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Jordan Peterson turns to Genesis for lessons on civilization in peril – The Jerusalem Post

Jordan Peterson is often called a rock star. It is a title he flatly rejects.

I am not a performance artist, states the celebrated clinical psychologist, I dont have fans, I have people who are listening carefully to what I am saying.

Petersons universal appeal is undeniable. His worldwide lecture tours routinely sell out and his bestseller 12 Rules for Life has been translated into more than 30 languages. Nearly three million followers subscribe to his YouTube channel, his lectures count a staggering 145 million views, and his podcast has been downloaded over 55,000,000 times.

The Toronto professor skyrocketed to fame in 2016, when he fiercely objected to Canadas C-16 bill, which mandated the use of transgender pronouns. Peterson became the traditionalists hero and his name soon became synonymous with the anti-PC movement.

But Petersons narrative does not concern politics or current events. His search is for eternal values virtues and themes that are common across all human experience, across all time.

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Moses was wandering around with the Israelites forever in the desert, Peterson tells the attentive audience. Theyre going left and going right and worshiping idols and having a hell of a time... getting rebellious, and Moses goes up on the mountain and he has this tremendous revelation, sort of, in the sight of God, and it illuminates him and he comes down with the law. Through mediating and trying to keep the peace, Moses considered what principles of peace would satisfy the people. Through Gods intervention he presented the Ten Commandments to the people to say, Look, this is already basically what were doing but now its codified. Thats all a historical process thats condensed into a single story, says Peterson. But obviously that happened, because we have written law that emerged from the bottom up.

LAW IS also touched on through the first chapters of Genesis, along with the idea that both male and female were made in the image of God.

The notion that every single human being regardless of their peculiarities, strangenesses, sins, crimes and all of that has something Divine in them that needs to be regarded with respect, plays an integral role... in the creation of habitable order out of chaos. Its an idea that Peterson believes sits at the base of our legal system. We see how the archetypal Adam and Eve story represents a situation we are always in. Just like Adam and Eve, we humans live in a walled garden, explains Peterson, but there is always a snake. The garden is a place of paradise, warmth, love and sustenance, but its also the place where something can pop up at any moment and knock you out of it. Through Abraham, the father of nations who was ordered by God to sacrifice his son Isaac, we consider what sacrifice is. We realize how without sacrifice, modern civilization would not have come into being. It is our ability to envision ourselves in the future and the need to make a sacrifice in the present that allowed us to progress and thrive.

We follow Cain and Abels dramatic tale as they lead two different life paths. Abel pleases God while Cain becomes resentful and murderous. Through Peterson we see how Cains torment grows. Gods rejection of his sacrifices means that his attempts to give up something valuable in the present to ensure prosperity in the future are insufficient, and in consequence, he fails to prosper.

Every line is a passage to our past, loaded with illuminating insight into human psyche, behavior, evolution and even the origin of the text itself. The story of the Mesopotamian deity Marduk, for example, sheds light on what the Hebrew words tohu vavohu typically translated as unformed and void actually mean. Marduk, who had eyes all the way around his head, fought a deity called Tiamat. We need to know that, explains Peterson, because the word Tiamat is associated with the word tehom. Tehom is the chaos that God makes order out of at the beginning of time in Genesis. Petersons exploration of biblical stories is a journey filled with enlightenment and wonder.

More than 21 million people have tuned in and listened to Petersons gripping journey into the mysterious tales. We see the values and virtues upon which our entire civilization is founded, and the repercussions of neglecting them. We realize that values such as responsibility, humility, sacrifice, striving and courage have lasted for a reason, how they enabled the construction of our magnificent civilization, and the danger posed to our very existence if we lose them.

The idea is to see if theres something at the bottom of this amazing civilization that weve managed to structure, and that I think is in peril, says Peterson. Maybe if we understand it a little bit better we wont be so prone just to throw the damn thing away.

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Jonathan Kay: I’ll miss Taste of the Danforth, but not the woke lectures on cultural appropriation – Timmins Press

A scene from Taste of the Danforth in happier, more crowded times. AFP

This year marked the first time since 1993 that Torontos Greektown neighbourhood failed to host its annual Taste of the Danforth weekend food festival. I like to grumble about Taste of the Danforth because I live in the area, and it always feels like half the 1.5-million attendees are circling my block in search of parking. But as soon as the 2020 instalment was canceled, I started to miss it. More importantly, so did the hundreds of restaurants that depend on the event for a mid-summer business boost. Bankruptcies have been rife up and down the Danforth, especially now that patio season is over. Behind many of the for-lease signs you now see are working-class families that sank everything they had, and then some, into these businesses. Now they have nothing.

In the category of small mercies, however, lies the fact that these restaurateurs will be spared a youngTorontoStarjournalists manifesto about the cultural appropriation on display. You see, relatively few Greeks still live in Greektown (which was mostly Italian in the 1950s, and an Anglo-Scottish-Irish enclave before that), as the sons and daughters of 1970s-era immigrants have migrated out to the suburbs. Most of my favourite Greek restaurants are staffed and run by Tamils, in fact. In the world that exists outside woke Twitter, no one cares about this. Nor do they care that the best sushi restaurant is run by Chinese immigrants, or that the two guys who heroically kept the local shawarma place open during every single day of the pandemic are South Asian. But of course, to a certain kind of perpetually aggrieved activist-cum-journalist, this is all delectable red meat, lined up for the skewer. I was never quite sure whether theStars eventual take on Taste of the Danforth would be Greek Culture Appropriated by Interlopers, or Foodie Fascination Built on Emotional Labour of Cooks of Colour. (It was like a punch in the gut and a kick in the teeth, Costa/Prahan toldThe Staras a stray tear extinguished the Saganaki hed lit aflame.) Or maybe both. It doesnt matter, just so long as my neighbours were made to understand that serving or eating food created by a person with the wrong kind of DNA marks them with the garlic and sesame stench of white supremacy.

The accusation rocketed around woke Twitter for a day until surprise, surprise the business was canceled

On Wednesday,a youngStar journalist, well callher Karen,tweeted out a long thread about a white-owned trendy spot selling bone broth across from golden turtle pho. also sexualizing jerk sauce and pho hot sauce and making superfood dumplings for profit? yall im sick. Karen, who also accused the white woman who owns the business of undermining Asians who literally fight daily for legitimacy, was tweeting from a private account, and it isnt clear what race-metric benchmarks she was using to measure the owners blood quantum. But the accusation rocketed around woke Twitter for a day until surprise, surprise the business was canceled.

