Apparently some folks aren’t familiar with sublimation.

DerpThis past Saturday after watching a movie on Amazon Prime I switched over to my PS3’s YouTube app to go through some of the channels I subscribe to because it’s fun watching them on my big screen TV. In addition to all of the channels you’ve subscribed to there are a few predefined channels such as Entertainment and Sports that will highly popular videos from folks you aren’t necessarily subscribed to. There’s also a Trending channel which highlights videos that are on the upswing in terms of viewings. I was browsing through the Trending videos when I came across this amazing video about “FAKE SNOW IN GEORGIA!”

In short, lady goes outside and makes a snowball then brings it back inside and attempts to melt it with a butane lighter. Instead of turning into a a puddle of water on her floor it doesn’t appear to be doing much at all other than blackening and giving off some sort of odor. Conclusion: She doesn’t know what it is, but it’s not snow. Then she mentions what we’re all thinking already: CHEMTRAILS!

And here’s another person replicating the demonstration:

WHERE IS THE WATER?!?

I was mildly amused until I noticed there’s a shitload of these videos out there. It appears the Chemtrail Conspiracists have been having a field day replicating this experiment and making all sorts of outlandish claims about what the fake snow really is. It’s nanoparticles delivered by jetstream manipulation and artificial aerosol ice nucleation! No, it’s really frozen poison organisms that are “alive!” It’s all part of a secret geo-engineering conspiracy to keep us passive and compliant!

Or, it could just be simple physics. Specifically what they’re seeing is called Sublimation which is when a solid goes directly to a gas without passing through the liquid phase first. Dry ice, which is frozen CO2, does it and nobody bats an eyelash at it. So what’s the black stuff and the plastic smell? Soot from the butane lighters they’re using. Butane lighters are pretty piss-poor at combustion, but they’re good enough to light a cigarette with. Not so great at melting compressed snow without leaving soot behind. You’ll note in the second video I included above that the blowtorch doesn’t turn the snow black at all, it just evaporates it.

Fortunately, not everyone out there lacks an understanding of the processes at work:

This one is probably my favorite of the debunking videos out there and is titled:¬†Georgia fake Snow OR You’re just stupid!?!

It’s never been clear to me what, exactly, the government is supposed to be accomplishing with chemtrails that they couldn’t accomplish through more direct methods. Depending on which chemtrail conspiracy nut you ask it could be anything from population control to global warming mitigation to some sort of electromagnetic superweapon. For as dangerous as this fake snow is purported to be that doesn’t seem to be stopping folks from scooping it up and trying to burn it with their lighters, which seems like kind of a stupid thing to do if you really think it’s dangerous.

Fortunately for them it really is just frozen water. If there’s anything “alive” in it it’s nothing more than usual array of viruses and bacteria you’d find in any other untreated water in nature.

Why won’t the government tell us the truth? PROOF OF A COVER UP!

This is shocking! Photographic proof that the fall of¬†Sauron’s tower couldn’t have been the result of the destruction of The One Ring!

SEB Mailbag: “The Two Witnesses” edition.

Here’s something you don’t see every day. An email about the coming apocalypse that combines Christian end-times-nonsense with a government/alien (as in UFOs) conspiracy.

To whom it will concern,

A man and a woman are about to witness to, and reveal, some very shocking information that will have a profound and quite disturbing effect upon the populace. The testimony will encompass ‘top secret’ programs and certain ‘black technology’ that the US Government and the US Military do not want you to know about.

More specifically the information involves US involvement with Alien species and alien technology. This joint military and alien alliance is one of pure evil, and more specifically, Satanic. Many heroic whistle blowers have lost their lives trying to bring this shocking information into the public domain.

Listen to this testimony of Phil Shneider who was murdered after he started speaking out in town hall meetings about his involvement with the construction of numerous underground bases to accomadate this very unholy alliance. Phil was an extremely brave man who continued to talk even after suffering many attempts upon his life. In the end he was strangled to death in his apartment.

