The weather. Reliable ingredient for your conversational starter, and when it’s been unusual, like it has this winter, then it also qualifies as reliable news fodder. But some days it is the stuff of conspiratorial global catastrophe. Today is one of those days.
I’m not a regular reader of the Pakistan Daily, but maybe that will change, because they seem to be keeping an eye on Norway. Their January 8th headline – Norway Time Hole ‘Leak’ Plunges Northern Hemisphere Into Chaos – is not the kind of stuff I want to miss in the future.
The story, which blames the current bitter winter blighting the northern part of the globe on Norway, is based on one of the favorite topics of conspiracy theorists, the USA’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), which has a facility here. The recent article is a follow up to a December report called “Attack On Gods ‘Heaven’ Lights Up Norwegian Sky“. I missed that one.
I highly recommend you read the latest story, which covers in extremely technical terms, how Norway has devilishly* advanced evil agendas by puncturing the troposphere with its ‘quantum’ high-energy beam. My job is to give you the other side of the story, which isn’t available in English.
According to Aftenposten, Pakistan Daily is a news agency that aims to create a positive image for the country. The Norwegian paper consulted Norwegian-Pakistani social analyst Attila Iftikhar, who lives in Islamabad, who rates the service in general as ‘serious’, though it is not one of the leading news bureaus there.
“This is pure nonsense,” smiles Northern Lights** researcher Truls Lynne Hansen. “The short wave transmitter at Ramfjordmoen is no different from any other. If these punctured the atmosphere then it would have very many holes,” he told Aftenposten.
“This is a conspiracy theory that comes up regularly. It simply cannot happen. It is the lowest part of the atmosphere which keep in the heat and any possible holes in the outer layers would have no effect,” he says.
The installation was built by German researchers in the 1970s and later taken over by US scientists, and is now part of a study of the Earth’s outer atmosphere. Hansen giggles as he calls the accusations ‘pure fantasy’, and is well aware that his explanation will convince conspiracy buffs that the opposite is true.
Stein Kristiansen at the Meteorological Institute in Oslo is also scornful, pointing out that not only is this winter not particularly severe, he can quickly list worse ones in recent memory. “This is just normal variation in weather,” he notes, adding that the atmosphere is not a ‘membrane’ that one can shoot full of holes.
*One can argue about heaven on Earth, but Hell is a place in Norway.
**Also known as the Norwegian Lights