K'Ehleyr11 April 2011 at 2:07pmPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
HAARP - High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance purposes.
The HAARP program operates a major Arctic facility, known as the HAARP Research Station, on an Air Force owned site near Gakona, Alaska.
The most prominent instrument at the HAARP Station is the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI), a high power radio frequency transmitter facility operating in the high frequency (HF) band.
The IRI is used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere. Other instruments, such as a VHF and a UHF radar, a fluxgate magnetometer, a digisonde and an induction magnetometer, are used to study the physical processes that occur in the excited region.
Work on the HAARP Station began in 1993. The current working IRI was completed in 2007, and its prime contractor was BAE Advanced Technologies.
As of 2008, HAARP had incurred around $250 million in tax-funded construction and operating costs. HAARP has also been blamed by conspiracy theorists for a range of events, including numerous natural disasters.
HAARP is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories, with individuals ascribing various hidden motives and capabilities to the project. Journalist Sharon Weinberger called HAARP the Moby Dick of conspiracy theories and said the popularity of conspiracy theories often overshadows the benefits HAARP may provide to the scientific community.
Skeptic computer scientist David Naiditch called HAARP "a magnet for conspiracy theorists", saying the project has been blamed for triggering catastrophes such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, and devastating earthquakes in Pakistan and the Philippines aimed to shake up terrorists. Japan too???
Naiditch says HAARP has been blamed for diverse events including major power outages, the downing of TWA Flight 800, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Conspiracy theorists have also suggested links between HAARP and the work of Nikola Tesla (particularly potential combinations of HAARP energy with Tesla's work on pneumatic small-scale earthquake generation) and physicist Bernard Eastlund.
According to Naiditch, HAARP is an attractive target for conspiracy theorists because its purpose seems deeply mysterious to the scientifically uninformed.
Conspiracy theorists have linked HAARP to numerous earthquakes. An opinion piece on a Venezuelan state-run television channel's website named HAARP as a cause of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
rraven12 April 2011 at 2:16amPosts: 3102 (0 today)Status: offline
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Niccolo Paganini was an Italian composer and virtuoso violinist who many still consider to be the greatest violinist that ever lived. His radical and brilliant innovations in violin technique are still heralded to this day
When Paganini's reputation began to spread throughout Europe, some people started referring to him as "Hexensohn," which means 'Witch's brat.'
They claimed that Paganini was in league with Lucifer for being able to play so well; suggesting he had made a deal with the Devil to be able to perform his almost supernatural displays of technique.
Paganini loved the rumor and went out of his way to cultivate a dark persona after hearing it. He would dress all in black and occasionally arrive at his concerts in a black carriage pulled by four black horses. His physique was always quite emaciated and pale, which contributed even more to his "demonic" appearance.
Whenever he performed, Paganini's thin body would sway back and forth eerily on the stage, and his eyes would look white from them having rolled up inside of his head, and his long wild hair would sway to and fro, all of which created a unique otherworldly effect.
Also, in 1828, he lost his teeth which gave his face a sunken ghost-like appearance. But these macabre qualities ended up working much to Paganini's advantage: His unusual appearance and the rumors of his supernatural abilities and the talk of his deal with the Devil only caused more people to be intrigued with him and they flocked to his concerts.
In a way, he could be considered the first rock star. A German poet, Boerne, once described a Paganini concert thus: "It was a heavenly and diabolical enthusiasm, I have never seen or heard its like in my life."
He is thought to have suffered from various ailments that actually increased his technical abilities. Ehlers-Danlos is a genetic disorder that causes hyper-mobility in the joints because of a collagen synthesis defect.
This is said to have allowed Paganini's joints to be so flexible that he could play up to three octaves across the fret board without ever shifting the position of his hand.
He also had very long limbs and fingers, which is a condition thought to be due to Marfan syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissue.
On May 27, 1840, Paganini died in Nice, Italy from cancer of the larynx. During his life he composed 24 caprices, a series of sonatas, and six violin concertos. At his death, his Cannone Guarnerius violin was given to the city of Genoa, where it is still housed in the Palazzo Tursi Museum.
And now we'll end with a famous quote by Paganini:
I am not handsome, but when women hear me play, they come crawling to my feet
rraven25 April 2011 at 7:03pmPosts: 3102 (0 today)Status: offline