SBP willing to help Indonesia seal World Cup berth

first_imgFrom L-R: SBP president Al Panlilio, GIlas head coach Chot Reyes and vice chair Robbie Puno. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere has been a lot of confusion as to whether or not all the countries in the three-nation consortium that won the hosting rights for the 2023 Fiba World Cup will get automatic slots to the tournament.Fiba recently said yes, but hoisted a caveat on Indonesia: That slot hinges on the drastic improvement of its national team.ADVERTISEMENT “Indonesia is not guaranteed yet,” SBP president Al Panlilio told INQUIRER.net. “Of course, Fiba would want a competitive World Cup so Indonesia has to show marked improvement with its national team.”READ: PH wins 2023 Fiba World Cup hostingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Philippines, the lead country of the consortium, and Japan will each get one of the 32 berths in the World Cup, which has stringent qualifying tournaments for country’s hoping to earn a spot in the event.And the SBP is willing to help Indonesia cement an appearance in the World Cup. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We can extend as much help as we can to help their national team improve,” Panlilio said. “ We have coaches that we can spare who can come in as consultants and we can arrange friendlies with our teams here.”READ: MVP Christmas gift: 2023 World CupThe Philippines isn’t that much of a wild card for the 32-team tournament. The country is currently ranked 31st in the world. Japan, at 52nd, certainly needs the outright berth granted to hosts. But Indonesia, ranked 108th, may be too much of an accommodation if it doesn’t show marked improvement, considering how cutthroat the competition is for World Cup berths.“Maybe we can have them train here, too,” said Panlilio.The SBP still hasn’t met with its counterparts from Japan and Indonesia to synchronize preparations for the World Cup, but Panlilio said that will be set as soon as things are settled here.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The SBP could extend its offer to help Indonesia in that meeting. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Healed Escoto ready to prove worth for Kia Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Art Center developing quake plan

first_img“In a catastrophic event, people tend to have `9-1-1 syndrome,’ where they think they can pick up a phone and help is on the way,” Amatullo said. “One of the main objectives for the communication strategy of this is to really hammer the point that personal preparedness is key.” elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – If an earthquake were to hit Southern California, would you be prepared? For too many, the answer is no, but a multiyear venture under way at the Art Center College of Design aims to change that. Inspired by a student project that sought to bring good design principles to the rebuilding of New Orleans, “The L.A. Earthquake: Get Ready,” goes even further to bring the school’s design expertise out of the classroom and into the community. “We thought it would be interesting to take an additional step: How could we act instead of reacting, and how could we anticipate solutions to a major disaster closer to home?” said Mariana Amatullo, the school’s director of international initiatives and Designmatters. With the new generation of public service announcements about earthquake preparedness those involved in the project are creating, Amatullo said, “we can bridge the knowledge gap between the scientific community and how the general public perceives the threat of a major earthquake.” The project will include three parts. In January, the school plans to release a “visual sourcebook,” a collection of essays and information about earthquakes, with an introduction by program partner and former FEMA chief James Lee Witt. In the summer of 2008, it will launch a related multimedia public service campaign, aimed at reaching out to 18- to 25-year-olds, who Amatullo said “are going to be the decision makers coming up.” Paired with a “public spectacle” – the details of which are still being planned, perhaps to include a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall – the organizers hope the information campaign will bring the community together and spur Southern Californians to start talking about earthquake preparedness. More than just good design, the project also includes a large research component. Art Center teamed with groups ranging from the United States Geological Survey to the USC Annenberg School for Communication to learn how to deliver the most up-to-date scientific information to the public. last_img

Snowfall warning issued for the South Peace

first_imgEnvironment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. South Peace. Dawson Creek and Chetwynd could see up to 15 cm of snow today.The forecast for the North Peace still calls for only up to 4 cm of snow. See the full text of the warning below for the South Peace.Issued at 2015-11-15 16:25 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)- Advertisement -Current details:Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected. A low pressure system moving across the BC interior will spread snow to BC South Peace River region today. Total snowfall amounts of 10 cm are expected. The snow is expected to taper off this evening.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Snowfall Warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected. Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.last_img read more

