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Yakuza Caused Katrina
Weatherman Scott Stevens claims that "Japanese gangsters known as the Yakuza caused Hurricane Katrina." Here are more details (thanks to John for sending me the link):

Scott Stevens says after looking at NASA satellite photos of the hurricane, he is convinced it was caused by electromagnetic generators from ground-based microwave transmitters. The generators emit a soundwave between three and 30 megahertz and Stevens claims the Russians invented the storm-creating technology back in 1976 and sold it to others in the late 1980s. Stevens says the clouds formed by the generators are different than normal clouds and are able to appear out of nowhere and says Katrina had many rotation points that are unusual for hurricanes. At least ten nations and organizations possess the technology but Stevens suspects the Japanese Yakuza created Katrina in order to make a fortune in the futures market and to get even with the U.S. for the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima.

Also check out Scott Stevens's website, Weather Wars, where he elaborates on his theory of scalar weather (as he calls it) and provides a lot of hurricane imagery to make his case. Stevens really seems to believe his theory, so I would classify it as a conspiracy theory rather than a hoax.

Update: Here's a page with more pictures of supposedly artificially created scalar weather phenomena.
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Categories: Conspiracy Theories
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 09, 2005
Yes, the 34 Celcius sea temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico had no effect, obviously.

In other news, it was revealed today that tornados start when people turn around in their swivel chairs too fast, creating seed vortices in the air. Just don't do it people!
Posted by David B.  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  06:02 AM
It's an old idea. Back in the 1970s it was suggested that pumping enrgy into storm systems from satellites via lasers could be used to braek them up by overpowering them before they reached coastlines.

The author Ben Bova wrote several notable short stories on the subject in ANALOG magazine, the one that springs to mind is "Storm Watch"
Posted by DFStuckey  in  Auckalnd New Zealand  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  07:37 AM
That guy is nucking futs.
Posted by Jorge  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  10:01 AM
I initially read "Yakuzi" instead Yakuza....
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  10:14 AM
Wow...those guys are genuinely nutters.
Posted by Gee...  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  12:05 PM
It seems very contrived, having the yakuza as the bad guys. The impression I get is that Scott Stevens wanted to pin his hoax on a plausibly threatening organisation which, at the same time, could be blamed without offending anyone.

Presumably he narrowed it down to rogue Russian generals and neo-Nazis - who seem unlikely to have the kind of global reach and resources required to destroy New Orleans, and who are both cliches - or the yakuza, who are purely a criminal organisation rather than armed representatives of a religious or ethnic group. Although the yakuza are Japanese, they are not exclusively so, and in any case the Japanese, Chinese and Koreans are the only ethnic groups left whom it is acceptable to insult in the USA without fear of serious repercussions. Furthermore, the yakuza have an air of mystique about them.

He couldn't pick Al-Qaeda, the Iranian security forces or Hezbollah because he would have been dismissed as a right-winger. And so he picked the yakuza. It is for this reason that I doubt his hoax, because it is so obviously manufactured.
Posted by Ashley Pomeroy  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  12:48 PM
wow... are you serious? it almost seems too crazy to believe...
Posted by jesykah mahree  in  jacksonville  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  01:36 PM
Both links given contain images of cloud phenomena that have perfectly normal explanations. The Giant Radial Cloud or whatever that Col. calls it:



... actually is an effect of perspective, showing parallel cloud formations. The photographs of a hole in the clouds:



...on Weather Wars is what you get when an airplane descends through a thin cloud deck.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  02:04 PM
Wonder if Yakuza is controling the dust devils on Mars?
Posted by Jorge  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  02:59 PM
Ooook....This has to be a joke...I checked out his web site and he is talking about "Alien" workers that are working on our sun.....and he has pic's......lol.....but they are close up pics of the sun with what appears to be a UFO...but it looks like he made the cheesy ufo drawing in basic paint shop....just a little pixel drawing...
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  04:05 PM
Along similar lines, this chap argues that the surface of the sun is iron, but with holes in it, like coral, and it rotates once every 27.3 days:
http://www.thesurfaceofthesun.com/

As proof he has some photographs which are, quite frankly, irrefutable.

