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Major burst leaves Inishowen homes without water

first_imgUPDATE: 10amThere is now an alternative water supply available at Buncrana Fire Station, Cllr Jack Murray has confirmed.Repairs should now be completed by 2pm. A major water mains burst in South Inishowen has left leave homes and businesses without water today.The outage was first reported in the Buncrana area at around 6pm on Monday evening. Repair works took place late in the evening and were stood down until the morning. Works have resumed this Tuesday morning, however supplies are not expected to be restored until 6pm this evening.The burst has caused significant disruption for families and business owners who were without water during the night.Affected areas include Buncrana, Luddan, Moyle, Hillcrest, Derry Road, Fahan Road, Lisfannon Industrial Park, Laughan, Lock View, Legnatraw, Strandcourt, Sandymount, Logan Close. Irish Water has confirmed that works have an estimated completion time of 6pm. Property owners are being advised to leave 2-3 hours for supplies to fully return to all affected properties.Major burst leaves Inishowen homes without water was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Resurrecting Stalin’s Ghost

first_imgMost people feel there are certain historical figures off limits for praise.  Hitler and Stalin are probably two of the most infamous.  Believe it or not, a new Russian textbook is trying to portray Stalin in a more positive light.  The UK Daily Mail reported that the textbook portrays the tyrant’s mass murders as “entirely rational.”    Millions were shot, exiled, starved and imprisoned during Stalin’s reign of terror, especially during the “Great Terror” of the 1930s.  In addition, Stalin carefully controlled a “cult of personality” that deceived the masses into thinking of him as a great savior of Russia.  It took years of “De-Stalinization” under successive premiers to uncover the extent of the terror Stalin had inflicted on the nation.    Apparently the current Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin wants to portray Stalin in a more positive light.  The textbook he approved stresses Stalin’s extensive library and rationalizes his purges as understandable given the historical situation.  Critics, naturally, are up in arms over this attempt to whitewash what they consider one of the most evil dictators in history.    The 08/01/2008 entry contained a recounting in Nature of the rivalry between honorable geneticist Dmitri Vavilov and Stalin’s choice for scientist, the charlatan Trofim Lysenko, which resulted in Vavilov’s murder and the starvation of millions of Russians in the Ukraine.  This week in Nature,1 two Russian scientists wrote in to comment.  The Vavilov affair was just one of many atrocities committed by the Stalin regime.  The two correspondents sounded ready to fight any tinge of whitewash or rationalization:To call Stalin’s agricultural collectivization policy a “consolidation of land and labour” is an awful understatement: an estimated 10 million productive peasants and their families were exiled or imprisoned from 1929�1933.  Stalin was hardly “desperate to feed thousands of citizens dying of starvation” when these were the same people he starved and murdered while sending Russian grain abroad.The correspondents also took issue with Nature’s apparent moral equivalence of Stalin with science policy in Western democracies.  “Saying that ’even now, politics continues to trump good science’ should not be taken as equating murderous dictators with democratic governments.”1.  Victor Fet and Michael D. Golubovsky, “Vavilov’s vision for genetics was among Stalin’s many victims,” Nature 455, 27 (4 September 2008) | doi:10.1038/455027a.Stalin’s regime was so unspeakably horrible, we must never let generations forget.  It makes no sense to focus entirely on Hitler’s six million victims when Stalin murdered at least 20 million, machine-gunned whole towns, forced people into miserable lives of hard labor, starved millions in the Ukraine to death, incarcerated millions more in the Gulag, destroyed churches and murdered tens of thousands of clergymen, and purged rivals almost at random with a coolness and disdain that is fearful to contemplate.     While inflicting this unspeakable harm, Stalin lavished wealth on himself and basked in the worship of masses of peasants duped by his propaganda into thinking he was saving their mother country.  Throughout his career he was actively involved, through the Comintern and propaganda, in spreading communism in the West and East.  Had not a stroke cut him down in 1953, he could have toppled many other governments and instigated a nuclear war against Europe and America.    We remind readers that Stalin was a diehard Darwinist.  