"Cold War Baby" had written an article on this documentary and interesting enough there is an abundance of fact and truth to what happened post 09/11 , what is disgusting is that our government killed our own people. If you get the time please review the video as it is an
1:29 minutes long however it is worth watching.
1. June 2000 Terrorist Manual released.
2. Oct 24,2000 simulation of Boeing crashing into building..
3. Norad plans excercise on jet being flown into the pentagon
4.07/04/2001 OSAMA wanted recieves medical attention in Dubai
5. July 24,2001 Silverstein leases second trade center 3.5 billion dollar insurance policy signed 6 weeks before 09/11 on trade center that specifically covers acts of terror..
6. All of these and more are backed up by facts with articles, you tell me what you think as I have always known our government was corrupt, however this is the worse thing a president that WE entrusted with our government and lives could do, Bush killed his own people!!!
I watched Loose Change 1st edition and a pile more on this topic. There is just too much evidence to ignore this.
Have you seen this short video about a Canadian with testicular fortitude. They won't be fooled in Montreal.
There is too much evidence to ignore this - but I think you are giving Mr. Bush too much credit
Woah - what are we talking about here? "Inside Job?" Mark - have you seen this, and if so, what do you make of it? I've always rubbished 9/11 conspiracy theories.
There is so much disinformation around almost everyone rubbishes them.
I haven't watched that particular film all the way through, but I am familiar with the idea that 9/11 was a set up.
There are some glaring issues, not least of which how the plane that crashed into the Pentagon managed to vaporize and leave almost no trace and do very little damage.
This is what the Pentagon looked like after a Boeing 757 supposedly crashed into it. Do me a favor lol. A Boeing 757 weighs 100 tons, and it could barely knock a wall down? And they managed to identify the hijackers using DNA testing.
But it was a good excuse to invade Iraq. If you just remember your government (and church) (and banks) thinks you are stupid it all makes sense.
"There is an abundance of fact and truth." Sounds suspicious.
What really happened to the passengers on Flight 93, do our Country murder them?
A Tomahawk through the Pentagon? Their were over 200 passengers on flight 93...
I am trying to gather all of this information as it is quite informative as I cannot discredit the entire documentatry.
that is some scary stuff. It doesn't shock me that something like that could happen. Since the government has always been the type to keep us in the dark about secrets and even world news. Think about it. What we see on the news is NEVER as serious sounding as it should be. They make light of the most tragic stories and goings on in other parts of the world. We don't live in a F'n bubble but yet the US News acts like we are 5 year olds and they are the parent keeping us from hearing the adult conversations.
If you don't beleive me watch the SPANISH CHANNEL NEWS...they tell you everything thats happening in the world and leave no details spared. the only problem some people may have is not understanding spanish.
My suggestion: Go buy Rosetta stone and watch the damn spanish channel if you want to know truth in the news....cause our news ain't gonna tell us crap.
AEvans - Watch this film: Zeitgeist The full movie
@ Mike - I know you don't want to watch it because it explains how religion has a part in this too. But you can skip that and watch about 9/11 and the international banks. although I recommend you watch all of it.
I certainly will watch this and coming from you I am certain that it provides more knowledge and insight.
Mark, It is interesting however I haven't had a chance to get all the way through it , I don't however believe that the apostels were constellations, nor that Jesus is the (sun) as he was the son of God. But as always I will complete the movie and give my feedback, thanks for sharing.
The third building (Building 7) was not hit but somehow managed to catch fire and collapse. Unless I've missed it, there's never been any explanation of that?
Right at the time when these 911 conspiracy theories were floating around there was a third theory that the Bush Govt was aware of the modus operandi (through intelligence) and based on the subsequent acts of omission and commission should be held accountable. Hence that theory suggested that the attack was carried out by al qaeda but the government's approach should be considered as abetting(will we ever know the whole truth?).
We will know the truth in 2026. 25 years being the time frame for declassification of gov documents I believe.
In response to the question posed on this thread: It's not our country that's the problem, and it's not the government we now have, it's the government we had on 9/11 (the government we had up until Jan. 20.) The problem, it seems, is that no one wants to question anything that happened before Jan. 20 -- but it's apparently OK to question every little thing our incumbent president does or doesn't do. I guess we should forgive and forget those who left our economic system in shambles (the Bush Administration and the military-industrial complex) but make the new Administration pay for it. We don't need conspiracy theories, we need thorough investigations.
Rather than bashing Bush, or blaming America, which I am getting sick and tired of, lets apply some logic to the question of culpability for 911...
Some one mentioned that Silverstein, the new owner at the time, had included a " terrorist attack " clause to his building insurance...has everyone forgotten what happened to the towers in 1993..? But of course he would want that clause in there.
