Protests were held across the country on and around Black Friday — the day after the so-called Thanksgiving holiday that businesses rely on to boost their retail sales — to demand an end to racist attacks, including police brutality and murders, and the pervasive racist climate on college campuses.The Baltimore People’s Power Assembly held a spirited rally in downtown Baltimore on Nov. 28 in solidarity with Minneapolis and Chicago. Protesters then marched to the police headquarters.Nearly 150 students from many different backgrounds marched on the campus of the University of Rochester on Nov. 28, demanding that the university president do something about the growing climate of racism on campus. Of special concern is the posting of numerous racist and threatening messages on an online campus site. The college president was forced to subpoena the server in an attempt to find out who was posting the attacks. The students are also demanding a more diverse faculty and more Black studies courses.PhiladelphiaWW photo: Joseph PietteMore than 100 Philadelphia protesters marched on Nov. 25 in outrage against continued police killings of Black youth. The demonstration was called by the Coalition for Racial, Economic And Legal (REAL) Justice in response to the release of a video of the horrific Chicago police killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, and the right-wing shootings of five Minneapolis activists who were protesting the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who was killed by that city’s 4th Precinct cops.Despite the aggressive actions of 75 Philadelphia cops on bikes, on foot and in cars, the rally quickly took over the main intersection in the heart of this city’s Black community at Broad Street and Erie Avenue. As rush-hour traffic in all four directions was halted and protesters’ signs faced traffic, the mother of a young man shot 14 times by Philly police a few years ago came over and gave a very moving and angry account of her son’s death. A few minutes later, bicycle cops started pushing protesters into a smaller circle in an attempt to surround the protest, but the demonstrators were able to break away and march south on Broad Street.“16 shots killed Laquan — murdered by cops — unjustified!” was one of many chants the crowd yelled out in unison as the marchers eventually reached Temple University’s campus. Turning west on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, the demonstration ended 10 blocks later with a rally at Ridge Avenue, in one of this city’s most oppressed Black communities.Speakers explained that resistance and revolution are called for in the face of police terror, rampant gentrification, mass incarceration and the closing of public schools. Among those who gathered to listen were area youth; a young Latino gay activist who recently sued the city for police brutality targeting homeless LGBTQ youth; and another woman, whose 16-year-old son was killed by police seven years ago. The rally finished with the reading of the names of the 1,027 people killed by police so far this year.Chanting,”Black lives matter! Not Black Friday!” 700 demonstrators in Seattle marched in solidarity with the national Black Lives Matter movement. They disrupted the downtown retailers’ Christmas tree lighting ceremony, just as they did last year.The multinational demonstrators first marched around the retail core for four hours. The chanting march paraded through several big stores, including Macy’s, but when the demonstration tried to enter two malls they were beaten back and four were arrested. Downtown big business brags about doing $1 billion in sales every holiday shopping season.The cops, in large numbers, blocked the demonstration from entering the area for the lighting ceremony. Demonstrators had to mix in with the rest of the crowd and filter in slowly one by one. First, they drowned out the stage show for an hour with anti-police brutality chants. Then, just before the Christmas lights came on, the chants became even louder and a big Black Lives Matter banner was held around the base of the tree. A victory rally was then held to wrap up.“We are the last 3% of Black SF” was the banner held by Black Lives Matter Bay Area, Calif., protesters as they challenged San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee at the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony at Union Square on Nov. 27. They served him an eviction notice as they halted the ceremony. A flyer with a “wanted” poster of Lee said the mayor “wages war on Black lives, exacerbates gentrification of San Francisco, chooses profit over people, evicts the homeless, over-polices Black communities, tries to expand SF jails.” The flyer asked people to call the mayor and demand that he end Black displacement.After the ceremony, the protesters marched down Powell Street to Market Street, stopping at many intersections and blocking them, while chanting and singing, including the lyrics, “We will not be moved on Black Friday.”Sharon Black, Gene Clancy, Terri Kay, Jim McMahan and Joe Piette contributed to this report.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
