Friday, September 13, 2002
1. PERPETUAL MOTION: FAULTY WHEEL BEARING
Yes, it's another one. Inventor Carl Tilley rented the Nashville SuperSpeedway
on Saturday to demonstrate his amazing electric generator. He took a 1981
DeLorean and replaced the engine with a conventional electric motor. The
motor is connected to twelve ordinary 12-volt batteries. Here's the good
part: the motor not only runs the DeLorean, it also runs a generator that
charges the batteries, so the car just keeps going. Can it do that? Well,
not without a good generator. As Tilley explains, "it utilizes the generation
of static electricity rather than cutting magnetic fields which has been
common practice to date." Further details are not available. Eric Krieg,
the relentless foe of perpetual motion quacks at PHACT, the Philadelphia
Association for Critical Thinking, predicted that the DeLorean would suffer
mechanical failure after 25 miles or so. Actually, Tilley stopped the
demonstration at 52 miles, explaining that a wheel bearing had failed.
That happens when you lubricate bearings with snake oil.
2. TERRORISM: ABC SMUGGLES IN A MOCK
NUCLEAR WEAPON - SORT OF.
While the US is spending billions on missile defense, ABC News shipped
a simulated nuclear weapon from Istanbul to New York. The mock bomb contained
15 pounds of depleted uranium. On the Sept. 11 ABC Good Morning America
program, Physicist Tom Cochran of the Natural Resources Defense Council
called it, "A perfect mock-up. It replicates everything but the capability
to explode." Well, not quite. The U-238 in depleted uranium is far less
radioactive than the U-235 in weapons grade uranium, and thus is much
harder to detect. Depleted uranium wouldn't even make a good dirty bomb.
Nevertheless, the ABC stunt demonstrates that a perfect missile defense
would only ensure that anyone planning a nuclear attack would use a simpler
3. RADIATION PROTECTION: PROTECT THE
MOST IMPORTANT PARTS FIRST.
Levi Strauss is introducing a new line of "Dockers" with pockets that
protect your testicles from the radiation produced by a cell phone in
the pocket. If you carry your cell phone in a shielded pocket, however,
expect a sharp reduction in incoming calls. For the latest in protection
devices, you have only to look in the seat pocket on an airliner. There
with the airsickness bag, is a catalog of really cool stuff marketed by
the airline. The latest is a line of expensive wrist watches that contain
Teslar Chips. The ad explains that the Teslar Chip will protect you from
harmful EMF and relieve stress. Should you have any doubt, there are Kirlian
photographs showing increased energy around a finger, induced by the Teslar
chip. Glen Rein, PhD. confirmed that the Teslar Chip increased immune
system components 76%. Dr. Scott Morley, D.Sc.,PhD., MD showed it eliminated
ambient EMF from his patients. I'm reaching for the airsickness bag now.