Commentary: One More Casualty In The War On Knowledge

first_imgDecember 19, 2017  By John INDIANAPOLIS – That whirring sound you hear is the founding fathers spinning in their graves.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comThe news that sent Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Ben Franklin and George Washington all awhirl came from President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services.The Washington Post reports that HHS doesn’t want to see seven words – diversity, fetus, transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, science-based and evidence-based – in budget proposals from the Centers for Disease Control.HHS spokesman Matt Lloyd, who earlier in his career carried water for both former Indiana Gov. and current Vice President Mike Pence and the Koch brothers, tried to thread a needle in framing his response to the Post’s story.“HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions,” he said.Translation: CDC researchers are free to use those seven words in budget proposals if they want to, but they won’t get any money and they’ll be wasting their time if they do.The suppression of the last two words on the list – science-based and evidence-based – would send Jefferson, Franklin and the other founders into a non-stop spin cycle.They were products of the Age of Enlightenment. Their faith was in reason. They believed that the closest approximations to absolute truth and justice human beings could achieve would come through the gathering and close analysis of facts and information.They sought to create in our government an arena in which truth and falsehood could joust. Their conviction was that, over the long haul, truth always would prevail.Jefferson, often called the apostle of liberty, gave voice to this credo:I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.Such a statement is anathema to much of Donald Trump’s America, which is at war with history, with logic, with reality, with facts.When the president rails about any revelation that casts doubt upon his claims of near-omnipotence by calling such things “fake news,” most people have assumed it is the “fake” part that bothers him.We now must consider the possibility that it is the “news” part that really upsets him.He doesn’t want any pesky facts popping up to undermine, contradict or otherwise weaken the elaborate fantasies he’s conjured up.President Trump’s opponents love to dismiss him as nothing more than a con man. Maybe so, but it’s likely that he is a con man who has fallen in love with and believes his own con.That’s why he reacts with such vehemence to the work of fact-gathering.He’s not alone in that.For years, the CDC has worked in handcuffs, crafted and locked into place by the National Rifle Association and the gun manufacturers. By law, the CDC is prevented from researching the causes and consequences of gun violence in America.Every time there is some firearms-related horror in our land, the NRA and its foot soldiers always scream that they want to have a “factual” discussion about guns, while at the same time they do everything they can to prevent the collection of facts that would make such a discussion possible.Their reasoning, such as it is, is the same as the president’s.Because their fantasy is that every gun owner, however untrained or unhinged, is a potential John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, they can’t tolerate unruly or contradictory facts to intrude.Fantasies are fragile things that can’t bear close inspection.Reality, on the other hand, has staying power. That was a large part of the reason the founders were so hard-headed about acknowledging human beings’ imperfections and setting up a system of government that welcomed, rather than suppressed, the free exchange of ideas and information.They knew that facts were not something to be feared.Rather, facts – knowledge – could be our salvation, could sustain us as a nation and as a people of widely varied interests.It’s a pity that the faith of the founders in reason and the ultimate wisdom of the people has become yet another casualty in this current war on knowledge.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jesus Coomes From Lettuce

