Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lawmakers Press for Mandatory Vaccination

I remember reading in National Geographic he's recently on the war on science. Popular opinion seems to be out weighing scientific evidence. There was a time when you couldn't get into a public school without showing your immunization records. Downtime has long since passed. Private schools have enabled parents to enrol their children without having up-to-date vaccinations. The anti-VAX movement has developed largely on pseudoscience the opinions of the C-list celebrities. Forget what the scientific community has stated for decades, the reality is it because we haven't had a massive outbreak in recent memory, there is a false sense that vaccinations are no longer necessary. If you remember a time when polio was ravaging the country you whenever in your right mind argue that vaccinations were a bad idea. Because of our relative health, ironically from the use vaccinations, the memory of many Californians has faded. Be at the left-wing liberals are the right wing conservative, it doesn't really matter. People are not making informed decisions and those who are being affected and put in harms way our children. It's sad that a legislative action needs to be enacted in order for something to be done.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

1 Million Californians Have No Access To Safe Potable Water

According to a recent news article there are over 1 million Californians without access to clean drinking water. This comes on the heels of what may be the worst drought California has ever experienced in modern times.

Although people will have to reduce their consumption of water, particularly in the yard, it is in fact the agriculture sector that is the primary drain on our resource. About 80% of water usage in this state is for agriculture. If you're paying attention that means we export most of our water in the form of agricultural products.

What can we hope for? Well this will be solved by a deluge of rain. Certainly there is a need for rain, but there is a culture and a overuse problem. That's a hard one to solve, but when we run out of water completely it may lead to some drastic and immediate changes.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Worst Drought in 1000 years to come?

Some scientific publications are coming out with a preview of 2015 spring and summer. America may be on watch to have the worst drought conditions in its history. This doesn't bode well even if it comes close to happening for California. The slow change and water use culture, with the lack of rain and dwindling aquifers, may further exacerbate a very bad water problem.

In the meantime keep those lawn green and pools full.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Vintage Pasadena Police Pictures

I thought this was an interesting link. Always nostalgic for archives of days gone by.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stunning Before and After Photos on California's Water Problem

Don't say I didn't warn you...

Much like guns, the water usage problem in California could benefit from an overall culture shift. Without the shift in thinking that watering your lawn (or having a lawn) is a measurement of prestige, we're going to keep running out of water.

Here's a link to some of the data at the  California Department of Water Resources.

Some Californians have responded, however. A drop in some regions of 10% of water usage during this time of drought.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Facepalm: Christmas attack or history attack?

All for media and the variance in opinions it will offer. Albeit, media nowadays is heavily censored around the political middle. But sometimes they go too far, as in they hire people who are good at making noise but aren't so smart about the topics they discuss. THis is a Fox news fail.