Scientists Discover Godliness Works

first_imgMany secular researchers deny God, but sometimes have to admit his principles fit human behavior.Free will liberated: One prerequisite for moral behavior is freedom to choose. The Bible assumes people are responsible for their actions because they can choose good or evil; Joshua called  out, “Choose you this day whom you will serve… As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Moses cried out, “Choose life” over against the judgments that would come from disobedience (Deuteronomy 30:19). Jesus told his disciples to proclaim, “Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Indeed, all the admonitions of Scripture would be meaningless if people had no power to choose. Some previous psychology tests had supposedly disproved free will by showing actions preceded thoughts. According to Medical Xpress, experiments by psychologists in Berlin showed otherwise. Theologians’ ears may perk up at the last sentence here:“A person’s decisions are not at the mercy of unconscious and early brain waves. They are able to actively intervene in the decision-making process and interrupt a movement,” says Prof. Haynes. “Previously people have used the preparatory brain signals to argue against free will. Our study now shows that the freedom is much less limited than previously thought. However, there is a ‘point of no return’ in the decision-making process, after which cancellation of movement is no longer possible.”The God’s-eye view: The psychologists who wrote a paper in PNAS were probably not intending to turn people to God’s word, but the title of their paper reveals what their interviews with real people found: “Thinking from God’s perspective decreases biased valuation of the life of a nonbeliever.” This was true, they found, regardless of the religion of the participant. Even people filled with hate would moderate their feelings when asked to think from God’s perspective. “We find that although Muslim Palestinian participants valued Palestinian over Jewish Israeli lives when making difficult moral choices, they believed that Allah preferred them to make moral decisions that valued the lives of Palestinians and Jewish Israelis more equally,” the summary says. “Beliefs about God may promote more equal valuation of human life regardless of religious identity, encouraging application of universal moral rules to believers and nonbelievers alike.” They seem to be claiming that even atheists live better when imagining would God would think.Moral indignation: Surprisingly, PhysOrg announced that “Moral anger is a force for good at work.” Millennia ago, King David said, “Be angry and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your anger” (Psalm 4:4). This indicates that one can be angry without sinning. A management expert from the University of Liverpool says, “In seeking to supress [sic] or eradicate anger all together, employers are missing out on the emotion’s ‘more socially-functional, adaptive and fairness-enhancing components.’” He wasn’t talking about selfish or immoral anger. “Allowing morally-motivated anger to be expressed can serve as a tool of organisational diagnosis to better our individual and collective behaviours.”Holy health: It makes sense that a righteous Creator would make purposeful behavior the best option for his creatures. Science Daily says, “Sense of purpose in life linked to lower mortality and cardiovascular risk.” They’re not speaking of just any purpose (like purposing to kill others), but a purpose exhibiting “positive psychosocial factors,” presumably cooperation, love, and constructive involvement with others. My, where have all the investigators been on this intuitive idea?“Of note, having a strong sense of life purpose has long been postulated to be an important dimension of life, providing people with a sense of vitality motivation and resilience,” Dr. Rozanski comments. “Nevertheless, the medical implications of living with a high or low sense of life purpose have only recently caught the attention of investigators. The current findings are important because they may open up new potential interventions for helping people to promote their health and sense of well-being.”Healthy giving: “Can charitable giving improve your health?” PhysOrg asks. Answer: yes, of course. Research shows it relieves stress, improves the immune system, and is likely to prevent “health-related problems including high blood pressure, cancer, heart attack, and obesity.” More givers than non-givers reported being in excellent health. But doing it for those reasons is not really charity, which is focused on the well-being of others. This implies that altruism is something innate in human nature, a perennial puzzle for Darwinians to explain (2/08/15).Holy voting: Atheists will not like this one, but findings are findings. Science Daily announces, “We trust in those who believe in God, study finds: Voters view religious candidates favorably, atheists not likely to win votes.” Researchers found that Democrats often have to feign religiousness to avoid scaring voters away. They noted there is only one openly atheist Congressman.“Our findings suggest that not demonstrating religiousness is a significant roadblock for winning public office in the United States, and being perceived as religious increases the level of trust instilled in politicians by voters,” Clifford said. “For Republicans (showing religiousness) will reinforce their existing support, but Democrats can expand appeal to moderates and conservatives with displays of religiousness.“As everyone knows, politicians can be experts at pretense, and will often pander to whatever group they are speaking to. The researchers were not asking if the “religiousness” is genuine. They also failed to distinguish the effects of different religions. In America, most politicians would claim some kind of Christian affiliation, or perhaps Jewish—a Biblical religion that upholds the Ten Commandments at least. By contrast, it’s not hard to imagine the negative effects on an audience if a politician proclaimed allegiance to Islamic jihad or the Flying Spaghetti Monster.Is morality defined by the community?  