by Joel Carlinsky
In the late 80s and early 90s, a number of right-wing militia members got interested in cloudbusting as a result of James DeMeo having a series of articles and interviews published in Acres, USA, an organic farm journal catering to a readership of avant-gard farmers and right-wing conspiracy theorists with an interest in radionics, Anthroposophy, and other forms of agriculturaly-oriented superstition. DeMeo seriously miscalculated. He tried to publicize cloudbusting so they would fund HIS work, and was quite upset when they predictably went and built their own cloudbusters and tried it themselves instead. He didn't know how self-reliant and independent farmers tend to be, as compared with the academics he was used to dealing with.
After first turning them on to cloudbusting, he got furious at them for doing it. His authoritarian orders to them to stop fell on deaf ears. If he didn't want them to try it, he should have kept his mouth shut. The result of his ill-advised fundraising was a large number of rigid, armored, and mystical-minded people dabbling in cloudbusting without any understanding of the principals behind it or any familiarity with Reichian theory or psychology. To them, it was just another Radionics machine, working on some unknown principal.
I have no information on Timothy McVeigh except what I read in the papers, but there was a cloudbuster on his brother`s Michigan farm which was shown on ABC-TV, and the researcher for the Peter Jennings show had previously phoned me to get background information on cloudbusting for the segment. (She lied about what they wanted the information for, too)
One of the products of the blunder by DeMeo was a very wet summer in the upper Midwest, with the Mississippi River flooding worse than at any time in the last 500 years, while there was a drought in the East. After Eva Reich brought to my attention the unusual weather pattern on the sattilite photos, I made a few phone calls and was able to track down the group of farmers in Wisconsin and Minnisota who had set up TEN (!) cloudbusters and left them drawing without further attention because, having contacted DeMeo for advice and having received orders not to proceed, but to hire him instead, they had quite reasonably decided they had no choice but to teach themselves by trial and error.
They did stop when I told them there was a connection between their cloudbusting and the floods to the south of them, but they had not seen it for themselves because they had never been told that the effects of a cloudbuster could extend farther than a single farm, and thought they needed one cloudbuster for each farm! DeMeo is thus indirectly responsible for the Mississippi flooding that year. And for a lot of cloudbusters in the hands of people who know and care nothing for orgonomy.