August 13, 2017 - So yeah, it started raining again. And snowing. The snowpack in the Sierras usually melts by July, but there are estimates that it will stick around well into the upcoming winter.
California has water again, as I predicted. Abundant water. What we are still lacking is water management. Neglect of our reservoir infrastructure, because our dear leaders thought it would never rain again, has led to a monumental disaster at the Oroville Dam. An eroded spillway that resulted from lack of maintenance, combined with record rains, caused a real possibilty that one of the largest dams in the nation would break while it was full of water.
Every successful civilization has an extensive water management system. But California has leaders who bought the farm when it comes to global warming, and they pretty much bet their budgets that the drought was here to stay. No need to spend money on expensive infrastructure. What could go wrong?
The more I read about dams the more I understand why some people want them torn down. While I disagree with their environmental claims, I wholeheartedly agree that if a dam is not maintained it becomes a disaster waiting to happen. Either set aside and spend the money necesaary to maintain it, or plan to one day evacuate 200,000 people because you're not sure the dam will hold.
Because of that, and the obvious need to maintain a stable water supply, it is in the best interest of California to spend money on dam infrastructure. And for the love of God, don't assume it will never rain again.
I'm not the brightest bulb on the block, but even I could predict that.
August 22, 2014 - So out here on the west coast we're in the middle of a drought and oh-my-effing-gosh you would think it was the end of the ever loving world. The media, who've gotten in touch with their deep inner need to dramatize any little news item, have totally blown this out of proportion. It's no longer a drought, but rather the "WORST DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY!!". Guess these folks never heard of the drought that happened here in the 70s... everyone thought it was the end back then too, but eventually it started raining again and the sun continued to rise, birds resumed chirping, and who would have guessed - life went on.
I was casually talking with a friend who sucks up TV news and was startled to hear her concern that the Bay Area was going to burn to the ground - because of the drought... PLEASE - TAKE A CLEANSING BREATH!!
Then you have neighbors who start judging each other based whether their front lawn is dead or not. If you don't have dead grass in your front yard you run the risk of someone reporting it to the "authorities". And if you do have dead grass, it's like you're some sort of public martyr making the great noble sacrifice for the good of our exalted evironment. There's an actual social media movement called drought shaming that posts green lawn pictures and addresses of those who dare to question the catastrophic "WORST DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY!!".
This is the west. We do dry weather... it's one of the reasons people like it out here - there's little to no rain, humidity, or bugs, and every once in a while we go thru a dry period. If it wasn't for snowmelt and irrigation the whole west coast would be one big desert. Which means droughts are a normal part of the climate cycle and something you can get thru if you manage it correctly.
Which leads me to the real issue at stake - California doesn't have a water problem, it has a water management problem. We have enough water... what we don't have is dams and reservoirs. California hasn't built a major reservoir since the 1970s. In fact, our foolish wisdom has lead us to cheer those who tear them down. Why? Because of the environment. Every time a major building project is proposed, environmentalists have a coronary about a bug or a bird or a butterfly that will supposedly be threatened. My God, these nuts go over the edge when a freakin pigeon starts limping!
I know it's hard to do, but keep in mind that the rain will return even if it takes a few years. And for the love of all things reasonable, STOP watching the TV news... those bastards will sell their mothers into forced slavery if it would get more viewers.
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- Books - should read more than I do but, well... yeah.
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- At the Gym - also known as paying money to feel pain.
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