Chapter Twenty-nine

Nick Begich's exploration of the HAARP protest took him literally to the ends of the land. In July 1995 he and Shelah took their children to Homer, the community in a location that Alaskan's call Land's End. While setting up camp on the beach, they were greeted with hearty Alaskan bear hugs by one of the activists with whom Nick had been corresponding.


Like others from the bush country who chose anonymity in their NO HAARP activities, he will be known by a pseudonym, Joe.

Joe turned out to be a sturdily built man, nearing middle age, who obviously cares deeply about his planet. Perhaps too deeply. Although living on a subsistence income, he had spent too much on the NO HAARP campaign, had become exhausted, and had only recently recuperated. His perception of being isolated had been an emotional challenge during the previous year, as he personally dealt with the concerns outlined in this book. Now, however, he realized the strength that comes from connection with a network of people who share his concerns: Joe has learned that people can make a difference.

Reading the first draft manuscript for this book, Joe noticed that independent scientists were expressing much of what he felt. For example, Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher and William van Bise ended a scientific paper by pointing out that most of the recent technologies have stripped nature away from people.350


350 Elizabeth Rauscher and Wm. van Bise, "Fundamental Excitatory Modes of the Earth and Earth-Ionosphere Resonant Cavity", Proceedings of the 1988 International Tesla Symposium Colorado Springs.


Too many technologists' aim seem to be,

"to shield us from nature, to 'conquer' and control her while designing ever more dangerous weapons systems with which to more efficiently strip all life from the planet", they said. The two concerned scientists had added that "we must examine why man has moved toward such insane motivation, toward mutual destruction..."


They concluded that "we must ask whether or not society will again decide to pursue noble objectives..."

Meanwhile, individuals such as the Alaskan activists do what they can. Clare Zickuhr handed over to Joe the job of co-coordinating the No HAARP campaign before Clare and Barbara sold their house and went traveling. (His employment had ended, through ARCO cutbacks and early retirements in 1994.)

Dr. Bernard Eastlund's ideas continued to be mentioned, but not in the media that he preferred. Reporters for small publications and radio talk shows noted the connection between his patents and HAARP, but unfortunately many of those reports were inaccurate in some of the details. The accurate reports, however, raised common questions. Will those scientists who punch the ionosphere with gigawatt pulses be remembered as the true mad scientists of the century?


The spirit of sorcerer's apprentices is alive in those who get National Science Foundation grants to "turn on the northern lights by heating the ionosphere with radio waves" and stir up "magnetospheric substorms".35l

While the Begiches discussed these issues with fellow Alaskans, coauthor Jeane Manning put a call through to one of the increasingly rare generalists with a Ph.D. in science, Philip Callahan, an expert on radio systems/electronics as well as biology.


He sums up the situation in plain words:

"Every living human being is like a sponge in a bowl of jelly. When the atmospheric jelly shakes - the ELF waves - then the jelly in the sponge also shakes at the same frequency."352

Callahan has sharp words for the people who are putting up HAARP,

"... talking about shooting a hole in the ionosphere. They don't know a hill of beans about the ionosphere! There's nothing wrong with studying Mother Nature and then copying her. But they're trying to jam up the system, that's the problem."

Callahan knows low frequency systems; he put them up in Japan for the U.S. defense department before he went back to school and became an entomologist and biophysicist.


(With his multidisciplinary interests, he learned it is possible to tune into unwanted insects by knowing the resonant frequency of an insect's antenna. Because of this knowledge, he has been fighting insecticide use for 35 years. The non-poisonous alternative, on the other hand, jams the insects' homing beacon system with electromagnetic static.)

Jeane Manning asked him if HAARP is any threat to the insects of the world, and Callahan replied,

"Yes. It's bound to be, because their antennas are tuned into some of the frequencies that will bounce down from HAARP's ionospheric modification."

He was working for a government agency when the ionospheric-modification plan heated up.

"I got a call from them; they wanted to know what I thought it would do to insects. I said 'You'll probably mess some of them up, because it messes up the insects under the power lines...I've seen night time moths flying around and feeding in the daytime when they're under power lines. I've also seen them under power lines feeding until they swell up and burst. So what it boils down to is, it's like when insecticides came out - we don't know what they do."

