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Maia completes the trio of surprising Brazilian signings

By on May 14, 2020

first_imgThe technical secretary Barcelona seems to bet decidedly for the young Brazilian talent in the last year of the mandate of the board chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu. At surprise hires from the midfielders Matheus Fernandes and Matheus Pereira joins the latest news that the blaugrana club It has been made with an option preferences for Gustavo Maia, a 19-year-old Sao Paulo forward.As confirmed on Thursday ESPN Brazil, the blaugrana club has already paid one million euros by Purchase option for the Brazilian player and if he wants close the deal will have to put 3.5 million euros before June 30 to be done with 70% of their rights economic. The remaining 30% would be kept by Sao Paulo.This operation is done three months after Barcelona unexpectedly closed two agreements with Juventus for Matheus Pereira and with Palmeiras for Matheus Fernandez while letting four players formed in The farmhouse like Carles Pérez, Carles Aleñá, Abel Ruiz Y Alexander Marquis left the club. Matheus Fernandes (21 years old) is a defensive means formed in the Botafogo, team that transferred him to Palmeiras from where this winter market came to Barcelona in exchange for 7 million euros plus three in variables. Barça, the last day of the market yielded to Valladolid until the end of the season.Matheus Pereira (22 years old) joined this winter to Barcelona B in a strange exchange operation with the Juventus, what signed the young striker from Barcelona Alejandro Marqués for 8.2 million euros. Barça received in addition to money the transfer of Pereira with a mandatory purchase clause by the same amount. A trading card that looks more like trading to balance balances than sports interest.These two surprising operations have been now added Maia’s in a clear commitment to bet on young brazilian values before they explode and are out of the club’s economy.last_img read more

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Álvaro González will stay in France

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first_imgThe Cantabrian defender, Álvaro González, will stay at the end of the season in France to continue working for Olympique de Marseille. The central plays as on loan from Villarreal in the French team for a season and, he does it, loan with a purchase option that was initially secured was not compulsory. For this reason, it would be this June when the team from Marseille had to make that purchase option effective on the player, without specifying the amount and whether this was mandatory. But from the looks of it, Both parties had already agreed that this option would be compulsory, and that the French club would pay the four million euros that Villarreal spent on their hiring.. Thus, this summer or when that market can be opened, Olympique must make that purchase effective and pay this amount. With what the defense will already pass definitively to its ranks. It is true that although this obligation did not exist, The good performance of the Spanish defense being is a fixed and of the outstanding ones of the team, forced that definitive purchase. So it was quite clear that in one way or another, the player’s continuity was assured.Álvaro played in Villarreal three seasons, in which he came as a resource, but ended up being a fixture in eleven. But Raúl Albiol’s arrival to the team last summer made him look for a way out, with the idea of ​​having more minutes of which it seemed was going to have in the Castellón team. A departure that was given to French football, and to one of the historical ones such as Olympique de Marseille.last_img read more

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Trial into “cricket bat” murder commences

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgA 12-member jury was on Monday empanelled before Justice Navindra Singh at the Demerara High Court as the trial into the murder of 40-year-old Deonarine Manbodh also called “Ramesh”, who died as a result of a fatal beating in October of 2016, commenced.Accused: Jonathan BudhanTwenty-two-year-old Jonathan Budhan is accused of murdering Manbodh on October 25, 2016, in the county of Demerara. After this indictment was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to the offence.Budhan is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes while the State’s case is being presented by Prosecutors Teriq Mohammed, Abigail Gibbs and Tuanna Hardy.During Monday’s court session, two witnesses took the stand before Justice Singh to give their part of evidence into the matter. Dinesh Manbodh, brother of the deceased, testified that he was present at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary to identify his brother’s body, after which a post-mortem examination was performed.Another brother, Nathram Manbodh, informed the court that his deceased brother lived in the same yard with him, as the plot of land had three houses constructed on it. He further denied knowledge of the accused being in a relationship with Deonarine’s daughter, stating that he did not know this because he was not involved in the affairs of his brother’s family. Under cross-examination, the witness admitted that he wanted his niece to have ‘high-class’ spouses but further stated that his family would never prevent his niece from being with a ‘low-class’ partner because it cannot be stopped.Dead: Deonarine Manbodh also called “Ramesh”Back in 2016, Budhan was charged for the murder when he appeared at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court and was remanded. Reports indicate that on the day in question, the accused, while armed with a cricket bat, beat the now dead man. Manbodh was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was admitted and died four days later.The accused, who evaded police apprehension after committing the act, later turned himself in at the Leonora Police Station where he was charged for the offence.last_img read more