“When I look in the mirror, I think I look like a Marx brother,” joked Daniel Lieberman. But, he insists, beneath our daily quibbles with how our faces look, our heads are wonderlands that we often take for granted. After all, their design was millions of years in the making.In Lieberman’s new book, “The Evolution of the Human Head,” he discusses how complex parts of the body can and do evolve, and he traces the head’s perpetual slow makeover as it unfolded in the hominin fossil record.“The human head is remarkably different than any other mammal’s,” Lieberman told a capacity crowd at the Harvard Museum of Natural History last month. “We have wide, round heads, vertical foreheads, prominent eyebrows … We’re the only primate without a snout, and we alone have an external nose.”And we’re also the only species with a chin, he said. Lieberman, a professor of human evolutionary biology and the department chair of human evolutionary biology, said that “by considering craniofacial development, function, and evolution, we can gain insights into how and why the human head is the way it is, and how complexly integrated structures like heads work and evolve.”Climate change was a driving theme for the head’s evolution, said Lieberman. One example is the australopiths — hominins who lived through a period of climate cooling and drying in Africa — who evolved big, thick teeth, large chewing muscles, and a bite force twice that of modern humans to help devour fruits and tubers. “They were serious chompers,” he said.An even bigger shift, noted Lieberman, occurred around 2 million years ago in early species of the genus Homo, especially Homo erectus. “It was then that we became hunter-gatherers, and in so doing lost our snouts, shrank our teeth, and changed in other ways,” he said.This shift happened while the climate continued to cool, the woodlands shrank, and the African savannah expanded. As fruits and tubers became scarcer, species of early Homo began eating meat and using stone tools. Because they ran to hunt and trekked long distances for gathering in the heat, an external nose evolved to make it more efficient to exchange moisture. Cranial features also evolved to assist with balance, and we possibly lost our fur and multiplied our sweat glands to thermo-regulate by sweating.Globular brains and small, retracted faces epitomize the modern human head. Evolution also tinkered with the location of the pharynx, allowing for more articulate speech, which helped jumpstart “an explosion of cultural change in the Upper Paleolithic” period.“What is the future of the human head?” Lieberman pondered. Although natural selection may not be much evident now, our way of life is certainly causing changes. One is in oral health, as we accumulate cavities due to a diet high in starch and sugar. In addition, “Our jaws aren’t growing as large as they used to,” he explained, since we don’t have to chew as vigorously because we eat such highly processed food.This is a case, Lieberman said to the children in the audience, “where your parents are probably wrong.“Chew more gum,” he instructed. “Eat less processed food.”
By Celia BelmonteFAIR HAVEN – The borough is gearing up for Sunday’s fourth annual Tour de Fair Haven as more than 400 of the nation’s top cyclists are set to fly through the town’s signature streets.“There is definitely a bicycling flair to the town,” Fair Haven Parks and Recreation Director Charlie Hoffman said. “It is great opportunity to see top quality cycling.”Borough residents will not only get a chance to witness star cyclists square off head-to-head, but new this year, they will also be able to battle it out, neighbor against neighbor, friend versus friend, with the implementation of new spectator contests.A $100 gift card, which can be used at any Fair Haven store or restaurant, will be awarded to the family with the best home decorations.“There are no instructions or guidelines,” Councilwoman Susan Sorensen said. “We appreciate and understand if you live along the race route that it can be an inconvenience so we want to do something that people can have fun with.”Decorations will be judged on how participants not only show hometown spirit, with Fair Haven celebrating its centennial this year, but also how much they have gotten involved in the race itself.“People can go with a centennial theme or a cycling theme,” said Christine Burke Eskwitt of Full Circle Communications, which is handling public relations for the race.The prize will be awarded to a home decorated along the race route, which has been reconfigured for the 2012 competition.“The route has been changed into a quick circle,” Hoffmann said.As in past years, the race will start and finish at the Fair Haven Fire Department on River Road. However, this year, cyclists will then make a right onto Fair Haven Road, turn onto Third Street, and continue onto Hance Road past Knollwood Elementary School before turning right back onto River Road.“Every 4 or 5 minutes the racers will whiz by pretty quickly,” Hoffmann said. “So this route is a little more viewer friendly.”Another $100 gift card will be awarded for hosting the best tailgate. The borough is welcoming tailgaters to gather at the Youth Center fields, located behind police headquarters.