Week Of Truth: WE CAN DO THIS!!!

After one day, Steve Alten's book has gone to a ranking of #139 (as of 4pm) on Amazon.com. With regards to different genres, for Literature & Fiction/War, he's #1, for Literature & Fiction/United States, he's #6, and for Literature & Fiction/World Literature, he's #8.

The "debunkers" have been having fun with the "Week Of Truth":

Get Ready For Troof Weak!
Metrics: Truth Week
"Truth" Week Desperation
Well, She Did Play Plenty O'Toole
Troof Week Day One
Steve Alten Starts Off "Promote Me Week" Poorly

I always ask myself, if there's nothing to what the 9/11 Truth Movement is saying, why waste so much time focusing on it?

Yes, there have been several "critiques" regarding the "Week Of Truth", and as a result, text has been changed on the "Week Of Truth" web site (many thanks to Michael Wolsey and Scott Ford for all of the hard work they put into that site in so little time). I have even apologized for any misunderstandings on behalf of myself. This was not an attempt at some devious plan to destroy the 9/11 Truth Movement. I hope that people can put aside there differences for this effort. If not, I have to be content with the fact that I, and several others are doing their best.

I want to be very clear on something. The "Shell Game" is NOT the book I would want everyone to read as their introduction to 9/11 Truth. And no disrespect meant to Steve Alten, but he is NOT the person I would want plastered on the television if I had a choice. We are the 9/11 Truth Movement, and I am being truthful. Personally, I would much rather promote "The Terror Timeline", or "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions & Distortions", or Dr. Griffin's latest, "9/11 Contradictions" (which I'm finding to be VERY good). As spokespeople, I would much rather have Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, Patty Casazza, Donna Marsh O'Connor, Michele Little, Monica Gabrielle, Sally Regenhard, Bob McIlvaine, Bill Doyle, Christina Kminek, Barry Zelman, Paul Thompson, Ray McGovern, Peter Dale Scott, Janice Matthews, Kyle Hence, Cynthia McKinney, and so on.

However, I believe that the "Shell Game" was written with good intentions. I do believe that Steve Alten DOES care about this issue. I do believe that he is a good person, and that he took a risk with writing this book. With his life, and his career. As ALL of us have. He is a previous best selling author, so chances are, he may have a good chance of becoming one again. If that happens, he may very well get on the TV as we had hoped.

My advice to Steve if he does manage to get plastered on the TV is as follows:

  • Try not to state theory as fact. The facts speak for themselves (and make sure you are really comfortable with the facts you choose to promote).

  • Make sure you mention that on 9/11/2006, 9/11 Family Members Donna Marsh O'Connor, Christina Kminek, and Michele Little called for a new investigation at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., and on 2/4/2008, the September 11th Advocates (which includes some of the "Jersey Girls". The 9/11 Commission would not have existed if not for them), also called for a new investigation.

  • Make sure to mention that 70% of the families questions WERE NOT ANSWERED by the 9/11 Commission which was MANDATED to give a "full and complete accounting" of the 9/11 attacks (and of all people, don't the families deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered?).

  • Make sure to mention the latest revelations concerning Philip Zelikow, and how they relate to the sham that was the 9/11 Commission.

  • Continue to do as you have. Your VERY best.

Now ask yourselves (and yes, I know this is cheap on my part), do you REALLY want the “debunkers” to be able to say, “Week Of Twoof A Failure?” I sure as shit don’t. Personally, I would rather try and fail than just give up.

As I said earlier, we seem to be doing REALLY WELL on Amazon so far, but from what I understand, we have to do even better. I intend to buy my two books tomorrow (payday), and I also plan on asking the friends and family I think would be willing to do so as well.

If we do succeed, the FealGood Foundation gets $5000, and an additional $5000 for every week Steve is #1. That still seems like a pretty good incentive to me. Also, if you purchase your books through the "Week Of Truth" website, it also helps the FealGood Foundation.

Good luck everyone, and thank you for doing your best.

I encourage Mr. Alten to become a member of this forum

if he isn't so already. If he needs help establishing factual talking points, I'm sure there are many here and elsewhere that would welcome the opportunity of helping him establish them. This will be especially important if the 'week of truth' is successful. Hopefully he will review the comments regarding his interview with hostile host McConnell at this blog: http://www.911blogger.com/node/15039

I sent him the link directly.

He has seen it, today.

Ask and though shalt receive.

Ask and though shalt receive.
If you go back to http://www.911blogger.com/node/15039 you will see he posted at 4:44 or 7 minutes before your post.

