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May 20, 2024

Here & Now #106: Trickle down

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Lismore. Monday, 7.35am

Wouldn’t it be good if the government could control the rain?

If it did, it certainly wouldn’t be raining here and now in Lismore. I could be enjoying my morning coffee in sunshine and my iPad wouldn’t be sprinkled with droplets trickling down over the weather report making it difficult to read.

In the interests of jobs, wealth creation and reigning in the awful budget deficit left to it by Labor, the rain, which is now splashing down uselessly on a Lismore CBD street as empty as parliament during a climate change speech, would certainly be allocated by a special PM’s Advisory Council on Rain to somewhere more productive, like, say, the Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia.

This operation takes 12 billion litres of water from the Great Artesian Basin every year.

That is obviously unsustainable. What if the Basin was sucked dry before all the uranium was extracted? Fiscally irresponsible, for sure.

Of course, it will take a few more years to completely drain the Basin, so no need to worry, but moving forward into the future, what then for continued production of this clean energy? Harvest the melting Antarctic ice? Import bottled water from China?

The Olympic Dam project is doomed… unless we find another water source. And I’m thinking that now that Aussie scientists don’t have funding for useless projects like biodiversity mapping and renewable energy innovation, they could devote their time to geo-engineering rain control. They could, say, divert rain from the North Coast and deposit it on the Roxby Downs area.

This would guarantee a continuing huge profit for the BHP Billiton, which, thanks to the trickle down effect, is good for ordinary Australians.

It would also guarantee a continuing supply of uranium to nuclear plants like Fukushima. Yes, it was proudly Australian uranium which supplied that plant. The accident was a one-off aberration which sees our processed uranium still spilling into the Pacific Ocean where, thankfully, its effect is negligible.

The Japanese government has assured its people and our government that there will never be another earthquake in Japan. That’s good. And that reopening its nuclear plants will create jobs, investment possibilities and will reign in the budget deficit left to them by the previous government. Due to the trickle down effect, this would make all Japanese people deliriously happy and want to have sex again.

At the moment though, the rain is wasted as it drops onto Carrington Street (and my iPad), runs into the gutters, and flows into the Wilsons River, which only dumps all this good water into a toxic ocean.

Sure some of this rain is falling on the paddocks and gardens of the north coast, but really, food does not come from around here. Nothing useful is produced around here, except for a few hippie types who want to live in some sort of environmental and social paradise.

Well, they had their chance at progress. The government, as directed by corporations, wanted to develop this area for coal seam gas production, but no, people were worried about the land and the groundwater and the little birdies…

Luckily, Metgasco is coming back and will bring jobs, wealth creation and a sure fix to the terrible deficit left to us by Labor.

This area could support thousands of CSG wells – if we had enough water. (One well uses about 2-3 million litres of water.)

So, maybe it’s good it’s raining here, despite the droplets on my iPad making tomorrow’s forecast unreadable. The rain will increase the groundwater reserves, providing a valuable resource for the fracking process.

And, tree-huggers, don’t worry about groundwater contamination. The coal seam lies above the aquifer – and there is no trickle down effect.


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  1. If the Government could control the rain, it would only rain in Sydney and the Northern Rivers would be in drought.

  2. Well The USofA is surely trying to control/manipulate the meteorological component of ou planet through such (highly denied)means such as HAARP-“High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program
    Project. Global Policy Forum, 5 November 1996 Michel Chossudovsky, Climate Manipulation as a War Weapon, p181-182.”
    Visually evidenced through the freuently observed non-natural phenonemon of Chem Trails

    (I used to be a conspiracy theory denier but on further research over the past decade I’ve become converted to the fact that many conspiracy theories are based on factual data and observations.)


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