Language barrier plagues healthcare delivery – CMO

first_imgCMO, Dr Shamdeo PersaudThe inability of patients to understand what doctors are saying has been a burning issue for many patients in hospitals, especially at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, on the East Bank of Demerara.Not only are patients worried that they cannot understand the foreign doctors, nor hear pass their accents, they are concerned that they might be given wrong treatment.This concern was raised by a number of persons who voiced their disapproval of the ongoing issue of comprehension and understanding foreign doctors at public hospitals.“I went to the Georgetown Public Hospital and it had a doctor from Nigeria and I had to ask her five times “what you said” this shouldn’t be… this is a serious problem. Sometimes they understand us but they can’t talk it,” one man told  Guyana Times.Another concerned individual, Michael Graham, stated that he visited the Diamond Diagnostic Centre complaining of chest pains and the doctor, during consultation, asked him if his head hurts. Others echoed the same sentiments, while calling for proper systems to be put in place to ensure that the foreign doctors are fluent in English.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud, indicated that this is an ongoing challenge the Public Health Ministry faces and one that has been addressed at the level of the Medical Council on several occasions.“What we are requiring now is that all the brigades must be proficient in the English language… must be able to write, listen and respond in English,” he said, explaining that all three areas of language competence must be assessed before the Medical Council licences them to practice.He stated that this procedure has commenced with the Cuban doctors within the past year. He noted that previously “casual assessments” would be carried on the perspective doctors to determine if they could speak English.Persaud said too that decades ago, Guyana had an influx of highly trained, senior levels of foreign doctors, but recently they are seeing “all types of doctors entering the country” thus it imperative that there is a more rigid assessment of language and communication.Former President of the Medical Council of Guyana, Dr Vivienne Mitchell-Amata, had stated that 90 per cent of diagnosis is done during consultation and if there is a communication barrier then there is a problem making the diagnosis. She stated also that if the doctor is really an expert who is badly needed in Guyana and they cannot speak English, then they must come with an interpreter who has to be with them at all times while on duty.Persaud, nonetheless, stated that the Medical Council has been working together with the brigades to address the problem. “We are hoping that they work alone with a local junior doctor or nurse,” he said.He emphasised that the Ministry is pushing to ensure that there is quality health care in all regions and so he is appealing to the public that if they do not understand what a doctor is saying, especially if it’s a doctor that does not speak fluent English, then they should not be afraid to ask questions about their treatment.“If you are wondering if the correct information is received or the correct diagnosis is given then you have a right to ask questions,” he said, adding that they have drafted a patient charter and is hopeful that the Minister will approve.Most of the foreign doctors in Guyana are from Cuba, India, Nigeria and China.last_img read more

RCMP tape off house; Neighbours say man was found dead

first_imgAndrew Tylosky/Energeticcity.caRCMP taped off a house on 110th ave in Fort St. John early Monday evening. Neighbours say a man was found dead inside his house.- Advertisement -We have contacted the RCMP for more details on this story, but at this time they have not returned any phone calls.  If you ever have a news tip send it to contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img

