In his daily Breakpoint commentary, Chuck Colson briefly reviews William Dembski’s new book Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing. Colson was especially taken by the interchange between David Berlinski and the pro-Darwinists. It led him to think, “Suffice it to say, after reading this chapter, and better yet this book, you’ll realize that Darwinism is in for a grilling like none it has experienced before. And it’s about time.” He also mentions this unusual factoid from another chapter:Another new name is Edward Sisson, an attorney who used to direct avant-garde theater. His chapter sheds some much needed light on the Scopes trial. For example, did you know that the very textbook from which Scopes taught advocated eugenics and promoted racism? Indeed, it divided humanity into five races and ranked them in terms of superiority, concluding with “the highest type of all, the Caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.” This is the book Darwinists insist Scopes had a right to teach?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) decided that, based on its review of the value of four “Pork. The Other White Meat” trademarks the National Pork Board purchased from the National Pork Producers Council, it would continue to approve the Pork Board’s annual payments for the trademarks.NPPC sold the trademarks to the Pork Board in 2006 for about $35 million. NPPC financed the purchase over 20 years, making the Pork Board’s annual payment $3 million. The sale was an arms-length transaction with a lengthy negotiation in which both parties were represented by legal counsel, and USDA, which oversees the federal Pork Checkoff program administered by the Pork Board, approved the purchase. In 2012, the Humane Society of the United States, a lone Iowa farmer and the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed a lawsuit against USDA, seeking to have the sale rescinded. A U.S. District Court dismissed the suit for lack of standing, but a federal appeals court in August 2015 reinstated it.Subsequently, USDA agreed to review the purchase, including conducting a valuation of the trademarks. In a frequently-asked-questions document on its website, AMS set the value of the four trademarks at between $113 million and $132 million. It is unclear whether HSUS will continue to press its lawsuit.
The happiest Muslims in the world are found in India, thanks to the Hindu culture, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat said here on Saturday.“Hindu” is not a religion or a language, he said, addressing a gathering of intellectuals. Neither is it the name of a country. “Hindu” is the culture of all those who live in India… one that accepts and respects diverse cultures. When any nation has deviated from the right path, it has come to us in search of truth, he said.“When Jews were wandering, India was the only nation where they got shelter. The Parsis practise their religion freely only in India. The happiest Muslims are found in India. Why is it so? Because we are Hindus,” he said.“It is our Hindu Rashtra. Many in India are ashamed of proclaiming their Hindu identity. There are some who will say they are proud of being Hindu. There are others who will say they are Hindu, but show their annoyance at the continuous utterance of the word. There are some who are cautious about their Hindu identity. When you ask them behind closed doors, then they will admit that they are Hindus. Because their interest are affected,” said the RSS chief.
The cultural extravaganza around the Games has included dance and drama performances in all sorts of ethnic languages from across the length and breadth of Commonwealth nations. So it was rather refreshing to watch Mahkavi Kalidasa’s Sakuntalam staged by Sopanam, Thiruvananthapuram the way the great poet and playwright intended it – in Sanskrit.Sakuntalam being staged at Shri Ram CentreWith a great deal of help from – the rather wonkily translated – English subtitles. The play, staged as part of the Natya Darshan section of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Desh Parva at the Shri Ram Centre, was designed and directed by Kavalam Narayana Panikkar.The plot of the play is well-known, considering Kalidasa based it on an episode from the Mahabharata. But for the uninitiated, boy meets girl, marries her in secret, impregnates her, leaves her, forgets her and with a little help from a signet ring, remembers her.The character of Vidushaka, essayed by Sajikumar S.L. was intended as both the sutradhar, as well as to provide comic relief – and he did a great job of it, because the play progressed ever so slowly. The sets were sparse, forcing you to focus all you attention on the actors.That is not to say it was boring, not in the least. On the other hand, it turned out to be an exercise in subtlety. For instance, Sakuntala’s connection with nature was repeatedly emphasised by the director, which lead you to the central tension of the play – not between Dushyanta and Sakuntala or between urban and rural populations – but between the natural world and the human intervention that continues to blight it.advertisementThe cast had an able director to lead them – after all, Panikkar is the veteran of ancient Indian theatre.