Thanks But No thanks

The Shell Game & Week of Truth - A critical view

"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening

Bottom Line

I understand the misgivings that have been expressed, but my bottom line at this point is I'm willing to support (almost) anything that promotes 9/11 Truth. Mr. Alten has made good on his promise to use his media appearances to discuss the lies and inconsistencies surrounding 9/11. Having heard his interviews so far, I'm convinced he means business, and I was quite impressed with how he held his own, even against a hostile right wing radio host. That alone makes me want to buy his book (which I will do today). In an ideal world, of course I'd have preferred a far different marketing campaign, but these are desperate times that don't always afford us the luxury of subtlety.

What I really hope for most of all though, is that despite specific disagreements that may break out over tactics and strategy, that we can all stand together and work in a unified way toward our common goal.


I've heard all that before

Remember Uncle Fetzer? Just take Alten's name out and replace it with his before he exposed himself. And the dishonest marketing of Alten's work of fiction that's targeting people in the 9/11 "Truth" movement is disgusting IMO. But don't let me rain on your parade. Do what you want.

"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening

How was I dishonest?

Why isn't Dick Cheney in prison?

Anyone that's been paying attention...

to the way Alten's book has been pimped for months here at 911blogger and other places by some who've been targeting individuals in the 9/11 truth movement, pressuring them to buy Alten's work of fiction are aware of the dishonest way it's been promoted.

The link I posted yesterday explains this in detail...

And I never got an answer to my question on another thread asking how much the 1st responders would receive when the book doesn't reach the top 10? Bill Douglas claimed there is a "commission" from each book sold that will go to them. How much is this "commission"?

I also asked Rep what he thought about one of the promoters implying that Alten got Parkinson's from the promotion of his book, which I think is ridiculous and is simply a dishonest ploy for sympathy to sell more books, because as far as I'm aware, short-term stress is not known to cause Parkinson's. Rep never answered me. How do you feel about that, Jon? Do you think that's an honest way to help sell Alten's book? Do you think gaming the system is an honest way to get Alten's book into the top 10? If it gets into the top 10, do you think that people won't criticize and dismiss your effort as being a dishonest way to get a book into the top 10 by hard selling it to a target audience of 9/11 conspiracy theorists?

"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening

Number one...

Bill Douglas, and a few others are solely responsible for the ridiulous spamming that took place on this site, and for the listing of names of people who did not endorse this promotion. I, myself, criticized Bill Douglas during his spamming spree. However, he was the one to come up with this idea, so I have to give him credit for that.

Number two... If you purchase the book through www.weekoftruth.org, a commission goes to the FealGood Foundation. I don't know how much that is, so you'd better ask Michael Wolsey at michael(at)visibility911(dot)com

Number three... If we failed at our task, I was going to personally ask Steve to make a donation anyway. It's the LEAST he could do.

Number four... I don't know if Steve got Parkinson's from writing the book. I do know that I saw him limping on his way into Barnes & Noble, and he had a fairly hard time holding a sandwich, so I'm fairly sure he's not faking it. I do know that as a result of my work over the years, I have developed anxiety problems, migraines, and high blood pressure so it's VERY possible that the stress related to this, may have caused that. I am not a doctor.

Number five... I knew there would be people that would oppose this effort. Because of egos, because of opinions, because of the movement being infiltrated (ESPECIALLY ON THE INTERNET), and so on. I'm starting to think several people are starting to protest a little bit too much.

Number six... you never said how I have done anything dishonest in any of my promotions of this effort.

Number seven... if Steve Alten turned into an Uncle Fetzer, you can rest assured that I would be the FIRST one to call him out.

Why isn't Dick Cheney in prison?

Gaming the system to get the book in the top 10 is dishonest

It doesn't reflect true interest in the book. Do you disagree?

Stress is not a known cause for Parkinson's. I'm not saying he's faking it. I'm saying that using an illness to promote the book, which I see as way to garner sympathy to sell more books, is just plain wrong IMO.

I personally believe that the 9/11 truth movement is being used by the publishers of Alten's work of fiction to make a quick buck. There may possibly be more nefarious reasons for the book's marketing blitz, but we'll never know for sure until it's too late.

And if Alten -- an unknown to the 9/11 truth movement before "Shell Game" -- turns into a Fetzer after "Week of "Truth"" it will be too late, the damage will have already been done.

Putting trust in this newbie -- who's written a book about the Lock Ness Monster by the way -- to represent an entire movement of people questioning the official story of 9/11 is extremely irresponsible. How anyone could possibly disagree with that is beyond me.

"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening

And here we are...

Still going...

I don't know if you noticed or not Stallion4, but the "system" has not done its job for the last 7 years. The "system" has ignored serious researchers, and instead, have chosen to focus on the nuts of this movement, and portray them as the whole.

If the "system" is not going to work for us, then we are going to work the "system". I have NO problem with that.

Steve Alten is... get this... a FICTIONAL writer. That means that his books are fiction. So for him to have written a book about the "Lochness Monster" is not a big deal. Also, the "Shell Game" is ALSO promoted as a fiction.

