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Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?


Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?
Jeff McMahon
5/01/2015 @ 8:13AM

It would be almost three hours until Tesla’s big announcement, but inside a Northwestern University classroom near Chicago Thursday night, the famed nuclear critic Arnie Gunderson had the inside scoop:

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was about to announce an industrial-scale battery, Gunderson said, that would cost about 2¢ per kilowatt hour, putting the final nail in the coffin of nuclear power.

Thus Tesla’s big news broke first not amongst the throng of reporters gathered under swirling colored lights at the carmaker’s Hawthorne, Calif. headquarters, but in the middle of a debate on the future of nuclear power sponsored by students agitating for a “Fossil Free NU.” It was Gunderson vs. Jordi Roglans-Ribas, the director of the Nuclear Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory.


Then Gunderson told the audience of about 80 students and visitors that it was a momentous day in history—because of something that was about to happen in California.


Tesla will sell the home battery, the Tesla Powerall, for $3,500, a fraction of the $13,000 price observers had expected, and perhaps more importantly, a fraction of the cost of the $10,000 battery announced earlier this week by European competitors Sungevity and Sonnenbatterie.


Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk changed history yesterday.

Expect the fossil and nuclear industries to ramp up their sleazy PR tactics.

Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla Powerwall

Published on May 1, 2015

Tesla Powerwall Keynote by Elon Musk "The Missing Piece"

Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk changed history today. nt

Tesla to livestream tonight’s home batteries announcement at 8 p.m. Pacific. (Thursday April 30)

The stream wll be at http://www.teslamotors.com/livestream


Tesla to livestream tonight’s big announcement

By Jacob Kleinman | April 30, 2015

Tesla is set to announce a totally new product on Thursday night, and you’ll be able to watch the announcement online. The company said this morning that it plans to livestream the event, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Pacific.


The stream is at http://www.teslamotors.com/livestream

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' space company launches first rocket into space

Source: CNN

Blue Origin, the commercial space travel company Bezos founded, launched a surprise test flight of its New Shepard space vehicle Wednesday.

Bezos said in a statement that the rocket's engine "worked flawlessly."

"Any astronauts on board would have had a very nice journey into space and a smooth return," Bezos said.

However, he added that the rocket's "propulsion module," which was designed to be reusable, was not recovered because of a problem with the hydraulic system.


Read more: http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/30/news/jeff-bezos-rocket-launch/index.html

ISDC To Showcase Northrop Grumman/Caltech Push Toward Space Solar Power


ISDC To Showcase Northrop Grumman/Caltech Push Toward Space Solar Power
Posted on April 27, 2015 by David Brandt-Erichsen

The National Space Society (NSS) applauds a recent Northrop Grumman announcement that it is providing up to $17.5 million to an initiative with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the development of Space Solar Power (SSP). Sergio Pellegrino from Caltech will present the project in detail at NSS’s annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC)® in Toronto on May 20-24 (nss.org/2015).


Establishment of an operational space-based solar power system transmitting the sun’s energy to Earth is Milestone 8 in the NSS Space Settlement Roadmap (nss.org/RoadmapPart3). SSP could be a particularly attractive way to bring electricity to the 1.3 billion people in developing countries that don’t have electricity due to a lack of both power generation and transmission infrastructure.


The Northrop Grumman/Caltech initiative will focus on three areas: high-efficiency ultra-light photovoltaics, ultra-light deployable space structures, and phased-array power transmission. Up to 50 students, post-docs, and senior researchers will eventually join the team, who will use specialized laboratories constructed for the initiative.


I just changed my avatar to Bernie as a show of support. nt

Transcript of "60 Minutes" Air Force Space Command Segment


Transcript of “60 Minutes” Air Force Space Command Segment
by SpaceNews Staff — April 26, 2015


No one wants a war in space, but it’s the job of a branch of the Air Force called Space Command to prepare for one. If you’ve never heard of Space Command, it’s because most of what it does happens hundreds even thousands of miles above the Earth or deep inside highly secure command centers. You may be as surprised as we were to find out how the high-stakes game for control of space is played.


The Pentagon told us it spends $10 billion a year on space. But we found a White House report that estimates the real cost is much higher — $25 billion dollars when you count spy satellites and other classified spending. That’s more than NASA or any other space agency in the world.


Brian Weeden served as an officer in Air Force Space Command until 2007. He’s now technical adviser to the Secure World Foundation, which promotes the peaceful use of space.


Police told media to leave, and are now firing flash bangs.

CNN crew is still on the scene broadcasting live.

edit: originally reported as tear gas.
No tear gas yet.

National Security Whistleblowers Call for Repeal of Patriot Act

Source: Common Dreams

Prominent national security whistleblowers are calling for the full repeal of the USA Patriot Act, charging that under that legislation the federal government has decimated the U.S. Constitution and warning that unless action is taken, there is no end in sight to government secrecy and manipulation.

The group, which included former National Security Agency (NSA) official William Binney and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, appeared Monday at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. to voice their backing for H.R. 1466, the Surveillance State Repeal Act, which was recently introduced by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).


The whistleblowers also widely agreed that the light sentence handed down last week for General David Petraeus exemplifies the favorable treatment given to certain leakers, and stands in marked contrast to the treatment of others such as Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, John Kiriakou, and the soon-to-be-sentenced Jeffrey Sterling—who have all been charged under the Espionage Act.

"We all owe a debt of gratitude to General David Petraeus for showing us what a farce (the Obama administration’s) war on whistleblowers and leaks more generally really is," said Radack.


Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/28/national-security-whistleblowers-call-repeal-patriot-act

The group included 7 whistleblowers: Kirk Wiebe, Coleen Rowley, Raymond McGovern, Daniel Ellsberg, William Binney, Jesselyn Radack, and Thomas Drake.

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