Monday, June 15, 2009

California high school physics teacher gets Bush administration to correct its math mistake

Photo: California physics teacher David Chandler

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When does a government spokesman sound like a kid who didn't read his homework assignment?

When he's National Institute of Standards and Technology official S. Shyam Sunder presenting a report for public comment on the fall of World Trade Center building 7 (August 26, 2008).

Teacher David Chandler had a question for Mr. Sunder: "Any number of competent measurements using a variety of methods indicate ...WTC 7 fell with an acceleration within a few percent of the acceleration of gravity. Yet your report contradicts this, claiming a 40% slower based on a single data point. How could such a publicly-visible easily-measurable quantity be set aside?"

NIST spokesman Mr. S. Shyam Sunder needed more time to think about that question. He asked that the query be repeated. After the question was repeated, Mr. Sunder explained:

"Gravity is the loading function that applies to the structure, that applies to all bodies on this particular planet, not just in Ground Zero."

Huh? Did the Bush administration say that gravity applies to all bodies on this particular planet?

Did Mr. Sunder understand that he was discussing a technical report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, not making a special presentation for bring-your-child-to-work day? Did he not understand the question, even after hearing it twice? Watch the video and decide for yourself.

HERE is the video
of the presentation.
HERE is a New York Times story about the report.

Mr. Sunder insisted that Building 7 did NOT fall at the speed of freefall, but instead fell more slowly, because there were steel structures that were slowing the fall. "There was structural resistance."

Member of the public Steven Jones noted that the NIST report was mistaken in assuming constant speed. It seemed obvious that Engineer John Gross, lead investigator on the report, manipulated the data to match the desired scenario, in a strategy called "dry-labbing." A NIST engineer sitting next to Mr. Gross noted that this might need to be fixed in the final report.


In November 2008 NIST issued another report admitting that freefall occurred in the WTC 7 collapse.

More sources about the WTC 7 collapse are included in THIS ARTICLE.

CLICK HERE for a video of the building collapsing.

The World Trade Center Demolition as an Insurance Scam

Larry Silverstein and his partner Frank Lowy acquired a 99-year lease on the entire World Trade Center complex just weeks before the 9/11/01 attack. The deal was negotiated by Lewis Eisenberg, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Eisenberg was recently appointed chairman of the Republican National Committee. Eisenberg had resigned from Goldman Sachs in the 1980s after his secretary accused him of sexually harassing her. When New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman appointed Eisenberg chairman of the Port Authority, in February of 1996, Forbes Magazine wrote that it was "a strange political appointment, considering the part he played in the sex scandal that rocked Goldman and the financial community in the late 1980s."

Silverstein had built Seven World Trade Center in 1987 on property leased from the Port Authority, but the six-building World Trade Center complex remained under public control until Silverstein and Lowy obtained the 99-year lease on July 26, 2001. The new deal left Silverstein in control of 10.6 million square feet of WTC office space, and gave Lowy control of the 427,000-square-foot retail mall in the WTC basement.

Return on Investment

Slightly more than a year after the attack, The New York Times reported that developer Larry Silverstein and investors Lloyd Goldman and Joseph Cayre were close to receiving about $98 million from their down payment of $124 million toward the 99-year lease of the World Trade Center. Under the arrangement Silverstein would retain control over rebuilding office space at the site. 1

Lender GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation accused Silverstein of misallocating insurance awarded him for the 9/11/01 attack. In a complaint filed on Jan. 14, 2002 in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan the lender maintains Silverstein used some of the insurance money to pay lobbyists in Washington and Albany to limit his liability to the victims.

See this archive of articles about the insurance aspects of the World Trade Center destruction.
1. Most of WTC Down Payment to Be Returned,, 11/22/03 [cached]
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Larry Silverstein
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Born May 30, 1931 (age 81)
Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Alma mater New York University (NYU)

Larry A. Silverstein (born May 30, 1931) is an American real estate investor and developer in New York City.

Silverstein was born in Brooklyn, and became involved in real estate, together with his father, establishing Silverstein Properties. Silverstein separated from his business partner, Bernard Mendik, in 1977, and bought a number of large office buildings in Midtown and Lower Manhattan in the late 1970s. In 1980, Silverstein won a bid from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to construct 7 World Trade Center, to the north of the World Trade Center site. Silverstein was interested in acquiring the entire World Trade Center complex, and put in a bid when the Port Authority put it up for lease in 2000. Silverstein won the bid when a deal between the initial winner and the Port Authority fell through, and he signed the lease on July 24, 2001.

The owner of the World Trade Centre Larry Silverstein later he admitted that he had been involved in the decision to quote pull it or conduct a controlled demolition of building 7.

And yet he was, you know, in a mobbed up courtroom, he was able to get a double indemnity on his insurance money including nearly a billion dollars for building 7 alone, the building that he had admitted that he had demolished.

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