I personally don't care what you personally believe at this point, and do you know why? Because you are one of those people that are protesting just a little bit too much for my liking.

How's that for honesty?

I'm done now.

Edit: Actually, I'm not done. Do you realize that if Steve Alten continues getting coverage, and hopefully gets even better coverage, and hopefully listens to what we have to say, that we have a chance of getting people like Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, Patty Casazza, Donna Marsh O'Connor, Michele Little, Monica Gabrielle, Sally Regenhard, Bob McIlvaine, Bill Doyle, Christina Kminek, Barry Zelman, Paul Thompson, Ray McGovern, Peter Dale Scott, Janice Matthews, Kyle Hence, Cynthia McKinney, and so on, ON the TV as well?

The "system" says we should do nothing because "you can't fight City Hall". Personally, I say bullshit.

Why isn't Dick Cheney in prison?

"I personally don't care what you personally believe"

Yes and that's one of the many reasons why people like myself don't trust self-proclaimed "leaders" of the 9/11 truth movement and their personal agendas such as pushing Steve Alten's book with reckless disregard for what others in the movement think.

Whether you care or not if what I believe is dishonest, unproductive, and a reckless way of spreading 9/11 truth doesn't surprise me, Jon.

But you and I and the rest in the 9/11 "truth" movement are going to look like dishonest opportunists, by skeptics and the mainstream media whores who will undoubtedly expose to their viewers the way in which the publishers of Alten's book targeted "conspiracy theorists" - telling them to "buy not one, BUT BUY TWO copies to get it into the top 10" in an effort to trick the public into thinking that the book's popularity was an honest reflection of the general population, when in fact it wasn't. Instead it was just a dishonest publicity stunt to push a book written by some guy who wrote another book about Nessie - and the 9/11 Conspiracy kooks bought it up.

That's what they'll say. That's how it will been seen by most.

But good luck to you, Jon. I hope you accomplish whatever it is you're trying to accomplish.

But count me out. I want no part of it.

"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening

Then this...

Should be the last we hear from you on the subject.

Why isn't Dick Cheney in prison?

Jon your true colors are shining brightly

No. I and others who don't agree with you (or anyone else) will continue to make our voices heard if we so choose. You have a problem with that?

"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening


Let me ask you something. The 9/11 Truth Movement (for the most part) is currently involved in an effort to bring us attention. Not a devious underhanded effort. An effort. Something that so far appears to be working. Yep, there have been criticisms of this effort, and they have been heard (as I mentioned in this blog when I said, "Yes, there have been several "critiques" (notice the link to truthaction.org? Yep, it's the same one you posted. Why the need to re-post it?) regarding the "Week Of Truth", and as a result, text has been changed on the "Week Of Truth" web site (many thanks to Michael Wolsey and Scott Ford for all of the hard work they put into that site in so little time).") I have also apologized personally for any misunderstandings (as I also mentioned in this blog when I said, "I have even apologized for any misunderstandings on behalf of myself.").

Since this effort began, we have been pushed by people like you insinuating that people like me are trying to make money from this effort (not true), that we are trying to promote bad information (not true), that we are trying to divide the movement (not true), etc... etc... (and most of the problems had to do with one person in particular) As I said, "I personally don't care what you personally believe at this point, and do you know why? Because you are one of those people that are protesting just a little bit too much for my liking." (I notice how you left the rest of the quote out.) As I also said, we are currently involved in the effort (which so far appears to be working). Others that have voiced their opinions have moved on because they know that we have the best of intentions, and yet... again, here you are fighting us. What do you think that makes you look like? Remembering now that you ARE in the minority.

Why isn't Dick Cheney in prison?

I'm not so sure about that, Jon

What are basing your claim that I'm in the minority on? The loudest mouth for 9/11 truth (Alex Jones) is on my side to a certain degree. Many others who I respect are also on my side to a certain degree. Are you making your claim based on the high votes your blogs and comments pimping Shell Game are receiving?

Well if that's the case, it's already been exposed that at least one person involved with the promotion of the Shell Game has been caught creating sock-puppets here at 911Blogger. Who knows what the real consensus is after it's known to have been corrupted by an individual(s) who also promotes the dishonest gaming of the top 10 bestseller list by the way - an effort that YOU fully support!

And regarding the criticisms you mentioned: Would you rather people just shut up about them and not say anything? Why are you trying so hard to silence me by saying things like "you're in the minority" and that you "personally don't care what I personally believe" and that I "protest a little bit too much" and that "this should be the last we hear from you on the subject" ? Would you have known about the sock-puppets that were created if I hadn't said anything, Jon? Is that something you wished I would have shut up about too?

What are you afraid of, Jon?

To me it looks like you're trying to do damage control here because many are beginning to not trust this whole Steve Alten "Shell Game" promotion and some of the people promoting it.

