Re: Crecent memorial redesigned
>> Chalk one up for the good guys:
> Well as long as everyone agrees with it, then yep.
Well, so much for that. Already the nay sayers are striking back. Little
green footballs has the story:
I had hoped that some discussion and compromise had silenced this, but nope.
This guy has spent what seems to be an extraordinary amount of time working
on this. In fairness i posted as many of his figures and links but I'm sure
i missed some.
My assessment is that the guy is a bit obsessed. Just a bit. A little bit.
Redesigned Flight 93 memorial still an Islamo-fascist shrine
The redesigned flight 93 memorial, announced today, still contains all of
the features that made it a terrorist memorial. Architect Paul Murdoch's
infamous red crescent is still there, still planted with red maple trees,
still inscribed in the exact same circle as before, and with the same two
crescent tips still intact. Thus the crescent bisector defined by these
crescent tips is also the same as before. It still points almost exactly to
Mecca, making the crescent a Mihrab (an Islamic prayer station, where the
believer faces into a crescent, towards Mecca, to perform his ritual
prostrations). The design still incorporates a separate upper
terrorist-memorial wall, centered precisely on the red-maple crescent. There
are still 44 translucent blocks on the flight path to the crash site,
matching the total number of dead, instead of just the forty translucent
blocks that are dedicated to the forty murdered Americans. Lastly, the Tower
of Voices part of the memorial is still an Islamic prayer-time sundial.
Start with the red crescent. In the original design, the lower crescent tip
was defined by the furthest extent of red maple trees on the bottom, while
the upper crescent tip was defined by the end of the inner of two concrete
walls, between which trees were planted.
design. The inner of the two concrete walls at top follows the circle that
the crescent partly inscribes. The crescent tip has to be located on this
circle, hence the end of the inner wall defines the upper crescent tip. The
green bisector points almost exactly to Mecca (in the northeast direction,
into the red crescent). Pixel accurate calculations of the bisector and its
orientation towards Mecca here.
In the redesign, the lower tip remains exactly as before. So does the upper
crescent tip (the end of the inner concrete wall). The change is that there
are now additional trees planted beyond the end of the concrete wall that
defines the upper crescent tip. These additional trees, planted along and
out from the circle line, make it look like there is now a bowl instead of a
crescent, but both original crescent tips are still in place.
redesign. The topo lines (also visible in Figure 1) show that the both
crescent tips are located exactly as before. Similarly for the copse of
trees (in the position of the star on an Islamic flag) and the upper and
lower sections of the memorial wall.
The filling in of some trees, in places that blend the original crescent
into its surroundings, but do not affect its defining characteristics, is
apparently the only change in the entire "redesign." All of the original
features of the terrorist-memorial remain. The new graphics show that there
is still the same separate upper section of memorial wall as before. Like
the lower wall, it lies along the flight path to the crash site. Just as the
lower wall contains 40 translucent blocks, dedicated to the forty murdered
Americans, so too does the upper section of memorial wall contain
redesign announcement. Identical to original design. The upper section of
memorial wall, seen to the right, is centered precisely on the large red
maple crescent and contains additional translucent blocks, in addition to
the forty on the lower wall that memorialize the murdered Americans.
In all, there are forty four translucent blocks emplaced along the flight
path to the crash site, where forty Americans and four murderers died on
September 11th. [Three are on the upper section of the memorial wall, one is
the large glass block, at the upper crescent tip, that dedicates the entire
site. See UPDATE below for details, or click the link immediately below.]
Further, the fact that the crescent tips are unchanged means that the upper
section of memorial wall is still bisected exactly by the Mecca line that
bisects the large red crescent. (My earlier analysis of the upper-memorial
wall and the 44 translucent blocks here.
For anyone who wonders if it could be a coincidence that the original/new
red maple crescent orients almost precisely on Mecca, note that the Tower of
Voices section of the memorial also is apparently unchanged. The Tower of
Voices is surrounded by several crescents of trees. Lines drawn across the
tips of these crescents also point almost precisely towards Mecca.
