Lick the light.
While the professionals
seem to have moved on, the political and social consequences of 9.11 are still being explored by at least one web-based political cartoonist (a few favorites
). Know any others?
Those Osama bin Laden proof tapes in full: latest translations
UBL: "And the fat runs out into a little tray, you say? And it grills on both sides?"
Has anyone else seen the cover of the current New Yorker
. It's a great merging of recent threads
is the website for the advocacy/political action groups being formed
by the families of 9.11 victims. WTC United Family Group
is another. Do these families have too much influence on post-9.11 policy or is it their right as someone directly affected?
How many died needlessly?
If those who jumped from the WTC had parachutes, they probably would live to tell of it.
Prostitution has also been hurt by the September 11th attacks.
Does that mean we're supposed to go to prostitutes to help the economy?
Conspiracy buffs - don't miss this!
The latest Make Them Accountable
report pulls together over 250 links around the question "What did they know (about 9/11), and when did they know it?" An amazing compendium. I don't see how ALL THIS could be crackpot ravings.
The most spectacular corporate imposion in decades.
Without 9/11, the biggest news story in the past few weeks would have been the cataclysmic end
of one of the 90's hottest companies, headed by one of the President's closest supporters
, because of fraudulent accounting practices
8 former FBI agents "have offered the first substantive critique of the Ashcroft program." A senior Justice Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that none of the changes ordered by Ashcroft would have enabled the FBI to interrupt the Sept. 11 attacks.
After the rebuke
mentioned previously here, perhaps the worm is turning?
The Deconstruction of The World Trade Center
An analysis of the Right versus the Left in ways that 911 and other events are interpreted and understood. Take your choice.
Life of some immigrants, after 9.11.
As you might imagine, it just sucks. For more proof, just ask these Israeli Jews
. Should immigrants just get used to it, or will things get back to normal, eventually?
In the house of anthrax.
"AMERICAN officials increasingly believe the anthrax attacks since September 11th were not carried out by people connected to al-Qaeda, but may have been the work of a lone American madman. To avert future attacks, though, perhaps they should look harder."
A developer is pushing new luxury rental apartments in this building
in Lower Manhattan with ads on nytimes.com
. Rentals are probably slow because the building is five blocks
from a disaster zone. But let's all just pretend it's not. Potential renters, take note: "actual view south"
may not be the actual view south.
Most lawmakers want bin Laden dead.
Is that a good idea, or should he have a public trial if captured? Also, Pakistan dismisses the idea that bin Laden has crossed over and hiding there somewhere.
Given the strong support he and the Taliban have in Pakistan, would they turn him over if he is there?
Audio from Flight 93 - Pennsylvania
(Realvideo) Somehow ABCNews got ahold of this and made it an "exclusive" on Primetime Live
. Certainly chilling, but also seemingly exploitative.
"Hell, I still love you New York." (WMA or RA)
I've been seeing the video for Ryan Adams' "New York, New York" late at night on VH1. At a time when television censors are editing out images of the World Trade Center and words like "hijack" out of old movies, it is a welcome surprise. The video, filmed on Sept. 7th, has a pre-attack NY skyline with the WTC prominently featured. It's the best tribute to NY I've seen in the last couple of months.
Bin Laden: Yes, I did it
"In a previously undisclosed video which has been circulating for 14 days among his supporters, he confesses that "history should be a witness that we are terrorists. Yes, we kill their innocents".
In the footage, shot in the Afghan mountains at the end of October, a smiling bin Laden goes on to say that the World Trade Centre's twin towers were a "legitimate target" and the pilots who hijacked the planes were "blessed by Allah".
The killing of at least 4,537 people was justified, he claims, because they were "not civilians" but were working for the American system." (via lgf
Evidence enough? Will this cause any in opposition to reconsider? (it's even from a British
The Black Day, indeed.
Some amazing pictures in a classy site about Sept. 11. I read in the SF Chronicle (but can't find a link) that he set this up and sent it to a couple of friends, and now it's getting thousands of hits a day.
Flight 93 crash CONSPIRACY
- paranoia or bravery. Is the truth out there or just a load of wackos.I remember initial reports of F16 and then there was nothing more said.
