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March 27, 2005

I get letters, #3

One of the perks of my job editing Earth Island Journal is that my predecessor had — shall we say — a high tolerance for wackjob theories. And thus there are a lot of people out there who see the Journal as a potential venue for their blather, from the essentially benign — like the very nice man who proposes ramped runways as a way of saving lots of jet fuel — to the certifiably insane, who I will not single out because they are insane and thus potentially dangerous.

Somewhere in between, I get a lot of email encouraging me to expose the government's coverup of Cold Fusion research, or the Revolutionary Compressed-Air-Powered Car, or the Chemtrails issue (in which Some Nefarious Person is adding toxic chemicals to jet contrails as a way of achieving some aim or other, described variously as climate control or thought control or genocidal chemical sterilization or just Being Mean.)

But I don't think I've gotten anything before claiming that Science and Government are conspiring to hide a giant source of non-polluting energy which could usher in a new age of sustainable global affluence, and that the entire structure of modern cosmogony is a ruse to keep the people down. So I'm psyched about getting the below-appended: it's going in the kill jar and into my collection.

I think the misspelling of Nicola Tesla's first name is a nice touch, don't you? Likewise the invocation of Galileo and the reference to the Velikovsky Assassination. It just doesn't get any better than this.


Jim McCanney versus Dr. David Morrison, NASA scientist, Ames Research Lab

Date: March 30, 2005
Place: COAST TO COAST AM talk Radio, The George Noory Show
Time: 11 pm Pacific time

by Mark Gaffney

As we stare down the barrel of peak oil, now just over the horizon and bearing down on us harder every day, the likelihood increases of a world economic meltdown. Indeed, as the drama unfolds across the world stage the US colossus seems hell-bent to hasten and deepen the crisis by intervening militarily to protect America’s privileged access to and sacrosanct control over the oil markets.

Today, the economies of India and especially China are expanding rapidly, ballooning world-wide demand for oil, demand that now threatens to overtake production. Oil producers are already pumping full-out. Very little excess capacity remains in the system. Nor is it likely that new supplies can be found and brought on-line in sufficient quantity and in time to avert the coming crunch. New oil discoveries have been declining for many years. At some point, production will fail to keep pace and will begin to lag behind.

On the slippery down side of the supply curve demand will intensify exponentially. So will competition. The likelihood of regional and even world (nuclear?) war(s) fought over oil will increase to the point of near certainty. This grim prospect now looks to be inevitable, unless we can somehow save ourselves by rapidly moving from here to there, that is, away from the petroleum economy to a clean and abundant energy alternative. This is the most urgent issue of our time.

The good news is that such an alternative energy path does exist. In fact, our world came astonishingly close to realizing this alternative future a century ago in the person of Nicolai Tesla. Incredibly, very few people even know it happened.

That brief window of opportunity closed, however, unfortunately for us, and the present reality is that we won’t succeed in making such an energy transition today without an attendant paradigm-shift in science: This in addition to overcoming the bureaucratic barriers and the powerful vested oil interests, not to mention the purblind politicians.

But make no mistake, the answer in the form of superabundant clean electrical energy is all around us. Supplied free and constantly replenished by the sun, it girdles the earth and is there for the taking. But we will never find it if we are not savvy enough to ask the appropriate questions. Success in that case will elude us. The Holy Grail will slip through our fingers a second time, and the result will be the same as if the solution never existed.

As recently as the the era of Galileo in the 17th century, the dominant human institution was the Roman Catholic Church. Today, 400 years later, the world has changed greatly, yet we humans are very much the same. Human nature has changed little, if at all. The contemporary Church, of course, is a dead or dying echo of its former self. The dominant institution today is the scientific stablishment: now manned by an elite priesthood of technocrats, most of them specialists who know more and more about less and less. World class maverick astronomer Halton Arp, who spent a career studying emerging galaxies in the deep ranges of space, compares the lot of them to the medieval Church. Arp has it exactly right. Oh ecce homo: The more things change...

What, then, is holding scientists back from realizing the dream of abundant clean energy?

The answer is a raft of erroneous fundamental assumptions about the natural order, assumptions that are comparable to the religious doctrines of the medieval Church. Today, the public is generally unaware of these assumptions. Indeed, they are so much a part of the fabric of science itself as to be all but invisible to most scientists! This is especially true of the creme de la creme, the Big Bang astronomers and the high-powered physicists, most of whom are so full of their own mathematical hubris and grand theories of all and everything that they wouldn’t know how to interpret raw observational data if it slapped them cold in the face. It’s one thing to examine a world of data and arrive at a hypothesis that explains the data. It’s another to treat assumptions as if they were conclusions, meanwhile, tossing out as junk all of the anomalous material that didn’t know it was supposed to fit the dominant theory. Sad to say, this is the condition of much of modern science, today.

