I snubbed Mike S. Adams again


Way, way back in 2006, I heard that Mike S. Adams was coming to UMM. I was surprised. He was one of those far-right loons who ranted on various conservative websites, and I’d commented on some of his poisonous crap, but why would he come all the way out here? And why would any of our students bother with such a goofball?

I attended his talk. I arrived late, had to listen from the hallway, and didn’t think much of it…but apparently, Adams was looking for me, and noticed that I didn’t ask any questions, and wrote a whole column calling me a coward and misspelling my name. I had to write an article explaining why I was unimpressed and repelled by him, but I was touched: he actually cared about me, and expected that I’d want to talk to him, and seemed disappointed that I found him so repugnant that I had no interest in engaging with a right-wing troll.

It was surprising then, to discover that Mike S. Adams is dead, as I learned in this video (it’s mentioned somewhere around the 15 minute mark, before dissecting Adams’ odious beliefs). He had been battling his university, demanding a promotion to full professor that it had denied him, and went through a long painful series of court engagements which he eventually won, I guess: he was promoted to full professor and given 7 years of back pay, about $500,000, but also agreed to retire. I imagine that cost him, maybe more than he was awarded, and the week before he was due to finally retire, he killed himself.

That was back in July. In a final snub, I didn’t even notice at the time. I ignored him when he gave a talk here, and I ignored him when he blew his brains out.

I wonder how all those people who sent me hate mail, prompted by his column, feel about this unforgivable injustice? They’re welcome to write to me some more, vent their rage and all that, since I don’t mind, and have enough self-confidence that I won’t be affected by their impotent fury.

Poor man.

Comments

  1. ANB says

    Sorry for Mike Adams family, and him too. Who kills themselves when entering retirement with a great nest egg? (A very sad and unhappy person). I don’t know him, and share your politics (and therefore revulsion of his views), but it’s still a sad event.

  2. uusuzanne says

    So this is not Mike “Health Ranger” Adams, but a different Mike Adams? Amusing coincidence of names.

  3. PaulBC says

    Yikes. Well I cannot really tell if you are feeling any guilt about this, and I’m not sure if I would. But please don’t. It’s clearly nothing you had any control over, and actually not confronting him shows very sensible restraint, even if he took it as a snub. I imagine he had people who loved him and will miss him, and it’s a pretty senseless loss.

  4. says

    @2 No, this chud was a professor, who made some seriously terrible comments. He seemed like a pretty awful person in both his professional and personal life.

    He worked at UNC-Worthless. I attended classes there in the 1990s; the fact that they would employ someone of his caliber doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  5. PaulBC says

    Well, just a few articles is all it took to dry up my well of sympathy. He sounds like a hateful and probably unhappy man who took the coward’s way out. No kids I guess? https://nsjonline.com/article/2020/07/unc-wilmington-professor-mike-s-adams-death-ruled-a-suicide/ Survived by his brother

    “Because he had so many friends all across the nation, a large public memorial service will be conducted at a later date. It may take us a while to work this out but we will let you know as soon as we can,” wrote Adams’ brother.

    Sounds like a bring your own tiki torch extravaganza! I say that not to dishonor the dead but whoever would be friends with this guy in life unless they were trying desperately to get him professional health.

  6. Marissa van Eck says

    I’m never going to understand the fake civility over not speaking ill of the dead. To Hell with him and everyone like him, and I for one am glad he’s dead, same as I’m glad Limbaugh is going to die gasping for air and for the same reasons: these two oxygen thieves can no longer trouble our world.

  7. says

    @Marissa #10: Good or bad, some will always mourn their death. And they might not enjoy (or deserve) it. Other than that I agree, fuck those assholes.

  8. raven says

    Who is Mike Adams and why should I care who he is?
    Actually the name is vaguely familiar and I had to look on Google to make sure there were two Mike Adams, both far right wingnuts. The other one is the quack anti-modern medicine one.

    Looks like a Jordan Peterson without the wit and charm. Yes, this is sarcasm.
    And like Jordan Peterson, was deeply unhappy and incapable of running his own life.

    Not sure why these poly-haters have a tendency to self destruct. It could be that their hate and rage ends up being focused on…themselves.

  9. raven says

    I’m never going to understand the fake civility over not speaking ill of the dead.

    Nothing to understand.

    The world is a better place when people like Mike Adams leave it behind.
    I had nothing good to say about people like Mike Adams when he was still alive so why should that change just because he is dead?

    Cheer, have a party, celebrate with someone, whatever. At least then, Mike Adams will have served for once a worthwhile purpose.

  10. raven says

    I had to look him up on Google.
    A routine poly-hater who shows little in the way of intelligence or creativity.
    A meat robot repeating back hate against women, gays, nonwhites, nonxians, and non-Republicans.

    His last rants were to oppose public health measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 virus.
    And to call for everyone to buy high powered rifles and start a second civil war.
    I’m really not impressed in the least with this kook and hater.

    http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2020/07/02/pw-exclusive-prof-mike-adams-wild-ride-finally-comes-to-an-end

    Social media posts that came across as racist or sexist were offensive, they said, but not necessarily anything new for Adams. But the pandemic — and government reaction to it — led to a series of darker tweets.

    “All cultures are not equal,” Adams wrote on Twitter on March 24. “If you eat dogs and infect the world with viruses because your government lies and prosecutes those who tell the truth then your culture is evil. Multiculturalism is nonsense. Some cultures are inferior. That is the reason we liberated Auschwitz.”

    He then posted a series of tweets alluding to the possibility of civil war and overthrowing the government.

    “Use your check from the government to buy an AR-15 and some ammo,” he wrote on Twitter on March 25. “Be ready for the next overreach.”

    On May 16, with the governor’s executive orders having closed many businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Adams published a series of Tweets calling on people to defy the orders using guns.

    “If I owned a restaurant I would open immediately and require all of my employees to open carry,” he wrote in one tweet. “Give the governor something to think about before the next unlawful shut down order.”

    “Apparently some folks have forgotten why the Framers penned the Second Amendment,” he wrote in another.

    “When the government decides it can overthrow your business it is time to talk about overthrowing the government,” he wrote.

    “America is finally imploding,” Adams concluded in a May 31 tweet. “And that is probably a good thing. I would rather live in a red state turned nation state than to share a common flag with California and Massachusetts. We’ve grown apart. It’s time to separate.”

    In a June 1 Twitter post he went further.

    “A second civil war is underway,” he wrote. “You either get that or you don’t.”

  11. raven says

    Mike Adams:

    “A second civil war is underway,” he wrote. “You either get that or you don’t.”

    That is sort of true.
    Mike Adams and the white supremacists have however, lost their last two wars.
    The Nazis were defeated by the allies in 1945.
    The US Civil War was won by the North.

    It’s likely, although not for sure, that the white supremacists and Mike Adams will lose once again.
    The USA is on trend to go majority nonwhite in 2043.

  12. PaulBC says

    “A second civil war is underway,” he wrote. “You either get that or you don’t.”

    And he deserted his army before the first shot was even fired. Fucking coward!

  13. PaulBC says

    If you eat dogs and infect the world with viruses because your government lies

    Trump eats dogs?

    More seriously, there are few things that get me angrier than China bashing. It’s easier to get away with these kinds of stereotypes than using the N-word, and it needs to be called out for what it is. Racism.

  14. PaulBC says

    “Apparently some folks have forgotten why the Framers penned the Second Amendment,”

    It sure as fuck wasn’t to let nitwits buy an AR-15, which would have been a heavily-regulated super weapon if it existed at the time.

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