I’m very curious where your idea that nuclear and desalination are connected came from?
It does require more land if at first you are moving all of the saltwater to land. That too is energy intensive. It makes more sense to desalinate in the ocean then only transport pure water back.
Individuals? I’m not sure I understand the context. There are probably kits, but I’d need to understand more about your circumstances.
It is very expensive. Dasalinization plants that don’t use direct energy from the sun, are dumb and bad designs, meant to further grid dependence. You put salt water in the sun and it evaporates the water leaving the salt behind. All you have to do is capture the water vapor. No electricity required.
It’s important that the equity thing is only available to people who already have their basic needs met.
Basically what I meant. Plant lifetimes, of the best designs are 100 years plus. And if you are amortizing costs, cutting it short 30-50 years (pessimistic, 5-10 years optimistic) later with a better solution is a “bad investment”, but we are in triage mode here, and cost benefit analysis should reflect that.
Put more colloquially, building nuclear plants gets shit to shoe level, and buys us time to fix the whole mess. Even if in the end it will cost an arm and a leg.
That makes sense. Especially since one of the articles I came across said she addressed the EU lawmakers and said something along the lines of “nuclear isn’t realistic”. I have plenty of critique on grid energy itself not being realistic, but in the context of replacing plants in a grid for different kinds of plants, nuclear absolutely is a realistic solution.
I have a somewhat different perspective. It seems you are starting with the axiom that intellectual property is a real and valid thing, and that it’s somehow desirable to exist. My axiom is the opposite, and I have at least anecdotal evidence to back that up.
I don’t really care much about MSM or propaganda because I don’t ever subject myself to it.
Another thing is blockchains are inherently centralized. Contrary to silly con valley, capitalists, and their propaganda outlets, it is neither decentralized nor p2p. The part that is non-central is trust (¹ not really though) because it is “trustless”. This goes against the very basic wiring of the social brain, which is very intertwined with trust, even subconsciously, even when people don’t actually realize it. My theory is the reason why silly con valley and capitalists like “trustless” so much, is because they are all sociopaths, and they know that they themselves can’t be trusted, nor could their competitors/peers. So to them “trustless” is very appealing.
As for what China wants with it, I know only about medical records. They are in a partnership with Oracle to build a medical records Blockchain since around 2015 or therabouts. Oracle has always been greedy for medical records, my suspicion is because Larry Ellison wants credit for curing some disease, he also wants to make money violating people’s privacy to benefit USA medical insurance companies. For China, to believe their chief scientists and executives involved in the project, is they want to socialize medical research: to easily identify study participant candidates, as well as potential patients in need of intervention.
I personally believe that an open market of records custodians is a better solution to the use case you mentioned, from the patient’s perspective, as well as for the potential medical research use cases, to ensure positive consent and maintain privacy. Central blockchains fail at these things horribly. The reason why medical records are such an issue is providers like to make themselves custodians, which suffers from the same problems as blockchains for the most part.
For artists, DLC, and such, no gatekeepers are actually necessary. Look at artists like Louis CK and his direct to consumer special. He also self-produced a movie which is out in theaters and will be available for DTC as well AFAIK. I very much disagree with the release-for-free-with-hopes-of-increased-live-performance model, however. I favor a busking style voluntary pay-what-its-worth model. People who don’t pay will never pay, and pirate quality will necessarily be poorer, therefore less desirable. It also invites the wealthy to pay a lot more. Patrons of the arts used to be a thing. The blockchain model you mentioned still requires DRM and IP, which as I mentioned, I strongly disagree with.
¹You are still trusting the algorithm, the programmers, and the auditors of the code
Lowlights from the video:
it starts with “plants don’t want to be eaten so they generate chemicals that can be harmful to you” 🤡😂 as if animals want to be eaten 🤦
It ends with “plants have non protein amino acids, which could trick their way into passing the blood brain barrier and act like prions. There’s no studies to back up this theory but…”
It uses peltier effect, which isn’t very efficient. There are more efficient ways. Also, personal peltier coolers are really old tech. The article says Sony incorporated their cell phone heat dissipation technology, which means patents. But overall it seems like good product design with mediocre tech.
Using it outdoors probably isn’t too bad. It can remove heat faster than skin can conduct heat from the air, and faster than sweat. It can also help during all these wet bulb weather events that are increasingly common.
As far as battery usage, I can’t find anything on capacity. They say 100 minutes charge, commenters say it lasts about 2 hours on full charge. Given the size it’s probably similar to a cell phone battery. A blurry image I found looks like it says 1.5 amp charging rate. This would put energy usage at around 5 watts with a smaller than average cell phone capacity. According to physics Substack, people generate around 3 watts of heat at rest. So it is just powerful enough to cool you. Also why it says only “light exercise” in the ad copy presumably.
As for energy efficiency, it’s actually probably very environmentally sound. But it has lithium ion batteries, plastic, integrated circuits etc. So in that sense, not so great.
Also it’s best use case is for riding mass transit to work. Working from home would be so much more environmentally sound.
Yes. And this brings to mind common kneejerk solutions that say more than a few houses should be illegal to own. Of course more than 100 is a whole different class of fuckery that should be addressed separately.
But mostly I just lament that something got so perverted. If it weren’t for asset inflation, and I forgot to mention unequal access to mortgage, then instead of all housing being universally shite, there might be a decent market, one where innovation and improvements happens, instead of “what’s the bare minimum I can legally get away with?”
