Another political stunt

first_imgDear Editor,The People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition pulled off another political stunt rather than a celebratory event – this 52nd Independence anniversary of our country. I say this in review of the pathetic show foisted on the people at D’Urban Park. They rented schoolchildren (typical PNC style propaganda machinery) from all across the country to populate the stands to hear the most depressing of speeches in a long time. Well, if you should take the President’s speech in its truest sense, the children were not the ones catered for in that address; his talk was mainly for the adults and those at home. So, Granger’s address was simply “talk” that was over their heads.Right from the very start of the ceremony, that is, the salute and inspection of the guard, showed that empty void of pomp and pageantry, that usually greets you at these events. Even when he was invited to inspect the guard of honour, Granger was literally running ahead of the ceremonial officer. The common formalities that important dignitaries show on such important events were woefully lacking. He looked lost, confused and bewildered. The President’s show of nervousness may have been symptomatic of his address that came after in which he gave himself away in all that he said. His was a prepared speech full of political innuendos and he contradicted himself throughout the address. Whether by accident or design, he completely forgot his campaign promises, chief of which was the ushering in of the “good life” soon after taking office. That promise we now know was a farce, seeing the good life is not an achievable good for the present generation, but something in the far distant future. Yes, we heard him, loud and clear a “future good life” and not a present one.Of course, this is the newest “pie in the sky” campaign type rhetoric coming from a President three-fifths into his rule.So, the supposed additional bacchanal of this Independence anniversary being a “Carnival” event that too was a damper as the people saw this as another ploy to divert attention from the present sad situation that has enveloped this nation. That Burnhamite strategy resurrected by Granger, is a sure way of keeping the nation in a stupor. Dance away your worries, dance your stresses and your distresses away. But even that was low-key because there is nothing to party about because most of us lack the means with-which to party. Where is the means to do so? With over 25,000 persons out of a job and others not sure of the one that they now hold, the situation is terribly dreadful.To sum it up in these simple words, it was an “abysmal performance by the Granger regime.”Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Improbable Fossils Defy Evolution

first_img(Visited 150 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 New fossil finds demonstrate how Darwinians adjust their story around surprises they didn’t predict.Fish“Fish fossil upends scientists’ view of jaw evolution,” shouts Nature in a piece captioned, “Specimen suggests that people and ancient fish have more in common than previously thought.” Anna Nowogrodski tries to make a fossil placoderm (an armored fish) into a transitional form, but there are problems. Evolutionists did not predict the traits in this fossil. In fact, they thought the opposite.Scientists had thought that placoderm jaws were only very distantly related to the three-part jaw found in modern bony fish and land vertebrates, including people. This was because the bones in placoderm jaws generally sit further inside the animals’ mouths than do human jawbones, and they don’t contribute to the outer structure of the face, says Per Ahlberg, a palaeontologist at Uppsala University in Sweden and a co-author of the study.But Qilinyu has bones halfway between an ancient placoderm jaw and a modern jaw. “They contribute to the face, but the bits inside the mouth look suspiciously like” placoderm jaw bones, says Ahlberg. This rewrites the previous understanding that placoderm jaws and modern jaws evolved completely independently.It’s inconsistent to say that a fossil “upends scientists’ view of jaw evolution” and then turn around and claim it “has filled in a gaping hole in how researchers thought the vertebrate jaw evolved.”BirdEarly Cretaceous birds were still evolving from dinosaurs in the common evolutionary story. They weren’t supposed to have advanced features like a two-chambered stomach and a gizzard. But now, Laura Geggel writes in Live Science, “Ancient Bird Coughed Up ‘Fishy’ Pellet 120 Million Years Ago.” Her article is accompanied by an artist conception of a very modern-looking feathered flyer that apparently ate fish. The evidence—a gizzard pellet from China embedded with fish bones—is dated by evolutionists at 150 million years old, the “oldest known” pellet yet found. Lead author Min Wang explains why this is surprising:“The digestive system of living birds are characterized by a two chambered-stomach with a muscular gizzard capable of compacting indigestible matter into a cohesive pellet, and efficient antiperistalsis,” the process of “coughing up” the pellet, Wang said. “Our discovery suggests that all these features are present in some early Cretaceous birds … [and] thus key features of modern birds’ digestive system occurred earlier than we thought.”FrogLaura Geggel also reported in Live Science an even older fossil with soft tissue present: an extinct amphibian (like a frog) dated to the Ordovician and said to be 295 million years old. Though tiny (4 cm long), the creature was “immaculately preserved” in German stone. It was found 15 years ago, but was only recently was studied in detail by Johan Gren of Lund University and colleagues.The upper half of the body of this 295-million-year-old amphibian was exceptionally well preserved, the researchers found. For instance, most of the skull and braincase are present, as are several vertebrae, one of its front limbs, part of its lower jaw and some of its soft tissues, including a blackish film within its left eye socket, Gren said….High-powered microscopes revealed a preserved layer of soft tissues outlining the amphibian’s body, and computed tomography (CT) provided the scientists with a 3D image of the fossil, Gren said.The unpublished find was announced Oct 26 at a meeting at Lund University. It’s not clear from the article if the “blackish film” and “layer of soft tissues” is original biological material, but what else could it be? If it is, the fossil adds to a growing list of soft tissue evidence that challenges long ages. Nothing biological should survive for one million years, let alone 295 million years.Whale“Exceptionally preserved delicate baleen microstructures” from a whale is described in Geology. Found in Peru, where many other whales have been uncovered en masse, this one had to be buried quickly. “A rapid formation of the concretion was fundamental for fossilization,” the authors say. The Miocene creature apparently had the same diet as modern whales. Here’s their story: “We suggest that the whale foundered in a soft sediment chemically favorable to rapid dolomite precipitation, allowing the preservation of delicate structures.” Does that happen anywhere today?For 15 years now, we have shown often how the Darwinians repair their idol. Every time something appears out of order, they say it “evolved earlier than thought.” Every time their predictions fail, they turn the new findings into props for Charlie. Every time soft tissue turns up that cannot last long, they say, “Well gollllllly, I guess soft tissue can last 295 million years.” Darwin has more rescuers than swimmers. It’s impossible to falsify Darwin, because any time he sinks, the lifeguards swarm over the corpse and breathe into his gray mouth, pumping his chest to make it seem like his heart is still beating. His defenders are worse than Soviet communists. At least those totalitarians didn’t pretend the embalmed body of Lenin was still alive.last_img read more

