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  • Posted by scojohnson 3 years, 5 months ago
    Why is everyone freaking out about this? Enriched uranium was once used in nuclear reactors for power generation, but they moved away from that in designs decades ago.

    The only purpose for fissile material in a modern US nuclear weapon is to be the primary (detonator) on the real (fusion) bomb. A uranium bomb like Nagasaki or Hiroshima is pretty much a firecracker by today's standards, and far too large & heavy to properly place on a cruise missile or ICBM.

    More recent US weapons use plutonium as the trigger to super heat a hydrogen core, which fuses hydrogen atoms to helium and releasing 1000s of times more energy in doing so.

    I'm pretty sure this was just a corporate welfare contract to Bechtel or someone to keep making uranium and the stockpiles are probably years or decades deep.

    The US also operates a nuclear fuel bank of sorts, where we take enriched uranium from these third world players on agreements, then downgrade it and redistribute for civilian purposes.

    Natural uranium is like 0.3% pure, you need 20% for a crappy N Korea-style bomb (slightly more yield than a US high explosive), our best A-bomb stuff would be like 90%+.

    Since the era of the H-Bomb though in the 50's & 60's, we just don't use this very much I would think.

    It's pretty unimaginable that a scenario would develop that we can't resolve with our 10s of thousands of nuclear weapons. We keep a few in South Korea on a hair trigger for obvious reasons, but basically 4 or 5 of them would completely vaporize the North Korean half of the peninsula. 6 or 7 and you're talking nothing left and only glass for a ground surface.

    The current generation nuclear reactors using breeder-reactor technology, and their fuel is actually the nuclear waste of yesteryear... so they don't even use uranium either anymore. The ones that do use uranium are prone to meltdowns like the one in Japan.
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    • Posted by cowboynuclear 3 years, 5 months ago
      Actually, each and every commercial and most government nuclear reactors in the United States uses enriched uranium of some level or another as primary fuel (although late in a cycle they are running mostly on Pu generated in fuel rods). Commercial plants use between 3.5-5.0% enriched-in-U235 uranium fuel.Military plants (subs/ships) use 20% minimum and in many cases much higher and classified. :-)