Another article on Science Daily claims that religious decline does not equal moral decline. Yet the researcher claiming this, Dr. Ingrid Storm, sets down her own moral standards: (1) It’s morally good to buck tradition and support abortion and homosexuality, and (2) It’s morality bad to break the law, hurt others or act in a self-interested way. By what authority does she judge these things? Anyone could play that game and produce their own findings. “To be effective, religious norms need to be validated by a moral community of other religious friends and family and social and political institutions,” she says. That’s moral relativism, judged by the shifting winds of majority opinion.Millennium fall con: PhysOrg purports to tell its readers “Why millennials are leaving religion but embracing spirituality.” According to this article, “leaving religion” means leaving church; that’s an empirical fact, especially in Europe where church attendance is pathetically low. Hear, for instance, Albert Mohler discuss the implosion of the Anglican church in its home country, where the bishops steadfastly refuse to consider the lead of the only branch that is growing: the Evangelicals, who continue to preach the authority of Scripture. But back to this article. It lets an academic expert jawbone about the reasons for the trend. One takeaway line: “Spirituality is what consumer capitalism does to religion.” If consumer religion is what millennials are after, they have not meditated on Isaiah 66:1-2:Thus says the Lord:“Heaven is my throne,and the earth is my footstool;what is the house that you would build for me,and what is the place of my rest?All these things my hand has made,and so all these things came to be,declares the Lord.But this is the one to whom I will look:he who is humble and contrite in spiritand trembles at my word.”Academia and Big Science are so thoroughly impregnated with secular Darwinian thinking, it’s hard to trust anything they say about “religion” and “morality.” It’s none of their business, anyway. Humans are not lab rats. But some things are so plainly obvious, they would have to deny their senses to disbelieve them. One is that belief in God promotes healthy societies and healthy individuals. Another is that humans have innate yearnings for God and meaning in life.Darwinian secularism cannot fill the void in man’s soul. Only Jesus Christ can. He is the Creator, Redeemer, and Great Physician. Knowing our nature intimately, he can give that purpose in life that mends hearts and minds. Stop trusting in mortals who don’t know what they’re talking about because they do not tremble at the Creator’s word. Read the Operator’s Manual given by the Creator himself. At the very least, follow the observable evidence where it leads—from nature’s intricate complexity, to the patently good fruits of righteousness, to the tuggings of your own conscience. The trail signs lead to Christ. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New trade deal helps, but hurdles remain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The newly renegotiated trade agreement involving the United States, Canada and Mexico offers farmers a bit more security about markets for dairy, corn and other products, but hefty Mexican tariffs still in place hinder business, according to an agricultural trade specialist with The Ohio State University.Under the new trade agreement, dairy farmers in the United States will have 3.75% more access to the Canadian dairy market. That means they’ll be able to sell more of their cheese, milk and other products there without those products getting taxed heavily at the Canadian border.“Dairy farmers in Ohio should be happy,” said Ian Sheldon, an agricultural economist who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).The agreement also reassures corn growers, who may have worried about not being able to sell to Mexico, a significant importer of U.S. corn and corn products, Sheldon said.“This has reduced some uncertainty for farmers that they’re not going to lose the markets they’ve had under NAFTA,” he said, referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement that went into effect in 1994.The price that corn is traded at has gone up in response to the announcement of the new United States-Mexico-Canada agreement reached on Sept. 30, which replaces NAFTA.But trade barriers still exist — even in Mexico. After the Trump administration imposed a 25% tariff on foreign steel and 10% on foreign aluminum purchases in the United States on May 31, Mexico, among other countries, quickly retaliated with hefty tariffs on imported U.S. products.Mexico imposed tariffs, now up to 25%, on U.S. cheese, pork, apples and a number of other products, and those tariffs, along with the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, remain despite the new trade agreement.Until Mexico removes those retaliatory tariffs, “the benefits of the dairy provisions in the new trade agreement won’t be fully realized,” said Ben Brown, manager of the farm management program in CFAES.As for corn and soybeans, “we already had free trade under the original NAFTA agreement, so the new agreement gets us back to where we were,” said Brown, who along with Sheldon works in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics within CFAES.The biggest blow for Ohio’s farmers has been the soybean tariffs imposed by China, the world’s largest consumer of soybeans. Soybeans are Ohio’s top agricultural export, with exports totaling $1.8 billion last year. China imposed tariffs on U.S. soybeans in response to the tariffs imposed on its aluminum and steel products in the United States.The tariffs on U.S. soybeans in China continue to block access to the Chinese market and bring down soybean prices.“Solving the NAFTA problem is great,” Sheldon said. “But I’m not sure it’s going to make China willing to lift their tariffs.”last_img read more

