Here in middle California, a moderately warm summer has given way to a very hot and dry October. Unless the predicted El Nino arrives soon, the water shortage is going to be catastrophic. Yet even as residents are being subjected to severe cutbacks in water usage, the new building of houses, high rise apartments Malls and office blocks continues at a manic pace. No doubt we shall soon be asked to welcome thousands of Muslim immigrants to join the other arrivals and share the scarce water. Few of my neighbors seem to care as they set off on long commutes for work, pay their water fines and take their dogs for bedtime bowel exercise. It is hard not to feel like the little boy who alone pointed out that the Emperor had no clothes.