Thursday, December 20, 2007

Insulting Comments

I have been receiving some particularly insulting comments lately from a certain commenter so here is a preempt:

Some of what I'm about to say regarding M Simon's publicity stunts is so childishly simple, I fear it may be patronizing to explain; I apologize in advance. Permit me this forum to rant. Will someone please explain to me what it is in our lives that can possibly make someone acquire public acceptance of Simon's putrid invectives? Because I certainly have no idea. Superficial pseudo-intellectuals create an ideological climate that will enable Simon to intensify or perpetuate blackguardism. That said, we mustn't lose sight of who the real enemy is: M Simon and his debauched minions.

Simon has -- not once, but several times -- been able to impose theological straightjackets on scriptural interpretation without anyone stopping him. How long can that go on? As long as his eccentric quips are kept on life support. That's why we have to pull the plug on them and free people from the spell of cameralism that he has cast over them.

You don't have to say anything specifically about Simon for him to start attacking you. All you have to do is dare to imply that we should lend a helping hand. What does Simon have to say about all of this? The answer, as expected, is nothing. One thing is certain: I can easily see him performing the following virulent acts. First, Simon will descend to character assassination and name calling. Then, he will permit simple-minded caitiffs to rise to positions of leadership and authority. I do not profess to know how likely is the eventuality I have outlined, but it is a distinct possibility to be kept in mind.

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Reid said...

Toshiba has developed a micro nuclear reactor. Looks very interesting!

Any thoughts?

M. Simon said...

I wouldn't want one in my neighborhood. Fission products are nothing to sneeze at.

In any case it is a very inefficient use of nuclear fuel.

All the references to the reactor refer back to the source you provided which is rather unreliable.

Plus how do they handle Xenon poisoning which is a problem if you run the reactor at high power for a stretch and then reduce the power significantly? The reactor could shut down and then take 24 to 36 hours to restart.

No mention of how the electricity is produced. If it has a steam plant it will need maintenance.

I'd have to see a lot more details on operating principles and characteristics before I bought in.

Chatterton said...

Wow -- this guy makes my comments look saintly! :-)

Reid said...

Thanks for the analysis Simon. It was posted on Slashdot and I thought you would have an informed opinion.

I like the idea of small nuclear power sources in theory but in practice it would be a dirty bomb proliferation hazard. Maybe in a Star Trek future we will have disposable fusion reactors the size of modern day D-cell batteries.

Reid said...

This looks to be bigger than Roswell. Seems that in 1947 small scale nuclear reactors were available for 15 cents!

Who knew?

linearthinker said...


A response to your rants, sans generator assistance, awaits you at The Great Climate Debate thread.

p.s. Lose the booze.


TallDave said...

The micronuke story doesn't really make sense, at least as Next Energy News describes it. (and remember, NEN is the site that had the Bussard rumor that turned out to be wrong). First off, the claim of 5 cents per kwh seems inaccurate, based on the 10 cents per kwh in the Link 1 story -- which was just for operating costs. I would guess you can at least triple that for total cost. And it's not "totally automatic," the steam turbine will require maintenance and supervision.

The design is worrying as well. OK, sure, you can use lithium as a moderator, but its expensive and dangerous. And the idea you can have that much neutron flux and not do any maintenance for 30 years seems implausible.

Finally, it seems a bit telling that the last story about the Alaskan town was from 2005, and mentioned hurdles like "tens of millions" for NRC approval and potentially deal-killing hostility from neighbors.

This might have applications in very remote areas, but it's not going to power a suburban neighborhood. And NEN doesn't impress me as having even a layman's grasp of nuclear power.

I'll be surprised, but not shocked, if they do actually build one of these somewhere remote in Japan. Most likely it will never get beyond PowerPoint slides.

Al Fin said...

I agree that these reactor designs are not good enough to go unsupervised. Still, nuclear at this scale is not going to go away, just because US and other western nations are likely to balk at them.

I suspect that as arctic deep-ocean drilling for petroleum becomes more common, that the Russians, at least, will begin deploying more small scale fission reactors on the ice rigs.

Small scale reactors have been used on Navy ships for a long time. There are a lot of fully trained technicians out there.

Whether Toshiba's design is workable or not, the niche for nuclear reactors in the micro range is definitely there.

Chatterton said...

LT --

You should stick to coffee critiques -- I think that is about your intellectual "speed".

Chatterton said...

I'm honored that you find my comments insulting. However, the scale of my insults pale in comparison to the dose of arrogant, patrio-fascism that you serve up on a daily basis.

Your love insulting people. Just re-read the plethora of posts you leave at other sites where you gleefully patronize anyone who questions your pseudo-intelligence.

Of course, I know full well what you're really all about:

An audience and GoogleCount++;

Chatterton said...


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Chatterton said...

Farewell Msimon, I'll stop back in May when the big WB-7 results are in.

linearthinker said...

A moment of silence.

It's always sad to see a commenter fade into the void, even one whose minders at AA have curtailed his internet access time.

Come back, Chat, when your privileges are restored.