Oral Tracey: Usain Bolt should pay me (lol)

first_imgWhen Usain Bolt accused me of calling him a ‘sell-out’ who ‘sold out’ to Justin Gatlin in that infamous 200 metres final at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki I reacted with dismay, knowing that I had never, called, and would never call Bolt a sell-out. For the record, I want to here and now categorically deny calling Bolt a sell-out. Desperate attempts are still being made to find the relevant commentary aired on August 11, 2005, the day of that fateful race, to verify that what I did say was that Bolt’s decision to jog the last 70 or 80 metres of that race was an act of cowardice, and he should have stopped if he was injured instead of walking to the line. I maintain to this day that it was a reasonable criticism of Bolt’s performance on that particular occasion, an opinion that many Jamaicans somehow equate with writing off the then emerging sprinter. There is, however, a fundamental difference between writing off an athlete and being critical of a specific performance by that athlete. Absolutely no one is beyond criticism, which in and of itself when merited is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how the individual responds to criticism that determines the effect of that criticism. I remember being confronted personally by Bolt about the particular incident in question. I remember telling him that my critique of him was not meant to tear him down, but to make him a better and stronger athlete and that those harsh words seemed to have done him well. PIVOTAL ROLE In all fairness, some unique and significant credit should be given for the pivotal role I played in the success story of Bolt. The mere fact that those stinging words resonated with him through the ebbs and flows of his now mega successful career suggests that those words helped to motivate, if not inspire, the now greatest sprinter of all time to the lofty heights he has attained. Criticism tends to spark the fire of excellence, and Bolt has risen above many challenges, including some moments worthy of criticism, to be now blazing a furnace of excellence. Even his exploits at last year’s World Championships in Beijing when the odds were stacked against him because of poor form and injuries, with the debate raging as to whether he would be able to overcome the challenge of a then marauding Gatlin, Bolt must have been well aware that in my capacity as his ‘main motivator’, I was early and emphatic in my prediction that he would lose to Gatlin in that 100-metre final. It is also reasonable to assume that Bolt, and the innate champion in him, must have drawn some motivation from that swirling sentiment, which helped him to put in that extra work needed to overcome the odds and prove the critics wrong in the emphatic way he did. During the last decade spanning the 2005 World Championships, through the thick and thin and ups and downs up to the 2015 Beijing World Championships, I genuinely believe that my motivational role in the building of Bolt the athlete and Bolt the brand has been immeasurable. In my retort to Bolt’s recent accusations, I suggested publicly that I was preparing an invoice to be delivered for my services. The big man subsequently responded on Twitter that he was looking forward to receiving that invoice. The tabulation continues, and the invoice will be delivered as I look forward to the day when l will be finally and adequately compensated.last_img read more

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Fulham v Sheff Utd: team news

first_imgFulham boss Rene Meulensteen named a strong side for tonight’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Sheffield United at Craven Cottage.Fulham: Stockdale; Passley, Hangeland, Burn, Amorebieta; Kasami, Tanković, Parker, Kačaniklić; Dempsey; Rodallega.Subs: Stekelenburg, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff, Dejagah, David, Christensen.Sheffield United: qHoward, Harris, Brayford, Maguire, Flynn, Porter, McGinn, Collins, Coady, Scougall, Murphy.Subs: Long, Hill, Baxter, Miller, Kennedy, De Girolamo, Dimaio.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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History Debunks Scientism

first_imgScience is not an honest quest for truth, said a scientist.  In a letter to the editor of Nature,1 William Burns of the University of Queensland dished out some dirt he shoveled up in new online archives of scientific journals.  It wasn’t pretty.    Burns found 100 abstracts of articles written by Trofim Lysenko, the discredited Russian geneticist responsible for millions of deaths by starvation when his ill-advised Lamarckian theories made crops fail.  In a 1947 article Burns found Lysenko saying, “the opposition of bourgeois geneticists to this theory is attributed to their desire to justify capitalist exploitation, which is essentially a struggle within the human species.”  He found hundreds of articles by Chinese scientists praising Mao Zhedong.  He found 70 articles by Claus Schilling, a Nazi war criminal who conducted medical experiments on Dachau prisoners.  Then Burns made these comments:These examples stand in contrast with the high-minded official version of science history that we read in textbooks.  As Thomas Kuhn remarked in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Univ. Chicago Press, 1962), science is like Big Brother’s society in George Orwell’s 1984 – constantly rewriting history to show itself in the best light.History may have the last word, though, he said:But will this censorship be possible when every politically motivated, unethical and demonstrably incorrect scientific article breaks out from dusty library storerooms to appear online?  How will anyone be able to believe that science is an honest quest for truth, when its inglorious past is a mouse click away?1.  William Burns, Correspondence, “Online archives are revealing uncensored history of science,” Nature 456, 870 (18 December 2008) | doi:10.1038/456870b.The answer, my dear Burns, is that online versions can be tampered with without anyone knowing.  Text can be altered, and digital images can be photoshopped.  The result could be even more dangerous: readers tricked into thinking they are reading unaltered documents.    The Ministry of Truth can still rewrite history to achieve its ends.  If you don’t think this can happen, go ahead and trust the objective authors at Wikipedia.  The Darwinist MOT has already set up shop there (see Evolution News).    It’s also possible that powerful interests will be able to filter errant mouse clicks from accessing sensitive information on the internet (see subversion).  You need to read our fierce, independent reporting on CEH while you can.    One can only hope that some curious scientist someday will be combing through the wreckage of some dusty library storeroom, and discover something that might rescue honest science from groupthink during the reign of King Charles.  Maybe he will uncover an unburnt, uncensored, unaltered copy of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.  Maybe this will lead to the discovery of the whole ARN catalog, and start a neo-ID movement after the last one was crushed by the DODO Tyranny and its memory was demonized.    But like Doc reassured Marty in Back to the Future III, your future hasn’t been written yet.  Make it a good one.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The GOP, Apple And The Power Of Magical Thinking

