Southern California, 1990

A Special Report compiled and edited for the Journal of Borderland Research
By Thomas J. Brown, Director, Borderland Sciences Research Foundation

OPERATION CLINCHER was the climactic operation in a series of four etheric weather engineering projects, carried out by Trevor Constable and his group. All four projects were aimed at air pollution reduction in Southern California. As required by law, all the projects were filed in advance of commencement, with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Rockville, Maryland.

CLINCHER developed out of Trevor’s original operational experience with vertical ether currents. Simple geometric apparatus was designed to generate etheric vortices, which can subsequently influence the atmosphere. This phase of weather engineering began early in 1987, on the high seas aboard a large, fast-moving, ocean-going vessel.

Promising mobile maritime experience justified an exploratory fixed-base operation in southern California in July 1987, code-named VICTOR. This operation was a striking success against smog. Significant ozone reduction resulted, together with the cleanest air seen in the region since the start of the smog records. There were unforeseen consequences, for which there had been no malefic intent, but which provided forceful, objective evidence of VICTOR’S efficacy.

A $10 million smog study project, mounted in the summer of 1987 by the California State Air Resources Board, was nullified by the simultaneous VICTOR operations. The scientists who had come to southern California for the study, from all over the U.S. and other countries, were sent home because there wasn’t enough smog for them to gather statistically valid samples. The most ambitious smog program ever launched was an ignominious failure. An effective anti-smog modality had come on the scene from “left field,” and history was in the making.

Trevor Constable’s ATMOS group stood down from all southern California operations in 1988, during which time Project TANGO was undertaken in Singapore. This operation was detailed in the Borderland Journal in Sept-Oct 1989. California smog levels were permitted to “normalize” that year, i.e. to develop without any countering influence from etheric weather engineering. This stand-down was part of a necessary rebuttal to the official assessment of 1987’s dramatically low smog as due to a “meteorological fluke.”

1988 returned the southern California smog season to 1986 levels, with 77 Alert Days – up almost 17 percent from 1987.

In 1989, the Constable group returned to southern California. BREAKTHROUGH was mounted in July, and CHECKER followed on in September and October. This totaled three months of anti-smog weather engineering operations, during the six months of the 1989 season. A smog season runs from 1 May through 31 October annually. George K. C. Wuu, a successful young Singapore entrepreneur had now begun subsidizing etheric weather engineering . Mr. Wuu also became a member of BSRF.

In 1989, operations provided a sparkling reprise of the 1987 VICTOR scenario. Smog was yet again reduced to all-time record low levels. Thus, in two separate years, two all-time low smog levels were recorded, with a tell-tale peaking to “normal” between them, when Constable’s ATMOS team did not participate.

This operational sequencing provided typical ON/OFF statistical evidence. Official seasonal smog status in Los Angeles is assessed via the number of Alert-Days in a season. An Alert-Day is one on which there is a First Stage Smog Alert anywhere in the South Coast Air Quality Management District, hereinafter the AQMD. A First Stage Smog Alert is called whenever ozone at any monitoring station reaches .20 parts per million. There are 37 official monitoring stations in the AQMD, which covers four large counties, including San Bernardino County, the largest county in America.


The only ATMOS operation in 1986 was Operation PINCER II, in July only, detailed elsewhere on this website. This was exclusively a rain operation, utilizing a different technology than is required for smog operations. 1986 was a normal smog season. 79ALERT-DAYS.

1987 ATMOS IN.

OPERATION VICTOR Phase 1 . 1 July through August 9. Phase 2, 1-30 September. Produced the cleanest southern California air in 40 years. Lowest number of Alert-Days ever recorded (66).A 16 percent drop in Alert-Days from 1986. Termed a meteorological fluke by smog officialdom. 66 ALERT DAYS.


No smog operation. Smog returns to 1986 levels, up 16 percent from 1987.


