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first_imgThe media continues to inherit the spin.The 1925 Scopes Trial has long functioned as an air dancer for Darwinist reporters, even though all the flapping comes from hot air. One thing Jessie Szalay gets right on Live Science is that it served as a propaganda coup for pro-Darwin forces wishing to push the “warfare hypothesis,” a myth that science and religion (the Bible in particular) are perennially at odds.The true importance of the trial was not the verdict, however; the Scopes trial increased American awareness and interest in the issue of teaching theology and/or modern science in public schools. It also drew attention to the divide between religious Fundamentalists and Modernists who took a less literal approach to the Bible and supported modern science, as well to the schism between urban and rural American values.The public perception of the Scopes Trial comes largely from periodic remakes of the play Inherit the Wind (1955) by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, put to film in 1960, 1988 and 1999. Szalay admits that “The film is not a documentary and contains several exaggerations and historical inaccuracies,” but she doesn’t mention what they were. Certainly one was portraying the Scopes character being hauled out of the classroom by angry Bible-thumpers. Another is portraying the William Jennings Bryan as a madman, having a heart attack in a post-trial tirade (actually, he died peacefully in his sleep six days after the trial). Inherit the Wind‘s bias reaches its most grotesque nadir at the end, when the Clarence Darrow character walks out the courtroom to the music of Glory, glory, hallelujah, his truth is marching on.Calling this “not a documentary” is no excuse. That the script was modeled on the Scopes Trial is clear, even though the names were changed. To many a student forced to sit through the film in biology class, it is the only version of the Scopes Trial they will ever hear about. But Szalay perpetuates the spin with her own “exaggerations and historical inaccuries” that give a biased picture of the trial.Glenn Branch of the NCSE, who has a vested interest in keeping “creationism” (actually, any form of Darwin skepticism) out of education, is her primary interpreter of the Scopes Trial and its influence.She portrays churches becoming alarmed at Darwinism, conflicted over whether to fight it or embrace it, without mentioning that many scientists took strong issue with evolution by natural selection, from Darwin’s own day all the way up to 1925.She draws a false distinction between urban churches (who compromised with evolution) and rural churches (who resisted it), implying the latter consisted of poorly-educated hicks.She lets Branch define what the “pillars of creationism” are.What Szalay fails to mention about the trial are just as important to coloring the story:Hunter’s Civic Biology, used at the time in Tennessee classrooms, was overtly racist and pushed eugenics. Szalay mentions the textbook but not those factors.Szalay mentions defendant attorney Dudley Field Malone’s opening speech and provides a link to it, letting Branch call it the “most influential on public opinion.” But Branch soft-peddles Malone as a liberal Catholic who “emphasized that evolution isn’t necessarily in conflict with Genesis but only with a particular literalistic reading of it.” (See excerpt from the speech below.)The article portrays Bryan as ignorant of Biblical facts, but Szalay omits pointing out Clarence Darrow’s shameless bluffing about alleged scientific errors in the Bible, even citing passages that don’t exist.Clarence Darrow had appealed to Darwinian theory in a previous case to excuse two violent young murderers, Leopold and Loeb. They had committed a heinous, senseless thrill killing, but Darrow defended them on the grounds that evolution made them what they were, and they had no responsibility. (See John West’s account in Darwin Day in America, pp. 45-49, and article on Evolution News & Views).Szalay fails to include testimony of witnesses and defense attorneys who stated scientific falsehoods in defense of evolution.What do Szalay and Branch really think about Dudley Field Malone’s over-the-top courtroom antics? Waxing to a fever pitch, he said:We are ready to tell the truth as we understand it and we do not fear all the truth that they can present as facts. We are ready. We are ready. We feel we stand with progress. We feel we stand with science. we feel we stand with intelligence. We feel we stand with fundamental freedom in America We are not afraid. Where is the fear? We meet it! Where is the fear? We defy it!According to Bolton Davidheiser, at this point Malone pointed his finger at William Jennings Bryan and shouted, “There is fear!” A contemporary report adds, “the crowd went out of control – cheering, stamping, pounding on desks – until it was