Thursday, April 06, 2006


I recently received an email from
a friend concerning Chemtrails... I had never heard of anything called chemtrails and figured it must be about contrails so I clicked on the site she had referred me to:
What is wrong with our skies? Webcast of talk by William Thomas on Chem Trails in our skies

After researching this on Google I came up with the following information from the Tasty Bits from the Technology Front -- Historical Archive The TBTF site which better describes this latest Internet BELIEVE IT OR NOT.

Click the William Thomas Site and then click the below PUCKER and judge for youself if they are real and a threat to us. thinkingblue

PS: Below is the email I replied with:


There is so much to fear out there within the realm of our planet and beyond. Last night I was watching the Discovery Channel and it was talking about comets and how one could cross our orbit at any given moment creating catastrophic destruction upon our Earth... scary but interesting stuff.

I researched this chem-trail phenomena to see how many resources are out there either debunking or crediting it as truth... came upon this piece from this link:
I have to tell you I am skeptical about this one... Chem-trails are just too obvious to be some secretive plot... to me anyway.

I really love the Internet and I don't know what I would do without it but sometimes it can be used for fraudulent or rumor pieces... I hope the below bit of info can help you to decide whether this latest legend is for real or not. For me, I am not going to worry about it... my latest concern is the next war the neocons are planning... I really believe it's going to be Iran... The Neocons are still in control of our destiny and that is frightening and bloodcurdling enough for me. Here is a link to William Thomas' site:

Jay Reynolds site

Thanks thinkingblue

Is Iran Next?

Why Iran is the Next Target

Is Iran Next?

by William Norman Grigg

March 6, 2006

An Iranian man passes by an anti-U.S. mural
on a wall of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran

Debunking a new urban legend: chemtrails

Is the US military spraying bio-weapons over the population? I doubt it!

Recently Simone Fluter <simone at agt dot net> wrote directing my attention to a part of the cultural spectrum I'm not usually tuning in. It seems that since January of this year the Net conspiracy theorists have been going wild with speculation over the nature and purpose of chemtrails [17]. These are, supposedly, contrail-like formations produced by military aircraft over the US, Germany, and Australia, among other places. It's claimed that the chemtrails differ from actual (and harmless) contrails in a number of particulars. The paranoids among us, urged on by late-night talk-show icon Art Bell (he's the one who fanned the flames of the "Saturn-like object near comet Hale-Bopp" [18]), believe the "chemtrails" are evidence of a vast government conspiracy to expose citizens to bio-warfare agents for some undisclosed purpose. lists 214 sites in response to a search for "chemtrails"; lists 81. Here are a couple of them [19], [20], and here is a small Web ring [21] devoted to chemtrails.

I was unsettled, as my informant had been, at being unable to locate any sites debunking this yarn, which has all the hallmarks of an urban legend for the Millenial end-times. I wrote to a trio of pseudo-science debunkers and urban-legend explicators and within half an hour had this reply from David Emery
<urbanlegends dot guide at about dot com>:

One excellent debunking of the chemtrails baloney exists. It was written by an engineer named Jay Reynolds last year and can be found here
emended [22]. I've corresponded with Mr. Reynolds and know him to be a knowledgeable and passionate opponent of pseudo-science in general. One might wish that his writing were less abstruse, but he appears to have a good command of the technical issues here. Reynolds explains how contrails work and how various they are; that there is no carcinogenic Ethylene dibromide in JP-8+100 jet fuel; how aerosol material released at contrail altitudes would actually disperse and fall to earth; how Richard Finke, the earliest poster of the chemtrails legend, admitted he made up the laboratory that supposedly had tested the sprayed chemicals; and how William Thomas, the legend's most zealous popularizer, stands to gain financially from its spread. (He sells vitamin and mineral supplements to protect against chemical warfare agents.)

After I posted the chemtrails story as a Tasty Bit of the Day, several readers responded with additional relevant links.

There is evidence that contrails can add to cloud cover [23]. Over the past decade NASA has been investigating the possibility that growing air traffic might exacerbate global warming [24].

Nik Clayton <nclayton at lehman dot com> pointed out this
Fortean Times investigative article [25] summarizing the early days of the chemtrail frenzy. The article claims that most of the furor had died down by April 1999. This points up an under-appreciated feature that renders the Web an ideal medium for the viral spread of urban legends: "dead" pages can linger on the Web for months or years,
like encysted bacteria, waiting to reinfect a new generation.

