City of Scottsdale cuts suburb off from water supply

A community outside of Phoenix is furious after being cut off from its municipal water supply. NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard has more on how residents in the Rio Verde Foothills are doing everything to bring water back to their homes as others question why developers continue to build on dry land.

‘If you win the popular imagination, you change the game’: why we need new stories on climate

So much is happening, both wonderful and terrible – and it matters how we tell it. We can’t erase the bad news, but to ignore the good is the route to indifference or despair

‘If you win the popular imagination, you change the game’: why we need new stories on climateLINK: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2023/jan/12/rebecca-solnit-climate-crisis-popular-imagination-why-we-need-new-storiesLINK: 

The Savage Reservation

Refusing the Total SystemThe Savage Reservation

Did you eat something that didn’t agree with you?’ asked Bernard.

The Savage nodded. ‘I ate civilisation.’

The Machine is like an exotic gemstone unveiled before us, laid out on a cloth of black velvet. At first we gasp, then we wonder. What is this miracle? Where did it come from? Who made it? It glisters in the daylight in ways which our best artists cannot capture. The Machine glisters and it makes promises.

I will save you, it says. And then: I will become you. Entwined, we will go forward together. We have always been together. You need me.

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A Water War Is Brewing Over the Dwindling Colorado River

A Water War Is Brewing Over the Dwindling Colorado River
The Colorado River in Fruita, Colorado. The river system is in a state of collapse hastened by climate change and a crisis of management. Credit:Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

I came to this place because the Colorado River system is in a state of collapse. It is a collapse hastened by climate change but also a crisis of management. In 1922, the seven states in the river basin signed a compact splitting the Colorado equally between its upper and lower halves; later, they promised additional water to Mexico, too. Near the middle, they put Lake Powell, a reserve for the northern states, and Lake Mead, a storage node for the south. Over time, as an overheating environment has collided with overuse, the lower half — primarily Arizona and California — has taken its water as if everything were normal, straining both the logic and the legal interpretations of the compact. They have also drawn extra releases from Lake Powell, effectively borrowing straight out of whatever meager reserves the Upper Basin has managed to save there.

LINK: https://www.propublica.org/article/colorado-river-water-uncompahgre-california-arizona

Think the Energy Crisis Is Bad? Wait Until Next Winter

Added from a friend’s recommendation.

This picture taken on October 5, 2022 shows the lignite-fired power station operated by German energy giant RWE in Neurath, western Germany. - German energy provider RWE brought forward its exit from coal power to 2030 on October 4, 2022 amid fears the country's plans to abandon fossil fuels are wobbling following the energy crisis caused by Russia's war in Ukraine. INA FASSBENDER-AFP
Jayanti is an Eastern Europe energy policy expert. She served for ten years as a U.S. diplomat, including as the Energy Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine (2018-2020), and as international energy counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce (2020-2021). She is currently the Managing Director of Eney, a U.S.-Ukrainian decarbonization company.

LINK: https://time.com/6226587/energy-crisis-next-winter/?fbclid=IwAR1cuqq-beVyokDiBDiGBpy_1EMRfw7BwPJSQ0D2LDqYNoxVTw5CZSg07t0

Xen The Zen Of The Other – The Audio Drama, Free Version

As is my custom, after a year of commercially making Xen: The Zen of the Other audio drama commercially available, I am releasing the entire bundle for free on Archive.org and Youtube. It is released with a Creative Commons license, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International. You may download and listen to it, share it, or post it, as long as it is not for commercial purposes, with no changes and full attribution to the source. Archive.org: https://archive.org/details/ezra-buckley-xen-the-zen-of-the-other-audio
Youtube: A personal downloadable version

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Power substations vandalized in Washington state weeks after North Carolina electricity attack and FBI warning

Around 14,000 customers in Puyallup and Graham, Washington, were affected by outages Sunday.
Around 14,000 customers in Puyallup and Graham, Washington, were affected by outages Sunday.

After thousands of customers in Pierce County, Washington, were affected Sunday when burglars vandalized three energy substations, power was then knocked out for even more homes after a suspect or suspects gained access to a fourth substation, vandalizing the equipment and causing a fire, according to an update from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The damaged equipment cut power to around 14,000 customers, police said, weeks after an attack in North Carolina left thousands in the dark for days amid federal warnings of extremist threats to electricity infrastructure.

The Christmas Day vandalism near Tacoma marked more such incidents in the state, where two November attacks on Puget Sound Energy substations were investigated by the FBI. Vandalism and deliberate damage were reported last month at substations in southern Washington and Oregon.

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‘Serpent’ serial killer Charles Sobhraj freed from Nepalese prison

French national suspected of murdering western backpackers on the hippie trail in 1970s and 80s

Charles Sobhraj is escorted by Nepalese police at a district court hearing in June 2014. Photograph: Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images
Charles Sobhraj is escorted by Nepalese police at a district court hearing in June 2014. Photograph: Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images

Charles Sobhraj, the French serial killer known as “the serpent” who targeted western backpackers on the hippie trail in the 1970s, has walked free from a jail in Nepal after he was given early release.

Sobhraj, 78, had been serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2004 for the murder of an American tourist, Connie Jo Bronzich, in 1975. In 2014, Sobhraj was also convicted of killing her Canadian companion, Laurent Carrière.

Sobhraj, who is a French citizen of Indian and Vietnamese descent, walked out of a high security jail in Kathmandu on Friday morning, after a court ruling this week that ordered his release on the grounds he had served 75% of his sentence and his health was ailing.

READ ENTRE ARTICLE: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/23/serpent-serial-killer-charles-sobhraj-freed-from-nepalese-prison

A Water War Is Brewing Over the Dwindling Colorado River

A Water War Is Brewing Over the Dwindling Colorado River

Diminished by climate change and overuse, the river can no longer provide the water states try to take from it.

LINK: https://www.propublica.org/article/colorado-river-water-uncompahgre-california-arizona

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