Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D.
February 14, 2017
Every now and then an article is emailed to me that is so off-the-beaten-track that I simply have to talk about it. Regular readers here will know why: I simply cannot resist an opportunity for high octane speculation. This is one such story, for Mr. V.Z. sent me story that I wasn’t even aware of: not even the so-called alternative me has covered this one, except in one lowly article that is ostensibly about Trump appointing a “judge” to stop those “destroying America,” but the bulk of which is curiously about a dam in northern California.
Yes, you read that correctly: a dam in northern California. Before we get to that article however, I want to stress that today’s high octane speculation is probably better qualified as overboard groundless suspicion, since I haven’t been able to find any confirmation of today’s main article’s speculations, except for some interesting “suggestive” comments from an article appearing in the Sacramento Bee. Nonetheless, the Bee’s coverage of the story raises certain questions, which makes it important to at least communicate and entertain today’s overboard groundless suspicion.
Here’s how the Sacramento Bee first reported this story on February 7:
Ok… so it’s just a story about a big earthen dam with a big erosion problem in its major spillway.
But then, the next day the Bee is reporting this:
Now before we move on to the article that Mr. V.Z. shared, there are a number of things about this last article I want to draw to your attention; note these statements:
OROVILLE State engineers have found new damage to the Oroville Dam spillway, although not as much as they’d feared, after conducting two test releases to see how much water the scarred facility could handle, the state said Thursday. Meanwhile, reservoir levels continued to climb behind the critical flood-control structure.
The gash that was discovered Tuesday grew by another 50 feet after engineers released water for a combined six hours Wednesday and early Thursday, according to Department of Water Resources spokesman Doug Carlson. “They found additional damage to the spillway, which was predicted,” Carlson said. “It wasn’t as bad as they thought it might be.”
OK, fine: they tested a release in the spillway after discovering it was damaged to see how it would function. But later in the article, we read this:
Croyle, DWR’s acting director, said it was not yet clear what caused the crater to form. Three recent inspection reports for the dam – one from 2014 and two from 2015 – noted no visible signs of deficiencies along the chute.
Gary Leese and his girlfriend, Beth Bello, were among the first people this week to see that something was seriously wrong. On Tuesday morning, they hiked down the hillside adjacent to the spillway, something they’d done many times over the years. Leese said he knew something was amiss when they came upon a giant, angry splash of water instead of the normal gentle waterfall that runs down the sloping structure.
“I knew there was something up just because of the load roar it was making,” Leese said. “That’s when we walked a little closer and saw the plume of water coming up in the air, and we kept seeing the fragments of concrete shooting up in the air.”
The couple soon was asked to leave by state employees. (Emphasis added)
Now, this is where it begins – to my mind – to get more than a little suspicious. There was no evidence that the spillway was damaged to the extent that would cause the massive erosion beneath it. Moreover, while I’m obviously not familiar with “routine dam operations,” I find it difficult to believe that no regular inspections are performed prior to major releases of water. Big holes in the middle of a spillway are probably going to be rather obvious to whomever is running the dam at the moment and pushing buttons and turning wheels to release major amounts of water. In this case, the damaged spillway was causing a plume of water to shoot up, containing chucks of concrete that were being ripped from the spillway by rushing water. The couple who discovered the damage are then asked to leave. But there are a number of unasked and unanswered questions here: did the couple call the dam authorities to alert them of the damage? Or did they discover it themselves? And if so, when?
With these questions in mind, we at last come to Mr. V.Z.’s submission:
Now, as the link above indicates, there’s very little here about Mr. Trump, judges, and saving America, and a great deal about the Oroville Dam damage. Obviously, in reading the last article, the author or authoress, “Tapestry”, has a “point of view” about California, subversives, Communists, and so on, and believes that the state government is intentionally trying to destroy California’s once prosperous agriculture. On a personal note, I can honestly say that on a recent trip through California’s San Joaquin valley with friends, including friend and colleague Walter Bosley, I was utterly dumbfounded and shocked at what I saw: the southern valley was a wasteland… the once lush and rich farms and orchards had almost been completely denuded. It was as if western Iowa had been turned into a vast desert wasteland. So I do suspect there is truth to “Tapestry’s” allegations. Where…
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About Joseph P. Farrell
Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.