Enyimba lose to dash hopes of CAF CL glory for Nigeria

first_img0Shares0000South African club Mamelodi Sundowns scored 11 goals against Cote d’Or of the Seychelles to create two CAF Champions League records © AFP / RODGER BOSCHJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 30 – Enyimba were eliminated from the CAF Champions League Sunday, leaving Nigeria without a club in the upcoming group phase of the elite African club competition.A goal just after half-time from Mohamed Musa gave Al Hilal of Sudan a 1-0 victory over Enyimba in Omdurman and the east Africans won by the same score overall after a goalless first leg. It was a shock outcome to the last-32 tie as five-goal Enyimba had impressive in the preliminary round while Hilal needed the away goal rule to scrape past modest opponents.Kano Pillars, the other Nigerian contenders for the Champions League this season, were defeated by Asante Kotoko of Ghana in the previous round.The only consolation for two-time African champions Enyimba is that they will get another shot at winning a CAF competition this season by competing in the second-tier Confederation Cup.All 16 first round losers drop to the Confederation Cup and will play last-32 winners in that competition in two-leg play-offs during October with group places at stake.However, the CAF Champions League is a far more lucrative and prestigious competition and Nigerian football supporters will be bitterly disappointed by the failure of Enyimba.Kotoko will also be competing in the Confederation Cup after they crashed 3-0 away to Etoile Sahel of Tunisia in Monastir after building a two-goal first leg advantage.Algerian Karim Aribi took his goal tally to a chart-topping seven in the Champions League this season by scoring twice in the second half after Mortadha Ben Ouanes put the Tunisians ahead.– Red-carded –Etoile had Saddam Ben Aziza red-carded on 79 minutes with the tie deadlocked at 2-2 on aggregate and Aribi scored the crucial goal five minutes later.Tunisia will have two contenders in the group phase as trophy-holders Esperance survived a scare Friday to defeat minnows Elect-Sport of Chad 2-1 near Tunis and qualify 3-2 overall.Hassan Ibrahim rattled the four-time champions by scoring for the Chadian electricity company club before half-time.Ivorian Ibrahim Ouattara levelled on 62 minutes and Algerian Abdelraouf Benguit struck the goal that won the second leg and the tie with seven minutes remaining.Also on Friday, former champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa hammered Cote d’Or of the Seychelles 11-1 near Pretoria to create two Champions League records and equal another.The 16-1 aggregate victory was the biggest in the 55 years of the competition, bettering the 13-goal successes of Al Ahly and Zamalek of Egypt and Young Africans of Tanzania.Sundowns also became the first club to score 11 goals in a single match, overtaking the 10 goals netted by Difaa el Jadida of Morocco two seasons ago.The 10-goal winning margin in a single game matched that of El Jadida with Sundowns’ goal spree spearheaded by Sibusiso Vilakazi with a hat-trick.Sundowns led 6-0 at half-time and among the scorers were two Uruguayans, Gaston Sirino and recent signing Mauricio Affonso.A group phase draw to split the 16 qualifiers into four groups will be made on October 9 in Cairo with the first matches scheduled for November 29 and 30.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rodgers signs new Leicester deal, ending Arsenal link

first_img0Shares0000Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Brendan Rodgers has committed his long-term future to Leicester City, ending speculation linking him with the vacant Arsenal manager’s job.The Northern Irishman moved to Leicester from Celtic in February after winning seven trophies in just under three years in charge in Scotland. The 46-year-old has taken Leicester to second in the Premier League behind Liverpool, with 11 wins from 15 matches this season.Leicester, the 2015/16 Premier League champions, have won their past seven league games to equal their top-flight record for consecutive victories.Rodgers’ success at the King Power Stadium saw him linked heavily with the Arsenal manager’s job after the sacking last week of Unai Emery.“When I made the decision to come to Leicester City, it was because I was excited about the direction the club was taking and how I could apply my experience to the journey,” said Rodgers, who went close to winning the Premier League with Liverpool in 2014.“I came here with a purpose to add something to that and to help the club build for the future,” added Rodgers in a statement issued by the club.Rodgers said talks about the contract had been going on before Emery was sacked.“We’ve been talking for a few weeks,” he said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game at Aston Villa. “It’s a great club. We just want to keep progressing.“We’re looking to continue on the legacy. We don’t have the wealth of the top six, but perhaps we can do this in a different way.”Leicester City Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “Brendan’s qualities as a coach are well-known and evident in the way he has sought to unlock the potential in every member of our exciting young squad.“But just as important to us is the suitability of Brendan’s wider philosophy to the club’s established culture and values.”0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MANUS GETS BACK BEHIND THE WHEEL FOR THE CARLOW RALLY

