De Blasio wades into Gowanus rezoning, seeks dismissal of lawsuit

first_img Share via Shortlink Message* Tags Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Full Name* City attorneys say an executive order signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio should spell the end of a lawsuit holding up the Gowanus rezoning (Getty/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)The de Blasio administration is urging the court to dismiss a lawsuit holding up the rezoning of Gowanus, saying a recent executive order negates claims that hearings must be held in person.In a legal filing Wednesday, the city pointed to a March 13 executive order signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio suspending rules that community board hearings for the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure must be at a “place of convenient public assembly.”Community groups fighting the rezoning have demanded the city postpone the rezoning approval process until in-the-flesh hearings return.An attorney for the city, Rachel Ramirez-Guest, argued that the groups’ claims didn’t hold water even before the executive order, but that the mayor’s action eliminates any ambiguity on the matter.“We’re urging the court to dismiss this case because there is no legal basis to support these claims,” Nick Paolucci, a spokesperson for the city’s Law Department, said in a statement.He noted that virtual meetings have increased public participation. “This litigation is preventing community voices from being heard and is delaying the creation of jobs, housing, open spaces, and a number of other community amenities.” (A final benefits agreement between the administration and the local City Council members, Brad Lander and Steve Levin, has not been reached.)Jason Zakai, an attorney for plaintiff Voice of Gowanus, issued a statement calling the executive order “an obvious and desperate attempt to bypass the judicial process.”A state judge in January temporarily halted the application to rezone 80 blocks of Gowanus in response to the suit, which argues hearings on the proposal can’t be held remotely under city rules. The complaint also accused City Planning of violating new regulations around notifying the public of its intention to move forward with a rezoning application.Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Katherine Levine has indicated that she thinks the city provided ample notice. And while she has supported the idea of finding ways to increase public access to the process, she has repeatedly said that remote hearings are an unavoidable part of the pandemic.The city is now calling on the coalition to show why the judge shouldn’t dismiss its lawsuit. At a minimum, the city wants the judge to allow the rezoning application to be certified and move forward through the Ulurp process.Supporters of the rezoning are worried that the lawsuit will delay the seven-month process enough so that it cannot be completed before de Blasio, Lander and Levin leave office at the end of the year, which would throw the outcome into doubt.Contact Kathryn Brenzel DevelopmentGowanusPoliticsRezoningulurplast_img read more

Sunny And Dry Weekend, Warmer Temps Ahead

first_imgThis weekend marks the beginning of a long stretch of mainly dry weather as a large high pressure system will dominate the East Coast. As a result, warmer temperatures will settle in by early next week.Sunshine returns for the weekend, however it will be breezy on Saturday with highs in the mid 50s. Brisk northwest winds around 20 mph with gusts to 30mph will make it feel cooler.Forecast Highs for SaturdayMilder temperatures begin on Sunday as winds switch more in the southerly direction pushing temperatures into the 60s inland but will keep the coast in the 50s to near 60 degrees.Forecast Highs for SundayAs the high pressure moves offshore, southwesterly winds will allow temperatures to soar into the 70s for early next week. Temperatures along the coast will be in the 60s will plenty of sunshine.Computer models show temperatures early next week climbing into the 70s along the East Coast (60s Coast). (Courtesy:tropicaltibits.com)The next chance of rain won’t be until later next week as a front will move through with the chance of a showers.Other than that, it will be a beautiful, mild stretch of weather. Enjoy!last_img read more

Freekbass Now Has His Own Signature Bass Series, Thanks To Stonefield Musical Instrument Co