I know a little about explosives, and the idea that there was not enough damage to the Pentagon is absurd. The Pentagon is not your ordinary building. Since the Cold War there have been ongoing strengthening and compartmentalization of that complex. Equally absurd is the assumption of a Tomahawk being loosed on the Pentagon. Do you really believe that a commissioned U.S. Naval Officer would give such an order..? And keep it secret..? Ridiculous...It takes an entire naval shipload of officers and men to effect such a delivery...
Someone has asked the question " did the US government murder the passengers " that supposedly crashed into the Pentagon..? We have cell phone records of those doomed people reaching out to their friends and family just prior to the crash. We have forensic records ( PHOTOS ), DNA, personal luggage, and hundreds of eye witness reports that indeed, a very large aircraft crashed into the Pentagon, being tracked by dozens of certified aircraft controllers.
These planes were not crashed by Irishmen or little green men from Mars...no, they were purposely flown into their targets by fanatical terrorists driven by their take on Islam...and most were Saudis...
Do you really think the Bush Administration could cover up an event as large and far flung as 911 all these years..? I don't think so....
I agree with you that Bush didn't overtly cause 911 but lets look at it from a different perspective.
First, you have to see a comparison between 911 and Pearl Harbor.
At Pearl Harbor it was definitely, Japanese manned Japanese bombers that attacked Pearl Harbor.
It was also true that 911 was caused by Islamic Extremist Terrorists.
The perspective is one of opportunity, in both of these incidents there was intelligence that these attacks were going to happen. Did the government know about them and let them happen or was the government so incompetent that it happened even though they knew about it.
For Pearl Harbor, a simple message could have been issued to go on the alert. With the war in Europe and China already in progress, there was no reason for the military on Pearl to take a Sunday off.
Shifting forward to 911, Norad was totally useless as was the White House. In addition, what the hell do they do at Andrews Air Force Base? Was the big threat that the country was prepared for the missiles and bombers from the USSR?
Are the NSA, CIA and the FBI only competent in the movies?
Do we even know today for a fact what was the real target of the fourth terrorist plane?
From my perspective I only see three governmental actions about 911.
again, my viewpoint, just analyzing.
I agree with the incompetence, not conspiracy or its companion, opportunity. Sometimes incompetence can appear to be planned, especially if the government is involved. Ever gone into a government agency, say Social Security Administration, and try to get an answer to something ?? I swear they put you on hold just to tee you off, but no, they didn't plan to do that, they are just working out of the lower end of the gene pool....
Yeah, the FBI, CIA, NSA, and all the other alphabet soup agencies are that incompetent....they hardly speak to each other...the most valuable assets to have in Washington are secrets...secrets equal power... they don't need conspiracy...they have enough incompetent folks working these agencies to make sure we will get it wrong, or too late to do anything about it...
Not sure of your implication re NORAD and Andrews AFB in relation to 911. Neither has the mission or capability to prevent a civilian attack on US infrastructure. Their eyes and mission are global. Did you expect jets to be scrambled to intercept and destroy civilian aircraft ??
I do expect a military base to be armed and ready to protect the country from all threats not protected by any other agency.
Civilian attack, terrorists are not civilians.
Times have changed since the collapse of the USSR and the US didn't change the game plan for protecting the country from the creeps that threaten us. Of course NORAD will still be needed for threats from China but Homeland Security is not up to the job of protecting us from terrorists. BTW, even if the 911 was all civilians and they were just trying to do something non military, say damaging a building with a stolen plane. Assume, that they could get some monetary benefit out of destroying the WTC and had a plan where they would bailout an not die. Who then other than the military could handle the situation? In the 911 scenario, it was a federal responsibility from the beginning and the only enforcement that would have worked would have to include military action. Whether it is the National Guard or the Military shouldn't be an issue. The fact is that Andrews Air Force Base shouldn't just exist as a VIP shuttle service. The way that you describe the NORAD and Civilian scenario gives me a picture of the baseball game. During the game our team is on the field, the batter hits the ball and it goes to somewhere between the infield and the outfield. The ball is hit so that it went up several hundreds of feet and it was up there long enough to hang. This hang time enabled the entire outfield and the infield players to get to the ball together, but no one called to catch the ball because no one knew which one of them was responsible to catch that ball. So the ball hits the ground without being caught. The team failed because they didn't have a strategy for the circumstances involved in that play.
911 didn't recognize any agency boundaries and neither should the defense of our country. Police and Firefighters don't take the weekend off, so why should military bases?
A hundred tons crashed into it and vaporized? What is the Pentagon made of? Unobtanium?
