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Joaquín: “There is confusion, but we will go hand in hand with Health”

first_imgJoaquín already thinks about a return from the competition and does so with a view to imminent training sessions that should facilitate the set-up of all the teams. The Betis player warns of the plans that are already on the table: “We train every day because we cannot leave it and if God wants to, LaLiga will resume shortly and we will have to be in shape. Now there is still a bit of confusion . The protocol we use is to go hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and the Government. In this month we will start to go one by one“The portuense, who spoke of this situation during an interview with Telecinco, insisted on the bases:” Then they will advance to train with three or four players and then the final phase is group. We will leave two or three weeks concentrated to catch that point of form and start LaLiga, but as long as there is security for everyone“Joaquín confirmed the intention of the club to carry out a concentration to finish the physical preparation when the return to the competition is closer. On this need for the players to arrive in full physical shape, he was resounding: “You always try to keep in shape, but it is not the same as training with your teammates and you lose the competition rhythm. It will be very difficult to be at the rate we had three months ago“ LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 30, 2020 The Betis footballer, always actively present on social networks and in the numerous initiatives to collaborate in this health crisis, stressed the importance of humor in the current context that the country is going through: “Fortunately, I’m not in the mood a few times. I always try to pass the time in the best way possible and make people laugh.. With confinement, people see social networks more. At the moment we are experiencing, laughing out loud makes this situation better “, he affirms.Precisely in a more relaxed tone the portuense chatted yesterday through social networks with his friend Kiko Rivera and did not hesitate to refer to the death of José Antonio Reyes last summer: “Reyes for me has been the youth squad who has most made us fall in love with Sevilla’s youth academy. He was different in every way. I have enjoyed it as a teammate in the national team. My hair stands on end and everything”.last_img read more

VP Boakai Graces Opening of Old Folks, Others Home in Liberia

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai and Rev. Dr. Samuel B. ReevesThe Providence Baptist Church (where Liberia’s Declaration of Independence was signed) has another reason to glorify God as a home for the aged, chronically ill and disabled was recently launched and dedicated there.Serving as the keynote speaker at the launch of “Aachen Home Care Liberia,” Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai thanked the church, particularly its Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, for the innovation and sacrifice for fellow Liberians who are desperately in need of better care as they enter and go through old age and illness.“We are here to launch the first of its kind, a home care service outfit that will cater to our relatives and friends who are chronically ill, elderly and or disabled,” VP Boakai said, adding that the home could also cater to him or a family member or relative in the future.“Because we do not want any segment of our population to be left behind, I find it a fulfilling experience to participate in this launching exercise which embodies an empathic statement,” VP Boakai noted.He said it is a heart-warming news that the Baptist Church has risen to the occasion of providing long term homecare, companionship, recreation, meal preparation and feeding, medication reminder, monitoring of vital signs, hygiene assistance and escort to doctor visits for those desperately in need of such services in Liberia.“We perform this launching here today with high hopes that it marks the planting of the seed of an industry that will flourish so that we can visit dignity upon our elderly and the disabled,” he said.“In an economy so depressed as ours, emerging from self-destructive civil conflicts, struggling our way through a host of hurdles on our way to restoring pre-war standards, the elderly and disabled usually find themselves at the short end of developments. It is their welfare that is usually, advertently or inadvertently, shelved in the allocation of resources and focus on the needs and the care for sustenance,” the UP standard bearer pointed out.For his part, the founder and chief executive officer of Aachen Home Care Liberia, Rev. Dr. Samuel Reeves, said as the institution is a first of its kind in the country, they are committed to making sure that the loved ones of many families receive the needed help as they recover from life’s setbacks.“Aachen provides direct care and education to help patients manage illnesses and avoid complications on the road to restoration, healing, recovery or wellness practices,” Dr. Reeves said.He said the homecare institution specializes in providing private duty assistance with activities of daily living and independent activities to the elderly, chronically ill, disabled and homebound clients.