Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Samizdat - 11/04/2009

• NIST balks on 9/11 Truth challenge • Dorothy Kilgallen story to hit big screen • Gorbachev calls for American/global perestroika • US income gap world's most extreme • Canadian singer/songwriter killed by coyotes

Twin Towers, Twin Myths?

The NIST vs. Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Challenged to conduct its own testing of WTC dust samples for nanothermite, the NIST crawls under a rock

Santa Barbara Independent News

One of the crucial technical disputes in American history, perhaps second only to global warming, is underway. It pits hundreds of government technicians who say the World Trade Center buildings were brought down by airplane impact against hundreds of professional architects and building engineers who insist that the Twin Towers could never have collapsed solely due to the planes and are calling for a new independent investigation. It is a fight that is not going away and is likely to get louder as more building trade professionals sign on to one side or the other.

Stephen Jones said he sent a letter in April 2008 to NIST about his original findings (nanothermite chips found in WTC dust samples), inviting NIST to test its own dust for such chips. In public comments since, NIST has said that Jones’s research is not “scientifically valid” because Jones can’t prove the “chain of custody” of the dust he tested...

Other groups that support NIST’s findings argue that neither the samples nor Jones’s tests are reliable. Jones replied simply: “They don’t need my dust to test. They have plenty of dust of their own where they know the chain of custody. They just won’t test it.”...

To Richard Gage and his allies, NIST’s refusal to test and its questionable conclusions derive from government-dependent employees and defense contractors fearful that evidence of explosives would be too traumatic for the public — and too risky to NIST captains answerable to political superiors. Hence, NIST’s refusal to address fully scientific papers challenging nearly every element of its case, including its theory that pneumatic air pressure mimicked explosives and that tons of nano-thermite (not less-powerful thermite) would be needed...

Inevitably, of course, the gorilla in the room is what if AE911 and the Jones team are correct in their analysis? The dark notion that the hijackers wouldn’t need airplanes if they could plant explosives would raise questions of who did have access and what was their motive? And how would America deal with such an investigation against the backdrop of suppositions that some officials in government were complicit? This idea is virtually unthinkable to most of the public, much less something the American political system can handle. A Democratic Congress wouldn’t cut off funds for a war it opposed nor impeach a president who broke laws; how would it cope with the cataclysmic implications of new 9/11 evidence that disproved the official story?

Results of the Santa Barbara Independent's poll on this story:

Tragic, but no conspiracy. Planes hit them, they went down -- 23%

More than meets the eye; let's investigate -- 22%

Inside job; we MUST investigate -- 53%


Dorothy Kilgallen story optioned for big screen biopic
October 3rd, 2008 by Scott Marks

According to Variety, producer John Davis (Dudley Do-Right, I Robot, Fat Albert, Norbit) has optioned Good Night, Dorothy Kilgallen, a proposal for an expose book by Paul Alexander that ties the columnist’s death to her investigation of the JFK assassination. Kilgallen was an outspoken critic of the Warren Commission. A friend of JFK’s, she began a crusade to single-handedly uncover a conspiracy behind his murder. She conducted an interview with assassin’s assassin Jack Ruby that purported to contain important new information on the murder of President Kennedy. She conceived the interview as a centerpiece for her expose Murder One, Alexander’s book insists that Kilgallen died mysteriously and the notebooks containing the information she was about to publish disappeared.

Wonder why the MSM has steadfastly endorsed the Warren Commission and refused to investigate the triple assassinations of the '60s? Virtually alone among journalists with a national audience (syndicated column and radio show), Dorothy Kilgallen pursued the case. Her sudden death put a chill on the Fourth Estate that's still in effect. While journalists circle the wagons over federal pressure to reveal confidential sources, or the recent White House attacks on Fox News, few have cared to examine this seminal case of lethal intimidation.

1. On July 15, 1959 Kilgallen became the first reporter to imply that the CIA was working with organized crime to knock off Fidel Castro.

2. On Sept. 25, 1964, Kilgallen ran an interview with Acquilla Clemons, one of the witnesses to the shooting of Officer Tippit whom the Warren Commission never questioned. Clemons told Kilgallen that she saw two men running from the scene, neither of whom fit Oswald's description.

