Mourinho admits saying he’d never manage Spurs but jokes it was before the sack

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO admits he once said he could never manage Tottenham – but all that changed when Chelsea sacked him.Four years ago, when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said there was no way he would take control of Spurs because the Blues fans meant too much to him.2 Jose Mourinho joked that being sacked by Chelsea ended his vow that he could never manager TottenhamBut after succeeding Mauricio Pochettino in charge in North London, the 56-year-old says the way the game has changed for managers it is now impossible to rule out any club.Asked about his quote in 2015, Mourinho said: “Yes, that was before I was sacked.”This is modern football. In relation to players, the Bosman law changed everything. In relation to us coaches, because of you [the media] we lost that stability.“The relationships are fast. Players can get tired of each other, they can get tired of the manager. Everything is faster.“When I went to Manchester United with a free mind, with a free heart. Manchester United occupied my heart even with things I did not enjoy too much.“But I loved so many things there, the fans, the people that worked at the club.2″But now it is about Spurs and I just hope I can be really, really happy here and make people happy and try and make sure there is not a bigger fan than myself.“If there is one person in the world who wants Spurs to win and be successful – there is not one person that wants it more than me, maybe the same but not more.”Chelsea is the past. A great past, two periods of titles, a great past, but it is the past.”Mourinho was also asked whether he felt the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool last season had played a part in the poor form of Spurs during the current campaign.He added: “I don’t know because I never lost a Champions League final but I can imagine it is not easy. Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer“You reach one of the biggest moments that you can achieve in football, you are one step away from it but could not do it. I cannot imagine that is easy.“But you have the example of Liverpool. They lost the Premier League by one point and they lost the Champions League by one goal, the next season they are very strong in the Premier League and they won the Champions League.“I don’t think there is a rule. It depends people react to it and of course I don’t want to go as deep as that, that is their history in the club.” New Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he will not make the same mistakes he made in the pastlast_img read more

Foya Commissioner Leaves Office with ‘Fond Memories’

first_imgOutgoing Commissioner Joseph T. Gbollie Making Remarks at Turnover Ceremony in Foya City, Lofa CountyMr. Joseph T. Gbollie, Sr., former Foya Statutory District Commissioner in Lofa County, who recently turned over the office to his successor with fond memories said “if you do not want to be removed from power, then don’t allow yourself to be appointed, but for me, I am indeed leaving with fond memories after seven years of public service.”Gbollie made the statement recently in Foya City at the official turning over ceremony held in the Tamba Lamin Taylor Council Hall.During his induction on October 8, 2012, Mr. Gbollie said his predecessor, now Lofa County Superintendent William T. Kamba, did not show up to turn over the office to him as he did last Friday to his successor.Gbollie said he was turning over the office peacefully and leaving behind an ‘old mat’ to start with if the new commissioner deems it fit to do so.“I met the office not properly organized with only five employed staff, but it became organized with ten employees during my administration,” Mr. Gbollie said.A cross-section of locals at the occasionBesides, Mr. Gbollie explained how he met eight employed general town chiefs, out of  the 15 general town chiefs, but now there are 16 general town chiefs employed through his instrumentality.According to him, while organizing his office, former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai assigned him to do the landscaping of an area to construct a new airstrip in Scorbulinin since locals have encroached on the old one with new buildings.Mr. Gbollie said he did not carry out the task alone, but said the chiefs mobilized 1,150 able-bodied people who helped with the landscaping that was supervised by the general town chiefs.Moreover, Gbollie expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the former Vice President Boakai, the American charity Samaritan Purse for constructing a modern airfield that is being regularly used to benefit the residents.During his administration, Mr. Gbollie said he implemented government’s policy to properly demarcate  privately owned land from the one owned by the government.He said at present, the Foya Statutory District has an official land surveyor trained and qualified by the county leadership that is capable of resolving some of the potential land disputes that may occur in the district.Gbollie said under the stewardship of former Representative, Philip Saa Tali, he was singled out as a neutral person to reorganize the Intofawor Farmers’ Cooperative Society that preached peace and reconciliation.He said during his tenure, several youth conflicts regarding leadership were peacefully resolved and several youth groups are now slowly becoming agents of positive change.Mr. Gbollie  commended teacher Joseph Massaquoi, who committed a bulk of his  salary to establish an Ebola Survivors entity that has been catering to hundreds of Ebola survivors in Foya District.“I wish to leave you all with these holy words: “In life, there is time for everything”, and so we are turning over this office to the newly appointed commissioner, Mr. James Dongah,” Gbollie said.“We do not regret any decision we took during our administration, however say sorry to anybody who felt offended,” Gbollie said as he handed over the gavel of authority to his successor to a round of applause from the floor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Olympics: $7 billion windfall?

