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Hinkley Point: The ‘Dreadful Deal’ Behind the World’s Most Expensive Power Plant

December 25th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Guardian: Hinkley Point, on the Somerset coast, is the biggest building site in Europe. Here, on 430 acres of muddy fields scattered with towering cranes and bright yellow diggers, the first new nuclear power station in the UK since 1995 is slowly taking shape. […]

‘Here’s How to Shut Down the Internet: Snip Undersea Fiber-Optic Cables’

December 12th, 2017

Via: McClatchy: Hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable lay on the ocean floors, a crucial part of the global internet’s backbone, and only rarely do ship anchors, undersea landslides or saboteurs disrupt them. Still, a few voices now call for stronger global mechanisms and even military action to protect the cables against future […]

Tesla Completes Construction of 129 Megawatt Hour Battery

November 23rd, 2017

Via: Independent: Tesla Inc has completed construction of the world’s largest lithium ion battery in Australia, putting it on track to meet a 100-day deadline for switching the battery packs on, the South Australian government said on Thursday. Tesla won a bid in July to build the 129 megawatt hour battery for South Australia, the […]

The Fixers Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes

November 20th, 2017

Thanks for everything you do, Jehu. Jehu Garcia – YouTube Via: Vice:

Keystone Oil Pipeline Leaks in South Dakota

November 16th, 2017

Via: Reuters: TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) shut part of its Keystone oil pipeline system after a 5,000-barrel leak in South Dakota, the company said on Thursday, four days before neighboring Nebraska was set to decide on the company’s long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. Opponents of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline seized on the spill, saying it highlighted […]

Hive: CIA Infrastructure to Control Its Malware

November 9th, 2017

Via: Wikileaks: Today, 9 November 2017, WikiLeaks publishes the source code and development logs to Hive, a major component of the CIA infrastructure to control its malware. Hive solves a critical problem for the malware operators at the CIA. Even the most sophisticated malware implant on a target computer is useless if there is no […]

DoD Plans Solar-Storm-Based National Blackout Drill During Antifa Protests In November

October 27th, 2017

Via: ZeroHedge: According to The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL), elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will simulate a “communications interoperability” training exercise across the United States on November 04-06. The announcement released on October 24 has not been widely distributed to the media, because the drill is simulating a total grid […]

Fukushima Operator Can Restart Reactors at World’s Biggest Nuclear Power Plant

October 5th, 2017

Via: Guardian: The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been given initial approval to restart reactors at another atomic facility, marking the first step towards the firm’s return to nuclear power generation more than six years after the March 2011 triple meltdown. Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved an application from […]

With Widespread Power Failures, Puerto Rico Is Cash Only

October 1st, 2017

Via: New York Times: Juan Jimenez squinted into the dark lobby of his bank early Friday, thinking about the paycheck sitting in his account, just behind the locked doors. If only he could get to it. With power failures and communications outages still widespread nine days after Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico has become […]

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

September 22nd, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. … The Michigan operation is only one small part of Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company. But it illuminates how Nestlé has come to dominate a controversial industry, spring by […]

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