An Aircraft is not an explosive. But as you know so much about explosives - why not watch the twin towers come down and tell me that was not controlled demolition.
Oh, sorry - America is beyond reproach and would never consider doing anything underhand....
An aircraft, carrying tons of jet fuel, is most definitely a flying bomb...and why the sarcasm..?
Please look at http://911research.wtc7.net/mirrors/gua … ow-hot.htm
There are detailed calculations which assume perfect conditions for combustion of jet fuel.
The conclusion is that it was impossible for such damage to have been caused by the explosive effects of the jet fuel.
If what you say is correct, can you please share your explosive expertise and point out where the above analysis is in error?
My " explosive expertise " as you stated is confined to my training and experience in the Marine Corps during the 60's....I know what explosives can and cannot do...Are you saying that the pentagon was not hit by a large aircraft loaded with jet fuel..?
What do you think happened..? Someone put a fertilizer bomb against the Pentagon..?
Why would you want to believe that something that so obviously happened did not happen..? Believe me, government is not that smart...
My apologies. I was obviously reading too much into your comment about "knowing a little about explosives", and was seeking your opinion on the WTC collapse.
And no, I don't think that someone put a fertilizer bomb against the Pentagon.
I'm told that a large aircraft hit the Pentagon. I don't know for a fact whether it did or not.
However, I DO know for a fact that not everything that Governments tell us is true.
I don't know whether we are being told the truth in this case.
I most definitely applaud skepticism, especially when it comes to government...Thomas Jefferson has said : " Government will take what ever you allow...what you allow is what you teach "....Eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty.....
But when confronted with such obvious facts, I, for the life of me, cannot understand why folks continue to blame America with absurd conspiracy theories...Am I to deny that 254 eye witnesses all lied..? People outside the Pentagon reported seeing this aircraft, down low, buzzing their homes, and the resultant explosion when it hit the Pentagon...What does one need..? A news conference from Jane Fonda affirming that a commercial jet crashed into the Pentagon....?
I thought this comment was deserving of sarcasm:
For several reason:
1. An aircraft is not an explosive.
2. A Boeing 757 weighs 100 tons. That is 224,000 pounds in American money.
3. A Boeing 757 has a wing span of 124 ft 10 inches
4. The Pentagon is an ordinary building. Whatever your "faith" is in the US government to build a building that can withstand the impact of 224,000 pounds of metal traveling at several hundred miles an hour is touching, but worth a little sarcasm alone.
5. You apparently know about as much about explosives as I do, which is not saying much.
But I do not need to know much about explosives to say that no Boeing 757 crashed head on into the Pentagon.
I'm not at all impressed with ad hominem ... much less by self-confirming facts which have zero relevance in this discussion...
You know nothing about my experience with explosives, which I have stated in another response, was confined to my training and experience with explosives during my tour of duty in the Marine Corps during the 60's...you may be an expert on how to make a great macaroni and cheese dinner, which was an excellent Hub by the way, but don't put me in your frame of reference...
Please tell me, in your unbiased opinion, what exactly did hit the Pentagon that day..? A Tomahawk missile..? Or maybe a meteorite, space junk, or God himself, smiting the evil military industrial complex..?
Whatever it was - it was not a Boeing 757.
But according to you that is "absurd."
Based on what exactly? You saw the photos of the Pentagon. You really think it could survive a direct hit by 224,000 lbs of metal? That vaporized? Yet left DNA evidence of the attackers?
When you use the word "absurd" that implies a skill and knowledge level. Rather than faith in your government and news-bringers to tell you the truth,
Glad you like the Macaroni and Cheese
As I recall warnings from an FBI agent in Arizona about suspicious people taking pilot lessons were ignored by higher ups in the agency. Also, there was rivalry and lack of communication between CIA and FBI which contributed to the government's inaction.
No steel frame building in history has fallen from fire. Except 3 in NY on 9/11.
See this image (if it works):
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/wp-content … /cctv1.jpg
This the recent building fire in china did not fall.
And no steel frame building has ever been hit with two fully fueled aircraft in history...what do you think happened..? Someone snuck in there, laid charges, and set them off by cell phone..? Don't you think that maybe, just maybe, the FDNY knows how to look for trace..? Jet fuel explosions are quite different from commercial grade explosives....
Maven the 3rd building, building 7 was not even hit by a plane but it also fell on 9/11. Due to fire? The fire in all 3 WTO buildings were nothing like the fire in the photo that knolyourself posted, but it didn't fall.
Regarding the Pentagon the curvature in this photo is much too small for a 757.
