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Water Wars

Looks like it’s official: Come 2012, California governor Jerry Brown is gonna try to trick voters into approving one of the most brazen water heists in American history. Gov. Brown’s plan would give control over a huge chunk of Northern California’s water supply to a handful of billionaire Central Valley plantation owners and Southern California real estate developers, allowing them to use even more of the state’s over-tapped water supply, a shared public resource, as a private commodity that they can then turn around and sell on the open market for huge easy profits.


Posted on: October 25th, 2011 | Comments (19)

California Class War History: Meet The Oligarch Family That's Been Scamming Taxpayers For 150 Years, And Counting!

I was going through some of my Victorville notes and came across an amazing, untold story that I never had the chance to write up. This story is about California’s Miller family, an aristocratic clan that’s been extracting rent from California taxpayers for the past 150 years, ever since their patriarch started looting land back in the 19th century.

Posted on: May 19th, 2011 | Comments (15)

Water Wars: Billionaire Farmers Scheming to Privatize California's Water Are Under Attack

Good news from the trenches of California’s water war: The cabal of billionaire farmers and real estate developers that has been engineering a stealth privatization of the state’s water supply is under attack. Two devastating lawsuits have been filed this summer in an attempt to claw back hundreds of millions (and possibly billions) of dollars in ill-gotten profits from a group of wealthy farmers and to bring one of the world’s largest water banks back under public control.

Posted on: September 15th, 2010 | Comments (6)

Water Wars: Billionaire Thugs Scheme To Pull Off Katrina-style Wealth Transfer That Could Destroy California

Imagine the devastating flooding of Hurricane Katrina multiplied by epic sandstorms, drought and economic collapse of the Dust Bowl. Now picture it happening an hour east of Apple’s headquarters in Silicon Valley and spreading all the way down to the Mexican border. It’s not as far-fetched as you think. A routine 6.7-magnitude earthquake would be enough to set it off…

Posted on: March 23rd, 2010 | Comments (20)

The Story of How Los Angeles Keeps Raping One of the Most Beautiful Spots in California

The city of Los Angeles recently announced plans to transform Owens Valley into one of the largest sources of solar power in America, outfitting the region with a massive energy farm that would span 80 square miles and generate up to 10 percent of California’s total electricity output. It truly is a monster…

Posted on: March 2nd, 2010 | Comments (29)

Senator Feinstein Teams Up With Billionaire Farmers And Corporate Raiders To Mount Hostile Takeover of California's Water

California’s Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein showed Californians who she really serves this past Thursday, when news emerged that she was trying to ram through a massive transfer of precious water out of the hands of millions of state residents, and into the private pockets of a clique of billionaire corporate farmers…

Posted on: February 13th, 2010 | Comments (14)

Billionaire Thugs Plot To Steal California's Water And Everything They Tell You Is A Lie

We’ve been lied to for years now about the severity of California’s water shortage. The media and state officials have been ringing the alarm,  warning that the state was in the grips of the quite possibly the “worst California drought…

Posted on: January 8th, 2010 | Comments (29)

NASA Satellites Can See California's Wealth Transfer All The Way From Space

The problem with the water debate, to the extent there is one, is the way it’s spun. Long dominated by eco-warrior do-gooders, the fight for water has been framed as boringly and abstractly as possible. How is the “environment” supposed…

Posted on: December 16th, 2009 | Comments (14)

Bailed-Out AIG Goons Force Poor to Choose Between Running Water and Food

This article was first published on AlterNet What are we getting in return for the bailout? So far, predatory credit card rates, exorbitant bank fees and obscene Wall Street bonuses. But we’re being robbed in other, sneakier ways, too. It…

Posted on: November 26th, 2009 | Comments (36)

The Story of How Beverly Hills Billionaire Farmers Stewart and Lynda Resnick Have Privatized California's Water Supply

This article was first published on A group of water oligarchs in California have engineered a disastrous deregulation and privatization scheme. And they’ve pulled in hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars without any real public outrage. The amount of…

Posted on: November 19th, 2009 | Comments (27)

Dr Pepper's Wet Dream: Water, Government Subsidies and Transfer of Wealth in the Middle of the Desert

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — On a sun-baked afternoon in October 2008, a group of soft-drink executives and city officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at an old Air Force base on the outskirts of the city, 100 miles east of Los…

Posted on: September 9th, 2009 | Comments (27)