Evolutionism Fomented Columbine Disaster, Father Says

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first_imgBrian Rohrbough, father of one of the students killed in the Columbine school shooting in 1999, spoke on CBS News “free speech” segment October 2 after the recent Amish school shooting.  Tonight (Nov. 22) on Fox News, the Bill O’Reilly show replayed an interview he had with Rohrbough about that CBS speech that led to a firestorm of reaction in the media and on the web (example).  It was taped last month on his Talking Points October 6.  O’Reilly titled it, “CBS News allows conservative point of view and all hell breaks loose.”  He especially had taken issue with a poor choice of words Katie Couric had used on her blog, “We knew when we decided to put on this segment that a lot of people would disagree with it.  We also knew some might even find it repugnant.”  Bill countered that he found nothing at all hateful in the father’s short, impassioned yet sincere statement.    What was so repugnant?  One thing was that Rohrbough had tied the massacre to the teaching of evolution.  In Media Matters Oct. 17, Erik Boehlert called these “fringe comments.”  With little sympathy for the bereaved father or his right of free speech, he said, “Rohrbough proceeded to uncork a radical-right sermon about how godless liberals were running the country by, among other misdeeds, teaching evolution in the classroom.”  O’Reilly asked Rohrbough specifically about that reference to evolution, in which he had stated,This country is in a moral free-fall.  For over two generations, the public school system has taught in a moral vacuum, expelling God from the school and from the government, replacing him with evolution, where the strong kill the weak, without moral consequences and life has no inherent value.The popular TV host appeared doubtful that evolution could have been a motive for the crime.  Rohrbough, however, backed up the claim without a flinch.  He told O’Reilly that evolution is implicated because it “gives the right to exterminate the weak.”  Even more startling, he claimed that tapes made by the boys before they went on the shooting rampage clearly state that they were plotting their act because of evolution.  That was evidenced further by the fact that Klebold wore a T-shirt on the fateful day proclaiming “Natural Selection.”    Rohrbough was frustrated that this evidence has not been released.  “Evolution was the basis for the attack on Columbine,” he told O’Reilly; “They said it themselves.  Unfortunately, the sheriff’s department won’t release the tape.”Why won’t they release the tape?  Possibly because it is vulgar and filled with foul language; maybe because they fear emotional trauma to the families.  Or, perhaps it is considered too “politically incorrect” to link such an evil deed to evolution, lest the image of Saint Darwin be dishonored.  Here’s a cause for concerned citizens to get involved and demand that the truth come out.  Darwinists may claim till the mutant cows come home that evolution is merely a scientific theory with no moral strings attached, but students know how to connect the dots to nihilism.  Need proof?  Revisit our 08/31/2006 entry.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgHere are four organisms with surprising mental powers.BumblebeesA video clip at the start of a Washington Post article shows bumblebees trained to pull on a string to get a treat. Other bees, watching one do it, appear able to learn the secret. The one-minute video, often shared on Facebook, is well worth watching. Ben Guarino writes with astonishment:The bumblebee brain is puny, at least compared with the massive and fatty organ locked in your skull. At about 0.0002 percent the volume of yours, bee brains are close in size to the seeds stuck on a hamburger bun. Thinking about insect brains in terms of size alone, however, is a trap. The intelligence of sesame-brained bugs should not be underestimated.A study reported in the journal PLOS Biology on Tuesday [10/04/16], for instance, takes bee smarts in a surprising direction: Scientists from the Queen Mary University of London suggest that the “insects possess the essential cognitive elements for cultural transmission,” as they wrote in their new paper. It is possible to teach a single bee a new trick, in other words, and a different bee can learn that behavior from her peer.BatsYou’ve probably seen a swarm of bats blackening the sky at dusk as they emerge from a cave. Flying so close to one another, how do they avoid utter confusion as they utter clicks for echolocation? The interference would seem hopelessly confusing to them. An article from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology looked into this “question [that] has mystified scientists since the discovery of echolocation.” One thing the bats know to do is reduce their call volume in such conditions, a behavior called mutual suppression. Clever experiments at Texas A&M showed how bats demonstrated their smarts in an acoustic room rigged with “robobats” and a clutter of strings equipped with sensors. The researchers found that the collision-avoidance strategy is apparently hard-wired into the bats’ brains, since each individual behaved the same way.The press release concludes on a biomimetics note, with gratitude:Interestingly, Adams’s findings could be useful for improving wireless telecommunication networks. In a wireless network, information is sent from multiple computers simultaneously without much interference. Adams says, “You stop and listen for a second and go again. It’s the same thing we’re seeing with the bats.” The team’s future research will determine how bats handle interference from multiple individuals, which may shed light on how to develop better wireless networks.We have a lot of reasons to be thankful for bats. Who knows? We may soon be thanking bats for more efficient wireless communication.ChickensBecause the face of a clucking hen does not exactly induce thoughts of genius, this headline from science publisher