Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Distributed Processing In Our Power Distribution System

Distributed processing used to be the cliche term that first went into vogue when minicomputers, and desktop systems, started taking over from the room sized mainframes. It was certainly appropriate, though, given the advantages that networking in general was beginning to be recognized as having.

It has always been interesting to me that we don't talk so much about distributed processing when we think about power production and distribution.

You could understand it early on, certainly, as power production necessarily started out as an endeavor centered on a quite significant installations; either damming a river, building the cooling and protection for a nuke plant, or placing big coal burners far enough away from where we normally live and work.

We've had fuel cells for some time now, though -- with their size coming down significantly over the last few years especially, and we've had the wind technology to solve the low power density problem (which the Yen Tornado Turbine does, as it happens) of wind, for many decades as well. As such, producing hydrogen at sea with wind power has also been quite possible.

Assuming you could deliver liquid hydrogen, point to point regionally regardless of whether it was over water or over land, fairly efficiently, why haven't we been asking ourselves this question: Why do we maintain a separate, expensive to maintain, single use delivery pathway, for electrical power over wires at all?

The thing is, we are certainly going to be keeping roads and highways going well into the future, in any case, for distribution of a lot of other things, and those right of ways offer integration advantages with the various sorts of piping any society has to have as well. Why don't we just accept that and look at delivering hydrogen to fuel cells, instead of electrons to a meter, and main power panel. And we do that to the best degree of granularity that we can with structures that require power, limiting the wire to the structure itself. That way, the water byproduct might at least be used to augment toilet flushing, or yard watering. And you would also get away from the triple+ whammy of wastage when you burn something to generate steam so that you can then turn the movement of magnets into electrons, lose some electrons on the way there to heat, and then use the electrons to create heat again for the house, or cooking. With hydrogen delivered (by pipe or cryogenic vehicle to storage tanks) you can burn it directly for heating or cooking, and the fuel cell gives you one of the most efficient ways there are to make on demand electrons.

This is just another reason why I think hydrogen is the way to go for our fuel requirements. Look into this yourself and see what you think. Do it quickly, though, because the clock is ticking.

No Sand Is Important If You Like Using Concrete

And we all know how ubiquitous concrete is for construction. And if we were suddenly faced with the need to build... I don't know, say, a whole lot of floating cities to make up for all of the coast lines that are going to be under water in the the next ten to twenty years, what are we to do then?

Fortunately my approach to building new structures at sea would use a hemp based composite material. So much of it, in fact, that it could easily become a new, viable export crop for a lot of nations that would find it hard to grow much of anything else. So it would be a win win for us and a significant portion of the rest of the world.

Just some more stuff to think about as we roll ever onward towards a world in permanent crisis mode.


It’s one of our most widely used natural resources, but it’s scarcer than you think.

Monday, May 22, 2017

We Need An Alternative To Capitalism

It’s Not Just the Assembly Lines — Robots Could Wipe Out 40 Percent of Retail Jobs

On A More Positive Note For The Exploration Of The Ocean Floor

Egregious extraction of resources aside, we absolutely need a permanent presence on the ocean floors of the world. Just as we need a similar presence in the rest of our solar system.

For the ocean floors, however, we must begin cautiously. To the greatest extent possible, we must first understand how that ecosystem works before we place too great of a manipulative presence there. And you should understand, that is a completely different ecosystem down there, and we understand only a little of it now. One that, however different, still interacts in undoubtedly very important ways with things up here, which of course we also don't understand very well.

Interestingly enough, there is a way we could get that initial, physical presence, while still accomplishing something else very practical, in a much more direct way, outside of the oceans.

There is another public works project that I would like see our nation consider. A project that would be leveraged by the fact that the sea based, liquid hydrogen producing, Yen Tornado Turbines, project already recently described, would provide the ready made presence at sea of large scale, floating platforms. Platforms that could also support my alternative to space elevators, or rockets, as a way to move large quantities of cargo into low earth orbit. That alternative would be the world's first underwater, suspended tunnel. In this case a tunnel that would start on a deep part of the ocean floor (at the equator, naturally, and probably in the mid Pacific somewhere), and then, inclined at a somewhat shallow angle, would extend out till it exited the surface (perhaps for another 300 meters or so), down range, say, 300 miles or so. And in that tunnel would be a mass driver apparatus of best possible design.

