Miles adds to KU coaching staff – News – The Ottawa Herald

Kansas head football coach Les Miles is rounding out his coaching staff for the 2020 season with two recent hirings.

Miles promoted Emmett Jones to passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach. His contract been extended through February 2022.

Jordan Peterson has been added to the staff as the safeties coach.

Miles said Jones has been an intregal part of his staff in his first year at KU.

Emmett has played a vital role in the development of our wide receivers and we look forward to their continued growth this season, Miles said. This promotion was well deserved and will be beneficial to our overall offensive scheme.

In his first season with the Jayhawks in 2019, the wide receiving unit saw significant growth under Jones, bringing in 235 receptions for 2,778 yards and 25 touchdowns. Jones influence helped the Kansas offense to its best season since 2009, averaging 377.3 yards per game.

Jones coached juniors Andrew Parchment and Stephon Robinson Jr. to breakout seasons, as the duo ranked in the top-20 in Kansas single-season receiving yards. The duos combined 1,558 receiving yards were the most since 2016, while Robinson Jr.s eight receiving touchdowns are tied for the fourth most in KU single-season history, and the most since 2009. Parchment and Robinson were also the first pair of KU wide receivers to combine for 15 touchdowns in a season since 2009.

Peterson comes to Kansas with 10 years experience and has coached in five bowl games.

He is an excellent teacher and has strong recruiting ties in Texas, an area that is vital to us, Miles said. A rising star in the coaching profession and a true family man, Jordan is a great fit for what we are looking for in our program.

Peterson served as the defensive coordinator/safeties coach at New Mexico in 2019, where he oversaw the entire defense and held all duties associated with mentoring the Lobos safeties. Peterson was hired to coach the New Mexico safeties in 2017, before being promoted to defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2019.

In his first two seasons at New Mexico, Peterson guided the safeties unit to lead the team in tackles, with Jake Rothschiller and Stanley Barnwell Jr. recording 76 tackles in 2018.

Before his time at New Mexico, Peterson coached at Fresno State for five seasons, from 2012-16, helping the Bulldogs to three consecutive bowl games and a 2014 Mountain West Championship game appearance and a 2013 Mountain West title. He served a variety of positions with Fresno State, coaching both the secondary and outside linebackers. He also has served as recruiting coordinator and a special teams coach.

Peterson was secondary coach at Fresno State during the 2012 when Fresno State went 9-4 and was ranked second nationally in pass defense and fourth in pass efficiency defense. He also mentored safety Phillip Thomas to Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012.

Peterson got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M in 2010 and 2011. That followed a four-year playing career with the Aggies, where he made 81 tackles and broke up 15 passes. He also forced two fumbles, recovered one fumble and picked off four passes. He returned one of those passes 48 yards for a touchdown against New Mexico. He was a two-time All-Big 12 Academic First Team selection, and he was a CoSIDA Academic All-Region selection in 2008.

Peterson received his bachelors degree in sport management from Texas A&M in 2009 along with his masters in education curriculum and instruction in 2010. He graduated from Lexington High School in Central Texas, where he earned first-team all-state honors as a defensive back and honorable mention honors as a quarterback his senior year. He was named Texas Prep Xtra Central Texas MVP.

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‘I take full responsibility’: Former Nampa teacher sentenced to 17 years in prison in lewd conduct case – KTVB.com

NAMPA, Idaho A former Nampa Spanish teacherwas sentenced Wednesday to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty in October to one count of lewd conduct with a child under 16.

Keith Odell Peterson, 71, was arrested in April on a $500,000 bond following an investigation by Nampa police. The victim in the case, who was not a student of Petersons, told officers Peterson inappropriately touched him on multiple occasions for nearly two years.

Initially, Peterson faced an additional count of sexual battery of a minor. But that charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement, which Peterson accepted Oct. 23, according to the Idaho online courts repository. He is eligible for parole after serving seven years in prison.

The victim and his parents spoke at Wednesdays Canyon County Courthouse hearing, where they explained the abuse and its impact on their family to District Judge Christopher S. Nye.

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The victims mother said she and her husband met Peterson who often went by his middle name, Odell through their church in the 1990s and forged a decades-long friendship between their two families.

She told the court Peterson evolved into a grandfather-like figure to her teenage son when her own father passed away. Peterson took the boy to sporting events at Boise State University, movies, shopping and dinner.

Peterson also helped with homework and allowed the victim to drive his truck without a license, according to the victim. There, the 71-year-old would grope the boys genitals as he drove sometimes with other people in the car.

Grandpas dont treat anyone the way you treated our son, the victims mother said through tears. Youve put our son and family through so much hell, heartache and sadness. I trusted you. I believed you were taking care of my son.

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The victim, now 17, said Peterson started inappropriately touching him when he was 15 years old. The abuse came after years of grooming and gifts.

He said Peterson apologized at first and told the boy it wouldnt happen again, but it did on several occasions. The victim said he didnt tell anyone because he was scared and ashamed.

I kept trying to tell him No, the victim said. Eventually, I gave up on saying No and just let it continue.

The victim said he even considered taking his own life as an escape from Peterson. He felt depressed and couldnt concentrate, causing his grades to drop significantly.

It was only after his parents recommended counseling that the abuse came to light after the victims first session, launching the investigation by Nampa police.

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In a recorded phone call with officers, the victim said he was able to get Peterson to admit to inappropriately touching and stalking him.

Im a survivor of sexual abuse, the youth said. You took two years of my life. It is finally time for you to be served justice and to be held accountable for the actions that you have done to me and all of your other victims.

After the family spoke, Peterson addressed them directly and apologized for his actions. He also apologized to his wife, who sat in tears directly behind him.

Peterson said he appreciated their friendship and hoped the family could forgive him one day.

I take full responsibility for what I have done. Im the adult, Peterson said. Im deeply sorry.

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Peterson taught Spanish in the Nampa School District several years ago, and because of his past access to children, police at the time were concerned there may be more victims, according to an Idaho Press report from May. But Petersons attorney said no additional allegations have been made against his client in nearly 30 years.

Court records state Peterson was granted withheld judgement in a 1991 case where he had inappropriate sexual contact with a different victim, whose age wasnt specified in the criminal complaint.

At the time, Peterson was sentenced to 180 days suspended jail time and two years of probation, court records state. Since he successfully completed his probation and has fully complied with all terms and provisions, the battery charge was dismissed in 1998.

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Bail denied for man charged in connection with death of Baltimore businesswoman – WBAL TV Baltimore


Bail denied for man charged in connection with death of Baltimore businesswoman

Updated: 5:44 PM EST Jan 13, 2020

Bail has been denied for the man who is implicated in the murder of an east Baltimore businesswoman.Terrance Peterson, 29, is charged in connection with the murder and robbery of Carmen Rodriguez inside her east Baltimore deli.The judge mentioned Peterson's serious past and called him a danger to the community. Peterson denied any involvement in the December murder, but police said surveillance video put him at the scene of the crime.The release of surveillance video led Peterson to turn himself in, but in court Monday, his defense attorney told the judge her client did not want to participate in a video bail review. The judge still decided to conduct the court hearing.Several times, Peterson attempted to speak, and his attorney warned against it, saying that might impact his case. Peterson did get to say he is a graduate of Hagerstown Community College.According to a court charging document, police accuse Peterson of entering Rodriguez's store, Kim Grocery and Deli located on Kenwood Avenue in east Baltimore on Dec. 22, buying some items and then returning to the car. Police said surveillance video captured his movements and those of a passenger, who was dressed in a black hoodie, entered the store and went to the counter with a handgun. According to the court document, that suspect held Rodriguez at gunpoint while the cash register was being emptied. Before leaving, the shooter fired one shot, striking Rodriguez in the head. The shooter then returned to the vehicle and fled.Police said Rodriguez was shot in front of her children. Among the charges Peterson is facing are first-degree murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and weapons violations. He went to police Thursday after investigators released video of the crime. Charging document shows Peterson told police "he wanted to turn himself in because he had nothing to do with it and wanted to clear his name." He also said, "He was all over the video, but had nothing to do with nothing."Also, according to the charging document, investigators linked the car to Peterson, saying it was loaned to him by a dealership prior to the murder. Peterson has three prior convictions from 2014 to 2019 for assault, armed robbery and robbery. Peterson's next court appearance is Feb. 4. Police are still looking for the second person of interest.

Bail has been denied for the man who is implicated in the murder of an east Baltimore businesswoman.

Terrance Peterson, 29, is charged in connection with the murder and robbery of Carmen Rodriguez inside her east Baltimore deli.

The judge mentioned Peterson's serious past and called him a danger to the community. Peterson denied any involvement in the December murder, but police said surveillance video put him at the scene of the crime.

The release of surveillance video led Peterson to turn himself in, but in court Monday, his defense attorney told the judge her client did not want to participate in a video bail review. The judge still decided to conduct the court hearing.

Several times, Peterson attempted to speak, and his attorney warned against it, saying that might impact his case. Peterson did get to say he is a graduate of Hagerstown Community College.

According to a court charging document, police accuse Peterson of entering Rodriguez's store, Kim Grocery and Deli located on Kenwood Avenue in east Baltimore on Dec. 22, buying some items and then returning to the car. Police said surveillance video captured his movements and those of a passenger, who was dressed in a black hoodie, entered the store and went to the counter with a handgun.

According to the court document, that suspect held Rodriguez at gunpoint while the cash register was being emptied. Before leaving, the shooter fired one shot, striking Rodriguez in the head. The shooter then returned to the vehicle and fled.

Police said Rodriguez was shot in front of her children.

Among the charges Peterson is facing are first-degree murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and weapons violations. He went to police Thursday after investigators released video of the crime.

Charging document shows Peterson told police "he wanted to turn himself in because he had nothing to do with it and wanted to clear his name." He also said, "He was all over the video, but had nothing to do with nothing."

Also, according to the charging document, investigators linked the car to Peterson, saying it was loaned to him by a dealership prior to the murder.

Peterson has three prior convictions from 2014 to 2019 for assault, armed robbery and robbery. Peterson's next court appearance is Feb. 4. Police are still looking for the second person of interest.

