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Coincidentally, on Tuesday Diane Rehm interviewed W. Hodding Carter on her radio show about his new book Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization.

Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire
by marco on Wed May 24th, 2006 at 10:24:00 PM EST
Good one. Also goes back to the comments DeAnander made upthread: flushing toilets are still glorified. The point probably should indeed be made that ordinary flush toilets were a big boon for human hygiene (short-term strategy). Yet it now seems time for re-inventing the toilet once again (long-term strategy).
by Nomad (Bjinse) on Thu May 25th, 2006 at 03:14:55 AM EST
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Yes, I was going to make the point that urban sanitation, running water, sewers, disinfectation of sewage, were necessary to root out many nasty diseases transmitted by feces. As usual, we have gone overboard but we will be forced to come around by water scarcity.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 25th, 2006 at 03:22:46 AM EST
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