I happened across the FBI "Ten Most Wanted" webpage, and clicked on Usama Bin Laden.
Why on earth would his supposedly biggest crime, the orchestrating of 9/11, not be mentioned in this FBI posting? Here's one explanation:
Any other ideas?
Then there's the fact that Israeli Mossad agents were filming the 9/11 attacks as they were happening, jumping for joy, and flicking and waving lighters in front of the ruins, like in a rock concert:
Remember my blog last year about how the WTC towers were demolished? Here's a link to Dr. Steven E. Jones' most recent article:
Finally, what if the towers hadn't collapsed? An article in The Nation sums it up (scroll down to the heading, "What If?")
Anyone want to offer a most likely scenario as to what happened on 9/11?
I used to hate when music was "functionalized" to create certain moods, like those watered-down "Classical Music for Relaxation" CD's. But I've come a long way since my puritan Absolutmusik beginnings, and now I'm psyched about tailoring music to help release emotions and transform moods, particularly in patients with chronic pain.
So I went through all my favorite tunes and identified four emotions that were evoked by each song. Then I made a list of the more common emotions among these songs, and tried to take apart the musical elements that created each emotion in the first place.
For example, let's take Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love You", a favorite Shen Vortex party song. Even a single measure from that song makes certain people want to get freaky on the dance floor (not me, of course). So what accounts for this, shall we say, "coital" element to the music? It's not the lyrics per se, since any part of the song (with or without vocals) would have the same effect. Comparing Jay-Z's party hit to similar songs by Nelly and Biggie Smalls, you can break it down into:
1) powerful bass+bassdrum beat both on downbeat and also syncopated (i.e., the "thrust")
2) loud clap on beats 2 and 4 (i.e., the end of the "impact" wave)
3) extra rhythmic tonal chord-riffs (i.e., "moans")
Kinda neat, eh? Now let's take a more subtle mood, "earnest". This is exemplified by songs like Josh Groben's hit "You Raise Me Up", or Schumann's "Traumerei", or the Beatle's "Let It Be". The common threads are 1) Andante tempo with little or no drums, 2) major or partly-major key, 3) alternating movement and stillness in a long winding mostly-contiguous melody, and 4) rising fourth followed by higher notes in the melody [this last criteria can be replaced by stalling of the melody line on the 2nd or 3rd pitch of the tonal scale defined by the tonic].
I've done the same for "exhilirating", "fresh", "energetic", "expressive", "coasting", "silly", "soaring", "introspective", "wandering", "we're all a joyful community", "cool", "fearless", "smooth", "warm", "searching", "triumphant", "driving", "rocking", "strong", "intoxicating", "cold", "mmm...right-on", "peaceful", "mystical", "discerning", "brandishing", "solemn", "tender", and "passionate". Of course, everything is somewhat context dependent and culture-specific, but I think there's hope for music therapy for the masses...
Hopefully the mainstream media will start picking up on this: