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Elon Musk is a towering example of what our national insanity for “Man in Space” lead to.  He is the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.  His resume’ includes the founding PayPal, but Mr. Musk is our greatest example of success by wasting other people’s money, leveraging a well-placed campaign contribution and promoting insane ideas.  Elon recently announced he wants to die on Mars and we agree, he should.  He is volunteering for a one way trip to a planet that has no water or air!  We can see it now…

The Manned Mars Lander descends on a huge parachute array as Mars atmosphere is so thin, a few percent of ours. Retro-rockets fire.  The capsule hits with a thud. The hatch pops and Elon falls out and is flat on the ground!  If the background radiation has not killed him, ten months in space have turned his muscles and bones to soft rubbery gristle. He pops his helmet, gasps and dies! There is no air.  So much for the Musk melon.


There is no way a Mars trip for one man or the million Musk sees in our future make sense.  Space is an entirely hostile vacuum environment, laced with lethal radiation, particles ranging from the size of those in smoke or dust to mountainous rocks moving at thousands of miles per hour.  Hit any and you’re done in a puff of smoke.  While our space probes have made such trips, and greater, they have been small, few and lucky.  Musk is talking about sending 10,000 space ships with each carrying 100 people!  It is doubtful we have the materials to build, much less supply and fuel that many rockets.

He talks of reducing the cost to $200,000 per person! The estimates we’ve seen are $2 billion for one one-way trip with no life sustaining equipment and supplies to say nothing about a return trip which is not feasible today or in the next 100 years.  We could execute a death sentence this way or convince a politician the world is ending and that he is so wonderful we have to save him.

Musk has sold ideas for many millions of our Dollars and all were goofy. The Tesla car was ridiculous. The prototype had 6,000 rechargeable flashlight cells, went 23 miles and then needed another $184 worth of electricity!  Musk has a new battery that is better, but is much more expensive motive power than gasoline or Diesel fuel. A few show-biz morons have bought Musk cars, but it will never be in mass production.

Musk’s SpaceX rocket is existing technology; none developed by Musk. His biggest idea, other than dying on Mars, is his new concept transportation system to move people through underground pneumatic tubes at the speed of sound, 753 miles per hour at sea level!

“What you want is something that never crashes, that’s at least twice as fast as a plane, that’s solar powered and that leaves right when you arrive, so there is no waiting for a specific departure time.”

This is vintage Musk:  Nonsensical and inconsistent, but politicians give him billions of our Dollars in return for tens of thousands of his to their campaigns and likely more in their foreign number accounts. His friends claim he had a “Hyperloop” technological breakthrough over the summer.  This is utter nonsense as there are so many things that can go wrong in a tube.  The accelerations involved are greater than “1 G” and most people find that uncomfortable, some dangerous, some injurious, some fatal.

“I’d like to talk to the Governor and President about it because the $60 billion bullet train they’re proposing in California would be the slowest bullet train in the world at the highest cost per mile.  They are going for records in all the wrong ways. The cost of the SF-LA Hyperloop would be in the $6 billion range,” Elon Musk – Sept 13, 2012.

We agree with Musk’s analysis of Jerry Brown’s “bullet train” as no clear path is on a straight line from San Francisco to Los Angeles, not even flat for more than a few miles.  Bullet trains do not do curves well. Mountains and canyons define the line and would require the longest tunnels and bridges ever made to get the straight line that high speed rail demands.  These trains do not start or stop quickly.  They are very high in cost to build, operate, maintain and  ride.  The existing road and air travel system work well. are economical and free of the kind of corruption we have seen too much of from men like Elon Musk.

We searched for “hyperloop” in patent and engineering databases for over an hour and all we came up for Musk was a pneumatic tube like those of 100 years ago in department stores. He describes people in it being transported at 1,000 to 1,500 miles per hour! In any curve they would shredded to pieces!  Starting and stopping would produce injuries.  The concept is purely insane.

Mr. Musk did not offer any engineering specifications, data or drawings, just sketches, but he is certain to get money from the Obama gang. They gave him a total of $5 billion in loan guarantees in return for a $110,000 campaign contribution and two really stupid ideas. None of Mr. Musk’s enterprises has ever made a Dollar of net profit, but he is listed as a “billionaire.” The money they attribute to Leon Musk is yours and mine, or more accurately, it was…

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Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology.
During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean’s office. “You don’t like the way we do things here?” was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion.
After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover’s books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962.
While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series.
For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800.
Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson’s PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70’s. His “Timing Waves to Enter The Sea” article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual.
“UFO’s, The Eye and the Camera” documents his “Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed.” It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically.
Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook’s secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of “The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings,” by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method.
On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD.
When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90’s to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work.
The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the “II” machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the “star” economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves.
Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, “The Stock Surfer” was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at
December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: and


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