Dear America: How do you sleep at night?
Bottom line - Bosses to worker bees: Shut up and take your gruel. Don’t complain to *us* that you can’t raise a family on what we pay you - you should have thought of all that before you decided to start one. Don’t complain to us that you “can’t afford” what we force you to believe you must have to be living “the American dream;” if you want more things, then get another job. Stop whining about public education being inadequate, or higher ed being too expensive - we don’t WANT you to be better-educated. In fact, if you don’t shut up and get back to work, you ingrates, we’ll move EVERYTHING over to Asia, where they’re HAPPY to make 38 cents a day.
I fear the day is coming when we will see “I-told-you-so” murder committed in the street - and many will lustfully cheer…
"We’ve got our ride." - 98% Evil
"We could listen to her for hours and hours." - 98% Evil
"And thus, again, does this country’s ridiculous adherence to the death penalty make public officials — and, by extension, the rest of us — look like moral buffoons. A guy takes two hours to die from an injection of who-knows-what-we-can’t-tell-you and the ensuing debate is over whether he was gasping or snoring? This makes the law a freak show, and our collective morality a clown show of epic proportions. If we’re going to be the only purportedly advanced Western nation that allows our government to kill people, and we are, now that Belarus has bailed on the whole thing, we really ought to stop the pretense that we’re doing it because we are just, and because our methods are more civilized. We look like fools."
Here Comes the Sun: Mirrors in orbit would reflect sunlight onto huge solar panels, and the resulting power would be beamed down to Earth. Image: John MacNeill
Imagine looking out over Tokyo Bay from high above and seeing a man-made island in the harbor, 3 kilometers long. A massive net is stretched over the island and studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, which convert microwave energy into DC electricity. Also on the island is a substation that sends that electricity coursing through a submarine cable to Tokyo, to help keep the factories of the Keihin industrial zone humming and the neon lights of Shibuya shining bright.
But you can’t even see the most interesting part. Several giant solar collectors in geosynchronous orbit are beaming microwaves down to the island from 36 000 km above Earth.
It’s been the subject of many previous studies and the stuff of sci-fi for decades, but space-based solar power could at last become a reality—and within 25 years, according to a proposal from researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The agency, which leads the world in research on space-based solar power systems, now has a technology road map that suggests a series of ground and orbital demonstrations leading to the development in the 2030s of a 1-gigawatt commercial system—about the same output as a typical nuclear power plant.
- The US Navy’s Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels
- Space-based solar power
- Space-based solar power (wikipedia)
- Solar Power via the Moon (pdf)
- Solar Power Satellite Design Considerations
- URSI White Paper on Solar Power Satellite (SPS) Systems (pdf)
- Orbiting Solar Panels Beam Energy From Space