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HAARP is being shutdown but the myths, misinformation, and unfounded conspiracy theories continue

Apparently HAARP is being shutdown. I hope it is because enough has been learned about how to deal with the ionosphere in order to prolong the life of satellites and improve satelitte communication and not just another science related budget cut.

I fully support the research that was being done by HAARP in Alaska because I actually bothered to learn about it instead of the the stupid conspiracy theories invented by people who never bothered to read HAARP’s website, press releases, or to go on a public tour of the supposedly “secretive” facility. (There was never anything secretive about HAARP).

It’s too bad HAARP’s extensive and highly informative website has been taken down as the facility is being dismantled. It should have been kept up to help debunk all of the “weather modification”, “mind control”, “secret weapon” bullshit peddled on the internet and by dishonest and or uninformed authors.

I hope the University of Alaska will take control of the project and continue the research as it is vital to maintaining our communication infrastructure which more and more relies on sattelites that orbit the Earth close to the ionosphere, high above the natural forces and human pollution below that actual do create weather phenomena.

http://www.adn.com/2014/05/14/3470442/air-force-prepares-to-dismantle.html

Air Force prepares to dismantle HAARP ahead of summer shutdown | State News | ADN.com
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ABel AShes Here is one of the supposedly “secretive” Haarp program’s press releases from last year with public comments from people who don’t have a clue what they are talking about: http://www.nrl.navy.mil/…/nrl-scientists-produce…

NRL Scientists Produce Densest Artificial Ionospheric Plasma Clouds Using HAARP – U.S. Naval…
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Glow discharges in the upper atmosphere were generated to explore ionospheric phenomena and its impact on communications and space weather.
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ABel AShes http://www.popsci.com/…/2008-06/militarys-mystery-machine

The Military’s Mystery Machine
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The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, has been called a … See More
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ABel AShes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionosphere

Ionosphere – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The ionosphere/aɪˈɒnɵˌsfɪər/ is a region of the upper atmosphere, from about 85 km (53 mi) to 600 km (370 mi) altitude, and includes the thermosphere and parts of the mesosphere and exosphere. It is distinguished because it is ionized by solar radiation. It plays an important part in atmospheric ele…
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ABel AShes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAARP

High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).[1] Designed and built by BAE Advanced Technologies (BAEAT), its purp…
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ABel AShes clsintl
06/19/2008 at 11:32 am
I had the pleasure of going to and from Alaska for many years. On occasion I would stop at HAARP because of some maintenance work. I would also stay in town and enjoy a beer at the local bar in town. The stories about HAARP were always great, strached and in abundance. The best one was HAARP could tell how much money was in your wallet. Another good one was it could make Moose walk backwards. And as mentioned in the article, it could alter the weather. How many times did I want HAARP to change the weather when it was minus 50 degrees. All of this talk was malarkey! I went in throughout all of the rooms and never found any hidden aliens. Nick Begich sorry but you and the rest of your fellow conspiracy theorists are way out on left field.
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ABel AShes http://www.popsci.com/…/scientific-tool-or-weapon…/…

Scientific Tool or Weapon of Conspiracy?
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Debunking the leading anti-HAARP theories
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ABel AShes http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4122

HAARP Myths
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A close look at HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, and the claim that it’s a superweapon.
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ABel AShes So if HAARP is so anticlimactically mundane, why all the conspiracy theories? HAARP is operated by MarshCreek, LLC, an Alaska Native Corporation under contract to the Office of Naval Research. Anytime the ONR or DARPA or the military have their hand in something, paranoid types tend to come out of the woodwork and blame anything they can imagine on it. So regardless of whether HAARP is in the atmospheric research business or the rubber duckie business, they were pretty much doomed to conspiracy charges from the beginning.

But there is also a secondary reason that HAARP has been suspected of deeper, darker purposes, and it goes back to its early construction. The winning contractor to build HAARP was ARCO Power Technologies, or APTI. ARCO has historically been one of Alaska’s largest employers and they initially set up APTI as a subsidiary to construct power plants using Alaska’s vast natural gas reserves. One scientist employed at APTI was Dr. Bernard Eastlund, a physicist of some note. Among Dr. Eastlund’s accomplishments was the co-invention of the fusion torch, and the original owner of a 1985 U.S. patent on a “Method and apparatus for altering a region in the earth’s atmosphere, ionosphere, and/or magnetosphere.” Dr. Eastlund’s method required a location near the poles, where the lines of the Earth’s magnetic field are more or less perpendicular to the surface, like Alaska, and presumed a natural gas power source. A few years later, the HAARP program began. A coincidence? No way, say the conspiracy theorists.