“Because the route has changed, people who used to have lawn parties will not be able to see the race from their houses anymore,” Sorensen said. “We added the tailgate at the Youth Center to allow them the same opportunity.”In addition, Coastal Décor, an interior design studio and gift shop based in Fair Haven, will donate cowbells while supplies last to spectators cheering on the cyclists as they speed past.The New Jersey Wheelmen will display and ride antique bicycles at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the fire department for the Tour de Fair Haven.Also new this year will be an exhibit and demonstration of American antique high-wheel bicycles from the New Jersey Wheelmen collection.The New Jersey Wheelmen is the state’s chapter of a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving American bicycling heritage, encouraging cycling as part of modern-day activity, and promoting the riding and restoration of cycles manufactured prior to 1918.The collection of restored bicycles will be on display at the Fair Haven Fire Department beginning around 11:30 a.m. Dressed in period cycling gear, riders from the New Jersey Wheelmen will put on a show for spectators. People from the crowd will also be able to take an 1884 Rudge Rotary tandem tricycle from England for a spin.“Because of the centennial, we thought it would be an appropriate flavor to add to the race,” Sorensen said.Along with a commitment to drawing top cyclists, including a number of current and former U.S. National Champions, Tour de Fair Haven organizers are dedicated to making it a fun, family-oriented day for the community. The kids’ race, one of the event’s most anticipated activities, is slated to start at noon.“We have had about 100 kids each of the last few years,” Hoffmann said. “It is usually really loud and there are a lot of people watching. The kids love riding under the big finishing banner.”In partnership with The Foundation of Fair Haven, the event is sponsored by USA Cycling Federation (USCF) affiliate Cycles54, ForeFront, Inc., Saker ShopRites, and Circle BMW. With the support of these local businesses, the event will help fund new bike safety programs for residents.“The borough of Fair Haven is adopting a ‘Complete Streets’ policy with the overall vision of creating dedicated cycling lanes that would start at the grammar school,” Sorensen said.The race also will benefit the Fair Haven Centennial Celebration, which includes a yearlong calendar of special events to mark the town’s 100th birthday.“Fair Haven is having one heck of a year,” Sorensen said. “Between our centennial and having an Olympian [Connor Jaeger] in our town, the whole year has been amazing. To me, you can’t ask for more in an all-American hometown than Fair Haven.”
Like a TV commentator with the MVPs in the locker room after a big game, Geoff Brumfiel in Nature1 interviewed two pro-evolution witnesses who testified in the Dover trial. Brumfiel asked Ken Miller and Kevin Padian what it was like, what they had to do to get ready, how the lawyers treated them, and what they learned from the experience. Neither had any problems with the opposing lawyers or the judge, but Miller (Brown U) and Padian (NCSE) both told why they thought it was important to testify at this particular trial in Pennsylvania.Padian: It’s an opportunity when it really counts. One person can’t be everywhere around the country talking to every school board and every parent group. But this is a case where, ultimately, these decisions are going to clarify things in a formal setting.Miller: It is the right thing to do. The battle in Dover is just one example of local battles for scientific education all over the country. If people in the scientific community turn their backs on people in the front lines, then ultimately the cause of science in public education is doomed.(Bold added in all quotations.)Nature2 also provided sample quotes from Miller’s and Padian’s testimonies in the courtroom. These are discussed in the commentary that follows.1Geoff Brumfiel, “Expert witness: the scientists who testified against intelligent design,” Nature 438, 11 (3 November 2005) | doi: 10.1038/438011a.2Box 1, Nature 438, 11 (3 November 2005) | doi: 10.1038/438011a.This entry should clear up any lingering doubts whether Nature is a Darwin propaganda outlet. Not only did they ignore the testimony of the other side completely, they treated these hard-core Darwin defenders like the home team. Like a slobbering toady, Brumfiel sat at their knees for news, accepting anything they said as gospel truth but asking no hard questions. So much for fair and balanced reporting in the journals. Let’s examine their sample quotes from the Dover testimony:Miller: If you invoke a non-natural cause, a spirit force or something like that in your research and I decide to test it, I have no way to test it. I can’t order that from a biological supply house, I can’t grow it in my laboratory. And that means that your explanations in that respect, even if they were correct, were not something I could test or replicate, and therefore they really wouldn’t be part of science.Great. I’d like to order some Convergent Evolution, a few pieces of Sexual Selection, some Game Theory and a few stocking stuffers of Just-So Stories for my kids in science class. Clever, Ken, but we’re up to your chicanery. Intelligence is not always non-natural. You are intelligent, aren’t you? When a scientist publishes fraudulent work or falsifies evidence, does this mean we have to explain his actions in terms of physical laws and chemical reactions, or