Shepardson yet again
I've been wondering if anyone tried to use the 'Shepardson effect'
for practical purposes. Probably shouldn't credit Shepardson for the idea ... he was just writing about it ... but it doesn't seem to have a proper name, so this will do. Name aside, the theory is simple: plants use ionized air for energy. Seems most plausible with conifers, since their needles are obviously built as charge catchers, not sunlight catchers.
Here's a 1909 article about an experiment with cabbage and other crops on farms near Dayton. One of the farms belonged to Ohio Gov James Cox, who later ran for president in 1920. The experiment was apparently succeeding, but we don't know what happened afterward. Not enough success? Too expensive? Suppressed by more 'conventional' ag interests?
Must admit the picture caught my eye before I noticed the Shepardson connection! The pipe-smoking colored gentleman with sleeve garters illustrates a fact that modern idiots like to ignore: there has always been a distinguished black middle class. Was he Mr E.A. Deeds, mentioned in the text? The caption doesn't specify.
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Static fields also showed benefit when applied to humans. This was one form of Electrotherapy, a solidly experimental branch of medicine that was discredited by the pill-pushers in the 20th century and now returns under different names. Turns out the electrotherapists were mainly correct.
Polistra and Happystar have already demonstrated
the power of point-to-point current, which the electrotherapists called 'Faradic therapy'. The newer Faradic devices use names like TCDS and TENS to maintain the pretense of new discovery.
Now we'll show the 'Franklinic' or static field. Polistra is suffering from vapors and miasmas, and she happens to find an Electrotherapy clinic.......
Mr Star describes the difference between the Faradic and Franklinic machines.
He recommends the Franklinic, and Polistra gets hooked up. The high-voltage field is applied without direct contact, between the 'crown' headpiece and the ground platform:
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Artistic note for Poser types: I've released these machines on ShareCG.
Labels: 20th century Dark Age