The beauty of this, as far as the ocean is concerned, is that it provides an operations base for exploration we've never had before. A base for which the automated, and manned stuff could go out and observe, 24/7. A base of operations for exploration that would be quite separate from launch operations which would do no more than make noise, and generate heat, which, I believe could be managed adequately, and appropriately, for that environment.

This would be, you see, a chance to start the real exploration of both unknown realms at the same time, and we could do it all as a part of setting up what would be an extension (with hybrid dirigible/blimp trains) to a world public transportation system, I have also proposed.

This may seem a "dream too far" to most of you but I assure you it is not. Getting out there is fundamental to the survival of our species. That means being able to get out there in a very big way. Which then means industrial sized materials flow. And if you aren't talking something that can at least do 100 ton payloads every hour, 24/7, than you are dicking around. And precisely because this is so important, it must be made so that all people on this planet have a chance to benefit from it, and I, for one, cannot see that happening if we leave this to purely "market" forces.

Just some more stuff for you to be thinking about as you make that effort to become better informed. As well as the effort you are going to make to have something better be created with which to organize ourselves with. If not what I'm suggesting, then find a better alternative.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong...

...With a wild West Attitude, and mega huge sums of money involved, not to mention feuding national interests as well?

Perhaps the better question is whether anything really good will come from it at all; at least as far as the rest of us, and the planet, are concerned. And don't start with the whole "jobs" carrot they'll probably trot out. Between the depths involved, and the move towards robots in manufacturing anyway, just how many good paying jobs, at work that won't be hazardous to your health, do you really think this will generate at all?

As things are, in the end it will likely be a lot of damage done, through a lot of strife, so that a few will make huge profits. Oh happy day.


In the coming years, a new gold rush will begin. Deep beneath the ocean’s waves, from scalding hydrothermal vents to the frigid stretches of the abyssal plain, ocean processes have deposited vast quantities of valuable minerals on the seafloor.

If We Take Control Of Our Own Production And Consumption...

...Every community will be able to grow much of its own food; one way or another.


Indoor farming is a trendy startup space, but many of those ventures have recently failed. Plenty thinks its technology, model, and timing mean it's the place that will finally turn greens into green.

Everything Is Interconnected

Do you seriously think that disappearing ice, rising oceans, more extreme weather, scarcer resources and increasing areas of instability won't create a World In Permanent Crisis Mode? Especially when everything everybody does is in everybody else's face, 24/7?

Doesn't matter whether you do or don't, though. Soon enough you will be a believer.


Scientists are sprinting to understand what is happening in West Antarctica as the planet warms around it.


Devastating floods could strike twice as often in certain parts of the globe.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Which Means Anybody Could Print Their Own Home...

...If they had access to the machines, the print medium, and ancillary wiring, plumbing, appliance modules, as well as the finishing fixtures and surfacing.

The tech currently available is, of course, still in its infancy, but still. It's not the skill as an abstract that we should value (with that value based so much upon output per cost hour) in how we mainly occupy ourselves, rather the willingness to work together to keep everything going at a prosperous rate for all. To then give people the personal freedom to work at their own, individual expressive skills to make what they want, like and feel proud of. It won't be easy to set up, but it can be done.

This Is What Great Creativity, Open Source, And Do It Yourself, Is Capable Of

My hat is off for these folks. Thanks guys for a terrific contribution here, and for what you've already done.

When People Can be Involved With Something, Together...

...Amazing things can happen.

Just imagine if we could see our way to being involved in running our own productive organization, together; doing a variety of tasks across the range of need so that we could understand a better part of what it takes to keep the whole going. Not only would we be working together for a common good, but we would earn the right to represent ourselves as ultimate governors. And in so organizing would we establish the principle that the work of participation is, itself, intrinsically valuable, and worthy of an equitable share of community instrumentality, and output, for personal use.

I have been imagining this for some time now and I tell you it is possible. It is possible, though, only if we're willing to take on a World War Two, mobilizing kind of effort to do it. An effort, I might add, that will likely be required of us in any case as the also likely state of permanent world crisis (formed of the dynamics of scarcer resources, rising oceans, and extreme weather, swirling around increasing populations, economic inequality, and larger areas of instability), may already be here as well.

