Raiders owner Mark Davis, angered by drastic changes to some Coliseum seating areas by the A’s, took a few shots at the team’s front office as well as Oakland’s city leadership in a wide-ranging interview with The Athletic.While maintaining he still has great feelings for the A’s, Davis unleashed a string of obscenities while alluding to how their front office’s seating alterations negatively impacted the Raiders.“Unfortunately, there’s a problem there,” Davis said of the A’s to Vincent …
Two plants that baffled Darwin are best admired for their design than for their evolution.Most people have seen the hinged snap-shut cages of the Venus flytrap. Some know that the insides of the leaves have three trigger hairs each, which must be touched twice in succession at a minimum interval of time for the trap to work. There’s another carnivorous plant called the waterwheel plant that also fascinated Darwin. He asked how they could have evolved, but isn’t it more scientific to just observe and describe these wonders of nature, and understand the requirements for their success?Venus Flytrap “Teeth” form a ‘Horrid Prison’ for Medium-Sized Prey (The American Naturalist). The traps would not be nearly as effective without their “marginal spikes” that mesh when the trap is closed. Scientists experimented on the traps and found that medium sized prey could struggle out when the spikes were removed. Darwin called the trap a “horrid prison” and commented on its advantage to the plant, but did he really explain its origin? Notice what evolutionists have to assume took place by chance:Botanical carnivory is a novel feeding strategy that has arisen at least nine different times in evolutionary history of plants. Pitfall traps evolved independently at least six times and sticky traps five. The snap traps characteristic of the Venus flytrap, however, have most likely evolved only once in the ancestral lineage. Darwin was the first to document evidence for carnivory in flytraps, and proposed that the cage-like structure enhances prey capture success.Of course the trap “enhances prey capture success,” but does that prove anything about Darwin’s theory? The idea “it’s effective, therefore it evolved” commits circular reasoning. The “Stuff Happens Law” (natural selection of random mutations) would have a hard time waiting for all the ingredients for this plant’s trap mechanism to ‘arise’ together: the cup-like leaves, the trigger hairs, the digestive juices, the turgor pressure providing rapid closure, and the marginal spikes. Think of the faith required to imagine this one plant “evolved only once” in some mythical “ancestral lineage.” That’s evidence against evolution, not for it. Without all of these traits working together, no prey would be caught. The plant doesn’t actually need carnivory, anyway; it could just avoid nitrogen-poor soils and act like a regular plant somewhere else.Illustration from Curtis’s Venus flytrap, drawing from Botanical Magazine by William Curtis (1746–1799)A Varied Menu: biologists have analyzed which animals are captured by the carnivorous waterwheel plant (University of Freiburg). Another marvelous plant that catches insects uses a different trap mechanism. It’s not picky about what it catches, biologists found at the University of Freiburg. They investigated the “menu” of the waterwheel plant by inventorying what prey landed in the traps over a period of time. Results showed that the plant “catches anything and everything that fits into its trap and triggers the snap mechanism.” The press release compares the two plants:Credit: Plant Biomechanics Group.Using its snap traps, which are only a few millimeters in size, the waterwheel plant catches prey animals that live underwater. The traps snap shut within about 20 milliseconds of mechanical stimulation. The basic trapping principle of the waterwheel plant is the same as the terrestrial Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). However, the two types differ not only with regard to the mediums in which they live, that is water and air respectively, but also in the size, rapidity and movement mechanics of their traps. The researchers believe it is important to establish whether the plants have adapted to catching special types of prey, in order to better understand their ecology and evolution. And yet nothing about their evolution came out of the study. Notice the admitted speculation:Since the waterwheel plant occurs in highly fragmented habitats, which may be very different in terms of the composition of their animal inhabitants, the diverse diet of Aldrovanda could be an advantage over a stricter prey specialization, the researchers speculate.That’s circular reasoning again. The trap is advantageous, for sure: that is an observation. Speculating about where it came from, though, is “speculation” based on the prior commitment to the Darwinian view, “it’s effective, therefore it evolved.” It’s not at all obvious that the Stuff Happens Law can create a trap that can close in 20 milliseconds and catch all kinds of insect prey, including tiny snails, and digest them.People would enjoy these plants much more if they didn’t get the constant speculation that everything evolved. Can we just enjoy these plants without Darwinizing them?(Visited 291 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Curry was hit with a technical at the 3:20 mark of the first quarter for an elbow to Tyler Johnson while the Golden State star drove to the basket.Both teams were cold shooting in the early going — Golden State 29.2 percent in the first quarter to 38.1by Miami, which committed seven of its 23 turnovers in the period.WHITESIDE’S MINUTESHeat center Hassan Whiteside played just 16-plus minutes, shooting 1 of 9 for three points and six rebounds and sat most of the second half.