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first_imgIn a front page graphic on Sunday, the amount of tax assessed on a downtown commercial property was incorrect. The county property tax on a $200 million commercial property is $2.4 million, not $240,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Datebook 3/20

first_imgTODAY March for Peace, 9 a.m., California State University, Northridge Oviatt Library, 18111 Nordhoff St. Call (818) 677-2817. Living Intelligently For Today concert to promote a more positive lifestyle for youths, 10:30 and 11:40 a.m., and 1:20 p.m., San Fernando High School, 11133 Omelveny Ave., Pacoima. Free. Call (818) 763-5838. Redevelopment Agency and City Council meeting, 6 p.m., San Fernando City Hall, 117 MacNeil St. call (818) 898-1200 Candlelight peace vigil, 6-8 p.m., Lynn Road and Hillcrest Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 498-9401. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Valley VOTE will meet, 6:45 p.m., Galpin Ford conference room, 15555 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills. LAUSD board member Julie Korenstein will speak. Call (818) 366-1668. Reseda Neighborhood Council will meet, 7 p.m., Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way. Call (818) 832-7540. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rightful lottery winner cashes in

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “I was looking to see if it was someone that I knew. When I clicked on the video on the Web site, I was surprised to find that it was me.” California Lottery officials have launched a criminal investigation into a false claim for the 5-of-5 Mega Millions ticket sold Feb. 14 at Crossroads Liquor in Camarillo. It was Sehested’s 50th birthday. With no plans for a birthday bash, the hardware store owner dropped $50 on lottery tickets hoping to score the $120 million jackpot. When he returned to Crossroads Liquor the next morning, he said a familiar clerk told him someone had won $500,000 in the store. Scanning his tickets, one popped up that said “Congratulations – see the retailer.” “I handed my ticket to the clerk,” said Sehested. “He told me I’d won a few bucks. So I just rolled it back into the lottery hoping to hit the big one. VAN NUYS – When Bob Sehested went to scan a lottery ticket he bought on Valentine’s Day – his 50th birthday – a liquor store clerk told him he’d won only “a few bucks.” He had no idea he had rightfully won $530,858. But after he watched an Internet video of the ticket exchange released by the California Lottery following a bogus claim for the cash, Sehested knew he’d hit gold. “It’s a dream,” said Sehested, 50, of Camarillo, flanked by his wife and son Thursday during a press conference at the state lottery office in Van Nuys. “So I walked out of there with my cigarettes and four or five dollars worth of lottery tickets – I thought it was over.” It wasn’t. That same day, a man other than the clerk walked into the state lottery office in Van Nuys with the winning $530,858 ticket. When the man couldn’t explain how he got it, lottery officials refused to pay. Instead, they released a store surveillance video of Sehested making his purchase to local news media. “We were able to locate him and find the right person,” declared James Dumelle, a lottery agent in charge of the investigation. “It’s his ticket, and he’s the winner.” Dumelle declined to say whether the now-suspended store clerk knew the person in the false lottery claim. Charges, if filed, could range from potential grand theft to misappropriation of found property. Two hours after claiming their winnings from the California Lottery, Sehested and his wife, Wendy, who runs the family-owned B&B Hardware in Culver City, said they’re not sure what to do with their new-found bonanza. Perhaps they’ll spend it on a scuba-diving trip. “I don’t play the lottery because I expect to win,” said the glassy-eyed winner who said he’s dropped “thousands” playing the state numbers game. “I play for the what-if – the dreams that you have while you wait for the drawing.” His $500,000 advice: “If you go to check your (lottery) ticket and it says, ‘See the retailer,’ sign the ticket, put your phone number on the ticket, then hand it to the clerk. “Don’t trust anyone.