Filed under: Adapting to Change | Tags: ebola, energy reduction, hacking, herbal remedies, nuclear armament, rainwater harvesting, seed saving, vaccininations, water shortage
Many of our country’s major newspapers ran articles on Friday about how the federal government won’t be sending any reservoir water thru the 500 miles of canals to the Central Valley of California this year for farmers that produce in ‘the nation’s food basket’. Again. Last year, many farmers uprooted orchards or tapped unregulated ground water wells. UNREGULATED GROUNDWATER WELLS concern me, nearly as much as no water. Here’s a blurb from climate.gov, a science and information website: “In California’s San Joaquin Valley, so much water is being pumped from the ground that the land surface itself is subsiding, as many news reports have documented. The Valley is California’s top agricultural producing region, producing much of the nation’s grapes, nuts, and vegetables, and hosting three-quarters of the state’s dairy cows.” I lived in the San Joaquin Valley for over two years, and have seen firsthand the endless oceans of crops that are grown there. No water? Am I the only one that worries about this stuff?
But enough about water wars. Let’s turn our focus to nuclear war. Specifically, the ‘deal’ that’s being negotiated between Iran, the US and its’ allies. My friends aren’t discussing this, I’m not seeing Facebook posts about it, my local leaders nor my local newspaper are touching it. Am I the only one that worries about this stuff?
Vaccines, computer hacking, ebola and crime seem to be highest on American’s minds, according to recent Gallup polls. I’ll admit, all of those things are rather ominous, but they pale in comparison, in my mind anyway, to water scarcity and nuclear proliferation. Am I the only one that worries about this stuff?
Obviously I can’t spend my life worrying about these things, but I can take certain actions to protect myself by carefully safeguarding my health and my private information, by not traveling to Africa (darn it!), and by not frequenting bars at 2 AM. Keeping my phone and computer updated with appropriate anti-hacking/virus software is doable, even for a computer novice like myself. But as I learn to transition to a different world from the one I’ve grown older in, I’ll increase my efforts this year to capture rainwater, save seeds, decrease my energy usage, and teach myself about herbal medicine. Am I the only one that worries about this stuff?
In honor of the season, I’ve decided to change the focus of this Friday post from frugal to freaky. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if these things are spooky:
Monday: “Most of New Hampshire’s moose have already died. Now Maine’s moose are dying in droves. Why? In winter, they are covered with hundreds of thousands of ticks all busily sucking their blood. This weakens the poor moose so that he dies before spring; he cannot survive the winter. I read about this, and I know it’s true. Local hunters have been reporting back about moose and deer carcasses just crawling with ticks; they just rot where they lie. The predators (coywolves, coyotes, bears, etc.) will not go anywhere near them (wisely). There never used to be ticks in Maine. Some of the local people still don’t believe there are any here. I’ve seen them, though, so I know they are here. I recognize a tick when I see one. Why have ticks moved northwards? Well, we all know why, don’t we?” ~from a friend in Maine. AND confirmed this week while reading Bill Mckibbon’s book “Oil and Honey”. Creepy stuff.
Tuesday: According to Scientific American it takes 10 calories of energy to produce 1 calorie of food. Um, the last time I did math, those were not sustainable numbers. When you think about the possible implications of this, it’s really ominous.
Wednesday: Western drought may now be ‘normal’ and Polar vortex may become ‘normal’. Can you imagine reading (and comprehending) that sentence just ten years ago? Climate Change is frightening!
Thursday: From NBC News today: The number of cases of Ebola in the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, just sped past 10,000. That’s scary.
Friday: An October snowstorm that dumps about a foot of snow on NE TN? Chilling!
Sometimes the news is scarier than the zombies roaming the streets. We’ll talk more about some of these scary news stories next week. But for now, I’d like to offer you a frugal, delicious and healthy recipe for a Halloween stew that uses corn, potatoes and
a head lettuce:
Happy Halloween Folks!