Banks in bed with Muslims over Bendigo Protestors Account

The Bendigo Bank fiasco all started when a group of Bendigo citizens heard about plans to build a huge new mosque in their city. Knowing that a mosque would bring untold trouble, as they had seen happen in other places where mosques were built, they decided to get together and work out ways to oppose the development application.

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They formed the Concerned Citizens of Bendigo group and opened a bank account to deposit donations they planned to raise from other concerned citizens.

But they soon found out that the Bendigo Bank is in bed with the Muslims. As opposition to the mosque grew the bank took it upon themselves to censor the protestors. The bank closed the Concerned Citizens account, stating that it did not meet the Banks Community Standards. This certainly raised a few eyebrows, because the Bendigo Bank markets itself as a Community Bank!

When news of the account closure got out over Facebook it created a huge backlash against the bank. To date, depositors have closed their accounts to the tune of at least $60 million, and many investors have divested themselves of their stock in the bank. The drain has not ended yet. In fact, it is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, the bank has stood firm on its decision, claiming the moral high ground. What a shame they cant understand that We the People can see right through the sham.

In an effort to counter the bad publicity that its actions caused the Bank put up a statement on its Facebook Page:

In response to recent questions and commentary regarding our decision to close an account. This was a considered decision by our Bank, and we respect everyones right to voice their opinions. Equally we have a right to ours, and we want to do business with organisations whose values align with our own. Our Bank values tolerance and inclusiveness, qualities which are an important part of a strong community. This is the only comment we will be making here on this matter. ^Jeanette

This only served to upset even more people. They flocked to the Stop the Bendigo Mosque Facebook page to voice their displeasure. They also vented their anger on the Bendigo Bank page where some of the comments were, shall we say, less than pleasant.

The account closure prompted the members of the Concerned Citizens group to start digging into the reasons behind it. Working to the old maxim, follow the money they soon started to yield results.

While they were digging into the Bendigo Banks motives the Concerned Citizens group was not giving up. They approached National Australia Bank (NAB), only to find that the bank declined to open a bank account for them. Not surprising really, as the group quickly learned that NAB is a major shareholder in the Bendigo Bank through its wholly owned subsidiary National Nominees.

So Concerned Citizens went to the Commonwealth Bank. To their surprise they found that the CBA also refused to open an account for them as did Bank Macquarie, and Westpac all claiming a values clash.

Where indeed?

Finally their accountant offered Concerned Citizens the use of one of his accounts at the Macquarie Bank. But their joy was short lived. They quickly found that this account was closed as well and the accountant also lost his standing with that bank as a result. Their first inkling came when they tried to log into the online banking facility only to find that there was no account to log into. When their accountant asked the bank what had happened they told him they had closed the account. However, they did promise that they would mail him the cheque for the missing money.

A supporter has revealed that the Macquarie is handling the sale of the Rural Finance Corporation for the State of Victoria, and that the Bendigo Bank is the only buyer in a no tender no public offering tender sale.

The supporter also found that J.P Morgan had advised the Victorian Government not to go to tender. Strange indeed, until it was found that J.P Morgan is also a shareholder in the Bendigo Bank!

The Bendigo Bank started the ball rolling that has sparked a chain-reaction throughout the banking system. Now, all the banks have closed ranks to protect themselves against We the People, not understanding that we have the power to stop them dead in their tracks and uncover every bit of dirt on them there is. They have prodded the tiger and now we are baring our teeth.

Not surprisingly, the Politicians will only side with the perceived winners, and to date that has been the Banks. However, this is likely to change. We the People are uniting as the murky facts in this distasteful drama are pealed back, layer by stinking layer.

Bendigo Bank CEO Mike Hirst

Mike Hirst, the Bendigo Banks CEO, tried to explain to Kent Baylay of the Gold Coast Sentinel in an off the record interview that was later uploaded to the Internet that the bank made a morally based decision against a group they considered a bunch of racists.

Mike Hirst didnt let the facts get in the way of his attempted whitewash. Like just about everything that come out of his mouth he appeared less than truthful, to use the words of Dr. Alexander Douglas MP.