1989 ATMOS IN.

OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH in July. OPERATION CHECKER in September and October. Total engagement time: 3 months, or half the smog season. New all-time low number of Smog-Alert Days; 54, a 29 percent drop from 1988.


The statistical correlation between ATMOS operations and smog levels, thus already showed a high degree of probability. CLINCHER was designed and mounted, in the words of TJC himself, “to raise that probability to a level where would-be skeptics would appear ridiculous.”


Criteria determining CLINCHER’S pre-filed operational goals were as follows:

1. The margin under 1989 had to be significant, substantial and noteworthy. No marginal reduction that could be washed out by statistical manipulation would suffice. Unannounced changes in AQMD statistical bases are known to have occurred previously.

2. The combined Alert-Days reduction of the two successive ATMOS years, 1989 and 1990, had to be unprecedented in the history of the records. This reduction had to exceed by an inarguable margin, any other two successive non-ATMOS years in the records.

3. The reduction in Alert-Days from 1989 to 1990 should be larger than any previous year-to- year attrition in non-ATMOS years, when the AQMD was performing entirely on its own.

4. The CLINCHER reduction had to be feasible with available ATMOS resources. A 50 percent reduction was now technologically feasible, but not financially possible with available funding and personnel.

5. The final result had to CLINCH the question of etheric weather engineering’s influence over smog. Hence, CLINCHER.

A 20 percent reduction in Alert-Days by CLINCHER was therefore chosen as best meeting these criteria.


In the 1990 CLINCHER operation, success probability was enhanced by three factors not previously present:

1. At least SIX operating sites would be used, 12-14 if sites were available. A maximum of four sites had been used previously.

2. Operations would be conducted for the FULL SEASON for the first time, at least doubling the project’s leverage over smog.

3. Advances in effectiveness of equipment had been achieved since VICTOR in 1987. A major technical advance had been made after the 1989 season.

These factors united behind Trevor Constable publicly setting a 20 percent reduction (full season) as the project goal for CLINCHER. This projected reduction was posted in the Federal filing for CLINCHER, made with NOAA 6 April 1990. Furthermore, record seasonal reduction of regional smog was stated on the Federal Initial Report, as the purpose of the activity.

There were no ifs, no waffling, no hedges. SMOG WAS BEING CHALLENGED HEAD-ON.

This announcement of a further drastic smog reduction, below the all-time record, prior to project commencement, was an audacious commitment. Constable further made it public internationally by announcing it on Radio Free America. Through the RFA shortwave outlet the announcement reached millions. The Journal of Borderland Research (May-June 1990) also published the announcement in advance. Aware that he was stepping on the toes of some very powerful people profiting from smog, Constable avoided all local and regional publicity, to minimize any “spoiler” activity.

No orthodox scientific body, no responsible bureaucracy or bureaucrat, has ever dared give the public this kind of unequivocal commitment for effective air pollution reduction. The southern California smog bureaucracy had been plainly flabbergasted by the 29 percent Alert-Days reduction in 1989. The AQMD had no expectation that such a reduction would be repeated in 1990. Dr. James Lents, executive director of the AQMD, admitted at the 1990 mid-season AQMD press conference that smog had already been far lower than expected – even allowing for favorable weather.

Dr. Lents, together with AQMD Chief Scientist Alan Lloyd, and AQMD Chief Meteorologist Joe Cassmassi, had been sent copies of the CLINCHER Federal filing before the season started. No such corporate correspondence is ever answered or acknowledged. Certified Mail was used for these advices, to preclude any later denials of receipt by officials.

The wherewithal does not exist within orthodoxy for a 15-20 percent regional reduction of smog in one season, let alone TWO such reductions in successive seasons. On the contrary. Orthodox scientific opinion, and conventional technical inadequacy, have condemned the people of southern California to ponying up over $10 billion by the year 2000 to ‘FIGHT SMOG.’ (This has now eventuated — Websmaster)

When Trevor Constable made his prediction of a 20 percent smog reduction in 1990, he really stuck his neck out. Plenty of know-it-alls got ready to throw a horse collar on his neck.

