The Infamous Stringdusters have announced some big plans for this coming Halloween. With a two-night run scheduled at Denver, CO’s The Fillmore Auditorium on October 28th and 29th, dubbed Big Top Halloween, the Stringdusters will play host to what is looking to be quite the extravaganza.Scheduled to play support on the 28th will be the Funky Meters and The Magic Beans, while Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass and The Lil’ Smokes will serve things up for the Stringdusters headline set on the 29th. It has been also been announced that the Stringdusters will play as Williams’ backing band for a portion of his set.Fan pre-sale tickets are currently available and can be purchased HERE, with a general onsale beginning this Friday, July 15th.
Shocking videos of abortionists selling baby body parts is only the latest in a long line of Darwinian ethical barbarities.It always starts with good intentions. Biomedical researchers just want to help people. That’s how eugenics began; it’s embedded in the name, “good” genes. But by most people’s moral standards, it’s not right to do wrong to get a chance to do right. You wouldn’t murder a person to take his kidneys to heal a person dying of kidney disease, for instance. Does it really matter if the person is really young, or not even born yet?The videos from the Center for Medical Progress are shocking the nation right now, but if history is any guide, the furor will quiet down in short order. Nobody will be prosecuted for breaking the law, no fines will be paid, and taxpayer money will continue to flow uninterrupted to Planned Parenthood (see this Medical Xpress article for how it will likely play out politically). In fact, if anyone gets in trouble, it will likely be CMP for going under cover to expose the gory truth. Why is this? History is our guide. Does anyone remember “Silent Scream”? Does anyone remember the bags of aborted babies in trash cans, the horrors of Kermit Gosnell’s clinic, the wars over partial-birth abortion, or the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood workers conspiring with sex traffickers and advising young girls on how to practice sado-masochism?Planned Parenthood will likely survive this latest scandal. There’s big money involved, for one thing. And since Darwin rules the centers of power, the courts, media and academia will turn a blind eye to any outrage that smacks of “religious” ethics. The Medical Xpress piece shows the power of the secular science media to frame issues in terms of “women’s health,” concern about “the poor,” and “medical research” while downplaying the gruesomeness of the videos and the amoral nonchalance of the perpetrators. A few Republican politicians will mollify outraged voters with impassioned do-nothing speeches, then will likely move on to other pressing issues, like getting re-elected. Meanwhile, the president’s director of Health and Human Services has not watched the videos and is not making any plans to launch an investigation.Update 8/03/15: Senate Democrats filibustered a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, and succeeded in defeating it (Life News). Only one Republican present voted against it.Embryonic Stem CellsWe’ve reported scientists affirming that ethically clean iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells derived from adult tissues) work just as well as embryonic stem cells (see 5/23/11, 9/11/11, and a recent example on Science Daily). Nevertheless, research with human embryos continues—even though papers and articles reporting the work admit that there are ethical issues with their use. Are not human embryos just a few weeks younger than the fetuses being cut up by Planned Parenthood for sale? Even if not implanted, an embryo has the same genome as the fetus (baby), and is programmed with the same developmental pathway.To be sure, some embryonic stem cell research is conducted using mouse embryos, like this example in Nature. But why research embryos for regenerative medicine at all, if the goal is not to eventually use the same findings and techniques on human embryos? Another article in Nature from the very same day discusses research using mouse and human embryos to grow organs in a Petri dish. Indeed, the title of Cassandra Willyard’s article gives away the trend: “The boom in mini stomachs, brains, breasts, kidneys and more.” She mentions human tissues 17 times, with the goal of clinical trials looming down the road.Gene EditingAs we shared on 6/05/15, the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique has opened a Pandora’s Box of ethical issues. Recently, Jeff Bessen wrote at The Conversation that the “CRISPR/Cas gene-editing technique holds great promise, but research moratorium makes sense pending further study.” He is realistic, though, about scientists’ priorities when money and fame are involved:The gene editing technique also raises concerns. Could the new tools allow parents to order “designer babies”? Could premature use in patients lead to unforeseen and potentially dangerous consequences? This potential for abuse or misuse led prominent scientists to call for a halt on some types of new research until ethical issues can be discussed – a voluntary ban that was swiftly ignored in some quarters.And now, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Hollywood has reported another gene editing method: “Using Low-Dose Irradiation, Researchers Can Now Edit Human Genes: Effectiveness of Gene Editing in Human Stem Cells Improves Tenfold Using New Technique.” The purpose is honorable enough; fixing muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease and other serious genetic disorders. But if it works on a patient’s adult stem cells, what’s to stop a rogue nation or ambitious scientist from trying it on human embryos?Ethical ApathyPerhaps most concerning in recent bioethics news is the lack of concern. This was seen in two recent “science news” articles. In Medical Xpress #1, reporters announced nonchalantly that Canada has joined 60 other nations in approving RU-486, the controversial pill that induces abortion up to 7 weeks after pregnancy. This is the very pill that has alarmed some American businesses (e.g., pharmacies; see FRC) to the point of facing the loss of their licenses in order to maintain their sincerely held belief that life begins at conception. But here’s the nonchalant attitude of the reporter:“The approval of mifepristone [RU-486] is great news for women in Canada,” the group’s president Vicki Saporta said. “It’s long overdue that Canadian women also have access to the gold standard for medical abortion care.