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Philadelphia is Baltimore, Philadelphia is Ferguson, Philadelphia is Chicago and Detroit

first_imgSpeech of Erica Mines to the Workers World Party 2015 National Conference.I’m presenting to the party a proposal to mobilize across the country for the Democratic National Convention held in Philadelphia this coming July of 2016. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, placed in Congress on July 4, 1776. Within this document the colonists declared they no longer wanted to be under a state of repression without the inclusion of the voice of the people it represented. Those people, the founding fathers of the so-called American government weren’t speaking of the representation of the entirety of the colonies. They were speaking completely of themselves: the wealthy landowners, the dictators of class within the society and the proprietors of businesses. The people they were not speaking of had no say in the formation of this document because they were not considered worthy of input nor were they considered respectable enough. That included women, the poor, the slaves and the workers. They all had no say in the formation of this government. What the founding fathers did know was that they too were under the guise of dictatorship that did not have the best interest of the people as a whole in mind. What they chose to forget was the country was founded on capitalism and state-sanctioned violence. They robbed, killed and slaughtered the Native people of this land. You can’t find something that already existed before you arrived. Within this document they spoke of all men being created equal. They had certain unalienable rights, that gifted life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, the people, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. They criticized the British for quartering large bodies of armed troops among them, for imposing taxes on them without their consent and waging war against them.This has been the history of the United States since it declared independence from the British government. The city of Philadelphia has long been a city that represents the rule of the wealthy and has constantly placed itself ahead by stepping on the backs of the poor to advance its policies of the ruling population.Philadelphia is the birthplace of solitary confinement in the prison system. Philadelphia, being one of the four largest cities in the country, has one of the highest poverty rates affecting the Black and Brown communities the most. Philadelphia has one of the most failing school districts in the country, where the district stores books the length of a city block in the basement, while the illiteracy rate soars within our communities. The district has accumulated millions of dollars of debt for schools, yet the city profits by closing and selling schools for private development and now uses these old buildings as landmark living for condos. The gentrification in Philadelphia has pushed more people of color out of their neighborhoods and into senior living facilities, if not directly into homelessness; the homeless population has increased to the point of whole families living on the street. We saw this with the coming of the pope, when mothers with babies as young as one month old were on the streets. Just last week, a young child was taken and placed into Department of Homeland Security custody because he wandered off while his mother slept on the streets. Police brutality is as historic as the name itself in Philadelphia, from the invasion and slaughtering of the Lenni Lenape tribes to the brutal beating and stripping of the Panthers and the framing of the Move 9, to the unjust beating of Tyree Carroll. Just this past week, a man by the name of Omar Lopez was killed by a transit cop who tased him to death. We are still seeking justice for young Darren Manning, whose testicles were ruptured by a female officer, who has yet to be held accountable. He was only 16. We are still demanding justice for Brandon Tate Brown, Frank McQueen and our beloved Mumia Abu-Jamal. We are still demanding the fair and equal treatment of our LGBTQ community, for gender-neutral bathrooms everywhere and to be called by their preferred pronouns and names. We seek justice for London Chanell and Kiesha Jenkins, and we demand that they too be protected within our communities.All over the city, the people are rising up, the students, the homeless, the disabled, the elderly, the wage workers, the immigrants, and more importantly the people as a whole.This is a significant sign that the only solution is a socialist revolution. Philadelphia is Baltimore, Philadelphia is Ferguson, Philadelphia is Chicago and Detroit. Philadelphia represents all the barrios throughout world. We heard the cries of “Justice for Freddie Grey” in Tel Aviv and we hear the chants of “Black Lives Matter” in Palestine.Oppressed people here and throughout the world will be free. My daughter will see a socialist revolution in her lifetime, this lifetime.It’s not enough to go to D.C. for one day and shut down the capital or to call for an execution of shopping for Black Friday. We must begin the shutdown of the entire economy. All the corporations that rob our communities of a true meaningful life. The entire capitalist system as a whole must be abolished and shut down! We must demand that the true meaning of democracy be established and that is by raising up the voices of the people and demanding a government that actually serves the best interest in the common good of the people. We must take back the land, the airways, the buildings, the political offices. We must get away from these two-party elections and the voting straight