A’s takeaways: Phegley’s night to remember, bats finally break out

first_imgJosh Phegley had trouble hearing the first question of his postgame media scrum late Friday night, the result of some sort of ear problem that’s been bugging him.Phegley isn’t alone in struggling to comprehend whatever the heck it was that transpired at PNC Park, as the Athletics crushed the Pirates, 14-1, and Phegley had a game for the ages.Oakland’s No. 8 hitter had seven RBIs by the fourth inning and finished with eight after he smacked a solo home run in the ninth inning. The 14 runs the …last_img read more

Raiders beat Chargers in prime time finale at Coliseum

first_imgOAKLAND — Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run with 1:02 to play and the Raiders gave their late-night fans something to remember them by in a 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at the Coliseum.The last prime time game in Oakland ended when Karl Joseph made a leaping interception of a Philip Rivers pass — the last one a familiar rival will throw in a venue where he came in with a 9-4 career record. It touched off a celebration which found coach Jon Gruden making his way to the Black …last_img read more

Atheists Don’t Trust Atheists

first_imgIf atheists think they can be just as moral as religious people, see what they think of other atheists.Phys.org launched a surprising headline, “Atheists thought immoral, even by fellow atheists: study.” The first paragraph says, “A unusual [sic] social study has revealed that atheists are more easily suspected of vile deeds than Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists—strikingly, even by fellow atheists, researchers said Monday.” The survey of 3,000 volunteers from 13 countries, published in Nature Human Behavior, showed that most people view religion as a “moral safeguard.” Atheism is broadly perceived as “potentially morally depraved and dangerous.” Some of this may be unjustified bias, but countering that, “It is striking that even atheists appear to hold the same intuitive anti-atheist bias,” said Will Gervais, psychologist at the University of Kentucky. Only Finland and New Zealand failed to show this trend.Bob Holmes at New Scientist (a strongly atheist science news site in the UK) is not ready to accept these results. “Are atheists really morally depraved? The idea defies logic,” his headline reads. He takes apart the survey, giving his speculations on why participants responded the way they did. It’s partly upbringing, partly anti-atheist bias, and part under-representation of atheists in the population, especially among teachers. But then he gives away the store:One reason may be that the basis of religious morality is obvious. But it isn’t clear – even to themselves – where atheists get their moral guidance. Widespread atheism is also a relatively new phenomenon. Even today, most atheists were raised in religious homes and thus bring a lot of implicit religious baggage to matters of morality, says Phil Zuckerman, a sociologist at Pitzer College in California. As societies become more secular, this influence is likely to fade away within a few generations.Holmes thinks, without empirical evidence, that the longer a society is atheist, the less anti-atheist bias it will have. “Let’s hope his work helps debunk the belief that you cannot be good without god,” he concludes.But wait! Holmes never answered the question of where atheists get their moral guidance. Why? Because there is none! And he also never answered the question of where atheists get their logic. His headline claimed the survey’s finding “defies logic,” presupposing he knows what logic is. OK Bob, how do you get logic out of particles in motion? Holmes certainly understands logic, but the only way he gets it is by freeloading off of religion, particularly the kind of religion that values truth and reason (the Judeo-Christian tradition, not the other choices, some of which see reason as an obstacle to faith, and reality as an illusion). Hear how this works in Nancy Pearcey’s podcast on ID the Future, “Freeloading off of religion”.We do have some empirical evidence of how atheists practice morality. It’s called Darwin’s Century—the 20th Century—with its atheistic communist slaughterhouses that killed over a hundred million of their own citizens. No wonder people have a bias against atheist morality. It’s justified.Recommended Resource: How Darwinism Corrodes Morality by Jerry Bergman. Jesus said that you will know a man by his fruits. Well, look at the ugly fruits of Darwinism! Bergman is also working on another book about how Darwinism is the Doorway to Atheism, with dozens of case studies he has collected. Darwinism; Atheism; the two have a common ancestor.(Visited 577 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Aiming for Passivhaus in Boston

