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From: David Stodolsky <>
Subject: Re: Nanotech, space elevator and wealth
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 13:55:18 +0200

On 27 Aug 2006, at 04:22, Keith Henson wrote:

> I wrote an article on the connection between good economic times  
> and a lack
> of war that was published in a reviewed journal,

Keith again demonstrates that a little knowledge can be dangerous.

Good economic times - of a specific type - and war go together  
perfectly well (probably the best ref.):

The Global Political Economy of Israel,
by Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler.
London: Pluto Press, 2002. xiv + 357 pages.
References to p. 371. Index to p. 407. $24.95





> This has made me rather sensitive to the indirect effects of peak  
> oil and
> global warming.

According to the original Peak Oil hypothesis, oil should have been  
used up by now. Fortunately, proven reserves are at their highest  
level in history, having doubled in the last 25 years. The Pentagon  
and its dupes seem to be selling the hypothesis these days as a way  
to justify increased military spending in order to prepare for coming  
"resource wars". It seems counter productive to promote a hypothesis  
being used by the Pentagon, if one wishes to avoid war.

Global warming has also been oversold by certain special interests.  
It seems clear that any trend that exists is due to events beyond  
human control in the galactic system:

Cosmic ray incidence is dependent upon whether the solar system is  
near a star forming region, with ultimate dependence upon the  
Magellanic Clouds passing thru the disk of the Milky Way. The  
evolutionary "Big Bang" resulted from a defrost of the planet  
traceable to these factors.

Svensmark, H., Influence of cosmic rays on Earth's climate, Phys. Rev.
Lett., 22, 5027 5030, 1998.

Svensmark, H., and E. Friis-Christensen, Variation of cosmic ray flux  
global cloud coverage: A missing link in solar climate relationships,
J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., 59, 1225  1232, 1997.

> One way both can be solved is power satellites (from the late 70s).

While solar power satellites could make a contribution, they are not  
going to solve climatic problems. And as ongoing European Space  
Agency studies show, no new technology, such as space elevators is  
needed to activate the plan.


David Stodolsky    Skype: davidstodolsky

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