Logan Couture just had his best month in the NHL; Pete DeBoer has a theory why

first_imgSAN JOSE — Logan Couture couldn’t help but smile. After Erik Karlsson’s shot from inside the blue line was redirected by Barclay Goodrow, the puck bounced off Couture’s stick just above the crease and past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.“We were laughing,” Goodrow said of Couture’s goal, which came in the second period of Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Kings. “We had so many good shifts before that. Hitting the post, cross bar, we were creating a ton of chances and then a little fluky …last_img

Secular Science Analyzes Jesus

first_imgIn a classic religion-vs-science confrontation, Live Science took on the question, “Jesus Christ the Man: Does the Physical Evidence Hold Up?”  The answer may say more about science than about Jesus.    To begin with, reporter Natalie Wolchover drew distinctions between scientific evidence and belief – as if evidence requires no belief or assumption or interpretation.  The belief of Christians in Jesus’ life comes from “textual evidence in the Bible” – betraying a bias that textual evidence is less credible than scientific evidence.  Her headline also implies that evidence must be physical.  This rules out logical and textual evidence and eyewitness testimony.  It also begs questions about whether other beliefs accepted by scientists are based on physical evidence alone.    Wolchover spent a moment on a red herring about Simcha Jacobovici (“The Naked Archaeologist” from the History Channel) and his latest documentary about two crooked nails he claims are tied to the crucifixion.  Many scholars consider this little more than a publicity stunt (see Bible Places blog #1 and #2).  From there, Wolchover debunked various other relic stories, including the lead plates recently announced from Jordan (see Bible Places).  But dubious archaeological claims, frauds and forgeries have little to do with the question of whether Jesus really lived.    After dispensing with relics, Wolchover turned her science scanner on texts.  The Dead Sea scrolls are not much help, she claimed, because the “Teacher of Righteousness” mentioned in some scrolls could be anybody.    Regarding the Biblical text, she seemed to indicate that non-canonical gospels have equal bearing with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John on the history of Jesus: “There are still other Gospels,” she said, without naming them, “never canonized but written by near-contemporaries of Jesus all the same.”  She did not mention that the Gospel of Judas (04/09/2006, 12/26/2007) was written much later by Gnostics, and that the Gospel of Thomas and others have long been considered spurious by early church fathers who lived closest in time to the writing of those documents.  Nor did she explore the church fathers’ criteria for authenticity, the social dynamics of heretics and cults who might have reasons to write spurious accounts, nor the science of textual analysis, concerned with the authenticity of texts.    All the same, she drew a middle ground on the historicity of Jesus, quoting Marcus Borg, a secular scholar at Oregon State: “We do know some things about the historical Jesus – less than some Christians think, but more than some skeptics think.”  That judgment, though, rests on what documents one takes as credible.  Borg did not question the fact that Jesus lived, but from the textual evidence, presented a synopsis of Jesus’ life sanitized of the miraculous.  Acknowledging that “More healing stories are told about Jesus than about any other figure in the Jewish tradition,” he proceeded to the crux of the story: the cross and resurrection:He was executed by Roman imperial authority, and his followers experienced him after his death.  It is clear, Borg said, that they had visions of Jesus as they had known him during his historical life.  Only after his death did they declare Jesus to be “lord” or “the son of God.”To make such claims, Borg (and Wolchover, the reporter) had to rule out of court the eyewitness testimony of Thomas, the doubter, who reached into the wounds of the risen Jesus (John 20:24-27), of John, who said their hands touched Him (I John 1:1-4), and of all the disciples who saw him eat and drink in their presence (Luke 24, John 21), and the 500 who saw him at one time (I Cor 15:1-11), most of whom were still alive when the testimony was written.    Moreover, to deny the resurrection, they would have to completely discount the life testimony of the Apostle Paul (I Corinthians 15, written at most 25 years after the crucifixion), the fact that Paul had been a hostile witness (I Timothy 1:12-16), yet spread his testimony of the risen Christ throughout the middle east and Europe, finally being martyred without flinching from his testimony.    They would have to deny that Matthew, Mark, Peter, John (1 John 1:1-10), James and possibly the writer of Hebrews were also eyewitnesses of Jesus and the resurrection, and that the New Testament authors, including Luke (Luke 1:1-4, Acts 1:1-3), Peter (2 Peter 3:16-21), John (I John 4:1-6), Paul (2 Timothy 3) all advocated telling the truth, each of them staunchly opposing myths and fact-free speculations (I Timothy 4:1-4).    Furthermore, they would have to ignore the fact that all the apostles (except possibly John), who claimed they had seen the resurrected Christ, died martyr’s deaths without recanting.  Plus, they would have to explain the explosive growth of the early church in a time of persecution, when all the enemies of the new faith would have to do to squelch it was produce the body of Jesus and parade it down the streets of Jerusalem.  Furthermore, Wolchover and Borg had to dismiss a priori the possibility of predictive prophecy (Isaiah 53, Luke 24, esp. vv. 25-26).    No philosopher of science would affirm that the opinions of Borg and Wolchover were dictated to them by the scientific evidence itself.  Clearly a different set of authorities would produce different conclusions.  The question of what constitutes evidence is a philosophical question about science, not a statement by science.  Invariably, one must consider the biases that fallible human beings bring to a question. Easter is approaching; that must mean it’s time for Jesus-debunking articles by secular bigots.  Secularists pick and choose the kinds of evidence they like, draw their conclusions based on that selected evidence, filter it through their materialistic biases, and proclaim to the world that science has shown the resurrection to be a myth, congratulating themselves that they have been neutral “scientists” and not selfish, biased, sinful dogmatists like the rest of the rabble.    Understand what is behind these writings.  It is vital for Evil Science (that’s “Live” backwards) to debunk Jesus, because He gets in the way of their favorite god, Charlie the Bearded Buddha, who lets them do whatever they want.  Don’t be distracted by the red herrings about relics; that is not what conservative Bible scholars who accept the historicity of Jesus rely on; if anything, they dismiss it as holy junk.    If you want a more credible testimony, read the writings of the Apostle Paul, who had been dedicated to crushing the early Christians until he saw the risen Christ on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).    See also the DVD The Case for Christ (available from La Mirada Films), which presents numerous lines of evidence by knowledgeable scholars, narrated by Lee Strobel, formerly a hard-hearted atheist, who had no reason to believe the Bible and every reason to oppose it, till he checked out the evidence for himself.  It all converged on a uniform conclusion that was so powerful, Strobel said it would take more faith to deny it than to accept it.    Nobody should be gullible.  It’s OK to be a doubting Thomas – for awhile, till presented with undeniable evidence (John 20).  Let this be the year you get the best evidence from the most reliable sources and come to grips with the reality of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28).(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA surfer runner-up at World Juniors

