The Foul Air of Canberra By James Reed
The air of Canberra is foul; no, that is a vast understatement, corrected by quantitative data. The air of Canberra, in parts, is 20 times above the hazardous level.
“By midday on Wednesday, the air quality in Canberra's south reached a level more than 20 times above hazardous and the recorded index rating was higher than the world's most polluted cities. The dense smoke haze engulfed Canberra on Tuesday night from fires burning at the South Coast. Acting chief health officer Dr Paul Dugdale said on New Year's Day the capital experienced the worst air quality conditions since ratings began to be measured 15 years ago. Dr Dugdale said there were a dozen presentations to Canberra Hospital in the 24 hours to noon on Wednesday for smoke-related conditions. "It's a particularly difficult time for people with heart and lung conditions who are sensitive to smoke, our message to them is to follow your doctor's advice, take your medications and if you have got an asthma action plan, put that into effect," he said. All Canberrans were advised to avoid physical activity during the heavy periods of smoke. Emergency services fielded more than 150 calls to triple zero about the smoke and it set off more than 250 automatic smoke alarms across Canberra. ACT fire and rescue chief officer Mark Brown said crews responded to alarms at a range of premises including government buildings and hospitals. "Fire and rescue had to respond methodically to those buildings and investigate and reset all those alarms," he said. "It took a lot of resources and we actually didn't even finish the task until early this morning."”
Well, yes, bushfires and all that, a convenient cause, just the thing that rational scientists would come up with. In my unscientific bigoted opinion, as good as most people who are unscientific and bigoted, I see the bad air as arising solely from the demonic evil radiating from Parliament House Canberra, where the monsters and ghouls dwell. Just like Mordor, only worse, darker, more sinister. I have always felt an overwhelmingly evil presence every time I have been near that place with the weird flag pole. Imagine how I would feel if I went to the White House.