Is Darwin or ID the New Halloween Spook?

first_imgScary, isn’t it?  A textbook committee in Montgomery, Alabama approved dozens of new textbooks, but found objectionable material in three of them: they contained material on evolution that was deemed controversial for children.  They decided that pictures of reptiles evolving from amphibians and humans evolving from apes was not appropriate for elementary children who were not developmentally ready for such controversial material.  The AP story reprinted on the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer website on October 27 quoted a sociologist at Troy University who objected to one textbook that he claimed was “nothing other than a full endorsement of Darwinian evolution.”  He also called it “at best a waste of taxpayers’ money and at worst a numbing of student minds.”    “Scary” was a seasonally-correct word included in another AP story posted by the Arkansas news service ArkCity.Net.  John Hanna reported on a speech by Phillip Johnson to a student group at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.  Johnson described the reaction of the scientific establishment to people who question evolution.  “This is very scary to the Mandarins of science,” he told the audience at the off-campus meeting sponsored by Christian Challenge.  “There’s been a panicky and hysterical response to this, some of which you’ve seen in your state recently.”  Johnson also spoke Saturday night at the university student union.    In Kansas, meanwhile, two professional associations are barring the doors to the ID spooks.  MSNBC News said that the National Academy of Sciences and the National Teachers Association wrote the Department of Education, refusing to let the school board use their copyrighted material in the proposed science standards, because they feel the standards promote creationism.If the Darwin costume is scaring the children, acting panicky or hysterical only makes it worse.  Which side wants to keep high school students in the dark, and and which side wants to turn on the lights?  Which side wants to shield impressionable elementary students from pedagogical tricks, and treat them to the truth?  Which side is shrieking and threatening, and which side is calmly asking for an enlightened discussion of the facts?  The thing apparently scaring the Darwinists the most is that the morning twilight reveals their long night on Bald Mountain is coming to an end, and that can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving is near.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA set for new weather radar network

first_imgSA weather radar network South Africa is to spend R240-million on a new weather radar network, incorporating 12 new Doppler radars, that will yield better prediction of severe weather, wind and dust movement across South Africa and some of its neighbouring countries. At the completion of the project, South Africa will have a total of 18 weather radar systems. Sonjica said the new radar system will ensure complete coverage of neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and Swaziland. 31 March 2010 The new weather radar network, consisting of 12 Doppler weather radars, will play a vital role in enhancing adaptation tools and products, such as the Severe Weather Forecast project and the Flash Flood Guidance System, that minimise loss of life and damage to property. Source: BuaNews “[W]e must ensure that the Weather Service remains at the cutting edge of meteorological technological development,” Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said in Pretoria this week. The three-year project by the South African Weather Service to upgrade its radar systems – currently over 30 years old – will create a substantially improved weather observation network that meets contemporary needs. The new radars will complement the weather service’s existing infrastructure network of 1 400 automatic weather stations, automatic rainfall stations, a sophisticated lightning detection network, computer infrastructure, satellite receiving equipment and weather radars. Although useful, the existing radars lack Doppler capabilities. With the introduction of Doppler radars, the movement of storms can also be detected, providing better “now-casting” during severe storms. “The new system is world-class, superior to most of the systems used in other Western countries,” she said. “We cannot afford to be left out of the scientific progress that will assist our communities in the long term, especially with the major concerns of climate change now upon us.” The system can also predict the path of a storm and issue warnings to the people in its path. It will also detect wind movement in clear air, as well as movement of dust in the air.last_img read more

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