Sunday, November 26, 2006

Let the Counter-Revolution Begin!

The Jones-Fetzer feud continues, with Fetzer going Trotskiy on him and kicking him out of the party. If Jones ends up dead in Mexico City with an ice pick in his head, we know who to suspect. Fetzer posts on their site:

It is the case that policies are in place for conduct on the forum, which members have been known to violate. In this case, however, the members who were banned–one of whom , Rick Siegel of "9/11 Eyewitness" and "9/11 Eyewitness — Hoboken", was in the middle of posting criticism of Steve when he was cut off in mid-post–appeared to me to have been denied access on political grounds, which is completely unacceptable.

For this reason and other actions and communications between us, I have temporarily removed Steve Jones as Co-Chair of Scholars for 9/11 Truth. I took this action because I had concluded that Steve’s conduct was undermining the objectives of the society, as the policies of the society state:

It looks like Judy Wood may be back, only a couple of months after she quit the group in protest:

After considerable reflection, I believe that turning Scholars into a non-profit corporation and relinquishing control of the society to a board of directors who would determine the management of the web site, the moderation of our forum, and the editing of our journal, provides the best solution and greatest promise for out [sic] future. The board of directors, in my view, should include a wide range of perspectives about possible causes of destruction at the WTC, encompassing perspectives as diverse as those of David Ray Griffin, Morgan Reynolds, Rick Siegel, and Judy Wood

Apparently Fetzer also discovers some of Wood's qualifications:

Even though space-based weapons have a history of actual experimental success dating at least from 1991–as Judy Wood, who specializes in optics in relation to mechanics, has observed--several kinds of fallacies can be combined to create enormous confusion in the mind of the public. Selective use of evidence ("special pleading") and personal attacks ("ad hominem") are especially effective against a background of widely held beliefs that may in fact be false ("popular sentiments"). The US has long been pursuing "full spectrum dominance" of air, land, sea, and space and aggressively developing high-tech weapons.

Now I have followed the "Scholars" as much as anyone, but I have never heard this. On her Clemson website, back when she actually was employed as an academic, she made no mention of this "specialty". Can anyone point to the peer-reviewed research she has done in this area?

Fetzer hilariously also complains about the perils of appearing on TV:

The potential to shift focus from devastating criticisms to comparative trivialities places apologists at a considerable rhetorical advantage. It is easy to lie and it can be difficult–even very difficult!–to explain why a deliberate falsehood is untrue. That is why our all too infrequent appearances on "Hannity & Colmes", "Scarborough Country", and even "The Factor" with Bill O’Reilly have become occasions for rejoicing or cringing. We run risks by appearing on some of these programs, but those risks are unavoidable if we are to reach out to their audience, which is an important segment of the American community.

I will agree, usually his appearances are occasions for cringing.


At 26 November, 2006 13:08, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

I do not cringe. Every time Fetzer goes on one of these shows I reach for the popcorn.


At 26 November, 2006 13:21, Blogger Stevew said...

He actually tries to make it sound like a ligitimate organization but he is a master at how to say nothing in 5000 words of mindless babble

At 26 November, 2006 13:30, Blogger Triterope said...

one of whom, Rick Siegel, was in the middle of posting criticism of Steve when he was cut off in mid-post

How do you interrupt someone making an Internet post? I'd be curious to know h--

At 26 November, 2006 13:38, Blogger R.Lange said...

. . .relinquishing control of the society to a board of directors who would determine the management of the web site, the moderation of our forum, and the editing of our journal. . .

What an amazingly impotent board of directors he's just proposed...

At 26 November, 2006 14:59, Blogger Richard said...

It's a little known fact that Marvin Bush is on the Board of Directors for Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

At 26 November, 2006 15:06, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

Yes I heard Barbara Bush is the incoming "science advisor" for their new "peer review"


At 26 November, 2006 18:54, Blogger roger_sq said...

Steven Jones should be president.

What the hell is wrong with these people anyway?

At 26 November, 2006 23:49, Blogger lilsumo said...

Fetzer, Reynolds, Woods, Siegel are tasked with discrediting any serious research into 9/11. Its just that simple.

At 26 November, 2006 23:50, Blogger lilsumo said...

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At 27 November, 2006 06:01, Blogger PhilBiker said...

Cringing? More like laughing.


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