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by jmc
Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "The Promised Land"
Replies: 20
Views: 7515

If you really think the USA is going to collapse I would say the best thing you could do to prepare for that collapse would be to sell your guns and stockpiles of food, cancel your insurance payments to WTSHTF and use the money raised to buy a one-way ticket to Austrailia (after having applied for a...
by jmc
Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "The Promised Land"
Replies: 20
Views: 7515

Anyhow I think the real point I was trying to make was that history tends to teach us that when societies collapse, you don't get disorganise mad-max style hoards of lawless desparadoes. You get organized hoards of lawful (in the sense they make their own law) despardoes. When societies collapses th...
by jmc
Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: "The Promised Land"
Replies: 20
Views: 7515

This whole survivalism thing is an American Wild West fantasy, in all but a few instances when societies breakdown, you get civil war, local warlords rise up and then martial law follows. In most cases the winning faction was a political movement that existed before the social breakdown (Think Commu...
by jmc
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: News
Topic: Is the nuclear renaissance dead yet?
Replies: 102
Views: 14891

The price of nuclear plants is rising as the number built is in decline. It seems like much the same way that an increase in production yields a learning curve, a decrease in production creates a forgetting curve. I agree that nuclear power plant installation needs to be scaled up before it has a ho...
by jmc
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Peak oil conspiracy spreads to compromised military
Replies: 30
Views: 11203

I'm not convinced more nuclear reactors means there will be a greater threat of a terrorist attack. If I was a terrorist and I wanted to blow up a nuclear power plant I'd find one and blow it up (if I could). Nuclear power plants exist now. None have had a meltdown induced by terrorists. Therefore t...
by jmc
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small update from Lawrenceville Plasma Physics
Replies: 131
Views: 36761

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iranian scientists have achieved required capacity for nuclear fusion research with three fuel generations. A Faculty member of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion Research Center Vahid Damideh pointed to Iranian researchers' success in four mod...
by jmc
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Report on Geothermal Oil Generation: Is this for real?
Replies: 18
Views: 4448

Useful stuff if we're desperate for hydrocarbons to manufacture plastics and petrochemicals, for fuelling cars something tells me the overall fuel cycle involved in mining and transporting the hydrocarbons from Titan to Earth would have a slightly negative EROEI. From the point of view of petrochemi...
by jmc
Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small update from Lawrenceville Plasma Physics
Replies: 131
Views: 36761

Apparantly Iran is also planning to do fusion research using the Dense Plasma Focus...

http://www.isna.ir/ISNA/NewsView.aspx?I ... 982&Lang=E
by jmc
Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Report on Geothermal Oil Generation: Is this for real?
Replies: 18
Views: 4448

They're not claiming this is some industrial process for producing hydrocarbons and creating net energy at the same time. Their saying that the original energy input of the oil we find today was of a geothermal nature, (water reacting with rocks far beneath the earth's surface where high temperature...
by jmc
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Report on Geothermal Oil Generation: Is this for real?
Replies: 18
Views: 4448

Report on Geothermal Oil Generation: Is this for real?

I found this report where the author claims to have experimentally produced hydro-carbons at high temperatures using only FeO, Ca(CO3) and H2O at pressures of 50kbar and 1500 Celsius.

http://www.gasresources.net/Hi-p-VI(H-C-Genesis).pdf
by jmc
Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Iter gobbles up more cash
Replies: 9
Views: 2742

Ithink the original ITER design from the late 90's was ~15 billion, then the U.S . pulled out and refused to fund it, then the scientists designed a "budget" version 5 billion but is was a stressed design with very little margin for error, maybe this is just ITER moving back to its original budget.
by jmc
Mon May 10, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What energy Costs
Replies: 6
Views: 1526

There doesn't seem to be that much between them even wind seems to be only 50% over and a above the chepest energy source (which is not enough to disastrously break the economy) Nuclear and geothermal seem to come out way ahead. Maybe the cost of Hydro is the cost for building new projects, I believ...
by jmc
Mon May 10, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Something We Don't Think About Very Much
Replies: 1
Views: 1377

Have you heard of Freedom Force International?

http://www.freedomforceinternational.org/

I think this group are people who think along your lines.