Key Water Sources Are Drying Up

This is some scary stuff.  Watch out, Canada, oil isn’t the only thing we are going to be invading countries for in the future.  Water is becoming scarce.  On a positive note…invest in water, it is about to become a huge industry.

From AlterNet

I am amazed: since last summer, almost every day we see at least one news story on another water crisis in the U.S. The water crisis is no longer something that we know about as affecting developing countries or their poor in particular. It is right here in our own backyard. Today, in many parts of the U.S. we are nearing the limits of our water supplies. And that is getting our attention. The writing has been on the wall for some time. The private sector has been showing much interest in water as a source of profit, and water privatization has been an issue in many parts of the country.

The failure in public water systems has indeed been a contributing factor for this interest. In many cities, consumers have been organizing and opposing the privatization of water utilities, because they have been concerned about affordability or deterioration in the quality of service. Environmental organizations and consumer activists have also been concerned about the socio-economic, health and environmental implications of ever increasing bottled water use. But for most of us living in the U.S., water is something we take for granted, available when you turn your tap on — to brush your teeth, to take a shower, to wash your car, to water your lawn, and if you have your own swimming pool then, to fill that as well.

So it was with alarm that many of us read the story of Orme, a small town tucked away in the mountains of southern Tennessee that has become a recent symbol of the drought in the southeast. Orme has had to literally ration its water use, by collecting water for a few hours every day — an everyday experience in most developing countries, but unusual for the U.S. This is an extreme experience from the southeast region that has been under a year long dry spell. In fact, the region’s dry spell resulted in the city of Atlanta setting severe water use restrictions and three states, Georgia, Florida and Alabama, going to court over a water allocation dispute (settled in favor of Florida and Alabama early last month).

Early this year we also heard that drought in the region could force nuclear reactor shut-downs. Nuclear reactors need billions of gallons of cooling water daily to operate, and in many of the lakes and rivers water levels are getting close to the limit set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It is possible in the coming months that we may see water levels decrease below the intake pipes, or that shallow water could become warmer and unusable as a coolant. While this may not cause blackouts, this can result in increased costs for energy as utilities have to buy from other sources.

Vivaldi-Summer

Ok, the lighter side of the Sabyen musical food pyramid. Today was a beautiful day so I thought this would be appropriate (Spring is way overplayed).

These guys are good.

 …oh, and the opposite end of the spectrum…Five Finger Death Punch – The Bleeding

And one more in the same vein.  Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country.  It is a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson and Fear & Loathing is Las Vegas.

 Dedicated to Dick Cheney (thanks for the inspiration Wayne).  Ministry – So What?

Sabyen Stuff

System of a Down – Bring Your Own Bomb

Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills

Bruce Dickenson without Maiden.  I am a big fan of his solo stuff.

Faith No More – Mike Patton is a god.

Ok, one more. The Cult – Edie (Ciao Baby)

Ok, last one. In This Moment – Beautiful Tragedy