I came across a fascinating tale today. I am not sure whether it is a hoax, an programming experiment by an Australian television station, or a ominous foray into a private project to meddle with the Earth’s atmosphere. During my scan of today’s tidbits coming from cyberspace, I found one that begins with a story of a clandestine geo-engineering project, sponsored by an Australian billionaire, Harrison Wyld. Wyld does actually seem to exist, but little else about the story has the same ring of reality. But it may be and that’s the frightening part.
I found two parts of a 2009 interview with Wyld on an Australian website, Currents, that posts lots of outrageous stuff, for example this headlined story, “Man Dies After ‘Friends’ Insert Eel in His Rectum” Here they are.
It is not quite reassuring that Wyld believes (see Part 2) that in billionaires is the preservation of the earth. Henry David Thoreau would hardly agree. If I heard him right, he sees the Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and the other 1000 plus in this economic stratosphere as “living gods.”
The main story involves an Australian television show called [BlueBird](http://www.abc.net.au/innovation/bluebird/what_is_bbar.htm) which is delving into virtual reality. Not having seen it, I can’t give all the gory details, but it is advertised with the acronym, [NICCTW](http://www.nowicanchangetheworld.com.au/default.htm); now I can change the world. The scary part is that Wyld is alleged to be actually planning to do just that. For this, you have to look at another video, made just last week by the same interviewer that did the two of Wyld, above.
The claim is that Wyld is funding research on technology to change the reflectivity of the earth’s atmosphere such that more sunlight is sent back to space, resulting in lower temperatures at the earth’s surface. The method is claimed to be the injection of sulfate particles via some sort of rocket or device to disperse them into the stratosphere. This is not science fiction stuff. Cloud seeding is a variant of this using fine particles of silver iodide to seed raindrops in clouds. Back in 1957, I worked with a physicist, Bernord Vonnegut, who proposed to inject very fine carbon particles into the atmosphere to absorb more of the energy and change the thermal behavior of clouds. Vonnegut ran the first trials of cloud seeding with mixed results. The was some evidence that the experiment created some tornadoes.
The science fiction aspect is that of a living god taking on the salvation of the Earth, because, as he says in the interview, government and the bureaucrats are not up to the job. I hope the story is just part of the ballyhoo about this TV program. It’s hard to believe any of the materials I read, especially when they come from a website that looks a lot like the Onion and another one associated with the Australian Broadcasting Company that says that what’s coming is all part of a virtual reality. Wyld is certainly real and rich enough to do something like this. This all feels a lot like the 1976 movie, “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” starring David Bowie. As synchronicity would have it, I watched this at home just last week.
I hope some of you will follow this and comment. I need help in uncovering the real story. If this is true, then is Wyld a god, a terrestrial terrorist, an ultimate narcissistic personality, or a creature from outer space?