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I'm sure most of you know Jeremy Clarkson, a former presenter of the BBC's Top Gear. He has obviously lost the plot - unbelievable rubbish talk about the Australian Bush fires...
Yes all these "actors", sports players and influenceers need to shut their pie holes.
All the political statements; like at the Golden Globes should end. These people crave publicity and seem to try to outdo each other to gain the most.
Yes but doing something is so much harder than crying publicly.
All these celebrities have the money and power to make real change.
Instead they donate money to each others charities that put on galas for them to attend and rub their noses in all the good they have done.
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Whilst I am generally supportive of the idea that celebrities are often ill informed when they make comments so are most politicians and radio hosts. They should do the same. At least Russel Crowe is fighting the fire himself and has first hand knowledge of what is going on. I support what he did for the Golden globe. With the number of scientists that agree on global warming then you shouldn't really be criticizing uninformed comments when you dismiss informed ones.
 

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Upon seeing how widespread are the fires and the timing I immediately suspected eco-terrorist arson but didn't want to seem alarmist. And I hope I'm wrong, I hope I'm wrong, I hope I'm wrong...but...it's likely to be ...Forest Jihad. In 2012 the Inspire, the online English Al-Qaeda journal called upon the faithful to wage forest fire jihad against the Western infidel enemy. There's very many references yet I'm hesitant to post because the references are on sites not known for political correctness.

Back in 2008 the Brisbane Times wrote Islam group urges forest fire jihad. In the last few months, a pro-ISIS media group released posters titled "Ignite Fires" urging attacks against Western interests.
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In today's political climate suggesting or even reposting this information can earn unsavory labels for anyone calling attention to the threat of eco-terrorism. I hope I'm wrong but struggle to find other motivation for this type of attack.
It appears two of the arsonist may fall in to this category.
 

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If any of your friends or associates are thinking of visiting Australia then please do - don't just cancel. Most of the country is not affected by the fires except for some smoke which comes and goes as the wind changes. The fires are mainly around the Great Dividing Range near the border of NSW and Victoria. There is plenty to see in these states and we are a country the size of mainland US so fires are easy to avoid. I would be disappointed if people cancelled trips because of false fears. Feel free to contact any of the Aussies here if people want info on particular areas - we will be happy to oblige.
 

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Lack of controlled burns.. arsonist and pretty bad luck with weather is the end result.

Not too affect here in Perth, WA (Other side of Australia), but even the small fires we have here are happening in reserves which have had no controlled burns so its just lighting up easily. :confused:

Saw this pop upon my social media. So glad to see the whole world contributing to helping out the families in need.
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Thats interesting, Says in that blog "The scale is a little exaggerated due to the render's glow, but it is generally true to the info from the Nasa website. Also note that not all the areas are still burning, and this is a compilation"
 

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Lack of controlled burns.. arsonist and pretty bad luck with weather is the end result.

Not too affect here in Perth, WA (Other side of Australia), but even the small fires we have here are happening in reserves which have had no controlled burns so its just lighting up easily. :confused:

Saw this pop upon my social media. So glad to see the whole world contributing to helping out the families in need.
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Don't know the reason in the West but a lot of reduction burns got cancelled because it was just too dry to risk it getting away from them. I think one blaze in NSW in August was from that.
 

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Don't know the reason in the West but a lot of reduction burns got cancelled because it was just too dry to risk it getting away from them. I think one blaze in NSW in August was from that.
It’s not hard to loose control of a controlled burn in questionable conditions, was a junior member of wedderburn CFA in the late 70’s
While we didn’t loose one during my trips out it did happen in other areas during my time.
 

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It’s not hard to loose control of a controlled burn in questionable conditions, was a junior member of wedderburn CFA in the late 70’s
While we didn’t loose one during my trips out it did happen in other areas during my time.
Yeah I remember when I lived in Horsham and the wheat farmers would burn stubble that a few got away and caused some problems for the CFA.
 

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Awesome tribute to the Australian firefighters...

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It has been great that countries have been pitching in to help. We have Singaporean Chinooks, New Guinean and Fijian engineers and Japan is sending a couple of Hercs, all assisting with the clean up and distribution of food, water, medicines and fodder where roads are still cut. This is on top of the New Zealand, Canadian and American who are fire fighters. We have helped a lot of places with their natural disasters and it is great to see them respond but I still wish there was nothing to respond to!
 

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That’s surreal. I was in Canberra for 6 weeks this past July/August for work.


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yeah my area missed the hail but it hit other areas pretty hard. Golfball sized hail is not good for your car or your house for that matter. We get these sort of storms during summer but this appeared a little more severe. I heard the storm warning on radio so I chose to go shopping where I could park undercover just in case. I think we might have got a very small roof leak from the rain but I will need to check that out tonight or tomorrow. the rain hasn't put the fire out though I expect it has reduced their ferocity.
 
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