CALIFORNIA FIRES: NOW THE WATER IS CONTAMINATED (AND YOU WON’T ...

High octane speculation or no high octane speculation, this one definitely has the foul odor of "disaster crapitalism", a.k.a. "disaster capitalism." In this case, the disaster crapitalism may have backfired however, but we'll get back to that. First, just in case there are any new readers here unfamiliar with our "memes," a definition of "disaster capitalism" and an explanation of how "capitalism" became "crapitalism" is in order. And just so we're clear right up front, I am not a socialist of any order or degree. I believe in private property, entrepreneurship, competition... you know, the usual mantra of things a "capitalist" should believe in. But I don't believe in is what Catherine Fitts has called "disaster capitalism." Disaster capitalism presupposes (1) that certain people have developed very exotic technologies, that can manipulate weather, or via a variety of exotic means to start fires, steer (or even start) hurricanes and tornadoes, and so on, (2) that these people use this technology covertly to create widespread disasters, such as hurricane Katrina or the California fires in order to drive people out of their homes and land, so that they can  buy their land on the cheap. Disaster capitalists practice these activities by hiding their deliberate acts behind events that most people would consider to be "acts of God," since most people are unaware of the large amount of evidence pointing to the existence of such technologies and capabilities.

It's worth remembering that these are the same people that brought you "weather derivatives," because after all, if one has a secret technology to manipulate the weather, "weather derivatives" are a handy thing to have around; it's the ultimate insiders' trading mechanism. And that's a dead giveaway to the whole scheme, and why I have amended Catherine Fitts' "disaster capitalism" to "disaster crapitalism." It's of a piece with the shift from equity to "finance crapitalism" that we saw beginning in the 1990s (and which we saw clues emerging even earlier). Finance crapitalism, the making of money by moving paper, by speculations in paper securities, currencies, puts, calls, options, bonds, stocks, is thus the exact opposite of what I and many others were taught to believe was capitalism: the investment of money to make things or provide services. Investment is very different from speculation, and it's that speculative component that links finance crapitalism with disaster capitalism in the ultimate fraud and racket: want someone's land? Just burn 'em out, and make it look like an act of God. And it's that speculation component that, perhaps, explains why the finance crapitalist can always be seen hovering in or near the corridors of socialist tyranny. Just imagine what a boon to Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin that weather manipulation technology would have been: troublesome kulaks resisting (re-)collectivization and re-fuedalization? Just burn 'em out. And some Billarmand Hammerbrowd would have been there to "make a deal" to "develop the assets" and sell off the stolen goods on the world market to enrich himself and the nomenklatura that inevitably results from such speculations. It is metaphysical speculation on "inevitable materialist progress" that unites the finance crapitalist, and the Marxist disaster crapitalist. Expropriation is always the name of the game.

Except when things go wrong, that is. That brings us to this story shared by C.V.:

Rare ‘toxic cocktail’ from Camp Fire is poisoning Paradise water. It could cost $300 million to fix. Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/environment/article228969259.html#storylink=cpy

Now, just for the sake of argument I want the reader to assume that the Paradise California fires were such deliberate acts of "disaster crapitalism." Indeed, one could argue that the earlier fires were also examples, and there is an abundance of evidence from both instances to argue that they were.  While most people that adhere to the idea that these fires were deliberately set also believe that the mechanism of doing so was some sort of directed energy weapon, there are a few other methods that might have been used, as I've tried to outline elsewhere. But for our high octane speculation purposes in this instance, the method isn't important; the premise of deliberate action is.

With that in mind, now read these statements from the article:

Weeks after the Camp Fire roared through Butte County last November, devouring entire towns, officials made an alarming find: The Paradise drinking water is now laced with benzene, a volatile compound linked to cancer.

Water officials say they believe the extreme heat of the firestorm created a “toxic cocktail” of gases in burning homes that got sucked into the water pipes when the system depressurized from use by residents and firefighters.

Despite a long history of destructive wildfires sweeping through California, water experts said what happened in Paradise has been detected only once before — during the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa last year. The contamination in Paradise, however, is more widespread than anyone could have predicted, they said.

“It is jaw dropping,” said Dan Newton of the state Water Resources Control Board. “This is such a huge scale. None of us were prepared for this.”

The water contamination represents yet another unexpected and costly headache for California, a drought-prone state where water is a precious commodity and where seemingly endless natural and human-made disasters are draining resources. So far, the expected cleanup and insurance costs of the Paradise fire exceed $2 billion. Through FEMA, federal taxpayers are expected to pick up the cost of municipal repairs.

