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Journal: Favourite Books

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Title - Author

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Way Station - Clifford D. Simak
Footfall - Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Mission Earth - L. Ron Hubbard
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
Saga of Pliocene Exile - Julian May
I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
Have Space Suit--Will Travel - Robert Heinlein
Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
Needle - Hal Clement
Earthsea - Ursula Le Guin
The Brentford Trilogy - Robert Rankin
The Stainless Steel Rat - Harry Harrison

to be continued

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Journal: Why Question 911 ? 1

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Why Question 9/11?

James H. Fetzer

As the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth (http://www.st911.org/), I would observe that our members have established more than a dozen disproofs of the official government account, the truth of any one of which is enough to show that the government's account--in one or another of its guises--cannot possibly be correct. Here is an overview:

(1) the impact of the planes cannot have caused enough damage to bring the buildings down, since the buildings were designed to withstand them (as Frank DeMartini, the project manager, has observed), the planes that hit were very similar to those they were designed to withstand, and they continued to stand after those impacts with negligible effects;

(2) the melting point of steel at 2,800*F is about 1,000*F higher than the maximum burning temperature of jet-fuel-based fires, which do not exceed 1,800*F under optimal conditions, so the fires cannot have caused the steel to melt, which means that melting steel did not bring the buildings down;

(3) UL certified the steel in the buildings up to 2,000*F for at least six hours before it would even significantly weaken, where these fires burned too low and too briefly--about one hour in the South Tower and one and a half in the North--to have even caused the steel to weaken, much less melt;

(4) if the steel had melted or weakened, the buildings would have displayed completely different behavior, with some asymmetrical sagging and tilting, which would have been gradual and slow, not the complete, abrupt, and total demolition that was observed;

(5) there was not enough kinetic energy for the collapse of one floor to bring about the collapse of the next lower floor, even if the impact of the planes and the ensuing fires had been enough to cause the steel to weaken, which means that, even if one floor had collapsed due to the impacts and the fires, that could not have caused lower floors to fall;

(6) there was not enough kinetic energy for the collapse of one floor to bring about the pulverization of the next floor, even if the impact of the planes and the ensuing fires had been enough to cause the steel to weaken and one floor to collapse upon another, which required a massive source of energy beyond any that the government has considered;

(7) the destruction of the South Tower in 10 seconds and of the North in 11 is even faster than free fall with only air resistance, which would have taken at least 12 seconds, which, as Judy Wood has emphasized, is an astounding result that would have been impossible without extremely powerful explosives;

(8) the towers are exploding from the top, not collapsing to the ground, where the floors do not move, a phenomenon that Judy Wood has likened to two gigantic trees turning to sawdust from the top down, which, like the pulverization of the concrete, the official account cannot possibly explain;

(9) pools of molten metal were found at the subbasement levels three, four, and five weeks later, an effect that could not have been produced by the plane-impact/jet-fuel-fire/pancake collapse scenario, which, of course, implies that it was not produced by such a cause;

(10) WTC-7 came down in a classic controlled demolition at 5:20 PM/ET after Larry Silverstein suggested the best thing to do might be to "pull it", displaying all the characteristics of classic controlled demolitions, including a complete, abrupt, and total collapse into its own footprint, where the floors are all falling at the same time, and so forth, an event so embarrassing to the official account that it is not even mentioned in THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT;

(11) the hit point at the Pentagon was too small to accommodate a 100-ton airliner with a 125-foot wingspan and a tail that stands 44 feet above the ground; the kind and quantity of debris was wrong for a Boeing 757: no wings, no fuselage, no seats, no bodies, no luggage, no tail! Which means that the building was not hit by a Boeing 757!

(12) the Pentagon's own videotape does not show a Boeing 757 hitting the building, as even Bill O'Reilly admitted when it was shown on "The Factor"; but if a 155-foot long Boeing 757 had hit the building, it should have been present and visible; it was not, which means that the building was not hit by a Boeing 757!

(13) the aerodynamics of flight would have made the official trajectory--flying at high speed barely above ground level--physically impossible; and if it had come it at an angle instead, it would have created a massive crater; but there is no crater and the government has no way out, which means that the building was not hit by a Boeing 757!

(14) if Flight 93 had come down as advertised, then there would have been a debris field of about a city block in size, but in fact the debris is distributed over an area of about eight square miles, which would be explainable if the plane had been shot down in the air but not if it had crashed as required by the government's official scenario.

There are more, especially about the alleged hijackers, including that they were not competent to fly the planes; their names were not on any passenger manifest; they were not subject to any autopsy; several have turned up alive and well; tthe cell phone calls appear to have been impossible; on and on. The evidence may be found at http://www.st911.org/.