Upon finding and reading Darwin’s Origin of Species in seminary, Stalin became an atheist, reversed his career plans for the Russian Orthodox Church, and entered politics, where, through intrigue and crafted relationships, he took the legacy of the intensely radical, murderous Vladimir Lenin (another atheist Darwinist) into his own hands.    Every dictator accomplishes some good things and has some nice moments.  But in light of these atrocities, is that useful or necessary to review?  Saddam Hussein could look pretty handsome and polite in meetings with foreign dignitaries.  So what?  His overall reputation for evil swamped any good traits.  Stalin achieved some impressive modernization and industrialization of the Soviet Union.  He repulsed Hitler’s advances (though late and poorly planned, with horrendous human cost).  He collected art and left some impressive buildings.  When such things were done on the backs and graves of millions of his countrymen, it hardly deserves listing them, especially when a free government under beneficent leaders might have achieved the same or better without such horrible human cost.  There’s no rationalization for evil.    The only one exceeding Stalin in pure evil was Chairman Mao in China, Stalin’s ally, who murdered up to 77 million through state-sponsored terror (11/30/2005).  But after awhile the body count begins to sound academic.  The ideas that resulted in the worst genocides in modern history – in all of human history – came from the poisoned well of Darwin, who led people to think of mankind adrift in a chance universe without God.  In Darwin’s meaningless universe, the individual as a creation of God faded away like a dream.  In its place came The State.  Is anyone surprised that Marx, Lenin and Stalin, all Darwin-lovers, began a genre of cold-blooded despots the likes of which history had never seen?  The despots of Cambodia, Cuba, Rwanda, Vietnam, and North Korea (which remains one of the scariest and most brutal governments in the world) all admired Hitler and Stalin as role models.    With American universities still infiltrated with Marxist-Darwinists, with prominent Darwinists pushing atheism in the name of science (08/28/2008), and with Nature insinuating that there is moral equivalence between Stalinist Russia and President Bush’s policies on science funding, maybe you get a sense of why services like Creation-Evolution Headlines play a vital role in our times to remind us that bad ideas have consequences – real consequences, where it hurts.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Viva the vuvuzela orchestra!

first_imgPedro Espi-Sanchis conducting a VuvuzelaOrchestra performance in Mofolo Park,Soweto. The orchestra performing at Ellis ParkStadium in Johannesburg.Lusanda NgcaweniThe garish plastic vuvuzela trumpet is synonymous with football in South Africa – and reactions to its brash elephant-like sound are mixed. In a stadium on match day, with hordes of fans bugling away, the vuvuzela is seen by some as a unifying tool, a symbol of affinity to “the beautiful game”. For others, its booming, discordant noise is just too much to bear.Cape Town-based music educator Pedro Espi-Sanchis has a different view: to him the metre-long, brightly coloured vuvuzela is a rousing instrument that can, when tuned correctly, play in an orchestra as easily as a flute, violin or cello.Espi-Sanchis says the vuvuzela is a “proudly South African instrument” with roots deep in local traditional music. It’s said that the earliest form of vuvuzela was the kudu horn, called ixilongo in isiXhosa and mhalamhala in Tshivenda. Espi-Sanchis was introduced to it over 30 years ago by renowned South African ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey.Power of rhythmA fan of football himself, Espi-Sanchis came up with the idea of a vuvuzela orchestra after realising crowds at a match could coordinate their trumpeting to make music. “I heard the vuvuzelas at soccer games and the sound was not musical at all. Vuvuzelas need to play rhythms together to really show their power,” he says.In 2006 Espi-Sanchis and Thandi Swartbooi, head of the South African traditional music group Woman Unite, officially launched the vuvuzela orchestra as part of the Cape Town-based uMoya Music organisation.“At games you find people in little groups all over the stadium playing on their vuvuzelas, but they don’t listen to each other. All that sound combines to produce a continual drone. South Africa is one of the most musical nations in the world and I know we can do better than that. Imagine 6 000 vuvuzelas playing together and complementing each other with the vuvuzela orchestra to make a harmonious sound – that will make Bafana win!” Bafana Bafana – isiZulu for “the boys, the boys”, are South Africa’s national football team.You’ll probably need a bit of convincing if you’re the type who thinks vuvuzelas produce nothing but a racket. That sound, says Espi-Sanchis, is a b-flat note, which standard vuvuzelas make. Millions of South African football fans have this type of vuvuzela.Colour-chorded nationWith decades of experience in playing and teaching how to play traditional African instruments, it’s not surprising that Espi-Sanchis has realised the discordant trumpeting can be modified into something more pleasant to the ears. For example, by making the standard vuvuzela a little longer, it produces a lower pitch; a shorter instrument produces a higher pitch.