“Our highly professional team of skilled, loving companions, sitters, Certified Nurse Aids and Registered Nurses, are dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the best in homecare services while maintaining their independence,” the Baptist prelate said, noting also that family members will have peace of mind knowing that his team of co-workers will always provide comfort and companionship to their loved ones in Aachen’s care.“Our caregivers are thoroughly screened, carefully chosen, and closely monitored by our professionally trained staff and we provide hourly, daily, weekly and monthly services, which promote healing and longevity,” Dr. Reeves said.Although cost for services was not discussed, the Providence Baptist Church Pastor said costs will be minimal to provide the required services.The Home Care services will be provided at the church’s main edifice on Broad Street in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two Italian doctors probed over Astori’s death

first_img0Shares0000Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was found dead in his hotel before a match in March © AFP/File / ANDREAS SOLAROMILAN, Italy, Dec 10 – Two doctors who issued medical certificates declaring former Italy international footballer Davide Astori fit to play despite evidence he suffered from a heart condition prior to his death are under investigation for negligent homicide, the public prosecutor’s office in Florence confirmed on Monday.Fiorentina captain Astori was found dead in his hotel room in the northeastern city of Udine on March 4 this year ahead of a Serie A match against Udinese. An initial post mortem suggested the 31-year-old died from bradyarrhythmia –- when the heart slows so much it stops -– but the causes are unclear.The doctors, who signed the fitness certificates which gave Astori the all-clear to play, work for public bodies in Florence and Cagliari, where the defender played for eight years.The announcement of the investigation comes after Florence-based daily La Nazione published details of two electrocardiogram tests carried out on the player in July 2016 and July 2017.Both reportedly showed anomalies, in particular the latter, which allegedly demonstrated that the player suffered from a ventricular extrasystole, or irregular heartbeats.The documentation published by the newspaper has been handed over to the investigators.Former Roma and AC Milan player Astori, the father of a two-year old girl, also played 14 times for Italy over a six-year international career.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Giuliani reaches out to religious right

first_imgBut his reception was in stark contrast to the ovations for Huckabee, a one-time Baptist preacher who is a sentimental favorite of many religious conservatives. Huckabee mixed humor, biblical references and the rhythms of a man used to the pulpit as he implored the crowd to put values above politics and not make expedient decisions. He called for a constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between a man and a woman and decried the “holocaust of liberalized abortion.” “We do not have the right to move the standards of God to meet cultural norms. We need to move the cultural norms to meet God’s standards,” he said, bringing the crowd to its feet. Their GOP rivals, in speeches Friday, courted the conservative religious voters, who have a tradition of influence in elections. In the straw poll Romney came in first with 1,595 votes, followed closely by Huckabee with 1,565. Significantly, however, Huckabee won more than half of the 953 voters who voted at the conference; Romney received 99 votes among conference attendees.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Rudy Giuliani tried to find peace with a restless bloc of the Republican Party on Saturday, telling religious conservatives not to fear him for his stand on issues such as abortion or expect he would change purely for political advantage. The GOP presidential candidate won praise for simply showing up before an audience that has been casting about for the best social conservative in the Republican field. But two former governors, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, shared the limelight with the former New York mayor, handily winning the top two spots in a straw poll of “values voters” conducted by the conservative Family Research Council. Giuliani sought common ground with Christian conservatives by casting himself as an imperfect man who has asked for guidance through prayer. He recalled crossing himself during his first day of law school after 16 years of attending Catholic schools. He offered assurances that despite his support for abortion rights, he would seek to lower the number of abortions. He pledged that if elected, he would appoint conservative judges, support school choice and insist on victory in Iraq – all issues important to the audience at the Values Voter Summit. The straw poll, conducted online and at the conference, placed Giuliani in eighth place, second to last. The top vote-getter was Romney, who unlike Giuliani, worked actively to encourage supporters to vote for him. Huckabee was close behind, but won overwhelmingly among voters who cast the ballots onsite at the event. In a 40-minute speech that drew respectful applause, Giuliani invoked, as he often does, Ronald Reagan’s admonition that “my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy.” “My belief in God and reliance on his guidance is at the core of who I am, I can assure you of that,” Giuliani said. “But isn’t it better for me to tell you what I believe rather than change my positions to fit the prevailing wind?” It was among his better received lines. “He won simply by coming,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, which sponsored the three-day conference. “He helped himself; he certainly didn’t lose any ground.” last_img read more

