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Evolutionary Explanations Assume Evolution Explains

first_imgThe facility with which some evolutionary biologists appeal to almost magical powers of evolution to explain anything and everything is revealed in some recent science articles.  Whatever needs explaining is due to evolution – evidence or not.  These four examples can be considered representative of the genre.The evolution of shopping:  Both PhysOrg and Science Daily reported that shopping strategies of men and women show “evolution at work in the mall.”  After describing that men are better at orienteering but women at fine distinctions, the University of Michigan’s press release explained, “From an evolutionary perspective, it all harkens back to the skills that women used for gathering plant foods and the skills that men used for hunting meat.  The contrast emerges because of the different foraging strategies for hunting and gathering used throughout human evolution.”  No mention of which gene was mutated at what time, or why chimpanzees don’t shop like humans do.  Oblivious to those explanatory details, both news sources announced, “Male and female shopping styles are in our genes – and we can look to evolution for the reason.”The secret of long ape life:  PhysOrg and Science Daily again offered “the” scientific explanation for why we outlive chimpanzees: evolution.  “The difference, explains USC Davis School of Gerontology Professor Caleb Finch, is that as humans evolved genes that enabled them to better adjust to levels of infection and inflammation and to the high cholesterol levels of their meat rich diets” [sic; the sentence fragment is in both articles].  Evolution was stated in active verbs: “humans evolved” this or that.On the origin of human-caused species:  Don’t feed the birds if you don’t want to change their evolution.  New Scientist joined Science Daily and PhysOrg in warning us we may be altering our feathered friends’ evolution by feeding them.  “Our study documents the profound impact of human activities on the evolutionary trajectories of species,” said Martin Schaefer of the University of Freiburg.  “It shows that we are influencing the fate not only of rare and endangered species, but also of the common ones that surround our daily lives.”    Strangely, the articles did not say whether this is a good thing or not.  The tone of alarm suggests we humans are to blame for it.  But if humans are part of the evolutionary saga, as assumed above, why would this be of any concern at all?  Maybe Schaefer is being dispassionate about it.  One thing did make him excited, though: “This is a nice example of the speed of evolution,” he added.  “It is something that we can see with our own eyes if we only look closely enough.  It doesn’t have to take millions of years.”    The birds being studied, though, are both blackcaps, with all the same organs and capabilities.  Any classification of them as separate species will depend on one’s definition of species.  It is evident no new genetic information was produced by an evolutionary process.Abominable mystery, chapter 150:  Every once in awhile, science reporters like to give a progress report on Darwin’s “abominable mystery,” the origin of flowering plants (angiosperms).  Science Daily and PhysOrg continued the tradition, announcing triumphantly, “Today a study in Ecology Letters reveals the evolutionary trigger which led to early flowering plants gaining a major competitive advantage over rival species, leading to their subsequent boom and abundance.”  A careful look for the trigger, however, only turned up a model.  The model shows that increasing the density of leaf veins would have increased the efficiency of hydraulics, and presumably, allowed more photosynthesis.  “Their results revealed that an evolutionary transformation in the plumbing of angiosperm leaves pushed photosynthetic capacity to new heights,” the article claimed ecstatically.    But why didn’t that just make gymnosperms survive better?  Where did the distinctive seeds, flowers and leaves of angiosperms come from?  The assumption is that once a gymnosperm got a lucky mutation to increase vein density, evolution would take care of all the rest.  Meanwhile, gymnosperms seem to be doing just fine, growing taller than any angiosperm despite (by insinuation) having inferior hydraulics, outliving their better-veined descendants by thousands of years (sequoias, bristlecones), even surviving blizzard conditions at timberline that would quickly destroy garden tomato plants.The fact that no alternative explanations were presented for any of these phenomena gives the impression that the evolutionary explanation is the only scientific one. The only abominable mystery here is why people are still gullible to accept this explanatory drivel from the Darwinists.  This is what happens when storytelling is baptized into science, and alternative paradigms are outlawed.  It’s time to clean house.    The Climategate scandal is fascinating to witness just for its lessons about the history of science.  Here was another reigning consensus, protected from criticism, its skeptics ridiculed and marginalized for years.  Now, as some embarrassing facts have emerged from its protected enclave (little things like destroying evidence, altering computer code, keeping critics from being heard), spin doctors are madly at work to protect the consensus – the broadcast media by ignoring the scandal, the journals by attacking critics as morons and saying the “unfortunate incident” does nothing to change the fact of human-caused global warming.  Nature was dripping with indignation in its Editorial this week.  It called the skeptics “denialists” and angrily called them members of a fringe who will not change the “fact” of human-caused global warming (even though they said the human-caused part only exists in models, which, by definition, can be tweaked to produce desired outcomes).  On Saturday, the BBC News said the UN (the same UN that institutionalized one of the biggest scandals in history; see 05/12/2008 commentary) is defending the scandalized science, and UK Prime Minister is calling skeptics flat earthers.  Most of the Big-Science-Big-Government conglomerates are pushing even harder for their planned political decisions at Copenhagen as if the scandal is a mere kerfuffle that will soon blow over and can be safely ignored.    Almost all the criticisms – and they are loud and widespread – are coming from outside the establishment.  The Climategate story is unfolding as we write.  Whatever happens is sure to be instructive.  This could be the biggest scientific scandal of a lifetime (outside of Darwinism), and the biggest contest between the public and Big Science in decades.  If you see how this all works, you understand how the Darwin consensus maintains its grip on institutional science and the media – and what will be required to dislodge it.  Remember how the Darwinists acted when their career-destroying antics were exposed in the movie Expelled?  Not only did they show no shame, they blamed the whistleblowers!  They continued expelling with even more intensity.  The truthless are the ruthless.    Nothing will change unless citizens rise up and demand it.  The crooks are like deadbeat defendants who lost in court but refuse to pay damages, requiring the plaintiff to work overtime trying to collect – only much worse.  The perpetrators are going off to Copenhagen to try to make decisions that will negatively affect the livelihoods of billions of people on the basis that man-caused global warming is science – when the perpetrators should have resigned in shame already and the paradigm should have collapsed by now.  Can you believe it?  A myth resulting in the imposition of world government and the loss of your freedoms?  It sounds unthinkable, but it is a very real possibility.  At the very least, leaders should halt the summit and call for an extensive independent review of the situation in the wake of the Climategate revelations.    Don’t think for a minute this is about science.  It’s about power, and who has the right to “manufacture” knowledge – to produce the world view that determines how we will live our lives, who will be Keeper of the Myths of the culture, and who is allowed to hold the reins.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Measures to curb acid mine drainage