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgOld rivals Fanad United and Swilly Rovers played out an entertaining no score draw at a windy Traigh-a-Loch on Tuesday evening.Fanad would definitely have come away from this game feeling it was a missed chance to get their first victory of the season as they dominated possession and created more chances especially in the first half. Fanad played with the aid of a strong wind in the first half and their first chance of the game came in the 5th minute when Seimi “Coshia” Friel seen his well struck free kick from 25 yards fly just wide of the post.4 minutes later Keelin McElwaine went on a mazy run into the box but he struck his shot straight at Gareth Wade in the Swilly goal.In the 13th minute the returning Paddy McGranaghan showed some great skill to set up Davitt Walsh who seen his shot go wide.2 minutes later Walsh was in the thick of the action again as he broke into the box only to see Gareth Wade produce a superb point blank save to deny him. Swilly had Wade to thank again in the 20th minute when he produced another fine save to deny Brian McVeigh.In the 25th minute Davitt Walsh will feel he should have done better when he was set up by a fine cross from Shaun McElwaine but he seen his header fly wide of the post.Wade was back in action again on the half hour when he did well to hold a fierce shot from McVeigh after McGranaghan had again set him up.Swilly’s only real chance of note in the first half came 5 minutes before the interval when Dylan Hegarty sent a free kick from 25 yards just over the bar.Despite playing against the wind for the second half, Fanad started the stronger of the 2 teams.2 minutes in Gareth Wade again showed his class when he made a fantastic point blank save to deny Davitt Walsh. Just before the hour mark, Paddy McGranaghan sent a teasing free into the box which Michael McGinley got the faintest of touches to but the ball went straight into the arms of a grateful Wade.Swilly finally started to come into the game in the last half an hour and put pressure on the Fanad defence.Despite forcing a succession of corners they were unable to test Oran Blaney in the Fanad goal.In the 65th minute Fanad substitute Paddy Carr produced a great clearance in the box when it seemed Adam Sahli was going to score. In the 75th minute Calvin Mooney dragged his shot wide of the post when well placed. Swilly’s best chance arrived 9 minutes from time through substitute Caolan Murray.When Fanad were awarded a corner, Swilly broke the length of the pitch and when the ball fell to Murray, his shot went agonisingly wide of the post.With virtually the last kick of the game Fanad spurned yet another chance to gain an equaliser.When Eric Roberts whipped in a dangerous corner, Conor McGonigle seen his shot fly just wide of Wade’s post.Overall Swilly manager Jason Gibson will be the happier of the 2 managers while Arthur Lynch will be left ruing the chances his team missed. Best for Fanad were Paddy McGranaghan, Brian McVeigh, Ryan McGonigle. Best for Swilly were Dylan Hegarty, Shaun Crossan and the impressive Gareth WadeFanad United: Oran Blaney, Michael McGinley, Shaun McElwaine, Seimi Friel, Oisin Langan, Darren Lynch(Patrick Carr 57), Paddy McGranaghan, Ryan McGonigle, Keelin McElwaine, Davitt Walsh, Brian McVeigh(Eric Roberts 76)Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Dylan Hegarty, Shay Durning, Shaun Crossan, Ryan McDaid, Martin McDaid, Brandon Toye, Daniel O’Donnell, Mark Wilson (Caolan Murray 75), Calvin Mooney, Adam SahliRef: Packie CollUSL: FANAD UNITED MISS OUT ON FIRST LEAGUE WIN FOLLOWING DRAW WITH SWILLY ROVERS was last modified: December 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SportUSLlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal have exited the Dr McKenna Cup competition following a second successive defeat in a matter of days to St Mary’s and Fermanagh respectively.Donegal travelled to Brewster Park tonight, hopeful of booking a semi-final spot but they came unstuck against a Fermanagh side who came into clash having won their opening two group games. Donegal were stunned on Sunday when St Mary’s defeated them by four points at O’Donnell Park.This evening, Gallagher gave first starts of the season to Michael Murphy and Neil McGee but not even their presence could inspire Donegal to victory.Donegal manager Rory Gallagher was returning to his native county Fermanagh and would’ve been confident of a win – but Sean Quigley was in brilliant form for the hosts and his place kicking was the difference between the sides.Just like Sunday, Odhran MacNiallais was again a bright light for Gallagher’s men and helped himself to four points – two of which came from frees. In a low-scoring game played in difficult conditions Fermanagh ran out comfortable winners in the end up and had four points to spare.Donegal will now start building and will no doubt step-up their intensity levels in training ahead of their National League opener with Down.Final score: Fermanagh 0-12 Donegal 0-08DONEGAL CRASH OUT OF MCKENNA CUP AFTER DEFEAT TO FERMANAGH was last modified: January 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDr McKenna CupFermanaghnewsSportlast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Chamber Music Society continues its Sunday afternoon concert series in Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny.At their first concert of “Sundays in Conwal 2013”, the Donegal Camerata will perform “The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross”, Op. 51, a master piece for string quartet by Franz Joseph Haydn, the father of the genre.In 1786 Haydn was commissioned to compose an orchestral work called The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross. The work was designed for a performance at the Good Friday service at the Cádiz Cathedral in Southern Spain. Haydn later adapted it for string quartet in 1787. The piece last about one hour and includes seven slow sections that are meditations on each of the last seven words or phrases spoke by Jesus on the Cross.