Archive for August, 2014

Too Modest

August 30, 2014

Achievements Section of “Marquis Who’s Who”

August 28, 2014

This is a new section which records the main achievements of a biography. The following are what I consider in retrospect to be my main achievements.”

We have noticed a large discrepancy between these achievements, the CV posted on and the CV provided by the Telesio-Galilei Academy:

The discrepancy consists of these honours:

IBA Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.
 IBC Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century, 2001.
 ABI Five Hundred Leaders of Significance, 2000.
 IBC The First Five Hundred at the New Millennium 2000.
 IBC Outstanding Scientists of the Twentieth Century, (first division).
 IBA and IBC dictionary of International Biography.
 ABI Key Award.
 IBC Millennium Time Capsule Commission.
 IBC Outstanding Intellectuals of the Twentieth Century.
 ABI Deputy Director.
 ABI Universal Award of Accomplishment.
 ABI 2000 Millennium Gold Medal.
 IBC Deputy Director General.
 IBC Advisory Council.
 IBA International Board of Governors.
 ABI International Cultural Diploma.
 ABC International Man of the Year 2000 / 2001.
 IBC Twentieth Century Award.
 ABI Golden Record award.
 IBA International Order of Merit.
 IBA Advisor to the Director General.
 ABI One Thousand Leaders of Influence.
 IBA Outstanding Scholars of the Twentieth Century.
 ABI Order of International Ambassadors.
 ABI Outstanding People, Intellectuals and Scholars of the Twentieth Century.
 ABI Presidential Seal of Honour.
 ABI Man of the year 2000.
 ABI Leading Intellectuals of the World.
 ABI Commemorative Medal of Honor.
 IBC Order of International Fellowship.
 IBC 500 Founders of the Twentieth Century.
 IBC Who’s Who.
 IBC Outstanding Intellectuals of the Twentieth Century.
 IBC International Personality of the Year.
 South Asia Distinguished and Admirable Achievers.
 ABI Order of American Excellence.
 ABI Platinum Record.
 ABI International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.
 ABI Universal Award of Accomplishment.
 IBA International Scientist of the Year.
 IBA International Personality of the Year.
 ABI Gold Record.

Could it be because the IBC, ABI, etc. are all notorious vanity-publishing scams? So why does he still mention his Marquis entries? Marquis is just as worthless as the others, but cheats libraries rather than individuals.



And …?

August 29, 2014

UFT88 was read yesterday at Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia which was established in 1958 by an Act of the State Parliament of Victoria. It is a large university and houses the Australian Synchrotron facility among many other departments. “

Anybody can see what you did there; you implied, by mentioning those details, that the ‘reading’ was some sort of corporate decision. In fact, you do not know who clicked: it could have been a clumsy janitor, an IT guy making a routine test or someone quickly switching from a porn site (our favourite, and backed up by your own data on referring sites).  Even if someone clicked deliberately, you cannot know what they thought. By the way, why do you not permit comments on your blog? If you have so many ardent followers, what do you have to fear? 

“UFT88 immediately refutes the old general relativity as is well known internationally. It should be thoroughly studied in conjunction with UFT99, the five definitive proofs, UFT255 and “Criticisms of the Einstein Field Equation”, UFT264 and “Definitive Refutations of the Einsteinian General Relativity” among several other books and papers. I am gravely concerned as a leading British and American scientist about the way in which the old regime covers up well known refutations.”

You are not a leading scientist anywhere: you are a notorious pseudoscientist. What sort of scientist churns out nonsense, ignores refutations and generally refuses to interact with the bona fide scientific milieu, 

“This is why I advocate that their funding be reduced drastically and redistributed where it is very urgently needed, notably research into energy from spacetime and LENR, and new energy research in general.”

Mentioning perpetual-motion completely and immediately damns you in the eyes of scientists. That is why you are surrounded by crackpots: a stalwart of the German lunatic fringe, someone who thinks that ECE explains the human soul, someone who thinks that perpetual-motion is economically viable and someone who thinks that the Levitron toy is an anti-gravity machine. Oh, have you forgotten the company that you set up with Kellum and Fucilla to develop an anti-gravity machine? Should we post a copy of the contract to remind you?

