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(Yahoo)   Florida Atlantic University is now famous for TWO things: Producing an amazing running back, and employing a complete nutball as a professor who is officially the nation's leading "Sandy Hook denier"   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 109
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2013-01-10 12:23:20 PM
F. ind
A.nother
U.niversity
 
2013-01-10 12:42:08 PM
fark this guy, and fark anybody who buys into his shiat.
 
2013-01-10 01:08:14 PM
When questioned about his theories by a local CBS12 news reporter, Tracy responded, "The whole country mourned about Sandy Hook, but yet again the investigation that journalistic institutions should have carried out never took place, in my opinion."

He sounds very much like the journalistic version of a few of my fellow Philosophy students in college, who thought all you needed to be a philosopher was to just ask "why" about everything.

But worse and inhuman.
 
2013-01-10 01:13:47 PM
So all those grieving parents were...what? paid actors?  and all the Funerals just elaborate shams where people who pretended to be the devastated friends and relatives where just putting on a show?

This goes beyond nutty conspiracy theorist into serious mental illness territory.  It reminds me of the psychological condition where people wake up one day  and sincerely believe that everyone they know and love have been replaced by exact android duplicates or something/
 
2013-01-10 01:17:28 PM

Magorn: So all those grieving parents were...what? paid actors?  and all the Funerals just elaborate shams where people who pretended to be the devastated friends and relatives where just putting on a show?

This goes beyond nutty conspiracy theorist into serious mental illness territory.  It reminds me of the psychological condition where people wake up one day  and sincerely believe that everyone they know and love have been replaced by exact android duplicates or something/


As with most conspiracists, he suffers from severe cognitive dissonance.  Perhaps he should have taken some Philosophy classes while at Iowa.

Or, he could just be an attention whoring asshole like Alex Jones.
 
2013-01-10 02:26:40 PM
Give the guy some slack. He was in Ghost Busters for Repetes sake.
 
2013-01-10 02:26:44 PM
First amendment.

He can say anything he wants. If you don't like it. Don't read it.
 
2013-01-10 02:26:44 PM
'The wind rustles through an open mind.'
 
2013-01-10 02:27:00 PM
TFA seems to leave out whether Prof. Tracy has visited Sandy Hook himself to conduct an investigation.
 
2013-01-10 02:27:51 PM

fireclown: Give the guy some slack. He was in Ghost Busters for Repetes sake.

 
2013-01-10 02:29:12 PM

computerguyUT: First amendment.

He can say anything he wants. If you don't like it. Don't read it.


Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism.
 
2013-01-10 02:29:36 PM
He sounds knowledgeable. I can't wait to see when his two volume set on the Holocaust hoax comes out.
 
2013-01-10 02:29:54 PM
His blog, with 222 followers

Yup. It sucks.
 
2013-01-10 02:30:53 PM

computerguyUT: If you don't like it. Don't read it.


Number one, that's not what the First Amendment says. The First Amendment says "You are free to read anything and respond with mockery." Number two, and more importantly, the First Amendment applies only to the government and to certain government-funded or -controlled organizations. Florida Atlantic University may well be such an institution if it is a state institution or accepts government money, but Fark, Inc. certainly is not such an institution.
 
2013-01-10 02:31:10 PM
Seconding mental illness. We really need to get some sort of early detection system in place so we can catch and treat these people before they become right-wing radio personalities and speakers of the house.
 
2013-01-10 02:32:26 PM

Diogenes: When questioned about his theories by a local CBS12 news reporter, Tracy responded, "The whole country mourned about Sandy Hook, but yet again the investigation that journalistic institutions should have carried out never took place, in my opinion."

He sounds very much like the journalistic version of a few of my fellow Philosophy students in college, who thought all you needed to be a philosopher was to just ask "why" about everything.

But worse and inhuman.


I'm glad I did my under-graduate degree somewhere where the professors were pretty dead set against the notion of needlessly asking "Why?" and holding students to a degree of rigour. On the other hand, I've spent the last ten years or so learning that quite a few of them could have used remedial education in the courses they taught... Goddamnit, why aren't professors all-knowing, transcendent gods rather than mere human meat?
 
2013-01-10 02:32:40 PM

Arkanaut: TFA seems to leave out whether Prof. Tracy has visited Sandy Hook himself to conduct an investigation.


I think he's probably the Bill Frist of journalism.
 
2013-01-10 02:32:51 PM
The school is changing it's motto to "Study it out at Florida Atlantic University

Magorn: So all those grieving parents were...what? paid actors?  and all the Funerals just elaborate shams where people who pretended to be the devastated friends and relatives where just putting on a show?


starvebitchitshollywood.files.wordpress.com

th03.deviantart.net
 
2013-01-10 02:32:52 PM
I initially read the headline as "Sandy denier", thinking the guy was denying Hurricane Sandy ever occurred.

