Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chemtrail article in Project Censored’s Top 10 most censored stories

Rady Ananda, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

For the past 35 years, Project Censored has published an annual collection of the top 25 censored news stories. In the 2012 book edition, just released this September, my article, Atmospheric Geoengineering: Weather Manipulation, Contrails and Chemtrails, ranks as the 9th most censored story in the United States.

Originally published at the Centre for Research on Globalization in July 2010, an updated version at COTO Report has seen over 13,000 page views as of this writing.  The article is widely posted across the world in several English and non-English speaking countries, giving it far broader readership than we’ll ever know, but likely over a million.

Ironically, and as if to prove Project Censored’s point, after I posted a link last year to the Atmospheric Geoengineering piece on the “progressive” link site, buzzflash.com, I was banned, and all my contributions removed, though my links often made their front page.

In another bit of censorship irony, the link site, reddit.com, just banned me for posting links to wordpress.com (which hosts COTO Report), because it considers all wordpress articles spam.

The moderator known as lanismycousin told me, “We hate links to blog articles, stories are better served by linking to an actual reliable news source.”  When asked for a list of acceptable news sources, s/he called me a “douche.”

Further emphasizing WP rejection, the reddit moderator known as luster called me “a wordpress blog spammer.”

WordPress sees over 30 million unique visitors a month and provides a button that drives traffic to reddit, which sees less than 2 million a month. The huge drop in views last month might have something to do with reddit’s new policy.

Since reddit moderators are now banning WP links, Matt Mullenweg might want to reach reddit founder, Alexis Ohanian.  Or, Mullenweg could simply reciprocate the ban.

I wrote to reddit administrators about the issue, and included their “Submit a Link” icon which invites blog entries, but have received no response:


Not surprisingly, even today, Atmospheric Geoengineering continues to be marginalized. A recent hit piece by Rebecca Bowe described “several claims in this year’s list” as “stretching things a bit.” She disparaged my article and Project Censored for having “a fringe obsession with supposedly suspicious airplane contrails.”

“The reporter mischaracterized your story,” said Professor Mickey Huff, the director of the project. “We have told her and her publisher about it.”

Unbeholden to the corporate line, independent media has a different view of my work. Activist Post recently gave me an honorable mention in its Ten Most Influential People in Alternative Media.

No doubt, chemtrail deniers are more numerous than those who believe the official version of what happened on 9/11 (which Project Censored covers extensively, most recently in its 2011 edition). This is likely why the deeply-researched piece made it onto Project Censored’s Top Ten.

The Project has also been censored for reporting on 9/11 truth, as this KPFA interview from last year reveals. Inter Press Service contracted with Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff to write the piece, and then refused to publish it and permanently severed their relationship. Huff says the footnotes went on for two pages, though the piece was only a page and a half long.

A history professor at Diablo Valley College in Contra Costa County, California, Mickey Huff explains that the selection process for censored stories begins with public nominations.

A committee of college students from over 30 colleges around the world then reviews them for media coverage using a variety of databases including Lexis Nexis.  If a story is under-represented, the students then fact check the article and consult with experts.  After stories have been validated, a team of judges ranks their favorites and the results are calculated.

In addition to the top 25 censored stories for the year (April through March), the book covers several more topics related to media censorship and democracy.  Here’s the Top Ten 2012 countdown:

#10 Statistical Games with the Unemployment Rate. At Information Clearing House, Greg Hunter showed that instead of 9%, the real unemployment rate is over 22%.

#9 Chemtrails. Atmospheric Geoengineering: Weather Manipulation, Contrails and Chemtrails, July 10, 2010.

#8 The Truth on Nuclear Power. The Union of Concerned Scientists published a report describing 14 near-miss nuclear accidents in 2010 in the US. (One is Fort Calhoun, which I covered here and here.) Other nuclear pieces mentioned in this category include Jeff Goodell’s “America’s Nuclear Nightmare” at Rolling Stone.

#7 U.S. Army and psychology’s largest experiment – ever. Horrified by war?  Be positive! A series of APA articles describing and promoting a program of “psychological resilience” is confronted by Roy Eidelson, Marc Pilisuk and Stephen Soldz at Truthout.

#6 Google Spies for CIA, US Military. In January 2010, Eric Sommer wrote “Google’s Deep CIA Connections” for Pravda.ru.

#5 Prison Companies Fund Anti-Immigrant Legislation. Exposed in depth by Peter Cervantes-Gautschi at AlterNet, Wall Street is profiting from immigrant lock-ups.

