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CHEMTRAILS in the Northland?

Photography and writing by Lydia Mancini

Reader Weekly   Duluth, Minnesota

Iíve looked at clouds from both sides now....

Itís cloudís illusions I recall....  I really donít know clouds at all.

Joni Mitchell

Why do we have so many cloudy and overcast days, but never get any rain or snow?*

 Could something be wrong with our clouds?

* Update 1/27/05:  This article was written in 2003, a comparatively snowless winter in Northern Minnesota.  The following year Duluth continued to experience drought.  We had a brown and snowless winter, which was an unprecedented and bizarre phenomenon for this part of the world.  (However, we appear to be getting normal snow so far this winter.)

Sounds crazy, doesn't it?  Don't we already have enough to worry about without someone saying the clouds are abnormal?!  But, read on:  This is our sky I'm talking about.  And you can prove or disprove these findings simply be paying more attention to it yourself. 

Chemtrails have become an international controversy. Dozens of Internet websites about the issue have been launched, most feature photos from all over the world showing the same X's and grid patterns  in the sky. Many of the sites carry reports offering different explanations for their origins. Many think that chemtrails are part of an attempt to control weather. The Soviet's success with weather modification has been publicized in the mass news media. Some believe chemtrails carry some form of vaccine. Others say the spraying is making the atmosphere more conductive of electromagnetic forces such as the extremely low frequencies  (ELF) which are radiated by HAARP and other installations.  HAARP stands for High frequency Active Auroral Project.  It is a gigantic array in Alaska for bombarding the ionosphere with radio waves.  It actually heats up an area of the ionosphere in order to create a kind of lens.  This lens can than be used for focusing electromagnetic energy very precisely for doing all kinds of things to most of the places on earth.  Many people complain of allergies or upper respiratory problems from spraying. Still others say the thin haze is designed to fight global warming. Whatever the case, people all over the globe are contributing first-hand reports of their own personal experiences.

Like most people, I first thought the whole chemtrail business was just another of those Internet brouhahas being spread and maintained by conspiracy-theory paranoiacs.

Then I took a trip to Chicago last spring and saw trails that rivaled the wildest photos ever published on the net. I saw a huge grid work of chemtrails glowing rapturously in the setting sun. It was far beyond anything that could be explained away by jet contrails. Jet contrails donít stay lingering for an hour in a perfect grid work pattern resembling a gigantic tartan plaid.

What's the difference between a jet contrail and a chemtrail? According to the U.S. Air Force, jet contrails form above 33,000 feet when hot engine exhaust momentarily condenses ice crystals into pencil-thin vapor trails that quickly vanish like the wake behind a boat.

Chemtrails (CTs) look like contrails initially, but are much thicker. Instead of quickly dissipating, chemtrails expand and linger. They may "drip feathers". They may open into wispy formations which join together, forming a thin white haze. Especially common are trails which spread to look like fake cirrus clouds.  I have also begun to observe segmented trails which expand and then coagulate to form fake cumulus clouds.  Stranger still are the trails like the one in this photo which have been observed to result in different effects which are still something of a mystery.

Chemtrails used to be easier to spot. Theyíd extend across the sky and were laid down in varying patterns of Xs, tick-tack-toe grids, and parallel lines. Now with so much public awareness of CTs, theyíre less obvious. Much of the chemtrail activity Iíve observed over Duluth is pretty subtle. Wind helps the chemtrails to look like clouds. They are being created with sufficient stealth and artistry to appear as if they were painted by the Hand of God.

Our Town. I thought this could be happening to Chicago, but not my town.

Not Duluth with its fresh air and fresh water and small city ways. I live on Park Point and adore this lake and its environment. I love clouds and have watched the sky closely for most of my life.  I started photographing clouds a decade before ever hearing of chemtrails.  We used to have the BEST clouds: so many happy cumulus, so many others that are dramatic and ever changing in their relationship with the Lake and its winds. I love Duluth. Iíve felt safe here.  But I don't believe I saw a single cumulonimbus in all of 2002.....