necessary to adjourn for fifteen minutes to restore order.”So this was a story of rational science against religion? Is Malone to be honored for saying, “we do not fear all the truth that they can present as facts”? Indeed, the defense team committed numerous legal and factual blunders, playing to the media. At one point, Darrow was even cited for contempt of court. Bryan’s closing statement to the court, posted online, shows a reasoned understanding of the issues, the evidence, and the facts:Let us now separate the issues from the misrepresentations, intentional or unintentional, that have obscured both the letter and the purpose of the law. This is not an interference with freedom of conscience. A teacher can think as he pleases and worship God as he likes, or refuse to worship God at all. He can believe in the Bible or discard it; he can accept Christ or reject Him. This law places no obligations or restraints upon him. And so with freedom of speech, he can, so long as he acts as an individual, say anything he likes on any subject. This law does not violate any rights guaranteed by any Constitution to any individual. It deals with the defendant, not as an individual, but as an employee, official or public servant, paid by the State, and therefore under instructions from the State.Szalay’s interpretation of the trial through the lens of the NCSE omits key facts that would put the defense case in a strongly negative light. Bolton Davidheiser described some of the unscrupulous antics of Darrow’s team in Evolution and Christian Faith (1969, pp. 88-111), including statements from alleged experts that were silly or completely wrong, such as portraying Neanderthal Man as stooped over and brutish. The worst that Glenn Branch can say about the trial is that it was “artificial, overblown, and not decisive.” But as Davidheiser shows, the Scopes Trial exhibited asymmetrical warfare; it was rigged by the ACLU to play to the media, portraying “fundamentalists” as anti-scientific, bigoted hicks. Bryan and his team tried to stick to the legal issues and the facts, but Darrow, the ACLU and newspapers turned the event into a media circus.For more objectivity, Szalay could have referred to Ed Larson’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning book, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. It was the first of several scholarly works that corrected the often flawed perception of the Scopes Trial. One review of the book quotes Bryan, showing he understood the cultural impact of Darwin’s views:The Darwinian theory represents man as reaching his present perfection by the operation of the law of hate, the merciless law by which the strong crowd out and kill off the weak.She could have referred to the website “The Monkey Trial” to identify the numerous contradictions between Inherit the Wind and what actually happened in Dayton.Instead, with hit pieces like this, the spin is marching on. Glory hallelujah.Like we often show, Darwinism proceeds by adroit use of propaganda, not by rational debate about the facts of nature. Live Science often does good work, but occasionally they take the “v” out of their name.Exercise: Read the whole text of Bryan’s closing statement. Notice that he mentions the Leopold and Loeb case as an evil fruit of Darwinian philosophy. How good are his arguments after 91 years?Resource: Get the DVD Alleged (2011), a delightful love story set in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. Beautifully filmed in period costumes and settings, with good acting, it’s fun to watch. The story intersects with the Scopes Trial at several points, with the late Fred Thompson as Bryan and Brian Dennehy as Darrow. Producer Fred Foote made a strong effort to portray the trial with historical accuracy, unlike Inherit the Wind. Watch the trailer on Evolution News & Views. Hear interviews with Foote on ID the Future. Read Bob Enyart’s review. (Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgInvest in emerging blockchain industries and blockchain applications that can disrupt industries. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Blockchain is the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but it can do so much more than just digital payments. There are currently applications being developed to use blockchain for many more activities than previously thought possible. We are heading past Bitcoin to making money from blockchain — and the whole system. On the blockchain, documents like property records, secure voting records, authentication of rare and valuable items like art are secured privately. We’ve all heard how much safer our oprivate issues (like health records) but what about even nonsensitive medical records? Even if you want to find a way to make money from the blockchain boom, you aren’t limited to Bitcoin — or even cryptocurrency.Bitcoin: A Decade Old and Still MisunderstoodPeople who got in on the ground