‘Hominids’ Were Gender Binary

first_img(Visited 427 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Political activists will have more trouble arguing for gender fluidity, now that binary sex roles go way back.Nobody ever heard of gender fluidity before LGBT activists decided it was possible to divorce gender from biological sex. Now that scientists at the University of Seville have found evidence of “gender inequality” as far back as the Stone Age (Phys.org), will the activists find themselves fighting evolutionists in their claim that we humans should be different? If evolution made people look and act in two ways based on biological sex, and if people have behaved as such for thousands of years, on what basis can activists introduce a new concept like gender fluidity?None of the following should be misconstrued to support mistreatment of one sex by the other. The thing to look for is whether people have always behaved in a gender binary manner, and thought of themselves only in those terms. People can be equal in value, even if they play different roles in the culture.The Neolithic precedents of gender inequality (University of Seville via Phys.org). Examining ‘bioarchaeology and funerary archaeology,’ the researchers found evidence for gender differences in the Neolithic age (Stone Age), 7,000 years ago. They claim this “meant male domination in later periods of history.” The authors go beyond what the evidence itself suggests.It is precisely this last aspect that is most evident in this study. The arrow wounds on male bodies, the depositing of projectiles in their tombs or the pictorial representations (cave paintings) of men hunting and fighting have no equivalent parallel in women. Therefore, the authors point to the birth of an ideology that connected men with the exercise of force. In this sense, they highlight that the creation of different roles according to gender and other forms of gender inequality played a fundamental role in the growth of social complexity, a factor that has not always been well understood in previous research projects.The conclusions, though, do not follow from the evidence. Arrow wounds, hunting and other signs could be interpreted as indicators of the high value those cultures placed on women. Cultures might have rewarded men who would sacrifice their own safety to provide for and protect their women and children. Certainly (on average) males are endowed with an extra measure of strength to fulfill those roles.Even if that interpretation is doubted, evolutionists would have to admit that whatever is, is right. What are today’s activists going to do—build a time machine and tell the men of that period to stop acting macho? Nowhere in the study is there evidence for a third, fourth, or 72nd gender. Everybody was male or female. Men had roles that were different than those for women, but if that is what evolution produced (according to materialist philosophy), so be it.The editors of Live Science claim that “Inequality Existed Since the Stone Age.” Once again, though, inequality does not necessarily follow from sexual dimorphism, any more (in evolutionary thinking) than it does for peacocks or gorillas. Whatever strategy evolution comes up with to pass on the genes of a population cannot be considered “wrong” by today’s attitudes. Otherwise, LGBT activists will be found fighting against evolutionists. That would be a contest to watch.Other News on Sex and GenderPositive Aspects of Masculinity Helps Improve Boys’ Attitudes Toward Relationship Violence (Rutgers University). This article runs counter to the PC talk about “toxic masculinity” and the need for boys to deny their natures. In a pilot program for middle school boys that affirmed masculinity, researchers found positive results. Contrary to expectations, boys learned to become gentlemen in dating and less violent when they were allowed to be boys, while learning also to question unhealthy assumptions from peers. A workshop was developed by “Maine Boys to Men,” a nonprofit.It includes four, one-hour sessions that explore the normalization, pervasiveness, and harmful nature of gender role assumptions. The boys involved in the program learn about empathy, healthy relationships, gender-based violence and receive bystander intervention training through physical activity, peer-to-peer dialogue, storytelling, role play, multimedia and group discussions.