Try the Fun of Square Dancing for Free

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0By Amethyst and Susanna Mason for Olympia Area Square DancersAre you looking for something new to do this fall? Maybe, an extracurricular activity to entertain you during the bleak Washington winter months? The friendly Olympia Area Square Dancers at Lac-a-do Hall invite you to enjoy a Free Introduction to Square Dancing on September 6, starting at 6:30 p.m.Square dancing is a fun way to get in shape and stay in shape, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Within a two hour dance, we walk anywhere from three to five miles – although, it does not feel like exercise because you are having so much fun. Also, studies show that square dancing reduces stress, prevents dementia, and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.The dances and lessons are all family friendly, alcohol free and smoke free. They provide a broad scope of social interaction in a guaranteed safe environment, where you learn dance skills that you can take with you and perform anywhere in the world.There are only two requirements for potential dancers: You must be between the ages of ten and one-hundred and ten. You must be able to stand and walk for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.Please join us on Thursday, September 6th, at Lac-a-do Hall, 1721 46th Avenue NE in Olympia. If you enjoy this free introduction, you will be given the opportunity to participate in low priced lessons every Thursday for ten weeks to get you well on your way to becoming an accomplished square dancer. If Thursdays don’t work for you, we also offer Monday night lessons starting in October. It doesn’t matter whether you are single, a couple, or a family looking for a fun activity at a low cost, we would love to have you. For more information, call 360-438-1248 or visit the Olympia Square Dancers website.last_img read more

How to Use the Internet

first_imgThe Internet, especially social media sites like FaceBook, Twitter, Shazaam, Instagram and Tumblr is the most thrilling, fantastic place in the world. And because it’s so make belief, where you can create a profile and be who and whatever you want to be, it’s super easy to get lost in it.That’s why you have to pay close attention to your cursor and where you point it at times and on what you double click-on, because it can land you to one distraction after another. Thus causing you not to get any work done at home, school or in your office, especially when you have a deadline, kind of like the one I am working under right now.From pictures of the great United States of America where so many Liberians yearn to visit, down to how to prepare homemade dishes, to cute hairstyle, boys and girls on Facebook, to an interesting article about the recent Varney Sherman scandal in the online website, internet is totally freaking awesome!What is more addicting than hearing that ‘ding- ding’ sound as a reminder that ‘you’ve got a message or notification from FaceBook,’ or checking if anyone retweeted or shared your latest tweet and post. Let me be the first to come out of the closet and admit that more than once I’ve “woken up” feeling depressed that all those likes on a recent picture I posted the day before, was just a dream.However, knowing that being in Africa and so far away from my family, who lives in America, doesn’t seem that bad after all when the world is at my fingertips. I should remember that I need to be mindful though on the Internet whenever possible. For instance, I can remember a screen shot that someone took of my page two years ago that made tons of people un-friend me and left my employer eager to hold a ‘serious’ meeting with me – a friend on my page that I had never met before felt that she had the right to post cruel comments about my sexuality and make it into a sick joke. It almost cost me my respect.By using mindfulness on the Internet, you can become much more productive and spend your time much more wisely. You can also stay away from mistakenly branding yourself in a manner that could affect the way people see you, especially if you are a professional.Since I know from my experience as a radio broadcaster that Liberians love the lists of how to do this and that, here is a list of how to surf the Internet using your mouse wisely:1. An easy app to help you out. BreakTime, an app I ran across last week lets the user know when to take an easy, slow down on how much you are using your PC at a time. I am ashamed to let you know how often my alerts pop up. This app works on my Dell Precision and can work on any PC. Slowing down when you’re using the internet might sound crazy, especially knowing that Liberians in general use it at times to get their daily earnings, but browsing too much means you will spend more time on stupid websites, wasting your precious megabytes.2. Use your computer small-small. By only checking FaceBook when you have more than 30 notifications, or catching up on dating sites when you have more than 25 people interested in you, you allow the sites you browse to know how to engage you. It will know what you want! (entertaining you, informing you, connecting you with other folks).3. Make sure there is something not on your wall you shouldn’t share. I have loads of stupid pictures of me, me feeding people who didn’t ask to be shown being fed and of my field activities floating around the Internet. And for every stupid picture or video that’s floating around that I posted, people will see the craziness that led me into posting it in the first place…Just be safe and make sure to follow mindfulness on the Internet. It’s not all cake and cookies in the cyber world, trust me. Don’t lose your awareness and get sucked into a black hole, which feels like a naked picture of you being leaked.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The best goalkeeper in the Premier League revealed and it’s not Mignolet!

