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If you want to live among the trees then expect the worse
by Robert J Lee in Sydney
A succession of Green/ALP state governments in Queensland, NSW and Victoria has ensured the worst bush fires ever seen since the first settlement in 1788.
Blackfellas would not have allowed such high concentrations of forest detritus or would they have allowed open plains and sparsely timbered country to carry excess bodies of natural grasses.
Smart blackfellas burnt grasslands and forest whenever it would carry a fire.
If they didn’t they would have starved. Quite simple.
But the generational, socialist UN policies driving the major parties have allowed our once pristine rural land to become a tinder box due to lack of fuel reduction burning over decades.
In NSW more than 150 homes have been razed, nearly 900,000 hectares (2,250 million acres) have been devastated by wildfire and three people burnt to death because of Greens/ALP/LNP environmental nonsense.
Landowners under NSW and Queensland policies will end up in jail if they cut down a tree. There is no more problem with this stupidity now – there are no trees left.
NSW Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared a state of emergency, describing the crisis as “some of the most devastating bushfires we have ever seen”.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) confirmed the extent of the damage to date, ahead of a warning about “catastrophic” conditions facing Greater Sydney and the Greater Hunter areas on Tuesday.
And the nonsense still continues in the face of a declared fire emergency; no graders or bulldozers to build fire breaks can be seen at most of these fires. Queensland is no different.
Instead the urban methods of water-bombing with aircraft is next to useless, but puts a lot of money into a few hands.
The NSW fire bill is expected to exceed $1 billion. Insurance companies are hiding under rocks. Great management by state governments!
Then came the UN Agenda 21 (which has morphed into Agenda 30) in 1992 which then Queensland ALP Attorney General, Rod Welford, an avowed socialist among other things, couldn’t wait to sign. On whose authority did he sign such a terrible agreement?
The we have the outgoing Queensland ALP Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Comrade Jackie Trad promising to sack 11,000 rural fire service volunteers if they don’t apply for a working with children blue card or telephone some ‘official’ from a raging fire ground for permission if they want to back burn.
Today Comrade Premier Palaszczuk issued a state of emergency forbidding any open fires, welding, grinding or acetylene cutting, warning landowners they will commandeer whatever equipment or water needed to fight a fire.
Maybe the desk-jockey morons of the ALP government have discovered they will need machinery to build fire breaks?
Far too little far too late. Get rid of these Trotskyites and replace them with One Nation, Katter and other independents at the next election.
Then form a new state of North Queensland and we can leave the Labor communists and their supporters to wallow in the denuded dustbowl of South East Queensland which no dams and no hazard reduction burning policies has created.
Letter to the Editor
I am writing to you seeking your support for the volunteers of the Queensland Rural Fire Brigades.
The State Government has slashed 13 million dollars from the Rural Fire budget for this financial year.
I have lodged an e-petition to the Parliament requesting the Government increase support for our Rural Fire volunteers by providing more equipment and resources to our Rural brigades, to counter the predicted increase in bushfires.
If you could log onto the Parliamentary e-petition web site
and add your name to the petition, it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, Please forward this message to all your friends and relatives, the safety of our volunteers and rural communities depend on the Government getting our message
Terry Gordon. Secretary Gordonbrook Rural Fire Brigade.
The Qld ALP state government in spite of the nonsense spruiked by the Premier on every recent TV bulletin about ‘unprecedented’ bushfires and how good is the RFS, does not like the RFS as witnessed by the urban brigades’ takeover. It has stalled because Annastacia is set to sack more than 11,000 RFS volunteers for refusing to apply for a working with children blue card. She does not have the lawful authority, according to the best legal advice, to enforce anything upon volunteers. There are no contractual agreements between the ‘State Government’ and individual volunteers.
-Jim O’Toole, Editor
State ALP Government about to sack 18,000 Rural Fire Services volunteers for refusing to apply for a ‘blue card’
Takeover of independent, volunteer rural brigades by megalomaniacs of the urban fire services is imminent
Unrelated or not the State Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford, a former ambulance driver from Victoria who is overseeing the impending dismissal of more than 18,000 RFS volunteers from regional areas of Queensland, just lost the support of his Barron River electorate branch of the ALP
The Rural Fire Service Association of volunteers has ignored demands from Crawford and Commissioners Mark Roche, Mike Wassing and Doug Smith to apply for ‘blue cards’ issued by the Health Department as a requirement for working with children.
Consequently in a tit-for-tat retaliation Crawford ordered the department to refuse issues of new Personal Protective Equipment to volunteers until they apply for a blue card.
The RFS says its volunteers are fire fighters not health department employees and with an average age of nearly 60, its membership has refused to jump through Labor hoops, similar to public service entry requirements.
