Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,145; 2. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa, 1,097; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,074; 4. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa, 1,065; 5. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 993; 6. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., 978; 7. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 970; 8. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, 967; 9. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 962; 10. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 925; 11. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb., 893; 12. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 888; 13. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 883; 14. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 857; 15. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 856; 16. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn., 851; 17. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 844; 18. Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington, Iowa, 840; 19. David Brown, Kellogg, Iowa, 838; 20. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 837.IMCA Late Models – 1. Rob Toland, Davenport, Iowa, 735; 2. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 702; 3. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, 595; 4. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 569; 5. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 559; 6. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 553; 7. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 547; 8. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 485; 9. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 482; 10. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 481; 11. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 474; 12. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 463; 13. Ben Seemann, Waterloo, Iowa, 462; 14. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 452; 15. Thad Wilson, Moline, Ill., 451; 16. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, 446; 17. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 443; 18. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 435; 19. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 430; 20. Jerry King, Waterloo, Iowa, 426.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 692; 2. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 664; 3. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 659; 4. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 658; 5. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 602; 6. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 585; 7. Chase Parson, Abilene, Texas, 571; 8. Bryan Debrick, Irving, Texas, 536; 9. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 518; 10. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., and Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, both 493; 12. Weston Gorham, Colleyville, Texas, 488; 13. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 477; 14. Jeff Day, Greenville, Texas, 473; 15. Raven Culp, Mesquite, Texas, 462; 16. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 461; 17. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 450; 18. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., 441; 19. Michael Day, Greenville, Texas, 436; 20. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 424.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,153; 2. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,111; 3. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,096; 4. Greg Gill, Muscatine, Iowa, 1,004; 5. Chad Bruns, Wakefield, Neb., 945; 6. Ryan Powers, Crowley, Texas, 929; 7. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 928; 8. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 911; 9. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan., 883; 10. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 873; 11. Eric Jones, Troy, Texas, 872; 12. Norman Chesmore, Rowley, Iowa, 862; 13. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 859; 14. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 825; 15. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 817; 16. Ron Pettitt, Norfolk, Neb., 797; 17. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 795; 18. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, and Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, both 780; 20. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 776. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,181; 2. August Bach, Newton, Iowa, 1,072; 3. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,036; 4. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,027; 5. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,021; 6. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 950; 7. Tiffany Bittner, Hampton, Neb., 878; 8. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 863; 9. Damon Richards, David City, Neb., 855; 10. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 778; 11. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 770; 12. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 756; 13. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 732; 14. Dave Riley, Sioux City, Iowa, 730; 15. