Thursday, August 28, 2008

(UK) Times Gives Zero Three Stars?

All I can say is that the reviewer is overly credulous:

The Italian production company Telemaco has collated testimony which suggests that officials are lying about the events surrounding 9/11. The attacks, according to those heavy-weight sages Gore Vidal and Dario Fo, simply cannot be true. The inflammable evidence is this: an orange dropped from the top of the World Trade Centre would have hit the bottom only a second earlier than the top floor – supposedly impossible unless the building was rigged with military-grade plastic explosives.

There's a compound word for that, and the first part is bull. First, although several sources do claim the South Tower fell in about 10 seconds, that is simply a misreading of the seismic data. Debris was pelting the ground enough to measure on the Richter scale for about 10 seconds. My best estimate of the collapse times for each tower is in the 15-20 second range; it's hard to be more precise than that due to the dust obscuring the very end of the collapse.

As for those heavy-weight sages Gore Vidal and Dario Fo, they are out of the fields where they have any claim to sagehood. Fo, in particular, acts like a buffoon throughout the film. I have not spent any real time on this film because it seems like a throwback to Loose Change I; emphasizing the "16-foot" hole in the Pentagon, for example, by showing (over and over again) that picture with the spray from the fire engine obscuring the first floor.

One thing I have noticed. Although in the US, the "Truthers" are composed of about 50% leftists and 25% libertarian/survivalist types like Alex Jones, with a small percentage of paleocons of the Karen Johnson stripe and the rest defying characterization politically, in Europe the movement seems pretty much confined to the loony left. Fo, of course, is way out on the left; one of his most recent plays is Peace Mom, about Cindy Sheehan.

Hat Tip: Emailer Neil C.

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