Crisis and unchartered territory

first_imgDear Editor,Our dear country is in crisis and unchartered territory! The threats of an unmanageable police state are obviously imminent, as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) plays a zero-sum game on one side. The fallen David Granger-led APNU/AFC coalition Government plays ignorance to the constitutional obligations on the other. The call for a meeting turned out to be another publicity stunt, which the President and his cohorts would have used as an excuse had the Opposition Leader refused to meet.It is widely known that President Granger stepped outside the tested and proven Carter constitutionally agreed formula and legitimate public expectancy in his widely condemned unilateral appointment of James Patterson as the Chairman of GECOM.He now pathetically uses the self-created contamination as a pretence-laden sham, in attempting to camouflage the dictatorial quest for power at all cost and lawless ineptitude to good governance.The indecency of Patterson seems limitless, as he proves himself daily, a creature of infiltration and imbalance created by and operating under the whims of the David Granger’s PNC/R political party. His decisions as Chairman of GECOM flagrantly contradicts the rules of establishment of the organisation, as he uses his role to advance party paramountcy over the Constitution as the supreme law of our land.It is indeed most contemptible that the fallen coalition Government Commissioners at GECOM would shamelessly exercise such constitutional defiance of the timeline and actions necessary for the holding of elections since the passing of the No-Confidence Motion. Following the coalition’s failed efforts at achieving delays approved by the Legislature and the Judiciary, their Commissioners at GECOM have taken on the mantra of creating a backdoor solution to the extension of power and fraud.Led by Vincent Alexander, they are proffering all sorts of illogical excuses about the organisation not being ready, finance needed to conduct elections, and the need to conduct house-to-house registration. Under the ill-fated and deliberate delaying guile of Patterson, it took this cabal more than 50 of the constitutionally prescribed 90 days to falsely inform the public that they needed up to July to be ready. Alexander perhaps hopes to gain forgiveness for his fallout with Granger over his previous challenge for leadership of the PNC/R.It also took international engagements of foreign diplomats for CEO Lowenfield to pronounce that the List was clean and valid up to the end of April 2019 and that updates through the 10 Continuous Registration, Claims and Objection processes, had served this purpose. I wish to emphasise that the process of validation of the Voters’ List complied with a process according to law, and not under the fantasy of the PNC/R, Alexander and his cohorts.It is a fact that without actions to savour an extension of the constitutional timeline for the mandatory election, the Government becomes illegal after March 21, 2019. This has damning consequences for the country at large and international partners are likely to invoke sanctions which put Guyana further into the doldrums of underdevelopment by the time corrective actions are accepted.In context, the myopic view or pretence of the President puts in public view, the illegal business as usual approach of his Government, contrary to the intent of the amendment of to the Constitution to include Sections 106 and 107. Accordingly, through the explanatory memorandum of Bill 14 of 2000, which is instructive to this effect, the drafters sought to ensure that the preservation of the President’s status quo for 90 days with the main purpose of ensuring the effective conduct of free and fair elections within the period.The situation cannot be more obvious that a legal and clean Voters’ List as pronounced on by the CEO of GECOM’s Secretariat is inconvenient to the fallen APNU/AFC coalition.The Government Commissioners and its secretariat staff are aware of the basis for its legal mechanism governing, as well as the process implemented towards its continuous update. The Government is aware that its cabal has conducted a number of egregious acts against the people and is now taking steps to try to buy citizens influence. The arguments for house-to-house activities, therefore, merely serves to illegally grant the coalition time at the citizens’ detriment.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

