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LFTR: A Better Nuclear? 6/10/2014

The Uyghurs of Xinjiang
By A. G. Moore 3/25/2014
Crimea's Trail of Tears
By A.G.Moore 3/10/2014
A Free Tibet
By A. G. Moore 2/202014
Not Kathleen Rice for Congress
By A. G. Moore 2/8/2014
NSA Speech: Clumsy Dodge
By A. G. Moore 1/20/2014
TPP Tiptoes into Town
By A.G.Moore 1/4/2013
Susan Boyle's Autism
By A.G. Moore 12/12/2013
Kim Jong-un, Crazy or Wily?
By A. G. Moore 12/8/2013
Requiescat, Has the ACA
Killed Universal Health Care?

By A. G. Moore 11/17/2013
Leave My Beagle Alone
By A.G. Moore 10/31/2013
"Feral" Cats in Winter
By A. G. Moore 10/20/2013
Free Food--But First...
By A. G. Moore 10/13/2013
Miley, as Everydaughter
By A. G. Moore 10/5/2013
Life, in Context
By A. G. Moore 9/24/2013
21st Century Poor Laws

By A. G. Moore 9/19/2013
Syria: No Rush to War
By A. G. Moore 9/12/2013
Arbitrary War Morality

By A. G. Moore 9/4/
Syria: War No One's Servant
By A. G. Moore 8/19/2013
U. S. Heathrow Tantrum
By A. G. Moore 8/19/2013
Bedrock Principles
By A. G. Moore 8/7/2013
Huma and Hillary
By A. G. Moore 7/29/2013
Rachel Jeantel Speaks
By A. G. Moore 7/24/2013
Snowden and Freedom
By A. G. Moore 7/15/2013

Snowden's Ironic Refuge
By A. G. Moore 7/2/ 2013
Voice of Conscience:Edward Snowden
By A. G. Moore 6/9/2013
Prosecutors Unbound
By A. G. Moore 5/31/2013
A Reasonable Court

By A. G. Moore 5/21/2013
Shooter Goes Free

By A. G. Moore 5/16/2013
Execution Deferred
By A. G. Moore 5/8/2013
Science and Psychiatry
By A. G. Moore 5/7/2013
Obama's Gitmo Feint
By A. G. Moore 5/6/2013
PETA's Culture of Death
By A. G. Moore 4/24/3013
Brokaw's Redemption?

By A. G. Moore 4/24/201
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Obama: Cut MSNBC Budget
By A. G. Moore 4/15/20013
PETA's Death Squads
By A. G. Moore 4/8/2013
Social Security Chicanery
By A. G. Moore 4/6/2013
Kelly, Outside the Law
By A. G. Moore 4/3/2013
Stop and Frisk on Trial
By A. G. Moore 3/23/2013
Cyprus and Corporatism

By A. G. Moore 3/18/2013
Bigelow and Torture PR
By A. G. Moore 3/14/2013
The Seeds of Decline: Homelessness
By A. G. Moore 3/12/2013
Harrington's LIPA Focus
By A.G. Moore 3/14/2013

Ernesto Learns to Love His Nose
By A. G. Moore 2/26/2013
Online Degree, Debt Free
By A. G. Moore 2/21/2013

Assassination by Drone

By A. G. Moore 2/7/2013
Speak Up for Chimps
NIH and Chimpanzee Experiments
A. G. Moore 1/25/2013
Cancer and Segregation
An Argument for Affirmative Action
By A. G. Moore 1/18/2013
NYPA for Long Island
By A.G. Moore 1/15/2013
Tarantino Picaresco
Truth and Django Unchained
By A. G. Moore 1/9/2013

New York's Heck of a Job

By A.G. Moore 1/5/2013

Foreclosure Fatalities
By A. G. Moore 12/17/2012

Asperger's Hysteria
A. G. Moore 12/9/2012

Gerrymandered Children

A. G. Moore 11/26/2012

Waiting For
A. G. Moore 11/12/ 2012

Seignior Romney
A. G. Moore 10/23
Somebody Else Made It Happen
By A. G. Moore 10/19/2012
Ryan's Threshold
By A. G. Moore 10/15/2012
Romney's Cadre

A. G. Moore 10/11/2012

By the People?