first_imgIt might have left a few people feeling especially uneasy about climate change, but the Northeast’s strangely dry, mild winter did at least allow construction to continue at a relatively brisk pace on Powahouse, a three-unit condominium going up on a corner lot in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.Excavation began on December 9. By January 23, a frost wall had been poured just outside the slab perimeter and the construction crew, led by local design-build firm Placetailor, had prepped a 2,000-sq.-ft. area inside the frost wall for the pouring of the ground-floor “raft” slab. The security fence surrounding the site had been draped with tarps. Powerful heaters were brought in to help warm the area, and 40 cubic yards of concrete were preheated and mixed with an accelerator to help the mixture set faster once it was poured into place.The pour was a success, the winter weather continued to more or less cooperate, and the pace of construction now has Placetailor predicting that the three-story building will be ready for occupancy by the end of August. Not long after that, Powahouse is expected to qualify for Passivhaus certification.Promising performance numbersDesigned in collaboration with Schneider Studio Design, the project originally included four units, notes Placetailor principal Simon Hare, but two of the units were sold early on to a single buyer and were then redesigned for the buyer into a townhouse-style home that, at about 2,000 sq. ft., comprises roughly half of the building’s interior floor space. The other two units, featuring floor plans that interlock with each other, were marketed by a Realtor and recently sold. One, Unit Y, is a 1,100-sq.-ft. two-bedroom that was priced at $279,000; the other, Unit X, is a 1,000-sq.-ft. two-bedroom that was priced at $247,000.Hare adds that, so far, the building appears to be on track to meet performance expectations. An initial blower-door test, conducted on May 4, showed 0.28 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal pressure difference. The project’s Passive House Planning Package modeling puts the under-slab insulation value at R-37 and R-21 around the slab edge. Exterior walls are R-59, the party wall is R-40, and the roof is a minimum of R-77.Placetailor went with Schuco SI82 triple-glazed, tilt-turn windows, Schuco doors for two of the main entries, and another Schuco door for access to a third-floor patio. Makrowin doors are used for one main entry and another patio-level entry. Each unit is equipped with a heat recovery ventilator – a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 for the large condo, a ComfoAir 200 for Unit X and one for Unit Y. Auxiliary heat will come from Mitsubishi Mr. Slim 9000-btu mini-split heat pumps – one for each unit.A project that blogs for itselfHare explained that a previous Placetailor project – the reconstruction of Pratt House, a former gunsmith shop built in Roxbury in the 19th century – caught the attention of an angel investor, who agreed to help back the builder should an opportunity emerge in Roxbury for a Passivhaus condo project. Three years later, that project materialized as Powahouse (a play on Powerhouse, with a Boston accent), with Placetailor serving as developer and builder.The project got another nudge forward with the early sale of the first two units, now combined into a four-bedroom and known as Unit Z, for $490,000. That price, Hare notes in an email to GBA, reflects a discount because the offer included a “very generous cash down payment.” At this point, Hare says, projected construction costs are $135 per sq. ft., excluding the cost of the lot and “soft costs” such as fees for consultants, design, zoning, management, and insurance.A Powahouse blog, including plenty of photos, has, with Placetailor’s help, created a “voice” for the building — a first-person (first-building?) narrative that highlights construction details and celebrates small victories. Click here for a look at the building’s development so far.last_img read more

5 held in connection with killing, gang rape off Yamuna Expressway

first_img The police came to know through media reports that the woman suspected the role of neighbours and detained the men late on Thursday night, said Jewar Police Station in charge Rajpal Tomar.According to the police, the woman later clarified that she named the neighbour(s) out of sheer anger. With this set of neighbours, the police have figured out a property related dispute between the two families.On the progress of the probe thus far, the police said the gangs active on the Yamuna Expressway and adjoining areas remained the prime suspects for them.“We will get a final statement recorded before the magistrate on Saturday,” added Mr. Tomar.Several teams are probing the incident that took place in a field alongside the road linking Jewar to Bulandhahr, barely 1.2 km off the Yamuna Expressway. A scrap dealer was shot dead and the four women were gang-raped by a group of six men. They also allegedly took away cash and jewelleryThe special task force officers were not available for comments. ‘They pulled the trigger and silenced him’ A special task force of the police on Friday afternoon picked up five men for questioning in connection with the gunning down of a man, gang rape of four women and alleged robbery in a field off the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Thursday. Police had detained the five for questioning on Thursday night, but let them off later.  Initially, police said, the five were questioned because one of the women told media that she had identified three of the six assailants as her neighbours. She, however, retracted the statement a day later.The FIR that was registered on the statement of one of the men in the vehicle in which seven others, including the women, were travelling said the suspects were stranger to them and the women could recognise them.Also Readlast_img read more