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TALKING BALL LIGHTNING: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DARPA, OR “BRINGING ...

One of the interesting things about being a community-driven website is that I never know what's going to attract people's attention, other than that people well-know I've a taste for anything that can fuel some bizarre high octane speculation. In this rare case, almost half of the people I regularly hear from sent me some version of this story, from Ms. K.M., Ms. P.H., and Ms. M.W. to Mr. V.T. and Mr. M.B. and quite a few others in between. I read all the versions, and... well, I couldn't help but think of a story called "A Day in the Life of DARPA: Eavesdropping on a fun-filled day with the guys and gals at the Diabolically Apocalyptic Research Projects Agency, or Bringing an Updated Apocalypse to a False Flag Near You." (And as always, we are perpetually indebted on this website to Mr. J.B. for coming up with the proper acronym for DARPA.)

The story goes like this:

"Well, folks," says scientist number one, "what shall we cook up today? We've got to come up with something sensational for the boss."

"Hmmm, what about upgrading the Rod of God technology to incorporate depleted uranium?" asks a lady with spectacles on a pearl necklace. (Her name is Ethyl, incidentally.)

"Can't," replies a  super-genius adolescent scientist with red hair with an Albert Einstein hairdo and a bad complexion. (Her name is Lucy.) "They're already doing that at the 'gram." (Ed. note: "gram"="Pentagram," DARPA's nickname for the Pentagon.)

"Well, we could update those non-existent space-based GRASER satellites (Ed. note: GRASERS: gamma ray lasers) we've got up there with the Mossbauer Effect, so we could have multi-shot rather than one-shot capabilty", says an older white haired man in a laboratory smock, a slight German accent, and a monocle. (His name, incidentally, is Herr Doktor Merkwurdigliebe.)

This meets with nods and murmurs of approval from the rest of the group, and the lady with spectacles on a pearl necklace (Ethyl) suddenly gets an inspiration: "Oh!  That just gave me a great idea! Why not weaponize epiphanies!? You know, Moses, burning bushes, talking balls of light, and so on!?"

At this suggestion, the group explodes in applause and self-congratulation, and the red-haired super-genius adolescent with the Albert Einstein hairdo (Lucy), waxes enthusiastic: "Oh! This is going to be better than Vitameatavegamin!" The older man with the monocle nods approvingly as he polishes it.

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Well, you get the idea, because when I read the various versions of the story, I felt like I was reading an account of Lucy and Ethyl meet Dr. Strangelove in a Kubrickesque Hollywood apocalypse with the subtitle "How I learned to stop worrying and love DARPA." In fact, here's the real version of the story (or at least, one of them, the one shared by Mr. M.B., which has its own little story):

Talking balls of light may soon be appearing over battlefields

And just in case my little Lucy-and-Ethyl-and-Dr. Strangelove story about weaponizing epiphanies sounds over the top, this, apparently, is at least one of the things DARPA seems to be up to:

“I’m trying to get a little plasma ball to speak to you,” the head of the JNLWD’s technology division David Law told The Military Times and Defence One at a recent exhibition in Washington DC. “We’re this close to getting it to speak to us.”

And in case you're wondering how it works, here's an explanation:

One laser, called a femtosecond laser, shoots out pulses of light to create small balls of plasma — a highly charged bubble of gas.

A second laser, a nanoslaser can be shot at this plasma ball to generate a variety of effects. Users can tune this laser for a variety of outcomes: light, sound, heat.

It can already produce enough tailored sound to be a serious source of battlefield confusion, such as a volley of gunshots coming from an unexpected direction. They also want to use the device as a ‘noisemaker’ — similar to the grenades used by police and troops to stun and disorient opponents.

Ok, I can buy the battlefield-creation-of-confusion angle, but talking balls of plasma?  Why on earth would anyone want to do that?

Well, indulge my high octane speculation for a moment. "Weaponizing epiphanies" only works so long as one doesn't announce that's what they want to do. Once one does, the plasma's out of the bag, so to speak, and everyone will have a certain amount of due skepticism when encountering and conversing with balls of plasma, particularly if the ball of plasma is asserting claims to divinity. "It can all be done with the miracle of science and technology. Nothing to see here, move along."  Talking burning bushes that don't burn in the Sinai desert comes to mind, as do a few others. They've all been reduced to "tricks of the trade," to the extent that even if an archangel were to appear to the good guys and gals at DARPA, they probably wouldn't believe it. "We can do that too." Epiphanies, from henceforth, will have to be quite a bit grander to make an impression, and any angelic or diabolic general staffs out there will now have to factor that in. Rolling up the heavens like a curtain would certainly be grand enough even for DARPA to get the message.

