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New 9/11 Investigation: A call to thought?

Hungover, tired, not understanding how/what to feel regarding love lives, asking your forgiveness for the crummy metaphors and incoherence and length and attached emotion to the contents of this post that I beg you all to read; yet happy– Yahoo! News reports to us some encouraging news:

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Richard Gage, AIA, architect and founder of the non-profit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Inc. (AE911Truth), will announce a decisive milestone today at a press conference in San Francisco, as more than 1,000 worldwide architects and engineers now support the call for a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. After careful examination of the official explanation, along with the forensic data omitted from official reports, these professionals have concluded that a new independent investigation into these mysterious collapses is needed.Mr. Gage will deliver the news around this major development, accompanied by signers of the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth petition. The press conference will be held concurrently in 38 cities in 6 countries.

These prominent architectural and engineering professionals will discuss the organization’s findings and concerns. A brief presentation of the explosive evidence they have compiled will be followed by Q & A. The presentation is an important update of “9/11: Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture of Destruction,” the DVD produced by the organization, and available on their website, which analyzes the scientific forensic evidence concluding that the three skyscrapers in New York City were demolished with explosives on 9/11.  The petition will be delivered today to every congressional representative by AE911Truth petition signers throughout the country.  Government officials will be notified that “Misprision of Treason”, US Code 18 (Sec. 2382), is a serious federal offense which requires those with evidence of treason to act…

If you have two hours, you can watch the talk (or just start it, but it’s actually really interesting and mouthwatering and scary. Skip to minute 21, or minute 46, or minute 70, or minute 76, or minute 91, or minute 94, or minute 103, or minute 110, to get disturbed with irrefutable truth). I’m a bit disappointed in the theme/design of his PowerPoint, as our society needs flashiness and class to be won, but whatever: this will make you nervous. This is not Zeitgeist, this is science. This is an example of how we’re only told what we need to be to believe. False consciousness.

On the other hand, it’s inspiring that non-conspirical (well, almost, maybe) groups are taking action: smart people! Humans are thinking!! And asking us why we’re so passive! Thank you TED (and I apologize for not attending even though Long Beach is your regional home at the moment)! How ironic this surfaces from the depths of the news at the same time it’s reported that Obama will make the final call on the “guilty suspects” of 9/11: by closing the case, could this render this independent research illegal, irrelevant? How ironic and sad that no one will listen to any source of information but those sponsored to reach their eyes. I’ll relate this with a rough draft bit from my academic mind right now (almost done being translated into English, I promise):

Throughout the duration of any type of occupation, we see collaboration above all else. Collaboration begins with a government, where a people is always seen under its direction, despite its own ideologies, perhaps stating that the government itself is merely an extension of the hand of the public. The Fourth Republic of France never tried to escape nor hide the fact that it wanted to simplify its people: the country’s new Tryptique stressed work, family, and patriotism, preaching the return to the earth.  This retour à la terre is more often than not perceived as the return to working with the earth to form communities, more sustainable and less dependent on external sources of nourishment or work. Such memorandum is easy to understand and does not threat with harsh implications to the public; thus from where could the complaints of the complacent come? This Révolution Nationale is a prime example of a government controlling the attitudes and mindsets of its people: to reconstruct the national soul is to rotate the perceptions of the individual.

Please understand the base of Marx’ theory of false consciousness: the material and institutional processes in capitalist society are misleading to the proletariat. To make sure the proletariat is complacent, happy, stupid. Let’s continue with the essay:

One has to look no further than our own war/revolution against terrorism and the post 9/11 battles against whomever we could conjure up reason. Look no further than the influence of the mass media in our lives: from that day on we have been constantly bombarded with advertisements for fear, to be wary of the turban and any spoken Arabic. Generally, with a television in almost every household being used almost daily, the average citizen watches the “news,” listens to it on the radio, or keeps “informed” via an online or print publication. Attributed to an obscure status quo developed by to what we unrealizingly expose ourselves daily, the norm of material desire can be simplified to nothing more than a comfortable amount of money and love, and everything that manifests itself with these: a house, a family, and entertainment. The adventure of travel or goals to change the world seem to have disappeared. “Cultural studies, drawing on a Marxist view of the production of reality, draw attention to the essential role of mass-mediated messages in sustaining the status quo, including the interests and perspectives of media managers and the interests they serve, which often are at odds with the everyday life experiences of audiences who use this popular culture content” **. While this is not a government telling us to “return to the earth,” this occupational symptom is unquestionably of the same psychological nature, affecting how a people believe they should be spending their time, living their lives.

