Seeing the Unseen, Part 2

Bill Whittle writes Eject! Eject! Eject!, one of the sites on our blogroll. He puts out a major essay only a few times a year, so you mightn’t visit it too often. Part 1 of a three part essay called “Seeing the Unseen” was published last November, and Part 2 was just published in the last 24 hours. Bill is an excellent, thoughtful writer and you should really take the time to read this essay.

The last time I had my teeth cleaned, my dental hygienist thought a good topic of conversation (soliloquy) while she was cleaning my teeth would be all about how the towers couldn’t have come down the way “they” said it did. She was giving me the whole 9/11 “Truthers” BS and I couldn’t respond because my tongue and gums were numbed and she was digging all around my mouth with a metal pick. That’s when it hit me that there aren’t just a few hundred wack-jobs out there who believe this nonsense, but lots of actual, real, everyday kind of people. My freakin’ hygienist, for crying out loud!

I’ve been meaning to print out some facts about the 9/11 research and drop them off for her, but I’m sure she’ll just write those off as “lies to keep the truth down.” I wonder if it wouldn’t be better to print this essay out for her instead. Maybe it’s a bit harsh for someone that’s going to be digging around inside my mouth. Maybe I should print the essay and some more fact-based articles. I go back May 2, so leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Rand mentions a Penn & Teller Bullshit episode on 9/11 conspiracy nuts. This came up in a quick google search–I assume this is the one you mean, Rand. It isn’t available to embed, for some reason.

The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) produced this FAQ and various other documents at

Popular Mechanics did an in-depth refutation of 9/11 conspiracy theorists.

Of course, I’m sure the “truthers” will just say these are more people in collusion with Bush, Halliburton, the Military-Industrial Complex, Neocons, or whoever they want to believe are responsible. Or they’ll just make up new “facts” to be refuted. Any other good links you can recommend?

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3 Responses to Seeing the Unseen, Part 2

  1. Rand says:

    IIRC, Penn and Teller’s B.S. does a great flambe of the 911 conspiracy theorists. The language is strong, so I wouldn’t suggest asking it to be played on the office system most dentists seem to have these days, but if you suggest it, and they go search it out, it would show some willingness to think, rather than most theorists who are nothing more than echo chambers for money grubbing scammers intent on spreading lies to get money or fame.

  2. Scott says:

    A (paraphrased) comment I was told this weekend: (a) Whittle’s piece is too long–he takes too long to get to the point. (b) It’s too harsh to give to the hygienist without a lot of work on her beforehand. If I just give it to her, it’ll just push her away from the truth.

  3. sammy says:

    It seems a small thing to risk “pushing her away from” a truth she is in no proximity to.

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