Beer is good for you, climate change not so much

Beer, it’s good for what ales you!

An article in the journal “Nutrition” is suggesting that drinking one pint of beer a day is good for your heart and circulation, reduces the risk of heart attacks, reduces kidney- and gall-stones, lowers blood pressure, and even helps protect against cancer.

John had a talk with our resident MD about this, Mark Thoma, and Mark is somewhat skeptical for a few reasons he passed along:

1.  He’s not sure if the methods that they used to test the benefits of alcohol are valid.  The measurements were done relatively immediately.  There’s no indication as to how long the supposed benefits last or if, indeed they do anything to prevent heart attacks.  And extrapolating from the brachial artery in the arm (a large artery) to what happens in the coronaries (much smaller and easier to clog than the brachial) might be risky.

2.  Alcohol has been known to increase HDL (good cholesterol) for a long time.  Two drinks per day for men, and one for women, are known to be beneficial, to a slight degree.  That is, people who drink already, should continue to drink 2 for men 1 for women.  But the benefits of drinking aren’t enough to tell people who don’t drink to start drinking (e.g., men should have 2- 6 oz glasses of wine/day if they’re already drinking).  However, drinking above that may actually have detrimental effects on heart health.

3.  It’s not clear that this journal is peer-reviewed.  Much research in it comes from Croatia and Czechoslovakia.  Not sure how good it is.

Party pooper.

Map of the US once the ice caps melt – buh bye Boston, NYC, Philly, DC…

What definitely isn’t good for your heart is drowning in a sea of former ice caps.

Now, granted, the current talk is about glaciers and ice caps melting, not about them being totally gone (yet).  But still, the amount of melting is setting records and worrying scientists, as is the speed of the melt.  And we’re seeing glaciers melt from the Himalayas to Alaska.

National Geographic has a cool interactive map showing what the various continents would look like if every last bit of ice melted — caps, glaciers, permanent snow, all of it — due to global warming.

The last time the Earth was entirely ice-free was 34 million years ago, in the Eocene era.

First up, here’s North America. It’s hard to tell on some of the cities, they should have zoomed in more, but all of Florida is gone, as is New Orleans and Houston, New York, Philadelphia and possibly even DC (sorry, John).

National Geographic - from interactive map of the continents if all the ice and snow melted

National Geographic – from interactive map of the continents if all the ice and snow melted

And here’s the same map for Europe. London is gone, as is Stockholm and Denmark. Amsterdam, Brussels, Venice, and Baghdad are all underwater too.

climate-change-map-europe

National Geographic – from interactive map of the continents if all the ice and snow melted.


Published professional writer and poet, Becca had a three decade career in technical writing and consulting before selling off most of her possessions in 2006 to go live at an ashram in India for 3 years. She loves literature (especially science fiction), technology and science, progressive politics, cool electronic gadgets, and perfecting Hatch green chile recipes. Fortunately for this last, Becca and her wife currently live in New Mexico. @BeccaMorn

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  • HeartlandLiberal

    And here I thought someone had finally come up with a scientific explanation for my home state of Alabama.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Also, an actual 501c non-profit can still pay its principals generous salaries with handsome benefits.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    If we all put our grandmas in giant hamster wheels, we’d generate more power than any of his scams. :)

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    I know this probably won’t be read, but….

    I found the POWERGENIE most entertaining! I don’t have knowledge about the laws of thermodynamics beyond the rudimentary,but I do know acoustics and electronics. Really, that POWERGENIE thing was a hoot. A ferrite tuning rod? All of the ferrite that I have worked with is extremely dense. Which would make it have a relatively low resonant frequency. It would require a huge coil winding, with a large air gap (not too efficient). Rotten durability, too (very brittle). I suppose you could use a piezoelectric pickup, but you might only get enough power to run a watch. That’s assuming this setup is able to work for more than 5 seconds, which I doubt

    And blowing a horn at it? C’mon, you can’t be serious! Where is the energy going to come from to blow the horn? And who is going to listen to a power plant that will drive them to mental illness simply by turning on a reading lamp?

    I am laughing real hard now. And I’m not laughing with you, Mark Goldes.

    P.S.: Your victims investors want their money back.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I know he’s gone, so my response means nothing… but the point I was trying to make was that making no profit does not mean you are a non-profit. To be considered a 501c organization there are IRS filing requirements, and public disclosure requirements, even if you made no income.

  • donniagw595

    my Aunty
    Allison recently got a nearly new silver Mitsubishi Mirage from only workin parttime
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  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Oh I dunno. When I drink, the men around me seem to become more attractive.

