Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 62 — when patience wears thin

Good one — shared on FB by that wonderful US meteorologist (and blogger) Dan Satterfield.

And in Melbourne in recent days we have had spectacles we could well do without. Yes, there are valid reasons for affected workers to be pissed off — but trashing their own union does not come to mind as a good move. Thanks to numerous analyses — and an excellent photo-set from Al Jazeera — we can have little doubt about the mischief-makers who have hijacked the cause.

On Facebook I noted: Just what we do not need — the malignant American madness on our streets! No need for an expert! I saw on FB with my own eyes an anti-vaxxer inviting people to come join yesterday’s fracas and advising hi-viz to “blend in”! Bastards.

This was posted last night by the South Coast Labour Council Secretary Arthur Rorris and represents the views of our local Illawarra union movement. Kudos!

Melbourne meanwhile has had other happenings:

Not the first time for Oz of course, though it is not as great an issue here as in many other parts of the world — New Zealand and Indonesia just to name neighbouring countries. But it does happen. See my blog archive: Australia not earthquake free.

I remember this one well, though the effects in Sydney were minor. My father had just died and I was in my mother’s room in her Glebe Point old people’s home, on the phone making funeral arrangements. “Shit! An earthquake!” I recall saying inadvertently to the person on the other end of the line as the room distinctly shook.

My father, mother and I were living in West Wollongong in 1973 when a magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck in the early hours of the morning. Not only were we shaken but the noise was amazingly loud. The ceiling was damaged in one room at The Illawarra Grammar School where I was teaching at the time, the local radio station was off the air for several minutes, the lights went out at the Steelworks and in the coal mines – that would have been scary – and a large crack appeared in the front of the Department of Education building in Wollongong. One woman reported being thrown out of bed and afterwards laughed that this was a rather extreme way for her boss to make sure she got up early enough for work. At TIGS we joked that the quake was a “punishment” for the previous night’s rather pleasant wine tasting in the very room that was damaged; the Reverend Gentleman who founded the school was of evangelical persuasion and his portrait had fallen off the wall in presumed disapproval. The epicentre of that quake was out towards Picton/Appin. There is an active fault in that region.

There are several active faults in Australia, but we are far from the edges of tectonic plates so earthquakes such as those in the Pacific rim of fire are unknown here. Nonetheless a 2002 report says “two separate geological studies have concluded that an area from Adelaide to south-east Victoria is seismically active and the next ‘big one’ could endanger lives and infrastructure.”

It just might be of course that Jacinta Ardern is more pissed off about AUKUS than we realised!

The earthquake that hit Victoria on Wednesday morning is probably the result of tectonic plate pressure in New Zealand that built up slowly and then released suddenly in a rupture at a fault east of Melbourne.