Intelligent Design Evidence Convinces Atheist of Designer

first_imgAccording to an AP report on ABC News, a famous British atheist now believes in God based on scientific evidence.  “At age 81, after decades of insisting belief is a mistake, Antony Flew has concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe.  A super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature, Flew said in a telephone interview from England.”  He wrote recently, “It has become inordinately difficult even to begin to think about constructing a naturalistic theory of the evolution of that first reproducing organism.”    For nearly five decades one of Britain’s most outspoken atheists, Antony Flew said that he was always taught to follow the evidence wherever it leads, and the case for a designer was too strong.  The investigation of DNA “has shown,” he has concluded, “by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce (life), that intelligence must have been involved.”He’s just a deist now, pausing at the halfway house on the way to real faith.  Halfway, unfortunately, is just as lost as square one.  At least he admits the scientific evidence could not support the atheistic story that Nature assumes (see 12/08/2004 headline).    Flew’s turnaround from atheism is a powerful justification of the intelligent design movement’s claim that the evidence itself, without reference to religion, is sufficient to convince a thoughtful person of design.  Flew admitted his views have similarities with those of intelligent design theorists.  But design detection is not enough to give anyone the joy of Christmas.  His designer is a distant watchmaker, not a babe in the manger who loves us and came to die for us.  Antony Flew, now an elderly man, has not yet any hope of heaven, and his hourglass is almost spent.  He should read this and keep making progress toward the light; following the evidence is good, but continuing in the direction the evidence points is necessary. Update 12/10/2004: A lengthy interview by Antony Flew with Christian apologist Gary Habermas has been published online at the Biola University website.  It provides a very candid look at Flew’s view from the halfway house.  He is a man in transition, still balking at commitment to the claims of the Bible, but at least surprisingly sympathetic to many aspects of it.  To Dr. Flew, Christianity and its Scriptures are leagues above any other religion, especially Islam.  With naturalism inadequate to handle the origin of life, will deism be able to fill the vacuum for Dr. Flew?  Time will tell if the 19-year influence of Dr. Habermas, a man of intelligence, experience, integrity and compassion, will finally bear fruit in the life of this prodigal son who strayed from his Methodist father’s teaching 66 years ago.See also the articles on this story that appeared in the Seattle Times and Dallas Morning News, reproduced on the Discovery Institute website, and an article on World Magazine.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Greplin Open-Sources Asynchronous Python Tools

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Greplin, the company behind the universal search tool we covered last year, has open-sourced several tools for Tornado and Twisted, such as Tornado clients for sending e-mail with Amazon SES and SendGrid.Tornado is the non-blocking Web server built with Python by FriendFeed, and Twited is a Python-based event-driven networking engine.The tools are:greplin-twisted-utils: Utility library with functions for Deferred objects, DNS caching, and more.greplin-tornado-kissmetrics: Asynchronous client for KISSmetrics.greplin-tornado-mixpanel: Asynchronous client for Mixpanel.greplin-tornado-ses: Asynchronous client for Amazon’s Simple Email Service.greplin-tornado-sendgrid: Asynchronous client for SendGrid.greplin-tornado-stripe: Asynchronous client for Stripe.Event-driven programming tools are  right now. Apart from Tornado, Twister and, of course, Node.js there are also EventMachine for Ruby and  Perl Object Environment. See also  Mongrel2, a Web server with support for event based IO. klint finley Tags:#hack#Tools center_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

‘Kolkata airport apology not enough, better training needed’

