Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Meditations on San Francisco's Commode Kerfuffle

This shocking story (sourced by us to SFGate) has been gurgling through the Internet for the last 24 hours:
San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink.
Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months.

The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem.
Pretty funny, eh? But wait! There's more:
Now officials are stocking up on a $14 million, three-year supply of highly concentrated sodium hypochlorite - better known as bleach - to act as an odor eater and to disinfect the city's treated water before it's dumped into the bay. It will also be used to sanitize drinking water.
That translates into 8.5 million pounds of bleach either being poured down city drains or into the drinking water supply every year. 
Let's see now. We Save the Planet plus "scarce" water resources by getting rid of old toilets and then spending tons of money (via significantly increased sewer tax bills) to get rid of the stink we just caused. And what about the "harm to the environment" that all that bleach is sure to cause? Of course now they're looking into that. But they could've avoided the issue and the expense by keeping all the old toilets.

This is just the latest example of progressive regressive non-reasoning from the political denizens of Amerikkka's Left Bank. You know, the same Idiotarians who are spending time and money on an attempt to ban circumcision. (See our comments on that little brouhaha here.) But these nutty San Franciscans are just the tip of the iceberg, really.

Meditating on SF's commode kerfuffle, I've begun to wonder more and more about exactly when we can expect the S to hit the fan nationwide with regard to the proper disposal of those wretched fluorescent twist-tube light bulbs the Nanny State is forcing us to buy. Right, we are supposed to "dispose of them safely" because they contain mercury. The product boxes all say so. (We apparently also need to call in a hazmat team to decontaminate our homes if we ever break one of these expensive puppies.)

But exactly where do we safely dispose of these bulbs? No one ever says.

I live right in the backyard of Washington DC in Fairfax Country, Virginia. Although it's been tilting Dem for the last few elections, the county is in general fairly well run as far as utilities and basic services go. But even here, I have yet to receive a missive, a political letter, a note in my electric or water/sewer bill--anything--that tells me where I can "safely dispose" of these damn bulbs I never wanted to buy in the first place.

From toilets to stupid light bulbs, progressive regressive Democrats like to force us to buy things that will make us better and safer and more "responsible" for our environment. Or so they say. What they're really trying to do is compel us to do things that will make them feel good about themselves. Like incorrigible adolescents, they never think of the ultimate consequences that stem from those things they're forcing people to do. Those consequences tend to be unavoidably negative if you don't use logic to parse these things out beforehand. Which, of course, they never do.

Anyhow, I've decided I'm going to start counting the days, months, or years it's going to take for San Franciscans to realize they've killed all the fish with bleach while their dysfunctional toilets continue to stink up the joint. And I'm looking forward to witnessing the inevitable movement to ban dangerous fluorescent lightbulbs. It will happen when we wake up one morning to discover that our cities and towns have become toxic waste dumps loaded with mercury brownfields that will take the entire gross national product to clean up.

But don't worry. Without a doubt there will be a fresh batch of incorrigible, perpetually adolescent progressive regressive Democrats just around the corner ready, willing, and fully able to tax the crap out of us to solve the problem that they unthinkingly caused in the frst place.


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