Letter to ARPA-E

Here is a copy of a letter I wrote to Dr. Arun Majumdar at the ARPA-E requesting funding for LANR, lattice-assisted nuclear reactions.

Also included was a lovely Cold Fusion Now bumper sticker to hitch on his wagon.

Please take 10 minutes and write a letter to support cold fusion research. Write or call your elected representatives and local and national media.

The lack of funding is a travesty, one that we must rectify.
If we don’t get off this petroleum and gas, we’re cooked – literally!

Here’s what I wrote:

Dr. Arun Majumdar
Director, ARPA-E
Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585

Dear Dr. Majumdar,

In researching energy issues and ways to reduce fossil fuel consumption, I was surprised to learn that there exists an extremely promising field of inquiry that gets absolutely no funding from the Department of Energy. I am talking about LANR, lattice-assisted nuclear reactions.

Have you looked at the results coming out of labs worldwide lately? Present success is generating megawatts from 0.3 grams of palladium. Energetics Technologies, based in New Jersey, has produced output energy 25 times the input energy!

Please sir, I beg you, give this research the boost it needs. It was recently assessed that a mere $10 million distributed among various groups working in the US could take this research “to the next level”. If we fail to provide a viable alternative energy beyond the renewables in this country, then someone else will. We are desperately in need of a new source of energy and oil and gas have had a great run, but it’s time to move on now.

In addition, the patent process for LANR technologies, as well as LENR low-energy nuclear reactions, and CANR chemically-assisted nuclear reactions technologies, must be updated. Wouldn’t it be great to have another Internet revolution with all the new energy devices whose fuel is deuterium from seawater?

There is no reason at all why this research isn’t supported. Please give it a chance, and we could have a renaissance in technology.

Thank you very much for your work and efforts.
Sincerely,

Your Name HERE!

The greatest artist in the world, or, “the greatest artist in the world”

“The future of the future is the present.”
Marshall McLuhan

So how can we tell what the present is?

Ask an artist.

The artist is a person who is “expert in training of perception”.

Here are three very different artists on cold fusion.

Artist Chad Scoville www.chadscoville.com, whose recent article Media Dopplers was published on ctheory, chatted with James Martinez on his Cash-flow show, and the conversation veered to cold fusion. (6:25 minutes)

Artist Chad Scoville on cold fusion. by Cold Fusion Now

At one time, he was the “only man alive”. And during the crash of 08, he managed to become the richest man on Earth. Whatever he is, Bob Neveritt, whose juggling can be found at www.bobarchives.com, clued me (back) into cold fusion in 2004. There is so much of Bob on cold fusion, let me just highlight a short clip from an earlier Ca$h Flow visit in October 2008 where Bob relates frictionless energy and the Mayan calendar. (0:27 seconds)
Media ecologist Bob on cold fusion and 2012 by Cold Fusion Now

Sometimes, you just need the condition of music.
Dave Barge is a West LA singer, actor, and director, who can take one minute and eight seconds and put you right in the mood for fusion. If you like this, check out his other gorgeous music on Youtube. (1:09 minutes)

Cold Fusion Now 012 – Dave Barge by Elienation

Free your *ss and your mind will follow

….to mess with the Funkadelic line, for it better describes the idea for today.

Radical changes in environment necessitate a technological change. In other words, if we want to change how we are living, we need a new technology to do it. This is the lesson of Marshall McLuhan.

For all new technologies create environments composed of services and disservices. The technology associated with oil created an environment of services and disservices, many of which carried over from coal and wood, and many of which were new and novel.

Some of the services of the oil environment were gasoline and drives to the beach; mechanics’ shops and drive-in movies. The oil landscape created plastic Space pens and life-saving medical devices. Petroleum increased food production through fertilizers and farm machines. All of these things allowed human populations to expand and live longer.

Some of the disservices include toxic gases, pollution, plastic trash, dead zones, Dick Cheney… There are many more, and it’s productive to inventory with a group to gather lots of unexpected effects.

All of these services and disservices, including the rig workers, Ipod buyers, and those Americans who eat Peruvian cantaloupes in the winter, create the oil environment and this just goes to show how huge and pervasive these technological environments are.

Which makes it all the more unnerving that, with the exception of artists, we only notice these environments when they’ve gone. We don’t generally notice the air we breathe, only when it’s gone. A fish doesn’t know it’s in water – until it’s not.

Technological environments go unnoticed as ambient background. When a figure pops out of the ground, our attention is directed, and en mass, we respond to the novelty, ignoring the ambient environment that spawned that figure.

But that’s where the action is – in the ground. Effects precede causes, and the ambient background is where each new technological revolution is self-organizing as we autonomically shape our institutions with it. We begin to live a new technology before it actually arrives, haltingly, and unaware. Eventually, the structure coalesces, emerging from the background as a figure.

After we notice the figure, it ceases to work on us subconsciously, and becomes obsolete. Visualizing and naming the figure, we believe we have some measure of control. Still, deliberate adjustments to new technology is the norm and can be very disruptive, obliterating the previous technology.

A curious effect of obsolete technology was pointed out by Bob Neveritt and that is when something is obsolete, there’s more of it. Now the natural tendency when hearing that something is obsolete, is to think it gone and disappeared. It turns out, that generally, when something is obsolete, there is, at least initially, more of it!

Consider when CDs came out. CDs made records obsolete. But records continued in popularity for years, increasing in production, until eventually declining (and fulfilling the destiny of all obsolete technology a la McLuhan – becoming art forms in DJ performance.)

Well we face the end of the oil age. Oil is now obsolete. And we know it’s the end for it is clearly visible before us as a figure, a sprawling huge monster consuming more and more of our attention. All of America has been pointing to the petroleum environment throughout the summer, an orgiastic finale to the awareness and visualization of the oil landscape in our communal TV body that began when Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the Whitehouse.

We are drowning in oil, we’ve got more than we can use, the dark mess of it polluting the water, and let’s be honest, killing whole generations and species of life on Earth, whose diversity and uniqueness is a treasure among treasures in the universe.

And let’s note this sign of the End of the Oil Age: Matt Simmons has crossed over. A long-time oil insider whose integrity brought controversy, his candor and conviction will be missed.

But the oil environment won’t. And after this peak, after this frenzy of attention, after this crude bath, when our fuel for this environment is no longer economically viable, then the services and disservices of the oil environment will cease to exist as such, and our lives will change.

The obsolescence of oil means cold fusion is already here, coalescing in the ambient environment around us. This is the Mystery landscape of five-bodied media theory. We are structuring the cold fusion economy right now, though unaware of the mechanics of it. Cold fusion is already here and though we can’t see it yet as a figure, attention continues to focus in.

We’ll be stumbling around this mystery landscape for a while longer, and when we’re ready, we can shape a future based on clean energy whose fuel is the deuterium in seawater. We accelerate this process by our attention to it. Every conversation about new energy adds to the reality. Every word you type evokes the focus on the figure.

Talking and typing in the new cold fusion economy. Good or bad, positive or negative is irrelevant. The meme is alive in the Mystery landscape, and we are accelerating it’s process.