The Thorium Dream (Full Version)

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The idea of building small, thorium-based nuclear reactors – thought to be dramatically safer, cheaper, cleaner and terror-proof than our current catalog of reactors – can be shooed away as fringe by some. But the germ of the idea began with some of the country’s greatest scientists, in the U.S. government’s major atomic lab, at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in the 1960s. And then it was left by the wayside as the American nuclear industry plowed ahead with its development of the light water reactors and the uranium fuel cycle. It’s only in the past half-decade that the idea has picked up steam again on the Internet, thanks to enterprising enthusiasts who have chronicled the early experiments, distributed documents, and posted YouTube videos. But if thorium’s second life on the Internet has grown the flock of adherents exponentially, it’s also pulled in more than a few people whose nuclear expertise doesn’t extend far past Wikipedia, adding a sheen of hype to the proceedings.

Still, the idea has legs, if new research programs by India and China are any indication. The former has just announced a prototype thorium-based advanced heavy water reactor, while the latter is researching a liquid fuel reactor based on the 1960s design. In the U.S., the race is being advanced not by the government but by some of the central movers and shakers of the Internet movement.

One of them, Kirk Sorensen, left his engineering job to study nuclear physics and start a company devoted to building small, modular liquid fluoride thorium reactors. The goal now may be to build some for the military, a tactic that would circumvent many of the challenges of building commercial reactors in the U.S. We met Kirk at the Thorium Energy Alliance summit in Washington, as well as an Army colonel focused on energy, and the head of the alliance, the thorium advocate and industrial engineer John Kutsch. We also interviewed Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at the Atlantic and author of Powering the Dream, a history of green technology evangelism, David Biello, associate editor at Scientific American, and Phillip Musegaas, the director of Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Program, which keeps careful tabs on the Indian Point Power Station, one of the country’s many aging nuclear plants, located about 30 miles from New York City. The nuclear physicist Alvin Weinberg, who led the first thorium reactor experiment, makes a cameo as well.  More at MotherBoard.

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Leaked: The Internet Must Go – The Corporate Plan to Take Over the Internet

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From the filmmaker, John Wooley: In 2012, I was dispatched to help the big ISPs to figure out how to sell their vision for a “faster,” “cleaner” internet. Six months later I produced this report — and leaked it to the world. Learn more and take action: www.theinternetmustgo.com

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5 comments to Leaked: The Internet Must Go – The Corporate Plan to Take Over the Internet

  • clytemnestra

    Now you know why SNOWDEN has been pushed so hard by the international world media (world govts in it together). He has not revealed anything really new. James Bamford wrote on this stuff long ago, as well as Wayne Madsen and others.

    Assange, Snowden are limited hangouts created and promoted by the NWO itself as distraction. If Snowden talks about Israel’s role in 911, and the US’s false flag against NYC that day? Then we should listen. As for Assange? He called Truthers “annoying” and petty annoyances.

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  • Kenzer

    At 1:40 in the video, the ISP promo show swastikas covering america as the internet pipeline. Enjoy

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  • Faustus

    States that want more control? Oh, how shocking!
    This isn’t anything different from the witch doctors of ten thousand years ago. This “NWO” buzzword/fad irratates me… It seems it’s only keeping people from examining the old world, the current world. Will the coming world be any different? Globalization doesn’t change rulership into something other than rulership. Well how about a world without rulership, would that warrant a “New World”…?

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