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Getting Past 'Oh', Why Americans Misunderestimate the Depravity of the President They Hate

From "The Regressive Antidote, David Michael Green on Politics":

"Getting Past 'Oh', Why Americans Misunderestimate the Depravity of the President They Hate"

By David Michael Green at

http://www.regressiveantidote.net/Articles/Getting_Past_Oh.html

... My guess is that Americans simply can’t go there, just as many can’t possibly entertain the thought that 9/11 might have been done by their government, or at least perhaps allowed to happen. People can imagine that the war was a mistake, but not that they are such pathetic pawns of their own government that their lives and the lives of American military personnel are of zero consequence to political elites. Or that those daddy-figures upon whom they rely for their precarious sense of security could in fact be vicious predators readily able to betray, ruin and destroy their own public for purposes of financial or power enrichment.

Why Bush & Condi Rice Are So Nervous These Days (?)

From Bill Douglas writing at OpEdNews:
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_bill_dou_071223_why_bush__26_condi_ric.htm

December 23, 2007

Why Bush & Condi Rice Are So Nervous These Days (?)

By Bill Douglas

Why Bush & Condi Rice Are So Nervous These Days (?)
According to the Chicago Tribune, “TRIBUNE INVESTIGATION --Internet blows CIA cover” article of March 12, 2006, when the Tribune searched a commercial online data service, the result was a virtual directory of more than 2,600 CIA employees.The 9/11 truth movement numbers at least 230 professional engineers and architects. This is only the membership of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. There are many whistleblowers like Kevin Ryan a former department manager of Underwriter Laboratories who inspected World Trade Center tower steel, both before and after the collapses of the WTCs on 9/11/2001.

Other technical researchers include Jim Hoffman, author and webmaster of wtc7.com, and former Brigham Young University Physics Professor, Steven Jones.

Iraq war veteran and experienced demolitions expert blows the cover on 9/11 inside job

From a site that I am not familiar with, RINF Alternative News: http://rinf.com/alt-news/911-truth/expert-blows-the-cover-on-911-inside-job/1619/ . See the original for links.

Iraq war veteran and experienced demolitions expert blows the cover on 9/11 inside job

Meet Torin Wolf. He has a broad and varied background as a US Army Combat Nurse during Operation Iraqi Freedom,….

building construction contractor, certified structural welder, certified asbestos and hazardous materials worker, experienced demolitions expert, teacher, radio show host, and well studied 9/11 truth activist. Torin knows how to put a building up, and bring the same building down in its own footprint. Torin’s free presentation, “Taking the Red Pill” was hosted by Brave New Books on 1904 Guadalupe in Austin last Saturday, June 23rd at 7 pm.

Rob Kall of Op Ed News asks for an "Impeachment Truth" movement

http://www.opednews.com/articles/2/opedne_rob_kall_071221_how_about_an_impeach.htm

December 21, 2007 at 11:17:25

How About an Impeachment Truth Movement?

by Rob Kall

Oh, by the way, the term "Impeachment Truth" is a meme inspired by 9/11 Truth. There is every reason to believe that impeachment hearings could be used to open up blocked passages to getting answers abou 9/11. I would think that 9/11 Truthers would jump on this bandwagon enthusiastically. Then, we already have the Kucinich people on board. But what about Ron Paul supporters? Why aren't they, why isn't Ron Paul clamoring for the truths impeachment hearings could bring? Ron Paul is a truthy kind of guy. Maybe he needs to be asked-- by the tens of thousands of supporters who have contributed to his campaign. A bi-partisan support for impeachment hearings would be a good step forward.

9/11: Impossible Speed & Impact -- Busted!

From Anthony Lawson, of "This is an Orange" fame.

This video demonstrates that the speed of the aircraft which hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center, on 9/11, did not exceed the design limitations of its airframe or engines, and that the way in which the aircraft breached the wall of the building was feasible. For details on FAA permissible airspeeds: http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgMakeModel.nsf/0/57AFAC2D9E97066D8625731E00694575?OpenDocument&Highlig...

