Indonesia Could Justify Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor Development to Get a Nuclear Navy

In July, 2020, ThorCon and Indonesia’s Defense Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to study developing a 50 MW thorium molten salt reactor (TMSR) for either power generation or marine vehicle propulsion. Indonesia could justify additional costs for a modular molten salt nuclear reactor to get a nuclear navy. Nuclear reactors for a nuclear …

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We Can Stop All Future Potential Pandemics Before They Start

The Moderna COVID Vaccine was created on Jan 13, 2020. This was one month before the first recorded US COVID death. Ten months was mainly spent on trials and statistical proving how effective vaccine was effective. Experts were very certain that the potential vaccines would be safe. Clearly the effectiveness testing and verification should be …

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Bangladesh Matches India’s Per Capita GDP

In 2011, India’s per capita nominal GDP was nearly double (173%) of the per capita GDP of Bangladesh but now Bangladesh has caught up with India’s per capita nominal GDP. India’s purchasing power parity (PPP) GDP per capita of $6,284 is still above Bangladesh’s $5,139. Economists Shoumitro Chatterjee, Pennsylvania State University and Arvind Subramanian, Ashoka …

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Beating Coronavirus With Electronic Quarantines and Contact Tracing

Taiwan and South Korea have had abundant testing of Coronavirus. Taiwan started investigating in December of 2019. Taiwan used social media to monitor the initial reports of an unusual disease. They sent two doctors to investigate in December. Taiwan was monitoring while China’s leaders were still in denial. Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and other Asian …

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Taiwan Reacted on Coronavirus Before China

The first news about a mysterious illness in Wuhan started emerging in December 2019. Taiwan and other Asian countries were impacted by SARS in 2003 acted first. Those countries had measures built and ready and had activation on hair-triggers. China went full Wuhan containment Jan 23 and became open an on alert Jan 20. China’s …

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Global Middle Class Passing 4 Billion in 2020

The global middle class is already the largest segment of demand in the global economy and the global middle class will pass 4 billion people by end 2020 and 5.3 billion people by 2030. The global middle class are households spending $11-110 per day per person in 2011 purchasing power parity, or PPP. The global …

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China Taking Control of the Flow of the Most Important River in Southeast Asia

China is taking control of the flow of Southeast Asia’s most important river through a dam-building spree. The Mekong river starts in China and flows through Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. It feeds 60 million people through its basin and tributaries. China’s Mekong dams could destroy fish stocks and China will manipulate water flows. …

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Almost Static Global Economic Power Rankings From 2010-2030

China passed Japan in 2010 to become the second-largest economy in the world based upon nominal (exchange rate) GDP. China may not pass the United States to become the world’s largest economy until 2030 or later. In 2019, the IMF has China’s economy at 67% of the size of the US economy and 69% if …

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