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  • Men of Ireland: Will you sit down to pee for the good of the planet?

    05/08/2022 3:41:42 PM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 77 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Catherine Cleary
    Urine diversion could be the future of loos. Posh Swiss toilet manufacturer Laufen has a toilet called Save. You use it as you would any other toilet, with one gender caveat. Before the flush, the urine runs down the front of the gleaming ceramic bowl to be diverted to a separate pipe. So men and boys have to sit down to pee. A greener loo with less mess. What’s not to love? Urine diversion is being trialled around the world. Sanitation codes are being rewritten to turn a pollutant into a resource. Environmental consultant Feidhlim Harty ends his book Septic...
  • US economy shrank by 1.4% as inflation takes toll on GDP.

    04/28/2022 9:19:37 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 54 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4.28.2022 | Ariel Zilber
    The US economy contracted by 1.4% in the most recent quarter, shrinking for the first time since the pandemic-induced recession two years ago as inflation continues to surge, according to government data released on Thursday. The Commerce Department’s estimate Thursday of the first quarter’s gross domestic product — the nation’s total output of goods and services — fell far below the 6.9% annual growth in the fourth quarter of 2021.
  • Journalist Maggie Haberman denies saving Trump toilet story for book: 'I'm not known for sitting on scoops'

    02/11/2022 11:47:57 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Week via Yahoo ^ | 02 10 2022 | Brendan Morrow
    New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman is pushing back against claims her latest scoop about former President Donald Trump was saved for an upcoming book. Earlier this week, Axios revealed that Haberman in her forthcoming book about Trump titled Confidence Man reveals that while he was in office, White House staffers "periodically discovered wads of printed paper clogging a toilet — and believed the president had flushed pieces of paper." The report quickly gained widespread attention, but it also sparked claims that Haberman sat on the piece of information for inclusion in the book rather than report it...
  • In the San Francisco Bay Area, we're at the breaking point: It's not just the COVID restrictions, It's also the complete breakdown of civil society.

    02/02/2022 8:46:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2022 | Terry Paulding
    After two solid years of COVID restrictions, many of us have reached a breaking point. Witness the mass exodus to other states from sunny California. Who wouldn't want to get out of here, away from this strangling, prison-like "reality"? Malaise is now spreading throughout the country, as a direct result of Biden's mass migration. How do you know that your chosen destination hasn't been set upon by a horde of unknown, unemployed migrants? This makes moving elsewhere less attractive. You can't know what you'll find when you get there, but it might be just as bad — or if clandestine...
  • Italy's High Court: Loud Toilet Flush Is Violation Of Human Rights

    01/18/2022 6:17:57 PM PST · by algore · 19 replies
    An Italian couple has won a two-decade-long court battle that invoked an international treaty signed after World War II in order to prove the acceptable volume of a toilet flush. The ordeal started as a typical neighborhood quarrel, yet spanned nearly two decades and eventually made its way up to Italy's Highest Court this week, Rome daily La Repubblica reports. It all began in 2003, when four brothers built a new toilet in their apartment located in the La Spezia province of northwest Italy. The husband and wife living next door soon complained that the toilet was used frequently during...
  • Suspects Terrorize NYC Subway Riders, Pedestrians in Alleged Robbery Spree

    11/08/2021 10:19:34 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 11/7/2021 | Amy Furr
    Three armed suspects reportedly used the subway to commit a multi-borough robbery spree on Thursday, allegedly victimizing four individuals in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the New York Post reported Saturday. The incident began just prior to 8:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Avenue station in downtown Brooklyn, according to law enforcement. Video footage showed the suspects, one wearing a yellow hoodie and yellow shoes, another in what appeared to be a black hoodie and white shoes, and another individual wearing a dark colored hoodie and red shoes. The Post article continued: The masked suspects approached a 33-year-old man on the C train,...
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Rule Change Will Affect ‘Everyone Who Flushes’

