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Humboldt State football returns home looking to build off GNAC-opening win

first_imgArcata >> With the future of their program up in their air, the Humboldt State football team has had no other option than to put their collective heads down and work.That certainly was the case last weekend when HSU made the trip to Azusa Pacific and upset the 8th-ranked Cougars on their home field in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams.Now, the Jacks return home looking to pick up where they left off in Southern California.Humboldt State (1-0 overall, 1-0 GNAC) is …last_img

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Darwinian Explanations: Show or Snow?

first_imgWe all know the proverbial “snow job.”  That’s putting on an entertaining song and dance without doing the assignment.  A college sophomore (wise fool) writes a 15-page term paper full of jargon that, on closer inspection, didn’t follow directions or didn’t answer the question – it reveals ignorance of the subject.  A job applicant makes an impression with humor or appearance without demonstrating ability to do the work. A junior makes up a fanciful story to cover up why he didn’t mow the lawn.  Scientists are supposed to explain things based on observation and testable hypotheses.  If Darwinians really believe that an unguided, impersonal, purposeless mechanism led to the diversity of life on Earth, they need to show the evidence.  Here are a few recent examples of evolutionary explanations.  Check whether they “show” evolution, or distract attention with a “snow” job.Introducing: TNA! (ta-daah).  An article on New Scientist purports to show that you don’t need to start life with the familiar DNA or RNA.  A “simpler” molecule called TNA that uses threose instead of ribose might have gotten things started.  In fact, the early earth might have been a “hodge-podge world” of many different molecules that could store genetic information.  The imagination goes wild with the possibilities.Only by getting into the nitty-gritty of the article do you come to realize that this is all guesswork.  (1) TNA is “not found in nature today.”  (2) TNA “would not have arisen on its own.”  (3) There is “no trace of TNA or its cousins in modern organisms.”  (4) “no one has actually made it in the conditions that existed on Earth before life began….”  (5) John Chaput and team at U. of Arizona intelligently designed TNA molecules and “evolved them” in their lab with purpose and intent.  (6) “Chaput points out that we still know very little about what TNA can do, because the technology to evolve the molecules in the lab is so new.”  Yet reporter Michael Marshall titled his exploration of TNA, “Before DNA, before RNA: Life in the hodge-podge world.”  Did he show any life?Witness evolution in an English quarry:  Reporter Carl Yapp of the BBC News is going to “shed light” on evolution through amazingly-preserved fossils found in an abandoned quarry.  They’re 450 million years old, he tells us.  Eagerly, the reader looks into the quarry for the evolution, with the powerful flashlight beam Yapp is holding, and sees amazing things: complex hydroids (related to sea anemones), chambered nautiloids, sponges – a whole “community that was entirely new and surprising.”  These animals, the reader learns, were buried alive so quickly that they fossilized intact – a unique, “spectacular,” “astonishing” collection of animals, some so delicate they rarely fossilize.Yapp said, “Scientists believe they shed new light on how ocean communities have evolved.”  Sufficiently dazzled by the fossils, the impatient reader asks about the promised evidence for evolution, only to hear paleontologist Dr. Lucy Muir say (watch for the operative word imagined):“It’s not a discovery that you can point to and say: ‘This proves such-and-such,’” said Dr Muir.“Rather, it’s a question of adding a large new chunk of knowledge, and in turn suggesting that there are many more chunks left to find.“This type of ecological community type was simply unknown from rocks this old, and for it to suddenly appear makes palaeontologists wonder what else they’ve been missing.“It shows us that Ordovician ecosystems were even more diverse and complicated than we imagined.”Your inner fish, v.2:  Alfred Romer’s old idea of fish evolving legs as they hopped between drying desert ponds is implausible. Tiktaalik is a has-been.  But now, thank Charles Darwin, “A new theory emerges for where some fish became four-limbed creatures.”  Let’s let PhysOrg set the stage from a University of Oregon press release:A small fish crawling on stumpy limbs from a shrinking desert pond is an icon of can-do spirit, emblematic of a leading theory for the evolutionary transition between fish and amphibians. This theorized image of such a drastic adaptation to changing environmental conditions, however, may, itself, be evolving into a new picture.Hero of the new “evolving…picture” is University of Oregon scientist Gregory J. Retallack.  He’s motivated to provide a new “scenario,” because “such a plucky hypothetical ancestor of ours probably could not have survived the overwhelming odds of perishing in a trek to another shrinking pond.”  So out with the old, in with the new: the ancestor wasn’t in a desert after all.  It was in a jungle.  “Judging from where their fossils were found, transitional forms between fish and amphibians lived in wooded floodplains,” Retallack explains.  “Our distant ancestors were not so much foolhardy, as opportunistic, taking advantage of floodplains and lakes choked with roots and logs for the first time in geological history.”Now, the evidence, please.  It sounds too good to be true: “eight-foot-long, 395-million-year-old tetrapods in ancient lagoonal mud in southeastern Poland.”  Wow!  That would be the evolutionary fossil find of the century.  PhysOrg informs us that the tetrapods were announced a year ago – Oh, that was the story about tetrapod tracks we reported on 1/06/2010 (to be making tetrapod tracks, they had to be tetrapods, not fish).  The reader looks for other corroborating evidence, such as Softpedia.com, only to find that Retallack studied “ancient soils,” not actual tetrapods.  The soils had “tracks” of fish and other animals that he assumes were evolving.  This is old news, anyway; the actual paper in the Journal of Geology came out last May.  The abstract didn’t announce any new tetrapod transitional forms; just fossilized soils where he thought showed the transition took place.  “A woodland hypothesis of evolution is presented here,” the paper says.  So why did this make news in late December on PhysOrg?  Elementary; it’s the theory, you recall, that is evolving, not necessarily the fish.  But that’s OK; finish with a rhetorical flourish, and no one will notice: “The Darwin fish of chrome adorning many car trunks represents a particular time and place in the long evolutionary history of life on earth.”Oh, creationists are so frightful,But concocting tales delightful,And since we’ve no data to show,Let us snow! Let us snow! Let us snow!Our show must go on without stopping,And our eyes evolved by popping (05/31/2005),Critical thinking is turned way down low,Let us snow! Let us snow! Let us snow!(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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10 months agoWijnaldum urges Liverpool not to dwell on Man City setback

