From: Paul Kenyon
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 12:16 PM
To: PPP Information
Subject: April second: conspiracy theories
What's clear from your presentation is that you wish to label careful, non-conforming thought as "conspiracy theories." The fact is that, regarding most of the issues you polled for today's publication, we simply don't know enough about to form or voice a responsible opinion.
I've looked into just two issues where skeptics or the curious are labeled conspiracy theorists: 9/11 and CAGW. I'm a mechanical engineer which means that I am trained and experienced in applied physics...the study of how things work in our world and why...you know, the basics...and learned through that experience that I have no knowledge about most things. That's an uncomfortable place to be but it's correct for most of us and the only place to start. I've also learned to mistrust the media.
My father said to me ~50 years ago: "Believe nothing of what you hear and half of what you see." He was an electrical engineer, a brilliant inventor and is regarded as one of the "fathers" of radar. His advice wears better and better with time.
Basically, your poll insults the intelligence of people. Try asking some questions that offer a wider perspective of consideration and possibility of your audience. You'll teach them something and that would work to form a more considerate and thoughtful and better informed citizenry, though the results will be more informative than entertainment and, so, perhaps less interesting. But you entertain while slyly insulting and I am not a fan of that effort. Why do that? (You have made me suspicious....)
For the record and your information, I would have checked "Not sure" on almost all of the items because I didn't see it myself. But I do applied physics, as I said. I was trained in physics and, regarding the collapse of the world trade center in NYC on 9/11/2001, I applied that knowledge and my critical thinking skills, skills learned through and needed to do my work as a design engineer. The buildings fell too quickly (and too uniformly) to have that result been caused by fires in the upper floors. It just doesn't happen that way. Ask a truly independent physicist. The key to solving that mystery are the laws of: conservation of linear momentum and conservation of angular momentum...but just the first, linear momentum, will suffice. The lower floors are in the way of the falling upper floors. They are not moving and must be impacted and accelerated a floor at at time and that takes both time and energy from the collapse driver, gravity. The buildings fell in free fall time. That can only happen if there is no resistance to the fall all the way down. To accomplish that result, floors ahead of the collapse had to have been released from supporting structure ahead of the arrival of material falling from above, period.
What I do know about international incidents is that international politics is very complicated and that it is often in the interest of governments to manipulate the media, from which most people get their information. Given a news item, we really don't know what happened or why. We usually don't know the background. However, if information is being kept from the public as are the many video tapes of the side of the Pentagon where something flew into it on the morning of 9/11/2001, releasing just 5 frames of some reported 80 + tapes, there's reason to suspect information is being kept from the public. There may be good reason to do this, but the fact remains that information is being withheld and it's a good bet, then, that the official story differs from what really happened as will appear in the tapes (or why keep them secret?)
Last year Jenny Rivera's aircraft crashed into the ground in northern Mexico at an estimated 600 mph. The NTSB was on hand quickly as were news teams. Pieces of the aircraft were shown scattered all over in the video imagery we saw from the news teams. It was reported that body parts were recovered and taken for DNA analysis to identify who was on board. Human body parts and lots of aircraft parts were found.
This makes sense: a 45 caliber bullet from a 1911 model, 45 ACP pistol fired into the ground does not disintegrate the bullet which is made only of soft lead but travels at about 900 feet per second, or about 600 mph, the same speed as Riviera's aircraft and, by the way, the same reported speed as the commercial aircraft that crashed (or didn't) into the ground in Shanksville, PA on 9/11/2001 where there were no body parts found and no aircraft, engine or landing gear parts. (And which has subsequently been surrounded with a fence and declared a national monument, guarded.) Go figure. What do I believe? I believe no aircraft crashed into the ground in Shanksville. I have good reason for my belief: common sense coupled with similar examples with very different results. Basically, the official 9/11 story does not hold water. Again, ask an independent physicist.
I hope you folks will craft better polls in the future.