first_imgA day after two disability rights activists alleged that they were “insulted and humiliated” by security personnel at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, the airport authorities issued an apology on Twitter, and assured that steps would be taken to ensure such incidents do not occur again.“We would like to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to Ms Jeeja Ghosh & Ms Kuhu Das during check-in process at #KolkataAirport. The matter is being strongly taken up with concerned teams to ensure that such incidents does not happen again [sic],” read a tweet posted by the official Twitter handle of Kolkata Airport.When contacted by The Hindu, both activists said that the apology “meant nothing if airport officials did not train airlines and security staff to engage with persons with disabilities with respect”. Jeeja Ghosh, who has cerebral palsy, recounted that in 2012 she was deboarded from a flight at the same airport. She had taken the issue to the Supreme Court, which directed the airline to pay ₹10 lakh as damages to her.“They will do it again when I or anybody else with disability tries to travel,” said Ms. Ghosh, who was brand ambassador for West Bengal’s Chief Electoral Officer during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.The incident occurred on Sunday when Ms. Ghosh, along with Ms. Das, a polio survivor, was travelling to Delhi. While Ms. Ghosh was told she could not fly without an escort, Ms. Das was told to remove her calipers so that they could be put through the scanner.“I told her [the woman security officer] that to remove my calipers, I would have to take my trousers off. I have been wearing calipers with titanium rods for many years,” said Ms. Das. She recounted that the woman security officer called her colleague, who said they “had never encountered such a person” [in reference to Ms. Das]. Like Ms. Ghosh, Ms. Das said an apology was not enough, and that she would file an official complaint on the matter.“A tweet will not set things right. What we are seeking is a systemic change. We were allowed to travel after protests but an ordinary person with disability may not be allowed,” Ms. Das said.Four well-known disability right activists from Kolkata were travelling to Delhi to discuss recommendations made in the United Nations Country Report on Disability.Referring to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016, she said the law in the country has a rights-based approach for persons with disabilities, yet people are so “insensitive”.last_img read more

Arsenal & Liverpool warned Lemar not for sale

first_imgTransfers Arsenal & Liverpool warned Monaco star Lemar not for sale Dejan Kalinic 08:39 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ThomasLemar - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Thomas Lemar Liverpool Monaco Ligue 1 The 22-year-old has been heavily linked to a move to the Premier League in recent transfer windows, but the Ligue 1 side will not be letting him go Monaco star Thomas Lemar is certain to stay with the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season, vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said.Lemar, 22, was the subject of a bid from Arsenal towards the end of the summer transfer period, agreeing a club-record £90 million deal on the final day, only for the midfielder to back out of it.Links to the Gunners and Liverpool have continued through to the January window, but Vasilyev said the France international was sure to remain with Monaco until the end of the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He will stay at Monaco until the end of the season at 100 per cent,” he told RMC.Vasilyev said even if his club received huge offers for Lemar, there was no chance they would sell in January.”If Liverpool or Arsenal come with a big offer before the end of the market? This is not relevant,” he said.”We will say no because the objectives are clear.”Without important players like Lemar, we will not succeed.”Lemar has provided five assists and scored two goals in the league this season. He is contracted to the club until June 2020.last_img read more

Return to sender postagepaid pets discovered in Alberta post office

first_imgVULCAN, Alta. — A woman in southern Alberta has been charged after she allegedly tried to mail a puppy and a kitten via Canada Post.Vulcan County Enforcement Services says last month a post office employee in the village of Milo, about 100 kilometres southeast of Calgary, discovered the animals crammed into a cardboard box.The box had appropriate postage, a destination address, and the animals themselves had stamps stuck to their heads.The next week, a similar box was dropped off at the mail outlet and staff found a puppy inside.The three critters were unharmed and were taken to the Calgary Humane Society.Jill Marshall, a 53-year-old Vulcan County resident, will be in Lethbridge provincial court July 30 charged with causing animals to be in distress under Alberta’s Animal Protection Act.Peace Officer Sgt. Rob Pintkowski said enforcement officers have had previous dealings with Marshall.The Canada Post website says live animals cannot be mailed unless the sender has entered a related agreement with Canada Post prior to mailing.Bees, day-old chicks and hatching eggs, parasites, leeches and some other small cold-blooded animals can be mailed under certain conditions. (CTV Lethbridge)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Luis Enrique decries after defeat says football was unfair to Spain

