Darwin Day Came and Went

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Except among certain special-interest groups, Darwin Day seems to have been a non-event, but one Darwinist won an award for Censor of the Year.There wasn’t as much news this year about Darwin Day, February 12 (Charles Darwin’s birthday).   Most of the celebrations seemed to be local events, like one in Tampa Bay, Florida, listed on Nature‘s event directory:Join us as we celebrate science, education, and clear thinking at our Annual Darwin Day Celebration 2014 with Daniel Dennett:  One of America’s Greatest Living Philosophers and one of the famed Four Horseman of Atheism, along with Hitchens, Dawkins, and Harris.It’s not clear how helpful it is to Darwin defenders to link Darwin Day to atheism – particularly using a Biblical metaphor.  Besides, Christopher Hitchens, being dead, is no longer an atheist.University College London’s Darwin Day was a bit of a bust, literally.  They needed to replace a bust of Darwin that was loaned, so they had a contest.  Entries included a bust of Darwin with ants inside (see Evolution News & Views).  The winner was a floating crochet head of Darwin, conceived and produced using intelligent design.A little bit of science did get done.  A beetle Darwin collected in Argentina on his voyage on the HMS Beagle was rediscovered and named in his honor, Darwinilus sedarisi.  PhysOrg has a picture of the beetle with its iridescent blue-green head and thorax.  The 2008 rediscovery of the beetle in the Natural History Museum’s collection was published Feb. 12.Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) did take the floor of the House on Tuesday night to call for a celebration of Darwin Day (see The Raw Story and The Blaze), but it’s not clear if anyone was listening.  (See 2/02/14 entry).  The only ones mentioned agreeing with Holt were 12 co-sponsors and members of the American Humanist Association.  That’s been another common thread: supporters of Darwin Day seem to cluster around atheist. leftist and humanist organizations.  Syracuse.com says, “The International Darwin Day Foundation says over 90 groups of atheists, humanists and other freethinkers are holding local celebrations, including potluck dinners, nature outings, lectures, book discussions and film screenings.”Rob Brooks tried to drum up support for Darwin Day on The Conversation, calling for “a celebration of science and reason.”  By reason, he meant a denial of “Biblical literalism,” placing creationists in a subset of reason-deniers and reality-deniers.  Brooks placed “reason” with evolutionary biology and science, but did he have a good reason to think reason evolved by mindless processes?   Darwin himself wondered if there were any convictions in a monkey’s mind (see 1881 letter to William Graham).The big news about Darwin Day was the new “Censor of the Year” Award offered by the Discovery Institute, which has used Feb. 12 to promote Academic Freedom Day rather than Darwin Day – co-opting Darwin’s own words from The Origin of Species, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  The winner for this inaugural year is author of the blog “Why Evolution Is True,” evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne.  Reasons for his nomination, and how Coyne received it, are explained in an ID the Future podcast by David Klinghoffer.  In another ID the Future podcast, neurosurgeon Michael Egnor explains why evolutionists are so bent on censoring views that oppose theirs.The definitive volume on Darwin’s influence on politics and culture is Darwin Day in America by John West.Update 2/18/14: Science Magazine reported that Rush Holt, Mr. Darwin Day in Congress, will be leaving the House of Representatives when his term is up at the end of the year.OK, the atheists, humanists and leftists had their little party.  If you didn’t notice or care, that’s fine.  Now let’s get on with the business of science: intelligent design.Isn’t it odd that the purveyors of “reason” are the very ones who have no reason to account for reason.  These are the “freethinkers” who don’t want people to be free to think. These are the censors, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18-25).For those who missed it, a few years ago we created a list of party games for Darwin Day, like “Pin the feather on the dinosaur” and a “Malthus Food Fight.”  For the complete lists, see 2/09/06 and 2/13/04.last_img read more