“I am also gravely concerned about personal attacks on leading scientists and advocate tough new laws to police the internet. I think that these attacks may amount to a security threat.”

We are also concerned about that. We suggest that they should start with Crothers. 

Apology for Recent Posts

August 27, 2014

We must apologize for the fact that our recent posts have been somewhat repetitive. On the other hand, that is the fault of Ron and his crackpot friends. We could spend time (as we have done in the past) on tearing his dodgy mathematics apart, but non-mathematicians would not understand the disproofs and mathematicians do not need to be shown the obvious. The one thing that all can (or should) understand is that perpetual motion and ‘Buck Rogers’ levitation are impossible and that Ron is making British science a laughing-stock. There are plenty of other British nutters making the same sort of pseudoscientific claims of course but they have not been mistakenly awarded the same accolade as Faraday. So we shall continue to hound Ron in our effort to  embarrass HM government and various royal societies into removing that accolade. Never been done before? There has never been a case this extreme before. Have no fear, this story will eventually interest the tabloids, and Ron will then become a greater pariah and public shame than Turner-Thomas. 

Yet Another Pathetic Fallacy

August 27, 2014

” All UFT papers in English and Spanish are in Google Scholar, equivalent to journal publication.”

Rubbish: Google Scholar is the ‘Marquis’ of information retrieval and makes no attempt to filter out pseudoscience. Why else would it reference the ‘works’ of ‘Dr’ Thomas Bearden and ‘Professor’ John Searl? You must remember Bearden: former member of AIAS, patentee of the Motionless Electromagnetic Generator (a perpetual-motion device), the guy whom you smuggled into once-reputable scientific journals by abusing your position as editor. Still cannot recall? Oh yes, you and sewage-Evans and many other AIAs  members published a paper explaining why it works (but of course it doesn’t … because it is a perpetual-motion machine!). How about Searl? An inveterate liar and investment-fraudster who has been conning people for over 60 years using his never-seen levitating perpetual-motion machine. Still cannot remember him? Here is an aide-memoire (click the 5th link):

Check out Searl’s list of ‘recommended websites”; it includes That alone pretty much damns you all as a gang of loony sputniks.

NB For the attention of US Homeland Security. If you should pass this way, take note that the above Mr Searl has made lengthy visits to the USA in the past few years. Mr Searl is a convicted felon (sabotage of electricity supplies). The fact that he was admitted means either a) that he lied on his visa application form or b) your procedures need tightening up.


Another Pathetic Fallacy

August 26, 2014

“Marquis now has a new online method of updating biographies, including an achievements section. I am not allowed to mention Prize nominations, which include many nominations for the Nobel Prize, Milner Prize and Wolf Prize, Priestley Medal and so forth.”

That is because you either a) have no proof of any such nominations or b) the nominations were made by nonentities or other crackpots, Even Marquis has some standards.

“About seventeen of the AIAS Fellows have entries in Marquis, the world’s leading reference vehicle and many congratulations to them! I think that this is my thirtieth Marquis entry.”

Why do you always fail to mention all of the other loonies who are in Marquis? There is your old friend and former AIAS fellow, Bearden, for instance. Not to mention the perpetual-motion/antigravity investment conman, John Searl. You must remember him; there is a link to one of his sites on He returns the ‘compliment’. Searl told Marquis that he had been awarded a BA degree at the age of 14, and the editors believed him! We bet that, if you added a Nobel prize to your CV, they would not even check. Be more daring, like your friend Turner-Thomas: give yourself a knighthood and, being ‘American’, a Congressional Medal of Honour. By the way, do you remember when you claimed that you had been invited to become a member of the American Chemical Society? It transpired that it was part of a campaign: nominators could get a free blanket if the nominee joined (i.e. paid fees). You made it sound as if you had received some sort of special honour.   

