Let me be (nearly) the first to congratulate Japanese mobsters for their expert manipulation of tropical weather to aim another gigantic hurricane at the United States.
I say nearly the first because no doubt Scott Stevens -- the Pocatello, Idaho, TV weather guy who announced earlier this month that Hurricane Katrina was the work of yakuza weather warriors wielding a secret Soviet climate weapon -- has beaten me to the punch.
Stevens is finally getting some actual press attention for his ideas: The Associated Press picked up on an Idaho Falls Post Register story on Stevens's ideas. The USA Today version of the AP piece ("Cold War device used to cause Katrina?" -- a careless headline that gives Stevens's notion credence) quotes the weatherman on his reaction to seeing a manipulated cloud mass with his own eyes:
"I just got sick to my stomach because these clouds were unnatural and that meant they had (the machine) on all the time," Stevens said. "I was left trying to forecast the intent of some organization rather than the weather of this planet."