have to blog about this story shared by V.T., because having written a book about the weaponization of plasmas (The Cosmic War: Interplanetary Warfare, Modern Physics, and Ancient Texts), this story will interest those of you who have been tracking such things, and those of you awaiting the printing of the most recent works on the subject (The Giza Death Star Revisited and The Demon in the Ekur: Angels, Demons, Plasmas, Patristics, and Pyramids). To be truthful, the article isn't about a concept that's all that new. What's interesting is that the concept, while somewhat old as black projects science goes, is now at least being admitted openly:

Playing Zeus, scientists use a laser beam to control lightning bolts

The gist of the concept is very simple: in an electrically unstable environment, say, in a thunderstorm with strong electrical dipoles (that is to say, in plasma conditions), simply create a channel for electrical arcing (lightning bolts) by using a laser to heat a channel for the lightning strike:

A bit like Zeus flinging thunderbolts, physicists working on a mountaintop in Switzerland have used a high-powered laser to steer lightning. The advance could open the way to use lasers to protect airports, rocket launchpads, and other sensitive infrastructure, researchers say. Still, it remains unclear whether the million-dollar technology works any better than a relatively cheap lightning rod.

“It is inspiring,” says Matteo Clerici, a physicist at the University of Glasgow who was not involved in the work. “What will be the application of this? We can only speculate.”

Lightning occurs when static electricity builds up in storm clouds and begins to break down the surrounding air molecules. Paths of electrically weakened air spread like cracks in a car windshield. Once one such path reaches something on the ground or connects with other paths climbing from the surface, 30,000 amps of current gush through the jagged channel in a massive discharge that can blast a hole in a building and set it ablaze.


The tower got hit at least 15 times during that period, including four times when the laser system was running. The researchers studied the strikes both with radio antennas flanking the mountain, which traced the lightning’s path, and with high-speed cameras. In all four lightning strikes taken with the laser on, the lightning followed the path of the laser beam before jumping to the tower, the 28-member team reports today in Nature Photonics. Thus, researchers steered about the last 50 meters of each bolt’s otherwise random trajectory.

The researchers succeeded where others hadn’t in part because their laser fired 1000 times per second, rather than 10 or fewer, Houard says. The rapid-fire pulses kept a stable conductive channel open even in the swirling atmosphere, he speculates. The other big difference? “We choose a specific location where the lightning is always hitting the same point,” he says.


Houard says his team has discussed building a system to help protect Ariane rockets on the launchpad at Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. The rockets are, of course, named after the Greek goddess Ariadne, princess of Crete and granddaughter of Zeus. What could be more fitting?

Uh huh: we're spending all this money to be able to protect rockets on the launching pad from lightning strikes.

In reality, as the article hints, the concept is not new, but was conceived almost as soon as the laser was invented (and if we're really being accurate about it, probably was conceived when the maser was invented). Now, if you're following the public version of the invention of such devices, that puts the emergence of the "steering lightning bolts with lasers/masers" concept around the late 1950s and early 1960s.  However, as I pointed out in my book The Philosophers' Stone, one of the enduring mysteries of science is why it took so long to invent the laser. The science for them existed in the 1930s. In that book I speculated that, indeed, the hidden history and the public history are two different things, and that the hidden history probably has the Nazis inventing chemical lasers in the 1930s, and using them as in isotope enrichment processes. Laser isotope enrichment is the most sophisticated of all isotope enrichment processes, and it yields very pure isotope, and takes relatively few people to run the equipment.  If one has the technological and engineering competence, it's the method of choice if you're seeking lots of pure isotope for a nuclear bomb.

Now wed that technology to the lightning-bolt-channel concept, and you get the idea: the idea of steering massive electrical arcing may not have waited until the invention of the laser. Indeed, if one carefully looks at the ideas of the Norwegian physicist Birkelund, or those of his contemporary Nikola Tesla, one can find similar ideas.

So the opening two sentence of the article are a bit disingenuous:

A bit like Zeus flinging thunderbolts, physicists working on a mountaintop in Switzerland have used a high-powered laser to steer lightning. The advance could open the way to use lasers to protect airports, rocket launchpads, and other sensitive infrastructure, researchers say.

Yes, such a technology could be used to protect airports, launchpads, and "other sensitive infrastructure."  But in conjunction with other technologies like ionospheric heaters, such technology could equally be weaponized, and used as a horrifically powerful weapon...

...think of the Valle Marinaris, and Zeus', or Marduk's, thunderbolts, folks.

And now, after all the decades of research, the article is important because it's admitting that they've finally have actually done it.

See you on the flip side...

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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".

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  1. anakephalaiosis on May 11, 2023 at 3:24 am

    According to Occam’s Razor, lightning travels path of least resistance, and same applies to logic and reason through the centuries.

    A lightning bolt, that travels, from Moses to Elijah to Christ, like the transfiguration parable suggests, is a likely evolution of the runes.

    It makes sense, that invoking the law of Moses, together with Elijah’s revision of the same law, would constitute Christ’s Scythian ministry.

    This is presently pure speculation, with no specific hypothesis formed, as yet.

  2. marcos toledo on May 10, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    What did Ben Rich say if you hear about now think it has been around for fifty or sixty years.

  3. Richard on May 10, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    In one’s view, tuning within a multi-dimensional realm and navigating [that] which makes up a chosen realm of destination (if steering is the way to go) seems a more efficient means of using an energetic mode to accomplish something with it. Guiding lightning from its source and of its source from haphazardly striking towers, aircraft, and their definition of sensitive infrastructure seem noble in purpose but then there’s that hidden agenda others read like a book and in plain daylight. Begs the question of what is used to focus that laser or optical maser. What sort of lens technique is deployed to gather and direct a specific electromagnetic wavelength with such a large assortment of them to choose? Just what are those spin-off variants sought that don’t make the margins of the white paper because of intellectual property rights infringement(s)? Especially, when light frequencies may merge with directed acoustical frequencies for an unexpected outcome. Makes one wonder why they’re not making use of the leftovers lying around.

    Someone responsible should be assembling those loose matches, strike boxes, and kindling while assuring that there is a safe distance between each of them and far away from the curious and reckless who just want to see how disastrous disaster can be. All in the manner of inventing a new high-tech lightning rod while not mentioning shaded achievements along the way.

    Makes one wonder just who’s whispering in those scientists’ ears, too. Corporeal beasties have a limit to how much of this thing called heat they can safely absorb before turning into a charcoal briquette just operating the switch.

  4. RBG Santa Monica on May 10, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    I thought something like this might have been used to attack a natural gas facility last month in Mississippi. https://wreg.com/news/local/lighting-blamed-for-gas-pipeline-fire-in-corinth-ms/

  5. Eddie Worthington on May 10, 2023 at 11:27 am

    The Genoa Bridge collapse (Italy; 2018) would be an example of this technology being used for nefarious purposes. I’ve seen video of the collapse showing a lighting bolt hit the bridge. Eyewitness accounts of people near the collapse also described a feeling of immense pressure and power radiating throughout the site.

    The official story was blamed on “lack of maintenance.” While the bridge was likely lacking in maintenance (as most are), bridge service life has a long-tail and it is unlikely that a bridge of only 50 years old would fail catastrophically. It gives the responsible party plausible deniability.

    • Richard on May 10, 2023 at 5:28 pm

      Bet there was a level of acoustical dissonance, too, with that multiple sensory effect of the event.

  6. Robert Barricklow on May 10, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Another weapon of the God’s ready for use;
    by those for whom the gods would destroy,
    …, they first make crazy.

  7. kalamona on May 10, 2023 at 7:17 am

    Ding, ding, ding!

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