In June 2001, Estonian immigrant Konstantin Petrov got a job as an electrician for Windows on the World, the famous restaurant in the World Trade Center. The New Yorker has an article
about the recent discovery of a trove of photographs he took during lulls in his shifts, an incredible record of the complex before the events of thirteen years ago. [more inside]
Some of the only known aerial photos
, taken by a police helicopter, the only aircraft allowed in the Manhattan airspace during the attacks, of September the 11th have been released. [more inside]
While newly released images of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
have brought "the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks"
back into the public eye just before their anniversary, it was his skyscraper-hating lieutenant Mohamed Atta who had trained to be an architect before becoming an airborne suicide terrorist. Slate's Daniel Brook goes on a three-part expedition in search of Atta's architectural education
, from despised tourist projects in Cairo's dilapidated Islamic Quarter
to utopian urban planning for an idealized "Islamic-Oriental City" like Aleppo
. [more inside]
When Man on Wire
won a Grand Jury Prize: at Sundance
this year, many could hazily remember
's high-wire walk between the World Trade Center Towers in New York
in 1974 (previously)
but few knew the extent to which the entire endeavor was a wacky multinational caper
. [more inside]
Matt Taibbi vs. David Ray Griffin
Taibbi, to whose writing Metafilter frequently links, and who is currently on retainer at Rolling Stone
, takes on Griffin, who is perhaps the most prominent member of the so-called "9/11 Truth Movement," in a knock-down, drag-out multiple-round bout (in three parts). Part II
. Part III
In 2002 Salon.com ran an article on "forbidden thoughts"
about 9/11 that they had heard expressed around them or reported by others. Apparently the response from their viewers was so overwhelming that they ran a second feature based on emails they received
. All of which goes to show that while 9/11 united people in thinking about a certain subject, it certainly didn't mean that everyone thought the same thing about that same subject.
Oliver Stone's World Trade Center movie trailer
is released. Some say
it's too intense. Previously discussed here. (various QT video formats)
Osama bin Laden, littérateur and new-media star
. A thought-provoking analysis of bin Laden's adept use of Koranic language and the Internet by Bruce B. Lawrence, an Islamic scholar at Duke who edited a new anthology of bin Laden's public statements called Messages to the World
. The Western media -- says the millionaire mass-murderer formerly trained as a useful ally by the CIA
via Pakistan's ISI
-- "implants fear and helplessness in the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It means that what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media are doing!" Know thy enemy. [via Arts and Letters Daily.]
Going for broke.
With four days to go before the election, Bush-Cheney '04 finally pulled the last stop and started sending out anti-Kerry mailings using images of the burning World Trade Center. The ads are paid for and officially endorsed by Bush's campaign.
went live today. Six time-lapse cameras are shooting one frame of film every five minutes from rooftops near the World Trade Center site. Explore the cameras
, or watch the (rather lovely) film trailer.
EPA misled public on 9/11 pollution
"In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, the White House instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to give the public misleading information, telling New Yorkers it was safe to breathe when reliable information on air quality was not available."
The two finalists for the WTC site have reportedly
been chosen. The Think
design and the Daniel Libeskind
submission. I just hope its the 'high funded
' Think version. (Although I'm also sruprised (in a good way) that it actually made it through ... considering it doesn't replace the missing office space)
Reader-submitted designs for the WTC
I know I'm going to hell for saying this, but some of these are tremendously funny...
Did Lenient Fire Codes Make 9/11 Worse?
Tony Fitzpatrick, the designer of the London Millennium Bridge
, developed computer simulations with the help of an engineering consulting firm
, in order to generate new suggestions for safeguarding buildings from terrorist attack
. Fitzpatrick's conclusion: In the end, ordinary fire codes might have saved the World Trade Center victims.
The Voice of the Prophet.
Rick Rescorla was Head of Security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in New York. A vet of three wars and a survivor of the 1993 WTC bombing. He saved many lives that day, but lost his own on Nine Eleven, no doubt again attempting to save lives as he had eight years before. If this is what Shrub means by a Patriot, he should listen to patriots instead of try to name Nine Eleven after them. Rescorla's words echo now in a startling matter-of-fact yet poignant way. I'll copypaste a partial transcript into the body of the thread for those who can't stream video.
NPR's Lost & Found Sound brought together radio producers, artists, historians, archivists, and the public broadcasting community came together to collect and preserve audio traces of the World Trade Center, its neighborhood and the events of 9/11.
What they came up with is sonicmemorial.org
. [more inside]
"Thank goodness they got those buildings. I've always hated them! They're so ugly." This article
goes to show it's not just extremists
who have (or initially had) inappropriate feelings about 9/11.
This is the history of the WTC I've been waiting to read.
The Height of Ambition, from tomorrows NYT Magazine
collects all the strings that I haven't been able to tie together myself.
more like it.
Finally a design for rebuilding the WTC that captures the appropriate spirit. Far better than the other designs
I've seen. No doubt some will think it too much, though. What's your opinion?
Cantor Fitzgerald tells its stories in new ad campaign
...the brokerage house that lost 658 employees from the 9/11 attacks on the WTC is telling its story in some nationally released television spots. The ads can also be found at Cantor Fitzgerald's site
under the "View our stories" link (flash and quicktime required).
Well, well, well... it's amazing the unrelated links Google can turn up when you're careless about your keywords. Looking for the 75th anniversary Hallmark commercial (with all the people on the hillside), got this PDF file [110kb]
from a UK insurance actuaries organization about the possible risks at the World Trade Center.
