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Social Networks

+ - flash rob!->

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astar
astar writes "As atlantic civ collapses, instead of flash mobs, created via social networking capabilities, we get large numbers of unemployed youth descending on people and retail establishments for looting. Hehe, what is to be done? Perhaps more investment bank bailouts? More budget cuts? More austerity? More union busting? More health care cuts? More pension cuts? More political business as usual? Inquiring minds want to know. Meanwhile, keep your expensive personal electronics out of sight!"
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Politics

+ - the economic meltdown->

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astar (203020) writes "You might have noticed that, starting in 2007, we chose to spend double-digits of trillions USD on bailouts. This became big news in 2008. So Congress types eventually authorized the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Its dead tree report is on some major best seller lists.. and it is also freely available on a gov web site:

http://www.fcic.gov/

As a result, some people are quite unhappy.

I like to call the commission the Angelidis Commission, thinking of the Pecora commission. For those who do not know the reference, in the last depression, Pecora led the charge that put enough Wall Street type in jail to break opposition to getting real constraints implemented on speculation. A key element therein was Glass-Steagall (two versions). We got rid of this law completely in 1999. Bad move, IMO.

Enjoy."

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Science

+ - China on the Apollo program->

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astar
astar writes "The guy in charge of Chinese lunar exploration tells us that Apollo gave the US a 14:1 economic payback and made the US the world's tech leader for 20 years. Hey, for some reason, the guy with the biggest lunar exploration plans already, wants to speed things up and it looks like he is not sure whether their manned unar landing will in 2025 or 2030 yet. Hmm, maybe. If he was a current US type, you would notice that he did not quite get quoted as saying China was going to do a manned moon landing, and then be sure he was pretty much blowing smoke. But, hey, the way I look at it, on the rare occasions when we do something right on industrial policy, other countries' notice the results and try real hard to figure out what we did right and how to do the same thing for their country. Maybe we should pretend we are some third-world place with no hope and figure out what the ancient US did right. Sort of like studying dead civilizations. Ah, well, it is well known we do not study history. And so, sooner or later, we will in fact end up with no future."
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Power

+ - thorium cycle start up->

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astar
astar writes "Japan wants thorium cycle nukes. A startup has 800 million USD to start building one on the way to commercialization.

Usually we value thorium cycle for reasons like lots of thorium, little waste, and no plutonium. But for the Japanese, a deciding reason may have been that if there is a big earthquake and the reactors break open, then the result is not dangerous in terms of radioactivity spreading around."

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Idle

+ - recession->

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astar
astar writes "Everyone knows the recession is over. And the MSM echos this all the time. But every once in a while there are sort of official off the wall comments that reflect a different reality. The link here has some state officials mentioning global recession in an off-hand way. Got a link like that?"
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Science

+ - a lot of snow

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astar
astar writes "There really has been a lot of snow lately. World-wide, it has been the big snow decade since we had satellite data. Learn about the Artic Oscillation and such. I am amused that correlation was recognized in the 1920's. Casually, correlation is a lot better and causation arguments are better than awg, IMO, but everyone seems too sensible to claim causation is demonstrated. ah well, maybe they do not have a magic computer model."
Politics

+ - IPCC lies again.

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astar
astar writes "Funneled through the WWF yet again, the IPCC picked up a claim that just a little bit of climate change would take out 40% of the amazon rain forest. I recall seeing this claim picked up in what the bloggers call the MSM. So now the arguments leading to this look a little flakey. "totally wrong". I recall that the IPCC rejected what is called "grey literature", like government reports. But did they consider WWF stuff grey?"

+ - uranium shortage?->

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astar
astar writes "I recall that when slashdot discusses nuclear power, there is a lot of talk about not enough uranium and so on. Here is some russian take on their nuclear deal with india and some calculated numbers on a thorium cycle reactor. I guess India has been interested in a full fuel cycle for sometime. Here is a long summary of what everyone is doing on nuclear power. http://www.larouchepac.com/node/13174 Looks like everyone has better tech than the USA where it really counts. Oh, volcker just commented on that. http://www.larouchepac.com/node/13553"
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+ - physical economy collapses->

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astar writes "Physical economy collapses Investment in Machine Tools in U.S. Continues Disappearing October 24, 2009 (LPAC)U.S. manufacturing technology consumption was 67.7% lower in the first eight months of 2009, than the same period the year before, measured in dollar values (i.e., price), according to the monthly United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption Report (USMTC), issued on Oct. 12 by the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. That is, sales of machine tools and related technologies in the U.S. totalled barely over $1 billion from January through August of this year ($1,041.57 million, to be precise), heading towards roughly an eighth of what it was in 1980, when U.S. firms invested close to $8 billion in machine tools. In 1980, furthermore, some 70-75% of U.S. machine tools were still produced in the country; now, they are almost entirely imported from abroad. EIR, in its April 2002 Special Report, "The End of A Delusion," graphed the production of U.S. machine tools from 1974 to 2001, in 1982 constant dollars and in units. By 2001, production had fallen to 2 billion 1982 dollars, and around 160,000 units. Today, it is half of that already depression-level figure. As LPAC reported on Oct. 9, representatives of the machine tool industry testified before Congress that day, that 75% of the metalworking/machine-tool manufacturing companies say they cannot secure sufficient credit for day-to-day operations, recapitalization, expansion, or retooling; the precision machine industry has shrunk its operations and employment by 40% in the past year; the auto supply industry, by 50%.(USMTC), issued on Oct. 12 by the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. That is, sales of machine tools and related technologies in the U.S. totalled barely over $1 billion from January through August of this year ($1,041.57 million, to be precise), heading towards roughly an eighth of what it was in 1980, when U.S. firms invested close to $8 billion in machine tools. In 1980, furthermore, some 70-75% of U.S. machine tools were still produced in the country; now, they are almost entirely imported from abroad. EIR, in its April 2002 Special Report, "The End of A Delusion," graphed the production of U.S. machine tools from 1974 to 2001, in 1982 constant dollars and in units. By 2001, production had fallen to 2 billion 1982 dollars, and around 160,000 units. Today, it is half of that already depression-level figure. As LPAC reported on Oct. 9, representatives of the machine tool industry testified before Congress that day, that 75% of the metalworking/machine-tool manufacturing companies say they cannot secure sufficient credit for day-to-day operations, recapitalization, expansion, or retooling; the precision machine industry has shrunk its operations and employment by 40% in the past year; the auto supply industry, by 50%."
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