Breaking Up an Ice Age Is Hard to Do

first_img“Ice Age 3” the movie is out, and the subject of ice ages deserves some attention.  Atmospheric scientists and geologists seem very confident sometimes about things they know about only indirectly, like ice ages.  At other times, though, the rhetoric turns diffident (opposite of confident).  Take this opening paragraph from PhysOrg:Scientists still puzzle over how Earth emerged from its last ice age, an event that ushered in a warmer climate and the birth of human civilization.  In the geological blink of an eye, ice sheets in the northern hemisphere began to collapse and warming spread quickly to the south.  Most scientists say that the trigger, at least initially, was an orbital shift that caused more sunlight to fall across Earth’s northern half.  But how did the south catch up so fast?(For more on the orbital shift theory, see the 06/02/2009, 02/05/2008 and 08/08/2006 entries.)  A new theory for how the south caught up is “blowing in the wind,” the article said.  A team put together a model that invokes carbon dioxide release, wind, and Milankovitch cycles to explain how it all happened.    But all is not so tidy.  Here was global warming on a colossal scale, without man being at fault.  “We’re trying to answer the puzzle: why does the Earth, when it appears so firmly in the grip of an ice age, start to warm?”  It’s counterintuitive.  You need heat to start an ice age, and cold to stop it.  According to the new model, a chain of events led to ice age 20,000 years ago, and by 4,000 years later, the system rebounded.  Glaciers made a “spectacular retreat” while carbon dioxide from the deep ocean provided enough warming to prevent another ice age.    The article left off on a confident note that the new theory improves on old models that stalled: “Now, with the evidence for shifting southern hemisphere westerlies, the rapid warming is readily explained.”  Of course, this new model needs some more work: a Penn State scientist said, “Testing this hypothesis will be very interesting, to see whether it successfully ‘predicts’ the observed timing of CO2 and temperature changes in the south.”  One might also wonder why this irreversible chain of events occurred in the “geological blink of an eye” and not repeatedly over billions of years, if it was indeed triggered by a regular orbital cycle.  Climate skeptics might also use this theory to point out that not all global warming is man’s fault – especially one called “the great global warming of all time.”Scientists like this aren’t interested in the truth.  They are interested in preserving the deep time paradigm.  Part of that is always revising deep time models, but never questioning them.  Their whole system is built on a house of cards, and inside the house, life emerges (a miracle).  Once evolution was done with the deep freeze, it came time to clear out the Ice Age room for the Birth of Human Civilization (another miracle).  Ask yourself: “Self, is a little bit of warmth an explanation for human civilization, and not intelligent design?”    Secular scientists would never even pause to deign to ponder to think to consider the possibility that a global flood could produce the ice age (singular) and its warming aftereffects in far less time.  That explanation, at least, has an eyewitness account attached to it.  But no; deep time is in their DNA (Darwin Naturalistic Authority), and so the tale goes on.  It doesn’t need to be true.  It just needs to keep the story going and the storytellers employed.  If they can attach a political spin to it (man-made global warming), all the better.  The more ad hoc, the better; this one-time phenomenon occurs 16,000 years ago, but not throughout their beloved 4.5 billion years of Milankovitch cycles.  They will tolerate a cartoon “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (advertised along with the PhysOrg article) with its timeline that is completely out of whack with the Darwinian geological column, but that’s OK – it’s not creationist.  Anything but that.  Anything but the Eyewitness.  Considering that would mean (gasp) the loss of human autonomy for endless storytelling.    Readers not enslaved to the secular guild’s world might like to do a little research on what creation scientists have to say about the ice age.  Search for “ice age” on True Origin, Creation.com, ICR, Answers in Genesis, In the Beginning or the Creation Research Society and you’ll get a lot of hits.  Deep-time geologists and biologists are not the only people who think about these things.  They’re just the only ones who get a free ride in the deep-time media.  They believe in miracles, too, you realize; they just have a handy place to hide them – in the deep freezer of deep time.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sherpa Fitness Is Not Evolution