And why haven't you commented on the criticisms I made about how the skeptics and media whores will use your effort against the entire 9/11 truth movement for the way it's been promoted? Or are you just planning to be "the first one to say something" AFTER it happens? I suppose you think that will make everything all better, eh?

"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening

We had to do this...

Because the media whores haven't done their jobs. That's how you respond to that.

Why isn't Dick Cheney in prison?

The TRUTH is getting out...that is what matters

From press release:

Tonight (Friday) at 9:15 ET, AIR AMERICA host Richard Greene will have The SHELL GAME author Steve Alten as his guest, along with 9/11 activist Bill Douglas. This will be the first in a series of Air America programs on 9/11 truth, leading up to May's MONTH OF TRUTH series on Air America that will involve the first REAL DEBATES on 9/11 issues, featuring major 9/11 researchers/experts debating qualified counter arguers defending the official story.

This historic series is a result of 9/11 truth organizations uniting around a singular focused endeavor.

Works of fiction do not

Works of fiction do not represent reality. Presenting works of fiction related to the events of 9/11 is a good way to confuse people who don't have the time to research the facts. I'd rather hear researchers any day when it comes to understanding an issue over writer's of fiction.

"... In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual." (Galileo Galilei, 1564 - 1642)

Waiting for a savior?

You are expressing legitimate concerns but everything we've heard from Alten thus far has been positive and encouraging. Let's face it, if we had to worry about someone doing an about face and discrediting the whole Truth Movement, that risk exists with each and every one who speaks for the cause. Sometimes we just have to rely on trust based on our instincts and the representatives past words and behavior. The alternative is to wait for a savior who isn't coming (in this life:)

Parkinson's is the result of

Parkinson's is the result of damage to the substantia nigra in the brain. That or highly reduced dopamine output from the subtantia nigra. Stress in no way has been associated with causing damage to this region. The region tends to be damaged by exposure to environmental toxins which cross the blood brain barrier and in some instances selectively target the substantia nigra. In San Francisco in the 80's a bad batch of synthetic heroin created instant parkinson's in some unlucky junkies. The substance known as MPTP was determined to be the cause of selective damage.

Any claims that stress caused "parkinson's" is BS. But don't take my word on it. Go read about the substantia nigra and its' role in Parkinson's. Now if some one was suffering heavy jittering etc. this could simply be the result of too much stress, high cortisol, etc. but those effects will be transient and should subside when the stimulus provoking anxiety is removed from the subject's presence.

BTW, stallion4, I don't understand why you're railing so hard against the promotion of a piece of fiction written about 9/11? You couldn't possibly believe that the average person would have problems separating fact from fiction with every thing that occurred on that day do you? What's wrong with trying to get a piece of fiction in the top 10 spot so that it is widely disseminated (even if it winds up that more fiction is promoted than facts, what's the problem? ; p )?

"... In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual." (Galileo Galilei, 1564 - 1642)

Jon Gold. Ever the

Jon Gold. Ever the reasonable one.

Missed your question.

I've heard Alten talk about his disease, and I think he believes it was caused in part due to sress from putting the book together.

I disagree that he is using it as a sympathy ploy. I think they will talk about it tonight on Air America. I think this is how Alten and Douglas met, but I am not sure.

"the marketing is dishonest"

Unfortunately for me, I read through many of your links, and

they contain silly comments from people I consider to be shills.

Consider mass emailing truth messages. More info here: http://www.911blogger.com/node/13321

Amazon.com Sales Rank: #115 in Books

Why isn't Dick Cheney in prison?

"How They Killed Kennedy" helps reveal 9/11 as inside job!!

Jon Gold,an excellent posting,especially your list of Best Representatives for 9/11 Truth.I would add Ralph Schoenman,Bob Bowman,Faiz Khan and David Miller to that list,myself.There is a video that has emerged lately that clearly and irrefutably PROVES that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was an inside job,too,and we need to spread it far and wide.It's available on a great website called brasschecktv.com and it's called "How They killed Kennedy".It's in the assassination studies section and it's as big a smoking gun as could be imagined.I think it could help immensely in bringing the story of 9/11 to skeptics who regularly hear that we are wacky "conspiracy theorists".The same slander held the Kennedy story down for decades.The video is also available on youtube.com.


from weekoftruth.org

April 16th - 22nd <-- THIS IS NOW!
A Nationally Coordinated 9/11 Truth Effort to

This is the first in a series of Week of Truth events to coalesce the power of the national truth movement. Following this Week of Truth action, we will draw attention to two major 9/11 conferences in the Northeast to be tentatively scheduled in the month of May.

The current installment of the Week of Truth features New York Times Best Selling Author, Steve Alten and his new book, The Shell Game. Our effort is to be a focused, movement wide attempt to bring The Shell Game into the Top 10 of the New York Times Best Seller List.


