Fragments of the Imagination

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While Baard is not mentioned by name, Park suggests that the freelancer wrote a one-sided puff piece that ignorantly hyped Mills's so-called hydrino machine. Baard's piece is sympathetic toward Mills—but it quotes several harsh critics, including Park himself, who explains in theoretical terms why he thinks the machine cannot work. Park compares Mills to the scientists who tried to sell us cold fusion—but so does Baard, when he cites "howls from the scientific establishment that Mills is a relic of the 'cold fusion' trend quashed a decade ago."

At least Baard tries to be evenhanded. But Park's attack is unfair and inaccurate. After noting that two utility companies have invested in Mills's machine, Park implies the Voice is "to blame" for promoting this kind of "junk science." One problem with Park's logic: BlackLight had already raised the $25 million before the Voice reported on it.

One more complaint: Forbes ran a photo accompanied by the caption "Randell Mills and his hydrino machine." But that's wrong. The picture actually shows Mills next to a standard spectrometer labeled "Kratos XSAM 800," which the manufacturer says is now obsolete.

At press time on Monday, Park had not returned calls, and Forbes was preparing a response to an e-mail sent Friday afternoon.

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