Talking Turkey

Barge Carries Spire to WTC

Photo: The Port Authority of NY & NJ

For almost 200 years “talking turkey” has meant “to discuss a problem in a serious way with a real intention to solve it.” But the first three items above are examples of how facts are an endangered species at Ground Zero…

The Star-Ledger piece on the “spire” is one of the few reports that call into question the assumption that the Freedom Tower will ever be able to legitimately claim to be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, with a roof height that is almost one hundred feet shorter than the Willis/Sears Tower. Most “reports” just ignore the obvious and dutifully call the antenna a “spire” as if people don’t have eyes in the heads, or brains.

The latest Silverstein scam to hold the airlines responsible for the damage to WTC 7 is another example of contortionist thinking. Silverstein would much rather pick the flying public’s pocket to force the airlines’ insurance companies to “finally” “pay up in order to finish the rebuilding of the World Trade Center” when he has yet to account for all the insurance money that has already passed through his hands and yet there is so little to show for 3.5 billion dollars. Mr. Silverstein’s schnorrer routine is offensive and the public deserves a full accounting of what he has invested versus what he has received.

The HuffPo piece is a lame effort to deflect attention from the elephant droppings at the 9/11 Museum — the horrifying loss to priceless artifacts that would have happened if the Museum had opened on schedule. Burying the museum underground at exorbitant cost that has been and will continue to be subsidized by the public was not just willful, it was reckless. There is only one way to handle the calls from 9/11 Families to reexamine the direction of the museum — take them to heart.


The Star-Ledger

World Trade Center spire en route from Canada

USA Today

Judge removes United from World Trade Center case

The Huffington Post

Our Beacons of Hope

TIME Magazine

China Plans to Build the World’s Largest Skyscraper in Just 90 Days

2012-11-20T16:29:34+00:00 November 20th, 2012|Vol. One, No. 38 —|

Hell and High Water

CNN.com

Gov. Cuomo: Sept. 11 museum filled with water

Crain’s New York

World Trade Center flooded with 20 feet of water

BuilderOnline.com

Flooding at the World Trade Center site

The Real Deal

Sandy floods World Trade Center site; damage assessment underway

Reuters

Floodwater pumped from New York’s Ground Zero

The New York Observer

Army Corps to Begin Pumping Water Out of Lower Manhattan Tomorrow

CNN.com

Gov. Cuomo: Sept. 11 museum filled with water

The New York Post

The rebuilding bill

WNYC News

WTC Site Floods, But Officials Say Buildings Will Be Hurricane-Proof

2012-11-04T23:59:15+00:00 November 4th, 2012|Vol. One, No. 35 —|