The last several months (and indeed the majority of the year – if not longer) has been marked by the haphazard and irregular nature of my posting to my Blogs and the updating of my websites. This is likely to continue for some time and for an indefinite period of time. Why? I have been battling depression (essentially), though I have no real understanding of why/how it has come about. A number of years ago I was involved in a car accident that nearly killed me and I suffered a brain injury as a result of the accident. I am as fully recovered as I am likely to be and it has not really left a great permanent impact on my life – though this depression may prove to have been its lasting legacy.
I have thought of closing down the Bogs and websites on a number of occasions – but have not really wanted to do so. I would like to return to them with the same enthusiasm that I once had, though I am obviously unsure when that will be. Also, closing down the sites would be like yielding to the mental illness and sliding further down the slippery slope, which is not something I want to do. So it’s six of one and half-dozen of the other as regards what to do.
So if you have been a regular reader/user of my sites I ask for your continuing patience and understanding – normal service is something I am aiming at returning to. I just don’t know when that can/will be.
In stunning news tonight the number of houses destroyed in Victoria’s bushfire disaster has blown out to 1800 homes and will possibly exceed 2000 houses by the end of the crisis. There are now 7000 people homeless and large numbers of people are living in tents set up by the Australian Army in such places as Whittlesea. The death toll is currently 181 but set to exceed 200 (possibly 300).
Over $100 million has been donated thus far in the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, which as wonderful as that is, will go nowhere near covering the enormous monetary cost of these bushfires in Victoria. Perhaps that will cover 200-300 homes and a couple of hundred cars. The cost of these bushfires will be huge – and what can replace the lives lost?
One man has been arrested and charged over the Churchill fire that has killed at least 21 people. He has been taken to a safe location for his own protection. He is said to be in a fragile mental condition. Does this mean we may here the ‘mental illness’ defence? I hope not – that is unacceptable as far as I am concerned.
Healesville has been under threat today, with embers raining out of the sky onto that town early this morning. The fires are about 1 km from Healesville at last report.
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No surprises here I would expect – after only three days Paris Hilton has been released from her jail sentence and allowed to go home under house arrest in her mansion. Now there’s a severe punishment. She won’t be doing anything wrong again, not after being punished in such a severe manner.
Now if the same rules apply to everyone, isn’t it wonderful that criminals can be released under house arrest for suffering such trauma as Paris has in three days of her short sentence. Reports have it that she was suffering a rash of all things – by all means, she should go home and not suffer such severe treatment at the hands of authorities. How shocking, why should criminals have to serve out there sentence when they have such a life threatening illness. All criminals who suffer a rash should be released under house arrest immediately.
Of course, there was also a report of some type of mental illness/stress related condition. I suppose you would be somewhat stressed if you were in prison because you committed a crime – how would it be a punishment if there was not some stress involved?
Reports have it that the judge who sentenced her is not happy that Paris has been released under house arrest and that she should have served out her entire sentence – no disagreement from me.