~ SO.. THE ACADIA University, Wolfville NS, cowardly & bullying powers that be finally pulled the trigger on their troublesome prof, just days before the beginning of Fall term. Except.. he’s not shutting up, or going away quietly. Awkward.
Until 2015 or so, Rick says he was a standard Lefty prof. No problems, complaints, or random accusations to be seen. Then, he woke up (partly via Jordan Peterson, and others), and looked around academia and noticed free speech & open discussion of important issues– in psychology & the wider curricula– were verboten. And at his beloved increasingly Soviet Acadia, too.
Uh-Oh Uppity Prof!
So in 2015, he stopped being an obedient tenured diversity hire, and started asking questions, speaking out, attending conferences, making popular videos, and befriending various Canadian thought criminals. That was unacceptable, and from that moment on, the current Acadia regime, USSR-style, tried to scare him, silence him, dig up every malcontent & unhappy soul connected with him to register accusations, since as we know, accused = guilty. Now, they’re trying to vanish him.
After all, you can question EVERYTHING on modern campuses these days– except the holy orthodoxies: Feminism, anti-Colonialism, Social Justice Marxism, Identitarianism, Silencing & Deplatforming Critics, Triggering & Safe Spaces, LGTBQRSTUVism, Socialism, Trans-whateverism… and all the special-pleading rubbish “scholarship” behind it. Yes, that’s most college campuses today. Acadia pretty much fits the mutated type.
Raise Some Noise
There are few wars so petty and spiteful as academic wars. Not only is Acadia still trying to cover up, but to cover up the cover-up. Thing is, they feed off some of our taxes to run the Dear Old U.– thus, they owe the public & our elected officials a FULL & PROPER accounting of what looks like a professional assassination of character & reputation. If you’re giving full credit to the vague accusations, you might want to rethink that: this situation has been very much one of “A fair trial, then the firing-squad”.
Speak out. Write to the Acadia authorities, and be sure to CC: your letter to Parliament Hill, the media, the premier, local newspapers, and your local MLA. Put the CC-forwards at the bottom of your letter/ e-mail to Acadia. If you want it posted on my blog, then send it to me: binks-dot-webelf-at-gmail-dot-com.
And if you’re a prayer-person, do pray for this man, who went from “Woke” to actually AWAKE in three years, and got fired for it. You gotta know that such events take a toll on a man, no matter who you are. So why not drop him a note of encouragement, via his FaceBook page?
Statement by Rick Mehta Regarding His Dismissal from Acadia University
On August 31, 2018, President Peter Ricketts fired me from my position of Associate Professor of Psychology at Acadia University. In the letter that he gave me at my dismissal hearing, he stated that he was firing me on the basis of issues that “were wide ranging and include failure to fufill [my] academic responsibilities, unprofessional conduct, breach of privacy, and harassment and intimidation of students and other members of the University community.”
President Ricketts’ letter of dismissal states only broad categories of misconduct instead of providing any specific examples of misconduct on my part. The university hid behind vague accusations and opaque investigations, while refusing to spell out their concerns – which were based on filtered complaints. I believe that their stealth charges were pretexts to get rid of me at any cost. The real reason for my dismissal has to do with a culture war that is taking place in universities all over Canada and much of the Western world.
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~ YES, I CAN BE longwinded in these things, so today, a short one.
A sad realization I’ve had over the past few weeks– Oleg Atbashian (The People’s Cube) was a former Soviet propagandist, he’s also an author, essayist, satirist, and graphic artist. He came to America for freedom.
Like many former Soviet dissidents come to the West, his reception was mixed– now, he’s a positive threat to the new Sovietization of the West. The same happened to Jamie Glazov’s parents, at Marxist-deluded Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. Don’t reveal the ugly truth of the Worker’s Utopia!
Now, under the politically correct, the corrupt establishment, politicized academia & media, we are going Soviet. Soft Soviet, with a smug smile and an iron fist. This devolution has been underway for almost a century, under many guises, and stages. Coercion of thought and behaviour is the ultimate goal.
Symptoms, just on Campus? Tribunals, trial by media & mob, the politics of personal destruction, radicalization of politics, thought-police, a quiet terror keeping people quiet & scared. Wrong-thinkers versus the Party Truth. Spying & tattling & surveillance. All must be sacrificed for the utopia.
We have become a Soviet-style prison, just waiting for the final bars & locks to be fitted. Ironic, no? Tragic, too.
“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
A Gift To Us All
And patiently, year by year, Oleg & his amazingly insightful website has been warning us of the risks ahead, from his life under the Soviet nightmare. We should all be grateful, and aware of his work.
