How’s that for an amazing image? The plumes of smoke are from the wildfires now raging across Greece. The plumes are amazing enough, but the deep blue of the Mediterranean sea is stunning in it’s own right, the picture hardly looks real. It apparently is real though, it is a recently released NASA image. Fires are still raging, dozens of villages have already burned, more than 50 people are dead. Greece has had a very dry summer, and then it appears that people have been lighting at least some of the fires deliberately. As I write this, fires are still spreading, and a disaster of historical proportions is unfolding. International help is on the way, a national state of national emergency has been declared.
Guess I’ll watch the news tonight. The PM of Greece, Costas Karamanlis said: “So many fires breaking out simultaneously in so many parts of the country cannot be a coincidence.” Well, maybe, but that doesn’t mean it was arson. It could have been weather or a combination of factors. Hopefully Greece has professional fire investigators who will be allowed to do their job by the Greek government, but I really don’t know much about Greece or how well run it is. My prayers go out to the people of Greece, having lived through a similar disaster in my part of the world, the 1991 Oakland Hills fire, I have some inkling of how frightening and upsetting such events can be.
In fact, southern Europe and other parts of the world are having a bad year for fires. It’s been a long dry summer in many parts of the northern hemisphere. And many other parts of the world are experiencing historic storms and flooding. Frankly, it’s a little creepy. I don’t think the apocalypse is upon us yet, but in my current frazzled nervous state, I’d prefer if the news was about a surfeit of puppies instead of too many floods and fires. Still, other than the fires and floods, the news isn’t too bad today.
Some terror attacks in Southern India. Nothing new there, there’s been a lot of problems in India since the partition, but they seem to be muddling through. God only knows what the stock markets will do in the next week, not to mention housing markets. I feel like the world is like this giant spinning wheel that has begun to wobble, will it settle down after a moment, or wobble so much it falls over? I’m hoping the former and not too worried about the later…yet.
Here on Doug’s Darkworld I have a number of “ten things” lists under way: Ten historical mysteries, ten things that go bump in the night, ten Simpson’s episodes that have changed my life, etc. My ever evolving post on logical fallacies is still under way, and a post on the Theory of Evolution appears to be in demand. Plus continuing news and comment on America’s colonial adventures in the Middle East and Central Asia. Here’s hoping for a good week, God help (or good luck) to all those in harm’s way.
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
(The above satellite image was produced by NASA and is public domain under US copyright law.)