Thursday, January 31, 2008

Eminent Skeptic Stalked By Conspiracy Cultists!

Here's the latest attack launched by noteworthy skeptic Michael Shermer against "9/11 Truthers."

Truthlings have a notorious habit of stalking those who remotely disagree with their paranoid-delusional fantasies.

Skeptic Mike Shermer is irate and clearly fed up with these noxious nutjobs seeking ego-gratification and self-publicity at his expense.

Bill Maher recently had to forcibly denounce and then physically evict the proselytizing 9/11 Kookers attempting to crash his TV program.

According to the Associated Press:

"after the instigators were ejected, Maher told his panelists -- MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson -- that they often linger outside his studio to share 9/11 conspiracy theories with him and try to get into the show."

Bill Clinton has been similarly dogged, accosted and forced to slap down the truthlings, after being pursued incessantly, heckled and harassed by these nutbars time and again.

Whilst all conspiracism is idiotic, the 9/11 truthlings are a particularly noxious mutation which has reached stratospheric levels of infantile self-indulgence, and brain death.

I've rarely heard Michael Shermer in such "raised tone" excoriating irrational zealots. He sounds pissed and refers to the 9/11 conspiracy freak show as a "Pack of Liars"

No sane person would disagree with our eminent skeptic and his poignant descriptor.

“Ever since Skeptic magazine published an investigative article on the 9/11 "Truth Movement" and analyzed their claims, which were found wanting, I have been hounded by the so-called 9/11 "truthers" ...”

Read the rest here

A core modus operandi or tactical technique of conspiracy zealots is to use the pretence of “questioning” which is nothing more than a rhetorical rouse, permitting them to make dogmatic assertions as if incontrovertible.

Truthers frequently employ the identical shonky "sales pitch" gimmicks we often associate with used car salesman; sleazy political or religious hucksters.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Historic Precedence: Steel Building and Multistoried Fire Collapses

By Victor Chabala in: FHK

Conspiracy theorists often claim that no steel-framed building ever collapsed due to fire before 9-11. However, this is a complete lie and here are some examples of steel-framed buildings thatcollapsed due to fire before 9-11-01: The Kader Toy Factory fire, which occurred on May 10, 1993. Buildings 1, 2, and 3 all collapsed as a result of that fire (see Kader Toy FactoryFire).

On Jan 16, 1967, the steel roof of the McCormick Place in Chicago collapsed due to fire (refer to McCormick Fire).

As we see here, in January of 1997 (just over four years BEFORE 9-11 occurred), the $15 million dollar Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster County, Pa collapsed due to fire.

Go here, and you’ll find a list of steel-framed buildings that collapsed due to fire as the following quote from the above link says,

"Two large department store fires in Athens, Greece, in 1980 are documented in the paper by Kyriakos Papaioannoa, 1986.4 These fires began at 3 a.m. on Dec.19, 1980, with arson being suspected as the cause. The Katrantzos Sport Department Store was an 8-story reinforced concrete building. Its fire started at the 7th floor and rapidly spread throughout the building, due to lack ofvertical or horizontal compartmentation and the absence of sprinklers. Collectedevidence indicated that the fire temperatures reached 1000°C over the 2- to3-hour fire duration, and the firefighters concentrated on containing the firespread to the adjacent buildings. Upon termination of these fires, it wasdiscovered that a major part of the 5th to 8th floors had collapsed. Variousother floor and column failures throughout the Katrantzos Building were alsoobserved (see Figure 1).The cause of these failures was considered to be restraint of the differential thermal expansion of the structure that overloaded its specific elements or connections. On May 21, 1987, Sao Paulo had one of the biggest fires in Brazil, which precipitated a substantial partial collapse of the central core of the tall CESP Building 2."

Another quote from states,

"A fire-initiated full collapse of a textile factory occurred in Alexandria, Egypt, on July 19, 2000.This 6-story building was built of reinforced concrete, and its fire started at about 9 a.m. in the storage room at the ground floor. Fire extinguishers were nonfunctional, and the fire spread quickly before the firefighters could arrive. An electrical short-circuit accelerated the fire spread. At about 6 p.m., ninehours after the start of the fire, when the blaze seemingly was under controland subsiding, the building suddenly collapsed, killing 27 people. Figure 3 shows a photograph of this collapse."

As you can see, the statement that no steel-framed building ever collapsed due to fire before 9-11 is a blatant lie that the 9-11 “Truth” Movement should be ashamed of.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Black, Bloviate and Whackjob

As conspiracy debunkers, we'd be negligent if Cynthia McKinney went unmentioned in the barnyard of kooks. Even the Left-leaning LA Weekly gave the birdbrain a serve. When a Left-leaning agitprop source slaps one of its supposed rabid own, that's a sure sign you have entered the "truthling zone!"

