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So... how about that radiant heat hey? [Feb. 10th, 2009|12:46 am]
[music |Disco Inferno!!!]

Wow. Our fires are pretty fucking bad hey?

170 dead or something, and they reckon it will be 250+ at least by the time they get through the towns that have literally been wiped off the map.

And I think it is now time for vengeance. For us, this is what... the equivalent of 3,000-4,000 US citizen deaths, and maybe 2 Israeli toenails? (I might be a bit generous on the number of toenails though.)

So what should we now do with this moral blank cheque? Which countries can be loosely tied down as responsible for this? The US is the obvious target. Not doing anything about climate change which has probably affected our country greater than any other.

Bunch of Bush in 04 voting cunts! Arseholes. So how about we invade Texas? Would the rest of the US egg us on? Cheer us perhaps? Join in? I get the feeling most would like us to invade Texas. And besides, it would be a lot of fun. How about Palestine, Washington D.C. perhaps?

After all, if the US wants to get active in areas of the world that apparently affect them, maybe we should do the same in getting active in areas that DO affect us. After all, their people's actions have affected us in this regard. After all, what's good for the goose... and there are about 300 million geese in the US as far as I can tell.

I'm not sure people realise what an Australian fire is like. I don't think people that live in the Australian bush do either. The eucalypts, for people not native to Australia reading this, are pretty dominant, and probably the hottest burning group of plants on the planet. And one of the most dangerous.

They explode. On hot days, the eucalypts will expel their oil into the air. This vapor will catch alight, and the fire will race right across the tops of the forest canopies. That's why the fire can be 10-20 metres above the tree tops, and gives it the speed and "fire rain" unique to Australia. Very little footage I've noticed has been of the actual main fire fronts. I guess because, if you've got it on camera, you're probably dead. Poor buggers in their cars trying to outrun it. Aint gonna happen when the fire across the tree tops is moving at 100+km/hr and the trees begin to literally explode increasing the fire power.

Fascinating stuff. Always loved the fire studies as a part of my course at uni.

Victoria, once again proving to be the event capital of the universe. This time with its disco inferno. Burn Baby Burn!

About time they adopted our prevention strategies out west though. Just another reason why we should secede.

[User Picture]From: oxymorena
2009-02-09 08:47 pm (UTC)
as your resident LJ-American, I wholly apologize for Bush's election in the past. If it is any consolation, I don't own a car, avoid buying plastic whenever I can, and don't keep the heat on very much. So, I hope that is helping a little.

i had no idea eucalyptus trees exploded and spread fire that way! that is LUDICROUS!!! What is a person supposed to do if they're caught in the middle of one? Do you go in some crazy underground shelter? Or is it just totally over? Now I am really curious.

and why aren't the koalas made firefighters if they really are so fierce?
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[User Picture]From: chops_a_must
2009-02-10 01:50 am (UTC)

I obviously wasn't being serious. But invading Texas would be fun.

If you are caught in the open, or in a car, you are pretty much stuffed. Seems to be how most have died. They tell people to leave early, or to stay and fight. But a lot seem to have realised they are going to die if they stay, and they have panicked and been caught in the open.

No shelters. You'd just block the sinks and let the taps run and hope for the best. Some of the survivors seem to have waited lying on wet towels, tiles and concrete. But it's pretty much luck. The radiant heat would have just cooked a lot of people. People usually survive doing this, but this set of fires has just been so much worse than usual, it isn't funny.

Koalas would make awesome fire fighters. :P A lot of animals die though unfortunately. Koalas more horribly than a lot of others I fear. They would just smoulder. :(
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[User Picture]From: chops_a_must
2009-02-10 06:37 pm (UTC)
Here is something for you:

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[User Picture]From: oxymorena
2009-02-10 09:06 pm (UTC)
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