By James F. Tracy
The targeting of University of Lethbridge Professor Anthony Hall is now a national news story in Canada. On October 3 the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s David Gray conducted an in-studio interview with Hall, a senior tenured faculty member at Lethbridge, concerning the recent controversy surrounding him resulting from the defamatory campaign waged by Canada’s B’nai B’rith political pressure group.
The edited interview as broadcast by CBC may be listened to here. The uncensored version, taped by a colleague of Hall refused access to the studio, is captured in the video below.
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Feared “Conspiracy Theorists”
Son attended Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012
[Editor’s Note: This is a somewhat curious story that has nevertheless been reported by regional and national news outlets without question. Newtown Middle School teacher Jason Adams, was arrested in April for carrying a loaded .45 in a holster on school grounds. At the end of the spring term he resigned from his teaching position after initially pleading not guilty to the charge. He now claims that harassment by “conspiracy theorists” was so severe he had to arm himself. The following article required minor editing–particularly the passage where Adams’ attorney John Maxwell references alleged threats received by Adams and his spouse. Further, there is no explanation as to why Adams’ proximity to the Connecticut-New York border has anything to do with their security.}
A former Newtown teacher who brought a loaded gun into school says [he] purchased the weapon after receiving threatening messages from conspiracy theorists claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre never occurred, his attorney said Thursday.
Off the reservation? On April 6, 2016:
The ex-teacher may have a clean record in a matter of months following his court appearance on Thursday morning.
Continue reading Court Grants Armed Newtown School Teacher “Accelerated Rehab”
Are there Limits to Inquiry?
Should faculty be restrained from or even punished for investigating complex and controversial events of enormous political significance?
Jim Fetzer and Stephen Francis are very pleased to present:
Academic Freedom Conference (Taped Saturday, 27-28 August 2016)
AFC II: Introduction: James H. Fetzer
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
AFC II: Session 1: Francis A. Boyle, Ph.D.,
noted Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College
of Law, earned his A.B. in Political Science from Chicago, J.D. from
Harvard Law School and his A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science
also from Harvard University.
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European academics call for statist social-psychological approach to silence public inquiry and dissent
Le Monde, 6 June 2016, p. 29
The Ministry of Education must test its pedagogical tools against conspiracy culture. The wrong cure might only serve to spread the disease.
Conspiracy theories are on many people’s minds and are the object of all kinds of initiatives, sometimes local, sometimes more ambitious. The French government is among them, evidenced by the collaboration between the Ministry of Education and France Télévisions to produce and diffuse a ‘video-kit’, available to all in the teaching profession (https ://vimeo.com/151519913). They also explore suitable responses to the worrying spread of these ‘theories’ by proposing, here and there, an intellectual defence or critical response. Ultimately, these associations come together to fight against this particular form of contemporary misinformation known as ‘conspiracism’.
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Longtime conspiracy theorist condemns opponents for their “dark conspiracy theories”
Freedom of speech and freedom of the press will be resigned to history under a Hillary Clinton presidency, as the Democratic nominee threatens to shut down alternative news websites and anything the establishment view as a “conspiracy theory” if she is elected President of the United States.
In a speech in Reno on Thursday, Hillary Clinton claimed that Donald Trump was embracing “dark conspiracy theories” before going on a conspiracy theory-obsessed rant in which she attacked Alex Jones and Infowars, and then claimed that Vladimir Putin was the all-powerful mastermind behind the alternative media movement.
Continue reading Hillary Clinton Vows to Shut Down ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Websites
By James F. Tracy
Defining Domestic Lone Wolf Terrorism
Section 802 of PATRIOT Act and “Domestic Terrorism”
Radicalization via “conspiracy theories” have inevitably led to violence and signal potential acts of domestic terrorism. This is how Google, Interpol and the Las Vegas police have interpreted the social media activities of 24-year-old Bryce Cuellar.
The Las Vegas Sun reports:
Continue reading ‘Anti-Government Conspiracy Theorist’ Imprisoned Over YouTube Video
Ever since alternative media sources made Hillary Clinton’s health a legitimate campaign issue, much of the mainstream media has been comically and instinctively rallying around her, smugly proclaiming that anyone who questions Her Highness’ physical or mental fitness for office to be a deranged rightwing conspiracy theorist.
