“A Technology So Powerful Saddam Hussein Once Kidnapped the Inventor to Get His Hands on It…”

Teaser pick from government-driven investing revealed

By Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, January 26, 2010

Before we get into the meat of today’s tease, I just want to note that Stock Gumshoe has now crossed a significant mile marker: As of this morning there have now been 10,000 comments published on the various articles I’ve written in this space (closing in on 750 articles — your Gumshoe is getting a bit long in the tooth). I know that for many of you the comments and additional discussion are likely to be as useful as any unveiling I can do for you, so thanks to those of you who have participated in the past, and let this serve as more encouragement for the rest of you: comment away!

But first, of course, I must insist that you read my blather.

Today we’re looking at a teaser from Andy Obermueller for his Government-Driven Investing newsletter, which we’ve looked at a couple times in its relatively young life (mostly ethanol teasers so far, you can see those articles here). And it’s a doozy — lots of folks have forwarded this one to me for the consideration of the Thinkolator, and I can’t thank you enough, this is exactly the kind of story that keeps the fire running hot here at Stock Gumshoe.

Here’s the tease:

“A Technology So Powerful Saddam Hussein Once Kidnapped the Inventor to Get His Hands on It…

“A Solution So Valuable It Could Save California… And a Company So Profitable it Could Return+257% in the Next Year Alone!

“Obscure Norwegian Inventor Creates a “Perpetual Motion Machine” To Solve the Biggest Crisis of the 21st Century!”

Masterful copywriting, really — if you can squeeze in foreign intrigue, California and perpetual motion you’ve got my attention — and profits of 257% wouldn’t hurt, either.

The story about the Saddam Hussein abduction is a great one, I’ll let Obermueller share his version of it for you here:

“Iraqi helicopters crossed the border with their guns blazing, dropping their payload of Special Forces and Iraqi Republican Guard squads to secure strategic locations.

“That same night, the air raid sirens awoke Norwegian inventor, Bjorn Hakken*, from a deep sleep.

“He quickly learned that this was no drill. And there was no time to waste. He rushed to his laboratory at the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research and began to destroy key documents related to his work.

“Saddam’s people were not only looking to take over Kuwait’s oil resources. They were looking for advanced technology. And they knew they could find it at the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research.

“Kuwaiti forces were vastly outnumbered by the Iraqis. They were quickly overrun. And within just five hours Saddam had seized the country. He soon announced that Kuwait had become the 19th province of Iraq.

“And Bjorn Hakken had become a prisoner of war…

What Did this Unknown Inventor Hold That Was of Such Great Value?

“Hakken’s journey to Kuwait was an unusual one. He did not have a background in science. He was actually a college dropout. He didn’t work for a major corporation. In fact, he was previously a carpenter.

“But the nature of his work was so vital to the Middle East — and his invention was so revolutionary — that the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research rolled out the red carpet.”

The little asterisk next to Hakken’s name, by the way, is because they used an alias — sharing his actual name, of course, would make it far too easy to research this company without subscribing to Andy Obermueller’s newsletter. Not enough to throw your friendly neighborhood Gumshoe off the scent, of course, but sneaky nonetheless.

So what did he invent? It has to do with water desalination, obviously a big deal in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, where much of the world’s desalination investment is still focused — in the words of the tease:

“You see, Hakken had invented a device that could single-handedly solve the world’s water crisis. It was a revolutionary machine that could operate at an efficiency of 98%.

“That level of efficiency is simply unheard of in modern mechanics. It is just two points away from perpetual motion!

“But this was no laboratory curiosity. The purpose of the device was to make it cost effective to turn seawater into fresh water. Desalination was long thought of as an impractical and very expensive way to obtain water.”

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