(1 Father forgive them, for they know not what they do; 2 Today you will be with me in paradise; 3 Behold your son: behold your mother; 4 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me; 5 I thirst; 6 It is finished; 7 Father, into your hands I commit my spirit).Haydn also added an introduction and a final movement called Earthquake to the piece.The Donegal Camerata is an international string ensemble of professional players based in the North West. The string quartet comprised Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (first violin), Northern Ireland violinist Claire Cunningham (second violin); Slovakian string player Lucia Spacirova (viola); Spanish musician Víctor Yélamo (cello). “The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross”, Op. 51 by Franz Joseph Haydn will be performed by the Donegal Camerata String Quartet on Palm Sunday (March 24th) in Conwal Parish Church at 3pm. Admissions € 10/ 5. CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY RETURN FOR SUNDAYS AT CONWAL was last modified: March 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY RETURN FOR SUNDAYS AT CONWALlast_img read more

Lotto fever hits Donegal as TWO local shops sell winning tickets!

first_imgThe National Lottery is today appealing to its players in Co. Donegal to check their numbers after last night’s Lotto jackpot of a mega €4,434,994 was won on a ticket bought in Lifford. The luck didn’t stop there for Donegal as a ticket bought in Carndonagh matched five numbers and the bonus, winning a player €283,274.The golden Lotto ticket, worth more than €4.4 million, was sold at Daly’s Topaz on the Letterkenny Road, in Lifford, Co. Donegal. The elated store owner, Austin Daly, said: “I cannot believe it. The call came through last night and it just hit me. It was like a jolt as we immediately started spreading the word to our customers and put the news on a digital sign at the station.“This morning there is an incredible buzz around the town and I really hope it is a local person who won. All in all it’s a great weekend for Lifford and for Donegal”.The winning numbers were: 1, 2, 7, 33, 34, 40 and bonus number was 6. The Quick Pick ticket was bought in the filling station yesterday, Saturday 13th January.Speaking on the Lotto jackpot win, Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery said: “They call tomorrow Blue Monday but there will be no Monday Blues for this lucky winner who won the first Lotto jackpot of the year. Last year we had a total of 12 Lotto jackpot wins so this is a great start to 2018 for our players”. Meanwhile, down the road from Lifford, in Carndonagh, another lucky Lotto player is waking up €283,274 richer after matching five numbers and the bonus in last night’s Lotto draw, falling one number short of sharing the jackpot!This Quick Pick was sold at G & S Supermarket, Church Road in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. The ticket was also purchased by the winner yesterday.Mr Griffin urged all players who purchased a ticket in the Lifford and Caarndonagh regions of Donegal to check their tickets.He continued: “If you are one of those two lucky ticketholders, sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims Team on 01 836 4444. We are open from 9.15am tomorrow and we will make arrangements for you to collect your prize”.Approximately 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total more than €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago.Lotto fever hits Donegal as TWO local shops sell winning tickets! was last modified: January 16th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CarndonaghDaly’s TopazdonegaljackpotLiffordlottolast_img read more

Ethical Stem Cells Can Be Used Unethically

