Archive for December, 2009

Update on H.A.A.R.P.

by on Dec.19, 2009, under Astronomy, Science

Science Magazine published a letter regarding the possible “sinister purposes” of H.A.A.R.P. As promised, here is the update that supports the science, not conspiracy.

Science 28 March 1997:
Vol. 275. no. 5308, pp. 1861 – 1865
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5308.1861a

With respect to the News & Comment article “Ionosphere research lab sparks fears in Alaska” by Lisa Busch (21 Feb., p. 1060), I would like to make two points.

First, the anti-HAARP (High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) activists overestimated the power of the Gakona, Alaska, facility by a factor of more than a million and then used statements in patents (1) to fuel speculations on the part of the public about possible effects such as weather manipulations, mind warping, and communication disruptions. This incorrect information has been refuted in hearings in the Alaska legislature, in a video prepared by Senator Frank H. Murkowski (R-AK) for airing in Alaska, and at open-house sessions at the site for interested visitors.

Second, the Gakona site is now intended to be a world-class facility for studying the upper atmosphere, although the function has evolved from an over-the-horizon radar (never constructed), to a high-frequency facility (under construction) to generate ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) radio waves in the ionosphere, to a major center for upper atmosphere studies using a variety of diagnostics (some in place) with a powerful incoherent scatter radar (ISR) as the core instrument (to be constructed). The core instrument will join with existing ISRs at Svalbard and Tromsø in Norway; Sondrestrom, Greenland; and Boston, Massachusetts, and with the proposed ISR at Resolute Bay, Canada, to form an Arctic network of radars to observe virtually the whole Polar Cap and to track disturbances produced by solar inputs in the form of waves and particles. The network will be a remarkable additon to the tools available to the atmospheric science community with applications to space weather, Arctic and satellite communications, and electric power-grid problems.

In the early days of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico there were concerns expressed about the facility, but these have long since been replaced by satisfaction with the scientific outcomes and the benefits to the local economy. The residents of Alaska will find similar benefits.

William E. Gordon
Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
Department of Electrical Engineering,
Rice University,
Houston, TX 77005-1892, USA

What I found interesting was a comment I found in the same issue:

Science 28 March 1997:
Vol. 275. no. 5308, pp. 1861 – 1865
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5308.1861


Readers offer views on a number of topics: “[R]esidents of Alaska will find … benefits” from a “world-class” ionosphere research facility (below); publishing raw genetic sequences will “not likely” thwart the patenting and commercialization of gene products; to avoid “victimization” of unknowing authors, journals should insist that coauthors consult one another before their names appear on a paper; the challenge of predicting the “behavior of ecological systems” should be “tackled vigorously”; “flexible funds” should be made available to medical schools for the “support [of] their academic objectives”; and international support for the “biodiversity information associated with natural history museum collections” should be made more widely available.

Could the conspiracy behind H.A.A.R.P. really start with anger over funding? I”ll post more as I find it. Enjoy!

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Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura

by on Dec.10, 2009, under Science

I do things on my own time so when I want to watch a show on the idiot box – a.k.a. the television – I set it to record. A new show has been advertised for some time on Tru TV – Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.

“I was a Navy Seal, a Governor and a fighter and now I am ready to talk.”
I thought “cool, he is going to share his experiences in the military and the government.” I was wrong.

I will say this now – please do not take this series seriously – I have a problem with any program offering theories that do not have opposing thoughts and ideas.

The first episode was HAARP, or the mind controlling death ray as Jesse and team will have you believe. The get people to say “sure it can” and “it’s possible” but no experimental data. The cloud in the glass tube is an old 9th grade high school science trick!

Try this – drive up to the Stanford Linear Accelerator and ask to take a look. They will turn you down flat. On every expensive large scale research projects there is security and valuable time-lines that cannot be interrupted for a tour by Jesse and crew. Oh, nice invented camera malfunction tricks guys, plus the messed up line at the time by Jesse himself when he said “unclassified” when we should have said “classified” during the “malfunction.” Since it was reordered, I played it back to make sure!

I am not going to post anytime three is a new episode. I just want to warn all of my faithful readers that this show is dangerous because it now adds validity to those crazy conspiracy theories we real scientists try to debunk by adding a celebrity face. Watch with an open mind, but remember your science.

About their theories regarding HAARP controlling the weather – can’t be done. The ocean temperatures provide the most energy that control jet streams, not just air temps. As for the “mind control” – well certain high-pitched noises are not heard but us old folks over 30 ish. There are ring tones geared for this so students can receive calls in school. On the flip side, law enforcement here in the Bay Area use these frequencies to keep the youth away from problem areas. The city of Fairfield is an example. Since most soldiers are young, it follows that in the Gulf war, it was this technology that was used. Not some super-secret death ray.

So what is HAARP? From what I have found it’s a dual-purpose facility, one that does in fact study the northern lights, and either experiments with or sends and receives VLF traffic to and from submarines. If the second part is true, then yes there will be super-secrecy involved. Any communication to a US nuclear submarine is top secret.

In my search, I also found out that HAARP could even cause a polar shift (! Yeah, right… When there is secrecy, theories fly out of control – look at the UFO phenomenon.

I will do a more thorough search for actual science HAARP has done for astronomy and post the results either here or on Astronomy Online.

Jesse says it himself; he enjoyed the theater of wresting. Looks like he found a new theater.

On the lighter side, there is an important message that Jesse is broadcasting and that is we need to question authority! By the way, when did that stop? Oh, I know, after 9/11 and the Patriot Act. Jesse, look into the Patriot Act, not 9/11. The government did not cause 9/11 but they did use it to do what they always wanted to do – the Patriot Act.

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