Shaun White and Kelly Clark Win at Mount Snow

first_imgMount Snow Resort,NEW YORK – January 11, 2009 – Olympic gold medalist Shaun White won the men’s superpipe finals and hometown hero and fellow gold medalist Kelly Clark won the women’s event Sunday in the second stop of the inaugural Winter Dew Tour at Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont.White’s winning run included a backside rodeo 720, a backside 900, back-to-back 1080’s into a 720. He finished with an alley-oop rodeo and scored 96.25.”The first run was really good but I knew I could go a little bigger than I did in that first run,” White said. “It was a weird run. My glove was kind of iced over and we had to add these marks to my board so I’d make sure I grabbed it. I went through that second run there and it just all fell together.”Steve Fisher of Breckenridge, Colo., was second at 92.75 and Kevin Pearce of Norwich, Vt., was third at 90.00.White now holds the lead in season standings in both the superpipe and slopestyle disciplines.In the women’s event, Clark, of West Dover, Vt., executed a frontside air to a backside 520. She continued with a frontside 720, a cab 360 and a frontside 520. She finished with a backside air and earned 90.75 points.”I couldn’t be happier coming home to Mount Snow and doing so well in front of all my friends and family,” Clark said. “I really had a lot of fun tonight and it’s great to come away heading into the third event with a first and a second place.”With this win, Clark secured the lead in overall point standings for superpipe.Hannah Teter, of Belmont, Vt., was second at 88.75 and Ellery Hollingsworth, of Darien, Conn., was third at 83.00.On Saturday, Norwegian Torstein Horgmo maintained the lead in a close contest against Olympic gold medalist Shaun White in the men’s snowboard slopestyle finals and Jamie Anderson won the women’s event.The 21-year old Horgmo took the lead on his first run and the field was unable to best his score of 92.67. His winning run included technical tricks on the rails and the flat box and a cab 900 on the first jump, to a backside 900 on the second jump. He finished with a switch backside 1260 on the final jump.”This means a lot to me,” Horgmo said. “Winning a contest is fun. I still don’t feel like I beat anybody here today. I’m only trying to beat myself at the contest. I got my win now. I’m super stoked. I don’t think I really realize it yet.”White, of Carlsbad, Calif. was second at 92.33 and Andreas Wiig of Norway was third at 88.00.White remains the overall point leader in the race for the Dew Cup based on this event and his win at the first stop of the Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado.”This was a full-on course,” White said. “We had rails at the top, a rail in the middle, big jumps at the bottom. It was really fun.”In the women’s field, Anderson, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif. made good use of the course with a tail press to a nose press to a pretzel out on the top rails. She landed a switch backside 360 on the first jump to a cab 180 on the box jump. She finished with a frontside 360 to a frontside 520 on the final two jumps to earn 85.67 points.”I was just having a good day and my body felt good,” Anderson said. “I didn’t really do so many frontside fives in practice, I was kind of just doing backside 180’s so I’m stoked on that part.”Canadian Spencer O’Brien was second at 81.50 and Chanelle Sladics, of Newport Beach, Calif., was third at 80.67. O’Brien, who won the previous Winter Dew Tour event, remains the overall point leader heading into the season finale next month in California.Later in the day, Simon Dumont, of Bethel, Maine, won the men’s freeski superpipe finals after taking the lead in his first run and increasing his lead in his second, to finish at 94.00.His winning run included a cork 900 to a 900 on the right wall. He continued with a cork 1260, an alley oop 720 to finish with a switch 1080. Dumont’s win was redemption from his fifth-place finish in Breckenridge, Colo.”My self esteem was down a little bit,” Dumont said. “Breckenridge didn’t go my way. Slopestyle didn’t go my way. So, I had one option and it was to come out here and hopefully lay something down. I wasn’t the only one. It was a huge night for skiing. I’m psyched to be a part of it.”An event highlight came from Canadian Justin Dorey who executed a technical double flip in his second-place run, which scored 91.75. Tanner Hall, of Kalispell, Mont. was third at 90.00.Dorey and Hall are now tied for first place in the season point standings and Dumont is only 10-points behind in second.Taking his freestyle rail skills to the slopestyle course, Canadian freeskier JF Houle won the men’s slopestyle finals on Friday.His fellow competitors embraced and congratulated him at the finish of the course after witnessing his impressive tricks on the rail obstacle. Houle executed a 450-degree spin onto the rail, with three spins as he slid down the rail, to finish with another 450 off the rail. He scored 92.00.”I’m strong at rail and I just went for a super technical run,” Houle said. “I think it’s never really been done in slopestyle before. So I’m pretty stoked on that. I’m super stoked that finally rail gets some respect in the slopestyle course.”Per-Kristian Hunder, of Norway, placed second at 86.67 and Alexis Godbout, of Canada, was third at 85.00.Houle placed sixth at the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado.”Now with the first place I can’t believe it so I’m just going to be on it for the next Dew Tour for sure, and train hard,” Houle said.The four-day competition was the second of three stops of the Winter Dew Tour that features men’s and women’s freeskiing and snowboarding disciplines. Approximately 24,800 fans enjoyed the Winter Dew Tour experience at Mount Snow Resort in Vermont. The tour will conclude in February at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in California.Winter Dew Tour at Mount Snow ResortFriday, January 9, 2009West Dover, Vt.Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Finals1. J.F. Houle, Canada, 92.00. 2. Per-Kristian Hunder, Norway, 86.67. 3. Alexis Godbout, Canada, 85.00. 4. Sammy Carlson, Tigard, Ore., 82.50. 5. Henrik Harlaut, Sweden, 78.17. 6. Nick Martini, Winchester, Mass., 75.67. 7. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 73.33. 8. Mike Riddle, Canada, 70.83. 9. Jon Olsson, Sweden, 69.50. 10. Charles Gagnier, Sweden, 69.50.Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Points1. J.F. Houle, 165. 2. Per-Kristian Hunder, 165. 3. Bobby Brown, 160. 4. Henrik Harlaut, 150. 5. Alexis Godbout, 130. 6. Josiah Wells, 125. 7. Sammy Carlson, 110. 8. Simon Dumont, 86. 9. Nick Martini, 81. 10. Matt Walker, 79.Winter Dew Tour at Mount Snow ResortSaturday, January 10, 2009West Dover, Vt.Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals1. Torstein Horgmo, Norway, 92.67. 2. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 92.33. 3. Andreas Wiig, Norway, 88.00. 4. Mikkel Bang, Norway, 85.33. 5. Eric Willett, Breckenridge, Colo., 82.67. 6. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, N.H., 79.33. 7. Brandon Reis, Peterborough, N.H., 76.83. 8. Sam Hulbert, Peterborough, N.H., 74.17. 9. Charles Reid, Canada, 72.50. 10. Yale Cousino, Lincoln, Vt., 71.83.Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Points1. Shaun White, 190. 2. Mikkel Bang, 165. 3. Torstein Horgmo, 160. 4. Andreas Wiig, 155. 5. Sam Hulbert, 125. 6. Charles Reid, 115. 7. Eric Willett, 94. 8. Kevin Pearce, 85. 9. Daniel Ek, 81. 10. Janne Korpi, 80.Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals1. Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 85.67. 2. Spencer O’Brien, Canada, 81.50. 3. Chanelle Sladics, Newport Beach, Calif., 80.67. 4. Jenny Jones, Great Britain, 75.50. 5. Megan Ginter, Redmond, Wash., 75.00. 6. Marie-France Roy, Canada, 74.50.Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Points1. Spencer O’Brien, 190. 2. Jamie Anderson, 175. 3. Jenny Jones, 165. 4. Bev Vuilleumier, 140. 5. Megan Ginter, 140. 6. Chanelle Sladics, 135. 7. Marie-France Roy, 115. 8. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas, 110. 9. Kimberly Fasani, 110. 10. Christina Curry, 90.Men’s Freeski Superpipe Finals1. Simon Dumont, Bethel, Maine, 94.00. 2. Justin Dorey, Canada, 91.75. 3. Tanner Hall, Kalispell, Mont., 90.00. 4. Tucker Perkins, North Hampton, N.H., 88.50. 5. Mike Riddle, Canada, 85.00. 6. Duncan Adams, Breckenridge, Colo., 81.50. 7. Colby West, Breckenridge, Colo., 79.50. 8. Byron Wells, New Zealand, 76.00. 9. Antti-Jussi Kemppainen, Finland, 69.75. 10. Taylor Seaton, Avon, Colo., 61.25.Men’s Freeski Superpipe Points1. Tanner Hall, 180. 2. Justin Dorey, 180. 3. Simon Dumont, 170. 4. Duncan Adams, 145. 5. Peter Olenick, 110. 6. Tucker Perkins, 105. 7. Taylor Seaton, 100. 8. Byron Wells, 95. 9. Mike Riddle, 94. 10. Colby West, 80.Winter Dew Tour at Mount Snow ResortSunday, January 11, 2009West Dover, Vt.Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Finals1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 96.25. 2. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, Colo., 92.75. 3. Kevin Pearce, Norwich, Vt., 90.00. 4. Danny Davis, Highland, Mich., 89.25. 5. Mason Aguirre, Duluth, Minn., 84.50. 6. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, N.H., 80.00. 7. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 71.00. 8. Charles Reid, Canada., 59.50. 9. Dylan Bidez, Minturn, Colo., 49.00. 10. Elijah Teter, Belmont, Vt., 46.75.Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Points1. Shaun White, 190. 2. Danny Davis, 175. 3. Scotty Lago, 145. 4. Steve Fisher, 125. 5. Elijah Teter, 120. 6. Kevin Pearce, 102. 7. Greg Bretz, 100. 8. Mason Aguirre, 81. 9. Charles Reid, 71. 10. Louie Vito, 70.Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Finals1. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 90.75. 2. Hannah Teter, Belmont, Vt., 88.75. 3. Ellery Hollingsworth, Darien, Conn., 83.00. 4. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas, Norway, 68.75. 5. Charmaine Ironside, Canada, 54.75. 6. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Idaho, 32.75.Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Points1. Kelly Clark, 190. 2. Hannah Teter, 165. 3. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas, 140. 4. Elena Hight, 135. 5. Charmaine Ironside, 115. 6. Ellery Hollingsworth, 110. 7. Kaitlyn Farrington, 105. 8. Gretchen Bleiler, 100. 9. Molly Aguirre, 100. 