first_imgSpain’s manager Luis Enrique laments they were cheated by football in the last minute after his side’s loss to Croatia in yesterday’s Nations League match.Croatia defeated Luis Enrique’s national team 3-2 but he believes his team were better and deserved more.“It was a great second half from both teams,” said the Coach via Football Espana after La Roja’s defeat in the Nations League.“We were much better than in the first, where we didn’t pose much of a threat because of the many inaccuracies in our play.”“The team deserved more, certainly not a defeat. Their first goal came from a mistake, the second was from a set-piece and their last one was lucky as it came when both teams were going for it.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Obviously it would’ve been much better to win. We did some good things in the second half, but they opted to play on the break and not press very high.”“That shows it was a very, very difficult group. We obviously didn’t expect these two defeats, but we still have a chance going into the last game. If Croatia and England draw, Spain will go through.”“Obviously I’m concerned about the things we have to adjust, like after every game. I really liked the team in the second half.”“We came back twice and deserved something from it. We hit the woodwork and it’s incredible that some of our chances didn’t go in.”“I don’t think football was fair to us tonight.”last_img read more

Lessons learned from the legacy of military toxins

first_imgDuring the Vietnam war, the use of a defoliate known as agent orange was supposed to affect vegetation not soldiers, but it made them sick and serious health conditions resulted in a long fight for recognition and compensation. Gulf War vets also had to fight the military over health problems linked to military toxins. What’s changed since these illnesses came to light?Listen HereHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Ric Davidge – Vietnam VeteranBill Bartee – Vietnam VeteranStatewide callers Additional resources:Vietnam Friendship Village Project USAParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Give us chance to serve you again Hasina asks people

first_imgSheikh HasinaSeeking votes for Awami League in the next general elections for “continuation of development”, AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday claimed that her party does not want to see any bloodshed.”We don’t want to see any bloodshed in Bangladesh. Bangladesh will be a developed and prosperous country…it’ll will march forward,” she said.Sheikh Hasina was speaking at a public rally at Jessore Eidgah Maidan.Chaired by district AL president Shahidul Islam Milon, the rally was addressed, among others, by AL presidium member Pijush Kanti Bhatacharya, Dipu Moni, Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP.Sheikh Hasina said the way the voters gave their mandates in favour of AL-nominated candidates in the last general election the same way they will choose them in the next national election.”Please, give the chance to serve you again by casting your votes for the Awami League candidates as you did in the past,” she said.Terming the BNP-Jamaat alliance as the synonyms of killing, torture, militancy and terrorism, the prime minister said whenever AL comes to power people enjoy peace and security. “We want peace and development in the country and that is our prime task,” she said.Earlier arriving at the venue, the prime minister laid the foundation stones of 27 development projects, including the Academic Building of Jessore Medical College, Waterlogging Removal Project of the Kapotakkhya River (first phase), the 500-seat Shaheed Mashiur Rahman Auditorium-cum-Multipurpose Hall, the Public Library (third phase) Development Project, Jessore Police Super Building, Jessore Police Hospital, Sheikh Russel’s Sculptor, Jhikargahcha Upazila Muktijoddha Complex, the Waterlogging Removal and Sustainable Water Management Development Project of the Bhairab River, upgradation work on Jessore-Benapole National Highway and Jessore-Benapole (Palashbari-Rajghat portion) road, Jessore Central Shaheed Minar, Hamidpur Compost Plant, Pre-treatment Plant and Biogas Plant and Control Landfill Cell Work.last_img read more