first_img[Cover photo via Kim Blackburn Photography] There’s no denying that Freekbass is a master of the low end. The beloved bassist is so identified with the instrument, it’s in his name! Now he’s taking that connection to the next level, partnering with Stonefield Musical Instrument Company to create the first-ever Freekbass Signature Model.“…For me, the relationship of a maker with an endorsing artist has to be one of mutual benefit but first of all it has to be real.  I love the Freekbass approach to funk, I dig his use of effects and his playing technique and I completely respect his role as a music educator. He’s the kind of person I want to work with and I feel lucky that he wants to work with us as well,” said Tomm Stanley, owner of Stonefield.Stanley tells us more about what it was like working with Freekbass on the new instrument:With the Freekbass Signature Model, right from the beginning of the build we kept two key things in mind: the look, style and unique features of a Stonefield and the flash, flair and funkiness of Freekbass. I remember him saying, “make the Batmobile.” How’s that for a challenge? We discussed a mod that reinforced some other player’s feedback about the string height above the body when slapping. I wasn’t crazy about modifying the instrument to suit a single playing style but he agreed with the comments. We discussed how the concern might best be dealt with and that became the Funk Plate. There was one mod requested that I just wouldn’t do and after explaining my reasons he was fine with it. That willingness on his part to bend got me thinking about what I could do to make the instrument stand out more from the rest of our line up. I suggested some circuit alterations, alternate choices for materials and other tweaks. Some of it he went for, other things he was clearly not interested in. We had a two way street kind of thing happening and that really was right from the beginning of the build. What more could anyone ask for?I’m really pleased with the instrument that we’ve created. The choices of woods that satisfied the Batmobile request also added a snap to the tonality. To get the blackness we chose African wenge for the topwood on the body and Solomon Island ebony for the fingerboard. We also used the ebony for the nut and floating bridge system. The combination of brittleness and density did magic for a woody tone with a funk edge to it. On top of that we have used our titanium hardware option to trim a bit of weight and have done the sweetest four-colour burst on the back of the through-body core: natural to amber fading into red before turning black but with red highlights peeking out of the black on the headstock points and heel transition. Absolutely gorgeous…Not only is Freekbass releasing his own custom bass, but he’s also traveling to New Zealand to film some promotional footage for the instrument. The bassist will star in something that’s “part reality, part fantasy,” essentially a mini-movie where Freekbass discovers the signature model! Keep it tuned to L4LM for more from Freekbass on his wild expedition!You can find out more about the bass via Stonefield Music’s website. Check out his tour schedule below:JULY-Saturday, July 2: Sterling Stage / Sterling, NY-Friday, July 8: Navy Pier / Chicago, IL-Tuesday, July 12 : Brooklyn Bowl / Brooklyn, NY (Freekbass performing with The Band Is Bond)-Wednesday, July 13: Ardmore Music Hall / Ardmore, PA (Freekbass performing with The Band Is Bond)-Saturday, July 23 : Whispering Sun Festival / Pataskala, OH-Thursday, July 28: Zoo Bar / Lincoln, NE-Friday, July 29: Quixotes / Denver, CO-Saturday, July 30: Owsley’s Golden Road / Denver, CO AUGUST-Monday, August 1: Town Square Tavern / Jackson, WY-Wednesday, August 3: Casey’s Whitefish / Whitefish, Montana-Thursday, August 4: Live United Concert Series/ Idaho Falls, Idaho-Friday, August 5: West Yellowstone Concert Series / West Yellowstone, Montana-Saturday, August 6: The Filling Station / Bozeman, Montana-Wednesday, August 24: Scarlet & Grey / Columbus, OH-Saturday, August 27 : Woodfest Festival / Mendon, OH SEPTEMBER-Friday, September 2 : Union Street Station / Traverse City, MI-Saturday, September 3: Hookahville Festival / Pataskala, OH-Friday, September 16: Cranky Pat’s / Neenah, WI-Friday, September 23: Secret Circus Music Festival / North Branch, MN-Saturday, September 24: Kathy’s Pub / Rochester, MNlast_img read more

How to extend the tourist season? Arena Hospitalty Group has taken the first step. Now it’s the destination’s turn

