What Happened to Black Friday?

first_img Community News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty After the hashtag #BlackFridayin5Words blew up on Twitter, Pasadena Now decided to hit the streets for what most figured would be the largest shopping event of the year. But this year, it looks like most folks have elected to stay home.“It’s just another day for me… it’s a work day in fact,” said Anthony who works for Mattress World.“Things are cheaper so it’s more affordable. I definitely saved a lot of money,” said Kumar, a Pasadena native. “I bought mostly clothes… some for myself and some as gifts,” he added.“[Black Friday] is actually about the same for me,” said James who did not go shopping but was working as a bell ringer for The Salvation Army. “The stuff that I’m going to buy is for my grandkids anyway,” he explained.“We just got here but we love sales,” said Mary who went to Macy’s, Orvis and Talbots with her grandmother.“I don’t know if this is usual or not, I’m not from around here,” said Sumida who was out running errands and doing groceries at Trader Joe’s.According to the Adobe Digital Index, shoppers in the United States spent more than $1 billion online between midnight and 3 pm Thursday — 22 percent more than last year. The Index tracked more 100 million visits to 4,500 U.S. retail sites earlier this week.With retailers like REI opting out and other stores offering Thursday night promotions and online deals, Black Friday might not remain the frenzied shopping glut it once was.center_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News What Happened to Black Friday? Story and Photography by VERONICA AN Published on Friday, November 27, 2015 | 2:22 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Two women fought off alleged kidnapper in separate, brazen attempts: authorities

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Two women fought off an alleged kidnapper in separate incidents in Houston, Texas, authorities said.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is now looking for the man, who was driving a grey Toyota sedan when he tried to snatch the women off the street Saturday morning.The first woman told deputies she was walking outside in the Willow West neighborhood about 10:45 a.m. when she saw the Toyota with tinted windows pull up next to her. That’s when the suspect, who is between 19 and 25 years old, jumped out and “tried to force her into the vehicle” before fending him off, according to a sheriff’s report.Shortly after responding deputies arrived to investigate, they received a second call nearby where another woman riding a bicycle was approached by a man matching same description attempt to force her into his car.Despite dragging the bicyclist 100 yards, she managed to free herself and get away.“She struck the male several times, after he grabbed her arm,” according to the report, adding that the kidnapper sped off.Witnesses also came to the woman’s aid.“She fought and he [dragged] her as he was driving,” a neighbor who called 911 told ABC station KTRK. “When he finally let her go and threw her out, my neighbor said she heard her head hit the ground really hard.”The male fled to his car, which has a distinct warp along the right side of the front hood, and drove away again.Neither woman suffered serious injuries after they were evaluated by medics, sheriffs said.Surveillance video captured a grey Toyota driving around the residential streets.The suspect stands around 5-foot-8, is clean-shaven, and wore khaki pants and a white shirt, sheriffs said.One neighbor, who gave KTRK only her first name Shirley, admitted the incidents were “scary” and that she’s already changed up her walking routine.“This neighborhood is not what it used to be. I won’t be walking anymore except with my husband,” she said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sasquatch’s 2018 Lineup Is What Indie Rock Dreams Are Made Of

first_img[Photo: SASQUATCH! Music Festival Facebook page] SASQUATCH! Music Festival will showcase one of the most impressive indie rock festival lineups in ages when it returns to The Gorge in George, WA over Memorial Day Weekend (May 25th to 27th). This year’s edition of SASQUATCH! will feature headlining sets from Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse and David Byrne as well as performances by Tyler, The Creator, Ray LaMontagne, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Explosions in the Sky, Neko Case, Vince Staples, TV On The Radio, and many more.Additional acts slated to appear at the 17th annual SASQUATCH! Music Festival include Slowdive, Tash Sultana, Thundercat, Shakey Graves, Tune-Yards, Wolf Parade, Japandroids, What So Not, Jai Wolf, Perfume Genius, Noname, Margo Price, Tank & The Bangas, Lizzo, TOKiMONSTA, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Too Many Zooz, and The Suffers, among others.Tickets for SASQUATCH! will go on sale at 10 a.m. PST on Saturday, February 10th. Head over to the festival’s website for more details.last_img read more

On-again, off-again looks to be best social-distancing option

