State Deception: the Amount of Water on Hand
The State, under the influence of Gov Perry, is deceiving the people in Travis County is a serious and dangerous way. The State web site says that Lake Travis is 30% full (600 feet) which would be 260 feet. Anyone can see it is nothing but an empty pit. The only water is just behind the dam, and it is full of sediment as to be unusable. With this kind of bold face lie about Travis, how much is in Buchanan is a guessing game, but there is every reason to believe it is far less than the State reports. Our usage is very consistent as observed from the published data from 2012,2011,2010 and 2009, so reasonable to assume that this year 2013 will be very similar, especially since there has been no change in water usage. The rough average is 400,000 acre-feet/year. Divide by 365 and we have 1095 acre-feet per day. The water needed to last us 6 months would be 200,000 acre-feet.
Lake Buchanan’s capacity is 875,000 acre-feet. The misinformation about the lake's supply for months has been that it is roughly 30% of capacity, or 262,500 acre-feet. Let’s make a generous estimate that the state’s false data machine only doubled the actual amount, and that the Lake has 131,000 acre-feet. That would be enough for 119 days, or four months as estimated above. Other, estimates could be made using other guesses as to how much less water is really there than we are told, like 30% less rather than fifty, so the water would last longer than 4 months. If, the State’s numbers for Buchanan were accurate, the water would last 8 months, but that seems extremely far fetched based on eye witness reports and the history of flagrant lying. Eight months would come as a psychic shock to a populous kept in an informational darkness and are totally unprepared. Also, those governmental agencies that people count on to help them, are equally unprepared.
Finally, an alternative media admits that the drought may extend and the past public policies consisting of building reservoirs is in question because evaporation negates much of the inflows:
“Is there reason to believe that the drought will continue well beyond the fall? The forecasts are not out yet, but ocean conditions indicate that continued drought is a possibility.
“The way decadal circulation patterns are setting up, the Atlantic Ocean is warmer than normal, and there’s circulation on the Pacific Ocean, which has gone cooler than normal,” Murphy says. “When those two match up—they should be in sync the next five years or so—those are the conditions that existed back in the 1950s. There’s a distinct possibility, I’m not saying it’s a probability, but there’s a possibility this [drought] could extend for another couple of years.” ---Holly Heinrich of “State Impact”
Although Ms Heinrich does not come anywhere close to saying that Austin is in danger of running dry, she does an exemplary job of questioning established water management policy in Texas, as well as presenting solid scientific evidence that the “wishful thinking” that is prominent among Texans, is just that, “wishful thinking”.
I believe that keeping this information from the public, which concerns a recourse necessary for life, constitutes manslaughter when people die during the panicked migration. For 2013, the inflows into the reservoirs are nearly as low as 2011, when the inflows were a record shattering 10% of normal. Add loss from evaporation and the fact the bottom 10% is unusable because of sediment, and the available water is frightening. Our average usage for the last 4 years is 400,000 acre/feet, with a slight upward trend. This confirms that no one is conserving, despite the fact that we are in the 8th year of what is now the most severe drought is the history of Central Texas. How can the Water Commission still have us at stage 2 water restriction? But it hardly matters,since there is no effort to enforce stage 2 or do any thing else to make our paulty amount of water last longer. Apathy and incompetence is a dangerous combination. We still use 25% of our water on grass. To me that is the height of absurdity. Power usage is also holding steady; and electricity and water are essential the same because we cannot generate power without water to cool the Turbines. The city is marching towards anarchy as we will run out of power and water at the same time, and no one is prepared. No government organization at any level or any non-government organization even has a plan to make a plan to deal with the sudden unexpected anarchy. A remarkable passive suicide of a county of 1.7 million people. Thousands will perish during the panicked migration.
Texas, and Austin’s destruction are a prototype of what Marshall McCluhan predicted in the late 1950’s: TV would make us mentally ill and more specifically loose our ability to chose what is worth while in life. As a result, Texans stopped voting and paying any attention to what our politicians were doing. Rick Perry, Governor for 13 years was elected by garnering 17% of the registered voters. His support comes from extremist protestant churches who want a return to the middle ages when church and state were integrated. This was the primary reason the Founding Father’s ancestors left Europe in the first place. The Founding Fathers put a great deal of effort in writing the Constitution to keep church and state separate. The Texas electorate are totally ignorant of this aspect of Perry who belongs to one of these churches. The reason, they are too busy watching TV under its heroin like addictive trance. This has been proven by psychiatrists and neurophysiologists by 2003. TV also robs us of our ability to do critical thinking, which accounts for our apathetic response to the bald face lies about the drought. I stopped watching TV in 1969 when I read McCluhan’s “The Medium Is the Message”. That must be the reason I can see all this so clearly and none of my baby boomer peers can. I have yet to meet or even hear of another person who stopped watching TV due to McCluhan’s admonitions. There has also not been a single article in major or alternative media that even suggests that Austin will or might run out of water. They stop after saying that the drought conditions are severe, but do not do the homework to discover the obvious deception. No critical thinking even in the alternative sources, even on the net is another sign that McCluhan was 100% right. Disheartening is the fact that the hours per person spent each day watching TV is still on the rise according to the last census. There are groups that grouse about content, but McCluhan was clear about the fact that whether you watch the history channel or porn the heroin like addictive effects are the same.
Thus, TV is the ideal medium to keep the masses quiet while the rich take control of everything with the intent of returning to the aristocracies of the late Middle Ages with the super rich as Kings and Queens and the rest of us as “wage slaves”. Frighteningly, this is exactly what is happening, and the 99% is totally blind to it, content with their hectic consumerism lifestyles, using up recourses as directed by the talking heads on TV. It has been two decades since it became general knowledge that American’s consumed 25% of the world’s energy and that number hasn’t changed since.