first_imgManus Kelly (right) with co-driver Donal Barrett after winning last year’s National event.Glenswilly rally driver, Manus Kelly, will compete in his first event of the year this weekend when he travels to the Carlow Stages Rally.Manus, who won the national event in last year’s Donegal International Rally, will make the move up into the big league on Saturday when he will goes in a Subaru S12B WRC from Melvyn Evans Motorsport based in Wales.Looking ahead to the event, Manus said he is relishing the chance to compete again. “It’s a big step and I’m just glad we have managed to secure the car for Carlow,” commented Manus, who will have his regular co-driver, Donal Barrett, on the notes.“We have secured a top quality car and it will come with a full service crew for the one-day event. It’s a really exciting time for us and we are looking forward to testing the car on Friday before Saturday. Our last event was Donegal last year and winning the national championship in the Mk 2 Ford Escort has been the highlight of my career. That was certainly a dream come true,” the Letterkenny-based businessman said.“This weekend is a big step up and we have to be realistic about our expectations. A top ten finish would be a great result. This is a pre-run for the Donegal International in June and a tidy, hitch-free run in Carlow is what we are looking for. After the weekend, which hopefully goes well, we can reassess things and plan accordingly for Donegal,” Manus added.The Carlow Stages Rally is sponsored by the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow and is a counting round of the Triton and South East Stages Rally Championship and MK2 Challenge. The rally will consist of a 3 x 3 loop stages over 110km, with the centralised serviced area based at Carlow IT.MANUS GETS BACK BEHIND THE WHEEL FOR THE CARLOW RALLY was last modified: May 4th, 2016 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:donegalManus Kellyrallylast_img read more

What World Cup games are on talkSPORT today? All you need to know

first_imgThursday’s World Cup action threw up plenty of drama.Argentina were humiliated by Croatia to leave them on the brink of a group stage exit, VAR again took centre stage as Denmark and Australia played out a 1-1 draw, while Kylian Mbappe became France’s youngster ever scorer at a World Cup with the winner against Peru. The day’s action ends with Serbia v Switzerland in Group E at 7pm. Serbia can book their place in the last 16 with a win. Mladen Krstajic’s side secured a crucial 1-0 victory against Costa Rica in their first game and are currently top of the table in a group which also has Brazil in it. Full match preview here.How can I follow the matches?Easy. Stick it on talkSPORT here, as the team will bring you all the action LIVE from Russia.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2. We’re hoping for more great action today with another three crunch games, all live on talkSPORT.Here’s all the details of what’s on at the World Cup on Friday, June 22.What times are the World Cup kick-offs today?First up is Brazil v Costa Rica in Group E at 1pm. Both sides are hoping to pick up their first win of the tournament. Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland last week, while Costa Rica were defeated by Serbia to sit bottom of the group. Full match preview here. Lionel Messi’s Argentina lost 3-0 to Croatia Nigeria prepare for their showdown with Iceland Next up is Nigeria v Iceland in Group D at 4pm. Iceland secured an excellent draw against Argentina in their first ever World Cup finals match, while Nigeria were defeated by Croatia. With Argentina losing to Croatia on Thursday night, a win for Iceland would put them in the driving seat for a last 16 spot. Full match preview here. center_img 3 3 3 Neymar is fit despite an injury scare last_img read more

