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I seem to remember an entire section in Leverage on this....

The cost of conventional nuclear power has spiralled to levels that can no longer be justified. All the reactors being built across the world are variants of mid-20th century technology, inherently dirty and dangerous, requiring exorbitant safety controls.

This is a failure of wit and will. Scientists in Britain, France, Canada, the US, China and Japan have already designed better reactors based on molten salt technology that promise to slash costs by half or more, and may even undercut coal. They are much safer, and consume nuclear waste rather than creating more. What stands in the way is a fortress of vested interests.

What it really happens to be is a desire by governments to cost-shift civilian power to military budgets -- and the other way around!

You see, small, compact and powerful nuclear reactors, necessary for ships and submarines (due to size considerations) use the same fuel as do nuclear weapons, more or less.  That is, highly-enriched fuel is necessary for those reactors simply due to space considerations.

Commercial power reactors, on the other hand, have no need for that compact design and the problems that come with it (specifically, refueling such a reactor is quite dangerous, and if you screw up the results are catastrophic -- ask the Russians that have had at least one refueling accident that's known to the public, and probably more our spooks know about but the average person does not.)

We have had an alternative solution to the uranium-plutonium fuel cycle, which in commercial power comes with the use of high-pressure containment and water as a moderator/coolant, since the 1950s and 60s.  We proved this other nuclear cycle works at Oak Ridge.

The issue is not whether we can produce enough fuel to "feed" a uranium/plutonium cycle.  We can.  The issue is cost.  These designs are ridiculously expensive for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is the embedded cost of their waste, as they are very inefficient at burning up their reaction products and those products are extremely dangerous for ridiculous lengths of time.

This in turn means that the "quoted price" isn't really the price -- and the disposal problems are ones that people will try to defer.  We can no longer reasonably defer them, however, and this, plus the safety considerations, make the present designs untenable.

The Chinese aren't going to sit on their asses if we do.  They've decided to undertake what amounts to a Manhattan Project style development project over there, and if we don't cut the crap and get moving they are going to bury us on energy availability over the next 20 to 30 years.

All economic development and output rests on energy.  Delay on this account cannot be tolerated, because time is the one commodity you can never get back.

We know how to do this -- we developed it originally, and then sat on it for political reasons.  We are long past the time when we should take both the "No Nukes" whack-jobs and the political whackjobs that killed this path and make them sit on the nuclear waste their idiocy has produced - - and go build a smarter, safer and, in all probability more economic means of nuclear power.

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2014-09-27 11:03 by Karl Denninger
in Education , 217 references

You have to wonder what sort of idiotic nonsense is in a prosecutor's head when he spouts off this sort of garbage:

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The former Sparkman Middle student who has sued school officials alleging she was raped in  2010 during a botched "sting" attempt to catch another student, at a key moment told investigators she was not forced into sex.

The Madison County District Attorney's Office said Thursday charges were not filed in the case because when investigators interviewed the girl on Monday following the Friday incident, she said the boy did not force her or make any threats.

Maybe so.

But is not putting forward a minor for a sexual act pimping, and is not doing that some sort of felony in Alabama?

And yeah, I'm talking about charging the school officials because the girl was of insufficient age to be able to give consent to be used as "bait", as she was not a legal adult.

Secondarily, it appears there was physical evidence of forced penetration when the girl was examined.

Maybe the DA thinks he couldn't file charges against the boy, but I'd like to know on what planet the actions of the school officials involved didn't constitute multiple felonies and under exactly what reasoning he used to reach that conclusion, given that the use of a person as "bait" in a sexual sting when they cannot consent sure appears to me to violate a whole host of laws.

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2014-09-27 06:15 by Karl Denninger
in Editorial , 264 references

There's much wrong with this case, and it's not just the obvious parts either.

A Peoria judge this week ruled that the police were entitled to raid the house on North University Street on 15 April under the town’s “false personation” law which makes it illegal to pass yourself off as a public official. Judge Thomas Keith found that police had probable cause to believe they would find materials relevant to the Twitter feed such as computers or flash drives used to create it.