first_img(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Induced pluripotent stem cells allow researchers to ethically create any cell type from an adult cell, raising hopes for regenerative medicine.  Eyebrows started to raise recently, though, when labs grew brains with them and turned others into sperm and egg cells.iPS brains:  Austrian scientists have turned induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) into a “mini-brain” in a dish, comparable to a 9-week-old fetal brain, even showing neural activity.  New Scientist described what happened when the stem cells were injected into a 3-D scaffold:In less than a month, the stem cells grew into brain-like “organoids” 3 to 4 millimetres across and containing structures that corresponded to most of the regions of the brain. For example, all the organoids they made appeared to contain parts of the cortex, about 70 per cent contained a choroid plexus – which produces spinal fluid – and about 10 per cent contained retinal tissue.Live Science posted an Infographic on the experiment.  The BBC News has a picture of the “cerebral organoids” that resulted.  New Scientist attempted to placate any fears by claiming the mini-brain is not conscious:One thing the brains won’t be able to do though is become conscious. Knoblich says that although they provide a good structural model, the complex activities necessary for higher brain function cannot be reproduced.That is, not now.  But what of the future?  The BBC article discussed how ethicists might worry about what could come next:The team in Vienna do not believe there are any ethical issues at this stage, but Dr Knoblich said he did not want to see much larger brains being developed as that would be “undesirable“.Dr Zameel Cader, a consultant neurologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, said he did not see ethical issues arising from the research so far.He told the BBC: “It’s a long way from conscience or awareness or responding to the outside world. There’s always the spectre of what the future might hold, but this is primitive territory.“As usual, it begins with good intentions: studying the brain to understand developmental diseases.  Somewhere, though, a science fiction writer is taking notes.Artificial sex:  What happens when you take an iPS cell and turn it into an egg or sperm?  What happens if they come together?  Those are questions raised by developments in Japan.  “In a technical tour de force, Japanese researchers created eggs and sperm in the laboratory,” begins an article by David Cyranoski in Nature News about experiments with mice: “Now, scientists have to determine how to use those cells safely — and ethically.”  But can one trust the ethics of scientists intent on prizes and priority?In an embedded audio, Ewen Callaway discussed scenarios.  Infertile couples desperate to have children may pounce on the opportunity—but so may same-sex couples.  Those who worry are told that any ethical concerns are a long way off.  It’s also unlikely that females, lacking the Y chromosome, will ever be able to make sperm.  Callaway responds, though, that technical challenges may be overcome; then what?  Who will put “oversight structures” in place?  If America forbids it, will patients flood to other countries less conscientious about ethics?Katsuhiko Hayashi, the experimenter, has – once again – the best of intentions: to understand infertility.  From mice, he is moving on to monkeys; but his lab and another are already beginning to tweak human cells.  Ethically-questionable scenarios are already being thought about.  Cyranoski writes,Eventually, human embryos will need to be made and tested, a process that will be slowed by restrictions on creating embryos for research. New, non-invasive imaging techniques will enable doctors to sort good from bad embryos with a high degree of accuracy. Embryos that seem to be similar to normal IVF embryos could get the go-ahead for implantation into humans. This might happen with private funding or in countries with less-restrictive attitudes towards embryo research.When the technology is ready, even more provocative reproductive feats might be possible. For instance, cells from a man’s skin could theoretically be used to create eggs that are fertilized with a partner’s sperm, then nurtured in the womb of a surrogate.Government restrictions, therefore – even if they materialize – can be sidestepped.  No oversight is in place.  The only roadblock, it appears, is the length of time it will take to advance the technology from mice to humans.Adult and iPS stem cell experiments continue to advance as before.  iPSC’s can develop into cells that line blood vessels, Science Daily reported, offering hope to those with kidney disease dependent on heparin.  Another Science Daily article showed that iPS cells are sufficient for regenerating heart muscle cells without the need for embryonic stem cells.Embryonic and fetal stem cells continue to be played with in some labs, though.  UC Davis used them to produce myelin, Science Daily reported.  Medical Xpress headlined, “Fetal tissue-derived stem cells may be ideal source for repairing tissues and organs,” claiming they are more effective than adult dermal cells.  