Microsoft Accuses Google of Misleading Security Certification

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As Howard points out, “Google can’t be under the misimpression that FISMA certification for Google Apps Premier also covers Google Apps for Government. If that were the case, then why did Google, according to the attachments in the DOJ brief, decide to file a separate FISMA application for Google Apps for Government?”Of course, Microsoft has its own motivations for painting Google’s lack of FISMA certification in this light. As Howard notes, the Department of Interior isn’t moving forward with the installation of Microsoft’s cloud offerings, and other government contracts are probably facing extra scrutiny as well.We have reached out to Google for comment, and we’ll update this story when we hear more.Update: The following is a statement from David Mihalchik, Google Enterprise:This case is about the Department of Interior limiting its proposal to one product that isn’t even FISMA certified, so this question is unrelated to our request that DOI allow for a true competition when selecting its technology providers.Even so, we did not mislead the court or our customers. Google Apps received a FISMA security authorization from the General Services Administration in July 2010. Google Apps for Government is the same system with enhanced security controls that go beyond FISMA requirements. As planned we’re working with GSA to continuously update our documentation with these and other additional enhancements. Tags:#NYT#security#web audrey watters Microsoft is accusing Google of providing misleading information about whether or not its Google Apps for Government is certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).The roots of the accusation, laid out today in a blog post by Microsoft Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel David Howard, date back to last fall, when the Department of Interior awarded Microsoft with the contract to upgrade its email system and move it to the cloud. Google filed a lawsuit requesting an injunction and claiming that the selection process was unfair. We’ve updated this story with a statement from GoogleFollowing the success of its Apps for Business and Apps for Education offerings, Google has tried to make in-roads into government cloud contracts as well, which do require some additional security measures. And that’s what today’s brush-up involves.Google has claimed that its Apps for Government does met the minimum security requirements for government IT, but according to a Department of Justice brief unsealed last week, “notwithstanding Google’s representations to the public at large, its counsel, the GAO and this Court, it appears that Google’s Google Apps for Government does not have FISMA certification.”Google says that Google Apps for Government has received this certification, and had made a point in its lawsuit that it deserved consideration for the federal contract because Microsoft’s rival offering, Business Productivity Online Suite, did not have FISMA certification.Google does have FISMA certification for Google Apps Premiere, but not for the Apps for Government, although that claim does appear on its website. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