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 724; 16. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 710; 17. Nathan Ballard, Marengo, Iowa, 704; 18. Colton Pfeifer, Stockton, Kan., 699; 19. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 687; 20. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 685.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 1,103; 2. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,024; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,010; 4. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 972; 5. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., 946; 6. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 925; 7. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 921; 8. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 899; 9. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 870; 10. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D., 857; 11. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D., 842; 12. Brandon Spanjer, Crete, Neb., 811; 13. Ryan King, Montour, Iowa, 803; 14. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 788; 15. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 761; 16. Kevin Bethke, Neenah, Wis., 749; 17. Randy Roberts, Boone, Iowa, 744; 18. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, and Brian Davidson, Bennington, Kan., both 738; 20. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 734.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,172; 2. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 1,087; 3. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 1,044; 4. Kamera Kaitlin McDonald, Keller, Texas, 925; 5. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 668; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 594; 7. Robert Scrivner, Waco, Texas, 590; 8. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 570; 9. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 538; 10. Dustin Leatherman, Muskogee, Okla., 498; 11. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 497; 12. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 470; 13. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 448; 14. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 445; 15. Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 443; 16. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 439; 17. Kyle Wisdom, Abilene, Texas, 428; 18. Bradley Poor, Abilene, Texas, 423; 19. Caden Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 422; 20. Lodi Mitchell, Abilene, Texas, 418.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,162; 2. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 990; 3. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 919; 4. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 910; 5. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 887; 6. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 886; 7. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 880; 8. Randy Nelson, Albion, Neb., 858; 9. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice, Neb., and Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, both 842; 11. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 830; 12. Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb., 825; 13. James Roose, Grandview, Iowa, 763; 14. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 698; 15. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, 675; 16. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 660; 17. Cody Van Dusen, Atalissa, Iowa, 654; 18. David Norquest, York, Neb., 653; 19. Darwin Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 614; 20. Nick Lindblad, Beatrice, Neb., 597.
“I knew I had to work harder because I had been there and I had seen what it is,” he said. “It’s not just about going there to run and think, ‘Oh, any position I get is OK.’ You really have to fight because these guys are working really hard, too. So I told my teammates about the experience and how I would like us to be there and how we really had to work hard and train hard. Sometimes I’d go to practice and be like, ‘No, I don’t feel like practicing today.’ But knowing where I wanted to go and how hard it is to get there, I had to put everything aside and work hard at practice, take my diet seriously, and get a lot of rest.” Amoah — who was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Mid-Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year before the NCAA championships — said becoming a first-team All-American in two events in the same season was his yearlong objective. “He goes fast, and in the end, he jogs, and we would be struggling to try to catch up,” Manu said. “So we knew he was going to run really fast [at the NCAA championships]. I even thought he was going to run 19 seconds in the 200.” “He was determined to be back at nationals and try to place high,” Hicks said. “So it was not a surprise at all.” “My assistant coach [Lawrence Givens] watched him and showed a videotape of his first race, and it was an indoor race, which was new for him because he had never run indoor before,” Hicks said. “Although he won, he left a whole lot on the track, and my assistant coach called me up and said, ‘This guy can really go. All he has to do is learn how to run.’ ” Amoah’s time of 10.01 seconds in the 100 preliminaries June 5 eclipsed his previous school record of 10.09 and is tied for the 15th-fastest mark in the world this year. That time helped Amoah qualify for this fall’s International Association of Athletics Federations world championships in Qatar and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It was one of several showings that drew the attention of American sprinter Leroy Burrell, who twice set the world record in the 100. Amoah said his primary focus is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and then considering whether to pursue a pro career or a master’s degree. And then there’s the 2020 Summer Olympics. One of Abubakar’s former athletes, Martin Owusu-Antwi, transferred to Coppin State and told Hicks about Amoah, who won the seniors meet of the Ghana’s Fastest Human competition in 2016. Hicks contacted Abubakar, laying the groundwork for recruiting Amoah to the Eagles. He joined Texas Tech junior Divine Oduduru, Oregon senior Cravon Gillespie, Florida sophomore Hakim Sani Brown and Houston senior Mario Burke as runners to qualify for the finals in both sprints. Former Olympic athlete Dan O’Brien, who served as an ESPN analyst at the NCAA championships, said Amoah’s performance is a reminder that speed is not monopolized by a select group of powerhouse programs. Joseph Amoah’s emergence as a world-class sprinter at Coppin State might never have happened if his passion for soccer had taken hold. “Every athlete hopes to be an Olympian, and being able to qualify for the 2020 Olympics is the thing for me,” he said. “So in the future, that’s one of the places where I want to be, but I’m just not really thinking about it right now. It’s almost a year away. Maybe after college, I’ll consider my professional career and where I can go from there. But I think that’s something I’ll think about after I’m done with my undergrad.” Less than an hour later, Amoah finished a 200 preliminary in 20.08 seconds. That time broke his own program record (20.20) and bested the previous Ghanaian mark of 20.15 set by Emmanuel Tuffour in 1995. “That’s one achievement that every athlete in the NCAA wants to get,” he said. “That was the main goal from the beginning of the season. Coach [Carl Hicks] kept on hitting on that goal, telling me every time at practice, ‘We all know the goal.’ … So, getting to that level and reaching the finals is a very big achievement. Being a first-team All-American is something that’s going to be with you forever.” That decision has been plenty productive for the 22-year-old Amoah. In his final performance as a junior at Coppin State, Amoah earned first-team All-America status in the 100- and 200-meter races, finishing eighth in 10.22 seconds and sixth in 20.19, respectively, on June 7 at the NCAA Division I track and field championships in Austin, Texas. “The one thing that I’m always amazed at is to see kids from mid-majors or non-Power 5 schools get this far at the NCAA championships,” said O’Brien, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon and a three-time world champion in that event. “That wasn’t always the way it was. It was the Pac-12 and the SEC. it was always the large conferences that were represented in the sprints. So, to go to a North Carolina A&T or a Coppin State, I think it’s pretty impressive that people are running that fast.” The coaches refined Amoah’s technique. They adjusted his arm movement from a slight side-to-side movement to a chin-to-hip direction. They also honed his drive out of the blocks at the start of races. After arriving in January 2017 and seeing snow for the first time when his plane landed at the airport, Amoah participated in his first indoor meet in Boston and won the 200. But Mohammed Abubakar, the track and field coach at KNUST, called Amoah’s uncle, Dr. Victor Antwi, who convinced his nephew to try out for the team. Growing up in Ghana, the West African country where soccer is the national sport, Amoah yearned to blossom into the type of footballer who could contribute to the country’s success, which includes four African Cup of Nations crowns and three straight World Cup appearances from 2006 to 2014. But after enrolling in high school, Amoah came face to face with reality. “My uncle is someone who really inspires me and motivates me,” Amoah said. “He pretty much took care of me because my dad lives in Canada. My uncle is pretty much the one who took care of me since I was in middle school. And I still talk to him. Everything he says, I take it seriously. So once he said it, I had to go back.” Source: Baltimore Sun Amoah said he will remain in Baltimore to train for the African Games in Morocco in August and then the IAAF championships the following month. Hicks said Amoah could forgo his senior year and focus on a professional career if a sponsor, or several, decide to invest in him. But O’Brien hopes Amoah returns for a shot at NCAA titles in the 100 and 200. “In my high school, the soccer team was so good that the only chance I had was to join the track team,” said Amoah, who will compete at the Aliann Pompey Invitational in Guyana on Saturday. “It was a difficult decision because I knew that I had played more soccer than track, but I knew I wouldn’t make the team because the team was that good. So I just had to go the other way.” The second of four children to Thomas and Alberta Amoah, Joseph Amoah said he won “a lot” of regional championships in individual and relay events for Prempeh College high school in Kumasi, Ghana, and was named the school’s sport man of the year in 2014. But after wrapping up his prep career, Amoah said he chose to walk away from track before enrolling at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi. Last spring, Amoah finished 13th in the 200 at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. That experience changed his view on practice. “I think he needs to get through the season and evaluate, ‘Where am I on the world level?’ and then he can make that decision then,” O’Brien said. “He may have a sponsor in the next month. But I don’t like to see kids rush into the pro ranks and then not pan out because there are more kids that don’t pan out by going to the next level than those who do.” Coppin State sophomore Joseph Manu has known Amoah since they attended Prempeh together in 2012, and he said Amoah is no longer the teenager he had beaten several times. Hicks, who has been Coppin State’s head coach for the past 20 years, credited assistant coach Jamie Wilson with adding the 400 to Amoah’s regimen as a way to increase his strength and refine his finishing kick. But Hicks said Amoah’s drive to succeed is his greatest asset.
Sawyer Hunt played most of his minor hockey in Nelson.So it should come to no one’s surprise that the former Nelson Minor Hockey product would have something to say in a game between his new club, the Kimberley Dynamiters, and the Nelson Leafs.Hunt scored twice to lead the Nitros to a 4-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The loss, coupled with a 5-2 setback Friday in Fernie against the Ghostriders, drops the Leafs into fourth spot in Neil Murdoch Division standings. Nelson, tied with Grand Forks at 35 points, has played two more games than the Bruins.Hunt, who opened the game with a power play goal six minutes into the contest, put the visitors up by three goals by jamming home the puck during a goal mouth scramble with time running out in the second frame.The 3-0 lead was more than enough of a cushion for All-World goalie Tyson Brouwer in the Kimberley nets.Brouwer, the third-best backstopper in the KIJHL, stopped all 16 shots to register the shutout.Patrick Ostermann took the loss in goal for Nelson as the hosts were out shot 31-16 in the contest.LEAFS NOTES: Nelson travels to Castlegar Saturday for the first game of a home-and-home series against the Rebels. The rematch is January 29 in Nelson. . . . Nelson will wait until February before testing newly signed netminder Josh Williams returns to the lineup for the Leafs. Williams is currently re-habbing a knee injury that has kep the Alberta based netminder out of the lineup. . . . The Leafs were missing defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff. The Crescent Valley native suffered a concussion Friday in Fernie and was forced to leave the lineup until he’s given the clearance.
In an ongoing series for the Year of Darwin in Science magazine,1 Elizabeth Culotta wrote an article with the Darwinesque title, “On the Origin of Religion.”2 The editor’s summary acknowledges that “No consensus yet exists among scientists,” but sought the only answer in Darwinian terms: “in the past 15 years, a growing number of researchers have followed Darwin’s lead and explored the hypothesis that religion springs naturally from the normal workings of the human mind. This new field, the cognitive science of religion, draws on psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to understand the mental building blocks of religious thought.” Building blocks – there’s a suggestive phrase right out of origin-of-life labs. Culotta began with a Darwin imprimatur. “To Charles Darwin, the origin of religious belief was no mystery. ‘As soon as the important faculties of the imagination, wonder, and curiosity, together with some power of reasoning, had become partially developed, man would naturally crave to understand what was passing around him, and would have vaguely speculated on his own existence,’ he wrote in The Descent of Man.” Culotta acknowledged that “Darwin’s scientific descendants” are not quite so sure,” but we can trust them, because “potential answers are emerging from both the archaeological record and studies of the mind itself.” Here’s a quick rundown on those potential answers. Evolutionary sociologists are studying the propensity of humans to infer agents acting when things happen. Evolutionary archaeologists are looking for clues of symbolic behavior. Cognitive neuroscientists are looking for parts of the brain that tend toward “purpose-driven beliefs” that might be “a step on the way to religion.” Evolutionary psychologists investigate “theory of mind” explanations that see people attributing mental states to others and to things. Evolutionary anthropologists consider the social aspects of sharing beliefs in gods to develop social cohesion. It’s Darwin’s game from start to finish. Each discipline seeks to explain their piece of the religion puzzle in adaptationist, progressive terms. The psychologists, for instance, reason that if people from childhood onward develop a tendency to see the natural world acting in a purposeful way, “It’s a small