Click here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.SAN JOSE — Jimmy Garoppolo beamed with family pride Wednesday morning in his warm-up act before reporting to the 49ers facility for more rehabilitation work on his rebuilt knee.First, Garoppolo joined his father, Tony, a recently retired electrician, in a signing-day presentation for nearly 100 high school students entering skilled trades as a profession.[vemba-video …
SETI may be the laughingstock of Congress, refused funding since William Proxmire gave it his Golden Fleece Award in the 1980s, but privately it is moving apace. The Science Channel gave it prominence in its weekly report Friday, visiting with pioneering signaler and listener Frank Drake. It surveyed everything from the first humble attempts to listen and broadcast, to the upcoming hardware and software that will increase the search capability exponentially. For SETI Thursday on Space.com, Pamela Harman, SETI Education and Outreach Manager for the SETI Institute, detailed the many ways her organization is teaching the young about SETI and all its ancillary subjects. In particular, the SETI Institute and its like-minded organizations are teaching teachers how to provide the foundation for SETI thinking, with courses like Understanding and Teaching Evolution, Extreme Life Forms on Earth and Elsewhere, Becoming Human: Hominid Evolution from Voyages Through Time, and Origins: The Questions in Life Science. “Our astrobiology expertise is of great interest,” she said, “as the perpetual student lament ‘Why does this matter?’ can be answered.” Her answer recalls Carl Sagan’s famous phrase. “The response in all disciplines from astronomy and physics, to chemistry and biology is ‘We are star stuff!’”Speak for yourself, babe. This oft-repeated line suggests a modification of the old distinction between stuff and junk. Junk is the stuff natural selection throws away, and stuff is the junk natural selection keeps. Aside from the fact that it is hard to envision any teenager getting excited over being told he or she is star stuff – unless they think their talent has finally been recognized – the reductionist, naturalistic philosophy inherent in this epigram betrays profound ignorance of western philosophy going back millennia. Only recently have materialists gained ascendency in intellectual circles, and atheistic materialism permeates SETI through and through. Their forefathers are Democritus, Lucretius and Epicurus, with few takers till John Locke and David Hume built their systems on sense experience alone. Others dabbling with atheistic materialism were shunned or outmaneuvered with trenchant rational arguments by philosophers as varied as Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes, Thomas Reid, and Immanuel Kant. Even most Enlightenment deists did not deny a rational design principle in the universe. The early Newtonians and proponents of the mechanical philosophy were nearly all Christians to various degrees. They never would have suggested that “star stuff” gave rise to the rational human soul. Without even considering the long history of theological arguments for natural theology, great philosophers have long debunked atheism with finesse. Thomas Reid and Kant, for example, undermined the empiricist viewpoints of the materialists from first principles. They argued forcefully that such views are reductionist and self-refuting. To even speak about observation and empiricism presupposes a rational power that is not reducible to sense experience. In addition, nothing inherent in the physical mechanisms of the body can account for the operation the mind or grant its rational arguments legitimacy. The same arguments can be wielded just as effectively today against the modern materialists. Unfortunately, they rarely get a hearing. Atheists routinely run amok in the science journals with tall tales about game theory producing human morals, DNA developing into souls, and collections of neurons generating the mind. The peer review process fails to call them on the carpet for illogic or carelessness, and so they get away with it; why? Because Darwin’s bulldogs succeeded long ago in gaining control of the scientific institutions and codifying their world view into the very definition of science. SETI is part and parcel of a conspiracy to create a culture of materialists. If it were not so, they would engage their critics and opponents in serious debate. Instead, just like the astrobiologists and evolutionary psychologists, they shun scrutiny and usurp authority by co-opting the banner of “science” and conflating their materialism with the otherwise worthy goals of scientific research. To a person, they idolize Father Charlie, because he liberated them from the need for both scientific and philosophical rigor. Without apologies to Dawkins, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually-foolfilled atheist. Now that the Intelligent Design Movement has mounted the first volleys against the Darwinist naturalistic empire, the materialists are resorting to subterfuge instead of honorably engaging their opponents on the intellectual battlefield. Pamela Harman has revealed that a huge educational program for the recruitment of young minds into philosophical materialism is underway: the Search for Educational Targets to Indoctrinate. All that is necessary for foolishness to triumph is for good philosophers to think nothing.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
