The BBC News published a male-bashing article by Baroness Susan Greenfield, Director of The Royal Institution, on March 29. It must have created a stir, because the next day, Prof. Steve Jones of University College, London, tried to restore the male ego. This was apparently a two-part documentary exploring what would happen “If women ruled the world.” Greenfield had alleged that women will outperform men in 20 years, no longer have need of male muscle power, and have lots of alternative methods for bearing and raising children. Her dismissal of men was just slightly less than total: “More probably, it is not so much that men could be extinct, as opposed to our family lives changing dramatically,” she said. They might be useful to keep around as historical curiosities. Jones responded with an article illustrated with a superman cartoon. The caption read, “Superhero or zero? Professor Jones says men are indispensable.” His point, however, reeks of Darwinian kryptonite and seems unlikely to make his buddies feel able to leap tall buildings in a single bound: In fact the question of males raises not one, but many biological issues: the origin of sex, of distinct sexes, of why there are only two sexes rather than dozens. And how is that pastime maintained, given that it is so expensive? A woman, it seems, could much increase the rate at which she copies her own genes if she avoided having them diluted by those of a man. Yes, men are a complicated lot, and there’s a lot we do not know. As we look through the living world, one thing is clear: it is very hard to get rid of them.The best justification Jones seems to come up with for being male is that men enable the human race to shuffle the genetic cards. Organisms without both sexes seem to come to an evolutionary dead end, he claims. So since women can’t get rid of the louts, they might as well tolerate them.If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you …Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son.— Rudyard KiplingThese BBC articles would make Dr. Dobson hopping mad. And they should make any red-blooded man or woman upset. This is really ugly. It illustrates the utter devastation Darwinian thinking has foisted on our culture. Greenfield’s comments disparage the Royal Institution, which was brought to its pinnacle of prestige by an unselfish, honorable, God-fearing, hard-working man: Michael Faraday. Male chauvinism is wrong, but so is female chauvinism – what’s bad for the gander is bad for the goose. Neither of these articles has restored any dignity to men or women. Darwinism has reduced males and females to gene-propagating commodities. Carl Sagan expressed the Darwinian view of humanity in black ink:In a very real sense human beings are machines constructed by the nucleic acids to arrange for the efficient replication of more nucleic acids. In a sense our strongest urges, noblest enterprises, most compelling necessities, and apparent free wills are all an expression of the information coded in the genetic material: We are, in a way, temporary ambulatory repositories for our nucleic acids. This does not deny our humanity. It does not prevent us from pursuing the good, the true, and the beautiful. But it would be a great mistake to ignore where we have come from in our attempt to determine where we are going.The Cosmic Connection (Dell 1960), p. 6.Talk about schizophrenia; he just denied our humanity and then said it does not deny our humanity. He used his free will to deny that we have free will. He left “the good, the true, and the beautiful” as undefined terms, and reduced our noblest enterprises to the action of selfish genes. This is the legacy of Darwinism, of which Sagan was one of the staunchest evangelists. It leaves humanity as nothing more than gene-replicating machines accidentally emerging from nothingness and headed nowhere. How can machines “attempt to determine where we are going”? Want to know where we are going if Darwinism is true? To the grave, where consciousness and intelligence and noble enterprises are extinguished, returning to the nothingness from which they emerged. Had enough? Good. Forget Sagan’s cynical and depressing view, because he contradicted himself. The only way he could make his point was to cheat: he borrowed words from a Christian vocabulary (good, true, beautiful, noble, information, free will, etc.). Thus, he shot his straw man in the foot. If he really believed what he was saying, he would cry “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” in despair. He would realize that his own noble enterprises, whether writing books, exploring Mars or appearing on the Johnny Carson show, were all emptiness and striving after wind. He would just have sex (to help out the selfish genes) and then die. And forget the BBC’s rant against maleness, which would have even robbed him of the joy of sex. Forget, too, Jones’ wimpy comeback. All these ideas are worthless, built on a foundation of Darwinian shifting sand. Darwinians cannot answer any of the questions they raised: the origin of sex, of distinct sexes, of why there are