    Fortunately, I always remember that with alcohol-facilitated beef-cake upgrades always comes let-down and regrets.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    And if beggars were horses food would be free.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It was a hoot. I truly think he had no idea who he was going to be dealing with. I’m often daunted by the depth of knowledge, education, and experience expressed by many of the regulars who hang around here.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “and for the creation of copious amounts of urine” Ain’t that the truth! There’s an old joke in S.F that locals tell tourists that what they are smelling in Golden Gate Park is actually Eucalyptus.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    You nailed it: water will become the new gold and oil. It’s already beginning to happen in CA.

  • cole3244

    if mother earth had a choice roaches & sharks would be the pick over man, i agree.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    brilliant!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    So true!

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Diluting one’s wine was also considered a mark of civilized behavior, and anyone who didn’t do it was considered a barbarian.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Agreed. In the days before water purification, beer was superior to dysentery or cholera, but calling it “good for you” is a stretch. The vast majority of modern beers don’t even come close to reaching anything measuring “nutrition” though. Especially American-made beers that are universally pitiful. They exist to offer a quick way to the deleterious effects of alcohol, and for the creation of copious amounts of urine, and not as a beverage to actually be enjoyed.

    The amounts they speak of in these kind of studies though is not an amount that anyone should be getting drunk. If you’re drunk, you’ve poisoned yourself, and defeated the point of the positive effects. Which is why they also say there’s not enough benefit to be gained for a non-drinker to suddenly take up drinking just because of the results of the study.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “hyrdrinos” —- I saw my little nephew produce a few of those in a bathtub once.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    This has to be one of the most funny posts in a while. I can’t stop laughing.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    LOL! Bill, you might have mentioned that the world’s longest straw inserted into the Methane layers of the polar bed will produce enough energy to run every Starbucks in the world at half the cost of fossil fuels. :-)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The cracked-pot theory of thermodynamics does indeed produce hot air.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yes. It’s also possible you might need to change the Disqus commenting order from “most popular” to “newest first”. It’s near the top of the commenting section.

    I’d agree — you might want to work on condensing that 2nd Law explanation a bit. As you can see, most of us here already have a decent grasp of legitimate science. When I’ve done teaching and tutoring in the past, I’ve generally found that the concept of entropy works really well to explain why perpetual motion machines — in all their many variations — will never work.

    That, and the old “you can’t cool off the outdoors by pointing an air conditioner in the opposite direction” analogy.

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    Sorry, Bill! I would like to explain, but it’s a military matter. (War Against Flimflam.)

  • fletcher

    Then you can jump right to the flip side of Burt’s record: “Let’s Do Something Cheap and Superficial.” Which is what usually occurs after a night at a bar.

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    Thanks. Yes. People read comments from top to bottom, right? So the challenge is write a sufficiently clear explanation of the Second Law that a person who has just read it will be able to see the fraudulence of Goldes’ make-believe engine strictly ambient heat engine. I know I haven’t succeeded yet.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    It doesn’t seem to work both ways.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    But the boys get more desperate at closing time. That’s the reason for sidewalk sales.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    No, I think we just had a visit from the real deal, because he did respond with actual communication when I pointed out his javascript was broken. However, his standard tactic is to cut and paste from the same remarks over and over. Out of some 600-odd posts I just scanned through, it looks like he posts the same half dozen snippets repeatedly, with original content sometimes in the introductory sentence, in closing, or when replying directly to someone like us who calls him on his BS “science” <– scare-quotes used on purpose.

    Seems pretty clear he's ramping up his scam-machine by trying to use Disqus comments and is hitting lots of sites that have climate change stories on them.

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    Anyone who reveals the truth about Mark Goldes’ forty year career in flimflam will be accused by Goldes of “telling lies.” But Goldes is the one who has posted thousands of comments declaring that he is developing “protoypes” – when all he has ever developed is one elaborate pretense after another.

    The 1976 Popular Science article says that SunWind provided “financial and technical advice” to the Amicks – not any parts, at all. But no matter whether SunWind provided parts or not, the Amick “Windmobile” was not a road-worthy vehicle, could not be street-legal, and was not at all “production-ready.” Goldes’ pretense in 1976 and later was that he had already developed a road-worthy windmobile that could be street-legal and could be put in production within a year. Goldes never developed any road-worthy windmobile or put one in production.

