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New CSIRO head wants to make water divining easier for farmers (Melbourne Skeptics)

By Ben Finney |

The incoming leader of our top scientific research organisation is promoting water-dowsing to Australian farmers.

The CSIRO has a new leader, Dr. Larry Marshall, who will take the reins in 2014-12.

Currently the managing director of the California-based Southern Cross Venture Partners, an outfit specialising in creating and growing Australian technology companies, Dr Marshall holds a doctorate in physics from Macquarie University. He has 20 patents to his name and has co-founded six companies.

The 52-year-old, who admits he hasn’t applied for a job in 25 years, suspects it was this combination of science and business that got him the CSIRO’s top job following a competitive global search.

“I started as a scientist, became an entrepreneur and learnt a lot about business the hard way,” he said.

Innovation Minister Ian Macfarlane, whose portfolio takes in science, welcomed Dr Marshall’s appointment.

Highlighting his commercial background, Mr Macfarlane said Dr Marshall’s arrival came at a time when the agency was embarking on a “significant new phase” in which the CSIRO would play an increasingly important role in the economy. This included strengthening links between business and science, he said.

The leader of CSIRO is chiefly welcomed by Australia’s Innovation Minister? What about our Science Minister? Oh that’s right, Australia’s current government has scrapped the ministry for science. Instead, our Prime Minister has appointed himself the head of a Science Council, with no minister responsible for science — and CSIRO left to the mercies of the “industry” portfolio.

So our federal government’s appointed head of CSIRO, Larry Marshall, himself seems to place much more emphasis on what is financially profitable than what is scientifically sound. He’s not been working as a scientist for a very long time; the past 25 years was spent as a venture capitalist.

And now, on the basis that charlatans can fool him, he wants to use his new position as head of CSIRO to fund research for water dowsing.

He’d like to see the development of technology that would make it easier for farmers to dowse or divine for water on their properties.

“I’ve seen people do this with close to 80 per cent accuracy and I’ve no idea how they do it,” he said.

“When I see that as a scientist, it makes me question, ‘is there instrumentality that we could create that would enable a machine to find that water?’

“I’ve always wondered whether there’s something in the electromagentic field, or gravitation anomaly.”

Dr Marshall believes the CSIRO can ‘push the envelope’ with such projects and contribute to improving agricultural productivity.

Really? Shouldn’t we reserve funding for technologies whose claimed phenomenon can pass a simple blinded controlled objective study, rather than assuming Larry Marshall has seen it and he can’t be fooled? (The Victorian Skeptics has a guide to dowsing among other educational materials.)

In an age when all of climate science shows that we are in for, among other catastrophic results, devastating drought unless we act now to reverse our damaging activities, Australia’s leading government science body will spend its precious attention on pseudoscience and fakery.

We are under the rule of one of the worst governments in Australian history, in terms of the scientific soundness of policy.

Dowsers in the military (Ohio Buckeye Dowsers website)

Accessed Oct 6, 2014

General Rommel of the German Army- Don Nolan

General Patton “(U.S. Army). General Patton had a complete willow tree flown to Morocco so that a dowser could use branches from it to find water to replace the wells the German Army had blown up. The British army used dowsers on the Falkland Island to remove mines.”

– Don Nolan

“General Patten had two young men from Tennessee transferred to his unit. It is said that an Army moves on it’s belly, I suggest that it and it’s machines need water as well. Without these water wells we would have lost our butts on that front.”

Vernon Cameron, “a dowser, told Navy officials, where all the U.S. and other submarines were located by map dowsing. They would not confirm or deny his findings, but a few years later he wasdenied a passport because he was considered a security risk.”

– Don Nolan

Hanna Kroeger – “…for years Cal-Tech was teaching the use of the pendulum to especially bright and interested graduate students. …So let’s join the smart and intelligent crowd and use the pendulum.”  

