Australia burns and Friday song day.
Greetings, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you. Regular readers may have noticed that I skipped my Friday song day last week. With Australia burning, I just didn’t have the heart for it. I feel much the same this week, but, you know, it’s like falling off a horse ….
Over the last few days there has been a constant stream of water bombers and choppers flying overhead on the way to the fire grounds. We all know how dangerous it is fighting fires on the ground, but it is also exceedingly dangerous providing air support. A helicopter crashed into a reservoir yesterday. Thankfully the pilot managed to escape from the craft and swim ashore. Last year, another helicopter pilot died when the bucket underneath his chopper caught in trees. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, there are fears that the reservoir where yesterday’s helicopter crashed, could now be contaminated. The reservoir provides drinking water for nearby communities.
I thought I should pick a song in appreciation of the efforts of the water bombing crews. I had picked Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” but after the horrible events in Iran, that song now seems totally wrong and I can’t think of an alternative. However, I thought it would be rude to pass this day without offering my thanks to the firefighting aircrews for the valuable and dangerous work they undertake. Without them, the fire situation in Australia would be much worse.
On a sour note, I can’t believe the rubbish/trash that is circulating on certain social media sites. The bots and climate change denialists have emerged from the roach holes from which they spew an ever increasing stream of pseudo science and conflated data to throw doubt on the link between climate change and more extreme drought and bushfire events. Nor can I believe people’s willingness to share that rubbish. Please don’t do it. Do some research. Many environmental challenges can be, and have been, mitigated and/or overcome with appropriate action. We need to get on with the job of drastically reducing global carbon emissions and not keep arguing about it.
As a tonic, I thought we should listen to Joe Dolce’s mum. Have some respect. Respect for science, respect for our firefighters, respect for country and respect for our world.
Sing it everybody.
It’s on, ladies and gentlemen, three massive fires have combined into a mega-blaze in the Snowy mountains. It’ll be coming round and over the mountain, when it comes.
It’s 11pm and 33ºc in Canberra, the national capital of Australia.
Also for the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Shut.