first_imgUPDATED on May 14, 2014Friedrich is launching a ductless minisplit heat pump designed for installation by a homeowner with only modest mechanical skills and no professional HVAC training.Ductless minisplits are high-efficiency air conditioners and heaters that include an outdoor compressor and an indoor fan unit, typically mounted on a wall. They’re usually sized and installed by professionals, partly because of the heat gain and loss calculations required to choose the right unit and partly because indoor and outdoor components are connected by electrical, condensate and refrigerant lines that may be difficult for a non-pro to handle.Friedrich hopes its Breeze heat pump kits will help homeowners navigate those problems without the help of a professional installer. The San Antonio, Texas, company says the unit is available nationally. Just two sizes to choose fromHeating and cooling professionals normally run Manual J calculations before choosing a specific piece of equipment to make sure its output matches the heating and cooling loads in a particular space. But Friedrich is offering only two models of the Breeze, one for spaces up to 500 square feet and another for spaces up to 1,600 square feet.The company says its inverter-equipped motors, the same technology used by minisplit pioneers like Fujitsu and Mitsubishi, helps the unit reach its set point quickly and hold it more efficiently than conventional equipment.After choosing either a large or small capacity unit, the only other decision installers will have to make is whether to run the modular connecting line through a 3-inch hole in the wall behind the fan unit, or through an accessory that sits in the bottom of a window opening. Through-the-wall installations are hidden when installation is complete.The connecting line comes with a quick-connect fitting allowing it to be snapped into place without tools, according to Friedrich. The compressor also has snap-in electrical connectors.The whole process is covered in an 8-minute YouTube video.The smaller of the two units has a maximum cooling output of 12,000 BTU/h and produces 7,000 BTU/h of heat when the outdoor temperature is at 17°F (11,000 BTU/h at 47°F). It runs on 115 volts AC. The large unit has a maximum cooling output of 24,000 BTU/h and produces 14,200 BTU/h at 17°F (22,0000 Btu at 47°F). It requires 230 volts AC.The units cost from about $2,000 to $2,500.Update: On May 14, 2014, Friedrich announched that the company is limiting sales of the Breeze. The company announced, “Friedrich has intentionally rolled out the product with limited production for sale only in New York and South Florida. While Friedrich wanted broader exposure this summer season, the company has decided to pull back to avoid creating demand that Friedrich cannot deliver on. Friedrich is currently reviewing its broad launch date with its retailers and production team.” For more information, see Friedrich Pulls Back on DIY Minisplit Launch.last_img read more

