One of the stranger stories to come out of the government sector, is a proposed legislation that will grant only the South African Weather Service permission to issue warnings about harsh weather conditions. In other words, the state wants to control weather reporting. And anyone other than the state, who issues warning about harsh weather conditions, will be jailed for ten years or fined millions of rands.

Oh, and if the SAWS get their predictions wrong, then there is nothing you can do about it, according to the bill.

The implications are broad and damaging, particularly in the field of science. Thankfully, a bunch of intelligent people and organisations are challenging all of this draconian idiocy.

'The Weather of Idiocy':
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