**Altheide, David and R. Sam Michalowski. “Fear in the News: A Discourse of Control.” The Sociological Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Summer, 1999), pp. 475-503.

This actually really makes me want to continue writing the paper… This really makes me want to flee to France and finish Summer in a Prologue with my amazing new narrator character I’ve created and can live my life vicariously through as I type him out. What a bummer that school has to get in the way of everything. There’s so much to comment on regarding these subjects, but I ask one question (or rather, a handful):

What would the exposure of the truth behind 9/11 do? On whom would the blame be placed, assuming all evidence will have been well & destroyed, and the public doesn’t care to believe anything outside of corporate news? It doesn’t matter who did it nor why–though I do think the concept of capitalism could quite perfectly explain that. We’re discussing the French Revolution in my European History of the 19th century class. It was spurred and essentially passed by the bourgeoisie, the upper middle class. Napoleon needed to keep their interests in the forefront of his mind, keeping them happy so economy and society could continue/flourish so he could spread his modernism. Without their economic/power/etc issues regarding the aristocracy, no revolution would have passed. Sure, he played a big physical part in the revolution, but the truth was that no one gave a fuck about the proletariat. A flying fuck. That’s why the church could keep a part of its power under Napoleon, so the people could remain controlled. The bourg are into that shit. Yes, a mere fifteen years after the United States secedes from Britain (by the way, we’re the only ones who call it a “revolution”), France goes through the same shit we might reach in the upcoming years. Imagine what conspiracy theorists would have had to say back then.

Could this possibly make us realize we’re allowed to think? That the truth isn’t always on television? Could this instigate revolution? People say we need reform, what with the economy and bullshit “two party” system, but reform implies keeping the fundamentals the same. We are people with thought & passion, capable of so much. Why do we not realize this? Why must life be as we’re told? I need to finish this goddam paper. Getting a little too worked up, and my thoughts are hardly coherent.

Keep yourself busy with some articles:

We are complacent, passive tools.

FBI wants to keep records of our internet usage. The NSA is teaming  up with Google. Another terrorist attack is scheduled for anytime within 3-6 months. It could kill, or it could destroy infrastructure (economic?), or both. It’s so fucking succinct, I’m surprised they haven’t told us who we’ll kick the shit out of after. Obama already got that extra money for the military. I’m scaaaarredd!!! cry the Dada-toting little girls, running to hide behind commercial rap artist sunglasses.

Cognitive Infiltration. If the words alone don’t draw you with their delicious tones, the concept will: Obama advisors want to infiltrate conspiracy groups, labelled “extremists,” in efforts to disband them. What the fuck? Got fascism? Got a stupid fucking dumbass population that won’t give a shit if Britney Spears’ mental state isn’t involved? Yes. Some more from my paper:

In the United States, we choose not to look at our government like each powerful empire that proceeded it: a struggle for power. “No more fearsome research frontier exists than the secret and covert foreign operations of governments in war and peace. Fearsome, because hard evidence is elusive… [T]ens of thousands of persons have been engaged in a variety of secret activities costing billions of dollars. Most of this activity has occurred beyond public scrutiny. Indeed much of it has gone forward beyond the span of control of executive, let alone legislative authority.”* Perhaps this is not the subject of this article, nor relevant, nor confirmed true; but could one say that he has never heard the simple idea that the United States invaded Iraq for the oil? I would say, despite the truth that rests below everything, that every North American has heard this accusation, if not believed it. This thought alone creates a feeling of fear from any side that the truth may find itself. What Benito Mussolini had said of Fascist Italy of the early twentieth century of his own fascism, il corporativismo, corporativism, has been compared by economists of our own society to the contracts of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal: “’corporativism,’ an ill-defined industrial policy involving official state sponsorship of industry cartels and labor unions, remained something of a taboo topic… Finally, to the extent that a government systematically delegates such licensing or compelling power to private organizations, it is a corporatist government.”*** Putting aside the United States government’s hiring of private military companies like Blackwater Worldwide to assist in the situation in Iraq or Hurricane Katrina relief (through which, among others, the government has paid over $1 billion dollars in less than two decades), let us pose a hypothetical question: imagine China wanted to buy Boeing, a sizeable supplier of our country’s arms. How would the United States government, knowing this acquisition represents a direct threat to the armed forces of the country, act? As ambiguous at the moment as in Occupied France, such situations cannot be properly defined because it is not possible; therefore, all we can do is ask the question.

