August 25th, 2014 -- Dam Stupid
I had a really good Soapbox planned for this week; I almost wrote it in my sleep it was so easy to form. All I would have had done following was type it out, provide a few links to sources, and voila, another masterpiece would have been born.
The inspiration for this week’s non-existent essay was, as many have been lately, a moron who sent me an e-mail. In this case, some maggot named David sent me a note with the subject line “It’s bad dude,” and then proceeded to attach a picture of Folsom Lake in California in 2011 and the same lake from the same angle in 2014. In fact, here’s the geniuses’ photo:
All he wrote following was “You should read up on it.”
Now of course, all of this stems from the drought conditions California is experiencing, and none of David’s blistering 9 word defense of his position that “it’s real dude,” actually addresses anything that I’ve said on the air. Therefore, my entire soapbox was going to do a masterful job of eviscerating David and those like him, a very simple task, since they are all so patently stupid.
I was going to begin by responding to his advice that I need to “read up on it,” by attaching more than a dozen differently sourced, independent links ranging from left wing to right wing sites and different media outlets, as well as a few water agency stories, all of which confirm exactly what was specifically said on the show last week; the water level at Folsom Lake is so low because the water intake and release by our moronic policy makers, including the Federal Department of the Interior has caused such. Period. Almost no one of any prominence or authority (other than the guilty parties) even try to deny that. In fact, way back in 2009, then Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited California and was warned of exactly what has happened and became one of many in along line of elected “leaders,” who did nothing to address what we all knew was coming.
From there, I was going to move on to the broader point about all of this drought talk, which is as follows; no one denies the obvious, which is that we’re getting less rain than we’ve become accustomed to. In fact, I don’t know anyone who is surprised by that who has any common sense, since weather patterns constantly change and California experiencing a drought every 5-8 years is as predictable as the Chicago Cubs never winning the World Series. I was going to explain that the very reason for our system of aqueducts, man-made reservoirs, dams, and run-offs is to avoid actually ever being in a drought, since we can’t control the weather (even though arrogant pricks like David thinks we do with our behavior) but we can control what we do with the water once we have it corralled.
Instead, I was going to say, our water system has been corrupted by elitist pigs who believe saving 3-inch long fish like the Delta Smelt is more important than providing water to the humans that need it, and that such a policy for the last 5 years has led, directly, to our current water shortage. The arrogance of trying to control various species in exchange for allowing our own people to thrive is one of human kinds’ biggest failings and will, some day, perhaps be our un-doing.
From there, I was going to make my way to the even more damning part of this man-made drought, which is the fact that nothing is being done to correct the problem, and much is being done to make it worse, all, of course, by our corrupt leaders and ignorant social engineers. I was going to point out the string of studies which have been released showing that forced inland water conservation (like the very policies California suburbs have enacted across the state) actually do more harm than good in every way, and the only place conservation of water matters is along the coastline. In other words, if you accept that we’ve been royally screwed by a handful of interest groups and elected dicks, then it’s time to say, “ok, this is the card we’re dealt, what do we do now?” Rather than immediately abandoning all forms of water redirection in an asinine attempt to control nature, and instead allow billions of gallons of water to flow to the Central Valley, the powers that be decided to instead punish residents, enact policies that sound good (yay for “conservation”), and increase fire risks across the state.
I was going to say all of that. And then I realized, as I was gathering up the un-ending amount of stories, facts, figures and such that irrefutably prove the truth, that none of it mattered. As we’ve discussed plenty of times, truth is now relative in America, and most people who have opinions form their conclusion first, and then only listen to people and things that support what they want to be true. In David’s case, his eyes tell him that that the water level is too low, and his tiny little brain tells him that has to be a result of the lack of rain and, no doubt, the raping of the Earth humankind has been engaging in for the last century. Period. We created this mess with our big SUV’s and our hair spray and high rises, and all we can do now, in David’s mind, is reap what we have sown and tell everyone to have brown lawns. Oh yeah, and implement new rules and regulations moving forward that shut down the last few remaining farms, golf courses, water parks and other things that aren’t as important as a god-damned anchovy. Screw the financial devastation to people, that’s what they get for having lungs and not gills.
People need to feel important, and the man-made California drought is the perfect illustration of how our arrogance causes so many more problems than it fixes. And when faced with the truth, we double down on that arrogance and actually believe that if we water our laws less, we’ll beat this thing; because, unfortunately and sadly, too many people need to believe that in order to feel as though they matter. News flash; we don’t, the Earth is fine, there is plenty of water, and if we would just get out of Mother Nature’s way, everything would work itself out. But we can’t do that, can we? Because then we would be proven totally insignificant in the big scope of things.
So, since people like David can’t stand the truth, I decided I wouldn’t waste my time or my energy, since absolutely nothing is going to change him or the countless herds of people like him. I decided to use my time more wisely and efficiently. Thus, I’m going to go wash my truck, hose down my driveway, and let the kitchen faucet run for hours since I find the sound soothing….