HDN champs dominate all-star teams

first_imgThe Humboldt-Del Norte League this week announced their baseball and softball all-stars for 2018, and there were no surprises at the top.Three seniors and a pair of juniors were named MVPs of their respective conferences, all of whom enjoyed outstanding campaigns.In softball, Del Norte’s Allison Douglas and Eureka’s Alyssa Jimenez were named co-MVPs of the Big 5, while in the Little 4, Hoopa Valley’s Hallee Colegrove took home the award after leading the Warriors to an undefeated …last_img read more

Steve Kerr provides clarity on Durant, Cousins rehabs

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Steve Kerr on Friday sought to clarify the status of Kevin Durant’s injury and prognosis.Thursday night, after Warriors victory, Kerr had said the calf injury that has sidelined Durant for the past three games was “a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning.”Friday, before the Warriors departed for Portland, Kerr drew a more nuanced picture. “What did I say last night, …last_img read more

Kevin Durant had strange way to tell Nets he was signing with them

first_imgYe … Kevin Durant was apparently so protective of controlling the news of his free-agent decision that he didn’t bother telling the Nets he was signing with them.Or maybe he really wanted to surprise them?In reasons known only to him, without talking to Brooklyn’s front office, Durant chose to break the news to everyone that he was leaving the Warriors for the Nets via an Instagram post on June 30.In a world where texting a loved one in the next room is accepted, that seemed strange.last_img read more

