Remember the wacky satellites cause global warming theory? Maria Brumm has found another one. Global warming has caused a fivefold increase in seismic activity. And this one was published by CBS news (though it’s now been deleted) and picked up by Matt Drudge. Brumm comments:

Cursory examination reveals that Dr. Tom Chalko is a complete wackaloon! Even if you do not know the first thing about seismology, consider the warning signs that this “research” may actually be an attractive organic fertilizer:

Research article is published in a journal where 5/5 articles in the current issue are authored solely by… Dr. Tom Chalko!

She has three more, and I’d like to add my own.

Chalko isn’t a seismologist, he’s a mechanical engineer formerly at Melbourne University. His research plan for 2001-2005 is still on Melbourne U’s web site:

Research requirements: stable employment and time to think

Albert Einstein spent the last 30 years of his life trying to integrate gravity with other laws of physics and did not succeed. The entire scientific community on Earth remains intrigued with the problem of gravity ever since.

If gravity is a special electromagnetic field – why can’t we generate it? If generation of gravity is possible – it should be also possible, under certain conditions, to overcome gravity.

Practicing “engineering” without the understanding of gravity is a phenomenal waste of resources, and energy. It is also the main reason for the planetary pollution and destruction of Nature. Isn’t the most of the “energy” that we generate on Earth used to lift things up and move them around?

A method to generate and overcome gravity would be arguably the most significant scientific discovery in the history of humanity, that would dramatically change the way we live on Earth.

My aim is to make the above discovery and place the University of Melbourne in an international spotlight. On the basis of several years of preliminary studies, I estimate that the development of the necessary theory and presenting it in a form of a book (“The Nature of Gravity”) will take approximately 5 years.

Alas, the short-sighted people at Melbourne University didn’t take advantage of this chance to be in the international spotlight and 2001 was his last year there.


  1. #1 dave X
    June 20, 2008

    Well, I thought about generating and overcoming gravity myself, but I figured it would take me 7 years, so I chose not to pursue that career path.

    Now, where can I buy my Chalko gravity lens?

  2. #2 dave X
    June 20, 2008

    For a picture of the wackaloon see

  3. #3 Lance
    June 20, 2008

    I spent about an hour sometime back chuckling through some Chalko’s whackjob “research”. I came across it on a google search of “Global Warming” and “catastrophe”.

    The fact that CBS printed the article just goes to show how eager the mainstream media is to promote AGW doomsday stories. I knew from just the abstract that what Chalko was saying was lunacy.

    Of course it fits so well with all the other doomsday nonsense put forth by purveyors of AGW catastrophism and then add to that the recent devastating earth quakes in China and it was probably too much for CBS to resist running it.

    What do you expect when “respectable” news outlets like CNN run entire series with names like “Planet in Peril”.

  4. #4 Brian D
    June 20, 2008

    Oh, this guy again. I remember pointing him out back in April. He’s the guy behind that “the earth could explode as a result of global warming” thing a while back.

    Naturally, Lance doesn’t notice that he isn’t taken seriously anywhere that matters and attempts to pin the blame on the liberal media (which removed it) while ignoring Drudge (who accepted it uncritically).

  5. #5 silence
    June 20, 2008

    Its a pity he didn’t go and do some useful research on isostatic rebound.

  6. #6 dave X
    June 20, 2008

    Oh, and you can buy the shirt of Dr. Tom Chalko’s back:

  7. #7 pough
    June 20, 2008

    The fact that CBS printed the article just goes to show how eager the mainstream media is to promote AGW doomsday stories.

    Yeah, but they’re just as eager to promote the opposite. Anything to make a buck. And if it isn’t really sensational, make it sensational through a catchy headline, then backpedal in the story. The MSM can’t be trusted on science at all. Anti-AGW, pro-AGW, whatever – it’s all mismatched orifice when it’s coming from them.

  8. #8
    June 20, 2008

    I think there must have been some element of malice here on someone’s part. The origonal CBS article (only available as a screen cap on various sites) is decked out as an (AP) piece, with their standard boiler plate at the end. The original Market Wire Piece is a little bit different. I think someone reformatted this as an AP piece to make CBS look stupid. Doesn’t really excuse them,though.

  9. #9 nanny_govt_sucks
    June 20, 2008

    I think someone reformatted this as an AP piece to make CBS look stupid.

    AP piece or non-AP piece, wouldn’t the ridiculous title be a clue that the article has no merit? Even as an AP piece, a reputable news publisher would ask a few questions before running with the story. But this is the topsy-turvy world of AGW so anything goes, I guess.

  10. #10 bi -- IJI
    June 20, 2008


    > But this is the topsy-turvy world of AGW so anything goes, I guess.

    What’s this obsession with blaming everything on the AGW ‘crowd’? Were the article about global cooling, your buddies at Marohasy, Watts, etc. will all be parroting it in no time. But that’ll be fine with you. Getting your science from newspapers is OK, except when it’s not.

    And I’m waiting for one of you ‘freedom-loving’ folks to complain about how “activists” are censoring a brave Galileo-like story and all that. Again, when it comes to swatting AGW stories, you guys are all too happy to play the Inquisition.

    = =


    > I think there must have been some element of malice here on someone’s part. […] The original Market Wire Piece is a little bit different. I think someone reformatted this as an AP piece to make CBS look stupid.

    Perhaps Tom Chalko’s an 31337 h4x0r, and we don’t know it?

    That’s my theory.