By A. G. Moore 10/4/2012

Medical Ethics and the Disabled
By A. G. Moore 9/26/2012
Culture of Abuse and Indifference
By A. G. Moore

Autism/Empathy Myth
By A. G. Moore 9/4/2012

Clint Eastwood Delivers
By A. G. Moore 9/1/2012

Online Poker: Republican Platform
By A. G. Moore 8/31/2012
Autism and Theory of the Mind

By A. G. Moore 8/26/2012
Letchworth Village
By A. G. Moore 8/23/2012

Autism and Belief
By A. G. Moore 8/18/2012
Obama and Harry Truman
By A. G. Moore 8/13 2012
Let's Not Replay 2000

By A. G. Moore
O.D. Heck One Year Later

By A. G. Moore 7/5/2012

Kindergarten Derby
By. A. G. Moore

Schizophrenic Conservatism
By A. G. Moore 4/11/2012
Prison Reform and Us
By A.G. Moore 3/12/2012
Ramarley Graham

By A. G. Moore  2/23/2012
4th Amendment and NYC
By A. G. Moore 2/ 5/2012
Eugenics;Syphilis;SOPA
By A. G. Moore January 15
Ron Paul: An Honorable Man
By A. G. Moore December 31
Newt: A PhD in What??
By A. G. Moore December 13
A Rat Is Not An Animal
By A. G. Moore December 10

The New York City Pipe Bomber
  By A. G. Moore November 28
Occupy Wall Street and the Billionaire
 By A. G. Moore November 21

Cain's Intimidation Double Down

  By A. G. Moore November 10

Occupy Wall Street:
Social Change or Passing Phase?

 By  A. G. Moore
November 1
Suppressing the Roused Giant: The Primal Scream of Occupy Wall Street
  By A. G. Moore October 28
A Starving Beast Consumes Its Own: Occupy Wall Street Bites Back
   By A. G. Moore October 25

Zuccotti Park/Occupy Wall Street

 By A. G. Moore October 15 Compromising or
Succumbing?

  By A. G. Moore August 30  

The Citizen Politician
 By A. G. Moore August 19
In the Words of Adam Smith

        By A. G. Moore August 9
 
A Critique of Elliott
Abrams in Foreign Affairs

   A. G. Moore July 14
A Debt of History: Haiti,
France and The U. S.

   By A.G. Moore July 6
Defying a New
Feudalism in the
Information Age

      By A. G. Moore July1
Palin/Trump: Bread
and Circus
  By A. G. Moore  June 1

Obama Doesn't Have
to Break a Sweat
Plus  Update

    By A. G. Moore  May 22
 
Mother Courage and
Her Children, in Libya
    By A. G. Moore  April 9
Boehner, Nader and
Kohlhaas Politics

  
By A.G. Moore

 

Vanity Fair's Illegitimacy
    By A. G. Moore  July 30
O.D. Heck and
My Brother Everett

   
By A. G. Moore  June 7
Ayn Rand, D.H.
Lawrence and

Friedrich Nietzsche:
The Cult of Self

     By A. G. Moore May 22
Sexual Politics 2011
     By A. G. Moore  May 11
Moral Outrage,  Vandalism or
Nationalism
   
