IBank May Face Criminal Charges

first_imgThe two controversial checks bearing the names of Cllr. Mose Paegar and Roberta Parker, in the amounts of US$10,000 and US$75,000, respectively, instead of allegedly Alex Tyler and Richard Tolbert.International Bank Liberia Limited (IBLL) could face criminal charges, if the ongoing investigation proves that the bank deliberately changed the names that were previously written on two of its checks in the amount of US$10,000 and US$75,000 allegedly cashed and paid to former National Investment Commission boss, Richard Tolbert and former House Speaker, Bomi County, District #1 Representative Alex Tyler, as claimed by the Global Witness bribery report.The two controversial checks, one dated June 23, 2010, in the amount of US$10,000 was said to have been paid to co-defendant Tolbert, while the other check dated August 25, the same year in the amount of US$75,000 was paid to co-defendant Tyler.The bank had insisted that the June 23 check was made out to Cllr. Moses Paegar, managing partner of the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm. Paegar is also the president of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA).The August 25 check was in the name of Mrs. Roberta Parker, a staff of the law firm.The monies, the GW claimed, were withdrawn by the pair from the account of the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, owned by co-defendant Varney Sherman, a lawyer for Sable Mining, a UK based company as a bribe to alter the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) Act to award the Wologizi Mountain to the company without it going through the competitive bidding process.The government has already submitted the two checks to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to begin a probe to pursue criminal action against the bank if it is found that the original names on the checks were replaced.The investigation will also target Sabanoh Printing Press, the entity allegedly hired by the bank to print its checks, in order to authenticate the serial numbers and other features on the checks.Prosecution’s strong position against the bank was due to IB’s inconsistency when the bank was summoned by the court to account for the checks.The IB officials initially denied having any knowledge about the two checks, alleging that they had destroyed or turned over to the law firm documents regarding the firm’s financial transactions with the bank prior to the case dating back to 2010.Those statements were made when the bank was threatened by the court to produce the checks, which prosecution argued it would not proceed further with the case in the absence of the two checks because they were among its major documentary evidences against the defendants.Based on the court’s ultimatum the bank, a week later, produced the two checks in court, but with two different names on them. This prompted the probe and if found liable of any alteration of the ‘original’ names on the checks, could warrant subsequent government criminal action against the bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

D.A. probes issue on hospital board

first_imgLANCASTER – The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether four board members have had a conflict of interest in a contract between Antelope Valley Hospital and a local medical group. Until recently, four of the five hospital directors had financial ties to High Desert Medical Group. Rival candidates raised the issue in past hospital board elections. “We did receive a complaint, and we are reviewing it,” said Deputy District Attorney David Demerjian of the Public Integrity Division. “The complaint is there is a conflict of interest by one or more of the board members. It’s in the initial review stage at this point.” Demerjian said the complaint was received in February. Board members Dr. Abdallah Farrukh, Dr. John Manning, nurse-practitioner Berna Mayer and Dr. Don Parazo have or had financial relationships with High Desert. Farrukh was elected to the board in 2000, Parazo in 2002, and Manning and Meyer in 2004. They have in the past denied any conflict of interest. Mayer said she never did, or would put pressure on hospital administrators to secure a better contract for High Desert. “They are free to look into anything,” Mayer said. “As far as I know, nothing has been changed with any of the contracts. If anything has been changed, it hasn’t been changed by the board. The board member who has had no ties to High Desert, June Snow, welcomed the inquiry. In the 2006 election, Snow and two other candidates raised questions about potential conflicts of interest and whether High Desert Medical Group was wielding undue influence. “I really don’t know if there’s trouble or not trouble, but the potential is there, and I think it’s good the D.A. looks into it, and hopefully they will find nothing wrong,” Snow said. Manning works part time and Parazo full time at High Desert. Mayer was a nurse-practitioner there but resigned at the end of April because she said the hospital could not negotiate a new contract with High Desert with a board majority having ties to the medical group. Farrukh was not employed by High Desert but had a contract with the group to provide services. That contract has ended, hospital officials said. A three-year contract between the hospital and High Desert expired at the end of April. “(Hospital CEO Les Wong) said he could not renegotiate a new contract as long as four of us were on the board. So I had two choices. I could resign from the board or resign from High Desert Medical Group, and I just felt as a nurse-practitioner I could seek employment elsewhere,” Mayer said. “There’s three of us now with no ties, so a new contract could be negotiated.” Hospital attorney Craig Cannizzo said High Desert’s contract with the hospital goes back about 11 years, and the most recent amendment was approved May 1, 2004. Cannizzo said the hospital was not able to renew or amend the contract given the makeup of the board before Mayer and Farrukh severed their ties with High Desert. “The law allows a contract to continue if new board members come on that have a direct or indirect financial interest, but it does not allow the contract to be amended, renewed or modified while those officers continue to have financial relations with the contracting party,” Cannizzo said. The task of negotiating contracts with medical groups and insurance companies is handled by Wong and not brought before the board. “We are relieved that we no longer have the obstacles that we had previously. It wasn’t really something that the hospital could dictate,” Cannizzo said. When a new contract is negotiated, it would have to come before the board for consideration, and Manning and Parazo would have to recuse themselves, Cannizzo said. Even with no current direct contract between High Desert and the hospital, High Desert’s 66,000 members can still be treated at the hospital but at possibly higher group rates, officials said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Video: Highlights of ex-Barcelona star’s glittering performance on Tuesday

