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The Chinese weather machine--commentary

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By Mike Forster

I caught a small item in the sports pages of the Roanoke Times the other day. Instead of being buried in the bowels of the sports page, I feel it should have been front page news.

In anticipation of playing host to the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Chinese government is claiming that it can control the weather. Reportedly, they are able to prevent rain when dry conditions are desired and create rain when wet conditions are preferred. This is no joke.


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