Also, at least one other person argues that the sun is mostly made out of iron, and that the hydrogen etc is a kind of 'exhaust gas':
http://www.thesunisiron.com/

It starts off with the slogan "Truth is victorious, never untruth". The irony of this chap's position is that he is going for the same kind of "the plate tectonics people were correct, and they were opposed by the lumbering scientific establishment, and so it is possible that I could be correct as well" angle that actually resulted in the model of the sun's behaviour which he is trying to overturn:
http://tinyurl.com/c4p2r

A scientific model put forward by a woman (!) in the 1920s (!) called Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. I predict a bleak future of paranoia and mental illness for this iron sun fellow. He appears to be an actual professor, although mental illness can take many forms, and people so afflicted can be otherwise normal, indeed the BTK killer managed to live a perfectly normal life, except that he killed people, blinded them, tortured them etc:
http://web.umr.edu/~om/

Clever numberplate. It's amusing how many of the press releases transpose his christian name and surname.
Posted by Ashley Pomeroy  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  06:10 PM
Weather modification is hardly untrue. The ability to create hurricanes or weaken them is reality. It doesn't matter the incorrect details of what this guy says, creating or weakening a hurricane is doable today. Why would you think otherwise? We (people in general) have powerful electromagnetic technologies.
Posted by Ken  in  Florida  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  09:53 PM
Ashley, I cannot belive the iron-skinned sun gag is still doing the rounds. The plausibility is so low even given that stars do in fact deacy to iron ( From the inside out ) over time, anyone with a grade-school equivalent understanding of stars would see the holes in it. And UFOs didnt pick them. Big point: I think I recall that the sun rotates in something like eight days or less, doesn't it?

Ken, yes, the thing is doable, but the power requirements are insanely huge. You could only do it from orbit by using solar collectors for your energy source; After all, only about 10% or something similar or of the sun's energy at this far away ever reaches the Earth's surface. Besides, as the SF writers in the 70's outlined, the trick is not so much magnetic as heating effects upon the air via lasers - Not IR, of course, as they wouldn't get through the atmosphere.
Posted by DFStuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Sat Sep 10, 2005  at  04:54 AM
In order to change atomoshperic conditions with elctromagnetics there would need to be something in the air for electormagnetism to effect. Electrons in the air may serve this purpose. If a picture tube is used as an example of what it takes to manipulate the path of electrons, it would be observed that a comparable large amount of energy is required to focus a cathode ray. If a magnet of the force required to manipulate the electrons in the air were activated at sea, it would pull down everything iron, such as ocean liners and oil rigs, within a fairly large radius.
Posted by Matt  on  Sat Sep 10, 2005  at  04:06 PM
okay....who is this man and who beleives him? Honestly...People always need some sort of answer for everthing that happens. Next thing we know Tom Cruise will have started the War in Iraq by using a special mind control device thats been kept secret since 1976. oh and very interesting find Matt
Posted by spazEabE  on  Sun Sep 11, 2005  at  11:27 AM
P.S and I KNOW who he is i just meant like what kind of man is he.. cheese
Posted by spazEabE  on  Sun Sep 11, 2005  at  11:29 AM
Yakuza ???????? Damn now I have to do a jehad against Yakuza too ? I am fed up of Al-Qaida , now they also doing same ?

Make no mistake but I am gonna smoke yakuza outta japan.

I am going to pass a $ 100 Trillion Bill for fighting against yakuza in addition to Al-Qaida.
Posted by George Bush  in  White House (where else ?)  on  Mon Sep 12, 2005  at  04:37 PM
Bush needs diversion, but THIS kind of diversion?
My jaw dropped.
I just hope no homey believes this, down there in Texas and all...
Posted by Ell  on  Fri Sep 16, 2005  at  04:21 AM
I could not stop laughing after I saw this news on Japanese site.
I thought American people are stupid or something.Like Chinese,everyting bad is caused by Japanese.
But it seems like crazy person is that guy,not majority.Thats good,u people are normal.
Posted by jap  on  Fri Sep 16, 2005  at  04:22 AM
There were Japanese who claimed that the earthquake that hit Kobe, Japan 10 years ago was caused by the USA with an "earthquake weapon".
Idiots exist in any nations.
Posted by hiro  on  Fri Sep 16, 2005  at  12:41 PM
It seems that these Yakuza are more cunning than orignally suspected, check out this other website about the yakuza and Bush Sr. family member doing a multi million dollar business deal with the Yakuza. The house of Saud and now the Yakuza, this family is out of control.