first_imgWatch the video above to see Gerard Deulofeu’s superb performance which helped Everton to book their place in the semi-finals of the League Cup. The 21-year-old Spaniard opened the scoring before turning provider as the Toffees were 2-0 winners against Championship side Middlesbrough. Everton boss Roberto Martinez: Gerard Deulofeu is a natural talent that ‘anyone would pay to watch’League Cup round-up: Premier League sides Man City, Stoke and Everton book places in semi-finalslast_img

‘I’d rather have a tree stump in goal than Mignolet’ – Liverpool fans on Karius

first_imgLiverpool have been dealt a blow ahead of the start of the Premier League season, with the news that Loris Karius is set to miss two months of football after breaking his hand.The summer signing has played all five of the Reds’ pre-season friendlies, and he was set to start the campaign as the number one keeper in Jurgen Klopp’s team.However, he clashed with teammate Dejan Lovren in the friendly loss to Chelsea, and has returned to England from the USA to undergo required surgery.This injury means the 23-year-old German is set to miss games against Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester United – with either Simon Mignolet or Alex Manninger set to deputise.Mignolet seems the more likely given he has been first-choice at Anfield for the past few seasons, but this is not a thought that is cheering Liverpool fans.Check out some of the best reactions to Karius’ injury below… 1 Will Simon Mignolet replace Loris Karius in goal? last_img read more

