Bill Gates believes the humble toilet is overdue for an update. For the past seven years, the Microsoft-CEO-turned-philanthropist has been calling for the development of low-cost, high-efficiency toilets that would bring effective sanitation to the world's most impoverished areas. At a toilet expo in Beijing in November 2018, he held aloft a jar of human waste and told the audience, "We see ourselves on the cusp of a sanitation revolution." But if Gates is bullish on a new toilet for developing nations, other advocates are calling for a do-over of the bowls in bathrooms all around the world. "Everything these days is connected and smart, but I feel like the bathroom is a very untapped area," says Sameer Berry, a Los Angeles-based gastroenterologist-in-training who penned a recent essay on toilet technology. "There's not been much innovation there for hundreds of years." Beyond pampering Since the 1980s, Japanese companies have been selling high-tech toilets for home use that pamper … [Read more...] about Here’s how smart toilets of the future could protect your health
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Democracy activist Ji Xiaolong was sentenced to three and a half years in prison in Shanghai on Monday for “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble.” Ji did most of his trouble-stirring in public toilets, where he scribbled “sensitive phrases” such as “Down with the Communist Party!” on the walls.According to a courtroom observer quoted by Radio Free Asia, the court originally planned to give Ji a light sentence because he readily admitted to writing slogans on the wall of a public toilet in Shanghai but grew exasperated when he gave a 20-minute speech during the six minutes he was granted to speak in his own defense. The speech, described by RFA’s source as “passionate,” convinced the court Ji had “bad motives” and lacked remorse for his actions. His graffiti was a satirical response to Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s 2015 call for Chinese dominance in the $6 billion sanitation technology market, an … [Read more...] about China Jails Activist for ‘Down with the Communist Party’ Toilet Graffiti
Viet Nam News By Trọng Kiên Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates delivered a presentation on toilets in China last week, but the thing that grabbed headlines was a prop he used: a clear canister of human excrement. Even those unimpressed by the stunt couldn’t help but talk about it, which is probably a win for Gates, who has spent some of his fortune to raise awareness of sanitation and provide clean and working toilets in developing countries. The story broke in Việt Nam to high praise, with most being impressed by the fact that a man of immense wealth was not shy from humbling himself to help the less advantaged. The same week, the Việt Nam Toilet Association was launched by Vietnamese businessman, Lê Văn Hiệp – a long-time champion of proper latrines in … [Read more...] about Time for the nation to pull up their pants and deal with the toilet problem
World Two brothers in a rural Chinese village died after getting stuck in a latrine pit while trying to recover a cellphone, the South China Morning Post reported. One man entered the 6-foot latrine pit in Shanxi province's Huyan village to retrieve his son's phone, which had been lost the prior day. When the first man failed to return, his brother went to help. The brother also got stuck. Family members called the police once they realized that the brothers were missing. Officers struck down latrine walls and pumped out the waste, but both brothers had already died. The South China Morning Post reported that "rescuers said the noxious gases generated by the human waste could cause people to lose consciousness." Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 59 The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World China has experienced … [Read more...] about Brothers Die While Trying to Recover Phone From Latrine Pit in China
The Chinese communist regime published a white paper on Tuesday detailing the alleged litany of human rights abuses Americans face, ranging from sexual harassment in Hollywood to the presence of wealthy individuals in politics. China’s “Human Rights Record of the United States in 2017” publication is a direct response to the U.S. State Department’s annual global human rights survey. This year, the State Department found that China increased its repression towards religious groups, particularly Christians and Muslims.China, in turn, claimed to have found “serious infringement on citizens’ civil rights, systematic racial discrimination, severe flaws in the American-style democracy, widening rich-poor divide, discrimination and assault against some specific groups such as women, children and people with disabilities.” The Chinese report, published by the Information Office of the State Council, China’s Cabinet, lists among its … [Read more...] about China: Harvey Weinstein and ‘American-Style Democracy’ Biggest Human Rights Threats in U.S.