Dark side of Mourinho is back for Spurs – and he’s dividing without conquering

first_imgWHEN I was growing up, Tottenham were many people’s second team — with Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles and Steve Archibald helping them to play in swashbuckling style.Until very recently there was still much to admire, even if other fans may not want them to succeed as they once did.3 The dark side of Jose Mourinho is back for Spurs and he’s dividing without conquering, says Simon Jordan3 Jose Mourinho has so far failed to get Spurs firing on all cylindersCredit: Alamy Live NewsThis was a club with a dynamic, forward-thinking manager, a team brimming with young English talent, a brilliant recruitment and youth development system, eye-watering record profits and an incredible new £1billion stadium.The sole goal — to finish in front of their North London rivals Arsenal — was finally gone, with a new ambition to join the elite teams of Europe.Yet no sooner were the shiny doors of their aspirational stadium flung open, a plague arrived on their house.Mauricio Pochettino, the manager we all wished we had at our club, was gone amid rumours of a lost dressing room, stars whose contracts were expiring wanting to leave and the chairman Daniel Levy being difficult.The answer? Levy called Jose Mourinho, the self-styled Special One, to resolve the deepening challenge of having a champagne stadium with a beer team.Today they find themselves at a crossroads. Mourinho has divided opinion since his first arrival at Chelsea in 2004. He made bold predictions and had the temerity to back them up.His first away game for Chelsea was against my newly-promoted Crystal Palace — and striker Didier Drogba snuffed out our limited challenge.Passing the manager’s office after the match, I stopped to chat to Mourinho and the way he spoke left me thinking he really was the Special One.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesSixteen years on and his CV now also boasts Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea again and Manchester United.But now he’s not at a blue-chip club funded by a Gulf state or an oligarch.Despite their lust for glamour, Tottenham remain a thrifty club run by a notoriously difficult operator.While this may be a slightly odd comparison, when I appointed Neil Warnock as Palace manager in 2007 it was dubbed a “marriage made in hell”.It didn’t turn out that way but the Mourinho-Levy dynamic has the potential to be just that.Mourinho initially did his best to inhabit a new persona of the “Humble One” after bouncing through the door like a kid on Christmas morning.But he has now landed squarely in his accustomed role, with an endless dark outlook.Recently his Tottenham team played with the handbrake on against Chelsea and have been outplayed by both Wolves and by RB Leipzig in their Champions League home leg three weeks ago.He also dropped key players in games to favour the FA Cup and promptly got knocked out by Norwich.Mourinho is now dividing and he’s not conquering. His “gift” of a squad now needs a major overhaul.3MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearBoth club and manager look stuck in acts of self-harm — Spurs in their desire to have a team to match their glorious stadium and Mourinho because he wants to be in London and the Premier League.This may all be supposition, of course. The return of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min could soon light up the North London sky again.Or it may be that Spurs have lit a fire under their own backsides and lost sight of their culture and identity by entrusting their required regeneration to a manager who may have had his time.Simon Jordan’s Final Word is on talkSPORT on Sunday from 5-8pm.Jose Mourinho says Spurs will leave absolutely everything on the pitch against RB Leipziglast_img read more

Column: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury step up in heavyweight title fight

