Reacting to Charlottesville violence, Long Island removes Confederate memorial from…

first_img August 21, 2017 at 11:32 pm Right on Lucy. By Amy SowderPosted Aug 16, 2017 August 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm AMEN Lucy! Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI August 17, 2017 at 4:14 pm Good commentary from Doug, Bill and Pjcabbiness. Commentary that will, as usual, be completely and totally ignored by most of our wise and noble Episcopal clergy! August 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm “There’s a big difference between a historical figure who owned slaves and one who led a war against the United States to preserve slavery, El-Yateen said.”Rev. El-Yateen of course speaks only for himself. Latter-day iconoclasts always need a new image to tear down tomorrow, so when all the Confederate memorials are gone, I’m not counting on an outbreak of self-restraint.Considering the congregation was long gone and the property was actually under contract to be sold, this does not rank as more than cringeworthy EC virtue signaling to me. Terry Francis says: Comments (29) Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET August 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm I never thought I would see the day when our Episcopal leadership would condone and actively support historical “cleansing”. There is another so called religious group that is also known for tearing down statues and destroying historical artifacts. I believe they are commonly known as ISIS. Rector Tampa, FL August 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm Which part of fighting to uphold slavery is “perceived insensitivity”? Cause I am pretty sure that slavery was an actual thing that happened. Nothing perceived about it. In terms of its insensitivity if you don’t get that I can’t help you. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC August 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm The above is such a silly and inaccurate analogy that it doesn’t deserve an answer. You need to realize who the Philistines are in this instance. Susan Zimmerman says: Susan Steinmann says: Crew working with the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island saw into one of the plaques commemorating Robert E. Lee. Photo: Episcopal Diocese of Long Island[Episcopal News Service] A work crew sawed off two Robert E. Lee plaques from a tree on church property in south Brooklyn, New York, fewer than 24 hours after the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island received the first of many calls about the Confederate memorial.The Rev. Khader El-Yateem, a community activist and founder of Salam Arabic Lutheran Church in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bay Ridge, made the first call, responding to concerns he heard Monday from community residents.At issue: Two tree plaques at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fort Hamilton, near the still-active military base in Brooklyn. More than a decade before Robert E. Lee led the Confederate Army, he was stationed from 1842 to 1847 at the U.S. Army’s Fort Hamilton. He was a member of the church, along with Stonewall Jackson, who was baptized there, said Long Island Bishop Lawrence Provenzano. Lee planted a tree near the church, and the plaques commemorate him.The first Brooklyn plaque was placed in front of a maple tree in April 1912 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, according to the sign, near where Lee had once planted a tree. The tree died, and the Confederate group replanted it in the 1930s, and then again in the 1960s, Provenzano said. The church’s last service was in September 2014, and the building is under contract to be sold. The congregation merged with Christ Church in Bay Ridge.El-Yateem called the diocese at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 15. By 10 a.m. Aug. 16, the plaques were being taken down, to be stored in diocesan archives. He said he’s grateful for the quick response. “We needed to take that sign down in support and solidarity of those who are victims of hate and racism in this country,” El-Yateem said.The removal was covered by local and national media, and was featured on social media platforms. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA DOUGLAS REGISTER says: Margaret Kuebler says: August 17, 2017 at 1:23 am One would think that this Episcopal church, in fact, is a Catholic church. I guess they showed Robert E. Lee (and soon Stonewall Jackson) what ex-communication is all about! But, even the Catholics when they seek to ex-communicate (for rebellious or anti-church establishment or non-“religiously correct” behaviors) draw the line at a parishioner’s death, don’t they? This church holds the right to banish-from-the-congregation for centuries after the death! This, too, is revealing. In effect, “Kill that dead person. Just the thought of him, but especially the sight of his image preserved in an art form and displayed in a public place, just might upset a ‘victim’ somewhere.”Makes one wonder exactly who are the true “victims” of “hate” and “racism” in America, doesn’t it? We neglect to mention those killed on 9/11, and their survivors, in this debate on the “victims” of “hate” and “racism” in the U.S, less than 20 years after their deaths, as we are coerced to embrace new Muslim refugees into our country. At the same time, we eagerly want to give solace and support and to show solidarity to persons who still mourn the lives of American slaves … who died over 150 years ago. Under the Doctrine of Political Correctness, we may not seek to rid our country of radical Islam, or any of its symbols, even if its followers seek to overthrow our government and to kill all of us based on our race and religion; yet, to make amends for a racist cultural practice ended over 150 years ago, we are amenable to purging our society of every artifact which may memorialize the historical figures connected to this practice. This hypocrisy is so blatant that it is mind-blowing. Whatever is going on here, in substance, has little to nothing to do either with “race” or with “hate or with supporting “victims.” Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA August 16, 2017 at 10:09 pm When we start erasing our history, we will forget it. Since George Washington was a slave owner should we erase all statues of him and delete from all history books all mention of him. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS DOUGLAS REGISTER says: Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Scott Albergate says: Doug Desper says: John Miller says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ August 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm Richard Basta, I could not agree with you more. A shame that our priests and bishops couldn’t care less about opinions such as yours. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York August 17, 2017 at 11:57 am “Well paid bishops, activists, and social justice warriors have it easy. Their main nightmare is to not look bad for the media.”Doug Desper has it exactly right. Their own personal competitive professional status is basically what is motivating virtually all of the church people in the Charlottesville mess and the Episcopal hierarchy seems to be about the worst. Common sense is completely missing. Sadly, this is the name of the game these days and one can assume that the end result will be the complete demise of the Church. Destroying monuments is just the tip of the iceberg. Pjcabbiness says: August 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm Thank you Doug Desper and Bill Louis for your thoughtful, factual analysis and commentary. Hugh Hansen, Ph.D. says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Tony Oberdorfer says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 August 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm Why are people so concerned that removing statues and plaques will somehow erase 19th history from the face of the earth? People seemed to remember before these memorials were raised. It’s highly doubtful that books will disappear. Reenactments will still take place. I’m certain that the Sons of Confederate Veterans will continue to exist. So why is it so important for these items to remain in place? Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Brooklyn removal was part of a wave of swift actions taken by leaders across the United States to remove public memorials of Confederate leaders. The removals come days after white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis converged onto the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville this past weekend, protesting the removal of a Lee statue. After violent clashes with counter-protestors, three people were killed and dozens injured. Clergy from Charlottesville’s three Episcopal churches were part of a peaceable faith-based contingent of the counter-protesters, and none were injured.Bishop Lawrence Provenzano addresses reporters with Pastor Khader El-Yateem outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fort Hamilton before the plaques were removed. Photo: Episcopal Diocese of Long Island“We’re in a mess with the rhetoric coming out of the White House and how people are feeling emboldened by the rhetoric,” Provenzano said. “I think this is a moment for the church. We’ve got to preach the gospel and more importantly, live it. Shame on us for not removing those plaques before it was brought to our attention. This pastor reminded us that when people pass this church property, there’s a commemoration to a general who fought to preserve slavery.”In the last two days, Provenzano’s office has fielded about 120 calls and emails about the church’s plaques, a ratio of 2-to-1 in favor of removal, from his estimation. The negative calls and emails included people he identified as neo-Nazi and white supremacist. “Those were nasty,” Provenzano said.Responding to President Donald Trump’s Tuesday afternoon press conference in which he warned of the slippery slope of removing statues of historical figures who had anything to do with owning slaves, including Presidents Jefferson and Washington, El-Yateem said that’s not the same. There’s a big difference between a historical figure who owned slaves and one who led a war against the United States to preserve slavery, El-Yateem said.“General Lee needs to be remembered, but not celebrated in our churches and streets. Because of his actions, over 300,000 people died as he fought to preserve slavery in this country,” El-Yateem said.The plaques and statues shouldn’t be erased, but kept in archives and in museums, he said.“We’re not denying history, and maybe that some of those times, the church was complicit in it,” Provenzano said. “If we did nothing, I think that would have made us complicit in furthering the concerns of people that issues like this are not important enough for the church to pay attention to.“I think we did the right thing.”— Amy Sowder is a freelance writer and editor in Brooklyn. August 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm History is not to be loved or hated, but chronicled and studied to learn what it may teach us for the future. When we start letting others erase and rewrite our history, we will soon start letting those others to write our future as they choose to see it. August 17, 2017 at 3:54 pm After a thoughtful and deliberative process of reading this article and its comments, I conclude that Doug despar has it right. The ECUSA is indeed engaging in historical censorship of the worst kind in order to curry favor with their pre approved list if agreived parties. It is morally despicable. Guilty on all counts of idiocy in the first degree. Richard Brown says: Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Belleville, IL Terry Francis says: M. J. Wise says: Rector Albany, NY Clare Nesmith says: Lucy Mauterer says: center_img Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC August 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm You’re so political correct I’m sure Jesus really loves you for doing this…maybe you’ll destroy the Temple Mount next, for all the beautiful animals slaughtered on Sabbath mornings…can you imagine a child watching the liturgy of killing a lamb……do you remember “…forgive them father for they don’t know what they’re doing…”? Now there is a response!!! Charlottesville, Comments are closed. August 17, 2017 at 6:57 am Would we commemorate an American who sold state secrets to a foreign government? The