Even with generous dates of 10,000 years for the origin of farming, what were modern humans doing for tens of thousands of years or more?Take the latest date for the arrival of “modern humans” in Europe, some 43,000 years ago for Cro-Magnon Man. If farming did not begin till 13,000 years ago (the most generous date mentioned in an article on Science Now), what were modern humans doing for 30,000 years? That’s well over three times as long as “recorded history,” when humans of equal body and mind went from mud huts to the moon.Michael Balter, in his article on Science Now, “Farming was so Nice, It was Invented at Least Twice,” ignores that looming question. Instead, he focuses on archaeological sites along the Fertile Crescent (Israel, Iraq and Iran) that have been radiocarbon dated to 10,000 years, plus or minus a few thousand depending on the site. He begins,The invention of farming some 10,000 years ago set the stage for the rise of civilizations in the Near East. Yet archaeologists disagree about how it happened. Some say it arose in a single spot near the Mediterranean, and spread from there. Others argue it had multiple independent origins, a view that is getting new credence, thanks to findings from an early farming site in Iran.The multiple origin theory, though, makes the problem worse. It discounts the idea that farming was the dream of a lucky individual at one location who decided they could save a lot of work by planting and growing the plants they like. It means the idea hit several towns in widely separated areas independently. Why, then, didn’t fully modern humans ever get that idea tens of thousands of years earlier?The problem is exacerbated when including the members of the Homo genus prior to Cro-Magnon. Most paleoanthropologists concede that members of Homo (whether neanderthalensis, erectus, habilis or the like) used fire and made weapons, sailed boats, created art and musical instruments, understood semantic communication, and were for all practical purposes just like us before the Cro-Magnon arrived. If they could do all these other things, why didn’t any of them think of planting a crop or riding a horse throughout 1.9 million years?Some tribes in South America, when discovered before they had been influenced by Western culture, were planting their favorite crops as well as building villages. It seems to be a natural thing for humans to do: organize a society, plan ahead, and take control of the powers of nature. Yet Balter says, “Whether farming arose once or a hundred times, it happened first in the Fertile Crescent, a broad region stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.” Did a genetic mutation turn hunter-gatherers into farmers? If they “invented” farming, did they do it by intelligent design?Regular readers know we’ve been driving this issue for a long time. The Science Now article provides another occasion to remind readers of the huge credibility gap in the evolutionary timeline. Look at how quickly people spread around the globe. Everywhere they went they built monuments with inscriptions and built cities. Some of their technology, whether of the Mayans, Egyptians, Stonehenge builders, Incas, still arouses awe.It’s the most natural thing in the world for humans to find ways to make life easier. If it rains, build a hut. If foot travel is too far, find an animal to ride (horse, elephant, camel). If a plant tastes good, plant it and grow lots of it. We shouldn’t presume that Neanderthals and the other mythical pre-humans evolutionists place in their mythical prehistory were any less capable of doing these things, considering what other technologies they employed.Biblical creationists have a clear advantage on this point. According to Genesis, humans were farming right after Eden. They were making musical instruments, forging metals, and raising livestock. They were using their God-given mental abilities to eke out an existence in a newly cursed world, finding ways to make it not so hard. Within Adam’s lifetime they were building cities. The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 provides a credible history of the spread of mankind after the Flood and after the confusion of tongues at Babel. It matches archaeological finds with remarkably accurate names, genealogies, and dates that can be checked (note: creationists question the accuracy of radiocarbon dates before the Flood). The creationary explanation is about real historical people using intelligent design with minds created in the image of God by the ultimate intelligent Designer, Yahweh-Elohim — the uncreated, eternal, all-wise Creator God. He is the Eyewitness. He has revealed what happened. Eyewitness testimony from someone who cannot lie is to be preferred over empty speculation by those who imagine humans emerging from bacteria by random processes.Evolutionary dates are inflated to force key observational data points into their predetermined old-age timeline. If science is to be directed by observations and logic, then let’s use the Guidebook from the One who knows everything and was there. It’s time to play hardball with the evolutionists in their own Fantasyland. Dunk an evolutionist into the credibility tank today, so everyone can tell they are all wet.OLD MAN DARWIN HAD A YARN1. Old Man Darwin had a yarn, D-O-D-O-Woe.And in that yarn he had no farm, D-O-D-O-Woe.With a spear tip here and a bone flute there,Here a pot, there a fire, everywhere a thought butIn that yarn he had no farm, D-O-D-O-Woe.2. Old Man Darwin had a yarn, D-O-D-O-Woe.And in that yarn he had no horse, D-O-D-O-Woe.With a nay nay here and a nay nay there,Here a nay, there a nay, nobody could ride a mare,In that yarn he had no horse, D-O-D-O-Woe.3. Old Man Darwin had a school, D-O-D-O-Woe.And in that school they had a rule, I-D, I-D, No!With a D-D here and an O-O there,Here a DO, there a DO, everywhere a DODO,In that school they had a rule, D-O-D-Or else!