How Many Genders?

James Talarico currently serves on the Texas House of Representative’s Public Education and the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues committees. He claims that there are six. In New York, it’s 32, In California about 18. You can self-identify as any of them and change that identification daily if you want. It’s fungible – a lot like race.

I say that there are 2 genders, but I’m not woke. Beyond that you enter the world of the ‘freak’.

 

Will Sucker Punches turn into Stabbings?

(NY Post)  Random sucker punches against the elderly and infirm and against children, carried out by inner city people, has been a trend in New York City all year. The link above (h/t Claudio) underscores the fact. However, now that Black Lives Matter is pursuing the “right to stab” as a basic human need, will that replace sucker punching?

Most bullet proof vests, which are illegal in New York, are not knife proof anyway, unless we’re talking about the trauma plates which will turn a knife blade.

 

Uyghurs

Britain’s House of Commons adopted a resolution yesterday (full text of debate and resolution) declaring that China has committed genocide in its treatment of the Uyghurs.

The Resolution reads:That this House believes that Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are suffering crimes against humanity and genocide; and calls on the Government to act to fulfil its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and all relevant instruments of international law to bring it to an end.

Reuters reports on Parliament’s action.

Oh, I do get it. The Uyghurs, who are Muslims, would on the basis of their faith alone, love to see “me” dead. It’s simply what Islam teaches (convert or die).  I don’t see much outrage in the Islamic world against Uyghur concentration camps and forced labor. Why is that?

 

Water Rights

I live in the dry, Southwestern US, where water is critical to living. True, where I physically live, there are few water users and no impending doom. Others have a different problem.

The situation is most urgent in California…oops, which currently faces “extreme or exceptional” drought conditions. California’s reservoirs are half-empty at the end of the rainy season. The Sierra snowpack sits at 60% of normal. In March 2021, federal and state agencies that oversee California’s Central Valley Project and State Water Project – regional water systems that each cover hundreds of miles – issued “remarkably bleak warnings” about cutbacks to farmers’ water allocations.  One of this blog’s readers, Marge, commented a few days or so ago on the subject. Maybe she will comment again?

The Colorado River Basin is mired in a drought that began in 2000. Experts disagree as to how long it could last. What’s certain is that the “Law of the River” – the body of rules, regulations and laws governing the Colorado River – has allocated more water to the states than the river reliably provides.

The 1922 Colorado River Compact allocated 7.5 million acre-feet (one acre-foot is roughly 325,000 gallons) to California, Nevada and Arizona, and another 7.5 million acre-feet to Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. A treaty with Mexico secured that country 1.5 million acre-feet, for a total of 16.5 million acre-feet. However, estimates based on tree ring analysis have determined that the actual yearly flow of the river over the last 1,200 years is roughly 14.6 million acre-feet.

Diversions and increased evaporation due to drought are reducing water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell. As of Dec. 16, 2020, both lakes were less than half full.

The Upper Basin states – Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico – have never used their full allotment. Now, however, they want to use more water. Wyoming has several new dams on the drawing board. So does Colorado, which is also planning a new diversion from the headwaters of the Colorado River to Denver and other cities on the Rocky Mountains’ east slope.

Much of the U.S. Southwest and California are in extreme or exceptional drought.
Drought conditions in the continental U.S. on April 13, 2021. U.S. Drought MonitorCC BY-ND

The most controversial proposal comes from one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas: St. George, Utah, home to approximately 90,000 residents and lots of golf courses. St. George has very high water consumption rates and very low water prices. The city is proposing to augment its water supply with a 140-mile pipeline from Lake Powell, which would carry 86,000 acre-feet per year.

That’s not a lot of water, and it would not exceed Utah’s unused allocation from the Colorado River. But the six other Colorado River Basin states have protested as though St. George were asking for their firstborn child.

In a joint letter dated Sept. 8, 2020, the other states implored the Interior Department to refrain from issuing a final environmental review of the pipeline until all seven states could “reach consensus regarding legal and operational concerns.” The letter explicitly threatened a high “probability of multi-year litigation.”

How huge could it be? In 1930, Arizona sued California in an epic battle that did not end until 2006. Arizona prevailed by finally securing a fixed allocation from the water apportioned to California, Nevada and Arizona.

23 COMMENTS

  1. I thought there were three genders and two sexes.

    Gender: Masculine, Feminine and Neuter

    Sex: Male and Female.

    But I received a classical education so what do I know?

  2. Water wars of the kinetic kind are found scattered throughout the history of the West/Southwest…perhaps we will see another.

  3. I would feel bad about California if California didn’t keep dumping their existing reservoirs and stopped construction of new storage when water was very plentiful.

    Of course, if they would just build more nuke plants, they could run huge water desalination and purification plants like what Israel does.

    But… well… California. Have pretty much stopped caring about those stupid useful idiots. Sorry that so many farms are going to be destroyed, but, well…

    • California has been poorly managed for a long time. Don’t hold your breath until they build nuclear desalination plants – I think that they’d rather die than do that.

