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September 21, 2017

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Allan

" remember, these aren’t the ravings of a delinquent, simple-minded teenager"

Got give it to him. It's a rock solid impersonation.

Rafi

an adjunct professor who specialises in “anti-capitalist economic theories,”

Let me stop you right there.

John D

Titillating thoughts of police officers being murdered, including future officers among his own students, and violence generally, are a recurring theme in said gentleman’s Twitter feed,

Pity the kids in his classes.

David

Pity the kids in his classes.

According to the only student review I could find on Rate My Professors, he’s “very scatter-brained.” And it must be odd, indeed disquieting, to be a student – say, a student with plans to join the police force in some capacity - and to stumble across your professor’s Twitter feed, in which he wishes you dead, specifically murdered, along with around two million other people, and returns to this subject compulsively, dozens of times.

David

Via Darleen and somewhat related.

Monty James

How about that, he's been on Tucker Carlson's show:

Dr. Michael Isaacson, economics lecturer at John Jay College

http://www.thelibertyeagle.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/professor-michael-isaacson-who-t.jpg

How the hell is this guy going to smash capitalism if he's too busy dodging lions on the great African savannah?

bilbaoboy

Presumably he works at a publicly-funded institution?

If I were an American tax-payer I would be looking to have him sacked (hung, drawn and quartered is no longer an option, right?).

Rob

Clearly male grooming products will still be supplied after Capitalism has been smashed.

Rob

And remember, these aren’t the ravings of a delinquent, simple-minded teenager. These are the ravings of a grown man employed to impart knowledge at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

There's no difference.

Min

The clown quarter looks a lot like care in the community.

David

The clown quarter looks a lot like care in the community.

The Clown Quarter does seem to attract a high concentration of people with, shall we say, issues. More, I think, than chance alone would allow.

Trevor

How the hell is this guy going to smash capitalism if he's too busy dodging lions on the great African savannah?

I assume the FDA is already looking into the psychotropic qualities of acacia leaves?

dan

I didn't count them but a quick scan suggests he has generated around 200 tweets in the last 24 hours. 117,000 tweets in 6 years means over seventy tweets a day, 7 days a week. That's industrious.

Pst314

"These are the ravings of a grown man employed to impart knowledge at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice"

The obvious questions are, "who keeps hiring these malevolent lunatics?" And "what does this tell us about the true beliefs and intentions of the majority of academics?"

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...a quick scan suggests he has generated around 200 tweets in the last 24 hours. 117,000 tweets in 6 years means over seventy tweets a day, 7 days a week. That's industrious.

As Dr. Stantz, put it:

Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything! You've never been out of college! You don't know what it's like out there! I've WORKED in the private sector. They expect *results*.

Meanwhile, somewhat related as it involves other people who apparently cannot abide western civilization, let us join the Beeb for a look at an Afro-feminist World of Tomorrow™...(cue theremin music)

David

let us join the Beeb for a look at an Afro-feminist World of Tomorrow™

Given the apparent mediocrity of the actual product, it does seem rather patronising. Sort of, “Look at what these brown ladies made. And yes, they’re brown and everything.”

Jeff Wood

Well, well, well. As they say at Chateau Heartiste, physiognomy is real.

I remember this fellow from nearly 50 years ago, when he and his kind first invaded the universities; and was it Anthony Burgess who wrote him up in "The History Man"?

It was poisonous types like him, and the Feminists, who drove me out of the Left, to try to embrace reality. I should thank them, but they continue to spread their venom.

Anonymous Conservative is probably correct: the only effective anti-venom will be the Apocalypse. Trouble is, a lot of humans will die along with the rabbit people; killing them, I hope.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...it does seem rather patronising.

Indeed, that and totemization of anything that is even vaguely non-Western.

And yes, they’re brown and everything.

From the video, though, it looks like every person of non-color except maybe Vikings and gingers are as "brown" as two of the three, but I guess since the left seems keen on bringing back segregation on campus and elsewhere they would resurrect the "one drop rule" when it benefits themselves.

David

Indeed, that and totemization of anything that is even vaguely non-Western.

Setting aside the cringe and condescension, it’s another iteration of the same bizarre conceit - that the way to eliminate any remaining traces of prejudice is to stress how different and otherly brown-skinned people are, as if they were akin to elves or leprechauns. As if any attempt at communication first requires a sufficiently woke intermediary, or a decoder ring.

Pogonip

Other pictures of Giraffe Man on other sites made me think that anyone who is too dumb to push his hair out of his eyes is too dumb to teach.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...it’s another iteration of the same bizarre conceit - that the way to eliminate any remaining traces of prejudice is to stress how different and otherly brown-skinned people...

I dunno, I don't think it that as much as it is another iteration of how much better an idealized (and in this case imaginary) culture is better than anything Western. The first recent go-round that immediately comes to mind was the Orientalism wave of the '60s and '70s where anything from the East was inherently more "spiritual" and better than anything from the West - keep your chemo, I'll meditate, arrange rocks, and eat herbs, and so on. It appears to me that a new continent has been selected as the new totem - just don't appropriate the culture, or something.

David

anyone who is too dumb to push his hair out of his eyes is too dumb to teach.

He’s showing us how sensitive he is. Apart from all the murder fantasies, I mean.

Pogonip

There's a TV tax in GB? How's it work? Do they tax you per TV, per how many hours it or they is or are on, per how fancy it is?

Over here you pay a sales tax to buy a TV, and a couple of taxes on cable service, but there is as yet no tax for just having TVs sitting in your house.