Go read his blog. Read his book “Shakedown Socialism“. Buy his merch. I’m not saying he’s always right in everything said & done and thought– but that his angle is unique, deeply insightful, and hard-won by bitter experience.
Heed his warnings. Tragically, he’s turned out to be right, so far.
~ BINKS WAS A Star Wars kid. 14 times that Summer of ’77 me and my two best friends would troop down to the Casino on Gottingen Street, sometimes even to watch two matinées back to back.
The current mess in Star Wars-dom is a sign of the times: The SJW (Social Justice warrior/ Politically Correct) section of pop culture is waging war on comics, movie franchises, TV, and the rest, as part of their general program to dominate everything. Remember how it works:
Recently, TV-satirist and serial misinformer/ political shill Stephen Colbert stepped into the current Star Wars controversy with a horrid and ham-fisted video-segment (above), which “joked” about a female character chopping off the penises of all the male characters with a light saber, and tossing the mutilated men into a pit. ‘Cuz castration and crippling falls are always super-funny.
Why does this matter? First, Political Correctness (soft Marxism) is seeking total domination of culture, politics, religion, Hollywood, academia, education, the internet, and everything else. Total domination.
Second, this is a coordinated media-attack on “critics of LucasFilm” (a.k.a. disgruntled & disappointed fans), and a deliberate distraction from the fact that for the first time ever, a Star Wars movie has tanked, and nobody wants to own up, or take the blame– especially the LucasFilm people who’ve been provoking the fan base, doubling down, and calling names.
Third, the fans have been fighting back against the Hollywood & media machine narrative. Like Brexit, Trump, and other none-elite causes, the little people are not supposed to be talking back to their betters in the movie-TV-garbage press merry-go-round that feeds us stuff we must like. This uprising– a Rebellion if you will– must be crushed!
Also, those in charge are circling the wagons around beleaguered film-boss Kathleen Kennedy, who bears ultimate responsibility for the hot steaming mess of the last few years, and the Solo box-office flop. Rumour has it she’s already on her way out… likely to be replaced with something worse.
“Mr. Colbert: used to really love your stuff: clever, sharp, creative. Bought a book. Watched the show.
Then, you became a very thinly disguised shill for the Democratic Party, and the Deep State. I’m not sure how you reconcile serving those masters so obediently, but as a Catholic, God comes before Caesar; and truth comes before half lies, disparagement, and parroting the talking-points of the powerful.
You had a real pop-pulpit once, which you could have used for good. I hope you will do so in the future.
Now, you insert yourself into a full meltdown of a beloved franchise at the hands of provocative and success-hating Lucasfilm social justice warriors. This is a complex issue, however narrow the categories of political correctness.
Note: Kelly Marie Tran herself has said nothing about why her Instagram was shut down. In previous interviews, she HAS remarked that you just have to accept negative social media stuff as part of the job, since most commenters don’t know you as a person, just a character or a symbol.
Remember– Kathleen Kennedy PROMISED George Lucas in 2013 (it’s on video) to respect the lore, honour the characters, and encourage the fan base, who have helped make Star Wars what it is over the past 41 years. She utterly broke her promise and betrayed Lucas (remember his “White slavers” comment). Lore? Tossed. Characters? Weirded out, dumbed down, neutered, or tossed. Fandom? Actively mocked by Lucasfilm & others connected with the new sequels.
The result has been mass alienation of the crucial 20-25% of the fans who actually give 80% of the money, collectibles, repeat tickets, and all the rest. Witness the sinking mess that is Solo.
Not to mention nutty director Rian Johnson, who even pissed off J.J. Abrams, and Ron Howard with his arbitrary crap in The Last Jedi. Episode IX next year will be an OK movie, make OK money. But the thrill is gone for a lot of fans of all colours, creeds, men and women, boys and girls, international and North American. Hate on younger men as much as you want, but this mess involves everyone who loves/ loved Star Wars.
By your sloppy easy mockery of one take on this issue, you’ve apparently added another shill-master to your list: LucasFilm & Disney. Makes me glad that I’ve already tuned out the Colbert Dumpster Fire/ Shill Show.”
~ HE WAS A VERY very large philosopher. A veritable teddy-bear viking of a man.
My mentor and favourite professor– Dr. Rodger Forsman of the Acadia Philosophy Department, and the Religious Studies Department– made my head hurt. Often.
He put me on edge. He made me ask over and over why I thought what I did, not– like so many progressive professors do– to undermine it, but to help me articulate the reasons, truth, and evidence of things, ideas, whole philosophies. He was smart, kind, rigorous, wise, fair-minded and funny. But he made my head hurt.