10. Elizabeth Beerman, 95.The complete 2008/09 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:EventDateLocationStop 1Dec. 18-21, 2008Breckenridge, Colo.-Breckenridge Ski ResortStop 2Jan. 8-11, 2009West Dover, Vt.-Mount Snow ResortStop 3Feb. 19-22, 2009Lake Tahoe, Calif.-Northstar-at-Tahoe ResortWinter Dew TourThe Winter Dew Tour consists of three major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, and a $1.5 million competitive purse. Each event features men and women’s snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle), and men’s freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle). At season’s end, the overall point’s leaders in the six disciplines are crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup. As part of an Alli property, key lifestyle elements compliment the competitions at each Tour event including the Festival village, specialty competitions, and live cutting edge music. The Winter Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC Sports with additional competition and lifestyle broadcasts on MTV, MTV2 and USA. The Winter Dew Tour is also distributed on Fuel TV, Universal HD, Rush HD, and internationally on Eurosport, Fox Australia, Extreme Channel and Allarco superchannel. Winter Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor); Toyota (event title sponsor). Associate partners include Ball Park, Nike 6.0, PlayStation®, Wendy’s, and Verizon Wireless. More information can be found at www.allisports.com(link is external).NBC UniversalNBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.MTV NetworksMTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 150 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services – MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, LOGO, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, THE N, VH1 CLASSIC, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 300 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.last_img read more

Wrestling team prepares for final match at Field House

first_imgThe No. 23 Wisconsin (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) wrestling team faces a challenging weekend as it travels to Minneapolis to face No. 1 Minnesota Friday at the Sports Pavilion (16-0, 4-0) before returning home on Sunday to face Ohio State (5-8, 0-3) in its final home match of the season at the Field House.The Badgers look to spoil the Gophers’ celebration of head coach J. Robinson’s 20 years of service by taking them down for the third consecutive year. Two years ago, the Badgers knocked off the Gophers at Williams Arena by a 17-16 margin. Then, last year at the Field House, the Badgers were able to prevail 18-17.”[There is a lot of motivation facing Minnesota] especially this time because they are number one,” senior Ed Gutnik said. “And it’s a border battle, so every time you are wrestling them, it is a brawl. We have beaten them the past two years, so we can make it three in a row on Friday.”Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis thinks the team needs to wrestle smarter and be opportunistic when changes come their way.”We have to wrestle smarter in certain situations and we have to be more offensive,” Davis said. “We have been kind of waiting for the other guy to come back and initiate things. If you are not in good position on your feet, you are have to control the guys at the base, so showing guys base and getting on top again, pin him. If you pin a guy, ahead or behind, it doesn’t matter — you win the match.”Davis also likes his matchups against Minnesota.”We match up pretty good [against Minnesota],” Davis said. “It is going to come down to how we match up and winning the close matches.”The Gopher lineup only features two wrestlers that are not ranked in the top 15 in the country.”I know [Tom] Clum has a tough match-up, [Tyler] Turner does too, same with [Craig] Henning, so they are all going to be real tight,” Davis said. “The last one to score will probably win.”The sixth-ranked Clum faces a tough challenge at 133 pounds in third-ranked Gopher sophomore Mack Reiter, who will enter the match with a 23-2 record on the year.However, Clum defeated Reiter 6-3 last year in Minnesota.Ninth-ranked Tyler Turner will likely go up against No. 1-ranked Dustin Schlatter, who did not wrestle last weekend because of sickness, but is expected to compete tonight.It does not get much easier for sixth-ranked sophomore Craig Henning at 157 pounds, where he faces the other Schlatter brother, C.P., who is ranked fourth in the nation.At 174 pounds the Badgers are hoping to have the service of senior Kelly Flaherty, who has been out the past couple of weeks, but his status is unknown and listed as probable.The Gophers also boast No. 1-ranked heavyweight Cole Konrad. The Wisconsin native has not lost a match this season and is 28-0. After Minnesota, the Badgers host Ohio State at the Field House, but Coach Davis wants to take the weekend one step at a time.”I want to get through Minnesota first and then we will deal with Ohio State,” Davis said. “I mean we will look at both teams, but in the Big Ten you have to be ready match in and match out, win the close matches, hustle on the edge, and if you do all those things, you will have a good chance.”The Buckeyes, while winless in conference play, offer some interesting matchups for the Badgers.Turner will face a difficult opponent in J Jaggers. The freshman is ranked eighth in the country and is 22-4 on the season.Also at 174 pounds, the Buckeye’s No. 14-ranked Blake Maurer could pose problems for either Flaherty or Mike Felling. The freshman is on quite a tear, winning his last four matches since returning from injury, including going 2-0 last weekend against 10th-ranked Gabriel Dretsch of Minnesota and eighth-ranked Donny Reynolds of Illinois.The Badgers’ senior heavyweight, Lee Kraemer, will have his hands full this weekend, as not only does he face Konrad, but the Buckeye’s Kirk Nail is also the 10th-ranked heavyweight in the nation.last_img read more

