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The Peak Oil Crisis: Cold Fusion Moves East

Many of us believe that life on this planet is in a lot of trouble. The climate is becoming unstable; there are too many people; oceans are dying, sea levels are rising; and water, food, clean air, and minerals are coming into short supply. For many, the economy refuses to grow fast enough to maintain living standards.

Although appreciated by only a handful, the evidence continues to build that, unless we have reached some kind of a tipping point, there may be a way out of our mounting problems. A few minutes’ reflection should be enough to convince most that a source of unlimited clean, cheap energy just could reverse global warming, provide unlimited water, food, and a better life for all.

While there may be sources of clean cheap energy that as yet we have no idea exist in this universe, for the present, cold fusion or the preferred term Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) looks like the only solution currently extant with the potential to save us. It may not be a stretch to say that either we develop and put into widespread use this technology or it is “game over” for life as we know it.

For the last 25 years, the U.S. government, at the urging of its scientific advisors who unfortunately had, and in some cases still have, axes to grind on the LENR issue, has been denying that the “cold fusion;” or LENR phenomenon, actually exists. According to the government, the anomalous heat that so many have been reporting on since 1989 is only experimental errors or scientific fraud or even wishful thinking. When the U.S. government says there is no such thing as “cold fusion” then naturally most other governments and the mainstream media with minor exceptions say the same.

This position may be changing however. While a few scientists at NASA have been saying that the LENR phenomenon is real for some time, the Department of Energy which reigns supreme in these matters remains pretty firm in its denial despite occasional reviews. Recently, however, we may have seen the beginnings of change when a component of DOE which funds exotic energy R&D efforts said it would entertain proposals to fund LENR experiments. Now this may simply be a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, but it would be nice to believe that at least somewhere in DOE, a few are coming to their senses,

So where are we on this revolutionary and likely disruptive technology? There are dozens of independent laboratories around the world experimenting with low energy nuclear reactions at the lab bench scale, but only three or four saying, and in some cases demonstrating, that they have devices producing enough energy that commercially useful products should be available soon.

Readers of this column know by now that there is a small but devoted blogosphere out there in cyberspace that not only fervently believes that cold fusion is real and someday will save humanity, but follows and comments on developments daily.

For several years, interest has focused on the Italian inventor Andrea Rossi and his E-Cat nuclear device, which many still consider a scam despite numerous validations. Nearly a year ago, Rossi told his cyber space followers that he had partnered with a well-healed American firm that was helping him develop a commercial product. Until last week Rossi’s American partner was a well-kept secret with speculation focusing on industrial giants such as GE or United Technologies who have much to gain if LENR ever becomes a commercial product replacing combustion of fossil fuels as the principal source of heat in the world.

Last week a hint leaked out when one of Rossi’s associates noted in his biography that he was consulting for an obscure hedge fund called Cherokee Investment Partners LLC, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The blogosphere jumped on this clue and within days enough information about Cherokee and its new subsidiary, Industrial Heat LLC, was brought to light to conclude that this organization is indeed Rossi’s new American partner in the development of LENR. Cherokee, which has a capitalization of circa $2 billion and has invested $11.5 in the E-Cat project, has a record of investing in cleaning up polluted properties and funding renewable energy projects.

The most interesting feature of last week’s revelations was that the CEO of Cherokee seems to have relationships with Chinese firms, and recently signed an agreement to setup some sort of facility in China’s Baoding Industrial Development Zone which specializes in developing new forms of energy such as wind and solar. Although Thomas Darden, Cherokee’s CEO, will say nothing about the agreement; he acknowledges talking about Industrial Heat LLC with the Chinese. In discussing the meeting in China, a Chinese web leaves little doubt that nickel-based LENR was discussed and that representatives of the highest levels of Chinese government planning attended the meeting.

Perhaps of even more interest than the Rossi-Cherokee-China disclosure was the announcement by Brillouin Energy, who claim to have the best understanding of the LENR phenomenon, that they have signed a multimillion dollar licensing agreement with an unidentified South Korean firm. Under the agreement, Brillouin would give the Koreans the plans for its “hot tube” steam generating boiler which has been under development at SRI’s labs in California. The deal would allow the Koreans to engineer and build prototypes of Brillouin’s boiler which is intended to provide steam for electricity generation. Brillouin hopes a prototype will be functioning before the end of the year.