Given Away Like Hot Cakes

August 25, 2014

“The copyright holder CISP has given permission to publish this book by Kerry Pendergast open source. “

Translation: Riecansky is glad to be rid of that white elephant, just as he was glad to be rid of the journal.

“I do not want to go ahead without Kerry’s agreement, so do I have his agreement to publish? “

Of course you do; Penderghastly is your creature.

“My autobiography is read an estimated five or six thousand times a year in up to one hundred and seventy one countries because we at AIAS have found a powerful new method of publishing which out powers all but the biggest book sellers of relevance.”

Yes, just like that other ‘best-seller’, the Gideon bible! Free will always beat any price. On the other hand there is the truism, “what doesn’t cost anything, isn’t worth anything”; as Amazon will find to its cost.

“If Alex Hill wishes to arrange for the Autobiography to be translated into Spanish it will certainly get a huge readership. “

Does this mean that Penderghastly will have to write the glowing review of his book in Spanish?

“Kerry’s book is an excellent book from the point of view of a scientific biographer. “

One reviewer has already pointed out that it is repetitive.

“My autobiography is written from the point of view of a reformer.”

Another reviewer has pointed out that it is written from the point of view of a crackpot and bitter academic failure.

“I also give my permission for the Autobiography to be translated into other languages, first and foremost the Welsh language.”

You are giving your permission? Surely that is in the gift of Penderghastly. Oops, forgot: he is your creature.

“I will see if the Welsh Books Council will help with this. “

Yeah right. Don’t hold your breath. On second thoughts, do hold your breath.

“Tony Hibbert’s book on Adelina Patti open source”.

A more logical choice would be a book on the opera singer, Ganna Walska, as she is more closely connected to you. She was once married to Harry Grindell-Matthews, the previous notorious crackpot to die in Craigcefnparc.




August 25, 2014

Since yesterday, the ranking of by has worsened; going from position 11,267,760 to position 16,898,999 (high is bad), and do not get enough traffic to be ranked at all and our ranking has improved slightly from 7,667,742 to 7,662,261. And Ron still has the cheek to report his imaginary scientometrics! We are waiting for him to mention Turner-Thomas again; will he dare to?

What Price Ron’s Scientometrics?

August 24, 2014

Among the websites,, and, any guesses as to which one has the highest ranking according to Well we do of course: is currently at position 11,267,760 (er, high is bad; is in 10th place), does not get enough traffic to be ranked at all and our ranking is 7,667,742. To be fair, has more sites ‘linking-in’ than we do. On the other hand, we would not want that traffic as most of the sites seem to be devoted to perpetual motion and the conman, Tesla. So where does this leave Ron’s claim to celebrity and success for himself and ECE? Pretty much nowhere. We do wish that he would stop playing-out his post-breakdown occupational therapy in public.


August 23, 2014

Non-mathematicians, such as Ron, might like to know that the above symbol signifies the empty set. The empty set might now well be re-defined as that which contains the success of ECE.

“The ECE theory and the work of AIAS have evolved into a new system of physics and the old system completely rejected”

Better known as the ‘shouting down a well’ system, combined with ignoring the echoes that one does not like.

“So there has been a quiet but major revolution in ideas – Alwyn van der Merwe’s post Einstein paradigm shift.”

Not ‘quiet’; non-existent. Merwe got sacked for running a crackpot-friendly journal, just as El-Naschie did.

“The old system has behaved in such a way as to hang on to power, and this is as unscientific as is possible to be. “

Not ‘hanging onto power’: keeping out the enemies of science who inhabit the lunatic fringe.

“I have been monitoring some claims of the old system, notably the wikipedia article, and there has been no interest in it for about six years. The very few referrals I see result in the reader studying ECE theory.”

What a weak ‘straw-man’ argument that is; nobody but an idiot would think that Wikipedia was an arbiter of scientific knowledge.”

“For about six years now there has been no attempt to criticise ECE theory, because Cartan geometry cannot be refuted. “

All of the mistakes were pointed out years ago, and real scientists immediately lost interest. As for the rest, ‘there are none so deaf as those who will not listen’. There is nothing wrong with Cartan geometry; the fault is in those who misuse it.

“The fact that the old system’s referees tried to block genuine science of the highest quality means that they have badly damaged science itself.”

This has been the excuse of crackpots for many generations. In the past, they would simply go away and eventually die. It is unfortunate that the internet and desk-top publishing now permits them to spew their nonsense to all and sundry. They now found their own journals (some more successfully than others) and set up imaginary ‘institutes’ in their own sitting-rooms. Given that large fractions of society are anti-science to begin with, this lunatic ‘cottage industry’ has been a disaster for rational scientific education. 

“So in a historic perspective the post Einstein paradigm shift is a major paradigm shift which caused shock waves of the new but which is now accepted completely. A typical paradigm shift.”

How pathetic that forlorn belief is. Kuhn, by the way, was an idiot who picked out items to support his own prejudices. Only those who get their scientific knowledge from newspapers believe in scientific revolutions.

“If one tried to submit a paper on ECE to the old school they would still reject it, but that censorship has become irrelevant. “

Well, Duh! That would not be censorship, that would be astute editorial gate-keeping. The best is the enemy of the good … and crushes the misbegotten.

“The old system has made itself irrelevant. One can stop armies but not the march of ideas (Victor Hugo).”

The old system is more relevant than ever. Some ideas are worth stopping: Communism, National Socialism, Lysenkoism, Scientology, etc. Hugo was also not very bright; did he not realize that ‘ideas’ (especially the worst ones) have a habit of acquiring their own armies?

“It is now time to consolidate and write textbooks. Two of these are currently in preparation. Over and over again we at AIAS have detected a fundamental lack of scholarship and ability in the old system. So we do not subject ourselves to refereeing by an unscholarly system.”

Of course you don’t. You know that the tripe would not survive any sort of rational examination.

“We let the colleagues decide for themselves. The result has been tens of millions of readings of ECE in up to one hundred and seventy one countries. This is known to great accuracy by careful monitoring of feedback over more than a decade. “

All completely meaningless, because the reasons for the visits are unknown. You are pathetically proud of every direct e-mail that you receive, but there should be thousands of them. A biography of the ‘Einstein’ of ECE should attract dozens of plaudits. In fact, the independent reviewers are scathing, and the only positive review is by the author himself. That fact alone signals that the whole thing is not kosher and is perpetrated by liars and fantasists. 

“The Book of Scientometrics is now well known and archived in the British Library in London from the National Library of Wales. “

Are you not aware that they trawl for, and archive, all sorts of rubbish? Take a close look at some of the other archived sites, and all pride and self-respect will evaporate. The same goes for your fellows in Marquis Who’s Who.

“This amount of interest is difficult to imagine for heavy theoretical physics, but it exists and is a great motivator of course. Congratulations once more to all the AIAS Fellows.”

There is no palpable interest.

“They work voluntarily and part time for the sake of science and not power.”

Ho Ho, as if anybody would pay them to be scientists. In fact, we are continually amazed that some of them hang onto the jobs which they do have. 

“They should really be full professors with tenure, and given the chance to apply for funding. “

Hey, you should start your own university. Oh no. You tried that of course, and got shot down. Clowns really should stick to circuses. 

“The old system locks up all the money, which is why it tries to propagate obsolete dogma. Nothing could possibly be further removed from natural philosophy.”

Kindly stop trolling respectable enterprises. There should be a law against people like you! 

Do as I Say, Not as I Do!

August 12, 2014

” I don’t think that things can be left to a Government which is busily importing monoglots into Welsh speaking areas”

Can things be left to an ‘armiger’ who has imported as many as 4 monoglots into one small village? 

Oh What a Tangled Web …

August 12, 2014

” Citation does not mean that an article is read. The feedback or scientometrics on the other hand is always based on actual readings.”

You really do not think these things through, do you? So what you are saying is that your pre-breakdown chemical work, which is cited – for good or ill – by a fair selection of independent writers, is not actually read.  Meanwhile your worthless post-breakdown work, which is cited only by yourself, is avidly read but never used or commented upon. How do you keep all of your followers under control? How do you prevent them from going off the reservation and daring to mention ECE? 

