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(TreeHugger)   Since the next world war is going to be fought over water, you might as well start getting used to taking air showers   (treehugger.com) divider line 90
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2013-01-25 09:19:39 AM
Olive oil
Sand
A wooden scraper to remove it

Roman shower, baby. It's all good. Also, this mythical "lack of water" is just that. The surface of the earth is 70% covered in water. A lack of artesian wells and river water will just lead to better and more widespread de-salination.
 
2013-01-25 09:55:45 AM
That's ok, we have a secret weapon:
 
2013-01-25 09:57:04 AM
Crap, let me try that again:

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2013-01-25 10:13:21 AM
Ben Franklin, naked on the porch!
 
2013-01-25 10:15:30 AM
It's going to be fought over water? So just planes, huh?
 
2013-01-25 10:15:40 AM
Let's see. We have most of the worlds fresh water, and a huge percentage of it's oil, coal, gold, and other precious resources.

Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.
 
2013-01-25 10:16:28 AM
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See if this will sell in Serbia.
And from what I hear, the Serbs are fanatic about their showers
 
2013-01-25 10:18:22 AM
Best pack a bunch of these for the chemically contaminated aftermath http://eartheasy.com/lifestraw
 
2013-01-25 10:19:13 AM
The people with most of the water also have most of the military hardware, so I doubt a war is gonna be fought over it
 
2013-01-25 10:20:55 AM
I try NOT to release "air" in the shower. I passed out the last time from the stench.

/fart jokes - I let off a few
 
2013-01-25 10:21:42 AM
I need to order one of these for my woods cabin, no shortage of fresh water but very low water pressure.
 
2013-01-25 10:22:15 AM
Religion is water?
 
2013-01-25 10:22:16 AM

ArcadianRefugee: It's going to be fought over water? So just planes, huh?


Hovercraft warfare!!
 
2013-01-25 10:22:55 AM
Just keep in mind that most of us in Michigan are well armed.
 
2013-01-25 10:25:28 AM
Maybe you. i intend to WIN that war.
 
2013-01-25 10:25:36 AM
you could do what the jackwad in the next cube over does - don't bathe at all. At least it's winter time and his fan is off. In the summer, he's unbearable.
 
2013-01-25 10:26:26 AM
water? really? yea, there is not a water shortage on this planet. there may be a plumbing shortage, but there is water literally falling out of the sky.
 
2013-01-25 10:26:28 AM
I think most farkers are already very familiar with the concept of not letting much water touch their bodies
 
2013-01-25 10:26:38 AM
Sealab 2021 did it.
 
2013-01-25 10:26:41 AM
The water shortage would become so much less of an issue if everyone stopped dumping perfectly good drinking water on grass. Unless you're growing some useful plants in your yard, just let it die. (And your water bill drops tremendously. In drought-prone areas especially, it can get cut in half or more.)
 
2013-01-25 10:27:52 AM
Should live near water instead of Austria.
 
2013-01-25 10:28:55 AM

indarwinsshadow: Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.


Well, at least you'll rule politely. And the NHL will never have a labor dispute again for fear of upsetting the poutine-stained masters.
 
2013-01-25 10:29:19 AM

indarwinsshadow: Let's see. We have most of the worlds fresh water, and a huge percentage of it's oil, coal, gold, and other precious resources.

Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.


Until the U.S. decides to annex you.
 
2013-01-25 10:30:07 AM

doglover: A lack of artesian wells and river water will just lead to better and more widespread de-salination.



...which unless I'm mistaken has higher costs than purifying fresh water -- energy mostly, but also filter membranes, capital equipment, etc.
 
2013-01-25 10:30:08 AM

dennysgod: Just keep in mind that most of us in Michigan are well armed.


That's fine I'll cut a deal with Yooper's to cut off the Mackinac Bridge, take out Minnesota and Wisconsin, trade some shiny Hockey Sticks to the Canadians then Lake Superior will be mine.
 
2013-01-25 10:33:17 AM

doglover: The surface of the earth is 70% covered in water. A lack of artesian wells and river water will just lead to better and more widespread de-salination.


Yeah, I'm inclined to think this is more likely than outright "war for water." How exactly would one win such a war anyway? You can't put a river in a truck and bring it out to the desert---water is going to fall and flow where it wants to anyway. Maybe you could force people who live in high-water areas to go elsewhere and then the desert people take over the lake areas? Anyway, I'm not buying it. All that stuff is a lot more complicated than the obvious solution of "let's desalinate seawater" and then think about ways to distribute it inland. And with the ocean levels rising, there will be NO shortage of seawater.
 
