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Nuggets improve by 6 games, but fall short of playoffs again

first_imgTHE JOKERJokic was one of the most dominating big men in the league, averaging 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists. He also had 10 triple-doubles.No wonder Malone is all for signing him to a long-term deal.“As soon as possible, sign that kid up,” Malone said.PAINFUL EXPERIENCEAlthough Millsap came back in late February, his wrist wasn’t close to 100 percent. He said doctors told him it will be sore for up to a year.“I still went out there and gave it all I could,” said Millsap , whose team went 24-20 in his absence.THIS & THATForward Kenneth Faried didn’t get into a game after nearly 10 minutes on Feb. 1. … The 37-year-old Jefferson on his future: “It’s not whether or not I’m here. It’s whether or not I’ll be playing basketball.” … Guard Devin Harris averaged 8.2 points after being acquired in February. … Forward Torrey Craig donned a cap Thursday that had one word on it — “Salty.” Mood of the team? “It’s tough on all the guys,” Craig said of missing the postseason. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Veteran Richard Jefferson had a succinct message to the team.“Embrace the pain,” Jefferson said. “The pain is what makes it good.”Soon after, he slung a plastic garbage bag crammed with all his gear over his shoulder and playfully sang “On the Road Again” as he sauntered down the hallway.This is a team that’s steadily on the rise under third-year coach Michael Malone, going from 33 wins in 2015-16, to 40 last season and now 46.“I’ll continue to think about, going into next year, how I can get better next season. What do I have to do as a head coach and a leader to help this team move from being a ninth seed and out of the playoffs with 46 wins to being a playoff team?” Malone said. “Next year is a year we have to make that jump.”ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone reacts to a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Denver. Denver beat Portland 88-82. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER — Nikola Jokic only had a basic outline of his offseason plans: Rest, work out in Denver, return home to Serbia and rest some more.It’s not more elaborate since the Nuggets big man figured he’d be working for a while longer.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former champion Tyson Fury to fight again after doping ban 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 Nuggets won six more games than a year ago and yet finished in the same position — a spot out of the playoffs. This season even came down to a winner-take-all scenario in Minnesota, where the Nuggets came up short in overtime to miss out on the playoffs for a fifth straight season.“I’m not mad. I’m not sad, because I think we played good,” Jokic said Thursday. “We’re not making the playoffs because we were not focused the whole season, every game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownStill, the Nuggets won six straight down the stretch to climb into contention for a spot, before losing to the Timberwolves in a spirited game.“If we play with that sense of urgency that we did at the end, then we wouldn’t have even been in this position,” Will Barton said. “It’s all a part of growing.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Denver had its share of health issues this season, with Paul Millsap missing 44 games after suffering a left wrist injury that required surgery. Jokic was sidelined six games with a sprained left ankle, and Gary Harris missed 11 contests due to a strained right knee, before returning with two remaining.“Through it all, I’m still optimistic and feel comfortable with where we’re at,” said Millsap, who signed a $90 million, three-year deal last summer. “Still wish we were still playing. But I’m still happy about our guys and where we’re at.”Things to know following a season in which the Nuggets went 31-10 at the Pepsi Center and 15-26 on the road:BARTON’S RETURNBarton did a little bit of everything for the Nuggets, from coming in off the bench to starting, from playing two-guard to small forward. A free agent this summer, Barton hopes to be back next season.“We’re building something real special here,” Barton said .MURRAY & MALONEJamal Murray’s dad pushes him. John Calipari, his coach at Kentucky, pushes him. So Malone can, too.“I don’t think he realizes how hard he can get on me, how hard he can push me and demand stuff from me,” said Murray , who turned in quite a second season as he transitioned to point guard.No joke, Murray said he wants his 3-point shooting percentage (37.8 this season) to match his free throw percentage (90.5). Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

