Charles Fort would have loved the stories of the dead birds falling from the skies over Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kentucky these past few days, for he loved to fill his books with such accounts, and dead animals falling in large numbers from the sky were one of his favorite "Fortean" things to write about. Fort, of course, approached such things rather differently than today's contemporary "alternative researcher," for Fort did not seek explanation of such events, but merely sought to catalogue them and present such a blizzard of them as to overwhelm the scientific orthodoxy with phenomena it couldn't explain on the basis of conventional models. And he was an assiduous collector of "orthodox explanations" as well.

But if one were to speculate, what would be the explanation for these weird events? Well, the first thought that comes to mind is that when this latest round of "dead-bird-dropping-from-the-sky" stories hit (yes, there have been others, a few years ago, in Tennessee), it may have been some sort of species-specific test of a biological agent of some sort. The stories of fireworks, sudden thunderstorms - just the sort of conventional explanation Charles Fort would have loved - just do not make sense in my mind. Were sudden thunderstorms, and fireworks, going on in Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky? (And were they going on a few years back when a similar story appeared in Tennessee?)

However, some sort of biological test does not seem very likely either, for no sooner had a bunch of blackbirds fallen from the skies over Arkansas and Louisiana, then stories began to appear of dead brown pelikans in California, and we were no longer dealing with a species-specific biological agent test. Maybe we had a biological test of some agent targeting birds in general. But that doesn't make sense either, for then birds of all sorts would be dropping out of the skies all over the place.  To make matters very much worse, the story was soon "supplemented" by stories of dead fish...

Well, predictably enough, almost as soon as the story broke, there were those seeking to tie the affair to the enigmatic High Altitude Auroral Research Project, better known as HAARP, in Gakona, Alaska. Admittedly, this has to my mind a bit more traction. For one thing, the dead birds appear to have died - in some cases at least - of sudden blood clots. They appear to have been cooked to death right where they flew, and the concentration of the birds over particular areas also fits to some degree the idea that electromagnetic weaponry of some sort might have been involved, maybe even exteremely high wattage pulses from radar.  While this electromagnetic idea is appealing to me on a number of levels, I am not yet quite satisfied that it is the explanation, though I certainly think it is a component of that explanation.

To me, the most intriguing aspect of this strange story has not been the how of the story - the mechanics of whatever technology was involved to do this - but the why. I have little doubt that there was a human technological intervention in these poor birds' lives. What interests me is the why - what would be the purpose in testing whatever technology was tested, and then allowing such a story to be circulated, especially under a "conventional explanation" that raises more questions than it answers, and thus highlights or draws special attention to the story to begin with?

One purpose that immediately springs to mind is perception management. Look at the sequence of events: (1) a strange, downright weird event is perpetrated and, presumably, some "technological test" was perpetrated on some hapless and innocent birds; (2) a perfectly "normal" explanation is concocted that really explains nothing about the extraordinary event, and this draws attention to the event; and (3) as attention to the event is drawn, its extraordinary nature is highlighted and various alternative and speculative explanations begin to be discussed - bio-weapons tests, tests of HAARP or some other electromagnetic technology, and so on.  The "meme" is planted: "'we' (whoever "we" are), are doing this, we possess fabulous technologies that can clot your blood or cook you where you stand, and you are powerless to stop us."  This "Operation Dead Bird," if we may so designate it and if indeed it was an operation, seems to me to be the typical MO of combining operations: one operation to test whatever might have been tested, and another psychological operation to engineer whatever social transformations one wished to reap from the first operation's eventual discovery (after all, it's rather difficult to hush-up the fact that thousands of black birds are suddenly dropping from the sky in a particular region; notwithstanding the control over the electronic media, word of mouth eventually gets around rather quickly in this internet age). 

Viewed in this light, the "Episode of the Dead Birds" might be giving us a profound lesson, namely, to seek not only technological and speculative explanations for the how of such events, but also to thoroughly understand the potential why's of such events. In this, it connects very directly to the "Episode of the Dead Fish," for like a mackerel on a moonlit beach, it both shines, and stinks.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Joop Eelvelt on January 21, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Well I’m not that I have the same resonance as Joseph ( i’m 6ft 8″, 320 lbs )
    but they sure have some different resonances. Look at this

  2. Thomas on January 17, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Here is another link on this topic relating to weather radar at the time of the incident:
    This is from a site with many links related to chemtrails, a subject I wish would be talked about here.

  3. Larry on January 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    If it was some “operation” that evolved using some kind of electromagnetic weapon, then why didn’t it affect all living things in it’s path? How could single out a certain species of bird or fish and not affect every other living thing?

    • MattB on January 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      Templates Larry. Specific templates for killing birds.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on January 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Excellent question, and any answer based on the idea of an electromagnetic device or technology of some sort is bound to be highy speculative. But one possible answer might like in the species-specific nature of certain frequencies and vibrations, which, if known, could be used to induce these types of incidents.

      • HeddyB on January 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

        Since these kills are global and there are now numerous strategic HAARP locations around the world, an electromagnetic pulse that targets a species-specific frequency makes the most sense of all the theories proposed to date.

        Resonating frequency vibrations can be used beneficially, as in the work of John Hutchison and Nancy Lazaryan. They’ve been clearing the toxins from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico with this technology since August. Here is the article I wrote about their efforts, which have been largely ignored by media and science.