first_img12 October 2012 Buitendag’s results in 2012 have included a victory in the CHIKO Pro Junior in Newcastle, Australia, another win in the six-star-rated Movistar Women’s Pro in Piura, Peru, and another title in the six-star Azores Pro at the beginning of October. The waves were outstanding and Buitendag and Van Dijk were deserving finalists, having scored six of the top 10 highest wave scores of the event in the lead-up to the final. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘A great warm-up’“Nikki surfed really well, I’m very happy for her. This event has been a great warm-up for me to get ready to surf on next year’s ASP Women’s World Championship Tour,” she concluded. Led throughoutIn the title-decider, the Australian held the lead throughout, using her smooth style to glide down the line and unleash some crisp and powerful carves. Rising South African surfing star Bianca Buitendag fell at the final hurdle at the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships in Bali on Friday, but nonetheless walked away as runner-up for the title of world junior champion. ShoneBuitendag shone throughout the event, using powerful backhand surfing to storm through a draw stacked with the best junior surfers in the world. In the final, unfortunately for her, she was unable to find the best waves to execute the moves that saw her post big scores in the earlier rounds. “I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt!” Van Dijk said after securing victory. Next year, she will join the top 17 surfers in the world on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour and is certainly one to watch. “I just want to thanks my Oakley for putting this event on, and God for giving us great surf. “I was nervous the whole heat! I was shaky when I was trying to stand up. I think I was just so excited to be out there in such perfect waves. “I’m really happy with second,” Buitendag said. “I came here with no expectations and to finish like this has been great. Australia’s Nikki van Dijk took the victory in six-foot surf, with flawless tubes and walls reeling down the reef at Keramas, which set the perfect stage for the battle for the title. In January 2011, she won the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships. SAinfo reporter “I’m so honoured to win! This is what I dream of, it’s amazing! To be here with my sister and friends is amazing. I know all my family and friends at home will be so excited!”last_img read more

The Return of the Vapor Diffusion Bogeyman

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Fully aware that I am engaging in gross oversimplification, I’m going to offer a cartoon version of the History of Vapor Barriers. (I’m not a cartoonist, though, so someone else will have to make the drawings.) Here goes:Panel 1: In the late 1940s, residential building codes in the U.S. began requiring the installation of vapor barriers on the interior side of walls and ceilings. These requirements had complicated historical origins but were not based on credible building science.Panel 2: During the 1960s, fiberglass batts were sold with kraft facing on one side. Builders were instructed that the kraft paper should face the interior of the building.Panel 3: During the 1970s, when U.S. homeowners were hit with steep increases in energy prices, builders began paying more attention to insulation levels. Energy experts began advising builders that polyethylene sheeting was a better vapor barrier than kraft facing. By the late 1970s, most builders in the colder areas of the U.S. — and a significant number of builders in mixed climates and hot climates — were installing interior polyethylene vapor barriers.Panel 4: During the 1980s and 1990s, building scientists in the U.S. and Canada realized that interior polyethylene prevents walls from drying inward during the summer, and that polyethylene was causing as many problems as it was preventing. As these scientists began studying the mechanisms by which moisture is transported from the interior of a house into walls and ceilings, they realized that the most important moisture transport mechanism was air leakage, not vapor diffusion. These scientists proclaimed, “Vapor diffusion is not the issue! We need to focus on air barriers, not vapor barriers. Code requirements for vapor barriers are misguided.” Led by Joseph Lstiburek, some of these scientists managed to implement code changes that allowed builders to omit… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Why Apple Is Talking to Cable TV Companies – and Why They’re Listening

