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S. Affinial has written sixteen books, according to his website, all of them out of print except for his latest, Dark Patents. Subtitled “amazing inventions they don’t want you to see,” Affinial’s “latest” would convince us that technologies exist that could revolutionize the modern world as we know it, if only these devices were in production. Affinial posits that the governments of the world allow corporations to buy up patents like this every day with no intent other than to see that they never become mass produced.

The tech the author describes intersects with no less than the farming, fossil fuel, transportation, and power generating industries, affecting world commerce as well as everyday living, even touching on low-to-no impact urban and rural planning and alternative energy sources for every climate and budget. There are patents for aiding in space exploration, gardening and filmmaking; devices to cook, clean and sing for you. And much more, if that’s your thing.

Astounding science: “x-radar,” an x-ray signal piggy-backed onto a radar signal; r.e.m./pixel “convertors” that could ostensibly “record and reconstruct” dreams, at least their visual aspect; personal “diagnostics” to analyze blood and skin samples in the comfort of your own home.

There are whole chapters on cars alone: 1000+ miles per charge electric vehicles; never flat tires made from recycled conventional tires; zero emission nitrogen and hydrogen fuel cells; multiple varieties of car paint: photovoltaic cells embedded in impenetrable exterior finishes; ice-melting paint (temperature sensors on the car exterior activate metal shavings in the paint, heating them up); “never-cold-start” battery warmers store combustion heat for days; several pages on windshields: automatic uv/headlight glare dampening; opaque on shutoff; magnetic field deflects rain and other debris without the need for wipers.

Revolutionary thermo electric generators, super high efficiency heat pumps and geothermal power systems could make heating your house in frozen Alaska as simple as sticking a copper wire outside: just hold the indoor end of the line in your hand and let the warmth of your own body start the process. Using the temperature difference between the two ends of the copper, electricity is created. The bigger the temperature difference, the greater the voltage created. Keeping the wire over a small candle is enough to power a small home, rain or shine, winter or summer. Larger spaces might need to combine a variety of tech to remain carbon neutral but the choices (we apparently don’t know we have) are numerous.

Affinial describes living in cities specially designed to take advantage of wind currents created by hi rises with small, roof mounted corkscrew wind turbines; green roofs watered by captured rain; moving about on magnetic rails powered by the weight of silent cars driving down pivoting “roads:” the pivoting action of the large recycled plastic “road” panels generating electricity to provide lighting and to defrost if necessary; no more traffic accidents- magnets keep uniform distances between vehicles; located at every hub will be electric public transport vehicles that you plug in at wind/solar/tidal powered charging stations. Below ground are hundreds of zero emission magnetic passenger trains running off batteries charged by both solar and thermal energy and by the very trains themselves: their axle shafts’ spinning creates electricity; their forward motion turns tiny wind turbines mounted along their exterior; smaller versions of the surface road panels in the busiest walkways and entrances/exits make use of passenger foot traffic. Underground living space makes sense due to the simplified climate control and shelter issues; lack of light and cramped quarters could make subterranean living a hard sell, but not according to Affinial. Locally sourced landscaping materials, light tubes and clever ventilation systems will keep people comfortable. He mentions so many patents for rainwater collection, solar, geo, tidal and wind power convertors, simple, diy modifications to turn your old gas guzzler into a smart, clean, bio fuel or hydrogen friend of the environment that the book becomes an almost A-Z of amazements.

These “dark” patents, bought up and shuttered by big corp, keep the world relying on oil which keeps the peace: global trading and social engineering. Due to the suppression of ground breaking new technologies, citizens of the world are being deprived of not just their jetpacks and hoverboards but their 5D HyperHD LQP televisions, their low calorie ice creams, their supervitamins (replacing a week’s worth of food with just one small, time-release capsule saves more than just bathroom trips- it also saves tens of billions of dollars per year and countless pollutants), artificial soundwave generators (mimics the effect of loudspeakers without the need for any vibrating mass, causing the air itself to react as if it were bombarded with differing pressures normally caused by the cone and woofer speakers- these machines could reproduce audio within tightly defined geographical parameters: imagine having people over for an all night dance party with loud booming bass that can only be heard inside your tiny apartment. Your neighbors might not hear the music but they’ll surely hear you all shouting over it!) Unless of course you have Murphrey’s noise cancelling technology, designed by the man himself back in the 1980s for NASA. These two technologies could work in tandem to ensure everything from tenant-level noise control in hi rises to multiple large-space venue noise suppression, meaning no more noisy neighborhoods (forget neighbors) or hanging around the perimeter of an outdoor music concert just to listen.

And there’s of course the question of food, water and resources. Instant gardens, or “gardens in a box,” along with options for all climates (including indoor) could feed millions. Hand powered water purifiers, light bulbs and heaters are within our grasp, says Affinial. Quiet, ultra-low emission generators that run on literally anything could provide remote areas or even whole villages with electricity: just turn it on and let it generate power from the very air we breathe. Of course, the output from such input would be very low as well, so better to add any type of traditional fuel, oil, wood, or coal, or go greener with corn or any biofuel including fecal matter. Yes, that’s right. But don’t worry, several of the patents Affinial mentions offer discrete filling ports for that. Paper, or plastic; anything that will burn as well as stuff that won’t, like muddy puddle water (as steam).

If the author is to be taken at his word, and these “dark patents” really do exist somewhere in some global monopoly’s bottom drawer, then we must hear from the inventors themselves for corroboration. Although the tech described in the book is very tantalizing, there is too little evidence to keep what Affinial presents as “urgent truths” from being just “fantastic claims.” Presumably, the former patent holders were paid off to buy not just their inventions but their silence as well, which begs the question: how did Affinial come to know of so many of them? Perhaps corporate raider is in his employment history.

A fascinating read but be sure to wear your skeptic glasses.