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(Slate)   What do you do with crazy scientists who want to nuke the moon? Fund them, of course   (slate.com) divider line 43
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2013-01-03 09:56:13 AM  
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2013-01-03 10:36:36 AM  
Alan Parsons Project?
 
2013-01-03 10:38:57 AM  
Dreamers, Hucksters, and Loons
 
2013-01-03 10:44:30 AM  
It's an idea that's been visited a few times.

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www.overthinkingit.com
 
2013-01-03 10:46:52 AM  
If you have any doubts about how insane Edward Teller was, realize he was the inspiration for Dr. Strangelove.
 
2013-01-03 10:49:49 AM  
Didn't the moon get destroyed in the Cowboy Bebop universe?

/One of the greatest animated shows of all time
 
2013-01-03 10:56:45 AM  
I love how the author's point is: It hasn't worked yet and is very expensive, so we should stop trying.

No, jackass, this type of research and development is exactly what we need MORE of in this country.
 
2013-01-03 11:00:09 AM  
www.slate.com

I would take this more seriously if it did not look like it was made by Mattel.
 
2013-01-03 11:00:44 AM  
Hey, if we can nuke the moon, we can nuke extinction-event asteroids.
 
2013-01-03 11:02:21 AM  
That's no moon.
 
2013-01-03 11:02:23 AM  
grinding_journalist: Yes, we should also fund alchemy, phrenology and eugenics. They haven't worked yet either, jackass.
 
2013-01-03 11:04:30 AM  
I'd put five in on that.
 
2013-01-03 11:05:59 AM  
Headline FTFA:Why fusion won't be a source of limitless power

Article: Nothing asserting why fusion won't be a source of limitless power other than, "They keep predicting it will happen and it never does! Also, it's really hard."

I looked at the author's bio and apparently he's written a book on fusion and based on reviews, it's more of the same. It'd be nice if he included actual science rather than broad assertions that he is right because scientists are wrong.
 
2013-01-03 11:09:08 AM  
They just can't get over Newt got his moon base there first, so now they want to nuke him.
 
2013-01-03 11:12:16 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: grinding_journalist: Yes, we should also fund alchemy, phrenology and eugenics. They haven't worked yet either, jackass.


At lease Humorism has been scientifcally proven!
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2013-01-03 11:12:53 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: grinding_journalist: Yes, we should also fund alchemy, phrenology and eugenics. They haven't worked yet either, jackass.


None of those fields panned out the way people thought they would, this is true. They didn't yield results that were sought, but did generate useful scientific data, and opened up new fields of inquiry.

You'll note that I said "type" and did not specify fusion physics. I assumed this would suggest I thought that more high-end science based R&D and engineering should be taking place in this country. Nowhere did I say "we should keep funding failed technological research", and there's zero doubt in my mind that valuable science has been done over the decades by these researchers.

I really don't understand how someone could think that only funding science that we "know" is going to work is a good idea.

I like your strawman attempt to make me seem "Un-PC" though.
 
2013-01-03 11:13:09 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: [www.slate.com image 568x346]

I would take this more seriously if it did not look like it was made by Mattel.


Try the all new Easy-Fuse Tokamak!
 
2013-01-03 11:17:02 AM  

grinding_journalist: Quantum Apostrophe: grinding_journalist: Yes, we should also fund alchemy, phrenology and eugenics. They haven't worked yet either, jackass.

None of those fields panned out the way people thought they would, this is true. They didn't yield results that were sought, but did generate useful scientific data, and opened up new fields of inquiry.

You'll note that I said "type" and did not specify fusion physics. I assumed this would suggest I thought that more high-end science based R&D and engineering should be taking place in this country. Nowhere did I say "we should keep funding failed technological research", and there's zero doubt in my mind that valuable science has been done over the decades by these researchers.

I really don't understand how someone could think that only funding science that we "know" is going to work is a good idea.

I like your strawman attempt to make me seem "Un-PC" though.


