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May 2011
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Very busy, but I give you this in lieu of any actual content about my various busy frustrations:

Debunking conspiracy theorists' paranoid fantasies about Sept. 11

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interesting, but he seems to have some minor physics errors. For one thing, he has some temperatures labelled as Celsius when they should be Farenheit (estimated temp of the fire in the WTC was 1000-2000F, or 550-1100C -- far more reasonable that way than the 2000C he claims, and easily withing the range of jet fuel). Also, it would not have been necessary to melt the steel columns in order to cause a collapse; at a temp of 1100F/600C, they would have lost half of their strength and begun buckling. I refer you to Why Buildings Fall Down by Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori for more information. Those are just the ones I can grab offhand, but it makes me suspect that one should look more closely before trusting his other claims and analyses.

I was entertained by the writing and tone more than any serious look at the content, just for the record. I am not making any statement one way or another about his content. I just liked the presentation.

The biggest problem I've always had with "our government is behind X" is that it always assumes way more competance on the part of government personnel than I've ever seen.

Small, dedicated groups are always way more productive.

The part that worries me about our current government (all commentary about 9/11 aside) is that we appear to have a small, dedicated group in a position to continue to dramatically increase the amount of damage the U.S. does to the world at large, including its own citizens. But that's a subject for another post entirely.

The biggest problem I've always had with "our government is behind X" is that it always assumes way more competance on the part of government personnel than I've ever seen.

Seconded.

Plus, the idea that a conspiracy of the magnitude the article suggests wouldn't yield up at least one person in the know who would leak to the mainstream media is preposterous. Without going too much into what I do for a living, I can't count the number of times we've been working an issue and within an hour of us being informed of classified data, it's on CNN. In fact, I remember one time when the boss was giving us the data and telling us "this doesn't leave the room," and at that moment it popped up on CNN.

Well, they managed to keep Operation Northwoods secret for thirty odd years...

Except Northwoods never happened, so it didn't require letting more people in on bits of the plan in order to actually execute it.

You're comparing apples and oranges.