“For the most part, songs in South Africa use three chords – tonic, subdominant and dominant. I have created arrangements so that each instrument plays one note in the chord and also makes short little melodies in between to make it more interesting. The three chords can be colour-coded – for example red, blue and green – and this allows you to conduct the orchestra with colours, a good thing for the famous rainbow nation,” he says.“Once the vuvuzela players get the rhythm, then it’s easy. If fans have tuned instruments, it only takes a couple of minutes to learn a song.” Espi-Sanchis’s dream is to see a stadium filled with vuvuzelas making music from the colours projected on the big screen.Espi-Sanchis says the vuvuzela orchestra works on the same principles used in three-pipe ensembles played in Southern Africa: the tshikona of the Venda, the dinaka of the Bapedi – both from Limpopo province – and the dithlaka in Botswana. “Like these instruments, the vuvuzela works on the principle of ‘one person, one note’. It’s very democratic,” he says. “Therefore the vuvuzela players have to work together to make music. This is the musical embodiment of democratic principles, the real essence of ubuntu!” Ubuntu is a Southern African philosophy of fellowship and community.Playing for the publicThe vuvuzela orchestra is made up of a core group of seven people, Espi-Sanchis as conductor and soloist on the lekgodilo flute with six musicians each playing a vuvuzela. Their first public appearance was at the Johannesburg Carnival in December 2006. In 2007 in March they performed at the Africa Day celebrations in Newtown and Soweto – both in Gauteng – and at the Nelson Mandela Challenge football event at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium in November.The orchestra’s most recent performance was at the Super Stadium, west of Pretoria, in June 2008 when Bafana Bafana took on Sierra Leone.Espi-Sanchis has found an excellent local football fan base to accompany his vuvuzela orchestra. Supporters of Bloemfontein Celtic football club, based in the Free State, “form one of the best fan bases in South African soccer. In November last year [2007] we taught 60 of these fans to play seven songs in just five days,” he says. “Each of our six musicians was responsible for 10 fans, and they taught them to play their parts. Celtic fans also taught us some of their wonderful songs and together we supported Bafana Bafana at the Mandela Challenge by singing and dancing with the vuvuzela orchestra.”Looking to 2010“Now we want to bring up a fan base to support our national team. The vuvuzela music can be learnt very quickly … we want to use the Celtic supporters as models for a national fan base. We’re hoping to attract supporters through various advertising mediums, and of course we’re also hoping to attract the attention of the LOC [2010 local organising committee] and Safa [South African Football Association] with an eye to the opening and closing 2010 ceremonies.With millions of soccer fans scattered all over the country, Espi-Sanchis plans to reach them by running uMoya Music workshops at football clubs. “We can work with 200 to 300 people at a time for a week. We’ll be scheduling a road show around the country for training and then perform at matches together with the standard vuvuzelas.”Their plans are not limited to South Africa. “This is an African world cup – we want to train people from Cape to Cairo. We want to broaden the use of the vuvuzela to such an extent that it becomes a musical and rhythmic instrument that unites people from all over the continent.”Keeping busyWhen Espi-Sanchis isn’t teaching fans, he’s working on various other projects, one of which is Mzansi Sounds – a marimba-based group with members from Nyanga, Phillipi, Crossroads and Gugulethu townships in Cape Town. Mzansi Sounds is part of a non-governmental organisation that focuses on empowering people with disabilities. Half of the people in the group, which is made up of children, teenagers and adults, have a disability.Thando Solundwana, a member of Mzansi Sounds, didn’t see the vuvuzela as a musical instrument until Espi-Sanchis introduced them to the band. “I just heard fans blowing them in stadiums and in the streets. I was very surprised that I could make music with it. If I work hard at my music I hope I’ll get the opportunity to play at the opening