Stemming from the events following 9/11, Northern Arizona University’s sociology professor Kathleen Ferraro makes a direct, and thought-provoking, comparison of George W. Bush to Hitler: “Once in office, [both] passed laws suspending constitutional rights: the Enabling Act for Hitler, the Patriot Acts for Bush. Both men generated support for military aggression by control of the media and inaccurate portrayals of threats to national security.”** All the average proletariat knows of terrorism is that it is bad; the word inflicts fear, and the images we see concerning the subject are never short of horrifying. Consequently, this is not so strange to affirm that the media—the news, the cinema, advertisements: our daily exposure—reinforces the government’s regime.  Ferraro continues:

“And both men promoted images of a mythical past of harmony and unity of people that they would restore through purging of both polluting foreign and degenerate domestic elements… It includes the uses of language, film, music, photographs, stories and myths, and the spectacular physical landscapes that influence the kinds of questions and answers that people are able to articulate.” **

James Fallows, news analyst of the National Public Radio and regular contributor to The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, observes that “all countries fall into two categories: those that are so messed up we shouldn’t waste time thinking about them, and those that are messed up in a way that threatens our security […] We have a system of news media that tells people constantly that the world is out of control, that they will always be government by crooks, that their fellow citizens are about to kill them.”**** Today’s administration has succeeded in instilling fear, not only because we choose not to disbelieve it, but because this invisible status quo has disabled the development of the instinct to see the ambiguous gray within the good white and the evil black.

*“Untitled Review: Gehlen, Spy of the Century by E. H. Cookridge The Game of the Foxes: The Untold Story of German Espionage in the United States and Great Britain During World War II by Ladislas Farago, Project Paperclip: German Scientists and the Cold War by Clarence G. Lasby The Double Cross System in the War of 1939 to 1945 by J. C. Masterman.” The American Political Science Review Vol. 67, No. 4 (Dec., 1973), pp. 1436-1438.

**Ferraro, Kathleen J. “The Culture of Social Problems: Observations of the Third Reich, the Cold War, and Vietnam.” Social Problems Vol. 52 No. 1 (Feb., 2005):  pp 1-14.

***Whitman, James Q. “Of Corporatism, Fascism, and the First New Deal.” The American Journal of Comparative Law Vol. 39, No. 4 (Autumn, 1991), pp. 747-778.

****Held, Virginia.  “The Media and Political Violence.” The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1997), pp. 187-202

I could give a shit about whatever whoever is trying to do however, wherever. I have my own agenda, I have my own passions to fulfill. I do give a shit about, however, being taught to lack thought. Like mice, ready for testing. We have shitty vocabularies that do nothing but slow down our thought, preventing it from reaching new levels. We are human beings that need to be encouraged to live, to create, to fulfill. Okay, I have to go do homework. If you read this, please post your thoughts. Call my bullshit.

Oh yeah, and above all, I’ll still blame everything on the church:


okay well go ahead

no i just tried
but looking at it as manifested in words on the screen in facebook chat, it just doesn’t work

well what’s it about?

why i stopped talking to you
its about your age versus mine. its about my asshole consciousness versus everyone else’s. its about how i judge people for no reason without trying. its something that really bothers me because i’ve actually had periods where i’ve really missed hanging out with you

me too. but i didn’t think you felt that way at all. and it really bothered me because i felt like i was finally starting to get to know you and i really liked you.

yeah and that’s always what turns me off, when i’ve succeeded

yeah, well that turns every guy off

and its funny we’re having this conversation tonight because earlier today we discussed this same problem i have, a philosophy major and i
i think a bit more goes into my personal version of it
but yes, true.

well i didn’t like you THAT much haha

i’m gonna call you

i have to finish a paper first

so you’d prefer i type it?

no i just need to finish my paper first cause its due at 12

as is my bedtime
so go finish it
we’ll talk another time

alright well i’d rather hear tonight but okayyy

then do your paper and i’ll try to type


i have this problem where anyone i want to spend time with can never qualify some standard. it doesn’t matter who, there’s always SOMETHING. and i’ve known this for a long time but it wasn’t until this semester that i’ve acknowledged it. so basically there never exists this perfection i seek even though i know goddamn well that if it exists i will probably never encounter it. so you were no exception; the fact that you were younger didn’t bother me because as i’ve told you, you’re sharp and you’re smart and you’re on top of it (again, maybe its a youngest child thing)… but then the whole passive aggression began and i felt it showed where you were in how you deal with relationship, showed that you didn’t want to encounter what was really there versus what you wanted to encounter: why did it matter that i hung out and got drunk with your roommate? you’d known by that point that i get drunk every night, with everyone–it’s just what i do. it doesn’t mean that it means anything like it does with most people: i hang out with girls never even realizing it’s a date.