Says Constable, “History confirms unerringly that orthodoxy’s reaction to truly radical developments, is to bash them into the ground. This is usually achieved when such advances are germinal, and their acceptance turns upon minor, hair-splitting matters, such as miniscule differences in meter readings or temperatures and so forth. The inventor and the idea can then be crushed by dishonesty, deceit, stupidity, incomprehension, neurotic evasion, or all five at once.”

Borderland Journal readers will recall Einstein’s scuttling of Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s orgone accumulator. Einstein, the man who made the ether superfluous via mathematical gambits, could not accept that Reich could concentrated the ether in a layered box, and create an irrefutable thermic differential with the arrangement. The differential had to be verbalized away – evaded. There are numerous other kindred examples and the names of Nikola Tesla, Dr.Albert Abrams and Dr. Ruth Drown come immediately to mind.

Trevor Constable pungently expressed his standpoint on the institutionalized evasion that blocks what is radically new. “The nazified treatment orthodoxy gives people like the late Dr. Reich, for example, jailing him and burning his books and papers, is a disgrace to science. Jail for serving and helping mankind? I don’t like and I don’t trust such barbarians, and they run the whole bloody show in science and the government. Smog has them flummoxed. They can do nothing effective. They ‘study’ smog, facilitate the profit plunder from smog, and try to block and sequester the effective remedy. I do not seek their approval because it is irrational to do so in the circumstances…..”

In the case of CLINCHER, nothing miniscule or marginal, or subject to nitpicking argument, was involved. There would be no controversy over fractions of a Fahrenheit degree. CLINCHER was on a vast, mind-boggling scale. Air pollution in the largest, worst-afflicted region in America, four huge counties in extent, was to come down seasonally by one fifth. Could such a colossal reduction actually be achieved two years in a row? All this by “etheric engineering” when orthodoxy remains compulsively convinced that there is no ether? Could it be done?

The men in the ATMOS group were in no doubt. According to veteran aide Irv Trent, who died at the age of 86 in 2001: “TJC devoted over 20 years of his life, and a professionally-earned fortune, to bring everything together in CLINCHER. His operational experience is unrivaled, and his team loves him. For CLINCHER, he called in every marker. He put his considerable international reputation on the line. I knew CLINCHER would be a smashing success.” The scholarly former aereospace technician added a prescient estimate. “This time” he said, “the etheric revolution was going to bash orthodoxy into the ground. Einstein’s etherless universe was going into the ashcan, where it belongs.”

Problems remained. In prior smog seasons, Riverside and San Bernardino had always been difficult areas. This is because smog migrates from the central and western Los Angeles Basin eastward into these communities. Mountains block further eastward drift. Smog Alerts result. The most powerful CLINCHER installation, a Mark 7 Spider, was sited at 3400 feet in Banning, and would definitely affect San Bernardino, lying due west magnetic. A potential hazard was that part of San Bernardino’s smog might shunt southward into Riverside. Spider units in Riverside were crucially needed.

TJC was unable to obtain any Riverside bases. The base existing at Perris was a little too distant, on its own, to keep Riverside Alerts in check. Nobody would help. A Spider occupies about the same space as a kitchen chair, and uses a small a.c. motor to power its rotation. With no chemicals and no electromagnetic radiation, the device is virtually noiseless and environmentally pure. Nevertheless, there were no Riverside takers to appeals via the Chamber of Commerce and civic clubs.

Desperate to obtain a foothold in Riverside, TJC wrote a corporate appeal to Riverside supervisor A. Norton Younglove, who also served as chairman of the board of the AQMD. Younglove was asked if he could help the ATMOS group obtain a couple of operating sites in Riverside. He was advised that this could help diminish a curse on his constituents, always hard hit by summer smog. For a veteran politician like Younglove, it was a minor request of potentially great benefit to his electors – at no cost. He could have helped mightily with a couple of telephone calls.

