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The man-made “drought” in California – preliminary thoughts

Raj Sabhlok, creator and President of Zoho made the following comment today:

Retweeted Vinod Khosla (@vkhosla):

Donald Trump tells drought-plagued Californians: “There is no drought” Maybe there is no Trump! https://t.co/eR1AMrcVbE via @HuffPostPol

My response and further comments:

MY RESPONSE

Raj Sabhlok – ALL drought is always man-made. Shortage of rainfall is not the same as shortage of water. Water can be captured and can move. Water markets and water trading are the only way to solve the problem of this grossly undervalued resource.

So Trump is right.

Socialist approaches to water can never work.

RAJ SABHLOK:

 We have been moving water for decades on the West Coast, and that is not the solution. Suffice to say, you don’t have the answer either. But, Trump was not even as thoughtful as you! He’s just ignorant.

MY RESPONSE

Raj, water markets are grossly underdeveloped in all parts of the world. Governments prohibit or prevent private enterprise in water. Would appreciate evidence for your claim re: “We have been moving water for decades on the West Coast, and that is not the solution”.
 
I believe your claim is not substantiated by the facts, but happy to be proven wrong. Please note I’m very serious about this request – and will respond in great detail once you provide the facts, on my blog.
 
Re: Trump, he is a strong proponent of the free market (in most things; he’s wrong on trade), so he’s not as ignorant as most people think. E.g. http://www.sabhlokcity.com/2016/05/donald-trump-is-100-per-right-on-excessive-regulation-and-excessive-taxes-choking-americas-growth/
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FURTHER, I ADDED:

RAJ SABHLOK

Look, by definition, California has been in drought conditions (an abnormally low rainfall) for nearly five years. If you are refuting that then you are as ignorant as Trump.

Now, regarding capturing and moving water, Southern California gets a majority of its water from Colorado – I.e. The water is being moved!

I think you need to substantiate your solution. Although, I actually don’t care to hear it, if it starts out with anything as asinine as we are not in drought conditions. That’s really not helpful.

I don’t have the answer, like you claim to. But, aside from needing more rain, the problem/solution involves mismanagement, waste, conservation and increased population.

MY RESPONSE

Raj, the objective fact of less rain is not the issue. You can call it drought, but for drought to become a matter of public policy means the situation is badly messed up.

You’ve elaborated your understandings re: this issue: “Southern California gets a majority of its water from Colorado”. While that doesn’t tell me much about the nature and operation of water markets in California, I’ll explore and provide more detailed comment separately.

My guess is that the price signal simply doesn’t operate in the water market in California, and that would explain why water is an issue for discussion at all.

In almost all parts of the world, water is treated differently to other resources – and that leads to massive mispricing and misallocation.

We don’t discuss the scarcity of cement in California – because markets make sure that whether California has the underlying minerals needed for cement or not, people will get cement because they pay for it.

In the case of water, people don’t pay the market price for water – it is grossly subsidised; and markets are prevented from undertaking their magic.

Anyway, I’ll get back later.

 

 

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Voltaire noted that each page of the Quran makes common sense shudder, and that Mohammed was a vicious murderer

Not a fan of any religion, Voltaire found Islam to be particularly abhorrent:

But that a camel-merchant [Muhammad] should stir up insurrection in his village; that in league with some miserable followers he persuades them that he talks with the angel Gabriel; that he boasts of having been carried to heaven, where he received in part this unintelligible book, each page of which makes common sense shudder; that, to pay homage to this book, he delivers his country to iron and flame; that he cuts the throats of fathers and kidnaps daughters; that he gives to the defeated the choice of his religion or death: this is assuredly nothing any man can excuse, at least if he was not born a Turk, or if superstition has not extinguished all natural light in him. [Source]

The viciousness of Mohammed and Islam is INEXCUSABLE.

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David Hume had made note of Mohammed’s treachery, inhumanity, cruelty, revenge and bigotry

I continue to build my notes notes re: Islam in my spare moments.

Here’s what David Hume – who had studied the Quran to an extent – found:

“Let us attend to his [Mohammed’s] narration; and we shall soon find, that he bestows praise on such instances of treachery, inhumanity, cruelty, revenge, bigotry, as are utterly incompatible with civilized society. No steady rule of right seems there to be attended to; and every action is blamed or praised, so far only as it is beneficial or hurtful to the true believers.” – [Source]

The last sentence above reflects the fact that Islam is EXTREMELY VICIOUS towards non-Muslims.

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Ayn Rand was very clear: The murderous Arabs must be condemned and despised. I believe this reflected her views on Islam.

I’ve transcribed two comments from the following video. I have no doubt this represented her view about Islam.

It is a pity she did not clarify her understandings of this poisonous and murderous religion in detail. Even the most cursory analysis of Islam would show, however, that it is bitterly opposed to the most elementary liberty: a religion which has done well for mankind only when its leaders did NOT follow its scriptures.

“If you mean whose side one should be on, Israel or the Arabs, I would certainly say Israel because it’s the advanced, technological, civilized country amidst a group of almost totally primitive savages who have not changed for years and who are racist and who resent Israel because it’s bringing industry and intelligence and modern technology into their stagnation.”

Further, when challenged, she added:

No, I don’t resort to terrorism. I don’t go around murdering my opponents, innocent women and children. That is what I have against the Arabs. That takes the conflict out of the sphere of civilised conflict and makes it murderous. And anyone –  private citizens – who resorts to force is a monster, and that’s what makes me condemn and despise them.

Separately, she said:

The Arabs are one of the least developed cultures. They are typically nomads. Their culture is primitive, and they resent Israel because it’s the sole beachhead of modern science and civilization on their continent. When you have civilized men fighting savages, you support the civilized men, no matter who they are.

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One big thing that Trump needs to really get right: free trade – on this his current approach is wrong

Lest I sound like a full-out supporter of Trump, let me add that from what I’ve read and heard, he is wrong – badly wrong – on one big thing: trade.

In his view China has harmed the USA, and he has talked about restricting trade.

If he does that, it will seriously harm the USA.

The good thing is he wants to lower taxes to attract investment in the USA. Well, nothing is one-sided. Investment is two-sided. Trade is two-sided.

He must learn about the value of free trade.

USA WILL BENEFIT MOST FROM UNILATERAL FREE TRADE.

Stop all treaties, and JUST OPEN UP FOR BUSINESS. 100 per cent. No exceptions.

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