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Array THE UBYSSEY
Vol.LXXXVIH   N°3	
VIFF SNEAK PEAK
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Page 9
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Tuesday, 12 September, 2006
9/11 CONSPIRACIES
Truth, lies,and videotape.
Pages 10 and 11
No Webvote for fall elections
by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
Constituencies won't have the option
of using Webvote for the upcoming
fall elections, due to financial constraints.
Brian Silzer, associate VP of
Enrollment Services and Registrar
said he approached the AMS executive three years ago to tell them that
the University didn't have the
resources to fund Webvote other than
for the AMS elections.
"I was very direct about that right
at the outset," said Silzer.
Silzer said he cannot quantify how
much the service would cost if it was
extended to all constituencies.
"For me, what it translates to is an
employee to service this need or a
part-time employee...that's the way
we've been quantifying it," said
Silzer. "I don't have that person or
part of a person to assign to this at
this point."
According to Silzer, it is still
unclear what the scope of this extension of the service would be, including its boundaries, to make an accurate assessment "We're not trying to
profit from this. It's just basically a
cost-recovery initiative."
But he remains optimistic about
negotiations. "We need to put this
one away and move on," he said,
adding that negotiations are continuous with every new executive trying
to expand the service.
But Jeff Friedrich, VP Academic
and University Affairs said they were
given a cost estimate of $25,000 per
year. He said the University stipulated that all constituencies must be
involved.
"The financial issues really
haven't been quantified so we've
been left in a pretty difficult position
of negotiating with the University,
and they're being very slow to do so,"
said Friedrich, adding that other universities with similar software programs only pay $ 13,000 to $ 17,000.
"I feel like the AMS is being asked
to balance a departmental budget
and [the AMS] can't do that with students' money."
"The underlying principle is that
we think the University has an obligation or an interest in helping to facilitate effective and responsible student
representation," continued Friedrich.
Science Undergraduate Society
(SUS) President Michael Duncan said
it is inconvenient to use paper ballots
instead of online voting.
"It's really hard for us to run
multiple paper elections when
people don't have the ability to
cross off a person [who has
already voted]," said Duncan,
adding that when Webvote started,
the AMS cards—which showed if a
person voted—were taken away.
Even with the addition of the new
Science social space it's still another
see "Webvote"page 2.
Shine on
UBC President StephenToope came out to help shine shoes to raise money for the Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation. Jeff Friedrich, AMS VP academic, is pictured wearing high heels borrowed from AMS President Kevin Keystone. Other members of UBC administration participated in last Thursday's event—part of the week-long Shinerama campaign.
KELLAN HIGGINS PHOTO
The AMS' $10,000 voter experiment
UBC student society considers adopting
Voter-Funded Media for next AMS elections
by Eric Szeto
WESTERN BUREAU CHIEF
With so many different types of democratic reforms that exist today, it's
easy to lump them all into one pile.
That's why Mark Latham, creator of
Voter-Funded Media, has offered
UBC $10,000 of his own money to
show that his idea should be considered seriously amongst the rest
And that immediately peaked the
AMS' interest
Latham's idea is simple.
Unsatisfied with the media's inability
to serve the public interest honestly,
he developed a concept that concentrated on a type of media reform. The
system would empower voters by
offering them the ability to reward
specific media outlets for good
reporting, especially during elections. Latham feels that if he can create a strong symbiotic relationship
between the media and voters, voter
apathy will dissipate and so will dis
honest reporting.
"People know when they see a
political candidate on TV..that
there's a lot of spin involved, and
they have to figure out how to unspin
that spin to figure out what the truth
is," he said.
His hope is that Voter-Funded
Media will help pay for media that
are not so heavily spun to fool people,
and are in fact on people's sides.
It's in an organisation's best interest to be honest in the reporting
because that will help them make
money five to ten years later, Latham
said. If a person or media outlet lies,
Latham added, a person won't be
able to tell right away. Five or ten
years later people will discover the
truth, he said.
"It's really the test of time that's
important. So the first at UBC will
hopefully be a first step."
If the AMS motions to change to
this system, a maximum of $10,000
will be awarded to the media outlet
that has the best coverage during the
next student elections.
Balloting, Latham said, would
work the same. The only change
would be with a section on the ballot
devoted to media coverage during
elections.
If campus newspaper A, for example, requested $5,000 on the ballot
the voter could either vote yes or no.
The voter also has the opportunity to
write down an amount that they felt
they deserved up to $10,000. Each
see "$10,000" page 2.
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National
Pluto left out in the cold
by Derek Larson
THE GATEWAY (UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA)
EDMONTON (CUP)-Pluto, though
struck from the league of planets
on August 24 by the International
Astronomical Union (IAU), still
holds its place in the heavens for
many—at least for now.
The group voted to reclassify
Pluto as a "dwarf planet" a week
after the IAU executive committee
proposed a new definition of what
constitutes a planet. The new definition would have resulted in the
addition of three new planets,
bringing the total to 12.
The new definition, the first
"official" definition of a planet
since the early days of astronomy
in ancient Greece, has the clout of
being agreed upon internationally
by experts in the field.
"[The vote] is a healthy
process," says Fred Clark, a lecturer in the University of Alberta's
department of earth and atmospheric sciences who has taught the
geology of the solar system. "It
forces a crystallising of the debate
at some point; otherwise we can
dither endlessly."
