söndag 3 maj 2015

Western media vs RT, PressTV and others

3rd of May 2015 was World Press Freedom Day and a world map was posted on Twitter among other places showing what the state of countries' press freedom is around the world. You can see the Twitter-post showing the map here .

On the map, one can take note of the press freedoms in Russia & Iran and compare with western countries in general. It's fairly obvious that western countries and the formerly mentioned countries Russia & Iran differ a lot when it comes to freedom of the press.

The reason I bring this up is because of how many truthers and other conspiracy theorists that complain about western media or often what they simply call "MainStream Media"(MSM). Often they also refer to Russia Today(RT), and in some cases PressTV from Iran(like Veterans Today for example).

Also, it's ironic how Julian Assange has been protected by countries like Russia, again considering the press freedom in Russia vs that of the West.

It's sad how Russia is not fully open and democratic. It has had such a long time to be able to transform and could become such a good country if it did, and maybe even join the EU. Russia is part of Europe and it's unfortunate with the latest tensions between Russia & Europe. Hopefully it can calm down in the near future.

Obviously, the worst situation for the press is in Syria and similar countries. It's disgusting what is going on there and how the press is attacked. To me it just further shows what an unjust conflict that is. It was a war at some point, but since a long time, it just seems like a stand-off and terror campaign against civilians. A Hell with no end in sight.

Why the Ground Zero fires lasted so long

An old newspaper article from November 2001 dealt with the efforts to fight the fire at Ground Zero. It brings up the firefighting efforts, the toxic chemicals and more.

2 paragraphs were extra interesting to me as it pertains to something that truthers have frequently brought up: why the fires lasted so long. Truthers often say the reason is thermite.

Fire experts in the article think different as I will quote now below:

It is no mystery why the fire has burned for so long. Mangled steel and concrete, plastics from office furniture and equipment, fuels from elevator hydraulics, cars and other sources are all in great supply in the six-story basement area where the two towers collapsed.
Water alone rarely can quench this kind of fire, which will burn as long as there is adequate fuel and oxygen and as long as heat cannot escape, fire experts said.

It can be useful to be aware of this as opposed to the explanation that truthers often give. Actually I am not ruling out thermite, but I have not seen evidence that I think conclusive proves thermite was found, nor used. Thus, I am not totally convinced it was thermite that Jones & Harrit showed. Again, I am not ruling it out, I am just skeptical that it was actually thermite.

Further, I find the explanation showed here from the article (page 2 of that article is where the quote is in and I linked to page 2) in New York Times much more probable and logical. That fire experts say it also gives it more credibility in my view.

Credit to Ronald Wieck from Hardfire (and in my 9/11-group on FB: "9/11 Conspiracy Theories are an Inside Job!").