2013-01-25 10:34:21 AM

slayer199: Crap, let me try that again:

[cdn100.iofferphoto.com image 625x447]


And on that note: Tank Girl Sand Shower Sceeeeeeeeeeeeene
Love that movie for so many reasons, including the fact that I discovered Portishead because of it.
 
2013-01-25 10:35:13 AM

indarwinsshadow: Let's see. We have most of the worlds fresh water, and a huge percentage of it's oil, coal, gold, and other precious resources.

Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.


Be a real shame if anything happened to those der resources...

/Bush 2016
 
2013-01-25 10:36:06 AM

phaseolus: doglover: A lack of artesian wells and river water will just lead to better and more widespread de-salination.


...which unless I'm mistaken has higher costs than purifying fresh water -- energy mostly, but also filter membranes, capital equipment, etc.


Yeah, desal is expensive in both operating and capital when compared to treating most fresh surfacewater or groundwater to drinking standards. Can be done though.

Water re-use is going to be the next big thing in the SW and is already in some places. Much cheaper so long as people can get over the 'ick' factor.
 
2013-01-25 10:36:15 AM

phaseolus: ...which unless I'm mistaken has higher costs than purifying fresh water -- energy mostly, but also filter membranes, capital equipment, etc.


All of those things are still cheaper and easier than warfare. And people almost always do things that are easy, cheap(er), and safe instead of things that are hard, expensive, and dangerous.
 
2013-01-25 10:36:35 AM
Nations don't fight over water.
Historically, they trade for it, in the form of food.

Further, desalination and purification are understood and work just fine.
It can be more expensive in some cases, but the latest plants are producing water more cheaply than NYC can pipe it in.

Worst case, prices go up a bit. Yeah, that can suck. But it's going to be far easier and effective to pay the higher prices than fight a war over water itself.
A hypothetical people with literally "no other choice" would still be better off fighting a war over oil or mineral wealth and using *some* of those proceeds to buy the water.
 
2013-01-25 10:39:11 AM

HeadLever: Much cheaper so long as people can get over the 'ick' factor.


Might as well...water is always being reused anyway. At the end of the day, the stuff in your Brita jug is just recycled dinosaur piss.
 
2013-01-25 10:39:15 AM
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We're good, thanks.
 
2013-01-25 10:43:28 AM
i think the worst thing that will happen is people in the burbs are going to have to plant lawns and gardens with flora that can survive in their areas.
 
2013-01-25 10:44:53 AM

Katolu: indarwinsshadow: Let's see. We have most of the worlds fresh water, and a huge percentage of it's oil, coal, gold, and other precious resources.

Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.

Until the U.S. decides to annex you.


You're not going to get too far over the border before those batteries on your Rascals give out.
 
2013-01-25 10:46:02 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: [wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net image 448x320]

We're good, thanks.


Lake Erie FTW baby - yeah living near Cleveland brings the jokes at all times but at least we got some high quality H2O!
 
2013-01-25 10:46:08 AM

Alebak: Best pack a bunch of these for the chemically contaminated aftermath http://eartheasy.com/lifestraw


No worries. I found a GECK.
 
2013-01-25 10:47:04 AM

indarwinsshadow: Let's see. We have most of the worlds fresh water, and a huge percentage of it's oil, coal, gold, and other precious resources.

Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.


or as it's soon to be called, America's newest colony
 
2013-01-25 10:48:25 AM

indarwinsshadow: Let's see. We have most of the worlds fresh water, and a huge percentage of it's oil, coal, gold, and other precious resources.

Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.


One of Margaret Atwood's early novels had a character who was an anti-American Canadian-nationalist hippie guy who ranted about the coming US invasion of Canada over water.
 
2013-01-25 10:50:10 AM

WhippingBoy: Katolu: indarwinsshadow: Let's see. We have most of the worlds fresh water, and a huge percentage of it's oil, coal, gold, and other precious resources.

Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.

Until the U.S. decides to annex you.

You're not going to get too far over the border before those batteries on your Rascals give out.


We're not inviting Texas to the annexation of Canuckistan party
 
2013-01-25 10:50:14 AM
Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.