“It should be emphasized that this is not about access to the pill. It’s about whether Canadian taxpayers should be coerced to pay for it. The reporter apparently was oblivious to the concerns of those who find this morally reprehensible, or else considered their concerns not worth even mentioning. The health of the baby is obviously lost in the fog of euphemism about “great news for women.” It’s certainly not great news for female unborn children.In Medical Xpress article #2, readers were treated to a history of “Human fetal tissue” that has been “long used for [a] variety of medical studies.” Malcolm Ritter seems to ask, What’s the fuss about cutting up baby body parts? Scientists have been doing it for decades. Ritter begins with a photo from 1954 of a Nobel prize scientist developing a polio vaccine with the help of fetal tissue. The end justifies the means, apparently; he doesn’t ask if that was the only way to produce the vaccine. The fetus (baby) sure had no say in the matter.Ritter drops some hints that Planned Parenthood might have stepped over the line (e.g., women are supposed to give their consent), but the word “ethics” never appears in the article. Ritter’s timing is directly aimed at justifying Planned Parenthood against the recent allegations of barbarism. “Controversy over a leading U.S. reproductive health group supplying fetal tissue for research has focused attention on a little-discussed aspect of science,” he says euphemistically (“science” not “barbarism”), before launching into his Q&A about fetal tissue research. His account sounds like Planned Parenthood talking points, making America’s leading abortion provider look white as snow.Just don’t get the baby parts in a “crunchy” way. More wine, doctor?This is Darwin’s House of Horrors, people. Creationists are not the ones advocating fetal tissue research, eugenical gene editing, and embryonic stem cells. It’s only coming from those who treat humans as material animals no more special than mice. And with Darwin-drunk lawyers, the media, academia and a leftist administration in power, don’t expect their critics to get any better treatment than a yawn.Suggested video: Listen to Brit Hume’s response to the CMP videos and what it says about our culture. (Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Youngsters clean up the streets of Diepsloot in the north of Johannesburg during a recent clean up campaign. Littering affects all so try to recycle as much as you can. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The Gauteng provincial government is doing more than paying lip service to cleanliness and greening the environment; it is relaunching its Bontle ke Botho (BkB) campaign.BkB will be relaunched on Sunday, 31 January at Alexandra Stadium, in the township of Alexandra in north-eastern Joburg, a stone’s throw from the well-heeled economic hub of Sandton. Alexandra, which was once also known as Dark City, knows very well the effects of illegal dumping.Bontle ke Botho is Gauteng’s clean and green campaign; its aim is to address littering, waste management and greening issues. It is a social mobilisation programme and provincial strategy to heighten environmental awareness and encourage sustainable environmental action among residents to ensure that the environment is clean and protected for present and future generations.The relaunched campaign will be held under the theme: “My neighbourhood, my community, my environment”.According to the provincial government, unsustainable waste management is a big challenge in Gauteng. This is evidenced by littering and illegal dump sites in residential areas. Greening is also a challenge as some residential areas are green while others are not.“Working together, a clean Gauteng is possible,” said Lebogang Maile, the MEC for agriculture and rural development. “Combined efforts at different sources can make a huge difference in keeping our environment clean.“We want to mobilise everybody to not only form part of a BkB campaign, but to also understand the need to love our environment enough to want to keep it clean. In addition, separation at source then becomes another critical part of this campaign as it also addresses the need to recycle.”OBJECTIVESThe objectives of BkB include:Heightening environmental awareness at all levels of society and deepening the understanding of environmental issues and the importance of a clean and healthy environment;Empowering communities to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to enhance their capacity to effectively address environmental challenges;Embarking on clean and green activities across the province to improve and protect the environment;Mobilising all sectors of society to participate in the protection of the environment;Ensuring compliance and enforcement to create a clean and green province;Creating green jobs and encouraging entrepreneurial activities through waste management and greening activities with a view to reducing unemployment; and,Fostering mutually beneficial partnerships across all sectors of society for the promotion and implementation of the campaign.Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Dine With Khayelitsha fosters nationa building and social cohesion. (Image and video: Redbull Amaphiko)Nation building and social cohesion are some of the outcomes of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030 – and it all comes together when ordinary people put in a little effort.Nine friends from Khayelitsha, in Cape Town, founded Dine With Khayelitsha, a monthly dinner hosted in Site C, Khayelitsha, which brings together people of different races and social classes. The aim is to have frank conversations about social issues and break down racial boundaries.