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Bribed Dems Make Us Pay PGE to Burn Us Down sticky icon



Bribed Dems Make Us Pay PG&E to Burn Us Down

Newsom authorizes $21 billion fund to protect utilities from fire costs,
SF Chron, July 12, 2019.


Demon Corporate Rats
"AB1054, which overwhelmingly passed both chambers of the Legislature..."

Public Funded Private Profits
"...a new wildfire fund for claims associated with future blazes started by power lines, mandates safety investments from the major utilities and changes crucial aspects of how the state regulates them, among other provisions."

MASSIVE Corporate Subsidy
"The fund is expected to be $21 billion, with half of that coming from utility customers through the extension of a charge on their bills that would have otherwise expired. Lawmakers anticipate that the three major utilities will cover the other $10.5 billion through shareholder profits, not rate increases."

Bought & Paid For
"...I couldn’t be more proud,” Newsom said..."

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May 2019 TYT UPDATE: Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Closure Requires TYT Hikers Detour across Carson Iceberg Wilderness sticky icon


Tahoe to Yosemite Trail


2019 Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
As of
May 23, 2019

Critical Stanislaus National Forest Donnell Fire Closure Order No. STF-16-2019-09,


The TYT is closed from just above Arnot Creek South to Clarks Fork Meadow.


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Pretty Pretty Gavin Newsom: How Our Financial-Political-Social Aristocracy Works


GAVIN: Representative of the, "People."
The Richest People in America...

Gavin's, "Working-Man," Middle-Class Home Life,
Feb 2019.

"How our Country and People were Robbed of their Natural American Resources and Fundamental Constitutional Rights."



Original Article


How Our Financial-Political-Social Aristocracy Works

How eight elite San Francisco families funded Gavin Newsom’s political ascent,
LA Times, September 7, 2018.


on the
Creation, Care, and Feeding of Our Corporate Elite

Pretty-Pretty Gavin Newsom


Gavin Newsom, like his father before him, is a footsolider in the Getty Political Family/Machine.

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Two Articles: Did Camp Fire Violate PGE Probation, and, Was Camp Fire a State Crime?



What is the Real Status of this Disturbing Situation with PG&E?

Where did this Hot Mess with PG&E Come From?

Let's Review the Recent Past to Find Out!

Let's review PG&E's recent history of fires and political disaster relief (for PG&E) bought with millions of dollars of blood-money bribes to Brown & the Legislature, and a series of multi-million dollar slick corporate-media,"feel good," propaganda campaigns from PG&E telling us how, "good," PG&E is.

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July’s, “Bay-Delta Plan,” Reducing California River Water Withdraws, PASSED


July’s, “Bay-Delta Plan,” Reduced River Water Withdraws, PASSED

State board approves controversial river flows. What’s the next step for MID, TID?
Modesto Bee, December 12, 2018.

This article above & below references the Dept of Water Resources, “Bay-Delta Plan,” of last July:
California proposes reducing river flows for farms & cities


“The state board, on a 4-1 vote Wednesday, approved a Bay-Delta plan that includes what the districts consider unacceptable flow requirements for the Tuolumne River, as well as the Stanislaus and Merced rivers, a decision that’s expected to spawn lawsuits in the next 30 days.”

“The MID and TID, and its partner the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, wanted more time for an environmental review on the voluntary settlement negotiated with representatives of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Water Resources.”

MID Modesto Irrigation District

TID Turlock Irrigation District

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The Corporate Growth Machine of Death Recognized by Citizens

SUM of all FEARS: Why our Environment & Country are Crashing

Government Corruption & Environmental Destruction

The Corporate Growth Machine of Death Recognized by Citizens

Government corruption tops 5th annual Chapman University survey of American fears,
Chapman University, October 18, 2018.


“...2018 survey revealed that government corruption remains Americans' primary concern, and the state of the environment, which for the first time represents fully half of Americans' top 10 fears.”

"Americans' Top 10 Fears in 2018 (percentages include those who answered afraid or very afraid):

    1. Corrupt government officials (73.6 percent)
    2. Pollution of oceans, rivers and lakes (61.6 percent)
    3. Pollution of drinking water (60.7 percent)
    4. Not having enough money for the future (57 percent)
    5. People they love becoming seriously ill (56.5 percent)
    6. People they love dying (56.4 percent)
    7. Air pollution (55.1 percent)
    8. Extinction of plant and animal species (54.1 percent)
    9. Global warming and climate change (53.2 percent)
    10. High medical bills (52.9 percent"


Bottom Line

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Bribed Legislators work for PGE, rather than Citizens


Bribed Legislators work for PGE, Corporate Bribers, rather than Citizens

PG&E-friendly wildfire bill being prepared by state lawmakers in wake of lethal Butte County inferno, SF Crate, November 21, 2018.


“Even before the cause of the deadly Camp Fire is determined, California lawmakers are drafting legislation to shield PG&E from massive liabilities connected to the blaze.”

