I'm about to go to sleep. The photo is the weather system that's passing overhead.
Hopefully this is all for the night!
Police, CFA, Ambulance and SES services attended a level crossing on Pogue Rd in Toolamba after the driver of a vehicle hit a V/Line passenger train on the Shepparton-Seymour line at around 12 noon. Paramedics said the male driver of the vehicle was lucky to be alive. He was treated on scene for minor injuries and was taken to the Goulburn Valley Hospital. CFA incident controller Colin James said all the passengers on the train escaped without injury. Passengers told The News that they heard a loud bang and saw debris flying everywhere.Two of our members had gone direct to scene, but the fire brigade was already smoothly evacuating passengers from the train. Once we'd checked and confirmed that there was nothing we could do to add value, we fired up the truck and returned to the shed. At some point in this process, the News was interviewing passengers from the train.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision which occurred in Harston. It is believed the two cars collided on Tatura-Rushworth Road just before 4.30am. The male driver of the ute has been transported to hospital with serious injuries. The male driver of the light truck was transported to hospital but died a short time later. Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the cause of the collision.
I woke up this morning to news of the killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge. I can't make much sense of it. In the last month or so the world has seen killings of police officers with the Baton Rouge and Dallas Police Departments and France's Police Nationale. We've already seen a trend to violent attacks on firefighters and paramedics (Flashing Lights and Muzzle Blasts https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/flashing-lights-muzzle-blasts-stephen-tuck). These attacks on police make even less sense.
The police were apparently killed simply because they were police - not to further a robbery, not to escape custody or for any half-rational reason. They were simply part of a 'system' that someone decided needed to be smashed up, even absent any clear plan for something to put in its place.
I try and take the long view, the historical view, with most things. A person trying to change the world with violence is nothing new. But wanting to replace order with chaos just for the sake of replacing it? And doing so by declaring war on one of the institutions that protects life and property?
I don't understand that at all.
A Severe Weather Warning is now in place for the North East weather district. Winds will ease today but are forecast to pick up speed again tomorrow morning with possible gusts of 90-110 km/h. These strong winds are expected to continue for most of Tuesday before easing early Wednesday morning and are likely to bring down trees onto roads, buildings and powerlines. ... Slow, steady rainfall of 20-40 mm is forecast for Tuesday into Wednesday. This will continue to saturate the soil and increase the chance of trees blowing or falling over in the soggy soil ....It didn't disappoint. By this morning the rain that had fallen elsewhere was percolating through the catchment and the farm had a brand new lake. I gave the dog a walk on as much high ground as we could find and stocked up the wood for the fire while the going was good.
Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.Catholics (and, I believe, Lutherans and High Anglicans) accept the teaching of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist – body, blood, soul and Divinity. This is why I find Mr Semu’s photograph so heard to dismiss. By absorbing and being absorbed by other human beings, was cannibalism (usually considered unspeakably barbaric) reaching for something Divine? Jesus on the Cross drew upon something very ancient in humanity: the destruction of one body so that others might thrive. This is why I can’t dismiss this photograph. It’s not a simple undergraduate sneer at missionary Christianity displacing the ways of the Noble Savage. It’s asking whether the New World and Old share something fundamental which neither suspects.