step to suppose that the design has a designer.” Stewart Guthrie sees the invisible hand of Darwin in primitive man’s thinking processes. “Guthrie suggested that natural selection primed this system for false positives, because if the bump in the night is really a burglar—or a lion—you could be in danger, while if it’s just the wind, no harm done.” The anthropologists find other ways to see religion as adaptive: “By encouraging helpful behavior, religious groups boost the biological survival and reproduction of their members.” Here, though, Culotta admitted others see such explanations as little more than just-so storytelling. She quoted Pascal Boyer cautioning, “It is often said that religion encourages or prescribes solidarity within the group, but we need evidence that people actually follow [their religion’s] recommendations.” Speaking of evidence, which is supposed to elevate science above other forms of explanation, she admitted to large gaps. For instance, she said there is “a yawning gap between the material evidence of the archaeological record and the theoretical models of psychologists.” The archaeologists have a hard time inferring beliefs from artifacts, and the psychologists are crying, “we need more evidence.” What about the cognitive scientists? They try to get at the roots of innate tendencies vs. learned beliefs, but they are crying for more evidence, too: “I haven’t seen lots of empirical evidence that you can get from there to religious beliefs,” said social psychologist Ara Norenzayan. Culotta’s last sentence, quoting Norenzayan again, amounted to a promissory note admitting to gaps in evidence: “In the next 10 to 15 years there’s likely to be quite a transformation, with a lot more evidence, to give us a compelling story about how religion arose.”1. Intro, “On the Origin of Religion,” Science, 6 November 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5954, pp. 784-787, DOI: 10.1126/science.326_7842. Elizabeth Culotta, “Origins: On the Origin of Religion,” Science, 6 November 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5954, pp. 784-787, DOI: 10.1126/science.326_784.What’s this? You were told that science was science, and religion was religion, and never the twain shall meet. What are the Darwinists doing putting your dear pastor, priest or rabbi in the test tube? Didn’t Stephen Jay Gould promise that science would stay out of religion if religion stayed out of science? What is this “evolution of religion” talk? As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, let us draw some parallels. East Germany was one of the most tightly controlled ideological regimes in the communist sphere. The thought police (Stasi) had informers everywhere and kept miles of files on everyone. It was a crime to think outside the party doctrine. As with all the communist dictatorships, religion was suppressed, although the regime allowed some puppet churches to operate for propaganda purposes (e.g., when U.S. diplomats visited, so that they could talk about all the religious freedom they witnessed). What the puppet churches were allowed to say and not say, of course, was monitored and controlled. Yet history surprised the dictators. Their regime fell literally overnight, as thousands of freedom-starved East Germans rushed the gates at the first indication of hope, and Gorby refused to send in the tanks, stinging from Reagan’s challenge, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” To communists, everything in the universe must be interpreted in the light of Marxist ideology. Darwinians are cut from the same cloth; just substitute Darwin for Marx (who admired Darwin). In fact, in the same issue of Science, the editors allowed Gretchen Vogel to call the fall of the Berlin wall a “mixed blessing” for East German science directors. Are they feeling nostalgia for the good old days? After all, Darwinists are dictators themselves with informers and thought police everywhere, looking for the slightest uprising in a classroom or school board that might challenge Dictator Darwin. The Darwin Stasi (fronted by the ACLU, Americans United, PAW, NCSE) race into action to cut off any hint of the threat of “creationism.” They court liberal theologians for propaganda purposes, allowing them to practice their faith as long as it is inside the science lab under the control of the white lab coated thought police. All the pastors, priests and rabbis have to do to keep peace with the Stasi is pledge allegiance to Darwin. See how tolerant they are? Their captives, the renegade appeasers in theological garb, are in for a surprise that was expressed well by Brett Miller in this cartoon. Don’t fall for the Party line. It should be crystal clear that Culotta’s own imprimatur-blessed propaganda piece is fluff. How long are suckers going to wait for their promised “compelling story about how religion arose”? Sounds like the promised utopia that never arrives. It’s a story, all right. Where’s the evidence? How convenient that every discipline is moaning about the need for more evidence. Folks, without evidence, they do not have science! Ignore the fMRI blips; they are trading in ideologically-guided speculation. And they want to tell YOU how you are supposed to think. Love freedom! Tear down this wall! As the Western democracies won by the human