Saturday, May 05, 2007

Take it. It's fine...

Many thanks to Antagonist for switching me onto a couple of video clips up on Gootube...

The first is a clip of mentalist Derren Brown passing off blank sheets of paper as money in NYC
and getting away with it, at least some of the time




If the techniques being used by Brown aren't immediately clear a quick perusal of the comments will give some idea of what he's up to. It's well worth understanding

It would be easy enough to dismiss what Brown does as merely an entertainment - a televised parlour game or curiousity. However, I'd argue that he is communicating something important about how easy it is to influence people and the nature of consent.

Or maybe he's just fucking with my head.

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The second video clip may or may not document an example of the kind of thing Brown may or may not be warning us about.

Personally, I don't have a lot of time for the 'no plane' theories that crop up when discussing what really may have happened on 9/11. They are a distraction from much more compelling and less contentious issues that are easier to communicate to someone with an open mind - the 'stand-down' of the US air force, Bush's behaviour on the day, the shenanigans around WTC7, the subsequent silence concerning the short trades, the five guys videoing the attack from across the river, and so on and so on - the list is long.

However, an amusing DIY video has appeared on Youtube that lays two live video feeds from the day, side by side, at the time of the second WTC strike. One appears to show a plane hitting the building, one doesn't...



Quite odd but I've not doubt that sooner or later someone will come up with a plausible-sounding rebuttal that people will accept or reject depending on their preconceptions. That's how the 9/11 story has played out so far

What's more interesting to me is another part of the clip where the makers overlay the live commentary from different TV stations to demonstrate just how similar and synchronized the different commentaries appear to be.

Again, someone will come come up with a rebuttal; based on similar kinds of people reacting to the same event in similar kinds of ways. However, there is something about the coincidence of the commentaries and their content that got the hairs on the back of my neck sticking up, particularly the apparently superfluous line...


'This is something you have seen on live television - just unfolding'

Sure, it could be just the babblings of a news commentator trying to keep talking but there's a little part of me that saying that this is just the sort of thing Derren Brown would say...

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6 comments:

omega3 said...

Did they teach trigonometry at your skool? (the science of angles)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzbeEdCnWfQ

Stef said...

Actually, trigonometry is the science of triangles - the clue's in the name

And if you know if anyone has done some science on the videos of the second WTC strike I'd genuinely love to see

In the meantime, there's are shit loads of other things that happened on 9/11 that make for better smoking guns

Anonymous said...

So how fast do you think I'd need to throw a coca cola can at a steel reinforced concrete structure for it to penetrate it like a pin piercing a balloon and emerging out the other side?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNiXcyaY2vc

If there are better smoking guns why bring up this one?

Stef said...

I posted the link the video because it is worth looking at - as much for the commentary from the news anchors as the shots of the planes/ no planes.

The footage is strange and the thought that those planes could punch through the 47 reinforced cores in the WTC towers is hard to swallow

But I'm no structural engineer so my intuition doesn't count for very much.

Anonymous said...

Follow your intuition on this one stef, no hijacked planes dismantles the official story fairly quickly.

Anonymous said...

The interest is in the commentary.