Sunday Essays: Typhoon Yolanda: Where did you come from?

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

SUPERTYPHOONs, earth-shattering earthquakes, extreme weather events, and a case of an asteroid falling from the sky -- well, the world is getting weirder.

Or vulnerable.

In light of the recent Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), it isn't hard to understand why people want to know where the sudden calamities are coming from.

Scientists state the obvious climate change while conspiracy theorists blame the U.S. research program, Haarp (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) responsible, and a self-proclaimed Christian states that it was God's wrath that entailed the destruction.

"What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness," Filipino diplomat Yeb Sano exclaimed last November 11 at the Conference of Parties in Warsaw, Poland.

When you look at the technological advancement of the world like phones with finger-print security functions or detachable DSLR lenses made for phones or even laptops that don't necessarily need their keyboards anymore since technology has managed to have the buttons pasted on their screens, you could connect this advancement with the rise of climate change.

Think about it, what do people need in order to make these devices? They need factories. But when factories create wastes that are not taken care of the discard is most often irreparable.

The sky ends up inhaling the smoke and the waters are left with waste that isn't meant for it. The earth continues to warm up with each newly made product, with each technological advancement that hastens global warming.

Global warming is a natural thing but with human beings advancing, global warming speeds up too.

But maybe Mother Nature isn't solely responsible for the typhoon, maybe it's the Americans.

Haarp is a research program that's funded by American organizations like the US Air Force and Navy. It mainly researches on the ionosphere, that slowly turning thin layer of the upper atmosphere that influences radio propagation to distant places on the Earth.

Research done on Haarp facility has allowed the US military to perfect communication with its fleet of submarines by sending radio signals over long distances (Wikipedia).

But is Haarp simply just sending radio signals? Or does it have an asinine purpose? Do the radio signals affect the weather too?

"Dutchsinse", a prolific weather-watcher, linked typhoon Haiyan as a man-made microwave pulse used by Haarp technology.

In recent years, weather modification is made possible by those independent investigators as well as those in scientific fields. Theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku admits to the existence of this technology.

The Weather Modification Association admitted that such programs have existed for over 60 years in relation with other agencies.

Conspiracy theorists argued that Haarp is capable of modifying weather and disabling satellites but as of early May, the facility shut down.

Well whether or not it's climate change or Haarp responsible for the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, no one beats this "true Christian's" belief that God is simply punishing the Philippines.

Jim Souloki, a blogger and a self-proclaimed "True Christian" greets his readers with this line:
"Did you know that God is punishing the Philippines for their tolerance of homosexuality, prostitution, Catholicism, and other sins?"

He also tells Filipinos to repent and pray to God and that because of the nation's tolerance for homosexuality, God has punished the country with supertyphoon Yolanda.

But that's just a theory, and something that isn't based on evidence even.

Whatever the cause of this supertyphoon, people should continue to hang on to hope and believe that things will get better. (Sofia Aledia)


Sunday Essays are articles written by students of Ateneo de Davao for their Journalism subject.

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