Tattoo artist critical after shooting

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RESEDA — A 25-year-old artist was listed today in critical condition after being shot in the head at a party at a Reseda tattoo parlor, authorities said. The unidentified victim was shot about 10:40 p.m. Thursday outside a tattoo parlor at Saticoy Street and Louise Avenue following an altercation with three men, ages 18-25, who arrived at the party, police said. Two of the men pulled guns and fired into a crowd gathered in the parking lot, striking the parlor employee in the head. He was being evaluated this morning by a neurologist. Police do not know if the victim was hit by random gun fire or if he was involved in the argument with the suspects. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals “Some of the witnesses said they were actually arguing with the victim, and other’s said no,” Detective Craig Rhudy said. “It’s hard to tell right now.” Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call police at (818) 374-0040 or (818) 756-9970.last_img read more

Tales of Two Footprints

first_imgFootprints in the sands of time have been found at two different locations.  What tales do they tell?    One is a footprint of a Roman soldier.  EurekAlert described how the sandal print was uncovered at Hippos, or Susita, on a hill east of the Sea of Galilee.  It hints that soldiers participated in building the walls of the city.  The Israel newspaper Haaretz contained some more details about the find, and Todd Bolen commented on its limited tie-in to Biblical history on his Bible Places Blog.    Another print is claimed to be far older.  The BBC News reported what may be the “oldest human footprint ever found.”  The article did not describe the print, but called it “human” instead of ape-like.  The problem is that it is claimed to be two million years old, or more – as much as 3 million, maybe even older than Lucy.  The secretary general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, is calling it possibly “the most important discovery in Egypt.”  Others are not so sure what to think of it.You, too, could leave tracks that will allow future scientists to speculate.  For fun, leave a note with your next footprint saying, “Today’s date is August 28, 1,598,251 BC.”(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Abusing Darwinism to Explain Everything

