Facebook is a candy store filled with crazy groups that support the conspiracy theory movement. I have been covering various topics over the past month. After stumbling into the insane cabbage lady Jillian Epperly, I found myself enmeshed into a world I had no idea existed. Her live stream videos talked about living in the matrix and avoid chemtrails. Her cabbage drink can cure chemtrails. Lucky for you several people can remedy your exposure to chemtrails. Russ Tanner is perhaps one of the largest schmucks pushing the chemtrail conspiracy theory. Not only does he promote the argument, but he can also sell you a product that cures you of all the metals that “THEY” are dumping on us to try to kill us. As I dove into the world of Russ Tanner, I realized there is a whole level of crazy when it comes to conspiracy theories.
Russ is a guy that runs this organization called Global Skywatch. Global Skywatch says they are “chemtrail activists.” The group wants to expose chemtrails to the world. Their ultimate goal is to stop chemtrails from being dumped on people. Now if you aren’t familiar with what chemtrails are, I will give you a little run down.
Lucky for you Global Skywatch will tell you all about them. Chemtrails are the name given to the plumes emitted from Airplanes in the sky. According to Global Skywatch, these are not to be confused with contrails.
Contrails are a trail of water vapor left at high altitudes in the sky from planes. Contrails happen because of pressure changes in the atmosphere, and they are primarily made of water or ice.
Since the practical and logical person would believe that streaks are contrails, Global Skywatch spends their time scaring people to think they are chemtrails. Russ Tanner believes chemtrails are used by a secret multiple government cooperative that wants to control the population.
In a several page rant on his website, Russ outlines all the various illnesses he’s experienced in his life. He attributes all of them to chemtrails. He even moved to the middle of nowhere in Maine to get away from Chemtrails. To his dismay, the chemtrails followed him to Maine. “They” are watching and following Russ.
Russ outlines the symptoms he experienced by chemtrails. Some of the ridiculous symptoms include:
Excessive Skin Tags
Shortness of Breath
Russ even had a heart attack that he blames on Chemtrails.
Because Russ is not a conspiracy theorist at all, he decided the root reason for the symptoms were from the chemtrails. He believes he’s being poisoned on a daily basis by various metals that are dropping from the sky. After he spends pages outlining his suffering by the pesky chemtrails, he provides his theory for why chemtrails are being used by governments:
- Mercury is the cause of a significant portion of disease in the world today.
- Pharmaceutical companies are profiting from the very same diseases they are causing.
- Mercury is (probably) being sprayed in a petroleum base over populated cities with the intent to lower population through sterilization and death. Aluminum and barium are probably being sprayed as well.
- The governments of a number of countries are working together with pharmaceutical companies to accomplish depopulation through the use of chemtrails.
For the good Christians to believe Tanner’s conspiracy theory, he also offers Biblical proof of chemtrails. Like any good doomsday prepper, Russ points to passages from Revelations to prove his point that chemtrails are in the Bible. Instead of trying to explain his insanity, here are words straight from his webpage:
Now if you were able to get through those images without your brain blowing up, I will give you a run down. Russ believes oil companies, Big Pharma, and vaccines are the “sorcery” discussed in the Book of Revelations.
Of course, Big Pharma and Vaccines would make an appearance in a chemtrails conspiracy theory!
Makes perfect sense to me.
Russ can’t provide any scientific data or proof for any of his claims. However, he does have people test and track their soil for heavy metals. Tanner runs a YouTube channel, podcast, and has a Facebook Group with more than 169,000 members. Perhaps the most surprising aspect in all of this for me is the number of people that follow this man and believe him.
If you are worried you have to join the Facebook Group to read the posts, Russ made sure the group is public for all to see. I’ll share just a taste of what you can expect to find from his followers:
My personal favorite is the one that says vaccines caused Hurrican Florence. I mean that’s believable, right?
With all this work Russ does you might wonder if he is trying to sell something to his followers. You bet your bottom dollar he is! Tanner has an entire portion of his website to help people detox from the heavy metals falling from the sky. Since Tanner believes we are all poisoned by Mercury, Aluminum, or Barrium, he offers his followers the opportunity to purchase supplements to detox the metals out of their bodies.
Tanner is a distributor for Nature’s Sunshine a Multi-Level-Marketing company based out of Utah. He even suggests specific supplements like Magnesium Complex and Potassium to fight chemtrails.
Since Big Pharma is drizzling us with chemicals all day long, the rational solution is to purchase herbs and supplements from a vitamin shop. Sounds super legit!
You might be wondering if chemtrails are even real. While Tanner paints a picture of a global conspiracy by evil companies and governments, there is no truth to any of his words.
A survey of 77 scientists that are experts in contrails to find out if there is any merit to the chemtrail conspiracy. 98.7% of the scientists said there is no evidence of a large-scale atmospheric program. The panel was also reviewed samples of soil, sediment, and snow from collectors that claim the samples were high in metals from chemtrails. Alas, the scientists determined natural phenomena, not chemtrails could explain 80-89% of the metals.
The Keith Group at Harvard, a group of scientists that work on climate science and technology, points out the improbability of a widespread conspiracy to dump chemicals.
“If there really were a large-scale program dumping material from aircraft at the scale described, there would have to be a large operating program to manufacture, load and disperse materials. If such a program existed at the scale required to explain the claimed amount of chemtrails, it would require thousands or perhaps tens of thousands of people. It would be extraordinarily hard to keep such a program secret because it would be so easy for a single individual in the program to reveal it using leaked documents, photographs or actual hardware.
Moreover, if such a program was intended to cause harm to their fellow citizens—as is alleged by people who believe in the chemtrails conspiracy—then people working in the program would have very strong personal motivations to reveal it.
We don’t trust that governments will always do the right thing, but we do trust the goodwill of individual who take risks to blow the whistle, exposing government misdeeds.”
In Summary, Russ Tanner is a wild conspiracy theorist. He determined that chemtrails have caused all his ailments. To make money, Tanner sells his
sheep followers vitamins to fix all of their illnesses. In order to keep it Biblical, he makes sure to point to “sorcery” in the Book of Revelations. However, for the hundred thousand plus that follows him, the truth is chemtrails aren’t real. Atmospheric changes leave water and ice in the air when planes fly over.
Sorry conspiracy theorists, but this theory is officially debunked.
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