Daily Archives: September 10, 2010

‘Evidence proves 9/11 story is a lie’

Important evidence has emerged showing the official story the American public has been fed about the 9/11 attacks is a ‘lie,’ a group of architects and engineers say.

 Press TV | Sep 10, 2010

A day before the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth say evidence regarding the destruction of the World Trade Center towers has emerged that show pre-set explosives were used in the demolition of the buildings.

Gregg Roberts, who is a member of the non-profit organization disputing the results of official investigations into the September 11 attacks, says the “official story is a lie, it is a fraud.”

According to experts, the Twin Towers suffered total destruction within 10-14 seconds in near free fall accelerations which can only occur as a result of pre-set demolition explosives.

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 “There had to be explosives, there is no other way for the building to come symmetrically straight down… like a tree if you cut into the tree it falls to the side, that you cut,” said Steven Dusterwald, another member of the truth seeking organization.
The group also asserts that molten metal was found after the 9/11 inquiry.

“Jet fuel and office fires cannot melt iron or steel. They don’t even get half as hot as that and so something else was there, very energetic material that had to be placed throughout the buildings,” Roberts said.

“Once we take the blinders off, we can see. There are very few people in America who have taken the blinders off. So we are assisting people by showing them the evidence,” said founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth Richard Gage.

“The 600 architects I represent are most concerned about the freefall collapse of [World Trade Center] Building 7, the third skyscraper [that was] not hit by an airplane to fall on the afternoon of 9/11…the whole building is destroyed in 6.5 seconds,” the American Free Press quoted Gage as saying.

World Trade Center 7 reportedly collapsed about eight hours after the main World Trade Center towers fell.

The new evidence makes void the official story line that 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth group is calling on US Attorney General Eric Holder to request a federal grand jury investigation into this alleged cover-up, which Gage calls the “largest crime of the century.”

“If there is a responsible party,” former US Senator Mike Gravel told Press TV, “it ends with [former US President George W.] Bush and it comes down to [Former Vice President Dick] Cheney and then it comes down to the military and the various bureaucracies. No question that this kind of activity goes to the very top.”

Were Twin Towers downed by demolitions? Group thinks so

daytondailynews.com | Sep 9, 2010

 DAYTON — As the anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, approaches, members of the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth are focusing their attention on the World Trade Center Twin Towers.

Thursday, Sept. 9, Tim Lingg, the Ohio representative for the national architects and engineers group, will be at the local office of U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Centerville, to share findings that he says prove “all three of the skyscrapers that fell on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City were destroyed by controlled demolitions.”

Lingg will address the public at noon at 120 W. Third St.

Lingg’s local address will precede a press conference that Richard Gage, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, will have at 2 p.m. eastern at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The group’s members will be holding similar press conferences across the country today, according to press release issued by Lingg earlier this week.

In a press statement, Gage said, “Our findings corroborate the determination by more than 1,270 architects & engineers who have closely examined the characteristic features of the destruction and who are calling for a new investigation.”

The National Press Club conference will be web cast at www.AE911Truth.org.

For more information about today’s press conferences or the group’s findings, contact Congressional Outreach Team at www.AE911Truth.org. For information about the local event, call 367-1126.

Prince Charles touts woollen coffins as a more environmentally friendly way to go


The Prince of Wales inspects one of the Hainsworth’s woollen coffins

Woolly coffins on display in Prince’s garden

People should be buried in woollen coffins because it is a more environmentally friendly way of being laid to rest, the Prince of Wales has suggested, as part of a new campaign to promote green living.

Telegraph | Sep 9, 2010

By Louise Gray

The Prince asked for the woollen caskets to be put on display in his garden at the opening of a week-long festival to promote sustainable lifestyle choices.

He is said to support the idea. Not only because wool is a natural, sustainable and biodegradable material that will rot away in the earth or can be cremated, but because it supports British farming.

The cotton-lined coffins, which are reinforced with recycled cardboard, edged in jute and can be embroidered with personalised woollen name plates, are all made from British wool sourced from sheep farmers across the country.

The £600 to £800 coffins were on display at the opening of a Garden Party to Make a Difference.