parts we can order from Carolina Biological Supply House? Does your criterion mean we can no longer look for murderers as suspects when we find a body on the sidewalk, or lost tribes to explain archaeological artifacts? What about the stone tools Morwood found in that Indonesian cave? Did they just emerge from the cave floor by erosion? Scientists test intelligent causes all the time. SETI is built on the assumption that intelligent causes can be distinguished from “natural” causes. Unless you are prepared to scratch archaeology, cryptology, intellectual property law, anthropology, paleoanthropology, criminology, sociology and SETI off the list of legitimate scientific investigations, better loosen up. ID revolves around the concept of information. Information is just as real as physics and chemistry, and yes, you can buy information, and sell it, too. You can even grow information – isn’t that what we call teaching, or the process of science itself? It didn’t escape our notice that you said even if [design explanations] were correct… they wouldn’t be part of science. Well, then, kiss the search for truth good-bye as you wander forever in Darwin Storybookland.Padian: We’ll be the first people to admit that science doesn’t know everything and can’t know everything. But on the other hand, we would like a fair and accurate representation of what we do know.And your point is? Padian: It worries me that students would be told that they have to make a conclusion in advance of all the evidence that you can’t get from A to B, essentially, by natural means.Your Honor, allow me to display Exhibit A, the Explanatory Filter described by William Dembski, PhD mathematician and author of The Design Inference. Mr. Padian, where on the diagram is the design inference made? Right, at the very bottom, after the chance and natural law explanations have been exhausted. In other words, a design inference is a last resort – not a first resort. No scientist is asked to make a design conclusion in advance, as you allege. The ID strategy is very similar to existing scientific endeavors in that regard: explanations should first examine whether chance and natural law can account for the phenomenon under investigation. They should be rigorous and exhaustive and not jump to design conclusions prematurely. The criterion of specified complexity is an objective, mathematical measure for eliminating chance by small probabilities before making a design inference. This eliminates the God-of-the-gaps problem that anti-ID people bring up so often. Trouble is, you want to short-circuit this last step in the flowchart and create an infinite loop. If no chance or natural-law explanation is found, you want to go to top and start over, then over, then over again, ad infinitum. Your Honor, allow me to display Exhibit B [a quote by Richard Lewontin in the Baloney Detector]. This statement proves that Mr. Padian and his Darwinist colleagues are the ones requiring a conclusion in advance. By ruling out the design inference, they want scientists to go round and round on the merry-go-round that will never find the answer even if, as his partner Miller said, the design explanation is correct. As we know from over a century of Darwinian attempts at explanations, this spins off an endless train of speculative scenarios that become more improbable with the revising (see 10/26/2005 example) as the evidence for biological design mounts (see next story, for instance). Readers of Nature will never hear this kind of cross-examination from the Darwin Party mouthpiece journals. Thankfully, there are other sources that don’t mind getting the story from both teams. You’re reading one of them.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
SNAPPED: Summer signing Kieran Tierney turns out for Arsenal U23sby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSummer signing Kieran Tierney has turned out for Arsenal’s Under-23s.The Scottish defender joined Arsenal in a £25m deal from Celtic but has been made to wait to take to the field after undergoing surgery last season.But Tierney played an hour as the Gunners’ youngsters faced off against their Wolves counterparts on Friday evening.He was joined in the Arsenal starting line-up by Hector Bellerin, who has been out of action since January.The right-back suffered a serious knee injury against Chelsea but has stepped up his comeback.Both players got a decent hour on the pitch with Bellerin looking the more comfortable of the pair.Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney in action against Wolves in Arsenal’s u23’s game.It’s good to have you back lads! #afcpic.twitter.com/MM0Lzl3Tkb— DailyAFC™ (@DailyAFC) September 20, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re working on goalscoringby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he works on every aspect of football in his training sessions.Solskjaer is under pressure to keep his job after a poor start to the season, which sees United lay in tenth on the Premier League table with nine points from seven games.