first_img(Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A study about mutations that might confer benefit to high-altitude Sherpas is being announced as an example of evolution, but variation within species is not Darwinian evolution.Science Daily said that two mutations have been found in the mitochondrial DNA of sherpas, those high-altitude inhabitants of Tibet that carry packs up Mt. Everest for western adventurers.  The article, though, says that the mutations “may be an important adaptation for low oxygen environments,” and “may explain the importance of the role of mitochondria in the Sherpa population’s ability to adapt to the extreme Himalayan environment.”This was published in Molecular Biology and Evolution with the title, “mtDNA lineage expansions in Sherpa population suggest adaptive evolution in Tibetan highlands.”What the article fails to say is that sherpas are members of the one (and only one) human race, interfertile with all other human beings.Evolutionists play fast and loose with the term “evolution,” ascribing whatever minor change they can to Darwinism.  Darwin, though, was trying to portray universal common ancestry by means of unguided natural processes.  It’s essential to keep that distinction in mind.  Evidence abounds for minor mutation variants in life – you yourself have multiple mutations compared to your own parents.  That doesn’t mean you “evolved” from them.  It is well known that tribes of people have physical differences due to inbreeding and adaptation to climate, but they are not different species (Darwin wrote, remember, about the “Origin of Species”).Adaptation is not evolution.  Creationists of the strictest Biblical sort believe in adaptive variation within kinds of organisms, where “kinds” (from the Genesis word baramin) is usually much broader than species. Using evolution for within-kind variation commits the half-truth fallacy, and the extrapolation fallacy if applied to macroevolution.A recent article on genomic variations within felids, including tigers, lions and panthers (see Science Daily) also used the word “evolution” incorrectly.  Creationists believe God created a “cat kind” that gave rise to a wide variety of felids around the globe, adapted to their habitats, with less genetic information than the ancestral form.  Even today, lions and tigers can hybridize, yielding “ligers.”   The variety of house cats that can interbreed is well known, as with dog breeds, but dogs never give rise to cats, or vice versa, because they are different kinds of animals.   Similarly, horses, donkeys and zebras are within the equine kind.   To distinguish itself from creationism, Darwinism must go beyond the origin of species, and the origin of genera, invoking only unguided natural processes.  There is plenty of evidence for extensive variability within kinds, but none outside of kinds. That variability was designed into the genomes of the created kinds so that they could adapt to environmental changes.If you weed out the evolutionary evidence about variability within kinds, nothing is left.  Kinds all appear abruptly and appear with variations, reproducing “after their kind.”  What Darwin claimed is not observed in the natural world.  It is only assumed.last_img read more

Pack of 250 Small Mini Hair Elastics Polyurethane Braiding Bands – Some work, some don’t

