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James McCanney

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James McCanney is an astronomy crank and a conspiracy theorist. He's chiefly known for his "electric comets" claims, or, as he dubs it, "The Plasma Discharge Comet Model", but he's also a fair example of crank magnetism and appears to believe in all kind of fringe ideas. In addition to pseudoscience, his website flogs survivalist supplies.

The radio show Coast to Coast AM styles McCanney "Professor," and drops the name Cornell in association with him. However, his academic qualification is M.S. in nuclear and solid-state physics and he has not taught at Cornell University since the 1980s.[1]

Ideas[edit]

The solar capacitor. The Sun is negatively charged, and the solar wind is positively charged — the two systems forming a giant capacitor. This is wrong. The solar wind is neutral.[2]

There is no ice in comets. Twelve comets have now been visited by spacecraft. All have been found to contain very substantial quantities of water ice.[3]

Comets are negatively charged. Ergo, they grow by attracting positively-charged cosmic dust. This IS WRONG. Comets reduce in mass over their lifetimes.[4]

Venus was a comet, and is tidally locked with Earth as the Moon is. The synodic period of Venus is 583.92 days. Its rotational period is 224.701 Earth days.[5] Therefore it cannot be locked to Earth.

The Apollo Moon landings didn't happen. No human could have survived transition through the Van Allen radiation belts. They could and they did. Evidence includes the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflectors left on the Moon,[6] the Moon rocks, and the images of the landing sites returned from the narrow angle cameras of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. [7]

Quotes[edit]

If you realize that comets are not dirty snowballs, they’re a discharge of the electrical conditions in the solar system, the first question out of everybody’s mouth would be, ‘well, can we use this for power?’ and the answer is ‘Yes!’ So what does that do to the people in control of the world? We’re talking about the bankers, the people in charge; they control the world through energy: oil, nuclear power, and coal. Those are the big ones. … These are very controlling forces, and if you took that away, one of their biggest tools to control the public would go away.
—on Coast to Coast AM, 4 November 2010
Planet X is real, and it’s going to come to us with a bunch of comets, and people murmuring about Planet X being out there is NASA preparing us for it.
—on Coast to Coast AM, 16 February 2011

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Books[edit]

He has his own publishing house, "J.M. McCanney Science Press" or "jmccanneyscience.com press".

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