Aaron Rodgers donates $1 million to Camp Fire recovery

first_imgCHICO — The North Valley Community Foundation announced that Chico native and NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers has given $1 million to create the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.“All the money goes to a great organization for the immediate needs and the recovery efforts for the #CampFireParadise. Thank you,” Rodgers wrote on his Twitter feed Wednesday.Please take a minute to watch this and if you can, take a few seconds to retweet this using the #retweet4good All the money goes to a …last_img

Tigers maul Mazama, advance to semifinal round

first_imgKali Zanotti had 14 points, Sophia Belton dropped in 10 more and the Arcata High girl’s basketball team rolled to a 57-32 win over Mazama in the first round of the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, Thursday night at Arcata High.“We played with great effort tonight and its pretty clear, that’s why we won,” Arcata head coach Doug Oliveira said. “What we lacked in technical ability we more than made up for with effort. I was very pleased with how we looked.”Arcata (1-0) started off slow …last_img

Define Pseudoscience

first_imgA couple of articles lately have lumped creationism in with astrology, ESP, space aliens and lucky numbers.  How valid is this grouping?    Randolph E. Schmid (Associated Press; see Live Science) conveyed statistics presented by Jon Miller (Michigan State U) and a panel of researchers at an AAAS meeting in San Francisco this past Saturday.  “People in the U.S. know more about basic science today than they did two decades ago, good news that researchers say is tempered by an unsettling growth in the belief in pseudoscience such as astrology and visits by extraterrestrial aliens,” Schmid began.  A few sentences down, he adds, “In addition, these researchers noted an increase in college students who report they are ‘unsure’ about creationism as compared with evolution.”    The association was strengthened farther down in the article, when a paragraph about bigfoot and aliens was followed by a paragraph about creationism.  “But there also has been a drop in the number of people who believe evolution correctly explains the development of life on Earth and an increase in those who believe mankind was created about 10,000 years ago,” Schmid writes, presuming to lump these all together into the box labeled pseudoscience.  “Miller said a second major negative factor to scientific literacy was religious fundamentalism and aging.”  These “negative” factors, Schmid contends, could be offset by the “positive” influences of college education, “informal science learning through the media,” and having children at home.    Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute also chimed in on this theme.  On Space.com he asked, “When Did Science Become the Enemy?”  Shostak deplored the portrayal of scientists as dark, mysterious, suspicious villains, and explored why the media become so infatuated with unscientific heroes and celebrities.  “We’re most interested in people, in the same way that click beetles are most interested in click beetles,” he explained.  “That’s evolution.”  Evolution is also responsible for human attraction to heroes, he argued.  “Heroes, in other words, have survival value.  The peculiar thing is that American heroes aren’t often very good at science.”    So what does science really represent, in contrast to pseudoscience and pop culture?  Shostak did not attack creationism directly in the article.  The association was implicit, though: the lead illustration prominently displays icons of science: a spiral galaxy and other astronomical objects, an equation, and the fatherly portrait of Charles Darwin.  See also last week’s entry by another SETI Institute leader, Edna Devore, who advocated celebration of Darwin Day and Evolution Sunday as ways of honoring science (02/11/2007).In both of these articles is the overt or covert message that if you love science, you will love Charlie, and if you are a fool or afraid of science, you will mistrust the Father Figure of Evolution and run to your security blanket, the Bible.  This is how propaganda works, particularly the use of association and loaded words.  The goal is to achieve a subliminal response without making you think.  The message is: the real heroes in the world are the Charlie-worshipers, and the poopheads are the creationists and other pseudoscientists like UFO chasers who live by their daily horoscope or read the Bible.    Surely many creationists reading this will say, “Wait a minute; I abhor astrology.  I love science.  I have nothing but contempt for the supermarket tabloids about space aliens and ESP.”  Many may have degrees in science, teach science, or sit on public school boards.  How did you get lumped into the same pool with fruitcakes?  The answer is: it’s a trick.  It’s an escape from debating and understanding the issues in the creation-evolution controversy.    We could play that game, too.  In fact, how would they like it if we launched a campaign to call Darwinism pseudoscience?  We could certainly make a good case.  We could call attention to the fact that it is held to with religious ardor despite being repeatedly falsified, engages in mythmaking, dogmatizes its victims and relies on irrationality for its maintenance.  Yes!  Let’s rid our schools of pseudoscience.  Out with Darwin!  No more Darwin exhibits in our national museums.  No more finch beak pseudoscience in the textbooks.  Portray, instead, the noble, lonely ID scientist as the seeker of the truth wherever the evidence leads, even if it leads toward design.    Or, we could go on a smear campaign to lump all Darwinists with Hitler.  If you think natural selection is a good idea in any sense, you are in favor of incinerating people in ovens.  We must rid the world of hate, anti-Semitism, communism, apartheid, evolution, Jonestown-like cults, despots and dictators.  How’s that?  Isn’t association a fun game?    Such lumpings of conglomerates into emotionally-charged labels represent shoddy thinking.  A case can be made that Darwin influenced Hitler, and that his ideas underlie many destructive ideologies.  It does not follow that Seth Shostak is a Nazi because he believes in evolution.  There are creationists who accept a young earth (one just earned a PhD in science at a secular university: see story at Uncommon Descent).  It does not follow that they expect a miracle around every corner.Another problem in these articles is their failure to define pseudoscience.  They do not define it because it cannot be defined.  Any time philosophers of science try to create a line of demarcation between science and pseudoscience, they wind up excluding “legitimate” sciences and including illegitimate ones.  There are no sufficient conditions that, if met, guarantee something is science, and no set of necessary conditions that, if not met, guarantee something else is pseudoscience.  Falsifiability, explanatory power, ability to make predictions, testability, adherence to natural law or mathematical expression, simplicity, elegance, holding a theory tentatively, acceptance by consensus of professionals – put together any combination of criteria you wish, and you will include some pseudosciences and exclude some recognized sciences.  Furthermore, there is no one scientific method!  You cannot find all sciences adhering to a methodology or set of methods that cannot also be found in non-scientific fields, and you will find some pseudosciences that use the same “scientific” methods in their work.  This is not to argue that science and pseudoscience are all of the same cloth, but the problem of demarcation is much more difficult than often realized.The Darwin dogmatists are only speeding the collapse of their ideology by relying on propaganda tactics like the reckless application of the pseudoscience label on their critics.  Let them attend to the rampant pseudoscience in their own house.  Meanwhile, let all who honor science practice its values: make the best case you can based on evidence, and, humbly recognizing the limitations of science and the human propensity for self-deception, be willing to follow the evidence where it leads.  (One might notice that these values are not entirely foreign to theologians or practitioners in most other scholarly disciplines.) (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Geocaching.com Souvenirs

