Young student held incommunicado for past nine month over blog entries

first_img News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders has learned that blogger and high-school student Tal Al-Mallouhi has been detained arbitrarily by the Syrian intelligence services ever since she was summoned on 27 December 2009 for questioning about some of her blog entries. No charge has been brought against her and it is not known where she is being held.Reporters Without Borders calls for an immediate end to this arbitrary detention. Mallouhi must be tried in a transparent manner if she really did commit a crime or else she must be freed at once. Born in 1991, she was 18 at the time of her arrest.Mallouhi kept three blogs in which she criticised Arab and Syrian international policy and the Union for the Mediterranean, a partnership between the European Union and Mediterranean basin countries.Her mother insisted that she knew nothing about politics in a letter to President Bashar Al-Assad pleading for release. The family did not publicise her arrest because they were hoping to obtain her release through discreet negotiations with the authorities.At least five journalists and netizens are currently detained in Syria, which is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” because of the level of online censorship and the persecution of those who dare to express their views freely online.Journalist Ali Al-Abdallah, who should have been released on completing a 30-month jail sentence on 16 June, continues to be held because of an article posted online at the end of 2009 in which he criticised the Islamic Republic of Iran’s religious system and Syria’s relations with Iran.Firas Saad and Habib Saleh, two cyber-dissidents who were arrested in May 2008, and Kamal Sheikhou ben Hussein, a human rights activists and cyberdissident who was arrested on 25 June 2010, are all still being held.Tareq Byasi was released on 16 August on completing a three-year jail term on charges of “attacking the nation’s soul” and “undermining national sentiment” for allegedly posting an article criticising the Syrian security services on an Internet forum. Arrested in July 2007, he was initially given a six-year sentence in May 2008, but it was quickly commuted to three years. Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more News to go furthercenter_img Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en September 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Young student held incommunicado for past nine month over blog entries News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Six England players selected for Vagliano Trophy

first_img Six England players have been selected for the GB&I team of nine to face the Continent of Europe in the Vagliano Trophy at Malone, Ireland, from June 26-27. They are: Gemma Clews of Cheshire (image © Leaderboard Photography), Hayley Davis of Dorset, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Bronte Law of Cheshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire and Singapore-based Charlotte Thomas. The Vagliano team, just announced by the LGU, will be completed by the Irish players, world number one Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey, and by Chloe Williams of Wales In addition, two England teenagers have been picked for the junior match, which is played simultaneously. They are Hollie Muse of Lancashire and Emily Price, who represents Warwickshire. Sammy Fuller of Surrey and Cloe Frankish of Kent are the reserves. The other junior team members are: Mairead Martin and Annabel Wilson of Ireland and Hazel MacGarvie and Shannon McWilliam of Scotland. The Vagliano Trophy team captain is Elaine Farquharson-Black and Claire Coughlan-Ryan will be the junior team captain. Lincolnshire’s Helen Hewlett is the manager for both teams. Elaine Farquharson-Black, who played in two winning GB&I Vagliano teams said: “In recent years, Europe has had the upper hand, but I am feeling very excited about our team. We have the world numbers 1 and 3, in Leona Maguire and Bronte Law, but importantly we have strength in depth with players who have already shown that they can perform consistently well on the world stage. “I am particularly pleased that Alice Hewson and Olivia Mehaffey who were in my Junior Vagliano team at Chantilly two years ago have made the progression to the senior team. Hopefully we will have a strong home support to cheer the team to victory.” This will be the 29th Vagliano Trophy match. The Continent has won the last four matches but GB&I lead 16-12 overall. The Vagliano team is made up of four automatic selections from the World Amateur Golf Ranking, two from the LGU Order of Merit and three wild card picks. The junior team is picked by a selection panel. The England players: Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest) has a perfect record of five wins from five international matches played so far this year, one against France and four in the recent England v Spain international. She was also in England’s winning team at the 2014 ladies’ Home Internationals. This season she has successfully defended the Delamere Comboy scratch tournament and had top five finishes in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play, The Leveret and the Hampshire Rose. Hayley Davis, 22, (Ferndown) is the English women’s stroke play champion and has previously held the English women’s amateur and girls’ titles. She topped the individual leaderboard in qualifying for the 2014 European team championship. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas, winning three times on the US women’s college circuit and has just helped her team to become runners-up in the NCAA Division 1 Championship. She has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and the Astor Trophy and is ranked 23rd in the world. Alice Hewson, 17, (Berhamsted) was in England’s winning team at the recent international against Spain. She has also won the Hampshire Rose this season. Last year she won the Critchley Salver and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy and helped England to victory in both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She has represented GB&I in the Junior Vagliano Trophy and is currently second on the LGU order of merit. Bronte Law, 20, (Bramhall) is currently third in world amateur rankings and has represented GB&I in two Curtis Cup teams, the Vagliano Trophy and the Astor Trophy. She is the English women’s amateur champion and won the individual bronze medal at the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. She is a student at UCLA in California and has won three times on the US women’s college circuit and helped her university to reach the NCAA Division 1 championship. Meghan MacLaren, 21, (Wellingborough) charged to victory in the 2014 British women’s stroke play championship, playing the final 36 holes in nine-under par. She has also won the Irish stroke play and French U18 titles. She is a student at Florida International University and has won seven times on the US college circuit and helped her team to reach the NCAA Division 1 Championship. She is 18th in the world rankings. Charlotte Thomas, 22, (Sentosa) played in the 2014 Curtis Cup match and made her debut as an England international in last year’s European ladies’ team championship. She is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle and has won twice on the US women’s college circuit. In 2013 she won the English mid-amateur championship and was runner-up in the English stroke play. Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire) helped England beat Spain in the recent mixed international and this season has won the Scottish U16 championship and The Leveret. She also helped England win the team event at the Fairhaven Trophies and tied second in the girls’ championship. She was in England’s winning teams at both 2014 ladies’ and girls’ Home Internationals. Emily Price, 15, (Cleobury Mortimer) is the English U15 girls’ champion and took third place in this year’s Scottish U16 stroke play. She represented England in the recent U16 international against Spain and won three of her four matches. She has also helped England to beat Switzerland U16s. Sammy Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) returned from injury this season to tie for the Irish U18 stroke play, but lost a title play-off. She has represented England in the girls’ Home Internationals and GB&I in the junior Vagliano. Cloe Frankish, 16, (Chart Hills) has had top ten finishes this season in the Irish women’s stroke play and the Scottish U16s. She has represented England in Nations Cup teams and last year she tied second in an event on the WPGA One Day Series. 30 May 2015 Six England players selected for Vagliano Trophy last_img read more

