11 01 20

first_imgLos Angeles Police Chief William Bratton should definitely be replaced — but only because L.A. needs a top cop who won’t wimp out when it comes to defending the officers who justifiably cleared the illegal protesters out of MacArthur Park on May 1. Although protesters were permitted to stay at the park until 9 p.m. that evening, they forfeited that right by throwing rocks and plastic bottles at police officers. The LAPD then issued a legal dispersal order, which the protesters ignored, some violently. When protesters are assembled illegally, when they threaten public order, assault the police and refuse repeated requests to cease and desist, they leave law enforcement no choice but to forcibly remove them. That is what the Los Angles Police Department did on May 1, and with commendable restraint. As far as the minimal roughing-up received by some participants and journalists, that was strictly the result of their personal choice to repeatedly defy the law. Having a camera or a microphone is no license to refuse to cooperate when law enforcement is trying to restore law and order. To label as “brutality” such a minimal, restrained, and justified police action is ludicrous. So why, then, did Chief Bratton apologize for the action? What happened to the tough New York transplant whom most law-abiding Angelenos were counting on to bring back law and order when he was hired five years ago? He wasn’t here last week. Maybe it’s because Bratton is up for reappointment, and he doesn’t want to risk offending anybody — even if that means not speaking the truth or sticking up for the men and women under his command. So Bratton produced the obligatory, humiliating apology. He expressed “grave concern” over his officers’ conduct, calling it “inappropriate.” And he criticized the cops’ use of foam bullets to quell the crowd, saying, “Two hundred and forty rounds with no arrests is of grave concern to me.” All this for what, by all appearances, was an entirely justified and needed police action. Bratton has played his last card, and he needs to be replaced, all right. Because he obviously wants the chief’s job too badly to stand up and speak honestly about why Los Angeles can’t get a handle on its primary law enforcement problems. This is a problem that started well before May 1. Bratton has, for years, refused to speak out against a city government that condones the illegal immigration that’s destroying L.A.’s future. He has, for years, refused to speak out against a City Council that first directs him to beautify the Skid Row area, and then refuses to support his attempts to remove the unrepentant, hard-core addicts and criminals who don’t want to be rehabilitated, and who populate the area. He has, for years, refused to denounce the inept leadership of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is unable to control its 700,000 students, and then blames a lack of law enforcement for the violent and lawless meltdowns occurring on most campuses. Worst of all, Bratton has refused to speak out against Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s dangerous inability to develop an effective gang-prevention plan. Los Angeles’ worst nightmare is fighting to unleash itself on the city. The apocalypse-waiting-to-happen is L.A.’s toxic mixture of 150,000 gang members, tens of thousands of returning prison parolees, streets flowing with weapons and drugs, a limitless influx of illegal-immigrant young males, a high-school dropout rate of 50 percent, and worldwide terrorist operations flush with cash and anti-American sentiment. The Thin Blue Line is all that stands between us and this nightmare, and that line is being steadily erased by an unopposed handful of dissidents. If L.A. is to have a future, it must start with fair, but very tough law enforcement. That requires a chief who’s willing to demand support from the mayor and the City Council. Chief Bratton could have been L.A.’s Braveheart — the strong, inspiring, stand-up law enforcement leader we sorely need. But he gave up on that effort to try and get job longevity. Ironically, he’ll probably end up with neither one.— Paul D. White is the co-founder of West Valley Leadership Academy in Canoga Park and the author of “White’s Rules: Saving Our Youth One Kid at a Time.” Write to him by e-mail at white.paul@roadrunner.com.last_img read more