Shortly after our Chicago trip I saw chemtrail spraying here that was particularly graphic because of our distinctive geography.

There was no mistaking it: A large and very definite grid work pattern was sprayed in the sky over Duluth. Then a single, thick  chemtrail was laid down over the entire length of the Park Point peninsula, and only Park Point. It actually looked sort of drippy.  There wasnít anything to be seen over the lake or the harbor except clear blue sky.

Coming out of denial caused me to watch the sky all summer, autumn and winter and I could hardly believe what I saw. So many junk clouds were created overhead, so many beautiful blue skies turned into overcast days.  It was almost unbelievable.  I'm frequently at a computer which is next to a large window facing the lake, so I've been able to observe the sky very closely and continually.  Chemtrails and chemclouds are created almost daily. ItĎs amazing to see how most of our clouds are artificial.  You would never be able to tell just by glancing up. You have to watch the sky for hours to observe the planes spraying and to become familiar with the changes that these chemtrails go through.  Both wind and various techniques give them a more natural appearance.   I have taken hundreds of photographs to document this process and created a website to share them with an unsuspecting public.  

February 26, 2003  The view out my window: aerosol spray with multiple trails  hangs for over an hour.
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Whatís in the chemtrails? 

 Barium is the leading contender, but aluminum, red blood cells and polymer fibers have also  been identified.

American aerosol spraying researcher Clifford Carnicom, in May of 2002, announced he had discovered that an extraordinarily high level of  barium now exists in our air and is directly related to the aerosol-chemtrail spraying operations. There are several types of barium. All are highly poisonous except barium sulfate, which is the one used for medical purposes. That type isn't used in chemtrails. 

Barium is a heavy metal, crystalline in nature.  Barium clouds ionize rapidly in sunlight and are used to study electrical forces in space.

There is evidence that barium impairs memory. Howís your memory these days? Howís your health? Any unusual nose bleeds, upper respiratory infections, asthma attacks, sore throats that won't go away or allergies?  These problems have been linked to heavy chemtrail spraying all over the world.

 According to this chemistry website, barium is used as a component of rat poison:

It is also used as a desiccant (drying agent).  Perhaps this has something to do with why a fifth of the U.S. is experiencing severe drought.  Lake Superior, which contains as much water as all the other great Lakes put together is currently receding at a record breaking rate.   The latest scientific findings about chemtrails can be found at aerosol researcher Clifford Carnicomís site:   The Jeff Rense site: is definitely something to know about, too.

Iím looking at a simulated cloud as I type this.  These clouds may look like real cirrus, but they donít behave like real cirrus.  They sometimes look like cotton candy being stretched. They may disperse into a white haze that covers the whole sky. Sometimes they have weird striations in them. Iíve identified many repetitive patterns.



Chemtrails were included in the  Space Preservation Act of 2001. 

  On October 2, 2001 U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced this bill which was referred to the Committee on Science, and to the Committees on Armed Services and International Relations.    

It reads, in part:

"A Bill To preserve the cooperative, peaceful uses of space for the benefit of all humankind by permanently prohibiting the basing of weapons in space by the United States, and to require the President to take action to adopt and implement a world treaty banning space-based weapons.

This Act may be cited as the "Space Preservation Act of 2001"....

part of SEC. 7 DEFINITIONS reads:

(B) Such terms include exotic weapons systems such as--

(i) electronic, psychotronic, or information weapons;

(ii) chemtrails;

(iii) high altitude ultra low frequency weapons systems;

(iv) plasma, electromagnetic, sonic, or ultrasonic weapons;

(v) laser weapons systems;

(vi) strategic, theater, tactical, or extraterrestrial weapons; and

(vii) chemical, biological, environmental, climate, or tectonic weapons.