Retailers scramble to please consumer

first_img Another big concern is a cooling housing market; the windfall from home equity refinancing – which gave consumers extra cash to spend – is fading. Another big question mark is the employment market; the job market has steadily improved, but wages aren’t keeping up with inflation. The National Retail Federation, which is holding its annual convention this week, forecasts a 4.7 percent gain in total retail sales this year, less than the 6.1 percent growth achieved last year. Total retail figures exclude business from auto dealers, gas stations and restaurants. Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at The International Council of Shopping Centers, expects a 3 percent sales gain for retailers’ fiscal year, below the 3.8 percent increase in 2005. The International Council of Shopping Center-UBS sales tally is based on sales at stores opened at least a year, known as same-store sales. Amid this climate, companies are recognizing the need to have an emotional connection with consumers. Mindy Grossman, vice president of global apparel at Nike Inc., another panelist at the Financo session, cited the success of an activewear line called 10/2, inspired by cancer survivor and cyclist champion Lance Armstrong. Meanwhile, rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, chairman and CEO of fashion company Sean John, said he was able to resonate with his consumers with his first foray into fashion: a black T-shirt and a black hat. The company, which now sells a complete men’s clothing collection, is doing well with its new men’s fragrance called “Unforgivable” with Estee Lauder. The 2.5-ounce bottle, found only at Saks Inc.’s Saks Fifth Avenue, sells for $300. A less expensive version will be in 1,800 department stores starting on Feb. 15. “We represent the attitude” of our consumers, Combs said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Shoppers who frustrated the nation’s retailers by being choosy and waiting until the last minute for bargains during the winter holidays are expected to continue challenging merchants in 2006, particularly discounters and midlevel department stores. High energy costs, modest wage increases and a slowdown in the housing market are expected to restrain consumer spending, forcing retailers to come up with new ways to excite the shopper. Home furnishings stores, which had a mixed performance last year, will likely show more signs of weakness as shoppers may spend less on their homes. And midprice department stores will continue to struggle amid competition from stores like cheap chic Target Corp. Hot pockets remain luxury stores and consumer electronics chains. Meanwhile, sales of accessories, particularly handbags, should continue to do well. Upscale retailer Coach Inc. reported that its female customers are buying nearly an average of four handbags – at more than $150 a piece – a year, compared to two a year in 2000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card But attracting shoppers goes far beyond just stocking up on the right merchandise. “I walk through an American Girl store. And that’s an experience,” said Michael Gould, chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s, in an address to industry executives at a seminar late Monday sponsored by investment banking firm Financo Inc. He was referring to the Mattel Inc.-owned popular doll brand, whose stores have tea rooms and throw theater performances. “We need more animation in the stores,” said Gould, noting that Federated Department Stores Inc.’s Bloomingdale’s is studying ways to have more thematic fashion events. He’s also looking at putting less merchandise on the floor. Bloomingdale’s is renovating its lingerie department at its New York flagship, eliminating 40 percent of its lingerie offerings, while expanding its fitting rooms. The good news is that shoppers – and the economy – showed surprising resilience last year amid a series of devastating hurricanes, a spike in gasoline prices and higher interest rates. Even the holiday shopping season, saved by the last-minute spending surge, ended up being respectable for merchants, though not spectacular. But analysts predict a spending slowdown as shoppers see their disposable buying power reduced. This winter could be a challenging one for merchants because customers will be forced to budget more amid higher heating bills. last_img read more

Latino students take issue with limited classes

first_imgNorth Hollywood assistant Principal Virginia Hall said they once offered Italian for two years, but due to attrition, they were not able to offer a third year. Years ago they also had French classes, but the program was closed due to a high dropout rate and problems with the instructor. “When we offer a foreign language, we need to make a commitment to students to be able to offer at least three years of that language because of the University of California requirements,” Hall said. “We certainly anticipate when we go to a traditional schedule, we’ll be able to offer more than Spanish in 2007 or 2008.” It’s not the first time students have demanded another foreign language at the school. In 2004, another student presented to the administration a petition signed by about 200 students asking for another foreign language – but it did not produce a change. Foreign language offerings are directly related to demand, district officials said. “Student demand for foreign language courses is what directs the number and types of courses offered,” said LAUSD spokeswoman Stephanie Brady. “And at most of our schools, students may speak Spanish but they don’t have the grammatical essentials that they learn from a Spanish class.” Students have turned to community colleges to take French classes. “I’m kind of freaked out about it because I’m concerned about getting into a good college because there’s so much competition,” said freshman Silvia Orellana, 14. “A lot of colleges and universities are not taking Spanish as a foreign language anymore.” Her mother, Maria, said she’s saddened that her daughter is not afforded the same opportunities as other students in the district. “I wish she had more language options, especially since we live in a country that has so many cultures and people speak more than Spanish and English,” she said. Straight-A sophomore William Vega said school brochures promised French, but the class was never offered. He took the high school proficiency exam, passed, and will begin attending community college this year to eventually transfer to UC Berkeley – to major in French. He hopes to study law at Harvard or the University of Pennsylvania. But the inequity goes beyond foreign language courses, students complain. They feel the lack of access to rigorous, college-preparatory classes makes them fall far short of the top high school students in the nation. Even students at the same school don’t have the same access to education, with the curriculum offered at his academy not matching that at the Highly Gifted Magnet – leaving him at a built-in disadvantage, Vega said. “I’m not going back. I don’t want to be part of all that mediocrity. We’re compromising our standards,” said Vega, 15. “We’re not competition to anyone unless we’re given choices. We’re pretty much at the bottom of the barrel.” Perez said his counselor kept pushing him to consider California State University, Northridge. Only through a teacher did he recently find out about the option of enrolling in a community college program, where if successful, he would be guaranteed a spot at a UC school. Now, he’s planning on attending Santa Monica Community College, in the hopes of transferring to UCLA. It’s very difficult to determine inequities between and within schools because of limited reporting, said John Rogers, associate director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access. “I do think there are some serious issues there and it’s a real concern,” he said. “No matter what neighborhood you grow up in in California, you should have a meaningful opportunity to be exposed to an education that will prepare you for access to any public university in the state.” (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When you get right down to it, English is more of a foreign language for Jose Perez than Spanish is. So when he entered North Hollywood High School, he hoped to learn Italian or French but was dismayed to learn his only choice was to study his native tongue. “It’s like they’re saying we’re not smart enough to learn another language,” Perez complained. “How can Spanish be considered a foreign language when it’s not foreign to us? “How can I put on my college application that I learned a foreign language, when this is a language I grew up with?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsPerez is one of a group of disgruntled North Hollywood High students trying to raise awareness about what they say is an inequity in education offerings: They only have one choice in foreign language – Spanish – while counterparts at Canoga Park High could choose from German, Spanish, French and Italian. The high school senior with a 3.7 GPA has collected nearly 90 surveys of students in Spanish classes asking whether they were happy with the course and would like a shot at something else. He will submit the results to the administration after he conducts the same survey in coming weeks of students on another track at the school. An overwhelming majority said they did not want Spanish and would have preferred French, Italian or German, saying the Spanish classes were simply not challenging enough. About 72 percent of the 4,333-student campus is Latino, school officials said. Only the 310 students in North Hollywood High’s Highly Gifted Magnet – which requires an IQ of 145 to be accepted – have the option of learning French. last_img read more