2 Berbice homes go up in flames

first_imgDuring the first two days of the year, two fires were recorded at Crabwood Creek in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne), including one which is said to be an act of arson.At about 18:00h on Tuesday, a fire flattened a building situated at Lot 47 Grant 182, Crabwood Creek. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.Fire completely razed one of the housesResidents say a unit from the Corriverton Fire Service went to the scene. However, while they were sourcing water, the Guyana Sugar Corporation Skeldon Estate sent its fire team and they were able to use water which a resident had stored in two black tanks and prevent the fire from damaging a nearby house.There are reports that African bees had infested the building and it was also being used for illegal activity.Meanwhile, on New Year’s Day, residents watched helplessly as a man allegedly set fire to the house he and his family lived in. The man’s three children ages nine, four and 18 months are now homeless.According to Shaneeza Persaud, her husband Shazam Silvanish had accused her of having an affair with one of his cousins. She explained that Silvanish was very abusive and had not been supporting the family as he should.The 27-year-old woman told this publication that during the Christmas holidays after the accusations were made, Silvanish called his cousin and informed him of his suspicions. He then allegedly told the cousin to take the woman and her three children.Shaneeza Persaud and her three childrenPersaud said she took her children and went to her husband’s cousin’s home but his aunt took her back to her husband a few days after.On New Year’s morning, after Persaud invited the cousin for a drink, he sent his wife away again. However, before they left, there was an altercation between Silvansh and his cousin which escalated into a fight.Persaud told Guyana Times that as they were on their way and she looked back, she saw fire coming from the building and ran back to save her documents but it was too late.The man, after setting the house on fire, allegedly fled the scene immediately after. The Police have been on the hunt for the suspect.Meanwhile, Persaud and her children have since been living with her mother, also in Crabwood Creek. The unemployed woman is asking the public to assist her children to be able to go out to school next week. She can be contacted on telephone number 603-9703.last_img read more

From the bite of Suarez to Keane’s walk-out: World Cup bad boys

first_imgBattiston lost two teeth, cracked three ribs and was left unconscious after Schumacher’s hip smashed into his face in the semi-final of the 1982 tournament in Spain.The German, who to this day insists he was going for the ball and is still an unpopular name in France, escaped a booking and showed no remorse as West Germany won the match 5-4 on penalties, as it had finished 3-3 after extra-time.Khalid Boulahrouz (Netherlands)A record four red and 16 yellow cards were shown during ‘the Battle of Nuremberg’ when Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2006 World Cup.Boulahrouz was booked for a studs up tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo, which forced the Portugal superstar off, and was sent off for a second yellow in the second half.Amidst the carnage, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, plus Portugal’s Deco and Costinha all received double yellow cards while Luis Figo was booked for head butting Marc van Bommel.Nigel De Jong (Netherlands)De Jong’s flying kick landed on Xabi Alonso’s chest in the 2010 World Cup final, dubbed the ‘Battle of Johannesburg’, earned the Dutchman a yellow card and warning from English ref Howard Webb in another bad-tempered display by the ‘Oranje’.The kung-fu kick set the tone for a brutal final as the Dutch earned nine yellow cards, including a pair shown to John Heitinga, who was sent off in extra time.The Spanish, themselves no angels with five yellow cards, took the trophy when Andres Iniesta slammed home the extra-time winner.Zinedine Zidane (France), Marco Materazzi (Italy)The key moment of the 2006 World Cup final came in extra time when Zidane’s sudden head butt floored Materazzi.Zidane was apparently retaliating for a verbal provocation. But reports differ as to what Materazzi actually said that triggered the attack and saw the French legend sent off on 110 minutes in his last international appearance.Italy won the final 5-3 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 as Zidane’s seventh-minute penalty was cancelled out by Materazzi’s first-half header.David Beckham (England)Beckham was sent off for a petulant kick aimed at Argentina captain Diego Simeone, who had just clattered England’s midfield ace, early in the second-half of the quarter-final defeat in the 1998 finals.It finished 2-2 after extra time before England lost 4-3 on penalties, but for Beckham the ordeal was just beginning.The Manchester United star bore the brunt of a national outcry on his return to England and “God Forgives Even David Beckham” appeared on a poster outside a church in Nottingham, appealing for clemency on his behalf.Slaven Bilic (Croatia)Hosts France were 2-1 up against Croatia in the semi-final of the 1998 tournament, when Bilic theatrically went down clutching his head after a scuffle with Laurent Blanc in the area.The Frenchman was sent off, for the first time in his career, but the replays showed Blanc had barely touched Bilic.‘Les Bleus’ held on with 10 men to win, but despite clear evidence, FIFA refused to lift Blanc’s suspension for the World Cup final in Paris which France won 3-0 against Brazil.Roy Keane (Republic of Ireland)Issues with the equipment and pitch at Ireland’s pre-World Cup training camp in Saipan saw the tough-tackling Manchester United boil over with rage as Keane stormed out on the Irish before the 2002 finals even started.A foul-mouthed tirade at the Republic’s manager Mick McCarthy was his parting shot as Keane-less Ireland went onto to lose to Spain in the last 16.Diego Maradona (Argentina)The midfield maestro made World Cup folklore with his ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the last eight of the 1986 finals, then moments later beat five defenders on a mazy run for his second as Argentina went onto win the title.However, Maradona finished his World Cup career in disgrace after failing a drugs test in the 1994 finals held in the USA.His primal scream into the television cameras, eyes bulging, after scoring against Greece was repeatedly shown after it was discovered he had taken a stimulant.Luis Suarez (Uruguay)Sent off for a deliberate handball in Uruguay’s quarter-final win over Ghana in South Africa 2010, Suarez was banned for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder four years later in Brazil.With the Italians protesting to the referee for not penalising Suarez, Uruguay won a corner and scored to eliminate Italy with a 1-0 victory in the group stages.Suarez did not escape punishment, however, and FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee handed him a nine-match ban, two days after the match, ruling him out for the rest of the tournament and the 2-0 defeat to Colombia in the Round of 16.Jurgen Klinsmann (West Germany)Klinsmann had earned his reputation for diving, but his most outrageous tumble came in the final of Italy 1990 when he threw himself over Pedro Monzon’s tackle and convulsed on the floor, earning the Argentinian a straight red card on 65 minutes.Replays showed it was a blatant dive and playing against 10 men, the Germans won the final in Rome when Andreas Brehme converted a penalty five minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000From Luis Suarez’s teeth to Roy Keane storming out on the Republic of Ireland and Toni Schumacher pole-axing Patrick Battiston in ’82, AFP Sport selects a team of 11 bad boys in World Cup history:PARIS, France, June 8 – From Luis Suarez’s teeth to Roy Keane storming out on the Republic of Ireland and Toni Schumacher pole-axing Patrick Battiston in ’82, AFP Sport selects a team of 11 bad boys in World Cup history:Toni Schumacher (West Germany)last_img read more

