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ALL scientically literate persons agree that Chemtrails are
Sun Jan 8, 2017 3:10pm

a gigantic HOAX.


To be confused with perfectly mundane and harmless contrailsWikipedia's W.svg, as this conspiracy theory is based entirely on that confusion.
“”According to several paranoid conspiracy theorists, chemtrails look like contrails but they are intentionally created by unknown people to poison us with unknown chemicals for some unknown reason.
—The Sceptic's Dictionary[1]

Chemtrails[Note 1] are, according to various kooks, a currently ongoing mass aerial dispersal of unknown chemicals by The Powers That Be, for some vague but definitely nefarious purpose. This is one of the youngest among the more "established" conspiracy theories, having been first discussed at least as early as 1996,[2] and is sadly still going strong — despite the complete lack of evidence, of compelling motive or indeed of basic plausability.

Proponents of the theory, often notably insane people such as Alan Watt,[3] Alex Jones[4] and David Icke[5] support the idea that aerial chemical spraying is part of a massive, secret geo-engineering effort to combat climate change with its temporary cooling effects. Some of the toxic compounds claimed as being released into the atmosphere are aluminum dioxide and barium salts, according to the allegations made against White House Science Czar John P. Holdren.Wikipedia's W.svg[6]

That said, governments have been known to go batshit insane in the past. The Ministry Of Defence once spewed zinc cadmium sulphide over vast swaths of the population of the UK, between 1953 and 1964.[7] These tests were to assess Britain's vulnerability if the Russians decided to engage in biological warfare.[8]

The purpose of the supposed chemtrail campaign is admittedly unknown, but speculation includes:

Sterilization for genocide or population control
Administration of drugs for mind control or pacification
Suppression of human evolution
To combat and control climate change[12]
To mask the appearance of Planet X/Nibiru
To give Monsanto a global monopoly on genetically modified food by poisoning the environment so nothing but their seeds will grow.[13]
Various activities associated with grand conspiracy theories.

The alleged composition of chemtrails varies from one wingnut to another. According to the website of chemtrail "expert" Clifford Carnicom,[14] they may contain barium, calcium, magnesium, titanium, metallic salts, and microscopic fibers. Another site claims they are composed of "an oil based substance of unknown content" and "unknown biological components".[15]

The alleged effects of chemtrails are incredibly varied. A claim of increase in respiratory diseases is common. Weather alteration is often mentioned. In chemtrail site forums nearly every unexplained headache or car-windshield spot is attributed to chemtrails. Morgellons has been attributed to chemtrails as well by some cranks who don't understand that even if planes were dropping stuff into the atmosphere at 30,000 feet, it would be scientifically impossible for it to land on a person's arm at ground level 5 minutes after the plane passes overhead.

It is known that barium (supposedly included in chemtrails) has the ability to prevent activation of certain T-cells in vitro, although this process is reversible and not a proven in vivo effect of barium exposure.[16] This has been made to fit into a wider secret plan to weaken the immune systems of the chemtrail targets.[17]

Contrails, or condensation trails, are the linear clouds formed by jet engines as they fly in the upper reaches of our atmosphere. The low temperatures at those heights means that the heat of exhaust immediately crystalizes into ice, forming the fluffy trails we see across the sky.

What you may not know is that a group of conspiracy theorists are dead set on proving that contrails are not just innocent ice crystals, but a government conspiracy to spray the populace with chemicals, what they call "chemtrails." Celebrities as diverse as Kylie Jenner and Billy Corgan have used Twitter to align themselves with the theory.

It's not hard for lay people to poke holes in this fanciful theory. (For example, why would the government use a highly visible method of spraying us with chemicals when they could do it without attracting attention?) But now, a group of scientists has spoken out to confirm that chemtrails are indeed fake.

A survey published by the journal Environmental Research Letters polled some of the people who know the most about this area of aviation science: chemists who study contrails and geochemists focusing on atmospheric dust and pollution deposits. Of those scientists, 76 of the 77 polled agreed that there was no secret government spraying program and that contrails are innocent clouds (though we do wonder what the 77th scientist has to say for himself).

"We wanted to establish a scientific record on the topic of secret atmospheric spraying programs for the benefit of those in the public who haven't made up their minds," Steven Davis, an Earth Systems scientist at UC Irvine said. "The experts we surveyed resoundingly rejected contrail photographs and test results as evidence of a large-scale atmospheric conspiracy."

Of course, if you're a chemtrails believer, this study will probably do little to dissuade you. The scientists could have all been bought by the government, after all. This isn't a totally foolish thing to believe—for decades, the government took the word of scientists who said that lead in gasoline was not leading to lead poisoning in workers, among other dubious claims. However, you can rest assured that in this case, if the government wanted to slowly poison us, there would most likely be a much easier and less detectible way to do it. Fast food, anyone?


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