first_img(Visited 419 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Do documents evolve? Are birds that can interbreed still evolving? Darwinism becomes meaningless if everything that changes in some way is used as support for the theory.Darwinism means this and only this: universal common ancestry via unguided mutation and natural selection. That was Darwin’s aim: to link up every living thing in a grand tree. Every living thing came from ancestors, and their “innovations” arrived by chance mutations “selected” somehow without intelligence or guidance. Some reporters and scientists cannot stick to the definition. They say cars evolve, documents evolve, and civilizations evolve. Or, they take the tiniest changes and offer them as sacrifices to Charles Darwin. The equivocation needs to stop. Repeat after me: “Darwinism means universal common ancestry via unguided mutation and natural selection.” Children might remember the quip, “from goo to you by way of the zoo.”Mathematical evidence shows that founding documents evolve through words (Science Daily). Believe it or not, Dartmouth eggheads are using Darwinian theory to explain the US Constitution, even though it proclaims that men are endowed by their Creator with rights. Their inspiration is poles apart from biomimetics; it might be dubbed evomimetics.Inspired by the challenge to see how ideas are shared between nation’s through their founding documents, researchers at Dartmouth College have constructed a big data, evolutionary taxonomy of the world’s constitutions.The analysis traces the textual ties that bind and has resulted in a mathematically-derived constitutional family tree. Visuals included with the study reveal the evolution of constitutions and constitutional ideas, and provide a window into how nations share political concepts.Perhaps we can be charitable and assume they are only using “evolution” as a figure of speech. Nope:For decades, researchers have theorized that the evolution of national constitutions follow pathways similar to biological evolution. The Dartmouth analysis demonstrates that the historical development of constitutions follows the Yule Process — a model in evolutionary dynamics that describes birth process.New species can develop in as little as two generations, Galapagos study finds (Science Daily). Finch beaks again. This “zombie icon” of evolution just won’t die. What happened now? You can betThey just keep coming back.that Peter and Rosemarie Grant are at the center of it. And they are. The bottom line of the story is that three lineages of birds that they insist on calling different “species” can all interbreed; they just have split into groups that keep to themselves. One lone male they call “big bird” arrived one day from another island in the chain and found a cute chick to mate with. Big bird sang a slightly different love song, so his groupies stick to him and the family. But they are all not only finches, but Galapagos finches, with only the slightest of anatomical differences. Calling this an example of “the evolution of biodiversity due to natural selection” is a major fallacy of extrapolation, as if it explains (what, class?) universal common ancestry via unguided mutation and natural selection. Jonathan Wells dealt thoroughly with the Big Bird story in his updated book about icons of evolution, Zombie Science.How dinosaur scales became bird feathers (BBC News). Rory Galloway tells another Darwinian just-so story. He knows full well that “Feathers are highly complex natural structures and they’re key to the success of birds.” But he insists that “they initially evolved in dinosaurs, birds’ extinct ancestors.” How would he know that? What does the evidence say? For one thing, “Birds have had feathers for as long as they have existed as a group and Professor Chuong couldn’t study primitive examples of feathers in any living animals.” That didn’t stop the professor from professing faith in Darwin. To present an appearance of empiricism, he tweaked some alligator genes. Lo and behold, he did not get feathers. What he did get allowed him to weave a fanciful story that slight elongations were the promising beginnings of incredibly beautiful, lightweight, structurally strong materials enabling powered flight.