Dr. Douglas deserves the title The Honourable Member for Gaven in Queensland for his revelations on the Alan Jones radio show exposing the extent of the corruption within the banking and political systems of Australia.

As a result of his revelations the true facts are emerging and we are connecting the dots. The Bendigo Bank has been lying through its collective teethand then some.

It transpires that the property that surrounds the intended site of the Mosque in Bendigo is actually owned by a company controlled by an ex-Director of the Bendigo Bank and Chairman of Bendigo Telco. Mr. Don Erskine with his son Mark are involved in the Brickworks development.

At first glance, it looks like closing the Concerned Citizens account was just a favour done by Mike Hirst and the Board of Directors of the Bendigo Bank for an old friend. Obviously, they wanted to silence any opposition. After all, what is the small matter of closing a customers bank account when weighed against a $4 Million windfall?

Bend Over Bendigo Bank, the dhimmi bank

Next, the Concerned Citizens found out that the Bendigo City Council is about to sit in Chambers to discuss re-zoning all that land to high density residential.

The land owner and his partners stand to make a SUBSTANTIAL capital gain out of that deal. No wonder this mosque application has generated so much controversy.

Once the mosque is built hundreds, if not thousands more Muslims will move into the area. They will want somewhere to live: And where better than right next door to the mosque?

Perhaps this explains why the mosque application proposes such a LARGE facility. Its not just for the few dozen Muslims living in Bendigo today. They are planning on building up a substantial Islamic presence there.

What does this mean for the local residents?

Well, as we have already seen, if your business or group dares go against the plans of this mob you will be targeted, just as the Concerned Citizens Group were, and told to take your business elsewhere. Of course, they will make sure that it is just as impossible to open a new business or bank account, as the Concerned Citizens Group has. Since being rejected by the Bendigo Bank they have been unable to open a new account at any bank in Bendigo!

A romantic vision of the proposed Bendigo Mosque

The consequences, if the mosque is approved, will be catastrophic for any Australian businesses currently operating in the area. They will soon find that they are targeted by the Muslims in a concerted effort to move them out so that Muslims can move in. This will happen in a number of ways. Businesses will be broken into, people will be attacked, rubbish will be dumped outside their doors, windows broken, cars parked to block access.

If you think this is an over-reaction you only have to look at what has happened in other western countries. This is a standard practice wherever a mosque is built. Residents are forced to move and if they refuse their lives are made such hell that in the end they are happy to move even if they lose money selling their property. In some cases, people are killed.

As more Muslims move into the area traffic problems will increase. Crime will become rampantMuslims are not exactly always law abiding citizens. They put their Islamic sharia law before any western laws. Their loyalty is not to the country they live in but to Islam and sharia law.

Noise pollution will become a burden on all residents. The call to prayer will be blasted out of loudspeakers from the mosque from early morning to late in the evening.

But all this is in the future.

The biggest worry for Bendigo residents today is the impending City Council meeting to approve the application to re-zone that all important land around the proposed mosque. If this happens then there will be no stopping the mosque or the subsequent destruction of the peace and tranquillity of Bendigo.

Is this what Bendigo residents want?

We are calling on all concerned citizens to attend that City Council meeting and make sure that their objections are heard, loudly. (All objectors will be notified or inboxed through the Stop the Mosque Facebook page to attend.)

 

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Saudi Arabia has 100,000 tents siting empty that can accommodate 3 million people

Another Islam Story you will not read in Australian Newspapers

While European countries are being lectured about their failure to take in enough refugees, Saudi Arabia – which has taken in precisely zero migrants – has 100,000 air conditioned tents that can house over 3 million people sitting empty.

The sprawling network of high quality tents are located in the city of Mina, spreading across a 20 square km valley, and are only used for 5 days of the year by Hajj pilgrims. As the website Amusing Planet reports, “For the rest of the year, Mina remains pretty much deserted.”

The tents, which measure 8 meters by 8 meters, were permanently constructed by the Saudi government in the 1990’s and were upgraded in 1997 to be fire proof. They are divided into camps which include kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The tents could provide shelter for almost all of the 4 million Syrian refugees that have been displaced by the country’s civil war, which was partly exacerbated by Saudi Arabia’s role in funding and arming jihadist groups.