He was the father of my adult mind, a mentor, a friend. I give thanks to God for him.
For me, Doc Forsman was a trusty truth-lover, not a coddler, and someone that many students and even other faculty went to to discuss issues and problems, as well as the bigger questions.
For this professor, being merely “right” was never enough. Why? For what reasons? Based on what principles? What evidence? What were the strengths and possible criticisms for any given position? Very Aristotelian/ St. Thomas Aquinas, for a Baptist.
His passion was the writings & sermons of Anglo-Catholic theologian Austin Farrer, chaplain to various Oxford colleges, and friend & pastor to C.S. Lewis. A brilliant thinker and preacher, just when the church was going mad in the 1960s, Farrer is often overlooked, or unknown.
Bring On The Derp
The current mainstream of the arts programs in many universities (Marxist thought for dummies ass mental bubble gum– easy to chew, not very exhausting, and full of smug self-righteousness and judgy, too) had not yet taken over Acadia in the 1980s. Thank heavens.
“Muh Feelz” of the safe-space Social Justice Warriors were not going to tantrum about Dr. Forsman’s upsetting the progressive categories back then. We had some politically correct profs and students bumbling about, but they had not taken over the place, gone nuts, and then run the asylum.
Even in the 90s and early 00s, he saw the rot coming– he observed that– unlike the past– the first task in his philosophy classes was to help students believe in objective truth, and that truth was knowable. He also gave ethics courses in the Business School, which expected a magical “one-size fits-all” moral ethics system, to prevent sleazy business practices– this in the era of Wall Street & Corporate crimes, Enron, and the like.
A Great Man
What I learned to love about him most was that Doc F was cheerfully magnanimous– great-spirited. No matter who you were, and what you thought, you learned to respect him (he was pretty much the smartest guy in the place), some to love him. Unless you were very stupid or lazy or very close-minded, you also left his classes actually knowing things about stuff.
A giant humble gentle man, and gentleman-scholar, teacher, student, husband, father, and mentor to many. And an unashamed Christian, active in the university, his local church, and in the community.
I can only imagine what he’d say of the current Rick Mehta circus-crisis at an institution he loved & served for 40 years of his life. It would not please him in the least, I suspect.
Love you, Doc F. May you rest in peace, and rise in Glory.
The death of Rodger Ernest Winfield Forsman occurred on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, Nova Scotia from acute myeloid leukemia.
Rodger was born on May 28, 1934 at the farm of his pioneer parents, Ernest Bror Forsman and Margareta Isabella Johanson, east of Strasbourg, Saskatchewan. Rodger had three sisters, Joyce (Lee), Estelle (Anderson), and Yvonne Brown (deceased). Rodger attended both elementary and high school in Strasbourg, and excelled in all of his studies. He attended B.L.T.S. in Calgary in 1951-52.
Working and studying in the automotive trade, he earned his journeyman papers in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair in 1957. Rodger married Lois (Anderson) on July 28, 1956 in Congress, Saskatchewan. In 1959 they moved to Hamilton, Ontario where Rodger earned his M.A and M.Div degrees at McMaster University. He then attended the University of Toronto where he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D that he completed in 1973. He also taught at York University and Brock University when he lived in Ontario. In 1971 the family moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he taught for 40 years at Acadia University in the Departments of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and the School of Business.
He was acting Dean of Arts, Senate member, and served on many committees. As a member of Wolfville Baptist Church he sang in the choir for over 30 years, was a deacon, served on the Board of Trustees, and other committees. He also sang in the University Chorus and the Gentlemen’s Chorus.
Rodger is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois; two sons, Jon (Dominique), La Desirade, Guadeloupe; Andrew (Hooban), San Diego, California; and three precious grandchildren, James, Alexander, and Heidi. He will be missed by many relatives. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation, by request. A service of Thanksgiving to God for the life of Rodger Forsman will be held at Manning Memorial Chapel on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2 pm., Reverend Timothy McFarland and Reverend Doctor Roger Prentice officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Manning Memorial Chapel Endowment Fund or charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
1 Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
2 The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning.
3 Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies:
4 Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, wise and eloquent are their instructions:
5 Such as found out musical tunes, and recited verses in writing:
6 Rich men furnished with ability, living peaceably in their habitations:
7 All these were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of their times.
8 There be of them, that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported.
9 And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born; and their children after them.
10 But these were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten.
11 With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance, and their children are within the covenant.
12 Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes.
13 Their seed shall remain for ever, and their glory shall not be blotted out.
14 Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.