first_img 7 7 4) Petr Cech: 10 per cent of fans think the Arsenal goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League 7 5) Simon Mignolet: seven per cent of fans think the Liverpool goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League 7 When former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann claimed Simon Mignolet is the third best goalkeeper in the Premier League, we were sure there were fans who would disagree.So we asked them if they believed the Belgian was better than a selection of the top flight’s other no.1s.Another Anfield favourite, Danny Murphy, certainly thinks Hamann is talking rubbish. “Do me a favour. I don’t know what he is talking about,” he told talkSPORT.“I would love to have a chat with him about it, because he is not watching the same games as me.”Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the results of the poll.JACK BUTLAND WILL BE ENGLAND’S NO.1, TALKSPORT TOLD 3) Thibaut Courtois: 12 per cent think the Chelsea goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League 7 6) Jack Butland: five per cent of fans think the Stoke goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League 1) Hugo Lloris: 35 per cent think the Tottenham goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League 7 2) David De Gea: 28 per cent think the Man United goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League 7 7) Joe Hart: three per cent of fans think the Man City goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League last_img read more

Sox close in on a sweep

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Red Sox made Coors Field their own pinball palace, spraying balls to every part of the park and moving within one win of another World Series sweep. On a night when rookies ruled, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia sparked the Red Sox from the top of the order, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Boston beat Colorado, 10-5, on Saturday night for a 3-0 Series lead. Still, the Red Sox weren’t quite ready to celebrate. “We don’t want to eat the cake before your birthday,” Manny Ramirez said. Ellsbury became the first rookie in 61 years with four hits in a Series game, getting three of Boston’s seven doubles. Pedroia had three hits, including a bunt single that helped spark a six-run third against Josh Fogg, who allowed 12 of 19 batters to reach. GAME 3: Boston races ahead and then holds off Colorado to move within one win of title. By Ronald Blum THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER – Mile high or sea level, these Boston Red Sox can’t be stopped. Colorado was down, 6-0, in the third and seemingly out, but came back with two runs in the sixth. The Rockies then closed to 6-5 when Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer in the seventh on Hideki Okajima’s first pitch. “It looked like we were hanging on for dear life,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. But the Rockies’ chance to get back into the World Series vanished into Coors Field’s thin air. Ellsbury lofted an RBI double down the right-field line off Brian Fuentes in the eighth that just eluded Brad Hawpe’s attempt at a sliding, backhand catch, and Pedroia followed with a two-run double to right that made it 9-5. Jason Varitek added a sacrifice fly in the ninth of a game that took 4 hours, 19 minutes – the longest nine-inning game in Series history. “We got a little comfortable,” Ellsbury said. “It was big to respond after their big inning.” It was a night that resembled Coors’ pre-humidifier days, when it was baseball’s premier launching pad. “With their offense, no lead is safe,” Pedroia said. On Oct. 27 three years ago at old Busch Stadium, the Red Sox completed a sweep of St. Louis for their first World Series title in 86 years. Having won seven straight Series games for the first time in franchise history, Boston will try for its seventh championship today. Jon Lester starts for the Red Sox against Aaron Cook in a matchup of pitchers who made it back to the majors after major medical problems. The 22 previous teams that took a 3-0 World Series lead all went on to win, 19 with sweeps. “It looks like we’re in groundbreaking territory,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. If the Rockies are the National League’s best, the senior circuit has a lot of catching up to do. Maybe it is the rust of a record eight-day layoff for the Rockies, or maybe the Red Sox really are a league above. Colorado has been outscored, 25-7, and is batting just .222. Boston’s batters have been bruisers, hitting .352 in the Series with 16 doubles. The Rockies were the talk of baseball with 21 wins in 22 games coming into the Series, but they’ve gone into reverse, looking more like the fourth-place team they were in mid-September. “After 21 of 22, four games doesn’t seem like a whole lot,” Fuentes said. Boston has won six straight since falling behind Cleveland 3-1 in the AL Championship Series. While the Yankees owned the 20th century, the Red Sox are one win from becoming the first team to win two titles in the 21st. “We have to continue our focus the same way,” Varitek said. Francona, the first manager to start 7-0 in Series history, made all the right moves. Ellsbury, who hit ninth in the opener and No. 8 in Game 2, moved to the top of the order and became only the third rookie with four hits in a Series game, following Freddie Lindstrom in 1924 and Joe Garagiola in 1946. David Ortiz, kept in the lineup despite the loss of the designated hitter in the NL city, doubled in the first run and flawlessly handled both his chances at first base before Kevin Youkilis replaced him in the bottom of the sixth. Hurdle also made some moves. He benched center fielder Willy Taveras, started Cory Sullivan in center, moved Kaz Matsui – Matsuzaka’s old Seibu Lions teammate – to leadoff and batted Troy Tulowitzki second. Matsuzaka, the first Japanese pitcher to win a World Series game, was worth every penny of the $103 million the Red Sox spent to lure him last winter. He pitched shutout ball into the sixth and wound up allowing two runs and three hits in 51/3 innings. He also drove in two runs with his first big-league hit. Matsuzaka left after consecutive walks with one out in the sixth, and Javier Lopez allowed consecutive RBI singles to Hawpe and Yorvit Torrealba that made it 6-2. Mike Timlin escaped when pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs flied to the center-field warning track and Jeff Baker, another pinch hitter, lined to leaping shortstop Julio Lugo. Holliday had Rockies fans thinking comeback with his home run into the Rockpile, which ended a streak of 171/3 scoreless innings in the postseason for Okajima and closer Jonathan Papelbon. Todd Helton followed with a single, but Okajima recovered to strike out Garrett Atkins and Hawpe, then retired Torrealba on a comebacker. Papelbon retired Holliday on a flyout to left with two outs in the eighth and finished for his second save of the Series. Boston’s burst in the third had quieted the crowd of 49,983. Ortiz doubled to put Boston ahead, Mike Lowell’s single up the middle made it 3-0 and Varitek hit a one-out single to left, where Holliday made a strong throw home to just catch Ramirez – who signaled himself safe as umpire Ted Barrett called him out. Matsuzaka’s single made it 5-0 lead and Ellsbury drove in another run with his second double of the inning. Rockies relievers retired 14 of the next 15. But it turned out the six runs were enough.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lucas legacy turns to Folklore

