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Never Forget

by The MoleSeptember 11, 2018

Today marks the 17th anniversary of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and beyond the human death toll ended up causing at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Many other people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.

I happen to be one of the lucky ones in that I was not personally touched by this event directly. No family members or friends of mine died that day or in the extended aftermath. But without doubt every single American alive was most certainly affected by the various political, social, and economic consequences, all of which continue to reverberate through our nation up to this day.

9/11 for me personally marks the day when something intangible changed in America, when a somewhat complacent nation was forced to stand up and face up to not only various external threats but also many of its own internal demons. No matter where you stand politically, you would probably agree that there is a clear separation between the America we all knew and loved before, and the one we all live in today.

And as such I believe that beyond the widely reported human death toll the one victim that is rarely ever talked about is the American spirit. Which is still in the process of recovering and may take yet another generation to be made fully whole again.

As a side note: I actually had the opportunity to visit the WTC as a young man back in the late 1980s – it must have been around 1988 and it was before I decided to move to the United States. What I remember very distinctly of that day is standing up there on the observation deck on the 102nd floor at nearly 1400 feet, incredulously gazing at the bustling city below us.

For me, as a young German, still in the process of finding his place in the world, the WTC towers piercing into the NYC skyline distinctly embodied the acclaimed American spirit at its finest. The design of the towers was, simple, modern, and strictly functional. But unlike many buildings stemming from the 1970s, to me at least it neither appeared to be cold nor impersonal. Despite their unprecedented size the towers embodied an architecture that inspired a sense of awe and admiration simply by being and not by merit of desire or intent. There was nothing pretentious about the World Trade Center, and if nothing else this very quality perfectly captured the American spirit we once all used to aspire to live up to.

It symbolized a can-do attitude that just didn’t take no for an answer, ignored its detractors and critics overseas, whilst continuously reaching for the stars. Just standing there looking at the NYC skyline from far above, anything and everything suddenly seemed possible. And I am convinced that this moment in my life squarely contributed to my decision to leave Germany just a few years later and emigrate to to America.

If you ask me, and obviously nobody does for very good reasons, NYC should have rebuilt the towers exactly the way they once were, down to the very last bolt. Which would have set a clear signal to the world that you may succeed in destroying our buildings and killing our citizens, but you will never ever be able to destroy the American spirit.

 


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  • StockTalker

    Oh the calamity:)

  • bankwalker

    Lefty response to terrorism: We caused it by acting badly.
    Lefty response to losing election: Winner worse than a terrorist.

  • Ronebadger

    I have been to the WTC observation deck as well, on a near perfect Fall day…on a (early 90s?) “class trip”. Also went to the commodities exchange in the same building. Then, I observed the NYSE and took a very cool tour of the NY Federal Reserve. Watched them sort and count bills (some were rejected, shredded and collected to sell in little bags) in a room where all the bills were on trays in carriers for various banks. THEN, the coolest part was going downstairs to the gold vault where various countries keep their gold. 80 ft below street level and 50 ft below sea level. The vault door was open and you could see right in; there was a locked gate. Each country had a cage with a number on it, no names. If countries wanted to make an exchange, the two “old guys” down there would shift gold from cage to cage. VERY COOL!

  • DaVerg

    why is mecca and medina still standing ?

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Seriously?

  • bankwalker

    “The Falling Man” documents an aspect of the horrors of 9-11 hidden from the public by the media.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emYQEkc71iE

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Political discussions permitted today, but PLEASE keep it civil and courteous.

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Because nuking mostly innocent people would violate everything America stands for.

  • Ronebadger

    It’s very hard to keep myself from hating.

  • Ronebadger

    OMG…I’m watching a little of the video while listening to Pandora. On comes “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who. That was my theme song after 9/11…”Meet the new boss; same as the old boss”.

  • HD

    Mole, Appreciate your POV as an immigrant and seeing America at it’s best.

    I wasn’t personally affected by the event directly either but had a close friend immediately sign up for the Army reserve. He later did a 9 month tour. Something he will acknowledge changed him forever. I also have 3 family members who served as Marines. 7 tours so far. My youngest relative, 20, just got home from his first tour.

    17 years later, we are still at war. 6831 US soldiers have been killed, 1,000,000 + wounded, $6,000,000,000,000 spent.

