Making sense out of Las Vegas

first_imgDoug Bankson is the Lead Pastor at the Victory Church World Outreach Center in Apopka and an Apopka City Commissioner. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSOpinionPastor Doug Bankson Previous articleCanned skunkNext articleA nation in mourning Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR OpinionBy Pastor Doug BanksonHow do we make sense out of such insanity?Everyone is reeling over the inhuman massacre of innocent lives in Las Vegas, the latest in a string of attacks that seem to be worsening with each passing day. To say this was a sick act is an understatement. Heinous comes to mind. How could a man who was wealthy, successful, and to those who knew him an otherwise apparently normal person commit such an act? The even greater question is, what is happening to our nation and our world?While no one simple answer explains every complex situation, there is an overriding and systemic issue that gives rise to a climate of the selfish and wanton taking of lives. Self governance was designed for a moral people, and fails without moral restraints. George Washington was famously quoted as saying, “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.” John Adams, our second president also warned, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”These statements denote something deeper that restrains society from falling into anarchy. But let me first make a few other observations:Stricter gun control is an emotional and easy target that misses the mark. No amount of gun control laws have the power to police the inward dealings of a man. It is already against the law to commit such crimes and yet they haven’t stopped them, so more laws will simply take away the rights of law abiding citizens protected by the second amendment, and leave them even more prey.Many point to the socio-economic problems, but obviously that was not the case here, nor is it in the millions of poor yet happy people that live decent and good lives all over the world.We could seek to blame distraught situations, yet again there are many who face devastation and would never think of doing such a horrific act. Tragedies abound, and yet for many they display amazing acts of overcoming adversity.Yes laws are necessary for the governing of any society, but they alone cannot solve the issue. Law is the delineating of standards of conduct for mankind to live in liberty with one another. Law labels crime and metes its punishment, and becomes a deterrent for an individual to understand that bad actions bring bad consequences.But the true problem lies deeper than reason alone, which is why this insane act in Vegas makes no sense to the normal individual. It goes to the very heart and soul of a man. You see, God created us with a self governing tool called conscience. It is an internal knowledge of right and wrong, written into the heart of men, like a spiritual DNA code, that will ever separate us from artificial intelligence. It is not something you can merely educate into the core of a person or even force such action against their will.Conscience is an innate control valve that is more tied to love than to reason. True love will work no ill toward its neighbor, thus demonstrating by intuitive knowledge what God’s law spells out.All of God’s laws are the aforementioned standards of conduct that logically delineate what an uncorrupted and un-seared conscience knows. It was understood by our founders as universal law, aka the laws of nature and nature’s God. These laws were expressed in written form and delivered directly to Moses on Mount Sinai. They are called The Ten Commandments, and are the foundation stones for human law. Uneducated people will argue scriptures about not eating shellfish and the like, not understanding the difference between law and ordinance, ceremonial Jewish law, and the effect of the Cross and Jesus’ atonement. But our founders understood it, and built this nation and its liberties upon the Judeo-Christian foundation.They knew that the first of the two tablets was off limits to government intrusion, and was the framework for the first amendment. But the second tablet of the Ten Commandments dealt with interpersonal relationships, and established the parameters for man-made laws and ordinances. We do not have the right to make any laws contrary to these universal parameters of right and wrong! Included are issues of marriage and family (both as God defines) as well as other commands that teach us not to lie, steal, or covet our neighbors wife or property.Nestled in the midst of these is the clear command: THOU SHALT NOT MURDER. This is the accurate translation because murder is the taking of innocent life. This is the reason we all are angry, hurt, and bewildered today, because this law is written in our hearts by God, and it is our conscience that keeps us from crossing this line.So now to the systemic issue that we are plagued with, and I fear we are only seeing the beginning of darkness. We have pushed God out of our nation and he is ebbing from public consciousness! Not only are we removing the internal law of conscience which brings moral restraint, but we are eroding the foundation of moral law itself -the second line of defense against a broken conscience. If there is no God, there is no universal law, and there is no eternal consequence!Since 1947 when the initial errors of redefining the establishment clause began to shift at the Supreme Court level, the lie of secularism has slowly wrapped its fingers around our throats and is beginning to squeeze the life from us. Secularism and humanism are the big lies that are re-writing history, and removing the only true deterrent from our society falling apart. In 1962 we made a monumental move in the wrong direction by the process of outlawing prayer and Bible reading from schools, and we now have an entire generation indoctrinated in the glory of man with no mention of God. We are suffering the consequence of removing God from our culture, and consciences are getting seared to the point of animal instinct. We have proudly labeled Las Vegas “Sin City” and have now suffered the worst mass shooting in U.S. history there. We need God to deliver us from ourselves!WHEN THE FORCES OF CONSCIENCE AND CONSEQUENCE ARE BROKEN DOWN, MEN PLUNGE INTO UNRESTRAINED EVIL!This is the systemic issue that our founders warned us of, and we must turn back to the God who can save us from ourselves. If the government systematically silences the voice of the church from society, and interjects its own morality based upon the offense of others, we have already lost our liberty. Christianity does not seek to force belief in God, but we are duty bound to uphold the laws of the Creator who gave us our inalienable rights! It is the only form of government that actually protects everyone’s right to believe according to their conscience, however we must play by the rules or we lose the game.So as we are all facing this unspeakable tragedy, may we also reconcile ourselves to the God who gave us this land of liberty. May we find ways to express our thoughts without destroying our foundation. May we honor our flag and stand for the ones who stood for our liberty while we find better ways to deal with the injustices we see or perceive. May we continue to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.May God cradle the hearts of those who have suffered such loss, and may we work together to bring healing and peace. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

