Sunday, December 17, 2017

#1939: Kevin Martin

The bizarre Internet phenomenon Kevin Douglas Martin is a self-proclaimed “senior meteorologistand founder of several weather and weather forecasting websites, including TheWeatherSpace.com, SouthernCaliforniaWeatherAuthority.com, WeatherAlertCentral.com, and SouthernCaliforniaWeatherForce.com, ane a long history of releasing “weather alerts” warnings about impending tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes (his track record is abysmal). Martin has no formal qualifications or education in meteorology or any science related to weather. Instead, he claims that he was born with “gifts” that effectively allows him to pull his weather forecasts out of his own ass and an “ability to understand it without studying it”.

In his calculations Martin primarily relies on the workings of HAARP “or HAARP-like projects”, which are responsible for “abnormal” weather patterns and natural disasters such as Hurrican Sandy, and chemtrails. You will find weather radar images that ostensibly track and forecast HAARP activity and chemtrails on his websites. Martin’s HAARP status alert service, based on his project HAARPstatus.com, consists mostly of relabeling available weather map graphics to show alleged “current frequency readings” of HAARP transmissions. Apparently “[v]olunteers have added 22 sensors at their residences, in unknown locations. These sensors measure the effects and changes of the ionosphere that HAARP tampers with and a magnitude system that goes with the sensor readings triangulates the center of the frequency above the country.” How you triangulate anything from sensors located on unknown locations is anybody’s guess. His “Chemtrail Forecast System” is more economical in its explanation of its use of data: “DO NOT ASK: We keep out algorithms to the project. We provide the image and reserve the right to not publicly disclose our ‘core’ of the project.”

In 2007, The Ontario Weather Service (Martin is as founder and “Chief Meteorologist”) asserted that they (he) would “go into battle” against the National Weather Service, and marketed itself as “the only source in the world that can tell you when chemtrails will be put out. Spread the word. I am willing to put my reputation on the line to spread the word of chemtrails.” Not that Martin had much reputation to put on the line. He did gain some, however, with his SouthernCaliforniaWeatherAuthority.com website in 2009, after rushing to the defense of his “Lead Forecaster”, Ricky Lukacs, a teenager who was charged with (and admitted in juvenile court to) starting large wildfires in the Yucaipa area. The website TheWeatherSpace.com, meanwhile, bolstered its forecasts with UFO stories, including a hoaxed video (Martin ultimately claimed to have seen the UFO but was told to keep his mouth shut by powers that be). His 2014 tornado alert for Weather Alert Central.com also received some attention.

Martin is also a global warming denialist (“Global warming is just another scam for the government to think they can control you”).

Martin’s earthquake, hurricane and tornado warnings are alleged to be “official” warnings, apparently in violation of U.S. Code 18 § 2074. Fortunately, as he told the KGTV tv station, he “won’t ever be arrested” because “I do my threats in a way where it screws with their mind mentally.” Among his targets are apparently TV meteorologists, storm chasers, Google, NOAA and NWS (which he also served a frivolous lawsuit). In 2015, Martin became the target of a federal investigation.

Together with his brother Brian, Martin has also been involved in an ingenious get-rich-quick scheme. You can assess its merits yourself here.

Diagnosis: Aggressive, loud and completely lunatic, Martin’s antics don’t quite even hit the level of “pseudoscience”. He manages to draw some attention to himself, on occasion, mostly due to his personality and general level of crazy, but is hopefully harmless.


Hat-tip: Rationalwiki

Friday, December 15, 2017

#1938: Barry Martin

Barry Martin is the owner of the blog jfkspeaks.blogspot.com, where he channels the spirit of former president J.F. Kennedy: “The information on this blog was given to me by a spirit, President John F. Kennedy,” says Martin. Apparently post-demise Kennedy has taken a keen interest in New Age woo, and freely relates to mr. Martin, through automatic writing, information for instance “concerning our friends, the Pleiadians and dolphins.” The Pleiadians  – we’ve had ample opportunity to deal with them already – are humanoid aliens that come from the stellar systems surrounding the Pleiades stars. Dolphins, according to Kennedy/Martin, are “a gift from the Pleiadians”. Sayeth Kennedy: “The Pleiadian realms, the planets are roughly about 90 to 95 percent water. Their atmosphere is the same type as on earth, although the light there is a bit hazier. The sky is a bit hazier in some places. They brought dolphins to our world. Dolphins are Pleiadians. Man will communicate and interact freely with dolphins much more one day. Just as dogs inhabit the earth as pets, dolphins will be the new pet of man, as the world after the Shift will be about 87 percent water with many inlets and waterways and much sea water.” One may lament that JFK seems to have lost some of his eloquence after passing over to the spirit realm, but death generally tends affect people’s ability to come up with memorable turns of the phrase.

Apparently JFK was no fan of Clinton. Regarding the 2016 election, JFK said that “Mrs. Clinton will most likely win the 2016 Election. This is not something that makes us happy. She is a member of the New World Order.” There is also plenty of stuff about Atlantis and aliens and ancient technology and suchlike, and Kennedy helpfully tells us that under some ranch in the American southwest, “one would find the remains of crystal generators that powered whole cities, whole continents, nations and civilizations. With the power of crystals, this would enable mankind to power cities with a smaller output of electricity than mankind uses. This is a different type of electricity and is truly peaceful. It’s a form of clean fusion.” Kennedy’s grasp of the concepts electricity and fusion seems somewhat tenuous. Perhaps this was Robert Kennedy. It seems that Martin occasionally channels Bobby Kennedy as well.

In any case, everything will ostensibly culminate in “the Revelation of life everywhere in the universes,” which “is going to happen in 2018 we believe.” (It is not entirely clear who “we” refers to.) Also, there will be a major Shift that “will include major seismic and weather events, starting in about 2018 and lasting well into the 2020’s. The world will survive these events, but look much different geographically. The planet will be about 83% water and the population will be much lower.” It’s a poor prophet who can’t give us a proper Armageddon. Apparently the Shift will bring back Martin Luther King, only in this reincarnation he “will be a white man”. So it goes.

We assume that our Barry Martin is a different character – and way less hateful – than Monroe School District superintendent Barry Martin, who thinks books featuring gay characters are unsuitable for children.


Diagnosis: Mostly harmless, and one of the characters that frankly provide some color (mostly teal and pastels) to the Internet. (The other Barry Martin, superintendent, is a different matter.)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#1937: Abby Martin

Abigail Suzanne “Abby” Martin is an “investigative journalist”, presenter of The Empire Files, and formerly host of Breaking the Set on the Russian network RT America. A relatively well-known figure, Martin has been heavily involved in various foundations and “documentaries”. She also claims to have grown weary of viewing politics on a Left–Right axis, but what she offers is nevertheless more or less a liberal version of Breitbart-style conspiracy mongering.

She was long a 9/11 truther who labeled the official story as government “propaganda”, saying of the attacks that “I’ve researched it for three years and every single thing that I uncover solidifies my belief that it was an inside job and that our government was complicit in what happened,” where “research” in this context means trawling conspiracy theory websites guided by confirmation bias and motivated reasoning.

In fairness, she has said that she “no longer subscribes” to the idea that 9/11 was an inside job, but even if she doesn’t there are plenty of conspiracy theories she does subscribe to. For instance, Martin is an important promoter of conspiracies surrounding water fluoridation, and devoted at least one Breaking the Set show to the topic. Like so many fluoridation conspiracy loons, Martin invoked studies showing the dangers of fluoridation, neglecting completely the fact that those studies employed dosages many times as high as would be physically possible for humans to get exposed to through water. But as most chemically illiterate people, the rather fundamental idea that the dose makes the poison remains beyond Martin’s grasp. She also ran various conspiracy theories targeted at Monsanto, the big bogeyman of liberal conspiracy theorists everywhere.


Diagnosis: Often described as a spokesperson for the Millenial generation, Martin is probably at best a specimen of Millenial conspiracy mongerers. Addle-brained fop. Don’t listen to her.