Flatrock Passive: Laying Out the Mechanical System

first_img BLOGS BY DAVID GOODYEAR Framing and Insulating an Interior Service WallAir Sealing the PenetrationsBlower Door Test Comes Up RosesWrapping Up the Air BarrierInsulation and an Air BarrierInstalling Windows and DoorsFoam Sheathing and Window DetailsFraming and Air SealingA Well Insulated SlabFootings and Frost WallsA Final Design and Energy ModelingAn Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House Options for the well tankI toyed with several options for the well tank setup. Around here, people often install a 30-40 gallon tank with a pressure switch that cycles on and off at 40/60 psi. There are advantages and disadvantages for choosing a large tank. One advantage is always having a large water store on hand during times of the year when the water table drops or if the well is simply drilled in a low water table.One disadvantage is, if left uninsulated, all of that cold water in the tank absorbs heat from the house; you dump it down the drain every time you draw from the tank.Another disadvantage is size. In our mechanical room a large tank is not an option. Several of the tradespeople working on the house mentioned a VFD (variable frequency drive). This is a piece of electronics that turns a normal pump into a variable-speed pump. The tank is much smaller and the pump is on demand. The pump speed maintains constant pressure in order to meet that demand. This allows multiple fixtures to be on at the same time.Another option is a CSV (cycle stop valve). The inherent simplicity of this system led me to my final choice: A Pside-Kick kit (see Image #4 below). The valve with this kit maintains a constant pressure to vary the flow rate. This is much better for the pump and just throttles the flow. The pump impeller still turns at the speed it was designed for but moves more or less water and draws more or less power. The benefits over a VFD are described here.I installed the Pside Kick kit along with two sediment filters. As filters clog the resistance to flow increases. A parallel run would provide less resistance to flow than having two filters in series so I plumbed the filters in parallel with the same PEX runs so the static pressure along each of the filter runs would be the same. Ball valve shut-offs were plumbed on either side of the assembly so future servicing would be much easier.The installation is compact and it all fits under the ERV. My electricians pointed out that we can also mount the well motor control and the well disconnect under the ERV in order to keep all the well-related gear in the same place.That is the current state of the mechanical room for now. I am expecting there to be much more progress in the weeks to come! Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of blogs by David Goodyear describing the construction of his new home in Flatrock, Newfoundland, the first in the province built to the Passive House standard. The first installment of the GBA blog series was titled An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House. For a list of Goodyear’s earlier blogs on this site, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below; you’ll find his complete blog here. Green Basics: Mechanical SystemsAll About Wood StovesHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseMisconceptions About HRVs and ERVsHRV or ERV? The day-to-day operational costs of this building should be less than a code-built home. Lower energy use means lower energy bills. In principle this should lead to simpler mechanical heating systems. This aspect of Passive House design was always considered to be a way to tunnel through the cost barrier of all the extras, such as triple-glazed windows, high R-value walls, etc.The choice for a heat source is often simple: a minisplit could provide all the heat required. However, my choices were influenced by many factors:Using photovoltaic panels provides a way to offset some of the source energy requirements of the building, but since net metering wasn’t allowed in the province at the time of my decision, future installation of PV seemed like a pipe dream.With electricity costs rising, using a locally available fuel source could offset some or most of the energy costs associated with being connected to the grid. This could be made possible by targeting the site demand required by heat and hot water.Having a heating source that uses minimal electrical energy would make heat and hot water available during periods of extended power outage.Use a fuel source that would dramatically decrease the source energy requirements of the building. This all added up to “wood.” Wood is available locally, it can be burned to provide massive amounts of heat for both heating and hot water, and it can be used to offset source energy. Living in a province where wood burning is prevalent provides a natural choice.The big problem with a wood stove is that they are too powerful. Finding a stove to meet small heating loads (i.e. less than 5 kW) is not easy. It also is challenging to find a stove with hydronic heating capabilities. The only wood-fired hydronic stove in Canada for a living room is the Walltherm. While firing, it dumps about 12.7 kW into heating water and only 2.2 kW into space heating. This requires a large thermal storage tank.In my case I opted for the Logix24, which has a solar thermal exchanger built in.Eventually I plan to use a Geyser-R (Nyle Systems) heat pump. That will help supplement hot water production in the summer by running the heat pump through the solar heat exchanger. There are many configuration options with a storage tank like this. It can be used for any type of radiant hydronic system including low temperature radiators, in-floor heat, etc. The connections on the tank also allow for supplementing electric elements. Moving the ERV incurs an energy penaltyThe energy-recovery ventilator (the X24 ERV ECM by Venmar) looks like a great machine. It appears to be nicely built and has some decent ventilation features. It is a little on the large side, and because of its size it became a thorn in our initial layout plan. The initial plan was to place the ERV on the exterior wall directly below the Reversomatic dual intake/exhaust duct. Instead, it had to be moved almost 6 feet away from the initial position.This uses about 6 feet of extra duct. This duct will be cold in the winter and warm in the summer, and therefore there is an energy penalty associated with moving the ERV to the interior of the mechanical room. The penalty is about 127 kWh per year, according to WUFI Passive. Adding another inch of insulation saves about 25 kWh annually, so it’s probably not worth the hassle.As of now, the machine has been running just to help with the moisture load in the building. Once we are ready for diffusers to cap the supply and return ducts, the system will be balanced and the air flow will be matched to the WUFI model.The ERV seems to be behaving as expected. The latent recovery varies but will be around 68% for our setup, according to the Venmar documentation. Altering interior moisture levels is slower than it would be with an HRV, but it is more effective at higher ventilation rates. At maximum, the recovery rate is only 48%.When I purchased the unit I was concerned about the effect of higher interior humidity levels. However, there has been no condensation on the triple-glazed windows with the interior relative humidity hovering around 55%. RELATED ARTICLES Mechanical rooms are too smallI bought the stove and components seven months ago. I was happy when it was time to install the tank and start arranging the mechanical room. My HVAC contractor, Adam Rickert (Hot Water & Fresh Air Systems), has said multiple times, “Mechanical rooms are too small!” Finally, after months of planning, I believe him.At only 7 feet square, it’s a pretty small room, mainly because the Logix24 tank is so big. The original layout of the mechanical room involved some assumptions that led to some problems. The main assumptions were about the size of the tank and the inputs on the tank. There was no way for the layout to work. It seemed fine during our design stage but once I received the tank, I realized that our plan should have been a little different.The floor drain was not in the ideal position. The HRV would have to be relocated in the room. The well pump pipes are in the wrong place — the list goes on. This being said, I think we found a way to rearrange the room: The thermal store is now at the center of it all. This tank is commanding in every way! It uses almost one-quarter of the floor space in the room but it works!The PAW pumping station is the mechanical guts of the system (see Image #2 below). It will push water from the tank to the stove and back to the return on the tank. The station includes a Grundfos Alpha low-energy pump. It draws between 8 and 45 watts, depending on the setting. I expect it will run somewhere in the middle, at between 30 and 35 watts.The Viega distribution manifolds for the low-temperature panel radiators are also installed (see Image #3 below). The outdoor reset and mixing valve still need to be installed. We are expecting that the outdoor reset setting will be such that the water moving through the distribution system will be about 120°F in the dead of winter. The reset will adjust temperatures accordingly as exterior temperatures get warmer in the spring.last_img read more

