Sunday, February 26, 2023

Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Eric Reinhart discusses the importance of approaching public health from a collective perspective, rather than presuming health is simply a matter of individual-level choices. And Michael Hiltzik highlights the usual combination of dishonesty and ignorance behind yet another set of talking points intended to undermine masking as a protection against COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

- Daphne Bramham writes about the dangers of allowing the corporate sector to take over health care, while Alex Ballingall and Raisa Patel report on the apparent big pharma takeover of Canadian prescription drug policy. And Ryan Gabrielson and J. David McSwane offer an appalling look at what happens when for-profit healthcare meets a religious-based immunity from regulation. 

- Armine Yalnizyan writes that the most important headwind facing Canada's economy is a lack of affordability, rather than any concern about inflation. But Peter Armstrong reports that the Bank of Canada is bent on hiking interest rates with the theoretical intention of meeting inflation targets - no matter how much damage it does to people, and how little it accomplishes as corporations continue to profiteer.

- Stefan Gossling and Andreas Humpe examine the carbon emissions of the wealthy, and find that millionaires alone stand to eat up over two-thirds of humanity's remaining carbon budget by 2050.

- Finally, Don Braid discusses how Danielle Smith and the UCP are determined to squelch any criticism of their plans to take pensions and policing under politicized provincial control. And Howard Leeson writes that the spin being used to push Scott Moe's plan to expel the RCMP from Saskatchewan (again in favour of a provincially-controlled police service) doesn't hold water.


  1. Phillip Huggan7:11 p.m.

    I have 5 paths to sapphire solar cells by 2050, and ice tidal power may have Earth analogues. 5) UHV from wafers as walls stimulates lots of vacuum technologies. Modelling the magnets stimulates lots. If they can take the Moon's iron dust, they can work anywhere. I can't integrate E-beam on the the same platform and would expect EU to pick up the slack the stuff I can't model. Soon you wind up with heat losses slashed.
    4) Neuroimaging gets me good at magnetics, nanoparticles (solar cells) and metamaterials. Expect different efficiency gains. This would be enough for Russian atom smashers in space if NASA goes to Jupiter. It would make sense for #6 human iron-degredation modelling to combine here.
    3) Is an optical computer. It adds a half-decade of efficiencies to many sectors.
    2) Nanoparticles making much of their own manufacturing infrastructure. I have Que with 1/3 of the manufacturing. Maybe need to focus on green things but eventually metals from space come to green up the economy. Good salt batteries and water towers are doable here.
    1) RF coils. NASA at the Moon makes a quick supply ship possible. The modelling gets me #2 soon. I imagine efficient long-lasting equipment is on Earth mirroring the 1st household appliances's introduction a century ago. I assume whether China or EU goes for Uranus affects AGW. I might keep human RF coils in MB for a while until Triton is self-sustaining.

  2. Phillip Huggan3:38 p.m.

    #2 would need to be 30% green products. USA wants/gets RF coil probes. I've figured people are receptive to me in: Mtl, T.O., Van. Not for war. If Trudeau and Chretein build up Quebec, I'm supposed to start a Saturn mission from there. If I understand McLuhan, I choose Toronto and the game bleeps Homesteader and Musk instead of me sending them to Betelgeuse. That's why the admiral rd and maple trees and library bridge.
    If Musk wants to be British, he comes to Vancouver and the 3 of us go to Enceladus from there.
    My Toronto space wire is 8mm copper encased in 1mm aluminum but much higher quality than existing techniques. I suppose Vancouver will win magnetic kineasology stuff for sure, and T.O. is like NY, good at many things. I might need their math in Edmonton. Nadine will have classified ice moon partial melting stuff to teach you. Only us in Toronto do I have a singularity planned, bleeping the AIs, it was Saturn if I lived in Mtl or Vancouver. Because I see an ant swim through Vim and choose the stars to live near. I'll eventually need Sudbury solid-state sensors to image Risa.

  3. Phillip Huggan4:03 p.m.

    I might need help. I'm supposed to do something to turn Titan into Lantsville. The cover art is the same. Something big.

    1. Phillip Huggan10:29 p.m.

      Terraforming Titans. I'm to stay with humans. I can go to Procyon for things like fusion made neutrino sensors. But not anti-matter unless someone is trying to bleep me. Load the atmosphere with CFCs and introduce methanophiles followed by worms and then green plants. And Titans should be common. I think we use the hydrocarbon to make one way reflectors through the atmosphere from the surface for more greenhouse effect. It is just earth I am to be fearful of next century. Still a one million yr time limit. It might not be safe to travel beyond 50 LYs. Nadine's prefrontal cortex will be smart man-like. I'm not to mess with her precuneus.

