Are all these supposed chemtrails poisoning us? (Conspiracy Thursday)

According to the chemtrail conspiracy theory, long-lasting trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed for sinister purposes undisclosed to the general public. [LINK]

Being that we are so close to JFK, is this something we should be concerned with? Or is it complete BS? Conspiracy theorists sound off. (Please note: I think this conspiracy is complete BS, but thought it would make for a fun topic to discuss.)

(‘Chemtrail’ or Contrail over Long Beach – October 8th, 2014)chemtrail2

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13 thoughts on “Are all these supposed chemtrails poisoning us? (Conspiracy Thursday)”

  1. I guess the residents of I-Stars top floors will let us know. If they stop paying rent, that means they have died. They can reach out and touch the planes.

  2. As a pilot of an aircraft that makes these contrails (notice I did NOT call them that other term that I won’t even mention) I bristle at the ignorance and silliness of this conspiracy theory. I understand and love your blog, and that this is a joke, but a great deal of aviation is misunderstood by the general public, and that’s unfortunate, because it is a complex and beautiful combination of sciences, fun, skill and beauty. These conspiracy theories only further people’s fear and foolishness.
    Think of how many people would be involved in this of it were true: the folks that produce and refine the fuel and oil, the airlines, the layers of government, the fuelers, the flight crews, and on and on.
    WHO HAS THIS MUCH TIME TO WASTE ON SOMETHING LIKE THIS!? Mulder and Scully from the X-Files?

  3. Jack,
    You failed to list another group who would be needed to be complicit in this conspiracy. Those that take to social (and other types of) media to debunk this conspiracy theory.

    PS Anthony, perhaps you could make this a regularly occurring theme ala “Conspiracy Thursday”, post a “conspiracy” and let people sound off.

  4. Some people believe in chemtrail conspiracy. I don’t. So fear not, it wasn’t posted out of ignorance. Truth be told – I took the above sunset photo yesterday because the contrails were very well lit by the sunset. It looked kinda neat and thought how fun it would be to post the ‘chemtrail conspiracy’, being that we live right by JFK after all.

    I was told by somebody on facebook how I should ‘learn a bit about science’ before I post such stuff, but the reality is, I thought it would make for a fun discussion. I’m always looking for some fun topics for us to talk about.

    Thanks for the input, Jack! And for the ‘Conspiracy Thursday’ Idea, Captain Obvious!

  5. I like the thought of a conspiracy theory Thursday column. I think it would be fun and always gets people talking. However, I will chime in my two cents and agree that “Chem-Trails” are nothing more than a conspiracy theory.

  6. Local Conspiracy-School Board trying to slowly kill children. Has anyone seen the NBC News article on Turf Fields? VERY Alarming! 38 American soccer players — 34 of them goalies…diagnosed with blood cancers like lymphoma and leukemia dominate the list. “Artificial turf fields are now everywhere in the United States, from high schools to multi-million-dollar athletic complexes” http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/how-safe-artificial-turf-your-child-plays-n220166
    Ok. so maybe it’s not intentional, but why the Long Beach School Board built a redundant stadium and with turf made from carcinogenic materials and not good old healthy permeable grass is beyond explanation.

  7. “Rules for Radicals”: The most effective way to discredit knowledge of real conspiracies is to make up ridiculous ones that only a fool would believe.

  8. Anthony, this was beaten to painful death on Patch, with several postings over the years and hundreds of *serious* responses. But yeah, you probably will some get some fascinating replies. You know in reality those planes are just scattering the ashes of Jimmy Hoffa, not to mention spreading that black Magnetite you discovered on the shore. You know once you step in that Magnetite THEY can track you wherever you go. Unless you cover your shoes with aluminum foil, of course. It’s a well-known fact.

    What courage, posting this when the moon is full…

  9. Eddie, it’s the decision making process that I was calling in to question. The conspiracy end was a literary allusion in the event you missed it – “the assumption that there is a body of knowledge that is shared by the author and the reader and that therefore the reader will understand the author’s referent”. Vapor(chem) trails might be harmless, and they might not be. Having kids play on ground up car tires and low levels of lead might be harmless too. Who knows? I really just wanted to get a dig in at the decision to use such a material, spend the millions we don’t have on the field, further reduce the permeable surfaces on this sandbar, and just all around poor judgement. Oh, and humor myself.
    ps. Next time we have heavy cloud cover for a protracted period of time followed by rain, wipe the hood of your car. That black stuff has jet fuel in it. Over 1,000 planes per day (about every 90 seconds) land at JFK. Ever see the tiles in an outdoor pool around here after clouds and rain? Black. We’re breathing that stuff and it can’t be good for you.

  10. I agree CAVE. We’d be better off without all these pollutants. Conspiracy? Certainly some risk/benefit censorship is at play here, but I don’t think anyone’s intentionally poisoning us.

    Ground up tires for fake grass playing fields? An absurd display of misjudgement.

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