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2013-01-25 10:50:39 AM

HMS_Blinkin: HeadLever: Much cheaper so long as people can get over the 'ick' factor.

Might as well...water is always being reused anyway. At the end of the day, the stuff in your Brita jug is just recycled dinosaur piss.


Exactly, but try to tell that to the public. The human revulsion reflex is a very strong thing
 
2013-01-25 10:52:14 AM

Smeggy Smurf: WhippingBoy: Katolu: indarwinsshadow: Let's see. We have most of the worlds fresh water, and a huge percentage of it's oil, coal, gold, and other precious resources.

Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.

Until the U.S. decides to annex you.

You're not going to get too far over the border before those batteries on your Rascals give out.

We're not inviting Texas to the annexation of Canuckistan party


Here comes the invasion force...

www.thesmythgroup.com
 
2013-01-25 10:53:43 AM

Tom_Slick: dennysgod: Just keep in mind that most of us in Michigan are well armed.

That's fine I'll cut a deal with Yooper's to cut off the Mackinac Bridge, take out Minnesota and Wisconsin, trade some shiny Hockey Sticks to the Canadians then Lake Superior will be mine.


Not really. Most of Wisconsin seems likes it's armed--how do you think we have 750,000 deer hunters a year running around the great north woods? Plus we'll have the home turf advantage. I have four guns myself--three of them unregistered so the gubmint can't find 'em when they come to confiscate 'em.
 
2013-01-25 10:55:12 AM

HMS_Blinkin: phaseolus: ...which unless I'm mistaken has higher costs than purifying fresh water -- energy mostly, but also filter membranes, capital equipment, etc.

All of those things are still cheaper and easier than warfare. And people almost always do things that are easy, cheap(er), and safe instead of things that are hard, expensive, and dangerous.


You obviously haven't been paying attention. Humans farkin love war.
 
2013-01-25 10:56:42 AM

damndirtyape: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x236]


I always loved how DS9 used Quark to tear down the secular humanist deification that drunken womanizer Roddenberry draped humanity in in TNG.

Quark: I think I figured out why humans don't like Ferengi ...

Benjamin Sisko: Not now, Quark.

Quark: The way I see it, humans used to be a lot like Ferengi: greedy, acquisitive, interested only in profit. We're a constant reminder of a part of your past you'd like to forget.

Benjamin Sisko: Quark, we don't have time for this.

Quark: You're overlooking something. Humans used to be a lot worse than Ferengi: slavery, concentration camps, interstellar war. We have nothing in our past that approaches that kind of barbarism. You see? We're nothing like you... we're better.
 
2013-01-25 10:57:50 AM

chopit: indarwinsshadow: Welcome to your new Canadian overlords biatches.

Well, at least you'll rule politely. And the NHL will never have a labor dispute again for fear of upsetting the poutine-stained masters.


Oh, and we're making every last one of you drink Tim Hortons double double and your new national food is maple glazed. Chew on that...please.
 
2013-01-25 10:59:12 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: [wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net image 448x320]

We're good, thanks.



Came here to say this. Living near Lake Michigan has its advantages. Plus, the parents live on Green Lake (largest-volume inland lake in the state), so there's more water for me & the young'uns.

Seriously, though. Cheaper desalination will be invented. Things don't get made until there's a need for it--or at least a market that can be convinced to buy it.

/Necessity mother of something something....
 
2013-01-25 11:01:57 AM
I will gladly take sand showers. For Shai-Halud!
 
2013-01-25 11:02:20 AM

psychosis_inducing: The water shortage would become so much less of an issue if everyone stopped dumping perfectly good drinking water on grass. Unless you're growing some useful plants in your yard, just let it die. (And your water bill drops tremendously. In drought-prone areas especially, it can get cut in half or more.)


Agreed.  Here in the desert, all of the major open green spaces (parks, golf courses, common areas) use grey water.  I think the main reason it hasn't been plumbed for residential use for toilets and landscaping is because it has only been scrubbed to like 98% clean or some such, and they're worried about lawsuits.  If they can get the cost of that final filtration phase down (or if the price of water goes up), they'd start mandating it.

But even today, let me use it for my drip irrigation for shrubs and trees.  Unlike the lawn, there are no little ones running barefoot through the flowerbeds.  My palms and oleanders don't mind trace amounts of human pathogens.
 
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