‘Lunatic driving’ could have ended in death – Judge

first_imgA young Carndonagh man, who was three times over the drink driving limit when he crashed his van after a high-speed Garda chase, has been warned by a judge that he’s facing a prison sentence.Dean Doherty, of Galwilly, Carn, was charged with dangerous driving at Cullineen, Redcastle and Drung, Quigley’s Point, on April 13, last. He was also charged with drink driving, driving without a licence and insurance at Gortnashade, Quigley’s Point on the same date when he appeared before Carndonagh District Court.The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to all charges when he appeared before the court, which was sitting in Buncrana.Garda Inspector Denis Joyce told the court that Gardaí were conducting a MIT [Mandatory intoxication testing] checkpoint near Redcastle when Garda Tully stopped Mr. Doherty, who was driving a Ford Transit van, at 1.44am.He said Doherty failed a roadside breath test and was asked to pull in off the road, but instead he accelerated and drove off.“He drove along the road then took a sharp left turn to a minor road,” Insp. Joyce outlined.“This was an extremely narrow road and Mr Doherty went straight out at a T junction while continue to drive at high speed – around 120km per hour on a minor, narrow road.”Insp. Joyce said the chase went on between 16 and 20 minutes with Doherty going round a blind corner, without slowing or stopping.“Garda Tully lost sight of the vehicle but as they continued along the road they came across a female standing at the side of the road,” said Insp. Joyce.“She had been a passenger in Mr. Doherty’s van and they discovered that the van had left the road and ended up in a stream under a bridge. The van was upright under the bridge. They then saw Mr. Doherty standing in a field nearby. He was not injured, thankfully no one was injured.”The court heard that upon arrest Doherty admitted he had no licence or insurance and a subsequent breath alcohol test at Buncrana Garda Station revealed a breath alcohol concentration of 62mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.Insp. Joyce said Doherty was processed as a specified driver, because he had no licence, which has a drink driving limit of 9mg of alcohol.He also stated that Doherty had been fined €250 in Carn Court in 2017 for having no insurance but had not been disqualified from driving as it was his first offence.Defence solicitor Ray Lannon told the court that his client worked as a plasterer in Dublin and had been saving for insurance after he was quoted €3,400 for cover.He said on the night in question he had been going to the Bailey with friends, and had two passengers on board the van with him.“When he was stopped at the checkpoint he panicked and left the scene,” Mr. Lannon said.“We are fortunate that no one was injured – my client made a bad situation worse and he is lucky he’s not injured. He does now have an insight into the manner of his driving and the situation he found himself in.”Mr. Lannon said Doherty indicated on the first occasion that he wanted to plead guilty and in the meantime he completed the prosocial driving course in Donegal Town and Cavan.“He says the course was an eye-opener and he will never ever drink and drive again,” said Mr. Lannon.“He is working hard and earns €500 a week in Dublin and gets a lift up and down toDublin with a contractor from Carn. He’s asking for a chance.”However Judge Paul Kelly rejected his saying Mr. Doherty ‘had a chance’ when he was not banned from driving in 2017 when he was convicted for having no insurance.He said cases like this explain why people receive insurance quotes like €3,400.“It’s no wonder why people receive people receive quotes like that,” said Judge Kelly.“This case is exactly why people receive those quotes. This type of lunatic driving could cause death or serious injury – we have saw it before. Then it results in insurance claims against someone who has no insurance so the people that do pay insurance then have to pick up the bill.”He said this was a case ‘undoubtedly a case where a custodial sentence was warranted’, however he said he would adjourn sentencing until he received a community service and probation service report.“Mr. Doherty got a chance in this court in 2017 so that exacerbates his situation, however, I note that he has pleaded guilty at an early stage and that he has since completed the prosocial driving course so I will take that into account when sentencing,” added Judge Kelly, before adjourning the case until October 15.‘Lunatic driving’ could have ended in death – Judge was last modified: July 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghchasecourtdonegalJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

ATHLETICS: CHRIS AND SARAH PICKED TO JOIN IRISH TEAM AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgBudapest bound for European Cross Country Championships this week are two Donegal club athletes.Finn Valley’s Sarah Collins who carries a medal hope in the junior women and Chris Johnson from Letterkenny AC in the under 23 national team.It’s an exciting challenge for both. Sarah has just had an absoluitely remarkable year to date highlights being participation in the world junior ( u-20) track champs in Barcelona and in recent weeks a top 10 finish in the Ncaa x country for Providence in Kentucky.She arrives in the Hungarian city Friday accompanied by her family and competes Sunday and is off back to Boston Monday to sit exams before returning home for Christmas.Christopher a student at UCD is the national u 23 x country champion and is included on that team and while it’s his first major Irish call-up the experience will no doubt encourage him for an international career in the years ahead.Crosss country is his forte so no fear for him. An added local interest is that LAC coach Teresa Mc Daid is squad team manager and Finn Valley’s Neil Martin from Glenfin is on coaching support staff . Best wishes go with those involved.ATHLETICS: CHRIS AND SARAH PICKED TO JOIN IRISH TEAM AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS: CHRIS AND SARAH PICKED TO JOIN IRISH TEAM AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSlast_img read more

