Tag: Why?

Floods in Victoria are uncommon. Here’s why they’re happening now – and how they compare to the past

 

Why doesn’t Victoria have as many floods?

Victoria’s claim to fame in disasters is that it’s the most bushfire-prone region in the world (followed by California and Greece).

Fire risk also comes from climate. Victoria’s temperate climate means dry summers and less rain than its northern counterparts – around 520 millimetres of rain a year falls on average in Melbourne, compared to 1175mm a year in Sydney and 1149mm in Brisbane. Up north, rain tends to fall intensely, whereas Victoria’s rain tends to fall more as drizzle.

What’s different this time? September was wetter and colder than usual in Victoria, which meant the ground was already saturated in many areas. Colder weather means less water evaporates. Together, that made the state primed for floods.

For a flood to happen, you need a high rate of run-off, where rain hits saturated soils and flows overland rather than sinking in, as well as intense rains in a short period.

Rain has fallen across almost all of Australia’s mainland in the last two weeks. Our rain events are usually regional – not national like this.

Source: Floods in Victoria are uncommon. Here’s why they’re happening now – and how they compare to the past

CUBIC Corporation in action Down Under – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Australians should ask why this profitable company has paid no company tax here since at least 2013.

In the first months of the new government in Canberra, the age of legalized tax avoidance must cease. New ground rules are absolutely necessary to ensure that old practices are not continued in the 2022-23 financial year at a time when welfare agencies are issuing tents and temporary shelters to keep families off the streets and out of parked cars on these late winter nights.

Source: CUBIC Corporation in action Down Under – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump Stole Secret Government Documents. The Big Question Is Why. – Mother Jones

We know what Donald Trump did: He absconded from the White House with classified and top secret documents that belonged to the US government; he mishandled these highly sensitive records in his Mar-a-Largo lair (see this photo); he resisted the efforts of the government to retrieve these records; he employed a legal team that falsely certified that all classified material had been returned; and his actions prompted the Justice Department to investigate whether he and his crew obstructed justice or violated other federal laws, including the Espionage Act.

The big question is why?

Trump Stole Secret Government Documents. The Big Question Is Why. – Mother Jones

Hunger as a Weapon: How Biden’s Inaction Is Aggravating Cuba’s Food Crisis | The Smirking Chimp

There is no excuse for delay. No long, drawn out policy review is needed to recognize that there is a food crisis in Cuba due in part to U.S. policies, and that helping alleviate it is a moral obligation—an extension of the responsibility to protect. Moreover, these are actions Biden promised he would take during the presidential campaign. Every day he delays is another day that Cubans go hungry.

Source: Hunger as a Weapon: How Biden’s Inaction Is Aggravating Cuba’s Food Crisis | The Smirking Chimp

Ye Olde Opinion Vendor | The Smirking Chimp

(Disclaimer: This blog is written without monetary compensation. It is usually written in haste, and though I proofread, that too is often done in haste. Typos get overlooked. There is no editor to see what I sometimes don’t see until after I press “send.” Bear with me. Or don’t. I don’t have to write these things, and you surely don’t have to read them. We’re all volunteers here. Why any of us does what we do can be a mystery even to ourselves, but it’s just weird that those of you keep returning to read my stuff though it’s clear you don’t like my opinions or the way I express them. But we’re all pilgrims on this path. If, however, you are among those who actually agree or like something or other I write, please share it with people you might know who might be interested, or maybe even need to hear an opinion that differs from their own. I ask this because I was just released from Facebook jail after doing 30 days of hard time, ratted out by sneaky people in the sneakiest of way, accusing me of “hate” and “bullying” until our Facebook overseers decided I needed to be punished. Again. Given the snitches, and the apparent inability of Facebook cops to understand either hatred or b

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How Does Donald Trump Keep Getting Away With It? | The Nation

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People know the start of the Frederick Douglass quote “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” But most forget how the passage ends: “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

How does Trump keep getting away with it? Because we let him.

via How Does Donald Trump Keep Getting Away With It? | The Nation

An LNP Refugee Backflip, is it even possible? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In light of the so-called “Nauru files” questions are naturally being asked. However the questions being asked by decent minded people of conscious are decidedly different from the ones being asked by the government and our immigration minister Peter Dutton. While those of us who would prefer our nation didn’t behave like a sub-branch of…

Source: An LNP Refugee Backflip, is it even possible? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Peter Dutton details medical care provided to Somali refugee in Australia

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has provided a detailed breakdown of the medical consultations provided to a Somali refugee who pleaded to come to Australia for an abortion but was deported amid claims she changed her mind.

Source: Peter Dutton details medical care provided to Somali refugee in Australia