Apparently Eugenie Scott of the NCSE is feeling no remorse from her appearance in Ben Stein’s documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, where she defended the actions of those who ruined careers, denied tenure, and deprived students and teachers of their academic freedom because they dared to question Darwin. Her latest piece in Scientific American is as adamant as ever: the creationists, ever morphing their tactics by a kind of sinister evolution, need to be eradicated. With co-author Glenn Branch, Eugenie Scott summarized the history of creationism and the court cases that have stymied them. Using the projection theme of a crook “donning a fake mustache” to hide his identity, Scott portrayed a shape-shifting bogeyman that can be shown no mercy but must be expelled. The subtitle reads, “Creationists who want religious ideas taught as scientific fact in public schools continue to adapt to courtroom defeats by hiding their true aims under ever changing guises.” After thoroughly discrediting the motives of creationists in Louisiana and Georgia who merely requested that students use critical thinking when exploring evolution, she explained why these apparently innocent requests deserved to be defeated: one doesn’t grant academic freedom to liars:In the meantime, it is clear why the Louisiana Science Education Act is pernicious: it tacitly encourages teachers and local school districts to miseducate students about evolution, whether by teaching creationism as a scientifically credible alternative or merely by misrepresenting evolution as scientifically controversial. Vast areas of evolutionary science are for all intents and purposes scientifically settled; textbooks and curricula used in the public schools present precisely such basic, uncomplicated, uncontroversial material. Telling students that evolution is a theory in crisis is—to be blunt—a lie. Moreover, it is a dangerous lie, because Dobzhansky was right to say that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution: without evolution, it would be impossible to explain why the living world is the way it is rather than otherwise. Students who are not given the chance to acquire a proper understanding of evolution will not achieve a basic level of scientific literacy. And scientific literacy will be indispensable for workers, consumers and policymakers in a future dominated by medical, biotechnological and environmental concerns.Creationists will continue their pattern of “steady misrepresentation,” she said, by finding new ways to chip away at Darwin’s theory of evolution. What are honest citizens to do? “But because the passage of such antievolution bills ultimately results from politics rather than science, it will not be the progress of science that ensures their failure to endure,” she said. “Rather it will take the efforts of citizens who are willing to take a stand and defend the uncompromised teaching of evolution.”Eugenie, Eugenie, please. This piece is so loaded with fallacies, lies and misrepresentations you should be ashamed of yourself. Readers, look at this. This lady knows better than to make such allegations. She has heard numerous scholars and scientists who are not fundamentalist Christians make the same arguments against dogmatic Darwinism, among them David Berlinski, Steve Fuller and Ben Stein. She has met face to face with Phillip Johnson and the leading lights of the intelligent design movement and various creationist organizations. She knows these people are not crooks with fake mustaches. In fact, she knows that most of them are nicer people than her fellow persecutors. She knows many of them have more degrees in science than she does. And she knows that no philosopher of science would defend the image of “science vs superstition” she is portraying. This piece has all the marks of a hit man knowing his job depends on showing the boss some blood. As a full-time employee of an organization whose sole purpose is to keep creationism out of the public arena, do you think she could dare face her board of directors and contributors with anything less than enthusiastic loyalty to the cause? Conscience be expelled; she is not going to draw her pay by feeling remorse for continuing one of the most egregious persecutions of scholars, scientists and citizens in recent history. If that takes a few lies and misrepresentations, so be it. (The best lies are calling your enemies liars, misrepresenting them as misrepresenters, and having an agenda to accuse them of having an agenda.) Eugenie, please. Don’t you realize that any special interest group could use the tactics you keep using? It’s never the Big Science Academy that has evil motives (don’t read those emails against Guillermo Gonzalez), it’s your straw bogeyman. It’s never the Darwin Party that lies (don’t look at those Haeckel embryos); it’s only the bogeyman. It’s never the DODO heads (Darwin-Only 2x) that misrepresents, changes tactics, and has an agenda – it’s only the bogeyman. You know these people. You know how nice and honest many of the persecuted outcasts are, and you know how cruel and heartless can be many of your comrades in arms. You would rather befriend foul-mouthed P.Z. Myers than kind-hearted, wise old Phillip Johnson. You would rather ruin a man’s career than listen to his scientific arguments for design. You would rather sue a school than let them dare think that Darwin might have had less than the whole truth. How can you look in the mirror in the morning? This charge of creationists only being politically motivated is so tiring. It is so hypocritical. If Eugenie’s special-interest group lost a court case, you know she would be the first to change tactics and put on a fake mustache. If she were marginalized, you know she would be the first crying out for academic