This week, Joe's tackling changes in our climate -- namely all the catastrophic natural disasters that have seemingly stepped up their game recently. Could it be the result of...WEAPONIZED WEATHER?
Joe's first stop on the chemtrail conspiracy tour: Kristen Meghan. Umm...you guys. Do we think that's her real name? Regardless, she is a former Air Force Environmental Specialist, and she actually got into chemtrails to debunk them. In studying them, she started to see more things that supported the theories: a specific plane on base, excessive chemical deliveries, suspicious memos. Joe, due to titular obligations, asks her for some hard proof. She counters -- because it's run by the government/military, and attempt to photograph these things would earn you a gun in the back. Convenient. Joe pushes back -- whyfor art thou, weather tinkerers? Kristen thinks it started out as an experimental form of weaponry, and is now being used by people who have found a way to profit from it. Muahahaha.
Next up, Joe chats with documentary filmmaker Michael Murphy. Michael tells Joe the chemicals being sprayed into the environment are thanks to a government/corporate conglomerate that is looking to control the weather for capital gain. Joe doesn't have to ask a question after that doozy, his face is all: say wha? Ever the professional though, Joe puts his look into words, saying that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence," so basically put up or shut up, Mr. Murphy. Well, Michael does neither, and Joe moves on.
The final stop on the chemtrail conspiracy tour: is to talk to meteorologist Scott Stevens, a man who's been suspicious of storms since the 90's. His belief? That it's the result of "chemtrails" -- a theory that supposes there are hidden chemicals in the white lines of smoke that trail behind airplanes. He's been taking time-lapsed videos of these alleged trails, and is going to show them to Joe...in his apparent bunker. Seriously, when was the last time you invited a guest inside and it involved you both jumping down a hatch? It doesn't exactly lend credence to the chemtrail theory, but we're still curious and so is Joe. After watching the video, Scott explains that chemtrails reorient clouds, thus engineering the weather. Joe asks him (nay, QUESTIONS) -- what does he say to airline pilots, who would describe the white trail phenomenon as jet turbines passing through levels of condensation? Well, Scott would say nothing to them -- because they don't want to talk about it. Suspicious!
Sensing that he might be losing Joe (and us), Scott pulls out the big guns. An acronym, HAARP, or High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. He suggests it's another tool in the government's "mess with the weather" box. Interesting, very, very interesting.
Feeling a bit discouraged by the lack of evidence for either chemtrail or HAARP interference with weather, Joe turns to pilot Mick West. He's studied the weather for his occupation, and has, you know, flown planes. Mike says chemtrails are impossible -- those white lines behind aircraft could not be made by powder. As for HAARP, he contends it's all wild speculation. Heating the ionosphere does not affect the atmosphere according to Mick, and the whole project is simply an attempt to research how the ionosphere works to improve radio communication. Phew. We're safe.
Where to next? At last, HAARP! We love a good abbreviation. Joe takes us to author Nick Begich, who lives in Alaska, where HAARP happens to be located. What exactly is this angelically named project? It's a military operated field of 180 antennas. There are apparently similar fields in Canada, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and someday soon, in China. HAARP is the biggest radio frequency transmitter ever developed, and Nick posits that it is heating up the ionosphere and pushing it out. As a result, HAARP changes pressure systems locally and jet streams globally, creating unpredictable weather events. We're not sure if it's the big science-y words, or if Nick is way more imposing in person, but Joe is inclined to buy this weather theory -- he's thoroughly freaked out, so he does what we all do when we need to chillax: podcasts.
Joe and podcast pal Duncan Trussel put on some headphones and talk HAARP out. Or more accurately, ratchet each other up with discussion of skyquakes, Area 51-esque security, and "The Windsor Hum." The what? The Windsor Hum is a mysterious sound heard in Windsor, Canada, which is very close to Zug Island, a supposed repeater station for HAARP. Duncan thinks that's pretty iffy, but questioner Joe's got some evidence to review: audio recordings of The Windsor Hum that they're taking to Woody Norris, an inventor and expert on sound.
First order of business is to meet up with Gary Grosse, the man who sent audio of The Windsor Hum to Joe earlier. Gary gives us a quick tour, pointing out Zug Island, an industrial area between Detroit and Canada. He explains that the window-rattling, floor-vibrating hum appears to be emanating from the Island -- a fact based on a recent seismometer triangulation, which, we'll be honest, is a term we're thrilled to write. Seismometer triangulation, use it in a conversation today!