For those who forgot about this ditty there was a mayor in Peoria that got*****ed off because someone on Twitter had created a parody account, hadn't flagged it explicitly as same (although it was blatantly obvious from the tone and tenor of the speech being posted from it) and then posted things such as "Im bout to climb the civic center and do some lines on the roof who's in"

Yes, complete with all of that awesome command and mastery of the English language.

The mayor sic'd the local SWAT team on the guy.  They raided the house, and in the process of searching for evidence of a "fake Twitter account" being used there also searched the bedroom and closet of one of his roommates.

In the closet they found a bag of pot and something to smoke it in, and arrested him.

Now here's the problem -- the original charge was never laid!  That is, the local prosecutor came to the conclusion that the so-called "false personation" law only applied to false representations in person -- for example, wearing a police badge when you're not a cop.

However, a local judge has now ruled that the SWAT raid and warrant was permissible despite the fact that the prosecutor came to the conclusion that despite whether or not the accused really undertook the acts the law didn't apply.

See where the problem is here folks?

A bag of pot could not have been an instrumentality in creating a fake Twitter account even if the act was a crime, which the prosecuted it was not, never mind that the roommate was never implicated as being potentially involved, criminal act of creating said account or no.

This case presents a lot of problems that illustrate what has gone wrong with so-called "policing" and so-called "law enforcement" over the last few decades.  It has long been the case that when executing a valid warrant anything else discovered by the police is usable to charge anyone that it may point to.

But this means that if you're accused of a non-crime for clearly political purposes (which we now know is the case because the prosecutor determined the law didn't apply!) and said person who hanked off manages to get SWAT to come raid your home, place of business or elsewhere, anyone and anything that happens to be within the scope of the search that results as the people performing it choose is admissible as evidence and will be used to charge unrelated crimes, should any be discovered.

This has the effect of implementing the very thing the 4th Amendment is supposed to prohibit -- what is known as a General Warrant that was used with impunity in colonial America.  The British gendarme would come through your home or place of business without even bothering to obtain a pretext first, and anything they found would be used to prosecute you.  The reason we have a 4th Amendment is to explicitly prohibit that sort of practice.

Yet in Illinois, at least, it is alive and well.

This must stop.

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Yeah, it won't come here, they said.  Obama promised.

He lied.

MOORE, Okla. – Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.

He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.

Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.

Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”

Fortunately an off-duty deputy, who happens to be the former CEO of the company, was there.

Said off-duty deputy shot the assailant several times and stopped the attack, but not before Sir Muslim Jackass had killed one woman and was in the process of trying to kill a second.

Here's the important point: But for that individual there would likely have been many more fatalities.

The problem is that you cannot expect there to be a cop everywhere all the time, and by the time a cop can get there many people will be dead.

The choice to be armed or not should be yours, and the 2nd Amendment says that we all have the right to be armed, carrying concealed or openly as we, and only we, choose, without asking anyone for permission or any sort of "license."

If you think that ISIS cannot get people into this country, well, guess what -- they already have, either by importing them (gee, that's a very nice insecure border you have there!) or simply by converting people who are already here.

Either way when some jackass is trying to saw off your head there is only one question: Is there anyone, whether you or someone else, who is both willing and possesses the means to stop the assault before you die in the immediate vicinity?

There is only one means known to man that makes all men and women equal in this regard irrespective of their age, physical prowess, size or infirmity.

It is called a gun and we are well beyond the point where we must, as Americans, demand that the original intent as expressed in our Bill of Rights be restored immediately on a nation-wide basis.  No more damned permits, no more roadblocks, no more games and no more bullcrap.  Every willing adult must have their 2nd Amendment right to be able to defend themselves and others in the gravest extreme restored and respected right now.


Who is going to introduce and demand passage of emergency Federal Legislation to preempt all contrary laws whether local, state or federal and restore The Second Amendment as written -- with no ifs, ands or buts about it?

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2014-09-26 10:22 by Karl Denninger
in Other Voices , 213 references

Heh heh heh.... uh, more lies from BlowMeBama!

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