To achieve our goal, weekoftruth.org is launching with this, our first project, The National The Shell Game Buy In Week of Truth, April 16th – 22nd, 2008. The New York Times Best Seller List and this is s based upon a book's sales from specific book sellers--namely, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders--during weekly Wednesday thru Tuesday reporting periods. We have thus chosen this one-week period, 4/16-22, during which we will really focus our effort and draw out the combined strength of the Truth Movement by taking one coordinated action. To help out, we ask of you the following:

1) During the week of April 16-22, buy at least two copies of The Shell Game to give out to friends who are not 9-11 aware.

2) IMPORTANT! You must purchase your copies of The Shell Game from a book seller who reports book sales to the New York Times. These include Borders, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.com.

For your convenience, we will provide a link, during the Week of Truth, to make your purchase through this website, so that commission from these book sales will go directly to the Feal Good Foundation.


To propel The Shell Game into the Top 10 of the New York Times Best Seller List. To achieve this URGE all your contacts to buy multiple copies of 9/11 truth telling novel - The Shell Game - between April 16 to 22nd, the focused week when the NY Times list will count those sales.

Reading the book will be an eye opener for those Americans who have never been exposed to 9-11 truth. Being in the Top 10 of the New York Times Best Seller List will bring 9-11 truth to many more readers but additionally, has far more potential in the form of positive media exposure.

An author who finds his/her book in the Top 10 of the New York Times Best Seller List has many perks and opportunities which perpetuate and expand on the success of the book. For example:

Top 10 books and authors get premium placement and shelf space in the front of the store.

Major merchandise outlets like Wal-Mart and drug chains purchase their inventory directly off the the Top 10 of the New York Times Best Seller List.

Mainstream television and radio shows shop for guests from the Top 10 of the New York Times Best Seller List. Top 10 status will generally get the author mainstream television and radio exposure. Steve Alten has pledged to bring 9-11 truth to the audiences of these programs if given the opportunity.
Due to the fact that Steve Alten has interwoven key 9-11 facts into his novel, a successful campaign of this sort will bring the issue of 9-11 to the forefront of the minds of many Americans. Steve has pledged that if given the opportunity, he will do just that. Take a look at his recent appearance on The Coffee Shop with Monica Malpass on ABC Channel 6 in Philadelphia. We can expect a lot more of this if The Shell Game reaches the Top 10 of the New York Times Best Seller List.

With you in SOLIDARITY,


There may be a way to track how we're doing through the week. There's a new service at http://titlez.com that tracks amazon book rank over time. I've just submitted "the shell game" for tracking and it should be included within 24 hours.

I hated the damn book and I think "Weak of Truth" is silly

It reminds me of how the Scientologists would buy up all of L. Ron Hubbard bent science-fiction just to show that he's a bestselling author. This whole idea seems the product of some juvenile mind. It would make more sense if Alten were a particularly cogent, persuasive voice for 911 Truth, but he is mediocre at best. So count me in for 911 Truth - count me out on "Weak Of Truth" and supporting Alten's badly written book

Here is what I wrote about "The Shell Game" on DissidentVoice.org


I’m fascinated and well-read in 911 Truth and Peak Oil subjects both, but ‘The Shell Game’ is an instantly forgettable formulaic construction of pulp fiction. The tone of the writing is low-calibre. The essential ideas involved in 911 Truth and Peak Oil are not explored well at all. The novel completely fails to warn, educate or prompt the reader’s deeper reflection because the story does not grab the reader like quality writing does.

I think I must be handicapped for having developed an appreciation for the art form of telling a story with depth, intelligence and detail - because, in comparison to well-crafted literature, Alten’s plot and style are little more than script-jottings for a second-rate action film proposal.

Each “chapter” is no more than about 2-3 pages. Short as they are, chapters are even further broken up into widely separated scenes of a few short paragraphs, each one irritatingly written in the present tense (the constant one-dimensional drone of present tense is what makes this pulp read like a template for a cheap movie).

A fragmented, jumbled story-style actually works in literature when each of the segments has enough crafted personality to survive for more than a few milliseconds in the reader’s mind. When crafted properly, the fragments of such a story are pieced together in the reader’s mind like a puzzle being solved - until the denouement when suddenly everything becomes clear. However, Alten abuses this writing style to stultifying extremes. He doesn’t even bother to create a puzzle, instead he produces a kaleidoscopic shattering of broken story shards that fails to live up to its promise as a “window” through which readers may examine the murk of our mysterious recent political history. The fractured style of the novel itself creates a disjointed shell game of story line that buries any hope for clearer perception of the deep politics behind 911 or Peak Oil . I surmise that Alten employed the fragmented style of “The Shell Game” in order to hide his inability to create a sense of authenticity.

