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Politics / Famous Battles
This thread is my personal "notebook" to re-teach myself Schrodinger's equations and their implications.  Amazingly, Tipler and Barrow generalized Schrodinger's equation to argue God exists, but I shall start out more modestly.  :-)
Politics / US Public Schools

For decades, the public schools of Edina, Minnesota, were the gold standard among the state's school districts. Edina is an upscale suburb of Minneapolis, but virtually overnight, its reputation has changed. Academic rigor is unraveling, high school reading and math test scores are sliding, and students increasingly fear bullying and persecution.
As a result, the school system's obsession with "white privilege" now begins in kindergarten. At Edina's Highlands Elementary School, for example, K-2 students participate in the Melanin Project. The children trace their hands, color them to reflect their skin tone, and place the cut-outs on a poster reading, "Stop thinking your skin color is better than anyone elses!-[sic] Everyone is special!"

Highlands Elementary's new "racially conscious" elementary school principal runs a blog for the school's community. On it, she approvingly posted pictures of Black Lives Matter propaganda and rainbow gay-pride flags--along with a picture of protesters holding a banner proclaiming "Gay Marriage Is Our Right." On a more age-appropriate post, she recommended an A-B-C book for small children entitled A is for Activist. (Peruse the book and you find all sorts of solid-gold: "F is for Feminist," "C is for...Creative Counter to Corporate Vultures," and "T is for Trans.")
Increasingly, families who are serious about education are leaving the Edina schools. For example, Orlando Flores and his wife pulled their son--an academic superstar--out of Edina High School in his senior year to escape its hyper-political environment.

Flores, who fled a Marxist regime in Nicaragua as a child, had this to say: "Years ago, we fled Communism to escape indoctrination, absolutist thinking and restrictions on our freedom of speech. If we see these traits in our schools in America, we must speak out and oppose it."

Flores says that when his son was at Edina High, teachers routinely pushed politicians and political positions they favored, shamed and browbeat students with dissenting views, and forced them to defend themselves against baseless allegations of racism. According to his son, he says, classroom discussions were often "one-sided indoctrination sessions," and students feared their grades would be penalized if they spoke out.

The final straw for the Flores family occurred when an English teacher subjected their son and a classmate to a lengthy, humiliating and ideologically charged grilling--unlike that faced by other students--after the boys made a presentation with which she disagreed following racially-charged incidents in Ferguson, Missouri.

When Flores' son requested an apology, school authorities indignantly took the teacher's side, says Flores. Fearing retaliation, the boy asked to transfer to another English class. There, a student teacher informed the class they would not be reading classic books because "dead white men are boring," according to Flores.
One such mandatory session for school bus drivers is illustrative. The widow of a bus driver who had been required to attend the training sent the entire 25-page instructional curriculum to Center of the American Experiment, where I am a senior policy fellow.

The training session was entitled "Edina School DIstrict Equity and Racial Justice Training: Moving from a Diversity to a Social Justice Lens." In it, trainers instructed bus drivers that "dismantling white privilege" is "the core of our work as white folks," and that working for the Edina schools requires "a major paradigm shift in the thinking of white people." Drivers were exhorted to confess their racial guilt, and embrace the district's "equity" ideology.

The result of all of this? Four years into the Edina schools' equity crusade, black students' test scores continue to disappoint. There's been a single positive point of data: Black students' reading scores--all ages, all grades--have slightly increased, from 45.5 percent proficiency in 2014 to 46.4 percent proficiency in 2017.

But other than that, the news is all bad. Black students "on track for success" in reading decreased from 48.1 percent in 2014 to 44.9 percent in 2017. Math scores decreased from 49.6 percent proficiency in 2014 to 47.4 percent in 2017. Black students "on track for success" in math decreased from 51.4 percent in 2014 to 44.7 percent in 2017.

The drop was most notable at the high school level. Math scores for black students in 11th grade at Edina Senior High dropped from 31 percent proficiency in 2014 to 14.6 percent in 2017. In reading, scores for black students in 10th grade at Edina Senior High dropped from 51.7 percent proficiency in 2014 to 40 percent in 2017.

Gundry did a quintuple bypass surgery that was made possible by some supplements.

Gundry is at one of the #1 creationist universities and medical schools

Bad "superfoods":
1. soy foods, tofu, veggie burgers
2. wheat grass
3. Goji berries
This man was celebrated by President Trump state of the Union 2018

Ji Seong-ho is a North Korean defector who lives in South Korea, where he works to raise awareness about the situation in North Korea and to help fellow defectors.[1]
Seong-ho managed to make his way across China. He was ultimately reunited with his brother in South Korea.[1] He left the North "because I was in search of freedom. In more simple terms, I wanted to be treated as a human."[2]

This thread is used to record some notes in the process of learning basics about absolute and relative fitness.
Politics / Political Cartoons
This thread is for posting political cartoons.

Can we create new categories or "forums".     

Right now we have the general category, which is fine, but the only forum is ideas on content, layout and function.

Could we have a categories for:

Science, Math, and Engineering
Philosophy, Religion
Politics and Economics

As I looked into the question of the emergence of new spliceosomal introns and splitting of exons, I realized this isn't a trivial set of mutational events.   I'm starting this thread as a repository for what I come up with regarding the difficulty of evolving a new spliceosomal intron.
C14 is measurably present in the fossil record, particularly the Carboniferous "era" of about 300 million years ago in coal.  This presence of C14 has been confirmed both by evolutionists and creationists.  Evolutionists discovered this as physicists were trying to find sources of carbon that were free of the C14 isotope in order to conduct their nuclear and particle experiments.  So, at many levels, one can't argue that it was sloppy collection and handling and bad lab technique that is the sole reason for finding C14, and  a good fraction of it must be really there in the fossil record.

This thread will explore these issues over the next several months and will be update periodically as finding and questions are raised.  Additionally, I will be at the International Conference on Creationism July 29,2018 - Aug 1, 2018 and will have a chance to talk to the specialists on the creation side.
Creation vs. Evolution / Nylonase Data Analysis