17 Negrenses new COVID cases in WV

first_imgHere’s a breakdown of COVID-19 cases per province or city: * Capiz – two * Patient No. 405 – 45-year-old male from Silay City, Negros Occidental (LSI) * Antique – 15 * Patient No. 396 – 26-year-old female from La Castellana, Negros Occidental (LSI) * Capiz – six * Patient No. 398 – 37-year-old male from Bago City, Negros Occidental (OFW) * Patient No. 409 – 34-year-old male from Talisay City, Negros Occidental (admitted) * Patient No. 400 – 32-year-old female from Calatrava, Negros Occidental (LSI) The 17 new COVID-positive cases recorded yesterday were the following: * Patient No. 397 – 33-year-old female from Calatrava, Negros Occidental (OFW) DOH-6’s latest data also revealed that 16 out of 17 new confirmed cases were asymptomatic and currently under facility quarantine.   * Guimaras – zero * Patient No. 402 – 52-year-old female from Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental (LSI) BY IME SORNITO AND DOMINIQUE BAÑAGA * Bacolod City – 11 * Antique – five * Patient No. 399 – 32-year-old female from San Enrique, Negros Occidental (LSI) * Patient No. 412 – 25-year-old female from Pulupandan, Negros Occidental (OFW) * Negros Occidental – seven * Patient No. 406 – 69-year-old female from Himamaylan, Negros Occidental (LSI)center_img ILOILO City – Western Visayas has 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019, all of whom were residents of Negros Occidental.    * Bacolod City – 41 Majority of these latest cases were locally stranded individuals (LSI). They brought to 412 the total number of cases in the region, according the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6. * Patient No. 410 – 22-year-old male from Sagay City, Negros Occidental (LSI) * Patient No. 401 – 32-year-old female from Talisay, Negros Occidental (LSI) * Iloilo province – 59 * Patient No. 403 – 58-year-old male from Sagay City, Negros Occidental (LSI) * Iloilo Province – 41 * Patient No. 407 – 37-year-old male from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental (LSI) * Patient No. 408 – 42-year-old female from Silay City, Negros Occidental (LSI) Meanwhile, the 290 infected repatriates in the region were the following: * Aklan – five * Patient No. 411 – 48-year-old female from Sipalay City, Negros Occidental (LSI ) * Patient No. 404 – 44-year-old male from Sagay City, Negros Occidental (LSI) * Guimaras – eight * Iloilo City – 36 * Negros Occidental – 128 Recoveries were also up by one, after a 40-year-old male from San Joaquin, Iloilo (Patient No. 124) recovered from the viral illness. This brought the total tally of individuals who have survived from COVID-19 to 153. The number of deaths still stood at 11.  * Iloilo City – 42./PNlast_img read more

St. Nicholas shines in first ‘Rube’ appearance

first_imgOsgood, In. — In their first appearance ever, St. Nicholas School earned the Judge’s Award at the Regional Rube Goldberg Machine competition at Jac-Cen-Del High School.The Judge’s Award recognizes creativity, teamwork, and most importantly, Rube Goldberg’s never-give-up attitude.  St. Nicholas was in Division 1 with seven other local elementary/middle schools.  “Some of the machines were pretty amazing.  I am sure our team learned a lot and already has ideas on how we can improve our machine next year.  Winning the Judge’s Award is an amazing honor, especially for a first-year team!” Said Mrs. Kirschner, principal and team moderator.last_img read more

Martian shown at Wellington Regent this weekend; Rocky Horror Picture Show Saturday night

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 250 weeks ago Let’s do the time warp againnnnnnn…..it’s just a jump to the left. Report Reply 0 replies · active 250 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments This week at the Regent Theater: Martian (see trailer below)Special showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Saturday, 10 p.m. (more below).Schedule: The Martian:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 7 p.m.Rated: PG Time: 1 hour 29 minutes.Movie Synopsis: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. (C) FoxRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 93%. Audience review: 93% approval.Rocky Horror Picture Show.This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet. With assistants Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) looking on, Frank unveils his latest creation — a figure wrapped in gauze and submerged in a tank full of liquid.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Charity Fantasy Football winner, the Dore, presents check to Memorial Auditorium Board