Overtime 3-26-14

first_imgFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier BILL NEAL:10 All you “Ballers”…shout this out.  David “Dr. Death” Trent went  “toe to toe” with death and as usual he won.  David Trent, the legendary shooting phenom out of 5th Avenue High and Tuskegee University, as well as a stand out all-star and single game record holder in the nationally recognized Connie Hawkins NCAA/Pro/AM Summer Basketball League (51) fought off a rare foot infection to remain in the game…the game of life!  Bad news is, he suffered a leg amputation below the knee.  Good news is he’s recovering well at UPMC Presby. All you cats that David raised on, do the right thing and call or visit him. He’ll be in a few more weeks. Of course that will be all of you. No one that ever played against him could stop him. NO – BODY!  Including you.:09 I don’t know if you heard, but I’m back in the hunt. What am I talking about you say? Paula Patton is free again and I am gonna get her!:08 As you all know, I know nothing about hockey, but I know this, if a man just had a stroke six weeks ago and he’s trying to play again…well, that’s a bad man! And I don’t even know his name.  I told you I didn’t know anything.:07 I told you not to worry about Pitt. Game one is in the bag. A beat down of Colorado.  Who?  That’s right!:06 Speaking of Pitt, and I was, the greatest female basketball player in Pitt history and one     of the greatest in Western Pa. and Big East history…Jennifer Bruce, was recognized for the legend that she is and was recently honored as an “ACC Legend.”:05 And by the way, while we’re in a constant mode to get Sam Clancy’s uniform retired, you gotta put Jennifer Bruce in the rafters as well.  Hell, she outscored all the men in Pitt history…I’m just saying!:04 The Champions High School All-Star Classic is coming. You didn’t miss it. We’re still looking for grade school and middle school boys and girls teams to play. If you have a team, call the Champions at 412-628-4856.  High school seniors call right away. Ask for Warren Jackson, classic director.:03 You better sign Maurice Jones-Drew…all three of him, or have you forgotten your running back desperation from last year!?!?:02 If you think for one minute that Phil Jackson is not going to turn the Knicks into a     champion, and soon, you’ve been smokin’  too much of the now legal weed coming out of Arizona.  He will and they will.  Take it to the bank!:01 Okay, I’ll give it to ya one more time cause I know some of you Brashear and Oliver grads are a little slower than the rest of the free world. “Nite of the Champions” with the Steeler legends at the Rivers Casino Grand Ballroom.  Saturday, March 29, 7-10 p.m.—$25 donation—free hors d’oeuvres—cash bar—free parking and the greatest players to ever play the game. C’mon man! You know you can’t beat that.  Call 412-628-4856 for information.:00 President Obama, please leave Russia alone or you’re gonna go down in history as the Black President that brought the world to an end…I am just sayin!~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more