first_img“Bringing the games to Los Angeles will mean Olympic gold for every community in our city,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Friday. “We all look forward to the Olympic Games’ tremendous transformative impact on the lives and futures of all Angelenos.” The study, commissioned by the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, estimated that the event would attract about 877,060 visitors, generate $7.2 billion in revenue and provide 67,825 jobs. The games would sell 6.23 million tickets – of which 65 percent would likely be purchased by Southern California residents. Direct spending on tickets, hotel rooms, food and souvenirs would generate about $3.6 billion. And the ripple effect of that spending would generate another $3.6 billion, according to Economic Research Associates, which has conducted economic impact analyses for other Olympic Games and major sporting events. “This will touch every Angeleno,” said Barry Sanders, chairman of the SCCOG. “It’s something that will change the tourism profile of our great destination city for a long time after the games, not just in the games.” Hosting the 2016 Olympics would lure an estimated 900,000 visitors and infuse the Los Angeles region with at least $7 billion in new revenue, according to a study released Friday. The findings come just two weeks before the U.S. Olympic Committee is scheduled to announce whether it will tap Los Angeles or Chicago as the U.S. site to compete against international cities for the Summer Games. The selection will cap a yearlong campaign in which Los Angeles business and civic leaders have wined and dined USOC members and rolled out a Hollywood-produced commercial touting the region’s attributes. Local officials are still trying to build support for the Olympics, promising youth sports programs, discount tickets and a boost for the regional economy that should last beyond the two-week event. Economic Research Associates conducted its study for free at the request of the SCCOG. It also is the firm that has determined that the 1984 Olympics generated more than $3.3 billion for Los Angeles’ economy. “The estimates are preliminary, conservative and do not presume the huge multiplier ratios for induced economic impacts,” said David A. Wilcox, author of the study and financial adviser to several Olympic Games. Still, some economists have questioned whether such forecasts are accurate. In an article for The Industrial Geographer, Indiana State University economics professor Jeffrey G. Owen found no studies that show significant economic improvements as the result of recent Olympic Games or other major sporting events. After-the-games reviews “have consistently found no evidence of positive economic impacts from mega-sporting events even remotely approaching the estimates in economic impact studies,” Owen wrote. But Sanders said Los Angeles is different because the region already has 30 of the 36 venues needed for the games and does not need to embark on a massive construction campaign. Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics twice before – 1932 and 1984. The committee also intends to fund the games with private donations. “We do not want public money, we do not seek public money and we do not expect public money,” Sanders told the City Council on Friday. If Los Angeles is selected April 14, regional leaders will join with the U.S. Olympic Committee for a two-year campaign to win the bid. Los Angeles would compete against Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Prague. The host city will be announced in 2009. (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Lukaku completes record move to Man United