351 Neil M. Brice, "Method and Apparatus for Triggering a Substantial Change in Earth Characteristics and Measuring Earth Changes", U.S. Patent No. 4,042,196.

352 Dr. Philip Callahan's recent books, Exploring the Spectrum and Paramagnetism are available from Acres USA, Po box 8800, Metairie, LA. 70011, Ph. 504-889-2100.

HAARP is going ahead, however, despite the warning of possible biological effects. Callahan adds,

"Nobody's studying it; they just sit there and say 'there's no harm in it'. Out of sight, out of mind."


Dr. Wolfgang Volkrodt of West Germany takes an extreme position on this challenge facing the people of Earth.353

"Centimeter-wave technology must disappear from our environment! We need a UNO (United Nations Organization) charter which would prohibit the entire field of electromagnetic wave technology which causes disastrous resonance in biological systems," Volkrodt insists

He calls for monitoring centers that can detect use of the prohibited wavelengths anywhere, even those harmful wavelengths beamed from satellites.

While the authors see a total ban on microwave relay and radio frequency technology as being unrealistic, we agree with Volkrodt that there is widespread denial of the hazards.


Dr. Volkrodt says,

"the path seems long and arduous until our politicians realize what is happening in the research institutes of the super powers, and what explosive findings will confront the inhabitants of this endangered world before the end of this century. Let us hope that those in positions of responsibility will awake before it is too late."

The authors interviewed other experts whose warnings were more low-key. For example, James Beale of Louisiana, whose career has been in a variety of electromagnetic research venues, regrets to see that there are not many experts on bioelectromagnetics, and fewer still who are independent of military contracts. Furthermore, said Beale, those experts prefer to talk among themselves instead of with the public.

"This is where you need bridge science', which is what is going to come about by talking on the Internet."

Bridging between specialties, and between scientists and the public, is one of the most pressing needs uncovered by our research. It isn't hard to do. Today's engineers can walk into a library or across campus to the biological sciences departments and find stacks of information about the inter-relatedness of Earth's electrical, magnetic and biological systems.


But to what extent do they bother to look outside their own specialty?

The life sciences such as biology look at the web of connections between living organisms and Earth's natural systems. Sciences which deal with what is dead or mechanical are over-represented in the board rooms where military projects are conceived, bought and sold. For example, one engineer commented on the educational background of Col. John A. Alexander, chief spokesman for the U.S. military's "non-lethal" weapons campaign.

"He's the only person I've met who brags about having a degree in thanatology, the study of death."

353 Raum & Zeit, Vol. 1, Nov. 2, 1989, pg. 57.


As we look back at the messes humanity made while industrializing this world, leading-edge thinking has evolved beyond the goal of dominion over nature. Instead, an emerging outlook respects each form of life as having an integrity of its own while at the same time inter-related to all species.

Nikola Tesla's thinking was a product of his times, and therefore his genius was limited by a sometimes mechanistic viewpoint. Tesla wanted his inventions to help humanity. He can be excused for not mentioning ecology, because in his time the word had not been coined yet.


As a trailblazing technophile, he thought it would be exciting to manipulate weather and light up the ionosphere just as you would charge up the contents of a fluorescent bulb. He imagined the upper atmosphere glowing over a selected region of cities to illuminate the earth at night. This megaproject mindset lives on, a century later.

What has happened to Tesla's ideas of sending vast amounts of electrical power wirelessly?


The ideas are out of date, now that inventors are making rapid advances in tapping the free energy in space which Tesla prophesied could be used.


(The topic is beyond the scope of this book, but we will mention that in 1995 John Hutchison, mentioned in chapter one, was one of those who successfully built such an invention - a small scale electricity generating device that could make the central power station obsolete.)


Nevertheless, it seems that engineers are still fascinated by wireless concepts. A paper presented to an engineering society354 talks about Tesla's idea to use the electrically-conductive layers in the upper atmosphere as the conductive path, and other possibilities for beaming power.


We excerpt a comment from the Weather Modification section of the paper:

"Since the potential of the electrosphere is about 300 KV relative to the earth, and the wireless system as proposed by Tesla was designed to operate at 30-100 MV, there is a significant potential for electrically disturbing the atmosphere. It is not known whether this would be beneficial or harmful."