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Parliament should empower PAC to impose sanctions – Sharma

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first_imgIn light of the investigation launched into the school feeding programme, Auditor General Deodat Sharma is recommending adjustments be made to the Standing Orders of the National Assembly to allow the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to enforce the law.In light of the investigation launched into the school feeding programme, Auditor General Deodat Sharma is recommending adjustments be made to the Standing Orders of the National Assembly to allow the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to enforce the law.He made this recommendation on the sidelines of the handing over of the 2016 Audit Report on the Public Accounts of Guyana and a copy of the performance report on the new access road to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).“The Public Accounts Committee has finished examining the 2015 AG report. So they are waiting on the 2016. But I think the problem they are having is: can the Public Accounts Committee mete out disciplinary action?” he asked.According to the Standing Orders, the answer is ‘no’, and as such, the AG is recommending that there be an amendment of the Standing Orders to empower the PAC to impose sanctions.One of the PAC’s main functions is examining the audited accounts in the Auditor General’s Report, which would show the appropriation of sums granted by the National Assembly to meet public expenditure. The PAC also exercises general supervision over the functioning of the Auditor General, in accordance with the Rules, Policies and Procedures Manual.The Committee’s powers are enshrined in the Legislative Bodies (Evidence) Act, Chapter 1:08, which allows for the PAC to summon witnesses to give evidence and/or provide it with documents. It also can impose penalties for non-compliance, including not answering questions fully or satisfactorily. These penalties, if convicted, include fines and imprisonment. In addition to its Chairman, Irfaan Ali, its members include Members of Parliament Bishop Juan Edghill, Charrandass Persaud, Nigel Dharamlall, Pauline Sukhai, Volda Lawrence, Jermaine Figueira and Valarie Patterson.School Feeding ProgrammeThe Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the education sector, which was completed earlier this year, had recommended that an investigation be launched into the school feeding programme to ensure Government was getting value for money.Following this recommendation, state auditors had embarked on an investigation targeting the programme. They had reportedly found major “spending” inconsistencies plaguing the programme in two remote villages in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) during the period 2016/2017.Notwithstanding the lofty ideals of the programme, coordinators in the red-flagged region have reportedly been abusing the responsibility and power vested in them.The particular scrutiny that was brought to bear into the expenditures for each meal revealed that costs were inflated. This had raised further queries as to whether the correct procurement procedures were followed during the awarding of the contracts.Some $1.3 billion and $1.9 billion were injected into the programme in the years 2016 and 2017 respectively. It was set up in all 10 administrative regions. It was the previous administration that had started the National School Feeding Programme in February 2010.Even as state auditors were probing the allegations of fraud in the programme, things had progressed to the point where the Guyana Police Force had to be called in and an official report made.The National School Feeding Programme targets all nursery and primary school students in Grades One and Two. The school feeding programme was implemented in Regions One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and 10 and Georgetown. Regions 7, 8 and 9 are treated separately. The programme consists of biscuits and juices.last_img read more

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Mustangs turn up the pressure, 40-27

By on January 11, 2020

first_img• Photo Gallery: Palm Springs vs. Walnut WALNUT – One dominant stretch of the third quarter was all it took Thursday for the Walnut High School girls basketball team to down visiting Palm Springs and advance to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III-A playoffs. The Mustangs turned up the defensive pressure and held the Indians scoreless for the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half on their way to a 40-27 win. “We play defense very well,” Walnut coach Lori Huckler said. “We’re quick and always in people’s faces. You could see the frustration on Palm Springs’ faces. We’re just everywhere, all the time.” As Palm Springs threw the ball away and squandered numerous third-quarter possessions, Walnut was busy busting open the game with an 11-0 run. Senior center Richelle Najera led the Mustangs with 12 points. Her 3-point-play with 4:15 left in the third gave Walnut its first double-digit lead, at 27-16. Aasia Aguirre sank a 3-pointer moments later to make it 30-16. Palm Springs managed just four points in the third quarter and only 10 in the entire second half. “I think in the first half we kind of played into what Palm Springs wanted,” Huckler said. “Too upbeat and too crazy. It was fast and manic. I told them we had to slow it down and take them out of their game and then we can set up our game. “I attribute at least the first quarter to first-round jitters.” center_img Walnut, which won the San Antonio League, improved to 20-6 overall and gave the school its second consecutive 20-win season. The Mustangs will play either Orange or Desert Mirage on Saturday night. Palm Springs hung around, but never really threatened in the fourth quarter. Aguirre and Crystal Kim hit 3-pointers to keep the Indians at-bay. “It’s a relief \,” Huckler said. “It doesn’t surprise me because we’ve had games like that all season.” No other Mustang reached double figures. Aguirre and Ella Rodriguez added eight points apiece. Kim chipped in with seven. Thursday’s win was Walnut’s 11th in a row and marked the third time this season the Mustangs held an opponent under 30 points. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 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

