Noelle Broughton chooses her own adventure as the Peterson fellow in the Indianapolis mayor’s office – IU Newsroom

The Choose Your Own Adventure books were one of the most popular children's series during the 1980s and '90s. As a reader, you assumed the role of the protagonist and chose your own actions and outcomes.

What if you had the chance at a Choose Your Own Adventure internship, but there was no map or prewritten adventures for you to contemplate. Would you take it?

Noelle Broughton did, and she's enjoyed every twist and turn.

Broughton is the Peterson fellow in the Indianapolis mayor's office, an opportunity she learned about when applying for scholarships through IUPUI and the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

"It's a really unique program because it's very self-directed," said Broughton, who is enrolled in the Master of Public Affairs program in the O'Neill School, concentrating in policy analysis. "I have been able to determine my own path and experience based on my interests and the city's needs."

With interests in community and economic development and tax policy, she has found plenty of projects to work on. Broughton is currently evaluating the Lift Indy program to see how it has impacted the 16th Street and Monon Trail neighborhood.

"There are concerns about gentrification impacting the neighborhoods economically and demographically, and we want to ensure that the longtime residents in that neighborhood are thriving and benefiting from Lift Indy," she explained.

Through her interest in tax policy, Broughton found herself another project to work on: developer-backed bonds. A more efficient approach and process was needed to maintain consistency, and Broughton found a solution. She is working with the Department of Metropolitan Development to create a welcome packet and a standardized contract for developers to receive tax incentives.

"This benefits the city because when a developer receives tax incentives, they need to contribute a certain percentage to public art, and sometimes that gets forgotten or left out of the contract," Broughton said.

With Broughton's help, contributions to public art are standardized in every contract. The tax-incentive process is outlined from start to finish, gives timelines and deadlines, and sets the expectation for how long each step in the process might take.

Increasing and enhancing relationships with Indianapolis and developers? Broughton can check that one off the list.

While working on this project, a similar one popped up. Broughton is working on creating a pipeline for developers to use when they apply for low-income housing tax credits from the state. Though the credits are coming from the state, developers need a lot of information from the city in order to apply for them. Broughton is setting expectations up front and gathering resources so developers know who to contact for each piece of information they need.

"There's always this mad rush to get information to developers when they request it, and this new process will make it easier for developers and for the city," she said.

Prior to these projects, Broughton worked with constituent services to create proclamations and greetings for big, citywide events. The greeting for the 2019 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon was written by Broughton on behalf of Mayor Joe Hogsett.

The best part of her internship, she said, is seeing her classroom experience come to life.

"I'm currently taking a statistics class, and I've been able to directly apply the quantitative analysis to the research I'm doing with Lift Indy," she said. "I had no idea this internship would prepare me for exactly what I want to do."

After a short career in fundraising that she didn't fully connect with, Broughton chose a new adventure and enrolled in graduate school. This internship, paired with her classes, has solidified her interest in public service, specifically working in government. And it's opened up other possibilities, like law school, and has helped her build an important network. As a first-generation college student, she now sees ideas that once seemed out of reach becoming her reality.

Broughton has only been in her internship since August, and she looks forward to choosing what she'll work on next.

"There are a lot of areas I'd like to learn more about and get experience in," she said. "I'd like to explore public finance-type projects, and I hope to work on a project soon that analyzes charter school finances."

Whatever she chooses, she's excited for the adventure.

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Patrick Peterson is Projected to Be the #161 DB the Rest of the 2019 Season… Keep on the Waiver Wire – Scout


Patrick Peterson is not projected to be worth a roster spot based on total fantasy points the rest of the season. His 20 projected fantasy points puts him at #161 behind Mike Edwards and ahead of Roderic Teamer. He has averaged 4.38 fantasy points in his past 21 games, which is slightly more than our projected per game average. His projected per game average is 4 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#145) is better than his rank based on total fantasy points. Patrick Peterson is expected to come up short of this season-to-date's #153 fantasy position rank.

Patrick Peterson is projected for 4 fantasy points in week 13 which only ranks him as the #137 projected defensive back and not a fantasy relevant player for the week. This week's rank is better than his rest of season rank. Patrick Peterson is not expected to be active in week 12.

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and next week. Also included are actual stats from the current and last season.

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Former AG Woods to lead probe of suspended assessor Peterson – Arizona Capitol Times

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Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has hired the attorney who botched an investigation into the Fiesta Bowl a decade ago to oversee a probe of County Assessor Paul Petersen.

Adels office announced that former Attorney General Grant Woodswill oversee the work of two private law firms hired to investigate whether Petersen neglected his duties.

Petersen stands accused in three states of running an illegal adoption scheme involving Marshallese women, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors suspended him Oct. 28 for 120 days for neglecting his duties. He was in federal custody in Arkansas at the time, but he is free on bail.

Woods, in 2009, conducted a week-long investigation into a campaign-finance scandal involving Fiesta Bowl employees and found no credible evidence of wrongdoing. But when state and federal investigators got involved, several employees of the college-football organization ended up pleading guilty to various misdemeanors and felonies, including former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker, who spent eight months in prison.

Grant Woods

Woods has said in a subsequent interview in 2017 with Tempe-based journalist Nancy Puffer that the Fiesta Bowl manipulated him.

At the end of the day I had lots of excuses, but I was hired to see if there was a problem, and I didnt see it, Woods said.

Petersens criminal defense attorney, Kurt Altman, questioned whether it is necessary to have Woods oversee the neglect-of-duties investigation because one of the firms tasked to investigate the county assessor, Stein Mitchell Carey Chapman, is a seasoned and respectedoutfit that specializes in criminal defense.

Woods will be providing regular updates to Adel.

Sounds like a good gig if you can get it, Altman said.

Additionally, Cosmich Simmons & Brown, a litigation firm, will look into all of Petersens documents found on his county computer in an internal audit. The audit found that only five percent of those documents pertained to official county business.

Kory Langhofer, Petersens attorney who is defending him in the suspension matter, said Woods has already judged Petersen.

Langhofer provided Arizona Capitol Times a tweet from Oct. 9 in which Woods congratulated Attorney General Mark Brnovich for indicting Petersen and liked a tweet stating Petersen should learn to enjoy prison.

Great Work General, Woods tweeted.

Langhofer said Woods social media activity reveals a bias against Petersen and makes him the least qualified investigator.

He said the verdict is already in on Petersens suspension.

The Board of Supervisors premade conclusionswhich theyve already announced and voted to approvewill be dressed up and reprinted on Grant Woodss letterhead, Langhofer said.

The Board of Supervisors voted last week to have a suspension appeal hearing on December 11.

Woods laughed at hearing Langhofers comments and denied having any bias against Petersen. He also denied that the Board of Supervisors have already predetermined the investigation outcome as Langhofer suggests.

The Board suspended him and they need to review the suspension and what steps to take going forward. They need to know more about the Assessors Office and the job hes done. Its completely separate [from the criminal charges], Woods said.

Jennifer Liewer, an Adel spokeswoman, said Woods overall reputation and experience is why Adel considered him and why she thinks he is qualified.

[Woods] is a well-respected member of the community, Jennifer Liewer, a county spokeswoman, said. He has conducted hundreds of investigations as attorney general and overseen many we believe the team we compiled will do a thorough job and will be able to provide Adel and the Board of Supervisors with a thorough investigation.

Both Adel and Woods also have a history with Sen. John McCain. Adel interned for McCain while in college and Woods was McCains Chief of Staff when he was a congressman.Liewer said that history was not considered when choosing the former AG to oversee the investigation.