6 01 20

first_img0Shares0000Wang Shouting receives medical attention on the pitch as medical staff try to open a jammed ambulance door © AFP / STRSHANGHAI, China, Aug 13 – Medics tried to kick open a jammed ambulance door while a badly hurt Chinese footballer lay prone on the pitch for several minutes, fighting for breath.Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro, coach of Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande, was left angered and fans and Chinese media hit out at what they called the amateurish treatment of Changchun Yatai’s Wang Shouting. The midfielder was knocked out just seconds into Saturday’s 3-2 home league win over Cannavaro’s side when Yang Liyu’s shoulder accidently smashed him in the face as they jumped for the ball.Medical staff from both sides rushed to help the 32-year-old Wang and the players of both teams were clearly anxious as he lay unconscious, face down.An ambulance and stretcher were hastily summoned and it appeared Wang had swallowed his tongue.But he was left for several minutes on the pitch as paramedics struggled with the back door of the ambulance, even kicking it as it refused to budge.They eventually prised it open and Wang — by now conscious and on a stretcher — was taken to hospital and later released with no long-lasting damage.But the incident was embarrassing for a league whose teams have lavished big-money contracts on star players and coaches of the ilk of Cannavaro.“The life of the players can’t be ignored,” Cannavaro, who captained Italy to World Cup glory in 2006, was quoted as saying by the Information Times, a daily newspaper.“During an emergency situation, there is no waiting time of several minutes.“Ambulance and first-aid equipment must be on standby at all times and the problem of the door that can’t be opened should not be ignored.”The Information Times savaged the cack-handed response in an article headlined, “China’s football is still far from professional — when life is at stake, ambulance door won’t open.”Fans fumed too, with one poster on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, asking disdainfully: “Is the ambulance a prop?”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

6 01 20

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is frustrated at his side’s poor form © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 27 – Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United’s underachieving players to “stay at home” if they cannot handle the pressure to perform at Old Trafford as they seek to reach the Champions League last 16.Young Boys are the visitors on Tuesday as the Red Devils look to qualify for the knockout phase with a game to spare — a feat they will achieve should they win and Valencia fail to beat Juventus. Progress would be a welcome shot in the arm after Saturday’s tepid goalless draw with struggling Crystal Palace, which left them 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and with a mere three wins from nine home matches in all competitions.However, Mourinho rejected suggestions that his players find it easier to play away and laughed off a suggestion that playing at Old Trafford brought added pressure ahead of facing the Swiss champions.“If you feel pressure, stay at home — and when I say home, I don’t say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV,” he said.“If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support… come on. I never felt pressure to play at home.”Mourinho expects a response from his side in Tuesday’s Group H encounter, having questioned some of his players’ “heart”, desire and intensity after the 0-0 draw with Palace.The United manager spoke of his frustrations with his team’s sub-par performances before the match against Swiss side Young Boys, saying he wanted his players “not to be reactive but proactive”.“I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating,” he said.Mourinho said defender Victor Lindelof would likely be out of action for “quite a while” with an injury.“(Lindelof) does the scan (Tuesday) but, by the experience of the medical department and the feelings of the player, he has a muscular problem and a muscular problem takes time,” he added.“I would say if we have him for the Christmas period — where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that difficult period until the Newcastle match on January 2 — if we can have Victor available for that period, it will be good.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

28 12 19

first_imgKryszstof GrezegorskiA 20-year-old man has been sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court in Dublin for the murder of popular Letterkenny resident Bogdan Michalkiawicz.Kryszstof Grezegorski, who is 20, had been remanded in custody charged with the murder Mr Michalkiawicz. Grezegorski, from 35 Hazelbrook Crescent in Letterkenny, was charged with the murder of the 41-year-old on May 15 last year.Mr Michalkiawicz was found dead at his Riverside apartment in Letterkenny. He had been last seen alive two days earlier.Grezegorski stood in court alongside a prison officer and had today’s hearing translated to him.Detective Sergeant Mick Galvin told Letterkenny District Court that he had served the Book of Evidence on Grezegorski this morning.Sgt Galvin told the court that there were two volumes in the book of evidence and the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed the murder trial be held at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.Judge Paul Kelly told the Polish national that if he intended to provide an alibi in the case, he must provide this to the prosecution within 14 days.The case was put back until June 30.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he understood the case would go ahead in November and that the case may be heard alongside that of a second man also charged in connection with the murder.Legal aid for two counsel was approved. Grezegorski was remanded in custody.MAN SENT FOR TRIAL FOR MURDER OF BOGDAN was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURTchargeddublinGrezegorskiletterkennymurderlast_img read more

25 12 19

first_imgROISIN Carlin’s TV stardom dream is over.The Donegal girl was axed from RTE’s The Voice tonight.She had been panned by the judges for her performance earlier in the show – getting just 17 from a possible 30 for her performance. In an interview before the public got their say, the 20-year-old expressed the hope that people would save her.But that didn’t happen as 22-year-old Dubliner Wayne Beatty won the judges and the public vote to continue in Jamelia’s team – and she then failed to land a lifeline.However the Fahan girl was looking on the bright side of life this evening.She said: I turned 4 chairs at my blind audition, I kicked ass in the battle, I made it to the final 16 out of about 4,500 people. “I have loved every minute of this compeition, it has been such a life changing experience! to everyone who voted for me..thank you so much! I am blessed to have such great support and followers!“To everyone who sponsored me and helped me with posters and signs thank you. I could honestly go on all night but I won’t. It’s going to be hard getting back into reality and routine but this aint the last you’ve seen of me.” DONEGAL SINGER ROISIN THANKS FANS AFTER SHE IS AXED FROM TV’S THE VOICE was last modified: March 31st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL SINGER ROISIN THANKS FANS AFTER SHE IS AXED FROM TV’S THE VOICElast_img read more