Link care of Seethru
What really happened in the week before the attacks in reguards to a Pakistani Inteligence visit with CIA officials.
Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST)
We know about the US "elite" special ops - Delta Forces, Navy Seals, CDC (I would argue) - but had you heard of NEST
, located inside a small, unobtrusive box under "Dept of Energy, Emergency Response" in the New York Times Office of Homeland Security Org Chart
(reg required), "....The primary task of NEST is constantly to be on the lookout for potential nuclear or radiological weapons that might be smuggled onto the U.S. ....After the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, NEST was put on a state of high alert and operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the nation's capital and New York City monitoring for nuclear-related weapons... includes extensive use of deployed sensors and specially equipped vehicles patrolling the streets of both cities..." I can't decide if I feel safer or more paranoid thinking the windowless minivan parked for the last hour outside my window is sniffing for a nuke.
Drastic changes due for America after terror attacks
We are to become a garrison state, for better or worse, with the CIA more intimately involved with internal (domestic) doings and the FBI taking on new duties.
Fact or Fiction?
You decide. But before you discount it as ranting conspiracy theory, read it all and really think about it. Then consider the new executive order
issued today by the White House.
California Governor Announced
that there is a credible threat against the bridges of the state of California. Including the Golden Gate Bridge. The attacks are likely to take place between the second and ninth of November, during rush hour.
Bush will observe "high alert" at...the World Series?
Confirmed at the NY Times
. Is this sort of mixed signal supposed to make us feel better about our safety? At least "officials disclosed that Vice President Dick Cheney [has] been taken to an undisclosed secure location
." Let's review: we're on high alert; the President is going to a sporting event; the Vice-President is safe. Tom Toles got it right.
is a new project by Jeff Gates
which is seeking submissions of 9.11 stories. Plenty of places
are highlighting these stories now, but Dichotomy is doing something slightly different. (More inside.)
The New War on Terror
has written a book called 9-11
. He analyses the situation in a long essay published in Counterpunch
Quote: We certainly want to reduce the level of terror, certainly not escalate it. There is one easy way to do that and therefore it is never discussed. Namely stop participating in it.
Who needs boxcutters, when you can just pack a gun
In the midst of so-called heightend security, a man accidentally brings a loaded gun onto a plane undetected. I know Southwest doesn't have meals, but do they not have metal detectors either?
from Amy Langfield's always entertaining blog.
From a piece in the NYTimes today, Home Front Is Minefield for President
: "The lesson we're learning," one administration official said today, "is that you can bomb the wrong place in Afghanistan and not take much heat for it. But don't mess up at the post office."
Leave it to the White House to come away with exactly the wrong interpretation. But the facts are there, too -- most Americans are more concerned about the (relatively slight) risk of getting Anthrax than the rather significant risk that, if we screw up in Afghanistan, we might lose the current coalition against terrorism, Bin Laden, and any hope for "homeland security" for a long time to come....
Why the world needs America to cheer up
This article claims America and New York in particular have lost faith in an economic recovery. Can any New Yorkers tell me whether this is true?
A side note: The (London) Times
has been excellent since 9/11 IMO, although the site desperately needs a redesign. I'll do it! Employ me!
"Closer to 3,000"?
NYC City hall has been quietly trimming the official count of the missing and dead from the collapse of the World Trade Center. This number, often simply "Five thousand" in my and most people's minds, actually comes from several sources, the trickiest of which are reports of missing loved ones to the police. People keep coming up with their own numbers. How would you count it? What does it mean if we say "Five thousand" but your kids learn "Three thousand" in their grade-school social studies texts?
Letter To Brokaw
Very interesting... It says 9/11/01 so obviously it was either done by people related to it or someone just playing of of what happened. "Death to America" and "Death To Israel" ... again makes me wonder, are they the same people that did the WTC attacks, or are these totally different people that just want to shift the blame.
What really makes me interested is the phrase "This is next." It seems as if whoever did this had an idea that this would be of the same magnitude as the WTC attacks. Maybe there are many, many more letters with not only anthrax coming... this is just a small part. Or maybe they just underestimated the effects of this. What do you think?
"The World Trade Center Attack Was Orchestrated By Demons!"