Woods said he was approached last week to begin overseeing the investigation, but still has not seen a contract yet for how much he will be paid for the work, which is expected to take less than one month.

He said the short timeframe will be challenging, but that the majority of the work will be conducted by Lee Stein of Stein Mitchell Carey Chapman.

Woods was vague on whether there is enough time before the Dec. 11 hearing to conduct a thorough investigation.

It depends on your definition of thorough, he said. Were going to do what were going to do and give [the Board of Supervisors] what we have and thats up to them.

Prosecutors say Petersen paid the Marshallese women up to $10,000 to come to the United States, where they were crammed into houses to wait to give birth and provide their babies for adoption.

Petersen faces charges in Arizona, Utah and Arkansas that include human smuggling, sale of a child, fraud, forgery and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Petersen has now pleaded not guilty in courts in Arkansas, Arizona and Utah. And next month, he is scheduled for his next court dates in Arkansas on Dec. 5 and Arizona Dec. 19.

Editors note: This story has been revised to include direct quotes and paraphrased statements from Grant Woods.

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There does seem to be something special about science – Patheos

I share a passage from Ian Hutchinson,Monopolizing Knowledge: A Scientist Refutes Religion-Denying, Reason-Destroying Scientism(Belmont, MA: Fias Publishing, 2011). Dr. Hutchinsonis a professor ofNuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a primary interest in plasma physics:

There does seem to be something special about science, which enables it to arrive at knowledge that is uniquely persuasive and reliable. That is of course a reason for the high prestige of science in our culture. But sciences persuasive and practical power is based on choosing as its topics of study precisely those aspects of the world that are able to be described and systematized into persuasive and practical scientific knowledge. Its insistence on reproducible experimental and observational confirmation, and its insistence on Clarity are the essential foundations of its astonishing successes. For all the justifiable critiques of sciences more immodest claims, for all the scholarly disproof of the fables that it has told about its history and certainty, and for all the well-earned condemnations of scientisms ambitions to encompass everything in its hegemony, science still does deserve high esteem. It produces real and valuable knowledge, about the topics it is competent to describe. It attracts into its enterprise those who value the truth that they find there, as well, perhaps, as those who seek the power and wealth that sciences technological capabilities can provide. But acknowledging all these sometimes admirable and often powerful characteristics of science in no way establishes that other fields are bereft of knowledge. Non-scientific topics are precisely those that do not lend themselves to providing the reproducible and unambiguous answers that characterize science. No wonder that their answers are more ambiguous, more debatable, more uncertain. Yet these topics are, of course, of profound importance in society and in everyday human life, and their pursuit deserves respect when it shows insight, rigor, creativity, and erudition. (141-142)


Meanwhile, heres some actual science news:

19 more galaxies mysteriously missing dark matter have been found:The newly found outliers defy ideas of how these star systems evolve

How Julia Robinson helped define the limits of mathematical knowledge: Born 100 years ago, she was key in solving Hilberts 10th problem

What is Dark Energy?

Light leaking from a distant galaxy hints at a cosmic makeovers origins:Harsh ultraviolet radiation suggests how hydrogen got ionized in the universe long ago

This Is How Distant Galaxies Recede Away From Us At Faster-Than-Light Speeds

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Australian Michael Peterson forced to celebrate wifes birthday from behind bars in Bali – PerthNow

An Australian man on a Bali holiday with his wife has been forced to celebrate her birthday from behind bars.

Michael Peterson has been held by officials over his prescription dexamphetamine, despite declaring the medicine he uses for Crohns disease and symptoms of myasthenia gravis at customs on arrival on Saturday.

Still behind bars, Mr Petersons wife Linda was forced to unwrap her ring and enjoy a slice of cake inside a police office.

He had brought the gift with him from Australia, but didnt get to hand it over in a romantic setting after being arrested moments after touching down.

He will remain locked up while authorities investigate the 87 pills he brought with him.

Mr Peterson declared his prescription tablets at customs however dexamphetamine sulfate is classified as a class one narcotic under Indonesian law - the most serious drug classification.

It can only be possessed with the appropriate doctors prescription and letters, which the Australian did not bring with him.

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Australian veteran Michael Petersen could be freed from a Bail prison on Tuesday

According to 7NEWS, the appropriate medical information has since been sent and his lawyers are confident he will be released without charge.

Mr Peterson, an Air Force technician of 24 years, has travelled the world but said it never occurred to him his pills could land him in trouble.

(I) just didn't give it a thought and cos I've travelled with Defence as well taking that drug, I just didn't think anything of it, he said.

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Jordan Peterson: Why the Western emphasis on individuals is the ultimate in intersectionality – National Post

The federal Liberal government has always been a big fan of diversity.

Recently, for example, if you are a Canadian faculty member, there is a good chance that you received an email or letter from Statistics Canada. TheSurvey of Postsecondary Faculty and Researcherswas designed to assess diversity among the groups targeted because of the desire of the Liberals to increase diversity among those receiving funding. It has long been the case that research funding was dependent, as much as possible, on two factors, both intensely meritocratic: the research record of the applicant and the quality of the proposed research.

That appears about to change, and not for the better.

But the concept of diversity is a very slippery term. What it truly means is lets aim for fewer white men in positions of authority, which would be a fine idea if race and sex were reasonable criteria by which to judge applicants, and if it wasnt motivated by a broad set of progressive beliefs, which include the idea that we live in an oppressive patriarchy and that men who work now should be required to step back so that a litany of hypothetical, definable and prejudicial historical wrongs might be righted (this even though those who do the righting werent those who committed the prejudicial crimes, so to speak, and those who benefit not those who were the victims). There was evena recent articleinNature, a magazine that was once, withScience, one of the two unquestionably most influential scientific journals, suggesting male scientists should voluntarily delay their career advancement so that their underprivileged colleagues (underprivileged despite their status as university professors) could catch up and justice be properly served.

There appears to be no limits, practically or philosophically, to the number of group memberships that have to be taken into account

Diversity is a word that, on the face of it, masquerades as something positive because it is positive, in some of its manifestations. Its obviously not helpful to set up an organization where everyone thinks alike, or solely in the approved manner. It is necessary, for example, for healthy organizations to ally the conservative tendency to preserve with the more liberal tendency to transform. But that begs the question: where is diversity to be found? Among the ideologues pushing the progressive doctrine that its part of, most frequently including inclusivity, equity and intersectionality it is to be found in a set of immutable characteristics that typify different groups, including race, sex, gender (because that is distinguished by those same ideologues from sex) and sexual proclivity, above all.

There are real problems with this agenda, however. The first is that its dangerous, in exactly the manner it is hypothetically designed to fight. The argument made by those who are truly prejudiced has always been that the differences between groups are so large that discrimination, isolation, segregation and even open conflict, including war and genocide, are necessary, for the safety of whatever group they are part of and are hypothetically protecting. Why is it any less risky for the argument to be made in the reverse manner? The claim that group-based differences are so important that they must take substantive priority during hiring and promotion merely risks validating the opposite claim.

Theres a second problem, too and its particularly interesting, because it has been made by the same ideologically-oriented groups on the left that are pushing the diversity agenda: considering race, say, and gender when making diversity decisions is not sufficient. Diversity that focuses on females is insufficient, because black, Asian or Hispanic women, for example, face more egregious prejudice that white women.

This brings us to the last word of the progressive setintersectionality. For the ideologues of intersectionality, true diversity cannot be limited to the features we have already considered race and the like because many people are alienated or, in the jargon, marginalized, from the broader culture by more than one oppressed minority feature. In consequence, the intersection between the groups must be considered for any real justice to make its appearance as a consequence of policy.