How China pursues its Internet control obsession

first_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures The authorities continue to reinforce their control of the Internet in China, which held its 10th annual China Internet Conference on 23 August in Beijing.Use of the Internet has grown enormously in recent years. China now has half a billion Internet users. Facebook and Twitter are censored but Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging website, has more than 200 million users. The public’s enthusiasm for the Internet and the government’s fear of online protests has resulted in constant improvements in online censorship. Weibo, for example, now employs 100 people around the clock just to monitor the content being posted online, according to the magazine Forbes.Here is an overview of the latest Chinese “innovations” in Internet censorship and control.Cyber-attacksIn a report published earlier this month, McAfee’s Internet security experts said they believed a major state-sponsored hacking campaign had been under way since 2006. China was suspected. “Everything points to China,” security expert Jim Lewis said. There was evidence in support of the claim in a 17 July report on China’s state-owned TV station CCTV-7 showing someone carrying out a DDoS-type attack on a site operated by the Falun Gong movement, which is banned in China. The report was subsequently removed from the station’s website.The Chinese authorities also reportedly orchestrated a wave of cyber-attacks on Tibetan websites in mid-August after a young Tibetan monk, Tsewang Norbu, set fire to himself. The authorities had already tightened censorship after another young monk, Phuntsog, set fire to himself in Kirti in March. According to Free Tibet, the phone lines in the region were temporarily cut and Internet cafés were closed.Economic censorship of Internet cafésThe authorities have also forced public WiFi access providers to install extremely expensive user tracking software. As a result, they are both reinforcing their control of Internet traffic and imposing an form of economic censorship, as small businesses have to stop offering WiFi if they cannot afford the software.Healthy InternetThe official news agency Xinhua reported on 8 August that the government wanted to tighten Internet access rules in order to guarantee “a healthy Internet” for future generations. In its Plan for the Development of Chinese Children covering the period until 2020, the government talks of an additional software programme for children that will “filter dangerous content.” The plan also envisages banning minors from Internet cafés.During a visit to the headquarters of Sina Corp on 22 August, Beijing party secretary Liu Qi called on Internet entrepreneurs to reinforce control of content circulating online. In a clearly-worded directive the same week, the Beijing Internet Media Association said: “Online news should be trustworthy and should not spread rumours or vulgar content.” The microblogging website Weibo was quick to comply, closing the accounts of some users for a month for allegedly spreading “false rumours.”Censorship circumventionChinese Internet users are familiarizing themselves with the use of censorship circumvention resources, a development that both the authorities and some private-sector companies intend to check. The business site Taobao.com decided on 23 August to stop selling Virtual Private Networks and proxies without being told to do so by the authorities. Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to see the private sector anticipating government orders on Internet user control.Arrests and repressionArrests and convictions of netizens are meanwhile continuing. Wang Lihong (王荔蕻) appeared in court on 12 August for trying to organize a demonstration. The verdict will be announced in September. She is facing a possible five-year sentence.It turns out that Hu Di (胡荻), a netizen who went missing in March, was in fact put in a psychiatric hospital although he has no mental illness. He is now in poor physical health but his morale is high, according to another cyber-dissident, Zheng Tao (郑涛), who was able to visit him. Zheng has himself been detained since 21 August as a result of the visit. Ding Mao (丁矛) and Chen Wei (陈卫), two netizens who were arrested on 19 and 20 February, are still detained. There were taken before a prosecutor for the second time in mid-August. The authorities must now decide whether to try or release them.The cyber-dissident Liu Gengsong (吕耿松) was meanwhile released on 23 August on completing a four-year jail sentence.Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to release all imprisoned netizens without delay and to drop all the charges against them. China is on the Reporters Without Borders list of Enemies of the Internet and is ranked 171st out of 178 countries in its press freedom index.center_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts News Follow the news on China Help by sharing this information August 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 How China pursues its Internet control obsession News News March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Man’s death raises Indonesia’s H5N1 toll to 85

