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Russian Scholar Warns Of US Climate Change Weapon 415

According to Russian political scientist, and conspiracy aficionado Andrei Areshev the high heat, and poor crop yields of Russia, and other Central Asian countries may be the result of a climate weapon created by the US military. From the article: "... Areshev voiced suspicions about the High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP), funded by the US Defense Department and the University of Alaska. HAARP, which has long been the target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio communications, surveillance, and missile detection. Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons of mass destruction 'in order to destabilize environmental and agricultural systems in local countries.'"
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Russian Scholar Warns Of US Climate Change Weapon

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  • by alphatel ( 1450715 ) * on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:15AM (#33288820)
    In Russia this type of propaganda is as acceptable as Americans whole believe Obama is not a US citizen.
  • Oh, yes, HAARP.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by FooAtWFU ( 699187 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:15AM (#33288828) Homepage
    The one that heats the ionosphere, and has an effect on the scale of an immersion heater in the Yukon river. That HAARP. Of course it's to blame.
  • by Nimey ( 114278 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:15AM (#33288858) Homepage Journal

    Hey, do you think I can get an article posted if I post a link to a paranoid rant about Obama's birth certificate?

  • Snowglobe (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rotide ( 1015173 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:18AM (#33288886)
    We live in a relatively closed system. If we were trying to "heat" you up, that heat will come back around and hit our west coast. But, as with most conspiracies, it's hilarious to watch at least. Somehow people think we can come up with a grand scheme to manipulate the weather of foreign nations, put it into action, _and_ keep it quiet, yet our government can't figure out how to win a simple war and keep the documents classified during it (WikiLeaks/Afghanistan)?
  • by onyxruby ( 118189 ) <<ten.tsacmoc> <ta> <yburxyno>> on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:20AM (#33288932)
    If something like this makes the front page at slashdot, what's next? Roswell aliens, JFK Conspiracy theories, how about the 9/11 conspiracy saying the fed's were behind everything? Is it possible to have the slightest bit of editorial standards at this website?
  • Better targets (Score:3, Insightful)

    by KDN ( 3283 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:21AM (#33288942)

    If it was real you would think we would pick better targets such as:

    1. Iran
    2. North Korea
    3. Yemen
    4. Venezuela

    Oh but I guess picking bad targets must be part of the conspiracy because that would hide the conspiracy. But then, knowing that I know that they know that I know then they would pick good targets.

  • by rotide ( 1015173 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:22AM (#33288968)
    The best part is.. This is great.. It's filed under "Science".. I would have chosen Idle, but Conspiracy theories are Science now and fully /. worthy.
  • by grasshoppa ( 657393 ) <skennedy@AAAtpno ... inus threevowels> on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:25AM (#33289038) Homepage

    One might be a "Political Scientist" in much the same way as one might be an "Honest Politician".

  • Re:Yes, (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:46AM (#33289372)

    no, the problem is selfish and greedy attitudes, and "but he's worse" finger pointing.
    running of suburban SUVs or subsidized coal fired power stations are both just symptoms of this.

  • by DocSavage64109 ( 799754 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @11:48AM (#33289404)
    Just because they have problems too doesn't mean we shouldn't strive to fix our own problems. Though working around a bunch of people who believe in god has permanently depressed my hopes for the world.
  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @12:25PM (#33289998)
    It'll be our problem if one of those Russian whack-jobs takes over the country and decides to restart the Cold War (or, worse yet, a hot one). Whack-jobs everywhere are a problem for everyone, especially in the modern age of nuclear weapons, world wars, terrorism, etc.
  • by DocSavage64109 ( 799754 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @12:41PM (#33290278)
    Yes, sorry I got off topic, though seriously discussing someone's claims that we have a climate change weapon seems ridiculous. Any use of such a weapon would be sure to harm ourselves as well. p.s. What is "automisy"?
  • by Stargoat ( 658863 ) <> on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @01:18PM (#33290782) Journal

    Except of course that Science as a system proves and then verifies proofs. Science does not disprove except in so far as invalidating unverifiable proofs such as hypotheses, theories, and laws.

    Theist: I hypothesis that God exists but I cannot offer verifiable proof.

    Atheist: Then you cannot hypothesis that God exists.

    Theist: But I feel that it is correct. And besides, you're a jerkface for making me feel bad.

    Atheist: I'm sorry your feelings are hurt, but Science cannot be objective if it is subordinated to feelings.

  • by jythie ( 914043 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @01:31PM (#33290942)
    I would less call it 'censored' and more selectively reported in order to appeal to viewers, since viewers are what drive advertising revenue. People generally do not want to hear bad things about their country unless it is bad things they can attribute to people they already do not like.. and when they do, they vote with their dollars and view elsewhere.

    No conspiracy or control needed.. just simple economics and self interest on the part of the networks.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @01:37PM (#33291014)

    "destabilize environmental and agricultural systems"

    The U.S. government kills anyone, anywhere if it will make money for someone who secretly holds the strings of power. Climate destabilization is trivial by comparison.

    Vietnam is an example. The poisons are still there. People are still dying from the land mines. Bombs costing more than a car were dropped on poor farmers.

  • by Rei ( 128717 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @01:43PM (#33291098) Homepage

    Plus, the weather phenomenon which caused the Russian heatwave also caused the floods in our ally, Pakistan, which are threatening to topple their government. Does he really think the US is willing to destabilize nuclear-armed Pakistan in order to give Russia a heatwave?

    We do have a climate change weapon, mind you. It's called carbon dioxide. They have it, too. Both forecast and observed effects include the tendency for the polar jet to shift northward and strengthen, which is what caused their 20F+ hotter-than-average weather (and Pakistan's corresponding flooding).

  • by Stargoat ( 658863 ) <> on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @03:47PM (#33292894) Journal

    Wow, way to miss the whole point of my post. I seldom have seen any level of deliberate self-obfuscation. Bravo sir, your doublethink skills are the acme.

    It is impossible to disprove the existence of ANYTHING. Science only proves existences. Science disproves only hypotheses, theories, and laws.

  • by AHuxley ( 892839 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @08:22PM (#33295894) Journal
    "Vietnam war in any way profitable for anybody?"
    US weapons, airframes, sigintel, uniforms, food, oil ... does that come from 100% end to end US gov mines, steel mills, farms, factories, R&D ect?
    Most of the above are in private hands or have shareholders that get a nice return on investemnt for any new system tested, deployed or upgraded.
    To them distant death is a car, holiday, better private school, medical care, extra homes, toys.. the good life.
    Any US politician talking of arms reductions would by default be talking of profit reductions. That is really not a good place to be in unless a whole new system replace the old.
    The average US taxpayers may eat the public debt, people who dont pay much tax create vast amounts of generational wealth.
    Ready to push back into the next small war :) With a extra layer for of profit for support and mercs too :)
    As for climate change Cuba faced some interesting pest outbreaks and a few very real export destroying missions.
    The idea that weather could altered at a local level to do the same is ??? The historical desire is in place, the rest would be tech.

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