Other than local news and weather, I haven't watched in at least 10 years. I don't have the patience any more.

prm

@Pogonip - yup.

It's technically called a TV licence, though it is a tax of course, and the money from it goes to fund the BBC. It's per household. You needed one if you 'watch or record live tv'. Then they recently changed it so you need one if you 'watch or record live tv, or use iPlayer'.

I haven't had one - legitimately - for years as I use streaming tv or blu-rays. And when they tweaked it for iPlayer, i stopped using iPlayer.

Lancastrian Oik

"The History Man" was written by Malcolm Bradbury, and there was a superb TV adaptation starring Anthony Sher as the malevolent sociology lecturer Howard Kirk.

Wiki: "The novel chronicles a term in the lives of Howard and Barbara Kirk. Howard's zero tolerance concerning non-Marxist, especially conservative, thinking makes him persecute one of the male participants of his seminar who wears a university blazer and a tie (which make him look like a student out of the 1950s) and insists on being allowed to present his paper in the traditional, formal way, without being interrupted and without having to answer questions before he has finished his train of thought. In front of the others Howard calls him a "heavy, anal type" and what he has prepared for class "an anal, repressed paper," without considering his own apparent hypocrisy any further. In the end he succeeds in having the student, a "historical irrelevance," expelled from the university".

Somewhat prescient, no?

The TV series is available on DVD from Amazon.

Spiny Norman

the loud and relentless buzzing noise inside his head

I don't care much about his buzzing noises, but every time I see his visage, I get Freddie Blassie's voice in mine.

let us join the Beeb for a look at an Afro-feminist World of Tomorrow™...(cue theremin music)

The Twitter replies are appropriately rude.

Then they recently changed it so you need one if you 'watch or record live tv, or use iPlayer'.

How long will it be before it is extended to the internet itself, or any type of internet-connected device?

David

He just can’t believe how fabulous he is.

Lancastrian Oik

Reality bites?

Sam Duncan

“Given the apparent mediocrity of the actual product, it does seem rather patronising. Sort of, 'Look at what these brown ladies made. And yes, they’re brown and everything.'”

Just because they daren't call it that any more doesn't mean they don't still believe in the White Man's Burden.

The Twitter replies are great, though.

“There's a TV tax in GB? How's it work?”

You remember the riots against a “poll tax” about 25 years ago? Apparently it's absolutely fine if it's only levied on people who own a telly, and goes to pay ex-footballers £300,000 a year to spout garbage.

Jeff Wood

My dear Oik, thank you for the correct attribution of "The History Man".

Lancastrian Oik

Thanks Jeff. Along with Burgess, Malcolm Bradbury has dropped off the radar these last fifteen years or so and this is a shame.

Triumphant Ape

Strange someone as weak in appearance would be so eager to see violence, as a rule violence given tends to come back on you.
He seems to phrase the comments just so, skirting the line between freespeech and criminal threats.
Want to bet he doubles down and uses his own threats as an example of why freespeech is bad?

Hal

Want to bet he doubles down and uses his own threats as an example of why freespeech is bad?

Nope---no on the bet and no such example to be stated.

The extremist doctrine is that the other side is wrong, no matter what the other side does, and that because one's own side is the epitome of perfection, therefore, everything that comes from one's own box is to be accepted as correct and applauded by all.

And besides, I just don't see a hipster being able to come up with the concept of I did Such to demonstrate what not to do. First off, that requires being able to come up with a thought which is actually that complex, as well as being able to admit a hipster being in error . . .

Consider, in parallel, Brooklyn chocolate fraud.

Pogonip

It's an accepted principle in traditional Japanese martial arts that "all your best targets are below the waist." I'm looking at this guy and wondering if an asterisk needs to be added. Seriously. It looks as if it would be impossible for him to put his chin on his chest.

neal

Easy to stop war. Just create a libertarian paradise.
I hear Somalia and Uganda and the Congo are great this time of year.

None of that oppressive western influence to distract from utopia.

Can't wait for that to go viral. Starts as a rash.

Spiny Norman

Triumphant Ape,

Strange someone as weak in appearance would be so eager to see violence...

It's a revenge fantasy, I imagine. I suspect his odd appearance made him the target of teasing and bullying as a youngster. Children are often cruel that way.

Adam

An adjunct professor is no kind of professor. It is a term of art for a temporary teacher who is hired to teach a few classes because none of the actual faculty can be persuaded to do so. Adjuncts are generally ignored and left to their own devices. As long as they turn in grades on time and are not the object of serious complaints, they will be renewed to teach another class. Issacson is doing his improvised modern dance interpretation Colin Kaepernick translated to the college campus. It's the Intersectionality, man!

champ

made me think that anyone who is too dumb to push his hair out of his eyes is too dumb to teach.

I'm sure he sees his "hairstyle" as transgressive...

Stevie of Sweden

Is there a single Marxist nutcase in the world who hasn't taught at an American university? I even found a professor of Economics at the University of Utah who is a Maoist theorist. A Chinese Maoist at that... What the hell has happened to America? This is insanity.

WTP

What the hell has happened to America?

Seen any good movies lately?

MC

Reality bites?

Aren't markets brilliant?

jones

dan,

"117,000 tweets in 6 years means over seventy tweets a day, 7 days a week. That's industrious."

I'm sure he shares equitably the products of his labour.

David

Footnote of note.

David
Among some of his many listed fetishes is “mummification” and “puppy play.” For the uninitiated, the latter means dressing up and acting like a dog.

Icing on the cake, really.

Jay Harper

Who's going to run their Gulags if the Police are all dead? These Central Planners sure suck at planning.

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