Earth Talk:Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists?

Dear EarthTalk: Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists like some conservatives have suggested? – B.M.

While no one questions that California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recent history, the jury is still out as to why, at least according to some conservatives like former Hewlett Packard CEO and 2016 Republican Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina.

 

This past April, Fiorina told talk show host Glenn Beck that California’s drought was a “man-made disaster” caused by “liberal environmentalists” who blocked the construction of appropriate reservoirs and other infrastructure that could have helped prevent the current crisis.

 

The vast majority of the state’s 1,400 dams and reservoirs were built more than four decades ago. According to FoxNews, environmentalists “have since stopped the construction of water storage and delivery systems through legal and political actions” while fighting “to ensure that captured water is released into streams and the ocean—rather than the water delivery system—in order to boost fish populations and dilute the salinity of the delta.”

 

Conservatives are particularly incensed about releasing water from the state’s control to help a small number of fish species already on the brink of extinction anyway. Priority #1 for state wildlife officials has been protection of the endangered delta smelt, a three inch long minnow that feeds on plankton and has a tough time surviving passage through the pumps of California’s existing water diversion system. Since the fish was listed as endangered in 1993, biologists have tried to maintain a friendlier environment for it by withholding fresh river runoff that would otherwise go to homes, businesses and agricultural operations across the state. The state has flushed upwards of 1.4 trillion gallons of freshwater into the ocean since 2008 to protect delta smelt from the water system pumps. But despite these herculean efforts, delta smelt look to be headed for extinction anyway.

 

“In California, fish and frogs and flies are really important,” said Fiorina. “California is a classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology.” She went on to tell MSNBC that whatever California does to address climate change at this point won’t make a bit of difference: “A single state, or single nation acting alone can make no difference at all, that’s what the scientists say,” she said. “We’re disabling our own economy and not having any impact at all on climate change.”

 

“Droughts are nothing new in California, but right now, 70 percent of California’s rainfall washes out to sea because liberals have prevented the construction of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades, during a period in which California’s population has doubled,” added Carly Fiorina. “This is the classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology.”

 

Of course, environmentalists counter that blaming them for their efforts to preserve and protect landscapes, hydrological flows and wildlife is nothing more than a smokescreen to divert attention from the real culprits in California’s current drought woes: climate change due to man-made carbon emissions and our profligate water usage habits.

 

CONTACTS: Glenn Beck, www.glennbeck.com; FoxNews, www.foxnews.com.

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Doug Moss Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@emagazine.com. 

 



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Jul 05,2015: Cubensis


Since 1987, Los Angeles-based band Cubensis has carried the torch in celebration of one of America’s most beloved touring bands, the Grateful Dead. Cubensis sets out to re-create the Grateful Dead experience by emulating the sounds of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and the rest of the legendary San Francisco jam band. Cubensis plays completely spontaneous shows covering all eras of the Grateful Dead, and no night is ever the same. Cubensis is far more than just your standard cover band as they bring the magic and sounds to those longing for the live vibe that only the Grateful Dead was able to deliver. The group has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead’s material, bringing in new styles, new innovations, and new jam band fans, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans.

CUBENSIS brings the Grateful Dead concert experience back to life. Drawing from all eras of the Dead, the band performs a three-hour set of Grateful Dead and JGB classics that retains all the spontaneous exploratory jamming for which the bands were renown. However, the music produced is uniquely Cubensis.

Here, you won’t find the band wearing wigs and fake beards to re-create the Dead experience, unlike Beatlemania. “We don’t strive to play Dead tunes note-for-note,” explains Cubensis guitarist Craig Marshall. “We use the music as a skeleton, and then we flesh it out with our own improvisations. The Dead did that every time they played, and we find it to be a perfect model for our shows. The fans agree. They love hearing Cubensis-flavored Dead.”

The group is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances. LA Weekly recently raved, “Cubensis plays with the same laid-back mastery as the real McCoy.” The LA Times declared “As the tribute to one of the ultimate jam bands, their set lists are as free and frollicky as the crowd.” Big Brother skateboard magazine says Cubensis is “the nation’s premiere Dead tribute” and the OC Weekly declared them “the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going.” OC Register affirmed Cubensis was “the best place to channel Jerry Garcia” and AOL Citybeat stated, “Cubensis is renown for whipping its faithful crowd into a swirling, psychedelic mass for three hours straight.”

Cubensis has been pleased to find their most enthusiastic supporters are those who never got a chance to see the Grateful Dead in person, and wonder what they missed. Seasoned “Deadheads” come out to relive the great shows gone by, and as a result, the band is in great demand, performing over 150 shows a year throughout the Southwest. Cubensis was given specific permission by Jerry Garcia to perform the Dead’s music. Garcia’s only request was “do a good job of it.” Ever since, CUBENSIS has promised authenticity and delivers pure Grateful Dead-inspired music like it was meant to be heard, keeping the Dead alive and re-creating the magic one show at a time. Don’t miss it!



