Turning Radioactive Waste Into Diamonds?

I found this video to be very interesting. The USA has 99 active nuclear power plants. Each plant produces about 2,300 tons of nuclear waste each year, and this waste remains radioactive for thousands of years. There is a new idea on how we can transform this waste into usable batteries: think a AA battery that lasts for thousands of years! I love creative solutions to our problems.

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Cyberwar Against Our Electric Grid?

As many of you know, for a number of years I’ve talked about the single greatest threat to our way of life; an attack on our electric grid. Here’s what it comes down to…

FIRST, everything in our society is completely dependent upon electricity. It is the foundation of everything; from food distribution, to water distribution and treatment, to communications, travel and even our military.

SECOND, our electrical infrastructure is surprisingly fragile and easy to take down. We live in a time when nation-states as well as rogue terrorists could potentially bring down our entire electric grid through a cyber attack.

THIRD, the USA is more vulnerable than any other country to a power outage. We literally would not know how to survive without it, which is why there are estimates that MOST people in the USA would be dead within 12 months if we had a blackout that lasted for months.

FOURTH, according to Ted Koppel’s book “Light’s Out”, the US government does not have a plan in place to deal with a long term power outage.

So how real is this threat?

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Such a Simple Idea. But It’s Shot Down!

I love the USA. I love our system of government. But I do not, in any way love the politicians who are running the place. They are more concerned with their internal power struggles than fixing real problems facing our country.

And this is true for both parties. Republicans give lip service to fiscal responsibility while not actually doing anything about it, while Democrats don’t even pretend to care about fiscal responsibility anymore.

Recently Rand Paul submitted a simple bill that would balance the federal budget. Here’s a short synopsis from Reason.com, “Paul’s proposal called for cutting 2 percent from all federal line items for each of the next five years and would reduce federal spending by about $11 trillion over the next decade—even though spending would rise after the first five years. It’s an adaptation of the so-called “Penny Plan” that Paul has been pushing for several years, though he now says an additional penny in cuts for every federal dollar spent is necessary to get the budget to balance.

So what happened to the bill?

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