Sharks take one step forward, two steps back

first_imgNASHVILLE — What kind of player will the Sharks be getting when Patrick Marleau shows up for the team’s practice on Wednesday afternoon in Chicago?Without a training camp, how long will it take for him to get used to Pete DeBoer’s system again? Where might he slot?Those type of questions are the least of the Sharks worries right now, though, as after four fruitless games, they still can’t seem to avoid hurting themselves. Tuesday, they committed ghastly turnovers and allowed a handful of …last_img read more


Selling Evolution with Video Games and Stories

first_imgTwo recent articles cast doubt on the claim that evolutionists rely on factual information to teach students their theory.  When computers are programmed to make evolution happen on a screen, does it convey to what really happens in the wild?Cloudy computing:  PhysOrg reported that educators at the University of Buffalo are using “cloud computing” (software that accesses free internet resources) to make evolution more visually stimulating for students.  An application alarmingly called Pop! World is the key to taking the video game culture and selling evolution with it:“Pop! World gives students the visual background they need to understand complex mathematical problems,” Dittmar adds.  “And it works kind of like a video game, which serves the current population of undergrads well.”    That visual appeal is also expected to go far with middle-school and high-school biology students, groups the UB team hopes to excite about evolution; by spring, they expect to have completed a modified version for them as well.    By making evolutionary biology more visually appealing and, thus, more accessible, Poulin hopes that Pop! World will make evolution itself a more appealing subject for secondary schools to teach.    “There’s a huge disconnect,” she says.  “The universities all accept evolution as fact.  It’s not a question.  But many high schools and middle schools don’t want to touch it.  They don’t want to deal with the politics of it.”    Her hope is that the visual and educational appeal of Pop! World and the ease of using it will begin to change that situation.Pop! World uses digital lizards in a flash application to simulate red and green lizards evolving (see demo at popworld15.appspot.com).  The gamey intro heavily emphasizes the visualization of the computer world.Adami still playing games:  Christoph Adami has not quit his addiction with Avida (05/08/2003), an evo-simulator that has been roundly debunked by scientists in the intelligent design community (see example at Evolution News & Views).  New Scientist shows Adami and fellow astrobiologist Chris McKay coming up with “telltale chemistry” that might “betray ET,” and testing amino acid samples input into his software.  McKay calls the search for alien amino acids the “Lego principle” blurring the distinction between scientific empiricism and toy modeling.New Scientist quoted a critic finding a lot of uncertainty in the claim, but gave the tip of the hat to McKay, who made his philosophical assumption clear: “What we see on Earth is not a quirk of Earth biology but a universal principle.”  No earthling knows that by observation.In the Baloney Detector, visualization is one of several categories that can be good or bad depending on how it is used.  Any teacher or student knows the value of positive visualization.  A picture is worth a thousand words; the ability to simplify a concept by analogy and illustration is invaluable as a stepping stone to deeper understanding.  But a picture can also be worth a thousand blurs.  It can obfuscate, oversimplify, omit pertinent details, add half-truths, distract, and deceive as easily as can a big lie.    That is what is being done with Pop! World.  The authors are intentionally appealing to the baser video-game instincts of students rather than their intellect, character, or understanding.  They attempt to slide a controversial world-view into their minds by making it sound fun and easy.  But what they leave out of their visualized evolution screen is far more important than what they put in: e.g., (1) no gains in genetic information can come from random, unguided processes; (2) lizard color changes are mere horizontal variations rather than upward gains in complexity; (3) mutations are more likely to kill off a population than make it more fit (whatever fitness means); and more.    Darwin’s disciples have long survived on the junk food of visualization (see cartoon).  The 10-year anniversary series by Jonathan Wells about his book Icons of Evolution makes that abundantly clear.  Pop! World is appropriately named at least; it is an extension of the Popeye Theory of Evolution (see 03/11/2005 and 10/31/2010 commentaries).  Adami’s “Tell-tale chemistry” would more appropriately be called “Tall-tale chemistry.”    The Darwin Propaganda Machine is a storytelling empire, with evolution its mystery religion, full of magic and mysticism, adoring its own gods and goddesses like the Bearded Buddha (12/31/2009, 02/19/2009, 06/28/2007), the Blunderful Wizard of Flaws (09/05/2008), and Tinker Bell (03/08/2005).  Just today on a TV Nature program, an announcer commented about a population of birds ready for “evolution to work its magic.”  And you thought science was a repudiation of superstition.    If high school biology teachers must satisfy their students’ craving for video games, let them use the more realistic Mendel’s Accountant.  This simulator doesn’t accept Darwinism as a given, but takes actual properties of genetic mutations and follows them faithfully through a population.  Unfortunately for Darwin-lovers, evolution doesn’t fare so well on that screen.  Better teach them some realism before they reach the University, where the witless novitiates become thoroughly brainwashed by the priesthood (“The universities all accept evolution as fact,” as if facts have any meaning by that stage of indoctrination).(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Congress ‘thanks’ former Goa CM for exposing mining scam

