A Houston area strip club was forced to shutdown this week after it opened it’s doors under the guise of a restaurant.Police say they shutdown Club Onyx early Friday morning much the dismay of the club’s owner who called it a restaurant with entertainment services.The owner told police that the facility was allowed to reopen because it fell under the new executive order that allowed for restaurants to operate at a limited capacity as long as social distancing measure were being followed.The owner also explained that the entertainers wore face mask and were not giving out lab dances which limited their exposure to others.Despite the owner’s understanding of the executive order, police threatened to fine him if he did not shutdown the establishment, which he eventually did.The owner also spoke to area reporters saying he is disappointed in the decision.
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at Gyro with race orientation 45 minutes prior to the start of the event.Cost is $22 per registrant.For more information contact the Trail Parks and Rec at 250-368-6484 or 250-368-0888 or register in person at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Saturday (September 29) the Trail Parks and Rec is hosting a Kids Duathlon race at Gryro Park.The race, for children ages four to 12, is a run-bike-run event beginning at 10 a.m.
(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists continue finding the real world to be opposite evolutionary expectations. Here are some recent examples.1. Bergmann’s Rule Isn’tIt’s a shame to have to debunk a law of nature, especially in biology, which doesn’t have that many to begin with. Since 1847, Bergmann’s Rule has predicted that “cold-climate animals tend to be larger and stouter than animals living in hot or dry climates,” explained PhysOrg. Isn’t it strange that nobody tested this “rule” on insects for 165 years? Matan Shelomi, a doctoral candidate in entomology at UC Davis, took on this rule as a project in evolutionary biology. He checked 300 scientific papers and found that Bergmann’s Rule doesn’t work for insects, even though it consistently does for warm-blooded animals. His findings in a nutshell: “Insects are just as likely to follow Bergmann’s Rule as they are to oppose it, and a slight majority show no size variation at all.” Like most things in biology, there are many factors affecting traits. Any rule of nature that tolerates large exceptions is no rule at all.2. Blind Conformity Isn’tAlthough an article in Medical Xpress doesn’t mention evolution, psychologists are a largely evolutionary bunch. Secular psychologists generally assume psychological traits arose by natural selection, just like everything else. In a new paper in PLoS Biology, the article said, Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher found that “blind conformity” in humans is a “myth.” This was an idea developed from studies during the 1960s and 1970s that appeared to show humans will participate in cruelty in response to an authority figure if the crowd does. Not so, say Haslam and Reicher. Instead, morals and beliefs are intertwined: “Decent people participate in horrific acts not because they become passive, mindless functionaries who do not know what they are doing, but rather because they come to believe—typically under the influence of those in authority—that what they are doing is right.” This suggests that the human mind is not a passive product of natural selection, but an entity capable of thought and moral choice, even when the choices are bad.3. Upside-Down Hummingbird Feeder TheoryA short article on PhysOrg described how researchers tried to figure out if flowers evolved to make it easier for hummingbirds to feed. Using high-speed cameras, a group at UC Berkeley found the unexpected: flowers hang down, making it more costly for the birds to get to the nectar. This appears to go against simplistic ideas that flowers and their pollinators co-evolve toward cooperation. “Almost all hummingbird-pollinated flowers hang down vertically, so our hypothesis was that they evolved this way because hummingbirds would have to use less energy to feed from them. We found the opposite – that it’s more costly in energy terms for hummingbirds to feed from these flowers.”4. Sea Snakes Evolve; See Evolution DefiedAccording to PhysOrg, two identically-looking poisonous sea snakes are genetically unrelated. To rescue evolutionary theory, the evolutionists had to invoke convergence: “Associate Professor Fry said the finding was an example of a situation where two species evolved separately but ended up looking similar, known as the convergent phenotypic evolution phenomenon.”5. Early Mammal Performs MiracleThe “Lazarus effect” has been invoked to explain a mammal that was thought to have gone extinct since the age of dinosaurs, only to turn up in the evolutionary timeline 16 million years ago. An article on Science Daily describes the confusion that exists after 100 years of trying to understand a small snouty mammal named Necrolestes:This finding unexpectedly moves forward the endpoint for the fossil’s evolutionary lineage by 45 million years, showing that this family of mammals survived the extinction event that marked the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. This is an example of the Lazarus effect, in which a group