first_img“Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club,” said United manager Jose Mourinho on the club website.Mourinho, who landed the League Cup and Europa League last term after spending big in 2016, including a world-record £89m on Lukaku’s close friend Paul Pogba, added he was looking forward to collaborating with the Belgian again.The Portuguese manager had sold him for £28m to Everton in 2014 during his second spell in charge of Chelsea.“He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome,” said Mourinho, who will take extra pleasure in having denied Chelsea their top transfer target of the close season.“I am really looking forward to working with him again.”Lukaku, who turned down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton’s history at the end of last term, said he was sorry to leave behind good friends at his former club but his head had been turned once United came calling.– ‘Opportunity of a lifetime’ –Chelsea are reported to have made a similar offer but baulked at paying the size of the agent’s fee Mino Raiola demanded.“I would like to start by thanking Everton and the fans for the last four wonderful seasons, I have made some special friends and we have shared some amazing moments,” Lukaku told the club website.“However, when Manchester United and Jose Mourinho come knocking at the door it is an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I could not turn down.”Lukaku, who it is reported has angered Chelsea manager Antonio Conte who feels he has betrayed him after they spoke on several occasions after the end of last season about moving, said what attracted him to United is the spirit they showed in the 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final.“You could see the fight, determination and the spirit in this team during the Europa League final and I want to become a part of that,” he said.“I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans, but before that pre-season is where the hard work starts and I am looking forward to that first training session.”Lukaku may have been Everton’s record goalscorer but their manager Ronald Koeman appeared to suggest — at Monday’s press conference to unveil United and England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney on his return to his boyhood club — he would sacrifice his goals tally for players with more dedication to hard work.“We had a great striker like Romelu scoring 25 goals last season, but we needed more players with more productivity,” said Koeman.“It’s what we need to improve. I’d rather have several players scoring 10 goals.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku signed a five-year deal with Manchester United after passing his medical and agreeing personal terms which will see him earn over £200,000 a week.PHOTO/courtesyLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 10 – Romelu Lukaku officially completed his move from Everton to Manchester United on Monday for a reported fee of Sh10bn (£75m), a record deal between British clubs.The 24-year-old Belgian international striker — Everton’s record Premier League goalscorer — signed a five-year deal after passing his medical and agreeing personal terms which will see him earn over Sh26.8m (£200,000 a week).last_img read more

Exclusive – Former Manchester United star backed for England recall by team-mate

first_imgCrystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie believes team-mate Wilfried Zaha can earn an England recall if he continues his good form.The Selhurst Park flyer has impressed in recent weeks with two goals and an assist in his last two matches.And following a torrid spell at Manchester United where, following a £10million deal in 2013, he struggled to make an impact, Bolasie believes Zaha’s permanent return to Crystal Palace has done him the world of good and could see him add to the two Three Lions caps he has already earned.“Any player that’s had a taster and played for England would love to play for them again. I’m sure that’s [Wilfried Zaha’s] aim,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Right now he’s building his confidence back up and in his last two games he has scored two goals. I’m sure that’s given him a massive boost.“It’s going to be really interesting to see how he finishes the season because at the moment he is flying. It’s good to see because when he was at Manchester United he lost a lot of confidence. Coming back home to Crystal Palace has definitely helped him.“I think he’s learned from that experience. He’s a strong guy and it will make him better for the future. I’m sure he’ll be back in the England set-up soon.”And Bolasie also revealed he feels his own game is progressing well after accusations he lacked a cutting edge, despite his exceptional skill.He added: “On the training pitch all of my practicing is my last pass, my last cross and my last shot, so I’ve got a bit more end product these days. I think it has been helping me massively.”last_img read more