Listen to this testimony of former US Navy Intelligence officer and patriot William Cooper who was murdered in a staged shootout at his rural home.

There are many former military personal speaking out well, including former astronaut Ed Mitchell and a former senior member of NASA Clark McClelland.

The ‘Two Witnesses’ will indeed shock the world in the coming weeks. These two are indeed, the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 that are mentioned in the Book of Revelation. They will be testifying that they are witnesses to the works of Revelation 12 that have been recorded in great detail at www.prophecies.org

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

This email has been sent to you by Mark Brander of Ontario Canada. I am a witness as well to the works of Revelation 12. I have known Linda for several years and have been given many dream/visions about these works that have also included a couple of very profound spiritual encounters.

Cause if you can’t trust a complete stranger who has had several dreams and/or visions about “these works” then who can you trust?

But that’s just the tip of the crazy iceberg. I’ve included the rest after the jump because it’s lengthy and I don’t want that much crazy spread all over SEB’s front page. Be prepared to be awed by the amazing prophecies of a complete nut bag. As always, we post this nonsense as a public service to remind folks of the importance of taking your medication every day.

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A lot of Republicans have gone off the deep end into crazy land.

Considering how much the Republicans bitch about too much sex permeating popular culture these days you’d think they’d keep something like Tea Bagging in their bedrooms, but lately they’ve been doing it quite a bit in public much to my amusement. Naturally this is a case of the Republicans meaning one thing and everyone else having their minds in the gutter, but it somehow seems appropriate. For those of you not up on the more esoteric slang words for various sexual acts allow me to point you to the Wikipedia entry on Teabagging. Go ahead and read it, we’ll wait right here.

Done? OK. Now what the Republicans are actually referring to when they use the term “Tea Bagging Party” is a supposedly grass-roots protest over various budget proposals put forth by the Obama administration. The name is meant to invoke thoughts of the original Boston Tea Party which, if you recall your history classes, was about taxation without representation. Needless to say the fact that the Republicans are not victims of taxation without representation, are in fact very well represented in Congress, is totally lost on the gibbering idiots who are taking part in these protests. Apparently the word “Tea” in this case is actually an acronym for “Taxed Enough Already”, which is ironic considering that most Republicans in America would actually have lower taxes under Obama’s proposals and even the new taxes on the rich Republicans would still be lower than what they were paying under Republican President Ronald Reagan. As is their usual tactics the Republicans aren’t letting pesky facts and their own self-interest get in the way of their opposition to anything Obama might try to do.

There have already been a number of smaller “Tea Parties” around the nation and today they’re hoping to break a record by having protests all around the country where millions of angry ignorant Republicans literally mail tea bags to members of Congress as opposed to throwing them into a nearby harbor. Given the sexual meaning of the word “tea bagging” this has naturally led to all manner of snickering on the part of those of us who tend to snicker at double entendres. It doesn’t help that the more liberal journalists out there are milking this for all they can. Take, for example, this segment by Dave Schuster on MSNBC’s Countdown with Kieth Olbermann:

That’s pure comedy gold there. Meanwhile the Republicans not only seem to be stunningly unaware of what fools they’re making of themselves, but they’re paranoid enough to wonder if the Obama administration might send spies to the Tea Parties:

Today, the Department of Homeland Security released a report on the growing influence of radical right-wing extremists. On Fox News this afternoon, guest host David Asman willingly tied the Fox-promoted, lobbyist-funded, “grassroots” tea party movement to such right-wing radicals, and suggested that the Obama administration might send “spies” to the tea parties to track extremists:

I’m looking at the report and it says, among other things, that the federal government is going to begin gathering information on right-wing extremist activity in the United States. Does that mean they’re going to be sending spies to these tea parties?

Asman continued to group conservatives with radical extremists later in the segment, asking whether the DHS report was just “an effort to shut up their critics.”

Isn’t that the sort of thing the last Republican administration did? Why yes, yes it was. Hell he even went one better and put a system in place to spy on all Americans whenever they make a phone call or use the Internet, and these idiots are worried that Obama might have spies at their Tea Bagging parties?