“The Shell Game” is touted as a “political thriller” but the novel does not possess any political intelligence - nor wit, nor any superior background knowledge of how the real military industrial complex works, nor of how a shadow government MIGHT have conceivably conducted a false-flag psyop on American soil. But, you know what? The book DOES have excellent cover art. The picture on the cover with the words “The Shell Game” emblazoned over it, is about the most politically intelligent thing in (or on) the novel. One doesn’t need to crack it open to learn much more than what the graphic designer accomplished.

Let’s look at one of “The Shell Game’s” story fragments. At one point, the protagonist, Ace Futrell, takes a plane to Riyadh, SA in order to enter a large bank. He plans to surreptiously insert a CD-ROM containing Promis software into an ordinary desk computer found on the the bank’s main customer service floor.

This Promis software on the CD-ROM will infiltrate the bank’s money centers around the world (and those of other banks too), stealing billions (even trillions) of dollars (from only the bad guys’ accounts, of course) for the express purpose of funding clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels thereby defeating the evil US political establishment, American oil cartels and other bad actors. This is the kind of plot one might find in a cartoon! Especially since none of the prior story dealt with Ace’s ability to program the Promis software to do what he desired it to do.

When Ace gets into the bank in Riyadh, he is greeted by a Saudi bank manager who queries Ace about his business objectives in the country. Ace says that he is engaged ina $2 billion/yr sports memorabilia business and produces one of his company’s latest products - a piece of gum “that will give you the freshest breath in the bank”. He urges the bank manager to try a piece.

“Al-Kuwaiz unwraps it. Hesitates, then pops the yellow rectangle into his mouth. The gum is laced with Burrundanga, a soluble powder better known in Columbia as Zombie Dust. Made from the Borrachera plant, Burrundanga has been called the world’s most dangerous drug as it leaves its victims in a virtual coma, preventing the brain from recording any and all memory until it wears off hours later.”

Make no mistake, there had been no previous reference to Burrundanga poison or Ace’s ability to obtain such a substance! Ace is just somehow able to produce it right there in the story! It’s like Looney Toons cartoons, where Dawg has the uncanny ability to suddenly produce a shotgun from behind his back to blast ol’ Foghorn Leghorn’s beak, sending it spinning around his head. This is just one bloody awful example of bad story construction in Alten’s trashy novel.

“Ace removes the CD-ROM from the John Lennon’s Greatest Hits case, along with the Yankee’s yearbook. Sliding his chair next to Al-Kuwaiz, he feigns reading the yearbook to the comatose manager as his eyes dart to the monitor. Casually, he leans under the desk, opening the computer hard drive’s CD tray. He quickly positions the CD-ROM containing the Promis worm
inside, then closes the drawer.

A command pops up in Arabic, Using the mouse, he double-clicks on the prompter, his heart pounding as the timer bar pops up, signalling that the worm is downloading.

Ace checks his watch: 10:38 a.m. Referring again to the yearbook as if it is the Koran, Ace pretends to point out passages to his Saudi Arabian zombie, silentlyurging the downloading bar to move faster–

–unaware that above his head, mounted in the ceiling behind a mirrored decoration, the bank’s security camera is recording everything.”

Later in the story, billions of dollars start disappearing from villainous huge bank accounts all over the world because of the Promis worm that Ace loaded onto the bank manager’s desktop PC - to benefit clean energy industries, notably E85 corn ethanol!

One thing is for sure: with authors like Alten around, we’ll never run short of corn! and we all know how bloody awful a solution E85 corn ethanol is to our energy problems! How very thoughtful of Alten to pull that already-proven-worthless solution out of his ass for us.

Sorry people, “The Shell Game” is a worthless book, even in it’s formulaic way. Maybe someday a more inspired writer will step up and produce a more worthy piece of historically-based fiction that explores the genuinely interesting and ominous piece of history we have been living through since the year 2000.

Before reading it, I wrote an email to George Kenney of ElectricPolitics.com suggesting that he contact Steve Alten to do an interview. Kenney has done programs covering both 911 and Peak Oil in the past. However, Kenney wrote back saying essentially the same thing - that he had bought a copy of “The Shell Game” and found the writing style “not his cup of tea”. So I hardly think that I am alone in my criticism.

Lighten up Carl

Yeah, can’t we just all get along-perfectly? Well no, we can’t, and we’re not going to. I still am a fan of Jim Fetzer and/but I am a fan of Jon Gold also. I’m a radical independent and I am a truther! I have contributed to the feal good foundation! I have read the Shell game. I have to say-It’s a good thriller! If you like fiction and you are interested in 911 you are probably going to read it cover to cover! I finished it 48 hours after I started it. Take it from a guy who is out in the street with a ‘911 truth will bring peace’ sign-the book is solid.

Doing nothing but blog and complain is what’s really disgusting IMO. The most of the movement could stand to get out more. However, give $9.11 to the feal good foundation or buy a copy of this book and you are one of us. Lighten up spend a little and feel good I say. Smile and talk to people about it. This IS FICTION after all! I already purchased one copy of the shell game but will get another this week. It will be easy to lend/ trade for another book after I have another copy.

