Episcopal climate-talks delegation plans to continue church’s advocacy

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID By ENS StaffPosted Nov 3, 2017 mike geibel says: Episcopal climate-talks delegation plans to continue church’s advocacy ‘It’s important for the church to be there,’ Presiding Bishop says Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Advocacy Peace & Justice, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events November 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm The above comment is a straw man. Since we have limited means and time to attend meetings we are stuck with fossil fuel machines to get us there. All churches are facing declining membership (maybe different than declining attendance–the Southern Baptist Convention, a conservative group, has been losing members for the past decade) in the West. Churches should not be measured on membership but on how they are acting as the body of Christ in the world. God loves the poor as stated in many Biblical passages. we are called to be good stewards of the world. Climate change is a threat to our existence, and to a great extent to the poor. I applaud the church’s involvement in this effort and should be advocating for the plight of the poor. November 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm the required fields are filled in. mike geibel says: November 6, 2017 at 10:14 am Ken/MikeThanks for trying to inject science and pragmatism into the climate change/global warming debate. I spent my working life in the chemical plants and refineries and I am dedicated to science and engineering. Global warming is real and there are definitely scientific, technical, economic and development issues to be resolved however the injection of ideology and partisanship has warped and eliminated any discussion that should start with science and pragmatism. The issues can not be resolved with emotion. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 1:58 Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL November 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm Interesting that the Episcopal Church is flying 11 people to Bonn for a global warming COP. A plane flight from New York to Frankfurt is equivalent to driving an SUV about 6000 miles according to one of the carbon calculators on the internet.Perhaps the Presiding Bishop should start thinking more about the declining church attendance than attending a COP, and also ask why he should be burning fossil fuels for a European trip to attend a conference whose goal is to reduce carbon emissions. Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians from across the church are heading to Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd United Nations climate change conference, where they hope to continue the advocacy begun at the past two gatherings.Officially known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Nov. 6-17 conference is an annual intergovernmental meeting to focus on global dialogue and action around the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Fiji is presiding over COP23 in Bonn with the support of the German government. More information on COP23 can be found here.Previous meetings have produced the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2015 Paris Agreement, which serve as the basis for standards on climate action and carbon emission reductions.Appointed by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to represent him, the 11-member COP23 delegation will share Episcopal Church resolutions on climate change and information about the church and its ministries centered on eco-justice. Led by Diocese California Bishop Marc Andrus, the delegation will offer a spiritual presence through daily interfaith prayer and worship and will encourage active churchwide engagement by Episcopalians through virtual participation and social media.“Our goals are to build on the work done at previous conferences by urging member states to implement the Paris Agreement and pay particular attention to developing nations and the poor,” said the Rev. Canon Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond the Episcopal Church, in a press release.Robertson said the delegation also hopes to “network within the accredited and public zones of the conference to spread the word about what the Episcopal Church is doing on climate issues.”In addition, the delegation hopes its efforts will “raise awareness across the Episcopal Church of the importance of engaging on climate change as Christians,” according to Robertson, and “digitally engage Episcopalians in that work.”This event marks the third Episcopal delegation to attend a COP meeting. A delegation attended COP21 in Paris in 2015, advocating for an agreement aligning with General Convention resolutions related to climate change. In 2016, a delegation traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco, for COP22, which focused on implementing the Paris Agreement and birthed the “We’re Still In [the Paris Agreement]” movement.The Paris Agreement, which went into effect Nov. 4, 2016, calls on the countries of the world to limit carbon emissions, which will require a decrease in dependence on fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy sources; and for developed countries, those responsible for the majority of emissions both historically and today, to commit to $100 billion in development aid annually by 2020 to developing countries.The agreement, which is a legally binding agreement, established specific actions and targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, and financing mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries. Signatory countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and to make strong efforts to keep the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.The Bonn meeting takes place against the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s oft-repeated promise to fulfill his campaign vow to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement and curb the country’s commitment to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. According to the agreement’s rule, the United States cannot actually withdraw until 2020.He claimed in his initial June 1 announcement that the pact was bad for the U.S. economy but said he might be open to renegotiating its terms to be more “pro-American.” That conditional approach has continued. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Comments are closed. Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments (6) center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK John Miller says: David Horwath says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Ken Thomas says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest David Horwath says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL Trump has called human-caused climate change a “hoax” and the concept of global warming a Chinese plot.The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012The New York Times reported Nov. 2 that the Trump administration will promote coal, natural gas and nuclear energy as an answer to climate change at a presentation in Bonn. The administration on Nov. 3 allowed release of the United States’ National Climate Assessment, which is required by law, even though its conclusions state that human action causes climate change, the Washington Post said.How to join the delegation’s participationFollow the delegation via its website, via Twitter (#EpiscopalClimate @EpiscoClimate) and on Facebook.Pray for climate action.Share parish or faith community activities on climate action here.Send prayer requests, personal poems or prayers for consideration at the interfaith service in Bonn here.Check out these resources offered as by the church’s Office of Government Relations.DelegationThe delegation brings together a range of environmental, liturgical and churchwide experience in its representation of the presiding bishop.The members of the Episcopal Church delegation with accredited observer status are the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California; Jack Cobb, domestic and environmental policy adviser, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations; and Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church representative to the United Nations.Observer status allows each of these team members the ability to brief U.N. representatives on General Convention climate resolutions and to attend a variety of meetings in the official zone. Additionally, Andrus has been invited to address the inaugural U.N. meeting of the “We’re Still In [the Paris Agreement]” movement.Other team members tasked with monitoring U.N. negotiations and networking:Sheila Andrus, ecological entomologist and science manager based in the Episcopal Diocese of CaliforniaThe Rev. Andrew Barnett, associate for music and worship at the Washington National Cathedral and environmental scholarMichael Coffey, an atmospheric scientist and professor at the University of the South, SewaneeNathan Empsall, Episcopal Church Global Partnerships/U.N. intern and communications specialist, and Yale Divinity School seminarianPerry Hodgkins Jones, writer and member of the Episcopal Church Advisory Council on the Stewardship of CreationThe Rev. Melanie Mullen, Episcopal Church director for reconciliation, justice and creation careTom Poynor, Episcopal Church chaplain, University of California-Berkeley and scholar in theology and the arts, Diocese of CaliforniaBill Slocumb, director of Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers and member of the Episcopal CommunicatorsFor more information, contact Lynnaia Main at [email protected] Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector Columbus, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel November 4, 2017 at 3:55 pm It is my hope that open minds will prevail at this convention. There has never been an open discussion regarding “climate change or global warming”. There have never been any REAL debates covering this politically charged topic. Not one scientific debate has ever occurred and only false faked corrupted have been used to sway the public opinion toward this false hypocrisy. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Environment & Climate Change November 5, 2017 at 12:38 pm The Episcopal Church has not been anointed with the authority to speak for or to bind American Taxpayers to the Paris Accord’s crippling $100 billion “penalty payments” to China, India and other countries. The declining membership means Episcopalians are now less than 1% of the USA population, and it is rather presumptuous for the leadership to pretend they speak for the Nation or even for all Episcopalians or Christians. The billions in U.S. taxpayer money should be used to develop clean energy alternatives in the U.S., and to share that technology with other nations. I think most of us, liberal and conservative, agree that clean, renewable energy sources improve air and water quality, reduce pollution, and promote our national security, but the Paris Accord will destroy jobs and divert the funding needed to underwrite technological progress to clean energy within our own borders. Even an electric car is not “green” if its batteries are charged by carbon based power plants or auxiliary combustion engines.A President does not have the unilateral power to bind the Country and American taxpayers to the payment of billions of taxpayer money to other countries. The Constitution requires treaties to be ratified by Congress, and calling it an “accord” rather than a “treaty” is an attempt to circumvent the Constitutional process that is a core element of a representative democracy. Addressing climate change should not be a partisan or a religious debate—the conversation should center on science and non-partisan issues of national security and the continued economic and environmental health of the Nation. Realistic solutions require input from industry, science and governments, but not input by religious institutions whose leadership focuses upon demonizing the President or other opponents who may believe the Paris Accord as currently structured is fatally flawed. Slogans like “eco-justice” and “environmental racism” are emotionalized pseudo-terminology used to justify a political agenda—the terms find no residence in the dictionary and are polarizing in that these terms reflect a “blame America” guilt-based ideology for every social and global problem. Linked into the Article is the “Genesis Covenant” (2009-C070) asking all churches and Episcopalians to voluntarily reduce their own carbon footprints by 50%. The resolution has been a quiet failure. After 8 years, the Church has not been able to achieve the 50% reduction target in its own Churches and congregations, so how realistic is it to expect entire countries to do the same in four years? The Genesis Covenant and some of the other TEC resolutions are well-intentioned, but end up being unrealistic expressions when the goals are not fiscally or technologically achievable. There are States and countries where existing solar and wind generated power is weather-impractical, and environmentalists within the Church oppose hydro-electric power plants as an alternative, clean energy source. Demonizing capitalism and oppressive monetary penalties will only lower the standard of living of Americans and make poor countries even poorer, and it will not mitigate climate change. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more

