Correction: The previous story stated Jean Von Hollen when it should have been Tony Von Hollen.TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor is forgiving the fees for the burial of the ashes of Tony Von Hollen who used to be a former Councillor and Mayor with the District of Taylor.But before they could go ahead with the decision, they had to make sure they could legally do it. Once that was cleared, they took the vote to council.- Advertisement -Mayor Rob Fraser said that with all the work he put in for the district, that he had no problem waiving the fees.He also asked that staff come back with a policy for forgiveness of costs for previous Mayor or Council members that sat on the board.
Additional comments from the Editor:Dr. Bergman has two books in print on the persecution of creationists and Darwin skeptics, and a third is coming soon. In the Introduction to the second volume, Silencing the Darwin Skeptics: The War Against Theists (Leafcutter Press, 2016), Kevin Wirth points out the arrogance of many Darwin defenders (pp xv-xvii). After quoting Richard Dawkins, who had blasted the eminent physicist Freeman Dyson for being insufficiently intolerant of religious people, Wirth comments:Dawkins parrots a familiar refrain: no one who comes from a different field of science is qualified to offer an opinion worth contemplating. Militant Darwinists have no patience with those who disagree with them. It aggravates them to no end to have to listen to what they consider to be foolish prattle. They want dissidents to be silenced and removed from the conversation – and they want it to happen yesterday. And they are often not content to just distance themselves from dissidents, but instead often go after them with the intent to do harm. Dr. Bergman’s work makes this painfully obvious.We encourage our readers to see the evidence for themselves in Dr Bergman’s alarming books: Slaughter of the Dissidents (Vol. I, 2008), Silencing the Darwin Skeptics (Vol II, 2016), and Censorship of Darwin Skeptics (Vol III, due out this year, which will contain my JPL experience). We see the same insufferable arrogance and intolerance in Laura Geggel’s article (see David Klinghoffer’s response in Evolution News & Science Today). During the Inquisition, authorities dressed heretics in dunce caps before burning them at the stake. The comparison is apt. —David Coppedge(Visited 843 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Dr Jerry BergmanIn a recent article at Live Science, Laura Geggel asks, “Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People?” She claims that “For more than a millennium, scholars have noticed a curious correlation: Atheists tend to be more intelligent than religious people.”[i] How they could know this, since IQ tests and other means of measuring intelligence were only developed at the start of the last century, was not answered. Another problem is many kinds of intelligence exist, such as doing well on paper and pencil tests, or on performance tests, for example. Also, there exist intelligence in other areas, such as music IQ, math IQ, abstract conceptualization IQ, verbal IQ, personality IQ, even emotional IQ,[ii] and, according to some authors, 120 different kinds of IQs.Geggel continues, “researchers of a new study have an idea: Religion is an instinct and those who can rise above instincts are more intelligent than those who rely on them.” This conclusion vastly oversimplifies reality. As a professor, I have worked with, and have known, a large number of very intelligent people. In my experience, when it comes to the origins issue, creation vs. evolution, this generalization is certainly not true. Emotions and irrationality commonly surface fairly soon in these conversations, making rational discourse difficult, if not impossible.The article points to a meta-analysis of 63 studies that supposedly found religious people tend to be less intelligent than nonreligious people.[iii] According to this study, “the association was stronger among college students and the general public than for those younger than college age”.This association likely has a lot to do with education indoctrination. More intelligent people are more likely to go to college and, as a result, they are frequently exposed to anti-Christian, or at least anti-theism ideas as well as pro-Darwinism beliefs. The reason has been documented by Stanford Educated Attorney Greg Lukianoff, who is President of an organization fighting censorship in colleges called FIRE. In short, he found that campus intolerance of free speech and censorship is primarily directed at Christians. He adds that a chilling discovery was that Christian groups are disproportionately more likely to be threatened on campus, adding: “If you told me twelve years ago that I, a liberal atheist, would devote a sizeable portion of my career to defending Christian groups, I might have been surprised. But almost from my first day at FIRE, I was shocked to realize how badly Christian groups are often treated.”