by Richard Gage, AIA
Fri, Nov 7, 2008 2:00 am GMT
Today in my 3-hour tour of London (clearly a crime!) I saw the world's
largest pickle! Its a building designed by Norman Foster – and it
is awesome!! Everyone — Google "London Gherkin". You'll be amazed
— its a stroke of genius in structural engineering and form! Also
— If you want to live long then don't drive in London – or
cross the street either. These narrow, curvy streets are buzzing with speeders!
Tonight we greeted over 250 Londoners at Darwin Hall! Over 50 architects
and engineers came to hear the AE911Truth presentation! This is the most
A&E's we've ever assembled so far. Great work on getting the word out
with 1,400 e-mails to the local A&E's Garreth, Douglas, Annie and the
rest of the team!!
Of the 250 gracious Brits in attendance, we had 27 believing in the
"official story" of the collapses of the Twin Towers (gravitational
collapse due to plane impacts and structural weakening from fire) before
the presentation and 0 (zero) believing in it afterward! (The truth
speaks for itself.) We had 40 who were unsure before hand and just 14
afterward. Not bad numbers. Over a dozen of us went out to an English
pub and experience real cider. It did me in. We wake up in 3 hours to
catch a plane to Madrid! We'll see you there!
Thu, Nov 6 – 11:40 am GMT
I landed in London this morning – and guess what? It's all fogged in!
Surprise! I learned that the local 9/11 Truth group is quite
active and has anywhere from 10 to 20 people at their street action events to
raise public awareness for 9/11. They are quite active as well in
educating the Londoners about the 'surveillance state' as they call it here.
I learned why the English drive on the wrong side of the road. It
turns out that it goes back to the days of the knights on horseback
who would pass each other on the left so that they had quick access to
their swords (as right-handers dominantly) in order to fight the enemy
on the right side. Now there is some History for you.
Tonight we hope to make more history in England as we have pre-sold
most of the tickets for the AE911Truth speaking event and about 100
are architects and engineers!!
We'll report back late tonight on the results.
No Rain in Spain
Sat, Nov 8 – 3:40 am GMT
The sun is shining over Spain! It was so nice to be out of the dark
London cloudiness. But I do, of course, miss the very thoughtful care
provided to me Cat, Mack, Amanda, Douglas, and Gareth of We Are Change!
I thought my gracious host Diana C was exaggerating at first when she
told me that the people in Madrid stay out in the street until
early morning! It is a party all night out there! And I felt quite safe
right in the heart of town at 3:00 am as we made our way home from the
post-AE911Truth event celebrations. The only problem with Spain is that
they also all smoke – and in the restaurants!
The gift of history to Madrid makes for very narrow streets downtown
which become canyons among the ubiquitous gorgeous 17th and 18th century
Our event tonight at the Architects Guild meeting place was preceded by
two TV interviews! One of them is expected to be shown on mainstream
Television tomorrow night here in Madrid!
We had 237 show up. 46 were architects and engineers! Great job Gregg,
Eugenio, Diana, Benjamin and the rest of the 9/11 Truth Madrid team!
Before the meeting 16 had indicated that they believed the official
story and 79 were unsure. Afterwards 0 (zero – again!) believed the
official story and only 11 were unsure. The remainder showed belief in
the controlled demolition theory. The numbers are fairly impressive —
especially with so many A&E's aboard!
Tomorrow its off to Vienna — early morning!
Vienna – The Center of a 600-Year Empire Gets 9/11 Truth
Mon, Nov 10, 2008 11:00 am GMT
It turns out that there is a very good reason that Vienna is such a
special place with incredible architecture. It was the center of an
empire that governed the areas of several surrounding nations for 600
hundred years. But now our own American Empire (via Starbucks and
McDonalds) is making great inroads into this former giant. (see the
victorious photo! [image])
Local Vienna 9/11 Truth activist Daniel Tappeiner and the foreign
exchange student, Anadin,
showed me around the inner City's historic
First District. See the blurry photo of us in front of the staggeringly
beautiful palace-like Gothic style city hall.
We were able to get to the top of the St. Stephan's Cathedral
[image], built in
1200 to 1400. It contains one of the largest bells in the world – made
from captured Turkish cannons. What will we capture from the real 9/11
terrorists and what will we create from it?