  4. Phillip Huggan10:04 p.m.

    I'm not to go to the ice planets collisions remnants near Procyon for 225 yrs. Titan demonstrates how to pipe an atmosphere through lasered ice or to a cavity to protect form cosmic rays. I imagine space toxins will be a Wpg specialty. Presumably starting from ices keeps local contaminents entombed vs seas. I expect to make a planet making woman in space and return to Titan progress. I expect the richest people to make a fraction of their products green if global population can peak on Earth. Right now 1/2 of defense thinktanks might still want 1.5-2C AGW for geopolitical reasons. Because nanoparticles are a ball milling product I expect sapphire solar panels this century every time. The magnetics to direct them in space is harder, but this can shift production away from Earth. Neutrinoes will need a Saturn ring arc sized space detector array. Giant cement foundations will no longer need to be made on Earth. I can't project just when sapphire is safe enough building materials apart from hiking tunnels and transit kiosks, but it is lightweight and more durable than most other materials. I expect a one-time space build-up for in situ Triton will permit many carbon-intensive Earth industries to relocate. Not sure payload re-entry carbon footprint...

  5. Phillip Huggan6:47 p.m.

    SE of Asia islands nations and long coastlined, I'll give aerogel manufacutring to next century. You can make Ontario curriculum islands from it. It makes a ship holodeck effect as well as can be shifted travelling at a fraction of c.
    GHGs there worked do to Atari cartridge expertise but in Combodia wouldn't have been wanted. A way of aggregating R+D and markets would be needed maybe publicly. The new NASA administrator has unlocked Sirius has a Triton-like volcano not clearing the ice layer. It spews metals lighter than Al, Li especially. And feldspar with iron and titanium inclusions, not one-in-million gold. In Alpha Zones the occasional gold cat is wafer-grade silicon. Sols are erratic, safer are Giants not too close to the end, they reliably expand. If the healthy 1/2 of humanity ever wants to move, Procyon lasts a millenia, and Rigel 10000 yrs away has 100 nice objects. I need to hang out 250 yrs to start you on gravity R+D, spend a decade with her and return to Star Fleet. For deep space risks I might set you up a rogue base 1 LY away from here for retreat to and trading from Sirius. NJ NY and Que will split the tankers of samples I return with from other locations. Too much 1st world GHGs leads to proliferation, but not enough you don't have Russian or USA rockets.

  6. Anonymous10:45 p.m.

    If true, you have objects from the system en route. An asteroid made it to AC. * Vesta-like object *with* metals. Minor amt of oil is there. Coal lemon wedges are there. City sized water over 100+ caverns, some disconnected. Rogue objects are great for shielding from radiation as truck stops. Earthquakes every 10 hrs on your in situ site. The Pb hub might be useful on a mine there. NASA in a hub state can have my Lunar radar wire technology if they test it by hollowing out a warm-up spot for it, I've wavelengths and other applications for it. It needs the right alloy.

  7. Phillip Huggan6:56 p.m.

    Two systems = Sol's economy. Sirius's mine has daily 4.20 Mag quakes and 9 every 250 yrs. Its Oort cloud is 1.5-3 LYs from it. 21/1 Li/Mg ratio. From there, shoot to the Super-Triton 0.5g (varying). It is 12 LY on the other side of Earth a rogue, w/ star 3 LYs beyond. He balloons are doable 1/2 the time, or reflectors on cities. It has 6x the Krypton as Triton. 2 shallow one deep metal meteorites. Medical gases enable curing radiation burns. More volume than everything else we will have set foot on but outgases Mercury. I dreamed of Pluto's painted surface in Gr. 2 at a babaysitter's encyclopedia set. A library yrs later had Clarke's vision of a 2035 day. Whoever reads that is who you'd want to have money.
    Risa's around big stars are always there for a millenium. Objects around Sirius are quaternion or comet orbits. Collided rogue objects are great except for core radiation. I'll take 50 astronauts 4 LYs from Procyon in 2180. It kicked out 4 good objects and you can explore .5 LYs and probe as far more as you travel 2 LYs from Procyon with 70, you'll meet me and Nadine and get the keys to the system. Leave 3 objects alone for her future planet making. 25 LYs is an already ocean ice planet suitable for colonization but the Sun destroys life every century. 6 LYs from Procyon I'll eventually have another star. After 2 systems you'll be able to choose from 8: one is an enceladus tidally heated enough to melt a geothermal pond 10 km diameter fresh water, or 50 km salty. We'll find how many Titans there are to do things like cross a bear and a bird for flapping in cold air.