‘Stronger, faster’ Manny Pacquiao turns 40 with lavish birthday bash

first_imgLATEST STORIES Rockets’ Zhou Qi released after failure to launch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Entertainers put on a shadow play recounting the rise of the “people’s champ” from abject poverty to becoming a multi-millionaire who doled out free housing to the poor and visited sick people in hospital.Rock bands and gospel singers provided the music, children danced, and Pacquiao’s wife, Jinky, serenaded him with a ballad.“We are so thankful. He never forgets to help us, his poor constituents,” said Sarah Bagas, a middle-aged street sweeper who lined up for her raffle ticket and food stub in mid-morning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments “I feel stronger and faster, and by God’s grace I am wiser at 40, feeling 25,” Pacquiao said, making clear he’s looking forward to facing American Adrien Broner next month.“I believe the best is yet to come. You have not yet seen the best of Manny Pacquiao,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Filipino southpaw, 60-7 with two draws and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995, is to stake his World Boxing Association’s regular welterweight crown against Broner on January 19 in Las Vegas.Pacquiao, winner of an unprecedented eight world titles in as many weight classes, has continued fighting after reversing a decision to retire in 2016. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The rags-to-riches Pacquiao, who quit school and hawked food in the streets and later took up boxing in his teens to support his mother and his younger siblings, is also an elected Philippine senator.“Boxing is my passion and public service is my mission,” he said, wearing a dark suit and fedora hat.The Filipino won his last title by stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur.Speculation remains high that the Broner bout could be a warm-up for a sequel to 2015’s “Fight of the Century”, that Pacquiao lost to undefeated Floyd Mayweather on points.A sedan and two pickup trucks as well as dozens of smaller prizes, like refrigerators, were raffled off at the party, which included a section that was open to the general public.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia This photo taken on December 17, 2018 shows Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte (C) attending the 40th birthday celebration of boxer Manny Pacquiao (3rd L) in General Santos City on the southern island of Mindanao. – Pacquiao said he is a “stronger and faster” fighter as he threw a lavish party on December 17 to mark his 40th birthday ahead of his world title defence against Adrien Broner of the US. (Photo by Ferdinandh CABRERA / AFP)Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said he is “stronger and faster” than ever ahead of his world title defense as he threw a lavish party with thousands of guests and a mass giveaway to mark his 40th birthday.A car, pickup trucks and appliances were raffled off and President Rodrigo Duterte and celebrities were among the well-wishers at the all-night event, held at a sprawling shopping mall in his home city of General Santos.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Opposition Commissioners walk out of GECOM meeting

first_img…entity fails to produce claims of balance in hiringTension is rife at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) after People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioners walked out of a meeting on Tuesday over complaints of Chairman James Patterson using his post to muzzle them.The Opposition is represented at GECOM by Sase Gunraj, Robeson Benn, and Bibi Shaddick. They had already indicated that complaints would be filed with the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) over biases in employment practices.GECOM Commissioner Robeson BennBut tensions were high on Tuesday during a meeting with the Commissioners and Patterson. In a statement issued by these Commissioners, they complained about being gagged by the Chairman himself from seeking answers about the matter.“At the statutory meeting of June 5…Patterson raised the issue of a public statement made by Commissioner Benn regarding the ethnic composition of the workforce of the Secretariat of GECOM,” the Commissioners related in a statement.“In responding to the Chairman, Commissioner Benn attempted to justify his assertion and in doing so, pointed out that the perception was that the vast majority of the staff of the Commission was persons of one ethnic descent.”According to the PPP/C Commissioners, Patterson disputed Commissioner Benn’s claim without offering any evidence to substantiate his position. What happened next to Benn, a former Public Works Minister, would result in the PPP/C’s walkout.GECOM Commissioners from the Government side at the press conference on Tuesday afternoon, from left: Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinGECOM Chairman James Patterson“The Chairman prevented Commissioner Benn from defending his position and when challenged, adjourned the meeting for over half an hour,” the Commissioners related.  “Upon resumption, the Chairman announced that Commissioner Benn would not be recognised and, therefore, prevented from participating in the remainder of the meeting.  We were, therefore, forced to walk out of the meeting.”“We view this as a blatant attempt to censure and muzzle discussion on critical and important issues at the Commission in general; and in particular contributions on issues regarding ethnic diversity in hiring practices at the Commission. We hope that this is not an attempt to alter the delicatelast_img read more