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‘Ive got five, and Im going to hit:’ Man standing trial in deadly shooting in York – York Daily Record

Edwin Joey Pacheco-Ruiz planned to spend time alone with his girlfriend on May 28, 2017.

Willie "Homer" Peterson III, 29, of York.(Photo: Submitted)

He had dropped his son off in a custody exchange, and the couple decided to go out for a drink. Thats when he saw a man in the street who was flagging him down. So Pacheco-Ruiz pulled over and let him into the backseat of his SUV, a Chevrolet Equinox LT.

That was a mistake. A huge mistake, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Dave Maisch said on Monday in the York County Judicial Center. And it cost Joey his life.

The man, referring to bullets, stated, Ive got five, and Im going to hit. Pacheco-Ruiz begged the person whom he referred to as Homer not to shoot. But it was to no avail, prosecutors said.

Pacheco-Ruiz fell into his girlfriends lap. She tried to steer the SUV from the front-passenger seat but lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a home on East Princess and Lexington streets in York.

Two days later, Pacheco-Ruiz died at York Hospital. He was 29.

More than 2 1/2 years later, Willie Homer Peterson III, 29, of York, is standing trial this week in the York County Court of Common Pleas on charges of first- and third-degree murder. Hes arguing that a key witness erroneously identified him.

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Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook is presiding over the trial, which is set to continue on Tuesday. Peterson is being held without bail in York County Prison.

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In his opening statement, Maisch said Pacheco-Ruizs girlfriend told law enforcement that the shooter's namewas Homer. She later picked him out of an eight-person photo lineup.

Meanwhile, Peterson went on the lam for aboutthree months.

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But Tom Kelley, Petersons attorney, said in his opening statement that the case was based on an improper and suggestive identification procedure.

No forensic evidence, he said, ties his client to the crime.

Lucille Bishop, Pacheco-Ruizs girlfriend, initially told police that the gunman's name was Omar. But that morphed into Homer after she spoke to LaCresha Cole-Carter, the mother of Pacheco-Ruizs child, Kelley said.

Cole-Carter showed Bishop a Facebook photo of Peterson before she identified him in the lineup.

Kelley said Cole-Carter "absolutely abhors" his client.

You have to pay attention to every single little detail about how this thing snowballed into an avalanche that sucked that man right into this courtroom, Kelley said. They have got the wrong guy.

Contact Dylan Segelbaum at 717-771-2102.

In this file photo from May 28, 2017, Edwin "Joey" Pacheco-Ruiz's SUV is seen after it crashed into a home on East Princess and Lexington streets in York. Willie "Homer" Peterson III is standing trial this week in the York County Court of Common Pleas on charges of first- and third-degree murder in Pacheco-Ruiz's death.(Photo: Gordon Rago, York Daily Record)

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Permits for in-law flats and other ADUs are down but interest remains high – OregonLive

Whats causing the dip in permits issued for a second, smaller home sharing a city lot with an existing house?

Longtime small housing advocate Kol Peterson studied data from the City of Portland and found permits for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) decreased in 2019.

He thinks the decline was the result of a flurry of interested homeowners applying for a permit, before the rules changed in 2018, to benefit from fee-waiver incentives with no restrictions on short-term rentals.

Some of permits were used to build in 2019, creating an artificial acceleration of ADU activity resulting in a boom of ADU permits, Peterson explains on AccessoryDwellings.org, an online resource that posts case studies and updates on ADUs, which is still a rare form of housing.

Portland ADU permits issued from 1995-2020 as reported by Kol Peterson

Seven ADU permits were issued by the city in 1995 followed by small increases until 2011 when the city approved 93 permits. That number more than doubled to 206 by 2014 then quadrupled to 376 in 2015.

By 2016, there were almost six times as many permits issued 545 before the total fell to 511 in 2017 and 488 in 2018.

Last year, issued permits dropped to 315.

Permits for self-contained, smaller second homes are down but interest remains high.

So far, about 2,487 legal ADUs have been built in Portland, with another 652 under inspection.

A Portland Homeowner Report released recently by Pro.com found that 84 percent of Portland homeowners who participated in the survey believe ADUs make homes more appealing to potential buyers.

In Portland, the most popular ADUs are living spaces for elderly relatives, adult children and family friends, and as income-producing apartments to rent (36 percent each), according to the Pro.com survey.

More developers are including a flexible living space with a separate entrance a home within a home that grants privacy to a member of a multi-genational family or tenant who helps pay the mortgage.

The gen suite was first popularized by the Lennar Corp., which introduced its NextGen floor plan in 2011 after the recession and foreclosure crisis, when extended families moved back in together to save on housing costs.

The Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) added a new search field that allows real estate agents, appraisers, buyers and sellers to quickly find Oregon residential properties with a second, separate dwelling.

Architects and designers are increasingly being hired to plan space- and energy-efficient guest homes and manufacturers are building prefabricated micro units to sit on foundations in backyards.

Homeowners add an apartment wing to an existing house, carve out space from underused rooms inside the residence or convert an unfinished basement or structurally sound garage into new living quarters.

Or they can erect a second story to the garage or standalone, stick-framed structure on the property.

These are not the DIY basement conversions of 20 years ago, but highly specialized projects, says Matt Williams, founder and CEO of Pro.com, which has a team of construction experts who work with architects, designers and engineers to build custom ADUs.

He says his clients are motivated to leverage their land to increase its value, use and enjoyment.

Population growth and thicker density also create a need and desire for separate living spaces and ADUs are one solution, Williams says, especially for people with a low mortgage or who like their location but need more space or want to rent out an apartment for added income.

Some owners plan to live in the small house and rent out the larger house to reduce expenses while staying in their neighborhood.

A rental dwelling allows them to fund their retirement and age in place, if the unit has been designed without steps and with universal features that aid people with limited mobility.

Williams company offers a free, detailed estimate and visualization services to let property owners see what an ADU project could look like inside and out. Clients can also order a customizable prefab structure to fit a space and Pro.com can construct it.

In Seattles Lake Washington area, Pro.com built a new, two-story ADU behind a house where there were two asphalt parking spaces. Construction costs were $140,000.

The Pro.com survey also found that 76 percent of respondents did not know Portlands laws governing ADUs.

Peterson is hoping to help. He has taught more than 2,000 people about the ADU development process in full-day workshops and has organized a half dozen Build Small, Live Large: Portlands Accessory Dwelling Unit Tours.

He says more municipalities on the West coast from Vancouver, BC, to every city in California allow homeowners to slice up urban lots to shelter family members or a caregiver, or draw in extra income.

Small, standalone new homes are expensive $210,000 on average for 800 square feet of living space, says Peterson but they can be models of efficiency with a compact footprint and high-performance insulation and heating and cooling systems.

ADUs are considered the least expensive type of housing that can be built in Portland if the land is already owned and if it qualifies for a waiver of the citys expensive system development fees, which can mount up to $22,500.

As of 2018, the waiver cannot be used by people who want to use the ADU as a short-term rental in the first 10 years.

Peterson says that an 800-square-foot second home rented longterm at $1,800 a month could bring in $21,600 a year and pay for itself in 10 years, then continue to generate income.

He encourages potential landlords to find out how their jurisdiction assesses ADUs for property tax evaluations. There will also be increases in utility costs, periodic vacancies and maintenance expenses.

Financial motivation is only part of the calculation, he says. There are also social benefits for the family.

An in-law suite could allow an aging parent to be close to family rather than spending what could be $72,000 a year for assisted living, says Peterson, who interviewed hundreds of sources for his book, Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development.

Critics dont like ADUs added density and parking issues as well as the decrease in gardens, trees and creature habitats. Privacy can be intruded upon when single- or second-story windows look into the neighbors house or backyard.

Advocates say ADUs provide infill housing opportunities in neighborhoods with existing utilities and services like roads, sewers and schools near employment, retail centers and transit corridors.

Carlos Rafael

A detached, accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in the Foster-Powell neighborhood that Propel Studio Architecture was designed as a modern Airbnb. Carlos Rafael Carlos Rafael

To learn more, Peterson and Propel Studio Architecture are organizing a free Design Week Portland event, ADU Open Doors, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. on April 23-24, in which owners invite people to tour their ADU (register to showcase an ADU or attend at propelstudio.com/adu-open-doors-2020).

Peterson will also be holding a full-day ADU Academy workshop on April 24 ($359 or $319 by April 24, accessorydwellings.org/academy/)

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In the comprehensive book "Backdoor Revolution: The Definitive Guide to ADU Development" ($25 print, $15 digital), author Kol Peterson offers design ideas he endorses after visiting well-planned small houses, talking with people who specialize in accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and reading books and websites about small-space planning, including books by Sarah Susanka.

Second, smaller homes sharing a city lot are the only housing form typically developed by homeowners, says Peterson, who has a master's degree in environmental planning from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Still, he cautions against DIY design for complex, ground-up construction.

Since these second dwellings infill a residential property, their design and placement need to be customized. Peterson says hes never seen two that look alike.

Legal, comfortable second homes, however, do have some features in common. Here are Petersons insights:

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29-Year-Old Terrance Peterson Charged In The Fatal Shooting Of Baltimore Mother Carmen Rodriguez At Kims Deli – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) Police have charged 29-year-old Terrance Peterson in relation to the fatal shooting of Carmen Rodriguez on Dec. 22 at her Patterson Park store, Kims Deli.

Peterson turned himself in to police Thursday. Police are still looking for another suspect in the case.

Terrance Peterson

Rodriguez, a 36-year-old mother of four including a 5-month-old baby, was shot in the head and killed in front of her children.

I dont want my wife to be another number. Thats the point. Something needs to be done, her husband Derrick Galan told WJZs Paul Gessler Thursday.


Police released surveillance footage Thursday of a person of interest in Rodriguezs death. Commissioner Michael Harrison said Friday releasing the video did help police one of the suspects.

Person of Interest in Carmen Rodriguezs death

She gave them the money. Why would he shoot her? Thats what I dont understand. He saw the kids, said Galan.