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018 file photo Tyson Fury, left, and Deontay Wilder face off during a news conference in New York ahead of their heavyweight world championship boxing match in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. Just how well Wilder’s heavyweight title defense against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles will do at the box office on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 is a question mark. For all the power in his right hand, Wilder is still trying to build his brand and Fury is largely an enigma in the U.S. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)Just how well Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title defense Saturday night against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles will do at the box office is a question mark. For all the power in his right hand, Wilder is still trying to build his brand and Fury is largely an enigma in the U.S.What it means for boxing’s most prestigious division, though, is easy to quantify.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award There’s also a lot to like about the fight itself, even if most boxing fans decide to save their money for the holidays rather than lay out $74.95 for the pay-per-view.Wilder is a legitimate heavyweight champion, a 6-foot-7 former Olympic medalist who hasn’t lost in 40 fights and possesses freaky power in his right hand. He won’t win any points for a boxing style that can be charitably described as awkward, but he has knocked out all but one of his opponents — including Luis Ortiz, the powerful former Cuban he flattened his last time out in March.Fury, meanwhile, is even bigger at 6-foot-9, boxes like a middleweight, and has won all 27 of his fights. But he stepped away from the ring after beating Klitschko for the title and ballooned to nearly 400 pounds while binging on beer and cocaine. He said he was in a deep depression that has now lifted, but will be fighting for only the second time in his comeback.Oddsmakers make Wilder the 9-5 favorite, but there are legitimate questions about both men that still have to be answered. By the time they’re finished with 12 rounds or less the heavyweight picture should be in clearer focus and the winner should have a clear path to Joshua.This is boxing, of course, so anything can happen. But it would be hard for Joshua to keep claiming he’s the best if he doesn’t fight the best.In the meantime, boxing fans will have to be content seeing just two who might just be the best.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Wilder will be defending the WBC version of the title he holds against Fury in a fight no one was really talking about until it was made. That includes Wilder, who has campaigned hard for a unification fight with Joshua, even offering him a $50 million purse at one point to try to get it done.But Joshua has his own timetable, and with the fan base of an entire country behind him in England, he has the luxury of picking and choosing just who he fights and when.So, when he ignored Wilder, the American went looking elsewhere — and found a willing dance partner in Fury, who stakes a claim of his own to the heavyweight title after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.“I feel whoever wins this can call themselves the best heavyweight champion in the world,” Wilder said. “Let’s face it, we don’t have to keep going over this over and over again about Anthony Joshua. They had their opportunity, they had their chance.”Indeed, there should be no reason to talk much about Joshua this week. Wilder and Fury deserve to be center stage, if for nothing else than because both are willing to fight each other.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The winner gets a glittering championship belt, of course, that signifies he is the baddest man on the planet — at least in the parts of the planet that currently recognize Wilder as the reigning heavyweight champion. And that’s still a big deal because even though the heavyweight division hasn’t been good in recent times, it’s brimming with talent right now.But the real prize will likely come sometime next year, assuming common sense prevails as it often doesn’t in boxing. That means a fight matching the Wilder-Fury winner with Anthony Joshua, the British puncher who currently holds the other parts of the title, in a pay-per-view fight that would do massive numbers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe best fighting the best, like the heavyweights of another era used to do all the time. And no better way to start it off then with an intriguing showdown at Staples Center between two undefeated fighters who both have their eye on a bigger prize.“The most important thing is that we all fight each other and give the boxing fans of our era something to talk about,” Fury said. “It would be a crying shame to not fight each other and all get in the mix. Who’s the best, we’ll all find out when we all fight each other.” View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Returning June Mar Fajardo, LA Tenorio lead Gilas Final 12 vs Kazakhstan No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Hiddink admits ‘concerns’ over fitness and form of under-fire Chelsea star