Also, I think E85 is limited but not completly worthless. E10 is mandated in most of Minnesota and works well. Did you know that the corn can still be fed to animals after it is made in to ethanol? This 'spent mash ' is often left out of calculations. My main point is-Something is totally different from nothing! Steve A. has something going here.

Persistent inquiry and forgiveness will lead us in change.

Week of Truth combined actions are an excellent idea

I just wish the first one had not been this particular one and that Mr. Alten was better prepared for the interviews. He needs more time and training.

Btw, I'm not a fan of the book, but I think the idea was worth a try and hope that it succeeds.

I hope that you will join other Week of Truth actions and maybe even suggest some.


The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

Only YOU Can Prevent Truth Decay by Steve Bhaerman

Only YOU Can Prevent Truth Decay
April 17, 2008

by Steve Bhaerman

Dear Friends,

You may be wondering whatever became of Notes From the Trail in recent weeks. For one thing, I've been totally immersed in finishing my part of the Spontaneous Evolution book draft, which is now with our editor. For another, travels have taken me to Massachusetts, Hawaii and now back to the East Coast for shows in Charlottesville, the Washington, D.C. area, and Asheville, North Carolina.

Throughout it all I've been reading and absorbing the various political missives, both inside and outside the matrix. In the electoral world of binary choices, I still prefer Obama to Hillary as I think his message and means more closely approach the paradigm shift that is needed. However, the more important conversation right now is in the "outside the matrix" domain.

Over the past few weeks, I have been inundated with emails regarding economic collapse, the imminent bombing of Iran, martial law, and creeping fascism perpetrated by fascist creeps. Unfortunately, none of these alarming messages come with any strategic action attached, other than one call for a general strike. Personally, as a FUNdamentalist (accent on "fun") I suspect that a general ball would have more takers.

This e-mail, however, is about a specific action that can begin to make a difference. Nearly two years ago, a Zogby poll found that one third of Americans believe forces in our government were complicit in the 9/11 attacks -- all this in spite of mainstream media's refusal to in any way acknowledge anything contradicting the official 9/11 conspiracy theory. In his most recent book, 9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press, David Ray Griffin specifically appeals to the media and to Congress to investigate the actual and documented contradictions between testimony and the 9/11 Commission's conclusions. I plan to do a more extensive review of this book sometime soon, but the most blatant area of contradiction has to do with the eye-witness testimony released after the Commission made its report.

This testimony -- mostly from police and fire-fighters on the scene -- suggests that the Twin Towers collapse (not to mention Building 7) were planned demolitions. Statement after statement -- again, primarily from people who have been around fires, explosions and demolitions -- mention a series of explosions and compare the pancake collapse of the buildings to planned demolitions. Many of these candid statements were made before the official story was in place, and before witnesses were strongly encouraged to "re-remember" what they saw differently.

While many thinking people of conscience roll their eyes at any mention of an alternative 9/11 story, consider that the response to the attacks are at the foundation of so many of the other problems we face today. Were it not for the attacks, the Administration would have had no excuse to attack Iraq or impose de facto martial law. Bush would not have been re-elected in 2004 as a "war president." And we likely wouldn't be facing the extreme financial meltdown mitigated by bottomless war spending.

A Likelier Story

As we allow ourselves to examine a more likely story than the one that's been shoved down our throats, we might consider Herman Goering's frank testimony at the Nuremberg trials, "Naturally the common people don't want war ... But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

Indeed, in a peace-loving country like the United States, just about every war since the Mexican War has been triggered by an "incident" where American soldiers or ships were wantonly attacked, thus warranting retaliation. In the Spanish American war, it was the sinking of the battleship Maine in Havana harbor. America's entry into World War I was triggered by the sinking of a passenger ship, the Lusitania. Pearl Harbor was our reason for entering World War II, and escalation of Vietnam came about because of the "Gulf of Tonkin incident."

However, when you look beneath the surface, the story is just that ... a story. In the case of the Maine, there has never been any conclusive proof that the explosion was caused by a mine in the harbor. The Lusitania, it turns out, was a passenger ship that was secretly carrying armaments from America to Britain, and thus technically "a war ship" and a fair target. Oh, and according to recently declassified National Security Agency documents, the Gulf of Tonkin "attack" never occured. There was some enemy fire, but it was in response to South Vietnamese boats firing on North Vietnamese targets.

Even Pearl Harbor, the incident that caused America's entry into the closest thing to a "holy war," or at least a wholly-justified one, is tainted. Thanks to a book called Day of Deceit by Robert Stinnett -- based on documents released via the Freedom of Information Act -- we now know that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack, and allowed it to happen. According to Stinnett, there was a secret U.S. Navy monitoring station at Pearl Harbor that was intercepting Japanese codes prior to the December 7th attack. An intercepted message sent November 25th read: "...the task force, keeping its movements strictly secret and maintaining close guard against submarines and aircraft, shall advance into Hawaiian waters, and upon the very opening of hostilities shall attack the main force of the United States fleet in Hawaii and deal it a mortal blow..."

