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A flurry of papers by evolutionists appeared to be timed to counter Stephen Meyer’s best selling book that uses the Cambrian explosion as evidence for intelligent design. But do they address the key issues Meyer presented?It’s unprecedented: multiple papers from multiple sources all trying to claim that the Cambrian explosion is not a problem for evolution (see Evolution News & Views, ENV). It’s uncanny that they appeared this year, coincident with the release of Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute (see 6/08/13 entry), now in the top ten of the Amazon.com list of best sellers in science (ENV). Because Darwin himself doubted the ability of natural selection to account for the sudden appearance of dozens of new body plans at the base of the Cambrian, Meyer titled his book to launch into evidence that the situation has only gotten worse for evolution ever since, whereas the sudden appearance of fully-formed complex animals provides positive evidence for intelligent design.Evolutionists will have none of that. Darwin’s theory is too important to throw out just because of falsifying evidence. “Intelligent design” has become the unmentionable phrase in academia, except in bouts of rage. But the explanations that pretend to say this is not a problem for evolution are dodging the main issue Meyer talks about: the origin of multiple levels of complex specified information necessary to account for animals with new systems like guts, eyes, articulated legs and swimming ability. What, then, do the evolutionists say? For one thing, most do not dignify Meyer by mentioning him. For another, they get really good at begging questions:To be expected: One team, publishing in PNAS, basically said that explosions are just what evolution does sometimes. When it has a clear field to evolve on, evolution tends to produce a lot of variety very fast: “Morphological change under these circumstances may be rapid either because transitions are unusually large or because rates of cladogenesis are unusually high (even with “normal” step sizes at each splitting event).” “Cladogenesis” is a vacuous term that just means the origin of new clades or categories of animals, without explaining how they arose. This failure to explain the origin of information was described as a kind of magic by Evolution News & Views.Just add oxygen: Another PNAS paper suggested that the Cambrian explosion was triggered by a rise of oxygen. That should be testable. If you add oxygen to a test tube filled with microbes, does a trilobite crawl out? This absurd proposal totally avoids the origin of complex specified information, even though the authors were well aware of “appearance of essentially all animal body plans” in a geological instant. See Evolution News & Views for critique of the paper.Simple physics: Last year, Stuart Newman in Science Magazine tried to describe the Cambrian explosion as just physics in action. Cavities and layers form as “morphological motifs” that follow “physico-genetic determinants” somehow. This answer (which also avoids the issue of information) was critiqued by Evolution & News.Speed dial: Another recent paper, this time in Current Biology, said simply that evolution simply ran five times faster during the Cambrian. The news media seemed to like this theory, with Science Now, Astrobiology Magazine, and Science Daily giving it uncritical press, saying the answer has “resolved Darwin’s dilemma.” Live Science announced, “lightning-fast evolution clocked during Cambrian explosion.” But like the other paper, this notion, too, ignored the origin of information necessary to create new body plans, and begged the question of evolution. It was analyzed on Evolution News & Views.All of the above: Science Magazine tried a synergistic approach. No single answer explains the explosion; maybe a combo plate would. “Recent hypotheses for the Cambrian explosion fall into three main categories: developmental/genetic, ecologic, and abiotic/environmental, with geochemical hypotheses forming an abundant and distinctive subset of the last,” M. Paul Smith and David A. T. Harper wrote. “Most of these hypotheses have been posited as stand-alone processes that were the main cause of the explosion, yet many of them are tightly interlinked and codependent.” The news media liked this idea, too, claiming, like Live Science did, that the Cambrian explosion was “triggered by multiple events” or multiple causes. Science Daily called it a “cascade events.” None of the categories, though, address the origin of complex specified information.The only journal entry that mentioned Meyer was a book review of Darwin’s Doubt in Science Magazine, coincident with the above “combo plate” paper. The book review was written by Charles Marshall, the master of disaster who stepped up to the plate in 2006 to explain the Cambrian explosion. In his Annual Review paper, after surveying all the proposed solutions, debunking them all, he ended with his favored hypothesis: the Cambrian animals evolved because they