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:
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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 -...
by Mick West at 2:10 PM
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Sometimes clouds appear to be behind the sun or the moon in photos and videos, like the example above (source). This confuses people, as the sun is 93 million miles away, so it's impossible for clouds to be behind it. Some people take this as evidence that reality is an illusion, or the Earth is flat. But what's really going on here?

Basically the sun is really really bright. So bright that in most photos and videos it just appears as something at the maximum brightness the camera can handle, so just appears as flat white. If there's something in front of it that's transparent enough to let though a lot of the sunlight, then that bit will be less bright, but still higher than the maximum brightness the camera can handle. So the camera will still see...
by Mick West at 11:33 AM
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However, it's just the Cresent Dunes Solar Energy Project, and some lens flare and reflection from the dual pane aircraft window (which you can tell by the...
by Mick West at 11:48 AM
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A video proports to show some kind of alien spacecraft.

So assuming this is not simply a fake computer generated video, what might it be?

My first thought was that it might be a kite, however the video seems to show the object moving off into the distance to a degree a tethered kite could not.

My next thought was some kind of custom remote controlled flying wing, possibly with added LED lighting. perhaps something like a Swinglet:

Or an eBee:

The problem with these is they all have a visible propellor. However a bit more research led to the EDF, the Electric Ducted Fan - a type of electric engine that can be mounted either on top of the RC aircraft, or internally in such a way as to be invisible from the ground.

EDFs are commonly used in...
by Mick West at 9:22 AM
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The above two images have been shared on Facebook as evidence that the torching of a police car at the "Million Mask March" demonstration in London was staged by the authorities. But while the car itself was actually set on fire, the image on the left is an entirely unrelated image taken on April 21, 2011 by Josh Reynolds, and posted on his Flickr account:


The meme is shared as a single image (originally one photo above the other, I moved it side by side for this post). This presents some brief obstacles...
by Mick West at 11:13 AM
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Tracking down planes that make particular contrails is something I do quite a bit. So I've made this video showing how I do it, with the hope that it will be useful to other people doing the same thing.

I also discuss in the video why planes sometimes fly in a holding pattern, or make sharp turns, often hundreds of miles from their destination airport. They do this to adjust their arrival time, so they they can fit into their slot in the arrival queue at busy airports.
by Trailblazer at 6:32 AM
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James Hodgskiss of "Chemtrails Project UK" recently posted a claim that Professor Tim Lenton of Exeter University "conceded that the geoengineering of our skies was indeed already happening".

Link (currently the site is working only intermittently)

The story is mirrored here:

This claim is based on a Q&A session at a conference in Paris in July 2015 entitled Our Common Future Under Climate Change

Here is a transcript of the...
by Mick West at 7:57 AM
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This video, uploaded June 25th 2015, appears to show two very different colored contrails, one described as "red" (although it's more of an orange pink, like a sunset cloud), and one "blue" (but really more like a normal white contrail).

The planes themselves are barely visible in the video, appearing only when reflections from the sun highlight a spot on the plane. There seems to be quite a long gap between the plane and when the contrail is first visible.

The two planes appear to be flying very similar routes, even appearing to curve in sync at one point (although it's not clear if that's a camera distortion). Regardless, they seem to be flying roughly together.

Here's a composite image of the two...
by Mick West at 12:00 PM
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A popular video claims to show an object in the sky that resembles a "second sun". However analysis of the video proves that what is shown is an offset lens reflection of the Sun itself. There is nothing else in the sky. The effect is also not a sun-dog, an atmospheric reflection, or a mirage. It's just a reflection happening at the camera.

We can see this quite clearly if we stabilize the video so the background is fixed. We can then see the reflection moving with the camera motion. Notice how the small movements of the reflection are in sync with the large movements of the lens flare....