LAPD pushes for cop car cameras

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The LAPD estimates it could save $3 million a year by replacing the time-consuming process of filling out reports after each traffic stop with a video record. An additional $100,975 could be saved through the reduction in hours spent investigating complaints against officers. While court overtime was not addressed in the new report, LAPD officials have estimated that millions more may be saved by trimming overtime for officers testifying in court, as well as reduced litigation costs. Speaking to reporters later in the day, Police Chief William Bratton reiterated his support for the cameras, saying they would also help with the legal and public reckoning of controversial incidents. The chief said a “perfect example” of the usefulness of cameras would have been the case in which an officer fatally shot Devin Brown, a 13-year-old African-American who backed a stolen car into a police cruiser last year. Installing video cameras in every LAPD patrol car would cost at least $23 million but would also save more than $3 million a year in reduced paperwork while improving community relations, officials said Tuesday. In a report to the Police Commission, the Los Angeles Police Department estimated installation would cost $23 million, plus about $2 million a year for maintenance – a hefty amount with the city facing a $300 million budget shortfall. Still, interests as diverse as the LAPD, the police officers union, the federal consent decree monitor and civil rights activists have said the cameras would be worth the expense. “We think it will not only be a cost saving through efficiency, but we think they will be a great benefit to police work,” said LAPD Cmdr. Charlie Beck. “We would have had clear visual evidence,” Bratton said. Speaking at the same event to promote new police recruiting measures, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said some money may go toward the cameras in the coming year’s budget, but he cautioned there are many competing priorities. “We’re not going to all do it in one year but to the extent that we can do this in a way that addresses the fact that we also have to live within our means we’re certainly hopeful,” he said. Some City Council members have suggested using the city’s Municipal Improvement Corp., created in 1984 to fund major equipment purchases and property leasing through debt. Police Commission President John Mack, a former head of the Los Angeles Urban League, said the technology could improve the LAPD’s historically tense relationship with minority communities. “The human cost potential here is just as important,” he said. A voice of dissent came from activist Tut Hayes, a frequent commission critic who questioned the value of the dashboard cameras. “What does a tape disclose? The back of a person’s head,” he said. The council’s Public Safety Committee plans to hold more hearings to discuss legal aspects of the plan, including privacy and public records issues. Dan Laidman, (213) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A magical combination

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Happy,” which features the voices of Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman and Brittany Murphy, will be released in 3-D on IMAX screens and in traditional theaters. “When the true IMAX technology and 3-D technology is exploited, the consumer thinks he’s getting an even greater experience,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of the Web site “The studios that deliver that to the consumer early on will be the ones to reap the most benefit.” The IMAX version of “Batman Begins” contributed nearly $17 million to the $205 million gross and about $15 million to the $204.5 million earned by “Charlie.” Both films were 2-D releases. But the value of the IMAX-Warner Bros. partnership was never more apparent than a year ago. Warner’s holiday release, “The Polar Express,” was off to a sluggish box office start, but it picked up steam, partly due to the buzz surrounding the IMAX 3-D version of the film, which grossed $45 million worldwide. “Polar” ended up grossing $160 million domestically. “The IMAX network has become a valuable part of our release strategy, and we’re pleased to continue adding great films to the pipeline,” said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. IMAX, once mostly known for such giant-screen nature fare as “Everest,” has repeatedly scored with mainstream Hollywood blockbusters in recent years, including the non-Warner releases “Spider-Man 2,” “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Robots.” The movies are remastered for the giant screen with IMAX’s DMR process, which allows a movie to be enlarged for an eight-story-high, 120-feet-wide screen. “You can’t buy the IMAX experience at home,” said Foster. “It doesn’t exist.” In all, there are 259 IMAX theaters in 36 countries, and 60 percent of those are located in North America. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – What started out as an experiment between Warner Bros. and IMAX Corp. is turning out to be one of the more successful partnerships in the movie business. Such Warner Bros. releases as “The Polar Express,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Batman Begins” “The Matrix Reloaded” and the “Harry Potter” franchise have all seen multi-million boosts to their box office returns by being released, sometimes simultaneously, on giant IMAX screens. Next up for the venerable movie studio and the Toronto-based giant-screen movie company is “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” set for release on Nov. 19. The two companies also announced this week that they are teaming up for the November 2006 release of “Happy Feet,” an animated musical comedy about a tap-dancing emperor penguin’s adventures in the Antarctic. “What’s great about the program that we’ve developed with Warner Bros. is the IMAX releases help to ‘eventize’ a film even above and beyond what they already are,” said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “It says to the audience, ‘This must be something visually exciting because it’s coming out on IMAX.’ This is bringing in people who might not be going to the movies in the first place.” last_img read more

Clippers podcast: Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala will join LA team today

first_imgAndre Iguodala.Got your attention, didn’t it?Well hold on, because we’ve got absolutely nothing to share with you: Iguodala, the erstwhile Warriors sixth man, is headed for the Los Angeles Clippers, according to no one at all.The ClipCast podcast broke this nonstory over the weekend. In making the announcement, hosts Chris Wylde and Henry Dittman cited their bona fides. “This show is an entertaining talk show about the Clippers,” said one of the hosts, who like to talk over each …last_img read more

Evolution Thriving in Mexico; Creationismo No Comprendo

first_imgMexicans, religious or not, have no problem with Darwinism, and cannot understand their American neighbors who get so uptight about it.  That’s the gist of an article by Antonio Lazcano, a Mexican biology professor and origin-of-life researcher, who was given lengthy press in Science1 this week under the heading “Global Voices of Science.”I am always amused when I am asked by my American colleagues about the problems and pressures they imagine I face in Mexico because of my interest in life’s beginnings.  However, pressure to include creationism in public pedagogical and research settings has been primarily a phenomenon in the United States.  Only twice during my 30 years of teaching about evolutionary biology and research into the origins of life, have I encountered religious-based opposition to my work.  In both cases, it came from evangelical zealots from the United States preaching in Mexico.  One of the little recognized U.S. imports into Mexico is a small flow of creationists, who, through religion, are trying to impose their fundamentalist beliefs and hinder the teaching of Darwinian evolution in all levels of schooling.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Now that you know how Dr. Lazcano feels about non-Darwinists, his “Love Affair with Darwin” (subtitle 1) is understandable.  The rest of the editorial falls into place.  Getting the praise is primordial soup, Aleksandr Oparin, Huxley, and separation of church and state.  Getting condemnation is fundamentalism, America, intelligent design, creationism, and President Bush.  Lazcano and his fellow Mexicans are incredulous at the American phenomenon of creationism.  Even his staunchly Catholic students “found hilarious the idea of teaching creationism based on biblical literalism.”  But creationism is not just silly, it is dangerous.Scientists from other countries could take a certain solace in the fact that the creationist movement appears to be largely confined to the United States.  I find it extremely encouraging that Mexican students, for the most part, are not driven by gaps in the scientific view of life to search for religious explanations or to vitiate evolutionary theory by advocating intelligent design.  Our teachers and pupils alike generally view the framework of intelligent design as a thinly disguised attempt to introduce religious preconceptions into the classroom.  Even so, it would be unwise to simply sit back and watch with incredulity as our American colleagues struggle against intelligent design creationists and other fundamentalisms.  There are, in fact, manifold indications that the creationism movement has been flexing its muscles and looking to proselytize far and wide.  Its potential threat to science education in Mexico and other Latin American countries should not be underestimated.Speaking of gaps, does Lazcano have anything to say about arguably the biggest gap of all, life’s origin, since he is a specialist in that area, and the author of a book on it?  Un problemo, sí, but alto, creationistas:Since we can never know in full detail how the origin of life took place, it is not surprising that it is becoming a target for intelligent design creationists.  