Amazon Alexa Tells Users Secret Government Chemtrails Are Real
In the latest installment of controversial things said by Amazon’s Alexa, users are now reporting their home assistant responding to the question, “Alexa, what are chemtrails?” with a conspiratorial answer.
“Chemtrails: Trails left by aircraft are actually chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for a purpose undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by government officials,” Alexa said.
Upon hearing about Alexa’s programmed chemtrail response, Amazon quickly updated the app to change her reply.
But this isn’t the first time Alexa has come under scrutiny from those in the conspiracy realm. One of the first times an Alexa response went viral came when someone posted a video asking her if she was connected to the CIA or sending data to the FBI; her silence left users paranoid.
More recently, one of the smart speaker’s reactions circulated headlines again when users reported hearing creepy laughter, often without being prompted.
Many publications reporting on Alexa’s latest retort were quick to call out the conspiracy, saying chemtrails aren’t real and that they’re simply the contrails left in the wake of a jet from freezing water vapor emitted from its engines.
While the chemtrail conspiracy has been taken to some extremes, the extent of weather modification programs conducted by the government has been well documented. A 1996 Air Force research paper titled, Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025, details a government plan to weaponize weather into the 21st century.
The dossier details its plan to enhance storms and precipitation, as well as fog and cloud generation. It also discusses weather modification through the use of ionospheric manipulation, a science studied at HAARP, the military base in Alaska long presumed to be the epicenter of government weather modification studies.
Maybe it turns out Alexa is less of a spook and more skeptical of clandestine government programs like we are.
Controversial Characteristics of Fractional Reserve Banking
Chances are, if everyone at your bank decided to withdraw the entirety of each of their bank accounts, the bank would not have enough money at its disposal to meet the demand. This is because banks commonly operate under a fractional reserve banking system. In other words, the bank uses your money however it wants, banking (ahem) on the fact that its account holders won’t protest. Unfair? It sure sounds like it. Stealing? The banks prefer to call it “borrowing.”
What Is Fractional Reserve Banking?
Many people believe that when they deposit money into a bank, the bank keeps all of their money on hand, in a vault, in cash. But this isn’t the way most banks work. According to Investopedia.com, fractional reserve banking refers to a system where banks only back a fraction of bank deposits with actual cash on-hand, available for immediate withdrawal.
This means only a fraction of the money you deposit into your account is required to be available for withdrawal at any given time. For most banks, that fraction is a mere 10 percent of your deposit. So, instead of putting $100 into the vault when you deposit a $100 check, only $10 goes in. That $10 is known as “reserves.”
Surprisingly, many banks are not required to even keep 10 percent on hand — and some aren’t required to keep any reserves at all. Any bank with less than $15.2 million in assets is exempt from keeping any reserves, and those with assets between $15.2 million and $110.2 million are only required to keep 3 percent.
There is an incentive, though, for your bank to keep more of your money in the vault: The Federal Reserve pays out interest on all reserves and excess reserves. The interest is called IOR (“Interest On Reserves”) or IOER (“Interest On Excess Reserves”), and since 2009, it pays out 0.25% at an annual rate.