Durant update: Warriors not expecting to begin NBA Finals with him on floor

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/24/bang_f0007ae7-8a09-4047-a750-6468801bb63a”] OAKLAND — Will either Kevin Durant or DeMarcus Cousins play in the NBA Finals? The Warriors do not have definitive answers. They sound optimistic, though.The Warriors said in a statement that it is “anticipated that he will play at some point during the 2019 NBA Finals.” But with Cousins practicing on Thursday for the first time since tearing his left quadricep muscle in Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round series …last_img read more

A Media Bias Sampler

first_imgSupport for conservatism in secular science media is as rare as a true transitional form in the fossil record.Whenever mainstream journals or leading science news sites touch on political or philosophical issues, the slant is predictable. Conservative positions will be discredited, explained away, or mocked—that is, if they are mentioned at all. Recent examples below.Three cheers for atheism. On Live Science, Clara Moskowitz gives a pulpit to atheist Sean Carroll of Caltech to explain his views on meaning in nature in a “Godless Universe,” helping him sell his new book on cosmological naturalism, The Big Picture, in the process. Barry Loewer also gives Carroll good press at Science Magazine. “He sets out to show how various phenomena, including thought, choice, conscioussness, and value, hang together with the scientific account of reality that has been developed in physics in the past 100 years,” Loewer swoons. “He attempts to do all this without relying on specialized jargon from philosophy and physics, and succeeds spectacularly in achieving both aims.”Whitewashing history: Sigmund Freud has a largely bad reputation in science. He invented words and concepts that have not stood the test of time; his methods were unscientific if not fraudulent; and his practice of “psychoanalysis” abused women by calling them “hysterical” as if that diagnosis had any meaning. Nevertheless, perhaps because he was a staunch follower of Darwin, he got kid gloves treatment in Live Science by Alina Bradford, who only mentioned that his ideas are “controversial.” She gives the last word to a Freudian.Obamacare: Watch a conservative video about six broken promises of Obamacare. Then read a Medical Xpress report claiming that doctors want more of it. One group of doctors wants to take this system, built on lies and promises that didn’t come true, and extend it into a single-payer system managed by government (i.e., socialized medicine)—something conservatives warned was the ulterior motive from the start. The article quotes an editorial by one side but no rebuttal from any conservative leader. The article mentions socialist Bernie Sanders favorably.Toying with embryos: Now that researchers kept a human embryo alive in a petri dish for 13 days, secular scientists want to extend the internationally-accepted limit of 14 days. Nature is leading the charge with “Revisit the 14-day rule.” In another Nature piece, David Cyranoski points out that “Stem-cell scientists attempt to fend off the need for government regulation that could impede research.” Scientists want to regulate themselves, but ethics gets short shrift.Assisted suicide: Is California ready for physician-assisted suicide? Medical Xpress calmly discusses the new law about to go into effect June 9. The focus of the article is allaying fears that the law might be misused. At Evolution News & Views, however, Wesley J. Smith, speaking from long experience, warns that “the culture of death brooks no dissent.”Spanking: Views on corporal punishment of children differ among conservatives, but one can be sure liberals will always portray it as child abuse, no matter what Solomon said about discipline with the rod. Science Daily‘s coverage is a case in point: “Risks of harm from spanking confirmed by analysis of 5 decades of research.” Who did the research? Evolutionary psychologists.Reductionist values: What is love? Just a chemical reaction with survival value brought about by natural selection, say evolutionists. Human love differs only in amount, not in kind, perhaps. That’s the view promulgated on The Conversation by evolutionary psychologist Gayle Brewer, whose headline postures her as an authority figure: “What is love? Here’s the science.” It’s not a many-splendored thing in her view. She enters her just-so story trance: “Romantic love may serve an important evolutionary function, for example by increasing the level of parental support available to subsequent children.”_______________In considering leftist viewpoints, it’s important to look back at where they led in history. National Geographic published “long-hidden photos of China’s Cultural Revolution” taken by a brave photographer.Photographer Li Zhensheng had a unique view of China’s Cultural Revolution—a chaotic period of purging and punishment that began on May 16, 1966, and lasted in different phases until Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong’s death 10 years later.Li was working for a newspaper in Heilongjiang Province at the time, and the job allowed him to take state-approved pictures of Mao’s campaign without fear of harassment. He later hid the negatives under his floorboards in case government officials ever came looking for him. And they did. In 1968, the government accused him of “counterrevolutionary” activities and raided his apartment.If officials had found the negatives, they likely would have destroyed them. But the images remained hidden under the floorboards, and Li continued to protect them through the years. Today, his remarkable photos have toured the world and been published in a book.Here, we present mosaics of Li’s images, which show the incredible scale of the Cultural Revolution.The photos are haunting: peasants en masse paying homage to the powerful image of Mao, hoping for an improvement in their poverty, while knowing that failing to show enthusiastic support could mean imprisonment or death. One caption quietly mentions, “Millions of people were killed, injured, or imprisoned during the revolution” — 77 million, to be precise (see 11/30/05).Nazism is sometimes portrayed as right-wing, but in actuality, Hitler’s big-government, totalitarian state had more in common with communist dictatorships than with anything resembling American values (capitalism, liberty, natural rights and limited government). Stephanie Pappas at Live Science continues that distortion in her piece on “How Adolf Hitler Rose to Power and Seduced Germany.” She also fails to mention his devotion to Darwin, which historian Richard Weikart has documented in detail. Instead of focusing on the ideas that motivated him, Pappas portrays him as an obscure person whose rise to power was almost determined by political circumstances. What he did to millions of people, though, is a matter of historical record. Hitler is the epitome of evil to the modern western mind. You won’t find the word in her article.If you can provide examples of secular scientists promoting conservative values, we’ll be happy to share them. The exceptions prove the rule: week after week, we find secular news services portraying scientists and their reporters as objective truth seekers, but it’s only a mask for leftist ideology. Darwin leads to denial of God (and objective moral standards). That leads to materialism, atheism, moral relativism, leftism, utopianism, oppressive government, and ultimately, to serfdom and even democide.If one believes we are made in the image of God, endowed with unalienable rights, accountable to a Creator, with a purpose on earth to love God and our neighbor as ourselves, yet knows we are each fallen and in need of redemption, the difference in worldview could hardly be more opposite. A steady diet of mainstream media can lead to a highly distorted view of the world.Thank goodness the internet has opened up channels for news and views censored by the mainstream media. Here are a couple of daily podcasts we can recommend: ID the Future from the Discovery Institute, Washington Watch from the Family Research Council, The Briefing by Al Mohler. I listen to these on my daily health walks. For conservative news, you might check out WND and Breitbart News. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Absa, E Cape govt partner on housing

