March 17, 2020
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first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal She didn’t have to.“Sometimes I felt our minds shut down, for the past two matches that’s what happened,” she said. “But tonight in the fourth set, everybody badly wanted to win.”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 Philippines, heartbroken after letting two previous games slip away, finally took its first win Tuesday night, bringing down world No. 21 Kazakhstan, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, in the 6th Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup for Women at Chartchai Hall here.The win revived the Philippines’ hopes of making the quarterfinals, depending on the results of the other matches ongoing at press time. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH cagers make noise Amid quiet big dome Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments But lefty hitter Mylene Paat fired away, including the pivotal cross that gave the Philippines a 16-14 lead that it never yielded.Iran sweeps groupEarlier, Iran swept  Pool C after brushing off Australia in straight sets, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20.With its third win,  Iran captured top spot with 7 points, while Australia was second at 2-1 and 4 points.FrustrationsValdez had earlier admitted getting “very frustrated,” after dropping “winnable” matches against Australia and Iran.Valdez, who unloaded a total of 49 points in those games, said the team naturally felt bad but took the losses  as a challenge to work harder.“It’s really frustrating because we knew that the games were winnable because they reached fifth sets,” Valdez said in Filipino. “But we’re all professionals and we take it as a challenge, make it a positive thing.”Valdez also noted that the other teams were playing together for a longer time, unlike the Philippines which is just starting to get the hang of international competitions after years of absence.center_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “We are really happy, I can’t put it into words,” added Maraño, as the team cooled down inside their locker rooms.The Philippines lost its first two matches under similar circumstances—leading Australia two sets to none and Iran two sets to one.“I think we managed to clear that hump tonight, that’s what we need to gain confidence and killer instinct,” said Alyssa Valdez.After winning the first two sets, the Filipinos treaded on a familiar, dangerous ground when they dropped the third set after committing a spate of errors.In the fourth set, the rejuvenated Kazakhs stormed to an 8-5 lead in the hope of extending the match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NAKHON Ratchasima—On the verge of losing for the third time in as many nights, Aby Maraño, the Philippines’ feisty captain, didn’t have to give her teammates pep talk.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UST barges into UAAP women’s basketball Final 4 after ousting La Salle Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I would rather die than lose in the Philippines. Hindi ko kaya yun (I can’t take that),” said the 41-year-old Vera during the press conference for the event on Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila.Vera has been away from the action for two years since he pummeled Hideki Sekine into submission to keep the belt, which was also witnessed the adoring hometown crowd at the same venue of his upcoming fight.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 ChrissBut there’s no doubt in Vera’s mind that he’s ready for a monster of a challenger in Mauro Cerilli, a champion in Cage Warriors who has won all but one of his last five fights by way of knockout.Vera, who juggled filming the highly-acclaimed movie “Buy Bust” while keeping in top shape during his break, guarantees that rust is not going to be an issue on Friday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Brandon Vera walks out of the stage after the press conference for ONE: Conquest of Champions at City of Dreams Manila on Tuesday. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPLosing is not an option for ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera, especially not on his home soil.The charismatic Fil-American fighter, who is making his second defense of the title in ONE: Conquest of Champions, said he would rather lose his life than lose his crown in full view of the Filipino fans at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “Hindi naman kinakalawang talaga ang tao eh, diba?” said Vera with a smile. “Kinakabahan. Kalawang, wala. Sigurado pag tinamaan ako ni Cerilli, mawawala din yun. Basta ready na talaga, sobra.(Human’s don’t get rusty, right? I’m nervous, yes. But rusty, no. Maybe when Cerilli hits me, it will go away. I’m really, really ready.)While his career in a different arena has taken off since he last stepped in the cage, Vera said that hasn’t affected his hunger to win.