However, as the Washington Post reports, wealthy Gulf Arab nations like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and others have taken in precisely zero Syrian refugees. Although Saudi Arabia claims it has taken in 500,000 Syrians since 2011, rights groups point out that these people are not allowed to register as migrants. Many of them are also legal immigrants who moved there for work. In comparison, Lebanon has accepted 1.3 million refugees – more than a quarter of its population.

While it refuses to take in any more refugees, Saudi Arabia has offered to build 200 mosques for the 500,000 migrants a year expected to pour into Germany.

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Saudis argue that the tents in Mina are needed to host the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, but given that the Arabic concept of Ummah is supposed to offer protection to all Muslims under one brotherhood, surely an alternative location could be found so that Mina can be repurposed to house desperate families fleeing war and ISIS persecution?

While Europe is being burdened by potentially millions of people who don’t share the same culture or religion as the host population, Gulf Arab states refuse to pull their weight, resolving only to throw money at the problem.

The likelihood of the Saudis inviting Syrian refugees to stay in Mina is virtually zero, but the thousands of empty tents serve as a physical representation of the hypocrisy shared by wealthy Gulf Arab states when it comes to helping with the crisis.

Who’s in Bed with the ABC?

Official List

  1. Greg Combet (Labor) partnered to Juanita Phillips (ABC).
  2. Gai Brodtmann (Labor) married to Chris Uhlmann (ABC)
  3. David Feeney (Labor) married to Liberty Sanger (guest commentator on ABC)
  4. Heather Ewart (ABC) married to Barry Cassidy (ABC) speech writer for  Bob Hawke (Labor) from 1986-1991
  5. Maxine McKew (ABC) married to Bob Hogg (former ALP national secretary)
  1. Maxine McKew (ABC) became Labor politician.
  2. Virginia Trioli (ABC) married to Russell Skelton (The Age)
  3. Mark Kenny (Fairfax) married to Virginia Haussegger (ABC)
  4. Christine Wallace (ABC & Fairfax) married to Michael Costello (former Chief of Staff to Labor?s Kim Beazley)
  5. Annabel Crabb (former Fairfax journalist now with the ABC)
  6. Tony Jones (ABC) married to Sarah Ferguson (ABC) Coincidentally Jones took over the Lateline role from  Maxine McKew (from ABC presenter to Labor politician)
  7. David Penberthy (journalist) married to Kate Ellis (Labor)
  8. Paul Kelly (former Fairfax journalist) formerly married to Ros Kelly (Labor)
  9. Kerry O’Brien (ABC) former press secretary to Gough Whitlam.
  10. Mark Colvin (ABC) married to Michelle McKenzie (Leichhardt deputy-mayor and Greens Councillor)
  11. Denis Atkins (ABC Insiders regular) married to Melanie Christensen (ABC Canberra)
  12. Paul Barry (ABC) married to Lisa McGregor (ABC)
  13. The lamentable Mike Carlton (formerly Fairfax) and Morag Ramsay (ABC)
  14. Andrew Fraser (Fairfax) and Catriona Jackson (formerly Fairfax and Labor press secretary)

And so the list goes on.

Labor, Fairfax and the ABC are joined at the hip. Much like the relationship between Labor and the unions.

Why do they protect Burke where they savage Bishop?

They’re just looking after the family………….(wearing “I’ll ride with Burke” T-shirts.)

 

 

 

Australia Parliament to comply with UN World Government 17 Goals September 25-27

MENU for Official Documents September 25-27 Agenda


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Prime Minister Tony Abbott

If you are surprised that your parliament is handing over Australia to the United Nations “Agenda21” that will introduce a world government, then you need to be brought up to speed.

Did you know that the UN is planning to launch a “new universal agenda” for humanity in September 2015? That phrase does not come from me – it is actually right in the very first paragraph of the official document that every UN member nation will formally approve at a conference later this month. The entire planet is going to be committing to work toward 17 sustainable development goals and 169 specific sustainable development targets, and yet there has been almost a total media blackout about this here in the United States. The UN document promises that this plan will “transform our world for the better by 2030“, and yet very few Australians have even heard of the 2030 Agenda at this point. Instead, most of us seem to be totally obsessed with the latest celebrity gossip or the latest nasty insults that our puppet politicians have been throwing around at one another. When will people finally start waking up?