The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty

first_img(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ideas have consequences.  When societies deny that all men are created equal, the masses suffer, even when surrounded by rich resources.The silent, staring orphans:  Science Magazine tells a chilling account of the aftermath of Nicolas Ceaucescu’s communist regime in Romania.  The dictator wanted to increase the population, so he rewarded childbirth – but not parenting.  Women with fewer than five children were taxed, whether or not they could afford to care for their babies.  As a result, 170,000 newborns were confined to orphanages in a dreadful “experiment in zero parenting,” Eliot Marshall writes.  When U.S. scientists visited an orphanage in Bucharest, they were shocked at what they saw: “many children rocking back and forth while sitting or on all fours, turning their head from side to side, or repeatedly bringing their hand to their face, often slapping themselves.”The “creepiest thing” about the Romanian orphanages and other places where young children suffer chronic neglect is that “they’re quiet,” Pollak says. In most U.S. elementary schools or child care centers, he says, “you hear talking and screaming and crying … it’s just raucous.” But in “an environment where children are not being attended to, there is this kind of dead silence. … Children are learning: ‘Why should I cry, or gesture, or make eye contact if no one is responding?’”Even though many Americans rushed to adopt some of them, the effects on Romania’s youth continue to this day.  Neglected children often develop chronic mental and physical problems, further stressing service organizations.  On the flip side is China, where the decades long forcible “experiment” (its one-child policy) has left a society with an imbalance of restless young men unable to find brides.Pharoah, let my people go:  How did ancient Egypt become a land of slaves building fantastic monuments to dictatorial leaders?  The land of Egypt was rich and fertile, a seeming paradise for egalitarian living.  Stephanie Pappas writes in Live Science about how despots “evolved” in ancient societies, but that’s a misleading use of the term; it actually was a series of bad choices by free people.  She writes how Simon Powers at the University of Lausanne came up with a mathematical model to explain the shift from egalitarianism to despotism.  Whether it actually explains them could be disputed, but he posits that people gradually yielded up their rights to strong leaders who promised them benefits.  As population density grew, he thinks, people had fewer options; a “feedback loop” ensued, that led to more yielding of power for more promises.  In Egypt, surrounded by desert, the people had nowhere else to go; in Peru, leaving the dictator would have required climbing mountains.  Still, those obstacles have not hindered other people groups throughout history, while nations with plenty of space and resources (Russia, China) have also given in to despots.Violence in the bones:  Examination of skeletons from precolonial natives of Colorado shows that the pueblo people went through a period of “brutal fighting” and “cataclysmic levels of violence” about 800 years ago, “with almost every person in the ancient society affected,” according to new research reported by Live Science.  This is strange, considering that “ancient inhabitants further south in New Mexico lived relatively peacefully.”  Anthropologists can only guess why.  Was it population density?  drought?  lack of specialization in social structures?  Whatever happened, the settlements were completely abandoned, leaving scarred bones in the empty houses at Mesa Verde for modern tourists to wonder about.Outside exploitation:  Environmentalists for decades have worried about the loss of Brazilian rainforests, calling for united global action to stop it.  Fred Pearce has a different idea: on New Scientist, he recommends, “Give forests to local people to preserve them.”  He has data to back up the idea that local control increases conservation, because local people have more interest in preserving the resources.  Outsiders, like large logging conglomerates, often enter from the outside to plunder the land, leaving the local people destitute.The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there.Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World Resources Institute and Rights and Resources Initiative, both in Washington DC. The forests provide food, water, shelter, medicines and much else….But community-owned forests are often the best-protected. In the Amazon rainforest, deforestation rates in community-owned areas are far lower than outside….“No one has a stronger interest in the health of forests than the communities that depend on them for their livelihoods and culture,” says Andy White of the Rights and Resources Initiative. “It is tragic that this has not yet been fully adopted as a climate change mitigation strategy.”Voting with your feet:  Sid Perkins in Science wrote about other models that try to capture the transition to despotism.  In “The Benefits of Inequality,” he mentions that people can make choices that cannot be reflected in mathematical models:But to be more realistic, the duo’s simulation may need to include more factors, says Kim Sterelny, who studies the evolution of social behavior at Australian National University in Canberra and wasn’t involved in the current work. For example, the benefits of being a leader almost ensure that there would be strong competition (and possibly even conflict) among group members for power. “The [team’s] model idealizes away the costs and inefficiencies of politics,” he suggests. Plus, he notes, the model doesn’t seem to consider the notion that egalitarian members of a group could band together into an “antielite” coalition.One nice aspect of the team’s simulation, Sterelny notes, is that dissatisfied individuals within a group can, in essence, vote with their feet and leave the group: “If dispersal is relatively low cost, leaders cannot afford to be greedy.” Yet the team’s model also helps explain how despots can rise to and retain power: When the costs of switching allegiance to another group or striking out on one’s own are unacceptably high, Powers says, individuals in the group are essentially stuck in the group, left to make the best of a bad situation.Both views seem simplistic.  The cost to America’s founding fathers was high: death.  Yet in pursuit of their ideals that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights, they mutually pledged to one another their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.Terror on a goldmine:  Having local control of resources is not enough.  The right belief system must give the people incentive for peace and prosperity.  For decades, Afghanistan has been a land of blood, terror and inequality toward women and non-Muslims.  It’s tragic, considering how the people there could have a healthy, wealthy society: why? they are sitting on a gold mine of mineral wealth in those cave-ridden, barren mountains: rare earth elements and other resources the world is clamoring for.  Marcia McNutt, Editor-in chief of Science Magazine, thinks science could bring lasting peace by showing the Afghans were the resources are and teaching them the technology to extract them:Data collection was just the start. The Afghan Geological Survey (AGS) was an empty shell of a building. The USGS set about rebuilding the AGS, teaching staff and students modern techniques such as remote sensing, digital data processing, and geophysical techniques through distance-learning methods. With this mentoring, the first woman Afghan scientist joined the ranks of the AGS employees. Together, the USGS and the reconstituted AGS interpreted the hyperspectral data and verified the discoveries with ground truth, converting the information to “treasure maps” for what eventually might be a trillion-dollar payday for Afghanistan.Other resource-rich countries, such as Botswana, Chile, and Norway, provide good models for Afghanistan to emulate in order to avoid the social unrest, graft, corruption, and environmental degradation that can often accompany natural resource development. Important factors contributing to peace, prosperity, and improved quality of life are equitable redistribution of revenues; strong public institutions; and investment in local capacity-building, environmental planning, and transparency.But what if the radical Muslims who control (or strongly influence) the government refuse to be be influenced by these enticements?  What if they don’t want “peace, prosperity, and improved quality of life” but rather make as their primary aim the imposition of Shariah law on everyone?  What if they don’t value transparency, and hate Western science?  By promoting “equitable redistribution of revenues” and “investment” (read: taxes) for “environmental planning” and “strong public institutions,” McNutt has already stepped way outside of science, and has revealed her personal socialist bias (ignoring the fact that the richest country on earth built its institutions—the envy of the world,—on free-market capitalism, natural rights and the rule of law).  The contrast could not be more stark: on one side of the world, entrepreneurs create wealth out of thin air (e.g., information).  On the other side of the globe, a nation sitting on a gold mine languishes in the 7th century, its corrupt political leaders stifling freedom, its religious leaders brandishing machine guns, its teachers teaching hate.Examples could be multiplied: North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba – countries where ideology, corruption or false religion starve the people of their God-given rights.  It’s the Christian west, with its Protestant work ethic, moral values, and fundamental belief in God-given rights, that created the wealthiest, most prosperous societies on earth.  These societies did not “evolve” according to some academic egghead’s mathematical model.  They were intelligently designed by rational and moral beings with the right world view.  Rodney Stark’s books have a lot to say about this.  Sadly, human potential has been corrupted since sin entered the world, and violence has been the lot of man since the firstborn child, Cain, murdered his brother.It’s interesting to watch leftist PC bias pop up in the science journals.  McNutt clearly let her slip show on her left leg, with references to “equitable redistribution of revenues” and “strong public institutions.”  In the article on Romania, Eliot Marshall had a lot to say about the importance of “parenting” but you can look in vain for the words mother or father.We end with a quote from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”  For those in China, Romania, Afghanistan: take the blinders off, and let these self-evident truths burn in their brilliance in your mind’s eye.  You don’t have to suffer under dictators any longer.  You were created equal to Bill Gates or Donald Trump.  You were given gifts in your body and mind.  You’re walking on a treasure chest of a planet.  You have a God who loves you, and a Savior who died for you.  You don’t need a scientist with a mathematical model.  You need a Reformation of your world view, and then the Spirit of ’76.last_img read more

