Click Click Boom!

/it’s a damn shame the Abrams isn’t particularly well suited for killing Taliban in Afghanistan

Obama Says, No Moon For You!

NASA’s moon plan too ambitious, Obama panel says

NASA doesn’t have nearly enough money to meet its goal of putting astronauts back on the moon by 2020 — and it might be the wrong place to go, anyway. That’s one of the harsh messages emerging from a sweeping review of NASA’s human space flight program.

The Human Space Flight Plans Committee, appointed by President Barack Obama and headed by retired aerospace executive Norman Augustine, has been trying to stitch together some kind of plausible strategy for America’s manned space program. The panel has struggled to find options that stay under the current budget and include missions worthy of the cost and effort.

The committee members will meet with administration officials Friday and will report that there is no realistic way to get Americans back on the moon by the target date of 2020, which has been the agency’s goal since President George W. Bush signed off on the “Vision for Space Exploration” in 2004. Landing on the moon by 2020 would require such drastic budgetary maneuvers as de-orbiting the International Space Station — crashing it into the South Pacific — in 2016.

. . .

The “program of record” — NASA’s current strategy — has not fared well in the committee’s review. Former astronaut Sally Ride, a member of the panel, said the gap between NASA’s goals and its current budget totals roughly $50 billion by 2020. If the space station’s life is extended for five years, she said, the current budget would allow for the completion of a heavy-boost moon rocket only in 2028, and that would be without spending money on developing the components of a lunar base.

See also:
Panel Says NASA’s Moon Plans Unlikely
Panel: NASA Moon Mission Plan Unrealistic
Presidential panel concludes NASA can’t afford return to moon by 2020
Presidential panel downplays NASA’s moon options
Reduced budget threatens manned space options
NASA Budget Threatens Manned Missions, Group Says

$50 billion, these assholes can spend a trillion dollars on Democrat pet projects and call it “stimulus”, but they can’t come up with a comparatively paltry $50 billion to go back to the moon? What a crock of [expletive deleted]!

/OBAMA SPENT MORE THAN $50 BILLION BAILING OUT HIS UAW BUDDIES AT GM AND CHRYSLER!

Obama’s Science Advisor On Science

Obama’s Science Czar Said a Born Baby ‘Will Ultimately Develop Into a Human Being’

President Obama’s top science adviser said in a book he co-authored in 1973 that a newborn child “will ultimately develop into a human being” if he or she is properly fed and socialized.

“The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being,” John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote in “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions.”

Holdren co-authored the book with Stanford professors Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich. The book was published by W.H. Freeman and Company.

At the time “Human Ecology” was published, Holdren was a senior research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Paul Ehrlich, currently president of The Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford, is also author of the 1968 bestseller, “The Population Bomb,” a book The Washington Post said “launched the popular movement for zero population growth.”

“Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions” argued that the human race faced dire consequences unless human population growth was stopped.

See also:
Obama Science Advisor: Newborn Baby Not Yet a Human Being
Obama Science Advisor John Holdren Also Said Newborn Baby Net Fully Human
When Is a Human a ‘Human Being’? Ask the White House Science Adviser
Science Czar: Babies Aren’t Human
Media Ignores Extreme Views of Obama Science Czar

Wthis all the scientists in this country to choose from, Is’s pretty scary that Obama would with such strange scientific opinions to be the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Don’t these people vet anyone?

/then again, none of the bizzarre decisions Obama makes surprises me any more

Weekly Watch List

GMCR
HMSY
NVEC
PCLN
SNDA
CERN
QSII
CPSI
DIN
MFE
CRI
CTRN
CUB
MDAS
CMN

Additions:
None.

Subtractions:
None.

Last week, all the major indexes were negative, the Nasdaq slipping 2.3%, the NYSE down 2.2%, the S&P 500 losing 2.5%, and the Dow only trimming 1.9%. Still, even after Thursday’s broad decline on all the indexes, it wasn’t enough to dislodge IBD’s market outlook of market in confirmed uptrend, although it’s hanging on by it’s fingernails. Throughout the holiday shotrtened week, market volume was nowhere to be found, which means institutional sellers were not participating in the week’s downtrend. This week, there are once again two buy candidates GMCR and MFE.

After a phenomenal breakout on April 30 (which I cashed in on),GMCR made it’s first pullback to it’s 10-week line and found support. It’s currently trading at $58.45 and in a buy range anywhere between $51.85, where it tested the 10-week line, and $66.87, 5% above it’s most recent high point of $63.69.

Last Monday, MFE finally broke through it’s $40.99 buy point on excellent volume. It’s currently trading at $41.00 and is in buy range up to $43.03, 5% above the $40.99 buy point.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

233 Years Ago Today

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

It took another seven years of bloody fighting to actually win our independence.

