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You may have already seen this, but for those who haven't ...




Sam the Koala, being helped by CFA volunteer David Tree. The story and more heart-breaking and simultaneously heart-warming pictures are here.


You know, as horrible as things are, it's times like these that remind us that not all humans are a waste of skin. David from IT is off fighting the fires with the CFA. Jo and Jackie are feeding the firefighters in the area where they live. Everyone here has donated money to Red Cross. Tomorrow - being payday - we're doing a collection for WRAP, the Wildlife Rescue people. Marlin is taking up a collection of toiletries, toys, non-perishable foods, etc here in the office that will go to the survivors. The people of Australia - corporate donations aside - have donated over $30,000,000 to the bushfire appeal.

Meanwhile, new fires were lit last night by arsonists.

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:O Okay, I was already without words for the dumbasses who set fires to begin with, who were absolute idiots and who are now, without question, murderers. But for someone to now decide setting a fire is a great idea . . . holy shit. Words fail me on every level. What sort of a person DOES THAT?
I seriously can't comprehend. Also - looters. WTF.
*hugs* I'm happy to hear that you and most of the other Aussies in Victoria on my flist seem to be okay for now.

You know, as horrible as things are, it's times like these that remind us that not all humans are a waste of skin.

Yes, it really is kind of amazing to watch people come together for legions of complete strangers, isn't it? When Katrina hit New Orleans, individual response was immediate and pretty overwhelming--and definitely a LOT more organized and helpful than what the federal emergency organization put together.

Of course, there are always the asshats... And I hope there is an extra-hot corner of hell for the arsonists down there. Really, extra-crispy. *smites them*
Times like this I'm glad I don't drive, and therefore can't live in the pretty rural towns surrounding Melbourne. There are people in my office who do live in these areas and commute into the city everyday, and it's very traumatic for them.

Times like this I'm disappointed that I don't believe in natural justice. For arsonists and looters.
Meanwhile, new fires were lit last night by arsonists.

I can't wrap my head around this. Really can't.
It's incomprehensible by sane and decent people. I'm also bewildered by looters and gawkers.
Meanwhile, new fires were lit last night by arsonists.
WTFing F?!
I know! Incomprehensible, isn't it?

Today I caught up with Jackie (a colleague, mentioned above) and she told me of her experiences. She lives 1 kilometre from one of the firefronts. She almost lost her 15 year old son on Saturday. He insisted on helping Jo's (Jackie's sister, another colleague) ex-husband defend his house. The wind suddenly turned and sent the fire straight for them. He rang Jackie to tell her they were cut off, and were going to shelter behind trucks. They were unable to get out. They were incredibly lucky - the fire just missed them. All he ended up with was melted boots. Imagine the terror, for Jackie and Jackson. And people are out there, trying to inflict more of it. Absolutely defies belief.