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17 December 2006 @ 10:56 pm
Brief personal matters, well, rants really...  
Fires update: the smoke around Melbourne has cleared. The fires continue to burn, but the wind isn't blowing hte smoke over the city any more. The fires have claimed a few lives, much property and 680, 000 hectares. They'll burn for a few more weeks. By Wednesday or Thursday we'll be back in extreme conditions--temps in the high thirties and northerly wind bringing the emergency levels up high. On the plus side, they've had a few days to backburn and strengthen containment lines. But it looks like the fight will continue right through Christmas and into the new year.

Water rage: the state government has FINALLY put us on Stage 3 water restrictions. ABOUT FRAKKING TIME! I am rarely ragey at my labour government, but in this case I think the opposition's claims that the restrictions were delayed until after the elections are more than justified. This is a horrible case of city-elite versus rural-poor: some country towns have been on Stage 4 (essentially water rationing per person) for some time now. Stage 3 in the city is the least we need! Arrrgghhh. So I'm going to be watching my city dry up this summer: no pools or spas and we're only allowed to water gardens twice a week, which essentially means they'll be parchment-dry in a couple of weeks time. At least then people might comprehend the severity of the situation...

Speaking of which, our PM has finally grudgingly admitted that global warming may not be a complete fallacy. He was kind enough to reveal this to the victims of Tasmania's bushfires, telling them to be stoic and expect 'more conditions like this in the future'. Great. *death stare*

Despite all this, I am in good spirits leading up to Christmas. My workplace is loopy and I may be doing the job of three people in the new year, but right now all I can do is laugh and shrug and surf LJ hope for the best. I can't wait for the week off over Christmas so I can vid and watch movies and laze with some good books.
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noseyrosernoseyroser on December 17th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Jeez. I continue to hope that you and your family make out okay with all these brushfires. Having been through a similar situation earlier this year, I can say with certainty, that it's scary as HELL.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Christmasbop_radar on December 17th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It certainly can be very scary.
Vicki: MR tenniesmyownghost on December 17th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
my friend in blacktown wrote to say he has set up collection systems to catch rain falling from the roof, so he can water the garden with it. but it doesn't sound like there's much rain. i hope those fires are contained soon.

the whole world needs to take global warming seriously. it's frustrating to the point of infuriating that my own country refuses to.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bamber yellowbop_radar on December 17th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
*nods* A lot more people are setting up rain collection systems--but there's very low rainfall. Still, it does help a lot. And there are good systems like rebates on new houses built with water tanks and so on. There are lots of sensible plans like that.

I've been infuriated with my government on the matter for so long now that it feels normal... but one day I hope to have a government that legislates on the matter. *dreams*
Talithatalitha78 on December 17th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
I may be doing the job of three people

Yes, laughter is good. Eep!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: bsg kara eeek!bop_radar on December 17th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
*giggle* Yeah, I've been there before. You've just got to laugh or else you cry/throw things/argue/flail and really none of those things are pretty in an office! :-)
random_seriousrandom_serious on December 17th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
our PM has finally grudgingly admitted that global warming may not be a complete fallacy.

How grown up of him. Honestly, I can't believe there are grown people not seeing global warming as the threat it is.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on December 17th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Mmmm yes, it is RIDICULOUS. But our PM is a little toad, so it's par for the course with him. Before he was PM he said that he'd like to get rid of all 'yellow people' from our country. Real charming gent, he is. *deathglares*
Nora Norwich: writing womannorwich36 on December 17th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess that's good news? Sort of?

Do you think most people are really unaware of the severity of the water issue, if you've already been on Level 2 restrictions?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy glowybop_radar on December 17th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah sort of good news. Sort of.
And with the water, well, I do worry about people's lack of awareness, yeah. Because Stage 2 restrictions are pretty normal for us in summer, people are blase about it. Whereas actually our water reserves are lower than ever before. And while I think people talk about the water crisis a fair bit, I'm not really sure they're making the practical changes that make a big difference: like washing vegies or rice or whatever in a bowl of water and emptying it on the garden after, rather than under running water. I don't know... I just think lots of people trust to the government to restrict them when necessary rather than cutting back now--but I fear we really need to cut back now. We're counting on getting rain. And I'm really not convinced that rain is coming--we've had 'the driest September', 'the driest October', the hottest November', etc etc this year. I just think a policy based on expecting the average rainfall to deliver is rather stupid given the circumstances.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy glowybop_radar on December 17th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Heee! That sounds very cheery and festive!

Oh! Meta! I am so there. *bounces*
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Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on December 18th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
I honestly don't know why they don't implement a mandatory rule that makes every household contribute rainfall whenever it rains. If everyone contributed, then there would be some bloody impact. The catchment areas are doing shit all, and that makes me so frustrated. :/ With the amount of runoff from roofs going straight into drains we could be helping others. Just... goddamn.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex bad days!bop_radar on December 18th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, it drives me crazy too! And there should be more government incentives for people to put in watertanks. I know they have them for new houses, but that's too little--we should be funding people to kit their existing houses out in a more environmentally sustainable way. It's ridiculous. Grr!
serenography: clexanavineserenography on December 18th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
Wow. I never realized the water situation was so dire in Australia. Is it the whole country, or just your area?
And it's kind of comforting to know that Americans aren't the only ones frustrated with their current government leaders..
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW woebop_radar on December 18th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
The whole country is suffering, but it's particularly bad in Victoria. Usually we have a very temperate climate, comparative to the rest of Australia, but we've had a ten-year drought--the worst in 1000 years--and our water reserves are down to 29 per cent. A lot of Australian cities will increasingly suffer from water shortages with global warming though.
Parul: Heroes - desi!Mohindernakhrewali on December 18th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
Glad to see that all this hasn't dulled the holiday cheer!

Speaking of which, our PM has finally grudgingly admitted that global warming may not be a complete fallacy.
A bit late now, but I guess we should just be glad that at last he did. Having just recently seen the Al Gore lecture on the subject I am particularly sensetive about the issue.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Dead Like Mebop_radar on December 18th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
*nods* I am too. It's a huge concern of mine, and I'm glad others are conscious of it too.