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Philadelphia protesters honor nurse slain in Gaza

first_imgAs demonstrators gathered outside the Municipal Services Building in Philadelphia for a solidarity protest with Palestine on June 8, passersby were drawn to a large display of photos of Razan al-Najjar, the 21-year-old nurse murdered by Israeli snipers while providing emergency medical support at a protest in Gaza on June 1. Razan, who lived less than 100 meters from where she was shot, was not the first Palestinian medical worker killed by Israelis in the weekly border demonstrations that began in late March.The Philadelphia Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid campaign called on supporters to heed the call from Palestinians in Gaza to join in an international day of protest and solidarity: “We urge all free people everywhere to join the Palestinians by organizing solidarity events to demand that their governments exert pressure on Israel to end its oppression and occupation of the Palestinian people.” June 8 marked the 70th anniversary of Israeli forces’ violent seizure of Jerusalem.The PDOA coalition specifically reached out to nurses, paramedics and other medical workers to stand in solidarity with al-Najjar to honor her memory and to stand up for medical workers in Gaza and around the world. Their call received messages of solidarity from health care workers, including members of Rebellious Nurses and the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals.The action was endorsed by Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, the MOVE Family, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, International Action Center, Workers World Party, Foods Not Bombs-Solidarity, Temple Students for Justice in Palestine, Philly BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions], Jewish Voice for Peace, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Philadelphia Socialists and REAL Justice.Since April 6, activists in Philadelphia have made international headlines with weekly demonstrations opposing the Philadelphia Orchestra’s apartheid tour in Israel. The orchestra is now back, but the overwhelming message from the protesters was “we are only getting started.”A march following the rally stopped outside City Hall, where speakers addressed the reality that the genocide in Palestine is funded by the U.S., at the same time that Israeli soldiers are training police in Philadelphia. One demonstrator’s sign read, “Their snipers train our cops.”The demonstration ended at the Kimmel Center on south Broad Street, where the orchestra performs. Police at the site were prepared to block protesters with stacks of barricades. Protesters ignored the fences, filled the sidewalk outside the center, and took over the southbound lane of Broad Street, handing out flyers to people in cars passing by.Speakers noted that on June 6 the orchestra played for Israeli Defense Forces soldiers, including those who may have murdered al-Najjar, totally ignoring their crimes. The orchestra’s “cultural” visit made no mention of al-Najjar’s death. Their overall messaging has been about the “sanctity of the concert hall.”Meanwhile, when demonstrators disrupted a football practice in Barcelona on June 6 after Israel announced it was moving a soccer game between Israel and Argentina from Haifa to Jerusalem, players didn’t respond by talking about “the sanctity of the football pitch.” They responded by boycotting Israel.The Electronic Intifada reported: “Argentina’s newspaper Clarín confirmed that when protesters using a megaphone called individually on players not to take part in the match during a practice in Barcelona it had an impact.“‘The players looked at each other surprised. The megaphone began to name the names of the Argentine stars one by one, starting with Messi. The request, never with grievances, was the same: ‘Do not play that game,’ Clarín reported. ‘It was no longer possible to be indifferent to what was happening.’” (June 6)If only the Philadelphia Orchestra management had as much integrity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Homes in Inishowen without water following overnight burst

first_img By News Highland – January 17, 2019 Homes in Inishowen without water following overnight burst Homepage BannerNews Previous articleIrish motorists may need ‘Green Card’ to drive across borderNext articleNew data protection rules could mean disposal of important files News Highland Twitter Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+center_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford A number homes in Inishowen remain without water today following an overnight pipe burst.It’s understood that properties affected are mainly in and around Burt area.Irish Water is aware of the issue and a team has been tasked to carry out repair works.However, the utility says that it will be after 4pm this afternoon before the service is restored.last_img read more