      For the nation, the loss of California agriculture would be catastrophic, but the new normal under the Green New Deal is so radical and absurd that you wouldn’t notice the absence of their agriculture.

  4. Kalifornia’s drought will last until Gates puts up his sun shields so we can stop global warming and the ice packs can grow again…

    I’m with you on the genders, though Knitebane makes a good point. Everything else is just crazy talk.

  5. “Britain’s House of Commons adopted a resolution yesterday…”

    And now what? We have strong conservative media and blogs that speak truth and showcase the hypocrisy yet nothing changes, tyranny prevails. Maybe it’d be worse if we didn’t say something…like “less losing”, or some such tortured logic.

    Two Sexes. Pretty sure God designed that for a reason. The rest is 1st World Problems from a minority demanding we all wallow in their confused self-loathing and weirdness, often gained from going to college.

    Worked with a water rights attorney moons ago, said he got into product development management because of the realization he was merely transferring money from one aggrieved part to another, over who’s water it was and wasn’t. Unproductive. California is a drain on the nation in every possible manner. Most of the “renewable energy” ruining the Wyoming landscape goes to them.

    A dam/reservoir just north of Fort Collins has been in “planning” (aka litigation) for the past 20 years, another one that’ll bring the boats, campers, etc…drawn to the the “improvements” once filled. It’ll be a zoo “out our way some”, but they still haven’t begun. Water goes to Greeley, 40 miles East. Rancher neighbors said the other one just needs dredging due to the silt collected over the past 50 years. Think about that, dredge for depth and you have the same acre-feet of evaporation. Add a new reservoir and you lose a lot more in evap.

    Neighbors (1 of 3 full time), just sold and moved to St. George…so make that pop. 90,002. Not us, ever. Don’t need to play golf in Utah.

    • I am not a golfer. The last time that I went golfing, I bought a bucket of range balls and used those on the course. It bordered the Colorado River in Laughlin and I fired off more than half at passing boats with poor to mixed results. There were people behind us who shot golf balls up at us because we moved slowly. So I took those balls and used them as anti-boat artillery ammo. The golfers were not amused, but the people I golfed with (bachelor party) looked like a bunch of brigands, and they didn’t want to pick a fight. Somewhere around hole 13-14, I went back and bought another bucket of range balls because the party behind us stopped sending me more. I saw the course marshal and asked him what the course record was (holding the range balls). He fired something off that I didn’t quite understand.

      I don’t think that we would ever be welcome there again, but since I don’t golf, who cares. We were not the sort of guests that the hospitality people were accustomed to, but we did tip well, so maybe it evened out in the end. The bubbles from the jacuzzi tub + bubble bath extended about 1/3 the way along the penthouse floor. I went stag. Some of the gentlemen found young ladies to join in the frivolity. One ended up hanging from a bedsheet from the top floor at some point. I didn’t witness it, but when I returned, the sheet was still there and the lady had been shaken by the experience.

      They we had boats on the river as well, taunting golfers to try and hit us. One gentleman took a 12 ga riot gun and tried to hit the balls in flight toward us. We shut that down quickly as the golfers dove for cover.

      And when you think about it, that was some fun golf. St. George does have the Virgin River (they’d have renamed it if we showed up there) but I don’t know whether you can get speed boats on it. Would they mind if we used their golf balls as clay pigeons? Likely yes. So why go?

      I ran with an unruly bunch of people back then who were all but immune from prosecution. They were strong, young, bold, could drink with the best of them, and had few limits or inhibitions.

      Ah, yes, golf…

      Then there was the fishing incident that took place during the same bachelor party on the stretch of the Colorado near the canyon that leads to Lake Havasu. One of the guys brought a case of hand grenades. They are effective but politically incorrect. You shouldn’t mix them with vodka.

      • Ok, that’s hilarious…a major step above rancher golf, altho I think you forgot a few rules. “Rules? we don’t need no stinking rules. Besides, we brought firearms.)

        I see a memoir in your future…Hunter S Thompson might look like a choir boy in comparison.

        • I was e-chatting with MikeW (lives in Thailand) about days like that one. He wasn’t at this party (more the pity) and isn’t a golfer, but he chewed the same ground. These experiences aren’t all that unique, clearly not one-off.

          • Clearly you have quite the set of…cohorts. A big day for us is burning a pile of slash without a permit from the betters. (Wait for wet weather, stay attentive, keep it small and controlled)

      • Larry. Yes, I never have been one for golf either. I see no point in belting a little white ball and then, when it falls to earth, walking up to it and belting it again. As to being immune to prosecution. I too remember the days, in the now so long ago, when carrying a “Walk on Water” Pass. meant we could do anything, to anyone, anywhere, that our devious little minds came up with.

  6. Gender, to the best of my knowledge, is merely a linguistic construct, and doesn’t deserve the demented baggage that lunatics have saddled it with.

    As for sex, there are 4 – male, female, both, neither. All exist in nature, though the latter two are extremely rare in humans.

    All of the current hoo-ha about this crap in the public media, is nothing more than narcissism and attempts to grab power.

    -Kle.

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