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9-11 Unforgotten, Part Six: Free Fall

the falling manThis is the sixth installment in a planned set of ten Raging Pencils comics, each addressing facets of 9-11 I deem sorely underevaluated.

Now, please scoll down to Mike's Video Vault and immediately watch MIT engineer Mike King's assessment of the collapse of the towers.


Yes, the Twin Towers fell WAY too fast. If you're curious about the mathematics you'll find a very exacting investigation of the phenomena here.

And here's a bonus technical tidbit you might find interesting... the external sheathing of the building was just framed glass, it was structural steel members placed about 1.5 meters apart. The steel used in these members was thicker than the armor on WWII Soviet tanks. So just imagine how robust the central core must have been.


The funny thing about the combative comments I've been receiving as a result of this particular series of comics, all of which have been reposted in the circular file, is that they all say the same thing... "No, don't listen to this man. Come with me instead and I'll show you the truth."

My response is "Sorry, but we've had the 'truth' rammed down our throats for the past ten years. I prefer to believe my lying eyes."

What these people are really saying to me is "Shut up. Be quiet. Maintain the status quo. Don't rock the boat. War is peace. Up is down. Drill, baby, drill!"



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #77 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(77) 9-6-2011: Michelle Bachmann has a brilliant new answer for lots of high-paying jobs... slash the corporate tax rate to zero.... except corporate America is already paying an effective rate of zero. Even so, job creation is down the dumper. Back to the Etch-A-Sketch, Michelle.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm for the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? They've edited a James Hoffa speech to make it seem like a call to violence. Those little scamps.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Today's Google Chow.

The two world Trade centers were constructed around a central core consisting of 47 massive steel and concrete supports. These carried the central weight of the structures.

Even if all 47 supports had been sheared as a result of the attack... the upper portion of the building should have simply sloughed onto the top of the undamaged remainder.

nd yet, even though the structure was built to carry millions of tons of weight from the ground up the damaged sections of both buildings collapsed straight down at free-fall speeds.

They fell so fast it was as if the undamaged sections weren’t even there.

Isaac Newton would be miffed.

In addition, the structure of the building was reduced to huge pyroclastic clouds of powder, and huge girders were thrown hundreds of feet away.

There is only one explanation for that.

Controlled demolition..