Idiots. All of them.
I saw this op/ed written by some fool named James “I spout randomly about that which I have no idea” Quintiere.
It seems that in this man’s immense comprehension of building construction and fire safety, that he is convinced that only jet fuel can burn, and that regular materials can’t burn hot enough to melt metal. Hate to break it to you kids, but most skyscrapers have what’s called a four hour fire rating. The buildings are designed to supress paper and or furniture fires, not JP4 explosions. The four hour rating means that something will not become structurally unsound until after four hours of exposure to a certain, generally accepted (and certified by Underwriter’s Labratories) standard. So these things should be able to resist a 767 hit, which didn’t even exist on paper at the time of construction? Oh yeah. Buildings are invincible!
Wrong. Not only did the jet fuel and physical collision more or less obliterate four hours of fire coating on the steel, they brought the overall heat of the inside of those spaces so high that the fire control systems were either completely ineffective or destroyed.
He continues to moan about how WTC7 wasn’t hit by a plane but still collapsed. Okay, hello, two hundred acres of concrete just cascaded down to the ground level and structurally damaged everything around them. hence bye-bye tower seven.
And this comment:
“The site teams at the towers were focused on rescue, retrieval and cleanup, not investigation.”
Okay, let’s put your wife in there somewhere and you complain about them being focused on rescue. Prick.
It’s even more disturbing to find out this man is the Professor of Fire Protection Engineering College Park (U of M). Good thing I didn’t go to their Architecture school.
This is typical of what I’ve come to expect of America in the post 9.11 era. People using the event to foward their own agendas. I saw a sign on the beltway a few days ago:
“36,000 kids died of starvation on 9.11. Just like they do everyday.” or soemthing equivalent. It reminds me of the stupid British boy band kid who said “who cares abotu 9.11, I want to talk about the animals” as he went off on a tirade about animal rights when asked about how he felt about September 11th. He was appropriately bitch slapped by his record label and “band” mates.
Why are stupid people breeding? Can we put a stop to this? PLEASE!?
Bang. Head. On. Wall. Repeat. Ad. Nauseum.