The 12- day festival allows the public to see around the Prince’s garden in Clarence House for the first time, including his vegetable patch, the hose pipe from the bathroom window to recycle water for the plants and a number of other personal touches.

Celebrities including Alan Titchmarsh, Jools Holland and Dame Vivianne Westwood will be giving talks to encourage people to turn off the lights, recycle old clothes and even share baths.

There are also more than 100 exhibits showing people how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle including tips on growing your own fruit and vegetables, sewing your own clothes and even building your own eco house. It is part of the Start campaign, led by the Prince, to encourage people to combat climate cahnge through personal choices.

The Campaign for Wool exhibit includes a number of more unusual uses for wool such as insulation for the loft, office furnishings and fashion wear.

Rachel Hainsworth, of Natural Legacy, that manufactures the wool coffins, said the Prince first saw the caskets at the beginning of the year.

“He was really impressed with the coffins and asked for them specifically to be at the garden party,” she said. “He sees it is a way of being environmentally friendly all through your life. At the same time it supports British farmers which is a big area of interest to him.”

The woollen coffins were launched by Hainsworth woollen mills last summer and already more than 500 have sold. The patented line is now being sold in Europe and the US and will soon be available in Australia and New Zealand. The company hope to be selling more than 5,000 coffins a year within five years, meaning one per cent of people in the UK will be buried in woollen coffins.

Winston Churchill blamed for a millions of deaths in India famine


Winston Churchill said Britain could not spare the ships to transport emergency supplies  Photo: PA

Sir Winston Churchill may be one of Britain’s greatest wartime leaders, but in India he has been blamed for allowing more than a million people to die of starvation.

Rice paddies were turned over to jute for sandbag production.

Telegraph | Sep 9, 2010

Dean Nelson in New Delhi

According to a new book on the famine, Sir Winston ignored pleas for emergency food aid for millions in Bengal left to starve as their rice paddies were turned over to jute for sandbag production and supplies of rice from Burma stopped after Japanese occupation.

Between one and three million died of hunger in 1943.

The wartime leader said Britain could not spare the ships to transport emergency supplies as the streets of Calcutta filled with emaciated villagers from the surrounding countryside, but author Madhusree Mukerjee has unearthed new documents which challenge his claim.

In her book, Churchill’s Secret War, she cites ministry records and personal papers which reveal ships carrying cereals from Australia were bypassed India on their way to the Mediterranean where supplies were already abundant.

“It wasn’t a question of Churchill being inept: sending relief to Bengal was raised repeatedly and he and his close associates thwarted every effort,” the author said.

“The United States and Australia offered to send help but couldn’t because the war cabinet was not willing to release ships. And when the US offered to send grain on its own ships, that offer was not followed up by the British,” she added.

The man-made famine and the contrast between the plight of starving Indians and well-fed British officers dining in the city’s many colonial clubs has been described as one of the darkest chapters in British rule on the Indian subcontinent.

Miss Mukerjee blames Churchill’s ‘racism’ for his refusal to intervene.

He derided Gandhi as a “half-naked holy man” and once said: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”

He was known to favour Islam over Hinduism.

“Winston’s racist hatred was due to his loving the empire in the way a jealous husband loves his trophy wife: he would rather destroy it than let it go,” said Miss Mukerjee.

China’s UN diplomat in drunken rant against Americans


“I really don’t like Americans…” UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang  Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

China’s top-ranking UN diplomat embarked on a drunken rant against the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, telling his boss he’d “never liked” him, and adding for good measure that he didn’t like Americans either.

Telegraph | Sep 9, 2010

Peter Foster in Beijing

The outburst by Sha Zukang at a retreat for top UN officials in the Austrian ski resort of Alpbach left senior UN officials cringing in embarrassment as others tried to convince him to put down the microphone, according to Washington-based Foreign Policy magazine.

“I know you never liked me Mr. Secretary-General – well, I never liked you, either,” said Mr Sha as Mr Ban looked on, smiling and nodding awkwardly during the 15-minute toast attended by the UN’s top brass.

Mr Sha, who was appointed the UN undersecretary general for Economic and Social Affairs in 2007, also made no secret of his fractious relationship with Mr Ban, although did say he’d grown to respect the South Korean.

