What Has Government Done to Our Bathrooms? – American Institute for Economic Research

Damn!  When will people have enough of this regulation BS?

terrifying words

Some of the most obvious abuses have been government delving into our lives, into our bathrooms and how we flush our “bidness” away.  Low flow toilets promised to save lots of water, H2O, to save the earth and those not blessed with an abundance of the wet stuff.


Then there is the dictate to transition away from incandescent light bulbs to CFL’s (compact florescent lights) in order to save energy.  Oh, never mind the lousy white light that hurts your eyes, and the broken promises of “long life” bulbs that will make paying for these ugly devices worth it.


And for how long now have we been tormented by the climate “terrorists” who said that by now, coastal areas would be under water.  Well, those predictions have now been revised and stretched out for some decades (presumably so those living will no longer be around to disagree with the prognosticators of doom!).

coastal areas submerged by rising oceans

As might be expected, people who have no sense or ability to think critically, take the promises of nirvana “hook, line & sinker,” and yell till the cows come home that “everyone” needs to abide by the regulations to be a good citizen of the earth, never mind the market forces of supply & demand.  Simple evidence like Mark Zuckerberg and B. Husein Obama buying beach front properties in Hawaii should be a dead giveaway that not all is what you are being told.

But, first things first.  One can only hope that Sect’y Scott Pruitt of the EPA will undo this piece of bovine scatology and open up toilet design and marketing to competition and let innovation and demand determine the winning designs, designs that will please home owners-users with a satisfied smile that can only be accomplished with a single flush!  And then flush the EPA regulations that get in, really into our bidness.  – Mongoose


What Has Government Done to Our Bathrooms?


Jeffrey A. Tucker – Editorial Director




People who have traveled the world, or are of a certain age and have long memories, are conscious, however inchoately, that something has gone very wrong in our bathrooms. Maybe you are among those who have noticed.

You travel to Brazil or Spain or Israel, and you take a shower. The water pours down on your head. It feels like the first real shower you have had in years. You come back to the US. The water dribbles out. You stare up in disbelief. Is this all you got? Yep.

You wonder what has gone wrong. The shower barely gets the conditioner out of your hair. You buy a new shower head that promises much but delivers nothing at all. No matter how long you stay in, you don’t feel like you are getting clean.

You long for Brazil. You wish for Mexico. Anywhere but the U.S. because none of these countries have gone what we’ve gone through since in 1992 George Bush signed new amendments to the Clean Water Act that mandated low-flow showerheads (2.5 gallons-per-minute max). No retailer can sell any showerhead that does not conform. You can buy them and hack them (I’ve become very good at this) but even then, there is a problem because the water pressure in our homes and commercial spaces is also restricted.

Hacking gets you improvements (the cheap showerheads are easiest to hack), but, even then, we are far from the ideal.

I’m staying for the week in a New England mansion – Edgewood, the historic mansion of the American Institute for Economic Research – built in the nineteen teens originally but with plumbing that dates from the 1930s, as installed byCrane Plumping back in the day. The original fixtures are still here. Thank goodness no one had the idea of replacing them with “modern” and “efficient” fixtures.

You turn on the shower. It’s Niagara Falls. Just imagine barrels of water being dumped on your head. When one runs out, another begins to pour. This keeps happening, the water all warmed to the most luxurious temperature. No matter how much I describe it, you have to experience it to believe it. If I could permit access to one person after another to such a shower as this, there would be some kind of revolution in this country.

And the toilet: the tank is gigantic, unbelievable. It would sell on the black market today for six figures. Why black market? Because it is illegal to sell such a thing on public markets today. Since 1994, all toilet tanks can only hold a maximum of 1.6 gallons. This explains why there must always be a plunger nearby. It’s why you have to buy bleach capsules. It why one-ply toilet paper is so common. Anything else leads to embarrassing clogs.

With modern toilets, you are just glad when they accomplish the minimum most to achieve the task. Forget staying clean, however. There is not enough water running through them to achieve that. There’s not enough water running through the system even to keep the buildup away from fixtures and pipes, so you are forever having to repair them.

No matter how much technology you deploy, there is no way to make a toilet work the way it once did by using only 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

But this toilet from the 1940s is a wonder. The initial blast takes care of the essential task. There is another round of water that cleans further. And yet a third comes along to wash yet again. The results are infallible, clean, and truly glorious. How many gallons is it? I’m estimating 8 but it could be 10 or more. It is huge and wonderful.