Virgil Van Dijk wins PFA player of year award

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool FC defender Virgil Van Dijk poses with his PFA awards after being voted the 2018/2019 season’s best playerLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 29 – Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk was named as England’s PFA Player of the Year for 2019 on Sunday.Van Dijk succeeded Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah in winning the award, voted for by his fellow players and saw off competition from Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling. But Sterling, 24, was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year, following on from City colleague Leroy Sane.Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million ($97 million, 87 million euros) in January 2018.The 27-year-old Dutchman has been an ever-present for Liverpool in their bid to dethrone City as Premier League champions this season, with Sterling’s side one point clear of the Reds at the top of the table with just two games left to play.Van Dijk has starred in a hugely improved Liverpool defence that has kept 20 clean sheets and conceded a mere 20 goals in the current campaign.– ‘Unbelievable’ –“It’s pretty difficult to put into words,” said Van Dijk, the first defender to win the award since Chelsea’s John Terry 14 years ago.“I think it’s the highest honour you can get as a player to get voted player of the year by the players you play against every week. It’s special. I’m very proud and honoured to receive it.”Prize guy – Liverpool defender Virgil van DijkVan Dijk, who also has a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona to look forward to this week, added: “If you see the standard of strikers or playmakers we have in the league, it’s unbelievable.”England international Sterling has been praised both for his on-field performances and a willingness to speak out about football’s continuing problems with racism.Arsenal Women forward Vivianne Miedema won the Women’s Player of the Year award after scoring 22 times to lead the Gunners to their first title since 2012, with her and Van Dijk completing a Dutch double.The north London side were crowned champions with a 4-0 win away to Brighton on Sunday.Miedema was also nominated for the Young Player of the Year award won by Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway.Miedema said: “I’m obviously really proud to represent my team here. I think we’ve had an amazing year, especially with winning the league today.”Meanwhile, the PFA’s special achievement award went to Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton.The 31-year-old defender is set to skipper the Lionesses at this year’s World Cup in France.But Houghton has said she could miss the tournament in order to care for her husband, former Liverpool midfielder Stephen Darby, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.Darby, however, is determined Houghton takes her place in manager Phil Neville’s squad.0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Giants’ nightmare losing streak hits new low

first_imgMIAMI — After the Giants played three of their worst games of the Bruce Bochy era over the weekend, second baseman and leadoff hitter Joe Panik was determined to set a different tone in the club’s series-opener against the Marlins on Tuesday.Panik swung at the first pitch from Marlins starter Trevor Richards and sent it over the right field fence to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead.Mission accomplished? Not exactly.Panik’s leadoff solo shot was the only moment worth remembering for the …last_img read more

Silly Evolution Speculations Would Cease If Media Allowed Fair Debate

first_imgEvolutionists get away with ridiculous stories because Big Science and Big Media are intolerant of opposing views. Healthy science requires open debate.Darwinians have their own blasphemy laws. Try criticizing Darwin, natural selection, universal common ancestry or any of his core precepts and you will feel the heat of wrath and mockery, if not expulsion. Darwin skeptics have been relegated to their own institutions outside of Big Science and Big Media, where many in the public never hear that answers to Darwinian claims even exist. In the vacuum of debate about the origin of life’s amazing diversity and complexity, charlatans have rushed in with no shame or conscience, presenting themselves as reliable spokespersons for ‘science.’ Take a look at these recent examples out of hundreds we have reported over the years.Evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest’ (Science Daily). So malleable is Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law (i.e., “whatever happens, it evolved”), anything can count as ‘fitness,’ even laziness. Look how this article begins: “If you’ve got an unemployed, 30-year-old adult child still living in the basement, fear not.” Whoever wrote this has just given slackers a new excuse for irresponsibility: ‘Darwin made me this way.’ According to champion Darwin storytellers at the University of Kansas, lazy slackers are just as fit as cheetahs, peregrine falcons and pronghorns— maybe more so!“Maybe in the long term the best evolutionary strategy for animals is to be lassitudinous and sluggish — the lower the metabolic rate, the more likely the species you belong to will survive,” Lieberman said. “Instead of ‘survival of the fittest,’ maybe a better metaphor for the history of life is ‘survival of the laziest’ or at least ‘survival of the sluggish.’”Laziness May Have Driven Homo Erectus to Extinction (Live Science). This article illustrates how Darwinians can use their vacuous theory to ‘explain’ opposite things. We just heard one argue for survival of the laziest, and now another argues for extinction of the laziest. Stuff happens! What kind of ‘law of nature’ is this? A house divided against itself cannot stand. Can we laugh out loud at this writer’s folly, or will that risk arrest by the Darwin enforcers?It turns out laziness existed long before couches and takeout. The “why bother?” attitude not only existed hundreds of thousands of years ago, but may also have led to the decline of an ancient human ancestor.The illogic of this explanation presents itself if you ask the question, “Did natural selection make Homo erectus lazy, or did they choose laziness by intelligent design and free will?” If the former, then natural selection not only evolved extinction (the opposite of survival); it also evolved the lazy reporter who believes it. If the latter, then how could natural selection come up with its opposite, intelligent design? That’s not the only illogical aspect of the story. Are we to accept the either-or fallacy that every individual in the H. erectus population was lazy, and every individual in the modern human population was not? That is clearly not the case by observation of modern humans today. The story also commits the fallacies of glittering generalities, post hoc, non-sequitur, and other blunders (see Baloney Detector). Where are the peer reviewers who should have tossed this idea into the circular file, or submitted it to the IgNobel Prize contest?Why war evolved to be a man’s game – and why that’s only now changing (The Conversation). This politically-correct argument by Alberto Micheletti (PhD Candidate in Evolutionary Biology, University of St Andrews) may please liberals who decry ‘toxic masculinity’ but deserves laughter, not serious consideration. Why? Because if “the evolution of war” is a result of evolutionary biology instead of mental activity, free will or intelligent design, so is “the evolution of evolutionary just-so storytelling.” Short circuit!Evolution and the concrete jungle (Phys.org). Evolutionists from the University of Toronto are finding that birds or plants that inhabit cities show variations from those in the wild. That much is not controversial; even the most ardent young-earth creationists accept variation within kinds. But these evolutionary biologists bring in Darwin:“These papers greatly advance our knowledge of urban evolutionary biology,” says Marc Johnson, an associate professor of biology at UTM and director of the Centre for Urban Environments. “These are the same evolutionary mechanisms first identified by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago and the findings from these studies will be increasingly important as more and more of the world’s population flocks to urban environments.“It’s pretty remarkable. For years, biologists ignored cities, seeing them as ‘anti-life’, and only recently biologists began to realize that cities are agents of change, driving evolution of organisms living around us and even some living on us.”Clarity about terms is essential for seeing through this equivocation fallacy, which confuses microevolution with macroevolution. Darwin argued that the entirety of life, from bacteria to humans, arose by natural selection. Creationists back to Adam have known about small-scale changes, such as in flower color or plant height. There is no Darwinian evolution or ‘origin of species’ then or now. Notice:The clovers are still clovers.The Daphnia are still Daphnia.The burrowing owls are still burrowing owls.The Brachypodium sylvaticum grass is still the same species.Nothing has ‘evolved’ in a Darwinian sense. The evolutionists only observed very small-scale changes within species. Ken Ham would yawn at this. He believes even greater changes have occurred in just the last few thousand years since the Flood, so much so that we might not recognize the animals that came off Noah’s Ark. If these evolutionists cannot distinguish between Darwin’s theory and creationist baraminology (variation within created kinds), the actual data could be adduced