Wherever Carole Pellatt goes, she sees "chemtrails" in the sky.
The talented local guitarist and rock school director is borderline-obsessed with the debunked conspiracy theory, creating Web page after Web page of pictures showing the criss-cross pattern of jet contrails against a blue sky -- haze she claims may be slowly poisoning people.
She recently e-mailed us her latest series of photos with captions that refer to Janet Napolitano's new post as Homeland Security secretary in a kind of loose, black-helicopter-pilot poetry.
Pellatt seems sincere enough, but could never present the slightest evidence of her claims in several e-mail exchanges with New Times -- as is true of all the chemtrail true believers.
Chemtrails, as a subject, is one of the first Internet-driven conspiracy theories and possibly one of the biggest, next to the ones about 9/11. The non-scientific term that was apparently invented by conspiracy theorists fetches nearly a million hits in a Google search. The one reference to chemtrails in any official document -- a failed Congressional bill -- was put there by the zany theorists themselves.
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In any case, we pass along Pellatt's work for your perusual. At the least, her pictures of the sky and airplanes invoke tranquility -- unless you see them as she does. -- Ray Stern