(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Other adults about military children?Be open-minded and try to understand what the child is going through before you make assumptions. So often military children get ignored or pushed to the side. Do not be the person who lets that happen, especially if you are a teacher. As a teacher, you are their go-to person to make them feel comfortable, and you can truly be the person who makes their experience a more positive one. I may be just a little bit biased, as I am a future teacher, but it is so obvious how powerful a teacher is in a child’s life, so use that power! Other children military or civilian?Follow your dreams and set goals for yourself. No matter what boundaries you may run into, you can beat them and achieve your goals.Do not be afraid to dive into something new.Think of the positives about being a military kid, not the negatives, and learn from your experiences. Be proud of yourself and where you came from, because you live a much cooler life then most kids! This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube. USS Anzio sailors depart Norfolk (Photo by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Rafael Martie) CC BY 2.0Recently the MFLN Family Development Early Intervention team published Part One of an interview with Kellie, a young woman who grew up in a military family. You can read Part One of that interview here. Today we bring you the final thoughts of our guest. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Did you move frequently? If so, what strategies did you use to get used to your new “home” and make new friends? What recommendations do you have for adults to help military children through these transitions?I moved every 2-4 years depending on my dad’s job at the time. I have moved a total of seven times since I was born. I think the best strategy I used to adjust to my new home when I was younger was just getting involved in activities and not being shy. One thing a lot of kids don’t realize is that everyone truly wants to be friends with the new kid!As I got older it got harder. I was in the same place for all of middle school and I got very comfortable with that place. I was on a dance team, I had a set group of friends, and activities I was involved in. I then found out I was moving to a new school, in a new state, at the beginning of my freshman year of high school. That was devastating news for a teenager. I focused on a goal: I was going to make the high school dance team, no matter what I had to do. I started emailing my new school’s dance coach; I set up a video audition, and ended up making the team. I met my team the summer before school started, which meant I had thirteen friends on that first day of school. It made the transition so much easier.I did this again when I moved to Florida the summer before my junior year. This time, my parents drove me from Missouri to Florida in order to try out for my new dance team in person after months of contact with my new coach. Once again, I made the team, gained new friends, and even lived with a girl on my team for a month because my dad couldn’t leave work yet, and I had to be in Florida for dance practices. Having friends before school helped me so much, and I will forever be grateful for them because they made my transitions so much easier!My advice for a child before moving is to make goals and get involved in things you love. Just because you move does not mean you cannot do your favorite things. There are ways for you to meet new people when you move finding something in common with them makes this easier. For parents, support you children, push them to be involved, and go above and beyond for them. My parents worked so hard to make sure my adjustment was as easy as it could possibly be.If you could talk to your “young” self today, what would you tell him or her about concerns or anxieties you might have had as a young child with military parents?I would tell myself not to worry and that everything truly does happen for a reason. I would tell myself that because of what I am going through, I am becoming a stronger person and gaining leadership qualities that most kids do not have.I would tell myself to push for my goals and do anything I can to reach them.And finally, I would tell myself that as much as it feels like your world may be crashing down around you, it is going to be okay, you just have to stay strong and be positive.What are some of the things you can remember that your teachers did for you at school that helped you adjust/cope with military family life?I was blessed with amazing teachers who cared about where I was from, what I was learning before, and what my interests were.They helped to facilitate friendships.They cared when I was behind and took extra time to get me to where I needed to be.If I was ahead, they continued to challenge me.Teachers should build relationships with their students; that is the greatest gift they can give a child. I know it really seems simple, but I remember those teachers because of their relationship with me and how much they cared for me. Those are the things that matter, because teachers will establish trust with a student, who is then able to look to that teacher for help when they need it.From your own experience growing up in a military family, what one piece of advice would you give to:Military parents who currently have young children?Get them involved. What they are involved in when they are young is what they will grow to love and set goals for when they are older.Support them in everything they want to do. Do not ever tell a child that they cannot do something. Parents are their child’s lifeline and should do everything they can for them.
