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First it was Range War, Now:


The Long-predicted water crisis is here

It’s not just producers and farmers who are getting hit with rising costs and growing shortages of water. When it comes to H2O, everyone better get prepared to pay more and get less.

In its long history, water has never been more precious, more controversial, more expensive or more essential to agriculture and commerce than it is right now.

A symbol of purity in cosmetic ads, a stand-in for quality in beer ads, the poster boy for violence and destruction during floods, hurricanes and tsunamis, water is currently so scarce out West that it threatens to decimate the nation’s most productive farming region (California) and cripple some of its most populous cities across the southwestern Sun Belt.

Water has even emerged as the calculus for measuring how ethical our food choices are: Hence the claim beef requires thousands of gallons of water per pound to produce, while grains and legumes consume only a fraction of the amount of water that animal foods require.

So say the industry’s critics, at any rate.

The credibility of such accusations are suspect, but charges that livestock production and meat processing consume too much water have been bolstered by the impact of a serious drought now entering its fourth year in the western U.S.

In California, the drought is turning lawns brown, making #droughtshaming a trending topic and wreaking havoc with the state’s multi-billion-dollar agricultural industry. Even though farming has initially been exempted from the 25% reduction in water use mandated by the state for California cities and towns, the drought is taking a serious toll on growers and farmers.

According to a recent study from the University of California-Davis, the drought will likely cost California farmers more than $2.7 billion in losses, wipe out more than 18,000 jobs and result in the forced fallowing of more than 564,000 arable acres.

And that’s this year alone.

“This study does not address long-term costs of groundwater overdraft, such as higher pumping costs and greater water scarcity,” according to the study’s conclusions. “The socioeconomic impacts of an extended drought, in 2016 and beyond, could be much more severe.”

Richard Howitt, a professor emeritus at UC-Davis and one of the authors of the study, said the situation for farmers could get worse.

Howitt told National Public Radio that despite cuts of 60% in surface water supplies, access to underground water has allowed farmers to compensate for at least 70% of that. He said that meant the net reduction is about 8% of total irrigation water.

However, groundwater is now running dangerously low, especially in California’s Central Valley, the heart of the state’s farm country, an area that doesn’t have the reserves of groundwater available elsewhere.

“The impact [of the drought] is concentrated in areas that don’t have access to underground water, the Central Valley, the San Joaquin Valley,” the U-C Davis study noted.

Rising costs all around

Meanwhile, beyond the crippling shortages of rainfall and irrigation water that threaten U.S. agriculture — and ultimately, the nation’s food supply — urban residents are confronting another set of problems related not to supplies but to aging delivery systems.

As the “era of cheap water comes to an end,” said Tom Curtis, the head of government affairs for the American Water Works Association, rising costs for delivering water are poised to impact states and municipalities already struggling under budgetary constraints.

Not only farmers and producers, but virtually everyone either is or shortly will be faced with surging costs for an essential commodity which generations have taken for granted will always be available, and always be affordable.

Just go ahead and delete that expectation.

For starters, the main water lines in many older cities were installed as long as a century ago and now urgently need to be replaced. The price tag? According to AWWA estimates, such a project would cost more than $2 trillion over the next 25 years to upgrade and expand drinking water and wastewater systems nationally.

That’s the conservative estimate, by the way.

Meanwhile, cities across the Sun Belt are facing the prospect of future water shortages and are already spending massive amounts of money searching for additional sources of supply. Tapping into newer aquifers and building bigger reservoirs are temporary fixes, but don’t solve the essential problem of providing sufficient water for millions of people living in what are desert landscapes.

There’s one other problem facing the majority of urban areas, both large and small: EPA rules require replacement of the dual storm-sewer and sanitary-sewer systems currently in place. Such systems overflow during storms or incidents of heavy precipitation and discharge raw sewage into surface waters.

That’s going to cost more hundreds of billions of dollars that cities and states don’t have sitting in some rainy-day account.

So guess who’s going to pay for it all?

You and me and every other resident of virtually every municipality in the country.

Water has become as critical as oil — blue is indeed the new black — and it’s poised to become not only as precious but equally expensive.

Dan Murphy via Drover’s Cattle Network

Rare double 6.9M Seismic Events : Aleutian Archipelago, Fox Islands


Seismic Hazard – Strong Earthquake Event

The earthquakes occurred in the United States , State of Alaska (population 572,432) . The maximum altitude nearby is 2,164m .

Event Map: M 6.9 - 73km SW of Nikolski, Alaska.

Event Map: M 6.9 – 73km SW of Nikolski, Alaska. 2015-07-27 04:49:46 (UTC) This is a product of the GEOFON Extended Virtual Network (GEVN) and credit belongs to all involved institutions.

North America  –  USA | State of Alaska
Epicenter:  52°26’34.8″N 169°35’49.2″W
Location: 73km SW of Nikolski, Alaska
Magnitude: 6.9
Time: 2015-07-27 04:49:46 (UTC)
Depth: 27.1 km (16.8 mi) Shallow

Area Affected: Few people within 100km  

USGS Interactive map

Area affected by light damage (estimated radius): 81 km (MMI VI)

IRIS – MWW6.9 Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands

6.9 M, Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands

Aftershocks:

IRIS Interactive Earthquake Browser

Recent Earthquake Near Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands

Live Seismic Data from ADK – Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Tsunami Information Statement Issued

WEPA42 PHEB 270455 TIBPAC

The maximum Tsunami wave height is 0.1m in Nikolski, United States. This height is estimated for 27-Jul-2015 05:42:01.

