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Solutions are easy. Implementing them are what is hard. Solutions have been given. But there are not many willing to make the sacrifices necissary for them. At the end of the day people have to die no matter what the solution.
.... This thorium fuel cycle carries with it a number of important natural properties some of which contrast sharply with the uranium fuel cycle:
-At no point in the thorium cycle – from mining to waste – can fuel or waste products be used as bomb material in any way;
-The thorium fuel cycle is inherently incapable of causing a meltdown according to the laws of physics; in nuclear reactor parlance, the fuel is said to contain passive safety features;
-Thorium-based fuels do not require conversion or enrichment – two essential phases of the uranium fuel cycle that are exceedingly expensive, and create proliferation risk;
-Thorium fuel cycle waste material consists mostly of 233-uranium, which can be recycled as fuel (with minor actinide content decreased 90-100%, and with plutonium content eliminated entirely);
-Thorium-based fuels are significantly energy efficient;
-Thorium fuel cycle waste material is radiotoxic for tens of years, as opposed to the thousands of years with today’s standard radioactive waste;
-Thorium fuel designs exist today that can be used in all existing nuclear reactors;
-Thorium exists in greater abundance and higher concentrations than uranium making it much less expensive and environmentally-unobtrusive to mine;
These facts have many serious implications for the efficiency and security of energy delivery in the United States, and the world. SOURCE
Originally posted by romanmel
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
reply to post by CIGGSofWAR
I am a little skeptical about Off World Alien involvement, in part because I have yet to meet (for sure) a person from another world.
I have resolved to attempt to make contact though and to see what I can see, and if they do exist to engage them in a substantial discussion on the future of the planet....
Careful Pro Trav. One should be sure aliens do not view us as a yummy lunch.
Steven Hawking has said as much.
Aliens of higher intellect may view us as pesky ants and I remember as a child frying ants with a well aimed sunbeam through a magnifying glass.
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by malcr
Well, the internet is good for letting people in the third world know that the people in the west, or the first world nations, do not support the oppressive regimes of the third world.
All the working people on this planet suffer when child labor sweat shops are allowed to be set up anywhere in this world, whether it is in Pakistan or Florida.
Seldom if ever is a third let alone fourth option or any kind of middle ground allowed. As a result Hegelian principles are used by the Powers that Be to use the synergy of the conflict between the two polar opposites, to create a third outcome that they wanted to happen all along, without ever even declaring it or making it known.
Originally posted by malcr
Take a step back folks stop seeing more than there is.
1.The internet has allowed people throughout the world to see what is happening elsewhere in the world. Even when the internet is suppressed to some extent.
2.Despite the efforts of those wishing to distort information the internet is awash with different viewpoints and a consensus from different sources can be assessed.
3. Without this global communication people were totally reliant on disinformation from their rulers hence why uprisings were rare in the past.
4. All uprisings usually require a mundane spark to start them off and then people realise they are not alone and that people power can work.
The middle east has been a tinderbox of repression on one side coming head to head with the internet on the other. No conspiracy, no NWO, no hidden agenda, no WWIII. Just plain old simple, people finally getting fed up with their corrupt rulers. Bravery is infectious and once Gaddafi has actually gone you will see a lot of other middle east states going as well. If the worst dictator of the lot can be forced out then anybody can.....
I will say that the west should hang is head in shame in supporting these oppressive regimes just for cheap oil. And it is no use blaming politicians : I didn't see any protest marches in the west indicating we would be willing to pay more for oil if it meant no deals with tyrants!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not even petitions. Not even an MP's mailbox full of protest letters.
1.The internet has allowed people throughout the world to see what is happening elsewhere in the world. Even when the internet is suppressed to some extent
I think the target nations currently under fire will be somehow be consolidated with a new currency probably under some type of new "Middle Eastern Union" similar to the EU perhaps based on some kind of OPEC - Oil based money system.
Yes, this is why I took advantage of the #Egypt hashtag on twitter to promote the ideas of free enterprise, Milton Friedman, Reagan, and the Four Sacred Freedoms to those people who may not know what America's Founding Fathers stood for.
....Both economic and regulatory factors combined to spur the explosion in large takeovers and, in turn, large LBOs. The three regulatory factors were the Reagan administration's relatively laissez-faire policies on antitrust and securities laws, which allowed mergers the government would have challenged in earlier years; the 1982 Supreme Court decision striking down state antitakeover laws (which were resurrected with great effectiveness in the late eighties); and deregulation of many industries, which prompted restructurings and mergers. The main economic factor was the development of the original-issue high-yield debt instrument. The so-called "junk bond" innovation, pioneered by Michael Milken of Drexel Burnham, provided many hostile bidders and LBO firms with the enormous amounts of capital needed to finance multi-billion-dollar deals.... www.econlib.org...
Leveraged buyouts involve an investor, financial sponsors or private equity firms making large acquisitions without committing all the capital required for the acquisition. To do this, a financial sponsor will raise acquisition debt which is ultimately secured upon the acquisition target... en.wikipedia.org...
...In January 1982, former US Secretary of the Treasury William Simon and a group of investors acquired Gibson Greetings, a producer of greeting cards, for $80 million, of which only $1 million was rumored to have been contributed by the investors. By mid-1983, just sixteen months after the original deal, Gibson completed a $290 million IPO and Simon made approximately $66 million. The success of the Gibson Greetings investment attracted the attention of the wider media to the nascent boom in leveraged buyouts. Between 1979 and 1989, it was estimated that there were over 2,000 leveraged buyouts valued in excess of $250 billion... en.wikipedia.org...
...one can make the claim that Friedman is a Keynesian and remain in good scholarly company.... mises.org...
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by hp1229
In the last 10 years the elites have pulled every dirty trick in the book to increase their power and control over people, leading to our current situation of world economic collapse. They have won most of the recent battles, and yet they are still losing the war.
We are fighting WW III on the internet, and have been for some time now.