tide pouring through the opened gates, the creationists will win when freedom comes. Jesus Christ said “You will know them by their fruits.” Where laws have protected free expression of religion, the arts and sciences have flourished. Where the Bible has been taken by missionaries, poverty and dictatorship has diminished. And where informed and evidence-supported creation science is permitted, education will flourish, too. Check the record; compare achievement of 19th century and early 20th century schools, where McGuffy Readers quoting the Bible were stock in trade and classes opened with prayer and science was done to the glory of God, with the awful record of dropouts and school shootings in today’s DODO schools (Darwin-only, Darwin-only). Look at how home school students, often from Christian homes, are trouncing their politically-correct peers. It’s the Christian schools that teach evidences for and against Darwinism. They don’t fear losing their students. The Darwin-only public schools rightly fear losing their students if the truth about the scientific evidence were allowed. Forget creationism – the thought police don’t even allow scientific criticisms of Darwin to be heard. This artificial selection imposed by Darwin-only breeders is producing monstrosities that could not survive in the wild. You might even say it shows that the creationists are the fittest. But all this is unnecessary posturing, because the Darwinists have no case. We know this, because if we applied their very same reasoning to themselves (i.e., the evolution of Darwinizing speculation), their argument would collapse into a recursive black hole. So while Culotta and her interviewees are swimming around like little Darwin fish scooping up the detritus on the bottom (animism, cult figurines, fMRI scans, etc.), they have not yet realized their ocean is inside the Christian fish. They are feeding on gifts the Christian fish is bringing them (see 11/05/2009 and 08/13/2007 commentaries). Like captives pretending to be autonomous, everything they depend on—logic, reason, evidence—is not of their own making. The Christian fish is the universe of which nature is a subset. If the Darwin guppies want to repent and help build up the true fish, they can provide nourishment for the truth. If not, they can keep swimming in circles a little while longer till they get pooped out.(Visited 127 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Team India bat Veda Krishnamurthy said the nine-run defeat to England in the final of the Women’s World Cup last Sunday was a hard pill to swallow but the team is proud of what they achieved in the tournament.”We had it in our hands and it took a couple of days to sink in. Later we told ourselves nobody expected us to reach the final. We gave our best and everyone should be proud of what we have achieved,” she said.Veda, an aggressive bat by nature, was playing a gem of a knock but failed to take her team past the finish line after playing a rash shot to get out. The right-hander was playing aggressively throughout her innings. Although she gave away two chances, it was working for the team until she skied one to Natalie Sciver of the bowling off Anya Shrubsole in the 45th over. Speaking about the knock and how she felt after getting out, she said that she was cursing herself. (Smriti Mandhana reveals moments of heartbreak from India’s dressing room after World Cup final defeat)”I was literally cursing myself and saying what have I done? Everything boiled down to me and I said you have really spoiled the game. At the same time once I went to bat I was looking for runs. I was taking risks. But it was on one occasion that it didn’t come off. Won’t regret it but it will always stay,” said Veda.”Perhaps next time I will get the team through,” she added. (World Cup performance can bring about ‘revolution in women’s cricket’: Jhulan Goswami)advertisementThe Karnataka-born girl also said that she was happy that she got to play her natural game under pressure in a big tournament.”I’m happy I played my brand of cricket. In final I was never under pressure. I said to myself if it’s in your zone, go for it. If I had any self doubt, I would not have scored quickly. I’m happy that I have been able to play this way in a big tournament,” she said. The 24-year-old said that she has always been an aggressive bastswoman and she’s not going to change her approach.”From the time I stared playing I never liked the defensive approach. Never played the anchor role. Have always been the person who goes there and gets runs as quick as possible. I have always enjoyed it. If I play 10 balls and get 29 runs, it’s more satisfying,” she said.When asked about playing big franchise based tournaments like Women’s Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League, she said that she would love to grab the opportunity and play outside her comfort zone.”If given as choice of playing Big Bash or any league I would be very happy because playing outside your comfort zone is great and teaches you as lot of things. I would be the first one to grab it,” said Veda.”If there’s an IPL for us…nothing like it because Indians would get to come in the limelight like men. So many have played India because of IPL,” she added.She signed off by saying that India will look to make the semis of the World T20 that is coming up next.”Next up is the World T20. We will not pressurise ourselves to win but try to get semis first then final,” said Veda before signing off.
Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency loomsby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is coy regarding his future at the club.The Belgian centre-back has been a stalwart for the club in the past few seasons.But with his contract running out at the end of the campaign, there is no sign of him renewing.And the 32-year-old is coy on his future.”I’d prefer not to go into that, but there is always movement there, of course,” Vertonghen said when quizzed about his future by reporters.”It’s my eighth season and I’m feeling great. Maybe the results didn’t come our way [at the start of the season], but they were tough away games and you always have to see how you bounce back from that.”[My future is] not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. It doesn’t distract me. I want to play as many games as possible. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a few good years left at the top level.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
REGINA – Saskatchewan’s Crown-owned electric utility has made an agreement to buy more hydroelectricty from Manitoba.A term sheet providing for a new long–term power sale has been signed between Manitoba Hydro and SaskPower which will see up to 215 megawatts flow from Manitoba to Saskatchewan beginning in 2022.SaskPower has two existing power purchase agreements with Manitoba Hydro that were made in 2015 and 2016, but the newest one announced Monday is the largest.SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh says in a news release that the clean, hydroelectric power represents a significant step forward when it comes to reaching the utility’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.Marsh says it’s also reliable baseload electricity, which SaskPower will need as it adds more intermittent generation options like wind and solar.SaskPower says a final legal contract for the sale is expected to be concluded by mid-2019 and be in effect by 2022, and the purchase agreement would last up to 30 years.“Manitoba Hydro has been a valued neighbour and business partner over the years and this is a demonstration of that relationship,” Marsh said in the news release.The financial terms of the agreement are not being released.Both parties say the sale will partially rely on the capacity provided by a new transmission line planned for construction between Tantallon, Sask. and Birtle, Man. that was previously announced in 2015 and is expected to be in service by 2021.“Revenues from this sale will assist in keeping electricity rates affordable for our Manitoba customers, while helping SaskPower expand and diversify its renewable energy supply,” Manitoba Hydro president and CEO Kelvin Shepherd said in the utility’s own news release.In 2015, SaskPower signed a 25 megawatt agreement with Manitoba Hydro that lasts until 2022. A 20-year agreement for 100 megawatts was signed in 2016 and comes into effect in 2020.The deals are part of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2013 involving up to 500 megawatts.
Trout’s most similar group averaged just fewer than 1.0 WAR by age 38. And that group contains eight Hall of Famers, including Griffey, Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Mel Ott. To further complicate matters, the quality of competition in MLB continues to improve over time, and the game is getting younger, making it more difficult to age well.However, if 1 WAR is worth $8 million in 2019, and that value inflates by 3 percent per season (for the first five seasons),2Basic assumptions which, granted, may need re-examining. the average of Trout’s comparable group would be worth about $450 million from age 27 through age 38. And it bears mentioning that Trout has accumulated 48 percent more WAR through age 26 than his comparable group of all-time legends. (Yes, Trout is good.)So Trout seems like a very good bet to deliver more value to the Angels than they’re paying him for in this contract, even if some of the assumptions above are more player-friendly than the current state of baseball’s economics. While many MLB mega-contracts end up looking bad in retrospect, this Trout deal might be the rare one that delivers positive surplus value for the team.Either way, with no opt-outs in the deal and a full no-trade clause, Trout and the Angels are committed to each other for the long haul. If Trout is interested in winning World Series rings, he took a risk in remaining in Anaheim: He has never won a playoff game with the Angels even while establishing himself at the game’s best player. As great as Trout has been, even the best player cannot do it alone — particularly not in baseball, which is a weak-link sport that is less dependent on star talent than other sports.But in some ways, the Angels’ outlook is improving for the second act of the Trout era. Albert Pujols’s albatross of a contract is coming off the books after the 2021 season — $28 million in present-day dead money the Angels can allocate elsewhere.The Angels entered Tuesday with $28 million committed in 2022 salaries, ranking 18th in baseball despite playing in the sport’s No. 2 market in