Matt Naus will discuss the upcoming 9/11 Myth Destruction Picnic on Truth Jihad Radio Wednesday, July 12th, 1 to 1:30 p.m. (followed by Susan Lindauer on Libya till 2, then Methodist minister James Wall, former Editor and current Contributing Editor of Christian Century Magazine, from 2 to 3).
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What's the best way to destroy an evil, poisonous myth?
One method: Prove that it isn't true.
The 9/11 truth movement has long since done that. At this late date, anybody who thinks WTC-7 came straight down in 6.5 seconds from a few modest fires and a hitherto-unknown phenomenon called "thermal expansion" may as well still believe in Santa Claus.
The problem is, empirical truth isn't enough. In fact, it isn't really the issue. Myths (sacred narratives) work in a realm of symbolism, image, and emotion. Trying to knock out a pernicious myth with critical reason and empirical fact is a little bit like trying to slow down an approaching fifty-foot tidal wave by shining a flashlight at it.
9/11 was the biggest symbolic event ever; it walloped collective human emotions much more powerfully than any other event in history. To undo its evil effects, we need to channel a whole lot of symbolic/emotional power against it.
And that is what the 9/11 Myth Destruction Picnic does.
The 9/11 Myth Destruction Picnic is the brainchild of Matt Naus, who shares with Lou Stolzenberg the the unofficial title as Wisconsin's most dedicated, hardest-working 9/11 truth activist.
Matt participated in the 2006 - 2007 Boston Tea Parties for 9/11 Truth, during which gargantuan effigies of the 9/11 Commission Report were thrown into Boston Harbor. (These events launched the Tea Party movement, for better or worse...)
The problem with the Boston Tea Party for truth was: Who wants to do an outdoor event in December?
So Matt said: Why not destroy the 9/11 Commission Report, and the myth it embodies, on the anniversary of its publication...which happens to be July 22nd?
The fun part: Thinking up ways to destroy the accurséd book! Matt suggests: "1) shred it and add the shredded paper with some animal waste, like from a bull, into a compost mixture 2) tar & feather it 3) drill holes in it 4) barbeque it 5) pretend to pee on it (we don't want to violate any laws) we'll fill a long balloon with Mellow Yellow and then poke a pin size hole in the balloon squirting out the Mellow Yellow and make it look like we are pissing on it."
Matt's Milwaukee picnic starts at 1 pm and continues till dusk. It will take place Friday, July 22nd, at Juneau Park 801 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee.
I urge everyone to hold their own 9/11 Myth Destruction Picnic on Friday, July 22nd, 2011 -- the seventh anniversary of the emergence of the foul and putrid Report from the south end of a north-facing bull owned by self-proclaimed mythologist Philip Zelikow.
Since 9/11's tenth anniversary is fast approaching, the media should be hungry for interesting, colorful stories of the way people are commemorating the biggest event of the century. Send out press releases announcing the Myth Destruction Picnic just in case there is an honest news outlet in your area. (If you live in a small town or rural area, the odds are pretty good.)
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And speaking of myths, a certain "f---g scumbag" named David Aaronovitch (that's what he claims Ian Henshall called him, and hey, if it fits, wear it) libeled me in the Jewish Chronicle two weeks ago by brutally ripping my words out of context in order to falsely characterize my views on the Nazi holocaust. Aaronivitch wrote: "(Richard) Gage himself has appeared on a US radio programme hosted by one Kevin Barrett, who has described the Holocaust as a 'destructive myth.'"
Aaronovitch either recklessly or intentionally neglected to mention that when I speak of the Holocaust as a myth, I always make it clear that I am using the scholarly sense of the word myth (sacred narrative) rather than the vernacular sense ("lie," false account). Additionally, I have on literally hundreds of occasions made statements that make it clear that I do not dispute the gist of the standard Western historical account of German mass murders of Gypsies, Jews, homosexuals, communists, handicapped people, slavs, and so on during World War II. In fact, I get all kinds of flak from people who DO dispute the standard account of these events, precisely because I do not.
By falsely implying that I deny the standard account of these Nazi murders, Aaronivitch commits libel. Indeed, he accuses me of a speech act that is a crime in many Western European countries, including some I traveled through shortly before he published his libel!
I understand that the UK libel laws are much stronger than the American ones. Maybe it's time for Ian Henshall and I to find a good British lawyer.
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