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There's Always Something Going Wrong
By Ernest Stewart

It's always something.
There's always something going wrong.
That's the only guarantee, that's what this is all about.
Life Is A Lemon ~~~ Meat Loaf

As I said in Hollywood Daze: "California is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. I mean, what do you like? The ocean, mountains, giant trees, the desert, river valleys, they have them all and more." The trouble is, the way things are going now-a-days, you can almost check off river valleys and giant trees from the list. However, the deserts are doing just fine, and should continue to expand!

Los Angles has nearly 4 million people; and, they're living in the middle of a desert. Before we came along, L.A. was a tiny village as that was all their rainfall could sustain. It was only after we started making the rivers run backwards and the like (see China Town), that allowed it to grow into a town, and then a city, until it is the second-largest city in the country. Give the drought another decade, or so, and Chicago will become the second city again!

The West Coast currently has around 100 major fires burning out of control -- to the point where the Army and National Guard has been called out to fight them. I feel sorry for most of the troops as they're not known for being firefighters. I remember giving a lecture on fire control to a group of my "room mates" at Ft. Carson after cracking wise to the 1st Sergeant. Trouble was, I knew next to nothing about it, but nonetheless, I knew a whole lot more than my "bunk mates," not to mention what the 1st Sergeant did -- who shook my hand afterwards. If nothing has changed since I was in, then I feel sorry for the troops!

Meanwhile, as the West Coast is burning, out in the Pacific Ocean another blow to the property and people is getting ready to head their way. El Nino is back, and is getting ready to spin off a lot of Typhoons to the Eastern Pacific, and some gully washers to the West Coast. It may sound like a savior to the drought-stricken West; but it isn't; in fact, it's going to make things a whole lot worse. For as anyone who lives there can tell you, after the fire season, comes the mudslide season!

With the trees and grasses no longer there to hold back the water, those hillsides with megatons of mug, boulders, and whatever burnt-out trees left standing are all going to obey Sir Isaac Newton's "Universal Law of Gravitation" (not to mention his "Three Laws of Motion") when the rains come. This will pretty much wipe out anything below the ridge line. In the long run, this will do nothing to relieve the drought -- except to remove anyone below them from needing water to survive (you don't need water when you are dead)! The rain may save a few crops, if they haven't already been plowed under, and raise the reservoirs a few inches; but in the long run, this is just stalling the inevitable.

As the drought enters its 14th year, in the Colorado River Basin, the Las Vegas Water Authority is currently spending $1.5 billion to burrow a new tunnel even deeper down into Lake Mead. The old tunnels that suck water over to Las Vegas will dry up if the lake's level sinks below 1,000 feet. Currently, it's at about 1,080 feet, and falling. Even a blind man can see that in a decade or two, Las Vegas will return to being a small desert village, much like Los Angeles once was. Other southwestern cities in Texas, New Mexico, Old Mexico, Arizona and California will have to shrink up or die where they stand! As I live near the largest fresh water lake in the world, i.e., Lake "Michi-Huron," I expect to see a major renaissance in Detroit and other cities around the Great Lakes as our rainforests and lakes are pretty much filled to the brim!


01-14-1940 ~ 08-15-2015
Thanks for the good fight!

05-16-1937 ~ 08-17-2015
Thanks for the film!

02-22-1926 ~ 08-18-2015
Thanks for the film!


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(c) 2015 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.

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