reply to post by schuyler
Yes, well said
Expanding on a point, the:
...access to an incredible communications medium.
I've pointed this out, too, several times. It's no coincidence that the "chemtrail" hoax was able to really flourish just as the "Information
Overload Age" (as I will dub it) was beginning along with the "Rise of the Internet" ( patent pending..
I'm reminded of "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain, which as a scene where the protagaist, a time traveler, just
happens to have an almanack with him that shows a coming elcipse. He uses his knowledge to outwit the people at court who are convinced the quite
natural eclipse is evil. So, too, can believers in the chemtrail cult be manipulated by their superstitions.
I recall a very good science fiction tale (besides your excellent reference to Mark Twain...for, his WAS a type of science fiction, in that
speculative sense) is an episode from the TV show "Star Trek: Voyager
The character "Seven of Nine", an enhanced human-cyborg, develops a problem with the implant that augment her intellect...and begins to see
"conspiracies" everywhere, connecting "dots" that have no real relevance to each other. It is EXACTLY what is the case in many, many so-called
"conspiracy theories" of today. And, is spurred by the Internet.
Found a link (I hope) for a free version online, from a Chinese(??) site:
Commercial (short)...then, the "teaser" sets it up, then credits, then the show.........
About the APU, and the (sometimes) "center contrail":
... one technically-minded poster triumphantly wrote ....[that].... they came directly out of the rear of the airplane when the engines were on
the wings! .... He apparently did not know that all wide body jets, e.g. the 747, have a small jet engine at the rear of the airplane that powers the
plane's auxilliary lighting and electrical needs.
True, the APU exhaust is usually directly exiting the tailcone area. You may Google for more info...however, the APU is not, usually, operated
continuously inflight, as a general rule. The times it may
be is in the event that one or more engine-powered electrical generators is
inoperative, for that particular flight. Then, the APU can be used to "carry the load", rather than relying on the remaining operable engine gens to
do the work. Same with the pneumatics, for pressurization.....although, with four engines, usually that's not a problem....you won't dispatch with
more than one engine, at most, incapable of supplying the pneumatic air pressure.
One other surprising source for the brief "puffs" from the center are the lavatory sink and galley drain masts that stick out several inches into the
airstream, on the fuselage bottom center line. Great quantities of liquid being poured out, such as coffee pots on the descent to landing (which is
common SOP) will show up dramatically, if briefly.
EDIT: Found a "beauty shot" to illustrate this perfectly:
edit on 19 January 2011 by weedwhacker because: (no reason given)