first_img Related Jha said it seems clear the epicenter of the pandemic is shifting from Europe to the U.S. Current case numbers here are approaching those of Italy and will likely soon thereafter surpass China’s. U.S. deaths have topped 1,000, while the pandemic’s economic toll was reflected in a record number of Americans — more than 3 million — filing for unemployment benefits last week.As cases in New York continued to soar, Jha said he was also “deeply concerned” about the rapid growth of the epidemic in New Orleans. Federal leadership, he said, could encourage social distancing nationwide that will dampen the epidemic in places where it’s not yet severe. It could also, together with epidemic modeling, direct scarce resources like ventilators to locations seeing a surge in cases, moving the supply from hotspot to hotspot. He also called for a standard policy concerning what to do when faced with life-saving equipment shortages. Such guidelines would help clinicians faced with the “awful choice” of who should get access to the equipment and who should not.“This is how we get through this — together. If every state and every community fights to maximize its own ventilators, we’re all going to be in trouble. But if we can work in a coordinated way, we can get through it much easier,” said Jha, speaking during a webcast event sponsored by The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and PRI’s “The World.” “It has to ultimately be done by the federal government. … This is why we have a federal government.”Once the peak passes here, Fortune said, nations with weak health-care infrastructure will still be in the crosshairs, and she’s concerned that an uncontrolled epidemic in these countries will be catastrophic. India, for example, has reported just 700 cases but has done very little testing, she said.“I do fear, where the health-care system is very fragile, what comes next is the pandemic playing out in a really catastrophic way,” Fortune said. Economists cheered by relief package but see long, tough slog ahead Harvard Law School faculty Charles Fried and Nancy Gertner discuss new restrictions on individual freedoms Online forum aims to teach how to deal with pandemic stress This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.With global coronavirus cases heading toward half a million, Harvard infectious disease experts said recent modeling shows that — absent the development of a vaccine or other intervention — a staggered pattern of social distancing would save more lives than a one-and-done strategy and avoid overwhelming hospitals while allowing immunity to build in the population.The work, conducted by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and led by Yonatan Grad, the Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology, also shows that if strict social distancing such as that imposed in China — which cuts transmission by 60 percent — is relaxed, it results in epidemic peaks in the fall and winter similar in size and with similar impacts on the health care system as those in an uncontrolled epidemic.“We looked at how it would affect the thing that matters most — overwhelming the critical-care unit,” Grad said.The problem, the researchers said, is that while strict social distancing may appear to be the most effective strategy, little population-level immunity is developed to a virus that is very likely to come around again.,The research indicates that one possible method for dealing with the epidemic amid a lack of other effective interventions may be multiple “intermittent” social-distancing periods that ease up when cases fall to a certain level and then are reimposed when they rise past a key threshold. The exact numbers, the work showed, depend on whether COVID-19 is a seasonal ailment like the flu and common cold — also caused by a coronavirus — or whether it is equally transmissible year-round. Depending on seasonality, the models show that social distancing occurring between 25 percent and 75 percent of the time would both build immunity and keep the health care system from overloading. As time passes and more of the population gains immunity, they said, the restrictive episodes could be shorter, with longer intervals between them.Interventions such as development of a vaccine (12 to 18 months away at best), discovery of a treatment that lessens illness severity, or effective case identification and contact tracing would change the situation. They also modeled what would happen if the U.S. doubled the number of critical-care beds in the hospital system. That increase in capacity to handle the sickest patients would allow social distancing to end in early to mid-2021, with the epidemic here over in 2022. Absent any social distancing, the model predicts the epidemic would be over sometime this fall, but at the cost of an overwhelmed health care system and, presumably, many more deaths. After that, the virus would circulate periodically, similar to cold, flu and other regular contagions.Grad acknowledged that he didn’t know whether the political will existed for such an on-again, off-again treatment, but Sarah Fortune, chair of the Harvard Chan School’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, said the research presents what she thinks is the most realistic available strategy. It’s unlikely, she said, that the U.S. will be able to “drive the genie back into the bottle,” as China seems to have, and, since fragile health-care systems cover large parts of the world, the virus will almost certainly have reservoirs from which to reinfect countries.“The limits of what we can achieve — even locally, in terms of COVID control — is set by the weakest health care systems globally,” said Fortune, speaking on a media conference call Thursday morning.The research, released this week as an academic preprint and awaiting peer review, came amid warnings that the U.S. health care system may not be robust enough to begin either once-and-for-all easing of social distancing or to start an on-again, off-again regimen. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said the U.S. health care system has a “steeper hill to climb” than it otherwise would after wasting two months of vital preparation time. He said very aggressive social distancing is needed now to give the system time to catch up to the virus’ current spread. He called for tripling testing, increasing production of protective equipment, and coordinating response nationally. “The limits of what we can achieve — even locally, in terms of COVID control — is set by the weakest health care systems globally.” — Sarah Fortune Form COVID-19 rapid response teams to provide support, information Harvard Medical School students mobilize Chan School session breaks down what it is, what it looks like, and ways to ease it Restricting civil liberties amid COVID-19 pandemic Karen Dynan and Kenneth Rogoff say Fed and Congress are moving in the right directionlast_img read more

