#Droughtshaming: New Tattletale App Allows Californians to Tell on ‘Water Waster’ Neighbors

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Amid California’s record drought, towns up and down the state are rolling out smartphone apps that enable people to snap pictures of neighbors and businesses who are violating water restriction rules and “play water cop”:

The apps put more boots on the ground to spot waste and leaks that might go unnoticed, officials say. They say the high-tech citizen reporting programs are intended to encourage water conservation, and not to be used as evidence to fine offenders.

But at least one private company is taking things a step further. Creators of Vizsafe, a neighborhood watch app, have added a feature allowing users to map photos of water wasters — a practice dubbed “drought shaming” on Twitter and Instagram.

Here are a few examples:

The Tweets extend to YouTube, where some users like “Western Water Luv” are apparently on a mission, putting up multiple videos of people’s “water waste” using their address in the video title.

In this particular video, the address in the video doesn’t match the one added to the title:

People in some urban areas in California now face $500 a day fines for “wasting” water outdoors, so the citizen spies are being called in.

While the majority of these videos and Tweets pit neighbor against neighbor, I have yet to see videos or Tweets against the mega corporate giants like Nestlé who are sucking millions upon millions of gallons of water off city supplies throughout California for private profits.

So what if little old lady Simpson down the street leaves on her sprinkler for an extra ten minutes in the middle of a Tuesday night?

It matters very little when you have corporate giant Nestlé sucking some 80 million gallons of water a year off Sacramento, for just one example, only to turn around and bottle it for pennies on the dollar.

It’s not population growth — or the average lawn sprinkler — driving California’s water usage. It’s mega corporations. Eighty percent of water usage in California can be attributed to agriculture, and for the most part, it’s Big Agra, not some guy growing a small garden in his backyard.

No one points fingers at how wide scale industrial mega-farming practices throughout the state have eroded soils to the point where they can’t and don’t hold water properly, causing more to be used. Where’s someone taking a selfie to drought shame one of California’s environmental disasters otherwise known as a Confined Animal Feed Operation (CAFO)? There’s only hundreds to choose from.

Fun fact. Did you know the 1.7 million dairy cows, 563,000 beef cattle, 131,000 hogs, 49.6 million broiler chickens, and 19.7 million egg-laying hens on factory farms in California produce as much untreated manure as 456 million people? (source) That’s way more than the entire U.S. population, and I’m guessing that uses a whole lot of water.

While there’s some truth to the idea that cities compete with farmlands for water, the absolute refusal of megafarms to implement any kind of wholistic practices that are even remotely sustainable (a hijacked word, but the one that works best here), the whole system is gamed for a Chinatown-like scam — where the population is subjected to restrictions, fines, and peak pricing models that allow corporate billionaires to make even more profits off the drought while the average person is shaking in their boots about flushing their toilet more than twice a day.

Scientists say that even if the drought were to last 200 years, in theory, cities can’t “run out of water,” even in place like California. They can only run out of cheap water. Farmers with senior water rights will start making bank off their sources, food prices will surely rise, desalination plants will be built (for billions) and prices will go up. Someone is set to make a lot of money off the drought.

Can anyone say Wall Street and water derivatives?

And while things like these apps might start out with some shred of a good intention (you know, that stuff the road to Hell is paved with), it never ends well. So how far down the Orwellian water slide is this thing set to go?

Matthew Kahn, a professor of economics at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, said the mere existence of the apps could increase conservation.

“While we all fear Orwell’s Big Brother,” he said, “we all try harder when we are being watched, even if that is a little creepy. You may need these social apps to motivate these behavioral changes.” [emphasis added] (source)

Great.

California is about to turn into a bunch of people watching and tattling on each other over dubious lawn sprinkler usage while the corporations at the top continue to rape and pillage and ultimately nothing changes except the burden on the average citizen. Same as usual, only now as an individual you won’t be able to buy a garden hose from the local hardware store without getting gawked at by everyone in the checkout lane like you’re a sexual predator.

And if they can turn the average person against each other (while completely ignoring our corporate overloads’ misdeeds which actually do the most harm) over water, there’s nothing stopping them from doing it for similar issues under the guise of “emergency conditions.” Imagine the kind of snitch society we’re going to be living in when this technology really gets going everywhere.

Already, some police departments are using similar “next gen” technology for their 9-1-1 calls.

It’ll be the “See Something Say Something” society of Homeland Security former head Big Sis Napolitano’s wet dream. Perhaps that’s why she moved to California when she left DHS.

Did you ever see that episode of Twilight Zone where all the neighbors turn on each other? I believe it was called, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” It begins with a mysterious light flashing over a small neighborhood which causes the power to go out. Within the span of a night, all the residents begin freaking out and turning on each other over who is to blame for what, and one guy ends up shot dead. The whole neighborhood devolves into utter chaos. In the end, you find out it was aliens who cut the power because they knew they could set people against each other, allowing the inhabitants of Earth to conquer themselves without the aliens actually having to do all that much.