floor of Bitcoin are sitting pretty. In January of 2011, you could buy over 300 BTC at $100USD. If you held onto it until today, it would be worth $1.7 million. If you held it until Bitcoin was close to $20,000 in December of 2018 it would have been worth nearly $6 million. Unfortunately, most people didn’t have a crystal ball and were unable to purchase Bitcoin when the price was low. Many people had never heard of Bitcoin, which was already several years old at that time — until it started to become so valuable in 2017. But, yes, a decade old and still misunderstood.Most people are priced out of Bitcoin at this point, but there are dozens of other types of cryptocurrency out there. By some estimates, there are tens of millions of cryptocurrency users worldwide on various cryptocurrency exchanges, and many of them own multiple different kinds of cryptocurrency.Digital payments are starting to move more toward cryptocurrency, but Bitcoin wasn’t built to function that way. Each Bitcoin transaction requires massive amounts of energy and computing power across a vast network to complete, making everyday purchases too cumbersome. Bitcoin can handle seven transactions per second, while Ethereum can do double that. Even Ripple, built for transaction speed, can only handle 1500 transactions per second, compared to Visa’s 24,000 per second. Other types of cryptocurrency will have to be built with transactions in mind. While Bitcoin and Ethereum do a great job of preventing tampering and can be trusted with significant transactions, newer types of cryptocurrencies can be built to handle rapid, small transactions like putting gas in your car or buying a soda. One of the potential upsides is lower to no transaction fees for merchants, while for consumers it can protect your actual currency by only giving access to a digital currency that isn’t necessarily attached to your personally identifying information.Cryptocurrency Isn’t The Only Way To Earn From BlockchainAs the cryptocurrency bubble has gone up and down, there have been other developments in blockchain technology that warrant our attention. According to the Brookings Institution, blockchain based voting can reduce fraud significantly while increasing voter turnout thanks to the ability to vote from a mobile phone. Blockchain voting is already being used in places like West Virginia, but skeptics are wary the systems will work as intended.There are also blockchain applications being tested for nonsensitive medical records such as physician office information. That type of information can be shared across networks to keep records up to date with minimal human hours needed. Because this technology has so many possibilities, it is also an excellent way for investors to invest in a future technology boom.Here are several different ways to invest in the blockchain: Brian Wallace Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian runs #LinkedInLocal events, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-present. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter. Invest in ETF funds, ETNs, Digital Asset Funds, and Futures of the companies that are building, using, or disrupting with blockchain.There Are Also Many New Ways To Invest In Cryptocurrency ItselfYou no longer have to own Bitcoin to have a viable cryptocurrency option in your portfolio. There are several different kinds of cryptocurrency available, and not all of them are even of the coin variety. Security tokens give investors ownership in real-world assets, such as real estate or fine art. Utility tokens grant access to exclusive products or platforms or allow for secure digital transactions. Non Fungible tokens, such as CryptoKittkes, provide ownership over unique digital assets or collectibles and can end up having monetary value if they become wildly popular.One can even earn cryptocurrency without purchasing it with money. Attention tokens are a way to reward users for their attention with a cryptocurrency payment — learn something new and earn cryptocurrency for it, or watch an advertisement and earn a reward.Bitcoin faucets use this type of reward system to pay people with Bitcoin, and today there are multiple types of cryptocurrency faucets out there. You can also win the cryptocurrency lottery through airdrops, which means that if you meet certain conditions, you can be selected at random to receive a spontaneous deposit of cryptocurrency to your hot wallet.Mining cryptocurrency has also become more accessible than ever. While you need specialized equipment to mine Bitcoin, you can still mine many other types of cryptocurrency with basic hardware. Run a master node either through your home computer or through a cloud rental service that specializes in mining cryptocurrency. There’s minimal effort involved, and it can earn you some pretty high rewards.There are also creator platforms that reward contributors with cryptocurrency