Easter Hunts Canceled, Towns Get Creative

first_imgAnd the best part? The Easter Bunny will deliver small candy prizes to the porches of Bingo winners! But the borough asks that parents do not meet the Easter Bunny at the porch for social distancing. An electronic calling system will be used for the Bingo. When a person wins Bingo, the first person to type it in the chat will win. Once the win is confirmed, based on the Bingo card code each board has, boards will be cleared and a new round will begin. FAIR HAVEN – With national orders to continue social distancing through April 30, Easter will have to be celebrated without the typical outdoor egg hunts with extended family, neighbors or community members. By Allison Perrine And get creative with it, the department encouraged. “We want to see those backyard Easter decorations, unique child (or family) outfits, out-of-the-box egg hiding places and maybe even an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself.” To make this a community event, each household is asked to record a 5 to 10-second video of their hunt and email it to [email protected] The video can include activities such the hunt itself or children counting their eggs after the hunt. The recreation department will then compile the clips into one Fair Haven Virtual Egg Hunt video for all to enjoy. It will be uploaded to borough media outlets. In Fair Haven it meant a virtual egg hunt for the town, free of charge. According to DJ Breckenridge, parks and recreation director, over 5,000 eggs were distributed to Fair Haven residents of all ages. Most of them, about 80 percent, were filled with candy. The other 20 percent were filled with toys from the Georgia-based company Ayers Family Eggs. Participating residents were able to pick up their goodies in the front vestibule at borough hall. Each household was eligible for one bag with 15 filled Easter eggs in each bag. The hunt will be held April 4 at 10 a.m in the comfort of everyone’s homes. “We encourage them tostand inside by the front dooror window and the EasterBunny will stop for a waveand photo before hopping tothe next house,” said Kane. Residents are also encouraged to take advantage of the three walking trails in town, walk through the borough’s natural area and access the borough’s free online video activity resources. Council president Susan Sorensen said Breckenridge has done an “excellent” job in coming up with community-focused activities that maintain social distancing, the virtual egg hunt included. center_img “We all realize that in times like these, we all really need our sense of community and being able to interact with neighbors, friends and family members more than ever, but are unable to do these things in person,” said Sorensen. “Our recreation department is working hard to maintain Fair Haven’s sense of community through these ‘virtual’ activities – and to have some fun during these trying times.” That includes the borough’s Daily Challenge. Every day for three weeks, which started March 30, residents are invited to submit their best pictures or videos of specific challenges that the borough announces. That might include the funniest pet photo, the best sports trick shot, Fair Haven’s Got Talent and more. The challenge of the day is posted every morning on Facebook, Instagram and the Fair Haven Recreation E-blast. There are four winners each day – child, adult, family and random draw. Prizes include gift certificates to Fair Haven eateries. Outside Fair Haven, Highlands Borough and its recreation department are also taking part in the virtual Easter fun with virtual Candy Bingo, instead of the annual Easter egg hunt on the beach. With federal and state mandates in mind, recreation department heads in the Two River area got to thinking: What can be done with thousands of plastic eggs and holiday treats, without the large crowds or gatherings? Highlands residents ages 14 and under can register for free through League Apps, an electronic management system. Once registered, parents will receive Bingo cards electronically or by porch delivery, as well as electronic invitations to where the activity will be hosted and streamed with chat capabilities, said Jacqueline Kane, Highlands recreation program coordinator. COURTESY FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Recreation Department left bags of filled plastic Easter eggs at borough hall for residents to take and use during an April 4 virtual Easter egg hunt. It can, however, include some virtual holiday fun. “In these difficult times, the borough seeks to continue to engage our community, and keep our ‘family feel’ while maintaining social distancing,” said Breckenridge. “If this event and other programming we are rolling out gives families just a little something to look forward to, we have done what we have set out to do.” This article originally appeared in the April 2nd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Week 8 football preview: Corning heads to Cottonwood; Mercy at Princeton