Louis Matachia – “…in the late 1960’s, a dowser named Louis Matachia did demonstrate dowsing at Quantico, on a mock-up of a Vietnamese village. However, I don’t believe he ever “trained” the Marines in dowsing, or that dowsing was ever officially sanctioned by any service.”

“In the USA, Louis J Matacia is a surveyor who has studied dowsing for years.  During the Vietnam War he was commissioned to teach dowsing skills to US Marines so that they could avoid booby traps, navigate safely through jungles and learn the whereabouts of the enemy. Soldiers reported that using the L-rod in this way saved many lives. Louis is particularly interested in the challenge of the search. Using his dowsing together with a range of scientific devices he has located lost pipes, oil, wells, caves and buried treasures.”

“The New York Times reported that the U.S. Marine Corps used dowsing in Vietnam (Baldwin, 1967)”

“By Cosmos. Comment posted 07-Feb-2006 @05:14pm:”I’ve seen it work in Viet Nam to locate enemy tunnels. We would use copper L shaped rods and when we walked over a tunnel the rods would cross. We would dig down and always find them.
I also witnessed a wooden divining rod find water in Viet Nam – in the highlands where it was not always so easy to find. In this case the “diviner” was a “Sea Bee” and he walked around with this stick and when he got to a certain spot the stick twisted so much in his hands the bark split off. I thought he was twisting the stick himself so I asked him if I could try it and sure enough I could feel it twisting also. He put a stake in the ground where he wanted to drilling rig to drill and left the area. When he came back he found the engineers had started drilling about 5 feet from his stake. After drilling over 200 feet down they didn’t hit water. The Sea Bee then ordered them to drill where his stake was and they hit water at 75 feet.”

“During the Viet Nam conflict ( War for lack of a better term) We used dowsers to locate enemy tunnel systems and weapons cache’s. Here our military brought in teams of dowsers, not to simply locate these materials, but to teach the skill to others. Then came the job nobody wanted, the “Tunnel Rat”. The poor bastard that armed with a side arm and a satchel charge of c-4; would enter these underground labyrinths to seek and destroy. Not a bad job till you find out that most had to be done by complete darkness in the tunnel in case there was a guard on duty. If that weren’t bad enough, our little buddies sometimes left behind a few small pit vipers. Yes no one except for the few volunteered for this job!”

“Armed Forces (dowsing used by the British Army since Colonial times); dowsing appeared in USSR army manuals in 1930 for the finding of water in remote areas; dowsing used by the First and Third US Marine Divisions in Vietnam, 1967, as a simple, low-cost method for locating Vietcong tunnels, which were used for communication, storage depots, supply network, command posts, training centres, hospitals and sally ports for over twenty years (Bossart 1968 in the Project Poorboy Annual Progress Report; Bird 1979, Chapter 11)).”

Robert A. Swanson is author of “The Miracle of Dowsing: How This Dowser Found the Ace of Spades Saddam”. [I found this one interesting… whether it is true or not…I’ll leave that up to you! – bfg]

California water witches see big business as the drought drags on (The Guardian)

Dowsers, sometimes known as ‘water witches,’ are in high demand in drought-stricken California, where four dry years find farmers and vintners taking desperate measures

Mary Catherine O’Connor

Monday 15 September 2014 07.00 BST


Sharron Hope has been a dowser since 1997. Markedly cheaper than hiring a hydrogeologist – which can cost as much as $50,000 – Hope OFFERS her services for around $500 a consultation. Video: Mary Catherine O’Connor

Outside of a farmhouse on a 1,800-acre organic dairy farm near Oroville, California, Sharron Hope bends over a printout of a Google Earth map, holding a small jade Buddha pendant. The map shows a small section of the farm to the east, and Hope is hunting for water. As the pendant swings, she notes a subtle change in motion that, she says, indicates she has found some.

Is there any significance to the jade? No, she says, I just like it. Plus, she adds, “I figure Buddha’s gotta know.”

