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LBSU roundup: 49ers triumph twice in water polo

first_imgThe Long Beach State women’s water polo team came on strong to finish up its opening weekend of the regular season, beating Princeton and Cal State Northridge on Sunday in the Triton Classic in La Jolla. The 49ers (3-1) ran their winning streak to three under new coach Catharine von Schwarz and took ninth place in the tournament. Against Princeton, Cecilia Canetti scored three goals and goalie Kim Hayes made a career-best 12 saves to lead the 49ers to an 8-7 triumph. Marina Canetti – Cecilia’s sister – and Megan Winchell each had two goals in the win. Against the Matadors, Christina Wensman tallied three goals and Hayes totaled 10 saves in a 9-5 triumph. LBSU also got two goals apiece from Keala O’Sullivan and Rochelle Denaro against CSUN. “We came into the tournament with a lot of first-game jitters, but came out as a single team,” von Schwarz told reporters. “A couple of our goals were to improve with every game and every quarter, and we did that.” The 49ers play at Hawaii on Saturday. Softball Arizona State 6, 49ers 5: Long Beach State built a 5-0 lead before the Sun Devils rallied to win in a Kajikawa Classic game in Tempe, Ariz. Jessica Beaver hit a two-run home run and totaled three RBI for the 49ers (1-4). Also for LBSU, Brianna Goad went 2 for 4 and Whitney Radcliff went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Brooke LeSage had the other RBI for LBSU, which led 5-0 after 3 1/2 innings. center_img The 49ers resume play Friday in Santa Barbara in the Softball by the Beach tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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The Democratic Party Does Not Own Science

first_img(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A journal commentator comes to the rescue of conservatives, who get an undeserved bad rap about science.Because many science reporters take a default leftist position, it becomes a cultural myth that the Democratic party is science-friendly and the Republican party is anti-science.  Take any issue that overlaps science with politics—global warming, sex and family, immigration—and you will most often find reporters arguing against positions of Republicans.  This must stop, Daniel Sarewitz writes in Nature.  “Science should keep out of partisan politics” his headline reads.First, some recent examples of leftist bias in the science news:Global warming: Republicans tend to be skeptical of the warmist prophecies of doom, largely because of dislike of UN “global governance,” doubts about climate models, and the deleterious effects of austere remediation efforts on free enterprise. Science Daily merely assumes the warmist position (that humans are responsible), asking, “What will it take to convince climate skeptics that the phenomenon is real?”Immigration: Republicans are all for legal immigration, but disparage the flood of illegal immigrants pouring through our borders, not out of xenophobia but the economic impact on Americans, the value of the rule of law, and concerns about national security.  Science Daily announces (switching the term “illegal” to the less-judgmental “undocumented”), “Medical schools have ethical obligation to accept applications from undocumented immigrants, experts say.”Gay blood: Many conservatives would be appalled at the prospect of putting heterosexual Americans at risk of HIV through the blood supply, but Medical Xpress bows to political correctness in its headline, “US mulls lifting ban on gay blood donations”—reported as if that is a good, scientific thing to do to help reduce homophobia.PC Good:  Political correctness, a frequent target of conservative liberty advocates, must be nice if it “fosters creativity,” PhysOrg says.  “While PC behavior is generally thought to threaten the free expression of ideas,” some academics “found that positioning such PC norms as the office standard provides a layer of safety in the workplace that fosters creativity.”Abortion OK:  For half a century, conservatives have been trying to protect the unborn, but Medical Xpress rationalizes it on the grounds of a woman’s well being, saying “major complications after abortion are extremely rare,” as if that justifies taking the life of an individual with its own DNA and two parents.Energy:  You can count on liberals to oppose anything that brings energy independence and economic prosperity to America, a highly-sought goal by conservatives.  Nature titles its hit piece, “the fracking fallacy.”Welfare: As if hard-working Americans are not creative, Science Daily puts forward the suggestion that “Entitlement Boosts Creativity,” praising a “study” at Vanderbilt that found that students writing why they deserved “various positive outcomes” were more “creative” by some measure.  Republicans value responsibility and generally deplore entitlements except for the truly needy.  Even if it makes some welfare recipients creative, does that justify the billions of dollars the government doles out?This is just a sampling.  Perhaps it’s the fact that liberals tend to be less religious, and more accepting of scientific “consensus” about evolution and other subjects, that leads reporters to bias their stories toward the Democrats.  Let’s see what Sarewitz says about it.  Nature’s subtitle for the article reads, “The Republican urge to cut funding is not necessarily anti-science, and the research community ought not to pick political sides, says Daniel Sarewitz.”Daniel’s ire was provoked by watching how American scientists responded to the Republican rout in the last election.  When the AAAS chose a prominent Democrat as its new chief, he thought, “in today’s poisonous partisan atmosphere, the AAAS’s choice of Rush Holt, a physicist and political centrist just finishing a 16-year stint in Congress, looks every bit as political as the election itself.”  Like an umpire, Sarewitz stepped up for  the Republicans. His first line backs up what we stated earlier about the assumption Democrats are science’s reliable champions:It is standard wisdom among Democrats that Republicans are ‘anti-science’. This view will be reinforced when Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, famously sceptical about climate change, takes over the Committee on Environment and Public Works in January; when House science committee chair Lamar Smith (Texas) renews his assault on social science and the peer-review process; and when research and development spending continues to stagnate under a Republican-controlled Congress.The AAAS, which bills itself as “the world’s largest general scientific society” has positioned itself to counter these developments by anointing a leader who could take up the fight. From this perspective, the choice of Holt might seem inspired. That is certainly what commentators on the Democratic side are saying. Typical is a blog post by Joe Romm of the think tank Center for American Progress in Washington DC, who looks forward to Holt continuing “his blunt defense of both science and climate action given his new high-profile platform”.But is it smart for the AAAS to link itself explicitly to the partisan fray? The generally accepted metric of how well national science is doing is the level of government funding, and by that measure Republicans have, on the whole, supported science as much Democrats have in the past 50 years.As it goes, Sarewitz positions himself neutral about politics across the pond, but he sees some justification for the Republicans trying to limit spending.  For one thing, he dismantles the assumption that more spending equals more scientific progress.  He doubts that leaders of the AAAS or NSF know how to prioritize their own spending priorities, and sees some justification for Republicans wanting to put some accountability back into what they perceive is a runaway scientific establishment wasting taxpayer money on frivolous studies.  His conclusion is like his headline: science should keep out of partisan politics.The political situation surrounding US science and politics is not clear-cut. The more the AAAS, and so the science community, is seen to line up behind one party, the less claim it will have to special status in informing difficult political and social decisions. Public regard for scientists remains particularly high, and for politicians, particularly low. Blurring the boundaries between these groups is not likely to redound to the benefit of politicians, but to the detriment of scientists.The essay led to a lively set of comments, many in agreement (even by liberals), but some jumping in with vitriol against conservatives, Fox News, and the religious right.Daniel Sarewitz is a breath of fresh air in a community dominated by groupthink.  Some readers have questioned why we mention political positions sometimes.  Here you see for yourself that a prominent journalist for Nature understands the overlap between leftist politics and the “AAAS, and so the science community”.  There is no argument—statistics show it—that science professors (and most in academia) are overwhelmingly Democrats, by huge margins.  Individual scientists can be Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, and as long as they are honest with their data, deliver good science.  It’s the organized groups, like the AAAS and the Democratic Party, and many in the mainstream media, who are most often bosom buddies with Darwinians and big-government, one-world, science=consensus pressure groups, who see the world in either-or, us-vs-them, good-vs-evil categories.  This makes sense because they are dependent, to a large extent, on government largesse (meaning, taxpayer dollars).  When a Lamar Smith or Tom Coburn comes along and tries to bring a little responsibility to Big Science’s insatiable desire for taxpayer money to spend on on rabbit massages or voodoo dolls (10/29/14), and they get plastered with labels like “anti-science.”  This would seem a very unscientific way to respond.Arguably, it’s the conservatives who wish to see money spent wisely, for national prestige and security, for economic growth and compassion.  Radio commentator Dennis Prager has pointed out that leftists are the ones who tend to respond by emotion and see everyone in terms of group identity (one study affirms this; see 11/09/14).  The truth is, if the values of responsibility, wisdom, liberty and accountability championed by conservatives became the rule at the AAAS and in the federal government, the economic boom that would ensue would create a surge in science unlike any we have seen in recent memory.  The skyrocketing debt bequeathed on America by the leftist administration over the past six years is positioning the country for economic collapse from which Big Science will be unable to rescue itself or others.Accountability is good for everyone.  AAAS: get some.last_img read more


