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Friday, November 11, 2005

Cool! I Get to Try Out My New "Tinfoil Hat" Graphic! 

Everyone - right, left, and center - enjoys a good conspiracy theory, but I'm not sure how well this sort of thing will go over in Utah, where they loves them some Chimpy almost as much as they love green jello with shredded carrots and Postum:
Tinfoil hatThe physics of 9/11 — including how fast and symmetrically one of the World Trade Center buildings fell — prove that official explanations of the collapses are wrong, says a Brigham Young University physics professor.

In fact, it's likely that there were "pre-positioned explosives" in all three buildings at ground zero, says Steven E. Jones.

In a paper posted online Tuesday and accepted for peer-reviewed publication next year, Jones adds his voice to those of previous skeptics, including the authors of the Web site www.wtc7.net, whose research Jones quotes. Jones' article can be found at www.physics.byu.edu/research/energy/htm7.html.

"It is quite plausible that explosives were pre-planted in all three (WTC) buildings," BYU physics professor Steven E. Jones says.

Jones, who conducts research in fusion and solar energy at BYU, is calling for an independent, international scientific investigation "guided not by politicized notions and constraints but rather by observations and calculations.

"It is quite plausible that explosives were pre-planted in all three buildings and set off after the two plane crashes — which were actually a diversion tactic," he writes. "Muslims are (probably) not to blame for bringing down the WTC buildings after all," Jones writes.

As for speculation about who might have planted the explosives, Jones said, "I don't usually go there. There's no point in doing that until we do the scientific investigation."

Let me make clear that I think this stuff is nuts, but let's suppose for a moment that there's something to it: A successful coverup of this magnitude would require massive lying to the American public by the Bush administration on a mindnumbing scale. I don't imagine that proposing such a thing is likely to make one terribly popular on the campus of BYU. Prof. Jones might be certifiable, but he doesn't lack for yarbles.

Update 11/14/05: If you are interested in seeing some actual science - you know, the non-crazy kind - relating to this topic, it's available here.

 

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