An old Ohio pal of mine has one of those Internet radio shows that feature right-wingness to infinity and cuckoo guests spewing forth all manner of fed-hating paranoia. I’m included in his blast emails about his upcoming shows.
The latest such email contained quotes from a site called BioEngineering Watch (I’ll call it BEW). The major domo behind BEW seems to be Dane Wigington, a 50-something former contractor who worked in a solar plant for a time. He’s not a scientist, but plays one on the Internet. The site has been around for a few years and is now the center point of a pyramid of paranoia that has emerged as a result. My friend, the site and more than a few extreme conservatives who will bow to any theory that riddles the feds, are convinced that “Global climate engineering is forcing the climate system far past the breaking point.” At least that’s the view expressed by GeoEngineering Watch.
Other featured views or stories are captioned, Engineered Drought Catastrophe! What are they spraying? What’s REALLY going on with the weather? Then there’s “Climate Engineering is Creating Increasingly Extreme Weather Fluctuations.” Those few examples don’t even begin to tell the story.
The purpose of this and other sites like it is to call into question the universally accepted scientific fact that man is causing the earth to warm at a far greater rate than nature could possibly achieve. As a result of global warming and climate change, weather extremes are routine on both the warm and cold side of the spectrum.
Interestingly enough, the BEW bunch readily concedes that the earth is warming; they even suggest that numbers are being manipulated to the lower side, so as not to terrorize the population as to how serious the crisis really is. But it’s not man-made pollution that’s exacerbating the extreme weather changes. No sir; it’s the feds reaction to this global warming phenomenon. You see, according to the Wigington cult, the government is trying to balance the extreme heating of the globe with extreme cooling by using various tools to bring about these freezing conditions. White jets and their chemtrails have replaced black helicopters as harbingers of certain climate doom. It’s the black guy in the White House and his government running dogs doing all the harm.
“I saw at least ten white jets heading “somewhere” was an observation left on the BEW comment section. Others told of chemtrails and remnants of mysterious ‘climate sprays’ filling the skies. I especially liked this little gem: “Meteorologist Eric Holthaus is a government stooge! What he calls strange conditions are engineered weather manipulation and he knows it.” And who can ignore the alleged excess quantities of aluminum and barium abounding from all that government weather mischief? There’s a bit of misleading hyperbole here, if this debunking site is to be believed.
Wigington charges that the feds are utilizing profound jet stream manipulation with the use of ionosphere heater installations that are also a major factor in the engineered “polar vortex” events and cool-downs. It’s true; there are dozens of such heaters in virtually every corner of the world. They are purely research tools and have zero capability to modify weather or any of the other wackier mind control, disease causation and other conspiracies attributed to the technology.
Jim Lee, creator of Climate Viewer 3D, writing in HAARP, Science, The Resonation, put it best for the layman. His definition of the purpose of these installations is that scientists are trying to understand our ionosphere by “poking it” and seeing how it reacts. HAARP is a cooperative effort by the Department of Defense, the Air Force, Navy and the University of Alaska. After temporarily shutting down operations mid-year, HAARP is reportedly scheduled for permanent closure late 2014. Not sure of the current status.
So, this ‘manipulation’ nonsense amounts to little or nothing. In politics and magic, it’s called misdirection. Focus the constituents (audience) attention away from the core issue and get your legislation passed, or trick successfully completed while the crowd is focused on something else that is meaningless.
This is too pat. Wigington has but a minimal knowledge of the subject matter. He’s wrong more than he’s right. In fact, it appears to be surprising when he’s right. Visit various debunking sites in addition to the ones included here and here, and you’ll find he’s the antithesis of the expert he claims to be. This is a professional propaganda job; the facts be damned.
That leaves us with two interpretations of Wigington’s end game. Either this guy has figured out a way to make a ton of money in donations, speeches, interviews, books and other peripheral enrichment’s or, he’s being guided and well compensated by corporate propaganda hands to message a subject designed to distract from one of most critical issues of this or any other era. Given the paucity of scientific education and training in Wiginton’s background, in my opinion, it’s even doubtful he wrote all his website’s self-attributed pieces.
When the right finally comes out of the ether and realizes that this world is at natural risk, then that epiphany becomes very costly for the multi-national polluters as a mountain of corrective legislation and regulations will suddenly build up.
Finally, let me address the repeated charges of manipulation by Wigington and his followers. While there is a grain of truth to many of their concerns and conclusions, virtually all are overwrought and, yes, manipulated through misrepresentation and outright deception.
Manipulate: Right verb; wrong target.