first_imgThe Congress in Goa on Monday thanked former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar for his “boldness” in exposing his own party’s Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, in connection with a complaint before the Lokayukta on illegalities in second renewal of 88 leases in the mining industry. Speaking to the press here, A. Chellakumar, AICC general secretary in-charge of Goa further said that an affidavit filed by Mr. Parsekar before the Goa Lokayukta, which is probing an illegal mining scam, also exposes the lies peddled by the BJP when it was in opposition and had blamed Congress leaders of committing a ₹35,000 crore illegal mining scam.“Mr. Parrikar sitting in opposition had gone on a padayatra and undertook many agitations. He had told so many lies. He went to any extent to brand Congress as corrupt,” Mr. Chellakumar said and added that Mr. Parsekar’s affidavit now exposes those behind the mining scam.Mr. Parsekar had succeeded Mr. Parrikar as CM, after the latter joined the Union Cabinet as Defence Minister in 2014. Mr. Parsekar was defeated in the 2017 Assembly elections, and Mr. Parrikar again took charge as Chief Minister after resigning as Defence Minister. In his affidavit filed before the Goa Lokayukta, Mr. Parsekar, who is made one of the respondents in illegal mining scam case by NGO Goa Foundation, has claimed that “certain individuals”, who were involved in the process for granting the renewals were “left out” by the complainant. He further said that he was being targeted selectively at the behest of vested interests as he was no more holding any position of power .Responding to this affidavit, the petitioner Claude Alvares, Director, Goa Foundation had declared on Saturday that Mr. Parrikar, who was also Chief Minister at the time the first six mining leases were granted for second renewals, will be made party to the case before the Lokayukta. He said that initially he had left out Mr. Parrikar as he was unwell. The Goa Foundation complaint before the Lokayukta has called it a ₹1.44 lakh crore second renewal scam.last_img read more


Lady Eagles don’t want any letup heading into Final Four

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It’s official: Davao City is host of 2019 Palarong Pambansa Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—If other teams think that Ateneo would slack off after clinching a Final Four spot, the rest of the league should’ve thought otherwise.The Lady Eagles hold the best record in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at 10-1 after brushing off National University 25-14, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “I think it’s a good learning experience, we started a bit slow and losing the second set was just a reminder that we can’t take any team lightly and we have to challenge ourselves,” said Kat Tolentino, who finished with 13 points.“We have just have to always win convincingly and we’ll learn from this,” added Tolentino.Madayag, who had 12 points against the Lady Bulldogs, said that it’s imperative for the Lady Eagles to finish the tournament’s elimination round on a strong note so they could build momentum heading into the semifinals.“We have to finish strong in these final games and hopefully we can still improve on our game like minimize our errors,” said Madayag.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo was also the first team in the tournament to clinch a spot to the big dance but co-captain Maddie Madayag said the Lady Eagles have no plans of letting up.“First and foremost we shouldn’t be complacent because it’s not part of our character and we don’t want to show that just because we’re part of the Final Four we’re going to go easy on them,” said Madayag in Filipino.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, logisticsNU stunned Ateneo in the second set and also had its moments in the third and fourth sets where it refused to fold.Ultimately, it was the rookie-laden Lady Bulldogs’ inexperience that decided the match when Ivy Lacsina’s final attempt sailed beyond the baseline. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