Alchemy lead to a lot of useful basic chemistry research. Eugenics works perfectly well--we just decided it was a farking terrible idea. Not much I can say about phrenology though apart from extreme cases (Down's Syndrome).
 
2013-01-03 11:17:35 AM  
I remember reading somewhere that a nuclear detonation on the moon could cause some sort of exothermic reaction, possibly freeing up enough gases to create a thin atmosphere.
 
2013-01-03 11:27:40 AM  
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2013-01-03 11:32:35 AM  
Commander Strax, the Sontaran nurse manservant, nods in approval. For too long has the Moon held a tactical advantage over us.
 
2013-01-03 12:01:56 PM  
Shiat, we can collect all the fusion power we need. Just set up solar PV panels at a couple bucks a watt. Done.
 
2013-01-03 12:15:07 PM  
Forget controlled fusion...with the growth in solar PV that's been going on since 1996 in 20 years we'll have fond memories of the 'energy crises' of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Surging Solar in 2011 Proof of Ray Kurzweil's Bold Prediction?
 
2013-01-03 12:24:02 PM  
We're Earthlings, blow up Earth things!
 
2013-01-03 01:11:09 PM  
We can, should and will blow up the moon! The time is now! Children are our future!

/Why!? Monkey demands answers.
 
2013-01-03 01:12:20 PM  
The earth could not exist without the moon. Simple fact. Not having tides, in itself would be a disaster.
 
2013-01-03 01:39:56 PM  
That's kind of like voting Dubya in for a second term, innit?
 
2013-01-03 01:41:36 PM  

Pick: The earth could not exist without the moon. Simple fact. Not having tides, in itself would be a disaster.


It could not have developed as it has, nor would it maintain as it is, without the tides. Earth would still exist without the moon and resulting tides. Our biosphere would still exist, though quite different than it is today.
 
2013-01-03 02:08:53 PM  
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/hot
 
2013-01-03 02:28:02 PM  
I can confirm the location of the moon, but I can't confirm the existence of the moon.

klingon-empire.org
 
2013-01-03 02:38:57 PM  

zarberg: I can confirm the location of the moon, but I can't confirm the existence of the moon.

[klingon-empire.org image 292x292]


Do we report this?
 
2013-01-03 02:42:10 PM  

Khellendros: zarberg: I can confirm the location of the moon, but I can't confirm the existence of the moon.

[klingon-empire.org image 292x292]

Do we report this?


I'm not sure if I should give you the correct "Are you kidding me??!?" or just say ...

www.rwuo.com
 
2013-01-03 02:50:16 PM  
Ever since the dawn of time, man has dreamed of destroying the moon.

Since we can't do that, we should do the next best thing, and simply block it out.

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2013-01-03 02:54:24 PM  
What is this? Sept 13th 1999?
 
2013-01-03 03:04:27 PM  

Pick: The earth could not exist without the moon. Simple fact. Not having tides, in itself would be a disaster.


There would still be solar tides, although they would be smaller and wouldn't vary as much from day to day.
 
2013-01-03 03:12:48 PM  
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Dibs on Ariel!
 
2013-01-03 03:20:03 PM  
This is just a cover for a preemptive strike against the lunar nazis.
 
2013-01-03 06:49:55 PM  
careful. The moon may just throw rocks back
 
2013-01-03 07:40:31 PM  
Came for the Mr.Show references. Surprised it took so long.
 
2013-01-03 07:46:56 PM  
I came for an Iron Sky reference. Fellow farkers, you're slipping
 
2013-01-03 08:49:12 PM  
I came for references to references.
 
2013-01-04 08:41:40 AM  

SuperChuck: [cache.gawkerassets.com image 340x255]

Dibs on Ariel!


Came for Thundarr or was that Ariel!
 
2013-01-05 12:34:20 AM  

Ecaps: Came for the Mr.Show references. Surprised it took so long.


This, also oblig: Link
 
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