Saturday, October 20, 2007

How Many Mistakes Can You Find

This is almost like Loose Change 2; it's a veritable treasure hunt of mistakes, gaffes, distortions and outright lies.

The third steel-frame tower to ever fall, Tower 7, wasn’t hit by a plane, only some scattered debris. The fires in it were put out by the firemen. But the owner of Tower 7, Lucky Larry Silverstein, decided at 3:30 pm that there had been “such pain and suffering” that he decided to have it “pulled,” which is the pro’s term for controlled internal demolition.

And so, at about 5:30 pm, hardly two hours later, Tower 7 went boom, boom, boom, boom, boom and so on, down neatly into its footprint. And Lucky Larry made $500 million on the insurance, not to mention the billions in insurance on the lease he and his partners, among them the Blackstone Group, held for the WTC; the insurance that was raised by them a month before the attack to $3.5 billion and to include attack by terrorists. Subsequently, Larry asked for $7.1 billion back because it was two hits. But he and his pals had to settle for about $4.5 billion, poor babies.

Actually, the way that Kevin McPadden described it was "Babooom!"