first_imgThe solution is content – quality, interesting, diverse and authentic content. The motive for coming is content, one primary and in combination with other additional content or a combination of several thematic motives through culture, sports, entertainment, art, etc.… Also, we need to know who we are addressing (which target group, ie tourist profile) and therefore agree content in the destination we want to develop or I have the prerequisites for development. We must be aware of two facts: The first is that the motive for arrival is a destination, not accommodation, and the second is that out of season the motive for arrival is not the sun and the sea, ie swimming because there is no swimming (except for those few brave swimmers). As I mentioned above, it is important to provide guests with content as well. Thus, in AHG, guests, through various activities organized in cooperation with partners, will offer more than just a vacation on their winter camping through various activities within the camp, as well as in the entire destination. They also organized transportation to the new city swimming pool in Pula and nearby shopping centers, as well as various animation activities within the camps. “Regardless of the day and month, Istria offers numerous historical and natural attractions that will inspire every curious traveler. The two thousand year old Roman amphitheater in Pula, the green and blue archipelago of the Brijuni National Park, the tranquility of the landscape of Cape Kamenjak and its many hiking and biking trails and picturesque historic towns fortified on the Istrian hills are just some of the places worth experiencing without the usual summer crowds. state from AHG part of the offer, which can be attractive to guests and emphasize that the most authentic of Istria can be experienced in the fall and winter. Well done for the proactive step forward of Arena Hospitalty Group, and I sincerely hope that others will follow them and that the destination will not miss this opportunity. How to extend the tourist season? – is an issue we have been revolving around for decades, but unfortunately still without real action or a strategic approach to it, honor the few positive examples. Arena Grand Kazela / Photo: AHG Precisely with the aim of developing year-round tourism and adapting to new market conditions, Arena Hospitality Group (AHG) has decided on two of its camps, one in Puli – Camp Arena Stoja, and others in Medulinu – recently renovated camp Arena Grand Kažela, open all year round.  It is now up to the destination and all other partners to welcome this move, and for everyone to join so that everyone can act synergistically together, as a destination. That is the only right way, no one can do it alone. Everyone in this chain must be on a mission and with a clear goal – we want to extend the tourist season! In doing so, everyone must be aware of how it is a multi-year process, how quality must be looked at, not quantity, etc.… On the contrary, work should be done to create the need for the hotel to open hotels. “Arena Hospitality Group’s wish is to develop long-term tourism in the south of the largest Croatian peninsula in cooperation with the tourist boards of Pula, Medulin and Istria.. At the beginning of this challenging 2020, and after coming out of the scale of unprecedented quarantine, we witnessed the demand for vacation in camps as the most sought-after form of accommodation. We believe that this type of demand will continue in the coming period.”They point out from AHG when asked how they decided on this move. The advantage in Istria is that everything is close, practically everything is half an hour, especially for foreign guests, and that it has long been sufficiently branded through wine, olive oil and gastronomy, as well as various events, from Teran Day to Truffle Day, etc. many smaller stories such as the new event “Autumn on a plate in central Istria” which will take place from 16 to 31 October 2020, in restaurants in central Istria. In this period, caterers will offer a variety of traditional dishes of Istrian cuisine made from autumn ingredients of the region, all in order to strengthen the gastronomic offer of central Istria and further connect family farms and caterers in the postseason. During October, Tao guests will be able to join the harvest of the precious Istrian fruit – olives, and then in nearby Vodnjan and taste some of the best virgin olive oils in the world. By the way, just this week For the sixth year in a row, Istria has been declared the world’s best region for extra virgin olive oil according to the publication Flos Olei 2021. Before that, I must emphasize that the illusion that in every destination we can have tourism 365 days a year, we must be honest and aware that we can not. While on the other hand, tourism is already functioning all year round on the continent, because all facilities are open (from hotels, restaurants to museums, etc.), but of course to a much lesser extent. For example, hotels in Osijek and Vinkovci are open all year round. But that is another topic. Plenty of sunny days and mild Mediterranean climate allow the South of Istria to become a year-round camping destination, and in addition, the destination offers guests a variety of facilities throughout the year – from sports and recreational activities in untouched nature, through exploring the rich cultural and historical heritage. to enjoy the traditional tastes of Istria, they point out from AHG and add: “Guests, especially those who come from urban centers, are increasingly expressing the need to escape from cities to nature where in the fresh air, in an intimate environment of nature can get a good rest from everyday obligations and stress.” Arena Grand Kazela / Photo: AHG In November, during St. Martin’s Day, at one of the many local celebrations, they will be able to taste another top Istrian product – wine, and with a greeting in summer and a welcome in winter, participate in the baptism of young wine. By the way, this year Istria has 60 labeled wines Decanter. “Regardless of the day and month, Istria offers many historical and natural attractions that will inspire every curious traveler. The two thousand year old Roman amphitheater in Pula, the green and blue archipelago of the Brijuni National Park, the tranquility of the landscape of Cape Kamenjak and its many hiking and biking trails and picturesque historic towns fortified on the Istrian hills are just some of the places worth experiencing without the usual summer crowds.”They conclude from AHG. So, the logical sequence is to ask yourself the question: Why should someone come to our destination out of season, if there is no swimming? What will it do? Is the destination “alive”, ie are all facilities open. Because if we all put the key in the lock 01.10. then we can’t even develop tourism, can we? About this topic a little later. But now is the time to connect everything through one offer of Istria, and further accelerate development processes. Arena Hospitality Group has taken the first step. In the mentioned camps during the autumn and winter period, AHG has adjusted the offer, and in addition to classic services such as electricity connection on the pitches in Arena Stoja camp and electricity and water connection and drainage in Arena Grand Kažela camp, guests will also have heated toilets. reception and coffee bar and restaurant within each camp. We need to be aware that everyone in the destination has to “lose” money or work at zero for at least a couple of years. And with a strategic and targeted approach. Because at the moment we do not have the habit of being open out of season, nor do we create the preconditions, nor do we have rounded tourist products. So, in order to extend the season, the destination must be “alive”, restaurants must work, it must have facilities, guests must sleep somewhere, the hotel / s must be open and the guest must do something in the destination. Again, the key is, as always, the synergy of everyone in the destination and the support of the city. As for targeted subsidies, let’s say restaurants have lower rents because they are open all year round to other benefits for entrepreneurs… the more motivation and support the better, so that entrepreneurs are motivated to work and be at least a small plus. Also, in agreement with the Tourist Board, it must invest additional money in events, manifestations, congresses… because destinations are all, not one business entity, no matter how big or excellent it is. What I want to say is that there must be a concrete strategy of what, when and how to work in a targeted way and complete the whole story. From the motives of arrival, promotion, wider content, immersion and communication with entrepreneurs.last_img read more