Source: Pentagon attack Debris Piece 9/11
This CNN news report was Only Aired Once About the Pentagon
Reporter describes 'cruise missile' hitting the Pentagon
On 9/10 the day before 9/11 Rumsfeld announce 2.3 trillion dollars is missing from the Penatgon:
On 9/11 - of the massive size of the Pentagon comprising six sides, an airplance crashes into the finance department, destroying all pentagon financial records by fire.
Never really heard that it was question of a plane or not. Only as to what kind of plane or missle. Notice there are no pictures ever released, except the one which doen't show anything, even though there were surveilance cameras all over the place, on the bridges and in gas stations, all confiscated by the FBI.
Well I was in a bomb disposal unit in the army for a awhile, but only the unit clerk. l'm not that crazy. I was to record the turnings of the screws at a safe distance.
I distinctly remember seeing a video of the plane heading into the Pentagon on the news. It was taken from somewhere a ways away, but it was very clear what was happening.
and as far as the Twin Towers going down, I watched an extensive documentary on PBS that was written and produced in cooperation with the architect that designed the buildings. Because of their design, the impact of the plane created the heat that created the dominoe effect collapse of the floors.
Utterly horrendous...the guy really felt bad...and of course figured out how to prevent such a thing from ever happening again. The years after it happened, he was still having bad dreams about it all.
PBS? I rmember a story on PBS which proved Clinton commited the Whitewater realestate scam. Lot of innuendo presented as facts.
I believe Maven and others who say there was no conspiracy are correct. Please. Sorry, but there simply isn't that much 'control' in the world, as much as we fear it or would like it to explain things that are unfathomable.
Reasons on our side it happened? Incompetence, yeah. Wasn't the Bush Admin. known for that? But also simply because until recently, such an attack was an unthinkable event.
I was in New York on 9/11, and it was complete chaos--Ground Zero was like a gray war zone and burning until something like December--I remember because I went by it every night and it was smoldering & red. You cannot tell me even a bad U.S. president or government would cause that kind of damage to our own people and to our own city.
Then there was this friend of mine who a year or so later went to gawk at the site as a tourist and came back saying she never thought it occurred at all, based on the fact they'd mostly cleaned it up and it "just didn't look like it." lol. Oh, did I say her husband wanted her to see a psychologist based on that observation?
What are we getting from this when we formulate such theories?
I agree with you. I think that what we get from conspiracy theories is a way to save face and salvage some hope of control.
If bad things happen due to secret networks of evil geniuses that leaves us feeling a wee bit more important than if bad things happen due to human error, incompetence, greed, lack of foresight, or worse, because life can be randomly horrible, violent, and cruel. If we make disaster personal at least we can feel like we matter--we were important enough to be plotted against by evil geniuses, weren't we? Thinking this way also leaves open some element of possible control because, if evil geniuses are responsible then there is an obvious solution: Find and stop the evil geniuses.
If on the other hand life is just randomly horrible and messed up, we're screwed.
I think Bin Laden got lucky that day and that's about as far as it goes, although I do think our own military shot down the plane that didn't make it. If it didn't, we have a really bad military--and we don't have a really bad military. So I think they managed to shoot one of the planes down and invented an inspiring cover story.
Yet there was a conspiracy, of one sort or another. If it was not human it was physical - materials secretly conspired to melt below their melting point and/or to ignore applied mechanics. Building 7, the one everyone ignores, had no reason to fall. None.
The Pentagon doesn't bother me that much. Not too many people get to live there, while millions of us live/work in towers every day.
One can't quite understand the tangile gains if indeed it was an inside job. What was sought to be gained from doing it?
Needn't read the whole article, just the first para answers the question.
And this is just a few companies.
And then there was the oil and Iran and Israel and Afganistan and on.
Bernie Madeoff didn't conspire with himself and others to rip off 50 billion. Just incompetence.
Who's talking about Madoff? That's not a 9/11 conspiracy theory, that's just your standard con job. That's what you get when you gut the financial regulatory system.
Pam - It's hard to do, but try to ignore everything except Building 7 - the one that went on fire and 'fell down' - if and only if you can explain that (and I'm a non-conspiracist physicist who can't explain it) then dismiss all the rest as conspiracy theory. I hate this stuff, but can't dismiss it.
Well, if you think it looks weird, I have to take it seriously. You're a lot smarter about this stuff than I am. I don't know enough about building 7 to talk about it intelligently. Off hand I can't see why a building that catches on fire WOULDN'T fall down, but I promise to look at it and come back and if I'm wrong I'll say so.
I just find the whole conspiracy mindset annoying. There's something very, I don't know--irresponsible about it. Like, I can't be held responsible for anything because evil geniuses are controlling the world. That stuff is all over the internet. Why read? Why think? Why do anything? The evil geniuses will always win. Just buy the conspiracy, put your brain permanently in park.
