There stands the glass

Drink up … while you still can.

Is it half full? Half empty?

Forget about those nagging short-term problems like epidemic idiocy, creeping fascism, and the future of the Republic — what the hell’s happening with water?

And which of the three stories below do you think will get the most “likes” on Facebutt?

Shit, I forgot to squeeze a little lemon in my water. I guess I won’t live forever.

• Is the Dust Bowl returning?

• There’s gold in them thar rivers!

• Beauty and the boost: Hydrate your way to health! If you can find water, and can afford it once you do. Just don’t forget the lemon, dipshit.

Meanwhile, just because, here’s “There Stands the Glass,” as covered by Half Man Half Biscuit. It starts at 6:15, but you should probably listen to the other bits that precede it. Get yeer full glass mate!

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15 Responses to “There stands the glass”

  1. Dale Says:

    You can’t go wrong by drinking water as long as it it safe. That is not a given in too many places these days.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Strong Towns ran a story the other day about a book written by Matt Yglesias saying we should have a billion Americans. First thing I thought of was “where the fuck are you gonna get the resources, including water?” Especially given that Murrcans are so adept at being resource gluttons.

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Water is a commodity now traded by the big boys in the market, including international interests. You know, like the House of Saud. You got the money honey, we got the rights, water rights that is.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Was it Colorado where you could get arrested for putting a rain barrel under your gutter spouts because that wasn’t your water?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yep, used to be you couldn’t impound the water that ran off your roof because Arizona and Vegas had dibs on it. Now you can use a couple rain barrels for watering the garden.

      • khal spencer Says:

        “Hell yes, we’re going to take your rain barrel, your drip system,” –Rep. Beto O’Wateringcan

        • Pat O’Brien Says:

          You can keep the rain barrels in AZ. Things are everywhere here in Cochise and Pinal counties. Hell, we got a $200 dollar rebate from the state water wise project for putting in 600 gallons of rain barrels at the old house. Watered our stock tank garden all year with them. Now the aquifer in many parts of the state is being sucked dry by corporate and foreign entities. The Wilcox area in Cochise count is really being hit hard. The main aquifer in Tucson is partially recharged by CAP water that arrives by canal from the Colorado river.

          • khal spencer Says:

            Same here. They are encouraged, and I think we are part of that same multistate water pact (currently in litigation with TX?). It just always seemed preposterous to ban rain barrels. One could get around that by digging out and putting in some gravel as infiltration basins around one’s home. When I worked on the Ala Wai Canal Watershed Water Improvement Project, we suggested infiltration basins up in the watershed to reduce storm water driven pollution runoff to the ocean. Same idea, different use.

      • JD Says:

        And …. because you had non-permeable surfaces (roof, driveway, etc.) you created a storm-water runoff problem that necessitated a “tax” based on its square-footage.

        So why couldn’t we collect some of that roof runoff? Now we can…..I believe it’s two (2) 55-gallon barrels.

        Again for the umpteenth time I recommend: “A Great Aridness” by William DeBuys. He pegged it long ago.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Looks like both Elefinks in GA might get shitcanned. I’m going to bed….

  5. Carl Duellman Says:

    we just watched this last night

  6. John Wooton Says:

    All hail the voice of Lefty Frizzell.

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