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Crapology

7 Jun

Did you know that 2.5 billion people in the world do not have regular access to a toilet? And of those 2.5 billion people over 1 million of them poop in the wild! That’s 1 out of every 3 people without a toilet, and 1 in 7 dumping au naturel…

This is the 21st century isn’t it?

Right now my country (the USA) is debating whether or not to spend over 1 trillion dollars to upgrade our nuclear weapons arsenal…so that we can defend ourselves against who? Outdoor crappers? I know that our presidential candidates want to “Bomb the shit out of “them”… but are we not already spending enough on scaring the shit out of them? Right where they already stand?

And after all, In 2014, even in the U.S. almost half a million households still did not have complete plumbing facilities; defined as having access to hot and cold running water, a toilet that flushes, and a shower or bathtub.

Not to mention Flint, Michigan and 2,000 other cities across all of our 50 states that have excessive levels of lead in their water! Who wants to drink that?!

And yet we have soldiers stationed in silos all across the U.S. just waiting for the word to push the button so as to defend our society by blowing the rest of the people of this world… into the stone age…where apparently 1/3 of them already live!

I say, make toilets not war. Let America lead everyone to the bathroom and not the battlefield! And let’s fix our infrastructure and water pipes while we’re at it too…and let’s stop being afraid of everyone else, especially whether or not the toilet you are using (that is if you are lucky enough to have one) matches the sexual organ in other people’s pants or under their dresses.

Go poop in the woods like everyone else if it worries you so much!

 

 

 

 

Water, Water Everywhere but…

18 Apr

Captain Kirk to the rescue! William Shatner, of Star Trek fame, is proposing a project on the west coast of the USA to build a pipeline from Washington State to Lake Mead in California. The cost? 30 billion dollars…which he hopes to raise through awareness, donations, government support… or whatever.

And I say, why not? We build pipelines for the flow of oil and gas all over the United States and no one ever argues about the cost or about building them in the first place. Below is a map of all of the oil and gas pipelines that we have criss-crossing the country now. That’s a lot of pipe! Only thing is you can’t eat or drink oil or natural gas. And where would you go with your car filled with either if there’s no water there, when you get to wherever it is that you’re going?

We have lots of water in some places and not very much, if any, left in other places and California is one of those places… and it has less than one year of water left! So what’s the plan if disaster should strike and our largest producer of fresh fruits and vegetables in the country and one of the largest economies in the world, runs dry?

Mr. Shatner admits that he doesn’t know how to build pipelines and he may not be able to raise 30 billion dollars but someone needs to get the ball rolling and he hopes to start rolling it by creating a conversation and raising some awareness. If Congress can support and advocate for more needless oil pipelines, and get behind the transport and pumping of billions of gallons of water into fracking holes to free up more natural gas just so we can all “prosper” a little more…then why can’t they come up with a plan to move potable water from where it is to where it ain’t so that we can all “live longer” too?

So, I agree with the Captain…with all engines, warp speed!

Go West Young Man…and Bring Water!

22 Mar

Bridge over Lake Oroville, CA

California has one year of water left in its reservoirs!

NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002 and groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century. And even though Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas also have patches of “exceptional” drought, along with areas of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Georgia experiencing abnormal drought, California has been the hardest hit.

But this once again is just science so we Americans are forced to take it all in with a grain of salt, even though salt may be the only export to come out of California in the future rather than the 99 percent of artichokes and walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis and plums, 95 percent of celery and garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots that California sends to the rest of us in the lower 48.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=http://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/files/2012/08/aquifers_archive.jpg&w=1484

But as this map above shows there are still a lot of fresh watery places left on Earth. It’s just that most aren’t anywhere near the dry places so perhaps we humans might think about getting busy building a few more water pipelines around the world so we could at least get some water from where a lot of it is, to the places where it mostly isn’t…but wouldn’t you know what we fight about most is where we’re going to build all of our new oil pipelines. Oh well, you know what they say, “Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink…so give me cheap gas for my car and I can drive to the store and get some.”

When you think about all of the energy that we use to get water into bottles that are made of plastic, which is created from oil, which we then discard into our oceans and landfills, where they will exist as monuments of pollution for eternity…well, it kind of boggles the mind doesn’t it?

Anyway, California and other places where severe drought has persisted, have no real contingency plans for how to replace water during extended droughts like the one California is experiencing now, and especially not for a dreaded mega-drought that might last years longer, but hopefully won’t… So what to do?

In the past, droughts have always ended when the rain finally returns…And that, spiritually and scientifically speaking, is apparently still our best and only plan.

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