Reports – Southampton open talks with Nantes over defender

first_img Papy Djilobodji 1 Southampton have opened negotiations with Nantes over the signing of Papy Djilobodji, according to reports in France.The defender will have one year remaining on his contract in the summer and is expected to leave if a club can stump up the £5m asking price.Newly-promoted Bournemouth are said to be keen on the 27-year-old, who has been a regular for Nantes in Ligue 1 season.But, according to L’Equipe, Eddie Howe’s side face competition from Southampton after they began talks with Nantes.Saints boss Ronald Koeman is wary he may lose on-loan defender Toby Alderweireld in the summer, with Tottenham expressing an interest.As a result, Senegal international Djilobodji is viewed as the ideal man to bolster the south coast club’s defence.last_img

Hawking draws in crowd at public Caltech lecture

first_imgPASADENA – If scientists have a superstar, it is Stephen Hawking, and eager crowds gathered Tuesday night at Caltech to hear him speak. Hawking, a physicist best known for his advanced theories about the birth of the universe and the properties of black holes, gave a public lecture about the origins of the universe. “It’s just awesome to be in the presence of a brilliant mind who is able to convey such complex ideas in a way that is understandable,” said audience member Joseph Glaser. Besides explaining complicated theories, Hawking even managed to keep the crowd amused. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“He has a wonderful sense of humor,” Glaser said. Hawking started the evening with an African creation myth, in which the sun vomits up the moon, animals, and people. “This creation myth, like many others, tries to answer the questions we all ask: Why are we here? Where did we come from?,” he said. He went on to explain the evidence for a universe with a definite beginning brought about by scientific principles, not one set in motion by a creator or infinite one, as some philosophers, including Aristotle, had predicted. Some of the most important evidence against an infinite universe came from nearby Mount Wilson, he said, where Edwin Hubble discovered in the 1920s that the universe was expanding. “The expansion of the universe was one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century,” Hawking told the crowd. The observation in 1965 of a faint background of microwave radiation – of the same sort that comes from a microwave oven, but much fainter – added weight to the theory that a Big Bang that had created everything. Hawking managed to engage the crowd in complex concepts with ordinary and often funny examples. On Richard Feynman’s theory that events are the sum of many possible histories, each multiplied by the probability they could happen, Hawking said, “There will be a history in which the moon is made of blue cheese, but the probability is low, which is bad news for mice.” The audience broke out in laughter. Hawking said that though scientists were well on their way to understanding the origin of the universe, “not everything is solved.” One outstanding question is why the universe is expanding faster, after a period of slowing. Despite this though, “we are getting close to answering the age-old questions: are we here, and where did we come from. Thank you for listening to me.” The crowd rose in applause. (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hearts vs Hibernian: Watch great Edinburgh derby goals from over the years