In a Thursday update, Karen (and to be clear, thats not her name) spiked the football, triumphantly declaring that the white womans food kiosk is being canceled immediately. She also helpfully posted a note from the grovelling business owner whod hosted the kiosk, expressing appreciation for being publicly humiliated: We saw your tweet yesterday and have been working since to make these necessary changesthank you for calling us into this conversation.

Taste of the Danforth celebrated its 26th anniversary from August 9-11th in Toronto on Saturday August 10, 2019.Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

We have all been through this type of culture-war battle many times over the last few years. The front lines are static, and its doubtful that Ill be able to get anyone to switch sides. If youre someone who, likeKaren, truly believes that stripping food-service workers of their livelihood during a pandemic recession is justified by the need for ethnically purified dumplings and bone broth, I cant help you.

But what I can do, I hope, is help the normies understand what is at play here. These battles are often described in left-versus-right terms. Jordan Peterson, in particular, has popularized the term cultural Marxism to describe the kind of cruel, ideologically driven cultism at play inKarensTwitter thread. But that term always confused me. Real Marxists stood up for the interests of workers against those of the privileged class. And Marx himself based his whole system of thought on the idea that those who work with their hands tend to get systematically shafted by the privileged cliques of capitalists and knowledge workers (as we now call them) who control societies. If the bearded grouch were around today, @TheActualKarlMarx would be tweeting out his fury that his brand was getting attached to hash-tagging dilettantes who brag about mobbing a bunch of food-service workers.

Real Marxists stood up for the interests of workers against those of the privileged class

Im happy to report that theres a real conversation about this phenomenon going on among leftistsby which I mean actual leftists, not NDP party leaders who tweet about #BLM from their #BMW. I particularly recommend a recently published essay titled Arts Moral Fetish, by New York critic (and self-identified Marxist) Adam Lehrer, in which he notes that social-justice posturing has now basically become a bourgeois scam for avant-garde artists to hype their latest vernissage. As I wrote recently inQuillette, underpaid campus staff are also now starting to call out the snobbery and hypocrisy of those wealthy academic administrators and students who accuse janitors and cooks of racist microaggressions. Long before Marx railed against capitalism, the elites found ways to translate their material privilege into enhanced moral stature. Not so long ago, that meant buying your son a bishopric or putting your name on a hospital wing. Now, it means rolling out of bed, hopping on social media, finding some poor sod to denounce, all before getting your lunch delivered by the same sort of gig-economy prole whose life you just destroyed. The name for all this, of course, is social justice.

I do not pretend to be a member of the shawarma-serving, dumpling-delivering class (though I dedicated much of my early life to flipping burgers and delivering pizzas). I spend my days doing a lot of the same thingsKarenpresumably doeswriting, emailing, editing, zooming, podcasting, and generally kvetching about the world. Indeed, it would mystify a time travelerlets just stick with Marx for this thought experimentto imagine thatKarenand I are in opposite political tribes. Were both extremely lucky people who have managed to keep our jobs while so many people around us are hustling desperately to stay one step ahead of homelessness.

Its a free country, of course. And wokesters at theStarand elsewhere are at liberty to keep using their privilege to piss down on the working class all they like. But if they do, they might at least have the decency to stop pretending it has anything to do with progressive values. To quote a phrase, yall making everyone sick.

Jonathan Kay is a regular contributortoNational Post and Canadian editor of Quillette.

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Drinking Tea with the Chief Rabbi – Jewish Journal

Along with so many, I have been crying. Feeling winded. Reeling. A great light has just left our world, and I am deeply mourning the loss of my teacher and guide, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Rav Yaakov Zvi Ben David Aryeh. He changed my life in so many ways, and I loved him for it.

Heres just one way he inspired me: Rabbi Sacks once told me to start listening to Hamilton, started rapping the lyrics, said he had heard the musical at least 30 times. Its free if youve got Amazon Prime and the book is currently on sale at 19.99, he specified. It was helpful shopping advice from the most famous living Rabbi in the Western World and one of the great intellects of our time. Naturally, I listened and got hooked on Hamilton.

We also talked about Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart. Eminem was on his most recent playlist. Its music that comes from pain, he said. Around the time of his 72nd birthday this year, I reached out on his behalf and set up a meeting between Rabbi Sacks and Lin-Manuel Miranda, which was due to take place on his planned trip to New York City in September. Since COVID-19 happened, the meeting was canceled and now it will never take place. I also sent him a video of a stage performance Id recently done of my Hebrew Hamilton song (an upbeat retelling of the Passover story set to the opening of Hamilton). He sent me a text. Absolutely brilliant. Looking forward to seeing the finished version! All good wishes. JS. Im gutted that he will never see the finished version of the piece he inspired, a production we shot in Los Angeles just 10 days before the first lockdown.

I am devastated that we wont be able to get together again in person. He had an extraordinary impact on my life, which only continued to grow as the years went on.

The Chief Rabbis Grant

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. The British Commonwealth currently includes 54 member states, so he technically had a global parish. More official titles followed in 2005, when he became Sir Jonathan Sacks. Then he was elevated to the House of Lords in 2006 and became Baron Sacks, of Aldgate in the City of London Yet he signed his emails humbly, without titles. Perhaps this was what made him such a great leader; he never sought power, only to teach and serve.

His spiritual association with Los Angeles began in 1968, when a 20-year-old Sacks was on summer vacation from Cambridge University and stayed with his aunt in Beverly Hills. He received a much-awaited call from the Lubavitcher Rebbes office in Crown Heights, New York, saying that he had been granted a private meeting with the Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. He promptly got a 72-hour non-stop Greyhound bus to meet the great man. The Rebbe encouraged Sacks to get more Jewish students involved in their Jewish life. In a subsequent meeting[1] sSeveral years later, Sacks told me he was considering becoming an academic, economist or barrister, but Rabbi Schneerson told him to become a congregational rabbi and to train rabbis. Schneersons legendary prophetic vision undoubtedly saw his potential to become Chief Rabbi.

I first met Rabbi Sacks in 1995, when he spoke to the Jewish Society at Birmingham University, where I was an undergraduate. Our group was mesmerized by his teaching, and the following year, I interviewed for a Chief Rabbis Scholarship to study at Yeshivat HaMivtar in Israel. The scholarship panel consisted of his first Chief of Staff Syma Weinberg and his offices Chief Executive Jonathan Kestenbaum (who later became Lord Kestenbaum, also known as Baron Kestenbaum of Somerset).

