Aliens Did 9/11?

Well, how about it? Did aliens carry out the crime of the century?*

This notion would be only the beginning of a hypothesis and not a proper “conspiracy theory,” because the latter would involve only humans, to the exclusion of extraterrestrials. But as a speculative theory possibly being developed as you read this by humans in the government/media complex, it makes a certain amount of sense.

First of all, Executive Branch concoctions “explaining” to the world the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, weak from the start, have been increasingly abandoned by media boosters and the general public (both target consumers of government propaganda) alike. No amount of distraction—not Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Covid 19, global heating, and electric cars all put together—can stanch the run for the exits in this theater of the preposterous, even among a populace as credulous, or hypnotized, as we in the United States seem to be.

In these times, perhaps, the combined voices of The New York Times, The Epoch Times, the Times of London, In These Times, CounterPunch, The Weekly Standard and their myriad allied (controlled) outlets are not sufficient, for much longer, to keep common sense from asserting itself, even in a nation of news junkies, cell phone addicts, sports fans, arts aficionados, political “conservatives,” political “liberals” and People magazine readers.

It’s true that the terrorist operation that launched a string of wars in countries most Americans can’t find on a blank map occurred almost 20 years ago, and that that hit of hits was a hit before today’s teenage mothers were born—all of which contributes to the attitude of “it is what it is” (in any situation).

What’s 9/11? Two hits in New York (not on Broadway) and one in (greater) Washington and a crash in rural Pennsylvania, none of them generating the kind of wreckage with telltale evidence one might have expected them to.

What’s 9/11? You know, these incredible hijackers with box cutters took out the Twin Towers and put a hole in the Pentagon and … you know, incredible. Yes, incredible.

The whole thing is incredible unless aliens did it. They’re capable of anything, these extraterrestrials, depending which ones (and this is all strictly in the realm of theory) one is talking about. Increasingly in mainstream media outlets somehow believed by their readers and listeners and viewers on a variety of subjects, one can find news stories and opinion columns devoted to the possibilities.

Like THIS ONE on today’s editorial page of a regional newspaper in Western New England. The byline is that of Stephen L. Carter of Bloomberg Opinion, and here’s the headline: “The UFO report won’t change minds.” The column is worth reading, and fun, even if the author doesn’t connect to any future hypothesis that aliens did 9/11. Carter, I’m guessing, has never once questioned in print the official version of those terrorist attacks, like all such scriveners who get paid for their stuff. Just as the newspapers in which the column appears have never questioned it.

Here’s an alternate headline for this entry: “Aliens to the Rescue!” Subhead: “News World Relieved to Find New Diversion.”

— Mark Channing Miller

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* Possibly “kick off” would be a better compound transitive verb than “carry out,” because the terrorist attacks were only the start of the overall crime, which continues.

Calling Engineers!

Andy Steele of 9/11 Free Fall chats HERE with engineers Scott Grainger and Kamal Obeid.

Their subject is twofold: This week’s presentation by Leroy Hulsey of the University of Alaska Fairbanks of his four-year Building 7 study before the Structural Engineers Association of Arizona. And “how educating the engineering community is critical to bringing about a new 9/11 investigation.”

Listeners can read a transcript of the interview while listening — or not. (The three are all affiliated with Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.) I read it without listening and picked up this typo, among others:

“We can’t just have something in the record that’s bogus. That would be a blemish on the profession forever…. Have we been sitting on our hands, essentially observing this force with the official story being put forward as science. I think that would be unacceptable to any practicing scientist or engineer.”

Or farce?

— Mark Channing  Miller

Glitches, Etc.

Dear Reader(s),

Thank you for your patience. You may have looked in in the last few days only to find the May 6 and previous entries, but nothing newer.

Reason: In addition to the usual, plentiful interruptions, technical glitches I haven’t previously encountered have presented themselves requiring expert help elsewhere in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where this blog is mostly written. But at least until I can figure it out myself or get some more expert help elsewhere in the same city, I still lack the ease of typing I formerly enjoyed owing to impediments of a technical nature. This afternoon I have had to learn a new way to type to accommodate the machine or its program. I don’t want to “get with the program” (in more ways than one).