The geological and chemical evidence required to understand life’s beginnings remains insufficient and difficult to understand.  For creationists, that evidentiary gap provides an opportunity to erect a framework of controversy and endless discussion around the study of prebiotic evolution and the origin of life, which they assume are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than by an undirected process like natural selection.    It is true that there is a huge gap in the current descriptions of the evolutionary transition between the prebiotic synthesis of biochemical compounds and the last common ancestor of all extant living beings [02/29/2004]  Even the unanticipated discovery in 1982–by the research teams directed by Thomas Cech and Sidney Altman–of catalytic RNA molecules (ribozymes), which can be loosely described as nucleic acids that simultaneously have characteristics of DNA and enzymes, has not closed this gap.  Instead, that and related discoveries have led to a more precise definition of what should be understood as the origin of life.  The origin of protein synthesis is still not understood, but the surprising conservation of widely distributed polypeptide sequences related to RNA metabolism has led my group and others to suggest that these sequences provide insights into an RNA/protein world that may have resulted from the interaction of ribozymes with amino acids, and that very likely preceded our familiar DNA/RNA/protein world.  Our understanding of the origin and early stages of biological evolution still has major unsolved problems, but they are recognized by the scientific community as intellectual challenges, and not as requiring metaphysical explanations, as proponents of creationism would have it.A photo in the article shows an elementary school in a small Mexican town, where “children celebrate Darwin’s birthday (12 February) with a ceremony and display of murals on his life and theory.”1Antonio Lazcano, “Teaching Evolution in Mexico: Preaching to the Choir,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5749, 787-789, 4 November 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1115180].Anyone who has been watching the intelligent design controversy against evolution must surely wag his head over this adult tantrum.  It’s articles like this that reinforce Phillip Johnson’s observation that certain Darwinists are so incorrigible, society will likely have to wait till they retire and die off before a rational discussion can be had.  But that will never happen as long as Lazcano’s type take impressionable elementary school children, who cannot discern their left hand from their right, and indoctrinate them early into the Church of Darwin with celebrations of Darwin Day (02/13/2004) and worship of a Padre Carlos Darwinez they don’t even know.  Maybe a little more free trade and removing of export controls is in order.    Lazcano is a hopeless demagogue, like Barbara Forrest, who cannot be trusted, because the search for truth is not their motive.  They are at war; any lie is fair game if it advances the cause.  Their arsenal includes the tactical weapon B.A.D. (Bluffing Assertion Dogma), which communicates, “anything I say is true because I said it with feeling.”  They also use the M.A.D. bomb (Most Accept Darwin) and fuel their propaganda firebombs by drawing the starkest black-and-white distinctions: science vs. “creationism and other fundamentalisms,” so that the little children envision their alleged enemies as bomb-vested terrorists disguising their shifty eyes with smiling Phillip Johnson masks.    This is really S.A.D. (silly antiquated Darwinism).  And so, we ask, what warrants this unquestioning allegiance to the cause, this eternal Love Affair with Darwin?  Tell us about your specialty, Señor Lazcano, the origin of life.  Here, we are told that yes, there are major gaps, even in the favored RNA World scenario, BUT don’t you think for a moment of exploiting that little vulnerability in the wall of our Jericho with your ID trumpets.  Sooner or later we will find a brick that won’t fall down flat at the slightest shout of “intelligent design.”    The shame of this bluff, wroth, fluff and froth by a modern Darwin Bulldog is only exceeded by Science having printed it.  No opportunity for debate or rebuttal, just a temper tantrum by a man who cannot even use his own field to prop up his idol.  Instead of blushing over his paucity of scientific evidence, he is determined to shove his idolatry and intolerance down the throats of poor Mexican children.  Undoubtedly the editors were shouting “Hear, hear!” as they read this, gleefully giving it prominence in their liberal-leftist propaganda rag (speaking of the editorial positions, not the legitimate research papers by practicing scientists).    Notice the arrogance.  Lazcano and his cheering buddies have basically set themselves up as the intellectual superiors of generations of the world’s greatest thinkers.  As one example, consider the quote at the top right of this page.  Dr. Daniel J. Robinson is a scholar par excellence at Oxford, a professor’s professor, a man who could run intellectual marathons around Lazcano.  