Fort McMurray Wildfire: Not a Campfire

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We like Camping Better

Think back...have you ever sat beside a lake at a camp site,  toasting marshmallows, watching a natural, crackling fire consume firewood, glowing red-hot, yellow flames,  wisps of smoke and  sparks magically drifting off into the night sky?  Maybe it's not a campfire; many  modern camping enthusiasts  content ourselves with a camp stove, usually not a campfire, the open type, at least —or  we carefully use  the same safe, good old-fashioned fire pit. Enjoying the company of good friends and making fond memories out camping may be accessorized with a favourite book or fishing rod, or both, and  R&R is completed with sunshine,  snoozing, canoe, kids,  water-play, tent, food and fun. Fire danger presently in the mind or not, we like camping better than  life back at the suburbs, and that's how the great outdoors should be, but...

But let us try again...have you ever  wind gust and shift almost instantaneously at your campsite,  blowing hot, suffocating, ash, smoke and sparks from your fire into your face, making those  comfy seats around the campfire a hazard,  not a place to sit and dream?  Perhaps too much fuel is indiscriminately added;  the fire becomes too big,   flames reach to the sky, threatening  nearby trees.  It has become dangerous; it is not a simple campfire any longer as wind fans flames.  Heat, acrid smoke,  dangerous sparks fly,  flames spread into nearby tinder-dry grass or the forest itself. There is a  sudden realization of fear...good times are forgotten and panic ensues. With unpredictable winds in some conditions  it is even possible to become surrounded by a deadly  wildfire.

The Fort McMurray Wildfire

To date it is unknown if the current fire event at Fort McMurray, Alberta, was started by lightning or accidentally,  by human activity.  Here at IncomingBytes we  respect, treasure and enjoy the great outdoors, and certainly hope the cause was not a campfire neglected by individuals who were enjoying the finest Mother Nature has to offer. It is too early to speculate.

We can only offer for certain that, like all forest fires, the Fort Mac monster started out small, accidentally or otherwise.  Fires have been caused by lightning, a vehicle,  a single spark, the careless tossing of a cigarette butt, or  in the worst case scenario, vandalism.  Not arson, please;  there could never be adequate punishment meted out for a crime of that magnitude.   And hopefully, it was not an innocent campfire run amok;  we repeat, please, —not an innocent campfire.  That would imply that someone's love for the wonderful outdoors burned  and scarred Mother Nature;  carelessness... neglect,  and unfettered guilt...You get the idea.

The Perfect Firestorm

Regardless of how the 'Fort Mac ' fire started, it grew unbelievably fast and totally out of control.  Within a very short period of time, the fire became an insatiable monster of the highest magnitude. Why?  Fire officials suggest this event was differenta perfect storm, with kindling-dry forests,  an endless and huge supply of fuel, bone-dry wood,  logs, dead trees, green conifers, extremely  low humidity, hot temperatures,  no rain, —all coupled with  gusting, driving winds capable of switching direction  unpredictably within moments.  Perfect conditions existed province-wide for the incredibly fast expansion of even the tiniest  fire.  Heat, dry fuel, oxygen... all are necessary for fire, and contributed greatly to this unbelievable, perfect firestorm.  All it took was one spark,  a campfire, a cigarette butt,  perhaps a discarded glass bottle and sunlight, or a lightning strike.  With the fire still in progress, officials can only guess at the cause as Canadians have switched into survival and firefighting mode.

The Fort Mac fire took off, becoming large enough to create its own weather system and be seen from space;  it soon consumed thousands of buildings, homes, commercial buildings, infrastructure, destroying  vehicles, personal property and livelihoods indiscriminately in an incredibly savage attack. More than 80,000 people were forced to evacuate to safer areas initially both north and south.  Unbelievably, some people  were even forced to evacuate more than once, to flee  endangered oil facilities and evacuation centers.

 

Not a Campfire?

This fire remains a vicious, unpredictable predator many days later, after destroying large neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray, and unbelievably, far more than 200,000 hectares, hundreds of square kilometers of forest —a monster wildfire which ultimately may only be controlled eventually by cooler conditions,  rainfall, and Mother Nature herself.