The only reason that this world went away is regulation. It has nothing to do with a water shortage. We’ve got the technology to consume all the water we need and are willing to pay for. Not only that: water is the ultimate renewable resource. It comes down from the sky, we use it for stuff, and it goes back up again. Round and round it goes.

The only restriction on water today is purely statutory. Even then, it is ridiculous.

On the campaign trail in December 2015, Donald Trump was challenged to mention a regulation he would repeal. It was this one that he named. “I’ll give you one regulation,” Trump said. “So I build, and I build a lot of stuff. And I go into areas where they have tremendous water. … And you have sinks where the water doesn’t come out. It’s true. They have restrictors put in. The problem is you stay under the shower for five times as long.”

He was exactly right.

What is the thinking here? It’s always about conservation. The regulators see our use of shower water as amazing waste. Listen to this alarmism promoted by the EPA:

“Showering is one of the leading ways we use water in the home, accounting for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use—for the average family, that adds up to nearly 40 gallons per day. That’s nearly 1.2 trillion gallons of water used in the United States annually just for showering, or enough to supply the water needs of New York and New Jersey for a year!”

My goodness, that sounds terrible. What decadent and wasteful people we are. No wonder there are flow stoppers in our showers.

But hold on a minute. A full page of seemingly scientific statistics at the EPA never actually raises the central question. What we really want to know is: what portion of overall water use do our showers actually drain? What difference are we making to the whole by degrading our shower experience in such an extreme way?

For this date, you have to head over to the Department of the interior, and look at estimated water use in the US. It turns out that the thermonuclear power and agriculture account for 78 percent of all water use. Public supply in general – meaning everything that could possibly be related to any domestic or commercial use where you live – is only 12 percent of the total.

We are being hectored daily about our water use, but it turns out that straight up domestic use of the public water supply accounts for a small fraction of total use. “During 2010, about 42,000 Mgal/d of freshwater was withdrawn for public supply, which accounted for almost 12 percent of the total water withdrawn.” And how much of that is actual household use? “About 57 percent of public-supply withdrawals [which itself is 12 percent of total], or 23,800 Mgal/d, was delivered for domestic use, which includes indoor and outdoor residential uses, such as drinking water, sanitation, and landscape watering.”

In other words, all the water use associated with every home in the US, including the washing machine, swimming pool, lawn watering, car washing, cooking and cleaning, plus flushing and showering, account for less than 7 percent, and probably close to 5 percent of the total. You can look through the report yourself and see but there is no estimate at all about flushing and showering because the usage is so small, even to the point of being negligible.

The amount of water you use for showering, flushing, washing dishes, and washing clothes is a tiny fraction of overall water use. Only by reporting raw numbers – and excluding the main uses of water for power generation and agriculture – can the public be convinced that living a lower standard of living is achieving anything to save the planet.

Essentially, the public is being gaslighted here: “a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, hoping to make them question their own memory, perception, and sanity.” Water is scarce, true, but so is everything else. We have a system for dealing with scarcity: it is called prices. It applies to everything, water included. Water poses no special problems for economic allocation that do not apply to shoes, vegetables, or cars.

What, then, is the real point of all the scary data pushed by the EPA? If you were into conspiracy theory, you might observe that the thermonuclear power industry plus big agriculture are pushing regulations on normal domestic water use as a way of reducing water consumption and lowering prices for their own use. Sounds like the plots of myriad movies like Rango and Mad Max.

The net effect of all of this has been to ruin our bathrooms. You might not realize it because the change has been slow, extending over 25 years. Only by encountering a bathroom with original fixtures from the 1940s can you perceive the full horror of what has happened. Our showers are lame, our toilets don’t work, our pipes are dirty, and everything is less sanitary. Chalk it up as yet another thing that government has ruined.

