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It won’t change their minds

July 5, 2008

The official report on Building Seven of the World Trade Center is almost complete.  It concludes that tower seven did indeed come down because of structural weakening due to fire.  But not everyone will agree.  Says Richard Gage of the AE911Truth organization:

“Building Seven is the smoking gun of 9/11… A sixth grader can look at this building falling at virtually freefall speed, symmetrically and smoothly, and see that it is not a natural process. “Buildings that fall in natural processes fall to the path of least resistance”, says Gage, “they don’t go straight down through themselves.”

Well that’s why we don’t put sixth-graders in charge of investigating structural failures.  High-rise buildings fall differently than the little strip-mall buildings that Gage has designed.  It’s nearly impossible for them to tip over; they aren’t strong enough relative to their size.  If they fail, straight down is the only way they can fall. Every profession has its crackpots (Gage being a case in point) and I’m just some random science geek on the InterWebs, so obviously you shouldn’t take my word for it.  Dig up some facts. Ask a community of scientists and engineersRead some unrelated books on material and  structural failures.  Get out more.

So the official report will put all this conspiracy talk to rest, won’t it?  Not a chance.  Never mind the impossibility that anyone could carry out a conspiracy this large without someone talking.  Forget that there were detached objects falling alongside faster than the buildings.  Don’t even mention the fact that demolition experts spend weeks preparing a building for demolition. Just skip over the fact that steel loses half its strength at 600C;  there is nothing more impervious than a cherished delusion.  If we could take the super-tinfoil that conspiracy nuts wear around their brains, and make it into flack-jackets and helmets for our soldiers, they’d be safe anywhere. 

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  1. July 5, 2008 at 13:01 | #1

    When did the truth ever lay a conspiracy theory to rest? For that matter what efficacy does the truth have in any context these days?

  2. July 5, 2008 at 15:56 | #2

    Annoying, aren’t they?  Ah, well, they’re fun to debunk, at least – my local skeptics’ group is hosting a talk by the local Truthers soon, and judging by the amount of prepatory work some of the members have put in, the Truthers will be leaving with their teeth in their hats. 

    Not that the Truthers will be aware of their defeat in the least, of course. Conspiracy theorists have the same connection to reality that the Bush Regime does – i.e., absolutely none.

    As a writer, I can appreciate these theories.  They riff off a few objective facts and weave a plausible tale of intrigue, dirty dealings, and tightly-plotted events all leading to a shocking conclusion, just as every great suspense novel does.  It makes fantastic fiction.  These gits have alas forgotten that reality is messy, people in reality suck at keeping conspiracies under wraps, and those few facts they either didn’t consider or didn’t understand are actually relevant, rather than being things they can gloss over.

    When I actually get my magnum opus completed and published, and I am touring the country begging people to rea- I mean, signing the books that people have so eagerly bought – I shall have to give lectures explaining the importance of not mistaking the real world for a ripping good tale. 

    I’ll forward your post on to my skeptics.  They need all the ammo they can get!

  3. July 6, 2008 at 10:22 | #3

    Don’t even mention the fact that demolition experts spend weeks preparing a building for demolition.

    And that, as they do it, they do a hell of a lot of knocking out or weakening of structural supports—not enough for the building to come down, most likely, but enough to make sure that when the rest are blown, it will come down cleaningly.

    If someone comes up with major concrete-cutting style “construction” that was going on in Building 7 in the weeks prior to 9-11, I’ll start to listen to them.  Secret teams of CIA/Mossad commandos sneaking into the building with laser pistols need not apply.

  4. frankb344
    April 3, 2009 at 16:10 | #4

    I agree with post number 2. These 9/11 conspiracy theories sound like a plot from a Tom Clancy novel. Do they really think that our government would be able to pull off a hoax this big? Someone would feel compelled to speak out against it, wouldn’t they? I think these guys need to get a life.

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