/have a happy, safe holiday and remember how we got here

Weekly Watch List

GMCR
NVEC
SNDA
INT
HMSY
PCLN
CTRN
CERN
CPSI
QSII
CRI
MFE
MDAS
CUB
AAN
TECD
APSG

Additions:
CRI
CTRN
MDAS
TECD

Subtractions:
None

Last week, the markets were down across the board with the Dow down 3%, the S&P
500 down 2.6%, and the Nasdaq down 1.7%. Also, last Monday, IBD changed their market outlook from market in confirmed uptrend to market uptrend under pressure. Like the yellow light on a traffic sidnal, this means you need to proceed with caution, think about booking some profits on winning stocks and think twice before making any new purchases. However, if you’re adventurous, there are three buy candidates this week, SNDA, HMSY, and MFE.

SNDA made it’s first pullback to it’s 10-week line after a March breakout and found support. It’s now in a buy range anywhere between $52.61 and $68.25. SNDA is currently trading at $55.08.

HMSY broke out past a $38.38 buy point last Tuesday and can be bought up to $40.30. HMSY is currently trading at $40.06

MFE is currently trading at $40.26 with a $40.99 buy point. It needs to break out past the buy point on volume before it can be considered for purchase.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

Weekly Watch List

GMCR
INT
SNDA
NVEC
CERN
QSII
HMSY
PCLN
CRI
MFE
AAN
AAP
ROST
CUB
MNRO
CEC
ASIA
EAT
SY

Additions:
AAP
ASIA
CEC
EAT
HMSY
ROST

Subtractions:
EMS
MDAS

Once again, nothing on this week’s watch list is currently within an acceptable technical buy range and that’s just as well. The markets are treading water, looking for a direction and last week, going into a long holiday weekend, market volume was way down. Let’s see where the markets go this week, stay cautious, and be ready to go short or buy index puts if that’s the direction, never fight the tape. As they say, better safe than sorry, patience is a virtue, and all good things come to those who wait.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

Heavy Meddle

This is your government going way too far.

BofA Urged by Regulators to Revamp Board of Directors

Federal officials have pressured Bank of America Corp. to revamp its board by bringing in directors with more banking experience, as regulators place the bank under increasingly heavy government scrutiny.

The move represents unusual influence by the federal government over the workings of a financial institution in which it doesn’t own a stake. It’s particularly significant because many of the bank’s woes stem from its purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co. — an acquisition that was completed after heavy prodding by federal regulators. The Merrill deliberations were the beginning of regulators’ deepening involvement in the Charlotte, N.C., lender’s day-to-day operations.

The moves underscore the balancing act faced by the federal government as it tries to steer the banking sector through its crisis while also involved in a broader pattern of engagement in the operations of individual U.S. banks.

On May 7, a week after the Bank of America board named Walter Massey to replace Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis as chairman, Mr. Massey unveiled a committee to recommend changes to the board’s structure and size. The committee would also oversee the bank’s response to a federal “stress test” that showed the need for $33.9 billion in additional equity.

Prior to those moves, federal banking regulators — the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — had signaled to the bank’s leadership that such steps would be well received by the federal government. Government officials also suggested that the task of reshuffling the board be led by independent directors, and that the board needed more members with banking experience.

See also:
WSJ: Gov’t pressuring Bank of America board change
Pressure is increasing on Bank of America’s Lewis
Regulators urge Bank of America board overhaul
Bank of America Under Pressure

So, after bullying Ken Lewis into buying Merrill Lynch for much more than it was worth, which got Bank of America into financial trouble in the first place, now that same government is trying to tell BofA who can be on their board of directors. Nevermind that Bank of America shareholders just elected the board of directors at their annual meeting on April 29th. The government has absolutely no business sticking it’s nose into the internal affairs of a publicly traded corporation that it owns absolutely no stock in. And I don’t care that the government has loaned Bank of America money either, money that, by the way, Bank of America hopes to repay within a matter of months, that doesn’t make the government a shareholder, entitled to make decisions about who should run the company.

This big brother government interference in the private sector just has to stop and the sooner the better, before Obama and company get more than just there noses into the corporate tent. Hopefully, Bank of America will just say no and not cave in to the government pressure or maybe it will take a shareholder lawsuit to rebuff the nosy camel. In any case, someone needs to put their foot down while there still is something resembling a private sector and free markets.

/seriously, government encroachment like this should scare the [expletive deleted] out of everyone who still believes there is such a thing as capitalism

The Pirates Have A Plan, Does Obama?

U.S. sends more warships to monitor hostage crisis

The United States is sending more warships to monitor a hostage crisis in the Indian Ocean and 450 km off the Somali coast, officials said on Friday.