first_imgBayernSouvenirs such as the Bayern, Germany souvenir pictured on the left, are virtual pieces of art that you can discover and display on your profile page, as well as on the Geocaching iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 apps.Souvenirs are most often awarded for finding a geocache in a specific geographical location. Geocaching artists have produced more than 100 souvenirs: including one for every German and U.S. state along with each Canadian province.Below is a list of all of the released souvenirs. Images of each souvenir can be found at the end of the post. The souvenirs are a powerful way to remember your geocaching adventure, like postcards that never get lost.  Geocaching has released all the souvenirs we’ve created. At this time no additional souvenirs are being designed.RELEASED SOUVENIRS:U.S. States –Released in the order of StatehoodDelawarePennsylvaniaNew JerseyGeorgiaConnecticutMassachusettsMarylandSouth CarolinaNew HampshireVirginiaNew YorkNorth CarolinaRhode IslandVermontKentuckyTennesseeOhioLouisianaIndianaMississippiIllinoisAlabamaMaineMissouriArkansasMichiganFloridaTexasIowaWisconsinCaliforniaMinnesotaOregonKansasWest VirginiaNevadaNebraskaColoradoNorth DakotaSouth DakotaMontanaWashingtonIdahoWyomingUtahOklahomaNew MexicoArizonaAlaskaHawaiiWashington D.C.German States –Released in alphabetical orderBaden-WürttembergBayernBerlin BrandenburgBremenHamburgHessenMecklenburg-VorpommernNiedersachsenNordrhein-WestfalenRheinland-PfalzSaarlandSachsen-AnhaltSachsenSchleswig-HolsteinThüringenCanadian Provinces –OntarioQuebecNova ScotiaNew BrunswickManitobaNorthwest TerritoriesBritish ColumbiaPrince Edward IslandYukonSaskatchewanAlbertaNewfoundland & LabradorNunavutOther Countries –Česká RepublikaSlovenska RepublikaPortugalRzeczpospolita PolskaSpecial –Geocaching HQ SouvenirLost & Found Celebration Original Cache LocationProject APE Cache10/10/10GeoCrush Visual ArtsGeoCrush Books & MusicGeoCrush DanceGeoCrush TheaterInternational Geocaching Day 2011Leap Day 2012 SouvenirWorldwide Flash Mob 2012International Geocaching Day 201212-12-12 SouvenirShare with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedHelp Decide the Next Geocaching.com SouvenirDecember 9, 2010In “Geocaching.com Videos””Souvenirs” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoNovember 2, 2010In “Community”New Geocaching Souvenirs – Celebrating 2 Million Active GeocachesFebruary 27, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Cavs begin coaching search after parting ways with Drew