But there appears to be no limits, practically or philosophically, to the number of group memberships that have to be taken into account for true diversity to establish itself. It doesnt take much thought just a little arithmetic to determine the nature of the problem: There are just too many potential intersectional categories. Lets break it down using American statistics much more comprehensive and easier to come by than their Canadian equivalents.

Theres race and sex, for starters and, following that, gender. But how many races, sexes and genders is it required to consider? Assume (and this is what the modern science suggests) that there are five major human subpopulations: African, European/Middle Eastern, East Asian, inhabitants of Oceania, and denizens of the New World. Lets assume two sexes and three genders although many of those concerned with diversity would insist that there are a much larger number of the latter.

So thats 5 X 2 X 3 =30.

Then we might as well add to that disabilities. I dont know how to calculate the appropriate number here, although according to the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, 20% of undergraduates reported a disability in 2015-2016. These included one or more of the following nine conditions: blindness or visual impairment; hearing impairment; orthopedic or mobility impairment; speech or language impairment; learning, mental, emotional, or psychiatric condition, or other health impairment or problem. So, if we assume that two divisions (presence/absence) are necessary to cover each disability (counting each listed in the last phrase separately), we now require nine additional multiples of 2 (two for blindness, two for hearing impairment, etc.) for our equation:

So thats 30 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 = 15,360.

I cant see why class/economic origin shouldnt be taken into account as well. According to the U.S. Census Bureau estimates, 12% of Americans live below the poverty line. So, we need at least an additional two categories to even minimally account for economic disparity. And that brings us to 30,720 categories of diverse individuals (15,360 X 2).

If we are truly serious about diversity, and are willing to attribute it to group identity, and are going to apply its dictates to hiring, placement and promotion for every position, then we already have a minimum of 30,000 different categories to consider and there are many other categories of exclusion that are arguably of equal import. Theres height, strength and attractiveness, which all arguably provide an unequal starting place in the race for success. Theres intelligence, native language and education. Theres age, marital status and of critical importance presence or absence of dependent children. Thats nine more categories.

Assuming we once again use two divisions for each additional category (short/tall, strong/weak, etc.), the total of diverse individuals now reaches more than 15 million. Wed only need to add one more binary category obese/non-obese? to dramatically exceed the entire 18 million person Canadian workforce. And why not? Whos to say, given that elimination of discrimination is hypothetically the goal, that one is more important than another? I say this in all seriousness: Isnt that just another form of discrimination?

As far as I am concerned, unless you accept it as a dogmatic given (and this would be if you were an advocate of the equity doctrine, which means all outcomes for all groups in all professions must be identical, and which therefore runs into the same arithmetical problem that diversity encounters) university hiring and granting practices are remarkably meritocratic. In the university departments I have worked within (McGill, Harvard and the University of Toronto) it was obvious to everyone that within the limits of human error, people were promoted when they deserved it and obtained research grant money for the same reasons. In both cases, the more productive people had a pronounced edge, which is exactly how it should be if scientific research is important enough to garner investment, be it from private or public funding sources. The three granting agencies are as meritocratic as our somewhat (and inevitably) flawed measures of research productivity can make them, and the universities themselves bend over backwards and tie themselves in knots (both clichs are necessary) to right past wrongs even to the point where well-respected social scientists Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci demonstrated a 2:1 hiring advantage for female candidatesfor open science, technology, engineering and mathematical positions.

The concept of diversity is a very slippery term

The proper way to determine who gets what slice of which pie in a given organization is the manner in which employers are legally bound to hire: first, they must conduct an analysis of the job to determine and list its requirements; then, with certain exceptions they are required to hire, place or promote the person who is most qualified to undertake that job, regardless of attributes that are not relevant to the task. These include the differences in race, sex, gender, and their combinationsthat are pushed so assiduously, self-righteously and thoughtlessly by the progressives who think they can replace comparatively well-functioning meritocracies, aimed at the solution of serious problems, by the most qualified people, with candidates chosen on the basis of attributes that would clearly be viewed as prejudicial if they were used as grounds for rejection, failure to promote, and firing.

The fact of the endless multiplication of categories of victimization, lets say (or at least difference) was actually solved long ago by the Western emphasis on the individual. We essentially assumed that each person was characterized by so many differences than every other person (the ultimate in intersectionality) that it was better to concentrate solely on meritocratic selection, where the only difference that was to be considered was the suitability of the person for the specific and well-designed tasks that constituted a given job. That works not perfectly, but less imperfectly than anything else that has been contemplated or worse, implemented.

We toy with it at our peril.

Jordan Petersonis a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of the multi-million copy bestseller 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. His blog and podcasts can be found atjordanbpeterson.com.

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Adrian Peterson only active RB on all-time team finalists – Yahoo Sports

Adrian Peterson is the lone active player among 24 running backs selected Monday night as finalists for the NFLs All-Time Team.

As part of its 100th season celebration, the NFL is using a 26-person voting panel to select the team. Twelve of the 24 running backs will be revealed Friday night as the first portion of the squad.

There are 23 Pro Football Hall of Famers on the finalists list - Peterson, of course, is not eligible until five years after he retires - and they represent

14 MVP awards and combined for 2,246 touchdowns.

Career rushing leader Emmitt Smith highlights the list that also includes the likes of Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders,Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski.

The NFL will have a weekly countdown of the team by position over the next six weeks.

The running backs list, in alphabetical order:

Marcus Allen

Jerome Bettis

Jim Brown

Earl Campbell

Earl "Dutch" Clark

Eric Dickerson

Tony Dorsett

Marshall Faulk

Harold "Red" Grange

Franco Harris

Hugh McElhenny

Lenny Moore

Marion Motley

Bronko Nagurski

Walter Payton

Adrian Peterson

Barry Sanders

Gale Sayers

O.J. Simpson

Emmitt Smith

Jim Taylor

Thurman Thomas

LaDainian Tomlinson

Steve Van Buren


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400 cadets at the Air Force Academy have had symptoms of Norovirus since October – KKTV 11 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The United States Air Force Academy has not declared an outbreak at this time, but the Chief of Media Relations for the Academy is reporting 400 cadets have had symptoms consistent with Norovirus since October.

11 News has a call into the El Paso County Public Health Department to see if other parts of the county are seeing an increase in Norovirus or flu cases.

11 News reached out to Peterson Air Force Base asking for information about cases there after multiple calls into our newsroom. A representative for Peterson said that they have a number of reported sicknesses, but they don't feel there is a need to send out an alert.

The Academy sent the following information to 11 News Wednesday afternoon:

"Approximately 400 cadets have had symptoms consistent with Norovirus, commonly known as "stomach flu, since these cases began to surface in the cadet Wing in late October.

To combat norovirus, increased cleaning is being conducted in common areas with agents that are certified to eliminate the virus. Areas that were cleaned once or twice daily are now being cleaned at least three times daily.

Cadets have been encouraged to practice good hygiene, including vigorous hand washing with soap and water for 20-30 seconds. Infected cadets have been placed on bedrest for at least 72 hours after their symptoms resolve and they are cleared for duty by qualified medical personnel.

Out of an abundance of caution, several large gathering-type events have been rescheduled.

Our cadets and support staff are our main concern. We have acted quickly with all the appropriate intervention steps, in cooperation with our medical group team, our cadre and leadership at all levels, and the cadet wing leadership to help stop the spread.

Norovirus is very contagious and causes vomiting and/or diarrhea in those infected. The primary means of cure are rest and consumption of plenty of fluids, since the biggest danger to those with norovirus is dehydration.

The 10th Medical Group has been in coordination with Peterson Air Force Base, Fort Carson, El Paso County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to provide updates on infection numbers and measures taken to mitigate the spread of norovirus."

