More Mike MacCracken: Can we Save Australia?

January 25, 2020

7 Responses to “More Mike MacCracken: Can we Save Australia?”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    More grasping at straws by McCracken. I’m sure he’s getting desperate after being involved with climate change for so long and seeing so little progress being made, but that’s no excuse for talking about changing storm tracks (but “not on a Global basis—-just for western Australia”). WHAT? If we had any hope of accomplishing that we should have been changing the tracks of the Harveys, Katrinas, and especially the Sandy that so messed up MY beloved NJ shore.

    Sorry, denizens of OZ, but your failure to rake your forests, keep roos from chewing through electric lines and causing shorts, and not locking up all those arsonists is what is causing your problem—–and allowing McCracken to likely produce massive flooding (IF his non-plan works in the slightest) isn’t going to help.

    • neilrieck Says:

      You are correct that there is nothing anyone can do to save Australia. World wide climate change has gone too far down the track to reverse it any time soon, if ever (in fact, humanity hasn’t done a damned thing about climate change ever since the Rio De Janeiro conference in 1992 other than “talk about it” while “making promises that no one kept”). But your second paragraph comes right from Rupert Murdoch publications. Do not forget that Australia is so large that it could not be raked (same with New South Wales). And what Fox called arsonists (and green arsonists) turned out to be a small number of idiots who thought it might be a good idea to burn their own garbage. We all know the type: “your rules don’t apply to me”. But when the fire got out of control they still expected help.

      The cause of Australia’s bushfires – what the SCIENCE says

      • dumboldguy Says:

        The reason my second paragraph sounds like it comes right from Rupert Murdoch publications is because it was a JOKE, just like those Murdoch publications are.

        I would have thought that “roos chewing through electric lines” might have been a clue I was kidding, but maybe they actually DO that (?)

        • Earl Mardle Says:

          I thought it was sarcasm, but these days of living in a post-climate, post-truth world, irony, satire and sarcasm can be really hard to detect, or be sure of.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            That’s why Poe came up with Poe’s Law—to wit:

            “Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won’t mistake for the real thing.”

            “In other words, No matter how bizarre, outrageous, or just plain idiotic a parody of a Fundamentalist may seem, there will always be someone who cannot tell that it is a parody, having seen similar REAL ideas from real religious/political Fundamentalists”.

            We’ve had some Poes visit here on Crock—they get their jollies yanking our chains and wasting the time of those that take them seriously and argue with them.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Reservoirs designed for only occasional heavy rainfall events (low evaporation, volume to accommodate multiple years of no rain) might save some areas from dying from aridification. Places like northern Australia or south central Africa could take advantage of occasional mega-storms to replenish water supplies.

    Of course water-restriction laws would be necessary, too.

  3. Paul Whyte Says:

    On reading dumboldguy’s post I was wondering if a diet short of vegemite leads to some sort of mental deterioration! But it was funny enough to enjoy it real or irony!

    The media here in Oz is really that stupid that one gets use to non-sense. The thundering of the hard right that arsonists had caused the massive fires has been taken up by many. (Must be a Vegemite shortage). The announcement that only 1% of land burned was caused by arson has not really changed the tune of the Muppets.

    NSW had 3 years left of water reserves in long term storage till the National Party knuckled dragger in chief Barnarby encouraged the cotton farmers to pump it out and use it all on cotton (so the Greenies would not get it! So it would not just run down to the sea). The facts that western rivers all have no way of running to the sea once flows have stopped has not slowed down the hate-filled swill.

    Corruption is so rampant all over Australia that like with the US Republicans open rorts are not even defended once they are exposed. It’s as if the Oz Liberal Party and National Party are so well defended by Murdoch that there is no need to defend. Lies will be spun to confuse the confused. Hate will be raised to confuse the committed tribes.

    However, the change to the storms is unmistakable! From Sydney, the common southerly buster that brought a cold change after very hot days in summer and often a storm with rain has been replaced with SW storms that are often dry. At other parts of Australia, the local detail is different but it’s really that the old climate is gone. It may get a bit wetter some times but the place is in a long term drying out phase from warming oceans. It’s exactly to the year that the climate scientists predicted!

    The desert is reclaiming much of NSW and with a “conservative” (read a friend to coal) government there is little sense to go around to do much at all that makes any sense.

    The loss of 50% of the Gondwanan rainforests to fire in the east means that this is a very out of the ordinary (or about to become normal) event. It use to be that the rainforest could not burn as it was way too wet but even that has dried out to tinder.

    Still bone stupid is not limited just to Oz these days. So many new coal mines are to be opened!

    The appeal of tribal politics and the lack of a desire for evidence to determine one’s attitude seems widely dispursed. “Homo sapiens hard rightus” seems to be having its lemming period!

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