    Never Forget.

  • Yoda

    LOL, tell that to the Iraqis, Yemenis, Syrians, Vietnamese, etc

  • Yoda

    Yeah, never forget what the Deep State did to America on that day

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    no worries man, the Cube Worship will continue!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEOjKoniiI4

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    and especially, the day BEFORE.
    ..bet it was an option trade.
    😉

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E12b4V1ilmg

  • ridingwaves

    here we are with the Patriot Act still in place…But to those whom passed on that awful day….RIP from this American…..

  • Richard Adler
  • Yoda

    I was not aware of that one
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k5oAaXINX8

  • ridingwaves

    well, because those guys didn’t fly those planes, you know the top 20 pilots in the world did simulators on the preceding moves supposedly done by beginner cessna pilots…

    only 1 pulled it off….

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb
  • ridingwaves

    I think Germany is getting all stored gold back from the federal reserve over 7 years timeline……..have to search but I remember this reparation

  • ridingwaves

    good theme song….

  • ridingwaves

    latest news:Fed should buy stocks if there is another steep recession, former IMF economist says

    watching this video is funny, they used China in some instances instead of Japanese….that is a big no no…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZru_TywyME

  • bankwalker
  • Jay Thomas

    Despite the dramatic History Channel music, this is a fascinating look at the fulfillment of Isaiah 9:10. The Harbinger (sign, omen, warning, foreshadowing)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQvaJ78HVfE

  • DaVerg

    who said anything about nuking?

    Give them 24 hour notice to get out of Dodge or face the retribution.

    like 9 11 didn’t kill innocent people ? Radical Is-slime knows no boundaries.

  • ridingwaves

    horrible active listening skills by operations center, 3x she said 11 and the guy repeats as 12…..they should have been fired based on this recording….

  • ridingwaves

    they had to set the military complex up first for a prolonged war…..yellow cake needed to be called out while the perps were in different lands altogether…

  • Benson Burns

    I agree 100% about rebuilding them.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb
  • bankwalker

    Neil Young having a moment of clarity – Let’s Roll
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A6dYR7q0Uw

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    My visit to the vault turned out a little different:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0yQbpoQ0hY

  • Mark Shinnick

    Deep State is the CIA.

    WHERE Did the Missing $21 Trillion COME FROM?
    https://youtu.be/JQnQJYQHSzI

  • HD

    $SPX. That was the 4th cheap entry against 2863 the market gave. Plus 9/11. Que the rally monkey. 2919 on deck.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Chief Thanks for your tribute 9 – 11. Chief glad you are a U.S. citizen and someday I hope soon Welcome Back Chief !
    JULIE

  • HD

    I will try to keep this civil and I know the risk as there are a lot of far right wing partisans online. GW Bush was so dumb “they” were able to pull off the largest terror attack in history, steel trillions of dollars, and crash the economy. Which is why some Americans have major reservations about the current IQ in the White House. Don’t beat me up too bad. Just the fact that it all happened on GW’s watch should keep you objective.

  • ridingwaves

    thanks for your help

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    SPX has traded within the convergence of it’s 5 and 21 ema’s An infection point A breakout bullish A break down bearish. I am still on the sidelines SPX and looking for a lower high to short JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/004f86c7567f7f483378b3b1cb8a1170caf3ef28e9ca54334f2876c16ef60dee.png

  • bankwalker

    Today’s first 2 hours on SPX looks very similar to Friday’s.

  • ridingwaves

    a puppet put in place by a electoral college thingy….hoocoodanode….whoops can’t forget PTB influence…..it was not GW’s fault, that would lie with FBI and CIA? hmmm, their they are again….

    Also HD, your right wing blow hard bs comment is just that…..get over it…..its propaganda that you seem to buy into….

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    meh, he’s just a puppet. if you look carefully, you can see two hands up his arse. 😉

    https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/president-george-w-bush-flanked-by-former-presidents-bill-clinton-and-picture-id113104280

  • Edgy

    I have a political opinion, and it’s different than yours.

  • Mark Shinnick

    Long equities.

  • bankwalker

    At least you know it’s an opinion. Some folks seem to think that their opinions are facts.