On Facebook, You’re Really You

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Facebook#NYT#Trends#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Are people who they really say they are online? Conventional wisdom tells us that social networking sites, blogs and other social media outlets have allowed people to carefully craft online “personas” – essentially idealized versions of who they are in real life. Are you wittier online? More outgoing? More social? Friendlier? For those hiding behind the keyboard and computer screen, personality traits like these are easier to fake. Or are they? According to a recent research study, maybe not. Psychologists found that “faking it” online is tougher than previously imagined. In fact, the results of the study show that people are much more likely to reveal their true personalities online and not the idealized image of who they want to be.Idealism? Not on Your Online ProfileTo conduct the research, the psychologists examined the social networking profiles of 236 U.S. and German students ages 17-22, both on Facebook and MySpace. They also had the same students take multiple personality tests in order to determine both their actual personality and their idealized personality. Prior to this study, if you had to guess, you may have suspected that the online versions of the participants matched up more closely with the idealized personalities, not the real ones. In fact, that assumption is shared by modern-day psychologists – it even made its way into psychology journals where it was dubbed as the “idealized virtual-identity hypothesis.” However, the researchers conducting this new study thought that this was a hypothesis that needed testing. “There has been no research on the most fundamental question about OSN (online social networking sites) profiles,” notes the report. “Do they convey accurate impressions of profile owners?” As it turns out, yes. The surprising conclusion uproots the previously held assumption that we are our idealized selves online. Instead, we are displaying our real personalities. “There was no evidence of self-idealization,” concludes the report. “These results suggest that people are not using their OSN profiles to promote an idealized virtual identity. Instead, OSNs might be an efficient medium for expressing and communicating real personality, which may help explain their popularity.”On Facebook, We’re All Real PeopleAlthough the researchers in this study looked at both MySpace and Facebook profiles to come to this conclusion, we suspect that Facebook is home to even more genuine personalities than MySpace. Instead of allowing its users to set up accounts using fake names or internet handles, Facebook only allows the use of your legal name, a policy that has led to some occasional mistakes when oddly-named real people were caught up in a Facebook purge. This up-front requirement that you “be yourself” on Facebook has had a trickle-down effect on how people use the network. Active users typically only connect with friends, family and other real-world acquaintances as opposed to strangers and other pseduo-friends as was done back in the MySpace days of “he whoever collects the most friends wins.” In addition, the privacy controls Facebook had in place at its beginning (now completely eviscerated, but that’s another story…), provided its users with a sense of safety, security and comfort – they could be themselves – their real selves, flaws and all – without the world watching. The end result was the web-based equivalent of the user’s offline social network where no one is all that different than they are in real life. But What About the Older Social Networkers?The one complaint with have with this latest research study is that it focused only on the youngest demographic of social networking users – those aged 17-22. While this digital generation may have grown up accustomed to openly sharing online, those belonging to the prior generations – especially the baby boomers and older – may be a bit more guarded when it comes to posting to Facebook (and assuming they use it, MySpace). Although the study does reveal some interesting findings about Gen Y/Gen Z and their use of the Internet, more research is necessary to determine if the conclusions span all age groups.  center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… sarah perezlast_img read more