Come December 1 they will be sacked, if that is a lawful action, for not applying for a blue card.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service administration has all but gutted the Rural Fire Service, destroying morale, forcing volunteer fire ground firefighters to ring a superior officer in Brisbane to get permission to backburn in the face of a fire.
Such stupidity comes directly from a script in the UK television comedy, ‘Yes Minister’.
Much of rural Queensland where fires are fought, does not have any mobile phone coverage and the RFS radio network is unwieldy and incapable of performing to this standard in bush fire emergencies.
Crawford has presented a bill, before the Parliament now, which if passed will in effect force the sacking of nearly 70 per cent of volunteers across the state smack in the middle of the fire season.
It is expected the fire emergency control centre, Firecom, situated in most cities to direct resources, will have to ask urban brigades to attend bush fires, leaving towns and cities unmanned.
When simultaneous fire or motor accident emergencies occur in the bush or cities, taxpayers and their properties will be left unprotected.
Some sectors of rural brigades are considering returning to their original, privately formed groups usually of farmers and rural-residential dwellers which will not be ‘owned’ or directed by state government.
Much of the original, privately-owned appliances and equipment, bought with proceeds of public fund raising and from council rates levies will be retained by the re-established, unincorporated private brigades.
This ALP Government, which has been cited by Opposition parties and sections of the media as the worst in living memory, even worse than the administrations of Beattie and Bligh, will go down at the next election for being the most ineffectual, immoral, Green, socialist-left, Marxist mob of carpetbaggers ever to occupy George Street.
|Comment from a reader:
If this is the official excuse for implementing this blue card bullshit,
“Put simply, as a member of the Rural Fire Service, you are likely to come into contact with children while performing your role, so are required to have a blue card. It is the law, and one QFES takes seriously.”
Then, we can expect volunteers involved in all public events ( local shows, festivals, week-end markets school fates, etc.) will also be required to have a blue card.
How about the local supermarket or church on Sunday? We all come in contact with children while doing the weekly grocery shopping and attending church services. Will we need to have a blue card to enter the local supermarket or our local church?
The lunatics have definitely taken control of the George Street nuthouse.
Below is the edict issued by the QFES administration:
CLICK HERE to see the whole document
The video above is a VERY important video with eyewitness testimony proving HAARP EMP weapons being used to start California fires. Some witnesses saw blue sparks and flashes in the sky that were NOT lightning! Some felt a weird energy in the air that made their heart palpitate! Some felt an “energy vortex” move through their homes!
A firefighter known by one of the guests on Scott Bennett’s radio show on the Rense Radio Network told some shocking details on the air! He said a cop went and knocked on the door of a house and told them they had to be out of there in one hour. The fire was nowhere around the home at that point and that’s why they had an hour. The policemen came back to that same house in 5 minutes and the house was fully engulfed in flames! No way the fire would have moved from nowhere around there to fully engulfing the house in 5 minutes! Sorry that just cannot happen!
I think they might be turning up the HAARP toys to a high level that can cause spontaneous combustion of trees or structures. All trees and structures are now covered with nano particles of aluminum. What happens when you put aluminum foil in a microwave? You get massive heat, sparks and things combust spontaneously! I think this is what’s happening! They are starting and intensifying these wildfires with microwave energy from their HAARP toys. That’s why so many fires are starting at one time and this means not enough firefighters to fight the fires.
Why was the aluminum wheels on this car melted! It’s on pavement, trees aren’t burned around it and it’s protected by a brick wall that did not burn! Nothing around this car burned to generate this type of heat! This makes no sense to me unless a weapon was used in the area. You saw this same thing on the melted cars on 9/11!
Some of the neighborhoods were burned so thoroughly there was only 2 inches of ash left of the entire house! Why are the trees not burned up in most cases? A firefighter reported to one of the radio hosts on Scott Bennett’s radio show there are over 700 are missing over the california fires! He relayed how many were burned alive in their homes or were burned trying to drive out in their cars! Reports of people driving cars that were on fire!
Something is wrong here. The firefighter reported they have never seen these types of fires before especially in October. I believe H.W. Bush and the deep state have gone insane with the weather warfare toys and plan on causing chaos to bring in their satanic new world order now before they can be arrested for treason! They want Trump dead or impeached fast but God told me his hand is on Trump and he will barely survive their evil!
Tweet this article to Trump @potus @realdonaldtrump and tell him to release the files on JFK showing all who were involved in it! Tell Trump to identify those responsible for these weather weapons we know are being used. Tell him to send in Seal Team 6 immediately to the facilities controlling the satellites and HAARP installations! I’m not joking, we must take away these toys before they burn the damn planet up! These weapons can literally kill anybody with what they are doing with them now. They’ll assassinate anybody and simply blame it on a tragic fire they started with their HAARP matches! – from Before its News
by Robert J Lee
Decades of detritus accumulated under the forest canopy forming two metre thick beds of tinder have caused utter devastation across large areas of once pristine forest in Tasmania.