of organisms is found to have survived far longer than originally thought. Situating Necrolestes among its relatives in the fossil record answers one long-held question, but creates others; it reminds us that there is a lot we don’t yet know about the global impacts of the massive extinction event 65 million years ago and it challenges assumptions that the well-documented effects that occurred in western North America were experienced globally.The original paper on this fossil connection is published in PNAS. So not only does this fossil create questions about the mass extinction, it raises a conundrum about how these critters survived a mass extinction only to reappear tens of millions of years later. “It’s the supreme Lazarus effect,” said John Wible. “How in the world did this animal survive so long without anyone knowing about it?”6. Reality Opposes Theory of Evolution of Life SpanA paper in Current Biology begins, “A new study reports that high rates of extrinsic mortality can lead to the evolution of a longer life — a pattern opposite to that expected under the classic predictions of the evolutionary theory of aging.” Evolutionists have worked theories opposite the truth despite an aspect of evolution that has “captured widespread interest among evolutionary biologists for well over a century.” This paragraph should raise eyebrows among students of philosophy of science:Such inconsistency between studies raises eyebrows, particularly because we can generally confirm the classic predictions when we pull the strings in the laboratory setting, but struggle to do so when testing the predictions in more realistic, natural environments. Does this mean that the evolutionary theory of aging is not generally applicable to the real world? Or is there some unaccounted factor at play, whose effects run havoc in the wild and alter the trajectories of aging in unpredicted directions, but that we effectively nullify in the laboratory environment? Emerging theoretical studies and the latest empirical evidence mounted by Chen and Maklakov, would suggest that the answer to this latter question is ‘yes’.Apparently there are too many variables for an evolutionary “law of aging” to make predictions. A theory without predictions, though, is pretty useless for science. Damian K. Dowling, author of the paper, tried to put a happy face on this falsification: “Clearly, the Chen and Maklakov study provides a new insight into the evolution of life span. Ironically, in doing so, it reminds us how much remains to be done if we are to ever fully understand the evolution of aging in natural populations.”We think people should know about evolutionary theory being riddled with problems. All they hear is the propaganda that Darwinian evolution is as confirmed as the law of gravity. These falsifications reveal the gravity of the situation. When Darwinians have to concoct epicycles like “convergent evolution,” or have to issue promissory notes for understanding evolution, or joke about their miracles with terms like the “Lazarus effect,” they reveal how evolution is less like gravity and more like magic. Read about the real Lazarus effect here. It happened by intelligent design from Someone who has nothing else to learn about biology. read more
(Visited 1,003 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A biology professor who came out of a Darwinian communist country explodes origin-of-life speculation with real world facts about genetic repair mechanisms.The Latest OOL FollyScientific materialists are prone to wild speculation as they concoct implausible scenarios for the origin of life. Why? Because they allow no competition from non-Darwinists. If you are not a scientific materialist, or if you subscribe to theories of causation beyond the Stuff Happens Law of sheer dumb luck, you are out of luck, as far as getting your ideas published in the science journals. For this reason, the secular media get away with loony ideas such as the following:Meteorites may have brought building blocks of life to Earth (McMaster University Daily News). This hypothesis of special delivery of “building blocks of life” by meteorites into pools of sterile water that underwent wetting-and-drying cycles was published in PNAS., where they invent the acronym WLP to stand for Darwin’s “warm little ponds”. Words cannot describe how foolish this hypothesis is for those who know the facts of molecular biology, but readers are coaxed to get all excited by the media’s enthusiasm:Life on Earth began somewhere between 3.7 and 4.5 billion years ago, after meteorites splashed down and leached essential elements into warm little ponds, say scientists at McMaster University and the Max Planck Institute in Germany.Their calculations suggest that wet and dry cycles bonded basic molecular building blocks in the ponds’ nutrient-rich broth into self-replicating RNA molecules that constituted the first genetic code for life on the planet….