First post here, and I suspect I won't have a great deal of time to post at all, so I'll just say what I've told Steve in an e-mail already. I used to use the NESS website as a reference "way back when," and discovered the podcast almost immediately as soon as they first started putting them up on the site. I've really enjoyed seeing the show grow (and improve).
To this episode, let me say that 9/11 conspiracy theorists actually upset me to the point that I *think* I know how folks of the Jewish faith feel about Holocaust deniers (no, 6 million does not equal 3K, but I think the comparison is at least fair, because the 9/11 deniers absolutely sully the memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11).
To be sure, it's fair to say that there's a legitimate argument between the "Hey, this took us completely by surprise" theory and the, "Oh, crud, the evidence was there, we could have stopped it, but we had an intelligence failure and didn't communicate enough to stop it" theory. That at least recognizes that the "it" was what actually happened -- a well-planned attack by Islamic suicide terrorists.
Anyway, I was GOING to write about episode 45 to comment that I didn't think the podcast had devoted enough time to eradicating each and every one of the conspiracy theories, because 9/11 deniers are a shameful and relentless lot. However, then we had episode 46, and the links provided.
I very much appreciate any and all time given to 9/11 debunking, and would hope perhaps for this September, a full show could be devoted to a comprehensive attack on some of the more prevalent theories. If anything, the show could be done as a "coaching" tool for those folks who wish to engage (and destroy) 9/11 conspiracy nuts by going over the flaws in each theory.
This show often refers to how even some skeptics have "Sacred Cows," i.e., thing that skeptics believe but shouldn't (good luck charms, the odd eastern health technique, whatever). Penn & Teller referred to it as "Everybody got a Gris-Gris."
However, for me, 9/11 conspirators represent the inverse of that phrase -- a theory that so incenses me that to merely dismiss it as nuts is to forget those who lost their lives on 9/11. These conspiracy nuts should be engaged, attacked, and exposed. Anytime that it's done, as it was in episode 46, we should applaud that.
Anyway, I'm off. Be well all!