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaking to the Jewish Society of Birmingham University, March 22, 1995. From left: Rabbi Sacks, Rabbi Fishel Cohen (Jewish student chaplain for the University of Birmingham), Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, Daniel Myers, Marcus J Freed, Adam Overlander-Kaye. Photo credit: Simon Kisner.

The one thing the panel asked was that I give one years service to the Anglo-Jewish community upon my return from yeshiva, such as teaching at a Sunday Hebrew school. I agreed, but felt some trepidation at my ability to fulfill the promise. Little did I realize that I would embark on a career as a creative Jewish educator that has, so far, spanned 18 countries.

By 1997, I was serving as National Education Director for the United Kingdoms Union of Jewish Students (UJS). I quickly found myself in a difficult position trying to program speakers for our annual student conference while satisfying the then-warring factions of Orthodox, Masorti (Conservative), and Reform movements. I was at my desk, and someone said Marcus, its the Chief Rabbi on the phone for you. Rabbi Sacks invited me into his office for a meeting and found a stressed 21-year-old graduate of English Literature of Drama completely out of his depth. Rabbi Sacks, I asked, what do I do?

He put me at ease, relaxed in his chair, lit his pipe, took a deep breath and exhaled a cloud of smoke. As the smoke cleared, his face was beaming. He said, Marcus, its all nonsense. Im not a politician. Im not good at this stuff. Just do your best. So I did, and it all worked out fine.

Orthodox or Reform?

Four months later, Rabbi Sacks spent Shabbat at the UJS Spring Seminar along with his lovely wife, Elaine. Rabbi Sacks graciously sat through my lunchtime Torah teaching, and on Shabbat afternoon he mixed with the students. A girl came up to him and said, Chief Rabbi, Ive just discovered Im Jewish. Should I be Orthodox or Reform?

It was an innocent question posed to one of the most brilliant Jewish minds of our time. He responded along the lines of learn about Judaism and see what speaks most to you. I loved the inner confidence of his answer, his innate trust in God that truth would prevail, without having to impose a choice on the young student, even though he was the leader of Orthodox Judaism.

This theme continued years later, when I was having tea with Rabbi Sacks at his home in London. He told me about his new BBC radio series and a fascinating conversation he had with Professor Jordan Peterson, and another leading Jewish academic who is an atheist. Did you try tomekarevhim? (make him religious) I asked. Absolutely not. What was your objective? I enquired. It is good for someone to have a friend who is a religious Jew.

I found this story powerful for many reasons, including how it teaches the value of promoting a Torah-observant lifestyle through non-judgmental relationships. We can learn Torah from traditional writings but also from the actions of our sages. As Rabbi Sacks would say, there are text books and there are text people.

Limmud

Jewish community politics can become a firestorm, and British Jewrys hot topic in the late 1990s was the Limmud Conference, a flagship cross-communal festival of Jewish ideas. I first attended in 1993, when it was a small conference of 250 educators, but it now comprises 93 international satellite communities. Limmud began in Great Britain, but the Chief Rabbi was unable to attend due to pressure from the Beit Din, which believed his attendance would endorse non-Orthodox movements.

Every September, Rabbi Sacks hosted a private pre-Rosh Hashanah class for our cadre of young Modern Orthodox educators. We visited the Chief Rabbis residence in St Johns Wood, close to the famous Abbey Road, and ate smoked salmon and bagels while he shared Maimonides teachings on repentance. Someone asked, Chief Rabbi, can I go to Limmud? His answer was unequivocal. Absolutely. You can do what I cant. When I walk in certain places, landmines explode. Go with my blessing.

Sixteen years later, Orthodox participation was no longer a major issue, and in 2013, one of the first acts of the newly-appointed Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was to attend Limmud. Times change. And Rabbi Sacks was ahead of them.

Sacks Creativity

Creativity was always a major part of Rabbi Sacks leadership. He frequently launched new initiatives and once told me that he wanted to do even more. I remember a Shabbat in the mid-2000s, when I saw him at the Kiddush following services at St Johns Wood shul. Marcus! What are you up to? I filled him in on my latest exploits: touring Europe teaching my Kosher Sutra yoga and performing one-man Biblical comic plays. He looked at me seriously. Marcus, dont let Judaism become boring. I accepted my mission.

Creativity was always a major part of Rabbi Sacks leadership. He frequently launched new initiatives and once told me that he wanted to do even more.

Rabbi Sacks not only recognized these different ways to connect with God but also celebrated and encouraged them. In doing so, he gave me tremendouschizuk(strength, affirmation, motivation, and inspiration).

He occasionally spoke of the differences between Ancient Greece and Biblical Judaism. The former was a culture of the eye, since the Greeks built statues, great art, and beautiful architecture. Judaism, he said, is a culture of the ear, with our key prayer being theShema(Hear O Israel) and our emphasis on listening to the Torah rather than gazing at a visual image. In a public lecture at the University of London in 2001, Rabbi Sacks described the visual aspects of Greek culture and asked, In Judaism, wheres the art? Wheres the architecture? Where are the paintings? Wheres the drama, the theatre? There isnt any. And this is fascinating because this shows us that Judaism is a culture not of the eye but of the ear.

I raised my hand and asked, What about the tradition of theatrical Purimspiels? What about the Talmuds discussion of aesthetics, where it says that a beautiful man is someone with a beard (Bava Metzia 84a) or the beautiful passage where it says that comic actors/jesters will inherit the world to come because they cheer up people who are depressed? (Taanit 22a) Besides that, I noted, dismissing the visual arts was bad for my business!

Rabbi Sacks took it in the friendly-but-serious way Id intended it, and immediately responded with perhaps the most beautiful compliment I ever received. He said, Marcus. Listen! Of course, you are doing great stuff here. Youre doing the Jewish thing! Marcus, amongst his many talents, is a playwright and dramatist and actor-manager and all the rest of it.

It may be profoundly immodest and un-British that Ive shared this, but it was such a striking contrast with all of the Rabbis who had said to me over the years that I should just use my acting skills for teaching drama lessons at Hebrew school. That may be one application, but Rabbi Sacks saw the bigger vision. Judaism is drama, he said. But it is not drama on the stage. But now we are in a culture where we have to use that instrumentality, and I am in favour of using all cultural instrumentalities. What I think Judaism misses most right now is a first-rate religious film director. A first-rate religious poet.

