Documentary Ties Darwin to Disastrous Social Consequences

first_imgTodd Friel’s new documentary, What Hath Darwin Wrought (see trailer at WhatHathDarwinWrought.com), harps on the proverb, “Ideas have consequences.”  The twentieth century, “Darwin’s century,” saw some of the most horrendous ethical abuses the world has ever seen.  The documentary includes lengthy interviews with David Berlinski (mathematician, author), John West (ethicist and legal analyst) and Richard Weikart (historian, author, and professor at UC Stanislaus), who connect the dots from Darwin to eugenics, Hitler, communism, abortion and the modern resurgence of eugenics (now couched within population control and genetic engineering).  Each scholar was careful not to draw simplistic connections.  The quotes from prominent evolutionists and perpetrators of atrocities, and from Darwin himself, using primary sources, should suffice to silence critics who discount the connections.  Prominent atheists were invited by the producer to share their views but refused.  Instead, the editors spliced in representative statements from YouTube by Dawkins, Hitchens and Sam Harris which Berlinski, West, and Weikart were able to analyze and refute.    The film is about two hours long and is scheduled to air on TV this fall.  DVDs of the film are being marketed by the Discovery Institute from the What Hath Darwin Wrought website.  The package includes a bonus DVD with additional interview footage.  The Discovery Institute blog Evolution News & Views commented on the film Sept 14, Sept 15, Sept 17, and Sept 20.  Todd Friel is a Christian radio commentator with a program name “Wretched” (taken from the second line of Amazing Grace).  His website is WretchedRadio.com.This is an excellent companion to Expelled: No Intelligent Allowed (see 09/12/2009 Resource of the Week), which lacked sufficient time to document the connection from Darwin to Hitler.  In this documentary the documentation is lengthy and convincing.  The quotes by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and her grandson about abortion are shocking, as are quotes by George Bernard Shaw and other secular progressives in the heyday of eugenics.  Quotes from Hitler’s own writings, and those of his aides, should dispel any myths that they were “Christian” in any conceivable sense; they may have had a pantheistic streak, but were thorough-going Darwinians and pagans in thought and act, devoid of any Judeo-Christian moral compass.  To them, natural selection was the law of nature to which all life, including humans, societies and nations, must bow.    Production quality is good, but the documentary is long and mostly talk, though Todd Friel livens it up with enthusiastic stage questions and comments.  It’s probably best to use it as a series with Q&A and discussion after each segment.  The documentary divides nicely into three 30-minute segments, and the website has a printable study guide with discussion questions, bibliography and references to quotes cited in the film.    One theme that comes through prominently is how the scientific community was a willing accomplice to all the worst of the social catastrophes that were rooted in Darwinism.  John West does a great job tying the consensus of science to the eugenics movement.  The American Museum of Natural History had an exhibit he describes, with the two founding fathers of eugenics prominently displayed in large statues at the entrance – Charles Darwin and Francis Galton, Darwin’s cousin.  They knew the connection; why should anyone else doubt it?  Get this DVD and watch it.  It’s a great lead-in to the next story about embryonic stem cell research (below).  Put the quotes from the film next to today’s crybaby quotes by scientists about the need for federal funds to cut up human embryos, and connect the dots.  What hath Darwin wrought?  Rot.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Fruity treatment for malaria