25 12 19

first_imgA Letterkenny woman was stopped by Gardai after she walked out of a supermarket with a bottle of vodka and whiskey.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.Ann-Marie Donegan, of Bomany, was caught by Gardai after leaving LIDL at Letterkenny Retail Park on December 15th. A member of staff had followed Ms Donegan outside of the supermarket and had flagged down a passing Garda.Garda Damien Mulkearns said he approached Ms Donegan and he handed over the goods and she admitted the offence straight away.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had an addiction to alcohol.She was 43 and has previous convictions for breaching a barring order.Judge Paul Kelly put the case back to January 20th and requested evidence that she has contacted probation services.WOMAN WALKED OUT OF SUPERMARKET WITH WHISKEY AND VODKA was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ann-Marie DoneganLIDLsupermarkettheftlast_img read more

25 12 19

first_img Muse: When a team goes on a late-season run the way the Angels did in September to win the AL West, it’s easy to develop a sense of bullet-proof confidence. After all, the Angels had their offensive malaises during the season and weathered some injuries, so when everything came together the last three weeks, and they put the A’s away and claimed homefield advantage in the first round and then bopped the Yankees, everyone was feeling pretty good. Today’s all-ball edition of The Sporting Muse: News: Angels autopsy begins. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In truth, they weren’t feeling good, literally. The whispers during the playoffs said Vladimir Guerrero was suffering from shoulder pain related to his regular-season injury, which certainly would explain why his usually marvelous batting stroke completely broke down in the postseason. Bartolo Colon’s early September struggles were related to his back, but by season’s end there were new concerns that he was suffering compensation injuries in his arm and shoulder. Sure enough, a shoulder strain took him out of Game 5 of the ALDS. Chone Figgins looked a bit fatigued in the postseason, and catcher Bengie Molina went from terror to terrible at the plate immediately after being hit on the elbow by a pitch in the Yankees series. Things like that happen. The Chicago White Sox, meanwhile, were the antithesis. When your starting pitchers can throw 44 1/3 of 45 innings in a five-game series, including four complete games, you’re operating at peak efficiency. Beyond peak, in fact, when you realize the Sox tossed just nine complete games during the regular season. center_img To their credit, no one in red offered any excuses when there were more than a few around. That reflects the quality of the manager, Mike Scioscia, and the sense of class that he brought with him from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Considering the Dodgers’ current direction, he apparently took it all. News: Angels begin plotting for 2006. Muse: Everyone will want to see how Colon recovers, and how Guerrero responds to his playoff meltdown, and if Garret Anderson can put the arthritic condition that plagued him in 2004 further behind him. But Bill Stoneman deserves watching more than anyone. The Angels’ GM gambled in the offseason that he could get away with letting Troy Glaus and David Eckstein leave, and while the team won 95 games and a pennant, one wonders whether they’d still be playing if he hadn’t. Glaus hit 37 home runs in Arizona and was able to play third base all season coming off a shoulder injury that the Angels wondered would limit his effectiveness in the field. So much for that. The Angels won the division despite having to use Darin Erstad and Bengie Molina in the No. 5 spot in the lineup, which didn’t afford Guerrero and Anderson much protection. Eckstein, meanwhile, is the Cardinal whose two-out single in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS on Monday extended the inning and allowed Albert Pujols to hit his game-winning home run and extend the series. Eckstein had 185 hits this season, was the second-toughest hitter to strikeout in the NL, and led the league with a .373 average with runners in scoring position. Orlando Cabrera is better defensively, yes, but Eck was a catalyst, something the Angels certainly could have used in October. How would this Angels lineup have performed all season: Eckstein, Figgins, Guerrero, Anderson, Glaus, Erstad, the DH, Molina and Adam Kennedy? Stoneman now has to find a power bat for the 2006 lineup, decide whether to re-sign Molina and how to replace him if they don’t, and how to restructure the pitching staff since Jarrod Washburn is a free agent and has likely played his last game in Anaheim. The coming free-agent class is weak by usual standards, with Chicago’s Paul Konerko the one seemingly sure-thing among home run hitters. So it’s sort of an all-or-nothing dilemma for Stoneman. News: Cardinals extend Astros to Game 6. Muse: Based on what we’ve seen from the two NL teams thus far, one has to favor the White Sox in the World Series. They have the best balance. They can beat you with defense, they play little ball extremely well, have more than enough power they’ve hit 200-plus home runs in six straight seasons and their pitching right now is operating at 120 percent. The Cardinals have a few lineup holes and their pitching can be spotty. The Astros don’t hit as well as they did a year ago and their pitching after their three starters and closer Brad Lidge is pedestrian. Plus, you know St. Louis’ Tony LaRussa overmanages at times, and Houston’s Phil Garner does some strange things with his personnel. Go-go White Sox. It’s fun watching a team come together the way they have. News: Dodgers continue their descent into Clipper-ville. Muse: Last week’s decision to fire three members of the communications staff is another example of how dysfunctional the franchise has become. I mean, were John Olguin, Chris Gutierrez and Paul Gomez the problem with the ’05 team? I guess they did a poor job defending Paul DePodesta’s moves and the general senselessness of the McCourts. Seriously, the team of Johnnie Cochran, William Jennings Bryant and Alan Dershowitz couldn’t defend the McCourts. But let’s get one apology out of the way. We’ve been banging on Frank McCourt for all of the nonsense, but in truth he’s not the one wearing the pants in the family or the front office. Jamie McCourt, his power-hungry wife who wears the Size 0 mini-skirts, is making a majority of the decisions alongside her key henchman, senior vice-president of public affairs Howard Sunkin, whose baseball background is the same as Jamie’s dress size. His background is in public affairs and politics. Team McCourt is running the team without much thought to the product, which is hardly an unusual tactic in the business world, where certain theories are believed to be universal. The McCourt’s goal is to squeeze every dollar out of the franchise for their own benefit, and if winning is a byproduct, great. If not? As long as the money keeps coming in, it’s tolerable. News: Dodgers search for a manager continues. Muse: Really, it doesn’t matter who the Dodgers hire. There are two requirements for Jim Tracy’s replacement drink DePodesta’s Kool-Aid and work cheap. All of the candidates Terry Collins, Jerry Royster, etc share either a lack of success as a major league manager or a lack of experience. Now why would a team with the Dodgers’ history go in that direction unless they wanted someone pliable and cheap? Don’t be tricked into thinking that the Dodgers are serious about Orel Hershiser, Kirk Gibson and Bobby Valentine, new candidates mentioned this week. The McCourt’s want little to do with anything representing the O’Malley or Fox Dodgers, and this is just a P.R. move to briefly placate fans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