Carmen Rodriguez

The couple was together for nine years and have owned the store for 15 years. It was the first time they were robbed.

The ATF offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The store hasnt been reopened since the shooting. Instead, its turned into a memorial for Rodriguez.

Police did not say whether Peterson was the alleged shooter or alleged getaway driver.

A vigil to remember Rodriguez is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. on January 22, the one-month anniversary of her death. The vigil will begin in the public square by the Enoch Pratt Free Librarys Patterson Park branch; participants are set to then walk to City Hall with candles to call for healing and justice for those affected by violence.

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Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson: Abortion ‘didn’t used to be a partisan issue’ – City Pages

Last week, more than 200 members of Congress asked the Supreme Court of the United States to reconsider these two landmark cases in the form ofa brief organized by the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life.

This all came about ostensibly because of a restrictive 2014 Louisiana abortion law thats being held on ice until it can have its own day in court. That statute would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of where they operate. If the Supreme Court allows it to take effect, providers say it would effectively shutter all but one clinic in the state.

Pro-choice advocates see this as an undue burden on reproductive health care providers, which is exactly the kind of thing Roe and Casey were trying to prevent. The brief filed Thursday respectfully suggests that in light of the Louisiana case, the court again take up the issue of whether Roe and Casey should be reconsidered and, if appropriate, overruled.

Time took a look at the 207 names attached to the brief and reported that of the 39 senators and 168 House members who signed on, 97 percent are men. A few of those names should sound familiar to us in particular: U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer, Jim Hagedorn, Collin Peterson, and Pete Stauber.

The reps' support is no surprise if you know their backgrounds. Emmer is a former state rep and conservative talk radio host and has long been vocally against abortion rights. On his 2020 campaign website, Stauber has promised to support life from conception to natural death and always be a strong and constant voice for the right to life.

Hagedorn has bragged about co-sponsoring a number of anti-abortion bills, including the straightforward Defund Planned Parenthood Act and No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. (Neither Emmer, Stauber, nor Hagedorn responded to interview requests.)

Peterson distinguishes himself as one of two Democrats to sign onto the brief. (The other is House Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois). It wouldnt be the first time hes bucked party lines on split issues. Most recently, he got a lot of bafflement and heat from his own party for voting against impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

When asked for comment, Peterson sent City Pages a very brief statement:

What people dont seem to remember is that being pro-life didnt used to be a partisan issue, he said. I signed onto this amicus brief because I am pro-life.

As Time points out, the Pew Research Center found that 61 percent of Americans (and52 percent of Minnesotans,back in 2014)believe abortion should be legal in "all/most cases." But that hasnt stopped 2019 from being a banner year for laws designed to make it harder to get them. That includes six states that attempted to outright ban abortion as early as six weeks into the pregnancy before most people know theyre pregnant.

The Louisiana case will be the first major abortion case the Supreme Court will hear since Trump nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were confirmed.

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Player of the Week: Nick Peterson – The Bridgton News

As a senior, Nick Peterson knows what it takes to besuccessful in indoor track & field. And, he is willing to share thatknowledge to help his fellow Lakers find success.

Nick met the qualifying mark in the long jump and triplejump last year so we are confident he will be a strong performer this year,Lake Region Coach Mark Snow said. More rewardingly for us has been hisleadership and help at practice. He often looks out for what is needed for asuccessful practice and is supportive of his teammates.

In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination,commitment and good sportsmanship, Nick is this weeks Boosters and HancockLumber Player of the Week. Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized forhis/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability andacademic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt,sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

Name: Nick Peterson

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Naples

Parents: Kathie and Everett Peterson

Sports you play: Indoor track & field, baseball

School organizations: ASTRA, National Honor Society

School honors: National Honor Society

Q. Why did you choose to compete in indoor track &field? To be with friends and because I love competing.

Q. What is the most difficult part of track & field? Ifeel like the most difficult part for me is making sure not to think too much.

Q. What do you enjoy the most about the sport? I think whatdraws me to track the most is that youre competing against yourself more thananyone else. I only focus on beating my own personal records and times. Its alot of fun to just focus on improving yourself.

Q. What do you feel you need to work on and why? I need towork to continue improving every day.

Q. Why is teamwork important? Even though we competeseparately, its always important to help out your teammates whether it isholding their (starting) blocks or just giving advice.

Q. What is the biggest impact your coach(es) have had onyou? Coach Snow absolutely loves the sport and shows that by trying to watchand help out with everyones events. When I am competing in long jump, healways tries his best to watch all of my jumps and give me advice throughout.He showed me that just being there to support and have confidence in someonegoes a long way.

Q. How do you want people to view you as an athlete? I wantto be viewed as someone who always tries their best and enjoys what they do.Q. Ten years from now, when you look back onyour high school sports career, what do you think you will remember most? Iwill remember all the friendships that I formed

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Jordan Peterson and the Cult of Genius – The Good Men Project

Over the past year and a half, Peterson has gained notoriety through his open hostility toward trans rights and feminism as well as his characterization of universities as tools for indoctrinating students into what he terms neo-Marxism.

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Like it or not, University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson is a cultural sensation. Over the past year and a half, Peterson has gained notoriety through his open hostility toward trans rights and feminism as well as his characterization of universities as tools for indoctrinating students into what he terms neo-Marxism.

He has throngs of online followers. A column in the New York Times noted hes been called the most influential public intellectual in the Western world, and academics regularly write columns seeking to discredit him.

I am an academic, but this is not one of those columns. Instead, I think we need to question our incessant need to talk about Peterson in the first place. Our obsession with Peterson reveals a larger cultural problem that threatens to cripple our universities: our adoration of the individual masculine genius.

This cult of genius comes at the expense of a vibrant intellectual life and thriving democracies in North America.

Petersons success is built on the fact that he was deemed to be a part of that special and highly nebulous category of genius a term (much like expert) that is almost exclusively reserved for men. In a recent interview, Petersons former colleague explains that Peterson was hired and promoted precisely on these grounds: he sometimes appeared to be in the thrall of his ideas and would not, or could not, constrain himself and self-monitor what he was saying. That was OK. He was eccentric.

In universities, we often take eccentric along with bad behaviour as a mark of genius: we ignore complaints about intolerance or sexual harassment because geniuses are above the rules. We really like geniuses. We hire and promote them and students want to study under them.

One problem with genius is that it is something one is rather than something one does. The concept implies that academic work is not, in fact, a form of work. When we only care if a university has its fair share of geniuses, we devalue and label as more feminine other forms of academic labour from teaching to administration to less trendy research.

In fact, the majority of teaching in North American universities is now done by contract faculty (the majority of whom tend to be women): PhD-holding subject experts who are paid per-course. If they are lucky enough to be teaching a full course load every semester, they might earn around $28,000 for working in excess of 40 hours a week.

Permanent faculty, on the other hand, are often overloaded with administrative work, such as curriculum planning and advising students. A recent study has shown that this work, too, falls largely to female faculty members keeping them from engaging in innovative teaching and ground-breaking research.

This emphasis on genius also threatens to destroy entire fields of study, particularly the softer disciplines in the Humanities (e.g., Art, English, History, etc.) since genius is typically reserved primarily for the more male-dominated STEM fields. Politicians, administrators, many members of the public, and Jordan Peterson himself regularly deride the Humanities as frivolous. (Ever heard a joke about an English major being a barista-in-training?)

On the contrary, the Humanities are vitally important in an increasingly polarized society because they help us to understand, analyze, and critique differences in human communication and culture. And (for the practical-minded) Humanities majors do get satisfying jobs. Their skills are in demand in the corporate world and they may actually have more career success than Business majors.

We need to reject this cult of the masculine genius. If we want a thriving intellectual culture, we need to start valuing all academic labor and forms of inquiry. Its not just better for universities themselves; its better for building a more tolerant and democratic society.

In order to shift this culture, we need to demand that politicians and administrators value and economically support a diversity of voices inside universities.

If we want a strong democracy and intellectual culture, lets forget genius. Instead, lets build stronger universities.

This post was previously published on Evidencenetwork.ca and is republished here under a Creative Commons license CC BY-ND 4.0.

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Lehi and the Fragrant Highway | Dan Peterson – Patheos

Notes taken from, and/or inspired by, a reading ofGordon Darnell Newby,A History of the Jews of Arabia: From Ancient Times to Their Eclipse under Islam(Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1988), 10-11:

The Via Odorifera (the Fragrant Highway) brought not only the Arabian aromatics; it was the conduit for trade goods from Asia and Africa. At times, as during the period of Hellenistic ascendancy, for example, these goods were borne on ships up the Red Sea, but that waterway is treacherous, as the numerous shipwrecks, both ancient and modern, will testify. The domestication of the camel (Camelus dromedarius) and the development of the North Arabian camel saddle meant that goods could be transported by ships of the desert.

The Fragrant Highway seems to be the route taken by Lehi and his party from Jerusalem through Arabia to the land of Bountiful, which was probably located in modern-day Oman. The domestication of camels in the region, incidentally, had occurred well before the time of Lehi.

The trade routes for the aromatics and eastern goods generally went around the perimeter of Arabia, skirting the empty desert areas, starting in the eastern part of the peninsula in modern Oman and proceeding along the southern edge to modern Yemen, picking up goods on the way, and then north along the western edge to end up in Syria or Egypt.

Lehis party, of course, would have gone the opposite direction, from Jerusalem (in Greater Syria) by Yemen to Oman.

The domestication of the camel also brought about a profound change in Arabian society. The camel became not only the pack animal of choice; it was also the main means of military transportation. There were few roads in the Arabian desert, and these would often become covered with sand. For the camels, this was ideal; it covered the stones that would hurt their tender feet. For wheeled vehicles, chariots and the like, it meant that the land was impassable. Camel cavalry was mobile and well adapted to the environment.

It was the difficult remoteness of Arabia that made it an excellent place of refuge and that may have encouraged Lehi to choose it. Besides, the Assyrians and Babylonians always came from the north to the west of Palestine was the sea, to its east was a forbidding desert, and their only realistic means of approaching from the south would have required them to first cross the Nafud Desert so it made sense for someone trying to get out of their way to go roughly southward.

