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18 May 2019



I like the magnet idea. I have always wondered about that kind of power system. rows of high powered magnets on a central shaft countered by apposing fields. Maybe even in an adjustable cone to reduce the mag. field, or increase it to get desired results.

I have messed with high powered rare earth magnets,, and got the scars to prove it. They explode when they slam together.

Don Bessee

Its coming true and who will do the educating of the dangers of socialism -

These numbers reflect only the views of a single generation, born from the 1980s to the early 2000s and raised at a time when the evils of socialism and Communism did not weigh as heavily on the public consciousness as they had during the Cold War. Yet Millennials now represent the largest generational cohort in the United States, and they will increasingly dominate the electorate. For still-younger generations, to whom that history is even more distant, the numbers will almost certainly be even more pronounced. The ramifications for America’s future politics are troubling.

Nothing other than a horrible failure of education can explain this trend. At every level, institutions of learning neglect to teach the innumerable benefits of free enterprise and the grave perils of collective control, if they teach the history of economics at all. Too many high schools teach their students to despise the market system that enriched America and much of the world. Too many colleges teach that collectivism is the only moral alternative to the market. No wonder rising generations pine for an ideology that has wrought poverty and despair everywhere it has been tried: They don’t know its long record as a gateway to totalitarian government.




Walt, just don't give the Earth Engine people any money. I'd say they're delusional con-men who may or may not believe their own BS.

If I had invented something real that could solve the world's energy needs you can be damned sure I'd not let it see the light of day until I had patents locked down and manufacturing capacity lined up. Spreading the wealth to a handful of entities I knew I'd need to make it real.

A problem they might be having with the PTO... they're allergic to perpetual motion machine inventors, much like Klingons and Tribbles, they just can't get along.


The maven behind Common Core, Coleman is not.

Bill Gates' money paid for it.
Phil Daro was hired to be *the* lead author of the math standards, as his disastrous 1992 Mathematics Frameworks for California Public Schools was the only standards writing experience of any of the folks hired.

At best, Coleman was a minor maven.

Common Core is the result of the collective educational excellence of our Colleges of Education who keep theorizing the bestest ways to teach everyone about life, the universe, and everything and keep ignoring the wretchedness of the results when they're tried.

Common Core is just the latest disaster. Wait until the next time, they'll have learned from their mistakes. Yah, you betcha!

Our mistakes are that we keep thinking they will get it right the next time, and so provide the money and the kids for them to experiment on. Remember, it's for the kids!


No way Gregory.Not my way of investing.

But I can see the concept.

Scott O

The WSJ article is pay-walled and the other link is self serving fluff. The gist of the whole deal is this new push-me pull-you magnet that is 'asymmetrical'. One pole is stronger than the other. Supposedly. Until I can see a nuts and bolts run down on where the 'free' energy is coming from, I call BS on this. I got really suspicious when they used the example of the satellite sling-shotting past a planet. That only provides a temporary boost. Not a constant 24/7 as promised. You don't need to spend a dime putting up a big deal internet page if you have the real stuff.
Bottom line - what does it cost per unit of energy on a year round basis? I've got old Popular Science mags with breathless front page BS about 5 cent a kilowatt solar panels 'just around the corner'. From the 70's.
Now where is that corner?

Bill Tozer

This will get you physics types all up in arms. Suppose gravity does not exist, but it’s really one big electro-magnetic solar system with magnetic and anti-magnetic forces at work. Hmmm? How about thinking outside the box. Issac Newton was old school.

Like saying, “I believe in Free Speech but not Hate Speech” or like saying,”I believe in physics but not gravity.” :)


Not up in arms, Toes. Not Newton, either, this is basic thermodynamics, stated here in the common tongue: You can't win, you can't break even, you can't get out of the game and where ever you go, the game's the same.

The RPM the thing runs at seems to me to be an issue of managing air resistance... higher RPM means higher aerodynamic drag and the thing decays fast enough to notice.

The Estonian Fox

This website has the WSJ article in full, w/o pay-wall:

A separate review of the WSJ article by e-catworld.com, notes that "Only one customer is named in this WSJ article: Shooting Range Industries in North Las Vegas, Nevada - which is owned by an IEC (Industrial Energy Corp.) investor named Mike Halverson. I have tried to get some comment from Shooting Range Industries about how happy they were with the performance of the Earth Engine, but they just referred me back to IEC who have yet to respond to my inquiries."

So no usable information from an independent source.

Bill Tozer

Was is friction? Just asking for a friend.

Don Bessee

Why the 'experts' get it wrong so often -

Ehrlich’s starvation predictions were almost comically bad. And yet, the very same year he conceded the bet, Ehrlich doubled down in another book, with another prediction that would prove untrue: Sure, his timeline had been a little off, he wrote, but “now the population bomb has detonated.” Despite one erroneous prediction after another, Ehrlich amassed an enormous following and received prestigious awards. Simon, meanwhile, became a standard-bearer for scholars who felt that Ehrlich had ignored economic principles. The kind of excessive regulations Ehrlich advocated, the Simon camp argued, would quell the very innovation that had delivered humanity from catastrophe. Both men became luminaries in their respective domains. Both were mistaken.


Tetlock, along with his wife and collaborator, the psychologist Barbara Mellers, ran a team named the Good Judgment Project. Rather than recruit decorated experts, they issued an open call for volunteers. After a simple screening, they invited 3,200 people to start forecasting. Among those, they identified a small group of the foxiest forecasters—bright people with extremely wide-ranging interests and unusually expansive reading habits, but no particular relevant background—and weighted team forecasts toward their predictions. They destroyed the competition.

Tetlock and Mellers found that not only were the best forecasters foxy as individuals, but they tended to have qualities that made them particularly effective collaborators. They were “curious about, well, really everything,” as one of the top forecasters told me. They crossed disciplines, and viewed their teammates as sources for learning, rather than peers to be convinced. When those foxes were later grouped into much smaller teams—12 members each—they became even more accurate. They outperformed—by a lot—a group of experienced intelligence analysts with access to classified data.



Scott O

re the new Perpetual Motion Kontraption - "Mike Halverson, IEC’s largest investor, tested an IEC Earth Engine at his manufacturing facility. The company says it ran for 422 hours"
Wow - that's like almost, FOREVER!
I've seen Italian motorcycles run longer than that.
Turn the page.

Bill Tozer

Education, public style.

“Sanders argued that charter schools and for-profit models are “exacerbating educational segregations.” Furthermore, he insists, “We do not need two schools [sic] systems; we need to invest in our public schools [sic] system.” And how many billions of additional dollars have we thrown at the Education Dept. with nothing to show for it but lower test scores and learning?

His race-based appeal isn’t entirely convincing, however. Amy Wilkins, senior vice president of advocacy at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, says, “Sanders’s call is out of touch — as usual — with what African Americans want. More disturbing, the senator — for personal political gain — would literally lock African-American students into schools that have failed them for generations.”

That’s exactly the point. Sanders and other socialists vehemently oppose any competition for government schools run by the powerful National Education Association. That’s because they want all of America’s children to undergo a centralized indoctrination agenda that will train tomorrow’s Democrat voters.“


Higher Ed reforms. Walter E. Williams


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