From Darling to Death and Back Again: Pandora Files for $100 Million IPO

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Revenue for the 9 months ended October 31, 2010 was $90.12 million. That’s an increase over 30.1 million over the same months in 2009. Related Posts Tags:#music#news#NYT#web Subscription revenue was $12.3 million during the first 9 months of 2010. It was $4 million during the first 9 months of 2009. That’s huge growth. Online music recommendation service Pandora has had quite the ride over the last several years. In 2006, ReadWriteWeb named it a runner-up in the yearly Best Little Company round-up and we had high hopes for the company. Four months later, we were writing about how Pandora founder Tim Westergren was appealing for help to “save Internet radio” from licensing fees. A year after that, the headline read “Pandora On the Verge of Closing Shop“.Oh, how things can change. Nowadays, Pandora is everywhere, from computers to mobile phones to integrated car stereo systems. Today, the company has taken it one step further and filed for a $100 million IPO.According to All Things Digital’s Tricia Duryee, Pandora filed with the Securities Exchange Commission today to raise $100 million with Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Stifel Nicolause Weisel and William Blair & Company as underwriters. In it’s filing, it gave a peek at its future plans.Pandora explained in the document that its service today is primarily a personalized radio station streamed over the Web and mobile phones, but in the future it has aspirations to do much more.It wants to improve the service, develop new advertising products, build out its ad sales force, expand distribution to other consumer electronics and automobiles, and expand internationally. It also wants to add other types of content beyond music, such as radio formats, like talk radio or sports.With the ubiquitous nature of Pandora these days, it’s easy to forget how close to the brink the company once came. It wasn’t until late 2009 – more than two years after we wrote about its near death experience – that it finally reached a deal with music labels. Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson went through today’s following and came up with a bunch of interesting stats that show off the company’s recent successes. Here is an excerpt: 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Net income in the first 9 months of 2010 was…a loss of $328,000. Pandora lost $18 million during the same months in 2009. During the first nine months of 2010, Pandora ad revenue reached $78 million. That’s up from $29 million during the same period in 2009. That’s huge growth. Pandora has more than 80 million users in the US. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App mike melansonlast_img read more

CWG: Boxers cry foul over faulty scales

first_imgGames organisers were left red-faced after the scales at the boxing weigh-in gave faulty readings on Monday, causing some competitors to panic a day before the start of the event.Two Australian boxers were shown as overweight after they got on the scales, surprising the coaches. “The scales said they were 700 grams overweight, so they had to go and sweat it off,” Australia assistant coach Don Abnett said. “But when they got back, it said they were two kilograms heavier than before. It is ridiculous and now we have boys who have lost too much weight, which is not good.” Irate coaches demanded the scales be checked and a 50-kilogram weight was found to weigh 51.4 kg. Because of the mix-up, a second weigh-in has been scheduled for Tuesday.last_img read more

3 days agoAWESOME! Max Taylor makes emotional Man Utd U23 debut

first_imgAWESOME! Max Taylor makes emotional Man Utd U23 debutby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Max Taylor was proud to make his U23 debut last night.Taylor was named on the bench as his recovery from cancer treatment continued. But he was sent on to make his debut at this level in a 4-1 win over Swansea City.Taylor impressed after entering the pitch on 37 minutes.He later posted to social media: “What a feeling. Back on the pitch with the boys and a 4-1 win”.What a feeling. Back on the pitch with the boys and a 4-1 win pic.twitter.com/B9hx9a9lYs— Max Taylor (@maxtaylor00) October 21, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rick Pitino Says John Calipari Is His National Coach Of The Year

first_imgHead coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Twitter/CalipariTwitter/CalipariThe U.S. Basketball Writers Association recently voted Virginia’s Tony Bennett its Henry Iba Award Winner as the national Coach of the Year. According to the Associated Press, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was asked on Tuesday about Bennett taking home the honor, and his response is one that probably caused a ripple across the Bluegrass State. “I think John Calipari has done a brilliant job, so I’d put him at the top” of the list of candidates.Pitino added, “When you’re undefeated and nobody’s beaten you, it’s clear cut who the coach of the year is right now.”Sure, Calipari is the skipper of the undefeated and top-ranked team in the nation, but that team is Kentucky, Pitino’s former employer and Louisville’s biggest rival, so this response is somewhat noteworthy. Still, Calipari as coach of the year isn’t exactly an outside-the-box thought from anyone.The most surprising thing, given Pitino and Calipari’s respective resumes, is that neither of them has ever won the USBWA Coach of the Year award.last_img read more

