The Myth of the Perpetual Motion Machine

A diagram showing Redheffer's machine.

A diagram showing Redheffer’s machine.

History is rife with intriguing stories of conmen and their ploys. The pathetic, but interesting, story of Charles Redheffer is a testament to the fact that smart men will always expose the dumb man (especially when they are as arrogant as Charles Redheffer).

In 1812, Mr. Redheffer arrived in Philadelphia claiming that he had invented a “perpetual motion machine.” He claimed that it required nothing to run. Quickly Redheffer became something of a celebrity in Philadelphia, where he charged the locals to witness his fantastical machine at work.

Redheffer’s downfall in Philadelphia began after he brazenly asked the city to help fund a larger version of the machine. City officials arrived to inspect the machine, but were only allowed to view “through a barred window, as Redheffer was concerned anyone going near the machine might damage it” or, you know, they might discover his fraudulent claims. One of the inspectors’ sons was skeptical of Redheffer’s machine and “noticed that the gears of the perpetual motion machine were worn in the wrong direction if it was really powering the other device.… Read the rest

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A Brief History of disinformation® and Its Sister Labels

History – disinformation® and Formation of TDC Entertainment

TDCFormed in 1997, The Disinformation Company is an independent media company that produces and distributes quality documentary films. The company’s lead brand disinformation® also includes the blog we’ve all come to know and love (or hate) and the Disinformation Books imprint, now operated by Red Wheel/Weiser.

In 2011, we formed True Mind Films. While disinformation® focuses primarily on politics and social activism, True Mind “is dedicated to healthy living, environmental wellness and personal development.” Some of its films include Bee People, How it All Began: The Origins of the Universal Healing Tao and Planeat.

In 2012, a third label was born: Shelter Island, our home for quality documentaries and special interest video that don’t quite fit the mould of disinformation® or True Mind. Releases include Doctors of the Dark Side, Journey of the Universe, and American Jesus.

To unite all of these labels, in 2013 we changed the company’s trading name to TDC Entertainment.… Read the rest

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Dust: The Proof That We Landed On The Moon

In an unapologetic attack on Moon-landing hoax proponents, Popular Science, claims that the proof that we landed on the Moon is the movement of dust behind the lunar rover:

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s lunar landing, which means the Moon hoax theorists are out in full force. And while scientists have refuted the hoaxers most common arguments like how the Apollo flags apparently wave in a vacuum, there’s one interesting way to prove that we did in fact land on the Moon that we don’t see all that often: the movement of dust kicked up by the lunar rover on Apollo 16.

Apollo 16 was the second Apollo mission to take a lunar rover to Moon. In April of 1972, Commander John Young and Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke spent a little more than 20 hours exploring the Moon’s Descartes region. The rover allowed them to cover more ground than they would have been able to on foot, and also gave them a unique off-roading experience.

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Stop Giving Airtime to Crackpots

Here in America, there’s whole political ideologies consisting of crackpots and media pundits whose bread and butter is wingnuttery.

via Slate

English: "The removal of the cracked melt...

“The removal of the cracked melting pot” (1884), painting by Constantin Meunier (1831-1905) Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium (Photo credit: Wikipedia) (CC)

In very welcome news, BBC journalists have been told to stop inviting crackpots on news shows in the name of balance.

Oh, I do so love this. It’s precisely the right thing to do, sorely needed and sorely overdue. In this specific case, back in 2012 the BBC was criticized for news shows inviting on people with fringe views, especially when the science being discussed was solidly understood.

Obviously, the topic most abused in this way was the reality of global warming. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying any attention at all.

But more broadly, most TV news shows do this, especially when they are done with a talk show format.

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Argentinian Journalist Who Went Into Hiding for 4 Years Vindicated by Wikileaks

In this video Luke Rudkowski meets Argentinian journalist Tin Bojanić who was on the run, hiding from government officials for over 4 years. Tin went on the run after unidentified government officials ransacked his house and put a gun to his head when he was working on a story linking Argentinian officials to drug cartels that were running drugs all over the world.

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Punching Stagnant Ideology In The Face With Daniele Bolelli

I’m happy to announce the Gabriel D. Roberts podcast’s second edition features Daniele Bolelli!  We cover an awful lot of ground in this fantastic and thoughtful conversation.  You can download or stream this baddy, so do it!

 

Also check out my book, The Quest For Gnosis, where I speak with Daniele and 19 other luminaries about Gnosis in the modern context.  You’ll love it.

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Resident Discovers Home Was Once Serial Killer’s ‘Torture Chamber’

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This is one of those incidents where it’s better not to know. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

via Phantoms and Monsters

How would you react to the news that your home was once used as a torture chamber by a serial killer?

It sounds like a made-for-TV movie, but instead it’s a real life nightmare for one St. Louis woman. It’s a typical North County ranch house on a tree-lined street.
Catrina McGhaw signed the lease without worry. Her section 8 voucher covered $810 in rent. Until a family member told McGhaw to check out a cold case documentary about serial killers airing on the A&E Network.

McGhaw is living in the same Ferguson, Missouri house serial killer Maury Travis used as a torture chamber. The landlord even gave her the dining room table; the same one from the crime scene photos.

“When she showed us the house, she said you can have this table if you want,” McGhaw said.

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Panopticlick: How Unique – And Trackable – Is Your Browser?

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So, I came across this site run by the EFF that tells you how unique your browser configuration is, which in turn tells you how much information is shared with the sites you visit. Apparently mine is “unique.”

Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.

Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.”

VISIT PANOPTICLICK.

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The Truth About Conspiracy Theories Is That Some Require Considering

Seal of the Islamic State in Iraq and the LevantAs an example of a conspiracy theory that he deems worthy of consideration, Patrick Cockburn writes at The Independent “For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war?”:

The Greeks tell a story against themselves about their tendency to believe in conspiracy theories. They relate how God decided that he would give every nation as a gift a special national characteristic. On the appointed day, representatives of the nations of the world entered the divine presence and were handed their gifts. The Americans received optimism, the French elegance, the British stoicism, the Russians courage, the Iranians cunning, and so on.

The Greek delegation was delayed and arrived late just as the other nations were leaving. God apologised and explained to them that he was sorry but he had already given away the most desirable characteristics and there were none left. The Greeks were enraged and protested furiously, shouting “so you too, God, have joined the plot against us as we always expected you would.

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Abby Martin’s Statement on Downed Malaysian Plane & State Sponsored Militias

Abby Martin remarks on the recent air tragedy in Eastern Ukraine, calling out the insensitivity by international media outlets to politicize the downing of Malaysian passenger airliner and also the state sponsorship of militias worldwide.

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