December 19, 2019

Evolution Is Impossible to Falsify

first_img No statement in the short article suggested any problem for evolutionary theory with this fossil.  In fact, they celebrated it as a trophy for evolution. We really need to get these con artists out of science.  In the Darwin Party there are the con artists, who know exactly what they are doing, and the conned, who have been taught only this mode of magical thinking since their youth, who don’t realize what they are thinking.  Academia is the brainwashers leading the brainwashed, the con artists leading the conned. It’s contrived, contorted, and contemptuous.   Confound it, we need clarity in science and in science news.  Embarrasment is a good tool for exposing a con; learn how to show reporters like this one at National Geographic how utterly illogical, inconsistent, and illusory their prop for evolution is.  If they listen, they are honest; if not, they are acting as mendacious, prevaricating purveyors of deceit.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Serious problems have been reported for Darwinian evolution in these pages, and by other reporters ever since Charles Darwin lived, that should have long ago swept his theory into the scientific dustbin of unworkable hypothesis.  Yet neo-Darwinism survives, stronger than ever – strong enough to exclude any other alternative from the scientific competition.  How can this be?  A recent article shows how. National Geographic News just reported the discovery of a fossil tiger skull from China, the earliest ever known, claimed to be 2.5 million years old.  That’s a substantial leap back in evolutionary time from the previous record-holder at 1.8 million years old.  Yet it looks strikingly modern, about halfway in size between a jaguar skull and a tiger skull.  One might think this to be a problem for evolutionary theory, which would predict a sequence of transitional forms from pre-tigers to tigers.  But here’s the headline: “Oldest Tiger-like Skull Yet—Hints Evolution Got It Right From Start.” The headline should start several scientific sirens.  In the first place, one cannot personify Evolution as an entity even capable of trying to get something right.  And Evolution has no standard of rightness.  But if NG meant that it was a pure gamble – that chance hit a lucky strike by an unguided process – the statement could mean nothing short of a miracle.  To see if that is what was implied, the article can interpret itself. Representing a new species, the skull isn’t that different from those of modern tigers, suggesting evolution hit on a winning formula early on and stuck with it. The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center’s Meachen said the skull’s similarity to those of living tigers and jaguars is more striking than the differences. “[Big cats] were great at what they did right away in their evolution, so their [anatomy] hasn’t changed much … ,” said Julie Meachen, a carnivore paleontologist at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina. “They were—and still are—really good predators, in part because of their extremely successful body plan.”last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Research Update: How did the financial crisis and 4th Industrial Revolution get WEF to rethink competitiveness?