first_img shining ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img no dice huge blow Hibs fans continue to celebrate their 2012 Cup Final win. Latest Football News Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The Scottish Premiership has it’s first Edinburgh derby of the season tonight as Hearts host Hibernian at Tynecastle Park.It’s a fascinating rivalry and while the Old Firm gets all the headlines you can usually rely on the capital city delivering a classic match. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY The hosts have won the last two meetings between the sides but it wasn’t too long ago when Hibs went on an unbeaten derby run, offering up some brilliant moments north of the border.So to warm up for the match tonight, check out some classic goals from recent clashes below. Hearts currently top the table in Scotland but Steven Naismith’s injury, a knee cartilage tear, will come as a huge blow to Craig Levein’s side, and give Hibs half a chance.Neil Lennon’s men aren’t too far off their rivals, mind you, as they sit sixth, level on points with Rangers, eight behind their opponents, with a game in hand. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY last_img read more


first_imgGARDAI are investigating claims that some of the gorse fires of recent days may have been started deliberately by young people throwing firelighters from cars.The claims are a number now being examined as Donegal faces more than €10 million in damage to property, livestock and infrastructure.The fire services have been stretched beyond its limits answering calls to more than 300 fires from Ballyshannon to Buncrana within the past four days. And although some started accidentally, Gardai and fire chiefs now believe many were started understands that emergency services believe the huge gorse fire which spread across Lettermacaward and the surrounding areas on Saturday night started after a person began burning rubbish.However other fires are believed to have an even more sinister element and were started by people carrying out arson copycat attacks in rural areas.A full Garda investigation backed up by evidence found by the fire service has now been launched into the cause of many of Donegal’s fires. A Garda source revealed “We have heard numerous claims as to how the fires stated and out investigations will take their course.“We will be asking people who may have information to come forward to us and tell us what they know to enable us to further our investigation.“Everyone has seen the damage which has been caused to property in recent days and if some of these fires were started maliciously, then we will pursue those responsible,” he aid.Local MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has said that those responsible for starting fires must be brought to justice.“If it is proved that these fires were started maliciously then I believe those responsible must be held accountable and an example must be made of. “Thankfully there has been no loss of life but that is in no small part to the excellent work of the Gardai, the fire service, the army and the huge effort by the local community.“But there has been a huge amount of destruction done and somebody has to be answerable for that,” he said.Taoiseach Enda Kenny also said he now understood that many of the fires were started deliberately.“I want to condemn the person or persons responsible for setting these fires which have become quite dangerous,” he aid. EndsGARDAI INVESTIGATING CLAIMS THAT FIRELIGHTERS USED TO START GORSE BLAZE was last modified: May 4th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal gorse firesfirelightersGardalast_img read more

Treacherous snowfall hits north plains

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BILLINGS, Mont. – Portions of Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming were hit by a slow-moving snowstorm that knocked out power, closed roads and dumped up to 2 feet of snow by Wednesday night. Thousands of power outages were reported and some schools were closed by the storm, which began Tuesday. Drifting snow contributed to road closings, and the National Guard was called out in North Dakota to aid the Highway Patrol in rescuing stranded motorists. By nightfall, hundreds of people in vehicles, including three buses, had been rescued with equipment ranging from snow plows to bulldozers, said Rick Robinson of the state Department of Emergency Services. There were no reports of injuries. “It’s really treacherous – heavy, deep snow. Visibility is just really poor. It’s so heavy that vehicles just can’t push through it,” North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Mark Bethke said. As much as 11 inches of snow had fallen in southeastern Montana by Wednesday morning. Billings had received 10.8 inches and set a record for snowfall Tuesday with 9.9 inches, National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Humphrey said. last_img read more