first_imgCottonwood >> Firmly entrenched in the battle for the Northern Athletic League title, the Corning High football team heads to Cottonwood Friday to battle West Valley, one of two undefeated teams in the NAL standings. The Cards have not won in Cottonwood since at least 2002, meeting nearly every year either in league or nonleague play. “This is going to be our year, we’re hoping,” Corning senior running back Curtis McCoy said last week after a 34-28 win over Red Bluff, which joins Los Molinos …last_img read more

Planet Origin Theories Contradict Physics

first_imgMaterialists sound much more confident than they are about their theories for the origin of planets.Evolutionists have mastered the art of bluffing. So confident are they in their worldview of big-bang-to-man evolution, they can leap over tall anomalies in a single sentence. It takes critical reading to see this. Usually, they will start a paper or article by asserting evolution as a fact, about which there is no controversy, in order to claim their turf. Then, when discussing the actual evidence, they will raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index higher and higher as hard data bring multiple questions and anomalies to explain, and theoretical problems rise like high hurdles before them. Resolution of the unknowns is put off to futureware, while they claim that the unexpected new findings have increased their “understanding” of evolution. The presentation is almost formulaic, allowing reporters to just borrow the boilerplate and modify a few words here and there.We see this strategy often in articles on biological evolution, but it appears just as often in articles on planetary science.Comet Hale-Bopp 1997 (DFC)Interstellar ‘GEMS’ Lead Researchers Back to the Early Solar System (Space.com). Chelsea Gohd illustrates the technique. As a cheerleading reporter for secular planetologists, she starts with the opening bluff, reassuring unsuspecting readers that secular materialist experts “know” things from their divination techniques, and are getting warmer to full “understanding” of our solar system.Scientists are following a trail of interstellar dust all the way back to the formation of the solar system.What we now know as [sic] the solar system began as a cloud of interstellar dust and gas. By studying “pre-solar” dust, which was preserved in cosmic objects like comets before they made their way to Earth, scientists [i.e., secular materialists] can peer back in time to the early solar system.Planetary scientists sound like crystal ball gazers, the way Chelsea tells it. They can peer into crystals of dust, seeing visions the rest of us can’t discern. All we see is a mature system of planets following the laws of nature discovered by two Bible-believing creationists, Kepler and Newton. Where is this “early solar system” of dust and gas? You can’t see it.* The NASA-funded astronomers only see bits of comet dust they collected on high-altitude craft. Somebody decided to call them GEMS (“glass with embedded metal and sulfides”). Ah, but it takes special eyes to be able to look into the GEMS to discern the past, and see into the future. Here comes the futureware, the high perhapsimaybecouldness score, and the promised understanding:By studying “the starting materials of planet formation from 4.6 billion years ago,” we might gain “a deeper understanding of the processes that formed and have since altered them,” Ishii said in the statement.Following this research, the team will explore additional comet dust to better understand the composition of GEMS and the size of the sub-grains, according to the statement.When such busy-work and speculation gets the blessing of the National Academy of Sciences, who dares stand up to such giants of “understanding”?*Note: astronomers see dust disks around other stars, but it takes philosophy to imagine them forming planets. For all they know, the dust is debris from collisions as bodies break up, not build up.Exploring the dusty prehistory of the solar system (Phys.org). Following her lead, Chris Packham at Phys.org prophesies more about the hidden wisdom in the GEMS. As an exercise, readers can hunt for the opening bluff, the perhapsimaybecouldness score, and the futureware. Did any of them actually witness dust turning into a planet?The solar system as we know it formed about 4.6 billion years ago as fields of interstellar dust orbiting the sun aggregated into planets and smaller objects. Presolar dust particles no longer exist in the inner solar system, as they were long ago destroyed, reformed, and reaggregated in multiple phases. From the vantage of such a long period of time, astronomers can only make inferences about its composition and the processes that led to the solar system’s present configuration, bringing to bear advanced instruments on Earth, in orbit, and in deep space to collect evidence.Operational replica of Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyzer (DFC). Analysis of dust particles is science. Storytelling about where they came from and how they turned into planets and people is not.Storytelling about long-lost processes can sound more legitimate when you have something in hand to look at. “Cassini mission data suggest the presence of iron metal in contemporary interstellar dust,” the researchers say, “contemporary” referring to present-day dust. But what does it mean? It should mean that iron exists now, in the present, in dust particles that a modern spacecraft gathered and looked at. Hope Ishii at the University of Hawaii hopes that modern particles can become her crystal balls for more visions of ancient things. Watch for the maybes, the excuses and the promissory notes:The