These people are idiots

California is suffering its worst drought in 60 years – and even its stars are trying to do their bit to save water.

Yet their efforts have thrown into stark relief how far removed their lives are from ordinary reality. Actor Kurt Russell, for example, has replanted the vines on his vineyard closer together so they require less watering.

Other celebrities have revealed perhaps a little too much about their personal lives. ‘When I pee, I don’t flush,’ said former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne, 62, who lives with Black Sabbath rocker husband Ozzy in rain-starved Beverly Hills.

There is no problem with water that proper pricing wouldn’t cure.

28 comments on “These people are idiots

  1. “Actor Kurt Russell, for example, has replanted the vines on his vineyard closer together so they require less watering.”

    Really? Or should that read ‘Actor Kurt Russell, for example, has ordered that a team of Mexicans replant the vines on his vineyard closer together so they require less watering.’?

  2. I’m sure the Mexicans would have needed the same amount of water regardless of how they spaced the vines………

    (sorry Julia 🙂 )

  3. #GreeniesAreStupid for concentrating on tiny little things and thinking it will make a difference.

    They are worried about CO2 which is 0.04% of the atmosphere. They think that not flushing their loo saves water when all domestic water use is 8% of Cal’s usage.

  4. SBML,

    For these people empty gestures are just fine because it is all about seeming and not doing.

    If Sharron Osbourne peed in the shower like I’m sure Ozzy does she wouldn’t need to worry about flushing.

  5. Someone once told that Ozzy’s prolonged “rock’n’roll lifestyle” *cough* has left him incontinent and in need of a large downstairs wet-room. I’m guessing that he’s not skimping on the showers.

  6. Flatcap Army – “Someone once told that Ozzy’s prolonged “rock’n’roll lifestyle” *cough* has left him incontinent and in need of a large downstairs wet-room. I’m guessing that he’s not skimping on the showers.”

    I don’t want to sound like I have had a sheltered life, but what part of a rock and roll lifestyle would leave you more incontinent than usual? I mean, I get a lack of bowel control if you’ve been fisting with bowling balls on a regular basis or something, but what would affect the bladder?

    Anyway, these people are beyond stupid. About half the water of California is not used by man. The other half is. 40% of water is used in agriculture and about 10% by city folk. So given that 80% of the water that is used, is used by farmers, what is the point of conservation?

    But assuming it is, per head use is about 180 gallons per day. Which is down a lot since the 1990s. The average toilet uses 1.6 gallons now California is forcing everyone to use low flush toilets. So let’s say that people use 1% of their average daily use per flush. I don’t know about you, but the thought of Ms Osbourne’s home reeking of urine – along with Ms Cameron Diaz’s – suggests to me it is worth paying the price.

    Still, even these two are at the smarter range of idiots:

    Pirates Of The Caribbean star Orlando Bloom says he takes water conservation so seriously that he sometimes wears clothes for a week without washing them, and has cut back on showering.

    What is he? Like twelve?

    Reality star Kim Kardashian confesses that she now washes her hair only every five days, though says: ‘That’s a little excessive, maybe.’ And actress Kristen Bell, the voice of Princess Anna in Frozen, tweeted: ‘I’m kissing face washing byebye for 7 days to conserve water…’

    Music star LL Cool J no longer runs the water for five minutes before stepping in to the shower. ‘I don’t run the shower now until I am ready,’ said the 47-year-old rapper.

    Way to go James.

    What is there to say when Billy Ray Cyrus is the voice of reason?

  7. It’s useless symbolic action, like recycling. The purpose is just to “feel like you’re doing something”.

  8. I heard on the radio the other day that the governor has instituted a system of fines ($10,000 +) for wasting water. Which can be imposed on anyone except farmers.

  9. SMfS “but what part of a rock and roll lifestyle would leave you more incontinent than usual?” Special K, aka Ketamine for one.

  10. It’s not just useless symbolic action, it’s *unverfiable* useless symbolic action. Does anyone honestly believe these celebrities’ claims?

  11. Machiavelli – “Special K, aka Ketamine for one.”

    Really? Holy sh!t. Thanks for that warning. The next time I am tempted I will remember to stick to free basing. Apparently it is no more dangerous than carrying around a mobile phone.

  12. a) Not everything that celebs tell journos is true, and in any case journos make up stuff

    b) Any publicity reminds folk you’re there, even if you’ve not worked for a while

    c) It supports the narrative – what’s the celeb going to do? Deny it?

    d) Sharon’s right about pee flushing, but you need common sense. A quick sprinkle and a flush every 3rd time saves water and won’t smell; Piss like a carthorse, or its your first of the day – flush immediately.

    e) And run the shower for 5 mins? The plumbing needs sorting; it should take 60-90 seconds unless your house uses a well or something. Even better, waste it into a bucket that you can mop the floor or flush the toilet with.

    We do both d) and e) fixes. I care about the environment, in an abstract sort of way, but care far more about my water bill. The first time we started doing this, it was reduced from about £200 to £60. We’re less fastidious now, but I still save over 50%

    and – nobody’s mentioned –

    f) hand washing clothes in the bath uses half the water a modern washing machine does and you get much better results. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who also has a job though, as it takes at least an hour.

    I reiterate – these are not symbolic gestures; We do it to save money, but each to their own. And no I didn’t miss the point about the domestic consumption being a small percentage.

