Kansas Removes Darwinism from Protected Status

first_imgIt’s official; the Kansas school board has accepted new science standards that permit criticisms of Darwinism, reported Evolution News.  This makes Kansas the fifth state to allow both evidences for and against Darwinism to be taught, and brings their definition of science in line with the majority of other states.    News reactions were not far behind; MSNBC news was perhaps the mildest, even though they incorrectly defined intelligent design with reference to a “higher power.”  USA Today said that evolution defenders weighed in their voices before the vote with an email campaign calling the standards “backward.”  The new standards still teach only Darwinism, however – intelligent design is expressly denied – but the fact that evidences against evolution would be permitted was enough to anger opponents of the decision; EurekAlert posted a response by AAAS president Alan Leshner, for instance, that claimed the decision will hurt the economy and undermine science education.  BBC News actually lied about the ruling, calling it an “intelligent design policy” and claiming that teachers have been “ordered” to tell pupils that the “universe is so complex that it may have been created by a higher power.”  The standards contain no such statement or obligation; on the contrary, the standards explicitly disclaim the teaching of intelligent design.  Nevertheless, even though students will be learning more about Darwinism than ever before, the BBC titled their article, “Evolution suffers science setback” accompanied by a picture of Charles Darwin that made him look saddened by the decision.  LiveScience proclaimed, “Kansas School Board Votes Against Science.”    Science1 magazine last week hoped that a move to prohibit use of copyrighted material in the standards might delay adoption till a time-consuming rewrite with substitute language could be completed (the NAS and Natl. Science Teachers Assn. are denying the school board permission to use any of their materials).  If this delays adoption of the standards for a year, five seats on the board will be up for election in November 2006 – and four of those are held by conservatives.    In Pennsylvania, testimony wrapped up last Friday in the Dover trial.  The L.A. Times gave pretty good press about Michael Behe’s testimony; at least Jonathan Witt thought so on Evolution News.  The controversy draws in lots of opinions from all quarters.  Owen Gingerich criticized both sides on Science and Theology News; MSNBC posted a large photo of Darwin’s great-great-grandson in the Harrisburg audience, probably more for anecdotal than substantive value; French Catholic Cardinal Paul Poupard warned against fundamentalism in attempting to smooth relations with the Darwinists, according to Associated Press; E. O. Wilson coined the phrase “intelligent evolution” in his article praising the legacy of Charles Darwin in Harvard Magazine (though EvolutionNews insisted he got the definition of I.D. wrong again); and Casey Luskin, reporting in Evolution News about the cross-examination of biochemist Scott Minnich on the witness stand in Dover, overheard a listener on the plaintiff side admitting, “the witness is smarter than the lawyer.”1Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Groups Wield Copyright Power to Delay Kansas Standards,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5749, 754, 4 November 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5749.754a].Everybody seems to be claiming the other side is generating more heat than light.  Don’t they know that heat is a form of light?  That’s basic physics, and so is Newton’s 3.5th Law: every action has an equal and opposite criticism.  Heat feels good on a freezing day.  It’s about time things thawed out a little since the wicked witch Tinker Bell (09/22/2005) turned the animals to stone and made it always winter and never Christmas.  Fear not the warming rays, but rather the bluster and howls of rhetorical witchery that blankets the landscape with lies and hate.  At the end of the long Darwinian ice age, seeing the sun again finally, with both heat and light, is making the world come alive.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Children’s Parliament salute to Madiba

