Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Taking responsibility for the deception in our lives
- Funny Serena, I mean this looks like Staudenmaiers work with the 'if the official story about 9/11 is completely false, as it has proven to be'....ya'll got enough clear thinking people who completely disagree with the line you and others are putting forth but ya'll still put forth such as the 'as it has proven to be' as if you and the others know you are right. That's just incredible to me. I just do not get how spiritual science students do this thing 'without a shadow of a doubt.' But what I love about it is that it shows directly to the critics that Steiner's students are all from different fabric and they fight for their right to be so. And I dig that. It's just to bad that you and the others put such things as you have above in the subject line which look to riducle and belittle those that think different than you. That to me is really sad.Dottie
SerenaBlaue@... wrote:"Consider for a moment the implications of a breakthrough in the truth about 9/11. If the official story about 9/11 is completely false, as it has proven to be, that fact should call into question those media sources who have helped to cover-up the details over the last five years, even if only through gross negligence of the facts."Tuesday, January 2 2007
Manuel Garcia Sees Physics That Donât ExistIn his latest article, Kevin Ryan exposes Manuel Garcia's Counterpunch trifecta of articles to reality testing. They fail miserably. Garcia's explanations for the collapse of the Twin Towers rest on unsupported speculation and scientific jargon rather than facts. Ryan rightly points out that first NIST, and then Garcia, rely on evidentiary uncertainty to draw untenable conclusions rather than consider an hypothesis that is abhorrent to them. This is not surprising, perhaps, given that NIST is government-funded and Garcia is a US weapons scientist.Garcia's avoidance of the demolition scenario may also explain his resorting to what Ryan calls "creative guesswork" in attempting to explain the collapse of WTC 7. Whatever the best explanation is for the still-unsatisfactor ily explained collapse of WTC 7, Garcia does not advance our understanding in his three-part bit of speculation.â Ed.
Another Opportunity to Understand Our PredicamentOver the years weâve heard from a few educated people who claim to understand and support the latest story given by the US government for the unprecedented destruction of the WTC buildings. Unfortunately, those folks usually turn out to either work for the Bush Administration directly, like FEMA and NIST, or are in some other way profiting from the War on Terror. Some people accept what these Bush scientists say because they have PhDs in scientific fields, or because certain media sources promote the official myths. In a way, the curious behavior of these scientists and media sources allows us to better see the predicament we all face.With the case of Manuel Garcia, and his three recent, rapid-fire articles in Counterpunch, we appear to have another opportunity to examine the phenomenon of Bush science. Here we see a fully educated scientist making strong supportive statements of the Bush Administrationâs 9/11 theories, despite the fact that he must know those theories are based on false or unsubstantiated claims. For our own understanding, letâs take a closer look at Manuel Garcia and his efforts.Garcia not only works for the government, he works for a very interesting organization in terms of the best hypothesis for what happened that day. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Garciaâs employer, appears to be where explosive thermite was invented, and it continues to be a focus of research there.1 At LLNL, government scientists have learned how to combine the exothermic power of the thermite reaction with organic moieties to produce a thermite reaction that can do pressure/volume work (i.e., turn massive quantities of concrete and other building materials into dust). From the research of Steven Jones, we know that the thermite reaction likely played a role in bringing the towers down, and it would not be surprising if technology developed by LLNL was involved. Could that be why Manuel Garcia is so intent on seeing Physics that donât exist, in order to avoid seeing links to technology developed by his employer?There may be more to it than that. Notice that there are many aspects about the official story of 9/11/01 that strain credulity, to say the least, but none more so than the âcollapseâ of the WTC buildings. As with the air defense failures, weâve been given several contradictory stories about these events over the years, none of which have panned out. The first was an urban legend that grew, as a result of the long delays in official commitment, from media reports of extreme temperatures and melting steel. We were given other stories for the destruction of these buildings, but the Pancake Theory, which was the primary explanation offered by FEMA and was the central explanation in numerous media stories, lasted for a period of more than three years. The Pancake Theory recently died a quiet death with the FAQ responses offered by NIST, but as with the urban legend media stories, we have been offered no apologies from those who propped-up the ongoing 9/11 Wars with these false claims.So when a US weapons scientist, like Manuel Garcia, offers more wild speculation in support of the Bush Administrationsâ ever-changing stories, we must first recognize that this is not really about serious researchers quibbling over minor