Does ISIS Evolve?

first_img(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 This may be the winning candidate for worst Darwinian just-so story of the decade.You have to hand it to evolutionists; at least they are consistent. If everything evolves, then everything evolves. Makes perfect sense. But a corollary is that there is no such thing as an ideology. Human beings are mere pawns of evolutionary forces that use them to play “games” (according to the game-theoretic version of Darwinian evolution).One of the most extreme examples of applying Darwinian theory to everything can be seen in a new paper by 10 academics from the University of Florida and Harvard University about “online ecology” including “ISIS and beyond”. To them, the Islamic State evolves like any other biological ecosystem. Published in Science, this paper utilizes the terminology one would expect in a paper about the Darwinian evolution of a forest community or a population of predators and prey in the soil.Support for an extremist entity such as Islamic State (ISIS) somehow manages to survive globally online despite considerable external pressure and may ultimately inspire acts by individuals having no history of extremism, membership in a terrorist faction, or direct links to leadership. Examining longitudinal records of online activity, we uncovered an ecology evolving on a daily time scale that drives online support, and we provide a mathematical theory that describes it. The ecology features self-organized aggregates (ad hoc groups formed via linkage to a Facebook page or analog) that proliferate preceding the onset of recent real-world campaigns and adopt novel adaptive mechanisms to enhance their survival. One of the predictions is that development of large, potentially potent pro-ISIS aggregates can be thwarted by targeting smaller ones.As justification for this Darwinian view of a radical religious movement, the authors believe they can identify ways to thwart its spread. But their analysis completely depersonalizes the movement, ridding it of any ideological, theological, or moral underpinnings. The terrorists become nothing but pawns of impersonal forces adapting to the environment.The authors do not use “natural selection” or “phylogeny” language, but do rely heavily on “evolutionary adaptations” and “survival” concepts, e.g.:These observations open up the possibility to add evolutionary game theoretic features into our systems-level theory to explain the multiple use of particular adaptations by particular aggregates and their decision of when to adapt. A future generalized theory could prove possible, employing game theoretic ideas from (26), for example.Ref. 26 is to Martin Nowak’s 2006 book, Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life. The description on does refer to natural selection:At a time of unprecedented expansion in the life sciences, evolution is the one theory that transcends all of biology. Any observation of a living system must ultimately be interpreted in the context of its evolution. Evolutionary change is the consequence of mutation and natural selection, which are two concepts that can be described by mathematical equations. Evolutionary Dynamics is concerned with these equations of life.Clearly, these scientists treat ISIS as a mere “aggregate” that “adapts” by variation and selection according to a model. Is that the best way to understand a terror movement? The editors of Science give it their blessing, not only by publishing it, but by adopting their terminology about the “evolution of such aggregates“. What none of the scientists or editors seem to realize is that the same thinking could be applied to scientists themselves. What happens if scientific research is viewed in Darwinian terms? Are members of the scientific community in an aggregate that adapts to the environment by impersonal processes describable by equations? If so, then the “scientific aggregate” has no claims to truth—including this paper and the journal that published it.Media Buy-InAt Live Science, Kacey Deamer bought into this notion in her article, “ISIS Plays ‘Evolutionary Game’ to Avoid Online Shutdown.” Is that it? Is it just a game? Deamer goes one step further in self-refuting nonsense, when she lets lead author Neil Johnson turn the Americans into the predators:“It’s a little bit like fish when they form shoals and the shoals merge and break up, and when a predator comes in they scatter and then they reform,” Johnson said. “But they tend not to reform around where the predator was. They’ll go off into different corners and gradually build up again.“It’s not too dissimilar,” he added, “But, of course, now it’s on the internet.”Are readers supposed to view ISIS terrorists who chop off heads and drop their enemies into vats of acid as nothing more than little fish who scatter when a predator approaches? Who are the good guys here? This portrayal almost makes one sympathetic to the terrorists, as if everything was peaceful and pastoral till the American drones appeared overhead.Return to Reason?John Bohannon usually has a wiser outlook among Science commentators, so let’s see what he says about this in his piece, “How to attack the Islamic State online.” He begins by sharing the data-gathering work by Yulia Vorobyeva (University of Florida), a co-author of the paper. She spent a lot of time combing through the chilling, bloody messages from ISIS on social media, where many of the victims are