South African exile art comes home

first_img18 February 2009South Africans in exile are the focus of a four-month retrospective at the Johannesburg Art Gallery – “probably one of the major highlights of the year” for the gallery, according to the head curator, Clive Kellner.The Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition opened on 30 November and runs until 30 March 2009.It is a tribute to the exiled South Africans who formed the Medu Art Ensemble in Botswana. “We want to pay homage to them for having used their courage, vision and artistic creativity to fight apartheid,” explains Kellner. The exhibition is an extraordinary account of an artistic community in exile that used its talent to speak about the conditions in their country.Zoopy TV: The Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition takes a look at how the fight against the apartheid machine was waged through the arts. Click arrow to play video.On show are the graphic artworks of Thami Mnyele, whose works are considered seminal to the South African art scene. An anti-apartheid stalwart, Mnyele was murdered by the apartheid government more than two decades ago.Along with works by Mnyele and other visual artists, there are poems and music. A big exhibition, it “records the struggles we had to go through in striving for a better nation,” Kellner says.The exhibition covers several rooms at the gallery, each dedicated to a specific medium, including drawings, graphics, fine arts, biographies, posters, paintings, sculptures, newsletters, documentary films, photographs, and conference papers, among others.Thami MnyeleThamsanqa “Thami” Mnyele was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg; growing up in the township, he used art to voice his concerns about South Africa’s political landscape. He was the third of five children; his father was a minister and his mother was a domestic worker.Because of his active role in politics, Mnyele was exiled to Gaborone, in Botswana. He was killed in 1985 during a cross-border raid orchestrated by the South African Defence Force (SADF). He died less than a day before he was due to relocate to Zambia. He was 37.A large collection of his art, created while in exile, was packed into a portfolio, which the SADF confiscated. The collections were later screened on SABC television by the SADF officer, Craig Williamson, as part of evidence of Mnyele’s “terrorist” activities. Those works have never been recovered.Medu Art EnsembleWhile in Botswana, Mnyele worked with the Medu Art Ensemble, which was co-founded by his friend, Mongane Wally Serote, and was dedicated to the anti-apartheid struggle. Later, it redirected its focus to music, theatre, graphics and cinema.Deputy President Baleka Mbete and musicians Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa were schooled here. Medu’s active involvement in politics led to the ensemble being targeted by the apartheid security units.In 1984, in his unpublished autobiography, Mnyele wrote: “For me as craftsman, the act of creating art should complement the act of creating shelter for my family or liberating the country for my people. This is culture.”He added: “Our work hasn’t yet developed above the mere stage of protest. We’re still moaning and pleading. And even that we do with inferior craftsmanship and insincerity. We must partake actively in the struggle to paint sincerely.”Today, the Thami Mnyele Foundation’s residency programme for African artists in Amsterdam, Holland, continues to bear testament to the late artist’s far-reaching influence.The Johannesburg Art Gallery is on King George Street in Joubert Park; it is bordered by Wolmarans and Noord streets and is open to the public on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 5pm.For more information about the Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition, contact the gallery on +27 (0)11 725 3130.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

How to Read Histograms

first_imgIs your image too dark or too bright? Your histogram will let you know.If you taking pictures or video you probably have at least seen a histogram. Simply put, histograms are a visual representations of the tonality of your image. White pixels on the right, black pixels on the left and mid-tones…well you get the idea.Practically speaking a histogram will tell you if an image is underexposed or overexposed. The goal is to create a hump in the middle with the falloff not touching the left or right side of the image. The following video will give a quick rundown on how histograms work and how you can use them to become a better photographer/filmmaker. The video covers:Reading HistogramsSetting Up HistogramsUnderstanding the LayoutIf you shoot on a Nikon camera finding the histogram can be a little tricky. To avoid issues check out Nikon’s post on histograms.This video was first shared by CreativeLive on their YouTube channel. If you are interested in learning about other exposure/color scopes we recommend checking out our post on Vectorscopes and Waveforms.Have any recommendations for working with histograms? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Dhule lynching: 23 held, CM announces compensation