Blue Star Mothers Accepting Donations For Military Christmas Care Package Drive

first_imgFile image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Blue Star Mothers NY Chapter 4 is currently accepting donations for this year’s Military Christmas Care Package Drive. The group says monetary and material donations are being collected, including hand-signed cards and letters. Items especially sought are beef jerkys, protein bars, peanut butter, hand wipes and hand sanitizers, dried fruit, trail mixes, water enhancers, and pop-top lid cans of fruit, soups and meats.Monetary donations will be used for the purchase of additional items needed and for postage to send the packages to deployed troops around the world. The group says handwritten notes and cards are always a favorite of the men and women who receive these care packages, and civic organizations, schools, youth groups, and individuals are urged to participate in this project.Since its inception during WWII, the Blue Star Mothers organization has existed to provide support for active duty service personnel, to promote patriotism, and to assist veterans’ organizations in our communities. The organization is composed of mothers who now have or have had children honorably serving in the US Military, as well as associate members of extended family members and friends. As proud mothers of the men and women who are ready to fight for this nation’s freedoms, the group seeks to encourage and support American troops as well as support each other in their journey. During 2019, with the help of many schools, churches, community members and civic organizations, over 1000 care packages were sent to America’s deployed sons and daughters, along with unnumbered cards and letters. This is an accomplishment for which this chapter is not only proud, but tremendously grateful.Despite the challenges that 2020 has presented, the Blue Star Mothers hope to see another banner year of collections and care packages sent. Because this year’s collections and packing will be handled differently than those of previous years, the organization is requesting partners to especially consider supporting the Christmas Care Package drive with monetary donations for postage and the purchase of specific items.Last year, shipping costs were nearly $20,000; realizing this is a great challenge, the Blue Star Mothers are confident that once again the community will rally to the cause in providing some much-needed encouragement and joy for those military persons who will not be home for the holidays.Also being sought are names and addresses of military persons who are deployed overseas for this holiday season. Recipients of the Blue Star Mothers care packages need not be Chautauqua County residents. To submit a name, or for any questions, email [email protected], or phone or text (716) 450-5593. Donations may be sent to: Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Latest: Triathlon body preferred earlier Olympic dates

first_img March 30, 2020 There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8. Associated Press ___The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022.World Athletics says “everyone needs to be flexible and compromise.”The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15.World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships. Those are other major track events scheduled to take place in 2022.center_img The Latest: Triathlon body preferred earlier Olympic dates Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new dates. World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “even though we would have preferred to move the games to earlier dates, where the impact of the heat was a bit lower, we agreed that these dates are the best solution.”All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates.Casado says “I am absolutely confident that we will have magnificent games in Tokyo next summer, with the help and support of all of us involved in the preparations for hosting the event.”The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.Triathlon has remained in the capital even though it includes running.last_img read more

USC preps for season with intrasquad scrimmage

first_imgThe Cardinal team defeated the Gold team, 275-263, in the Trojans’ annual intrasquad scrimmage Friday at McDonald’s Swim Stadium.The meet came down to the 300-yard women’s freestyle relay, where the Cardinal was able to pull away and win the match.Sophomore Yumi So and freshmen Chase Bloch and Dimitri Colupaev led the Cardinal team.So won the 25- and 75-yard backstroke events, while Bloch won the 25- and 75-yard fly. Colupaev won the 25-yard breaststroke and 100-yard individual medley. Junior Alex Lendrum was also a winner in the 300-yard individual medley.The winning 300-yard freestyle team was led by So, sophomore Christal Simms, sophomore Haley Anderson and freshman Stina Gardelli.Though the Gold men’s team was able to respond with a win in its 300-yard medley, it was not enough to hold off the Cardinal.Gold’s Kate Shumway took home a win in the 25-yard freestyle while Anderson took home the top spot in the 300-freestyle. Simms (25-yard free), Gardell (100-yard individual medley) and junior Victoria Ishimatsu (1-meter dive) were winners in their respective events as well.The Trojans begin their season Oct. 22 against Cal State Fullerton at home, while the Women of Troy will face Washington State from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22 in Pullman, Wash.last_img read more