24 12 19

first_imgDown 3-1, the Bulldogs continued to bring pressure firing six shots the rest of the match. Seniors Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.), Gabe Edel (Greenwood, Ind.), Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland) and redshirt sophomore Alex Peterson (St. Cloud, Minn.) each had shot attempts either blocked or saved by Barnes. Edel had two shots while Ciszewski nearly snuck a ball past Barnes but he fell on top of it for the save and Tuominen drilled a long, heavy ball that was blocked by a Braves’ defender’s head. Graduate transfer Jake Taylor (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) had the final attempt, a header, that went wide. A pair of Drake (6-11-2) freshmen off the bench teamed up for the match’s first goal in the 26th minute (26:37). From the right side of the field, Juan Louis (Minneapolis, Minn.) sent a long cross with his left foot to the box that Stafford Dowling (Hamilton, New Zealand) poked past the Bradley (11-7-2) goalkeeper Brandon Barnes. It is the second career goal for the Kiwi, Dowling and the first career assist for Louis. Full Schedule Roster Out of halftime, Bradley quickly took a 2-1 lead with goals in the 47th and 48th minutes. Roman Schindler scored the first goal at 47:49 off a cross and Alex Ciaramitaro flicked in a header off a long throw in for the eventual game winner at 48:50.   Trailing 2-1, Drake put tremendous pressure on the Braves. The Bulldogs had several quality looks, but couldn’t net the equalizer. Bradley’s Gerit Wintermeyer added the insurance goal in the 74th minute (74:08) after Drake’s defense failed to clear the ball. Wintermeyer snagged the loose ball and fired a shot over goalkeeper Caden McCullough’s (Evansville, Ind.) to push the lead to 3-1.center_img PEORIA, Ill. – Tournament host Bradley scored three second-half goals to rally past the Drake men’s soccer team, 3-1, on Wednesday night in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Bradley advances to Friday’s semifinal to play No. 2 Central Arkansas at 6 p.m.Print Friendly Version McCullough finished with five saves, including several key stops in the first half. Every Bulldog starter had at least one shot.last_img read more