Mozart came to Vienna in 1781 bringing his music to a reception of
thousands. AE911Truth came in 2008 bringing 9/11 Truth to a reception of
85! Humble beginnings!
News from Vienna
Sun, Nov 9, 2008 2:00 am GMT
Vienna is alive with History and I haven't had any time to learn
anything about it! This is a crime and I'm going to try to fix it today.
I'll be touring the city with local residents (ok – 9/11 activists) —
so I will report back soon on the city. I flew into Vienna at 3pm and our
AE911Truth speaking event started right at 5pm! What little I saw of the
city on the way was incredible though. SwissAir serves everyone Swiss
chocolate on the flight – in addition to Swiss yogurt and Swiss
croissants. The flight attendants wear ties. I'd been transported back
decades in the experience of real service!
We spoke to almost a hundred Austrians at the Audi Max Theater,
University of Economics and Business Administration. There were two
architects and two engineers. There were numerous excellent questions. As
well as productive comments.
Of the 85 Austrians in attendance, six believed in the "official story" of
the WTC Twin Towers "collapses" before the presentation and 38 were
unsure. Afterwards only one still believed the official conspiracy theory story and
only six were "unsure". Not bad for a lot of first exposures to the complex world
of 9/11 Truth. It turns out it is also quite difficult to get decent media
exposure in Austria as well as the rest of Europe.
Why do we have to fight an up-hill battle in this world when we have
truth on our side. Are our collective societies on this planet so dark?
What a wake up call! We have so much work to do. Let's enlighten
everyone — no matter how difficult, how much resistance there is, or how
long it takes! There is nothing else worth doing more. This is our
mission and we accept it.
And… my God… we're also having glorious
moments of break through! Every event has people in tears coming up to
the front afterwards thanking me from the bottom of their hearts for
what I – and the rest us – are doing! This is where I get my sustenance
— when the lights go on in the hearts and minds of people all around the
world – but most of all when that light turns into ACTION and they join
the people with visibility for 9/11 Truth in the Streets, on the radios,
in the newspapers, and one-on-one with friends, family and strangers.
We have to grow by millions and millions to get the necessary upward
pressure on the media and our elected representatives! We can't stop
until we have a real investigation. And that is JUST the beginning of
the light we are going to see sweeping across Austria and the rest of
this evolving planet. JOIN US!!
My confusion about Arnold Schwarzenegger aside – I have to say that I
much prefer the Austrian accent to the Spanish. It's just down right
enthralling! But I also terribly miss the fun and varied English accents
from the London experience!
Tomorrow we're off by rail to Geneva! First train trip in Europe!! I'm
dying with anticipation!
On to Geneva Through the Alps
Wed, Nov 12, 2008 11:45 am GMT
Vienna was awesome but now I'm on the train to Geneva — and guess what
is in between Vienna and Geneva? Yes! We're just starting to head into
the Alps now! The hills are growing into mountains. Everything is so
green! There really is a kind of Bavarian style home decoration that
is in more concentrated spots in some of these villages. This train is
fun! I upgraded to first class and have a desk! (Well, I have to share
it with four others who think that it is theirs, too...)
The canyons are very narrow and windy. There are glaciers on the peaks
way above me. I have full Internet connection here! Go figure – in the
middle of the Alps! I'm in St. Anton am Arlberg! Must be the prettiest
place on the planet.
We're coming down the other side now! We went through a 20-minute tunnel
at the top of the Alps!
OMG: I'm in Lichtenstein! I didn't even know it was a country. It's about
the size of my thumb! Feldkirch is the city right before Lichtenstein and
the 2 guys next to me are Lichtensteiners – 2 of only 30,000 in the
whole world! They have to get off in Feldkirch in Austria because the
train doesn't even stop in this country – because its too small I guess.
They don't have an Air Force or Army. They depend on the Swiss to
protect them – kind of like an orphan? Woops — where did it go? It's
gone! We're now in Switzerland. And heading down hill. Geneva must be
down here somewhere.