What’s so amusing about the tactics of these self-important pundits is their willingness to do the exact same thing they demonize “fringe bloggers” of doing: playing doctor. Most of those rushing out to confidently ensure the public that everything is just fine and dandy with Hillary Clinton’s health lack any medical credentials. They’re just journalists and pundits who have decided Hillary is fine based on a two-page letter from internist Dr. Lisa Bardack. Does writing for the Washington Post or CNN make them the authority on Hillary Clinton’s health? Of course not.
Continue reading Questioning Hillary’s Health is Not Conspiracy Theory
“If we’ve all been born into a world of mass deception, then this world of illusion has become our reality, it is our normal.”
This post first appeared at Truthshock
Truthshock: the psychological condition induced by a barrage of Truthbombs. Oftentimes accompanied by distress, disbelief, and denial.
TruthShock. I did not appreciate when I created this blog how accurate, how prescient, how appropriate that title was. When I set out to create the blog I wanted to call it ‘The Forest’. Alluding to the well known quote; “One can’t see the forest for the trees”, which is alluding to the fact that when one is in the middle of ‘it’ it is difficult to see the whole, or to even realize there is a greater part. All one can see is the trees in their immediate vicinity, never realizing their reality is but a tiny part of a much greater whole. Thus one cannot see the whole Truth.
When I went to WordPress to create the blog I had no second choice, plan B, or back-up plan. I tried numerous variations of ‘The Forest’ and the quote it came from but they were all taken. I am unsure where ‘TruthShock’ came from. It just popped out. But frankly, it’s a much better title and descriptor than ‘The Forest’. It’s more direct. It’s grabs the attention. And more importantly, it’s true.
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Censored Video from 1998 Saturday Night Live
The 1998 Robert Smigel animated short film “Conspiracy Theory Rock”, part of a March 1998 Saturday Night Live “TV Funhouse” segment, has been removed from all subsequent airings of the SNL episode where it originally appeared.
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Prof. Jim Fetzer
The BBC has massively edited an interview with me to use me as an example of a “conspiracy theorist”, where they excluded most of the proof that I presented during a 40 minute interview and added a lot of poppycock psycho-babble about why people are predisposed to believe conspiracy theories regardless of logic and evidence, the significance of which they systematically ignore: for them, reason and rationality do not matter!
Here is a link where you can download the 18 minute program broadcast worldwide: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03kpvjf. If anyone finds it where I can embed it directly, please let me know. Contrast what they used with my previous, “Why I (Jim Fetzer) AM a “conspiracy theorist“, which I extracted from my pre-interview for the published BBC interview, because I made many more points about Sandy Hook, including on my banned book, NOBODY DIED AT SANDY HOOK (2015) and its thirteen (13) contributors.
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James F. Tracy
This article was originally written in November 2015. Many have accused this author of teaching “conspiracy theories” to college students. Contrary to critics’ assertions, however, events such as the Sandy Hook School massacre or Boston Marathon bombing were never addressed in any courses taught at his former university. Only in the last college class he taught over a twenty year career in academe (13 of which were spent at Florida Atlantic University) did he have a chance to carefully examine and discuss September 11, 2001, or, more specifically, the US government’s official 9/11 conspiracy theory.-JFT
An enduring psychological effect of “the propaganda of the event” is a foremost element of all modern forms of war. Advances in hidden governance and concentrated media ownership have made the “war on terror” possible via increasingly fine-tuned trauma based mind control–in other words the enforcement of belief through overwhelming events subsequently placed in meaningful narrative context absent any contradictory information.
Such a phenomenon is readily apparent among the younger generations, particularly as they have come to rely on US government-sponsored conspiracy theories in order to make sense of momentous political events bearing upon their lives. Despite their irrational nature and profound shortcomings, such conspiracy theories are unquestioningly accepted as valid by an overwhelming majority of journalists and academics, who then repeat them as fact to their respective constituents.
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