first_imgA refugee child in a displaced personscamp in Lira, Uganda, holds her newinsecticide-treated mosquito net.(Image: President’s Malaria Initiative)Janine ErasmusA fruit-flavoured dispersible anti-malarial treatment developed by Swiss drug giant Novartis AG offers new hope to millions of children suffering from malaria.A study was carried out in Benin, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, and Tanzania on 899 children suffering from Plasmodium falciparum malaria, the most severe kind, but without complications. Resistance to conventional anti-malarial drugs is high in these areas.Up till now the standard malaria treatment for young children has been to crush a tablet and administer it in water, but the taste is very bitter and unpleasant and is often rejected. Crushing is also an inefficient technique that increases the risk of reducing the dosage, according to researcher Issaka Sagara of the Malaria Research and Training Centre at the University of Bamako in Mali.Additionally, swallowing only a portion of the recommended dosage increases the possibility of drug-resistant strains of the parasite developing.Under the leadership of Dr Salim Abdulla of the Ifakara Health Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, doctors randomly selected 452 children for the crushed tablet treatment and 447 for the dispersible formulation treatment. Both forms of the drug contain 20mg artemether and 120mg lumefantrine as active ingredients.Designed exclusively for the most vulnerable victims, children up to 12 years of age, the new medication dissolves quickly in a small amount of water. It is expected to make it much easier for tots to complete a course of treatment, an essential component of full recovery.Promising resultsAfter 28 days 97.8% of children on dispersible medication were cured versus 98.5% on the conventional treatment. The conclusion of the study, which was published in renowned medical journal The Lancet in October 2008, was that a six-dose course of the medication was as effective as the current regime, and has a similar safety profile.The 28-day cut-off period as opposed to only six days of treatment is to accommodate the longer half-life in the blood of lumefantrine, a characteristic that is said to substantially prevent new infections.The treatment could also delay the development of drug resistance, according to Dr Awash Teklehaimanot of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and Dr Haily Desta Teklehaimanot of Addis Ababa Center for National Health Development in Ethiopia.Novartis plans to launch the treatment, which is currently under review by regulatory authorities, in affected countries in early 2009. It currently distributes the conventional version of the drug widely in Africa, and has provided millions of regular treatment courses throughout the continent on a non-profit basis, helping to save some 500 000 lives.Researcher Bernhards Ogutu, of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, says it is extremely important to have child-friendly medication because in areas where malaria is highly prevalent little ones may need treatment two or three times a year.Earlier in 2008 Novartis was a partner in the two-month Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition, where participants traversed the entire 2 500km length of the mighty Zambezi River in Southern Africa, from its source in north-west Zambia to its delta in Mozambique. Along the way they crossed six countries, mobilising communities, spreading the word about available treatments and preventive measures, and handing out mosquito nets and anti-malarial drugs.A widespread killerMalaria is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes. Untreated, it is a killer disease that claims a child under the age of five every 30 seconds, according to the World Health Organisation. Almost half the world’s population – about 3.3-billion people – are at risk of contracting malaria. Malaria is widespread across most of Africa and most of the victims live in sub-Saharan Africa, the region hardest hit by the disease.Malaria is both preventable and curable, but for youngsters the normal treatment is a bitter pill to swallow. Prevention of the disease is a priority for the World Health Organisation and other bodies because of the enormous impact it has on growth and development.One bite from an infected mosquito can result in a long period of feverish illness, keeping children out of school and preventing adults from working to provide for their families. Malaria places a dreadful burden on the social and economic structures of developing nations and in financial terms it costs the African continent alone about $12-billion every year. In Africa it is recognised as a major contributor to poverty, as well as a symptom of it.The United Nations, under its Millennium Development Goals programme, plans to have completely halted the spread of the disease by 2015, and even begun to reverse its incidence.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at  janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Related articlesSwaziland to wipe out malariaAdventurer spreads his nets wideUseful linksNovartis Foundation for Sustainable DevelopmentUnicef’s report on progress in malaria intervention coverage (pdf)Malaria in Southern AfricaWorld Health Organisation – malariaThe Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and MalariaWorld Health Organisation – malariaRoll Back Malaria partnershipMalaria No MoreVoices for a Malaria-Free FutureSouthern Africa malaria controllast_img read more

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Ramzan ceasefire a beginning, join talks, Mehbooba tells separatists

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said the “Ramzan ceasefire” was the beginning of engagement with all stakeholders, and asked the Hurriyat for “a positive response.”“With this [ceasefire] we have made a beginning. Now the onus lies on all other political parties to contribute positively towards this peace project. I appeal to Hurriyat to step forward and start talking if they want to save Kashmir from this morass,” said Ms. Mufti at the Peoples Democratic Party’s convention in Srinagar.Describing Kashmir “as a political problem,” Ms. Mufti said, “The solution to the problem cannot be achieved through military means. Only a peaceful engagement can usher in peace, reconciliation and resolution of issues. The whole country looks up to the leadership in Kashmir to rise to the occasion and take benefit of the opportunity offered by this historic decision of the Centre”.On the spate of grenade attacks, she said, “Gun or grenade attacks achieve nothing. Despite the unilateral ceasefire, there are grenade attacks. They do not see that civilians are getting killed, they do not see that Army or CRPF jawans have come from far-flung areas for their bread and butter, what will this achieve?”She promised to open up more historic routes of Kashmir to the outside world if “peace is maintained here.”Referring to fresh ceasefire violations on the International Border in Jammu, the Chief Minister said Indo-Pak friendship was in the best interests of the State.“Even the arch rivals North Korea and South Korea are now meeting to sort out issues, why can’t we?” she added.last_img read more