Houston QB Watson surprises mom with home renovation

first_imgBy an hour ago In this April 28, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, right, poses with his mother Deann after an NFL football news conference in Houston.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson’s mother spent years encouraging him to chase his dreams.center_img Now that Watson has achieved one of his biggest goals of reaching the NFL, the Houston Texans quarterback is giving back to her by renovating the home he grew up in.“She is my rock, my hero,” Watson said. “She always was there giving 100 percent each and every day to try to be the best she can be to help her kids be successful.”It’s been well-documented that the Watson family received a home from Habitat For Humanity when Deshaun was 11 years old in Gainesville, Georgia. His mother still lives in that house, but now that he’s receiving NFL paychecks he decided it was time to spruce it up.His mother is a survivor of throat cancer and watching her fight through the disease made him even more determined to do something special for her.“She deserves it,” Deshaun said. “It’s been a solid home for us for … over 12 years now. (But) living room, kitchen and dining area, those areas need a little touch up. Everything she went through, this is really the smallest thing I can do for her.”Watson chronicled the spiffy makeover of his mother’s living room, dining room and kitchen on an online show called “My Houzz,” which can be seen here , and used the renovation website houzz.com to plan and carry out the project.Watson worked with a contracting team he found on the website, but he selected everything for the renovation. He picked the perfect lights, the color scheme, artwork for the wall, the right bar stools and kitchen cabinet, among dozens of other additions. Watson was thrilled to learn he could add a fireplace, something his mother had long wanted.He was pleased when told there’d be no need to build a chimney because it was an electric fireplace that starts with the flip of a switch.The 23-year-old Clemson graduate got a look at the completed project before unveiling it to his mother, and he loved how everything turned out. When his mother arrived, he greeted her outside and held her hand as she closed her eyes before he led her into the fabulous upgraded space. When she opened her eyes and gazed around the room, a huge smile spread across her face. Her son’s smile was just as broad.He was right about the fireplace, too. It was one of the first things Deann commented on.“I love my fireplace,” she said. “I love it.”She walked around her renovated home with wide eyes, taking in all the beautiful changes. She was also excited to see that her microwave, which formerly took up counter space, was now built into one of the cabinets.“I never thought it would be like this,” she said. “It’s beautiful.”Watson enjoyed the challenge of leading this project, but the best moment came when he saw the joy the gift brought his mom.“I could just see it in her eyes,” Watson said. “She was very moved. Everything that she saw, she loved it. Being a son and being able to take care of your momma and help her out felt good.”___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Rutgers’ Stringer taking off the rest of regular season

first_imgRutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer smiles as she watches the video screen after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut for her 1,000th career NCAA college basketball game win, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) “I know our young ladies can finish the season strong playing Scarlet Knight basketball and I will rejoin the team as soon as I can,” she added.Eatman served as acting head coach for three games following the illness and death of Stringer’s mother, Thelma Stoner, in 2016.Rutgers has three regular-season contests left, starting with a home game against Wisconsin on Monday.Stringer picked up her 1,000th win on Nov. 13 with a 73-44 decision over Central Connecticut State.She was the fifth Division I women’s coach to achieve the milestone and sixth overall. She is the first African-American coach to reach the mark.The others are Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell. Division II coach Barbara Stevens also has won more than 1,000 games.Stringer has a career mark of 1015-410 in 48 seasons, making her the sixth winningest coach in women’s basketball. She is 495-275 in 24 seasons at Rutgers.Stringer is the only women’s coach to take three different teams to the Final Four: Cheney State in 1982, Iowa in 1993 and Rutgers in 2000 and ’07. Her teams have appeared in 26 of the 36 NCAA Tournaments and made 10 regional finals.Rutgers last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2015.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer poses in front of a banner that will hang from the rafters after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut for Stringer’s 1,000th career NCAA college basketball game win, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)center_img Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, who earlier this season posted her 1,000th victory, is taking off the rest of the regular season on the advice of doctors.The announcement Sunday by the Big Ten Conference school came three days after the 70-year-old Hall of Famer missed a game at Michigan.Rutgers said Stringer is expected to return for the postseason. The Scarlet Knights (18-8, 10-5) were ranked earlier this month and are expected to make the NCAA Tournament.Assistant coach Tim Eatman will serve as acting coach through the Big Ten Conference Tournament.“As you can imagine this was not an easy decision; however, in consultation with my doctors, it is in my best interest to spend time to get healthy before returning to the day-to-day grind of coaching,” Stringer said in a statement.last_img read more

