Thursday, November 11, 2010

Non-Missile Launches in California

I ran across this blog about "chemtrails" (a low-rent conspiracy theory also used in the best recent Metallica video) after reading about the recent supposed missile seen off the California coast. Note: that was unambiguously the contrail of an airplane, seen head-on. This explains why only on one part of the coast did people report it as a rocket, because a few miles north and south it looked like an airplane contrail! It was also way too slow to be a rocket. I've seen rocket launches in that very area and they go up fast, even from twenty miles away. If what people saw the other night was a missile, it was the slowest missile ever in history.

The reason I'm posting the chemtrails article is because the author posts his objections and gives an opportunity for chemtrails proponents to provide evidence or answer his questions - and gets, as the rest of us do with creationists, anti-vaxers, 9/11 truthers, etc. - that is, crickets. The funniest part is that he more or less asks them how they're different from the moon-landing-was-a-hoax people and says he knows that this comparison belittles them (but he's on to something there.) So maybe the chemtrails people should be included in the museum of wacky theories discussed earlier.

In fact, who needs a brick-and-mortar museum? Why don't we start a wiki? That can draw the denialists to one place and maybe we can even get a few of them to take bets! (What's better than serving reason AND making money?)

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