“You’ve been trying to get rid of me,” said 62-year-old Mr Sha according to the senior UN official present, “You can fire me anytime, you can fire me today.”

Later in his impromptu speech Mr Sha turned to an American colleague, singling out Bob Orr, from the executive office of the secretary-general.

“I really don’t like him: he’s an American and I really don’t like Americans,” he said.

A second senior UN official who was at the dinner said: “It went on for about ten or fifteen minutes but it felt like an hour.”

Officials present at the dinner suggested that Mr Sha might have been the victim of a misguided attempt at humour.

The next morning Mr Sha requested a meeting with Mr Ban during which he was “deeply apologetic” according to Farhan Haq, the acting deputy UN spokesman.

Mr Farhan said: “Mr Sha told the Secretary General that he realised that the way that he spoke, coming as it did after he had had a few drinks, was inappropriate, as it went too far. He was also aware that his statements had embarrassed and irritated other senior advisers.”

It is not the first time that Mr Sha, a career diplomat, has let the mask of diplomacy slip. In a BBC interview in 2006 he was goaded into a furious, shrieking attack on American criticisms of China’s rapidly growing defence budget.

“It is much better for [America] to shut up, keep quiet. Are you the number one? Is it true that the US has almost 50 per cent of the world’s military budget?”

The Chinese population is five or six times bigger.

“Why blame China? Forget it. It’s high time to shut up. It’s America’s sovereign right to do whatever is good for them. But don’t tell us what is good for China.”

UN peacekeepers “failed” to stop 500 Congo rapes of men, women and children


UN soldiers from an Indian batallion patrol around the internally displaced person camp of Kiwanja, in North Kivu province  Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

UN peacekeepers “failed” when they did not stop the mass rape of more than 500 men, women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last six weeks, a senior official has admitted.

UN peacekeepers stationed less than 20 miles away did nothing to stop the assaults.

Telegraph | Sep 8, 2010

Mike Pflanz in Nairobi

The number of assaults is twice that previously reported in the country’s east, Atul Khare told the UN Security Council.

Aid workers who reached a village captured by rebels in late July found that 242 women and children had been raped in the course of four days.

A unit of two dozen armed UN peacekeepers stationed less than 20 miles away did nothing to stop the assaults.

“While the primary responsibility for protection of civilians lies with the state, its national army and police force, clearly we have also failed,” Mr Khare, assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping, said after returning from a trip to eastern Congo.

“Our actions were not adequate, resulting in unacceptable brutalisation of the population of the villages in the area. We must do better.”

The UN’s mission in Congo, MONUSCO, is its largest and most expensive in the world, but has regularly been criticised for being ineffective, weak and badly managed.

Peacekeepers have in the past been sent home after they were accused of sexual abuse of children in areas they are supposed to be protecting.

The UN had earlier said that it was not aware of the most recent attacks until after Congolese and Rwandan rebels had left Luvungi town, despite running at least one patrol there while the attacks were ongoing.

But emails reportedly sent between the UN’s humanitarian office, other UN agencies and aid organisations allegedly alerted officials to the rebel takeover, and of at least one rape.

Ban Ki-moon expressed his “outrage” at the attacks and dispatched Mr Khare to investigate last week.

During his visit, the chief peacekeeper found reports of the mass rape or sexual violence against at least another 267 people, including men and children.

Rape has been used as a weapon of war throughout eastern Congo’s two decade civil war, which was supposed to have ended with a peace deal in 2003.

But violence continues as armed groups battle for control of lucrative mines producing metals vital for consumer electronics, including mobile phones, laptops and games consoles.

Obama says 9/11 Koran burning event will lead to attacks in US and Europe

Barack Obama has warned that an American pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of September 11 could lead to terrorist attacks in Europe and the US.

Telegraph | Sep 9, 2010

The US President warned that the “destructive” act of burning the Koran was a “recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda”, as outrage has built across the Islam world.

“You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who would be willing to blow themselves up in American cities or European cities,” he said.

“This is a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda.”

“If he’s listening, I hope he understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans. That this country has been built on the notion of freedom and religious tolerance.”

“And as a very practical matter, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women who are in uniform.”

