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Comment: Loosen the tin foil hat!!!! (Score 3, Informative) 91

Seriously! Let the blood back into the brain your tin foil hat it killing you!

This is EXISTING legislation. AND the proposed changes tighten the definitions in most cases. Firstly they are removing the prohibition on talking to someone about it, now you actually have to supply the documentation or the item. Another is to allow a project to have the ability to release information not just an individual.

The publishing rule is being narrowed to be publishing only in direct contravention of a restriction or if something is specifically listed.

They have narrowed the brokering offence to only part 1 of the DSGL which are military use only items and changing brokering dual use items an offence only if you do it negligently or recklessly and the items will be used for WMD.

So rather than doing a Chicken Little, how about you stop making yourself look like an idiot and read.

Comment: Re:Touch our great lakes (Score 1) 330

by Harlequin80 (#48622625) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

You could build it. It would just be crazy expensive and experimental. Pump stations require power and have moving parts that will corrode. To use tidal power would require you to design and build something never done before.

As for the density or fresh vs salt, yes fresh is less dense than salt but they are blocked from interacting by the wall of the pipe so I'm not sure how you would use their interaction to drive something.

Comment: Re:But but but (Score 4, Informative) 330

by Harlequin80 (#48621413) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

I will add to point 2.

The Gold Coast Desal plant is a 125ML RO plant and the brine is returned to the ocean. Testing has shown that you can't detect the increased salt content when more than 20m from the outlet pipe.

The biggest problem with people who think it will increase salinity of the oceans is their inability to grasp the scale of the ocean vs what is removed.

Comment: Re:But but but (Score 1) 330

by Harlequin80 (#48621351) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Not really. A modern RO plant will produce 1m3 of water for 3-3.5 kw/h of electricity.

As for nuclear plants desalinating water - all the systems I am aware of are the combination of the power plant and the desal plant in 1 complex. It is still two different systems so the only advantage is avoiding electrical transmission loss over having a nuclear plant somewhere else.

Comment: Re:But but but (Score 3, Informative) 330

by Harlequin80 (#48614863) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Technologically the plant designs are almost identical. Both are a reverse osmosis design using pressurised water driven up against a membrane. Modern desal plants are actually quite energy efficient, just not as efficient as AWT plants. And the only reason AWT plants are more efficient is that the input water actually has less impurities than salt water.

The other benefit of AWT plants is you get high nutrient biosolids from it that you can then use as fertiliser. Note this is ONLY the case if the AWT sits down stream from a standard waste water plant. If it doesn't and you do an all in 1 process the solids are contaminated with nasty stuff from the medicines we consume which means it is restricted in its use.

Comment: Re:Touch our great lakes (Score 1) 330

by Harlequin80 (#48614741) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Not is the simple answer.

You would either need to have floating pump stations along the way or a MASSIVE pump at the beginning to push the water through. If you tried to do it with 1 pump you would also need a ridiculously strong pipe to handle the pressure you would need at the start.

You would also put yourself at serious risk of pressure shocks passing through the system if you had problems at either end.

Comment: Re:But but but (Score 2) 330

by Harlequin80 (#48614721) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Why do desal? Reuse the water that is coming from the waste water treatment plants. Instead of dumping that in the river to flow out ot sea put it through a second plant and return it to the reservoir. You solve your water problems and you solve the problem of nitrogen rich water flowing into the ocean.

Desals have to combat the corrosion problems you get from dealing with salt. Much easier to deal with non-salt water.

Comment: Re:But but but (Score 1) 330

by Harlequin80 (#48614715) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

The concept of a Desal plant in CA has been abandoned because of the community push back. Instead recycled water plants are being built instead to treat effluent and return it to the reservoirs.

There are also cheaper and easier to run than desal plants and honestly make the most sense.

Comment: Re: Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 880

by Harlequin80 (#48612603) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

But this is what I am trying to get at. The teachings of Jesus in the bible are great. However the organised religion that is Christianity, in its many forms, does not only push the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.

Religion and the books that are its foundations are able to be twisted to pursue the goals of whoever is doing the twisting. When I referenced Leviticus it was to show that the Old Testament is used by people all the time to justify actions under Christianity. The fact that that doesn't sit with what you think Christianity should be, just based on the New Testament, doesn't change that people will use which ever part of the bible they want to support their position and call it Christianity.

Comment: Re: Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 880

by Harlequin80 (#48605605) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

I would also add to this that people in power are nothing if not pragmatic. Iran is working hard at modernising its economy and increasing the standard of living of its people. Unfortunately for it it ended up on the wrong side of an argument with the US. The US then went on to support its bitterest rival in the form of Iraq for a long time and, then when that went bad, the two Iraq invasions destabilised the region.

If I was running Iran I would want as modern a military as I could manage and I would want to have as advanced an economy as possible.

The problem with nukes in Iran is not so much whether they are pursuing building a bomb or not. It is more about the fact that they want complete internal power security. Iran has no coal but lots of oil, it makes sense to build nuclear power stations to free up more oil for export. The problem with the deals being offered to Iran so far have been that they cannot have a full internal nuclear fuel cycle. It has always been that someone would supply them with the fuel and given Iran has seen the winds of support and geo-politics change dramatically in their region can you blame them for saying no thanks

It wasn't that long ago that Saddam was the poster child of the West. Even more recently Assad. Both of those two did some dodgy things but their western support disappeared overnight and there is no way you would build your economy around something that could be taken away on a whim.

Comment: Re: Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 880

by Harlequin80 (#48605095) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Given I have a large number of friends who are Iranian (there are a lot of Iranian migrants in Australia) I would say that it is the actions of a smaller nation that is being pressured by a much larger one. Iran is one of the few reasons ISIS has failed to over-run Syria and hence a larger section of the middle-east.

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