by Mick West at 11:29 PM
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Metabunk 2018-07-13 22-54-45.

This Indiegogo campaign is so obviously impossible that I suspect it might be some kind of elaborate educational hoax teaching people not to trust Indiegogo campaigns. But in case it's not, spoiler, it doesn't work.

Delta Lambda claims to to compress your existing data on you phone up to 1000 times by using special algorithms.
Metabunk 2018-07-13 22-57-26.

Unfortunately this is mathematically impossible. Data has a limit in how much it can be compressed. The limit is based on the "entropy" of the data (a measure of how much it resembles random data). The vast majority of data on your hard drive (photos, videos, audio, apps) is already compressed by advanced algorithms that approach the theoretical limits. In addition they are compressed with lossy...
by Mick West at 10:11 AM
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Several tons of aluminum, barium, and strontium will be sprayed into the atmosphere tonight, the 4th of July, often in close vicinity to large crowds in people in large cities. Even small children will hold small devices that create clouds of nanoparticles of aluminum, barium, and strontium, and other heavy metals.

I'm talking, of course, about fireworks. Those three elements are commonly referred to as being toxic elements that are sprayed in the "chemtrails" conspiracy theory.

(source: see also:

There is, of course, no real evidence that "chemtrails" are real. Yet the presence of aluminum, barium, and strontium in the environment (all three are naturally occurring, especially aluminum) is often...
by Mick West at 5:53 PM
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pan bill.

California Senator Dr. Richard Pan has introduced a bill (SB 1424) which currently reads as follows:
by Mick West at 2:58 PM
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Via Cliff Mass:
by Mick West at 3:00 PM
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Metabunk 2018-05-16 15-09-30.

A comedy show on Russia Today starring Lee Camp (stand-up comedian and former writer for The Onion) has become the latest outlet to push an old debunked story - the idea that there are trillions of dollars missing from the Pentagon. This myth arose because the the Pentagon (i.e. the Department of Defense) has multiple different accounting systems across multiple departments. These systems have a serious problem: they are not "interoperable". This means that entries on one system do not automatically flow to another system.

So when the military has to make quarterly or year-end financial statements, some entries, like the value of certain assets (like aircraft carriers) or liabilities (like pensions), have to be transferred either manually or by an automated but uncertified system....
by Mick West at 10:25 AM
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MUFON 91964 Metabunk Compare.

This case of a "UFO" submitted to Mufon, is described as:
by Mick West at 11:05 AM
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Metabunk 2018-05-08 10-32-45.

The ongoing eruption of Kilauea is interesting for a number of Metabunk related reasons.

Firstly there's the association of volcanos with the solar radiation management proposals in the field of geoengineering. Volcanoes spew a lot of sulphur dioxide and ash into the air which (simplifying) makes it hazy and reflects sunlight back into space. This most famously happened with Mount Pinatubo in 1991
by Mick West at 7:08 PM
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Metabunk 2018-05-06 18-35-22.

I was on Santa Monica Pier at 1:45PM PDT, and I notice far to the north was what looked like a fata morgana - a type of mirage where objects get stretched and inverted. It was quite hard to see and I doubt many people (if any) had noticed it. I took a few photos. These have been "dehazed" in Photoshop:
Metabunk 2018-05-06 18-42-52.
Metabunk 2018-05-06 18-44-05.
Notice the above two images are of the same region, taken just 30 seconds apart, and yet look very different. Here's a slider comparison:
Metabunk 2018-05-06 18-48-11. Metabunk 2018-05-06 18-49-58.

This made me wonder if fata morgana might be responsible for occasional UFO sightings, as it could make things appear and disappear, and even seem to move. When the mirage just catches the tip of something like a tree it can make it hover in the air like a flying object. Like this:...
by Miss VocalCord at 1:31 AM
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by Mick West at 5:47 PM
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Metabunk 2018-04-21 17-34-45.
Metabunk 2018-04-21 17-35-34.
Metabunk 2018-04-21 17-36-19.
Metabunk 2018-04-21 17-37-06.
Metabunk 2018-04-21 17-37-31.

The above images are from a YouTube video. They are excerpts from Gary El's channel of live feeds from his web cam.

The web cam captures a lot of planes. At night the camera is set to a longer exposure, which makes the planes leave trails. This is also happening with these purple streaks, which are just bugs that are very close to the camera, and are lit by a light close to that camera.

We know this because they look exactly like thousands of photos of "rods" - an optical phenomena cause by insects (or sometimes birds) and long exposure. You can find many examples with an image search for insect+rods
Metabunk 2018-04-21 17-44-05.

They are explained in this documentary:...