first_imgThere was great excitement at National Lottery offices in Dublin today, as Ireland’s latest Lotto millionaire picked up a cheque for a cool €5,482,894.The man from the North discovered his good fortune after reading about it on the net.He explains: “As I read through the article, everything just added up for me. A €12 ticket – check; bought at Top Filling Station – check; Quick Pick – check. “When I finally checked my ticket, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s surreal – amazing but surreal.”The delighted winner, who wishes to keep the win private, bought the lucky €12 Quick Pick ticket in Top Shop, Top Filling Station, Killea, Co. Donegal on Friday 20 January 2012.This is the third jackpot winning ticket sold in Co. Donegal in less than two months. On 21 December 2011 a Donegal Lady won the €2 million Lotto jackpot. She bought her lucky €4 Quick Pick ticket in the Post Office, Tirchonaill St., Donegal Town. The lucky lady had no immediate plans for her win.Just three weeks earlier on 3 December 2011 Kathleen McLaughlin from Redcastle won a Lotto jackpot worth over €2.6 million. Kathleen bought her €4 Quick Pick ticket in Farren’s Ice Cream Company Ltd., Main Street, Moville, Co. Donegal. She shared her win with her family. Since the Lotto game began in 1988, 84 jackpots have been won in Co. Donegal. That amounts to a prize payout of over €58.4 million.  DERRY MAN COLLECTS €5.4M DONEGAL LOTTO CHEQUE was last modified: January 31st, 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:donegalKillealotto winnerlast_img read more

LBSU and CSUN a battle of hot teams

first_imgThe CSUN-UCI game had been scheduled for Northridge, but had to be moved due to poor air quality from the nearby Topanga/Chatsworth fire. Today’s game is expected to go on as scheduled at Matador Soccer Field. The 49ers may be without the services of Bolt, who leads the team with five goals and five assists (15 points). She is day-to-day with a left wrist injury suffered against the Tigers. Two days after recording yet another shutout, but this time in conference play, the Long Beach State women’s soccer team continues Big West action today at Cal State Northridge. Friday, the 49ers (8-2-1, 1-0) opened their BWC portion of their schedule with a 1-0 victory at Pacific, where they won for the first time in program history on a goal by freshman midfielder Hayley Bolt. Today at 2:30 p.m., they travel to face the Matadors (9-1), who are riding a program-best eight-game winning streak after a 3-1 win at UC Irvine on Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 — Matt Zimmerman center_img 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