by creationists in support of their view. Unfairly, Big Science and Big Media forbid them to make their case. Readers get the impression that Darwin’s macroevolutionary theory has been vindicated by the observations.What is nothing? Q&A with Martin Rees (The Conversation). If you don’t believe that highly-educated people can say stupid things, watch the Astronomer Royal of Great Britain flub up the definition of ‘nothing’ by making it something. This ardent materialist and evolutionist says, “empty space isn’t really empty – there’s a mysterious energy latent in it which can tell us something about the fate of the universe.” Dr Rees, please: if the vacuum of space has energy and properties, then it is not nothing. He admits, “everyone who ponders these mysteries should realise that the physicist’s empty space – vacuum – is not the same as the philosopher’s “nothing”.” OK, then answer the question: What is nothing? He commits a major sidestepping blunder by talking about something instead of nothing. A child could have noticed this.Evolutionists would be ashamed to make such arguments if creationists had a chance at the podium. Whenever an ID advocate or creationist has a fair opportunity to debate an evolutionist (something Darwin himself stated was essential to get a fair result), the evolutionist usually gets voted down by the audience. Silliness thrives in the absence of debate. Darwinist totalitarianism, enforced by Big Science and Big Media, must be overthrown!C.S. Lewis pulled the rug out from everything evolutionary materialists say by pointing out how it is self-refuting. The moment an evolutionist speaks or writes to ‘explain’ nature in material terms, he shoots himself in the foot. Here are Lewis’s inimitable words. Learn these ideas well.Unless you start by believing that reality in the remotest space and the remotest time rigidly obeys the laws of logic, you have no ground for believing in any astronomy, any biology, any paleontology, any archaeology. If my own mind is the product of the irrational— if what seem my clearest reasonings are only the way in which a creature conditioned as I am is bound to feel – how shall I trust my mind when it tells me about Evolution? They say in effect ‘I will prove that what you call a proof is only the result of mental habits which result from heredity which results from bio-chemistry which results from physics.’ But this is the same as saying: ‘I will prove that proofs are irrational’: more succinctly, ‘I will prove that there are no proofs’.”  …A theory which explained everything else in the whole universe but which made it impossible to believe that our thinking was valid would be utterly out of court. For that theory would itself have been reached by thinking, and if thinking is not valid that theory would, of course, be demolished. It would have destroyed its own credentials. It would be an argument which proved that no argument was sound—a proof that there are no such things as proofs.  (Visited 516 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How Massachusetts Tried To Fleece Its Technology Sector With “Tech Tax”

first_imgRelated Posts “Make money,” the governor said to me as he shook my hand. In March of 2012, I was at a startup event in Boston at a club downtown. The party was a feel-good “pay it forward” type of thing where the Boston startup ecosystem gets together and congratulates itself on how awesome it thinks it is. In attendance was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, espousing how Boston and the Commonwealth government were welcoming of tech startups. After a short speech on stage, Patrick exited the event with his usual coterie of lackeys where I was standing outside chatting with a friend. “Governor,” I said, “a quick question?”That is when he shook my hand and said, “make money.” And then walked away.Patrick thought I was some startup employee or founder, his target audience for the night. Patrick’s administration has been very proactive in creating a comforting environment for startups in Boston. The Commonwealth helped build a new “innovation district” down by the Seaport and everything Patrick has said publicly has been supportive of emerging businesses.His actions, however, have been another thing entirely. To Patrick and Massachusetts government officials, the state’s startups are not about creating better products or a better world. They are about one thing:“Make money.”Tech Tax Hurt Massachusetts InnovationHubSpot’s Laura Fitton at MassTLC “Unconference” 2012Massachusetts had a good reason for wanting to funnel some money from the burgeoning technology economy in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts’ transportation infrastructure could use a serious cash influx to repair roads and bridge, update the “T” subway system and keep Boston moving efficiently. Earlier this summer, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved a new set of tax hikes to finance its transportation initiatives. Cigarettes and gasoline were among the products getting more taxes, among several other dozen sundry items. Included in this tax hike was a “software tax” that was extremely confusing and opaque. Nobody really knew what to make of it other than that it would make it much more