Chelsea stars accuse N’Golo Kante of being tight when visiting their restaurant

first_img 2 Kante (R) is a fan of a free meal at Luiz and Willian’s restaurant N’Golo Kante is renowned as being one of the nicest guys in football, but it seems even he has one crucial flaw.The Mini-driving Chelsea midfielder is notoriously shy and chooses to shun away from the celebrity lifestyle associated with being a footballer. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed After helping France win the World Cup in Russia over the summer, the combative midfielder had to get Steven N’Zonzi to ask if he could hold the famous trophy aloft.But it seems as though the two-time Premier League is not shy when it comes to claiming a free meal according to his Chelsea teammates.Brazilian duo Willian and David Luiz own Italian restaurant Babbo in Mayfair and claim Kante always tries to get a free meal.Speaking to Chelsea TV, Luiz said: “They love it because normally they come here and they don’t want to pay. Especially N’Golo.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ With Willian commenting: “If you ask N’Golo, ‘pay’, he does like that… ‘Yeah? I have to pay? Oh no! You and David you’re good, you have a good heart.’”Luiz – who is reportedly a transfer target for Barcelona – then added: “Even if I say it in front of them, he say ‘I’m not gonna pay.’”The France international is reportedly close to signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge to ward off interest from Paris Saint-Germain. No doubt Luiz and Willian will be making sure he pays from now on as soon as he signs. BEST OF Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos center_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Kante was vital to France’s success at the 2018 World Cup gameday cracker PAYBACK scrap LATEST 2 Most Popular Football Stories latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

Mayor’s test: Don’t let unions set the agenda

first_imgEvents are unfolding in the city of Los Angeles that could have repercussions throughout the state. Employees of the city-owned Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are threatening a strike unless Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council approve a new contract that preserves their status as the city’s highest-paid workers. Their compensation also exceeds that provided by three out of four of the other major utilities in the state. Some at City Hall, fearing a debilitating strike and threats of legal action, will suggest that the city cave in to the DWP employee union’s demands and move on. In fact, the mayor, who has expressed concern about the pay package that guarantees 16.5 percent and as much as 30 percent over five years, depending on inflation, can claim that the deal was not negotiated on his watch. He could sit on his hands, blame others, and pledge to negotiate a better deal next time. But these deals do not exist in a vacuum. Twelve years ago, immediately after Richard Riordan took office, DWP employees were able to convince him to support an 11 percent pay raise. After this was confirmed, Riordan discovered that there were other unions he must deal with. Representatives of public safety workers argued that their members’ contributions to the city were as important as those of DWP employees. These workers, too, were awarded an 11 percent raise. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The lesson is not lost on city workers represented by Service Employees International Union. The union has expressed its outrage at the disparity between what DWP workers are receiving and other workers. It is probably unnecessary to add that the SEIU would withdraw any opposition to the DWP deal, if the city were willing to provide its members with the same pay package. If the mayor starts down this road, he will be repeating the mistakes of his immediate predecessor, Jim Hahn. Under the Hahn administration, more than 90 cents of each new dollar coming into the city ended up as pay and benefit increases for existing city employees. As a result, there was nothing left to meet Hahn’s campaign pledge to hire new police officers. His answer was a desperate effort to increase the sales tax burden on Los Angeles residents, already among the highest taxed in the state. Perhaps Villaraigosa should look elsewhere for inspiration. Just after Ronald Reagan took office he faced a showdown with the air traffic controllers’ union. If the government did not immediately accede to the workers’ demands, they would go on strike and cripple the nation’s vital air transportation network. Reagan shocked observers when he summarily fired the air traffic controllers and began an expedited program to train their replacements. This bold move by the president set the tone for the rest of his administration. Adversaries understood that they were dealing with a leader who would not be intimidated, and were more anxious to cut deals than fight. It is said that even the Soviets were highly impressed. If Villaraigosa wants to set the agenda in Los Angeles, he must act forcefully to confront this first threat to his governance. The unions cannot be allowed to set the agenda, but must be enrolled as partners. To do this, the mayor may not have to fire anyone, but he’d better show strength or the city’s finances will continue to circle toward the drain. If the mayor decides to take on this fight, he can take some comfort from the experience of another president. It is said that Nixon was able to open up relations with China because his anti-communist reputation shielded him from the criticism that a more dovish president would have endured. Villaraigosa has always defended the right of working people to receive a fair wage. His pro-union background – he was a union organizer – provides him credibility with city workers that should allow him to cut a deal that treats workers fairly while respecting the city’s taxpayers who will pay for the agreement. Taxpayers throughout the state are watching to see if the mayor can establish a new standard for negotiating with government employees. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Contact him through the organization’s Web site, www.hjta.org.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

