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Fish Instead of People, Ideologies without Consequences

March 31st, 2014 - 12:08 am

I say dreams, because the pre-reservoir river landscape of 19th-century California had been characterized both by too much and too little water. Rivers flooded in the spring (Tulare Lake in the southern San Joaquin Valley was for a few months each spring one of the largest fresh-water lakes west of the Great Lakes), only to grow dry by September as the snowmelt was gone and the new storms had not yet arrived. Only the reservoirs that the environmentalists scolded us about could provide the necessary water for a utopian steady year-round river that had never existed.

The result is that there are now zero water deliveries for agriculture from our vanishing reservoir waters.  Those who stopped the 15-million-acre feet of additional storage space that might have saved the state now tap the last drops that flow from the dams they opposed in pursuance of theories that remain unproven.

The water disaster is not shared by everyone in quite the same way. In a rare irony, the Hetch Hetchy aqueducts cross the San Joaquin River on their way to the Bay Area. Surely such Bay Area-owned waters might have been diverted to increase the San Joaquin River’s flow to the sea? Could not the Apple executives and the UC professors have showered once a week to save the smelt or to let the poor salmon at least make it to the Tuolumne River?

There is a great sickness in California, home of the greatest number of American billionaires and poor people, land of the highest taxes and about the worst schools and roads in the nation. The illness is a new secular religion far more zealous and intolerant than the pre-Reformation zealotry of the Church. Modern elite liberalism is based on the simple creed that one’s affluence and education, one’s coolness and zip code, should shield him from the consequences of one’s bankrupt thoughts that he inflicts on others. We are a state run by dead souls who square the circle of their own privilege, who seek meaning in rather selfish lives, always at someone else’s expense.

It is that simple — that pernicious.

(Artwork by  Mariusz S. Jurgielewicz, Shutterstock.com.)

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Modern leftism, my dear cyber friend VDH, has no consequences because it has no accountability for failure.

Leftism never apologizes for what it has done, it only apologizes for what YOU have done.

Leftism is NOT liberal, it is not compassionate, it is not tolerant, it is not open minded, it is not academically expansive, it does not promote free choice, it does not celebrate individuality, it is not progressive, and it is not scientific.

Leftism is emotional, cultish, wallows in bias and hurls stereotyped epithets, it has violent fantasies and speaks often of acting on them. It is brutish, thuggish, power mad and tyrannical.

It is anti Judeo-Christian, anti- West, anti-capitalism, anti-white/heterosexual/ alpha male.

It does not care about the consequences, never has. It did not care in Cambodia. It does not care in Detroit. It most certainly does not care on our borders. It cares not one whit in Central California. It does not care in San Bernadino, Stockton or Modesto.

It does not care in Kiev, Damascus, Tblisi, Benghazi, Caracas.

It does not care that global warming is a hoax. It does not care that America is given nothing but lies and propaganda from its mass media.

They are never held accountable, they merely instruct the incestuous media to make up more lies to cover their tracks. For their epic failures and the mountain of lies covering those monumental disasters....they never pay the price.

We do.
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Just to borrow what I posted over at Glenn's PJM neighborhood -- The environmentalism of the left in California is a product of simply arriving at a place -- usually near the coast -- and thinking everything that makes the place livable has always been there and will always be there and has nothing to do with maintaining modern civilization.

But California is also the most seismically active place in the Lower 48. So it's not a question of if that delusion gets punctured for many of those liberals, but when. Get a major California earthquake epicentered in the right place in the Southland or Bay Area, and the sheltered, selfish lives of many of the state's liberal elite would suddenly crumble, as their access to modern civilization's perks is taken away for weeks or possibly months.

My guess is were the California Aqueduct system, the state's roads and/or its water/gas/sewer/electric service suddenly rendered inoperable in their neighborhoods, their love for Gaia and returning things to nature would immediately have a major exemption. However I'm sure the richest of the group would simply hire armed security guards for their area and fly off to their second homes in New York with the orders to state Democrats to 'Fix It!" so they can return home later without having to re-think their ideology one iota (they'll probably also be blaming the quake on fracking during the entire time).
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It seems that the liberals will mess up a location or institution and when it fails to be livable anymore they move on and start the process all over again, Californication.
I'm reminded about what I read about the Plains Indians. When the Army was looking for the tepees of the Indian villages they would smell them before they saw them. It seems that the Plains Indians not only moved to go to new hunting territory but because they didn't dig latrines. They just walked out of the tepee, found a bare spot off the path and took a dump. When the flies and the smell got to bothersome they would move to a clean spot. This is becoming the life style of the rich and famous Liberal.
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I would have to guess it's more than partisan politics in lieu of simple human nature. Those that have at the expense of others call it a virtue. For example nearby Lake Mead is being sucked dry at a frightful rate and still they build golf courses that have to be watered around the clock. They've got the clout so golf courses are called a necessity to drag in the suburbanites to fill in the masses of abandoned dead zones left behind in the worst housing crash in the nation.

Even in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle, EVERYONE admits that the Ogallala Aquifer is being depleted to exhaustion. And this was ground zero for the Dust Bowl.

So apparently either no one ever learns, or no one ever cares or everyone wants to be the last one off the bus before it crashes and the hell with everyone else. There's a game theory model for this where all participants work as fast as they can to crash the game as quickly as possible figuring everyone else is doing the same.