15 October 2008The Department of Science and Technology and multinational technology company IBM launched the Blue Gene for Africa initiative in Cape Town last week, giving the country access to supercomputing power not previously seen on the continent.The BG4A is hosted by the Centre for High Performance Computing, an initiative of the department, and is managed by the Meraka Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).Addressing representatives from the government, academia and the industry, IBM vice-president Mark Dean said that Africa needed to invest in human capital development, infrastructure and increased research and development in order to spur further socio-economic development.With research infrastructure also being key to development, IBM said its donation of the Blue Gene supercomputer was its contribution towards sparking scientific and socio-economic progress on the continent.“There is going to be some fascinating work done on this computer. It will not only contribute to the advancement of science in the Africa region but also help grow economies in the region,” a statement by the CSIR quoted Dean as saying last week.“It is just a tool – the true difference for the region is the people. The tool will enable people to make a difference.”Fastest on the African continentThe donation of the supercomputer forms part of a US$120-million (about R1.1-billion) investment in sub-Saharan Africa announced by IBM in December 2007, and followed a series of meetings on economic development opportunities convened by IBM that year as part of its Global Innovation Outlook strategy.This donation has given impetus to the Blue Gene for Africa initiative, which has three interlinking thrusts: infrastructure, promoting collaborative with a major impact on the African continent, and human capital development – building of high-end computing capacity in Africa.The $2-million (about R18.4-million) Blue Gene/P system is capable of 14-trillion individual calculations per second, and is five times more powerful than the fastest research computer currently on the African continent, the Blue Gene/L in Egypt.Potential projects which could benefit from this initiative are environmental simulations (water management, climate and atmospheric simulations), plant genomics and agricultural modelling, energy, information analytics and complex systems modelling (such as business systems, risk management, financial models, transportation management and health).Frontrunners among the flagship projects, which are subject to a formal review process, include the following:A mineral beneficiation project, which will focus first on manganese, and then on other mineralsA project on global change impact, with a strong focus on climate, specifically the large-scale impact of climate change in certain regions of the African continentA project on food security and research into the nutritional values of cassava rootAn African supercomputerAs the Blue Gene is for the whole continent, Dean invited African higher education and research institutions to take advantage of the fastest research supercomputer in Africa to conduct cutting-edge, socially relevant research.Potential users who wish to access the high performance computing are encouraged to contact the Centre for High Performance Computing to find the optimal fit for their requirements.“There is a positive link between the nature of research enabled by the Blue Gene for Africa initiative and the prospect for improving the quality of life of ordinary South Africans and African citizens, particularly poverty alleviation,” said CSIR chief executive Sibusiso Sibisi.He also confirmed the importance of the Blue Gene for Africa initiative in promoting collaborative research internationally, adding that it also conformed to the CSIR’s aims.“The initiative underpins the power of partnerships in addressing the challenges that require urgent attention, and which are beyond the power of a single person, institution or country to address,” he said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts nick statt Tags:#Facebook#Page Reach Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification In yet another Bad News Friday post, Facebook has informed us that it hasn’t exactly been counting the audience for our posts quite correctly. In fact, the social network has been significantly understating the “reach” of Facebook posts – especially paid posts – for at least the past several months.In a blog post yesterday on Facebook Studio, the social network’s marketing hub, the company admitted that coding errors have been misrepresented the audience reached by Facebook posts since sometime last year (though it hasn’t yet been much more specific than that). Facebook stresses that these bugs have only impacted reporting and not delivery, meaning fans were still receiving the posts, even if Facebook wasn’t counting them properly. The company said the stats should update once Facebook cleans up its code. This admission could be a big deal for Facebook, which has taken some serious heat from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and other big brands for allegedly throttling their access to their Facebook fans. Last November, Cuban complained, both on Twitter and in heated articles on sites like The Huffington Post, that Facebook was restricting brands’ ability to engage their fans in order to juice sales of paid “promoted posts.”Less Bang For The BuckThe bugs Facebook is describing, however, could also conceivably have led brand and business owners like Cuban to believe they were getting less bang for their Facebook marketing buck. In its post yesterday, Facebook claimed that the bugs held down the reported audience for paid newsfeed posts, meaning that such promotional posts actually reached a larger number of users than the social network’s statistics previously suggested.