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    Gnat -- I've never made a point of detailing a whole lot of my personal life on the web. It's more or less an attempt to keep my personal political opinions separate from my professional life, in effect making harder for anyone to allege that my professional judgments are in any way influenced by my personal views (they're not, but people will stop at practically nothing to discredit you, even if you're right, if you happen to take a stance that opposes their interests).

    As for the WTC collapse -- I'm not quite sure what you're referring to. I've seen the engineering recreations on the Discovery Channel/TLC and PBS' Nova, as well as the extensive reports in The New York Times.  All of the data seemed pretty kosher to me -- the heat from the fires causing the trusses to bow, shifting the weight of the upper floors disproportionately to the outer walls, which were already bearing more than their design load due to the damaged sections. Once one or two of the floors above the damage gave way, the entire structure pancaked rapidly, collapsing first on the outside and then the center core. (Basically, the design revolution that made the WTC possible: a load-bearing outer structure was its Achilles heel when it was damaged and on fire.)

    A voice of objective reason in the partisan sea of the U.S. National Security community.

    by mustang dvs on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 02:20:13 PM PST

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