first_imgPleasant and brief delivery – now its time to determine out some styles with my summer season hair.Small and light-weight,hardly recognizable and they appear to past rather perfectly.Needed these for hairdressing, they are fantastic, small, stretchy, and they dont tangle in the hair. There are loads in the pack so they will previous ages. Will definitely invest in a lot more when required.Great bands for my beardIt’s better than i though!- strong and sturdy 🙂Actually quite resilientFab little bandsArrived fine bands a little on the flimsy side They aren’t very strong, considering that they are meant Absolutely excellent for my desires, powerful, versatile and just the appropriate small dimensions.Although these are amazingly skinny, they extend quite much and you should not break conveniently. (while, you can also lower them/crack them if you attempt- which is good for having them out quite swiftly).Features of Pack of 250 Small Mini Hair Elastics Polyurethane Braiding Bands for Dreads Cornrows Braiding (Black) by CyberloxShopOne pack of Polyurethane Mini Hair ElasticsApprox 1.2mm in sizeColour: BlackRapid supply and specifically what i ordered, fantastic to set your hair up without the significant elastic bands.My lover uses them for his beard and i use them for the odd braid. They arrived in a handy plastic bag with a sealing zip thingy. I’m pretty content with my order, will defo get all over again frtom below :).It is greater than i while- strong and durable :). I was afraid of purchasing this merchandise given that i never know what size it is nevertheless, i am really pleased with the product or service and it’s strengths. Really satisfied with the charge and the amount i was given , so thank you :d i absolutely recommend it :).These are good, they can tie hair up nicely but appear to be to break incredibly conveniently so aren’t quite expense efficient as you only get a person use per band.Broke a handful of, but i guess thats why you get 250. Will not believe my beard will have to have all 250.Purchased for applying on fishtail plait excellent benefit for income dont snap etc and match hair color flawlessly.I appreciate the black elastic you can use this for a whole lot things for hair i would suggest to buddy and loved ones.Larger than we anticipated and they did not keep in the plaits so very well as they required to be more compact. Lots of them and zip bag container great.I read a handful of testimonials declaring how lousy these are but risked it in any case, and i am glad i did because they are improved than a whole lot of the other types i have tried. Sure they sometimes snap, but all these minimal elastic bands snap for the reason that they’re fragile, just be mild when putting them in :).Requested these as i have had a little something similar ahead of and been delighted with them. Only issue was that they were smaller than i predicted nonetheless however did the career. Excellent benefit for dollars, sent promptly and nicely packaged.They are not extremely solid, taking into consideration that they are meant. They usually are not very powerful, thinking about that they are intended for hair braids, i have to wrap two at a time in any other case they snap.So i acquired these as my i have alot of hair which is continuously in my way, but i dont like placing it up. These are great for the dollars, but i have found you can only use them at the time, and a handful of have snapped throughout the working day. This could be because of to how significant my hair is though, so if you might be employing them in plates then they need to be high-quality.Very good product or service for a seriously excellent price tag. I have not experienced any weaken or snap on my however, however contemplating you get 250 of them in a pack, if a handful of did break, i might not be aggravated.No plan why people are stating they have been stunned at the measurement of these, theyre typical dimensions to me as iv often made use of them, if they had been any bigger i could not use them, truly happy with these, excellent value and supply.These are excellent, beneficial for toddlers hair. Also use when plaiting my afro at nighttime.Fine products, but a little bit smaller sized then i thought. This merchandise is fine, but a little bit more compact then i believed, its like 1cm diameter circles. But they operates on binding hair.Keeps my hair neat & tidy at nite when i am snooze so i have a excellent design in the morning.I use these for my beard and they do the job wonderful. They are robust but you are going to probably only get one or two go with each and every 1, no challenge cos you get 250 of them.last_img read more

Odisha’s wildlife sanctuaries ravaged by Fani

first_imgCyclone Fani: Anger boils over in hungry Puri  “As per eye estimate, the cyclone damaged nearly 55 lakh trees, mostly casuarinas,” said Harsabardhan Udgatta, Divisional Forest Officer of Puri (wildlife) division. “As many as 20% of the trees were uprooted, while the rest were found snapped and broken. The devastation has left around 400 spotted deer homeless,” he said.Apart from deer, the sanctuary, spread over an area of 87 sq km, was home to wild boar, jackals, striped hyenas, wolves and mongooses. While the DFO asserted that no carcasses of spotted deer had been sighted, it was hard to imagine that the animals had actually escaped the cyclone’s fury.Nandankanan closedIn Bhubaneswar, the cyclone had uprooted decades-old trees inside the Nandankanan Zoological Park. Several animal enclosures too have been affected forcing authorities to shut down the zoo for an indefinite period. The Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary, which is close by, has also been impacted with thousands of trees uprooted. Authorities are attempting to assess the extent of damage.As a result, hundreds of displaced monkeys have now entered residential colonies in the periphery of Bhubaneswar. Residents have reported cases of the simians iattacking people after loss of habitat and food sources. Severe Cyclone Fani rendered not only several thousand people homeless as it tore along India’s east coast last week, but also dealt a body blow to wildlife and forest resources in the region.The scenic stretch along the tree-lined Marine Drive that bisects the Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to the Bay of Bengal between Puri and Konark, is now a wasteland with hardly any tree left untouched, wildlife officials said.Also Readlast_img read more