Carl Juarez <cjuarez at emerald dot oz dot net> supplied the following citation from the Progressive Review [26] (search in this lengthy page for SUDBURY):

SUDBURY STAR (CANADA): The United States Air Force says none of its jets has been flying in the skies over Espanola (Ontario) and spraying a mysterious substance being blamed for illnesses by some residents of the paper mill town. If there are problems being caused by low-flying aircraft, "It's not the air force"
causing them, said Lt. Col. Stevie Shapiro of the USAF press office in Washington, D.C... Some Espanola residents say they have "photographic evidence" which suggests KC-135 military aircraft has emitted or sprayed substances at low altitude... The Espanola residents have environmental test results showing
the emissions contained carbon and military chaff, a fine material used by military pilots to block enemy radar... Tests also found unusually large numbers and varieties of fungi and molds.

I wasn't able to locate the original story in the Sudbury Star newspaper's site, but did find a followup [27] (search on this page for Spraying):

Spraying fears bunk, mayor says: Concerns in Espanola over hazardous chemicals being spread by unidentified aircraft are being written off by the town's mayor as bunk promulgated on the Internet by conspiracy theorists... More than 250 Espanola residents have petitioned the town to investigate a substance they say has been falling from the sky on almost a weekly basis since February. [Residents] have suffered neck pain, breathing problems, headaches, burning eyes and hacking coughs... [The mayor] said that after seeing the results of tests on air and water samples in the town, he's had enough of the residents' claims, which he says have not been scientifically documented.

I hope in coming days to see the chemtrails story added to the generally accepted canon of provably false urban legends.

Note added 1999-08-23: Lauren Weinstein <lauren at vortex dot com> writes:

I addressed this in one of my RealAudio Vortex Daily Reality Reports & Unreality Trivia Quiz segments sometime back. Please see (or rather hear) the report for 5/11/99 at [27a]. The contrail stuff is 100% nonsense, of course.

I received the following note from Rory Jaffe, MD, MBA <rsjaffe at ucdavis dot edu> (Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine).

While the new "chemtrails" fears may be urban legend, the US military did, in the 1950's, spray a usually harmless bacteria over the San Francisco Bay Area to study potential spread of biological weapons. People can get infected with the bug in certain circumstances, but the Army's variant appears not to be a problem. See the attached article abstract below (the journal referenced is very reputable). Serratia marcescens usually makes nice red colonies on the petri dish, so is easy to track. That's probably why the military selected it.

Cooper, R; Mills, J.: Serratia endocarditis. A follow-up report. Archives of Internal Medicine, 1980 Feb, 140(2):199-202. (UI: 80108385) Language: English; Pub type: Journal Article

Abstract: Seventeen new cases of Serratia marcescens endocarditis observed in the San Francisco Bay Area since June 1974 are presented. Fifteen patients had a history of illicit intravenous drug use and four patients had prosthetic heart valves. Seven patients with infection of right-sided heart valves did well, although surgery was required in two for persistent fever or recurrent pulmonary emboli. Only three of ten patients with left-sided infection survived despite synergistic antibiotic combinations and high serum bactericidal titers. Fifteen isolates of Serratia from patients with endocarditis were serotyped, and none of these serotypes corresponded to the pigmented strain aerosolized by the US Army in the Bay Area in 1951. The isolation of the same Serratia strain from two patients and their shared injection paraphernalia provided insight into the pathogenesis of endocarditis in the intravenous drug user. A revised therapeutic approach to this difficult infection is presented.

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comet n. A celestial body, observed only in that part of its orbit that is relatively close to the sun, having a head consisting of a solid nucleus surrounded by a nebulous coma up to 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) in diameter and an elongated, curved vapor tail arising from the coma when sufficiently close to the sun. Comets are thought to consist chiefly of ammonia, methane, carbon dioxide, and water. [Middle English comete, from Old English comta, from Latin, from Greek (astr) komts, long-haired (star) from kom, hair.]


WORD HISTORY: Comets have been feared throughout much of human history, and even in our own time their goings and comings receive great attention. Perhaps a comet might seem less awesome if we realized that our name for it is based on a figurative resemblance between it and human beings. This figurative name is recorded first in the works of Aristotle, in which he uses kom, the Greek word for "hair of the head," to mean "luminous tail of a comet." Aristotle then uses the derived word koms, "wearing long hair," as a noun meaning "comet." The Greek word was adopted into Latin as coms, which was refashioned in Late Latin and given the form comta, furnishing Old English with comta, the earliest English ancestor of our word comet.


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