As always, I am only trying to provide another frame of reference in which to see the possibilities here, as well as to see the need. It is up to you to give it serious thought. To look deeper into the details and then come to your own conclusions. The bottom line, though, is that something has to be done. Something. If not this then you better be demanding something better because your butt is on the line whether you realize it or not.

The Ancient Game That Saved A Village

By Jack Palfrey
18 May 2017

Russia Must Be Named A Rogue State...

...And every effort made with our allies to isolate them economically. And as an emphasis here we must do everything we can to pull oil out from under them as a viable economic product.

We can do that by doing everything we can to cut back on our oil consumption, while encouraging our allies to do the same thing, and in this the move to a Hydrogen fuel economy is essential.

Make no mistake. They will continue to attack us via the information highway. With the damage they've caused already, as well as the damage to come, they must be made to understand that actions have consequences. Deep. Costly. Consequences.

Most importantly we, as Americans, must unite in our anger against this blatant attack. This is armed aggression of the most serious kind even if conventional, or nuclear, weapons aren't involved.

We should also, as Americans, start considering just how necessary it is to use these stupid social media sites. The people who run them, making huge sums of money, have simply not done nearly enough to take responsibility for how their products are so easily manipulated. But we must also take responsibility for being so lazy in our desire for social interaction at the touch of a button. Just as we are so undisciplined in clicking on things simply because they seem to be linked to someone we think we know from online intercourse; employing absolutely no habit of mind to ask who is this really, and what are they really selling?

Heaven forbid that we should make an effort to try and engage each other more directly, and personally, but tucked away inside our own small bubbles of work interaction, and limited by further constraints of time and money, we make easy targets for bogus messaging.

The bottom line here is that Putin, and his clique of Fascist oligarchs there, and in the rest of the world, have declared war on us. We must mobilize for this war just as we must mobilize for the oncoming world state of permanent crisis. The very mobilization we will need to conduct the change to a better economic operating system with which to respond to these threats to not only our existence as a free, Democratic people, but to the very existence of our species.

Updated: May 18, 2017 3:48 PM ET

Saturday, May 20, 2017

One More Way The Commoditization Of Everything Creates Too Many Facets To The Information Mosaic Of The Web

Because web screen space is now seen for the valuable presentation area that it is. And so intended content shrinks into the middle of a growing carnival of barker driven side shows. And you can guess pretty clearly how that's going to go in the competition to move your eyeballs, and brain, over to that new kind of tent opening; that portal to the just bizarre enough (at the moment) to get you seeing what rubes have been seeing since the beginning of transaction.

Just wait till "bizarre enough" changes daily.

Lost in the Digital Swamp, Link by Link

Another Example Of How Everything Is Interconnected

No matter how much money you may think you will lose, or make, in mucking about with a particular thread in the weave of a complex system, the overall effect of that one thread made to be different than it was (in relation to all of the other threads), will create high probabilities for far more costly results in the long run. Something that Capitalism was never meant to understand, much less be able to handle. How could it be otherwise with a time sense measured in business quarters, and a sense of responsibility highlighted by the enshrinement of "only what you can catch us doing from a direct cause and effect."

When Wolves Return To The Wild, Everything Changes

Friday, May 19, 2017

This Is What Happens When A Dreamer...

...Allows himself to become too much a part of the cold calculus of an operating system that has a habit of turning dreams into nightmares. What a shame that such creativity hasn't been used to find a better way to make dreams a reality.


Some of the human workers who share Tesla's "factory of the future" with their robotic counterparts complain of grueling pressure – which they attribute to Musk’s aggressive production goals – and sometimes life-changing injuries

When Work Isn't Valued Intrinsicly

Are you sure you want to be a party to that? Even if it means checking your humanity at the door?


The GOP and its business allies are fighting back with a two-pronged strategy.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Because We All Need To Feel That We Have Value...

...That we can contribute to our families, as opposed to be a burden on them. That's what a job can mean.

