Anthony J. Hall and Joshua Blakeney challenge Michael Shermer about his 9/11 Denialism

Anthony J. Hall and Joshua Blakeney challenge Michael Shermer about his 9/11 Denialism at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

From: Josh Blakeney []
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 10:29 PM
Subject: YOU TUBE VIDEO: Anthony J. Hall and Joshua Blakeney Confront Prof. Michael Shermer on his 9/11 Denialism

Dear Friends and Comrades,

Here is the latest action by Prof. Anthony J. Hall and I : We were so disgusted with Prof. Michael Shermer's lack of knowledge about 9/11 that we were compelled to intervene during his parodic lecture at the University of Lethbridge last night.

Shermer purports to be a skeptic (his magazine is named "Skeptic Magazine") who has read "ALL of David Ray Griffin's books" (DRG is actually his colleague at the Clairmont Graduate School ). However, Shermer is clearly somebody who has never engaged with any of the critiques of the government narrative about 9/11, a subject which he nonetheless talks about authoritatively to public audiences, conflating 9/11 truth-seekers with UFO spotters, Holocaust Deniers under the rubric of "conspiracy theorists".

As part of his deliberately satirical analysis he showed the audience cross-sections of the human brain indirectly implying that "conspiracy theorists" think how they do due to their biological makeup which harkens back to the notorious days when cities like Lethbridge and the wider hinterland of Alberta were leading the way in the eugenics movement. Like Sebastian Junger and Christopher Hitchens Shermer is somebody who serves the war machine's agenda by poisoning the public consciousness of our society. He has blood on his hands for his role in depoliticizing society, enabling the murderous 9/11 Wars.

We attempted to expose him as somebody who was profiting from the official story of 9/11. A true "conspiracy entrepreneur" indeed.  Like Hitchens he declares himself to be a materialist and sombody cocnerned with scientific reasoning. Yet, like Hitchens, when science becomes politically inconvenient he reverts back to government-sanctioned superstition whilst at the same time showing cross-sections of the brain and comedic imagery to audiences to convince them he is an authority on subjects which he is in fact seemingly ignorant of.

When I asked him to name one of DRG's books, all of which he purports to have read, he could not. When I asked him to name one academic who has defended the government conspiracy theory he cited himself. Shermer's comedy show was not worthy of an educated audience in a Canadian University. Prof. Hall should be acknowledged for making sure we attended the event and for speaking the truth in front of his colleagues many of whom sniggered like sophomoric school children. One of the U of L professors in the audience implied that I was an "asshole" (that's ARSE-hole for the British recipients of this email). The behaviour of these quack-a-demics speaks volumes about the state of the academy in the 9/11 induced Age of Impunity and Superstition.

I stayed up until 4am editing the attached You Tube video last night so that it could be posted within hours.


Joshua Blakeney - Media Coordinator of Globlalization Studies -- University of Lethbridge

Great work

It saddens me greatly to see how easy it is to get an audience of so-called intellectuals to boo and hiss something they do not understand in the least.

so-called intellectuals?


Your courage is beyond reproach!

Shermer is a fraud.

Shermer is a classic fraud. He will never debate those who claim Kennedy was murdered by groups other than the lone gunman Oswald. Nor will he debate 911 sceptics on any level except by using either ad-homonym attacks or straw men. The magazine Scientific American is a great disseminator of science and scientific method but I am astonished by the rubbish this so called sceptic has been known to pollute it with.
It is doubly sad because genuine sceptics can provide a useful counterbalance to so called received wisdom.
This man Shermer is a fraud and sycophant and should never be allowed to teach any course in any place of learning.
I am full of admiration for Mr Hall and Blakeney for their efforts in exposing this charlatan.

"GOOD" with Viggo Mortensen

"GOOD" with Viggo Mortensen

I watched Good yesterday and found it to be a perfect analogy for these times.
If you have seen the film you know exactly why the trailer is posted here.

Viggo Mortensen is a chief exponent of the Block-of-Wood School of Acting, but he is perfectly cast as Professor "Johnnie" Halder, a Professor of Literature and novelist in Hitler's Germany.

A AMAZON REVIEW (not mine):
As GOOD opens, Johnnie is just like anybody else. He is dealing with a neurotic wife and demanding children, balancing home and work, and is dedicating time to caring for his increasingly frail and senile mother. Hitler has just come to power. He begins an affair with his student, Anne Hartman, more as a distraction than anything else, and maintains his friendship with Maurice Gluckstein, his former psychoanalyst. He decries Nazi book-burnings and dismisses the Fuhrer as a "joke."

In an attempt to establish its credibility, the new government is seeking out experts to endorse its policies, and they trip across Johnnie's sensitively written 1920s novel of a husband who aids his terminally ill wife in an assisted suicide.

Although Johnnie despises Naziism he is flattered by the attention paid to his novel, and accepts (with misgivings) an honorary commission in the SS. This opens the door to promotions at the University. He becomes Dean of Literature after the former Dean, Herr Mandelbaum "leaves in such a hurry." He is tapped to inspect facilities for the care of the mentally ill, based on his "humanitarian" writings.

Despite pressure, he continues to befriend Maurice, who is becoming more and more bleak as time passes. He does attempt to arrange for his friend to leave Germany, but he is stopped from purchasing a ticket to Paris. Finally, he loses track of his friend in 1938, right after Kristallnacht.

Throughout GOOD, Johnnie IS "good," but he becomes increasingly blind to what is happening around him as he travels down the slippery slope that eventually takes him to Auschwitz on an inspecton tour.

Never evil, Johnnie Halder is an Everyman who goes along, accepts what he told without question, and is increasingly co-opted by flattery and comfort. In the end, he comes to realize that he is stumbling through a waking nightmare of which he in part created. Not judgmental of its protagonist, GOOD invites us to question just what a "good" man is and does and where the bounds of responsibility lie.


........ Is the death of intelligence. Don't believe it or Don't want to believe it ? There is a difference. What really saddens me is that people refuse to look at both sides. It would only take two IQ points over moron to see what we were told about 9/11
stinks. The one question i would love to see asked to the blind faithful.
What would they think, and how would they feel if they were to see that us 9/11 truthers are right? I would love to see the responses.
Sorry i also need to add. What would they think about the consequences if the truth was never known?