NSW JUNIOR STATE CUP PLAYED AND WON

first_imgThe NSW Junior State Cup went off without a hitch in Wollongong, with no wild weather or electrical storms…there was simply 277 teams of enthusiastic young Touch players and 777 fine games of Touch. The Manly Sea Eagles were amongst the strongest overall performers, grabbing four of the ten Championship grand finals, as well as one runner-up. Wagga Wagga and Wollongong each claimed two Championships grand final titles, with Parkes and Muswellbrook claiming one each.Wollongong seem to be thriving with the event on their home turf, also claiming three Plate final titles. With Wollongong sides making two Championship and three Plate finals and going on to win all five, the hometown support must surely make a difference in the big matches. The Tamworth Thunder also showed they’re a country region on the improve, especially in the female divisions, finishing second in the Under 14 and Under 18 girls Championship finals and also the Under 18 girls Plate final. The grand finals were all showcases of some of the most promising future Touch players NSW has to offer, with the following results:Championship Grand Finals:McCall Cup, Boys Under 10’s: Manly Sea Eagles (9) def Wests Magpies 1 (6)Tirado Cup, Girls Under 10’s: Manly Sea Eagles (2) def Parramatta Eels (0)Zabielo Cup, Boys Under 12’s: Wagga Wagga (5) def Manly Sea Eagles (0)Vassallo Cup, Girls Under 12’s: Parkes Pumas (13) def Griffith (2)Yiangou Cup, Boys Under 14’s: Manly Sea Eagles (3) def Parramatta Eels (2)Taylor Cup, Girls Under 14’s: Wollongong Devils (7) def Tamworth Thunder 1 (2)Wall Cup, Boys Under 16’s: Muswellbrook Mambas (10) def Penrith Panthers (9)Toohey Cup, Girls Under 16’s: Wagga Wagga (13) def Taree (10)Galea Cup, Boys Under 18’s: Manly Sea Eagles (9) def Wests Magpies (2)Rose Cup, Girls Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (9) def Tamworth Thunder (4)Plate Grand Finals:McCall Cup, Boys Under 10’s: Wollongong Devils (7) def Nelson Bay Neptunes (4)Tirado Cup, Girls Under 10’s: Central Coast Dolphins (13) def Blacktown Broncos (2)Zabielo Cup, Boys Under 12’s: Taree (8) def Penninsula Piranahs (5)Vassallo Cup, Girls Under 12’s: Port Macquarie vs LBM Rangers (to be confirmed)Yiangou Cup, Boys Under 14’s: Wagga Wagga (3) def Nelson Bay Neptunes (0)Taylor Cup, Girls Under 14’s: City of Orange Thunder (5) def Penrith Panthers (3)Wall Cup, Boys Under 16’s: Central Coast Dolphins (5) def Manly Sea Eagles (0)Toohey Cup, Girls Under 16’s: LBM Rangers (6) def Cronulla Sharks (3)Galea Cup, Boys Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (13) def Mudgee Mudcrabs (12)Rose Cup, Girls Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (9) def Tamworth Thunder (4) All results can be found at www.nswtouch.com.au, photographs were taken by Sporting Images and can be purchased at www.sportingimages.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeat

first_imgWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says they must learn from defeat to Liverpool.Coady, facing his former club, believes that the clinical manner of the two goals underlines the quality of the Premier League.He said, “They’re top drawer, with their movement and the way that they drag people out of position, so fair play to them, but from our point of view we have to look at the goals and improve, and make sure we’re focusing for the full game.”The first goal is a great finish but we could have stopped that happening by stopping the quick free-kick being taken. However, we’ve switched off there and we’ve switched off when the cross comes in for the second one.”You can’t afford to do that against any team in this league, but they’re at the top of the league and they’re really going to punish you.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Modi gave gift of dignity to Muslim sisters Harsimrat

