FIG-LEAF for CLOVERLEAF

The atmospheric aerosol program, I have read, goes by the umbrella designation of Operation CLOVERLEAF. The name suggests the intersection of a number of overlapping programs or ‘leaves’. The public cover — the fig-leaf, if you like — is climate remediation. Nearly a quarter of a century ago, Edward Teller, one of the first scientists […]

GEO-ENGINEERING and the APPEAL to IGNORANCE

When faced with surprising information, the undisciplined mind – or the clever disinformation agent – goes straight to questions of How? and Why? and uses the difficulty of these questions to negate the issue. The first order question must be the straightforward What? What is happening? Is our atmosphere being injected with aerosols, or not? […]

What MONCKTON is DOING WRONG (since he asks)

“If it isn’t showing up in my atmospheric monitoring, what am I doing wrong?” appeals Lord Monckton in a 2013 interview with Jonathan Eisen.   In fact there are many competent professionals and citizen researchers into the ‘chemtrails’ phenomenon who could give him a lead in how to conduct a methodical investigation, and enlighten him as to […]

KRISTEN MEGHAN and the APPEAL to PROFESSIONAL IGNORANCE

The appeal to ignorance is a reflex response to novel information. Kristen Meghan‘s first reaction on hearing talk of “chemtrails” was to feel professionally affronted. She was an industrial hygienist and environmental specialist working for the Air Force in bio-environmental engineering. She joined up after 9/11 and was committed to her oath of service, and […]

CRITICAL LACUNAE: MONCKTON and CHOMSKY, GATEKEEPERS

The appeal to ignorance is simultaneously an appeal to lack of imagination. Without imagination, new knowledge is impossible. How can you believe something you cannot imagine? When deployed by a trained mind, the argumentum ad ignorantiam represents a cynical ploy to exploit these limitations. One man who has argued with keen logic and clarity against […]

GENOCIDAL KITSCH

(PHUKET, 2017) I spend the day writing, and before sunset I drive a couple of miles to Ya Nui, a small beach where I can watch the sun go down. I need to refocus my eyes after hours too close to a screen. Holiday families are packing up and drifting away from the beach. Thai […]

SEEING and BELIEVING

I first observed it in Amsterdam, relaxing in friend’s motorboat as we pottered around town and out into the countryside south of the city. All afternoon, lying back in the bow, I watched plane after plane laying down white trails in a blue sky — trails which twisted like ribbons, ruffled at the edges, spread out […]