only two sexes rather than dozens, and why sex persists when it is so expensive (see 04/14/2003 headline, for example). Sex and gender roles are incomprehensible to a Darwinian, because they have no solid foundation for ultimate meaning. Here’s the first step for restoring your worth as a real man, or a real woman: keep your head, like Kipling warned. Don’t fall for Darwinian propaganda. It’s contradictory, unsupported by evidence, and leads to despair. You have a soul, brother; you have a soul, sister; and being a man or woman is all about soul. Souls did not evolve. To the degree Darwinism degrades humanity, the Bible restores it, and then some! God Himself took our physical bodies He had formed by His intelligent design, and breathed into them the breath of life, and we became living souls. Human beings, both male and female, were inscribed with the image of God, unlike anything else He had made. Your purpose is not just to pass on your genes and die. You have worth as an individual. You are responsible as an individual for what you do with your life. You, as an individual, will face the judgment of your Maker. Physically, God made men and women to need and desire one another. All higher animals propagate by sexual reproduction, but with humankind, God instituted the family as a means of passing on His commandments to future generations, and gave sexual reproduction a spiritual and emotional meaning beyond mere procreation, as a picture of love – something animals, without God’s image, cannot experience. He assigned roles to men and women appropriate to our natures. But spiritually, He made us much more than mere sexual dimorphisms of an animal species. Because of His image we bear, we have minds, and language, and the possibility of meaningful relationships. We can think, reason, speak, write, communicate, and love. His two great commandments are for men and women: to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. As His creations made in His image, we are going to live forever. Eternity will be either with or without our Creator, depending on our response to His call. By default it will be without Him, because we have all sinned. But because the Lord loved us, He offered His Son as a sacrifice to redeem us from our sins. This is the good news of the Word of God to us: He offers us reconciliation, without penalty, as a gift. You can receive this gift by turning from your sin and placing your trust, your empty hands of faith, into his strong hand of salvation. That can be the start of a new life, a new relationship with your Maker. Just how great His love to us was only hinted at in the recent blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ. The movie quoted Jesus’ proverb and promise from John 15, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” The remembrance of that passion of Christ, and the subsequent glorious resurrection, is approaching. The contrast between the two world views – the dismal, meaningless, gene-propagating Darwinian world expressed by Sagan and the BBC articles, and the rich relationship between men, women and a heavenly Father taught in the Word of God – could hardly be more stark. One leads to death, one to life. So choose life: won’t you repent of your sin, and receive Him today? Then you can find fulfillment and abundant life as a man or woman of God.Homework: Watch The Passion of the Christ, then come home and read how it was prophesied 700 years before it happened by Isaiah (read Isaiah 52-54, esp. ch. 53). Then read Jesus’ explanation of why He came and the importance of being born again by believing (trusting) in Him, in John ch. 3. To take your belief to the point of commitment, read the Apostle Paul’s instructions in Romans 10. Then for a real encouragement, and in preparation for Easter, read what is in store for those who trust in Christ by reading I Corinthians 15, the great “resurrection” chapter of the Bible. When you get to the last verse, you will see why pursuing the good, the true, and the beautiful, is indeed a noble enterprise for the redeemed: whether man or woman, boy or girl.If you have any questions understanding these things, write here.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Healing Our Heroes: Treatment Techniques to Support Family Resiliency – Part 2Date: July 14, 2016Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: Healing Our Heroes Part 2: Using & Practicing Treatment Techniques to Support Family Resiliency NaturallyFlickr[Fallen Comrade by Aubrey Arcangel, April 26, 2005, CC BY-ND 2.0]This session is being presented by Patricia Gerbarg, M.D. and Richard Brown, M.D. Patricia is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at NY Medical College and Richard is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. They will be explaining how to use and practice techniques that will support the healing process for people who have endured extreme stress and trauma and strengthen their abilities to cope with future stress and reduce the effects of traumas. Join us on July 14th at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.