Added: November 26, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f8IiQMjf3U#GU5U2spHI_4

Two Brothers and Two Scandals

From Dave Lindorff writing at Smirking Chimp:

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/11043

Two Brothers and Two Scandals
by Dave Lindorff | Nov 15 2007 - 1:43pm |

...

The State Department's top internal investigator, Inspector General Howard Krongard, revealed in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Tuesday, that his brother, Alvin B. Krongard, was a member of the advisory board of Blackwater, the very private mercenary company whose bloody, murderous behavior the IG office was supposed to be investigating.

Unmentioned in reports on this tainted relationship was the fact that Alvin Krongard, the former third-ranking leader of the CIA from 2001-2004, has also been the subject of some speculation regarding possible foreknowledge of the 9-11 attacks by some within the intelligence establishment.

Interesting post from Michael Rivero at WhatReallyHappened.com

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/flight93radio.php

See original for MP3 links.

THE FINAL MOMENTS OF FLIGHT 93 - A CLOSE LOOK AT THE RADIO TRAFFIC

To start with, here is an mp3 recording of the air traffic controllers during the moments leading up to the crash of United Flight 93. It lasts 3 minutes and 58 seconds.

In the tape, there are two communications which purport to be from the hijacked aircraft.

The first transmission is at 1 minute and 14 seconds into the recording. [mp3 download]

The second transmission is at 2 minutes and 3 seconds into the recording. [mp3 download]

Len Hart: How the Right Wing Embraces and Promotes "Magical Thinking"

From http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_len_hart_071114_how_the_right_wing_e.htm
an article by the "The Existentialist Cowboy", Len Hart. Seems he is some sort of 9/11 Truther as well as a fine columnist.

"The GOP is most magical, however, when it tries to explain the truly magical events of 911. Entire airliners vanished without a trace; steel towers defied the laws of physics. David Copperfield is eating his heart out. He only made the Statue of Liberty vanish and, later, a single airliner. Like every sleazy magician who defies his audience to come up with a "rational" explanation for the disappearance of a scantily clad assistant into a collapsing box, the GOP owes much to what is known in the trade as mis-direction. Only the terminology stays the same. The little white bunny disappears down a tiny hole never to be seen again."

Commentary needed on article at Op Ed News

http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_michael__071030_questioning_9_2f11_and.htm

This article at Op Ed News takes Tarpley, Bollyn, Von Kleist and others to task, based in part on their associations with others.Get on over to Op Ed News and hit the comments section. There is a long comment quoting most of an article by Chip Berlet on conspiracism. It surely requires some response. So far, the 9/11 "official story" folks are dominating the field.

October 30, 2007 at 06:10:12

Questioning 9/11 and to Hell with Caution

by Michael Shaw Page 2 of 2 page(s)

http://www.opednews.com

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As for David Horowitz, here's a guy who is promoting a rash of anti-radical Islamic events on several US College campuses and in his last outing and along with his perpetual sidekick, Ann Coulter; had invited a guest speaker who turned out to be one of Britain's biggest holocaust deniers. Isn't that a kick in the shorts!?! Frankly I see him(and Coulter) in the same light as I see LaRouche, Bollyn, Piper and Carto.

translation of G. Stark's pamphlet on propaganda techniques

Interesting information from Hitler's Germany on propaganda, translated by Randall Bytwerk.

German Propaganda Archive Calvin College

Background: This is a translation of G. Stark's pamphlet on propaganda techniques. It was the first in a series of pamphlets produced by Goebbels' Reichspropaganda-Abteilung, the propaganda section of the Nazi Party. It aimed at providing information for Nazi propagandists in larger cities. This translation uses the third printing, at which point 55,000 copies were in circulation. The original runs 23 pages of text. It includes some material taken from an earlier Nazi brochure on propaganda, but develops matters in greater depth.

The source: G. Stark, Moderne politische Propaganda (Munich: Verlag Frz. Eher Nachf., 1930).

Modern Political Propaganda

See http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/stark.htm to read the whole translated document.

It is only by understanding the techniques used by the enemy that you can devise effective countermeasures.

Interesting article, is it disinformation?