first_imgBackground:It would seem as if two tectonic shifts, one in the somewhat bizarre world of global finance (post the Global Finance Crisis), and the other in the realm of the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution, have finally made its way into thinking on competitiveness. In a major step change from its long established methodology that underpinned the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2018 edition of the index introduces a range of new concepts and attributes geared to measuring competitiveness, and ultimately productivity, to respond to the challenges of the time.In order to understand and interpret the implications of the new rankings of South Africa, for example, it is at first necessary to understand why WEF embarked on a revision of its methodology. These can be divided into two, being: one, of global political-economic nature, and on the other – due to digitisation and the emergence of the 4th Industrial Revolution.On the one hand WEF argues that the global financial crisis indicates that such events have long-term negative impacts on productivity. The 4th Industrial Revolution on the other hand impacts on the outlook of societies due to disruption of existing business models, and the potential negative impacts innovation can have on society.In order to provide more insight on how societies, and states should respond to the challenges of preventing new financial crises and melt-downs, and to govern the societal effects of innovation, the 2018 GCI identifies new attributes to fit the purpose. In broader terms, before we look at some of the details of changes brought to the 2018 GCI methodology, WEF recommends four attributes of successful economies in the early 21st century, these being:1. Be Resilient: introduce measures to prevent financial crises and mass unemployment;2. Be Agile: do not resist change, and be able to adapt to new modes of production of goods and services;3. Build Innovation Ecosystems: encourage and support innovation at all levels;4. Adopt Human-Centric approach: ensure that policy and innovation actively protect human centric development approaches.Changes to the WEF GCI MethodologyThe WEF GCI 2018 presents a revised methodology to measure national competitiveness, and productivity in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. In order to provide competitiveness insight, and national preparedness for adoption of new technologies, modes of production, and the challenges/opportunities of the 4th industrial revolution, WEF in 2018 introduced new pillars of measurement, the twelve are:Institutions (same as before) Infrastructure (same as before) Macro-economic stability (same as before) Health (revised from Health & Primary Education) Skills (newly introduced pillar) Product Market (newly introduced pillar) Labour market (revised but continuation from previous Labour Market Efficiency) Finance system (revised but continuation of Financial Market) Market size (same as before) Business dynamism (revised from Innovation capability (revised from previous ‘Innovation’ pillar)The methodology takes as its point of departure the idea that productivity ultimately drives human development and prosperity in the long term.iii Of the original 98 indicators that informed the GCI, 34 have been retained, and 64 new indicators introduced.It is therefore clear that more than two thirds of the indicators that measured national competitiveness/productivity, have been revised.iv This illustrates the extent to which the two major societal forces (financial instability and the disruptive effects of the 4th Industrial Revolution) have impacted on WEF’s methodology.Implications for Nation Brand Performance profiling of South AfricaThis section provides some initial thoughts and perspectives on how the changed GCI methodology impacts on the South African Nation Brand’s performance. The table below provides an overview of South Africa’s performance in the 2018 GCI.          Notable issues: Based on the new WEF GCI methodology it is clear that South Africa still ranks extremely well in terms of: Market size, Finance System, and Innovation Capability; In the African context Mauritius is first at 49/164, and South Africa second at 67th, Morocco, third at – 75th, Tunisia fourth at – 87th, and Botswana at 90th making it the fifth most competitive African nation; Of the BRICS nations, China is first, at 28th, Russia second at – 43rd, India third at – 58th, and Brazil fifth at – 72nd in over-all ranking; South Africa’s national strengths can be found in the Finance System ranking 18th, it’s Market Size at 35th, with strong performance in Business Dynamics at 56th, the Labour Market at 55th (which looks much more promising than rankings achieved through the previous methodology), with a relatively good ranking for Economic Stability at 57th; In the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution it is notable that South Africa ranks 46th for Innovation Capability. As noted above, being agile and capable to adapt to technological change and innovation, is critical to productivity and survival in a period of rapid change.Much further analysis remains to be done to unpack detailed sub-indicators in the GCI to better profile and understand the South African Nation Brand’s capability to remain productive and competitive in the 21st century economy.last_img read more

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December 17, 2019

Thank you to the Geocache Hiders Video – Celebrating the 2 Millionth Active Geocache

first_imgGeocachers around the world can join in the celebrating the 2 millionth active geocache. Share this video with your favorite geocache hider to say a big ol’ “Thank you” for the adventure. And a big thank you from the entire geocaching community to all those who hide geocaches, creating memories for thousands of people everyday.[vsw id=”goAfLm3Njvo” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Don’t forget to spread the word about geocaching by checking out and sharing the Celebrating 2 Million Infograph, and the videos 2 Million Geocaches in 1 Minute and Travel Bug® Travels.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrating Two Million GeocachesFebruary 27, 2013In “Community”Travel Bug® Travels – The VideoFebruary 20, 2013In “Community”What 2 Million Active Geocaches Means to MeMarch 4, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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December 12, 2019