first_imgSep 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian health ministry officials today reported a fatal H5N1 avian influenza infection in a 33-year-old man from the island of Sumatra.Joko Suyono, an official at the health ministry’s avian flu center, said the man was from Riau province and had contact with chickens before becoming ill on Aug 25, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. “He processed chicken that he bought from a nearby market,” Suyono told Xinhua.The man, a plantation worker, was hospitalized 10 days ago with a high fever, a cough, and breathing difficulties, Arman Zubair, another health ministry official, told the Associated Press (AP) today. He said the man previously seemed to be recovering, but his infection worsened suddenly and he died today, the AP reported.If the case is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), it will go down as Indonesia’s 85th avian flu fatality and 106th case. Indonesia has the world’s highest toll of H5N1 cases and deaths. The WHO’s global H5N1 count is 327 cases with 199 deaths.Animal-health experts believe the H5N1 virus has become endemic in poultry in some parts of Indonesia. In August, the country’s resort island of Bali reported its first two human H5N1 cases, both fatal.last_img read more

Men should take June to get healthy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day, I encourage all men to recognize the importance of seeking preventative, timely and appropriate medical care. Let all of us — men and women — remain mindful important role preventative medical care, daily exercise, a balanced diet and refraining from smoking can have in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.Ladies, this June, which is Men’s Health Month, encourage the men in your life to eat healthy, exercise daily and visit the doctor for regular checkups. Are you ready to man-up and schedule a doctor’s appointment this June?If you don’t have health insurance, the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties (CSP) may be able to assist you with some of these annual screenings. CSP provides free mammograms and pap tests to eligible women 40 and older, and colon cancer screenings to eligible men and women 50 and older. For more information, please call 518- 841-3726.Suzanne HagadornAmsterdamThe writer is health education and promotion coordinator for CSP Fulton, Montgomery andSchenectady.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with regular checkups from your healthcare provider. Regular screenings may include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health and more. Did you know that women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit a doctor for annual exams? Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems isn’t just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf y el Fiscal General Shapiro anuncian protecciones contra ejecuciones hipotecarias y desalojos hasta el 10 de julio