    Neither Goldes’ defunct company Room Temperature Superconductors Inc, nor his company Chava Energy, have ever produced any superconductor at all. Goldes’ remarks about research grants and samples reflect a pretense that never ends.

    There is no science whatever behind what Goldes calls “fractional hydrogen,” which is based on the totally fictional notion that what we know to be the hydrogen ground state is not the lowest state, after all – even though the fictional “even lower” state has never been observed, and is entirely ruled out by quantum physics.

    Chavascience is nothing but a repackaging of the same worthless
    pseudoscience that Goldes has taken as his specialty for decades.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I think you missed the fact our long-time friend, BillfromDover was being ironic in his remarks.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Good response — but I think you meant this to be in reply to the post below this one, yes, the one from the now banned Mark Goldes?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Thanks Mod4.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Why does this not surprise me?

  • fletcher

    But the girls all get prettier at closing time. Burt Reynolds said so in a 1980s country song of the same name. ;)

  • BillFromDover

    Who would ever imbibe in something linked to a shipwreck when Bud is available in 30-packs?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrEqIpi6sg Moderator4

    He has been banned, BillFromDover.

  • nicho

    No, that’s not true. I drank five beers last night and it didn’t make me find women sexually appealing. A lot of the men got much hotter, though.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrEqIpi6sg Moderator4

    He is out of here, BeccaM.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrEqIpi6sg Moderator4

    Mark Goldes, you are banned. Good-bye.

  • nicho

    For their next project, they’re going to turn straw into gold.

  • BillFromDover

    I suppose the cockroaches and sharks have waited long enough?

    Perhaps it is their turn to discover capitalism, thereby destroying darkness and water?

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    Mark Goldes, starting in the mid-seventies, engaged for several years in the pretense that his company SunWind Ltd was developing a nearly production-ready, road-worthy, wind-powered “windmobile,” based on the windmobile invented by James Amick; and that therefore SunWind would be a wonderful investment opportunity.

    After SunWind “dried up” in 1983, Goldes embarked on the long-running pretense that his company Room Temperature Superconductors Inc was developing room-temperature superconductors; and that therefore Room Temperature Superconductors Inc would be a wonderful investment opportunity. He continues the pretense that the company developed something useful, even to this day.

    And then Goldes embarked on the pretense that his company Magnetic Power Inc was developing “NO FUEL ENGINES” based on “Virtual Photon Flux;” and then, on the pretense that MPI was developing horn-powered “NO FUEL ENGINES” based on the resonance of magnetized tuning-rods; and then, on the pretense that his company Chava Energy was developing water-fueled engines based on “collapsing hydrogen orbitals” (which are ruled out by quantum physics); and then, on the pretense that he was developing ambient-heat-powered “NO FUEL ENGINES” (which are ruled out by the Second Law of Thermodynamics).

    Goldes’ forty-year career of “revolutionary invention” pretense has nothing to do with science, but only with pseudoscience and pseudophysics – his lifelong stock-in-trade.

    I have spent months investigating the career of Mark Goldes, Aesop Institute’s Perpetual Scam Machine.

    1976: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims to have developed a nearly production-ready, road-worthy, wind-propelled, wind-rechargeable “windmobile” that could reach 60 mph. Goldes has never developed any roadworthy windmobile.

    1998: Goldes fools the gullible US Air Force with his “room temperature superconductor” scam, receiving over four hundred thousand dollars in “Innovative Research” grants. Goldes has never produced any superconductor.

    2005: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his company, MPI, is developing “Magnetic Power Modules” based on “Virtual Photon Flux.”

    2008: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that “MPI is also developing breakthrough magnetic energy technologies including POWERGENIE (Power Generation of Electricity by Nondestructive Interference of Energy).” The basic idea of POWERGENIE is to generate electricity from sound energy, by blowing a horn at a magnetized tuning rod. Goldes claims to have “run an electric car for more than 4,800 miles with no need to plug-in.” According to Goldes, “[MPI] Revenues from licenses and Joint Ventures are conservatively projected to exceed $1 billion annually by 2012.”

    2009: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his latest scamporation, Chava Energy, “has been developing enhanced theoretical and practical paths that lead towards commercialization of energy conversion systems that utilize hydrinos.” He now claims to be “developing a Self Powered Internal Combustion Engine – SPICE(tm) powered by hydrinos.” (“Hydrinos” are pure fiction and do not exist.)

    “For over 20 years Mark Goldes has claimed his company MPI has been developing machines that generate energy for free. In over 20 years his company has not presented one shred of evidence that they can build such machines…

    “For the past five years Mark Goldes has been promising generators ‘next year.’ He has never delivered. Like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ there will always be jam tomorrow, but never jam today.”

