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    someone who may or may not be Big Agra 2012-02-28 12:49:57.0 login to vote score 0
    Pay no attention! We have the situation under control! Your foolish government "scientists" don't have the motivation to be truthful, unlike our private scientists! Become a stockholder now! Reap the benefits of privatization of America's farms!
    gradivus 3607 2012-02-28 12:50:29.0 login to vote score 1
    20 signs we eat too much fucking corn, wheat, and soybeans.
    quick1 501 2012-02-28 12:51:10.0 login to vote score -1
    gradivus: 20 signs we eat too much fucking corn, wheat, and soybeans.

    And meat, really.
    czarangelus 646 2012-02-28 12:52:18.0 login to vote score 1
    someone who may or may not be Big Agra: Pay no attention! We have the situation under control! Your foolish government "scientists" don't have the motivation to be truthful, unlike our private scientists! Become a stockholder now! Reap the benefits of privatization of America's farms!

    you mean the Big Government subsidies for Manhattan farmers?
    gradivus 3607 2012-02-28 12:52:29.0 login to vote score 2
    quick1: And meat, really.

    No, meat is is good for you. It should all be grass fed anyway.
    fatsean 3838 2012-02-28 12:53:21.0 login to vote score 4
    My completely unreliable guess is that we'll get bitchslapped due to our growing reliance on single-strain agriculture before we run out of water for crops.

    People with lawns in the desert will be the first to feel the pinch as we divert water to food production.
    czarangelus 646 2012-02-28 12:53:57.0 login to vote score 0
    fatsean: My completely unreliable guess is that we'll get bitchslapped due to our growing reliance on single-strain agriculture before we run out of water for crops.People with lawns in the desert will be the first to feel the pinch as we divert water to food production.

    people with lawns should be shunned
    quick1 501 2012-02-28 12:54:52.0 login to vote score 1
    gradivus: No, meat is is good for you. It should all be grass fed anyway.

    It takes a lot of water to keep those animals hydrated.
    gradivus 3607 2012-02-28 12:54:53.0 login to vote score 3
    fatsean: My completely unreliable guess is that we'll get bitchslapped due to our growing reliance on single-strain agriculture before we run out of water for crops.

    People with lawns in the desert will be the first to feel the pinch as we divert water to food production.


    If only we lived on a planet 3/4 covered in water!!!!!!!!
    gradivus 3607 2012-02-28 12:55:33.0 login to vote score 0
    quick1: It takes a lot of water to keep those animals hydrated.

    Fine, eat more camel.
    fatsean 3838 2012-02-28 12:55:42.0 login to vote score 0
    czarangelus: people with lawns should be shunned

    I have a lawn, but I don't water it or fertilize it. It's mostly moss anyway due to the trees. Then again, I live in a temperate climate.
    czarangelus 646 2012-02-28 12:55:44.0 login to vote score 1
    gradivus: If only we lived on a planet 3/4 covered in water!!!!!!!!

    if only we could drink sea water!
    totalsecurity 1281 2012-02-28 12:59:13.0 login to vote score 2
    czarangelus: if only we could drink sea water!

    Whales can, why can't we?

    Install Gland
    the sonic dildo 11340 2012-02-28 13:04:19.0 login to vote score 0
    gradivus: No, meat is is good for you. It should all be grass fed anyway.


    We are made to eat meat.
    quinblake 1476 2012-02-28 13:05:13.0 login to vote score 2
    "the Ogallala Aquifer is being depleted at an astounding pace."
    - The blog author really needs to define "astounding".

    "When that water is gone we will be in a world of hurt."
    - A world of hurt is also an interesting choice of terms.

    Sounds like the blog author's been reading some early 90s scifi:
    Near-total depletion of the aquifer figures as a minor plot device contributing to the second Dust Bowl in David Brin's futuristic novel, Earth (1990)

    mike.refreshment 6827 2012-02-28 13:05:43.0 login to vote score 0
    totalsecurity: Whales can, why can't we?

    Install Gland


    While your global bioengineering idea is certainly ambitious, I think that nuclear desalination plants are a little more feasible.
    quick1 501 2012-02-28 13:05:48.0 login to vote score 1
    the sonic dildo: We are made to eat meat.

    We're made to eat both plants and animals. It's not going to hurt to mix in an extra salad or two once in a while, was my point.
    quick1 501 2012-02-28 13:06:38.0 login to vote score 2
    quinblake: "the Ogallala Aquifer is being depleted at an astounding pace."
    - The blog author really needs to define "astounding".

    "When that water is gone we will be in a world of hurt."
    - A world of hurt is also an interesting choice of terms.