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s clash with AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League, Solskjaer said: “We work on the whole game.”Defending, attacking, scoring goals. You see these players in training and you see the quality. You hope it’s going to be one of these feel-good nights.”It creates a lot of confidence when you score. It’s your job to criticise or praise. It’s our job to just always focus on the next one and scoring goals is the most difficult part in the game of football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@Pac12NetworkThe 2015 Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament is set to begin this Wednesday, March 11 and conclude on Saturday, March 14. It will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s the bracket, along with the times for each game. Ticket information is available here. (@Pac12Networks)Pac-12 Tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN and Pac-12 Networks. Favorite: ArizonaFew teams in the nation have the talent of Arizona, and the Wildcats proved it with a 28-3 record on the season and 16-2 mark in Pac-12 play. Point guard T.J. McConnell is one of the steadiest floor generals in the nation, and has a number of dynamic scorers, including fantastic freshman Stanley Johnson, Brandon Ashley, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Few teams have the balanced scoring of Arizona, which has six players averaging at least nine points per game. Arizona’s three losses—at UNLV, at Oregon State, and at Arizona State—came by a total of nine points. The Wildcats will be tough to overcome for their Pac-12 competition in Las Vegas.Sleeper: UCLAFrom December 13 to January 4, UCLA lost five straight games, and the Bruins’ NCAA Tournament chances looked bleak. UCLA finished the season 11-5 with big wins over Oregon and Utah, and now the Bruins are right on the bubble, and can help themselves with a good showing in Las Vegas. UCLA has five very capable scorers averaging over 10 points per game, but depth is a major concern. Bryce Alford, Isaac Hamilton, Kevon Looney, and Norman Powell all average over 30 minutes per game. Tony Parker averages just under 25 minutes per game, and only three other players play at least 10 minutes each night. If UCLA can keep its guys fresh, the starting five can compete with anyone else in the Pac-12, and with the tournament on the line, the Bruins will definitely be motivated to make a deep run.
Ahmedabad: Prayer meets were organised at several places in Gujarat, including Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, on Wednesday morning to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. A large number of primary school students gathered at Hriday Kunj, Gandhi’s home at the Sabarmati Ashram, to attend an all-faith prayer meet organised on the occasion. They expressed their views on the relevance of Gandhi’s teaching of non-violence in today’s world. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Members of the ashram’s trust, eminent Gandhians and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani attended a prayer meet at Porbandar’s Kirti Mandir, the house where Mahatma Gandhi was born on this date in 1869. He also spoke about about the relevance of the Father of the Nation in the present day world. Stressing on the importance of moral values, Rupani said students will be taught this as a subject in government schools. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Prayers were also held at Kochrab Ashram in Ahmedabad where the Mahatma stayed before shifting base to the Sabarmati Ashram in 1917. Beaides, a mega cleanliness drive was organised on the sea beach in Dandi, the place associated with the historic ‘Salt Satyagrah’ of 1930. As a tribute to Gandhi, hundreds of volunteers participated in the drive to keep the beach clean. Rupani will also take part in a similar cleanliness campaign in Porbandar. In the evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Ahmedabad, where he will pay tributes to Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram and later address a gathering of village heads from different parts of the country while declaring the country open defecation-free.
New Delhi: In a daring attack, a patrolling team of Delhi Police was attacked with a knife when they tried to stop bike-borne criminals in Delhi’s Mandir Marg area. “The incident happened late Tuesday night when the bike-borne men were stopped by the patrolling team as their movements seemed to be suspicious. While trying to stop them, the men attacked the police team with a knife,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Eish Singhal told IANS. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar The criminals were soon overpowered and the knife and a pistol recovered from them. The police said the motorbike that they were riding was also a stolen one. The DCP told IANS that the criminals have been identified as Kamil Singh alias Kanna and Jitender Kumar alias Rajesh Kumar. Both are Delhi residents and are said to be wanted criminals. Singhal said: “With the arrest of the two, around 15 cases committed in different places in the city are likely to be solved. These cases include snatching cases also.” Investigations have so far revealed that both the culprits have four attempts to murder cases, 20 snatching, seven loot and 19 cases under Arms Act against them. The police team that arrested the criminals included sub-inspector Surendra, assistant police sub-inspectors Rajesh and Raj Kumar, and havaldars Daljit, Kuldeep, Santosh, Vinod and jawans Manjit, Sanjay and Rajendra.