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A Habitat in Mississippi Follows Two Paths to Green

first_imgA lot of Habitat for Humanity affiliates have been pushing hard to boost the performance of the homes that they, their homebuyer-clients, and teams of volunteers build, all the while keeping final costs in the affordable realm.Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, in northwestern Vermont, has committed to a three-home development in Charlotte in which the first house will incorporate Passive House construction and performance standards. (Groundbreaking for that project was June 18.) The Habitat affiliate in Prescott, Arizona, collaborated with students from the Yavapai College Residential Building Technology program to help design and construct a 1,200-sq.-ft. home that operates at net zero energy. And one of the 20 contenders in the 2011 Solar Decathlon – a student-and-faculty team representing The New School and Stevens Institute of Technology – is developing a solar-powered Habitat home for residents of a low-income neighborhood in Washington, D.C.Another affiliate chasing the dream of green and affordable is Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, which last week announced that one of its builds recently earned LEED for Homes Platinum certification. Perhaps just as important, Bay-Waveland Habitat intends to make improved construction standards routine. One of its homes completed in 2009 earned an Emerald certification under the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Program, and that same year the affiliate committed to build its future projects at least to Silver standards under LEED for Homes or Silver under NAHB Green. That includes homes built for Seal Pointe, the affiliate’s new 42-unit neighborhood.Bay-Waveland Habitat says a big part of its prescription for green is its materials selection: aluminum roofing, cement board siding, open-cell spray foam insulation, low-e double-glazed windows, SEER 15 HVAC units, and low-VOC paints and adhesives. Construction methods include advanced framing, low-impact site development, natural resource conservation, and recycling of construction waste.last_img read more


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Creating Motion Infographics in Adobe After Effects

first_imgWant to create snappy motion infographics?  Check out this in-depth video tutorial series on creating engaging infographics using After Effects.If you’re looking to explain a concept, product or social initiative, motion infographics are effective at engaging your audience and delivering your message.  For the newbie video editor and motion designer however, the task of conceptualizing and creating motion infographics in After Effects can be a daunting task.Portland based animator and designer Michael Jones recently created a sharp motion infographic, and then broke down the process in a series of in-depth video tutorials.  He demonstrates how he created specific shots, by explaining the step by step process in After Effects (see the video tutorials below).  The final video has a faith-based message, but the techniques used can obviously be applied to any project where you need to outline information (corporate, commercial, churches, organizations, etc).First, let’s take a look at the final video:This is a great series of case studies and tutorials for anyone interested in creating professional infographics in After Effects.  Thanks for sharing, Michael!Learn how to visualize and setup this type of After Effects infographic project – overview and preproduction:An in-depth look at text animation and creating a text reveal effect:Animate a floating box with with masks in After Effects:Recreate the cool shattered lightbulb effect:last_img read more