This is an ongoing story;  a  horrific forest fire event unparalleled  in Canadian history. A wildfire to which all North Americans should be paying attention. We continue to hope it was not a camp fire.

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What they Don’t Tell You

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 It's a good thing you dropped into reality, Alice                                                           What they don't tell you, Alice...

 

Uninformed? What They Don't Tell You

Do you ever get the feeling you are going through life  uninformed?  Playing catch-up? Suffering from a lack of information?  The remediation for being left in the dark   and  discerning what they don't tell you (for whatever reason)—should be quite simple.  Clarify known  facts. Recognize and classify  observable anomalies and contradictions. Develop alternative models , including  an understanding of all relevant facts within reason. Question everything —as advised by Albert Einstein, then draw conclusions and re-question both the effectiveness of the deductive process and the value of the answer.  Repeat as necessary...yada yada.  Simple? No.

We wish it was simple to accurately discern and discover what they don't tell you,  but logic suggests deeper issues may be involved;  seemingly insignificant but nagging  little white lies of convenience, half-truths,  secrets,  and  fast-growing deceptions...all  of which may be selective wool drawn over your eyes, manipulation, coverups,  or attempts at avoidance meant to interfere with progress or mess with your mind.

The Path to Discovery

The path to discovery and enlightenment may be long and arduous  enough on the straight and narrow, but with adequate dilly-dallying  it seems  wide, wandering and easy  paths  more closely describe the typical status quo.  What they don't tell you  is that even  otherwise intelligent, resourceful people meander, glance this way and that, accepting,  adding and even promoting fanciful,  constructs of their own in their sketchy attempts to relay information to you, the lost.

A simpler approach  should be: Ask. Discover. Use logic.   Deduce.  Listen to honest folks only. Follow the straight path to discovery. Truth is just around the corner behind the white picket fence.   Let us try, but, alas...gaze down the rabbit-hole, Alice.

Wishes, Lies

With  a bird's-eye view  you now optimistically  dream up the right question.   Do facts line up within logic? Was the apparent response honest, or  clearly suspect?  If so, ask againCreative liars and miscreants and crooked politicians become nervous when questioned.  Complex webs of creative lies may have already been  proffered in a state of panic—a moth-eaten blanket full of holes,  further details of deception essential to hide the truth.   'What they don't tell you'  may soon become an inescapable quagmire of perpetuated  lies and distorted facts. Not simple to  remember or escape from, 'half-truths' become essential prompts.

Half-truths:  A plague

Interestingly, half-truths, political correctness and  'what they don't tell you'  are all signature fallout from the  modern  degradation of honesty.  Our  compromised,  deceptive but slick world suggests ' a plague of half-truths' and practiced political correct euphemisms are now more acceptable  than truth, as long as  feel-good 'success', status and wealth are achieved.  Half-truths are  manipulative  tools,  twisted fact, deception with  intent,  and imagined, childish  justification —the means to any devious agenda and further decay.  

Revelations of societal decay should not surprise;    traditional values are ignored; sterling values are increasingly seldom taught, are even less frequently practiced, and now, upon occasion, may no longer even be expected by anyone.

In an observable, vicious cycle, offspring  quickly learn  lessons of instantaneous gratification as opposed to being carefully required to observe, learn and understand values.  What have they not been told?    The young may not have been advised  that learning,  morals,  hard work, independent thought, charity, understanding and tolerance are essential.  Blind acquiescence to  the media, corporate power, greed,  and the dark side of human nature with  instant gratification are default lessons—at any cost.

What they don't tell you   is that  we have willfully failed to stem the flow of genuine humanity, wisdom and civility from our veins. We are complicit as we cheer and  emulate the 1% and somehow vote for  future generations of devious feel-good social manipulators, even the corrupt. In the media, we  listen spellbound to insatiable,  greedy, thoughtless, powerful, destructive,  and short-sighted ideologues posing as potential leaders.  What they don't tell you is changing everything for their benefit.

Perfection?

As we know , perfection  in humanity is not possible, nor is it simple.  We get that.   But why? What they don't tell you, Alice...may also be the ultimate answer you seek...

Is it any surprise  they don't tell you to think for yourself?

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