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Daily Digest 6/9 - Life In Retirement, Can Compressed Air Drive The Next City Car?

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 11:35 AM

Economy

NASA just woke up a nuclear-powered probe 1 billion miles beyond Pluto — and it's approaching the farthest object humans have ever tried to visit (Thomas R.)

Researchers aren't quite sure of Ultima Thule's exact dimensions. Because it's so dark, at roughly 4 billion miles away, all they have to go on is the shadow it casts in starlight on New Horizon's camera. However, Ultima Thule — formally known to astronomers as (486958) 2014 MU 69, a mouthful of a name — appears to be a peanut-shaped rock. NASA suspects it's about the size of a metropolis, up to 20 miles long and 12 miles wide.

Life in Retirement: The 1950s vs. Today (Thomas R.)

The Social Security Trust Fund was solvent and not running at a deficit. This meant that retirees in the 1950s had no fear whatsoever that their Social Security benefits would stop. During that time, many more workers were paying Social Security taxes than those receiving Social Security benefits.

Meet Paul Ehrlich, Pseudoscience Charlatan (yogmonster)

Renowned scientist Paul Ehrlich has been in the public spotlight for half a century now. But there’s a question at the heart of the story of Ehrlich’s unlikely rise to prominence. A question that must be answered. Why is it that this entomologist has become such a superstar of science, received so many accolades and awards, and wielded such influence over the public conversation on population despite being so remarkably, consistently, staggeringly wrong about the issues he presumes to lecture the public on?

How to Reduce Your Risk of Death by Gun Violence (thc0655)

Implement a personal curfew. The safest place anyone can be at 2am is at home in bed. Roaming the streets in the middle of the night exposes one to gangs, drug sellers, and other dangerous people.

Bananas have died out once before–don’t let it happen again (blackeagle)

I knew almost nothing about bananas when I landed in Costa Rica in 2011. I was a young scientist from the University of Michigan on a scholarship to study abroad, with fantasies of trapping and identifying tropical fish in pristine rainforest streams. But the institute I was enrolled at brought us to a banana plantation, and from the moment I set foot on the dense, dark clay beneath that endless green canopy, my fish fantasy evaporated. I became fascinated by the fruit I found growing on large, towering herbs, lined up in rows in their tens of thousands.

Reflections on Sustainability, Population Growth, and the Environment (Thomas C.)

Articles written by Dr. Bartlett for NPG over the last three decades dealt with such themes as the correct meaning of “sustainability,” and with immigration’s stimulation of U.S. population growth. Originally written in 1994, this version of Professor Bartlett’s masterful work Reflections on Sustainability, Population Growth, and the Environment was revised in 1998.

6 Benefits of Homemade Meals + 7 Recipes (Thomas R.)

Ben’s advice: “When we eat at a restaurant, we pay for not only the food, but also the costs of running that business. The lights, the water, the building, and the staff — in addition to the meal we are eating. The same goes for the pre-made or frozen meals at grocery stores.”

Can Compressed Air Drive The Next City Car? (Thomas R.)

Herjavec’s newest investment is called the AIRPod. Though it will most likely be slotted amongst similar alternatively fueled mini cars, like the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive or the Fiat 500E, there is no risk of misidentifying the AIRPod. This bubble-shaped car is less than 7 feet long, uses its front and rear windshields as doors and steers by a single joystick.

Energy Production & Changing Energy Sources (Thomas R.)

If we start back in 1800 we see that nearly all of the world's energy was produced from traditional biomass (essentially burning wood and other organic matter). The world (predominantly the UK) was using a small amount of coal- only around two percent. Our expansion into oil consumption didn't begin until around 1870. Two decades later it was followed by natural gas and hydroelectricity. By 1900, coal consumption had increased significantly, accounting for almost half of global energy (the other half remaining biomass, since oil, gas and hydroelectricity remained small).

The heartbreaking moment an orangutan tries to save its tree from loggers by taking on a digger in Indonesia (LesPhelps)

A man, who is a member of the Orangutan Protection Unit for the International Animal Rescue non-profit organisation, can be seen in the video creeping under the animal with a dart gun.

