Metabunk

May
22
by Mick West at 10:22 AM
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Prince Tavis Chemtrails Quote.
In 2009 Prince appeared on Tavis Smiley's PBS show for a wide ranging interview, and at one point he mentioned chemtrails (the conspiracy theory that claims the trails behind high-flying aircraft are not contrails, but some kind of deliberate spraying). When he died seven years later, new conspiracy theories started to form, suggesting he had been killed to keep him quiet about chemtrails, or that he had somehow died of "chemtrail flu". Sometimes both.

And so Prince became part of the chemtrail mythology, another piece of "evidence" that sounds superficially significant. But like most chemtrail evidence, it's based on a series of misunderstandings, and sometimes deliberate falsehoods, essentially a collection of myths.

Myth #1 - Prince started to talk about chemtrails, and then he was killed to shut him up.
Reality: He mentioned "chemtrails" once,...
Apr
30
by Mick West at 2:23 PM
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley was the keynote speaker at Norwich University during its Reserve Officer Training Corps Centennial Symposium, Northfield, Vermont, on April 21, 2016. During his speech he talked about "little green men and hybrid armies" [at 34m40s]



This refers to forms of unconventional warfare carried out by Russia in the Ukraine. Little Green Men is a term used for anonymous forces who wore nondescript green military style clothing, (and were presumed to be Russian SPETSNAZ). The term was first used by the local Ukrainians, then used in academic papers:
http://www.jhuapl.edu/ourwork/nsa/papers/ARIS_LittleGreenMen.pdf

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Apr
14
by Mick West at 12:14 PM
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In a widely shared tweet two identical pieces of curved train track appear to be different sizes.

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This has been widely explained as an example of the Jastrow Illusion, something that's commonly illustrated with toy train tracks. And indeed that that's part of it, however there's more to it than that. Compare the top segment to the bottom segment here.

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It looks smaller, right? Now everyone is telling you this is just an illusion. It's quite true that the Jastrow illusion makes the bottom piece look bigger. But in this image (and the video) the bottom piece actually IS bigger. It's bigger because it's closer to the camera:
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This may seem like a minor point (after all the Jastrow Illusion IS partly why it seems...
Mar
23
by Mick West at 4:31 PM
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I saw this contrail heading towards me and thought it would pass overhead, giving me a clear shot of the plane.

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Instead it began a turn to the north (the plane's left)
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Quite a dramatic one, from where I was standing.

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Turns out it was this:
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Identified on FlightAware as NASA502,
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA502/history/20160323/1825Z/CHADS/R2508
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It's an earthquake fault mapping flight.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/news/FactSheets/FS-089-DFRC.html#.U3WC_JQv-I4
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Mar
01
by Mick West at 11:44 AM
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The Carbon Monoxide overlay on earth.nullschoool.net appears to show a sudden spike in CO levels over most of California on 2/26/2016. There's a large area shown at off-the-scale levels.

The previous day looked like:
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i.e. basically none. So what's going on here? Was there a huge spike in CO? I'm right in the middle of that black area, I did not notice anything on Feb 25th (last Thursday).

It turns out it was just a glitch in the data. Here's NASA's statement:

http://gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/news/geos_system_news/2016/incorrect_CO_concentrations.php
Feb
29
by Mick West at 11:25 AM
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Tremblor3.05L.

I saw the above image shared on Facebook with the description: 'Death Valley is coming to life as a direct result of the rains caused by El Niño. Called a "superbloom".'

The problem is it's not Death Valley, and it's not this year. It's actually from 11 years ago, and was taken in the Tremblor Range in California (170 miles from Death Valley) in march 2005 by Frank Kee.

Even back in 2008 the image had been widely and misleadingly shared on the internet, as the photographer himself describes:
https://web.archive.org/web/20080613124558/http://www.keesphotos.com/gallery/1680669_gmPVN
Feb
24
by Mick West at 11:52 AM
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Bike_Power_Metabunk.
Philanthropist Manoj Bhargava plans to distribute 10,000 stationary electricity generating bikes in rural India. The bikes power an electric generator which charges a battery, which can then be used to power a few lights and charge some mobile devices in homes that often do not have any electricity.

Unfortunately this story has been shared many times with the suggestion that it can power your home, typically with the suggestions that just one hour on the bike can power your home for 24 hours. Example:

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The reality however is that the bike is designed for very small houses in rural India, and the actual usage is limited to a few very low powered...
Feb
19
by Mick West at 4:40 PM
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Various news reports say that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev suggested a "New World War" was possible in Syria. However the Russian government english translation of the interview simply says "a new war in the world", which suggests simply an additional war. The official Russian transcript says: "очередную войну на Земле." which might possibly be translated as "a new ground war", which makes sense in context, but is vastly different to "a new world war".

Typical western news story with quotes and paraphrasing:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKCN0VK22O
Feb
10
by Mick West at 5:42 PM
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Half of all chemtrail believers did not notice persistent trails until after 2010. So if there was a chemtrail spraying program that started in 1995, then why did they not notice it?

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Data: https://www.metabunk.org/attachments/persistent-trails-history-survey-2016-02-10-xlsx.17483/

Four years ago, in January 2012, I started a survey to try to discover when people first noticed persistent trails being left by aircraft in the sky. These trails are generally agreed by scientists and the general public to be aircraft contrails - condensation of water vapor which triggers cloud formations which can persist and spread if conditions are right. However there are a significant number of people who believe the theory that these trails are...
Jan
31
by Mick West at 11:00 AM
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anonse-nasa-hack-metabunk.
The hacking group AnonSec recently posted a text file, accompanied by a large data dump, in which they claim to have hacked NASA servers while looking for evidence of "chemtrails". Here's how they put it:

This text file (a pruned version of which is attached to this post) and data release has been used by many groups that promote the "chemtrails" theory as "proof" that chemtrails are real, and that there's some kind of secret geoengineering program going on.

Here's the...