Hope is a water dowser, or someone who uses intuition, energy VIBRATIONS and divining rods or pendulums to mark the best spots for wells.

As California rounds the corner towards a four-year historic drought, many farmers and vintners have become completely reliant on groundwater. After divvying surface water allotments to satisfy urban, ecosystem and industrial needs, farmers in many parts of the state received little or no irrigation water from state agencies this year. In a normal year, allotments would cover roughly two-thirds of farmers’ needs.

1Sharron Hope, a water dowser in California, uses a jade pendant to locate underground water on a map. Photograph: Mary Catherine O’Connor

Under these severe drought conditions, the success or failure of a well can mean the success or failure of a farm or vineyard, so before the drill bit hits the dirt, landowners need an educated guess as to where to find the most productive well site on their property. To get that, they can call in a professional hydrogeologist, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars – or they can drop a fraction of the cost on a dowser, such as Hope.

Despite a distinct lack of empirical evidence regarding dowsers’ efficacy, demand is high and dowsers’ phones are ringing off the hook.

“I’ve gotten far more calls this year from farmers looking for a water dowser than in most years,” says Sacramento-based Donna Alhers, who heads the Sierra Dowsers, a chapter of the American Society of Dowsers.

Water dowsers from around the state are also seeing a spike in demand. “I’m getting a lot of calls from people whose wells have run dry,” Hope says.

Where did dowsing come from?

The exact origins of dowsing are murky, but its roots can be traced back as far as the Middle Ages. The practice, sometimes used by miners and fortune seekers, was reportedly condemned in the 16th century as the work of the devil.

Today, dowsers hail from one of two camps. Some have agrarian backgrounds, and learned the practice from ancestors who used it to locate good sites for wells on their own or their neighbors’ farms. The second group hails from the New Age movement and tend to be devotees of a wide range of mystical practices and “energy work”.

Traditionally, dowsing has been used not just to find groundwater, but also minerals and natural gas. Many dowsers claim they can dowse anything, from lost items or pets to criminals on the lam. You name it, they say they can divine it.

Hope began dowsing for water in 1977 after learning about the practice from Walter Woods, a science teacher at Butte College, where she was a STUDENT. Woods had learned dowsing from his father, a farmer, and eventually became a well-known authority on dowsing. He authored a widely read dowsing primer, Letter to Robin, and served as president of the American Society of Dowsers.

Woods taught Hope to scan for signs of groundwater by observing the landscape and looking for signs like deer trails. “Deer have magnetite in their pineal gland [an endocrine gland in the brain]. As water moves underground, electrons are stripped out and move to the surface,” Hope says. “Deer can sense it and tend to walk along that vein of underground water toward a spring.” Dowsing is based on the premise that humans can tap into that energy, too, using instruments such as branches and pendulums.

Energy marks the spot

After Hope finishes with the map, she heads out to the spots she has marked, walking the land and searching for very faint energy markings over the landscape, which she’ll use more talismans to locate.

She begins a general scan of the area with a forked pine branch, holding the ends in her hands and sweeping it through the air. Despite scientific evidence, Hope believes that the branch she holds channels the energy emitted by submerged water. Once she homes in on the most promising region (which matches, as it turns out, the area she had marked on the map) she TRADES the branch for what are known in the dowsing world as “L-rods”, two long metal bars with a short handle and long extension, forming an L.

2Sharron Hope works as a dowser in California’s CENTRAL VALLEY. Here she uses a pine branch to lead her to to a potential well site. Photograph: Mary Catherine O’Connor

Hope holds these in front of her, with her elbows at 90 degrees, and walks slowly up – and then laterally along – the rise. As the long ends of the bars begin to fall away from each other, she stops.

The energy moving up from the groundwater, she says, creates a field that L-rods respond to. This, she says, marks the edge of the underground stream. She then traverses the hillside, down slope, and stops again when the bars cross in front of her. This, she explains, marks the spot where two veins of groundwater cross over each other, making it a potentially very productive well site.