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Strong detective work leads to five arrests in Malibu fire

By on December 29, 2019

first_imgPrecut fire logs and discarded food wrappers were among clues that led to the arrest Thursday of five men who arson investigators believe started last month’s devastating Malibu wildfire. Sheriff Lee Baca said a winding investigation took detectives to as far as the Oregon border, to a grocery store and to debit card records. The result: tracking down the Los Angeles area men who authorities believe set an illegal campfire at the cave where the wildfire started. “As adults we have always taught our children to be aware of the perils of fire,” Baca said during a news conference. “In this case adults and fire and carelessness … are things that led to this crime.” County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said campfires in the area were prohibited. Baca said each felony charge could carried two to four years of prison time if convicted. Attempts to find phone listings for the men were unsuccessful. Baca said investigators went through security tape and receipts at a local Ralphs market, eventually learning the identity of those believed to be responsible by checking a debit card number. Investigators then traveled up to Shasta County near the Oregon border to speak to witnesses. No one from that county was charged, officials said. Whitmore said arson investigators found several pieces of evidence that indicated revelers had triggered the blaze by setting a campfire at a popular party spot by a cave in Corral Canyon, which abuts Malibu Creek State Park. The graffiti-covered cave is located off a service road overlooking the rolling hills of Malibu that lead down into the Pacific Ocean. Arson detective Irma Gonzales said a group of 12 people had been partying at the cave. She did not comment on how the blaze spread from the campfire, but said the group did not try to fight it, nor did they try to warn residents as they fled from the flames. “They just drove off,” Gonzales said. The Nov. 24 fire took firefighters several days to contain, destroyed over 50 homes, 35 other structures and burned over 4,900 acres in the Corral Canyon area, officials said. The total cost of the fire was estimated at $100 million, and six firefighters were injured. —- Associated Press Writers Robert Jablon and Christopher Weber contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It is illegal to set fires in the cave above Corral Canyon under any circumstances. Whether there’s a Santa Ana wind condition or not, it’s illegal,” said Yaroslavsky. “It is reckless, on top of the illegality, to set a fire anywhere in the mountains when there is a Santa Ana wind condition as there was the night this fire broke out.” Baca identified the men as Brian Allen Anderson, 22; William Thomas Coppock, 23; Brian David Franks, 27; Eric Matthew Ullman, 18; and 19-year-old Dean Allen Lavorante. All five were in custody Thursday evening, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. It was unclear whether they had retained lawyers. The suspects were each charged with two felony counts of recklessly causing a fire with great bodily injury and recklessly causing fire to inhabited structures, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office. They were scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Van Nuys Superior Court. Bails range from $240,000 to $265,000.last_img read more

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Man accused of attacking motorists is remanded in custody

By on December 27, 2019

first_imgA man who attacked a number of motorists who were stuck in a traffic jam in Letterkenny after he had just been released from prison has been remanded in custody.Francis McConnell appeared by videolink before Letterkenny District Court this morning. It follows a series of incidents on Tuesday during which motorists were attacked in their cars in Letterkenny.A number of motorists sitting in their cars at Oldtown Bridge had their vehicles attacked just after 7.30pm.Although nobody was physically injured during the attacks, a number of motorists queued in traffic had their vehicles damaged.McConnell, aged 30, of no fixed abode but from Letterkenny, was arrested a short time later by Gardai after an alleged assault close to a McDonald’s fast-food outlet in the town.He was still wearing his grey prison tracksuit when arrested and brought to Letterkenny Garda station where he was detained.The accused appeared before Judge Deirdre Gearty where he was charged with criminal damage of a number of cars, assault and public order offences.Solicitor for the accused Patsy Gallagher again asked for all the necessary medical treatment to be given to his client.Mr Gallagher claimed “My client tried to get psychiatric help when he was released from prison yesterday morning but it is my understanding that he was refused.”Judge Gearty agreed to adjourn the case and remand McConnell in custody until next Thursday, August 15th to allow for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.She commented “This has been a very serious sequence and again we have separation of responsibilities – this is a very difficult situation where prison service approached it in a certain way and health services saw it differently.”Man accused of attacking motorists is remanded in custody was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackdonegalFrancis McConnellletterkennyMOTORISTSlast_img read more