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Jul 04,2015: 4th of July Pool Party Celebration

Join the Aquatics staff for a great celebration of our nation’s independence! There will be water games, water balloon tossing, swimming, and music. No food will be provided but you’re more than welcome to bring a picnic to eat on the grass area.



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Jul 03,2015: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:
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Friday  12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Jul 02,2015: The Reflexx

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Jul 01,2015: Marshall Tucker Band

From their first LP in 1973 to their powerful stage presence today, the Marshall Tucker Band has played countless concert venues around the world. With the success of the Volunteer Jam Tour, and a release in 1999 of Gospel, the good ol’ boys from Spartanburg, South Carolina, remain as a powerful force in the world of music.

David Muse has rejoined the Marshall Tucker Band after a three year absence. As a founding member of Firefall, David took sometime away from MTB to reunite with his bandmates. David originally joined MTB in 1996. We are truly grateful to have such a tremendous talent return on flute, sax and keys. Doug Gray, lead singer, is quick to credit the band’s current dynamic members with carrying on the everlasting Marshall Tucker Band sound. In 1989, slide guitarist Stuart Swanlund joined the lineup of talented musicians. They also added the highly respected B. B. Borden, who is a former member of both Mother’s Finest and The Outlaws, on drums in the early ’90s.

“The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock and roll,” says founding member Doug Gray. “They called us a Southern rock band, but we have always played everything from country to blues and all things in-between. We’re still playing all of the classic songs, but we are moving ahead into other styles as well. We’re also playing for a younger audience than we have in the past, perhaps to the kids of the fans we played in front of in the ’70s and ’80s.”

Gray also notes that people have gotten “married and buried” to classic MTB songs like “Desert Skies” and “Can’t You See”. After nearly 30 years, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to be played on classic rock and country radio, and they have never stopped touring.

“We never play less than 150 shows a year, and sometimes we play as many as 200 shows. We feel we owe it to the fans who have supported us through the years to deliver the music in person, ” says Gray.

Years of rigorous tour schedules earned the band the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans. With hit singles like “Heard It In a Love Song, ” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take The Highway,” The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the ’90s, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard’s country chart and one on Billboard’s gospel chart. Their music has also been featured on the soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, and Shipwrecked.

The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, S.C. when Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name “Marshall Tucker” from a piano tuner who’s name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space. In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame. The MTB opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows across America due to the platinum-plus sales of their debut album.

In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm blues, jazz, country, and gospel. Now, thanks to the expanding scope of today’s music, a new generation of fans is learning what the rest of their fans have known for so long- that good music knows no boundaries.

“As we’ve become older,” Gray grins, eyes twinkling, “our Southern heritage seems to come out even more. But no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off.”



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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Local Heroes Kick Off Summer Reading Program

Local heroes, their helpers and their gear were the stars at the kick off party for a local library’s summer reading program. Kids and their parents got to meet soldiers and first responders and even explore the equipment they use, including Humvees, fire trucks, motorcycles and police squad cars. They also had a chance to pet the animal helpers, like the search and rescue dog and the horse who works for (under) the mounted police.  

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Jun 30,2015: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

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Jun 28,2015: Third World

After 33 years of smash hit songs, sold-
out tours and inspirational messages, one
may wonder, “Where did it all begin? What
gives Third World the staying power so
rare in the music industry?”

Third World is more than just one of the
top Reggae bands of all time, it is an
institution. An institution that stands for
producing and performing music that,
while holding firm to the cultural and
ancestral roots of it’s members, still pushes
forward the cutting edge of music
worldwide. It is an institution whose
themes are positive, progressive and
internationally relevant.

Formed in 1973, Third World is committed
to the excellence of reggae music by
combining Jamaican Reggae and Folk
music with all strains of African Rhythms,
American Pop, Rhythm Blues, Rap and
Classical music. Third World is one of the
longest running and most diverse bands
Jamaica has ever produced.

Born out of a drive to write and perform
original material incorporating reggae,
rock and funk, and a desire to tour and
take music to a wider audience, Third
World was conceived.

The year was 1973. A teenaged Guitarist,
Cellist and Singer named Stephen ‘Cat’
Coore – then with the Inner Circle Band
- left the safety of the ‘Circle’ to pursue
this dream. ‘Cat’ and a fellow musician
from another band, conceived and
launched the band Third World.

Soon they were joined by Michael ‘Ibo’
Cooper on keyboards and vocals, and
recruited bassist, Richie Daley, drummer
Carl Barovier, Irvin ‘Carrot’ Jarrett on
percussion and on lead vocals, Milton
‘Prilly’ Hamilton. Their Kingston premiere
in 1974 playing reggae and funk, earned
them great reviews and gigs, as they were
the only group of that era composed of
young, talented, trained instrumentalists
who could sing and would take chances
on musical grounds others feared to tread.

A few months later, they were opening for
the Jackson Five at the Jamaican National
Stadium, where they stunned the 30,000
plus audience with their versatility and
professionalism. Before long, they were
playing in England where Island Records’
Chris Blackwell saw them perform.
Blackwell immediately offered them a
record deal and a slot on a European tour,
opening for one of his artistes, Bob Marley
and The Wailers.