first_imgTags:#Android#Apple#evolution#Google#GOP#Microsoft#Mitt Romney#Windows 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts I appreciate the value of myth and storytelling, but nevertheless I’m constantly struck by the power that myths have over us, and the ability of human beings to engage in what psychologists call “magical thinking.”One example is the GOP, whose adherents last week kept believing that Mitt Romney was going to win the Presidency despite a statistical analysis that proved this to be highly unlikely. Even after the numbers came in, some GOPers (I’m looking at you, Karl Rove) refused to believe them. GOP supporters simply could not tell the difference between what they wished to be true and what was in fact true. (Of course many of these same people also don’t believe in evolution, and think that dinosaurs walked the earth alongside humans, so they have a track record in this space.)Magical Thinking In TechThere’s also a form of magical thinking that takes place in technology, when people confuse what they wish to be true with what actually is true. One example was Linux. How many times were we told that desktop Linux was going to take over the world and kill Microsoft? And now there is Apple, whose legions of supporters continue to believe that what happened to Apple in the PC market (cheaper rival comes along and grabs all the market share) won’t happen again in mobile.But it will happen. It is happening. Heck, in some ways it already has happened.The latest numbers from IDC show that Google’s Android operating system now has 75% share in smartphones, up from 23% two years ago.And Apple? Two years ago it had 15% share. Today it has … 15%.I don’t know how much market share a product needs to be considered to have a monopoly, but 75% sure seems close. I mean, people claim Google has a monopoly in search, but there it holds only a 66% market share.Seriously, tell me: How is this not Windows v. Mac all over again? The Magical CounterargumentsWell, the magical counterargument goes, this time things are different because iOS is better than Android. I don’t agree, but it’s also beside the point. Windows was never as good as the Mac, at least according to Apple fans. That was what made the ascent of Windows so galling, that it won without ever really being the best.Then comes the tablet argument. You have to look at tablets and smartphones together, as one market, they said. Somehow these folks believed that because Apple once had all the share in tablets, it always would.In their minds tablets would be different from smartphones (somehow) and thus immune to competition. Just like smartphones were going to be different from PCs and immune to competition.But here comes reality. Last quarter Apple’s share of tablets dropped to 50%, as “Android shipments, led by Samsung and Amazon, surged during the quarter, at the expense of Apple, which saw its share slip notably during the quarter,” according to IDC. This isn’t bias. This isn’t ideology. These are numbers.The Windows-vs.-Mac movie is playing out all over again, with Google in the role that Microsoft played last time.Apple Still Has An Amazing BusinessDon’t get me wrong. Apple is a fantastic company that makes great products. I have a house full of them, including every iPhone ever made, up to the iPhone 5, which I have on order.Apple has a $500 billion market cap and about a zillion dollars in the bank. It still gobbles up most of the profit in the mobile phone market.Apple isn’t “doomed.” Apple has built a great business that is the envy of the world. Near term, Apple is probably going to set new records in this holiday quarter. The mobile market is so big, and growing so quickly, that all Apple has to do is grow at the same rate as the market and it will have an amazing business for the foreseeable future. (That’s precisely what Apple has been doing.)But if you start believing that we aren’t seeing the sequel to Windows-vs.-Mac, if you start ignoring the fact that Google’s platform now outsells Apple five-to-one, or pretending that this doesn’t matter – well, you might as well believe that evolution isn’t real, or that Mitt Romney is President. Good luck with that. dan lyonslast_img read more

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City buzz

first_imgCheck out the latest fashion, places, fads and trends.Colour me redConverse, America’s Original Sports Company has unveiled the latest collection ofConverse Chuck Taylor and All star. The range comprises four different styles for the season-Colored Toe Ox, Colored Toe Hi, Flicker Print and Check Oxford.Price: Rs.1,490 onwardsFlower showerThe Body Shop has launched Earth Lovers, its first ever 100 percent biodegradable shower gel range. These are available in invigorating combinations of lemon and thyme, mint and cucumber, watermelon and eucalyptus, fig and rosemary, pear and lemongrass and apricot and basil. The Earth Lovers range is made from a soap-free base with no sulphates, colourants or parabens.Guests at the opening of EMOJuicy CoutureRecently opened Emo has the ambience and trappings of a pub, except there’s no alcohol. Founded by young entrepreneurs Dolby Samuel, Tony Abraham and Dominic Simon, it is Chennai’s first non-alcoholic pub and mocktail lounge. The launch party had Karun Raman’s fashion show and a performance by Molotov Cocktail.last_img read more

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Mariam Pitchai, TN minister, dies in road accident

first_imgJaya’s cabinet suffers a loss as Mariam Pitchai pass away.Tamil Nadu Minister for Environment and Pollution Control and Minorities Welfare N Mariam Pitchai died in a road accident in Tiruvelangurichi, about 40 km from Tiruchirappalli, on Monday morning.Minister for Sports and Youth welfare N.R.Sivapathy was also injured when their vehicle collided with another moving ahead of their convoy while they were proceeding to Chennai after garlanding the statue of community leader Perumpidugumutharyar, police said.The body of Pitchai, aged 60, has been brought to Madurai.Pithchai, who was the councillor of Tiruchi corporation, had won from the Tiruchirappalli (West)constituency defeating former Transport Minister K.N.Nehru in the April 13 Assembly elections. – With PTI inputslast_img read more

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