However, according to Chris
Herd, professor of earth and
atmospheric sciences at the
University of Alberta, the debate
surrounding the decision to
demote Pluto may not be over yet.
"At this point, it just becomes a
matter of politics in the [IAU],"
Herd said.
Meanwhile, Tony Whyte, author
of The Planet Pluto, suggested that
other motives might have triggered the push to oust Pluto.
"It mucks up the beautiful computer simulations to have a bunch
of smaller objects suddenly
appear," Whyte said. "Maybe it was
a plot by some planetary
astronomers to demote [Pluto],
and then they can ignore [it]."
The new definition of a planet
was met with considerable outcry
from the public, and left many
researchers scratching their
heads. Many have questioned the
most central part of the definition,
that a planet must have "cleared
its orbit" and are now checking to
make sure the definition holds up
for the remaining eight planets.
"Some of the astronomers [in
the IAU]...can't tell a planet from a
Mars Bar," Whyte said.
That there is a distinct difference between Pluto and the other
four outer planets is undisputed—
the argument lies primarily with
the definition excluding Pluto as a
true planet.
"I'd say there is a good case for
making Pluto an honorary planet,"
Whyte said.
Herd disagreed, though, and
sees Pluto as part of the Kuiper
Belt, a wide stretch of objects
made up of rocks and ice that sits
at the edge of the solar system.
"[Pluto is] a king of the Kuiper
Belt, as opposed to an actual planet," he said.
Herd went on to explain that
the classification of Pluto as a non-
planet would actually aid in the
process of teaching about the formation of the solar system.
"If we realise that Pluto and
these other objects [can be
grouped] together with the Kuiper
Belt objects, then we can start to
understand why they're there,"
Herd explained. @
Definition of a planet
The IAU members gathered at
the 2006 General Assembly
agreed that a "planet" is defined
as a celestial body that (a) is in
orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to
overcome rigid body forces so
that it assumes a hydrostatic
equilibrium (nearly round)
shape, and (c) has cleared the
neighbourhood around its orbit.
A "dwarf planet" is a celestial
body that (a) is in orbit around
the sun, (b) has sufficient mass
for its self-gravity to overcome
rigid body forces so that it
assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, (c) has
not cleared the neighbourhood
around its orbit, and (d) is not a
satellite.
All other objects, except satellites orbiting the sun, shall be
referred to collectively as "small
solar-system bodies."
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Source: International Astronomical Union,
www.iau2006.org
National welfare payments
down, report finds
Poorest provinces still dole out more aid than their richer counterparts
by Katie Hyslop
THE MUSE
(MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUNDLAND)
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)-Welfare rates
have been dropping across the
country for the past ten years, but
the poorest provinces still top the
richer ones when it comes
to giving.
The National Council of
Welfare, an advisory board to the
federal Minister of Human
Resources and Development,
released their Welfare Incomes
2005 report this past summer,
with few positive remarks about
the state of welfare in Canada.
"Provinces and territories think
that if they squeeze people hard
enough, they'll go back to work,"
said John Murphy, chair of the
National Council of Welfare. "But
that's just not so."
"What happens is people are
hurt so badly by these kinds of
incomes that their children don't
get decent nutrition and they're
excluded from all kinds of activities," he explained.
According to the report, poverty lines are approximate levels of
income where people are forced to
spend a much higher proportion
of their income on food basics,
shelter, and clothing compared to
other Canadians. Poverty lines,
also known as low-income cutoffs,
are calculated each year by
Statistics Canada.
Newfoundland and Labrador
issue the most money of all the
provinces—single welfare recipients receive 46 per cent of the
poverty line and single-parent families receive 74 per cent.
To assist those on welfare, the
Newfoundland and Labrador government has developed a Poverty
Reduction Strategy and has invested over $60 million into this project. It's a strategy that Murphy
believes should become the norm
across Canada.
"I give full points to
Newfoundland and Labrador. [The]
premier has brought together all of
the departments in Newfoundland
that deal with people: housing,
income security, training, etc., and
they're all looking at a poverty
reduction strategy for
Newfoundland," said Murphy.
"In other words, they've taken
on the opportunity to make sure
that eventually poverty will be
eradicated in Newfoundland," he
continued. "It's a wonderful document, and I'm suggesting to government that they look at
Newfoundland as a model to use
for the rest of the country."
One key element in the strategy
is expanded drug coverage for
those who have no access to, or
cannot afford, health insurance.
Under the plan, about 3 7,000 people will receive full coverage, with
an additional 60,000 people receiving partial coverage.
Welfare rates in the province
will grow 18 per cent over the next
six years, with an increase of five
per cent this year. There are no
plans, however, to ensure the rates
meet or surpass the provincial
poverty line.
"There's a lot more to it than
just the rates that we offer. A big
part of it is going to be improving
the system of education and
career development, and that's
what we're focusing on now,"
said Shelley.
That's not enough, according to
Murphy. He says people living
below the poverty line only survive with the help of social services such as food banks, and clothing depots.
