5 Students Stabbed at UC Merced, Suspect Shot By Police – Officials 90

UC Merced / CNN

BREAKING: Five people were injured and a suspect is deceased after a stabbing incident on the University of California, Merced, campus this morning (Nov. 4). The suspect was shot by police and later died from his injuries, according to the UC Merced Police Department.

ucmercedstabbingTwo of the victims were transported by helicopter to a local hospital, and the other three were treated on campus. All victims were conscious. The incident occurred in front of the Classroom and Office Building.


Nobody Died At Sandy Hook 111

It wasn’t a School Massacre. It was a FEMA Drill.

A new volume edited by Prof. Jim Fetzer and Mike Palecek

Proof it was a drill was right before our eyes:
* the sign, “Everyone must check in!”
* boxes of bottled water & pizza cartons
* Port-a-Potties present from scratch
* many wearing name tags on lanyards
* parents bringing children to the scene

Proof it wasn’t a massacre was also there:
* no surge of EMTs in to the building
* no Med-Evac helicopter was called
* no string of ambulances to the school
* no evacuation of 469 other students
* no bodies placed on the triage tarps


“Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory”: Security Theater 117

James Tracy helps establish new “paranoid style,” writes cultural critic

Emily Elizabeth Brown
The New Inquiry

What crisis actor conspiracy theorists believe to be fake implies a much more generous view of the real

During the Sandy Hook shooting, a 69 year-old retired psychologist named Gene Rosen opened his home to six terrified children immediately after the massacre. A month later, Salon magazine published an article on the kind neighbor and his continued harassment by conspiracy theorists. Members of a forum hosted on David Icke’s website (the former broadcaster who birthed the iconic “reptilian conspiracy theory”), had mixed reactions. “Some conspiracy maniacs genuinely believe that they can treat anyone as pawns on the basis that they ‘see the big picture,’” wrote one member. “He is an actor,” wrote another member. “And not a very good one at that.”


Teenaged children in Florida “play dead” in an active shooter drill at their school. image credit: Robert Kuzina

The idea of “crisis actors” rose to popularity within conspiracy theory circles after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012. The idea appears to have originated in a post by Dr. James Tracy on his website memoryholeblog.org, “a forum for news, criticism and commentary on sociopolitical issues and phenomena overlooked or misreported by mainstream media.” In “The Sandy Hook Massacre: Unanswered Questions and Missing Information”—written ten days after the Sandy Hook shooting—Tracy voices his suspicions about the official narrative, specifically focusing on the “bizarre performance” of medical examiner H. Wayne Carver.


On the Uncritical Nature of Contemporary “Critical” Thought 8

On this week’s episode of Real Politic University of California Davis Professor of Asian American Studies Darrell Hamamoto joins James again to discuss a wide variety of issues spanning from hamamotoorganized religion to public health, the politics of higher education and what passes for critical thought and analysis in today’s academy.


What Does “Furby” Mean to Humanity? 5

Professor Hamamoto

In this brief video UC Davis professor and self-described “Furby neophyte” Darrell Hamamoto unveils a brand new “Furby” toy. He further contemplates the broader implications of what cultural anthropologists are examining as “affective artifacts,” as he inaugurates his own deep Furby immersion/experience.

Hamamoto suggests that Furbies are an important techno-cultural example of how human beings–particularly children–are enticed to “download our language, culture, and historical memory to what are mistakenly treated as ‘toys.'”

Memoryholeblog Focus of Scholarly Study 85

The corporate news media’s attack of James Tracy in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre’s press coverage is examined in a recent scholarly article, “Media errors and the ‘nutty professor’: Riding the journalistic boundaries of the Sandy Hook shootings,” by Dan Berkowitz and Zhengjia Michelle Liu of The University of Iowa.* The paper was home_coverpublished in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism in late 2014.

“The point of this article is that when faced with a fast-breaking crisis or disaster, journalists quickly fall back on what-a-story news routines and memory of similar events of the past,” the introduction reads.

Competition among news organizations and audience expectations for immediacy have increased reliance on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. With less time for verification in this sped-up reporting process, errors often result. Before the appearance of social media, newspapers and broadcast media were able to quickly bury these kinds of errors. With social media, though, come increased media errors that threaten the boundaries of appropriate professional journalistic practice, which are then addressed by both mainstream and social media in an effort to rebalance the professional terrain.


The Ivory Tower in Wartime 36

BarrettThis week we feature a pre-recorded interview with Kevin Barrett that originally aired September 15 on Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio. They discuss recent threats to academic freedom and tenure protections, modern academe’s indifference toward critical analysis of 9/11 and the war on terror, and unusual features of recent “mass shooting” mediated events.

Adding to the intrigue of this specific session are the odd audio difficulties that seemed to intensify as Tracy and Barrett began to address certain subject matter. The technical problems eventually hindered the interview to such a degree that the Skype connection was abandoned in lieu of telephone.


Florida Atlantic University Threatens to End Tenure 80

Proposed Policy Jeopardizes Academic Freedom

“I think there’s instances at this university where some faculty should no longer be working at this university [sic].” – FAU Provost Gary Perry

“If you can take tenure away, and this document says that you can, essentially this faculty does not have tenure anymore. There is not another university that has anything close to [this].” – FAU professor


Source: Rachel Liu, Crossmap

A policy promoted by Florida Atlantic University administrators is proving controversial among faculty at the South Florida college. The proposed set of rules, “Post-Tenure/Sustained-Performance Evaluation,” was recently authored by a subcommittee of senior professors, administrators and former administrators under the auspices of the University’s Faculty Senate.

Shortly thereafter, however, the document went through a process of heavy revision overseen by FAU Provost Gary Perry and college deans who want to grant themselves the ability to potentially terminate any tenured faculty member.


Rethink September 11 Global Interactive Broadcast 36

The September 11th’s presentations are available here

911blogger 2

As the 14th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, approaches, a group of notable researchers will be presenting important information on Friday and Saturday, September 11th and 12th, 2015, about 9/11 and its relation to recent “terrorist” events in North America, and what the 9/11 Commission did not tell us. The events of 9/11 have caused many to raise considerable questions about what happened on that fateful day and how the events were used to justify wars of aggression that continue to destabilize the world.


The 14-Year State-Sponsored War OF Terror 63

The “war on terror” is a 14-year-old lie foisted on the world by forces hostile to the US Constitution. This has been and remains a “war OF terror” waged against all people. Low intensity police state at home and high intensity war abroad are the new norms. The fact that such a program has not been more widely acknowledged and refuted is a profound statement on the state of civil society in the early 21st century.