What would Darwin do? Just in time for the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species, his magnum opus has been reprinted with an introduction not by a scientist or historian, but by a Christian evangelist. He and a Christian movie actor are trying to get their special edition to students at major universities. Talk about brashness. Darwin’s defenders are stepping on themselves to condemn this – well, blasphemy. World Net Daily told how actor Kirk Cameron is taking heat for working with evangelist Ray Comfort to get the “special edition” of Origin on 100 university campuses for the anniversary. Cameron (Growing Pains, Left Behind, Fireproof) is now unwitting star of a YouTube spoof making him out to be a “willfully ignorant idiot” for taking on Darwin. Comfort seems to enjoy watching the response. “The atheists are going crazy,” he told World Net Daily. Ray Comfort’s introduction to the Origin includes intelligent design arguments, a look at Darwin’s influence on history, and a short gospel message. Kirk Cameron commented, “An entire generation is being brainwashed by atheistic evolution without even hearing the alternative; and it’s radically changing the culture of our nation.” The two have gained years of street smarts talking with atheists. Comfort defends his edition of the Origin by pointing out other printings through the last century have had critical introductions. You can read his special Introduction to the Origin of Species on His ministry website, Living Waters, where there is additional information about the Origin into Schools Campaign. Other Christian ministries are participating.Why not? Darwinolatry is so easy to knock over, anyone could do it with half a brain. How many degrees are required to point out that design demands a designer? How much math training is required to show that “nothing times nobody equals everything” is nonsense? A group of circus clowns could do it. How much more a couple of sharp, witty, courteous, bold, talented evangelists? Unlike the Darwin Party hatemongers, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron love people. They have a lot of experience talking with individuals about their beliefs. They understand how atheists think. They know the shallowness of atheist arguments. It’s not hard to quote Richard Dawkins, the atheist champion, and ask them to evaluate his statement, “The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice” (The Ancestor’s Tale, 2004). He’s right. Trying to do justice to that kind of folly would be mad. Look at the fodder in our 09/24/2009 entry alone, to say nothing of nine years of reporting here about Darwinist mythmaking, magic wands, Tinker Bell, Yoda and Popeye stories. All one has to do is quote a few Darwinists to common people and the lights come on. A small printed collection of Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week awards would not even require any debating skills. Someone may wish to take that on as a project. Some Darwin-critic scientists are frankly too stuffy and shy about going on the offensive. They are worried that unless we argue with scholarly rhetoric and finesse they might disturb the totalitarian dictators of science. They think this debate needs more nuance. After all, we wouldn’t want to provoke PZ Myers to spout more toilet talk on his blistering blog or anything. They wouldn’t want to interrupt the magic act of the Blunderful Wizard of Flaws. Enough appeasement! Storm the castle! It’s refreshing to see some boldness and brashness for a change. Here are two nice guys willing to go into the Darwin Party strongholds with a smile and the confidence of their convictions. They’re willing to take the mudslinging that is to be expected from the other side. They’re only doing what Darwin told them to do anyway. “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question,” Charlie said in his own introduction 150 years ago. Ray and Kirk see one-sided indoctrination and brainwashing going on. They want to give students a rational alternative. For crying out loud, they’re giving students an entire free copy of Darwin’s book – Darwin gets 300 pages, and Ray Comfort gets 50. Fair enough? What’s the problem? There’s no reason to be shy when the truth is on your side. Remember the unlearned fishermen who changed the world? Unlike Darwin, they were not spreading cleverly devised fables. They were eyewitnesses. They knew what they were talking about. They were excited about the good news they had to share. Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are showing us that it’s time to be bold to get the living waters to the masses. More power to them.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Play Your Part is Brand SA’s national initiative that encourages all South Africans to contribute to positive change. The Play Your Part logo is an encapsulation of this in one consolidated visual. The heart shaped flag embodies the prideand patriotism of all citizens which must inspire acts of volunteerism under the Play Your Part banner.The website link is positioned in such a way as to inspire action immediately, driving an audience to the online platform where it is possible to show how you play your part and be inspired by others whom are playing their part.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New feature eliminates manual adjustments, improves tillage performanceMaking it easier for customers to perform tillage adjustments with the push of a button, John Deere introduces TruSet. This industry-exclusive technology enables users to independently adjust depth or pressure settings for each operation on their 2730 Combination Ripper from the cab, on-the-go, for maximum agronomic results.