    – Penny Gruber, December 2008

    – Gruber’s comment was written almost five years ago – but it’s just as true today – except that MPI, Goldes’ corporation that he claimed would bring in one billion dollars in revenue from his horn-powered generator in 2012, is now defunct, having never produced any “Magnetic Power Modules” – just as his company called “Room Temperature Superconductors Inc” is also now defunct, having never produced any “room temperature superconductors.” Evidently there’s a limit to how many years in a row the same company can claim it will finally have something to demonstrate “next year.” Now Goldes has a new scamporation, Chava Energy.

    Goldes’ current favorite scam is an engine that would run on ambient heat only – which is ruled out by the Second Law of Thermodynamics. But of course, the laws of physics always make an exception for the scams of Mark Goldes.

    Mark Goldes is a textbook-ready example of a highly talented con artist who clearly takes pleasure in fooling people with his ludicrous claims, artfully peppered with pseudoscientific rubbish.

    Let’s look at just one example of Goldes’ offerings in “revolutionary new technology:”

    Most Ludicrous Scamvention: Mark Goldes’ “POWERGENIE”

    One of the most laughable of Mark Goldes’ many invention scams is his “POWERGENIE” horn-powered generator. The brilliant idea of this revolutionary breakthrough is to blow a horn at a magnetized tuning rod, designed to resonate at the frequency of the horn, and then collect the electromotive energy produced by the vibrations of the rod.

    I’m not making this up.

    POWERGENIE tuning rod engine explained – from the patent:

    [The device incorporates] “an energy transfer and multiplier element being constructed of a ferromagnetic substance… having a natural resonance, due to a physical structure whose dimensions are directly proportional to the wavelength of the resonance frequency…”

    “In this resonant condition, the rod material functions as a tuned waveguide, or longitudinal resonator, for acoustic energy.”

    “Ferrite rod 800 is driven to acoustic resonance at the second harmonic of its fundamental resonant frequency by acoustic horn 811, resulting in acoustic wave 816 within the rod having two nodal points… Bias magnet 801 produces magnetic flux 802 extending axially through both nodal points developed within rod 800… The sum electromotive force of coils 820 and 821 develops electrical current and power in resistive load 830.”

    – But the patent doesn’t tell us who is going to volunteer to blow the horn at the rod all day. Perhaps it will come with an elephant.

    Goldes claimed in 2008 that this wonderful triumph of human genius would bring his company, Magnetic Power Inc, one billion dollars in annual revenue by 2012. Magnetic Power Inc is now defunct, having never produced any “Magnetic Power Modules” – just as his company called “Room Temperature Superconductors Inc” is also now defunct, having never produced any “room temperature superconductors.”

    Goldes’ make-believe strictly ambient heat engine would be a perpetual motion machine of the second kind, as defined above. Goldes is not developing any such engine; he is merely developing a pretense – as usual.

  • maria

    I get a little nervous any time a hear somebody talk about the nutrition in beer. I’ve had two notorious alcoholics in my family and at family gatherings they would steer the conversation around to how beer was so nutritious that you could live on nothing but, all between guzzling enough cans of beer to justify putting an extra shift at the Budweiser brewery while only picking at the dinner and leaving most of the meat and vegetables on their plate. Both are gone now. My first cousin was told at age 39 that his liver and kidneys were shot, yet despite efforts by his doctors to keep him alive he ignored their pleas to refrain from beer and continued to sneak six-packs on the side. The other died in a car crash while out looking for a place that sold beer at 3:30 a.m. He was 36. So much for living on beer.

  • BillFromDover

    If my grandmother had wheels, she’d still be alive.

    Oh well, at least she’s wasn’t a fairy tale.

  • BillFromDover

    Do ya get the feeling that you are conversing with either a bot or a copy & paste application??

  • BillFromDover

    In more than one way!

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    Why The Second Law of Thermodynamics Rules Out Strictly Ambient Heat Engines

    A block of ice just below the freezing point is far above absolute zero, so it actually contains plenty of heat. Can we take advantage of this to boil a pot of water, by setting it down on a block of ice?

    Expecting an ambient heat engine to do any work, with only one heat reservoir, is exactly equivalent to expecting a teapot to boil water by absorbing heat from a block of ice.