Man United sources insist Jose Mourinho will not be sacked this weekend

first_imgBut senior sources at the club are insistent that Mourinho retains the backing of his bosses – for now – and he will be given time to turn things around.United have made their worst start to a season in 29 years having collected just ten points from their opening seven Premier League games.They have also suffered a humiliating Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Championship side Derby County.The Mirror’s sensational report says Mourinho has now reached the point of no return and is resigned to his fate.In a three-and-a-half minute press conference on Friday morning, Mourinho cut a forlorn figure as he conceded results and performances had not been good enough this season.However, United are privately insisting that there is no immediate threat to the 55-year-old’s position. Jose Mourinho is enduring one of the worst runs of his managerial career Mourinho is one of the most successful managers of all-time and there is hope he will still be the manager United have been desperately searching for since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.United have won the Europa League and Carabao Cup since the Portuguese’s arrival at the club, but have been unable to mount a serious title challenge.They finished sixth in Mourinho’s first campaign and, though they ended last season in second, they were a massive 19 points adrift of champions Manchester City.This term, United are sitting tenth after seven games, already nine points off the top, and there have been numerous reports of discontent behind the scenes, with his apparently strained relationship with Paul Pogba the subject of much speculation.You can listen to live and exclusive national radio commentary of Manchester United v Newcastle United on talkSPORT this Saturday, kick-off 17:30 2 Manchester United have denied they are planning to sack Jose Mourinho as manager this weekend.The Daily Mirror’s back page splash on Saturday claims that the United hierarchy have made the decision to axe Mourinho and he will be shown the door irrespective of how the team get on against Newcastle United at Old Trafford this evening. Ed Woodward plans to give Jose Mourinho more time 2last_img read more

Raiders mailbag: Hard Knocks, potential trades and much more

first_imgIt’s that time of year again, folks.The combine is only a week away and before you know it, the Raiders will be on the clock at No. 4.You guys came strong with the questions this week. We’re talking potential trades, first-round mocks, free agency and more. Lets get right to it.1. @JPERO_15: Landon Collins for Derek Carr? I didn’t know it was comedy hour, Jake.2. @JCups45: Hard Knocks if the Raiders stay in Oakland for the 2019 season?I certainly hope so. If you have Jon Gruden, …last_img