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Athletics: Warrior athletes have their signing day – Brainerd Dispatch

Sophie Robinson committed to play hockey at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.. She played four years of varsity girls hockey as a defensemen for the Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors.

I love the small town and community there, Robinson said of why she decided to go to Dartmouth. The hockey was great, along with the amazing school and there are great opportunities there for me to grow.

In the 2018-19 season, Robinson tallied six goals and 16 assists for the Warriors as they placed second in the Class 2A State Tournament.

Teammate Gabbie Smith also signed to play hockey at Bemidji State University. Smith scored 20 goals to go along with 19 assists in the 18-19 season.

Its exciting to have this moment together, Robinson said.

Warrior baseball teammates Broc Peterson and Seth Vagts signed their letters of intent to play college baseball.

Peterson will attend University of Minnesota-Crookston and Vagts will go to St. Marys University in Minnesota.

It felt good to have support and everyone be there for us. Its nice, Peterson said.

Vagts hit .328 last season for the Warriors and tallied 15 RBIs. He plans to get into the Physician Assistant program at St. Marys.

Peterson hit .304 and scored 17 runs. He pitched 29 innings with a 3-2 record and an ERA of 2.41.

Peterson says Crookson was a good fit for him academically and he liked their baseball program.

I also like the idea of being in a small town, he said. Its just the type of person I am. The competition will be tougher and it will be more competitive, which is what I am looking for.

Clare Ceynowa highlighted the ceremony as she plans to go to the University of Minnesota to play softball. She also hopes to get accepted in the biomedical engineering program at Minnesota.

Ceynowa knows she is wanted for her power. The challenge playing at the next level will be to find a position for her to play consistently.

The biggest challenge will be time management with lifting and eating right, getting your studying in, its going to be a change, Ceynowa said. Ive been ready to go to college for a couple years now, but it hasnt really hit me that this will be my last season.

She has loved the campus of Minnesota since junior high and it was a reason she decided to go there.

It just felt different, Ceynowa said about her first trip to the University of Minnesota. It just really felt like home.

Gina Wasniewski will head to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to play soccer. She spent some of her senior season injured, but when healthy proved to be a valuable player for Warriors girls soccer.

In 2019, she played in nine games and notched two assists. At the end of the season, she was voted by the team for the Warrior Way award which highlights character. At Stevens-Point she plans on studying Physical Education

Avery Eckman rounds out the group who were honored. Eckman will attend University of Minnesota-Duluth and hopes to study biology.

They were a lot closer to home than some other schools I was looking at, Eckman said of why she chose to play for the Bulldogs. I am just excited to play with other girls who have worked hard to get the next level like I have. Just play at the next level where everyone is the best of the best.

The higher stakes and fast pace is the biggest challenge Eckman faces as she goes to play for UMD. She is known for her hammer as he tallied 344 kills her senior season with the Warriors. She wants to become a more all-around player at college.

Everyone notices the big hit because it makes the most noise, Eckman said. But you cant forget about a good pass. I have been working on improving my defense a lot and that might go unnoticed.

Broc Peterson

Sport: Baseball

College: University of Minnesota-Crookston

Seth Vagts

Sport: Baseball

College: St. Marys University

Gina Wasniewski

Sport: Soccer

College: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Clare Ceynowa

Sport: Softball

College: University of Minnesota

Avery Eckman

Sport: Volleyball

College: University of Minnesota-Duluth

Sophie Robinson

Sport: Hockey

College: Dartmouth

Gabbie Smith

Sport: Hockey

College: Bemidji State University

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WIAA D2 swim: Peterson carries the torch for the EagleJays – Daily Union

JEFFERSON Josie Peterson has been to state before, but never by herself.

Peterson qualified as a sophomore in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and as the lead leg of the 200-meter freestyle relay in 2018.

The Jefferson junior will return to the WIAA Division 2 state swim meet at UW Natatorium as an individual in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle after winning both events in the WIAA Division 2 Jefferson sectional on Saturday, November 9.

Last year, Peterson and her fellow Jefferson/Cambridge teammates leaned on each other for moral support while they were on deck as underclassmen handling the pressures of competing in a state meet. A four-year streak of the EagleJays sending their 200-yard freestyle relay to state ended this season.

Jefferson/Cambridge was two spots away from extending its state streak.

So, Peterson will spend the time on deck by herself.

The time we got at sectionals, we thought we did have a chance because it was a low time for us, Peterson said. We were only two spots away from qualifying. It was kind of disappointing when we saw that, but that makes us more motivated and dedicated to fight for that spot.

Peterson finished the 50-meter freestyle at sectionals in 24.34 seconds, which was a half of a second faster than her seed time set at the Southern Lakes Conference meet on the prior Saturday. Her time at sectionals puts her as a third seed. Peterson swam a slower time than her seed in 2018, so a spot on the podium isnt a guarantee, but she does have a reason to breathe easy without stress of getting a top-six spot.

At the beginning of this year, I would breathe maybe four times in each race, said Peterson of her improvements in her races this season. I cut it down to twice this year, so its once on the way down and once on the way back.

Every time you breathe, it adds time, so I just make sure I have a specific spot where I know when Im going to breathe.

As far as the 100-yard freestyle is concerned, Peterson trimmed a full 1.5 seconds off of her race in sectionals after she finished in 54.21 seconds. Thats just a sign of the taper working and to make the podium in the 100-yard freestyle, shell likely need to trim another 1.5 seconds.

I feel like if I focus on my race and not worrying about any other people swimming I should be fine, Peterson said. Theyre going to push me to go faster, but I just need to do what Ive been doing all year and make sure that everything is perfect with my technique.

Whippets to compete in six events

Whitewater advanced its 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay to state. Those relay teams consisted of juniors Ella Houwers and Amber Krebs as well as freshman Grace Foucault and senior Brianna Zimdars.

Houwers qualified as an individual in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. Houwers heads into the state meet as the defending state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke. She placed third last season in the 200-yard individual medley.

Zimdars qualified in the 100-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle.

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Peterson: Camping World Bowl actually thought it had Iowa State football team and fans last year – Des Moines Register

Iowa State arrives to their hotel headquarters Sunday afternoon. Randy Peterson, rpeterson@dmreg.com

AMES, Ia. The Camping World Bowl committee liked Matt Campbells Iowa State football team and the thousands of fans that go with it so much last seasonthat it actually thought the Cyclones would be headed to their game.

Selecting second among the Big 12s non-New Years Six bowls,the Orlando-based Camping World figured the Alamo Bowl would use its pick on West Virginia, and then the Camping World Bowl would be picking Iowa State.

We thought that, all the way up to the point where the Alamo picked Iowa State, Camping World rep Kirtus Bocox said after the Cyclones 23-21 victory against Texas on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium. We thought wed be welcoming Matt Campbell and all those wonderful Iowa State fans to Orlando.

ISU fans gather for the Cyclone Spirit Rally on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in San Antonio. Iowa State takes on Washington State in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Friday.(Photo: Brian Powers/The Register)

Something happened on their way to the Magic Kingdom.

Alamo surprised Camping by selecting 24th-ranked Iowa State over No. 16 West Virginia, so the Mountaineers became the pick for Orlando.

Welcome to the bowl business, where Plan Bs and Csare probably more in play than fans think and where the Camping World Bowl just might get the Cyclones a year after they splashed onto their radar.