“I have goosebumps,” Hope says with a smile. “I feel the energy moving up from the ground.”

Although Hope and other dowsers often refer to underground veins and streams, USGS hydrologist Ralph Health, in a highly cited report on groundwater basics, says the vast majority of groundwater is found in relatively still aquifers. Swiftly moving streams are quite rare.

Water, water everywhere

Out in the field, Hope locates three possible well sites in roughly 30 minutes. She decides that the third is the best option, even though she doesn’t think it has the strongest flow rate, because it is relatively shallow at 200 feet (about 61 meters) below ground and is the most accessible and FLAT option. Daley stakes the spot and the dowsing is done. Daley is now awaiting drilling permits, and once those come through, she’ll call in a local driller.

“I have about 90% accuracy,” Hope claims, meaning that 90% of the sites she recommends produce water.

This actually isn’t that surprising, hydrogeologists say. “Dowsers may seem convincing, but when [their practice is] exposed to scientific review, groundwater is very prevalent, so it’s hard to miss it when you drill a well,” says Ted Johnson, chief hydrogeologist for the Water Replenishment District of Southern California and president of the board of the Groundwater Resources Association of California. “When you use science to site a well, you can test for quality, depth and how long [the flow] will last.”

To site a well, hydrogeologists will review driller well logs from the Department of Water Resources and geologic maps that show areas of alluvial soils, under which groundwater is most likely to accumulate. To really zero in on well sites, they drill a test well, which produces cuttings of the various strata. They then test for each layer’s ability to transport water. It’s a time-consuming and expensive process.

Because a landowner is unlikely to hire both a dowser and a hydrogeologist to see who finds the best-producing well (though that could make for some mildly entertaining reality television), the two groups coexist and generally ignore each other, aside from tossing verbal jabs.

“I’m a scientist and I’ve been trained on scientific principles, and that’s what I use [to locate groundwater],” says Tim Parker, a hydrogeologist and independent consultant based in Sacramento. “There’s no scientific evidence that dowsing is more effective than random chance.”

Of cash and crops

So why are so many farmers turning to dowsers instead of hydrologists? Part of it’s probably the money: dowsers might charge $1,000 (Hope charges most of her clients around $500, and less for a small residential well), while a big consulting firm costs $10,000 to $50,000, Johnson says. “All a farmer cares about is getting the groundwater,” he says.

But Cynthia Daley, who hired Sharron Hope to dowse for a well on her dairy farm, says it’s not about costs. “Dowsing is based on energy and it is something that the scientific community has not embraced, but I’m not arrogant enough to think science knows everything – and I am a scientist; I have a PhD,” she says.

Whether farmers and vintners are using dowsers merely as a result of their relative affordability or out of a strong belief in the practice is hard to, well, divine. What is clear is that the popularity of dowsing is growing, not just in the CENTRAL VALLEY, but throughout the state.

Daley, who has degrees in animal science with a doctorate in endocrinology, is a professor in the College of Agriculture at nearby California State University at Chico, where she runs an organic dairy program. She is developing an organic dairy operation on her property, which is why she’s drilling wells. “Everyone I know who has had wells put in around here has used dowsers.”

Many more wells are springing up. State agencies from counties around California are issuing twice – and sometimes three times as many – well drilling permits this summer than last summer, according to the Associated Press.

Keeping Marc Mondavi busy

Marc Mondavi, grandson of Napa Valley WINE pioneer Cesare Mondavi and a longtime dowser, says that he can’t keep up with the demand: “I’m doing anywhere from two to four projects a week and I’m backlogged, and drillers around here are backlogged for three to five months.”

Mondavi uses dowsing not only as a revenue stream, but also as a means of marketing his own brand, The Divining Rod. He doesn’t shy away from the name “water witch”, a term other dowsers consider pejorative. His daughter Alycia Mondavi even made a short promo VIDEO CALLED “My Dad is a Witch.”

