Comment from a reader

This blog apparently has a wider readership than I thought. I made a crack in my last post about chemtrails and it drew a comment from an interesting source today. Here is a screenshot of the comment:


Someone by the name of Ariel, with a logo no less, took issue with my chemtrails crack and purports to show me the error of my humor. Hmmmm. That logo looked familiar. Sure enough, Ariel is a brand of laundry detergent here in Sweden. In fact we have two boxes of it sitting in our bathroom/laundry room right this moment.

I have no idea why a laundry manufacturer is reading my blog in the first place. In the second place why is “Ariel” referring me to a link that supposedly explains why some people think chemtrails are just a different form of contrails. From a purely logic standpoint, this information is coming from a wrong source. It should not be coming from a washing powder manufacturer but more appropriately from the Ministry of Jet Exhaust here in Sweden. (They have a ministry of gender equality here, why not one for jet exhaust equality too.)

Ariel provides a link with some interesting information about contrails which I checked out and whoever wrote it gives a compelling explanation for why some contrails disappear in a minute while others last all day. For anyone interested, the link is:

Again, more fallacious logic from Ariel. The writer of the link fails to address the notion that while the information given in his article may be perfectly valid, his argument does not close the door on the possibility that there might be other things in the sky coming out of airplanes as well. Nor does the link address this little goody that is all over the internet: a purported USAF chemistry manual from 1990 on the subject of, you guessed it, chemtrails. Here is a sceenshot of the cover:


Now, if this is a bogus manual, I still have to give the people who put it together applause for duplicating the design sense of the U.S: military circa 1990. This thing looks like the catalogue where I used to buy rockets when I was a kid from Estes Industries in Colorado. Anyway, this manual looks and reads like the real deal, all about chemistry with charts, tables and formulas. Here is the link so anyone interested can download the manual and break out your basement lab equipment:

You can read both links and make up your own mind. I personally don’t know what to think but these things are appearing in our skies more and more frequently and I have heard no plausible explanation. I have not even heard a debate about the subject, but I nor anyone else I know ever saw these chemtrails before the 1990s, it might be interesting to know just what is going on in our skies.

Thanks for your comment, Ariel. You make a good laundry detergent!


8 thoughts on “Comment from a reader

  1. Take that Ariel, you troll! Buy the way, he/it doesn’t explain why chemtrails often appear in a very regular checkerboard pattern.

    Chemtrails must be an NSA keyword used to identify troublemakers in need of re-education. If you continue with your subversive activities, expect a knock on your door in the middle of the night.

  2. I’m not a troll 😦 My name is actually Ariel, and I use the detergent logo because it’s an unusual product here in the states. It started out as an animated .gif (the “essential” fades in and out.) I’m sorry for causing any confusion or alarm.

    Sometimes I use an old logo from the British car company by the same name, or a photo of Jupiter’s moon….Anyway, WordPress lets you set a standard image that shows up next to your name whenever you’re logged in, so if you get tired of the snowflake/block quilt style you can customize your own.

  3. Also, I submitted my email address along with my comment(s)…. it would be pretty easy for you to verify my humanity with a quick email or google search rather than jumping straight to making an entire post simply to insult me.

  4. Ariel, I am sorry you felt insulted and that was not the intention of my post following your original comment. I was intending to point out the fallacious nature of your assertion about my crack concerning chemtrails over the skies of Halmstad, which I have seen with increasing frequency in recent years. Further, the link you referred me to, while containing some useful information does nothing to explain away the United States Air Force manual on the subject of chemtrails! Did you happen to look at the link I put below the screenshot of the manual cover? Neither your original comment nor your subsequent ones mentions that. And so I ask you, what about THAT? Again, I had nor do I have any intention to insult you. But as I happen to live in Sweden where Ariel detergent is sold I jumped to the conclusion that you were a representative of the company which further mystified me. If you have read my blog you will see that it is mainly a chronicle of my adventures since moving to Sweden and is intended mainly for family and friends in the U.S. It has no special political agenda and I am not campaigning for anything other than to show some positive aspects of my new home. All the best to you.

    • I know; I’ve been reading your blog for a few months (I found the link on another blog about moving to Sweden.) My husband and I are planning to visit Sweden soon, with a view to move there in a few years, so I was pleased to add your blog to my RSS feed.

      I did look at the link you posted, and no, I hadn’t seen or heard of that manual at all before you posted it here (which is why I didn’t mention it.) I downloaded and skimmed through the whole thing, though, and aside from the name, it appears to be a normal lab manual for a college chemistry class. I had a similar one, although since whatever professor wrote this manual has a sense of humor (namegame and alchemy being names they use to describe games for extra credit) it seems better than my old one. The entire manual doesn’t even seem to mention airplanes.

      Anyway. I’m sorry I gave you a fright. My intention was to clear up what is, still to my understanding, an urban myth, and to (rather awkwardly, in retrospect) introduce myself to the person whose Swedish adventures I’d been enjoying reading.

  5. Ariel, If you can’t address the issues raised above in a convincing way, my characterization of you as a Troll still stands. Contrails don’t criss cross the sky in a checkerboard fasion.

    • Well, my intention was never to start a huge argument like this, (which I do think prevents me from being a troll, since their whole purpose is just to stir up trouble) but if you want me to address each point raised here, in the spirit of being a good sport, I’ll do my best….

      1. I am not, and I apologize for appearing to be, a manufacturer of detergent. I’ve borrowed their logo for years because I thought it was cute, implying that whatever comment I leave is “Essential Ariel!” – given my name, it’s probably conceited, but my intention was humor. I realize that in this context, it was confusing. Again, I apologize for appearing to be a questionable source.

      2. I hadn’t ever heard of that lab book before, but I did follow the provided links and have downloaded the whole thing. I read the entire table of contents, and have skimmed the majority of it. Aside from the title, it does not reference chemtrails at all, nor anything else relevant to airplanes. I think the title was a result of professorial humor more than anything else. At best this manual is wholly irrelevant to the discussion, as it contains zero information on the subject, despite the tantalizing cover.

      3. The checkerboard pattern and other concepts are thoroughly addressed by the skeptic project. I found their information to be well-cited, clearly written, and informative:

      If I can contribute anything else to demonstrate my good faith I will. I really didn’t intend at all to raise anyone’s hackles. (And I have to admit that my feelings were probably disproportionately hurt by the response.)

      • I must agree you are not a Troll, you are too nice, and Trolls are not nice.

        I read the part of the link you provided that claims that the checkerboard pattern is just a result of close proximity to airports. That does not explain the pattern being observed far away from airports. I have not spent much time reading about this issue but I have found a video that discusses things in great detail. You can watch it here:, and decide for yourself.

        All things considered, I don’t think you and your husband could pick a better place to settle down than Sweden. Good luck to you both.

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