first_imgA day after five persons of a nomadic community were lynched in Dhule district of Maharashtra on suspicion of being child-lifters, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh for the families of each of the deceased.“I appeal to the residents not to believe unverified rumours circulating over social media or to take the law into their own hands. We have taken serious cognisance of this unfortunate incident,” Mr. Fadnavis said, speaking along the sidelines of a function in Nashik district.Meanwhile, 23 persons were taken into police custody in connection with the lynching of five persons in Dhule on Sunday.The deceased, identified as, Bharat Shankar Bhosale,45, his brother Dadarao Shankar Bhosale, Raju Bhosale and Bharat Malwe,47, (all hailing from Khave village in Solapur’s Mangalvedhe tehsil), and Anagu Ingole (from Manewadi village in Mangalvedhe) were bludgeoned to death by a mob in Sakri tehsil on suspicion of being child lifters. The victims belonged to the Gosavi nomadic community that derived sustenance by begging for almsIn Satara district, members of the nomadic Bhatkya Vimykta community staged a protest, against the State government, demanding that the compensation be increased to ₹10 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased.Uneasy calmAn uneasy calm prevailed in Rainpada hamlet, where the vigilante action occurred. According to reports, a number of villagers have fled the area after the lynchings.Earlier, the kin of the deceased refused to accept the bodies, demanding that stern action be taken against the killers.They later relented following the announcement of compensation. M. Ramkumar, Superintendent of Police, Dhule said that the bodies of the victims had been sent to Mangalvedhe for their last rites.“No government authority has come to meet us since the incident. We demand justice for our loved ones,” said Santosh Bhosale, son of the deceased Dadarao Bhosale.“The mob that had gathered on Sunday to mete out vigilante justice was already on the edge, owing to rumours about alleged child-lifters doing the rounds on social media for the past few days,” said a senior police official from Dhule.Minister of State for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar, who visited the district on Monday morning, promised stern action against the culprits.“I appeal to everybody not to believe in posts circulated over social media. No one should take the law in their hands,” said Mr. Kesarkar.The Dhule lynchings also elicited sharp condemnation from Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale and Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan.Mr. Chavan attributed the incident to the “failure” of the State Home Department — a portfolio being held by Mr. Fadnavis.last_img read more

Australia qualifies for World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras

first_imgThe Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA The Australian captain converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and calmly slotted home another penalty in the 85th to ensure Australia qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup.“I’ll take them all,” Jedinak said of his goals. “It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m happy to chip in.”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 shutoutForward Alberth Elis got a consolation goal for Honduras deep into injury time.Honduras earned a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the U.S. missed out. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Australia had the better opportunities in a 0-0 draw in the first leg last Friday in San Pedro Sula.But after a frustrating first half, when Tom Rogic created the only real chance with a mistimed shot in the 37th, Australia dominated the second half.Australia had opportunities to qualify directly for Russia in Asian qualifying but missed out on goal difference to Saudi Arabia in a tight finish in that group.That forced the Australians into an Asian playoff against Syria, which veteran Tim Cahill sealed with two goals in Sydney last month to set Australia up for the last-ditch home-and-away series against Honduras.The Australians edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year’s World Cup in Germany, and then qualified directly for 2010 and 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Australia’s Mile Jedinak scores a goal against Honduras during their World Cup soccer playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz)SYDNEY — Mile Jedinak led Australia into next year’s World Cup with a deflected free kick and two penalties in Wednesday’s 3-1 intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras.Jedinak, who missed the latter stages of Australia’s Asian qualifying campaign because of injury, opened the scoring when his free kick curled to the left of the wall and went in off defender Henry Figueroa in the 54th minute, bringing the 77,060 crowd at Sydney’s Olympic stadium to life.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his Socceroos “did it the hard way, but we deserve to be there.”The final word went to the jubilant Jedinak, a veteran midfielder who plays for second-tier Aston Villa in England.“We got the job done and that’s all that matters — it’s going to be a big 2018,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

5 days agoVardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester winby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy was furious with Burnley fans after the visiting fans mocked the striker’s wife for her role in the much-publicised row with Coleen Rooney. Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, was involved in a huge Twitter spat during the international break in which Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, publicly accused Rebekah of leaking private stories about the Rooney family to the press. During Leicester’s win, Burnley fans however took the opportunity to goad Vardy, chanting: ‘Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass’ while the away side were leading 1-0 in the Premier League game.Vardy equalised for the home side just before the half time break and was quick to run over to the Burnley fans to vent his frustrations at them. last_img read more