Confederates were no less traitors who sought secession. Good riddance to their memorials and keeping alive this hypocrisy. Racial Justice & Reconciliation This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET August 16, 2017 at 7:28 pm Very sad, thoughtless and reactionary. Should the Statue of David be removed because of perceived historical insensitivity to the Phillistines? This historic purging is Stalinist at its core. August 17, 2017 at 11:04 am The story mentions that Yateem is an activist but if you dig you will find it goes deeper that that.Not surprising that a socialist like Pastor Yateem would like to erase history. If you look into his background, which is not mentioned in the story you will find that Khader El-Yateem is a not only a priest but also candidate for Bay Ridge City Council. Candidate Khader El-Yateem thinks Southwest Brooklyn Is ready for socialism and he plans to protect the city’s undocumented immigrants.His opponent Bob Capano has called for him to renounce the words of radical Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who recently called for a “Jihad” against President Trump while speaking to the Islamic Society of North America’s convention in Chicago.“Khader El- Yateem has never hidden the fact that he is a cleric. If he is a man of God, he needs to speak out against Linda Sarsour’s hate-filled rant. If he won’t denounce Sarsour, then he should explain to the voters why not. He already has refused to disavow the endorsement of the radical New York City Democratic Socialist of America who oppose ‘an economy organized for private profit’ in a city that was built on capitalism.” says CapanoSound familiar?Regarding removal of the memorial Yateem says, ““If we did nothing, I think that would have made us complicit in furthering the concerns of people that issues like this are not important enough for the church to pay attention to.If that is so then I wonder why he thinks that people concerned with Sarsour’s words of hate are not important enough for him, as a pastor to pay attention to. Sounds a bit hypocritical to me but then it if doesn’t fit a liberal/progressive/socialist narrative then it doesn’t matter August 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm I hope you read the history of Gen Lee and the history of the demolishing of reconstruction by southern leaders who installed Jim Crowe. You should know that Gen Lee was active in this effort, that he held slaves and sold a mother and a child to different buyers, and that the president at the end of the War wanted to try Lee for treason (most of his fellow Virginia military personnel joined the Northern side) since he had taken an oath to defined and support the USA.Those statues, many of them were in response to reconstruction efforts, and memorials were in defiance of the country.I think it is appropriate for them to be removed but some should be given to museums or historicalsocieties so we never forget this sordid, sinful timein our country. August 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm Since the effort is now underway to destroy history, which city will be first to empty their libraries of every “evil” on their shelves? ECUSA is step-by-step allowing the glory to depart its grand halls of worship. Will it ever get back to spreading the good news? Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Susan Zimmerman says: Pjcabbiness says: Pjcabbiness says: Submit a Job Listing Pjcabbiness says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA August 16, 2017 at 11:36 pm We assume it is to protect these artifacts from vandalism at these times of alt-left hooliganism. Richard Basta says: Doug Desper says: Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Terry Francis says: Fr Sean Patrick Henry Maloney says: Rector Bath, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 August 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm You’re so political correct I’m sure Jesus really loves you for doing this…maybe you’ll destroy the Temple Mount next, for all the beautiful animals slaughtered on Sabbath mornings…can you imagine a child watching the liturgy of killing a lamb……do you remember “…forgive them father for they don’t know what they’re doing…”? Now there is a response!!! Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT August 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm Only Black & White – the message the Church is sending that no act of goodness or piety must be associated with a person they classify as an evildoer. This is revealing. William Brown says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group James D. Saunders says: August 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm Why did the UDCs (United Daughters of the Confederacy) erect a plaque honoring General Lee, the leader of the Army of the Confederacy in the North? At the time that they did? To reinforce Jim Crow. To perpetuate the romantic myth of the Lost Cause. We don’t need that in the Episcopal Church. (And note well: I am a child of the South. My grandmother was a UDC and I was a member of the C of C – the Children of the Confederacy. As a child I did not know any better. As an adult and as a more mature Christian, I do.) I am proud of the Bishop and the Diocese for removing that plaque. Reacting to Charlottesville violence, Long Island removes Confederate memorial from Episcopal church Featured Events August 17, 2017 at 11:03 am I would hope that none of us would ever face the agonizing issues that Robert E. Lee (among others) had to choose from. He could not have been as wicked as represented since President Lincoln chose him to command the Union Army at the onset of the Civil War. Our generation views everything from the perspective of the Civil Rights era struggles, but as great as those struggles were (and are) there was a monumental struggle even worse than race relations when Lincoln asked Lee to lead the Union army. The struggle that Lee agonized over was how to live and serve in a country whose national army was to swell from 16,000 to 91,000. A 75,000 man army was being raised solely to occupy communities all over the United States and to enforce national policy at the point of a bayonet. In other words, martial law and dictatorship. Many of those