so then i was discussing it with my buddy today and we both just concluded, long story short, that i always have to find a problem with someone. because once i find myself ‘in a relationship’ i see all that i’m missing by not being in one, even though in the ‘loaner player stage (as he labels it)’ nothing ever happens, once the relationship begins is when you begin to miss out. and i subconsciously live by that mentality and it fucks me up

and you’d made it clear that you didn’t want to be ” that girl ” and since you’d said that i would never make it a truth…. so whatever factor it was, i couldn’t do it to you by continuing to hang out. be it then the roommate situation and what i found to be your immaturity that i didn’t need around, or just the fact that by hanging out with girls and getting drunk (like w/your roommate) would classify you as “that girl” in your book, i just didn’t want to deal with it
and the night of that barbecue i invited you to, i stopped texting you because i ended up blacking out and finding myself on the streets of downtown at 4 in the morning without half my clothes on (lol)
and if you don’t mind i may want to doctor this up and put it on my blog

okay but i need to say some things but first i have to finish this paper so go blog it and we’ll talk in a bit

i want you to say some things

i will



You should search for someone who meets your needs, and your version of “perfect.” but thats the thing, this person will probably end up being far from perfect and possibly far from what you thought your idea of perfect was. Falling in love (in one case) isn’t about that, because when you have such strong feelings for another person, you grow to love those imperfections. and if you can’t, then it usually means they aren’t the right person for you. I just don’t want you to go through life analyzing every person you meet to the point that you don’t like them anymore, because everyone has problems and imperfections, and you have to learn to accept that in order to make yourself happy.
And to be honest I’m really only a year younger than you. Yeah, you are a senior in college and you’ve experienced a lot, but the truth is I have too, just in different ways. Someone once told me that everyone has a story to tell, even if they don’t say anything. I’m sorry if you thought I was acting immature about the situation, but I think any girl would have been confused and you have to understand from everything I heard, it didn’t sound good. I probably should have just talked to you, but because we were just dating I don’t think I felt comfortable enough to do that. i didn’t want to come off too dramatic, that’s why i tried to tell you that way. plus i knew you hated passive aggressive people and i was pissed so i wanted to piss you off (which was immature). but we all have our moments.

Also, I was worried about being that girl because I don’t like hooking up with people just to hook up with them. I was fine with just dating, I just didn’t want to have sex with you, because i’m quite traditional and think it’s really special.
But, I totally get feeling like you’re missing out when you’re in a relationship, because you do. but that’s when you have to decide if it’s worth it, and when it’s the right person, i don’t think the things you’re missing out on will seem as important. we’re young, and you don’t have to be in a relationship right now, you should just have fun. hey that’s what you helped me realize! but don’t shut people out too quickly. you don’t want to miss out on that aspect of life.

i really don’t know what you want to say with all that

you mean what i want you to say?

but well put
its just well put how you’ve explained it
very very well
again, how i think versus end result is never a productive battle, and i agree with you

there’s really nothing left to discuss, i’m glad you understand things better than i’d assumed

more than glad, ecstatic, given how i’ve felt about it.. trying to ignore it

well that’s good. you are so complicated college_boy.

yes i know. i’m not really too happy about that but it is what it is

well at least you’re interesting

and honestly college_babe, there’s not much for me to say at this point. i’d like to hang out with you, but we’re not friends. i want to cuddle with you, i want to kiss you. i want to right now, after what you just said.
but i dont think u want that
and i dont want u to have to deal with that.
so i can do little else than just keep on saying hi how are you? on campus when i see you

i don’t really know what i want. i told you, you’re kind is so confusing. i don’t think i’d be willing to just jump right into that. maybe you can take me to coffee.

and clearly i don’t know what i want either. understanding that is the first step to understanding ‘my kind,’ though i do feel it’s impossible. i’ll take you out for coffee, because i’d like to hang out with you and discuss this sort of thing, but i can tell you i’m not sure it’ll mean anything more than coffee by that point
or earl gray, as i’ve been getting into it lately

that’ fine. i can’t tell you it will be either. but we can hang out and see

if you want to hang out we will
im just warning you it may be pretty direct. when you are you here during break?

you’re always direct. i’m going home friday. i’ll probably come up sometimes.

dare i leave it on you to tell me when you’re up here?

yeah i’ll let you know

i’ll be here all of it but a few days
god forbid i go home
but i have to get to bed
i’m glad we chatted

okay yeah me too, goodnight

good night college_babe

you work tomorrow?

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