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Doesn't he have staffers who scout ahead before letting him walk around being heckled? I presume in some areas of the western 21st century political divide it could get confrontational and potentially violent.
 

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For those who prefer to avoid interactions with the spider, Hochuli said: “At a local level, gardeners should wear gloves and be vigilant and people can also be careful checking shoes left outside before putting them on in the morning.”
 

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The drying up of the bush (drought) is not linked to climate change as many know. Drought is a cycle and not a constant thing, and it is linked to other cycles such as the change in ocean patterns called the Indian Ocean Dipole. When that dipole pushes warmer water in the Indian Ocean east to Australia, we get rain: when it replaces that with cooler water we get drought. If drought was caused by climate change we should be getting worse and worse droughts all the time, but droughts come and go. We also know droughts aren't linked to climate change because of Andy Pitman's research. In fact, these days crop yields around the world are better than ever as l have proven.

However there is one point I give to the climate alarmists. Extra CO2 is good for plant growth, so this certainly would help encourage the bushfires.

Remember also, there have been worse bushfires in Australia in the old days that burned more land area in one state than all of Australia combined in the 2020 season. Bushfires have always happened in Australia.

and even if you take this average temperature chart for Australia into account, it shows there is only an extra 1.5 degree average of hotter weather in recent times, so does this cause all of Australia to suddenly burn? So what caused those bigger bushfires to burn in the old days when the temperature was cooler?

We need to be careful not to blame climate change for everything.

In the climate change threads l am going to start giving the climate groups a good kick in the pants. I've got some nuggets saved up.
 
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It's an unfortunate situation and tends to be fuelled by two factors - very low interest rates (thus easy availability of money and ability to make repayments even on ridiculously large loans); and increasing population (thus increased demand for housing.

Capital cities in Australia had a period of stagnation in the 1990s and when looking at house values it's quite amazing to see that some properties in very desirable areas sold for the same, or even lower, prices in 1998/99 than they did at the beginning of the decade. However, demand took off in 2000 or 2001 and apart from a couple of slowdowns, really hasn't looked back since. In some suburbs, property has easily tripled or even quadrupled in price compared to prices back in 2000/2001.

Of course, some of the increase in price is also due to property development. House blocks used to be larger, so it's possible to fit a "boutique" (Australian for luxury, or specially-designed) block of apartments on older housing blocks. So a developer comes in, outbids everyone for the house, bulldozes it, builds a 3-4 storey block of apartments that are probably rubbish but have stone benchtops and new technology, and sells the apartments for $1-2 million each. Pay a couple of million for the old house, spend a couple of million building the apartments, and sell the lot for $10 million. Not a bad profit for a year's work.

As a result, people who don't have as much money, or who are younger and starting out in life, have to move out to the city fringes as that is where the housing is more affordable. Unfortunately, there's little public transport out there and the work is located back in the more established suburbs or in the city centre, so they have to drive long distances and then spend a long time on public transport. It's common for people in those areas to spend 2-3 hours commuting per day.
 
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