by Mick West at 8:52 AM
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LaVoy Finicum was shot by the FBI. Depending on your interpretation of the video he was shot either before or after he put his hands down and reached across his body with his right hand to an area on the left side of his body. His left hand is either reaching for the same area, or pulling his jacket aside.

A common meme being shared is show above, on the left. The claim is that since Finicum carried his gun on the right, then he would not have reached for his left side unless he had been shot there.

This is incorrect. While Fincum was well known at the Malheur refuge for having a gun slung on his right hip (his open carry gun), he also commonly wore a concealed carry 9mm on his left...
by Trailspotter at 2:59 PM
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A week ago, on January 9, 2016, a vast contrail grid was formed over the Southeastern Australia. Its images were captured by all three satellites in the NASA Worldview: Terra, Aqua and Suomi NPP. The Terra image below is a composite of two swaths, the right one was taken at 23:55 (8-Jan-2016) UTC and the left one at 01:30 UTC:
The Aqua and Suomi satellites passed over this area later, at about the same time, 04:05 and 4:00 UTC, respectively. Separated by a few hours, these images give us just snapshots of the grid, the older contrails in which probably dissipated and were replaced with younger ones.

Fortunately, it was possible to follow the evolution of this particular contrail grid thanks to the Japanese weather satellite Himawari-8. It is located on a geostationary orbit above the Equator and a meridian...
by Mick West at 6:58 PM
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A widely shared image appears to show a giant figure walking about the clouds. However the most likely explanation is that it is two plumes of condensation from a power station rising above a low cloud layer

It was originally posted on
A similar mysterious plume was observed in January 2014, knowledge of the flight path, and the time of the photo allowed the exact power station to be tracked...
by Mick West at 9:27 AM
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A meme being shared on Facebook claims to show that Iraqi WMDs have been found in Syria. However the photo shows US chemical weapons in a depot in Utah, in the USA.
The use of this image in a misleading way is not new, it was also used to illustrate a story about claims of chemical weapons being found in Libya:...
by Mick West at 2:02 PM
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A Facebook video by "Patriots Global Alliance" claims to show:
However actual local media coverage of the event tells a very different story:
by Mick West at 9:47 AM
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Snow and jars of water hot and cold.

Proponents of the theory that there's a secret geoengineering program going on often try to find odd things about snow, as they feel that unusual snow is a sign of geoengineering. In a video, one proponent claims to have two jars of water, one being snow melt, and the other being tap water. He claims the jars are at the same temperature. He then demonstrates that the melt-water jar seems to melt less additional snow than the tap water jar. He does this by adding approximately equal amounts of snow to both jars. The result being this:


However this is quite obviously because...
by Mick West at 6:07 PM
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In a rather odd reversal of known science, the latest chemtrail theory is that modern high-bypass engines do not create contrails. A comprehensive explanation of why this is incorrect can be found in the following video:

As noted towards the end of the video, the idea can be debunked simply by a review of the scientific literature. The likelyhood that a particular engine will create a contrail is governed by the "contrail factor", and this is higher for high bypass engines - I encourage you to research this for yourself, and I give some links below.

The classic demonstration of high bypass engines producing more contrails is the study:
Ulrich Schumann and Reinhold Busen, 2000, Experimental Test of the Influence of Propulsion Efficiency on Contrail...
by Mick West at 12:35 PM
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Various sites have been repeating this fake news story about Chinese troops flooding into Syria. The first version of the story I saw was on a news aggregator called AWDnews, which gave (without an actual link) the source as another aggregator of stories, EU Times, which gave as its source the actual source, Sorcha Faal of
by Trailspotter at 9:41 AM
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A video posted on Facebook on December 26, 2015 at 08:46 UTC shows a plane circling in the sky near Genoa and leaving a racetrack contrail
Genoa racetrack contrail video.

Also, there is a photograph of the same or similar contrail taken at approximately the same location and posted at about the same time (08:50 UTC):

Flightradar24 payback identified two commercial flights, EasyJet U24205 and Air France AF1466, flying holding patterns near Genoa around the same time:
Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 23.36.05.
These flights were going from Paris to Pisa and Florence, respectively, but after being...
by Mick West at 7:37 AM
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On December 11, 2015, 23 year old Carl James Dial Jr., of Palm Desert was arrested for the firebombing of mosque of the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley earlier that day. The lobby of the building was damaged, and nobody was injured. Dial seems to have acted alone, and the mosque was 75 miles away from San Bernardino. Yet the story was reported as "Furious American Citizens In San Bernardino Burn Down Radical Islamic Mosque".

This is bunk because of the facts stated above. It was just one young man (as far as is known), it was not in San Bernardino, the mosque was not burnt down. The photo used in the story is that of a Mosque in Sweden, burned in 2014.
The Coachella mosque does not seem to be "radical" either -...