There are a few advantages in being an “old newsman.”  One of them is learning that oftentimes, by allowing ourselves to ask ridiculous questions, sometimes interesting possibilities resolve out of the Big Picture.

War Games and Hurricane:

It strikes me as a bit too coincidental that the Russians are having their biggest war games in several decades right now, and at precisely this odd moment, along comes a massive hurricane which has parked itself off the US east coast.

Why would that be odd?

Well, consider my background – which included a stint on a remote radar site as a microwave tech rep in Alaska (with equivalent rank as major) as a kid.  Let’s just say I really deeply understand radio frequency energy.  And, I appreciate what can be done with it.  (Extra Class ham, first class commercial ticket, etc.)

If you’re new to the study of radio frequencies, and what can be done with ’em, consider reading the 1995 book by Nick Begich: “Angels Don’t Play This Haarp: Advances in Tesla Technology.”

The core idea is that the US government poured untold millions into building the High Altitude Auroral Research Project, and that’s never been fully explained.

Look at it from my simplistic Everything’s a Business Model perspective:  We don’t know what the total costs of HAARP have been, but Wikipedia reliably tells us:

“As of 2008, HAARP had incurred around $250 million in tax-funded construction and operating costs. In May 2014, it was announced that the HAARP program would be permanently shut down later in the year.[3] After discussions between the parties, ownership of the facility and its equipment was transferred to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in August 2015.[.”

A word here about multiplier effects.  To us, it’s axiomatic that governments don’t spend a quarter billion (which inflation-adjusts to $291 million in today’s dollars) without there being some leverage involved.  Usually, lobbyists look at government spending leverage in the 20-600 to one range.

In  other words, if we use a conservative 10:1 leverage factor, we need to be asking “What did the government spend $290 million on HAARP for that has an economic values of at least $2.5-billion?”

IOW: Where’s the ROI?

Well, here’s what the public version asks us to swallow:

“Its original purpose was to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance.”

For a perceived value of $2.5 billion?

Sorry, but most of this stuff can be studied lots of other ways.  Buy every ham radio club in America a couple of cases of beer and brats and you’ll be drowing in damn fine ideas.

No, this was an ionospheric HEATER project.

Why heat the sky?

There are only a few credible reasons with payoffs larger than $2.5 billion that come to mind.

The first of these is weather control.  The US government, as outlined in the USAF “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025” which you can download from the Geo Engineering Watch website here.

By now, if your coffee has kicked-in yet, you should begin to connect some dots.

  • Largest Russian War Games in recent memory
  • Currently, largest hurricane in how long?

Ever more fascinating is that we’re not the only ones to start connecting the dots,  Seems to us (*after listening to possible heater signals on the HF radios here most of Tuesday) that there is either some (non-public) link, OR something much darker is going on.

But let me jump back to some of the potential high-value payoffs of an ionospheric heater, in case some meth-head comes up to you at lunch and offers to sell you one.

The most commonly-reported is the use of HAARP as a driver for ground tomography.  Lots of papers about this on the net.  Essentially, when radio waves come down from the sky, they have arrival and refractive angles that can reveal subterranean tunnel systems (think North Korea, for example).

The other high-value (though it doesn’t get as much play on the conspiracy sites) is the notion of firing off air glow.  Just as energy arriving from the Sun can touch off “lights in the sky” so too can high energy radio signals of terrestrial origin.

OK< what does “air glow” matter?  Start with a read of “On the onset of HF?induced airglow at HAARP.”  Useful quote: “Observations of airglow at 630 nm (red line) and 557.7 nm (green line)….”  In other words, pump in enough energy and the sky lights up.  Do it on command and in location and what about other frequencies….like those seen only through IR equipment?  How’d you like to light up a battlespace?

OK, enough of the background on that.

Obviously, the Russians have been playing around on the radio spectrum, too.  For the longest time, they operated a large radar using HF spectrum called “the Woodpecker.”  Sited at Duga, this Russian over-the-horizon (OTH) radar went offline in 1989. 

What most people don’t appreciate, though is that OTH radars have “gone Freddy Krueger”  (“They’re Back!”)

According to a news blurb from the American Radio Relay League – the leading US ham radio association in 2016…

“Over the past couple of years, OTH radars, sans woodpecker, have become increasingly commonplace intruders on Amateur Radio bands, according to the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS), which has noted OTH radars in Russia, China, Cyprus, Iran, and Turkey. The frequency-hopping nature of the technology accounts for the annoying interference that covers wide swaths of spectrum. The Russian systems-intelligence “Konteyner RLS” OTH radar, transmitting from in the Nizhny Novgorod region, is frequently spotted on 20 meters. While no woodpecker, it transmits a broad, frequency-modulated CW signal at 50 sweeps per second with a bandwidth of 80 kHz or greater, accompanied by signal splatter, IARUMS Coordinator , reported recently….”