Acting Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Vijay Kumar Malhotra.Acting Indian Olympic Association President Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Tuesday said that Sports Ministry should also share the blame for the doping scandal that rocked athletics, saying that the coaches and doctors allegedly involved in it are its employees.”All the SAI centres are under the Ministry, all the coaches and doctors are under its rolls. So, the Ministry should also take some blame,” Malhotra said, reacting to Sports Minister Ajay Maken’s sacking of Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogrodnik on Tuesday following the dope scandal.”The Sports Minister should not only point fingers at the federations, he should rather look into the SAI Centres. What is happening there and the coaches and doctors,” said Malhotra.Asked if Maken was taking these steps to push through the controversial National Sports Development Bill, Malhotra said, “I don’t know if he is doing all these to push through the Bill. But if he is doing that it is unacceptable and condemnable.”Malhotra said if any Athletics Federation of India officials are found to be involved by the inquiry panel set up by the Ministry on Tuesday, strong action would be taken against them.”If someone from the federation are found to be involved, we will also take action,” Malhotra told ‘Times Now’.Malhotra, however, refused to blame AFI Secretary Lalit Bhanot and lifetime president Suresh Kalmadi for the doping scandal.”They have been in jail for some time. Holding them responsible would not be correct,” he said.advertisementMalhotra expressed satisfaction with the setting up of the judicial inquiry to probe the doping scandal and said it should be time bound and cover all the SAI centres.”The minister should have waited for the report of the inquiry panel before pointing fingers at others. Federation officials are not even allowed to go anywhere near the camp,” he said.”This is not the first time these things are happening. Such doping scandals have happened in the past. The Ministry owes an explanation why such things are happening at SAI centres,” Malhotra told PTI.- With PTI inputs
Manchester United want to tempt João Mário away from Internazionale and are so keen on the Portuguese midfielder that they will offer his Italian employers Juan Mata in exchange. According to the Corriere dello Sport, however, “the Spaniard isn’t particularly keen”, while Inter “would absolutely be ready to take a seat at the negotiating table if Henrikh Mkhitaryan was part of the discussions”. Apparently Inter feel Mário’s performances have not justified the €40m (plus potential €5m in assorted bonuses and add-ons) they spent to lure him away from Sporting in 2016 but they also feel it would be a bit embarrassing to sell him at a significant loss. Therefore they have hit upon the cunning ruse of swapping him for someone else, thereby putting no particular monetary value on the deal whatsoever. Paris Saint-Germain are apparently also interested, with Javier Pastore potentially making the reverse move.Jonny Evans has some decisions to make. West Bromwich Albion want their 29-year-old centre-back to sign a new contract and stay at the Hawthorns but Manchester City plan to recommence their pursuit of the former Manchester United man in January while a couple of other clubs – Everton and West Ham, to be precise – hope to pip Pep should the defender become available. West Brom, meanwhile, are also thinking about their forward line and have sent scouts to Belgrade for the Europa League match between Red Star and Koln, to cast their eyes over Richmond Boakye, who has scored 10 goals in 11 league games this season and has already caught the attention of Chelsea. Share via Email Manchester City’s winning run ends as makeshift side fall to Shakhtar features A group of Real Madrid players including Marco Asensio and Isco have a WhatsApp group where they discuss matters football, and according to Diario Gol have been remarking in particular upon Cristiano Ronaldo’s selfishness and laziness. “In this group they complain that Cristiano only runs when it benefits him, that he does not give his all on the field and that he is focused only on his own interests, not those of the team,” they report. Perhaps uncoincidentally, they report elsewhere that the Portuguese star’s position in the squad is “no longer untouchable” and that the club are readying a move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who