“We’re just a bunch of kids trying to change the hood,” Mpumelelo Sefalane, a co-founder, told Redbull Amaphiko. “That’s what we’re doing with Dine With Khayelitsha.“When white people come to the township, they usually come for charity work or as tourists. We want to change that and create a space where they can come and we can discuss real issues, and show them what township life is really about.”THE HOSTINGThe group of friends host dinners at nine houses on the first Friday of each month. Each house has its own theme, anything from entrepreneurship and leadership to land reform. The programme is run according to the dinner’s menu.Learn about Dine With Khayelitsha:“During the first course we’ll introduce everyone to each other and have a little ice-breaker to calm everyone’s nerves. For the main course, we discuss the topic of the night,” Sefalane said.It’s not all talk and no show though.“We want people to actually implement what we’ve been discussing throughout the night. So during dessert we get everyone to share how they’re going to change whatever we’ve been talking about.”The dinners also offer isiXhosa classes thanks to a partnership with social enterprise Ubuntu Bridge.KEEPING IT LOCALEverything from the food consumed to the entertainment is sourced from local suppliers. The food is cooked by aspiring chefs in Khayelitsha and after the dinner, guests head to Vintage Lounge, a local night spot, to wind down.Sefalane and his team want to break out of South Africa and take the concept of Dine With across the continent and all over the world. “We want to take this internationally – whether it’s London or Abu Dhabi. That’s our biggest vision.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A frontal boundary continues to try and exit the state today, but we still have moisture that we have to deal with from this system today, and it will be around through a good part of the day particularly in the south and east part of the state. If we draw a line from Cleveland to Cincinnati, rain will be prevalent south of that line most of the day, while north and east we see lesser chances. In fact, the NW quarter of the state likely just turns out partly sunny today. The heaviest rains can be in far south central parts of Ohio. Rain totals can be from .1″-.8″ still today, but the most general amount will be half an inch or less. Clearing will spread across the state today from NW to SE.We are sunny and dry for the rest of the week. Temps will be near normal tomorrow and Wednesday, but climbing a bit for late in the week. Clouds increase Friday afternoon.24 hour precip from late week/weekend eventA cold front moves through Ohio on Saturday, bringing rain totals of .25″-.75″ with 100% coverage. The rains are not the most newsworthy part of the frontal passage. The cold air behind the front is. Temps will fall off dramatically behind the front, leading to frost conditions possibly Sunday morning and Monday morning. We will clear out overnight Saturday night, which also aids the frost potential. 7 AM temps Sunday morning 10/13/19Sunshine dominates again for Monday through Wednesday. Temps will be normal to below over the northern half of the state, near normal in the south. Moving into the extended 11-16 day period, rain arrives for Thursday the 17th, and it could be heavier. Right now we are penciling in rain totals of .25″-1.25″ with 100% coverage. However, there is plenty of time for that system to weaken or otherwise move differently. We are dry for Friday the 18th with mostly sunny skies, and then partly to mostly sunny and cool for Saturday the 19th through Monday the 21st. We cant rule out showers to finish the 11-16 day period Tuesday the 22nd, and they can bring a quarter to half inch of moisture with 90% coverage.
I had a big, long post written up here about how, with a very few exceptions, the speaker lineup at most tech conferences is disproportionately, staggeringly, overwhelmingly male. (And at least with the ones I’ve been at, pretty damn white, too.)But so much has been said in such better ways by people better positioned to comment intelligently – the issue recently earned its own hashtag, which tells you something – that I deleted the whole thing.Instead, I just want to ask: why is it taking so long for social media conferences to start reflecting the diversity, if not of the population at large, then at least of the amazing people doing such cutting-edge, innovative work in this sector? rob cottingham More Noise to Signal 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Cartoons#web Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… selena larson Today Facebook announced a major update to the Facebook SDK for Android intended to further simplify the process of letting users share news and updates from outside apps, while also beefing up support for Facebook advertisers.The update introduces what Facebook calls the “Share Dialog,” which enables users to share activity and tag friends from applications without having to first log in to Facebook. The update also includes support for Object API, which makes it easier for developers to integrate Facebook’s Open Graph into Android apps. Open Graph is Facebook’s technology for letting apps push information and updates to Facebook proper.The update also provides new tools that let apps developers track, analyze and publish the actions their users take within their apps, such as adding products to a cart or achieving a new level within a game. This is largely intended to help advertisers measure the effectiveness of their mobile ads on Facebook. Similarly, Facebook will now let app developers define particular subsets of customers as “custom audiences” for future ad targeting. Tags:#Android SDK#Facebook#updates The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit