Post by Shy Ted
Or so it seems. The media repeatedly pushes false narratives and ignores the ignition – arsonists. For the most part. Many will have done fire training, the triad being fuel, oxygen and climate change, sorry, ignition. Remove one part, no fire.
I worked in forensic psychiatry a but, maybe a year in total, several different places, just one of the plebs. It’s boring. The Hannibal Lecters are incredibly rare, the offenders are mostly very dull characters but have committed astonishing crimes. When the forensic psychiatrist interviews an inpatient, a nurse will sit in attendance but rarely participate. If the crime was noteworthy there is no shortage of volunteers, hoping for a little insight into the mental state of the offender at the time. Nobody volunteers for a dull interview so I, sometimes, was volunteered. Most arsonists are quite low intelligence. An “average” interview might go –
Can you tell me why you’re in hospital?
I burnt down a building.
I like fire.
Is that a good or a bad thing to do?
It’s a bad thing.
If we discharged you home would you start any more fires.
It’s a bad thing to do.
The last time we sent you home you started another fire a few days later.
I like fires.
So if we sent you home what would you do.
Start a fire.
I like fires.
What do you watch on TV?
Why the news?
There might be a fire. I like fires.
What if there are no fires on the news?
I might start a fire.
Do you like big fires or little fires?
I like big fires.
What do you like to see burning?
Doesn’t matter. It’s got to have big flames to get on the telly.
And on it goes. Insufficient mental capacity to consider the effects of their actions, sufficient impulse control to not proceed in front of people and, usually, sexual excitement on the act and afterwards.
I don’t think for a moment that the massive fires we are seeing are started by these characters and we know that after the blazes often several arsonists are arrested. And then? When did you last read about the sentencing for these characters? Do they go to prison? Sentenced but released? Ordered to undergo counselling. Based on the little information available at least some are from the ideological climate crusaders showing proof of global warming and we know these types of zealots routinely commit crimes. It’s exciting, it’s for a cause – a better world, releasing animals from cages and so on, you get lots of media attention, usually with the customary heroic slant. We know some people start fires for money, insurance fraud and business rivalries.
And then there’s the phenomenon of fires started by nefarious methods – lasers, directed energy weapons drones with flamethrowers and others. There are lots of youtubes showing how these work. Make up your own mind but I think they exist.
I remember reading that 90% of bush fires in Oz are in Victoria and 90% of those in national parks and we know there’s a purposeful build-up of fuel in them and lots of politicking about it’ management. You and I probably started little fires as kids and it was fun until we burned our fingers or it got a bit out of control. We knew there’d be hell to pay if we didn’t stomp it out. We may have put a little petrol on a backyard burn off and been alarmed at what, or might have, happened. Our reaction is one of fear. That’s in contrast to the reaction of the dim and the zealots – the bigger the better. Go home, watch your work on the TV. What registers is not the horror of it but your “work”. “I did that”. Your fifteen minutes of fame.
Politicians beholden to global forces, publicly funded media (including 7,9 &10 in advertising revenue) swamping us with false narratives, education systems discarding actual education, constant removal of life’ pleasures through taxation and regulation, punishments far outweighing any actual crime (such as speeding tickets or pet registration), coercive measures seen throughout Convid and elsewhere, it’s no wonder there are so many zealots, acadumbics (see The Catictionary) and non-critical thinkers. It’s a short step from induced-arousal to action.
I’ve seen lots of “little” bushfires over the years and two big ones. One was the Eyre Peninsula bushfires and luckily I was at the good end as it blazed away from us. Another was in a remote area cultural burn meeting reality. Might write a little piece about that one. In a mostly dry country like Oz you can bet within a few minutes of starting a fire to cook your food a willy willy will come along and carry embers far away. It was always thus and the current fad with cultural knowledge and “cold” burns is just nonsense. Nature ensures that.
Shy Ted considers himself a bit of (not a lot of) a veteran of rural and remote life, mostly, but not always, nursing. Most of what you might read about in the media, other than the superficial headline such as doctor shortages, is nonsense. It’s interesting, challenging and rewarding and not for the faint-hearted or ideologues. Where necessary, names have been changed to protect identity.