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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Please don't. Begging will embarrass both of us.

Alright, you sick fucks. I am tired of pandering to your incessant, vulgar demands for more talk on participatory democracy. This is the end of it, for now. Tomorrow I’ll try to elevate the tone a little. I don’t have anything planned, but you aren’t going to get the long post about planning good meetings and making people feel heard until I get inspired by some really good or really awful meeting.

Update: My apologies, folks, for moving things around, but I want the posts on regulation to be continuous. I'm going to backdate the smaller posts that are mixed in, and put their original posting date in the text. None of them were particularly important or time sensitive, so I don't think we'll have lost much by putting them out of order.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK - how about an insightful and subtly humorous examination of the dynamics of smoke filled rooms.

Isn't that where the important decisions are really made?


12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where else am I going to get my dirty talk? Oh I see a commenter is using lots of dirty words, maybe I'll just have to skim the head hurting funny commentary and thought provoking dating rants and rely on the commenters for my light and dirty bureaucracy titillations :)

8:42 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hey Francis,

I'm very sorry to ask you this, but could you please erase your comment and replace with the agency names Google-proofed? If you don't get to it by lunch today, I'll erase it from here and repost it as anonymous, without my agency's name in it.



9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Megan:

What am I supposed to think about the pipe bombs found in the California Aqueduct? Is this just a weird coincidence? -K.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Megan said...


What? Link, please.

My first guess is coincidence. We find everything in canals: cars, washing machines, condoms, trash, everything. Punk kids getting rid of the evidence would be my first guess. But I don't even know what you're referring to.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Megan.

Enjoy, -K.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Megan said...


I'm sticking by my first theory. Punk kids ditching stuff and the aqueduct is as good a place as anywhere.

From the Fresno Bee:
Water levels are periodically lowered to look for submerged items

Dewatering canals is a tricky business. If a concrete canal is leaking, the ground underneath it can be saturated. In that case, water in the full canal is weighing it down. When you dewater the canal, the concrete liners can pop out of the ground, floating like boats on the watersoaked soils. Gotta be careful when you dewater canals.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Just so we're clear, this is not begging. When you eventually get back in the mood to talk dirty, a thoughtful post on how what happens when CBA gets applied in real-life would be interesting.

12:20 PM  
Blogger billoo said...

"find everything..."

What's been the weirdest or most interesting thing? Dead bodies, treasure?

God, that question makes me sound so morbid.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta be careful when you dewater canals.

Especially when people are using those canals to dispose of their unused pipe bombs.


12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops. my apologies. unfortunately i posted from home, and i'm at the office now. please feel free to expunge / delete.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Francis said:

i bet you knew this had to happen.

i'm a water lawyer in southern california. just found your blog tonight, coming from Mar.Rev.

details! i want details! so you work [somewhere]. what's the inside scoop on the M-nt-r-y EIR? can conjunctive use projects adequately offset global warming or do we need new offstream / onstream surface storage?

note: a few posts down you said that California has two agencies overseeing water. With DWR, SWRCB, 9 RWQCBs and CDFG (F&G 1600 jurisdiction), that makes 12. Add in the Bay-Delta Authority and that makes 13.

p.s.: I'm a big believer in workshops as a way to bridge the gap between no public input and open meetings.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Megan. You're awesome and your description of dewatering canals is totally sweet. -K.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

De-Lurking for a moment.

Ran across this today, thought it apposite.

Also, Megan you do realize that all this public choice/regulation/participatory democracy stuff is going to slide into your book with only slight polishing required?

BTW, Glad you liked Guy Kay.


5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I shall pretend to know you in a way that I do not, and insist that you see this. You just seem like the type.

I know, it's a fine line between spam and coy. The trick is that one is a fish.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Hey - I know I said I'd email, but I can't find your email on your site or your profile. Am I overlooking something?

10:01 PM  
Blogger Megan said...


Oooh, thanks. It got lost in the move to new blogger. I'm sure that's why I haven't been getting emails from smart, funny man who read about regulating agencies and now want me more than ever.

It's back now.

7:45 AM  

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