Thursday, June 30, 2011

It appears the world has changed

I have been following this story in detail for the past week. I have had to brush up on my nuclear physics. I am in touch with people who are close to this story, and it is getting harder and harder to view this as a complete scam and fraud. Rossi appears to be a bit dodgy, but I think that is a matter of style and personality. There are many skeptics who are complaining about the lack of disclosure of scientific details -- and it is clear that the inventor has no clue about what is going on at the atomic level.

Yet Defkalion seems to have their own boxes to test and are about to submit some to the Greek government for safety approvals. It looks real. If so, as this technology is refined, science fiction applications will become fact. We humans seem to be one lucky species of chimp.

Two short interviews recorded after Defkalion's press conference. from Giacomo Guidi on Vimeo.

He says they already have 5 years of orders....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Nobel Laureate Weighs in on Rossi's Energy Catalyzer

These senior emeritus types tend to be unconstrained by conventional wisdom -- which has both good and bad aspects. Josephson is being pretty fair in his judgements it seems to me.

I, too, have trouble understanding how Rossi's business plans would make sense as a scam.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Unity in the Community, Farrakhan edition

Contradictions continue to evolve.

The Root reports on Farrakhan calling Obama a "murderer".

VIDEO: Minister Farrakhan: "That's a Murderer in the White House"

By: Nsenga Burton | Posted: June 15, 2011

A YouTube video of Minister Louis Farrakhan taking President Obama to task over the war in Afghanistan and the bombing of Libya is making its way around the web. In the video, Farrakhan admonishes the president for turning into someone else. Farrakhan says, "We voted for our brother Barack, a beautiful human being with a sweet heart and now he's an assassin. They turned him into them."

We find it interesting that this video from May is surfacing just as Minister Farrakhan is set to address the United Nations. Nonetheless, the words used to describe the president are brutal. He raises important points like questioning why we're still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan if the intelligence proved false and how a peacemaking mission to Libya turned into bombing mission. We've examined how black leaders romanticize dictators like Quaddafi and this is a major example of it. Perhaps Minister Farrakhan should consider the fact that he's offering support to his brothers in the Middle East and North Africa while tearing down his brother in the White House? If there's a murderer in the White House, then what do you call Quaddafi?

The Root post and youtube video is here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

JFK and the Unspeakable

The book I'm reading.

A mind-blowing summary with many recently disclosed facts, but most importantly, a work with the necessarily broad view of history with which to view the assassination.

This panel discussion is about it:

So maybe humanity isn't doomed

As you may know, I have been following this story with interest and growing excitement. Despite the low odds, I haven't seen anything that smells fishy -- other than the low odds themselves, which is a major caveat. Nevertheless......

From the NextBigFuture blog:

Brian Ahern getting 8 Watts for over four days of operation in a Low Energy Nuclear Process

Brian Ahern replicated the work of Arata where Arata got small amounts of power without adding any power into his cold fusion set up.

Brian Ahern received his PhD in material science from MIT, holds 26 patents and was a senior scientist for 17 years in research and development at USAF Rome Lab at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Brian Ahern is attempting replications of Rossi and Forcardi and he is getting 8 watts of continuous power output (for over four days of operation) from 10 grams of metal nanopowder. The good news is there is no radiation detectable above background levels . It is also worthy to note that there were no precious metals involved the alloy was Zr66%-Ni21%-Cu13%. The Zirconium becomes Zirconium dioxide when it is baked.

An email at vortex where Ahern provides some description of the processes he used that generated 5 watts for a few days

There is an as yet undisclosed spillover catalysts that amplifies the process. The LENR community is directing its attention to this nanoscale opportunity.

So Brian Ahern is getting some success replicating Rossi and Focardi. Brian Ahern plans to make some adjustments to what he is doing to attempt to get the higher power levels that Rossi and Forcardi have claimed to achieved over the last year or so.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Humans Seeking Change on a Changing Planet.

This group in Spain is interesting. One of their posts discusses a "wikiparliament" in formation.

Whatever the outcome, and however provisional the initial steps, it seems a spirit of experimentation and pursuit of radical change is bubbling.

Castells stirring things up in Spain

I guess I better pull "Network Society" off my bookshelf this summer and finally read it!

This is a translation of the conclusions of the speech in Spanish of the sociologist Manuel Castells, professor at Berkeley University (California) and researcher at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), on May 27 at the Plaza of Catalonia – to support the camps around the world and enumerate the conditions necessary to achieve real democratic change.

“Fearful around the world, but united in the Web”

We are in a society where everything needs to be fast, but when we arrive at home we colapse. Therefore we should do what we want to do, like for instances create a new democracy, but slowly. Nobody is in a hurry, we have to make history, there is not need to rush. Others can run, we don’t, because we are advancing systematically. If not we will become the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, running always with the clock. My long experience in social movements, starting with the May of 68 in Paris, where I participated actively, tells me that what we are living here, and in 706 camps more around the world, has substance, has roots, and whatever forms it takes and whatever will happen, this movement will continue. It will attempt to bring profund changes. Precisly because it is a movement of people not of organisations. People are neither created nor destroyed, only transformed. But is not going to be easy. When the powers that be realise what is going on is serious (because for the moment they don’t believe this is serious), they will react. And they will react probably violently because there are too many interests at stake. That is why it is essential that this process be slow and profund to reconstruct democracy. It must also have non-violence as a fundamental principal, which is already expressed and put into practice.

Non-violence is fundamental. What camps are proving all over Spain, is that after 11 days there has been not a single violent incident. And until the police come, there is not going to be violence. To the likely violence from the system, we should propose people use non-violence. To do this, a lot of courage is needed, becauase to reply to violence with violence, is to respond from fear: you are attacked and you defend youself. We will need to help people who would be so scared that would became violent. We should help them to advance towards a superior level of courage, which requires one to overcome fear. Overcome fear from the acceptance of the funtamental fact that fear is a part of life. The only way to overcome fear is by leaving solitud. Fear is a disease caused by loneliness. The only cure is joining others. And without fear and without violence, all is possible. Some days ago, I asked a good friend, and a great neuroscientist, Antoni Damasio: “Do you think it is true that if we overcome fear things would change?” And he replied “Absolutly” because fear is human nature and have to recognize it.

Therefore if now I had to propose a slogan, I would say: Fearful around the world, but united in the Web. United, because together the only thing you can lose is your fear. And if we do it, this may be the start of a new participatory internet based democracy, yet to be invented, which will be born. Thanks for your antention, and we can continue discussing this after the talk.