first_imgTuesday night’s ceremonial check presentation from WCFFL to the Memorial Auditorium Board are from left to right: Nate Jones, Kip Etter, Kelly Green, Pam Hinman, and Connie Bales.Sumner Newscow report — During halftime of the varsity girls basketball games at Wellington High School on Feb. 9, a ceremonial check was presented to members of the Memorial Auditorium Board from the Wellington Charity Fantasy Football League. The league’s year-two champion, Kip Etter of the Dore Grill and Bar, and league commissioner, Nate Jones of Sumner Communications’ SUTV.com handed the $800 check to Kelly Green, Pam Hinman, and Connie Bales. This was the second year for the WCFFL, to date the league has donated $1,800 to local charities.Along with Etter (who played for the Memorial Auditorium Air Conditioning Fund) and Jones (Sumner County Community Drug Action Team), the rest of the league consisted of Michelle Crittenden, Michelle’s Encore Dance (Wellington Food Bank); Tytus Cornejo, Day Funeral Home (Wellington Forward); Shawn DeJarnett, DeJarnett Law Office (wellington.cc)/ Tracy McCue, Sumner NewsCow (Crusader Club); James Jordan, Sumner NewsCow (Salvation Army); and Spencer Furman, Redbeard’s Barber Shop (Wellington Noon Lions Club).Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Miami woman arrested for biting boyfriend’s penis

first_imgA Miami woman was arrested after biting her boyfriend’s penis “out of frustration.”Police charged 33-year-old Esperanza Gomez with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.On Wednesday, Gomez and her boyfriend were drinking before she left the couple’s apartment and returned with a female friend, police said.The group continued to drink until the friend left the couple’s apartment.Shortly after, Gomez reportedly became enraged and accused her boyfriend of wanting to have sex with her friend.She began screaming at her boyfriend before threatening him with a knife.The boyfriend had minor injuries, including red marks and redness on his chest, police said.No other information has been released at this time.last_img read more

Trump to Meet with Queen Elizabeth

first_imgPresident Trump is on London today for a NATO world leaders summit. The president had a working breakfast this morning with NATO’s secretary general.President Trump was asked for his reaction to the royal scandal involving Prince Andrew. Trump says he has never met the prince and probably won’t today.In a B-B-C interview, Virginia Roberts Giuffre says Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with the prince when she was 17 three times.She says the photo of her with the prince is authentic and she gave it to the FBI. She also called his dancing hideous and claimed he sweated all over her.In an earlier interview, Prince Andrew declared he had a condition that prevented him from sweating.The president is also scheduled to attend a reception today at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth.last_img read more

Weather Improves as 2020 Moves Closer

first_imgSunday will not be rain-free, although it will be an improvement over Saturday, according to forecasts.A ridge of high pressure off the east coast of the state will begin to move closer to shore today, forcing its clockwise flow over our area. That will mean showers in the Atlantic will affect Miami-Dade or Broward counties, as well as areas not of us, such as Orange County and the I-4 corridor.Graphic courtesy: WPEC/CBS12Palm Beach County could still see a few isolated to widely scattered showers through Monday.We can expect to have partly sunny skies and drier conditions by New Year’s Eve, and sunny skies and cooler temperatures for the first day of 2020.last_img read more

Trump to Visit South Florida Church Run By Pastor Who Claims to Work Miracles

first_imgPresident Trump will visit a Miami-Dade County megachurch Friday that is headed by a pastor who the commander-in-chief says can perform miracles, to retain evangelical voters.Mr. Trump will speak at the King Jesus International Ministry’s flagship campus in West Kendall, using the occasion to launch an “Evangelicals for Trump” group.The church’s congregation is led by Guillermo Maldonado, who preaches about speaking in tongues and claims that he can heal the sick through God’s power.King Jesus International Ministry, also known as El Rey Jesús, is believed to be one of the largest Hispanic churches in the United States. It has 10 congregations across the country.The Honduran-born Maldonado says he founded the church with a dozen members in 1995, and it has grown to more than 20,000. Maldonado, who uses the title “apostle,” claimed in a 2013 interview that God visited him in the 1990s and inspired him to start the ministry.“As I prayed, the presence of God filled my room,” Publishers Weekly quoted Maldonado as saying in that interview. “His presence fell on me and I started weeping and crying. I heard his voice say, ‘I have called you to bring my supernatural power to this generation.’ I was on the floor for two hours, then I heard the voice again but this time inside me telling me the same thing.”Maldonado adds that his goal is “to gain 12% of the population of Miami for Christ,” according to the church’s website. He shares his knowledge of the “supernatural” through instructional videos and his book sales.Candidates looking for Hispanic and evangelical votes have taken their message to Maldonado’s congregation in the past. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott visited the church during his gubernatorial campaign a decade ago, and Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, spoke there during his presidential campaign in 2008.The Pew Research Center says eight-out-of-10 evangelical Christian voters supported Trump in the 2016 election.Trump has been in South Florida since December 20, spending the holidays with First Lady Melania and their 13-year-old son, Barron, at Mar-a-Lago.The upcoming King Jesus International Ministry event has drawn criticism from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which wrote a letter to the IRS, demanding that the agency launch an investigation. The foundation alleges that the Johnson Amendment states that churches and charities can lose their tax-exempt status if they engage in activities “on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”Meanwhile, President Trump has advocated for the removal of the Johnson Amendment from the tax code. He argues that it infringes on the freedom of speech and religion rights of faith leaders.last_img read more