Democratic analogy that so many of us believed in and kept us oppressed. We must educate our communities on what it means to be a socialist. Bernie Sanders called himself a socialist, now it’s time to show and prove. Forget marching within the civil rights era. What about the children being gunned downed by the cops? Hillary Clinton is in favor of keeping the death penalty. Why? Because she’s a murderer. No decent human being should ever want to be authorial of taking someone’s life, especially when we have a faulty penal system that locks away so many of my Black and Brown people who are innocent. Especially when cops commit more crime than actual criminals. Especially when her husband, Bill Clinton, implemented the three-strike rule that has so many of my brothers and sisters incarcerated for life for nonviolent crimes. There’s one million Black men missing from our society and you can believe, between Ronald Reagan’s drug wars and Bill Clinton’s three-strike rule, our men are in prison or in the grave. Every other week we hear of exonerations of people after they have spent most of their life in jail, falsely accused and set up by this government. They put the drugs in our communities, then blame us for using them. They put the guns in our communities. Now they want to disarm us. We say, I say, hell no! You don’t disarm people. You direct the people to take up arms against the system and not themselves. We can’t be selective by picking the lesser of two evils when the selective assassinations of our unarmed people are rising. We can no longer afford to watch the government push back our Social Security benefits to age 70, while expanding prison development and murdering our babies as young as 3 and 7 years of age. We can no longer see the failing of school officials and their failed discipline of our children on display when we are watching police toss our young women across the floor like rag dolls for being a typical teenager. We can no longer sit in silence while the Supreme Court has on the table a decision to sentence our children to life. We can’t afford to send troops to fight wars across seas when the wars are in our own backyards. Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, deserved to live. Natasha McKenna, Amber Monroe, London Chanel, deserved to live. Renisha Mcbride, Tynisha Anderson and Shantel Davis deserved to live.  We want answers and we want justice. We want racist cops off the streets and out of our communities.More importantly, we want to live. We want to breathe. Our lives are worth more than a trending hashtag. It’s time to defend our lives in the present.Karl Marx said it’s not the illusions of our conditions we have to focus on, it’s the conditions of our illusions that give rise for it to exist. There is no celebration until the job is done. Until killer cops are indicted, convicted and sentenced beneath the jail, there is no celebration because justice has not been served. This system is so disturbed, it will piss on you and then claim it’s raining. The role of police has always been to protect and serve, so they’re doing their jobs: protecting the wealth, and the land has changed from the plantation to the corporation. There are no good cops in a racist system. You can be a good friend, neighbor, son, daughter or whatever you choose, but when you put on that uniform you represent historic racist oppression that was meant and designed to keep the Black and Brown people on the plantation and now slaves to prison labor.The only solution is a socialist revolution!It’s time to mobilize the masses and demand they work for our vote. Disown inequality and stand on the right side of justice. The people’s side. Demand that they address the issues that affect the Black, Brown and other oppressed communities the most. Demand these pigs get out of our homes, schools, neighborhoods and demand that all prisoners who are victims of this cruel system be set free. The power is in the people and we have the right, as declared in the Declaration of Independence, to rid ourselves of this faulty capitalist system. To abolish, not reform. You can’t reform a wretched system. That’s simply asking the oppressor to let up off our necks a little bit. We want them off our necks, backs, shoulders and anywhere else that’s uncomfortable. We must build a true socialist society that’s written by us, for us.That includes all members of our society. It’s our right and we must invoke them at all costs. Resistance is the only solution. There can be no peaceful revolution when we can’t live, eat, sleep or breathe in peace. The elections will matter when Black lives matter. When Black little girls and Black women matter. When Black little boys and Black men matter. When Black trans and Black queers matter. When Black poverty matters. When Black mental health matters. When the Black disabled matter. When Black seniors matters. When Black joy matters. When Black labor matters. When Black wealth matters. When Black land matters. When Black futures matter. When Black prisoners matter. When Black culture matters. When Black stability matters. When Black tears matter. When Black bodies matter. When Black freedom matters. When Black debt matters. When Black gentrification matters. When Black preservation matters. When Black dreams matter. When Black education matters. When Black smiles matter. When Black magic matters and when the Black revolution matters.This is why we mobilize. This is why the Democratic National Convention must be shut down.Resistance is justified when people are occupied.If we don’t get justice, they don’t get  peace.This mobilization will consist of each localized party going to their respective communities and engaging the public and different