first_imgAlthough expected, Drew’s departure creates more work for a franchise that will sit out the NBA playoffs this season following a four-year run in the Finals with James.The 61-year-old Drew met with general manager Koby Altman, and the two decided it was best if they went in separate directions. Altman said in a release that Drew “respectfully declined to participate in the search process and will not be returning to coach the Cavaliers.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Cavs tied for the league’s second-worst record with Phoenix, but Drew kept his team playing hard until the end. He received praise from many of his players, including All-Star forward Kevin Love, who was limited to just 22 games following toe surgery.“We have great respect and appreciation for Larry and the job that he did as the head coach of the Cavaliers for nearly the entire 2018-19 campaign. He brought professionalism, class and steady leadership both this past season and prior four years,” Altman said in a release. “All of us in Cleveland wish Larry nothing but the best going forward.” View comments Altman will embark on a search for Cleveland’s fifth coach since 2013. The Cavs will consider college coaches, NBA assistants and former head coaches to continue the rebuild Drew started.Altman is scheduled to outline some of his plans during a news conference Friday at the team’s facility in Independence.The Cavs’ job is enticing on several fronts. Owner Dan Gilbert has displayed a willingness to spend and Cleveland could land one of the top college prospects depending on how things go in next month’s draft lottery.Drew took over when Tyronn Lue, who led the Cavs to a title in 2016, was fired Oct. 28 following a 0-6 start. The 61-year-old Drew spent three seasons with the Cavs, joining Lue’s staff for the championship season.When he replaced Lue, Drew, who previously coached in Atlanta and Milwaukee, knew the Cavs might go in another direction at some point and asked the team to restructure his contract.ADVERTISEMENT Drew’s steadying influence helped the Cavs endure injuries which led to him use a league-high 32 different lineups. He also helped in the development of rookie point guard Collin Sexton, who finished strong after a slow start and appears to be a building block for the future.“I want to thank Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, the entire organization, and especially our fans, for what has been a very special and rewarding time here in Cleveland,” Drew said. “Koby and I had a good discussion following the season and have both decided that the best decision for each of us was that I would not return to coach the team. I am very proud of what we accomplished over the last several years together and will always cherish our championship.“I also want to commend our players this season for the bond that they established, the way they approached their jobs and the hard work and growth they had every day. I am very proud of them and wish them the best as they continue to develop for the future.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decisions says the Cavaliers are not bringing back Drew for a second season. Drew, who led the Cavs to a 19-63 record after taking over when Tyronn Lue was fired on Oct. 28, was told the team was not picking up his contract option by general manager Koby Altman, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, April 11, 2019, because the team has not commented. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ next coach will inherit a better situation than the one Larry Drew got handed.Drew and the Cavs parted ways Thursday after a challenging, 19-win season that followed LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles and included a rash of injuries to a young roster.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sacramento Kings fire coach Dave Joerger 3 losing seasons Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Men removed from Vegasbound jet in Winnipeg have been released without charges