The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2015

first_imgWhat cameras and photo equipment can we expect to see in 2015?With amazing cameras like the Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4, and Blackmagic URSA released in 2014, the bar has certainly be raised for product releases in 2015. Whether you’re waiting to buy a new camera, or just like being “in the know”, we’ve rounded up the latest camera rumors to hit the ‘net. These are the cameras and equipment we may see released this year…CanonPhoto via PetaPixelCanon EOS5D Mark IVHigh ISOFocus on low light, sports events4K video recordingNew video featuresModest increase in megapixelsTo be announced in August, 2015Rumors via CameraEggCanon Rebel T6iEntry level APS-C DSLR18 MP SensorDIGIC 5 Processor100-25,600 ISORumor via Canon Camera 2015Update 2/6/2015: Canon has officially announced the T6i. The specs are as follows (from NoFilmSchool):24.2MP APS-C CMOS SensorDIGIC 6 Image Processor3.0″ 1.04M-dot Vari-Angle TouchscreenMP4: 1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps / 25 fps / 23.98 fpsMP4: 1280 x 720p / 59.94 fps / 50 fpsMP4: 640 x 480p / 29.97 fps / 25 fpsClip Length 29 min 59 secISO 100 – 12800, Expandable to 2560019-Point All Cross-Type AF System5 fps Shooting & Extended ISO to 25600Hybrid CMOS AF III & EOS Scene AnalysisBuilt-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFCCS100 Connect Station SupportBuilt-in MicMic, Mini-HDMI, USB 2.0 PortsAvailability: April 2015Price: $750 Body Only, $900 with 18-55mm Lens, $1,100 with 18-135mm LensCanon EOS 3D53MP Images3.7fpsISO 50-6400USB 3.0Price Under $4,000Rumor via Canon RumorsCanon EOS-1DX Mark II46MP4K VideoPrice: $8,000-$9,000Rumor via SLR LoungeCanon Medium Format CameraR&D at Canon Working on ThisTo Be Announced at Canon Expo 2015Larger EF MountRumor via Canon RumorsVarious Canon LensesEF 11-24mm f/4LEF 16-50mm f/4L IS USMEF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USMEF 35mm f/1.4L II USMEF 200mm f/2L IS II USMEF 400mm f/5.6L IS USMEF 800mm f/5.6L IS II USMTS-E 45mm f/2.8 IITS-E 90mm f/2.8 IIRumors via Camera EggNikonPhoto via Nikon RumorsNikon D400APS-C ModeExpeed 4 processorSuccessor of Nikon D300SRumor via Photography LifeVarious Nikon LensesAF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G LensNikon 100-300mm f/4 FX lensAF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2E FL ED VR lensAF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lensAF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR lensAF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lensNikon 16-35mm f/2.8 VR lensAF-S NIKKOR 135mm f/2G lensNikon 58mm f/1.2 lensNikon 50mm f/1.2 lensNikon 60mm f/1.2 lensNikon 55-300mm F/2.8-4 FX lensRumors via Camera EggSonyPhoto via Daily Camera NewsSony A99II36MPWorld’s fastest AF SpeedNo Z-ShiftNo “Foveon” SensorRumor via Daily Camera NewsSony A7000Sensor Stabilization4K Video1/8000 Shutter SpeedRumored Price of $699Rumor via Mirrorless RumorsVarious Sony LensesSony Vario-Sonnar T * 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II A-mount LensSony Vario-Sonnar T * 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II A-mount LensSony Zeiss 85mm f/1.8 E-mount LensSony 70-200mm f/2.0 A-mount LensSony 400mm f/4Sony Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* IISony Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 T* IISony 55-150mm f/2.8 G E-mount lensSony 120mm f/2.8 A-mount Lens 2015Sony 70-400mm G2 E-mount LensSony 85mm f/1.4 A-mount LensRumors via Camera EggZeiss Photo via Camera EggZeiss Otus 24mm f/1.4Rumor via Camera EggSigma LensesSigma 24mm f/1.4 ArtSigma 14-24mm f/1.4 OSSigma 16-20mm f/2 ArtSigma 85mm f/1.4 DG ArtSigma 135mm f/2 DG OS HSMSigma 24-70mm f/2 DGSigma 300mm f/2.8 OSSigma 400mm f/2.8 OSSigma 500mm f/4 OSSigma 600mm f/4 OSSigma 16-20mm f/2 DGRumor via Camera EggBlackmagic DesignPhoto via Able CineTypically when a camera manufacturer puts their camera on sale for half-off you can expect to see a new camera released in the very near future. So it came as a shock when Blackmagic cut the price of the pocket camera by $500 back in August for seemingly no reason. Maybe it was to free up space for a new pocket camera?Blackmagic Pocket Camera IIMini-XLR Input4K RecordingFlip out screenLarger BuildRumor via Blackmagic Design ForumsGoProGoPro Hero 54K footage at 60fps8K at a limited frame rate150% Battery IncreaseMore Advanced BluetoothRumor via Franchise HeraldGoPro DroneMulti-Rotor DroneDual Remote ControlPrice: $500-$1,000Rumor via PremiumBeatWant to stay up to date on the latest camera rumors and news? Check out the following resources:Camera Rumors – TechRadarCanon Cameras – Canon RumorsCamera Equipment Rumors – Camera EggWhat new camera are you most excited about in 2015? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