Ah, technology! I wouldn’t mind finding an old Underwood or Smith-Corona — or whatever Clive Owen, playing E.H., was banging away on while standing up in a hotel room in Spain in  “Hemingway and Gellhorn.”

For now, thanks again for your patience,

Mark

 

An Evolving Faith

A couple of weeks ago, on May 22, 2021, some readers may have tuned in to find “Choose Love,” a week’s worth of reflections from the Center for Action and Contemplation. If this were an academic course, the teacher could have asked students, “What does one or more of these have to do with the search for truth in the matter of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001?” Readers of this entry can do the same, or simply skip it and check out previous entries, or leave this site and never come back. People in the first category may click on any day of the week below to arrive at the whole reflection. — MCM

Anybody who has paid attention to their inner life of prayer or read history books surely recognizes that life and love are always cumulative, growing, and going somewhere that is always new and always more.

Monday
The tipping point of faith is the threshold of spiritual energy, where what we believe becomes what we do. When that power is released, there is no stopping it, for love is a force that cannot be contained. —Steven Charleston

Tuesday
An evolutionary faith understands that nothing is static. The universe unfolds, our understanding of God evolves and deepens, and our moral development surely evolves as well.

Wednesday
Doubt need not be the death of faith. It can be, instead, the birth of a new kind of faith, a faith beyond beliefs, a faith that expresses itself in love, a deepening and expanding faith that can save your life and save the world. —Brian McLaren

Thursday
We could acknowledge the unraveling, breaking, and cracking of our nation and churches as a bearer of truth and even a gift. —Stephanie Spellers

Friday
Evolution requires trust in the process of life itself. There is a power at the heart of life that is divine and lovable. In a sense we are challenged to lean into life’s changing patterns and attend to the new patterns that are emerging in our midst. —Ilia Delio

Louis M. Savary was a Jesuit for thirty years and has been studying, writing, and teaching on his fellow Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin for over fifty years. He has a knack for making Teilhard’s writings, which are almost exclusively about evolution, accessible. Here he introduces a version of the Ignatian Examen that emphasizes our participation with God’s desire for evolution by increasing our awareness of goodness, gratitude, possibility, and love.

Throughout his life Teilhard remained an optimist, despite the rejection he suffered from his religious order and from the official church because of his evolutionary ideas. In his prayer, instead of putting his attention on his failures and disappointments, he focused much more on praise, reverence, and gratitude when he related to God.

In recent years, psychologists have discovered a basic law of psychological and spiritual life. We might call it the first law of spiritual energy. It is simply this: Energy follows attention. In other words, wherever you focus your attention is where the energy of your body, mind, and spirit goes.

In terms of this first law of spiritual energy, Teilhard preferred to focus, with God’s grace, on his own resilience, his capacity to adapt and to restore his enthusiasm for his work and relationships. . . . If he was blocked from pursuing one avenue, he found another way. . . .

Teilhard’s life suggests a nightly review of your day focusing on what went right instead of what went wrong. If you focus on giving and receiving love, your thinking will change for the better. If you focus on thinking good thoughts, your heart will grow more loving. The heart and mind are always interacting in concert.

This process is known as the Thanksgiving Examen. . . .

  1. To give thanks in general to God our Lord for the benefits received in your life, in others, and in the world today.
  2. To ask for grace to recognize all those particular things that happened to you and others that you should personally be grateful for.
  3. To take account of your day from the hour that you arose up to the present time, hour by hour, or period by period: first your good thoughts, ideas, and intentions; then your good words spoken and heard; and then good acts, your actions and those of others, small or large, that positively touched your life or the life of someone else. Record these in your journal.
  4. To praise and thank God our Lord for all the opportunities you had to make a difference in the world today and to inspire you to recognize more and more such opportunities in the future.
  5. To thank God for all God has done for you, and to ask yourself: What can I envision doing that would lead me to be even more deeply grateful? Close with the Our Father [or another prayer with deep significance for you].