Both Liberal and Labor parties are totally compliant with “Agenda21” and have it as a hidden agenda since 1990, keeping you out of the loop.

The United Nations is the worlds most proven inefficient organisation, a facade working for international corporations and bankers to launder themselves as humanitarian while harvesting massive funding and power-base footing ready for Agenda21 opening the flood gate to dominate under one government they already preside over.

We have compiled some information for you with the current ““Agenda21” foot holding that will make George Orwell’s 1984 fiction novel become reality.

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From the official UN document these quotes are disturbing:

You need to be concerned

We, the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 25-27 September 2015 as the Organization celebrates its seventieth anniversary, have decided today on new global Sustainable Development Goals.

Now you really need to be VERY concerned

On behalf of the peoples we serve, we have adopted a historic decision on a comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centred set of universal and transformative Goals and targets. We commit ourselves to working tirelessly for the full implementation of this Agenda by 2030. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. We are committed to achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner. We will also build upon the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals and seek to address their unfinished business.

This is nothing less than a global government takeover of every nation across the planet. The “goals” of this document are nothing more than code words for a corporate-government fascist agenda that will imprison humanity in a devastating cycle of poverty while enriching the world’s most powerful globalist corporations like Monsanto and DuPont for starters.

“Australia is deeply committed to accelerating progress towards achievement of the MDGs and the ongoing discussions on the post-2015 agenda” – Attributed to Australian United Nations Security Council – http://australia-unsc.gov.au/australia-and-the-un/ .

Now the future of Australia and future generations are to be handed to the United Nations … DO SOMETHING … TODAY ! ! ”

Harry Palmer (SOS-NEWS Investigation)


Australian Minister For Foreign Affairs

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Julie Bishop MP – Person in charge of capitulation to Agenda21 and handing Australia to the UN one world government

Contact the New York UN for Australia Envoy’s

General office 212.351.6600

General office fax 212.351.6610

General office email australia@un.int

Media office phone 212.351.6634

Australian UN Permanent Representatives

Send an email to these public servants and rattle their cage about your concern that your parliament if handing over your Australia to be governed by the United Nations and their masters …

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Gillian Bird – awarded the Public Service Medal in 2012 for outstanding public service in the field of International Relations…Tells the story – Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York

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Caitlin Wilson – commenced her post as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations in January 2015…

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December Abbott To Sign Away Australia to UN Agenda 21

Time Australian Politicians told the public the truth, about how the United Nations are controlling Australia. Its not the Sovereign People of Australia, Its the United Nations, courtesy of the those politicians we pay to act in our interests!!!

It makes no difference which side of politics are in power, your vote means nothing, they are all working to the Global Agenda. which is NOT in your interests!

The media, all of them are totally useless, those with a public voice are silent, cowards that they are!

The UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21 has been in Australia since 1992, its now in every aspect of our lives. At the signing of SDA21 at the Earth Summit in Rio, the UN Man Maurice Strong said this:

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialised nations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring this about?”

That is your future, collapse of your Nation. This December in Paris your politicians are ready to sign away your life, your freedom and that of your children. Because they are committed to the Global Agenda!

Who are the fools here???

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Debt Summit calls for government moratorium on bank foreclosures

From cairnsnews.org

A meeting of more than 300 cattle producers at Charters Towers has called on the federal government to create the Australian Development and Reconstruction Board and place a moratorium on bank foreclosures before the State’s cattle industry completely collapsed.

Called by the Member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth the crisis meeting followed on from a similar meeting held by the Member for Mt Isa, Robbie Katter at Winton last year.

Producers demanded the federal and state governments act immediately to introduce the ADRB, modelled on the Rural Reconstruction Board of 30 years ago which was designed to absorb the “toxic” trading bank interest debt that has engulfed primary industries and to issue low interest development funds for primary producers and small business.

More than 20 resolutions were passed unanimously by the gathering of desperate and often distraught cattle producers.