If the Chinese and South Koreans latch onto LENR, it will make little difference what the US government, nay-saying physicists, or fossil fuel lobbyists and their friends in the Congress say about the technology — it will come.


  1. It sure would be nice if we could get confirmation from the South Koreans (one of my favorite cultures). I tried translating various strings like “cold fusion” or “Robert George” (the CEO of Brillouin) into Korean and then searching for the Korean string on the Internet, but I had no luck.

  2. For someone who has followed LENR for 25 months, this is a good summary of the current situation.

    • I got you beat, pal; I am on month 27. (:->)

      • You mean you were actually online for the November 2011 announcements? I am SO jealous! :-)

        • I clearly and distinctly remember embarrassing my son almost to death when I told a waitress (a complete stranger) that the world was going to change on October 28th. (:->) But it still took another 19 months until May 2013 upon the release of the Levi, Essen, et. al. report for me to be convinced without a shadow of a doubt.

          • I guess either you didn’t read it very carefully or you just don’t understand the problems with the experiments.

  3. Oh, and Tom Whipple, thank you for your backbone.

  4. Christopher Calder

    I agree with his comments except for the part about our climate becoming “unstable.” Earth climate is inherently unstable because it is always changing. It has never been fixed, and statistically we are having no more hurricanes, droughts, and floods than historically normal. What is normal? “Normal” keeps changing because of nature itself.

    Please Google *Moderating Climate Change Hysteria.*

  5. Tom Whipple, I do NOT share your doom and gloom perspective. I do NOT believe in AGW. But I am still just as excited as a teenaged girl on prom night about the E-Cat and LENR+.

  6. Bernie Koppenhofer

    I have been following Rossi and his LENR tech for over three years. I do not believe Cherokee is Rossi’s new partner. Rossi has made many references to his new partners scientific, research and development expertise. This does not fit with Cherokee’s experience or expertise.

    • AndrewOlson

      Wouldn’t Rossi and/or Cherokee come out and simply deny that they are working together? In this case I think we can infer their partnership.

      • I deny that I am working with General Electric on a billion dollar unicorn project and I also deny that I slept with Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, both at the same time. You’d better believe it then.

  7. Nice Summary but left out a few other significant developments like:

    The Defense Intelligence Agency’s Assessment of LENR dated 13 November 2009
    see here:

    The LENR Patent by The Switzerland-based company ST Microelectronics

    Toyota’s Independent Replication of Mitsubishi LENR Transmutation:

    Just to name a few. Not to mention Defkalion Energy who is currently flying under the radar:

    • I’ll say Defkalion is under the radar! Their office in Vancouver is closed and their web site is dead. Other than that, I suppose they are a vibrant, world class outfit. I wonder where those tests they promised in April 2012 are? You know, the ones by seven of the world’s largest and most famous companies? It was in their forum. Oh whoops… they deleted that. All of it. And then there were all those tests the Greek authorities were doing for Defkalion back in 2011 when Defkalion said they were testing all their powerful, long running reactors… that never saw the light of day. Under the radar indeed.

      • Defkaflion is not under the radar as you claim. They have moved their offices to the same building with their Laboratories in Vancouver with the same telephone numbers. Their web site is being redesigned and will be back on the air Jan. 20, 2014. If you were to bother to call them with the number listed on their website you could reach them.
        Frankly you are a liar.

        • Yikes. I am sure they are very vibrant and loaded with cash, right? And they are making dozens of reactors just as they were in … oh … 2011. Except nobody ever claims that they saw those reactors much less tested them.

          Shirley, you’re a nut case.

        • It is Feb 2 their website is not up you’re lying.

  8. Very nice article.

    I can only wonder how Foggy Bottom will digest and respond to this newest set of developments. Has it reached a point where for the decision makers the circumstances have changed sufficiently to allow for an adjustment of the ties to vested interests?

  9. Has Obama invested any money? That would be a sure sign that this technology is a crash and burn failure.

    • You are really some piece work. 3728 posts of blind hate, bigotry, racism, anti-science, anti-everything. Anyone who wants to know what your average Tea-party racist thinks, just needs to click on your name to find out.

    • Have you attended any Conferences on LENR recently? Have you read any of the papers published on the subject? Have you spoken to researches in the field about their work? Please enlighten us as to what you base your statement crash and burn technology on.