I have a hard time seeing George Bush as an evil genius. Evil maybe, but not a genius.
Yes even I find it difficult that a conspiracy of this magnitude can be pulled off. Much similar to moon landing or UFO's. Anyway when these 911 conspiracy theories were floating around there was a third theory that the Bush Govt was aware of the modus operandi (through actionable intelligence). The report suggested that the government agencies were aware of the Florida flight school and other pertaining intelligence info(and that FBI was onto it). But then it could be that either the government was aware but didn't take any action or the government was aware and let it take its own course. Hence incompetence could be inferred but whether it was a genuine lapse or there is a sinister motive behind the lapse needs to be ascertained. I myself don't like believing in lots of these conspiracy theories which are based on lots of assumptions.
I agree about conspiracy theories in general. And in this case I don't get involved in discussions about who or why because without the resources for serious investigation all the talk is just hot air. But no, steel frame buildings don't fall down through fire, because steel doesn't burn and it doesn't melt at these temperatures.
I've seen a few high towers "destroyed" by arson (the contractors withheld payment from the labour force who eventually struck back!) The fabric burned for three days, at the end of which there was a blackened concrete shell. They tested it, declared it structuraly sound, cleaned it up and refitted it. That's why they use steel & concrete.
Paraglider...Check out SparklingJewel's comment a couple days ago ( page 3 or 4 )..
It was at the top of page three on this thread. It truly was a very good documentary. The Twin Towers were a new and unique design, hence had never been tested..hence it never occurred such a thing that happened could/would happen.
But like I said previously...I remember the animated video they showed of what occurred, and it was literally a dominoe effect (a topdown version). something about the heat from the fuel explosion going up(or maybe kept out of the stairwells...not sure?) the stairwells, and the continually added weight of the floors collapsing upon each other, brought the whole thing down.
How can we find that documentary...look for it on the PBS site archives?
And Building 7? The one that wasn't hit. The one that collapsed vertically? As I've said repeatedly, I'm not interested in who or why, because it cannot be ascertained. But how? How did building 7 collapse?
Don't confuse heat with temperature. A warm bath holds far more heat than a boiling kettle. But the kettle will scald you. Burning jet fuel won't melt steel. Even if you burn a ton of the stuff. Loads of heat, but too low a temperature. So?
I think you are wasting your time. This is about faith. Faith that the government wouldn't do such a thing - or are too stupid.
And faith that the front men politicians actually run the government
They will accept that there are brains out there that can put a man on the moon, but they won't accept that the really clever ones never come to the public attention. No amount of facts will change their views.
It doesn't matter that building 7 fell down all on it's own. They have faith.
I'm with Livelonger I don't have the faith that they could pull it off. But I do think they could and would cover it up.
I don't think the politicians who are the government could pull it off either.
But they are not the government..............
Oh ... now ... if you're talking about a "they" "shadow goverment" or some such ... for example the people behind why despite their seeming differences in rehtoric Obama and Bush "do" prettty much the same thing ...
Such a "them" may very well exist.
Nothing shadow about it. Just think about this -
How many people work for the government (including the courts, banks and military) and how many can you name?
A bunch and a few. OK for sake of discussion, let's say president, congress, etc. are "Level 1" and the guy who cleans the toilets is "Level 100" ... Are you saying there are enough level 7- 10 people (anonymous but with a lot of actual clout) who could and would consipire to pull this off?
Just ask yourself - who benefits?
But - yes there are enough level 0 guys who could pull it off. I have watched those towers go down over and over - There is no way that was not a controlled demolition. And what about 7? And the vanishing Pentagon plane?
Despite what a few here think - those Towers were designed to withstand the impact of an aircraft. You can find that information any where if you look.
Check out the attack on USS Liberty - still no answers........
This is what a burning building looks like afterwards:
And this one was also great timing
I really don't know ... about either of them ...
Is there something "more" that "we" the public don't know about ... sure.
I had a friend who was in Military Intelligence in Vietnam, he said the only thing you can be sure about is that whatever they "say" happened ... that's not what happened.
The rest of it ... who knows? Who can know? Not me.
No, but you can make a value judgment based on the information available. You can't "know" for certain because of the dis-information out there. Watch that film I posted about and make your own decision.
You got that right Mark. You just need to follow the money trail. I attempted to do my own research to follow the money. It wasn't hard. I put it on a link that I posted on the first page of this thread. There were outside sources involved in 9/11 too. Same ones as USS Liberty.