researchers note that the complex organics in the ice-mantled grains must have experienced a high-radiation environment before incorporation into larger bodies, which may have resulted from vertical diffusion of dust above the solar system’s mid-plane.The researchers conclude by noting that their picture is incomplete, and much of the data is still rough—for instance, the elemental composition of GEMS sometimes only matches the solar elemental composition collectively, exhibiting chemical anomalies at higher resolution. But they believe they have provided constraints on solar system development and the aggregation of presolar dust that will inform future studies, observations and models.Experiments trace interstellar dust back to solar system’s formation: Chemical studies show that dust particles originated in a low-temperature environment (Science Daily). This article reporting on the same work by Hope Ishii’s team follows basically the same formula. Surprisingly, the Phys.org article said that the dust formed at high temperatures, but this article quotes another team member who says, “The presence of specific types of organic carbon in both the inner and outer regions of the particles suggests the formation process occurred entirely at low temperatures.”Multiple generations of grain aggregation in different environments preceded solar system body formation (PNAS). The reason for the discrepancy about temperatures becomes evident in the paper on which the above articles are drawn. The team of 9 (including Cassini ringmaster Jeff Cuzzi and Stardust scientist Donald Brownlee, co-author of Rare Earth) postulates “multiple generations” of particles, some hot and some cold. With that supposition, they can read any scenario they wish to believe, using material that has been destroyed and reworked as props for their scenario.The initial solids from which the solar system formed consisted almost entirely of amorphous silicate, carbon, and ices. This dust was mostly destroyed and reworked by processes that led to the formation of planets. Surviving samples of presolar dust are most likely to be preserved in comets, small cold bodies that formed in the outer solar nebula. In interplanetary dust particles originating from comets, we observe organic carbon mantles on subgrains within amorphous-silicate−dominated grains called GEMS (glass with embedded metal and sulfides). Our observations constrain GEMS grain formation to cold and radiation-rich environments, making a compelling case that these exotic grains, unique to a relatively obscure class of extraterrestrial material, are surviving dust from (variable) interstellar environments and thus the original building materials of planetary systems.It is not the job of a scientist to tell readers they have made “a compelling case.” The evidence should be doing that. Brownlee should know better. One of the big surprises of the Stardust mission for which he was chief scientist is that comet particles that were actually collected directly from Comet Wild 2 showed evidence of high temperature melting. Contrary to the belief at the time that comets represented pristine material, the dust had evidently been heated to white-hot temperatures. This sent them scrambling to come up with stories of transport of the dust into the inner solar system and back out again. The data contradicted the visions dancing in their heads, as a contemporary JPL press release said in 2007:The comet samples collected by Stardust contain abundant crystalline minerals and in most cases it is clear that they did not form by the predicted mild heating of interstellar dust. Many are too large, and have complex mineralogical and chemical compositions that could not have formed by this process. Instead of the mild heating that astronomers envisioned the comet samples were heated during their formation to severe temperatures, temperatures high enough to melt or vaporize them. The temperatures above 1300 °C and the samples were white hot. This is quite remarkable because the [sic] some of the ice components of comets appear to have formed only 30 degrees above absolute zero. The comet is very odd mix of materials that formed at the highest and lowest temperatures that existed in the early solar system. Comets have been cold for billions of years but their ingredients are remarkable products of both fire and ice. Because the rocky materials in comet Wild 2 formed at such high temperatures, we believe that they formed in the hot inner regions of the young solar system and were then transported all the way to beyond the orbit of Neptune.Now, in this new PNAS paper, Brownlee and his colleagues are saying that “Most of the mass of interstellar dust (97 to 99%) is completely reprocessed in the ISM [inter-stellar medium] and is subjected to shocks, impacts, recondensation, and repeated cycling in and out of dense molecular clouds.” Re-processing also occurs for most of the dust within the solar nebula believed to be the parent cloud of our solar system. The Abstract admits, “Bona fide physical samples for laboratory studies would yield unprecedented insight about solar system formation, but they were largely destroyed.”And so we see them using divination tactics to choose which particles remained as ‘pristine’ leftovers. Those become their materialistic fairy dust, the remnant particles out of which Earth was born, and everything on it evolved, including us. Since the GEMS theoretically formed in the fridge of space, they must be the magic seeds that became people!Egregious AccretionThe paper starts with the typical secular bluff: “The solar system formed from interstellar dust and gas in a molecular cloud.” That’s a statement