Navios Containers Eyes USD 103 Mn Refinancing

first_imgzoom Monaco-based shipping company Navios Maritime Containers is in advanced discussions for refinancing its credit facilities maturing in the fourth quarter of 2019.Under one of the alternatives for such refinancing of the credit facilities, which amount to a total of USD 102.7 million outstanding on December 31, 2017, the daily debt service cost in 2018 for its containerships would be reduced by 58%.Navios Containers said that no assurances can be provided that it will successfully refinance these credit facilities.The development was revealed as part of the company’s financial report in which it said that its net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was USD 1.7 million, while its net income stood at USD 2.6 million at year end.The company’s revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was at USD 21.3 million. For the period from April 28, 2017, the company’s date of inception, to the end of the year, Navios Containers said that its revenue reached USD 39.2 million.After it grew its fleet by 50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, the container shipping company said it sees more acquisition opportunities. During the three months, the company went on a shopping spree, buying seven containerships for USD 128 million. The additions grew its fleet from 14 to 21 vessels at year end.“Our run rate continues to rise, and we expect a 32 percent increase of available days in Q1 2018 over Q4 2017. We are also continuing to see attractive acquisition opportunities as the market consolidates,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.Other developments in the quarter included an additional tranche which Navios Containers agreed in December 2017 to its existing July 2017 USD 21 million credit facility with a commercial bank for an incremental amount of USD 50 million in order to finance the acquisition of four 2008-built containerships.This tranche bears interest at LIBOR plus 385 bps per annum. The entire USD 71 million facility now matures in the fourth quarter of 2019 and is repayable in eight quarterly payments of USD 6.5 million each, plus a balloon payment on the last repayment date.As of December 31, 2017, the outstanding principal amount under this new tranche of the facility was USD 50 million and the total amount outstanding under this facility was USD 70.2 million.last_img read more

