My thoughts on September 11, 2002
I've found some interesting links related to this topic which I think you all might like to read: CSICOP Hoax Watch from Skeptical Inquirer magazine and How We Can Defeat Terrorism by Reacting to It More Rationally
I was watching the ceremonies today in New York. The former Mayor was reading the names of the dead. Naturally, I couldn't listen to the whole list, that's just too much to bear. And I haven't wanted to put down my words here for others to read all this past year. What is there to say?? That some people are so filled with hatred that they would rather kill themselves and as many other innocent people as possible???
I just can't get my mind around the concept.
At 6AM I got up - as is usual for me - and listen to the Howard Stern Radio Show. He was talking to people who had failing business's in the downtown area. Since the Radio station was commercial free today he was letting these people have free access to the airwaves so they could talk about their situation. He had on people who survived the fall of the Towers. Just! As usual, it was riveting radio.
After the first 3 hours of live radio he re-broadcast his show from last September 11th. I also heard that a year ago, naturally, and that was when I first heard the news. It's available on the web and I'm posting the links below. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say it's a brilliant broadcast that's as riveting and compelling as Edward R Murrow was during World War II.
And it's weird to listen to the first 3 hours knowing that something horrible is about to happen!
I've heard this several times and it just makes the hair on my neck stand up. You really feel like you are there. No one could make this experience more real. Anyway, I'm really not trying to "sell" it, I just want it available to whoever wants to know what it was like to be in New York that morning. And if the links don't seem to work - they sometimes don't - I have these files and if you ask nicely I may consider burning them on a CD and sending you a copy. Ask HERE
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The show from sept 11, 2001. mp3
Part one of the sept 11, 2002 show, mp3
Part two of the sept 11, 2002 show, mp3
As I said before I have trouble getting my thoughts around this horror. So I'm just jotting down some "random thoughts" as they come to me. I'm not a politician, I don't have to sound clever. Anyway, Rudie Guiliani said Everything right. He never made a wrong statement and is an inspiration to anyone with two brain cells.
I'm Not religious at all. I'm not interested in any arguments that basically start with a "my religion is better than your religion" premise. I just don't give a rat's ass. As far as I'm concerned all religion is stupid. It's private and should be kept that way. If you like your little "beliefs", then have them and have fun. Just don't shove it down anyone's throat. Especially mine.
I'd like to point out that people from about 78 or so countries were working in the WTC. This was an attack on "western" culture, not just Americans. The whole concept of a "World Trade Center" is peace through commerce. Prosperity through trade. People helping each other to survive and live better.
I'm not one of those people that thinks America is the "greatest" anything in the world. It's Bill of rights is really it's greatest asset. But as Thomas Jefferson said, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance". It doesn't just happen, we have to make it happen. I've seen plenty of "ugly" American's myself, but it's never made me want to throw a plane through a building. This Anti-American attitude that seems to plague the Middle East is really their own mental problem. They live in some miserable dictatorship so they don't understand pluralism. We are allowed lots of opinions over here. They are allowed none. So while I don't agree with much of what politicians may do, I don't have to get violent about it. They are sad, desperate people. Middle Easterners as well as politicians!
Really, the best solution to such misery is prosperity. Why are the evil leaders of these countries allowed to even live??
If you have read my thoughts on Falwell (see the link above) I'll be repeating this slightly: Some years ago I was in Europe with my mother visiting relatives. We went to a Cathedral that had been destroyed during World War II. They had pictures of the stones lying around like rubble. Considering that these buildings took about a century to make and an entire village and generations to complete, these pictures just broke your heart. But I was standing in this very church and it looked untouched! After the war everyone (whoever that was) took up the challenge to rebuild and did it. When some people question what should be done at the WTC site, I say, rebuild! Make it big and glorious! The way to honor the dead as well as the living is the create, create, and create some more! Those people were trying to do something constructive in those buildings. It wasn't "simply" making money or just earning a living. Don't get me wrong, I'm not an investment banker or anything like that. I know nothing about money. That's why I have so little of it! I'm referring to the commerce that makes communication between countries possible and desirable. You don't want to have a war with someone you are trading with. The World Trade Center stood for peace and we need to show the world how important that concept really is.
Terrorist are into destruction because they are too stupid to work out a better "solution" to their local problems. this is very sad. but, I for one am not interested in "teaching" them to think right. I just want to wipe the ugly grins from their faces.
"anger is an energy" PIL
"..how do we sleep while our beds are burning?" Midnight Oil
Ground zero as seen from sky: Click here
Thoughts on hatred: Click Here
A wine merchant from lower Manhatten who's business has been badly affected by the attack: Click here
September 15, 2002 - Reopened Subway lines 1 and 9
This is a fun little site just for New Yorkers who want to keep in touch. And everyone else who likes New York!
I love the New York Subway. It made New York! Here's a map!
A Slight Injection of Humor
In light of recent events in Florida on the subject of Profiling, here is a little "test" one can take to put things in perspective.
Please pause a moment and reflect back, by taking the following Multiple Choice test:
1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and
Nope, no patterns anywhere to justify profiling!So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, Secret Service agents who are members of the President's security detail, former Speaker of the House, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal-of-Honor winning former Governors.