From TBR News October 22, 2007

http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a2774.htm

Never sure what to make of this. It may be disinformation, limited hangout, what have you. Part of the problem is, we really have limited ability to assess the credibility of the sources. Here is an excerpt:

"Reports to Department of Justice (FBI) and CIA to White House in re coming attacks: The President notified.

As it appeared that there would be such attacks for a certainty., our Embassy first of all contacted both the American Justice Department and the Central Intelligence Agency and appraised them of the seriousness of the situation. Eventually, the office of the Ambassador made contact with top aides of the Vice President Cheney.

From WeAreChange.org, 3D Visualization of World Trade Center

From: http://www.wearechange.org/2007/10/3d-visualization-of-world-trade-center.html

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2007
3D Visualization of World Trade Center

This video illustrates the efforts of Nathan Evans a Visual Effects and Animation artist to produce a high fidelity visualization of World Trade Center 1 and 2. Showing steel core columns, wiring, ventilation, office furniture, restrooms, concrete, glass, secondary steel columns, office walls and other building content. Keep in mind do to the size of the building it would be impossible to show all the content in these building do to resolution of video and available of processing power that my computer will allow at the present.

In this video it will help you understand visually what the building's content was in wtc1 and 2.

The render is based off the blueprints of floor 47-the noticeable differences of each floor from the blueprints would be the center positioning of the stairs and specific spacing of restrooms and the walls of storage space.

Response required: Author William Gibson knocks 9-11 Truth activists

Some very absurd thoughts on 9/11 coming from science fiction author William Gibson. See the interview in "The Tyee": http://thetyee.ca/Books/2007/10/18/WillGibson/

I have never read any of William Gibson's science fiction. After this, I have even less interest in it.

You can register here to post comments: http://thetyee.ca/register.

Comments on the site would be more useful than comments here. For talking points, see the excellent material on the Gatecreepers site on debunking conspiracy debunking: http://www.gatecreepers.com/entries/exclusive-debunking-myths-on-conspiracy-theorie/

The Tyee is a popular Canadian on-line magazine. I have not paid it too much attention, but I believe it to be mainstream progressive. I would probably also call it a left-gatekeeper site, if I were to include a link to it on my blog.

From the interview:

On whether he enjoys conspiracy theories

"Conspiracy theories are popular because no matter what they posit, they are all actually comforting, because they all are models of radical simplicity. I think they appeal to the infantile part of us that likes to know what's going on."

Gatekeeper off taking a bio-break?

I figure that the Buzzflash Gatekeeper on Duty must have been of for a bio-break when they let this article slip in. ;-)

Submitted by BuzzFlash on Tue, 10/09/2007 - 10:27am. Steven Jonas

In BuzzFlash.com's Review (10/5/07) of The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America by Peter Dale Scott, it is said in part that "Dale raises vital unanswered questions about the emergence of the secret state within a state in the United States, while avoiding the pitfall of descending into adamant conspiracy theories." I'm not quite sure what the term "adamant conspiracy theories" means. However, when one is accusing the present Republican Administration of engaging in one or more conspiracies, say to topple Constitutional Democracy here at home, the other invariably side responds with, "oh, that's just another conspiracy theory ["adamant" or otherwise] you lefties like to throw around."
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Framing aided by repetition, psychologists report

Framing aided by repetition, psychologists report

Better to refute adversaries' slogans with different, positive statements than to repeat them in an attempt to disprove

Psychologist Norbert Schwarz has found it reinforces untruths to repeat them, even when refuting.ANN ARBOUR, MI, Sept. 27, 2007: New research confirms that repetition of "myths" and slogans helps lodge them in the minds of the public and that refuting them often leads only to the public remembering falsehoods better. Instead, they tell us that "education campaigns with an 'affirmative' message," even if it is a negative message, are far more effective in defeating an adversary's frame.

University of Michigan social psychologist Norbert Schwarz has done experiments showing that people remember things they hear repeated often enough, regardless of its source, and even if it's from a single source.

There is more of interest in the article at: http://www.harperindex.ca/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=0098

Mike Zimmer
http://www.TheProgressiveMind.info