  8. Phillip Huggan7:21 p.m.

    The pond is 10m deep, good for sports and life. The extension is 30LY away a -10C black sea with no obvious melt strategy and ammonia and formeldyhyde. Lalonde has a nice observable too. I focus on ecosystems and NASA wants water, as I'll A.Womb the next one 1/2 France or Swiss DNA. The epigenetics for math is useful for the following one to know orbitals, as big star probes are 10x harder every planet in. After 1000 yrs of your water and my ecosystems and 3 new women made, we make fiction and assess what path to take next instead of incrementally riskiness. Your 2nd researcher will specialize beyond orbitals. Nadine will use those 3 Moons to crush a water moon, to not crush embedded asteroids, to make sea lenses in between two moons and see how unstable it is. That is a high level 2300 future job (assistant), maybe for an $8M person now (under her realm). In 100000 yrs we go to Rigel with one billion ideally as the highest tech level might help deal with big black holes, ordered matter coated with antimatter, able to penetrate my best armour ideas and diamond nanorods from 8 LYs standoff. We need antimatter then. The mine should be reached in 200 yrs, not to rush. The cheese in 10ft deep is enough Mg/Li for one battle/space ship. Toxicity and novae are why there are only 1/4000 enough objects needed to focus on propulsion rather than imagination. The best space chain is swiss chalet, YF the worst. The 2nd woman's 1st best field is new elements, 6th is wrappings. Teagarden's has 50% oxygen but natural flint geology...I'll pass.

  9. Phillip Huggan2:07 p.m.

    Your Li mine has Na 10% in spots. More cheese veins 1000ft in. Arcturus has volcanoes emitting bad hydrogen compounds; vulcanism needs to be neutralized before filtering the water. Sirius has 1/2 the caves not affected by the hydrogen cyanide but they are 100km deep. H sulfide/cyanide cement and uncement the granite over a century cycle. The closer to surface granite can be turned into artificial pools *if* a way of recreating the cementing process is found, ideally less toxic. Only Aldebaran has this granite type w/ water. It is on 15 other planets without water within 20 LYs. Teagardens is 30C. Kapteyn's Star has a stone made of diamonds and oil and deadly hydrogen cyanide.

  10. Phillip Huggan4:26 p.m.

    1/2 planets 1/2 asteroids for granite compatible with H20. Silicone a health hazard. Space basalt can make vacuum too, not liquid H20 compatible. Lalonde has basalt forms good enough to make new architecture. I will learn granite and maybe basalt, but on Earth it is an inhalation hazard. I assume Ont. eventually; toxicology of the seal may be safer in space. I've decent cosmic ray mutations plans for herbs that will scale well w/ nanotech. Nothing living is good for vacuum but a pharmed structure input might hold 1/2 vacuum. It is suggested you leave most of the good basalt and granite for me until my lasers improve. 3LY from Cygni will advance your medical abilities 2 decades, the equivalent of already had gone full blast on stem cell R+D without downsides. NH's moon mixing R+D will need good space batteries. The orbitals expert will learn insertions and engines after. Because of CERN, the materials scientist is most likely to linger on Earth. Even money her armour beats mine when she is 250. Infrared power charging is all brown dwarfs are good for. It will be interesting to move Moons to big enough worlds to get tidal heating, I wonder how big the planet must be, but a few x's of g would still be useful here. Ross 128 has Ti.

  11. Phillip Huggan8:10 p.m.

    I haven't earned the asteroids and rogue objects for the most part. Short of 2 LYs is a small house worth of granite. Past 4LYs is a good one, a big egg asteroid with the top 1/2 all living space if I do it right. I don't intend to do more than tour them. You can have most of them back but no machinery, no vandalism, no crashes....Lalonde is meant to be wrapped in sapphire enough to go to own oxygen. It has hydrogen fluoride. There is another basalt Earth 21 LYs away, 200C. The good one is over 35 LYs and in the wrong direction from the machian centre of civilization. Nadina might separate from me for a while. The Ti world is for the military, the 2nd woman might like it. I'll need one chef and one tester past the heliopause for the cube and cladding. Hopefully a Makemake nearby. Quebec City and NY for probes.

  12. Phillip Huggan2:38 p.m.

    All these professions favour $150000 income, 1st job less. Space basalt must be 300ft thick for no vacuum pressure/damage. The is a giant comet with water 3LY away. There is a 0.08g world ejected by B.Star 6 LYs away. It is radioactive. Like Robocalypse, it has hollowed out 2-3ft bubbles, 1/1000 vacuum proof. Suitable for insects. 2 LY away is a mine as good as 2% Fe, 1% Cu. I won't touch Sirius. My laser will be tough to build in a century: it is pulsed much faster than existing ones optimized to gently chisel away granite.
    My cosmic ray R+D can start in orbit and will extend out a LY 100m^3 eventually. The cladding is heavy and needs Triton for big versions. The 1st few are for Bellingham. Eventually BC's bio will advance enough, around Jupiter time it should be possible to cut BC in for a 1/4 or so of the supply chain meaning 1/3 in normal economy. There are community colleges and an airport. Cosmic rays are good for materials R+D; layers should anneal. I'll give that to NY. Also, the radiation of the metals kills sensors, but sample return, if a little fried, should be a possible application. You (not me) can get 8 km of hi-grade Si for gravity wave waveguides. Won't last 2 decades each mega project.
    After 1000 yrs, one possibility is to but civilizations machian centre 20-27 LYs away from Earth/Procyon and sweep around to see the interesting stuff. A fourth expert may be made. Diamond is preferred. Fusion if I can't make new elements. Or little star making. Nanorods with 20 other elements in them only pick up 1/10th the radiation if used as armour.