"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, August 18, 2006

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. He is not entitled to his own facts

Austin Bay at TCS Daily reviews the new book published by Polular Mechanics, Debunking 9/11 Myths with "9/11 Myths, Debunked":

"Claim: ... 'We have been lied to,' announces the Web site AttackOnAmerica.net. 'The first lie was that the load of fuel from the aircraft was the cause of structural failure. No kerosene fire can burn hot enough to melt steel.' The posting is entitled 'Proof Of Controlled Demolition At The WTC.' ..."

"FACT: ... Jet fuel burns at 1,100 to 1,200 degrees Celsius ... significantly less than the 1,510 degrees Celsius typically required to melt steel. . . . However, experts agree that for the towers to collapse, their steel frames didn't need to melt, they just had to lose some of their structural strength -- and that required exposure to much less heat..."

I find the conspiracy theories about just about everything very amusing. Sometimes, I suppose a theory could be found to be fact; more often they're just too outlandish. How do they come up with this crap and why didn't they figure it out before 9/11; that would have saved us a lot of grief.

ChicagoRay posted on the book on Wednesday with "Some Required Reading for 9-11 Conspiracy Nuts."


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