is favourite…God help Australia!

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