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The case for cloud-seeding

It is quite evident that most states in the world now conduct cloud seeding.

Cloud seeding is not all that new, in my youth it was common in the apple growing districts to shoot skyrockets above possible hail formations to disrupt the coalsecence of hail stones and reduce their impact on the crops. I believe the active chemical used was silver nitrate.

The more common chemical seen in modern cloud seeding is silver iodide. This nucleates rain drops which then gather electrostatically into cloud.

You will recognise them for their whispy-feathery appearance, which may or may not form into rain clouds - depending on the ambient humidity.

The presence of cloud seeding was first noticed by conspiracy theorists as "chemtrails", agianst which no official refutation was poffered - because no public agreement was sought for the practice.

I can think of some good reasons for cloud seeding - wildfire mittigation, cachement optimisation (water-supply dams) or even mittigation of global warming.

We don't know the justifications because we were not consulted. And the debate was never undertaken.

Let's have the debate now.

To kick it off, i will opose the practice and state as my opening arguement that: cloud seeding is vandalism of the sky.

Please state and argue your case:

For and against.

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    Nov 24 2012: Hey Mitch. It's been a little while. I would be for it with undeniable good reasons, guarantees of small advances at a time, and an extensive amount of reference experimental data. Hopefully our nonconsultants keep common sense in mind, not so much profits.
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      Nov 25 2012: Definitely some advantages.
      But one has to ask "for whom?"
      For myself personally, I have been aware of the cloud seeding technology for a while, but was surprised to see it being deployed above my head.
      I noticed it by way of seeing that, for a few weeks, the sun seemed dimmed and teh air had a dark haze and uncharecteristic sense of humidity that did not show up on my hydrometer.
      I happen to enjoy blue skies and warming sunshine. I live in a semi wilderness area out of choice - at some expense. Seeing my blue skies and warm sunshine being systematically comprimised gave me a sense of resentment. My long term was being cancelled for the short term of others.
      Perhaps I should move to somewhere else.
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        Nov 28 2012: It's that bad over there!? My Mom actually brought the chemtrail thing to my attention, and with a pretty weak microscope could show me blue and red fibers in rainwater
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          Nov 28 2012: Hi Justin,

          It's seemingly local and the only official seeding is over the ski country 300 kilometers south. The winds are not right to support any over-blow.
          I'm not that concerned about silver iodide .. well no more than any other industrial polutant .. hey, what's another poison? It's a doddle next to what is coming out of our chickens these days.
          At first i dismissed the chemtrails thing .. mostly it just attracted schizophrenics. But it has been shown to have that nucleus of truth.
          And being a crotchetty old coot, I like complaining if anything gets changed.
          However, I did take close notice of what is happening with public awareness. A pattern emerges. I pondered about the conspiracy thing - how it has grown to be an industry.
          At first I was vehemntly against anyone who spouted such nonsense - specially "chemtrails". I was so strident about it that I was being blamed for being an "Illuminati" . LOL!
          Since I did know that some of the conspiracy stuff was true (economic collapse) I hypothesised that all the tinfoil-hat stuff was a public campaign to sow red-herrings.
          I said "How do you get "the cat" back in "the bag"? - you throw a bunch of fake cats around the place, then when they are found to be fake, the real one will be assumed to be fake also - and you quietly slip it back in the bag."
          But now I am seeing that many of these fake cats are real cats wrapped in feaux fur .. which would conform more with fashion.
          I don't believe that cloud seeding is some atttempt to execute a eugenics program, that would be more effectively done by .. hmmm chicken? LOL! No, there is no need for that either.
          Most things happen by accident - both our great advances and our terrible mistakes, humans are so vain they think they are responsible for everything. We are, however good at adapting - but only if we allow our perceptions to come back to planet Earth. The truth was never sexy.

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