Which  – when we couple the start-up of the new OTH radar from northeast of Moscow, and when we hear an anomalous signal in the area of 13.902 MHz, we begin to wonder if the Russian war games might pointed toward western Europe which then, using a project from VOACAP Online, might have come down in the Atlantic in the vicinity of where Florence gain strength…

And, if the new Russian radars were looking out to the British Isles, we see that there would be a second bound off the F2 layer that would land proximate to the area where Florence gained energy.

My nut-job whacko theory is that this would explain why – now that Florence is moving west of the main second-hop area, it would lose energy.

Unfortunately, even though the storm surge and winds may come down a bit, that doesn’t stop us from worrying about the Brunswick Nuclear Plant which is semi-coast and just up from the South Carolina border – where 20 inches of rain – and more – is still in the precip outlook today:

Still, the good news of the morning is that the impacts may be lessening and that’s good for all concern.

We’re left scratching our heads about the potential for OTH radars to mess with weather (on second hops and such) that’d be a technical question for those with higher security clearances.

Then there’s the Solar Observatory Angle

Oh, yes…the “Mysterious observatory evacuation stirs alien conspiracy theories.” story may also be tied-in.

Let me explain.

If you were using OTH radars and wanted to know how your “steering” of your phased-array antennas was working, what would you like to have at your disposal?

The right answer would be “Why, remote downrange signal strength monitoring, of course!”

Just wondering if some hacked electronics (of receivers perhaps) was monitoring signals?  With HF radio dongles and Raspberry pies putting remote access HF radios in the under $500 range each, if you were a foreign intelligence service, what would you be planted an where?

I mean, wouldn’t government facilities like the post office and scientific installations be the highest priority customers in any national emergency?  The mind wanders… coffee?

(Did you hear BTW “Caffeine consumption may extend life expectancy for people with kidney disease?”)

CPI Inflation Chills

Just out from the US Dept of Labor:

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, the same increase as in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 2.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Increases in the indexes for shelter and energy were the main contributors to the seasonally adjusted monthly increase in the all items index. The energy index increased 1.9 percent in August; a 3.0-percent increase in the gasoline index was the largest factor, but the other energy component indexes also rose. The shelter index increased 0.3 percent in August, the same increase as in July. The food index rose only slightly in August, with the index for food at home unchanged.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in August, the smallest monthly increase since April. Along with the shelter index, the indexes for airline fares and used cars and trucks were among those that increased in August. An array of indexes declined, including apparel, medical care, communication,recreation, and personal care.

People seem to forget that we’re at the bottom of a long-term cycle in interest rates.  Fed’s welcome to try and jack things up, of course (they will), but the reality is that there’s so much dark pool money floating around that real sustainable inflation is probably a ways off…which is why gold and silver haven’t gone to the mood – yet!

Meantime, Market’s Up

Whether there’s a man-caused angle to Florence will be a matter of “Miller Time” speculation among deep-thinking ham radio types, the fact is that headlines like “Wall’s Down!” and “Hurricane weakens” can’t help but buoy the markets.

Dow futures are up about a hundred.

And in Other News

Right on Target: Target to hire 120,000 workers to meet holiday season rush.  Don’t tell democrats.

Crime never goes out of style department: CoreLogic Reports a 12.4 Percent Year-over-Year Increase in Mortgage Fraud Risk for the Second Quarter of 2018.

As we read “Pope Francis Authorizes Investigation of West Virginia Bishop Over Sexual Harassment Claims” this song came to mind.


‘The Young and the Restless’ star Doug David leaving the show after 40 years.  So, this mean the old get restless, too?

Amazon drivers reveal they ‘pee in bottles and face intimidation and missing wages’: report. Does this explain San Francisco?

A model to predict and quantify racism, sexism, and other unequal treatment.  And what kind of model was that?  OH!  COMPUTER…not the runway type?  Why didn’t they get there first?

And while it may be true that Nano-sandwiching improves heat transfer, prevents overheating in nanoelectronics, we still prefer ham sandwiching.

Peoplenomics Subscriber Note

Yes, the front page of looks different today.  Still working on it, but I did some anti-hacking upgrades and now both UrbanSurvival and Peoplenomics enjoy  security ratings of “A” for safety…  (We don’t just listen to OTH radars all day, lol…)  Speaking of which, we may add “Feature Policy” limits, too and bump that to A+.

Remind me next week to tell you about a breakthrough approach to antivirus protection, too…

OK, puppy chow time. This ol’ dog’s hungry.   Moron the morrow!  Futures up 122 at click time.