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaBob Baffert, who trains Talullah Lula, was asked what it will take to defeat Folklore. “An act of God,” he said. Proposed, perfectly ridden by jockey Patrick Valenzuela, won the first stakes race of her career when she convincingly handled her six rivals in the Grade II $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday. Both Brother Derek and Stevie Wonderboy, the one-two finishers in Saturday’s San Rafael Stakes, came out of the race in good order and are on course for a possible rematch in the Santa Catalina Stakes on March 4. “Everything looked good (Sunday morning) and it looks like a good time to take a few extra weeks to bring him back, so he’ll be fresh for March, April and May,” Brother Derek’s trainer Dan Hendricks said. ARCADIA – Folklore, making her first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last October at Belmont Park in New York, will attract most of the attention – betting and otherwise – when she takes the track this afternoon in the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes. Owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, Folklore will be coupled in the wagering with stablemate Dance Daily, and the entry, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, is the 1-5 favorite to beat their four rivals, Trick’s Pic, Talullah Lula, My Little Monkey and Lake Como in the Grade II sprint at seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies. Folklore, expected to be honored with an Eclipse Award next week as the best 2-year-old filly in 2005, will be the seventh winner in that category for Lukas. “That’s pretty remarkable,” the Hall of Fame trainer said with humility and pride. “She’s doing very, very well. All systems are go. We’re excited to see her make her (3-year-old) debut.” center_img Chris Emigh, 36, a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and the leading rider at Hawthorne Park in Chicago, will ride in Southern California for the immediate future. He was 22nd in the nation last year in number of victories with 219. Sir Beaufort Stakes winner Chinese Dragon, who has designs on the $300,000 Kilroe Mile on March 4, could make his next start in Louisiana and is expected to leave Southern California on Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgJack Cooney pictured with former Westmeath manager Paidi O’Se before the Leinster Football Final in 2004.Former Westmeath selector Jack Cooney has joined Rory Gallagher’s backroom team ahead of the forthcoming 2015 season.Cooney was a selector for Westmeath under the tutelage of former Kerry GAA legend Paidi O’Se.The pair presided over the most successful period in the Lake County’s history and famously won the Leinster championship title with Westmeath in 2004. Cooney applied for the Westmeath job, but despite his cult status within the county he was overlooked in favour of Tom Cribbin.However, Cooney is a high profile appointment and one which will bring fresh impetus to the Donegal camp.He’s renowned for being a top-class coach and motivator and is known for his tactical nous.Former Westmeath player Dessie Dolan said he was one of the best coaches he’s ever worked under. Cooney will link up with the Donegal team ahead of their Dr McKenna Cup clash with Fermanagh.Donegal need a win over Gallagher’s native county to have any chance of progressing to the knock-out stages of the pre-season competition.Donegal host Derry on January 31st in the opening match of the 2015 Allianz National League.   FORMER WESTMEATH SELECTOR JOINS RORY GALLAGHER’S BACKROOM TEAM was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Backroom teamdonegalGAAJack CooneynewsRory GallagherSportWestmeathlast_img read more

Ouch! McHugh suffers horror injury on SPL debut for Motherwell

first_imgOUCH! Donegal’s Carl McHugh suffered a nasty injury on his SPL debut for Motherwell earlier this afternoon. The former Reading, Bradford City and Plymouth Argyle player signed for Motherwell in July.McHugh, who hails from Lettermacaward in the Rosses, suffered the horrible injury in Motherwell’s 2-1 win away to Kilmarnock. McHugh suffered the horrible injury just above his eye in the 56th minute and was subsequently replaced.He is pictured above getting treatment following the sickening collision.McHugh, who helped Bradford reach the League Cup Final in 2012, is tipped to be a massive player by Motherwell boss Marc McGhee. However, it wasn’t the debut McHugh would’ve wished for, but the Rosses man is made of tough stuff, and will no doubt be back in no time at all.Ouch! McHugh suffers horror injury on SPL debut for Motherwell was last modified: August 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Schoolboys 1997 are through to the final of the Under 15 Foyle Cup after an impressive performance in the semi final against St Johnstone FC from Scotland last night.They finished 4-1 winners with goals from Jack Blake, Kieran Maloney, Eamon Mc Hugh and Kieran Mc Phearson.They will play Draperstown Celtic FC in the final at the Riverside Stadium at 7.30pm on Friday. They came through their section with a 7-0 win against ANB Soccer from Canada, 4-0 win against Limavady United FC and they topped their section with a hard earned 1-1 draw against Crumlin Colts.The squad are under the stewardship of Jerry Rodden, Joe Rodden and Danny Doggan. FOYLE CUP: SUPER DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS THROUGH TO FINAL was last modified: July 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOYLE CUP: SUPER DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS THROUGH TO FINALlast_img read more

