Saturday, October 20, 2007
Insight: Water Repression is Coming
Thanks to a note in Mangan's Miscellany, asking what was the next global issue of the eco-left (now that Al Gore has received a Nobel Price and the warming of the Earth has been agreed and settled), and Mangan suggests resource scarcity. My insight that the global campaign to save water is the next plague on us.
Yes, the water fascist repression is coming. I feel it in my bones. Water - water is the next issue. We are bombarded daily with propaganda that water is precious and a limited resource and we have not enough of it and MUST be saved. In Australia swimming pools are shaded by law, to avoid evaporation. Australia's hysteria seems to be a premonition of what is expecting everybody. In general, from the internet I get the distinct impression that Australia has become the most energetic Anglo Saxon nation and is setting the world's trends. The Australians seem to pay a tremendous attention to saving water and to repress those showing indifference or carelessness towards Holy Water. Instead of producing it and they certainly can do it. They have a lot of brackish water to desalinate, for example. In Israel we are forced to install water saving toilets that leave half of the faecal material in our homes. Irrigation of the garden during the day is forbidden - and a Water police has been organized to enforce the law. I was there in the Netzivut HaMaim when it was being contemplated, I know it was done but personally I have never seen them in action. Of course the plants do not take up water without photosynthesis, so it is totally idiotic. Irrigation at night produces only mud, and the plants start "pumping" water from the soil only in the morning. At midday, when they are most thirsty, it is forbidden by law to give them water. Anyway, as my mentor TAU Prof. Fishelsohn z"l said, fresh water can be produced from sea water, the technology is here (just press the water through a selective membrane), so in fact and in reality it is an unlimited commodity. And it is very cheap: 0.50 $ per cubic meter (thousand liter). Why torture people to save a few drops? The essense of the "Save Each Drop" campaign is, now I knwo thanks to Mangan, is REPRESSION. The fascists are out to collect power, power of control over the people's lives, they need first to intimidate people. They need a reason, and the invented, inexistent water scarcity is a good reason. That in Bulawayo have water every eleventh day does not mean there is a worldwide water scarcity, it means they is not one competent water engineer or technician left there. Hunger in Zimbabwe does not mean that food is scarce, it means they dont know how to produce it. Here we are suffering from overeating, it makes no sense to save each crumb of bread. When a woman forces her husband and children to eat and finish the food she kept from last week, she is not saving the Earth, she is practicing repression. Regarding water, the largest users are agriculturalists, so the water saving measures are an attack on them. In the case of Israel, I would speculate that the roots of "Every Drop is Precious" campaign can be found in the current fashionable post-Zionism, that denigrates the country founders as criminal colonialists and racists, whose cultural and physical descendants the Israeli agriculturalists are. I cannot prove this connection, and it may be overextended, but it seems to me that it is the same people writing post-Zionist (in fact Anti-Zionist) history books and campaigning for clean aquifers and non-reuse of treated wastewater (there is no other here) in agriculture (that is, stopping irrigation and letting the land to revert to its state of imagined purity). Well, now to work.