No , I’m not going to discuss global warming , if that’s what you think . I’ll leave global warming alone , although the topic did come up in a conversation I had with my stepson this morning . We were discussing alternative fuel sources . I’d read about a plan to put wind turbines in the ocean off the coast of Coos Bay , Oregon . One of my sisters lives in Coos Bay . My stepson told me that there are ocean windmills in Europe , lots of them in Denmark ; lots of them in Germany .
It’s raining outside now. This rain won’t save California from the upcoming drought ; but it’s a symbolic effort . We’ll be distilling our own sweat in a few months . Laws will outlaw toilet flushing . Lawns ? Ha ! Anyone with a green lawn will be hounded out-of-state , if not arrested . The CIA will have to , finally , quit water-boarding terrorists , probably anywhere in the southwest , but certainly in California . Small bottles of water will flood the black market .
But , perhaps , I exaggerate . Slightly.
As far as I know , the rest of the country is blanketed with snow . Minnesotans are amazed at how cold it is in their state . A Connecticut friend ( he’s actually a New Yorker , but had migrated north a few years ago — I’m pretty sure Connecticut is north of New York — no native CT-er has spotted him , so far , and tossed him out ) e-mailed me that his deck is under 10 inches of snow . Atlanta , a short while ago , came to a standstill due to road ice . The mayor didn’t recognize it for what it was and failed to call out the National Guard , or snow-plows , or something . Atlantans got stuck en masse on roads and slept in their cars . That’s what I heard , more-or-less . The weather in the entire country is twisted .
It’s a conspiracy . That’s for sure . I have to admit , though , that I don’t yet know who is responsible .
So , we were discussing energy sources , windmills , and solar panel farms , and fracking . I was droning on about my belief that a handful of super-rich guys are manipulating the whole thing , politics , public opinion and that they’ve got millions of American suckers passionate about whatever causes , believing that they’re fighting for freedom , or energy independence , or democracy , or whatever . The richest guys are simply interested in making more money and all of these various passionate causes mean less than nothing to these rich guys .
And why , if they have so much money , do they want even more , my stepson asked rhetorically . That’s the key question , I guess .
Meanwhile , Los Angeles got about three inches of rain this year , if that , and we need closer to the average nine . Reservoirs are drying up ; but really drying up this time . The mild rain today is a tease , I guess , a reminder of times past when there was enough water to go around . I told my buddy Bill that he’ll be able to sell the water in his swimming pool . He could get good money for it if he handles it right . But , he reminded me , he is vulnerable , now , to water-lusting water thieves , some of them no doubt vicious and violent , desperate .
We’ll need a modern-day Willie Mulholland who can figure out , this time around , how to get the frozen easterners’ melting snowfall out to L.A. We would like someone a few months from now to stand at the mouth of the pipeline , or whatever delivery system is devised , to exclaim , as William Mulholland did : There it is , take it !
Meanwhile , here in southern California , we are enjoying a warm winter . We keep the sun-screen handy as we read about the rest of the nation staggering through their ice-slapped winter months tramping around in snow boots and parkas . Atlantans , of course , haven’t got snow-boots or parkas . We have them in southern California because we drive up to the local mountains to ski , and to snowboard , and to look to see what snow looks like .
I was spouting out about my belief that a handful of super-rich guys are manipulating the entire national discussion about global warming , war , fracking , energy independence , freedom ………… They have one intention : making money . Why they want more money since they already have more than they know what to do with ? Ah ! I don’t have an answer . All I know is : it’s all a conspiracy .