"You have to give people enough
to live on. Now, I'm not talking
about giving people grand amounts
of money or anything, but you need
what I call a living wage," said
Murphy. "To try to squeeze people
as badly as we do in this country is
morally disgraceful." @
Gone but not forgotten
The UBC flag was lowered to half mast yesterday to remember
the 3,000 people who died on September 11, 2001. Twenty-four
Canadians died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Two
victims, Mike Arckynski and Roy Santos, once lived in
Vancouver, levi barnett photo News
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The Protector
Now Playing
by Reuben Heredia
CULTURE WRITER
In an era where the awe-inspiring
and masterful Hong Kong actioner
has been replaced by lame, special
effects-driven, wire-fu saturated
drivel starring the latest Canto-pop
star attempting to 'branch out,'
seeing Tonyjaa in action warms my
heart and gives me hope for the
future of action movies in general.
For those who have no idea who
Jaa is, imagine a cross between
Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, and
exchange Kung Fu for a more formal
version of Muay Thai Kickboxing.
Jaa combines the sheer dominance
of Lee with the light-footed
acrobatics and inspired stunts of
Chan (an Idol of Jaa's, appropriately
enough) and is, in my opinion,
official successor to the previous
two.
His latest movie, The Protector,
follows the style of Chan's earlier
films where a thin, sometimes
barely coherent plot is used to set up
a series of intensely choreographed
action sequences. Jaa plays Kham,
last in a family line of highly trained
guards who, centuries before,
guarded the King of Thailand's War
Elephants.
When a group of Asian mobsters
from Australia kill his father and
steal their prized elephant and its
calf, Kham sets out on a whirlwind
adventure down under to rescue his
elephants and ultimately avenge the
death of his father. Along the way he
finds out that Australia is, in fact,
populated by more people of Thai
heritage than the country itself and
the viewers learn that if you're a
female gangster in a male gangster's
world, a Thai King's War Elephant is
key to an ascension to criminal
dominance.
The plot isn't exactly Oscar
material, but where this movie
shines is in its action scenes, which
are phenomenal. There is an intense
scene in a warehouse in which Jaa
disposes of a gang of Xtreme Games
rejects with a series of acrobatics
and flying knees to the chest; a fight
in a restaurant where a continuous
steadi-cam is employed to follow Jaa
up a massive circular staircase as he
destroys numerous, nameless
henchmen; a battle scene with a
boss where Jaa fights a Capoeiraist,
a dangerous sword-wielding Wu Shu
practioner and an Australian
behemoth. Finally, there is a scene
in which Jaa engages in a bone-
breaking, tendon-cutting bonanza of
epic proportions.
Going back to the fight against
the Capoeira-ist (Lateef Crowder), if
there was one single reason I would
recommend seeing The Protector, it
would be to see this fight scene,
which mere words cannot
describe—I almost teared up with
joy upon viewing this borderline
classic scene.
Jaa's defiance of gravity and
mortality is an absolute pleasure
to watch for an action movie buff
and The Protector is easily the best
action movie this year (the Luc
Besson-produced District B13 gets
an honourable mention). The lack
of plot is just a side note and,
unlike the disappointing Mission
Impossible 3, it does not attempt
to give the illusion of action
through claustrophobic camera
shots and the abuse of the shaky
cam technique. It delivers by
taking a talented young Thai
warrior and giving him plenty of
room—and sometimes lack
thereof—to run, dodge, jump and
kick some serious ass. @
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Sports
T-Birds take to the air waves
Over 30 games on CiTR and AM730 highlight the 05/06 Thunderbirds broadcast schedule
BROADCASTING BONANZA: Campus radio station CiTR will be broadcasting Thunderbirds basketball, hockey, and volleyball this
season, ubyssey file photo/peter klesken
Sat, Sept. 16,2006
Canada West Football
UBC at Alberta 12:00 pm
■
Sun, Sept. 23, 2006
Canada West Football
UBC at Saskatchewan 12:30 pm
Sat, Oct. 7, 2006
Canada West Football
Simon Fraser at UBC    2:30 pm
Wed, Oct. 18,2006
Canada West Football
UBC at Simon Fraser   7:00 pm
Tues, Nov. 07, 2006
Canada West Basketball (M):
UBC @ Stanford 7:00pm
Fri, Nov. 17,2006
Canada West Basketball (M):
Winnipeg at UBC 8:00pm
Fri, Jan. 05, 2007
Canada West Basketball (M):
Simon Fraser at UBC    8:00pm
Thurs,Jan. 25, 2007
Canada West Basketball (M):
Trinity Western at UBC 8:00pm
Breakdown of games:
Basketball (M): 4
Football: 4
by Hiu Lo
SPORTS WRITER
UBC athletics has made it easy for
fans to follow the T-Birds this season after reaching agreements
with Vancouver radio stations CiTR
and AM730 to broadcast both
men's and women's basketball and
volleyball, men's hockey and football throughout the upcoming seasons.
According to Scott Kobus,
Business Development and
Promotions Officer for UBC
Athletics, UBC, SFU and TWU
have been in a partnership with
AM730 (formerly MOJO) for the
past two years in hopes of
"expanding interest and exposure" of university varsity sports.
"it is better to
have live local
content than
pre-recorded programs or ones
from United
States syndication."
-Jim Mullen
Producer, AM730 Radio
This year, the University
College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV)
has jumped on board and UVic is
in negotiations to join the partnership. The universities are committed to "increasing the exposure
and interest in varsity athletics as
a whole, which in turn will help on
the individual campuses," said
Kobus. They have also collectively
chosen Jim Mullin to be the quarterback that connects the different
players in the partnership.
Aside   from  contract work
with Corus Radio, play-by-play
broadcaster Mullin also works
as a producer on behalf of UBC,
SFU, TWU and UCFV to package,
present and broadcast their
games on AM730. His interest
in AM730 was more than just
having another jig.
