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Aquiess Weather Modification
Status: Highly questionable
A company called Aquiess, led by David Miles, claims to have developed technology that can bring rain to drought-ridden areas. Sounds a bit dubious to me, but Miles has managed to convince some farmers in Geelong, Australia that this is the real deal. The farmers have hired him on the agreement that they'll pay him if it rains. So if it doesn't rain, they remain out of luck. And if it does rain, they're going to pay some guy for something that is probably due to natural causes. According to the Aquiess homepage the technology somehow works via blasting weather systems with electromagnetic pulses:
oceanic rainfall is sought from outside the sovereign territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, and drawn into the desired regional target utilizing licensed resonance technology.
Oh, and it can prevent hurricanes too:
weather downgrade capability (W-V) is the aquiess program, involving remote weather observation, algorithms, software and hardware systems utilized to target severe weather patterns via pulses which act to de-intensify those patterns.
Chris Sounness, a climate specialist for the Department of Primary Industries, issued a press release recently blasting the Aquiess weather modification claims, calling them a cruel hoax and saying that:
"Leading climate researchers across Australia confidently state that resonance technology is not based on any peer-reviewed science. The current duping of farmers builds hopes and if it doesn't rain, causes anguish."
But Aquiess seems to have its supporters in the government, such as federal Member for Mallee John Forrest who has stated that:
"Whoever in the department signed that press release should be tarred and feathered... If David Miles is right he'll be a hero. I'm behind him 100 per cent and I've had a gut full."
Personally, I think the farmers would be better off praying for rain like the residents of Lubbock are doing. At least that's free.
Categories: Science
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 30, 2006
Some more on raimakers:
http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=91
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  02:20 AM
Wow

If you or your wife are having a child and want to know it's sex, even from this distance with no clues I will predict it correctly with 100% accuracy (accepting a slight margin for error)

If by some misfortune I should guess wrong you pay nothing. You only pay me if I guess correctly. smile
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  03:05 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-06-29-china-rain_x.htm

China hopes for a rain free games.
Posted by Pixie  in  Germany  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  09:52 AM
Well after reading Pixie's article I guess there is a legitimate science to cloud seeding/rainmaking. But, that still doesn't mean Miles isn't running the old rainmaking scam...
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  01:59 PM
Something tells me the Aquiess (Acquiesce?) (Aqueous?) technology has Lifewave patches hidden inside it somewhere.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Plainview, Texas  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  03:38 PM
Ask Sourness if he has a Weather Engineering Degree per se if he has not he is NOT qualified to speak in This Honourable Court(ex Judge). Weather Modification is recognised by the WMO and likened to the pursuit of putting a Man on the Moon.David Miles is one of many in the field of Weather Modification / Engineering. The World HQ for Insurance is aware of at least 14 different core sciences of Weather Modification and probably on average a sub core of 3 to 5 for each so you are looking at potentially 50 variants of weather modification to cause it to rain,not rain, kill, maime typhoons and the like. As the years go forward man will recognise that "Man Controls The Weather " - parable - whose stuffing this cat you're only holding it.In essence there will be more public education as the equipment and people who use it do not seek publicity. Does it work Yes. The frustrating thing is convincing ostriches. We are at the cusp of a new era where you will see a new generation attack the vagaries of weather including drought stricken areas the likes of never seen before through evolving technology.Bottom line God did not intend us to sit on our arses and pray for rain. "He" gave us a brain to help him do His Work too!
Posted by John Green  on  Sat Oct 24, 2009  at  12:24 AM
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