There are so many places where amazing stories are being told about the past week in Victoria. I will keep that extra feed on the side a little longer; there you see what people on WordPress.com have been writing about it. On my own Google Reader feed I have been selecting only those items relevant to the bushfires, but
tomorrow this afternoon I will begin catching up* on some of the notable entries which have thereby been put on hold. "Normal" entries will also resume here.
Tonight on ABC there is a special program in the Stateline 7.30 time slot. Meanwhile see the ABC coverage.
There was a telethon last night on Channel Nine. (The YouTube extract I had has been taken down by YouTube.)
Naturally there has been much discussion about causes, and some have been throwing blame around rather prematurely. I could link to such things but won’t. Some of the discussion has raised fair points, while the prize for insanity must go to the goose on YouTube who blames Arab terrorists. That, I think, even eclipses Pastor Nalliah’s biblical errors. People like Miranda Devine have been predictable; in fact quite a few have been ridden by their hobbyhorses – and that even applies to some whose hobbyhorses I may happen to share.
Whatever, anyone looking for a single explanation will be sadly disappointed. Quite obviously a whole set of circumstances have combined to make these fires particularly horrendous. Some of those circumstances will prove reasonably easy to correct for the future, some won’t. We should all keep an open mind until the current phase of discussion has worked itself through.
* Pretty much done, though you missed some… From here on I will add what takes my fancy from my stock of blogs.