“No one’s actually run the calculation before,” says Pearce. “This is a pretty big beginning. It’s pretty exciting.”Life on Earth May Have Started with a Cosmic Splash (Space.com). “A new study bolsters the theory that the chemical origins of life on Earth were midwifed by meteorites that delivered essential building blocks from space.” Actual human midwives came a few billion years later, according to the Darwin cult.Evidence suggests life on Earth started after meteorites splashed into warm little ponds (Astrobiology Magazine). “Though the “warm little ponds” concept has been around since Darwin, the researchers have now proven its plausibility through numerous evidence-based calculations.” See Illustra’s Origin clips for a more realistic view about ‘plausibility’.Their scenario relies on the myth of progress. Researchers assume that building blocks somehow ‘want’ to build themselves up into living entities, starting with a simple RNA molecule that can replicate itself. Replicators in the ‘RNA World’ may be crude at first, but in Darwin Fantasyland, they will ‘want’ to get better over time. Natural selection is Tinker Bell’s magic wand for ratcheting up the success rate. What they fail to remember is that (1) Known RNA replicators are best at cutting themselves up, not getting more complex (and no, they don’t ‘want’ to get better at it – they want to fall apart), and (2) Without accurate replication from the beginning, ‘error catastrophe’ sets in, destroying any gains. Here is a dose of realism to shame these imagineers back to the real world.A Quick AnswerThe anonymous biology professor that we quoted in our September 20 article had this to say about real-world biology:Now, as far as the wonder of biochemistry, I wonder if I may be just briefly permitted to add to your wonderful description of the beginning. And that is that every cell in our body, every single day of our life, sustains more than 20,000 lesions to the DNA. So the question is not just, “How did life originate?” but “How is life even possible?”. And these 20,000 lesions, by the way, are merely from endogenous causes. It’s like working in the kitchen: you get a little wet, you’re a little burnt, a little cut, this, that, and the other. If you work in the garage, same thing: you always have to have a box of bandages somewhere nearby handy, for a very simple reason, because you expect it, you are going to sustain some injury.Similarly, on a molecular level, every cell sustains 20,000 lesions every single day of our lives, to its DNA. So the question is, “How is it possible for life to even be maintained?” And that necessitates a fully-developed repair machinery that is already in place when you begin with life in order to maintain the integrity of the DNA. When that repair mechanism fails for whatever reason—and it is a very elaborate one (some records say that the most modest bacterium has more than 200 repair mechanisms in play at all times)—are we getting the sense of the complexity of this? So it’s not sufficient to get just a ‘replicator’. You have to have the repair shop for it. And then you have to have all the repair tools, and the repairmen, in order to maintain this thing from falling apart. And people who for whatever reason have lost some of these repair mechanisms, they display many of the repair disorders that result from that.Jonathan Wells was present when the professor made these comments. He added,One thing I would add as a molecular biologist/embryologist is that even if you have all this stuff you’re talking about (and you need it to survive), there’s more on top of that. For example, when the DNA is transcribed into RNA, the RNA, or the protein from it, has to go to a certain place in the cell to do its job. That spatial information is not in the DNA. So there are whole other levels of codes. There’s the bioelectric code; there’s the membrane code; the sugar code—all in addition to the DNA. So life is really wondrous.So unless materialists invent the repair kit alongside the replicator, the replicator falls apart within the first few iterations. Hear the professor’s comments on ID the Future, 9/18/17.And that’s just the beginning of woes for the secularist. Follow our “Origin of Life” category for mountains of evidence we have shared for 16 years now that destroys any unguided scenario for the origin of life, including the ‘RNA World’ joke.For more problems with Darwinian theory, read this book.We need to get angry at these charlatans and their enablers in the media. How much longer can we endure their shenanigans? Remember, too, that the entire Darwinian edifice (the House of Cards), with all its amoral, wicked baggage rests on this foundation of sand. 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A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As the market for location-based services continues to grow, it’s becoming increasingly important for these companies to have access to correct location data. Placecast helps developers ensure that their location databases are accurate. The service also allows developers to exchange data with other services that might have slightly different data sets. After looking at the data sets of its 200 customers, Placecast found that the average fault rate for the location data sets is about 8%. Location databases that include a high proportion of user-generated content, however, had fault rates that were often as high as 40%.Placecast wants to be the “Rosetta Stone” for developers that work with location data. The company’s MatchAPI helps developers to create a single database with location data, even if they are getting their data from multiple sources and have to interact with multiple data sources. The MatchAPI disambiguates and de-duplicates addresses by identifying all the different ways that users (and other databases) can identify an address. This is especially important if an app allows users to create their own locations. If you are using a location-based service that often shows multiple names for the same venue (often with slight variations), you know how distracting these errors can be. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Currently, there is no single location database with perfectly accurate information that all of the different vendors can access – and that’s probably a good thing, as it allows developers to use the databases that suit their needs best. If Placecast’s data is correct, however, an error rate that ranges from 8% to 40% is simply too high for consumer products that want to guide people to the right location in the real world. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts frederic lardinois Tags:#Location#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting read more
Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finley Tags:#hack#Tools Related Posts Engine Yard announced today the availability of a tool to transfer applications from Heroku‘s Ruby platform-as-a-service to Engine Yard’s own Ruby PaaS, AppCloud.The migration tool, called ey-migrate, is available from Github. It was created by Engine Yard VP of Technology Dr. Nic Williams. “Back when I was at Mocra, I would have loved a migration tool to help us migrate an initial Heroku app to a production environment like Engine Yard AppCloud,” Williams wrote. “Fortunately I had a couple weeks at home recently after the birth of my third child, so I finally had the time to create the tool I always wanted – a migration tool to onboard on to Engine Yard AppCloud from other places.”Salesforce.com acquired Heroku last year. At the time, Engine Yard CEO John Dillon told us: “No respectable developer wants to be on Salesforce.com. This could drive even more developers to Engine Yard’s open platform.” We ran a poll asking whether Heroku would lose credibility due to the acquisition. Most respondents said that Heroku would be fine, but there was a sizable minority that was more skeptical.Data portability and vendor lock-in are hot topics, so this is a timely service. Don’t be surprised to see other platform providers offering migration tools, along with incentives to switch from one service to another.In addition to Heroku, Engine Yard competes with Duostack. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? read more
The Australian Men’s Open squad will get an amazing opportunity on Saturday night, when they play in a curtain raiser for the World Club Challenge match at Allianz Stadium. The squad will play in an intra-team demonstration match at 6.30pm on Saturday night before the Sydney Roosters and Wigan Warriors play at 8.00pm.The team will be joined by former NRL stars Joe Galuvao and Dean Widders. Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad says the team is excited at the prospect of showcasing their skills in front of a large crowd. “To play in front of a big crowd will be a big enough thrill but it’s probably the first or second time the game has come to Australia in years so it’s just a really special event. To be given an opportunity to play at such an event is fantastic, it’s a great opportunity,” Trad said. New South Wales referees Luke Saldern, Billy Greatbatch and Luke Heckendorf will officiate the game.Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media pages for all of the latest from the Australian Men’s Open squad at the World Club Challenge:Website – www.austouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com./touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksWorld Club Challenge read more
QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Prosecutors have demonized Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette and want to put him away for 150 years for political reasons, the killer’s father said Thursday at the conclusion of his son’s sentencing hearing.“Alexandre is not a monster,” Raymond Bissonnette told reporters outside the courtroom.Rather, Alexandre is a mentally ill victim of relentless bullying and intimidation during his school years — factors that could have played a role in the shooting, his father said.“All our efforts to end the bullying failed,” he said, flanked by his wife, Manon Marchand.“In the closing arguments, the Crown said that all young people are bullied sometime in their lives and don’t commit serious crimes,” he continued. “I think this opinion does not do justice to the serious damage and suffering caused by bullying and intimidation.”Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty earlier this year to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into a mosque in the provincial capital in January 2017 and opened fire.The defence has argued Bissonnette should be eligible for parole after 25 years in prison, while the Crown wants Bissonnette to receive a 150-year sentence.His father said the Crown ignored the fact his son was mentally ill by not ordering psychiatric examination after his arrest.“Instead, the Crown decided to completely demonize him by any means in order to obtain a 150-year sentence, the greatest sentence ever given in Canada,” Raymond said.“One hundred years is actually a death sentence in disguise, we all know, all hope is extinguished. I fear in my son’s case, actually, the Crown is seeking a political, not a judicial sentence.”Raymond also spoke about Quebec City’s Muslim community, whom he said had “legitimate frustrations” regarding religious discrimination.“I realize how much this community members feel isolated and misunderstood,” he said. “I also realize that nothing will change their opinion about my son Alexandre, and I fully understand.”Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot is expected to render his decision on Bissonnette’s sentence Oct. 29. read more