first_imgChelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has “concerns” about Eden Hazard’s fitness and form.Hazard was booed as he was substituted with a hip and groin problem during Wednesday night’s Champions League exit to Paris St Germain, when his half-time shirt swap with Angel Di Maria invited the fans’ fury.The Belgium playmaker’s father Thierry told Belgian newspaper Le Soir that Hazard has had the injury for up to four months – it first occurred under Jose Mourinho, whom Hiddink replaced in December – but has had to play on.Hiddink says Hazard is “desperate” to feature in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.“His father made a fair judgement. He is not absent of injury,” Hiddink said.“What is an injury? You can have an injury where you cannot play, or where you can play when you are not fully fit.“I have my concerns about him as well: whether he should play, when he’s not top, top fit, an hour at full intensity or another part of the game (as a substitute). We’re trying to help him.“He will be available (against Everton). He’s desperate to participate in a team performance.”Thierry Hazard told Le Soir his son’s injury is “not serious, but the pain, once it appears, is a stabbing pain”.He added: “Instead of giving him time to rest and to cure totally, they need Eden to play, especially when it’s a very important match, and then to force him. He doesn’t have any choice.”Hazard’s condition appears to be perplexing Hiddink, who spoke to Chelsea’s medical staff on Thursday and analysed statistics in the absence of “emotion”. The statistics from training and matches do not point to a problem, the Dutchman says.Hiddink added: “I try to exclude a lot of emotion in that and see whether his working radius is okay. The intention he is doing in training and in the game, it’s not what you think. You think sometimes ‘oh, he’s not doing enough’. That’s not true.“We have to find another entrance to get him on this level. Working harder is possible, but not with stupidity. Or maybe one or two days off might help.”Hiddink discounted an extended leave, although that option is available now Chelsea are out of the Champions League.He added: “I like to have (players) near to see what is best.”Hazard senior conceded his son’s bad form came before the injury, saying “he’s not a machine”, while he also dismissed the prospect of a summer switch to PSG. Hazard is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2020.Hiddink added: “His father was very humble and made a very good comment about this. Some players have difficult times, although they are trying.“Most of the time we have the idea ‘he’s not in big, big form, let’s try to punish’. Most of the players ask for a little bit of help.“Every now and then I see that he (Hazard) is capable of doing beautiful things, very efficient things. We try to help him and find a path where he can grow and it’s a different approach for everyone.”Striker Diego Costa is undergoing treatment for a hip problem which forced him off against PSG and is a doubt for the trip to Everton, but captain John Terry will return to contention after a six-match absence with a hamstring problem.Hiddink said: “He worked rather well the past days. I would like him to travel to Liverpool.”Terry scored an equaliser in the eighth minute of stoppage time to earn a 3-3 draw with Everton in January’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.The defender lifted the FA Cup in 2009 during Hiddink’s first caretaker spell as manager and the Blues boss is eager for further success in the competition, but not at expense of climbing further up the Premier League table from 10th position.“It’s a very important cup to go for,” Hiddink said. “But you have to focus also on the Premier League and not neglect that.” 1 Eden Hazarc pictured during Chelsea training last_img read more