first_img20 December 2010 A team of experts advising the South African government on acid mine drainage has recommended a series of short-term measures to address the problem. The measures are benchmarked against countries that have experienced similar problems, such as Canada and the United States.They include pumping and neutralisation of acid mine drainage, enforcing compliance, regular inspections, and prevention of ingress as short-term measures to maintain water levels at least below the relevant environmental critical level.The government’s inter-ministerial committee on acid mine drainage said in a statement on Friday that it had received an updated report from the team of experts on Wednesday.The scope of the team’s work included assessing work done to date as well as available solutions and technology, and proposing integrated short-, medium- and long-term solutions.It also included assessing costs viability, as well as exploring possible partnerships with the private sector.The committee said the government has acknowledged and accepts that acid mine drainage is a problem that South Africa needs to address urgently.This, the committee said, should be done in a co-ordinated manner between a range of stakeholders that included the mining industry, with the government always play a leading role.The team’s report advocated for the three priority basins (North, Central and Western) to have implementation plans that included pumping and neutralisation of acid mine drainage, enforcing compliance, regular inspections, and prevention of ingress as short-term measures to maintain water levels at least below the relevant environmental critical level.The committee believed the proposals were founded on scientific research and engineering instead of simplistic, quick-fix solutions.Some areas needing revisiting included the liability of polluters and costing of implementation.The recommendations were benchmarked on some countries that had experienced acid mine drainage problems, such as Canada and the United States.The report would be presented to the Cabinet early in January. The Cabinet would then determine the way forward.Sapalast_img read more

Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts meeting Feb. 24-26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is pleased to announce Business Motivational Speaker and Peak-Performance and Engagement Expert, Jon Petz, will be the featured keynote speaker for the Annual Partnership Meeting, “Conservation Crusade: Inspiring Stewards for the Future,” to be held February 24-26, 2019 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus.As a keynote speaker Jon Petz, CSP brings the perfect trifecta of education, inspiration along with hysterical entertainment. He has hosted and performed at over 1,200 events for clients including FFA, Society of Human Resources Management, Associations (across many industries), General Electric, and Marriott, to name a few as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, FOX and ESPN. He’s also an accomplished author of three books and has been featured by The USA Today, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ABC News, Success Magazine and many other media outlets. American Business Journals named him a top 40 business professionals under the age of 40.Jon Petz is the founder of Bore No More, an idea lab for increasing personal and employee engagement. Drawing on his diverse experience as a corporate executive, business magician and professional Speaker, his pertinent content is delivered masterfully with the engagement and relevance that is uniquely and unequivocally the Jon Petz Experience.Ohio’s 88 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have been working for 76 years to provide locally-driven solutions to natural resource concerns at both the rural and urban settings. The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) support the work of the SWCD’s in various capacities through legislative advocacy, public outreach, grant support, training, and development programs to better enable SWCD’s to serve their communities.  We are proud to work hand-and-hand with our Districts, as well as represent and support the important work they do throughout Ohio. The Annual Partnership Meeting is a forum and environment that is conducive for the enhancement of and networking opportunities for the continuation of their mission.To learn more about this event, please visit: https://ofswcd.org/news-events/event-calendar.htmllast_img read more

California’s Utility Regulator Gets Tenaciously Green

As big and difficult to govern as it is, California still finds ways to remain at the forefront of energy efficiency initiatives. In September 2008, its utility regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission, adopted the Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, a framework for setting and achieving energy savings. And last week, the CPUC announced the state’s biggest energy efficiency initiative yet – a set of programs for 2010-2012, with a three-year budget of $3.1 billion, that will function through California’s principal utilities.The CPUC’s president, Michael R. Peevey, says the aim of the initiative – touted as the largest such plan in the U.S. – is to support “holistic approaches to energy efficiency” that will help residential and commercial customers, builders, retrofitters, and efficiency educators ”pursue energy efficiency as the resource of first choice.”The participating utilities are Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company.The commission estimates that the programs will create energy savings of almost 7,000 gigawatt hours, 1,500 megawatts, and 150 million metric therms of natural gas – the equivalent of three 500-megawatt power plants. The programs also are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million tons and create 15,000 to 18,000 skilled green jobs over the three-year budget term.A strong residential componentThe CPUC plan also includes the new California Statewide Program for Residential Energy Efficiency (CalSPREE), through which the commission will launch a residential retrofit program designed to reduce energy consumption by as much as 20% for up to 130,000 homes by 2012.And even though the California Building Standards Code (Title 24) is one of the nation’s most stringent, the commission’s plan funds $175 million for “innovative programs” that deliver net-zero-energy residential and commercial buildings, and offers design assistance and incentives for above-code construction.In addition, more than $260 million has been approved for local and regional agencies targeting public-building retrofits and other efficiency improvements, and more than $100 million will go to related education and training programs for blue-collar and white-collar workers. read more

Delhi’s flip-flop continues: Mirwaiz

first_imgA day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed readiness to talk to “right minded people” in Kashmir, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said New Delhi’s Kashmir policy was “full of flip-flops.”“We are not seeing any change of heart, but a change of strategy forced upon them by the change in circumstances. The policy of extreme repression was pursued as a state policy since the BJP came to power in New Delhi four years ago, which was a complete departure from the ways of the previous BJP regime led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” said the Mirwaiz in his Friday sermon.He alleged that the present regime had indulged in an all-out assault. “The assaults were carried out militarily, through the judiciary, economically or based on demography,” he said.‘Witch hunt’The Mirwaiz said the detention of [the separatist] leadership and the NIA harassment was nothing “but witch hunt.” “It is due to the failure of the harsh policy and international pressure, that today we see the ‘softening’ in their stand,” he said.The Hurriyat leader said the separatists would be happy if good sense prevailed upon the Government of India “about the futility of using force on the people in this David vs Goliath battle.” “Our leadership is in no hurry to respond to Delhi’s assertions over dialogue and will discuss the matter in the coming days,” said the Mirwaiz.He said if the GoI really cared for J&K’s children and young it should resolve the Kashmir dispute in the wider context of humanity and justice.Yasin Malik’s chargeJKLF chairman Yasin Malik, who addressed a congregation at Chrar-e-Sharief in Budgam, said Union Home Minster Rajnath Singh “has no right to sermonise on saving the new Kashmiri generation as the Centre had killed and blinded youth in the past four years.”Meanwhile, Hurryat faction chairman Syed Ali Geelani was barred by the authorities from offering Friday prayers at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar.last_img read more