  • bankwalker

    until now …

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    ‘Merica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb1b0tAR-3s

    jump to 1:30 if you want to see Julie kiss a Buck.
    😉

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    HD You are just expressing your opinion. Only in the U.S. and a few other countries are you able to do that.Other places you would be jailed or even put to death for your expressions. We are very fortunate living and being U.S. citizens.
    JULIE

  • Jay Thomas

    2.3 Trillion was not stolen. It was not missing. It was not an inside job. Here is what the audit report said:
    “In fiscal 1999, a defense audit found about $2.3 trillion of balances, transactions and adjustments were inadequately documented. These “unsupported” transactions do not mean the department ultimately cannot account for them, she advised, but that tracking down needed documents would take a long time. Auditors, she said, might have to go to different computer systems, to different locations or access different databases to get information.” 911Myths.com

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    GG At 1:55 and 3:30 with fellow female co workers LOL !
    JULIE

  • HD

    Fair enough. It is my opinion he was either negligent or complicit. I have chosen negligent. The fact that he also signed the Patriot act, the greatest theft of civil liberties in modern time, makes me wonder though. Just a dark time for USA.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36
  • BKXtoZERO

    Yup… stocks rally on Sept !! again. You heard it here first.

  • HD

    You don’t think people are partisan?

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    RW and Everyone. Bozeman has a resident (3) FBI agents. One of the agents is a member of the investment club that we belong to.He told us that San Francisco and Portland are rated 1 and 2 for another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.There is a chemical plant in Portland that if targeted with the winds a certain direction would kill over 150,000 people within 20 minutes. The FBI and Homeland Security has a large presence in San Francisco and Portland for deterrence There have been arrests at Intel Oregon of suspected terrorists
    JULIE

  • HD

    9:10 in this bull market.

    Good eyes yesterday BKX!

  • BKXtoZERO

    I went to school with someone who was in the second tower and made it out with 20 minutes to spare. He did a pretty detailed write up about what it was like on the inside. It is long but good: 17 years ago, tonight, I was up doing my normal routine before bed while
    my family were asleep already. before I knew it was 5:30 am on
    9-11-2001. Got ready for my day for my commute to NYC and before I left
    gave my youngest son Shane a extra kiss, his birthday was the next day
    he would be 2 years old. Little did I, along with the rest of this
    nation, realize that evil was brewing to forever change how we live in
    this country. At 8:46 am the first plane hit the north Tower while about
    40 of my coworkers and myself were on the 87th floor of the South
    Tower. Not knowing what happened after seeing a fireball go across the
    windows we evacuated the floor. To tell you how close things that day
    were… we got off the floor about 10 minutes before the plane hit our
    tower where we would have been affected. The office right across the
    hall lost all but one person. I made my way down the first elevator to
    the main elevators on the 75th floor. Soon I was separated from my
    coworkers. The elevators were packed, and I decided to take the stairs.
    As I walked to the steps I recall looking out the windows that were
    overlooking the harbor not knowing only miles away was plane number two
    coming to inflict even more devastation. As I entered the stairs they
    were packed with people. Fear over took my body but was able to calm
    down by telling myself, You are not going to miss Shane’s birthday over
    and over. Walking down the stairs I noticed a young man crying. He saw a
    few people jump. I was in disbelief. What happened to WTC 1. As we
    continued to walk down we heard the announcements to stay in the
    building. We decided to keep walking. As I approached somewhere around
    the 50th-55th floor stairwell… I heard a loud roar looked up then a
    loud thundering sound… that shook the building. it was so powerful it
    threw me into a wall. As I looked back I saw people falling on the
    stairs and holding themselves up by grabbing onto the railings. Then
    there was silence. No one was moving. Then next was a loud rumbling
    noise.. it got closer. I thought what ever happened to WTC1 it caused
    an explosion in WTC2 As it got closer my shirt started to vibrate. At
    this point I thought the building was coming down on us. This was the
    one point that day that I thought I was going to die. All I could do was
    close my eyes ..bow my head and say to myself.. Shane tell your mom and
    brother I am sorry I couldn’t make it home for your birthday. I’m sorry
    son. It got closer then flew by us echoing down the stairwell. It was
    the vibration from the impact. We are alive!! But panic struck and for
    the second time I got thrown against the wall again. I pushed people
    off of me and instead of joining them I yelled we have to stay calm.. We
    will die in the stairwell if we panic and try to run out of here….
    they listened, and we started to walk out. Every other floor a door
    would open up and we would have to wait for several people or dozens of
    people to enter the stairwell. After a few more flights I heard someone
    say don’t jump.. I turned and saw a man ready to jump over the railing
    down the center space of the stairwell. I reacted by grabbing him by
    the shoulder and shoving him against a wall. I said listen besides
    killing yourself you will set off panic in the stairwell. I am not going
    to let that happen. He said I am afraid.. I said listen, I am
    terrified beyond belief.. but you got to stay calm and walk out. He
    acknowledged me. I often think about that guy.. the look of fear in his
    face. so afraid that he was ready to just jump. It breaks my heart. As
    we descended we reached the second floor where you could see outside
    between the towers. it was devastation. Still not knowing what happened.
    We finally made our way out. When I reached a corner across the street,
    I went to go walk towards my tower. the south tower… but a Police
    officer came across the street from a corner to me and said you need to
    get away from here. I agreed with him He said just go to the water.
    He pointed in a direction and I followed where he pointed. I later
    realized he was my guardian angel. I believe this because .. one why
    single me out among hundreds of people walking around and secondly if I
    walked to where I wanted to go.. I would have seen horrific sights on
    the ground and I would have seen people jumping. That would have
    haunted me forever. Also I would off been caught behind the tower when
    it fell. I would have inhaled that toxic air as so many people did and
    are suffering still to this day. So to say he was my guardian angel…
    ABSOLUTELY HE WAS!. When I was a few blocks away the second tower fell.
    The one I was just in about 20-25 minutes prior. Once again, my life was
    spared by minutes. Much more happened that day as I made my way home..
    but I will never forget the first person I saw that day was my mom..
    then my dad. When I arrived home.. I picked up my two boys and the hug
    was like I was holding them for the first time again. My sisters lined
    up to hug me and one said to me we are still six. I decided to post this
    for the first time in this much detail as I felt it was time and to
    push the point even more.. appreciate what you have no matter how big or
    small. Hug your family members a little extra..don’t take them for
    granted. Peace Everyone and God bless. Take a moment tomorrow on 9/11
    and remember those innocent people who lost their lives and the ones who
    lost their lives by leaving their families to help others.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Thanks BK
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    ..is that like *French/Italian* or something?