"It is better to have live local
content than pre-recorded programs or ones from US syndication," said Mullin.
Although it is a minor item,
an added perk for AMS730 is
that the universities together pay
a small fee to AM730 in order to
get their games to air.
"[UBC Athletics] wants a professional sound that legitimises
them in the marketplace as an
entertainment alternative and to
position their brand beside other
sports brands in the market,"
said Mullin. He added they are
able to achieve this in their agreement with AM730.
Kobus shares that a major
benefit of having a partnership
with AM730 is that it allows for
greater "sponsorship opportunities," something that UBC's on-
campus radio station, CiTR, is
unable to do.
Wilson Wong, former sports
director at CiTR concurs, mentioning that UBC's deal with
AM730, "allows the school's athletic department to get their
sponsors on a commercial station, which is something that
[CiTR] cannot provide."
So then, what are the benefits
of having games broadcasted on
CiTR?
"Students refer to CiTR as a
ways of finding out what's on campus and the general area. Having
the games on [CiTR] means that
UBC sports reaches people who
might not otherwise even pay
attention to athletic events on
campus," said Wong.
"[CiTR is] able to give more
coverage of teams than just live
broadcasts of games," explained
Wong. "CiTR also provides more
coverage, including documentaries on historic teams, features
on prominent athletes, game
reports, preview, clips from athletes and coaches, and often live
updates from other games on
campus. No other station can provide that," added Wong.
"Having the games
ON [CiTR] MEANS
THAT UBC SPORTS
REACHES PEOPLE
WHO MIGHT NOT
OTHERWISE EVEN PAY
ATTENTION TO ATHLETIC EVENTS ON
CAMPUS "
-Wilson Wong
former Sports Director,
CiTR Radio
UBC Athletics appreciates
CiTR coverage, with Kobus
acknowledging that "CiTR is a
great partner" and that UBC
Athletics "loves having students
involved in the production and
broadcast of our games because
[they] are always looking to grow
[the] product and to provide the
best possible stage for UBC student athletes to perform in."
Kobus also shared that UBC
Athletics is looking into other
avenues such as video web-casting
and potential TV deals to showcase their athletes. So, in the not-
so-distant future, T-Bird fans who
can't make it out to games may
have more selection as to how
they keep up to date with their
favourite sport @
CiTR SPORTS
BROADCAST SCHEDULE
 2006/07	
All Friday pre-game programming begins
at 6:00 pm PT, with post-game until 10:00
p.m.
Saturday and Sunday pre- and post-game
programming will vary by broadcast
DATE      SPORT/TEAMS     GAME TIME
Fri, Oct. 6 Canada West Hockey
(M): Saskatchewan at UBC       7:30 pm
Fri, Oct. 27 Canada West Basketball
(W): UBC at Trinity Western    6:15 pm
(M): UBC at Trinity Western    8:00 pm
Sat, Oct. 28 Canada West Basketball
(W): Simon Fraser at UBC        6:15 pm
(M): Simon Fraser at UBC       8:00 pm
Fri, Nov. 3 Canada West Basketball
(W): Lethbridge at UBC 6:15 pm
Canada West Hockey
(M): Manitoba at UBC 7:45 pm
Fri, Nov. 10 Canada West Volleyball
(W): Trinity Western at UBC   6:15 pm
(M): Manitoba at UBC 8:00 pm
Fri, Nov. 17 Canada West Basketball
(W): Winnipeg at UBC 6:15 pm
Fri, Nov. 24 Canada West Hockey
(M): Alberta at UBC 7:30 pm
Fri, Dec. 1 Canada West Hockey
(M): Lethbridge at UBC 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec. 2 Canada West Basketball
(W): Victoria at UBC 6:15 pm
(M): Victoria at UBC 8:00 pm
Sun, Dec. 3 Canada West Hockey
(M): Lethbridge at UBC 7:30 pm
Sat, Jan. 6 Canada West Basketball
(M): UBC at Simon Fraser       6:15 pm
(W): UBC at Simon Fraser        8:00 pm
Fri, Jan. 12 Canada West Hockey
(M): Regina at UBC 7:30 pm
Sat, Jan. 13 Canada West Hockey
(M): Regina at UBC 7:30 pm
Fri, Jan. 19 Canada West Basketball
(W): UBC at Victoria 6:15 pm
(M): UBC at Victoria 8:00 pm
Sat, Jan. 20 Canada West Basketball
(W): Victoria at UBC 6:15 pm
(M): Victoria at UBC 8:00 pm
Fri, Feb. 2 Canada West Hockey
(M): Calgary at UBC 7:30 pm
Sat, Feb. 3 Canada West Basketball
(W): UBC at Saskatchewan       5:15 pm
(M): UBC at Saskatchewan       7:00 pm
Fri, Feb. 9 Canada West Basketball
(W): Thompson Rivers at UBC 6:15 pm
(M): Thompson Rivers at UBC 8:00 pm
February/Basketball/Hockey Playoffs: TBA
Breakdown of ga
Basketball (M): 8
Basketball (W): 10
Hockey (M): 8
Volleyball (M): 1
Volleyball (W):  1
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THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 12 September, 2006
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TUMBLING DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
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■ "Americans believe in astrology. According to a poll funded
by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1999, seven per cent
consider it to be "very scientific."