first_imgWINNIPEG – The RCMP confirm that five British men who were removed from a Thomas Cook Airlines flight that diverted to Winnipeg on the weekend have been released without charges.The men had been on a flight from Manchester to Las Vegas on Saturday morning when the airline said the crew landed the plane in Winnipeg due to some passengers’ “disruptive behaviour.”RCMP took the men off the aircraft in handcuffs and arrested them for mischief and causing a disturbance.A video posted on the Daily mail’s web site shows passengers cheering, and some of the men swearing, as police and border security officers removed them from the plane.There was no immediate word if they’ll face arrest when they return to the UK.The plane continued on from Winnipeg to Las Vegas later Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS ANIMATION SUPERVISOR JOSH BEVERIDGE TALKS ABOUT SPIDERMAN INTO THE

first_imgBy now you know the story. A radioactive spider bites nerdy young Peter Parker giving him a unique set of super powers that leads to him becoming the Amazing Spider-Man. So when Peter Parker (voiced by Jake Johnson) turns up in the new animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s not a surprise.Until he and Afro-Latino Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) meet up and both of their mutual spidey-sense kicks-off.Spider-Man meet Spider-Man. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Coming from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller — the creative team behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street — this feature length cartoon is receiving rave advance press. Along with the hit movie Venom, the wiley web-crawler is swinging back into action. Taking the series launched by 2002’s Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi as its cue, rather than the far less appealing later reboot attempts, the animation and VFX work in the new flick was done entirely at Vancouver-based Sony Imageworks.Josh Beveridge was the animation supervisor handling what is rumoured in the industry as being one of the largest teams ever assembled for one project. By the end of this film, viewers will meet everyone from Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) to Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Cage) from the ever-expanding “Spider-verse” multiverse. Each character brings their own distinctive animated style and reality with them, so the work included many unique CG and hand-drawn techniques as well as groundbreaking comic-style quirks.Multiple Spider-Verse characters converge in a Brooklyn bedroom in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG“There were a lot of pressures on this one, beginning with knowing that it was another Spider-Man movie and we had to answer ‘why?’” said Beveridge.“The answer was that it was Miles Morales’ story and told in animation which meant that visually it was going to be wildly different.Plus, people care deeply about this particular character and we had to address that very carefully too. It’s a movie that is a love letter to comic books, which is not a single medium, so that meant we got to show the different universes and styles in the film.”Josh Beveridge. Sony Pictures Imageworks animation supervisor. PNGMuch has been made of such stylistic choices as going to comic book frame layouts in certain action sequences to even evoking old style comic printing on frames. As Beveridge says, it’s not a genre it’s a medium and one that is relatively young and exploding with technology. The team held back on a lot of the digital tricks.“We didn’t want this to be a case of ‘how much can the computer do?,’” he said. “Instead we wanted it to be how much it could feel like a moving comic book playing out in front of you. That meant developing some very high-tech solutions as well as some very low tech.”The cast of characters all clearly had to be “spider people” who looked cool and capable when they were fighting and could convince viewers that they could take out baddies. One thing proved constant in the animators’ study of the different universes. All spider heroes were about extreme angles and suspension of gravity when they were in action. So this became a unifying constant across worlds.“So Peter is able to move more like an older veteran who has taken his shots, Gwen with a dancer’s grace and Miles as a completely modern young kid who didn’t really want to become Spider-Man,” he said. “Then we greatly exaggerated for Spider-Ham with more traditional classical animation and Peni Parker uses all manner of anime styles which constantly change. These characters had to be built completely differently from the others, because they just wouldn’t work otherwise.”The expansion into the Spider-Verse means that Beveridge and team could be spending a lot of time in there, as the potential storylines to develop are plentiful. The typical cinematic universe divisions meant animation was targeted to the TV and live-action blockbusters to the movie theatre. This film confuses that separation and if it is as big a hit as expected, will guarantee more to come.“That’s great, because with animation you can truly stretch out as the only limitation is your imagination,” said Beveridge. “I have always thought that it was wrong that the two were separated, particularly when you are talking about comic book superheroes. We chose an esthetic that straddled between the two worlds to tell the story and I think it really works.”After dozens of live-action VFX mega-budget blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War or Black Panther, the idea of taking superheroes back onto the printed page, or animated screen seems like an excellent plan. Because — wait for it — superheroes aren’t real.BY STUART DERDEYN | VANCOUVER SUN | twitter.com/stuartderdeyn Advertisementcenter_img SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Miles gets his Spider-sense. 2018 [PNG Merlin Archive] SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Dark residential school memories still pushing many over the edge

