Kurtenbach: Jon Gruden sent two clear messages by not suspending Antonio Brown [Updated]

first_imgMike Mayock will continue to play the good soldier, but only because that is what he’s paid to do.But you have to wonder what he’s thinking now that he knows — without equivocation — that he is effectively powerless with the Raiders.Sure, Jon Gruden will let Mayock, the ex-NFL Network draft guru, make some picks in April, and he’ll let him give press conferences where he pushes a narrative of “culture” and “accountability”. But he’s not really the team’s general manager. He’s a glorified …last_img read more

Fossil Fumbles Damage Darwinism

first_imgThree recent fossil finds are rearranging Darwin’s tree of life.  Pro-Darwinists will interpret this as pruning; Darwin skeptics will interpret it as uprooting.  Shark heads:  “The earliest known braincase of a shark-like fish has shown some assumptions about the early evolution of vertebrates are ‘completely wrong,’ experts say.  That’s what National Geographic said.  Read all about it: sharks are not more primitive compared to bony fish.  The situation is a lot more complicated.  “This is the first real movement in this part of the evolutionary tree in the last hundred years,” one scientist commented.  The BBC News write-up, however, did not point out the problems.  It merely reported that the fossil is “shedding light on the evolution of jawed vertebrates.”Archaeopteryx, emu?:  Interpreters of the early bird Archaeopteryx have fallen into the bird camp and the reptile camp.  Score a point for the bird team: Science Daily reported on X-ray scanning of the fossil that shows its hearing bones were more bird-like than reptile-like.  It probably heard like a modern emu, they figure.Rolling stones:  Precambrian rocks have long been known to possess wiggly lines.  What are these trace fossils?  Without a body, it was hard to know.  Evolutionists eager to soften the Cambrian Explosion interpreted them as worm trails – the earliest examples of bilaterian (two-sided) animals.  That interpretation has come under fire with the discovery of giant living amoebas that can roll around and produce tracks very similar to those seen in the fossil record.  Both Science1 and Current Biology2 commented on the finding reported last month reported in Current Biology.3  None of them were optimistic.  It appeared that, at least in some cases, the hoped-for traces of complex multicellular life that might have lessened the impact of the Cambrian Explosion were in fact made by single-celled organisms.A footnote on the third item: the original paper by Matz et al actually made things worse for the Darwinians.  The authors suggested that even the Ediacaran biota (08/19/2004, 01/05/2008), the strange plant-like things that preceded the explosion, were not multicellular organisms.  “Our observations also render indirect support to the highly controversial interpretation of the enigmatic Ediacaran biota of the late Precambrian as giant protists,” they said.  If so, it doesn’t suggest the Darwinists hoped the Ediacaran biota would provide transitional forms.  It only sharpens the concussion of the Cambrian explosion: because, except for sponge embryos found in the Precambrian, it means everything prior to the sudden appearance of virtually all the animal phyla consisted of single-celled microbes.1.  Stefan Bengtson and Birger Rasmussen, “New and Ancient Trace Makers,” Science, 16 January 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5912, pp. 346-347; DOI: 10.1126/science.1168794.2.  Jan Pawlowski and Andrew J. Gooday, “Precambrian Biota: Protistan Origin of Trace Fossils?,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 1, 13 January 2009, pp. R28-R30, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.11.003.3.  M.V. Matz, T.M. Frank, N.J. Marshall, E.A. Widder and S. Johnsen, “Giant deep-sea protist produces bilaterian-like traces,” Curr. Biol. 18 (9 Dec 2008), pp. 1849?1854.Watch for the release this year of a new documentary on the Cambrian Explosion.  The problem that should have falsified Darwinism in 1859 never went away.  Each new finding shouts that Darwinism has been defeated, and should be tossed into the dustbin of history.    But the pro-Darwinists are unrepentant and stiffnecked.  Listen to what Sid Perkins said in the new Darwin-Birthday Bombast issue of Science News (Jan 31, 2009, 175:3, p. 30).  In an article bluffing that transitional forms are found all over the fossil record (only mentioning Tiktaalik and a particular salamander), he said this about the Cambrian:And many stretches of the fossil record poorly represented in Darwin’s day – such as the Precambrian, an era before the Cambrian period (which began about 542 million years ago and is when much of life’s diversity apparently evolved) – are now more thoroughly populated.  Fortey notes: “For Darwin, the Precambrian was a complete mystery, whereas now we have a tremendously detailed narrative” for that era, much of it gathered in the past few decades.The bluffing and misrepresentation in that paragraph is shocking and irresponsible.  “Apparently evolved” is pure question begging built on imagination.  Sure the Precambrian is “more thoroughly populated” – with microbes, but not with the transitional forms Darwin needed.  Science News, you know, has been a Darwin Party mouthpiece since its founding at the Scopes Trial, when it was a propaganda arm of the new ACLU that sued Tennessee (12/28/2005).  Even secular historians now admit that the whole Scopes affair was a sham to shame religious creationists in the media, which is the only thing the lurid sideshow accomplished.  Would you grant any credibility to scoundrels?(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Onion Flats’ Big Multifamily Passivhaus Plan

