❝ Lake Mead is the country’s biggest reservoir of water. Think of it as the savings account for the entire Southwest. Right now, that savings account is nearly overdrawn.
For generations, we’ve been using too much of the Colorado River, the 300-foot-wide ribbon of water that carved the Grand Canyon, supplies Lake Mead, and serves as the main water source for much of the American West.
The river sustains one in eight Americans — about 40 million people — and millions of acres of farmland…snowpack in the Rockies has been dwindling, and there’s no physical way for them to store the water they depend on. There are no big reservoirs in the Rockies…
❝ And then there’s always climate change. On the world’s current emissions trajectory, sharply warming temperatures boost the odds of a megadrought in the Southwest sometime later this century to more than 99 percent. Such a drought would last a generation. Nearly all trees in the Southwest could die. The scale of the disaster would have the power to reshape the course of U.S. history.
❝ For now, the spat over the Colorado River offers a glimpse into water politics in an era of permanent scarcity.
Our little community in La Cieneguilla is well situated to survive a water war. Geology is on our side. So what? We have neighbors in the county, in the state, who will move to logical and kindly, illegal and greedy, solutions depending upon timely local politics.
Gird your loins wherever you may be in [or near] the Southwest. Hopefully, common sense and decency prevail.
❝ Vice President Mike Pence called former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of federal contempt of court last year, a “champion of … the rule of law” and said he was honored that Arpaio attended an event with him on Tuesday in Tempe, Ariz.
President Trump pardoned Arpaio last year after he was found in contempt of court, a misdemeanor, for ignoring a federal judge’s order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of having entered the U.S. illegally.
❝ Arpaio’s critics spent years trying to stop enforcement practices under Arpaio that they charged were discriminatory and abusive.
After Trump announced his pardon of Arpaio, an official at the ACLU called it “a presidential endorsement of racism.”
Same as it ever was. Pimps love their best producers.
The pins she wore —
❝ High school teacher Mandy Manning appeared at the White House Thursday to accept the National Teacher of the Year award, but she had a higher goal in mind: to give President Donald Trump 45 letters written by current and former students at her school.
Manning, who teaches English to immigrant and refugee students at the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, gave a speech at the ceremony, where she reportedly refused to shake Trump’s hand or applaud for him.
RTFA. Someone has no doubt explained all this to our fake president by now. Of course, he’ll pretend he knew it all beforehand and was just being a nice guy. Something he is incapable of doing – other than as a practice lesson in hypocrisy.
K Street in Sacramento during the Great Flood of 1862
❝ Abrupt transitions in California from a parched winter to a soggy one, as observed in the mid-2010s, will become more common if greenhouse gases continue to increase, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change. This “precipitation whiplash” has implications for both wildfire and flood risk. The research also suggests that California’s wet season is likely to contract, and the shorter wet seasons will become more variable, with an increase in both extra-dry and extra-wet winters.
❝ Led by Daniel Swain, UCLA, the study employed 40 climate simulations from the NCAR Community Earth System Model. This large ensemble…has been used to simulate climate in preindustrial times as well as the 21st century. Swain and colleagues examined output for the high-emissions or “business as usual” scenario…It assumes that fossil fuel burning will continue to add ever-increasing amounts of greenhouse gas to the air until the late 21st century.
❝ One of the most worrisome findings is an enhanced risk of extremely wet winters. The modeling indicates that 40-day-long rainfall stretches on par with those observed during the “Great Flood” winter of 1861-62 will be more than three times more likely by the 2070s-2090s than they were prior to human-produced greenhouse gases. A large swath of California’s Central Valley was inundated in early 1862 by torrential rains that produced more than 10 feet of flooding, putting downtown Sacramento under water…a repeat of this event could produce hundreds of billions of dollars in damage…
Although wet seasons are expected to get shorter on average—pinched between drier autumns and drier springs statewide—the study also projects that the midwinter jet stream will tend to carry more moisture, a well-understood byproduct of a warming climate. At certain times, this juiced-up jet stream could pack a very big wallop. More than two-thirds of the 40 ensemble members indicate that two or more 1862-magnitude rain events could occur in this century across the state.
Which is why “climate change” is a more accurate term than global warming, etc., which infers only one style of dynamic change. Nope. We all can look forward to lots of mostly unhappy stuff happening.
Happy Star Wars Day!
❝ A black former White House staffer to President Obama had the police called on him for burglary while moving into his new New York City apartment.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Darren Martin was moving in on the Upper West Side Friday night when police arrived.
A neighbor called 911 to report that someone who had a weapon or large tool was trying to break in. They complained about someone opening and banging doors.
Martin said he felt he was racially profiled by whoever made the call that caused a half-dozen officers to come and question him…
❝ Martin, who is now working as an aide in the New York City government, said on Twitter that he had a “lingering pit” in his stomach over how his neighbors viewed him…
He used the hashtag #MovingWhileBlack to Tweet the video he originally planned to record moving in and setting up in his new home. Which became a video recording the effects of one or more racist neighbors calling in the cops.
The multiple post at TWITTER is in the article linked to above.