Jo Nova: In 1946 — 800 miles of fires “stretched from Brisbane to Townsville”

The media and some politicians are claiming that the current bushfires are “unprecedented.” In July 1946 most of the Queensland coast was on fire from Brisbane to Townsville- a distance of 800 miles or 1260 km.

Back then, of course, the Queensland coast was sparsely settled, even Brisbane was a large country town. The resources available were far more primitive than today. But I don’t think climate change was an issue back then.

Jo Nova writes:

In 1946 — 800 miles of fires “stretched from Brisbane to Townsville”

In 1946 fires burned in an “almost unbroken chain from Brisbane to Townsville”. They lit up the sky at night, pushed plumes of smoke 3,000 ft in the sky, that looked like “Bikini Atoll”. And this was July…

Qld 1946: Now that’s what I call Hazard Reduction

Believers of man-made-weather say that warmer drier conditions and longer fire seasons are preventing hazard reduction burns. Aside from the fact that a warmer world is not a drier world, and rainfall trends have gone up not down, this is a snowflakes excuse. Even if it were true, the answer is to get more serious about burning off when conditions are cooler.

Thanks to Siliggy, Lance Pidgeon for the pointer. This is what Queenslanders used to do when they were serious about stopping wildfires. Their view of dry brush was that it was waiting like tinder…

Fortunately yesterday, Armageddon didn’t come to the East Coast. But it might have.

800 Miles Of Fires Along the North CoastThe Courier Mail, Monday July 29th, 1946

800 miles of fires stretch across QLD in 1946

Trove, National Library of Australia

By a Staff Correspondent

TOWNSVILLE, Sunday. —

Fires are burning to-night in an almost unbroken chain from the edge of Brisbane to Townsville, 800 miles distant.

The coastal fires provide air travellers with a graphic picture of parched Queensland.

Deeper inland, even greater areas of dry brush and grass areburning or waiting, like tinder, fora careless match or spark.

From Rockhampton to Gordonvale, farmers are burning off cane.

Forestry officers in other areas are burning fire breaks.

Long Smoke Trails

Columns of smoke loom from hills above some coastal towns, In the hills north and south of Mackay to-night smoke from two separate groups of fires stretched in trails for many miles.

South of Maryborough there is another group of fires.

From some of these the smoke was rising yesterday afternoon to a height of 3000ft.

One air traveller said: ‘They look like pictures of the Bikini bomb explosion.’

Some fires are blackening areas of dry grass on which ‘small and large graziers depend for fodder while the drought lasts.

A Forestry Department management officer (Mr. Pohlman) said tonight that no fires had been reported in forestry areas, but burning off operations were continuing.

Brisbane Fires

Grass and rubbish fires round Brisbane increased yesterday after the light rain on Friday morning.

Fire engines were called to 10 fires in the metropolitan area. No damage was done.

Another One Bites The Dust

Marty Sampson, a well respected Hillsong musician recently announced in social media that he has either lost or is losing his faith. The original posts have been deleted, so it’s hard to find the exact message.

I’m not here to condemn anyone, but there is a long list of ministry fatalities in Hillsong and other mega churches.

I suspect that most mega churches are great leadership raising machines that spit out amazing people, but it seems the fatalities are also amazing. My observation from attending years of Hillsong conferences was that there is a huge amount of pressure put on people to perform to a high level of excellence. Some thrive, and others crash and burn.

Looking through Scripture I don’t see that model being promoted anywhere. There is pressure, but the pressure is from persecution rather than from driven leadership.

In fact, Jesus demonstrates a very laid back approach. Jesus made this very laid back invitation

Matthew 11:28-30 
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I feel that the church in many places has lost track of something important: our primary task is to love God and love people. If only we can love extravagantly, then many of the issues that come from burnout, disappointment and unrealistic expectations could be headed off.

I have been reflecting a lot on the parable of the lost son. It seems to me that Jesus is trying to show us a God who loves us abundantly (prodigally) despite our poor performance. If only we can get our heads around that kind of love and start living from that place.

The trouble with love is that it takes time to pursue. Loving God is more than a 5 minute devotional. Loving people means investing ourselves into them, and that takes time, empathy and sometimes money. In our culture, time is too precious a commodity that we are reluctant to give it away.

This isn’t just a city phenomenon. Country people can often feel pressured by long commutes or the pressures of surviving in drought.

