California Drought (and Flood) Update for September 21, 2017

California Drought (and Flood) Update for September 21, 2017

We’re just wasting our time, here, fighting over crumbs, over nothing. We have a dying system and we have an insane faction trying to defend a dying system and trying to maintain control over a sinking Titanic; it’s completely insane. And we have to get across to people that mankind has a much better, much higher, and much more profound future available to it, if we actually collaborate in that uniquely human mission, that transcends and goes beyond cultural boundaries, national boundaries, historical boundaries and unique characteristics; and really unifies us as different people with different cultures, different backgrounds, but we find ourselves engaged in one mission, to the continual advancement of humanity in this Solar System, in this Galaxy. And there’s tremendous work to be done, and we should put all this historical geopolitics behind us and get to some serious work. And now’s the time to do it.

Ben Deniston to the New York City LaRouche PAC meeting of September 16, 2017

A Note To Readers

What really pisses me off about most discussions of what to do about ensuring the California’s ability to provide water for all its people and to maintain it as an agricultural powerhouse, is that people think too small. “How can we save a few acre feet?” being the focus may exaggerate a little, but not much. It is such small-mindedness that Ben Deniston was addressing in the quote above. While China has built the “Move South Water North” project, moving water for more than a million people almost 1,000 miles, it takes decades to build even a reservoir here.

But, that is not all. Even focusing on 50 years into the future and what mankind requires of us today for that future, does not even register.

That was not what the founders of this nation would have expected from their descendants. And it is a good moment to remember those founders this week. It was 230 years ago on September 17, 1787 that Alexander Hamilton and his associates gave the world a new platform, with the signing of the Constitution of the United States: A new conceptual platform in every sense. And most human development since has been in relationship to that development at that time. They were giants and they were scientists. The names of Nicholas of Cusa and Wilhelm Gotfried Leibniz may be unfamiliar to most Americans, but, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton borrowed their ideas to create our Constitution.

Next week this report will feature some “thinking big ideas.”

This Week’s Report

Well, it is back to the drawing board. As this report has pointed out for months now, the CalFix tunnels under the Delta project of the Governor was likely to find that one of the most significant water districts expected to fund about one-third of the $17 billion required, was unlikely to sign on. And that is what the Westlands Water District announced two days ago. Reports on that decision and everyone’s reaction and what it means lead our report this week.

That is, after a few words on the weather.

Next on the agenda will be the Oroville Dam update. And I must highlight here the answer of the DWR official when asked what went wrong with the emergency spillway back in February when 180,000 people had to evacuate: “I would say that it didn’t preform as we expected it to.”

Desalination has been neglected here for awhile, so the next section covers some background and recent developments of the topic.

The feature this week is titled: “Let Us Learn What We Used To Be, So We Can Build A Future.”

Just to remind people here, all of the articles below are excerpts. For the entire articles, go to the links.


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