  13. @Tim Newman

    you posted while I was typing the rant 🙂

    Verifiable? possibly. Yes – these claims are measurable; I have the reductions across my bills to show for it.

  14. I am sure that people lie to journalists all the time. But if they are here, I think their lies need a lot of work. I mean, come on. One of them should have said they save water by flying to Colorado to take a shower.

    At least one of them probably does. Leonardo? Looking at you matey.

  15. There is plenty of H2O in Northern Kali–the ecos won’t let them pipe it South tho’–not at any cost people can pay.

  16. “There is no problem with water that proper pricing wouldn’t cure.” I spy a tautology.

  17. Get set for the Elon Musk drought resistant no water ultrasonic shower. To be paid for by Californian taxpayers and sold to notoriously drought prone places like British Columbia and ireland.

  18. “notoriously drought prone places like British Columbia and ireland”: friends of ours have a cottage in a West Highland glen, with water coming from the burn.

    It is drought prone: every May and June they are on tenterhooks waiting to see if the burn will dry up. The other ten months, of course, have ample rainfall.

  19. @Justin, you must have an inefficient washing machine. A washing machine uses around 50l. A full bath is over 200l. Now you wouldn’t wash clothes in full bath, but do you really only put a few inches of water in your bath? Do you think washing dishes in the sink also saves water? Dish washers don’t use much water. They might use more energy, but water use by a machine is less than by hand.

    You’re right about a,b &c though.

  20. I washed a load of laundry in the bath. Once.

    The washing step went swimmingly.

    The rinsing, however, took forever, and hundreds of litres of water.

  21. “I don’t want to sound like I have had a sheltered life, but what part of a rock and roll lifestyle would leave you more incontinent than usual?”
    Thankfully, SMfS, you probably have.
    Try sharing a bed with an alcoholic. 🙁

  22. @machiavelli – allegedly his nervous system is so fried from repeated abuse and overdose of anything and everything that he’s doubly incontinent, hence the need for frequent showers

  23. “Allegedly”. It’s pretty hard to do a two hour rock concert if you’re shitting yourself.

    California’s woes, like Baltimore’s, are the inevitable and baleful result of giving Leftists completely uncontested control over every level of the political and economic apparatus. It’s a wholly self-inflicted problem. Just like at Pottery Barn: you broke it, you bought it.

  24. Being a road warrior and having lived in hotels for literally decades (my longest stay in a single hotel was 8-months consecutively), I am familiar with the problems of lack of laundry for long stay guests and hence the bathtub, shower basin or sink regime for laundry.

    This was not just because my employers wouldn’t cover the costs of laundry, but more typically because the laundry only operated Monday to Friday, was extortionate and even then had a minimum 2-day turnaround.

    The key to bathtub laundry is really hot water, fill the tub with about a foot of water and to use liquid laundry detergent that works in low temperatures.

    Thoroughly stir the laundry when you dump them in the bath and give it another stir every quarter of an hour or so. This usually works out fine.

    Most of my wash is shirts and underwear, the underwear I wring out in the sink and the shirts I put on hangers around the bath / shower to drip dry overnight – drying tends to be the tedious part.

  25. Bloke in Costa Rica – “California’s woes, like Baltimore’s, are the inevitable and baleful result of giving Leftists completely uncontested control over every level of the political and economic apparatus. It’s a wholly self-inflicted problem. Just like at Pottery Barn: you broke it, you bought it.”

    Portland and Seattle have long histories of left wing rule. So do Sweden and Norway. They are not broken. Well, not yet.

    Can anyone think of a factor that applies to Detroit, Baltimore and California, but not to Seattle or Sweden that might be a factor in the dysfunction of the former cities? Anyone? Anyone at all?

    (For that matter the DDR was a sh!thole but it was not Bulgaria)

  26. Nope, sorry. Seattle is terminally fucked and Portland coasting down the slope. You can prop up the rotting edifice with swingeing taxes on high-productivity businesses, but only for so long. Seattle’s just had a bout of rioting except there it was pasty-faced trustafarians. And Sweden? As our esteemed host points out, it is not the socialist utopia the US Left (and Polly Toynbee) think it is. To the extent they have indulged the multi-culti brigades they’ve had problems q.v. Moslems raping women in Malmö, but I would expect the pendulum to swing back there a long time before it did in the US.

  27. @John Galt
    … hot water, … liquid laundry detergent … Thoroughly stir ….

    All sound advice. We also often leave it to soak overnight. I’ve also done the extended working away thing before (and am doing it now) and for this and other conveniences, I always prefer the serviced apartment / bedsit option over a hotel.

    @SadButMadLad
    Unlike John Galt, we tend to use about 4-6 inches – about a quarter of a bath, plus an estimated same again or slightly more when cold rinsing. More clothes – more water. So you’re correct; more than the average washing machine, but I can do the equivalent of 3 loads of washing in this water. And then use it to flush the toilet. Also the “hot” part of the water is free (solar).

    Do you think washing dishes in the sink also saves water?
    Depends what you’re washing. I wouldn’t use the machine for breakfast stuff. Dinner with friends? I don’t care about the cost of either, I’ll use the machine.

    All of this is not an absolute; we still use the machines, albeit less frequently. For us, the key is a balance between convenience and saving money, as I pointed out above. We don’t aim to save every last drop (or £). “Reduced use” != “absolute minimum”. But hey – each to his own.

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