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    It's interesting: does anyone have any sense for why this was originally reported as a potential "missile" and not the (albeit more pedestrian) explanation that the contrail instead was more likely to have originated from a passenger aircraft?

    Seems like this story was bulwarked by a zeal to controversy by news outlets. Given the comparative likelihood of an passenger aircraft v. ICBM over U.S. airspace, seems like a rationale mind would resign itself to the probability of the mundane, v. the extraordinary in this particular explanation. Occam's Razor, and all.

    Was there something specific that led people to judge this particular contrail as indicative of an ICBM, and not an aircraft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night View Post
    It's interesting: does anyone have any sense for why this was originally reported as a potential "missile" and not the (albeit more pedestrian) explanation that the contrail instead was more likely to have originated from a passenger aircraft?

    Seems like this story was bulwarked by a zeal to controversy by news outlets. Given the comparative likelihood of an passenger aircraft v. ICBM over U.S. airspace, seems like a rationale mind would resign itself to the probability of the mundane, v. the extraordinary in this particular explanation. Occam's Razor, and all.

    Was there something specific that led people to judge this particular contrail as indicative of an ICBM, and not an aircraft?
    News organizations in the past two decades have seen a serious erosion of critical thinking skills and analysis. They choose hype because that gets them viewers which gets them $$$. So in a way, it's really the public's fault.

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