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Death and Transfiguration | Dan Peterson – Patheos

We were out to dinner with friends again last night, (at their request) at the La Jolla Groves. Excellent food, once again.

Tonight, we went out for a quick bite with another couple of friends. (Hey! How am I supposed to maintain my slim, youthful physique while eating out so often?) She is a very serious violinist (masters degree level) and so, after dinner, we attended a performance at BYU by the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra.

Under the baton of Kory Katseanes, who was my assistant zone leader while I was serving as a missionary in Interlaken, Switzerland, they played the Carnival Overture (Op. 92), byAntonn Dvok, andTill Eulenspiegels Merry Pranks(Op. 28,Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche), by Richard Strauss.

Introducing the second work, Kory spoke briefly of Strausss great tone poemTod und Verklrung (Death and Transfiguration). He mentioned an apparently commonly told story that I had never heard, according to which, when Richard Strauss lay dying in 1949 (exactly 60 years after writing Tod und Verklrung), he said to his daughter-in-law: Funny thing, Alice, dying is just the way I composed it inDeath and Transfiguration. Some say that he actually set to music the white light commonly mentioned in near-death experiences.

Strauss explained the underlying idea of Tod und Verklrung in an 1894 letter:

It was six years ago that it occurred to me to present in the form of a tone poem the dying hours of a man who had striven towards the highest idealistic aims, maybe indeed those of an artist. The sick man lies in bed, asleep, with heavy irregular breathing; friendly dreams conjure a smile on the features of the deeply suffering man; he wakes up; he is once more racked with horrible agonies; his limbs shake with fever as the attack passes and the pains leave off, his thoughts wander through his past life; his childhood passes before him, the time of his youth with its strivings and passions and then, as the pains already begin to return, there appears to him the fruit of his lifes path, the conception, the ideal which he has sought to realize, to present artistically, but which he has not been able to complete, since it is not for man to be able to accomplish such things. The hour of death approaches, the soul leaves the body in order to find gloriously achieved in everlasting space those things which could not be fulfilled here below.

In a note written to accompany a performance of Tod und Verklrung at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, musicologist Peter Laki comments on the piece and on the 1894 letter as follows:

The stages of the heros last hours, as Strauss described them in his letter, are somewhat analogous to the phases of anger, denial, and acceptance found in Elisabeth Kbler-Rosss famous (and, of course, much later) book on dying.

Following the intermission, the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra came out again. This time, they performed Ludwig van Beethovens Violin Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra (Op. 61), accompanyingan apparently well-known fiddler hes appeared several times on Sesame Street by the name ofItzhak Perlman. Mr. Perlman was, I have to say in all fairness, pretty good. Seeing how easily he played the Beethoven piece, though, Ive concluded that fiddling cant really be all that hard. I would be able to master it in a week or two, Im sure. If I cared to try.


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Jordan Peterson – Wikipedia

Canadian clinical psychologist

Jordan Bernt Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology,[1] with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief[2] and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance.[3]

Peterson has bachelor's degrees in political science and psychology from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from McGill University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill from 1991 to 1993 before moving to Harvard University, where he was an assistant professor in the psychology department.[4][5] In 1998, he returned to Canada to become a faculty member in the psychology department at the University of Toronto, where he eventually became a full professor.[6]

Peterson's first book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (1999), examined several academic fields to describe the structure of systems of beliefs and myths, their role in the regulation of emotion, creation of meaning, and several other topics such as motivation for genocide.[7][8][9] His second book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, was published in January 2018.[4][10][11]

In 2016, Peterson released a series[12] of YouTube videos criticizing political correctness and the Canadian government's Bill C-16, "An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code". The act added "gender identity and expression" as a prohibited ground of discrimination,[a][13] which Peterson characterised as an introduction of compelled speech into law,[14][15][16] although legal experts have disagreed.[17] He subsequently received significant media coverage, attracting both support and criticism.[4][10][11] Several writers have associated Peterson with an "Intellectual Dark Web".[18][19][20][21][22]

Peterson was born on June 12, 1962.[23] He grew up in Fairview, Alberta, a small town northwest of his birthplace (Edmonton).[24] He was the eldest of three children born to Walter and Beverley Peterson. Beverley was a librarian at the Fairview campus of Grande Prairie Regional College, and Walter was a schoolteacher.[25][26] His middle name is Bernt ( BAIR-nt),[27] after his Norwegian great-grandfather.[28]

When Peterson was 13, he was introduced to the writings of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Ayn Rand by his school librarian Sandy Notley (the mother of Rachel Notley, leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party and 17th Premier of Alberta).[29] He worked for the New Democratic Party (NDP) throughout his teenage years, but grew disenchanted with the party. He saw his experience of disillusionment resonating with Orwell's diagnosis, in The Road to Wigan Pier, of "the intellectual, tweed-wearing middle-class socialist" who "didn't like the poor; they just hated the rich".[25][30] He left the NDP at age 18.[31]

After graduating from Fairview High School in 1979, Peterson entered the Grande Prairie Regional College to study political science and English literature.[2] He later transferred to the University of Alberta, where he completed his B.A. in political science in 1982.[31] Afterwards, he took a year off to visit Europe. There he began studying the psychological origins of the Cold War, 20th-century European totalitarianism,[2][32] and the works of Carl Jung, Friedrich Nietzsche, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,[25] and Fyodor Dostoevsky.[32] He then returned to the University of Alberta and received a B.A. in psychology in 1984.[33] In 1985, he moved to Montreal to attend McGill University. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology under the supervision of Robert O. Pihl in 1991, and remained as a post-doctoral fellow at McGill's Douglas Hospital until June 1993, working with Pihl and Maurice Dongier.[2][34]

From July 1993 to June 1998,[1] Peterson lived in Arlington, Massachusetts, while teaching and conducting research at Harvard University as an assistant professor in the psychology department. During his time at Harvard, he studied aggression arising from drug and alcohol abuse and supervised a number of unconventional thesis proposals.[31] Two former Ph.D. students, Shelley Carson, a psychologist and teacher from Harvard, and author Gregg Hurwitz recalled that Peterson's lectures were already highly admired by the students.[4] In July 1998, he returned to Canada and eventually became a full professor at the University of Toronto.[1][33]

Peterson's areas of study and research are in the fields of psychopharmacology, abnormal, neuro, clinical, personality, social, industrial and organizational,[1] religious, ideological,[2] political, and creativity psychology.[3] Peterson has authored or co-authored more than a hundred academic papers[35] and has been cited almost 8,000 times as of mid-2017.[36]

For most of his career, Peterson had an active clinical practice, seeing about 20 people a week. He had been active on social media, and in September 2016 he released a series of videos in which he criticized Bill C-16.[12][29][37] As a result of new projects, he decided to put the clinical practice on hold in 2017[10] and temporarily stopped teaching as of 2018.[26][38]

In June 2018, Peterson debated with Sam Harris at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver while moderated by Bret Weinstein, and again in July at the 3Arena in Dublin and The O2 Arena in London while moderated by Douglas Murray, over the topic of religion and God.[39][40] In April 2019, Peterson debated professor Slavoj iek at the Sony Centre in Toronto over happiness under capitalism versus Marxism.[41][42]

In 1999 Routledge published Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. The book, which took Peterson 13 years to complete, describes a comprehensive theory about how people construct meaning, form beliefs and make narratives using ideas from various fields including mythology, religion, literature, philosophy and psychology in accordance to the modern scientific understanding of how the brain functions.[31][5][43]

According to Peterson, his main goal was to examine why both individuals and groups participate in social conflict, explore the reasoning and motivation individuals take to support their belief systems (i.e. ideological identification[31]) that eventually results in killing and pathological atrocities like the Gulag, the Auschwitz concentration camp and the Rwandan genocide.[31][5][43] He considers that an "analysis of the world's religious ideas might allow us to describe our essential morality and eventually develop a universal system of morality".[43] Jungian archetypes play an important role in the book.[4]

In 2004, a 13-part TV series based on Peterson's book Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief aired on TVOntario.[25][33][44]

In January 2018, Penguin Random House published Peterson's second book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. The work contains abstract ethical principles about life, in a more accessible style than Maps of Meaning.[10][4][11]To promote the book, Peterson went on a world tour.[45][46][47] As part of the tour, Peterson was interviewed in the UK by Cathy Newman on Channel 4 News which generated considerable attention, as well as popularity for the book.[48][49][50][51] The book topped bestselling lists in Canada, the US, and the United Kingdom.[52][53] As of January 2019, Peterson is working on a sequel to 12 Rules for Life.[54]

In 2013, Peterson began recording his lectures ("Personality and Its Transformations", "Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief"[55]) and uploading them to YouTube. His YouTube channel has gathered more than 1.8 million subscribers and his videos have received more than 65 million views as of August 2018.[37][56] In January 2017, he hired a production team to film his psychology lectures at the University of Toronto. He used funds received on the crowdfunding website Patreon after he became embroiled in the Bill C-16 controversy in September 2016. His funding through Patreon has increased from $1,000 per month in August 2016 to $14,000 by January 2017, more than $50,000 by July 2017, and over $80,000 by May 2018.[29][37][57][58] In December 2018, Peterson decided to delete his Patreon account after Patreon's bans of political personalities who were violating Patreon's terms of service regarding hate speech.[59][60]

Peterson has appeared on many podcasts, conversational series, as well other online shows.[56][61] In December 2016, Peterson started his own podcast, The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast, which has included academic guests such as Camille Paglia, Martin Daly, and James W. Pennebaker.[62] On his YouTube channel he has interviewed Stephen Hicks, Richard J. Haier, and Jonathan Haidt among others.[62] In March 2019, the podcast joined the Westwood One network with Peterson's daughter as a co-host on some episodes.[63] Peterson supported engineer James Damore in his action against Google.[11]

In May 2017, Peterson began The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories,[64] a series of live theatre lectures, also published as podcasts, in which he analyzes archetypal narratives in Book of Genesis as patterns of behavior ostensibly vital for personal, social and cultural stability.[11][65]