I was very much "dafuq?"
 
2013-01-10 02:33:21 PM

Superjew: Seconding mental illness. We really need to get some sort of early detection system in place so we can catch and treat these people before they become right-wing radio personalities and speakers of the house.


Are you kidding? Detection of this order should be sufficient reason to put these people on the air for our amusement!
 
2013-01-10 02:33:31 PM
The news school motto is "Study it Out at Florida Atlantic University"
 
2013-01-10 02:33:32 PM
He must be tenured. Either that, or he is working for the board of regents who want students with, shall we say, unique perceptions of current events.

If he's not tenured, he will probably be fired.
 
2013-01-10 02:33:50 PM

fruitloop: His blog, with 222 followers

Yup. It sucks.


222 followers.
Hmm. Three twos.

There's may be some significance to this number. I'm not accusing him of anything, I'm just asking questions.
 
2013-01-10 02:34:22 PM

computerguyUT: First amendment.

He can say anything he wants. If you don't like it. Don't read it.


So you obviously don't like the first amendment, since you clearly haven't read it.
 
2013-01-10 02:34:52 PM
Wanted for questioning...


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-10 02:34:53 PM
Isn't that guy's title "professor of lunatic fringe media studies"? He probably got his PhD from the same institution as the "I'm not saying it's aliens" guy.
 
2013-01-10 02:34:57 PM
Another one?
 
2013-01-10 02:35:00 PM

Nurglitch: I'm glad I did my under-graduate degree somewhere where the professors were pretty dead set against the notion of needlessly asking "Why?" and holding students to a degree of rigour


It wasn't tolerated.  They washed out of the discipline or did extremely poorly.  The toughest prof we had loved to torture one of them in class.  How that kid didn't kill himself is beyond me.  Probably the fact that he had so much money he didn't care if he passed or not.
 
2013-01-10 02:35:50 PM

Magorn: It reminds me of the psychological condition where people wake up one day  and sincerely believe that everyone they know and love have been replaced by exact android duplicates or something/



Don't laugh -- that actually happened to me! (except they were clones, not androids)
 
2013-01-10 02:37:47 PM

Superjew: Seconding mental illness. We really need to get some sort of early detection system in place so we can catch and treat these people before they become right-wing radio personalities and speakers of the house.


Maybe a waiting period and background check before being allowed to have an AM radio show and a ban on "High-capacity" Twitter accounts?  I'm just thinking out loud here..
 
2013-01-10 02:37:47 PM
Why would you have to fake a mass shooting? Just wait a few days.
 
2013-01-10 02:38:40 PM
The 47-year-old, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in mass communication phony major...According to his faculty profile, the "professor" teaches courses examining the relationship between commercial and alternative news media and socio-political issues and events for the football players to pretend to take so they can meet the academic requirements to throw a ball around.
FTFTFA
 
2013-01-10 02:40:07 PM

computerguyUT: First amendment.

He can say anything he wants. If you don't like it. Don't read it.


You're completely right.

Now that we've cleared that up, let's all get back to criticizing how dumb this guy's theory is.

// marketplace of ideas
/// doesn't mean we have to be quiet about shoddy merchandise
 
2013-01-10 02:42:27 PM
I'll admit I haven't been keeping up on the issue. Still waiting for a satisfactory acknowledgement of "mental illness". It seems like it was mentioned and the media took it and ran, mostly because it makes people feel better. "Oh my god, that tragedy...what if that happened here? .... Oh, he was "mentally ill", so it won't happen again...whew!"
 
2013-01-10 02:43:02 PM

MagicBus: Magorn: It reminds me of the psychological condition where people wake up one day  and sincerely believe that everyone they know and love have been replaced by exact android duplicates or something/


Don't laugh -- that actually happened to me! (except they were clones, not androids)


Did you get better, or am I still a clone?
 
2013-01-10 02:43:29 PM
This guy is not just a truther, he is aligned with the No Planer truthers like Uncle Fetzer that the other truthers look down upon with contempt.

That is bottom of the barrel stuff right there.
 
2013-01-10 02:44:25 PM
There are just too many coincidences. Gun? Woman with son? School? Put together all the bits and pieces and the trail all leads back to Solyndra. Follow the money.
 
2013-01-10 02:44:56 PM
I'd like to see Homeland Security and the National Guard to show up on his doorstep with guns drawn.

You know, to prevent another school shooting.
 
2013-01-10 02:47:16 PM

computerguyUT: First amendment.

He can say anything he wants. If you don't like it. Don't read it.


I don't see anyone here calling for his arrest, maybe you should learn the point of "Freedom of Speech". It means that he can say whatever he wants, but can't be arrested or prosecuted for it. It also means that we can all come together and call him an utter moron.
 