Desabre names team for CHAN tournament

first_imgCranes head coach Sebastian Desabre (left) with his technical team of Fred Kajoba and Matia Lule shortly before their departure. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–The Uganda National team coach Sebastian Desabre has named a 25-man squad that will travel to Morocco for the upcoming CHAN tournament.After initially dropping 14 players from the summoned 41 that reported for the first training sessions, the French man dropped two more players Wednesday morning to remain with 25.The two players who have been dropped are SC Villa’s Godfrey Lwesibawa and Proline striker Daniel Insiagi who were both hoping to make their competitive debuts for the Cranes.Asked how he has managed to select the players, Desabre emphasized that his coaching staff have been instrumental in the whole process.“It is good that i am getting to know the players by face and name,” said Desabre.“My staff are helping me here and there especially when in comes to the players because they know the players more and have worked with them before,” he added.About the upcoming tournament, the former Ismaily coach had this to say.“We are very focused on the first game in the tournament. The teams we are going to play I the group are all strong but am focused on my team because we want to win all games. Our goal is to first get out of the group stage and then we can see what happens,” he said.About the team leaving ten days prior to the tournament, Desabre highlighted on the team plans.“We have two friendly games to play so we had to leave early and prepare a little bit better,” he said.The Uganda National team departed Wednesday at 3:00pm for Morocco. The tournament starts on the 12th of this month and ends on the 4th of February.The 25 playersGoalkeepers:Ochan Benjamin, Ismael Watenga, Saidi KeniDefenders:Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Nsubuga, Timothy Awany, Bernard Muwanga, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Aggrey Madoi, Isaac Muleme, Mustapha KizzaMidfielders:Milton Karisa, Paul Mucurezi, Allan Kyambadde, Seif Batte, Rahmat Senfuka, Abubaker Kasule, Tadeo Lwanga, Moses Waisswa, Saddam Juma, Muzamil Mutyaba, Tom MasikoStrikers:Shaban Muhammad, Derrick Nsibambi , Nelson Senkatuka.Uganda Cranes CHAN Fixtures Uganda Vs Zambia – 14th January 2018 (Marrakech)Uganda Vs Namibia – 18th January 2018 (Marrakech)Uganda Vs Ivory Coast – 22nd January 2018 (Marrakech)Commentslast_img read more

Which receivers can Raiders draft early to help Derek Carr?

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — With four of the first 35 picks in the 2019 draft, the receiver-needy Raiders are likely to use at least one of those picks on someone to catch passes from Derek Carr.On an eventual game-winning drive against the Cardinals last season, Carr’s wide receivers were Seth Roberts, Marcell Ateman and Saeed Blacknall. That trio won’t cut it against anyone but the worst team in football.Jordy Nelson, 33, is currently the Raiders top wide receiver and has one year left on his contract. …last_img