In March 2019, Peterson had his invitation of a visiting fellowship at Cambridge University rescinded. He had previously said that the fellowship would give him "the opportunity to talk to religious experts of all types for a couple of months", and that the new lectures would have been on Book of Exodus.[66] A spokesperson for the University said that there was "no place" for anyone who could not uphold the "inclusive environment" of the university.[67] After a week, the vice-chancellor Stephen Toope explained that it was due to a photograph with a man wearing an Islamophobic shirt.[68] The Cambridge student union released a statement of relief, considering the invitation "a political act to ... legitimise figures such as Peterson" and that his work and views are not "representative of the student body".[69] Peterson called the decision a "deeply unfortunate ... error of judgement" and expressed regret that the Divinity Faculty had submitted to an "ill-informed, ignorant and ideologically-addled mob".[70][71]

In 2005, Peterson and his colleagues set up a for-profit company to provide and produce a writing therapy program with a series of online writing exercises.[72] Titled the Self Authoring Suite,[25] it includes the Past Authoring Program (a guided autobiography); two Present Authoring Programs which allow the participant to analyze their personality faults and virtues in terms of the Big Five personality model; and the Future Authoring Program which guides participants through the process of planning their desired futures. The latter program was used with McGill University undergraduates on academic probation to improve their grades, as well as since 2011 at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.[73][74] The programs were developed partially from research by James W. Pennebaker at the University of Texas at Austin and Gary Latham at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto.[4] Peterson's co-authored 2015 study showed significant reduction in ethnic and gender-group differences in performance, especially among ethnic minority male students.[74][75] According to Peterson, more than 10,000 students have used the program as of January 2017, with drop-out rates decreasing by 25% and GPAs rising by 20%.[25]

Peterson has characterized himself as a "classic British liberal",[32][76][77] and as a "traditionalist".[78] He has stated that he is commonly mistaken to be right wing,[56] as, for example, The New York Times has described Peterson as "conservative-leaning",[79] and The Washington Post has described him as "conservative".[80] Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Yoram Hazony stated, "The startling success of his elevated arguments for the importance of order has made him the most significant conservative thinker to appear in the English-speaking world in a generation."[81] Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs opines that Peterson has been seen "as everything from a fascist apologist to an Enlightenment liberal, because his vacuous words are a kind of Rorschach test onto which countless interpretations can be projected."[82] Prominent libertarian socialist intellectual Noam Chomsky has agreed with Robinson's criticism, although he described Peterson as "far on the right".[83]

Peterson's critiques of political correctness range over issues such as postmodernism, postmodern feminism, white privilege, cultural appropriation, and environmentalism.[61][84]

Writing in the National Post, Chris Selley said Peterson's opponents had "underestimated the fury being inspired by modern preoccupations like white privilege and cultural appropriation, and by the marginalization, shouting down or outright cancellation of other viewpoints in polite society's institutions",[85] while in The Spectator, Tim Lott stated Peterson became "an outspoken critic of mainstream academia".[32] Peterson's social media presence has magnified the impact of these views; Simona Chiose of The Globe and Mail noted: "few University of Toronto professors in the humanities and social sciences have enjoyed the global name recognition Prof. Peterson has won".[37]

According to his studyconducted with one of his students, Christine Brophyof the relationship between political belief and personality, political correctness exists in two types: "PC-egalitarianism" and "PC-authoritarianism", which is a manifestation of "offense sensitivity".[86] Jason McBride claims Peterson places classical liberals in the first type, and places so-called social justice warriors, who he says "weaponize compassion", in the second.[25][2] The study also found an overlap between PC-authoritarians and right-wing authoritarians.[86]

Peterson considers that the universities should be held as among the most responsible for the wave of political correctness which appeared in North America and Europe.[37] According to Peterson, he watched the rise of political correctness on campuses since the early 1990s. In his view the humanities have become corrupt and less reliant on science. Instead of "intelligent conversation, we are having an ideological conversation". From his own experience as a professor, he states that the students who are coming to his classes are uneducated about and unaware of the mass exterminations and other crimes against humanity perpetrated by Stalinism and Maoism, which were not given the same attention as fascism and Nazism. He also says that "instead of being ennobled or inculcated into the proper culture, the last vestiges of structure are stripped from [the students] by post-modernism and neo-Marxism, which defines everything in terms of relativism and power".[32][87][88]

Peterson, 2017[87]

Peterson says that postmodern philosophers and sociologists since the 1960s[84] have built upon and extended certain core tenets of Marxism and communism while simultaneously appearing to disavow both ideologies. He says that it is difficult to understand contemporary Western society without considering the influence of a strain of postmodernist thought that migrated from France to the United States through the English department at Yale University. He states that certain academics in the humanities:[87]

... started to play a sleight of hand, and instead of pitting the proletariat, the working class, against the bourgeois, they started to pit the oppressed against the oppressor. That opened up the avenue to identifying any number of groups as oppressed and oppressor and to continue the same narrative under a different name.... The people who hold this doctrinethis radical, postmodern, communitarian doctrine that makes racial identity or sexual identity or gender identity or some kind of group identity paramountthey've got control over most low-to-mid level bureaucratic structures, and many governments as well.

Peterson's perspective on the influence of postmodernism on North American humanities departments has been compared to Cultural Marxist conspiracy theories.[50][89][90][91]

Peterson says that "disciplines like women's studies should be defunded" and advises freshman students to avoid subjects like sociology, anthropology, English literature, ethnic studies, and racial studies, as well as other fields of study he believes are corrupted by the neo-Marxist ideology.[92][93][94] He says that these fields, under the pretense of academic inquiry, propagate unscientific methods, fraudulent peer-review processes for academic journals, publications that garner zero citations,[95] cult-like behaviour,[93] safe-spaces,[92] and radical left-wing political activism for students.[84] Peterson has proposed launching a website which uses artificial intelligence to identify and showcase the amount of ideologization in specific courses. He announced in November 2017 that he had temporarily postponed the project as "it might add excessively to current polarization".[96][97]

Peterson has criticized the use of the term "white privilege", stating that "being called out on their white privilege, identified with a particular racial group and then made to suffer the consequences of the existence of that racial group and its hypothetical crimes, and that sort of thing has to come to a stop.... [It's] racist in its extreme".[84] In regard to identity politics, while the "left plays them on behalf of the oppressed, let's say, and the right tends to play them on behalf of nationalism and ethnic pride", he considers them "equally dangerous" and that what should be emphasized instead are individualism and individual responsibility.[98] He has also been prominent in the debate about cultural appropriation, stating the concept promotes self-censorship in society and journalism.[99]

On September 27, 2016, Peterson released the first installment of a three-part lecture video series, entitled "Professor against political correctness: Part I: Fear and the Law".[29][14] In the video, he stated he would not use the preferred gender pronouns of students and faculty, saying it fell under compelled speech, and announced his objection to the Canadian government's Bill C-16, which proposed to add "gender identity or expression" as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act, and to similarly expand the definitions of promoting genocide and publicly inciting hatred in the hate speech laws in Canada.[14][100]

He stated that his objection to the bill was based on potential free-speech implications if the Criminal Code is amended, as he claimed he could then be prosecuted under provincial human-rights laws if he refuses to call a transgender student or faculty member by the individual's preferred pronoun.[15] Furthermore, he argued that the new amendments, paired with section 46.3 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, would make it possible for employers and organizations to be subject to punishment under the code if any employee or associate says anything that can be construed "directly or indirectly" as offensive, "whether intentionally or unintentionally".[16] Other academics and lawyers challenged Peterson's interpretation of C-16.[15]

The series of videos drew criticism from transgender activists, faculty, and labour unions; critics accused Peterson of "helping to foster a climate for hate to thrive" and of "fundamentally mischaracterising" the law.[101][29] Protests erupted on campus, some including violence, and the controversy attracted international media attention.[102][103][104] When asked in September 2016 if he would comply with the request of a student to use a preferred pronoun, Peterson said "it would depend on how they asked me[...] If I could detect that there was a chip on their shoulder, or that they were [asking me] with political motives, then I would probably say no[...] If I could have a conversation like the one we're having now, I could probably meet them on an equal level".[104] Two months later, the National Post published an op-ed by Peterson in which he elaborated on his opposition to the bill and explained why he publicly made a stand against it:

I will never use words I hate, like the trendy and artificially constructed words "zhe" and "zher." These words are at the vanguard of a post-modern, radical leftist ideology that I detest, and which is, in my professional opinion, frighteningly similar to the Marxist doctrines that killed at least 100 million people in the 20th century.

I have been studying authoritarianism on the right and the left for 35 years. I wrote a book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, on the topic, which explores how ideologies hijack language and belief. As a result of my studies, I have come to believe that Marxism is a murderous ideology. I believe its practitioners in modern universities should be ashamed of themselves for continuing to promote such vicious, untenable and anti-human ideas, and for indoctrinating their students with these beliefs. I am therefore not going to mouth Marxist words. That would make me a puppet of the radical left, and that is not going to happen. Period.[105]

In response to the controversy, academic administrators at the University of Toronto sent Peterson two letters of warning, one noting that free speech had to be made in accordance with human rights legislation and the other adding that his refusal to use the preferred personal pronouns of students and faculty upon request could constitute discrimination. Peterson speculated that these warning letters were leading up to formal disciplinary action against him, but in December the university assured him that he would retain his professorship, and in January 2017 he returned to teach his psychology class at the University of Toronto.[106][29]

In February 2017, Maxime Bernier, candidate for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, stated that he shifted his position on Bill C-16, from support to opposition, after meeting with Peterson and discussing it.[107] Peterson's analysis of the bill was also frequently cited by senators who were opposed to its passage.[108] In April 2017, Peterson was denied a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant for the first time in his career, which he interpreted as retaliation for his statements regarding Bill C-16.[36] A media-relations adviser for SSHRC said, "Committees assess only the information contained in the application."[109] In response, The Rebel Media launched an Indiegogo campaign on Peterson's behalf.[110] The campaign raised C$195,000 by its end on May 6, equivalent to over two years of research funding.[111] In May 2017, Peterson spoke against Bill C-16 at a Canadian Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs hearing. He was one of 24 witnesses who were invited to speak about the bill.[108]