[iv] He then reviewed some of his experiences, noting in the last few yearsdozens of colleges across the country threatened or derecognized Christian groups because of their refusal to say that they would not “discriminate” on the basis of belief. These colleges included, to name a few, Arizona State University, Brown University, California State University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University, Tufts University, the University of Arizona, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Mary Washington, the University of New Mexico, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Washington University.[v]One major contributing factor to this intolerance—as reported by a 2007 study from the Institute for Jewish and Community Research—is that, of all groups, “faculty hold the most unfavorable feelings toward evangelicals.” The study added that only one group elicited high negative feelings among faculty, namely evangelical Christians:faculty hold the most unfavorable feelings toward evangelicalsOnly 30% ranked their feelings toward evangelical Christians as warm/favorable, with only 11% feeling very warm/favorable, the lowest ranking among every other religious group, and 53% said that they have cool/unfavorable feelings toward evangelical Christians. Faculty feelings about evangelicals are significantly cooler than any other religious group, leading Mormons as the least liked religious group by 20%. These negative feelings are noted across academic disciplines and demographic factors.[vi] Another study found that an amazing 71 percent of all faculty believe that Americawould be better off if Christian Fundamentalists kept their religious beliefs out of politics … [only] Twenty-four percent disagreed and 5% were not sure. The public agreed, but at far lower percentages than faculty—54% agreed, 39% disagreed, and 7% were unsure. … About 92% of liberals agreed that fundamentalist Christians should keep their religious beliefs out of politics, as did 66% of moderates, and 23% of conservatives.[vii]One reason for the censorship is many people feel, as Professor Karl Giberson wrote, that “Young Earth creationism is a threat to American survival.”[viii] This and similar articles amount to hate literature and have produced the perception that the censorship is fully justified. Ironically, Giberson teaches at Stonehill College, a private, non-profit, co-educational, Roman Catholic Liberal Arts college located in Easton, Massachusetts founded in 1948. Lukianoff found from his work defending free speech that on college and university “campuses today, students are punished for everything from mild satire, to writing politically incorrect short stories, to having the “wrong” opinion on virtually every hot button issue, and, increasingly, simply for criticizing the college administration.” Here are some examples. One student waspunished for publicly reading a book; a professor labeled a deadly threat to campus for posting a pop-culture quote on his door; students required to lobby the government for political causes they disagreed with in order to graduate; a student government that passed a “Sedition Act” empowering them to bring legal action against students who criticized them; and students across the country being forced to limit their “free speech activities” to tiny, isolated corners of campus creepily dubbed “free speech zones.”[ix]We should be asking whether America would be better off if atheists kept their own anti-religious beliefs out of politics. The study also found that, whereas amajority of faculty believe ethnic or religious minority students at their institution are reluctant to express their views, seven percent of faculty very often “perceive that ethnic or religious minority students at [their] institution are reluctant to express their views because they might be contrary to those held by faculty,” another 14% said fairly often, and 38% said occasionally—a total of 59%. Only 30% said never or almost never, and 12% did not know.[x]The researchers in the study quoted above assumed that nonreligious people were more rational and thus better able to reason that there was no God, but instead “found evidence that intelligence is positively associated with certain kinds of bias.” This bias blind spot occurs when people cannot detect bias, or flaws, in their own thinking. Ironically, “a larger bias blind spot was associated with higher cognitive ability,”[xi] This conclusion agrees with my review of academia and the intolerance against evangelical Christians, and may be one reason why studies indicate theists score lower on tests compared to those with more advanced education, especially in the sciences.