Springer is bound to turn heads: “Think chicken – think intelligent, caring and complex.” Maybe you are assuming that if you eat the chicken, it will help you in those ways. Thou assumest wrongly. According to an expert in “chicken psychology,” chickens have a lot in common with us.Chickens are not as clueless or “bird-brained” as people believe them to be. They have distinct personalities and can outmaneuver one another. They know their place in the pecking order, and can reason by deduction, which is an ability that humans develop by the age of seven. Chicken intelligence is therefore unnecessarily underestimated and overshadowed by other avian groups. So says Lori Marino, senior scientist for The Someone Project, a joint venture of Farm Sanctuary and the  Kimmela Center in the USA, who reviewed the latest research about the psychology, behavior and emotions of the world’s most abundant domestic animal. Her review is published in Springer’s journal Animal Cognition.“They are perceived as lacking most of the psychological characteristics we recognize in other intelligent animals and are typically thought of as possessing a low level of intelligence compared with other animals,” Marino says. “The very idea of chicken psychology is strange to most people.”OK, Dr. Marino, prove it. She shows how chickens have a sense of numbers, even as newly hatched chicks. They can perform simple arithmetic, experiments have shown. They can remember the trajectory of a ball for up to three minutes. They “possess self-control when it comes to holding out for a better food reward,” the list continues. The article rubs it in:Chicken communication is also quite complex, and consists of a large repertoire of different visual displays and at least 24 distinct vocalizations. The birds possess the complex ability of referential communication, which involves signals such as calls, displays and whistles to convey information. They may use this to sound the alarm when there is danger, for instance. This ability requires some level of self-awareness and being able to take the perspective of another animal, and is also possessed by highly intelligent and social species, including primates.Chickens perceive time intervals and can anticipate future events. Like many other animals, they demonstrate their cognitive complexity when placed in social situations requiring them to solve problems.In addition, they display complex emotions. If you’ve ever watched a mother hen protecting her chicks, you know how aggressive she can be. “They make decisions based on what is best for them,” the article says, even stooping to deception or learning one another’s secrets (just like the bumblebees described above). Convinced? Reflecting on all this makes it hard to want to eat them. At least pay that bird a little more respect when you chew the chicken fat.Slime MoldsWe end with one of the most surprising examples of braininess: intelligence without a brain. Stephanie Pappas writes about slime mold intelligence for Live Science, claiming, “This Brainless Blob Learns — and Teaches, Too.” It may be difficult doing a mind meld with a slime mold without getting sticky, but scientists are impressed with what these colonial fungi can do.You don’t need a brain to learn and teach. New research finds that slime molds, goopy and rather uncharismatic organisms that lack a nervous system, can adapt to a repulsive stimulus and then pass on that adaptation by fusing with one another.Whether this shows that “learning may predate the evolution of the nervous system” seems debatable, but everyone can agree that “slime molds are truly bizarre,” almost alien.Previous studies of slime mold have found that they have a primitive form of memory based on information stored in their trails of goo. Despite being entirely brainless, slime molds can find the fastest route through a maze or between points.Related to amoebas, slime molds can become habituated to a favorable route, and can even cross unfavorable regions to reach their food. They can learn harmful substances from harmless ones, then pass on that information by fusing with other individuals. Fusing together, some slime molds can form a super-organism hundreds of square centimeters in area, sharing thousands of nuclei, only to later disperse and go their separate ways, all the better for information they shared.Pay someone a compliment today. Tell them they have the brains of a slime mold, a bat, an insect or a chicken. If they don’t smile and say “Thank you,” you may need to explain before they cry or hit you.Seriously, Stephanie, how could learning predate the evolution of the nervous system? That’s ridiculous. You’re treating “learning” as some mystical phenomenon out there in space that mindless matter can latch onto. You need a refresher course in evolutionary theory. Then, correct your article to stay, “Stuff Happens.” (Visited 88 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_img8 March 2012 “South Africa: Inspiring new ways”, the new slogan for championing the country locally and internationally, has been approved by the Cabinet following extensive development and consultation by Brand South Africa. Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane made the announcement on Thursday following the Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday. Brand South Africa, the organisation charged with marketing South Africa at home and abroad, will drive the popularisation of the new slogan, Chabane told reporters in Pretoria.Capturing the essence of the country Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said the Cabinet’s approval represented “the culmination of many months of research into what thousands of ordinary South Africans believe captures the essence of our country. “As a country we continue to inspire both ourselves and the world with unique, new and better ways of overcoming our challenges,” Matola said in a statement on Thursday. “‘South Africa: Inspiring new ways’ is both a description of the best of our national character, our values and the fabric of our people. It is a challenge to all South Africans: to business, government and civil society to build on our reputation for inspiration and innovation.”New phase, new slogan South Africa’s previous pay-off line, “Alive with Possibility”, ran from 2003 through to the end of 2010 and Africa’s first Fifa World Cup, and reflected the country’s position as the most-developed African economy spearheading the emergence of the continent as the globe’s last great market. “The world saw the sense of the proposition,” Matola said, “and investors, businesses and tourists piled into the country – taking advantage of the possibilities. “Now, our country has moved to a different phase of its development.” SA was now an important regional power, Matola noted, with a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council and a member of the G20 and the BRICS group of nations. “South Africa has moved beyond possibility to delivery. Our delivery has necessitated a change in the brand positioning, to keep up with and lead the way that we are perceived by the world. It is for this reason that we have developed a new brand expression.”Championing SA at home and abroad Brand South Africa is best known locally for its Play Your Part active citizenship campaign, and its precursor, the hugely successful Football Fridays campaign that ran in the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Internationally, Brand South Africa lobbies and networks extensively among global opinion leaders to shift perceptions about the country and the continent. Most recently, the organisation teamed up with London’s Financial Times to host a roundtable discussion on the future of mining in Africa at last month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town. The month before that, Brand South Africa partnered with TIME Magazine in bringing global business and political leader together to discuss the role of Africa in the “Global Transformation” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The organisation also regularly brings groups of international journalists to the country to give them exposure to South African government and business, experience local life and culture, and learn about the country’s latest technological developments.SA climbs in the brand rankings Its efforts have not gone unrewarded. In the latest release of the prestigious Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brand Index, made in October, South Africa moved up one spot to 36th out of 50 countries measured, confirming the steady improvement in the country’s brand reputation. The index is based on an annual online survey conducted among respondents from 20 “panel” countries in which the 50 competing nations are ranked along six dimensions: tourism, culture, people, exports, governance, and investment/immigration. While expressing satisfaction with South Africa’s ranking, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola pointed out that different branding indices tended to come to different conclusions. What mattered most for a nation brand was its “key differentiators”. For Brand South Africa, this meant continuing to focus on positioning the country more as a business destination and an attractive emerging market on the African continent, Matola said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_imgPalghar district has seen thousands of small earthquakes since November 2018, but Friday’s quake measuring 4.3 on the moment magnitude (Mw) scale was the first time the magnitude crossed 4 here. Scientists, however, are divided on the primary cause of this phenomenon. Some believe it is related to groundwater levels, and others attribute it to tectonic activity. If high groundwater is the cause, the quakes may remain small. This phenomenon, called hydroseismicity, is common across the Deccan plateau. However, another hypothesis is that intra-plate tectonic forces could be generating stresses along faults in Palghar. Such a mechanism is believed to be behind the 1993 Latur earthquake. If intra-plate activity is the cause, Palghar could see larger, more destructive quakes.Till a while ago, seismologists believed the driver behind the Palghar activity was hydroseismicity. In this phenomenon, rainwater enters the faults in the earth’s crust. This increases pressure, which is released through small earthquakes. In 2017, after heavy rains, such a phenomenon occurred in Hyderabad’s Borabanda suburb. “It continued for a month and a half and stopped,” said D. Srinagesh, chief scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute in Hyderabad. Such earthquakes typically measure less than 4 Mw and subside by December. They are also very shallow, typically emerging from within 4-5 km underground. In contrast, the Palghar quakes have continued into February, indicating that tectonic activity is at play, says Dr. Srinagesh. Also, a few of the temblors originated from 15 km underground, deeper than most hydroseismic quakes. With magnitude crossing 4 Mw this month for the first time, “all we can say is that disaster mitigation procedures should be set into motion,” he said.However, Vineet Gahalaut, Director of the National Centre for Seismology, New Delhi, said hydroseismicity couldn’t be ruled out yet. The Mw 4.3 quake was not necessarily significant, he said, because previously, quakes measuring Mw 3.7 had occurred. This small increment in magnitude was consistent with the ‘swarm’ pattern of hydroseismicity, he said. Further, according to him, the quakes were clustered within a small area, again a feature of hydroseismicity. Yet, he cautioned that it was impossible to discount tectonic activity as a cause.Previously, scientists had estimated that Palghar could see a “maximum credible earthquake” measuring Mw 6.5. The MCE is the largest quake that can occur in a region. All of Palghar’s buildings must be prepared for this, seismologists say, though the timing cannot be predicted.last_img read more


