Sep 29

Fuku cooling storage

Here’s a bit more about the concept as I see it now.

In this scenario, the heavily contaminated water (W1) would be drawn (hot and contaminated) from the reactor to an evap unit where it can be flashed and quenched in a perverted sort of vacuum distillation. A critical point is that our input water is very hot, whereas in most evaps it is cold, requiring significant energy to maintain the process. It should be very easy to flash W1 directly into steam, and even more critically, the steam is mostly clean. A portion of W1 will flash to steam, and a portion of that will be drawn off for separate condensation as W2, and we have reduced the volume of W1 while increasing its concentration of contamination. We also must cool the remaining W1 before returning it to containment. We certainly

W2 should be considered mildly contaminated, which seems to be what the current decontamination equipment is capable of dealing with.

Typical well-engineered multi-stage evaps draw about 15% of input for condensation as output. We are going to engineer this poorly and quickly, focusing on bone-simple and robust reliability, and operator useability rather than efficiency. We’ll build more, quickly, and stack them up in the parking lot. Say we achieve only 5%. This means that we return only 95% of what we withdrew from containment.

This process cannot be continued indefinitely, as even with replacement coling water helping to dilute the concentration of contamination within the containment, I think it is safe to asume that the fuel in there will more than replenish the contamination of the water. After

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Sep 29

Little Green Footballs (1 of 2)

It’s true; I flounced, came unglued, went ’round the bend, head exploded, one flaming right wing flapping madly through the inferno, propelling me in helpless circles before the… oh screw it, you can go to LGF for their version.  Here’s mine:

Two days ago, I was on a thread where somebody mentioned that the economy was doomed unless the democrats got the House back in 2012 or some such thing.  By the way, if this level of detail is not sufficient for you, you may want to simply stop reading now.  I am not going to reproduce what happened at LGF over here, as it can be found over there at LGF.  At least I think so.

So I disagreed, and in another post brought up the Contract with America, and made what I thought were a couple of points.  The only response I received was to be labelled a revisionist with a suggestion that I should go write for Fox News.  Nobody addressed the points, and when I pointed *that* out, I was treated to a display of my own petty snark (it’s true, I enjoy some snark), as if that rebutted any point I had on the table.

And this is where I figured I was probably done with LGF.  At some point, it had gone from a place where facts matter to one where smears outweigh facts.  Gone were the rabid right-wingers like me who at least were famous for a “fact-check your ass” FCYA approach to things, where “link, please” outnumbered “lol” ten-to-one.  In our empty chairs were the hive-mind body-snatchers that had taken over the place.  In the struggle between LGF traditions and the ugly cloud of slovenly habits which follows the left around like stink on a garbage truck, the stink had won.  At LGF, you can’t even disagree in a rational manner, as the

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Sep 29

Little Green Footballs (2 of 2)

For those who do not know, Little Green Footballs (LGF) is a forum blog run by Charles Johnson, and which was influential and well-respected.  I discovered it in the wake of that blog and Powerline Blog taking down Dan Rather for his flaming dishonesty in the Bush memo thing.  (MemoGate, RatherGate, FontGate, etc).   The Throbbing Memo is still an icon of web citizenry, and possibly the single most meaningful turning point in the shift in the media center of gravity from print and broadcast.  The MSM is still the dominant force, but they are no longer alone in the universe, and LGF was instrumental in making that a new reality.

LGF has changed from being mostly inhabited by center-to-rabid right-wingers (speaking!) to mostly inhabited by center-to-rabid left-wingers.  You can see how there could be some friction along the way.  So for quite a while now, I have not felt at home there like I used to, and I have mostly just stayed away, and here’s why:  I enjoyed my time there greatly, I benefitted from Charles’ hospitality, wherein he contributed much and asked for little.

Let me be the first to admit; I miss it.  I miss the old days, and while you can never go home again, you can still pull in a little afterglow, or just enjoy talking to old friends and even adversaries.  A few times, I popped in, typically found more argument than reminiscence, and found something else to do.   Life goes on, and at any rate, that’s Facebook’s business model.

Some of my old LGF friends, from back in the day, are in touch on Facebook, and many of them have moved on to other online communities.  It is a testament to the former influence and popularity of LGF that to this day, a prominent topic of conversation is “the old school”

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Sep 29

We Are Already Losing

China should be nowhere near as powerful as they are.  China remains a brutal, oppressive regime with hopelessly flawed economic system which is only made to work through force and the grace of foreigners.  We have been foremost among nations allowing China to escape the consequences of market forces, while harming ourselves.

America’s sound finances and secure future have been recklessly hazarded by a series of leaders who believed or did not sufficiently refute goofy Marxist and Keynesian economic theories.

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Sep 29

Obama: At the End, Bad for Government

Tea Party Phase II, coming to a Democratic Party near you.

Obama’s policies have been bad for business, bad for the economy, bad for allies, bad for America.   Interestingly, the one thing he cares about, government, is ultimately the most wounded by his combination of calculated malice and incalculable incompetence.  From NASA to the Federal Reserve (not technically a part of government, but might as well be), not one institution will be viewed in as positive a light at Obama’s departure as it was when he arrived.  He will take with him the notion that American government is competent or benevolent.

Small-government conservatives are not anarchists, and this is why we loathe Ron Paul’s kooky cult.  So it does not align…

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Also, he is likely to produce a democrat Tea Party, which will likely have much in common with the Republican one.  Many democrats are now trapped into supporting the President in a similar fashion to the way conservatives were stuck with Bush while he spent like a democrat.  He was right on enough things that we dared not let him go.  I believe that President Obama is on a similar trajectory but with a rather more pronounced arc.  He who flies most quickly will make the biggest crater.

In his wake, President Obama will leave a sprawling, unmanaged, widely hated system of barely coordinated government agencies and bureaus, departments, forces, and so on.  When he at last departs, neither democrat nor republican will have much stomach for being shoved around by the Orwellian state.

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