      If this is truly the last enrichment system in US (still checking on that), then yes it's time to freak out, as it's a play to shutter 104 operating nuclear reactors that supply 20+% of electricity to and hold up the electrical grid. Not to mention the nuclear fleet (read 95% of Navy assets).
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  • Posted by term2 3 years, 5 months ago
    Time to get Trump in there to stick up for the USA, like Putin does for Russia. I was impressed by Putin in his 60 minutes interview- He loves his mother/father land and does what those people want (which isnt so great actually, but at least he is a good leader). I wish WE had a good leader like that here in the USA. My vote is on Trump this time to blast the old guard and get some business sense into government.
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    • Posted by wiggys 3 years, 5 months ago
      Before you jump on the Trump band wagon I suggest that you go to PeterSchwartz.com and read his article that was just published in the Huffington Post titled "Trump and the meaning of egoism".
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      • Posted by term2 3 years, 5 months ago
        I will look, but I generally avoid anything in Huffington Post as being filled more with their agendas than fact
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        • Posted by wiggys 3 years, 5 months ago
          There are several people such as Peter Schwartz and Leonard Peikoff and Harry Binswanger who were part of Ayn Rand's inner circle who are outstanding writers and observers of what is going on and should be read by all especially those who claim to be Objectivists.
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          • Posted by term2 3 years, 5 months ago
            I did read it. No wonder why it appears in Huffington Post, a manipulative liberal media outlet with only one agenda- increasing government control. They would print anything which was just supported their liberal agenda. In this case, Trump is outside the liberal establishment and they are using Ayn Rand to disparage him. I read the article, and I understand Trump is not a die hard Objectivist, but none of the others are either. At least he is NOT part of the same old liberal washington crowd.
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        • Posted by ewv 3 years, 5 months ago
          The article is in his blog at the Huffington Post website: "Peter Schwartz '-- Distinguished Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute; Author, 'In Defense of Selfishness'". http://www.huffingtonpost.com/petersc...
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          • Posted by term2 3 years, 5 months ago
            WOW. so many people just hate Trump that I tend to take the opposite side. Who would he actually want to win the election (who has a chance in hell to actually win it)? There isnt anyone else half as good as Trump, who is definitely NOT perfect by any stretch. For the years I have left, I would rather not have to deal with intense deficit spending, weak foreign policy, increased government spending on wars we cant win, and really dont want to either, and more and more government. I have essentially no political power, so what I think doesnt go any further than one vote for a president and maybe some congressional votes here and then.
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            • Posted by ewv 3 years, 5 months ago
              Trump's unprincipled pragmatism and statism, including anti-private property rights eminent domain for private cronies, has been discussed at length on gg. A blustering establishment insider who has been playing all sides and whose guiding standard is to "make good deals" does not want to protect your rights.
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              • Posted by term2 3 years, 5 months ago
                I guess I missed out on how Hillary, Biden, sanders, and the plethora of religious republicans will protect my rights. Even Carson is prattling on about "God" is his guiding force. Rand Paul is the best of them, but I can't see him getting elected. Fiorina is a joke and Trump was right about her unelectability. If not trump, then let's go for sanders and get the destruction of the country over with at least quickly so we can start rebuilding
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    • Posted by  $  Maritimus 3 years, 5 months ago
      Hitler was also a "good" leader. Wasn't he?
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      • Posted by term2 3 years, 5 months ago
        He was a very effective leader, at least in the beginning, in terms of tapping into the "german fatherland" thing that was important to the german people. He also tapped into the anti-semitic sentiments (for reasons I dont understand, but accept were there all over europe actually). Towards the end we was a bit psychotic and it brought him down. As to "good" leader, if you mean a moral one, absolutely NOT. Same for Putin- he is an effective leader in many ways, but again not "good". I used the wrong word I think.
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        • Posted by  $  3 years, 5 months ago
          Hitler was bad about not listening to his generals like I current loser at war presidunce.
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          • Posted by term2 3 years, 5 months ago
            Hitler also had too grandiose a plan of taking over all of europe AND Russia, and then went against the USA also in 1941. Too many adversaries all at once. And all the while having to deal with killing the jews and the russian soldiers too. Germany was just not THAT big and powerful as a country to do all that. Amazing that they were able to accomplish what they did actually in such a short time
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    • Posted by RichardDavey 3 years, 5 months ago
      Hey term2 Although we are in need of great leadership and yes trump is a lot like Putin is that the way back to freedom and liberty? May I suggest the constitution and the only candidate that has consistently stood by it Mr Ted Cruz from the great state of Texas! Richard
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      • Posted by term2 3 years, 5 months ago
        Subtract out the religious zealotry and I can go with your man. If Texas split from the union, I would move there too.

        All I want from trump is his forthrightness and lack of political correctness. 4 yrs would be enough to get us back on track as a nation and a business. We need a good administrator this time, not a career politician I think. After 4 yrs trumps lack of philosophy wouldn't be good for us, but he would shake up Washington in a good way for 4 years
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  • Posted by Herb7734 3 years, 5 months ago
    How many pegs left until we hit bottom?
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    • Posted by  $  3 years, 5 months ago
      That would probably be a Cloward and Piven fully crashed economy that Obama would say required a new Marxist solution for running this country.
      I think that was what Obama was really up to when he doubled the debt.
      My guess is that this country proved to be stronger than thought it was. Well, up till now . . .
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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 3 years, 5 months ago
    What would you expect from a mindless, brain only progressive.
    Everything is upside down, backwards and inside out in the world of progressivism.

    Opposing everything that is good and right by 180° since teddy roosevelt and woodie wilson.

    [ You may have noticed that I do not 'capitalize' certain names...that is do to the fact that I feel those names and the creatures attached to those names do not deserve that kind of respect.]
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  • Posted by wiggys 3 years, 5 months ago
    I find it very difficult to believe 0 is capable of all of this destruction of the country by himself. If this were the case his successor could reverse everything he has done. However, I just do not see that happening, as it has not happened in the past. The new man in office just continues the destructive course that was set with the passing of the anti-trust laws over 100 years ago. If you ever become a fly on the wall in some office in d.c. you might hear the truth. But until then do not believe he is anything more than a spokesman for the real rulers. This in my opinion shows that he is a moron and when our country explodes even the black population may very well finally realize he did nothing positive for them.
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  • Posted by  $  Mimi 3 years, 5 months ago
    Thanks for sharing, Allosaur. I’ll have to take a closer look at this story. This doesn’t seem right. There must be more to it.
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    • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 5 months ago
      No it's correct to butt in. One is called rearmament and the other is called disarmament. the next step is going to their conference table hat in hand and the last step is saying to the media "Peace In Our Times."