How Darwinism Produces Job Security

first_imgOne thing Darwinism has going for it: it provides endless opportunities to research stories that are nearly impossible to prove.    A case in point was provided in the Dec. 18 issue of Nature.1  John R. Hutchinson (Royal Veterinary College, UK), in a News and Views article on bird evolution, reviewed the new angle that flight might have first begun when theropod dinosaurs stretched out their forelimbs to act as stabilizers or spoilers while running up slopes (see 01/16/2003 headline).  Before Montana vertebrate morphologist Ken Dial came up with this hypothesis, two competing ideas for the origin of flight produced a “rather stale dichotomy” according to Hutchinson: the ground-up (cursorial) hypothesis, that running dinosaurs leaped into the air, and the tree-down (arboreal) hypothesis, that tree-dwelling dinosaurs leaped out of trees (see 01/29/2003 headline).    Hutchinson does not pretend that the problem has been solved by any means; at most, “this work may illuminate the origin of flight in birds.”  But by providing a possible use for a non-flying limb, which might improve over time, it removes an implausible point of the plot: “This is a compelling solution for the evolutionary conundrum, ‘What use is half a wing?’”  Most of the story of the transition from birds to dinosaurs, however, remains difficult, including the evolution of feathers (see 10/30/2003 and 08/21/2001 headlines) and the need for the simultaneous evolution of many other specialized structures such as the avian lung (see 10/31/2003 headline).  But to Hutchinson, this is not a failure of the story, but a bonus: “There are plenty of issues yet to be explored, of course, which is a good thing for many researchers, including Bundle and Dial, who admit as much” (emphasis added in all quotes).  In other words, the new hypothesis, that flight began to evolve when forelimbs were used as spoilers (wing-assisted incline running, or WAIR), opens up a new job market.  Many new experimental tests can now be attempted by researchers.  Hutchinson provides some examples:Physics:  “The relative roles of inertial and aerodynamic forces remain unknown, as do the energetics of WAIR.”Role of the Tail:  “I wonder how much hindlimb function changes between level running and WAIR, or how the third locomotor module, the tail, might influence WAIR.”Role of the Feet:  “If WAIR is so important in the natural history of ground (or other) birds, and if it is vital for birds to generate frictional forces to improve traction, might their feet be specialized accordingly?”WAIR use by living birds:  “Likewise, it is not known how broadly distributed and crucial WAIR is for the thousands of species of extant birds, especially those such as tinamous, kiwis and ostriches that retain many ancestral avian traits (for example, spending a relatively short time in the nest after hatching, or frequenting more terrestrial than arboreal environments), although Bundle and Dial provide some tantalizing speculations.”Form and Function:  “Finally, how closely are specific anatomical features of birds linked to functions integral to WAIR?”Interdisciplinary Research:  “On the wish-list for the future would be the establishment of secure links between form and function for the group � Aves or Neornithes � that includes all extant birds and all descendants of their most recent common ancestor.  If that could be done, then the more difficult historical questions of how WAIR evolved would become tractable because relationships between form and function could be traced across evolutionary lineages.”It appears, therefore, that the new hypothesis is no spoiler itself; it is a door of opportunity, a fresh wind taking the story of bird evolution out of the doldrums:Without such broader knowledge, it is uncertain how essential WAIR was for any extinct members of the theropod lineage, including the earliest birds.  Regardless, this work will continue to stimulate research on flight and its evolution.  The debate over whether flight originated in tree- or ground-living creatures is centuries old.  The WAIR hypothesis has provided a biologically plausible alternative to that rather stale dichotomy.1John R. Hutchinson, “Biomechanics: Early birds surmount steep slopes,” Nature 426, 777 – 778 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426777a.Caught in the act!  This is an important principle to understand about Darwinism, and why it has become so successful, and why it has taken over the intellectual world.  It no longer matters whether a hypothesis is true or not, but only whether it keeps lazy scientists employed as storytellers.  Evolutionary science has been liberated from repeatability, testability and observability.  The key word is now plausibility, which being translated, means science has become fiction.  After all, any good novel or short story is plausible, isn’t it?  (Since there are no Laws of Plausibility, at least it will be plausible to somebody, especially the storyteller.)    For Darwinists studying the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, to really do their job rigorously, they would have to identify every beneficial mutation or gene duplication, connect it to an actual functional advantage, and monitor its spread through a population.  They would have to find every transitional fossil, know its date accurately, trace the development of all the flight-related hardware and software in the genes (including feathers, perching feet, hollow bones, avian lungs, specialized organs, modified brain, body size, metabolic rate, specialized muscles and tendons, and behavioral instincts, such as knowing how to take off and land and use thermals), explain how these morphological changes proceed from embryo to adult, and much more.  Clearly, doing all this is impossible.  Moreover, they would need to uncover, by experiment, new natural laws that create increasing levels of complexity and information against the inexorable pressure of entropy.  Even if in some fantasyland they could perform these impossible experiments, they would never know if it matched prehistory without getting into a time machine and watching the whole story unfold.    This is too hard, so evolutionists changed the rules.  They don’t like doing science the old way, the way Joule and Faraday and Mendel did it.  It’s so much easier to just flop on the sofa and speculate.  When the NSF comes around and wonders how the grant money is being spent, the Darwinist can show the photo album from the last vacation in the Bahamas (see Dec. 03 headline), or show a home-video clip of partridge chicks running up a ramp in the lab, or demonstrate the latest computer games (see May 8 headline) enough to look busy.  And so that Eugenie Scott can brag about all the scientific literature that supports evolution, the Darwinist can have his or her grad student write it up in specialized jargon for Nature or Science or National Geographic, ending with the typical benediction about all the wonderful stories that the latest new twist on the plot opens up.  Look through the Chain Links on “Darwinism and Evolutionary Theory” and check if this is not indeed the situation.    Calling all Baloney Detectors.  Wake up and smell the coffee.  We’ve been hoodwinked.  All along, Eugenie Scott and the rest of the Darwin Party have been browbeating their critics that they just don’t understand “science” and that to do “science” we must play by “the rules.”  But she didn’t explain that the rules were changed when the Darwin Party came to power.  Old Charlie was clever.  He had a vivid imagination and a gift of gab, and instead of proving his story, he said, “It’s plausible, isn’t it?  Prove me wrong!”  So we took the bait and headed off on an impossible quest, trying to prove a universal negative, instead of calling his bluff and making him prove his story right.  While we were distracted, he rounded up the Starving Storytellers, gave them lab coats and became their patron saint.  They have been in his debt ever since.    Antievolutionists have been snookered into trying to prove that this or that alleged feathered dinosaur really isn’t an ancestor to birds, or that this or that microevolutionary change cannot be extrapolated endlessly, without realizing that they are trying to beat Hobbes at Calvinball.  As long as the Darwinists are free to make up stories that can never be proved, it’s hopeless to call them on the carpet.  The one who sets the rules controls the game.    The reason Darwin Party members are so vehement against critics is that their jobs are at stake.  The founding fathers of science declared independence from speculation by framing an unwritten constitution which demanded that scientific results be observable, testable and repeatable.  But later presidents, giving into pressure from special interest groups that found the work too hard, started entitlement programs like the Great Society for Storytellers.  The GSS took over labs, removed the flasks and ammeters, and set up couches surrounding banquet tables filled with “tantalizing speculations” (see Sept. 18 commentary).  Eventually, Big Science became a bloated bureacracy distributing limited grant money to more and more storyteller banquets, while those rugged individualists who still believed in the founding principles of science were being burdened to support the growing welfare state.  Those few who called for fairness were accused of hate speech, and ridiculed as irrational, superstitious obscurantists who simply didn’t understand “science.”    If people woke up and realized that Darwinists are not pulling their fair share, that real science was subsidizing the Darwinists’ endless quest for a good story, some heads might roll.  Science itself, however, would go on.  The good old science that builds space stations and discovers molecular motors, that explores Mars and digs up dinosaur bones and classifies hummingbirds, would do just fine.  Medicine would still advance, high school science fairs would still be popular, microscopes and telescopes would continue to sell, and discoveries would continue to pour forth.  But if the public demanded accountability, then all the useless, distracting, parasitic welfare programs promoted by the Darwin Party would dry up.  Certain loudmouth bums and welfare queens would be stuck holding up signs saying, Will Tell Stories for Food.    This should not be taken as a tirade against Darwinists.  We are actually very tolerant of them.  If they want to continue to loaf and watch Charlie’s angles, that’s fine; there are even some creationists who like some episodes.  But teach it in the theater class, not the science class.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dodo Prey Fights Back