first_imgThe number of people employed in the Donegal Gaeltacht declined by 243 in 2010, figures released by Udaras na Gaeltachta have revealed. A total of 194 new jobs were created leaving the number of people employed on a full-time basis by Udaras at 2,007.A total of €16.7million was invested in providing the 193 jobs, many of which will come on stream in 2011 and subsequent years. The majority of job losses occurred in the Largo Foods group of companies based on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park. In 2009, Largo Export Foods Ltd announced that the group needed to restructure as a result of increased competitiveness in the market place, unfavourable exchange rates and high production costs.A reduction of the workforce was necessary to allow for restructuring and the lay-offs are evident in the 2010 employment figures.“We are encouraged however by the significant investment made by Largo Foods group last year to redevelop their business to target the healthy snack food niche market.  An tÚdarás is confident that employment numbers will rise again when this development is implemented,” said an Udaras spokesman.The spokesman added that companies in the tourism sector and companies related to the construction industry also saw a drop in employment numbers.JOBS IN DONEGAL GAELTACHT DROP BY 243 IN 2010 was last modified: January 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgEndsCaptionChristy Lynch (back) of Efficient Plumbing and Heating who won the Best Established Business Category in last year’s IBYE contest in Donegal, pictured with some of the other short-listed entrants. Christy says that winning the competition was a huge boost and their business has reaped the rewards as a result.Business owners in Donegal who are under 30 are being urged not to pass up the chance to win a significant cash-boost of €20,000 for their business by entering the contest for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur before next Friday July 31st.The competition that has a total of €50,000 up for grabs in Donegal, includes a prize of €20,000 in the Best Established Business category for anyone under 30 who has been in business over two years.Last year’s winner in the Best Established Business category, Christy Lynch of Efficient Plumbing and Heating said the cash prize was a fantastic help to their business. “Sometimes an established business might think that it’s too time consuming to enter a contest like this, but if you take the time it can be very rewarding.Winning the cash prize in the best established business category was a fantastic boost for our business cash flow, it allowed us to do mare marketing and attend more trade shows and we are now getting more business as a result of that,” he said.There’s a similar investment prize of €20,000 to be won in the Best Start-Up Category while anyone in the age bracket with a new brilliant new idea could walk away with a €10,000 investment prize.Head of Enterprise in Donegal Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney said that the feedback from applicants last year was that, in addition to the prize money, the Business Bootcamps for all short-listed entrants had been of tremendous assistance. “It is a really nice incentive for applicants to try and capture the investment prizes, but even if they don’t, taking part in the Business Bootcamps will help them fine tune their business plans, learn new enterprise skills and avail of the highest quality one to one mentoring and business coaching.”What’s more he added, anyone who has entered before can re-apply although there may be some conditions attached.“If someone entered the contest last year they can still reapply. It might be the case that they fall into a different category this year or it may be the case that their business has developed since then and they have an add-on to the product they entered with last year. I’d say to anyone who had entered before and who hasn’t done so this time around, is that they really shouldn’t let this fantastic opportunity pass.”Mr Tunney urged anyone with queries or seeking further information Donegal Local Enterprise Office: 07491 60735 or e.mail danny.mceleney@leo.donegalcoco.ie or download the application at www.ibye.ieBut, he stressed that the deadline for the competition is fast approaching and he urged Donegal’s young entrepreneurs to get their applications in before the July 31 deadline. “The applications can be made online at www.ibye.ie but once the deadline is gone, so too will the opportunity, so I’d urge businesses to get their entries in quickly,” he concluded.DONEGAL’S YOUNG BUSINESS OWNERS URGED NOT TO MISS €20,000 was last modified: July 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTHE DONEGAL Links Classic is scheduled for three days running on May 30th, 31st and June 1st. Played over three of Donegal’s finest and top quality links courses – Ballyliffin, Rosapenna and Portsalon – the classic is one of the longest running team events in the country and is well worth a visit for anyone interested.Teams