first_img Español,  Press Release En el día de hoy, el Fiscal General Josh Shapiro se unió al Gobernador Tom Wolf para anunciar que firmó un decreto que protege a los residentes de Pennsylvania de las ejecuciones hipotecarias o los desalojos hasta el 10 de julio. La medida se basa en una orden de la Corte Suprema de Pennsylvania que suspendió los procedimientos judiciales de desalojo hasta el 11 de mayo y garantiza que ningún inquilino o propietario será desalojado de su hogar por 60 días más.“En un momento en que las personas deben quedarse en casa para proteger su salud, no deberían tener que preocuparse por perder sus viviendas”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Garantizar que las personas puedan permanecer en sus viviendas les ayudará a proteger mejor a sus seres queridos. Brinda a las familias la tranquilidad de saber que tendrán un lugar para vivir mientras todos trabajamos juntos para luchar contra la COVID-19 y nos prepararnos para sacar adelante a Pennsylvania”.“Felicito al Gobernador por su decisión de demorar los procedimientos de desalojo y ejecución hipotecaria. Sabemos que es crucial para la salud pública y para la recuperación de nuestra economía que las personas se queden en sus casas durante esta emergencia”, dijo el Fiscal General Shapiro. “Esta orden brinda algo con lo que las personas que luchan ante la pérdida de ingresos pueden contar: un techo sobre sus cabezas”.Bajo casi todas las circunstancias, los inquilinos y propietarios tienen la obligación de seguir efectuando los pagos mensuales. Si usted es un residente de Pennsylvania que está teniendo problemas para efectuar sus pagos mensuales, debe comunicarse con su arrendador o prestador hipotecario de inmediato.La Administración Wolf proporcionó recomendaciones la semana pasada para detener las ejecuciones hipotecarias, los desalojos y ayudar a las personas que sufren la falta de hogar. El Departamento de Servicios Humanos activó la Fuerza de Tareas de Refugio estatal y está trabajando con socios locales y estatales para coordinar recursos para las personas sin vivienda. El Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario y Económico también está aceptando solicitudes para subvenciones para soluciones de emergencia para colaborar con la pronta reubicación de las personas sin vivienda, enlace en la calle, prevención de la falta de vivienda y actividades de refugio de emergencia.La Agencia de Financiación de Vivienda de Pennsylvania (PHFA, por sus siglas en inglés) también está tomando medidas para ayudar a los propietarios y los inquilinos. La agencia ha suspendido las ejecuciones hipotecarias y los desalojos y está siendo tolerante con las exenciones de pago tardío a los propietarios de viviendas con una hipoteca de la PHFA que están sufriendo dificultades financieras debido a la COVID-19. La PHFA también desarrolló una lista de los derechos y responsabilidades de los inquilinos para aclarar la situación de quienes residen en apartamentos y está trabajando con los propietarios y administradores de propiedades para distribuirla a los inquilinos. La PHFA también está alentando a los gerentes de edificios con créditos fiscales para viviendas de bajos ingresos a ser flexibles respecto de los pagos de alquileres y a no cobrar los cargos por mora a los inquilinos cuyos empleos se hayan visto afectados por la crisis.“Durante las últimas semanas, hemos tenido una gran cooperación de los residentes de Pennsylvania que comprenden que quedarse en casa no se trata solamente de protegerse a ellos mismos, sino de proteger a todas las personas de la comunidad”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Este decreto quita una carga más a las personas que están luchando y les da más tiempo para volver a ponerse de pie”.Encuentre más información útil en los siguientes sitios:Agencia de Financiación de Vivienda de PennsylvaniaUnited Way of PAOficina de Protección de Finanzas del ConsumidorDepartamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de los Estados Unidos (HUD)Agencias de asesoramiento de viviendas aprobadas por el HUDFannie MaeFreddie Mac Asistencia sobre ejecución hipotecaria y desalojo de la Agencia Federal de Financiamiento de Vivienda (FHFA)Ver esta página en inglés. May 07, 2020 El Gobernador Wolf y el Fiscal General Shapiro anuncian protecciones contra ejecuciones hipotecarias y desalojos hasta el 10 de julio SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff bookings: Feb. 25, 2013 – March 4, 2013

