Meria Heller's Keynote Address to the Kooks
Lots of amazing bits in this address. At 20:49 she quotes from a "great book" called The Puzzle of Fascism, which of course is one of Eric D. Williams' efforts. Apparently one of the aims of the conference is to rehabilitate Eric's name.
All I can say is that I hope they succeed in convincing 9-11 Deniers that, as more and more people at 9-11 Blogger are claiming, Williams is not a Holocaust Denier. Hey, folks, I have his book, from the brief period that he had it available for free on his website.
Meria spends a fair amount of time talking about the Holocaust; but she talks about the Holocaust in Iraq and Afghanistan, about the "silent' Holocaust of Global Warming, about the Holocaust of Arizona's desert which is being developed at the rate of an acre an hour.
More nuttery than you can imagine. At 22:45 we discover that Meria's got something in common with the John Birch Society:
"We have flouride in our water, which is a mind-control drug."
"We have contrails and chemtrails poisoning our skies. We have polluted fish, intersex fish (?), fish with Ebola and kidney disease."
Who knew fish had kidneys?
"We have leaders and members of this administration with dual citizenship with other countries. Well, whose agenda are they following?" (A helpful member of the crowd says, "Israel.")
"We need to account for Operation Paperclip, which enlisted the worst Nazis in our NASA and our CIA. Whose agenda are they following?" (Mercifully nobody suggests "Israel.")
At 38:30 she puts on a V for Vendetta mask. This seems to be the hot new movie for the crackpots.
At 45:12 (talking about the morning of 9-11):
"Bush was not protected by the Secret Service, nor was his exit route changed. His plane took off from Florida without any fighter jets protecting it. Why not? What did they know? Did they know he wasn't in any danger? Dick Cheney right away was smuggled into a hole like Punxatawny Phil."
Uh, pardon me for pointing this out, Meria, but wasn't Dick Cheney also in no danger? So why was he "smuggled into a hole"?
"Flight 93 supposedly went down in Shanksville, even though no plane parts, passengers, luggage or anything else was at the scene; maybe the government shot it down."
Also, check out the parody she does of the Star Spangled Banner at the end.
Update: BG points out in the comments this email (scroll down a bit) exchange he had with Meria about Richard Andrew Grove.
Grove's one of my favorite 9-11 figures; the clip that Meria played on her show was memorable indeed. He must have rambled on for 45 minutes and while he entertained, at the end of the show you were left trying to figure out exactly what he said and saw.
As I remember it, some companies had prepared software for other companies and he was involved and discovered that this software was being used to launder money, and he was supposed to be in the Twin Towers on 9-11 to confront some manager at Marsh & McClennan but he had been fired so he was just going back to the office as a favor to other people and so he was a little bit lackadaisical about getting there on time and as a result he survived.
James wrote a great post here in July about his appearance at the Chicago Trutherfest.