first_img14 July 2011Nelson Mandela will receive a gift of a different kind for his 93rd birthday, with the inaugural Annual Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament to be hosted at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Friday, ahead of the great man’s birthday on Monday, 18 July.Children have always occupied a special place in Mandela’s heart. Within his first year as President of South Africa, Mandela had launched the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) as a sign of his commitment to the well-being of children.Children will return the honour of his pledge to their cause by staging a National Children’s Parliament as a way of saluting him for placing them high on South Africa’s national development agenda.Ranked as the key strategic activity in the building of a national child rights movement, the Children’s Parliament is initiated through a partnership between the Department for Women, Children and People with Disabilities and the NMCF.Welcoming the inaugural Children’s Parliament, Minister Lulu Xingwana said her department believed children should not only be seen but also heard.“Nothing better represents an opportunity to give credence to this collective view than convening a National Children’s Parliament where leaders from various spheres of government can affirm children’s voices with their valued presence.“Holding all of us in authority accountable represents both the spirit and letter that our founding democratic President Nelson Mandela had set in motion on April 27, 1994,” said Xingwana.Holding those in authority accountableThe Children’s Parliament will be held under the theme, “Holding those in authority accountable.” Deliberations will focus on three supportive sub-themes which are health, education and safety and security.Elaborating on the theme, NMCF Acting CEO Moipone Buda-Ramatlo said: “By authority we mean the exercise of responsibility, duty and obligation to act in the best interest of the child to ensure their safety, wellbeing and development at all times.“Families, communities, civil society and all spheres government dare not take leave from the wellbeing of children because in them lies the foundation of the future society envisioned in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.”For the first time, government officials will be making a conscious effort to be part of a National Children’s Parliament session hosted under the navigation of Speaker of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Lindiwe Maseko.Maseko said the Gauteng Legislature had had its share of civil society voices heard within its corridors, but looked forward to the element of difference that the Children’s Parliament would be bringing.“The future we are battling to create can only be better by trying different but well-meaning approaches to the kind of a future we would like our children to inherit,” Maseko said.Children parliamentarians will receive a salutary message from former President Mandela during the seating of the Children’s Parliament on Friday.Represented at the Children’s Parliament will be five children from each of the country’s nine provinces.The inaugural Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament is scheduled to start at 10am.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 6, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another dry day today across all of Ohio, but it likely will be the last one, at least for the entire state for a little bit. Temps today should be about 5-7 degrees warmer than yesterday and this will be our second straight day of near maximum evaporation rates…which is truly needed at this time. Sunshine should dominate. Scattered showers move into far northern Ohio by mid to late morning tomorrow morning (perhaps sooner in far NW Ohio), and then slowly spread south across a large part of the rest of the state. Moisture totals are not all that large, but we do see enough moisture to blatantly stop any drying. Scattered showers continue off an on Wednesday, and then we see a well organized batch of rain and even the potential for a few thunderstorms on Thursday into early  Friday. Rains today will bring a few hundredths to .25” with 60% coverage, and tomorrow’s action triggers similar totals with 50% coverage. Rain Thursday can produce .1”-.5” with 75% coverage, and the 3 day totals likely ends up giving us .2”-.75” over 70% of the state. This is a little better than our concerns late last week…and most of the lower totals is tied to lesser thunderstorm threats. If thunderstorms ramp back up before arriving on Thursday, our combined totals will have to ramp up too. The map at right shows combined moisture potential of this week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). Friday afternoon will start to dry, as rains exit the state  morning and midday. Clouds will give way to sunshine. Sunny and dry weather continues for the weekend and then Monday and Tuesday of next week. If you are keeping track at home…that is a 5 day stretch of back to back dry weather! The threat of thunderstorms this coming Saturday night and Sunday has dissipated. We have a little bit of scattered shower action that tries to return next Wednesday afternoon or evening, but it looks light, at a few hundredths to .3” and 60% coverage. For the extended period, we get another chance of showers about 24 to 30 hours later, overnight Thursday night into Friday, with similar amounts and coverages. The best chance of rain in the extended period rolls in for the 20th into the 21st with .25”-1” rain totals and coverage at 80%. Then behind that we may see a little more lingering shower potential the 22nd, before drying back down to finish the period. Temps over this coming forecast window look to be near normal. We are a little above today into tomorrow and Wednesday, but cool off significantly behind our frontal boundary late int eh week. Next week features a similar up and down move in temps.last_img read more