When you see that people are made to be willing to go back into dangerous work conditions so that they can have that feeling of value back again, we shouldn't be at all surprised. Especially when you combine that with how collections of such jobs can bring a community as a whole back to life with the renewed flow of commerce. That a part of that commerce then becomes a much greater health care requirement sometimes gets lost in the photo shoots for the politicians, or in the rosey new job statistics that simply state more people are working again; whatever the wage may be, or whatever the work conditions. or whether they'll be getting help for that sure to be increasing health care premium.

These people get used twice in this, of course. Once in the photo shoot with the politician, signing whatever needs to be signed that supposedly makes this product viable again. But also because it is amazingly sure to be only a very problematic outcome; as other fuels are always on the hunt to compete better, and the producers are always looking to make each work hour be as cost effective as possible. Which means not only more solar, or natural gas (in relation to coal) to generate what we need, but also because every year there's a better machine, or combinations of machines, to chip away at the requirement for a human component to the cost per output equation. So these folks may be given hope for a short time, made sicker, or injured outright, in the process, only to find later on that a dying fuel, or a dying technology for that matter, is exactly that no matter what the politician found it in his, or her, interest to gloss over, or ignore.

When will we see that our value ought to lie with what we can contribute to keeping our community going. And that work should never be some sickening enterprise that you are locked into simply because that's the only thing a "market" had any interest in; and even then with nearly complete disregard of what it cost you to do the work.

This is the true nature of Capitalism. This is what it does, for the most part. Not because it is evil. Simply because that is the cold calculus that it operates under. We have moved beyond that kind of cold rationality. It's time our economic organizational methodology changed accordingly. Or said another way: The way we operate needs to be more in line with the way the human heart, and mind, now needs to work together.

Is that so hard to accept? I for one certainly hope not.

Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Before

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What Do Paul Ryan And A Certain Coyote Have In Common?

1. A propensity to not see the ground be removed out from under them.

2. An equal propensity to rely on faulty suppliers, or facilitators.

If People Are Willing To Work To Preserve The Value Of Their Town...

...Then arbitrary "markets" shouldn't have any say whether the town lives or dies. Only the quality, involvement, and cooperation of the population should matter. And those are things the people themselves have the power to change.

So. Not only is our current economic system a whiny little bitch when it comes to being an adult about life, and the difficulties it's going to present, whether holders of capital like it or not, it is also coldly uninterested in the real, intrinsic value of people who are willing to cooperate, and work together.

We simply cannot keep using this system.


Some economists and pundits claim Americans aren't moving enough, but how people should respond to that is unclear.
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The amount of money employers take from their employees each year — by refusing to pay overtime or misclassifying workers so they don’t get minimum wage — is larger than the value of all the theft by criminals.

What's Wrong With This Picture?

It's not the questions surrounding our de facto ex president, you can be sure of that.

We've all known where that was going to go for some time now. Too many of us, however, for their own selfish reasons, have just not wanted to face up to that fact.

No, the real problem here is the fact that, with every new bump, in an admittedly very bumpy road, we have to ask whether or not our current economic operating system will fall apart or not.


In case you haven't noticed, the world is entering permanent crisis mode. A mode that must necessarily be because a host of old problems haven't really been solved yet, and new ones are being created at an electrified pace. And our current fixation is but a symptom of the interaction of several old, unsolved, issues.

To say this might be suicidal is an understatement because it's only going to take a bump or two in sequence that will cause an economic breakdown of 1930's proportions.

Why do we stay with such an inherently unstable operating system? So what if it doesn't like bumpy roads? Too frigging bad. Bumpy roads are going to be the norm for quite awhile to come. That's just the way it is. Get over it. Get over it and accept the fact that we need a more equitable, efficient, and more robust model to be tooling around in. How hard is it to understand that now?

The Constant Bio-Active Evolution...

...In an environment awash in the commoditized usage of medicinal bio weapons.

We call the weapons antibiotics but nature doesn't care what we call them. To nature it is just something to be adjusted to so that survival will continue. And nature, unfortunately, has had a lot more practice in the game of measure, counter measure than we do. And unfortunately for us, because there is so much money revolving around so many things that, if the right bug kills whatever other commodity you might want to focus on, you can bet the the latest counter measure will be used far more widely, and indiscriminately, than is in our best advantage overall; at least as it concerns preserving a particular weapon's continued efficacy; or even a range of weapons.