Matt on the Media

The all-boldface plug by News From Underground originator Mark Crispin Miller:

Liberal’ crybullies and snobs have now brought right and left together in ‘real common cause’ for (this is no joke) truth, justice and the American way (MUST-READ by Matt Taibbi) 

Miller excerpted this paragraph from Taibbi’s long substack.com post:

“The truth is, Trump conservatives and ACLU-raised liberals like myself, [Glenn] Greenwald, and millions of others do have real common cause, against an epistemic revolution taking hold in America’s political and media elite. The traditional liberal approach to the search for truth, which stresses skepticism and free-flowing debate, is giving way to a reactionary movement that Plato himself would have loved, one that believes knowledge is too dangerous for the rabble and must be tightly regulated by a priesthood of ‘experts.’ It’s anti-democratic, un-American, and naturally unites the residents of even the most extreme opposite ends of our national political spectrum.”

Headline and Subhead: “Congratulations, Elitists: Liberals and Conservatives Do Have Common Interests Now: Well done, snobs of the #Resistance. You made the Horseshoe Theory real.”

Read a bit more of Taibbi’s post HERE. I was tempted to subscribe to his Substack thing on the basis of it but was revolted by the, in my opinion, invasive nature of ApplePay (if I recall the name right).

Taibbi, a Rolling Stone writer as well as a Substack newsletter author, is a real wordsmith. He has a lot going for him but for all his derring-do aura is not independent enough, or honest enough, to abandon his habit of taking gratuitous pot shots at 9/11 truthers (true, we’re a varied lot) or to examine, in print, the U.S. government’s Executive Branch narratives about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Or if he has lost that habit by now, as others have, to make up for it by setting the record straight.

“Independent enough”? Well, Rolling Stone, seemingly a good money maker for Penske Media Corp., has certain standards. And if Taibbi were to go all the way on 9/11, how long would he be on their masthead?

Nine-eleven truth, for mainstream writers, is like Gardol’s “invisible shield” used to be against tooth decay in ads for Colgate toothpaste. Or like the glass ceiling has been for women’s pay. If one (mainstream writer) presses one’s nose against it, part of the nose flattens out. Taibbi likes his nose the way it is. Here’s a photo of him, on a website that took him to task on his stance on 9/11. (Thanks to Taibbi, and the other M.C.M., for letting me discover at this late date — today — 9/11 Truth News.) 

All of which is not to say that Taibbi’s good piece on mainstream media’s biases is not a welcome summary of what has become increasingly obvious.

— Mark Channing Miller

Nescience

The following is part of a comment, a good one among a dozen other good ones, on Edward Curtin’s latest essay, HERE. — MCM

“A speaker … mentioned that we often use the word ignorance where another word, nescience, would be more descriptive. It is possible to be unaware of information because we have not been exposed to it. It is also possible to be exposed to information and to ignore it, which is real ignorance — much in evidence these days. But nescience means that we don’t know something because we have not had the information available to us.”

Non-9/11 Physics

A Facebook friend sent the following message regarding a May 27 article in physics.aps.org:

“We interrupt our regular garden photos for the following message: A stability analysis of the ice sheet covering a large area of Greenland suggests that the ice melting may be approaching a point of no return.

https://physics.aps.org/articles/v41/80

“The Greenland ice sheet—an important component of Earth’s climate system—is losing mass at an accelerating rate. A great concern is that the ice sheet could be headed toward a tipping point, beyond which the ice cap would be permanently lost. A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, suggests that a large part of Greenland’s ice sheet may be close to such a tipping point. The complete melting of Greenland’s ice cap could lead to a sea-level rise of up to 7m and may trigger a cascade of other climate instabilities …

“The researchers acknowledge that more research is needed to firmly establish whether a tipping point has already been reached or whether it might be close. In particular, other feedback mechanisms need to be considered, including both destabilizing effects—notably the decrease of albedo due to ice-cover loss—and stabilizing effects—such as the increase of snowfall due to warming temperatures.”

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I’ll try to get permission to identify the friend by name and background.

What does the article recommended have to do with 9/11 truth? Everything does.

— Mark Channing Miller

Memorial Day

The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry today sent the message below and this video of two service members playing Taps at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, one in the summer and one in the winter.

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Dear Friends,

The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry Board of Directors would like to wish you and your family a a safe and healthy Memorial Day.

We give honor and thanks to the millions of courageous and patriotic American men and women who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms.