FA Cup first round draw: TV channel, live stream, start time and ball numbers

first_img FOOTBALL LATEST 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade When is the FA Cup first round draw?The Road to Wembley begins on Monday, October 22.Things get underway at 7pm.Which TV channel can I watch it on?You can catch the draw in full on BBC TWO.The programme will also be broadcast on the BBC iPlayer, starting at 7pm. RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF The real journey starts here as the FA Cup first round proper is decided.Sides from League’s One and Two join the non-league teams who have battled their way through qualifying with dreams of giant-killing on their minds. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Draw numbersAccrington StanleyAFC WimbledonBarnsleyBlackpoolBradford CityBristol RoversBurton AlbionBuryCambridge UnitedCarlisle UnitedCharlton AthleticCheltenham TownColchester UnitedCoventry CityCrawleyCreweDoncaster RoversExeter CityFleetwood TownForest GreenGillinghamGrimsby TownLincoln CityLuton TownMacclesfield TownMansfield TownMK DonsMorecambeNewport CountyNorthampton TownNotts CountyOldham AthleticOxford UnitedPeterborough UnitedPlymouth ArgylePort ValePortsmouthRochdaleScunthorpe UnitedShrewsbury TownSouthend UnitedStevenageSunderlandSwindon TownTranmere RoversWalsallWycombe WanderersYeovil TownGuiseleyWarrington Town or Halifax TownChorleyHartlepool UnitedChesterfieldSouthportYork CityHarrogate Town or WrexhamGatesheadStockport CountySalford CitySolihull MoorsAlfreton TownWokingHitchin Town or LeatherheadChippenham Town or Maidenhead UnitedSlough TownHemel Hempstead Town or Oxford CityWeston Super Mare or Bath CityBoreham Wood or Dagenham & RedbridgeMetropolitan PoliceBromleyAldershot TownTorquay UnitedBillericay Town or Taunton TownHampton & Richmond BoroughSutton UnitedEbbsfleet UnitedMaidstone UnitedHaringey BoroughBarnetDover Athleticlast_img read more

Back down to earth

first_img“It’s not the despair – I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand.”John Cleese probably didn’t have Queens Park Rangers in mind when he uttered that immortal line in the film Clockwise – in fact as far as I’m aware he has no affiliation with the club (athough my grandad did use to service his car at a garage in Holland Park).But the phrase was quite possibly at the forefront of many QPR fans’ minds after the heroics against Liverpool were followed by a pitiful display at Sunderland.The villain of the piece, once again, was Djibril Cisse or ‘Agent Cisse’ as a Chelsea mate of mine has labelled him, convinced the Frenchman was parachuted into W12 by Roman Abramovich as payback for ‘Terrygate’.“It was a good week for Roberto Di Matteo’s side – but even they had to bow down to Brentford when it came to dishing out the award for west London’s team of the week.”Cisse received his second red card in four games since joining the R’s after a wild lunge at Fraizer Campbell in the 3-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light.Curious to see if this hothead – who will now spend seven of his first 12 Rangers games suspended – had reached double figures for red cards during his tempestuous career, I decided to look up his stats on Soccerbase.The results were not what I was expecting. To my astonishment, Cisse has only been sent off twice since making his professional debut – once against Wolves, once against Sunderland, both within the last eight weeks . This could only happen at QPR.In truth, Rangers could have had 14 players on the pitch in Wearside and still would have lost, suggesting that incredible 12 minutes against Liverpool was just a flash in the pan.And let’s be honest, it was only Liverpool, who got turned over by Wigan at Anfield in their next game.Fulham can count themselves unlucky not to have left Old Trafford with a point on Monday night.Danny Murphy was clearly hacked down by Michael Carrick, yet referee Michael Oliver waved play on.Still, it was hardly surprising given that the last time an opposition player got anything up there, Terry and June was considered cutting edge comedy.Chelsea’s hero in Lisbon.Sir Alex Ferguson graciously accepted it was a stonewaller – although you suspect he might have had a different view if it had been awarded and put away.Goal-line technology technophobes Uefa would argue that their highly successful experiment of having an additional two assistants on the line may have helped, although judging by Wednesday night’s shocker at the San Siro, Barcelona might not agree.The Catalan giants had to settle for a 0-0 draw in the end but moved a significant step closer to a Champions League semi-final showdown with Chelsea.Blues supporters were saluting The Man Who Came in From the Cold after Soloman Kalou netted the only goal against Benfica in Portugal.The Ivorian, cruelly dubbed ‘Hasn’t Got A’ by an old colleague of mine, popped up in the 75th minute following a pinpoint cross from Fernando Torres to leave Chelsea firm favourites to progress.Indeed, winning the Champions League may be the best chance Chelsea have of qualifying for next year’s tournament after a goalless draw with Spurs kept them five points adrift of their London rivals in the race for the final qualifying spot.All in all, though, it was a good week for Roberto Di Matteo’s side – but even they had to bow down to Brentford when it came to dishing out the award for west London’s team of the week.The Bees went into last weekend on the back of three straight defeats and without a goal for five hours.Two games, six points and five goals later they had seen off Rochdale and Preston, with their slim hopes of a play-off place resurrected.To top it all off, ‘Chertsey Gaz’ wrote this on the Griffin Park Grapevine after spotting new signing Clinton Morrison on the sidelines against Rochdale: “He must have signed at least 30 autographs for the kids during the second half, with Uwe Rosler watching but turning a blind eye.”It’s stories like this that restore your faith in The Beautiful Game.Before I go, news has just been leaked about the brief team talk Arsene Wenger will give his men before they stride out onto the Loftus Road turf on Saturday: ”Fill yer boots, lads.”Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

