The September 1997 Earth is Flat Award
A celebration of the inane, insipid and asinine...
It is a telling comment on the state of education in this country that the Earth is Flat Award would be given to someone or something that has something to do with universities two consecutive months. This month's award is particularly deserved.
In mid-August the University of Victoria senate, apparently with little else better to do with their time, decided to confer an honorary degree. The university did not choose a businessperson for the award because businesspeople are greedy leeches on the backs of the proletariat. The university did not choose a scientist for an award because scientists deal with the rational world, and the rational world is a threat to the collectivists who have taken over higher education. They didn't even choose a social activist, whose only redeeming feature could have been that they really believed they were right.
No, the University of Victoria senate decided to confer an honorary doctorate to Chinese president Jiang Zemin.
Don't know why Jiang Zemin doesn't deserve this honour from a Canadian academic institute?
Student groups and some faculty link Jiang to deaths, disappearances and jailings of students and journalists in China. They blame Jiang for the severe crackdown after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre of pro-democracy students.
Even the young skulls full of mush at Victoria realize that rewarding butchers is not a good thing to do, and so they protested the decision. It turns out they didn't have to because Jiang can't make it to the party. Foreign Affairs informed the university that Jiang has other commitments that will prevent him from attending the special convocation planned for November 26.
"I had real hope the president of China might have
seized upon the opportunity to announce some fundamental changes in human
rights in China," said a disappointed and moronic university president
David Strong. But he admitted some "relief that the campus won't
be disrupted" by those repelled by the senate's decision. Strong
also stated that he still supported the decision to confer the honorary
degree on Jiang.
The September 1997 Vinegar in Freedom Award
There is an old Serbian proverb that says vinegar in freedom tastes better than honey in slavery. This award is meant for events and people I consider to be positive.
Justice Gérard La Forest, 71, announced his impending retirement from
the Supreme Court at the end of August.
For being one of the few who realized his powers were to be used to protect the citizens from the state, not the other way around, La Forest gets a Vinegar in Freedom Award.
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