Keeping the Media Safe for Darwin

first_imgThe world’s mainstream science journals often discuss Darwinian ideas. From these fountainheads, science reporters and popularizers collect and distribute their libations. Considering that a large population of the public maintains serious doubts that Darwinism is true, it is instructive to see how issues of origins are stated, and what parts are left unstated. Here are some examples from the journals and the popularized reports that followed. It gets really interesting when problems in evolutionary theory are discussed.Multicellularity – No contest: In an essay in Nature April 5, Paul B. Rainey (U of Auckland) speculated that although the origin of multicellularity is “poorly understood,” good old Darwinian survival of the fittest rises to the explanatory rescue: “Could the evolution of multicellular life have been fuelled by conflict among selective forces acting at different levels of organization?” The default answer must be yes, because no hint of a design alternative was even considered. Instead, considering that the difficulties produce “an impossibly difficult challenge for evolution” that looks at first like an “evolutionary dead-end,” he offered “one plausible scenario” and explained it all with game theory, with cells acting as “cooperators” and “cheaters.” Voila—“this is by no means beyond the capacity of evolution – given an appropriate selective environment.” No debate, no challenge.Marine biology – Born again: One would think the phrase born again to be patented by Christians, but Philippe Janvier in the same April 5 issue of Nature titled his news article “Evolutionary biology: Born-again hagfishes.” Hagfish are jawless, cartilaginous eel-shaped marine vertebrates whose evolutionary ancestry is confused: “the hagfish puzzle,” he calls it. “Palaeontology sometimes settles such conflicts. But it is powerless in this case, because the earliest (300-million-year-old) hagfishes, preserved as soft-tissue imprints, are very similar to living ones.” But is this an opportunity for non-evolutionary hypotheses to get a hearing? Clearly not. Janvier discussed findings of a neural crest in one species that “possibly made vertebrates more competitive in the early stage of their evolution.” Thus, even in the absence of evidence, Darwinian hopes can be born of water and the spirit: “Further analyses of the developmental genetics of hagfish embryos might enable us to discover whether hagfish anatomy is primitive or degenerate, and may help in reconstructing the theoretical common ancestor to all vertebrates.” Animal behavior – Unguided intelligence: A book review in the April 5 Nature mentioned “intelligent” and “design” several times – but not together. Tore Slagsvold reviewed a book called Animal Architects by James L. Gould. Here was a prime opportunity to discuss theories of intelligent design, but the subtitle of the book reveals the only point worthy of discussion: Building and the Evolution of Intelligence. The bulk of the review was only about how animal intelligence and the architectures animals produce might have evolved. Humans were not exempt. A sample quote: “Bower birds are considered to be intelligent, suggesting that recursive cycles of selection for a single set of cognitive building abilities and aesthetic refinements are part of the same sort of positive-feedback loop that may have led to the evolution of the human mind.”History of science – A bow to our worthy opponents: Lest this list appear overly selective, here is an example where non-evolutionary ideas got a plug. Peter Dear (Cornell) reviewed a book in the April 12 Nature that acknowledged the religious motives of many early scientists: Stephen Gaukroger’s The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity 1210�1685. Dear’s review was favorable. It acknowledged the debt of modern science to religion: “Far from separating itself from religion, European science at the time became the principal tool for underpinning it: understanding nature was the path towards knowledge of God” he says (see online book and recent article by Michael Egnor). “And having attained this status by the 1680s, argues Gaukroger, science hasn’t looked back since.” Nevertheless, it could be argued that a historical survey ending in 1685 poses no threat to Darwinism. “By starting the story in thirteenth-century Latin Europe, Gaukroger presents a world in which theology, not ‘natural philosophy’, was regarded as the ‘queen of the sciences’. He then traces how this gradually ceased to be the case, and natural philosophy, albeit of a new kind, displaced theology as the touchstone of cognitive propriety.” Indeed, the child grew to devour its mother: “By the end of the seventeenth century, many people were arguing that the standards and procedures of natural philosophy were appropriate models for all kinds of cognitive enquiry, including those involving theology and religion.” The suggestion was that this was a good, progressive trend.Morality – All men are evolved equal: Whence the human motive for fairness and equality? One need look no farther than natural selection, according to a team writing in the April 12 issue of Nature. Five scientists presented a paper called “Egalitarian motives in humans” that placed this noblest of human ideals squarely on an evolutionary footing. They modeled how a sense of fairness arises through emotions in social groups based on game theory: “The results suggest that egalitarian motives affect income-altering behaviours, and may therefore be an important factor underlying the evolution of strong reciprocity and, hence, cooperation in humans.” A question arises: WWJD? (What would Jefferson declare?) In the scientific community, it is no longer self-evident that all men are created equal, nor endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. The Founding Fathers were noticeably absent in the footnotes. All 14 references (John Maynard Smith, etc.) were to Darwinian papers by Darwinian thinkers presenting Darwinian ideas on this question.Tetrapods – Bite-size Darwin: A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that “Terrestrial-style feeding in a very early aquatic tetrapod is supported by evidence from experimental analysis of suture morphology.” In other words, fish developed a bite before invading the land looking for something to eat. A picture story of the whole tale was promptly supplied by Live Science: “Ability to Bite Evolved in Fishy Ancestors.” No other explanation was hinted at, even though the evolutionary explanation was only tentative: “Did fish make the move to land to escape from predators or to exploit new food sources?” Jeanna Brynner asked. “Our findings do support the idea that they came on land to exploit new food sources, but we’re not sure,” one of the authors admitted. Still, the suggestion was fit enough to print.Public policy – Framed Darwin: Moving on to Science, the problem about what to do with “antievolutionism” was discussed. Matthew Nisbet and Chris Mooney in the April 6 issue of Science equated evolution with science and anything else as pseudoscience. The article mentioned creationism and intelligent design in context of other heated social-policy issues like global warming and stem cell research. The idea was not so much how to hold fair debates on these issues in the marketplace of ideas, but how “scientists” should “frame” their arguments for best effect: “Without misrepresenting scientific information on highly contested issues, scientists must learn to actively ‘frame’ information to make it relevant to different audiences.” They justified this tactic on the argument that opposed groups are also framing their arguments. Yet Nisbet and Mooney hedged a little on whether framing arguments for social acceptance amounts to a kind of misrepresentation. Somewhat sheepishly, they stated at the end, “Some readers may consider our proposals too Orwellian, preferring to safely stick to the facts. Yet scientists must realize that facts will be repeatedly misapplied and twisted in direct proportion to their relevance to the political debate and decision-making. In short, as unnatural as it might feel, in many cases, scientists should strategically avoid emphasizing the technical details of science when trying to defend it.” This raises many moral and ethical issues for a group of professionals often on the public dole who are assumed to be objective. Launching from that word “Orwellian,” some of the “antievolutionists” discussed these issues on Evolution News and Access Research Network.Genetics – Primate’s Progress: The rhesus monkey genome made the cover of Science April 13. There were surprises, but nothing blocked the “evolutionary insights” from passing through. One major surprise was that the chimpanzee seems to have more evidence of positive selection than humans. This anomaly, however, was no threat to “big picture” of evolution but will undoubtedly “shed light” on how natural selection works. The boon for “understanding primate evolution” was promptly echoed in Science News (“Primate’s Progress”), National Geographic, BBC News and other science news outlets.Paleontology – Dino Protein: Because it deserves mention again in this context, recall how the announcement of protein fragments in dinosaur bone was “framed” for the media (04/12/2007 entry).Aesthetics – Dance for Darwin: Venturing into the arts, an evolutionary ballet called Orion was reviewed by John Bohannon in Science April 13. Except for a few simplistic reductions of complex subjects and trying to cover too much material, it was gorgeously good, he thought. The script is seamless from big bang to man: “the dancers bring the rapidly evolving universe into being…. From here, we dance through the history of the universe along a logarithmic scale. By the time we reach the midpoint, we’ve already seen inflation, solar systems, complex molecules, cells, and multicellular organisms, and judging by the sound of bird song in the distance, we’re past the Cretaceous by the intermission. The final act is devoted to the past few million years of human evolution, both anatomical and cognitive.” Bohannon describes some of the special effects: “During a footrace between knuckle-walking dancers, the losers curl up and play ‘extinct’ while the survivors gradually stand erect…. A woman peels herself out of a full-body condom and collapses in a melodramatic ending that is pure performance art.” One wonders if this is a Darwinist answer to the creation of Eve.Cell biology – Die, mascot, die: Let’s wrap up this list with a classic example of “framing” an evolutionary argument that appeared today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Everyone tuned to the Darwin vs. Design controversy has heard about the bacterial flagellum, a molecular outboard motor found in many species of bacteria. It has become an unofficial mascot of the Intelligent Design Movement (IDM). Ever since Dr. Michael Behe (Lehigh U) brought the public’s attention to this molecular machine he described as “irreducibly complex” in his highly influential 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box, the flagellum has been a standard-bearer for the IDM. It is prominently featured in the intelligent design documentary Unlocking the Mystery of Life. Could any scientist publishing in a journal be unaware of this? Yet the paper in PNAS by Renyi Liu and Howard Ochman, which specifically addressed the problem of the origin of the bacterial flagellum was startling not only for its claims but its omissions. The reader will search in vain for any mention of intelligent