Other drugs such as dissociatives like ketamine are much less addictive. In
Or even cannabis. The OG of pain management. Cannabis is documented over 10 millennia before Aspirin. Who knows how long before that it was used. Before the oligarchs in USA conspired to eradicate it from earth in 18th, 19th and 20th century, it had significant biodiversity, who knows how many medicines were lost. But thanks to the many outlaws who continued to cultivate it in very diverse soils and climates, it is very diverse again. Still, the capitalist pharma companies can only think in terms of “what molecules can I patent and sell?” They reluctantly allowed the studies investigating whole-plant effects, marketing it as “entourage effect”, but this was only so they could patent formulae in much the same way.
I think my point here is just that we have to get away from the stupidity of the capitalist system before we advance.
Even with pain management in general I may have been a bit harsh on the doctors for believing lies. Their entire schooling is filled with capitalist lies, so they are trained to believe them. But that doesn’t mean innocence either.
There are courses in med school about pain management, reducing physical dependence and all that. Even if they are colored with pharmacorp propaganda, a good doctor should be able to filter out the bullshit.
I agree, but historically USA was founded on the ideals of federation. The UN and EU are founded on similar principles. And while none of them actually function ideally, I still believe it is the best way to go. Freedom of movement must be conserved, which as an outsider, I’m led to believe EU is pretty good at. Unlike USa, where the Interstate Compact let’s you get fucked for say owing a ton of fines to another state’s motor vehicle agency.
But ultimately, the tyranny of the minority is worse when for example Texas controls public schoolbooks, the patent courts, and abortion ideology via the supreme court. If they were separated a little more via federation they might not weild as much power over all the other states. Same for Delaware, Nevada, California, etc.
I can see a very shitty UBI cone into place with austerity measures and welfare cuts. I say this because the ruling class is in favor and plenty of libs and fake lefties fall for it as “FrEe MoNeY tO SpEnD oN WHaT u NeeD”
If by very shitty UBI you mean UBI in name only. Actually they aren’t even keeping the name. Mayors For A Guaranteed Income are putting out pilot programs which are just welfare for the same voting blocs that have been targeted by all previous welfare. Their official policy is that AGI (notably not UBI), is something that must be in addition to existing welfare programs.
This is in contrast to UBI which has been written about by aristocrats since before the industrial revolution. Basic Income quite literally means enough to pay for food and housing. UBI, the real thing, will never happen without revolution.
we are going to have had enough and their killer robots won’t be ready yet
As a technologist I’d have to agree with this premise. If the most innovative thinkers of the robotics, AI, and materials science had been captured by DARPA/the elites, then we would already have T-1000 style terminators. Thankfully the smartest of our species is smart enough to realize “the only way to win is not to play the game”.
This is funny. I LOLd. But every once in a while I consider that being a legitimate steward of property actually could be a noble profession. Even in a profit-seeking market. It’s that domiciles are treated solely as a commodified asset, and that as economic policy, all assets must always increase in value over time exceeding (cynically, hedging) inflation, which is the true problem.
In a socialist world, making sure that domiciles are always up to date, modern, free of pests, well maintained, etc. Is actually a very important responsibility. And you might even call it a job. If jobs existed in a socialist world.
Edit: to all the downvoters–this very much agrees with Maoist land reform, and if I’m not mistaken Juche.
There’s so many moving pieces with Hillary that it would be difficult to make a solid case, especially with the whole Weiner Comey fiasco. But I will say about that, there was a double standard, before with Trump it was thou shalt not make announcements too close to election day, then suddenly they did the opposite with Hillary. As for Bernie, it came out after that the Democratic leadership very much ignored the caucus to choose Hillary instead of Bernie. Donna Brazil admitted some pretty messed up shenanigans on public TV.
But then the following election, forgive me I don’t remember all of the exact minutiae, but Bernie was winning, and was pressured into a premature concession when Buttigieg conceded to Biden, a selfish calculated act which might even be paid back by him being the next chosen king. At least that was his hope and there’s been a lot of scuttlebutt about it. Krystal Ball did a segment about it once, I’m too lazy to look up the YouTube vid but it’s probably easy to find.
Pharmaceutical companies lied to doctors and patients about how addictive opioids are.
Every single opiod, from opium itself, to heroin, to morphine, etc. Has been promised to be non addictive. How many times can you believe the same lie before you hold some responsibility for the outcome?
Then, a series of studies concluded that many people are living with untreated chronic pain;
Which is still true. In fact, the reason for this is at least partly because of fear of addiction, so they too cautiously don’t treat pain at all.
But no one wants to admit, not doctors nor pharmaceutical companies, that medicine doesn’t have a viable solution to the most basic of medical problems.
Al Gore won the vote. Then his opponent’s brother, Jeb Bush, governor of Florida suddenly found ‘irregularities’, threw out a ton of votes, and just merely coincidentally now his brother was declared winner? We’re supposed to believe that? Maybe if his dad wasn’t just president a decade earlier, that might be believable… maybe.
I think the problem is more that the constitution isn’t being followed more than there being something wrong with the constitution itself. These people want to get rid of like 3 or more of the first 10 (bill of rights) amendments.
Step 1. Ensure government fails the people Step 2. Offer to dramatically change the government so that it’s no longer considered failure, but everything else is the same. Fascist playbook.
Representation in general is a problem as well. The Electoral College presents a growing danger because it is increasingly unrepresentative. We’ve now had two elections in 16 years where the winner of the popular vote lost the election. The same happens with Congress, but more severe. Continued minority rule could cause chaos as the majority no long accepts rule by the minority.
The people haven’t elected a president since Al Gore. And the last 4? Supreme Court justices were picked by the minority party, from a pool of about 3 dozen or so judges that are part of an openly hostile extremist group.
This really sucks when you spent 45 minutes constructing a thorough reply.