  • ridingwaves

    everyone dies, not everyone lives, I’m eyeing volume pouring in to spec symbol….
    no time to worry, an earthquake is much more likely….and I expect soon….

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    BK and Everyone https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27be7648f16614b739f84a0f269d3c04203b83c0e8001f79c9e3332353fba987.png SLV A bullish retest today of the recent high volume low on less volume. Must have a bullish close above it’s 5 ema before I buy Monitoring closely JULIE

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    SLV positive divergences RSI and MACD
    JULIE

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    WOW – what a story!!

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Two words: New Mexico.

    WTF happened down there last month?

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    I for one never was a fan of Dubya.

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    You have no idea how bad it has gotten over here in Europe. I could tell you stories… just be happy that you back there in the U.S. where free speech is still a thing.

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    We are back before 2020 most likely. You are buying!

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    That is fine. Free speech and all.

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Well, they would never leave. If you think they would ever abandon Mecca or Medina then you don’t really understand Islam.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    I know Chief I do not take being a U.S. citizen and living here for granted. I am very thankful
    JULIE

  • BKXtoZERO

    Bought uslv again early today

  • HD

    I was stopped out SI

  • HD

    SPX didn’t want to see this but after gapping https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2715283295626c1148fe389d1f4fd0fd5c3de6f5a871b9a06c0b9cef9d2f1640.png over the 0-b TL yesterday it gapped below today. The reversal is impressive but HWB stopped it. Good spot to get neutral. A couple good trades against 2863. Needs to impulse thru 91 imo.

  • BKXtoZERO

    That was his facebook post today. The morning of the attack I remember thinking that I doubt anyone I knew was in there. Our rock band played at one of his parties and he lived on the same block as 3 of my other friends. He has been speaking for years but this is the first time he posted details.