It isn’t clear from the article if the “small fetal skin biopsies” were obtained from babies in the womb brought to term, or from abortions.  A related story, though, mentioned “The use of central nervous system fetal tissues derived from routine elective abortions to provide stem cells for transplantation procedures” as the source.Letting scientists police their own ethics is like expecting racers to put governors on their engines.  If they can do it, they will.  We’ve seen them play with human fetuses (babies) and embryos with reckless abandon, screaming when the government tries to set limits.  Scientists enjoy such prestige these days, no one seems to have the chutzpah to stand in their way, and today’s ethicists are often materialists and Darwinists who don’t have a problem with “clumps of cells” in the first place.What are now distant worries will some day become very real.  That Hideous Strength, the nightmare scenario of C. S. Lewis, is coming to pass.  We had better heed his warnings about science, scientism and a society unable to control its researchers.last_img read more

Big Science Tracks Political Correctness

first_imgSo much for objectivity. Take any social cause that is politically correct, and you can count on Big Science to endorse it, and to condemn the Christian or conservative view.There’s something people need to know about science in the 21st century: it has become deeply politicized. In a recent post (20 June 2018), Dr Jerry Bergman related how lopsided the science faculty are in academia, with Democrats outnumbering Republicans in overwhelming numbers (sometimes 100%). Only the naive would think this kind of culture would never influence their scientific papers and theories. The further a study gets from observable, repeatable, testable matters, the more it is likely to reflect—not steer—the political ideology of its cultural milieu. In each of the following news stories, so-called scientific experts always take the leftist position—even when it intuitively contradicts expectations that Darwinism—which they hold to religiously—would intuit. Watch:Same Sex Marriage. Christians are struggling with the political aftereffects of same-sex marriage, legalized in a narrow 5-4 decision by retiring justice Anthony Kennedy in 2015, because they consider it a transgression against God’s design for marriage as clearly taught in the Bible. Indeed, all who embrace conservative ‘family values’ would never have dreamed of legitimizing such a thing with the word ‘marriage’ before the media blitz that shoved it down society’s throats since the 1970s, turning the traditional view into ‘hate’ or ‘intolerance’ while celebrating homosexuality with pride. The success of this social coup is a matter for historians and social commentators, but the point to understand here is that homosexual relationships are intuitively un-Darwinian. Evolution relies on offspring. You can’t mix egg and sperm and thereby pass on evolved genes without males and females. To first order, homosexual unions are evolution-stoppers! Darwin’s disciples respond by coming up with auxiliary hypotheses to explain the phenomenon. But to embrace homosexual ‘marriage’ as socially desirable is another thing entirely. We see Big Science going out of its way to lend pseudo-scientific support to same-sex marriage, as in this post on Medical Xpress, “No difference in outcomes for children of same-sex versus different-sex parents.” Where is the objectivity? When does Big Science or Big Media ever report the harm done to children by depriving them of the balanced, natural influence of a mother and father? Instead, science goes out of its way to legitimize same-sex marriage with ‘studies’ where the politically-correct outcome is pre-ordained by social expediency.Gender Confusion. Christians adhere to Genesis 1:27, “male and female [God] created them.” God created Adam and Eve, they say, not Adam and Steve. Science backs them up. Except in rare cases of genetic disease, males are XY, females are XX. Secondary sexual characteristics follow naturally in development. Occasional gender questioning in childhood usually resolves itself naturally in the teen years with maturity and parental guidance. Now, Christians are fighting for political legitimacy of this clearly scientific position in California, trying to oppose a new law that would punish them for offering counsel to homosexuals or transgenders, even if they want help. Former transgenders testified at the state capitol last month, offering proof that they can change, and wanted to change, but would be deprived of such counsel by AB 2943. Some felt the state law would condemn them to a lifestyle that has a high percentage of depressions and suicides (California Family Council). A few LGBTQ activists, with the help of a