In November 2017, Lindsay Shepherd, the teaching assistant in a Wilfrid Laurier University first-year communications course, was censured by her professors for showing a segment of The Agenda, which featured Peterson debating Bill C-16 with another professor, during a classroom discussion about pronouns.[112][113][114] The reasons given for the censure included the clip creating a "toxic climate", being compared to a "speech by Hitler",[30] and being itself in violation of Bill C-16.[115] The censure was later withdrawn and both the professors and the university formally apologized.[116][117][118] The events were criticized by Peterson, as well as several newspaper editorial boards[119][120][121] and national newspaper columnists[122][123][124][125] as an example of the suppression of free speech on university campuses. In June 2018, Peterson filed a $1.5-million lawsuit against Wilfrid Laurier University, arguing that three staff members of the university had maliciously defamed him by making negative comments about him behind closed doors.[126] As of September2018,[update] Wilfrid Laurier had asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that it was ironic for a purported advocate of free speech to attempt to curtail free speech.[127]

Peterson has argued that there is an ongoing "crisis of masculinity" and "backlash against masculinity" in which the "masculine spirit is under assault".[24][128][129][130] He has argued that feminism and policies such as no-fault divorce have had adverse effects on gender relations and have destabilized society.[128] He has argued that the left characterises the existing societal hierarchy as an "oppressive patriarchy" but "dont want to admit that the current hierarchy might be predicated on competence."[24] Peterson has said that men without partners are likely to become violent, and has noted that male violence is reduced in societies wherein monogamy is a social norm.[24][128] He has attributed the rise of Donald Trump and far-right European politicians to what he says is a negative reaction to a push to "feminize" men, saying "If men are pushed too hard to feminize they will become more and more interested in harsh, fascist political ideology."[131] He attracted considerable attention over a 2018 Channel 4 interview where he clashed with interviewer Cathy Newman on the topic of the gender pay gap.[132][133] Peterson disputed the contention that the disparity was solely due to sexual discrimination.[133][134][135]

Peterson doubts the scientific consensus on climate change,[136][137] saying he is "very skeptical of the models that are used to predict climate change,"[138] and that "[y]ou can't trust the data because too much ideology is involved".[137][139]

Peterson married Tammy Roberts in 1989.[29] They have one daughter and one son.[25][29]

He is a philosophical pragmatist.[65] In a 2017 interview, Peterson was asked if he was a Christian; he responded, "I suppose the most straight-forward answer to that is yes".[140] When asked if he believes in God, Peterson responded: "I think the proper response to that is No, but I'm afraid He might exist".[10] Writing for The Spectator, Tim Lott said Peterson draws inspiration from Jung's philosophy of religion and holds views similar to the Christian existentialism of Sren Kierkegaard and Paul Tillich. Lott also said that Peterson has respect for Taoism, as it views nature as a struggle between order and chaos and posits that life would be meaningless without this duality.[32]

Starting around 2000, Peterson began collecting Soviet-era paintings.[30] The paintings are displayed in his house as a reminder of the relationship between totalitarian propaganda and art, and as examples of how idealistic visions can become totalitarian oppression and horror.[4][38] In 2016, Peterson became an honorary member of the extended family of Charles Joseph, a Kwakwaka'wakw artist, and was given the name Alestalagie ('Great Seeker').[30][141] In late 2016, Peterson went on a strict diet consisting only of meat and some vegetables to control severe depression and an autoimmune disorder, including psoriasis and uveitis.[26][142] He stopped eating any vegetables in mid-2018.[update][143]

In 2019, Peterson entered a rehabilitation facility after experiencing symptoms of physical withdrawal when he stopped taking clonazepam, an anti-anxiety drug. He had begun taking the drug upon his doctor's recommendation following his wife's cancer diagnosis.[144][145][146]

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NFL rumors: Why Eric Bieniemy might be the ideal coach for Giants mentality, according to Adrian Peterson – NJ.com

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has a painfully simple philosophy when it comes to how Super Bowls are won.

I really believe that as much as the style of play evolves, there are basic truths, Gettleman said Tuesday. You have to run the ball, you have to stop the run, you have to rush the passer. If you are seriously deficient in any one of those three areas, it makes it tough.

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While the Giants offensive line remains a work in progress, building an offense around running back Saquon Barkley -- fresh off his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season to open his career -- seems to be Gettlemans vision for what the teams next head coach will install.

If that is the case, if running the football is paramount, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy -- who will interview for the Giants coaching job Saturday -- might be the ideal man for the job, according to Washington running back Adrian Peterson.

He had everything we need for that week written on the whiteboard, Peterson said, via The Athletic. "On both sides, and we used to go over it, and you were able to see it in intensive detail. Its like, man; he is really like making sure that we are dialed in, and we know exactly whats going on. So the running back group, and the fullback group we are in sync. We have no excuse to eff up.

Peterson rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons under Bieniemys tutelage from 2007-'10 and became one of the NFLs most prolific backs. Might Barkley similarly benefit from working with Bieniemy, a standout running back at the University of Colorado and nine-year pro?

Even though he rushed for 1,589 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career, Bieniemy understands the need for balance in a successful offense, as evident in the playbook hes had input in under Andy Reid built around quarterback Patrick Mahomes generational skillset.

People look at me sideways because Im a running back, and they think I always want to run the ball," Bieniemy told Yahoo! Sports. "No. I understand the importance of the passing game and I understand the importance of making sure were pushing the ball down the field.

The Chiefs only rushed for 98 rushing yards per game, but finished sixth in total offense and fifth in scoring offense en route to a 12-4 finish.

Widely viewed as one of the NFLs brightest offensive minds, a strong leader and a rising head coaching candidate, Bienemy could be the latest branch of Reids coaching tree to see success as a head coach.

John Harbaugh won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens and has a team capable of making it to Miami next month. Matt Nagy led the Chicago Bears to an NFC North championship last season. Ron Rivera guided the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl and multiple NFC Championship Games. Brad Childress took the Vikings to the championship round, as well.

Earlier this week, Reid offered Bieniemy a ringing endorsement as he embarked on the interview circuit.

I think he would be tremendous," Reid told reporters this week in Kansas City. "I dont know the team, but there is a team out there that could really use him. Being the leader of men that he is, youre not going to find people better than that in that category. Hes a sharp offensive mind on top of that.

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Peterson: Change on the way | News, Sports, Jobs – Daily Mining Gazette

Ive never claimed to a be a seer of the future. Or even a modern day Nostradamus.

But I do believe that there are changes coming on the sports scene in 2020.

High school football figures to be the most obvious area for changes.

Shrinking enrollment at many Michigan schools has led to the increasing number of programs adopting 8-man football.

Munising, for one, has already opted to go that route this coming season.

And it seems almost certain that Lake Linden-Hubbell will have to take a very close look at doing the same. The Lakes were the smallest school in the state to sponsor 11-man football last season.

Both schools in question have proud traditions on the gridiron. The Lakes, in particular, traditionally operated a competitive program without a great number of players.

Former coach Ron Warner molded a Hall of Fame career with usually under 20 players on his roster.

Current LLHS skipper Andy Crouch has had to get by with even fewer numbers in keeping the program in the upper echelon of small schools.

This past season saw the Lakes reach the second round of the playoffs with a senior-dominated squad. I cant see a freshmen-sophomore team and I could be wrong be able to play varsity ball.

A lack of opponents is an obvious problem, for one.

The rest of our local schools with 11-man football appear to be healthy, although Houghton is going to need stability in the coaching ranks.

I believe Finlandia University also faces decisions in keeping its 16-sport program alive and kicking

With an enrollment of barely 700 students, the Lions are facing teams in every sport with enrollment numbers five or six times larger.

Thats especially true in football, where the numbers are overwhelmingly in favor of the opponents.

Becoming affiliated with the MIAA two years ago will likely help in the near future. But FU is facing league teams with traditions going back at least 70 or 80 years. Thats a large factor to overcome.

The basketball situation at Michigan Tech could also change, but in a positive way.

Its possible that former Tech player Jake Witt may return to school in the near future.

MTU fans can envision a scenario with Witt joining Houghton High star Brad Simonsen in the lineup. Simonsen, who has already committed to Tech, is a top shelf talent.

Personally, I can see a lineup with those two joining Dawson Bilski, the sharp-shooting guard from North Central Highs great program.

But as I said, predicting the future has never been my forte.

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"He’s A Heck Of A Coach": Players Give Their Thoughts On Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera – Redskins.com

Head coach Ron Rivera stood in front of a packed conference room with everyones attention focused solely on him.

Rivera spoke for about 25 minutes, and much of what he said was directed at the Redskins organization as a whole. He talked about creating a player-centered culture based on discipline and using a collaborative effort to move toward what is best for the Redskins future. He made it clear that no one will work for the organization if they dont have the discipline to give everything they have.

But the majority of his opening statement was not directed at the Washington media, the staff or even the executives in attendance. He looked directly at the three players sitting in the front row -- Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice and Jonathan Allen -- and said, Do it the way we teach you, do it the way we ask. You do it that way, the success will be yours.

Judging by what the players have said about their new head coach, theyre ready to follow Rivera's lead.

It felt good. That what you want from a head coach, expressing that its on the players, Peterson said after Riveras press conference. Coaches put you in the right situation, but at the end of the day, players have to execute and have the mindset.

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The Lehites and Arabia | Dan Peterson – Patheos

A passage that Ive extracted from Gordon Darnell Newby, A History of the Jews of Arabia: From Ancient Times to Their Eclipse under Islam (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1988), 8-9:

When we think of Arabia, we imagine natura maligna at its worst. Even the ancient geographers who called the southern cultivable portion of the peninsula Arabia Felix (Fortunate Arabia) did so with knowledge of the considerable irony of the name. Arabia is a land of extremes. It is a quadrilateral plateau with a spine of mountains on its western side. These mountains are 5,000 feet in average height, with the highest peak, at 12,336 feet, in Yemen. The center of the peninsula is hard desert with numerous oases, but not extant permanent water courses. Around this is a soft, sandy desert that has acted as an effective barrier for the interior. . . .

