The notion that Reich has been 'discredited' and, at that, 'thoroughly', is itself a commonplace without any foundation. Reich's work opened a singular and innovative trail of thought and discovery, normally sequestered from the attention of human beings. And his experiments were never properly replicated, understood nor developed upon.
His caution was thrown to the wind, both by events in the late part of his life, and even more so, by the outrageous mysticisms of his followers - who later proceeded to amalgamate his work to a whole series of orientalisms inherited from 'hippie-isms'. Reich himself wrote at the end of Orgonotic Pulsation: "unless we proceed cautiously, there might well arise a few generations of mystics who conceive of the orgone metaphysically, divorced from non-living nature and who do not comprehend it from the standpoint of natural science. And it seems to me that we have more than enough mysticism as it is." Unfortunately, such has indeed come to pass.
This underlies the fact that neither Reich's detractors nor his followers - his supposed defenders - have actually understood and reproduced enough of the substance of his work to contend either that they thoroughly discredited or accredited it.
As a member of this forum, maybe naively, I decided to buy a "cloudbuster" to test its effects (if any).
The main "orgonite grassroot movement" site, is the Don Croft's forum at http://www.ethericwarriors.com/
This is his description of the cloudbuster:
The Cloudbuster (CB)
[The Cloudbuster (CB) is an invention of Don & Carol Croft designed to deal with HAARP generated weather warfare (hurricanes and droughts), and Chemtrails. It consists of 6 copper pipes (usually 28mm) in 2 gallons of orgonite. Inside the pipes are quartz crystals (or Cesco coils). Crystals can be charged in water by them as well as pieces of orgonite, to enhance their effect. A large ST crystal can be placed in the middle, see pics at bottom of page.]
"Cloudbusters eliminate Chemtrails. These Croft Orgone Creations throw enormous volumes of all kinds of high-frequency etheric energy into the area. For miles. Cloudbusters work."--- Cbswork - Late May, 2004
I got the device from one of the recommended vendors, in the US.
I also asked him to send me four "towerbusters" (the small devices to be put next to the surrounding cell phone towers) for free. According to them, these are necessary to ensure cb effects are not distorted by electromagnetic waves of those antennas.
I received the device a few days after ordering. However the parcel had the wooden top spacer (to support the pipes) and the towerbusters missing. I guess they were just stolen by recepient custom agents.
I then contacted the vendor, and he kindly resent me for free the missing pieces, which I received in the next days.
All the devices were finally installed by the end of June.
The cloudbuster is located in a farm, in the temperate zone South America.
Although there are almost not chemtrails in that area, climate has changed radically in the last 10 or 15 years: very high, abnormal temperatures, abnormal precipitation patterns, and the menace of the ozone depletion, which, as you may know, affects specially the southern cone.
As the cloudbuster is said to be a "normaliser" of weather patterns (for example, cooler summers, etc), I decided it would be a good area to test it.
After several months, which has been the result?
There was absolutely no effect in weather patterns. By the way, all the region has been suffering (and still is) the worst drought in many many decades, which is threating not only farmers and crops, but also hydroelectric production.
Then, two weeks ago (January 2009), I remembered of a guy called James DeMeo, which has claimed Don Croft's cloudbusters cause drought:
I decided to remove the cloudbuster from its location, put copper tops on each of the six holes of the base.
Although the following week there was some rain (very few), the fact is that the drought still continues, and probably will for many weeks. There was no noticeable change in atmospheric patterns by removing "orgonite" from the environement.
...but the water was not sufficient to dispel the drought, the worst in 80 years...
By the way, that James DeMeo guy, is affiliated to the "chemtrails are contrails" theory:
Alexandra and Paulo Correa, from Aetherometry, have wrote a good review on DeMeo's work, which is worth reading:
Demeo makes evident why so many good scientists and thinkers have for so long hesitated in approaching Reich with the same honesty that our texts claim. Everything they read which purports to defend Reich is, in general, a veritable anathema for the scientific spirit and its quests. Now, it must be said, it wasn't Reich nor his mistakes - which, here and there, he also committed - that are responsible for this lameness of thought and weakness of investigation.
No. It was what the followers - who, almost to a man, betrayed Reich until his last hour - did (and with a vengeance, as PP5 also amply demonstrates) to disfigure every good thought and direction of investigation that Reich took. To dissolve, in and through the Reichian Church, the responsibility of any subsequent researcher in Orgonomy. To associate Reich's work with mystical and mythical dogmas from which there is no retreat except into further nonsense. To discard method as if science were a matter of fiat by faith.
What follows should probably be regarded, more properly, as an enterprise of healthy demolition of the most undignified collection of rubbish ever written in the name of Reich. (Oh yes, armed with our indulgent critique of Saharasianism, we can appreciate how Demeo is a Reichian not really because of Wilhelm, but because of Eva, the mother of all Matrist cultures.)
One thing is now certain - Demeo's new mission to suppress any mention of our extensive work - in basic physics, basic biology and the Aether Motor - has boxed him in even further than he was before. While Reich remains the overt 'despotic signifier' of the Demeo chapel, as it befits every iconolatry to have one, there is now a Lacanian absence, a 'barred signifier' - as Jacques Lacan was fond of putting it - whose covert identity has Aetherometry written all over it - and whose 'signified' are all the unreferenced allusions to our own work and findings, not to mention the clumsily hidden 'rebuttals' Demeo sprinkles throughout his PP5.
But as Demeo is about to finally find out - Aetherometry is more like Lacan's 'object a' than his 'despotic signifier' or its 'democratic signified'. Actual science takes no prisoners. In that respect, it shares a lot with the nomadism of Villa and Zapata.
Also interesting is http://www.aetherometry.com/Electronic_Publications/Politics_of_Science/demeo.php
I will conclude by saying Dr Reich's started a whole new world in science. It is up to us, to support people like the Correas, which are trying to honestly follow his teachings, understand his thoughts and reproduce his experiments.
Reich was smart, one of those scientists that only appear every many decades.