compassionate media, have convinced state legislators that gender confusion is politically correct and perfectly normal, and anyone who doesn’t think so is a hater. Predict what Big Science will say. That’s easy; just follow the bouncing PC ball.Georgiann Davis at The Conversation notes that transgenderism is growing across the US. Notably, she puts under a subsection, “Evolution? Not So Fast,” implying that this is not a case of Darwinian progress. For one thing, the trend happened rapidly by the media. Davis, a sociologist at the University of Nevada, appears semi-objective about the trend, and yet says nothing about its harm. “There is no way to predict how large the sex- and gender-diverse population will get,” she says. “But there is evidence that society is changing from the simplicity of male or female.” New Scientist writer Alison George overtly supports ‘gender fluidity’ despite its anti-genetic basis, using the Orwellian headline, “How to Think About Gender.” and Andy Coghlan at New Scientist argues that banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ is good policy whether or not it succeeds in the UK. Notice the bias in the opening sentence: “The UK government has announced plans to ban controversial and long-discredited “gay conversion therapies” that claim to help gay people become straight, and transgender people revert to the gender they were designated at birth.” And what does he cite for support that it is ‘long-discredited’ therapy? Big Science, of course: the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association, which de-listed homosexuality as a disorder decades ago, and just de-listed ‘gender dysphoria’ as a mental disorder. “Such treatments, also known as reparative therapy, have long been denounced [by whom?] as pseudoscience [loaded word] and potentially harmful [fear-mongering],” he says, not quoting a single spokesperson in opposition to the PC view.Climate Change. Without getting into details about global warming and its causes, the point to note is that ‘anthropogenic climate change’ is overwhelmingly believed by the political left, and doubted by the political right. If science were truly objective, it would encourage skeptics of the PC view to present their arguments. Instead, the PC view is promoted by leftists and globalists in Big Media and Big Science who have determined that developed countries like the US must redistribute their wealth to under-developed countries in order to address the problem. The PC view, however, is un-Darwinian because it overlooks huge swings in climate change over geological ages that they themselves believe in. It is also un-Darwinian in the sense that ‘Stuff Happens’ in the Darwinian worldview, and whatever happens is not morally right or wrong. So even if humans are causing global warming, Darwinians can have no rational moral stance about it. Instead, we see, as in this PLoS paper, that Big Science is fishing for ways to manipulate the public. “Despite an overwhelming scientific consensus [bluffing, bandwagon], a sizable minority of people doubt that human activity is causing climate change. Communicating the existence of a scientific consensus has been suggested as a way to correct individuals’ misperceptions about human-caused climate change and other scientific issues,” the authors begin. If you don’t follow the consensus, you will be targeted by PC police who have weaponized science to enforce conformity.Free will and free speech. All but the most extreme Calvinists believe in free will to some degree, at least in the moral responsibility of individuals in everyday life. Free will is tied to free speech, in that only morally free individuals can conceive of and communicate propositions and support them with arguments and evidence. Conservatives, as of late, have been alarmed at the ‘speech codes’ at universities, and the alarming attacks on conservative speakers on campus. Leftists have a pretty sorry track record on free speech, evident from socialism, communism and the totalitarian regimes past and present that enforce the State’s messaging. Predict now what Big Science will say about this. Will they defend the very rights that give them freedom to speak for the consensus? Look at this piece by David Edward Tabachnik at The Conversation, a reliably leftist PC podium for scientists wearing D-Merit Badges. His headline: “The strange origins of the free speech warriors.” By ‘warriors’, he means the likes of Ben Shapiro, Ann Coulter and other conservatives whose speeches have been met with riots on campus fomented by leftist radicals. Tabachnik tries to defend the absurd dictum that liberalism actually supports the suppression of free speech. In effect, he defends the rioters against conservatives! You will not find Tabachnik advocating suppression of speech by jihadists or