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Bushfires in Victoria kill 76, death toll will rise [update: 181 dead]

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posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 08:24 PM

Originally posted by JustMike
reply to post by yizzel
I get where you're coming from, and I understand exactly what you're saying mate. That's what friends are for... and some of the best friends you have are the ones you haven't even met yet.

@ possible_psychotic: I can't imagine what some families are going through right now either. It's far worse than anything I ever experienced, or most us ever did, for that matter. But with a lot of love and care, a lot of good friends -- even ones they've never met before -- they'll get through this.

The bush will grow back. It always does, and sometimes it's so fast that it's amazing how quickly it happens. And it helps, you know, to see new greenery sprouting and to see birds coming back, and animals too. It really helps to see life returning...

Lots of Aussies on here -- including a few thousand extra (honorary) ones right now I reckon. Australia's a big country, but all Aussies are very close at times like this. And every kind word, every kind and loving thought, every deed, it all adds up and helps to build the energy these people need.

Bless Australia.


sounds like your quite a big believer in positive energy, or something similair?
well, just so you know the spirit around here in Victoria is very strong at the moment. Australia's always been about mateship really and you can definitley feel it at the moment.

Evasius: That koala's name is Sam. There is an article in the Herald Sun about her being picked up

i probably did that wrong...

Hey thanks to everyone OS for your words of support and prayers. I think I may speak for everyone on here when I say we really appreciate it.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 09:51 PM
My Aunty/Uncle & cousins lost their homes (there near Bunyip) - still fire danger there at the moment.... but they are alive so that is the main thing.

shocking stuff - tragic

Material crap can be replaced but not human life...

[edit on 10-2-2009 by Thurisaz]

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:09 PM
Now, I know im going to be flamed to death for this, but it has to be said.
Yes, 180+ People is bad, and the size of these fires, is bad.
But, put this into perspective..


Id say more than that die a day in africa.

you dont see us raising millions of dollars and having charity football games, cricket games, pass arounds and such.

For 4 days straight now, every second word on the TV, is FIRE!
TV Shows have been delayed to have more news and updates.

Im sick of hearing the words

'' corrageous, tragic, horrendous, breath taking, hero, unbelievable, ''

Its like all the media are in competition with each other to see who can have the most heart wrenching use of words, still shots and interviews.

I saw one the other night, this news reporter pretended to be doing reality tv

'' oh hey, whats your name, do you mind if we ask you the same BS questions ''

- What have you lost
- How do you feel
- Is this a tragic event
- Do you think you can pull yourself together

I mean, what an absolute stupid range of questions.

These fires are bad, and what these people are going through is painful, and shocking.
But Australian Media, much like the Australian mentality finds a need to totally overblow the situation, act as if its their nations changing event.

its sickening.

If you build a house amongst dry bushland, in a remote part of a drought stricken country... then bad stuff will happen.
When this fire is razing everything in its path to the ground, why do you stay in your house and try to save it with a garden hose?

I feel sorry for the people who are suffering, my heart goes out to you.
I hate the media for manipulating this event into a awards frenzy
And I feel pity for the people who ignored advice, and believed a hose would stop this inferno.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:21 PM
reply to post by Agit8dChop

well i think you are defnetly on your own thinking that! Very bad post as i think this is getting just the publicity it deserves! and needs! god bless

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:28 PM
reply to post by theflashor

I beg to differ, for 2 reasons.

1. They claim this is tragic because of the loss of life and the heartache its causing. Well, thats ONLY because these are Australians. Had it been any colour nations, it wouldnt be so bad.

2. Arsonists are like streakers, they want the attention they want headlines.

Now, this is shocking and Tragic, do not get me wrong here,
But the media is stirring this up like its a once in a lifetime event.

I like the way no one is mentioning the record heat, aka global warming either.

46oC, a new record for a city high temp.
multiple 40oC days in a row, another record.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:37 PM
reply to post by Agit8dChop

Oh come on.... Lots of times I respect and even like your posts.

But this time you are wrong. I mean, if you wanna talk about 180+ people losing their lives in Africa, go do it in another thread. All of that other crap can be discussed elsewhere too. It is wrong to compare this to what happens elsewhere, and is off-topic to this thread.

