August 2017

Brown engineering

There is no state in the union or place in the world more dependent on hydraulic engineering than California, which is why the wave of doubt caused by the very serious problems with the Oroville Dam is so unusual that it is nearly unthinkable.

A few choice words



Act V, Scene II

What does the tyrant?

Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies:

Some say he's mad; others that lesser hate him

Do call it valiant fury: but, for certain,

He cannot buckle his distemper'd cause

Sisters of Perpetual Ambiguity farm pot in Merced

 ....but rushing in to the county to guide the Sisters is one of the state Capitol's leading political geniuses, Will "If you print my name I'll have to kill you" Skaarup, formerly the Democrats' go to registration ace. Skaarup, like the Sisters, has BIG plans for Merced, including a warehouse for overnighting big Humboldt Bud loads bound for LA. Wouldn't it fit in nicely with the Gateway Project at Mission and 99?
-- blj

Other views on American white resentment

Arnold Schwarzenegger
I have been horrified by the images of Nazis and white supremacists marching in Charlottesville and I was heartbroken that a domestic terrorist took an innocent life. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Heather Heyer, Lt. Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Bates.

Trans-foody reflections on New Yorker's Driscoll piece

 Dana Goodyear, a Yale food journalist, has written an excellent article on Driscoll, the dominant corporation in the westcoast berry deal, as far as the article goes. I guess, for anyone who remembers Driscoll as an up-and-coming player, partnering with its growers as Bud Antle was with his lettuce growers with strict quality control, one wonders at times about the reporter's questions, or perhaps lack of them.

Race and Civil Rights In America Speech by Senator Bill Bradley at The National Press Club - July 16. 1991

 An antidote for those wishing to escape the deafening bleat of the Belligerent Sheep and their Shepherd, the Donald, is a great speech on race and civil rights made nearly 30 years ago and still remembered by some, by another politician: Sen. Bill Bradley, D-New Jersey, a graduate of Princeton, a Rhodes Scholar and a member of two NBA championship teams before serving 18 years in the US Senate. -- blj
Race and Civil Rights In America Speech by Senator Bill Bradley at The National Press Club - July 16. 1991

California water politics is not a graduate school seminar

My own ideological affiliation?  “More research is needed.”  My ideological heresy? We don’t need all that much money for research if we work and communicate earnestly, and often collectively, to make research relevant and useful. -- Jay Lund is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California – Davis, where he is also Director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

How much is the global warming contributing to Harvey?

The Atlantic
Did Climate Change Intensify Hurricane Harvey?
“The human contribution can be up to 30 percent or so of the total rainfall coming out of the storm.”
Robinson Meyer
Every so often, the worst-case scenario comes to pass.

The epidemic of racism upon us

 Racism is a very powerful disease. It is endemic in the United States and sometimes, in moments like now, it becomes epidemic. Our observations make us skeptical about any cure for racism. Once some form of resentment has imported it into the human heart, it metastasizes to the brain, and that personality is Kaput, a waste of airspace.
Take the latest Big Noise from Oakdale, this Nathan Damigo, ex-Marine, ex-con, genuine White Man who founded an organization called Identity Evropa.