first_imgA new report places Apple in discussions with large cable operators to possibly pipe their content through Apple TV or a similar set-top device. If accurate, such an arrangement would not only raise Apple’s profile in the television market, but could also greatly affect the nature of content coming to your TV screen – and how it gets there.It’s no secret that Apple wants to be a big presence in your living room. The $99 Apple TV set top box – and its associated technologies like AirPlay – are evidence of that. But now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is working to negotiate a deal with cable providers that might enable live cable TV content to be viewed on Apple TV.Apple Pivots to a New PlanThese negotitaions may indicate that Apple has not been terribly successful in its original goal to license content directly from television and movie producers. That plan followed the cable-cutter model: give consumers enough content and they’ll replace their existing cable service with Apple’s Internet-based offerings. Google and Amazon have similar ambitions, with Google TV and Amazon Digital Services showing up on devices like the Vizio Co-Star and the Roku, set-top boxes, respectively.If Apple can cut a deal with the cable providers, it would avoid this disruptive model altogether. Instead, Apple could insinuate an Apple TV-like device into the current supply chain from content producer to cable provider to consumer.What Can Apple Offer?It won’t be easy. Other than hooking on to the Apple “cool” factor, there seems little incentive for cable companies to make such a deal. After all, most cable set-top boxes already use a Linux-based operating system layer (which is pretty much free) so why pay more for an operating system licensed from Apple? And, more importantly, cable companies already have the video content. What can Apple offer that they don’t?Well, these three things for starters:1. Music, for one. Apple has well and truly locked up deals with the recording industry, and on-demand music coupled with the capability to play a user’s songs over a home theater system would be a nice plus. For now, most cable and satellite services offer only streaming music channels, often from Sirius/XM.2. Internet content for another. Apple TV doesn’t currently have a Web browser, but a new for-cable Apple device could. For all their investment in TV browsing and DVR interfaces, that’s something that the cable companies don’t really have. Browsers are already showing up within set-top devices: the aforementioned Co-Star features Google’s Chrome browser.3. Apps could be the key to Apple’s appeal to the cable companies. Roku and other set-tops already feature some gaming apps, and cable companies may want to get in on the act. The few efforts made by the cable providers in this area have been, frankly, sad. Apple could bring an instant gateway to millions of high-quality iOS apps.There’s no telling how far along Apple’s talks with the cable companies have gotten, or if any such deal will come to fruition. But of all the players in this space, Apple is in perhaps the best position to deliver the most music and apps right now.That pre-eminent position may erode as Google Play and Android application development grows, so Apple may be trying to strike while the iron is hot to get a first-to-cable-market jump on its online competitors.For more on the ongoing evolution of television, see What’s At Stake In the Epic Battle Between TV Networks and Cable/Satellite Providers.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img brian proffitt 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

UST bounces back, downs UP in duel of UAAP favorites

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Both UST and UP are now tied in second place behind unbeaten De La Salle (2-0).From an early setback in the first set, the Golden Tigresses showed their fight in the second, displayed their composure come the third, and their resiliency in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUST’s 17-11 lead was dwindled to two, 18-16, in the fourth set after Isa Molde’s through the block kill but the Golden Tigresses remained calm and took a 21-16 lead off of Cherry Rondina’s ace.Molde then featured again in UP’s last gasp with an off-the-block kill to salvage a point for the Lady Maroons and the 24-19 score line but reigning Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini had other plans and sealed the win for UST with two clutch points. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FEU goes 3-0, UST wins 2nd straightcenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Diana Carlos led UP with 20 points while Molde had 13 as they played without setter Ayel Estrañero who was said to have suffered from food poisoning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes said he took his pre-game inspiration for his team when he attended a mass at the Philippine Army’s General Headquarters at Fort Bonifacio wherein the Army chaplain said in his homily that “you’re more than your mistakes.”“I said to myself that I can apply what our chaplain said in the homily to my team,” said Reyes in Filipino. “You will mistakes but you can do so much more. We really struggled in the first set and they were dwelling on their errors.”“I just reminded them on what they have to do so by the second and third sets we were able to lessen our errors.”UST’s star trio of Alessandrini, Cherry Rondina, and rookie Eya Laure sparked the Golden Tigresses with Season 80’s top freshman leading the way with 22 points.Rondina finished with 18 points for UST while Laure added 17 of her own.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas bounced back and topped University of the Philippines, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Golden Tigresses suffered an ugly loss to Ateneo in their previous game, 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, but redeemed themselves to get to a 2-1 record while stopping the Lady Maroons from getting a third straight winADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more