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I don’t know if this is an American thing, but we seem to have a trust in technology so deep that it can never really fulfill our fantasies. I thought about this on my trip to Europe when I saw a design for flushing a toilet that allows the person to decide whether they need a big flush or a small one. (I’ll leave it to you to figure when each is appropriate.) And I realized how America solved this same problem–the government limited the number of gallons that could be used for any one flush. And my toilet is always clogged. We could have saved just as much water with the European solution, but that would have required relying on people rather than technology.