What time does NBA Draft start today? Live TV coverage, pick order, prospects, mock draft

first_imgBrandon Clarke, Big, GonzagaClarke’s age (23) is a reasonable concern, but he measures out better than most in the publicly available statistical projections. Given the urgency some of the teams in the top 10 are placing on competing sooner rather than later, Clarke is worthy of a look. He contributes to winning basketball.De’Andre Hunter, Forward, VirginiaTo a degree, Hunter epitomizes this draft class. He’s good, not great. He’s very good at a lot of things, but probably not necessarily elite at any one of them. He’s already 21 years old, and his upside isn’t very exciting on its face. Still, he’s a near lock to be a lottery pick.Darius Garland, Point, VanderbiltGarland is a beneficiary of the evolution of Portland’s Damian Lillard and the immediate success of Atlanta’s Trae Young. Dynamic pull-up shooting with range has a floor-shaping effect, and the Vanderbilt product has the potential to be the latest point guard to put it to use. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 NBA Draft, including when it starts, the full draft order and how to watch live on TV and stream online.MORE 2019 NBA DRAFT:SN’s final mock draft | Top 60 big boardWhen and where is the 2019 NBA Draft?Date: June 20Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.Start time: 7 p.m. ETTV channels: ESPNLive stream: Watch ESPN appThis year’s draft, the 73rd in NBA history, will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Nets’ home venue. The first and second rounds will be on Thursday, June 20.What time does the NBA Draft start?Round 1 (Nos. 1-30) of the NBA Draft starts at 7 p.m. ET. Round 2 (Nos. 31-60) will begin immediately after the conclusion of the first round.NBA Draft TV channel, how to live streamThis year’s draft will be broadcast on ESPN. You can also stream the draft on the Watch ESPN app.2019 NBA Draft order of picksFirst round1. Pelicans2. Grizzlies3. Knicks4. Lakers*5. Cavaliers6. Suns7. Bulls8. Hawks9. Wizards10. Hawks (via Mavericks)11. Timberwolves12. Hornets13. Heat14. Celtics (via Kings)15. Pistons16. Magic17. Nets18. Pacers19. Spurs20. Celtics (via Clippers)21. Thunder22. Celtics23. Jazz24. 76ers25. Trail Blazers26. Cavaliers (via Rockets)27. Nets (via Nuggets)28. Warriors29. Spurs (via Raptors)30. Bucks*Pick reportedly sent to Pelicans as part of Anthony Davis tradeSecond round31. Nets (via Knicks)32. Suns33. 76ers (via Cavaliers)34. 76ers (via Bulls)35. Hawks36. Hornets (via Wizards)37. Mavericks38. Bulls (via Grizzlies)39. Pelicans40. Kings (via Timberwolves)41. Hakws (via Lakers)42. 76ers (via Kings)43. Timberwolves (via Heat)44. Hawks (via Hornets)45. Pistons46. Magic (via Nets)47. Kings (via Magic)48. Clippers49. Spurs50. Pacers51. Celtics52. Hornets (via Thunder)53. Jazz54. 76ers55. Knicks (via Rockets)56. Clippers (via Trail Blazers)57. Pelicans (via Nuggets)58. Warriors59. Raptors60. Kings (via Bucks)2019 NBA mock draftSN’s latest mock draft, curated by NBA Draft expert Chris Stone, takes a look at the top prospects and, to no one’s surprise, has Williamson going to the Pelicans at No. 1. Here is our projected top five for this year’s draft:Pelicans: Zion Williamson, Forward, DukeGrizzlies: Ja Morant, Point, Murray StateKnicks: RJ Barrett, Wing, DukeLakers: Jarrett Culver, Wing, Texas Tech (will be selecting for Pelicans as part of Anthony Davis trade)Cavaliers: De’Andre Hunter, Forward, VirginiaCheck out the rest of Stone’s mock draft here.NBA Draft 2019 top prospects to knowBelow are the top 2019 draft prospects via Stone’s latest big board. You can read the rest of his top 60 player rankings here.Zion Williamson, Forward, DukeWilliamson is the top prospect in the class by a wide margin. Whether you project him as the next great oversized initiator or a superstar do-it-all prospect — think Draymond Green minus some basketball IQ and plus a lot of athleticism — he figures to be a hugely valuable NBA piece.Ja Morant, Point, Murray StateBall-dominant point guards who can generate offense for themselves and their teammates have increasingly become one of the most valuable archetypes in the NBA alongside plus-sized wing creators. The best bet to fulfill that role in the 2019 class is Morant.RJ Barrett, Wing, DukeBarrett has a quick enough first step to get past defenders and without such a packed lane, his decision-making and finishing should improve. There aren’t many other wings in this class with size and creator potential.Jarrett Culver, Wing, Texas TechCulver possesses some statistical traits that bode well for his upside. He can generate offense from advantaged situations and provide some playmaking. Defensively, Culver is able to contain opponents on the ball and impact plays away from the ball even if he’s occasionally aloof. There is no rest when it comes to the NBA calendar. Only a week after the Raptors won the title and days after the Lakers reportedly acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in a blockbuster trade, commissioner Adam Silver will announce the picks at the 2019 NBA Draft.The Pelicans will select Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick, kicking off their rebuild in a post-Davis world. The Grizzlies and Knicks are expected to take Ja Morant and RJ Barrett with the next two picks, but the rest of the draft board could get messy with this group of prospects lacking star power.last_img read more

Mater Dei Prep Supporters Look to CBA Model

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – They may have raised the necessary money to sustain Mater Dei Prep for another year but it is only one of the hurdles going forward for supporters of the struggling Roman Catholic high school.The next step is to establish Mater Dei Prep as an independent Catholic school, like Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft. Mater Dei Prep currently functions as a parish school overseen by the Diocese of Trenton, according to a committee member.But before that can happen, the school must submit the required paperwork to the state Department of Education, have the appropriate insurance and apply and receive approval from the municipality, along with meeting other administrative requirements and ultimately receiving approval from the Diocese of Trenton.That requires volunteers working with the campaign to establish a separate legal entity, a state registered not-forprofit corporation that will be used as an endowment to administer the donated funding. In the future, supporters hope that endowment will have a role akin to an independent educational foundation, continuing fundraising and assisting in purchasing equipment, helping pay for capital improvements as well as other services, accordingto a committee member who is not authorized to speak for the committee.The school representatives will have to meet with Bishop David M. O’Connell and others from the Diocese of Trenton to discuss the school’s plan for its future. However, no date has yet been set.Repeated calls to the diocese seeking comment on the process going for ward were not returned; nor were calls to the Rev. Jeff Kegley, the school’s executive director and St. Mar y’s Parish pastor, and principal Craig Palmer.The school is accepting registration for the coming year and all the grade levels are scheduling for the 2015-16 year, said the committee member.“We’re doing everything we feel is necessary to open Mater Dei Prep’s doors in September,” Jim Shaw said in an email last week. “We are fully committed to the success of Mater Dei Prep and based on our conversations with current and prospective families, we believe the entire MDP community is as positive as we are.”In simple terms, explained Elizabeth Wulfhorst, public relations chairperson for the Seraph’s Fund, “We’re moving from surviving to thriving.”On Feb. 3, Kegley announced that Mater Dei Prep, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary, would have to permanently close its doors this June due to a longstanding budget deficit, unstable enrollment and the announcement late last year that the diocese would discontinue its financial support.Suppor ters, made up of families of current and former students and alumni, rallied, working to raise the money to sustain the school for the coming year and working on an extended plan for the school’s continued viability.The $1 million number was announced as the needed target to continue operations for 2015-16 and to provide the financial groundwork for the future years.— By John Burtonlast_img read more