He then went on to pronounce, Marcus, I say: Use your many, many wonderful talents to bring a Jewish presence to the arts. I will even give you Certified under Chief Rabbinate supervision not that it will do very much for you! It got a great laugh, but he was wrong. His encouragement inspired my work for years to come, eventually leading me to move to Pico-Robertson, where I found my tribe of professional, Shabbat-observant artists. Rabbi Sacks tenure as Chief Rabbi was dedicated to creating the nation of leaders that prophet Elijah spoke of, allowing us to be who we are and encouraging us to realize our highest individual potential. (The full transcript of this conversation can be found at:https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation-5768-vayakhel-the-beauty-of-holiness-and-the-holiness-of-beauty/)

I was once a little envious when he told me that his recent dinner guest was Sir Mark Rylance, one of our most accomplished theatrical knights. At other times he met with Archbishops, Heads of State, and world experts in many disciplines. None of this was for personal gain, but all of it was part of his mission to fulfill the prophet Isaiahs mission of being a light unto the nations.

Liberation

The most life-changing conversations I had with Rabbi Sacks took place at the end of 2017. I had been discharged from Cedars-Sinai hospital after having two emergency brain surgeries following a near-death experience of being hit by a car while walking to a Shabbat dinner. Rabbi Sacks called to wish me arefuah shlemah(complete healing) and offer support. He told me that just as Jacob had wrestled with the angel and emerged a changed man with the new name Israel, I too had wrestled through the night and changed my name; he hinted that I would be all the stronger for it. But now is the time to do yourself chesed, he advised.

We spoke a few weeks later, and I shared my turmoil about that name change, which took place when I had passed my Rabbinical exams. I was immediately criticized by the governing authorities for not being religious enough. Dont chase titles, Rabbi Sacks said. They wont help you. Marcus, you are a free spirit and you are meant to be free. In that last sentence, it felt like he had seen into the depths of my soul, understood my essence, and gave me permission to be myself.

Rabbi Sacks taught me how to be Freed.

The Chumash

In 2017, Rabbi Sacks was working on his translation of theChumash (his edition will probably become the key version used worldwide for the next hundred years). I enquired how it was going, and he responded, dont ask! When we met in 2018, I asked again and his slightly frustrated response was Im currently writing three other books that are under contract and on deadline. Presumably thats part of the deal once you are a brilliant bestselling philosopher in high-demand, I thought.

September 2nd, 2018. Rabbi Sacks & Marcus J Freed. At Rabbi Sacks home in Golders Green, London.

I once asked Rabbi Sacks how he was dealing with this growing public spotlight, and he told me of a recent trip to Israel, where he spoke at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem and was met by over a thousand admiring fans. They want to put me on a pedestal. Historically, these things do not end well. I want no part of it. He knew that fame is fickle, public opinion can always change for the worse, and his unspoken humility dictated that his work was about God and the Torah, never about himself. The mission was teaching and not becoming a celebrity.

Ironically, the only way that public opinion changed about him was to increase his popularity and influence during the last decade of his life.

Our Final Meeting

Our final meeting was on January 22, 2020, in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Rabbi Sacks was in Los Angeles for a 48-hour-visit, but found time for a cup of tea just before leaving for the airport. This memory brings me the most joy but also great sadness for all that was begun but not completed. He asked how the accident, brain surgery and near-death experience had changed me. I explained how it had awakened and focused my attention to my true mission in life, made me aware of my relationship with time, and convinced me of the need for fast action.

January 23rd, 2020. Photo credit: Joanna Benarroch. Rabbi Sacks & Marcus J Freed. Beverly Hilton Hotel, Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

I asked his advice on getting married, since building a family is something I want more than anything. How are old are you now? he asked. 44. The man of a million words then gave me four: Get on with it!

What do you advise to look for? I keep getting attracted to women who are not good for me, I said. Find someone who is kind and understands you. The rest is icing on the cake.

He spoke glowingly of his wife Elaine, who has been very warm whenever we have met at events or when I would visit their house for tea. I married Elaine young. She was the breadwinner while I was studying to become a Rabbi. In a recent podcast with Tim Ferris, Rabbi Sacks said, Elaine is a happy person. What more can one ask for in a partner?

I said that one day, I look forward to calling him up and asking him to bemetzadei kiddushin(officiant) at my wedding. He nodded.

As our meeting ended, I walked Rabbi Sacks and his Chief of Staff Joanna to their airport taxi and carried his bag. He started quoting Hamilton. Marcus, dont throw away your shot. This the room where it happens. I replied, Rabbi Sacks, Im looking forward to reading your Chumash. No pressure, but history really does have its eyes on you.

He cracked up laughing and gave me a massive hug. Ill miss him.

Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for those with an upright heart (Psalms 27:11). Rabbi Sacks brought great light into the world and today it shines more brightly than ever before. May his soul rise ever higher.

Marcus J Freed is an award-winning actor and bestselling author. Online atwww.marcusjfreed.comand on social media @marcusjfreed.

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Dennis and Martha’s 50th anniversary | Anniversaries | hjnews.com – The Herald Journal

August 20, 2020, marked 50 years of Heaven on earth for Dennis and Martha Huggins Bullock. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Hosted by their children, a private family celebration in their honor was held in their beautiful backyard on August 22, 2020. Dining on delicious Mexican cuisine under majestic weeping willows, the evening was highlighted with a video composed of favorite memories shared by each of their children, spouses, and grandchildren. Photographer Andy Peterson, a nephew, captured the evening with an array of personalized family pictures.

Dennis and Martha met in the Tiffin Room Restaurant in Ogdens ZCMI where Martha was working as a hostess during her senior year of college. As soon as Dennis saw her, he was determined to win her. He did! Fifty years later, theyre still together!

Dennis grew up in Coalville, Utah, and graduated from North Summit High School. He attended the College of Southern Utah on a football scholarship and graduated from Utah State University with a degree in business. He built a career in land development and has been instrumental in development projects in Utah and Idaho. He has served in numerous capacities within the LDS Church and has been a faithful temple attendee for many years. He enjoys exercising and staying fit and being surrounded by his wonderful family.