David R. Meiswinkle, Esq.
President/Executive Director
Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry

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An Army veteran and former police officer in New Jersey, Meiswinkle is a criminal defense attorney. He and Atty. Mick Harrison, litigation director, are the organization’s principal lawyers.

Since 2002 the Lawyers’ Committee has conducted investigations, legal actions and public education related to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the circumstances leading up to and following those events. Its focus is on government accountability regarding investigation and prosecution of those responsible for federal crimes related to the attacks.

Most prominently, although in the near total absence of news media coverage, the Committee has (1) petitioned the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to present to a Special Grand Jury information submitted by citizens regarding the commission of federal crimes related to the 9/11 attacks, and (2) taken legal action against the FBI in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, to compel the Bureau to access and report evidence of the explosive demolition of three World Trade Center skyscrapers (the Twin Towers and Building 7) as well as other unaddressed evidence related to the attacks. Both of these actions have required follow-up attention.

Additionally, last October, it formally petitioned Congress to initiate a Congressional investigation of the September 2001 anthrax attacks.

More Sorensen

Parts 2 and 3 of Christian Sorensen’s “A People’s Guide to the War Industry” are HERE and HERE. Part 1 is available HERE. All three are presented by Consortium News.

Part 2 is subtitled “Profits & Deception.” Part 3 is subtitled “Bribery & Propaganda.” (Click on them to read.)

I sent these two comments about Part 2 (quoted sentences from the article are in italics):

“I have a question concerning this paragraph: ‘The ruling class profits by underpaying the workers. A given worker on a given day produces value, which we’ll call A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. The corporation pays the worker a wage comparable to F and G. The rest (A, B, C, D, E) is “surplus value.” This difference between what a worker is paid in wages and the value a worker creates is how the corporation profits.

“Doesn’t it leave out all sorts of other expenses of the corporation, including property taxes, costs of materials including energy, corporate income taxes, and insurance? … There must be others. Possibly, these would fall under H, I, J, K, etc. If so, shouldn’t you say so?”

“A few paragraphs later: ‘We can harness the human mind in many ways. Nonetheless, so far — by the numbers — the U.S. government has only spent significant monies on military and war. Try throwing that kind of money at the sciences and arts every year — via other federal departments, such as Interior, Agriculture, Health & Human Services, Transportation — and see where unpressured, non-militarized research and development lead.

“Comment: It would help to see a pie chart or other simple graphic to put the military and war spending in context.”

I wouldn’t bother with my own comments on the second installment except that by the time I got them in, the comments window was closed.

A question on the second installment I didn’t think to ask was: roughly what percentage of the workforce in this industry is unionized, and by what international unions, and if the author thinks workforce unionization would tend to make union members averse to anti-war efforts.

The third installment, of five, is the shortest by far and seems to confine itself to vividly describing subject matter of some political science and media studies courses. In that installment one of the accompanying photos shows usually invisible National Public Radio personnel in a studio of NPR’s Washington headquarters.

— Mark Channing Miller

Notes, 5-27-21

“Morning Edition” on NPR today featured two stories of interest to truthers, including those seeking 9/11 truths:

In one, Brooklyn, N.Y., rabbi Miriam Grossman talks, HERE, about why she no longer considers herself a Zionist. Compare the seven-minute segment with this article in today’s New York Times, headlined “Anti-Semitism Surges in Wake of Gaza Clash,” in which Zionism is not mentioned.

In the other, the biographer Ken Ellingwood talks, HERE, about the life and death of the abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy (1802-1837). Ellingwood’s book is titled First to Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery.

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Columnist Dalton Delan offers a backhanded and somewhat abstruse salute to the now-octogenarian Bob Dylan. It is HERE for subscribers to the Berkshire Eagle, which headlined it “Still don’t need a weatherman” on op-ed.

Delan, winner of Emmy, Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards for his work as a television producer, calls Dylan “a precocious talent but also a prevaricator by trade and not all sweetness and light, as Joan Baez learned right on camera.” These days, he writes, “the Bard of Hibbing [is] still on the road, the darkest part, croaking rather than what passed for singing.”

— Mark Channing Miller