Churches must develop a culture of love, investing in solid relationships that strengthen over decades. We have found cell church is an effective way of doing this- combining large group and small group worship. The advantage of cell church is that people are weekly encouraging each other to go deeper in their walk with the Lord and to share the gospel in little ways as a part of normal discipleship.

If any of the big name falling away christians were to turn up in our church, we would encourage them into a cell group and help them to find their way back to Jesus. We would find ways of loving them until they can see Jesus again. It isn’t a formula or a process, just what Jesus calls the church to do.

Inertia Is A Good Thing, Really

A minor hiccup in power supply threw the south east of England into an unplanned “Earth Hour.” And it was all caused by wind generators.

Just before the blackout, the National Grid reported that fully 47.6% of the nation’s power was being generated by wind. Suddenly two small generators- one wind and the other gas- went offline. These generators account for less than 3% of power demand.

Immediately, the grid frequency fell from 50 Hz to 48.9 Hz and the power grid shut down to protect itself.

What is this Hz thing? Well, electricity mains systems use alternating current which in simple terms means that the electrons that flow to give us power are oscillating backwards and forwards at 50 times per second. If the frequency changes by a significant amount the whole grid can become unstable. In order to protect transformers etc, there are automatic switches that shutdown parts of the grid when the frequency gets out of a very narrow range.

This is what happened in London, and in South Australia three years ago.

In a traditional coal fired power system, electricity is produced by forcing high pressure steam past enormous turbines, which weight 200-800 tonnes. They are huge things and, once started, maintain a very steady speed even if there are changes in the rate of steam flow. Their inertia keeps the whole grid stable, so that if something goes wrong somewhere else, they still keep pumping out their power at 50 Hz.

But when smaller, more dispersed power generators dominate the grid, there is much less inertia to keep the power supply stable and things turn to custard very quickly.

The giant battery in South Australia is not there to keep the quantity of power flowing- it only has enough storage for a few minutes of power demand. It’s main role is to keep the frequency stable. Now power companies have to pay the battery for a service that coal powered generators provide for free- that’s progress.

H/T to Jo Nova for this analysis

All of this talk of grid stability and inertia made me think of how unstable our society has become, particularly over the last decade. What was once unthinkable has become normal, and it seems that every week there is some new perversion being promoted. Pornography is everywhere, families are disintegrating, and an epidemic of fatherlessness is being played out in mass shootings, suicide and violence.

The reason for this, I believe, is that we have bought into the lies of individualism. People think they have the right to do whatever they like, to indulge whatever desires and whims they might have, and all without any consequences.

Individualism has been around for a long time. Some people trace it back to the New Testament and the idea that ever single person is loved by God.

Previous generations had the church as the equivalent of the steam turbine. The morality and ethical standards of christianity have been taught, and continue to be taught, unchanging through the centuries. The word goes out steadily year after year, Sunday by Sunday, moderating the wild impulses of human flesh.

Then in the 1970’s people stopped going to church.It was deemed to be irrelevant and oppressive. People decided they could set their own moral codes. Everyone can do what they like without reference to anyone else, and it is all coming unravelled.

Without the steady inertia of the church, the moral grid of the nation has slowly turned to custard. The lights are going out, and we call it progress,

Rugby Australia Has A Problem With The Bible

Apparently Raelene Castle has ditched all pretence that the sacking of Israel Folau was anything other than religious discrimination.

According to Miranda Devine in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph, even if he had simply photocopied the relevant pages from the Bible in his social media posts that would have been a problem.

Here is part of the transcript from the code of conduct meeting in May:

Apparently quoting from the Islamic texts would not have been a problem:

‘Will you persist in these lewd acts which no other nation has committed before you? You lust after men instead of women. Truly, you are a degenerate people.’ Quran 7:81-82

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.” Abu Dawud 4462 (This is a sahih hadith)

As Devine concludes:

Castle made a mountain out of a molehill, and has thrown Australian rugby into disrepute as a result, trashing morale and sabotaging the Wallabies’ chances in a World Cup year.

Having unilaterally condemned the foundational document of Judaeo-Christian civilisation as akin to hate speech, she [Castle] boasted in a press conference that her decision was a ­“landmark” which “will change the landscape for rugby and sport”.

There’s one person who should have been sacked, and it wasn’t Folau.

