Friday, March 11, 2005

to: Popular Mechanics
from: Serendipity
re: 9/11

Three and a half years after the event -- to the day -- Serendipity has published a long new post called Reply to Popular Mechanics re 9/11. It's mostly fairly reserved and somewhat techical, at least compared to these introductory paragraphs:
Some magazine by the name of Popular Mechanics recently came out with an issue in which the main story was called 9/11: Debunking The Myths: "PM examines the evidence and consults the experts to refute the most persistent conspiracy theories of September 11." Really? Upon examination it turns out to be a shoddy piece of disinfo produced in a desperate attempt to defend against the fact that Americans are finally waking up and realizing that 9/11 was an inside job, that about 3000 people died at the hands of elements within their own government.

It is not the intention of this article to defend all of the "Claims" given by Popular Mechanics. Some of them may in fact be ludicrous. This is the "straw man" tactic, where an intellectually dishonest proponent sets up some ridiculous claim, which he attributes to "conspiracy theorists", and then proceeds to knock it down. This tactic is well-known to intelligent people, though apparently Popular Mechanics does not regard its readership as belonging to that class.
The short introductory outburst [which in my view is more than justified], is followed by 16 chapters of very restrained claim-and-response. Very interesting reading. It's been posted chapter by chapter over the past few weeks, and I've been watching it grow (at Serendipity's Most-Recently Added Items) but not wanting to tell you about it until it was finished.

Today the Most-Recently Added Items page finally says:
Reply to Popular Mechanics re 9/11 has been completed.
Hooray! Read it here: Reply to Popular Mechanics re 9/11.

Ask questions about it here too if you wish. ;-)