Kurtenbach: Why Mark Davis and the Raiders don’t deserve a fond farewell from Oakland

first_img … You only get one chance at a proper goodbye.That makes Monday night’s Raiders game at the Coliseum so strange.While we’ve known for two years that the Raiders are going to leave Oakland, no one — not the fans, the media, an emotional Jon Gruden, or team owner Mark Davis — can say for sure if the Christmas Eve game will be the final Raiders contest at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum or in the Bay Area.How do you say goodbye to a team like the Raiders under circumstances like these?last_img read more

Early Art Confounds Evolutionists

first_imgThe artwork on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France is too good to have been made by early modern humans.  “Chauvet should be removed from assessments of early modern humans in Europe,” said UK archaeologist Robin Dennell.  “Including it leads to a gross distortion of their cognitive abilities.”  Other experts who dated the artwork at 30,000 years – twice the estimated age of the more famous cave art at Lascaux – stand by their dates.  “Chauvet is the best dated rock art site in the world,” said French rock art expert Jean Clottes.  Randall White (New York U) agreed: “There are more dates from Chauvet than from most other caves combined.”  Michael Balter reported on the controversy in the Aug 15 issue of Science.1    The art in Grotte Chauvet was discovered about 10 years ago (07/26/2001, 04/22/2003).  Its charcoal and ochre paintings of horses, bison and rhinos are so good, they surpass in quality the cave paintings estimated at half that age.  Evolutionary anthropologists divide the modern human period in which the first signs of culture appear into the Aurignacian period (beginning 40,000 years BP) down to the Magdalenian period (17,000 to 12,000 years BP).  They expected to find a progression in cognitive ability as reflected in art.  The reverse is true.  “The fundamental importance of Chauvet is to show that the capacity of Homo sapiens to engage in artistic expression did not go through a linear evolution over many thousands of years,” says cave art expert Gilles Tosello of the University of Toulouse (UT), France.  “It was there from the beginning” (cf. 10/04/2001, 12/13/2003).    Because this runs contrary to evolutionary expectations, Dennell and colleague Paul Pettit of the University of Sheffield have found it too hard an empirical pill to swallow.  They mounted a serious challenge to the dating of the art.  They claim that later Magdalenian people could have picked up old charcoal off the floor to make the paintings.  The Chauvet old-date defenders find that idea ridiculous.  They present other arguments against attempts to revise the date, claiming, for instance, that the cave opening was sealed by a landslide well before the Magdalenian period had arrived.    Balter left the controversy at a standoff with Pettit looking like the underdog.  He quoted Margaret Conkey (UC Berkeley) asking, “Chauvet was an expression of the sensibilities, beliefs, and social relations of anatomically modern humans in this part of the world.  What was it about their lives that made imagemaking in caves meaningful?”1.  Michael Balter, “Archaeology: Going Deeper Into the Grotte Chauvet,” Science, 15 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5891, pp. 904-905, DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5891.904.One other interesting detail in the article is that the humans who made the paintings apparently shared the cave with large, dangerous predators: cave bears.  Hundreds of cave bear bones were found in the cave.  Who were the hunters and who were the huntees?  Maybe they took up residence in different seasons.    This article is a humorous look into the dogmatism of certain evolutionists who want to maintain their beliefs in spite of the evidence.  Throw out the evidence, says one; it is leading to a “gross distortion” of the “cognitive abilities” of early man.  Being interpreted, this must mean that what provides an accurate picture of human history is the fact-free tenacity of imagination.    None of this grants an inch to the grossly distorted dating methods of evolutionary anthropologists.  Despite their bluff about calibration, radiocarbon dating is only as “accurate” as its untestable assumptions.  A global event like a Flood (based on written records) would have drastically changed the calibration curve and put all this art well within a Biblical timeframe.  A creationist would expect man’s cognitive abilities to be complete from the beginning, just as revealed by the Chauvet data.    If you don’t buy that, then we ask again (01/19/2001): do you buy the notion that for tens of thousands of years – multiple times the length of all recorded human history – people physically and mentally our equals (or superiors) drew pictures of horses on cave walls, but never figured out one could get a lot more done by hopping on their backs and taking a ride?    For as far back as we have records, men have ridden horseback for travel, hunting and warfare.  Native Americans introduced to horses quickly became expert riders.  They could fire arrows in all directions at a full gallop, bareback, using primitive bridles.  Yet we are expected to believe that the master artisans of Chauvet cave, very familiar with all the mammals in their environment, drawing magnificent steeds to perfection, never thought about that?  How plausible is it that at least 25,000 years passed, brave men hunting all kinds of large animals the whole time, before someone got daring enough to leap onto Old Paint and shout, “ride ’em cowboy!”?  It’s downright aurignacious to imagine such a thing.  Even a Magdalene would think it silly.    Including the Chauvet Cave data does not lead to a gross distortion of early man’s cognitive abilities.  Believing the evolutionary story with its horseless economy leads to a gross distortion of the cognitive abilities of modern Homo gullibilis.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Serving Those Who Serve Us: Valor Service Dogs

