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Monday, April 30, 2007


 

Pity the poor 9-11 conspiracy "theorists"


Their precious "fire can't melt steel" "theory" (which in turn "proves" that the World Trade towers were blown up) just went up in flames, quite literally, on last night's 6:00 news, as millions of people all over the world watched a portion of a Bay Area freeway collapse after an overturned tanker truck fire "melted" (actually, softened sufficiently to cause a lack of structural integrity) the steel holding it up.

I'm sure they'll be in agony when they read this in today's paper:

The freeway collapsed more or less for the same reasons that the World Trade Center towers did on Sept. 11, 2001. The steel supports were baked at, and probably beyond, 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the point at which steel turns to rubber, said [University of California-Berkeley civil engineering Professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl], who studied the trade center collapse for the National Science Foundation.

"It's not to say the steel melted. Some portions may have melted, but the steel got soft, like rubber," he said. "When steel gets that warm, it loses its strength and cannot carry its load any more."
Ah, but don't worry, for conspiracy "theorists" there's always an out. I just saw an interview with an eyewitness (the guy who actually filmed the collapse, and no, he wasn't an Israeli) on TV, and he said from a distance he thought it was fireworks. Which "proves" that it wasn't fire that collapsed the freeway at all, but a controlled explosion (the "fireworks" he thought he saw), probably set by the government to make people think that fire can cause steel structures to collapse and hence disprove those pesky 9-11 "theories."

On another note, Gov. Schwarzenegger has magnanimously offered to alleviate the predicted massive disruption of commuting (this was a very strategically placed freeway interchange) by making mass transit free...for one day! Whoa, let's not go overboard, Governor. I'm talking, of course, about that world-famous "green" Governor, the one people are falling all over because of his supposed environmental consciousness. But free mass transit for a week, or, god forbid, permanently? That's way too "green" to even contemplate.

And, for an added bonus, the inspired silliness of Malvina Reynolds from 1959 (from her album "Malvina"), a song entitled "The Day the Freeway Froze" ("froze" not meant literally but referring instead to a massive traffic jam on the Los Angeles freeways).

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