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe recent suicide of a 63 year-old elder prompted a group of family members and health care workers to come together to share their pain and give Canada a message: It’s time to helpThey spoke for over an hour, they spoke about the horrors of residential schools, the impact of suicide, the re-victimization by the residential school payout and their hopes for rebuilding their community.last_img

People on the Move 121808

first_imgAbout a month after acquiring Governing from Florida’s Times Publishing Company, Sacramento, California-based e.Republic has named Tod Newcombe editor of the monthly magazine and its accompanying Web site. Newcombe served as founding editor of e.Republic’s Public CIO magazine. Steve Towns, editor of Government Technology, will serve as interim editor of Public CIO.Las Vegas Magazine and Las Vegas Weekly publisher Greenspun Media Group named Bryan Allison COO, effectively replacing CEO Michael Carr, who left the company earlier this year. Previously, Allison served as vice president of Greenspun’s Vegas.com.Harvard Business Review named Justin Fox to the newly created position of editorial director. Previously, Fox served as an editor-at-large and business/economics columnist at Time. Former Best Life deputy editor Jack Otter was appointed executive editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com, reporting to editor-in-chief Eric Shurenberg. Rodale shuttered Best Life in March.Complex Media named Edgar Hernandez national sales director. Hernandez, who previously served as an account director at Complex, most recently served as associate publisher of Vibe.Hearst’s Food Network Magazine announced a number of personnel changes: ex-Glamour executive managing editor Maria Baugh was named managing editor; Amy Santoriello and Adam Roth were appointed integrated marketing managers; and Kelsey Stokes was named marketing coordinator.San Diego-based Competitor magazine said popular runner John “the Penguin” Bingham will join its editorial team. Bingham will write a monthly feature story called “The Penguin Chronicles,” beginning in March.last_img read more

Id Be Sympathetic 7 Moments from Tuesdays HASC Hearing

first_imgAir Force Photo by Wayne Clark Army and Air Force leaders testified before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights, based on a CQ transcript:Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) asked whether DOD can adequately operate under a fiscal year 2020 appropriation of $733 billion, the amount House leaders have proposed. “I think the Army’s component of the defense of the United States, what we’re asking for, the answer is yes,” Army Secretary Mark Esper said. The president has asked for $750 billion.Lawmakers praised the Pentagon for completing its first-ever audit, even though the results were mixed. “If I can say you guys can pass an audit, it’s a lot easier to advocate and explain to the American people why the budgets need to keep going up,” Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) said.The leaders said they need a supplemental spending bill to fund storm recovery at three installations. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said she had to delay 61 facilities projects in 18 states to begin storm recovery. “I won’t press you,” Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) said, “but in fact, the money is already in the Department of Defense. The decision was made to transfer for the construction of 150 miles of border fence rather than Tyndall, Offutt or Lejeune.”Asked about the Army’s missed recruitment targets, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said, “We were able to recruit 70,000 soldiers into the Army last year. That’s a 10-year high. And yes, we missed the mark by 6,500, but we did that because I set the bar too high on an unachievable goal. Secretary Mattis and others cautioned us against that, by the way.”Esper said the Army has completed inspections of all its housing. “You know, this has been an eye-opener for everybody,” he said. “The leadership’s getting back involved in the housing business, and that’s our number one commitment.”In opening remarks, Smith thanked Wilson, who is leaving her position in May, for her service. “I don’t think you actually left just because of the Space Force, but I’d be sympathetic if you did,” he said. Wilson has made critical remarks about forming the new branch, but she and Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein assured the committee they support the plan.Mike Turner (R-Ohio) told Wilson, “We are all saddened that you are departing, but I look forward to when you return as secretary of defense.” ADC AUTHORlast_img read more