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Yes, it's time for another energy scam expose.
Yesterday, someone sent me a link to this YouTube video in which a very stern, and seemingly serious gentleman with an Eastern European or Russian accent talks about and demonstrates his over-unity energy generation device.
Just look at that video -- it's clear that he really has found a way to create "ball lightning" and although he doesn't explain *how*, he assures us that he can extract more energy from this excited mass of quantum particles than it takes to create it.
Indeed, his "Angel" is a very impressive looking box -- complete with wires, tubes, pipes, dubries, kerfuffilators, grottled syncopaters and bilfillar cordwanglers.
And all he needs to turn this prototype into a whole bunch of production generators -- is a little bit of *your* cash.
What could possibly go wrong?
Surely it must work -- after all, it would seem that he has managed to do that which has evaded the best efforts of the world's most skilled scientists -- generate over-unity power *and* create a contained ball of plasma in the process.
And just look at all the
gullible smart people who have watched this video
and left comments expressing their amazement and enthusiasm.
Some of the commenters have even had the good sense to warn the Dr that he is now in mortal danger of being silenced by the nasty "big oil" consortiums.
I fear that this is exactly what would happen if you were to send Dr Chukanov your hard-earned cash. Almost without doubt, the Dr would "disappear" ("big oil strikes again) along with all that cash.
The poor guy!
However, never underestimate the power of a man with "God" on his side!
What do I mean?
Well check out the files he's published on his website.
Okay, enough frivolity -- how about we cast a critical eye over the good Dr's claims.
First thing to ring alarm bells is his website. Complete with its little animated United Nations GIF flag (ie: "look at my credibility") the first thing that strikes you is the publication of details showing how to send money to his bank account.
Also note how generally crappy the site is -- I would have thought that anyone capable of circumventing the laws of thermodynamics would have been smart enough to get a decent website built.
The second alarm rings when we see profligate use of the very trendy term "quantum". You see, very few people understand the finer details of quantum mechanics and the science that surrounds it -- but most people know that it's really cool and the stuff of science-fiction so, if someone was going to create over-unity energy, surely it *must* involve something with the word "quantum" in the title -- right?
The third alarm comes from a little research online. It seems (according to reports) that despite claiming a PhD and several university appointments, Dr Chukanov has never published any peer reviewed papers, according to the INSPEC, ProQuest, and Compendex databases.
But let's face it -- the klaxtons really start wailing when you take a proper look at that ridiculous "Angel" device in the video.
It is obvious that the glowing "ball lightning" is little more than a jar of gas which is being excited by some microwave energy. You can tell that microwave energy is involved by the screening grid clearly seen in the door. Take a look at your own microwave oven and you'll see the very same grid.
This is high-school science -- but boy, doesn't it look impressive to anyone who is just longing to believe that someone with a foreign accent and who claims to have a history of "quantum" science has invented the impossible.
It looks very much to me as if Dr Chuk has taken a regular microwave oven, duct-taped a few extra bits of scrap to each side, added a row of buttons and created little more than a light-show with which to wow the gullible punters.
Unfortunately, looking at the comments, I expect he'll be doing a roaring trade.
P.T. Barnum, you were a visionary!
However, to be fair, there's always the chance that Dr Chuk is just a sadly deluded individual who really does think he's onto something. Perhaps that would be even more tragic than the alternative.
And, while on the issue of debunking the deluded, do you remember Craig Westbrook -- the guy who was pushing an HHO scam under the name "TriAtomic Fuel Cells"?
Well it looks as if he couldn't get that to work so now his YouTube channel has had a bit of a makeover. Just watching his activities over the past few months, it seems he's been exercising a decidedly anti-semitic agenda and dabbling in precious metals trading. Anything to make a buck I guess. But where's all that cool HHO technology we were promised Craig?
It seems that Craig doesn't take too kindly to criticism either. Read what he wrote to this poor critic.
How much return have those early investors seen on their dollars Craig?
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