“As soon as we found the bugs our engineering team began work to resolve them as quickly as possible. We’re rolling out fixes beginning this morning and over the weekend,” Facebook’s post states. That’s certainly reassuring for anyone who relies on Facebook for social marketing, but the underreporting to date is still a pretty big deal. It’s an even bigger deal where paid reach is concerned, since that involves placing ads placed in users’ news feeds – ads that then reported back inaccurate numbers. Here’s what will change as a result of the ongoing bug fixes, according to Facebook:Total reach to stay the same or increase for most PagesAn increase in paid reach if you ran News Feed adsAn increase or decrease in organic reach, depending on many factors such as the composition of your fan base, when and how often you post and your spending patternsA change in metrics computed from reach and impressions, such as engagement rate and viralityWe know that accurate data is fundamental to building and improving your Facebook presence. We are taking this very seriously. We have already put a number of additional quality and verification measures in place to prevent future bugs and resolve them quickly if they ariseWhere It All BeganFacebook says the problems originated during an update to its iOS and Android apps, TechCrunch reported. While trying to speed up mobile performance of its site, Facebook ended up stripping away a little too much of the data reported back to its servers. This resulted in a couple of bugs that failed to count page posts as users upgraded to new versions of the apps, and then a lesser bug that counted the viewing of a desktop news feed ad twice, as both an organic and then a paid impression.It wasn’t until a number of complaints from clients that Facebook decided to perform an internal audit, which uncovered the bugs and forced the company to begin an intense three-week fix. While you can certainly argue that the bugs didn’t cause that much damage – after all, many pages will soon show improved reach as a result of the fixes – the problem certainly does some damage to Facebook’s reputation as a secure and accurate social hub for business. But if you’re a brand manager who’s been feeling a little down in the dumps over your failure to engage readers with paid posts, you can take heart in Facebook’s two-minute video reiterating its solutions. With alarmingly low depth-of-field, a woman with a very calming voice explains everything you need to know about this not-a-real-problem to soothing piano music. Surely your average social media manager shouldn’t require much more than that to fend off frustration.
Susie Galea is the project coordinator in New Mexico for the new pilot program, Building Healthy Military Communities.Susie is the most former Mayor of Alamogordo, NM, where proudly Holloman AFB and a NM Guard Armory are hosted. She also volunteered as an ESGR Area Chairman for Guardsmen, Reservist, transitioning active duty, disabled Veterans, and their spouses.Susie has firsthand knowledge of all Service Member/Veteran resources, programs, and benefits related to employment, family programs, service delivery, diversity, small-business development for entrepreneurs, and more. Recognizing the needed services for Guard members that are not yet classified as Veterans under federal legislation, she looks forward to especially coordinating resources for those NM Guard members who are underserved.Her motivation to serve through Building Healthy Military Communities comes from being a former military spouse of fourteen years. Susie acutely aware of the sacrifices by those that are Service Members and their supporting family members.Prior to serving as the mayor of Alamogordo, Susie owned and operated a small childcare development business from her home for 5 years, and also has 15 years experience in accounting management and bookkeeping. Her bachelors degree is in Organizational Management from Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business.Over the last five years Susie has established rapport with statewide leaders, to include New Mexico’s Governor, and her state cabinet members that support the military community. Susie believes in building and maintaining key business relationships, and statewide networks, which will lend to her ability to quickly develop an overall BHMC state action plan addressing identified gaps of services. Today we interviewed Susie Galea, State Coordinator for the Building Healthy Military Communities Program in New Mexico. We had the chance to talk to Susie about the current work & challenges in New Mexico. Next week we will take a closer look at the community assessments taking place across New Mexico so that we can better understand how the program works.
In a bid to give fillip to health services in poverty-stricken KBK region of Odisha, the State government has proposed to establish 19 hospitals in 18 districts on public-private partnership mode.The Empowered Committee on Infrastructure, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here on Monday, decided to set up new quality care hospitals mostly in KBK (Kalahandi Balangir and Koraput) and KBK+ districts like Boudh, Kandhamal and Gajapati.“It was proposed to establish 19 hospitals in 18 districts chosen on the parameters of backwardness in health indicators. These hospitals would be of two categories. One type would be 100-bedded and another type would be 200-bedded,” said State Health Secretary P.K. Meherda.Sops galore“The government would provide land at concessional rate and other infrastructural facilities and the tariff of treatment in these hospitals would be decided by the government. The private parties would make necessary investments for setting up the hospitals and they would bring in more specialists and clinical professionals,” the Health Secretary informed. The State government organised an investors’ conference to get inputs from interested parties regarding the feasibility of the project and the methods of its operation. Around 71 organisations participated in the event and expressed interest to invest in the project.Sources in the Health Department said the project would create direct employment opportunity for 9,500 people while total private sector investment would be around ₹1,150 crore.