Jeffrey A. Tucker

via What Has Government Done to Our Bathrooms? | AIER

Secondhand pot smoke can give you more than just a contact high | The Sacramento Bee

The big news out of California this new year is the legalization of cannabis, weed, Marijuana.  And while I knew a little bit about the law regarding how this substance was to be produced, sold, and enjoyed for “recreational” use, I wondered how the environment built up over the years against “smoking” cigarettes would come back to bite many of the same people who were against the tobacco companies.
Today, we have work place and public place bans on smoking.  There are designated areas for smokers to puff their magic dragons so as not to bother those non-smokers who do not enjoy being accosted by second hand smoke and all that is associated with it.
Before today, weed smokers had to be very discreet about using their substance of choice.  And that can be problematic because marijuana has a very distinctive odor.  This problem is similar to that of tobacco cigarettes in that a non-smoker can readily tell if a cigarette or cigar is being smoked in the vicinity.  If you don’t smoke, it is a very unpleasant irritant and unwanted intrusion on your person hood, your peace and tranquility, and even your health, not to mention the effects of lingering smells on your clothing, hair, etc.
So enter the new freedom, cannabis.  The symbol of oppression by the government, the right and generally conservative folks everywhere.  The opposite is true to.  For those fighting for their “rights,” it is the symbol of the right to do to their bodies what they want, to spend their money how they choose, and to enjoy themselves and seek happiness in a manner that pleases them.  
Well, while I am not a big fan of the war on drugs and I do think it has been largely a failure as well as a ruse for the actual profit from the drug trade, what someone wants to do in their own time with their own money, is their own business.  But decisions do have consequences.  Many companies now have drug testing as part of their hiring and employment process.  Unless those companies see fit to change their tests to allow for the presence of THC and other marijuana related compounds, jobs could be at risk.  While you may not smoke while driving, if you have an accident and are tested positive for being under the influence (I guess someone will invent a breathalyser for pot), then you have legal exposures.  So with use comes the usual responsibilities and risks, something that many people are loathe to consider or accept.
But my overriding, personal, concern was about second hand smoke.  I researched this topic and I came across this article because I wanted to understand what freedoms and constraints pot users would have, and what the consequences would be for “non-smokers.”  I found out that the rules pretty much apply to pot just as they do to tobacco smokers or other forms of drug use, including alcohol.  I was concerned that I would have to navigate a public setting where the air suddenly becomes milky white and/or smelly to the degree that I start coughing or choking, and my clothes and person pick up the odor I have just encountered.  It is kinda of like when you go on a hike and you come across a swarm of small flies or insects that you are suddenly in the middle of because you couldn’t hear them and could hardly see them.  But once you are in their midst, you know instantly what you have done and want to escape immediately.
So I guess I am pretty much safe from second hand smoke.  No reefer madness for me. /sarc
This is the immediate situation as best I can tell.  No telling how things might change as the cannabis business gets bigger and palms in government get greased, but I think the landscape, due to the anti-tobacco lobby, has been set and there really is no going back to free toking anytime, anyplace of your choosing.  States rights, yeah.  Common sense, not so much.  Well, we are talking about California in this case, where my family lives.
p.s. One site I came across I had never heard of before is a “non-smokers” rights website.

Secondhand pot smoke can give you more than just a contact high

APRIL 21, 2016 10:00 AM

UPDATED APRIL 22, 2016 07:06 PM

A woman exhales while smoking marijuana during the annual 420 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

via Secondhand pot smoke can give you more than just a contact high | The Sacramento Bee

Jumpin’ Ju-Ju Bones, What a Year… from The Last Refuge

The following quote by Sundance at The Last Refuge really nails things on the head.

What strikes so true about it is the notion that the professional political class are “one-trick ponies.”  They have been playing the game for so many years, and changing the rules to suit themselves that they are literally bewildered by someone who is not beholding to them, intimidated by them, or able to cow another into submission on so many dimensions.

All they produce is “steaming piles of horsesh*t.

They are going crazy and in doing so revealing what they so desperately want to protect … their elitist positions.  But the curtain has been pulled back and everyone can now see, whether they want to admit it or not, just how buffoonish, these actors are and how corrupt and despicable and enterprise they have created for themselves and their friends.

“He’s one guy, and he has them entirely surrounded.

Perpetually triggered, consistently paranoid and surrounded.

Damned funny, if you ask me.” – Sundance

For more, check out the rest of the article by Sundance.

via Jumpin’ Ju-Ju Bones, What a Year… | The Last Refuge

An opinion on the ‘EPA Gravy Train’ – and why shutting it down is a good thing | Watts Up With That?

