9/12

So What Have We Learned?

I’ve moved on to the 9/12 world, but yesterday Charles Stross wrote: Twelve years ago today, a cell of angry, highly committed, and (by the standards of their peers) extremely well trained young men executed the simultaneous hijacking of four airliners, and used them to mount a suicide attack on those they perceived as their […]

The 9/11 Memorial Is a Joke

I’ve been skeptical of the 9/11 memorial project before — it’s bigger than the World War II memorial in D.C. — and it turns out the costs are pretty outrageous.  

Welcome To the 9/12 World

Are some people still stuck in the 9/11 world? Over at Nobody’s Business, I explain why there’s no room for them here in the future.

A Few Thousand Other People Worth Remembering

I’ve written a few posts about 9/11 over the years. My wife used to work for Aon, which lost over 170 people on 9/11, and she’d met at least one of them, a nice guy named Jim Berger. And a few years ago, I stumbled across the memoral for U.S. Navy Commander Dan F. Shanower in […]

Exclusive WindySat Imagery!

In an effort to keep you up-to-date, Windypundit has sent its spy satellite (WindySat) to check out the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan to see if we could spot the downed Black Hawk helicopter. Sure enough! There it is. That black “X” shaped object to the left of the building. OK, I admit it. WindySat is down […]

Best Osama Death Reaction Ever

I know this is very, very wrong, but… (Hat tip: Matt Welch)

Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead!

Yes, the Wicked Witch is dead. The world is certainly a better place without Osama Bin Laden in it. I would have preferred that Bin Laden had been captured and put on trial, but I suppose he had no intention of allowing that to happen. A capture and trial would have highlighted the difference between […]

Police State Security Meets Puritan Morality

For almost a decade we have had heavy-handed rights abuses all in the name of keeping people safe from threats which kill far fewer people than traffic accidents do each year. We allow the files on your laptop to be perused with no cause. We take for granted that people can be detained indefinitely without being tried […]

So it’s 9/11 again…

So it’s 9/11 again… Actually, it isn’t. When we talk about “9/11″ we mean September 11, 2001. Today, however, is September 11, 2010. This 9/11 isn’t really The 9/11. The only relationship between today and the 9/11 that happened 3277 days ago is due to our calendar, which is related to the Earth’s position in […]

A Global Attack

Exactly why terrorists attacked the United States nine years ago is still debated. One fact that is clear, however, is that the United States is a special and unique place in the world. When terrorists killed nearly 3000 random people on American soil, they ended up killing not just Americans, but citizens of 76 other […]

Dead Letters

AP writer Meghan Barr has an article about dead letter handling for zipcode 10048: It is the kind of holiday mail that might have been tossed aside, discarded like any other piece of junk mail: a special gift offer for a facial at a local spa. Only the address on the letter no longer exists. […]

2,996

2,996 By one estimate, that’s how many people died in the terrorist attacks on 9/11. It’s also the number of people being memorialzed today in the blogosphere. Each person is being memorialized by at least one blogger. The official list is here: http://www.dcroe.com/2996/?page_id=2 That page is down right now because their hosting service has cut […]

Fourth Anniversary

Reason magazine has an open comment thread for 9/11 thoughts. Here’s mine: I remember watching the towers burn in real time as it was happening, and I remember wrestling with the fact that it was too late. No matter how rich and powerful and capable we are, we could never bring back all the people […]

Sally Goodrich

Some people are amazing. Sally Goodrich, whose son died in the Sept. 11 attacks, kept a grip on her grief as she surveyed the foundations of the Afghan school being built with money she raised in the United States. … Goodrich, a native of Bennington, Vt., and an administrator for schools in nearby North Adams, […]

Evacuation Engineering.

In one my September 11th anniversary postings I mentioned my initial back-of-the-envelope calculations on the World Trade Center death toll. My first thought had been that the World Trade Center holds 50,000 people and I might have just seen them all die. My brain eventually started working and I realized that people must have been […]

Cowardice, Part 2.

I’m writing today about a few things I would have written about last year if I’d had somewhere to write. When last year’s attacks started, President Bush was down in Florida. He broke off what he was doing and immediately boarded Air Force One. Instead of flying back to Washington, he flew to an Air […]

What is Terrorism?

I’m writing today about a few things I would have written about last year if I’d had somewhere to write. In the wake of 9/11, the question arose of how to tell the difference between war and terrorism. In particular, a lot of people tried to come up with a definition that made the attacks […]

Defense in Depth

While looking up information to write another post, I stumbled across this old Charles Murtaugh posting: So here’s my first blog rant of Spring. The papers have been full of detailed scientific stories about the physical circumstances that led to the collapse of the World Trade Center. I.e., did the physical impact of the hijacked […]

Cowardice, Part 1.

I’m writing today about a few things I would have written about last year if I’d had somewhere to write. Shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center, several people, including President Bush, called the perpetrators “cowards.” A mini-debate erupted over whether that term was appropriate. It’s a pointless argument. Naturally, I have an […]

9/11: My Memory.

I’m going to write today about a few things I would have written about last year if I’d had somewhere to write it. WindyPundit is not a diary blog, but I figured that on this anniversary of a very sad day I could indulge myself in a little bit of memory. I hope you’ll understand […]

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