    10/26/2021 12:48:11 PM PDT · by lightman · 26 replies
    epoch times ^ | 26 October A.D. 2021 | Beth Brelje
    Brace yourself for inflation where you least expect itin Pennsylvania’s bathrooms. That was the conclusion state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe came to Monday while chairing a hearing of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which heard testimony about the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) plan to revise requirements for its Biosolids Beneficial Use General Permit. This is a permit for anyone who deals in the land application of biosolids— livestock manure on farms, and the stuff you flush in the bathroom that ends up in a septic tank or a wastewater treatment facility. Biosolids can be used in mine...
  • 2700-year-old toilet from First Temple period discovered in Jerusalem

    10/06/2021 8:02:06 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 30 replies
    Israel National News - Arutz Sheva ^ | Oct 5, 2021 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    A rare toilet cubicle from the First Temple Period, which was part of an ancient royal estate that operated at the end of the Kings of Judean period (7th century BCE), was discovered on the Armon Hanatziv promenade in Jerusalem, where the Israel Antiquities Authority and the City of David, about two years ago, uncovered the remains of a magnificent building which overlooked the City of David and the Temple Mount, including the private toilet cubicle.
  • SpaceX's private Inspiration4 astronauts had some toilet trouble in space

    09/20/2021 11:05:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | 09/20/2021 | Amy Thompson
    Details are still scarce as to what happened with the space toilet, but the anomaly involved its suction fan, according to Reed. The suction fan is responsible for removing waste products. Historically, crews that have ridden aboard the Dragon were in transit to the International Space Station and so only stayed in the spacecraft for 24 hours or less at a time. The facilities likely saw more use during the Inspiration4 mission, since this crew lived inside the Dragon capsule for approximately three days. Dragon's toilet is located near the craft's nosecone, which is also where the cupola window is...
  • Man bitten by neighbor’s escaped python in toilet in Austria

    07/05/2021 12:12:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 5, 2021
    A man in Austria was bitten by a 5 1/4-foot python during an early-morning visit to the toilet at his home on Monday, police said. The 65-year-old victim "felt a ‘nip’ in the genital area" shortly after sitting on the toilet at home in Graz just after 6 a.m., according to a statement from police in Styria province. He then looked into the toilet and discovered the albino reticulated python. The snake apparently had escaped unnoticed from the apartment of the man’s 24-year-old neighbor. It wasn’t immediately possible to figure out how it escaped and how it got into the...
  • Frustrated Women Demand Trans Women In Public Restrooms Stop Leaving The Toilet Seat Up (Satire)

    06/30/2021 8:20:07 AM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 19 replies
    Babylon Bee (Satire) ^ | 7/29/2021 | Bab Bee - who else
    U.S.—With more and more public bathroom facilities now allowing biological men in women's restrooms, women are dealing with the frustrating problem of always walking into a bathroom stall and finding someone has left the toilet seat up. "We're sick of it!" said one probably transphobic woman. "We women have to deal with this all the time at home with our husbands or boyfriends, and now this? What's it gonna take for you men-- er, women, to stop leaving the toilet seat up?" Some facilities had previously addressed this problem by gluing down the toilet seats but were later told...
  • All the Ways We’ve Wiped: The History of Toilet Paper and What Came Before Among tools people used in the past were moss, sponge on a stick, ceramic pieces and bamboo 'spatulas.'

    06/25/2021 9:48:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 97 replies ^ | APR 15, 2020 | CRYSTAL PONTI
    At the onset of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, store shelves were quickly emptied of toilet paper, revealing the commodity’s prominent, yet unspoken role in modern-day society. Although humans have cleaned their bottoms for as long as they have walked the Earth, “three-ply” and “extra-soft” didn’t always describe toilet hygiene. Before the introduction of mass-produced, commercially available toilet paper in the mid-1800s and the continued improvements made into the early 20 century, people relied on less luxurious ways to wipe their bums. From Seashells to Communal Sponges Through history, local customs and climate often dictated how anal hygiene was carried out....
  • Obama-era officials return to White House worth millions