evolved. That’s a simplification of his jargon-rich explanation that says, basically, that when evolution has an open playing field, with a “fitness landscape” that has been “roughened” by the environment, it will tend to fill it with wondrous forms most beautiful (see our “Paper View” description of his article, 4/23/06, “Cambrian explosion damage control,” and updates, 5/10/08, 10/31/10). Needless to say, such a proposal begs the question of evolution to the extreme.Marshall’s 2006 Annual Review paper, “Explaining the Cambrian ‘Explosion’ of Animals,” was cited by several of the other papers, showing it is still considered authoritative. Yet in it, he also ignored the central problem of complex specified information. Here he is now, seven years later: does he have anything new to say from the evolution perspective? Not really, other than hope that “gene regulatory networks” (GRNs) might somehow complexify themselves without design or guidance. His wording is pregnant with possibility thinking: “today’s GRNs have been overlain with half a billion years of evolutionary innovation (which accounts for their resistance to modification), whereas GRNs at the time of the emergence of the phyla were not so encumbered.” Well, if they were not encumbered then, think of the possibilities! Just turn on the mutation and natural selection and let them work innovation magic!Marshall was not here now, though, to defend his proposal, but rather to critique Meyer’s. His review, titled, “When Prior Belief Trumps Scholarship” criticized Meyer for having a prior commitment to design, for not meeting his personal expectation of scholarship, and for not being a biologist (even though Meyer has 2 earned PhDs). His main contention was that ID is a “god-of-the-gaps” solution, offered with the ulterior motive of defending a belief system. Marshall wrote in a mild yet patronizing tone, ignoring the fact that some of the same criticisms could be leveled at himself. Science Magazine, of course, would never do Meyer the justice of publishing a defense in their Darwin-only journal. As Dr. Richard Sternberg found out when editing a Smithsonian journal, all hell breaks loose when a pro-ID paper passes peer review and gets published (see Evolution News & Views).Evolutionists toss around terms like “morphogenesis” and “cladogenesis” that are devoid of understanding. As an example of what’s involved in “morphogenesis” (the creation of a body), consider what an internation team said about developmental morphogenesis – the generation of a body from an embryo. Writing in Current Biology, they gave a glimpse into the complexity of just one of many essential systems involved in morphogenesis at the cellular level:The establishment of a multicellular body plan requires coordinating changes in cell adhesion and the cytoskeleton to ensure proper cell shape and position within a tissue. Cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix (ECM) via integrins plays diverse, essential roles during animal embryogenesis and therefore must be precisely regulated. Talin, a FERM-domain containing protein, forms a direct link between integrin adhesion receptors and the actin cytoskeleton and is an important regulator of integrin function. Similar to other FERM proteins, talin makes an intramolecular interaction that could autoinhibit its activity. However, the functional consequence of such an interaction has not been previously explored in vivo. Here, we demonstrate that targeted disruption of talin autoinhibition gives rise to morphogenetic defects during fly development and specifically that dorsal closure (DC), a process that resembles wound healing, is delayed. Impairment of autoinhibition leads to reduced talin turnover at and increased talin and integrin recruitment to sites of integrin-ECM attachment. Finally, we present evidence that talin autoinhibition is regulated by Rap1-dependent signaling. Based on our data, we propose that talin autoinhibition provides a switch for modulating adhesion turnover and adhesion stability that is essential for morphogenesis.These and many other complex processes would have been required to build a trilobite out of a simpler colony of cells.These evolutionists act exactly like tyrannical bullies with a gift of obfuscation whenever called on to explain their failings. Syria’s President Assad could take lessons from these guys. It should make you angry, even if you oppose intelligent design but respect scientific integrity. The Darwinist answers to the Cambrian explosion are vacuous, vapid, vacant, void, and vagrant. They dodge the question, filling their time with question-begging circular irrelevancies. They fail to acknowledge the existence of their critics, except when necessary to vent their voluminous voracity for vituperation.Where did the information come from to build new body plans? That is the question! “Uh, duh, well, maybe evolution just ran faster, that’s all. Maybe there was more oxygen back then. Maybe that’s just how evolution works. Maybe a combination of the above.” Are you satisfied? Anyone giving answers