“While an unprecedented 80 per cent of the state is reeling under a drought declaration, producers heard how social media and 60 Minutes superstar Charlie Phillott, 81, of Winton, beat the ANZ Bank and had his property returned with a substantial settlement“.

Mr Phillott’s plight has been closely monitored by the 60 Minutes television show and scored an Australian record 3.5 million hits on Toowoomba veterinarian David Pascoe’s social media site.

He urged producers to stick together when fighting questionable behaviour by the banks.

He said he had never missed a repayment but when the bank restructured his loan he was unable to manage and was eventually put off his Winton property after the bank took it over.

“All of us here owe a great deal of gratitude to Bob Katter for he saw my position and stood by me for two years ,” Mr Phillott said.

Primary Industries Minister Bill Byrne when addressing the meeting started an uproar when he said the State Government would not be building more dams because there was “no business return” from farming.

Charters Towers cattleman Mick Pemble attacked the Minister asking why he could not build dams, and “…do what everybody else in this room does and borrow the bloody money!”

“If I could make it rain I would, but our resources are finite and we are working on what can be done in the circumstances,” Mr Byrne said.

“There are amendments before Parliament and our policy is that water is critical to agriculture but the government capacity to fund such a project is limited.

“If you build dams in the city or for mining you get capital back but for agriculture you do not get capital back.

He said federal money or private investment would be needed to build dams.

Meeting chairman Shane Knuth said he was aware of highly questionable behaviour by bank-appointed receivers that had caused a lot of grief to families through no fault of their own.

He said there were many hundreds of northern producers in financial difficulties and the local industry could collapse unless the bank debt issue was resolved.

“I know some of you want to speak, and I am aware that confidentiality agreements stop you from telling us about what the receivers have done to you, but everyone is behind you and we must stop the foreclosures,” Mr Knuth said.

Burdekin farmer Max Menzell asked the Minister why police were involved when foreclosures took place adding that they should not be used by the banks and receivers as debt collectors because foreclosures were a civil matter.

The Minister strongly defended the use of police stating categorically: “That is the law.”

Mr Knuth said more meetings and what actions should be taken would be called unless the government brought the banks into line and stopped foreclosures immediately.

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Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, Charlie Phillott, Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth and Member for Mt Isa Robbie Katter.

Mr Phillott said the northern grazing industry and businesses owed Bob Katter a great deal of gratitude for giving producers a voice in dealing with banks and foreclosures.

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Bob Katter addresses 300 desperate cattle producers and small businessmen at the Charters Towers Debt Summit. Resolutions passed called on the federal government to halt farm foreclosures immediately and enact the Australian Development and Reconstruction Board to absorb toxic bank debt or the northern industry could collapse.

Muslim Takeover Of Bendigo Must be Halted

There are 36 Muslim living in Bendigo at that has remained for many years, there is now an Islamic plan to build a Mosque to accommodate 2000 worshipers that will make it the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere at a cost of $15.5 million with government officials and Bendigo Councilors set to make fortunes out of this project.

This video below reveals damning information you need to know:

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The rally at Bendigo Town Hall is this coming Saturday 29th August 2015 at 3pm when it is time for you to make a stand on this wholesale takeover of this predominant Christian Australian Nation by fanatical Islamic radicals.

HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE “COP” THIS

Assaulting and strip searching, a woman (Joanne Martin) in custody that included male officers, resulted in her finger being broken and a humiliating march through the Perth Lockup naked. The WA Police Commissioner dismissing the facts on video stating “It Was Lawful” and not one officer involved has been dismissed or charged. This confirms further that law enforcement in Australia is unaccountable, out of control, riddled with corruption and being run akin to “Mafia Thugs”. (Footage from Channel 9 News)

NOTE:  Further to this the Police Officers and government public servants that were found giving false evidence in their case brought against Robert Paul CPO, found not guilty of all charges in Perth, still have not been charged with perjury and are currently conducting their corrupt business as usual.

Humpty Dumpty will have a great fall If the High Court files this application to stop bankruptcy

When will the first shots be fired by the oppressed citizenry 

http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sinodisp/au/cases/cth/FCCA/2015/351.html?stem=0&synonyms=0&query=BRG%20880/2014

Signed complete forms 23; 18 and Exhibit DJW 1 to DJW – 11.compressed.pdf

A former police prosecutor has attempted to file an application in the High Court of Australia against his bankruptcy proceeding initiated by Mackay City Council. If filed it will bring down the entire bogus system of corporate government operating in Australia.

