Maybe it's just me, but I'm noticing a fairly impressive upsurge in 9/11 conspiracy theories here recently -- both on-line and in the paint.
These folks are incredibly frustrating for me, because no matter how logical, or how iron-clad your counter-argument is, they just (metaphorically) stuff their booger hooks into their ears, squinch their eyes shut and sing, "Lalalalala!" at the top of their lungs until you give up and walk away -- which they promptly count as proof that their nutty little theory is correct.
"The demolition of the World Trade Center is obviously a controlled demolition/implosion type event."
"Ever see the inside of a building that's been prepped for an implosion before it happens? You've got walls and floors missing, holes drilled everywhere, huge slices taken out of ceilings and pillars, and bundles of det cord as big around as my thigh going down the middle of halls and taking up most of the space in the stairwells. Don't you think that kind of prep-work would be fairly sodding obvious?"
"Implosion! Controlled demolition! Government cover-up! Lalalalala! Besides, Dr. Whozit is convinced!"
"Dr Whozit has a degree in Sub-Saharan Cultural Anthropology. His sum and total contribution to the world of science is an incomprehensible paper on the mating dances of the Hutu tribe. Structural engineering is a lee-tle bit out of his area of expertise."
"He's an expert! Government cover-up! Lalalala! Besides, he consulted with Hondo Whasisname, who has a degree in Strutural Engineering from Geshundteit University!"
"Ever researched Geshundteit U.? It consists of a fax machine, a Dell PC and an HP Document printer. It's usually located in room 7B over Sevi's Taqueria, unless the Oklahoma City PD Fraud Squad has another outstanding warrant, then you can find it by checking the local No-Tell Motel parking lots for a green-and-primer-grey 1986 Honda Civic."
"Government cover-up! Lalalala!"
And they lie.
I had one person post on a forum that there were "No eyewitnesses who saw a plane being flown anywhere near the Pentagon on 9/11."
I actually went to the trouble of finding a list of folks who testified that they saw a plane at treetop level over a highway heading directly for the Pentagon, called his attention to it, and posted the link for him.
Two days later, he's on another forum telling those folks the exact same line -- and since he got a list of folks who testified that they did, indeed, see a plane, I figure that makes him a damned liar.
Whenever I get suckered into debating one of these folks, I usually wind up with an insane urge to grab them by the throat and bounce their head off of the nearest convenient concrete surface, while shrieking colourful observations regarding their intelligence at the top of my lungs.
However, I have just seen my brother handle one of these folks at the local mall -- and the boy is a genius.
He points and laughs.
I'm talking knee-slapping whoops of belly-laughs, wiping tears, exhortations to, "Say that last one again -- go on!" Followed by, "No, you're serious? Oh, I'm sorry" with one minute of grace, before he starts snickering, which dissolves into gales of laughter again.
Apparently the local 9/11 conspiracy types don't handle pointing-and-laughing well at all.
Now, if I can only figured out how to implement this tactic on the World Wide Web...