Imagine this: a four-tier tourist boat that is touring the Yangtze River, carrying 405 elderly Chinese tourists--including one three-year-old
child--as well as five travel agency employees and 46 crew members. They're on the trip of a lifetime, when suddenly--disaster strikes. Out of
nowhere, a cyclone appears and within seconds the boat is sinking. 11 people manage to escape by floating out of windows before the ship sinks.
Another 3 people are later rescued from air pockets within the hull of the upturned ship, The Eastern Star.
As for the rest? They are feared to be dead. So far about 100 bodies have been recovered--some within the vessel and some, miles down the river.
Unsurprisingly, the Chinese government is being very non-forthcoming about releasing information to the relatives of those affected by this
disaster--much to the frustration of the former.
So, to begin, here is what we know about The Eastern Star and its last, fateful voyage:
I have been following this story ever since it hit the news--for me that was late on the evening of June 1st when I was hanging out with a friend
and I started to feel really strange and antsy and then looked at my BBC News Widget and saw the disaster had just happened.
The country's domestic tourism industry, which has grown alongside its rising middle class wealth, now keeps dozens of boats afloat on the Yangtze's
The Eastern Star was one of them.
An online advert offers a 13-day voyage from the eastern city of Nanjing, west against the current, to the inland megacity of Chongqing.
The ship is owned by the Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corporation, and passengers had booked their trip through a travel agency in Shanghai.
It is not yet confirmed whether that is the same itinerary that was being followed this time, but if it was, then those on board would have been on
their way to the Three Gorges Dam, just a little further upstream from where the boat has now gone down.
Many of the passengers, according to Chinese state media, are over 50 years old and would have paid around $300 for a shared, economy class, cabin.
That's still a lot of money for many - not far off China's average monthly wage - but nowadays quite within reach of the comparatively wealthy senior
citizens with their pension funds and stock-market portfolios in the big eastern-seaboard cities of Shanghai and Nanjing.
No doubt for some of those on the Eastern Star it would have been the trip of a lifetime.
I was surprised to see that this wasn't being discussed on ATS--and so decided to create this thread--because, from the start, I found the situation
strange for various reasons:
- The Eastern Star was the only vessel affected by the sudden harsh weather conditions--possibly a cyclone (confirmed by meteorologists). According
to eyewitnesses watching the vessel being lifted from the river, the roof appears to have been crushed.
- The vessel had previously been looked at in 2013 because of concerns for the vessel's integrity
- The vessel was carrying mostly elderly people
- A young boy was seen sobbing openly in the doorway of a home, saying something to the effect of: "Mom, Dad--I'm sorry--I was wrong. I shouldn't
have let you go."
- No distress signal/S.O.S was sent by the vessel. It takes 2 1/2 hours for rescue crews to reach the scene after hearing cries for help coming from
- The captain survived and has been taken into police custody.
Immediately, I was struck by a sinking feeling, wondering if this could have possibly been a planned event. The boy's comments especially resonated
with me--it totally sounds like the boy had had a premonition of some sort/knew somehow that something bad might happen to the vessel his parents were
going to be vacationing on.
Not only that, but the nature of the passengers--mainly well-off, old people--seemed suspect to me as well. My fiance even joked darkly, "So, whose
fortune were they after?" And I can't help but wonder if maybe he has a point. Perhaps it has something to do with population control or eugenics. Or
perhaps somebody just wanted somebody else dead.
"But it was weather!" --You're probably saying to yourself right now. And you're totally right. It was weather. But here is where I think things start
to get a little bit interesting.
Okay, it's time to go out on a limb:
Now, we (the U.S.) have the capability to create weather in the form of clouds, rain, static electricity--and cyclones. I personally have seen all of
these things being created in a glass terrarium during a special presentation in my 5th grade class by some lady who looked important who was
presenting this to us in order to cultivate our interest in science. I witnessed this when I was 10--I'm 23 now. So, although it was small in scale,
it looked very easy to create these things. Now, the weather created was pretty random in nature and wasn't targeted or pinpointed in the slightest.
But, that was 13 years ago. A lot of things can change and improve in 13 years.
So, what if maybe China has that technological capability as well? What if it was some sort of targeted weather experiment? I understand that that
probably sounds pretty kooky but, honestly, it really isn't. I don't know where you can find proof of our capability to manipulate weather--but if you
look into the science of it you will see how very easy it truly is.
Now, I'm not saying that anybody has the capability to actually make a target and send a tornado there or something--but I AM saying that we have the
capability to control/influence the weather through direct means. I know for a fact it is at least possible to do this in enclosed spaces--such as in
a glass terrarium or in a closed room (think of that one artist who photographs literal clouds inside of rooms).
Therefore, is it really so much of a leap to say that perhaps TPTB can enact such change on a larger scale, currently? In a way, wouldn't this help to
explain several recent strange disasters? I am leaning towards believing that yes, yes it certainly could. I believe we should be open to these
I am interested in discussing this further--and I hope that you are, too, friends here on ATS.
edit on 5-6-2015 by rukia because: formatting