TD: CAP budget cuts would be ‘catastrophic’ for Donegal farmers

first_imgFianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has stated that any cup to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget must be avoided at all costs, and asserts that any reduction in payments to farmers would prove “catastrophic.”The Donegal TD has called on Minister Michael Creed and Commissioner Hogan to ensure that the EU CAP budget is not cut as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.Deputy McConalogue says negotiations on higher contributions should be considered before any discussions on cuts to the CAP budget. He explained, “Irish farmers will be very worried following reports about a possible reduction in the CAP budget, ahead of the upcoming budgetary negotiations.“CAP is the backbone of Irish farming, with payments to Ireland making up around 75% of total farm income. Any reduction in this budget could prove catastrophic for the Irish agri-sector.“While a UK exit from the EU will leave a €3bn hole in the CAP budget, the remaining EU 27 need to show solidarity with their primary producers.“Additional contributions must be considered if the livelihoods of 22 million farmers across the continent are to be secured. “Direct payments under CAP sustain rural communities and the family model of farming throughout Europe by providing a vital income source to European food producers.“Fine Gael has a responsibility to stand up for Irish farmers in these negotiations. A cut to the CAP budget cannot be countenanced. The government must put a strong case forward in Europe and build support for an increase in budget contributions among the remaining EU countries”.TD: CAP budget cuts would be ‘catastrophic’ for Donegal farmers was last modified: February 16th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brexitcap budgetcharlie mc conaloguefarmerslast_img read more