first_imgErick “Jesus” Coomes is a man of many talents. You may know him as the highly skilled bassist of acclaimed funk outfit Lettuce or for his lovable goofball antics on and off stage. However, there is so much more to this West Coast cat to discover, including these ten things you probably didn’t know!1.) Jesus has written music for some of the biggest pop stars in the game, including Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff, Janet Jackson, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Mike Posner, and Jennifer Lopez. He has also played bass and guitar on many well-known tracks—most notably Kanye West’s “All Falls Down” and Eminem’s “Crack a Bottle.”Kanye West – “All Falls Down”[Video: Kanye West]2.) While he grew up in a very religious household, his nickname came at a later point from DJ Quik. After years of working together, Quik began calling him Jesus because he wouldn’t partake in any of their debauchery—and also because of his extremely long hair and beard. B-Real from Cypress Hill has also said Jesus walks on water with the bass. The name has since stuck, and is even perpetuated by his friend, Dr. Dre.DJ Quik & Jesus on Visualism[Video: 2voices1mind]3.) Jesus was a child actor and appeared in a kickball-themed Frosted Flakes commercial in the ’80s. However, perhaps the pinnacle of his acting career was a cameo in 1991’s beloved crime thriller, Point Break, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty, and Gary Busey. You can watch Jesus almost crash into Keanu Reeves on a bike during the movie’s famed foot chase scene below around the one-minute mark.Jesus In Point Break[Video: JackBauer137]Jesus In A Frosted Flakes Commercial[Video: 80sComercials]4.) Jesus would show up to Snoop Dogg sessions straight from yoga class in a turban, which never failed to trip everyone out.5.) When Jesus began to play bass at age 15, he was so prolific that world-renowned bass virtuoso John Patitucci took him on as a private student.6.) He was vegan for ten years and has studied Kundalini yoga and meditation. He still has a very spiritual daily practice that includes prayer and meditation. 10.) Much like the story of Jesus Christ feeding five thousands of his disciples with five loaves of bread and two fish, one time, Jesus went into a classic Jewish deli with The Game and Hi Tek and ordered a cheese sandwich that unknowingly came with 60 slices of cheese on only two slices of bread. He went and bought extra loaves of bread and made tons of sandwiches to feed the whole crew. They all laughed about the incident for days. The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to host the Baby Jesus Peasant Party—hosted by Lettuce’s Erick “Jesus” Coomes— this Saturday. The festival will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full schedule for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.Brooklyn Comes Alive is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist and Brooklyn Comes Alive musician Peter Levin back in 2017.Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. They work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more. 8.) Don’t let that goofy stoner demeanor fool you—Jesus was able to complete high school in just three years. While Lettuce first came together as students as Berklee College of Music, Jesus was also the only member of Lettuce to graduate with a degree!9.) Prior to Lettuce, Jesus was a founding member of The Fyre Dept., which featured legendary guests like Slick Rick and GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. He later reunited with Wu-Tang members on stage for one of the highlights of his career, the Bonnaroo hip-hop super jam in 2013, where he played alongside RZA, Redman, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Chad Hugo, Solange, and more. 7.) It’s a family affair! His father Tommy Coomes ironically founded Love Song, one of the first Christian rock bands, which started a movement known as Jesus music back in the 1970s. His brother Tycoon is a DJ/producer/drummer who has multiple platinum hits. In addition to guesting with Lettuce, Tycoon has worked with the some of the most successful people in the industry, including Ron Fair, Diane Warren, and Dr. Dre.last_img read more

Mike Gordon Joins Max Creek In Burlington [Video]

