Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hearing meteors: the conspiracy


In another news item, we are informed that a “US company claims it is ready to build a microwave ray gun able to beam sounds directly into people’s heads”.

The US military has been playing already with directed acoustic weapons, along with electromagnetic radiation weapons. But this new one would come full circle on the long and bizarre relation between paranoid madness, the strange and the very, very real.

One of the first detailed clinical descriptions of madness was the one of James Tilly Matthews delusions with an influencing machine. The poor fellow believed a sinister gang controlled his mind with an “Air Loom”. Mike Jay wrote in detail about the case, and it’s more than worth reading. Besides the peculiar craziness of Matthews, there’s the twist that he probably was, afterall, victim of a conspiracy. Just because he was paranoid it didn’t mean they weren’t after him.

Paranoia is widespread in ufology in particular, and some claim it was seminal in the first years of the controversy, as the Shaver Mystery flourished in the (crazy) people’s minds. That doesn’t mean every UFO buff is crazy and foaming, but as they say, the truth is out there, trust no one. The theme of aliens and/or the government controlling people’s minds, either with disinformation or more directly, with implants and abductions, is pervasive.

But let’s go back to the electromagnetic guns beaming sounds, and on to the title of this post. For years some observers have noted that in rare occasions it was possible to hear meteors. And not because they were coming over their heads, but at a distance, at the same time they were seen very high in the sky. That’s outrageously absurd – just like lightning and thunder, there should be a significant delay between sight and sound. So those observers usually kept those crazy things to themselves.

The only thing is, this phenomenon has been recorded, and there’s a proposed physical explanation for it. It involves meteors emitting low frequency electromagnetic waves that are transduced into sound near the observers by things like glasses or, possibly… tin foil! Oh, the irony. By the way, that’s similar, though not identical, to the proposed way that new weapon would work.

If it all sounds crazy still, there’s a NASA webpage on the subject. Fort would love this.

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