It seems logical to me that if I were ARCO and wanted to get in on a lucrative government construction contract and sell them my Alaskan natural gas, I might well set up a subsidiary with one of the world’s leading experts in the field. To me this looks like a smart business move by ARCO and by the government; how it would suggest an evil conspiracy to destroy the world, I’m just not seeing that.

Dr. Eastlund’s patent, which has since become popularly known (though inaccurately) as the “HAARP patent”, is widely reproduced online, often with much commentary from authors making their own interpretations of how it might be used. Specifically, the patent involves using natural gas to generate electricity to create electromagnetic radiation to excite a tiny section of the ionosphere to about 2 electron volts, thus moving it upward along the lines of the magnetic field. The conspiracy theorists, once again, completely ignore the fact that this can only happen in the ionosphere, and they interpret it as a weather control system or earthquake generating system. Such extrapolations are without any plausible foundation.

A further disconnect in this conspiracy claim is that Dr. Eastlund’s patent was for a speculative and unproven device approximately one million times as powerful as HAARP. The patent does not mention HAARP, and none of its drawings remotely resemble anything built at HAARP. For perspective, HAARP’s antenna array measures about 1000 feet on a side. A device such as that imagined by Dr. Eastlund would have been 14 miles on a side, with one million antenna elements, compared to HAARP’s 180. Furthermore, Dr. Eastlund left APTI to found his own company before the HAARP program began, and was never associated with the program.

One of the most vocal critics of HAARP is Nick Begich, son of the late Alaskan congressman of the same name. He writes as Dr. Nick Begich, but his Ph.D. is in traditional medicine and was purchased via mail from the unaccredited Open International University in India, and included no coursework or curriculum. Begich is a proponent of a number of new age energy healing techniques of his own invention. In 1995 he self-published Angels Don’t Play This HAARP. This book kick-started many of the popular rumors about HAARP, including that mass mind control is one of its goals.

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A conspiracy theorist named Benjamin Fulford has made some YouTube videos charging that HAARP is responsible for most of the severe earthquakes around the world, and that the United States threatens nations like Japan with earthquakes if they don’t “do what we want”. He believes that HAARP accomplishes this by heating up water in the atmosphere the same way that a microwave oven does, though he is not clear on how warming a tiny patch of upper atmosphere in Alaska would cause an earthquake in Asia with pinpoint precision. There is no known correlation between temperature and earthquakes. Fulford’s microwave theory is also wide of the mark. HAARP’s maximum frequency is 10 MHz, and the dielectric heating effect of a microwave oven requires 2.5 GHz, or 250 times higher than HAARP. Dielectric heating also requires reversing the polarity of the field more than a million times a second, one thousand times HAARP’s fastest frequency. A note to conspiracy theorists: At least pretend to know what you’re talking about.

Fulford bolsters his claim with some beautiful video of dramatically illuminated clouds, which he calls “earthquake lights” and believes constitutes evidence that HAARP caused the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China. In fact these are simply clouds illuminated by the sun after it has dipped below the horizon, and are quite common.

One of the more colorful HAARP conspiracy theorists is a woman on YouTube who goes by the name “dbootsthediva”, lately more commonly known as “the crazy sprinkler lady”. Her YouTube page contains about 50 videos she has made of her house and yard, with her making commentary about how HAARP is responsible for virtually every little thing she sees — everything from a rainbow in her sprinklers, to a moiré pattern on the clapboard siding of her house, to moving the ground under her feet and causing the picture to shake. She manages to see HAARP’s alleged affects wherever and whenever she looks, despite the fact that HAARP is rarely actually transmitting.

But I would go blue in the face long before I could describe even a fraction of all the bizarre fears about HAARP trumpeted on the Internet. By now I’ve learned there’s no hope of changing the minds of some people who have latched onto the idea that global domination is as easy as the erection of what amounts to little more than 180 cell phone towers — if destroying another country was this trivial, you’d think America’s enemies would have done it to us long ago. DARPA has its hand in many research projects, like robotics and the Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle races, all of which have civilian as well as military applications and all of which represent good science. When you hear the assumption that just because DARPA funds something it must automatically be an evil superweapon, you have good reason to be skeptical.
May 24 at 10:26am · Like

ABel AShes I wish the HAARP website was still up. It was so informative, had a huge Q&A section, and a page with the HAARP facility’s address and contact information and the dates when it was open to the public.
May 24 at 9:00pm · Like

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