2013-01-10 02:50:59 PM
you are a puppet
There are just too many coincidences. Gun? Woman with son? School? Put together all the bits and pieces and the trail all leads back to Solyndra. Follow the money.


Genius! All the 'deceased' children are currently working in Solyndra underground facility. Their little, ten year old hands are the perfect size to assemble modern solar collectors. Expect more "killings" as this evil company needs more tiny hands for its evil, green business.
 
2013-01-10 02:52:13 PM
I really, really want to know how no-talent crazypants guys like this can get a tenure-track teaching position while top-of-the-class students I knew at places like Oxford and Princeton are stuck in university administration or part-time positions. How the hell did FAU pick this guy, out of presumably hundreds of applicants (and even community college positions get hundreds of applications) to be their next great professor?
 
2013-01-10 02:52:49 PM

you are a puppet: There are just too many coincidences. Gun? Woman with son? School? Put together all the bits and pieces and the trail all leads back to Solyndra BENGHAZI. Follow the money.


Fixed for accuracy. Nutty, nutty accuracy.
 
2013-01-10 02:56:27 PM

BSABSVR: The school is changing it's motto to "Study it out at Florida Atlantic UniversityMagorn: So all those grieving parents were...what? paid actors?  and all the Funerals just elaborate shams where people who pretended to be the devastated friends and relatives where just putting on a show?

[starvebiatchitshollywood.files.wordpress.com image 640x682]

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A little googling uncovers that some people think that actress named in that pic, Jennifer Greenberg Sexton, is actually the same person as Tina Fey and Sarah Palin AND Joe Biden's mom.

I shiat you not.
 
2013-01-10 02:56:35 PM

computerguyUT: First amendment.

He can say anything he wants. If you don't like it. Don't read it.


First off, that's idiotic. How can you know you don't like what someone has to say if you don't hear/read it first?

And his right to say what he wants is identical to my right to say he's a farking terrible human being.

I can also tell you to go fark yourself for wanting to interfere with my right to call him that.

So, go fark yourself.
 
2013-01-10 02:57:14 PM

The Third Man: I really, really want to know how no-talent crazypants guys like this can get a tenure-track teaching position while top-of-the-class students I knew at places like Oxford and Princeton are stuck in university administration or part-time positions. How the hell did FAU pick this guy, out of presumably hundreds of applicants (and even community college positions get hundreds of applications) to be their next great professor?


Because the top-of-the-class students didn't major in Mass Communications.
 
2013-01-10 02:58:31 PM

MagicBus: Magorn: It reminds me of the psychological condition where people wake up one day  and sincerely believe that everyone they know and love have been replaced by exact android duplicates or something/


Don't laugh -- that actually happened to me! (except they were clones, not androids)


www.waynesbooks.com
 
2013-01-10 02:58:33 PM

Diogenes: He sounds very much like the journalistic version of a few of my fellow Philosophy students in college, who thought all you needed to be a philosopher was to just ask "why" about everything.

But worse and inhuman.


I really enjoyed my philosophy classes. Well, the one after the first, which was designed to "Teach you about critical thinking" and how to "question your own beliefs". Which was kinda boring to me, because Pratchett books had already caused me to start doing that years prior... plus, it was in a class that was too large for a group discussion and a teacher that didn't like it if you felt one of the philosophers was using fallacious arguments (and could explain why).

The other two classes I got to take were awesome. It may be because I enjoyed debating (and if the rest of the class started agreeing with me, was able to start picking apart my own arguments) and just liked to try to get to the truth or heart of the matter. And the teacher was fine with you disagreeing with him (we had a fun argument about the Ship of Theseus).

/Physics major/now grad student.
//Didn't understand some of my classmates disdain for philosophy. Looking at why you think what you think is IMPORTANT. Even if it's uncomfortable sometimes....
 
2013-01-10 02:59:12 PM
I can't believe any thinking human being would really say that. "Crisis actors"??? What the F*CK?!??!?

If this guy really thinks that Sandy Hook didn't happen, that those parents didn't really lose their children and this was just some kind of emergency-response drill--he's more heartless and psychotic than the shooter ever dreamed of being.
 
2013-01-10 02:59:35 PM

Mikey1969: computerguyUT: First amendment.

He can say anything he wants. If you don't like it. Don't read it.

I don't see anyone here calling for his arrest, maybe you should learn the point of "Freedom of Speech". It means that he can say whatever he wants, but can't be arrested or prosecuted for it. It also means that we can all come together and call him an utter moron.


Don't refrain from using that right to call computerguyUT a few choice names as well. Maybe we could make the thread about that rather than giving the scumbag in TFA more attention.
 
2013-01-10 03:01:25 PM
His point about journalists simply accepting without investigation, stands.
 
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