Friday, March 31, 2023

Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- The John Snow Project discusses how government minimization of the ongoing risk of COVID-19 - including the removal of what few policies remained to limit its spread - is pushing people to neglect the continued danger. And Josh Lynn reports on the latest data which shows that COVID remains a threat to Saskatchewanians, with 18 deaths in the last two-week reporting period alone. 

- John Burn-Murdoch examines why life expectancies in the U.S. are falling from their already worrisome levels. And in a couple of prime examples of the risks which have been deemed acceptable to impose on the public, Jake Johnson reports on the leak of a radioactive compound from a nuclear power plant, while Holly Yan et al. report on a train derailment and ethanol spill resulting in a fire and evacuation. 

- All of which makes it particularly damning that the Libs are throwing public money at the nuclear and fossil fuel sectors. Bill McGuire points out the folly of the UK's similar attempt to brand subsidies for increased oil and gas development (and associated carbon pollution) as somehow being part of a net zero emissions plan. And Nils Markusson discusses the utter failure of carbon capture and storage to meet even its selective promises to reduce emissions.  

- Luke Mari writes about the need for middle-density development to make communities walkable and liveable. And John Lorinc reports on the Ford PC's plan to put Ontario Place - including its nominally public areas - fully under corporate control. 

- Finally, Luke LeBrun reports on the Canada Revenue Agency's own recognition that Canadians want to see far more action to confront tax dodging by wealthy people and corporations. 


  1. Phillip Huggan4:03 p.m.

    I've tended to shunt radiation hazards to the USA. 6 LY away is a remnant brown dwarf, a few holes might be 100 deep to drill for insect experiments. Comms and sample retrieval is difficult. My space station armour will get radioactive in deep space. It needs to be replaced and the particles sent to be batteries for deep space sensors. Chalk bodies w/10km chalk might make animal stations or even thrill seekers, if you rebar chiseled metal wire through it...Space radiation would damage Lunar chain mail. If I crimp it early and melt shunts in the metal cracks it might work longer. NASA will need BeO calipers for a metal mine. I hope to computer a bunch of ship models for NASA maybe just 2/3s complete. The idea being modular parts and survival from rare radiation bursts, ideally by 2047. B.Star's system is about as good as its cast off ember.

  2. Phillip Huggan4:37 p.m.

    Sirius has 30 planets but 2/3s parched inner. There are 5 equivalent of our solar system in their Oort. Your Li/Mg rockets should be good for 2-3 Lys with metal shells. Rigel has 6 poisonous liquid ice oceans to go with the good one. There might be teeny black hole around Sirius. One km of rebarred chalk is enough for tenious vacuum-proofing. 2 LY from AC is too much radiation. I can use nanotech to decontaminate Ammonia, so the pond one is cleaner, but that much If you get the silica Gravity observatory and I get the neutrino one, we should see many risks including radiation. By defnition if I can make ions I'll soon have some magnetic shielding and emergency magnetic personnel movement to shielded rooms. 6 LY is nearest chalk asteroid. The Moon should scale to 100 AirBNBers. I'll use in situ for microscope platforms and the chain mail will be big or something directional in the dust will be invented. Arcturus barnacles would be 10x the biomass of anything within 50 LYs. I can make thick space armour from radiation, but 100m tidal waves...

  3. Phillip Huggan11:56 a.m.

    There are Jupiters orbiting Sirius but they are even more radioactive than Jupiter. There are 2 or three nice ice moons with prospects. 1.5 LY away there is a snowman with difficult to recreate chemical bonding. I'll use the chalk method to bind some of them this century hopefully. IDK if Lunar armour fields are to trap micrometeorites or demonstrate armour...Inner Jupiter has charged radiation. A free return trajectory with plant samples may work and you can later copy. If I suddenly wanted to relaunch agri-research to Jupiter a small rocket pad would be useful. 80% of the volume of the neon super-Triton has outgassed Mercury. I would generally stay within the heliopause without heart/lung-healthy magnetic clothing. Everything needs to be melted to deal with toxicity on your way to Sirius. A difference is Rigel had Nebula stars that didn't quite make it, fall into it. Betelgeuse had/has water everywhere because it is so quick burning. Arcturus's planet had stable internal water ice that kept it a massive dynamic water table. My star has a -200C ice moon with flammables. Lightweight ions apart are some ice moons.

