Free Assange and Manning!


first_imgBy releasing the information provided by whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange exposed the war crimes of the imperialist U.S. government. The most dramatic exposé was a July 2007 video of U.S. helicopter pilots shooting at Iraqi civilians, including Iraqi journalists working for Reuters.Those of us who opposed and mobilized against the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq already knew the litany of U.S. war crimes, including the lie of “weapons of mass destruction” used to justify the invasion. The Wikileaks video, however, brought those crimes to light for anyone who doubted. And shooting Iraqi civilians was only one of many examples that Wikileaks exposed.Even if that were all they accomplished, Manning and Assange would have helped the struggle of working-class and oppressed peoples worldwide against the U.S. empire. That alone has earned them the support of revolutionaries and working-class organizers against the newest imperialist attacks on their freedom.The U.S. (in)Justice Department has now taken its aggression against Assange a big step further. It has brought 17 charges of violation of the 1917 Espionage Act against him — for being an honest journalist. In so doing, the U.S. government is now waging war against media freedom and against the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In effect, it is charging the media with treason.Assange faces up to 175 years in prison, which is a de facto death penalty. And Manning is now in prison again for refusing to testify against Wikileaks. She previously did seven years in military prison before being pardoned.  But these attacks by the Republican government are against more than these two individuals, whom Democratic Party official leaders also call criminals. This administration is attacking the rights of all media to tell the truth about the U.S. empire and those who manage it. Even ruling-class media giants like the New York Times and the Washington Post, whose loyalty to the imperialist system is unquestioned, say they are threatened by the offensive on Assange and Manning. According to these media, here is how the quest for truth is supposed to work in a capitalist democracy: Should the government commit a crime or make a serious error in judgment, it will likely try to keep it secret. Someone working for the government who knows of the crime may run the risk and tell it to media. Since these media are supposed to be independent of the government, they verify, publish or broadcast the truth about this crime or error. The crime or error then can be debated, at least among the bourgeoisie and its representatives, who really run the society. The crime is also exposed for all the people to know.The media need to protect their sources, the whistleblowers or witnesses, by not identifying them. In recent cases, journalists have done prison time for refusing to name sources. The case against Assange is an even more serious assault on press freedom and democracy, in that he is being charged with treason for publishing the truth about a criminal imperialist regime. It puts at risk any serious investigative media, including smaller left-wing media.Any attack from an ultra-right regime on powerful media like the Times, the Post and CNN — which have resources to defend themselves — is also an attack on more progressive media. It leaves only one choice:Defend Julian Assange and the right to publish. Defend Chelsea Manning and all whistleblowers who expose the imperialist U.S. regime!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Additional COVID Recoveries, New Case Reported Wednesday, Total Now 105


first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – One new case of COVID-19 was reported in Chautauqua County on Wednesday.The County Health Department says the new case involves a woman in her 20s.There are now 13 active cases with 105 total after three patients recovered from COVID-19 yesterday.Additionally, one person remains hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county. Since the outbreak began six people have died from the virus in Chautauqua County. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Prep school: Orange viewing weekend as chance to fix mistakes, prepare for Big East play


