Wilhelm Reich, in his book, "The Murder of Christ" spoke of the harm done to the cause of freedom by irresponsible "Freedom Peddlers" and warned about the possibility that his own work would be similarly usurped by "Orgonomy Peddlers" who would use it in harmful ways.
As with so much Reich said, this warning has been ignored by many people favorably disposed toward Reich and his work, many of whom are supporting and encouraging individuals whose reckless and irresponsible misuse of Reich's discoveries and incompetent and misguided efforts to "prove Reich right" are causing serious ecological damage.
I wish to make clear that the criticism that follows is not directed at Reich and his theories, but only at the actions of certain present-day Reichians whom I regard as incompetent and irresponsible "Orgonomy Peddlers" of the type Reich warned about. I specifically am not contesting the facts of orgone biophysics, but the misguided application of those facts by one group of proponents of Reich's work, specifically, Dr. James DeMeo and his associates.
I am convinced that Dr. DeMeo and his associates are doing a great deal of harm to the environment and innocent members of the public as well as hurting the long-term prospects for serious investigation of Reich's discoveries by ill-conceived cloudbusting operations conducted without proper ecological knowledge or concern for the environment.
Dr.DeMeo's obsessive compulsion to convert unbelievers and his need to gather statistics has resulted in devastation to ecosystems and other damages due to storms, floods, and freezing weather.
In 1989, DeMeo, then living in the San Francisco Bay area, conducted a series of cloudbusting operations in the Arizona desert. As recounted in his article in "The Journal of Orgonomy", he first visited Arizona in March, two months before the rainy season starts, and within 3 days had produced rain.
He subsequently visited Arizona one weekend each month during the 5-month rainy season and brought rain each time for a seasonal total of 5 times the normal rainfall for the area in which he was working.
Now, in any area with a well-defined wet season and dry season, all native plant and animal species are adapted to the normal dry season and need it.
Small burrowing mammals such as pocket mice, kangaroo rats, gophers, etc. give birth underground in the dry season; if it rains unexpectedly at the wrong time of year, the burrows flood and the infants drown; reptiles such as snakes, lizards, the desert tortoise, which is on the endangered species list, the gila monster, found only in Arizona, lay their eggs in the dry season under a thin coat of sand, just enough to hide them but allow the sun to incubate them.
If it rains out of season, the sand is washed away and they lose a clutch of eggs. These small mammals and reptiles are the base of the food chain and if their population crashes so will that of the owls, coyotes, badgers, and other predators that depend on them.
In "Contact With Space", Reich described exactly what he did in Arizona. He spent 5 months in the desert. He drove 100 miles every day just to familiarize himself with the landscape so he could note any changes in it. By contrast, James DeMeo lived in Northern California and commuted to the desert one weekend a month.
After 5 months of patient work, Reich succeeded in obtaining a lush growth of grass WITHOUT A DROP OF RAIN HAVING FALLEN ---- That's right!
Reich, according to his own report, did not create rain in the desert and did not want to!
This is different from what we do. DeMeo uses methods that are different from both Reich and Croft.
Let us also, for the fun of it, presume (as Seth talked about) that our emotions are very connected to the weather system worldwide.
It's trying so hard, straining to be understood but it speaks a different language than I do. It screams of discontent and longing, of fear and irrationality. The Mistral can be used as a line of defense in a murder trial - the Mistral blew right through me, icing my heart and forcing me to kill. The Mistral whispers of change, but it's not an innocent whisper in a quiet library.
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