  • Mark Shinnick

    Yes, an important inflection. Would catch a lot of bears.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    HD I too see a 3 wave corrective move. As stated previous posts looking for a lower high on a bounce to short
    JULIE

  • HD

    Mark, if you go back to 2016 there is some time symmetry w wave 1 off that low. 7 month trend into Sept.

  • HD

    Julie, I prefer the short side. Wouldn’t take much to get me there.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4910e6ef1b9c0934cede91399d95af523b23d1ce1fef811d067866df37796d09.png

  • Yoda

    Only for leftist liberals there is free speech

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Long UNG corrective 3 waves down from August high . C equaled A down to a support then a bounce https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/55b0ac9e71b5f2d42f9e4c12ed7b38aad87a3fd0d618e5aa5917c1b44380b81f.png Watching confluence of 21 and 55 ema’s at 23.41 JULIE

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    I hear ya HD
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick
  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    You know what Jay,
    I totally understand.
    I do the same thing with my family budget.

    The gun safe contains some (ahem) ‘procurement’s’.
    LOL.

  • BKXtoZERO

    Mole
    Nice post. I just now read it. You are a gracious host and sometimes your posts don’t appear to get the attention they deserve. My mornings are crazy and many times I read them later in the trading day. Thanks for all you do!

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    When I was in grade school, there was a contest to win movie tickets.
    This poster was on the wall as an incentive to be good little students.

    Man, those were the days.
    https://i0.wp.com/www.josephdickerson.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/KongPoster.jpg

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Yes Chief Thanks for all you do ! I and many others do not take this blog and your work for granted. Thanks Chief !
    JULIE

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    UNG Weekly Chart As you can see the weekly corroborates the daily chart shown below. Again 23.41 is very important. The 5 and 21 weekly ema’s approx 23.38 matching a lower channel trend line that must be broken to the upside. The daily 21 and 55 ema’s 23.41 JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c02c759effc6f65cd5d6b08634cd2a07057da9850cfd3e67d789ea8ffdc9c907.png .

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    GG I remember in the 2nd grade I got into trouble for laughing.Another time a boy pulled my hair and I clobbered him. Of course the teacher did not see him pull my hair
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    I’d pull your hair.
    😉

  • HD

    I think moderates will have their day again. 90% of Americans are in the middle and just want peace and prosperity.

    5% go to the far right Sean Insanitty (fox) crowds and 5% go to the far left Rachel Moscow (msn) crowd.

    Right where the media wants them.

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    You are too kind, BKX – thanks!

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Won’t be there forever!

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    BAC A triangle pattern 30 93 closing basis is my stop
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    Time Check.

    I leave with this..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcA_nc0Athw

  • Ronebadger

    That’s all I can say…WOW!

  • BKXtoZERO
  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb
  • ridingwaves

    Short housing is getting close-I saw inventory jump recently, banks and holding companies are selling at the top….reaped all the money and now will sacrifice some lemming house hunters that don’t understand cycle tops….

    this guy had no problem getting with Bernanke and coming up with Private equity purchase of bulk foreclosures along with the bailout of his own investment corporation, remember when they overnight became a bank charter to get TARP funds…….what a hypocrite, it was his tranche AAA bulk packaging that started it, especially when the paper was really ABC….

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/former-treasury-secretary-hank-paulson-says-renters-are-getting-a-raw-deal-2018-09-11
    “I remember thinking the American Dream was you could come to this country and, based upon your hard work and abilities, you could achieve great success. Suddenly, the American Dream became about home ownership and homes morphed from becoming shelter to becoming an investment vehicle,” he said.

    “What’s going to be done to change it?” Paulson asked the panel.

    In response, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, who was one of Paulson’s top deputies during the crisis, said he would like to see discussion of loan-to-value limits on home loans.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb

    ..family member sold this month, they’re going to rent for a while.

    just say the Word.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ce40f88a02ef17f05c5c8e25827302cfdbb396e38962c273fb3e66304fc954e.png

  • BKXtoZERO

    D. R. V

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com Gold_Gerb
  • DaVerg

    oh yeah forgot about the seventy virgins ALLi Baba promised them at the gates of Jannah

  • rmwaddelljr

    Remember the day well. Great comments on the American Spirit. One more thing: Don’t screw around with New Yorkers…more grit than anywhere else on the planet IMO 🙂 (No I’m not from there, I just know a lot of them)