of materialistic belief, not a scientific fact. To show why, let’s see if they have found, after decades of trying, a way for dust particles to accrete into planets (e.g., 3 Feb 2004, 5 Dec 2007, 15 Aug 2015). As we have shown many times, particles in space tend to bounce off each other and grind down to dust, not accrete into bigger objects. An object must grow to about a kilometer in diameter to have enough gravity to attract other particles by accretion. This was a major reason for the ‘heretical’ view called disk instability (the other major reason being migration, a type of migration into the star that would destroy growing planetesimals; see 21 March 2006). Let’s see if this team has finally figured out how to get particles to accrete:In the Introduction: “Knowledge of the dust from which our molecular cloud and, later, the solar system formed is critical to our understanding of chemical and physical processes in star-forming regions, the inventory of organics incorporated in the solar system, and the accretion and subsequent evolution and processing of solar system bodies.”In the concluding Discussion: “GEMS are thus first-generation aggregates in which subgrain mantles may have played a role in the aggregation (or accretion) process.“In the concluding Discussion: “However, in the absence of identified physical samples, there has been ongoing debate among astronomers about the significance of composite grains, either as aggregates or as organic mantles on silicate grains. Specific mechanisms and environments for accretion are also far from settled.”That, dear readers, is all they say about accretion: GEMS “may have played a role” in accretion, but the specific mechanisms and environments for accretion “are far from settled.”Update 6/28/18: Planet formation starts before star reaches maturity (Phys.org). This article shows how worldview assumptions can drive interpretations. All these researchers at the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy detected (by indirect means) were dust particles about 1 millimeter in diameter, when they expected them to be 1 thousand times smaller. The “surprising” conclusion? “The results indicate that planets already start forming while the star is still developing.” Logically, it could be just as true that the particles are grinding down from larger sizes into dust. These astronomers are assuming accretion is a fact leading up to planets when, as just shown, how that could happen is contrary to laws of physics.Planetary Origin Science: the myth that dust bunnies turn into live bunnies, given billions of years of the Stuff Happens Law.Who pays these guys?* Materialists continue to be wrong, wrong, wrong for decades, for centuries (at least as far back as Laplace), and yet they bluff their way out of every problem, promising “understanding” to the peons who don’t yet understand “science.” But even peons know that snowballs don’t accrete into bigger snowballs during a snowball fight. And peons know that dust bunnies do not accrete into living bunnies (see “Is Making Planets Child’s Play?”, 5 Dec 2007, where Jeff Cuzzi said, “How the first stage of this process, primary accretion, works is a fundamental unsolved problem of planetary science.”) If the secular wizards were right, Saturn’s rings would have accreted into a big moon by now, but as Cuzzi well knows, destructive processes predominate in real planetary ring physics (10 July 2010). In fact, all the secular ringmasters of Cassini are baffled that the rings still exist! Not only that, comets are burning up as they pass the sun. Asteroid particles are colliding into planets and burning up in our atmosphere. Magnetic fields are decaying. The Second Law of Thermodynamics—one of the best-attested laws in all physics—guarantees that entropy will increase. Physical laws describe processes that destroy order and increase entropy; they do not create minds, butterflies, and whales.Their choice of a secular materialistic worldview** forces these guys to believe that particles accrete into planetesimals, and planetesimals into planets, and planets into people. Real observations show the opposite: planetary bodies colliding, wearing down and destroying each other. The Eyewitness, the Creator of the universe, tells us that he made the Earth by his power, and fashioned man on it by His wisdom. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. It took the power of creative intelligence acting on matter to make us; we are not accidental by-products of natural forces. If that is a true foundation to build on, we should see evidence of it, and we do! We should see natural processes powerless to make the Earth and life, and we do. The science supports the Eyewitness account. That is Reality; not the contradictory visions of the self-appointed experts who must use divination tools to see the impossible become possible. Read Jeremiah 17:5-10.To the data! Stop the storytelling. Get real, planetary scientists! Stop trusting in your divination tools, and in histories you never witnessed. Stop importing your atheism into your science. Stop playing games with your peer group that has expelled all who don’t think like you do. Until you cease these anti-scientific habits, we cannot even have a rational discussion about origins.*You do. NASA loves to throw money at the secular shamans (11 April 2018). They also throw money to lawyers to punish those who get in their way.