mjtrac : We have been through that already. There will never be a stampede. When the breakthrough is achieved and a LENR product is near than there will be all kinds of mumbled excuses by established scientists. No stampede - no public admittance of being wrong 90 years.
Prof. Conrads was curious and wanted to replicate Mills. He was an old prof. by then and had 40+ years of experience in plasma science and a huge reputation. He was not allowed to conduct research at his university because of the potential "image problems" when conducting experiments of "pseudo science". The university I graduated at allowed him to conduct experiments for one year. They were succesful and ended in a paper describing the success. No stampede. That was 2003.
Yes, I understand that many people feel "the establishment" is protecting itself from being forced to acknowledge the truth. I am even prepared, to a certain extent, to believe that of some members of the establishment, though not all. But I am quite confident about the stampede of the "capitalist pigs." I've followed LENR off and on since F&P, and there are only so many times that results can appear and then disappear, before I begin to question LENR researchers the same way they question the rest of the world. It seems only fair.
One thing: I recognize that each individual should be judged only by their personal statements and behavior, so it dismays me whenever any group is supposedly tarnished by the actions of a single person, or only some members of the group. But, geez, watch that documentary, "Newman," that was posted above. IMO, anyone who believes that Newman had invented a perpetual motion device (or a device that extracted energy from magnetic fields, or whatever) is too credulous for me to take seriously.