Excellent Article On the Origin of Chemtrail Conspiracy Theories

October 8th, 2014
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Of all the conspiracy theories out there, it’s one of the strangest and dumbest.  The idea that contrails, which have been a common site since aircraft started flying at high altitudes in the 1940′s, are, in fact, chemicals designed for something evil.  Depending on who you ask, it could be mind control, depopulation, weather modification or something else.  Those who subscribe to the conspiracy theory take it very seriously and think those who don’t must be blind “sheeple.”

But where on earth did this whole concept come from?

IO9 has an excellent article on the history of the chemtrail conspiracy theory, tracking it back to the 1990′s, when a combination of sensational reporting and speculation on weather modification resulted in the first claims that aircraft were actively spraying chemicals in some kind of conspiracy by the government. There is a grain of truth in the original claims – namely, that the military did investigate cloud seeding and other forms of weather modification and even employed them during the Vietnam war.  However, the conspiracy theories quickly went far past that.

Documentaries came later, along with online communities.  There were some “investigations,” if you can call them that, which are cited as evidence of chemtrails.  Among these are analysis reports that found aluminum in rainwater.  This is not surprising, because aluminum is one of the most common elements in the earth’s crust and rain typically picks up some dust, such as soil blown into the wind.

The article is worth a read as a case study in how a wacky conspiracy theory is born and eventually becomes populare.


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3 Responses to “Excellent Article On the Origin of Chemtrail Conspiracy Theories”

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    Mike C Says:

    Yep, yep, yep….and the predictable attempts at justification from the believers :/

    BTW can’t seem to add a new response other than as a reply – but the picture in there labeled “Philippines 1940″ isn’t – the US wasn’t at war in 1940, and the picture is from the 1944 “Marianas Turkey Shoot” – otherwise known as the Battle of the Philippines Sea – http://www.patriotspoint.org/news_events/uss-yorktown-at-the-great-marianas-turkey-shoot-part-2/

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    Jeff Says:

    When I first saw a chemtrail website I was so sure it was too stupid for many people to believe. God, how wrong I was. It’s now something people honestly believe by the thousands. They’re totally convinced and think anyone who is not must be a shill or blind. They look up and see contrails and they really think it’s proof of a chemtrail conspiracy. It’s nothing short of amazing to me.

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    DV82XL Says:

    The entire chemtrail conspiracy is proof positive that the secret campaign to reduce the population’s intelligence by fluoridating the water supply is working according to plan! /sarcasm</i

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