Seriously, that Scott guy is completely bat shit, anyone wanna bet on the hi/low for the number of days for him to lose his job? I'm saying 2.
Posted by Austin  on  Fri Sep 16, 2005  at  05:18 PM
Are You On Crack?!?!?!?!?!??!!?
Posted by Jz  on  Sun Sep 18, 2005  at  08:07 AM
Hiro, that isn't as far fetched as causing hurricanes from Earth's surface.

It is possible with today's technology to instigate an earthquake; Many of the world's largest hydroelectric dams have increased the size and number of quakes in their area by surprisingly high amounts. Aswan High Dam in Egypt nearly tripled the number of earthquakes there, and doubled their average intensuty since it filled. The effect is the mass of water upon the ground causing pressure to increase upon local fault lines, plus some seepage of water into the fault itself.

Also, pumping water directly into a fault line acan cause a quake by making a fault line more slippery; The US geological Service tried that along minor branches of the San Andreas Fault to see if they could reduce the seismic stress in the main fault line back in the 1970's. Takes millions of litres to do it, and since you need large numbers of drilling rigs to do it, it doesn't seem as if it would go unnoticed.

Refer to the book "War In 2080" for a discussion of this and weather warfare. Forget the author offhand.
Posted by DFStuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  04:36 AM
Yeah, I noticed in his bio that he got bounced out of Albany, New York to wind up back home in eastern Idaho. And we know what kind of blond conspriacy wackos love Idaho.
Posted by kokujin  on  Thu Sep 22, 2005  at  02:01 AM
Yakuza creating hurricanes!!!! Mega Cool!!!!!!, crazy fella.

http://www.martincastillos.com
Posted by http://www.martincastillos.com  in  uruguay  on  Thu Sep 22, 2005  at  03:55 PM
OK, so who wants to join me in creating yet another wild conspiracy theory for fun and profit? How about. "Oil: Really just colored water; The Arab's Will Conquer the World Conspiracy". Let's sell t-shirts and videos!!!
Posted by Balrog  in  Depths of Hell  on  Fri Sep 23, 2005  at  06:30 PM
He quit Thursday to persue other things..."Even though I have a year remaining on my contract"....... God I love being in Idaho!!
Posted by rad  on  Sat Sep 24, 2005  at  12:50 PM
Grand scale weather modification is plausible.
Several tons of cross-linked sodium polyacrylate, the powdery stuff found in baby diapers, spread over the tops of clouds could absorb the water out of them, fall to the ocean and dissolve without a trace. Has been done before on thunderstorms. Could weaken a hurricane by allowing clear channels of dry air into the eye. If you watch the radar loop of Rita you can see dry streaks appear in the north west corner of the storm starting Friday around noon.
Posted by Shmorriss  in  McKinney  on  Mon Sep 26, 2005  at  04:57 PM
FYI: Scott Stevens is a weather forecaster, NOT a meteorologist! He doesn't even hold a B.A. or a B.S. degree in meteorologic sciences, let alone physics. So his knowledge of the subjects he purports to be an expert on is limited at best. And as to his integrity, well... one has to question it, when he was fired/resigned from WRGB in NY for lying on his resume'. He's made his living as a superficial TV personality, why should anyone expect anything different now.
Posted by Koza  on  Tue Sep 27, 2005  at  01:08 AM
I just forwarded some of this stuff to a guy who seems to think that most conspiracy theories are planted by the real conspirators, the Catholic church, to divert attention from themselves as they take over the world. I will be interested in his response.
Posted by John  on  Sat Oct 22, 2005  at  12:18 AM
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