Playing possum with history

first_imgLike many residents of the Golden State, the nocturnal opossum is an immigrant. It’s not a native species. But just how and when the country’s only marsupial ended up here is a mystery. Enter Jim Daugherty and William Wiley Rubottom, pioneers who figure in two local tales explaining how the opossums arrived. And depending on how you view the critters, you can lay the blame or heap praise on them and their opossum-lovin’ ways. Jim Daugherty of Azusa noticed the absence of opossums in the California woods and hatched the idea to start an opossum farm, according to a March 24, 1955, San Gabriel Valley Tribune story. Known as Uncle Billy, Rubottom founded the village of Spadra, which no longer exists, and was among the area’s first innkeepers, according to a 2004 publication by the Historical Society of Pomona Valley. The Rubottom hotel stood on what is now Pomona Boulevard in west Pomona. “What I think is interesting is he was a person who didn’t back down from a fight,” said Mickey Gallivan, president of the board for the Historical Society of Pomona Valley. Rubottom killed two men in a fight over slaves and also fatally shot his son-in-law, Hilliard P. Dorsey, who decided to settle a family dispute with guns. Rubottom was quicker on the draw. In 1875, while accompanied by his wife and grandson, Rubottom visited his two brothers in Wayne County. When his siblings learned there were no opossums in Spadra, they ended up shipping several pairs to him. Another version of the Rubottom tale apparently appeared in a May 1931 “Museum Leaflet” of the Santa Barbara Museum. Mr. N.R. Vail of Los Angeles wrote to the museum about what a judge told him. Seems Uncle Billy Rubottom missed the taste of roast opossum from his home state so much that he brought over several pairs to his ranch about 1880. He raised opossums then later freed them. But both stories could be nothing more than just fanciful yarn. “At this point, I doubt if there’s any way to find out,” Gallivan said. She’s familiar with the Rubottom story but hadn’t heard of Daugherty and his failed opossum venture. The Rubottom story is recounted in a publication by the Historical Society of Pomona Valley, a Web site chronicling the Rubottom family, and the letter to the museum. Azusa Historical Society President Jeffrey Cornejo remembers the Daugherty tale appearing in the paper. And there was a John or Jim Dougherty among the Azusa pioneers. But not much else backs up this story of a failed opossum farm. Experts aren’t sure really who brought the opossum to California. However, the animal may have made its first appearance at the turn of the century. A book called “Mammals of California” by E.W. Jameson Jr. and Hans Peeters said opossums were first introduced in San Jose in 1910, according to John Demboski, assistant professor of biological sciences at Cal Poly Pomona. Demboski speculated that maybe the opossum was brought over for food. The creature is eaten in parts of the country. He’s tasted boiled opossum once. “They’re greasy. Probably the way it was cooked,” Demboski said. It didn’t taste like chicken either. Ellen Meehan of San Gabriel, a longtime member of The Opossum Society of the United States, likes opossum and wouldn’t dream of eating one. She is doubtful of the local tales. “I don’t think they’re true because these guys (opossums) have been here 70 million years. They walked with dinosaurs. They are more native than we are,” she said. Meehan has rescued a slew of opossums over the years, gives talks about the animals and extols their virtues. Opossums are handy to have in the yard since they eat fruit that falls from trees, as well as slugs, snails, rats, mice and bugs, she said. “They’re kind of a pest control animal,” said Officer William Taber, who handles wildlife for the Inland Valley Humane Society-SPCA. He educates people about opossums too. The opossum also eats leftovers such as dead animals and bugs. Consider them an all-purpose cleanup crew, Taber said: Having an opossum around the yard is like having a free pest control. “They work for food,” he added. While experts may not know for sure how the animal came to the state, many things are known about the Virginia Opossum, the species living in America. It’s not a rodent, it’s the only marsupial in North America. They have a pouch where they carry their young, which later hitch a ride on mom’s back. If confronted, opossums play dead or drool, hiss and show their teeth. They won’t attack people. “They’re not gonna chase people around town,” Taber said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHe went back to Texas and returned to Azusa bearing cages containing the animals. But the opossums escaped from his property. Soon a lot of the neighborhood chickens went missing too. Daugherty’s name was mud with the neighbors who wanted him to pay for the vanished fowl. The newspaper claims that instead of crying wolf, folks around Citrus and Gladstone avenues in 1875 used to cry, “Bolt the henhouse door, Pa. Them possums is loose again!” The opossums stayed and prospered. Daugherty would later boast, “Well, one thing you can say for the possums, they’re the best there is, because they came from good-old Texas stock.” The other tale traces the ancestry of the local opossums to several pairs from Wayne County, Mo., thanks to William W. Rubottom. last_img read more

