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Sep
12
by Mick West at 11:08 AM
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"Shade" is a new documentary film by Shepard Ambellas & Jason Bermas, the descript for which reads:
http://shadethemotionpicture.com/
The film has yet to be released, and yet there's enough in the trailer to know that the "chemtrails and geoengineering" segments contain a fair bit of bunk.


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8EOXYG4elQ

For a more general debunking of chemtrails see ContrailScience.com, but here I'll specifically address the points mentioned in the trailer....
Sep
09
by Mick West at 4:11 PM
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A common claim regarding 9/11 was that the fires were not very serious because there was some black smoke and some of the flames looked "dark orange". The claim is that this indicates an oxygen starved fire.

However, this was no basis in reality. Here's an example of a fire in open air, with thick black smoke and dark orange flames creating temperatures of nearly 2000F. It's from the National Geographic Channel's show in 2011, "9/11 Science and Conspiracy"


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jrUsKiu2CU&feature=youtu.be&start=1576

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The "black smoke = cool" myth is just based on wood-burning stoves. The buildings contained a large amount of plastics, which burns with black smoke at all temperatures. And they had a ready supply of oxygen though the impact hole, and many broken windows.

This fire...
Sep
02
by Mick West at 1:17 PM
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I just did the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, which is an interesting format, a three hour casual discussion of whatever springs to mind, with a loose focus on conspiracy theories and debunking. We ended up covering a very wide range of topics.



Aug
28
by Mick West at 9:58 AM
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http://spaceflightnow.com/delta/d364/status.html

The fuel for this massive rocket is pure hydrogen and oxygen. Meaning it will make a contrail of pure water (no exhaust particulates required). It will be visible from all over Southern California, and maybe some of Nevada. Here's the last one from Orange County (south of LA)

I'll post updates in this thread, and then see if there's any fallout from people spotting the trail, and thinking it's suspicious.

[Update]
Here's one of my better photos. More below.
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Aug
15
by Mick West at 11:01 AM
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Episode 4 of Joe Rogan Questions Everything was on the "Biopocalypse" - the (not entirely unreasonable) idea that there might be some major biological catastrophe in the near future, either from a natural pandemic like airborne ebola or bird flu, or a terrorist attack, or from something that escapes from a lab, like weaponized smallpox.
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The last segment of the show was on "Morgellons", which is a list of symptoms that some people are suggesting is actually a distinct disease characterized by finding unusual fibers on the skin. The CDC did a study a couple of years ago, and concluded there was nothing to indicate a distinct condition.

The most significant part of the segment consisted of Joe taking some samples that a woman had sent him, and having them examined at a lab. They basically found four things:
  1. Flakes of skin (which were not really...
Aug
10
by Mick West at 10:46 AM
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People who suggest there is some kind of covert geoengineering program going on (the term "geoengineering" is often used to refer to a variant of the "chemtrails" theory), often point to global dimming (a reduction of the amount of sunlight hitting the earth's surface) as evidence of this. Here's an example:

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/welcome2page/10-bullet-points-regarding-geoengineering/
The problem with the above assertion...
Aug
01
by Mick West at 5:44 PM
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The recent segment on Joe Rogan's Question Everything (JRQE) with Brooks Agnew was supposed to demonstrate how HAARP could alter the weather.

https://www.metabunk.org/threads/joe-rogan-questions-everything-weaponizing-weather.2103/

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It came about because of a thread here on Metabunk.
https://www.metabunk.org/threads/debunked-brooks-agnew.842/#post-45164

That thread was looking into a couple of times that Agnew had appeared on TV to show off his cloud chamber experiment, where it looked he basically made air move around by heating it up. Nothing to do with HAARP at all, but his claims were breathless repeated by Jesse Ventura, and the History Channel.


There was a brief discussion of the science (hot air) his credentials (seemed to be mail-order), and then came this post,...
Jul
23
by Mick West at 9:20 AM
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An entertaining look at some typical logical fallacies and mistakes in reasoning:

https://bookofbadarguments.com/?view=flipbook

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Example:
Jul
20
by Mick West at 1:00 PM
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The political spectrum is not one dimensional left-right. There have been many ways of attempting to describe it, but the Political Compass model is probably the simplest, while still capturing some of the complexity. Take the test and see where you are:

http://politicalcompass.org/test

(To copy the image into a post, just right click on it, then "Copy Image", and then you can post it directly into the editor here)

This is me:
http://politicalcompass.org/printablegraph?ec=-5.00&soc=-6.10
Economic Left/Right: -5.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.10


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Some relative positions:

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Other people:

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I've found the skeptical movement seems to be populated with social libertarians, which makes sense as we are skeptical of arbitrary rules and moral codes - especially when based in religion. However there seems to be a good left-right spread on economic...
Jul
19
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by Mick West at 1:01 PM
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Some recent reports make it seem like the CIA is funding some kind of secret weather weapon. The somewhat mainstream Mother Jones posted a story with this ridiculous graphic:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/07/cia-geoengineering-control-climate-change
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It's ridiculous because it's a picture of a Tsunami, which was caused by an earthquake, and is absolutely nothing to do with either climate or the weather. The actual article is not too bad, but ends with a nod to conspiracy theorists.