The far Right in this country have gone absolutely ape-shit since the election, buying up guns like crazy and calling for Obama’s impeachment before he’s really had a chance to do much of anything he cold be impeached for, and we’re already starting to see the crazy come to a head. Richard Poplawski, the nutcase who put on a bullet proof vest and waited for police to show up and then killed three of them, was allegedly worried about the Obama administration’s plans to ban all guns. A plan which, as near as anyone who’s sane can determine, doesn’t exist and probably won’t, ever. Of course the first thing all the Conservative pundits who have been calling on people to buy guns and plan for a revolution did was try to absolve themselves of responsibility for encouraging that kind of crazy, but don’t expect it to stop just because on of their number actually acted on it.

And if you think the people participating in these Tea Bagging protests aren’t that kind of crazy, well, I’ve got one more YouTube clip for you to consider taken at a Project 912 Glenn Beck Tea Party:

Some of my favorite bits include the man ranting about how the Digital TV Conversion boxes you’re going to need if you still have an analog TV set is actually a brain washing unit designed to turn you into a socialist. Never mind that the DTV transition started up years ago under the Bush Administration which means that they’d have to be complicit in it. He also thinks the colleges are brain washing your kids. Then there’s the lady who calls for burning of college books that are used for brain washing such as the ones that teach “the evolution crap.”

These people are fucking nuts and they’re organizing and buying up guns. They are staggeringly disconnected from reality and are being manipulated by Conservative leaders to encourage that disconnect. I am seriously concerned that Poplawski may just be the first such nutcase to act upon the bullshit he’s being fed. 

SEB Mailbag: Early morning attempts at proselytization

I actually got this email early Sunday morning and I’ve spent the past couple of days debating how I should respond to it and if I should post it to my blog. The tone seemed more or less friendly enough so I wasn’t sure I should openly mock it, but at the same time the fellow thought I was dumb enough that I didn’t understand the definition of the words that make up the name of this blog. He’s both a Christian and a self-admitted Conspiracy Theorist which seemed way too fascinating not to share. Plus this morning I’m up early after not sleeping all that well and my mood is less gracious than it usually is as a result.

So, having said all that, I give you Anthony Carfanyo’s question:

From: Anthony Carfanyo (anthonycarfanyo@yahoo.com)
Subject: Question?

Les…

  Does your Screen name imply all it says. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt you just picked it, just to get a rise and recognition from you viewers. (Like a stage name) I don’t want to sound rude or insulting in my first letter to you as you and I have a common friend Convict, Dr. Kent Hovind, and Hovind and I have a common friend Jesus, “The Christ”. (The most dangerous personality in the universe).

  Anyway…I would ask you to read this through as I am not trying to insult you of put you down but, trying to get you to think about your view of yourself, and how words of others and even ourselves can make us become something… maybe God had not had for us from the beginning. Just really ask yourself … “Am I happy” or just hurting?

Stupid Evil Bastard, the “Oxford American Dictionary” defines these words as such…

stupid |ˈst(y)oōpid | adjective ( -pider, -pidest)lacking intelligence or common sense; dazed and unable to think clearly

evil |ˈēvəl| adjective profoundly immoral and malevolent-(having or showing a wish to do evil to others) : his evil deeds | no man is so evil as to bebeyond redemption.• (of a force or spirit) embodying or associated with the forces of the devil :we have been driven out of the house by this evil spirit.• harmful or tending to harm : the evil effects of high taxes.• (of something seen or smelled) extremely unpleasant : a bathroom with an evil smell.

bastard |ˈbastərd | noun1 archaic or derogatory a person born of parents not married to each other.2 informal an unpleasant or despicable person : he lied to me, the bastard!• [with adj. ] a person (used to suggest an emotion such as pity or envy) :the poor bastard | he was a lucky bastard.• a difficult or awkward thing, undertaking, or situation : it’s been an absolute bastard of a week.