of 2010 [Fifa World Cup]. I would love to be there,” he says.Espi-Sanchis is currently attending the Le Rêve de l’Aborigène (The Dream of the Aboriginal) festival in France with Madosini, who is widely known as the queen of Xhosa music and one of South Africa’s best-known players of the uhadi (isiXhosa, meaning bow). The event focuses on people throughout the world who make music from organic instruments. Madosini will play her uhadi, umrhube and mouth harp, or isitolotolo, while Espi-Sanchis will perform on his lekgodilo flute.Related articlesWorld Cup 2010: fast factsFootball in South AfricaSouth African musicSouth Africa’s languagesSouth African EnglishUseful linksPedro the MusicmanuMoya MusicYouTube clip of the Uhadi bow and Lekgodilo flute in actionYouTube clip of three traditional pipe ensemblesAfrican Musical Instrumentslast_img read more

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Some clarification on the Syngenta lawsuit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many of you have been contacted by attorneys regarding a class action filed by farmers against Syngenta. Here is some clarification.April 1, 2017 is the deadline to opt out of the class action filed by farmers against Syngenta that is pending in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, if a corn producer wishes to proceed against the company directly. Ohio farmers may qualify for two classes of the nine established by the federal judge overseeing the action — a nationwide class and an Ohio class. While there are other class actions against Syngenta pending in other jurisdictions and hundreds of other individual lawsuits, the Kansas City case seems to be the primary action.At the risk of sounding like a lawyer, please do not consider this column legal advice. If you are interested in more information, please speak with an attorney directly about your individual situation. It appears that there will be many legal professionals, suddenly interested in corn production and marketing, happy to assist you. Identify the differences between the legal exposure and costs as well as benefits associated with being a class member and an individual plaintiff.The trouble allegedly all began when Syngenta Seeds, Inc., owned by Syngenta AG, a Swiss-based agri-business that owns several American agricultural technology companies, developed MIR 162, an insecticidal trait that addressed “true armyworm” issues in Agrisure Viptera in 2010. The U.S. approved this advancement, as did most U.S. trading partners, including Canada, Japan, Argentina, and the European Union. China, however, did not.At the same time, the Chinese market for corn exploded. In 2010-2011, the Chinese purchased 979,000 metric tons. One year later, the total was 5.2 million metric tons. In November 2013, China began rejecting U.S. corn shipments stating that the shipments contained traces of Agrisure Viptera. At the same time, the U.S. corn and soybean markets began a sharp decline. Some assert that China’s rejection of inappropriate GM corn was an important factor.In 2014, farmers filed suit in federal court in Kansas City, requesting certification as a class. The primary claims were (1) Syngenta violated the Lanham Act by misleading its stakeholders, the public and the government, about the status of its GM corn and its action in releasing it to the market. (2) Syngenta breached its duty of care to Plaintiffs by prematurely commercializing the GM corn trait, without reasonable safeguards and by instituting a careless and ineffective “stewardship” program which insured contamination of the U.S. corn supply.The case has progressed with farmer friendly results so far. On Sept. 26, 2016, the federal judge certified the class action. The Tenth District Court of Appeals denied Syngenta’s appeal of the class certification in December, 2016. Trials are scheduled to begin this summer.Attorneys love class actions because this is one of the few scenarios in the American legal system where their fees are paid by the defendant, should the Plaintiffs prevail at trial. Civil litigators love class actions because oftentimes the claims that exist for the class can also be made by individual plaintiffs in cases outside the class action, so long as the plaintiff opts out of the class. This phenomenon has led to an excessive amount of fancy written solicitations appearing in our mailbox, and my husband has not sold corn for at least 40 years. I even received an inappropriate phone solicitation from a lawyer who should know better. He was confused when I explained that yes we raised corn but no we did not sell it. What does he think we feed our cows? My parents have not raised corn in decades, but they received fancy offers as well.I do not have a dog in this hunt. While I am sympathetic to farmers who are angered about lowered commodity prices, I am also concerned that the allegations