Fri, Nov 14, 2008 2:15 pm GMT
Thank you Arno, Atmo, Debora, Bertrand, and the other 9/11 Truth
advocates from Paris!! You all worked so hard on bringing out the
architects and engineers to hear the truth about the 3 WTC high-rise
collapses on 9/11. You sold out the 241 capacity "Cinima Grand Action"
and attracted 42 previously unaware architects and 41 new engineers to
AE911Truth. We are all so grateful for your hard work. We also had
mainstream "France 2 TV" (Channel 2) in attendance, who interviewed
us. Two other TV stations came as well and also interviewed us.
It was a very powerful evening. I thanked the Parisians for the honor of
experiencing what must be the most beautifully decorated city in the
world — having just visited the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and
the oldest part of town, some of which dates back to 1100! (see gallery photos)
The theatre for the "9/11: Architecture of Destruction" event was
packed. We projected the multimedia presentation onto the screen in
French and also had simultaneous verbal translation with head phones.
Before the event, we had 13 people believing in the official conspiracy
theory (19 hijackers, plane impacts, fires, steel weakening, gravitational
collapse), and we had 62 who were unsure. Afterwards, we had only 1
believing and just 10 who were unsure. The remainder of the participants
(including most all of the 83 A&E's in attendance) agreed with us that
the buildings were brought down by explosive controlled demolition.
These numbers are fairly typical everywhere we go. The vast majority see
and understand, because the evidence speaks for itself. All we have to do
is get the people in front of it! The main question is this: What are
YOU going to do to get them in front of it?? We are asking EVERYONE to
do everything they can to expose A&E's and others in their local area to
the AE911Truth.org website! Email the website link and attach the 3-page
letter from us to them! Go to the "downloads" section of our website to
copy and send it!
You can see all of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
It is a staggering collection of new sky scrapers, historic
monuments and medieval city layout. Sometimes it is only from rising above
the world that we can see what is most important. We need to get above
the details and personalities surrounding 9/11 Truth and allow ourselves
to be guided by an unseen force to unite us toward our common goal of
truth and awareness. We can not change the enormous momentum of world
power by engaging it at its level. Truth operates at a height – with
more subtle yet even more powerful leverage. Let us take our own refuge
in the towers available within and speak the 9/11 Truth from that place.
The love that is found there can be used much more effectively in opening
the minds of those still in ignorance, denial, and fear. Join AE911Truth
on a path of science — with a loving touch!
Beautiful, Historical, Aachen
Tue, Nov 18, 2008 12:30 pm GMT
If you're going to come to the Deutschland, then Aachen is the place! But
don't come in November! It's cold and gray. The saving grace is the
beautiful, delightful, lighted shops and restaurants that provide warmth
and amazing displays of baked goods and chocolates. Lifting my eyes above
these windy medieval streets, I caught the unimaginably beautiful spires
and domes of the 10th century cathedral of Charlemagne!
It was built 300 years prior to the Notre Dame and is even more richly
adorned. Charlemagne was a good emperor (not withstanding the collection
and beheading of 4,500 Saxons on top of their massive sacred oak tree
which his men took 3 days to cut down). We were able to see the bloodied
crown and his sword in the Town Hall (the oldest continuously used town
hall in the world) which faces the town square – now filled (as
throughout Germany) with small structures packed with Christmas crafts
The history of the people and their activities in this
square date back over 1,000 years. They sold pigs here — probably
people at times, as well. I touched the walls of the 1,300 year old
castle (see gallery photos) facing the square but I didn't see or here anyone
— oh, well… I'm just not psychic (like the BBC who announced the collapse of
building 7 – 20 minutes before it happened!)
The hard working 9/11 Truth activists in Aachen include Channing,
Robert, and the others who have dedicated themselves for weeks to making
this event a success in this historic seat of Charlemagne's European
empire. We ate in an 150 year old restaurant in a 17th century building
which was somehow scabbed onto the massive 13th Century town hall.
89 people came to the event in this small town. Before the presentation
5 believed in the official conspiracy theory of the 3 high-rises
destruction by fire – and 11 were unsure. Afterwards 0 (zero) believed
in the fire/plane impacts theory and only 2 were unsure. The remainder
agreed with the overwhelming evidence of explosive controlled
People are waking up. But I can't do this alone! Who will
download the PowerPoint presentation and give the truth of the explosive
controlled demolitions to the people of the world??