and status in lieu of money. The more you contribute, the more powerful you become on the platform, and the more cryptocurrency you can earn. People can vote to make you more powerful, and you will earn more, and you can vote for others in turn to do the same.Get a Job in Blockchain or CryptocurrencyCurrently, there is a severe skills shortage for blockchain developers, which means that salaries are quite high for this emerging skills set. A job in blockchain pays on average 62% more than the national average. In August of 2018, a surge of 300% more job listings for cryptocurrency and blockchain related professionals were posted than had been published the previous year. If you have technical skills to build these systems, you can almost name your price.Crypto Jobs List is a great place to start looking for these jobs. There are jobs listed from all over the world for every specialty from developer to trader to meme specialist (it’s real – look it up). There are also gig economy opportunities for blockchain and cryptocurrency companies if you don’t want to quit your day job. You can even do gigs and get paid in Ethereum if you’d like to diversify your income streams and start a crypto nest egg.Blockchain Is Just Getting StartedEven if you don’t want to have anything to do with this technology, reality check: you probably already do. Blockchain is booming, and there’s no slowing it down right now. As more uses for this technology are identified, we’re all going to find ourselves talking blockchain at the dinner table. It’s time to include cryptocurrency in your portfolio diversification plan. If you are thinking about getting your toes wet, do a little bit of research to figure out what blockchain applications you are most comfortable with. You can even opt to work in the blockchain industry in some capacity. You don’t need to get left behind in the blockchain boom. Invest in physical mining and trading enabling platforms.These are the nuts and bolts of the operation, used across the board for everything from trading cryptocurrencies to mining cryptocurrencies, without the risk of having to own cryptocurrency.Invest in companies that provide Blockchain as a Service (BaaS), such as Amazon Web Services and IBM Blockchain.These companies build the infrastructure and then lease it out for others to use for various applications, a sector that is likely to multiply in the coming years.Invest in companies that use blockchain for various applications.Banking on the fact that blockchain is likely to streamline their services in some way and lead to higher profitability.center_img Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Tags:#bitcoin#Blockchain#blockchain investing#investing#mining Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Related Posts last_img read more


first_imgSherwin Ganga shone with a late blitzkrieg as Trinidad and Tobago defeated debutants Ruhunu Eleven by five wickets in a low-scoring inaugural Champions League Twenty20 qualifier clash here on Monday. Score Ganga (39 not out) smashed two sixes and a four as T & T collected 21 runs from the penultimate over and chased down the target of 139 with seven balls to spare after their top-order batsmen, except for Darren Bravo, failed to contribute substantially.Bravo contributed a 49-ball 44 not out and shared 53 runs in just 26 balls for the unfinished sixth wicket stand to see Trinidad opened their campaign on a winning note at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium.Trinidad struggled in their run chase initially with three key wickets falling inside the first six overs before Bravo and Ganga took over.While Bravo played cautiously, his partner Ganga had other ideas in mind as he clobbered Ruhunu bowlers all over the park. His 15-ball unbeaten 39 had four fours and two sixes.Requiring 19 off last two overs, Ganga hoisted spinner Arosh Janoda for two sixes and a four to settle the issue in his team’s favour.After the early loss of Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath and Daren Ganga, Bravo and Denesh Ramdin (18) added 28 runs for the fourth wicket to put their side back on track. Bravo then added another crucial 25 runs for the fifth wicket with Jason Mohammad (17) to give the perfect platform for Ganga’s final flourish.For Ruhunu, Janaka Gunaratne grabbed two wickets while Sanath Jayasuriya, Janoda and Perera took one wicket each.advertisementEarlier, electing to bat, Dinesh Chandimal rescued Ruhunu from a precarious situation to help his team post a modest 138 all out with a patient 50.Ruhunu were done in by five run outs as lack of discretion on their part towards the end undid Chandimal’s good work. Chandimal revived the team after a top-order collapse which saw them tottering at 26 for three at one stage.Chandimal struck two fours and equal number of sixes in his 48-ball stay, and was ably supported by Janaka Gunaratne (20) as the duo put