Alaffia Named Winner of the 2018 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by AlaffiaThe U.S. Department of State announced today that Alaffia will be awarded the 2018 Award for Corporate Excellence in Women’s Economic Empowerment at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on October 5, 2018. The award will be presented by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh, who oversees the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the State Department.Alaffia founders Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde will travel to Washington D.C. to receive the award.Tchala, who is currently traveling in West Africa, expressed his gratitude for the prestigious award. “All of us at Alaffia are humbled to receive this recognition from the U.S. State Department and its wonderful embassy officials who serve around the world.”“We are especially grateful this will shine additional light on the need to create economic opportunity for women and better education for children, something Alaffia has worked tirelessly to do in West Africa,” said Tchala.“Economic engagement in our collective poor communities means a safer, more peaceful world. On behalf of the more than 14,000 women who are members of our fair-trade cooperatives in Africa, and our U.S.-based employees in Tumwater, Washington, we express our deepest appreciation for this tremendous honor.”Alaffia employees and contract “gatherers,” who are mostly women, number more than 14,000 in West Africa. They collect shea nuts, coconuts, herbs and grasses, and, at Alaffia fair-trade cooperatives in Togo and Ghana, create shea butter, coconut oil, baskets and essence used in Alaffia beauty and body care products. These raw materials are then shipped to Alaffia’s manufacturing plant in Tumwater where 145 people are employed. The materials are refined, packaged and prepared for distribution throughout the U.S. and 10 countries.Alaffia’s non-profit empowerment and sustainability initiatives have resulted in 59,775 trees planted, 34,640 school supply recipients, 8,253 bikes distributed, 25,588 eyeglasses donated, 12 schools constructed and more than 4,800 babies safely delivered in West Africa.About AlaffiaAlaffia was founded in 2003 in the Olympia, Washington garage of husband and wife team, Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde. Alaffia crafts popular beauty and body care products using traditional African methods. Alaffia is “Fair for Life” certified by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO), one of the most renowned international inspection and certification agencies for organic and fair trade accountability. To learn more, visit Alaffia.com.last_img read more

Isaboke stuns Kisumu Day in school games

first_img0Shares0000Action between Kisumu Day and Ebwali Secondary School during their National Football School Games match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on July 30, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Jul 30 – James Isaboke struck with eight minutes left on the clock as Vihiga’s Ebwali Secondary School saw off home side and crowd favorites Kisumu Day 1-0 in the first day of the Kenya Secondary National School Games at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Tuesday.Isaboke raced through on goal after the ball was planted behind the defense to lob the ball over the advancing keeper to break the deadlock in what was billed as a ‘mini Mashemeji Derby’. Ebwali are making their first ever appearance in the national school games and it is no wonder they have achieved the fete as they are coached by Francis Muhambe who took Olbolosat into the nationals for the first time last season and went all the way to the final to lose to Kakamega High School.The Vihiga County champions who finished third in the regional games earned the right to play in the nationals after finalists St Peters Mumias and St. Mary’s Kibabii were eliminated due to irregularities.And they showed that they truly deserved to play in the grand stage of Kenyan school games with a scintillating performance against Kisumu Day who were playing on a pitch just across their school.Ebwali keeper Hannington Injendi was the first to be called up to duty when he did well to palm away a third minute effort from Erick Oucho. The Vihiga based side had their own chance when Kevin Owala’s scorching effort from distance was blocked for a corner.The ‘visitors’ were patient and played well behind the ball. They used the best opportunity they had late in the game to register their first win.Ebwali will take on Mbooni in their second match on Wednesday morning while Kisumu Day will look for redemption taking on Dagoretti High School.Meanwhile, St. Anthony’s Kitale started their campaign on a high with a nervy 1-0 win over Shimba Hills.In the Girls’ category, Nyanza’s Nyakach Girls whipped Central Region’s Karugwa 8-1 while Itigo hit Dagoretti Mixed 1-0.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