49ers depth chart: Burning questions approaching NFL draft

first_imgQUARTERBACKStarter: Jimmy … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Almost every 49ers position group was addressed in some capacity the past month — except quarterback and tight end where Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle reign.Free agency still could bring in more competition, and next month’s draft surely will, especially with the No. 2 overall pick.Time to measure up each position’s depth and reveal a burning question:last_img

The big thing that must happen if the Warriors are to come back from a 3-1 deficit

first_imgTORONTO — The Splash Brothers can’t do it alone.Not down 3-1. Not against this Raptors team.So as the Warriors head into Game 5 looking to win the first of three consecutive games necessary to claim the title, the big question amongst many is “who will be the third member of a Big Three?”Because if the Warriors don’t get that third scorer to show himself in Game 5, there won’t be a third-straight title. Through the first four games of these NBA Finals, Toronto’s defense has …last_img

Latest Version of Chrome Now Available with Speedier, Safer Browsing

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Google has long touted the speed of Chrome, most recently tying the Year of the Rabbit in to its announcement of a Chrome beta. Today, the stable version of the browser is being released.Google says the speed boost correspondents to a 66% improvement in JavaScript performance in benchmark tests.But speed isn’t just the “pure brawn” under the hood, says Google, and the new interface in this most recent version of Chrome is meant to help the user move more quickly as well, particularly when it comes to changing settings. The settings interface now takes up its own tab in the browser, and there’s a new search box so you can quickly find what you’re looking to manage.The new Chrome also lets you synchronize your passwords across the various computers you use. You can encrypt these for additional security. To enable this feature, visit the “Personal Stuff” section in Chrome’s settings.Google has also extended Chrome’s sandboxing to the browser’s integrated Flash Player, which will help protect you against malicious webpages.You can download the latest version here, or if you’re already using Chrome, you’ll be automatically updated soon.last_img read more

Congress Wants To Take A Tax Bite Out Of Apple

first_imgTim Cook is going to have an interesting day today. The CEO of Apple will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which would love to know how Apple has managed to avoid paying billions of taxes. Given the loopholes in U.S. corporate tax laws, Cook might save himself a lot of stress and just hold up a mirror in response to the senators’ questions. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#Congress#now readwritecenter_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img