troops were of questionable quality, some didn’t even speak English, but yet they were issued authority and weapons to live among civilian populations. Lee declined and went home to resist. Even Union General McClellan who took Lee’s place saw the disaster of warring on one’s own country and he slow-walked his troops towards battles in the hopes that sanity would prevail in Washington. Freeing slaves wasn’t even a war aim of that conflict until 1863. Before that the aim was to have the entire country conform to Washington’s policies. The history of the Civil War shows what martial law, and abolishing the writ of habeus corpus was like. The great injustices of federal dictatorship was seen in both the North and the South. We have not lived that nightmare. If Lee is guilty of anything it is that he wasn’t superhuman and had to pick between horrors.Well paid bishops, activists, and social justice warriors have it easy. Their main nightmare is to not look bad for the media. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Jim Gilchrist says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR August 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm Khader El- Yateem is looking for a straw man diversion to ingratiate himself to his voter base. In the same way, Charlottesville’s Vice-Mayor (Wes Bellamy) has brought divisive racial agendas to his role on that city’s Council. Google both men. Both men want to lead in government and in their wake there is usually some great social upheaval. Both men have buttons that they press to light up phones and cameras for a media-ready cause. Both men have active histories of intolerance and division. Bellamy’s Twitter life revealed who he is for any reporter that has the care to vett him. Before enshrining him as a noble warrior opposed to racism just look up his statements and internet activity. Losing his job as a teacher over his extreme views and hate speech is just one tiny fact that few in the media are catching on to. In short, there are clever and divisive far left image-makers playing on people’s sympathies and creating artificial storms for their own political aggrandizement. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA August 19, 2017 at 6:09 pm This Confederate hysteria is just disgusting. I’m disappointed in the Episcopal Church which has gone full blown progressive in recent years. In this instance, they are acting like ISIS, removing anything that “offends”. You preach tolerance and yet you are not. August 17, 2017 at 5:37 am I hope you have read the history of General Lee, who had nothing to do with Jim Crow, and who behaved honorably from before the war until his death. His decision to take a side in the conflict and to become an advisor to President Davis was one which caused him a lot of personal grief to have to make, and which was ultimately based on his loyalty to Virginia–in a time when most people felt loyalty to their respective home states (which, after all, under the Constitution remain sovereign) rather than to the federal government. He behaved gallantly at Appomattox, and his calm voice after the war–which included his wish, not followed, that Confederate memorials should not be erected–was one which made Reconstruction under President Johnson’s plan palatable to the southerners whom the Republicans treated abysmally during their occupation. It was Lee’s reason and calming voice that made him a hero not only to the defeated Confederates, but to the northerners as well–which explains why any number of schools and public buildings in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan (not exactly places that would obviously warm quickly to a commander of the erstwhile enemy) have been named in his honor; he was not only a Confederate hero, but genuinely an American one. And, it should be pointed out, he had freed his slaves in 1862, before he entered into combat with the Army of Northern Virginia, and well before Ulysses Grant was forced to free his, after was Missouri was emancipated in 1865.I find this mad rush to revise history and to vilify people like Lee disheartening and, really, absurd. It is particularly sad that this particular memorial notes not just any particular historical figure, but an historical figure who is also a former member of that very congregation.Of course this is no the first time our church has been affected by popular foment: we might recall that in a fit of passion following the English Civil War, the artwork, especially stained glass windows, in many of England’s churches and cathedrals was destroyed, often overnight to avoid conflicts with dissenters, in much the same way to erase the memory and therefor the history of the Church of England. We see now that this did not make England a richer country, nor her church more pure. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bill Louis says: Rector Hopkinsville, KYlast_img read more

BAE Systems, SAIC to Build US Marine ACVs

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems, SAIC to Build US Marine ACVs BAE Systems, SAIC to Build US Marine ACVs View post tag: SAIC November 25, 2015 The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command awarded a total of $225.3M for the development and production of a new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV).SAIC, the American-based government contractor, received a $121.5M contract and BAE Systems recieved $103.7M for the build of initial 13 prototypes.The two companies won the bid against three other competitors, which included Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, according to the Washington Post.During the first phase, BAE Systems will produce 16 prototypes that will be tested by the Marine Corps beginning in the third quarter of 2016. Work on the vehicles will take place at BAE Systems’ facilities in Quantico, Virginia; San Jose, California; and York, Pennsylvania.According to a US Marines statement, the ACV will be an eight-wheeled vehicle that will provide protection akin to the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles with landward maneuverability and mobility that is superior to that of the AAV. The ACV will also be outfitted with a precision weapons station, which will provide significant enhanced lethality, and will have a robust swim capability, allowing it to operate within the littorals.BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 solution is an 8×8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is based on a platform developed by IVECO Defence Vehicles. View post tag: BAe Systems The contract includes options for 60 low-rate initial production vehicles and 148 full-rate production (FRP) vehicles and if all options were to be exercised the contract would reach the value of $1.1B dollars.[mappress mapid=”17457″]Naval Today Staff, Images: BAE Systems, Saic SAIC secured the bid with their TERREX 2 design which has Hybrid All-Wheel Steering for tight well-deck maneuvers and seats three crew members and up to 11 embarked Marines.TERREX 2 completes swim test in South Carolina, USA View post tag: US Marine Corps Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