was phoned by Zinedine Zidane last week for an entirely-coincidental-honest-guv friendly chat.Could Celtic finally be ready to sell Moussa Dembélé? Brighton certainly hope so, and are “considering testing the water with an offer of £20m” for the French forward in January, writes the Mail. Meanwhile, the Sun reports that “Arda Turan has been snapped in London as serious doubts remain over his Barcelona future”, though this was not exactly a clandestine mission, the snaps having been uploaded to Twitter by Turan himself. Still, it might mean something. Meanwhile, Sunderland want Bolton’s Gary Madine and in the first drips of what may become a deluge of Everton-based rumour Sam Allardyce apparently wants to sign Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla and, more ambitiously, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.Arsène Wenger has ruled out the possibility of allowing significant departures in January, even though players such as Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere are all liable to be feeling a bit miffed about the number of matches they are not starting and wondering if someone somewhere might show them a little more love. “I want to keep the squad,” Wenger said. “We do not want to become weaker. I have to consider the interest of the player but [more important] will be the interests of the club.” Spoilsport. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Juan Mata Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Transfer window Football Internazionale Rumour mill Topics Manchester United
Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the Government’s economic reform and transformation programme is proceeding “at an appropriate speed.” He said that the programme, aimed at “restarting the engines of progress,” addresses a number of critical areas including debt management, containing wage-related expenditures, and growth promotion. The Minister was speaking at Mayberry Investments Limited’s monthly investor forum held yesterday (Nov. 21), at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston. Dr. Phillips, who spoke on the topic: ‘The Jamaican economy – Where are we and where are we going?’ stated that the economic reform efforts are not limited to negotiating an International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement, even though it is a part of the programme. “The challenge that we face is a challenge not for the IMF, but a challenge for us, the people of Jamaica, to demonstrate that we have the capacity to manage our own economic and financial affairs responsibly and effectively in keeping with the sovereign rights, which we have held for 50 years,” he said. He stated that having an IMF agreement in place is important, as it represents “a seal of approval” to the international community, and provides a route of access to official financial flows, which have been suspended from 2011. “It is the seal that will secure access on acceptable terms to international capital markets and for that reason it is important, but it is not the be all and end all,” Dr. Phillips pointed out. He reiterated that the negotiations are expected to be finalized this calendar year. The Government is expecting to conclude a letter of intent by the end of December and “maybe we could get to the board by January,” he informed. “This past week we had officials of the government of Jamaica in Washington, looking at and exchanging data regarding our views on the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies, which forms the basis of a letter of intent, which is to be issued,” he said.
LONDON – Drivers of older, more polluting cars will face an additional charge when entering central London as the city battles air pollution blamed for thousands of premature deaths each year.Starting Monday, cars registered before vehicles were forced to meet new European emissions standards now face a toxicity charge of 10 pounds ($13.50) a day in addition to the congestion charge of 11.50 pounds every time they enter central London. The new rules apply primarily to cars registered before 2006 and may include some registered before 2008.London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he plans to clean up the capital’s air and the so-called T-Charge will “encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles.”The city says almost 95 per cent of Londoners live in areas where particulate pollution exceeds World Health Organization standards.
