Monday, June 4, 2012

Of the many weaknesses I've found in Dr. Wood's textbook


Señor El Once : Of the many weaknesses I've found in Dr. Wood's textbook
2012-06-04
Dear Mr. Syed, you wrote:
One of Dr. Wood’s central claims has always been that the central core steel in the building “dustified.” She bases this belief on a well known video taken from a particular angle. ... However, this is one angle from a rather low quality video. The angle is key. Have a look at this much higher quality footage of the same phenomenon, from a different angle. ... It is clear from this video that the steel spire is not turning to dust. It is falling, and in its wake, it’s shedding off some of the dust that has just coated it from the surrounding materials that have been “dustified” through the use of explosives.
Yes, you are correct. Of the many weaknesses I've found in Dr. Wood's textbook, this was one of them: relying on a particular angle for the demise of the spire to base her analysis on. It leaves the impression that the steel in the spire was turning to dust. Yet, views of the spire from different angles ought to change that assessment.
I agree with everything I've quoted from you except the last sentence, where you wrote:
[The spire] is falling, and in its wake, it’s shedding off some of the dust that has just coated it from the surrounding materials that have been “dustified” through the use of explosives.
Assuming your premise of the use of explosives for a moment, I don't see how the spire could have gotten coated with dust from the surrounding materials in the quantities that we see. Turbulence in the destruction and resulting winds would have made it difficult for dust to settle. Assuming Dr. Wood's premise of the use of directed energy weapons, I view the spire as the supporting structure for one of the top-level DEW devices, which were aimed away from it. By the time we see the spire, that DEW device has long since served its purpose and was disposed of. The way I understand and view this event, DEW devices would excite residual water molecules in material (e.g., concrete, drywall) instantly into steam, whose expanding volume pressure would "dustify" the material. What we see lingering in the air is the dust and steam from material that was moments before still attached to the spire and got zapped from below (I presume) by a clean-up beam. Similarly, when you view videos and images of the destruction, you'll see major pieces falling but with trailing gray matter as if on fire. Only they weren't on fire, and the trailing gray matter wasn't smoke. I view it as being dust and steam. David Chandler does prove that some of that falling matter does have "energetic" properties that allowed it to change directions like fireworks. I'm not arguing for mutual exclusivity of demolition mechanisms, so don't discount this in the least. However, most of the "steaming" falling pieces of debris lack other indications (e.g., flames) of a thermitic or incendiary process.
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