HT to Caldron Pool

Bill Muehlenberg: We Told You So: Everything Has Changed – For the Worse

From Bill Muehlenberg’ Culture Watch blog.

We Told You So: Everything Has Changed – For the Worse

Jul 3, 2019

Children being thrown out of the classroom for saying there are only two biological genders. Teachers losing their jobs for saying the same thing. Star athletes losing their entire careers for simply quoting from the Bible on their own time. Males claiming to be females sending female athletes to hospital.

Churches embracing what the Bible has always called sin. Public libraries using tax dollars to have young children read stories by drag queens. Christians businesses being forced to close down for refusing to submit to the militant homosexual agenda.

People arrested for simply declaring in public what almost everyone throughout human history believed about human sexuality. People fined for affirming the truth that marriage is between a man and a woman. Children too young to know what a puberty blocker is directed by adults into renouncing their natal sex. Tampons put in men’s bathrooms.

Welcome to the brave new world of the sexual revolution – particularly the bitter fruit of the radical homosexual takeover of the West. The world is unravelling before our eyes at such a rapid rate, that anyone living just a few short decades ago would be utterly amazed at the speed and degree of the decline.

There were some voices seeking to warn about all this decades ago. We especially warned that granting special rights to homosexuals, including the destruction of marriage along the way, would impact every single one of us, and open up a Pandora’s Box never again to be closed. Obviously our concerns fell on deaf ears.

While I have warned for over three decades about the tsunami of destruction that the sexual revolution is unleashing, I have been warning for over a decade about the consequences of legalising fake marriage. As I wrote nine years ago:

It is very common for homosexual activists to argue that granting special rights to homosexuals and legalising homosexual marriage will not impact on anyone in any way. They claim that faith-based communities have nothing to fear, and no one will be forced to embrace their lifestyle, and things will simply go on as normal.

Of course they are lying through their teeth, and they know it. They are being deliberately deceptive here. They know full well that everything will radically change. So they have to rely on subterfuge and deceit to seek to make their case. Both faith and family suffer tremendously when these radical social upheavals are inflicted upon the rest of the community.
billmuehlenberg.com/2010/12/10/same-sex-marriage-who-says-nothing-will-change/

I wrote article after article on this theme. Here are just a few of them:

billmuehlenberg.com/2012/02/07/war-has-been-declared/

www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/09/12/the-never-ending-story-of-tolerance/

www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/05/15/homosexual-marriage-everything-will-change/

billmuehlenberg.com/2015/07/01/this-is-how-homosexual-marriage-impacts-me/

billmuehlenberg.com/2016/09/30/yes-homosexual-marriage-impacts-every-single-one-us/

While a few folks paid attention to the warnings and heeded the alarms, most did not. Most simply slept through the revolution. And now we are all paying the price for this moral and spiritual slumber. Simply consider the hyper-radical trans revolution.

No one was even thinking or talking about this a decade ago. Now it is everywhere, and children all over the West are being subject to radical child abuse as activist adults are foisting all this on them. So mainstream has all this become, that I have already penned over 180 articles on this.

One of my first pieces on this was written in 2008: billmuehlenberg.com/2008/04/05/pregnant-males-and-a-lost-civilisation/

Now we have the absolute insanity of American Democrat presidential contenders actually arguing – with a straight face – for abortion rights for biological males. In a debate last week, Julián Castro was asked about abortion funding. He answered:

“I believe in reproductive justice, and what that means is just because a woman — or, let’s not forget someone in the trans community, a trans female — is poor doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to exercise the right to choose.” 
www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/julian-castro-democratic-debate-reproductive-justice_n_5d141d98e4b0e455603742aa

Just a few short years ago a remark like this would have had him laughed off the stage – or booed off. Now it is seen as something completely normal – even something a potential leader of the free world would happily promote. Wow, talk about a moral, cultural and spiritual freefall!

But as always it is the diabolical war on children that is especially grievous to behold. Be it denying a child the right to a mother and father, or twisting their vulnerable minds into embracing a lie that biological sex is merely a social construct, the militants HAVE declared an all-out war on our children.

And one of the most recent and disgusting cases of this was written up in this report:

A west coast public library “Drag Queen Story Time” has evolved beyond drag queens reading pro-gay and pro-transgender books to kids to permitting children to frolic on the floor and lie on top of a man dressed as a woman. Photo evidence of children having inappropriate contact with drag queen Carla Rossi at Portland, Oregon’s St. John’s Library last October has been brought to the attention of LifeSiteNews. The photos are posted on the Multnomah County Library’s own Flickr account (Note: photos have been removed after LifeSiteNews published this report. The photos can be found here WARNING: Link leads to images of child abuse).