first_imgPhiladelphia-based developer Onion Flats has been mentioned in GBA at least twice before in connection with TED, a 1,130-sq.-ft. single-family home that was selected as one of three residential projects to win a spot in “From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes,” a competition co-presented by Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, the Syracuse Center of Excellence, and nonprofit housing and community groups Home HeadQuarters and the Near West Side Initiative.Fifty-two teams submitted project proposals for the competition, which were evaluated for their design, sustainability, and affordability. Construction costs were capped at $150,000. All three winning projects were built in Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood.Using PV to achieve NZEMore recently, Onion Flats, founded in 1997 by brothers Tim and Pat McDonald, has been focused on a project of markedly larger scale, although still with energy efficiency at the forefront. Last month, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority selected the firm to lead the redevelopment of a city-owned property close to the Schuylkill River, in the East Falls neighborhood. This project will be mixed-use: 126 rental units, 8,700 square feet of retail space, and an open area called “River Terrace.” Its performance goal, however, is to meet the Passivhaus standard, as an Inhabitat post noted, and to operate at net zero energy with the help of a photovoltaic system.“I feel like this is an opportunity to do what we’ve been trying to do for a long time, to really kick it up in scale and do something that will not just impact a neighborhood but the city as a whole,” McDonald told PlanPhilly, a local news source affiliated with PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania.Onion Flats now has until June to enter into a full redevelopment agreement, which will include a final sales price for the city-owned property, notes Newsworks, the online outlet of radio station WHYY. If construction begins in early 2013, as anticipated, the project could be completed in spring 2014.We’ll have more on this as the project progresses.last_img read more

Pune court acquits two for 2012 murder of suspected IM operative

first_imgThe Pune sessions court on Wednesday acquitted gangster Sharad Mohol and his aide Alok Bhalerao in connection with the murder of suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui. The court of additional sessions judge S.H. Gwalani acquitted the duo citing “lack of evidence”. Mohol, a dreaded history-sheeter and Bhalerao had allegedly strangled Siddiqui with the cord of the latter’s trousers inside the high-security cell in Pune’s Yerwada jail on June 8, 2012.At the time, the duo was serving time for the murder of gangster Kishore Marne, a member of the Ganesh Marne gang.Siddiqui, who was first arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in November 2011, was alleged to be involved in the blasts at Chinnaswamy stadium and Jama Masjid in Bengaluru and Delhi respectively and was said to have close links with IM mastermind Yasin Bhatkal.At the time of his custody, Siddiqui, who hailed from Darbhanga in Bihar, was being probed by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad for his alleged role in a conspiracy to plant a bomb outside Pune’s famous Dagdusheth Ganpati temple.Conflicting reports emerged immediately after the murder, some suggesting that the killing was the consequence of a heated altercation between Mohol and Siddiqui. According to others, the gangster killed the terror suspect as the former was an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha and was allegedly infuriated that Siddiqui was planning to bomb the temple. In November last year, with the case dragging on, six key prosecution witnesses turned hostile.“We have had our doubts in the conduct of this case from the beginning. Both Mohol and Bhalerao are city-based gangsters. Eyewitnesses turned hostile owing to fear of reprisal. Once we get the order, we will be moving Bombay High Court,” said Anjum Inamdar of the Moolnivasi Muslim Manch.In May 2016, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had directed the State government to pay a compensation of ₹5 lakh to Siddiqui’s family on grounds that he was in the custody of the State and his killing constituted violation of human rights.Mr. Inamdar, whose outfit has been fighting for justice for Siddiqui’s kin, also alleged that Mohol had committed the crime to get into the good books of fringe Hindutva outfits.last_img read more