  10. Tom Colbert

    When’s that 100 mpg carburetor coming out too?

  11. Indeed a lot of people believe that Rossi *and* Defkalion are scammers and there are lots of good reasons for that. For openers, both have lied extensively and at length in the past about what they had claimed to have accomplished. Unless you really believe that Defkalion simultaneously tested dozens of tabletop 10 kilowatt fusion reactors in Greece in 2011 and that the Greek authorities created such a hostile environment for them that they had to leave for Canada!

    Rossi’s lies are so extensive they won’t fit in this post and I would hardly know where to begin. How about that he wrote on his blog that he is constructing a million ecat (fusion reactor) per year robotic factory in the United States at the same time he was telling an inspector from the Florida State Nuclear Regulatory Agency that he is not making anything nuclear in the United States?

    As to your unfortunate *current* misconceptions in this piece, Tom:

    – There is no proof that Cherokee is in any way involved with Rossi or his cold fusion claims. If they are, and if they gave him money, they got bamboozled but that is unlikely.

    – Rossi has money but there is no evidence it is from a partner. It could just be from some investors with more money than good sense and diligence.

    – You are taking Brillouin’s word for their anonymous Korean client? REALLY? From a company who has no public records of any credible tests ever? From a company who fails to correct egregious spelling errors in its public release diagrams for more than two years? Classy outfit, that!

    Well, here’s something you can take to the bank. I am breeding a whole new generation of pink, invisible, flying unicorns (PIFU’s) in my garage. They make energy in their flatus from the quantum vacuum by eating zero point energy and processing it into a clear, low sulfur fuel. I have six world famous companies testing the PIFU’s and a giant Nigerian company has given me a seven figure investment. Of course all the companies must stay anonymous because PIFU’s are very fickle and switch loyalties readily. And of course, the US Patent Office won’t grant any patents on them. I have to protect my intellectual property so all the companies signed NDA’s. You don’t believe me? Why not? Or maybe you do!

    • Are Dr. Michael McKubre from SRI, Dr. Peter Hagelstein, Dr. Swartz from MIT, and Dr. Edmund Storms from LANL also liars?

      • Well, let’s see. McKubre gives credence to the Papp engine, “developed” more than 40 years ago by an insane con man. Uhhun… Swartz and Hagelstein putz around with milliwatts. My guess is that it’s measurement error. Whatever it is, it certainly doesn’t support the extravagant claims to kilowatts by Rossi and Defkalion nor the claims to hundreds of watts by Miley and Brillouin. In fact, nothing supports those claims. Not one single properly done, replicated experiment published in a peer review journal and not one single independent confirmation of the technology by a major university department or national lab.

        Are they liars? Only they know the answer to that! I’m not clairvoyant about motives.

        • Your guess is that Swartz and Hagelstein are observing measurement errors. So we are supposed to believe you not even having investigated their apparatus. Sorry to inform you but that’s not how we do science. You claim there are no peer reviewed articles on the theoretical and experimental basis of cold fusion. Another lie by the liar in chief. You wouldn’t make such statements since you claim to have looked at the published literature unless you are lying.
          Here is just one example of a paper by E.N. Tysganov, V.M. Golovatyuk, et al. “Registration of Energy Discharge in D+D —->4He Reaction in Conducting Crystals” . published by ELSEVIER Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. The paper was Received 30 November 2012, Received in revised form 29 December 2012 after review, Accepted 12 January 2013, Available on line 3 April 2013.
          I don’t expect you to read it since you wouldn’t understand it in any case and since your agenda does not include seeking the truth just spreading lies. This conversation is over.

          • Apparently reading comments is not among your many talents. I said nothing supports extravagant claims to kilowatts, etc. etc. (see above). I said NOTHING about peer reviewed articles on the “theoretical and experimental basis of cold fusion”. NOTHING. So you, who are so quick to call others liars are a very lame liar yourself. Or you can’t read. I guess you get to tell us which it is.

            I have no particular opinion about the existence of cold fusion as a phenomenon. I am quite certain that the claims to high power levels from it are bogus. There is a LOT of circumstantial and other evidence for that.

  12. Brad Arnold

    The above link is a primer for those who are interested. Also, Robert Godes of Brillouin Energy Corp seems to think that his competitors don’t have a good handle on the LENR reaction. His company, on the other hand, appears to be in beta testing with SRI on a LENR boiler that can be swapped out for conventional coal-fired boilers. I might add that his company has a Chinese patient on this technology, and a South Korean firm just made a big investment with his company.