The Harris marketing research poll from 1996 found that the
'Targe majority of Americans believe they will go to heaven,"
while only two per cent think they're going to hell.
Now, a poll done just this past month by Ohio University has
found that 36 per cent of Americans believe the Bush
Administration either actively aided in the attacks of September
11 or intentionally did nothing to stop it.
Sixteen per cent believe that the World Trade Center was
planted with explosives prior to the attack and was ultimately
destroyed by premeditated demolition, not from the fires created by the crashed planes.
That's almost one in five Americans.
The times they are a-changin'
It's been five years since the skyscrapers of the World Trade
Center came crashing down. Five years since the Bush
Administration officially waged war against the elusive abstraction known as 'terror.' Where once George W. Bush's approval
rating soared at 70 per cent in 2002, it now stagnates at an
abysmal 30 per cent. Where once comedian Bill Maher got
pulled off the air for criticising the Bush Administration in 2001,
left-wing satirist Stephen Colbert spent 20 minutes mocking the
President and the press to their faces in 2006 and got off scot-
free. And where once the American citizenry rallied in furious
solidarity against Al-Qaeda in the months after the attacks, now
over a third are convinced their own government was either passively or actively responsible for the events of September 11.
Times have changed indeed.
Little more than a year ago, few mainstream news publications
would bother acknowledging the events of 9/11 beyond highlighting the appropriate memorials in anticipation of the ominous
date. This year, major newspapers, from the Washington Post to
USA Today to the New York Times, have begun paying attention to
a growing activist movement that has been clamouring in silence
for nearly five years. A seemingly endless network of separate
organisations and websites has practically exploded over the
Internet, with one central group standing at the crest of their collective outrage. They call themselves Scholars for 9/11 Truth, and
in contrast to the bumbling backpedaling and embarrassingly
apparent contradictions George W. Bush regularly bestows upon
his electorate, 9/11 Truth activists claim they know exactly what
happened on September 11. The government did it, and they've
got all the evidence they need to back it up.
"It's elementary, my dear Watson..."
"Truth" activists feel no embarrassment or uncertainty explaining how the US government orchestrated the attacks of 9/11. Quite
the opposite, most documents written by these people are inflected with the sarcastic contempt characteristic of professionals who
actually know what they're talking about And the amount of evidence they have collected in defense of their claims seems—at
first—quite significant.
Truth activists believe there is ample scientific evidence sup-
slxteen per cent believe that the
World trade center was planted with
explosives prior to the attack and was
destroyed by demolition.
porting the idea that the World Trade Center was brought down
by planted explosives. Conversely, they believe there's not
enough scientific evidence to support the idea that a plane, and
not a cruise missile, hit the Pentagon. They are pushing other scientists to give credence to what is now known as the "controlled
demolition" hypothesis for the collapse of the World Trade
Center. The reaction of the scientific community has been reticent at best.
As described in popular 9/11 web documentaries such as
Loose Change, the "controlled demolition" hypothesis points to the
way in which the skyscrapers fell as evidence that they must have
been brought down by explosives. The fact that the towers crumbled straight down—"at near free-fall speed along their strongest
axis of resistance"—instead of toppling over with the horizontal
momentum of the planes is one of its most emphasised arguments. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),
the committee of physical engineers in charge of the official World
Trade Center investigation, has stated that the towers collapsed in
this manner because jet fuel fires caused supporting steel beams
to buckle. Truth activists counter this claim with the fact that the
melting point of steel is far higher than the amount of heat that
could possibly have been generated by the fires. Furthermore, Jim
Fetzer, academic and co-founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, states
that there was chemical evidence found in the wreckage indicating
the use of thermite, a reactive mixture of aluminum and iron oxide
sometimes used in explosives.
Crack team of sleuths or sleuthing team of crackpots?
The evidence Scholars for 9/11 Truth keeps cranking out over
the Internet seems mountainous at first. Moreover, until recently
few scientists outside of their immediate membership have
stepped up and explicitly addressed their claims. The silence of the
established scientific community has an eerie ring and the temptation to give these activists the benefit of the doubt, when no one
said otherwise, can be strong. Indeed, researching these protesters
over the Internet might make you think they're not nearly as crazy
as the label "conspiracy theorist" would have you believe.
Web articles from such publications as the Daily Mail state that
the 9/11 Truth movement is peopled with "top professors and
leading scientists," and indeed, there are a number of employed
and accredited professors and technicians associated with the
organisation. Co-founder Steven E. Jones was, until recently, a
physics professor at Brigham Young University. His paper, "Why
Indeed Did the World Trade Center Buildings Collapse?" has been
published in a journal and has recently completed its third round
of peer-review.
However, one should understand that the term 'academic' is
far from synonymous with the term 'expert' UBC engineering professor Sheldon Green pointed out that among the list of academics
showcased on the official website, not one member specialises in
mechanical engineering, the only kind of expertise that could
make a credible assessment of the collapse and wreckage of the
towers. This was just before he refused to give any further comment, stating that his field of work, aerodynamics, has very little to
do with conspiracy theories. UBC engineering professors involved
in building engineering did not comment on the subject.
Green makes a good point, one conveniently overlooked by sensationalist newspapers like the Daily Mail (which happens to be a
British tabloid.) The large majority of academics in the 9/11 Truth
movement specialise in philosophy, mathematics, folklore, bio-
engineering, and other fields completely outside of the realm of
mechanical engineering. Members whose credentials emphasize
involvement in physics or engineering make no claim as to how
they are associated with these subjects.