Kiren Rijiju says govt. working on adventure policy

first_imgThe Centre is working on an adventure policy to promote certain destinations as well as activities that make adrenaline surge.India had never had such a policy that could impact sports as well as tourism, Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju said during the launch of a Thailand airline’s flight between Guwahati and Bangkok.“I have asked officials in my Ministry to draft an adventure policy besides revamping the youth and sports policies. The Northeast will become the focal point in the entire approach,” he said on Sunday.Mr. Rijiju said adventure destinations in the Himalayan and sub-Himalayan swathes of the Northeast could benefit from the policy, provided the region was promoted as a combined package and not in isolation by the constituent States.Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Rijiju’s home State, is geographically the region’s largest offering adventure sports such as mountaineering, mountain biking, paragliding, rock-climbing and white-water rafting. The other States – Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura – too have places ideal for adventure sports.“All State governments in the Northeast must come together for unified tourism policy. Otherwise, the region’s culture and natural assets would remain a potential without being exploited sustainably,” Mr. Rijiju said at the programme to mark the launch of Nok Air’s inaugural flight.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off the flight — the first by any foreign airline to and from Guwahati — from the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport early on Sunday. Mr. Rijiju also warned that the region had to first get out of the culture of shutdowns and blockades to cash in on tourism. Years of insurgency had already had a debilitating effect on the Northeast, he said.last_img read more

Prez receives first copies of two books on Rabindranath Tagore

first_imgPranab Mukherjee, the President of India, inaugurated the event and received the first copy of the books ‘Tagore’s Vision of the Contemporary World’ and ‘Tagore and Russia’. The books have been edited by Prof Indra Nath Choudhuri and Dr Reba Som respectively.President Pranab Mukherjee, expressed gratitude for the gracious patronage, guidance and support. The President said that Tagore’s idea of global harmony, co-existence and co-operation of individuals and civilizations is best expressed in his own words. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ He added, “Considering Tagore’s special contact with Russia, I thank ICCR for organising the International Seminar to unfold and reassess his perception of Communist Russia.” The first book, ‘Tagore’s Vision of the Contemporary World’ focuses on the world view Tagore had, where ‘knowledge is free’ and ‘where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way in the dreary desert sand of dead habit’ and also to discover, as Tagore had said, ‘the most profound unity, the spiritual unity between the races’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix They had celebrated the anniversary of Tagore with events around the world and seven major conferences in Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Russia, Vietnam, Hungary and India.The second book ‘Tagore and Russia’ is about Tagore’s special love for the said country and Russia’s influence on his writings and poems. The purpose behind publishing the book ‘Tagore and Russia’, which is a compilation of the seminar papers is to give impetus to those aspects of Tagore’s study, which throws light on India’s relation with Russia and perception about other civilizations of the world.”last_img read more

Video Real life Snakes on a Plane scenario shocks plane full of

first_img Share Video: Real life ‘Snakes on a Plane’ scenario shocks plane full of passengers Tuesday, November 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img MEXICO CITY – Samuel L. Jackson’s worst nightmare just came true, with new video of a real live snake slithering into the cabin of an Aeromexico plane.According to Huffington Post Canada, passengers on a commercial flight from Torreon to Mexico City on Sunday were given the shock of their lives when a bright green serpent came slithering out of the overhead bin. In a scene straight out of the Hollywood thriller ‘Snakes on a Plane’, the slimy reptile was caught on video emerging from the ceiling before partially dropping down into the cabin.Aeromexico said in a statement that the plane was given priority landing in Mexico City, where workers “secured the reptile.” The airline is currently investigating how the snake came to be in the cabin and is taking measures to avoid it from ever happening again. No word yet on what these measures entail, but we’re hoping it involves Samuel L. Jackson coming to the rescue.Frightening moment on an Aeromexico flight when a large snake fell from overhead mid-flight. https://t.co/e6bXLFv9A4 pic.twitter.com/OHgCdeQSUW— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2016 Tags: Aeromexico The Canadian Press last_img read more