first_imgPhish’s Mike Gordon joined veteran jam band Max Creek at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT on Friday night, sitting in and contributing vocals to the Scott Murawski original “Jones”, a song the two play regularly in Gordon’s solo outfit.To kick off Max Creek’s second set on Friday night, Gordon planted his Nikes and plucked out a deep, funky low end, anchoring “Jones” and helping drive it into the lengthy creative improv that followed. Gordon and Murawski took no time to find each other moving out of “Jones’” structured segment, as Gordon laid down a rockin’ bass groove for Murawski to dance around on his Gibson SG guitar. It was evident Gordon was eager to get out of his Burlington-area home and jam on Friday night, with the bassist grinning from ear-to-ear as “Jones” continued to elevate with speed and tenacity. The jam led into a rendition of “Got My Mojo Workin’” by Muddy Waters.“Jones > Got My Mojo Workin’”[Video: Telefunken Toni Fishman]Max Creek, who are celebrating their 48th year as a band with a new double live album and a run of shows beginning at Levon Helms Studios this March, have a long intertwined history with Gordon.Max Creek told Live For Live Music:Backstage last night, Gordon recalled seeing his first Creek show in Boston in 1983, and asking his dad to return and record them again the following week. Friendliness ensued.As a professional, Gordon has played countless shows with Creek guitarist Scott Murawski, first as the other two members of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s BK3 (Oteil Burbridge later took Gordon’s spot), then on Murawski’s solo work, and finally in Mike Gordon’s band, with whom Murawski continues to record and tour. The two are also songwriting partners—most of Gordon’s recent Phish originals include a Murawski writing co-credit.The five-piece band—including guitarist Scott Murawski, bassist John Rider, keyboardist Mark Mercier, drummer Bill Carbone, and percussionist Jamemurrell Stanley—plans to release the first physical copies of Live at 45, the band’s first official release since 2000, at their two-night acoustic/electric stand at the Stafford Palace Theatre in Stafford Springs, CT next Friday and Saturday, February 22nd and 23rd.Along with the band’s two-night Stafford Palace run in February and a show at Dover, VT’s Snow Barn tonight, Max Creek will celebrate their 48th anniversary with performances at Woodstock, NY’s Levon Helm Studios (3/29); Pittsfield, MA’s Colonial Theatre (4/5); Hartford, CT’s Infinity Music Hall (4/19); as well as festival appearances at Greenfield, MA’s Strangecreek and Bath, NH’s Jerry Jam.Head to Max Creek’s website for more information and ticketing.Setlist: Max Creek | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 2/15/19I: Orange Sunshine > Columbus Stockade Blues, I Want You to Know, Willow Tree, Speed of the Sound of Loneliness, Sweet Wanomi, I Will Always See Your Face > Something is FormingII: Jones* > Mojo Workin > Blood Red Roses > ICU > Band from Chicago > WindowsE: Around & Around* w/Mike Gordon on bass, no Rider[Setlist thanks to @Dave Bonan]last_img read more

Tree care class

first_imgTree care, from diseases to selection, will be the focus of an upcoming University of Georgia symposium set for Aug. 21 at the DeKalb County Extension office in Decatur.Registration for the Arborist/Landscaper Summer Training Symposium will begin at 8 a.m. and the daylong event will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Georgia Arborist Association, the symposium will be held in the Extension office auditorium.Sessions will cover topics like present and projected shade tree insects, trunk injections of pesticides and fertilizers and shade tree diseases. Other sessions will cover how to select small trees for small spaces and how to fertilize large and valuable trees. Participants will also learn how to properly mix, handle and dispose of pesticides. Experts from UGA Extension, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and private companies will lead the presentations. Four pesticide certification credits will be awarded for Categories 23, 24 or 27. Continuing Forester credits will be awarded in Categories 1 (4.5 credits) and 2 (1 credit). Participants can also earn 5.75 International Society of Arboriculture credits for attending the symposium.The cost of the daylong educational event is $65 for Georgia Arborist Association members and $95 for nonmembers. Registration includes a box lunch. Preregistration is required at For questions, call the DeKalb County Extension office at (404) 298-4080.last_img read more

Compost Waste

first_imgResolve to live more sustainably in 2015 by creating a compost pile or bin to help reduce household waste. Many items thrown into the trash can be sorted out and composted in the backyard, and benefits go well beyond waste reduction. Compost can be used to improve garden soil and make landscapes and vegetable gardens more productive. With a little organization and a designated space, home gardeners can amend their own soil through composting.Start by finding a space where the compost can “cook.” The location should be in full sun, at least 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet, out of the way and with good drainage. A compost container can be bought or built with materials like welded wire, fencing, pallets or blocks. Open spaces should be left on the container’s sides to allow good air circulation through the pile, and the bottom should be open to the ground. Just like cooking a meal, cooking compost involves following a recipe. Almost any organic plant material can be used for composting, including grass clippings, leaves, flowers, annual weeds, twigs, chopped brush, old vegetable plants, straw and sawdust. Avoid composting diseased plants, weeds and seeds or invasive weeds, like morning glory. Vegetable peelings and coffee grounds can also be composted, but avoid adding meats, bones and fats that may attract animals. For best decomposition, mix a variety of materials. Most compost piles are layered with whatever organic material is available at a given time. The smaller the pieces of organic matter, the faster they will decompose. Once a layer of organic matter is added, add a little garden soil or animal manure. This adds fungi, bacteria, insects and worms to the pile and helps speed up the decomposition process.Keep the pile moist, but not too wet. To speed up the decomposition process and prevent odors, use a shovel to mix the pile once a month. Compost is completely “cooked” and ready when it looks like rich, crumbly earth and the original organic material is no longer recognizable. With every mix of the pile, some ready-to-use compost should be available. This compost can be added to the soil before planting vegetables or trees, shrubs or flowers. It can also be used as mulch on the soil surface, or as a potting soil for container plants. Completely cooked compost will slowly release nutrients into the soil, but don’t rely on it for fertilization. Your plants will still need to be fertilized appropriately. For more on how to begin composting, see University of Georgia Extension publication C981 at read more