“As conditions change throughout the field, operators running the 2730 with TruSet can quickly and efficiently respond to varying soils, compacted areas, heavier residue, and moisture,” says Nathan Kramer, product marketing manager for John Deere. “Making customized adjustments that respond to these agronomic factors help customers maximize their yield potential.”With TruSet, operators can adjust depth settings for their disks, rippers, and closing disks on the 2730 Ripper along with pressure settings for the active hydraulic rolling baskets. These adjustments are made in cab from the GreenStar™ 3 2630 Display that also provides users with real-time data for their actual tillage settings.“In just six seconds, TruSet operators can adjust depth and pressure settings from the cab while continuing to cover acres,” says Kramer. “That’s up to 200 times faster than conventional, manual adjustments with single-point depth control and cylinder stops”Operators no longer have to sacrifice machine performance by deciding to forgo manual adjustments throughout the field. At the touch of a button, TruSet users can quickly respond to changing conditions such as running deeper over end rows or working shallower on hilltops and lighter soils.TruSet’s four memory set points allow operators to save settings for their most common field conditions. Operators can also make adjustments on the display to achieve their desired field finish.According to Kramer, TruSet provides operators with a high level of precision. “With a working tillage width of up to 26 feet on the 2730, consistent tillage performance can be easily obtained from front to back across all four functional areas of this machine.” He adds, “Once the actual set point is validated and configured to the display in the cab, operators are able to make independent adjustments to the disks, rippers, or closing disks with extreme accuracy, up to one-tenth of an inch.”For more information on the TruSet feature with the 2730 Combination Ripper, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag.
Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Remember what it was like to capture video off a computer screen before desktop recording software came along?You’d mount a big, expensive camera on a tripod, point it at the screen and, unless you had tweaked a bunch of settings or loaded special software, you’d get black bars creeping up and down the screen because of a refresh rate mismatch. And once you solved that problem, you still needed to be well versed in editing tools, video-tape transfer and replication.1990s: Cost of Production and Distribution = Very HighThe advent of all-in-one desktop recording software was a minor revolution, because it gave ordinary computer users the means to capture anything they could see on their computer, edit it into a finished production and get it onto a CD-ROM or their Web server.Now, anyone could be a software trainer—or at least share tips and show off cool stuff that they’d done on their computer.Just as blogging platforms lit the fuse that rocked the world of online publishing, tools such as Camtasia Studio brought screencasting production to the mainstream. And video-sharing sites (think YouTube and Screencast.com) came along to eliminate distribution costs and hassle. The read/write Web took a step forward.2000s: Cost of Production and Distribution = LowThen along came “instant” screencasting tools such as Jing, ScreenToaster and Screenr (see ReadWriteWeb’s reviews), which have lowered the barrier even further. The cost of these tools is nothing. And because content uploading and hosting is built right in, the time between idea and posted content has shrunk from hours to seconds. Think it, record it, post a link.If the all-in-one screen recorders are like blogs, these new apps are like Twitter. And they’ve birthed a new mode of communication: the casual, disposable micro-screencast.2010s: Cost of Production and Distribution = 0Meticulously orchestrated and slickly edited screencast productions will always have their place. But now it’s also practical to fire off a quick, informal micro-screencast in the time it takes to jot an email or dial a phone number.And just as with Twitter, a stripped-down feature set and length limitations can be a benevolent deficit. The author has no time to ramble and no temptation to fiddle around, “improving” something that’s good enough. (Anyone who has wasted 15 minutes tweaking the formatting of an unimportant document just because you could, raise your hand!)On the other hand, simple doesn’t mean poorly executed. You don’t want the equivalent of typos and grammatical errors in your screencast. So, keep these basic tips in mind and you’ll make something worthy of the viewer’s time and attention.Three Tips for Micro-Screencasting ExcellencePrepareThis is as easy as pausing to collect your thoughts and maybe jotting down on a sticky note three things that you want to communicate. This will help you focus and be succinct.PracticeNo one wants to watch you hunt around, looking for the right window or browser tab. A quick dry run goes a long way towards smooth delivery on the first take.PauseMemorize the hotkey that pauses your recorder (or write it at the top of your sticky note). Use it to stop and regroup if your brain freezes or you start to bumble. It’s faster than starting over.How about you? Are screencasts part of your day-to-day communication? Got a story or tip to share?Daniel Foster (@fosteronomo) is a marketing writer at TechSmith and edits the company’s monthly e-newsletter. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Sponsors#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ReadWrite Sponsors