difficult for technology companies operating in Massachusetts to avoid the Commonwealth’s revenue barons. The gist of the Tech Tax was that the Commonwealth would extend its 6.25% sales tax on custom software and network design services. Essentially, if a development or technology consultant firm farmed work out of state or had out-of-state customers, the additional 6.25% sales tax would apply (the law is more opaque and confusing than that, creating much handwringing among the state’s technology firms, startups and developer centers over if and how to comply).The Tech Tax was estimated to bring in up to $160 million annually into the Commonwealth’s coffers. Yet, because of the vague wording of the bill, some estimated that the burden to Massachusetts companies could be up to $500 million. Opponents said that it was “the most far-reaching tax on software services in the country.”In a press release announcing a petition to repeal the bill, Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said that the tech tax was “the most anti-competitive piece of legislation in my 21 years as head of the Foundation and will cause incalculable damage to job creation and the Massachusetts economy.”So much for Patrick’s call to “make money.”Boston Tech Fought BackThe Tech Tax was the brainchild of the Massachusetts legislature and Governor Patrick’s office. During the drafting and implementation of the transportation bill, hardly any of the prominent Massachusetts technology players were consulted. Localytics CEO Raj Aggrawal at MassTLC “Unconference” 2012And then it was too late. The new taxes went into effect in the Commonwealth the first week of August. Consternation and confusion was immediately expressed by Boston’s large technology sector. Out-of-state tech companies that do a lot of business in Massachusetts looked even more warily on a state that has long had the reputation as “Taxachusetts.” When the repercussions of the Tech Tax became known, Boston tech companies kicked into gear. The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) led the fight, organizing local technology companies both large and small to fight the tax. A group of 20 businesses signed the petition to repeal the Tech Tax and threatened to bring it up for a vote as a statewide ballot in November (state politicians generally dislike these types of votes where the public overturns their policies and are seen as bad press for their eventual reelection bids). MassTLC has created tools to petition local lawmakers and organized informational meetings and summits on how Massachusetts companies can handle the Tech Tax and its repeal. The efforts have gained momentum. Governor Patrick has reversed his position on the Tech Tax and is now calling for its repeal. Commonwealth lawmakers on Boston’s Beacon Hill are expected to vote next week to repeal the tax. Massachusetts Tech Companies Need ProtectionIf a software tax like the one in Massachusetts were introduced to the denizens of San Francisco and the extended Silicon Valley area, it would be national news. The big tech companies in California would have their top-dog lawyers and lobbyists on it the moment it was announced and browbeat the California state government into dropping its plans. Deval Patrick signs repeal of tech tax (via @MassGovernor on Twitter)Massachusetts does not have that same type of organization in its technology sector. Many people looked towards MassTLC. Yet, the organization said time and again that it was not a lobbying organization and did not have the resources to continually monitor what is happening on Beacon Hill. One of the problems is the nature of how bills are passed. The “Tech Tax” was essentially a line item in a much, much larger transportation bill. Organizations like MassTLC don’t have the money and resources to monitor every bill that passes through the Massachusetts legislature and how it might effect the local startup ecosystem.The startups and technology sector of Boston and Massachusetts do not have a single group looking out for it. At the same time, it showed that it can come together to defend itself when it believes the Commonwealth is not looking out for its interests. Images: Massachusetts State House courtesy Wikipedia Commons. Governor Deval Patrick via Massachusetts.gov. Unconference via MassTLC. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… dan rowinski Massachusetts needs money. These days, every state is looking for ways to scrape out more revenue for failing budgets and costly infrastructure projects.But Massachusetts looked at its burgeoning technology sector and thought that it could squeeze at least $160 million a year out the Commonwealth’s startups and established technology firms for funding of a transportation bill.So, the Massachusetts “Tech Tax” was born. It was a vaguely written and a potentially harmful burden to startups in and around Boston. When technology firms in Boston figured out exactly what the Tech Tax was, they fought back. And, for once, the Massachusetts legislature listened. This week, the Tech Tax was repealed by a 38-0 vote in the Commonwealth senate a day after it was also rejected by the House of Representatives 156-1.Today, Patrick made it official and signed the repeal of the tech tax. He likely did so with a sigh as the tax essentially started in his office because he, like many other state executives across the country, looked at the startups in his state and saw nothing but dollar signs. Deval Patrick To Startups: “Make Money” Tags:#Boston#Massachusetts#startups How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Barry Sanders, Brandon Weeden, Other Pokes Honor Gundy With Video Celebrating No. 100