Four Important Ideas about Success

first_imgAspire to be more: Your vision of yourself isn’t big enough. Your capacity far exceeds any limits that you perceive. You are capable of being and doing more. You only begin to stretch yourself when your vision grows big enough. Once you believe that you can be more, you will become more.You can create a lot more value than you are presently. Go ahead and be more.Fear isn’t real: There are plenty of bad and unpleasant things that will happen to you over the course of your life. Those bad things can cause you great pain. But fear isn’t real. It’s an emotional state. It’s suffering an imaginary pain. It takes courage to face the things that may harm you. But it’s the thing itself that harms you; the fear is something you conjure up in your mind.Go ahead and act.There is only abundance: There are a lot people who go without what they need to survive. But that isn’t because there isn’t enough food, clothing, shelter, or water. There are people who need help because they have no money. But that isn’t because there isn’t enough money in the world. And there are people that go without love, but that isn’t because love is a finite resource. Because we humans are endowed with curiosity, creativity, and resourcefulness, we have nothing but abundance. Scarcity is a mindset.Believe that you can give more, and be open to receiving more.Love is what matters most: You are only going to judge your life by your relationships. You are going to consider your successes in life to be the times when you made a difference for other people. You are going to remember the people that lifted you up, that cared for you when you needed help. More than “success,” more than money, more than any possessions, love is what matters most of all.Go ahead and love more. That’s all there really is.last_img read more

Alice Springs Masters Games

first_imgThe Alice Springs Masters Games will be held from Saturday, 11 October to Saturday, 18 October 2014, with Touch Football one of the 33 sports on offer. Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions will be offered at the event, with Alice Springs boasting excellent Touch Football facilities and great competition. There will also be plenty of social events with a jam-packed entertainment program featuring the Opening and Closing Ceremony with some fantastic Australian entertainers. The Alice Springs Masters Games was the first Games of its kind in Australia, with the inaugural event held in 1986. Held every two years, the Games offer athletes 25 years and older the chance to experience Australian sports in the red heartland. For more information about the Alice Springs Masters Games, please visit the event website – www.alicespringsmastersgames.com.au. Related LinksAlice Springs Masterslast_img read more

9 months agoFiorentina signing Luis Muriel: Why I rejected AC Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina signing Luis Muriel: Why I rejected AC Milanby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina signing Luis Muriel has explained turning down AC Milan.Muriel has joined the Viola on-loan from Sevilla.“Yes, Milan had also been after me but I’d already given my word and I didn’t retrace my steps,” said the striker at his official unveiling on Friday.“I kept thinking Fiorentina were the right place for me. I worked hard to come here and I’m happy I did.“The best Muriel? I think you saw it in Udine and Samp, when I played with guys like Di Natale and Quagliarella. They helped me to make a lot.” last_img read more

Photo: Maryland Will Wear New Under Armour Heritage ClutchFit Drives vs. Ohio State Thursday

first_imgA closeup of a Maryland basketball player's sneakersCOLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 22: A general view of Under Armour shoes during a game between the Maryland Terrapins and the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Maryland will debut some new Under Armour basketball shoes for its Big Ten road game against Ohio State Thursday night. The No. 16-ranked Terrapins (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) are set to take on the Buckeyes (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) at Value City Arena in Columbus. Maryland is coming off a dramatic last-second victory against Northwestern, while Ohio State has won three of its last four contests. For their big road game, Mark Turgeon’s squad will be sporting new Under Armour Heritage ClutchFit Drives. Terps will celebrate their rich history & tradition tomorrow with the new Heritage ClutchFit Drives! #GoTerps #IWILL pic.twitter.com/f84JKWNrOm— Maryland Athletics (@umterps) January 28, 2015Notre Dame will be wearing similar Under Armour shoes for its game against Duke Wednesday night. Maryland and Ohio State are set to tip off at 7 p.m. E.T. Thursday. The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more