    Sounds like the blog author's been reading some early 90s scifi:
    Near-total depletion of the aquifer figures as a minor plot device contributing to the second Dust Bowl in David Brin's futuristic novel, Earth (1990)


    Maybe the Large Hardon Collider created an artificial black hole after all.
    nerd by proxy 4296 2012-02-28 13:09:41.0 login to vote score 1
    quick1: We're made to eat both plants and animals. It's not going to hurt to mix in an extra salad or two once in a while, was my point.

    As long as it's a taco salad. WHARR'S THE BEEF? :)
    totalsecurity 1281 2012-02-28 13:12:24.0 login to vote score 1
    nerd by proxy: As long as it's a taco salad. WHARR'S THE BEEF? :)

    "Tuna Taco" is slang.
    valaru 4404 2012-02-28 13:15:43.0 login to vote score 2
    fatsean: I have a lawn, but I don't water it or fertilize it. It's mostly moss anyway due to the trees. Then again, I live in a temperate climate.

    I have a lawn, I have never once watered it.

    My yard is a Darwinian utopia, you adapt or die.
    the sonic dildo 11340 2012-02-28 13:16:35.0 login to vote score 0
    valaru: I have a lawn, I have never once watered it.

    My yard is a Darwinian utopia, you adapt or die.


    +1

    Fucking awesome. Mine too.
    so vote republican 6688 2012-02-28 14:06:17.0 login to vote score 0
    someone who may or may not be Big Agra: Pay no attention! We have the situation under control! Your foolish government "scientists" don't have the motivation to be truthful, unlike our private scientists! Become a stockholder now! Reap the benefits of privatization of America's farms!

    Stupid 1930s Big Agra.
    farkmeblind 482 2012-02-28 15:06:48.0 login to vote score 0
    fatsean: My completely unreliable guess is that we'll get bitchslapped due to our growing reliance on single-strain agriculture before we run out of water for crops.

    People with lawns in the desert will be the first to feel the pinch as we divert water to food production.


    Considering that about half the water used by a household in a year is used on the lawn...you're likely correct. After that, golf courses and cemeteries I think.
    farkmeblind 482 2012-02-28 15:07:50.0 login to vote score 1
    gradivus: If only we lived on a planet 3/4 covered in water!!!!!!!!

    Go ahead and switch to sea water for your daily liquid intake. We'll buy you a nice headstone that says

    Gradivus: he did it for the lulz
    sabine 745 2012-02-28 15:12:51.0 login to vote score 1
    farkmeblind: Considering that about half the water used by a household in a year is used on the lawn...you're likely correct. After that, golf courses and cemeteries I think.

    That must have been a hell of a sample of households that had both their own golf course and a personal cemetery.
    farkmeblind 482 2012-02-28 15:18:04.0 login to vote score 1
    sabine: That must have been a hell of a sample of households that had both their own golf course and a personal cemetery.

    Putting the ass in smart ass...;^D

    You know very well I meant after households, the next largest water uses (retail) are probably golf courses and cemeteries.

    Non-retail is probably manufacturing.
    quinblake 1476 2012-02-28 15:19:31.0 login to vote score 1
    sabine: That must have been a hell of a sample of households that had both their own golf course and a personal cemetery.

    I'm going to be making $1.7 million graveyards this year. Eager lasers. Hic.
    sabine 745 2012-02-28 15:25:50.0 login to vote score 0
    farkmeblind: You know very well I meant after households, the next largest water uses (retail) are probably golf courses and cemeteries.

    I'd guess agriculture is more than home use. USGS lumps golf courses and cemeteries along with ag under "irrigation", and that's 30% (compared with 11% for public consumption). The huge elephant in the room (which I never would have guessed) is thermoelectric power plants - almost 50%. Manufacturing is tiny - only 4%.
    pammyo 10599 2012-02-28 17:39:33.0 login to vote score 2
    quinblake: "the Ogallala Aquifer is being depleted at an astounding pace."
    - The blog author really needs to define "astounding".

    "When that water is gone we will be in a world of hurt."
    - A world of hurt is also an interesting choice of terms.

    Sounds like the blog author's been reading some early 90s scifi:
    Near-total depletion of the aquifer figures as a minor plot device contributing to the second Dust Bowl in David Brin's futuristic novel, Earth (1990)


    I was headed in a similar direction. I was hearing the plot of several Next Generation episodes where Geordi and Wesley, at the last second, saved an entire planet of humanoids in mauve onesies from total weather-related annihilation while Riker had an affair with the world's leader with flowing hair and non-ugly facial differences for being from another world..... Ok, taking a breath now.
    If you logged in, you could post here.