Younglove completely ignored this request. He never replied to a polite suggestion that he view an ATMOS corporate videotape, providing full background to the CLINCHER operation. Younglove was not alone. The California State Air Resources Board declined a request to give Constable a 10-minute hearing at one of their meetings, to explain personally the nature of the unorthodox etheric approach. This offer was made by the president of a private corporation that had invested more than half a million dollars in original weather research, now sharply germane to California’s major pollution problem. That same man, Trevor James Constable, through his widely translated aviation histories and biographies, enjoyed an international literary standing and respect for his integrity. Corporate videotapes sent to the Air Resources Board and to its scientific division, evoked no response, not even acknowledgment of receipt.

These attitudes and reactions of officialdom, show that the California public was, and still is, ill- served by those entrusted with the reduction of air pollution. TJC’s trusty aide, the late Irv Trent, was a lifelong deep student of politics, and said “Smog has actually become an industry in its own right. The truth is that nobody in the seats of power wants it sliced down in 25 percent annual chunks, the way TJC demonstrably can do it, right now. He could cut it 50 percent more with new finds from CLINCHER and 40-60 small vortex generators.” Surely this was what California wanted in 1990 and still needs today in 2003 – billions later. Trent remained until his death without illusions on that score. “Smog vanishing on that scale” he said, is the derailment of a gigantic gravy train. Businessmen programing profits from the billions in coerced capital investment, will lose their shirts. Politicians see rapid conquest of smog as the end of smog graft. Bureaucrats see massive smog reduction as termination of their empire building. The public doesn’t have a chance against this crooked combination, with its criminal selfishness and vested interest in smog.”

CLINCHER began with six Spiders – basic generators of etheric vortices. The principle is direct, and is based upon the existence and technical accessibility of the ether. That element of the ether with which Constable deals, he describes as “a physical natural force of extreme subtlety but tremendous power, that is geometrically accessible.” Constable is aware that this is indigestible by the established order in physics. “The directly visible control of local weather on the high seas, that I have repeatedly demonstrated publicly on time-lapse videotape – at horizon distance – is something not feasible by any other method, “ he says. “Victims of parrot education squawk that there is ‘no ether, no ether, no ether.’ I have proved via real-world results rather than talk or theory, that the ether is an objective reality that is technologically usable in countering air pollution. Theories are cheap and plentiful. Theories are ineffective against smog, and mankind suffocates. Only results count. Etheric technology gets results.”

Constable’s basic approach is that the ether underlies the atmosphere in all its workings. He sees the atmosphere as the slave of the ether. Vortices geometrically induced in the ether – at the primary or etheric level – will translate into the atmosphere and develop into vortex strings from the original disturbance. The largest of these vortex chains are sometimes seen on official Surface Analysis weather maps as low pressure systems in strings – two, three and sometimes four in a row. Constable says that during May and June of 1990, such strange strings of lows extended in straight lines from southern California all the way to northern British Columbia and southern Alaska, “carried on and in the south-to-north summer flow of etheric force.”

Thousands of lesser and miniature implosive vortices result locally as well, initiated by and migrating from each Spider unit – in accordance with seasonal, lunar and diurnal etheric flow laws. “These vortices spread out in the vast rivers of etheric force that flow through the physical world unperceived and unsuspected by most humans.” These vortices probably entrain subtle particulate matter, driving it to the ground, via the vortex points, Constable says. This engineered implosive activity in the ether is his key to countering smog, by dynamizing torpid atmosphere over hundreds of square miles.

Los Angeles Basin topography provides a natural trap for smog build-up, through physical confinement and inadequate atmospheric movement. Orthodoxy accepts that. The deceptively simple Spiders act against atmospheric stasis, and help re-establish etheric balance. Spiders work exclusively on the etheric continuum, even though they are themselves physical assemblages. The implosive vortical activity initiated by the Spiders also strongly inhibits ozone. Spiders furthermore, help disperse the notorious inversion layer over the Los Angeles Basin, an atmospheric “lid” that holds smog against the earth, confined by the surrounding mountains.

