The following video published on July 23, 2011, got the ball rolling:
It was followed by this more elaborate example of perception as reality in the pseudo-intellectual world of Conspiracy Theorism and Junk Science:
Other videos followed along with a myriad of feedback loops throughout various chat rooms, email lists, and webforums. This foolishness got out of hand enough that the USGS had to bitch slap it with this reality check:
USGS rules out volcanic origin of plume-like feature seen in NEXRAD in Mojave Desert (California)
Inquiries have come to the USGS regarding a potential eruption in the vicinity of Lavic Lake Volcanic Field (LLVF) in Southern California. The inquiries stem from a citizen report noting a plume-like feature on NEXRAD radar imagery from July 23, 2011. USGS volcanologists evaluating the situation find nothing to indicate that the NEXRAD feature results from volcanic activity. Satellite images from the same period do not show the steam or ash clouds that accompany volcanic activity, and there is no seismicity in the vicinity indicative of volcanic unrest/eruption. No earthquakes were located within 20 miles of LLVF during the last week (USGS-Caltech Seismic Net update 14:10 PDT July 27, 2011 ). No reports of eruptive activity have come in from ground observers (LLVF is within 2 miles of Interstate 40) or from regional pilots (Barstow Daggett County Airport is within 10 miles of LLVF).
The USGS monitors volcanic unrest and provides announcements of volcanic activity within the US as soon as detected and confirmed. Often, warnings of possible volcanic activity are issued in advance, based on data from satellite or ground-based sensor networks. The status of US volcanoes is always available at the Volcano Hazards Program website.
Background: The Lavic Lake Volcanic Field is located in the Mojave Desert, south-central California (34.75 deg N / 116.625 deg W). Lavic Lake Volcanic Field is a collection of cinder cones and lava flows produced during effusive (non-explosive) eruptions of basaltic lava. The age of Lavic Lake volcanism is not well constrained, but the most recent eruption (Pisgah Crater) likely occurred about 25,000 years before present (Smithsonian Institution, Global Volcanism Program). It is a seismically active area cut by numerous Basin and Range faults.
My good friend Lin discovered this follow-up gem of Tin Foil Ass-Hattery on Youtube:
These two sweet, simple souls named Yvonne and Angie (sisters actually) went on a windmill jousting, er, "volcano-chasing" excursion to Pisgah Crater (actually they ended up at Amboy Crater 40 miles EAST of Pisgah Crater but let's not confuse the issue with annoying facts.)
Anywho, they did capture some cool scenery both geological (how can anybody not like the sight of a lava flow next to a dry lakebed?) as well as meteorological (monsoonal moisture) not to mention some cool Route 66 images.
The plumes they captured on camera are clearly located within the confines of the post of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms. These plumes are caused by dummy shells containing no ordnance that are fired by either tanks or howitzers conducting gunnery practice. Quite possibly some of the plumes are alternately dust devils and/or dust-ups caused by military vehicles traipsing around in the desert conducting maneuvers.
That these two people conducted this Route 66 in full belief of Dutchy's Delusions and then posted it on Youtube days later by which time it was clearly not what Dutchy suggested is somewhat of a surprise to me but perhaps I'm being overly charitable or even just a bit naive ... or even a bit of both! Cheerio!
Check out the comments below the video on it's Youtube page... the peanut gallery has spoken and ignorance has become elevated to a high art form.
Okay, I freely admit I'm a gummint hack trying to trick you into disbelieving there has been a huge eruption of a volcano right next to Interstate 40 and within sight of Barstow, CA, and and the traffic between Sin City and La-La Land but that does not matter. It requires my elaborate lies to suppress this truth.
With the Birther Movement now fully discredited and the 9/11 Truth movement laying fallow within pseudo-intellectual confines of the lunatic fringe I call for the next big conspiracy theory movement to be the 2011 Pisgah Truther movement!