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.
Founder and Co-Chair
Scholars for 9/11 Truth
email: jfetzer@d.umn.edu
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/
http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/ (http://www.st911.org/)

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Journal: Holy Fuck

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Video presentation by Jeff King from MIT - (15 mins)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1822764959599063248

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Video presentation by Prof Steven Jones from BYU - (2 hrs 15 mins)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=964034652002408586&q=stephen+jones

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Video presentation by David Ray Griffin, author of
"The New Pearl Harbour - Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9-11"
(1 hr 21 mins)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3538037502590699697&q=david+griffin+911

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/RYA411A.html
We know that the steel components were certified to ASTM E119. The
time temperature curves for this standard require the samples to be
exposed to temperatures around 2000F for several hours. And as we
all agree, the steel applied met those specifications..
Kevin Ryan
Underwriters Laboratories
Thursday, Nov 11, 2004

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Video presentation written and directed by Adam Curtis
"The Power of Nightmares"
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1040.htm
(Full screen version available on video google - search for 'power of nightmares')

This links to three one hour documentaries. The third one is the most
relevant if you fancy starting with that. The first two are about the
historical background, and very interesting if you have time.

The first two minutes of each episode are a good summary of the whole
concept. Here's an excerpt from the introduction:

"In the past, politicians promised to create a better world. They had different ways of achieving this, but their power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered their people. Those dreams failed and today people have lost faith in ideologies. Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life, but now they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us: from nightmares.
They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism, a powerful and sinister network with sleeper cells in countries across the world, a threat that needs to be fought by a War on Terror. But much of this threat is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It's a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services and the international media.
This is a series of films about how and why that fantasy was created, and who it benefits. At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists. Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world, and both had a very similar explanation of what caused that failure. These two groups have changed the world, but not in the way that either intended. Together, they created today's nightmare vision of a secret organized evil that threatens the world, a fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age.

And those with the darkest fears became the most powerful. "

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I found many of these links here:
http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/

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"911 Eyewitness - Hoboken" by Rick Siegel (1 hr 44 mins)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3498980438587461603&q=911+eyewitness

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"Loose Change 2nd Edition" (1 hr 25 mins)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1519312457137943386&q=Loose+Change

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In Plane Site - by Dave vonKleist and William Lewis (1 hr 12 mins)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5239334224660559722&q=in+plane+site

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WTC7 compared to building toppled by earthquake
http://flickr.com/photos/permaculture/194594911/
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For myself I intend to pass this information on to as many open minds as I can find. It is certainly possible that this story may never be acknowledged by national media. Slashdot and Fark both turn down links to these stories.

Watergate was just a conspiracy theory until Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein from the Washington Post brought it to the attention of the press. In the end, it is the American Congress and US National Media that must identify and deal with the responsible parties.

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Journal: May 2005: Spam, Spyware and Spivs

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3 main problems currently. Spam coming in through the email, spyware filling up PCs with crap, and 'spivs' who plug insecure PCs into the network.

1) For spam we use 'Ironmail' from Cyphertrust. We're getting ~84% spam, but the 'Threat Response Update' which are to spam, what updating antivirus definitions are for AV apps. Ironmail is stopping all but a few spam to each account daily. Problem is, there's a lot to configure: it takes a great deal of tweaking to ensure 20,000 accounts get their email but not their spam.

2) Spyware is mostly a problem in classrooms on shared PCs which have scores or hundreds of different people logging into them each week. We've now deployed 'Deepfreeze' which discards any changes made to the hard drive, every time the user logs out. Sweeet. We've had to introduce a one hour update window starting at 3.30am to allow AV DATs and the OS to accept updates. It's a reasonable compromise.

3) The fix for the Spivs is a) education and b) automatic network port checking by Cisco. Firstly we're writing web documents explaining how to connect securely and keep updated. Secondly, we're upgrading the core network to allow us to deploy a Cisco product that will check PCs that plug into network ports. If they're not up to the latest patch level, they can only get through to a 'sandbox' where they are informed of the fact and given an opportunity to patch their PC.

The core upgrade is expensive and will take some time. Also, the Network Manager is repeatedly making unilateral security decisions and pissing everyone off. One hopes he can be pursuaded to be more civil RSN.

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Journal: Gaobot worm

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Current problem: Gaobot worm. It's out there on our network somewhere, probably brought in on a laptop like Nachia was last time.
Nowadays we have to update the Operating System patches and Antivirus Definitions offline before plugging into the network, or Gaobot disables McAfee ViruScan and you have to reimage the PC from scratch.
McAfee says it can clear this worm off if you enable scanning of compressed files, but in practise it doesn't seem to be able to. I eben tried slaving an infected HDD off a clean HDD and scanning from the uninfected OS. Still no dice.
If anyone out there knows how to kill Gaobot on an infected PC, I'd be interested to hear about it.

Hardware

Journal: Fujitsu HDDs ~20GB dying like flies

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Our site has had many dozens of Fujitsu hard drives break down. It appears they run WinNT OK, but Win2000 makes them break in 12-15 months. The problem is well known, and is to do with the HDD BIOS which is on a chip on the backboard on the HDD itself. In theory, you can revive a dud HDD by swapping the backboard though I have no examples of this having been done.
This has been one of the most time consuming problems on my site during the last couple of years.

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