(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — By rights, they should have been at their own game, the one they earned. The Paradise High football team finished 8-2 and was barreling toward the section playoffs before the Camp Fire torched everything they owned — their town, their homes, their season.So the 49ers offered them an escape route. The team arranged for a bus to pick up the heartbroken players in Chico and drive them to the Bay Area, …
Widely-separate branches of science seem to converge on a common puzzle: complexity goes farther back than scientists expected – evolutionary scientists, that is.Cosmology: More evidence has come that galaxies formed very early. A mature galaxy detected through gravitational lensing was announced by the Hubble Telescope team, with an estimated redshift of 6.027. In the conventional big bang chronology, that dates it at 950 million years after the big bang. Other galaxies have been detected at redshift 10 or more, but this appears to have mature stars, “pushing back the epoch of its formation to about 200 million years after the Big Bang, much further than we had expected,” a NASA spokesperson said in the Hubble press release. That is about 1.5% of the assumed age of the universe. “This suggests,” he continued, “that the first galaxies have been around for a lot longer than previously thought.”Biology: “Complex Life Emerged from Sea Earlier Than Thought,” reported Jennifer Walsh at Live Science. Although her article assumes evolutionary time, the announcement from Boston College and University of Sheffield, who studied sediments in Scotland lakes, poses a challenge for evolutionists who had assumed the climb onto dry land was much later. “Life on Earth began in the oceans, but new fossils are showing that complex algae-like organisms left these salty seas earlier than thought, about 1 billion years ago, and spent more time evolving on land.” Science Daily titled their report, “Loch Fossils Show Life Harnessed Sun and Sex Early on.” “This suggests that life on land at this time was more abundant and complex than anticipated,” a co-author of the study said. “It also opens the intriguing possibility that some of the major events in the early history of life may have taken place on land and not entirely within the marine realm.”Geology: Belemnites are a type of cephalopod known only from fossils. They were thought to have gone globally extinct at an alleged “Cretaceous-Paleogene event,” after which time modern cephalopods evolved. According to an abstract in Geology,1 “In the North Pacific, however, a turnover from belemnites to the modern types of cephalopods about 35 m.y. before the Cretaceous-Paleogene event documents a more complex evolutionary history of cephalopods than previously thought.Botany: Recall also, as reported here 04/12/2011 (bullet 5), scientists at Penn State found evidence in their evolutionary scheme that genetic “upheavals” leading to the emergence of flowering plants occurred “nearly 200 million years earlier than the events that other research groups had described” (see PhysOrg). 1. Iba et al, “Belemnite extinction and the origin of modern cephalopods 35 m.y. prior to the Cretaceous-Paleogene event,” Geology, v. 39 no. 5 (April 2011), pp. 483-486, doi: 10.1130/G31724.1.What this means is not that the evolutionary dating schemes are now more accurate than before, but that empirical evidence is falsifying earlier beliefs about slow, gradual increases in complexity appearing over time. The data won’t give evolutionists what they want even within their own assumptions; why should the rest of us pay any attention? What’s a word that means the early appearance of complexity? Starts with a C, but we can’t utter it, because in academic circles it is offensive and makes scientists feel uncomfortable.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
An article appearing on a science news site portrayed Christian megachurches as a drug. What if the tables were turned?The article on PhysOrg analyzed the Christian megachurch phenomenon in terms of its psychological and sociological influence. Without commenting on the validity of its claims, is this a proper subject for science? What if theologians analyzed the scientific consensus on Darwinism in similar terms? It might look like the following.Darwin as a Drug: The Rise of Scientific Consensus on EvolutionPro-Darwin scientific societies use policy statements, emotional rhetoric, charismatic leadership and a domineering, unchallenged vision of evolution to provide their members with a powerful emotional pseudoscientific experience that discourages dissent, according to research from the Department of Sociology of Science at G. K. Chesterton Seminary.“Membership in scientific societies is one of the leading ways evolutionists maintain unanimity these days, so, therefore, these societies should be understood,” said James Weller, associate professor of sociology of science at Chesterton. “Our study shows that — contrary to public opinion that tends to pass off the Darwin movement as harmless atheist dogma — scientific societies are doing a pretty effective job quelling dissent and influencing education, politics and the courts. In fact, society members speak proudly of their lack of dissent.”Pro-Darwin scientific conferences have grown in number, size, and influence in recent years, coming to virtually dominate the scientific consensus on origins. More than half of all research scientists now attend the largest pro-Darwin conferences.Society conferences feature a highly-programmed atmosphere, techno music, workshops on just-so storytelling and what Weller calls a “multisensory mélange” of visuals and other elements to stimulate the senses, as well as small-group participation and a shared focus in the keynote speech from a charismatic society president.The researchers