Worst conspiracy theory ever

I’ve seen some pretty incredible conspiracy theories, but I think that this tops them all:

A meteorologist in Pocatello, Idaho, claims Japanese gangsters known as the Yakuza caused Hurricane Katrina.

Scott Stevens says after looking at NASA satellite photos of the hurricane, he’s is convinced it was caused by electromagnetic generators from ground-based microwave transmitters.

I can’t even begin to understand what kind of disconnect from rational thought could lead someone seriously to suggest that a criminal syndicate has the power to control the weather, and specifically to cause destructive weather patterns at will.

A hurricane occurred, in a hurricane-prone part of the world, in hurricane season, and someone decides that it must have been the Yakuza.


Me, I think that Occam’s Razor applies.


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  1. hiroshi

    Wrote at 2005-09-11 10:29 UTC using Internet Explorer 6.0 on Windows 2000:

    I feel rather jealous for that he can purely believe it like that.
    For him, I guess the Yakuza is so mysterious and powerful as same as little green men.

    By the way, I have a question about English in the original story. Does the “Weatherman” have a double meaning as a play on words? In my English-Japanese dictionary, the “weatherman” is also meant as an extreamist…
  2. Paul Battley

    Wrote at 2005-09-11 10:53 UTC using Firefox 1.0.4 on Linux:

    Yes, I think he has a rather strange view of the Yakuza. On the other hand, they would probably have done a better job of disaster relief in New Orleans than the US authorities managed!

    In this instance, a “weatherman” is just a man who forecasts the weather; the word is patterned after “fireman”, “policeman”, etc. It’s not in my English dictionary, but it is in common vernacular usage. I think it’s used in the article to provide some variety of expression instead of repeating the word “meteorologist”.

    The “extremist” sense is quite specific, and relates to the Weather Underground, a US-based communist guerilla organisation that has been defunct since the late 1970s. I don’t think that it has any current meaning, and I don’t think there’s any double meaning in the article.

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