Monday, October 31, 2005

I Can See It Now

I wasn't able to pay my bill, so Universal Light and Water cut off my sunlight which has caused my oxygen scrubbers to slow down, increasing the pollution in my house, the solar panels are empty so nothing in the house actually runs anymore and I thought I would be planning for the future. As if the power companies wouldn't jump all over the opportunity to regulate something they didn't have to produce.

U.S. Military Wants to Own the Weather - Yahoo! News: "What would a military strategist gain in having an 'on-switch' to the weather?

Clearly, it offers the ability to degrade the effectiveness of enemy forces. That could come from flooding an opponent’s encampment or airfield to generating downright downpours that disrupt enemy troop comfort levels. On the flipside, sparking a drought that cuts off fresh water can stir up morale problems for warfighting foes.

Even fooling around with fog and clouds can deny or create concealment – whichever weather manipulation does the needed job.

In this regard, nanotechnology could be utilized to create clouds of tiny smart particles. Atmospherically buoyant, these ultra-small computer particles could navigate themselves to block optical sensors. Alternatively, they might be used to provide an atmospheric electrical potential difference -- a way to precisely aim and time lightning strikes over the enemy’s head – thereby concoct thunderbolts on demand.

Perhaps that’s too far out for some. But some blue sky thinkers have already looked into these and other scenarios in 'Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025' – a research paper written by a seven person team of military officers and presented in 1996 as part of a larger study dubbed Air Force 2025."
Just out of idle curiosity, doesn't Africa need water? Wouldn't this be a better use of time and brainpower? Or is that charity?
"In 2025, the report summarized, U.S. aerospace forces can "own the weather" by capitalizing on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications.

"Such a capability offers the war fighter tools to shape the battlespace in ways never before possible. It provides opportunities to impact operations across the full spectrum of conflict and is pertinent to all possible futures," the report concluded.

But if whipping up weather can be part of a warfighter’s tool kit, couldn’t those talents be utilized to retarget or neutralize life, limb and property-destroying storms?"
Good question. But that is nothing compared to my terror alert after reading the following.
"Another reason for embarking on this new science could be to make sure inadvertent effects of existing projects, such as the heating of the ionosphere and modifications of the polar electrojet, are not having effects on weather, Eastlund stated.

As example, Eastlund pointed to the High frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). This is a major Arctic facility for upper atmospheric and solar-terrestrial research, being built on a Department of Defense-owned site near Gakona, Alaska.

Eastlund wonders if HAARP does, in fact, generate gravity waves. If so, can those waves in turn influence severe weather systems?"
This is just a thought, but given the unforeseen consequences of a good majority of scientific experiments, does it seem like a good idea to have gravitational waves on the planet we live on? Couldn't we do this somewhere else? I know they say it is to modify the weather, but I'm just not that anxious to see the unintended results.

For scientists, they certainly are lacking in imagination. What would Einstein say?

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