Jones, the only full member of the 9/11 Truth movement who
actually specialises in physics at the academic level, is in fact no
longer actively employed. BYU recently put him on paid leave due
to his inflammatory beliefs and continued involvement with
Scholars for 9/11 Truth. Furthermore, his paper on the World
Trade Center was published and "peer-reviewed" in the Journal of
9/11 Studies, whose editor, Kevin Ryan, is also a 9/11 Truth
activist. Ryan's formal expertise in physics is nil, as his work experience consists of being a site manager for an environmental
health lab. Jones also claims to be an "archeometrist," and has
written another paper claiming that Jesus Christ visited the
Mayans, a claim he bases on markings resembling stigmata he
found on Mayan sculptures.
Big Brother speaks up
Most engineers see no scientific connection between the collapse patterns of the World Trade Center and the use of explosives.
In spite of this fact, the sheer volume of dissent that has bubbled
up in support of Scholars for 9/11 Truth has pushed the NIST to
issue a public statement in direct response to claims put forth by
Truth activists. The NIST, a government agency that employs nearly 2,000 engineers, physicists, technicians, and administrators-
including three Nobel-prize winning physicists—conducted a
three-year investigation of the collapse of the towers. They released
their final report in October 2005.
The NISTs FAQ on the World Trade Center disaster addresses
the "scientific evidence" publicised by Truth activists swiftly, with
minimal rhetoric. The towers fell downwards after the enormous
mass of the upper sections of the towers were dislodged by the
impact of the planes and the subsequent fires. The lower sections
of the towers gave way because the building was built to support
the static weight of the upper floors, not the downward momentum of between ten and 30 storeys worth of severed industrial
materials. As each floor gave way, the amount of falling mass
increased, as did the momentum of the collapse. The steel beams
that gave way due to jet fuel fires did not need to be heated to their
melting point to lose their strength. In fact, when heated to within
two-thirds of its melting temperature, steel's strength is cut to a
mere tenth of its room-temperature resilience. The "chemical evidence" cited by Truth activists indicating the use of thermite was
in fact sulfur—one of the most widely incorporated substances in
industrial materials—which isn't even a chemical by-product of
thermite reactions.
Reading the document issued by the NIST I can almost feel the
authors' tired resignation, forced as they are into reiterating their
scientific reasoning to masses of angry protesters most of whom
are completely unfamiliar with the principles of chemistry or
physics. The official rebuttal Truth activists have posted on their
website in response to the NIST statement accuses them of not
addressing what are virtually all purely qualitative observations,
such as the fact that the towers fell straight down, not "asymmetrically" as they would have expected, or the fact that the colour of an
explosion was more yellow than it was white (observations which,
in fact, they did address.) Nearly all of these accusations could be
laid to rest by acknowledging that what occurred on September 11
was a chaotic disaster, not a scientific experiment. It stands to reason that certain physical events unfolded in an uncharacteristic
manner, due to numerous uncontrolled and interfering variables.
Noam Chomsky, celebrated academic and critic of the US government, has tried to stress this very point in past interviews with the
press. Unfortunately, Truth activists refuse to accept this idea, leaving uninvolved parties such as myself wondering why.
Breaking the silence against pseudoscience
Investigating the 9/11 Truth movement, I couldn't help but be
reminded of the frightening amount of media attention intelligent
design advocates received only a few years ago. That Time
Magazine Canada felt it should debate the theory of evolution
against intelligent design in a cover story reflects, if anything, the
growing gap between the general population and the scientific
community. Room for pseudoscientific speculation in between is
getting bigger and bigger.
Stephen Ward, head of the journalism department at UBC, discusses the circular logic of conspiracy theories, pseudoscience,
and the lure of effective propaganda when I ask him about 9/11
Truth activism.
"Conspiracy theories of all kinds are irrefutable because of the
way they structure themselves. If they lack hard evidence, meaning a memo from the President authorising the attacks, they'd say,
'No, I don't have it, but of course [I don't], it's a conspiracy, of
course [the memo] would not exist!'"
Just as I did, he relates this self-perpetuating way of thinking to
intelligent design arguments: "It's almost like Darwinian theory
where every time you say 'Look, Darwinian theory is true because
we've got this evidence,' and the person says, 'No, that's not really
evidence.' There's always an explanation for why the [accepted]
evidence [is insufficient]"
It becomes apparent, talking to Ward, that when it comes to
evaluating any theory, it's not a matter of what's "true," it's a matter of what theory has the best support, relatively speaking.
Pseudoscientific theories like intelligent design or 9/11 inside-job
hypotheses do not stand up to scientific or journalistic inquiry on
their own. Instead, they rely on poking holes in an account that has
already been largely accepted.
"You can line up evidence for any hypothesis, the question is: is
there sufficient evidence?" he asks. In reference to anything supporting 9/11 conspiracy theories, Ward said flatly, "I haven't seen
it...I have yet to see one smoking gun, one really hard piece of evidence. Mostofthe evidence is indirect. Mostof it is, 'why didn'tthe
media report on [this or] that?' It's circumstantial. There's no
paper trail...there's no sound piece of investigative journalism that
comes up with the goods."