(PS: Send Money.) For those of you who, like me, have been wondering what Sideshow Bob
had to contribute to the ongoing discussion of the WTC attacks. [more]
HIJACKERS SURPRISED TO BE IN HELL
Meanwhile in other news..... GOD CLARIFIES "DON'T KILL" COMMANDMENT
. They're back at it at The Onion
... Is it time again for laughter? does anyone remember laughter? ... What's your Response ?
Or should we stick with the serious and News?
US Special Forces now operating in southern Afghanistan
Let's pray a repeat of Mogadishu doesn't happen and any innocents on the ground aren't harmed...
As the insurance industry
is hit with its biggest losses ever, here in NYC they are now running stern advertising (at least on the radio) warning people not to commit insurance fraud - or else!
Larry my man, you tell 'em!
If this article doesn't make you puke, then September 11th was someone's birthday and they did ATTEND their party. Er....the subject matter of the article is Smart Cards.
I know it's a WTC reference....but I haven't posted one in a while. This Flash animation is the first thing to allow me to properly grieve since I turned on the TV the morning of 9/11. I bawled through this.
2000 WMD Terrorism Chronology.
A reminder that dozens of hoax anthrax letters are reported each year. There were even more in 1999
Towers of Light
. "Towers of Light is a proposal for a temporary art action conceived for downtown New York City in response to the September 11, 2001 tragedies"link from the good ppl at www.haddock.org
Bush Refused a Deal that would have turned over Bin Laden?
Does he want a ribbon wrapped around him? Does he want a cherry on top of him? So the Taliban wants to drop him off at a country other than the U.S., is that a bad thing?
I know he doesn't want to negotiate, but they're saying they'll hand him over .. aren't they?
is a question answered by a number of a number of scientists and science writers at Edge.org, which asked them to point their vision towards the world to come.
assesses the probability of certain outcomes of strife between America and the Middle East.
writes about what we stand to lose if we are faced with a new Dark age.
offers chilling thoughts regarding his memories of joy while listening to the bombing of London as a teenager in London in 1940. Amongst those, and many other answers are statements
focusing on education, decentralization of resources, the power of consumerism, and a number of technological and social solutions. While it is important to look backwards for reasons, it's just as important to look forward. What will the future bring, and how can we act to shape that future?
George Rap Bush?
Turn him over. Turn him over. Turn his cohorts over. Turn any hostage they hold over. Destroy all the terrorist camps. There's no need to negotiate. There's no discussion. I told them exactly what they need to do. And there's no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he's guilty. Turn him over.
Now that American media have shifted its focus on the bombings in Afghanistan with their objectivity
being molded by federal 'requests,' some of the more mundane information may never get any airtime or ink here in the U.S. Panorama, a German TV service,
have broadcast a wide angle video
of the 'jubilant Palestinians' that support articles published in Spiegel
magazines stating that the clip was staged
. The news of FBI lying to the media
to justify detaining a Saudi man for three weeks was buried in a blurb in page B-4 in Thursday's Times.
[Notes:  Stern.de article was referenced in The Inquirer. These two links are courtesy of Steven's USS Clueless.  The video link is to a 10 minute, 3.3 MB Real Media file. Jump to 7:45 and view to end. Alternative links: 1, 2, 3, 4.  Original German: Panorama TV, Spiegel Magazine.]
in the wake of the september 11th attacks, people have found many different ways of grieving and dealing with the loss of life and impact of those events.
is an ongoing collaborative project initiated by d.s. hendler to "collect 7000 copies of the 9th letter of the alphabet as a living memorial to those now gone". i think it's a beautiful idea and encourage you all to participate (you don't have to be an artist!)
Total War: Article in UVa Conservative Magazine
Some choice quotes: "You have probably seen many of them around Grounds. They are the “doves:” The bleeding-heart liberal peacenik-types who have been whining and begging that the U.S. response be “measured” so that no more innocent people die, because enough have been killed already."
And the grossly innacurate:
"For the Koran quite emphatically states that whoever is not a Muslim—that is, whoever rejects the instruction of Allah (God) as revealed to Mohammed—is therefore a professed enemy of both God and the Muslim faithful. "
Forced patriotism? Forced religion? Is this good for the country OR religion? Education Secretary Rod Paige urged all schools to simultaneously recite the Pledge of Allegiance