[i] Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | June 5, 2017 study published May 16 in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science under the title “Why is Intelligence Negatively Associated with Religiousness?” Springer International Publishing. http://www.livescience.com/59361-why-are-atheists-generally-more-intelligent.html.[ii] Sally Bennett. 2017. Emotional Intelligence. Geneva Publishing[iii] Miron Zukerman, Jordan Silberman and Judith Hall. 2013.The Relation Between Intelligence and Religiosity: A Meta-Analysis and Some Proposed Explanations. Personality and Social Psychology Review. 17(4) 325–354[iv] Greg Lukianoff, 2012. Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of the American Debate. New York: Encounter Books, p. 163.[v] Lukianoff, 2012, p.169.[vi] Lukianoff, 2012, p. 12.[vii] Gary A. Tobin, Ph.D. and Aryeh K. Weinberg, 2007. Volume 2: Religious Beliefs Behavior of College Faculty Institute for Jewish & Community Research p. 10.[viii] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karl-giberson-phd/young-earth-creationism-threat-to-american-survival_b_2192491.html.[ix] Lukianoff, 2013 pp. 4-5.[x] Gary A. Tobin, Ph.D. Aryeh K. Weinberg 2007. Volume 2: Religious Beliefs Behavior of College Faculty Institute for Jewish & Community Research, p. 11.[xi] West, Richard F.; Meserve, Russell J.; Stanovich, Keith E. 2012. Cognitive sophistication does not attenuate the bias blind spot. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103(3): 506-519. September.Dr Jerry Bergman is the author of 40 books and monographs, and is also a science professor and public speaker. He is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile and previous articles here.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The British voted to leave the EU. This decision leaves many unknowns on how this will affect the market long term. So far, this hasn’t affected the grain markets significantly. However, with the dollar stronger, beans may be hit as exports will be more expensive. Are The Highs Over For The Year?It depends on the weather. If forecasts remain wet, the highs are likely done. If weather gets hot and dry, the sky is the limit. The next three weeks of forecasts will determine the corn market. Following is a summary of weather conditions:1/3 of corn belt – great conditions1/3 of corn belt – dry, needs rain1/3 of corn belt – “normal” for this time of yearWith timely rains, expect trend-line or above average yields. Large scale dry conditions may bring a market rally back to recent highs.WheatThe wheat harvest continues to push north and yields are great. There is too much wheat that needs a home. The market is noticing the wheat surplus and end users are trying to find ways to displace corn in the ration. As corn struggles, wheat will likely follow….both will hold the other back.BeansThe effects of weather on beans has more time than corn. Without a yield reduction, beans are likely overvalued long term. Market ActionIt has been a very busy two weeks. Following provides details on recent trades including strategy and rationale.1) Bean BasisLast week I finally priced all of my 2015 bean basis at –.70 the July futures basis picked up on the farm. With the very large carryout this year, I wanted to take the basis now versus waiting (it could be worse down the road). Also, my local processor rolled their bids from the July to November, which indicates they have sufficient coverage on and there is likely little upside basis potential left. In doing this roll they also further lowered the bid they were paying when the spreads in the market are factored in. This was 30 cents from the top of the market over the marketing year and 5 cents better than at harvest last fall.While I’m satisfied with the basis price, I was a little disappointed I didn’t hit the top. There were a few unexpected circumstances that made basis prices behave differently than in years past.Soymeal demand was lower than prior years, so processors didn’t need to push prices as expectedMore farmers took advantage of deferred pricing (DP) programs offered by local processors than ever beforeBean prices rallied unexpectedly in April, causing basis to fall apart. 2) Corn BasisLast week I priced 70% of my 2015 corn basis at -.42 basis picked up on the farm. This basis was 20 cents from the top of the market for the marketing year and 5 cents better than basis at harvest. I avoided long lines and moisture discounts by storing at home but I missed the chance at higher basis levels earlier in the year. Similar to beans I think there is limited basis potential by waiting at this point because many farmers still need to move their stored grain before harvest, which will likely ramp up in late July and August.This year basis moved a little uncharacteristically and I missed the top largely because of two unexpected factors:More farmers took advantage of deferred pricing (DP) programs offered by local processors than ever before, which enabled ethanol plants to procure corn without pushing basis higher.The unexpected 