first_imgDeringer Bobby G46Wellington Ks600 N. High Dr Wellington KsSUSOCowley Co. Warrant, Failure to appearCowley2/26/13 Mann, Thomas J Jr31San Diego, CA311 W 2nd Wellington, KSWPDDV Battery, CDTP, Poss of Marijuana, Poss of Para, Poss of MethAgg AssualtSumner3/2/13 Bickle, Derik20Wellington, KS610 E Hillside wellington KSSUSOServing SentenceSumner3/1/13 Demaree, Courtney31Arkansas City, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOProbation ViolationSumner3/1/13 Perez, Patrick F Jr27Olathe, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington KSWPDServing sentence 48 hoursWellington3/2/13 Evans, Clifford51Udall, Ks1000 Block N US 81SUSODriving Under InfluenceSumner3/3/13 Auzat, Brendan A23Wellington, Ks300 S Blaie, Wellingon, KSWPDCriminal Damage to PropertyWellington3/3/13 Terry Banks61Wichita, KSSumner County CourthouseSUSOServing SentenceSumner3/1/13 Alicea, Jose33Oxford Ks203 S Iowa, Oxford, KSSUSODriving Under Influence, Cowley County Warrant for FTASumner3/3/13 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the weekly bookings at the Sumner County Detention Center filed through the Sumner County Sheriff’s office:(Editor’s Note: Our apologies for the table running into the ads. We are having formatting issues with this particular table). Maxwell, Stephen28Wellington, KsSumner County CourthouseSUSOProbation Violation (Arrest and Detain)Sumner2/27/13 Sedgwick Co.25 Pericolosi, Vicki51Conway Springs610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOBond RevocationSumner3/3/13center_img Smith Joseph L43Wellington Ks600 S. Jefferson Wellington KsSUSOCowley Co. Warrant, 2 cts Probation ViolationCowley2/26/13 Cecil, Shauna L31Wichita, KS430 New York Ave, Wichita, KSCoon BondingBond Revocation – original charge of Probation ViolationSumner3/1/13 Flynn, Mike37Caldwell, KSWashington and Sumner St, Wellington KSWPDDriving while suspended, Transporting open container, No proof of insuranceWellington3/1/13 Sumner Co.15 Patricia Reys24Wellington, KS1600 N “A”, Wellington, Ks.WPDPoss. of Meth, Poss of Paraphernailia, D.W.S.and No InsuranceSumner3/1/13 Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 2/25/2013 thru 3/4/2013   Joshua Srock31Wichita, KSSumner County CourthouseSUSOFailure to AppearSumner3/1/13 Bookings NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesCourtDate of Arrest Yoder, Christofer34Wellington, KS300 W US 160 HwySUSOPossession of controlled substanceSumner3/3/13 Wellington P D5last_img read more

Washington Center Announces Anacker Scholarship for the Arts

first_imgSubmitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center, in downtown Olympia, seats 945 and hosts performances 350 days per year.The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the formation of the Anacker Scholarship for the Arts.  This $1,000 award is designed to recognize, encourage and support a Thurston County scholar’s study in the field of the arts.Applicants will be a one academic year or longer resident of Thurston County, who is graduating in that year as a senior of a Thurston County high school, who intends to pursue a career in the arts and who has enrolled or will be enrolling in a future course of study to that end.The deadline for applications shall be April 30th, 2014.  The successful candidate will be announced in May 2014, and the award presented during a Washington Center event in May or June 2014.Please find more information and an application form at: http://wcpa.squarespace.com/blog/2014/4/1/anacker-scholarship-for-the-arts-application-form.html or at The Washington Center administrative offices, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA. Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

