Though biologists haven't yet been able to examine the Louisiana birds and determine what caused their deaths, speculation is running wild. In the past, such bird die-offs have been caused by disease, weather and malnutrition, according to Louisiana's The Advocate.
But the bird-pocalypse has some looking past natural causes and pointing to conspiracy theories. Among those who are wary of the government, the No. 1 suspect is HAARP.
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, known as HAARP, is a project investigating the upper atmosphere's ionosphere, in hopes that improved communications and surveillance tools can be developed. But HAARP has long ruffled the feathers of conspiracy theorists, who think that the program's research involves experiments with dire consequences for the world, including "death rays" and weather manipulation. It was even the topic of an episode of TruTV's "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura."
So, of course, the bird deaths have the suspicious-minded thinking that HAARP is to blame. Twitter is abuzz with such conjecture.
Bird deaths in la and ar Both events occurred on the 91 degree meridian. Small tremors reported before hand. Me thinks HAARP is up 2 no good
Recently, HAARP has been blamed for all sorts of things going wrong, including:
- Earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, Iran and elsewhere
- Floods in Pakistan and the United States
- The death of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens
- Chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War syndrome
- Power outages in the western U.S.
- Drought in Venezuela
Read more about the history of HAARP conspiracy theories at Skeptic Magazine.
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