On one of my final nights of boozing in downtown Troy, N.Y., a friend and I were hunched over an iPhone at the bar, reading up on my next home on Wikipedia. He was struck by a photo of the Pioneers Museum.
This odd friend of mine, as bright as he is, is a fan of David Icke. Icke, the "British author [who] exposes the reptilian bloodline that rules the world," is considered by his fans to be an expert at identifying meaning within patterns, such as the patterns in architectural design or the "pattern" of the world's most powerful people flashing the satanic Hook 'em Horns hand signal to their Illuminati masters.
Drawing from his Icke-ian training, my buddy walked me through all the symbolism hidden in the building's architecture. Like, what it means that there are 13 windows to a level. He concluded that, clearly, the Illuminati had something to do with the construction of the museum. I told him that there was a huge military presence in the Springs. You know, and NORAD. He told me I ought to investigate.
OK. Will do. So I sent him this picture after I got into town, and he texted back almost immediately, "Chemtrails!" and we went down another rabbit hole together.
Do you see them in the picture, on the right-hand side above the museum? Those two lines that look like innocent contrails dispersing into the atmosphere? Those, if you believe my friend (and a bunch of other people) are trails of aluminum death.
This coming Saturday, there's a planned Anti-Chemtrail Day event to be held at the Promenade Shops at Briargate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here, according to Wikipedia, is what they'll be rallying against:
The chemtrail conspiracy theory holds that some of what most consider to be contrails are actually chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for a purpose undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by government officials. As a result, official agencies have received thousands of complaints from people who have demanded an explanation. The existence of chemtrails has been repeatedly denied by government agencies and scientists around the world.
This conspiracy theory has been around for a while. From a 2002 article in Earth Island Journal:
In 1994, the Hughes aerospace company was issued a remarkable patent. The Welsbach patent "for Reduction of Global Warming" proposed countering global warming by dispensing microscopic particles of aluminum oxide and other reflective materials into the upper atmosphere. This "sky shield" would reflect one or two percent of incoming sunlight. The patent suggested that tiny metal flakes could be "added to the fuel of jet airliners, so that the particles would be emitted from the jet engine exhaust while the airliner was at its cruising altitude."
At the 1998 International Seminar on Planetary Emergencies, Edward Teller, the "Father of the H-bomb," presented his Next Big Idea. Teller called for spreading reflective chemicals over the Earth to act like a mirror-shade. If it was impossible to protect the entire planet, these chemical sky shields could, at least, be extended to cover allies who secretly agreed to allow this unprecedented geo-engineering experiment to be carried out over their territory.
In the July-August 1998 Science and Technology Review, Teller argued that the Sky Shield offered a more "realistic" option for addressing global warming than drastic cutbacks in CO2 emissions.
Here's the trailer for a recent documentary. It's a must-watch for the chemtrails crowd.