So unless and until there's an pseudo equity of pricing that balances the needs of agricultural use with those of non agricultural use, that is, charge more for 'recreational water' but not so much that agricultural use is free or near free (like it is in Israel) then this is what you will get. We do a very lightweight version of that in Wake County NC with 'tiers' of service and the more you use the more you pay for each unit of consumption.
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Whydja remove my post?
DIABOLICAL INFANTILISM
Delusional lefty thinking is not just a California thing: It's why the XL Keystone Pipeline hasn’t been built; it's why Europe is energy-dependent on Russia AND has no military; it's why Obama thinks he can negotiate with Iran or Syria. Hell, it's Obamacare; it's relinquishing control of the internet; it's abandoning space and American Exceptionalism; it's thinking the UN has some kind of moral authority; it's a philosophy of worn-out ideas from the thirties tied to a particular brand of American know-nothingism. It stupefies me how there was planning for a high-speed rail that isn't needed but no planning, whatsoever, for water. The Golden State -- with its richness in minerals and oil, agriculture, weather, breathtaking natural beauty -- is becoming more and more third-world: Extreme wealth next to extreme poverty, a dwindling middle class. Do the Fools on the Hill see it? As California goes, so does the country.
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It makes me want to boycott Apple.
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When I was growing up this was occurring in the northeast. There was the Jewish community of Roxbury that was destroyed when their betters put a housing project there. There was the upper-class judge in the exurbs who forced Yonkers (the city immediately north of NYC) to put lower class housing projects in middle-class areas. And worst of all, there were the wealthy liberals who played social engineering over the bodies of middle-class children, getting them beaten for heir lunch money. Not one had a child there.

BTW, the official term for forced busing was "school desegregation". This meant that if you opposed little children getting beaten up, you were obligated to state you were against desegregation. Fun.

VDH, I recommend that you pass an amendment to the State Constitution requiring all housing projects to be built in the wealthiest 1% of the state, gated communities not to be excepted.
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Southerners had to deal with it, too. Sauce, goose and gander.
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So basically the poor are being oppressed in the name of "liberalism". I think Isaiah has a few things to say about that.

The irony is that one of the horrific precedents that created the bait-fish situation was quite the reverse. VDH may remember the infamous snail darter. This was a small fish used to stop a project. One reason it succeeded was that in fact what was happening was that the well-connected were using government power to grab land from those worse off, and this was an excuse to stop it.

A classic example of "hard cases make bad law". We now live with the consequences.
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I think the environmentalists are right, in a sense. We need to think outside the box to promote a sustainable ecosystem that can ensure the prosperity of our children and grandchildren.

That's why we need to cull liberals. Because of a lack of controls in their habitats, the liberal population in California has gotten completely out of control. Their impact on the economic environment has gone from amusing to devastating. The only lasting way to deal with this problem is to take more responsibility for keeping the liberal population under control. I'd suggest introducing predatory animals like the endangered lion and tiger species into the San Francisco metropolitan area, for example. The state government could also consider aggressive hunting by gun enthusiasts, which I hear has already been tried in Los Angeles and Oakland.

Remember kids. Socialism is a problem for everyone, and we can all have a hand in the solution. Spay and neuter your liberals.
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Oh, my Gosh! I'm sorry; you're completely correct. Why didn't I see it before?

Housing projects. Forced busing. Welfare dependency. Hamstringing the police. De-controlling the border. The Leftists have been culling us herd animals!
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Don't be silly. Build housing projects there.
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VDH,

So lesse here. You are sitting on one of the most fertile farmlands in the US. You are standing over a large oil and natural gas boom waiting to burst out....and that includes offshore as well. You live within a great watershed that is the Sierra...and instead California is running rubber ducky races in Los Gatos and enjoying the envy of saving a bait fish.

Detroitifornia. Coming to a liberal outlet near you.
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VDH wrote, "The illness is a new secular religion far more zealous and intolerant than the pre-Reformation zealotry of the Church."

From Orwell's "1984", an excerpt from "The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism", Goldstein's book (emphasis added):

"What kind of people would control this world had been equally obvious. The new aristocracy was made up for the most part of bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organizers, publicity experts, sociologists, teachers, journalists, and professional politicians. These people, whose origins lay in the salaried middle class and the upper grades of the working class, had been shaped and brought together by the barren world of monopoly industry and centralized government. As compared with their opposite numbers in past ages, they were less avaricious, less tempted by luxury, hungrier for pure power, and, above all, more conscious of what they were doing and more intent on crushing opposition. This last difference was cardinal. By comparison with that existing today, all the tyrannies of the past were half-hearted and inefficient. The ruling groups were always infected to some extent by liberal ideas, and were content to leave loose ends everywhere, to regard only the overt act and to be uninterested in what their subjects were thinking. Even the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages was tolerant by modern standards. Part of the reason for this was that in the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance. The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further. With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end. Every citizen, or at least every citizen important enough to be worth watching, could be kept for twenty-four hours a day under the eyes of the police and in the sound of official propaganda, with all other channels of communication closed. The possibility of enforcing not only complete obedience to the will of the State, but complete uniformity of opinion on all subjects, now existed for the first time."
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I'm not sure anybody has been broken on the wheel, although perhaps false imprisonment for child abuse is close. Jewish communities are destroyed by liberals, but as of yet there have been no wholesale massacres. (No, the Church didn't approve, but it created the conditions that made it inevitable.)
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We just need to convince most Californians that not building more water storage is RACIST. That trumps all.
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Consequences are all too real if asymmetric; It's accountability that's lacking.
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