Martha grew up in Brigham City, Utah, and graduated from Box Elder High School. She was chosen as Box Elder Countys Peach Queen. She graduated from Weber State University with a degree in English education and speech. She taught at Box Elder High School and also at Jordan High School prior to having her family. She was named Mrs. Utah-America in 1981 and has been in demand as a keynote speaker on topics of high motivational appeal throughout Utah and Idaho. She enjoys composing music and writing poetry. She taught her children to love music and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her ultimate joy is tending her grandchildren and attending the Logan LDS temple.

Dennis and Martha consider their greatest achievement to be that all of their children are best friends and would move Heaven and earth to help each other succeed. Their eight children and spouses include: Marquessa Glee (Sam) Aikele, Logandale, NV; Tisha Noelle (C.C.) Jackson, Roy, UT; Britt Celeste (Brandon) Shaw, Nampa, ID; Caprice Angelique (deceased); Braun Dennis (Kelly) Bullock, South Jordan, UT; Star Chanel (Chevy) Lyon, Smithfield, UT; Blaze Chandler Bullock, Salt Lake City, UT; and Bridger Max (Lindsey) Bullock, Millville, UT. Dennis and Martha have sixteen grandchildren and two more coming in the spring!

The Bullocks currently reside in Providence, Utah.

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Jordan Peterson and the Return of Solzhenitsyn – Merion West

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The world was on this brink of this fiery hell when Jordan Peterson read Solzhenitsyn and began to turn from despair toward hope.

It was Solzhenitsyn who most crucially made the case that the terrible excesses of Communism could not be conveniently blamed on the corruption of the Soviet leadership, the cult of personality surrounding Stalin, or the failure to put the otherwise stellar and admirable utopian principles of Marxism into proper practice. It was Solzhenitsyn who demonstrated that the death of millions and the devastation of many more were, instead, a direct causal consequence of the philosophy (worse, perhaps: the theology) driving the Communist system. The hypothetically egalitarian, universalist doctrines of Karl Marx contained hidden within them sufficient hatred, resentment, envy and denial of individual culpability and responsibility to produce nothing but poison and death when manifested in the world

An excerpt from Jordan Petersons foreword to the 50th Anniversary edition of Solzhenitsyns The Gulag Archipelago

Make no mistake, thems fightin words. This fierce sermon about the gospel written by one of mankinds greatest uncanonized saints, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, was an impetus for naming my biography of Dr. Peterson Savage Messiah. Under the guise of a mild-mannered college professor, Peterson preached the scripture of the prophets: bloody, accusatory, inflammatory, unflinching writings revolting to non-believers but manna to the faithful.

In Solzhenitsyn, Peterson found an eyewitness to the prophecy that hell on earth would reign in the 20th century as prophesied by Friedrich Nietzsche, another tormented and unsung saint of the Peterson catechism. When Nietzsche proclaimed God is Dead in 1882, he actually wrote:

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us. What water is there for us to clean ourselves?

Nietzsche was not gloating over the death of God as so many atheists celebrated. It was a warning, a curse. His vision accurately foreshadowed the coming 20th centurys depravities of Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Nazism, fascism, nihilism, world wars, race wars, mustard gas, Zyklon B, race lynchings, killing fields, concentration camps and gulags. All of them were creations of the 20th century when hate flourished, when haters found a place to hang their hate. Solzhenitsyn suffered through some of them personally. He survived to see all of them happen in his lifetime and refused to look away.

Solzhenitsyn eventually found solace and redemption in Christianity. He took crucified humanity down from its cross, laid it in a proper grave and carved its headstone. He identified the source of evil for a new generation and proclaimed it as the evil that runs through every human heart. For Nietzsche, the Enlightenment had killed God, supplanting his grace and wisdom with human pride and arrogance. Solzhenitsyn personally paid the price for this.

In Solzhenitsyns footsteps, young Jordan Peterson found the path that led away from the coming, ultimate human folly of the 20th century: mutually assured destruction, nuclear global annihilation. This pinnacle of fatal human arrogance finally revealed that hell was, indeed, now on earthand even admitted in its name that insanity was now official policy.

This terror had tormented young Peterson since grade school in the 1970s. He suffered nightmares of charred bodies, ravenous dogs, and a vaporized world of eternal winter. In 1974, Solzhenitsyns The Gulag Archipelago was published in the West. It had already been circulated hand-to-hand in secret, mimeographed copies, a death warrant if discovered. It corroded the foundations of the tottering Marxist Soviet Union with every new pair of hands that touched it. Eventually, it was instrumental in collapsing the Evil Empire. And like the prophet Jeremiahs Old Testament Book of Lamentations, it showed how Gods people had forsaken him, how they now worshipped idols like Joseph Stalin, and how they were prepared to burn their children in an offering to Moloch, the idol of child sacrifice.

The world was on this brink of this fiery hell when Jordan Peterson read Solzhenitsyn and began to turn from despair toward hope. Peterson had found the true enemy. It was not Russia. It was the inherent evil that ran through every human heart, as Solzhenitsyn said. With the help of Solzhenitsyn, Nietzsche, Carl Jung, child psychologist Jean Piaget and many others, Peterson began to crack the code that revealed the enemys strategy.

Stepping back from his own brink of hellish insanity, Peterson committed his life to healing human hearts and minds that had become infected with evil. He became a psychologist and social scientist. As he grew in his experience with severely mentally ill patients, he found ways of strengthening them against the many types of purposeful and random evil in the world. To university students, he began to teach what he had learned from these great prophets of the human struggle. He started with the ancient archetypes of good and evil that populated mankinds collective unconscious discovered by Carl Jung.

Then, following Solzhenitsyn more closely, Peterson began to use the Jewish and Christian Bible as the library of archetypes from our collective unconscious. He began at the beginning with the Book of Genesis and the logos, the word of God that went out over the waters and created order from chaos. Then, in the Garden of Eden, he saw the warning against the tempting snake of moral corruption, the resulting arrogance before God and its product, the fall of mankind. But, unlike Solzhenitsyn, Peterson continued to maintain his distance from a personal belief in God. In summary, he has said that he did not yet feel he had the personal understanding to believe in God. He just could not accept that God existed based on faith alone. He had not resolved the mystery of God for himself. But he was close.

Perhaps it is the level of suffering that eventually drives one to his knees in submission, in pleading for guidance from God. One suspects that was the case with Solzhenitsyn. New revelations point to the possibility that Peterson may have recently suffered enough to again follow closely in the footsteps of Solzhenitsyn, this time into the mystery of God.

