“I can laugh about it now,” Jackson told Bay Area media by conference call Wednesday.Rewind to the 2011 season, and it was a tumultuous year even by Raiders standards. … Click here if you are having trouble viewing the video on your mobile device.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — In retrospect, Hue Jackson is willing to concede the scorched earth approach wasn’t the best strategy when it came to the end of his tenure as coach of the Raiders.
ALAMEDA — The union of one of the most heavily fined players in the NFL with a franchise synonymous with playing to the whistle and beyond was made official Tuesday when linebacker Vontaze Burfict signed a one-year contract with the Raiders.The Raiders announced the signing, which was reported initially by NFL Media.Burfict, 28, was released by the Bengals Monday. His defensive coordinator in Cincinnati was through 2017 was Paul Guenther, who now has the same position for the Raiders. In a …
If Ida known then what I know now: the media-frenzied presentation of Ida (Darwinius masillae) as a distant relative of human beings last year has been debunked. “Many lines of evidence indicate that Darwinius has nothing at all to do with human evolution,” said Chris Kirk (U of Texas) in an article on Science Daily. Researchers publishing their analysis in the Journal of Human Evolution accused the presentation of ignoring decades of research and an enormous body of literature on the evolution of strepsirrhines, a primate group that includes lemurs and lorises. Ida’s discoverer claimed it had characteristics suggesting a linkage to haplorhines “However, Kirk, Williams and their colleagues point out that short snouts and deep jaws are known to have evolved multiple times among primates, including several times within the lemur/loris lineage,” the article claimed. “They further argue that Darwinius lacks most of the key anatomical features that could demonstrate a close evolutionary relationship with living haplorhines (apes, monkeys, humans, and tarsiers).” The announcement about Ida included a book, a History Channel documentary, and an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the specimen at a news conference in New York city. The lead author of the new paper remarked, “Just because it’s a complete and well-preserved fossil doesn’t mean it’s going to overthrow all our ideas.” For more on Ida, see the 05/19/2009 and 10/24/2009 entries.It’s nice when scientists criticize overblown claims of other scientists, but does it help to have one lie displace another? Ida has nothing at all to do with human evolution, but it also has nothing at all to do with evolution. A well-designed mammal lived, and it died. Some variations existed between existing kinds of primates. That’s all a strict empiricist should say about it. Did you notice the fudging the new team had to make about convergent evolution? They said certain traits are “known to have evolved multiple times among primates, including several times within the lemur/loris lineage.” Known? Would they swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? The truth may not get you a book or History Channel documentary, but it has one major benefit over the alternative: it’s true.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Turbine noise has been “devastating”Among the neighbors who blamed the turbines for a variety of health problems were Neil and Elizabeth Andersen, who live about 1,300 feet away from the closest turbine.Neil Andersen said by telephone that he was happy with the court’s decision because “it will give us a little bit of a break,” but he said the low-frequency noise produced by the turbines has been “devastating.”Andersen said he was a contractor who built Energy Star houses and had installed renewable energy systems and had no bias against wind turbines. But he said the low-frequency turbine noise was relentless, eventually forcing him to give up his business and go through much of their life savings.“I don’t expect anybody out there to get it,” he said, “It’s taken over our lives. Totally.”He and his wife have not seriously considered selling their house, Andersen said, because they doubt anyone would want to buy it. Even if it sold, he said, he wouldn’t expect to net any more than half its assessed value.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t recognize “wind turbine syndrome,” the name given to the health effects of exposure to low-frequency sound, but that didn’t stop Judge Muse from siding with the Andersens.“The court finds the Andersen’s claims that they did not experience such symptoms prior to the construction and operation of the turbines, and that each day of operation produces further injury, to be credible,” he wrote. A Massachusetts judge has ordered fewer operating hours for two municipally owned wind turbines that have been blamed by neighbors for a variety of health problems.According to an Associated Press report that appeared in the The Boston Globe, the Cape Cod community of Falmouth has been told to limit operating hours for the 1.65-megawatt turbines to 12 hours a day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The turbines can’t run at all on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day.The turbines were installed at the town’s wastewater treatment facility 3 1/2 years ago to power the plant and to generate income for the town through the sale of electricity to the local utility. At first, the turbines ran around the clock, but more recently they have been running from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m., the AP said.The ruling by Superior Court Judge Christopher Muse, shortening the workday for both turbines by four hours, was the first time a U.S. court has ruled there is sufficient evidence that wind turbines near residential areas can be a health hazard, an environmental group called Wind Wise Massachusetts said.