**To theistic evolutionists: it is no help to respond that “God used” natural processes like accretion and Darwinian evolution to create people. That is a self-contradictory argument. Natural processes do no such thing. If God guided natural processes, they are no longer unguided; they are no longer “natural.” It amounts to believing in multiple miracles to think that the secular astronomers’ toolkit of natural processes would make people. See the new anthology Theistic Evolution for detailed analysis of the theological, scientific and philosophical problems with the theistic evolution compromise position.(Visited 834 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Holiday food prices down this year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Consumers will pay less for food prepared at home this holiday season, with overall prices down about 2.3% from last year, says Ken Foster, department head and professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.Leading the decline are animal products such as meats, poultry, and eggs. Prices in that category are down 6%. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream are down 2%. Grain-related food categories — including vegetable oils, cereals, bakery products and sweeteners — are down 1 to 2%. Fruits and vegetables have dropped 1%.Prices for “food-at-home” items have declined for 11 consecutive months, the longest such stretch since 1959-60.“The most important reason for lower grocery store prices are lower farm prices,” Foster said. “Abundant harvests over the past three years have reduced the prices farmers receive. Lower prices for feed items like corn and soybean meal have increased animal production and lowered animal product prices from beef to milk. Food consumers are the benefactors this year. Record U.S. yields for corn, soybeans and wheat in 2016 will keep grocery store food price increases at modest levels into 2017.”Most of the traditional meal items will costs less this year, he added.“With retail beef and pork prices down 7 and 5% from a year ago — even more than poultry prices, which are down 1.5% — it is highly likely that turkey prices will be lower than a year ago for the holidays,” he said. “Turkeys are frequent loss leaders at holiday time to get shoppers into the store and any pressure to raise turkey prices will shift shoppers to other meats with their low prices.”The 2016 cranberry crop appears to be virtually unchanged from 2015, Foster said, but weather took a toll on U.S. pumpkin and sweet potato yields this year.“In both North Carolina and Louisiana, flooding events lowered production of sweet potatoes,” he said. “Hurricane Matthew struck North Carolina, the nation’s leading sweet potato producing state, in the middle of harvest season with only about half of the crop collected. Louisiana suffered widespread flooding during the sweet potato growing season as well as periods of excessively dry weather, leading to yield loss up to 50% or more on some farms.”Pumpkin production was also limited this year by high rainfall in Illinois, the country’s leading pumpkin-producing state, where processors anticipated canning 50% less this year compared with past years. Producers there anticipated having sufficient canned pumpkin to get consumers through the holiday season but expected supplies to run short before next year.“If you just have to spend more this year, then perhaps you can turn to the local, organic, or sustainable suppliers for this year’s holiday meals,” Foster said. “Prices for the same items in those markets continue to be strong and in the case of turkey, they may be hard to find. Bargain shoppers may find opportunities in diversifying into other meats such as pork and beef, but there is likely no substitute this year for pumpkin pie with prices running higher than last year.”Driving to a holiday destination should also cost less this year, Foster said.“If you are making a trip to celebrate the season with family, then it’s good to know that the national average price of regular gas is $2.16 per gallon, a fraction of a cent lower than this time last year,” he said. “So whether you are staying home or hitting the road, have a happy and safe holiday.”last_img read more

Vimeo Video School: Final Cut Pro X From Start to Finish

first_imgReady to master Final Cut Pro X? Dive into this exhaustive tutorial series by Vimeo Video School that covers everything you need to know about FCPX.Final Cut Pro 7 released in 2009 to wide acclaim and support from the editing community. Apple stopped support for the NLE only one year later and released Final Cut Pro X a year after that. With the release of FCPX, editors and professionals all over the world panned the software. Many felt it was too limiting and too “dumbed” down. Now, four years and 12 updates later, FCPX has become a fully legit NLE that’s used to edit big budget motion pictures like the recently released Focus, starring Will Smith.For a broader view of the differences between Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX and a look at why editors should consider FCPX, check out this article from Larry Jordan.With all of his firmly in mind, Vimeo Video School developed an in-depth series of tutorials for FCPX from starting a new project to exporting that project for distribution. Let’s get started and learn how to master FCPX.1. Final Cut Pro X IntroductionIn this first tutorial, we get a formal introduction to FCPX and the question is posed to us, “Ready to conquer the complex world of film editing?” Yes. Yes, we are. Let’s get going. 16. Working with StillsDo you have still photos that you need to add to your project? Well, in this episode we learn how to crop, trim and add the always popular Ken Burns effect to our images. 8. Working with MarkersWe’ve browsed our media and we’ve dropped footage into the timeline. Now let’s drop some markers. Markers can be used to add notes, reminders, and chapter separations in order to further streamline the process. 