design, or for any footnote reference to Behe, Dembski, Johnson, Minnich, Nelson or any of the other leading intelligent-design scientists who, for over a decade, have held up this molecular machine as a falsification of Darwinian evolution. The reader will also fail to find any mention that alternative explanations exist: only that “Elucidating the origins of complex biological structures has been one of the major challenges of evolutionary studies,” and that “The bacterial flagellum is a primary example of a complex apparatus whose origins and evolutionary history have proven difficult to reconstruct.” Furthermore, the reader will fail to find a Darwinian mechanism by which a functional flagellum could emerge by mindless mutations and blind natural selection. Their entire case relies on homology – similarities between parts. Since there are some sequence similarities in the genes that code for the 50 parts of the flagellum (24 at the theoretical minimum), and since a smaller rotary motor (ATP synthase) bears a slight resemblance to the flagellum, the authors proposed a “Stepwise formation of the bacterial flagellar system” by means of gene duplication and modification. “Within a genome, many of these core genes show sequence similarity only to other flagellar core genes, indicating that they were derived from one another, and the relationships among these genes suggest the probable order in which the structural components of the bacterial flagellum arose.” They left it unstated how ATP synthase might have arrived, considering that it is arguably just as irreducibly complex as the flagellum. Thus all the arguments offered by the IDM against this kind of structure forming naturally were ignored: the need for all the parts to function together or not at all, the failure of co-option to account for “irreducible complexity all the way down,” and the even more complex assembly instructions, to mention a few. The authors did acknowledge that the Type-III Secretion System (TTSS) was probably a devolution, not an ancestor, of the flagellum. But the entirety of their case rested only on similarities between parts. They assumed that this “suggests” a common ancestry – not a common Designer. The huge disparity between what the public thinks about evolution and what the scientific community says is part of a larger problem, said Joel Belz in an editorial for World magazine (April 21, p. 6). “Without a conversation on major issues,” he said, “the media’s intent remains suspect.” In “Seven Big Lies,” Belz singled out Evolution as Number One on his “short list of where the big media regularly get it not just slightly skewed but exactly backwards.” Evolution is one of “seven Big Lies we are all subjected to virtually all the time”:Amazingly, according to polls , the masses—after at least two generations of propaganda—aren’t convinced. By majorities of at least 2-1, they still think “God” had something to do with where everything came from. But evolution remains a basic assumption of the elites who control the media. The evidence? Almost never will you hear an argument. What you almost always get instead is an ”expert.”Other lies in his list are global warming (“‘experts’ instead of serious two-way arguments”): abortion (“imagine 45 million people dying from any other cause…and then avoiding painstaking media analysis”); homosexuality (“Why no serious pursuit of why homosexuals have a life span 20 years shorter than the general population?); stem-cell research (“The mainstream media so often and so consistently confuse the two practices that their basic honesty has to be called into question”); Islam (“But isn’t it a hallmark of serious journalism that the truth must be pursued no matter what the cost?”) and pluralism (“Basic test: How do the media determine which movements can be mocked and ridiculed, and which ones can’t?”). Belz sums it up: “On all these issues—and they’re not tiny, insignificant social questions—we’re not asking that the media agree with us. All we want is an honest discussion. So long as such a conversation is regularly denied, why should we not conclude that someone actually means to be lying to us?”Undoubtedly, the PNAS flagellum paper will become the new official answer of the Darwinists to the IDM challenge of how a complex molecular machine could have evolved. It will be cited endlessly in the journals as proof that the superweapon of the IDM has been defused once for all. Don’t be fooled. Did you notice something? In every case of Darwin spin, the strategy was twofold: (1) assume evolution (begging the question) and (2) ignore the opposition (sidestepping). In case that fails, (3) characterize the opposition as stupid, insane and wicked with association and loaded words. The popularizers take the oracles of the gods and decorate them for the public with visualization, humor, authority and all the other tricks of the tirade (pun intended, for our proofreaders). One of the worst offenders is Lie Science (ditto). The extent of distortion on their evolution propaganda page is breathtaking. It is only surpassed by the silliness of their arguments. Now that you know how the Media Machine operates, you can see how the Darwin Party protects and perpetuates its tyranny. The strategy is repeated in Current Biology, American Naturalist, BioScience and nearly every other mainstream science journal. Intelligent design scientists and their arguments are systematically censored. All arguments are “framed” to keep Charlie’s corpse looking fresh and pink, as materialistic utopia marches onward and upward right past their opponents behind the soundproof barrier. Aren’t you glad for the alternative media? If you have a reaction to these revelations, write here and describe your feelings.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more