“By focusing on positive expressions of masculinity, such as the ability to be respectful in relationships, this program helps boys find positive ways to prevent violence and to cope with violence to which they may already have been exposed,” Banyard said.By aiming boys to be men (good men, gentlemen, respectful men), they were clearly not saying to the boys, “You can be any gender you want to be, even imaginary ones.”Mustaches are more than just manly, they guard against sun’s rays (Medical Xpress). Well, OK. Take this claim advisedly. The study looked at 200 men for signs of skin cancer and found that a mustache afforded some protection.“Obviously, there are a lot of variables, including the baseline skin type of the individual, how thick and big the mustache is, your genetic make-up and your family history of skin cancer,” Wang said.“But, interestingly, I have previously looked at how good hair is in terms of protecting the scalp,” said Wang, who is also chair of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s photobiology committee. “And it turns out when someone has a lot of hair, it’s a perfect shield. It actually works very well. So when it comes to covering [the] lip, this isn’t too much of a surprise.”The question naturally arises, if a mustache’s role is to prevent skin cancer, why didn’t women evolve them, too? And why did they evolve to give protection just on the upper lip and not all over the face? At best, it might indicate that men are made to spend more time in the sun working and hunting. Perhaps more so, it is another strong symbol that men and women are different, with different endowments of hair to go along with their different roles.Why do women live longer than men? (The Conversation). Melinda Martin-Khan explores this long-noticed difference. In short, there is no clear answer.While women may always live longer than men, by a year or two, men can try to make some lifestyle changes to reduce this gap. That being said, women should work towards these goals for a long and healthy life, too.But if a man wants to transition to a women, it’s probably not going to add years to his life.Attitudes to gender and sexual diversity: changing global trends (The Conversation). In this piece, Michael Sean Pepper, a specialist in molecular medicine from the University of Pretoria tries to separate gender identity from biological sex. He mentions cases of disorders of sexual development, but fails to indicate how rare they are. The UN, as usual, follows PC trends:Identifying as transgender has previously been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “gender identity disorder”. On May 25 of this year, in the most recent International Classification of Diseases manual, the WHO reclassified transgenderism as “gender incongruence” rather than as a mental health disorder. Gender incongruence has now been moved to a new chapter dedicated to sexual health, which it is believed will reduce stigma while ensuring access to healthcare.Bowing to the LGBT agenda, Pepper says, “Embracing human gender and sexual diversity requires acceptance of the fact that alignment between physical sex, gender identity and sexual orientation does not necessarily adhere to heteronormative rules.” But who makes the rules? Pepper fails to acknowledge that all cultures have been binary since the Stone Age! Why should anyone believe that elitists and advocates since 2008 suddenly became enlightened? Stepping outside of science entirely and acting as a self-appointed ethical judge, he says, “Self-expression is a fundamental human right” and indicates that no one has a right to judge or impose their beliefs on others. Does that apply to individuals who refuse to go along with the current pop psych? Does it apply to individuals wishing to debate with Sgt Pepper?Real scientific research ignores LGBT. Scientists, like everyone else, deal with reality, not with politically-correct trends driven by advocacy groups. One exception is psychology, which never finds a PC trend it doesn’t embrace and reward with the crown of science. There’s a long train of mental illnesses that dropped from that category once they became PC: homosexuality, sexual addiction, and now gender dysphoria. Anybody who trusts secular psychologists should get his head examined… by a pastor.last_img read more