U.S. App Makers: Seize Global Opportunity While You Still Can—Like Quip Just Did

first_imgowen thomas Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes App stores from Google and Apple offer developers instant, international reach. But a new study from Flurry suggests most American app makers aren’t really taking advantage of that, to their peril.But one startup, Quip, is seizing that opportunity by offering its word-processing app for tablets and smartphones in five new languages—less than a month after it launched.Few enough English speakers have even heard of Quip, a competitor to Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Apps. Why reach out to German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese speakers?Watching Your LanguagesFlurry, a maker of mobile-app analytics tools, reports that the United States is rapidly losing its edge in software as it goes mobile. In 2008, American companies held 65% of the worldwide software market. Now, 64% of apps are made outside the U.S. Chinese users, in particular, spend most of their time using apps made in China. Related Posts Tags:#Android#Bret Taylor#Internationalization#iOS#Languages#mobile#mobile apps#QUip#Translation center_img That’s why app makers should go international early. If not, they may lose their best shot at gaining users abroad.For Quip, though, the answer was also that it could. CEO Bret Taylor tells me his team was able to internationalize the app far faster and less expensively than previous generations of apps, thanks to good planning early on and the distribution that Apple and Google offer mobile developers.Typically, internationalization is an afterthought, something to do after a developer conquers a home market. And it often requires rebuilding the app’s underpinnings. That’s what slows development down and adds cost, Taylor says.Taylor previously worked at Facebook, and before that, he and his cofounder, Kevin Gibbs, both worked at Google. Those experiences helped Quip’s team think about how to build in internationalization and localization “hooks”—bits of software meant to enable translation to multiple languages with ease—from the very start.See also: How Pinterest Added 70 Million Users Without Overhauling Its Original CodebaseGoogle, in particular, has added many tools to its Android software-development kits that enable internationalization. But Taylor said those weren’t particularly useful, because Quip was aiming to internationalize for three platforms at once—Apple’s iOS, Android, and the mobile Web. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The big challenge in internationalization is handling strings, or blocks of text characters.“A lot of the native platforms have their own ways of doing strings, so we built an internal tool that let us share the same translation framework between Android and iOS,” says Taylor. “That was an interesting thing we wish there were better tools for.” He says he might consider releasing it as open-source software when Quip’s small team has more time.Smart handling of strings was smart business. On each platform, an app might have a different way to represent an interface element, like a notification that another user has opened a document.“If you do [translation] naively, you’ll pay a translator three times to translate the same phrase,” Taylor explained.Heading AbroadThe payoff Taylor hopes for: a foothold in the office-productivity app market around the world. “So many developers are U.S.-first,” says Taylor. “If you go into the productivity category in the App Store in Spain,” there’s less competition. But as Flurry’s analysis shows, that may not remain the case for long.For Quip’s product, targeting markets where users are adopting smartphones and tablets before they ever get to PCs is particularly apt, since it’s betting on mobile adoption. At Facebook, he said, many international users only ever experienced Facebook on their mobile phones. Quip, with its mobile-focused approach to document creation, could have an analogous experience, Taylor suggests.“It’s a low-cost thing to do, and it represents who we are as a company,” says Taylor. “We can look at usage, one country is using it more than others, we can put more effort there.”Quip is already working on Korean and Japanese next, Taylor said.Going international isn’t a sure thing for Quip, or any other mobile-app developer. But it’s clear that not supporting multiple languages will hold your app back in other markets—and it may be too late before too long The lesson from Quip’s announcement and Flurry’s analysis: Translate early, translate often.Photo of Bret Taylor by Jolie O’Dell How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Retract decision to demolish Mangu Mutt: Punjab CM

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote to Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik on Saturday, urging him to retract his government’s decision to demolish the Mangu Mutt in Puri, which is associated with Sikhism founder Guru Nanak.Mr. Singh described as unfortunate the move to demolish the mutt, which has age-old significance for the Sikh community as Guru Nanak Dev visited the holy site to spread his message.‘Shocking decision’“It was shocking that while the whole world was getting ready to commemorate the 550th ‘Prakash Purb’ of the first Sikh Guru, the historically important mutt, a symbol of the connection between Sikhism and the Jagannath Temple, was sought to be demolished by the Odisha government,” said Mr. Singh in a statement.The Mutt is among many structures within 75-metre radius of the Jagannath Temple that are being demolished to ensure safety and security of the 12th century shrine, following a decision of the Odisha government led by Mr. Patnaik.Opposing the move, several organisations earlier said at least 12 major mutts and shrines associated with the Jagannath Temple are located within the 75-metre demolition radius.last_img read more

a month agoNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was floating after their victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Koulibaly was outstanding for the 2-0 win.He said at the final whistle: “I arrived late to pre-season training as I was at the Africa Cup of Nations and Kostas Manolas had joined a new team, so it took us a while to learn how to play together and we conceded a lot of goals, but we’re improving.“I try to give 110 per cent to these fans, as they give me so much love and I want to repay them. “I throw myself into challenge for them, as I want to take the Napoli colours to the top, so it fills my heart when they cheer for me.” last_img read more