MONTREAL – Consolidation within the global aircraft manufacturing industry is fine as long as the benefits of competition remain alive, Air Canada’s CEO said Monday.“Having a dynamic where some of the smaller aircraft are supported by some of the larger aircraft manufacturers can actually be a good thing provided that there is still good competition and you’re not faced with a single source environment,” Calin Rovinescu said during an aerospace conference in Montreal.Bombardier is in the process of finalizing Airbus’s purchase a majority control of the C Series program, while Boeing is in talks to join forces with Brazil’s Embraer.Rovinescu said duopolies can get too cozy and act as a negative force against innovation, but the move can also help companies to scale up to ensure programs get to market.He said Airbus supporting the C Series and Embraer working with Boeing isn’t necessarily negative as long as a couple of competitors remain in the marketplace that allow smaller aircraft makers to continue innovating.“We like the fact that the C Series served as somewhat of a disruptor in the narrowbody segment of the market where you really do not see a tremendous amount of innovation for nearly three decades,” he said in a discussion with Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare.Bellemare said he doesn’t view the Boeing-Embraer tie-up as a “great marriage” but said Bombardier’s deal with Airbus will provide great value to the C Series program.He said the European manufacturer has an amazing customer reach and scale that will help to accelerate C Series sales, and a vast supply chain that can help the aircraft to achieve cost targets more quickly to meet customer demands for lower pricing.“It’s a big driving force behind our ability to take the cost down and get to cost target,” Bellemare added.The comments were made as Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced a $49.5-million investment in an aerospace consortium led by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Inc.The funding is expected to create or maintain 300 jobs by helping Bell and 18 industry and academic partners develop innovative technologies, including fully autonomous aerial systems along with efforts to reduce noise.Bell Canada president Cynthia Garneau said the funding could help efforts to develop air taxis designed to reduce road congestion.“The future is not so far away and the future looks very uplifting,” she told the conference.Challenges to developing air taxis including battery technology, air traffic control, cost, certification and public acceptanceUber plans to test its network of electric “flying cars” that can take off and land vertically by 2020 in Dallas and Los Angeles.Meanwhile, the union representing Bombardier employees doesn’t anticipate overly acrimonious negotiations to renew the collective agreement once Airbus takes control of the C Series program.The contract expires Nov. 30 but the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) travelled to France to meet with the three main aerospace unions to learn more about their relationship with Airbus.David Chartrand, the union’s Quebec co-ordinator, says he was somewhat reassured because there is already a fairly strong union culture in both France and Canada.He says he was “happy” to negotiate with the French company rather than Boeing, the American aerospace giant that could have been Bombardier’s partner in the C Series.In March, Bombardier Aerospace workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new reciprocity agreement that ensures workers who switch between Bombardier and the future partnership don’t lose their pensions and keep most seniority benefits, including salary and vacation time.— With files from Julien ArsenaultFollow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B, TSX:AC)
The industrial sector consumed about twice as much natural gas as residential and commercial users in 2016, provincial government data shows.Wood product company Canfor has been given a set amount of natural gas to use among its three Prince George pulp mills, spokeswoman Michelle Ward said in a statement.“In addition to our allocations from Fortis, as a contingency, we are supplementing our natural gas needs with trucked gas. With this allotment, and the current temperatures, we are able to keep the mills up and running,” Ward said.Catalyst Paper relies on FortisBC for natural gas service at its three mills in Powell River, Crofton and Port Alberni.About 90 percent of its power comes from wood waste, but natural gas is used in its line kilns, as a backup fuel source and to keep the boiler stable during the winter.Carlo Dal Monte, director of energy management, said the company is accustomed to FortisBC reducing its supply for one or two weeks per year during cold snaps. In those situations, it switches to recycled oil fuel and focus on products that require less steam like lighter weight paper.Given the unprecedented situation following the pipeline explosion, the company is working to create steam conservation action plans and ensure it has as much backup fuel as possible at each of its mills, he said.“We recognize that this is uncharted water for everyone. We also recognize that as industrial customers were likely the first ones to get curtailed, ” he said, adding the goal is to minimize any impact on its customers.The City of Vancouver is taking steps to reduce natural gas usage by shutting down its asphalt plant and lowering thermostats at all city-staff occupied buildings, areas of recreation centres that don’t affect the public and libraries.“We are continuing to assess the impact a longer-term gas outage could have on the city operations and will look at other adjustments that can be made if this is an ongoing issue,” spokeswoman Ellie Lambert said in an email.