The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy (blackeagle)

There is no way out of this. Those who claim that “regenerative” or “holistic” ranching mimics nature deceive themselves. It relies on fencing, while in nature wild herbivores roam freely, often across vast distances. It excludes or eradicates predators, which are crucial to the healthy functioning of all living systems. It tends to eliminate tree seedlings, ensuring that the complex mosaics of woody vegetation found in many natural systems – essential to support a wide range of wildlife – are absent.

Predictions: What Earth Will Be Like 100 Years in the Future (Thomas C.)

In the case of today’s infographic from Futurism, the predictions are courtesy of a team of “futurists, architects, technological forecasters, and sociological soothsayers” that were hired by Samsung to look at what life may be like in the year 2116.

World population to peak by 2055: report (From 2013, Thomas R.)

Sanyal said that while developed countries have long had low birth rates, developing countries like China, Russia, South Korea and Brazil now have the largest declines in fertility. He argued that poorer countries needed a higher total fertility rate (TFR) -- the average number of live births per woman over her lifetime -– to maintain a stable population, due to higher levels of infant mortality.

Hawaii volcano eruption: USAF could be called in to Bomb Mount Kilauea to divert lava (Thomas R.)

In its report, the US Air Force said: “Modern aerial bombing has a substantial probability of success for diversion of lava from most expected types of eruptions on Mauna Loa's Northeast Rift Zone, if Hilo is threatened and if Air Force assistance is requested.”

Gold & Silver

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Albert A. Bartlett

" The Greatest Shortcoming of the Human Race is our Inability to Understand the Exponential Function "  Dr. Albert A. Bartlett  (1923-2013)

http://www.albartlett.org/presentations/arithmetic_population_energy.html

http://www.npg.org/library/forum-series/reflections-on-sustainability-po...

 

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Can Compressed Air Drive The Next City Car

May be not. This article is from 2015... today, the MDI site shows again many concepts, but still no real product.

I like the idea, but its practicability is not ensured. Example, in Quebec, where we have plenty of hydroelectricity, we could barely use this car as temperatures are too cold. In warmer places, we lack clean electricity. Looks to me like a sexy idea with many practical issues; the biggest one being its low energy efficiency: <energy> --> electricity --> compressed air --> movement. Too much losses along the way of multiple conversions. And <energy> might be dirty: coal, oil, nuclear...

 

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Dr. Albert Bartlett

"So here's a challenge.  Can you think of any problem, on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long term solution is in any demonstrable way, aided, assisted or advanced, by having larger populations in our local levels, state levels, national level, or global level?  Can you think of anything that can get better if we crowd more people into our cities, our towns, into our state, or nation, or on the Earth?"

   Dr. Albert Bartlett - 2006

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Bond Traders Face $193 Billion Appetizer Before Fed Main Course

Bond Traders Face $193 Billion Appetizer Before Fed Main Course

Bloomberg-1 hour ago
The Treasury is about to pack $193 billion of debt sales into Monday and Tuesday. That potentially puts the onus on Wall Street to absorb the deluge if investors ...

This is what student debt is doing to your mind

MarketWatch-4 hours ago
It's an almost mind boggling number. And it becomes even more staggering when looked at another way: there are 45 million student loan borrowers in this ...

Student loans 'heading for trillion pounds'

BBC News-2 hours ago

This hard-hitting report accuses the government of using "accounting tricks" to conceal the real cost of higher education and to pile up huge debts for future .

Your unpaid student loan could cost you your tax refund

NBC2 News-1 hour ago
In fiscal 2017, the Treasury Department executed $2.6 billion in tax refund ... Unfortunately, if the defaulted student loan debt really is yours, you don't have many ...

 

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Feeding, then eating your young

Another sickening example of how complexity will lead to the collapse of an economy. A new meaning for the term"higher education"?

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/38393554/your-unpaid-student-loan-could-cost-you-your-tax-refund

Thanks, saxplayer.

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