details of physical evidence. We must realize that Garcia and his ilk have already given us several false stories for the destruction of these buildings, and those lies have resulted not only in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, but have also supported the systematic conversion of America into a totalitarian state waiting to happen. What will become of those Bush scientists if honest people ever achieve the awareness and political will to call for a real investigation?Quantum BehaviorIn his âPhysics of 9/11,â Garcia offered his new âtwisted jointsâ theory, adding more conjecture to the miasma that NIST spent three years crafting. Garcia may have twisted a few joints himself before writing these articles, but it is clear that he did not put much time into reviewing NISTâs WTC report before putting his reputation, and perhaps much more, on the line to defend it. NIST did not actually describe the all-important forces that supposedly pulled in the towerâs external columns. In their computer model, these forces were phantom forces, applied to the external columns by sagging floors that had, paradoxically, been disconnected from those columns. Garciaâs talk of twisting joints is, therefore, only imaginative conjecture at best.Garcia seems to admit his own sloppy dishonesty by claiming that high temperatures in the impact zone were sufficient to soften the steel, and that floors in the impact zone sagged. One only has to read the summary of the NIST report to know that the impact zones were far from where NIST says the buildings failed. However, there could be another explanation for this âspooky action at a distance.â Garcia may have stumbled upon a new demonstration of the principle of Physics known as non-locality, one in which steel heated in one place causes steel located in another, far away place to soften and fail. That would be amazing if true.The greater part of this first article is simply wild speculation, a crime in itself at this point. Although NIST admits that many scientists, given millions of dollars and several years to work on it, could not describe the dynamics of collapse for the towers, Garcia makes a one-man job of it in order to put those silly conspiracy theorists in their place. He offers equations and terms like âwave trainsâ to ensure that those of us who need to âexpand [our] range of rationality and hence [our] political maturityâ can do so, if only we can follow his superior thought processes. In Garciaâs dreamlike world of superiority, strange things happen. Floors vanish and buildings begin crashing to the ground, as a result of fire-softened steel, at an initial speed of 16 mph. That is, there is no zero point at which such a building begins to drop. These skyscrapers actually exhibit quantum behavior, as large multi-floor sections go from rest to a speed of 16 mph instantaneously! Garcia appears humble when describing this monumental discovery, telling us little about the ârippling waveletsâ that make it so. He finally sums up his findings by simply stating that âThe towers shattered, and the pieces fell to the ground.â Perhaps someone should call the Nobel committee.The Energy Crisis SolvedGarciaâs second article, âThe Thermodynamics of 9/11,â does not improve upon the first. Here he repeats his ridiculous claim of the importance of high temperatures in the impact zone (far from the failure zone), and then states that the âfatal element in the WTC Towers story is that enough of the thermal insulation was banged off the steel frames by the airplane joltsâ¦â. Of course, those of us who have actually followed NISTâs investigation know that they could not produce any ârobust criteriaâ to establish that fireproofing was lost through forces of vibration. Instead, NIST performed a shotgun test to see if the fireproofing could have been lost through shearing forces.The shotgun test not only failed to support NISTâs pre-determined conclusions, as was the case for all of their other physical tests, but it actually proved that the fireproofing could not have been sheared off because too much energy would be needed. This did not deter NIST, as they simply proceeded by filling their computer model with vague, sweeping assumptions like suggesting that the fireproofing was completely removed wherever the office furnishings were damaged (i.e. if a cube wall fell or a pencil was broken, thousands of square meters of fireproofing must have been sheared off too).2 If it was not already clear that Garcia never read NISTâs WTC report, we might think that he got his quantum leaps from them.Garciaâs analysis of the WTC thermodynamics then begins with the removal of all of the fireproofing from all the steel, an unsupported assumption at best. In any case, to consider temperature increases, an honest scientist would take the materials and the energy sources involved, and perform some straightforward calculations to evaluate the available energies. In the case of the WTC towers, we know from FEMA and NIST that about 4,500 gallons of jet fuel were available to feed the fires on the impact and failure floors, giving an energy value of approximately 600 GJ, considering moderate combustion. And we know the buildings had a fire load of 20 Kg/m^2, which would provide an energy value of about 500 GJ for the furnishings on several floors in the vicinity of the failure zones.3 These realistic values give a total energy of about 1,100 GJ that would be available to heat one building, but Garcia uses 8,000 GJ and 3,000 GJ, values NIST created through their deceptive, pretzel-logic manipulations.Maybe this incredible energy yield means that Garcia and NIST have solved the energy crisis, and we can end the 9/11 Wars and bring our troops home. If not, maybe Garcia can help us understand where all that additional energy came from, instead of just spouting off with so much arrogance. We really would appreciate it.In the absence of this explanation, Garcia proceeds to apply this tremendous amount of mysterious energy to the heating of the materials involved. But instead of taking the quantities of steel, concrete, and other materials into account (donât forget the aircraft itself) Garcia helps us to âexpand our range of rationalityâ by dumbing-down the scenario using a âfictitious homogenizedâ substance called âironcrete.