of four compete for daily team and individual prizes with the overall winners presented their prizes on Wednesday, June 1st, at a complimentary reception in Letterkenny’s Mount Errigal.Entry for this popular event is only € 100 per person for visitors and € 80 for members. Adding to the attraction of this year’s event is the sponsorship of TaylorMade. Entry forms are available from Ballyliffin GC by telephoning 074-9376119. Meanwhile, entries are now being taken for the Easter Junior Golf Camp at Ballyliffin GC. The two-day course will run on Tuesday, April 26th and Wednesday, April 27th. It is suitable for children from (8-12) and (12-16years).The course will include professional tuition in all aspects of the game. The fee is € 50 per child including light lunch and gift hat. This camp is open to all. For more information contact the club on 074-9376119.DONEGAL LINKS CLASSICS ANNOUNCED was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgKids Klub: Friday 20th April @ 6p.m. is the official launch date for the new Kids Klub where children from the age of 5 – 12 years can take part in activities such as Football, Dancing, Photography, Cinema Nights, computers and much more. Entry is only €1 per week and if you have any queries, contact 91 41773.Creative Writing: Classes began on Wednesday 18th April and will run every week from 2-4p.m. The cost is €2 per week. Contact 91 41773 for further details. Plant Sale: The Lifford Clonleigh Garden Project are holding a plant sale. Produce includes Pea plants, Bean plants, Mint & Parsley bushes and much more. The group are also taking orders for flower baskets. LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES was last modified: April 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LIford Clonleigh Resource Centre noteslast_img read more

Study all the school angles

first_imgDear Leslie, I read your article about how college graduates earn more. I would agree that for the most part they do. But college is not for everyone. Those who have a real drive for what they want in life may not need college (Kanye West named his first album “The College Dropout”). I’m a junior at Cal State Northridge and have a few things to say about that situation. I am not doing well, I miss a lot of classes and I have no desire to keep up with my studies or to try to graduate. I have seriously thought about dropping out. I have yet to tell my parents because I am worried about disappointing them. Should I recognize that college is not for me and leave? I love independent film, music and TV and would like to become involved in at least one of those industries. The drive is there: My best friend and I are trying to start up our own band-promoting company, and I’m interning in Santa Monica for several networks. (Ironically, I would most likely not be able to continue the internship if I drop out.) I believe I have a strong enough drive to “make it” as a producer. If I did, I believe that my lack of education would be downplayed. What is your advice? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Dear Reader, While some very accomplished people say they didn’t get anything out of college, you already are gaining something valuable from school: your internships, which depend on your enrollment. The lessons you learn and the connections you make out in the field should serve you well when you start job hunting. Regarding the course work, consult with an academic adviser. Perhaps you should select a course load that you find more interesting or easier to handle. Many colleges are concerned about keeping the students they have admitted, and offer support services that can help you stay on track. Don’t stay in school to please your parents. Ask professionals in the entertainment world just how important a degree could be (or not be) to your future. If, after doing some research, you decide to take a year off or even drop out, share your reasoning with your parents. If you have a realistic path to follow and the drive to get you there, you should get their blessing. Even if you do not, you will be standing on your own solid ground, which is necessary for success in any field. Dear Leslie, I have a response to the disgruntled reader who accused you of “castrating” men. If the way men behaved worked for “us all, male and female, since the beginning of time,” the behavior would not be changing. The way it “worked” in the past led to oppression, sexual harassment, lower pay and inability to enter any profession at will. Equality does not castrate; it frees both sides of an issue. Because of changes in opinions, I was able to play Little League Baseball in the 1970s, take advanced math courses in high school in the 1980s, be an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Navy in the 1990s and be an accountant now, as well as be a mom and wife. Would you deny your daughters the same opportunities? Dear Reader, You go, girl! Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at goodgirls@contentthatworks.com. 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