(C) The term `exotic weapons systems' includes weapons designed to damage space or natural ecosystems (such as the ionosphere and upper atmosphere) or climate, weather, and tectonic systems with the purpose of inducing damage or destruction upon a target population or region on earth or in space".

This bill specifically listed chemtrails and described them as exotic weapons. However, in a new 2002 version of the bill, we find that the "chemtrails" language has disappeared. Unfortunately, the real implications here probably have a  "top secret", or "need to know" basis.  I've written an inquiry to the Kucinich information office about this and am still waiting for an answer.  I have the greatest respect for Kucinich, and am sure that an answer will be eventually forthcoming. )

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An Internet search for "owning the weather in 2025" brings up many articles that include the air force white paper by the same name.  Itís no secret that our military is eagerly working on ways to do this.

The U.S. government has a long history of denying inexcusable covert operations. They have said that Agent Orange was harmless to humans even though it could defoliate a tropical jungle overnight. They secretly experimented on its citizens with everything from syphilis to LSD.  Now we are learning that spraying the civilian population has been going on for over half a century.


Open Air Testing with Simulated Biological and Chemical Warfare Agents 

In May of 1994 the United States Senate accepted testimony before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

 A  portion of it reads:

 "My name is Leonard A. Cole, and I teach science and public policy at Rutgers University in Newark. My research interests include biological and chemical warfare policies, and I have written in particular about testing done in the U.S. Army's biological defense program.

"I appreciate your invitation, Senator Rockefeller, to testify about experiments involving simulated biological and chemical warfare agents. These agents, which the army calls simulants, are intended to mimic more lethal bacteria and chemicals that might be used in actual warfare.

"As described in my book, "Clouds of Secrecy", the army began a program in 1949 to assess the nation's vulnerability to attack with biological weapons. During the next 20 years, the army released simulant agents over hundreds of populated areas around the country. Targets included portions of Hawaii and Alaska, San Francisco, St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York City, Washington, D.C., Key West, and many other cities. The purpose was to see how the bacteria spread and survived as people went about their normal activities.

"Evidence suggested that the tests may have been causing illness to exposed citizens. Nevertheless, as army spokesmen subsequently testified, the health of the millions of people exposed was never monitored because the army assumed that the bacteria and chemicals were harmless.

"Vulnerability testing continues at Dugway Proving Ground, 70 miles from Salt Lake City....

....during 45 years of open air testing, from time to time the army has stopped using certain simulants for reasons of safety. In each instance the army belatedly recognized they could be causing disease and death, although such information had long been available in the medical literature.

"In the 1970s, the bacterium Serratia marcescens, a source of infections that can lead to death, was taken out of service as a simulant. And in the 1980s, dimethyl methylphosphonate, a chemical known as DPP, was removed from use as a simulant because of its carcinogenic and other toxic potential. I understand that one of today's witnesses, Earl Davenport, was exposed to DMMP at Dugway in 1984 and may still be suffering health problems as a result.

"Indeed, simulants now used at Dugway continue to pose risks. The chemical ethylene oxide, which is present in some of the mixtures used in outdoor spraying, is a known carcinogen. The bacterium Bacillus subtilis, while not generally seen as dangerous, is cited in medical textbooks as able to cause serious infections. In truth any microorganism that seems harmless under some circumstances may cause illness under others.

"Exposure to high concentrations of any microorganism can be critically dangerous to people in weakened conditions. The elderly, the very young, people with AIDS and others who have weakened immune systems are more susceptible to life threatening infections. Nevertheless, the army has not monitored the health of citizens who may have been exposed during its tests while maintaining that its bacterial agents cause no harm.

In addition to people who are unwittingly exposed to the army's bacteria and chemicals, human research subjects may not be receiving appropriate information." 


Lydia Mancini has a website featuring her photos of chemtrails and related information about the aerosol operation called    (It's at )  She  is available for PowerPoint presentations about the chemtrails over Duluth which feature her photographs. She says:

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