‘World’s his oyster’ – Jordan Boyce set for big PDC chance with ‘Next Generation’

first_imgJORDAN BOYCE says he’s ‘really excited’ for 2017 having been confirmed as one of Unicorn’s ‘Next Generation’ recruits.Boyce, along with Morgan Smith and and Connor Scutt become the latest recruits to Team Unicorn as they prepare to tackle the PDC circuit in 2017.The trio will now be sponsored by Unicorn – the official equipment provider to the PDC – to compete at the 2017 PDC Qualifying School and across the PDC circuit next year. Boyce will compete at the 2017 PDC Qualifying School from January 19-22. Should he come through that, he would then compete in the PDC circuit, but if not he would compete in the Under-23 Youth Tour.“I was delighted to be selected for it,” the Newtowncunningham teenager said.From over 70 video applicants, seven were chosen to attend Finals Day at Unicorn’s showroom in Nottingham, where they were put through their paces by World Champion Gary Anderson, former World Youth Champion Michael Smith, seven-time PDC ranking event winner Jamie Caven and top referee Russ Bray.Boyce said: “It’s a massive help to me. I’m really excited now to be looking forward to competing from next month. “It is brilliant to be looking forward to this now.”Back in January, Boyce was beaten 3-2 by Joshua Richardson from England in the World Youth final at the Lakeside.In September, Boyce won the INDO National Youth Singles Championship in Clare as he toppled number 2 seed Killian Heffernan in the final and will now aim to break into the top competitions.Unicorn Player Liaison Manager Matt Rankin said: “We put the seven finalists under a bit of pressure on finals day and we were all totally impressed by both the enthusiasm and commitment on show. It was really difficult to choose winners from such high quality finalists, but after much deliberation we unanimously settled on the winning three.”The trio signed their contracts with Unicorn at a small celebration in their honour yesterday at Flight Club in London before being special guests at the William Hill World Darts Championship, where they will be presented on stage at Alexandra Palace. PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Morgan, Jordan and Connor and we congratulate them on receiving this sponsorship from Unicorn.“With the backing of such a valued PDC partner, these three talented young players will get their chance to make a name for themselves now – the world’s their oyster.”‘World’s his oyster’ – Jordan Boyce set for big PDC chance with ‘Next Generation’ was last modified: December 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Jordan Boycelast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin County Councillor Jack Murray has welcomed confirmation from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny that there is no legal standing in the threats made by some councils in Ireland to withdraw third-level grants from students because of their family’s non-payment of the household charge.Cllr Murray had previously written to Donegal County Council’s Manager and Director of Finance, outlining the legal opinion that Sinn Féin had received on the matter in order to prevent such letters being issued in Donegal.“The Taoiseach has admitted in the Dáil, in response to questioning from Brian Stanley TD, that local authorities have no legal standing to threaten to withhold student grants because their families have not paid the unjust household charge. “Following, threats from Clare and South Tipperary County Councils to withhold student grants, Sinn Féin stated that we had received a legal opinion indicating that local authorities have no basis to block or to stall a grant application for third-level fees. The argument of tax compliance has no basis. Nearly half (48%) of commercial water rates remain uncollected yet the children of the owners and shareholders are not singled out for punishment.“Despite this being made clear, Ministers Ruairí Quinn and Phil Hogan persisted in encouraging councils across the state to take a similar approach to County Clare.“It is totally unacceptable for government ministers to encourage local authorities to employ such blatant bullyboy tactics in their attempt to force people to pay the Household Charge.“I am glad that the Taoiseach has now confirmed that local authorities are not entitled to withhold payment of grants. This will come as a relief to many students and their families in Donegal.” SINN FEIN WELCOME TAOISEACH’S STATEMENT ON ILLEGALITY OF HITTING STUDENTS ON HOUSEHOLD TAX was last modified: September 20th, 2012 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:Enda KennyJack MurraySINN FEIN WELCOME TAOISEACH’S STATEMENT ON ILLEGALITY OF HITTING STUDENTS ON HOUSEHOLD TAXlast_img read more