“As much as I delivered, I’m giving even more. And I wanted it more now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgA Guyanese couple’s effort to smuggle hundreds of cocaine pellets into the United States was thwarted, as they were both busted by US Customs and Border officers and are now facing arraignment in the New York Eastern District Court.The couple, Kurt and Maria Bruney, arrived in New York from Georgetown on September 23. Reports indicate that while the husband was subjected to initial routine security checks, he began to behave in a suspicious manner.It is reported that after coming down with a bout of profuse sweating and shaking limbs, he was approached by officers to do an X-Ray. It is reportedly then that his partner in crime spilled the beans that they had ingested cocaine pellets.It is alleged that they both cumulatively had well over 200 cocaine pellets in their systems, with the contents of an excreted pellet testing positive for cocaine. Reports indicate that a sum of US$6000 was promised for his efforts.It is understood that the couple’s case is in the docket of the New York EasternKurt and Maria BruneyDistrict Court, where a pre-arraignment complaint has been filed against them by the state since September 24.And while they entered into their enterprise together, officials are now keeping them in separate federal holding facilities as they await trial. The couple, who reportedly hail from the East Coast of Demerara, follow in the footsteps of several locals who were busted in the US attempting to smuggle drugs.Only last month, a search conducted on Guyanese hairdresser Karen Stuffle by CANU ranks at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) resulted in 100 cocaine pellets, totalling 1.42 kilograms, stashed in her vagina and stomach, being unearthed. After admitting to the offence, the 48-year-old Stuffle told the court she had been paid some US$400 to traffic the narcotics, and her airfare had also been paid in full.Days later, Guyanese Alicia Coppin was busted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) with a quantity of cocaine being stashed in her vaginal cavity, and several cocaine pellets being in her stomach.She was later taken to a medical facility, where she excreted the drugs, the amount of which has not been disclosed.last_img read more

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first_imgMorneau said construction on the pipeline is underway and the decision to go forward has been made, which means there is really no way to use it as a bargaining chip in the minority government.“My expectation is that we have much common ground between the other parties that have been elected to the next Parliament,” said Morneau.“We will be seeking consensus on how we can move forward on that common ground. This project we’ve already moved forward on. It’s one that we’ve said that we’re moving forward on, we’ve actually already gone through that process.”Construction on the expansion is supposed to be done by the middle of 2022. The Liberal platform forecasted taking revenues of $125 million from Trans Mountain Canada in 2021-22 and then $500 million in each of the next two years.Advertisement Thus far, more than 2,200 workers have been hired.The pipeline runs from a terminal east of Edmonton to a marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C. The expansion will see a second pipeline built roughly parallel to the first that can carry almost twice as much crude oil every day.There is however a new federal court challenge underway from Indigenous communities who argued the secondary consultation process undertaken by the government earlier this year was a sham.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Liberal government expects to get $500 million a year out of the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline and is promising to spend it all on cleaner sources of energy and projects that pull carbon out of the atmosphere.Finance Minister Bill Morneau told The Canadian Press in an interview this week that the expanded pipeline is not fodder for negotiating with other parties in the minority government. Rather, he said, it is a crucial piece of the puzzle of financing Canada’s transition to a clean energy economy.“We purchased it for a reason,” said Morneau. “We now see how it can help us accelerate our clean energy transition by putting any revenues that we get from it into a transition to clean energy. We think that is the best way we can move forward in our current context.”- Advertisement -The Liberal government bought the existing pipeline for $4.5 billion in 2018, in a bid to overcome the opposition of the British Columbia government to the expansion.Federally, the two parties with the most in common with the Liberals on climate change both think the expansion should be cancelled. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose party has enough seats to support the Liberals through any confidence votes, wants tougher climate action but has stopped short of using the pipeline as a line in the sand.He has suggested that ship has effectively sailed.Advertisementcenter_img Eventually Morneau said the plan is to sell it back to the private sector and all of the revenues from the sale will then go to clean energy development and other climate change action projects.The one specific promise the Liberals made that they connected to pipeline revenues was a $300-million annual fund for natural climate solutions including tree planting, as well as conservation and restoration of forests, grasslands, agricultural lands and coastal areas.Construction on the pipeline was halted in September 2018, after the Federal Court of Appeal overturned federal approval citing insufficient environmental and Indigenous consultations.Cabinet undertook new rounds of both and approved the expansion a second time in June.Construction on the pipeline then resumed in August, starting with work on the marine terminals in British Columbia and pumping stations in Alberta. The first 50 km of actual pipeline will start being laid in the Edmonton area shortly, a spokesperson for Trans Mountain Canada said Wednesday.