“I wouldn’t let my kids crawl on top of random strangers no matter how said strangers are dressed,” commented Kaeley Triller Harms on Facebook. “Even as a day camp counselor 15 years ago, we were pretty carefully trained about not giving kids piggyback rides or letting them sit on our laps,” continued Harms. “And if they asked for hugs, we took the side hug approach.”
www.lifesitenews.com/news/shocking-photos-kids-lie-on-man-dressed-as-woman-at-drag-queen-story-time

 

happen, they would have been shut down by now. And all this is not new. Two years ago the “Activist Mommy” wrote a piece on similar things, with the title, “Brazilian ‘Art’ Exhibition Promotes and Normalizes Pedophilia In A Disgusting Way.” The article and pictures of this are found here: activistmommy.com/brazilian-art-exhibition-promotes-normalizes-pedophilia-disgusting-way/

Also, we have this piece from a few months ago:

On Monday, 10-year-old Canadian boy Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden was featured in a troubling Huck Magazine piece highlighting the life of a so-called “child drag queen.” Young Nemis, whose drag name is “Queen Lactacia,” was shot by photographer Jonathan Frederick Turton for the spread. In one of the shots that did not make the magazine, Nemis, in full drag makeup and a black dress, is posing for a photo with the Season 7 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Violet Chachki. In the shocking photo, Violet is wearing nothing but a pair of heels and a small piece of fabric covering his genitals
www.dailywire.com/news/42081/10-year-old-boy-dressed-drag-pictured-naked-amanda-prestigiacomo

Yet this is the logical endgame of the sexual revolution. It involves the “p” word. Many of the more honest activists have admitted that adult-child sexual relations is the last great taboo that must be eliminated altogether. It is time to wake up folks.

They ARE targeting our children, and they ARE softening them up to accept child-adult sexuality. Indeed, way back in 2011 in my book Strained Relations I documented plenty of this. For example, one early list of demands put out by the homosexual community included these items:

• Repeal of all laws prohibiting private sexual acts involving consenting persons.
• Repeal of all laws prohibiting prostitution, both male and female.
• Repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual consent.

Two more short quotes from my book can be offered here:

And then we have had pro-homosexual authors writing in praise of lowering age of consent laws. One university press published a book by Judith Levine arguing that it is harmful to protect children from sex. In it she said age of consent laws should be reduced to 12 for sexual relations between children and adults.

Australian expatriate Peter Tatchell, a leading British homosexual activist, has made his views clear on under-age sex: “The age of consent should be reduced to 14 for everyone – gay and straight – and consensual sex involving people under 14 should not be prosecuted providing there is no more than three years difference in the partners’ ages.”

This has always been pushed by some in the homosexual camp. And just as it is now almost becoming illegal to say anything negative or critical about homosexuality and the trans revolution, I can assure you that soon enough it will also become illegal to say anything against “intergenerational sex” as they like to euphemistically call it.

Um, the word is paedophilia in case you still don’t get it. They militant adults WANT our children. The sexual revolution may well be the most devastating, destructive and diabolical revolution of our time. And the culmination of this has always been the direct targeting of our vulnerable children.

happen, they would have been shut down by now. And all this is not new. Two years ago the “Activist Mommy” wrote a piece on similar things, with the title, “Brazilian ‘Art’ Exhibition Promotes and Normalizes Pedophilia In A Disgusting Way.” The article and pictures of this are found here: activistmommy.com/brazilian-art-exhibition-promotes-normalizes-pedophilia-disgusting-way/

Also, we have this piece from a few months ago:

On Monday, 10-year-old Canadian boy Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden was featured in a troubling Huck Magazine piece highlighting the life of a so-called “child drag queen.” Young Nemis, whose drag name is “Queen Lactacia,” was shot by photographer Jonathan Frederick Turton for the spread. In one of the shots that did not make the magazine, Nemis, in full drag makeup and a black dress, is posing for a photo with the Season 7 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Violet Chachki. In the shocking photo, Violet is wearing nothing but a pair of heels and a small piece of fabric covering his genitals
www.dailywire.com/news/42081/10-year-old-boy-dressed-drag-pictured-naked-amanda-prestigiacomo

Yet this is the logical endgame of the sexual revolution. It involves the “p” word. Many of the more honest activists have admitted that adult-child sexual relations is the last great taboo that must be eliminated altogether. It is time to wake up folks.

