[[ Check out my Wordpress blog Context/Earth for environmental and energy topics tied together in a semantic web framework ]]

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Carrion Eaters

The HuffPo offers a good bunch of regular contributors, but one fellow who has somehow captured the energy pundit role there continues to spout nonsense couched as a mix of libertarian and progressive idealism. In his latest post, the commodities trader and HuffPoster Raymond Learsy somehow managed to say glowing words about free energy huckster Sean McCarthy of Steorn1, vulture capitalist Vinod Khosla, and SilVal libertarian TJ Rodgers. Which means he said basically nothing.

Fascinating how the hucksters group together; in an attached comment on the Learsy HuffPost, who else do we see chime in but an employee from Magnetic Power Inc., purveyors of "zero-point energy".
Magnetic Power, Inc. (MPI) applauds Steorn. We are also developing magnetic devices which deliver electric power without fuel, and without breaking the basic laws of physics. MPI is glad to see that Steorn's challenge has already had more than 3,000 volunteers from the scientific community offer to test the device.
How these vultures detect the carrion remains a mystery to me. You'd think they can synthesize biodiesel off the garbage spewing from Learsy's words. But then again getting something out of nothing remains the (what'cha smokin'?) pipe's dream.

Read TheOilDrum for good info on Kholsa.

1McCarthy a possible hoaxster? From Wikipedia:
A page on Steorn's website titled "Press Coverage" had a non-working link to a news story claiming the discovery in the Guardian on April 1, 2006. The date "April 1" is commonly observed as "April Fool's Day" in many countries, including Ireland and Great Britain, and is often a target date for hoaxes. No such news story from the Guardian exists.


Professor Blogger Big Gav said...

I love zero point energy - its such a great myth - I imagine there will be snake oil salesmen selling it forever.

That said, the conspiracy theory foundations for free energy go pretty deep (even if the physics are bunk).

Steorn are getting plenty of attention - just a glancing note in a post this week got a lot of google hits...

4:09 AM  
Professor Anonymous Tom Fenton said...

Re:"even if the physics are bunk)".

What do you know about Quantum Physics?

How much physics do you know that makes you so sure "zero point energy [is].. such a great myth"

Tom Fenton

4:24 PM  
Professor Blogger WHT said...

Former CBS newsman Tom Fenton checks in!

11:23 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

"Like strange bulldogs sniffing each other's butts, you could sense wariness from both sides"