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10 Political Characters: For the People

first_imgDev Kant BarooahThe original Indian brand guru, this Assamese poet booked his permanent seat in Indian politics with his legendary “Indira is India, India is Indira”. When the Allahabad High Court dismissed Mrs Gandhi’s election and growing unrest on the streets demanded her resignation, Barooah stood up to smile and,Dev Kant BarooahThe original Indian brand guru, this Assamese poet booked his permanent seat in Indian politics with his legendary “Indira is India, India is Indira”. When the Allahabad High Court dismissed Mrs Gandhi’s election and growing unrest on the streets demanded her resignation, Barooah stood up to smile and say: “Indira tere subah ki jai, teri shaam ki jai, tere kaam ki jai, tere naam ki jai.” This roly-poly Congress president soon caught the party’s imagination with his literary fervour and elevated himself to a master spokesman, defending the Emergency in a passionate, if somewhat convoluted fashion: “The Emergency has not only cut to size the forces of right reaction and left adventurism, but it has galvanised the masses for establishment of popular democracy…”With “Indira is India…”, the man not only provided a vulnerable prime minister with an everlasting branding solution but in the process, also spelt out the unofficial mantra of survival in Indian politics, better called sycophancy. After Mrs Gandhi lost the 1977 elections, however, the man kept his distance from her.Raj NarainIn today’s 24×7 times, none could have been a more footage-grabbing politician than this unpredictable, anti-Right, anti-Left, bandana-sporting socialist. In those days of almost unipolar politics, this poster boy of the Opposition challenged prime minister Indira Gandhi’s election. The iron lady trembled and imposed the infamous Emergency. The man turned to legend by defeating her in her home turf in the 1977 elections.From a berth in the Opposition to a Cabinet berth in the Janata Party, he was soon the Opposition within the party. Once a wrestler and then an opportunist with Charan Singh, they staked their claim to power by pleading to his arch rival for outside support. That naive coalition, too, failed when Mrs Gandhi withdrew support and in less than a year the party was over. Such were the early experiments of coalition politics. The Nana Patekar of Indian politics ended his career playing the lead role of Manu in a devotional Hindi film. Troublemaker, party-breaker, known for his ever-ready quip, yet a voice to reckon with in Indian politics. If only television had arrived earlier.advertisementSanjay GandhiAfter his mother had abolished privy purses and the princes, the men of silk were reduced to men of cotton. Our man emerged as the New Indian Prince clad in cotton. “The Indian youth are lily-livered. They have no guts?” Charged with a vision and padded with heritage, he was modern India’s original Angry Young Man. With a Vivekananda-ish sense of mission to electrify Indian youth and a Stalin’s muscle, he was the face of Indian entrepreneurship with his Maruti dream, which came at a time when his mother was fast pushing the socialist envelope. His five-point programme that included controlling the nation’s birth rate through sterilisation camps or transforming Delhi into Paris gripped the urban middle class with shock and awe. An eternal weakness of an Indian mother, he was a parallel one-man government with only followers of his own kind. A permanent prince in public memory, he is still remembered in street conversations during any national crisis. What-if-he-was-alive?V.C. ShuklaIn the 70’s, he was a supreme commando of the Sanjay brigade. The minister of Information and Broadcasting during the Emergency, he was Mr Scissorhands Shukla. The loyal Congressman ensured effective press censorship for the larger cause of nation-building. “Censorship was done under a provision normally used during difficult times… But everything settled down when people knew what they were supposed to do.” That the press surely did. As the press bent, crawled or shut its trap, the minister smiled. Instrumental in destroying the film negatives of a political satire Kissa Kursi Ka and instituting a ban on Kishore Kumar songs for ‘lack of cooperation’, he promoted himself to a desi Goebbels. When the Opposition organised one of the biggest rallies after the Emergency was lifted, the man once again used the state-run Doordarshan with his genius. He telecast a recent blockbuster Bobby. The teen sensations of Rishi Kapoor and sweet Dimple Kapadia were used to keep Delhi commoners away from the Opposition’s microphone. Pure media innovation, before the age of TRPs. In modern times, during the brief, non-dynastic days of the Congress, the man transformed into the shrewd survivor of Raipur. Always in the winning team, he was elastic enough to be in power across political colours, including his once enemy BJP. Like every good Congressman, he recently returned home.N.T. Rama RaoNandamuri Taraka Rama Rao was Telugu cinema’s wild card entry into Indian politics. After playing God or a mythological hero in 292 films, the showman travelled across the state on his ‘Chaitanya Ratham’, invoking Telugu pride and staking his claim to power. In his first term as chief minister, he often attended office in a Vivekananda