Coalition makes recommendation that BC follow Saskatchewan’s lead for contractors

first_img2. Develop and implement a Public Awareness Campaign about BC’s tax rules.3. Establish a process to enable the public to access non-confidential information.4. Review and amend existing legislation and regulations to enhance the ability of the Ministry of Finance to monitor and enforce the payment of provincial sales tax by non-resident companies.In Saskatchewan, non-resident contractors are required to register and post a bond to cover taxes and fees required by the Province of Saskatchewan. The model they currently use is seen by contractors as fair, efficient, and effective.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition held meetings in Vancouver recently with the BC commission on Taxation Competitiveness.The meetings were held with Resource Works, Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA) and the BC LNG Alliance.The Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition has recommended that BC follow Saskatchewan’s lead and adopt the system of dealing with out-of-province contractors. Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman as well as Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser, Bill Streeper (Northern Rockies Regional Municipality) and Coalition Executive Director Colin Griffith suggested the idea at a meeting with the BC Commission on Taxation Competitiveness.- Advertisement -The coalition said the Saskatchewan model would help make the playing field level for BC contractors that are in Northeastern BC who compete for contracts in the oil and gas sector.The Coalition made four recommendations to the BC Commission on Taxation Competitiveness:1. Increase level of monitoring and enforcement of BC tax laws.Advertisement The BC Commission on Taxation Competitiveness will reportedly make recommendations to the government this fall. They want to make sure that BC’s tax legislation and policies allow BC companies to compete on a level-playing field with non-resident companies.last_img read more

Joining Newcastle was a ‘mistake’, admits defender

first_img1 Former Magpies defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Roma new boy Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has admitted that joining Newcastle last year was a ‘mistake’.Newcastle completed a transfer coup when they landed the highly rated 25-year-old from Montpellier for £6.7million in January 2013.But the defender struggled to produce his best in the Premier League and joined Roma on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent deal during the summer transfer window.And Yanga-Mbiwa thinks he will flourish in Italy where, he says, they play ‘more football’.At the press conference to unveil him as a Roma player, he said: “In England, not everything worked as I expected. They have a different view from football.“Here [in Italy] we play more football, just like in France. I’m here to prove that the adventure in Premier was just a mistake.”last_img read more

DONEGAL VOTES YES – AND THAT’S OFFICIAL!

first_imgThe Yes campaign celebrate at the count centre in Bonagee.Donegal has said Yes!Both Donegal North East and South West has voted ‘yes’ in the Marriage Equality Referendum.The announcement was made just a short time ago by Donegal NE returning officer Geraldine O’Connor at the Bonagee Community Centre outside Letterkenny.There were shouts of joy as the result was finally read out.The electorate was 59,721 with the amount of those who voted was 30,723.The total invalid vote was 191.The total valid poll was 30,532 with 16,040 voting yes while 14,492 voted no.There were just 33 votes in the different in Donegal South West however.There was talk of a recount but this has ben discounted because the rest of the country had turned a yes vote.A total of 15,907 voted yes while 15,874 voted no. DONEGAL VOTES YES – AND THAT’S OFFICIAL! was last modified: May 24th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Daniel Sturridge scores for Liverpool, and fans want him to get a new contract

first_img Daniel Sturridge scored a superb goal against West Ham Daniel Sturridge made his first Premier League start since February when Liverpool travelled to the London Stadium to play West Ham on Sunday afternoon.And it was a triumphant return to first-team duty for the England forward, as he opened the scoring on the way to the Reds’ securing a resounding 4-0 win.Sturridge showed his killer instinct in front of goal, expertly beating the offside trap to run onto Philippe Coutinho’s through pass before rounding goalkeeper Adrian and slotting into the empty net.It was a superb strike which showed just how talented the 27-year-old is, even if injury has constantly prevented Sturridge from showing his talent.There have been reports in the last few weeks claiming Jurgen Klopp has lost patience in Sturridge, and will look to sell him this summer. In fact, Sunday’s opponents West Ham are one club said to be considering a bid for the forward.But following his performance against the Hammers, Liverpool fans took to social media to urge Sturridge to stay at Anfield – and tell Klopp the England man deserves a new contract.You can see some of the best reaction below… 1last_img read more