SOUTH SIOUX CONTINUES TO STUDY FUTURE OF BIG OX PLANT

first_imgTHE CITY OF SOUTH SIOUX CITY IS CONTINUING TO STUDY THE FUTURE OF THE BIG OX ENERGY PLANT.PRODUCTION AT THE PLANT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS, AND MAYOR ROD KOCH SAYS THE CITY HOPES THE PLANT CAN SOMEHOW BE UTILIZED AGAIN IN THE FUTURE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KOCH3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….LOOK OVER THE EQUIPMENT. :22THE MAYOR SAYS THAT INSPECTION DOES NOT MEAN THE CITY WILL TAKE OVER OR PURCHASE THE PLANT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KOCH4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….PROACTIVE ABOUT IT. :28KOCH SAYS THE CITY WANTS TO MAKE SURE WHOEVER TAKES OVER THE $40 MILLION DOLLAR PLANT WILL OPERATE IT PROPERLY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KOCH5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..INDUSTRIES OUT THERE. :15THE MAYOR SAYS THE STUDY ON THE PLANT’S FUTURE WILL CONTINUE AND THAT THERE IS NO ACTION PENDING ON IT BY THE CITY COUNCIL PLANNED ANY TIME SOON.last_img read more



MARK YOUR CALENDARS Next Years Wilmington High School Plays Announced

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Lamplighters Drama Guild held their end-of-the-school-year banquet. As part of the celebration, next year’s plays were announced:Fall Play — Black Comedy — Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23One Act Play — Aces Over Eights: A New Western — Preview Night: Wednesday, February 26; METG Festival: Saturday, February 29Spring Musical — Mamma Mia — Friday, May 29 at 7pm; Saturday, May 30 at 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, May 31 at 2pmLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Lamplighters Drama Guild Presents ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ On May 17-18In “Education”MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Next Year’s Wilmington High School Plays AnnouncedIn “Education”Next Year’s WHS Plays Announced; Watch Tribute Video To Barrows Auditorium + Mr. LIn “Education”last_img read more