in the class action mirror much anti-GMO sentiment. What if these lawsuits have a negative impact on GMO development?This case also raises many other issues. Should a country, such as China, wield regulatory power over the products companies can sell in America? Is compliance with U.S. law sufficient or can foreign countries dictate product requirements? What if these production requirements are rooted in pure economic interest (as is likely to be the case with China)? Who should bear the risk in a global marketplace?Also, what happens if the hundreds of lawsuits Syngenta is now facing cause the company to go bankrupt? And was China’s refusal of U.S. corn alleging traces of Syngenta technology somehow part of ChemChina, a state-owned enterprise, and their acquisition of Syngenta AG that is currently underway?I have many questions, but no easy answers. I also wonder how the plaintiffs in any case regarding Syngenta plan to prove proximate cause. This is a huge stumbling block in many civil suits. Proximate cause is a legal term that means an event is efficiently related to a legally recognizable injury to be held to be the cause of that injury. Given all the factors that impact the corn market, how do you prove that China’s actions were the proximate cause of the corn market decline? Especially when the soybean market was also dropping?After spending time Googling and reading up on Syngenta, I realize my feelings about the matter are similar to my reaction to the last major league baseball strike (and I love baseball). This is millionaires arguing with billionaires over money. I just hope that all of the lawyers chasing farmers for representation against Syngenta will be similarly motivated should farmers need help with debt reorganization and actions against creditors.Let justice prevail.last_img read more

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Big cats, badgers and coy wolves: Will a snowy winter offer wildlife tracking opportunities?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we settle in for what many believe will be a cold winter, I am ready for some snow.After limited snowball fights, almost no opportunities to take the kids sledding and nary a snowman in the last couple of winters, I am hoping for some snow and frosty weather in the months ahead. Along with opportunities for some outdoor fun, I always am fascinated to walk the fields surrounding my house to look for wildlife tracks with the children.What seem to be empty fields during daylight hours turn into wildlife highways by night around my house. I never realize how much critter traffic there really is until I pull on my boots and take a crisp winter stroll in the snow and see the vast array of tracks from opossums, raccoons, skunks, mink, fox, and coyotes (among other things) that have traveled the landscape the previous night. My son, especially, loves to find and identify the tracks, and I am always surprised about the volume of them out there.Of course, Ohio is home to an increasingly diverse number of critters as reforestation efforts and conservation practices are being implemented. Ohio has seen rising populations of black bears, wild turkeys, bobcats, and other native species in recent years. It is no surprise that there are more close encounters with wildlife and people in Ohio that include many of the standard wildlife fare, but there are also rumblings of critter encounters of a more exotic nature.With dreams of the long snowy nights ahead and the increased potential for spotting signs of some of Ohio’s more unique animal residents, here is a recap of some of the more unique recent wildlife stories that may inspire you to take a snowy hike this winter (or maybe not).BadgersYou probably do not want to stumble across one, but there are viable populations of badgers living in Ohio.Rarely seen and largely unknown to most Ohioans, reports of buckeye badgers have increased over the past couple of decades, according to Suzie Prange, state carnivore specialist, furbearer biologist, and mammalogist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The badger is a vigorous, burly, strong critter that is a member of the weasel family. Weighing between 12 and 24 pounds and measuring approximately two feet long, badgers have a white stripe that extends back over the head from the nose and characteristic black cheek patches, or “badges.”Short-legged and flat to the ground, it has powerful feet and claws that it uses for digging. A burrowing creature that is nearly as wide as it is long, the badger, as naturalist Marty Stouffer puts it, resembles a “digging doormat…it lives to dig and digs to live…Its whole existence depends on its burrowing habits. It digs for defense, shelter, food, and sometimes just for fun.”MinkA mink is surely among the top few creatures that roam the wilds of Ohio that you do not want to encounter in