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muffdad1 16 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 16, 2014 11:50 AM Member since: Jan 30, 2006
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  • muffdad1 muffdad1 Apr 16, 2014 11:50 AM Flag

    I would have expected nothing less from you and your ilk. When you are asked to defend your position with credible facts, the cupboard is, as usual, bare. As is the wont of people of your ilk, you then proceed with the insults and innuendo. Since I prefer to expend brain cells and oxygen on pursuits where some good can come out of this effort, there is no need for additional comment.

  • muffdad1 muffdad1 Apr 16, 2014 7:57 AM Flag

    Dana, please explain why the Koch brothers get you and your ilk into a dither. There are well-to-do people on your side of the aisle (e.g., George Soros) who appear to be more destructive with their political investments.

  • muffdad1 muffdad1 Apr 4, 2014 8:10 PM Flag

    Dana, some of us right-wingers are pragmatic. Many initiatives require a great deal of money upfront in order to advance them. Private companies cannot print money, so the issue is how much money (earned and collected from their other operations) can be risked. The investment of these risk funds is not guaranteed to be successful. There are many examples of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) providing seed money (the risk capital) necessary to get worthwhile projects started. In such instances, these are (in my opinion) good investments of tax-payer funds.

  • muffdad1 muffdad1 Apr 4, 2014 12:32 PM Flag

    Myron is, on balance, correct. At the time of privatization, there were other options available for operating the US gaseous diffusion plants. DOE selected USEC in the early 1990s to run the uranium enrichment enterprise. When operating the gaseous diffusion plants became progressively more expensive, the race was on to identify and deploy more advanced (e.g., laser first, then centrifuge) technologies. Developing and operating a more advanced technology facility now appears to have been beyond USEC's capability.

  • muffdad1 muffdad1 Apr 1, 2014 12:39 PM Flag

    The rhetoric spewed by the IPCC and breathlessly reported by the NY Times et al. is designed simply to alarm lay citizens. A detailed response is not necessary. Per the example of Tesla Motors, game changing technologies will likely render most of these issues moot.

  • Reply to

    USEC UF6 Purchase Contract With Russians

    by wjtjdsig Mar 21, 2014 12:09 PM
    muffdad1 muffdad1 Mar 22, 2014 3:49 PM Flag

    Willie, the answer to your question will depend on how much work has been done to place the Paducah Plant in "a shut down mode." I honestly don't know "where the point of no return" is and how close PGDP is to this point..

    There probably is some inventory in enriched uranium (to customer specification) at Paducah that could be drawn down over time. Once this inventory is drawn down, then creativity is needed to meet orders (contracts with power companies).

    As an interesting curiosity, URENCO operates the National Enrichment Facility in Eunice, New Mexico. This plant uses URENCO's centrifuge technology (apparently less advanced technology than what USEC would like to deploy in Piketon, Ohio). The issue becomes, "Would URENCO help USEC at crunch time?"

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    Psycho-analysis Whacko Birds?

    by danageorge21 Mar 17, 2014 8:12 AM
    muffdad1 muffdad1 Mar 17, 2014 11:45 AM Flag

    Bob, most young people have done "NONE OF THE ABOVE." In the world that these folks travel (where just about everyone gets a trophy merely for showing up), the notion of earning one's way through meritorious performance, being a risk-taking entrepreneur, being a primary care-giver, and (per your third point) knowing what "incoming" means are outside the realm of the experience considered relevant by many of our youth. If it can't be found on one of my little electronic boxes/toys, then it doesn't really matter.

  • muffdad1 muffdad1 Mar 15, 2014 2:29 PM Flag

    Who made you the oracle on such matters?

  • muffdad1 muffdad1 Mar 15, 2014 9:08 AM Flag

    This is true of government programs/spending in general. There is no reason to complete a project quickly, since next year's federal appropriation will contain more funds for this project. Constituencies are created based on the entitlement of those engaged in a given program/project. The benefactors, our federally elected officials, are only too happy to oblige.

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    How Money Changes Climate Debate

    by danageorge21 Mar 11, 2014 7:28 AM
    muffdad1 muffdad1 Mar 12, 2014 11:36 AM Flag

    This thread of messages is particularly timely. The Scientific Method (what we are supposed to be teaching our children in school) is based on the continuous validation of data. The premise is that the data is right. Therefore the data either supports the hypothesis or it doesn't support the hypothesis. We either keep or we discard the/develop a new hypothesis.