When Science Gets Political

first_imgThe classic view of the scientist as an unbiased observer of nature was shattered with the development of the atomic bomb.  Suddenly, it became apparent to the physicists working out the equations of nuclear fission that they could not absolve themselves completely of responsibility for the political uses of their research.  Yet since the days of the French Academy of Sciences in the 17th century, kings and other rulers have called on natural philosophers to inform their decisions.  These days, scientific institutions state political opinions at will.  Some recent news items show them inserting their opinions beyond what the data alone might indicate. Population:  A series on global population in Science at the end of July included a Chinese public policy expert telling China what to do about its one-child policy,1 a demographer at UC Berkeley telling the UN how to project global population trends,2 and another expert discussing the “upside of downsizing.”3 One unusual article in the series was by David Malakoff, a writer (not a scientist), who asked, “Are more people necessarily a problem?”4  He told how the inhabitants of Machaco, “a parching desert of rocks, stones and sand” in Kenya, used to live in miserable poverty and hopelessness.  Today, 1.5 million people call it home, and are much better off.  Social and economic changes allowed the population to “regreen once-barren hillsides, reinvigorate failing soils, reduce birth rates, and increase crop production and incomes,” supporting the counter-intuitive idea “that rapid human population growth, even in some of Earth’s driest, most challenging environments, is not necessarily a recipe for disaster—and can even bring benefits.”  More people meant more innovation, more labor and more political involvement.  He added: And Machakos isn’t alone. In other hard-pressed regions, researchers are finding that even explosive population growth can be accompanied by some surprising trends—such as increased tree cover, more productive farms and economies, and improved well-being. Such results are adding new fuel to long-standing arguments that sheer numbers alone don’t determine the consequences of population growth, and that a complex mix of culture, socioeconomics, and biology also plays a role. The findings are also renewing interest in the work of a pioneering Danish economist who challenged conventional notions about the dire consequences of more people—and are raising hopes that even the poorest, fastest-growing regions could, with the right mix of policies, ride out the global population tsunami. This contradicts Malthus, he said.  To Malakoff, Malthusian pessimism should be balanced by the views of Ester Boserup, a Danish economist who died in 1999, who argued that population growth could intensify new technology and more labor to get more productivity out of the land—and even decrease erosion—leading to more sustainability, not less. He added, though, that not all economists agree, and location may play a crucial role in outcome. One point seems clear; more people does not necessarily lead to catastrophe.  “The trick is getting good policy that addresses local conditions and recognizes the needs and knowledge of local people,” one geographer said.  This paper by Malakoff stood in stark contrast to the others with more dire predictions. Stem Cells.  Nature proudly presented Paul Knoepfler,5 who decided to take his science to the blogosphere and become a stem-cell blogger, taking his views online to argue that success with adult stem cells is not “a panacea that make embryonic stem cells redundant”.  His article did not mention ethics.  A Nature editorial August 4 also presented cautious optimism in support of the recent ruling that allowed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to proceed.6  “The law has got this one right, but being right is rarely enough.” Climate change.  In Nature News, Jeff Tollefson championed the cause of scientists who have challenged Joe Bast, a libertarian who, with his Heartland Institute, have led skeptics of human-caused global warming. “The skeptic meets his match,” Tollefson wrote, adding, “Joe Bast and his libertarian think tank are a major force among climate sceptics — but they just can’t win the battle over science.”  (Ironically, Andy Coghlan at New Scientist suggested that rapid climate change was responsible for sending Australopithecus out of the trees to begin the rise to humans.) Evolution.  In a news focus article, Science magazine noted that schools are entering debates about whether to teach anthropogenic global warming as controversial or not.7  A Colorado activist noted, “Evolution is still the big one, but climate change is catching up.”  Writer Sara Reardon made it clear her disdain for members of the public who have conducted a “the century-long assault on evolution” as she called it. Utopia.  Shadows of utopian dreams lingered behind an article on PhysOrg called, “Helping to map the foundations of a ‘Big Society’.”  Members of an institution called the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) in Southampton, UK, a “broad interdisciplinary mix of academics,” are “bringing together a wide range of evidence to analyze the uneven capacity of communities, and are seeking to relate these patterns to underlying social and economic conditions.”  Third Sector refers to non-government organizations.  The TSRC appears ready to inform governments about how to allocate public funding.  Its director said, “This calls for creative thought about how we match community needs, with people who have the time and resources to contribute voluntary effort.”  The TSRC website sees its vision as “informing civil society.” PhysOrg even had an article about a professor advising the UK about religious education. The overlap of science and politics is a fact of life since World War II.  In many cases, as with the French Academy or NASA, science can provide benefits and national prestige.  Individual scientists, too, have just as much right to political involvement as any other citizen. What becomes worrisome is when scientists and their institutions become blind to their own biases, or think that their opinions are somehow superior because they are “scientific”—a word that has become loaded with political overtones. 1. Xhise Peng, “China’s Demographic History and Future Challenges,” Science, 29 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6042, pp. 581-587, DOI: 10.1126/science.1209396. 2. Ronald Lee, “The Outlook for Population Growth,” Science, 29 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6042, pp. 569-573, DOI: 10.1126/science.1208859. 3. Dennis Normile, “The Upside of Downsizing,” Science, 29 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6042, p. 547, DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6042.547. 4. David Malakoff, “Are More People Necessarily a Problem?”, Science, 29 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6042, pp. 544-546, DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6042.544. 5. Paul Knoepfler, “My year as a stem-cell blogger,” Nature News 475, 425 (2011) | doi:10.1038/475425a. 6. Editorial, “Safe, not secure,” Nature 476 (04 August 2011), page 5,    doi:10.1038/476005b. 7. Sara Reardon, “Climate Change Sparks Battles in Classroom,” Science,  5 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6043 pp. 688-689, DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6043.688. We would not deny any scientist the right to speak out and vote.  We just think that Nature, Science, and many of the scientific institutions should be more forthcoming about their biases, and allow more balance in their publications. Usually, everything they write is pro-embryonic stem cells, pro-abortion, pro-human caused global warming, pro-evolution, pro-big government, liberal-leftist, globalist and elitist.  The Malakoff article was a rare exception; but even so, it failed to point to the real problem about sustainability: corrupt governments.  When people have freedom and strong moral principles, the world is a bountiful gift from the Creator to faithful stewards. Incidentally, notice how scientists can be blind to key factors in their investigations.  Medical Xpress noted that religious beliefs have a profound effect on worry, with patients having faith in a loving God faring much better than those who see God as punishing or indifferent.  Would natural science have thought of that factor?  The author of a study noted that psychologists rarely ask about their patients’ beliefs.  “That’s crazy.  We don’t even ask.  We aren’t trained to.” Scientific institutions need to stop pretending to be the rational advisors to the world.  They need to open the doors to those outside the one-party-rule castle they have erected, and let the sun shine in.  Sunshine is a good disinfectant.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

