The world is run by deluded, unintelligent, and incompetent people. The case for decarbonization was solid 40 years ago, and it still isn’t happening. In order to reduce the risk of runaway global warming and ocean acidification, carbon dioxide removal (CDR, also known as “negative emissions technologies”) is necessary.
To get this out of the way, burning fossil fuels is geoengineering. Yes, carbon dioxide removal is geoengineering, but more importantly, it’s counter-geoengineering. If you have used so much as a single joule of fossil energy in your life, then you’re a geoengineer. You have played God. …
When I get takeout with my friend, we put it on one card, and then use a payment service to get even. I will continue to update this with some of the “food items” I’ve paid him for.
Nursing me back to health after Billy Joel crashed into my living room and ran me over
Injecting a speedball into my penis
Personally informing the 36 employees of Radio Disney that their employment has been terminated
Standing on a ladder and holding a MAPP gas torch up to the hole of a hornet’s nest while I watched from safety
These are overlong screeds from my attempt at a novel, which takes place in an alternate history 1976 and 1977. The formatting is all fucked up because Medium is a godforsaken piece of shit website. It’s buggy and dumbed down for mobile devices. It’s worse than Notepad.
Law and Economics
“There is a such a deep-seated ‘impulse to classical liberty’ in this country that… How did the New Deal happen at all? How was helplessness unlearned?”
“I’ve wondered that myself… The people in FDR’s brain trust all took law at Harvard, or U-Chicago, and most of them practiced law at…
Along the lines of elite theory, I think of a society as the sum of a political class and a non-political class. I refer to members of the non-political class as ‘ordinary people.’ The political class is not necessarily a meritocracy, or ‘true aristocracy.’ Political capital can be bought, (in the form of law firms, lobbying firms, think tanks, mass media outlets, and so on) and returns to political capital can be used to buy additional political capital. If conditions favor it, then there will be a Piketty-style concentration of political capital, regardless of the merit (or lack thereof) of…
Foreword: it took me over two years but now I think I’ve finally written something that’s at least 50% correct.
No commercial nuclear reactor has ever had the right combination of coolant and fuel cycle. Oak Ridge National Laboratory was on the right track with the Molten Salt Breeder Reactor, a liquid fluoride thorium converter, but bean counters in the Nixon administration killed it.
ORNL did manage to build a liquid fluoride uranium burner called the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment. …