By A. G. Moore May 1
A Royal Pain
   By A. G. Moore  April 29 

Drunk on the Euphoria
of Shared Purpose
  By A. G. Moore  March    28

Matt Taibbi and
Prison Rape

    By  A. G. Moore
Book Review
The Most Famous Man in America 
By A. G. Moore


Writers and Literature

     Elizabeth Bowen

        By A. G. Moore
 
   E. L. Doctorow
        By A. G. Moore

 
Comment on:
   Amy Lowell,
  
Olive Tilford Dargan
   Wallace Stevens
       By A. G. Moore
  

Nissa's Corner
Nissa's Corner, More


A.G. Moore

Book Art by
A. G. Moore

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Resources, Readings, Links



Truth  

A. G. Moore

Alternate Website:
thesearethefacesoflupus.com


E Books Available as Free Downloads on:
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A Lupus Handbook: These Are the Faces of Lupus

A Mask for Every Face

Ernesto Learns to Love His Nose

Lupus Digest Basic Facts

Prelude to a Vampire



Animals

Tony, A "Feral" Cat

Garfield Saved by
 Kindness..
**Tony Rescued and
   Adopted
**Rosie Beats the Odds
**Kiara, Abused and
Rehabilitated

**Puggy: Love Was not 
Enough

**A Rat is Not an Animal

A Rat in the Hands of a Laboratory Researcher
*"Feral" Cats in Winter
**Leave My Beagle Alone
**Moby  Almost Home


Nissa's Corner 

Puppy Playing

*Art for Children

*Writing for Children
*Nissa's Corner More




People

  Diogenes,In the Public Domai

*Gaspar de Crayer
*Diogenes
*Sister Judy Mannix
*Barbara Enright
*Seal
*Olin Levi Warner
*Adam Smith
*Mrs. Birdsall
*Regina Sonenklare

Environment

  Planet Earth, in the Public Domain

*A Bit of Carbon Spinning...
*A Melting Polar Ice Cap


Education

Child Reading, Public Domain

*Gerrymandered Children
*A High Line but No Pre-K
*Democracy and Education...
*Radcliffe Saddler and Tears...
*Children's Word and Math Games Source
*Classroom Technology
     





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LFTR: A Better Nuclear?
By A.G. Moore 6/10/2014

 
MSR Reactor
US Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee
From Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain


Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima: disasters that changed the way many people view nuclear power. Once touted as "greener" than fossil fuels, nuclear's reputation has taken a battering in recent years. Governments and industry representatives have a hard time convincing people that nuclear plants have fail-safe measures built into them. So, if nuclear is to increase its share of the global energy picture, it has to revamp its somewhat tarnished image. 

That's where the liquid fluoride thorium reactor--LFTR--comes in. This reactor is supposed to be  safe and clean. The case for LFTR technology is presented enthusiastically. Considering how high the stakes are in the game of energy roulette, it's probably wise to apply a little skepticism to the LFTR optimism.

One of the arguments advanced by the LFTR camp is that nuclear waste, with this technology, would no longer be a problem.  That's because--we're told--- the LFTR is designed to recycle fuel.   At the end of many cycles, very little radioactive material is left. 

Another benefit of the LFTR is supposed to be that it is Inherently...safer than conventional light water reactors, According to one website, the LFTR has "no high pressure or chemically reactive ‘driver’ to expel radiotoxic substances into the environment".  In the event of a breach,  molten fuel is designed to drain "down the side of the vessel into non-critically configured drain tanks".  And, in the event of overheating, the fuel is supposed to flow "to the drain tanks" and solidify.

One more claim of LFTR  proponents is that diversion of material for bomb-making is not likely.  In the words of an LFTR cheerleader the reactor is "worthless for making nuclear weapons"

Many are the claims about the benefits of LFTR technology; I have touched on only three. To rebut these claims, I offer opinions from a variety of experts. Most of the opinions are given in the form of direct quotes--with links to lengthy explanations. 

Read the statements below; follow the links to associated articles. Then form your own judgment about whether or not you believe thorium,  LFTR  or any kind of nuclear is a good idea.