first_imgEach week, Derrell Smith and his teammates receive a little history lesson from their head coach. They hear about the first time Syracuse did this, the last time it did that. The history of Syracuse football is broken down and allows players to see the bigger picture. For Smith, those numbers dance around in his head and stick with him throughout the week. He becomes a ‘student of the game’ by learning SU’s past highs and lows. It’s how his head coach, Doug Marrone, teaches his players the significance of certain things. ‘Coach Marrone is big on statistics,’ Smith said with a wiry grin Tuesday. So, yes, Smith and his teammates have been well-informed about the last time Syracuse started the season 3-1. He’s been told it was 2003. With a win against Colgate on Saturday, SU could start the season winning three of its first four games again. But Smith and his teammates have been informed that despite the hot start, that SU squad stumbled and failed to make it to a bowl game. That’s a message Marrone has instilled in this year’s team. Instead of simply focusing on win No. 3, Smith and his teammates head into this weekend focused on cutting out the sloppiness that plagued SU during each of the past two games. For Smith, that’s the key with the Orange just one game removed from the start of Big East play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Obviously we want to cut down on little mistakes, little errors,’ Smith said. ‘Cut down on defensive and offensive penalties, of course. … It’s one thing to do things at practice right and to answer all the tests that we receive, but when we get to the field, that’s what we have to work on — just doing our job better when we get into a game situation.’ With a win Saturday against Colgate, the Orange will be off to its best start in seven years. Before Doug Marrone. Before Greg Robinson. Before any of the players currently on the SU roster were here at Syracuse. Paul Pasqualoni was running the show. His squad won three of its first four games in convincing fashion, only to go 3-5 on its way to finishing the season 6-6 and without a bowl bid. Despite being bowl-eligible to end the season, Syracuse had gotten worse as the season progressed, instead of the other way around. Because of that, and other things Marrone has planted in his players’ minds, Smith and his teammates insist the goal is to not just collect three wins before the scheduled Week 5 bye, but to progress to a point in which they are prepared to go toe-to-toe with conference opponents when Big East play opens. The latter is something Syracuse has yet to prove it is ready for. ‘I feel like we’re ready,’ freshman linebacker Malcolm Cater said. ‘We just need to work on the small things, no more penalties, and just keep it tight. Just fix the small things, and we’ll have it right.’ Through its first three games, Syracuse has been anything but consistent. Though a 29-3 season opening victory at Akron was rather convincing, the Orange has struggled through stretches of its last two games. Against Maine, Syracuse was able to keep the game close, despite a first half plagued with penalties and poor execution. A week earlier, Washington showed that SU cannot get away with that against the BCS opponents SU will face on the back end of its schedule. And because of that, Marrone is stressing the importance of coming out strong and putting together a complete, consistent performance against Colgate Saturday. Smith is viewing this game as a chance to not only collect that third win, but also as an opportunity to work out the kinks that still linger. A chance to make things right before the most critical part of the season begins. ‘We can just use this team and this game as a chance to work on the things we need to work on,’ SU wide receiver Alec Lemon said. ‘We need to get back on the same page, and we’re going to approach it like we approach every week, whether it’s Big East or non-conference, and go out there and play the best we can.’ A win — even a big win — against the Raiders won’t tell much about this Syracuse squad. The Orange has the speed, the talent, the athleticism and the physicality to dispose of an FCS team if it really wants to. But a complete performance is what will really impress. It’s what will give the Orange exactly what it needs heading into the bye week. It would give Smith and his teammates the necessary momentum heading into the bye week. That, to Marrone, is more important than registering a blowout. ‘That is my goal — to get better every week,’ Marrone said at his weekly press conference Monday. As the season progresses, Smith and his teammates understand the weekly lessons they receive from their head coach. Marrone stresses getting that third win guarantees nothing as far as the postseason unless the mistakes are fixed. Still, knowing the history, starting out with three wins in the first four weeks is something Smith has learned puts him and his teammates in a good position heading into the bye week. To be a part of the history book of Syracuse’s highs. ‘Last time we were 3-1 was 2003,’ Smith said. ‘That would definitely be something big, for us to be included in that history book.’ [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 21, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Ole Miss players kneel in response to Confederacy rally


first_imgOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight University of Mississippi basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday before a victory over Georgia in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena. Six Mississippi basketball players take a knee during the national anthem before an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Nathanael Gabler/The Oxford Eagle via AP) With the teams lined up across the court at the free throw lines, six players took a knee and bowed at the start of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Two other players later joined them.“The majority of it was just that we saw one of our teammates doing it and didn’t want him to be alone,” Ole Miss scoring leader Breein Tyree said. “We’re just tired of these hate groups coming to our school and portraying our campus like we have these hate groups in our actual school.”The Confederacy demonstration took place a few hundred feet from the arena. In the aftermath of violence at a similar rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Oxford community has been on alert.Various student groups held counter-protests on campus Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s march, led by Pro-Confederate groups Confederate 901 and the Hiwaymen, also drew counter-protesters. The march began at the Confederate monument on the city square and ended at another Confederate monument in the heart of the Ole Miss campus.“This was all about the hate groups that came to our community to try spread racism and bigotry,” Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said. “It’s created a lot of tension for our campus. Our players made an emotional decision to show these people they’re not welcome on our campus, and we respect our players freedom and ability to choose that.”Kneeling during the anthem has become a popular way for athletes — starting with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick — to protest racial injustice and inequality.Ole Miss beat Georgia 72-71.last_img read more