Crescent array surrounds Tower of Voices. Line across crescent tips points
almost precisely to Mecca. Calculations here.
This second orientation towards Mecca is necessary to the overall
terrorist-memorial plan because the Tower of Voices is itself an Islamic
Figure 5. http://photos1.blogger.com/img/148/5959/640/AsrPrayerLine1200.jpg
Islamic prayer times are determined by shadow length. When the center of the
crescent at the top of the tower's shadow reaches the outer pink line, the
time for Islamic afternoon prayers (Asr prayers) has arrived. Notice that
the prayer line remains contained within the inner arc of trees. Afternoon
prayer shadows for June 16th (the shortest day of the year) in red; July
16th (green); August 16th (blue); September 16th (yellow); October 16th
(orange), mid-November (aqua); and mid-December (fuchsia). The mid-January
Asr-prayer shadow will be the same as for mid-November. Mid-February will be
the same as mid-October, etcetera. Prayer times and associated shadow
When prayer time is reached, Pious Muslims will need to know the direction
to Mecca: the direction they are supposed to face when they pray. The
Tower's crescent array gives them this information. All they have to do is
walk out to the open end of the crescent array and sight across the ends of
the rows of trees (towards the northeast in figure 4).
Why does the shadow line in Figure 5 have a zig at the end of November? Look
closely at the tower shadow depicted in Murdoch's graphic. You can see that
there is a vertical shaft of sunlight making it through about the top fifth
of the tower. This is because there is a slot cut in the top of the tower
that early enough in the day allows light to pass through and reach the
ground. Later in the day sunlight comes through at too steep an angle to
reach the ground, being intercepted by the crescent arms of the crescent
cross-section tower. As the months progress towards December and sunset gets
earlier, afternoon prayer times start coming early enough that light through
the slot is still reaching the ground when prayer time arrives. Thus the
bottom of top of the tower's shadow becomes the bottom of the slot, and this
new lower tower height then becomes the tower height that is used to
calculate prayer-time shadow length. From the tower graphics, it can be
determined that this transition occurs near the end of November. Full
Many of the terrorist-memorial elements of the Murdoch's design have this
same half-hidden, half-obvious quality. (Litany here.
The redesign, blending the original red crescent into a larger circle of
trees, but still retaining its defining points, fits this half-hidden
terrorist-memorial theme exactly. I am surprised Murdoch did not blend the
red crescent in from the outset. He might have gotten away with it. But we
cannot let him get away with it now. Paul Murdoch's Flight 93 memorial, both
originally and in its barely modified incarnation, is not just a bit of P.C.
openness to Islamic symbolism. It is an explicit and thorough-going shrine
to the terrorists. Murdoch is an Islamo-fascist. He is one of the enemy,
trying to plant an Islamo-fascist memorial on the graves of our murdered
heroes. No other explanation is possible. Please help stop this evil.
UPDATE: Thanks to so many people for stopping by. I'll just add a bit of
detail, for those who might like to look through the linked back-posts where
I did my calculations, but would prefer a summary of the most critical
First, where are the four extra translucent blocks? You can see three of
them in Figure 3, at the bottom end of the upper section of the memorial
wall (the terrorist-memorial section of the memorial wall). Here is another
Figure 6. Close up of gap between lower and upper memorial walls. Forty
translucent blocks on left. Three on right.
These blocks at the bottom of the terrorist memorial wall are inscribed with
the date September 11th, 2001. That's right: September 11th belongs to them.
The forty-fourth translucent block is further up the flight path. It is the
large glass block, sitting at the point of the upper red-crescent tip, that
dedicates the entire site:
Figure 7. Overlook extending through inner circle of crescent, with large
glass block at end, dedicating the site. This graphic is from the original
site-plan PDF's, but the overlook seems to be unchanged in the new design.
The announcement of the redesign includes an overlook graphic, but without a
close up detail of the glass block.
LGF commenter aunursa corrects my assertion that the forty name-inscribed
blocks are dedicated to forty murdered American heroes. Apparently two of
the heroes were foreign. God bless 'em.