I am a Judeo Christian. What that means to you I.D.K. as I don’t know your history. Some can be real, morons … and others can be like me and Jesus cool and straight to the point. It is the audience we speak too.  I minister to the homeless in a soup kitchen… as I was told the belly of the beast. I am a C.T. (Conspiracy Theorist) so I am considered a NUT with my peers, but Jesus’ peers killed him and Dr. Kent Hovind’s stuck him in jail and the Indians are on reservations so you tell me who the BAD guy really is? Have you been fooled by those who want you to think the way you do? Are you that, “Steroetype”, Raa-Raa guy?

So again just for converastion sake … Who is Jesus to you. Have you ever spoken to someone who would let you ask the questions you have, and most important, have you listened to the answer if it DID make sense?

Write me back if you have the time… I know it take brains, Guts, and 2 parents, to run a web site. So you not some stupid evil bastard, your like me … a seeker of truth. and I do agree with part of your logo “What in the WORLD is wrong with you people” .
Fire Fighter Anthony (YoCuzwaasup) Carfanyo

PS. I too am a horrible speller. I was told MANY TIMES to to use the Dictionary, (even from my daughter). I finally got one on the computer.  Just one more tool to shut them up and help your cause for truth.

And last but not least some video’s of what I believe, and why I am saved and why I believe Jesus Is the baddest and toughest and truest man that ever lived. 

President Ike Speech on the NWOhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd8wwMFmCeE&feature=related

JFK 60’s speach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq99snleP4E&feature=related

Now you know why he was killed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l39XsMcyvgA&mode=related&search=

Also: If you look to the side (of this link) you will see Father Bush. In that video he says “New World Order”. This is the start of Hitler’s Germany all over.

Also if you want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes…

Arron Russo video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nD7dbkkBIA&feature=related

Was I duped? Did The GUY I VOTED FOR AND HIS DAD have knowledge of 911
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlWSv0NZBRw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm73wOuPL60&NR=1

The subtle way these “NEW Policies” will be forced on us. “THROUGH FEAR”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82L3qU33CwY&feature=related

This one is to give you a taste of what, “THE BIBLE” says is going to happen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNZvfiKrJHo&feature=related

Olbermann: the beginning of the end of America
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqxmPjB0WSs

From Mad TV Cartoon (Childish but look at the truth in it)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbIvPhZ3IsQ&NR=1

And “Thermite” (You did Haz-Mat)?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezIU6ZxYU3A&NR=1

Now imagine that at a font size at least three times what I used here. I’ve never had someone try to convince me Jesus was real by citing a bunch of conspiracy theories before. I have to give the man credit for being original. Well, at least more original than most. I’ve not responded to the email yet because I’m not sure if I want to bother. This guy is crazy on two different levels and it’s annoying enough dealing with those two types individually.

 

SEB Mailbag: Another “Kent Hovind is in jail because he speaks the truth” email.

I swear the Kent Hovind fans out there are as nutty as he is. This was clear from the very beginning of the email which consisted entirely of a cut and paste screed against Hovind’s imprisonment for not paying his taxes:

From: Kevin
Subject: Religion, or Tax Fraud?  Dr. Kent Hovind sentenced to ten years in jail

Religion, or Tax Fraud?
January 31, 2007 02:36 PM EST

Everyone knows Lady Justice is blind but now we know she is bigoted as well! Case in point: Dr. Kent Hovind was recently sentenced to ten years in jail. Kent argued that his ministry was tax exempt and cited the IRS code to support his case! He wrote the IRS many times asking them why he was wrong if, in fact, he was wrong. They never responded! Arrogance? Incompetence? Whatever the reason, an American citizen could not get a reply from the very people who should have been able, even eager, to help.

Kent’s enemies are painting him as a greedy tax resister when he has said repeatedly that he will pay all the taxes he owes. He could not get any response from the IRS nor did the judge, prosecutor, or anyone else inform him why his ministry was not exempt from taxes as are hundreds of thousands of similar organizations. Therefore, he spends ten years in the Big House. That’s where they send killers, traitors, rapists, child molesters, armed robbers, and other Very Bad Guys.

