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The Thorium Cycle, Part Two

A question you may be asking yourselves now is: if there is a commercially viable application of the Thorium cycle, why haven’t I heard of it before? Well, there is a very simple and obvious answer to this: according to calculations from Canada and India, a kilowatt hour of electricity generated from Thorium will cost about three pence. That’s about a tenth of the current price of immensely subsidised “renewable” energy in the UK and much of Western Europe.

If a truly environmentally friendly energy became available at that price, it would quite totally upset the apple cart of the “green” industry along with its research grants and subsidised non-businesses.

As a whole, “renewables” rely heavily on the taxpayers’ largesse to be kept alive, along with all the “green” and “eco-friendly” investment bonds which are of course not environmentally friendly or socially acceptable at all, as we’ve already seen with regards to the appalling impact of rare earth mining and the increasing number of deaths from NOx pollution since “decarbonisation” began in earnest.

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The Thorium Cycle, Part One

Rightly or wrongly, I consider myself to be a reasonably educated sort of fellow. But a few years ago, it struck me as rather odd that I had never heard of the Thorium cycle or the molten salt reactor (MSR).

I’m neither a nuclear scientist nor a physicist (nor much of a scientist neither) and I don’t pretend to be one. But I found it rather surprising that apparently a few chapters had been airbrushed out of the history of nuclear science, namely the before mentioned Thorium cycle and the MSR. Now, you might at this point wonder why this is even a thing, and never having heard of them neither, I would share the sentiment.

As we all know, to run a successful economy an abundant supply of safe and cheap energy is essential. And ever since someone on the Asian steppes bartered the first sack of bailey for a goat or a lamb, successful business transactions were at the heart of the human endeavour – no energy, no progress. Simple as that.

Without economic activity, there would have been no cuneiform script, no mathematics, no Pyramids along the Nile, and of course no classical antiquity along the Med from Jerusalem to Athens, and later beyond.

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The Great Brexit Betrayal

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I ought to warn you, Dear Reader, for this is a conspiracy theory. It has no basis in facts apart from my thoughts and observations and I’m going to present my case without a shred of empirical evidence; although I do assume that the evidence is out there just waiting to be found. But do also be warned, please, that only because it’s a conspiracy theory doesn’t mean there isn’t also a conspiracy.

Let’s cast our minds back to the 23rd of June 2016, when surprisingly enough the British people democratically decided to leave the European Union in the largest exercise of their free will so far – and dare I say for ever, for any plebiscite is indeed unlikely to be repeated now that everyone knows just how dangerous referendums can be.

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How to deal with an elephant

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There’s an elephant in your room?

Can’t be – elephants have been extinct for ages.

There may be something there but how can you be sure it’s an elephant?

It may be an elephant but it’s not in the room, it’s in your imagination – and what a filthy mind you have to think about them!

What do you mean by “is”, by the way? (h/t Bill Clinton)

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The Trouble with Lefties

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It’s often been asked what is wrong with these people. Polly Toynbee’s whiny voice on the wireless the other day brought the point home once more that there must be something seriously wrong with lefties. They are not genuinely happy people, apparently unable to contend themselves with their lives, even when they’ve reached living standards their grandparents couldn’t even dream of. There may be an obvious answer as to why many lefties seem so unhappy, but there may also be something more strategic at play about their malcontent.

To start with the easy answer, it could be argued that Lefties have a talent for misery. Experience shows that whatever they laid their hands on has turned to corruption, and mostly rather sooner than later. Yet, even the most obvious evidence for socialism’s dramatic failure is self-righteously brushed under the carpet by a left of centre, liberal mainstream intent on feathering its own nest at the expense of everybody else. And yes, dear “privileged” taxpayer, that’s mainly your money going into this.

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Morality Death Match – Germany vs Trump

You could only have a problem with Donald Trump’s speech at UN headquarters in New York if you were part of the problem.
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Oh, there’s people!
Every year after their summer holidays, a speech marathon awaits UN representatives when their colleagues from all over the globe take to the lectern to reflect on the current state of worldly affairs, and particularly their own contributions to them. If this spectacle looks rather stuffy and redundant, it may be in the eye of the beholder.
At EU headquarters in Brussels on the other hand, the third reading of the Light-bulb Act may certainly make hearts beat faster, and the frantic news about over-fulfilled quotas of tractor production will be the stuff of legend for years to come. This may be why outside the Brussels Bubble, nobody likes to laugh about this kind of collective insanity anymore because they find this Continental behemoth just a tad scary, now that President Juncker has let that cat out of the bag.

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Argentina – A case study in subversion

Argentina’s slow descent into political madness and social dislocation must have started sometime in the 1960s when the country was at its second apogee. 
Blessed with an abundance of natural resources, the country’s rentier elite had watched the money roll in for over one and a half centuries by then, from agriculture and – in the second half of the 20th century – from capital intensive investment in mining, heavy industries and oil exploitation.
The country was hailed as one of the huge social and economic success stories of its time and – branded “The France of South America” – attracted millions of immigrants from Europe in the late 19th century: Italy and Spain figured most prominently, but the huddled masses of Switzerland, Germany and Wales, were just as eager to become antipodes. Opportunities abounded, and always included the possibility of failure.
Consequently, not everything went swimmingly in the first half of the 20th century, and in the second half neither. But being the Western Hemisphere’s first nation to elect a socialist member to parliament in 1904 might be considered the first symptom of a malaise that broke out in full force sixty-five years later. Socialism was something the aforementioned huddled masses brought along with them upon immigration to “the new country”, much like today’s “refugees” often carry Islam along with them.

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The Fall of Rome

We are all quite familiar with the Roman Empire and its apogee resulting in a slow and gradual decline, ending not so much in a bang but in a few desperate whimpers. The rot, as one could also call it, probably set in when Varus failed miserably with his foray into what was in the year nine considered barbarian turf. 

This disastrous expedition resulted in the loss of three Roman legions and probably something very similar to the American experience in Vietnam. Only that Rome lost its aura of invincibility in a couple of days, repeatedly getting ambushed by Germanic tribes in the Teutoburg Forrest, whereas it took the Vietcong at least a few years of guerrilla warfare to give a culturally, economically and technically superior civilisation more than a few headaches.
On the other hand, though Publius Quinctilius Varus’s disaster in the Teutoburg Forrest could also be considered one of the more regular cockups any Empire must face and come back stronger from, this battle seems to have had a lasting and depressing effect on the Roman psyche. 

Hate and all that – Psychopathological mechanisms of dissent

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Hate is not a crime – it’s a feeling, an emotion. Like many other sentiments and most of the emotional impulses we are endowed with, hate is also rather fickle. Feelings come and go, they don’t stick around for a very long time, unless you have a compulsive disorder and try to hang on to them even after their time is long gone.

Despite them being rather short lived (in a mentally sane and stable individual, that is) emotions do serve an evolutionary cause for mankind. It is fair to say, I suppose, that Neanderthal man rather hated seeing his next of kin (or himself) being eaten by sabre tooth tigers, or chased by woolly mammoths. Thus, he or she (or whatever) set about the business of inventing clever technologies that made an untimely demise from this world a tad less likely, increasing an individual’s chance of passing on genes to the next generation.