A relaxed Shohei Ohtani passes his first regular season test, as Angels’ DH

first_imgThen asked if he would be nervous on Sunday, when he will be the Angels’ starting pitcher, he said: “Probably.”Ohtani’s comfort level at both is certain to increase throughout the season, as he adjusts to his new life in the major leagues, where the mound and the ball and the opponents and even the media are all new to him.As the world watched him struggle through spring training in his attempt to become a two-way success in the majors, there were few signs of concern from Ohtani or the Angels.While there was talk among outsiders that Ohtani, 23, might need some seasoning at Triple-A, the Angels never seriously considered it. General Manager Billy Eppler said before Thursday’s game that Ohtani’s raw talent, and his history over five years in Japan’s major leagues, were more important than his spring training batting average or ERA.“Our evaluations, historical evaluations plus the track record in a league which we deem as close to the major leagues as you can get, point us in the direction of saying ‘Give this guy the opportunity to let his ability and his tools show,’” Eppler said. “So that’s what were going to do.” Angels blow lead twice, open season with 11-inning loss to A’s PreviousThe Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the sixth inning of Thursday’s season opener against the A’s in Oakland. Ohtani went 1 for 5 with a single in his major league debut. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout (27) at the end of the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat during the second inning of an opening baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is congratulated by first base coach Alfredo Griffin (4) after hitting a single in his first major league at-bat against the Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes the field to warm up before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media gather in front of the Los Angeles Angels dugout as they await Shohei Ohtani to return from batting practice before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 29: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels jokes with Luis Valbuena #18 before their game against the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day of the season at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on March 29, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, stretches before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani stretches before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats during the sixth inning of Thursday’s season opener against the A’s in Oakland. Ohtani went 1 for 5 with a single in his major league debut. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout (27) at the end of the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout (27) at the end of the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandOAKLAND — Mike Scioscia quipped on Thursday morning that Shohei Ohtani was like two people, one a hitter and one a pitcher.Turns out that one of those people is more relaxed than the other.After Ohtani’s major league debut as a hitter, a day in which he singled on the first pitch he saw and then made four outs, he said that he didn’t really have any nerves leading up to the milestone moment.“As a hitter, I was never really nervous on opening day,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “That’s probably an at-bat I’m not going to forget for the rest of my life,” Ohtani said.The rest of his day didn’t go quite as well. He grounded out three times and he struck out. He did hit a couple hard ground balls, and he showed exceptional speed running down the line.“I thought Shohei was fine,” Scioscia said. “He came in and had some good swings. Got the base hit and hit a couple balls hard. Out of the chute, it’s good for him to get out there.”Scioscia said they’ll check on Ohtani on Friday to see if he’s OK to be the DH again. Presumably, he’d then get Saturday off in preparation for his start on Sunday.Related Articles It seems the Angels are going to stick close to what Ohtani’s routine was in Japan. His first start will come on seven days’ rest from his last outing of the spring. He has started only one time in the spring on less than six days’ rest, and that was following a 31-pitch outing.Eppler wouldn’t say if the Angels plan to keep him pitching once a week indefinitely.“With all of our players we try to make them as comfortable as possible so we look into historical workloads with everybody and try to allow that to happen if possible,” he said. “With the other starters in our rotation or guys who are candidates to join our rotation at some point in time, biomechanically and from a workload management standpoint, the less load and volume it stands to reason he greater the opportunity for recovery is.”center_img When the first lineup of the season was posted in the Angels’ clubhouse on Thursday morning, Ohtani was listed as the designated hitter, batting eighth.He rewarded the Angels for their confidence on the first pitch he saw from Kendall Graveman, yanking it into right field for a single. Angels Q&A with Jeff Fletcher: Concern for Shohei Ohtani? 