Can marathon’s golden maiden bag maiden gold?

first_imgMary Joy Tabal. FILE PhotoKUALA LUMPUR—As marathon ushers in the medal-rich track and field competitions on Saturday, focus will be on how Mary Joy Tabal would fare against the best in the field.And as she seeks to give the country its first gold, inevitably, the spotlight will also shine on the controversies that have hounded her career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ During the selection for this SEA Games, she was required by Patafa to be under one of its sanctioned coaches, which also didn’t sit well with Tabal, who was training abroad under her own set of mentors.Patafa again took her in to compete in the Games and hopefully give a golden start to the athletics team which garnered five golds, seven silvers and nine bronzes.Competing alongside Tabal is teammate Jeson Oyco Agravante.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tabal has been the country’s golden girl in marathon, winning racess in international and local events, but her name has also been so often attached to controversyThe 28-year-old Tabal, of Guba, Cebu City, has been at odds with national governing body of her sport, the Philippine Track and Field Association, for the good part of the last two years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen she bagged silver in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, she immediately resigned from the national team over her camp’s alleged disagreement with sponsorship deals.But after a lengthy exchanges all over the media, she was reinstated later on to compete—and finish 124th—in the Rio Olympics in 2016. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Villagelast_img read more

In-form NU, Adamson nail 4th victories

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Three-leg winner Mondilla favorite in ICTSI Players Championship LATEST STORIES The San Marcelino-based Lady Falcons thus stretched their impressive run to four and took the first Final Four seat in their side of the two-division tournament organized by Sports Vision.University of the Philippines and Arellano, tied at second with 3-1 marks, dispute the other slot this Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the victory proved costly for the Lady Falcons, who lost top spiker Jema Galanza in the third set after the Adamson skipper twisted her right foot after landing off a block.Earlier, National U dominated Jose Rizal U, 25-11, 25-15, 25-13, to also go 4-0 and clinch at least a playoff for the other Final Four berth in Group A. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Adamson warded off St. Benilde’s second-set comeback to post a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 victory and clinch the first semifinal berth in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center on Monday.The Lady Falcons struggled against the Lady Blazers, who led midway through the second set, before escaping with a straight-sets triumph.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments MOST READlast_img read more

a month ago​Rodgers: Maddison still an injury doubt for Leicester recall

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Rodgers: Maddison still an injury doubt for Leicester recallby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been giving the latest update on the injured James Maddison.”We’ll see over the next couple of days. He’s obviously going to be a doubt. He’s put some weight on his ankle so we’ll see over the coming days.”He’s a big talent and he’s been playing great. We’ve got a really strong squad. We made some changes in the week, and the rhythm, speed and intensity in the team was the same.”It’s just the risk of whether he’s going to last the game or not. It’s questionable whether he’ll play or not. He’s such a talented player, we’ll give him every chance.” last_img read more

6 days agoMan Utd hero Ince warns Ole after Woodward comments

first_imgMan Utd hero Ince warns Ole after Woodward commentsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince says club chief Ed Woodward giving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a vote of confidence is “the worst thing you can get as a manager”.Woodward this week gave Solskjaer his public backing, suggesting the pressure is off the Norwegian for the time being.”You hear chairmen come out and say that and then next minute the manager is gone,” Ince told Mirror Football. “You hate it, it is the worst thing you can get as a manager a vote of confidence.”Woodward gave Ole the contract, so he has to say that, but I’m not seeing progression like I am at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.”So unless that changes then it will change the way people think – it will change the way fans think. Obviously Man United fans love him, he scored the winner in 99′, but fans can turn and once they do it’s a tough one.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Northern summit looks to reconnect people with the land

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN National NewsPeople from across the Arctic are gathering in the community of Dettah, Northwest Territories for a three-day on-the-land summit.APTN spoke to participants on how they believe northern residents can reconnect with the land.last_img