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Re: starship-design: Re:Food in space

In a message dated 10/14/99 11:57:22 PM, bfranchuk@jetnet.ab.ca writes:

>KellySt@aol.com wrote:
>> Actually the newer computers are usually more reliable and cheaper. 
>> that, you have no choice, they don't make old computers or parts to fix
>>  Military learned that the hard way.
>Part of the idea of an independent community is that you make your own parts

Not possible, even nations here have to trade for supplies and parts.  No way 
a small base or even medium O'Neil, could support a population and industrial 
base to support itself alone.

>> >4) The level of independence. How long can you survive with a 
>> >loss to earth. 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years,35
>> >no
>> >contact needed
>> Without access to Earth supplies, the city infrastructure will crash
>> months to years.
>I am claiming as soon as you get in space you cut all transportation off.
>This is a goal of that takes time to reach.

Obviously impossible.

>> The idea is laughed off by experts.  Everyone is moving to suburbs around
>> cities.  Small towns and downtown's are losing folks.  The whole show
>was out
>> to lunch.  Way below Burkes early work.
>We will know in 50 years, that may not be what happens but is an alternative
>Everybody expects the future to be just like today, but today is already

The after the warming scenarios are based on no supported facts.