    Both processes are ruled out by the very same law – the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

    An ambient heat engine, with only one heat reservoir, would not merely “circumvent” the Second Law of Thermodynamics – it would actually DISPROVE the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

    An engine that only uses ambient heat would need to be able to DECREASE the entropy of the universe. The Second Law tells us that we can never decrease the entropy of the universe, or of an isolated system.

    As a consequence of this law:

    “It is impossible for any device operating on a cycle to produce net work from a single temperature reservoir; the production of net work requires flow of heat from a hotter reservoir to a colder reservoir.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entropy#Second_law_of_thermodynamics

    In a strictly ambient heat engine there are not two heat reservoirs at different temperatures; no reservoir would be available at any temperature other than the ambient temperature. No matter what cycle we design with this constraint, we will find that the cycle would have to be able to decrease the entropy of the universe in order to do any work.

    The Second Law tells us that we can never build an engine that does some work with heat taken from a heat reservoir, without also transferring some heat to another reservoir at a lower temperature.

    An equivalent statement is that we can’t decrease the total entropy of an isolated system.

    The entropy change differential due to heat transfer to or from a reservoir is inversely related to the temperature at which the transfer occurs. The consequence is that transferring heat INTO a cold reservoir produces a larger GAIN in entropy, than the LOSS of entropy that occurs due to transfer of the same amount of heat FROM a hot reservoir. This noteworthy and remarkable inequality enables a heat engine to use some heat to do some work without violating the Second Law – as long as it can make use of two different heat reservoirs, at different temperatures. The ambient-heat-powered engine only involves a single reservoir, at a single temperature (at any given moment). Use of heat from the single reservoir would reduce the entropy of the reservoir, and with no colder reservoir, the engine has no way to compensate by increasing the entropy anywhere else. Therefore we know for certain that the engine will disappoint us. It will never be able to do any work.

    Flow of heat from a block of ice to lukewarm water would also result in a DECREASE of the total entropy. To repeat, this is because the entropy change differential due to heat transfer to or from a reservoir is inversely related to the temperature at which the transfer occurs. Therefore the LOSS of entropy by the ice would be greater than the GAIN in entropy by the warm water, resulting in an overall decrease in entropy.

    Once again: Expecting an ambient heat engine to do any work, with only one heat reservoir, is exactly equivalent to expecting a teapot to boil water by absorbing heat from a block of ice. Anyone who claims to be developing a “prototype” of such an engine is only developing a pretense, and nothing more.

  • BillFromDover

    Well…….. excuse me!

  • Physicz Headquarterz

    Mark Goldes’ proofless claims regarding his Aesop Institute’s make-believe strictly ambient heat engine do not represent any new technology, or even a new pretense – they merely represent a rather old pretense.

    “Before the establishment of the Second Law, many people who were interested in inventing a perpetual motion machine had tried to circumvent the restrictions of First Law of Thermodynamics by extracting the massive internal energy of the environment as the power of the machine. Such a machine is called a “perpetual motion machine of the second kind”. The second law declared the impossibility of such machines.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_law_of_thermodynamics#Perpetual_motion_of_the_second_kind

    “A perpetual motion machine of the second kind is a machine which spontaneously converts thermal energy into mechanical work. When the thermal energy is equivalent to the work done, this does not violate the law of conservation of energy. However it does violate the more subtle second law of thermodynamics (see also entropy). The signature of a perpetual motion machine of the second kind is that there is only one heat reservoir involved, which is being spontaneously cooled without involving a transfer of heat to a cooler reservoir. This conversion of heat into useful work, without any side effect, is impossible, according to the second law of thermodynamics.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_motion#Classification

    Goldes’ make-believe strictly ambient heat engine would be a perpetual motion machine of the second kind, as defined above. Goldes is not developing any such engine; he is merely developing a pretense – as usual.

    Goldes’ strictly ambient heat engine would not merely “circumvent” the Second Law of Thermodynamics – it would actually DISPROVE the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

    An engine that only uses ambient heat would need to be able to DECREASE the entropy of the universe. The Second Law tells us that we can never decrease the entropy of the universe, or of an isolated system.

    As a consequence of this law:

    “It is impossible for any device operating on a cycle to produce net work from a single temperature reservoir; the production of net work requires flow of heat from a hotter reservoir to a colder reservoir.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entropy#Second_law_of_thermodynamics

    In the make-believe strictly ambient heat engine there are not two heat reservoirs at different temperatures; no reservoir would be available at any temperature other than the ambient temperature. No matter what cycle we design with this constraint, we will find that the cycle would have to be able to decrease the entropy of the universe in order to do any work.