Little rain falls on Arabia, the greatest amount being in the highlands of Yemen. The average rainfall is less than three inches a year, which falls in just four or five days. Temperatures have been recorded over 120 degrees Fahrenheit and below zero and can range from freezing to over 100 in a single day.

Reading this passage, I cant help but think of Lehi and his party, a tiny band from the Mediterranean world that sought refuge in Arabia when Jerusalem was threatened by Nebuchadnezzar II during the early sixth century BC. They carefully avoided the area that would eventually be known as Arabia Felix, going due east from Nahom to the Old World area that they called Bountiful, traveling behind the mountains that separate Yemen from inner Arabia.

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Okies in the NFL: Peterson sits fifth on rushing list – Oklahoman.com

Washington Redskins running back and former Oklahoma star Adrian Peterson had a 32-yard run to set up a second-half field goal and finished with 78 yards to put his total at 14,216 in his 13th season. Peterson is fifth on the career rushing list despite missing playing time over the years due to injuries. The Redskins, who lost 47-16 on Sunday at Dallas, has a 2020 option on the 34-year-old's contract.

How other players with Oklahoma ties fared on the final day of the regular season:

Samaje Perine, RB, Miami (OU): He had five carries for 16 yards in the Dolphins' 27-24 upset of division champion New England.

Justice Hill, RB, Baltimore (OSU): Hill had 10 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens clobbered Pittsburgh 28-10.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City (OSU): He had four catches for a team-best 61 yards during the Chiefs' win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland (OU): Mayfield wrapped up his second year as a pro. He completed 12 of 27 pass attempts for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Mayfield also threw three interceptions in the Browns' stunning loss to the hapless Cincinnati Bengals. Mayfield, who also ran four times for 29 yards, will have a new head coach next season. Team ownership fired coach Freddie Kitchens after one season.

Austin Seibert, K, Cleveland (OU): Seibert had a 42-yard field goal on Sunday and made two of three extra-poiint attempts.

Gerald McCoy, DT, Carolina (OU, Southeast HS): He had three tackles in a 42-10 setback to New Orleans.

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Legends built here – News from southeastern Connecticut – theday.com

The Indian and Colonial Research Center in Old Mystic holds more than 150 scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings that date back decades and cover a wide range of topics, many of which are relevant to todays headlines. For example, an item published by The Day in 1959 announced the sale of the Post Shipyard on Washington Street in Mystic to Seaport Marine, Inc., predecessor of the current shipyard of the same name.

The article was a timely find because of the recent proposal to develop a complex called Smilers Wharf on that property. Intrigued by the clipping, I turned to William Petersons remarkable book, Mystic Built, to gain a better appreciation of the sites distinguished and colorful past. (Any errors in this narrative are mine, not Mr. Petersons.)

The story begins in 1841 when Dexter Irons and his partner, Amos Grinnell, established a shipyard in Mystic at Pistol Point (the Washington and Cottrell Streets area). The men had worked at Leeds shipyard in Old Mystic, and now they were poised to achieve remarkable success on their own. In the17 years between the formation of the company and Irons death in 1858, the prolific firm built 38 vessels including sloops, schooners, brigs, barks and clipper ships. Irons and Grinnell ships were used in coastal and South American trading, and for transporting goods to the California Gold Rush. Their most famous ship was the clipper Andrew Jackson, advertised with justifiable pride as the fastest ship in the world.

Launched in 1855, the Andrew Jackson was a "medium" clipper, built for both cargo capacity and speed, in contrast to "extreme" clippers that were designed primarily for speed. Despite her "medium" design, on her fifth run to San Francisco from New York, the Andrew Jackson set a world record by making the voyage, harbor entrance to harbor entrance, in 89 days, 4 hours. That round-the-horn record was never broken.

Some of the credit belonged to her captain, John Kicking Jack Williams. Williams lived in Mystic in a mansion that still stands on Gravel Street. He was a hard-driving captain who knew how to get the best out of the ships and men under his command. He must have had a formidable personality because people were advised not to mess with him. Hes immortalized in the sea-shanty Blow the Man Down, which cautions, Tis larboard and starboard on the deck you will sprawl, for Kicking Jack Williams commands the Black Ball. (The Black Ball packet line was one of his employers.)

After Irons died, Grinnell partnered with Mason Crary Hill, a ship designer and former superintendent at the Mallory shipyard. (Hill had drawn the plans for the Andrew Jackson.) When Grinnell retired, Hill operated the enterprise alone until it was destroyed by fire in 1883. After that disaster, the yard passed through several hands before Franklin Post established his shipyard there.

Post had been a machinist at Lathrop Engine Company before striking out on his own in 1914 with a boatyard at Fort Rachel in West Mystic. During World War I, he converted yachts for use by the Coast Guard. During World War II, he built aircraft rescue and harbor patrol boats for the Navy. In 1923, Post moved his operation to the old Irons and Grinnell site, where he built fishing boats and yachts. During Prohibition, some of Posts boats were used by rum runners. In fact, the proposed name "Smilers Wharf" was a nod to one of the rum runners who was famous for always smiling.

Perhaps the most famous craft built at the Post facility was the Onkahya, which in 1948 won the annual Chicago Yacht Club Race between Chicago and Mackinac Island, a 333-mile course with several hundred competitors. The New York Times carried the exciting headline.

The Mystic River is just 3.4 miles long, but between the years 1784 and 1919, it was lined with at least 25 shipyards. (Petersons book has an excellent graphicshowing the names and locations.) Understandably, all that experience led to excellence. At one time, it was said that the distinctive craftsmanship and beauty of Mystic ships made them easy to recognize in ports around the world. They were legendary and put a tiny New England village on the map.

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Sitting Down with the Director of The Rise of Jordan Peterson – Merion West

(Patricia Marcoccia)

I would say the social aspects of making the film were really difficult for me because a lot of my network and friends and social circle is progressive, and, obviously, progressives are not a fan of [Petersons].

Following up on his recent two-part interview with Maziar Ghaderi, the producer of the 2019 documentaryThe Rise of Jordan Peterson, Kambiz Tavana now sits down withPatricia Marcoccia, the films director (and Ghaderis wife). In this discussion, Marocccia walks Tavana through many of the artistic choices she made in directing and editing the film, as well as commenting on the feedbackboth positive and negativeshe has fielded since the film first screened.

So, first of allcongratulations. Great movie. Loved it. Tell me this: How did you decide to make this moviebecause when you first met Jordan Peterson he was not famous. Am I correct?

Thats right. Yeah. So the backstory is that Ive known about Jordan Petersons work for quite a long time: his work as an academic, his work on the psychology of meaning. Those are really the ideas that drew me to him initially.

So I used to study psychology as an undergraduate student at McMaster University. And at that time, I came across his book Maps of Meaning. This is probably in 2003, and I was taking a lot of philosophy classes as well, studying Nietzsche and such. I was very interested in the big existential questions. And so when I came across his book, I found it really fascinatingin particular the way he talks about the nature of reality: this kind of metaphysical idea of how theres the reality of objects. Then another way of looking at reality is a sort of narrative with these characters in a story. And when you look at it from a psychological perspective, its sort of just as true to look at reality from these two different perspectives as a narrative and as objects.

So I found this all very fascinating at the time, and I also was interested in the way [Peterson] studied ethical and moral questionsand the nature of evil and topics like this. I came from a pretty religious upbringing. My family is Italian, Roman Catholic though I sort of moved away from I guess those religious beliefs when I was in late elementary school or early high school, but I always kind of felt this gap of still being interested in having a space to think about these ideas. And so I actually found there was something about the way [Peterson] would engage with them that I found really interesting.

Then fast forward to 2015: this is when I decided to finally approach Peterson about making a film, and its an idea I had in the back of my mind for quite a long time. I thought that we were looking atIm not sure how familiar you are with his book Maps of Meaningbut in the introduction, he tells some of the back story of what led him to want to address these questions about the nature of evil. As a teenager, he was plagued by nightmares about the end of the world, and it wasnt just this abstract problem; it was something very personal to him, as well. So I was interested in these ideas, and I was interested in the person behind the ideas; and his ideas had come to be influential in my life. When I was in my early twenties, I knew that he was a very influential professor to a lot of students at the University of Toronto as well. So I approached him with this interest in mind about making a film in 2015 and little did I know that a year-and-a-half later, he was going to release those videos that ended up going viraland then sort of everything changed. If the order of events had been switched around and I had just heard about him through this controversy around him criticizing Bill C-16 and pronouns and political correctness, it probably wouldnt have been the story that I wouldve been chasing. So it was more like the controversy came to me.

Thats what I wanted to know. Because now, no one is surprised if one wants to make a movie about Jordan Peterson. Hes very well-known; hes controversial. People have heard about him and know him, seen him. You brought up his book, and I read the Maps of Meaning actually. Its a tremendously dense book; its very hard to read. I love it actually, but when I read it, the prose reminds me of Thomas Hobbes because Petersons writing is so dense and so meaningful. But again, I dont know howat the time you didthat made the decision to make a movie about Jordan Peterson, someone whose book is so dense and hard to follow. What were you thinking at that time?

Yeah, again, I found the idea just so fascinating. I felt like there was something really deeply important there. I didnt quite even understand why, but I felt like this was a really important topic for me to pursue. Its really as simple as that. One of the ideas that stuck out to me in Maps of Meaning is in the very last chapter when he talks about the idea of the divine individual and, you know, the irony is that there are a lot of people who look at Jordan Peterson as this larger-than-life celebrity figure because of how hes impacted their lives. I think in a way thats what he was to me at the time when I was in my twentiesand when I first had these thoughts of being so curious and digging in to see if theres something really profound here and wanting to understand what it is. So for me, at the time, it was thatand, now, hes this larger-than-life figure for a lot of people, while also just being a human being. So, theres this reverse order of things, I guess.

In terms of having access to Peterson, how did that work out? Because when you started your movie, there was not too much attention surrounding him, but then it got very, very different.