  11. #11 Barton Paul Levenson
    June 21, 2008

    My degree in physics finally comes in handy. I can state unequivocally that:

    1. Gravity is NOT an electromagnetic force. The gravitational force and the electromagnetic force only unite under conditions such as those early in the Big Bang.

    2. Antigravity is probably impossible. It’s easy to show that, given an antigravity field, you could construct a perpetual motion machine of the first kind. Just mount a wheel half in and half out of the field, and connect it to a chain drive. Voila! Free mechanical energy!

  12. #12 dhogaza
    June 21, 2008

    There’s something odd about engineers and gravity. Check out this
    strange little monumental stone type thing at Tufts University, regarding some weird stuff some folks in the engineering department were involved with back in … I’d guess the 60s.

  13. #13 CoRev
    June 21, 2008

    bi — IJI said,

    What’s this obsession with blaming everything on the AGW ‘crowd’?

    The obsession is in place because this is not too far fetched for the AGW crowd to crow about. And, it was first picked up by the Watts, Marohasy crowd and debunked. Why do we think that CBS pulled it?

    What did Real climate or the IPCC say to refute it? Nothing! The same thing they say when any other crack pot AGW supporting theory is printed.

    CoRev, editor

    (Yes, Tim I visit here several times a day and reference some meaty article when it is presented here.)

  14. #14 bi -- IJI
    June 21, 2008


    > The obsession is in place because this is not too far fetched for the AGW crowd to crow about.

    In other words, you’re obsessed with the AGW ‘crowd’ because although exactly zero of us actually “crow about” the crackpot theory, they ought to be doing that, in order that that you can criticize them.

    > What did Real climate or the IPCC say to refute it? Nothing!

    Well, you can put it that way if you totally ignore Deltoid, Stoat, Green Gabbro, and all the other blogs which did just refute it, it’s easy to see that the AGW ‘crowd’ are perfectly happy to say nothing about the crackpot theory. And saying nothing, of course, is somehow equivalent to “crowing about” it.

    (Just like a slight global warming is equivalent to no warming is equivalent to global cooling. The ways of inactivist ‘logic’ are not our ways.)

    = =


    The link needs fixing

  15. #15 dhogaza
    June 21, 2008

    Uh, that didn’t fix the link …

    And the link actually sort of worked for me, because Safari downloads the photo and opens it up automatically in Preview (hadn’t noticed it did that rather than open it in the browser).

    The gist of it is that the stone is a reminder to the students of Tufts of the ultimate benefit to human kind of the eventual discovery of a “semi-insulator” (of gravitational effects) that will “greatly benefit airline safety” (paraphrasing). In other words, they were searching for something to shield gravity, making it hard or impossible for airplanes to fall down.

    Actually my understanding of the story might be wrong, because I found this …

    “The gravity stone, as most call it, is a testament to our school’s funniest cash swindle. The Gravity Research Foundation was established in 1948 by Roger Babson, businessman and founder of Babson College. Author of Gravity – Our Enemy Number One, Babson sought to free mankind from the shackles of gravity. When he approached Tufts with money to finance research in the field of anti-gravity, the school took the money, put up the stone and never conducted any anti-gravity research. Take the money and run. Smooth.
    At least, this was how the story was told to us by a few professors… ”

    It’s an odd artifact owned by a school that has a few of them (an ex-gf got her graduate degree there): they own “grandfather’s house” (“over the river and through the woods…”), and owned Jumbo, stuffed, donated by PT Barnum after the creature’s death. He burned, though, so now they have a concrete imitation …

  16. #16 JB
    June 21, 2008

    Chalko is just the most extreme example of a far more prevalent phenomenon, if you ask me.

    What I’d like to know is this:

    What is it about mechanical engineers (and engineers in general) that makes some of them actually believe that, after a only few hours study (if that), they have somehow managed to “falsify” the work of thousands of climate scientists who have been studying the issues for years?

    All I can figure is that the field of engineering (mechanical in particular) attracts some extremely pompous individuals — and ones who actually think they know more than they do.

  17. #17 bi -- IJI
    June 21, 2008

    dhogaza: hmm… let me try that again

  18. #18 dhogaza
    June 21, 2008

    Naw, that didn’t do it …

    You’re actually posting the same link I did, but without the encoded “+” symbols in Karyn+and+David, so even if you fix it, it’s going to work the same way my attempt does.

    I’ve seen this with images posted to before …

  19. #19 TimT
    June 22, 2008

    Thanks for that. I did a search of the Melbourne Uni website a few days ago under this guy’s name. According to his biographies found on the web, he was a ‘Melbourne university academic’ from the early 80s through to 2001 – which is just perfect, really. It makes him sound authoritative (academic) while not mentioning what discipline he’s actually ‘expert’ in! So I was kind of curious to find out a bit more about what he actually did as an academic.

    He’s definitely an entertaining chap though. Apparently one of his claims is that global warming is going to make the world explode!

  20. #20 James Haughton
    June 23, 2008

    You think that’s wacky. Actually Global Warming is caused by the world suddenly tilting 26 degrees (without anyone noticing).

  21. #21 MarkG
    June 23, 2008

    The sudden tilt theory is pretty awesome. I particularly liked “Yet, they did not announce this to the public until after all global scientists met in April 2007″.

    Just typical really. Someone has a meeting for all global scientists and they “forget” to invite me. I hope you all had a good laugh. Buggers. Being a member of this global cabal really sucks.

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