Warriors’ Stephen Curry picks up another NBA honor

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceStephen Curry’s impressive resume got another boost Monday when the Warriors star was named the Western Conference’s Player of the Week by the league.Curry, who averaged 31.0 points in three Warriors wins last week, including 42 points and a season-high nine 3-pointers against Cleveland, becomes the only repeat winner of the award this season.Monday’s announcement marks the 14th time during his career that …last_img read more

Two More Soft-Tissue Fossils Pile on the Evidence Against Deep Time

first_imgEvolutionists are dodging hard evidence with an absurd excuse that soft tissue can last hundreds of millions of years.Soft tissue in fossils violates everything paleontologists thought they knew about deep time. Proteins, DNA and tissue were supposed to decay and be replaced by rock in mere thousands of years, perhaps tens or hundreds of thousands of years at the very most. Now, the evidence for surviving original material is beyond question. Two more instances have been reported this week. So are evolutionists giving up on deep time? The thought doesn’t even enter their minds. Instead, they claim that the evidence proves that soft tissue can indeed last millions of years, and that it can help Darwin by providing more evidence for evolution. Both claims are false. Soft tissue destroys deep time. These fossils were recently buried.Ichthyosaur Skin and BlubberOn December 5, Nature published “Soft-tissue evidence for homeothermy and crypsis in a Jurassic ichthyosaur.” Mary Schweitzer, whose earlier soft-tissue papers have rocked the establishment since 2005, is co-author with 22 other scientists, so this is no one-off claim coming from who-knows-where. The fossil ichthyosaur, found in Germany, shows remarkable preservation of its skin and blubber. A press release from Schweitzer’s institution, North Carolina State University, tells about it:Schweitzer and NC State research assistant Wenxia Zheng extracted soft tissues from the samples and performed multiple, high-resolution immunohistochemical analyses. “We developed a panel of antibodies that we applied to all of the samples, and saw differential binding, meaning the antibodies for a particular protein – like keratin or hemoglobin – only bound to particular areas,” Schweitzer says. “This demonstrates the specificity of these antibodies and is strong evidence that different proteins persist in different tissues. You wouldn’t expect to find keratin in the liver, for example, but you would expect hemoglobin. And that’s what we saw in the responses of these samples to different antibodies and other chemical tools.”The article dodges the age issue, and focuses on findings about the animal’s biology. It’s certainly interesting to find evidence suggesting that ichthyosaurs were warm blooded, and may have had camouflage. But that’s not nearly as important as the bombshell about age. How can original protein material still exist in this fossil said to be 180 million years old? That is much older than the other samples she produced in a T. rex (65 mya) and a hadrosaur (80 mya). The paper’s Supplemental Information shows a piece of soft tissue from this ichthyosaur that is still stretchy and flexible (video 2), even though it is much older than Schweitzer’s famous B rex sample and Mark Armitage’s Triceratops sample. How can that be? Are those millions of years even real?Schweitzer has never doubted deep time in the fossils she has famously examined for soft tissue. She has even proposed controversial mechanisms by which it might survive (26 Nov 2013). A bizarre behavior is being exhibited by secular scientists. All the evolutionists are treating deep time as a fact, trusting uncritically in illogical suggestions and dubious proposals (see 10 Nov 2018) that somehow these proteins can escape the relentless decay processes for all those Darwin Years (years that Darwin requires for evolution). So great would be the impact if these fossils are only a few thousand years old, the entire Darwin Empire would likely come crashing down. With stakes so high, evolutionists feel obligated to believe impossible things.Convergence AgainIn New Scientist, Michael LePage believes another impossible thing for evolution: that ichthyosaurs bore “a striking resemblance to dolphins.” The artist renditions don’t leave any doubt. How could a reptile look just like a marine mammal that would “evolve” more than a hundred million years later? Here is what the article says about the soft tissue:A 180-million-year-old fossil, found in Germany, is so extraordinarily well preserved that pieces of the skin removed for analysis were still flexible. It shows that at least some ichthyosaurs had smooth, scaleless skin underlain by blubber, making them even more like dolphins than we thought.Stenopterygius, NC State: drawing by Mark HallettLePage discusses possible implications for camouflage in the skin, but says this about the soft tissue:When the team looked at the skin of the fossil ichthyosaur under a microscope, they saw what appear to be the remnants of individual pigment cells. They are virtually identical to the pigment cells of modern reptiles, which have a distinctive branched structure. The variations in the distribution of these cells suggest the animal had countershading.