first_imgThis post was written by Carol Lansford. Edits to this post were made by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. By Carol LansfordValor Service Dogs (2015). Personal photo used with permission from Carol Lansford. Retrieved from:www.valorservicedogs.org“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave”. –Ronald ReaganOn April 23, 2012, Justin and Carol Lansford’s lives were changed forever. Justin was in Ghanzni, Afghanistan serving as a Team Leader and machine gunner for the United States Army. His truck was struck by a roadside bomb, leaving him trapped under the burning vehicle for over 30 minutes. Justin sustained numerous severe injuries including the loss of his left leg above the knee, injuries to his right leg, a ruptured spleen, damage to his liver and pancreas, collapsed lungs, a broken back, and burns on his right arm. Justin was sent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his recovery. While there, he suffered several severe infections that nearly claimed his life. After his release to outpatient treatment, Justin’s wife Carol moved to Walter Reed to assist him.In 2013, Justin was medically retired from the United States Army and on his way to becoming more independent through the recovery and therapy process. Carol obtained a position as a government contracted service dog training instructor, which fulfilled both her passion for animals and for helping injured military service members. During Carol’s time with the company, Justin was assigned a dog named Gabe who was recently named Dog of the Year by the World Dog Awards.After two years of service with this company, Justin and Carol moved to Florida. Carol had difficulty finding a position in Florida that fit her passion of helping veterans through the use of service dogs. It was then that Carol decided that she would start her own non-profit doing just that. And, so Valor Service Dogs was created. This organization helps post 9/11 wounded veterans regain their independence, return to civilian life, and maintain successful partnerships through the training and placement of mobility assistance and PTSD service dogs. In addition to aiding their veterans in community reintegration, both physically and psychologically, Valor Service Dogs brings awareness and education to the general public on service dogs, their training, and the laws that allow service dogs to be active members of society.Valor Service Dogs (2015). Personal photo used with permission from Carol Lansford of Valor Service Dogs. Retrieved from:www.valorservicedogs.orgThe dogs at Valor learn approximately 80 commands that will assist in the completion of daily tasks such as retrieving items from various areas of one’s house, picking up dropped items, opening and closing doors, turning on or off lights, getting someone water from the refrigerator, and recognizing and interrupting signs of PTSD; these signs may include shaking or tapping one’s leg when feeling anxious, burying one’s face in their hands, or nervous rubbing together of one’s hands.Carol is often asked how she is able to give up her dogs after spending two years with them. Her response?“These dogs mean the world to me and I love them as if they were my own. But, they have a much bigger purpose in life than me. Our military members have given so much to give us the freedoms we enjoy. This is my chance to give them the same freedom. It is also my way of giving our brave veterans the future they so deserve.”Justin and Carol are a beautiful example of resiliency, hope, and strength. Justin’s heroism and fight for his own life gave Carol the motivation and passion to start her own organization that gives back to our military veterans. By creating this organization, Justin and Carol have given our wounded veterans a chance at life again.If you would like more information on Valor Service Dogs, please visit their Facebook page and website at www.valorservicedogs.org.last_img read more

