Decarbonize

Science, science, science. It’s all the rage.

THIS VIDEO seems to be a good example of why it should be if humans and many other species are to avoid increasingly hellish climate and related events before just succumbing altogether sometime in the next century.

It’s titled “How America can leave fossil fuels behind, in one chart.” Sam, who is among other things a fellow 9/11 truther, emailed the link out this morning to a few of his cronies. Thanks Sam.

 

Justice Gants

Chief Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has died, the court’s six associate justices announced yesterday.

A State House News Service account of his life, career and fatal illness may be found HERE.

Although nothing concerning the main subject of this blog appears in the account, Gants’s seeming personification of the best in this country’s judicial system merits its inclusion. It is hoped that his exceptional example will inspire others.

The Berkshire Eagle, which carried the news service report today, added a statement by Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington:

”We will deeply miss his dedication to justice and his intellect and deep thought on the Supreme Judicial Court. Justice Gants is a true champion of criminal justice reform. His advocacy made Massachusetts safer, stronger, and more equitable. He understood the power those in the justice system have over the lives of our community members and inspired us to use that power for good. We are grateful for his time serving the Commonwealth with compassion, understanding and humanity.”

Perspectives

“He was ready to step forward and he made the ultimate sacrifice,”  Aubrey Harmon said Friday of her brother, Michael R. DeMarsico II, an Army specialist killed in August 2012 in Afghanistan. 

His obituary is HERE. Images of him and the dedication of the armory to him in his native North Adams, Massachusetts, are HERE.

“People need to realize today, 9/11, we have soldiers still at war … and they are why we have free speech,” said her husband, T.J. Harmon, who a reporter said “wants to people to know that the fight to defend America is far from over.”

They were attending the dedication of the newly erected Iraq/Afghanistan War Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park in Pittsfield. The names of DeMarsico and four others from Berkshire County are etched in the new monument’s black granite. The Pittsfield VFW post raised nearly $53,000 for the project.

Berkshire Eagle subscribers can read reporter Dick Lindsay’s article on the ceremony HERE.

   

Friday evening marked the beginning of the online Justice Rising conference sponsored by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Each of its three segments—Justice Friday, Science Saturday, and Big Picture Sunday—turned out to be four hours in length. 

All the segments are at AE911Truth.org. (Scroll down. You may have to click on the YouTube icon to get the audio to work.)

Sunday afternoon the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry held a Zoom conference entitled “Recognizing and Pushing Back the Post-9/11 Police State.” Segments of the three-hour event are expected to be posted soon.

   

Mainstream commentary on 9/11 included THIS editorial in last Thursday’s Springfield Republican and THIS by Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak (reprinted in many papers including today’s Berkshire Eagle.)

On Friday the Republican graced its editorial page with an image by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Michael Ramirez. It depicted a garbage truck with “SOCIAL MEDIA” printed on the side hydrolically unloading all its cargo into the head of a man typing away in front of a computer screen. You’ll have to look it up.

Observances

From a message received yesterday:

A Day to Honor, Reflect, and Inform

”Today we honor the memory of the 2,977 people whose lives were taken on 9/11, the thousands who have since died from 9/11-related illnesses, and the million or more killed in the post-9/11 wars.

“It is through reflecting deeply on the loss of life and human tragedy caused by this unconscionable act of evil that we renew our determination and maintain the moral clarity needed to continue on the long road to justice.”

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It is signed by Richard Gage, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, sponsor of the free online Justice Rising conference this weekend.

In varying ways, newspapers, television and radio shows, and Internet sites are looking at the past, present and future of “9/11” and its consequences. I will examine some it in this blog next week.

— Mark Channing Miller

Briefly . . .

. . . an appeal to any readers of this blog who did not catch Friday evening’s part of Justice Rising: please try to see Science Saturday on Saturday afternoon and Big Picture Sunday on Sunday evening.

Justice Friday was sensational. I can’t think of a participant on screen who was not (a) brilliant, (b) a good communicator, and (c) determined.

As someone said in a video montage of moments in the last 19 years, the truth will out. Friday night’s four hours of presentations (the thing lasted an hour longer than advertised) showed that this truth effort has become a movement that is not going away and may well succeed. In terms of its importance to our freedoms, it has to. They also showed that what we know as “9/11” is related to other phenomena in recent American history and current happenings.