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Indonesia and Pakistan, two of the world’s largest Muslim countries, have urged President Obama to ban the book burning an international campaign to put pressure on the US authorities grows in the Islamic world.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s leader, has written to Mr Obama asking him to personally intervene to stop irreparable damage to relations between the West and Muslims “threatening world peace”.

“In the letter, President Yudhoyono wrote that Indonesia and the US are building or bridging relations between the Western world and Islam. If the Koran burning occurs, then those efforts will be useless,” said Teuku Faizasyah, the Indonesian leader’s spokesman.

“There is a deep concern over the planned Koran burning ceremony as it could spark conflict among religions.”

The personal appeal from Indonesia will put Mr Obama, who spent four of his childhood years living in Jakarta, under intense pressure to ban the Koran burning in order to prevent a violent backlash across the Islamic world.

But he is also under domestic pressure not to be seen to give into Muslims ahead of Saturday’s ninth anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks amid a heated American row over Islam and a proposed mosue near New York’s Ground Zero.

Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s President, called on America to stop “such a senseless and outrageous act”.

“Anyone who even thought of such a despicable act must be suffering from a diseased mind and a sickly soul,” he said in a statement.

“It will inflame sentiments among Muslims throughout the world and cause irreparable damage to interfaith harmony and also to world peace.”

Sarah Palin, the former US vice presidential nominee, joined criticism of an “insensitive and an unnecessary provocation.”

“People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosue at Ground Zero,” she said.

Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister, who founded a Faith Foundation after leaving office to promote understanding between the world’s religions, also intervened.

“Those who wish to cause religious conflict are small in number but often manage to dominate the headlines,” he said.

“You do not have to be a Muslim to share a sense of deep concern at such a disrespectful way to treat the Holy Book of Islam. Rather than burn the Koran, I would encourage people to read it.”

Signs of a concerted international Islamic campaign to pressure the US were evident as Malaysia, another Muslim country in Asia, also announced that it is registering a formal protest over an “attack” on the whole of Islam.

“That is the most heinous crime and action, it’s unthinkable,” said Anifah Aman, Malaysia’s foreign minister.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that it is an attack on Muslims, it will not only anger the Muslims in Malaysia and throughout the world. The Christians also don’t condone this kind of action. I believe the America will take appropriate action so this thing will not happen.”

India, which has the world’s third largest Muslim population after Indonesia and Pakistan, has also stepped into the row by calling on Washington to take “strong action”.

“The US authorities have strongly condemned the statement of the pastor, religious leaders all over the world have condemned this proposed action, we too condemn the proposed actions of the pastor,” Palaniappan Chidambaram , the Indian home affairs minister said.

“We hope the US authorities will take strong action to prevent such an outrage being committed.”

Bahrain, home to the US Fifth Fleet, also intervened on Thursday to attack a “shameful act which is incompatible with the principles of tolerance and coexistence”.

Foreign ministry officals in Kuwait said that that the country’s Washington ambassador would ask the US authorities to ensure that “tolerant Islamic faith is respected”.

“This bizarre plan undermines our faith [and] is a flagrant insult to the feelings of Muslims worldwide and would ruin efforts to preach understanding amongst faiths,” said an official.

General David Petraeus, the US military commander in Afghanistan has warned that the burning will have global repercussions and endanger US military personnel serving abroad.

Brigadier General Hans-Werner Fritz, the commander of German troops in Afghanistan, said: “I only wish this wouldn’t happen, because it would provide a trigger … for violence towards all ISAF troops, including the Germans in northern Afghanistan.”

Despite the mounting pressure, Terry Jones, the pastor of an tiny extremist Christian church in Florida, has dismissed the calls for him off a bonfire of 200 Korans, to mark 9/11.

“As of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing,” he said.

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State said: “It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distrustful, disgraceful plan and get the world’s attention.”

Protests against the book burning have stated to speaf across the Islamic world, with demonstrations in Afghnaistan and Indonesia earlier this week.

About 200 lawyers were among protesters who marched and burned a US flag in the central Pakistani city of Multan, demanding that Washington halt the burning of the Muslim holy book.

“If Koran is burned, it would be beginning of destruction of America,” read one English-language banner held up by the protesters, who chanted “Down with America!”

