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Back in 1993, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain began investigating piracy of Dave Barry’s popular column, which was published by the Miami Herald and syndicated widely. In the course of tracking down the sources of unlicensed distribution, they found many things, including the copying of his column to alt.fan.dave_barry on usenet; a 2000-person strong mailing list also reading pirated versions; and a teenager in the Midwest who was doing some of the copying himself, because he loved Barry’s work so much he wanted everybody to be able to read it.

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Ranking of water stressed states

So much for populations growth in the "sunbelt," and when the very same people who have promoted the development of the "sunbelt" for the last 40 years pretend to find "balanced solutions" (or whatever their flaws come up with as the sophistry of the moment), you should be highly skeptical. -- blj

 

Access to water

8-6-19

The Guardian

US states face water crisis as global heating increases strain on supplies

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The Border: a distressed prophesy

I have only one thing to say about the situation along the border, without even getting into the slaughter in the El Paso Walmart last weekend, as someone who has spent quite a bit of time studying it: what Trump is doing in order to rally whites whose grudges go back before the Civil War is exponentially increasing the corruption on the border. Like Abu Ghraib or My Lai or all the other horrors buried by vicious governments violently pursuing twisted political aims, in years to come stories will leak out of the hellhole there now.

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Two good water decisions in California

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said raising the dam was bad for the environment.

“The court has stopped Westlands Water District from moving forward with a project that would hurt the people and environment in our state,” Becerra said in a news release.

 “Maybe others believe they’re above the law and can get away with it. But, in California, we’re prepared to prove otherwise,” he said. – Arthur, Redding Searchlight, Aug. 1. 2019

8-1-19

Redding Searchlight

Judge orders Westlands to stop work on Shasta Dam raise

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Microplastics in the SF Bay and beyond

7-25-19

Water Education Foundation

A Study of Microplastics in San Francisco Bay Could Help Cleanup Strategies Elsewhere

Gary Pitzer

 

Blasted by sun and beaten by waves, plastic bottles and bags shed fibers and tiny flecks of microplastic debris that litter the San Francisco Bay where they can choke the marine life that inadvertently consumes it.

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Gov. signs clean water bill for low income communities

 

Good for Gov. Newsom, state senators Caballero, Monning, Hurtado, Assemblyman Bloom, Dolores Huerta, and the Fresno-based Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. In a year like this it is terrific news to see that anything decent is being done for farmworkers. --blj

 

Tombstone Territory, about one mile south of Sanger, is a four-block rural community with nearly 40 homes, all on domestic wells.

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The real Republican

Abraham Lincoln

Peoria, Illinois: October 16, 1854

The repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the propriety of its restoration, constitute the subject of what I am about to say.

As I desire to present my own connected view of this subject, my remarks will not be, specifically, an answer to Judge Douglas; yet, as I proceed, the main points he has presented will arise, and will receive such respectful attention as I may be able to give them.

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If the governor is serious ...

"Regulations are only as good as their enforcement," said Andrew Grinberg, California oil and gas manager for the environmental group Clean Water Action. "Unfortunately, DOGGR has already shown that they are unable to enforce existing laws."

The agency is working to "strengthen compliance and enforcement," said state oil and gas supervisor Steve Bohlen.

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