How to Make Sense of Digital Transformation 2.0

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Follow the Puck Suresh Sambandam Everywhere you look, people are talking about digital transformation — but how much is really left to transform? We all use email, depend on software to keep our financials clean, and keep our Twitter accounts active. Surely, digital transformation is just a fancy term that bloggers use to fill pages?Not quite. Digital transformation refers to the digitizing of all the data, processes, and activities within an organization. All those stacks of paper that used to keep organizations running are quickly turning into ones and zeroes in computer databases. Now, rather than hope someone knows the location of a document or file from the past, we can transfer information from system to system in the blink of an eye. We can also analyze and process that information using AI and machine learning, providing insights we never would have discovered on our own.Companies around the world are buying into digital transformation at unprecedented levels. From IoT devices to cloud tech to big data, the world will spend more than $7 trillion on digital transformation by 2021.What will that digital transformation mean for you? Whether you run a Fortune 500 company or a startup, if you want to compete in the marketplace of the future, you need to know the answer.Exploring the Digital GapThe debate over automation is split into two camps. On one side, naysayers claim that robots will take over the world and kill all the jobs. Those on the other side believe flying cars are just around the corner and robots will make our lives easier.In business, however, automation is not so dramatic. The new movement seeks to digitize existing processes to create more efficient organizations and empower them to compete in a global market. People used to write things by hand before taking their work to a typewriter. Today, we collaborate in real time using Google Docs and pay almost nothing for the privilege.Despite the obvious advancement of digital business, many companies continue to sit on the sidelines out of fear. Machine learning, blockchain, augmented reality, and other digital trends are not going away, though. That’s why the conversation around digital transformation is heating up: The more aspects of business feel the effects of digitization, the wider the gap between the advanced and the non-advanced becomes.The Benefits of a Digitized FutureRecent research suggests that different disciplines are at different stages of transformation. IT management is 79 percent digital, while business process management is only 60 percent digital. Those gaps won’t last long, though. By the time the digital transformation is complete, those percentages will be close to 100 across the board.Unfortunately, companies cannot wait until this technology is compulsory before they learn how to use it. They must navigate a digital world now. Digital transformation will provide not only new tools, but entirely new business processes. Only companies that understand how to leverage their human and automated capital can hope to compete in a market where everyone enjoys a technological advantage.According to research from MIT and AlixPartners, only about 23 percent of the 400 companies evaluated in the study had digitized their customer interfaces and business operations. However, that 23 percent enjoyed margins that were, on average, 16 percent higher than the industry average.The future is clear: Companies that embrace the digital transformation will win. What does that embrace look like, though, and how can companies today prepare for the changes?The Components of Digital TransformationDigital transformation typically refers to two distinct components: digital process automation and robotic process automation. DPA is digital transformation applied to the core processes of a business. This is the easier element to implement because companies can switch to digital processes without investing large amounts of money.RPA, meanwhile, is mostly reserved for companies with hundreds of humans performing the same tasks. Large manufacturers, data entry centers, and comparable industries can receive tremendous return on investment from RPA purchases, but for most small- and medium-sized businesses, RPA remains a bit excessive.Many people believe these concepts simply refer to the digitization of current work, but they are much more than that. DPA and RPA are not end goals but pieces of a larger whole. A company that buys an expensive new platform hasn’t undergone a digital transformation — its employees just spend more time in front of screens.Process Automation in PracticeConsider an update to a bank’s customer experience, from in-store to online visits and every touchpoint in between. Digital transformation in the context of customer experience isn’t about moving everything online; it’s about identifying areas to improve the experience: What does online banking need to do better? What about the physical experience with the tellers? Where can digitization help people on both sides engage in more efficient, intuitive interactions?For back-end processes at larger organizations, RPA is usually the answer. The name might sound complicated, but robotic process automation is a straightforward concept. Robots scrape data from one system and pass it to another, eliminating the human in the middle in order to streamline operations.Imagine next that you have an ordering system in Salesforce but that you use an enterprise resource planning system from SAP for most other processes. Today, most companies use humans to verify and transfer data from one system to the other. With RPA, you could optimize data transfers between applications without human intervention.In some industries such as manufacturing, organizations tend to hold back when new technology hits. The original digital transformation (pre-SaaS) required major investments for uncertain payoffs, but today’s subscription-based models allow everyone to take part in the revolution.In manufacturing specifically, only 15 percent of manufacturers implement digital supply chains, but 80 percent struggle to collect and analyze the data necessary to optimize their supply chains. The challenges and the answers are right there. Companies need only invest in the solution.Preparing for ChangeEven with all the chatter and questions surrounding it, this new digital transformation is accessible, effective, and necessary for companies in nearly every industry. If organizations want to survive the next decade, they must take advantage of new tools — and simply using online software isn’t enough. Businesses need to consider how they generate data and where they have opportunities to use and share that information.This is more than an improvement to work life: This is an entirely new paradigm. Just as we made the leap from typewriters to Google Docs, we are on the verge of an entirely new way of thinking. By embracing digital transformation and seeking ways to implement digital and robotic process automation, you can ensure your company remains ahead of the digital curve. Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of KiSSFLOW, a disruptive, SaaS-based enterprise-level workflow and business process automation platform enterprises with more than 10,000 customers across 120 countries. Tags:#digital transformation last_img read more