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Apology Accepted, Apple. Now Get To Work, Google.

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts When Apple showed off iOS 6 Maps in June, few could have imagined the fiasco that would ensue three months later. Indeed, the last person expecting such major fallout was CEO Tim Cook, who today issued a rare public apology. While it could have gone further, the statement was a bold move by a company not accustomed to admitting its faults.This is a big deal for Apple. Perfection – or at least the appearance of it – is a central component of the company’s brand. Its last public black eye, a psuedo-social network called Ping, was being laid to rest just as critics and customers were winding up this new punch. Apple never explicitly admitted failure with Ping. Instead, it quietly put its social scheme to rest in favor of integrating with established social networks. Steve Jobs didn’t apologize to consumers even after the massive PR headache of Antennagate in 2010, when the company offered free bumper cases to help alleviate the issue.But Apple had no choice but to address the Maps issue. It quickly overshadowed the iPhone 5 itself, the latest entry in a product line from which Apple draws an enormous percentage of its revenue. Cook went so far as to suggest competing products as alternatives while Apple irons out the kinks. And yes, that list included the Google Maps web app. Cook’s apology could have gone further. Why not offer an iOS 6-compatible version of the old Maps app in the App Store? Or, if users want to, let them easily downgrade to iOS 5? Of course, if he did that, Cook might not have been able to tout 100 million people using the new operating system.Absent a drastic move like that, the apology will do. Apple has admitted fault, offered alternatives and assured the masses that it’s working on the problem. Apple’s Maps is a nice-looking product with a few very useful new features. We’re confident it will mature into something awesome. In the meantime, Google, hurry up and ship Maps for iOS. Apple got its bad press. Now give the rest of us a hand.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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What Tim Cook Really Meant About Apple’s ‘Very Grand Vision’ for TV, Wearable Tech & Much More

