Re: [OPE-L] Just how corrupt are the Bush Republicans?

From: Howard Engelskirchen (howarde@TWCNY.RR.COM)
Date: Mon Apr 16 2007 - 23:58:58 EDT

Hi Allin,

Since no doubt you did not find my Lego physics disquieting, try this:


----- Original Message -----
From: "Allin Cottrell" <cottrell@WFU.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 8:15 PM
Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Just how corrupt are the Bush Republicans?

> On Sun, 1 Apr 2007, Howard Engelskirchen wrote:
> > Hi Allin,
> >
> > I have thought the focus on conspiracy was always a diversion
> > from getting sensible information about a mass homicide.  Why
> > was the crime scene not subject to a really searching forensic
> > examination?
> That's a good question.  I don't know the answer.
> > But put that aside.  Since you have explored the issues can you
> > please explain to me how these three buildings fell to their
> > footprint...
> Baically, no, I don't claim to have the expertise.  If you have an
> hour to spare you could listen to the podcast on the Popular
> Mechanics site and see what you think.
> I will say one thing that I gathered from that site.  It seems the
> World Trade (WT) towers were of a unique construction, unlike
> other Manhattan skyscrapers.  They were build around a central
> core, with tubular steel supports on the outside of the building,
> and with 60-foot unsupported steel beams connecting these two
> structural elements.  Most skyscrapers have more of a steel grid
> structure, and more dispersed columns.
> The WT design choice was explained partly in architectural terms
> (the need to minimize weight per floor, given the unusual height
> of these things) and partly on financial grounds (the desire to
> maximize rentable square footage per floor, and hence not to have
> columns protruding through the floors other than at the core).
> I gather -- though, once again, I can't claim to confirm this --
> that this structural pattern helps explain the rapid catastrophic
> collapse.  I also gather that some experts, on first seeing video
> of the collapse, thought it "looked like" controlled demolition,
> but on learning about the structures did _not_ claim that it
> actually was such.  Finally, I gather that various conspiracy
> sites cited these experts' first impressions without adding their
> subsequent disclaimers.
> Allin.

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