49ers training camp: Is Bourne making the receiver cut?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Kendrick Bourne aptly calls this a “make or break year” amid the 49ers’ “crazy” competition at wide receiver. Sure enough, he’s right in the thick of it for a third straight season.Does he sketch out who’ll make the 53-man roster cut that’s coming in a month?“I see who fits in better with what Kyle wants, but not too much,” Bourne said Friday. “Everybody is good and doing good. I don’t get too much into it.”OK, that is the team-oriented answer. But Bourne, aside from his …last_img read more

Asteroids as Water Balloons Gave Us Oceans

first_imgPlanetary scientists are looking to asteroids as the source of Earth’s water – not from evidence, but from desperation.The Bible’s book of Genesis describes Earth covered with water from its creation.  Not so, say the secular evolutionists: Earth began as a hot, dry, rocky body spewing volcanoes and facing a bombardment of space debris.  Problem: why is it covered with water today?  Even though the oceans are a relatively thin veneer on the globe, making up about 1% of Earth’s mass, their prominence is one of the defining characteristics of our “water planet.”There have been three suggestions to answer the “H2O Enigma” (see 3/26/2002): a lucky strike by a big wet planetesimal, condensation from the solar nebula, and comets.  The first two hypotheses are pretty much defunct, leaving comets.  But for the last several years, secular planetary scientists have doubted that comets brought the water (see 11/03/2009), primarily because the hydrogen-to-deuterium ratio in cometary ice differs substantially from Earth water.  (Deuterium abundance is thought to increase with distance from the sun.)  In addition, direct observation of comets by Stardust and Deep Impact have shattered theories about their origins (12/27/2007, 9/24/2008, 4/18/2011).As Space.com reported recently, it’s unlikely scientists can retreat back to condensation from the local solar nebula.  The so-called “snow line” in planet formation theory is now thought to be even farther out than previously believed.  Earth started out dry.  Volatiles like water had to come special delivery.Taking all the difficulties into account, NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine considered one last option: asteroids.  In ” Meteorites Most Likely Source of Earth’s Water,” NASA pointed to work by Carnegie Institute scientists who believe water-bearing carbonaceous chondrites, with their lower deuterium ratios, could have been the delivery vehicles.  Because the deuterium ratio is lower, they might have formed in the asteroid belt.  The last paragraph shows this is only a suggestion:“Our results provide important new constraints for the origin of volatiles in the inner Solar System, including the Earth,” Alexander said. “And they have important implications for the current models of the formation and orbital evolution of the planets and smaller objects in our solar system.”A constraint is not a theory any more than an implication is.  Scientists generally frown on ad hoc explanations that rely on luck to fix a problem.Did any of them think this through?  How many asteroids would it take?  Unlike comets, asteroids are mostly rock.  It would seem to squeeze enough water out of the rocks of carbonaceous chondrites, they would have to coat the whole Earth with a veneer of them.  That should be clearly detectable.  Also, the timing is critical in their hypothesis.  It would have to arrive after the volcanoes stopped burying the land in lava; what made the asteroids come in then?  Furthermore, the asteroids had to be the right size.  Too big, and they would have boiled away any oceans being formed.  This theory is ad hoc all over the Earth.There is nothing in science that demands a bottom-up explanation.  Science should go with where the evidence leads: top-down (i.e., intelligent design) or otherwise, without a pre-selected bias.  A theory that includes an eyewitness account should be given more credence than one that relies on inferences from the unobservable past (unobservable, that is, to humans).  For these reasons, given the implausibilities of the secular account, the Genesis account can be called the most accurate scientific explanation of the origin of the Earth’s oceans.  Peter is harsh on the latter day uniformitarian scoffers, claiming they willfully forget that the world was created with its water from the beginning (2 Peter 3:3-6).  The scientific data did not demand their bottom-up, mindless view.  it was a choice. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brian Hill to fill Senate vacancy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rep. Brian Hill of Zanesville was recently selected to the Ohio Senate to fill the vacancy created by U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson’s election to Congress. Previously serving the 97th District, Rep. Hill will now represent Fairfield, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum and Guernsey counties, as well as portions of Pickaway and Athens counties.As a farmer himself, Rep. Hill has been a good leader and advocate for family farmers in the state. He’s had a sound, science-based approach to issues, and stayed focused on building partnerships among all stakeholders during his tenure as the Chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.“We congratulate Rep. Hill on his new position,” said Scott Metzger, Ohio Soybean Association president and Ross County soybean farmer. “We’ve enjoyed working closely with him in the House and look forward to continuing that work with him in the Senate.”House Republicans will now select a successor to Rep. Hill in the 97th District.last_img read more