He acknowledges it’s hard not to strike groundwater, but says that using his intuitive dowsing skills allows him to find the best spots, especially as the drought depletes the water table. “No matter where you drill, you might hit [a flow of] four gallons per minute,” he says. “In those areas maybe I can find eight to 10 gallons per minute.”

The dowsing divide might persist for decades to come, but there is plenty of indisputable evidence that groundwater is being overtaxed as the drought drags on. Amplifying the problem of groundwater scarcity, policy experts say, is a lack of regulation. That looks likely to change. Governor Brown is expected to sign one of three separate groundwater regulation bills currently sitting on his desk.

Some agriculture groups, including the Agriculture Council of California and Blue Diamond Growers, have rallied against the bills, saying they will drive up costs for already cash-strapped farmers and deny long-held water rights.

But Daley says groundwater is too important to remain unchecked. “We have to regulate it. It’s a very important resource.”

Until that happens, however, sun-baked farmers will keep digging for rain.

Mary Catherine O’Connor is an independent reporter and co-founder of Climate Confidential.

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El polémico chamán que paró la lluvia (Kienyke)

Por: KienyKe

Este es el tolimense a quien le pagaron cuatro millones de pesos para que no se …

Se califica como un radiestesista. Un hombre capaz de manipular las fuerzas de la naturaleza y de encontrar, por medio de energías, agua y tesoros escondidos. Este campesino de 61 años nacido en Dolores (Tolima), un pueblo con 3.700 habitantes,  es hoy un personaje conocido en todo el país.

Los colombianos presenciaron la clausura del Mundial Sub-20 de fútbol y, aunque era época invernal, esa noche no llovió. Nadie sabía que detrás de ese verano artificial estaba Jorge Elías González, el hombre que por medio de ritos asegura que puede desaparecer las nubes grises.

Nació en una familia de campesinos. Dice no ser indígena, ni chamán, ni brujo, sino es un sacerdote radiestesista. Aprendió de la naturaleza por su padre, Jorge Enrique González. Él recorría el campo buscando minerales, mezclando las plantas y tratando de dominar la naturaleza. Siempre le enseñó a su hijo que hay que conocer para jugar y gobernar. En la adolescencia, guiado por el mensaje de su padre, caminaba ensimismado por el pueblo o se internaba en los bosques. Los habitantes pensaban que se había vuelto loco.

Jorge Elías González trabaja con las energías para manipular la naturaleza.

En 1997, la Primera Dama de la Nación lo invitó a Dinamarca para que ahuyentara las nubes danesas durante una festividad. Poco a poco los personajes influyentes del país fueron hablando de él. La fe le ganó al escepticismo y después González confirmó su dominio. Ha participado en las cinco últimas versiones del Festival de Teatro de Bogotá. Su trabajo ha sido efectivo y los participantes han logrado salir a los eventos callejeros sin mojarse.

Su nombre empezó a sonar a raíz del escándalo por el detrimento patrimonial de 1.900 millones de pesos durante la ceremonia de clausura del Mundial Sub-20 de Fútbol en el estadio El Campín de Bogotá. Según denunció la Contraloría, el Instituto Distrital de Recreación y Deporte (IDRD) invirtió 4.700 millones de pesos. Cuando analizaron los gastos encontraron imprecisiones en alimentación, tiquetes y hospedaje. La inversión más curiosa fue la contratación de Jorge Elías, por cerca de cuatro millones de pesos.

El hombre de la lluvia cumplió. Aunque los funcionarios de la contraloría cataloguen el gasto como injustificado, la directora del Teatro Nacional, Ana Martha de Pizarro, –quien se encargó de la ceremonia de clausura del evento– defiende a González y asegura que el radiestesista hizo su labor y, por tanto, merecía el pago. El hombre seguirá participando en los eventos, para que a los colombianos no se les agüen las fiestas.