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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Dan Simmons redux

So Dan's May message is up for the world to see now: to be found here or cached here. Not a "story" this month. Rather verbose, nonetheless, with included lies, damn lies and statistics section.

Dan apparently seems to believe (or perhaps wants readers to believe that he does) "official renditions" of such events as the London bombings, 9/11, Madrid, etc. i.e. Al-Qaeda, plane hijacking terrorists with box cutters. You know the story.

Nonetheless, Dan offers up a few "fixed star quotations" from other authors- guiding lights for his efforts, I suppose.

"Be uncomfortable; be sand, not oil, in the machinery of the world." —Günter Eich (German poet)

"If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you." —Don Marquis

"The only real education comes from what goes counter to you."—André Gide.

"Clear your mind of cant." —Dr. Johnson on explaining what we must do to become real readers.

"My trade is to say what I think." —Voltaire

Therefore, I'm sure that Dan, should he ever encounter these words, will be sure to check out the following recommended web pages, which offer what I consider to be food for thought at the very least. Oh, and Dan, do you really expect us to buy that it never occurred to you that you would be writing a message about a message? Or was that only applicable prior to your writing of the April message? Did you just plan to lay that one out there on its own like "a turd in a birdbath"? (John Irving) (pardon my French)

Anyway, some links for your consideration-

Recommended site: Physics911 (lots of good reading material there- scientific methodology, terminology and examination of the evidence seem prevalent).

Reply to Popular Mechanics re 9/11

The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571-Page Lie

How To Fake A Terrorist Campaign

(let me know if you need more; you can also find more recommendations in some of my previous postings here)

Since your readers now know what fixed constellations you guide your writing by, perhaps you have either not encountered such things in your past readings, have already read and dismissed them as "crackpot conspiracy theories" or else just possibly had an ulterior (conscious or subconscious) motive in your recent messages. Otherwise you might have wanted to mention some alternative possibilities besides "the party line" things which you seem to be taking for granted as "the truth". Let me know if you need more, though I know I've also posted some other sources for that type of info in previous posts.

Now, I'm not claiming that any or all of these are "the truth". Just offering them up as potential possibilities. After all, "The only real education comes from what goes counter to you." etc.

Now what's my ulterior motive? I'll be honest, here- I think America has more local and pressing issues to be dealt with than bombing Iran (and or "Islam") back into the stone age before your putative 100 year war starts. Like perhaps regathering the shreds of our Constitutional democracy while any such still exist, perhaps... maybe seeking a policy of containment for the naked agression and violence which asserts for itself its nuclear prerogative at will- you know, good old Uncle Sam? We know who already has enough nuclear weapons capability to destroy the entire planet several times over and who threatens other countries with them. See above^

(by my count, there have been several nuclear wars in this planet's history already- including usage of depleted uranium weapons we can count at minimum WW2, U.S/Iraq Wars 1 & 2, Kosovo (whatever that was) and Afghanistan at the very minimum; and guess who did the nuking in every case?)

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