Metabunk

Aug
26
by Mick West at 12:27 PM
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In the classifications of causes of death shown in the chart above, CLRD (the red line) is "Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease", which is a combination of bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. CLRD is currently the third leading cause of death in the US, moving from 4th to 3rd in 2008.

However the actual rate of CLRD is largely unchanged from 1999, actualy moving down slightly from 44 deaths/100,000 in 1999-2001 to 42 in 2011-2013. So there is no rise in respiratory mortality. The reason CLRD "overtook" stroke in 2008 was because the rate of deaths from stroke is decreasing faster than deaths from CLRD. Let's compare just stroke and CLRD:...
Aug
22
by Mick West at 11:11 AM
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Scientist J. Marvin Herndon Recently published two papers that argued that there's a secret climate modification program being carried out worldwide involving loading ash from coal power stations into planes, and then spraying it into the upper atmosphere to block the sun.

The evidence he presents is essentially taking a rough chemical profile for dirt or ash, and then testing dirt (dust or soil in air and water), and then noting that the profiles are similar within a huge range of possible values. This is fairly standard stuff in the "chemtrail theory".

But the really interesting thing is that Herndon's papers, which have been lauded by the chemtrail community as validation of their claims, actually disprove one of the...
Aug
21
by Mick West at 9:51 AM
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A photo of a statue with what looks like a QR code for a face has been making the rounds on social media, with some of the more imaginative people suggesting that it's evidence of ancient aliens.

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The "ancient aliens" would also have to be time traveling aliens, as QR codes were only invented in 1994. So the most likely explanation is that it's a modern statue. Either an ironic work of art, or some kind of marketing thing - possibly the company identified in the QR code sponsoring an exhibit.

I took a few minutes to transcribe the QR code into machine readable format, and then scanned it. The result was rather boring:
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http://www.altechmexico.com/

Altech Mexico is just an online retailer of...
Aug
20
by Mick West at 4:19 PM
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The following statements were made by Patrick Roddie in a statement he read at an EPA public comment hearing on greenhouse gases in aircraft exhaust. Roddie is a proponent of the "chemtrail" theory, thinking that persistent contrails are actually something toxic being secretly sprayed by the US government. Roddie was recently featured in an SF Weekly article on the chemtrail theory.

http://stopsprayingus-sf.com/epa/
Aug
20
by Mick West at 11:13 AM
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In the last week the seems to have been a flurry of sighting of strange beams of light in the sky. The majority of them were quickly identified as camera glitches caused by the rolling shutter just catching a strip of a scene illuminated by a flash, leaving the rest with normal illumination, which gives a "beam" effect.
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But why were there suddenly so many? Had something changed? Was there more lightning? An update in iPhone software? A transdimensional rapture portal opening in the fabric of the universe?

None of the above. It turns out the reason we are suddenly seeing so many is largely because one...
Aug
17
by Mick West at 6:49 AM
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This is an excellent example of a contrail edge shadow in Italy. Edge shadows happen when a part of a contrail is lined up with the sun (from the point of view of the observer). This creates a slab of shadow through the haze, and the observer sees it edge on, so it looks like a dark beam extending in front of the contrail, often down to the ground. The curved section (and the straight section to the right) is still leaving a shadow, but because the camera is not lined up with it and the sun, you can't see it.

This example is particularly nice due to the level of detail we have about when and where it happened, August 11th, 2015, at 11:19 local time.
https://striscianera.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/ciao-mondo/
Aug
15
by Mick West at 7:42 AM
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The above images are examples of a rolling shutter artifact. A "rolling shutter" means that the image is recorded one row (or column in portrait orientation) at a time, and not simultaneously. This means if the exposure and the flash are of very short duration, then the flash will only illuminate some pixel row (or columns) of the image. Slowed down it looks a bit like this:
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The green rectangle is the rolling shutter window - what the camera sees of the scene at any one time, and it builds up the actual photo by reading from this rectangle. The flash of lighting is very short, but still lights up all the pixels in the rolling shutter window, causing the "beam".

Here's what's going on in the first...
Aug
07
by Mick West at 9:10 PM
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This photo of what looks like "nozzles" is currently being sharing on social media as supposed evidence of a secret spraying program using commercial jets (i.e. the "chemtrail" theory).
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However, these are just static discharge wicks, short sections of wire bolted to the wing that discharge any build up of static electricity. Without these wicks, static electricity can build up on the wing, and uncontrolled sparks can interfere with communications and navigation equipment.
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The image that is being passed around has a very forced perspective. It look like the wicks go along the...
Aug
04
by Mick West at 1:10 PM
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Geoengineeringwatch has been using this photo since 2011, and claim it shows "spraying" from "nozzles". It does not.
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That photo in their masthead is repeated below, with captions.
https://web.archive.org/web/20110429113313/http://geoengineeringwatch.org/

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The original image was from Jack Tasker on Airliners.net

http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Air/Lockheed-C-5B-Galaxy/1347672/L/ (http://archive.is/fA0td)...
Aug
04
by Trailblazer at 3:01 PM
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Summary: several of the photographs on Geoengineeringwatch.org purporting to show "chemtrails" and "geoengineering" are actually montages, often using copyrighted photographs. This video (credit to @skephu) shows several examples:



[Note: After the video was posted, GeoengineeringWatch.org removed all the manipulated images from their web site. The links given her go to the current versions, and are followed by an archive.is link to the original]

Geoengineeringwatch.org is currently promoting a talk^ to be held in Redding, California, this month. The page includes an image of the auditorium where the talk will be held, showing contrails in the sky behind it:



A reverse image search reveals that the...