close quarters. Minks are rarely seen but widely known for their beautiful pelts. They are also cunning, ferocious and have a musky odor that almost rivals a skunk. In short, a mink is not something you hope to find in your home — which is what happened to my brother and his family last winter. Yikes!Coyotes and the coy wolfOf course, coyote sightings are not that uncommon. There is no shortage of them around Ohio. One winter night a few years ago, I went out to refill my outdoor wood burner about midnight and heard an unearthly sound coming from the road. It turned out to be the claws of a running pack of coyotes on the icy road as they ran by the house. I see them occasionally, but hear their unsettling howls often throughout the year.And there has been more discussion recently about dogs crossbreeding with coyotes, resulting in larger, more fearsome versions of the woodland creatures. Have you ever had a run in with one of these?Mountain lionsThough wildlife officials may tell you otherwise, Ohio does not have a shortage of suspected sightings and encounters with big cats. This fall, northeast Ohioans were abuzz about a big cat in the Mahoning Valley. And, at ocj.com we have heard MANY more stories about big cats roaming the wilds of Ohio.BearsBears have been found not too far from my house. In 2015, a black bear was hit on the road in the southeastern part of the county. And while they are mostly tucked in during the winter months, there are some bruins that call Ohio home.With December almost here and Christmas just around the corner, I am really looking forward to winter and all of the outdoor recreation opportunities it can offer, including the chance to check in on some of my wildlife neighbors in rural Ohio. Happy winter ramblings.last_img read more

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Harmony chariot rolls out on Ramlila

first_imgFor the past 20 years, Mohammed Moinuddin has been ferrying Ram and Sita on a marigoldbedecked buggy to Ramlila venues as a part of an annual ritual called the Ram barat. And he has always done it for free. Moinuddin is the owner of two horses, Prince and Chitta, who have been pulling the ceremonial buggy for most of these 20 years.Mohammed Moinuddin driving the chariotThe 75-year-old resident of Loni, Ghaziabad, usually charges Rs 1,000 a night to give away the horses on hire for weddings, but he makes an exception for Ramlila. He offers his horses and his services for free because he believes in the thought behind Ramlila: that the forces of good always triumph. While performing his duties as charioteer, Moinuddin wears an off-white kurta pyjama and sports a skull cap.And though he is caught up in the festivities well past midnight, he doesn’t miss offering his prayers five times a day. Moinuddin, a charioteer for Ramlila at the City Centre Ground in Sector-32, Noida, keeps a folded prayer book with him at all times so that his routine of offering prayers isn’t interrupted.”I offered isha ki namaz (last prayer of the day) right here on the Ramlila ground. One yard of land is all you need to bow your head before the Almighty,” says Moinuddin with a smile. Giving him company are his two teenage daughters and 20-year-old son. “I have been attending Ramlila with my father since the time I was four,” says Mohammed Irfan.advertisementThe organisers, Moinuddin says, never let him go back empty-handed. They give him a token amount of money and “lots of aloo puri and sweets to take back home,” he says with a smile. “Ramlila is so special for my father that he doesn’t like to charge any money for driving Ramji’s and Shivji’s chariots,” Irfan adds.It’s Irfan’s job to give the horses a good scrub every day, massage them with oil and to brush their coats before they head out to chariot owner Vir Singh Chauhan’s house in Noida. Irfan often dabs a little ittar on the horses while readying them for the Ramlila procession. “I try to ensure that they look their best. They must stand out on an occasion like Ramlila,” Irfan says.On reaching Chauhan’s home, father and son busy themselves in decking up the buggy with marigolds. “I have known them for several years now,” says Chauhan. “I met them at a pandal during Janmashtami celebrations. They are hard working and their horses are very sturdy. That’s why we call them every year.” “This Ramlila ground becomes my Kabah whenever I am here,” says Moinuddin.last_img read more

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Notes On Mike Gundy’s Bedlam Press Conference