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Letterkenny branch of Amnesty International held a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa at the Market Square in Letterkenny yesterday evening. There was also a petition available for signature.It took place at the Market Square, Letterkenny at 5:30pm.A spokesperson for Amnesty International Letterkenny says “Ibrahim is a young Dublin man held in prison without trial for four years in Egypt. “His trial was postponed for the 25th time yesterday, this time till 9th July.”Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney says that further progress has been made in the trial, with a number of police witnesses called and cross-examined.“The presiding judge has said that only five further witnesses will be called as part of the prosecution case, and that the prosecution case will be concluded at the next hearing, which is set for next Sunday, 9 July. “A team of official Irish observers will again be present in court for that hearing.”Minister Coveney hopes that the trial is coming to a close, and although the Irish Government cannot directly intervene, they can ensure that Halawa is returned to Ireland following the trial.“I welcome the indications that the trial is now progressing into its final stages.“The Irish Government cannot intervene in a case that is before the Egyptian courts. What we can do, and what we are doing, is redoubling our efforts to ensure that the Egyptian authorities fulfil the clear commitment which they have given us to resolve this issue as soon as the trial ends, and return Ibrahim Halawa to Ireland.“I have already met with the Egyptian Ambassador in Dublin, Ms Soha Gendi, to discuss this case, and I look forward to speaking to the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, as soon as possible to impress upon him how important I believe this matter is, and to reinforce the need for its early resolution.“I and my officials are working hard towards that goal and we will continue to do so. I am determined to do everything I can as Minister for Foreign Affairs to make sure that Ibrahim Halawa is back home in Ireland with his family as soon as possible.” An Amnesty International spokesperson added; “Amnesty has conducted a thorough review of all of the evidence and concluded that Ibrahim could not have committed the violent crimes he’s been charged with.“Amnesty’s researchers have confirmed that Ibrahim was arrested while sheltering from the violence. Ibrahim is a Prisoner of Conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.“His continuing imprisonment represents an inexcusable violation of both international and Egyptian law,” they concluded.Vigil held for Ibrahim Halawa in Letterkenny yesterday was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:amnesty internationalIbrahim Halawaletterkennyvigillast_img read more

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first_imgA DONEGAL teenager has signed for English Championship side Ipswich Town.Buncrana Hearts player Mark Timlin becomes the second player from the Inishowen side to make the switch to the East Anglian professional outfit.The academy at Portman Road already has goalkeeper Conor O’Donnell on its books. Mark is an Irish U16 international player as well, a left midfielder, who is “very promising”, according to Ipswich.He can also play as a left-sided forward, central midfielder and as with most wide boys can play either side.“It was a late decision from him, but we’re over the moon that he and his family decided to pick us because we’ve always wanted him,” said Ipswich.“He’s very good on the ball, a strong all-round performer. He scores goals, creates goals and has a great attitude. He was in our U16 team which went to Chelsea and beat them 2-1 recently and they played very, very well.” Mark begins his two-year scholarship with the Ipswich academy in July.BUNCRANA SOCCER TEEN LANDS IPSWICH TOWN DEAL was last modified: April 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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first_img Tags: Bayern MunichBundesligaRB LeipzigTimo Warnertop The two sides drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture last season. (PHOTO/Agencies)After the international break, the German Bundesliga returns with the first big clash of the season as leaders RB Leipzig hosts defending champions Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon.Leipzig are top of the standings with a perfect 9 points from three games and Julian Nagelsmann’s side are the only side yet to drop a point this campaign.A 4-0 opening day victory over Union Berlin was followed up by wins over Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach.Leipzig have been without a doubt the best team in the division and are yet to show any signs of slowing down.Striker Timo