Experts who have rushed in to assess the problem say the water district may be able to clean pipes to some homes later this year, but it will take two years and up to $300 million before all hillside residents can safely drink, cook or bathe in the water from their taps. (Bold and italics emphases added)

Note that bit about the federal government, i.e., the taxpayer, paying for the cleanup; it's that which makes disaster crapitalism so effective, because the potential buyer isn't cleaning up the mess that he made, it's the taxpayer. But what I found intriguing, from our high octane speculation point of view, is that the presence of benzene in the drinking supply, and the fact that one cannot drink, wash clothes or dishes, or bathe in the water adds a new level of inconvenience to any residents trying to tough it out. And notably, the same thing occurred in the equally suspicious Santa Rosa fires.

But in order to confirm this disaster crapitalism model, and to see if, in fact, it really is being used, we need to start watching the land sales in the regions of the two fires very carefully in the next few years. That, I strongly suspect, will tell us a great deal.

See you on the flip side...

 

20 thoughts on “ CALIFORNIA FIRES: NOW THE WATER IS CONTAMINATED (AND YOU WON’T ...”

  1. I could be wrong, but I think Naomi Klein came up with Disaster Capitalism meme in 2007.
    Then they need non-return valves in the water pipes, or just plain elbow bends like the toilets. System just needs a right Royal Flush. Flush the swamp.

  2. . . . Fires were bad enough without litigating toxic torts due to benzene exposure. Anyone familiar with MSDS’s or Material Safety Data Sheets knows that this chemical is found in a lot of manufactured items and taken home by everyday consumers. Not to mention a result of forest fires and volcanoes.

    There may not be an active volcano in Paradise, but there are old ones on the west coast that have spewed their share in ash and smoke of the chemical that has long since leached into the ground water, surrounding soils, and well-water sources over time. Speaking of smoke, it’s also one of hundreds of toxins in tobacco smoke.

    Many of the houses, vehicles, and home items consumed in the infernos most likely contributed quantities of benzene that raised the EPA acceptable amounts in drinking water above 5 ppb. Those area home water pipes and hoses (many probably plastic), gasoline in the vehicle tanks, house construction materials, all likely contributed to an increase in benzene with other post fire contaminants. Forest fires alone shed amounts into the region burned then and before. It accumulates with successive wildfire burns and given drought conditions over a period of time is likely to continue to be a threat. The rains help mix it into surrounding watershed. Given how many acres went up in flames that’s a fairly large and sudden cause for an influx of it.

    The topography of the region will likely factor into future sales since water run-off flows downhill before collecting. Concentrations increase the more fires there are and after it rains. Better management of limited resources in the state might mean less urban sprawl no matter how rich the rich might think they’re entitled. In any case, it’s a dangerous mix – poor land management and remaining land grabbing. The consequences from unknown circumstances still seem to have a distance to playout. Makes one wonder whether California will become two states in one. Not sure how two mismanaged states in the once local region will do.

    1. Great points here…I remember years ago when I lived in CA and was working for a MegaCorp, we leased land that had previously had Gas Tanks in the ground of the property. The Co was very smart and sent in an environmental company to baseline all of the pollutants in the ground and water, required clean up to a safe level before leasing the land, and then trained every employee on the property on how to read MSDS’s and inspect new product before we purchased to ensure that we did not bring into the business any product that contained any pollutants but especially those that had been found in the water and land considered the dirty dozen carcinogens – Benz being one of them. I was impressed with the care that company went to to ensure safety for employees and customers – though it was also about not wanting to ever be sued and have to take on the burden of what the owners had done to the their property. After moving on to other firms across the US, I’ve been shocked at how few take things like this seriously, don’t have environmental departments at all when they should or are required to by law and how few individuals even know what an MSDS is or what the dirty dozen carcinogens are – all ladies should look up for the dirty 7 if they wear make-up and or all those that use any products on your skin…e.g. Parabens, phthalates, etc. It’s in lotions, shaving cream, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, etc. There are tons of products that do not have these things in them as well. Not only do product that contain these chemicals cause cancer, but they get into the water supply, the food, everything. My wife who researches this topic a lot laughs outlaid when she sees companies like Revlon and Este Lauder promote the pink ribbon for breast cancer research where these companies are two of the biggest polluters through the cosmetics they push – then they use “The Cure” as advertising to push more of their poison. It’s an evil racket poisoning the masses then robbing their wealth through medical care when they are dying…just evil.

      The fires are just another Evil and deadly pivot by the Elite.