They ARE targeting our children, and they ARE softening them up to accept child-adult sexuality. Indeed, way back in 2011 in my book Strained Relations I documented plenty of this. For example, one early list of demands put out by the homosexual community included these items:

• Repeal of all laws prohibiting private sexual acts involving consenting persons.
• Repeal of all laws prohibiting prostitution, both male and female.
• Repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual consent.

Two more short quotes from my book can be offered here:

And then we have had pro-homosexual authors writing in praise of lowering age of consent laws. One university press published a book by Judith Levine arguing that it is harmful to protect children from sex. In it she said age of consent laws should be reduced to 12 for sexual relations between children and adults.

Australian expatriate Peter Tatchell, a leading British homosexual activist, has made his views clear on under-age sex: “The age of consent should be reduced to 14 for everyone – gay and straight – and consensual sex involving people under 14 should not be prosecuted providing there is no more than three years difference in the partners’ ages.”

This has always been pushed by some in the homosexual camp. And just as it is now almost becoming illegal to say anything negative or critical about homosexuality and the trans revolution, I can assure you that soon enough it will also become illegal to say anything against “intergenerational sex” as they like to euphemistically call it.

Um, the word is paedophilia in case you still don’t get it. They militant adults WANT our children. The sexual revolution may well be the most devastating, destructive and diabolical revolution of our time. And the culmination of this has always been the direct targeting of our vulnerable children.

Wow. If a day-care centre or Sunday School allowed something like that to happen, they would have been shut down by now. And all this is not new. Two years ago the “Activist Mommy” wrote a piece on similar things, with the title, “Brazilian ‘Art’ Exhibition Promotes and Normalizes Pedophilia In A Disgusting Way.” The article and pictures of this are found here: activistmommy.com/brazilian-art-exhibition-promotes-normalizes-pedophilia-disgusting-way/

Also, we have this piece from a few months ago:

On Monday, 10-year-old Canadian boy Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden was featured in a troubling Huck Magazine piece highlighting the life of a so-called “child drag queen.” Young Nemis, whose drag name is “Queen Lactacia,” was shot by photographer Jonathan Frederick Turton for the spread. In one of the shots that did not make the magazine, Nemis, in full drag makeup and a black dress, is posing for a photo with the Season 7 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Violet Chachki. In the shocking photo, Violet is wearing nothing but a pair of heels and a small piece of fabric covering his genitals
www.dailywire.com/news/42081/10-year-old-boy-dressed-drag-pictured-naked-amanda-prestigiacomo

Yet this is the logical endgame of the sexual revolution. It involves the “p” word. Many of the more honest activists have admitted that adult-child sexual relations is the last great taboo that must be eliminated altogether. It is time to wake up folks.

They ARE targeting our children, and they ARE softening them up to accept child-adult sexuality. Indeed, way back in 2011 in my book Strained Relations I documented plenty of this. For example, one early list of demands put out by the homosexual community included these items:

• Repeal of all laws prohibiting private sexual acts involving consenting persons.
• Repeal of all laws prohibiting prostitution, both male and female.
• Repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual consent.

Two more short quotes from my book can be offered here:

And then we have had pro-homosexual authors writing in praise of lowering age of consent laws. One university press published a book by Judith Levine arguing that it is harmful to protect children from sex. In it she said age of consent laws should be reduced to 12 for sexual relations between children and adults.

Australian expatriate Peter Tatchell, a leading British homosexual activist, has made his views clear on under-age sex: “The age of consent should be reduced to 14 for everyone – gay and straight – and consensual sex involving people under 14 should not be prosecuted providing there is no more than three years difference in the partners’ ages.”

This has always been pushed by some in the homosexual camp. And just as it is now almost becoming illegal to say anything negative or critical about homosexuality and the trans revolution, I can assure you that soon enough it will also become illegal to say anything against “intergenerational sex” as they like to euphemistically call it.

Um, the word is paedophilia in case you still don’t get it. They militant adults WANT our children. The sexual revolution may well be the most devastating, destructive and diabolical revolution of our time. And the culmination of this has always been the direct targeting of our vulnerable children.