Uncontrollable wildfires in January wiped out 38,000 acres of forest ecosystems in the Central Plateau that once attracted many thousands of bushwalkers and tourists every year.
The State Government has not yet revealed the magnitude of other devastated areas in World Heritage and forestry.
Unique alpine flora including pencil pines, king billy pines and cushion plants, some more than 1,000 years old have been lost forever.
Wilderness photographer and bushwalker Dan Broun has returned from the Central Plateau. He told the ABC he walked four hours into the bushfire affected areas just after the fires.
“The scene is complete and utter devastation. There is kilometres of burnt ground, everything is dead,” he said.
He said small pockets of areas protected by rock escaped the fire.
“I also witnessed devastated wildlife; burnt wallabies, dead wombats and the like,” said Mr Broun.
Fire ecologist David Bowman said the fires burning in Tasmania were a sign of climate change.
However the so-called experts prefer to ignore the decades of dried matter that has built up on the forest floor, due to a lack of hazard reduction burn offs.
Until the late 1800’s, the Aborigines burnt these areas from time to time in a dry season creating a suitable environment for animals and understorey regrowth, preventing any sizeable fuel load from covering the forest floor.
The former leader of the Greens, Tasmanian Bob Brown can be directly blamed for this conflagration because the Greens campaigned long and hard to halt all sustainable forestry harvesting, have all sensible land managers kicked out and to lock up vast forests much to the detriment of the ecology.
And the Greens want to change the senate voting regulations to keep out independents and minor parties!
THIS CARNAGE OCCURS EVERY FIRE SEASON AND STILL THEY WILL NOT LEARN
The stupidity of the Victoria Country Fire Authority and the even more unintelligent Green Labor Government has seen 116 homes destroyed by fire because the Bolsheviks of the state Labor party forbid any hazard reduction burning in cooler months, removal of eucalypts trees near houses or any sensible fire prevention methods.
The government doesn’t use graders or bulldozers in their ‘pristine’ reserves in case a blade of grass or some ants are disturbed. The knuckle draggers of the state ALP should be prosecuted for this wanton carnage that will increase every insurance premium in the nation. Never mind the terrible consequences for those hapless home owners who have lost all of their possessions by not preparing their own fire breaks or providing sufficient water resources to fight bush fires.
Wakey wakey rural Victorians!
Wildfires on North Stradbroke Island due to lack of hazard reduction burning
North Stradbroke Island lies just off the coastline from Brisbane and is a popular tourist destination for adventurers from the mainland. With its long sandy beaches and easy surf fishing it attracts thousands of anglers each year who make the short journey from the mainland by barge.
‘Straddie’, covering 54,500 hectares is the second largest sand island in the world. Its only industries are sandmining and tourism, which support its 2000 permanent inhabitants.
On any weekend and during holiday season the beach becomes an extension to the Pacific Highway where hundreds of four wheel drives converge, turning the beaches into major thoroughfares.
Last week, due to lightning strikes, fires broke out across the tinder dry island, eventually causing some settlements to be evacuated. A lack of hazard control burning in the cooler months of the previous 10 years created the most dangerous fuel load ever seen on the island.
The Rural Fire Service had a major incident on its hands with volunteers battling kilometres long fire fronts fanned by gusty winds. Fortunately there was no loss of human life but the island’s flora and fauna copped a savage beating.
Fires with such a large fuel load burn extremely hot for a more prolonged period, in many cases far too hot for standing eucalypts and other flora to survive. Most of the island’s scorched eucalypts will sucker from the trunk and limbs rendering their function in the natural habitat as useless.
In the aftermath of the searing flames, the environmental damage is strikingly evident. Hot fires also reduce the amount of already low levels of organic nutrients thus making it more difficult for regeneration.
Brisbane ecologist Dr Greg Baxter said the island’s ecology would take at least 20 years to recover, unless of course there is another wildfire in the meantime.
A lack of seasonal rainfall is also inhibiting plant regrowth
The island is home to a large koala bear population, 59 species of birds including a large colony of glossy black cockatoos, native rats and numerous reptiles.
North Stradbroke Island ablaze with wildfires causing extreme damage to flora and fauna which according to an ecologist, will take more than 20 years to recover.
The island has been claimed by the Quandamooka and Noonuccal aboriginal groups who assist the National Parks and Wildlife Service with management of its natural resources.
Perhaps the best known of the Noonuccal clan was the late activist Kath Walker, who fought for many years to gain native title to the island for her family.
Kath was one of the last of the island’s traditional people, passing away in 1993, and it seems some of the handed-down tribal lore Kath possessed was not passed on to the present generation of island inhabitants claiming aboriginality.
This writer stood on the hustings with Kath in the early 80’s.
If Kath did pass on what she knew the message did not get through to the great ‘custodians of country’ residing on the island and mainland.