Radioactive Waste:
1. "Keep in mind there are waste concerns since thorium needs a uranium-233 catalyst and then there is still the same security needs surrounding thorium as any other reactor on the market." From: Blue Phoenix

2. "The waste problem becomes easier with a LFTR as most of it is low level after 10 to 20 years and safe after about 500 years." From: The Register


3. "LFTRs are theoretically capable of a high fuel burn-up rate, but while this may indeed reduce the volume of waste, the waste is more radioactive due to the higher volume of radioactive fission products." From: Kelley Bergman


4. "The fact that a substantial portion of the nuclear waste generated from these plants will be mixed in with Fluoride salts also complicates the spend fuel issue, probably resulting in relatively higher spent fuel storage costs, relative to other reactor designs." From: daryanenergyblog


Safety:
1 "Fluoride salts naturally produce hydrofluoric acid (when in contact with moisture) as well as decomposing into Flourine gas over time when cold. Both of these can lead to the release of toxic fumes..." From: daryanenergyblog


2, There is "... the danger of both routine and accidental releases of radiation, mainly from continuous ‘live’ fuel reprocessing..." From: Thorium, No Silver Bullet for Nuclear Industry

3. One challenge facing development of operational LFTR plant: "Developing the continuous on-site reprocessing technology...so that it can operate reliably without accident or releases...From: Oliver Tickell in WMD Junction

4. The LFTR runs ..."at temperatures of 800 degrees Celsius, it is quite likely that UF4, ThF4 and fission by-products would react with other materials to cause a criticality event, major fires and/or explosions..." From: American Scientist

Weaponisation:
1. "LFTRs could be used as highly efficient factories for very pure fissile material eminently suitable for bomb making..."  From: Oliver Tickell in WMD Junction


2 “If you have uranium-233 separated out, then it could be 
weaponisable," 
From: PE Magazine

3.(On separating-U-233 for bomb-making): ..."a few screw turns from a suitably qualified engineer would undo such a setup"  From daryanenergyblog

4. "U-233 was successfully used in a 1955 bomb test in the Nevada Desert under the USA's Operation Teapot and so is clearly weaponisable notwithstanding any 232U present.  "
From Kelley Bergman


As for viability of this design--the chance that the LFTR will actually work as designed:

1."At present, my excitement for thorium is more like a mirage in the desert—meaning I can see there are possibilities"
From Blue Phoenix

2. "More work still needs to be done of course". From the Register

"Many are keen to see uranium supplanted by thorium for use as nuclear fuel, but there are challenges to overcome before these projects get off the ground"  From PE Magazin


4. "...there are huge technical and engineering challenges in scaling up this experimental design to make a 'production' reactor."  From Kelley Bergman

Keep in mind as you review these statements that investment in LFTR may come at great cost to other kinds of energy development. There's a finite supply of private and public money. As we make decisions about how to allocate that money, we should be sure the expenditure benefits us today and in years to come.



The Uyghurs of Xinjiang

By A. G. Moore 3/24/2014

The Main Uyghur Mosque in Yining, 1882
By Henry Lansdell in Russian Central Asia: Including Kuldja, Bokhara, Khova and Merv
Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

Chinese out of Xinjiang”; “Independence for Xinjiang”; “Cut off the railroad from China proper to Xinjiang”. Posters with these slogans were discovered in 1985 at Xinjiang University in Urumqi, Xinjiang. The posters were indications of a growing sentiment among indigenous Uyghurs: the immigration of Chinese Han is a threat to the ethnic and culture identity of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang.

That the posters zeroed in on the railroad is not surprising; it is the railroad that carries trainloads of Han Chinese to Xinjiang--so many Han, in fact, that Uyghurs are fast becoming a minority in their own land. Ethnic Han, as a percentage of the population, have grown from under 7% in 1950 to about 40% today. The indigenous Uyghurs realize that, at this rate--a virtual demographic colonization--Han Chinese will soon be a majority in Xinjiang and Uyghur culture will be eclipsed.