Highlights Statistics Canadas final release of 2016 census data

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada issued its sixth and final batch of 2016 census numbers Wednesday, this one focused on education, labour, journey to work, language of work and mobility and migration. Some highlights:— Canada ranked first among OECD countries with 54 per cent of residents having college or university degrees in 2016, up from 48.3 per cent in 2006.— Of women aged 25 to 34, 40.7 per cent had a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 32.8 per cent in 2006. Among men of the same age, 7.8 per cent held an apprenticeship certificate, up from 4.9 per cent 10 years earlier.— For the first time, women aged 25-34 with an earned doctorate (50.6 per cent) outnumber their male counterparts, although not in fields like architecture, computer and information sciences and so-called STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math).— Only about 18.6 per cent of working-age Canadians with a post-secondary degrees graduated from STEM fields.— Four in 10 immigrants aged 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with just under 25 per cent of the Canadian-born population in the same age bracket. Of those, recent immigrant women — those who landed in the five years prior to the 2016 census — were more likely to have a degree than their male counterparts.— Women with a bachelor’s degree earned about 40 per cent more than those with a college diploma, and 60 per cent more than those who only finished high school.— One in five working-age single mothers had a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 14.7 per cent in 2006. The percentage jumped to 39 per cent among mothers who were married or living common-law, up from 26.9 per cent 10 years earlier.— More Canadians than ever before are commuting to work: 15.9 million last year, a 30.3 per cent jump since 1996. Of those, the number taking public transit grew by 59.5 per cent, while the ranks of those driving jumped by 28.3 per cent.— The average commute in Canada last year was 26.2 minutes, compared with 25.4 minutes in 2011. For drivers, the average was 24.1 minutes, and 44.8 minutes for those taking public transit.— The number of Canadians who walked to work last year was 3.2 per cent higher than it was 20 years ago, while the ranks of cyclists has grown by 61.6 per cent since 1996.— 10.9 per cent of Indigenous people aged 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 7.7 per cent in 2006; those holding college diplomas reached 23 per cent last year, up from 18.7 per cent.— Nearly one in five Canadians aged 65 or older worked at some point in 2015, twice the percentage recorded 20 years earlier, while 5.9 per cent of seniors worked throughout the entire year — the highest percentage ever recorded. Those who worked full-time saw their median income, measured in 2015 dollars, jump by 30 per cent since 2005.— Nearly seven per cent of all private-vehicle commuters spent an hour or longer getting to work — some 853,610 people, up from 815,770 in 2011.— Fewer men of working age actually worked full-time in 2015 —56.2 per cent, down from 63.3 per cent 10 years earlier and the lowest percentage ever recorded.— In the health care sector, women outnumbered men four to one, while men outnumbered women three to one in high-tech jobs.— Yukon and the Northwest Territories had the highest employment rates of all the provinces and territories at the time of the census in 2016, at 68.5 per cent and 66.2 per cent, respectively, followed by the Prairies, with Alberta at 65.4 per cent, Saskatchewan at 63.5 per cent and Manitoba at 61.7 per cent.— The three most common occupations in Canada for women were retail salesperson, registered nurse and registered psychiatric nurse, and cashier; for men, truck driver, retail salesperson, and retail and wholesale trade manager.— At 62.2 per cent to 37.8 per cent, men outnumbered women in managerial positions in 2016, although the percentage of women in management increased from 36.5 per cent in 2006.— Women comprised half of the general practitioners and specialist physicians in Canada in 2016, up from 34 per cent in 1996.— Thanks to a 30 per cent drop in farming among Canadians, the proportion of those working at home dipped to 7.4 per cent in 2016, down from 8.2 per cent. Outside of the family farm, the percentage of those working at home has remained unchanged at 6 per cent since 1996.last_img read more