TORONTO – Roots Corp. shares jumped to their highest levels since they were listed publicly last year on Wednesday, after the Canadian clothing company’s sales and adjusted earnings topped analyst estimates in its latest quarter.The shares closed at $12.60, up $1.13 or nearly 10 per cent from the previous close. Earlier, they hit an all-time high of $12.78.The Toronto-based company’s shares have seldom traded above the $12 set for its initial public offering in October.Roots announced its net income was $20.8 million or 50 cents per share for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Feb. 3, up from $17.2 million or 41 cents per share in the same quarter a last year.On an adjusted basis, Roots says it earned 59 cents per share in the quarter, up from 48 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 53 cents per share and revenue of $124.4 million, according to Thomson Reuters.Sales for the period that includes the busy holiday shopping season totalled $130 million, up from $111.2 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Same-store sales growth was 15.1 per cent.Jim Gabel, the president and chief executive officer of Roots, said that holiday sales “were outstanding both in-store and online, driving impressive top and bottom-line growth.”He expressed confidence that Roots will be able to achieve its previously announced outlook for the end of fiscal 2019, following a multi-year transformation project that began in fiscal 2016.Roots is aiming to achieve between $410 million and $450 million in annual sales for the 2019 financial year that ends in early 2020. Its outlook also estimates between $35 million and $40 million of adjusted net income for fiscal 2019.As part of the 45-year-old company’s rejuvenation, it listed its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange in October through an initial public offering.At the time, the IPO was considered unsuccessful as the initial stock price of $12 per share was below the original proposed range of $14 to $16 each and the stock fell on the first day of trading to close at $10.Companies in this story: (TSX:ROOT)Companies in this story: (TSX:ROOT) read more
New Delhi: The Election Commission has made it clear that candidates will have to bear the cost of advertising their criminal antecedents in TV and newspapers as it comes in the category of ‘poll expenses’, a senior functionary said Thursday. The poll panel has made it compulsory for candidates contesting elections to advertise their criminal antecedents in TV and newspapers at least thrice during electioneering. Though directions in this regard were issued on October 10, 2018, the rule is being used for the first time in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The functionary said political parties have been informed that candidates will have to bear the cost of the advertisement from their poll expenses. Some parties had approached the poll panel urging it to allow the advertisement expenditure be borne by them and not the candidates. The parties too will have to advertise the criminal records of the candidates they have fielded. The expenditure of advertisement by the parties will be borne by them. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday This means that candidates and parties contesting the elections will have to publicise their criminal records at least on three different dates in widely circulated newspapers and popular TV channels during the campaign period. Candidates who do not have records have to mention that. The candidates will now have to fill up an amended form (number 26). They will have to inform parties about their antecedents such as cases in which they have been convicted and cases pending against them. The parties, the EC said, will be “obliged” to put the information about the candidates on their websites. The EC direction of October, 2018 was silent on whether the candidates will have to pay from their pocket for the publicity. Parties which fail to comply, face the prospects of getting their recognition withdrawn or suspended. Candidates have to submit clippings of their declaration published in papers and parties have to submit details about the number of such candidates in a state. While there is a ceiling on expenditure of candidates, the parties have no such limit. Candidates in Lok Sabha polls can spend up to Rs 70 lakh. All registered political parties have to submit a statement of their election expenditure to the election commission within 90 days of the completion of the Lok Sabha elections. All candidates are required to submit their expenditure statement to the poll panel within 30 days of the completion of the elections. read more