#4 Wall Street Engineers Food Crisis. On March 24, 2011, David Moberg wrote “Diet Hard: With a Vengeance” for In These Times showing that speculating on food commodities, along with income inequality, cause hunger – not lack of production.

#3 Obama’s Extrajudicial Hit List. State sanctioned assassinations outside the scope of law is somehow okay by this dictator. This is an under-reported story later covered by Glenn Greenwald at Salon and William Fisher at IPS.  Originally titled “Death by Drone: ‘CIA’s hitlist is murder’,” IPS later changed it to “Death by Remote: But Is It Legal?”

#2 Army of Fake Personas to Promote Propaganda. Two sites broke the story on Feb. 22, 2011: Darlene Storm at Computer World and Stephen Webster at Raw Story. In March, Guardian writers Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain covered it.

#1 US Soldier Suicides Exceed Combat Deaths in 2010. Cord Jefferson broke the story on Jan. 27, 2011 at Iceland’s Good Magazine.

If you like the work the Project is doing, they survive on book sales. You can buy Censored 2012: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2010-11 for $20 plus shipping and handling. Prior editions are also available.

Manna from heaven for also supporting my work, and that of Global Research.

Rady Ananda specializes in Natural Resources and administers the sites, Food Freedom and COTO Report


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most enlightening. I  have been pondering this issue for some time,but many people are still denying the truth of this,so actual cases may dispel the illusions."normally" in the skies over England we have a definite grid of chem trails every day,though this week 25-30 September there has not been one,so there are just as many aircraft,the temperature at 30-40 thousand feet is constant,the temperature of the aircraft engines is constant,so why no grid pattern? to say that this is only condensation is ridiculous,for if one watches these chem trails,one can see them spreading along the direction of the high altitude winds,whereas i have never seen a con trail do this.Therefore there must be human agency involved,there must also be some-one to flick the switch ,so the flight crew must be complicit in this ,could the pilot/engineer be held personally responsible in a court of law for this gross violation of our human rights?

Anonymous said...

Ms. Ananda, I've followed your writing for a long time because I've found that you always report the truth and because you always speak truth. THANK YOU for reporting on chemtrails! This past summer, we watched as every other day, we saw chemtrails criss-cross our skies. 30 min. later, it would get cloudy. We were sick from April until last week when they finally slowed down the spraying. We had chronic sinusitis, as did many in our small town. We lived in perpetually overcast skies and it was so wet, nothing in my garden would grow because it was too moldy. I could smell the molds in the air everyday. Yep, these things DO exist, I know that for a fact!

Rady said...

@Anon5:24am I think they should be held liable. Chemtrails violate so many international agreements and laws, as well as Nuremberg - experimenting on us without our permission.

@Anon9:06am yeah, fer sure they exist; and thank you for the kudos. I think I'm actually convincing my father of their authenticity.

we drive to rural florida where the citrus is grown every wknd to work on our new lake house and the chemtrails are so obvious. But this wknd, I saw them just after they were laid (I missed the jets - DAMN! Cuz I want him to SEE the jets laying them)

but anyway, the next day they started to spread out like they do and he had to admit those were not normal clouds. All day we watched them spread and finally turn the sky a pale blue.

He still doubts -- tho. It will take him actually seeing the jet and watching how the trails spread.

What we need to do -- especially if you're getting sick is run continuous tests of the soil and water and document when the trails appear.

Then, do some real digging and get some old ag database that measures the water and soil chemistry -- it's usually an annual report. I'm betting that soil and water tests from 1980 or prior will be very different from today.

But, it could even be as late as 1995.

If we can compare today's soil and water chem with yesteryear's water and chem stats, we can show some significant changes.

While this evidence would only be circumstantial, it's strong circumstantial evidence -- especially if you rigorously document the chemtrails as they're laid, or what they look like when you notice them.

Rosalind Peterson thinks there's a direct harmful connection to agriculture, but I haven't seen much evidence in that regard.

Of course, many folks think Morgellon's is a result of chemtrails - but no one has so far firmly established the connection.

It's a lot of work -- but if just one of us documents their own area and we all compile our data, we'd have a pretty strong case -- now who we'd take that case to is beyond me...

We all KNOW they're doing it; my question is why.

Are they really just reflecting solar energy back to space?

Are they sterilizing us? Are they shortening our lifespan? Are they terraforming the planet for an alient species?

Any of these possibilities are plausible -- but experts who admit it's going on say it's done to cool the atmosphere.

I just don't know.

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