There are few things that really make me angry.  One of them is liars.  The other is corruption and scheming to steal and cheat.

th (1)

Like the race baiting industry, many companies payoff their “accusers” to avoid bad press and court/legal fees.  They call it “sue-and-settle” because the Boards of Directors have no spine and their only concern is growing the business.  It wouldn’t surprise me if there is some kind of tax deduction that Congress has allowed for these kinds of settlements so the net effect to the companies is a slap-on-the-wrist and the tax payer is the one to take it in the end, literally.


So it goes with many other endeavors, especially one called the “environmental lobby.”

Ever wonder what all the lawyers that are churned out by all the law schools around the country, and the world for that matter, do for a living?  They put their clever minds and legal beagle pens to work crafting ways to fleece the golden goose.  And their lobby’s grease the palms of plenty of our so-called “law makers” which is a patently false description if ever there was one, to tilt the playing field in their favor.

Hence, another gravy train is born and the money flows.  Under the last administration, the national debt doubled from $9 TRILLION, that is $9,000,000,000,000.00, yes, count them, twelve (12) zeros there! to more than $18 TRILLION.  Ever ask yourself, just where does all that money go?  Sure, some of you will rightly declare that a goodly portion went to the MIC, the Military Industrial Complex, and the wars in the middle east but that is another gravy train that is being addressed as we speak.



EPA Sect’y Pruitt is doing a damn fine job as a businessman and an administrator of a department that has gone way off course from it’s legislated mandate.  In business, there are such things as priorities, performance measures, effectiveness and zero based budgeting.  The fact that the government is paying off special interests and their is literally no accounting for this “gravy train” should concern all Americans.  This is stupidity run amok.


Now you might say, well, you must be a conservative, a Republican for sure.  Well, I might surprise you when I say that I am very much a conservative and that includes taking care of the environment.  But I would be hard pressed to say I am a Republican because I detest most of those in Congress who call themselves “Republicans.”  In name only!  I am a realist when it comes to making trade-offs to using the environment and the needs of people and society at large, however, there are many abuses that occur by public and private companies, organizations and individuals who need to be reigned in and held accountable for their abuses.  This is where justice needs to be applied, not on the individual citizen and his or her liberties as is being done today.  I also do not accept rule by parties outside the US like the United Nations or the EU.  The US is sovereign just as I am a sovereign individual. – Mongoose


An opinion on the ‘EPA Gravy Train’ – and why shutting it down is a good thing

Foreword by Paul Dreissen.

Author, advisor and former US Senate aide and Colorado Department of Natural Resources director Greg Walcher has written an important article on how sue-and-settle lawsuits ignored and abused our fundamental rights to legal due process from their very beginning – while enriching the environmentalist groups that brought the legal actions. He also explains why EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was absolutely right to terminate the practice.

Walcher’s analysis should be read by every legislator, regulator, judge … and actual or potential victim of this infamous practice.

Time to get them off our gravy train

Sue and settle schemes reward pressure groups, and hurt the rest of America

by Greg Walcher

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a directive to end a 20-year string of “sue and settle” cases that have funneled untold millions of tax dollars to environmental organizations. Predictably, those groups and their allies have been apoplectic about it.

Many of these groups have grown from grassroots citizen movements to gigantic cash-flush conglomerates, with much of the cash coming from the government they appear or pretend to be fighting. Many now have separate legal arms with hundreds of attorneys, whose primary job is to sue the government and keep the cash flowing. They are part of the $13-billion-per-year U.S. environmental industry and lobby.

These organizations vehemently object to the phrase “sue and settle,” claiming it oversimplifies a very complex legal procedure. But in fact, the strategy isn’t really very complicated at all.

Congress has created a mess, with all sorts of processes and procedures agencies must follow in making rules and decisions. Every step of the way, those decisions are subject to potential lawsuits. For entirely different reasons, Congress also authorized the government to pay the legal bills of people who are forced to sue to defend their interests against government overreach.

It didn’t take long for clever organizations, and their allies in government, to figure out how to turn that combination into a massive public policy ATM that gives them our money to finance their ideologies, disinformation campaigns, and more activism.

Government officials sometimes get frustrated by that pesky process required to make decisions that they think should be quick and easy. That’s where “sue and settle” comes in.