Los Angeles. (The MLB average is $35.2 million committed in 2022, according to Spotrac.) So should the Angels want to compete in the market for high-end free-agent talent in coming years — like, say, Mookie Betts (free agency ETA 2021) or Francisco Lindor (free agency ETA 2022)3Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will be a free agent after 2020. — they will have the flexibility and purchasing power to do so. As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a 12-year contract extension worth at least $430 million with outfielder Mike Trout, setting the all-time mark for both the largest contract (passing Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal from a few weeks ago) and the greatest average annual contract value in baseball history. Trout is a longtime object of fascination for us here at FiveThirtyEight; we’ve frequently extolled his virtues as baseball’s best and most consistent star. Now he has the record-breaking contract to match his talent — but one that might still represent a big bargain for the Angels. And the deal’s long-term nature only renews questions about Trout’s ability to win in L.A., as well as his potential to break through as a star off the field.At first glance, about $36 million per year seems like a tremendous deal for the Angels. According to FanGraphs’ estimated market values based on wins above replacement (WAR), a player with Trout’s 2018 production should have been worth about $79 million last season. That’s nothing new for Trout: FanGraphs estimates that he was worth $55 million (in 70 percent of a full season) in 2017, $78 million in 2016 and $74 million in 2016. So if Trout continues his recent pace, the Angels will basically be paying him half of what he’d be worth on the open market over the next few seasons.Of course, Trout is also 27 this year, traditionally the age at which baseball players peak. Trout’s new deal will take him through 2030, his age-38 season. Even though no player in baseball history has posted more career WAR through their age-26 season than Trout,1According to a mix of WAR from FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. it’s probably safe to assume that Trout won’t continue to be a 10-WAR-per-season machine throughout the entire life of this contract.The old saying that “Father Time is undefeated” remains true — perhaps truer now than ever. And even star-level players peak more quickly than you might expect. While Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were superstars late into their careers, other outfielders similar to Trout — such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones — fell off a performance cliff after age 30 and never recovered.Here’s a plot of the 10 retired outfielders most similar to Trout through age 26 (according to The Baseball Gauge), along with the arcs of their seasonal WAR as aging took hold: Perhaps most important for the club’s long-term prospects is the productivity of its farm system. For much of Trout’s tenure with the Angels, the club had one of the worst farm systems in baseball. The Angels’ system ranked last in baseball in 2014, 2016 and 2017, according to Baseball America. That’s begun to change. The Angels hired Billy Eppler to lead their front office after the 2015 season; they improved to 14th in the rankings in 2018 and 13th this spring.Outfielder Jo Adell, L.A.’s first-round pick in 2017, has quickly become one of the game’s elite prospects, while starter Griffin Canning, a second-round pick in 2017, gives the Angels a second top-100 prospect. And help from the farm is not too far away: Eight of the top 10 Angels prospects are expected to open in Double-A or higher this spring. Moreover, if the Angels’ top prospect from a year ago, Shohei Ohtani, can become a consistent impact performer as a pitcher and hitter, L.A. could have two star caliber players in one roster spot.The Angels’ biggest long-term issue is that they are in the same division as the Houston Astros, who are on the cutting edge of evaluation and player development. The Astros took home the 2017 World Series trophy, won 103 games a year ago project to win 99 games again this season according to the FiveThirtyEight model, all while maintaining a farm system that has ranked fifth or better in three of the past four years. Baseball America ranks the Astros’ farm system No. 5 in the game entering 2019.It will be no easy task to supplant the Astros as kings of the AL West. And if Trout and the Angels can’t do that, it will be more difficult for Trout to raise his own profile, which lags well behind what his talent would suggest. Only one baseball player made ESPN’s list of the 100 most famous athletes in the world, and it wasn’t Trout — it was Bryce Harper at No. 99. This contract extension makes Trout very rich, but it also forces him to forfeit the chance to join a more likely World Series contender — and he’ll miss out on the spotlight that would have shown on him during his own free agency after the 2020 season.So now the pressure is even greater for the Angels to surround Trout with better talent and build a winner around him. By the end of this contract, he’ll have spent two full decades with the franchise. It would be a true shame if Trout’s next 12 seasons contain as little team success as his first eight did.