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Last night’s show

With Marcy Wheeler was a real blast. She’s so smart and knows so much stuff, I’m in awe. Plus, dry wit!

Click here to listen.

Crazy Rick Scott

I wonder if he wants to sniff it, too.

Uh oh

Tornado watch here for the rest of the day.

‘Bold leadership’

The Villagers are not like us, and I fear nothing will ever pierce their bubble. Except, you know, an actual revolution. With guillotines.

Eclipse

New moon solar eclipse in Gemini today at 5:03 PM.

Christie style

Using a state helicopter to go to your kid’s baseball game? Thrifty!

I especially liked the fact that he had a car drive him 100 yards to the field:

The helicopters are designed for law enforcement, emergency medical transportation and homeland security duties, said Paul Loriquet, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office. Helicopters not outfitted specifically for medical use can also be used to ferry executives, he said.
Loriquet said the contract for the helicopters was signed in 2009 during the Corzine administration.

He did not have a cost per hour for the choppers. When former Gov. James E. McGreevey reimbursed the state for using choppers for political use in 2002, it was at a rate of $1,200 an hour.

And speaking of water

Did you know that George W. Bush exempted fracking from the Safe Srinking Water Act? We might have guessed.

The good news is, New York’s new Attorney General is going after the fracking industry.

Water rights

Isn’t this bizarre? And as water becomes scarce, I predict it won’t be long until you see the same thing here in the Northeast. Corporations in several areas have already tried to negotiate rights to selling drinking water as a commodity.

People get confused: The water bill you pay now is an assessment for water treatment, not the actual water itself. Eventually our drinking water will be metered, just like electricity:

As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from “diverting” water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.

Check out this YouTube video of a news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It’s illegal in Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota, found this out the hard way.

After constructing a large rainwater collection system at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an “unlawful diversion of rainwater.” Even though it makes logical conservation sense to collect rainwater for this type of use since rain is scarce in Utah, it’s still considered a violation of water rights which apparently belong exclusively to Utah’s various government bodies.

I know wars have been fought over water rights in the West, but it does seem they need to update those laws to deal with the present reality. It’s even stranger in light of laws that permit property owners to produce harmful amounts of stormwater runoff onto their neighbors’ properties.

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