So far the Registrar, Deborah Carslund, has refused to file it, knowing the consequences would collapse the unlawful corporate system.

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David Walter, of Herberton, (pictured)who is a passionate Constitutional analyst, gave his evidence by phone to a Federal Court Circuit hearing in Brisbane on February 14.

The presiding Judge, Angelo Vasta, said in spite of the pleadings by Mr Walter detailing the unlawful system of government, he was bound by the Bankruptcy Act 1966, that coincidentally was the year of the introduction of decimal currency, that Mr Walter contends has no value anywhere in the world.

Judge Vasta upheld the order of the lower court to bankrupt Mr Walter, in spite of his admiration for the judge’s concordance with his argument.

He told Judge Vasta by telephone hook-up that in light of careful manipulations and entrapment by counsel Mr Houghton, instructed by King and Co for the Mackay City Council to entice him into the court, he could not enter a courtroom in Queensland or he faced two year’s incarceration as a result.

Judge Vasta did not know about the defendant’s dilemma, brought about by the former tenacious prosecutor’s appearances in Queensland courtrooms over a decade helping land owners who had been crushed by former Premier Beattie’s unlawful Vegetation Management Act and other corporate policies.

The Bar Association with its normal vindictive attitude towards any person who steps outside of the precious but unlawful legal boundaries jealously protected by the State’s legal system, was able to get an order from one of its compliant Justices to have David Walter banned from court rooms or face two years jail.

Such is the threat posed by David Walter to the cosy relationship between the political party government of the day, all levels of the judiciary, the banks, the Bar Association and the Law Society.

Mr Walter has asked readers to send this article to every email address they have in their address book.

 

Water Peril Water & Hope

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James Famiglietti, a leading hydrologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, wrote a recent article in Nature Climate Change entitled, “The global groundwater crisis”. In that article, he warns that, based on satellite imagery analysis, “most of the major aquifers in the world’s arid and semi-arid zones, are experiencing rapid rates of groundwater depletion.”

Worse, “nearly all of these aquifers underlie the word’s great agricultural regions and are primarily responsible for their high productivity.

“These water-deficient agricultural regions include California which, based on satellite image data, has less than one year of water remaining :

“Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins – that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined – was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir.

“California been dropping more than 12 million acre-feet of total water yearly since 2011. Roughly two-thirds of these losses are attributable to groundwater pumping for agricultural irrigation in the Central Valley. Farmers have little choice but to pump more groundwater during droughts, especially when their surface water allocations have been slashed 80% to 100%. But these pumping rates are excessive and unsustainable.

California has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.

There is no contingency plan.

• According to an A.D. 2013 article in Slate magazine entitled “The C-free Diet”:

“California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots (and the list goes on and on). Some of this is due to climate and soil.

“No other state, or even a combination of states, can match California’s output per acre. Lemon yields in California, for example, are more than 50 percent higher than in Arizona. California spinach yield per acre is 60% higher than the national average. Without California, supply of all these products in the United States and abroad would dip, and in the first few years, a few might be nearly impossible to find. Orchard-based products in particular, such as nuts and some fruits, would take many years to spring back.”

• The implications are obvious. If California runs out of water next year, the domestic supplies of many fruits and vegetables will probably diminish. The prices of fruits and vegetables will probably rise.

Food shortages are possible.

Food riots are unlikely in the near term, but within a year or three, conceivable.

If we have a year before California runs out of water, it might be a good idea to use this year as an opportunity to establish your own garden or aqua-culture operation.

• But, here’s an extraordinary video that deals with much the same problem: global desertification. As you can see from the video, much of the world may be turning into desert. For production may therefore wane, contributing to starvation and violence.

But–as the speaker (Alan Savory) in this video explains, all is not lost. In fact, the solution to many instances of desertification may be to increase grazing on lands that have become arid. Sound nuts? Take the time to view the video. The speaker makes me proud to be a member of mankind. He’s doing something good.