I think what saddens me most from my long association wth atheism, skepticism, and CFI and the CSH, is the lack of outrage from them in addition to my own, over the fact that the “latest theory” cobbled together and put forth as an “explanation”, however good or deficient it may be, utterly FAILS to address the issue of insufficient attention and priority and funds and transparency over the investigation(s) that if done in a serious manner, coud have put to rest a lot of the controversy (not all to be certain) and created a much more stable foundation to build upon as far as actually learning from the collapse (instead of themselves merely theorizing what they think happened) and other “missteps”, and assuring all of us that it was carried out in a way that did not rule out facts based on the troubling conclusions that might arise. Skeptics should have been at the forefront of the stolen election and the ability to generate fraudulent black box voting tallies (are those conspiracy, anomolies, or non-existent?). They should have been pushing for thorough investigation of the physical evidence of 9/11 from everything from the wreckage to the audio and video tape records destroyed or held back. They should be fighting for *more* transparency. They should have attained the experience to know when something smells fishy, and that people are lying and that sometimes it means something that conflicting testimonies cannot both be true and that maybe we could resolve a few of them before going off half-cocked to murder a bunch more innocent people.
They’d be very exacting for creationists, or political theocrats, or psychics and astrologers…but have a corrupt regime imposed on the American people by a criminally-bent administration surrounded by plundering profiteers concocting any number of fanciful tales in plain view (proof of WMDs, missing emails, no one knows who leaked Plame, will fire who did, Katrina response competent, voter role scrubbing, Constitution justa goddam peice of paper, etc., etc., etc.)...and they seem to revert to a faith based system of our government as honest brokers of truth and lose all desire to actually discover and know.
Sure it’s easy to go after the run-of-the-mill nutters; who’s going to argue that the rationale for witch burnings or claims of levitation have not been established if true, and can be dismissed if not? But these other “mysteries” are most definitely in the realm of the physical world and can be investigated, not with some psychic vibrations meter, but by the old fashioned gathering of data, even when others put real world obstacles (not some goddam black magic curse - though they might as well have) in the way of getting to the truth.
Remember Iran-Contra? The powers that be lied their asses off about selling guns to one enemy for money to buy and sell drugs to have money and weapons to channel to a foreign army that Congress had outlawed supporting, so that the flow was done in secret using powerful intel assets with the knowledge of high level officials that could have gone all the way to the top, except for the fact that the president was provided plausible deniability and someone else fell on the sword.
Remember the denials?!?!? Conspiracy theories! Our govenment would never do that! It didn’t happen. Well, it did, but we didn’t know. Well some did, but they were rogues and loose cannons. Yes, they had friends in high places but that is just coincidence, and on and on and on.
Same crap, different chamber pot.
Previous PROVEN conspiraces are not proof of current ones, but provide far better grounds for rejection of claims that we don’t and wouldn’t do such things. There’s quite a trail of evidence already established, and considering the pronounced lack of true skepticism has a propagating effect, there’s really no telling what the upper limit on such blatant deceit might actually be.
So…NO I don’t know what all the facts truly are….but I sure as shit know that I woud have liked to and I used to feel that I had a partner in the skeptics movement to pull back the veil and shine a light on the darkness. I don’t anymore. I just see them going after the low hanging fruit like everyone else. This could have been our moment to shine. Science and detective work f#cking proved what was long denied, that black box voting machines could be rigged. That right there should have rung some serious alarm bells to those still able to use facts to make concrete connections. Instead, we skip merrily on our way with a new type of witch hunt (the search for their nonexistence). Our skeptical tool kit appears to be all show and no go.
“Move along, nothing to see here.”
Fine, then. Lead, follow,or get out of the way. Do the math, and if not, don’t cut the legs out from someone else demanding that you should be able to work out the energy equations for reducing tons of solid material to a very fine and superheated powder by the kinetic energy of a plane impact (planned for in the design), the heat energy of the kerosene fuel (planned for in the design), and the stored gravitational energy coupled with the sufficient weakening from damage, heat, and catostrophic failures, of structural components engineered with load carrying capacities greater than the loads carried and built in redundencies and reinforcements.
Show that the energy is there to have the entire structure fall like a puppet with its strings cut, and have a great portion of the mass drift away in the breeze as if a child had blown on a dandelion puff. That these known forces, energy sources, and physical structure properties can be flattened and pulverized with seemingly no more effort than ramming a softball bat down a can of Pringles potato chips.
Nothing to see here. Nothing to learn. Nothing to show. They would never lie to us.
Never, ever, ever, ever, ever.
I guess that settles it. I’ll shut up now.