A “friendly” organization files a lawsuit demanding the very action the officials want to take anyway. So the government agency reaches an out-of-court settlement – often in a carefully selected friendly court – in which the agency agrees to the action demanded by the lawsuit, and agrees to pay the organization’s legal fees as part of its penance.

The court agrees to the settlement, part of which often seals the details (such as legal fees), making it difficult for anyone to track these deals. The parties who are most directly affected by the decisions are left out of the process; they never get to testify, never get their day in court, because the case was settled without going to court.

About 20 years ago, government agencies stopped collecting data on these settlements, so that they were no longer “able to” (or had to) report to Congress on the amount of money involved, or the groups to whom our tax money was being paid. Long-time observers know it amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars over the years, and the recipients are mostly large environmental organizations.

Mr. Pruitt was right to direct an end to such abuses. Almost immediately, a group of 58 former EPA attorneys wrote a letter sharply criticizing his action, arguing that ending the practice will somehow harm the American people, as well as “fair and efficient operations” at EPA. Their letter is 13 pages long and has 23 footnotes, but you have to expect that from lawyers. For anyone who cares to wade through all the verbiage, their explanation is very telling.

The lawyers accuse Pruitt of “attempting to give regulated parties a special and powerful seat at the table with no corresponding role for other members of the public.” In other words, in their view, people who have no direct stake in the ruling should have the same seat at the same table as those directly affected.

They also claim the new directive does “a grave injustice by alleging, without evidence, collusion with outside groups.” They should know; these are some of the same folks who made sure that allegation would be “without evidence,” by hiding the attorney fees, other financial payments and other details of these settlements from Congress and the public.

Most telling of all, though, is this little gem from page eleven: “It is EPA’s failure to comply with legal requirements that is the problem, not the people who sue EPA….”

That is a remarkable contradiction from the letter’s signatories, who began by claiming the Pruitt directive would harm “fair and efficient operations” at EPA. That is, operations under rules that they devised to serve themselves and their allies, agendas and ideologies, especially during the Obama years.

Two more things you should know about the 58 former EPA employees who signed the letter. First, they are partisans who regularly criticize the current Administration. Most of the same people signed a similar letter on April 27, titled “Earth Warms While Trump Ignores Science,” as well as a February 15 letter to senators opposing Pruitt’s confirmation.

Second, and perhaps more important, they are environmental attorneys who object to ending the secretive gravy train that has paid the salaries of environmental attorneys for years. Could some of them now be working for organizations that sue the government, hoping to get their own “fair share” of these lucrative settlements? Might their paychecks actually depend on that very system?

“Sue and settle” is a gravy train never envisioned by Congress. It cannot withstand public scrutiny.

These attorneys ought to recall, and adhere to, the ethics of “Paper Chase” star John Housman, who once touted financial managers who “make money the old fashioned way – they earn it.”


Greg Walcher (www.GregWalcher.com) is president of the Natural Resources Group and author of “Smoking Them Out: The Theft of the Environment and How to Take it Back,” now in its second printing. He is a former head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

via An opinion on the ‘EPA Gravy Train’ – and why shutting it down is a good thing | Watts Up With That?

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration


0:36 ~Carol Of The Bells~ Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon

3:30 ~Silent Night~ Méav Ní Mhaolchatha

7:00 ~White Christmas~ Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha

10:29 ~Away In A Manger~ Órla Fallon

13:05 ~Ding Dong Merrily On High~ Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon

16:05 ~The Little Drummer Boy~ Órla Fallon, Chloë Agnew

20:13 ~The Christmas Song~ Lisa Kelly

24:00 ~ In The Bleak Midwinter~ Máiréad Nesbitt

26:10 ~The First Noel~ Máiréad Nesbitt, Lisa Kelly, Chloë Agnew, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon

30:44 ~The Wexford Carol~ Méav Ní Mhaolchatha

34:00 ~Christmas Pipes~ Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon

38:26 ~O Holy Night~ Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon 43:05 ~Panis Angelicus~ Chloë Agnew

47:10 ~Green the Whole Year Round~ Lisa Kelly

52:04 ~Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas~ Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon

54:46 ~Don Oíche Úd I Mbeithil (That Night In Bethlehem)~ Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon

57:36 ~O Come All Ye Faithful~ Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon

1:02:06 ~Let It Snow~ Chloë Agnew, Máiréad Nesbitt, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Órla Fallon