4. Analyzing Your MediaSo, we’ve imported our footage and we’re ready to start editing. However, let’s take a minute to analyze the footage and add meta data and keywords to our clips to help streamline the editing process. 5. Managing Your MediaWe have our footage imported and now it has meta data and keywords attached. Now we need to organize all of this by compiling clips into libraries, events, and projects. This will help create Smart Collections, thus making it easier to add and search for footage later on. 14. Utilizing Visual EffectsYour transitions are added and you’re ready to add the final finishing touches to your project. Here we’ll learn how to jump back and forth between the effects browser and inspector to adjust color presets and how to use the keyer effect. 6. Understanding Playback and SkimmingAll of our meta data and keywords are added and our Smart Collections are definitely making things easier. Now were ready to review some of that footage. So, in this episode we’ll learn about playback and skimming. Want more content covering Final Cut Pro X? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Integrate FCPX Into Logic Pro X10 Must-Have Final Cut Pro X PluginsThe New Final Cut Pro X Update Brings 3D Text and MoreAre you a new Final Cut Pro X user? Did these tutorials help you learn the software? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Learning the InterfaceNext up, we get a lay of the land and learn everything we need to know about the interface. From the available tools to the streamline functionality, Vimeo gets us ready to tackle any job. 15. Adding TextWe’re getting ever closer to exporting our project, but now we need to know how to add text or a title for the project. In this episode we learn everything we need to know about creating titles, captions, and credits inside FCPX.center_img 13. Using TransitionsWe have all of our footage, audio, music, and sound fx in our timeline. However, all of our cuts are harsh. Let’s learn how to browse through transition options and make moving from one clip to another smooth and easier to watch. 12. Adding Music and SoundYour project is coming together and we have a nice timeline going, but it’s missing something: music and sound. In this episode we learn how to add music, sound effects, record voiceover, and import projects from GarageBand and Logic Pro X. 3. Importing MediaNow that we have a basic introduction and we know the ins and outs of the interface, we’re ready to get started. In this episode, we learn how to properly and easily import our footage for editing. 9. Editing AudioSo you have your footage inserted into your timeline and you’ve begun your edit. However, we can’t forget about audio. So, in this episode we learn how to mute, solo, fade, and adjust the levels of our audio. 10. Editing Video in the InspectorOur clips are in the timeline and our audio levels are good to go, so let’s look at the abilities of the inspector. In the inspector we can adjust effects, add keyframes, rotate or crop our clips, as well as adjust the size and color correct. 7. Starting Your EditNow that you know how to review, playback, and skim through your footage, let’s start dropping it into the timeline. In this episode we’ll learn the process of starting our edit and how to use the timeline effectively. 17. Exporting and Uploading to VimeoWe have finalized our edit and it’s ready to be distributed to the masses. In this final episode we learn how to export our project easily and get it uploaded to Vimeo within a matter of minutes. 11. Editing Audio in the InspectorNow that we know how to edit and adjust our clips in the inspector, let’s look at doing the same for our audio. In this episode we learn that you can do just that. Auto-enhance your audio, apply presets, and make manual adjustments.last_img read more

TNT, SMB repulse foes

first_imgArellano zooms to 2-0 card WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It’s been very difficult for us,” the rookie coach answered when asked why such a talent-laden squad is running in the middle of the 12-team pack and is still a win out of the playoffs despite improving to 5-3. “Every day has been different for us, something always comes up.“As a team, we are unstable because of a lot of things—Gilas, import situation, Gilas, injuries and then Gilas again,” he said. “But again, that’s a sacrifice we have to make. Hopefully, we can (eventually) get our stride.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRiding its superior local lineup, San Miguel Beer snapped a two-game losing streak after a 103-96 decision of Rain or Shine later in the night, improving to 4-3 overall and staying alive in the hunt for a top four berth.The Beermen got paltry numbers from outgoing import Terik Bridgeman—he was held to just four points—for the second straight game, but with four locals tossing in twin digits, San Miguel was able to put a halt to the Elasto Painters’ three-game winning streak. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:02From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Rain or Shine dropped into a tie with the Beermen, who got 27 points from Chris Ross. MOST READcenter_img Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa led from start to finish on Wednesday night and brought down one of the leaders in the PBA Governors’ Cup in sister team Meralco, 113-107, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After that, coach Nash Racela was still talking about the instability of his crew, which, he stressed, has been the main reason the Texters have been on and off in the season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more