Midweek Cuckoo: Shane Houstein
The tagline on this blog warns that the comments may contain nuts, but sometimes even I am surprised by just how nuts some of them can be.
A while back I reviewed a book by Popular Mechanics on Debunking 9/11 Myths. The book continues where an article in Popular Mechanics left off, debunking 20-something commonly heard myths surrounding the events of September 11, 2001. The comments to that post have attracted a few people who believe the myths despite all evidence, but none have been quite as amusing, or quite as clearly cuckoo, as Shane Houstein. I invite you to read his comments from here forward.
Now my policy with someone this obviously invested in their little dreamworld, where they are the bearer of hidden truths and the enlightenment of the unsuspecting masses, is that there is simply no hope of convincing them otherwise with mere facts. Since they cling so tightly to a position that is blatantly ridiculous, I feel the only reasonable way to deal with them is ridicule. Allow me to regale you with some of the more entertaining extracts from his spittle-flecked proselityzing:
Remember: a present there is no solid proof to connect Osama to the 9/11 attacks. It’s that simple.
But Bush thinks that Osama did it, so away we go to war…
The thing that always makes me laugh about the ‘you can’t prove Osama was involved’ crowd is that they’re usually the same lot who are claiming ‘the US were warned about the attacks before they happened’. They are absolutely correct on that point. Saudi intelligence and other sources warned the US agencies of an impending attack (of unknown nature and unknown schedule so there wasn’t much they could really act on) by Al’Queda and Osama Bin Laden. Specifically.
Anyway the whole Osama issue is a complete strawman on the part of the conspiracy crowd, who seem to forget that many others have been investigated, arrested and even tried in connection with 9/11, around the world. Including the man who was named in the 9/11 Commission Report as the chief instigator, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is currently a prisoner of the US. Investigations into Osama’s involvement are ongoing, made difficult by his disappearance, hence the lack of indictment. Whatever you may think of the ‘war on terror’, the invasion of Afghanistan and the ongoing war in Iraq, Osama’s guilt or innocence regarding 9/11 is irrelevant to the subject. The fact is that the events of 9/11 are understandable as an impetus for hunting down terrorists, and the undisputed acts for which Osama is on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List are more than sufficient to classify him as a terrorist of the highest order. End of story.
I may be a loonatic, but there are many credible people out there (including physics professors) who believe that WC1, WC2 and WC7 were brought down by controlled demolition.
Shane is likely speaking here of Steve Jones, a professor of physics who specialises in cold fusion. He has no experience whatsoever with controlled demolition or the physics thereof. His own university has distanced itself from him and his position, to the point where he was pressured into early retirement after being sent on indefinite paid leave. The Engineering dept of the university has issued statements specifically opposing his findings. The paper he wrote was not published in an engineering journal, or even in a physics journal, and in fact it was never properly peer reviewed at all. He has also been caught out lying about the academic qualifications of the members of his ‘Scholars for 9/11 Truth’ organization, by the membership secretary, who subsequently resigned out of sheer disillusionment. Credible. Sure.
By the way, Osama bin Laden, unlike Steve Jones, does have a degree in civil engineering. Bet the conspiracy theorists don’t like to mention that little fact.
all of you need to open your eyes! you are being spoon fed bullshit! you are all on your way to doom!
Doom-y doom doom doom… how they do love to sing that song. Must be such a comfort from one’s dreary, unimportant little life to be the bearer of such important news.
and here’s something else to think about: if Osama was arrested tomorrow… do you think the public would want him charged with crimes relating to 9/11?
why do you think they would want that?
do you think the FBI would want him charged with it?
THINK THINK THINK!!
Um.. what? If your theory is that the American people are being falsely convinced that Osama did it, then why wouldn’t they want him charged with it? And if your theory is that the FBI is complicit in spreading this lie, then why wouldn’t they want him charged with it? How about throwing in a few more exclamation points there? It might help your statements make more sense. Also, you could possibly take your own advice and think instead of spewing the same unsupported, speculative garbage over and over again.
At the moment, we are nothing but batteries plugged into the f-ing matrix
Your just scared to take the Red-Pill
take the red pill, and open your eyes
Fanboy, anyone? Bet this guy wonders around in a black trenchcoat in the middle of summer, and wears sunglasses indoors. Probably a computer programmer who fancies one day he’ll open the door to his room in his parents’ basement and see a woman with a white rabbit tattoo…
you have obviously not researched the matter yourself at all!
…he says in a comment on a review of a book on the topic? No, of course not. No research at all. I’m practically known for putting forward unresearched opinions. Why don’t you go do some research yourself here and here, just for a start.
…because you refuse to believe that you own government could be so cruel…
Oh, now who’s not doing any research? It takes about 5 seconds of research on this blog to find out that I’m not American. Well done Shane, you’re a freaking research machine.
I want you to look at the footage of building 7 collapsing and listen to YOUR OWN EYES…
Funniest. Cuckoo. Quote. Ever.