That is not to suggest that this process of evolved obsolescence would stop if money, and the protection of profits, aside from the direct protection of people, were to be taken out of the picture. It is, however, to clearly suggest that money, and the fear of lost profits, accelerates this process to egregious levels. Which then means that a lot of compensatory money must be spent to make up for that over useage by creating new weapons at a faster pace, Which then leaves us in the same situation, only having it cycling faster, with more money needing to be spent at each iteration. And that, of course, doesn't even begin to question the other problem of who actually has to foot this ever increasing bill.

In my opinion, if we were in charge of production and distribution, and money or profits, were no longer involved, the usage of these critically important weapons in our defense against harmful, infectious organisms, would at least have a much better chance of being employed on a far more strategically rational basis. This would have to be so because we would be intimately involved in the effort to keep pace with nature in her defense of these smaller life forms; hopefully seeing the benefit first hand in changing our behaviors, at least as much as simply resorting to trying to hose nature down with some killing chemical willy nilly. Because I can assure you, that's not going to work very well in the long run.

Just another reason why all of the apocalypse preparation in the world won't save you if nature decides to shrug us off. Shrug us off because we just refused to listen to her. And we would be listening to her if we truly understood that "everything is interconnected."

Houston Had This Superbug Problem for Years and Never Knew

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Trouble With Owning An Idea Is...

...The owners always want exclusive benefit of the profits to be made, for as long as they can get away with of course (human nature being what it is), but absolutely no responsibility towards the societal costs that can accumulate, over time, with it's actual usage. Societal costs that usually accumulate in direct proportion to the lack of pre useage examination of what some of those effects can be. Which is why we came up with the notion that testing ahead of time might be a good idea; especially for the really dangerous stuff that start off with obvious red flags. Unfortunately, stuff that can still bite us in the ass, after a time of usage. don't always come with those handy, pre positioned wavers of warning

I mention all of this because, as someone who has spent his life dealing in ideas (studying them, using them, making a living coming up with little ones to solve small problems, as well as being completely captivated by a particular set of same, that I stumbled over quite by accident), I am amazed at how cavalierly most people treat them. Not only in how we benefit from those who made the effort in the past to bequeath them to us, one way or another, but in not appreciating nearly enough how dangerous they can also be; even if they seem innocuous at the start.

Ideas, like creation events themselves, are both the possibility of new, thoughtful, loving structure, but also the certainty that some part of things as they were will be done away with.

In many instances what is replaced is a positive, as was often specifically intended, so that we do actually benefit. Other things are often diminished, or taken away, that were not intended, and are also not very positive at all. In some cases these are mostly annoyances of one form or another that we can deal with, for the most part, because the benefits make it well worthwhile. Other times, however, they are much more than annoyances. They are outright detriments to health, or property, or other process streams that already have enough problems to deal with.

Capitalism, of course, was never intended to be either all that cognizant of the future, or that open to the interconnectedness of things; both in the physical world, and in the realm of social organizations. Even though it is stating the obvious that they didn't have a word for systems (or integration, at least as we know those words today) back when it was created and built upon, it is easy to forget that you have to have a particular mindset in order to conceive of things happening simultaneously, and that interactions can cross over into one system set or another, in often very complex and subtle ways. They didn't have that mindset then because the major means by which they inter associated at the time (how they stored, moved, and retrieved information), was becoming the printed word. And that, my friends, is why Capitalism is a linear, segmented, assembly line kind of organizational model.

The upshot of all of this is that the old idea of property, and ownership, while still applicable in some ways, is quite inadequate for the reality we live in now. Anybody's idea of property now must include the reality that "everything is interconnected." Which is precisely why you can't just be dumping, or burning, or building, or even tearing down, without some serious consideration of what the effects might be on your neighbors. And I think we are, as a society, coming to accept that notion as it relates to property in the traditional sense; as it relates to intellectual property, however, I don't think so.