I seen it before a couple of years ago but I managed to watch that Zeitgeist video again the other night. If you can get passed the first 40 minutes it's worth watching. They shouldn't include all of Christianity in the blame though, possibly just the dispensationalists and Christian Zionists. I think there are quite a few videos around that are parts of the Zeitgeist video, probably because they didn't want to include the first 40 minutes. I have a video on a Hub about the North American Union that is a part of the Zeitgeist video. I'm going to watch that video that SparklingJewel posted in the other thread again to compare it to the Zeitgeist video, I believe they are similar. You know, the one about the "money changers". This one,
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid … 0256183936
It gives these suggestions at the end of the video;
1. Get out of debt.
2. Get liquid (possibly in a foreign bank).
3. Educate your friends.
4. Beware of calls to return to a gold standard.
5. Beware of plans for a regional or world currency.
6. Educate your member of Congress.
Mark should be writing scifi or spy movie plots!
Don't know about movies but it looks like he writes books with those types of plots ...
I'd probably read it.... then to help it sell lots and lots I'd tell all my conservative friends it was satanic so he could get plenty of free publicity with everybody denouncing him ... hey, it's the least I could do for a friend
Tnx. I'm impressed. Mark apparently is using us a guinea pigs for plot ideas. LOL
How about introducing me to an agent instead ?
Seems writing a book and finding someone to sell it for you are two wildly different things
No sh%t! Truly, the second thing is waaaaaaay more important. If you doubt it, read "The Celestine Prophecy." WORST BOOK EVER. Sold a gazillion copies.
I have two finished books - one fiction, one non-fiction. I found agents for both of them - A New York agent for the non-fiction book. I re-wrote that damn thing several times to better suit what she considered to be "perfect" for the target market. Hours and hours and hours of work. Months even. Then one day - she stopped answering my calls and disappeared off the face of the earth.
The fiction one - I had a film production company interested - they introduced me to a screen writer - more months of work re-writing the thing. Then - silence.
From now on - you give me an advance, I re-write it to suit. No advance, no re-writes.
Yeah, you definitely have to set limits. I will do rewrites---once. Hardly anyone ever asks for them, and usually when someone starts it's a red flag.
I think the market is changing. You have to have your own marketing plan before you even start trying to glom onto an agent--They want you to do 94% of the footwork and the planning and if you're going to do all that, what is the agent for? Why not self-publish?
Self-publishing is getting a bad rap now, but I do think the whole market is shifting away from print media to on demand publishing and niche publishing, and you don't need a snotty agent for that. Look at what's happening to newspapers. The times they are a-changin'.
You may see some pennies off those books yet. That stupid Celestine guy self-published and he totally sucks.
Hehe - well, he may suck as a writer, but he seems to be pretty good at predicting what rubbish the fickle reading public will buy
One of my friends writes the property column for the IHT, and they have just been "consolidated" with the NY Times. I may have written about this recently.
Maybe we will go back to the good old days where the idea of a newspaper was to bring you the news rather than to showcase the latest in must-have luxury plastic crap?
Have to agree - quality is starting to become appreciated. People are sick of sites aimed at just selling a book
THIS BOOK will unlock the SECRET POWER, helping you to become the GREATEST entrepreneur that the world has ever SEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I work with a partner on a scientific resource site, building quality articles. Good keywords and good articles have lead to 2 - 3000 hits per day. Hoping to add a book at the side - more of a 'By the way -- we have a book out,' rather than getting in people's face.
Affiliates have their place, and will find another way of making money, but marketing poor quality books is slowly dying.
Will chat to you in another couple of months about the sci-fi book, Mark - not my decision, but it certainly could tie-in with a science site!
No doubt ... I had some stuff happen personally and I wasn't able to maintain my contacts in the publishing world. I haven't had anything professionally published in about 10 years. And this is definitely a "what have you done for me lately?" kinda business.
I only recommend self publishing for tight niches in which you already are well known. Though a recent NYTimes best seller (I think it was) was self published by a local (to me) WW2 vet who survived a Japanese prison camp ... don't suppose you were tortured for a few years or anything?
No recent politically correct torture I'm afraid.
Wouldn't even consider self publishing. My Auntie did a cookery book that worked quite well. Very small niche - South Dorset recipes. Sold enough to pay her costs and get a small local publisher to fund the next one - so it can work in certain situations, but not a political/sci-fi blockbuster.
Madooff was a genius. I wish I had the money to invest with him.
Let's just say no one has figured out how to repatriate billions of dollars tax free until now. Let's see who insured his fund? AIG perhaps.
Where does all that tax payer money go. To hedge funds to pay off on the policies they bought to hedge against loses.
What is not taxed. Insurance payouts on theft and fraud.