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first_imgChelsea won 2-1 at Southampton on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League six wins and six draws to 12 games. But they have already lost four at home, a fifth would represent their most Stamford Bridge defeats since 1995-96. On Wednesday, Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 with a late goal from Xherdan Shaqiri to move into seventh place.EVERTON VSWEST HAMEverton are unbeaten in their past eight Barclays Premier League away games but at Goodison Park they have won just four; they need to win three of their remaining five home games to avoid setting a new low for home successes. On Wednesday, West Ham beat Tottenham 1-0 with a Michail Antonio goal to move into sixth place.NEWCASTLE VSBOURNEMOUTH,Bournemouth beat English south-coast neighbours Southampton 2-0 at home on Tuesday with the Cherries keeping consecutive clean sheets for the first time this season. The Cherries have met Newcastle just three times in the league and lost all three. In their only previous visit to St James’ in the league, in September 1989, they lost 2-1 and when the teams met at Bournemouth earlier this season they lost 1-0.SOUTHAMPTON VSSUNDERLAND,Saints have won seven and lost five of their 14 home games. If they win each of their remaining five games at St Mary’s they will set a club record of 12 home Premier League victories. Their previous best was 11, set in 2000-01 and again last season. Sunderland have already conceded a massive 37 away goals in 14 away games, just two fewer than their record in the Premier League (39 conceded in the 1999-00 campaign).SWANSEA VSNORWICHThe Swans have won just four home games; their previous fewest home league wins is six (in 2012-13 and 2013-14) and they have just five games in which to avoid setting a new club record in the Premier League. Norwich, meanwhile, have lost 10 and drawn two of their 14 away games but when the teams met at Carrow Road in November, the home side won 1-0 with a goal from Jonny Howson.CRYSTAL PALACE VSLIVERPOOLCrystal Palace have now gone 11 games in the Barclays Premier League without a win; their last victory was in December at Stoke, while they last won at home against Southampton, also in the last month of last year. But Palace have won their last three league games, home and away, against Liverpool and are unbeaten in the last four.last_img read more

How Did Earth Get Its Phosphorus?

first_imgThe element phosphorus is hard to get to a planet’s surface where it is needed.Phosphorus, abbreviated P with atomic number 15, is an essential element in all living organisms. How do organisms use phosphorus?Phosphorus is an essential element in nucleic acids (DNA, RNA).The energy molecule ATP has three phosphate groups. A cell spends enormous effort recycling ATP.Phosphorylation is an important regulatory step in many cell processes.Cell membranes are composed of phospholipids.Bones and tooth enamel get their hardness from hydroxyapatite, a phosphorus-containing mineral.Phosphorus is taken up by plants from the soil. Its availability can be a limiting factor in ecosystems.Lack of phosphorus can cause malnutrition.“Oxidative phosphorylation” builds ATP in cells. A chain of complex molecular machines in mitochondria and chloroplasts sets up a proton gradient by carefully extracting electrons from the digestion of our food and passing them through a sequence of reactions (the citric acid cycle), with oxygen as the final acceptor in the electron transport chain. The resulting proton gradient then powers ATP synthase, a rotary engine, that uses the energy to “snap” phosphate groups onto ADP in three reaction centers (see animation by CMI). The ATP molecules can then be sent throughout the cell to power numerous enzymatic reactions that require the energy, such as the walking kinesins that carry cargo, and the numerous enzymes that operate on DNA in the nucleus.For all its value to life, phosphorus can also be toxic. Some of the most potent neurotoxins and pesticides contain phosphorus.Molecular machines at work in a living cell (Illustra Media)A highly reactive atom, phosphorus is never found in its elemental form on earth. Its elemental abundance is one gram per kilogram in Earth’s crust, about 16 times as plentiful as copper. On our planet, most of it is found in insoluble rocks. Phosphate mines have much of the element from the decomposed remains of living organisms.It would be hard to imagine a habitable planet without phosphorus, because most astrobiologists recognize the uniqueness of nucleic acids, ATP and phospholipids for cells. So this poses a question: how did Earth become blessed with so much of this element?Planetary Sources of PhosphorusAn article on NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine purports to tell us “How Phosphorus Came In from the Cold.” Below the pretentious headline of this just-so story, we begin to see problems: “phosphorus is rare” in interplanetary dust clouds. “It is even more scarce in the rest of the Solar System,” Sarah Wild writes. “Phosphorus is one of the key elements in biology,” says Matthew Pasek, an astrobiologist and geochemist at the University of South Florida.Unlike the other elements essential for life, phosphorus is mainly found in solid form, whereas the likes of hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen are often found as a gas. “[Studying phosphorus] keeps us grounded in actual hard rock samples. Unlike the others, there is no obvious gas form, so has to come from rock sources,” Pasek says. “We hope to tie that eventually to biology and life.”Some meteorites contain phosphorus. The problem, then, is how to get those rocks to Earth in sufficient quantities to season the crust with it. Secular cosmologists believe that all the elements beyond lithium (atomic number 3) were “cooked” by supernovae. Phosphorus, therefore, had to come from a supernova, then get incorporated into interstellar dust clouds, from which they believe planetary systems were made. Pasek worries, though, in his recent paper in Icarus, that “Phosphorus would not have been present as a volatile throughout much of the Solar nebula.”Through a convoluted series of steps, Pasek brings phosphorus in from the cold outer reaches of the solar system by suggesting that it existed in a rare gaseous form called phosphine (PH3) in the cold outer reaches of the Solar System beyond Saturn. (Out to Saturn, it would have been