Seismometer triangulation aside what about the human side of The Hum? Joe reaches out to Sonya Skillings, a local who says she's been affected by this sonic mystery. Basically by...hearing and/or feeling it, and having to tell the police and fire departments about it. Okay, sorry, that's kind of a dead end. On to Greg Fournier, a guy who worked at the steel company on Zug Island in... the sixties? Seriously, that's as recent as we can get? Anyways, Greg's heard The Hum, and even tried to take photographs at the factory -- but he was stopped by some burly guys who made him delete the pictures. Then there's some suggestion that those guys were Homeland Security, because Zug Island is on a border? We're not sure. More questioning, Joe! Less Sonya and Greg.
Joe decides to take a boat ride to Zug Island in the hopes of hearing this Hum already. He teams up with amiable Captain Tom, and local business man Bill Puzzuoli to hit the open sea. This is no pleasure cruise though, as the sights and sounds -- not to mention Bill's assertion that they're being monitored by security -- quickly make Joe feel uncomfortable. Without a studio to podcast from in sight, how will our hero escape?!
WITH QUESTIONS, duh. About everything. That's what Joe Rogan's all about. He asks Captain Tom to turn the boat off so he and show sound guy Frank can put their listening ears on. As we wait with bated breath, they hear...very little. But they SMELL sulfur. So it's The Windsor Stench?
Next, Joe and Woody listen to The Windsor Hum, which is kind of like when you're watching a movie, and the theatre next door is showing a loud action film with sound that makes the walls shake. Not something you want to spend your whole life hearing. Now Woody's not sure what could make these sounds OTHER than weather (i.e. lightning cracks). And he goes one step further -- he's not sure how the weather could be making these sounds without HAARP. Hmmm...
Physicist Brooks Agnew and his Cloud Chamber are ready to show Joe how HAARP can manipulate weather, no matter what that silly pilot said. In fact, Brooks himself accidentally created an earthquake in Oregon back in 1987. And now, some scientific words to explain what Brooks is demonstrating: 2 kilowatts, ultrasonic nebulizer, high-voltage generator, rotating magnetic field, coupled radiators. You've surely figured out how this contraption works, so let's bring in Joe's special guest...Doubting Thomas Mick West! Hmm. Should this show be called Mick West Questions Everything? Mick and Brooks throw down over their competing beliefs, but Joe's happy to let the Cloud Chamber decide who's right -- until he discovers (thanks to Mick) that the Clould Chamber isn't as scientifically sound as he'd like. Wah-waaah.
Disillusioned and irritated, Joe decides to bring his weather woes to Duncan and the podcast once again. They laugh it up over Brooks Agnew's crazy dedication to his HAARP theories, and decide to settle this matter once and for all by talking to Billy Hayes -- a guy who was actually there to install the HAARP antennas. Joe and Duncan pull him up on Skype, and Billy tells them he started working at HAARP 20 years ago as an antenna cleaner, eventually being sent to over 240 installations around the world. According to Billy, HAARP can absolutely control the weather, causing earthquakes to happen at specific times. He also totally co-signs that wackadoo stuff re: skyquakes and The Windsor Hum. Billy then drops another bomb on us -- he has burns all over his body and seizures from his time working at HAARP. He thinks that field of antennas is capable of targeting individuals and giving them heart attacks. Wait...what? We thought this was about the weather. Next Billy tells Joe the government has tried to imprison him under false pretenses, and just last week, killed his wife.
We're waiting patiently for Joe to question Billy (who most certainly falls under the definition of "everything") but he leaves him be. Turns out even a voracious interrogator like Joe knows the diminishing returns of engaging with crazy -- after hanging up the call, he calls Billy's allegations "word salad." Duncan is equally unimpressed with Billy's testimony, which convinced him of nothing other than the fact that that kook could use a hug.
To sum up Joe's journey o' questions regarding weaponized weather:
- The government is not spraying chemicals out of planes to control the weather. That's just clouds, y'all.
- If you're going to be worried, maybe it should be about all the fuel being burned above your head every day?
- HAARP is terrifying because its complexities make Joe feel "too dumb to know who's stupid." The only people who really know are the people who work there.
Next week, Joe questions robots who look eerily human! Eek!
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