Conversant in several languages, he is able to ad lib on the intricacies of Stoicism, the mind-body problem, Cicero, David Hume, scholasticism, the history and philosophy of science, psychology, ancient literature, Turing machines, Greek philosophy – practically any subject from the Babylonians to E. O. Wilson.  Robinson ended 30 hours of profoundly deep and enlightened lecturing with that quote.  After surveying the grand sweep of intellectual history from ancient times to the present, when all was said and done, he found the evidence for intelligent design convincing.  His winsome manner allowed for all good arguments to be heard, but from his own broad base of knowledge and experience, he chose that one – the conclusion that a benevolent, provident, all-wise, all-knowing Creator, yes indeed “God, really?  Yeah; really,” designed this world for a purpose.  Lazcano and Science have just called Dr. Robinson a know-nothing.  They have consigned all others who have doubts about Padre Carlos, anyone who thinks the arguments for design have merit, from David Berlinski to President Bush, from Antony Flew to Scott Minnich, no matter how much expertise, experience and knowledge, to the party of dangerous enemies who must be stopped before they corrupt the childlike faith of students.  They have consigned millennia of great thinkers, scientists and educators to oblivion, now that Messiah Carlos has come and brought the great enlightenment.    Sorry, Antonio, we tried to help.  May you someday rest in peace.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bill Nye Fails Baloney Detector

first_imgIn a video clip seen by over 3 million, Bill Nye the Science Guy slammed creationism with a series of logical fallacies.The 2.5-minute video, “Creationism is not appropriate for children,” was posted on YouTube on August 23.  It was reported by CNN Belief Blog and The Examiner among other news media sites.  On Live Science, Stephanie Pappas gave an uncritical write-up, but at least distinguished between creationism and intelligent design, unlike Bill Nye.  Transcript and analysis is provided here in the commentary below.  See also the critical analyses on Darwin’s God and Evolution News & Views.Bill Nye the Scientism Guy does not know what he is talking about.  If he ever learned philosophy of science or even elemental logic, he forgot it in this simplistic screed.  He should stick to cute children’s experiments that are observable, testable, and repeatable, where his TV programs shine.  (Note: we mean “Bill Nye fails baloney detector” in the sense of failing a drug test—lots of baloney was detected!)  Here’s what he said about creationism, with fallacies flying like rotten baloney in all directions:“Denial of evolution is unique to the United States.”  Big Lie.  Bandwagon. People around the world doubt evolution.  South Korea has a strong anti-evolution movement.  There are Darwin skeptics in England, Spain and other parts of Europe.  One of the largest creation organizations is in Australia.  Nye is sadly misinformed.  He states no facts about Russia, the Middle East, Africa, or South America, but expects readers to just accept his sweeping Generality.  Even if it were true, would he really want America to imitate the rest of the world?  Lots of things about the United States are unique – thank God!“I mean, we are the world’s most advanced technological… I mean you could say Japan, but generally the United States is where most of the innovation still happens.”  Non-sequitur.  How does this support Nye’s contention?  If anything logical can be inferred, it’s a correlation between technological innovation and denial of evolution.  The rest of the world should follow the USA’s example!“People still move to the United States.  And that’s largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science.”  Non-sequitur.  And his point is?  If the USA already has the best intellectual capital that is the envy of the world, what’s the problem?  Could it be that people move to the United States because they are running away from the Darwin totalitarianism in their home countries?“When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in it, it holds everybody back; really.”  Big Lie, Non-sequitur.  This sentence is a Sidestep wrapped in a Generality, seasoned with Equivocation and Fear-mongering.  What does “it” refer to?  He has apparently just shifted the topic from denial of evolution to denial of science.  Is Nye unaware that creationist leaders have PhD’s in a wide field of scientific disciplines?  Denial of evolution has nothing to do with denial of science.  Creationists love science!  If anyone is holding anyone back, it is the Darwin Party holding back academic freedom.“Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology…”  Big Lie.  Saying something doesn’t make it so.  Cell theory, genetics, or even intelligent design could easily qualify for the most fundamental idea – intelligent design, because biology is focused on genetic and epigenetic codes, functional information, and functional design, as evidenced in the biomimetics revolution.  Darwinists add their just-so stories as a narrative gloss to the observations of biology, as often shown in these pages.  Wherever evolution is treated as a fundamental idea or heuristic, it fails.  The “tree of life” is a good example.  