Dees to speak at Bedell luncheon

first_img May 1, 2002 Regular News Dees to speak at Bedell luncheon Dees to speak at Bedell luncheoncenter_img Legendary civil rights lawyer Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center more than 30 years ago, will be the speaker at the Trial Lawyers Section’s Chester Bedell Memorial Luncheon at the Bar’s upcoming Annual Meeting.The luncheon, held on Friday, June 21, will continue with its annual theme of the “Independence of the American Lawyer.”And it might be hard to find a better example of that than Dees.Born and raised in Alabama, Dees has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement. He filed suit in 1968 to integrate the Montgomery YMCA and, with Joseph J. Levin Jr., founded the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971.The Center has been involved in several notable cases, including seeking the integration of Alabama state police and in landmark litigation against the Ku Klux Klan. In 1980, the center began Klanwatch in response to a resurgence in Klan activity.Lesser-known about Dees is that he was also a successful book publisher, beginning a company while an undergraduate at the University of Alabama. The firm specialized in national direct mail sales, and he continued that company even after graduating from the UA School of Law in 1960 and opening a law office in Montgomery.His company published much-needed sex education books for children and an aerospace encyclopedia in conjunction with NASA and the Smithsonian Institute. He sold the company in 1969.Dees has written several books, including his autobiography and a look at right-wing militias in America, and a TV movie, Line of Fire, has been made about his life. He was also active in both George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign and Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign, where he served as national finance director.In addition to litigation, the Southern Poverty Law Center also provides a tolerance education kit to over 75,000 schools across the country.To register for the Chester Bedell Memorial Luncheon, see the May issue of The Florida Bar Journal for convention schedule and registration forms, or visit the Bar’s Web site, Registration forms and schedules can also be accessed by clicking here.last_img read more

Dems undermining our democracy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Democratic Party and the Republican Party are fighting a political war. The Republicans are fighting a conventional war with a structured chain of command, political generals, and political ground troops that for the most part follow the political general’s orders. On the other side, the Democrats are fighting an unconventional war; there is no “front” or “rear,” an attack can come from anywhere,, including inside the enemy’s leadership.The Democrats led by the progressive movement are dangerous to our republic because they go any lengths and nothing will hold them back. They’ve assimilated the Marxist conception of enlisting the masses and, like the Communists, they are beyond the conventional notion good and evil.Only the Marxists’ methods of war are efficient. While we are fighting “Russian collusion,” some men were being paid a fat fee for betraying us to the progressives’ advantage: a collection of perverted journalists and highly placed officials, untrustworthy generals and shady politicians.Former President Obama has set up a group called “Organization for Action” (OFA). OFA is working to disrupt everything that our current president is trying to do. The aim is to keep the country divided so it can attain its goal of turning the country into a socialist society. This organization goes against our democracy and Constitution. When the progressives take power, we can all say goodbye to the best country ever created by man. Wake up, America before it’s too late.Rafael PoloNorthvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Dome decision looms