    The formulation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics as a constraint on entropy change is one of the most beautifully simple, and well-established, laws of physics.

    The Second Law tells us that we can never build an engine that does some work with heat taken from a heat reservoir, without also transferring some heat to another reservoir at a lower temperature.

    An equivalent statement is that we can’t decrease the total entropy of an isolated system.

    The entropy change differential due to heat transfer to or from a reservoir is inversely related to the temperature at which the transfer occurs. The consequence is that transferring heat INTO a cold reservoir produces a larger GAIN in entropy, than the LOSS of entropy that occurs due to transfer of the same amount of heat FROM a hot reservoir. This noteworthy and remarkable inequality enables a heat engine to use some heat to do some work without violating the Second Law – as long as it can make use of two different heat reservoirs, at different temperatures. The ambient-heat-powered engine only involves a single reservoir, at a single temperature (at any given moment). When it reduces the entropy of the reservoir by using some of the heat to do work, it has no way to compensate by increasing the entropy anywhere else. Therefore we know for certain that the engine will disappoint us. It will never be able to do any work.

    In Mark Goldes’ patent application for his “POWERGENIE” horn-powered tuning-rod engine, he described the tuning-rod as “an energy transfer and multiplier element.”

    But of course, for the tuning-rod to “multiply” energy, it would need to disprove the law of conservation of energy. (Obviously the Patent Office should never have allowed such a description.)

    Goldes’ use of the term “energy multiplier element” reflects his pretense that the “revolutionary breakthrough” of the amazing “POWERGENIE” could disprove the law of conservation of energy, by presenting the world with a working “energy multiplier.”

    Goldes even claimed in 2008 that the POWERGENIE had been demonstrated already in an electric car, driven 4800 miles by his energy-multiplying horn-powered tuning-rod.

    But it seems that most people, for some reason, had difficulty accepting the notion that the law of conservation of energy could be proven false.

    And Goldes no doubt noticed that the Second Law of Thermodynamics – that “the entropy of an isolated system tends to increase with time and can never decrease” – is much less clear to most people than the conservation of energy.

    So now, after leaving aside the pretense that he could somehow “multiply energy” with a magnetized tuning-rod, Goldes has chosen to focus, instead, on the pretense that he can disprove the Second Law with an engine powered by ambient heat.

    There is no “new science” in any of Goldes’ “revolutionary breakthroughs.” There is only pseudoscience and pretense – and nothing new, at all.

    http://physicsreviewboard.wordpress.com/aesop-institute-s-purely-ambient-heat-engine-is-pure-fraud/

  • Mark Goldes

    A reasonable request. However, the Institute was inactive for a few years and has not yet filed for 2012 as we had zero income last year.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Could you give a link to your IRS Form 990?

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    If Chicago is in danger, we’re all screwed beyond belief. The surface elevation of the Great Lakes is less than 600 feet, and if sea water infiltrates the Great Lakes the drinking water for over 40 million people will be gone, with no possibility for an effective replacement source. There’s no coming back from that.

  • Mark Goldes

    AESOP is a non-profit Institute. Support for what is considered fringe science is always minimal. Cold Fusion is an excellent example. The field is still dismissed by most scientists, in spite of excellent lab work that proves it real by first rate institutions including the U.S. Navy, NASA, SRI, etc.

    Daniel Sheehan at the University of San Diego has illuminated new science with regard to The Second Law of Thermodynamics with respect to refereed journals.

    “The quest, the goal, the holy grail… a source of energy to power modern
    society which is cheap, clean and inexhaustible. …The sources we have …aren’t good enough. Mankind looks farther: …We look for breakthroughs. In ‘non-accepted’ science, a …surprisingly large number of people are hard at work to uncover phenomena that are “known” to be impossible. They are scorned, dismissed, ignored and banished by mainstream science,
    and with a couple of notable exceptions …completely ignored by the popular and science press.” Ed Beardsworth, Ph.D.

    Thanks for the comment re opentracker.

  • perljammer

    Thanks for this, Becca. I was just about to post pretty much the same reply to this guy when I saw yours. I’ll just add that “Aesop” is an apt name for his site, in that it is a rich storehouse of fables.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’ll say this right now: Attempting to direct people from here over to your pseudo-science websites in an effort to scam investment money from the gullible is very much frowned upon. Repeated attempts will likely draw moderator attention.