Ginebra flattens NLEX on the road Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Earlier, Mega Builders and Cignal TV toppled their respective rivals to move closer to forging a duel for the men’s crown in the mid-season conference of the country’s premier league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.The Volley Bolt got back at the Air Force Jet Spikers, fighting back from two sets down and hacking out a 19-25, 16-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-10 decision, while the HD Spikers thwarted the Sta. Elena side, 25-16, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, at the start of their respective best-of-three series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet But team management later decided to give the former two-time league MVP the rest she deserves following a grueling 17-day training with the national team in the Japan.Creamline officials also released a statement later saying Valdez will sit out the rest of the conference.The Cool Smashers haven’t lost a step since losing Valdez to national team duties, and they showed the ability to handle pressure minus their star player by saving four match points to steal the third set and then rebounding from a lopsided loss in the fourth with a dominant showing in the decider.Vargas stood out in that emphatic stretch, firing away power-packed spikes that bamboozled the Water Defenders.Creamline shoots for the championship berth in Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT “Coming off a fourth set loss, we thought of stepping up in the fifth,” Vargas said. “We were able to communicate and everybody contributed.”In putting a foot inside the Finals, Creamline ran its winning streak to eight games after sweeping the classification phase of the mid-season conference organized by Sports Vision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd the Cool Smashers did it despite the continued absence of Valdez.Valdez, a member of the national team that will see action in two tournaments this month, got the green light from the national volleyball federation to suit up for the Cool Smashers for the playoffs. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After celebrating their Game 1 victory, the Creamline Cool Smashers will walk into Game 2 with a chance to seal a Finals berth. —AUGUST DELA CRUZRosemarie Vargas stepped up when Creamline needed her the most, providing the key points in the decisive set for a 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7 decision over BaliPure Saturday night to inch closer to a maiden finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Vargas filled in for superstar Alyssa Valdez, who Creamline opted to sit out at the last minute, and pumped seven of her 19 points in the fifth set, including five hits off the block, as the former Far Eastern U standout perplexed the Water Defenders with her power to give the Cool Smashers a 1-0 headstart in their best-of-three semifinal series.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games
View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Letran has propelled to the third spot at 5-3 behind Lyceum (7-0) and defending champion San Beda (6-1) after opening the season losing three of its first four games.Napa embraced the fact that his team will be the underdog against the menacing Pirates, likening the impending clash to a biblical story.“It’s going to be David and Goliath,” Napa described. “We’re going to go all out.”And we all know how that narrative ends.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light Winners of four straight, the Knights are transforming into a force to reckon with in their own right.Their legitimacy as title contenders can be argued at this point with still a lot of games to be played but one thing’s certain, the Knights are unfazed and unrattled with what lies ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Humanda ang Lyceum sa amin kasi lahat ng babangga sa amin, gigibain namin. That’s my players’ mindset right now,” warned Letran head coach Jeff Napa, his bold declaration coming on the heels of a gritty win over a game San Sebastian side in overtime.(Lyceum better be ready for us because we we’re going to destroy whoever comes in our way.) Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Letran head coach Jeff Napa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUndefeated and fearsome, Lyceum is looking every bit of a championship contender nearing the halfway mark of the NCAA season.The Pirates have been making statements with a victory on top of another. But Friday’s showdown with the Letran Knights, who are in the middle of a resurgence, promises to be their stiffest challenge yet.ADVERTISEMENT
A sample Community Action, as seen on a phone. Facebook/Screenshot by CNET Feeling passionate about a cause? Facebook is launching a tool that lets users post and sign online petitions right in their news feeds.The social network will start rolling “Community Actions” out to its US users on Monday. It’s been testing the feature for several weeks in a couple of markets, TechCrunch first reported Sunday, and is building on that existing pilot.The feature has been used, for example, for a moratorium on drilling in Colorado and efforts to improve pedestrian safety near a library in Philadelphia. Users have the option to simply click “support,” but they can also share related personal testimonies and videos if they want. Elected officials and government agencies tagged on a Community Action will be notified and can respond. Those officials and agencies can also launch their own Community Actions.The move is part of a larger effort by the social network to build “informed and civically engaged communities,” a Facebook spokesperson said.”Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions,” the spokesperson said. In the past, activists have been able to post petitions to Facebook via third-party platforms like Change.org or Causes.com. Community Actions simplifies the process and gives Facebook direct oversight to monitor and take petitions down if they violate its community standards. Facebook has been criticized in the past for allowing inauthentic content on its site that’s intent on stirring up emotions around divisive issues. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice 2 Facebook Tags Internet Politics Comments