Some Words to be Eaten

August 12, 2014

Many people read our ‘Mythical Sir Arthur Turner-Thomas’ post yesterday … but some of them may have skipped reading the first comment below that post. It was,

“Should this post be ignored or should it not? Perhaps the person responsible for this libellous post may be made aware of the recent changes within libel law and read the Leveson Inquiry recommendations. It is noted the post is anonymous; clearly this is the work of a cyber stalker, or more specifically a psychotic, worthless, drug influenced member of the music industry, intent on maliciously damaging the reputation of Professor Myron Wynn Evans and a person held in the highest regard. Kindly publish your name and address. The person named may then be served with papers seeking legal redress for these ludicrous accusations.”

Do you see Ron? It is of no use to make legal threats against those who have truth on their side. And how do you explain your post of the 5th March 2011?

“Investigation by the Countess of Wessex’s Office

I am very glad that these fraudsters have been identified, they will not find anything on the blog that is not publicly available. As you can see, even your publicly available e mail address of Celtic Royal Genealogy is not on the blog. I think that CRG is a scholarly site of great merit, and I hope that the UW in Aberystwyth will have the politeness to respond to my recommendation for a personal chair on your behalf. If not I will write to them again by letter. Have these fraudsters been reported to the police?”

Did TT tell you that his ’employer’ was pursuing this? 



Blog on Fire … Again

August 11, 2014

Yesterday our blog received over 120 visitors, and over 200 views. What was the reason? Could it have something to do with this?

This is terribly embarrassing for Ron, given his unwavering support for this unmitigated cad. How long will it be before various authorities take a good hard look at Ron as well?


Complaint Suggestion

August 10, 2014

“There was a visit to from the Local Authority Ombudsman yesterday, presumably to check that I am not a piece of spam served up by with computer chips: the immortal Monte Python’s spam, scam, hacking, spam and chips. I urge all readers to complain to the Ombudsman about Cllr Ioan Richard, so that it becomes clear that he has verbally assaulted several people.”

Oh dear, that is not good news. The Ombudsman will see a conceited, arrogant and vexatious litigant having a long history of using others as catspaws. So just in case the Ombudsman takes no interest, why not complain to a higher authority? Here is the complaint form:

And for the umpteenth time, it is Monty Python, not Monte. And you have still not corrected that glaring error on the aias landing page. Flêr, flêr!


Ron’s Playbook

August 8, 2014

A propos of nothing,  here is a handy guide to the methods of Ron and his ilk,


Sticky Wicket

August 6, 2014

“They have been studied for years at leading places around the world. The MRI Unit at Oxford also visited the site. If others help by complaining then it will weigh against the Councillor. ”

Ron should be much more circumspect about getting involved with the real world. If he becomes involved with an Ombudsman he will presumably have to swear on oath that certain claims are true. To begin with, he has no independent witness to what was supposedly said during that street-level confrontation. Even if he did, how would he prove that he is not a liar? Will he able to get a document from UNCC stating that it endorses his continued use of the title which they accorded him long ago? Imagine also the embarrassment of having to call on Turner-Thomas to prove that he has a knighthood, a Victoria Cross, a George Cross and is a member of an Order usually open only to close friends of the Queen. Above all, how will Ron prove the supposed success of his crackpot theory? Can he name any bona fide academics who use it? We encourage Ron to proceed. Such a debacle is very likely to attract journalists, and the resultant public exposure of Ron’s clownish and undignified  activities might well lead to his Civil List worth being questioned.

Too Modest

August 6, 2014

“Once more he maliciously insinuated that I am “not a professor”. I protest at this mindless harassment. I was appointed a tenured full professor of physics at University of North Carolina Charlotte in 1992, and remained there until I became AIAS Director, then President.”