10 inches of rain in December in the upper Midwest caused large elevators with uncovered ground piles to move grain much earlier than intended. This suppressed demand and kept basis uncharacteristically lower. This has only happened once in the last 30 years (1993), so this was ultimately bad luck and not due to faulty strategy.I still have 10% of my 2015 production basis left to sell. I’m going to wait on this to see if there is a drought, which could cause a basis rally in my area. If a drought happens, I could store the last 10% and carry it over to the next year to get a better basis value. Obviously I don’t want a drought to happen, but I’m keeping a little flexibility in my marketing just in case it does.3) Bean SpreadIn late April I had a May futures position (sold at $9.20) I rolled to the July for a 10 cent premium ($9.30). Last week, fearing dry weather and increased exports could push the July prices to extreme inverses (when July is higher priced than futures months after it), I moved my futures position to the August at a 2.5 cent inverse or loss (now $9.265 against the Aug including commissions).Right now there is a 13-cent inverse (decrease) from Aug to Nov, which increases my risk of taking a loss yet on this trade. Typically beans adjust to a carry position closer to the delivery period when there is a large carryout (like we have in the market currently), so I’m going to wait it out. I think the risk is manageable and I’m comfortable with what I know today. Two months ago this spread was a 20 cent loss, so it is narrowing. This still leaves me 100% priced on my 2016 production at a $9.45 average.4) Corn Option #1On Dec. 10, 2015 I sold a $4.30 July corn call for 10 cents. On Tuesday last week when corn was lower, I bought back my sale for a half cent and half cent of commission or a total of 1 cent. While this option expired only three days later, I felt in case weather forecasts changed and pushed the market substantially higher I should exist the position. In other words, why risk 1 cent of profit for no real upside potential? I net 9 cents profit on this trade.5) Corn SpreadLast Nov I had 22% of my 2016 production hedged in Dec ’15 corn futures. I rolled those forward to the Jul ’16 contract hoping to pick up more in the spread between July and Dec than was offered in the market at the time (which was only 10 cents). This last week I rolled those July sales including the one in #6 below to the Sep futures for a 3.5-cent carry (or profit).I did this now because if weather forecasts show hot and dry, I would prefer the 3.5-cent profit versus taking a potential loss on the trade. I still have some risk on the Sep/Dec futures spread, but with potentially 1.7 billion bushels of U.S. corn carryout, I don’t think many end users will want to take grain delivery two weeks before harvest starts (when corn prices are usually at their lowest). The market needs to pay somebody to hold the grain into the future. I want to capitalize on that possibility and I’m willing to take a little risk on 33% of my crop for it. I’m expecting to take more than 8 cents on this Sep / Dec spread and thus doing better than what the market was giving me back in November.6) Corn Option #2On Feb. 19 I sold a $3.80 July corn call for 15 cents. With corn above $3.80 on the July ($3.85) my call turns into a futures contract. This is like a $3.95 sale against the July futures and I still have the potential of the spread between July and December futures. As illustrated in #5 above I have added another 3.5 cents making this trade worth $3.985 now. PositionWith the basis trades now set I can finally set my price for the 2015 crop year. I will reexamine the results of my 2015 sales in late August to assess how my trades look compared to the opportunities I was presented over the marketing year. POSITION – CORN20152016Corn Sold100%55%CBOT Price$4.58$4.17Market Carry$0.185$.25 estBasis on Farm($0.42)($.25) estOptions & spread profits–$0.03 estCash Price$4.34$4.20 estPOSITION – BEANS20152016Beans Sold100%100%CBOT Price$10.79$9.20Market Carry$0.165$.30 estBasis on Farm($0.70)($.30) estCash Price$10.25$9.20 est I have another 22% of my production locked up in covered calls. While they don’t provide downside protection, in a sideways market they are the best play. Even in up and down markets they provide some extra premium potential. Following is a summary of my current options position: Options-CornDate Option PlacedExpiration DateStrike PricePremium Received2/19/20168/26/2016$4.00$0.194/26/20168/26/2016$4.00$0.194/26/20168/26/2016$4.50$0.099/15/201511/25/2016$4.80$0.183/24/201611/25/2016$4.40$0.166/6/201611/25/2016$5.00$0.10 If corn futures were to rally, and all of these covered calls were hit, it would be an average sale price of $4.25 futures with 15 cents additional premium from the call value. That price value of $4.40 is well above my breakeven and after this week certainly looks like a value I would like to have on my entire crop.