children. She found, to her surprise, that nearly 40% of pro-IS participants were women. “Given the often harsh treatment of women endorsed by the terrorist organization,” that was startling, he says. “Vorobyeva’s harrowing exercise in data-gathering has helped her understand how IS wages an online war of propaganda.” So far so good: it’s about ideology; it’s about propaganda; it’s about intentional action. No evolution here. Ideas matter. Bohannon proceeds to investigate how the data she gathered in her “gruesome” task might help allies stop the spread of ISIS terror through their “ideas and information” shared online.Unlike the evolutionists, Bohannon writes like a reporter watching an intelligence agency evaluate a threat based on real-time data and intelligence gathering, using analytical tools. He only uses the e-word evolution once in passing—”the growth and evolution of the online networks that supply the terrorist group with converts and support”—a reference that might be forgiven if he defines evolution here as mere “unfolding change over time” presumably by freely-acting individuals. So yes, in a sense, warfare is a game, and enemies’ strategies evolve. That’s why countries practice war games. But if “Evolution” is the gamer, and human beings are mere pawns in a mindless game, then the bottom drops out of all efforts at explaining an evil like ISIS.None of the three articles mentioned evil, morality, or design. The Science articles only mentioned Islam within the phrase “Islamic State”; Live Science didn’t mention Islam at all.Free Your WillIf humans are pawns of evolutionary games, they have no free will. The late Cornell evolutionist Dr. William Provine used to emphasize that. Whatever the “Association for Psychological Science” thinks about the question, they have the sense to realize that things go better with free will. Science Daily writes, “When it comes to knowing your true self, believe in free will.” The irony of that headline appears lost on its author.“Whether you agree that we have free will or that we are overpowered by social influence or other forms of determinism, the belief in free will has truly important consequences,” says lead author Elizabeth Seto, a Graduate Student at the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University.Previous studies have shown that minimizing belief in free will can increase cheating, aggression, and conformity and decrease feelings of gratitude.Other research indicates that feeling alienated from one’s true self is associated with increased anxiety, depression and decision dissatisfaction. On the other hand, knowing one’s true self positively influences self-esteem and one’s sense of meaning in life.Another psychological survey was done (you know, the kind that is usually hard to replicate). Dr. Elizabeth Seto (Texas A&M) could only offer pragmatic reasons for choosing to believe in free will (if you can pardon the irony again):“When we experience or have low belief in free will and feel ‘out of touch’ with who we are, we may behave without a sense of morality,” says Seto. “This is particularly important if we have a goal to improve the quality of life for individuals and the society at large.”So is this a call to faith? It seems intuitive that one cannot have a goal to improve without presupposing the belief in free will. Else, how can an individual do otherwise, and why would Seto encourage people to believe in free will?Update 6/21/16: Sheryl Prentice (U of Lancaster) on The Conversation offers a design-based approach for using technology to predict terrorist attacks. There is no mention of evolution in her article, which relies on finding patterns and using human “experience, values and judgement” to predict which individuals are “intending to carry out an attack.” Her approach stands in stark contrast to the evolutionary model.The absurd lengths to which secular evolutionists apply their theory make us wag our heads in disbelief. This takes the cake: ISIS evolves by mutation and natural selection! Well, then, we might as well throw down our arms and watch in helpless horror as this cancer spreads. If they win, they prove themselves the fittest. Their first act as the fittest in the evolutionary game is to declare Darwinism illegal and punishable by death. Short circuit!Is there nobody in secular media and Big Science who sees the inherent contradictions? This is so easy; we do it all the time. Just apply their assumptions back on themselves, and watch their ideas implode. It’s a law of nature that no idea that implodes is sustainable. Simple logic. Why is this so hard?We have no quarrel with intelligence gathering on network activity that helps morally righteous people fight ISIS with wisdom and strategy. ISIS is committing genocide. They crucify Christians, a horror unheard of since the Roman Empire. They drop other Muslims into vats of acid. They take little girls as sex slaves. They bomb marathons. They shoot up nightclubs. They use chemical weapons. If ever there was a righteous cause for just war, this is it! Those who care about righteousness must use intelligent design to stop a great evil. Intelligent design can (and should) include sophisticated technology and mathematical models.What we don’t need is evolutionary theory! ISIS has nothing to do with mutation, selection, or game-theoretic ecology. For love of God and country, get the Darwiniacs out of the State Department before we all die.last_img read more