Biologists now consider it a network, not a branching tree as Darwin envisaged; Darwin’s imaginary tree misled biologists for over a century.  Other examples: junk DNA, vestigial organs, evolutionary psychology, social Darwinism.“…analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. ….”  Argument from Analogy.  Creationists believe in tectonic plates.  Tectonic plate theory, not involving life and reproduction, is not comparable to evolutionary theory.“You’re just not going to get the right answer.  Your world is just going to be a mystery, rather than an exciting place.”  Non-sequitur, Sidestep, Big Lie.  Being “exciting” may have a role in sociology of science, but is not a necessary or sufficient condition for doing science itself.  Nye’s sophomoric statement also presumes that science is capable of getting one and only one “right” answer, a philosophically vexed notion.  Science provides tentative explanations that seem to work for the present; if even Newtonian physics succumbed to Einstein’s relativity, no scientific theory is beyond criticism.  Nye also assumes that Darwinism has produced a “right answer” – name one!  This is a claim so lame it mandates penance.  Re-reading every evolution story in our pages for the last 12 years is a start.“As my old professor Carl Sagan said, ‘When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.’”  Argument from Authority.  Nye reveals his philosophical roots here: the materialist, positivist, Darwin-saturated world of the world’s most famous atheist, with whom he is in love.  Are you surprised he wants to attack creation?  He should listen to his mentor’s advice about Baloney Detecting, and his idol’s advice about academic freedom.“Once in awhile I get people that really… that claim they don’t believe in evolution.”  Ridicule, Straw Man.  Nye’s sneering demeanor here contributes to his emotional effect of portraying Darwin skeptics as stupid, misguided bigots.  Rhetorically, nothing prevents a person of equal status turning that statement right back at him: “Once in awhile I get people who claim they don’t believe in creation” or “who claim they believe in evolution.”  Sneer and shake your head for added effect.“And my response generally is [shrugs shoulders], why not; really [silly grin], why not?”  Bandwagon, Ridicule.  Hey, just leave your brain at the gate and jump on the Darwinmobile; it’s fun!“Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution.”  Half truth, Non-Sequitur.  The world just is fantastically complicated by every biologist’s account, evolutionist or not.   Read one week’s worth of biochemistry papers for proof.  One thing Nye gets right: everything is so much simpler when you just throw up your hands like Darwin and say, “Stuff Happens” (9/22/2009, 9/15/2008).   Now the whole world makes sense! No more need to buckle down and explain the complexity of life.  Just say, “It evolved!” and make up a just-so story.“Here are these ancient dinosaur bones, or fossils…”  Circular Reasoning, Card Stacking.  First in his list of items too complicated for creationists to deal with, Nye embeds his beliefs into the language by calling the bones “ancient.”  Let’s get him to explain how blood cells and proteins in dinosaur bone pulled up from the ground survived for over 65 million Darwin Years.  Does Nye really think that creationists ignore dinosaur bones?  Good grief, the creation sites are filled with discussions about dinosaurs.  And they don’t fret over how complicated it makes creationism; on the contrary, they show that the evolutionists are the ones challenged to explain these large, complex, diverse beings by an unguided process.  As for other fossils, has Nye ever heard of the Cambrian explosion?  Let’s get him to watch Darwin’s Dilemma to learn not to state misrepresentations on YouTube.“Here is radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like ours but at different states in their life cycles….”  Sidestep, Non-Sequitur, Card Stacking.  What on earth do these have to do with the evolution as a “fundamental idea of biology”?  If he is trying to attack young-earth creationism, then he is displaying his ignorance of PhD-level creationist literature on radioactivity (e.g., the RATE books), and on cosmology.  He is also completely ignoring the many and deep difficulties in evolutionary cosmology, not the least of which is getting everything out of nothing.  Search the Cosmology links for many examples.“… the idea of this deep time, of billions of years explains so much of the world around us.  If you try to ignore that, your worldview just becomes crazy – it becomes, uh, untenable; it’s self-inconsistent.”  Big Lie, Ridicule, Sidestep.  Creation scientists do not “ignore” questions of time.  There are creationist cosmologies that allow for billions of years (example).  Certainly intelligent design theory is disinterested about deep time.  What is Nye ridiculing?  Deep time has nothing to do with biological evolution, except as a convenient closet in which to stuff their skeletons.  We’ll grant evolutionists ten or hundred times the billions of years they believe in: the mathematical probability will still rule evolution “untenable” (see online book).  Nye tosses out the adjectives “untenable” and “self-inconsistent” as unargued conclusions, offering no support.  Who is calling whose worldview “crazy”?  