‘THIRD WORLD’, their debut album in 1976,
featured the hypnotic “Satta Amasa Gana”.
It was closely followed in 1977 by the
legendary album, “96 DEGREES IN THE
SHADE”- released to rave reviews in
Europe and the U. K. including open
salutes to Ras Tafari like “Jah Glory”,
Bunny Wailer’s “Dreamland”, and of
course, the classic title track, “1865 (96
Degrees In The Shade)”.

This album also heralded the arrival of
new drummer, Willie Stewart and of
soulful new lead singer, William ‘Bunny
Rugs’ Clark (another ex-Inner Circle
member). This combination of ‘Rugs’,
‘Richie’, ‘Cat’, ‘Carrot’, ‘Willie’ and ‘Ibo’
proved to be the formula for success
as their next album, ‘JOURNEY TO ADDIS’
(1978), spawned the worldwide Top Ten
hit “Now That We Found Love” (a disco-
Reggae remake of an O’Jays tune).

In 1979 this commercial pattern was
furthered by the album ‘THE STORY’S
BEEN TOLD’, with tracks like “Talk To Me”,
“Irie Ites” and the sweet, swaying “Always
Around”. At the dawn of a new decade,
Third World released not one but two new
projects: their final album with Island,
‘ARISE IN HARMONY’ and also music on
the Island soundtrack for the film,
‘PRISONER IN THE STREET’.

But with this dawning swiftly came the
shattering closure to the most important
chapter in the history of reggae music -
the passing of Bob Marley. This closure
was marked by two events in particular.
The release of Stevie Wonder’s tribute to
Marley, “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”; and
the salute to Bob by Third World at Reggae
Sunsplash that summer, during which
Wonder joined Third World onstage to
perform “Master Blaster”.

The magic that filled the air that early
summer morning was harnessed by
Wonder who quickly wrote, produced and
arranged Third World’s next international
blockbuster, released in 1982, “Try Jah
Love”. This song became the group’s
anthem, solidifying them in the archives
of musical history as the promoters of
love and spirituality.

Then there was “Lagos Jump” (1983)
- which featured legendary U.S. players
like Gerald Albright and the Earth, Wind
and Fire horn section – “Sense of Purpose”
in 1985 and “Reggae Radio Station” (1987).
These singles kept Third World’s seat in
the charts warm, until their next smash
pounced on the world in 1989, “Forbidden
Love”. Co-written by Rupert ‘Gypsy’
Bent III this song illustrated the group’s
focus on the outer boundaries of music,
incorporating Rap by Daddy-O from
Stetsasonic.

Punctuating 20 years as a group, Third
World expressed its dedication with the
album ‘COMMITTED’ (1993). The songs
reaffirmed their roots like the Ska-sound
of “Give The People What They Need”,
and stretched their limits to incorporate computerized Dancehall, dj grooves and
also reggae-fied Hip-Hop in tunes such as
“Riddim Haffe Rule”, “Committed” and “Mi
Legal”.

This openness to new paths in music led
to a crossroads in the evolution of the
band in 1997 – the departure of Michael
‘Ibo’ Cooper, and of drummer Willie
Stewart, who decided to take their
musical development down different
avenues.

This void was readily filled by Herbie
Harris (formerly with Maxi Priest), who
assumed the role of keyboardist and
Drummer Tony ‘Ruption’ Williams (formerly
with Jimmy Cliff).

Says ‘Cat’ of the new Worl’ers: “To tell you
the truth, the new members have adapted
very well. When people come to see this
new band they may be a bit taken aback.
The sound, the way the band is playing
now, is the best it’s ever been.”

Remaining one of the Founding Fathers of
Reggae, Third World is clearly set to propel
itself into the 21st century, affirming that
good music and great talent is limitless,
bridging the dimensions of culture, of
category and of everlasting time.

The group at different times were
contracted to Island Records, Columbia
Records, Mercury Records, CBS and Third
World Productions.

Third World opened for Bob Marley The
Wailers on their 1975 European Tour, and
performed on some of his recordings. They
have remained a force in keeping Reggae
on the international music scene, yet still
remaining true to their roots.

To commemorate more than 30 years
together Third World launched their annual
THIRD WORLD AND FRIENDS concert on
the lawns of KINGS HOUSE in Kingston
Jamaica in 2004. The concert is held every
year on December 27. Third World and
friends features many of Jamaica’s
greatest musicians such as Gregory
Isaacs, Tony Rebel, Damian Marley, Richie
Stevens, Beres Hammond, Cocoa Tea,
Sly Robbie and many more.

For more than 33 years Third World has
continued to blaze new trails for Reggae
Music. The group has traveled around the
world several times spreading the message
of Peace, Love, Unity for which they
have truly lived up to their title as Reggae
Ambassadors.

To date, Third World has released a total of
22 albums as well as solo projects from
Lead Singer Bunny Rugs and Guitarist Cat
Coore.



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