Assume Oklahoma and Baylor already have been picked on college footballs selection Sunday. Assume the Alamo Bowl picks between Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

Running back Breece Hall #28 of the Iowa State Cyclones breaks away from linebacker Joseph Ossai #46 of the Texas Longhorns as he rushed for yards in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)(Photo: David Purdy/Getty Images)

The Alamo loved the Cyclones San Antonio invasion last year, an enthusiastic partnership between fan and bowl that reportedly included at least 30,000 Iowa State fans at the game, but would they go back a second bowl season in a row?

Thats the great unknown, so assume its Oklahoma State to the Alamo and the Camping World picks Iowa State assuming, of course, the Cyclones finishes the season with wins at home against Kansas at 11 a.m.Saturday and at Kansas State on Nov. 30.

To be honest, we were excited to watch the big matchup against Texas, and then, as it played out while walking around the tailgate areas, fans told us theyd love to come to Orlando to be part of our bowl, Bocox said. To be honest, that meant a lot.

We judge the fan bases that we see. We see how tight the fans areand the excitement they have for their teams. Iowa State looks to have a very close-knit fan base, and everyone knows the enthusiasm they have for the team.

Iowa State qualified for its third bowl game in a rowafter winning its sixth game of the season Saturday with Connor Assalleys walk-off 36-yard field goal. Campbells team played in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, after going 7-5 during the regular season in 2017. It impressed Alamo Bowl reps (and the Camping World folks, too) after an eight-win regular season in 2018.

It was an impressive site, walking around the tailgates two or three before the game, Bocox said. Despite the cold weather, I was impressed that many fans were out and about.

The Camping World Bowl is Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. on ESPN at 65,000-seat Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The Big 12 selection faces the ACC champion. Syracuse beat West Virginia in last seasons game before a crowd of 41,125 fans.

Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) celebrates with teammates Parker Rickert, left, and Bobby McMillen III after an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 23-21. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)(Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP)

Thatd be exciting for us, having a young coach like Matt Campbell thats on the rise and leading a team thats also on the rise, Bocox said. Were looking for an exciting game, from a TV perspective, and a team with players that would create a buzz. Individual starts and great matchups generate eyeballs in the stadium and on television.

Iowa State can offer up quarterback Brock Purdy, third nationally in both passing yards (3,023) and passing yards per game (320.3). Over the last five games, tailback Breece Hall leads all Power Five running backs regardless of age, with 120.4 yards a game. Sophomore Charlie Kolar is among the top three or four tight ends in the country.

We honestly thought we had Iowa State last year, Bocox said. Thats who we thought was coming, but we saw what they did at the Alamo Bowl we heard they ran the city out of Busch Light.

Tell everyone that we will double the supply and make sure that doesnt happen.

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been writingfor the Des Moines Register for parts of five decades. Reach him at rpeterson@dmreg.com, 515-284-8132, and on Twitter at @RandyPete. No one covers the Cyclones like the Register. Subscribe today at Des Moines Register.com/Deal to make sure you never miss a moment.

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What Collin Peterson Is Up To (2019-11-20) – Pop Top News

Our team has conducted some detailed research on Collin Peterson, current as of 2019-11-20. Collin Peterson is a politician in Minnesotas 7th congressional district. Heres their handsome photo:

Twitter activity: As of 2019-11-20, Collin Peterson (@collinpeterson) has 3973 Twitter followers, is following 632 people, has tweeted 199 times, has liked 144 tweets, has uploaded 20 photos and videos and has been on Twitter since February 2010.

Facebook activity: As of 2019-11-20, Collin Peterson does not appear to have a Facebook account.

How popular is Collin Peterson right now? On Google Trends Collin Peterson had a popularity ranking of 1 ten days ago, 1 nine days ago, 3 eight days ago, 0 seven days ago, 1 six days ago, 1 five days ago, 2 four days ago, 2 three days ago, 2 two days ago, 1 one day ago and now has a popularity rank of 0. So in the recent past, they were gathering the most attention on 2019-11-10 when they had a rank of 3. If we compare Collin Petersons popularity to three months ago, they had an average popularity of 0.6, whereas now their average popularity over the last ten days is 1.2. so by that measure, Collin Peterson is getting more popular! But in any case Collin Peterson cant be considered an extremely popular person, at least as of 2019-11-20, since they have a rank of 0 on at least 1 day.

And what about how Collin Peterson has fared if we consider the entire past 3 months? Our date indicates 2019-10-31 to be their most popular day, when they had a relative rank of 100. Not bad!

We found suggested searches for people looking up Collin Peterson include Collin Peterson (duh) and Congressman Collin Peterson.

As of 2019-11-20, our research indicates that people searching for Collin Peterson are also searching for these related terms: jeff van drew, rep. collin peterson, collin peterson mn, collin peterson impeachment vote and collin c. peterson.

We did some more tiring analysis today on the web sentiment regarding Collin Peterson, and found a number of recent news articles about them. I may update this post when I have analyzed more of them.

Do you have anything youd like to share on Collin Peterson as of 2019-11-20? Let us know in the comments! (And keep it civil)

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Unfalsifiability and Evolution | Dan Peterson – Patheos

Here are some provocative thoughts fromIan Hutchinson, who is a professor ofNuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a primary interest in plasma physics. These passages appear inIan Hutchinson,Monopolizing Knowledge: A Scientist Refutes Religion-Denying, Reason-Destroying Scientism[Belmont, MA: Fias Publishing, 2011], 1-3):

Since discussions of evolution are so fraught with controversy, let me say again that I do not wish to be interpreted as arguing that Darwins theory is false. What I am arguing is that it is very different in character from most physical theories. Its explanations are not in the form of demonstrations of what must happen because of a law of nature, but more often that there could be a natural way that some observed fact of biology arose by natural selection. (102)

Again, the standard of explanation in evolution is all too often just that one can think up a plausible Darwinian history. (104)

Religious believers are often charged with setting up theologies or cosmologies that are inherently incapable of being falsified. Being unfalsifiable is justifiably considered to be a significant philosophical weakness, at least for a theory that purports to have practical consequences. But here is one of Darwinisms most passionate advocates apparently setting up the same sort of stance for Darwinism. (104)

Here, the passage is actually a quotation from Dawkins himself:

My argument will be that Darwinism is the only known theory that is in principle capable of explaining certain aspects of life. If I am right it means that, even if there no actual evidence in favor of the Darwinian theory (there is, of course) we should still be justified in preferring it over all rival theories. (105)


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A whole new world: astronomers draw first global map of Titan:Cassini data reveal the geological diversity of Saturns largest moon.

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Congressman Collin Peterson explains impeachment vote: "I don’t believe we should be doing this without Republican support." – KFGO News

Host Joel Heitkamp visits with Congressman Peterson about ongoing agriculture issues and his no vote on impeachment.

With agriculture conditions being extremely wet during the growing and harvest season, farmers across the Midwest are struggling more than ever. Due to the difficult conditions and ongoing challenges, state leaders in both ND and MN have been touring across the state they represent, visiting with constituents and hearing them tell their stories about what they need to make it through this season. As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman Collin Peterson understands the struggles better than most and host Joel Heitkamp visits with the Congressman about the agriculture concerns he's hearing from farmers in the 7th District of MN.

"It's been a tough year and it's just been one thing after another," says Congressman Peterson. "I don't think there's going to be any good outcome for this year, and it finally froze over so maybe we can get through these wet fields but now the question is how much snow will we get, we'll just have to wait and see how all this turns out."

Congressman Peterson tells Heitkamp that the disaster relief money was limited to $3 billion and they are unsure if it's going to be enough money to get to farmers that need it most. He further explains that there are a lot of moving parts but hopefully, they will get some better answers in the coming days.