MIT Cosmologists Take Our Advice

first_imgAfter getting a snubbing in our 02/21/2005 commentary, which advocated he and his MIT colleague Alan Guth take up truck driving, David Kaiser, took our advice – with a thinly veiled smirk:Well, at least someone is still reading Science with a passion.  As for the rest of us in the cosmic-evolution business, we’ll just have to keep on truckin’.This was the ending of an article by Kaiser in the November-December issue of American Scientist (not to be confused with Scientific American), a publication of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.1    In his article, Kaiser undertook to explain why creation groups, long targeting the biologists and geologists, have “only lately taken on physicists and cosmologists” after a long period of what he considers peaceful co-existence (e.g., Einstein, Lemaitre).  His two-fold conclusion was that (1) recent “bans on teaching the big bang” (only one ineffective and unrepresentative example given) have brought the abstruse issues of cosmology into the public awareness, and (2) the prestige of physics has plummeted since its pinnacle after World War II, in part due to funding cuts but also “physicists’ internal divisions and the obviously speculative nature of recent work” — thus a new “concerted attack” by critics who have “learned to leverage the power of the internet.”  That’s where CEH comes in:I stumbled onto this thriving, wired network two years ago, after my colleague Alan H. Guth and I published a review of recent cosmological research in Science.  About a week after our article appeared, Guth received an e-mail message directing him to a rebuttal of our piece, posted on a creationist Web site.  That response included dozens of hyperlinks to like-minded “refutations’ of the big bang, inflationary cosmology, string theory and the rest.  These sites boasted high production values and good graphics.Noting all the hyperlinks to creationist and intelligent design resources here, Kaiser seemed to have demonstrated a vast lightweight conspiracy to attack the hallowed halls of the cosmologists.  All that seemed necessary to demonstrate the point was to mention the advice about truck driving.1.  David Kaiser, “The Other Evolution Wars,” American Scientist Vol 95, No 6), November-December 2007, pp. 518-525.It was nice to get some compliments from Dr. Kaiser for the graphics and high production values, but of course he was not about to concede any point of substance to creationists.  That would be anathema inside The Guild, even a minor blush to the suggestion that a little shame might be in order.    A little investigation by an unbiased observer, however, should reveal that modern cosmologists do not need any creationist help looking silly: viz., 07/27/2004, 03/11/2004, 06/20/2003, 06/18/2003, 05/02/2003, 08/16/2005, 07/23/2007, 04/13/2007, etc.  If they are worried about possible nonsense that might come from creationists, why not rein in the secularist popularizers, who are truckin’ all over the sidewalk? (11/01/2007, 03/08/2007).    Anyone familiar with the history and philosophy of science would surely realize that there is no way under God’s starry heaven to scientifically justify many of the things being claimed by modern cosmologists today.  To be off by 120 orders of magnitude, to require a universe composed of 96% imponderable substances and occult forces, and to seriously consider we each have clones in countless parallel universes is to invite scrutiny if not ridicule.  Much of that comes from within the ranks of The Guild already.  But then to posit a Cosmic Lottery with 101000 universes (none of which is observable even in theory) should turn the heads of any philosopher or logician.  It looks like a dodge from a clear inference of design, tantamount to escaping falsification with magic.  What would Popper think?    It would have been nice to see a little humility, therefore, just a hint of a possibility that cosmologists might be on the wrong track and maybe should consider non-materialist alternatives seriously, like intelligent design.  If listening to creationists is beneath their dignity, how about listening to Paul Davies or Robert Jastrow who, both appearing in The Privileged Planet, acknowledged the design inference and the inability of materialism to account for it?    Similarly, Astronomy columnist Bob Berman applied his own down-to-earth, common-sense analysis to the current situation.  Without creationist input as far we know, it was clear to him that cosmology needs a serious “time out” because “cosmologists are starting to resemble naked emperors parading before the mass media.”  He scorned how “each pronouncement is delivered with pomp and flair” when in fact it is a shameful display of arrogance and ignorance.  