organizations into meetings for mobilization and flooding  the city of Philadelphia for three days of civil unrest and possibly, to form an All-People’s Power Assembly conference.We in Philadelphia have established the date of Dec. 18 to begin holding these meetings to form a coalition for the DNC. I’m asking the party for their participation and leadership for this process. And to seize this opportunity and bring the people to the forefront of smashing capitalism, while also empowering ourselves to pick up the torch of our beloved ancestors. To take what’s ours and stand up against all forms of repression.To bring the youth along we must include the music that speaks directly to capitalism and the government such as in a way themselves, the youth can relate: Marvin Gaye said, “Money, I make it before I see it you take it.” Nas said he’d “open every cell in Attica and send them to Africa.” Tupac said we “got money for wars but can’t feed the poor.” Jada Kiss said, “We gon make it.” Kendrick Lamar said, “We gon be alright.” Gil Scott-Heron said, “The revolution will not be televised, it will be mobilized and publicized by the masses.” The Zulu saying, “Izwe Lethu I Afrika,” means “The land is ours.” The Swahili saying, “Uhuru, Uhuru Sasa,” means “Freedom, freedom now.”In the words of our great sister and comrade, Assata Shakur: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win, We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Companies that cooperate with dictatorships must be sanctioned

first_img Organisation Online freedoms RSF_en Help by sharing this information Online freedoms center_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the criminal cooperation that exists between many western companies, especially those operating in the new technology area, and authoritarian regimes.“These companies no longer have any reservations about collaborating with criminal governments,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Providing dictatorships with communication equipment or confidential data is irresponsible. A total of 122 bloggers and netizens are currently detained worldwide. The companies that work with these governments are complicit and responsible for the fate of these detainees. Financial sanctions should be imposed on companies collaborating with governments that jail bloggers or censor the Internet.“Without financial sanctions, these practices will not stop. Companies are not above the law. There are courts that try illicit practices by companies. Why shouldn’t they try the criminal responsibility of companies that collaborate with regimes that are guilty of crimes? Provision should be made at the national level for penalizing such collaboration, and referral to the International Criminal Court should be considered when companies become the accomplices to war crime by dictators. After being concerned about impunity for dictators, the world should now be worrying about impunity for companies.“Human lives are at stake. Must they be sacrificed for the sake of profits? The leaders of international companies operating in the new technology domain, especially telecommunications surveillance, in Libya, Syria, Burma, China, Turkmenistan and other authoritarian counties should think about their responsibility. Their tools, their equipment and their know-how are being used for criminal purposes.”These technologies are at the heart of a new war. Emails can now be intercepted, Skype calls can be recorded, webcams can be turned on remotely and Internet content can be modified without the users knowing. Reporters Without Borders urges Internet users to be much more careful.Reporters Without Borders reiterates the need for legislation banning cooperation between companies and dictatorships on the lines of the proposed Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA) in the United States and its European equivalent. Like the EU regulations on trade in products that could be used for “capital punishment, torture or other cruel treatment,” there is now a need to introduce international regulations on the provision of technology that threaten cyber-citizens, to control the export of certain technologies, to create a monitoring body that is independent of governments and to have dissuasive sanctions ready. Companies should also have legal and official recourse against measures in countries like China or Iran that force them to obstruct the free flow of information.The GOFA, a bill submitted to the US Congress in 2006 and still awaiting adoption, aims to prevent US companies from “cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance.” The European equivalent, submitted to the European Parliament on 17 July 2008 by Dutch MEP Jules Maaten of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), aims to forestall online censorship possibilities and to regulate the potentially repressive activities of European Internet companies. It would create an Office of Global Internet Freedom with the job of combating online censorship by the most repressive governments and protecting the personal data of Internet users.These measures are now urgent and necessary. Examples of companies cooperating with such governments are on the increase. Referring in May to Microsoft’s acquisition of the Internet telephony company Skype, Microsoft Russia president Nikolay Pryanishnikov said he was ready to provide its source code to the Russian security services. Microsoft is nonetheless a leading member of the Global Network Initiative, an alliance that brings private-sector companies and investment funds together with organizations that defend freedoms.Many other companies that have shown no interest in the GNI’s principles seem ready to stop at nothing to conquer