Most viewers will not understand everything said. Lawyers and others familiar with legal terminology and concepts will have an edge as viewers of some parts. Ditto engineers in other parts.

Again, please try to watch on Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening.

Now I’m going to bed.

— Mark Channing Miller

Don’t Forget . . .

. . . this weekend’s free online Justice Rising conference begins at 6 this evening Eastern Time. Click on the link above and scroll down for instructions on how to attend.

Tonight’s three hours are called Justice Friday. “The Long Road to Justice,” an introduction, features AE911Truth founder Richard Gage. It is followed by “A UK Family Fights for Truth,” “Closing in on NIST”* and “The Expanding Legal Front.”

Tomorrow afternoon’s three hours are called Science Saturday. Its segments are “Lights, Camera, Building 7,”** “Global Failure: Evidence Engineers Can No Longer Ignore” and “Reflections from Three Pioneers of the 9/11 Truth Movement.”***

Sunday evening’s three hours are called Big Picture Sunday. Its segments are “False Flags and Wars of Terror,” “9/11 and the Advancing Police State” and “The Library of Alexandria Is on Fire: Internet Censorship from 9/11 to Today.”

Please see the conference link for details. If they take a bit of time to appear (as they did this morning), it may be because the site is experiencing greater-than-usual volume.

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* National Institute for Standards and Technology

** About the new documentary film “SEVEN

*** The best-known of these is author David Ray Griffin.

 

Remembered

Flags planted for the fallen heroes of 9/11” announces a page 1 article in today’s Berkshire Eagle. It’s about a man in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who for 18 years has honored the first-responders killed trying to save civilians at the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Donald Barrington plants 343 small red-and-yellow flags on the lawn of the firehouse to honor the firefighters who died that day, and 71 on the police station’s lawn for the police officers who died.

“I haven’t done anything for the civilians yet,” he told a reporter. Barrington thinks the hill between Monument Mountain Regional High School and U.S. Route 7 could be a good location. If a flag were to mark each death, more than 2,000 would be required.

   

9/11 service to honor area victims of war on terror” is the headline over a story in the Eagle about tomorrow’s memorializing of five Berkshire County residents “killed defending America in the war against terrorism.”

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyler and local veterans will lead the dedication of the new Iran/Afghanistan War Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park on South Street, beginning at 10 a.m.

Pittsfielders*

We only see what we know how to look for. — Jason Sierra**

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Today’s Berkshire Eagle featured on page 1 the report of a fight at a local shopping center based on an 18-second video of part of it that as of yesterday had garnered 47,000 views, and interviews with a PIttsfield police lieutenant. HERE’s the video. Subscribers can find the news story by click by clicking on “Police probe Trump, BLM backer scuffle.” (Others can go out and buy a copy.)

The altercation grew out of side-by-side Black Lives Matter and pro-Trump demonstrations at an intersection surrounded by shopping centers. It followed incivility by one or more participants. A BLMer is said to have spit in the face of a Trumper. Online commentary accompanies the video linked above.

Black lives do matter. Police lives matter. Proper and professional policing matters. Generations of racial discrimination matters. Wholesale destruction of parts of cities matters. Americans are well aware of it thanks to plentiful media coverage that crowds out other important matters.

The elections matter. The coronavirus pandemic—and how it is and isn’t being covered—matters. Kids’ educations and their families’ and regional and national economies matter.

The environment matters, although it is being crowded out by these other things that matter and the Democrats seem to have temporarily relegated it to lodge at least temporarily among things that don’t matter. Of course the wildfires out West matter.

Some people think the snuffing out of nearly three thousand human lives in a single morning 19 years ago this Friday still matters, and how the federal government explained what happened and how and why matters. In connection with that, science matters. Ditto justice. Ditto the wars. How the media responds to to all this matters.

One reason the challenges to the official 9/11 line continue to be buried in the public consciousness is time. (“That was nineteen years go!”) Another is the attention drawn to other important matters of the day. (See above.)

Truth is all over the place. But we see and understand selectively according to our culture, our situations, our places, and dominant forces we don’t consider or even acknowledge.

