Weeding 9/11

Weeding 9/11

The Buckthorn Man and I are 9/11 Truthers.  I go back and forth in my head between the reality that the official story about what happened on 9/11 is a myth, and the realization that most people don’t see it that way, or simply don’t care if it is or isn’t.  It’s the later thoughts that drive me into the woods sometimes.  There, when I see a weed, or a buckthorn tree, I can pull it, or cut it — make the scene more beautiful, more truthful.  In the “real” world however, removing the weeds obscuring the truths surrounding the events of 9/11 is not so simple: the best I can do is share what I have learned and hope that you are reason-able and not ignore-ant.

So, let me ask you: Is there anything I could say or show you right here that could change your mind about anything you think you already know about the events of 9/11?  If the answer is NO, then skip down in this post until you see JB The Explorer‘s beautiful photographs.

The last time we saw The Buckthorn Man, he was in the Garden of Weed’in enjoying the fruit of the tree of knowledge, which is rooted deeply in who, what, where, and when, and grows with understanding (why), bearing the fruits of wisdom (how).  Yes, I’m talking about the trivium again: grammar, logic and rhetoric are tools people of good will can use together to discover what is true — what is real.

“I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all i knew); Theirs names are What and Why and When And How And Where and Who.”

Rudyard Kipling

If you are still with me, then your mind is open and I’m assuming you will at least entertain these thoughts.  In case you are not already familiar with his work, let me introduce you to a very talented investigative reporter named James Corbett.  Like me, he is also a weed puller: the invasive species he fights include government violence, coercion, lies, secrecy and corruption.  His garden is The Truth, and it bears good fruit — here, take a bite!

Rudy Giuliani, Mayor of New York (all video descriptions are from James)

Mayor Giuliani oversaw the illegal destruction of the 9/11 crime scene and is criminally liable for the deaths of hundreds of emergency workers for not passing on prior warnings about the collapses of the Twin Towers. It is no wonder, then, that the Fire Department of New York so passionately detest Giuliani for his actions in disgracing their fallen brothers and covering up the 9/11 crime.

Christine Todd Whitman, EPA Administrator

If the brave men and women who had rushed to the World Trade Center in the chaotic days after 9/11 to help with the search and rescue had done so knowing the risks they were facing, that would be one thing. But of course they did not. They had been given false assurances by Christine Todd Whitman, the EPA administrator who assured the public just days into the clean up that the air was safe to breathe.

Philip Zelikow, Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission

In January of 2003, just weeks after Kissinger stepped down, it was quietly announced that Philip D. Zelikow would take on the role of executive director. As executive director, Zelikow picked “the areas of investigation, the briefing materials, the topics for hearings, the witnesses, and the lines of questioning for witnesses.” In effect, this was the man in charge of running the investigation itself.

Remember Mort Sahl, the famous comedian?  He asked a poignant question in his 1976 autobiography Heartland: “How many lies do you have to believe before you become part of the lie?”

Investigate 9/11!

That being read/seen (maybe?), it’s time for the latest adventures of The Buckthorn Man.  But first, let me share some beautiful pictures and video of The Springs from Jon Bradley.







Thanks Jon, that was beautiful!

In case you have not driven lately in the vicinity of Hwy 67, where eastbound Hwy ZZ meets it (across the road from the Hotel Springs), the DNR hired a forester to harvest some of the hardwoods from the area.  They did a fantastic job mowing the buckthorn and honeysuckle that was thick in the understory in preparation for the tree thinning operation.

I spent the day pulling weeds like queen anne’s lace and sow thistle near the Scuppernong Spring.


Jared Urban, DNR Conservation Biologist,  gave me two very cool signs to put up at the Ottawa Lake Fen State Natural Area.

img_2467I spent a couple days putting up the signs at the fen and cutting and treating black locust seedlings.

The DNR Fisheries team did a great job dredging the muck from McKeawn Spring, which is just south of the Scuppernong Springs on the east side of Hwy 67.

After a road trip to Royal Oak, MI to help my friend Chris Belleau at the Art, Beats and Eats fair…


… it was back to work at The Springs.  I’ve been meaning to finish clearing the watercress from the Fish Hatchery Springs and finally got to it.  I knew there were some cool springs hidden there!  Later that same day I worked to improve the main Scuppernong river channel near the marl pit bridge by digging out cattails and moving some logs and stones.

And just yesterday, I had a fine day at The Springs, mowing a couple of overgrown areas along the trail and digging in a bit further to cut and treat some young buckthorn saplings.




Finally, The Buckthorn Man is one of the recipients of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s 2016 Wetland Awards.   Please join me at the celebration on November 10 at the UW Madison Arboretum (details at WWA).

See you at The Springs!