OKC Thunder to retire Nick Collison’s No. 4

first_imgThe ceremony will take place when the Thunder hosts the Toronto Raptors on March 20. The crowd favorite’s number will be the first the franchise retires since moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City before the 2008-09 season.Collison announced his retirement last May after spending all 15 years of his career with the Thunder franchise, which was the Seattle SuperSonics when he was drafted 12th overall in 2003. He appeared in 910 regular season games with 177 starts and posted career averages of 5.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.4 minutes per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCollison joins Russell Westbrook as the only players to spend the first 10 years of the Thunder era all with the team. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blake Griffin has 44 points in return against Clippers Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, addresses the crowd with teammate Nick Collison, right, before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City. Collison announced Thursday, May 10, 2018, that is retiring after 15 years with the Thunder. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder will retire Nick Collison’s No. 4 in March.The team made the announcement in a news release on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

2008 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE FORMAT AND INFORMATION

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) Board of Management (BOM) closely considered the format, structure, and future of the National Touch League (NTL) at their April 2007 BOM meeting. After considerable input and deliberation from Permits, key stakeholders, and constituents since the 2007 March NTL, the Touch Football Australia BOM has resolved to continue the NTL Open tournament in its current format for 2008.The format for the Senior NTL for 2008 will be reviewed in the near future after consultation with existing permits, whilst the 20 Years NTL will be conducted in September 2008 to meet with selection requirements for the 2009 Youth World Cup. Please click on the below correspondence from Touch Football Australia’s Events and IT Coordinator Mr. Jon Pratt for further illumination on information regarding the 2008 National Touch League format for Opens, 20s, and Seniors, and pertinent issues that will be deliberated upon in the near future. Further information will be supplied as it becomes available.Related Filesntl_2008-2011_-_020507__2_-doclast_img read more

Yukons governments plan for the territorys peel watershed disappoints First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere is shock and disappointment in the Yukon territory today.That’s because after seven years of public consultations the Yukon government had largely rejected a detailed development plan for the territory’s peel watershed.As APTN’s Shirley Mclean reports, that decision is likely headed to courts.last_img