At The Finish Line 11-22…Where only the truth matters

first_imgIn this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo, Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder runs off the field during Game 2 of the American League baseball championship series against the Boston Red Sox, in Boston. The Detroit Tigers and Texas agreed to a blockbuster trade Wednesday, Nov. 20, that would send Fielder to the Rangers. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)The Detroit Tigers sent Prince Fielder packing, along with $30 million dollars, to the Texas Rangers. Why you ask would they send a slugger like Fielder for second baseman Ian Kinsler? Three reasons.#1 ~ Kinsler will fill a need for the Tigers at second base.#2 ~ Fielder ain’t slugging like he used to, and#3 ~ He’s fat mmmaaannn! Like I said, only the truth matters.BILL NEALAfter being released by the Houston Texans after only six games, nine time pro bowler Ed Reed pretty much identified the Texan defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, with his father’s nickname . . . “Bum”! Reed suggested the defensive set-up did not fit the talent they had and Phillips had very few words for the Baltimore legend. And yet you’re still wondering why Houston has only won two games!If you think for one minute that Manny Pacquiao will face embarrassment again after being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez last December in Vegas, you got another thing coming. The Pac-Man bounces back with a firm decision. TKO in the end.Former University of Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad after being released by the Houston Texans. Way to go Pittsburgh. You did a good thing . . . that quite honestly you didn’t have to do and at the same time brought him to a better place.Bulletin . . . Bulletin . . . This just in from Monaco . . . That’s right, I said Monaco. And for you city league grad’s, that’s a place far, far away (No, not a few miles outside of Steubenville). Anyway, Charles “Buddy” Allie was just named “The Best Masters Champion of the Year” by the World Masters Athletic Council. Big story to follow – stay tuned!See the celebration at the 38th Annual Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet, Saturday, December 7th, also honoring Steeler legend Greg Lloyd and the Penn Hills Eagles Track Club Regional and National Champions. Special guest, Larry Brown, 4-time Super Bowl champion tight end with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Keynote speaker is internationally known Federal District Court Judge Reggie Walton of Donora, Pennsylvania at the Wyndham University Center in Oakland (formerly the Holiday Inn) 6:00 p.m. cocktail reception – 7:00 p.m. dinner – 8:00 p.m. awards – business attire – parking in UPMC garage only $5 – quality vendors – 50/50 raffle – tickets only $50 – call the Champions at (412) 628-4856 for more information.YOU’VE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