DOHERTY ACCUSED OF SELLING OUT WORKING CLASS BY PAYING HIS WATER CHARGE

first_imgA Donegal county councillor has accused Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty of selling out the people of Donegal by agreeing to pay the water tax.Deputy Pearse Doherty has admitted he will pay the water charges.The Donegal south-west politician said he will be paying the water charge because he did not want to end up in a situation where he would have to pay Irish Water more cash.But Independent councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig has accused Deputy Doherty of abandoning the working class and trying to appeal to middle class voters. “It is disappointing for Sinn Fein voters who simply cannot afford the water charges that Pearse Doherty will not stand in solidarity with them.“These working class people cannot simply do not have a choice – they can barely pay their mortgages or put food on the table, let alone pay this new charge.“Yet Pearse Doherty can’t find it in his heart to stand with the very poor of his constituency and he is now failing the very people who voted him in,” fumed Cllr MacGiolla Easbuig.He accused Deputy Doherty of trying to “ride two horses” as he looked to the future and the hope of getting into Government. “This is them looking (Sinn Fein) looking towards the middle classes to get the into power.“They are giving mixed messages so these people can trust them. They are trying to be all things to all people.“Eventually by riding two horses they will fall straight on their arse,” he claimed.    DOHERTY ACCUSED OF SELLING OUT WORKING CLASS BY PAYING HIS WATER CHARGE was last modified: October 9th, 2014 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:chargedonegalIrish WaterMICHEAL MACGIOLLA EASBUIGPearse DohertySinn Feinworking classlast_img read more

Pillar gets his first rest since joining Giants

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Center fielder Kevin Pillar was out of the starting lineup for the first time Friday night as the Giants opened a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.Pillar, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on April 2, had started 31 consecutive games and has provided a spark both with his bat and ability in the outfielder.Given the power provided of late by Mac Williamson and Tyler Austin, manager Bruce Bochy had both in the lineup, moving Williamson from left field to right …last_img read more