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook likened the wait for next month’s iOS 7 unveiling to being a kid on Christmas Eve, teased Apple’s interest in wearable tech and claimed the company has a “very grand vision” for the future of television. Cook touched on several topics during an on-stage interview kicking off AllThingsD’s D:11 conference, including what’s in the company’s product pipeline, the smartphone wars and even tax policy. But of course he didn’t give up the goods on anything specific the tech giant is working on. Just as important, he often spoke in a kind of code, so ReadWrite has helpfully supplied a “translation” where appropriate.Apple’s Product Pipeline SurprisesIf Cook is in a hurry to reveal Apple’s next big thing, he didn’t let on Tuesday night. “We release products when they’re ready,” Cook said. “We believe very much in the element of surprise. We think customers love surprises.”Basically, Cook was saying, “Look, we know we haven’t released a game changer in awhile. And we know our stock has dropped. But we’re building cool stuff. Trust me. When it’s ready, we’ll show it to you. And then you’ll buy it and it’ll make your life better. Because that’s what Apple does.”Whether you believe Cook’s implicit message, you’re probably not going to find out for sure until Fall at the earliest. (See also Expectations Lowered For Apple’s Big Developers Conference (WWDC).)Interactive Television As the iPhone has lost its lead in smartphone sales to models running Google’s Android operating system, observers are wondering how Apple is dealing with the loss of its dominant position. Here’s Cook’s take on the matter: “We make the best phone, we don’t make the most phones.”Translation: We make one phone. The three generations of that phone currently on sale generate billions of dollars in profit for our carrier partners, supply chain partners and us. The apps available for that phone in turn generate billions more for our developer partners and us – far more than Android phones generate. We make products that we think are the best on the market, and plenty of consumers agree, even at prices that support our above-average margins. Most of our competitors – Samsung excepted – aren’t making any money on smartphones. I don’t see what the fuss is all about.That’s all true. (See also Samsung vs. Apple: Samsung Is Winning Every Way But One [Infographic].)Taxing IssuesApple has been taking flack on Capitol Hill lately for sheltering its profits overseas. Cook had a very simple response: “We think we should bring all offshore profits back to the U.S.”There’s a lot more to it than that. But Cook’s basic position is this: The U.S. tax code is messed up. Fix it and we’ll do all the business, accounting and paying of taxes that we can in the U.S. of A. Until then, we’re a corporation that abides by the law, and we’re doing the best we can to abide by that law.(Google) Glass And Wearable TechTim Cook said Nike “did a great job” on the Fuelband he sometimes wears on his wrist, but he’s not about to put a computer in his spectacles. “I think wearables is incredibly interesting. It could be a profound area.” But he added that “The likelihood that [Google Glass] has broad appeal is hard to see.”Cook said plenty more on the topic, but it boils down to this: Apple is definitely working on wearable tech and Cook is excited by the emergence of embeddable sensors of all sorts. But he isn’t going to throw Google even a tiny bone.What else?“To convince people that they have to wear something, it has to be incredible,” Cook said. “If we asked a room of 20-year olds to stand up if they’re wearing a watch, I don’t think anyone would stand up.” Would a curved glass smartwatch built by a team of 100 engineers to run iOS be incredible enough to capture the coveted 20-year old demographic? Reports from a few months ago say “yes,” for what that’s worth.(See also Why Google Glass Is More Important Than Any Smartwatch.)Tim Cook takes to his own company’s stage Monday June 10 for the WWDC keynote address. The rumors and hype will only pick up steam in the meantime.(Note: All quotes via transcripts culled from AllThingsD and The Verge.)Image of Tim Cook courtesy of Reuters. Product images courtesy of their respective manufacturers. Apple tattoo image from Microsoft Windows Phone commercial. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair noah kravitz Tags:#Apple Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Related Posts Apple has sold 13 million Apple TV units to date, Cook said. “About half” of those – roughly 6.5 million – were sold within the last twelve months alone. Not bad for a hobby that Apple has done very little to market. But, as has long been rumored, apparently there’s much more in the works. “There is a very grand vision,” Cook said in regards to bringing the world’s television experience up to date. “It’s an area of incredible interest.”Still, Cook declined to reveal when Apple might launch a new TV-oriented product. We’re pretty much limited to Steve Jobs’ infamous, “I finally cracked it,” line about a new TV experience integrated with iCloud and iDevices. But, hey, at least we know that Apple sold a whole lot more Apple TVs last year than it ever did before. (See also 5 Ways TV Will Evolve In 2013.)What Does iOS 7 Hold In Store?All Things D editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher asked Cook about what’s new in iOS 7, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system expected to be announced at the company’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. Swisher: “So talk to us about the new iOS.”Cook: “Remember what it was like on Christmas Eve?”Swisher: “No, we opened our presents on Christmas Eve.”Mossberg: “And I’m Jewish.”Funny, but once again Cook wasn’t taking the bait. Cook did mention that Apple may loosen up a bit when it comes to opening iOS up to third-party customizations. “On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you’ll see us open up more in the future,” he said, “but not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience.” So don’t look for Facebook Home on iOS any time soon. (See also iOS Rumor Watch: Black, White And Flat All Over and What Apple’s Jony Ive Can Learn From Facebook Home.)The Smartphone Wars Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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