Owned, Lock, Stock, & Barrel
“...introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden of Los Angeles County, who is the chairman of the key legislative panel.”

You Burn Us, We Pay for Your Profits
“The bill is expected to protect California’s major investor-owned utilities from wildfire liabilities.”

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Mid-November, 2018: Will it Be Wet, or Will it Continue to be Bone Dry?


A Tropical Brew Bubbling? Or Not?

Will it Be Wet, or Will it Continue to be Bone Dry?

Current Conditions
A couple of Big Storms are potentially moving into the, "West Coast Launch Zone," meaning into the position off the NE coast of Indonesia, from where common configurations of Highs and Lows in the North-East Pacific can deliver vast tropical flows generated by these storms to the West Coast of the US.

Unless the storms don’t get into their, “launch,” position, or, unless a big blocking ridge knocks these potential tropical flows to the North and South of California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, around us, as happened during the biggest wettest, hottest, El Nino on record, that transpired through 2015. During the 2015 monster El Nino, which also happened to transpire during the driest single year in California’s living memory and its written history, during the deepest drought in five hundred years.

Water News: Epic Drought: California 2012-2017 Drought one for the Ages

Hummm. This configuration of human and natural forces bears close observation and tracking.

Tracking Resources

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The Unintended Consequences of Dams and Reservoirs


What we’ve Already Done. Now We’re Screwed...

The unintended consequences of dams and reservoirs,
Uppsala University, November 13, 2018.


Corporate Growth Machine of Death
“An international team of drought scientists show that while many dams and reservoirs are built, or expanded, to alleviate droughts and water shortages, they can paradoxically contribute to make them worse.”

Building Dams to Build Bigger Unsustainable Populations
“As such, the supply-demand cycle can trigger an accelerating spiral towards unsustainable exploitation of water resources and environmental degradation. ”

They’ve Already Overpopulated California & the Whole Southwest…
“The supply-demand cycle describes cases where increasing water supply leads to higher water demand, which can quickly offset the initial benefits of reservoirs.”

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The Existential Zone


 The Existential Zone

Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth



“The Supernova Kill Zone,”

“The Big Rock from Space,”

along with


and Humans:

Q: Which term above is different from the others?

A: Humans. The other events were not created by will and choice, but by Nature.





Every now and again Nature kills everything on a planet, on a regular basis. This brings up important questions for an evolving life form, once they figure out death is coming for them.

The spectre of inevitable extinction, if not our typical, individual deaths, makes important the broader questions of what are we as living things, and what Nature itself is doing with Life. Nature's "big program" could be used to give some context to our individual lives by understanding what IT is doing and where IT is going, contrasted against our behavior.

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October 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index


Last Update
October 31, 2018









High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature


October, 2018

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

The vast majority of our reporting on Nature comes from the American Association of Scientists summarizations of each day's bounty of the peer-reviewed research published by academic institutions and journals around the world.

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September 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index


September 27, 2018









High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature


September, 2018

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

The vast majority of our reporting on Nature comes from the American Association of Scientists summarizations of each day's bounty of the peer-reviewed research published by academic institutions and journals around the world.

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UPDATE to STORY; “Cal to Drop Fossil Fuels by 2015;” Some Facts & Figures

Cal to Drop Fossil Fuels by 2045

Some Facts & Figures

The high cost of a zero-emission California,
Calmatters, September 24, 2018.

The Law
SB 100

Costs of "Zero Emission" California

Current Massive Usage
"Californians burn 300 terawatt-hours of juice each year, 70 percent of which is generated in-state and more than 40 percent of which comes from natural gas- or nuclear-powered plants here or elsewhere."

"...so the 127 terawatt-hours of new generation would have to come from wind, solar and/or geothermal – essentially tripling their current output."

Non-Fossil Fuel Restrictions
"...possible to build enough solar and windmill farms to do so, albeit at immense cost, but there’s a corollary problem. They mostly generate during daylight hours, so having their power available 24 hours a day would require huge amounts of storage, presumably in massive battery banks."

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SB 901 Signed: Bribe-O-Crats Serve their PG&E Corporate Bribe-masters

Bribe-O-Crats Serve their PG&E Corporate Bribe-masters

Two Reports
Merc News & Sac Bee

1> Merc News
The Party Line, but a bit More Critical than the Sac Bee...

Brown signs wildfire safety bill blasted as PG&E bailout,
Mercury News, September 21, 2018.


“...signed bill, SB 901, obliges the powerful state Public Utilities Commission to determine whether a utility can recover its costs and expenses arising from a destructive fire that occurred in 2017. This narrowly worded provision would include the Wine Country firestorms, a number of which have been deemed to be caused by PG&E equipment.”

“When the PUC allows a utility, such as PG&E, to recover its costs, that typically is enabled through higher monthly power bills for consumers.”

“We are very disappointed the governor signed the PG&E bailout bill,” said Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network, a consumer group.”

