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I kid you not.

Well maybe a little but it is no accident that military initiatives often advance technology.  Been true since primitive man looked for a better club.

U.S. Military Leads Green Charge

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Consider the solar arena: If you thought the biggest solar array in the Americas was in the Southwestern United States, you'd be right. At 140 acres, the site's 70,000 panels produce peak energy of 14 megawatts, or enough energy to supply 14,000 homes.

But what may not be widely known is that the solar site is at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada

See here.

While PV solar and the geothermal power plant also featured in the link are not state of the art, other initiatives are.

Fox News may have actually performed a service by publicizing DARPA's "flesh-eating robot."  While terminally tremulous organic reactionaries trembled at the terror created by the noise machine, DARPA is going full bore ahead on one of the many possible uses of the Cyclone waste heat engine that could be fueled by all manner of things that burn and some that don't (waste heat, solar).  Even a new space frontier is being investigated with a fuel that needs no oxygen to burn.

DKos need not be left behind by reactionaries.

It just often seems to want to be for whatever reason.  Even the military seems to be weaning itself off nukes.  Not so many here.

Best,  Terry

Originally posted to terryhallinan on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 05:57 PM PDT.

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  •  Um, huh? (1+ / 0-)
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    theran

    You seem to be saying something biting and snarky about Kossacks, but I honestly can't figure out what it is.

    (And how would we be left behind by the reactionaries? They're the ones fighting to stay in place …)

    “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

    by Jyrinx on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 06:10:32 PM PDT

    •  No Snark, Jyrinx (1+ / 0-)
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      Earth Ling

      Must I really put names on the many frightened reactionaries who look only to an idyllic past that never was?

      Time and tides cannot be held back.  Climaticide cannot wait for attention IMO.

      Man evolved with a brain that is superior to other critters.  It can be used for good or evil.

      It can also be used for dreaming of what never was.

      Many wish to be an island, independent of the rest of mankind.  Haven't we all at times?

      We need each other and we need to use resources provided us as best we can.

      Or our entire species and most others may be doomed.

      Best,  Terry

  •  talk about going to hell to light a match (1+ / 0-)
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    tiggers thotful spot

    "But I mean no harm, nor put fault; on anyone who lives in a vault; but it's all right ma, if I can't please him" - Bob Dylan

    by mieprowan on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 06:51:49 PM PDT

  •  We should label our reforms as "military spending (6+ / 0-)

    If we were smart we would make all of our reforms technically military. That way anyone who votes against them can be trashed for opposing military spending, soft on defense etc.

    Education? Hey, tomorrow's weapons are going to be really complex. We need to train tomorrow's soldiers.

    Healthcare? What the heck is healthcare? We just want to funding our anti-biological weapon defense. Like Reagan's star wars, only for biological weapons. If it accidentally results in health insurence for all, that's completely unintentional.

    Alt Energy research? We're just researching new ways to power tanks and bombers. If we end up getting electric cars out of the deal, that's just unintended consequences, we promise.

    Foreign aid? Uh, military assistence for states threatened by terrorism. Which means absolutely any of 'em, because terrorists are so omnipotent and scary. Boo!

    Magalev trains? Uh, we're building tomorrow's hovertanks industry. Yeah, that's it.

    Volcano monitoring? Didn't you know the terrorists are building a volcano-detonating machine? Boogaboogabooga!

    And so on. We should make a whole thread on this.

    •  Worked for the Interstate Highway system. (3+ / 0-)
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      terryhallinan, JeffW, Calamity Jean

      However,  I'm pretty sure you can't have hovertanks without lesbians to crew them,  so you'd have to get rid of DADT first.

    •  I Don't Mean To Be Dense But What's Your Point? (0+ / 0-)

      DARPA created the internet for military purposes. DARPA is part of the Defense Department and is funded by defense expenditures.  

      That is a fact.  Whether you think the internet is a monster that should be destroyed or a blessing to mankind that should survive, it is a military creation.

      Institutions of higher learning may take funds for ROTC, get funding for military research, have students from the military - both uniformed and civilian - but are not part of DD or established for military purposes.

      That is also a fact.  Higher education may lead to more sophisticated warfare but is not generally intended for that purpose.

      Again what is your point?

      I am too dumb to understand.

      Best, Terry

    •  BTW It Was Late And I Am Very Slow (0+ / 0-)

      Good point.

      Best,  Terry

    •  That's sneaky! (2+ / 0-)
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      terryhallinan, JeffW

      I like it!

      Renewable energy brings national security.

      by Calamity Jean on Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 06:03:52 AM PDT

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