As a newbie (and part-time) resident of California, I’m just now starting to understand the sources, distribution and uses of water in California. Maybe I’m starting to understand that I don’t understand it, except for the part where Jack Nicholson’s nostril gets slit with a knife in the movie, Chinatown.
The photos above are dated (2010), and show the Coachella Canal (Mecca) and the California Aqueduct near Victorville.
I just read an interesting and very long article in Daily Grist that does a good explanation of the engineering, development and flaws of the water distribution in California. The article is entitled, “American aqueduct: The great California water saga,” and it first appeared in The Atlantic. The link to the article is here.
American soldier at an advanced allied base in Australia with a baby kangaroo, photo by John Earl McNeil, 1942 (via)
Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952) was a Russian revolutionary who became instrumental in giving a voice to women during the Russian revolution. She argued that the feminist ideas of the “bourgeoise” did not apply to working-class women, who continued to be subjected to exploitation. She believed women’s rights could only truly be achieved through political and economic equality for all genders. In 1913, Kollontai wrote,
"For the majority of women of the proletariat, equal rights with men would mean onyl an equal share in inequality, but for the ‘chosen few,’ for the bourgeois women, it would indeed open doors to new and unprecedented rights and privileges…but each new concession won by bourgeois woman would give her yet another weapon for the exploitation of her younger sister…"
After the 1917 revolution, Kollontai continued her attempts to better the recognition and welfare of women. That year, she oversaw the establishment of International Women’s Day as a national holiday in Russia, and helped found the Zhenotdel, a department of the Communist Party that dealt specifically with women’s issues. In 1923, in an attempt to sideline her political influence, she was appointed the Soviet diplomat to Norway, and later Sweden, becoming the first modern-day female diplomat.
Sport coat, and trousers by Ralph Lauren
Wyoming. USA (1954)
Oak Timberworm (Arrhenodes minutus)
…a species of Straight-snouted weevil (Brentidae) that is native to Eastern and Central North America. Adult oak timberworms are typically active from May through June and inhabit deciduous forests. Oak timberworm larvae bore into oak trees and feed on their wood. Oak timberworms are sexually dimorphic with males sporting a broad beak and females sporting a long, narrow beak.