on 67 for the fourth wicket.But the Sri Lankan domestic side’s lack of international experience came to fore as five of their batsmen ran themselves out. From 132 for six, they slumped to 138 all out.Ruhunu captain Mahela Udawatte’s decision to bat after winning the toss on a green-top backfired as they lost three wickets, including Jayasuriya, inside the fourth over.While Jayasuriya was trapped by Badree, Udawatte ran himself out as Adrian Barath’s quick throw found him well short of the crease.Their miseries were further compounded when Milinda Siriwardana (1) took off for a non-existent single, resulting in another run-out.Chandimal and Gunaratne then played cautiously while keeping the scoreboard tickling with occasional boundaries.However, as they were settling into a nice position, Gunaratne was bowled by Kevon Cooper, and Chandimal was caught by Rampaul off his own bowling.After the fall of both the batsmen, Ruhunu’s lower-order failed to put up any resistance.For Trinidad, Rampaul was the most successful bowler picking up two wickets for 17 runs.last_img read more


first_imgQuestionable goaltend vs. SMU seals UCLA win.UCLA, the No.11 seed in the South, just upset sixth-seeded SMU 60-59 in truly bizarre fashion. The Bruins had possession of the ball after an awful SMU turnover, trailing by two points with less than 30 seconds remaining. They ran their offense and got the ball in the hands of point guard Bryce Alford, who had hit 8-of-10 three-pointers up to that point.Alford launched an off-balance three-pointer from the left wing. From the release, it looked like it was going to fall short. SMU center Yanick Moreira thought the same thing, and he jumped up to corral what he thought would be an airball.Except, it wasn’t. Moreira was ruled to have goaltended the shot, and Alford was awarded what would be the game-winning three-pointer. SMU’s final two shots fell short.Did the refs get it right? You be the judge.last_img read more


Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs away from a Clemson defender during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Visibly exhausted, battered and bruised, Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller stood covered in grass stains in front of his locker at Sun Life Stadium with a forlorn look on his face. He and his team had just come up short against No. 12 Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, falling to the Tigers (11-2, 7-1) 40-35.After the loss, Miller said he planned to discuss with coach Urban Meyer and strength coach Mickey Marotti about whether he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.“(I have to) just think it out throughout the whole process and how it will go,” Miller said after the loss about his upcoming decision. “I don’t want to make no decision I really didn’t do my research on.”It looks as if the Buckeye signal caller will come back for one more year, though, according to reports by both ESPN and SI.com. No official announcement has been made by OSU. An OSU spokesman had no information about Miller’s decision when asked.Miller was sacked five times in potentially his last game as a Buckeye, taking plenty of hits and scrambling for control as he tried to rally OSU (12-2, 8-1) to its first postseason win in four years. The first sack of the game did the most damage, Miller said, injuring his shoulder.“On the first sack they had against me, I injured my shoulder. I know I landed on my elbow, but it shot right up to my shoulder, and it was hurting real bad,” Miller said.Miller said the injury nagged him all game and his pain level was “about like a nine and a half” on a scale of one to 10, but the last thing he wanted to do was come out.“You fight through it, because you’re a competitor,” said Miller, who did come out for a two-point conversion play after finding senior running back Carlos Hyde for a 14-yard touchdown that gave OSU the lead in the fourth quarter, 35-34.Meyer said he asked Miller if he could go after injuring the shoulder, getting a brief response from the junior: “I’m fine.”“He’s a soldier,” Meyer said during a postgame press conference. “I think on the two-point play he had to come out, but he said he was ready to go.”Miller’s toughness did not go unnoticed by his opponent either.“You tip your hat to a guy like (Miller),” Clemson redshirt-sophomore linebacker Kellen Jones said after the game. “You have to anticipate his move before he makes it, because before you know it, he’s out of there … He’s a great talent and it was great going up against him.”The Buckeye signal caller finished with 234 yards passing, completing 16 of 24 passes for two touchdowns, and running for two more scores. The second of his two interceptions all but sealed the win for the Tigers, though, as he was picked off by junior linebacker Stephone Anthony while trying to hit senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown over the middle with less than 90 seconds left.