Hang Onto Your Plumbing

So let’s see if we follow the progression, here.

Years ago, Big Left, via Big Media, started telling us that:

  • Greenhouse gases were going to kill us
  • Using energy causes greenhouse gas
  • Compact fluorescent lights use less energy.

And as quick as 1-2-3, compact fluorescents became the law of the land (just in time for compact LEDs, which use less energy, provide better light, and are much cheaper, to come along).

In recent years, Big Media has been:

  • telling us that current industrial meat production contributes to greenhouse gases, ergo will kill us all.
  • trumpeting the virtues of eating insects and caterpillars.

Thus, you can count on someone in Big Left pushing policy that’d encourage, and eventually mandate, the eating of bugs for protein.

Of course, “urban sprawl” didn’t fall far behind:

  • It encouraged a car-based lifestyle!
  • Big Media promptly started pushing the virtues of transit-based, high-density life.

And cities run by Big Left are doing their merry best, as we speak, to abolish the single-family home, the private yard, and the car.

So – the progression is:

  • Big Media notes that something we commonly accept is going to kill us.
  • Big Left’s apparatchiks push to make a noxious, degrading, expensive alternative mandatory.

I couldn’t help but think of that pattern when read this.

6 thoughts on “Hang Onto Your Plumbing

  1. It doesn’t start with the media.
    It starts with academia.
    In the 1960s, the academy abandoned its traditional role of fostering study into the arts and sciences. It now sees its primary mission as creating a more just world by destroying the arts and sciences.

  2. I remember looking through the spendy house listings in Tuscon and realizing that there were generally twice the number of bathrooms as bedrooms, upon which I realized that becoming rich gives you the s***s.

    Either that, or if you’re going to host parties for a bunch of rich spoiled friends, and the last thing they want is a shared bathroom. Yeah, I’m going with “becoming rich gives you the s***s.”, too. And just like with cars, houses, private jets, air travel,and everything else the left wants to ban for you and me, I’ll believe it’s really a problem when they start acting like it’s a problem.

    And I’ll be a rich person with the s***s before that happens.

  3. I grew up in a 1950s built two bedroom rambler in Bloomington, with 5 siblings – 2 brothers and 3 sisters. My dad put a bathroom in the basement when I was a sophomore in high school. Having the two bathrooms helped, but on when every one was getting ready for work and school during the week and church on Sundays, we could have used 2 more. During hot days in the summer though, all of us kids spent so much time at either the lake, in the pool or having water fights, that we rarely had to shower. When my wife and I got married and I got transferred to LA, most two or three bedroom apartments, had two bathrooms. Same thing in Texas. When we bout our first house in Houston, it was a three bedroom, 2 bath, one of which was an ensuite. When we moved back to MN, we first lived in Richfield in a 1950s built one and a half story expansion, with one bathroom. (The couple that lived next door to us, raised six girls with ONE bathroom. Surprisingly, the man was still sane 🙂 ) My house now has an ensuite with no tub, a full bath and a powder room. Funny though, there is a rough in for a bath in the basement, which we have thought of turning into a combination bath sauna, but we’ll probably let the next owner do something with it.

  4. Don’t forget CFs contained mercury, a well known toxin.
    I’ve heard they also leak UV radiation…

  5. From one of my essay’s That’ll Learn You

    Growing up in the 1950’s was like that. Every adult I knew had a warped sense of what was good.

    My dad was the worst. He was a plumber with eleven kids who thought a house with one bathroom was a good thing.

    “It’ll teach ’em patience,” he told my mother.

    The trouble was, we had too many girls for patience. I don’t know what it is about girls and bathrooms but I learned from an early age, a bathroom always has a sister in it. Even when I bought my first house, the law held true. It had two bathrooms. One for me and one for my wife. Sure enough, the first time I went to use my bathroom, one of my sisters was in it.

    Finally, after years of suffering in silence, my brothers and I approached our old man. “Could you please build a bathroom in the basement?” we pleaded.

    My dad grunted and took his sweet time thinking about it before telling us, “Boys, you gotta solve your own problems.”

    So we did. My brothers and I left the bathroom to the girls and took to visiting a willow tree growing by the side of our garage. When we had anything more complicated, we went to a neighbor’s house.

    Fortunately everyone in our neighborhood had big families and none of them kept a count of their kids. This allowed us to wander in and out of their houses like they were our own (except for the ones with too many girls of course).

    In that way, we made a lot of friends and by extension, my dad made a lot of friends. It made him proud. He boasted constantly how his kids always found a way around life’s obstacles.

    The willow tree made him proud too.

    “Look at that thing,” he told his friends in the neighborhood, “you ever seen a tree grow like that?”

  6. Very good, JDM. I think that we are contempories, with similar experiences. I was raised in a 3 bedroom, one bath house in Fridley, in the 1960s. But in my family we had four boys and one girl . . . good Lord we picked on that girl.

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