Ward points to the rising tide of anger against the US government as the likely reason why people are jumping on the conspiracy bandwagon, not the possibility that scientific investigations
into September 11 were insufficient.
"OF ALL THE STORIES OUT THERE I DON'T
THINK THE AMERCIAN MEDIA OR
GOVERNMENT IS THE MOST RELIABLE SOURCE
OF INFORMATION. IF ANYTHING, THEY ARE
THE LEAST."
-Leithen McGonigle
UBC Science Graduate Student
"[This line of thinking] is based upon, in my opinion, the frustrations of many people with the Bush government, with the war
in Iraq, with an incredible growing paranoia against their own
institutions, and a lack of trust [of their credibility]," he said. "So
most people are predisposed to [accept] a story that says, Tou
know, the person that you really think is responsible for the trouble your country is in, is in fact [also responsible for] this horrendous act'
"I personally don't believe that Bush had anything to do with it,
but I've never gone and proved it," he continues. "And how do you
'prove' it? I don't know in the first place. But I do think it's a sign
of how frustrated people are that they're induced to follow this."
"It is worrisome to me because it just shows how we can take
media and spin stories around," he concludes. "And people will be
influenced by them."
Do-it-yourself journalism
I know a few UBC science graduate students who recently showcased 9/11 Truth's supporting documentary Loose Change to their
biology lab after being shocked by its unexpected content I asked
one of them, Leithen McGonigle, how the lab reacted and how he
feels about the film's arguments now, weeks after having seen it He
said the film was fairly well received, "though some people had their
issues with it," and he has lost a bit of faith in its conclusiveness after
having done his own research. However, he adds, it does bring up
some points worth questioning and he himself does not quite know
what to believe. His conclusion reflects exactly the suspicion and
mistrust against American institutions that Ward described.
"Of all the stories out there I don't think the American media or
government is the most reliable source of information," he says.
"If anything, they are the least."
Most UBC students would probably agree that mainstream
news coverage in the U.S. is not all that consistent, between Fox
News, CNN, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It seems that
now many people, with the help of the Internet, are taking it upon
themselves to get to the bottom of things, and the end result is a
disorienting e-sea of alternative explanations, reasonable doubt,
outlandish claims, and context-less quotes.
Webpages 'investigating' the events of September 11 range
anywhere from legitimately questioning why there was so little
news coverage of the plane crash at the Pentagon, to accusing government agencies of murdering Hunter S. Thompson, to citing the
9/11 attacks as a link between the Bush Administration and the
black market distribution of heroin. Chasing after sources and
double-checking their credibility is exhausting and sometimes
infuriating, when you realise just how misleading these self-
appointed online 'journalists' can be.
But this is what things have come to. I asked Adam Ketalik, a
UBC student and avid 9/11 Truth activist, what he hopes will be
the end result of all this do-it-yourself sleuthing. He said he hopes
that someday an independent investigation into the events of
September 11 will be undertaken and those responsible will be
brought to justice. I asked him to define "independent," and am
taken aback by his response.
"I think that there should be an international investigation
into 9/11," he said. "By this, I mean that the people involved in
the investigation should not have any connections with either
the Republican or Democratic Party, nor hold allegiance to anyone who may have an interest in suppressing information. The
investigation should include a variety of experts from many
countries, including countries that do not share the same outlook as the U.S."
Imagine that. Not to say that such an endeavour would be
warranted, or even possible, but just the fact that Truth
activists are becoming so numerous and so intensely untrust
ing of their own government that they have begun to hope for
outside intervention, is an indication that the political landscape of the U.S. is approaching uncharted territory. Where
things will go from here is anyone's guess. @ ROGERS
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Durbach does not disappoint
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Adaptation of Peer Gynt strange but compelling
Peer Gynt
Blackbird Theatre
until Sept. 16
by Jesse Marchand
CULTURE STAFF
Originally written as an epic dramatic poem, Ibsen's Peer Gynt presents
many problems for dramatists setting it to the stage. The original work
is rife with existentialist narratives
on the meaning of selfhood; it
bounces seamlessly between dream-
scape and reality and includes an
interlude of life with a group of
mythical trolls. Its setting moves
from Scandinavia to the sea, from
America to Cairo and back again. It
provides both critical and farcical
interpretation of 19th century politics, religion and popular modes of
thought; Gynt himself spends the
entire play visibly aging from a
young boy to an old man. All of this
must then be compacted into a tangible two-and-a-half hour production, designed to get at the essence
of a man's entire life. To make matters worse, Ibsen's metaphor for the
essence of that man's life is that of
an onion: as the layers are peeled
away, we find that the centre of Peer
is just as hollow as the onion's core.
UBC Professor Errol Durbach's
interpretation, however, manages to
bring all these layers into one creatively cohesive piece, allowing us to
empathise with the hollow Peer's
search for self. Though dealing with
difficult, and at times overly philosophical material, Durbach's Peer
Gynt manages to keep the balance
between entertaining theatre and
thought-provoking drama. First
staged at UBC's Telus theatre, this is
the first "professional" rendering of
Durbach's vision in Vancouver and
it does not disappoint.
Perhaps it was this
type of bawdy
humour that at
one performance
made an elderly
couple leave ten
minutes into the
production."
To a viewer unfamiliar with
Ibsen's original work, Durbach's
Peer Gynt is, at times, difficult to follow. But what the play lacks in coherence it makes up for in creativity
and old-fashioned bawdy humour.
