What we learned from 49ers DC Robert Saleh on Wednesday at Senior Bowl

first_imgMOBILE, Ala. — Robert Saleh oversaw a unit that allowed 27.2 points per game in 2018, the fifth-worst average in the NFL.Entering his third season as 49ers defensive coordinator and coaching in the Senior Bowl for the third time, Saleh sat down with local reporters in Mobile on Wednesday.Here are a few notable things he said.How will Saleh and Co. sort through a class filled with pass-rushers? The 49ers own the No. 2 pick in April’s draft, and they’ll likely take a pass-rusher …last_img

The Simpsons Producer Treats Evolution as Fact

first_imgThe TV cartoon The Simpsons was praised for its “greatness” in, of all places, the premiere scientific journal Nature.1  Michael Hopkin interviewed “Executive producer Al Jean, the show’s head writer and a Harvard mathematics graduate.”  One of the questions was, “One episode in which the show does take sides is the one in which Lisa protests against creationism in her school.”  Jean explained the thinking behind the episode:What we say is that there are conservatives, like Pope John Paul II, who believe in the theory of evolution, and that it’s far from a liberal theory: it’s scientific, it’s as close to a fact as can be.  We did say that Flanders, who opposed the teaching of evolution, is sincere in his beliefs.  We tried to take his emotions seriously.    What’s really funny is that they had a debate here between the Republican candidates [for the presidential nomination], and the moderator said “so, which of you believe in evolution?”  And you could see a couple sort of raising their hands and then changing their minds, and I’m going “how can you not be sure whether you think that’s true or not?  It’s not a matter of opinion.”Jean did not explain what he meant by evolution, but since it was put in contradistinction to “creationism” one could safely infer he meant the common ancestry of all organisms by an unguided, undirected process that did not include a designing intelligence.  Because of that, and for assuming the factual objectivity of the most controversial theory in science and philosophy, and for propounding a grade-school-level philosophy of science, he wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.    For the Pope’s most recent statement about evolution, see this translation of his July 25 speech posted by ID Net.21Michael Hopkin, “News Feature: Science in comedy: Mmm… pi,” Nature 448, 404-405 (26 July 2007) | doi:10.1038/448404a.2This is provided for reference only.  CEH makes no claim that the Pope’s opinions on this matter carry any particular credibility or authority.  Since his words were widely reported in sound bites, however, one should view them in their context.We think people need to be reminded that cartoons don’t just drop out of the sky into TV sets from unbiased sources.  They are the work of producers, writers, and publicists who are just as biased as anyone else.  You’ve just seen a portion of the mindset of the executive producer of a popular cartoon that always portrays the father as a bozo, the son as a delinquent, the religious leader as the sincere fool, and the girl who adores science as the savior of society from dangerous myths like creationism.  Why do you think they do this?  No agenda at all, would you say?  There’s nothing like humor to slip propaganda past the family radar.    Al Jean may be a math whiz but he needs to do some homework.  If he thinks evolution is the closest thing to a fact as anything can be, and that one is not allowed to have opinions about it, even if the skeptic is a PhD scientist or world-class philosopher or theologian, then he needs to go back to school himself.  His assignment is to read all seven years of Creation-Evolution Headlines.    Jean’s answer to a subsequent question in the interview provides a great case of dramatic irony.  He was asked, “Do you have a dream scientific guest who you’d love to have on the show?”  Without blinking an eye, he said, “Living or dead, it would be Isaac Newton.”  Ha!  Gotcha.  Now read this article by Jeff Jacoby at the Boston Globe, and the entry on Newton in our online book.  Better send your cartoon heroine to keep this kook out of the public schools, Al.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

John Deere “Gear Up For Fall” promotion set for participating dealerships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Customers to get additional savings on turf products, as well as chance to win equipment package during fall Drive Green Demo Day events through October 31.For people looking to purchase lawn, garden and other equipment, fall just got a little greener, thanks to the just-announced John Deere Gear Up For Fall program. The program, which runs from August 15 to the end of October, gives customers who attend Drive Green events an extra $250 off a wide range of turf equipment, in addition to the other Drive Green program product discounts and the sweepstakes.According to Tom Elliott, product marketing manager for John Deere, customers can get the $250 Gear Up For Fall coupon when they attend a fall Drive Green event and apply it toward the purchase of a new John Deere ZTrak, EZTrak, QuikTrak mower, Signature or Select Series tractor, or select Gator utility vehicle models.“Fall is a great time for residential and rural property owners, farmers and ranchers and others in the green industry to check out a wide selection of John Deere equipment,” Elliott says. “These fall Drive Green Demo events are the perfect place to compare competitive models and test drive the latest utility tractors, lawn and garden equipment, Gators and more. Plus, the Gear Up For Fall incentives, along with the other Drive Green coupons, make this an especially good time to invest in John Deere equipment.”In addition to the $250 Gear Up For Fall coupon for turf equipment, event attendees can receive a $500 coupon for the purchase of select John Deere utility tractors and discounts on attachments. Attendees also can register for a chance to win a John Deere 3032E Compact Utility Tractor with loader and rotary cutter package to be given away later this year.“Along with making the Drive Green events fun and informative experiences, the first 50 people who attend fall events at participating dealerships will receive a special limited-edition John Deere Gear Up For Fall camo cap,” Elliott adds.At Drive Green events this fall, John Deere dealer experts will be on hand to demonstrate the equipment and answer questions. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required to attend.For more information on the Drive Green equipment discounts and events in your area this fall, visit www.JohnDeere.com/DriveGreen, or see your local John Deere dealer.last_img read more