“You can see we can indeed induce them to form appendages, although it is not beautiful feathers, they really try to elongate” he explained of the outcome. They are likely similar to the structures on those feather-pioneering dinosaurs 150 million years ago.The reason the gene doesn’t cause the development of a fully feathered alligator is that unlike birds, alligators don’t have the underlying genetic architecture evolved to support these central feather-making genes, or hold the structures in place on the skin.To him, “flight was just one highly successful experiment with feathers.” He really needs to watch the Illustra masterpiece, Flight: The Genius of Birds.The slight difference: Why language is a uniquely human trait (Medical Xpress). This could have been a nice article about human exceptionalism. After all, no other animal has syntactical, grammatical, semantical language. The last paragraph, however, shows that the ideas presented at MIT are being forced into a Darwinian mold:The long searched for “missing link” could lay in this fibre tract, which explains the leap forward of the simple sound association of animals to the matured language of humans A reason for this could be because this fibre tract only exists in adult humans but not in other primates and infants, and consequentially language capabilities are more advanced. Even linguist Chomsky is convinced by this idea. In the prologue to “Language in Our Brain” he also supposes that this brain structure “appears to have evolved to subserve the human capacity to process syntax, which is at the core of the human language faculty.”Nothing in Darwinian theory evolves “to” do anything. They have turned a blind process into a directed search “to subserve” and “to process” the human capacity for language.Credit: Illustra MediaSmall but distinct differences among species mark evolution of human brain (Medical Xpress). Here’s a trick: use falsifying evidence to support your theory. Look what this article confesses about actual empirical evidence:The massive analysis of human, chimpanzee, and monkey tissue published Nov. 23 in the journal Science shows that the human brain is not only a larger version of the ancestral primate brain but also one filled with distinct and surprising differences.“Our brains are three times larger, have many more cells and therefore more processing power than chimpanzee or monkey,” said Andre M.M. Sousa, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of neuroscientist Nenad Sestan and co-lead author of the study. “Yet there are also distinct small differences between the species in how individual cells function and form connections.”Given this evidence, what should the scientists at Yale be focused on, the “distinct and surprising differences” or the small differences? It shouldn’t be surprising that two species that can eat bananas and blink eyes should have similarities, but there is a vast canyon separating human and chimpanzee brains, both qualitatively and quantitatively, to say nothing of unique capacities like language, the arts, and logical reasoning. We find the Yale Darwinians forcing everything into a Darwinian mold again: (1) they call parts of the brain “evolutionarily ancient” (see Circular Reasoning). (2) They apply “selection” to explain differences (see our analysis of Natural Selection). (3) They engage in speculative, fact-free evidence to keep Darwinism from being falsified: e.g., “The neocortical expression of this gene was most likely lost in a common ancestor and reappeared in the human lineage.”Huge dose of brain chemical dopamine may have made us smart (New Scientist). Andy Coghlan may take the prize for abusing Darwinism with his suggestion that an influx of the neurotransmitter dopamine gave evolving humans their intelligence.We may owe some of our unique intelligence to a generous supply of a signalling chemical called dopamine in brain regions that help us think and plan. Our brains produce far more dopamine in these regions than the brains of other primates like apes.Not only does this rely on a high perhapsimaybecouldness index, it is a self-refuting argument. If Coghlan is smart because of dopamine, he’s a dope, I mean, by his own admission— because he has transferred his intelligence to a chemical that gives him pleasurable sensations with no necessary connection to truth. Notice, too, that the empirical evidence shows a major difference between apes and man. That should be the story.The pain of reading nonsense like this week after week never stops. We do it for you, so that you can understand that the ruling philosophy of the modern world relies on absolute refusal to even consider the possibility of a Creator. Don’t be fooled by the facade of fake science whitewashing Darwin’s House of Cards. It isn’t a house of science. It is a shrine to the Bearded Buddha, protected by a priesthood and kingdom intolerant of any challenge to their power.last_img read more