Is Deshaun Watson Better Than Lamar Jackson Depends On What Skills You

Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson stirred up some mild controversy last week when he declared that he — not Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won this year’s Heisman Trophy — was the best player in all of college football.“I’m the best player in the country,” Watson told reporters on Dec. 19. “That’s how I think. That’s how I feel. You know, people have their own way of voting.”Although Watson won his second straight Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s most outstanding QB this season, he ended up second behind Jackson in the Heisman voting. And the O’Brien-Heisman split — “best quarterback” vs. “best player” — is pretty much the heart of Watson’s rivalry with Jackson.In the traditional sense of the QB role, Watson was probably a better pure passer than Jackson this season. Watson threw for 524 more yards, had a higher passing efficiency rating (according to the NCAA’s formula) and contributed many more expected points added (EPA) in the air than Jackson did. More to the point, Watson had a vastly superior completion percentage (68 percent to 58 percent), threw fewer of his passes off-target (11 percent vs. 15 percent), and was notably better in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He beat Jackson in Total QBR (81.2 to 76.9) on passes that traveled 15 or fewer yards through the air — plays that accounted for about three-quarters of each QB’s total attempts — and a higher percentage of Watson’s passing yards also came after his receivers caught the ball, a healthy indicator in the type of quick-passing game Clemson employs.As a result of all that controlled passing, Clemson’s aerial attack was more efficient than Louisville’s this year. The Tigers ranked fifth among Power Five conference teams in passing EPA, piling up about 40 percent more expected points per game via the pass than the 12th-ranked Cardinals.Still, Jackson made up the difference as an all-around QB. He generated nearly 70 more yards of total offense per game than Watson, thanks in large part to his mobility — Jackson rushed for an incredible 1,538 yards, the most of any Heisman-winning quarterback ever (as well as the second-most by a 3,000-yard passer).1That is, since at least 2000, which is as far back as Sports-Reference.com’s Play Index can search — but also probably even earlier, since I couldn’t find a season in their earlier data that even came close to matching Jackson’s 2016 output. Watson’s no slouch as a runner — he gained 524 yards on the ground, which ranked 15th among qualified FBS QBs — but Jackson probably had the best dual-threat season in college history. When we factor in Jackson’s huge workload in the running game, he had a slightly better Total QBR than Watson on the season, and he generated about 31 percent more total EPA per game than Watson did.Jackson even had Watson beat in a couple of important passing categories. First, Jackson threw 24 percent fewer interceptions per attempt than Watson did. (Despite his accuracy, Watson has had a problem with picks all year — though his overall game is still so good that it’s hard to say even the picks are a real problem.) And although Watson had the superior overall passing numbers, Jackson had a better year throwing the ball deep. Not only did he do it more — 14 percent of Jackson’s throws traveled at least 25 yards in the air, versus 9 percent for Watson — but he also had a better QBR (77.8 to 71.1) on those long tosses. Watson was more surgical in his deep strikes, with a sterling 8-0 TD-INT ratio on throws of 25 or more yards (Jackson’s mark was a more pedestrian 9-6), but he also spent a significant amount of his time setting up bubble screens with passes at or behind the line of scrimmage. Twenty-seven percent of Watson’s passes were for zero or fewer air yards, compared with 17 percent for Jackson.All told, many of the differences between Jackson and Watson simply come down to the trade-offs a QB makes playing in different offenses. While both teams call their share of zone-read plays, Louisville’s offense asks Jackson to keep the ball and run with it more than Clemson’s does of Watson. (There’s also a school of thought that says this was by design, and that Watson will be unleashed as a runner in the College Football Playoff, so stay tuned.) The Cardinals are a more run-oriented team than the Tigers anyway, and that allows them to exploit defenses for more big plays down the field when Jackson does throw. Clemson, meanwhile, is more set up to control the field through short passing and the selective use of Watson’s running and deep-throwing skills.The big takeaway, then, is that although the two quarterbacks played pretty different styles this season, they both arrived at a similar place in terms of overall production. So the question of who is the nation’s true best player might just boil down to preference: Do you like running QBs who throw a bunch of deep bombs, or do you prefer more pocket-oriented accurate passers who can also run when necessary?If I were starting a team, I’d flip a coin. read more

Man arrested near Imperial Beach after threatening police with pickaxe

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Man arrested near Imperial Beach after threatening police with pickaxe Posted: March 18, 2018 March 18, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.California Highway Patrol officers first tried to confront the man about 11:30 a.m. along the 5 Freeway near Palm Avenue, according to San Diego Police Department Officer Dino Delimitros. The area is within San Diego city limits.The man fled from officers to a nearby riverbed while brandishing a pickaxe, and San Diego police responded to assist.Police waited for the man to come out of the riverbed, and eventually he complied, dropping his axe in the water, Delimitros said.The man was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. and is undergoing a mental evaluation, Delimitros said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Khap diktat No third child after 2 daughters Re 1 as dowry

first_imgNo third child after the birth of two daughters and only Re 1 to be taken from the girl’s family by the groom were among a host of rulings given out by a Khap Panchayat in the town to discourage the practices of female foeticide and dowry.In an announcement that comes as a breath of fresh air as khaps are infamous for issuing orthodox diktats, Bura Khap’s head Rajbir Bura said that members in a meeting held on Sunday had decided to felicitate couples, who do not have a third child after the birth of two daughters and those who took no or only Re 1 as dowry from the bride’s family. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damThe Khap has also put a limit on the number of members to be part of the bridegroom’s wedding procession at 21.“The decision was much needed as too many people constituting a ‘baraat’ puts unnecessary financial burden on the bride’s family,” the Khap head said.Bura said a decision to shorten the mourning period after a family member’s death from 13 to 7 days was also taken during the meeting. “It was also decided to end the old practice of not having wheat flour, pulses and ghee (clarified butter) during the mourning period.”  Felicitating sportsmen, social activists and writers was also proposed during the meeting.last_img read more