first_imgWijnaldum urges Liverpool not to dwell on Man City setbackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says they shouldn’t dwell on defeat at Manchester City on Thursday night.The result sees City cut Liverpool’s lead to four points.Wijnaldum said, “I think it was a good game. We didn’t start well. City were the better team first half but we still created chances and were unlucky. Second half we played better and created more chances and scored. We were unlucky with other chances not going in. One moment we didn’t defend well and they scored.”We are two teams trying to force the other team to make a mistake. Both teams lost the ball. It was a game in which everything could happen. In the end we lost and are disappointed. But we also need to keep our confidence.”I don’t want to say it is a hammer blow. You are always disappointed to lose a game, especially when you come back and create chances. We will be happy if we had a draw. There is no team in the Premier League that will be happy with a loss.”We are still four points clear.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoWatford boss Javi Gracia happy to go with what he has

first_imgWatford boss Javi Gracia happy to go with what he hasby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia insists he’s happy to go with the squad he has.Fringe striker Stefano Okaka completed his temporary switch to Udinese earlier this week, while defender Marvin Zeegelaar has also joined the Serie A club.There is also speculation surrounding the future of the in-form Abdoulaye Doucoure, but Gracia does not envisage any players arriving at Vicarage Road this month. “In this moment, maybe different things happen, but I am happy with the squad I have,” said Gracia.“With the players we have we can complete a very good season and if in one week something changes, we will see.“But at the moment I prefer to value the players I have because they deserve that. We have to be demanding with the players and we have to be ambitious with them, too.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoBournemouth striker Josh King: Time to find consistency