like that to explain a major failure of their project should be fired on the spot. If it weren’t for the fact that academia has joined hands in unflinching allegiance to Charles Darwin, and surrounded itself with lapdog reporters and lawyers like security guards, they would be laughed out of town. We’re not criticizing their knowledge of real, observable biology in the present, which is often exceptional – we’re talking about their ability to obfuscate when the evidence goes against their treasured beliefs. Marshall should talk! His “prior belief” in materialism has him proposing Darwin-of-the-gaps.Instead of honest responses to categorical evidence against them, they present emptiness. Yet their intolerant, one-sided rule produces radical disciples filled with rage against anyone who challenges their idol. We had a taste of that here recently. Here’s the kind of language you can expect from some disciples of Darwin:you are a piece of shit … what other crimes are you hiding? YOU are HELPING to make the world into a worse place. when i corner you in your lies you try to misdirect the conversation to avoid confronting what a piece of shit you are you are a TRUE charlatan — one who has completely convinced himself his lies are in the public good and are therefore The Truth.What had happened was a guy wrote our Comment line with a list of blanket accusations, all unsupported by specifics, claiming every article on this site was filled with falsehoods, calling it insanity, “utterly delusional” and a “mountain of lies.” We asked him for specifics, and he responded with another list of generalities. We tried to zero in on his own world view, asking if he was a Darwinist and atheist (since he already knew our viewpoint), and got this response. If you read the comments to evolutionary articles, this kind of filthy vitriol is common when anyone poses scientific criticisms of evolution. What about evolutionism turns people into such vicious, vile hatemongers?The vacuousness of the answers its chief experts present, and the hateful rhetoric of its disciples, provide two data points for observers of Darwinism. You will know them by their fruits.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Architecture#cloud#cloud computing#events Software is no longer build vs. buy. It now includes subscribe, which by definition is a shorter term relationship.Cloud computing is an evolution of architecture. It arrives after Web services, which evolved from Web, client server, and mainframe.Complexity of the identity layer is harder than ever for the simple reason that there are more apps per user than ever before.Services are becoming any-to-any, where internal (employee) and external (customer) classifications don’t matter nearly as much as before. Because of this firewalls are losing their usefulness.Audit is no longer an afterthought. Auditors don’t care how or where applications hosted, but hey do need their reports! This includes Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, Gramm-Leach, Bliley, and more.A core theme of this session was how the consumer mindset is driving requirements for application experience. Consumers expect it to work on any device, be secure, and be portable. To deliver on this, it must be easy to use. At the same time, password risk must be reduced.A key trend that Harding pointed out is moving identity systems from “push” models into “pull” models. Instead of updating partners and directories by batch services, companies need to be building real-time identity resolution in applications. We asked Harding if he had any predictions for where that type of service will come from. His response led us to the conclusion that the leader will be a brand and service that people trust and understand the motivations of. It will likely enter the market from a higher realm of credentials than Twitter or Facebook – perhaps from financial services.Context is Fundamental: Person, Father, Employee, All of the AboveOne thing we learned today is that Google’s App Engine is worth watching as this space evolves. Several interesting things are being done in this sandbox that haven’t been accomplished other places, including how to connect consumer services to enterprise login discovery using domain. Google has inserted itself into the sweet spot by getting consumers and enterprises alike hooked on their applications, giving the company a unique view of the challenges and solutions in joining identity with cloud computing. We’ll be taking a closer look at these offerings and where Google is headed.Another thing we observed is the power of the network. NTT gave a demonstration of the power of mixing identity protocols (SAML and OpenID) for the purpose of connecting social, information, and financial transactions in the browser with one login. It starts to show how the next generation Internet might work, where the application requests profile from the cloud rather than a user typing it in.A summary of overlapping-world-multi-protocol integration has been shared on Google’s site. mike kirkwood Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts This week we are reporting from RSA, the security conference in San Francisco. We’ve seen hackers, threats, and industry leaders roaming these halls – and among these we found leaders of the identity community, people who are thought leaders focused on creating a safe Internet for all individuals. This includes folks who in the Identity Commons and OASIS workgroups, and the 1-year-old Kantara Initiative. The latter was announced to the public at RSA 2009, and this year it hosted an all-day workshop that brought cloud computing into the forefront of the dialog.Diverse Community of Interests Coming Together Today’s all-day workshop offered by the Kantara Initiative focused almost exclusively on identity services and included viewpoints from several perspectives: enterprises (CA, Ping Identity, Aetna, Oracle, HP), service providers (NTT), consumer applications (Paypal, Google), and government agencies (NIH).The room was packed – standing room only. After the kickoff we had a chance to ask Trent Adams, chair of the Kantara leadership council, to share his thoughts about identity, cloud computing and year one of the new organization.He talked about the potential big win that existed for the organization because of its involvment in preparing standards for federal government approval. These are in historic times, he said, and embracing openness at the federal level was an opportunity the organization decided was valuable for the community. We’re keeping our ears open to learn more about how identity services will be enabled and approved through the government. Landscape Change: Cloud Computing Invigorates Identity EffortsOne thing that is clear is that things get more complicated when combining identity services with cloud computing. We were reminded that many of the technologies that have been developed, including things like OpenID and SAML were designed around the same scenarios of sharing across domains. Identity can be solved in a multi-vendor, multi-protocol, and multiple-infrastructure world. Matthew Gardiner of CA summed the importance of the link between identity solutions and cloud computing in his talk, “Identity as Security Glue for the Cloud”:“I want to say the phrase cloud security in the first few moments of my talk because you’ll be hearing it a thousand times before the end of the conference. Cloud security can be viewed as a Rubik’s cube of security implications, when identity services and combining them within the vectors of Iaas, PaaS, and SasS combined with private, public, and hybrid clouds.”The West Coast Perspective on Health Care RSA and HIMSS fall on the same week this year. While nearly all of the healthcare IT leadership headed to Atlanta, several companies also came to San Francisco. Yesterday, MEDecision presented their solution and connections to different Web applications and health care records and systems, and gave a very tangible set of scenarios showing how cloud computing and identity meet around sharing information about a person who is a patient.At the same time on the East Cost, MEDecision was also at HIMSS demonstrating open exchange of health information in a HIE product offering that helps connect services across providers in order to aggregate a view of an individual. The company offers software and services to insurers to negotiate their cloud-based work flow, including moving private data across pharmacy, doctors, insurers, and the entire health care landscape.No Passwords in the Cloud Patrick Harding of Ping Identity spoke about his company has learn about cloud computing in this session, “How the Cloud is Changing Federated Identity Requirements”. 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Liverpool not planning new Robertson dealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson is not on the verge of signing a new contract with Liverpool.Given the Scot’s emergence as a key player for Jurgen Klopp over the past 12 months, reports had suggested that he was close to earning a bumper deal from the Reds.However, the Evening Standard believe the club have no plans to renegotiate Robertson’s contract, which expires in 2021.Robertson is not upset with the decision from Liverpool, contrary to reports. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery pushed about Cahill: Arsenal looking at different possibilitiesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery refused to rule out moving for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill after victory over Fulham.Emery confirmed plans he hoped to buy this month.He said, “It’s not easy to change or improve our team with the possibilities in the transfer market, but the club is working. We are looking at different possibilities. “Maybe we can improve in the transfer market if we get the opportunity. Maybe we can sign one or two players, but it’s not easy.”Asked directly about Cahill, he added: “We didn’t speak about him.”