As the same time, the article alludes to the multiple uses of such weaponized epiphany technology on more backward populations, or to create battlefield confusion. But I can see popular markets for such a technology. It is, for example, a literal deus ex machina ab DARPA for television evangelists and faith healers, wannabee prophets and psychics. Words of revelation can be accompanied with real talking balls of light in the ultimate in false flag operations.

But again, the technology only works so long as people aren't aware of its existence. So why announce it at all? One possibility is that DARPA is just "having a bit of fun," and not really serious at all. And so much the better if it gets the Russians and Chinese worried about an "apocalypse gap", and investing in their own program to create talking balls. Kubrik would have had a field day with this(embarrassed cough): "Our balls are bigger than your balls." "Yes, but ours are prettier. They're blue." "They have more balls than we do! We need more balls." It's farcical, yes, but after all, this is DARPA, and they're just that nutty.

So why, again, develop such a technology? One individual who sent a version of the story speculated in a very different direction. If plasmas show some signs of life - as some believe they do - then how would they communicate? And how would we communicate back? Well, information modulated into light creating such a plasma might be one way...

See you on the flip side...

 

 

11 thoughts on “ TALKING BALL LIGHTNING: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DARPA, OR “BRINGING ...”

  1. In a world where the Russians can disable electrical systems with radiowaves and microwaves can be used to kill people inside buildings when they’ve been geolocalised by bouncing wi-fi signals of their soft tissue and sounds can be transmitted into the mind, through tubes of light, and sounds can heal and kill… I think I can see why the military would want at least one way to transmit battlefield instructions to its troops that cant be falsified or intercepted. Talking balls of plasma seems to me, not all that ludicrous an idea.. But, then again, we already have teleportation, this close to time travel and warp engines are so last century…

    This “lets weaponise epiphanies” thing. Didnt they do that already in Afganistan to make the hill dwellers throw down their sticks and rocks or something…??
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  2. This could also get interesting from the ‘other side’ of Mother Nature. If you were some kind of an energy being who appears to humans in a ‘plasma-ball’ way, how would you feel about humans “mocking god”? Given that this being probably had ‘natural’ ways of interacting-with or interfering-with earth-plane people and gizmos, man-made ‘god-ing’ could set up a woo-woo counter-action…

  3. As for a lifeform made of plasma, I remember a novel written by James Blish who’s title I have forgotten. Well, our elites have this I want to be a god complex so this would be another toy in their toybox to make their fantasies come to life.

  4. Using plasma for producing sound is old news in the hobby sector. Check out all the videos on Youtube using Tesla coils as speakers. When I saw videos of this project, it immediately reminded me of those Tesla coils.

    There was at least one project where a high tech company planned to use lasers to modulate a hydrogen flame to create stereo sound system speakers. I saw that years ago. Theoretically, if done properly, it could reproduce sounds with a higher quality than regular speakers (and heat your room as well).

    There could be other fun stuff with this – if plasmas do indeed gate energy from higher dimensions, modulating them may be an interesting technology.

    There is also a certain amount of plasma action going on in vacuum tubes, so that technology may be more conducive to experimenting with these things than solid state circuits. The original Hieronymous machine used vacuum tubes, but subsequent versions and the Wishing machine could even use just the schematics and worked just as well (a class of devices called “symbolic machines.” See G. Harry Stine’s book, “Mind Machines . . . ).

  5. anakephalaiosis

    PYRAMID HAIKU 19
    Sheriff Lawbreaker.
    Giza gas chamber Wild West.
    Rules need not apply.

    There are dragons in bonfire. They speak, through doors of perception, especially magic mushrooms.

    By stealing their gold, they come after you in a flashback. The forest dragon is a grim mother-in-law. She is guardian of gate.

    Dragon head Viking ship is a matter of cuisine. It is normal practice. Not for the faint-hearted, though.

  6. in a similar vein -in the pre vacuum tube days of radio a Bunsen burner flame was sometimes used as a signal detector in the receiver. [much like a coherer or galena crystal was used in a crystal set] in the burner flame were set 2 wires to utilize the ionized gas for signal demodulation in a fashion similar to the construction of a vacuum tube. and isn’t a flame a plasma of sorts?

  7. Episodes of Star Trek come to mind. Are we trying to communicate with all those glowing, pulsating plasma UFO’s we, uh, don’t see in all that space station footage; or is this more of their engineered “end of days” nonsense to usher in their NWO?

    1. There was an episode of ST:Enterprise when Hoshi got whisked away into transliminal space and communicated a distress message via morse code and a flickering fluoro in the captain’s bedroom…

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