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first_imgTop seed Somdev Devvarman assured India at least a silver medal in the tennis competition of the Commonwealth Games by storming into the men’s singles final with a straight set win over Australia’s Matthew Ebden here today.Somdev, ranked 97th, outplayed third seed and world number 165 Ebden, 6-3 6-1 in one hour and 11 minutes in the men’s singles semifinals at the Centre Court of the R K Khanna Tennis stadium.His next opponent will also be an Australian as the other semifinal is an all-Australian affair between second seed Peter Luczak and fifth seed Greg Jones.Unlike the previous matches, the semifinal featured long rallies but Somdev had strong enough legs and stamina to outlast his opponent.Ebden was coming into this match after playing an energy-sapping three-setter against British Joshua Goodall and perhaps had not recovered from the gruelling encounter.Nevertheless, he did pose some questions for Somdev but the Indian was equipped with enough answers.The match never rose to expected highs ever since Ebden dropped his serve in the first game. The Australian slowly picked up but Somdev gradually tightened his grip over the match.The Indian broke Ebden twice in both the sets. He is also in contention in the men’s doubles and is scheduled to play semifinals with Rohan Bopanna later in the dayWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more


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first_imgDelhi University has witnessed over two lakh application forms for admissions to its undergraduate programmes. A total of 226,483 application forms have poured in for the admissions to DU till June 13 on Friday i.e. the 11th day of the admission process, IANS reports.This year, the online application process is being preferred over the offline forms. A total of 1, 23, 806 aspirants have filled the forms online, whereas 102,677 offline applications have been received across 18 centres in Delhi.The Delhi University’s admission process that kick-started on June 2 will come to a close on June 16. Thereafter, the first cut off list will be declared on June 24.  For the Bachelors in Management Studies (BMS) course, 16,084 online payments have already been made for 840 seats. The process for the same began on June 7 and will come to an end on June 18. The entrance test for this course offered by Faculty of Management Studies will be conducted on June 26 from 3pm to 5pm. The admit cards for the same will be mailed to the candidates between June 20-22.Colleges under DU offering BMS Programme:In total, there are 840 seats for the course in the following six colleges:Bhim Rao Ambedkar College: 60 seatsCollege of Vocational Studies: 300 seatsDeen Dayal Upadhyaya College: 60 seatsKeshav Mahavidyalaya: 60 seatsMaharaja Agrasen College 60: seatsShaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies: 300 seatslast_img read more


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first_imgMinister of Education, Rev. The Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says developing a wellrounded workforce,capable of fulfilling the demands of the global job market,is critical to nation building. To this end, he says one of the Ministry’s priority undertakings will be training persons with the requisite skills that will empower them to thrive in the 21st Century workforce/labour market. “One of our main goals is to articulate our educational and training systems toward measured and measurable workforce needs in the society,” he said. The Minister was speaking at the opening of the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica’s (HRMAJ) conference, at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel on November  21. Rev.  Thwaites emphasised that  the creation of a ‘workforce needs projection’ is also paramount in identifying the jobs that will be needed in the future. He said this  venture will have to be a collaborative approach, and urged members of the HRMAJ to partner with the Government in identifying these areas. The Minister  pointed out that billions are spent on education each year, so the nation’s future leaders should be trained in areas deemed critical. Citing the importance of technical and vocational skills,  Rev. Thwaites said the local and international job markets are demanding persons with such training. He added  that there should be a balance between academic competences and technical and vocational skills. On another matter, the Minister underscored the need for students to be fluent in English Language, adding that this is critical for the country’s progress. “It is a reproach that a university has to have English classes. By the time you get to university, you are supposed to be adept in English, and there shouldn’t have to be any make up sessions in Mathematics either,” Rev. Thwaites said. He  said that  the intention of the Ministry is “to do it right the first time…to make sure that we do not continue to waste the probably $20 billion per year that we spend on education system, on remedial work, rather than on exceptional advanced work, which is what Jamaica really needs in order to be a leader in the global workplace.” Meanwhile,  President, HRMAJ, Michael McAnuff-Jones, suggested that there needs to be the development of a bilingual labour force as well as the development of incentives to retain jobs in the island. “As HRMAJ, we stand ready to share our experience with the Government on how we can tackle the threats to job preservation and job growth,” he added. The conference, which is slated to end on November 23, is being held under the theme: ‘Engage People: Gain Phenomenal Success’. It presents attendees with a diverse set of activities that will enrich their experience and provide useful leadership, people centric and innovative strategies for application on the job. The HRMAJ, formerly the Jamaica Association of Training and Development (JATAD), began in 1978 when a small group of training and development practitioners decided to form an association dedicated to the training and improvement of such professionals and practitionerslast_img read more