Maersk Tankers Linked to Sale of Two MR1 Oldies

first_imgzoom Maersk Tankers, part of Denmark’s shipping conglomerate Maersk, has disposed of two older MR1 tankers, VesselsValue’s data shows.The ships in question are the 2000-built Maersk Rapier and the 2002-built Maersk Rhode Island, both constructed at CSSC OME shipyard in China.As disclosed by VesselsValue, the 35,000 dwt Maersk Rapier and the 34,800 dwt Maersk Rhode Island were sold to unnamed parties for USD 6.5 million and USD 8.5 million, respectively.With a gross tonnage of around 22,180 tons, each of the ships has a length of 171 meters and a width of 27 meters.“We can confirm that we have reached an agreement to sell Maersk Rapier. The vessel will be delivered to the new owner in the near future. The other vessel can not be confirmed,” a representative from Maersk Tankers told World Maritime News.In 2016, Maersk Tankers said that it plans to replace approximately 20 percent of its fleet within the next few years with newbuildings already ordered and scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2018.Currently, the company’s fleet consists of around 160 owned and commercially managed product tanker vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Skill deal for startup boost

first_imgKolkata: State of Science and Technology and Biotechnology department signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) in order to introduce two new courses which will help to develop skills for the entrepreneurs who want to come up with new start ups.On Wednesday afternoon, at Vigyan Chetana Bhavan, in Salt Lake, principal secretary to the Science and Technology and Biotechnology department Sayeed Ahmed Baba and Registrar of MAKAUT Partha Pratim Lahiri signed two MoU in presence of minister Bratya Basu. According to the MoU, the two courses are M.Tech on Geoinformetics and Post Graduate (PG) Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Business Management. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the scientists, the course on Geoinformetics will help the students to get more jobs Also the PG diploma course on Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Business Management will help the entrepreneurs to handle the critical issues of technology business management using the intellectual property rights as a tool for an organization or start ups which they are running. “The diploma course will help the entrepreneurs to become self dependent using the intellectual property rights. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the talent of Bengal to stay here and our aim is to create opportunities,” said Basu.last_img read more

Fort St John man charged with smuggling cocaine in Halifax facing separate

first_imgWith files from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald: http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/fourth-man-charged-in-coke-seizure-from-ship-241845/ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John man who was charged with conspiracy to import cocaine in Halifax back in June will be appearing in court early next month on a number of separate charges stemming from arrests that occurred shortly after he was released on bail.46-year-old Darcy Peter Bailey was arrested on June 9th along with two other men after Canada Border Services Agency divers discovered roughly 150 kilograms of cocaine had been strapped to the bottom of the Arica, a container ship registered in Liberia. The three men were allegedly in possession of diving equipment when they were arrested near the Port of Halifax, and were charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into Canada.In mid-July, Bailey was released on $10,000 bail along with 34-year-old Matthew Ryan Lambert of Richmond, B.C., whose bail was set at $50,000. The Halifax Chronicle-Herald is reporting that after they were released from custody on July 18th, the pair were re-arrested that evening and charged with breaching their conditions by having indirect contact through Lambert’s wife.After they were freed again the next day, the pair flew back to B.C. where they were subsequently arrested on new charges.Bailey was arrested in Baldonnel on July 26th and was charged with 16 offences, including five counts of possessing a firearm without a license, eight counts of possessing weapons while prohibited, and one count of altering a firearm serial number.Then on August 2nd, he was arrested yet again, this time in Abbotsford. He faces charges of possessing a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition and unauthorized possession in a motor vehicle in connection with that arrest.Bailey is set to appear at the Fort St. John law courts on Monday, October 1st, at 9:30 a.m.A fourth man, 29-year-old Nelson Ricardo Alvarado-Calles of Richmond Hill, Ontario was arrested in August and then transported to Halifax, where he was charged in connection with the cocaine seizure.last_img read more