â Garcia muddies the water with his ironcrete because, although he doesnât give the calculations, this allows him to use a sleight of hand, giving a value for specific heat that is less than that of any of the starting materials. Few would notice, but this means that, in support of Garciaâs purposes, it takes less heat to increase the temperature of each kilogram of ironcrete than it would to increase the temperature of the steel and concrete used in the WTC towers. Since heâs using eight times more energy than could have been available anyway, this minor scam doesnât seem worth the effort.But note that Garcia also suggests all the available heat became trapped in his ironcrete, thereby assuming that no hot gases left the impact zone, that no heat escaped by conduction, and that the steel and concrete had an unlimited amount of time to absorb all the heat. He also conveniently ignores all the other materials in the aircraft and the buildings, including the Aluminum, all the office furnishings, and the vast amount of air and water vapor, all of which would be heated too, absorbing energy. Considering his quantum mechanical collapse dynamics and magical fireproofing loss, these distributions of heat energy may not seem so strange, that is until Garcia needs that energy back to support his later claims of melting Aluminum, plastic âcrackingâ to create dense pockets of hydrocarbon vapors that mimic high-explosives, and even a replay of the beginnings of life on earth (no kidding).The Dark Matter of Intelligent FuelBy the time we get to Garciaâs third article, weâre either believing this guy is the greatest scientist in history, or weâre understanding that his series in Counterpunch may be something more of a sucker punch. In this third article, âDark Fireâ, Garcia claims to have single-handedly solved the problem that baffled FEMA and NIST, as well as all objective people around the world -- the collapse of WTC 7.Now if Garcia had proven the quantum behavior of large objects, and had developed a method for extracting eight times the normal amount of energy from a gallon of hydrocarbon fuel, as his previous articles suggest, we might be intrigued. Maybe the title of this third article is a reference to the combustion of the elusive dark matter that Physicists have long sought after. Letâs take a look.The challenge of explaining the collapse of WTC 7 was described by Jim Hoffman with the following three points.* This steel-framed skyscraper collapsed into its footprint with all the characteristics of a standard controlled demolition.
* No other steel-framed building that collapsed for any reason has ever shown any of those features -- let alone all those features.
* No other tall steel-framed building has ever collapsed from fires -- the primary cause of WTC 7's collapse according to the official story.Additionally, we know that FEMA spent eight months of exhaustive work on the investigation, finally claiming that âThe performance of WTC 7 is of significant interest because it appears the collapse was due primarily to fire, rather than any impact damage from the collapsing towers.â They then added that their âbest hypothesis has only a low probability of occurrence.â NIST has spent several years trying to come up with a legitimate, non-explosive explanation, so far without success. But our hero Garcia takes FEMAâs low probability scenario, embellishes it a bit, and boldly declares âThis is what happenedâ, leaving no room for doubt.The initiating event of Garciaâs low probability theory is a âhot volleyâ of âincandescent metal and heated stoneâ that destroyed a fuel oil distribution pipe in the southwest corner of WTC 7. Where the stone came from weâll never know (maybe it was an asteroid), but the probability that the temperature of the steel from the towers, which NIST measured at 250 C, could cause that steel to glow in incandescence, is essentially nil.FEMA pointed out a string of improbable events that would need to come together for the rest of this story to pan out, but they made clear that the biggest problem was that WTC 7 first began to collapse on the east side, far from the distribution pipe that Garcia builds his story on. This means that the fuel oil released from any such breakage would need to exhibit the features of an intelligent migration, pumping up from multiple tanks on the ground floor, through the damaged pipe in the southwest corner of the building, traversing a distance of 250 feet across the fifth floor without any spreading or transfer loss, to pool very selectively beneath truss #2 in a mechanical room on the east side of the building.This theory depends on much more creative guesswork, including the following.* None of this intelligently migrating fuel oil found its way to the containment vessel that was designed for such an event, and therefore never triggered the safety mechanism that would automatically de-energize the pumps.