Did football kill Dwight Clark?

first_imgGet 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.Dwight Clark is one of at least 18 NFL players who has suffered from the fatal neurodegenerative disease ALS.Nine had died from Lou Gehrig’s disease by the time Clark passed away in June at age 61 — including three members of the 49ers from the 1960s. Also, there have been more than 50 claims as part of the NFL concussion lawsuit, according to court documents. Most of the identities of those making the claims are not …last_img

Pop Goes the Fatbubble Theory for the Origin of Life

first_imgJack Szostak and colleagues at Howard Hughes Medical Institute have a new entry for stories about how the first life got rolling: the bubble theory.  Bubbles of fat molecules enclosing genetic material might have given rise to a primitive form of natural selection, they say; the more effective at replication the RNA inside a lucky bubble, the more osmotic pressure it would create, causing the bubble to grow.  Bubbles battled for supremacy in this primordial soup till Darwinian selection took over, and that’s where we came from.  The scenario was published in Science1 Sept. 3 and summarized on EurekAlert.    They actually did test the idea in the lab.  “We tested whether fatty acid vesicles … osmotically stressed by encapsulated contents would increase in membrane area at the expense of unstressed vesicles,” they say.  They had to set boundary conditions so that the bubbles did not rupture (i.e., pop).  In scientific lingo, that translates into: “We therefore determined the maximum sustainable membrane tension of oleate (C18:1) vesicles under osmotic stress.”  They experimented with sugar inside the bubbles, then RNA with nucleotides.  Sure enough, the winning bubbles grew by stealing membrane material from those with lesser contents.  Given any charged genetic polymer inside a fatbubble, they believe bigger would win the competition.  The paper has the customary tables, graphs and incomprehensible jargon, then ends with a summary of their own materialistic, naturalistic origin of life scenario that requires nothing but “simple physical principles” properly applied.  Once upon a time,We suggest that the phenomenon of osmotically driven, competitive vesicle growth could have played an important role in the emergence of Darwinian evolution during the origin of cellular life (supporting online text).  The present results suggest that simple physical principles may allow a direct connection between genome and membrane.  RNA replicating within vesicles could confer a substantial growth advantage to the membrane by creating internal osmotic pressure.  The faster replication of a superior replicase would therefore lead to faster vesicle growth, at the expense of cells lacking RNA or containing less efficient replicases.  A faster replicase genotype would thus produce the higher-level phenotype of faster cellular growth, a prerequisite of cellular replication (supporting online text).  Darwinian evolution at the organismal level might therefore have emerged earlier than previously thought—at the level of a one-gene cell.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)EurekAlert, in its summary titled “Battle between bubbles might have started evolution,” says they proposed this scenario as an alternative to the reigning popular “RNA World” theory.  They like it because it is not as complicated.1Chen, Roberts and Szostak, “The Emergence of Competition Between Model Protocells,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5689, 1474-1476, 3 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1100757].One of the problems with peer review is that if a few reviewers let nonsense pass, it can get published in a prestigious journal, and snuggle into the corpus of scientific literature, without opportunity for immediate refutation.  Then science reporters, like eager guppies at the base of a waterfall waiting for crud to wash over, swallow it whole and regurgitate for the peasants who respect science but don’t know any better.  This is soooooo stupid, it makes you wonder how Big Science can print such silliness without making the Darwin Party blush.  The answer is: they have to.  Their materialism pushes them to silly storytelling because they have already rejected the alternative, intelligent design.  Choosing beforehand to ignore the obvious, silly storytelling is all they have available, so they dress it up in enough scientific glitter to distract attention from the pitiful plot.  Computer programmers know this game.  A bug is a bug, but if you dress it in a handsome suit, it is transformed into a “feature.”    One hole is sufficient to make a bubble pop, but this story has more than a wiffle ball.  Wise readers, get out your baloney detectors.Personification: It’s bad enough when evolutionists personify birds and flowers, but now they expect us to believe that bubbles compete in the evolutionary fitness game?  Bubbles couldn’t care if they win or pop.Begging the question: They assume what they need to prove, by having us believe that RNA replicating enzymes (extremely sophisticated molecular machines, called replicases) already existed.  Their experiments seeded the bubbles with man-made functional RNA machinery.  This is like Olympic judges ignoring a sprinter competing on a motorcycle.Word games: The Darwin Party’s favorite euphemism for miracle, “emergence” is all over the place.Prisoner’s Dilemma:  A fatbubble with RNA inside is a prison, not a factory.  Once the RNA inside uses up all its food (nucleotides), it cannot evolve any further.  Cells have elaborate ways to control entry and exit of materials from the external environment, but fatbubbles do not.  As such, they are death traps (see 01/17/2002 commentary). More Begging the Question:  They consider a more primitive genetic material (PNA), then just assume that the more complex and difficult RNA and DNA molecules will “emerge” by Darwinian evolution, the very thing they need to prove.  They say, “In contrast, a neutral polymer such as PNA (peptide nucleic acid), having no associated counterions, would be a much less effective osmolyte, a difference that may have influenced the natural selection of the genetic material itself.”  Did you catch that?  That’s like saying, “A Piper Cub is difficult to evolve, so maybe the difference between a Piper Cub and a 757 influenced the evolution of the jumbo jet itself.”  Come again?Card Stacking:  To sneak Darwinian natural selection into the plot, they play the replication card but leave out the accuracy card.  Faster or more efficient replication is useless unless it is accurate.  Without accurate copying, any gains will be quickly lost due to the phenomenon of “error catastrophe” – an accumulation of errors that makes the house of cards fall flat.Non-sequitur:  They assume that bigger is better.  A bigger dead bubble is still dead.  It’s not evolving into a living cell.  They think that since fast growth is a prerequisite for life, getting some bubbles to grow faster is a step in the right direction.  It does not follow.Yet more begging the question:  They presume that one gene, a replicase, is all that is necessary.  They expect sensible adults to believe that a machine that can replicate an RNA molecule (how that “emerged,” they conveniently omit) was sufficient to produce translators, transporters, energy conversion systems, and factories of molecular machines working together in harmony.  If that is not a myth, what is?Glittering Generalities:  Do they really expect us to believe that bubbles that grow to a certain size in a laboratory flask can tell us anything about the origin of life?  Only if the audience enjoys bedtime stories like Gullible’s Drivels.Suggestion:  By associating these irrelevant fatbubbles to the Grand Myth of Evolution, they create a mystique about them that lead us to envision marvelous bubbles evolving into fantastic living things.  Disney would love to animate this, right next to the ballerina hippos.OK, that’s enough.  Time would fail us to discuss the extrapolation fallacy, the post-hoc fallacy, the misuse of circumstantial evidence, the difficulty that lipid membranes fall apart in the presence of salt (see 09/17/2002 headline), etc.  One hole is sufficient.  The only worthwhile observation about this story is that the authors realize that the popular “RNA World” scenario (see 07/11/2002 headline) is too complex to be credible, so they offer this putative transitional plot that is simpler, in hopes of extending the magic wand of natural selection further back into the story, as if that would help.  Did it help?    It’s high time we stop letting “scientists” dazzle us with bugs in suits and bubbles that come to life.  This is juvenile imagination, not science.  Only intelligent design could make a fatbubble do other than what comes naturally.  For those who like crossword puzzles, what’s a three-letter word for “a phenomenon incurred by exceeding the maximum sustainable membrane tension of vesicles under osmotic stress”?Accounting for a viable cellGets Darwinists in trouble;Without design the growth to compel,Pop goes the bubble.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more