Thursday, April 9, 2015

Choose Your Trances Carefully - 5

California Trance Auction
Let's engage in some fantasy today.

The premise is that California has too many cultural trances, and, that they are not in touch with reality as they once were.

In the street vernacular, "they are loosing it."

The same goes for all of us, because we are all on the watch list (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

The discussion in this post is not to blame, but rather to rub some noses into some reality, so they wake to remember where they are (You Are Here).

First, it is argued in many venues that devolution happens (Wikipedia, Dictionary, Encyclopedia).

Second, traditionally California is said to be a leader in this and a leader in that (California Leads the Nation in Energy Efficiency, California Leads The World - PDF, California Leads The Nation in Equality, etc. blah, blah, blah).

Well then, since Californians, and others, think that California leads the nation, let's rub California's nose trance in it first: California Thinks It Leads The Nation.

My complaint, then, is that wrong leadership is worse than no leadership:
"Officials have implored Californians to cut down on water usage, but recent data show residents saved less water in February than in any other month since the state started tracking water conservation. Southern California residents actually used more water than average that month."
(California ... Worst Drought In 1,200 Years, emphasis added). The California reaction to a clear and present danger seems to be "keep on keeping on", "what, me worry?", "what water shortage?", "we never have bad weather like you do" - Bill Maher (paraphrased), and/or "who cares!"

Meanwhile, CO2 decadence also continues unabated:

The changes we’re seeing are really drastic
March 2015: 401.52 ppm

The recent catastrophic rise of CO2

CO2 Levels for February Eclipsed Prehistoric Highs

As goes California, so goes the nation?

Could be.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

1 comment:

  1. It gets worse.

    Other Californians are "stealing" water.

    They say "no we are not, its ours!"