24 12 19

first_imgTo celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first chart success, Nik hits the road in the Autumn for his “Me, Myself, I Tour” and will perform songs and tells tales from his impressive career and takes (potentially) awkward questions from the audience.Nik KershawNik plays An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny this Thursday night and we have TWO PAIRS of tickets to give away for the gig.Simply send an email to admin@donegaldaily.com and complete the song line “I Won’t Let The Sun……” Inlcude your address and phone number and we’ll contact you before the gig. This is a rare opportunity to experience an intimate evening with the man, famously described by Elton John as: “one the best song writers of a generation”.Hits include Dancing Girls, Wouldn’t It Be Good, Drum Talk, Bogart, Gone To Pieces, Shame On You, Cloak & Dagger, Faces, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Human Racing, The Riddle.He has written a number of hits for other artists, including The One And Only for Chesney Hawkes, The Woman I Love by The Hollies, and Seventeen & Everybody Say Everybody Do by boy bad Let Loose.Over the years, Nik Kershaw has collaborated on albums with artists including Elton John, Bonnie Tyler and Gary Barlow.  WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEES 80s POP STAR NIK KERSHAW was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An Grianan TheatredonegalNik Kershawlast_img read more

19 12 19

first_imgWhat are the boundaries between science and pseudoscience?  Before answering, look at some of the stories that made headlines on science news sites recently.Legendary science:  Siberia plans to study the Yeti, reported PhysOrg.  Yeti has nothing to do with extra-terrestrial intelligence; it’s the popular name of a legendary abominable snowman locals report having seen living in the Himalayas, like Bigfoot in North America.  “Officials in a Siberian region have announced plans to open a scientific institute for researchers to study yetis, despite opposition from academics,” the article said.    A local university hurried to distance itself from this project.  But is the absence of solid evidence grounds for branding something as pseudoscience?  After all, cosmologists look for dark matter, dark energy, cosmic strings, inflation, and other unobservable entities.  Biologists search for missing links.  Throughout the history of science, credible researchers have sought evidence for unobservable things in the name of science, SETI being a notable example.Martian invasion:  Space.com seriously entertained the notion that life on Earth began at Mars.  “New Tool May Reveal Your Alien Ancestry,” announced Mike Wall; “It’s possible that the family tree of all life on Earth has its roots on Mars – and a new device could put that theory to the test in a few years, researchers say.”  David L. Chandler also wrote up the story on PhysOrg.    The test would involve digging in Martian soil, separating out possible organisms, and sequencing any DNA or RNA found.  An instrument being developed at MIT and Harvard is being given the name SETG: Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes.  “It’s a long shot,” one of the designers said.  A positive detection would not necessarily mean life originated on Mars; “we could have originated on Mars” is one option; “Or if it started here, it could have been transferred to Mars.”  Space.com interviewed Chris Carr [MIT], one of the inventors, who emphasized the looking before the understanding.  When, though, does this become a science project?  How does SETG differ from the YETI institute?Intelligently designed Everglades:  Thousands of mounds in the Everglades offer high ground for rich collections of plants, birds and wildlife.  Where did they come from?  A new theory suggests that some of them are unnatural; “Heaps of trash left behind by prehistoric humans might have given rise to many of the tree islands found in the Florida Everglades,” claimed Live Science.    “This goes to show that human disturbance in the environment doesn’t always have a negative consequence,” a proponent of the theory from McGill University said.  “Hundreds to thousands of years ago, some of the things humans did actually created valuable ecosystems.”  It’s not clear if Gail Chmura was suggesting modern landfills can be beneficial, but one thing is clear: to test her hypothesis, she had to use intelligent design techniques – i.e., to determine if humans left their trash in these heaps on purpose.  How the unobserved tribes lived in the swamps before the middens piled up was not explained.They came from space:  Panspermia and six other theories about the origin of life were posted by Charles Q. Choi on Live Science.  The seven notions – Miller spark discharge, clay, deep-sea vents, cold fusion, RNA world, metabolism first, and panspermia are all controversial and mutually contradictory.    Does having multiple controversial, contradictory theories improve the odds that at least one will turn out to be scientific?  Unless and until one of them succeeds, are any of them scientific?  Even if one wins a consensus, will it have any necessary connection with the real world, or will it remain a hypothesis forever, since no one can go back in time to test it?Futurist paleoanthropology:  Some day the successors of humans may find bones of us and wonder what they were.  