This unique topography causes the smog build-up for which Los Angeles is justly infamous. The sun adds photochemical reactions to the lethal brew. Windy, vibrant days are common in southern California, when Spiders are operating. Constable firmly believes that it is possible to eliminate the inversion layer over Los Angeles via etheric engineering, returning the region to clean, primal conditions by dispersing all stasis.


On 1 May 1990, CLINCHER opened with Spiders in six southern California communities. Within two weeks, eleven Spiders were operating. Two fabulous months ensued, as Alerts were decisively reduced even under the 1989 level. From 1 May until the end of June, there had been only 11 Alert-Days in the entire AQMD. Visibilities were phenomenal, and residents were treated to stunning views of the mountains around the Los Angeles Basin, lost to sight for years, and now visible for weeks on end. Nothing like it had been seen in years. From the Palos Verdes Hills, at the southern tip of Los Angeles County, 40-mile view vistas of the coast, and shimmering landward seas of lights went on week after week. The “beautiful weather” was a happy public topic, and the entire region revelled in benign conditions. The AQMD remained strangely quiet. The smog bureaucracy was desperately grubbing for a $20 million boost in its annual budget, as the region sailed on in the cleanest air on record. The AQMD got its budget boost to $100 million annually. CLINCHER’s entire budget was $35,000.

As the season reached the end of July 1990, the effects of the Spider installations were significant in the mid-year statistics. The unit in Altadena-Pasadena exerted wide influence beyond its own locality. Pasadena itself was reduced at least 50 percent in Alerts, under 1989. The Spider site at Reseda resulted in zero Alerts for the entire season – a shutout. San Bernardino Alerts were drastically reduced and the troublesome Orange County area was now among the best. Traditionally smoggy spots along the San Gabriel mountains – a barrier at the north end of the L.A.Basin – all showed large reductions in Alerts. Even Glendora, the nation’s smoggiest community, was reduced 24 percent below 1989 Alerts.

By August, the 1990 smog season was being identified on TV, and in many newspapers, as the cleanest ever. This startling fact of regional life was suppressed by the Los Angeles Times, the major regional medium. L.A. Times editors killed reports of the AQMD mid-season presss conference. The newspaper had been made aware of CLINCHER, although no publicity was wanted from any local or regional medium. This public silence was considered essential by TJC as prophylaxis against the paralyzing nuisance lawsuits that characterize and blight American life.

Mid-season’s bete noir was Riverside, which was running ahead of its 1989 Alert rate, even as adjacent San Bernardino’s Alerts had been reduced more than 60 percent. This was serious. Some of San Bernardino’s smog was being shunted into Riverside, where no Spider sites had been obtainable, and where local Supervisor and AQMD Board Chairman Younglove had declined assistance.

An internationally famous gentleman now made a decisive entry into the CLINCHER drama. TJC was taken to Riverside finally to meet personally General Curtis LeMay, USAF Retired, former Chief of Staff of the USAF, creator of the Strategic Air Command and a longtime fan of Constable’s aviation histories. General LeMay had kindly provided, just a few months previously, a jacket blurb to Constable’s latest biography, Fighter General – The Life of Adolf Galland, first published in June of 1990. In addition to General Galland of Germany, TJC and General LeMay had numerous mutual friends among aviation’s luminaries. In 1968, TJC had worked for the Wallace-LeMay presidential campaign, a seemingly vain labor that was about to come full circle.

Immediate accords developed between Trevor Constable and General LeMay and his wife, Helen. A notorious tinkerer and “can do” guy, LeMay immediately wanted to view the ATMOS videotape. When LeMay met TJC on 11 August, after viewing that videotape several times in private and on his own, the General had his right forefinger raised admonishingly, his pipe in the other hand. “You never convinced me one bit with that videotape. Not one bit. But I want one of those damned things in my back yard.”

