Well, it’s bright, but merry? If you like to bask in the glow of a firestorm, I suppose so. Besides, we should probably get used to global warming-caused landscape combustibility and the air scented with sulfur instead of pine scent in Christmases yet to come.
In fact, two evilish elves–Nimbus and Darpa–are already rehearsing for that Apocalyptic Christmas Carol. They’re not really elves, of course, but they’re definitely mischief makers. Nimbus is the brainchild–or should I say brainstorm–of DARPA, the research and development arm of the U.S Defense Department, which is currently…
“soliciting innovative research and development (R&D) proposals on the underlying physics of lightning. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary and fundamental advances in atmospheric and ionospheric science relating to lightning.”
In other words, the military research agency wants to “‘harness control over ‘the natural mechanism of lightning initiation’ by coming up with a way to launch man-made lightning bolts, and prevent or redirect natural lightning strikes — and their accompanying destruction. “
So instead of attempting to heal the climate, our military geniuses are actively trying to turn it into a weapon to use against us. And this is nothing new. Applied Energetics (formerly Ionatron) most certainly will be submitting a proposal for Nimbus since they are already “developing gigantic lightning guns that will be able to stall a car from afar. Initially, they were focused on zapping people, but have since shifted their focus to harnessing lightning to shorting out vehicles and IEDs.”
In fact, the military has been hard at work channeling the powers of Zeus for more than a decade. You can read all about it in the 1996 report to the Air Force “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025“, which described itself in ‘96 as so entirely hypothetical it should be considered fictional, and is now being fully-funded. Here’s a brief excerpt:
“As indicated, the technical hurdles for storm developers in support of military operations are obviously greater than enhancing precipitation or dispersing fog as described earlier. One area of storm research that would significantly benefit the military operations is lightning modification. Most research efforts are being conducted to develop techniques to lessen the occurrence or hazards associated with lightning. This is important research for military operations and resource protection, but some offensive military benefit could be obtained by doing research on increasing the potential and intensity of lightning. Concepts to explore include increasing the basic efficiency of the thunderstorm stimulating the triggering mechanism that initiates the bolt and triggering lightning such as that which struck Apollo 12 in 1968. Possible mechanisms to investigate would be ways to modify the electropotential characteristics and certain targets to induce lightning strikes on the desired targets as the storm passes over their location.”
The puzzling thing about these (mis)adventures, aside from the fact that they seem both asinine and fraught with deadly peril for mankind, is that good old St. Nikola Tesla, whose inventions allowed the miracle of the burning bush seen above, harnessed the power of lightning a century ago. At the time, everyone thought he was mad (which made it so much easier to steal his ideas and either patent them or suppress them for their own fun and profit). Now, everyone knows he was a genius, but are forced to reinvent his technological miracles since no one bothered to ask him how to do it before he died (penniless, btw).
Tesla Electrostatic Propulsion – In Tesla’s Wardencliffe design, the top capacitance was chosen such that it could contain the entire charge developed in the secondary. Instead of breaking out to produce lightning bolts, the entire charge was discharged back through the secondary and into the ground. The effect was that he was producing a controlled lightning strike on the Earth. This would cause a very large wave to propagate around the Earth to the antipode, and reflect back to the power station. When the wave came back to the power station another controlled lightning bolt was coming down the secondary to add energy to the first wave, and so on. Eventually Tesla would have created standing waves on the Earth much like the spikes seen in figure 1.
These standing wave spikes would bring electrons very high into the atmosphere, and likely cause lightning discharges to increase at the location of the standing waves. This in turn would have affected the weather and possibly the climate.
Tesla further remarked that he could make these standing waves appear at any place on the Earth by building and controlling other power stations and using a type of triangulation system. In theory,Tesla could make the standing waves all peak in one particular place, causing who knows what kind of effects?
Anyway, unless I’m struck down by you-know-what, my Christmas wish is that the secrets Tesla took to the grave stay in the grave (we don’t need the military getting hold of the thing that creates earthquakes either). A Merry Christmas to all! And don’t forget to turn off the Christmas tree lights before you go to bed. It’s just safer that way.