For the past year and some months, Peterson has suffered the horrendous side-effects from the long-term prescribed use of benzodiazepines. Common trade names for this drug began with Librium, later became Valium, then Xanax. Now, there are nearly 100 other names. It is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world and is considered to be a safe, minor tranquilizer. Yet, prescribed benzodiazepines might also be consideredas in Petersons own casean example of the random, inexplicable malevolence of life, like natural disasters, that stalk human beings along with human-generated evil.

Peterson has recently announced on YouTube that he is sufficiently healthy now to return to public life. In that video, he speaks of Gods grace and mercy that allowed him to survive and regain most of his mental and physical abilities. Again, we see that Solzhenitsyn may have been pivotal in leading Peterson away from madness and self-destruction, first as a young man rescued from nihilism and despair in the contemplation of nuclear holocaust and now as a grandfather redeemed from soul-destroying drug addiction.

As was noted at the beginning of this piece, Peterson wrote the foreword to the 50th anniversary authorized and abridged version of The Gulag Archipelago. As perhaps a testament to Petersons lifelong commitment to teaching the text and principles of Solzhenitsyns masterpiece, he received, the greatest honor of my life in being invited to write the foreword. It seems like the evil that runs through every human heart has mysteriously bound these two great minds together. What they have witnessed individuallyfrom the corrupted morality in human evil to the random malevolence extant in the world at-largehas brought them together in their private ways before God. May God and every human heart bless and cherish their lives, their memory, and our future together, thanks in part to them.

Jim Proseris the author of Savage Messiah: How Dr. Jordan Peterson Is Saving Western Civilization and No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: The Life of General James Mattis.

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The Craft: Legacy Is Progressive, Positive, and Tragically Dull – Vulture

Zoey Luna, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, and Cailee Spaeny in The Craft: Legacy. Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

The witches in The Craft: Legacy dont fight among themselves. Frankie (Gideon Adlon), Lourdes (Zoey Luna), Tabby (Lovie Simone), and newcomer Lily (Cailee Spaeny) dont vie for position or develop resentments over having crushes on the same guy. They use their blossoming powers on behalf of the community, which means things like effacing slut-shaming graffiti from a locker and humiliating a homophobe by turning his jacket rainbow-colored. As their pice de rsistance, they use a spell to transform a sexually menacing bully named Timmy (Nicholas Galitzine) into an emotionally open young man who holds forth about heteronormativity and how much he loves Princess Nokia not just for her music, but for her politics. The only disagreement the coven experiences arises when one of its members does something the others feel was a violation of consent. Theyre progressive, positive young women, and theyre tragically boring, which is less the fault of their woke makeover than the films conviction that its incompatible with conflict or distinct personalities.

After watching The Craft: Legacy, I wandered into an interview that writer-director Zoe Lister-Jones did with Vanity Fair in which she explained her interest in doing something different from the original, a 90s artifact that she saw as being about women whose power was too overwhelming for them to harness and was turned on each other. This is an illuminating if curiously passive-voiced interpretation of The Craft, a baby-goth fantasia about four outcasts who find theyre able to do magic together and immediately use it to do things like make a racists hair fall out, heal burn scars, and murder an abusive stepfather. The quartet in The Craft: Legacy are a much milder, if nominally more intersectional, bunch Lourdes is a trans Latina character who gently counters Frankie when the latter gushes about pregnancy as a womans superpower. But the characters are also so much less developed as individuals overall, their unique desires and personal histories shunted aside in favor of group solidarity. If the original The Craft was about the strength and the limits of marginalization as common ground, The Craft: Legacy ultimately just settles on being a hurried protest against the patriarchy.

That said, its not without charms. The biggest disappointments of The Craft: Legacy stem from it starting off so promisingly, using elements of its source material while heading somewhere unpredictable. It opens with Lily and her mother Helen (Michelle Monaghan) moving in with Adam (David Duchovny), the man with whom Helen has been having a whirlwind long-distance romance. His vine-covered home is a fortress of quiet machismo, not just because he shares it with his three sons Isaiah (Donald MacLean Jr.), Jacob (Charles Vandervaart), and Abe (Julian Grey), who barely acknowledge their new sorta-stepsister but because hes a minor pop-psych star who runs workshops about manhood and writes books entitled The Hallowed Masculine. Helen is consumed with her new relationship, and Lilys supportive but adrift and then, on her first day at her new school, she experiences a menstruation mishap that Lister-Jones films with all the dread of a panic dream. Its as Lilys hiding, mortified, in the bathroom that shes approached by the three budding witches, who want to help, and who also have a feeling shes the fourth member theyve been waiting for. Before you know it, the completed coven members are talking telepathically and learning to stop time and seeing one anothers auras in hazes of greens and purples.

This sequence gets nowhere near the headiness of the equivalent moments in the original, when spells start working for the first time, fulfilling dark fantasies of power, beauty, and revenge. But its enjoyable anyway, helped along by the way the actors shriek with the unalloyed delight of teenagers whove just been gifted floor seats to see Harry Styles. Theyre playing a group of joyful girls discovering the world is open to them, and The Craft: Legacy takes such pleasure in their company that it cant help but be a little infectious, even as the movie starts to feel stuck, tension falling away and the action slowing to a crawl. The film is so reluctant to subject its characters to any stress that it consigns most of its major dramatic developments into its barely coherent last half hour, which is when a foe finally emerges and I refuse to label this revelation a spoiler, hes literally the only possibility. The Craft: Legacy seems to begrudge not just the time it has to spend on its villain but the need for a villain entirely, which is a shame because a knitwear-clad warlock Jordan Peterson is way too rich a concept for an antagonist to get shortchanged so shamelessly. Lister-Joness film feels like it would have happily stayed in its cozy middle section forever, with its characters playing not rebellious misfits but social-justice avengers who are effortlessly on the side of right. By the time one of them cites the original films most famous line We are the weirdos, mister whats clear is that the characters may be many things, but that is definitely not one of them.

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Welcome back, Jordan Peterson we need you more than ever – The Conservative Woman

IN July I wrote about Jordan Petersons sudden disappearancefrom public life. Until then the controversial University of Toronto psychology professor and self-help guru had rarely been out of the news in his battlefor free speech and for reason over ideology.

