The weather has warmed up a tad and we've had rain...yesterday and overnight...not enough, but at least it put some water in the tanks, dampened the dust and gave the lawn and plants a drink. But...we have more coming tomorrow afternoon and then back to the chills, sleet on the Downs and icy westerlies...which are a couple of months early, we don't usually get those until August. Our maximum temperature on Wednesday is going to be 16C...normal median temp for winter is 22C...but we've had a lot of low minimum temps lately...if that ain't climate change, dunno what is. They're even forecasting light frost in Far North Queensland, which is the tropics.
Looking at the extended forecast, sometime next week there's going to be another trough off the New South Wales coast. If this one is as bad as the ones before, it will make three major destructive storms in the same amount of weeks...poor buggers, I hope it doesn't come to that. Looking on the bright side, they have water, but as is with the vagaries of nature, too much, whereas other places have none.
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Most of you outside Australia may not know this, but we have a Federal Election coming up. Not sure when yet. Little Johnny Howard is keeping that one under his hat and promising us the earth, moon and stars in the meantime...as is Labor. According to these opinion polls that various organisations run (I have never been asked to participate in one...still waiting), Labor will get in this time. There may be something in that, because for the first time ever, John Howard and the Coalition have, finally, decided to do something about Aboriginal alcoholism, child abuse and school truancy in the Northern Territory (which is the worst case scenario) and elsewhere. When I read that, I was incensed. It's been going on for years, it has been known for years and now...when they are running scared of maybe losing the election, they decide to do something about it. So, we have John Howard trumpeting about how this must be stamped out and what he's going to do to stamp it out.
Noel Pearson, from the Cape York people, has been telling the politicians about this for so long, it's not funny. He and others realise their people must stop being Welfare dependent, get work, stop drinking and regain pride. Now, all of a sudden, it's like the Federal and State Governments have suddenly discovered all this is going on and, by jove, they're full of zeal to do something about it...well maybe not the State Premiers...they're "mulling" but have agreed "in principle".
I am very sceptical of politicians because I don't believe one single person in the present Federal and State governments is there for altruistic reasons...no, it's to line their pockets...and as the Federal pollies have just voted themselves a 7% payrise, giving John Howard alone an extra $21,000 per year, you see what I mean. Oh, it's a great game to get into to make your fortune at the taxpayers' expense, but to do good for your fellow human beings...sorry, not enough funds for that.
Ok, it's time I got off my soap box. But I do feel marginally better having got all that off my chest. It's been bugging me for days...so, sorry for off-loading onto you. Tomorrow, or when I next post, I will find something more positive to say.
It's Sunday and for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, have a great weekend. For those in the Southern Hemisphere...start girding your loins for work tomorrow...or, if you're a parent...the school holidays (for Queensland, anyway).
Today's picture in the upper right-hand corner is the Dingo, Australia's wild dog. It doesn't bark, but howls, which is very eerie to hear at night.
With regard to my vent above about the Aboriginal abuse, alcoholism and truancy...I've just heard on the six o'clock news that one of the surgeons from our practice is on the Task Force, which has just been unveiled. Watch this space...