  3. Only in the pipes? What about river, fresh water pond, underground water (well water) etc. also being contaminated?

  4. Nothing new just a change in technology gambling with the lives of anything that lives in that community. Does Flint Michigan ring a bell by the way what is the ethnic mix of the community?

  5. I wonder: will the US make yet another contract with a Chinese company to supply the technology to clean this up? After all, China was where the debris from the towers were sent after it was collected and moved to New Jersey for shipping. Everyone knows the Chinese are good at keeping secrets. (Those making these kind of decisions have yet to live with the consequences of their trust in the Chinese ability to keep secrets. The Chinese are not stupid people. They play a long game–and it’s usually an interesting game with rather clever weapons. Bribery and extortion are just two.)

  6. (Modded. It was the ‘c0ck’ in “c0cktail”. Feel safer now? One more time…)

    In my current area, the authorities declared that they had an overabundance of fish hatcheries and decided to close one. The locals and employees threw a fit, and the shut-down was postponed. Shortly after that, a bacterial infection suddenly appeared which was deadly to the hatchlings. Using that as an excuse, the authorities shut-down and sold-off the facility. Surprise, surprise…

    The “rare ‘toxic c0cktail’ from Camp Fire is poisoning Paradise water” sounds suspiciously similar. People wanting to rebuild would freak-out about the benzene and just move away. Land now open for purchase.

    The big question is: What is so ‘special’ about the Paradise area to warrant the burn-out* and then the benzene ‘finding’?

    * (I do not think it was Directed Energy. That story was to make conspiracy theorists look stupid.)

  7. In my current area, the authorities declared that they had an overabundance of fish hatcheries and decided to close one. The locals and employees threw a fit, and the shut-down was postponed. Shortly after that, a bacterial infection suddenly appeared which was deadly to the hatchlings. Using that as an excuse, the authorities shut-down and sold-off the facility. Surprise, surprise…

    The “rare ‘toxic cocktail’ from Camp Fire is poisoning Paradise water” sounds suspiciously similar. People wanting to rebuild would freak-out about the benzene and just move away. Land now open for purchase.

    The big question is: What is so ‘special’ about the Paradise area to warrant the burn-out* and then the benzene ‘finding’?

    * (I do not think it was Directed Energy. That story was to make conspiracy theorists look stupid.)

  8. Robert Barricklow

    F. Scot Fitzgerald is known for his, “They are different from you & me.” Implying we’re human; they’re inhuman.
    This water purposely contaminated is an example of what “they” think of the public. Simply, the public are pests that must be exterminated.
    These inhumans worship power, profit, persecution, predators like themselves, and an ad infinitum of other adjectives.

  9. Their desperation and greed are hanging out. As much as people are enthralled by crotchs I’m supprized not many see it.

  10. No worries…Nestle to the rescue with fluoridated poison at loan shark prices.

    The Republic has been successfully captured & destroyed.

  11. terminally skeptical

    $300 million to purge water lines? Really?

    I couldn’t read the sourced story because of my adblock but I’m going to assume that it’s sketchy in the detail of things like aquifer contamination, etc.

    Perhaps this is naive but here goes: Combined R.O. and carbon filtration removes benzene from water. A cursory attempt should be made by all municipalities concerned to reduce the majority of the benzene contamination, then leave the rest up to the homeowner. But certainly nothing to be trifled with, meaning constant monitoring, because of it highly carcinogenic effect.

  12. I have commented before that the Grant Deeds, which are a matter of public record(easily available in the county recorder’s office) in California clearly display where the property tax bills are to be sent to. If newly acquired by the crapitalists try to use that information to track down the culprits.

  13. Benzene?! Holy sugar. I use to work in the maritime industry for years hauling these types of petro-chemicals around on the inland waterways. And the ONE chemical that we HAD to be certified in handling and fitted for industrial gas masks, safety, etc., was guess what….Benzine. If these people are being exposed to this, that is some bad stuff!!

    1. …And just another little tidbit. Guess what folks, there is Benzene in gasoline as well, and every time you fill up you are breathing in Benzene. I always stand upwind or get in the car when filling up. They don’t like to broadcast that little factoid.

      1. Probably why you don’t want to use a plastic tube and suck it to get a syphon started on a gas tank….

  14. anakephalaiosis

    Desecration of holy places has always been associated with death penalty. Shot first, ask later, was the rule in the Wild West.

    Breaking the seventh seal, causes a volatile mindset, that is capable, in the blink of an eye. That is Pendragon.

    Hypocritical papacy fears the seventh seal. They call it pagan, even though the seven seals define biblical.

    The Bible, as war & wine manual, mentions:
    – war, 280 times.
    – wine, 247 times.

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