Unfortunately, perhaps it was this
type of bawdy humour that at one
performance made an elderly couple leave ten minutes into the production and even worse, a husband
quietly declare he'd "seen enough"
at intermission and convince his
chagrined wife to leave, despite her
protestations that she was enjoying
the play. These anomalies seemed to
be just that, however, and the majority of theatregoers stayed on to give
the actors a warm reception, laugh-
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ing at the humourous dialogue and
nodding in agreement at the play's
philosophical elements.
Unlike other presentations of
Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Durbach's version strives to make it cohesive and
coherent. Placing an existential
character called the Button-Moulder
at the beginning of the play to guide
us through the life of Peer lends the
play a Dickensian vibe. Another
notable difference is the number of
actors used to show the aging Peer.
The number differs in almost every
production, sometimes putting the
count as high as five. Durbach, how
ever, caps the Peer count at two
actors, representing the young and
the old.
Along with their fellow actors,
these two Peers manage to draw the
audience time and again with their
flawless dialogue and emotional
range. If at any point the play lags, it
is to the credit of the actors that the
viewer does not dwell on the
memory. Despite being verbally
reminded, at the end, that it is in
fact a play that everyone is watching,
the actors carry a sense of realism
throughout. Though the characters
and events may not be true, the
emotions most certainly are.
Overall, there is one quintessential question that pervades Ibsen's
poetic drama: who is Peer Gynt?
For the Boyg—best described as
a demon or a higher power
that pervades Gynt's dreams—the
answer is "I am myself." The
problem for Peer, however, is that
the essence of being oneself
is unclear. For a man who lived
his life in many layers, can any
layer be considered the true Peer?
For the answer, you'll just have
to see the play and decide
for yourself. @
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Nouvelle Vague
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by Nick Black
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The above lyrics are taken from
that god-awful 80s song by the outfit named "Modern English."
We've all heard it, and despite any
nostalgic value the atrocious song
has, we all hate the overly simplistic, sappy crap that it represents. I
have seen the difference, and they
are called Nouvelle Vague, and
they are only going to get better
and better.
What does this band have to do
with Modern English? Nothing,
except that Nouvelle Vague, a
French group made up of six
female singers and a band, did a
cover of a song that I despise, and
lo and behold, I loved it. The
band's first effort, a self-titled
album, is made up entirely of 80s
pop covers performed as a jazzy,
loungy, bossa nova style, and they
do it extraordinarily well. I have
been listening to the album for the
better portion of a year now and
had only dreamed that they would
ever come to Vancouver—their
website cited only small clubs in
France where they would play in
the near future, so when I discovered that they were coming to
Vancouver, I rushed out and
bought tickets immediately.
And they did not disappoint,
playing to a small crowd at the
Plaza Club—they had the entire
place mesmerised from start to
finish with their sexy, raspy
French voices. I mentioned that
the album has six singers, yet on
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their most recent release, the six
have been downsized to just two.
Within their song list were a number of tracks from their first
album, most notably a great version of "Love will Tear Us Apart,"
another 80s tune that I was never
crazy about until I heard their version of it. They also played a few
covers that have yet to be released
on their sophomore effort, including Blondie's "Heart of Glass," a
tune that had the whole crowd
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one of the singers. Bottom line is
that they were great, and
I am truly sorry for anyone
who missed it. However, if
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would give the University and the AMS $844,260 in an
annual sponsorship fee and a 23% commission of net
revenues from vending machines. Should we fail to
meet the consumption expectations outlined in the
contract, the last two years would remain exclusive for
Coke, but without any fees paid to the University or the
AMS. We are presently at the end of that contract, and
having failed to meet our commitment to drink a lot of
coke, are receiving no money for the monopoly that we
are providing. UBC has entered into negotiations for an
extension of the contract. The AMS, having jurisdiction
over the SUB, has not.
Fundamental Questions: Should the University/AMS
limit a student's ability to make a choice as a consumer
in order to gain extra revenue?
Should the University/AMS be doing business with
corporations with international allegations of unethical
business practices?
Obviously from these questions millions more will flow,
so we encourage you to check back on our site, and
attend AMS council.
Visit the AMS website at www.ams.ubc.ca for more
information, including links to published opinions, and
to make your voice heard on the issue.
AMSJoblink
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Looking to get a job this year to pay the bills? Check out our massive
database of part-time and full-time positions at www.careersonline.ubc.ca!
Looking to gain more career-oriented experience, but don't have much
prior experience? Consider signing up to be an intern with Joblink's
Internship program.
We've got a wide range of internships, from business to education.
For   more   information,  see   www.ams.ubc.ca/internships.  And   before
heading out there to apply for jobs, come by our office or email
joblink@ams.ubc.ca to sign up for a free cover letter/resume consultation
or mock interview."
Minischool
The AMS's informal educational service, offering popular courses including:
Beer Tasting, Wine Tasting, Pole Dancing, Acting, Guitar, and many more, is back
again this fall! Providing safe and friendly learning environments, Minischool
offers a wide range of learning opportunities that are a refreshing change from
the academic classroom setting. All courses are taught by professional instructors, and are offered at rates as low as $45 for a 4 to 6 week course.
Choose from over 20 courses in the fall 2006 Minischool session, beginning on
October 10th, with registration opening on September 18th.
Visit us online at www.ams.ubc.ca/minischool for more details!" ^H|Y|*^
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