Local Legislators Hope For Stronger Gun Storage Regulations

first_img“We talk about parents and guardians practicing responsible gun ownership, but the same needs to extend to those who are selling guns in this state,” Houghtaling said. “Again, it comes down to taking responsibility. When you’re in that business, you have a responsibility to inform your customers. And we certainly need to take responsibility in creating information that can be consumed.” The first of two bills (A-3696) requires the safe storage of a firearm and establishes penalties for improper firearm storage. Under the measure, a legal owner of a firearm that is not in use at a premise under the owner’s control is required to store the firearm in a securely locked box or container in a location, which a reasonable person would believe to be secure. Users may also secure the firearm with a trigger lock. By creating a law that calls for stricter storage requirements for firearms owners, Assemblywoman Joann Downey believes unnecessary tragedies can be avoided and the threat of gun violence in schools stemmed. Both bills are due to gobefore Assembly SpeakerCraig Coughlin (D-19) forfur ther consideration. “There are no protections against an all too familiar story we’ve seen in the news, like a young person who is suffering from anxiety or depression and then locates their parent’s gun. They take their own life and leave their family to mourn a senseless tragedy,” Downey said. Those who fail to adhere to the mandate will be found guilty of a disorderly persons offense, which carries the potential for a six-month prison sentence and a maximum $1,000 fine. According to testimony about the bill provided by Downey to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, though there are requirements and penalties meant to protect children from accessing loaded firearms that are not in use, there is no general requirement for the storage of unloaded firearms. Another staggering figure is that 80 percent of guns used in youth suicide attempts were reportedly stored in the victim’s home or accessed in the home of a friend or relative. The lack of regulation allows gun owners to leave weaponry in accessible locations like a kitchen table or a bedroom nightstand, even with ammunition situated nearby. Additionally, 75 percent of first and second graders know where their parents store their weapons and approximately 36 percent admitted to handling the family firearm without parental permission. An Assembly panel recently advanced seven measures to address gun safety concerns, including legislation sponsored by Downey (D-11) and fellow Democrat Eric Houghtaling (D-11), which specifically targets safe storage of unloaded firearms in the home, as well as mandatory education of firearm dealers about suicide prevention. According to Houghtaling, the informational materials would advise store customers and firing range patrons about different ways to prevent a friend or family member in crisis from accessing their weapon. “This is about responsibility,” Houghtaling said. “If you’re going to own a gun it’s not too much to ask that you store it properly. I’m not here to be anti-gun person. I’m not preaching about limiting a gun owner’s rights. But we have to be better about keeping guns out of the hands of those who are inexperienced, like young children.” It was a particularly disturbing sentiment for Houghtaling, who recognized a mental health concern among youth across the nation and citied several instances of youth suicide in his district during a June 17 interview with The Two River Times. The Center of Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia published statistics stating that 1.7 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns in their homes. The second piece of legislation (A-3896) requires the State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal to cooperate with the Shareef M. Elnahal, the commissioner of health, to develop suicide prevention course curriculum and informational materials for retail firearm dealers who sell guns or operate a firing range to display and distribute to patrons. “No other reasonable nation allows for firearms to be left unsecured where any child or thief can easily obtain them. If every firearm in New Jersey were safely secured in a locked container tomorrow, we would see the rate of suicides, unintentional tragedies and school shootings rapidly plummet,” Downey said.last_img read more