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UPROAR AS GARDAI PHOTOGRAPH PROTESTERS BURNING HOUSEHOLD CHARGE LETTERS

By on December 25, 2019

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Protestors have burned more than 40 household demand letters outside the offices of Junior Minister Dinny McGinley in Co Donegal this morning.More than a dozen protesters gathered outside Deputy McGinley’s office in Gaoth Dobhair.The group, members of the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay campaign, collected a number of letters from local people who asked to have the letters destroyed as a mark of protest to the €100 charge. The Minister was not in his office at the time of the protest.Gardai were present at the protest and took photographs of the protesters.Spokesman for the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay group, Micheal MacGiolla Easbuig told DONEGAL DAILY he was outraged that Gardai were photographing protesters.“I am outraged by what has happened here this morning. We have a legitimate right to protest. “We should not be photographed by Gardai as happened here this morning.“What are they going to do with these photographs and how will this information be used,” he asked.Mr MacGiolla Easbuig said he was now going to make representations to Deputy Thomas Pringle to raise the matter at a higher level.“We have every right to protest in a peaceful manner and this is what we have done.“I will be contacting Deputy Pringle and asking him to raise this matter in the Dail. “We are now being watched over by political police and that is not acceptable,” he said.Gardai have since denied they took photographs of the protesters.UPROAR AS GARDAI PHOTOGRAPH PROTESTERS BURNING HOUSEHOLD CHARGE LETTERS was last modified: October 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Can’t Pay Won’t PayDinny McGinleyprotestlast_img read more

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Leku returns to Uganda, to play for Proline FC

By on December 22, 2019

first_img Tags: Alfred LekuCAF Confederations CupExpress FConduparaka fcproline fcShafick Bisasovipers sc Leku is remembered for scoring the goal that saved Express from relegation in 2018. (PHOTOS/File)LUGOGO – Alfred Leku will forever be remembered by Express fans as a hero.With the Red Eagles destined for relegation in 2018, the striker scored arguably the most important goal in the club’s history, netting the winner against Masavu FC on the last day of the 2017/18 season.The goal confirmed Express’s status in the top tier and after that, they have gone on to ensure order at Wankulukuku, one that is perceived as the ingredient to avoid relegation fears in the future and attempt to regain past glory.However, that has not been the same case for Leku.Two months after scoring that goal, the former Vipers SC striker moved to Botswana, to Jwaneng Galaxy.After a year filled with struggles and huge spells sitting on the bench, Leku has been let go of and allowed to return to Uganda.He is understood to have agreed terms and will sign for Proline FC in the upcoming season.Joining the Lugogo based outfit may be seen as a down-grade but Leku will get a chance to play continental football in 2019/2020.Shafick Bisaso’s side are the reigning Uganda cup winners, automatically earning a ticket to the CAF Confederations Cup 2019/20202. They are slated to take on Masters Security in the preliminary round of qualification this month.Leku’s careerLeku started out at Kibuli SS in the Copa Coca Cola Schools championships before joining St. Mary’s Kitende SS.He was then promoted to Vipers SC by then-head coach Abdallah Mubiru, but never settled in as he was loaned out on two separate occasions.Leku was ushered into top flight football by Abdallah Mubiru.The energetic striker first spent a season-long loan spell at Onduparaka FC where he impressed with 7 goals across all competitions.He was then sent to Express FC for the 2017/18 season, scoring three goals with only one coming in the league.After learning that he would not get playing time at his parent club Vipers, Leku decided to join Jwaneng Galaxy at the start of last season.Following a troubled single season in Botswana, he now returns home to Proline FC.Comments last_img read more

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Big Science Driven by Political Correctness