Werner is firing on all cylinders as he has scored in all his first three games, managing five goals in the process.On Saturday however, Leipzig comes up against their first real test in the form of Bayern Munich who have won all the previous 7 Bundesliga titles.Bayern endured a disappointing start to the season as they drew 2-2 at home to Hertha Berlin.However, they have gone on to win their next two games against Schalke 04 and Mainz, scoring 9 goals in the process and conceding just one.After securing Philip Coutinho on loan from Barcelona, Nico Kovac’s side look set to pursue yet another title but to prove they will have a smooth ride, they need to take care of their early challengers, Leipzig.Loen Goretzka is the only absentee for Bayern while Leipzig are without Kevin Kampl, Hannes Wolf and Taylor Adams.Last season, Bayern took four points off Leipzig including one in the 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.The other big fixture in the Bundesliga this weekend will pit Borussia Dortmund at home to Bayer Leverkusen.Dortmund started brightly winning both of their opening two games but 3-1 loss to Union Berlin on match-day three casts a huge shadow on their ambitions.As they enter Saturday’s game, they will be hoping the trio of Paco Alcacer, Jadon Sancho and captain Marco Reus are in full flow to lead the Black and Yellows to a third victory of the season.However, it will not come easy as they take on an unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen side.Peter Bosz’s side may have drawn 0-0 at home to Hoffenheim last time out but that will not be a major concern as they are currently enduring their best start to a Bundesliga season in 7 years.Bayern had earlier beaten both Paderborn and Fortuna Dusseldorf and currently sit 4th on 7 points, one ahead of Dortmund.Going into the contest, the visitors are only without finish striker Joel Pohjanpalo while Dortmund will be minus Nico Schulz, Mateu Morey Bauza, Manuel Akanji and Axel Witsel.The last time the two teams met, Dortmund defeated Leverkusen 3-2 at the Signal Iduna Park.The German Bundesliga marks its return on Friday evening with Dusseldorf hosting Wolfsburg at the Merkur Spiel-Arena.The hosts are currently on a two-game losing streak having lost to both Leverkusen and Frankfurt before the international break.They are expected to have a long day as they bid to add a second victory to the one they got on match-day one away to Werder Bremen.They will have have to do so minus 9 first-team players.For Wolfsburg who will also be minus up to 6 first-teamers, they will hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.Oliver Glasner’s side have won two and drawn the other of their first three games and a win on Friday will see them temporarily go top of the table.All the Bundesilga match-day four fixturesFriday, 13-09-2019-Dusseldorf vs Wolfsburg @9:30pmSaturday, 14-09-2019 -Dortmund vs Leverkusen @4:30pm-Mainz vs Hertha Berlin  @4:30pm-Augsburg vs Frankfurt  @4:30pm-Koln vs Monchengladbach  @4:30pm-Union Berlin vs Bremen  @4:30pm-Union Berlin vs Werder Bremen @7:30pmSunday, 15-09-2019-Hoffenheim vs Freiburg @4:30pm-Paderborn vs Schalke 04 @7pmComments last_img read more

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first_imgThe PBS-Vulcan film Judgment Day just aired on national TV (see 10/12/2007) and is sure to represent a new rallying point for both sides of the ongoing controversy over Darwinian evolution that has raged for 148 years.  For material on both sides, see the PBS website, which put Intelligent Design on trial, and the responses at the Discovery Institute’s Evolution News and Intelligent Design.org, which put Darwin on trial (per the title of Phillip Johnson’s influential ID book).  Also see the DI’s new intelligent design central, Intelligent Design.org.  For those who missed the show, the entire transcript and film will be available online November 16.    The transcript of the entire interview with Phillip Johnson, of which only selected portions were shown on camera, is available on the PBS site.  It is about the only ID-friendly material on the entire site except for some listings on the Resources page.  The list of authors for every other pro-Darwin article or recording reads like a who’s who of lawyers, scientists, educators and activists who have made a career out of discrediting intelligent design.  Phillip Johnson had some pre-game thoughts on the show and his involvement on the ID the Future podcast for November 12.    Just as generations of students were exposed to Inherit the Wind in school, it is likely new generations will study Judgment Day as the definitive depiction of “intelligent design on trial.”  The PBS website offers teachers a selection of resources for the classroom and encourages teachers to use the film as an instructional resource.We recommend readers become familiar with the best arguments on both sides and avoid caricatures and propaganda tricks, a number of which were clearly in use in the program.  This film, indeed, could well be used as a case study in how to bias a controversy to favor one side.  It would be worth watching it side by side with Unlocking the Mystery of Life, The Privileged Planet and Icons of Evolution.  The key to understanding will be to discern what pieces of evidence are relevant to the central issue, and how they are portrayed.    