This water app reminds me so much of that episode, it is actually scary.

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  • Gordon Preston Brown

    Water waste reporting apps to Big Brother…selfies with statues of Mao tse Tung, Josef Stalin and Vladimir Lenin in Capitol Park in Sacramento. The red flag of communism flies above the state capitol in Sacramento, not the flag of the United States of America nor the flag of the California Republic.

    • Hammerun

      At one point a couple of years ago we were over $19 billion in debt. They passed a 1/2 cent sales tax increase and walla, six monthes later Brown comes out and announced we were back in the black. REALLY!??? Aome ofthat FUZZY math I think.
      The state is the biggest waster of water here.
      Look at the freeways, millions of acre feet of water annually to water the ice plant and trees. You dont see that in Nevada. Government buildings, golf courses, large parks, street islands, broken water mains by the dozens.
      These nitwits havent got a clue or even an idea.
      Theres no less than 20 fresh water rivers that vent to the Pacific ocean. Why arent they digging a simple BIG hole and redirecting rivers into said HOLE?
      Let the rivers loose AFTER the hole is filled. But this is to far out of thier scope. Fking polictions must live in a closet somewhere andonly react to what they are fed.
      They’ve ran all of the industry out of this state and the only thing that is going to be left is a service industry, kind of like a huge Disneyland.
      I’ve been here for 40 years and have watched cal decline annually, every fricken year.
      One of these days they are going to run out of residents to fleece finanancally. I see it everyday. I live close to two major freeways. I watch the rental Uhaul trucks. If I had to put a number on it I would say there is 10 outbound trucks to 1 inbound truck.
      Sacramento is killing this state.

  • Mike

    Ah, the NAZI’s return of the tell on thy neighbor program. The left has come so far.

    • Rizzan

      He said NAZIS!!! Everyone pay attention to him!

      • Mike

        OOOOO, he was just sarcastic about the truth, everyone call him a moron.

  • jim_robert

    Ratting out your neighbors. Only in the freaking, vile socialist Orwellian workers’ dystopia of Kalifornia.

    East German Stasi and former KGB members, eat your hearts out!

    • Rizzan

      NAZIIIIIIS!!!!!

  • jim_robert

    Want some fun? Google “How the Stasi operated.”

    Of course, the UK, at Orwell’s old residence, “On the wall outside his former residence – flat number 27B – where Orwell lived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move. Orwell’s view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights. The flat’s rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place. In a lane, just off the square, close to Orwell’s favourite pub, the Compton Arms, a camera at the rear of a car dealership records every person entering or leaving the pub. Within a 200-yard radius of the flat, there are another 28 CCTV cameras, together with hundreds of private, remote-controlled security cameras used to scrutinise visitors to homes, shops and offices.”

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23391081-george-orwell-big-brother-is-watching-your-house.do

    What happened to that “they hate us for our freedoms” mantra? I’m all for stopping violence, but at the expense of our whole way of life???

  • aliasooze

    There’s a man made hole in Lake Michigan…a drain, more or less. Google hole in lake MIchigan and you’ll be surprised to find it’s not the only body of water with a DRAIN. Get the app and report that. Or how about reporting that they’ve been draining the great lakes for years to sell bottled water back to us. Nestle is just one company that’s been doing it. They’ve also been shipping water to China for YEARS. Make no mistake, all of these rat on your neighbors programs are for nothing else then to thin the herd.
    Most Americans are well aware of what happens if you are issued citations and then a cop has to come to collect the fines, SWAT gets to break out the MRAPS and you’ll be lucky to live through it. Even if THAT doesn’t happen, civil forfeiture laws will allow them to take your home, cars and everything else.
    With all of the spying, smart meters and cops WHY DO THEY NEED people that aren’t being paid to figure out someone is watering THEIR lawn???

    • Rizzan

      Because if you complain about corporations raping America you’re thrown into the “Looney commie loving baby killing party”. Or maybe the laziest of Americans will just call you “Nazi” for short.

  • Clarifier

    Can I clarify, Sig 40 cal Wakey Wakey

  • Jackson Heuer

    Can’t say I approve of water main breaks myself.

  • signalfire1

    Lemme know when they stop watering the golf courses.

  • curenado

    Uh….jaun? Dirty little diseased animals do not ascend to anything, they serve their purpose and perish of simple diseases. Because they don’t go away in 6 months like sea monkeys. You know how stupid – what makes you think you will do anything but buzz off? Oh yeah. A big commie myata promised you the moon. That’s right. We’ll see apocalypto…

  • curenado

    Hire somebody else. Flu gonna be rough on jaun Valdez this year…

  • curenado

    What”s too true is how many douchebag cali retards will be all on it. They’re so far gone you can tell the monkeys anything and they’ll do it.