    The US, because of our blind suppression of LENR (two Presidential Commissions came to the wrong conclusion concerning this plainly valid exothermic reaction), we are losing our leadership role to Asia.

    • Really Brad? Which Korean firm is Brillouin involved with and what is the nature of the involvement? A big investment? How much and how do you know? And who says so? Brillouin? Oh!

    • Steve Jones

      The “hot cat at Elforsk test” was yet another Rossi Demo carried out by Rossi and OBSERVED by so
      called “third party testers”. Using much the same method as the so called Scientists who observed Uri Geller and proclaimed that yes he indeed could bend spoons with his mind!

      When Rossi saw how easily his first Demos (with steam) were easily debunked, seen through, fell short, etc. He CHANGED the DEMO and he has been changing it ever since so he is not caught again!

      What more do you need?
      What information do you lack?

      You are an adult (I assume) with a working knowledge of the world. You are able to pick out a used car on your own and reject those cars that do not meet your criteria, you are able to resist the temptation to buy the “Sham Wow” and the myriad devices offered by late night TV ads. Yet in this instance you are befuddled and perplexed by a claim (Rossi Ecat) That is so far out of the realm of possibility.

      Could Rossi have claim to “The Uri Geller Effect” that seems to affect certain Scientists?

  13. Great news. Bozo the president has agreed to be in charge of the LENR web site. Its gonna need a good web site to be successful.

  14. Rossi won’t let real Scientists tear his equipment apart because the magic fairy dust would leak out. Without the magic fairy dust ya got nothing.

  15. Telling tale, I for one find evidence that developments in LENR energy in the US are farther advanced than the DOD or DOE has allowed any to tell of. Classified is certainly a controlling issue in regards to LENR developments.

    From the Defense Intelligence Agency report, in regards to cold fusion stating, “….LENR power sources could produce the greatest transformation of the battlefield for U.S. forces since the transition from horsepower to gasoline power.”

    Also the LENR Boeing 747 being developed since 2011 through NASA, yet the NASA LENR disclosure was not until last year.

    Cold Fusion LENR Powered Boeing 747
    May 2012 NASA Contract NNL08AA16B – NNL11AA00T – Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research – Phase II N+4 Advanced Concept Development

    “Even though we do not know the specific cost of the LENR itself, we assumed a cost of jet fuel at $4/gallon and weight based aircraft cost. We were able to calculate cost per mile for the LENR equipped aircraft compared to a conventional aircraft (Figure 3.2). Looking at the plots, one could select a point where the projected cost per mile is 33% less than a conventionally powered aircraft.”

    3.0 LENR Requirements Analysis …pg 24
    Figure 3.1 – Potential Heat Engines for LENR Systems 25
    Figure 3.2 – Parametric LENR and Heat Engine Performance Parameters ……………….pg 25
    6.2.3 Low Energy Nuclear Reactor Technologies ……pg 82
    Table 6.3 – LENR Technologies Success Criteria …….pg 86
    Also pgs 15, 18, 19, 20, and 21.

    These are the 39 folks who have been involved in this since May, 2011

    Bradley, Marty (Boeing)
    Daggett, David (Boeing)
    Droney, Christopher(Boeing)
    Hoisington, Zachary (Boeing)
    Kirby, Michelle (GT)
    Murrow, Kurt (GE)
    Ran, Hongjun (GT)
    Nam, Teawoo (GT)
    Tai, Jimmy (GT)
    Hammel, Jeff (GE)
    Perullo, Chris (GT)
    Guynn, Mark (NASA)
    Olson, Erik (NASA)
    Leavitt, Larry (NASA)
    Allen, Timothy (Boeing)
    Cotes, Dwaine (Boeing)
    Guo, Yueping (Boeing)
    Foist, Brian (Boeing)
    Rawdon, Blaine (Boeing)
    Wakayama, Sean (Boeing)
    Dallara, Emily (Boeing)
    Kowalski, Ed (Boeing)
    Wat, Joe (Boeing)
    Robbana, Ismail (Boeing)
    Barmichev, Sergey (Boeing)
    Fink, Larry (Boeing)
    Sankrithi, Mithra (Boeing)
    White, Edward (Boeing)
    Gowda, Srini (GE)
    Brown, Gerald (NASA)
    Wahls, Richard (NASA)
    Wells, Doug (NASA)
    Jeffries, Rhett (FAA)
    Felder, James (NASA)
    Schetz, Joe (VT)
    Burley, Casey (NASA)
    Sequiera, Christopher (FAA)
    Martin, John (NASA)
    Kapania, Rakesh (VT)