    03/25/2021 11:55:23 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/21/2021 | Soo Rin Kim andLibby Cathey
    As several Obama-era officials return to the White House under President Joe Biden, their reunion comes with fuller pockets and deeper ties to corporate interests, new financial disclosure reports show. According to ABC News' analysis of the most recent disclosure reports, many of Biden's top White House officials, including Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, and coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients, have substantially multiplied their wealth over the past few years. Rice, who is among the wealthiest members of the Biden White House team, dramatically increased her wealth since...
  • 'Smart toilet' grant flushes $6.9M away, Rand Paul says

    12/31/2020 9:54:53 AM PST · by BuckeyeGW · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/331/20 | Kerry Picket
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul brought to light a $6.9 million provision for a “smart toilet” that was part of his annual federal government waste report that tabulated $54.7 billion in government waste in the past year.
  • Prosecutor says no charges in Michigan toilet voting display

    09/22/2020 11:38:53 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9-22-2020 | Zack Budryk
    A Michigan prosecutor will not pursue felony charges over a homeowner who displayed a toilet with a sign reading “Place mail in ballots here.” Ingham County election clerk Barb Byrum (D) reported the Lansing-area display to police, saying taking illegal possession of absentee ballots is a felony, according to The Associated Press. However, county prosecutor Carol Siemon (D) said the display appeared to be “an effort to make a humorous political statement” rather than any intention to violate the law.
  • China: Communist Party Replaces Uyghur Mosque with Toilet

    08/15/2020 12:32:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 14 2020 | FRANCES MARTEL
    A local official in Atush, Xinjiang, confirmed to Radio Free Asia (RFA) in an interview published Thursday that Chinese officials had built a public toilet at the site of a demolished Uyghur mosque. The public bathrooms were reportedly not yet in use, nor was there any clear need for more public toilets in the area, the anonymous official reportedly said. China launched a campaign in 2016 to demolish Uyghur mosques throughout Xinjiang, China’s largest and westernmost province. Officials also used other initiatives to erase Uyghur and other Turkic ethnic minority culture, including restrictions on wearing Islamic clothing in public, limits...
  • NASA wants your help designing future moon toilets

    06/25/2020 10:31:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    ENgadget ^ | 06/25/2020 | Racehk England
    Lunar gravity is approximately one sixth of Earth’s gravity, so bodily fluids and the like will “fall down,” but more slowly, which brings its own icky challenges. There’s $35,000 in prize money up for grabs, plus the unending personal glory of being able to say you helped designed a moon toilet. There’s also a junior category for under-18s. There’s a fairly extensive list of technical requirements for the sought-after toilet, and creators will have to take into account a host of factors including female needs and sickness. For example, while the preferred method for capturing vomit will be emesis bags...
  • Toilet flush heard during Supreme Court phone arguments

    05/06/2020 12:44:06 PM PDT · by FatherofFive · 42 replies
    Washington examiner ^ | 5/6/2020 | CAITLIN YILEK
    The audible flush happened Wednesday while Roman Martinez, an attorney for the American Association of Political Consultants, was speaking. Martinez did not miss a beat as a toilet flushed in the background
  • Flushing the toilet might give you coronavirus

    04/23/2020 1:36:50 PM PDT · by Texan4Life · 68 replies
    BGR ^ | 4/23/2020 | MIke Wehner
    Upon examining a wealth of existing research dating as far back as the 1950s, the authors of the paper explain that flushing a toilet that contains fecal matter can produce bioaerosols that remain in the air for an extended period of time. Much of the research suggests the material remains in the air for up 8 minutes after the toilet was flushed.
  • What Misinformation Has to Do With Toilet Paper

    03/30/2020 9:17:38 PM PDT · by deport · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Mar 19, 2020 | Emily Buder
    It started with an unsubstantiated rumor. “You can laugh now,” Johnny Carson said on The Tonight Show on December 19, 1973, “but there is an acute shortage of toilet paper.” There wasn’t—but it didn’t matter. The broadcast sent America into a mass panic. Millions of shoppers swarmed into grocery stores and began hoarding toilet paper. Ex nihilo, a shortage was born. The Scott Paper Company urged people to stop panic-buying the product. Nevertheless, for four months, toilet paper—absent from shelves—was bartered for, traded, and even sold on the black market....Some experts regard the toilet-paper shortage of ’73 as a...