communists; those get a pass.As for free will, Peter Gooding denies it. On The Conversation, he speaks of “disturbing dualism,” the “absurdly dualistic” belief that humans have a soul in addition to a body. Evolutionists have a long tradition of materialistic determinism, denying that we are anything more than our physical brains. But of course, psychologist Gooding chose to write this piece, denying his own premise. Watch him contradict himself with his own dualistic tontologism: “It is not that our brains make decisions for us, rather we make our decisions with our brains.” Who’s “we,” Paleface?Christians, conservatives: face reality. Big Science is against you. They amass words and stack cards to announce to the world their message: Darwin is all. There is no God. There is no soul. There is no intelligent design. Progressives own science. Science is truth; don’t be misled by facts. This is not the science of Newton, Boyle, Kepler and the dozens of other God-fearing scientists whose biographies you can read here on CEH. This is Big Science—PC science—wedded to the other Big’s in modern culture: Big Education, Big Labor, Big Law, Big Entertainment, Big Media and Big Government. We don’t include in this definition the many individual scientists who still hold to the ideals of natural knowledge, doing good work with testable, repeatable experiment. Good scientists stay out of politics, following the evidence where it leads. The Big Institutions that pretend to speak for them, though, want to pull you down with them as they slide into totalitarianism once again. If they could, they would put you in re-education camps. At least, they want to silence you. You are not allowed to think outside the consensus.It’s a challenge to be pro-science (in the true sense) while being opposed to the leftist authorities in Big Science. One way to do it is to shame them by pointing out, objectively, the contradictions between the actual observable facts of nature and the positions they espouse. Keep in mind that to those halfway down a slippery slope, those clinging to the top look like reactionaries. (Visited 374 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘Peer Diffusion’ Can Make Better Homes a Must Have

first_imgShowcasing effective homeowner engagement strategiesRMI and BPI would like to support and showcase home performance contractor companies who are interested in (or are already) deploying peer diffusion tactics that make quality whole-home energy upgrades more social and their uptake more visible. Those who are interested in collaborating with RMI and BPI to develop bold demonstrations of peer diffusion strategies to unlock the U.S. energy upgrades market should contact us at By DOUGLAS MILLER and LARRY ZARKERPeer Diffusion: A form of communication within and between networks of people that (1) occurs through varying forms of social comparison and social interaction around an innovation (i.e., a new behavior, idea, or technology) and (2) ultimately promotes the broader adoption of that innovation. RELATED ARTICLES Remodeling Contractors Talk About Energy RetrofitsWhat Homeowners Think About Clean EnergyThe High Cost of Deep Energy RetrofitsDeep Energy Retrofits Are Often MisguidedBest Construction Details for Deep Energy RetrofitsRetrofits versus Reductions Informed by leading research and real-world examples, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Building Performance Institute (BPI) outline in a new report the key elements of a “peer diffusion” strategy for contractors to promote social interaction and social comparison among homeowners around these home improvements. By deploying a robust strategy using online and in-person tactics to enable peer diffusion before, during, and after projects, contractors can help make energy upgrades a “must have” in homes and encourage increased investments. Strategic online and in-person tacticsContractors can use online and in-person tactics to promote greater social interaction and social comparison around home energy upgrades within and between customers’ peer networks. They may find it helpful to use a framework that is organized by project phase and platform along the lines of the illustration provided below when they develop their own peer diffusion strategy.Contractors have numerous opportunities to better engage with homeowners online and in-person during different project phases, including:Before: Contractors can use various tactics to encourage more homeowners to get an energy audit, increase follow-through with recommended investments, and inspire homeowners to find ideas and interact with others about options for their own energy upgrade. For example, contractors can organize group energy assessments where attendees watch contractors use thermal cameras and blower doors to pinpoint specific