first_imgMan – this one was long and it was packed. I would highly recommend taking the time to listen for yourself. But, if you can’t, here’s Coach talking Bedlam, Carson, The CFP, Legos, takes a shot at little brother and shares a little on The Mullet.Opening Comments• Has the off week been good? “They’re always good. It gives us a chance to have a couple of work out, but really rehabilitate the players mentally and physically. This group is a fun group to be around. We enjoyed them. We turned them loose Wednesday morning and brought them back Saturday night.”All About BedlamAs an Oklahoma native, what does this game mean to you? “What’s encouraging for the state of Oklahoma is for a considerable number of times over the last five or six years, these two schools have gotten together to decide a conference Championship. And Tulsa, Tulsa’s having a great year. You have three schools that are having fantastic seasons, have very exciting players and give the state a lot to think about. It’s a big game.”• “As you watched over the last week and a half when they put up the college football playoff standings, and you have Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and their top 10, that’s a tremendous financial advantage for marketing for both universities.”• What kind of difference can Mason make this year? “It’s obviously an advantage for our team. They overwhelmed us rushing the football and made a lot of plays on offense. We didn’t play very good defensively in that game. We’re a healthier football team now. I feel like our mental approach with our team, and really their mental approach, is different this year than what it was last year. We were a little beat up at this time last season.”• Do you think this might be your freshest in most physical defense you’ve taken into a Bedlam game? “I would tend to agree with that, yes. We look at our numbers from last year and they were considerably different. We went into, counting the Oklahoma game and then obviously the Baylor game last year, and we were over 215 plays. So, we are healthier now — not only physically, but I think mentally. It’s allowed us to practice. Last year at this time we were so delicate that we really couldn’t practice at a pace we needed to to perform. I don’t feel like we’re in position this season.”• Circumstances are much different coming into Bedlam than they were last year: “These guys, hopefully we’ve instilled in them the understanding, whether you have a tough loss or a big win, you guys have heard me say it a number of times, that you have to continue to move forward. I think the biggest factor is that we’re healthy and we’re in a position to practice at the pace we think we need to practice in order to play at a high level. Hopefully when we come down that ramp on Saturday, our guys will be fresh and be able to play at the highest level and play the very best game we’ve played this season.”• Do you say anything to the guys to keep them from getting too amped up too early in the week? “Each player and each coach has their own natural process that they do, that they go through mentally to prepare for a game. My job is to oversee everything and get it to where it’s at its best Saturday at 11:30. I’m not a micro-manager and I try not to disrupt what would be a normal rhythm for a coach or a player. Chris Lacy’s attitude is to play today and play tomorrow, play the next day and play every day – he’s like the Energizer Bunny, he’s like JW was. Some guys bring themselves along at a different pace. The most important aspect is that…they stay focused, in our opinion, in our program outweighs every other aspect in preparation.”• Is this the highest level Bedlam game you can remember? “There’s tremendous skill on both sides. The good news is we’re in a position to play for a conference championship. Both teams are healthy. It should be a really fun week and a fun game to watch.”Chris Carson’s renaissance• What’s changed with Carson helping him play so well right now? “A lot of times young men that play the game, when they have something taken away from them, they realize how much they really love it. Carson falls in that category. He was playing well before he injured his hand, but I think the three or four weeks off really took effect with him mentally how much he really liked the game.”• “I couldn’t be any more pleased for him. I thought even a few weeks before that he would actually have an opportunity to get into a camp and play at the next level. I’m somewhat convinced that’s going to happen now. I know that’s always been a dream for him. It just proves if you continue to push and work at it, you have the right support system – Marcus Arroyo has done a tremendous job with him, not only as a player, but bringing him along mentally. It’s going to give him an opportunity to have a great game. He’s excited about football. We’re putting him back on special teams. He’s giving us great effort. He wants to be on special teams. That’s a good indicator of the commitment a player has to our team.”