Mahesh Babu poses with his wax statue from Madame Tussauds in Hyderabad

first_imgSneak-Peek! ?? Superstar @urstrulyMahesh wax statue looks so Real.?❣️@amb_cinemas #MaheshBabuMTSG #MadameTussaudsSG #MTSG #SSMBWaxFigure #MaheshBabu pic.twitter.com/PKlxaRHM47— Shreyas Group (@shreyasgroup) March 25, 2019 Mahesh Babu poses with his wax statue in AMB CinemasTwitterHere is good news for all the fans of Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu. His wax statue has been brought from Madame Tussauds, Singapore and placed in AMB Cinemas, Hyderabad on Monday. [Scroll down to see photos]Mahesh Babu fans were are extremely delighted with the announcement about his wax idol to be placed in Madame Tussauds, Singapore. Another exciting news for them is that the statue will fly all the way from Singapore and will be placed in his AMB Cinemas on March 25 for a day.This is the first time Madame Tussauds is organising a prestigious event outside Singapore and the wax statue of Mahesh Babu will be flown back to Museum after the event. Such events have restricted visit for fans and outsiders as they are filled with stars and VIPs. But this time, it is going to be a pure press-fans event and the regional, national and international press has been invited for the grand launch. Mahesh Babu’s wax statue in makingTwitterSoon after the big announcement, the organisers received thousands of messages from Mahesh Babu’s fans through social media if they can join and be a part of the lavish event. A set of special and skilled fans are selected by Mahesh Babu’s team and Madame Tussauds through sketching and other contests.The special set of selected fans came out with the best artwork of Mahesh Babu that looks like the wax idol. After he unveils his wax idol, all these superstar fans will get an opportunity to take selfies with the wax idol till 6 pm in AMB Cinemas. The event will be telecasted live across all the platforms (television and web). Mahesh Babu’s wax statue in makingTwitterIt is going to be one of the biggest events of superstar Mahesh Babu on March 25 and his fans across the nation and abroad will get a chance to have the glimpse of his wax statue.Mahesh Babu has piqued the interests of the audience for his upcoming movie Maharshi, which marks the 25 films of his career. After the remarkable performance as Chief Minister in Bharat Ane Nenu, he slips into the character of a charming college boy in his next film. The first look and teaser were released on his birthday and they received an exceptional response from the masses. Mahesh Babu’s wax statue in makingTwitterMahesh Babu’s fanbase knows no bounds, nationally as well as internationally and the actor has created an immense buzz for his upcoming film. He has already carved a niche for himself in India. His films are not only viewed in metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, but also in Punjab.Superstar @urstrulyMahesh with his wax statue?? #MadameTussaudsMahesh pic.twitter.com/iAr8uMbiZK— Suresh Kondi (@V6_Suresh) March 25, 2019 .@urstrulyMahesh at Wax Figure Launch #MadameTussaudsMahesh #MaheshBabu #AMBCinemas pic.twitter.com/1bTNtm8Rey— Mirchi9 (@Mirchi9) March 25, 2019last_img read more


SpiceJet Cancels 1800 Flights For December 2014 Viability Turns Foggy

first_imgBeleaguered budget airline SpiceJet has cancelled over 1,800 flights for this month, raising further questions on the airline’s ability to keep flying.The Sun Group-owned airline posted the information on its website, saying that 1,861 flights have been cancelled, till December 31. Some of the flights were bound for Kathmandu, while the rest were domestic flights, reported Economic Times.The scale of cancellations comes in the midst of the aviation regulator DGCA considering a show-cause notice to the airline for contravening directives on advance bookings.The regulator had earlier this month restricted SpiceJet to limit advance bookings to a 30-day window.Simultaneously, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which has an outstanding of around ₹200 crore, plans to put SpiceJet in cash-and-carry mode, if bank guarantees are not furnished. The move could prove disastrous for consumer and investor sentiment.The persisting stress on SpiceJet’s financials has forced the DGCA on Friday to withdraw 186 slots alloted to the airline. The regulator also asked the airline to clear pending salary dues to the employees within 10 days.The scrip was trading at 15.80, up by 0.55 or 3.61%, at 10.14 AM Tuesday. Reuterslast_img read more


Bengal lawyers end monthlong cease work

first_imgKolkata: The ongoing cease work of the lawyers in the state for over a month was lifted on Friday, with the state Bar Council appealing to the lawyers to postpone their movement and commence their work. Normal work will resume from Saturday. “We have decided to postpone the strike till September 2, keeping in mind the harassment of the people. All steps have been taken and a resolution that was taken at the Council’s meeting today (Friday) has also been put up in the form of a notification. The lawyers are joining work from Saturday,” said Baiswanor Chatterjee, member of the working committee of the Bar Council. A notification urging the lawyers to join work has also been published. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe common people seeking justice had to face a lot of problems because of the cease work and people coming to Calcutta High Court and the lower courts from far-flung districts seeking justice have been returning home disappointed. There were indications earlier that the cease work will be withdrawn soon after the election process. A major clash took place between the lawyers and staff of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) over vehicle parking at Howrah Court area on April 24. Some lawyers were injured in the clash after the police intervened, following which the lawyers called for cease work alleging police excess. The lawyers in the other courts also extended solidarity to the movement and it spread to all courts across the state. “We are still sticking to our demand that those responsible for the attack on the lawyers should be punished. However, the strike has been postponed considering the problems faced by the common people,” a member of West Bengal Bar Association said.last_img read more