hypothesized that such rituals are successful in imparting emotional unity in the society setting — “creating membership feelings and symbols charged with emotional significance, and a heightened sense of scientism,” they wrote.As part of their study, Weller, Corky, and Stocky analyzed 470 interviews and about 16,000 surveys on society members’ emotional experiences with the conferences. Four themes emerged: materialism/scientism, conformity/unity, admiration for and desire for acceptance from peers, and a sense of duty to fight creationism in public outreach.The researchers found that feelings of consensus felt in the meetings far exceed the powerful but fleeting “maverick thinker ideal” for which scientists are often stereotyped.Many participants used the word “contagious” to describe the feeling of a society meeting where members arrive hungry for ways to answer creationist evidence and leave brainwashed. One society member said, “The unity goes through the crowd like a football team doing the wave. …Never seen it at any other conference.”Weller said, “That’s what you see when you go into pro-Darwin society conferences — you see determined people; people who are talking around the snack bars, and, in one San Diego conference, a solid-leftist political stripe I’ve never seen anywhere in my time doing research on scientific conferences. We see this experience of unalloyed rage at creationism over and over again in society meetings. That’s why we say it’s like a drug.”Weller calls it a “bad drug” because the message stifles debate, such as discouraging dissent from Darwin, punishing students, and venting hate speech against creationist enemies or ID advocates. Societies also discourage their members from thinking independently, such as by stating firmly, “There is no evidence against Darwin,” he added.This stultifying atmosphere also is a key to societies’ consensus, Weller said. “How are you going to dominate science? You give them a generalized form of evolution that’s uncritical, question-begging, and domineering.”The researchers also found that the large size of scientific societies is a drawback rather than a benefit, as it results in propaganda for state-of-the-art technology — amplifying the emotional intensity of consensus — and the fear to hire more independent thinkers who might challenge society leadership.Weller said, “This isn’t just same-old, same-old. This is not like historical scientific research by the individual. It’s a new, totalitarian form of science that’s mutating and separate from all the traditional practices with which we usually affiliate science.”Scientific societies, which rarely refer to problems with Darwinism, are worlds away from the sober, rigorous scientific objectivity of long ago, Weller said.Weller will continue studying the topic of the new Darwinian consensus-building with a book-length profile of American anti-creationist Jerry Coyne due out in late fall, and a book in 2013 titled “High on Darwin: How the Evolution Consensus Destroyed Critical Thinking.”A grant from the Society for the Theological Study of Darwinism funded the project.Darwinists and sociologists are only human. If they can analyze Christians, Christians can analyze them back. What’s good for the goosed is good for the candor. (Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grains — especially soybeans — have launched and sustained an impressive rally since mid-April. Old crop soybeans have seen a most unexpected rally into early June with the July CBOT reaching $11.69 early this month. The first week of April they were near $9.18. Think back for a moment to all of the negative news that has bombarded your mind all winter and spring. Much like a lingering morning fog. There was nothing but doom and gloom. Declining farm income, yet again this year, seemed certain. So farmers this spring did what they always do. The fields got planted to corn or soybeans. Brazil was destined to see soybean production of at least 100 million tons. That record number was expected to get even larger as harvest concluded. With huge world grain supplies, dreaded headlines of $2 corn and $7 soybeans seemed likely. Looking back, it was the perfect recipe for a surprise to even the biggest bear of the bears.What would change the doom and gloom? Only two things come to mind. It would have to be a weather problem somewhere in the world and or unexpected demand. Both seemed impossible at the March 31 planting intentions report. Then during April came the first blow to the bears, weather problems in South America. The rain events this spring for both Brazil and Argentina were both unexpected. First Brazil had drought conditions, which affected corn production, and ultimately their corn exports. Then Argentina experienced the other end of the spectrum with too much rain. Soybean harvest was delayed as well as quality declining. The kilometers-long harvest lines of trucks loaded with soybeans headed to the ports were nowhere to be seen in spite of boats waiting at the ports.Surprises are indeed why we see grain prices move in a quick and volatile fashion. Look back to February when many had expected U.S. ending stocks for new crop soybeans to be 700 million bushels. That was a bearish forecast for sure with prices possibly even falling below $7.Fast forward to the May 10 supply and demand report. With this report USDA provides their first estimates of grain usage and production for the new crop 2016 soybeans, corn, and wheat. This report projected new crop ending stocks for U.S. soybeans at 305 million bushels. The trade had thought the number would be near 400 million bushels. The big “miss” was instrumental in pushing November CBOT soybeans to $10.67 1/2, up 51.75 cents for the day.Soybean prices are not the only surprise of the past 70 days. July CBOT corn has moved from its winter and spring lows of $3.51, triggered the day after the March 31 bearish planting intentions report that put 2016 US corn acres at 93.6 million acres. The trade estimate was near 90 million acres. Earlier this month that same July CBOT contract reached $4.19. It gave many Ohio producers the opportunity to sell old corn close to $4 or higher. With the strongly positive basis levels seen at Ohio ethanol plants of 20 to 25 over the July, producers had the opportunity to obtain better levels than that magic $4 mark many had desired all winter long.Here are a couple of interesting points to keep in mind regarding additional demand. Remember, it can happen when least expected. It has again this year. Soybean exports from the U.S. in August are suddenly projected to be nearly twice the norm. China has been looking for soybeans in that time slot due to U.S. prices being cheaper than those more recently harvested in Brazil and Argentina. In addition, the U.S. is gaining corn export demand due to reduced production from Brazil. The additional bushels could reach near 275 million bushels. Suddenly U.S. corn demand could exceed 2016 production. Ending stocks could approach 1.8 billion bushels or less, not the 2.5 billion bushels or more thought possible several months ago.The price rallies this spring are totally absent of any U.S. weather issues. The soybean rally is mostly a function of money flow. Traders want in. They smell opportunity, which often brings additional volatility with wider daily price ranges.
Staying warm in the winter uses more energy, generates twice the carbon dioxide, and costs twice as much as staying cool during the summer, according to data compiled by the government’s Energy Information Administration.Accordingly, cold-climate states (many of which also endure hot, muggy summers) have historically gotten the lion’s share of weatherization funds: 84%, versus the 16% share apportioned to warm-climate states. But because the federal government’s $5 billion commitment to weatherization is so large, it triggered the use of a special allotment formula – the result of a political concession made in 1995 to Sun Belt lawmakers – that boosts southern states’ share of weatherization funding to 31%.As a recent New York Times story notes, the South is – potentially, at least – about to trek far more aggressively than ever before into weatherization for low-income households.The tradeoffs of the special allotment formula are certainly not lost on weatherization advocates, especially because it won’t squeeze the most energy-saving benefit from each weatherization dollar. “If you were doing it on a national basis,” Steven Nadel, executive director of the pro-weatherization nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, told the Times, “you’d do the most cost-effective jobs first, which would mean doing a lot in places like the Dakotas and Minnesota.”On the other hand, more people were dying from extreme heat than extreme cold, J. Bennett Johnston, a former Democratic senator from Louisiana who pushed for the revised allotment formula, told the paper. “This was not so much an energy saving proposal,” he said. “It was more of an equity proposal, one that gave attention to public health.”
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann of AAP. Photo by Rajwant Rawat.Bhagwant Mann, 41Constituency: SangrurDefeated: Shiromani Akali Dal veteran and former union minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa by 2,11,721 votes.He joined Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption with 400 other young men sporting basanti pagris (yellow turbans) in 2011. “We went there to mark Bhagat Singh’s attendance,” says forty-one-year-old Bhagwant Mann who has just completed a seamless transition from being Punjab’s most loved comedian and satirist to becoming the new kid on the block who recorded a slam-dunk victory over one the Shiromani Akali Dal’s tallest stalwarts S.S. Dhindsa in Sangrur.Mann, who made his political debut as a nominee of Manpreet Badal’s Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) against former Congress CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal from Lehra (Sangrur) in February 2012, chose to go with Aam Aadmi Party in Lok Sabha 2014.This after Manpreet tied up with the Congress and subsequently even contested the Bathinda seat against Harsimrat Badal on a Congress ticket. “Bhagat Singh opposed the Congress so how can his followers join them in an election,” Mann says not in the least trying to mask his aversion for the path his former mentor chose.Employing his full repertoire – his ever-ready repartee, incredulous wit and decidedly deft turn of vernacular phrase, the comedian, a household name and face in Punjab, captured the collective imagination of Sangrur’s electorate.Using the invariable presence of young people at his poll rallies he would routinely crack a joke or two but always end on a serious note that struck many raw nerves: “Why are there so many young people here.. do they expect that I will give them tickets to contest the coming assembly elections? They are here because they don’t have jobs,” Mann would say. And the youth. They loved him.advertisementAnd they loved it even more when he took on the Badals – chief minister Parkash Singh and his son Sukhbir. Village women at his nukkad sabhas were in fits when he suggested that they “scrub hard” to erase the CM’s image from the utensils being distributed by the SAD-BJP government at a pre-poll freebie. “Comedy is very serious business because it is much easier to make people weep than get them to smile or laugh,” Mann says happily elaborating on the “boundless capacity of politicians to bring tears to people through price rise, unemployment, pollution, corruption.” And now that he will be in Parliament, all of us can expect a good measure of cheer around the Lok Sabha sessions.