On Wednesday Xiaomi India teased the coming of a new Y series phone or the successor to the Redmi Y2. The company is yet to confirm the name of the upcoming phone but going by past records and rumours it will be the Redmi Y3. On Thursday Xiaomi released a new video teaser of the upcoming Redmi Y series phone. The teaser hints that the smartphone will have a big battery that will last long in a single charge. However, Xiaomi didn’t reveal the battery specs of the Redmi Y3.Considering Xiaomi is vouching so much for the Redmi Y3 battery chances could be it will sport a battery bigger than the predecessor Redmi Y2 which comes with 3080mAh battery. Overall the Redmi Y3 is expected to be a much-improved version of the Redmi Y2, which was launched last year. Xiaomi’s Y series phones are always selfie-focused and the upcoming Redmi Y3 will be no exception. Xiaomi India has confirmed that the Redmi Y3 will come with 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front.The company announced the coming of the new Y series phone via a tweet in which it mentioned, “In the tweet, Jain noted, “Mi fans! I got my hands on upcoming #Redmi phone & it is amazing! Went on a selfie rampage & the results are totally incredible.?? ‘Y’ am I taking so many selfies? BTW I clicked ’32’ selfies with 32 @XiaomiIndia colleagues! ?? Can’t wait to share more details with you. #Xiaomi..” Compared to the predecessor the Redmi Y3 will have a huge jump in the selfie camera setup. The Redmi Y2 comes with a 16-megapixel camera on the front for clicking selfies.advertisementYou never run out of juice. Y should your phone? #YYYHow long does your phone last on a single charge? pic.twitter.com/OJxRtBEQD0Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) April 11, 2019Recently we have witnessed several smartphones come with a 32-megapixel camera on the front including Vivo V15, V15 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, among others. Considering Xiaomi is going with the all glass body and dot drop notch for its recent phones, the same can be expected from the Redmi Y3 too. It is safe to expect the Redmi Y3 to come with Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro design. This means expect glass body, dot drop notch, slim bezels and more. Overall the Redmi Y3 will be upgraded version of the Redmi Y2.To recollect, the Redmi Y2 features a 5.99-inch full-screen display with 1440x720p resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with up to 4GB RAM + 64GB storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. On the camera front, the Redmi Y2 includes a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front, while on the back the phone includes a 12MP+5MP AI dual rear camera configuration. The phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery and also supports dual SIM slot.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 quick review: Bold and beautifulALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A40 quick review: A small wonder among giantsALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 quick review: Has the goods to make it a winner in India
Navdeep Saini had not played leather ball cricket until 2013. The lanky pacer was happy with getting paid Rs 200 at tennis ball tournaments in his hometown in Haryana. However, his raw pace impressed a section of the cricket fraternity in Delhi and he was soon bowling at the nets for the state’s Ranji Trophy team.Thanks to Gautam Gambhir, Navdeep Saini consistently played with the leather ball and also was inducted in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy team.Saini’s raise has been phenomenal ever since. The young pacer, who can crank up 150 kph at will, made his international debut on Saturday in the 1st T20I against the West Indies in Florida.Saini was unstopabble on debut as the 26-year-old lanky pacer troubled the West Indies batsmen with is pace and aggression. He was hit for a huge six in the very second ball of his international career but Saini did not get bogged down. Instead, he came back harder to pick up two wickets in his very first over.From a nervous start, Saini went to being on a hat-trick after removing Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer in successive deliveries in his 1st over. He completed his spell with 3 wickets and also became only the 2nd bowler to bowl a maiden in the 20th over of a T20I. Saini finished with the big scalp of Kieron Pollard, who top-scored for West Indies on Saturday.Conceding he was quite nervous before bowling the first over on Saturday, Saini said playing for India was a dream-come-true moment for him.advertisement”I was very happy, it was my debut. In the morning when I got the cap, I was not able to believe that this was the day I had been waiting for. It was a dream come true for me,” Saini told bcci.tv.Saini added: “When I got the first wicket (of Nicholas Pooran), the pressure of playing a debut match was released. I was a bit low on confidence before that but that wicket changed it. When I took the second wicket, then it all felt normal.The hat-trick ball I was thinking about how I had watched others take hat-tricks and how they took them.”MUST WATCH: Of dream debut and tattoos, Navdeep unplugged with @BhuviOfficialHe picked up the Man of the Match prize in his maiden game for #TeamIndia & the speedster recaps the memorable day. – by @28anandFull video here