That’s a speculation posted on PhysOrg in the name of science.  This thought experiment, like a Russian doll, embeds deeper puzzles: “Further research would show Homo sapiens walked upright, lived in communities and buried their dead,” the article said; “But this future intelligent organism might be faced with an old puzzle–determining where Homo sapiens came from.”    What this implies is that scientists today do not know where Homo sapiens came from.  Bernard Wood “argued it’s not so easy to determine whether relatively new fossil finds are early members of the human evolutionary family or prehistoric apes.”  In the article, Wood shared a number of worries about understanding human history.    Wood’s paper was described as a thought experiment – a term some in science consider an oxymoron.  Does getting funding from the National Science Foundation confer scientific legitimacy on puzzles embedded in a thought experiment?  How much time do paleoanthropologists get to figure things out and still be considered scientists?In the matrix:  Mike Treder titled an eye-catching article on the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies website, “We’re all alone and no one knows why.”  He invoked the Fermi Paradox (if aliens exist, they should have found us by now) and the Copernican Principle (we are nothing special) to sort out the pros and cons of three propositions: (1) We are the first beings capable of expanding into the cosmos, (2) Others have migrated but have made themselves undetectable, or (3) Others have hit roadblocks either by destroying themselves or hitting an impassible radius.  He considered the first proposition absurd based on evolution and the Copernican principle.  The third option he considered more plausible than the second.    After considering objections, he concluded that aliens just can’t get out very far.  He wanted to avoid any conception that we are somehow special, if not unique.  “All in all, it seems clear to me – irrefutably logical – that some sort of cosmic roadblock, as yet unidentified, must exist,” he ended.  “Either that or we are in a simulation.”  Since none of his speculations are testable, but rely on assumption-driven deductions, do his ideas belong in science, pseudoscience, philosophy, or some other category?All the above weird and speculative claims were tolerated and even promoted by leading science reporting websites.  Creationists and advocates of intelligent design, though, are routinely excluded from offering their research, evidence and insights within academia and the media.  Why is that?  Is it because their ideas are more weird than the above?  After all, Dykstra’s Law quips that everyone is someone else’s weirdo.  Is science a matter of sociology, then – being in the right peer group?  On what basis do the science news media exclude intelligent design ideas while promoting all the above without with nary a peep of criticism?    For decades now, philosophers of science have pointed out that there is no set of necessary and sufficient conditions for calling a theory scientific; there is no one set scientific method, and there is no means of validating science from within.  There is no agreement on scientific explanation, scientific evidence, scientific verification, or scientific objectivity; and the sociological influences on science cannot be ignored.  Within this messy situation, one would hope that observation plays a leading role, along with honesty, fairness, and logical consistency.Just as an accountant can count but not account for counting, a scientist can do science but not scientifically test science.  Science can’t even account for the validity of our sensations relating to the external world.  Some evolutionary epistemologists have tried to argue that our survival required evolution to give us reliable sensation of the external world, but that is not necessarily so, even assuming evolution: all natural selection would do is ensure reproduction.  Besides, the argument is circular, assuming evolution to base a conclusion on evolution.  One cannot escape philosophy – and ultimately, theology, which validates philosophy (philosophy cannot account for the laws of logic it employs).    The only starting point that is logically consistent is faith in a personal righteous God who made the world and has granted to humans the ability to perceive the creation using the somewhat trustworthy, if not infallible, sense equipment he provided.  This accounts for intelligence, the laws of logic, values of honesty and integrity, and the correspondence theory of truth (that our senses provide access to a real world).  Any other starting point is hopelessly muddled in self-contradiction, trying to account for these requirements without sufficient causation or validation.    Everybody has faith in something.  A scientist may as well have faith in a world view that works: “in the beginning was the Word… all things were made by Him” (John 1:1-3).  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, Solomon said; it’s only the beginning.  You can’t even start being wise without it.  As evidence we offer some of the bullet points above.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more