3. The same month, she reported in the New York Journal American that Jack Ruby and slain DPD officer J.D. Tippet had a two-hour meeting in Ruby's Carousel Club.

3. One of the biggest scoops of Kilgallen's career came when she obtained the 102-page transcript of Ruby's testimony to the Warren Commission (wherein Ruby begged to be taken from Dallas to Washington, where he could tell the whole truth).

4. Dorothy's last public reference to the JFK assassination appeared on Sept. 3, 1965 when she challenged the authenticity of the famous Life magazine cover of Lee Harvey Oswald

After a trip to New Orleans (anticipating Jim Garrison's investigation), and a private interview with Jack Ruby in his Dallas jail cell, she told several friends and associates that she was "about to blow the JFK case sky high." Shortly afterward, she was found dead in her townhouse, and all of her notes from the Ruby interview and New Orleans trip vanished. Seven days after Kilgallen's loss, Dr. James Luke, a New York City medical examiner, said she died from "acute ethanol and barbiturate intoxication, circumstances undetermined."

A good account of the case here:


By Sara Jordan
Thursday November 1st 2007


Mikhail Gorbachev calls for global perestroika

Twenty years after that shameful symbol of division was torn down, ultra-liberal capitalism needs its own perestroika

But it was soon very clear that western capitalism, too, deprived of its old adversary and imagining itself the undisputed victor and incarnation of global progress, is at risk of leading western society and the rest of the world down another historical blind alley.

Today's global economic crisis was needed to reveal the organic defects of the present model of western development that was imposed on the rest of the world as the only one possible; it also revealed that not only bureaucratic socialism but also ultra-liberal capitalism are in need of profound democratic reform – their own kind of perestroika...

“Some have reacted with understanding. Others have objected, sometimes sarcastically, suggesting that I want the United States to experience upheaval, just like the former Soviet Union. In my country, particularly caustic reactions have come from the opponents of perestroika, people with short memories and a deficit of conscience,

“[If] all the proposed solutions and action now come down to a mere rebranding of the old system, we are bound to see another, perhaps even greater upheaval down the road,” he wrote. “The current model does not need adjusting; it needs replacing. I have no ready-made prescriptions. But I am convinced that a new model will emerge, one that will emphasise public needs and public good, such as a cleaner environment, well-functioning infrastructure and public transport, sound education and health systems and affordable housing.”

He continued: “The time has come to strike the right balance between the government and the market, for integrating social and environmental factors and demilitarising the economy.”


US Rich-Poor Income Gap World's Most Extreme

Income inequality in the US is now the most extreme of all countries. The 2008 OECD report 'Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries' concludes that the US is the country with the highest inequality and poverty rate across the OECD and that since 2000 nowhere has there been such a stark rise in income inequality as in the US. The OECD finds that in the US the distribution of wealth is even more unequal than the distribution of income.

The increase in US income inequality in the 21st century coincides with the offshoring of US jobs, which enriched executives with 'performance bonuses' while impoverishing the middle class, and with the rapid rise of unregulated OTC derivatives, which enriched Wall Street and the financial sector at the expense of everyone else. Millions of Americans have lost their homes and half of their retirement savings while being loaded up with government debt to bail out the banksters who created the derivative crisis. The financial insiders running the Treasury, White House, and Federal Reserve (Rubin, Greenspan etc.) shifted to taxpayers the cost of the catastrophe that they had created. Goldman Sachs, saved with the public's money, recently announced that it was paying massive six and seven figure bonuses to every employee.

Some people think I'm nuts for carrying a small .22 revolver on wilderness hikes. Once I was attacked on a mountain bike by wild dog. It's rare, but these things do happen, and calling 911 on your cell phone will only get the coroner there in time...

Taylor Mitchell, Singer-Songwriter, Killed By Coyotes On Hike In Canadian Park

TORONTO — Two coyotes attacked a promising young musician as she was hiking alone in a national park in eastern Canada, and authorities said she died Wednesday of her injuries. The victim was identified as Taylor Mitchell, 19, a singer-songwriter from Toronto who was touring her new album on the East Coast.

She was hiking solo on a trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia on Tuesday when the attack occurred. She was airlifted to a Halifax hospital in critical condition and died Wednesday morning, authorities said.

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