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Comment Re: Only if it works (Score 1) 337

A steam turbine requires a thermal sink; usually water cooled condensers, sometimes air-cooled.

The question in my mind is whether current assertions of energy balance/overunity of Tokamaks includes the thermodynamic waste streams for the generation of the electricity required to run the ohmic and RF plasma heating or not. I haven't found a good answer to that yet.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 1089

As far as implementing the "universal competency of critical thinking"... I said no such thing and I don't think any sane person would think it is possible.

You actually did say such a thing. You said...

Demand that children are COMPETENT in critical thinking...

Now, words have meaning, you know? The word "demand" tends to mean:

a forceful statement in which you say that something must be done or given to you.

The word "children" was used as a collective with no qualifier, which implies universality, at least from the point of implementation of whatever grotesque plan you had in mind.

Your demand was competency, in capital letters no less. Therefore, you are suggesting that at some point in the future, there is universal competency in critical thinking skills.

There you have it; that's my critical thinking of your forceful suggestion.

Comment Re:There is other evidence (Score 1) 152

I wouldn't be surprised if the metabolic wastes of the internal gut flora played a significant role in what nutrients get digested and absorbed and what otherwise would pass through. Perhaps a significant proportion of the nutrients we absorb is not from food, per se, but from the metabolic wastes of gut flora.

Comment Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 1) 690

Capitalism isn't the problem. State-sponsored capitalism is the problem. Those who accumulate the wealth should bear the financial burden of protecting the wealth. Currently, the most egregious accumulations of wealth (by absentee owners) have its protection subsidized by the middle class taxpayers (financing the law enforcement and judicial system) and the general obedience of a polite society (indoctrinated into accepting nebulous property rights, such as IP).

The Shuttle is now going five times the sound of speed. -- Dan Rather, first landing of Columbia

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