https://t.co/uRONW22wv9 pic.twitter.com/w7FrUzXuRdBCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 2019Saini on Pollard dismissalNavdeep Saini also revealed how Virat Kohli’s decision to go for the review in the final over helped him add Kieron Pollard to his victims list on debut.Saini had trapped Pollard in front with a slower fulltoss in the final over when Pollard was batting on 49. The umpire turned down what was a weak appeal from Saini but India took the review and successfully overturned the on-field decision.”I was thinking it was not-out, I appealed but the umpire also gave it not-out. But Virat paaji went for the review. He was saying ‘there’s a review remaining. why waste it? Let’s take it’. When the decision was overturned and it was given out, I was delighted,” Saini added.Young Saini will be raring to go once again in Florida as India eye a series-sealing win against the West Indies in the 2nd T20I on Sunday.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir blasts Bishen Bedi, Chetan Chauhan after Navdeep Saini’s dream India debutAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Navdeep Saini can be really quick on good bowling wickets, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso See:
At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma More Than 100 prisoners escaped in British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma Related Items:cuba, papal visit, pardoned, prisoners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHavana – The Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, has agreed to the release of 3522 prisoners.The Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas received the good news on Friday afternoon 11th September, 2015 when Ambassador Adams was officially notified by Ms. Anet Pino, Deputy Director of International Law and Multilateral Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cuba that nine (9) Bahamian inmates were also pardoned.Among the 3522 pardoned, included inmates over 60 years of age, younger than 20 years with no criminal record, chronically ill, women, those set for conditional release in 2016, and some serving and working in open conditions, as well as foreigners, provided that the country of origin guaranteed repatriation.With few exceptions for humanitarian reasons, this did not include persons sanctioned for the crimes of: Murder, Homicide, Rape, Pederasty with Violence, Corruption of Minors, Theft and Illegal Slaughter of Cattle, Drug Trafficking, Robbery with Violence and Intimidation against persons in their aggravated forms, nor those crimes committed against the security of the State.The decision took effect on Wednesday, 16th September 2015.On Wednesday, Ambassador Adams including Consul Saunders and Attaché Carey bade farewell to the nine (9) happy inmates as they boarded the flight carrier, Bahamasair at 1:15 p.m. destined for Nassau, Bahamas.The functionaries at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in both Cuba and The Bahamas as well as the Ministry of National Security in The Bahamas and the Embassy Staff networked to guarantee swift action in returning those nine (9) Bahamian men, who are now free from all of their sentences in the Republic of Cuba.The Bahamas government thanks the government of Cuba for this gesture of goodwill that stands as a symbol of our good and cordial relations and our Ambassador to the Vatican, HE Sean McWeeny has conveyed the country’s appreciation to his Holiness the Pope. Cuban military crash leaves 8 dead
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri bemoaned the poor display of his side n their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United and further claimed he is not bothered about his job.Goals from Herrera and Pogba were enough to seal a place in the quarter-final with Wolves as the Blues ran short of ideas in front of frustrated home fans.When quizzed about the performance and the reaction of the fans Sarri said: “For everything, there is a first time.“I am worried about the result, not our fans. Of course, I can understand their frustration. The result was not very good. We are out of the FA Cup.”“We played confusing football in the second half but in the first half I think we played well,” he said.“We need more aggression and more determination in the situations inside our own box and inside the opposition box. The difference was there.“We need to be faster, mentally and materially. We need more movements without the ball. We need less individual actions.“When you have spaces, of course, you can do individual actions. But when the situation is like it is in the second half, you need to move the ball faster and more movements without the ball otherwise it is impossible to score.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Maurizio Sarri heard the chants, but he has other concerns!🙉 pic.twitter.com/XWJS8wpvfN— Goal (@goal) February 19, 2019Following the poor run of results in recent weeks, the former Napoli man has come under intense scrutiny, but he remained bullish about the rumours of a sack.“No, I was really very worried when I was in league two in Italy,” he told Sky Sports. “I am not worried now.“It is not my problem. My problem is to work with the players to improve in a few days and find more determination and aggression.”And when asked whether the Chelsea players are still with him, he added: “I think so. Of course, I am not sure, but I think so.”Chelsea face Malmo in the second leg of their Europa League tie at Stamford Bridge on Thursday before taking on City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.