freedom. If the Darwin Party were losing, you know she would be the first to demand the right to critically examine the majority’s claims and give both sides a hearing. If the Dover case had gone against the NCSE, you could hear the screams of protest she would make about how defining science is no business of a Republican judge. And if Eugenie’s rights were being systematically stripped away by a powerful institution, you know she would not willingly cede territory to tyranny without a political fight, no matter how hopeless the prospects for success might appear. She would get into political contests and school board races and cling to the eroding cliff of intellectual freedom as long as she could. BUT – when she has the power to yank freedom from others, she is merciless:Ms. Scott, we sincerely believe, on scientific and philosophical grounds, that Darwinism is deeply flawed. Can we have equal time to present alternatives? NO! (11/08/2004)OK, then; can have a few minutes per semester? NO!OK, then; can we let students know alternatives exist? NO! 12/20/2005)Is there any way for the D word design to be uttered in science class? NO!OK, forget the science class. We assume we could teach both sides of the design debate in a philosophy class, right? NO! (01/25/2006)How about teaching more evolution? We could teach both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinism, couldn’t we? NO! (05/13/2004)Can a teacher at least refer to secular peer-reviewed journals that mention problems with evolution? NO! (09/12/2004)Can a teacher put material at the back of the room for browsing, with no pressure or obligation? NO! (06/14/2005)Surely you would allow a teacher to encourage students to think critically? NO! (06/16/2005)Can a teacher mention that the textbook is presenting lies as evidence for evolution? NO! (07/25/2003)Can we put a teeny tiny sticker in the textbook asking students to think with an open mind? NO! (04/09/2004, 01/06/2007)Can we mention there are books in the school library with different views? NO!Can we teach evolution by the textbook, but perhaps mention a little about the factual history of Darwin’s influence on politics? NO! (03/25/2007)If students write papers critical of Darwinism on their own initiative, can they get a decent grade? NO!Can we promote academic freedom? NO!Can we complain when NCSE material claims Darwinism is compatible with religion? NO! (04/03/2006)Can Dr. Darwin-Doubter get tenure if he doesn’t voice any of his doubts about Darwin in the classroom? NO! (05/22/2007)After a Darwin-doubting professor has been expelled and lost his tenure appeal, can he get a job as a truck driver (example) to feed his family? We’ll get back to you….If you want to get really shocked and angry at what the Darwin Pary has done to respectable scientists and teachers who dared to question Darwin, get the new book Slaughter of the Dissidents by Dr. Jerry Bergman – himself a victim of Darwinist discrimination. On top of all this, Ms. Scott routinely portrays herself as a poor, lonely freedom fighter against the powerful religious right. She heaps scorn on those evil creationists, the only ones in town with an “agenda” who are nefariously trying to corrupt science and ruin America. Does that profile fit Dr. Richard Sternberg, a double-PhD research scientist? No way. But look what she said when he was hounded out of the Smithsonian for allowing a pro-design paper to be published in a scientific journal according to the rules of peer review, leading to a Congressional investigation that concluded evolutionists on staff had created a hostile work environment to pressure him out. Eugenie Scott graciously said this in response: Sternberg got what he deserved and should be glad something worse didn’t happen to him (see Evolution News #1, #2 #3). It was shameful – but she was shameless. It must be an awful burden to bear on one’s conscience. This humorless lady has to face looking back over her life some day and realizing she spent most of her years denying the majority of Americans the right to question dogma. We can only hope she will open her beloved Daddy Darwin’s inspired scripture and read, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” That’s not only the American way. Darwin was no American. That’s the scientific way. Exercise: Aim your Baloney Detector at Branch and Scott’s hit piece. Scoring: One point for each propaganda tactic, logical fallacy or smokescreen detected. Two points for each lame excuse for Darwin-only “science.” Three points for each allegation that is more justifiably aimed at the Darwin Party. If this exercise gets you worked up, you can do something about it.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
8 May 2008Pretoria-based Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has secured an export contract to supply right- and left-hand-drive models of the popular Ford Ranger pickup truck to African markets.In a statement this week FMCSA said that it began exporting the right-hand-drive variants from April and will follow with exports of left-hand-drive vehicles from July onwards.The company expects to manufacture approximately 10 000 Rangers for export at its plant in Silverton, outside Pretoria, during the remainder of the year.This number will increase to 24 000 Rangers for export in 2009, and to approximately 40 000 Rangers by 2010, raising the company’s total export volume to 60 000 vehicles per year.“This is another important contract for Ford of Southern Africa, and clearly shows the confidence Ford Motor Company has in our world-class workforce and their ability to produce vehicles of international standards and quality,” said FMCSA chief executive Hal Feder.