A view of the dark blue waters and golden sandsAsk 10 people what they know about the Maldives and chances are that nine will repeat what I’ve just mentioned. The tiny Indian Ocean archipelago, just over an hour by air from several Indian cities, is the stuff that every stress,A view of the dark blue waters and golden sandsAsk 10 people what they know about the Maldives and chances are that nine will repeat what I’ve just mentioned. The tiny Indian Ocean archipelago, just over an hour by air from several Indian cities, is the stuff that every stress free vacation is made of and it remains one of the constant favourites of every TV channel and magazine dedicated to travel. However, no amount of research or hours spent poring over guidebooks quite prepares you for the epiphanic moment when you first see the islands from the air. The view is unexaggeratedly unique. The dark blue waters of the ocean punctuated with turquoise and emerald green patches of the islands, with golden and white sands as the prettiest embellishments one could imagine. When the aircraft begins its descent, it seems you are driving straight into a painting. Be prepared for loud shrieks and gasps at touchdown. The runway protrudes into a lagoon, giving the impression that you are actually landing on water.Now how many times have you heard that all’s well that ends well? I like to believe that anything that begins well must also end well. A trip to the Maldives is very likely to convert you to the latter school of thought. After that fantastic landing, how can anything go wrong? However, climate experts claim that all is not well with the archipelago. Global warming is eating into the Maldives, which, as the experts claim, may not even exist in 30 years.Seaplanes, offering a terrific view, are used as a mode of transport to far away islandsIt is a matter of conjecture if such projections have anything to do with the number of tourists that poured into the islands last year, a whopping 791,917, with China and Britain being the biggest contributors. The dark shadows of the 2004 tsunami are a thing of the past as the Maldives, a Sunni Muslim republic, constantly reinvents itself and its many resorts to battle stiff challenges from Bali, Lombok, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and even Seychelles.The Maldivian experience starts right from the time you leave the airport. Most resorts have their own speedboats to whisk you away into the villas while some, located farther, will book you on a seaplane. The views are terrific from anywhere on these jets, so don’t complain about the deafening drone from the engines, or panic if your pilot, mostly Australians, is swilling beer at take off. These men know the islands like the back of their hands and provide nuggets of information and trivia that no guidebook or search engine can throw up.Maldivians live in only 200 islands and the capital Male. Tourists visit over 90 islands each boasting of world-class resorts promising unadulterated solitude, pristine beaches skirting crystal clear waters, access to coral gardens and a host of water sports. Walk the beaches and your feet will thank you for the world’s best pedicure. Flitting baby sharks keep you company for as long as you are soaking your feet in the shallow waters at the private beaches. As evening descends, you may even catch strains of music floating in from faraway islands as locals get down to some relaxation after a hard day at work.The pace of life at a Maldivian resort can seldom get more varied. It has its own rhythm, which is refreshingly different from our own. If you are hankering for city comforts, you will find them all here though you may come across an exception with no TV sets. But it is this stark contrast to the city life that draws everyone to these islands. Fresh catch from the seaHere you wake up to the whispering of waves-the waters are shockingly close to the villas in most resorts, spend the day collecting shells or lazing on sun beds, mixed with swimming or snorkelling, sit back and sip a tall drink as you watch the sun go down, and feast on local or international cuisines. Some variety can come in the form of sunset fishing. This is when you are taken miles into the sea aboard a catamaran and are given a fishing line to watch as intently as you would an Alfred Hitchcock film. If you are not too unlucky, red snappers and sea bass will soon take the bait and end up on your dinner plate. Nothing can taste as delicious as fresh catch from the sea and that too, when the catch is yours. Other adventures include diving safaris. Even if you are a novice, it is possible to do some snorkelling. Most resorts have their house reef, where you can snorkel or learn to scuba. You could alternatively try the popular photo flights. These are short, scenic flights giving you the chance to click the most beautiful frames of the Maldives.Male, The capital has developed into a fairly cosmopolitan town though the seafront continues to be dominated by speeding motorbikes, bustling wet markets, cafes and eateries by the dozen and pesky tourist guides. If you are short on time, then skip everything else for a cup of tea at a local restaurant. The flavour of the brew is nothing to write home about but what accompanies the sugary beverage is interesting-a platter of Maldivian finger food. From crusty samosa-like savouries to coconut cupcakes, this gives you an authentic taste of the local cuisine. When you have had your fill, return to the comforts of your villa and soak in more of what the Maldives is known for the stunning natural beauty and tranquillity that grow on you.The writer is a Kolkata based travel freelancer.advertisementadvertisement
Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tearsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior has explained his tears after scoring in victory over Osasuna.Vinicius says he cried as being injured it had been a “little difficult” for him to rediscover the form of last season.He said, “I cried because after my injury it was a bit complicated. It was taking a long time to play as before. I was not so happy. “Today I was calmer and nothing better than before a derby. After so many games, I had never been so many without scoring. “I am delighted to have scored again.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say