Monday, June 25, 2007

Yet Another Dumb Journo Falls for the Deniers

At a Bay Area Democratic Club:

Most Americans expect over-the-top conspiracy theorists and extreme left wingers to call the 911 Commission Report a lie. But scientific-minded architects and engineers?

The Tri-Valley Democrats met this week in Dublin to hear Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth speak on the structural physics of the collapsed twin towers. His goal is to bring about further investigation.

"The public bought the 911 story hook, line and sinker. But the idea of questioning is very important," said Danville resident Ellis Goldberg, who is president of the club.

Gage provided scientific data and video footage to prove his hypothesis that the impact of the plane and the fire could not have taken down the steel frame buildings. He suggested the 110-story buildings were destroyed by controlled demolitions but did not speculate who was responsible for them.

The journo, Natalie O'Neill, fairly gushes as she describes this event. Wow, he proved his hypothesis? Natalie, I'd like you to meet NIST. Not some crackpot like Richard Gage NIST is actually made up of people who want to understand 9-11, not so they can sell their inevitable DVD and book (wait for it), but so they can design more reliable buildings in the future.

Structural steel melts at about 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, while plane fuel only burns up to 1,600 degrees. Knowing this, there is no way the heat could have caused the immense building frame to collapse, Gage said. He then made several references to steel frame high rise fires that have burned for up to 17 hours without melting the building's frame.

Yawn. It never ends with the melting steel.

Gage is every bit as retarded as I have thought:

The first plane's impact crashed into the top sixth of the north tower. Even with that segment demolished, the weight would not have been enough to crumble the rest of the building, he said.

"Is a mass of one kilogram, placed on top of a mass of five kilograms going to crush it? No," Gage said.

Is this guy really an architect? And is Natalie really a journalist?