    We critics are in no way ‘frightened’ by your experiments. (Talk about patronizing, yeesh.) We are merely amused, bemused, and slightly annoyed that you would even attempt to peddle them here, that you believe we’re stupid and foolish enough to be taken in by the mountains of self-referential nonsense you’ve posted.

    Those of us who have made our careers in legitimate, peer-reviewed, scientific-method technology, engineering and science are not fooled by your Gish Gallop — although I must admit to some small admiration for your decades of persistence at it. Skimming rubes, even the federal government, must be rather lucrative.

    p.s. Your opentracker(dot)net javascript on the Aesop site is broken. All over your website.

  • Mark Goldes

    The attack material mentioned above is replete with lies, distortions and half-truths.

    The prototype wind-electric hybrid freeway capable vehicle was the cover story for Popular Science in November, 1976. Our contribution was to provide the technology to convert a racing land yacht by a brilliant inventor who could see that it might prove highway capable.

    The room temperature superconductors were the subject of four successfully completed contracts with the DOD. Fractal Systems independently produced almost 1,000 samples for the Air Force. See http://www.chavaenergy.com for more about Ultraconductors.

    On that same site, read about Zero Point Energy. See http://www.chavascience.com for a bit about fractional Hydrogen which Randell Mills calls hydrinos.

    The AESOP Institute website contains MOVING BEYOND OIL as well as my bio. Both may surprise a few critics who seem to be frightened of an experiment that may prove there are new paths beyond fossil and radioactive fuels.

  • BillFromDover

    I suppose for your theory of the ocean sinking this extra heat, that you missed out on something called Haiyan?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Goodness — did he ever make a big mistake in trying his scam here. lol

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Let us know when this is independently verified.

  • perljammer

    The only successful perpetual machine Mark Goldes has ever developed is
    the Perpetual Scam Machine. See
    http://physicsreviewboard.wordpress.com/category/pseudophysics-and-flimflammers/aesop-institute/

    Mark, how did that wind-powered car work out for you?

    OK, then, how about those room-temperature superconductors?

    Well then, what about the Virtual Photon Flux NO-FUEL ENGINE?

    Or the magnetized tuning rod NO-FUEL ENGINE?

    Or
    the collapsing hydrogen orbitals water-fueled engine? Is that the one
    powered by “hyrdrinos”? Or was that just your buddy Randell Mills? http://scientopia.org/blogs/goodmath/2011/12/29/hydrinos-impressive-free-energy-crackpottery/

  • emjayay

    Trade being almost entirely ocean going in the olden days, and with lack of other transportation modes manufacturing also ending up in harbor cities, most of the historic cites weete on teh ocean waterfrint. And building on what was there, plus the deireability of having the ocean right there, these cities have thrived. ButSo with goloal warming a huge amount of the buildt envirnment .

  • emjayay

    If wishes were horses then beggars would ride,
    If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side.
    If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans
    There would be no need for tinker’s hands!

  • rmthunter

    I hope the estimates aren’t too conservative — the highest point in Chicago is only 700 feet above sea level.

  • rmthunter

    Footnote: Wine was commonly mixed with water in the ancient world to purify the water. Alexander and his soldiers were notorious for drinking undiluted wine — it was considered very reckless.

  • Indigo

    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    If my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a cart.

  • HeartlandLiberal

    Seriously. We are clearing 70% of our lifetime accumulation of library. One of the hardest things to let go was 47 years of National Geographics, in mint condition, with maps. I found a place to donate them to that will send them to schools in Asia, cost me $188 to ship, but I can deduct for the collection on my taxes for the collection. As we have traveled over the years, souvenirs I always come away with and save are maps. You should see the geologic history of the Smokey Mountains, in all its ancient, gnarled, and crushed together splendor. Absolutely fascinating.

  • HeartlandLiberal

    Hmm. So we loose, it looks like, Florida, Alabama, and much of Louisiana and a bit of Mississippi. Having been born and reared in Alabama, I felt it it is perfectly OK for me to ask, “And how is this a bad thing”?

  • Number Six

    This is an absolutely true statement, hinging only on the first word: “IF the engine performs as expected…”
    And if a frog had wings, it could fly…

  • Mark Goldes

    Skepticism is understandable. When the prototype is validated by independent labs and desktop examples become available, the possibility of such engines will be hard to deny.
    See CIRCUMVENTING SECOND LAW on the AESOP Institute website for a perspective that may be of interest to those open minded enough to consider the question. Experiment rules in science. If the engine performs as expected, it may prove to be a perpetual commotion machine.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Nice try, but the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is a bitch. And nice attempt at the old Gish Gallop science-style, but that isn’t going to work either.