Up to 300 job losses as RTÉ record €20m deficit

first_imgRTÉ has announced that between 250 and 300 people will have to leave the organisation after they recorded a €20 million deficit in 2016.RTÉ’s Director General Dee Forbes says that RTÉ’s “financial situation is precarious and the organisation has to make sure that it is relevant and part of Irish culture and Irish life.”Forbes announced details of the redundancy and early retirement package at a meeting in RTÉ yesterday. It was outlined that those with more than ten years of service to the station will be entitled to six weeks pay per year of service capped at 104 weeks and statutory redundancy. Those with under ten years of service will be offered two weeks pay per year of service as well as statutory redundancy.Those who leave will not be able to work with RTÉ again on a contract or freelance basis.Forbes told RTÉ News that job cuts and increasing the TV license fee will not “solve all of RTÉ’s financial problems.”RTÉ cite Brexit as one of the largest issues facing the company. Up to 300 job losses as RTÉ record €20m deficit was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dublinjob losses?RTElast_img read more

Did the French Revolution Evolve by Natural Selection?

first_imgEvolutionists are off the rails, applying Darwinian theory to matters of the mind and intellectual history.If it’s been awhile since you heard anything about the French Revolution of 1789-1793, here’s a brief refresher. It was bad; really bad. It represented the collapse of a government into chaos and anarchy, with heads rolling everywhere (literally). Mob rule fueled by radical-leftist totalitarians gave the world a glimpse of dictatorships to come. Hanne Nabintu Herland, writing in an article on WND, describes some of the horrors at the height of the revolution:Under the French revolutionary leader, Maximilien de Robespierre, guillotines were set up on almost every street corner in Paris. The little that was left of order now fell apart. People were executed at the smallest hint of opposition; orgies were organized in churches as a direct move by radicals to spite religion. Robespierre summarized his totalitarian logic, stating that there are only two types of people in France, the people and their enemies. Anyone who opposed the revolution was to be eliminated. Priests and the well-educated were beheaded and killed by the thousands without trials or examining evidence; their bodies were thrown into the streets. Nobody cared about the rule of law in the midst of this so-called glorious revolution. And it was profoundly anti-religious. Churches were locked up; priests demeaned and killed. The French Revolution meant the end of religious freedom in France. A new tyranny had begun – a “democratic” tyranny.And yet this followed the so-called “French Enlightenment,” in which deists and atheists wrote passionate works demanding the authority of “reason” and “evidence,” promising a golden age of “liberty, equality, and fraternity” for all, once society had freed itself from the shackles of religious tradition. Robespierre is said to have justified the executions with the proverb, “To make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs” (one of the worst analogies in history). Whose omelette? Who appointed him the cook? And who wants to eat an omelette with blood in it? That kind of attitude would be used by Lenin, Stalin and Mao.Herland says that order was not returned until Napoleon seized power and re-instituted the rule of law, including religious toleration, restoring some semblance of order.The French Revolution was profoundly different from the American Revolution, which did usher in an age of “liberty and justice for all” based not on equality of outcome, but equality of opportunity. It also sprang from the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, with its “self-evident” truth that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights. For a comparison of American and French ideals, see Dennis Prager explain “The American Trinity” of values. Fortunately, the French have learned a lot from America after Napoleon, and France is today one of America’s best allies in the free world.The Darwinian Takeover of HistoryWith that refresher in mind, look at what some Darwin-drunk eggheads at Indiana University came up with. In their paper in