Luton manager Jones expects Justin to feature for Leicesterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuton Town manager Graeme Jones expects James Justin to make his Leicester City debut in their Carabao Cup clash.Justin left Luton in the summer, signing a five-year-deal at the King Power Stadium having impressed last season, helping his side to Championship promotion and earning himself a spot in the League One team of the season. Jones said; “That was the sad part of the job for me, coming in when you’ve got two really dominant full-backs – I saw Jack Stacey play on Friday and you see what he brings to the show, James Justin exactly the same.”You come in and you haven’t got those players available, which is disappointing, but I think what everyone needs to remember is what he did for the football club, what both of them did.“But obviously James is coming back, how luck would have it.”I expect him to make his debut tonight for Leicester, so you’d think we will give him a warm reception and then make it as difficult as we can for him, so I look forward to seeing him. I am aware of what James Justin can do, he was regarded as possibly our best player here – he hasn’t played for Leicester yet, so it gives you an idea of the level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Government is collaborating on a project with Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners, to demonstrate the viability of the biofuels industry, using mined out bauxite lands to grow oil-producing crops.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the objective is to extract the oils from seeds, such as castor and palm, for the emerging biofuels market in Jamaica.The collaboration, which also involves the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), and the Scientific Research Council (SRC), is part of the government’s strategy to seek out renewable energy sources, the Minister explained.Mr. Paulwell was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Analysis and Investigation of Low Emission (AILEG) project symposium, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, on Tuesday, July 9.The objective of the two-day forum is to build the capabilities of the government and other stakeholders to analyze low emission situations, and integrating them into economic development, strategic planning, and implementation.Among the topics being discussed are: low emission growth for development; analysis and investment for low emission growth; low emission development strategy in the Jamaican context; requirements for low emission considerations in national planning; the status and way forward for policy, programming, planning and financing for climate change.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Bengaluru: As the B S Yediyurappa government in Karnataka completed one month in office on Monday, Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah claimed it may last one year at the most.Predicting mid-term election to the assembly, the former chief ministerurged Congress workers to start preparing for it and strengthen the party. “I have said, strengthen the party. Election may come any time, because no one has the belief that Yediyurappa government will continue for long,” Siddaramaiah said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Speaking to reporters in Hubballi, he said, “…if they form the government along with rebels (17 disqualifiedformer Congress-JD(S) legislators) can it last long? How long can they survive with those from Congress and JD(S)? I don’t thinkIf they remain for one year, it is a big thing.” He also said according to his assessment, it would be “big thing” if they survived for one year, asking how long the ruling BJP will continue in power with 105 MLAs. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”They did not have the mandate of the people, they indulged in horse trading to come to power, people will teach them a lesson,” he added. Following the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government 14 months after it came into being, Yediyurappa was sworn in as ChiefMinister on July 26, and proved his majority in the assembly three days later. More than three weeks after taking over the reins, the BJP strongman in the state had expanded his cabinet last August 20, inducting 17 Ministers. Hitting out at the JD(S) leadership, Siddaramaiah said, it was trying to shift the blame on him for the fall of the coalition government with an intention to gain political mileage. “People of Karnataka are politically aware, they understand such things,” he added. A political slugfest has erupted between JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda and Siddaramaiah with eachholding the other responsible for the exit of the coalition government. Siddaramaiah also hit out at the centralgovernment, accusing it of not releasing funds for flood relief. “It had never happened in the past floods should have been declared as national calamity. We had demanded immediaterelease of Rs 5,000 crore as interim relief, not even one rupeewas given.”
ATLANTA – A California man who operated what prosecutors say was one of the most successful illegal music sharing websites on the internet has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said in a news release Thursday that 30-year-old Artur Sargsyan of Glendale, California, owned and operated Sharebeast.com and other websites. Prosecutors say his file-sharing infrastructure allowed the illegal download of about a billion copyrighted musical works from at least 2012 through 2015.Sargsyan pleaded guilty in September to criminal copyright infringement for private financial gain. In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered him to pay $458,200 in restitution and to forfeit nearly $185,000.Prosecutors say Sargsyan ignored repeated notifications that he was illegally hosting and sharing copyrighted works.