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, center, talks to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, and center Steven Adams during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — CJ McCollum had 33 points, Damian Lillard added 29 and the Portland Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 114-94 victory on Tuesday night.Maurice Harkless added 14 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Blazers, who opened a playoff series with two wins for the first time since the 2014 playoffs, when they beat Houston in six games.ADVERTISEMENT The series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Friday.“Now we’ve got to go on the road and get gritty,” McCollum said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRussell Westbrook, who had his ninth career postseason triple-double in Oklahoma City’s Game 1 loss, finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. He was pulled with 3:31 with most of his fellow starters after Portland built a 112-91 lead.Paul George had 27 points despite lingering questions about his right shoulder, which was covered with kinesiology tape. George insisted the shoulder, which kept him out of the Thunders’ regular-season finale, was fine at practice on Monday even though it was wrapped in ice. The Blazers were up 91-75 after three and easily protected their lead in the fourth, with Seth Curry’s 3-pointer pushing the lead to 100-83.Portland’s victory in Game 1 snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak that included four-game sweeps in the past two seasons — first by the Warriors and then last year by the Pelicans. Lillard had 30 points in the 104-99 win on Sunday.Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings during the regular season. The Thunder have been to the playoffs for eight of the last nine seasons, but they haven’t gotten past the opening round for the past two.Oklahoma City started with a lot more energy than in Game 1, when it fell behind by 19 points in the first half. When Westbrook hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, he pounded his chest and the Thunder went on to lead 31-26 at the end of the quarter.Lillard hit a 3-pointer and was fouled to close the Blazers within 48-43. But the game began to get heated, with Lillard and Westbrook getting into it when Lillard tried to strip the ball. The officials reviewed it for a “hostile act” but concluded there were no fouls on the play. There was tension the rest of the way, and frequent jawing back-and-forth.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Then McCollum turned to the crowd and simply nodded.Portland pulled in front on McCollum’s jumper and extended it to 69-63 with Lillard’s long 3-pointer. Curry had back-to-back 3s to put the Blazers up 85-73 late in the third.The Blazers’ hopes for postseason success appeared to take a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic was lost for the season with a broken left leg. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds when he sustained the gruesome injury during a game against the Brooklyn Nets.Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the New York Knicks, has started in Nurkic’s place. Kanter had 20 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1 but finished with six points and five rebounds on Tuesday.TIP-INSThunder: Thunder coach Billy Donovan was emphatic before the game: “No injuries, no one out, no game-time decisions.” … It’s the first playoff series between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.Trail Blazers: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who just signed a contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL, was among the fans at the Moda Center, as was Gonzaga coach Mark Few. … Jake Layman, who did not play in the series opener, came in to start the second quarter.UP NEXT: Game 3 is set for Friday night in Oklahoma City. 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Tottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists their transfer funds remain as deep as ever.Levy has insisted that the refinancing of Tottenham’s stadium debt will not impact the club’s activity in the transfer market.Spurs borrowed £637million in loans from various banks to help finance the development and construction of their 62,062-seat ground, which opened in April.Levy told the Financial Times that the new arrangements will not alter the way the north London club is run.He said: “The refinancing will have no bearing on how we run the club… and no bearing on those types of short-term movements [like transfers].” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump for decades dreamed of building a Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow, a plan that flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum.That last plan led Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to plead guilty Thursday to a charge brought by the special prosecutor looking into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about key details in the negotiations for the Moscow tower, most notably that those talks stretched much deeper into the presidential campaign than previously thought, to June of 2016.Trump, speaking to reporters Thursday, disputed Cohen’s timeline and suggested his former fixer was telling prosecutors what they wanted to hear to save his own skin. As for why the most recent deal failed, Trump said he made the decision himself for one main reason.