Onward to Brussels — the capital of the European Union!
Brussels Success Story
Wed, Nov 19, 2008 2:15 am GMT
It's hard to imagine a team who works harder for 9/11 Truth public
awareness than the Belgians. They are led by the keen, steady, and
loving persistence of Eric & Jean-Luc, the energetic Valentine, and
priceless others, giving tirelessly to this cause. I was welcomed as a
kindred spirit, and treated as a brother.
The event was held at Louvain-la-Neuve, one of the university lecture
halls. We were encouraged by the 183 people who braved the rain and cold
on a Sunday afternoon to learn of these important truths. In attendance
were 4 architects and 22 engineers. Before the presentation, those
believing in the official story regarding the fire-induced “collapse” of
the three high-rises on 9/11 numbered 9 with 53 unsure. After the
lecture, we had no one believing the official story and only 4 still
unsure. The remainder agreed with the hypothesis of controlled
demolition. Mission accomplished!
The Belgian team expressed frustration that, although they personally
invited no less than five media representatives, no mainstream media had
the fortitude to attend! You're not alone, as media attention continues
to be a challenge for majority of 9/11 teams. Numerous architecture and
engineering firms were contacted resulting in 4 architect and 22
engineer participants! As we say in the states, way to go, guys!
After the presentation, we were treated to an astounding tour of old
town Brussels – known for much more than just its sprouts! Although cold
and damp, I was delighted by the presence of fireplaces in most
restaurants visible from the street. Warming my tender California bones
in one of these cafes, we discovered the owner, a Belgian civil
engineer, to be sympathetic to the 9/11 cause. Proving yet again, the
power of conversing with everyone in which we come in contact! I feel
enriched when I extend myself and make connections that are entertaining
(he used to be a cowboy in Nevada on a ranch larger than the country of
Belgium!) as well as truth-sharing.
Brussels has to be the most ornate city in Europe! All the buildings
around the Grand Platz (Place) are rich with baroque architecture that
is an absolute delight to the eye! See the gallery photos for a low-light-level
series of otherwise great to see photos! We also saw the famous
“Mannequin Pis” which is actually a small bronze cherub boy who is
credited with putting out the historic fire of Brussels! They therefore
made a fountain for him which he is still "pissing" in!
See the photo of the 13th (?) century cathedral, San Michael,
which was built over the top of an old 10th century church which has
been recently excavated and is available to see under the floor of the
church! It's like going back in time down under the ground in
archaeological layers. Kind of like excavating back through the layers of
distortion in the 9/11 Commission Report, only it's a lot more fun.
Onward to Hamburg — the largest port in Europe – almost.
Thanks again to the great Belgian 9/11 Truth team!!! We'll see you again
next year — IN THE SUMMER!
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Sun, Nov 23, 2008 11:30 am GMT
I left at midnight from Bruxelles (French for Brussels — only the French
can turn an "x" into a soft "s") on a couchette car in train which
you're supposed to sleep on an 18" wide platform on the bumpy tracks –
stopping at each train station on the way to Hamburg. Thank God I had
empty bunks to put all the luggage on. (and Thanks Dr. Beeth & Jean-Luc!)
Jens & Inez, Andreas, and Cornelius, are among the industrious 9/11
Truthers who brought 110 attendees to the AE911Truth event at Haus
Rissen International Institure for Politics & Economics. The place
was packed with young people and professional alike — including many
newcomers to the 9/11 issues. There were 19 people who had not heard of
WTC Building 7 at all. Before the presentation, 11 believed the official
conspiracy story (19 hijackers brought down 3 high-rises with just 2
planes – via fire & gravitational collapse) and 25 were unsure.
Afterwards, 0 (zero) believed and only 4 were unsure.
We gave the presentation in English and received a very gracious standing ovation
tonight. The Germans are waking up – one at a time. Who who will help to
wake them up faster? We must accelerate the pace here. It shouldn't be
too difficult. After all, they have had the painful experiences of self
inflicted wounds which we call "false flag operations" — i.e., Hitler's
burning down of the Reichstag, and the following fascist controls.
