Saturday, July 1, 2017

What Might Have Been--Orbital Rings and Why We Don't Have Them

"Orbital Rings"--Isaac Arthur (31 min.)

       An orbital ring (or more) would be an engineering marvel, but, unlike space elevators or other ideas for getting into orbit, it is one that is completely feasible with current and well understood technology. The basic concept is that you orbit a circle or ellipse of conducting rod, around which is magnetically suspended a non-spinning conduit. Since it is not spinning (relative to the Earth), you can run connections to the ground that would allow you to run trains or tramways up to the ring. Not only would it allow cheap travel to/and from orbit, it would allow people to live in orbit with normal gravity (because they wouldn't be in free fall like on a space station) and would allow us to easily access the rest of the solar system because anything launched from the ring would also be able to add the Earth orbital velocity. The only barrier to building such a structure is cost. But, as I've noted before, we don't have these types of structures and developments because we have been pouring money down the toilet of social welfare and multiculturalism.

       For instance, in the video below--"Foreign Aid Doesn't Work | Africa" by Blonde in the Belly of the Beast--the author/narrator notes that we (the U.S.) spend $50 billion a year in foreign aid, much of which goes to Africa. Not only have studies shown that the aid produces no measurable impact in improving the lots of those nations, but it actually encourages corruption and waste. The proposed 2017 budget for NASA, on the other hand, is a paltry $19.6 billion, and that represents a substantial increase over past years. Imagine what we could accomplish if our foreign aid was redirected into NASA.

       But that is not the worst of it. Vox Day has published an article entitled "The cost of Black America" which notes that the net benefit/tax of a white American is a -$2,795 (that is, they pay nearly $3,000 more in taxes than in benefits received) while the average black American's is +$10,016 (that is, they receive $10,000 more in benefits than they pay in taxes). Thus, "[o]ver the course of an average 79-year lifespan, a white individual contributes a net $220,805 to the system, whereas over the course of an average 75-year lifespan, a black individual receives a net $751,200." And immigration does not help: for Hispanics, the net benefit to tax is +$7,298. In short, Blacks and Hispanics represent a net $400 billion drain on the economy each year. Consequently, "[a]ll of this discussion of a 'national debt' and 'deficit' is primarily of function of blacks and hispanics. Without them, we would be running budget surpluses today, even when keeping the military the same size."

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