The Northwest Technocrat - October 1944 - Technocracy Incorporated publication
Neither the chemistry of the dollar bill, the structural strength of a balance sheet, the dehydration of debt, nor the horsepower of a ballot can solve America's problems.
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Lektron Submarineship: "EIGHTY knots an hour, in a ship upon which a hurricane would have no more effect than it would have on a healthy fish! - a ship streamlined like a huge Dolphin, and impossible to capsize! This remarkable performance is now possible in Lektron, the torpedo-shaped submarineship which travels 70 percent submerged and knifes through the water at a spectacular rate of speed. Strangely enough, this new ship was born in Mojave Desert, from which source is derived the special pumice stone concrete of which it is made. The radically new construction idea involved in the Lektron is shown in the accompanying pictures. (As it lies on the floor of the desert the framework reminds one of the skeleton of some prehistoric monster.) Because of the strength inherent in the material of the hull this boat reguires none of the usual structural beams and girders. Although but 1 1/4 inch thick, the hull of Lektron has as much strength and is tougher than a 4-inch hull of cement of the kind generally used in ship construction. The Mojave Desert pumice makes a concrete 50 percent lighter than ordinary cement."
"Plexiglas rods 'Piping light.' THE unusual optical properties of some of the new plastics permit designs differing from the traditional forms of direct and indirect lighting fixtures. Wiring and hardware can be concealed, since these plastics can conduct light around graceful curves, or unusual shapes, before its emission from sanded surfaces. One of these white translucent plastics evenly and effectively diffuses light, yet absorbs less than 5 percent of it. It has different opacities and varying light transmission and reflection factors, but all are at least 95 percent efficient."
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