Four years on

johnboy 18 January 2007 45

Well it’s January 18 again.

Four years ago our Government resolved to lie to the media (and through them, us) about the threat to the city and then looked on as a firestorm devoured a large chunk of Weston Creek while unprepared residents watched fire fall from the sky all over the city.

Given the unreliable memory of our leaders when questioned on the subject, does anyone think it couldn’t happen again?


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CouldExpire CouldExpire 5:58 pm 19 Jan 07

LOL

Maelinar Maelinar 2:15 pm 19 Jan 07

Stand in line at Kennards with the Victorians and the New South Welshmen and and fill in your Section 44 Teddy Bear.

teddy bear teddy bear 2:10 pm 19 Jan 07

If ESA/ESB bureaucrats got out of the way of the firies jumping on fires as soon as they light up, then we would be all better off (as long as the firies were experienced and competent). Similarly, if the water bombers could be brought in straight away instead of having to wait for a Section 44 to be declared then these fires mightn’t get so big. The pilots I have spoken to all say that they are best used right at the start as later waterbombing is more like windowdressing.

CouldExpire CouldExpire 12:23 pm 19 Jan 07

now, now sammy time for kitty to put the claws away… hehee

CouldExpire CouldExpire 12:20 pm 19 Jan 07

We’ve had a few members of the brigde I’m in down in Vic… they worked 15 hour days were tired, so I can well imagine the CFA guys that are out there constantly are ready to sleep where they stand!

Thumper Thumper 9:56 am 19 Jan 07

The guys in Victoria have been in the tiger country for 48 days.

that’s a long time for a vollie…

johnboy johnboy 9:55 am 19 Jan 07

Such a convincing impersonation of a worm Sammy.

el el 9:50 am 19 Jan 07

Totally agree – much respect to the firies giving up their time.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I got a wee bit freaked by the smoke that seemingly came out of no-where a few weeks back.

Sammy Sammy 9:49 am 19 Jan 07

Once again Sammy thinks he knows more about RiotACT than me, fascinating.

Hook, line, sinker, and copy of ‘Anglers Monthly’.

I would’ve thought — with all your experience — you’d have recognised a piece of baiting.

johnboy johnboy 9:34 am 19 Jan 07

So many Sammy that you don’t even nudge it.

I love it when idiots reveal themselves by using a stat from a poll which I wrote the questions to, and put in the tag lines.

Shows a genuine lack of humour or intellect to then use it against me. But you’ve been doing just fine on that score anyway.

Once again Sammy thinks he knows more about RiotACT than me, fascinating.

Sammy Sammy 9:06 am 19 Jan 07

when i no longer have to edit your comments to put in hyperlinks I’ll think you’re less of an idiot.

If that’s all it takes, you obviously have a very low threshold to determining someone an idiot. Suddenly this makes more sense:

“Johnboy is a whinging bitch” – 86% of the readership…

Assuming the site has around 100 readers, feel free to bump that up to 87%.

barking toad barking toad 8:52 am 19 Jan 07

Nice to read in the times today that the mayor is comfortable with how he and his council handled things in January 2003.

Those that have read the coroner’s report will have a different opinion..

Sammy Sammy 8:38 am 19 Jan 07

Well I for one rest easier knowing the guys like Thumper and the rest of the SES and volunteer firies are around.

Amen to that. Those guys in Victoria must be taking months off work. Here’s hoping the new IR laws can cope with that situation.

simto simto 8:35 am 19 Jan 07

Out of interest, LG, I don’t know anybody who lost someone or something in the fires, and I’ve been living in Canberra for ten years. Or, at the very least, I don’t know anybody who’s talked about losing people or posessions.

That’s not saying that I don’t respect the fact that, for many people, it’s still fresh in the memory and quite disturbing. But you can’t generalise and say that your experience is everyone’s experinece.

LurkerGal LurkerGal 8:13 am 19 Jan 07

Well I for one rest easier knowing the guys like Thumper and the rest of the SES and volunteer firies are around. But still, one wiff of smoke and you can see everyone in sight (myself included) look around, sniff and say to whoever is next to them “can you smell that?”. I think it takes a long time to “move on”. Everyone in Canberra knows someone who lost someone or something in those fires.

Thumper Thumper 11:30 pm 18 Jan 07

JB,
why won’t my comment come through?

johnboy johnboy 10:07 pm 18 Jan 07

Oh here’s a deal,

when i no longer have to edit your comments to put in hyperlinks I’ll think you’re less of an idiot.

johnboy johnboy 10:06 pm 18 Jan 07

You make my point for me.

Suddenly we have 27 comments, does this suddenly mean the story is any more agreed with or important?

No, not at all.

Make usefull contributions for a few years and you’ll probably have a better feel for it.

But, for my sins, I’ve been living and breathing this site since November 2000.

Now you may be hundreds of times smarter than me (not that we’ve seen much evidence of it) but experience counts too.

johnboy johnboy 10:02 pm 18 Jan 07

Maybe assuming you have a better grasp of the meaning of the stats here than the founding editor was a teensy bit of a mistake?

Your opinions about other subjects are the equal of anyones.

Sammy Sammy 10:02 pm 18 Jan 07

You’re assuming that every comment relates directly to the content of the original missive, which i’m sure you know is patently false.

This interchange is a perfect example of my hypothesis. And I use ‘hypothesis’ deliberately, and shall leave it at that, to allow this thread to resume normal service.

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