costume, officially introducing fancy-dress into Indian politics. In the national elections of 1984, when the Congress swept the nation with a sympathy wave, it found little comfort in the superstar’s territory. Diminishing the difference between a fanbase and a votebase, Telugu Desam had then elevated itself to the main Opposition party in Parliament. With his promise of delivering rice at Rs 2 a kilo to the poor (till date, a salient feature of election manifestoes across party lines), ensuring equal property rights for women and reigniting the strength of regional politics, N.T. Rama Rao was the last larger-than-life living cut-out, permanent on the Andhra mindscape.advertisementJyoti BasuStretching his political careers well into the ’90s along with EMS Namboodripad and Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Jyoti Basu completed the trio of immortal Indian Marxists. The barrister from Oxford began his politics organising industrial trade unions and fighting for landless peasants. In a long political career of seven decades, this eternal chief minister forever convinced his people that Karl Marx was a Bengali with a European accent.With official support of the Politburo and the unofficial support of the state’s Marwari traders, this Test-playing Marxist charted the career of the desi Left that included removal of English from primary schools, resistance to bourgeois poets like Tagore being taught in schools, tacitly supporting trade union offices, opposing the use of computers and ensuring a disciplined cadre-based party across the state. His successive terms followed a demarcated diktat of dual governance; for the rural electorate it was D for Development and in the industrial or the urban space it was D for Decay. As his successor once admitted, words like ‘bandh’ and ‘gherao’ were their contributions to the English dictionary. Basu was B for Bhadralok, A for Astute, S for Secular and U for Unused in Central politics. He was one of the best prime ministers India never had.Amar SinghHe was a middle class Calcuttan before he became a thakur from Uttar Pradesh. He was a Congressman before he became a Samajwadi. A politician before he became a kingmaker. And a media darling before he disappeared. This Rolex-sporting rookie burst on the political canvas with style, interestingly when the texture was changing from single party to coalition. The timing couldn’t have been better.Coalition, television, PR-the essentials of modern politics were at his command. Always on the television screen, always in every political crisis, always on the phone, he was always at work; role playing either as victim or a victor. In contemporary politics, he was the original Page-3 politician. Irrespective of 1G, 2G or 3G, he was always the man with the strongest network.Uma BhartiFrom the plains of central India emerged this raw talent, a fierce voice of the Saffron Gharana. A fearless orator igniting a self-righteous pride in her masses through her pravachans, she was Team Hindutva’s live media. It is this skill that opened for her the doors of BJP headquarters. Her speeches alone brought thousands of kar sevaks to Ayodhya’s disputed site. When the thousands got on to the Babri dome, she is reported to have said, “Ek dhakka aur do?” something she vehemently denied post-demolition.advertisementDuring the NDA regime, with the BJP in two minds over a hardline Hindu stand or a party with a liberal face, her politics was comfortable for the party to play footsie with. After their defeat in the 2004 elections, this lady of steel rebelled against the BJP’s neo-liberal, polished politics and walked out of the party meeting live on television, leaving the party leaders frozen and embarrassed. In days much before Big Boss arrived, she was the Dolly Bindra of the BJP House. When expelled, she claimed “I am the real BJP.”Pranab MukherjeeFrom the debonair, pipe-smoking man of numbers and a trusted man of the Indira Gandhi Cabinet, it has been one rocky journey for this Bengali veteran. The dark years that followed came as a surprise for a career only destined to peak. But he stuck to his wicket and secured his loyal ties with the sincerity of his intentions, reappearing as the quintessential Krishna of the UPA.Now a seasoned politician and a shrewd strategist, this wry negotiator officially looks after the unofficial portfolio of UPA Crisis Management. It is observed that this disciplined democrat’s day is usually spent managing alliances, stalemates, personal and party egos and other disciplines of coalition politics. In the few moments with the self, he looks after the financial health of the nation. Though he missed the bus to 7 Race Course Road, Rashtrapati Bhavan could be round the corner.Mera BetaAcross party lines, it is dynastic ambition (however big or small) that drives this nation’s politics. A fresh face, a new sun, emerging India and the usual rhetoric and more of the political pulp. Travelling across the countryside in choppers or SUVs or even Ambassadors, they are usually attired in a khadi stereotype; they smile, they wave, they walk stereotype and once given the microphone they even talk stereotype. For the people, however, they are a life-changing experience. Generation after generation, they are the nation’s four letter word-hope.- Vishwajyoti Ghosh is the author of graphic novel, Delhi Calmlast_img read more