new markets. Bull, Nokia, BlueCoat, Netfirms and Cisco have all yielded to the lure of profits. Reporters Without Borders has compiled the following summary of their repressive practices.Libya: Bull (France) and Boeing (Unites States)Amesys, a subsidiary of the French computer company Bull, reportedly provided Col. Muammar Gaddafi with Internet surveillance equipment, including a system called Eagle that can intercept email sent via Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! and monitor MSN and AIM instant messaging. According to the Wall Street Journal, several files containing transcripts of phone and chat conversations between government opponents were found in Libyan intelligence agency computers.Boeing and its offshoot Narus, which specializes in software that protects against Internet attacks, are also suspected of cooperating with the Gaddafi regime. They have denied this.Syria and BlueCoat (United States)According to a study of Syria’s censorship infrastructure last month by Telecomix, Fhim and Reflets.info, the Syrian government’s phishing and website blocking is assisted by the US company BlueCoat. The passwords and “private” communications of Yahoo! Messenger, MSN and Facebook users are being recorded with the help of technology provided by BlueCoat, the survey said. BlueCoat has allegedly provided Syria with at least two different technologies, including Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), which can be used to intercept all sorts of communication including emails and phone calls as well as photos and messages posted on online social networks such and Facebook and Twitter, and proxy filters.Bahrain and Nokia Siemens Network (Finland)Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) has been accused of providing the monitoring technology that the Bahraini authorities have been using to spy on the emails, mobile phone conversations and text message of dozens of human rights activists. Abdul Al-Khanjar, an activist who was detained from August 2010 to February 2011, said the security officials who interrogated him revealed that they had the records of the messages he had sent from his phone. Speaking on condition of anonymity, several Nokia employees confirmed that this technology had been provided to Bahrain. Ahmed Al-Doseri, director of information and communications at Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, confirmed that Bahrain was using this kind of sophisticated monitoring technology. There may be a European Union investigation into these allegations.Nokia spokesman Ben Roome said: “We are very aware that communications technology can be used for good and ill.” Reporters Without Borders regrets that this awareness is not reflected in the company’s commercial decisions. Nokia and Siemens already provided Iran with software necessary for telecommunications surveillance in 2009. Nokia confirmed that it had sold DPI-based technology to Iran.Thailand and Netfirms (Canada)Netfirms Inc, a Canadian web hosting company that is also based in the United States, provided the Thai government with information that enabled it to identify Anthony Chai, a US citizen of Thai origin, as the person who was anonymously conducting a pro-democracy blog in the Thai language, Manusaya.com. As a result, the Thai authorities were able to arrest and interrogate Chai at Bangkok airport, when he visited Thailand, and even got him to meet with a Thai official after he had returned to California. They also warned him that he would be arrested for lèse-majesté if he went back to Thailand. Chai filed a complaint against Netfirms on 24 August for providing his email and IP addresses to the Thai authorities without his knowledge, and for closing down his blog at their request.China and Cisco (United States)The US computer technology company Cisco Systems has been accused not only of providing China since 2007 with the technology for a censorship system called Golden Shield, used for identifying political dissidents, but also of helping to set up and develop the system. Two complaints have been recently filed against Cisco in the United States: one on 19 May in a court in San Jose, California, by the Falun Gong, a religious movement banned in China, and one in June in a Maryland court by three Chinese netizens – Liu Xianbin, Du Daobin and Zhou Yuanzhi – and 10 other people.Both lawsuits stress the Chinese government’s use of Cisco’s technology to identify online dissidents and the fact that this enabled the authorities to detain and torture them. Cisco has denied any role in Chinese repression in a message posted on the company’s blog by vice-president Mark Chandler. “We have never customized our equipment to help the Chinese government – or any government – censor content, track Internet use by individuals or intercept Internet communications,” Chandler wrote.Nonetheless, Cisco cannot deny providing the Chinese government with security technology including Deep Packet Inspection, which can be used to track down cyber-dissidents. 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Lean to the Left: Science Reporters Oblivious to Conservatism