Just the facts, Nye.“And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution, and live in your [waves hands around] world that is inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine.”  Generality, Big Lie, Ridicule.  Such folly is not worthy of repetition, let alone refutation.“But don’t make your kids do it, because we need them.”  Non-Sequitur, Bandwagon.  Who is “we”?  The scientific oligarchy?  The Darwin Party?  The mandarins and elitists of Darwin indoctrination?  Or does Nye have a frog in his pocket?  Bill Nye, kids belong to their parents, not you.“We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.  We need people that, uh– we need engineers! People who can build stuff, solve problems.”  Non-Sequitur, Bandwagon.  It just gets worse.  Nye has now equated belief in evolution with engineering!  This is funny.  Is he that clueless? Some of the hottest jobs in science right now involve biomimetics, the imitation of nature’s designs.  As we have reported for years, Darwinism has nothing to do with the cutting-edge sciences of biochemistry and biomimetics.  Did the Curiosity rover land on Mars by evolution?  Has it found evidence of evolution?  Neither.  Engineers build things using intelligent design.  Nye is right about one thing: we need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future, so that they can kick the Darwin Party usurpers out and end the totalitarian reign of the Emperor with No Clothes.“It’s just really a hard thing.  It’s a hard thing.”  Non-Sequitur.  Nye can’t think of anything intelligent to say, so he just gestures and fills up time with irrelevant emotional expressions.“You know, in another couple of centuries, that worldview will be [shakes head] just won’t exist.  I mean, it’s [shrugs] … there’s no evidence for it.”  Big Lie, Sidestep, Ridicule, Argument from Authority.  More vacuous emotional opinions.  How can he know what the next two centuries will bring?  He could well find his peers digging through the garbage heap of discarded ideas for their long-lost statue of Darwin.This is why Bill Nye is not called the Logic Guy or Bill Nye the Philosopher.  Chances are good (since he lives and breathes scientism) that he could not even define science in a way that could keep evolution in and creation out.Bill Nye’s 2.5-minute emotional rant, unfortunately, shows the power of an authority figure who can garner over a million viewers to listen to his empty rhetoric and influence the culture.  Two minutes of lies and distortions, spoken off the cuff with no support, take paragraphs to refute.  Don’t despair: if one boy calling out “The Emperor is naked!” can turn the tide, a few of us with our heads still screwed on, not influenced by the aura of the elitist Bandwagon, can make a difference.  Get your megaphone and shout the truth. 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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 4, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 12-4-17Strong winds will develop by midday today over almost all of Ohio.  These winds are ahead of a cold front that should sweep through tomorrow, starting very early tomorrow morning (shortly after midnight) and going through the mid to late afternoon. We should see clouds increase through this afternoon, but in a bit of good news this morning, we have no concern about any moisture in NW Ohio, which we did mention last time we talked last week.  The strong winds will be at least 15-30 mph sustained today, and will take temps well above normal one more time.As we mentioned, the cold front comes through tomorrow and will bring precipitation from roughly 3 AM through mid tomorrow afternoon.  Action should be out of the state tomorrow before sunset and that means we are looking at about 12 hours’ worth of precipitation potential – that is about it. In that time we should see .25”-.75” rain totals with coverage at 80% of the state. The map above shows rain totals through tomorrow shortly after sunset. However, the upper end of the range likely is going to be very limited in scope, geographically.Behind the front tomorrow night we will start to feel a dramatic change in temps. In fact, we are going to be heading to normal and below normal levels for the second part of the week. West winds will dominate for Wednesday, with a slightly more north component on Thursday. Still, most of the state will see sun hind and only a few clouds to finish the week as the colder air stair steps in. We do expect some lake effect snow potential all along the shore areas of Lake Erie on Thursday, but it should not extend very far inland.The weekend and rest of the 10 day period also looks dry. High pressure will be in and we do see brutal cold for the weekend, with temps well below normal on Saturday and Sunday. But, we will be precipitation free. An upper level low moves in over the great lakes for next Thursday, the 14th, and it will bring some precipitation threats. We can see liquid potential of up to .5” over 80% of the state. We will have to wait until closer to the event to see what kind of air mass we are dealing with, but we would trend toward south flow allowing for rain to start and perhaps ending as snow. The rest of the extended period is mostly dry, with a mix of clouds and sun, and temps near to slightly below normal.last_img read more