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Mother Nature didn’t intend for forty million people to live here… This is literally a culture that since the 1880s has progressively invented, invented and reinvented itself. At what point does this invention begin to hit limits?

— Kevin Starr, a historian at the University of Southern California who is intimately familiar with the Golden State’s history, via The New York Times (California drought tests history of endless growth).