first_img28 September 2010The Eastern Cape government has entered into a partnership with Absa to improve access to affordable housing in the province, particularly targeting middle-income earners who do not qualify for low-cost housing but cannot afford expensive bonds either.Eastern Cape Human Settlements MEC Nombulelo Mabandla and Absa Development Company (Absa DevCo) signed the co-operation partnership agreement on Monday.The projected housing units will be available for lease or purchase, targeting families with a combined monthly income of not more than R15 498, as well as those who have no income.Identifying projects, developing proposalsAs part of the agreement, Absa will identify projects and develop proposals for the department’s approval.The housing will be built throughout the province, particularly in rural areas, in a mixed mode of rental and home ownership, with the aim of integrating communities into sustainable human settlements, the department said.The agreement is expected to be of particular benefit to middle-income earners who do not qualify for low-cost housing but cannot afford expensive bonds either.“We want to maximise the impact of private and public sector resources to accelerate the delivery of tenure, with good quality services and housing, on well located land with convenient access to transport options, jobs and other economic opportunities,” Mabandla said.Thornhill housing projectThe provincial government already has a successful partnership with Absa DevCo at the Thornhill housing project outside Port Alfred, where the bank has been appointed as the implementing agent to build 5 000 homes.Mabandla said the government needed the participation of the private sector to provide decent, affordable housing in the country, adding that the department was looking forward to working with other financial institutions on similar projects.“The provision of decent homes must not only be responsibility of government alone,” she said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cool Kickstarter Campaigns for Video Professionals