Right, so it had been a year-and-a-half of already filming with him, his family, getting to know him and his family. So we already had an established relationship by the time things became controversial and more and more people started approaching him. There was a time when there were a ton of filmmakers and journalists all vying for his attention. But I think it was definitely beneficial that I was already there previously and that we already had built a relationship of trust. You know, I wasnt just coming to film him because of the controversy. He knew I had come with a different interest, and we had already done that before. It did start to become more difficult when he became more and more famousand more and more people were wanting his attention. Then, it was just basically trying to find time in his schedule.

We wanted to find a time to film an interview with him to get him to respond to the article written by his friend, Bernie Schiff, who we featured in the film. And the only way that we could do that was to fly to L.A., and thats when he had a free time in a time slot. And so, we live in the same city. Its kind of ridiculous that we had to fly to L.A. just to find an interview spot with him. But we did what we had to do, and it was important to really just kind of roll with things. We had to be flexible to make it work with his schedule because he was so busy. The kind of style of documentary filmmaking that I really like is when its not contrivedwhen people forget that Im in the room filming and you can just be yourself. And so to do that, you just have to be really flexible and go with the flow and recognize if things have to change a lot. So there were a lot of sacrifices. But touring the film over the last month-and-a-half has made all those sacrifices really feel worth it now that we actually have been able to share the film with people.

And you worked on previous documentaries before this one?

I had only done short films before this. This was my first feature film. Documentary filmmaking is something Ive been interested in and wanted to pursue for a long time, but it always seemed so impractical to me, to be honest. So I did other things around it. I did digital media producing; I did journalism; I worked as an associate producer on other peoples documentary films. But I had always wanted to direct my own story ideas. But this is the first one that I pursued, though it had started off as a completely different film idea in 2015.

Thats the thing about projects; they take you where they want to go. Its not up to you. They have a mind of their own. This is something that I was curious about when I was watching the movie: you capture some interesting moments. At the same time, when you search for Jordan Peterson on YouTube, you see lots of lots of good footage. Have you ever felt like, God, I wish I was there for this moment, and I captured for my film instead of finding it on YouTube?

I certainly had moments where Im like, Oh, I wish I was there for this day or that day for this. Its almost impossible to have the camera rolling all the time. It cant be everywhere all the time. And then theres the reality of budgets and time and the crewand also finding a balance of giving your subjects some space. Its impossible to be filming all the time, but then when youre in the editing room, you wish you had everything. So that did happen sometimes where I wished I were there, but we captured the most that we could. And I think given all the circumstances and because a lot of new things, we were having to make decisions on the fly. Which events do we need to go out to? Is this something we need to fly out to? And for the first stretchuntil Fall 2017thats when we actually got a budget, which was amazing. But before that, it was all self-funded. So we had to make decisions on when it was worth it to spend money on traveling here and there with him.

If I read Maps of Meaning and I wanted to direct a movie about the author I would find it extremely hard because that book is layers and layers of different types of knowledge together. I really admire that you even found your way through them. Because I was watching it and I looked at you and said, How do you approach this? Its almost impossible to do that.

Well, it took a long timea very long time, I would say. But, it was complex. It was layered. I realized through this processmaybe also because it was my first feature film that I filmed enough for there to be like three different types of documentaries. I initially thought, Well, all of these topics are related, but you have to be so hyper-focused to make a cohesive film. So we ended up focusing in on it being intimate and behind the scenes: looking at the human being going through this tumultuous period because that was really the unique picture that we could offer that isnt already out there. Of course, theres already the saturation of content of Jordan Peterson in the media, his YouTube channel, and other peoples YouTube channels. For some people, what could there possibly be that isnt already out there? And we tried to really make sure we brought another dimension to the story that isnt already out there.

Right, and if it were up to me, I would want to see something about the deep meanings of how he interprets the world, but, at the same time, you also had this opportunity to walk his life story with him.

I know there are some people that are really interested in his ideas, and they wanted the film to be about going deeper into his ideas. I can understand that, but at the same timeone: its a 90-minute film, and many of his lectures are even longer than that. So how deeply can we even go into the ideas of one question? We would have to really hone in on just one. But again, its already out there, and I wasnt interested in making a talking head film. And Im also interested in this idea of what is it like to see these ideas manifesting in real life when you see the human being trying to live out these beliefs in the messy world. And I think the visual aspects are also the strengths of a film. So, for a lot of those reasons, thats why I decided to hone in on the film in this way.

Id like to ask you about your editing of the film. I have biases that kick in when Im watching because Im interested in Peterson. Ive followed him, but, at the same time, you are not just a fan making a movie. Instead, youre treading this line thats more objective. How can you do thatkeep your biases out of it? I couldnt do that.

Well, I would say there are a few things that kind of kept that in check for me. First, though I did come in with the bias of being really interested in his work and inspired by it and having already known him and his family for a year-and-a-half when this started, I also had the bias of being more left of center politically. So I think that put me in a position where I often felt conflicted by some of the things he was saying, so I went and I met with the people who were disagreeing with him. I really listened to them. And so I empathized not only with him, but I also empathized with the others, and it was important for me to really care about what was at stake for people coming at this from different sides. So it made it conflicting and uncomfortable for me, but I think it was really important to stay grounded in thatin order to offer a more accurate picture through the film and not just try to sway viewers one way or the other. Then we also held test screenings as we were editing the film with everyonefrom people who knew nothing about Jordan Peterson, to super fans, to people who really were against what he was doing. And we would listen to how they would react to things and see where they brought up points that we thought were valid in criticizing the film. So I think taking all of those things into considerationit helped to shape the film into what it turned out to be.

Was there anything that you captured with your camera, but, for some reason, you couldnt put it into the film? If so, was there a reason that it didnt make it in?

Well, theres a lot of things that didnt end up in the movie just because of the number of hours of content we had and having to shorten it down. But I guess one that popped up in my mind was that there was this private investigator. In the early days of the controversy with Jordan, this private investigator was actually looking to collect evidence in order to raise a case against Jordan Peterson with the Human Rights Tribunal. We got to interview him, and he kept his identity anonymous. So it was a dark interview, with his face not lit, and that didnt end up in the movie becauseno matter how many times we tried editing itit was just one of those things that left people really confused, and we would have had to have gotten deeper into it for it to work. Like, sometimes there are these things that work in theory, but, then in practice, you put it together and it just doesnt really work to be clear enough for viewers. So it was a lot of trial and error and writing and rewriting the film, and we had so many different edits of it. So thats one example of something that just didnt really work in the film but was really interesting to follow.

The last question I want to ask you involves something that happens to me from time to time if I try to make the case that I agree with something Jordan Peterson has said. Im often attacked for defending him, but I know that some women who defend Peterson have an even tougher time. Part of it might be because of that New York Times piece discussing forced monogamy and such. Do you ever have moments of, Why me? Why am I the Jordan Peterson person? In the minds of many, women should be really against him. How do you handle these moments?

I think I dont get into those kind of debates very often because I try to stay away from them; Im not trying to convince people of whether hes good or hes bad. But that New York Times article was just awful. It was so inaccurate, and for someone who has been closely following [like I have]. Maziar and I even met that journalist backstage at one of Jordans events when she was there, and we just had such a different impression of her when we spoke with her. I was so shocked when I saw the article because it really wasnt nuanced at all. It didnt give him a break at all. It was just this like one single note the whole way.

I would say the social aspects of making the film were really difficult for me because a lot of my network and friends and social circle is progressive, and, obviously, progressives are not a fan of hisin some ways because of the news they see about him. In some ways, I can understand whybecause, sometimes, he would be pretty abrasive and not cut much slack to the social justice Left. But, in other ways, there have been progressives that have been incredibly unfair in mischaracterizing him. But anyhow, the social aspects for me were difficultlike going to some documentary networking events and whatnotI was pretty uncomfortable to talk about, Oh, Im working on the Jordan Peterson film because there was this sort of automatic judgment of: Oh, youre giving a platform to him; this is something unethical that youre doing. So it has been challenging, but it was never enough of a reason for me to not pursue the film. I just do the best that I can to be honest with people and then state my case. I think this is importantand also to show that I understand where theyre coming from, as well. I think that sounds sometimes helps for them to feel like, Okay, well at least youre not just a total brainwashed person; you are understanding where Im coming from. I think that helps to open up some trust with people. But I do feel like Ive been following this situation enough that maybe you read that New York Times article and you have that impression of him, but theres a lot more that I can say about Jordan than just that.

After that New York Times piece, I remember I wrote or said something about Jordan Peterson on social media, and people were either reporting me or blocking me. They thought I was a horrible person, but I never understood it. When I see people who are against him and then they dont want to hear anything about him, but they still call themselves progressive, I tell them: Youre not progressive if your eyes and ears are closed. Quick follow-up question: Whats next for you?

So I actually intend on going back and finishing the first film that I was making before this controversy started. So I was following Jordan; I had approached Jordan with an interest in his ideas, but the film ended up turning into a film about his friendship with Native carver Charles Joseph. Maybe Maziar also told you about this. But, when I first learned about different things happening in Jordans life, he was telling me hes adding a third floor to his home, which is modeled after an indigenous longhouse. And I thought, Okay, well this is really interesting.

And his friendship with this carver is very interesting. Charles family was actually going through the process of adopting Jordan into their family. And I dont mean that legallybut through the protocols of their customs and traditions because of the significance of their friendship. So this ended up being what I was focusing on for that first year-and-a-half. This film was tentatively called Mixala, which is in Kwakwala, which is Charles first language. Hes from the Kwakwakawakw nation, and most of them live on Vancouver Island, the Northern part of Vancouver Island. And Mixala means to dream. And the film focuses a lot on the idea of the dream world in forming reality because Jordan is interested in the Jungian perspective and its also very useful for their nation, it seems. And Charles is a very vivid dreamer and has dreams about what hes going to carve, and his great-grandparents visit him in dreams. Hes also a residential school survivor. So theres a whole rich story there that I want to go back and finish. So thats one of the projects that Ill be working on immediately once were finished with this film.

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