    You’ll find entirely too many actual scientist-types here — including more than a few with doctorates in relevant fields — who know better than to give any credence whatsoever to the refrigeration equivalent of a perpetual motion machine.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Of course this is going to happen gradually. Which means that people will steadily be moving inland. Add to that the problem of an increasing population and we have a real problem with resources. While it’s tempting to say that this will bring us more of one resource – water – I doubt it’s going to be drinkable. Or even could be made drinkable economically.

    At the rate we’ve been extracting oil and natural gas from the earth, and ruining some areas in the process (flaming tap water comes to mind), we’re going to have a problem of epic proportions on our hands. Or at least on future humanities’ hands. And I haven’t even mentioned that the increasing heat is going to make it very difficult to grow enough food to feed that larger population.

    Sadly, population control will not be voluntary and it will be painful.

    All of this is directly attributable “be fruitful and multiply”. That policy is fine for a few years, but it eventually catches up with you. I fear that in our zeal to populate the planet, we humans will become extinct.

  • Mark Goldes

    A surprising alternative is being born. It can illuminate a way to transform the energy arena and may help slow or eventually reverse Global Warming.

    “The thermal energy content of the
    atmosphere, ocean, and upper crust is estimated to be more than 10,000 times that of the world’s fossil fuel reserves, making it a potentially inexhaustible reservoir of green energy.” Daniel P. Sheehan University of San Diego

    AESOP Institute is prototyping THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COOLS. This engine will run on the thermal energy content of the atmosphere, a form of solar energy.

    See http://www.aesopinstitute.org to learn more about this hard to believe NO FUEL ENGINE.

    It will exhaust cold air. Think of it as a refrigerator that generates electricity.

    A 24/7 inexpensive power producing alternative to radioactive and fossil fuels.

    The possibility of such an engine is denied by a few scientists who seem to fear experimentation that would prove engines running on atmospheric heat are possible.

    Once validated by independent labs, the prototype will provide an exciting way to slow, and perhaps open a path to other new science. Together they might reverse, Global Warming.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Me too. What always fascinates me about these sea-level rise maps is California’s new inland sea…

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    As usual, maps make me totally geek out.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Do you know the difference between a straight man and a gay man?

    Answer: Five beers.

  • docsterx

    I interviewed those young men who took part in this study. One said: “It only takes one drink to get me drunk. But I can never remember if it’s the 13th or the 14th.”

    Another said, “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up . . . reading.”

    A third said, Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll have another.”

    I warned them that they should watch what they’re drinking. They all left to find a bar with a mirror.

    Please excuse me now, it’s getting chilly and I need to go out to buy a new hat. https://tinyurl.com/99-bottles-of-HIC

  • cole3244

    this study is brought to you by the beer institute of americas, and we all know the corps would never lie to us lol lol lol!!!
    as far as global warming goes man isn’t intelligent enough to heed the obvious warnings, which is a good thing for earth and the other species inhabiting the planet.

  • Tatts

    I’m with Mark Thoma on this. The test is too general. I mean, I refuse to believe that Miller High Life and Coors Light are good for you (or good for anything), so I have to question the methodology until I know exactly what beers they used (foreign beers can be swill too).

    As for me, especially since Troegs Brewing’s Mad Elf holiday ale has recently been released, I will do my part for science. And I’ll switch to Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald porter when the holidays have passed.

  • Indigo

    Nice. That’d be about 500 years into the future, if there is one. With a genuine global war, the population would easily be cut in half and the entire socio-economic system we’re living in would vanish right along with the Atlantic coast. Things could be so different when that Time Wave passes through that even historians in the future won’t really grasp what we’re like now or how immensely selfish we are. We’ll be the demons in their future mythology, the ones that drowned the world.

  • Drew2u

    Okay, now let’s combine those maps with data of warmer oceans creating larger and strong superstorms, typhoons, and hurricanes and update those maps to inland areas that would be safer from coastal flooding.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    The bad news is that my entire family will be underwater. The good news is that my friends in Pine Bluff will suddenly have beachfront property.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Beer, and other similar things, were a mainstay of life, for everyone including children and pregnant women, before water purification was commonplace in the modern era. It can’t be all that bad… but I think much of what we have that is labeled as beer in the modern world, shouldn’t be. People see a study like that and think it’s a license to break out the beer bong and continue to guzzle the fermented cat piss that passes for beer in the US. Get me a Murphy’s, and maybe I’d go along with it.

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