Scientific Brainwashing Is Back

first_imgPolitically correct persuasion is at your doorstep, masquerading as a scientific survey.Last year, Science Magazine was shamed into retracting a paper written by a LGBT activist (6/06/15). The activist, Michael Lacour, a doctoral candidate at UCLA, leveraged the name recognition of Donald Green, a Columbia University political scientist, as co-author. When he heard about “irregularities” in Lacour’s survey data, Green later admitted he had not adequately supervised Lacour’s work (Nature). The retraction not only put egg on the face of the AAAS (publisher of Science), but also on all the politically-correct reporters who had celebrated Lacour’s “findings.”Lacour had hired some of his gay friends to canvass houses in a conservative area, seeing if they could persuade them to change their views about gay marriage (12/17/14). As we pointed out at the time, it wasn’t a bad paper simply because of bad record-keeping, but because the whole design of the survey was overtly biased. Lacour was on a campaign to change public attitudes about gay marriage. A neutral scientific paper should have studied the effect of surveys on both views—i.e., seeing if supporters of gay marriage could be persuaded to change their views in favor of traditional marriage. Additionally, survey takers were all hired from Lacour’s gay activist group. A scientific survey should have sought to employ helpers from both positions, or better yet, used survey takers without a strong position. Everything else about the “experiment” was flawed, too, including the lack of adequate control, the lack of objectivity. It was an exercise in advocacy, pure and simple. Science was caught with its pants down, and repented—temporarily. Nature said that the incident created “a stigma that has haunted political science”; it was a “painful episode” one would think would shame researchers from doing it again.Now, however, the Lacour defenders are back with a vengeance, touting new “survey” methods that allegedly prove that people can be “persuaded” to moderate their positions on LGBT “rights.” Once again, the survey takers are tainted with advocacy;  success is being measured by the ability to change people’s attitudes toward leftist positions, not equally toward either position on this highly controversial subject facing society. You see it right in Nature‘s coverage: “Door-to-door canvassing reduces transphobia.” No conservative or supporter of traditional gender roles would use that word. Supporters of traditional sex roles are not “phobic” toward LGBT people; in many cases, they love them as individuals and support their rights just as they would for any citizen. They have strongly-held convictions, however, about sex and gender, particularly when it comes to whether men should be allowed to use women’s bathrooms if they declare themselves to feel feminine (whether sincerely or not); must the privacy of girls be sacrificed to the whims of political correctness? (see the latest flap over North Carolina’s law protecting bathroom privacy, and the deceitful coverage in the media about it, discussed by Family Research Council ; Frank Turek shares the conservative position at Townhall.com.)In a democratic society, issues should be decided in the marketplace of ideas by reason and evidence. These days, however, there is a “politically correct” agenda that cannot endure opposition to the LGBT community’s goals, small as the community is (about 3% of the public). People are not allowed to differ from the PC view. The new “survey” technique is being used by confirmed advocates of the LGBT community not to reason with people, but to change them. It’s all the more dangerous when it comes with the imprimatur of science. The Nature article celebrates success in these efforts as “reduced prejudice against transgender people”—but prejudice is uninformed conviction, not reasoned conviction. The article happily quotes a social psychologist who says, “And the bonus is that it has really encouraging results for tolerance and for the rights of transgender people.”The bias in these phrases is disturbing. Transgender people have rights, but little girls have rights of privacy, too. Their rights are being threatened by laws forcing institutions, schools and businesses to ignore very real consequences of letting anyone use the bathroom of their current gender feelings instead of their birth sex. If a burly, bearded man exposes himself in a girl’s bathroom or locker room, causing panic and distress to the girls inside, what about their rights? Should businesses and schools not be allowed to complain about it? Yet when North Carolina passed a common-sense law stating that the state could not force institutions to accommodate the LGBT person (still giving institutions the power to choose their own policies), some corporations and the federal government went ballistic, threatening North Carolina with financial punishment for daring to oppose the LGBT agenda.Regardless of one’s feelings on this issue, it should not be the role of science to advance one view on a highly polarized cultural issue. The Nature article is filled with buzzwords that betray their bias. Try to imagine conservative scientists measuring success in these terms:The canvassers talked to 255 voters about transgender equality, and to another 246 voters about recycling, as a control group.About one in ten voters that were canvassed about transgender discrimination became less prejudiced….Broockman says the magnitude of the change approximates the degree of improvement from 1998 to 2012 in the average opinion of an American towards gay and lesbian people.Broockman plans to extend his work to other issues, such as attitudes about climate change.