Outrider

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  1. about humour

    One thing I haven't really seen discussed here is my belief that certain jokes shouldn't be told because it normalises certain behaviors that most of us find aberrant. Such as racial, rape and pedophile jokes. In fact I just noticed a pedophile joke in the The official jokes section thread. I think the wrong joke told at the right time could convince a racist that he's more the norm than he thought he was yesterday. Or convince a man thats having urges he hasn't acted on that hey everybody's doing it. Just something to think about.
  2. The Official JOKES SECTION :)

    Without a doubt! My daughter was in the third grade when she came home one day and told me that joke. We still laugh about it now. Some time later she came home and told me this one. Q. How do you make a tissue dance? A. Put a little boogie in it.
  3. Fast breeder reactors

    So here is some interesting reading I found regarding the OP today. The first is a transcript of a NPR debate on the pros and cons of thorium reactors between science writer Richard Martin (pro) and electrical and nuclear engineer Dr. Ajun Makhijani (con). It is rather lengthy but it helped me understand why some are leery of this technology. https://www.npr.org/2012/05/04/152026805/is-thorium-a-magic-bullet-for-our-energy-problems The second is a list of pros and cons of thorium reactors. https://vittana.org/16-big-thorium-reactor-pros-and-cons# From the second link: Any chance the above is accurate? Also Dr. Arjun addressed the problem below in the first (NPR) link but the quote is from the second link. It seems it could be a deal breaker if I understand correctly.
  4. Taxation without representation

    Ok we are on the same page here. Good deal! We need to promptly decide which illegals deserve amnesty (most of them) and then revamp the whole system. Not gonna happen but needs to. Did you know this was state law? I didn't. Maybe its not as big a problem as you think. http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/felon-voting-rights.aspx So you just have a beef with 12 states. Also voting rights are not all felons stand to loose. For one employers may discriminate if they wish. https://thelawdictionary.org/article/what-rights-do-convicted-felons-lose/ *This may be enforced by the country the felon wishes to visit. No I did not know that and yes I am against it.
  5. Taxation without representation

    Again I see these as problems that need to be fixed. I don't see how giving felons and non citizens the right to vote fixes them.
  6. Fast breeder reactors

    Here is the link for the quote 2 posts up. https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/what-is-molten-salt-reactor-424343/ I forgot to add it earlier, sorry. I thought it sounded to good to be true. Thank you for your comments. Hopefully more later if I have the time.
  7. In-laws of the same ethnicity often don't get along either. I'll need a cite for that. Or they may have a wonderful time learning each others culture. Do you not find that plain vanilla gets bland after awhile? What the heck is a "third culture kid"?
  8. Fast breeder reactors

    Yes you are right nuclear power is actually low risk due to the safeguards put in place. Yes MSR's are considered fast breeders. Can anyone comment on the authenticity of the quote above?
  9. Yeah it wasn't worded great but we do agree this idea can trivially be put to bed.
  10. Taxation without representation

    And its just a slogan. If I cross state lines and buy a candy bar and pay the sales tax should I be allowed to vote in that state? I think not. China pays tariffs on their imports do they get to vote? If you want to talk about specific classes of people we might find some agreement but not much on your two examples so far. I didn't read your link but the sentence seemed unduly harsh to me. But I am ok with certain convictions disqualifying the perpetrator from voting. As far as non citizens voting yeah I would be against that. We need to fix our immigration policies in the worst way and .make the path to citizenship more straightforward so immigrants who live and work here can rightfully participate in our society. I think you have the cart before the horse on this example.
  11. If physics had not been consciousness would have never emerged. So I guess there went that idea.
  12. Fast breeder reactors

    So the topic now is why wind turbines won't work? No one is proposing that we use only one type of power source. These technologies are working and will work better in the future. This is just propaganda. Enercon's E-126 in Germany runs entirely without neodymium and has been running that way since 2011. As far as copper, aluminum and stainless steel I'm willing to wager that nuclear power sources use more per kilowatt. See with the turbines (once construction is complete) there is nothing to mine, refine, transport or dispose. If your going to compare the two systems you have to take in account the whole apparatus. While it is true that China as well as those that do business with them should be ashamed of their mining operation. The fact is that China's stranglehold on rare earth production will end sooner than later. Rare earths are not particularly rare and can be found all over the world. In 2015 the only U.S. company in the rare earth business went bankrupt not due to lack of supply but rather demand. https://investingnews.com/daily/resource-investing/critical-metals-investing/rare-earth-investing/rare-earth-producing-countries/ So now can I see the solid state reactor or maybe you know we could get back to fast breeders.
  13. Stephen Hawking Passed Away 3/14/2018

    Wow he beat his doctors to the tune of 55 years! Much respect for a fallen giant. I read quite a few of his books and enjoyed the small parts I could understand. Yes! Depite having published 100's of scholarly articles and was still publishing last summer. Despite having a major role in furthering our understanding of black holes, inflation and the orgins of our universe. Despite having continually coming up with new and clever ways to communicate to the outside world. I agree his biggest accomplishment was bridging the gap between physics and laypersons. Carl Sagan laid down the banner Stephen Hawking picked it up. Who will step up now?
  14. Fast breeder reactors

    Yes or close enough at least. I was thinking along the lines of Chernobyl with its 1,000 or so square miles that can't be cleaned up at least by us. Thank you! Nuclear reactors are high reward/high risk operations. High reward because the energy generated is very clean (disregarding spent fuel*) and practically "free" for us and I mean free in the renewable sense. That is if everything works properly. High risk because if something does go wrong you will almost certainly have killed most of the people in the plant and possibly many persons, plants and animals in the surrounding area. Also in worse case scenario you might have made 100's of miles of viable land uninhabitable by us and most other organisms. *This is why I was interested in your thread. Fast breeders promise to use up that spent fuel and leave very little behind. That is if I am understanding what I have read and it is true. I am not exactly trusting of power companies. BTW I am sitting within 50 miles of a conventional nuclear plant right now. So my concerns are very personal. So what level of saftey are you comfortable with? You cannot mitigate all the danger away which is why I would prefer to do without entirely but now the whole globe is in danger so we need to find what is best and do it quickly. Look I'm a bit on the fence regarding the consequences of climate change (but not of AGW itself) but we have run out of time we need to work out solutions now. Besides there are many upsides to clean energy and only one downside I can think of and that is we have to invest in new infrastructure. Also I think all your talk of theoretical reactors is muddying the waters. We need something now. 1. Can you show me one? 2. Isn't this a bit off topic in a thread titled "Fast breeder reactors"?
  15. Fast breeder reactors

    Turns out Russia has what is described by Wiki as a sodium cooled fast breeder reactor know as the BN-800. It has been producing commercial power since November of 2016. It runs on a plutonium and uranium mix. Weapons grade if the article is accurate and I'm not missing something. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BN-800_reactor I have been hearing thorium quite a bit lately and what little bit I have read about it seems very promising. Inda seems poised to make it a reality. http://www.indrastra.com/2017/09/India-s-Tryst-with-Next-Gen-Nuclear-Energy-Systems-003-09-2017-0008.html?m=1 Really guys I am much more comfortable with windmills and solar panels but with things the way they are all options need to be on the table.