The reason for his absence was that this foremostpublic intellectualhad been very ill. In a moving interview with his daughterMikhaila,which we showed,Peterson revealed that he was recovering from addiction to the prescription tranquilliser benzodiazepine, meant to be given only for the short-term relief of severe or disabling anxiety.*He developed a severe physical dependency when his dose was increased after his wifes terminal cancer diagnosis.

Now, ina video in which he speaks directly to camera for the first time in a year, he gives further details of what happened to him and his plans for the future. It is both moving and honest. He pays tribute to the help given to him, particularly by his family, but for whom he doubts he could have managed the brutal and painful process that is benzodiazepine recovery.

His honesty and humility this man is very hard on himself is painful to watch. Bowed but not broken,I would say.This episode will have made him no less extraordinary a man, but more.

Commentingon the new video, Douglas Murray notes the failure of Petersons criticsto contend with his points and arguments:You would have thought that if any Canadian professor who had previously been obscure rose to prominence across the world, with audiences of thousands rising to their feet to welcome him every night, then whatever their ideological stance people including critics would try to work out what it was that he was on to.Yet Petersons critics, from Cathy Newman to theNew York Timesand the BBC, consistently failed to see any interest in the bigger story.

Indeed so. The idea of a prophet is one that the Left are unable to get to grips with. It is outside their radar. And a prophet is what Peterson is, of ourmodern times. I do not think the description is out of place.

It is hard not to believe that some discoveryof Christian faith has helped him. He signs off the video saying that with Gods grace and mercy he hopes to complete some of the tasks which he lays out in it.

In 2017, Peterson released a set of online videos about the Old Testament Book of Genesis, and it had long been his hope that he would find the time to prepare another set of lectures on Exodus. For now, though, he hopes to devotehimself to Proverbs, which he calls the Book of Wisdom. In this age of Covid hysteria, when were we more in want of wisdom?

I for one cant wait. As Douglas Murray says, the world needs Jordan Peterson more than ever.

* Update

The Benzodiazepine Information Coalition have questioned my use of the term addiction in this context. They say, I quote, Jordan Peterson is struggling with physical dependence not addiction . . . Mikhaila Peterson says that its not an addiction, and even posted an update on her twitter to make this clear . . . but physical dependence. These terms arent interchangeable.

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Player of the Week: Aleesa Jordan – The Bridgton News

A junior, Aleesa Jordan is a third-year member of the Lake Region varsity cross-country team and has stepped up as a leader on the team this season, earning herself a spot as captain.

Aleesa has volunteered her time to help teach the Laker middle school runners a dynamic warm-up routine, and is a dependable point of contact when it comes to spreading information among the team. Over the summer, she took it upon herself to run easy mileage on her own, and it has helped her immensely this season, Lake Region XC Coach Laura Pulito said.

Aleesa ran a lifetime PR (personal record) in the Lakers very first meet, and then beat her new PR by 58 seconds the following week, placing in the top five at both races.

She didnt believe her time when we told it to her, but we werent surprised in the slightest! Coach Pulito said. Aleesa is a valuable role model when it comes to showing that hard work really does pay off, and we are very luckyto have her on the team!

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

Player of the Week: Aleesa Jordan

Town: Casco

Year in School: Junior

Parent: Niel Jordan

Sports you play: Cross Country

Why did you choose cross-country?I chose this sport because my father did it when he was young.

What do you enjoy most about cross-country?I love the challenge, as well as running. Its one of my favorite things to do.

How has competing in sports changed you as a person?Its made me a bit more confident in my abilities and stronger willpower, which sounds strange, but a strong will is what makes people good runners.

During this period of Covid-19, what has been the most difficult adjustment?Im not a fan of running in masks at meets, but thats not really a big deal.

What is one of your most memorable sports moments?My most memorable sports moment is probably from this year, when I broke my PR by a minute. Ive never been more happy than that moment.

What is your most disappointing sports memory?That one time I ran 35 minutes at a Poland meet sophomore year.

How has sports prepared you for your future?I believe its prepared me for situations that will put me in tough spots, helping me get out of them easier.

Name a coach who has made a difference in your life and in what way?Coach Peterson was another reason I joined cross-country. The way he motivated us to stand by each other as a team and run our hardest is something Ill never forget and I wont be able to really thank him for.

What are your future goals?A future goal of mine is to take first place at a home meet!

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How I escaped ‘The Proud Boys’ ideology – Amherst Wire

I didnt know The Proud Boys were Nazis when I first attended their rally in 2018.

In hindsight, maybe I should have. Their Facebook page described them as western nationalists, which I now realize was a massive dog whistle. At the time I just saw them as a group that championed Free Speech and stuck it to those whiny Social Justice Warriors.

The Proud Boys were a radical group formed by VICE founder and former Rebel Media reporter Gavin McInnes. At the time, my only exposure to McInnes was a Rebel Media video where he got stoned and talked about how a coin flip could prove the existence of God. He seemed more like a dopey hipster than a literal Nazi.

This was in 2018. I was a 20-year-old college dropout slowly getting my life back together. A year prior I had fallen down what is known as the right-wing rabbit-hole. Despite growing up liberal and always being adamantly pro-life and anti-racist, I flirted with conservatism after graduating high school and frequently watched videos from the so-called skeptic community. These included right-wing figures like Dave Rubin, Paul Joseph Watson, Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro (yes, Ben Shapiro. I really hit rock bottom).

Looking back, I think it was a mix of alienation and feelings of failure that led me down that rabbit hole. In 2017, I wasnt attending college, worked as a cashier at a grocery store and barely ever socialized with anyone. Maybe there was something cathartic about watching Shapiro own a sobbing college student. Maybe it just felt validating to hear someone tell me my problems were the result of some left-wing conspiracy, instead of my own personal failures.

Maybe I honestly just fell for the grift.

I never supported the alt-right though. The alt-right were Nazis, and I was not a Nazi. The Proud Boys also distanced themselves from the alt-right, as did many right-wing conservative figures, surprisingly. However, it didnt stop white supremacists from watching and sharing their videos.

The Proud Boys held a Free Speech rally on Patriots Day 2018 in Concord, MA. Instead of getting drunk and crashing a BU party like I did every year, I decided to take a $40 Uber ride into Concord to check it out.

The event promised three notable guest speakers. One of them was Kyle Chapman, also known as Based Stickman. Chapman became famous for a viral video at a Pro-Trump rally where he broke a stick over an Antifa protesters head. Another guest was Dr. Shiva, a medical expert and conservative conspiracy theorist who claimed to be the inventor of email.