Under the heading of Economic Viability, the paper notes,

"Multiple transmitters could conceivably be phased to control the location of antinodes from which power could be extracted,.."

(By the way, the paper's 76 footnotes includes the Eastlund/Ramo patent 4,712,155, "Method and Apparatus for Creating an Artificial Electron Cyclotron Heating Region of Plasma", cited under the heading Transmission Line Coupling. The often cited patents...)

In his autobiography, Tesla said the impulse that dominated him was "to harness the energies of nature to the service of man." A fine sentiment, but it can be carried too far when the Sorcerer's Apprentices try to harness the electric rivers in the sky through HAARP.

The tones of voices talking about HAARP range from helpless anger to calm determination. The man called Gregory whom you met in Chapter One, on the one end, had shouted that the,

"Mad scientists are getting even with all the crap they had to put up with as kids and as nerdy adolescents, and they want to kill our planet!"

354 Kurt L. Van Voorhies, P.E., and James E. Smith, Ph.D., "The Promises and Prospects of Worldwide Wireless Power Transfer: An Overview", 1991 Intersoctety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference proceedings.

On the other hand, with a scientist's habit of understatement Rosalie Bertell, Ph.D. said about HAARP:

"I am also concerned."355

She was writing a book for the Women's Press in London, England, on a broader but related topic - militarism and the environment.


Dr. Bertell says women can help reverse the destructive trends. Bertell, who holds a doctorate degree in biometry and has worked on cancer/birth defect research for decades, documents the impact, on the earth's environment, of war preparation. 356

"Because of the non violent tendencies of women and their interpersonal skills already developed, it is imperative that women take their rightful place in decision making. This is especially true of participation in strategic "think tanks", military command posts and areas of international law."

She further points out that resolving conflict without excessive damage to our life-support system is not purely a women's skill, nor do all women have it. But admitting women into the circles of power could open the doors.

Dr. Bertell suggests guidelines for recovery from our addiction to violence.


Here is a shortened list of her recommendations:

  • "Acknowledge that war is not a natural human trait but rather a learned behavior..."

  • "Embrace justice and international equity as a way to peace."

  • "Demand environmental impact hearings on all military undertakings, including the space programs. Unmask the self-destructive tendencies of war making. Freeze military budgets at the current level, and every year reduce them by 20 per cent, putting the savings into UN currency that can only be used for human needs." (Environmental cleanup included.)

  • "Learn to love and appreciate biological organisms...and the intricacies of the web of life."

  • "Teach your children to make peace, to break the habits of violence."

  • "See yourself as one with your planet home, 'a child of the universe, capable of feeling a blow to any part of the life system anywhere in the universe. The web of life is intricately interconnected and fragile. Fracture it and we are all doomed."

355 From a June 2,1994, letter to Jeane Manning from Dr. Rosalie Bertell, International Institute of Concern for Public Health, 830 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ont. M5R 3G1,

356 Rosalie Bertell, "Exposing the Agenda of the Military Establishment", Sept. 1993 Ecodecision,

The authors of this book don't expect life scientists or women to suddenly appear around the tables in the Pentagon in significant numbers. However, our hope is that a wider range of voices will be increasingly heard when decisions are made about whether to violate the integrity of a huge natural system such as Earth's ionosphere. Or whether to violate the very consciousness of the people on this planet.

As long as the macho attitudes prevail, people with taxpayers' money in their pockets will try to "engineer" planetary systems. As more and more ordinary people realize that the U.S. military wants to experiment with the earth's electrical shield, they express feelings akin to the scientist Dr. Malcolm portrayed in the film Jurassic Park. He said he was staggered by the lack of humility before nature - men wielding an awesome power, "like a kid that's found his dad's gun."

Not all engineers are enthusiastic about wielding big guns, of course. An engineer from Europe told Manning that he doesn't want to jump to conclusions, but he pictures the emanations from the HAARP apparatus as creating nodes in the upper atmosphere,

"where they superimpose on one another and have a resonating and amplifying effect."

He asks,

"how can we have the slightest idea what that will do to the planetary environment?"

The editor of Acres USA, commenting on a letter about HAARP, is blunt.

"We have had enough of scientists going off half-cocked."

Meanwhile, Dr. Robert Becker expresses his opinion that,

"the military establishment still believes that the survival of the military organism is worth the sacrifice of the lives and health of large segments of the American population."