locked up in solids.) From there, Pasek has the problem of getting that phosphide gas to Earth. Also, meteorites from those far reaches could have brought phosphorus to Earth in the form of phosphides. How they could have been distributed equally on the early earth was not addressed.One critic of Pasek’s model says that it is “contentious that gas movement toward the Sun, which was not modeled in the paper, could be faster than the diffusion of gas away from the Sun.” It would seem that the latter would predominate.This is an ongoing problem for astrobiologists, in other words. But it’s fun to get paid for thinking about problems that may not have a naturalistic solution. “The work was supported through NASA’s Emerging Worlds Program,” the article ends. “NASA Astrobiology provides resources for this and other Research and Analysis programs within the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) that solicit proposals relevant to astrobiology research.” NASA money, of course, is taxpayer money.Maybe we need to add another zone to our list of habitable zones: the “Phosphorus Availability Zone.” But this is only a problem for materialists. The Creator tells us in His word that He “made the world to be inhabited” (Isaiah 45:18). Obviously he put the ingredients required for life where they were needed, in the abundances required.See more about habitability requirements in Dr Henry Richter’s book, Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, chapter one.For earlier articles on phosphorus and biology, see:Most exoplanets are not habitable (26 June 2018)Why astrobiologists hammer planets (26 Sept 2016)Fooling around with OOL (31 May 2010).Invent animals: Just add phosphorus (11 June 2007)or search on “phosphorus” in the search bar. (Visited 490 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sales Is the Free Exchange of Value

first_imgImagine someone has something that you want or need. You want to acquire what is that they have, meaning it has value to you. But it also has value to the person who presently possesses it. Some laws prevent you from taking it from them under cover of darkness—or by force.What are you to do in this situation?Wait. You have an idea. You have something of value that you would be willing to exchange for the object of your desire. If the person who has what you want would trade what they have for something they value equally (or more), an exchange is possible. Maybe even likely.This is sales. It is the free exchange of value between willing parties. Neither party is compelled or forced to make an exchange of the value they possess or create, regardless of how much another party may want or need it.Both parties are capable of influencing the other party to believe there is more value in what they have, with one side building up the value and offering what they have for a certain price, the other side working to suggest that it isn’t worth the asking price and offering less to obtain it.Who determines what something is worth? It may be true that the person possessing a thing being sold sets the price based on what they are willing to accept. However, it is equally true that the buyer sets the price because they have the power to choose not to pay the asking price and walk away or find an alternative.Where more value is created, more value is captured. Where less value is created, less value is captured. Value is in the eye of the possessor and the beholder, which means I may believe something is valuable that you think is worthless. What is important enough for you to spend a great fortune to obtain might be something that wouldn’t move me to act at all.When people believe that the word “sales” has a negative connotation, recognize that none of us would have anything that we want without these fundamental ideas being in place as far back as when Grok had two woolly mammoth steaks, and Glub could make a fire. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Here’s A Cool Video Of Deshaun Watson Leading Clemson In A Round Of “Tigerjacks”

first_imgDeshaun Watson leading the team in "Tigerjacks" at practice.Deshaun Watson Clemson TigerjacksClemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is only entering his sophomore year with the Tigers, but it’s clear that he’s going to have to be a leader during the 2015 campaign. It looks like he’s having no problem playing that role so far.Saturday, Clemson posted an Instagram video of Watson leading the team in a round of “Tigerjacks.” It’s a short clip, but it’s enough to get Tigers fan pumped up for the upcoming season.  Deshaun Watson leading the Tigerjack breakdown. #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Aug 15, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Clemson opens with Wofford on Saturday, September 5.last_img read more

Facebook Most users may have had public data scraped

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook’s acknowledgement that most of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their personal data scraped by “malicious actors” is the latest example of the social network’s failure to protect its users’ data. Not to mention its apparent inability to even identify the problem until the company was already embroiled in scandal.CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters Wednesday that Facebook is shutting down a feature that let people search for Facebook users by phone number or email address. Although that was useful for people who wanted to find others on Facebook, it turns out that unscrupulous types also figured out years ago that they could use it to identify individuals and collect data off their profiles.The scrapers were at it long enough, Zuckerberg said, that “at some point during the last several years, someone has probably accessed your public information in this way.”The only way to be safe would have been for users to deliberately turn off that search feature several years ago. Facebook had it turned on by default.”I think Facebook has not been clear enough with how to use its privacy settings,” said Jamie Winterton, director of strategy for Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative. “That, to me, was the failure.” In this June 7, 2013, file photo, the Facebook “like” symbol is on display on a sign outside the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Australian authorities say they are investigating whether Facebook breached the country’s privacy law when personal information of more than 300,000 Australian users was obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a Trump-linked political consulting firm, without their authorization. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) The breach was a stunning admission for a company already reeling from allegations that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica inappropriately accessed data on as many as 87 million Facebook users to influence elections.Over the past few weeks, the scandal has mushroomed into investigations across continents, including a probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Zuckerberg himself will be questioned by Congress for the first time on Tuesday.”The FTC looked the other way for years when consumer groups told them Facebook was violating its 2011 deal to better protect its users. But now the Cambridge Analytica scandal has awoken the FTC from its long digital privacy slumber,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director for the Washington-based privacy nonprofit Center for Digital Democracy.Neither Zuckerberg nor his company has identified those who carried out the data scraping. Outside experts believe they could have been identity thieves, scam artists or shady data brokers assembling marketing profiles. In this April 18, 2017, file photo, conference workers speak in front of a demo booth at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week as authorities investigate allegations that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica inappropriately accessed data on millions of Facebook users to influence elections. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis. Facebook said Wednesday, April 5, 2018, that it has shut down a feature that let people search for Facebook users if they had their phone number or email address. In a call with reporters on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the company had tried “rate limiting” the searches. This restricted how many searches someone can conduct at one time, based on their device’s IP address. But Zuckerberg said this was circumvented by bad actors cycling through multiple IP addresses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Firefox maker Mozilla to stop Facebook advertising because of data scandal Explore further In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis. Facebook said Wednesday, April 5, 2018, that it has shut down a feature that let people search for Facebook users if they had their phone number or email address. In a call with reporters on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the company had tried “rate limiting” the searches. This restricted how many searches someone can conduct at one time, based on their device’s IP address. But Zuckerberg said this was circumvented by bad actors cycling through multiple IP addresses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) A foreign entity could conceivably use such information to influence elections or stir up discord—exactly what Russia is alleged to have done, using Facebook and other social media, in the 2016 presidential elections.Privacy advocates have long been critical of Facebook’s penchant for pushing people to share more and more information, often through pro-sharing default options.While the company offers detailed privacy controls—users can turn off ad targeting, for example, or face recognition, and post updates that no one else sees—many people never change their settings, and often don’t even know how to.The company has tried to simplify its settings multiple times over the years, most recently this week.Winterton said that for individual Facebook users, worrying about this data scraping won’t do much good—after all, the data is already out there. But she said it might be a good time to “reflect on what we are sharing and how we are sharing it and whether we need to.” Citation: Facebook: Most users may have had public data ‘scraped’ (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-facebook-users.html “Just because someone asks us information, it doesn’t mean we have to give it to them if we are not comfortable,” she said.She added that while she no longer has a Facebook account, when she did she put her birth year as 1912 and her hometown as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Neither is true. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday on when it discovered the data scraping.In his call with reporters Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the company had tried “rate limiting” the searches. This restricted how many searches someone can conduct at one time from a particular IP address, a numeric designation that identifies a device’s location on the internet. But Zuckerberg said the scrapers circumvented that defense by cycling through multiple IP addresses.The scraped information was limited to what a user had already chosen to make public—which, depending on a person’s privacy settings, could be a lot—as well as what Facebook requires people to share. That includes full name, profile picture and listings of school or workplace networks.But hackers and scam artists could then use that information—and combine it with other data in circulation—to pull hoaxes on people, plant malware on their computers or commit other mischief.Having access to such a massive amount of data could also pose national security risks, Winterton said. In this Jun 7, 2013, file photo, the Facebook “like” symbol is illuminated on a sign outside the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Australian authorities say they are investigating whether Facebook breached the country’s privacy law when personal information of more than 300,000 Australian users was obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a Trump-linked political consulting firm, without their authorization. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Zuckerberg said the company detected the problem in a data-privacy audit started after the Cambridge Analytica disclosures, but didn’t say why the company hadn’t noticed it—or fixed it—earlier. read more