9 months agoPochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksenby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has trust in Christian Eriksen amid his continuing negotiations over a contract extension.The Dane stated this week that he was waiting for the club to appease his demands.Eriksen’s current contract expires in 2020 and Pochettino believes he can count on him to perform until then.He said: “We hope that he can be here for a long time.”I think Christian is a fantastic player. I was in Copenhagen in the summer and spent a good time with my wife, and Christian, in a very nice restaurant!”We hope that Christian can commit to the club with a long-term contract – but in football business it is about timings and negotiations.”He is ready to wait. Maybe sign this week, maybe sign in six months.”For me, it is not a point to discuss. He is very committed with us and he is playing so well. He is a great player and I am so happy with him.”He is a special person and you need to give him some freedom on the pitch.”You cannot put him in a box to play, you need to give freedom and trust in him.”It’s like my dog in the park – I say, ‘go, I trust in you!’. Christian, you need to trust in him.”There is going to be a decision, and I hope he will commit to the club for the long term.” last_img read more

Inquiry to examine funeral home mishap where family says woman wrongly cremated

first_imgHALIFAX – An inquiry will look into a bizarre mix-up at a Nova Scotia funeral home that saw the wrong body presented to a grieving family, who say their loved one was cremated against their wishes.Adam Tipert of the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors said Wednesday that the agency will convene a hearing in Halifax on Feb. 7 to determine what happened at the Serenity Funeral Home in Berwick last month.“I can confirm that our board has served notice to the respective individuals who we feel are required to participate in the hearing,” he said. “We need to determine the chain of custody and just exactly what were the events that unfolded at the funeral home that day.”Relatives of Sandra Bennett say they arrived at the home on Dec. 27 for a visitation following her death a week earlier, but found the body of another woman dressed in Bennett’s clothing in the casket.They say they were presented with another body in the casket. Again, it wasn’t their 65-year-old relative.Bennett’s niece, JoAnne Dominey, said the family was then told Bennett was mistakenly cremated, contravening their request for an open casket service.Serenity Funeral Home did not respond to a request for comment.Tipert would not reveal who would be participating in the hearing, but he said the findings could lead to changes affecting other funeral homes in the province.Lawyer Paul Walter is representing Bennett’s husband. He did not respond to a request for comment.He has said his firm is in the process of gathering information and arranging meetings with affected family members.Tipert said the board was notified about the matter by the funeral home. He said the board was gathering information about what discussions were held with family members and what documentation was in place.He said the documents required for a legal cremation explicitly spell out what the wishes are for the deceased.Tipert also said employees at the home raised concerns about the facility with the board in 2015, but the board found there wasn’t enough information to proceed any further. He would not reveal what those concerns were.Tipert said he has spoken about the case with Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan, whose department oversees the licensing of funeral homes, and that the findings of the inquiry will be provided to the government.The board has the authority to suspend or revoke professional licences.“Once we have the matter we’re dealing with taken care of, it will be time to move forward and look at what safeguards and checks can be put into place to make sure that this situation will never happen again,” he said.“There was nothing about this mistake that was good, but we certainly hope that when it’s over we can come out of it with some sort of positive message.”last_img read more