first_imgTake any issue, and there will often be a liberal view and a conservative view.  Why is it, then, that science reporting is almost always liberal?  It’s not just that left-leaning slants on science issues predominate; the reporters and institutions often seem utterly oblivious to the idea that other positions, like conservative views, even exist.  Even when they are acknowledged, they are almost routinely disparaged.  Some recent examples illustrate the lopsided coverage. WikiLeaks:  Most conservatives feel that WikiLeaks poses a real threat to national security, and that the perpetrator, Julian Assange, should be prosecuted.  Yet PhysOrg cast the story that as a freedom of speech issue – the leftist view.  “WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks” was the headline of a story that gave prominent quotes to Assange claiming history is on his side, that he is just trying to make the world a better place.  Does this article even belong on a science-reporting website?  PhysOrg did post another A.P. story that at least quoted some conservatives, but it tended to air only the most inflammatory statements, like those of a Canadian advisor who said, “I think Assange should be assassinated, actually.”    Live Science cast the story as a matter of old fashioned innocent gossip, no different than Facebook.  Ignoring entirely the issue that WikiLeaks plays into the hands of terrorists, the reporter even called on an evolutionist to tell us it’s just part of our ape ancestry: “Oxford anthropologist Robin Dunbar argues that gossip and language evolved as primate groups got too large to bond by grooming.”Rich vs poor:  Conservatives do not have a problem with wealth per se, provided the money has been earned honestly.  The rich, after all, pay the bulk of taxes, provide jobs, and are often benefactors.  Leftists are for redistribution of wealth.  PhysOrg reported that the rich in Canada are getting richer.  While the trend may be a matter of statistical analysis, the subtext of the article was that this is bad; letting rich keep their money involves an “inequality gap”.Minimum wage:  Conservatives argue that minimum wage laws hurt the people they are designed to help, by forcing businesses to close their doors to entry-level job applicants.  PhysOrg took the leftist position that “Minimum wage hikes don’t eliminate jobs.”  Either political party could certainly amass its own statistics and expertise to make its case, but the article did not even acknowledge that a conservative view exists.  It portrayed the liberal position as a scientific finding, leading to some heated comments by readers.DREAM Act:  Conservatives find the DREAM Act, now being debated in Congress, as an abomination, not only because it rewards people who broke the law, but will stimulate even more illegal immigration, and actually gives them something that U.S. citizens cannot have: lower rates on college tuition.  Yet again, PhysOrg gave the leftist arguments only, arguing on quasi-scientific grounds that the act would benefit the economy.Funding scrutiny:  Conservatives agree that taxpayers should be protected from careless funding of frivolous projects, scientific or otherwise – especially in a time of economic crisis when the national debt is at a historic high many fear is unsustainable.  When Live Science reported about Republican majority leader Eric Cantor’s reasonable request for scrutiny of NSF grants, however, the reporting staff focused on explaining why one apparently wasteful project (a $3/4 million grant to study soccer players) was not really wasteful, but had spinoffs that might help society more broadly.  Cantor was only asking for self-scrutiny at this point, but the undertone of the article is that Republicans pose a threat to science and must be monitored carefully.  Did that same moral imperative apply when liberals were driving the country to the brink of economic collapse with irresponsible spending?Climate:  Many conservatives are fearful, if not outraged, by U.N. proposals at international climate talks (currently at Cancun) that they feel can destroy economies, send society back to third world status, and hurt most of all the poor who need economic opportunity the most.  Many of them also feel “global warming” is based on dubious science (02/06/2010) and provides a cover for socialist plans to redistribute wealth.  When PhysOrg went to report on the talks, however, it focused on a specific case of dubious science: “Cancun’s eroding white sand beaches are providing a note of urgency to the climate talks being held just south of this seaside resort famed for its postcard-perfect vistas,” implying that political action on global warming (now euphemised as “climate change”) must be taken now – the left’s view.  But needless to say, it would be very difficult to prove that the beaches of Cancun are eroding because of man-made global warming, especially when the UK is currently suffering under a “Narnia-like winter” as seen in images from the TERRA satellite.Food bill:  Many conservatives were outraged at the lame duck Congress passing a food bill that gives enormous new powers to the Environmental Protection Agency, an unelected body possessing already near-dictatorial powers over business.  Yet PhysOrg presented the “bill to boost food safety” as a wonderful, progressive thing – all good, except for some compromises that had to be made to placate doubters who worried about the impacts on farmers and businesses in their home states.  Live Science went even further in its advocacy, calling the bill a “significant achievement,” announcing with its headline, “Senate Finally Passes Food Safety Bill.”  Totally ignored were any conservative arguments that private enterprise and a free market possess inherent powers of self-regulation without having to further erode the liberties of taxpayers.  Whether the conservatives or liberals are right is not the issue here.  The point is that the media, once again, rather than debating the bill with any pretense of balance, acted in advocacy of one political position on a “science” website.Ending racism:  Without doubt, concerns of racism loom large on liberal agendas, whereas many conservatives feel that government victimization by race actually does more harm than good.  