“There is more to the fossil record than we could ever imagine,” says Lindgren.Rapid BurialHow could such a large animal fossilize at all? One factor is rapid burial. And as if to prepare for future soft-tissue surprises, Johan Lindgren of Lund University is quoted:The team’s discoveries relied in part on an array of new technologies for studying fossils. But the German fossil is also unusual in that it appears to have fossilised very quickly, preserving soft tissues before they rotted away. It won’t be the only one of its kind, Lindgren says. “I expect there are other specimens out there, for sure.”What kind of process could bury a large marine reptile “very quickly”? A huge flood could do it. Normally, marine animals decay long before the skeleton is preserved, let alone its skin. Here’s what else evolutionists have to believe about this fossil. From the paper in Nature, the scientists admit this beast has a lot of modern characteristics it shares traits with whales and sea turtles! Look how they maintain their belief in deep time and evolution:Our experimental results demonstrate that the integument of Stenopterygius had both a smooth external surface and thick subcutaneous layer of fibro-adipose tissue. This is notably similar to modern whales and adult individuals of the leatherback sea turtle, and reveals multiple aspects of soft-tissue convergence that range across a time span of more than 180 million years. In addition, the mosaic of cetacean and reptilian traits that is characteristic of Stenopterygius anatomy recurs in its integumental histology, with the presence of branched melanophores (rather than mammalian melanocytes) and absence of dermal ossifications (otherwise found in the leatherback sea turtle). We attribute these adaptive specializations to the morphological and physiological constraints imposed upon all pelagic tetrapods during their evolutionary transition towards life in the sea.Maintaining Darwin RuleNeo-Darwinism cannot survive such miracles. These scientists are asking readers to believe that the sea causes animals to evolve alike. If that were true, all sea creatures would look like dolphins, but most do not: sea lions, sea snakes, penguins and numerous other organisms in the same environment do not “converge” on the dolphin body plan, even if it were granted that they began on the land. The evolutionists make the same claim in the Abstract, too, but notice the frank admissions of soft tissue varieties they found:Ichthyosaurs are extinct marine reptiles that display a notable external similarity to modern toothed whales. Here we show that this resemblance is more than skin deep. We apply a multidisciplinary experimental approach to characterize the cellular and molecular composition of integumental tissues in an exceptionally preserved specimen of the Early Jurassic ichthyosaur Stenopterygius. Our analyses recovered still-flexible remnants of the original scaleless skin, which comprises morphologically distinct epidermal and dermal layers. These are underlain by insulating blubber that would have augmented streamlining, buoyancy and homeothermy. Additionally, we identify endogenous proteinaceous and lipid constituents, together with keratinocytes and branched melanophores that contain eumelanin pigment. Distributional variation of melanophores across the body suggests countershading, possibly enhanced by physiological adjustments of colour to enable photoprotection, concealment and/or thermoregulation. Convergence of ichthyosaurs with extant marine amniotes thus extends to the ultrastructural and molecular levels, reflecting the omnipresent constraints of their shared adaptation to pelagic life.Stretchy skin. Proteins with identifiable amino acids. Lipids. That is the incredible claim, that these delicate biomolecules could survive for 180 million years, even under perfect conditions. But they cannot. All tests with reasonable extrapolations put upper limits on age that are orders of magnitude shorter (see Brian Thomas’s referenced article at Answers in Genesis from 2015, with video clip and chart of maximum ages and actual finds placed alongside the standard geologic column). This fossil cannot be as old as claimed, but to avoid losing control of the Church of Charlie, the Darwin-Party scientists say, “With their dolphin-like external form, the Mesozoic ichthyosaurs are icons of evolution.”Medullary Bone in Cretaceous BirdsThe second soft-tissue find this week concerns a special kind of bone found in egg-laying animals. It’s a highly porous bone found normally in birds and some dinosaurs, called medullary bone. It forms as a reserve of calcium when the female lays eggs. Phys.org reports from China’s Jehol strata that medullary bone has been found for the first time in enantiornithine birds, an extinct kind of Cretaceous bird.In light of the currently available evidence, medullary bone might have been an entirely avian feature even in the Mesozoic. It evolved as a result of the thinned, hollow bones in birds, which lightened the skeleton for flight, as well as their increased egg size.When medullary bone was reported in a T. rex dinosaur in 2005 by Mary Schweitzer (3 June 2005), scientists were shocked because it is a very fragile type of tissue that should not be preserved, and it only exists briefly during egg-laying. In that story, an NC State evolutionary spin doctor was well versed in how to spin this surprise for the public in order to preserve Darwin’s tyrannical reign: “We’re pleased to be able to provide a way for the public to see for themselves evidence that after millions of years, soft tissue can actually be preserved in dinosaur bone.”Darwin’s Ministry of Truth at work. Shameful.An interesting side topic regarding the ichthyosaur concerns taxonomy: what do we mean by “reptile” when this animal looks like a toothed whale or dolphin, is warm blooded, and has no scales? Evolutionists must maintain that mammals evolved after reptiles, but creationists believe they were created at the same time. Engineers know how to re-use modules in different inventions. The Creator could certainly do that for different groups of creatures needing to live in the same environment. Winston Ewert’s new “dependency graph” model for taxonomy (see article by Andrew Jones on Evolution News), which takes inspiration from software engineering, is claimed to be vastly superior at explaining nested hierarchies and convergences than Darwin’s tree-of-life metaphor. We don’t need Darwin. We don’t need millions of years. We need an all-wise Creator, a sinful world, and a Flood that led to rapid burial of a host of organisms just a few thousand years ago. That’s why we are finding soft tissue remains now. What should be surprising is that it could last for even thousands of years.(Visited 1,509 times, 4 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