Instead of scientific rigor, imagination rules: “Throw the math this way, that way, tweak the equations, set fire to the physics building, nothing matters,” he exclaimed.  “It’s Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen Hawking.”  That was in 2004, but he just recently let the cosmologists have it between the eyes again (09/29/2007), indicating that nothing has improved: “It would be nice, however, if cosmologists would put a lid on their arrogant ghetto-talk about their latest theory of everything and admit – just once in a while – that their knowledge is a single snowflake in the blizzard of the unknown.”    That’s why we didn’t need to say much in the 2005 entry but to quote the wizards at length and let them air their own arrogance and fall on their own folly.  We hope the suggestion to take up truck driving was an act of mercy.    Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip is sometimes the perfect parody of adult misbehavior.  One story appeared in the collection There’s Treasure Everywhere (pp. 50-52) that seemed apropos.  (Note: The names might need swapping, because the materialist was Thomas Hobbes and the theist was John Calvin, but subsitute whatever living characters you think fit.)    In this episode, Calvin has an assignment to write a paper that debates some issue.  He asks Hobbes for ideas.Hobbes: What do you care about?Calvin: I don’t care about issues!  I’ve got better things to do than argue with every wrong-headed crackpot with an ignorant opinion!  I’m a busy man!  I say, agree with me or go take a hike!  I’m right, period!  End of discussion.Hobbes: Umm… right.Calvin: There, see?  Everybody’s happy!Still, the homework deadline looms.  Calvin has an idea – a Thinking Cap!  He finds a metal collander in the kitchen and sets to work.Calvin: Next we’ll need to attach those 1 and 0 strings and a grounding string.Hobbes: Why a grounding string?Calvin: It’s like a lightning rod for brainstorms.  I want to keep my ideas grounded in reality.Hobbes: I think you’re too late….Work all completed, Calvin puts on the Thinking Cap and has Hobbes turn it on.  Click.  Brzap.  Nothing apparent happens, except Calvin claims he feels smarter already, and Hobbes perceives that Calvin’s head has grown larger.  The knowledge begins to flow:Calvin: My powerful brain is unraveling the mysteries of the universe!  It’s amazing!  All natural laws can be reduced to one simple, unifying equation!Hobbes: Really, what is it?Calvin: Already my powerful brain is bored with such simple problems and is now working on why girls are so obnoxious.Substitute creationists for girls and some remarkable parallels emerge in the local universe.(Visited 68 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… When Facebook began rolling out its redesign at the beginning of the month, there was one change that stood out – the prominent display of “Credits Balance” on the menu used to log out and edit your friends and privacy settings. We thought this might signify a change coming in Facebook and today’s announcement of a “strategic relationship” with PayPal seems to confirm that Facebook is looking to move in new directions.Facebook has made a number of changes recently, including the redesign and the revision of its advertising terms. And all of it seems to point to Facebook looking to monetize its biggest asset – its 400 million strong user base.As the press release states, “the option to pay with PayPal makes it even easier for advertisers, particularly small international companies, to run campaigns on Facebook”. Facebook recently dropped Microsoft as an advertiser because it doesn’t want to go in the direction of a small number of advertisers spending big dollars – it wants millions of small advertisers to take advantage of its advertising capabilities. “We want to give the people who use Facebook, as well as advertisers and developers, a fast and trusted way to pay across our service,” said Dan Levy, director of payment operations, Facebook. “As our business has grown, offering local methods of payment has become increasingly important for advertisers who want to buy Facebook Ads.”Facebook knows that it has the data to offer small businesses advertising that is targeted at the proper demographics and these businesses commonly use PayPal. The company will also be using PayPal to allow users to buy Facebook Credits, which can be used to purchase virtual goods and gifts.We think that it’s only a matter of time before Facebook credits become the standalone currency for a greater number of goods, both virtual and real. Related Posts mike melanson Tags:#advertising#Facebook#news#web center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more