People who have put together the free online Justice Rising*** conference beginning this Friday evening at 6 don’t deny the importance of racial injustice, the need for police reform, the destruction in cities, the economy, kids’ education, how best to respond to the coronavirus, the environment.

They just insist that 9/11 matters, too. If it is finally begun to be addressed honestly, some of these other matters will be easier to address.

— Mark Channing Miller

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* The Eagle report acknowledges that some demonstrators come from outside of the city.

** Quote borrowed from HERE.

*** Also see HERE and HERE.

Westfielders

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin (1924-1987)*

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Yesterday’s Sunday Republican carried a poignant column by executive editor Cynthia Simison addressing the feelings of Westfield residents 19 years after three of their own had died in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In the print edition it was headed “This year marks a 9/11 unlike any other.” (Click on the link to read.)

Tara Shea Creamer had been “aboard American Airlines Flight 11, the first hijacked airliner to fly into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center,” Simison writes. Brian Murphy and Daniel Trant were working for a finance firm in the North Tower when it collapsed.

In 2004 the Sons of Erin dedicated to their memory a stone bench engraved with their names—Erin, Brian and Dan—donated by the club’s women’s auxiliary. What makes this year different is that owing to coronavirus caution the annual memorial service there will not be held.

In the Republcan three photos show the smiling faces of the town’s 9/11 dead. In a larger photo the bench does not look comfortable to sit on, with a brick and stone standard in the background, the words “We Will Not Forget” carved into the stone. Tasteful plantings add color, as do seven or more American flags.

It seems churlish to say, but while perhaps hundreds of family members and other Westfielders will remember the three apart from one another and away from the memorial site, what will be remembered along with their three neighbors is the official government/media narrative engraved in most people’s minds.

I feel it. Were she still alive Tara would be about my wife’s age. Her son just got his master’s degree at one Massachusetts college and her daughter is a sophomore at another. Tara hasn’t been there for them for the last 19 years.

Patrick Murphy, a bricklayer and mason (like my grandfather as a young man), spearheaded the creation of the small park at the Sons of Erin. He announced regretfully on Facebook that this year’s observances there would be canceled. Dan Trant’s sister replied she understood and expressed gratitude for all the organization does “to keep the memories alive.” Amen.

Several years ago a Facebook friend said I was “dishonoring the dead” to challenge the official account. I think just the opposite. Those who died 19 years ago this Friday were murdered. By terrorists. The first responders who died and are still dying were collateral damage. But the official account does not hold up. It dishonors science and engineering. It dishonors the American people. Our news media avoid looking into it, choosing rather to kick true reckoning down the road.

Another article in yesterday’s Republican, HERE, calls attention to memorial observances planned for Friday in Springfield, Agawam, Chicopee, Ludlow, Northampton, West Springfield and elsewhere in Westfield.

— Mark Channing Miller

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* I came across James Baldwin’s quote HERE.

 

Notes, 9-6-20

The online Justice Rising conference on Sept. 11, 12 and 13 is the first such concentrated event in four years deconstructing the disinformation of the September 2001 “9/11” attacks. See schedule and roster of speakers HERE.

It could make a bigger impact than the two-day Justice In Focus symposium at Cooper Union in New York City in 2016 that had similar goals and talent on stage.

Some Differences: * The 2020 conference is free. * It is online. * No travel, lodging or restaurant food expenses. * Hours: Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 6, and Sunday from 6 to 9.

Some Similarities: * It is likely to be ignored by the mainstream media. * It will build on years of increasingly productive investigations, engineering studies and other analysis, advancing knowledge of the unraveling 9/11 puzzle.

Disadvantages: * No talking with other attendees and speakers (networking). * No book tables, some with authors to meet, outside a big physical auditorium. * No New York restaurant food.

Advantages: * Zero added exposure to the new coronavirus. * Forget about face masks; breathe free. * No New York restaurant food.

In 2016 Edward Curtin’s letter “Why I Don’t Speak of 9/11 Anymore” appeared in The Journal of 9/11 Studies. It is among the essays in his new book, Seeking the Truth in a Country of Lies (Clarity Press).

Not much seems to have changed in four years. A lot has.