Coronado uses impounds and fines to stop dockless rental bike dumping

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCORONADO (KUSI) — Those brightly colored rental bikes seem to be popping up all over San Deigo County.However, in one coastal community, city officials are taking some extra steps to keep them out.Coronado has adopted a new enforcement policy to stop the dumping of the dockless rental bikes on public right-of-ways, such as sidewalks, streets, alleys, parks and beaches.The City of Coronado does not have a contract with any of the dockless bike companies, which rent bikes through an app and allow the users to leave them in any location.After hearing numerous complaints from residents and business owners that the bikes were being abandoned in random locations and posed a risk to public safety, city leaders have adopted a new policy to keep the bikes from blocking streets and other right-of-ways.The policy allows police to tag an abandoned bike. If the bicycle is not removed within two hours, the bike can be impounded. Coronado will charge the bike companies a fine before they can reclaim their property.Those penalties may range from $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second and $500 for any violations that follow. Mayor Richard Bailey said he was not opposed to those bicyclists who want to ride through Coronado, but he doesn’t want the bikes to be left in the city.“If a user currently leaves a bike on a sidewalk, the bike companies have been notified. We’ve requested that they remove the bikes from our public sidewalks since they don’t have a commercial use permit. If the bike operators are unwilling to remove the bike from our sidewalk, then we have the ability to remove it ourselves,” Bailey said.One of the bike sharing companies, “Ofo” said it appreciated the city’s concerns and has already suggested ways for the company and the City to collaborate, “without the use of public resources.”LimeBikes told said it has not distributed bikes in Coronado and it will continue to conduct an outreach program “to ensure we’re addressing any challenges and best serving the needs of the community.” Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:31 PMcenter_img March 20, 2018 Coronado uses impounds and fines to stop dockless rental bike dumping Posted: March 20, 2018last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Polestar wont limit top speeds like Volvo