The Science Axis of Evil

first_imgBy assuming misbehavior evolves, some scientists become agents of evil, and Big Science institutions become their enablers.Take any behavior that the Bible condemns, and you will find a scientist saying it’s not so bad—maybe even good. Failing to find bad consequences in their research, they assume that engaging in certain evil deeds can be justifiable in some contexts. In other cases, they rationalize behaviors traditionally considered evil, thinking that humans are mere products of evolutionary heredity or environment.In their misguided belief that science can be morally neutral, they become Satan’s tools to corrupt society. Here are some recent examples.Polygamy: After homosexual activists gained national acceptance beyond their wildest dreams, conservatives worried that other sexually deviant groups, like polygamists, would push the envelope. “That will never happen,” defenders in the mainstream media reassured the worry warts. Well, check out this paper in PNAS: “No evidence that polygynous marriage is a harmful cultural practice in northern Tanzania.” The rationalization is that if nobody gets hurt, it must be OK.  Why, it’s even good in some situations:These results support models of polygyny based on female choice and suggest that, in some contexts, prohibiting polygyny could be costly for women and children by restricting marital options. Our study highlights the dangers of naive analyses of aggregated population data and the importance of considering locally realizable alternatives and context dependency when considering the health implications of cultural practices.Satan could hardly have said it better. It follows his pattern when he tempted Eve; “you will not surely die,” he said; “your eyes will be opened.” Now he tempts moderns wanting multiple partners with the tool of evolutionary psychology. If it can be good in Tanzania, why not in France or America?Sadly, there are no science reporters expressing outrage or even doubt at this suggestion. Instead, they regurgitate “whatever science says” uncritically. PhysOrg reports, “Study suggests not all polygynous marriage is harmful to women or children.” Science Daily notes that even the UN Human Rights Committee decries the practice, along with other women’s rights organizations. Yet its headline reads, “Often decried, polygyny may sometimes have advantages.” And how, exactly, did the anthropologists at UC Davis justify that conclusion? Feminists, prepare to cringe:These findings support evolutionary anthropological accounts of marriage indicating that polygyny can be in a woman’s strategic interest when women depend on men for resources.Shacking up: The institution of traditional marriage is already in such shambles that attempts to restore its honor would take years. Leave it to scientists to help the rubble bounce with another nuclear family blast. Ohio State gives Science Daily this license for licentiousness:  “Live together or get married? Study finds similar emotional benefits. Second unions also offer mental health boost.” They’re not only saying it’s OK; they’re actually encouraging it! Their study shows women doing just fine in cohabitation, and men actually experiencing “a drop in emotional distress” when they skip marriage and shack up. But of course! It’s stressful being responsible. Yielding to temptation is always the easier way. Listen to them preach:“At one time marriage may have been seen as the only way for young couples to get the social support and companionship that is important for emotional health,” Kamp Dush said.“It’s not that way anymore. We’re finding that marriage isn’t necessary to reap the benefits of living together, at least when it comes to emotional health.“What a concept: I can do whatever I feel like, if it gives me “emotional health.” Science has put its imprimatur on a subjective, nebulous, selfish feeling as a human’s overarching value in life. “Scientist” Kamp Dash, acting like a Priestess of the Church of Scientism, gives it her blessing. Stepping beyond objective research into outright advocacy, she says, “It’s not commonly known that couples can get emotional benefits from moving in together without being married. That’s something we should be talking about.”Pastors out of a job: “Should Families Going Through Divorce Have Court-Ordered Psychiatrists?” opens an Op-Ed on Live Science. With evident sincerely, divorce attorney David Mejias describes the gut-wrenching trauma divorce has on children, and considers what should be done about it. He thinks court-ordered psychiatrists would help. That may or may not work in specific cases, but what’s instructive about this article is that pastors or Bible counselors are completely ignored as an option. Society now has a new priesthood of authorized counselors: secular psychiatrists. Many of them are evolutionists, eschewing the Ten Commandments as having any authority whatsoever. They even propose to analyze “the science of giving” (Live Science), claiming that charity evolved, too—thus stripping it of its very soul. Although Mejia is a lawyer, he was granted a pulpit at Live “Science” as if his views are superior to those of Biblical counselors. Well, do secular psychiatrists and psychologists have a better empirical track record? See how well they’re doing in these previous entries: 5/10/13 and 3/20/14.Anti-choice: Regardless of how the reader feels about HPV vaccine, this headline in Nature must sound disturbing to lovers of individual liberty and personal responsibility: “The world must accept that the HPV vaccine is safe.” Why? Because “the science” says so. So much for a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body—or a man’s or child’s right, too. “The HPV vaccine carries unique challenges,” Heidi Ledford says. “Because the first thing it prevents is sexual transmission of HPV, use of the vaccine evokes moral judgements around sexual behaviour.” Well, those unscientific reactionaries who believe in morality just need to get with the program. “Some parents are anxious that the vaccine will make their daughters more promiscuous, even though multiple studies have found no such effect.” The world “must accept” what “the science” says. All will be assimilated. And how do we know that they “found no such effect”? Because scientists are always objective truth-tellers, never influenced by politics, peer pressure or funding. Scientists, we know, have an evolved trait called “research integrity” that just emerges in their physical brains (see PhysOrg).Go ahead, butcher babies for science: Breathes there a soul that was not appalled by CMP’s videos of Planned Parenthood officials selling baby body parts? (8/02/15) The answer is: yes. It’s the editors of Nature, the world’s leading Big Science journal, pretending to tell “The truth about fetal tissue research”. They could not deny the videos, but started their report by touting all the supposed benefits to science.Goldstein agreed to speak to Nature, he says, because “somebody has to speak up responsibly”. He stressed that he and his colleagues think hard about the ethics of their work. “We are not happy about how the material became available, but we would not be willing to see it wasted and just thrown away.”By creating a market for fetal tissue, scientists are accomplices to Planned