"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."A senior Bush aide, speaking to New York Times Sunday Magazine, September 04
“The most critical factor facing the refining industry on the West Coast is the surplus of refining capacity, and the surplus gasoline production capacity. (The same situation exists for the entire U.S. refining industry.) Supply significantly exceeds demand year-round. This results in very poor refinery margins and very poor refinery financial results. Significant events need to occur to assist in reducing supplies and/or increasing the demand for gasoline." From an internal Texaco strategy memo
"US military scientists are working on weather systems as a potential weapon. The methods include the enhancing of storms and the diverting of vapor rivers in the Earth's atmosphere to produce targeted droughts or floods." Dr. Rosalie Bertell in The Times, November 23rd, 2000
So, I went out tonight. Serious! Now, usually, I am in the studio, making noises. Last night was dope for that. Did the vocals for 1234567 with Danny, was ACE on STILTS. Shit sounds so funky. Anyway. Tonight we went for dinner with some jewelry making, movie producing, magazine writing, LA living, channel hopping motherfuckers. Was well fun. And all I am saying is - David Cronenberg plus Martin Amis = HAPPY ME. That is all.
Have I ever spoke about my love of Amis? Prolly. I have never read a bad book by that man. Sure, his working class characters can come off as caricatures sometimes. But so did Dickens'. I am not offended, not when the shit is so good. Dead Babies is still my favourite book. And London Fields... well.
Anyway. In relation to those quotes, I have been getting a lot of email on the subject of weather modification lately. A lot of you want to know if it is real.
Weather modification technology has existed for a long time. The British and US military got very excited about it in the fourties ("If we had that, we'd have won the war in six years!"), when New Zealand successfully created tsunamis by blowing up stuff underwater. "It's a bit like sliding backwards and forwards in a bath - the waves grow higher," said Dr Willem de Lange, of the Department of Earth Sciences, in '99.
More recently, in his autobiography, Through the Eyes of the Enemy, Lt Col Stanislav Lunev - the highest ranking defector from Soviet military intelligence - spoke of the seismic weapons being developed and tested by the USSR in the '80s. And Akif Gasanov, a former KGB intelligence officer, became aware of this business 20 years ago, in 1985 (weird how '85 is 20 years ago huh, fellow Smiths fans?).
"I became aware of this subject quite by accident," said he. "I was working in the Second Department (counterintelligence) in the linear branch of Western espionage... The information I received seemed fantastic. Certain scientists at the Academy of Sciences were working on problems associated with earthquakes. There was a certain Ikram Kerimov and a group of his associates, the most notable of whom was Dzhafar Dzhafarov, son of Khady Dzhafarov, the well-known [Azerbaijani Petrochemical Institute] professor.
Ikram Kerimov asserted that they could control and initiate earthquakes. Moreover, he said they had theoretical justification for their assertions and were attempting to obtain minimal financing in the academic sphere. In their opinion, there were grounds to believe that a number of earthquakes that had occurred recently may well have been initiated through a remote control device or accidentally triggered directional influence on the Earth's core.
We collected materials that might prove factually relevant, then drew up and submitted our report to the center.... It would usually take a month or more to process information. On this occasion, however, we received a conclusion very quickly. The assessment was fairly high for internal USSR information. It was treated as intelligence information. There was an immediate request to prepare the most extensive possible analytical reference package on the material and send it to the VPK (military-industrial complex). As a result of VPK study, a very high assessment was given. Scientists were then brought to Moscow to elaborate the subject matter. According to main information, an outstanding environment was created for them. They were afforded almost unlimited financing and the ability to conduct experiments.
In the late 1980s, a series of earthquakes took place encompassing a vast territory -- from India to Central Asia. Accusations of the use of tectonic weapons and directed towards the Soviet Union appeared in the Western press at that time. Our scientists who had participated in the development of tectonic weapons declined to give a response to all questions dealing with the nature of these earthquakes."
Here in the US, HAARP has been publicly doing it for a long time. The bill making it legal was a recent congress boredom. in 1996, an Air Force research paper entitled Weather As a Force Multiplier, called for an examination of "the concepts, capabilities, and technologies the United States will need to remain the dominant air and space force in the future"
"US aerospace forces can "own the weather" by capitalizing on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications. Such a capability offers the war fighter tools to shape the battlespace in ways never before possible. It provides opportunities to impact operations across the full spectrum of conflict and is pertinent to all possible futures. The purpose of this paper is to outline a strategy for the use of a future weather-modification system to achieve military objectives rather than to provide a detailed technical road map.
A high-risk, high-reward endeavor, weather-modification offers a dilemma not unlike the splitting of the atom. While some segments of society will always be reluctant to examine controversial issues such as weather-modification, the tremendous military capabilities that could result from this field are ignored at our own peril. From enhancing friendly operations or disrupting those of the enemy via small-scale tailoring of natural weather patterns to complete dominance of global communications and counterspace control, weather-modification offers the war fighter a wide-range of possible options to defeat or coerce an adversary."
I love that "some segments of society" bit.
Anyway. Those Texaco guys need worry no more. Reports are coming in of the oil lords already cutting refinery capacity in anticipation of the storm. If this turns bad we're looking at $5.00 or more per gallon of gasoline, rationing, lines and runs on fuel, natural gas & fuel oil price gouging. Not to mention the horrifying loss of human life when Rita rips through. I truly hope nothing comes of this, and it passes on by. It just feels as if we're pins awaiting recurrent bowling balls.. Yes.
So, those SAS guys that the British busted out with tanks? There's an arrest warrant out for them. Notice the BBC's reticence to mention they were dressed as Arabs. In fucking WIGS.
But anyway. There are a few reasons I might look forward to returning to England. They are few. And they involve people. Persons. Basically. Just a few. It is easy, when ensconced in sound, and activity, to forget such things. I always did that - surrounded myself in activity, with a conclusion somewhere in the future. And it always kept my mind off the rottenness I was in. And now, I am not in rottenness - I am temporarily (i hope) skint, but that is not what it was. Back in the day, I had to do terrible things to pay £35 rent. Now, the rent is past due, and I go, "nih". I don't debase myself and others to meet that end, because I no longer have to. Maybe I will again. Maybe. I hope not. But. I don't know that. Still.
They are arresting people in London, on the tube, for having laptops, under the guise of anti-terrorist activities. Then they search their homes. Then they keep their laptops.
They kept my laptop, I'd be fucked. I use that thing a damn sight more than I use my penis. And they'd find plenty in it, in line with the current UK ideas of what terrorism construes. I have no bomb making kits. But I have plenty of writings concerning a mistrust of that government. And that is enough, now.
US TV is full of Nazi documentaries. I see them - Danny Saber, a good Jew is obsessed - and I see us, and I laugh, a cold, dead, dry laugh.
A question - when you saw The Graduate, did you see him run into the church, or crash in with a hang glider?
It is an important question. I'll tell you why another day.
Oh, one more thing - expect an earthquake in San Francisco anytime soon. Aside from the new things I hear, Jeb Bush has been hinting at it for ages.
So it goes, eh?