An interview with Joel Meyerowitz,
the photographer granted permission to document the recovery, reclamation, demolition, and excavation work underway at the World Trade Center site. "I try to take pictures that make sense photographically, that make sense visually as art. I don't shoot evidence exclusively. I don't copy. But visual evidence is important to record. The stuff in the background is historically important and it feeds you some of the feel of the place."
The worst banner design ever?
I've seen some tasteless advertising in my day, but this simple animation leaves me speechless. Is there any depth to which advertisers will go to hawk their services?
Memories from a vanished life
Paul Battaglia died in the World Trade Center attacks. His Web page, however, lives on, complete with photos of his now-crumbled office and the view he once had.
He also had a Blogger-powered Weblog on the front of his site, the last post of which is on Aug. 23.
As the September 11 Fund gets ready to release another 75 million dollars in aid money
to the victims of the World Trade Center attacks, the House O.K.'s an 11.3 billion dollar aid program for New York City
, and the scholarship fund
for Trade Center families gets under way, Governor Pataki hands a memo to the struggling State University of New York school system demanding zero budget growth for this fiscal year
and a continued tuition freeze. Oh yeah, and he doesn't want anyone to get laid off, either. Of course New York City took the brunt of the attack, but isn't it about time to remember that an entire state took a serious financial blow?
The WTC death count falls closer to 3,000
and the New York Times assesses the range of reactions. Some think the drop in the death toll makes a big difference; others consider it inconsequential.
Payout for TV trauma of Trade Centre relatives. "British families who watched their relatives die during live television coverage of the World Trade Centre atrocity are to be compensated for the trauma they suffered, The Telegraph has learned."
We're all aware of Road Rage and Airport Anxiety; now there's a new diagnosis: Televised Trauma. Whatever happened to British stiff upper lips?
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
Defend NYC From Hijacked Airplanes [Flash Required]
You're somewhere in NYC shooting down incoming jets as they try to crash into the World Trade Center. The text is in French, but the mechanics are easy to understand if you know how to play missle command. Is there going to be a mod for "Hunt the Wumpus" called "Hunt The Osama".
From safety to where.
This article provides a great, in-depth look at the World Trade Center from an architectural standpoint. Beginning with its lead architect, a Japanese man who suffered himself from the racism of the WW2 era, it goes over the structure of the buildings and reasons why the center withstood the 1993 bombing -- and, for a while, the impacts of the two hijacked planes -- and what the future for New York and the businesses affected may hold. (Thanks to overmorgen
for the link.)
Interesting intelligence report points possible responsibility to terrorists other than bin Laden... Israel’s military intelligence service, Aman, suspects that Iraq is the state that sponsored the suicide attacks on the New York Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington. Directing the mission, Aman officers believe, were two of the world’s foremost terrorist masterminds: the Lebanese Imad Mughniyeh, head of the special overseas operations for Hizbullah, and the Egyptian Dr Ayman Al Zawahiri, senior member of Al-Qaeda and possible successor of the ailing Osama Bin Laden.
Includes information about connections and previous activities... check it out...
Help create a historical record of web sites about the attacks.
The Library of Congress and others want to create "a solid historical record of this time". They particularly want to find sites and blogs belonging to individuals. They're asking you to put a little "note this" linklet in your browser toolbar (like blogger
's "blog this!") and click it when you see a blog or other site that has anything to do with the attacks. They'll archive it. I think this is a great idea and I know they'll need a lot of help from people like us to carry it through.
Having removed ten thousand tons
of debri in the first four days, it will take close to a year to remove 1.25 million tons for the two 110-story buildings.
Opportunism in FUD?
Once a term used only for Microsoft, it seems FUD
is a common problem these days. The linked site is decidedly anti-MS and seems to be appropriating FUD for their own ends.
When someone uses the WTC tragedy to try and discredit their opponent in a technical debate have they gone too far?
pledges $10 million to a fund that will assist the families of the firefighters, police officers and emergency rescue personnel who perished while responding to the attack on the World Trade Center. Cisco Systems
has made gifts to key relief and support organizations serving the New York City and Washington D.C. areas, including a $6 million donation. Microsoft
is making a donation of $10 million in cash and technical services. Know of any other companies that are doing something similar?
"Levine frequently would say that 'if a fire breaks out above the 64th floor, that building will fall down.'"
70s-era asbestos concern/hysteria may have exacerbated the tragedy. If some of you can get past the fact that this is a Fox news link, the story raises interesting questions about our tendency to over-react to every perceived scare, without considering the consequences.
Rebuild It, Bigger!
America will find an appropriate way to mourn. But if we must have a shrine or monument for our remorse, let's put it on the 200th floor, right next to the antiaircraft guns.
from CNN shows the disasters in 3d... its real food for thought to think about some dude in an SGI shirt tweaking colors on the explosion plugin while a project manager asks if the more pizazz can be added... For a neat trick, notice you can watch from below as the building sinks underground (use all your mouse buttons)
extremely good photographs
non graphic, but so excellant in showing many facets of this disaster.
Amazon donations page passed $1M during the last hour
This is one minor lift to my spirit as I refresh the page to watch the tally grow. (Just wanted to get the link to the top of the page for those who may not have seen it)
World Trade Center tenants rosters: 1
You Have Been Warned...
Lois Farakhan famously said that "God will not give Europe and Japan the honor of bringing down the United States. That honor will fall to the muslims".
But Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was more specific. Check out this article by Andrew McCarthy, an assistant professor of law at Fordham University and New York Law School, who prosecuted the blind sheik for the bombing of the World Trade Center.
We were - and are - more than warned.
So who is blinder?
Or cruise missiles? What will America's military response be if the Taliban are determined to be liable? The Russians certainly didn't too well with a conventional military attack on Afghanistan.