The guided missile frigate USS Halyburton, with helicopter capabilities, has now joined the guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge in that area, unnamed U.S. defense officials were quoted as saying by CNN.

A third ship, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, which has a large medical facility on board, will be there within a day.

Two days after the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama was attacked by pirates, the ship’s captain Richard Phillips is still being held by the pirates in a lifeboat.

With the rest of the 21 American crew members on board, Maersk Alabama is heading to Kenya under the escort of a U.S. security team, but the pirates in the lifeboat showed no sign of give-in during the standoff with U.S. warships.

Philips tried to escape from the pirates on Thursday night by jumping out of the lifeboat, apparently trying to swim to the USS Bainbridge, which is in communication with the four pirates in the lifeboat.

Some of the kidnappers jumped into the water, recaptured Phillips, and returned him to the lifeboat, according to U.S. officials.

See also:
More Warships Head to Scene of Hostage American Sea Captain
Officials: Navy has amphibious assault ship ready
1st piracy of U.S. ship in 200 years reveals growing, costly threat
Somali Pirates Attack First U.S. Ship in 200 Years, Hostage Attempts Escape
Standoff with Somali pirates shows limits of naval response
US hostage fails in escape bid from Somali pirates
Somali Pirates Foil Escape, Threaten to Kill American Captain
Somali pirates demand $2 million for release of U.S. ship captain
Clinton says Somali pirates’ lifeboat out of gas
USS Boxer (LHD 4)
LHD-4 Boxer
Home – USS BOXER (LHD 4)
USS Halyburton (FFG 40)
USS Halyburton (FFG-40)
USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40)

Okay, that’s a nice show of force, but what are the additional ships going to do, besides monitor the situation? We’ve already telegraphed our unwillingness to use force with a hostage involved by letting this standoff fester for three days now.

U.S. Warship Shadows Somali Pirates With Hostage

With one warship nearby and more on the way, piracy expert Roger Middleton of the London-based think tank Chatham House said the pirates were in “a very, very tight corner.”

They’ve got only one guy, they’ve got nowhere to hide him, they’ve got no way to defend themselves effectively against the military who are on the way and they are hundreds of miles from Somalia,” he said.

Other analysts say the U.S. will be reluctant to use force as long as one of its citizens remains hostage.

And the Somalis are looking to take full advantage of our squeamish hesitation. Tight corner? They’re not only unimpressed by the three U.S. warships surrounding their four comrades, bobbing up and down in a powerless lifeboat, they’re demanding a ransom and going on the offensive!

Somali pirates sail German ship to standoff scene

Somali pirates holding foreign sailors on a hijacked German ship are heading towards a lifeboat where they are holding an American captain hostage. It is thought they intend to use the ship as a shield.

A pirate source told Reuters that the pirates are counting on the fact that the Americans will not destroy the German ship in any attempt to rescue Captain Richard Phillips.

Four heavily armed pirates holding the US Navy captain hostage in a lifeboat far off the Somali coast in the Indian Ocean since Wednesday have been communicating with other pirate gangs who are now sailing a hijacked German ship to the site to avoid being attacked should US warships launch a rescue attempt.

It’s unclear which German ship the pirates are sailing towards the lifeboat. The 20,000 tonne container carrier Hansa Stavanger with 24 crew on board, including five German nationals, was captured on April 4.

. . .

“We are not afraid,” say pirates

Two boats full of heavily-armed fellow pirates have taken up position near lifeboat but are too nervous to come near due to the presence of foreign naval ships including US warships.

“We are not afraid of the Americans,” one of the pirates told Reuters by satellite phone on behalf of the pirates holding Phillips, far off the Somali coast in the Indian Ocean. “We will defend ourselves if attacked.”

See also:
Somali Pirates Send More Ships to Area of Standoff with US
Somali pirates move to aid comrades, hostage recaptured
Enemies of All Mankind: Who Can Stop the Pirates?
Obama And The Pirates

So, let’s recap. Three days ago, we were dealing with four pirate terrorists, holding one hostage, floating in a powerless lifeboat and we did nothing. Now, we’re dealing with lots more pirate terrorists, in more ships and boats, sporting a regular international menagerie of previously captured hostages and we’re still doing nothing other than watching them.

It looks like the pirates’ plan is pretty simple. They’re bringing in more of their hostages to use as human shields while they just motor up to the lifeboat and retrieve their buddies and their newest hostage. Then they’ll sail back to port while several U.S. warships just sit and watch the whole thing.

/does Obama have a plan besides voyeurism?

UPDATE:

FNC is reporting that the pirate controlled German hostage ship has turned back to port, unable to locate the lifeboat.

Pirates on German ship fail to find U.S. standoff

Pirates on a German ship with 24 foreign hostages said on Saturday they had returned to the Somali coast after failing to locate the scene of a standoff involving an American captive on a drifting lifeboat.