Geez, what respect for life people have these days.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:43 PM
reply to post by LostNemesis

Like I said this is tragic, and bad.
But the media needs to stop treating this like a circus and a lottery for awards.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:46 PM
reply to post by Agit8dChop

no one is saying it's not terrible what happens in africa. i figu

[edit on 10-2-2009 by possible_psychotic]

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:48 PM
reply to post by Thurisaz

I'm really sorry to hear that. we all are

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:52 PM
reply to post by possible_psychotic

I think there have been more , heavier weighing events to weigh on Australia.

Im not saying harden the fark up, people should read before they fly off the deep end,

I feel sorry for these peoeple and wish them the best, but the MEDIA
the NEW


need to stop treating this like a fishing trip for awards.

Dont you get sick of seeing the SAME footage, the SAME Pictures, hearing the same STUPID Questions?

Someones just lost everything in a bush fire.

do you ask

'' How do you feel ''
'' Have you lost much ''
'' Do you think you can recover ''

I mean, its like an episode of neighbours.

Treat these people with some dignity, they arent props in your tv show.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:54 PM
Afternoon fella's and ladies...

Have we heard anything from brentoncrazy yet? Last night the fire was 2 kms from his house headed his way. I'm sure he and his family are safe but I still worry.

I'm seeing reports in the news today of more looters. What a disgusting despicable act. These people aren't fit to be called Australians. They should be locked up right beside the arsonists and left to rot in their cells.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:56 PM
reply to post by Agit8dChop

We are not in Africa we are here in Australia,we can help and know that we are helping.

If Perth and surrounding areas burn,know that we would all help with just as much passion and urgency.

Also it was not just bushland that burnt.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:56 PM
reply to post by Agit8dChop

You must have quickly forgotten the efforts made to raise money for the boxing day tsunami.

There were many charity events organised for that, there was even a telethon aired to raise money.

So you argument falls flat a little bit in that regard.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:57 PM
Fair enough,

Im not having a go at regular aussie like you ( if your aussie )
Im having a go at the media, and they way they are portraying this on the tv.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:59 PM
reply to post by Chadwickus

yes, and more than a quater of a million people died in that event, it wiped entire land mass of the map.

thats a little bit diferent for 1, and im pretty sure we didnt raise millions like we have now.
although id have to check the figures.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 11:07 PM
reply to post by Agit8dChop

sorry mate, i tried to delete that after I posted it. No hard feelings, I hope?

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 11:11 PM
reply to post by Kryties

Speaking of the arseonist, they're supposed to be realeasing a photo of the Churchhill fire culprit in a few days

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 11:13 PM
reply to post by Agit8dChop

are you saying that we shouldn't watch the news for updates on this and we shouldn't donate money to help out those who have lost their homes and belongings?

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 11:13 PM
reply to post by Agit8dChop

And it shows what people will do to help others, even people from other countries.

The reason why the media is making so much of the bush fires is because it's happening in our back yard.

posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 11:22 PM
reply to post by iced_blue

No, not at all,donate they need it.

What im saying is, the Media, need to stop treating this as a circus.
We know its bad, we know people are suffering,

We dont need these stupid attempts at prize journalism every single report.

Ive heard the same questions over and over and over and over,

its like we are looking for an answer that will change life

'' Do you think the town will recover from this ''

... what a stupid question, of course it will

'' How do you feel ''

... how do you think they feel, they are angry and upset

'' could anything different of been done ''

... yes, we could stayed home, or died, or left early and lived

'' will you rebuild your life and start over ''

... what else do you expect them to do?

... And im sorry, the people who have DIED in the fire are not brave hero's.

If your told a firestorm is coming, and its destroying everything.. your an idiot to stay in your home armed with a garden hose.

I dont need to hear every 20 seconds this is a tragedy, this is heart wrenching, this is massive, unexplainable...

get my point?

Or do you just want a reason to have a go at me?

I feel bad for all the people who have lost and are suffering, and i wish everything and anything for you.

But the media, has to stop acting like this, and start acting accordingly.

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