However, I had driven 20 miles from Boston to Concord in order to meet Carl Benjamin, aka Sargon of Akkad. Benjamin was one of the first skeptic YouTube commentators I had started watching. His videos criticized feminism, ridiculed so-called Social Justice Warriors, and railed against immigrants, specifically Syrian refugees. It must have been his smart-sounding British accent or his elegant speaking voice that fooled people because he became one of the most popular right-wing YouTubers on the platform.

It was pouring rain when I arrived an hour and a half early. The rally was held at the site of the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord, a battle that essentially kickstarted the American Revolution.

The Proud Boys, themselves, started flooding in about 15 minutes before the rally. The majority of them were young, white and male. I only saw one woman at the rally. Some of the Boys carried Dont Tread On Me flags. A few members dressed themselves up as American Patriots, complete with hats, knickers and boots. I even saw one guy waving a flag of Kekistan, the official country of alt-right mascot Pepe the Frog.

I conversed with a number of people at the rally and found that a number of them identified as classically liberal. Classical liberalism is basically libertarianism, which emphasizes small government, personal liberties and neo-conservative views. However, people like Carl Benjamin used the label to present himself as liberal while espousing far-right views. It was all a ploy to push moderate left-leaning people further to the right.

The people I talked with didnt support Trump or the alt-right but felt strongly against the growing rise of social justice. We talked about how SJWs were triggered idiots, how the Marxist university system is radicalizing students, and how rampant immigration is destroying western values. Despite those beliefs, we all considered ourselves liberals, but we just werent like those crazy leftists

In hindsight, there was a lot of cognitive dissonance. Our liberal beliefs were inconsistent with our conservative viewpoints. We thought we were rebelling against an unfair system, but we were just compliant in retaining the status quo.

I noticed Benjamin surrounded by a group of followers, almost like they were his disciples. One of them even shielded Benjamin from the rain with his umbrella, allowing himself to get soaking wet. Benjamin was there with YouTube commentator Justin Little, also known as Vernaculis. Little reminded me a lot of myself; he was around my age and had also recently started college again. Despite how well-spoken and assured he sounded in his videos, in public he was neurotic and clearly intimidated.

I didnt stay to hear any of the speeches. I was freezing, soaking wet and just wanted to go home. Before I left, I passed Dr. Shiva. I remember glancing at him and asking are you supposed to be someone famous? Shiva gave me the biggest stink eye for that.

Kyle Chapman had gotten arrested a few days prior and could not make it to the rally.

Two and half years later, the Proud Boysare declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The same people who claimed to support classical liberalism have either evolved into full-blown Nazis or left the movement entirely. Carl Benjamin attempted a run for British Parliament, and now makes videos promoting a white ethnostate. In 2020, Dr. Shiva tried running for Massachusetts Senate, and has spent the year espousing COVID-19 conspiracy theories. Justin Little has since deleted his YouTube channel and appears to distance himself from the skeptic community.

Since that rally, my political ideology has almost completely reversed. Im now one of those filthy leftists I spent two years of my life trying to destroy. I think what changed was that I stopped isolating myself and actually talked with other people. I escaped my ideological bubble and gained new perspectives. I became more skeptical and cautious about what I find on the Internet.

However, I sometimes imagine an alternate timeline where I did not escape the bubble and kept going to Proud Boys rallies, even as the groups tactics started to escalate and become even more violent. Most of the members of the group are vulnerable people, which makes them easy targets for indoctrination. Their insecurities and fears become easily exploited and used to justify hateful ideas. This is especially prevalent during the pandemic, where people are more isolated than ever.

While I still cringe thinking about my anti-SJW past, Im somewhat glad it happened. I understand what it is like to be indoctrinated. I know how easily one can get sucked in, but I also know how one can get pulled out.

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The numbers that prove Meteorettes are something special – Daily Mercury

WHAT the Meteorettes managed to do on the road at the weekend cannot be overstated.

To even the basketball layman, the numbers paint a compelling picture.

Those are 22 and 28 - the margins of victory over rivals Bundaberg and Gladstone.

Also 623 and 186 - kilometres covered in a bus, just to be there.

It amounted to two wins, from 120 gruelling minutes played, all inside 24 hours.

With just seven players to choose from.

In this era of competition, what Scott McKenzie's team achieved at the weekend should not have been possible.

While their rivals welcomed some temporary imports from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane to bolster their ranks, the Meteorettes were forced to make do with a skeleton crew.

Their young guns travelled in the opposition direction, to Townsville, for U18 representative duties.

It left the senior Meteorettes with just two on the bench for their toughest road trip on the ConocoPhillips CQ Cup calendar.

And yet somehow, the Meteorettes got through unscathed. Not only that, but they dominated once again.

They defied the odds and expectation to again prove Mackay deserves to be considered one of the best female basketball programs in Queensland.

Jordan Peterson overcame an ankle injury to play a key role in the Meteorettes win over Gladstone on Sunday. Photo: Callum Dick

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"I was extremely nervous. I thought it was going to be a tough weekend for us," McKenzie admitted.

"We knew Bundaberg had brought in a player and Gladstone another couple. We only had seven."

Then Jordan Peterson went over on her ankle on Saturday night and the Meteorettes faced the very real prospect of rotating just one off the bench on Sunday.

"I asked on Sunday 'are you any good?' and she said 'I've strapped it up tight - I'm ready to go'," McKenzie recalled.

"When we were in a bit of a run on Sunday, she came in and made a difference for us.

"I was really proud of her effort this weekend."

Peterson's selfless act was one of a long line of gutsy performances from the seven-strong squad which flew the flag for Mackay at the weekend.

Not only will the winning road double be a big boost to the team's confidence, it should also strike fear in their rivals.

With the deck stacked against them, the Meteorettes proved too good.

It has the group well poised to continue toward its "ultimate goal", which is an inaugural CQ Cup crown and confirmation as the best.

"That's obviously the ultimate goal and we've put ourselves in a position now to do that," McKenzie said.

"Realistically if we come out next week and win at home, we'll sew up top spot. That gives us a home semi - win that, and it's a home grand final. That's always been the goal."

The Meteors and Meteorettes will enjoy a well-deserved bye this weekend, before returning to The Crater on November 7.

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