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 2021 Polestar 2 is Sweden’s sleek Tesla rival Volvo Share your voice “Naturally, our questions are anyway in a different realm, because with electric cars, you do not discuss high speed anymore that much. That is much more an element of the combustion-engine world. Even with Tesla, [you] have to look up the top speed. For us, it would be silly to announce it [limiting top speed], because really, it’s not a question that’s relevant to us as a brand.”Because of the way electric motors deliver power, with maximum torque output coming from zero rpm, the most sensational aspect of electric vehicle performance tends to be standing-start acceleration, like 0-to-60-mph tests. Top speeds aren’t discussed as often, in part because most EVs have single-speed transmissions that result in comparatively unspectacular velocities. Volvo has built its reputation on safety, and the company is doubling-down on that with the top-speed announcement, as well as revealing that it plans to research automatically limiting top speed in areas around schools and hospitals. While Polestar models will share much of Volvo’s safety knowhow, it will evidently not seek to wear that reputation on its sleeve. According to Ingenlath, Polestar is “a bit more expressive, a bit more daring, it’s a bit more, indeed, exclusive. Some people will like it, some people will not, and it is more driver-oriented.” 1:31 Now playing: Watch this: 50 Photos Electric Carscenter_img Volvo made waves on Monday when it announced that beginning next year, it will start phasing in a 112-mile-per-hour top speed on all of its vehicles. At the time, the Swedish automaker’s new electrified premium brand, Polestar, remained quiet on whether it plans to adopt the same policy. It will not.On Tuesday here at the Geneva Motor Show, I sat down with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath after the debut of his company’s new Polestar 2 EV. He revealed, “We obviously will not do that, and that is a nice brand differentiator [from Volvo].” He continued, “we have not the wish within Polestar to actually dictate to somewhat speed he or she should drive.” According to Ingenlath, not only would limiting the v-max of its vehicles to such a low speed be contrary to the brand’s high-performance image, he thinks the discussion itself is almost beside the point with electric cars. The Polestar 2 EV is gorgeous in Geneva 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Comment Polestar Volvolast_img read more

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September 3, 2019

Missing Natore priest rescued in Sylhet

first_imgChristian priest William Walter Rosario rescued by South Surma police on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloChristian priest William Walter Rosario, who went missing on 27 November from Natore, has been rescued in Sylhet.Sylhet police said they rescued the priest at 3:00pm on Friday from Kadamtali Bus Terminal in South Surma.”He was found sitting in the terminal. He has already been sent to Dhaka. Dhaka police will inform newsmen more about his rescue,” said South Surma police station officer-in-charge Khairul Fazal.Assistant priest of Jonail Borny Church and headmaster of St Lewis High School William Walter Rosario went missing nearly five days ago.He started from his residence by a motorcycle around 5:00pm to meet his elder brother at Jonail Dharmapalli, said his family members.He remained missing ever since, they said.Rosario’s brother Premal said they suspected that he was kidnapped.last_img read more

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September 3, 2019

Russia accuses USbacked rebels of hindering Syria IS fight

first_imgA picture taken during a press tour provided by the Russian Armed Forces on 15 September shows Russian soldiers standing guard in a central street in Syria`s eastern city of Deir Ezzor, as locals pass by. Photo: AFPRussia on Tuesday accused US-backed rebels in Syria of targeting regime forces to try to halt their advance against Islamic State jihadists around the city of Deir Ezzor.In a statement the Russian military said it had received reports from Syrian generals that regime forces that crossed the strategic Euphrates River were faced with “gunfire from the north” near Deir Ezzor.Moscow claimed that shooting came from a zone controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) supported by Washington.The statement also accused the rebels of opening dams on the Euphrates to stop government forces from crossing the river.“A few hours after the Syrian forces started to cross the river, the water level rose and the speed of outflow doubled,” it said.Despite this, Russia said that Syrian forces have captured some 60 square kilometres (23 square miles) of territory on the eastern side of the river after bridging it on Monday.Until Monday, Syrian troops had been fighting only west of the Euphrates, while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces waged a rival offensive against IS east of the river.To prevent the two operations from clashing, the coalition, the SDF, Syria’s government and Russia have agreed on a “de-confliction line” in northeast Syria.That line runs from the neighbouring province of Raqa southeast along the Euphrates to Deir Ezzor.On Saturday, however, the US-led coalition backing the SDF accused Russian aviation of bombing them in the north east of Deir Ezzor, which Moscow denies.A spokesman for the US-led coalition targeting IS Colonel Ryan Dillon said he did not “know how that could be the case” that the SDF or coalition were slowing the Syrian advance.Dillon said it was “beneficial” to have all sides there, adding: “IS now has to swivel their heads to the east and to the west and to the north, because they’re being assaulted from so many different directions”.last_img
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