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Daily Digest 1/26 - Scientists Using Silicon to Produce Hydrogen on Demand, Microchips After The Collapse

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11:04 AM

Economy

As Worries Ebb, Small Investors Propel Markets (jdargis)

Still, the optimism that has pervaded the market in recent weeks is a drastic change from recent years. Until recently, many investors had continued to shy away from stocks in the face of a trio of hovering problems — the potential breakdown of the euro zone, fears of a stalling Chinese economy and political brinkmanship in Washington that threatened to drive the economy into a new recession.

MicroChips after Collapse: kiss your computer and cell phone goodbye (Arthur Robey)

Billions of chips are created every year for a myriad of applications: in autos, airplanes, ATMs, air conditioners, calculators, cameras, cell phones, clocks, DVDs, machine tools, medical equipment, microwave ovens, office and industrial equipment, routers, security systems, thermostats, TVs, VCRs, washing machines – nearly all electrical devices.

From Alpha To Omega: Neoliberalism & Hayek's Delusion (Arthur Robey)

This week we welcome back Philip Pilkington to the show to talk about his latest writings on the life and times of Friedrich Hayek, the ideologue behind the Neoliberal project. Philip came over to my house this week and we sat about and waxed lyrical on such highfalutin topics as Classical Liberalism, Neoliberalism and Ordoliberalism. We also got around to political propoganda and the Mont Perelin society, the similarities between the far right and Leninism, and how, after Hayek's nefarious influence, our politics has never been the same again...

It Has Been Frigid Outside, but Also a Lot Less Dangerous (jdargis)

As of 6:20 a.m. on Friday, New York City, with temperatures dropping as low as 11 degrees in recent days, had been murder-free for about 221 hours, a period of more than nine days. The cold, perhaps, pacified a city accustomed, on average, to more than a murder a day.

“We’re rooting for more cold weather,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said when asked about the streak of murder-free days.

Energy

Additional safety measures for Groningen (Johan V.)

The Dutch government and the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) are implementing new safety measures for people living above the natural gas fields in Groningen. Additional funding is being made available for preventive reinforcement of buildings susceptible to earthquake damage, on top of the existing damage compensation arrangement. Studies will also be carried out into whether and how the chance of such earthquakes and their effects can be limited.

Just Add Water: How Scientists Are Using Silicon to Produce Hydrogen on Demand (Jason C.)

In a series of experiments, the scientists created spherical silicon particles about 10 nanometers in diameter. When combined with water, these particles reacted to form silicic acid (a nontoxic byproduct) and hydrogen — a potential source of energy for fuel cells.

Expert warning: Resistance to antibiotics to be apocalyptic (Arthur Robey)

Prof. Davies said there is "a broken market model" for the development of new antibiotics, which means there could be no new antibiotics in the future. The pharmaceutical industry is concentrating its efforts on more profitable treatments such as drugs for chronic diseases, which has led to a reduction in research aiming to find or develop new antibiotics.

Gold & Silver

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Microchips after the Collapse & Hydrogen

Microchips will survive the collapse. They are trillions of them in existing electronic devices that can be harvested and reused in other devices. Its likely that after the collapse the global population will decline to 10% or to less than 1% (depending of how the collapse happens < 1% if Global Nuclear war). There will be an excess supply for hundreds of years after the population collapses.China recycles millions to billions of microchips every year with nothing more than holding the PCB over an open flame. FWIW: There will likely be little time for electronics, since the survivors will be spending 99% of their time producing food, water and shelter. At best, electronics will be used for control systems to assist\automate some of the processes for food and energy production, or other light industrial and automation processes. There will be little need to run big industrial factories, etc, as the survivors can simply harvest manufactured items from the millions of no longer occupied buildings.

The Hydrogen-Sillicon reaction is not a game changer. There are dozens of metals that will react with water to release hydrogen. Extracting silicon is energy intensive and generates lots of toxic waste. Like everything else in chemisty it follows the laws of thermodynamics: it takes more energy to product the silicon than it will release reacting with water to produce hydrogen. 

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We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots...

(Note: Cross-posted in Daily Digest, Global Warming.)

We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say (Late 2012)
"In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute unveiled a model that accurately explained why the waves of unrest that swept the world in 2008 and 2011 crashed when they did. The number one determinant was soaring food prices. Their model identified a precise threshold for global food prices that, if breached, would lead to worldwide unrest."

And...

"An anecdote the researchers outline in the report offers us an idea. They write that 'on December 13, 2010, we submitted a government report analyzing the repercussions of the global financial crises, and directly identifying the risk of social unrest and political instability due to food prices.' Four days later, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire as an act of protest in Tunisia. And we all know what happened after that."
http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/we-are-now-one-year-and-counting-from-g...

I suspect the threshold isn't just tied to a number on an index, but also tied to other factors and may be more tied to velocity.

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In Detroit

Here comes Santa Claus
Christmas is weekly for the hungry folks on one volunteer's route:

http://metrotimes.com/culture/here-comes-santa-claus-1.1418247

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Honduras no longer functioning after plunging over fiscal cliff

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/25/16692051-honduras-no-longe...

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global food riots

Food prices have been declining since 2011; when these guys wrote the article it made sense based on the trend at the time, but prices have backed off a bit since then.

If you look at the nations where food riots took place, they are almost without exception places where the people spend more than 35% of their income on food, with many of them spending 40-45%.  So when their food prices double, its really life and death for them.

The other side of that coin is, I don't see food riots erupting in nations where the food budget is less than 20%.  That comprises the industrialized western world.

What makes food prices jump?  My guess is crude oil:

 

More statistics on the various nations involved here: http://mdbriefing.com/food.shtml

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Food prices are not too far

Food prices are not too far off from their recent highes:

Food prices

What makes food prices jump? My guess is crude oil:

Currency devaluation and drought are some of the other reasons why food prices are rising. Much of the US is in a drought. Suburban development in China and India is consuming good farmland and water away from food production. Unless the drought in the US breaks this spring (unlikely) food prices will probably make an new high in 2013.

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TechGuy -Your data is more

TechGuy -

Your data is more than three months old.  The current value of the SPGCAG index is 457.  As I said before, food prices have backed off from their highs.

http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/SPGCAG:IND

The trend could reverse and move higher, but for now it appears that the prices are retreating.

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