Conspiracy Theories and You! – Chemtrails

Actually, I think they look rather lovely!

You may have heard about a massive die-off of birds a few days ago. Turns out what happened, at least according to the people who would know these sorts of things, is that the birds died after being startled by loud noises. Given that this happened on New Year’s Eve around the time fireworks were being set off, I can believe that.

Of course this bit of information from experts who understand bird biology and the like won’t be enough for some people. Just yesterday I saw some guy ranting about how the birds died after flying through what normal people call “contrails” but what paranoid conspiracy nuts call “chemtrails“.

For those of you who live in the real world, “chemtrails” are those white lines you see criss-crossing the sky after planes fly by at high altitude. According to the “theory” these aren’t innocent contrails, but are actually chemical agents being dispersed by X group of people for Y sinister reason. Usually the government is to blame cause, you know, they’re evil.

This of course doesn’t make any real sense. Aircraft fly several miles above the ground, usually. And given what wind patterns are like that high up, I don’t see any way that any chemical agent would be able to reach the ground in amounts sufficient to cause any notice, much less any harm. Worry more about actual, real air pollution from factories.

There’s a lot of really stupid conspiracy theories out there, but frankly this one takes the cake. It offers no reasonable, sane explanation for anything, and what it describes is already well-understood scientifically. All they do offer is paranoia, a complete lack of any sort of evidence and that warm feeling of “I figured out what They didn’t want me to know! That makes me better than Them!” That is of course common with any sort of conspiracy theory.

People who believe this have to have at least a couple screws loose or must be very intellectually lazy. Yes, even you, Billy Corgan. Love the music, but, yeah…

For more on this, check the Skeptic’s Dictionary’s fine article on the subject.


3 Responses to “Conspiracy Theories and You! – Chemtrails”

  1. Warren Says:

    You know, it occurred to me that the chemtrails loons would be crawling out of the woodwork on this one – I don’t know whether to feel vindicated or disgusted.

    I guess it’s a little of both. Vindisgusted.

  2. chase9000 Says:

    I can’t believe there are still some ppl that are defending the government and saying that there is no such thing and that what everyone is seeing are simply water vapor. That would be a totally plausible explanation if there wasn’t already leaked gov documents outlining how and why they are spraying chemtrails over the air (this does a pretty good job of explaining it.) It’s called the HAARP project, and is built on the concepts of radio frequency radiation that Tesla was getting into before he died/was killed. Apparently, what the planes are releasing are barium salts, which (with the help of microwave energy) can manipulate anything from the weather to varying life forms in the environment. This is also most likely the reason why certain species of birds and fish have been dying recently. If you see planes making a criss cross pattern or contrails that linger for half a day or so when in relatively dry environments, you’re most likely witnessing chemtrails being dispersed. I live in Tempe, AZ, where it’s extremely dry year around, and just last week there were two unmarked commercial airliners that were flying in a grid–type pattern. I took a few photos and submitted them to a conspiracy theory site (they’re at if you want to see them).

    • Chris Says:

      Ah, I was wondering how long it would take. 🙂

      Anyhow, I’m familiar with HAARP and the various conspiracy theories surrounding it. I don’t buy any of them. I’m also amused that you want to imply that Tesla might have been murdered.

      As far as your pics go, I can’t get to them. That link you submitted doesn’t work. Maybe They don’t want me to see them!

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