      Once you understand the true objective it's a valid statement.
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      • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 5 months ago
        Either that or he really is looney toons. So where was what's her name his minder during all of this. Her outcome didn't live up to expectations in terms of legacy building.
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  • Posted by illucio 3 years, 5 months ago
    I really think this is simply becomming an Anti Obama Fanatic´s Page of some sort, in which everything the First Black President does is "wrong". I mean, since when has the US of A been interested in Nuclear Power ? Except for weapon´s use, Nuclear Energy never was accepted continentaly. As for Iran, that´s just the incripted fear that the Bush administration created about the Great Terrorist Threat; when the biggest Terror lays in the Middle East, and it´s called the US of A´s Armed Forces. Now Iran is going to create a Nuclear Weapon of Mass Destruction ? Well, shouldn´t the Armed Forces invade homeland since, after all, the largest porter of WOMD is the states...right?

    I understand Rand´s principles and concerns, for she saw the awful partake of the Soviets and their Socialist Principles Turned Despotic and Unnatural (sorry if it´s misspelled, I´m not living in an english speaking community). And when she moved to America, Marxism and Fordism; as well as other ideals were just starting to spawn and, well; she feared the worst. Thus "Atlas Shrugged". Yet the world isn´t all contrasts you see, and that is a fiction novel. Not to be taken literally, no matter how revealing and foretelling we may sense it to be.

    The extreme liberal, and later neo liberal economies produced the downfall of the 2008 markets, as it happenned in 1929´s Great Crash and Depression. "Dog eat Dog" politics are fair initially, but once one has the horizontal monopoly of something well; it´s hard for competition to exist and; without competition people, quality drops. So the State must guarantee certain rules to the game. Not to intervene and damage business, but to asure there be no bullies killing dreams which, by the way; is the american dream persay.

    I know I´m gonna get alot of heat for this comment, yet I don´t mind it. I´m open minded and; any critique that´s constructive and not ill founded, will help me and my growth. But it´s always important to have balance. Apparently, alot of people have used Rand´s Galt and Roark to justify their hate towards equality and balance. Obama isn´t a mooch or anything, and he´s not maintainning bums. He´s not one of the heirs of the Twentieth Century and that pathetic excuse for a town. Again, fiction. He´s trying to raise the bar against an unjust and sinister system that has been eating america from the inside out. How can people live in dignity if the real heirs own the ball, the court and the brand of gym shoes, TV rights and your son´s scholarship? The percentage of Federal Funding for Obamacare and such is still way bellow a hazardous figure, while the amount used up in war related enterprises is enormous still. I don´t think he´s a "Socialist" at all. The President is trying to keep peace in homeland, and to achieve the same on an international level. Excuse me for sounding so Satanic, but I´m all for peace. War is man´s greatest, all time fails. And it persists still, thousands of years in the making. A change would actually be a good start. Invest in alternative energies, that´s smart and a benefit for all.
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    • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 5 months ago
      Why would the state invade it's own arms room?

      The state doesn't correct the market. the consumer does that. If it's a crap product they don't buy. Company either gets the hint and improves or goes broke end of story. JoAnn's for example or Cingular got so big they just ignored everybody and then bought their customer list when the bought ATT. That was a really evil company. There it was straight up RICO time and that's where the state belongs. But not because the one pound burger suddenly weighs out at 15 oz. For that you mention it. It gets fixed or walk out the door. Not rocket science. the quality of the rest of your post is just as ......hmmmm....be polite... is just a last gasp attempt to justify a failed system and a failed president who is the opposite of what you state. Go tell Yoda he failed once again. this time there is no frame to reframe an empty what...if everything in the universe is gone except the space it occupies and then that space also is gone what is left I just read.

      x+y = zero. It's generational
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      George wasted his money on this one.

      189 points? Wow that's really unimpressive. like 'two minutes?'
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    • Posted by  $  winterwind 3 years, 5 months ago
      illucio-
      suggestion: outline your argument before you make it; side notes steal in and make it incomprehensible - or encyclopedic.

      second suggestion: saying that Atlas was fiction so it isn't realistic to compare reality to it vastly and truly weakens your argument. If we have an ideal with which to compare things, we should use it! ["ideal" = that which is best.] If we compare reality to flawed reality, we'll be spending our time explaining why we shouldn't include "x" element of reality because it's irrelevant. Start at the top, it's easier.
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    • Posted by  $  3 years, 5 months ago
      Ahoy! This is now an allosaur fair and balanced thread.
      I'll vote for Ben Carson, especially if he's running against Socialist Sanders.
      This Constitutional Republic may not be able to withstand a second on of those in a row,
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