by Chew at 6:51 AM
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Taken from Glacier Point ( 37.73083, -119.57278 ) at 09:44:29 PDT (16:44:29 UTC) with an iPhone 4. Center of image is azimuth 080°.

by Mick West at 12:17 PM
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A recent photo proports to show a UFO over Loch Ness in Scotland, however it's almost certainly just the reflection of a light inside the room, doubled up by dual pane window.

The story accompanying the photo described the photo as being taken "at a holiday cottage near Urquhart Castle". A brief examination of possible viewpoints in Google Earth let me to determine the viewpoint was near Bunloit.

Then a quick search for holiday cottages led me to Bunloit Farmhouse, the web page for which having a photo that matched the view:

The layout of the cottage indicates the photo was most...
by Mick West at 11:20 AM
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This interview of me (Mick West) by Tristan Albrecht was conducted on September 5th 2013 in Venice, California. I made an audio recording of the interview with Tristan's permission. The interview was for the "Overcast" documentary.

Audio is of poor quality, but audible:


Mick: ... sure this is recording, yeah. I'm gonna stick it down there, alright

Tristan: Okay, so the first thing I need from you is just present yourself, say what you do, age, where you're from, things like that

Mick: alright,

Tristan: whenever you want

Mick: My name is Mick West, I'm 46 years old and I live in Venice, California, and I'm a...
by Mick West at 9:10 PM
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Kylie Jenner tweeted the left half of the above image to her 10 Million Twitter followers yesterday, and it has already been retweeted four thousand times. I added the answers on the right.

It's quite a simplistic version of the "chemtrail" theory, but given the amount of attention it has received because of Jenner's celebrity status, I think it's worth addressing directly, and in way that can be reused, hence the above anti-meme.

The text of the above questions and answers:

Q) Why did I see 75 planes spraying white stuff into the sky on my 15 minute drive to work?
A) Everywhere in the US sees from 100 to 500+ jets fly nearby every day. Often water in the...
by Mick West at 1:05 PM
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The above chart is based on data from the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program (GVP_ database of eruptions, it's a count of all the eruptions that started in each year, from 1945 to 2015. It shows about 35 new eruptions per year, but with a lot of variation from about 25 to 50 per year. The trend over the full period is basically flat, and while there was a slight increase on average from about 1997 to 2008, this is balanced by a decline in recent years.

This year, 2015, shows only 12 eruptions so far, if it continues at that rate we will have about 33 this year, a bit below average. The 12 confirmed eruptions are:
  • Tara, Batu
  • Tungurahua
  • Ubinas
  • Turrialba
  • Turrialba
  • Chikurachki
  • Fournaise, Piton de la
  • San...
by Mick West at 9:25 AM
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When investigating dubious looking claims on the internet one of the most common challenges is in finding out where the claim actually came from. There are a very large number of sites that simply repeat the content that is on other sites. Sometimes they repeat it verbatim, but usually they will post excerpts, and add some commentary, and often link to their source of the story. Sometimes though they simply re-word the story, with a few quotes, so it's not really clear where it came from.

The key part of finding the original source of a claim is simply being familiar with the way stories spread. The evolution of stories can be though of as being something like a family tree - except for any given individual story, there is usually one parent story (although there can be two or more), and each...
by Mick West at 11:02 AM
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A recent article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine^ is being widely reported, with varying degrees of accuracy. One piece of data in the article in particular seems to suggest that if you consume an extra 150 calories of sugar daily (e.g. one extra can of soda) then you get an 11-fold increase in your risk of type two diabetes:

However this is not correct, the article gives the source of this claim: (
Which says:
by TEEJ at 3:03 AM
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Stumbled upon this one. Rather silly as they are claiming that lack of smoke means that it was staged! Obviously they have never heard of the different rounds and variations of powder.

[Update by @Mick West ] This is debunked on examination of the original video. While the smoke is not visible on low resolution YouTube copies, it's certainly there on the original
by Mick West at 10:29 AM
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WikiLeak repeated a tweet claiming that a document from the Sony leak shows Google is sharing raw traffic stats with the MPAA on a monthly basis.

The original tweet, number 589833217361977345, was deleted, screenshot below.
The linked report: Traffic Report Full 4-18-2011.pdf

This is an MPAA document, titled: "Referral Traffic Report | Google". On first glance you might think the report comes from Google, due to the Google logo on the front page.

However the report is not by Google it is about Google. There is nothing at all in the report that states data was given to the MPAA by Google (other than the normal use of searching Google), and there is no data in the...
by neoteric at 3:00 AM
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When i first saw the article earlier today...I fell for it rather quickly,that is until i did some investigasting..