So we start right off with some misinformation and lies and then it degenerates from there into whining about Ted Kennedy not being punished for the accident in which he killed the woman he was dating at the time, how U.S. Congressman Barney Frank is a pervert who has admitted that his Washington apartment has been used as a callboy headquarters, and so on and so forth with other senators that have been accused of doing naughty things all while poor little misunderstood Kent Hovind rots in a jail cell. The upshot of it all is that there are just tons of people way more horrible than Kent Hovind out there that are walking free while poor Kent is stuck behind bars not because he didn’t pay his taxes, but because of *GASP!* his BELIEFS!

There are recent cases where rapists and killers walk away with probation and Kent Hovind sits in prison for ten years! Folks, there’s gotta be more to it than meets the eye. Your Federal Government wanted to “get” an outspoken Christian and they did. All right, so Kent made a mistake in judgment, and even if he is guilty, don’t sane people think his sentence is excessive? After all, didn’t Kent tell them he would pay any taxes they showed him he owed? Is it possible that they got him, not for taxes, but for religion? The Feds didn’t like his outspoken brand of Christianity.

Yes, Lady Justice is blind, dumb, stupid, and bigoted as is obvious in the case of Dr. Kent Hovind who sits in prison as I write this piece. And if it could happen to him, it could and might happen to you or me. Maybe Bible believing Christians should do as Chinese Christians and keep a small bag packed with personal things waiting for that ominous knock on the door: “We’re from the Federal Government and we’re here to get you.”

That’s right! It’s the ever popular Christians-are-being-persecuted-in-America-for-their-beliefs email! And, as I said, it was entirely a cut and paste job including the copyright attributing it to one Dr. Don Boys. So I sent back a reply that consisted of: “What’s your point, Kevin?” Which netted me the following reply:

Just like the article says he is being targeted for his beliefs

To which I responded this morning with:

    I’m impressed. You’re able to articulate an idea without relying on cut and paste. But no, he’s not being targeted because of his beliefs. The IRS doesn’t give a shit what he believes so long as he pays his taxes which he refused to do until it was clear that he was going to have his ass thrown into jail over it. Then, suddenly, he was more than willing to pay his taxes, but by then it was too late.

    I’m glad he’s in jail because he’s either a liar or so ignorant as to be a danger to society, but his incarceration has nothing to do with his beliefs. Well, other than his belief that he is above U.S. tax laws.

    The laughable thing about that article you sent me is that it tries to play the situation off as Christians being persecuted by the U.S. Government for their beliefs. Sorry, but in a country that claims to be 75% Christian (that would be a majority as I’m sure your math skills are probably lacking) you can’t claim to be persecuted for your Christian beliefs without having those of us who know better laugh our asses off. But thanks for the early morning laugh and a new blog post about how Hovind’s supporters are idiots.

    Les

My email has been unusually lively these days it seems.

SEB Mailbag: Chinese lead conspiracy theories.

I got an email from a reader commenting on my rant about lead-tainted Chinese products. They quoted where I wrote “Is it too much to ask, however, that our own government have the balls necessary to tell China to either make their shit safe or don’t bother bringing it to America?” Then supplied me with the following theory:

A far off synopsis… what if China has been implanting lead in the brains of children in America for years… on purpose… to damage the brains of the children… future adults… a conspiracy to become the ruling country… the country with the intelligence…

just a thought!

I call Occam’s Razor. Sure it’s possible that China’s problem with lead tainted products could be a very clever conspiracy on their part to dumb down the rest of the world, but it’s also possible that it’s simply a case of greed and lax standards. The latter theory has a precedent very close to home. America, in fact. The Boston Globe had a very good article a couple weeks back titled A Nation of Outlaws:

As with China and Harry Potter, America was a hotbed of literary piracy; like China’s poisonous pet-food makers, American factories turned out adulterated foods and willfully mislabeled products. Indeed, to see China today is to glimpse, in a distant mirror, the 19th-century American economy in all its corner-cutting, fraudulent glory.