In the re-enactments, notice how the producer pretended to give an accurate portrayal of courtroom events but included subtleties that buttressed the anti-ID bias.  Darwin propagandists undoubtedly learned their lesson from Inherit the Wind, which did not even pretend to be a factual reconstruction of the Scopes Trial and has been roundly criticized by secular historians as completely misleading regarding what really happened in Dayton in 1925.  In Judgment Day, the producer tried to pick actors that resembled the main characters, and had them quote the transcript more-or-less verbatim, without overblown histrionics or garrish TV effects.  It was evident, however, that the Ken Miller character was made to look very sure of himself and persuasive to the audience, whereas the Michael Behe character, through body language and facial expressions, was made to start out with a phony air of confidence that degenerated into uneasiness and doubt.  You can be sure that the parts of the transcript quoted were carefully selected as well.    The closing statements, similarly, contained the same subtle cues intended to reinforce the desired effect: that the anti-ID lawyers and witnesses were on the side of reason and science, and could see through the supposed duplicity of the other side with complete clarity, as if “come on, you guys, we know exactly what you are up to.”  The pro-ID lawyers and witnesses were made to look like bumbling, ruffled, evasive, almost sinister advocates who were not very good at covering up their hidden agenda – especially the two pro-ID school board members, who were portrayed as criminal perjurers who belong on America’s Dumbest Criminals.  The film was careful to quote enough of the opposition to sidestep charges that they were completely and utterly biased against ID – but in each case, either quoted them to knock down a straw man, or did not allow them to elaborate sufficiently to support their assertions.  The Darwinists always got the last word.    In evaluating this film, it is essential to first toss out the irrelevant material.  There was a lot of that.  Consider a short list of vignettes the film focused in on that have absolutely nothing to do with the issue of whether Darwinism alone is science and deserves exclusive treatment in public education, or whether intelligent design can be treated apart from religious implications.The ineptitude of the Dover school board members.  Irrelevant.The outrage of the science teachers, and their brave stand against the “conspiracy”.  Irrelevant.The tragedy of a town embattled in controversy.  Irrelevant.The fact that school board meetings “erupted in chaos.”  Irrelevant.  They erupt just as readily over Walmart.The tragedy of a reporter unable to reconcile with her Christian father.  Irrelevant.The “smoking gun” evidence of clumsy editing changes to the book Of Pandas and People.  Irrelevant.How hard Barbara Forrest had to work to find the “smoking gun.”  Irrelevant.The glee the NCSE experienced over finding evidence that Pandas and People was construed as “creationist” before it used the term “intelligent design”.  Irrelevant.The eagerness of the ACLU to help, and the prosecutors’ excitement over getting the case of a lifetime.  Irrelevant.Whether the school board was religiously motivated.  Relevant perhaps to this particular case and the interpretation of the Establishment Clause as recently given by the Supreme Court, but irrelevant to the validity of Darwinism or intelligent design, and irrelevant to the original intent of the Constitution; also, arguably false or impossible to know one’s true motives or whether religion was any more motivating than a common human desire for fairness.  The policy statement made no reference to religion or to any particular church that would have been “established” had students been informed that alternatives to Darwinism exist (which is true).  A statement should be judged on evidence for its veracity, not by what motivated it.Whether intelligent design can be construed as somehow violating separation of church and state.  Irrelevant.Whether 1/3 to 1/2 of Americans doubt Darwinism.  Irrelevant.Whether most creationists tend to be Christians.  Irrelevant.Whether Christians usually feel the Designer is God.  Irrelevant.Whether many creationists accept Genesis.  Irrelevant. Whether some evolutionists are not atheists.  Irrelevant.Whether Ken Miller is a practicing Catholic.  Irrelevant.Whether Christians would like to see a renewal of culture they feel was ravaged by materialism, for which they feel Darwinism is largely responsible.  An important issue, but irrelevant to the question of whether Darwinism deserves educational priority in science classrooms to the exclusion of anything else.That the Discovery Institute wrote a Wedge Document with broad goals seeking a renewal of science and culture.  Irrelevant; the Discovery Institute was not on trial – in fact, they disagreed with the Dover policy.  For rebuttal, and a discussion of how this line of motive-baiting can be turned just as easily against Darwinists (for instance, because of Eugenie Scott’s signing of the Humanist Manifesto III), see Evolution News.Whether Darwin’s finches are evidence for evolution.  