The authors of this book are neither technophiliac nor anti-military. However, military funded technology has been allowed to steamroll over the planet. Isn't it time for educated citizens to cut the allowances of the big boys and supervise them more closely? Isn't it time for fear based thinking to be replaced by the more grownup policy of love and consideration?

That may sound abstract and unscientific, until the skeptic has a serious dialogue with frontier scientists such as Dr. Daniel Winter, author of Alphabet of the Heart and co-founder of the Earth Grid Emergency Network.357


In a letter to Manning, he said,

"the key concept to under-standing how HAARP will undermine our planet is the principle that charge recursion - or maximum possible fractal embeddedness in spin systems - is what creates gravity in the first place."

Recursion is the repeating of patterns within patterns in nature. Whether or not the reader understands his cross disciplinary discussions - of nature's fractal symmetry, harmonics series, platonic series at the atomic level, spin geometry, resonance, coherence and trees as antennae - the emerging science that Winter writes about shines a powerful light of both hope and warning.

357 Daniel Winter and Friends, Alphabet of the Heart: Sacred Geometry, 137 Biodome Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786. E-mail

There is hope for stabilizing both Earth's crust and its atmosphere. Winter cites experiments that seem to prove the principle that "fractality of (electromagnetic) charge creates gravity." Such features of the magnetic grid keep an atmosphere nestled around a planet.

On the other hand, his warnings include this:

"Mars lost her atmosphere; we're losing ours. Let's understand why microwave coherence around long wave magnetic domains creates microclimates, before we decide to aggravate Earth with poisonous gigawatts of power to poke away at her atmosphere. The long-term question of gene pool survival depends on the skill of learning to retain atmosphere. HAARP is a very poor start at demonstrating that our gene pool has the skill to terraform planets."

"Particularly now, with Earth's orbital pole doing radical excursions out of tilt - with the lunar orbit destabilizing - and with the ability to hold atmosphere and ozone weakening, particularly at the poles, the planet is very sensitive to bouncing the atmosphere in and out for scientists' gigawatt 'probes',"

Dan Winter concluded:

"HAARP stands to slice a huge tear in the fractal of magnetic Alaska, Earth will feel this change in charge, as a tearing wound that will not heal..."

The authors suggest that anyone concerned about HAARP contact a federal legislator to protest, and insist that life sciences get meaningful funding and decision making power. And that emerging advanced technologies be in the hands of our wisest men and women, not our most aggressive or those entrenched in the biggest budgets.

We hope that independent scientists will meet face to face as well as on the Internet, regarding HAARP related topics. An international symposium is urgently needed. Philanthropists could help with travel and research funding for the scientists, because independent thinkers have been blackballed out of the high salaried jobs. For example, financially struggling consultants cannot even afford the yearly fees now charged for accessing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NASA) data.

Researchers who shun the "black budget" world of military programs need a "white budget". White-budget projects could include the spreading of ground up volcanic rock to restore Earth's paramagnetism.358 Dr. Callahan says that chemical agriculture and clear cutting of forests caused the soil's paramagnetic ingredients to change or wash into the sea.) Such constructive projects could be carried out by ordinary people all over the world, replacing feelings of fear with those of empowerment.

358 For study of paramagnetism as a part of the glue which holds the atmosphere in place, see recent books by Dr. Philip Callahan, available from Acres USA, PO box 8800, Metairie, LA 70011-8800. Fax 504-889-2777.

In Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley said, in 1958;

"Meanwhile there is still some freedom left in the world... some of us believe that without freedom a human being cannot become fully human, and that freedom is therefore supremely valuable. Perhaps the forces that now menace freedom are too strong to be resisted for long. It is still our duty to do whatever we can to resist them."

On the road to that goal, other thinkers point toward a possible manmade barrier. They question whether an increasingly stressful electromagnetic environment is interfering with clear thinking on a large scale. If so, then society's ignorance of this invisible crazy-maker is the problem.


Humanity has the resources to change its technologies if we have the political will to do so. Non-scientists must educate themselves on the issues and speak up; the sciences as a self regulating system seems to have broken down.


The breakup of the sciences into ever-narrower specialties has made it difficult for specialists to synthesize a wide range of facts about our planet and come up with wisdom.


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