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Homes, sweet homes

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First home buyers tipped to battle it out for workers cottage in blue chip Brisbane suburb

first_imgThis home at 18 Silene Street, Wavell Heights, goes to auction on Saturday. Picture:’s a large rumpus room or teenager’s retreat on the lower level with its own access, but it’s what’s out the back that’s really impressive.A built-in day bed overlooks the self-cleaning, salt water heated pool, while imported Indonesian tiles complete the outdoor entertaining area.There’s even a built-in outdoor kitchen with bar fridge and sink. This home at 73 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove, goes to auction on Saturday. Picture: 5km from the CBD and within walking distance to coffee shops, buses and schools, the property is ready to move in as is or add value.It has all the features of a classic Queenslander, including charming French doors, polished timber floors and stained glass windows.There’s also a terraced deck featuring a spa, built- in barbecue and plenty of yard space for the dog. This home at 73 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove, goes to auction on Saturday. Picture: will be the battle of the first home buyers when this cute workers cottage in one of Brisbane’s most sought-after suburbs goes under the hammer this weekend.There are 99 homes scheduled to go to auction in Brisbane this week, including a two-bedroom Queenslander at 73 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove. Entry level buyers should be lining up to bid for this beauty on Saturday. This home at 47 Pinecroft Street, Wavell Heights, goes to auction on Saturday. Picture: from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago Queensland rental demand up Stunning transformation Cheapest house in one of Brisbane’s best suburbs A prime development opportunity is on offer in inner-city Herston on Saturday. You’d think the property at 22 Fagan Road would be a hit with developers and investors, but marketing agent Rovina Lawrence from Urban Property Agents said the interest so far had been from families wanting to live in the existing house. This home at 22 Fagan Road, Herston, goes to auction on Saturday. Picture: those looking for the home that has it all and doesn’t require lifting a finger, head along to 18 Silene Street, Wavell Heights, on Saturday at 10am.Located in a quiet cul-de-sac on a low maintenance 640 sqm block, this four-bedroom house has four bathrooms to match and comes with all the modern comforts and quality finishes of a superior home. This home at 18 Silene Street, Wavell Heights, goes to auction on Saturday. Picture: GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Auction activity across the capital cities will be slightly subdued this week, with 1588 auctions currently being tracked by CoreLogic — down from last week’s final result of 2001 auctions.Auction clearance rates are still weak, remaining below the 70 per cent mark for a fifth straight week nationally.In Brisbane last week the clearance rate improved significantly from the previous week — jumping to 51.6 per cent from 33 per cent.The auction success rate on the Gold Coast was only 35.4 per cent, while it was higher on the Sunshine Coast at 52.4 per cent.Follow Liz Tilley on Twitter @liztilley84 This home at 22 Fagan Road, Herston, goes to auction on Saturday. Picture: site is an 810 sqm double block and comes with a triple gabled, four-bedroom Queenslander.Development options include expanding the existing residence, relocating the existing dwelling to build a second house, or building two town homes on the vacant block and keeping the existing house at the front (subject to approval).Ms Lawrence said Herston was a small, tightly-held suburb and houses on big blocks of land were rare. “It’s in a great location on the high side of the street and would be very suitable for a family,” she said. This home at 47 Pinecroft Street, Wavell Heights, goes to auction on Saturday. Picture: agent Cameron Woods of LJ Hooker said the property had attracted interest from young and growing families in the area looking to upsize.“We are expecting it to sell on Saturday,” he said. “810 sqm blocks are very hard to get in this area.”The property will be auctioned on-site at 10am. This home at 73 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove, goes to auction on Saturday. Picture: the other side of town, another renovator’s delight is up for grabs in Camp Hill.The three-bedroom, pre-war home at 47 Pinecroft Street is on a double block spanning 810 sqm and close to the suburb’s cafe and shopping precinct and good schools.It needs some TLC, but big blocks in the popular suburb are hard to come by.last_img read more