World’s largest food awards give Green Pastures Donegal three gold stars!

first_imgA Donegal company has earned a coveted 3-star prize from the world’s largest and most trusted food awards, Great Taste.The Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food in the UK, is a blind-tasted competition recognising the finest fine food and drink producers in the UK and Ireland.Green Pastures, based in Convoy in Donegal, impressed with their new light Creme Fraiche product to win a three-star award.  The dairy company won a total of 8 Gold star awards at this year’s ceremony. This brings the highly innovative company’s total to an astonishing 66 Great Taste awards and one Golden Fork since 2011. The Irish Three-Star Winners at the Great Taste Awards 2019 Speaking after the awards gala in London the owner of Green Pastures Mr John Molloy said;  ”We are absolutely delighted. We have achieved a lot in a short period of time, but innovation and awards don’t arrive simply by luck. “Our approach to the art of cheese-making is a complete and total love and passion combined with forensic attention to detail from the farms that produce our cheese milk. That’s what gets the quality, taste and ultimately the international awards.”From almost 13,000 entries in the competition, which is in its 25th year, just 208 three-star awards were made. 10 of those awards went to entries from the Republic of Ireland and eight to producers in Northern Ireland this year. The Republic’s three-star winners included three dairy products, three meats, three alcoholic drinks, and one artisan vinegar.  World’s largest food awards give Green Pastures Donegal three gold stars! was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

ID Draws Crowds, to Evolutionists’ Dismay

first_imgReactions in the news and evolution-centered scientific societies to the rise of intelligent design is mixed.  Some ignore it, printing Darwinism-as-fact articles as usual.  Others seek harmony and understanding.  Still others rise up in holy horror, demanding organized counter-reformation.  One thing Darwinists cannot do is deny that a widespread, international sea change in thinking about origins is underway and shows no sign of abating.Florida sunshine  Over 3600 Floridians attended an event on “Darwin or Design” at the Sun Dome Sept. 29, reported Evolution News and the St. Petersburg Times.  The event was sponsored by Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity and sponsored four leading ID speakers.  (See Doctors Doubting Darwin for the position of the sponsoring organization.)Baylor upset:  Dr. Francis Beckwith, who agrees there is nothing unconstitutional about teaching I.D. in public schools, gained tenure at Baylor after a long, drawn-out battle, reported Evolution news and World Magazine (10/07/2006 issue).Conn job:  Conn College in Connecticut is hosting skeptic Michael Shermer Oct. 10 to discuss evolution vs. intelligent design.Cato Plato:  Shermer takes on Jonathan Wells on Oct. 12 at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.  The title is “Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design.”Museum dust:  Associated press writer Deepti Hajeli (see Yahoo News) showed that museum curators are becoming cynical at the incorrigible creationist beliefs of many visitors: “I haven’t been surprised by the public’s reaction since our first survey, when I saw that 35 percent of the adult population thought that humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs.”Old dinos, really?  The Dallas Morning News reported on ICR’s latest RATE conference, in which evidence for a young earth and problems with radiometric dating were shared before an audience of 700.Be fair:  In the Detroit News, Scott Bahr argued that evolutionary theory relies on faith, too.  Those who decry faith in the classroom, he said, fail to see the irony in their position.  Even evolution requires ID to be valid: “The scientific method assumes an ordered universe that obeys natural absolute laws.”  For this and other reasons, “an intellectually honest discussion of origins belongs in the classroom.”Kentucky freed education:  The outgoing education commissioner in Kentucky, Gene Wilhoit, warned the Board of Education that they should not choose a proponent of intelligent design, reported WHAS Channel 11 and the Courier-Journal of Louisville.Space perspective:  In an editorial for the Space Foundation, CEO Elliot Pulham, an evolutionist, said that space exploration to justify itself needs to understand the enduring value of humans.  Pulham included a line combining of The Privileged Planet with Gaia: “we have only understood the preciousness and rarity of Mother Earth since we have been able to view her from space and since we have been able to peer deeply into the universe and understand how very rare this home planet is.”Let there be light:  Strongly pro-evolution magazine Scientific American had an editorial asking for at least a little more respect for religion, even if certain religious tenets (e.g., the Bible’s) have been contradicted by science, it claims.  “Cosmology, geology and evolutionary biology flatly contradict the literal truths of creation myths from around the world,” The Editors wrote, “Yet the overthrow of religion is not a part of the scientific agenda.  Scientific research deals in what is measurable and definable; it cannot begin to study what might lie beyond the physical realm or to offer a comprehensive moral philosophy.”British revolution:  “Outrage and alarm” by the media and scientific societies was the response to the “Truth in Science” initiative last month, in which “Schools up and down the country were sent two DVDs with a study guide helping teachers to utilise these materials in biology lessons.”  The BBC News, TSL Education and Politics.co.UK described some of the angry responses.  A writer for Biblical Creation had fun with the irony of what he called “grotesque behavior” by the opposition to freedom of thought.  “If the Government has any sense, it will not do anything to reinforce the grip that materialistic dogma has over many minds within the science community,” David Tyler wrote.  “We do not want to see any moves towards instituting ‘thought police’ to protect Darwinism from critical scrutiny, because that is self-evidently anti-science.”Jesuit agenda:  Loyola University is offering forums for and against intelligent design Nov. 6-7.Darwin’s ghost:  Peter James Causton had a lot to say about the moral influence of Darwinism in Commonweal magazine.  He compared the Darwinian and Christian responses to the problem of suffering.Talk back:  The editors of Time Magazine may continue to present cover stories like, “What makes us human?  not much,” that assume evolution and attribute our humanness to mere natural causes, but more readers are not taking it without a response.  Catholic priest Jonathan Morris on Fox News accused Time of making a “wild, pseudo-scientific (and very common) conclusion about the nature of evolution and of man.”The man Darwinists love to hate, but cannot:  Phillip E. Johnson, the founder-figurehead of the intelligent design movement, was featured on today’s BreakPoint commentary by Chuck Colson.  A book of Johnson’s writings was compiled this year, called Darwin’s Nemesis.  Johnson is in good health these days and still active in speaking.For the most part, mainline scientific journals are still ignoring ID if not treating it with disdain in editorials and book reviews.  That may change, however (see 10/03 story).  ID researchers are finding more and more ID scientists willing to come out of the closet, and are collecting lists of ID-friendly scientific research papers.  And the international audience is still craving popular-level books and DVDs that are providing alternatives to Darwinism (see previous story, above).So many words out there.  Let your senses tell you what a thousand philosophers can’t ignore: the exquisite design in nature didn’t just happen.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Silly Science Gets a Pass