NEW YORK — Tesla is naming Oracle’s Larry Ellison and an executive from Walgreens to its board as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk.The company said Friday that Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson are the new independent directors, effective immediately.Wilson-Thompson spent 17 years at Kellogg and is currently an executive with Walgreens Boots Alliance.The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Tesla CEO Elon Musk with misleading investors in August with a tweet that said he had “funding secured” for taking the company private. The two board members are part of the agreement reached with the SEC.The Associated Press
“If there is no active injection operation nearby then certainly we will consider this to be a natural tectonic earthquake,” Kao said. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, A.B. – A second earthquake in less than a week shook central Alberta on Sunday, although a seismologist notes it occurred in a different geologic region than a quake last week that’s been linked to fracking.Honn Kao with the Geological Survey of Canada says the 4.4 magnitude quake was detected at around 4 a.m., with an epicentre about 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House.Kao says no damage has been reported, although he says many people who live in the area have reported feeling it, one as far away as Edmonton. A 4.6 magnitude earthquake last Monday that was felt in the communities of Red Deer and Sylvan Lake has prompted the Alberta Energy Regulator to order a company to suspend fracking operations at a well site.Kao notes that while the two quakes were geographically close, Sunday’s quake happened in the Rocky Mountains geological system, whereas last week’s event occurred in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.Cara Tobin, a spokeswoman for the AER, says there doesn’t appear to have been any industrial activity in the area of the most recent earthquake, but staff will be checking the data to make sure.“As inactive as Alberta is tectonically, this area is comparatively active, and so we do see more seismic activity in that area than we do in other areas,” Tobin said of the region where Sunday’s earthquake occurred.In August 2014, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in the same region. It didn’t do any damage but power was disrupted to about 500 customers, including a gas plant near Rocky Mountain House.Following last week’s quake, the AER said Vesta Energy Ltd. must suspend hydraulic fracturing operations at its well site, and must submit a report of all seismic activity in the area since April, as well as specific fracturing data for the well site from Jan. 29 to March 4. The regulator has also ordered Vesta to file a plan to eliminate or reduce future seismic activity from fracturing.Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping chemicals and sand underground to break up rocks to help get oil and natural gas flowing.Kao said some of the people who felt Sunday’s quake reported they were woken up by the shaking.He said more analysis will be needed to say definitively that the two quakes weren’t linked, but at the moment there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of it.
Amaravati (AP): The Andhra Pradesh government Friday transferred the Director General of Intelligence A B Venkateswara Rao shortly after the High Court rejected its plea challenging the Election Commission’s order.Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha issued a G.O transferring Rao and directing him to report to the police headquarters. The high court rejected the state government’s contentions, particularly that the DG had nothing to do with the conduct of elections and that the EC had no jurisdiction over him and ruled there was “no case for interim relief.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The high court refused to stall EC’s order, transferring two IPS officers, including the Director General of Intelligence and a non-cadre officer in the state government, and keeping them away from election duties. The Chief Secretary directed the Director General of Police (Head of Police Force) to not assign any election-related work to Rao till the completion of current elections. The Election Commission on Tuesday night directed the AP Chief Secretary to shift the Intelligence DG and not assign him any poll duties. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Chief Secretary immediately issued an order transferring the 1989 batch IPS officer. However, Punetha issued another order on Wednesday afternoon, after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu raised an objection to Rao’s transfer, and cancelled Tuesday night’s G.O. Neither the ruling Telugu Desam Party nor the state government were not so particular about the EC’s same directive in respect of the district SPs of Kadapa and Srikakulam. The Chief Minister was adamant the Intelligence chief be continued in the same post and the state officials apparently toed his line. The state government also filed a writ petition in the High Court challenging the EC directive. A division bench of the High Court, comprising acting Chief Justice Praveen Kumar and Justice Satyanarayana Murthy, ruled that there was “no case for interim relief” in the matter and said the state government should comply with the EC order.
NEW DELHI: Already divided over whether to forge an alliance with the AAP, the Delhi Congress faces fresh trouble with its senior Muslim leaders resenting that they may be denied party tickets in the Lok Sabha polls.In a letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, a group of five ex-MLAs –three of them having been elected five times to Delhi assembly –has sought fielding of a Muslim leader either from Chandni Chowk or North East Delhi Lok Sabha seats. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe resentment by the Muslim leaders of the party’s Delhi unit has come to the fore days before finalisation of the list of candidates on seven parliamentary seats in the capital. The letter signed by Mateen Ahmad, Shoiab Iqbal, Hasan Ahmed and Asif Mohammad Khan also mentions the name of Delhi Congress working president Haroon Yusuf, a five-time MLA, for consideration of the party ticket from Delhi. Besides Haroon Yusuf, Mateen Ahmad and Shoiab Iqbal too were elected five times, while Hasan Ahmed and Asif Mohammad Khan were elected twice to the Delhi legislative assembly. “Keeping in view the number of Muslim votes, the contribution and track record of winning elections by the five Muslim leaders, one ticket must be given to anyone of them either from Chandni Chowk or North East Delhi parliamentary seat,” the leaders said in the letter. All the five leaders are “very popular” among the Muslims and other communities and “very active”, said the letter addressed to Gandhi.