China may be a very different country, but in many ways it is a younger version of us. The sooner we understand this, the sooner we can realize that China’s fast and loose brand of commerce is not an expression of national character, much less a conspiracy to poison us and our pets, but a phase in the country’s development. Call it adolescent capitalism, if you will: bursting with energy, exuberant, dynamic. Like any teenager, China’s behavior is also maddening, irresponsible, and dangerous. But it is a phase, and understanding it that way gives us some much-needed perspective, as well as some tools for handling the problem. Indeed, if we want to understand how to deal with China, we could do worse than look to our own history as a guide.

A bit of empathy might even be in order. One hundred and fifty years ago, even America’s closest trade partners were despairing about our cheating ways. Charles Dickens, who visited in 1842, was, like many Britons, stunned by the economic ambition of our nation’s inhabitants, and appalled by what they would do for the sake of profit. When he first stepped off the boat in Boston, he found the city’s bookstores rife with pirated copies of his novels, along with those of his countrymen. Dickens would later deliver lectures decrying the practice, and wrote home in outrage: “my blood so boiled as I thought of the monstrous injustice.”

In the United States of the early 19th century, capitalism as we know it today was still very much in its infancy. Most people still lived on small farms, and despite the persistent myth that America was the land of laissez-faire, there were plenty of laws on the books aimed at keeping tight reins on the market economy. But as commerce became more complex, and stretched over greater distances, this patchwork system of local and state-level regulations was gradually overwhelmed by a new generation of wheeler-dealer entrepreneurs.

Taking a page from the British, who had pioneered many ingenious methods of adulteration a generation or two earlier, American manufacturers, distributors, and vendors of food began tampering with their products en masse—bulking out supplies with cheap filler, using dangerous additives to mask spoilage or to give foodstuffs a more appealing color.

It’s a good article and I recommend you go read the whole thing as it’s about four pages long. It sheds light on what the problem in China most likely is: growing pains.

Perhaps an Alternative View Would do?

Apparently the 9/11 conspiracy movement is still going strong.  It’s too bad, cause those that waste their time on this pet subject could really do a lot of great things if they devoted as much time and energy to anything else.  But the reason why conspiracy theories always have a decent movement attached to them is simple, conspiracy theories attempt to explain the seemingly unexplainable.  That and they also play with our emotions.

Dangerously long post ahead…

After a tragic and horrific event such as 9/11 happens people become very emotional and their minds start racing a mile a minute to explain what happened.  We want answers and we want to seek the truth.  So much so, that when a complex theory that attempts to explain everything comes along, it looks as tasty to our brain as a chocolate cake to a fat kid.

If you watch 9/11 conspiracy films, and I have seen most all of them, they all follow the same pattern:

  1.   First they start off with a statement of the event that happened and how they grieve for the loss as well.  And will usually follow this up with an American flag and how as citizens it’s our right to have answers and to seek them.
  2.   Then you get the line, “We compiled the evidence you decide”.  Well hell, this is wonderful right?  They are unbiased and leave the decision making up to us.  That’s how it should be.
  3.   Then comes the dramatic music and the soft spoken narration, which is usually a female voice that has an appealing quality to it.
  4.   Followed by loads of facts BS.

It’s all a bunch of BS to get you to buy into someone else’s pet theory.  To me it’s nothing more than good advertising and knowing how to play to your audience.  But in some cases it’s just downright criminal.  Take the article linked right before this sentence, Popular Mechanics does an excellent job explaining the myths of 9/11.

But the one piece of info that hit me the hardest was this:

Puffs Of Dust
CLAIM: As each tower collapsed, clearly visible puffs of dust and debris were ejected from the sides of the buildings. An advertisement in The New York Times for the book Painful Questions: An Analysis Of The September 11th Attack made this claim: “The concrete clouds shooting out of the buildings are not possible from a mere collapse. They do occur from explosions.” Numerous conspiracy theorists cite Van Romero, an explosives expert and vice president of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, who was quoted on 9/11 by the Albuquerque Journal as saying “there were some explosive devices inside the buildings that caused the towers to collapse.” The article continues, “Romero said the collapse of the structures resembled those of controlled implosions used to demolish old structures.”

