Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Going in tanks and other links

My friends are awesome. They send me links about all kinds of sanitation-relevant things. Unfortunately, I don't have time to write a post about all of them, so here is my mix:

In 2009, a Russian gentleman was granted a patent for disposing of "biological waste" in tanks: go in a specially-design hollow bullet, and shoot it at the enemy. The Guardian writes, "This method of warfare aims to kill the enemy's spirit and psyche."

Meanwhile, over in India, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh says that if the state Uttar Pradesh achieves open defecation free status, he'll believe that Sai Baba, Indian spiritual leader and mystic, is still alive. He openly declares the need for making the bureaucracy easier.

And CNN made a three and a half minute video segment on the problems of open defecation in India. (Does anyone else think that showing pictures of people openly defecating ethically problematic? You wouldn't show a white person going to the bathroom.)

Toto, maker of super toilets, has compiled a list of toilets in the US that have one of their super toilets.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, one of my favorite comics, publishes a comic on self-flushing toilets.


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