In a nearly shameless reference to Obama’s political slogan, PhysOrg gave good press to academics at Georgia State and the Association for Psychological Science with the headline, “Motivation to end racism relies on ‘yes we can’ approach.”    The merits of their arguments are, again, beside the point; certainly, empowering the disadvantaged in any culture with positive motivation is worthwhile, regardless of their race, and no respectable conservative has anything but contempt for racism.  But it is almost inconceivable that academics and science reporters would, for a minute, give positive press to the views of prominent black conservatives on the issue of how to deal with racism.  The list would include such luminaries as Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, J. C. Watts, Condi Rice, Walter Williams, Alan Keyes, Michael Steele, Bill Cosby, Ward Connerly, even Martin Luther King’s daughter, Dr. Alveda C. King, and others, whose views, though nuanced, informed, and varied, are routinely excluded from “science” articles.Health care:  Conservatives were outraged last year when a nationalized health care bill, in spite of a blockade by every Republican in congress, overcame near-certain defeat through political shenanigans, backroom deals, broken promises and outright lies, finally getting pushed over the goal line against the wishes of a majority of Americans, like a foul play of a cheating football team getting awarded a touchdown by a corrupt referee.    Conservatives before and since that date have stood vociferously for private control of health care.  As could be expected, though, once again, PhysOrg gave favorable press to a Canadian Medical Association press release that promoted expanded use of publicly funded health care.  Only arguments in support of public funding were stated; nothing of the conservative arguments against it were even noted in this “science” article.Right to life:  Conservatives are more often than not the lone stalwarts for the right to life, opposing abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, human cloning and experimentation, and embryonic stem cell research.  This is an odd situation, since liberals traditionally portray themselves as voices for the disadvantaged and helpless – and what humans are more helpless, and need a voice more, than those in the womb, infants, and the elderly?  Yet Science Daily spoke about a new “Reliable Culture of Human Embryonic Stem Cells” positively in terms only of their potential (not actual) provision for medical breakthroughs, ignoring the deep ethical concerns of many about the use of human embryos for research or treatment, whether or not the treatments ever fulfill a decade of unkept promises (11/18/2010, 09/26/2010, 09/03/2010, 01/18/2010).News sources like PhysOrg, Live Science, and Science Daily often simply republish the press releases of academic institutions, which are known to be predominantly leftist (12/02/2004).  But they do have teams of reporters who could, if they chose to, evaluate both sides of an issue fairly, critique the claims made, and present conservative counter-arguments.  As these examples show, they almost never do (see “Institutional Science as a Leftist Cabal,” 10/14/2010).Update: Slate Magazine acknowledged that scientists who are Democrats vastly outnumber Republican scientists.  “That’s a problem,” Daniel Sarewitz explained; “A democratic society needs Republican scientists,” he said, for reasons such as to “cultivate more informed, creative, and challenging debates about the policy implications of scientific knowledge” and to “keep difficult problems like climate change from getting prematurely straitjacketed by ideology.”  See one Evolution News and Views take on this, where David Klinghoffer says, “Slate sees the light.”Readers are challenged to submit exceptions to the rule to our Feedback line.  Show us a “science” article from a mainstream academic source that advocates a conservative position on any of the issues in the list above.  We predict readers will have trouble finding even examples that give a balanced treatment of both sides.  Unless the response is overwhelming, any exceptions found will prove the rule.  It has been our experience at Creation-Evolution Headlines that science reporting presents a perennial onslaught against conservative values.    Science wasn’t supposed to be like this.  It was supposed to restrict itself to natural phenomena, to controlled experiments on observable, repeatable processes governed by natural laws, seeking to follow the evidence and be most critical of its own claims.  How did science journalism ever get so deeply embedded in politics, ethics, economics, and global advocacy?  The scientific data do not entail leftist politics; often, leftist political positions are maintained in spite of the data (02/27/2010).  Think about the now-discredited work by Margaret Mead, Sigmund Freud, and Alfred Kinsey, whose left-supporting “science” claims were made on the basis of flawed data samples and agenda-driven methods (many more shameful examples exposed in Ann Coulter’s book Godless: The Church of Liberalism, 08/15/2009).     The ideological left has co-opted science for its political agenda, which now threatens to become a global agenda.  Science does not even belong in many of these fields (08/25/2010, 05/13/2010).  While many individual scientists are honorable citizens, focused on their narrow fields, seeking understanding about this or that molecule or organism or star, the scientific societies (06/25/2010) who presume to speak for them, and the majority of mainstream science journalists who convey the mystique of science to the general public, have stolen science’s presumed authority to promote a secularist, leftist, materialistic, evolutionary world view, to the point where many in the public are oblivious to the ideology, so thick is the fogma in which it is enveloped.  (For definition of fogma, see the 05/14/2007 commentary.)Exercise:  You can have a voice!  Many science sites allow comments.  If time permits, become a regular commentator on left-leaning science sites, and provide some balance to the reporting.  Be sure to be well-informed, winsome, and persuasive.  Often readers are attracted to the comments – and reporters may learn to fear the adverse publicity of one-sided reporting.  Rule #1: Don’t be a blowhard, or you will be blown off as a crank.  Let the blowhards be on the other side, exposing the weaknesses of their arguments – and resist the temptation to get dragged into the mud with them.  Command the respect of your readers, and you can make a difference.  This is the age of instant interactive media.  Let’s raise an army of skilled responders to biased science reporters.  They don’t have to get away with it like they did in the newspaper/magazine/radio era.  Play fair, but let them know, it’s a new ball game now.(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cignal hopes to dodge CEU’s finals upset bid

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games So Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez said the Hawkeyes must adjust quickly without big man Raymar Jose, who left for Kuala Lumpur to play for the national team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“Losing Raymar during the Finals is a tough one, but we as a team understand that SEA Games basketball gold is very important to our country,” said Fernandez.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 shutoutCignal collides with CEU, which stunned erstwhile unbeaten Flying V in the semifinals, in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.“No one expected us to reach this far,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “It won’t hurt if we try [winning the title] that’s why I told the players we just have to stay focused and stick to our game plan.” And that confidence worries Fernandez even if the Hawkeyes still boast a solid lineup led by Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo.“We know that CEU is a very good team which is well-coached, and matching up with them without Raymar is a tough one,” said Fernandez.Garcia said the Scorpions hope to pull off an upset anew behind Cameroonian big man Rod Ebondo and underrated guards Aaron Jeruta, JK Casiño and Orlan Wamar.“We really have to bring our defensive mentality,” said Fernandez. —JASMINE W. PAYOADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Cignal HD plays minus a key cog as the Hawkeyes clash with surprise finalist Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship starting Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIEScenter_img Perlas Pilipinas falls to Indonesia anew as road to gold gets tougher Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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18 days agoSpalletti shadow looms for AC Milan boss Giampaolo

first_imgSpalletti shadow looms for AC Milan boss Giampaoloby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Giampaolo is fighting for his job at AC Milan.Despite victory over Genoa this weekend, Milan coach Giampaolo’s future remains on the line.Corriere della Sera says to replace Giampaolo, the Rossoneri wants a coach who knows Serie A and has experience. The board does not want to change anything radically and for this it wants to make the right choice, with the name of Luciano Spalletti being discussed.The former Inter Milan coach is available after being squeezed out at the end of last season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Dabo Swinney’s Passionate Halftime Speech To Clemson: “You Win With Class, You Lose With Class”

first_imgClemson players kneeling before Dabo Swinney giving a speech.ESPNThings are going pretty well for Clemson down in Miami. The Tigers took a 42-0 lead into halftime, and have tacked on another three points so far in the third quarter. CU has already started benching some starters, including quarterback Deshaun Watson. Interesting, at the beginning of the break, Dabo Swinney kept his team out on the field for a few minutes before sending them to the locker room. Video shows that he was giving a passionate speech, in which he tells his team that Clemson “wins with class” and “loses with class.” We’re not sure if Swinney was just issuing a reminder with his team up big, or if something happened with the Tigers. There was a dust-up during pregame warmups between the two teams. Either way, it is definitely interesting. Here’s a link to the video from ESPN, if the embed doesn’t load for mobile users: [TheBigLead]last_img read more

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Safety board links Enbridge oil leak to lack of detailed inspection procedures

first_imgCALGARY – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says a lack of detailed inspection procedures contributed to a 10,000-litre crude oil leak east of Edmonton last March.The board says the leak from a storage tank at the Enbridge terminal in Sherwood Park was discovered by employees who noticed oil in a creek that flows through the property.It was then discovered that about 10,000 litres of oil had entered the tank’s secondary containment berm and 3,000 litres made it from the berm into the creek.It says all the oil was recovered before entering the nearby North Saskatchewan River.The board says the leak occurred when a gasket in a valve was displaced out of its original position, likely due to volume expansion of frozen water. It says a sluice gate valve at the end of the berm’s storm water drain pipe could not achieve a tight seal due to corrosion.It says Enbridge has since initiated actions to ensure that all tank and containment berm components are thoroughly inspected.last_img read more