When we apply the wisdom of pattern recognition, though, we must face the likelihood that a "surprise attack" is the unlikeliest story of all. So what do we do about it? It turns out that there is a work of "fiction" called The Shell Game that presents an alternative story of what happened that day and why. By sending this book up the best-seller list, we can force mainstream media to address the issue. My friend Kyle Hence is involved in such a campaign. In just one day, the book went from #500 to # 147.

Here is a perfect opportunity to feed two birds with one scone. First, it is a way to financially support a courageous author. Second, it is a way to break the 9/11 story through the soundless barrier. You can read more here.

Please buy the book yourself, and send this email to friends. If this campaign is successful, we can activate our community of millions of aware people to do the same thing with David Ray Griffin's book, and books that focus on other under-reported stories -- like Mark Crispin Miller's book, Fooled Again about the stolen elections.

There are only a few ways we the people can impact the political conversation at election time. But through the wise and focused use of our economic clout, we can move mountains. Let's begin here. If we dismantle the official 9/11 story, we dismantle not just this regime, but the rule of lawlessness it has spawned. There is no savior who can wave a wand and release us from the spell of lies, fear and criminality. This time it is up to us.

Let us please take this first step.

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Another thing...

Don't forget to pass this around as far and wide as you can as well. Governor Jesse Ventura getting the job done on the opposition's favorite show Hannity & Colmes. The man has a presence and poise.


He also has a best selling book out that has a chapter on 9/11 Truth.

Please put the book contents on the internet for translations

Herblay FRANCE,

bonjour ,

my "Shell Game" came at last on Monday (~34€.) after waiting two months. Tried to order it directly from the two main english book shops in Paris
.... Brentano's 37 av Opéra 75002 PARIS
.... W.H Smith France 248 r Rivoli 75001 PARIS
but their computers did not know the book so it was impossible. I gave both shops copies of the Amazon.com "SHELL GAME"
.... http://www.amazon.com/Shell-Game-Steve-Alten/dp/1599550946/ref=pd_bbs_sr...
It was not a complete loss of time because when I left both of the ladies that had served me, they showed a genuine interest in the book for themselves !

I am half way though and find it an excellent tool for the 911 truth movement world wide. Is it possible to have a paper back version which would be cheaper and lighter to send by the post ?

As it says in the book we could be one day or the other pushed into world war III. The closer we get to impeachment, the more the necons rats will feel cornered and they will risk the worst to get away free ! Even world war ! Time is running out for us all because the moment of truth approaches !

The "Shell Game" needs to be known world wide very rapidly and I am thinking about scanning it and putting it on the web. It will take a lot of time to do a good job. Is it not possible to have an internet form of the book? I am sure, that everyone that can afford to buy it, will do so. It is obvious that it is easier to read a paper back book than read it on the computer screen and much tidier and cheaper to have it in a book form than 500 printed pages from a computer printer.
If the book was put in text form it will help the millions of people in the world to translate it rapidly in their own languages( French , German , etc ... )

Steven Alten will perhaps not be pleased to see his book's text on the internet but I am sure that KELLI DOYLE would have done it to get the message out and save our civilisations.



Just bought...

My two copies. $40. That won't make or break me one way or the other. I'm sure MANY other people can say the same thing.

Amazon.com Sales Rank: #73 in Books

He's now in the top 100 books of Amazon... C'MON!!! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

Edit: Amazon.com Sales Rank: #71 in Books

Did you guys know that in Literature & Fiction overall, Steve's book is #15?

Edit: Amazon.com Sales Rank: #69 in Books

Edit: Nobody seemed to notice the image.

Edit: Amazon.com Sales Rank: #62 in Books

Edit: Amazon.com Sales Rank: #61 in Books (keeping in mind that last night, it went back up to the 70's)

Why isn't Dick Cheney in prison?



DON'T STOP NOW. www.weekoftruth.org



Jesse Ventura for President campaign

Right on Orangutan,Jesse was awesome on Fox and is actually the most important "celebrity" to step up to date.I agree with you and am very hopeful that he will be a huge plus in our outreach.He's got courage and is fast on his feet,as he nimbly disabled Hannity.Where the heck is Charlie Sheen?

One last push...

If you haven't purchased your two copies of the "Shell Game", please do. He's currently at #158 overall, #35 in Literature & Fiction overall, #1 in L&F/War, #6 in L&F/United States, and #8 in L&F/World Literature. The current #1 in Hardcore Fiction, which is what "The Shell Game" would fall into, is at #50 on Amazon overall.

Why isn't Dick Cheney in prison?