Well Ron is not there now, and it is unlikely that UNCC would want such a pseudoscientist to taint it with ‘guilt by association’. But Ron seems to have forgotten that he has a professorship which cannot be taken away from him. In 1996, he tried to win a prize from the Gravity Research Foundation (set up by a wealthy, but insane, stock tipster with the aim of developing anti-gravity). No shame there; several well-known ‘names’ (no names, no pack-drill*) also tried to win GRF prizes in their youth. In his application, however, he mentioned that he was Professor Honoris Causa of the Institute for Basic Research.

It is of course a truth universally acknowledged that a single crackpot in possession of a good scam must be in want of an … institute (unless he is already confined in one). So Ron has the AIAS, housed in a cottage in the middle of nowhere. His one-time close collaborator, ‘Dr’ ‘Colonel’ Bearden has his Association of Distinguished American Scientists housed in his ranch-style home in California. Harold Puthoff, pusher of perpetual motion and antigravity (but best known for ‘validating’ Uri Geller) has his  Institute for Advanced Studies, housed in his flat in Texas. Then there is ‘Professor’ Fucilla and his Telesio-Galilei Academy which appears to be based in Switzerland (although its ‘spiritual home’ is at Airport House, Croydon).  Fucilla poached Dunging-Davies from AIAS. And then there is the Institute for Basic Research of Florida.  Want to see the distinguished Director who accorded Ron his permanent professorship? Here he is:

The lunatics are certainly trying hard to take over the asylum. PS: it perhaps goes without saying that Santilli awarded himself his professorship. And who can forget the failed (and illegal) attempt to found the Myron Evans University? Penderghastly among others was in line for a professorial chair there.

Note the interesting connection between Fucilla and Santilli.

*Well, OK, since you insist: S.Hawking


August 4, 2014

” I was asked why in the name of all the gods was I a professor and I replied out of accuracy to look up the Civil List or UNCC records, or D. Sc. records of the University of Wales.”

When one is employed as a professor by a university, one can call oneself a professor. When one leaves the job, one leaves the professorship behind: it is not a qualification and it is not portable. The one exception is where the university is so grateful for past work that it grants emeritus status. You are not currently a professor, Ron, and – in our opinion – never should have been. UNCC was certainly not grateful.

“The D.Sc. is a distinction higher than professor, earned when I was 27, Thesis submitted when I was 26, a world record for modern times.”

Because one of these is a qualification, and the other is merely a job description, it is ludicrous to compare them. As for the DSc, it was from a minor university which was probably trying to make itself look good. We regularly correspond with knighted and/or Nobel-winning scientists. They are notable for their modesty. They do not see science merely as a means for social climbing.

“He called me a liar, which is his way. Take no notice of it, no congratulations for little old me. He called Sir Arthur Edwin Turner-Thomas a fraud and a liar.”

If the cap fits … Turner-Thomas is certainly a mendacious fraud. In fact, his lies are so blatant that it hardly matters whether he is there or not. Would he happen to have his knighthood announcement from the Queen with him? Would he have his Victoria Cross (or George Cross) pinned to his chest? One would have to be mentally ill to perpetrate … or believe  … such outlandish lies.

“The man was not there to defend himself. This is exactly the pattern of a well known troll blog.”

There is no troll blog that mentions these matters.  There is a well-informed anti-pseudoscience blog which keeps track of the silly pretensions-to-knowledge of a minute group of deluded crackpots which hangs on pathetically to the unsustainable belief that accidental clicks on a website are tantamount to unbridled approval of the contents of that website.


August 4, 2014

“The Green Man tried to shut me up by trying to influence the police but failed. He then tried to warn me with a solicitor’s letter. He has not heard of democracy or freedom of speech. So much for people’s rep.”

So who was it who set police on someone who merely sent Ron critical e-mails? Who was it who closed down a legitimate petition just because he did not like it? Surely it could not have been Ron, the champion of direct democracy. But it was! Never forget, folks, that Hitler came to power by clever twisting of the tools of democracy. Interesting fact: dictators always back pseudoscience. Hitler had Horbiger, Schauberger, Coler, etc. Stalin had Lysenko. Even Peron had Richter, the very first fusion fraudster.