Quick hits Midweek news and notes from Ohio State football

First-year Ohio State football head coach Luke Fickell held a press conference Tuesday and discussed everything from his strategy for calling timeouts to redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman’s smile, as well as the Buckeyes’ Saturday game against Colorado at Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Timeout indecision against Miami Trailing by 11 points with 9:21 remaining in the fourth quarter, Fickell elected not to use a timeout during Miami’s 14-play drive, which lasted 8:48 seconds and ended with a touchdown that increased the Hurricanes’ lead to 24-6. The Buckeyes finished the game with all three timeouts remaining. “We were going to call a timeout right there, I think, on (Miami’s) third-down play that they converted,” Fickell said. “I think there was still a minute and a half left to go. They actually ended up calling the timeout.” Fickell, who was asked five questions during the press conference about the late-game timeout situation, said he planned to save the timeouts for OSU’s next drive. “We decided, ‘Hey, we’re going to need to save these unless we get in a situation because we’re going to need two scores,’” he said. “It ultimately didn’t end up hurting us.” Players Gotta Play Numerous freshmen, including Miller, freshmen wide receivers Devin Smith, Verlon Reed and freshman defensive back Bradley Roby, among others, have received significant playing time through the Buckeyes’ first three games. Despite their occasional struggles, Fickell said he’ll continue to field a team that features young, first-year players. “You got to get out there and do it to do it,” Fickell said. “That’s no excuse that they’re young. We’re not going to give them that excuse.” Smile, you’re on camera During ESPN’s national telecast of the Buckeyes’ loss to Miami, redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman was captured on camera smiling toward the end of the game. Fickell said that he received an email about the incident after the game. “I didn’t see it,” Fickell said. “I haven’t talked to (Bauserman) and I know that Joe hurts every bit as I do. But, no, that’s not something you want to see. “We try to tell (the players) that nothing goes unnoticed.” Captaincy carousel Junior defensive lineman John Simon and junior fullback Zach Boren will act as team captains for OSU’s Saturday game against Colorado at Ohio Stadium. Boren, who is roommates with Simon, said that “John and I have a great relationship. It gets competitive (between us) with video games.” Nay-saying the boo birds Bauserman threw the ball away in several instances during OSU’s Sept. 10 win against Toledo, and members of Buckeye Nation sometimes greeted his tosses into the stands with boos. Boren said that if he were in the crowd watching the Buckeyes, he wouldn’t boo. “I know what this team goes through on a yearly basis and I know what we’ve done in fall camp,” Boren said. “I would never boo our team.” Fickell acknowledged the passion of the Buckeyes’ fans, but said that he doesn’t give a whole lot of thought to the crowd’s reaction during game. “They pay their money to get in,” Fickell said. “They love Ohio State, Ohio State football. If they don’t like something, they let you know. “That’s not what we’re going to focus on. Hopefully, that doesn’t affect us mentally in any way.” read more

Ribery to leave Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is reportedly beginning to grow a little impatient with the board over their indecisiveness on whether to offer him a new deal or notThe Bavarian Football Works has reported that the former France international has caught the interest of clubs from China and Qatar, but it is believed that his preference is to stay with the Bundesliga leaders for another season.While the leagues in both China and Qatar are inferior to the German league, Ribery would be set to receive a bumper deal that would likely be worth more than what he currently earns at Bayern.Ribery is well known in Qatar due to the Bayern squad regularly attending training camps in the country and is believed to be worship by the locals.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Ribery played a starring role for Bayern in their 2-1 win over Sevilla on Tuesday night with the 34 year-old’s cross having been clipped in by Jesus Navas for an own goal.Afterwards, the winger conceded that a lack of organisation proved costly in the first-half and warned his teammates that similar mistakes can not happen again at this stage of the Champions League.“We got off to a good start in the first ten minutes, but our organisation was poor after that, we didn’t attack well. The coach addressed that at half-time. The second half was really good. It’s crucial we won away to Sevilla, they played very well, but our reaction after the opener was good. We have to build on that. We mustn’t make any mistakes in the Champions League, we mustn’t think we’re already through to the semi-finals.” said Ribery, according to the club website.Ribery has been with Bayern since 2007 and has won seven Bundesliga titles in his 11 years. The Frenchman has made 380 appearances with 117 goals and won the Champions League back in 2013 with the club.last_img read more

Bilic on Hernandez Hes a natural goalscorer

first_imgFormer West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has praised Javier Hernandez as a “natural goalscorer” and believes that the forward’s struggles this season have mostly been down to a lack of pre-season training last summerThe Mexico international came on as a substitute on the second-half and scored a stunning curling effort to secure a point for West Ham in their 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.The strike marked the fourth time Hernandez had appeared as a substitute and scored at Stamford Bridge with Bilic, who was fired from the club earlier this season, praising the 29 year-old for what he brings to the side.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s a natural goalscorer and he’s there where he has to be. He’s not dangerous outside the box or around the box, but in the box, he’s the best finisher. Everything he thinks about is being in the box to come for a second ball,” said Bilic, according to Sky Sports.“He had some difficult times in the beginning. I don’t think he did all of pre-season because of the Confederations Cup but he is a brilliant goalscorer.“He’s a brilliant guy, a good person to have in the dressing room. He doesn’t cause problems, he can be angry but for five or ten minutes, no more than that. He is a good guy.”last_img read more