Chef Carla Hall helps raise $1.4 million for student scholarships at…


first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityOn November 2, more than 600 friends and alumni helped Saint Martin’s University raise over $1.4 million for student scholarships at the Saint Martin’s Gala, held on the University’s Lacey campus. This year’s Gala featured celebrity chef host Carla Hall, former co-host of ABC’s Emmy-award-winning show “The Chew” and competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars.” Hall’s energetic cooking demonstrations, entertaining banter and spirited involvement with the live auction inspired the guests to raise over $1.4 million in support of student scholarships.The black-tie celebration was the fourteenth Gala, the University’s annual signature fundraising event. Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., spoke about the event’s perennial success. “The Gala is a wonderful event and each year it helps the University raise significant funds for student scholarships. It is thanks in part to our donors, sponsors and friends of the University that we can provide exceptional financial support to our students.”As in years past, Saint Martin’s students played a major role in the event. Ahmadou Seck, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in business administration, spoke about the values he learned at Saint Martin’s before he moved to Los Angeles to become a producer. “The skills I learned at Saint Martin’s helped me survive in Los Angeles, and throughout my journey, it was important to be somebody who was a man of integrity, of good character, and humility,” said Seck “I wanted to show people that it’s possible to succeed in an industry where people think that you can succeed by doing the opposite.”Moved by Seck’s remarks, guests raised nearly $645,000 toward the University’s “Feed-a-Mind” scholarship funds.At the start of the festivities, Saint Martin’s students dressed in chef’s hats escorted Hall to the stage at Marcus Pavilion.Throughout the evening, Hall offered culinary demonstrations of the five-course gourmet dinner at the stage kitchen, custom-built and donated by Rob Rice Homes. The evening’s program included a live auction and the much-anticipated “Feed-a-Mind” paddle-raise aimed at generating scholarship funds for Saint Martin’s students.For the menu, Hall chose soul-food inspired dishes, with bold flavors and colors intended to delight the senses. The menu included smashed beet with pistachio oil and chevre, pimento cheese with a buttermilk biscuit cracker, gluten free cornbread, black eyed pea salad with smoked ham and hot sauce vinaigrette, mixed bitter greens with smoked steelhead trout, sea island shrimp and grits, slow braised pork short ribs with pickled red onion smashed potatoes, and, for dessert, pecan pie with bourbon Chantilly cream, paired with Bolivia Buena Vista coffee from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. The savory courses were paired with specialty wines from Gala wine sponsors Maryhill Winery and Eola Hills Winery and beer from Gala beer sponsor Top Run Brewing.Several guests had the opportunity to join Hall on stage, including those whose winning bids landed them on barstools near the stage kitchen.Earlier that day, Hall arrived at Trautman Student Union Building for a meet-and-greet event with students. She shared stories about her life and career and spoke about what success means to her. “I think success means being happy,” Hall told the students.The chairs for the 2019 Saint Martin’s Gala are Pat and Helen Rants and Jay and Carla Rudd. The emeritus executive Gala chairs are Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali and Rick and Pam Panowicz.If you were unable to attend the Gala, or would like to make an additional gift, you can still support student scholarships by making a gift online.To view photos from the event, visit Saint Martin’s Facebook page in the next few days.The chefs for Gala 2020, to be held on Nov. 7, 2020, will be James Beard Award-winning chef and founder of the French Culinary Institute Jacques Pepin and his daughter Claudine Pepin. As part of the University’s 125th anniversary, Gala 2020 will honor the University’s namesake, Saint Martin of Tours, and his service in France. For more information about Gala 2020, visit our Gala website, www.stmartin.edu/gala.SPECIAL SPONSOR THANK YOUSaint Martin’s University thanks the following Gala Event Sponsors:Presenting Sponsor: Bon AppétitBroadcast Media Sponsor: KCTS9Celebrity Photo Sponsor: Aurora LASIKGala Reception Sponsor: WSECUHospitality Sponsor: Columbia HospitalityPrint Sponsor: Capitol City PressPrint Media Sponsor: Showcase MagazineCoffee and Green Room Sponsor: Batdorf & Bronson Coffee RoastersHors d’oeuvres Sponsor: Anthony’s Homeport Olympia and Taylor Shellfish FarmsKitchen Sponsor: Rob Rice HomesLive Auction Sponsor: Chicago TitleValet and Silent Auction Sponsor: Hanson SubaruBeer Sponsor: Top Rung BrewingBeer Glass Sponsor: Sunset AirSpecialty Eyeglass Sponsor: Olympia Vision ClinicDrawing Sponsor: Panowicz JewelersShellfish Sponsor: Taylor Shellfish FarmsWine Sponsors: Eola Hills Winery, Maryhill Winery and Reasons WinerySaint Martin Table Sponsors: FORMA Construction and Joe and Liz WilliamsSaint Benedict Table Sponsors: ACU/America’s Credit Union; Capital West Limousines; MJR Development; The Rants Group; and Simmonds ChiropracticSaint Gertrude Table Sponsors: Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali, Kathy and Gordon Beecher, Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty (Ken and Nancy Anderson), Commencement Bay Brokers / Lemon Family Dental, Waite ’65 and Patty Dalrymple, Thomas Dawkins, Diamond Technology Innovations / Jernigan Foundation, Great Western Supply (Dan HS’68 and Carla O’Neill), Grey Ghost, LLC, Heritage Bank, Kathleen O’Grady, Olympia Federal Savings, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, Panogiotu Pension Advisors, Panorama, Rick and Pam Panowicz, Providence Health and Services, Moss Adams LLP / Propel Insurance, John and Michelle Riel, Saint Martin’s University Nursing Department, Perry ’84 and Susan Shea, South Puget Sound Community College, Sunset Air, Inc. (Brian and Valerie Fluetsch), Thurston County Alumni Chapter, Timberland Bank, Tovani Hart, TwinStar Credit Union, US Bank, Virgil Adams Real Estatelast_img read more

Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav reveal the secret behind their bowling resurgence


first_imgAdvertisement 4reNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs73n8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8g63( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) rr0oaWould you ever consider trying this?😱lgCan your students do this? 🌚0nfibRoller skating! Powered by Firework Bowlers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have been putting on a great performance in the second series of Test Matches. While  Sharma claimed a total of 9 wickets, Yadav claimed 8. The bowlers have been generous enough to share their secrets regarding their bowling resurgence. Both claimed that it was the change in their grip that made all the difference.Advertisement The Day-Night Test match between India and Bangladesh held on Sunday, saw Indian bowlers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav go hard on Bangladeshi batsmen. They were responsible for disqualifying several Bangladeshi players. Sharma took 9 players out of the game and Yadav bowled over 8 wickets. Advertisement Sharma changed his wrist position slightly to create different angles which put left-handed batsmen at a disadvantage. He further said it was difficult for him to aim and bowl at the stumps before, but now it is possible. Sharma brought an end to 4 Bangladeshi batsman’s time on the field in the first innings and took 4 more players out in the second innings. Talking to the Indian opener, Rohit Sharma, Yadav was quoted as saying Advertisement “My grip was different earlier so one or two balls will swing while a couple of them would either get deflected from the legs or run down the leg side for boundaries as byes, so it was difficult to control in this grip.” With a change in his grip, Yadav can now bowl inswingers as well as outswingers. Advertisementlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Football fan creates impressive 24,000 domino masterpiece


first_imgCheck out this impressive domino masterpiece by a football fanatic on YouTube. Euro 2016 kicks off in France on Friday and user DominicJOJO set out 24,000 pieces to preview the group stages of the tournament, along with the logo and locations of the matches. It must have taken hours of planning, patience and execution – see above!READ MORE: Euro 2016: England fly out to France – ‘Dele Alli looks like he’s going on a school trip!’READ MORE: Top 15 most high-profile summer targets to watch at the Euro 2016 finals in Francelast_img

‘We Believe’ driving force Baron Davis on Warriors: Too early to write them off


first_imgHow about that? Baron Davis still believes.The point guard who inexplicably led the “We Believe” Warriors past the Dallas Mavericks in 2007 is advising observers of the current Warriors to take a chill pill.TMZ Sports recently caught up with Davis at Petite Taqueria in West Hollywood (try the Lamb Ribs Barbacoa) when the Warriors were an unsightly 0-2.“I wouldn’t count them out,” Davis told TMZ. “It’s too early. Always judge a team after the first 20 games. After 20 games, you’ll know …last_img

The Paleoanthropologist Mantra:“We Need More Fossils!”