OTTAWA – The remains of a New Brunswick man who died while fighting to take a French hillside during the First World War have been identified and will be given a proper burial.The Defence Department said in a news release Friday that Sgt. Harold Wilfred Shaughnessy was found near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil — at the site where the battle for Hill 70 took place in August 1917.He was identified using historical records, an identifying disc and forensics.Born in 1884 in St. Stephen, N.B., Shaughnessy left his job as a stenographer and joined an infantry battalion, becoming part of the Canadian expeditionary force when he was 31 and dying in the battle at the age of 33.The department has notified members of Shaughnessy’s family, and says he will be buried in their presence at Loos British Cemetery outside Loos-en-Gohelle, France, later this year.His remains were discovered on June 6 last year during a munitions clearing process in advance of a construction project near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil.Approximately 2,100 Canadians gave their lives in the battle for Hill 70, and more than 1,300 of them have no known grave.
Advertisement The Transaction will be structured as an asset purchase pursuant to which Wow will directly or indirectly acquire the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications (“CRTC“) broadcasting license relating to the Category B specialty service from Bell Media pursuant to an asset purchase agreement to be entered into by Wow and Bell Media in respect of the Transaction (the “Asset Purchase Agreement“).Pursuant to the Term Sheet, the parties have agreed that, as consideration for the acquisition of the CRTC broadcasting license relating to the Category B specialty service from Bell Media, Wow will issue an aggregate of 3,433,446 common voting shares in the capital of Wow to Bell Media at a deemed price of $2.00 per share for an aggregate acquisition price of $6,866,892 (representing approximately 12% of the Corporation’s issued share capital, after giving effect to the issuance).In addition, the Term Sheet provides that concurrently with the closing of the Transaction, Wow and Bell Media will enter into a series of ancillary agreements establishing an ongoing strategic partnership between Wow and Bell Media (the “Ancillary Agreements“). 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For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. Facebook TORONTO and VANCOUVER, June 7, 2017 – Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (“Wow“) (TSXV: WOW.A; WOW.B) and Bell Media (“Bell Media”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a term sheet (the “Term Sheet“) pursuant to which Wow proposes to acquire a Category B specialty service from Bell Media (the “Transaction“) in exchange for equity in Wow.Michael Hirsh, Chairman and CEO of Wow, said: “This strategic partnership will drive our planned multi-platform rollout of a new paradigm in entertainment for kids and youth across North America. 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email@example.com Delaney WindigoAPTN National News10 years ago, a fire ripped through the police station on the Kashechewan First Nation in Ontario killing two men.An inquest was called into what happened.Jurors heard about the poor state of police facilities in Kashechewan and in northern Ontario.Conditions that led to the deaths of the two men.First Nations leadership at the time time hoped the inquest would solve the problems of poor infrastructure and inadequate funding.
TORONTO – An autonomous vehicle demonstration and testing zone has opened in Stratford, Ont.The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network allows researchers to test self-driving technology in real-life traffic scenarios.The Ontario government says auto industry representatives and academics researching autonomous vehicles will work together at the centre to further develop the technology.The centre will also host a talent development program to give students an opportunity for internships and fellowships in the autonomous vehicle field.The Ontario government announced in the 2017 budget that it would spend $80 million over five years on autonomous vehicle development.The government says self-driving vehicles have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a Council meeting on Monday, City of Fort St. John Council has given Staff the go-ahead to apply for a Provincial Grant that would allow them to study the feasibility of relocating the Visitor Centre to a new location.Staff will be applying to the B.C. Rural Dividend Program in order to receive funding for the study.Since Council has approved for application to the Provincial Grant, the City will also contribute $20,000 towards the study. The purpose of the study is to determine a site location, design, and preliminary cost estimates. The study will also recommend possible partnerships, along with other details.City Manager, Diane Hunter, says they expect to start construction of the Visitor Centre in 2021 and finish by 2023.In 2013, the Visitor Centre moved into the Pomeroy Sport Centre as a temporary fix after the old centre was decommissioned and demolished.