Surprising Animals Old and New

first_img(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Moving creatures, whether extant or extinct, never cease to hold fascination for human observers.How small can a frog get?  “Absurdly tiny frogs” have been found in Brazil, Live Science reports. Smaller than a thumbnail, some are brightly-colored, while others are camouflaged; “they come in a jellybeanlike array of bright colors,” Jeanna Brynner writes. They live deep in the remote, misty rainforest where other species likely remain to be discovered.Silver ants deflect heat:  How can ants in the Sahara desert, where surface temperatures can soar to 158° F, survive? Science Daily says that “they must keep their body temperature below their critical thermal maximum of 53.6°C (128.48°F) most of the time.” Their secret is with silvery hairs that cover their bodies. Triangular in cross-section, these tiny hairs deflect heat over a wide spectrum into the infrared range, allowing them to shed heat and keep their cool even as they scurry at 0.7 meters per second across the sand, looking like little drops of mercury racing across a smooth surface. The heat-shedding properties of these hairs could give architects ideas. “Such biologically inspired cooling surfaces will have high reflectivity in the solar spectrum and high radiative efficiency in the thermal radiation spectrum,” Yanfang Yu [Columbia U] explains. “So this may generate useful applications such as a cooling surface for vehicles, buildings, instruments, and even clothing.” See also New Scientist and Science Magazine.Shark buoyancy:  Sharks don’t have air bladders like bony fish do, so how do they keep from sinking? “Unlike other fish, which inflate air bladders to adjust their buoyancy on the fly, sharks rely on a skeleton of cartilage and a liver filled with lighter-than-water oil to help beat gravity’s pull,” Science Magazine explains. This should normally allow them to park without rising or falling. Two deep-sea sharks have been discovered with a slight negative buoyancy, researchers have found. They were observed to spontaneously rise without beating their fins. “This propensity to rise could be an adaptation that allows the sharks to sneak up on prey from below, the team writes, or merely a way to allow muscles to relax after a day spent hunting for meals in colder, deeper water.”Jellyfish repair:  Certain jellyfish called moon jellies can rearrange themselves within a few days if they lose an arm, restoring their original symmetry. They do this using a mechanically-driven reorganization process, a team of international researchers reported in PNAS. “This unique strategy of self-repair, which we call symmetrization, requires mechanical forces generated by the muscle-based propulsion machinery,” they say with an engineer’s gleam in their eye: “Beyond biology, this finding may inspire a mechanically driven, self-organizing machinery that recovers essential geometry without regenerating precise forms.” National Geographic added some emotion to “the surprising way jellyfish put themselves back together,” quoting a Caltech biologist yelling to his colleagues, “You won’t believe this, you’ve got to come here and see what’s happening.”  Science Daily shows pictures of the restored symmetry. NG includes a video clip of the graceful swimmers you can watch to de-stress.Starfish repair:  Speaking of repair, starfish have “a surprising talent for squeezing foreign bodies out through the skin,” Science Daily reports from research at the University of Southern Denmark. “Two biology students have revealed that starfish are able to squeeze foreign bodies along the length of their body cavities and out through their arm tips,” the article says. “This newly discovered talent gives insight into how certain animals are able to quickly heal themselves.” See? There are new discoveries students can make. Wouldn’t be nice if humans could regenerate lost arms or livers? “Previous research has documented that