Hoder on Trial: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgHossein Derakhshan’s trial finally begins in Iran. Cyrus Farivar spoke to a source today. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “After many months of nearly no information about the status of Hossein Derakhshan, various Iranian websites and his family are reporting that his trial began on Wednesday in Tehran.”The source told him they expected him to be released after the trial due, in part, to the fact that he’s been in jail, much of it in solitary, since November of 2008.Hoder had moved to Canada in 2000, sometime after the publication he worked for in Iran, Asr-e Azadegan, was shut down. He traveled to Israel in 2006, blogging about breaking that barrier. Iran, like most Muslim countries, forbids its citizens to visit the Jewish state. Later, in a turnabout that confused many, he became a vocal proponent of the Islamic Republic and finally moved back. He was arrested for spying for Israel within weeks of touching down in Iran. Thailand shuts down 113,000 websites. I believe Thailand is trying to set a record. Someone call Guinness. Or at least URDB. Using the old canard of lèse majesté, protecting the honor of the monarchy, the Thai government has gone on a site-blocking spree. Every repressive government uses different tools to silence its people. Given the profound respect in which all Thais hold royalty, this approach is a locally-useful tool of censorship. It is also a fraudulent shtick. The U.S.’s top law enforcement authority encourages the sacrifice of liberty for safety. American “founding father” Benjamin Franklin said everything you would think needed to be said on the topic. “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Attorney General Janet Napolitano clearly thinks Ben was a big silly. “The First Amendment protects radical opinions, but we need the legal tools to do things like monitor the recruitment of terrorists via the Internet,” she said. What could go wrong? Whirly-eyed Pakistani lawyer files capital suit against Facebook’s CEO. An addle-pated dingbat of an attorney in Pakistan has filed suit against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Because his company hosted a page for Everybody Draw Mohammed Day and drawing the Muslim prophet’s image is considered by most Muslims to be blasphemous and in Pakistan blasphemy means you get your head chopped off, Zuckerberg could be sentenced to death. This is even more hare-brained than most muddy thinking on the Islamic bank of Crazy River, extra-super-mega-crazied up by the fact that Facebook couldn’t roll over fast enough when Pakistan (and Bangladesh) shut down the site. Saudi blogger detained for seven months without charges. Munir al Jassas has been languishing, without trial or even official charges, since November 7th of 2009. Munir was known for defending the rights of Shiite Muslims online, putting him, no doubt, in conflict with the kingdom’s Sunni Wahhabist imams.Azerbaijani blogger arrested in Iran. Ibrahim Rashidi, a blogger and journalist, was arrested by Iranian secret police in the northwestern city of Ardabil. Rashidi agitated peacefully online for the rights of the ethnic majority. The previous month saw 45 Azerbaijani activists arrested in Iran, 17 of whom remain in prison and 28 of whom were released on bail.Maker of Swedish moose-hunting documentary hunts down, sues file-sharer. Using a Pirate Bay user name, Tor Lundberg hunted down a guy who had put his…moose-hunting documentary on the site for free download and is now suing him. At this point, someone should say, “…and I woke up screaming from the weirdest dream I’ve ever had.” But it’s true. The villain is being sued for $15,000. How much did it cost to track him down and take him to court? Australia to be force to install anti-virus software, deprived of Internet connection if they refuse to comply. In another step of its rush to abandon even the appearance of privacy rights, Australia‘s House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications has issued a report on “cyber-crime” which recommends the country’s legislature take those steps. Given the steps Australia has taken in the last several years to limit freedom online, including copying and storing all information from users online, even the normally paranoia proof have to wonder what presents will come wrapped in the anti-virus software.OpenNet Institute introduces updated social network censorship map. Check out the map below to select which social network you wish to review and it will generate a map illustrating which countries are blocking it and to what degree. You need to upgrade your Flash PlayerChoose a different siteFacebookFlickrOrkutTwitterYouTubeLebanese Fight ISP Monitoring. Lebanese are fighting the establishment of the Electronic Signatures & Services Authority, which will be allowed to monitor and discipline ISPs and to access any type of electronic information transmitted through licensed ISP networks.Viacom lawsuit against YouTube thrown out of U.S. courts. A New York-based federal judge dismissed the $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit. The judge said YouTube’s owner, Google was “shielded from Viacom’s copyright claims by ‘safe harbor’ provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act” which “protect a Web site from liability for copyrighted material uploaded by its users as long as the operator of the site takes down the material when notified by its rightful owner that it was uploaded without permission.”Top photo by Taco Meeuwsen 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Government#international#web last_img read more