Switching gears, Heitkamp visits with Congressman Peterson about his most recent no vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on an official impeachment inquiry, as he was only one of two Democrats to break ranks with the rest of the Democrats in the House. Although the Congressman has not officially announced his re-election campaign, he faces a tough road ahead with 5 Republican candidates who are eyeing his seat. When asked by Heitkamp whether or not the Congressman plans to run for re-election, Peterson says he doesn't want to kick off things too soon.

"I will decide when I normally do in January or February of next year but I've been doing the things I normally do, I just don't want this campaign to start too quickly," says Congressman Peterson. "I don't want this to get this started too soon because all that's going to happen is having the Republican National Committee beat me up."

Breaking ranks with House Democrats was a decision Congressman Peterson says he was comfortable making and further tells Heitkamp that he doesn't like the way this impeachment inquiry process has been handled by House leadership.

"I just wasn't comfortable with how this has been handled," says Congressman Peterson. "The way they handled Mueller was bad and it was part of what divided the country and it upset my constituents."

Congressman Peterson mentions specifically Representative Schiff holding many meetings behind closed doors and how now, the public doesn't trust anything that the Democrats are doing in regards to the impeachment process. As a Congressman in a highly conservative district, Peterson maintains that there needs to be bipartisan support.

"I don't believe we should be doing this if there isn't Republican support and I think it's just a mistake," says Congressman Peterson. "Unless we get more information, and so far that hasn't happened and even support for impeachment has slipped since this started. I don't see this coming together in a bipartisan way and I think the last thing we need is something like this to further divide the country, I'm very comfortable with what I did."

Finally, Heitkamp asks the Congressman whether or not he believes that a President of the United States enlisting the help of a foreign country is wrong.

"Well it's wrong, but I don't know if it's impeachable and Republicans apparently don't think it is," says Congressman Peterson. "What I'm hearing from everyone is thank you for voting against this B.S. and that's what everyone in my district is calling it. I haven't decided whether or not I will vote yes or no on impeachment if it ever comes to that but right now, I wouldn't be in favor or it if we don't have more Republican support. I don't think the President should have been doing what he was doing but I'm not sure if that rises to high crimes."

(Joel Heitkamp is a talk show host on the Mighty 790 KFGO in Fargo-Moorhead. His award-winning program, News & Views, can be heard weekdays from 8 11 a.m. Follow Joel on Twitter @JoelKFGO.)

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Kliff Kingsbury expects Patrick Peterson to be great vs. Buccaneers – Cards Wire

Perhaps one of the most troubling things to come out of the Arizona Cardinals loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week was the play of cornerback Patrick Peterson. He was beaten in coverage on a few occasions, including a touchdown by Dante Pettis.

After serving a six-game suspension, he hasnt looked like he is playing his best and some are even concerned his best days are behind him.

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury isnt worried. He has defended Petersons play and anticipates a bounce-back performance this weekend when the team takes on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He knows how good he is, Kingsbury told reporters Monday. I think everyone has to understand hes been off the couch for three weeks, and then that was a short week on top of it, so a lot of the repetitions of full-speed stuff that he needs to get himself back in to playing shape and condition and top form, it wasnt there last week.

It does make sense, although Peterson did say he would return in great shape and ready to play the best football of his career.

With three games under his belt since returning and extra recovery time with the mini-bye, Kingsbury expects him to return to form this weekend.

I expect him to have a great game this week, he said. Hes one of the best to ever play the position and hes not short on confidence, so hell be ready to rock this week.

He will need to rock. He will likely be tasked with being the primary defender for Tampas Mike Evans, who is coming off a 12-catch, 180-yard performance against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Minn. US Rep Peterson waiting to announce if he’s running – Albany Times Union

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Longtime Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is waiting as usual to announce if he is running for re-election.

Peterson traditionally waits until early in an election year to announce his campaign. The 75-year-old conservative Democrat tells KFGO he will decide in January or February whether he'll seek a 16th term.

But Peterson says he's been doing "all the things" he normally does and has "been to some 40 parades."

Former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Peterson. Also seeking the GOP nomination is Dave Hughes, who is making his third run for the seat.

Peterson also says he has no regrets about being one of only two House Democrats to vote against a rules package for an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump.


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Man pulled from water off Marco defies odds and lives – Wink News


A Southwest Florida man, who was found virtually lifeless in the water off Marco Island, is recovering after doctors gave him little chance of survival. But he has defied the odds.

An off-duty hospital technician was one of the people who found Steven Peterson floating face down in the water near Marco Island Yacht Club a few weeks ago.

First responders pulled Petersons lifeless body out of the water, and, soon, many of the people who helped rescue Peterson realized they also knew him personally.

The call came out; I drove over the bridge and confirmed that, Yes. I can see the Jet Ski. There is no rider on it, said Collier County Deputy Susan Boylan, a family friend who responded to the scene.

While Boylan was on her way home, she responded to the call she will never forget and never expected.

They were pulling him out of the water, Boylan said. When they pulled him out of the water, he was purple.

And the person in the water was Peterson, her sons best friend of about 14 years.

Petersons friend Casey Casaday and Amy Russeto were among those who spotted him, but they were too shaken to speak to us on camera for an interview or provide comment.

Petersons best friend, CJ Muntwyler was able to share details about their friend being pulled from the water in extremely poor condition.

He said he didnt even recognize him, Muntwyler said. That was when Amy showed up and was like, Wow, thats Steven. Casey didnt know. He thought it was just some guy.

Petersons family told us he flatlined twice the day he was rescued and taken to the hospital, but, because Casaday and Russetto did CPR, it saved him.

Doctors put Peterson in an induced coma for nearly three weeks.

He had a 5-percent chance of living, Muntwyler said. And they told his father be prepared to be making arrangements for him to be pretty much mentally handicapped for the rest of his life.

Muntwyler said doctors and modern medicine didnt account for the fact that Peterson is a fighter.

His friends told us doctors hope he will participate in a study, since his ability to defy the odds he was given is being considered a medical miracle.

Petersons family told us he is in California recovering, and he hopes to be back in Southwest Florida by January.

Everyone who knows him, which is almost everybody, Muntwyler said. Hes always dancing and smiling just a good person.

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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals loss to 49ers, Patrick Peterson off the field and more news from around the – Revenge of the Birds

Happy Monday one and all.

The Arizona Cardinals are coming off their mini-bye after a tough loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

There is still some news on that as we get ready for the reunion with Bruce Arians and company coming this Sunday.

Lets take a look around the web at your Arizona Cardinals.

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Kliff Kingsbury: Cardinals coach criticized for costly 49ers callsTwo costly decisions Kliff Kingsbury made in the Arizona Cardinals' 28-25 loss to the San Francisco 49ers were heavily scrutinized on Thursday night.

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GM Steve Keim both encouraged and discouraged by Cardinals playHe doesn't like the lack of wins but does like what he has seen from Kliff Kingsbury and his young players.

Questionable in-game decisions by Kliff Kingsbury havent worked outSome would argue his decisions have cost the Cardinals at least one win.

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David Johnsons contract protects him in 2020 ProFootballTalkWith Chase Edmonds and newcomer Kenyan Drake getting it done for the Cardinals, it's easy to wonder whether running back David Johnson has become a luxury the Arizona Cardinals can no longer afford. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, that decision for 2020 already has been made.

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Jordan Peterson, Nietzsche, and Avoiding Living for Happiness Alone – Merion West

The resistance displayed towards these important thinkers is most regrettable, and for all the Complacent Men quick to criticize them, doing so makes you no closer to achieving your ever so desiredand elusivehappiness.'


