Saturday, September 15, 2018

One hundred and thirty six wedge tailed eagles poisoned..

The number of wedge tail eagles poisoned, 136, is obscene. Yet we have been informed that the maximum jail term, yes, the maximum, for anyone that kills that many birds is 6 months jail. The fine for killing a wedge tail eagle is $7,928.50? How do they come to that figure. Because it was derived back in the dark ages when shooting Aboriginal people during drunken soirée's was finally forbidden. Moving to decimal currency moved this penalty to this ridiculous figure. For every extra bird killed there is a discount. They can be killed for only $792.85. Another ridiculous figure for the same reason as above.

The more discovered about wildlife in Victoria, proves that it is considered a nuisance in this state. People are permitted to do what they will with wildlife, and in fact perpetrate despicable acts upon all species of native animals almost with impunity. The penalties are so small that they beggar belief, but in reality show the low value in which they are held, in this case, the state of Victoria.

Shooters and farmers are ubiquitous and great in number, they are able to vote, so are permitted to do almost anything they want.

The Andrews state government is possibly the weakest government running under the Labor flag that this state has ever been voted into office. Certainly in wildlife and law and order issues. Which in the case of these poisoned eagles, proves the point.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Internet really crook..........

We live in a pretty isolated area, which is great for soft releasing wildlife where they will be disturbed, as all wildlife generally are where people live, as little as possible. This area requires good internet coverage because we are over 100 kilometres from a fully functioning library and other things that people in the city, who have better if not great internet coverage and are close to all these information outlets, take for granted.

So more than any others, we need really good internet coverage and we have satellite, which is a Clayton's NBN. We are also some distance from the closest mains power, which of course is not the best option for power by a long shot and even if it wouldn't cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to connect to, is becoming even more expensive. So with a small solar power system, we have to turn things off, as we cannot leave things on standby or on all the time.

When we start our satellite modem, it takes at least 15, usually 20 minutes to connect. So the modem is on for 20 minutes before it's even sensible to turn on a computer, dragging power out of the deep cycle batteries. All this has been recounted to Malcolm Turnbull and Mitch Fifield who replaced him as telecommunications minister, with a small “m”.

It was the Abbott government that found the cheapest possible internet delivery system, and then found a couple of consulting firms that would declare it as being the best, and proceeded to install it for Australians. Made up mostly of a population that had no idea about what a good internet system was if they fell over it in their lounge room and no idea whatsoever what a really good system could do for the economy and people in general. Turnbull sold this system to people of Australia too easily and never again mentioned it in the election and Labor hardly touched on it either. Because it was not an issue for most Australians.

Turnbull was voted into being head of the country and Fifield took on the role of communications minister for a substandard system. Bought the wrong modems and thought he could sit back and everyone would be silly enough to just accept the catch cry, “the internet is slow, or down” with impunity and most did.

The satellite modems are rubbish and they can be tweaked to pick up the satellite signal faster, because after many letters of complaints Fifield did actually have them tweaked so they picked up the satellite signal after a few minutes. Still too long but it could be lived with. But that was soon replaced by the same old problem of waiting 20 minutes for the modem to pick up the signal. Fifield was not the man for the job, and after a while it was disclosed that technicians working for the NBN were not allowed to compare notes. Not allowed to even talk to one another. They being like most of the community wanted to keep their jobs so they obeyed.

This is just one of the side effects of our society, and no one wants to take up the subject, because politicians are not accountable. Some kind of inquiry will show them to be remiss, culpable of absolutely dumb, and nothing will ever be done. The issue with the satellite internet is just one such. They are like the rest of our society and yet we give them credence they don't deserve.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Fire of Holiday Places

The recent fires on the Victorian coast burnt much wildlife. It demonstrates again that humans always think it won't happen to them, again.

The pictures tell the story of the fire coming into the yards of houses and the fire increasing in strength height and ferocity as the house is burnt. The trees stand stalwart, and are also burnt. But were they alone there without houses, which are after all just fire fuel, the fire would not have been as intense. Though they will probably now be cut down because it will be proclaimed, they are dead

The way the houses were set out seems to be in a line along the contour of the hill, and the houses that were not touched mostly away, out of that line, placed further back or just a bit more out of the way. The flames would have lapped each house, where these were built close together, or the wind sent the flames along the ground to the next house in line, where they would have increase in height and burnt many koalas.

Sadly it's never recorded that the worst fire hazard are houses. They are full of, and quite often built from combustible material. It can only be a subject of wonder what was lying round the houses that should have been cleaned up before summer but not being done so only added to the ease of travelling the line the fire took.

Only time will tell if the local government will make it a requirement to rebuild houses along that shoreline with steel frames and fire retardant cladding or if they will be happy not to do so again. If the latter, probably allowing another holiday resort fire to come through and burn almost every house as it did 32 years ago.

Wildlife in areas where house are built close together have very little reasonable chance of survival. A fire becomes particularly powerful where houses are close together.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Knowing Life Isn't Fair Doesn't Help...

There was a story today, of what was apparently an American Bulldog, who chased a wombat into a burrow and was trapped and people spent tens of thousands of dollars and a great deal of time to dig him/her out. I assume there was some truth in this?

The action sounds commendable, but it's very much looked at in a lopsided way. The wombat, who is indigenous to this country, and when in large numbers kept the forest floor excavated and aerated in such a way as to speed the decomposition of leaf and bark litter and reduced forest fires by so doing, was chased by a pampered pet. Not because it was in any way doing anything wrong, but was just there.

The dog went in where it had no place being. A child being chased by an adult should be able to get to their home and once through the front door be safe? Maybe not, if this story is anything to go by.

The dog gets rescued, dug out of the burrow, but in the process the wombats home is virtually destroyed. How can that be right? Why are we humans like this?

The yacht that has it's keel ripped off when it hits a whale has all the attention paid to the multi-million dollar yacht, replaceable, and the crew. No one considers the whale, whose only place of residence, the sea. Which is being used as a sports ground by a creature that has all the areas of the planet to play in? How badly was it hurt, and were the sharks already on the blood trail, even before the crew was rescued?

Our priorities are definitely skew whiff.

I made much the same mistake many years ago, and I feel shame about it still. Having gone to visit an old woman, we allowed our two Kelpies out of the car and they explored the woman's yard. We had no idea they had found, and were tormenting a snake till one of them was bitten and yelped. I called them off.

Before the dog fell over and we knew she was in trouble. The old woman asked me to kill the snake. I asked what reason there was for this, because the snake would go away on its own and it was the dogs who were the trouble makers. They attacked the snake defending itself against two adversaries, not the other way round. But she was adamant and I felt sorry for her irrational fear and to my shame killed the snake.

We raced the dog to the vet and the all up costs were over $1,000.oo to save her life. Yet she and her mate were the tormentors turned attackers and what they got they deserved. But I killed the snake? I must have been too young or still too stupid to do something like that. The dogs are not a snakes food item, because it wasn't a constrictor and they were at fault anyway.

Lessons to be learned here. But we see this sort of thing every day. The victim getting the blame for being hurt.