“It also further highlights our ongoing commitment to expanding our operations and export component in South Africa.”The contract would assist the company in preparing for the export programme of Ford’s next generation global compact pickup in 2011, by enhancing the plant’s manufacturing capabilities.FMCSA recently announced it would invest more than R 1.5-billion to expand operations for the production of the next-generation pickup truck and Puma diesel engine.Apart from the Silverton plant that assembles Ford, Mazda, Volvo and Land Rover vehicles, from passenger vehicles to commercial truck ranges, Ford also has an engine plant in Port Elizabeth, which is the company’s global producer of the 1.3-litre RoCam engine which it exports together with the 1.6-litre RoCam engine to Ford plants in India and Europe.The company also uses its Port Elizabeth plant to manufacture catalytic converters for export, with Ford pointing out that South Africa had become a centre of excellence in the field, with the city acting as a hub for the catalytic coverter industry.“This announcement further highlights South Africa’s capabilities in an increasingly competitive global market,” said Feder. “The automotive sector plays an important role in the South African economy and we will continue to develop our significance both locally and as a strategic export base for vehicles, engines and components for Ford Motor Company.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Shortest stageThe shortest of the nine stages commenced at a furious pace as the teams left Jolivet Farm in the Highflats region. MacDonald and Woolcock rode hard up front to force an early break on the single track, which the riders hit after 5 kilometres. “I’m sure it will become an important race for our team from now on.” The Nedbank 360Life duo, who won the African leader jersey at the recent Absa Cape Epic, completed the 910km journey from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Scottburgh in 32 hours 27 minutes and 39 seconds, which left them 17 minutes clear of defending champions Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock of RE:CM, who recorded a total time of 32:44:43. Wheelchairs donatedThey donated a wheelchair per stage win to the Cycling for Mobility initiative and an additional 14 from the proceeds of the auction of their African leader jersey. ‘It’s one of the top races’“They said it’s all about the riders and certainly the trails are testament to that. It’s one of the top races I’ve done…definitely in this country.” He said the two standout stages had been day four, when the riders dropped down the escarpment from Sterkfontein Dam into KwaZulu-Natal, and the penultimate stage through the Umkomaas River Valley. MacDonald and Woolcock continued to drive the pace up Heart Rate Hill, with Evans and George sitting comfortably just behind them. The Nedbank 360Life rider said he and George had gotten a lot out of the event, but had also been proud to give something back. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 7 May 2012 Itec Connect-Vodacom’s David Morison and Louis-Bresler Knipe finished two minutes off the pace in 2:30:06 to take third on the day and the final step on the podium overall in 33:27:09. RESULTS Women1. Ischen Stopforth, Catherine Williamson (bizhub-fcf) 38:33:272. Sarah van Heerden, Jackie Church (Itec Connect-Vodacom Ladies) 40:34:313. Michelle van der Westhuizen, Jo Mackenzie (Cycling for Mobility 2) 54:38:04 MixedErik Kleinhans, Ariane Kleinhans (Contego 28E) 36:08:58Johan Labuschagne, Yolande de Villiers (Cycle Lab KTM) 37:12:12Carel Bosman, Leana de Jager (PeptroPro-bizhub) 39:15:23 Only Evans and George, Morison and Knipe, and the Transact pair of Paul Cordes and Arno du Toit, were able to stay with them. “Once the break was there, it was just a matter of consolidating to the end,” said Evans. Contego 28E’s powerhouse couple, Erik and Ariane Kleinhans, also added the mixed category medal to their recent Epic title, completing the nine days of riding in 36:08:58. SAinfo reporter Men1. Kevin Evans, David George (Nedbank 360Life) 32:27:392. Waylon Woolcock, Neil MacDonald (RE:CM) 32:44:433. David Morison, Louis-Bresler Knipe (Itec Connect-Vodacom) 33:27:09 “We’re spoilt to be able to come back and do this twice in the space of two weeks. We’ve checked out the tracks and I think we know where we’re going to make the racing.” The final day’s racing over 71 kilometres ended in a dramatic sprint across the beach, with RE:CM cementing their runner-up spot in the overall standings with a second stage win in 2:27:59. Nedbank 360Life followed them over the line just seven seconds later. ‘An easier way to end the tour’“It played out pretty much as we thought,” said Evans. “RE:CM wanted to win one more stage, so we had a free ride and just got to sit on. It was actually nice because it’s an easier way to end the tour.” Evans said afterwards that the event had exceeded his every expectations and that he and George had thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the 550-odd riders in the community-run race villages. Ischen Stopforth and Catherine Williamson of bizhub-FCF took line honours in 2:57:17 to seal an almost uncontested victory in the women’s race in 38:33:27. Evans said they were now looking forward to their next big goal, the BOE Sani2c, which traces the last three days of the Old Mutual joBerg2c. Top South African mountain biking stars Kevin Evans and David George debuted in spectacular fashion at the 2012 Old Mutual joBerg2c, taking five stage wins en route to overall victory at Scottburgh on the Kwazulu-Natal south coast on Saturday. The hills towards the first water point, after 33 kilometres, split the front group and the two top teams in this year’s race, RE:CM and Nedbank 360Life, were able to open up a gap of 1:20 on Itec-Connect Vodacom and Transact.
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