Friday, June 6, 2008
The nation has suddenly become energy conscious, forcing GM to slash
production of SUVs and dump the Hummer. Why, you may wonder, did it take
so long? Meanwhile, old energy scams are blossoming again. This week, a
reader pointed out, a new web site that sells instructions ($49.95) for
converting your car to run on tap water www.runyourscarwithwater.com. It
uses the car battery to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Are these
the same people who sold George W. Bush on the hydrogen car in 2003?
Predictably, the focus on energy has even brought cold fusion back, with
physicist Yoshiaki Arata at Osaka University claiming to have the
first "real" demonstration of the 1989 Pons and Fleischmann fizzle. Even
the hydrino is back.
BlackLight Power (BLP), founded 17 years ago as HydroCatalysis, announced
last week that the company had successfully tested a prototype power
system that would generate 50 KW of thermal power. BLP anticipates
delivery of the new power system in 12 to 18 months. The BLP process,
(WN 26 Apr 91) , discovered by Randy
Mills, is said to coax hydrogen atoms into a "state below the ground
state," called the "hydrino." There is no independent scientific
confirmation of the hydrino, and BLP has a patent problem. So they have
nothing to sell but bull shit. The company is therefore dependent on
investors with deep pockets and shallow brains.
Texas is a huge textbook market with a major influence on content.
Republican Governor Rick Perry, and Don McLeroy, a dentist who chairs the
State Board of Education, are both creationists. So are 7 of the 15 board
members. And this summer the board will determine the curriculum for the
next decade. Curriculum standards call for teaching the "strengths and
weaknesses" of evolution. The "weaknesses" seen by the creationists are
religious objections. The New York Times quotes McLeroy as saying, "that
little baby born in the manger was the god that created the universe."
A grieving widower told Larry King his wife "held it against her head and
talked all the time," (WN 29 Jan 93) .
That interview set off the great cell phone panic. Now, 15 years later,
Dr. King interviewed three neurosurgeons who said they don't hold cell
phones against their heads. Can microwaves be the cause of mutant strands
of DNA? Dr. King didn't ask, and the neurosurgeons probably didn't know.
The answer: http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/extract/93/3/166 .
In the name of land reform, many of the most productive agricultural
regions of Africa have been divided into tiny farm plots called shambas.
Because of high birth rates, a shamba is hard put to support a single
family. With the best of intentions, 27 immigrant families from Africa
are now being relocated on small plots in Vermont.