Parenthood’s evil deeds. Goldstein might as well have used the same argument for human experimentation in Nazi Germany using the same rationale: “not happy about how the material became available… but… not willing to see it wasted”. The article goes on to repeat Planned Parenthood talking points in response to the outrage raised by the videos, worrying that the controversy might reduce the flow of baby body parts for “science”. This response is not unique to Nature (see 9/27/15, 9/20/15, 7/18/15). Finally, six months after the first video came out, Congress has crafted a bill to defund Planned Parenthood (but just for one year), knowing that the President who boasts about his support for Big Science and everything its consensus demands will undoubtedly veto it. See Family Research Council news about the bill.Update 12/10/15: Nature’s editors came out swinging to defend Planned Parenthood, scaring the Big Science community into thinking that fetal tissue research is “under threat” from Republicans who are making “repeated, inaccurate and inflammatory accusations.” Yet can those charges face up to the actual words on camera made by key Planned Parenthood officials exposed by CMP? Nature‘s editors worry that defunding Planned Parenthood would affect Big Science somehow. But that amounts to tacit admission that scientists are profiting from taxpayer funds for abortion. Otherwise, why would they care where Planned Parenthood’s money is coming from? If they argue that funding for sale of baby body parts is such a small “line item” for Planned Parenthood, why are they concerned about taxpayer funds at all? If abortion were so profitable or self-sustaining, it would seem government could keep completely out of it. Notice their complaint is not about women’s access to other health care services, but to scientists’ access to fetal tissue—the products of Planned Parenthood’s most controversial service.Nature shares the authors’ grave concerns, and joins the AAMC [Association of American Medical Colleges] in calling on US lawmakers to reject proposals that restrict access to fetal tissue.What Nature appears afraid of is more than just restrictions on fetal tissue research, but direct funding from the government for it—an even more horrific possibility. This suggests that the government is not only funding Planned Parenthood to conduct abortions, but is sending money to Big Science institutions that they are using to purchase the baby parts from Planned Parenthood. This possibility calls for some serious investigation, as it is supposed to be illegal to use aborted babies for “research”. Nature’s schizophrenic editors think the morality of abortion can be separated from research on its products. If that excuse didn’t work at the Nuremburg trials, it has no place in the modern debate.Scientific terrorism: The intrusion of scientism into society is no better illustrated than this piece in Nature: “Terrorism science: 5 insights into jihad in Europe.” Declan Butler treats this horrific subject involving good vs. evil as a matter that can be analyzed in a test tube.A mixture of sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and psychologists, such researchers are drawing on information generated by police, judicial inquiries and the media, and, in some cases, on interviews. They also study factors at play in prisons and socially-deprived areas. Some of their insights are summarized here.Of course, the first finding is that “religion is not the trigger.” Naturally. It can’t be deliberate choice, or some other mindful cause stemming from intelligence and free will. No; it must be due to resentment, frustration and other aspects of poor emotional health, caused by low education and unemployment. With predictable political correctness, Butler warns against stigmatizing Islam. By implication, “terrorism science” is a scientific subject that should be analyzed by the recognized prophets of modern culture, the scientists. Of course, in any scientific analysis, there will always be a few outliers on the data spreadsheet. Osama Ben Laden was extremely wealthy, and the latest San Bernardino mass killer had a good paying job with co-workers who treated him respectfully, a wife and a 6-month old child. Their vicious hatred of Israel, devotion to their mosque and the Koran, and their pledge of allegiance to ISIS must have just been extraneous factors, unconnected to their actions, shooting 14 of his coworkers in cold blood at a Christmas party and building dozens of pipe bombs in their apartment.Conservatism in the test tube: Two recent papers illustrate the propensity of liberal scientists to treat their opponents as lab rats. “Conservatives negatively evaluate counter-stereotypical people to maintain a sense of certainty,” psychologists writing in PNAS conclude. In a similar vein, psychologists from Aarhus University chime, “Republicans prefer politicians with deep voices.” (Science Daily). Time to bring in the predictable authority, Charles Darwin, and follow their master’s method, the just-so story divination trance:Laustsen and Petersen’s research proceeds from the observations that in order to understand the behavior of modern humans, you need to look into the evolutionary history that has shaped the psychology producing this behavior. In prehistoric times when the ancestors of modern humans were roaming the East-African savannah in small groups, it made sense to support the strongest members of the tribe when confronted with danger. Psychological mechanisms which 30,000 years ago saved our ancestors from being devoured by saber-toothed tigers and other fierce animals continue to be at work today, explaining, among other things, why people vote as they do along the left-right continuum.“There are evolutionarily important reasons for the structure of our psychology. Our ancestors had to make a decision about which leader to follow, and it was crucial for their survival and reproduction that they picked the right one. As a species we are pre-programmed to think in a certain way about who we would like to be in charge. This affects choices that we make even today,” said Petersen.Two remarkable observations can be drawn from these examples. One is that the authors exhibit the Yoda Complex, not seeing themselves as products of evolutionary pre-programming. (That would, of course, undermine their own reasoning.) The other is that Big Science media outlets almost never print articles by conservatives analyzing liberals. One would think objective science would predict equal outcomes. There must be some reason for the asymmetry; perhaps it’s hidden in the dark matter.Secular science has completely lost its way. It has no moral compass left. It is floating on fumes from its Christian past, blown by the wind, like a hot air balloon with its burner shut off. If Islamic terrorists show up at an AAAS conference on evolutionary psychology some day, they won’t care a wooden shekel about scientific “insights” into the roots of their evolved behavior. The leaders of the Big Science institutions of power had better hope a Christian conservative with a concealed-carry permit is somewhere nearby. And if they survive, they should breathe a bit of thanks that they were not aborted for the sake of “science”. (Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more