Grebe Left Imaginary Dinosaur Feathers in Amber

first_img“Dinosaur feathers” are all over the news again, thanks to a paper in Science revealing feathers in amber found in Canada.  But whose feathers are they?  Inferences from other sources, not from the amber, were brought into the interpretation, even though the discoverers admitted, “There is currently no way to refer the feathers in amber with certainty to either birds or the rare small theropods from the area.”  And modern-looking feathers of diving birds like grebes were also found in the same amber, leading to numerous questions about what can rightly be inferred from the fossils themselves.  No matter; most of the media loved the evolutionary implications and trotted out their headlines that feather evolution from dinosaur to bird has been proven.McKeller, Chatterton, Wolfe and Currie combed through 4000 amber samples in two Canadian museums taken from around Grassy Lake, Alberta.  The strata are said to be late Cretaceous and dated at 80 million years old, way into the period in the evolutionary timeline when birds already were flying like modern birds.  The amber samples were already well known for their diverse insect inclusions, but for the first time, feathers were found, in a variety of forms.“Although amber offers unparalleled preservation of feathers, only isolated specimens of uncertain affinity have been reported from the Late Cretaceous,” the authors began their paper in Science.1  “This contrasts with the rich Early Cretaceous compression assemblage from northeastern China leaving a substantial temporal gap in our understanding of feather evolution,” to say nothing of a geographical gap (the only other alleged dinosaur-to-bird “transitional form” being Archaeopteryx from Germany – but see 7/21/2011 and PhysOrg reinterpretation and new questions).  Considering these two substantial gaps, how could the authors claim they were watching feather evolution in action, from dinosaur to bird?For one thing, they found a variety of feathers and feather parts that they fit into the “currently accepted evolutionary-developmental model for feathers.”  Evolution was, therefore, assumed from the outset.  They found single filaments (stage I in the model), tufts (stage II), simple feathers (stage III), barbed feathers (stage IV), and advanced veined feathers (stage V) suitable for flight or for diving (as found in grebes).  It didn’t bother them that all of these stages can also be found on modern birds, or can represent degenerate structures from modern feathers in fossils.For another thing, “Although neither avian nor dinosaurian skeletal material has been found in direct association with amber at the Grassy Lake locality, fossils of both groups are present in adjacent stratigraphic units,” they said.  “Hadrosaur footprints are found in close association with the amber, and younger (late Campanian and Maastrichtian) strata of western Canada contain diverse nonavian dinosaur and avian remains.”  By interpretation, they meant plain old dinosaurs (nonavian) and plain old birds (avian).  None of these feathers were found on dinosaurs, and no one doubts that dinosaurs and birds coexisted; the question is whether dinosaurs evolved into birds.  Despite these questions, they gunned the inference engine:There is currently no way to refer the feathers in amber with certainty to either birds or the rare small theropods from the area. However, the discovery of end-members of the evolutionary-developmental spectrum in this time interval, and the overlap with structures found only in nonavian dinosaur compression fossils, strongly suggests that the protofeathers described here are from dinosaurs and not birds. Given that stage I filaments were present in densities relevant for thermoregulation and protection, and that comparable structures are preserved as coronae surrounding compression fossils, it becomes apparent that protofeathers had important nonornamental functions. Specialized barbule morphologies, including basal coiling, suggest that Campanian feather-bearers had already evolved highly specialized structures similar to those of modern grebes to enhance diving efficiency.This remarkable paragraph indicates that they were already assuming that simple filaments and tufts were protofeathers; i.e., dinosaur integumentary structures evolving into true feathers.  The prefix “proto-” turns on the power of suggestion that these structures were evolving upward instead of devolving downward.  It also reveals that they were assuming that feathers first evolved on dinosaurs for “nonornamental functions” such as thermoregulation – yet many modern birds, like geese, also use some of their feathers (down feathers) for thermoregulation.  Moreover, the pieces of amber could not show where on the body of any animal, whether bird or dinosaur, they came from.  Clearly these authors were eager to fit their data into a dinosaur-to-bird sequence. But since these feathers appear so late in the geologic column, the most that can be claimed by believers in dinosaur-to-bird evolution from these amber pieces is that early primitive dinosaur feathers, if they existed, hung on for a long time, even after modern flight feathers had already evolved.Nevertheless, Mark Norell in the same issue of Science was ecstatic.2  Co-author of an annual review on feather evolution with famous Chinese “feathered dinosaur” hunter Xing Xu, he bragged about all the fossil evidence birds evolved from dinosaurs, and said, “Feathered animals abound and extend deep into nonavian history—even, perhaps, to the base of dinosaurs themselves.”  The press flew into a frenzy, with the BBC News leading the flap with its headline, “Dinosaur feather evolution trapped in Canadian amber.”  Science Daily flew into formation with, “Tree Resin Captures Evolution of Feathers On Dinosaurs and Birds.” New Scientist showed a little more scientific restraint in its headline (but not in the body of the article) with, “Advanced birds lived alongside ‘hairy’ dinosaurs.”Only Live Science took “a closer look” at the data and asked other paleontologists for alternative interpretations:The fossil record of this evolution from simple to complex feathers is spotty. Researchers actually have older records of more modern feathers than they do of the simple dinosaur protofeathers….