Man has had to fight for every atom of the truth, and has had to pay for it almost everything that the heart, that human love, that human trust cling to. Greatness of soul is needed for this business: the service of truth is the hardest of all services. Friedrich Nietzsche (The Antichrist)

Let me first state that I am not arguing for the abolishment of pleasure or to criticize unduly the people who walk down the road of hedonism; I just would not suggest it. Likewise, there is nothing wrong with being happy; if it crosses your path, you certainly should not ignore it. But what I want to make clear is that making happiness an end-in-itself will make anything (or anyone) that stands in the way of that goal an enemy, especially those who are skeptical about it, like some public intellectuals who are gaining increasing popularity today.Jordan B. Peterson,for example, called it a simplification of life itself, and Slavoj iek described happiness as fitting for the category of slaves. You can despise them (or me) all you want for destroying your fundamental goals in life, but let me first explain in more detail why I believe happiness is something you shouldnt aim for.

The Intelligence toConform

My first thought about the tendency to conform to simple ideas and philosophies has always been that differing degrees of intelligence was a factor. Many social psychologists agree with this, and there is even someevidence to support this view. But as of late, I find myself believing this explanation less and less. Regardless of the presence of bright individuals, the informational influence to conformthe process where people accept information from other group members in order to paint a picture of realitystill exists. When the majority within a certain group follows an ideology, theory, or idea, its very difficult not to conform to this.

I dont want to state that conformity is a bad thing because it isnt necessarily. We often dont know everything about every subject or possible situation. In these cases, we look to others for possible answers to our lack of knowledge. Another reason to conform is to stabilize social relations within a certain group. Cass Sunstein described this in his book Conformity: The Power of Social Influences: that a nonconformist or dissenter causes a lot of tension within a group when he or she does not abide by the groups norms. This makes the role of dissenter not very popular, but, at the same time, Sunstein believes that role is sometimes very much needed. For instance, when certain groups censor important informationand nobody within the group reacts in a responsible way by not tolerating the use of censorshipthat vital role falls to the dissenter.

Conformists to prevailing trends, thus, can stand in the way of progress itself, such as when, for example, they claim that certain subjects or social/political issues must not be discussed. Sunstein notes the detrimental effect on societies and groups when certain information is hidden: The real problem is that when cascades are occurring, people do not disclose information from which others would benefit. The result is that both individuals and private and public groups can blunder, sometimes catastrophically.

Additionally, the fear of being offended by new ideas gives rise to individual weakness. To some degree, this weakness is justified by the individuals need for comfortability. Unfortunately, the individual does not perceive comfortability as a weakness, as he should. Rather, he too often sees it as compensation for occasionally encountering misfortunes during his life. Achieving this compensation is believed to bring him a step closer towards achieving any individuals primary end goal: to attain a continuous state of pleasure and happiness.

The Complacent Man

In Friedrich Nietzsches Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche introduces us to the Last Man, which is characterized as the modern man who has low ambitions, seeks equality, deindividuation, and is the antithesis of the Higher Man. The Higher Mans ambitions exceed his own expectations of life. The Higher Man is motivated to create something that can outlive himself.

Sadly, this quality of striving towards a goal that is of greater significance than mere personal aimshas been replaced by its opposite: narrow and individualistic ambitions. Nietzsche notes in Human All Too Human how the modern man lacks this quality of the Higher Man: [The modern] individual looks his own short life span too squarely in the eye and feels no strong incentives to build on enduring institutions, designed for ages. He wants to pick the fruit from the tree he has planted himself, and therefore no longer likes to plant those trees which require regular care over centuries, trees that are destined to overshade long successions of generations.

These higher level of ambitions make the Last Man resentful towards the Higher Man; forthe Last Man will continuously be confronted with his own lousy goals. In todays world, we see another rendition of the Last Man. Here is where I propose the concept of The Complacent Man, who has equally low ambitions, puts pleasure and comfortability as his highest values, and despises challenging and difficult ideas. Nevertheless, his arrogance gives him the strength to be more than satisfied with himself than the Last Man.

The distinction between these different kinds of human beings is visible in the way they engage with intellectual progress and the acceptance of suffering as an unalterable axiom. The Higher Man will approach both of them with a kind of couragewithout ignorance or naivety. This is unique to the Higher Man. The Last Man and the Complacent Man both engage in the denial of misfortune, whereby both try to disregard suffering as a way to remain ensconced in their comfortable lives. When we touch upon the attainment of knowledge, we see a clear difference between the Last Man and the Complacent Man; the Last Man will utter anything that comes to his mind, without any concern for offending others, while the Complacent Man would rather censor that which might be considered offensive or challenging. The Complacent Man is the one who poses a great danger to intellectual progress.

The HedonicParadox

One of the most important goals in Western society appears to be achieving continuous pleasure and most of all, happiness. In the last few years, much has been written about this aim and why its wrong. Unfortunately, there are still too many people who didnt get the message.

The reason may be found in the definition ofhappiness. Everyone wants to be happy, right? Happiness brings with it the effortless thought of being in such a state where suffering is non-existent. Unfortunately, this is far from ever being accomplished, as Sigmund Freud states in Civilization and Its Discontents: It [being the primary aim for happiness] is quite incapable of being realized; all the institutions of the universe are opposed to it; one is inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy has no part in the plan of creation. This is where the desire to be happy and its realization collide.

If these people claim their fundamental aim is pleasure and happiness, then you would suppose that you would encounter someone who is genuinely happy most of the time, but this is not the case. In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle noticed the same nonexistence of a continuous state of pleasure: How is it, then, that we are incapable of continuous pleasure? Perhaps the reason is that we become exhausted; for no human faculty is capable of continuous exercise. Pleasure, then, also cannot be continuous; for it is an accompaniment of the exercise of faculty. Being able to experience pleasure/happiness occasionally and constantly desiring it are two different things.

As Aristotle described, pleasure is a side-product of activitywhere pleasure is activated during the performance of an activity as a way to achieve perfection at it. This makes pleasure not an end-in-itself. For this reason, pleasure should not be considered a desirable end goal in the long term (or even the short term). This introduces the Hedonic Paradoxin whichthe intrinsic aim for personal pleasure will result in failing to acquire it.

It still remains the case that the prevalence of hedonic individuals at some rate could trigger the belief that someone could also achieve happiness just by aiming at it. This assumption eventually works as a tool to suppress the conscious thought of suffering. By only thinking about pleasure, you dont have to think about all the misfortunes that work against achieving happiness. The simplicity that the Complacent Man wears with him, which is based on an undue focus on pleasure and happiness, can be seen as innocence. Even if the aim of happiness may seem harmless to the nave individual, in reality, its far from it. This is the trait of the Complacent Man that keeps him from changing for the better and exposing himself to truths about the world.

The notion that happiness is the highest achievable goal there is, is for many people indisputable, regardless of its failure to be realized. Richard Taylor had suggested in Good and Evilthat its perhaps for this reason (adherence to the high value of pleasure and happiness) that hedonism is among the most popular philosophies people adopt.

People expect pleasure and happiness as the reward for overcoming suffering. Perhaps it can be viewed as a way to calm oneself down before approaching a possibly suffering situation. One can make little optimistic predictions about when one might be freed of suffering, which may look something like this: When this [fill in your prospective miserable situation] is over, life will be much better, and Ill finally be happy. But we know this end state is seldom realized.

Ignoring the Dragon and theMice.

There are many who despise thinking about philosophical, existential, or metaphysical questions and choose instead to surround themselves with people who avoid engaging with important but potentially unnerving areas of thought.