“This is one game, he understands how important he is to our team to play at a high level, high energy level, so we’ll move on to Phoenix and look to have a much better game,” coach Erik Spoelstra said.KERR ON GUN CONTROLShootings touch Kerr personally. His father, Malcolm, was murdered on Jan. 18, 1984, as the President of American University of Beirut.Kerr offered condolences and thoughts to victims of the Texas church shooting that killed 26 — not to mention a strong message on gun control.“It’s just awful, and that’s the prevailing sentiment from all of us today,” Kerr said. “To solve it, I think we almost have to look at it like a public health issue. Too often, I think we get caught up in political rhetoric, Second Amendment rights, NRA stuff. We have to look at this it has nothing to do with partisanship or political parties.“This has got to be a public safety issue, a public health issue. We have to somehow get our government to cut through all the crap and get right to the point — the point of fact which is safety, which means a lot of things we can do without taking away people’s Second Amendment rights. Let’s do the sensible thing.”TIP-INSHeat: Spoelstra received a technical for arguing late in the first half. … Miami lost its fourth straight on the Warriors’ home floor. … Starting G Dion Waiters is still away from the team after he returned to Miami for the birth of his daughter Sunday morning. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I thought it was our best defensive effort of the year,” Kerr said. “It was a grind-it-out game and I thought we did a good job of staying with it. We held them to 80 points. That’s kind of a playoff style win where you have to grind it out, nothing’s easy.”Curry added 16 points and Klay Thompson 13. The Warriors shot just 36.8 percent and 11 for 32 from deep. Durant added six assists and three blocks, making all 10 of his free throws as the Warriors shot 22 of 24 from the line.“I just feel that’s East Coast basketball. If we want to be a great team we’ve got to play different ways,” Durant said. “It’s a good test for us.”James Johnson scored 21 points off the bench and Goran Dragic contributed 19 points for Miami a night aftersqueaking out a 104-101 road win against the Clippers.Thompson missed his first four 3-point tries before connecting late in the first half as Golden State took a 50-37 lead into intermission. Curry was 1 for 9 in the first half and Durant 3 for 8 — and they went acombined 0 for 7 from deep — before Golden State got going a bit after halftime.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kevin Durant had 21 points and eight rebounds to help the Warriors overcome their shooting woes and beat the Miami Heat 97-80 in a rare low-scoring outing Monday night.“It’s a good feeling to know if we focus on taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense and focus in on that end really hopefully regardless of how our offense is we’re going to be in good position to win games,” Stephen Curry said. “Tonight was kind of a testament to that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDraymond Green scored 18 points with a season-high four 3s to go with nine rebounds as the defending NBAchampions won for the seventh time in their last eight games, including three straight in lopsided fashion on their recent road trip.The Warriors had scored 100 points in every regular-season game since their second-to-last matchup last season, a 105-99 defeat to Utah as the regulars rested or played limited minutes ahead of the playoffs. Golden State is 3-11 over the past three seasons when held below 100 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors: C David West had a night off for rest. “It’s a routine we’re going to follow all year,” Kerr said of spelling West, Andre Iguodala and other veterans as needed. … Warriors great Al Attles is expected back at Oracle on Wednesday night, one day after his 81st birthday. Attles was hospitalized and missed a night honoring him Oct. 27. … Golden State has 10 or more 3s in all 11 games so far — something the team did 14 consecutive times last season.UP NEXTHeat: At Phoenix on Wednesday night.Warriors: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night. 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Bookie pays out on Solskjaer landing fulltime Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaddy Power are paying out on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer getting the Manchester United manager’s job permanently.They are so sure the Norwegian will make the United job his own on a permanent basis they have paid out on bets already placed.He has now won each of his opening six matches in the United hotseat – the first in club history to do so.A Paddy Power spokesman said: “We’re so confident that Ole’s Gunnar stay, we’ve decided to pay out on him being appointed permanent Manchester United manager.“He defeated his main competition for the role today, in the form of Mauricio Pochettino, and he’s made the Special One look special once in less than a month.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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Harvey Weinstein, shown in 2011, faces dozens of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment, including from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. (John Carucci/Associated Press) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Her lawyers have said they want to move ahead with the claim without using her name, arguing that identifying her would cause irreparable harm to her mental health and well-being.An affidavit filed in court said she may not continue with the case if she must use her name.READ MORE Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein are seeking to publicly identify an Ontario actress who has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against the disgraced Hollywood producer.A Toronto court is set to hear arguments on Feb. 9, and the outcome could determine whether the lawsuit proceeds.The woman has been granted anonymity by the court for the time being. Facebook Twitter