first_imgBournemouth striker Josh King: Time to find consistencyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Josh King says they need to find consistency.King has featured in all four games as the Cherries have taken four points from their first four games – a tally matched in their first two seasons in the top flight.The 27-year-old frontman netted from the spot to pave the way for the 2-1 win at Aston Villa and was also involved in the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on the opening day.Asked for his opinion on their start, King told afcb.co.uk: “It’s been a very mixed bag. I thought we let ourselves down against Sheffield United. We should have beaten them but didn’t perform at our highest level.“We played a high-performance and energetic game against Aston Villa and won.“I thought we put in a good performance against Manchester City and them and Liverpool are the two best teams in the league.“I didn’t think anyone played well against Leicester and we all knew it. It’s in the back of everyone’s mind that it was a bad performance and we want to make it right against Everton.“They have made a few new signings and have a good team. Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi are two good acquisitions and Richarlison is playing well and scoring goals.“Every time we play Everton, it’s a good game to watch. We’re both attacking and both box to box which is probably why they have put it on television on Sunday.“We haven’t performed how we should have in the first four games and maybe the international break came at a good time because we can regroup and focus on Sunday because we need three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd striker Rashford: I know how Greenwood feels

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford: I know how Greenwood feelsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcus Rashford was delighted for Manchester United matchwinner Mason Greenwood last night.Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.”Me being in his shoes in the past, I know how he feels,” Rashford said.”Even more important, that was the goal that won us the game, that’s what everyone should be talking about.”He’s been doing well since he joined the first team and there is 100 per cent more to come from him. I’m sure he is excited and everyone else is excited as well.”I would not say it is a weight off his shoulders. For the kids coming through the academy, that does not exist for them.” last_img read more

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Provinces territories push feds to loosen restrictions on infrastructure cash

first_imgOTTAWA – Provincial and territorial governments are asking the federal Liberals to loosen the strings tied to billions in upcoming infrastructure spending, including more relaxed spending requirements if it means too much of a hit to their budgets.The group is also asking Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi to let provinces and territories move money between funding programs in case there are greater needs in one area, like transit, and leftover cash in another, such as cultural centres.The demands, delivered on the eve of a meeting between Sohi and his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa, add to the negotiations over how $33 billion in planned federal spending over the next 11 years will be used.The Liberals want to prevent provinces and territories from using federal dollars in place of their own. But the letter from Ontario’s infrastructure minister seems to push back at that idea, with Bob Chiarelli writing that federal funding “should not result in additional fiscal pressure on provinces, territories, and municipalities.”In an interview earlier in the day, Sohi said he was willing to talk with provinces and territories about how best to deliver the billions the government plans to spend.“This is a 10-year plan and having that kind of 10-year plan in place does give them more flexibility, does give them more time to plan and think about what kind of projects do they want to put forward,” Sohi said.Concerns about the wording of those funding agreements, and issues with spending the first tranche of the Liberals’ infrastructure cash, will make up the bulk of the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.All those Phase 1 projects must be completed by March 2018, but Sohi said the government will grant extensions on a case-by-case basis. The provinces and territories want a blanket one-year extension, with additional time for small and remote communities given the “historic volume of projects” underway.“Project review and federal approval has taken more time than expected. As a result, many municipalities and First Nations are experiencing challenges meeting current federal timelines,” Chiarelli’s letter says.The slower-than-expected pace of work mirrors the pace of federal spending: The Liberals carried over $828 million in infrastructure money to this fiscal year.On Tuesday, the Finance Department said the deficit was about $5.2 billion smaller than the $23 billion projected in the first Liberal budget, largely a result of a $3.7-billion lag in spending that included infrastructure cash.Infrastructure spending historically falls short of federal budget projections because the government doesn’t dole out cash until after construction begins or ends on a project, meaning actual spending can happen months or years beyond federal spending projections.Sohi also plans to talk about how federal cash flows for new roads, subways and water systems during the face-to-face meeting. He argued lower-than-expected federal spending didn’t have a “negative impact on the construction timelines or the projects not being undertaken.”“The allocation of money is not a problem. The approval of projects is not a problem because we have done that and the vast majority of Phase 1 resources are allocated.”The problem appears partially to be a lack of urgency from federal departments holding the purse strings, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.A March briefing note prepared for the deputy minister at Infrastructure Canada said agencies and departments didn’t see doling out the cash as a top priority, “and may consider this imperative among several other priorities.”The briefing note prepared for a meeting of senior officials from those eight agencies recommended that Sohi’s deputy minister prod his counterparts about the pace of spending, particularly with billions more about to become available through the second phase of the Liberal program.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

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