But its the rejection of suffering (or the refusal of its existence) that leads one astray. Perhaps one might think of it along the lines of Seths dream, which refers to the myth of Osiris when he, the king of Egypt, was murdered by his own brother, Seth, and was sent to the underworld. This was all a consequence of Osiris naivety towards the evil character of his brother. In Maps of Meaning, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson not only describes this myth in greater detail, but he asserts the danger of taking anave stance towards malevolence. This he considers to be the most significant take-away from the myth of Osiris.

When Leo Tolstoy was struggling to find meaning for himself, and science didnt give him the answer he desired, he began to look at the morality of people around him who werent drowned in nihilism. He argues there are four different ways to get out of the state of nihilism. Before getting to the anti-nihilism recipes that he describes in A Confession, he tells an old fable:

There is an Eastern fable, told long ago, of a traveller overtaken on a plain by an enraged beast. Escaping from the beast he gets into a dry well, but sees at the bottom of the well a dragon that has opened its jaws to swallow him. And the unfortunate man, not daring to climb out lest he should be destroyed by the enraged beast, and not daring to leap to the bottom of the well lest he should be eaten by the dragon, seizes a twig growing in a crack in the well and clings to it. His hands are growing weaker and he feels he will soon have to resign himself to the destruction that awaits him above or below, but still he clings on. Then he sees that two mice, a black one and a white one, go regularly round and round the stem of the twig to which he is clinging and gnaw at it. And soon the twig itself will snap and he will fall into the dragons jaws. The traveller sees this and knows that he will inevitably perish; but while still hanging he looks around, sees some drops of honey on the leaves of the twig, reaches them with his tongue and licks them. So I too clung to the twig of life, knowing that the dragon of death was inevitably awaiting me, ready to tear me to pieces; and I could not understand why I had fallen into such torment. I tried to lick the honey which formerly consoled me, but the honey no longer gave me pleasure, and the white and black mice of day and night gnawed at the branch by which I hung. I saw the dragon clearly and the honey no longer tasted sweet. I only saw the inescapable dragon and mice, and I could not tear my gaze from them. And this is not a fable but the real unanswerable truth intelligible to all.

Tolstoy describes four different kinds of people that respond in their own way towards, in his view, the meaninglessness of life. The morality of the second group of individuals is most important for our purposes. He views them as dull and ignorant. Their nave attitude towards the dragon or the mice makes them look only towards the honey, even though they remain aware of both forces that are working against reaching a joyful state. Just like these individuals, the Complacent Man only wants the pleasurable things about life, without experiencing also the suffering.

The Skeptic

There needs to be someone who sees through the innocent character of the Complacent Man, someone who doesnt take the easy definition as the only one. There must be someone who sheds light on the Complacent Mans morality and shows him why its toxic. This individual we call the skeptic. Just for now, Ill introduce two versions of the skeptic; the empty skeptic and the genuine skeptic.

Lets start with the empty skeptic; he will criticize your perspective and morality just for the sake of criticizing. He is a skeptic, just to be skeptic. He brings no treasure, only his useless moral rejection. The empty skeptic does not differ much from the Complacent Man because he takes the easiest route available to him. In some sense, the empty skeptic is even worse than the Complacent Man; for he will not even conform to those ideas that need to be conformed to.

When the empty skeptic engages in a discussioninstead of having the motivation to learn something from the one he disagreeshe is only motivated by a desire to win the discussion or debate. In order to obtain this goal, he may use tactics such as the Straw man. A great example is the popular Channel 4 interview between Cathy Newman and Dr. Jordan B. Petersonwhere Newman plays the role of the empty skeptic by repeatedly rephrasing Dr. Petersons arguments in such a way that his arguments lose their strength and overall message. Only then does it become easy for her to mock his persuasive points.

Let me continue with the genuine skeptic:the only one who will appear as a real challenge to the Complacent Man. Let it be clear that we should not underestimate these individuals, for their intellect is hiding behind a curtain of pleasure and decadence. The genuine skeptic will put his values aside so he that might be able to benefit the community. Therefore, he is identical to the dissenter. He is always needed to remind the conformists about their flaws and errors in thinking.

The skeptic is always the one who ruins the party, but the majority uses its language and thought patterns to marginalize the skeptic in an effort to reduce his role to the non-existent. The moment the skeptic shows any marked disagreement with the majority, his value will decline.Skepticism itself opposes overprotection and safe spaces. We know that because safe spaces dont make any distinction between offending utterances and actual psychological harm. So just to be safe, their proponents censor anything that might even be interpreted as offensive. Sunstein concludeslater in his book that the institutions that promote conformity (and all innocent and weak traits that accompany them) are destined to fall apart.


It should not matter how progress is achieved, and this refers to progress as the search for truth. One, who is living correctly, ought not seek comfortability. He ought to want to be challengedthats where the potential for the much-discussed happiness lies. In the most challenging situations, happiness can appear as a byproduct of achievements, but happiness, again, shouldnt be sought for itself. As the comedian Tim Minchin concluded during his University of Western Australia commencement speech; We didnt evolve to be constantly content. Contented Homo erectus got eaten before passing on their genes.

We should aspire to be thegenuine skeptic, which isto know to avoid conforming to simple ideologies and philosophies. Our goal should be to forgo dismissing the dragon and the mice and to confront theexistential questions that life provides.

The notion that Western societies have attained all their goals and are able to make pleasure their highest value is a foolish one. Many who begin to resemble The Complacent Man are aware of their faulty morality, but as was stated before, it can be exceedingly difficult to stand in opposition to the majority: to dissent.

Regardless of the negative effects on group harmony, we need those who open our eyes to the other side of the conversation. We need this other half to engage in debates so as to reach the truth. Fortunately, today this is already happening, thanks to public intellectuals like Dr. Gad Saad, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, Bret Weinstein, and many others. These figures have put their personal values aside to bring discussions to light that tremendously benefit the public. In some ways, they are the killjoys of the societal partybut in the best way possible. The resistance displayed towards these important thinkers is most regrettable, and for all the Complacent Men quick to criticize them, doing so makes you no closer to achieving your ever so desiredand elusivehappiness..

Alessandro van den Berg is an economics teacher in the Netherlands.

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Former Idaho state budget director charged with sexual exploitation of a minor – East Idaho News

Martin L. Marty Peterson

BOISE (Idaho Statesman) Martin L. Marty Peterson, 76, of Boise, a figure in Idaho politics for five decades, was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

A press release from Attorney General Lawrence Wasdens office said that Peterson is alleged to have possessed sexually exploitative material. The investigation was performed by the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, the Boise Police Department and the Ada County Prosecutors Office.

The Idaho statute under which Peterson is charged is quite broad and includes several specific offenses. The Ada County Prosecutors Office would not say Thursday what Peterson is alleged to have done. It would confirm only that he would be arraigned Friday afternoon.

Among other positions, Peterson served on U.S. Sen. Frank Churchs staff, on former Gov. Butch Otters transition team, as the executive director of the Association of Idaho Cities and on the Idaho Humanities Council, per his page on the Idaho Humanities Council website. He was also the budget director for former Govs. John Evans and Cecil Andrus, and has served as an assistant to several University of Idaho presidents.

Peterson, a Lewiston native and University of Idaho graduate, has served on U of Is School of Journalism and Mass Media advisory board, the Friends of Idaho Public Television board and as the president for the Foundation for Idaho History. He also was the director of U of Is James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research.

University of Idaho officials declined to comment about Petersons arrest but said he is currently still on the journalism school board.

Peterson, who has written many guest columns for the Statesman, co-authored Idaho 100: The People Who Most Influenced the Gem State. He has written other books and also graduated from Columbia Basin College and Harvard Universitys Senior Managers in Government Program.

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