first_imgEveryone join in and chant “the mantra of all paleontologists: We need more fossils!”  If you are a seeker of bones that might give clues of human ancestry, repeating this phrase might relieve stress.    In quotes above is the concluding line of an editorial by David R. Begun in the March 5 issue of Science, 1 reviewing the latest human fossil claim coming from Africa, as reported in the same issue.2 (see also Scientific American).  The booty consisted of six fragments of teeth from Ethiopia, found by the team of Haile-Selassie (see 07/17/2001 claim and 08/27/2002 rebuttal), Suwa, and White (see 03/21/2002 and 03/28/2003 headlines).  The discoverers claim their teeth show that earlier specimens, thought to represent diverse taxa, might be just variations within a single genus.  Apparently, David Begun has not begun to be convinced.    Begun thinks that some of the other recent fossils, “Ardipithecus, Orrorin, and Sahelanthropus offer evidence of striking diversity.”  But on what objective criteria?  He seems to offer more questions than answers: words like may, unclear, and far from established pepper his article.  For example:It is tempting to see evidence of anagenesis (unilinear evolution) in the late Miocene hominin record in part because continuity is suggested by claims for some evidence of bipedalism in all known taxa.  The evidence from Orrorin is ambiguous … whereas that from Sahelanthropus is indirect, based only on the position of the foramen magnum.  The region is severely distorted in the only cranial specimen of Sahelanthropus, and even the describers recognize the uncertainty.  A. kadabba is interpreted as a biped on the basis of a single toe bone, a foot proximal phalanx, with a dorsally oriented proximal joint surface, as in more recent hominins.  However, the same joint configuration occurs in the definitely nonbipedal late Miocene hominid Sivapithecus, and the length and curvature of this bone closely resembles those of a chimpanzee or bonobo.  In addition, the specimen is 400,000 to 600,000 years younger than the rest of the A. kadabba sample, 800,000 years older than A. ramidus, and from a locality that is geographically much closer to Aramis than to Asa Koma.  It may or may not be from a biped, and if it is, which biped?    Another issue is the canine/premolar complex…. And so it goes.  (The Orrorin fossil was announced in Science in 2001; see 02/23/2001 headline).  In the final paragraph, Begun gives his opinion on the problem and the solution:Why the different interpretations?  Evidence is scarce and fragmentary, and uncertainty predominates.  Interpretations rely especially heavily on past experience to make sense of incomplete evidence.  Haile-Selassie and colleagues interpret diversity in fossil hominids in terms of variability and gradual evolutionary change in an evolving lineage.  Others see cladistic diversity as opposed to ancestor-descendant relations….  Ancestor-descendant relations must exist , but adaptive radiation and cladogenesis also must exist , or organic diversity would be the same today as it was at the beginning of biological evolution.  Rather than a single lineage, the late Miocene hominin fossil record may sample an adaptive radiation , from a source either in Eurasia or yet undiscovered in Africa, the first of several radiations during the course of human evolution….  Regardless, the level of uncertainty in the available direct evidence at this time renders irreconcilable differences of opinion inevitable.  The solution is in the mantra of all paleontologists: We need more fossils!1David R. Begun, “Anthropology: The Earliest Hominins: Is Less More?” Science Volume 303, Number 5663, Issue of 5 Mar 2004, pp. 1478-1480.2Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Gen Suwa, and Tim White, “Late Miocene Teeth from Middle Awash, Ethiopia, and Early Hominid Dental Evolution,” Science 27 October 2003; accepted 13 January 2004, 10.1126/science.1092978.Combined with last month’s article by Leslea Hlusko (see 02/19/2004 headline), this has to be one of the most damaging admissions on the subject of human evolution, among dozens of damaging admissions on the subject of human evolution, we have been publishing in Creation-Evolution Headlines for four years.  If you can wade past the jargon, the whole tale is one of debate, uncertainty, lack of evidence, controversy, contradiction, dispute, wishful thinking, implausibility, and storytelling, all held together by the glue of faith.    For example, pay special attention to the sentence above where Begun believes that evidence for both descent and diversity must exist, “or organic diversity would be the same today as it was at the beginning of biological evolution.”  Aha!  Did you catch that?  He just said, in effect, if there weren’t any evolution, there wouldn’t be any evolution!  He wants it both ways: evidence of diversity, but also evidence of descent, and he has neither.  As an admission of blind faith in contradiction to the evidence, one would be hard pressed to find a better example.  Without the evidence of evolution in the fossils, in other words, they would have to admit that nothing has changed–the creationists would be right!  Gasp!  Anything but that!    These blind guides have just made it crystal clear that after 140 years of trying to prove Darwin right, there just is not any fossil evidence for “the descent of man.”  What story did you grow up with?  Java Man?  Peking Man?  Heidelberg Man?  Those stories are all out the window, and all the new bones are up for grabs for anyone’s interpretation.  The creation story, that man has always been man and ape has always been ape, certainly has nothing to fear from the fossil record.  Darwin, the latecomer in the origins debate, has the burden of proof.    Much of the futile searching for fragmentary evidence to prop up Charlie would stop if evolutionary paleoanthropologists really took to heart two articles, reported here recently, that portray the hunt to be vanity of vanities, a chasing after wind.  Leslea Hlusko last month (02/19/2004 headline) questioned the basic presuppositions of human evolution, showing how visible variations between bones tell nothing about genetics and development or descent.  And Tim White (a member of the team publishing this week’s paper) reminded his colleagues a year ago that natural variation and deformation can mimic diversity (03/28/2003 headline).  Both these realizations fog up any real evidence of human ancestry.  No matter how many bones they dig up, these two articles emphasize the problem we have emphasized all along: anyone can make up any story they want with the evidence, based on their own bias.  The confusion that reigns today, after decades of changing stories, shows the folly of trusting false assumptions.  As Hlusko rebuked, the answer is not “We need more fossils!”  What we need is repentance from the sin of storytelling – and calling it Science.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more