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “Certainly, our members are in the business of at least covering the cost of production. So yes, they’ll be trying to get higher prices in the marketplace,” she said.Natural gas is a vital part of the growing process, not only as a heat source but because the carbon dioxide it produces feeds the plants, she said.Most growers have an interruptible plan with FortisBC, which means they pay a discounted rate but service can be stopped in an emergency like the pipeline explosion or during cold snaps and prioritized to other customers.While natural gas service has been restored since the Oct. 9 incident, she said at least one grower has told her he may skip production this season over concerns about gas prices.Enbridge, the pipeline’s owner, has said it expects to have its ruptured pipeline back in service by mid-November, but the pressure in that line and in a smaller pipeline nearby will remain below maximum levels until spring.The National Energy Board said in a statement Friday that it ordered Enbridge to limit gas flows at 80 percent pressure levels from the blast site, located about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, along the entire length of the pipeline up to the B.C.-United States border, as a safety measure to protect people and the environment. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A natural gas shortage projected to stretch through the winter months could mean higher vegetable prices this spring, as gas users from mills to local governments hustle to conserve and find alternative fuel sources.The shortage follows a pipeline explosion near Prince George earlier this month and one of the province’s largest utilities, FortisBC, says it means supply will be reduced by 50 to 80 percent during the coldest months of the year.Linda Delli Santi, executive director of the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association, said any higher costs of using alternative fuels or spikes in gas prices will be passed on to consumers. FortisBC said that keeping homes warm is its top priority as it manages a reduced supply in the coming months and it’s encouraging all users to conserve energy.“We do have gas flowing to all of our customers, including the industrials although at a limited usage,” FortisBC spokesman Sean Berdow said. “When it comes down to it though, as factors dictate and if we have issues of supply, there’s a number of different levers we can pull.”The utility has arranged to maximize the output of the Southern Crossing pipeline that feeds into the Interior from Alberta and is working on securing additional natural gas in the open marketplace to meet demand. It’s also working with its largest customers to optimize their energy use and identify backup options, Berdow said.“There’s a lot of heavy industry with the capability to fuel switch, so they’re looking at the current scenario and saying it makes more sense for us now to work off an alternative fuel supply,” he said.
Electors should contact the Elections Canada office in their electoral district if:the name on their card contains an errorthey receive a voter information card for a deceased person or someone who does not live at their addressIf there are unforeseen circumstances, like a fire or a flood, the location of a poll changes after the voter information cards are mailed, the electors assigned to that poll will receive another voter information card with the words “Replacement Card” printed on the bottom right corner shared Elections Canada.To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address. The voter information card may be used as a proof of address at the polls. Electors must use it with another piece of accepted ID to prove their identity. To view the list of accepted ID; CLICK HERE.Electors do not need to bring their voter information card to the polls in order to vote, but we encourage them to bring it with them for faster service at the polls.Elections Canada is an independent non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.For election updates, subscribe to the news service at elections.ca GATINEAU, QC – Elections Canada has shared that voter information cards have been mailed out and registered electors should receive their card by October 4.According to Elections Canada, personalized voter information card has been mailed out to each registered elector. The card tells electors when and where to vote and has information about the accessibility of their polling station.Electors who do not receive a card by Friday, October 4, or whose card shows the wrong information, can register or update their address online or by contacting their Elections Canada office.
NEW DELHI: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday termed BJP’s manifesto as a “fresh set of jumlas” and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah did not have the courage to say why demonetisation was done and farmers were pushed towards destruction.Reminding the PM of his party’s 2014 promise of granting full statehood to Delhi, CM Kejriwal said the present manifesto does not have any mention of it which meant that Modi is lying and in turn making it even more difficult for people to believe in him. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”BJP unveils a fresh set of jumlas without telling the country what is the fate of its 2014 jumlas. Modi-Shah don’t have the courage to speak on why demonetisation was done ? What happened to two crore jobs? Why were farmers pushed towards destruction?” he said in a tweet. Eyeing to retain power, the BJP on Monday made a plethora of poll promises, including expeditious construction of Ram temple, firmly dealing with terrorism, doubling farmers’ income in the next three years, making India the third-largest economy globally by 2030, and scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution that gave a special status to J&K.