And this is especially irritating to me because it is society that makes being able to get, to know, and utilize ideas, possible in the first place. Providing the mediation of all the social glue that keeps cooperative effort going at all. So, no matter how sharp, determined and resourceful an entrepreneur you are, you were assisted in getting to the point of having, and being able to implement your big, new, "disruptor" because society gave you that chance; and not the chaos one would otherwise expect if things had broken down and gone back to the rule of force.

And yet, when progressives like myself deign to ask you share both the benefit, and the responsibility, you cry foul; very loudly.

I would like to think that the Open Source movement understands this situation; from both sides of the equation: as in knowing they can't possibly shoulder all of the responsibility for an idea so, as a logical consequence, cannot then ask for exclusive rights to whatever benefit arises from it. I certainly deserve the credit for coming up with the idea, and hopefully we'll work out better ways to keep incentives in place to turn recognition into a path for more opportunities to explore for more good ideas, but I'm not going to get greedy about the material gain. Not unless I'm ready to be taxed significantly so as to provide general compensatory support for the things I didn't foresee would happen after people started using it; along with the side effects of all the other ideas we didn't fully investigate beforehand. After all, the whole point of opening an idea up for all to share and work with is that more minds are thinking about what actual useage might mean, before the fact, and then provide not only process improvements, but remedies to the bad effects at the get go, and in the process get some credit themselves.

None of the ideas that I have been lucky enough to have stumbled over in my life belong to me (just as very little of what I advocate now is actually new). Not as property in the old sense anyway. They belong to the society that gave me the chance to be able to think, to read, to question, and most of all, to be curious about so many things. This despite the fact that there was tragedy, chaos, and a lot of poor decisions made all throughout my life; by me and those around me. And this because I was also lucky enough to realize that a great deal of why there was so much chaos, tragedy and poor decisions was precisely because society was becoming increasingly unable to deal with the accumulation of bad side effects.

Capitalism has had its day. Just as property as we used to know it has had its day. You can certainly own what you make and use, like a home, or any other personal property, but you cannot own either the technology, or the overall productive capability that a functioning social group provides. You can certainly lay claim to a share of its output if you participate in the social process of providing the material means of production, as well as a say in all group decisions, but that is where it must end. That is why we must find a better way to work the balance between personal freedom, and the greater good of the community as a whole. And I can guarantee you that Capitalism cannot be involved any longer.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Obviously This Guy Drank The Kool Aid And Pledged His Loyalty

The question now becomes how anyone who would work for this de facto ex president keeps from being tarnished by the automatic impression that you would have had to do the same thing to get the job in the first place. Or why anybody would want to risk it knowing they'd be on the hook for that loyalty oath at some point in any case.

Let's be clear on one other thing. Just because there was reason to fire the former FBI director doesn't mean that is why he was fired now. If the intent was to do so for that justifiable cause it would have been done at the start of the new administration, not over 100 days in. The fact of the matter is that they couldn't have cared less, in any sense of FBI competency, about what he did to Clinton. And in fact, an argument could be made that that screw up might have made Comey even more attractive to them precisely because they thought they might be able to take advantage of it in some way.

Let's be clear on something else. A very important question is not being asked very much, if at all here. Does this de facto ex president actually believe that the "Russian Hoak," as he's been trying to define it, is all made up? Just to get back at him for beating the very people who look down on him?

Bear in mind here that, if you go down that road, it also leads to suggest that any actual criminal actions that he may have done wouldn't be seen as at all criminal in his mind. It was just what he needed to do to get the deal done. And that is, after all, the only good we know for sure that he adheres to; most especially of course when it is his deal, confirming automatically his sense of limitless privilege, and authority.

So you see, we are left with the distinct possibility of either an outright, lying crook, or someone deeply disconnected from important aspects of reality but, unfortunately, still mostly functional on a moment to moment level of social interaction. And, to take this further, any reasonable person can see now that this is a very dangerously real possibility. The kind of possibility that an innocent, sane person would also recognize and want to do nothing but whatever it took to to dispel that notion. But that is not what this de facto ex president does. Which should be pretty convincing evidence that this is not someone who should remain any longer in that office.

That is common sense. I don't care if you voted for him or not. I don't care if you are Democrat or Republican. Common sense should dictate that this is indeed our de facto ex president, and has been for over 100 days now.

#defactoexpresident #de&facto&ex&president

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