Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Resume Inflation

I have been making fun of the group "Scholars" for 9/11 "Truth", because despite their claims that 84% of Americans believe in their conspiracy, their group only managed to increase the number of "Full Members" from 76 to 77, since I first counted in May. They have added more new members during that time, but it was offset by all the members quitting, usually accusing the group of academic fraud, or even being part of the conspiracy itself.

Well now it appears they have managed to bump up their ranks a bit, to 93, although this seems to be mostly through ignoring, or at least "loosely interpreting" their own definition of "members (FM), who have or have had academic appointments or the professional equivalent". Here are some examples of these new members.

Virginia Abernethy (FM) Prof. Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University (ret.)

Seriously, does this group really need another psychologist? Well OK, maybe for internal use...

Joseph G. Buchman, Ph.D. (FM) Associate Professor of Marketing, Adams State College

Yeah, because we all know how essential marketing is to studying terrorist attacks and building collapses. Maybe he can do a focus group?

Jacqueline F. de Gaston, Ph.D. (FM) Family Science (BYU-prior)

What the heck is family science? I could claim my mom has a PhD in that.

Jack Keller (FM) Civil Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, Agricultural Engineering

Anytime they have someone with a qualification involving "engineering" it always becomes as vague as possible. No PhD's or teaching position, just "Irrigation Engineering". What does that mean, he sets up sprinkler systems in Provo?

Gera Rosy (FM) Sociology, taught at University of Texas at El Paso and Metropolitan State College in Denver

Hey, a sociologist with no degree, who taught something once. You never know when that might come in handy!

Kenneth Sowden (FM) Mathematics, West Hills Community College

Yes, that elite West Hills Community College. I think I saw them in US News & World Report ranked right next to Stanford.

Grant Williams (FM) Commercial construction with emphasis on seismic and structural engineering

OK, so the guy works in construction. My cousin is a carpenter. Does this make him a "scholar"?

Maybe they should just change their name to "People with vague job titles for 9/11 truth"?


At 31 October, 2006 12:29, Blogger remdem said...

It could be worse. They could have titles that are delibarately misleading, like labeling my parents "Domestic Engineers" with "Degrees" from "Community College of Philadelphia". Or labeling garbage collectors "Environmental Engineers" with a "Focus on Sanitation and Biodecomposition".

Finally, for the Numerology of the Week, we have this:

93 scholars... Flight 93... 9+3 = 12, minus the 1 scholar that left = 11. 11 as in 9/11. Wow! Thank you!

Next week on Numerology:
Bush stopped yesterday and had a cup of coffee... AT 9:11 AM!!! Signal to the mass media? Or is he giving us more hints, like the kid who already read the solution to a crossword puzzle and annoys you by giving hints as you're trying to do the damn thing yourself? Tune in next week!

At 31 October, 2006 12:33, Blogger tym said...

There should just be a dossier devoted to updating the member list and verifying the status of members in this group while pointing out the resume' padding and misleading job titles as relevant to actual work and academic experience.

I had to search around a few days ago for something similiar and found the '76 to 77 post' on here where someone said they'd wanna start a blog on that if they had time.

I'd totally wanna do the legwork with help. A full-on NWO style "hit piece" just pointing out the enormous gap in credibility just so I never have to see a list that begins with some french dude who thinks aliens from the Planet Ummo talk to him again cited as being the "relevant" figures.

Everything from news reports to searchable credential databases to searches of published works, etc could be used and just once and for all shatter the illusion of their grandeur.

The high profile figures are easy enough to tear down since they damage their own credibility with their insatiable need for publicity and attention, but more can be done.

At 31 October, 2006 13:39, Blogger CHF said...

Why do the "scholars" wave these people around as if they're at all relevant?

If I was trying to prove 9/11 was an inside job I wouldn't even count a "Family Science" PhD as being part of my army of "scholars."

I'd be too embarrassed.

At 31 October, 2006 14:55, Blogger telescopemerc said...

Note that these 'scholars' are listed as 'Engineering' not 'Engineers'. If they were actual engineers, as opposed to hobbyistic dabblers, they would have a small alphabet soup next to their degree and title.

At 31 October, 2006 15:20, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

I would like to see them produce one, just one, civil engineer PhD from a top school in America...just one.


At 31 October, 2006 15:52, Blogger Triterope said...

Once again, we see how strongly the 9/11 Truth movement isn't taking hold in America.

According to news aricles, there are 280,000 tenured professors in America. If one percent of them were Scholars for 9/11 Truth, that would be 2,800 people. As it is, they're counting construction workers and scholars with irrelevant degrees just to break 90.

At 31 October, 2006 19:01, Blogger ConsDemo said...

It also appears the Robert D. Steele has some resume problems, although in this case it is an omission. Remember when someone hyped his allege military service?


Well, I gave his comments on Synthetic Terror a less than sterling review and he had a very thin-skinned response (see comment #10 from him in response to comment #5) in


Many of his followers are equally uptight; I guess if your world view is founded on hate, you are bound to be humorless! In any case, Steele’s comment #19 is very revealing.

“Folks, I have spent 18 years building back my credibility from being called a lunatic in 1992 for publishing in Whole Earth Review my vanguard comment that open sources were better than secret sources.”

Seems to me that 1992+18=2010, maybe he is talking to us from the future. No matter, 1992 was also the end of alleged his time in military. Assuming his assertion of past service is accurate, perhaps his illustrious military career has a less than illustrious end. Maybe that explains his hatred for America, he was forced out of the military for being a loon.

At 31 October, 2006 19:04, Blogger ConsDemo said...

Sorry, the whole URL does show up. Just go to Amazon, look up "Synthetic Terror" (a very stupid book) and look for Steele's review among the 36 customer reviews and then the comments on his review.

At 31 October, 2006 19:41, Blogger James B. said...

Tym, I have considered doing a more detailed analysis of their membership, but it is actually rather difficult to find out anything about them. Many of them don't have any academic affiliation, and even then it is at a second rate college. You could pick 100 names out of the phone book of any college town and find a more distinguised group. So you can't find out much about these people, from the usual sources such as university websites, academic papers and conferences, news articles and such.

At 31 October, 2006 23:21, Blogger Simon Lazarus said...

93 members, eh?

Does this mean that they now have as many members as the number of Flight 93?


When they reach (or, if they reach) 175, it will be the same number as Flight 175!

More spooky!

Wow, is this amazing!

Now, I found this even more frightening coincidence!

Count the number of letters in these names:

Alex Jones - 9.

James Fetzer - 11.

9/11! Can you not see it!

Pure science! This means something! Of course! That's the ticket!

At 01 November, 2006 04:16, Blogger Avery Dylan said...

Like, hey man, I worked in constuction, and look at me, I'm a film maker now!

I mean, Loose Change, is like, somebody else's stuff with my name on it.

Like Louder than Words, we got to dress up. It was fun. I got to hold a bull horn.

Ha ha ha ha ha Boxcutters.

At 02 November, 2006 10:27, Blogger Swing Dangler said...

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At 02 November, 2006 10:33, Blogger Swing Dangler said...

What is that song again from Styxx?

Dedicated to JB:

He's got Too much time on my hands, its ticking away with his sanity
He's got too much time on his hands, its hard to believe such a calamity
He's got too much time on his hands and its ticking away from me
Too much time on his hands, too much time on his hands
Too much time on his hands

Well, He is a jet fuel geniusn - He can solve the worlds problems
Without even trying
He has dozens of friends and the fun never ends
That is, as long as Im buying
Is it any wonder Im not the president
(hes not the president)
Is it any wonder Im null and void?


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