This Man Went to Prison for Collecting Rainwater | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin talks about the crackdown on individuals who choose to live ‘Off the Grid’ citing a examples such as a man in Oregon who faced jail-time for collecting rainwater and a Florida woman who was forced to re-connect to the state’s electrical grid.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Can’t let people escape the machine, they might learn that it’s nice outside.

  • misinformation

    Policia state.

  • Oginikwe

    Not 13 million gallons, anyhow. We collect rainwater in rain barrels but the most we have at any one time is 350 gallons. Hoarding water hurts the environment around the area. Vernal ponds are very important to amphibians.

    Much of our population is disconnected from the natural world because our nation is primarily an urban nation now. Rural people are viewed as something of a a cross between the banjo-picker in “Deliverance” and disillusioned Confederates while collecting ba-jillions from the Farm Bill. All of our tractors are from the 1940s; we got a “new” baler, though: it’s from the 60s. And, not all of us are conservative–there are many liberals living off the grid or partially off the grid. (Btw: 65% of family farmers have never and continue not to benefit from the Farm Bill–that’s a agribusiness thing.) Most rural people consider their neighbors in their decisions because we all have to depend upon each other.

  • Veryon

    Runoff water laws are there to protect people downhill who depend on natural irrigation. One mans “pond” is another mans drought. More facts please.

    Similarly, waste disposal is there to keep people from polluting the water table with their poorly regulated sisterns. They didn’t demand the woman reconnect to the power grid. If she’s adequately treating her waste, that’s awesome. But more facts are needed before we can just jump in and turn her situation into a ham fisted “government is the matrix” line of propaganda.

    Reducing these discussions to little sound bites is exactly what Fox news would do. This isn’t as simple as a tug of war to pull the ribbon to the center.

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