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. 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Michael Quoc How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Related Posts Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging … How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. Before AR, shoppers had two options: they could go to a physical store, or order online and hope for the best. Return policies were heavily used as many found the product didn’t live up to their expectations. The fit was off, the color wasn’t right, or it just looked different in real life.Now, imagine a world where e-commerce is enabled by AR. Users enjoy the ultimate “try before you buy” from their comfort of their own home. As long as they have their phone, shoppers can envision themselves wearing a new pair of jeans, trying on a new shade of lipstick, or adding a new ottoman to their living room. AR delivers virtual dressing rooms and showrooms to the user, wherever they’re located and whenever they’re ready to shop. It may sound futuristic, but that vision of e-commerce is now upon us. With the release of Apple’s iOS 11 this fall, AR is available to anyone who has an iPhone 6 and above. As Apple’s SVP of Software engineering Craig Federighi said, “With iOS 11, we’re delivering the biggest AR platform in the world.” Here are three ways Apple’s ARKit will revolutionize e-commerce.1. Fewer returnsInternet Retailer estimates that 30 percent of apparel bought online is returned. AR should bring that number way down. Returns aren’t the only cost of e-commerce, either. Sure, shoppers get their money back, but there’s still a cost in overall customer satisfaction, as they have to deal with the hassle of returns, and find themselves questioning whether next time, they’ll experience a similar disappointment. Over time, these subpar experiences slowly chip away at customer loyalty. With AR, customer confidence will increase as products meet expectations, and overall customer satisfaction will rise.2. Bigger checkoutsAR will bring other, unexpected benefits to e-commerce, like the ability to charge more. 40 percent of shoppers said they would pay more for a product if they could test it with AR first, according to a study by Retail Perceptions.AR can increase sales for other products, too. Instead of simply offering the shopper similar items based on their previous purchases, users can virtually “try” them on right then and there. They might layer a necklace over their new dress, or consider how a coffee table might look next to their new sofa. 3. An app renaissanceAs responsive websites have become the norm, standalone apps have become less important for online retailers. But now, thanks to the capabilities of AR, there will be a new use case for apps, bringing them back into the fold. With ARKit, app developers can offer something unique to shoppers on their app. They can try products on using the app, or unlock special deals in-store. Plus, having an app on a person’s iPhone gives brands another opportunity to further enmesh themselves in their consumers’ lives.ConclusionIf done right, AR will solve many problems for e-commerce, and bring new benefits. Our next post will take a look at how e-commerce brands are already changing the game with ARKit.Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc.
The Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland or NSCN(I-M), once the fountainhead of extremism in the Northeast, has appointed a chief almost three years after the death of its founder-chairman Isak Chishi Swu.The faction is named after Swu, who died at 86 in June 2016 after a prolonged illness, and its general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah.An NSCN(I-M) spokesperson said the collective leadership appointed Qhehezu Tuccu as the chairman and Tongmeth Konyak as vice-chairman during an assembly at Camp Hebron, the faction’s headquarters near Nagaland’s Dimapur town. Mr. Konyak fills the post vacated by Khole Konyak, who died in December last year.A close associateThe two were handed over charge in the presence of Mr. Muivah. Mr. Tuccu has been a close associate of Swu and Mr. Muivah for years. Like his predecessor, he belongs to the Sumi community that dominates Dimapur district. Most of the members of NSCN(I-M) are Manipur-based Tangkhuls, the community Mr. Muivah is from.The NSCN was formed in January 1980 by extremists who did not accept the Shillong Accord of 1975 between New Delhi and the Naga National Council that had been fighting a separatist war since the 1950s. But the NSCN split in 1988, one led by the Myanmar-based S.S. Khaplang and the other by Isak-Muivah.The NSCN(I-M) has been pursuing a peace process with the Indian government but a final settlement has been elusive. The Khaplang faction of the NSCN too joined the peace process in 2001 but walked out of it in March 2015.