Pirates had hoped to use the hijacked 20,000-tonne container vessel, Hansa Stavanger, as a “shield” to reach fellow pirates holding American ship captain Richard Phillips far out in the Indian Ocean. U.S. naval ships are close to the lifeboat.

“We have come back to Haradheere coast. We could not locate the lifeboat,” one pirate on the German ship, who identified himself as Suleiman, told Reuters. “We almost got lost because we could not find the bearing of the lifeboat.”

They’ll surely regroup and try again.

/we’ll see what happens, but this circus has already gone on way too long already

Big Frickin’ Laser Beams, Without The Sharks

Scientists take another stab at nuclear fusion

After more than a decade of work and an investment of $3.5 billion, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say they have created a super laser that will enable them to build a miniature sun within the lab in the next two years.

The U.S. Department of Energy certified the world’s largest laser on Tuesday, an instrument that will test the reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, explore the origins of the universe and seek to create nuclear fusion energy.

Nuclear fusion is the National Ignition Facility’s biggest goal.

By 2010 or 2011, the lab’s scientists hope to achieve ignition – that is, produce the first tiny thermonuclear explosions inside their capsule targets in hopes of ultimately creating a limitless source of fusion energy, the kind of energy that powers the blazing heat of the sun and stars.

“It’s an extremely exciting prospect,” said Edward Moses, director of the laser project. “The search for fusion energy has been a long haul. Some people say it’s better than you can believe, but based on everything we know, the question now is more ‘when,’ not ‘if.’ ”

Researchers have dreamed for more than half a century of tapping the potential of nuclear fusion as a clean, cheap power source. If successful, nuclear fusion energy could be a game-changer for meeting the world’s energy needs. Current nuclear power plants rely on nuclear fission, or the splitting of atoms, a chain reaction that produces large quantities of deadly radioactive waste.

But if this costly experiment at Lawrence Livermore fails, it could kill U.S. fusion research for good. Since the 1950s, scientists have tried different processes to create nuclear fusion but have failed. For all the money spent on research, fusion has yet to power a light bulb.

500 billion watts

The National Ignition Facility is 10 stories tall and three football fields in length, and its 40-foot-tall target chamber is shaped like a golf ball. Nearly 200 powerful laser beams are guided by a switchyard of mirrors to arrive at once at the target chamber. The goal is to ignite a tiny hydrogen fuel pellet and produce a burst of energy of up to 500 billion watts of power.

“This is the first time that we’ve built a laser that is capable of reaching the energy and power conditions that can drive the fusion process,” Moses said. “We’re going to be able to create temperatures inside these small targets of over 100 million degrees. That’s hotter than the center of the sun, and very high pressures and densities are needed for fusion to occur.”

Supporters say fusion holds no risk of a nuclear meltdown and will generate insignificant waste byproducts. But fusion’s prospects have been greeted with skepticism.

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the nuclear physicist who previously headed the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, joked to an audience at an energy conference at Stanford University in 2006 that “I’m going to skip (discussing) fusion because it will probably skip the 21st century.”

The super laser project has been subject to repeated delays and cost overruns since the lab broke ground in 1997. It initially was budgeted at $1.2 billion and scheduled for completion in 2002.

Reliability experiments

Scientists also plan to use the giant laser to conduct experiments to gauge the reliability of the nation’s aging nuclear weapons stockpile. The United States has not deployed any new nuclear weapons in more than 20 years nor conducted an underground nuclear test since 1992.

“Protecting the safety, security and reliability of our nuclear deterrent in a world without nuclear testing is one of the most important things we do,” said Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the National Nuclear [Security] Administration.

Additionally, scientists plan to use the Livermore laser to explore the origins of the universe, including the makeup of stars and planets within and outside our solar system. They will examine how materials behave at temperatures and pressures like those at the center of a star.

But perhaps the most critical use of the laser will be the search for nuclear fusion, lab officials said.

A nuclear fusion demonstration project could be up and running in 10 to 12 years, they say, bringing fusion energy a step closer toward commercialization.

“Now, the science can start in earnest,” LaVera said. “The research really begins.”

See also:
World’s Most Powerful Laser Powers Up
World’s largest laser completed: Nuclear fusion, Death Star battle stations next?
Lawrence Livermore Shows Off Its Fusion Power Laser
Giant Livermore laser project ready
Fusion catches fire
Reinventing Nuclear Power
Countdown to Nuclear Fusion: National Ignition Facility Warms Up
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
National Ignition Facility & Photon Science – The Power of Light
National Ignition Facility
National Nuclear Security Administration
National Nuclear Security Administration

Whether it’s hot or cold, fusion suddenly seems to be all the rage these days. All I can say is bring it on!

/abundant and cheap energy, more, faster, please