    In our legal work in support of defendants, the prosecutor just dismissed one of our cases. It seems that his investigator had used expectation bias (the outcome that he wanted, irrespective of the facts) and his investigator was caught.

    On climate change, there are multiple variables that make it virtually impossible to know which factors are the most important. If this recent North American winter is any consolation, it is that the Gore Effect is alive and well. Our former VP would often bring the coldest, most foul weather to a region where he was scheduled to speak. After "a few repeat performances", it is no longer a coincidence!

    The spending of tax payer funds unnecessarily by elected officials on projects of dubious value ought to be a crime punishable by fines and jail time. As an example, NYC may still be prepared to spend billions of dollars to protect the Big Apple from the next Hurricane Sandy. Since Sandy was (arguably) the 200 year storm, there is no prudent justification for doing so.

  • Reply to

    How Money Changes Climate Debate

    by danageorge21 Mar 11, 2014 7:28 AM
    muffdad1 muffdad1 Mar 11, 2014 10:46 AM Flag

    NK, minor issue with an otherwise fine post. The decay that you note in your closing sentence is of the isotopes, not isomers.

    Isotope is derived from the Greek words isos and topos (same place or the same element) and isomer is derived from the Greek words isos and meros (same parts or the same chemical formula with a different arrangement of the atoms in the bonds associated with the compound or molecule).

    Uranium-235 and uranium-238 are an example of isotopes. Ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and dimethyl ether (C2H6O) are an example of isomers. The chemical formula is the same, but no one would mistake these compounds as being the same molecule.

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    OT: Fusion Breakthrough

    by lewis_whokeyser Feb 13, 2014 7:00 AM
    muffdad1 muffdad1 Feb 13, 2014 7:51 AM Flag

    Lewis, we have yet another example of a scientifically illiterate reporter not bothering to check with Dr. Hurricane et al. prior to publication. The Deuterium (D) and Tritium (T) fuels are isotopes of hydrogen (H), not of water (H2O). This basic construct was stated once correctly and once incorrectly in this short press release. The respective heavy water molecules are D2O and T2O.

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    Attack on electric grid raises alarm

    by b1g_brothr Feb 7, 2014 2:30 PM
    muffdad1 muffdad1 Feb 9, 2014 10:27 AM Flag

    This issue is also regularly discussed on Fox News. Former Judge Jeanine Pirro's Saturday evening programs have been dedicated to this topic in 2014.

    There is pending legislation (already passed by the House) sitting on Senate Majority Leader's Harry Reid's desk to advance this bill for President Obama's ultimate signature. The cost to harden the electric grid is about $2 billion, spread out over several years; a pittance compared to what the US DOE had spent on Solyndra and other spectacular failures.

    No additional appropriated funds are apparently necessary to make any of this happen.

  • muffdad1 muffdad1 Feb 6, 2014 5:24 PM Flag

    Gents, this has been a winter to remember! Arguably, this is the most severe winter since the 1970s here in Ohio. We practically have to go back to Thanksgiving 2013 for a full 5 day week of school for our young people. Just about every day it either snows or is so cold (approaching -10 degrees Fahrenheit) that many organizations simply either close or work on a two-hour (or more) delay. Sarge is wise to delay his travel until the weather moderates to something more normal.

  • Reply to

    German cows cause methane blast

    by mickeymacmichael Jan 28, 2014 7:56 AM
    muffdad1 muffdad1 Feb 3, 2014 3:09 PM Flag

    The lower and upper explosive/flammability limits for methane are 5% and 15% in air, respectively. In a confined space (barn or shed), it is entirely possible for the concentration of methane from "bovine releases" to be in this narrow concentration range. The presence of an oxygen and an ignition source/a spark are all that is necessary for there to be "an explosion."

    Please also note that ammonia is a weak base. It is unclear to me how ammonia can increase the acidification of soil and water bodies.

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    OT: EPA Seizes Town Under Clean Air Act

    by lewis_whokeyser Jan 24, 2014 7:37 PM
    muffdad1 muffdad1 Jan 27, 2014 12:21 PM Flag

    Mr. President, the current administration has complete and utter disdain for the US Constitution. The current president claims to be a Constitutional Scholar. By allowing the EPA to run amok in this manner, it makes me comparatively speaking "an admiral."

    While I served briefly in the US Navy in the Carter Years, I would not profess to being any more than what my rank was. Yet our current president has fooled the media and its acolytes into believing him to be more than what he truly is.

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