No Permit Logging, too…

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September 16, 2018

The history of reports on the Donnell Fire Starts at the Bottom of this Page, on August 6.
The initial Donnell Fire report of August 5 was posted on this page.

High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar, Week of August 5-11, 2018

All High Sierra Fires
July & August 2018, Ferguson-Carr-Mendo-Donnell Fires


Donnell Fire

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Mono Basin Scenic Visitor Center Bighorn Sheep Event


Bighorn Sheep Event, Thursday, Sept. 20

Celebration for the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep,
Sierra Wave, September 9, 2018.


“...an afternoon of Sierra bighorn stories and hands on activities at the Mono Basin Scenic Visitor Center, Lee Vining, CA on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m.”

“...activities for people of all ages will include classroom activities presented by Virginia Chadwick, Vice-President of the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation.”

“Dr. John Wehausen, who has researched bighorn for nearly 50 years, will talk about unusual encounters with bighorn. Elsbeth Otto from CDFW will describe the experience of trekking into the high country to monitor bighorn populations, and Jacqueline Leary from the CDFW will give a presentation on Sierra bighorn lambs.”

“The Sierra bighorn population has reached over 600 animals in recent years—a recovery from a low point of a little over 100 bighorn sheep around 1995.”


The Feds
Mono Lake Ranger District

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It's Time to Accept We Can't maintain Endless Growth on a Finite Planet


All Aspects of Nature are Degrading Rapidly

To Save Ourselves It's Time to Rethink Our Economic System, Warn Scientists,
Science Alert, September 10, 2018.

Main Points & Bottom Line

“...maybe it's time to accept we can't somehow maintain endless economic growth on a finite planet.”

I really don't know about "rethinking" our "economic system," but I do know that the unlimited, irresponsible, and even illegal massive growth of the population of California, and the United States generally, has seriously degraded our environment, our society, our infrastructure, and our distribution of wealth.

This irresponsible growth is the most destructive force operating in our country and world today, and is pushing our changing environment through all its tipping points.

And, everything will continue to crash until we get back within our ethical and our physical limits. We need to institute a policy of Zero Demographic Growth, and end all immigration, legal and illegal, NOW.

Allowing the greedy and corrupt to control our society, and grow it to destruction pursuing their greedy desires, was never a good idea... and was supposed to be prevented by our Constitution.

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CLIMATE CRASHING POLITICALLY: The Governor of, and for, Endless Growth of OIL CONSUMPTION


The Governor of OIL

‘It’s literally drill, baby, drill’: Did Jerry Brown’s climate crusade give Big Oil a pass?
Sac Bee, September 13, 2018.


A Rare article critical of our Corporate Masters

Jerry Brown’s Battle Cry
“...not let the federal government pillage public lands and destroy our treasured coast.”
(WHY? Pillaging our State is the Dims Job…)

The Gov of Oil

Jerry, “...has approved more than 200 new wells in state waters, and more than 23,000 oil and gas drilling permits overall, since he returned to the office nearly eight years ago.”

Growth Machine of Death
“...a refusal to curb California production of oil, whose consumption in the transportation sector is a leading cause of the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet’s temperature.”

Gov of Oil

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Brown signs bills blocking Trump Offshore Drilling Plan


California Blocks Federal Offshore Drilling

Gov. Brown signs bills to block Trump's offshore oil drilling plan,
LA-LA Land Times, September 8, 2018.

This article shows Jerry Brown pointing out his own hypocrisy, how his fundamental programs of endless growth into California, and endless offshoring of our manufacturing to China, both demand more and more oil for more and more, “consumers,” here in California, while his offshoring all our manufacturing to China has not only broken our environment, but gutting California’s manufacturing broke our middle class, too.


“Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two bills that would block new offshore oil drilling in California by barring the construction of pipelines, piers, wharves or other infrastructure necessary to transport the oil and gas from federal waters to state land.”

“Today, California’s message to the Trump administration is simple: Not here, not now,” Brown said in a statement. “We will not let the federal government pillage public lands and destroy our treasured coast.”

(Jerry & the Dims do that in California...)

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Brown & Dems Stuffing The Twin Tunnels Down our Throat


Massive Irresponsible Growth and Development

& Stuffing The Twin Tunnels Down our Throat

Clendaniel: Stop the Delta debacle before property owners get gouged,
How atrocious twin-tunnels mega-deal could cost Californians billions,
Mercury News, September 6, 2017.


"...Brown’s administration will try for a third time to secure a political mega-deal that would commit millions of California property owners to pay for the $19.9 billion Delta twin-tunnels water grab. Without approval of voters or the Legislature."

Corporate Growth Machine of Death
"It’s an atrocious abuse of the political system that must be stopped. Blocking the effort would save property owners thousands of dollars over the next 20-40 years and help preserve the health of the Delta for the next generation and beyond."

Another Brown Scam
"...the state Department of Water Resources convinced the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to schedule a hearing that would enable backers of the Delta tunnels to extend state water contracts for another 50 years."

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