FACT: Once each tower began to collapse, the weight of all the floors above the collapsed zone bore down with pulverizing force on the highest intact floor. Unable to absorb the massive energy, that floor would fail, transmitting the forces to the floor below, allowing the collapse to progress downward through the building in a chain reaction. Engineers call the process “pancaking,” and it does not require an explosion to begin, according to David Biggs, a structural engineer at Ryan-Biggs Associates and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) team that worked on the FEMA report.

Like all office buildings, the WTC towers contained a huge volume of air. As they pancaked, all that air—along with the concrete and other debris pulverized by the force of the collapse—was ejected with enormous energy. “When you have a significant portion of a floor collapsing, it’s going to shoot air and concrete dust out the window,” NIST lead investigator Shyam Sunder tells PM. Those clouds of dust may create the impression of a controlled demolition, Sunder adds, “but it is the floor pancaking that leads to that perception.”

Demolition expert Romero regrets that his comments to the Albuquerque Journal became fodder for conspiracy theorists. “I was misquoted in saying that I thought it was explosives that brought down the building,” he tells PM. “I only said that that’s what it looked like.”

Romero, who agrees with the scientific conclusion that fire triggered the collapses, demanded a retraction from the Journal. It was printed Sept. 22, 2001. “I felt like my scientific reputation was on the line.” But emperors-clothes.com saw something else: “The paymaster of Romero’s research institute is the Pentagon. Directly or indirectly, pressure was brought to bear, forcing Romero to retract his original statement.” Romero responds: “Conspiracy theorists came out saying that the government got to me. That is the farthest thing from the truth. This has been an albatross around my neck for three years.”

The poor guy gets mis-quoted and now his reputation is on the line.  I have read other accounts of the same guy not giving out quotes anymore, even to defend himself, cause the conspirators take it and use it to their advantage.  Not caring for the fact they are ruining Romero’s career.  He is somewhat of an outcast now in his field for the whole fiasco, or at least he was as of 05.

Which is why I have disgust and udder disdain for conspiracy theories.  They have and do ruin careers of scientists and good people.  And it’s just a shame because it means there will be less and less individuals who will be willing to take on these crackpot theories in the future for fear of having a ruined career.

But you don’t have to take my word for it…  It’s a conspiracy, the government sank the Titanic

Or there is always this gem…  Despite the sarcasm, Maddox makes an excellent point.  If the US gov or some faction of the US gov had no problem killing 3000 people and getting away with it.  How is it possible they could let a college student uncover the truth?  When all they would have to do is shut him up.

Or this funny one, “Dont be Fooled, What Seems Simple is Usually a Complicated Conspiracy.”

But if you got time to kill here is a link to the PBS show Democracy Now where there was a debate between the Editor-in-Chief of Popular Mechanics magazine, the Editor of Debunking 9/11 Myths (A book put out by Popular Mechanics) and the creator and write of the Loose Change “Documentary” with the researcher for this “Documentary”.

If you choose not to watch I can spare you the details.  The Loose Change guys come off as pompous arrogant assholes that lose their “cool” when their ideas are challenged.  They were scoffing at nearly every counter-point the Popular Mechanics guys offered and even laughed at a couple points as well.  The Popular Mechanics guys obviously not only knew what they were talking about, but were very respectful and handled themselves and the content well.

What I really want to do with this post is hopefully open some eyes into the world of conspiracy theories, specifically 9/11.  It’s hard to let go of them, I understand this well, but in the end conspiracy theories are a waste of time.  Conspirators claim to be no experts, but rather just a sort of journalist presenting evidence.  But if this is the case, why do conspiracy theories leave out evidence, misquote experts, dismiss evidence presented by experts, and just flat out lie?  If their theories are as strong as they claim then there is no need for this right?

Feel free to comment on your beliefs, I would be interested to hear them…