  4. Phillip Huggan5:48 p.m.

    Arcturus's tidal waves are every 1/2 hr at worst, an orbital cycle. They are along the Red Sea's narrow band and spill over to the land and vapour hits the air 300km away. We'll have to engineer worlds like we see this unwieldy. 70LYs away is a non-stop tidal-wave world with 200m deep a global ocean.
    The air around Lalonde's nearby Triton has Mercury. I assume tunnels btwn safe ice volumes have to be carefully engineered. You'll need Si ions for Sirius and it will be hard to enforce the centre planets. Your volcano cycle is an internal cycle. 6/100 yrs it is lethal (though clay w/ metal specks happens), and 30/100 yrs dangerous. You'll need the cycle known in part before leaving. I'm guessing I send ions to you to the station one LY from here, onwards to Sirius trading for 4 elements. You have twice the solar flares as Procyon. If we melt ice moons it might trigger tidal waves. If you move two Sirius planets backwards the can have water. 3 LYs from Sirius is a good command centre location to keep Earth in the game. Venting dying B.Dwarfs works for manned warm worlds too. 3D printing will work for NASA in space. Before or after water from an ice moon to the Moon is what I wonder about for roads and good brecchia maps.

  5. Phillip Huggan11:54 a.m.

    Until Li/Mg, you'll make stations out of BeO. It is toxic unless lasered right. It can be handled with easier scooping motion barely visible even building blocks. I can decontaminate entire seas eventually with scale. Ice is harder as you maybe melt a glass full at a time without knowing the chemistry. The Arcturus system has DLC carbon deposits in an asteroid. Volcanoes near the Sea need to be vented away from the Sea to stop the tidal waves. Winds go from 200km/h to 100km/h. Silting the Sea and restarting a volcano would filter filtered water as the tidal waves have been making rock chemically inert for a million yrs. There is a future process to use infrared light through water and ice to decontaminate. In deep space metals last one yr and oxides 3. Sirius has electron storms once in a while, 12x our solar flare activity vs 6x for Procyon. Rigel's nebula threads are made of more elements than our table has. I may have to bank laser melting coffee pots for you for Lalonde's deep space Triton.

  6. Phillip Huggan2:10 p.m.

    London wins. You are fitter there than in Brampton this decade. Orion should be good for a car load of samples from a NEO. Assuming we want something chipped off something bigger is the hard part. It can be upgraded to 3x the quarters and micrometeorite armour with RF coils. This would make the belt. To get to an ice moon for water to the Moon is harder. As are Jupiter planets and asteroids. It needs radiation from Jupiter and from elsewhere, armour. That armour I can't do now. Maybe 40 Orions fully upgraded could bring water to the Moon, no. But ready it for a dedicated tanker. Emo music references only me and NASA will have radiation protection. Beryllium oxide is there for that, it doesn't capture radiation easily as well as stays together better than existing metals. Someone else will figure out how to affect volcanoes 2900AD. Laser micron-frisbee and press is likely the metabolism for the Moon and NASA BeO deep space. I got good coming from an aerospace city.

  7. Phillip Huggan3:38 p.m.

    That walkability and livability is important in space. Holography and aerogel objects are important. I'd want drugs that target nausea centres. Orion isn't for me. I could be a part of an asteroid mine with the sapphire attached part. Sapphire uses precision components moon dust and other people might ruin. But it would be the added-on to Orion; 2x the dimensions. It would be for a 2040 NASA mission to Jupiter. Samples ruin a spare ship on the way back. If I know RF coil math, I'll know lattices, not necessarily armour...Refining water, ethane, and smelting whatever metals would be my goals for a NASA Jupiter mission for from radiation. I'm hoping to buy a dozen used for a billion and have help paying for refurbishment. With multiple mission attempts, it is maybe worth more than a Falcon 10 rocket pad at St. John's as the backwards compatibility principle demo-ed. Going to deep space, the ship might be the station at 1st...The USA will need to pick their Beryllium hub somewhere without much aquifer but with solid-state manufacturing, this decade if they want an upgraded Orion Jupiter mission.

