I'm Breathing Dead People
The fifth anniversary of the destruction of the World
Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001 is just a few days away now, and today
the headlines tell of chronic illnesses among the workers at and near the site
of the towers, following five years of studies and investigations.
As if this were some unexpected revelation.
When the first tower fell and I watched that enormous
dust cloud billow over downtown Manhattan, my very first thought was "oh, crap, those
buildings were grandfathered out of the federal asbestos abatement requirements".
OK, call me a cold bastard for thinking about the
ecological disaster before the tragic deaths of thousands of innocent
working-class people. Go ahead. Get it out of your system.
I'm not totally inconsiderate mind you, I did have those
feelings for the doomed thousands beforehand, right about the time I realized this was
an attack on our country and our way of life and not
some errant idiot in a Cessna. Then just before the first tower went down
I was muttering some opinions about the fucking Arabs that were no doubt
responsible for this. But let's focus back on the point of this rant...
The government lies to you.
They do it every day and with almost whimsical ease.
Don't make too much fun of the conspiracy theorists -
fifty years from now, if you live that long, I bet you'll find out that half of
them were right, or all of them were half-right, or something.
I understand why the government lies of course.
Without getting unnecessarily analytical, I'll just say it's important to keep
the masses calm and ignorant. In most cases its under the guise of
national security (often read: covering the President's ass). In this
case, nobody wants a stampede. Or more of a stampede at least. And
the economic impact of nine million New Yorkers grabbing gas masks and heading
for the hills could bring this capitalist country of ours to its proverbial
What bothers me is how easily the majority of you citizens
will accept these
lies, fabrications and cover-ups.
That doesn't mean you should adopt the tin-foil hat
religion and immediately dismiss everything in mainstream media in favor of
paranoid ramblings from the so-called free press. It means you should
scrutinize the information you receive and the sources from which you receive
it. This is the Information Age; it has never been easier or faster to
perform research. Use some common sense!
First of all, ignoring the asbestos, what makes anyone
think that the dust and dirt from the uncontrolled collapse of two enormous
1000+ foot high buildings could ever be completely harmless? Shame on you
fools, whose gullibility is matched only by the audacity of the government
officials who swore the air was fine.
More importantly, can I really be the ONLY person in this city of nine million people
who remembered the asbestos problem with the World Trade Center towers?
The Port Authority, a greedy, shameless private organization masquerading as a public utility,
abused their stature to weasel their way out of asbestos abatement requirements, spending
years in court fighting their legal and moral obligations. It's been on TV
and in the news papers. I know it wasn't featured on HBO's "Sex and the
City" but still, how could you not remember.
Of course I'm not the only one who knew. And that is
precisely why the EPA had to work so hard to pound their lies into your mushy
little brains. Christine Whitman, that useless fucking bitch, that
criminally negligent miserable worthless cunt, stood there in front
of TV cameras day after day and lied her fucking ass off at the insistence of
the National Security Council.
Thanks, President Bush and Christine
ass-puppet Whitman. Fuck you both, right in your respective eye sockets.
Thousands of dim-witted but well-meaning sheep foolishly took your word for it, working
like animals in the futile hopes of finding someone alive in the millions of pounds
of wreckage, with little or no protection from what they were being exposed to.
Most now suffer health problems as a result, and many will eventually pay for it
with their lives, in some cases enduring slow, agonizing sickness before they
The collapse of the WTC towers released TEN MILLION POUNDS of
asbestos-containing material. Remember, asbestos is unsafe to breathe
in any amount. It is absolutely guaranteed to cause permanent lung
and stomach scarring and is well- known to cause an incurable variety of cancer.
Dust samples later taken one block from the site consisted of nearly one percent
asbestos. This is a huge amount.
Asbestos is far from being the only toxic material in the WTC dust, but it is the one that is internationally banned and
is the most sinister in its long-term effects.
It is likely that the number of deaths resulting from
toxin exposure during the WTC rescue and clean-up efforts will approach - and
may even eventually surpass - the number of deaths recorded due to the attack.
If that doesn't give you the heebie-jeebies...
A few years ago some clever folks visited a nearby TriBeCa
apartment and sprayed the walls with Luminol. Anyone who watches CSI
knows this as the stuff investigators use to find blood evidence in crime scenes. The results were dramatic but not unexpected - the pervasive dust that blanketed downtown Manhattan also consists of human
remains. Even after large scale cleanup efforts, inside and out, a fine
layer of human remains now coats everything touched by that dust cloud.
If there's a bright side, it is that vaporized human remains are
not known to be toxic!