As you might have guessed, I've been much focused upon the subject of geoengineering lately, given that much of America's breadbasket has been so under water this season that many crops did not even get planted, and many farmers are facing ruin. But not to worry, disaster capitalism is alive and well, and various journals of crony c(r)apitalism are urging people to buy up farmland, on the cheap. It was a predictable move given the strangeness of the last cycle of storms, which set a record for the number of tornadoes for the year, and they all occurred within a week and a half. Geoengineering has reached such a fever pitch of insanity that yesterday I blogged about people talking about moving the Earth's orbit in case the Sun decides to go nova, which we're reassured won't happen for billions of years (that's without all that high-tech stuff perhaps inducing unknown resonance effects).
It's that technological angle that has me exercised today, for a number of regular readers of this website have been sending in various articles on the subject, and V.T. sent an article that sent me looking at the 1976 Environmental Modification Convention, and that in turn brought me to this valuable website which those of you concerned about this technology might want to bookmark:
Weaponizing the weather has been an idea that's been around for a long time,but it received a huge kick during the Second World War, when there were actually serious proposals for producing tsunamis ahead of Allied invasion forces invading Japanese held islands in the Pacific. The efforts continued after World War Two, particularly in the USA and the Soviet Union, and, as this site actually notes, the USSR engaged in heavy weather modification after the Chernobyl disaster to force rains to "bleed" out radioactivity prior to it reaching Moscow. But it is this convention that tells a whole story, for as V.T. put it in the email that accompanied this article, why bother having a convention if the technologies did not exist?
What caught my eye in the text of this convention were the first three articles:
The States Parties to this Convention,Guided by the interest of consolidating peace, and wishing to contribute to the cause of halting the arms race, and of bringing about general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, and of saving mankind from the danger of using new means of warfare...
Have agreed as follows:
Article I. 1. Each State Party to this Convention undertakes not to engage in military or any other hostile use of environmental modification techniques having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects as the means of destruction, damage or injury to any other State Party.
2. Each State Party to this Convention undertakes not to assist, encourage or induce any State, group of States or international organization to engage in activities contrary to the provisions of paragraph 1 of this article.
Article II. As used in article I, the term "environmental modification techniques" refers to any technique for changing-through the deliberate manipulation of natural processes-the dynamics, composition or structure of the earth, including its biota, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, or of outer space.
Article III. 1. The provisions of this Convention shall not hinder the use of environmental modification techniques for peaceful purposes and shall be without prejudice to the generally recognized principles and applicable rules of international law concerning such use.
There's a couple of glaring omissions here, and I'm sure you caught both of them. Firstly, no corporation - to my knowledge - is a signatory to this convention. Consequently, any state or group of states (to use the language of the convention), wishing to observe the letter but not the spirit of the convention could conceivably use corporate "cut outs" to conduct such geophysical warfare. Indeed, reading the convention one discovers that the development of such technologies and their use for "peaceful purposes" is entirely "ok." One can almost hear the technocrat narrative: "oh...! We're sorry! We were trying to relieve our drought. We didn't realize it would result in massive flooding in your (country, state, region) and wipe out your current crop planting season." Indeed, as far as I can tell, the wording is so ambiguous that one reading of the convention would not prohibit the high contracting parties from utilizing the technologies in such a way within their own jurisdictions, that if it were so used by those parties against another party or parties, would be taken as geophysical warfare.
Secondly, there's a complete lack of any detail as to how such geophysical warfare is to be detected and determined. While the convention has undergone clarifications since its original signing, those clarifications are still vague enough to drive a truck through. What is interesting is that any complaint or suspicion of such actions can be lodged with the UN Security Council, which will "investigate" and presumably could provide "punitive action" against the offender, provided of course that any such action were not vetoed by the five permanent members, which, interestingly enough, are the very same powers that have access to the technologies in the first place.
Finally, human diplomatic history and international relations are replete with broken treaties and conventions. And I strongly suspect this convention has already been broken.
But at least it does one thing: it affirmed that even in the 1970s there was a fear of technologies designed to weaponize geophysical processes, from the lithosphere(earthquake weapons), the hydrosphere(tsunami creators), atmosphere(chemtrails), and outer space(ionspheric heaters). And of course, we've developed all of them.
(Indeed, Nikola Tesla took out a patent in 1893 for an mechanical oscillator which he claimed produced "earthquakes", decades before the convention was even a gleam in the UN's eye, long before there was even a UN. Tesla made lots of strange claims in his life, and the problem is, Tesla was Tesla, and it's always hazardous to second guess him. Interestingly enough, the television show "Myth Busters" built a version of this oscillator, and tested it. It didn't produce any earthquakes, leading them to claim the myth was busted, but it did cause oscillations that could be felt hundreds of feet away. I have my own suspicions about that episode, and I'll keep them to myself, but as one might guess, they involve "resonance" and the possibility that it was ignored, meaning that the "busted myth" may itself need to be busted.)
In any case, given the recent strange weather, it seems as if the technologies and techniques might have been perfected to a degree only dreamed of when the convention was originally signed. If so, we might not have to bother about moving the Earth out of its current orbit...
See you on the slip side...