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You might have heard, Mike Gundy won his 100th game on Saturday in Stillwater. A host of former players including Barry Sanders, Brandon Weeden, Zac Robinson, Brandon Pettigrew and even Todd Monken honored Gundy with a video telling him what they’re thankful for about him as a coach.This day rocks.last_img read more

Oklahoma State DE Vili Leveni Suffers Season Ending Injury

first_imgOklahoma State lost a key cog in one of the most productive units of the defense on Saturday, as Mike Gundy announced that redshirt junior defensive end Vili Leveni suffered a season-ending injury during the game against Kansas State.“We lost Vili today,” Gundy said after the game via The O’Colly. “Vili’s got an injury and he’s out for the year. We were kind of down one guy there.”Leveni was a key piece along the defensive line for the Pokes, as he provided a versatility that allowed OSU to plug him in both at defensive tackle and defensive end.There has yet to be an official report on the nature of the injury suffered, but it is worth noting that he also suffered a season ending injury last year that forced him to miss the entire football season.Glenn Spencer was bummed out about the whole thing.“He said, ‘I’m sorry, Coach. My bad,’” Spencer told the Tulsa World after the game. “Are you kidding me? I just hugged his neck and said, ‘You don’t have to be sorry about anything. You’re out there fighting, man, you’re a warrior.’ Yeah, he said that to me. I couldn’t believe that. That’s just how bad he wants to be out there.”This season, he racked up two sacks, and twelve tackles, and will now leave OSU dangerously thin at defensive end, with Jordan Brailford also still out after suffering an injury in the preseason.Cole Walterscheid and Jarrell Owens have taken over as starters, and with Leveni out, it’s likely that junior college transfer Tralund Webber and redshirt sophomore Trey Carter will see their playing time increased over the final weeks of the season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Dez Bryant Crashes QB Meeting, Wants More Passing Plays

first_imgAfter throwing a touchdown pass in the Dallas Cowboys’ 42-21 win over Detroit, former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant reportedly tried to attend the quarterback meeting the following day.Dez Bryant tried to attend the Cowboys’ QB meeting after throwing a TD vs. Detroit ? https://t.co/VTNuYO4V77 pic.twitter.com/0bgEluNeGo— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 28, 2016 Bryant became only the fifth player in NFL history to have one passing touchdown and two receiving touchdowns in a single game. Supposedly, Bryant had a cannon for an arm even in his days at OSU.??‍♂️He used to mess around before practice and throw passes. He has a hose. #okstate https://t.co/tR9Zsootu2— Gary Calcagno, M.A., MSCC, RSCC*E (@calcagnogary) December 27, 2016Still, with home-field advantage locked up through the NFC playoffs and not much to play for in the Cowboys’ regular season finale against Philadelphia on Jan. 1, the lefty’s passing career is probably over for now. In the playoffs, though, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will likely keep Bryant’s passing ability in mind — and it’s safe to say that Bryant will remind him until then. Cowboys VP Stephen Jones: “Dez tried to go to the quarterback meeting this morning. He’s lobbying Scott for more plays.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 28, 2016center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Four-star Safety DeMarvion Overshown Names OSU in Top 15

first_imgAs a junior last season (his first full season at safety), he was named the District 9-3A-II Defensive MVP, racking up 153 tackles, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery for Arp High School. He’s rated as the 109th best prospect nationally in the class of 2018 and the No. 11 safety/outside linebacker. He plays on both sides of the ball for small-school Arp where he starred last season, leading them to an appearance in the Texas Class 3A Division II state semifinals.OSU does not have a commitment at the safety position for 2018, however Texas, who is predicted as the favorite for Overshown, currently holds a safety pledge from five-star prospect Caden Sterns, the younger brother of Jordan. Four-star safety/outside linebacker DeMarvion Overshown has cut his list in half, announcing on Thursday he’s whittled his list to 15 schools: Texas A&M, Baylor, Auburn, Florida State, OU, Arkansas, Florida, OSU, Ohio State, TCU, Clemson, Texas, Alabama, LSU and Stanford.Overshown is a monster pass-rusher who can get after the quarterback off the edge in a hurry, but will likely drop into the secondary as a pass protector in college. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more