    Also the Genie reactor technology out of SPAWAR, two patents filed in Europe, and the U.S. in 2009 and 2007. This important LENR technology still has not been presented to the scientific community, or the people of the U.S., nor to the nuclear commissions of the world who are struggling with spent radioactive fuel issues. Publication of these patents was delayed till 2013, leading me to believe that they were ‘classified’ and hidden by the U.S..

    System and Method for Generating Particles – US8419919 B1
    United States Navy Patent Cold Fusion LENR Energy
    Publication number – US8419919 B1
    Publication type – Grant
    Application number – 11/859,499
    Publication date – Apr 16, 2013
    Filing date – Sep 21, 2007
    Inventors; Pamela A. Boss, Frank E. Gordon, Stanislaw Szpak, Lawrence Parker Galloway Forsley

    Also this “sister” patent

    The Genie Reactor Patent

    Global Energy Corporation

    “We’re generation five,” Dr. Khim told the Variety during an exclusive interview, “and first of all this is a brand new concept.” He said safety is the first consideration, and that cannot be ensured by building higher walls around reactors, as Japan saw last year with Fukushima.

    “You have to change the basic science of nuclear power,” Khim explained. “We’ve been working with the U.S. Navy for about 22 years and the basic science phase is now over. Now we’re going into commercial development, which the Navy is not going to do.” But Khim says the science has been repeatedly duplicated by the Navy, and has been proven, recognized and published.

    Officials of the Navy on Guam, including Capt. John V. Heckmann Jr., CO of Naval Facilities and a professional engineer, attended the GEC briefing.

    The GEC board of directors, Khim says, includes some well-known Washington D.C. Players, including former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, former Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, and former U.S. Congressman Tom Davis, among others.”

    To top it all off, we have Space Works developing LENR powered spaceplanes, under a NASA contract in 2009.

    Seems Langley has had LENR energy long before announcing. Bushnell announced it last year.

    Advanced Propulsion System Concept Studies
    Customer: NASA LaRC
    Duration: 6 months
    Date: 2009-2010

    SpaceWorks conducted separate vehicle design studies evaluating the potential impact of two advanced propulsion system concepts under consideration by NASA Langley Research Center:

    • The first concept was an expendable multistage rocket vehicle which utilized an advanced Air-Augmented Rocket (AAR) engine. The effect of various rocket thrust augmentation ratios were identified the resulting vehicle design where compared against a traditional expendable rocket concept

    • The second concept leverage Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), a new form of energy generation being studied at NASA LaRC, to determine how to utilize an LENR-based propulsion system for space access. For this activity, two LENR-based rocket engine propulsion performance models where developed jointly by SpaceWorks and LaRC personnel.

    Here are the links:

    Defense Intelligence Agency

    LENR 747

    US Patent – SPAWAR

    Genie Reactor Patent

    Space Works

  16. When Rossi drops his little toy off with a group of real scientists for a few weeks then we will know LENR is real. Until then it’s pure dawg sh)t. My money is on pure dawg sh)t.

  17. Jimmy Hoffa

    Anyone who thinks LENR is going to solve our problems is deluding themselves. If anything this innovation will make things worse. Has GMO helped? No all its done is allow us to grow more food to increase the population. In fact we have more starving people now then ever before. All species, including humans populate up to and slightly in excess of the food supply. So the fact is, while LENR will allow us to feed more people, in reality all we will be doing is making it possible to jam even more people onto this over used and abused planet. And some of them, in fact even more of them will be starving then there are now.

    And if you think LENR will make prices drop, wrong again. All that will happen is that prices will rise for other resources. Instead of having 7 billion on the planet, all of them wanting more of everything, we will have 20 or 30 or 50 billion people and of that greater number, the same percentage will be starving. It has always been thus and it always will be. We cannot , we never have and we never will be able to grow out way out of our problems. We can only make them worse. As a species, up until about 10k years ago, we knew this.

