Saturday, February 22, 2014

Feds Cut Off Farmers Water

But don't worry, to paraphrase something I heard somewhere else; "The price of food will necessarily skyrocket, but the Delta Smelt will be protected."

Extended story here.

A kinder, gentler holodomor I guess.


Anonymous said...

No problem...long as I can water my lawn 7 days a week

Billll said...

There is no internet access at the federal water cops reeducation camp located near the National Test Facility in Nevada. If we never hear from you again, we'll know what happened.

jed said...

Well, of course the US wants to emualte Cuba, which is, of course, a Socialist paradise.

And smelt are important ... for, uh, something, I guess. But the really important thing is to get more people on government assistance, whether they be farmers put out of business, or people who can't afford food.

Anonymous said...

The obvious solution is to privatize water. Privatization -- the solution to everything. (a 4 minute excerpt from the 2003 documentary "The Corporation").

Narrator: The prospect that two thirds of the world's population will have no access to fresh drinking water by 2025, has provoked the initial confrontations in a world-wide battle for control over the planet's most basic resource. When Bolivia sought to refinance the public water services of its third largest city, the World Bank required that it be privatised, which is how the Bechtel Corporation of San Francisco gained control over all Cochabamba's water, even that which fell from the sky.

Oscar Olivera: All these laws and contracts also prohibited people from gathering rainwater. So rainwater was also privatised. Unpaid bills gave the company rights to repossess debtors' homes and to auction them off. People had to make choices: from eating less and paying for water and basic services, to not sending their children to school, or not going to the hospital and treating illnesses at home; or, in the case of retired people who have very low incomes, they had to go out and work on the streets. Then, with the slogan: "The Water is Ours, Damn it!" People took to the streets to protest.