The Battle for Paradise

The Battle for Paradise, Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists by Naomi Klein published in 2018. According to Klein, Puerto Rico is at a fork in the road with two ways forward. The Trump administration wants to reserve the best of the island for the rich, while the people of Puerto Rico want to restore the island for its people. The decisions are being made now. There is no time to waste if the island is to be saved for its residents.

Trump must go


Water wars

The American west has a long history of water wars, past, present and future. Wherever demand exceeds supply, there is a struggle for whatever water is available. Drought makes the struggles worse. Devin Nunes representing the area surrounding Fresno, California, is a product of that struggle for water. The farmers in his district blame Democrats in Sacramento for their shortages. I oppose fracking because the process uses so much water and leaves the land and the aquifers polluted.

There are many good books on past water struggles, perhaps the best among them is Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. I recommend The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi for one author’s vision of the dry future of the American southwest. With a single exception, no society has ever survived for long utilizing irrigation to feed its people. Egypt and the Nile is that single exception and that may no longer be the case after the construction of the high dam at Aswan. The Nile delta in the Mediterranean is already shrinking.

Trump must go

Natural and unnatural disasters part 3

It is becoming obvious, at least to me, that if you experience damage from a fire, flood or hurricane, that you had better live in a red state, or a red area of a blue state. The Trump administration has shown little interest in helping victims if they are not Trump supporters. Hawaii is a case in point. Trump was on the golf course and probably did not respond to the false alarm of an incoming missile.

Trump must go

Puerto Rico part 4

Episode 6, season 10 of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is about Puerto Rico just months before Hurricane Maria destroyed the island. I had a vague understanding of the situation in Puerto Rico before watching the 43 minute show, but now I have a much clearer understanding of the situation just before Hurricane Maria struck. I purchased the video from and finished watching it yesterday. Life in Puerto Rico was difficult before the hurricane struck and now it is nearly impossible. Congress allowed special tax laws to expire in 2006 and Puerto Rico has been sinking deeper into debt ever since. I believe that the debt must be forgiven or the entire island will be privatized by vulture capitalists.

Trump must go

No water

We live where is there is construction. We were given notice 72 hours in advance that our water would be off for 8 hours yesterday. We have an ample supply of bottled water for drinking and I filled a bucket and bathtub for other uses. It is surprising how much water a toilet uses. I suggest turning off the water in the White House without warning for 24 hours so that Trump can experience in small part what the residents of Puerto Rico are living with. Perhaps then he will provide them with more help, rather than threatening less.

Trump must go