Florida freshmen team up for Scarlet and Gray

Ohio State’s baseball team didn’t end the season how it wanted to, but it wasn’t a total failure going to Tallahassee, Fla., for the NCAA Regional.The Buckeyes lost to Florida State 37-6 in a game the team would like to forget.Recruiting visits in Tallahassee for the Buckeyes were more successful than the actual baseball playing. Manager Bob Todd was able to snag a right-handed pitcher and an outfielder, both from the same high school.Outfielder Hunter Mayfield and pitcher Cole Brown both decided to leave Tallahassee to go north to play baseball.For Brown, the decision to come to OSU to play baseball was a relatively easy one. Brown said Mayfield committed to OSU and then the coaches started pursuing him.“I came up here on a visit,” Brown said. “I just loved everything about OSU.”Mayfield may have not been the reason for Brown to commit to OSU, but he has been helpful. Brown said that he and Mayfield have been friends since middle school.Mayfield shared the same feelings, saying that it was nice to know at least one person at the start.The Buckeyes will be making a series of trips back to Florida for tournaments over the next month and a half, and both are looking forward to those trips.Unfortunately for Brown, playing time to start off the season will be limited. In his senior year of high school Brown only made two appearances because of an injury to his shoulder.“I’m doing good. I am back to 100 percent,” Brown said. “Now I just need to get my velocity back.”Todd spoke on Brown’s injury, saying he is going to bring him along slowly. Giving him the needed rest and rehab now, Todd is hoping he will be able to be used late in the season.On the other hand, Mayfield said he has been told he might see some playing time early in the season. If he isn’t able to play, Mayfield said he is fine with that. He just wants to do whatever to help the team.Whether the two see playing time or not, they have one positive thing to look forward to. With all the snow that Columbus received over the past few weeks, both are ready for warmer weather.Brown said in Florida they get to play outside throughout the year, while here at OSU they have had to stick to practicing inside. read more

NFL Week 12 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Matt Cassel (Kansas City): One quarterback not getting the respect he deserves is Cassel, who has thrown for 18 touchdowns versus four interceptions. Much of that production is because of Dwayne Bowe’s emergence as a solid wide receiver. Either way, Cassel has a nice matchup against Seattle, which ranks in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez (New York): Last week, Sanchez, battling a calf injury, threw for 315 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against Houston. That performance gives Sanchez three straight weeks with at least 27 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. Consider Sanchez a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback against a Bengals defense that got torched by the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick to the tune of 316 yards and four touchdowns last week. Mike Tolbert (San Diego): Tolbert continued his breakout 2010 season with an impressive performance Monday night against Denver, with 111 rushing yards with a touchdown. Look for similar numbers against a Colts run defense that allows the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Darren McFadden (Oakland): McFadden has been quiet the last two weeks, totaling 103 rushing yards with zero touchdowns. Granted, Week 11 was against Pittsburgh. McFadden should return to form against a Dolphins’ defense that allows 113 rushing yards per game. Based on the matchup, McFadden is a low-end No. 1 running back. Steve Johnson (Buffalo): Like Tolbert, Johnson is having a breakout 2010 season, with 728 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Although Johnson faces the Steelers, he is a must-start from now on. The Steelers rank 22nd in pass defense and have allowed five passing touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in their past five games. So, Steve Johnson, “Why So Serious?” Vincent Jackson (San Diego): Jackson is back after serving a three-game suspension and signing his contract late. This is great timing because Patrick Crayton (wrist) is out, Antonio Gates is still battling a foot injury, and Malcom Floyd tweaked his hamstring. Jackson will benefit by having the league’s leading passer in Philip Rivers and going against a Colts defense allowing 208 passing yards per game. Bench ‘Em David Garrard (Jacksonville): Garrard looked terrible last week, with 254 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Jaguars’ offense will stall a little with Mike Sims-Walker out. This week, Garrard faces a Giants defense that allowing 14 fantasy points per week. Fred Jackson (Buffalo): Jackson has been solid in his past three games, with four touchdowns and back-to-back 100-yard games. This week, he faces a Steelers defense allowing 63 rushing yards per game and a total of four touchdowns on the ground. Only the Patriots’ BenJarvus Green-Ellis has managed to go over 50 rushing yards against the Steelers. Look for other options at the running back position this week. Beanie Wells (Arizona): Wells had eight carries for 39 yards last week against Kansas City. Wells’ knee continues to be a burden and the Cardinals continue to use a two-back system. In Week 12, Wells faces a Niners defense that ranks ninth in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Brandon Marshall (Miami): It’s unclear if Marshall will play this week against Oakland (top five pass defense) because of a hamstring injury. Marshall hasn’t recorded double-digit fantasy points in standard leagues since Week 6. The Dolphins’ offense is a mess, led by quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Keep Marshall on your bench and hope he’s ready for the playoffs. Johnny Knox (Chicago): Knox continues to be Cutler’s favorite target, with five catches for 55 yards on eight targets last week. But the attention hasn’t translated to fantasy production. The yards are there but the touchdowns are not (one for the year). Expect corner Asante Samuel, who leads the NFL with seven interceptions, to be defending Knox, who is more of a flex option against the Eagles. read more