Harold W. Vadney III is a wannabe translator who lies about his credentials. In August 2007, I exposed him on the now-defunct Network of Independent Linguists’ Discussion Forum. He has now set up a blog devoted to telling lies about me and others. This is my reply. To comment or for further information write to Richard_Benham_AU-StopVadneysLies[at]yahoo.com.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Would you buy a used car from this man?

The mind vomits. The Vadney doesn’t just beggar belief: he positively buggers it. First of all, we get this headline: “Back on Track ... Requiem for Benham and Horne”, which might be construed as a death threat, but in the post beneath it Vadney makes the following solemn pronouncement:
Unless something extraordinary develops, I shall try to avoid any further comment on Mr Richard Benham and Mr Scott Horne. What more can be said about them[?] Old news.

This resolve lasts all of 2 hours 36 minutes, until, under the headline “Credentials Inc. and DegreeChk”, we get a lot of pap about my alleged “fraud” and “breach of [Credentials Inc.’s] conditions of service” Has anything “extraordinary” developed in those two-and-a-half hours? Unless the Vadney did some thinking, which really would be extraordinary, nothing new has happened at all. This latest post contains no new (mis)information.

The Vadney does, however, issue a challenge of sorts:
[...] I would challenge Mr Benham to provide the documentation of how he complied with Credential Inc.'s terms of service in the following areas or, in the alternative, if he did not comply with these requirements, how he managed to obtain what he represents to be accurate, truthful information? How about it Mr Benham?

Apparently, it has not sunk in to the Vadney that, as I said last time he raised this issue, it is none of his business how I got the information. If he is right in his belief that I have breached some agreement with Credentials Inc., then that is a civil matter between them and me. If he thinks that information on his degrees should not have been released to me, then he should take it up with Credentials Inc., or SUNY, on whose behalf they were acting.

If on the other hand, the Vadney thinks I have done something criminal, let him take it up with the police. But he’d better make sure he brings along a spare copy of The Vadney Act, because they probably haven’t heard of it.

If the Vadney wants his challenges to be taken seriously, he would do well to answer the simple yes/no questions I put to him some time ago in my post “Open challenge to the Vadney”. Unlike his inane questions, there is actually some point to his answering mine. It will provide good practice for the forthcoming defamation case. No doubt the Vadney will face these or very similar questions under cross-examination. If he applies his mind (for want of a better word) to providing clear answers to these questions, taking into account that the true answers are objectively provable to the criminal degree of proof and that perjury can land him in the slammer, he might have second thoughts (for want of a better word) about his current self-destructive course.

The main thing to bear in mind here is that the Vadney’s pontifications and expatiations on how I got the information are a diversion: he knows he lied for years about his qualifications, claiming an MA he never had. He knows I know it too and can prove it. So he is trying to distract attention with irrelevant and unfounded allegations.

And as for his parting shot:
And then you wonder why Benham is being investigated from so many quarters?!?!

it’s beneath contempt. There is no evidence I am being seriously investigated by anyone serious. If you go to anyone in authority with an obvious fabrication against someone, of course they’ll say “We’ll look into it”, but that does not mean you have achieved anything or even been taken seriously. It’s just a stock response to shut you up. Noöne takes Vadneyesque allegations seriously. Very few take the Vadney seriously.


Scott Horne said...

The only person here who has been investigated is Mr Vadney, the subject of a brilliant exposé in the Albany (New York) Times Union.

The incontrovertible fact is that Mr Vadney does not have the master's degree and doctoral degree that he claimed (among many other phony credentials).

Can anyone seriously maintain that university degrees are private information? For obvious reasons, they are a matter of public record. Universities have a clear interest in confirming inquiries about degrees that they are said to have awarded, for any university that kept that information confidential would be taken advantage of by the unscrupulous (such as Mr Vadney).

In my opinion, SUNY should press charges against Mr Vadney.

PhDs, incidentally, are ALWAYS a matter of public record (at least in Western countries), since they require a dissertation that, when accepted, is entered into the card catalogue of the awarding university. I did an international search of university libraries and found nothing at all in Mr Vadney's name. That's pretty strong evidence that his claim of PhDs from three universities was yet another Vadneyesque lie.

Scott Horne said...

By the way, I too read "requiem" as a death threat--until I realised that I can't rule out the possibility that Mr Vadney doesn't know what the word means. Certainly his semi-literate writing does not inspire confidence.

Scott Horne said...

Society sorely needs a way to isolate sociopaths who do nothing productive but cause a great deal of harm. Institutionalisation may be essential in severe cases.

Scott Horne said...

One correspondent said that Mr Vadney sorely needs a hobby. It was suggested that we send him a pair of bowling shoes.

Werner Patels echoed this sentiment when he correctly said that Mr Vadney has too much time on his hands.

By the way, I'm still waiting to hear how Mr Vadney justifies his claim to be a "native" speaker of German when he apparently cannot even read the language competently.

About Me

I am a professional translator in the combinations French>English and German>English. I hold qualifications from the University of Adelaide (BA, DipCompSc), the Australian National University (LittB), the University of Geneva (Certificat de spécialisation en linguistique), and the the UK-based Institute of Linguists (Diploma in Translation for both my language combinations). I am an implacable opponent of bullshit in all its forms.