Conspiracy, no conspiracy just one guy who realized he could make a lot of rich people a lot of money and avoid taxes at the same time and all it would cost him is 22 months maximum.
Now if you are rich how much would you pay a guy like that.
"Madooff was a genius."
Think you are right. He made a lot of people a lot of money, and for the others
who didn't cash in he gave the illusion that they were making a lot of money.
And he could have kept it going if it were not for the whole financial system collasping.
"The evil geniuses will always win."
Maybe the problem is there are no evil geniuses. They don't intend to do evil.
Maybe the biggest conspiracy theory is that evil people know they are doing evil, which justifys doing evil things to combat evil, and there is no reason these people do what they do, not our fault, they are just evil. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions".
You have the point Knol.
And BTW, forcefully taking money from rich (robbery=evil) to fight poverty (presumably bigger evil) falls under same category
Misha, there you go again, calling taxation voted by our elected representatives "robbery." You should check Websters for current definitions of "taxation" and "robbery" and "evil." I guess what you're saying is that you think taxes are too high. Many agree.
Ralph, you still did not answer my question on another thread
Sorry, what thread and what question? There are only so many hours in the day. My wife is on my case to do a bunch of jobs around the house!
Repeating it here for your convenience
Do you think it is fair to force somebody to pay for other people stupid actions consequences?
Not sure what "consequences or stupid actions" you are talking about or what government payments you are referring to. If you are referring to health insurance, the answer is yes, I do believe in helping to pay for people who need treatment for cancer, injuries in car accidents. However, 40 million people don't have health insurance. If you're referring to unemployment benefits paid to people who are laid off or involuntarily unemployed the answer is yes. Unemployment compensation dates back the 1935, and has been a very successful social insurance program which tides people over periods of unemployment while they are looking for work and it has a counter-cyclical economic effect which helps prevent or modivy recessions. If you are referring to Social Security, the answer is yes, I do believe in Social Security. It was also adopted in 1935 and has been supported by both parties because it provides minimal income in retirement which most people supplement with private savings. If you mean workers compensation, the answer is yes. Workers compensation is another social insurance program which compensates workers for on-the-job injuries and illnesses. Employers support the program because it shields them from liability lawsuits for unsafe conditions in their workplaces. None of the payments through these social insurance programs pay people for their "stupid actions."
Now, if you are talking about taking my money to pay for George Bush's stupid actions such as recklessly and needlessly invading Iraq, I completely agree with you. And I resent the incredible overspending by the Defense Department which is influenced by defense contractors. I resent seeing my money used to keep thousands of people in prison for minor drug crimes and other non-violent offenses. I resent any wasteful government spending of the taxpayer's money. Our system is far from perfect, but as Churchill said "Democracy is the worst possible system.....except for all the others."
Defense contracts issued to Dick Cheney's construction companies and oil reserves.
Ralph, why are you dodging it? I am asking a very simple question, that requires a very simple answer - yes or no. Can you give a one word answer instead of typing the whole page without answering?
Misha, I don't accept the premise in your "When did you quit beating your wife question." But if you insist on a one word answer it is "NO."
Quite correct, if they were truly freely elected. The robbery, is, of course, from the fixed elections where the winners who are delcared aren't really the representatives of the people ... Of course that would never happen here ... well it's not that way in Chicago where it is truly equal, after all the dead and the cartoon characters have as much right to representation as everybody else ...
Seriously, do you honestly believe that a vast number of elections are not fixed?
That depends on what you mean by "fixed." I do see a need for campaign finance and lobbying reform. In my opinion elections should be financed by the government. But, no, I don't agree that a "vast number of elections are fixed." I do agree that there is way too much money sloshing around in Washington and in our state capitols.
David, I am afraid the problem is not only in the fixed elections. People do elect those who majority wants. See the last elections. In fact, majority will vote to the office anybody who promises to them the bigger share of collective wealth... That is not my thought though, I will try to attribute it properly when I recall where I read this...
There was plenty of evil in the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Tenet-Gonzales, et al, administration, but it didn't include faking or intentionally allowing the 9-11 attacks.
The biggest problem with these theories is that none of them were mentioned before the fact.
After careful consideration and searching suddenly everything is know? Talk of good intelligence reports then suddenly the CIA is giving bad intelligence on Iraq? It is just way too easy and simple.
The CIA was giving intelligence that would justify going into Iraq.
SirDent- Every day CIA/FBI and so on receive lots of intelligence reports which are not made public due to national security issues(along with the general public even the terrorists may come to know hence it makes sense not to reveal it "before the fact"). It is only when an incident occurs and the intelligence that wasn't acted upon then these theories surface. Even Bill clinton didn't take down Osama Bin Laden when they had actionable intelligence(this is another known fact which surfaced after the "missed" opportunity).
