Yep, RAIN WATER IS ILLEGAL. As bizarre as it sounds, I guess it really shouldn’t be a surprise. We have covered numerous stories of how the government has been chipping away at the rights of land. From survival gardens being seized to the land owners in California who are being forced back on to the grid, people’s rights as land owners are being shredded by local, state and federal governments. In the latest abuse of power, a man in Oregon has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine for collecting rainwater on his own land. Gary Harrington was convicted of nine misdemeanor crimes for filling his three man-made reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff. The state of Oregon claims the water that fell from the sky, is owned by them and the Medford Water Commission. As unreal as it may sound, at least 9 states have made it illegal to collect rainwater on your own land. Utah, Oregon, Colorado and a number of other states have passed rainwater laws that either limit or all out ban the collection of rainwater.
Fuck what the government says.now it owns rainwater ? Wow looking forward to the day of Reckoning for this one .
This reminds me of a similar situation back in Bolivia in 2000, and resulted in major riots and a mass movement to protest against the corporate ownership of water. When a private foreign company came to Bolivia, they seized control of local water sources and increased taxes that most Bolivians could not afford to pay, so then Bolivians built their own water wells to collect RAINWATER, which were then seized by the foreign corporation!
Nobody should stand by and allow this to happen… but the U.S media doesn’t care, they won’t talk about it, and people will remain clueless.
and right now we have a bit of a water shortage in oregon.
i will say this: the fire to react to each and every little thing cools as i age, but nothing has begun to inflame me like the way corporations and judges are snakily inserting themselves into a paradise convened by humans with mother earth; rights which can NEVER truly be superseded by another human, no matter how many paid guns they have, no matter how many corrupt pens in motion. nobody has the rights to tell you that you can not grow food on the soil that supports you. no corporation owns the seeds of this planet. nobody has the right to command you not drink water from the heavens. these are men with puny hearts and dull minds to even dream so far beyond their own power and position.
this would be devastating for Haitians…..but then i know this could happen… some renewable technology would not be allowed here because the US gov said so… and powerful interest said so. the world upside down..
I love how Santigold breaks down the continuum of our cultural shift. I am an adamant believer in the notion that there will be this “explosive renewal after the consumption of everything.” As a theorist and analyst of the shifts within the continuum of African American/Black American culture, mainly within the realm of the creative sector, I am eager to see what fills some of the empty holes in the arts and society in general.
The artistic cultural production is certainly seeing a shift as more artists are taking from the past or utilizingrudimentary materials and found objects. Yes, assemblage has been around, but the mind-frame surrounding the usage of found objects is very different. It speaks to a sense of doing more with ones hands as well as mastering various forms of tradition while re-imagining its use in contemporaneity when consumption is at an all time high. It is not born out of having little, but out of having an array of materials/information and yet critically deciding what information is important enough to stay within the cultural landscape being created. A coded language occurs between the assemblages of consumption and curation.
I myself fall into this shift with the work I am currently producing, more on my new work sooner than later. An artist who questions and seeks to answer his/her questions can come off a bit peculiar during the process. So, I’ll just be still for a bit…haha.
Julie D’Aubigny was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer and fencing master who killed or wounded at least ten men in life-or-death duels, performed nightly shows on the biggest and most highly-respected opera stage in the world, and once took the Holy Orders just so that she could sneak into a convent and shag a nun.