It’s About Time: Twitter Aims to Fix Trending Topics

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jolie odell Tags:#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Finally, the powers that be are planning to put a stop to #liesboystell, #goodhead, and… well, all the other asinine, vulgar, and generally pointless trending topics one finds in the right column of the Twitter web interface.Over the summer, we noticed that Twitter was submerging some adult-themed trending topics, and we noted the absolute need for more top-down policing of the trends list, which should be available for surfacing interesting and timely items to engage users. Today, Twitter has finally acknowledged the brokenness of the feature and has stated its intentions to fix the issue.Twitter rep @jennadawn (no real name given, and no link from her Twitter profile, either) wrote on the official Twitter blog, “We’ve noticed an increasing amount of clutter in the public timeline, especially with trending topics. Trends began as a useful way to find out what’s going on but has grown less interesting due to the noisiness of the conversation.“So, today we’re starting to experiment with improvements to trends that will help you find more relevant tweets. Specifically, we’re working to show higher quality results for trend queries by returning tweets that are more useful. The improvement won’t be very noticeable at first, but this is a small step toward unearthing more value in search and getting you more relevant results.”We are interested to know exactly how this new algorithm will work. Clearly, the wisdom of the masses has proved to be anything but. We hope that, beyond editing the tweets that qualify as representatives of a given trending topic, Twitter will acknowledge that they already do police trending topics, and we hope they will do so with greater diligence, intuition, and intelligence.Vulgarity and inanity aside, we worry about dupes. For example, right now, FortHood, Fort Hood, and FtHood are all trending topics. Likewise, every time a good football game rears its majestic head, we see the name and city of each team start to trend, along with NFL and the like.There are many ways in which trending topics are busted, useless, and irritating – hence, many opportunities for making them customizable, interesting, and useful. We’re sensing an opportunity for third-party apps to step in here. Traditionally, Twitter is late to the game in making official features from ideas third-party developers have been working on for ages. Unless Twitter takes some impressive and noticeable action, an app might fix trending topics before Twitter does.last_img read more