Mr. Brainwash Hopes His Massive 9/11 Mural Causes a 'Festival of 9/11'

"I hope next year there will be [art] everywhere, [and on] every corner, some people doing something. It becomes very ... it becomes like a festival ... like a festival of 9/11."

Those were the words of "street artist" Mr. Brainwash, who hit his peak in the culture about the same time as Sparks, and whose persona miiiiight be in part, at least, the creation of Banksy and/or Shepard Fairey, but who definitely says he is responsible for the massive, very earnest mural on the wall of Century 21 department store, located on Church between Dey Street and Cortlandt Street in Lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center site.

"I wanted to get as close as I could to the site," Brainwash told us today on the sidewalk in front of the mural, adding that he hopes his mural inspires other artists.

See also: Village Voice Exclusive: An Interview With Banksy, Street Art Cult Hero, International Man of Mystery

Despite Atheists' Best Efforts, the Ground Zero Cross Can Stay at the 9/11 Museum

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The cross in its new home at the 9/11 Museum.
The 17-foot-high, 4,000 pound cross fashioned from a column and a cross-beam recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can stay at its new home at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a federal appeals court has ruled. The decision brings an end to a lawsuit from the American Atheists, who in 2011 sued a whole bunch of people and agencies, including New York City, the Port Authority and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the cross, which they argued was an illegal religious monument in a government-funded museum.

The American Atheists' lawsuit was already
dismissed by a federal judge in 2013. But they appealed that decision to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, who ruled yesterday that no, really, the cross can stay.

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Truthers Plan to Hand out Fake Brochures for 9/11 Museum On Opening Day

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The real brochure cover, left, and the other one, right.
The dedication of the new National September 11 Memorial Museum happened last week, with speeches from President Obama and Mayor de Blasio and flags flown at half-mast outside at the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza. The museum will open to the public on Wednesday, May 21, and the 9/11 truth squad is, predictably, planning a visit of their own.

The Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth have been very dedicated for a very long time to promulgating the theory that September 11 was an inside job, and that the Twin Towers were felled by a controlled demolition. Their latest effort in New York was a billboard in Times Square. But for the opening day of the 9/11 Museum, they've got something else planned: fake museum brochures, designed to look exactly like the real ones.

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Times Square Billboard Calls for "Independent Investigation" of 9-11--and the People Speak

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It's always nice to be included.
The 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks came and went pretty quietly, with the usual somber memorials at the World Trade Center site and at the Pentagon. It was probably quieter than Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) might have liked; it's a group dedicated to spreading the idea that the attacks were an inside job and the towers were felled in a controlled demolition. Perhaps you've heard of them.

A crucial piece of the group's theory revolves around the collapse of "Building 7," or 7 World Trade Center. On September 3, in part of a campaign they've dubbed ReThink911, AE911 and a related group, Remember Building 7, bought space on an enormous billboard near Times Square and took out an ad, one which reads, "Did you know a third tower fell on September 11?"

The groups bought similar billboards in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Sydney, and London. But the Times Square ad was meant to be the centerpiece, the small flame that would, in their words, "spark a new investigation into the events of September 11, 2001." When that didn't happen, they launched an email campaign.

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Watch One World Trade Center Go Up In An Incredible Time-Lapse Video

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To commemorate the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, Earth Cam, a Hacksensack, New Jersey-based webcam company, released a time-lapse video of the construction of the new World Trade Center. The nine years it's taken to put up the new building gets collapsed into a video less than two minutes long. Check out the full video after the jump.

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Hero Dogs of 9/11 Premieres Tonight on Animal Planet

If you find yourself tiring of watching poll results trickle in, here's a worthy distraction: Animal Planet will premiere a one-hour documentary on 9/11 K-9 Disaster Relief units. Hero Dogs of 9/11 goes on tonight at 8 p.m. The special will tell the story of handler Frank Shane, a man with 30 years' experience handling working dogs, and his canine partner Nikie, the only dog permitted on the 16-acre Ground Zero site after the towers came down.

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The Funniest 9/11 Movie Ever: An Interview With The Makers Of Unclear Holocaust

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Last year, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was approaching and the rest of America seemed to be preparing for a memorialization in keeping with the previous decade of jingoism and revenge, three young filmmakers were hard at work on a different sort of commemoration.

Calling themselves the Anti-Banality Union, they cut together scenes from 50 different Hollywood disaster movies, using them to retell a version of of the events of 9/11 and lay bare with encyclopedic thoroughness the bloody fantasy of the destruction of New York that Hollywood has nursed since long before the planes hit the towers.

The result, which you can watch in its entirety above, was Unclear Holocaust, a feature-length orgy of annihilation that is both strangely askew and deeply familiar. It is disturbing, hilarious, and, depending on your sensibilities, quite possibly profoundly offensive.

It's also smart. More than just a supercut of CGI explosions, Unclear Holocaust uses deft Situationist slight-of-hand to interrogate the stories we tell ourselves about our place in the world.

We spoke with the members of the Anti-Banality Union recently about Unclear Holocaust and their next project, Police Mortality. Here's that conversation, condensed and edited for clarity:

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Are Kurt Eichenwald's Findings On The Bush Administration's Alleged Mishandling of Intelligence Before 9/11 Irrelevant?

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Cover of Kurt Eichenwald's new book 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars.
Reporter Kurt Eichenwald has created quite a buzz with his op-ed piece in yesterday's New York Times alleging failure by George W. Bush's administration to adequately respond to numerous warnings from the CIA of an impending Al Qaeda terrorist plot prior to the 9/11 attacks.

In the article, Eichenwald argues that the Bush administration was warned about potential attacks from Al Qaeda well before the now-infamous Aug. 6, 2001 presidential brief was delivered to the president and his administration.

The memo, entitled Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US, provided an overview of Al Qaeda's movement toward a potential attack on American soil.

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NBC Ignores 9/11 To Chat About Boob Jobs With Kim Kardashian's Mom

Forget the moment of silence, Kris Jenner wants to talk about her boobs!
Kim Kardashian's mom, Kris Jenner, is sooo busy right now! And her busy schedule -- which includes boob jobs and getting her kids pregnant -- apparently is more important than shutting up for a few seconds to remember the very moment when an airplane first crashed into the World Trade Center 11 years ago today.

Jenner appeared this morning on NBC's Today. At 8:46 a.m., as many Americans -- including the president and hosts of other morning shows -- observed a moment of silence to honor those killed when the first plane hit the WTC, Jenner and new Today host Savannah Guthrie gabbed about Jenner's boob job, her daughter Khloe's infertility, and the all-important relationship between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

So much for "Never Forget."

Watch the interview below -- and "never forget" that the only reason this woman is famous is because her daughter made sex tape with Ray J. Fact.

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World Trade Center, 11 Years Later: Here's What's Popping Up

It's been eleven years since a group of murderous monsters destroyed a good chunk of lower Manhattan during the September 11, terrorist attacks, but a lot's been going on to remind their buddies that "we're still here, dickweeds!"

While the enormous Freedom Tower is perhaps the most visible reminder that New Yorkers are basically as badass as it gets, it's just part of the downtown reconstruction that will eventually redefine the city's skyline.

So, today, as we remember what came crashing down 11 years ago, let's also take a look at what's popping up.

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