Population:

3235 km NW of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,837,969
262 km SW of Unalaska, United States / pop: 4,376


The location of the Earthquake is approximately 48km from the Cleveland volcanic complex.  Recently, Cleveland Volcano has seen increased activity with several ash plumes, this earthquake event could be a sign of an upcoming larger eruptive event in the area.  Mount Vsevidof  and Recheschnoi are also located near Nikolski, Alaska which is 73km SW of the earthquakes epicenter.

More Information:

USGS/NEIC Denver, USA
GeoForschungsZentrum (GEOFON) Potsdam, Germany
Alaska Earthquake Information Center
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC)
Earthquake Track

Alien Abductions ?


Prosecutors in Jalisco launch wide ranging search for 2000 missing

State of Jalisco, Mexico
State of Jalisco, Mexico

Promises are made by the government and then they are forgotten all too often in Mexico.  Maybe, just maybe the new Attorney General for the State of Jalisco, Eduardo Almaguer,  may keep his.

An operation has been launched to find the “nearly 2,000 people” reported missing in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, state prosecutors said.

“With actions like this, we are following through on the commitment we made to Jalisco’s residents to work to protect their security,” Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said.

Almaguer replaced Luis Carlos Najera as the state’s top law enforcement official in early July.

The operation comes after the AG’s office and the state government denied for more than two years that disappearances were a problem in Jalisco, which ranks No. 2 in Mexico in terms of forced disappearances, trailing only the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

About 2,900 forced disappearances have been reported in Jalisco since 2006, the federal Government Secretariat’s National Public Safety System said.

Some 52 percent of the disappearances in the state have taken place since 2013, when Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval took office, the Jalisco-based Center for Justice for Development said.

More than 30 people have disappeared so far this year in the western state.

Further information about the operation will be provided in the next few days, after all the cases are reviewed, the AG’s office said.

– Borderland Beat posted by DD republished from Fox News Latino

The inevitability of destruction…


Wickedness and moral corruption destroyed populations and empires for eons.

Oppressive inequality (of any kind) lead down the path to total destruction.

When a government, a society, or its people stand only behind their banner’s of vice instead of virtue, and bear arms against wisdom with weapons of ignorance instead of knowledge, they are doomed to perpetuate those very same conditions they refused to learn from history.

How long before humanity fully reaches this destination, again?

Nothing is perfect. But to be sure, self-induced destruction is not the hope or change mankind has truly been seeking after.

Hitting the nail on the head…


What is the matter with America?

“Corrupt, incompetent and un-American politicians, a worthless media and a poorly educated citizenry. What would one expect from a group like that?”

“There’s nothing more alien to the liberal thought process than the concept of courage. They’re completely absorbed by their own fear and hatred.”

Biological Health Hazard – Plague (Yersinia Pestis) Animal Infection: Golden, Colorado


Biological Health Hazard  –  Plague/Animal (Yersinia Pestis)

North America  –  USA State of Colorado, Jefferson County, Golden 
Location: 39°45’20.0″N 105°13’16.0″W
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous
Deaths: unknown
Infected: unknown

Biological Hazard in USA on Sunday, 26 July, 2015 at 02:07 (02:07 AM) UTC.

A squirrel in Golden tested positive for the plague and the public is on alert. Jefferson County Public Health told CBS4 the squirrel was located at 15th and Jackson and tested positive for bubonic plague. Postings were placed around the area on Saturday with information reminding citizens to take simple precautions to avoid exposure. Public health officials in Jefferson County said they felt comfortable with allowing Buffalo Bill Days to proceed as planned with the advisory to be aware. The health department states that the “plague is a highly infectious bacterial disease carried by various types of wild rodents and is transmitted primarily by flea bites. Squirrels, rodents, prairie dogs and other mammals, such as rabbits and cats are susceptible to plague because they carry fleas.” “The risk of residents contracting plague is extremely low,” said Jefferson County Public Health Director Dr. Mark Johnson in a statement. “We want people to be aware that summer marks the beginning of the plague season and just a few simple precautions will further reduce that risk.” They also said when plague appears in an area, there is usually a die-off of rodents and rabbits. When the animal dies the fleas leave to find another host thus spreading the disease. Most human plague cases result from infected flea bites. People can be infected by direct contact with blood or tissues of infected animals but that is less common. Jeffco Public Health and the City of Golden Animal Control have teamed up to investigate the cases and determine the extent of the die-off in the area.

Source: RSOE EDIS

Previous Reports:

Zoonotic and human transmission suspected in Colorado plague outbreak

The BLACK-DEATH Plague That Wiped Out Millions During The Middle Ages Is Now In Colorado USA

Losing Psychological Freedom: Controlling the herd mind…


The Mad Scientists for America’s Military/Industrial Complex Continue Creating the Frankensteins’ of the Future.

Human neuroscientific, neurochemical and other bio-technical behavior controls:

US Military Studied How To Influence Twitter Users In Darpa-Funded Research

DARPA Wants Portable Brain Recorders “In Every Classroom In America” (VIDEOS)

Government Program To Control Religious Thought? (VIDEO)

Ex-DARPA Head Wants You To Swallow ID Microchips (VIDEO)

DARPA’s New Biotech Unit Will Try To Create New Life Forms

Still more yet to be unclassified…

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