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Mitch SMith

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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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    Dec 15 2012: 2nd post, keep it brief. Went to public meeting in the last fortnight. Special administrator, very slick presentation trying to argue local hospital insolvent when it isn't. PFI initiative repayments too expensive in current economic climate but legally water-tight. Special administrator arguing closure of local hospital only answer and so not true. Sure you know the expression 'lies, damned lies and statistics'. Three london boroughs left with minimal Accident and Emergency cover and closure of associated surgical wards etc. People will die. So went to public meeting and filled out the IPSOS-MORI form and wrote to my M.P. (who wrote back). Actually stood up and said my piece at the meeting. Too many people driven by the clock still, warm in their offices with access to the latest technology. The rest of us literally silenced by closure of public facilities like libraries so denied access to photocopiers etc. Don I am incredibly lucky in so many ways, social mobility in this country being shut down tight.
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      Dec 16 2012: What is solvency if it is not health?
      You know, I see all the juvenile arguements about capitalism and socialism.
      The truth is that all value is current - it's what we eat - it is what we all need to stay alive. There is no other value.
      If you want a library - get together with your neighbors and start one.
      If you want a hospital. Learn the skills of nursing, midwivery, folk remedy and subvert doctors to become humans and do their work for produce or the love of it.
      There is no government - haven't you noticed that?
      There are a series of warlords.
      Walk away from them and just let community re-form - it does it all by itself - we are wired to produce it simply by being human - it needs no enforcement, it needs no government.
      Be suspect of the seed of the tower: hierarchy.
      We were sold the lie that the many labour so the few can lead and this is civillisation. This is a lie.
      What we call civillisation is the opposite - it is barbarism.
      The religions are perverted to seed our ruin through the heavenly father who does not exist.
      There is a heavenly love - it is nothing like a father or ruler. It is the principle which nurtures and permits - there is no rod there is no staff - it was all a lie.
      And the tower is set to fall - this is a cause for great cellebration - all who resist will be swept away.
      So polute my skies radiate my waters, make weapons to destroy the world a thousand times over - this gives me great joy - the final suicide of perversion. Bring it on and bring it on soon.

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