TJC had one of his Spider units in his car, certain that he would get the General’s help. He pulled it out, and the former Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force produced a wrench and helped him install it. General Lemay’s aides, one of them from Supervisor Younglove’s office, rapidly provided two additional bases in Riverside. One base was downtown, the other in strategic Norco. CLINCHER was now operating from 14 bases. A dramatic turnaround ensued in Riverside smog.

In the 1 May to 11 August period, Riverside experienced 1 Smog Alert for each 9 days. After the intervention of General LeMay, from 11 August through 31 October, Riverside experienced 1 Smog Alert for each 20 days. That brought Riverside’s season total in with 15 Alerts for the 1990 season, against 17 in 1989, an 11.7 percent reduction. Without General LeMay, Riverside would have been a nasty blot on CLINCHER’S statistical triumph. The promised 20 percent reduction in Alert-Days would probably have become marginal. The action of a single, outstanding individual had made a decisive difference.

The time nexus of General LeMay’s involvement, also demonstrated objectively what Spiders could do in a heavily smogged area, producing more than 50 percent reduction in Alerts after installation. This “project within a project” provided valuable, documented evidence for the records.

Said Trevor Constable of General LeMay: “His last involvement on this earth was directly to benefit every one of his fellow citizens in Riverside, right down to babies. He performed a wonderful, life-giving deed. He was vital to our victory. General LeMay remains the hero of CLINCHER, and a hero to me and my men. I took his passing deeply to heart.”

General LeMay at 83, was full of ideas and plans to use Spiders for clearing fog at USAF bases afflicted with this problem. He had seen the smog-veiled mountains east of his home come into view after the Spider was installed in his patio and stay visible. He was proceeding to get USAF interest when he died suddenly early in October 1990, a shattering loss to the USA and to the CLINCHER crew.

When taking what was to be his final leave of Trevor Constable, his words were typical LeMay and also prophetic. “It doesn’t matter if we don’t know ALL about this ether thing right now. We’ll find that out. You’re doing what has to be done. Just go right at them and let ‘em have it.” This legendary commander served as an inspiration to the CLINCHER TEAM. In seeking to serve mankind through many years, that had found almost every man’s hand turned against them. General LeMay gave them a hand, a morale boost and vital assistance. Trevor Constable found the General unforgettable for one trait: “Curtis LeMay is one of the few men I have known in my lifetime who knew how to listen. He contained his own reactions completely, which few men can do, while you were speaking. He was totally locked on to you. When you were through, he had a basic comprehension of what you had said, no matter now novel or off-the-track. That’s rare in this world.”

By the end of the smog season on 31 October 1990, CLINCHER was operating from 14 bases and had made history. Southern California had experienced its all-time record low smog season, exactly as laid out in the Federal filing in April. The L.A. Times ran a story covering the smog season, with a statistical tabulation that appears herewith. CLINCHER was ignored by the smog bureaucracy, which had been kept apprised of all CLINCHER developments since April. The only mention in print came from the “alternative” press, the Journal of Borderland Research, and Dr. Antony Sutton’s Future Technology Intelligence Report.


Here are the major results of Operation CLINCHER:

1. REDUCTION in seasonal Alert-Days by 24 percent below 1989. This reduction exceeded by 4 percent to CLINCHER target announced in April. (The Alert-Day is essentially a statistical device for assessing seasonal smog levels, and is not an objective quantification.)

2, REDUCTION IN DURATION of lst Stage Alerts by 60 percent under 1989. 1990 Alerts recorded lower levels of ozone, and the Alerts lasted less than half as long as in 1989. This was a public service of the highest order, at no cost to the public.