These people who claimed native title, in a similar fashion to most other ‘aboriginal’ groups, either do not know how to manage ‘country’ properly, do not care or have been prevented by the idiotic Labor Party policies of the 90’s from burning excess fuel loads each year or whenever it was deemed necessary.
Former Queensland Forestry Department practices of conducting annual or two-yearly cool fires, guarantee the damage from uncontrolled fires will be minimal and does not have a great impact on flora and fauna.
But what happened to the traditional hazard reduction burning of the open forest and grassland in the traditional August burning off period?
Did the NPWS prevent the local indigenous people from burning off in previous years? Perhaps it seems from similar lessons learnt in other indigenous controlled land or national parks, most of the old knowledge has not been passed on because the gap between the ways of the last of the traditional people of the 1920’s and the present generation is too wide.
This knowledge is lost forever. It is accepted in some anthropological circles that the lost messages from true traditional people have been supplanted by university trained anthropologists with an agenda not necessarily in the best interests of indigenous people.
Some commentators liken the beaten up stories of modern anthropologists to ‘reinventing the wheel.’
Unfortunately politicians of all hues believe it as gospel that modern day aborigines are the only capable ‘custodians of country,’ the latest fashionable coinage of the annual $25 billion aboriginal industry.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
This lone koala survived the wildfire which left its food source of various tree leaves and other plants a scorched, parched and devastated landscape.
After the 1920s, fires fed by record high fuel loads packed enough heat to penetrate cool air layers and push average maximum temperatures up by about 2 degrees. Before the deadly fire trend began in the 1920s, Observatory Hill never got into the 40s.
Research shows that super hot bushfires bring heatwaves and the appearance of Global Warming. This weather and bushfire data disprove Green claims that Global Warming is to blame for increasingly catastrophic bushfires. Scientists claiming that weather charts show global warming are ignoring vital raw data about the sequences of events. A careful look at the charts and bushfire databases in fact show that while they burn, the last 92 years of super fires can even overide the effects of natural cycles of cooling in the Southern Hemisphere. I discovered this after I lost confidence in claims to scientific expertise of Green policy that made it almost impossible to reduce fuel loads, causing so much suffering.
Green agenda had put “Mother Nature” at the helm as a de facto bushfire manager. Taking so many lives and leaving vast tracts of drought stricken dead forest, Ms Nature was proving a bit of a psycho. In my fieldwork for a PhD in bushfire management I had already found that it can be quite mild when bushfires start, but if they can become deadly, firefronts will put out 1600 deg C across a kilometre or more so firefighters sweat like waterfalls to save homes and lives. Feeling a great sense of urgency to get the truth out to bring life and environment saving change, I delved the archives at Sydney Harbor’s Observatory Hill, one of our oldest weather stations. Conclusively, over the last 92 years, super fires burnt for a day or more before the mercury hit the 40s. Before super fires began in the 1920s, Observatory Hill never got over 38.
Beginning at 1859, Observatory Hill’s first entry, it took me a day and a half to read through years’ of daily maximum temperatures. I listed dates it hit 40 or more and compared them with bushfire databases. Dangerous bushfires further inland were always burning a day or more before the temperature rose into the 40s. Volumes of CSIRO research make it possible to predict that fires fed by record high fuel loads would pack enough heat to penetrate cool air layers. New levels of fuel loads burnt with new intensity because new policy changes were making it difficult to cool burn and graze. This policy was ratified by legislation in 1919 and the rash of intense fires began, fed by new accumulations of fuel.
The graph above does not show the highest annual maximum temperatures reached, only annual averages. I could not get my computer to crunch the Excel spreadsheet of data from the Bureau of Meteorology of annual maximum temperatures from 1859 to present at Observatory Hill – too much for a MacbookPro to handle. But the Bureau of Meteorology has a powerful computer that can do annual maximum averages. The bureau will graph annual maximum temperatures for a fee and of course as a whistleblower, that is out my income range. You can see from above the annual maximum average temperature jump in the 1920s.
Another point to make which strikes a chord with the warming, Greenie, CO2 debate is that research by Phil Cheney, David Packham and Roger Underwood shows that low impact burnoffs are carbon neutral whereas post -1920s intense fires release enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere – 30% or more of Australia’s carbon emissions, depending on the amount of hot fires in a year. Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory and WA are paid to burnoff and the leaseholders (mining companies) claim carbon credits because cool burning buffers drought/heatwave/flood/storm cycles.
Christine Finlay PhD Bushfire Management, BA Hons Disaster Management
Great factual footage of the Canberra 2003 bushfire resulting in deaths and disaster that authorities will not like as it exposes their arrogant failure. Video from Brindabella showing a farmer’s knowledge and guts to control what the experts could not. This is in a series produced by SOS-NEWS who have have loaded 2 parts in the playlist above with more to come.