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgScientific institutions often imbibe their political and cultural milieu rather than directing it.‘Political correctness’ (PC) is a misnomer if there ever was one. It is neither political nor correct. What it means is leftist intolerance: the opposite of freedom of thought. Certain cultural beliefs of leftists have become dogmatic orthodoxies, from which no one must waver, be they politicians, reporters, teachers, students or professional spokespersons. Anyone who wishes to gain a respectable hearing must use PC language from the leftist catalog of belief. The person must hate what the ‘PC police’ hate, and embrace what they embrace.Political correctness defines tolerable views about class, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, globalism, defense, taxation, climate, creationism, and a host of other topics. People are expected to parrot these positions without thinking about them, using the appropriate Newspeak vocabulary, such as marriage equality, social justice, inclusivity, and global governance – terms invented to sound so intuitively desirable, no definition is necessary. Just as unthinkingly powerful are the loaded words on the negative side: hate speech, science denier, far right. Straying from PC positions invites shunning at best and violence at worst. If you are PC, you are rewarded with the Orwellian label “progressive.” Political correctness is today’s cultural groupthink.Ideally, science should stand apart from the cultural and political climate surrounding it. Science, the timeless and impersonal quest for accurate descriptions of the nature of reality, should speak truth to power. Science should declare what is ‘correct’ according to the evidence. But institutional science today (‘Big Science’) shows itself just as gullible to cultural conformity as any other group. Here are some recent examples.Study explores how gender defines the gym (Phys.org). ‘Gender’ is the preferred PC term these days, because it can be defined in a fluid, socially-constructed way. Should not a scientist be able to speak truth about sexual identity based on chromosomes? This article would have been considered absurd before the PC era. It focuses on ‘gender stereotypes’ rather than the scientifically-obvious differences between men (with XY chromosomes) and women (with XX chromosomes). No one would disagree that proper comportment between the sexes is a matter of cultural maturity, especially in these days of harassment allegations. But this is a touchy-feely, mushy-gushy look at attitudes of males and females in a gym setting, with a not-so-hidden agenda: the need to “intervene and change the gender interplay” and “change gender relations” for workout companions. That’s none of science’s business, but it sure plays well in a PC culture.Researchers examine social identity threat and religion in the US (Phys.org). Typical of PC literature is to treat religion as a matter of social identity, not propositional truth. This article sounds quite gentle in its analysis of attitudes among religious groups, such as which groups feel threatened, but its PC orientation is right there in the headline: ‘social identity’. The PC left is well known for dividing people into identity classes, as if members are unable to escape their class through rational thought. Without doubt, America’s constitutional commitment to freedom of conscience forbids preferential treatment or violence, but what if one group commits all the violence, and another group receives it? Is that a matter of science? To focus merely on psychological factors and the need for ‘tolerance’ (a favorite PC word*) ignores the elephant in the room: the doctrines that religions believe and teach, and their consequences.*Strange that the ‘tolerant leftist’ progressives often support ‘zero tolerance’ policies toward those they are intolerant of.The only scriptures fair to attack (Science Magazine). It is not PC to attack the Koran. That would be ‘Islamophobic’. The only sacred writings you can safely attack are the Christian Scriptures, and so Barry Wood lets loose in his vitriolic attack on the Museum of the Bible in this article, attacking the Bible’s “questionable science” and, along with it, the creationists who believe it. “The archaeological Museum of the Bible, like the Creation Museum in Kentucky, is a Medieval throwback featuring spurious evidence in support of an invented narrative misread as historical fact.” Don’t wait for Science to publish a rebuttal from Dr Frank Turek, Lee Strobel, Dr J. P. Moreland or any other conservative Bible scholar.Why parents should never spank children (Medical Xpress). Two psychologists on this ‘science’ platform make themselves out to be wiser than Solomon, who warned, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15). No righteous parent would punish in anger or inflict physical damage on a child, but it’s that word “never” in the title that is problematic. Science can never say ‘never.’ Scientists can describe statistically the outcomes of children who received corporal punishment, but has no business raising kids. “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die,” Solomon (a parent) also said. “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs 23:13-14). So which would be preferable: stern discipline—spanking if necessary—or letting a rebellious child grow up to be a criminal, or terrorist on the way to hell? Wise parents use the rod sparingly, only for the most egregious offenses, and follow it up with love. Tough love corrects. Christian psychologist James Dobson has long taught the value of corporal punishment used wisely. Not all children need a spanking, he warns; only the deliberately defiant. Sometimes ‘time out’ is not enough for defiant children in tantrums of rebellion. These secular psychologists, however, set themselves up as shamans who warn “never” to spank. That’s a politically-correct