  18. Cold Fusion/LENR is lookin pretty good, but it is a very broad spectrum phenomenon.

    There are at least 9 other energy technologies coming to the front, from Aneutronic to ZPE. Condensed Matter Nuclear Science and other materials sciences. All nine are true Black Swan Technologies.

    1. Cold Fusion, also known as Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reactions, Controlled Electron Capture Reaction. These technologies are all about forcing Hydrogen or Deuterium atoms into the crystal lattice, or induced fracturing processes of a metal such as Nickel. Once the crystal lattice of the metal nanopowder has been sufficently saturated with Hydrogen excess heat is generated. This is not hard to see, as everything is still vibrating, but now all the atoms are in much closer proximity than before. The quanta mechanical explanations are not 100 % understood, but there are several companies and government offices that have operational devices. Good bye oil. Google LENR, NASA, Zawodny, and Bushnell. NASA loves it.

    2. Dense Plasma Focus goes something like this. Two cylindrical electrodes are enclosed in a glass tube. One is slipped inside the other. The tube is then filled with Boron gas and high voltage is applied to the electrodes. A plasma is then produced and pulsed by a strong magnetic field. As this pulsing is increased and focused the plasmoids begin to ball up on one another. As pulsing continues a beam of electrons emanates from one end of the tube and a beam of protons from the other, with extremely high amounts of energy being produced. Google Charles Chase, Skunk Works, and Dense Plasma Focus

    3. Catalyzed Hydrogen is what will replace Electrolysis. Molybdenum Sulfide is but one of the substances that will trim the Hydrogen right off the water molecule with no energy being expended, releasing it to power a fuel cell and generate electricity directly.

    4. Graphene is essentially one atom thick layers of Carbon alternated between layers of insulation, such as mylar. When you get a bunch of these layers stacked up and attach an electroes to the top and bottom of the stack you have created a capacitor of another color. Extremely high values of capacitance can be arrived at. 3000 farads is what I have seen advertised. This material can be used as a capacitor, a spectacular new form of battery, or configured as an extremely efficient solar cell.

    5. Zero Point Energy/Energy of the Vacuum used to be a little far out for me, but now I think I’ve got a cursory handle on it. The process on a Quantum level is much like the process that produces Ball Lightening when tectonic plates shift causing an earth quake and occasionallly something called Ball Lightening. Only in Zero Point it is what happens when an Orthorhombic plane from another dimension intersects our dimension and causes a disruption, releasing energy. Google Moray B. King

    6. Acoustic Cavitation/Bubble Fusion. I am not sure at all how to say anything about this, but there is a great deal published about the possibility of deriving energy using this phenomenon.

    7. Muon catalyzed Fusion another flavor of Cold Fusion.


    When you take into account the amount of money that is spent in the US annually, approximately $3.04 Trillion dollars. That is 95 Quads at an equivalent of 8 Billion gallons of gas per Quad, it is easy to see how much resistance the oil companies and the Nuclear power folks might muster.

    9. Thermionic Power Generation, I heard about this just the other day. It may be that this technology will be a prime player. The devices turn heat from the sun, or anything else directly into electricity, instead of using light as photovoltaic solar cells do.

    Much of this may be new to you. I understand that, but please consider these things.

    Then there are many patents which use none of these terms directly, purposefully evading direct searches

    Paul D. Maher

  19. StevenRobert

    Time to “get on the stick”.

  20. disqus_2yL3ke1u3h

    This fusion thing is what the Larouche-ites have been talking about literally for decades. Remember in the 1980s when you’d walk through airports and your biggest fear was being accosted by Moonies and–separately–Larouche-ites pushing their glossy fusion publication and asking for donations?

    This columnist is a Benton stalking horse, and Benton has tried to assert in previous columns that he’s broken with Larouche-ite-ism. Well, this column speaks for itself as to the editorial slant of this newspaper. Benton is smart enough to hire other columnists to espouse his views.

    You’ll note there is a Larouche-ite tendency elsewhere in the paper to find conspiraces: The CIA, NSA, and NFL (yes, the football league) are all in cahoots with the so-called Military-Industrial Complex. Hard to stop howling at that. But remember that these Larouche-ites are the people who said the Queen of England was at the top of a global drug trade cartel. {Sigh.} It hurts, except that the good folk of Falls Church City have no alternative, mainstream news to counter Lyndon’s propaganda.

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