Review: The Illuminati — A Hands-Free Light Meter

first_imgThere are many benefits to having a light meter. There are even more benefits to a light meter that is also a color meter you can read on your phone.This year at NAB, I came across a booth for a company called Illuminati. They were not a secret underground organization trying to impose a new world order — as their name might suggest — but rather a nice group of folks who have created what just might be my favorite new light/color meter.After a very successful kickstarter campaign, the Illuminati light meter has been out for a bit now, and it works great. I hadn’t heard of it myself until I found them at NAB, and let me be clear, this is not a sponsored post. I bought one for myself about 30 seconds in as they were explaining its functionality to me.At a price point well below most of the competition (usually in the $500 range — or much higher), with both a color meter and an incident-style light meter, this was too good to pass up.This particular meter has a very interesting form factor. I’m not sure how intentional the triangle shape was in relation to the company’s name, but the humor is not lost on me. However, the shape is actually quite functional.The meter itself is made of plastic and features a few little LEDs that flash to signify a successful bluetooth pairing (and other various bits of information). However, you can turn this light off if you don’t want it affecting your shot.A nice little magnetic kickstand comes with the meter — as well as a magnetic back that you can use to attach the device to your shirt or a lanyard. Both are very strong and work great.My favorite aspect of this little light meter is that you can leave it in the scene as you light. I tend to work as a one- or two-man band most of the time, and this device allows me to alter my light intensities and contrast ratios while looking at my phone and dialing in the exact look that I want. Of course, being able to do this without walking back and forth and taking readings is a great thing.The AppThe app has a great dashboard-type screen where you can add or remove meters based on the information that you’d like to see. All at once, you can keep tabs on a video light exposure meter, stills-style light exposure meter, color temperature, and chromaticity. You can even set an alarm in this screen.Each of these will update simultaneously based on the light hitting the meter.You can easily switch between a stills exposure meter or a video exposure meter with the touch of a button. This will switch between a shutter speed readout or a shutter angle readout.In the video meter, you can also change the frame-rate, as well as add ND filter amounts. All of this is super helpful.Perhaps my favorite part of the app is the remarkable color temperature meter. This addition to an already-affordable meter was the main selling point for me.The meter gives you a graph of the current color temperature of your light. However, it also contains presets of nearly every major lighting gel company that will provide new nodes on the graph, showing you what change in color temperature would result from using that particular gel.  For instance, you’ll know how far a full CTB (color temperature blue) will push your light before you ever put it on the light itself.The app also includes chromaticity, which is a great tool for measuring the quality of the light hitting the meter.Now you no longer need to rely on camera tests and manufacturer information to tell you the lux and footcandles of the lights that you’re using. You can also keep track of the magenta and green shift.No more fretting over CRI. You’ll know exactly how to correct your lights for magenta or green shift.If you’re in the market for a light meter, I strongly suggest this one — especially if you’re just learning how and why to use them and you want something good to start with. However, this meter is a great option for beginners and experts alike.So far, it seems to do everything I need a light meter to do — with the added benefits bluetooth-capability and a robust color meter.Looking for more industry news? Check out these articles.NAB 2018: Panasonic Shows Off The EVA1’s Low-Light PerformanceNAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers FreeNAB 2018: The New Zeiss CP.3 Lens Line Is HereNAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art LensNAB 2018: Aputure Upgrades Their Beloved 120d LEDlast_img read more