“This is a plan by Zionists to put the entire world into trouble, so it should be foiled,” said Tari Naeemullah, the head of the Joint Civic Front, a coalition of non-governmental organisations in Multan.

Anjem Choudary, former leader of the banned Islamist organisation Islam4UK, called on radical Muslim groups around the world to burn American flags outside US embassies in retaliation.

“We have called for the people to burn the American flag so that instead of being humiliated or being intimidated they can make this day a day to remember the atrocities being committed in Muslim lands and to expose the aggressor,” he said.

Shape-shifting robot compensates for damaged limb

New Scientist | Sep 1, 2010

by Colin Barras

Think that shape-shifting robots, or ones that march on no matter how many limbs they lose, are just for Terminator films? Think again. A team of European roboticists have developed software that allows a modular robot to adapt when one part stops working.

David Johan Christensen at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, working with Alexander Spröwitz and Auke Ijspeert at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, simulated a quadruped robot constructed from a dozen Roombots – identical rounded robots that have been developed in Lausanne and which can combine to form a variety of modular shapes (see picture).

In the simulation, each Roombot alters its pattern of movement randomly every few seconds and assesses how those changes affect the quadruped’s overall velocity. After being given 10 minutes to find its feet, the quadruped had increased its speed from 5 centimetres per second to 31 cm/s.

When one Roombot was then made to malfunction – instantly slashing the walking speed to 15 cm/s – the quadruped learned to adapt its gait. After a further 20 minutes the hobbled robot had increased its walking speed to 21 cm/s.

Damage control

The virtual quadruped is not the first robot to learn to adapt after damage. In 2006, Josh Bongard of the University of Vermont in Burlington worked with Viktor Zykov and Hod Lipson of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, to design a multi-legged robot that uses knowledge of itself to work out how to adapt its gait if one leg malfunctions.

“The main difference is that our robot has no internal model of itself or the environment, and there is no centralised ‘brain’, but only a number of independently learning modules,” says Christensen. “We have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve the same level of adaptation” without needing such a brain, he says.

Lipson thinks that Christensen’s team’s new work is both interesting and promising. “This method is especially suited for distributed systems such as modular robots,” he says.

Bongard agrees, and adds that the two adaptive approaches could prove complementary. “A robot could adapt its pattern of locomotion while moving, yet at the same time use its self-model to mentally simulate new kinds of behaviours,” he says. “This would be similar to the way a hiker might continuously adapt her way of walking on a rocky path while thinking about how to climb up an approaching steep ascent.”

Scientists teach robots to deceive humans

Toronto Sun | Sep 9, 2010

The black robot intentionally knocked down the red marker to deceive the red robot into thinking it was hiding down the left corridor. Instead, the black robot is hiding inside the box in the centre pathway. (Georgia Tech/HO)

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie — U.S. researchers have given robots the ability be to deceptive.

“We have developed algorithms that allow a robot to determine whether it should deceive a human or other intelligent machine and we have designed techniques that help the robot select the best deceptive strategy to reduce its chance of being discovered,” said Ronald Arkin, a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing, in a release about the study.

The researchers taught a robot how to recognize when a situation warrants the use of deception, then programed it to behave appropriately.

They ran 20 hide-and-seek experiments with robots and markets. In one case, one robot would intentionally knock down a marker in such a way that make it look like it had gone one way, when in reality, the robot had hidden itself in a box.

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“The hider’s set of false communications was defined by selecting a pattern of knocked over markers that indicated a false hiding position in an attempt to say, for example, that it was going to the right and then actually go to the left,” research engineer Alan Wagner said.

The hider robots were able to deceive the seeker robots in 75% of the trials.

The robots were only unable to hide when they failed to knock over the correct markers to deceive anyone following them.

The researchers said the study — which was published this week online in the International Journal of Social Robotics — will help in places like a battlefield, where a robot can deceive an enemy soldier by creating a false trail, then hide so it will not be caught.

The researchers also said in a search-and-rescue operation, a robot may need to deceive in order to calm or get co-operation from a panicking victim.

“Most social robots will probably rarely use deception, but it’s still an important tool in the robot’s interactive arsenal, because robots that recognize the need for deception have advantages in terms of outcome compared to robots that do not recognize the need for deception,” Wagner said.