They knew it was coming and they let it happen, because it gave them their "Pearl Harbor." They were holding meetings planning the Invasion of Iraq later in the afternoon on Sept. 11th.
I bet you believe in the Tooth Fairy as well.
The idea that your parents would never trick you into believing a fake story sounds more like your bag.
As a matter of fact, I don't recall my parents ever tricking me into believing a fake story. So what's your point? I have no doubt that Bush and Cheney had designs on Iraq before 9-11 and that 9-11 gave them a pretext, or as you put it a "Pearl Harbor." I don't believe they "knew it was coming and let it happen." If you believe that you'll believe most any bullshit that's floating arournd cyberspace.
They may have had designs on Iraq, but then why didn't they just accuse Saddam of being the mastermind behind 9/11 and go to war with Iraq immediately. Its not as if there is compelling evidence against Osama Bin Laden. So, if they'd accused Saddam instead - things would've been a lot easier. If oil was the reason - that was the logical thing to do.
Well, they weren't brazen or dumb enough to accuse Saddam Hussein of being responsible for 9-11. They simply used the argument that he was tied to Al Qaida, and that one of his people had met in Prague with a Bin Laden agent and that there were Al Qaida in Iraq. This was one of Bush's arguments justifying the crazy invasion. The main one was, of course, the threat from Iraq's non-existent WMD.
"The CIA was giving intelligence that would justify going into Iraq."
Exactly called 'stovepiping', known to people paying attention as it was happening. This is a proven conspiracy theory.
" but it didn't include faking or intentionally allowing the 9-11 attacks."
You can fake a war that resulted in from 600,000 to a million killed, but you can't fake or allow 9/11? How about the 'Gulf of Tonkin'? 3 million killed in Vietnam.
9-11 and the Gulf of Tonkin both were used as excuses for needless wars. But the Gulf of Tonkin attack never occurred. Johnson and McNamara lied. 9-11 did occur, and Bush and Cheney lied even more than Johnson, but not about intentionally allowing or actually causing 9-11. Their lies were about Saddam Hussein's ties to Al Qaida and thus to 9-11 and about Iraq's WMD threat to the U.S. and our little Middle East "ally," Israel.
Where there is opportunity, those in power will use it to gain whatever is needed to accomplish what it is they want.
Sorry, Misha--but it's a child's question if made that simple.
LOL! Now do the dishes.
Well, I probably am a child, cause I have a definite answer for myself. Actually I think if you don't you are messed up quite a bit
Still waiting for simple answer from Ralph
He's not heavy, he's my brother...or some such thing, you know, Misha...
Give me complexity or give me death...or something like that...
And something about value investing principles....where long term analysis usually out gains short term assessments... yeah..
How was that for explanation?
And Ralph is probably eating dinner or something in Michigan.
Yeah... I guess it was slightly meant to, lol. You don't want a complex answer, so--that simplicity doesn't suffice?
And...you are an ESL case anyway--I know how ya'll are, , as was a former boyfriend of mine.
So! Nyet (about all I remember, ha!). It's just NOT FAIR! Ohhhhh.
Oh! Harrishaw (I never learned Cyrillic..so that is phonetically attempted in English--meaning very well or something similar). And I remember the word for drugstore-- something like Abteka. LOL
See--I'll bet you find this funny.
So I never make fun of ESL cases...I know what it would be like. I even tutored a little ESL,
Do you know a Russian and/or Georgian pop song that goes something like, "so if a girl is young, pretty and singing in the kitchen...something...something...watch out...something...?" About a girl who is married who runs off to Moscow, I believe..I used to know it in Russian verbally, but wow! What you forget when you are not longer with someone.
Although you can certainly question the motives of the US government, I tend to doubt their competence in pulling off anything nearly that complex...and not have a single leak among the hundreds/thousands that would have to be involved.
I thought Maddox summed it all pretty well (link - I have no affiliation with his site, and he doesn't run ads on his site).
LL good points ...
If there was a cover up it wasn't in orchestrating 9/11, it was about not seeing it coming, and covering their collective tails. What if a missle did hit the pentagon? You think they wouldn't want to cover up that a terrorist stole a US Missle and used it on a US target?
It is common for terrorists to set up two sets of traps, one to hit the civilians and one to hit the first responders.
I think that in addtion to the planes, the terrorist gained access to the WTC buildings (including building 7) and planted bombs. (But not in cooperation with the administration, either Bush or Clinton's) They rammed the planes into the buidlings, waited for the first responders to get inside and then hit the detonator.
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