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Nordic American Tankers Abandons Bond Offering

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-incorporated Suezmax owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has decided to abandon its previously planned bond offering.The company informed that the decision was made as the offering is not in the best interest of NAT shareholders.NAT explained that its financial position “changed much to the better” in the course of the last nine months.“It is worth noting that the expected improvement in the tanker market is becoming clearer.”The company said it has financial flexibility through a large suezmax fleet and a long standing cooperation with its customers; oil and energy companies, including oil traders.“Our lending and investment banks in the US and Europe play key roles in NAT. The debt per ship of NAT is low – below the scrap value of each ship,” the shipowner added.“Over time expansion is the objective. However, sales and acquisitions of vessels do not necessarily take place at the same time. It can be expected that NAT will immediately reap the benefits of an upswing in the tanker market,” NAT concluded.last_img read more

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Every doorbell company should offer free cloud storage

first_img1:53 See All Smart Home Security Cameras reading • More security camera companies should offer free cloud storage Here’s how to install the Ring Door View Cam on your peephole Amazon’s Blink XT2 outdoor security camera survived a heat wave and a rainstorm For a free security camera, look no further than your old phone How to install the Ring Door View Cam Free cloud storage is kind of a big deal The RemoBell S isn’t the first smart doorbell from Remo Plus. Its battery-powered $199 RemoBell has many limitations that make it tough to recommend. Fortunately, the RemoBell S is a significant improvement. I first spied the RemoBell S at CES 2019 and liked its black finish and simple design. It’s hardwired, meaning it can’t be powered by batteries like its predecessor and some of its competitors, such as the $199 Ring Video Doorbell 2. Your RemoBell S purchase includes a Power Kit, which is required for installation with mechanical chimes. This process is pretty straightforward, but be sure to ask a qualified professional if you have questions, or consult Remo Plus’s walkthrough video.  The RemoBell S also supports Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. Basically, you get access to a lot of the same things without the headache of a monthly subscription plan.  Of course, the RemoBell S isn’t perfect. I don’t like the Remo Plus app. It’s minimal, but somehow manages to look outdated and clunky too. It also has an optional fisheye view on the live feed screen that makes it more difficult to pick out details.  remoapp1At least the fisheye view is optional. Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/CNET Ring still sells its original Video Doorbell for $100 (the closest competitor to the RemoBell S), but Ring charges $3 per month to view any recorded, saved clips captured when it detects motion. No, $3 per month isn’t much to spend, but why pay for a subscription plan when you don’t have to? And most of Ring’s doorbells cost $199; the high-end hardwired Ring Video Doorbell Pro costs a whopping $249. Pricing in the $200 range is pretty standard across the board for DIY smart doorbells. But the RemoBell S is quietly changing things. (Maybe we really will have another Wyze trend on our hands at some point. It’s a little too soon to tell.) Ring did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.  Now playing: Watch this: The RemoBell S has three-day free cloud storage. I like that. Chris Monroe/CNET Earlier this month I wrote about Wyze, a smart home company whose uber-affordable products hold their own alongside Nest and other high-end brands. That trend continues with the RemoBell S from startup Remo Plus. The RemoBell S has all of the regular stuff you get with every live streaming doorbell, like HD resolution and night vision. It also has three-day free cloud storage. In a market dominated by brands with optional subscription services — that are actually quite necessary if you want any access to saved video clips — free cloud storage is a unique offering and kind of a big deal. Factor in its $99 upfront cost and the hardwired RemoBell S is well worth considering. The Remo Plus app is a bit clunky, but it’s a small price to pay for such a great value.  Why pay for a monthly subscription when you can get roughly the same thing for free? (Honestly, I’m asking. Let me know in the comments.) • Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Comments Share your voicecenter_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop Is it better than Ring?  It’s hard to argue with the value of the $99 RemoBell S. Its relatively low upfront cost and generous three-day free cloud storage has a ton of appeal. Add on its decent performance and integration with Alexa and Google Assistant and it’s easy to see why the RemoBell S has replaced the $100 Ring Video Doorbell as the best value for a smart doorbell.  I wish the Remo Plus app were better and I don’t know why Remo Plus gave the live feed a fisheye effect, but the RemoBell S is a strong competitor alongside brands like Ring. Definitely consider the RemoBell S if you’re looking for a hardwired video doorbell with free cloud storage.  Also, I have a plea for companies that don’t currently offer any free cloud storage. Apple is going to make it look like you’re nickle-and-diming when it turns on Secure Video and its 10-day free clip storage requirement for HomeKit cameras when iOS 13 hits in September. Please consider it. Even a few hours of free access makes a difference.  6 Tags Read more Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 13 Photoslast_img read more

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