* The authorities that decided not to fight the fires in WTC 7 also decided not to cut the power to these pumps, allowing them to spray oil within this burning skyscraper, for up to seven hours, in the middle of Manhattan.* The pooled fuel oil was somehow heated to a sufficient temperature for ignition, at which point an unknown ignition source initiated an efficient, multi-hour burn.* Although now situated in an enclosed room with limited space, the oil found limitless Oxygen in order to extract every bit of energy from the assumed maximum amount of 12,000 gallons.* The fires generated by this burning fuel oil centered in a highly specific formation directly beneath that critical truss, and the heat produced was perfectly contained and directed at the truss itself but nowhere else.* This truss-specific fire raged for up to seven hours but was never visible from any external view.* This miraculous fire then caused the failure of that one critical truss, which somehow initiated the total collapse of this 47 story building in just 6.6 seconds.Garciaâs âDark Fireâ piece might as well have been about the combustion of that elusive dark matter, because even if we really wanted to believe his extended string of astounding events, he doesnât address the primary problems of the collapse dynamics. Instead, he simply states ââa progressive collapse propagates up and material falls freely.â And as with the work of NIST, weâre expected to believe that just saying so makes it true.Begging Off and Catching OnWhen questioned more closely about his speculative articles, Garcia claimed in an email that he was done talking and writing about these issues, and that folks would need to rely on the authoritative information provided by Frank Greening and Popular Mechanics. In this plea, Garcia says that Greeningâs results jibe with his, although he was unaware of Greening before he wrote his series. It is clear from his âthermodynamicsâ piece that Garcia might subscribe to Greeningâs âFruit Crumbleâ theory, where ultra-fine Aluminum and Iron Oxide spontaneously form in the buildings to produce ânatural thermiteâ, distributed in just the right forms and places. It could be that Garcia would buy Greeningâs âThey Just Forgot to Use the Boltsâ theory as well, if it comes to that.4Government scientists get paid to support government policies, particularly in this era of âBush Scienceâ, and clearly Garcia is willing to play along. But why would political news organizations, like Counterpunch, that present themselves as alternatives to the corporate media, promote these false claims?Consider for a moment the implications of a breakthrough in the truth about 9/11. If the official story about 9/11 is completely false, as it has proven to be, that fact should call into question those media sources who have helped to cover-up the details over the last five years, even if only through gross negligence of the facts. Whether or not collusion with alternative media was involved, if there is a possibility that the neo-cons actually helped in planning or executing the attacks, then the fact that they pulled it off means that Alexander Cockburn and other (ostensibly) liberal leaders might no longer enjoy the âirreverent and bitingâ superiority that they identify themselves with. It could be very distressing for some of these rebel leaders to realize that instead of âmuckraking with a radical attitudeâ they have spent years meekly bolstering the status quo.It appears that these kinds of realizations are inevitable, and actually offer us a chance to improve our situation. In the US, weâll soon have more opportunity to notice the default states in which we are expected to accept scientific authority no matter how illogical, and accept a cartoonish political framework no matter how impotent. In the next few months, these opportunities will come like âhot volleysâ from Manuel Garcia, providing stark examples of how pretentious âexpertsâ, and other types of fictitious, homogenized (ironcrete) leaders give no real alternatives to the problems weâve seen in the last five years.If our new Democratic Congress will not call for impeachment or a new 9/11 investigation, will they at least repeal the Military Commissions Act, or the Patriot Act? Will they stop construction of Halliburtonâs secretive âdetention centersâ or put an end to the illegal 9/11 Wars? Will our governmentâs efforts to protect us from unexplained terrorism ever stop looking exactly like the efforts they would take to protect themselves from us? In other words, will these new leaders, in practice, be any different than the neo-cons? Over the next few months we will realize the answers to these questions, and perhaps then we can begin taking more responsibility for the deception in our lives.References1. There are numerous articles available from LLNL on thermite research. For an example of explosive thermite, see try this one. http://www.llnl. gov/tid/lof/ documents/ pdf/307362. pdf
2. Therese McAllister explains NISTâs vague, sweeping assumption of fireproofing loss in her presentation here.
http://wtc.nist. gov/WTC_Conf_ Sep13-15/ session6/ 6McAllister. pdf
3. For effective energy flow from one kg of office furnishings, use estimate of 8.4 MJ/kg (a value for wood -- probably a little higher than for the materials involved). See Sfintesco, editor, Fire Safety in Tall Buildings, McGraw Hill, 1992
4. Gordon Ross explains some of Greeningâs desperate sounding theories here. http://www.911blogg er.com/node/ 4867 Source URL: http://911blogger. com/node/ 5272
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