Uyghurs are a Turkic people whose roots in Xinjiang reach back some 4000 years. At least, that's what Uyghur scholars and most Western historians believe. However, the Chinese have a different view. They offer an alternate narrative for Uyghur origins, one that does not support this strong indigenous link to the area.

According to Dr. Sean Roberts, of George Washington University, modern Uyghur opposition to Chinese rule may be traced to around 1750, when the Qing Emperor conquered Uyghur lands, an area that lay along the Silk Road. Since the time of this conquest, Uyghurs have periodically fought for their independence and at times have achieved it. However, after the defeat of the Kuomintang in 1949, Mao Zedong sent his army to assert control over Xinjiang's Uyghur population. Since then, the notion of Uyghur sovereignty has been vigorously repressed

Xinjiang is important to China not only because of its size--about four times as large as California--but also because the territory is rich in resources.

Mao began transporting Han Chinese into Xinjiang, to exploit natural resources and also to cement a hold on the area. The organization that facilitated the settlement of the Han was (and still is) the XPCC, the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp.

According to Remi Castets, of the Center for International Studies (CERI, Paris), Uyghur resistance to Chinese control, though evident in the 50s, 60s and 70s, intensified in recent decades. This has been in response to a conspicuous and widening gap between the opportunities enjoyed by indigenous Uyghurs and those enjoyed by immigrant Hans. As these disparities provoked Uyghur resentment, the central Chinese government doubled down on efforts to suppress expressions of Uyghur religious and ethnic identity.

Gardner Bovingden reports in his book, The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land,  that in the 1990s the Chinese government began to demolish mosques and close private religious schools. This suppression of religious institutions strengthened Uyghur resolve. It also drove many in the independence movement to seek support from Islamic groups outside of China. These groups have generally been the only significant external sources of support open to the Uyghurs because China has pressured other countries to reject Uyghur refugees and to offer no assistance.

It is the international isolation of Uyghurs that first caught my attention.

Some years ago I read about a group of prisoners at Gitmo  who had been transferred from a prison in Afghanistan. These men, 22 in all, were Uyghurs. It turned out that though they had been identified as enemy combatants, they were not. They were apparently innocent of the charge; the U. S. government was eager to release these exonerated individuals. However, there was no place for the men to go
.

They could not be repatriated to Xinjiang, where certain persecution awaited at the hands of the Chinese government. Other countries were not inclined to take them because of China's strong protests. And transfer to the U.S. was impossible because the U. S. Congress blocked this move.

So for years, the Uyghur detainees stayed at Gitmo. Eventually each of the 22 was sent to a place that welcomed him, a place that the detainee found acceptable. Transfer of the last Uyghur detainee was completed in December of 20013.

As the drama of the Gitmo Uyghurs progressed, periodic reports of Uyghur resistance to Chinese control surfaced. China, especially after 9/11, characterized these actions as terrorism instigated by outside agents.
Jonathan Kaiman, writing in the Guardian, explained recently, "The default position of the government has always been to blame foreigners and never admit that ethnic relations in China might have serious problems".

Because China blames outside agitators for Uyghur resistance, it refuses to address the issues that have exacerbated Uyghur discontent: increasing marginalization in their own land. Han Chinese not only occupy most positions of power and enjoy markedly superior economic status, but their children are being groomed to enter the upper echelons of economic and political life in Xinjiang. Uyghur children lack access to good education and are hampered by linguistic barriers. Remi Castets states, "the poor educational access, even more than linguistic handicaps and sometimes discriminatory job recruitment" insure that future generations of Xinjiang Uyghurs will be consigned to "the lowest rungs of society".

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have cit
ed China for its abuse of the Uyghur minority community. Increasingly, Uyghur grievances are receiving international notice--this despite the fact that China has placed an embargo on diplomatic discussions of Uyghur concerns. But the chorus grows for just treatment of the Uyghur people. With this blog I add my voice to that chorus.






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