Irrelevant; even creationists accept microevolutionary change.Whether teaching ID would harm America’s future in science.  Irrelevant and absurd.Whether minimizing Darwinism would hurt medicine or agriculture.  Irrelevant and absurd; most medicine and agriculture was advanced by creationists (e.g., Pasteur, Mendel, Carver).Whether ID lacks a fully fleshed-out scientific approach, as Paul Nelson confessed.  Irrelevant.  Design-based science arguably does more real legwork in science than Darwinism does (e.g., biomimetics, archaeology, forensics, information technology); besides, Darwinism was little more than a suggestion in 1849, but that didn’t stop them.  Read Dembski’s The Design Revolution for more answers to this type of criticism.Whether textbook writers have ever been afraid to present evolution in high school textbooks.  Irrelevant. Whether Behe, Minnich, and the lawyers for the defense made a good case.  Irrelevant; they are only human.  Other witnesses said they did much better than this movie portrayed.Whether Behe was embarrassed by a pile of books and papers that claimed they explained the evolution of the immune system.  Irrelevant.  A detailed inspection of these publications would undoubtedly confirm the pattern reported in these pages, that evolutionists fill in the gaps with pure speculation in spite of evidence, based on an a priori commitment to naturalism.Whether the trial produced a flap of worldwide media coverage.  Irrelevant.What Darwin’s great great great grandson thought of the trial.  Irrelevant.Whether evolution critics understand what a “theory” is in science.  Irrelevant.  Look how some Darwinists exhibit their ignorance by comparing the theory of evolution to the law of gravity.Whether Michael Behe’s definition of science as presented at the trial was so loose so as to allow astrology.  Irrelevant; as all philosophers of science know, there is no universal definition of science, nor is there a universal scientific method, nor any epistemic justification that even the most basic science preserves an accurate reflection of external reality, whether or not it proves useful.  Definitions of science vary from extremes that it is The Truth to it is a socially-constructed set of cultural biases.  As philosopher J. P. Moreland claims, hardly any working scientist has a clue what science is; it is not typically a part of their education.  The definition of science is not science, it is a second-order claim of philosophy about science.  It follows that Michael Behe can work as a scientist without being expected to define science in a courtroom in a way that will satisfy his critics.Whether the teachers and Judge Jones received hate mail and death threats.  Tragic, but irrelevant.  By the way, as if any readers here need to be reminded of the obvious, this is NO way to be effective for ANY point of view!  It is harmful, wicked and criminal.  If you are given to this tendency, repent.Whether David DeRosier, whom Behe quoted, believes in Darwinian evolution or not.  Irrelevant.Whether Darwinists can say “evolution is science, ID is religion” with feeling (or with a straight face).  Irrelevant.Whether Judge Jones ruled that teaching ID is unconstitutional.  Irrelevant; he is just one unelected man who took on himself to decide issues far beyond what the case was about, and his decision is limited to the Dover area.  It has no judicial weight outside that district, for whatever propaganda chaff the victors want to glean from it.Whether Darwinists were pleased that a judge decided what science was.  Irrelevant and counter-productive.  Scientists do not want to go to unelected judges to decide matters of science.  What if some day a judge decides federal funding for science is unconstitutional?Now, we are not saying these elements of the movie were completely worthless.  They had entertainment value.  Like the mission statement in Paul Allen’s Vulcan film company stated, they wanted to engage in “elegant and compelling storytelling.”  For that matter, Inherit the Wind and even Birth of a Nation succeeded at that, too, in a perverse way.  The point is that none of this has anything to do with the truth claims or epistemic superiority of Darwinism.    OK, we have just dispensed with about 75% of the program.  Another 5% consisted of baseless, unsupported assertions, like Ken Miller blurting out “ID is a science stopper!”  Sorry, unsupported assertions prove nothing.  (These were used to good effect in the Scopes Trial by the Darwinists, too.)    Another 5% consisted of card stacking, or selective evidence.  For instance, Neil Shubin and Kevin Padian carried on and on about all the transitional forms, especially their star witness, the fish-o-pod Tiktaalik (see 04/06/2006, 05/03/2006, 10/20/2006), but said nothing about the Cambrian explosion, which makes Tiktaalik irrelevant because the Cambrian explosion falsifies Darwinism from the get-go.  Noticeably absent was any discussion of the origin of life, other than Shubin’s passing comment, “Many scientists believe life began in the water,” as if anybody cares what many scientists believe.  This is not supposed to be a matter of belief or faith, but science, remember?  Many scientists believe in unobservable universes.  Should they teach that in school?    Another 5% consisted of wild extrapolations from these controversial examples to the claim that the entire fossil record is replete with transitional forms.  