“It was very simple,” he said. “I was very focused on running for president.”Trump’s plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow went back as far as 1996 when the future president paid a visit to the Russian capital to check out building sites on land being developed by a U.S. company.That idea fell through, along with plans to revamp the dilapidated Hotel Moskva next to the Kremlin, but the real estate mogul raised the prospect of a “super-luxury residential tower” bearing his name on other sites he visited on his three-day stay in the city.“Moscow is going to be huge,” Trump told Playboy magazine in a 1997 interview.Trump revived the idea in 2013 during his visit to Moscow as owner of the Miss Universe pageant. Trump later said he had discussed the idea with Aras and Emin Agalarov, a father-and-son Russian development team close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump reportedly scouted a potential site, but the idea again faded.The tower idea came back yet again in October 2015, when Andrey Rozov, an obscure Russian real estate developer, signed a letter of intent sent by Cohen to advance the construction of a Trump World Tower that would feature 250 luxury condos, no fewer than 15 floors of hotel rooms, commercial and office space, a fitness centre and an Ivanka Trump spa.It was a potentially lucrative deal for Trump’s company, handing it $4 million in upfront fees plus possibly millions more from a cut on everything from food and banquet fees to spa charges. His share on the first $100 million in condo sales alone would reach another $5 million.Rozov’s signed letter was sent back to Cohen by Felix Sater, another Trump world figure who had worked on and off for the Trump Organization and operated as a government informant following a 1998 conviction in a stock fraud case.Sater sent Cohen an email expressing optimism: “Let’s make this happen and build a Trump Moscow. And possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce and business are much better and more practical than politics.”Like the previous failed projects, the Rozov-helmed effort soon ran aground. According to Cohen’s testimony in 2017 and his plea agreement, negotiations with Rozov’s group stalled, and the two Trump associates turned to aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin to move the project forward.Cohen told congressional investigators last year that he had sent an email in January 2016 to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman. Cohen told the committee he never heard back from Peskov and the tower deal collapsed by the end of that month.But according to Cohen’s new statement to prosecutors, the tower deal remained viable as late as June 2016, after Trump had vanquished his Republican presidential rivals and was mounting his general election campaign against Hillary Clinton. Cohen said he kept Trump, named as “Individual 1” in the plea, updated about the deal’s progress, and also “briefed family members of Individual 1 within the company about the project.”Cohen said in his plea that he also spoke by phone with an assistant to Peskov — identified in the plea as “Russian Official 1” — in January 2016 and outlined the project and “requested assistance in moving the project forward.”According to the plea, Cohen later discussed travelling to Moscow to jump-start the deal. In May 2016, a month after Trump had emerged the winner of the GOP primaries, Sater — identified as “Individual 2” — told Cohen that Peskov wanted to meet him in mid-June at an international business forum in St. Petersburg and “possibly introduce you” to Putin or Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.Sater and Cohen continued to email about the foundering project well into June 2016, soon after a much-scrutinized meeting at Trump Tower in New York between Trump’s son, Don Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign chairman Paul Manafort and several Russian attendees, purportedly to discuss the possibility of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.On June 14, Cohen met Sater in the tower lobby and told him his potential trip to St. Petersburg was off.Thursday, Trump suggested that his consideration of a Moscow tower was all part of being a businessman who was also running for president.“I decided ultimately not to do it,” he said. “There would be nothing wrong if I did do it.”“There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would have gone back into the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities?”Stephen Braun And Bernard Condon, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After a snowy start to Spring in the Peace Region, the return of warm temperatures and sunny skies means good news for area farmers.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says that though some areas are still quite muddy, if the forecast holds out for the next week, some farmers might be able to start plowing their fields as early as a week from now. Kassian explained that there is still a decent amount of snow in the bush, and farmers will have to contend with muddy field edges and standing water in low spots. But, he said some farmers in the river valleys might even be able to start seeding just after this coming weekend.Kassian said that nearly all farmers were able to get all of last season’s harvest off the fields, despite the late start to the season. He said that the only issues with last season’s harvest revolved around the delays in getting grain from Northeast B.C. to port. Kassian added that though January and February were slow, rail traffic has greatly increased in Fort St. John, meaning a large amount of the backlog has been taken care of. Kassian said that as long as things don’t get too wet or too dry, this season is shaping up so far to be pretty decent.