the elite Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they apply biological evolution to explain the French Revolution. This is not a joke; you can read the open-access paper yourself.Our mapping of the French Revolution’s turbulent early days in terms of the creation, sharing, and destruction of word-use patterns complements existing studies of specific ideas (much as evolutionary biology analyzes both mechanisms of transmission/selection and the particular phenotypes for which an environment selects).Could they just be using evolutionary biology as an analogy? They can’t possibly mean this, can they? Look at the Conclusion of the paper:The history of human culture is more than just the rise and fall of particular ideas. It is also the emergence of new information-processing mechanisms and media, and roles that individuals and institutions play in creating and propagating these ideas through time. In the language of biological evolution, we must understand not only the characteristics for which an environment selects but the strength of that selection over time and the shifting and heterogeneous nature of the transmission mechanisms.The figure in the paper shows a plot of novel ideas surviving through time in the same manner as novel traits in a population of organisms. They treat the members of committees, the writers of pamphlets, and debaters just like they would bacteria in a test tube or ants in an ant farm, watching which innovations “emerge” to carry the evolution forward. They treat the words of the revolutionaries as “patterns” that mutate and evolve.A press release from Indiana University shows photos of the two main suspects perpetrating this latest Darwin fraud, Rebecca Spang and Alexander Barron. “Adopting analytical tools to track word-use patterns, they found the French Revolution’s principles, ideals and goals emerged and evolved in the assembly’s speeches and debates.” Is there no area of human inquiry safe from Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law?Readers should take notice that this paper is completely amoral. There are no condemnations of Robespierre or the horrific executions and terrors of the French Revolution. It’s just stuff that happened according to the aimless meanderings of the blind evolutionary process.Are we too harsh to call these eggheads the perpetrators of a fraud? Maybe we are not harsh enough. Why? Because their approach is nothing less than the death-knell of all science, all history, and all reason. With their self-deluded, self-refuting approach to knowledge, the Age of Reason evolves into the Rage of Un-reason.To see why, let’s have another set of Darwin eggheads apply the same method to them. Rebecca Spang and Alexander Barron, with their bad case of the Yoda Complex delusion, were the chief perpetrators of the PNAS fraud, so let them become the lab rats now. With some skillful manipulation of symbols in fancy-looking equations and charts, the new eggheads could treat the writings of Spang and Barron like memes of a population that is evolving. Nothing about the content of their PNAS paper would matter any more, would it? The new scientists would look at Spang and Barron like bacteria, or ants, that come up once in awhile with new memes that succeed better than other memes. Maybe a turn of phrase, or a random mutation in a thought, or some other pattern, gets selected and survives. Then, the anteaters at the journal manipulate which ants get eaten and which ones get published—because they, too, are a population evolving by natural selection (in this case, predatory journal editors). You can continue this infinite regress; it’s turtles all the way down.But could their argument be true? True? Ha ha ha ha, you dolt. What is truth? The only truth is that there is no truth! Everything evolves, and this paper will go extinct by chance just like everything else in this pointless universe [cue sound of implosion].Dear reader, do you see why Darwinism must be laughed off the stage once and for all? It leads to the destruction of reason—indeed, of all human inquiry. With the totalitarian Darwinists in control, knowledge marches to the guillotine. Don’t like it? Too bad. Stuff happens.Exercise tough love. Give these mutant scholars some books by C.S. Lewis to read. (Visited 294 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more