first_imgIrked at falsehoods promulgated by Randy Olsen’s film Flock of Dodos, the intelligent design (ID) think tank Discovery Institute (DI) is fighting back.  The film presents a viewpoint that what ID lacks in science it makes up for in public relations.  The DI is convinced the reverse is true.  In an attempt to rebut what it claims are outright lies in the film, the institute opened a new web URL that attempts to set the record straight.  It shows that Randy Olsen lied about textbooks not using Haeckel’s embryos as evidence for evolution.  And it shows that Olsen also inflated figures of the DI’s budget by 500%, making the false claim twice in the film.    Also, in response to undying attacks that the DI had a secret “Wedge Document” that, when stolen, exposed a conspiracy to insert God back into public education (see a year-old story in the Seattle Times), the DI has published its response again on the site.  The response explains how “Darwinist paranoia fueled an urban legend.”  The internal fundraising memo (stolen by a copyist and posted on the internet) said nothing that was not already public information.  Nevertheless, conspiracy theories took off, especially in the hands of Barbara Forrest, a secular humanist, who brandished it as a call to arms for scientists against a perceived threat by religious zealots.  DI’s response prints the key parts of the alleged conspiratorial letter with explanatory (and often ironic) comments.  One example:It’s shocking but true—Discovery Institute actually promised to publicize the work of its scholars in the broader culture!  What’s more, it wanted to engage Darwinists in academic debates at colleges and universities!  We are happy to say that we still believe in vigorous and open discussion of our ideas, and we still do whatever we can to publicize the work of those we support.  So much for the “secret” part of our supposed ”conspiracy.”Hoax-of-Dodos also contains other articles defending the DI and its staff against smears in the media.We remind all that DODOs are evolutionary related to DINOs (see 10/29/2005 commentary).  The Wedge response ends with a final thought: “Don’t Darwinists have better ways to spend their time than inventing absurd conspiracy theories about their opponents?  The longer Darwinists persist in spinning such urban legends, the more likely it is that fair-minded people will begin to question whether Darwinists know what they are talking about.”  Compare the DI’s response to that of the Darwin Party in the next entry.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more