I didn't mean to mislead anyone by originally leaving the full explanation
of the extra four translucent blocks out of this post. I was just trying to
summarize my findings, while providing links to my full analyses. Far from
thinking that the different shaped block at the upper crescent tip weakens
the "44 death, 44 blocks" interpretation, my full analysis reveals the tying
together of the upper section of the memorial wall with the large glass
block to be perhaps the most diabolical feature of the entire structure.
Feel free to redo my calculations . The large red maple crescent defined in
the obvious way that I describe above is oriented 1.7 degrees off Mecca,
enough to create plausible deniability perhaps. But when the large glass
block is used to define the upper crescent tip, the crescent bisector points
EXACTLY to Mecca, as close as the pixel resolution of the PDF's can
determine. (One pixel either way and the line points further away from
Mecca.) It's a good thing the Islamo-fascist who designed this thing is not
making bombs, because he would probably be good at it.
There are also a couple of details about my interpretation of the Tower of
Voices as an Islamic prayer-time sundial that people should know about if
they are going to take it to heart. Shadow placement will vary with any
change in either the geometry of the tower or the topography of the ground
on which the Tower's shadow falls. From the information that is available,
there are two points of possible deviation from my interpretation.
One is the slope of ground in the direction that the prayer-time shadows
fall. On level ground, the prayer-time shadows are about 50 meters long.
According to topo maps, the ground rises in the prayer-shadow direction
about ten feet in fifty meters (graphics available about a third of the way
down this post). The site-plan's Tower Section detail shows the tower
sitting on a built up mound ten feet tall. This would put it right where it
needs to be to act as the shadow-caster (or gnomon) for an Islamic sundial:
on level ground. Islamic afternoon prayers are supposed to commence when an
object's shadow is the length of its noon shadow, plus its height. This can
only be determined on level ground.
The potential discrepancy here is that the Tower Section detail shows the
trees in the prayer-shadow direction starting at the level of the ground at
the bottom of the ten foot mound that the Tower sits on, instead of at the
height of base of the Tower, as the topo maps indicate. It isn't much of a
discrepancy because the Tower Section detail is clearly in error on this
point. Here is the offending graphic:
Figure 8. Shows trees in prayer-shadow direction (northeast) to grow from
well below the base of Tower. Topo maps show they start at the same height
as the base of the Tower, as a prayer-time sundial would require.
The second possible discrepancy is the depth of the slot cut in the spine of
the Tower. The CAD generated shadow in Figure 5 shows the slot being 18% of
the full tower height. This is contradicted by the Tower Section detail,
which depicts the slot being 8% of the full tower height. The 18% figure
leads to the jog in the shadow line depicted in my Figure 5. It is the exact
depth of slot needed to keep the shadow line within the innermost crescent
of trees, to that the inner crescent can serve as a consistent prayer-time
indicator. Here is Figure 5 again:
Figure 5. http://photos1.blogger.com/img/148/5959/640/AsrPrayerLine1200.jpg
Since the Tower Section detail was already misleading about the topography,
that gives reason to favor the CAD generated slot information. Also, the CAD
information is what one would expect to be the real information. It is the
actual 3D design. The PDFs, in contrast, are prettied-up picture boards.
My guess is that Murdoch and his co-conspirators (if he has any) realized
that any competent sundialist would find them out if they put the accurate
information in the Tower Section detail, so they phonied up the detail. I'm
also guessing it was a slip that they let the CAD generated slot value into
their presentation. Either that or hubris.
Still, there is a caveat here. It could turn out that the actual planned
slot dimension is 8% of the Tower height and that the Tower array is thus
not designed to be an accurate Islamic prayer-time sundial. The only way to
tell for sure is to get hold of Murdoch's computers and look. The many
terrorist memorializing features of Murdoch's Flight 93 memorial give plenty
of probable cause to believe that he has perpetrated a fraud against the
Department of the Interior, which is legal grounds for subpoena of his hard
drives. Tancredo, Norton, the ball is in your court.
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