Rolling Stone Mag Shills for Gore’s Hooey Campaign (Updated)

Update 6/30/07

clipped from www.suntimes.com

Alarmist global warming claims melt under scientific scrutiny

In his new book, The Assault on Reason, Al Gore pleads, “We must stop tolerating the rejection and distortion of science. We must insist on an end to the cynical use of pseudo-studies known to be false for the purpose of intentionally clouding the public’s ability to discern the truth.” Gore repeatedly asks that science and reason displace cynical political posturing as the central focus of public discourse.

Many of the assertions Gore makes in his movie, ”An Inconvenient Truth,” have been refuted by science, both before and after he made them. Gore can show sincerity in his plea for scientific honesty by publicly acknowledging where science has rebutted his claims.

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Update 6/21/07

Inside Live Earth: The Struggle Behind Al Gore’s Concert for the Planet

>>> This article is from the latest issue of
Rolling Stone, on news stands until June 29th

Kevin Wall’s head is down, sorting through
the blizzard of messages on his BlackBerry as a taxi whisks him
through London’s Oxford Circus. He just left a meeting with a
representative from Prime Minister-elect Gordon Brown’s office and
is headed to a lunch with Ashok Sinha, head of the U.K.’s largest
environmental coalition, Stop Climate Chaos.

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6/15/07

National Affairs Daily Edited by Tim Dickinson

Al Gore’s Fight Against the Climate Crisis: Exclusive Audio

Al Gore may not officially be running for president (yet) but between his Oscar-nominated documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, his current book Assault on Reason, and his promotion of Live Earth (which takes place worldwide on July 7th) the man has already established himself as our nation’s undisputed leader when it comes to the environment.

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Liars Are Scratching Their Heads to Find the Right Spin

NIST Status Update on World Trade Center 7 Investigation

News Releases from NIST

NIST Status Update on World Trade Center 7 Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 29, 2007

CONTACT: Michael E. Newman
(301) 975-3025
michael.newman@nist.gov

A team of scientists and engineers at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that is investigating the collapse of New York City’s World Trade Center 7 (WTC 7) building expects to release its draft report for public comment by the end of the year. WTC 7 was a 47-story office building adjacent to the WTC towers (WTC 1 and 2) that collapsed following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. WTC 7 collapsed later that afternoon.

NIST’s investigation of WTC 7 includes an extremely complex analysis that incorporates detailed information about the building’s structure and construction, as well as data about fires, damage sustained from falling WTC 1 debris and other technical factors to determine its probable collapse sequence.

“We are proceeding as quickly as possible while rigorously testing and evaluating a wide range of scenarios to reach the most definitive conclusion possible,” said Shyam Sunder, WTC lead investigator for NIST. “The WTC 7 investigation is in some respects just as challenging, if not more so, than the study of the towers. However, the current study does benefit greatly from the significant technological advances achieved and lessons learned from our work on the towers.”

The NIST investigation team initially worked simultaneously on both the WTC towers and WTC 7 collapses. In June 2004, the team shifted to full-time study of the towers to develop needed simulation methods and other research tools and to expedite completion of the WTC towers report. Work resumed on the WTC 7 study in October 2005.

The current NIST working collapse hypothesis for WTC 7 is described in the June 2004 Progress Report on the Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster (Volume 1, page 17, as well as Appendix L), as follows:

An initial local failure occurred at the lower floors (below floor 13) of the building due to fire and/or debris induced structural damage of a critical column (the initiating event) which supported a large span floor bay with an area of about 2,000 square feet;

Vertical progression of the initial local failure occurred up to the east penthouse, as the large floor bays were unable to redistribute the loads, bringing down the interior structure below the east penthouse; and

Horizontal progression of the failure across the lower floors (in the region of floors 5 and 7, that were much thicker than the rest of the floors), triggered by damage due to the vertical failure, resulting in a disproportionate collapse of the entire structure.

This hypothesis may be supported or modified, or new hypotheses may be developed, through the course of the continuing investigation. NIST also is considering whether hypothetical blast events could have played a role in initiating the collapse. While NIST has found no evidence of a blast or controlled demolition event, NIST would like to determine the magnitude of hypothetical blast scenarios that could have led to the structural failure of one or more critical elements.

Updated information with the specific date for the public release of the NIST team’s draft report will be posted on the WTC investigation Web site, http://wtc.nist.gov/.

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Created: 06/29/2007
Last updated: 06/29/2007
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"Mushy" Essay Seems to Be Reasonable

Blogger Thoughts: I’m certainly not arguing for ‘Holocaust Denial”. However, the way that this essay skirts real issues and hard analysis conveys an overall intellectual laziness, or alternatively the intent to keep the nature of the propagandists overwhelming pervasiveness obscured.

clipped from liftingtheveils.com

Holocaust Denial Undermines Islam By Hamza Yusuf

Most of us are neither moderate nor extreme skeptics; we believe what our teachers told us. Although some of us learned later that perhaps a little skepticism was indeed warranted, we survived with our grasp of reality reasonably intact. We live in a world where facts are meaningful and opinions can be assessed, at least to the degree that we deem them sound or unsound. When it comes to religion, those of us who are raised in traditions often reject such assessments and simply believe what we were taught. For many religious people, skepticism is anathema, the work of the devil. However, our Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have always been concerned with and seriously interested in epistemology, because each of these faiths have profound truth claims that need substantiation or “believability.”

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Why Are These People Being Murdered?

Alex Constantine’s Anti-Fascist Research Bin

Wrestling Babylon: The Benoit Murders, the Strange Death of Sherri Martel Days Before, the “Prince of Darkness” & the Ring of Death

Last weekend, police found the bodies of professional wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy and son Daniel in Benoit’s suburban Atlanta home. The details that have emerged are grisly and strange. … Last year, performer Eddie Guerrero died of a sudden heart attack that many believe was brought on by years of steroid abuse. Other performers have recently died young, including Curt Hennig, who wrestled under the name “Mr. Perfect.”
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