Sheena Bora murder Rahul Mukherjea quizzed again

first_imgMedia baron Peter Mukherjea’s son Rahul Mukerjea was on Thursday questioned by Mumbai Police for a second time within 12 hours to unravel the complex web of linkages in the Sheena Bora murder case as he was in a relationship with the deceased.Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria is personally involved in the investigation being conducted by Khar police in suburban Mumbai. He had earlier questioned accused Indrani Mukherjea, mother of Sheena. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe investigators are also planning to question officials of Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), where 24-year-old Sheena was working as an assistant manager since June 20, 2011.Rahul, Peter Mukherjea’s son from an earlier marriage, was quizzed late last night by the police.According to police officials, Rahul was on Thursday again grilled about his ‘relationship’ with Sheena and also over the reasons for not pursuing the missing complaint about her. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindRahul was also taken to two flats in suburban Bandra and Khar where he had allegedly spent some time with Sheena when they were seeing each other, they said.Rahul and Sheena were said to have been dating for over a year, which Mukherjea’s wife and the main accused, Indrani, did not like.Joint Police Commissioner (Law and Order), Deven Bharti, said, “We will also seek details from Reliance Metro officials about Sheena’s profile, which would give vital information related to the case.”  Sheena had taken leave of absence on April 24, 2012, and, while she was on leave, sent in her written resignation, MMOPL had said on Wednesday in its statement.”When Sheena had taken leave of absence on April 24 and was murdered on the same day, then this is very much clear that her resignation letter or email was sent by someone else,” said a police officer requesting anonymity.”We would be inquiring with Reliance Metro officials over what reasons were cited in her resignation and did she resign through email or by sending hard copy letter. Did MMOPL officials try to verify the resignation letter and contact Sheena’s next of kin to know about her resignation? What did the HR team of Reliance Metro do to make full and final settlement of Sheena’s job and what is the current status? These are few queries that we would be putting forth to officials apart from why did Metro not inform it to the nearest police station about Sheena suddenly going missing from her job,” the officer added.Meanwhile, Indrani’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna, who was arrested from Kolkata on Wednesday, will be produced in a court here on Thursday, police said. Khanna, a resident of Hastings Road area in Kolkata, was arrested from his friend’s flat in Alipore for his alleged involvement in the murder.Sheena was kidnapped from outside the National College in western suburbs of Mumbai. She came here from Assam in 1990s along with Indrani and completed BA Economics from St Xavier’s College.In June 2011, she got a job with Reliance Mumbai Metro but suddenly stopped coming to duty after some time, police said. In the same year, her Facebook account was deactivated.Police had unearthed remains of a decomposed body three years ago after villagers at Gagode in Pen tehsil complained of foul smell emanating from the area.According to Rakesh Maria, the victim was strangulated to death and her body set afire after pouring petrol. The murder took place on April 24, 2012, and the body was found by Raigad police on May 23, he said. Maria also said that Khanna is an accused in the case.Police also claimed that the former Star India CEO’s wife Indrani, 43, was present at the site in Raigad district where Sheena was killed. Now, they are also probing the honour killing angle.”Although the motive behind the murder still remains a mystery, we are probing all the angles as we strongly suspect honour killing in this case,” said a police inspector.As investigators dug deeper into the mystery of the death of the 24-year-old, a complex web of lies and relationships unravelled and it emerged that Sheena was Indrani’s daughter and not sister as maintained earlier.The victim is stated to be Indrani’s daughter from an earlier marriage with one Siddharth Das.Intriguing claims also came to light that Indrani had introduced her daughter and son to people as sister and brother. After the murder, she is also said to have claimed that Sheena had gone to the US for higher studies.last_img read more

Swoop selects Navitaire as its new reservation system

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by Swoop selects Navitaire as its new reservation system << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img CALGARY — When agents start booking Swoop in early 2018, they’ll be doing so using Navitaire, the go-to reservation and retailing system for ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs) around the world.WestJet’s new no-frills carrier announced that it has selected tech company as its new reservation platform, a partnership that Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President Strategy, says will help Swoop create the low-cost structure and ancillary capabilities needed to ensure its success.“Navitaire offers an easy-to-use reservation system, allowing the complete unbundling of products and services as well as enabling digital self-service,” he says. “We are giving the power to the customer to decide what they want to pay for and what they don’t –making the airline a truly affordable option for Canadians.”Navitaire offers industry-leading technology services to more than 50 airlines and rail companies worldwide, including many of the world’s most successful low-cost and hybrid airlines. It boasts a full suite of proven solutions focused on revenue generation and streamlining costs in the areas of reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue management, revenue accounting and business intelligence.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“We are delighted Swoop has selected Navitaire as its reservation platform,” says David P. Evans, Navitaire CEO. We are impressed with the team Swoop has assembled, its business model and market plans. Together, Navitaire and Swoop are a good fit, sharing DNA focused on combining advanced retailing with a digital-first, proven platform to help create and innovative, customer-centric business. We’re looking forward to watching Swoop’s success and future growth as they take the ULCC model to new heights.”Starting early 2018, Swoop will begin selling seats on its modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. To stay up to date on job opportunities and launch plans, sign up at FlySwoop.com. Tags: Swoop Thursday, October 19, 2017 last_img read more