Apparently, contrary to popular belief, Thomas Crapper was not the first inventor of the flush toilet.
Who knew? Who cares? Well, maybe some do. If so, here's a well-written, thoroughly researched short piece on the subject.
The problem is that we are just shaving Leviathan when we need to start draining its lifeblood until it's too anemic to do much harm. Right now, it's the one holding the straight razor and slashing throats right and left.