first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It’s not just that science doesn’t know the following claims.  It cannot know them – yet few are the reporters laughing out loud.Men’s faces evolved to weather punches during arguments (University of Utah, BBC News)Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes (PNAS; see Live Science)Sex organs evolved as an extra pair of legs (PhysOrg)High status co-eds use ‘slut discourse’ to assert class advantage (PhysOrg)Rats experience regret for making bad decisions (Science Daily, Science Magazine)A computer passes the Turing Test (University of Reading); but it’s not the milestone it seems (New Scientist)Complex mineral surfaces could be indicators of life on other planets (Astrobiology Magazine)Delegating the dirty work is a key to evolution (Astrobiology Magazine)Milky Way “may” have 100 million “life-giving” planets (Cornell U)When nations agree, they don’t go to war (Live Science)Free will stems from brain noise  (UC Davis)Why haven’t we found aliens yet?  The answer could be climate change (The Conversation)Standing up made human brains bigger, created philosophy (University of Sydney)Stories like this, emanating from academia via university PR departments, commonly are passed along throughout the media with little alteration or dispute.This is why it’s hard to take Neil deGrasse Tyson seriously when he talks about “science” as the path to knowledge (as opposed to “religious philosophy”).  Nobody questions the kind of science that gives us practical, verifiable results, but too much of what passes for science is raw speculation that is impossible to test, even in principle, or gives unquestioning allegiance to evolutionary assumptions.  The emphasis should be on evidence and logical thinking, not “scientific” thinking as if that is something unique.  All human knowledge should be based on logic and evidence, whether in history, law, science or anything else.So where is the logic in free will coming from brain noise?  That’s illogical; it’s self-refuting.  How is a scientist going to get into the mind of a rat to see if it experiences regret?  Who is going to find 100 million “life-giving” planets, and what on earth does “life-giving” mean?  Who is going to watch an extra pair of legs develop into sex organs, or watch a man’s face take a punch and evolve better protection?  Do we need a scientist to tell us that nations that agree tend not to go to war?All these things are so dumb they are funny.  Where are the reporters who should be laughing out loud?  They’re too busy mocking creationists, who believe that effects need a cause, and complex specified information requires an intelligent cause.  Wisdom is known by its children.  Secular science’s children are acting pretty darn foolish.last_img read more