Rockets in a Box

August 4, 2014

“Agreed, this can be described by the conventional theory of radiation pressure, improved by ECE theory.”

Can you clowns not read? The photon-rocket is an old idea. Of course, Ron will be baffled by the fact that a massless particle can produce a reaction, but that is another matter. The latest nonsense from NASA is based upon the ungranted Fetta patent. He and an inventor called Shawyer have their own little mutual admiration society: Shawyer cites Fetta and Fetta cites Shawyer. The Shawyer patent was, in fact, granted and this persuaded moronic ‘scientific advisers’  to let the UK government throw considerable amounts of money at Shawyer. His company is now hugely in debt. The important point about the Shawyer and Fetta devices is that the photons are not allowed to escape from a sealed container. That is what makes the devices so ridiculous, and that is why they will  not work. Expecting them to work is, in principle, exactly the same silly idea as expecting a sealed box of resting bees to become lighter if they are stirred into flight.


August 3, 2014

Quantum rocket/ NASA test seems to confirm it works

August 3, 2014

I should think that this engine will find a plausible explanation in ECE theory.”

We view NASA in the same jaundiced way that Ron sees CERN. The difference is that we are right, and Ron is wRONg. NASA appears to be run by ‘suck-it-and-see’ engineers who have more money than sense. Unfair? Consider the facts: it killed 7 people because it did not understand the properties of that new-fangled material … rubber. It launched the Hubble telescope without performing schoolboy-level optical checks and then had to send mission after mission to repair it. NASA once lost a Mars lander because the brilliant staff forgot which units they had chosen to use. Most relevant here is the fact that NASA wasted some $10M on trying to reproduce an effect (claimed by an enamel-expert called Podkletnov) which physicists (such as the knighted Nobel-winning discoverer of graphene) had immediately written-off as an artefact. US space research has always been decidedly dodgy. One of the pre-NASA pioneers was more interested in raising the Devil (literally) than in proper experimentation and blew himself to pieces. Another one thought that rockets would not work in outer space. Things never really progressed until it was taken over by Nazi war criminals* although, to be fair, it is rumored that Von Braun thought that gyroscopes could truly levitate. Moving on. The ‘radiation in a box’ propulsion device is an old bit of nonsense. Goddard (another US rocket pioneer) himself thought for a while that it would work … but then woke up. In his youth he had also thought that various sorts of spinning wheel devices could be propellantless space drives: we know of NASA and Boeing engineers who still believe that. The first patent (never granted) of the ‘radiation-in-box’ type dates from the 60s. As the above article points out, and as we mentioned here over 2 years ago, the UK has its own version, the Emdrive. This is based upon a granted [sic] patent**, which only goes to show just how far British scientific education has fallen. The UK government and others invested £250000 in it. The inventor has triumphantly turned this into  … a £250000 loss! There is a YouTube vid which supposedly shows a working Emdrive. Our humble diagnosis is that a vibrational stick-slip effect causes the apparent thrust. Note to Ron, there is already a theoretical explanation for the Emdrive. But, hey, if you back it you might get a slice of the profits. It would not be the first time that such a thing has happened. We have no doubt that Ron will concoct an ‘explanation’; he uses the pre-Baconian method of Aristotle. That is, hear a tale told by mischievous travellers (‘there is a magnetic island that pulls the iron nails from ships’) and immediately attribute it to ‘moist, dry, hot or cold’. The ECE method is barely one step up.


**Also granted was the Volfson quantum-drive patent, invented by a sh*t engineer (literally!) and backed by ‘Professor’ Fucilla, Ron’s former boss.  Fucilla is also behind Telesio-Galilei, which has Volfson as a member … together with Rodrigues (which is why we have no respect for him) and Dunging-Davies (formerly of AIAS and who also believes in spinning-wheel space-drives). Another interesting connection is that the cheesy Mr Fetta (inventor of the Cannae boondoggle) cites a previous patent applied for by an inventor who uses the same address that was once used by DISC (one of John conman Searl’s companies). What a small crackpot world it is.