starfish are able to regenerate whole limbs and organs, but this trick of ejecting deeply embeded [sic] foreign bodies has never before been demonstrated in any organism.”Bat focus:  PhysOrg printed another article on bat sonar, “How bats fly to find their prey.” One fact that stands out is that bats have noise filters. To echolocate in their noisy environment, they have to be able to tune out other bats, wind, weather, and even the sounds of their own wings. (And yes, they can use their eyes to see in daytime, when they tend to fly straight.) “Bats are able to filter out the ambient noise around them using low-pass filtering. Useless sounds are cleared out, which makes conditions more transparent,” Nadav Bar explains. “The bat also has a highly developed sensorimotor system, which controls the mammal’s movements. These characteristics enable the bat to move quickly and with incredible precision.” Incidentally, another species of fossil bat was found in New Zealand. It appears to have used its wings for walking on the ground part of the time, Science Daily reports. In all other respects, it was just as good a flying echolocator as extant members of its genus. And a new paper in PNAS describes how certain bats are able to widen their sonar beams by emitting high-intensity clicks. “Thus, beam broadening is not a general property of echolocation, but we hypothesize that maintaining a broad acoustic field of view is crucial for all echolocators hunting moving prey.”Butterfly poetry: A BBC News Magazine article waxes philosophical, asking, “Do butterflies hold the answer to life’s mysteries?” The article reviews some of the ways artists, poets and theologians have been inspired by the winged beauties, and how scientists are uncovering the secrets of their life habits. The anonymous author found a way to apply the subject to the politics of climate change.Extinct WondersPlant-eating theropod dinosaur: Nature reported “An enigmatic plant-eating theropod from the Late Jurassic period of Chile.” If you thought all theropods are carnivores, think again: this is the third known species of theropod that switched from carnivory to herbivory, the discoverers believe. “The bizarre anatomy of Chilesaurus raises interesting questions about its phylogenetic relationships,” the authors say as they begin to puzzle over where to put it. “For a basal tetanuran, Chilesaurus possesses a number of surprisingly plesiomorphic traits [convergences] on the hindlimbs, especially in the ankle and foot, which resemble basal sauropodomorphs.” Sauropods like Brontosaurus were very different from theropods.Museum of the bizarre: Charlotte Stephenson [U of Hull] posted a list of “Five amazing extinct creatures that aren’t dinosaurs” on The Conversation, along with artist renderings, including the “which-way-is up?” Hallucigenia from the Cambrian explosion, a two-foot scorpion from Scotland, a tiny horse from Germany, and a spiral-lipped Permian shark. Artistic license should always be questioned, such as in the rendering of Tiktaalik and its description as a “part fish, part four-legged animal.” Stephenson glosses over Darwin’s Doubt by saying the Cambrian was a time “when complex lifeforms started to rapidly evolve.” Why that statement cannot stand up to the evidence is explained in Illustra’s film about the Cambrian fossil record, Darwin’s Dilemma.Illustra’s new film on marine biology, Living Waters, is going to pose severe challenges to evolutionary theory on several fronts. It also puts up on the big screen some of the most beautiful shots of marine animals anywhere, including some mentioned in these articles (e.g., jellyfish, sharks and bony fish). It will be a film to shut the mouths of the Darwin defenders who speak recklessly about what mutation and selection can achieve. It’s just now being replicated to DVD; Blu-ray editions will be available soon. Plan to get a copy and look for ways to get it shown to reasonable people; it could be a game-changer.last_img read more