[Zhonghe] Zhou [Chinese Academy of Sciences] also noted that some of the feathers were more difficult to classify based on type, so scientists can’t really be sure if they are bird or dinosaur feathers, or somewhere in between. Mike Benton of the University of Bristol had the same reservations.“Modern feathers are diverse in morphology,” Benton told LiveScience in an email. “Many degenerated [feathers that have turned back the evolutionary clock and become more simplified] or specialized feathers are comparable in morphology to the protofeathers.”This means that the so-called protofeathers could have been bird feathers devolving into simpler structures, rather than being dinosaur structures evolving into bird feathers.  The authors of the paper added two other caveats:None of the additional morphotypes observed in compression fossils of nonavian dinosaurs or amber were found here, suggesting that some morphotypes may not represent distinct evolutionary stages, or may not have persisted into the Late Cretaceous.The snapshot of Campanian feather diversity from Canadian amber is biased toward smaller feathers, subcomponents of feathers, feathers that are molted frequently, and feathers in body positions that increase their likelihood of contacting resin on tree trunks.All they could offer, therefore, was a “snapshot” – not an evolutionary sequence – of a few feather types that were around a particular lake at a particular time in Canada.  But they were certain that, “Despite these limitations, the assemblage demonstrates that numerous evolutionary stages were present in the Late Cretaceous, and that plumage already served a range of functions in both dinosaurs and birds.”  Did the amber really say that?Update 2/17/2012:  In Science,3, Dove and Straker criticized the paper, saying that the tiny inclusions classified as dinosaur-like could actually be plant material or mammal hair.  McKeller et al. stuck to their guns,4 but admitted there’s no way to be sure without destroying the amber samples to get at the material.  Since they collected 100,000 pieces, analyzed 4,000 of them, and only found inclusions in 11 of them, they consider them too rare to break open.1. McKeller et al., “A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber,” Science, 16 September 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6049 pp. 1619-1622, DOI: 10.1126/science.1203344.2. Mark Norell, “Paleontology: Fossilized Feathers,” http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6049/1590.summary,  6 September 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6049 pp. 1590-1591, DOI: 10.1126/science.1212049.3. Carla Dove and Lorian Straker,  “Comment on ‘A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber’,” Science, 17 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6070 p. 796, doi:10.1126/science.1216208.4. McKeller et al., “Response to Comment on ‘A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber’,” Science, 17 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6070 p. 796, doi: 10.1126/science.1216484.Look now.  Perhaps some dinosaurs did have feathers.  Perhaps someday the evidence will be so overwhelming, so overpowering, that no one could ever question it (evolutionists already believe it is).  Perhaps there will be a T. rex or Velociraptor found in situ, dragged up from under tons of strata, with no possibility it was tampered with, that will show it sitting on a fossilized nest in a fossilized tree, covered with feathers, with a fossilized fish it just caught like an eagle and brought to its fossilized chicks.  Even so, there seems little justification for the wild stories being told about feather evolution based on this amber.  What is so overwhelming, so overpowering, that no one should question it, is the desire on the part of evolutionists to force any data they find into an evolutionary story.So let’s ask a few questions that most reporters are not asking (thank Live Science for bringing a little sobriety to the party).  Did they find any dinosaur in the Grassy Lake strata with feathers on it?  No.  Did they find any dinosaur with feathers anywhere in Canada?  No. Did they find any dinosaur with feathers anywhere in the western hemisphere?  No.  Did they find a succession of feathers, increasing in complexity, from deep strata to shallower strata?  No.  Did any of the feathers have a tag on them, saying, “Property of Susie, the T. Rex”?  No.  Are simple filaments and tufts diagnostic of dinosaurs?  No.Do some birds have simple filaments like these?  Yes.  Do some birds have all five stages of feathers described in the “currently accepted evolutionary-developmental model for feathers”?  Yes.  Is the currently accepted evolutionary-developmental model for feathers a case of circular reasoning?  Yes.  Is the motivation to force data into an evolutionary model strong?  Yes.  Are the only non-avian theropod “feathered dinosaurs” found in China (land of the Archaeoraptor hoax that dragged National Geographic to the confessional), brought to you courtesy of Xing Xu, the scientific wunderkind who has a knack for finding them in collector shops?  Yes (7/21/2011).  Is it odd to think that feathered dinosaurs flew from China to Canada, leaving no trace?  Yes.  Are reporters loaded like catapults to launch headlines into cyberspace at any hint of a vindication for Charlie?  Yes.  Are reporters too lazy to check the data and do their own analysis?  Yes, with few exceptions (like here, and once again, thanks to Live Science for showing some restraint).  Are you, the reader, savvy enough to discern the situation, filter out what is going on in the media feeding frenzy, and make up your own mind whether the data warrant the evolutionary interpretation?  Fill in the blank.(Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more