15 The people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will shew forth their praise.
16 Enoch pleased the Lord, and was translated, being an example of repentance to all generations.
17 Noah was found perfect and righteous; in the time of wrath he was taken in exchange for the world; therefore was he left as a remnant unto the earth, when the flood came.
18 An everlasting covenant was made with him, that all flesh should perish no more by the flood.
19 Abraham was a great father of many people: in glory was there none like unto him;
20 Who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him: he established the covenant in his flesh; and when he was proved, he was found faithful.
21 Therefore he assured him by an oath, that he would bless the nations in his seed, and that he would multiply him as the dust of the earth, and exalt his seed as the stars, and cause them to inherit from sea to sea, and from the river unto the utmost part of the land.
22 With Isaac did he establish likewise for Abraham his father’s sake the blessing of all men, and the covenant, And made it rest upon the head of Jacob. He acknowledged him in his blessing, and gave him an heritage, and divided his portions; among the twelve tribes did he part them.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
[Warning, video is snarky and snide & ultimately unpleasant]
~ A REMINDER– Any given era is imperfect in some ways.. but remember: the civil rights movement was actually built in the late 40s and 50s, and expressed itself in the early 60s. The snark in this effort is typical, implying that we (looking back on a different era) are superior in every way and entitled to judge such losers as losers.
…the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.
Lewis lays out the error in this approach:
…You must find out why it went out of date.
Was it ever refuted (and if so by whom, where, and how conclusively) or did it merely die away as fashions do? If the latter, this tells us nothing about its truth or falsehood.
From seeing this, one passes to the realization that our own age is also ‘a period,’ and certainly has, like all periods, its own characteristic illusions. They are likeliest to lurk in those widespread assumptions which are so ingrained in the age that no one dares to attack or feels it necessary to defend them….
And, one day, people will look at our evils and blind spots and assumptions and comformities as be shocked and horrified and puzzled why on earth we couldn’t see or fight what was right in front of us the whole time. And, under God, we too shall be judged, as people, societies, and as a civilization.. or declining form thereof.
Smugger Than Thou!
It’s like the lazy moral busybodies who make themselves out as lonely heroes– if only they’d been around in Hitler’s Germany. As Jordan Peterson correctly points out, most people tend to thoughtless conformity (even in their non-conforming). Likewise, if you’re not bravely standing against the blind tide to your cost in today’s weird times, why would you be any different in some other era?
This is lame and highly political “comedy”– i.e., not an argument, but a smear and propaganda. Sadly, such modern ‘comedy’ or satire NEVER dares take on the SJWs, campus brown-shirts like AntiFa, or militant anti-democratic trans & gay movements, abortion & euthanasia, Soros-funded Black Lives Matters, Marxism, or supremacist Moslems. It’s why, as Seinfeld said a year or two ago, comedy shows are dying at campuses.
In most 2018 colleges, there’s nothing you’re allowed to even joke about. Except Trump, and right-wingers, and the Right, and right-wing extremists, and the alt-right, and…. you get the idea. Propaganda, all in one direction.
As Stefan Molyneaux quips:
“With regards to ‘Are the universities dead?’ No no no– that’s an insult to the dead, because the dead aren’t currently strangling the minds of the living.
The university has gone far beyond death. Dead is something– you can dig a hole and bury it, and put it out of your sight. The universities are like radioactive volcanoes, constantly releasing brain-destroying isotopes into the atmosphere.
They are active predators– they would be, I guess, close to What in ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ would be called The Undead. Which is: people who have died, but instead have come back to life and are preying upon the living.
Hence Beating This Dead Horse
This is so much immoral “moral” smuggery, and cultural Marxism, mocking suburbia and the ordinary folks for being insufficiently revolutionary & transgressive and clever. THOSE rubes.
You know, the contemptible people with lives to live, kids to raise, bills to pay, and taxes to fork over so that pampered profs can install the mental bubble-gum faux-wise critical theory Marxism, gender theory, race theory, queer theory, trans theory, and theory theory into their student-victims. Yup, all all the ‘theories’ except asking yourself how and why (or if) you know that such critical theory is true, good, wise-making, and livable.
So let’s keep on with the stale mockery of the 1950s (which began a mere 68 years ago, literally closer to 1901 than 2018)– and not ourselves. In reality, many of those 50’s fathers were late teens when they suffered to liberate Europe from actual Nazis, and wanted a stable and quick-start and education & family if they survived and came home.
Says me?– shut up Boomers and earlier 20th century radicals. Rehashing your old misunderstandings and hatreds does nobody today any real or lasting good. ~