Apart from taking a haymaker swing at a Capitol Hill cop and beyond her solicitation of $10 million in social contributions from a Saudi prince, she was one of the first high-profile adherents of the official wack-job “9/11 Truth” movement, directly implicating the U.S. government in the staging of the attack on the Twin Towers. She made the charge — surprise, surprise — on Berkeley’s Pacifica Radio station, and then repeated it during a 2002 speech to the Congressional Black Caucus. After winning back her congressional seat in 2004, she put her signature on a “call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.”
The conspiracy charge hardly came out of the blue, as the McKinney family has established a rich tradition of public scapegoating. In the immediate aftermath of her defeat in the 2002 primary, her dad told reporters: “Jews have bought everybody... J-E-W-S.” Somehow she was re-elected to office in 2004, but was finally defeated again in 2006 by Hank Thompson, an African-American county commissioner who ran on a platform of, well, sanity.
So now the publicity-hungry McKinney is back, all dressed up as a presidential candidate, albeit of a third party, and being trundled around by the likes of Cindy Sheehan and other activists who have clearly gone ’round the bend. Anyone with even vaguely progressive inclinations ought to toss tomatoes at a charlatan like McKinney rather than applaud her. She’s an embarrassment and a fraud.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Truthling Jihad: Trutherzoid vs Trutherbot vs Trutherzilla

You have to laugh at the monumental insanities peddled by truthlings.

Their cult-brained conspiracy fantasies are not only blatantly ridiculous and bereft of hard evidence, but as they consistently berate one another, their foolish delusions are frequently mutually exclusive with the fables of other crazed conspiracy parrots.

Like narcotic addicts; they've needed ever stronger "hits" of conspiracy crack to keep the illusions viable until, even the most bizarre has now become boring and mundane and they are imploding, falling into depression and often sound suicidal.

Marc Awodey has an Interesting editorial at Op-Ed News.

But “daylight is the best antiseptic” and the 9/11 “truth” fad is a victim of its own internet success. Practically everyone on the planet has heard conspiracist rants on U-tube, in blogs, forums, books, and videos, and found such claims to lack veracity. Thus hot air is rapidly seeping out of the “truth” balloon. One reason is because of the oxymoron that there are so many claims on the truth. No planes “theories,” artificial voice recordings from air phones, laser beams, flight 93 passengers killed in Cleveland - you name it, and it’s a “theory.”

The truth may be out there; but so are a plethora of lies peddled by conspiracy cultists!

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam has this to say today about 9/11 conspiracy-droid religion:-
A few weeks into the fall of 2001, a friend called me from France and urged me to be the first American journalist to report the "truth" about the Sept. 11 attacks. He then sent me French newspaper stories "proving" that no airplane ever crashed into the Pentagon. While it is true that my French isn't what it used to be, I wasn't convinced.

The French have not monopolized this version of events. Not infrequently, I receive e-mails with subject lines like, "Yes, the Bush/Cheney regime deliberately let 9/11 happen." "The Pentagon was struck by a 'hijacked' airliner 45 minutes after two other 'hijacked' airliners struck the WTC," this recent missive continued, "without the airliner being intercepted, approached, chased, or even seen by our air defenses? The Gov't still refuses to release clear video of whatever happened at the Pentagon to this day, six years later??? Why???"

I don't think Dick Cheney, or the titans of capital, or the agents of the Apocalypse, blew up the World Trade Center and killed 3,000 people to further some dark cause. I think the plot was hatched right where we think it was, in the faraway, hot sands of anti-American hatred.

I doubt the truth is out there. I think it is already here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Ron Paul: His Nefarious History With Extremists

Conspiracy Theorists are Now the Least of his Worries

We have been criticized for linking presidential candidate Ron Paul to 9/11 conspiracy theorists, tax protestors and other assorted nuts like Alex Jones, but now The New Republic has found some of Mr. Paul's old newsletters, and provides not just a connection, but an endorsement of extremist views. Some choice examples:

While bashing King, the newsletters had kind words for the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. In a passage titled "The Duke's Victory," a newsletter celebrated Duke's 44 percent showing in the 1990 Louisiana Republican Senate primary. "Duke lost the election," it said, "but he scared the blazes out of the Establishment." In 1991, a newsletter asked, "Is David Duke's new prominence, despite his losing the gubernatorial election, good for anti-big government forces?"

A 1987 issue of Paul's Investment Letter called Israel "an aggressive, national socialist state," and a 1990 newsletter discussed the "tens of thousands of well-placed friends of Israel in all countries who are willing to wok [sic] for the Mossad in their area of expertise." Of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a newsletter said, "Whether it was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little."

Indeed, the newsletters seemed to hint that armed revolution against the federal government would be justified. In January 1995, three months before right-wing militants bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, a newsletter listed "Ten Militia Commandments," describing "the 1,500 local militias now training to defend liberty" as "one of the most encouraging developments in America."