        So it stands to reason that the long-established electromagnetic scalar technologies of HAARP could be easily deployed against various species in various locations as a test of whether or not species-specific targeting works. Now they know it does, which begs the question, which species are next on the list?

        Witnesses also reported cannon-size booms in several of the kill areas, conveniently camouflaged by fireworks.

  4. MQ on January 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Interesting related link here:
    A guy put together a presentation with his attempts to put the points together.

  5. spiritsplice on January 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Not only is it possible but there was a United Nations convention banning its use as a weapon of war. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_Modification_Convention

    When was this convention you might ask?


    When was the last time people got together to ban something that wasn’t possible AT THE TIME? Curiously the treaty does not ban the use of weather weaponry on a country’s OWN citizens.


  6. andy scott on January 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Hi Dr farrell,

    Have you ever heard of operation 90?

    It was the first argintine ground expedition to the south pole,conducted in 1965 to perfect polar exploration techniques. Departing belgrano base oct 31,
    arriving on dec 10th and returning back to belgrano on dec 31st the overall mission lasted 166 days . I was curious about the date dec 10th the day after kecksberg.

  7. Joop Eelvelt on January 6, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Now they start dropping in Sweden as well.
    Must be the Tromsø HAARP-like thing

  8. MattB on January 6, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Has happened in Australia as well:


    Notice the ‘freak storm’ phenomenon

    Western Australia has had its share of strange events, including one supposed scalar attack a few years ago and an attempt to build an atom bomb by a Japanese death cult.

    Joseph, a weather weapon topic may be interesting. In Australia we have gone from brutal drought and Firestorms (Black Saturday Feb 7 2009 which was likened to a nuclear detonation), to a flood in QLD that is larger than the state of Texas and threatens to ruin an enormous mining and agriculture industry and will have a significant impact globally.

    Our climate in infamous for these swings-but not like this. And Climate change simply is too hollow to explain the sudden severity.

    These events seem to coincide with the forceful pursuit of unpopular policies, or prevention of dramatic policies.

    I wonder if we are being held on a leash? Do as we tell you or else? Rather dramatic I know but people here are starting to wonder.

    Our former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was elected in a landslide very similar in campaign to Obama. Did nothing except tour the world and pretend to be a friend of China (fluent mandarin speaker with links to Halliburton-also urged the U.S to attack China if it didn’t comply economically which would be suicide for Aus-wikileaks).

    Was ousted in a very strange media orientated coup and is now the Foreign Minister. His left wing Government survived the closest election in History where they polled less primary votes than the Right Wing party, ended in a hung Parliament like in Britain recently and now have the Nazi..sorry Green party holding the balance of power with 5 oddball independent ministers.

    The mining sector is threatened with a dramatic increase in taxation-they brawl with Government into a stalemate and now QLD mines are being washed. Our giant mines in Western Australia are now in the early stages of flood alerts.

    Could the weather be manipulated to force certain policies? It is the biggest factor on our productive output as we are pretty close to being the top exporter in just about every mineral you can think of.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on January 6, 2011 at 12:17 am

      Yes weather CAN be manipulated

      • Elizabeth Smith on January 6, 2011 at 5:05 am

        Not only CAN weather be manipulated, it assuredly IS. You can see it manipulated every day of the week where I live. It’s been chemtrails nonstop for weeks, nay, months, except for Christmas day. We only have one kind of weather here now, a sunless sky and cold dripping dankness, I would say it’s like Narnia but we did indeed have a Chistma$.

        It’s time people put on their thinking caps , tin foil lined or not . It’s not even hard to research weather manipulation programs or patents . The boys with the toys must be loving this, their latest show of power and multi pronged attack on the plebians . Many can only respond with biblical quotes and apocalyptic visions . Fear and powerlessness a big part of the pogram.

        Poor plebbys ( ie most of us) The educaton system ,TV, fluoride, drugs crapfood, mercury , all willingly imbibed, have robbed most of the ability to read between the lines in the sky, let alone SEE them

        What hope is there for people to ask questions /seek answers when major outstanding issues like the REAL technology behind 911 are easily available yet few avail?

        I can’t shake the feeling they are laughing at us. The jokers .

    • Sandy Rodgers on January 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks’ MattB ‘for the 2007 Australian ref.
      On Weather however, I maintain climate does and will continue to change!. Nature of the world we live in. In Australia, there are big cycles. The Black Friday fires were predicted. Floods we have. And the East Coast Floods were predicted by Ken Ring, the NZ forecaster..
      Most curious for me though on weather wars/ manipulation can be found on


      I noticed these early 2010. Most of the odd radar images were around military bases. The only one I did not understand was in Kalgoorlie. I have learned from an ex military person that Kalgoorlie did or does have a ‘small’ base there. There also seemed to be a location in the NT I could not identify. Perhaps another small or secret base. Not Pine Gap.
      An interesting reduction in events since the Rudd Government, was in the frequencies of chem-trails.. Less of them (chemtrails) and yes more rain.! My perspective.
      Personally while I did not vote for the ALP at the time I was very very very pleased to see the end of the former Federal PM. Mr Howard.
      No doubt like many others, I wonder at the ‘distraction’ value of birds falling out of the sky. I do think that the keeping tabs on these and similar events is important. (Like the US Navy sonic experiments causing damage to the Whales’ and Dolphin Ear Drums.)
      and the red rain in India too.
      Thanks for the chance to respond.

      • charles on January 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        this is truly a sad state of affairs
        is our house in order??????????
        i think not!

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