Unearthing our human ancestors

first_imgHagai Ron of the Hebrew University inJerusalem collecting samples from thecave for dating. A small stone tool excavated from theWonderwerk cave. The Wonderwerk cave in 3D, mapped byProfessor Heinz Ruther of Cape TownUniversity’s Department of Geomatics. Theexpanded section is of the front part ofthe cave where the discoveries were made.(All images: Michael Chazan)Janine ErasmusA team of researchers from South Africa, Israel and Canada, led by Canadian anthropologist Professor Michael Chazan and Dr Liora Horwitz of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, has found man-made artefacts, thought to be at least 2-million years old, in a cave in the Northern Cape.The Wonderwerk (Afrikaans, meaning “miracle”) cave, located 45km from Kuruman in the Northern Cape province, is a huge structure that has yielded a significant record of human history spanning hundreds of thousands of years. Ancient tools discovered in the cave are similar in age to those found at the bottom of Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge.The 30 artefacts, mostly small tools, are among the oldest known items of their kind and provide evidence that our ancestors lived in caves even earlier than was previously thought. This important South African find is the result of more than 60 years of work on the site.Because of the key role it has played in providing clues to our human existence, the Wonderwerk cave and its surroundings were proclaimed a national heritage site in 1993 and are currently on the Unesco World Heritage tentative list for South Africa. Although it is a valuable research site the cave is open to the public on an appointment basis.A shelter for manyBushman paintings on the Wonderwerk cave’s walls have been dated back some 10 000 years. The cave was first inhabited by white settlers in the early 20th century, when the farmer P.E. Bosman and his family lived there between 1909 and 1911 while he was building the present homestead. He later used the cave as a shelter for stock.Later, other farmers exploited the cave’s abundant bat guano for commercial purposes. Although the mining unfortunately destroyed much of the natural sediment in the upper levels it also led to the discovery of the first artefacts, alerting the archaeological community to the potential importance of the site. The first excavations began in 1940.The cave was owned by the Bosman and Nieuwoudt families until 1993 when they generously handed it over to the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, an institution that is active in a range of fields including archaeology and military and cultural history. The museum now oversees all scientific activity at the site.Ancient cave-dwellersThe 30 most recently found artefacts were found at the bottom-most level of the Wonderwerk cave and are believed to have been left in the cave by its former dwellers, not washed into it from the outside. The deeper the excavation, the older the layer, and the bottom level has been dated back two million years by researchers using a combination of methods, including palaeomagnetic and cosmogenic burial dating techniques.Palaeomagnetic dating is based on a global time scale that tracks changes in the orientation and intensity of the earth’s magnetic field over time, while cosmogenic burial dating is based on radioactive decay of a pair of cosmogenic nuclides. Unlike the similar technique of carbon dating, it can measure extremely old dates.While the oldest known stone tools, found in Ethiopia, date back 2.4-million years, those found inside Wonderwerk provide clues to the oldest known intentional cave dwelling by human ancestors, or hominids. Out of the numerous hominid species that lived in the area at the time, the most likely manufacturer of the tools, say researchers, is Homo habilis.Compared to modern humans, Homo habilis was short in stature and had unusually long arms, with a skeletal structure similar to that of today’s primates. The species was unknown until a specimen, consisting of bone from the head and hand, was discovered in Olduvai in 1960 by the Leakey team.Shortly afterwards a multidisciplinary team comprising Kenyan archaeologist Louis Leakey, British primatologist John Napier, and South African palaeoanthropologist Phillip Tobias studied the specimen extensively before making their announcement in 1964 that it belonged to a new species of man.The name, meaning “handy man” in reference to its tool-making abilities, was suggested by Raymond Dart, the renowned Australian anthropologist. Dart is best known for his discovery of the skull of the little Taung Child in the same region as the Wonderwerk Cave, which led to his subsequent announcement of the new species Australopithecus africanus.The work of millions of yearsAt 139m in depth horizontally, Wonderwerk is big enough to shelter many families and their livestock. The cave is a solution cavity, which means that it was filled with water millions of years ago. Located in the Kuruman Hills, erosion on the hillside has exposed one end of the cave, and today the only permanent water source is the Boesmansgat (Afrikaans, meaning “Bushman’s hole”) sinkhole some 12km away, and a seep on Gakorosa Hill 5km south of the complex.Geologically, the structure consists of stratified dolomitic limestone belonging to the 2.3-billion year old Ghaap Plateau Dolomite Formation. The almost perfectly flat Ghaap Plateau sits some 1 130m above sea level and extends 150km from east to west, between the Harts River valley and the Kuruman Hills.The plateau is made up largely of calcrete, a mix of sand, gravel, clay and other materials cemented together by calcium carbonate. The calcrete is covered with sparse soil and sits on bedrock of dolomite or calcium manganese carbonate, containing numerous caves, sinkholes and underground waterways.The Ghaap Plateau is notable as the location of the underground freshwater cave known as Boesmansgat, the scene of many a world deep diving record. The 13-year-old men’s world record for cave diving is held by South African Nuno Gomes, with Gauteng resident Verna van Schaik holding the women’s record. It is also the place where the plant Hoodia, currently fashionable as an appetite suppressant and diet-aid, is primarily found.The bedrock in the front of the cave is covered by 4m of almost horizontal deposit layers. Research reveals that the uppermost metre spans the past 300 000 years, while the bottom layer reaches back to 2-million years. Investigation of the layers shows human occupation at all levels.All archaeological material brought out of the Wonderwerk cave is now held by the McGregor Museum. These items include decorated ostrich eggshells, pollen dating back about 400 000 years, animal bones and remains including those of a now extinct species of horse, engraved stones, and stone implements such as Acheulean handaxes, which belong to the Acheulean tool industry from the Lower Palaeolithic era.The area’s renowned rock paintings were crafted in a variety of media ranging from red and yellow ochres of local origin to crushed plant roots and blood.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus on janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesAncient arrows a clue to the past The hunter-gatherer GPS Useful linksMcGregor MuseumUnesco World Heritage CentreMaropengThe Cradle of HumankindHomo habilislast_img read more

August 29 2000 Last week Ron Anastasia the codi

first_imgAugust 29, 2000Last week Ron Anastasia, the co-director of the Paradox Conferences, visited Dr.Paolo Soleri and his editor, Kathleen Ryan, at Cosanti. Ron is working ona preface to Paolo’s new manuscripts, the Omega Seed Manuals. The volumes, a collectionof Soleri’s essays, should be published at the first of the year. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img