3. ACTUAL REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF ALERTS under 1989 was staggering. In various individual smog monitoring areas of southern California, the drop in the number of Alerts was far more spectacular than the reduction of abstract Alert-Days, used for assessing the entire region. Actual ALERT REDUCTIONS were, typically:

San Bernardino DOWN 68 percent.
Pasadena DOWN 58 percent
Norco DOWN 100 percent (ZERO ALERTS)
Reseda DOWN 100 percent(ZERO ALERTS)
Anaheim DOWN 100 percent(ZERO ALERTS)
El Toro DOWN 100 percent(ZERO ALERTS)
West L.A. DOWN 100 percent (ZERO ALERTS)
Glendora DOWN 24 percent
Azusa DOWN 56 percent
Upland DOWN 42 percent
Redlands DOWN 41 percent
Riverside DOWN 11 percent

The only blot on CLINCHER’S otherwise perfect record, was 2 Alerts in Downtown L.A., versus 1 Alert in 1989. A 100 percent rise.

4. HEALTH BENEFITS. Dr. Robert Phalen, who directed the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory at the University of California Irvine, opined in the Los Angeles Times that 1990’s air quality improvements were significant enough to benefit the health of everyone living in the Los Angeles Basin. This universal health benefit to southern Californians is of inestimable public value, and the jewel in CLINCHER’s crown.


The all-around vast reductions in 1990 smog were unprecedented in the smog records. That these reductions were effected from the record low smog levels previously established by Constable’s operations in 1989, are convincing in themselves. They are doubly convincing by having been predicted in the Federal CLINCHER filing ahead of time, by the project engineer.

Smog reductions of the 1990 magnitude and scope clearly infer MORE POWER being used in 1990. The inarguable results jibe with improved equipment, and the use of more than a dozen bases, against a past maximum of four bases. The result of the increased anti-smog power appears objectively as greater smog reductions for longer periods, with steeply lessened Alert times and peaks. There were dramatically lower levels of smog overall.

The impression of smog being technically mastered, by means of an effective modality intelligently turned against its existence, is inescapable. THERE IS NOTHING RANDOM ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED DURING CLINCHER.

The direct connection in mid-project between General LeMay’s intervention, and the subsequent halving of the Riverside smog Alert rate, strongly reinforces this assessment. The huge percentage drop in Alerts, and total suppression of Alerts in districts where Spiders were located, establish a further direct connection to CLINCHER operations.

Those who still wish to argue the existence of the ether, to evade both the essential and the inevitable, should look straight at the facts that glare out at them from the operational record of CLINCHER and the three preceding smog operations that were its basis. Etheric engineering is here – and now. We ignore it to our own discredit, detriment and cost.

The AQMD immediately claimed loudly that “tougher regulations” had produced the near- incredible reductions in 1990 smog, as though rules on paper could physically pull all that toxic material out of the air. Trevor Constable had expected the smog bureaucracy to make this kind of assertion, which he classified as preposterous. “The AQMD has never had any compunction about stuffing such rubbish down the public gullet, “ he said. “CLINCHER will not actually be complete until 31 October 1991, at the close of next year’s smog season.” He described this as a test of tougher regulations versus etheric engineering.

By the time the 1991 smog season opened in May 1991, Constable expected the AQMD to have many more tougher regulations in force. With the Singapore group completely out of the 1991 scenario, more and tougher regulations should have been able to exceed 1990’s records. That never happened, even in unbelievably lucky circumstances. In 1991 thousands of tons of volcanic ash were belched into the world sky by Mount Pinatubo near Manila. This event shaded much of the earth, and gave southern California its coolest-ever summer, a circumstance highly favorable to low smog. Lady Luck plus tougher regulations and more regulations failed southern California in 1991, when regional smog rose by 12 percent.

The CLINCHER operation ended for Trevor Constable on a sour personal note. Right after CLINCHER, he transferred a car from Hawaii to California registry. He was charged a cash “smog penalty” of $300 for the transfer. That stung a little. “It’s your share of what it costs to fight smog.” said the Department of Motor Vehicles bureaucrat. No good deed goes unpunished.