Fortunately, there are a few mavericks around who refuse to give up the fight over the interpretation of the data. Halton Arp is one of these. Jim McCanney, another, has identified several of the erroneous assumptions that are preventing the science community, now locked into the current paradigm, from correctly understanding what the data stream is telling us.

The erroneous assumptions identified by McCanney are, as follows:

1. All of the planets are the same age, having been created together at the birth of the solar system. WRONG!
2. Space is electrically neutral. WRONG!
3. Comets are dirty snowballs. WRONG!
4. The red shift, discovered by Edwin Hubble, is a measure of the expanding universe. WRONG!

None of these assumptions is unblemished. Each is associated with numerous anomalies that the current paradigm cannot explain. Typically, these are simply dismissed out of hand, swept under the carpet. End of story. The hidden assumptions are symptomatic of our current scientific malaise. The dominant paradigm has thus arrived at an impasse. It is simply unable to deliver the urgently needed clean and abundant energy alternative. And our state of emergency underscores the need to get on with the next scientific revolution.

The good news is that such a paradigm shift has been in the works for at least the last quarter century, thanks to the work of Jim McCanney, the originator of a radically new model of our sun, comets, and the solar system.

On March 30 McCanney will present this new perspective in a historic debate with Dr. David Morrison, a chief NASA scientist from the Ames Research Lab. The debate will occur on COAST TO COAST AM live talk radio (starting at 11 pm., pacific time), hosted by George Noory.


The name Velikovsky is ground zero among many other points of contention. Dr Morrison was a former colleague of the late Carl Sagan, and participated in the public assassination of Velikovsky in the 1970s. (See Dr. Morrison’s chapter in the book Scientists Confront Velikovsky, 1977)

Tune in and discover why Velikovsky matters, today, more than ever. The discussion is certain to be lively, and will cover a range of issues. The evening debate will afford a rare look and comparison of two paradigms that could not be in sharper conflict. Morrison will represent the current paradigm, still dominant. Challenger McCanney will represent the next paradigm: what he refers to as the Solar Capacitor Model. McCanney has been an outsider since he was fired from the math and astronomy faculty at Cornell circa 1981. He is to the scientific establishment what Noam Chomsky is to the political establishment.

Tune in and find out what Venus, comets, Tesla, the dust storms of Mars, Jupiter’s big red spot, and earth’s weather all have in common. It is certain to be a head-on clash of irreconcilable world views. One cannot move incrementally from one paradigm to the next. The differences are simply too great. Just as you can't see both foreground and background of a gestalt, at the same moment. The eye must leap. And so must we...

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Maybe this dude lives in Seattle or some other such cloudy location (southern California this winter) and he doesnt realize that many of us see the sun almost every day. Yes the earth is enveloped by a magical energy source. It is visible in the east every morning (exceptions noted).

Posted by: Desert Donkey at March 27, 2005 07:31 PM
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Don't tell me you've never heard of Coast to Coast AM! It's a regular whackjob clearinghouse.

Posted by: Craig at March 27, 2005 07:38 PM
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The problem arises from the fact that neither Morrison nor McCanney can explain, at least not fully, how Luke Skywalker was able to lift his spacecraft from the swamp muck near Yoda's home. Nor do they have a definitive theory on why Larry, Moe & Curly were all so short. And finally, if these guys really know so much, if they're actually cutting edge on the whole paradigm shift thing, then why haven't they been featured on Larry King? Or, at the very least, Geraldo?

When someone can answer these questions at the same time he or she posits a verifiable theory on the nature of the universe (and the meaning of life), I'll sit down and take notes. Until then, I'm going to continue to espouse my own personal view, which is that everything we need to know about Creation can be found in the lyrics to Frank Zappa's classic song "Cosmic Debris."

After all, the question we really need to answer is pretty damn basic. (All you Mystery Men sing along with me here.) Is that a real poncho, or a Sears Poncho?

Posted by: tost at March 27, 2005 07:51 PM
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Chris, nice job. Whatever you do, do not spend your hard earned money and support this trash of a movie

Posted by: The Heretik at March 27, 2005 08:59 PM
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Thanks for the decommendation, Heretik!

Posted by: Chris Clarke at March 27, 2005 09:13 PM
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McCanney has been an outsider since he was fired from the math and astronomy faculty at Cornell circa 1981. He is to the scientific establishment what Noam Chomsky is to the political establishment.

Um, no.

Posted by: the_bone at March 28, 2005 08:19 AM
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If you like this sort of thing, you should read NEXUS magazine - published in Australia, but available in the finer newsstands. It makes great bathroom reading.

Posted by: Dave at March 28, 2005 02:39 PM
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