view, where all forms of discipline are dubbed ‘violence’ without considering extenuating circumstances that might make corporal punishment the only option to prevent a worse outcome. There are grown-ups happy that their parents loved them enough to stop them from going down wrong paths. “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15). Ask yourselves: Did these PC ‘scientists’ measure the spread of foolishness in society as an outcome of permissive parenting? Did they?Grand Staircase, Home to Countless Dinosaur Fossils, Could Be Destroyed by Mining (Op-Ed by David Polly, Live Science). We can’t fault David Polly from clearly labeling his article as an opinion piece, but it’s noteworthy that this ‘science’ site website would never post a contrary opinion favoring conservatism. Debate on a politically sensitive topic would seem to be a nice, scientific thing to do, but political correctness demands trashing Trump, exalting Clinton, demeaning business, and thinking in either-or categories of identity politics. One could imagine ways that both interests in the policy dispute could be accommodated: some mining, and protection of the richest fossil deposits. Perhaps miners could be instructed to protect new fossil deposits as they are discovered. This is standard practice in many locations now, including west Los Angeles with its La Brea Tar Pits and the Lompoc diatomaceous earth beds. How many fossils of the same species does a scientist need, anyway? No; to be politically correct, David Polly, quoting only liberal sources, must exalt the value of fossils and denigrate the mining business and conservative politicians. Where is his memory? Did he forget that Bill Clinton unilaterally declared Grand Staircase a ‘national monument’ with no local input, as a favor to his rich Indonesian friend to protect his coal mines from competition? The coal beds Clinton put off limits are some of the highest-grade clean coal deposits in the world, equaled only by Indonesia’s. The Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is a vast area. Much of Utah is already owned by the federal government. Surely it would be politically astute to achieve a compromise benefiting all parties. But it would not be politically correct. Let’s see if Live Science presents a conservative Op-Ed in response (don’t hold your breath).Inequality in nature and society (PNAS). This paper illustrates the clash between political correctness and Darwinism. As evolutionists viewing mankind as another kind of evolved animal, they need to value inequality as a driving force for Darwinian evolution. To them, evolution is driven by mindless laws of nature, and natural selection—their favorite ‘law of nature’—requires variation. But they are also sensitive to PC values where equality is the highest good, and ‘wealth inequality’ requires redistribution of wealth. Their solution? “Our analysis suggests that due to the very same mathematical principle that rules natural communities (indeed, a ‘law of nature’) extreme wealth inequality is inevitable in a globalizing world unless effective wealth-equalizing institutions are installed on a global scale.” This idea is intellectually incoherent. First of all, they just said that wealth inequality is an inevitable outcome of mindless laws of nature. What, then, are ‘wealth-equalizing institutions’? Obviously, they must be moral choices by human minds. And why must they be “installed on a global scale”? These guys are Marxist-Leninist out for a world communist revolution! Let them consider what happened in the 20th century to the ‘mechanisms of redistribution’ they seem to feel are necessary to avoid ‘inequality’ that inevitably results from the very Darwinian ‘laws’ they espouse.Science Is Not Simply “What Scientists Do” (Wesley J. Smith at Evolution News). To conclude this entry, consider Smith’s answer to the operational definition of science, “Science is what scientists do,” which is as vacuous a definition as “Temperature is what thermometers measure.” Smith observes scientists hijacking empirical work to make ideological announcements in the name of science. He considers the division of science into conservative and progressive branches a subversive trend, and watches politically-correct scientists using the label ‘anti-science’ as a cudgel to shut their critics up (see article on Science Daily for an example). “We already have a definition of science,” he warns. “Those who want to turn it into something else — whether ideology, social justice, politics, social engineering, etc. — are the real ‘anti-science’ ideologues.”In the last decades of the 20th century, there was a surge of interest in the ‘sociology of science.’ Scientists were put under the microscope, as subjects to observe and analyze. In this genre of scientific papers, the social influences on scientists were considered, as if scientists represented an identity group with their own culture and biases. Scientists didn’t like that. They revolted, rallying around the Sokal Hoax as an excuse to reinstate their imperial authority under the banner of scientific realism.* Nobody seemed to notice that the escapade suffered from infinite regress: who would analyze the sociologists of science?We think that science should pursue objective truth with logic and reason, just like any other academic pursuit should. As these news articles show, however (and there are many, many more like them), the sociologists of science were not all wrong.*These historical episodes, part of the ‘social deconstruction’ movement that also infected literary criticism, are described in detail in two courses by the Teaching Company:  Philosophy of Science by Jeffrey Kasser and Science Wars by Steven Goldman. Highly recommended as therapy for scientism. The courses tend to be on sale around the holiday season.(Visited 654 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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