Danie Krugel: First Contact
Danie Krugel phoned me on my cellphone this morning. He refused repeatedly to tell me where he got my name and number and eventually made a vague reference to it being out there on the internet. Interesting then that I can’t find it myself… can anyone else out there confirm if it’s possible to find my name and number online? (Danie – I know you’re reading this blog, if you are willing to be honest about how you got my number ‘on the internet’ then please provide a URL in the comments). I have also replied to the Carte Blanche producer who contact me to ask if they have supplied Danie with my details.
After my conversation with Danie Krugel, I am more convinced than ever that there is no functioning device. Jacob Zuma could take lessons from Danie Krugel on dodging questions. He offered to furnish me with all the ‘facts’ regarding the device if I would come and see him in Bloemfontein, which is obviously unlikely and therefore strikes me as a disingenuous offer – I did ask if he was willing to cover the cost of the flight but he declined. He also declined my offer for him to come to Cape Town. He refused to give me the ‘facts’ over the phone.
The entire conversation essentially revolved around Danie dodging questions, repeating over and over again that I didn’t ‘have all the facts’ and if I would come out to Bloemfontein he would show me, making allusions to discussions that are ongoing with various governments, and ‘research’ that is ongoing with various ‘scientists’ and a ‘university’ (although he refused to tell me the names of any of these scientists or even specify which university so it is naturally impossible to verify). He also made claims that his secrecy is related to what might happen if the device ‘fell into the wrong hands’, and that he didn’t want to talk about anything over the phone and I would have to come to Bloemfontein.
He also asked that I not blog about the conversation, but I made no promises, and anyway he contacted me. If he has nothing to hide and is willing to go on national television and be interviewed by newspapers, why is he so worried about more publicity? Or is it only positive publicity that you will accept, Danie?
Danie also made a deal with me: in the next three months, there will be some big event regarding his device. He wouldn’t give specifics, but did eventually say after some pressing that the news would be international, and big, and if it didn’t happen in three months I could call him a liar. He wouldn’t specify if it would be accompanied by a publication in a respected scientific journal, or his nomination for a nobel prize. I suspect it will merely be media coverage of some sort, which of course means very little in the world of scientific endeavour, but there you go. Remember that you heard it here first.
Danie: if you are reading this blog, as you claim to be, then please take note: I am only interested in hearing from you again by phone if you are calling to provide me with a journal reference or patent number. Otherwise, please reserve your comments to the appropriate section of this blog. We all look forward to seeing your public response – if you have nothing to hide regarding your motives, then you should have no problem making your comments public on this blog instead of phoning me in private and trying to get me not to comment about it.
Also, something I forgot to mention on the phone and really should have: the people over at the James Randi Education Foundation have $1,000,000 guaranteed for you if you can prove the device works, and are waiting for you to contact them. Your device qualifies as ‘paranormal’ under their definition in the same way that a perpetual motion device does – it breaks all the known laws of physics. If you truly have only humanitarian concerns at heart then once the ‘big news’ breaks it should be trivial for you to prove the device works, collect the winnings, and use them as funding for further research and development. This is not a joke, it is a legitimate offer by a legitimate organization and you should take them up if you are confident that your device works.