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Halifax G7 meeting to promote ocean plastics charter to UN business McKenna

first_imgHALIFAX – A G7 ministers meeting in Halifax will promote the Canadian-led oceans plastic charter, with Ottawa planning to take the accord to the United Nations General Assembly, says the federal environment minister.The non-binding accord was agreed-to by five of the G7 leaders and the European Union at the G7’s Charlevoix summit in June, though neither the United States nor Japan have signed on yet.But the agreement needs wider international acceptance to stop the use of the oceans as open dumps, with over half of the waste coming from Asian nations who aren’t G7 members.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said in an interview Monday the ocean plastics charter will be among the key features of the three-day Halifax gathering that begins Tuesday, as Canada wraps up its presidency of the G7.“We know plastic … is literally choking our lakes and rivers and we have to take steps to stop that or we’ll have more plastic pollution than fish by 2050,” she said from Ottawa.The meeting will also see discussion around the rules for bringing about the Paris climate agreement’s goals for reductions in carbon emissions, she said.In addition, the wide-ranging agenda includes discussion of measures to prevent illegal fishing, coastal adaptation to extreme weather and, on Friday, a gathering of G7 energy ministers that will include talks on clean energy.However, the plastics accord discussion — occurring in a province that relies on a healthy marine environment for fishing and tourism — has strong political appeal, say some observers.“If they make movement on this, it will resonate well with the public and in other countries,” said Ashley Wallis, program director of water and plastics at Environmental Defence.Sad images of plastic straws and bags causing the death of turtles have become widespread in social media around the globe, while the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was recently estimated at 79 thousand tonnes of ocean plastic — about half of it comprised of lost fishing nets.The charter’s provisions call for national governments to set standards for increasing the reuse and recycling of plastics rather than trashing them. It also calls for businesses to take responsibility for production methods that eliminate waste — an approach referred to as “extended producer responsibility.”Ottawa has yet to fully outline what its national strategy to reducing plastic waste will be, and what the broad goals of the accord will mean on the ground.However, McKenna said she’ll have some announcements during the meeting, as will Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, who is expected to announce programs to reduce the amount of discarded fishing gear.In addition, McKenna says an effort is underway to take the ocean plastics charter to the international stage and gain more signatories, both from countries and large corporations.The minister said she’s been told Japan will “probably not” sign on to the accord in Halifax, though her officials were “working hard” with its government.Meanwhile, McKenna said the plan is to bring it to the G20 group of nations, which includes China, Indonesia and other major producers of the waste.The cabinet minister also said in Monday’s interview that Ottawa is planning to present the accord at the United Nations’ 73rd General Assembly next week.“The focus is on the G20 to continue it, but we have the United Nations General Assembly in September and that will be a focus because we really would like to take it to the world,” she said.McKenna’s office declined to confirm if the environment minister herself will be heading to New York next week to promote the charter.Louie Porta, vice-president of operations for Oceans North, said in an interview that Canada needs to take clear steps at home on plastics and marine waste to sustain international credibility.He said in an email that Canada has “done relatively little on fishing gear recovery or incentives for not leaving fishing and aquaculture gear in the water.”The non-profit group says that Ottawa needs to create a national “extended producer responsibility system, where the manufacturer designs products and packaging that never become waste and are always part of the supply chain.”“This would lead to a reduction in packaging and waste as manufacturers would not want to bear these costs,” he wrote in an email.Some environmental groups have been critical of the charter for its failure to act more rapidly, and for leaving in wording that would allow for the incineration of plastics.Despite a rise in recycling and composting in municipalities, Canadians remain among the most wasteful people in the developed world, with garbage being produced by households going up 18 per cent from 2012 to 2014, with 25 million tonnes of waste ending up in landfills that year.A spokesman for the Suzuki Foundation has said the only measure that would make a major impact on plastic waste that ends up in waterways and oceans is “complete elimination of disposable plastic products.”McKenna said she has to work with provinces and municipalities, and she’s also bringing businesses on board with practical arguments of how waste can become a financial asset.“We’re throwing out to $150 billion (in plastic waste), which doesn’t make any sense,” she said.last_img read more

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