  8. Phillip Huggan3:43 p.m.

    Falcon "0.9". To extract Jupiter water for the Moon requires Sapphire or BeO structures, equipment and tools in a distant Jupiter moon. I assume suit oxygen might be necessary. You'll have Enceladus too if you can get Jupiter b4 I leave for Triton.

  9. Phillip Huggan7:27 p.m.

    The BeO has to be lasered for less then one sec at 800C to stack. You'll figure out comets for water, 10% is good. They can be remade by the TNG movie era. BeO will need to be coated. My best Procyon planet is the M.Damon world. Caves might be own oxygen in one sec, needed. -50C.
    Arcturus may always need a dome as air is blown around funny...
    Your volcano-mine has magnetic pole reversals for its cycle. If your Mg/Li blend isn't marbly enough it will fall apart travelling in space. I figure 45.5% mission success odds for Orion with sapphire upgrades to Sinope. Exploding or finding or shovelling or throwing rocks out of; a hole is made. Something thick enough for a lid is made or dragged. A warehouse is left for a future mission with a better ship. 2/6.5 dead there and back to Mars orbit. One more dead making the hole and longshoring it. Anything "solid state" should be safe cubby holed. I know toxicity info meant for someone's future CV. I can hear the waves breaking on the other side of Arcturus's planet. Magnetic shields on a future ship will scale with power usage; I'm supposed to figure out magnetic batteries next decade. For grand tour probes, anything ore than 100LYs will need relay dishes en route...If you overbuild ships like Orion, they maybe can be RF coil upgraded and have the advantage of dual systems. Your Sirius Jupiters have radiation storms that shatter the radio silence of 1/2 the system. They may be able to do the magnetic battery charging thingy.

  10. Phillip Huggan4:25 p.m.

    There are 8 planets within 30LYs skies comparable to ring world's. Lots of Moons, one w/ Borealis making ours a child's drawing. There aren't safe for me. Damon's world can't be thawed to 1C. Better for agri than animals. It snows from the safe polar region. After a century it might be safe for me to visit. Active sedimentation, earthquakes. Quartz mostly. Sirius has a (safe) skyscraper dead white dwarf core. It will take you 2 centuries to make shielding like it. Its Jupiters put out ions one million yrs away. My probe EM shielding survives 1/4, the Swiss Miss's 1/2, your dwarf shielding 1/2, next millenium's nanorod engineer: every time manned survival, and my nano and your future shields don't work. Jupiter without magnetic batteries is many RF coils and riskier (40%) than with (50%). Jovian moons have metals heated to sink them and are hard to recover. 1/3 of Sirius's ice moons have 1/2 radioactive metals. Your ice volcano's pole only moves in one direction (under 1000 ships taken). Oort cloud objects in general are toxic everywhere, need exo-suits but ice moons and iron cores are safe. I'll have active magnetic gyroscopes for Venus orbit solar b4 batteries...Aldebaran has an 80C open ocean needing to be shielded b4 one million yrs. 5LY out is a 1.5G open ocean. The Human Project would've enabled blasting it apart carefully. 8 LY past Procyon is a radioactive gold Triton. Neuroimaging enforcement of Sirius will suffice. Procyon has 15 worlds. Arcturus's 2x Red Sea may look like Devil's Punch Bowl topography after silted. Existing waterfalls underground are km's high; the only non-briny water around.

  11. Phillip Huggan4:34 p.m.

    1M "KM away Sirius's Jupiter are impassable. And 50 LY away is the heavy world ocean. In General, you can't repair my shielding easily, so you are learning 80 different materials sciences in Sirius and near Lalonde. Then it is equivalent. The French Engineer at 200 can make purple ring world an alive landing 999/1000 times with her insertions. I'm out for open oceans as their synamic aquifers might dissolve a toxic rock. 10 ft deep many ores start, and Suns decontaminate a bit vs Oort Clouds.