first_imgThe Pulse is an interesting camera add-on for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Essentially, the add-on allows users to control their DSLR camera remotely via smartphone and Bluetooth from up to 100 feet. This will come in handy for many videographers during shoots where timelapse video is needed.Pulse’s interface is well designed and seems to be incredibly easy to navigate through. It uses USB to connect to the camera, which is compatible with most Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. Through Pulse you can control up to 3 pulse-equipped cameras at one time for maximum coverage. You can also use Pulse to control the ISO and Shutter Speed in order to capture sunrise and sunset timelapse videos.The Pulse app is going to be available for free on both iPhone and Android devices.Seeking: $50,000 USD3. PhoneDrone Ethos It may sound crazy, but when you’re in a pinch, the latest smart phones can actually capture footage high quality enough that it can be mixed in with cinema footage. Both iPhone and many Android smart phones can capture video in 4k, so your phone is a real option for you. With that in mind — if you don’t have thousands of dollars to purchase a high-end drone, then the PhoneDrone Ethos could be a nice solution for you.This small drone is compact, lightweight, and compatible with both iPhone and Android. A lot of people might be hesitant to send their phone 100 ft. in the air, but they need not worry. The PhoneDrone comes with a backup system to bring your device home in one piece. Your phone is also in a Protective Universal Mount case, which keeps your phone safe and waterproofed.Seeking: $100,000 USDGot any Kickstarter campaigns we should know about? Let us know in the comments below! The search for “the next big thing” in video gear never stops. Here are a few contenders for the title that are currently raising cash on Kickstarter.With video gear technology advancing so rapidly these days, people are constantly on the hunt for the next big thing. Trying to find tech that’s worth your time and money can be overwhelming, but Kickstarter is always a great place to look. Here are three campaigns that we believe are worth some time and money.1. Hercules Camera Motion Control Systemcenter_img Project Premise: With the Hercules, Rollocam has developed the World’s Smallest Camera Motion Control System. This patent pending technology will work with cameras up to 20 pounds, so users can attach anything from a smart phone to a RED SCARLET.The small (but robust) design of the Hercules allows users to store it in something as small as a shirt pocket, and the system itself can be assembled in a matter of seconds. Another great aspect of the Hercules is it’s ability to provide steady camera movement on any flat surface without the need of tracks.Hercules is currently at the tail end of its campaign and had been seeking to obtain at least $25,000 in funding. They have eclipsed that number and are sitting north of $250,000. While many of the premium rewards have been spoken for, there are plenty of the standard rewards, which gets you a Hercules for $50 less than the suggested retail price.Seeking: $25,000 USD2. Pulse Wireless DSLR Controllast_img read more

Parties gear up for post-poll scenarios

first_imgWith polling for Lok Sabha 2019 ending on Sunday, political parties in Maharashtra have called all their MLAs, sitting MPs and candidates for meetings on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the possible scenarios that may emerge afterresults are announced on May 23. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) core committee will meet on Monday, while all its MLAs, MPs and candidates in Maharashtra will meet in Mumbai the following day. Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “This is a regular meeting. We have called the elected representatives on Tuesday. We are confident of a majority; there is no question of us getting panicky.” He reiterated that BJP-Shiv Sena combine will win up to 45 of the 48 seats in Maharashtra. Sena leaders, on the other hand, have been asked to remain in their constituencies. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is currently on a holiday in Europe and is likely to return within a day or two. Congress meetingNationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar will in Delhi from Tuesday and will be joined by senior party leaders like Praful Patel. According to party sources, Mr. Pawar will remain in Delhi till there is some clarity on who will form the next government. Meanwhile, the Congress will hold a meeting of all its MLAs and leaders on Monday, chaired by its Maharashtra in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge. State unit Congress president Ashok Chavan said the party will discuss a new group leader in the Assembly, since Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has resigned from the post and as Leader of Opposition. The Congress will also discuss reports from its candidates about local leaders who worked against the official party candidate. Five Congress MLAs — Mr. Vikhe-Patil, Jaikumar Gore, Nitesh Rane, Abdul Sattar and Kalidas Kolambkar — are under the scanner for anti-party activities during elections.last_img read more