• Is there any way to foresee what happened this season with Carson? “Not really. There were times early in his first year that he was really running good. Then, he just didn’t run as well. There’s also things that contributed to that issue. But, I don’t want to get into all that. You guys have heard me say that for two years. His physical approach has really bought in; or, the team has really bought into his physical approach. He’s enjoying that part of the game as much as any player we’ve had here since Keith• “In the big picture, it goes back to the chemistry that I mentioned to you guys about a month ago. This group has come farther in six weeks than any team I’ve ever had in developing team chemistry and the ‘want’ to be successful for each other. Chris has been a huge part of that success.”Offensive Line Improvement• What do you chalk the improvement in the offensive line up to? “They worked together. We lost Larry (Williams), and Mike (Wilson) jumped in. They have developed their strength. The combination of their commitment and their improvement tied in with running backs improving has gotten this to a point where we’re a decent running team now.“We’re not a great running team, but we are good enough running team that it allows us to be balanced. We gave them a plan. We asked them to commit to it and to work as a group; don’t worry about outside people say; and if you commit and improve then people will see it. On a scale of 1 to 100 we’re about a 75 percent there. We’ve still got a ways to go but, we were floating around 10 percent the last two years.”• Is Larry back? “Larry is full speed. Mike Wilson will play, but Larry is full speed and practicing and will be there. I’ll have meetings tomorrow with both staffs so I’m not sure if he’ll be in a rotation or not, but he’s back and feeling pretty good at this time.”• “Larry’s very physical. He was going through a developmental stage like most two-year players do, where, at times, he wasn’t as productive as we wanted him to be in the big picture. But, he was certainly showing signs of getting to a point where we felt like he could be a really quality lineman at this level.”Incredible Random Notes• Talk about the receiver corps even without Ateman: “They’ve performed very well. Kasey Dunn’s been tremendous with them. We knew James Washington was going to make a considerable number of plays – he has. But, the emergence of what Jhajuan Seales and Chris Lacy have brought, not only as receivers, but as downfield blockers and the attitude they bring to our team.“Ateman was a big part of our plan this year with what he brings to the table. You’re going to be defended differently in the red zone when he’s in the game. So we had to make a few adjustments.”• Talk about Baker Mayfield: “He was good last year. He’s a fantastic player. You’re not going to stop them from making some plays. As a coach, you have to respect the way these two quarterbacks play. You have to love the way Baker likes to play the game, and you have to love the way Mason likes to play the game.”• What about him and Mason being so friendly off the field? “You know, it’s so different than it ever used to be. Social media and their ability to communicate – we didn’t have that. We didn’t know players from other teams. It’s a sign of the times. It’s just a different world we live in now. They’re buddies – I guess that’s good.”• This is SO good! Between you (26) and Cale (23), you’re two of the three most involved people ever in Bedlam… “Who’s the other guy?” Gary Gibbs, with 23. “So I’m the all-time leading Bedlam guy? That’s awesome!”• How proud are you that the Gundy brothers are synonymous with Bedlam ? “You know, people ask me about Dede Westbrook – I had a couple calls this morning on the Big 12 call, and I think Cale coaches him – or does somebody else coach him?” Cale does. “Well he’s overcome coaching. Mixon and Perine had overcome coaching their year and Dede has done a good job of overcoming coaching.“He’s (Cale) been very successful there with Bob, and obviously, this is the place I’ve always wanted to be. He’s been tremendously loyal to Bob and he’s exactly where he wants to be. We got together for dinner on Thursday and we talked a little bit about it – we usually don’t talk much about football – but the Cowboys were on and we got into Dak Prescott and how he relates to college football and so on and so forth. But, I’m very proud of him and what he’s been able to accomplish.”• Has the Big 12 expressed any appreciation for setting them up with a championship game? “I haven’t heard from them. They’re not big fans of me. Good guys though.”• Has the growth of The Mullet caused people to treat you differently? “Not really. I thought about it yesterday. I had Thanksgiving, then went deer hunting and I hadn’t washed it in about three days. But, I went ahead and washed it this morning because I knew I was going to meet with you all. It’s not really curly, but it’s definitely hit the mullet stage!”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. 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