We had 3 interviews with independent activist media people in Hamburg!
First was with Thomas Steinburg with SteinbergRecherche – a popular
internet news website. Then Tom & Alex – film students – interviewed
us for a documentary on the mainstream news media that they are putting together.
The cozy apartment I'm staying in – thanks to Inez – has the smallest
bathroom in Germany! I got stuck and they had to pull me out with a winch. :)
Andreas, one of the fine 9/11 Truth advocates here, has one of only 3
electric scooters in the city. It's quite cool but very silent (kind of
creepy for pedestrians! – like a Prius). I was quick to try to ride!
(see photo in Gallery)
We all took a boat tour of the Hamburg harbor and saw some incredible
old harbor buildings as well as modern architecture. We saw the historic
Chile House, Town Hall, and St. Michaelis. We also saw Neue Harbor –
they wanted to build a new part of the city where people could both live
and work – and have spent billions on about a hundred new buildings! The
city is quite wealthy from its massive sea ports in the North Sea and
access to the Atlantic.
Ich bin ein Berliner!
Sun, Nov 23, 2008 11:30 am GMT
I arrived by train into a cold and cloudy Berlin and but was met the ever warm
gracious reception of Ronald Thoden and Oliver, who both worked so hard to
organize this, our last and very successful event of the Europe Tour! Their
awesome news magazine "Hintergrund" is an alternative progressive
journalistic piece that brings news, including the 9/11 Truth, to 30,000 German
people each quarter. Check it out at:
I was treated to whirlwind tour of Berlin which included lunch at the
restaurant on top of the recently remodeled Reichstag Parliament building
($300M). The modern dome above this historic building was designed by Sir
Norman Foster and is a fascinating structure in itself with deep meaning for
Germany's democracy as well as a unique experience of place.
It also is a high-tech composition of 360 mirrors, with architectural
solar control, which deliver ample sunlight to the parliament chambers
below, from which the governed can "watch" their representatives below. The
dome also functions to circulate air into/from the novel seasonal
aquifer storage below the building!
Of course we visited "Checkpoint Charlie" – the access from the American Sector
to East Berlin through the Berlin wall. I have brought back some pieces of the Berlin wall.
Every square inch of the wall's surface (square centimeter that is) is
covered with expressive folk art on the West side. So all the small
pieces of the wall – for sale in the museum – are colorful and filled
with meaning. Lot's of opportunity in Berlin for deeply important
history lessons. Local 9/11 Truth philosopher and historian Clifford
Jones filled us with stories and information from the archives well-preserved in his mind!
Modern art and architecture is everywhere in Germany — especially in juxtaposition to the old.
The event took place at the historic "Urania - Neus Wissen Erlaben", a center
for the experience of new knowledge & information. Albert Einstein spoke
here — uttering the quote "Condemnation without investigation is the height of
ignorance". Of course he faced similar ridicule as we have upon his
attempts to enlighten scholars and professionals with truth.
The diligent efforts of the 9/11 Truth community here in Berlin also included
Clifford Jones, Sebastian, Heine & Kioko, Neils, Heike (sp?) and they brought
over 270 people to this central learning center — including 9 architects and 34
engineers. 30 were completely unaware of building 7. Before the
presentation 11 participants believed in the official conspiracy theory (19
hijackers; plane impacts; jet fuel fires; structural weakening; gravitational
collapses) and 71 were unsure. The remainder were adherents of the
controlled demolition theory. After the presentation only 5 believed in the
OCT and just 12 were unsure. I'm fairly certain that none of these were
among the A&E's present. I tried 3 times, and gracefully I believe, but
couldn't get one question from any of those who were unconvinced or unsure.
We celebrated this — our largest European audience and final tour lecture
(vortrag!) — at Heine's unique 9/11 Truth bar in the Mitte district of Berlin where
we had the final video interview of the trip.
The snow came to Berlin on our final day and remains on the white dusted
earth throughout this German countryside as I travel toward Frankfurt on the
final full day in Europe. I saw the sun in a blue sky for the first time this
morning – and for a full 20 minutes – surely one of the most beautiful
November sites in Northern Europe.