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the gift of dignity to Muslim women by getting the Triple Talaq Bill passed, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Wednesday. “Days ahead of #Rakshabandhan, the NDA govt led by hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji gave our Muslim sisters the gift of dignity by getting the #TripleTalaqBill passed,” the Shiromani Akali Dal MP from Punjab’s Bathinda tweeted. “The message is clear: Our women will be treated with respect. No one will be oppressed in this land of equals,” she said. A historic legislation which criminalises instant Triple Talaq among Muslims got Parliament’s nod on Tuesday.last_img

Equifax takes down customer service web page after malicious content found

first_imgTORONTO – Equifax Inc. is reporting that a third-party vendor the credit rating agency uses to collect performance data on its U.S. Equifax website was serving malicious content.“Since we learned of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the webpage and we have taken the webpage offline to conduct further analysis,” an Equifax spokesperson said in an emailed statement Thursday.“Equifax can confirm that its systems were not compromised and that the reported issue did not affect our customer dispute portal.”Earlier Thursday, Equifax Canada said its U.S. parent company was temporarily taking down one of its customer services pages amid reports that hackers had allegedly altered Equifax’s credit report assistance page so that it would send users malicious software disguised as Adobe Flash.“We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link,” Equifax Canada spokesman Tom Carroll said in an emailed statement.“Our IT and security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline.”Carroll did not respond to direct questions about any potential breach to Equifax Canada’s website.The news comes as Equifax Inc. continues to deal with the aftermath of a cyber breach earlier this year which allowed the personal information of 145.5 million Americans, and 8,000 Canadians, to be accessed or stolen.Since news of Equifax’s massive data breach broke last month, the company is facing investigations in Canada and the U.S., as well as at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.The massive data breach has also led to a number of high-profile departures at the Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency, including its chief executive, chief information officer and chief security officer.In early October, Equifax revised the number of consumers potentially impacted in the breach — bumping up the total in the U.S. to 145.5 million and reducing the number in Canada from an estimated 100,000 to 8,000.For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in “limited cases” credit card numbers.On its website, Equifax’s Canadian division says it has not yet mailed out any notices and made clear it would not be making any unsolicited calls or emails about the issue.In September, Equifax reported that its investigation had shown that hackers had unauthorized access to its files from May 13 to July 30. Equifax Canada said at the time it was working closely with its parent company Equifax Inc. and an unnamed, independent cybersecurity firm conducting the ongoing investigation.The cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax “took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company’s IT infrastructure.”— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

Well completion companies report sharp slowdown in fourth quarter activity

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Companies whose services are needed for hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” of oil and gas wells are reporting tough times thanks to a slowdown in drilling in Western Canada in the fourth quarter.Shares in both Trican Well Service Ltd. and Source Energy Services Ltd. trended lower Thursday after the Calgary-based companies reported lower sales in the last three months of 2018.Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure to crack tight rock formations deep underground and allow trapped oil and gas to flow into the well to be produced. Trican, whose crews step in after a well is drilled to make it ready for production, reported a fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $159 million (including a $134-million goodwill impairment charge), compared with a net profit of $14 million a year earlier.It says revenue dropped by 40 per cent to $168 million from $280 million in the same period of 2017 as its total job count fell by 30 per cent to 2,054 from 2,909.Source Energy, which supplies the specialized sand used in fracking, reported in an operational update that sales fell by 33 per cent to 373,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter from 557,000 tonnes in the same quarter in 2017.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said last month it expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in the country this year, down from 6,948 in 2018, due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.last_img read more