opportunities to reduce energy costs and improve comfort and health. It turns out that after homeowners see the money and energy wasted in a house similar to and nearby their own, they become more likely to get an energy upgrade in their own home.During: Contractors can use tactics to demystify and celebrate home energy upgrades, increase the know-how of current and future homeowners, and bolster interest in residential energy industry employment. For example, contractors can encourage customers to post project updates on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or assemble photo galleries on platforms such as Dropbox or Google Drive and share them with family members and friends — increasing the visibility of energy upgrade projects underway within peer networks.After: Contractors can use tactics to encourage homeowners to show off their energy upgrades and provide word-of-mouth referrals. Contractors can set aside marketing budget funds for post-renovation events to generate new business leads among the customer’s peer networks, or partner with modern and historic home tour organizations to capture the attention of large audiences who attend these tours in cities nationwide. In addition, contractors may want to help show customers how to showcase their completed energy upgrade projects on property listings to help increase property value.You can read more about these recommendations and others in the full report.Home performance contractors will likely make a number of strategic considerations when assessing the potential of online and in-person tactics based on financial costs to operationalize and maintain a given tactic, ease and timing of implementation, the depth of social interaction and social comparison each tactic creates, and resulting impacts on business development. Contractors will also likely modify their strategy over time depending on what works well in a given market. In homes across the United States, growing numbers of homeowners are installing solar panels on their rooftops, LED light bulbs in their lighting fixtures, and programmable thermostats on their walls. Homeowners continue to report that they want energy-efficient homes and the suite of benefits these homes provide, including increased property value and improved comfort, health, safety, and peace of mind. The overall U.S. residential renovation market also expects continued growth as homeowners keep spending on general home improvements.Nevertheless, the overall rate of U.S. residential energy performance improvements decreased over recent years — with almost half of homeowners reporting that they have done nothing to improve the energy performance of their homes.This juxtaposition between homeowner surveys and actual investments reveals an opportunity for the home performance industry — from residential energy service providers to utility/third-party program administrators — to enhance how home performance contractors engage with homeowners around quality whole-home energy upgrades to help unlock the U.S. energy upgrades market. Promoting social interaction and social comparisonHomeowners make home improvement investment decisions based on financial, social, and emotional factors. Consider, for example, how half of homeowners report that their families and friends influenced their previous home buying decisions. Furthermore, research suggests that the strength and frequency of peer-to-peer communication shape the broader adoption or “diffusion” of a given innovation (i.e., a new behavior, idea, or technology).Home performance contractors tend to rely on the financial motivations — namely, energy cost savings — when promoting their services. While financial motivations are important, they are often overemphasized as a driver of choice and insufficient on their own to motivate homeowner investment decisions. Home performance contractors may therefore be underselling energy upgrades by underplaying the role of social and emotional motivations for home improvement decisions.Contractors can leverage the influence of peers on decision-making to broaden the appeal of energy upgrade investments. By promoting greater social interaction and social comparison around home energy upgrades, contractors can empower homeowners to share and show off their own home energy upgrade projects among their family, friends, and neighbors. This will help make these investments more visible, conversational, and experiential. As more homeowners see their peers investing in energy upgrades, the more likely they will want to “keep up with the Joneses” and make similar investments. Douglas Miller is a senior associate at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Larry Zarker is the CEO of the Building Performance Institute, Inc. This post originally appeared at RMI Outlet.last_img read more