“I didn’t see (Anthony). It was good coverage, I’ll give him props,” Miller said about the interception. “That’s why he’s on the field too, he got a scholarship as well. He made a good play on the ball and I thought I had a man wide open, and he jumped right in front of it.“I thought I had Philly on a bender, and it was my mistake,” Miller said. “I’m not going to complain about anything, I’ve just gotta fix it.”It appears that Miller is planning to fix those mistakes in Columbus as he prepares for his senior season, despite alluding to the possibility of leaving early over the past month.“Oh, yeah. Of course. Definitely,” Miller said Dec. 18 when asked if he felt like his skills translated to the professional ranks. “Just like I came from high school. Coaches going to get you prepared, get you mentally ready for everything that you need to get ready for. It’s another step in life.”If he does stay, Miller knows one man will play a huge part in getting ready for the next stage of his life.“I’ve got to think hard about it. I will talk to coach Meyer and see what he thinks,” Miller said. “He’s been through the process many times, so that’s the guy to go to. He never steers you wrong and ever since I got here, he took me under his wing and taught me a lot of things.” read more


first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR San Antonio officials believe the intergovernmental support agreement (IGSA) the city has reached with Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) for pavement and road work at multiple locations will provide the military substantial cost savings and improved support. “This agreement will enhance JBSA’s support to their 266 mission partners, increase our installations’ military value and also demonstrates the community’s support of the men and women in uniform who call this great city home,” Juan Ayala, director of the city’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, said in a statement released after the City Council approved its first IGSA with the joint base earlier this month.The IGSA covers a five-year ordering period and one five-year option period, with city contractors rehabilitating roadways at installations with funding provided by JBSA. Following the outcome of a pilot project, JBSA will be able to request the city complete pavement projects costing up to $15 million over 10 years. The agreement covers mill and overlays — including base and pavement repairs as needed — roadway stripping, tack coat and traffic control plans.Air Force photo by Amn Dillon Parkerlast_img read more


first_imgIn goal, Maddy Curtis has 20 saves with a save percentage of .417. In goal, Rachel Florek has registered 47 saves and matches Caroline Blalock and freshman Shay Clevenger with a team-high 17 ground balls. Tessa Chad led the Cards with four goals, earning her second consecutive hat trick and fifth of the season. The senior has tallied a team-high 19 goals and 21 points through eight contests. In their last outing, the Cardinals fell to No. 15 Duke 11-10 in double overtime. Despite forcing 15 of a season-high 25 turnovers for the Blue Devils, Louisville was unable to pull off the upset for their first ACC win. Sophomore Caroline Blalock has also been a strong offensive presence for the Cardinals and paces the team with seven assists and 17 ground balls. She has scored 13 goals so far this season for 20 points. ABOUT THE DUKES Duquesne (4-0) opened its season with four straight wins for the first time since 1999 and boasts an average margin of victory of 12 goals. The Dukes are averaging 19.5 goals per game through four contests and are led by sophomore Michaela Connolly, who has tallied 12 goals and 10 assists for a team-high 22 points. For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Version Series History – Louisville leads Duquesne 2-0 in the all-time series and the Cards have yet to play the Dukes on the road. In the last meeting, Louisville won 15-6 at UofL Lacrosse Stadium on March 21, 2017.center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s lacrosse kicks off the first of three games this week with a trip to Pittsburgh for a matchup against Duquesne on Tuesday at 12 p.m. Story Links Live Stats Senior Megan Buettner leads the Dukes with 13 goals on the season, while junior Rilee Bradshaw adds 11 goals and three assists for 14 points. Date: Tues., March 12Time: 12 p.m.Video: ESPN+Last Meeting: Louisville 15, Duquesne 6 (3/21/17 at UofL Lacrosse Stadium)Series History: Louisville leads 2-0 (2-0 at home)UofL National Ranking: — Junior midfielder Maddie Hart has been instrumental on the draw, collecting 29 through four contests and also accumulating 16 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. The Dukes also return midfielder Carlee Braverman, who earned Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors a season ago.last_img read more