Monday Message Board

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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31 thoughts on “Monday Message Board

  1. Ikonoclast, I see you suffer from a condition known as “caring about your fellow human beings”. I too suffer from a small particle of that. But I have mollified it by funding a second hermetically sealed shelter in addition to my own for my loved ones and those I care about. Of course the facilities aren’t as extensive as my own and the life support will slowly fail, forcing them to fight each other to the death for my amusement. But they can’t say I didn’t think of them.

    Global warming has the potential to be worse than the Black Death in terms of absolute numbers of people killed, but it’s hard to wipe out a large portion of the world’s population through global warming alone as countries such as China and India are now rich enough to shift food production to greenhouses and vats if necessary and invest in air conditioning so most of the populace can survive heatwaves. So the very poor certainly may be put into a position of dying but most of everyone else will live. Of course some of the rich may have their planes sucked into sharknadoes or whatever unpredictable weather events arise, but I see that as a business opportunity to sell improved aviation safety equipment. There’s a silver lining on every cloud, even if it is caused by the exploding jet fuel.

  2. The long death of nuclear: Toshiba have definitively pulled out of their wholly owned Moorside project in the UK, on which they had already spent >US$500 million. It’s very hard to see why the same logic won’t kill the remaining projects in the UK pipeline after Hinkley. The white elephant will not find a mate.

  3. Thanks for the nuclear update, James. I was surprised to learn so much had already been invested beyond the financial wreck that is Hinkley C. As my father never used to say, “Don’t pin your hopes on a plan that relies on people remaining stupid for decades. Years is fine though.”

  4. One thing that often isn’t mentioned with regard to the cost of blasting stuff into space is that while the cost per kilogram has remained high, advances in electronics mean that stuff that does get blasted up there can do far more per kilogram than it used to. But not, you know, meat. Meat is just as useless as was in the 60s. Actually, it’s gotten worse as the mass of astronauts has increased. While the power of electronics per kilogram have improved by orders of magnitude, the United States paid Russia something like $25 million to modify Soyuz so they could cram their gargantuan astronauts into it. Some of whom are over 1.8 meters tall. (On earth. They get taller in space.)

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