Which brings us to the out-and-out lies, like asserting that Archaeopteryx represents a transitional form between dinosaurs and birds, or that the Establishment Clause teaches Separation of Church and State, or that ID consists entirely of negative arguments, or that creationism is an attack on all that Galileo and Newton tried to accomplish (ahem, they were creationists).  (For more lies told in the film, see Evolution News).  Then there were the half-truths, such as that the Discovery Institute would not agree to be interviewed because of their refusal to abide by “standard journalistic practice” (see EvolutionNews for their side of the story), or that their scientists “dropped off like flies” from testifying, without explaining that they had tried to get the Dover school board and the Thomas More Law Center to abandon the policy because they felt it was an ineffective approach that was legally doomed.  Another half-truth: emphasizing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the exclusion of the Free-Exercise Clause.    Another 5% consisted of question-begging statements that assumed people know what science is, and that evolution is science, but ID is not.  An unbiased presentation would have correctly explained that there is no universally-accepted definition of science, there are no demarcation criteria that can successfully keep the desired sciences in and the undesirable sciences (including astrology) out – so Michael Behe had a point, when understood this way: if you want to exclude astrology, then guess what! you are going to exclude Darwinism, too.Other questions begged in the movie:Whether the Arkansas ruling made any and every kind of teaching creationism unconstitutional.Whether creationism deserves to be regarded as a pariah.Whether ID should be expected to have some overlap with creationism or not.Whether discussions of ID must include the religious motivations of some of its proponents.Whether ID proponents must identify the Designer.Whether evolutionary explanations are any more successful at propelling science forward.  Consider the Darwinists’ science-stopping explanations about vestigial organs and junk DNA, for instance.Whether all sciences are equally empirical, testable, falsifiable (consider political science, sociology vs the science used in space flight operations).Whether ability to make predictions defines something as scientific.  Popper and other philosophers of science denied this.  Even astrology made predictions that sometimes worked, and few practicing scientists abandon a theory over a failed prediction.Whether the ability to speculate on a possible gradualistic path to an irreducibly complex structure is equivalent to establishing that this is actually what happened.  The plausibility criterion is insufficient to make a speculation scientific.  Anybody can make up a story.  Maybe a meatball traveled across the Atlantic and resulted in music (08/26/2003 commentary).  It’s plausible, isn’t it?  If I expect you to prove me wrong, I am shifting the burden of proof.Whether the rise of Darwinism was correlated with progress in science.  A case could be made that it was anti-correlated; that it rode on the coat-tails of a scientific revolution that was happening anyway (e.g., because of the work of creationist physicists Faraday, Maxwell, Kelvin).  A strong case can be made that Darwinism actually was parasitic on scientific progress, borrowing from its prestige while generating disasters like eugenics and racist criminal theory.The worst example of question-begging of all was assuming that science cannot infer design because that requires a supernatural God.  How convenient—that makes science materialistic by definition!  Again, this is not a question science can address; it is a second-order claim about science.  But with a sweep of the hand, with an arbitrary and philosophically-indefensible rule (not scientific evidence), they cleared the playing field of any contenders, such that something like Darwinism must be true, no matter how implausible, simply because it is materialistic.  The film employed the either-or fallacy to make any references to so-called “supernatural” causes (should be intelligent causes) look as arbitrary as possible.    Up to this point we have not addressed the few minutes of actual scientific evidence the film presented to support the dramatic claim that Darwinian evolution is so well supported, it deserves absolute supremacy in the classroom, to the exclusion of anything else.  Here are the main three instances of empirical observations that were adduced to show support for Mr. Darwin’s grand tale:Tiktaalik:  PBS clearly treated this as a showpiece in the film.  Too bad it is irrelevant.  See our earlier commentaries on this from 04/06/2006, 05/03/2006, and 10/20/2006.  Also, Evolution News has a refutation of this fossil’s relevance to Darwinian evolution.  Notice that Shubin bluffed that these rocks were from the “right age” for the fish-tetrapod transition, ignoring the fact that the dating of the strata was built on evolutionary assumptions.  Let Shubin deal with the Cambrian explosion then we will listen to his fish-o-pod story – and yuck it up around the cave campfire, where Truth doesn’t exist anyway.The 4 other fossil transitions presented on the PBS website (not shown in the movie) are even less convincing.  