With the season two-thirds complete, the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s robust schedule has helped bring the team close to the top of the RPI standings. But in the midst of a strong campaign, head coach John Bluem still believes there is plenty of room for improvement “I’d probably give them a ‘B,’” Bluem said. “All three matches we lost, I think we could have won. I think we hurt ourselves with our own mistakes. So as you go down the stretch here you got to limit the mistakes.” At No. 4 in RPI standings, OSU (6-4-2) is looking to line itself up for a favorable seed in the NCAA Tournament. The RPI standings take into consideration a team’s winning percentage and the winning percentage of its opponents. With four matches left, including three Big Ten contests plus the conference championship, there’s still plenty of time for things to change. With quality performances against some of the country’s best teams, including ties to previously ranked No. 8 Louisville and No. 1 Akron, along with a victory over No. 11 Michigan State, the Buckeyes have proven they can run with anyone. Players said the key is embracing that confidence going forward. “It gives the confidence of knowing that we can play against some of the best teams … in the nation. But it also lets us know that we could do better. There were a lot of things in those games could have gone different way and we know that working hard, maybe we could have won those games,” sophomore forward Chris Hegngi said. While OSU is undefeated in four matches at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season, the team is 3-4-1 in games away from Columbus. After Wednesday’s loss, 1-0, to University of Illinois at Chicago, four of the next five home games will be at home. Following four straight match wins, the Buckeyes dropped two consecutive games. For a team that’s played well against quality opponents to that point, OSU believes getting served a slice of humble pie will help finish the season strong. “Anyone’s beatable,” said Austin McAnena, reigning Big Ten Player of the Week. “Northwestern hasn’t had a great season, but they’re a hard working team. Basically anyone in the Big Ten can win at any given time. It’s kind of a wakeup call, too.” Bluem said for the team to finish the regular season where it wants to, his players would need to maintain the right mindset for the entirety of the game, not just crunch time. While the Buckeyes are a strong defensive club, they struggle to score at times causing Bluem and his staff to experiment with different lineups. “We’re right about where I thought we would be. We have had a very difficult strength of schedule this year,” Bluem said prior to Wednesday’s loss. “I think we’re pretty well positioned to move forward into these final (five) games. “I’m proud of what the guys have achieved so far, but at the same time, we still have work to do.”
OSU then-junior midfielder Jake Withers (18) during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn the undercard to the football team’s annual spring game, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team put on an impressive display on both sides of the ball. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first, and never looked back en route to a 18-7.OSU’s offense clicked on all cylinders in the first quarter. Six different Buckeyes scored goals, leading to a 7-1 advantage over Michigan.The Buckeyes scored four goals to the Wolverines two in the second quarter. Michigan sophomore midfielder Decker Curran scored two goals late in the quarter before OSU junior attack Colin Chell and senior midfielder John Kelly scored goals with five minutes remaining, extending the Buckeyes lead to 8-3.In the third, OSU pushed farther down on the gas pedal. Buckeye senior attackman Eric Fannell found the net in the start of the quarter. Moments later, sophomore attack Jack Jasinski scored his second goal, followed by a goal for Michigan junior midfielder PJ Bogle.Michigan’s Decker and King scored two more goals with five minutes remaining in the third. The Buckeyes scored three more times before the end of the quarter.OSU outpaced Michigan throughout the morning matchup, dominating in faceoffs won, 22-7. Michigan rattled off 49 total shots, but only 22 were on net to the Buckeyes 24 on frame.The No. 10 ranked Buckeyes struggled with turnovers, giving the ball away 18 times, but they overcame the turnovers by converting on 66 percent of their shots on goal. Senior attack Eric Fannell led all scorers with four goals and two assists.OSU sealed the deal with one final goal in the fourth, and held the Wolverines scoreless in the final frame. The Buckeyes square off against the No. 3-ranked Maryland Terrapins on April 22 in Columbus in the team’s next matchup.