….Broockman’s designs could be used to test whether attitudes towards undocumented immigrants could be changed.Meanwhile, the transphobia study offers hope that doing so could be worth the effort.Nature‘s reporter Heidi Ledford is not even pretending to be objective with this kind of terminology. Most likely, she is not even aware of it. But the very choice of terms is highly biased, and each position advocated is the leftist position. The phrase “undocumented immigrants,” for instance, shields the reader from whether or not a person has broken the law. The innocuous phrase “climate change” hides the advocacy of punitive measures on economies to correct for what the current consensus thinks humans have done to the planet. The word “equality” conceals the issue of whether a gender-confused person must be allowed to trump the privacy rights of those not so confused, if other methods of accommodation are possible.New Scientist followed suit with its headline, “Re-run of controversial study shows how to cut trans prejudice.” Lacour’s revenge is on. Advocacy groups on the left have grabbed the hammer of science to force their views on the majority. They are refining their methods of scientific brainwashing.For Fleischer, that need not bode ill for canvassing on other topics. It took him seven years to work out the right approach to talk to people about LGBT issues, he says, and he has less experience addressing attitudes toward abortion. It may take time to fine-tune the approach for other sensitive subjects.“Talking to people” is not about engaging in the open marketplace of ideas. The agenda is set in advance. The canvassers are the change agents. The public is the lab rat. The survey questions are fine-tuned for influence in one direction. Success is measured by progress toward the agenda. Ledford quotes Brian Calfano, political scientist at Missouri State, prediction “You’re going to see a lot more of these studies going forward.”We live in dark times. The specter of Soviet “psychopolitics” looms large. Leftists and their “scientific” change agents are driven by their inner conviction that they are smart, and the public is stupid. They are for progress, and everyone else is backward, hindering progress. They have the right views and the right methods to change the world. This kind of utopian mentality has caused untold grief and suffering just within the last century; when will we ever learn?Here’s what you can do. When the canvasser comes to your doorstep, do an experiment on them. See if you can get them to change their views on the propriety of science acting as a change agent for a particular viewpoint. Hey, if it’s fair for them to make you their lab rat, it’s fair to reverse the roles. Every question they ask, notice how it is framed to alter your view, and turn it around to alter theirs. Tell them you are experimenting on them, and you want to publish your results. It will either drive them crazy or (hopefully) make them reconsider what they are doing.If enough conservatives did this, and communicated with each other, we could gather a lot of interesting data about best techniques for deprogramming canvassers, cultists, and other doorbell ringers. Our published results could measure success in terms of ability to open the eyes of the blind, get them off their agenda, and teach them to reason with one another as rational, moral, considerate human beings.Exercise: How would you frame your questions for such an experiment?Warning: If we are too successful at this, the bigots may turn to harsher methods, such as electric shock or torture.(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Federer beats great rival Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

first_imgRoger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after winning his men’s final singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURIRoger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top of the rankings as the season reaches its conclusion.ADVERTISEMENT In-form Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but he was up against it almost right away. Number two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard’s serve, breaking him in the first game — to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 36-year-old Swiss, fondly known as “Cow” in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better and he rattled through his own service game for 2-0.Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion who had beaten Nadal in their last four encounters, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai. Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nadal, 31, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency.Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell.Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium.In contrast, Nadal — a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters — was laboring through his service games.He went long on a straightforward forehand but powered an ace to make it 4-3 to the Swiss.  ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match.There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the pivotal fifth game.Nadal, on a great run of form that won him the US Open and China Open in recent weeks, saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Man Utd boss Mourinho releases statement on Benfica move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho releases statement on Benfica moveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has confirmed he will not return to management with Benfica. The Portuguese was sacked last month as manager of Manchester United.He said: “I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal.”I don’t really want to go there but the best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached.”It’s a tremendous honour when you return to a club where you’ve been, but I’m talking to you and I will not talk to anyone else.”I’m not training, I love that I am no longer talked about all the time and the best way to ensure that will remain the case is for me to not talk either.”I want to able to think and prepare for the next step.” last_img read more