Notice how many times the feature uses the words “may have” and “probably” etc.  The reptile-to-mammal sequence looks as ad-hoc as placing a lizard, a wolverine and a mouse in a line and calling it an evolutionary sequence.  Look at the dates in the alleged dinosaur-to-bird transition; apparently they think evolution ran backwards in time here.  The whale sequence relies little on bone, and heavily on artist imagination.  The human evolution sequence is fraught with controversy among paleoanthropologists themselves, so this depiction is highly contrived.  Each of these exhibits has more gap than data, and each relies heavily on inference from similarities.  Have some fun; find evolutionary transitions among your garage tools.Flagellum and Type-III Secretion System (TTSS):  The “co-option” argument for evolution was fully answered in the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life.  In addition, many scientists now believe that the TTSS is a degenerate structure from the flagellum, not a transitional form.  Furthermore, the use of a TTSS by disease organisms says nothing about whether they were designed or not, which is all ID tries to answer.  If Darwinists want to argue that God would not have made such a thing, then they have left science and are now arguing theology, so they had better not bring that up in science class.Human chromosome #2 as a splice:  Ken Miller gleefully showed evidence that humans have one less chromosome than great apes because sometime in human history two chromosomes were spliced together, and this proves evolution.  It proves it only if you commit several logical fallacies.  Notice that the splicing of a chromosome was not a prediction of evolution, but an observation, with a made-up evolutionary story after the fact.  Miller committed the either-or fallacy by assuming that since he could not imagine God creating the chromosome this way, Darwinism is therefore established (this is also an example of the Argument from Personal Incredulity, one of his own favorite accusations in debate).    Did Miller provide any evidence this change conferred fitness on evolving humans?  No.  Did he prove that this change occurred before humans came into existence?  No.  Did he establish a time frame for when it occurred?  No.  Did he rule out all other possible explanations, like a genetic bottleneck that might have occurred on Noah’s Ark or something?  No.  Does he or any other evolutionist have any explanation for the variety of chromosome numbers in animals, which seem to bear no correlation with fitness?  No.  It is a quirky observation that could lend itself to numerous explanations, none of which science has any way of establishing, so it is irrelevant to the film’s argument about why students should get only the Darwinian story.  Do apes get along great with their 24 pairs of chromosomes?  Do humans get along fine with 23 pairs?  Sure; that’s about all that science can say.  For more information on chromosome number variability, in answer to Miller’s claim, see Jean Lightner’s article on Answers in Genesis. Since everything else in the film was irrelevant, the entire weight of Darwin-Only Policy in Education (D.O.P.E.) must rest on these, their best examples of actual scientific evidence in support of the claim that 9th-grade students must be taught only the belief that humans had bacteria ancestors.  You might have noticed that it was PBS that displayed the false dichotomy of Darwin vs Genesis.  Don’t these same people squeal when we call evolution “Darwinism”?  They had Charlie’s mug all over the screen, with his pet finches and Beagle and all.  Clearly, they were equating Darwinism with evolution, so that’s why their critics do, too.    A huge, underlying assumption that was downplayed was that Darwinists, and only Darwinists of the NCSE stripe, understand the nature of science and the nature of religion, including what constitutes the terms natural and supernatural.  This was shamefully misunderstood and misconstrued by the entire pro-Darwin cast.  Philosophers of science around the world should rise up in horror at the sophomoric definition of science that Judgment Day merely assumed was universally accepted and defensible.    This film was a grandstand for the usual suspects, a certain cadre of Darwin Party Hacks who make a career out of protecting their idol from criticism.  The names of these same People of Froth appear in just about every instance of an ID controversy.  Take away their bullhorns and disarm their attack dogs at the ACLU, and most of the commotion over intelligent design would probably calm down into a nice, rational debate among reasonable people.    While thinking about these issues, you might review yesterday’s entry (11/12/2007), since the film showed, over and over and over in Dover, a mesmerizing animation of their mystical icon, Darwin’s tree of life (see also the 10/08/2007 entry, with the remarks of Nick Matzke, one of the PBS heroes, worrying about what ID proponents would do with the clear evidence against Darwin’s tree).  How can they reach a tree of life when they don’t even have knowledge of good and evil?(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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