Inshallah: Salman Khan to play US-based businessman, Alia Bhatt an aspiring actress?

first_imgSalman Khan and Alia Bhatt are working together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah and fans cannot keep calm. Recently, details about Salman and Alia’s characters began to do the rounds. According to Mumbai Mirror report, a source close to the development said that Bhansali and his team are currently on a recce in the United States, after visiting locations in India.”The prime spots on the makers wish-list are the streets of Orlando and the beaches of Miami. Salman will play a 40-something businessman, who is based in Orlando (a city in central Florida). It is a character who is young at heart and Salman will sport a stylish look by wearing designer jackets and sunglasses,” the source said.The source also revealed that Alia will play the role of an aspiring actress in her mid-20s.”Alia’s character is from a place that is situated near the river Ganga, which is why Bhansali is contemplating on these locations,” the source added.According to the publication, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team visited Varanasi, Rishikesh and Haridwar before flying to the US.advertisementLately, Inshallah has been in the limelight because of the age gap between the leading actors in the film. The casting was heavily criticised by the netizens as Salman and Alia have an age gap of 26 years in real life.On this, a source had earlier told a daily that the factors including age gap have been taken into consideration for Inshallah. The story will justify the teaming up of two actors (Salman and Alia) from different generations on a romantic journey.Alia herself had claimed that there is a reason behind the unusual casting in Inshallah.”Bhansali is a visionary. People are too quick to judge. There is a plan in place and a reason behind the [unusual] casting. I am thrilled to be working with Salman. Even I never thought this combination [working with Khan and Bhansali] is possible. It will be an intriguing journey and Salman is genuinely warm and kind. They are a magical duo together and I am blessed to be in it,” she had said.Inshallah will hit the screens on Eid 2020.This will mark the reunion of Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali after two decades. They both worked together in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, which released in 1999.ALSO READ | Salman Khan to play a 40-year-old businessman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah?ALSO READ | Alia Bhatt on Inshallah with Salman Khan: There is a reason and plan behind this castingALSO WATCH | A look at Salman Khan’s controversial lifelast_img read more

Texas Safety Commit Jamile Johnson Seems Unphased By Tim Irvin’s Flip To Auburn

first_imgTexas lost All-American Tim Irvin to Auburn after an official visit to the SEC power over the weekend, but one of the Longhorns’ other highly touted defensive back recruits doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Jamile Johnson, a three-star safety from Dallas, tweeted about Irvin’s flip, and doesn’t seem worried about the loss.So Tim Irvin is Gone Huh ! Cool ! #HookEm— Badger Jr. #⃣3⃣ (@MilJohnson) January 18, 2015Johnson’s also been retweeting numerous Texas fans’ words of encouragement after the news. miljohnsonRTTexas’ recruiting class is currently ranked 12th in the nation, even after the recent string of decommitments. All things considered, Charlie Strong is doing a good job of replenishing the talent in Austin.last_img read more