Air Canada says services restored after system outage causes flight delays

first_imgAir Canada says it has restored its computer systems after a morning outage led to delays across the airline’s operations.We can confirm airport systems, check-in & customer call centres are now all back online. We’re expecting some flight delays but we’re getting everyone on their way. Please check your flight status before going to the airport. We thank customers for their patience— Air Canada (@AirCanada) March 12, 2018The company says it expects some continued flight delays as it works to clear the backlog caused by a disruption of its airport systems, check-in and customer service centres.Air Canada checking in bags & passengers @FlyYYC after notifying guests this a.m. of a nation-wide network outage. pic.twitter.com/CrbuOGlKQF— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) March 12, 2018 Some travellers say they were delayed by a few hours, but @AirCanada just apologized and did a boarding call over the intercom. #yyc— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) March 12, 2018Elsewhere, airports in Toronto and Vancouver had reported disrupted flight schedules because of the technical issues along with congested terminals.Air Canada customers in Canada and abroad took to Twitter to complain of long lines, flight delays and other travel disruptions because of the computer problems.The company apologized for the inconvenience and thanked customers for their patience.The disruption came two weeks after the airline had a computer issue that disrupted web and mobile check-ins and call centre operations and delayed boarding on some flights.last_img read more

Report shows oilsands emissions over cap by 2030 unless GHG intensity falls

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s oilsands production could grow to the point that its emissions exceed the Alberta government’s cap of 100 million tonnes per year by 2030, according to a forecast from the Canadian Energy Research Institute released Monday.On-site emissions from oilsands producers would grow from about 72 million tonnes in 2017 to 103 million tonnes in 2030 under a reference case scenario based on current company plans and technologies, it said.But Dinara Millington, vice-president of research for CERI, said the industry can grow without exceeding the cap if it continues to improve as it has in recent years.“If we take the historical decline in emissions per barrel from in-situ, mining and upgrading projects and if we were to apply these declines to the future production, then we can see that the emissions cap will not be reached,” she said in an interview.“For the industry to be able to achieve that, they will need to continuously improve their emission intensity every year.”Emissions produced per barrel from Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s Horizon oilsands mine are five per cent higher than the global oil average, executive vice-chairman Steve Laut said on a conference call last week. But he added the company has “a defined pathway” to take it below the average over the next several years.CERI’s reference case scenario envisions oilsands production rising from 2.8 million barrels per day in 2017 to 3.2 million bpd by 2020 and 4.09 million bpd in 2030.That’s down from CERI’s forecast a year ago that showed oilsands output rising to 3.4 million bpd by 2020 and 4.76 million bpd by 2030.“A bunch of project capacity has been cancelled so that is no longer part of our evaluation,” Millington said.“The ones that have been put on hold we have extended their timeline farther down the road.”The report forecasts that oilsands output would peak at about 5.5 million bpd by 2038.A new steam-driven oilsands project can be profitable with benchmark U.S. crude prices of just over US$60 per barrel and an expansion project needs just US$51.60 per barrel, making both financially feasible as West Texas Intermediate crude prices rose to above US$70 per barrel on Monday, CERI said.Bitumen and upgraded synthetic crude made up 61 per cent of total Canadian oil output and 82 per cent of Alberta’s total oil production in 2017, CERI reported.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ)last_img read more

Lonestar’s request of Council to extend operating hours was declined

first_imgThe letter received from the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment expressed their concern and gave three specific reasons for not supporting the hour extension to the night club.In the letter, RCMP spoke about their staffing procedures for scheduling the ranks in the department and how the change would negatively affect this.The letter then addressed the police presence required in the area to tend to patrons and how this would set back other tasks officers are required to perform on their shifts.The final concern addressed the impact patrons leaving the bar would have on oil and gas workers. Being that this is the time they are trying to get to work and navigating the roads at the same time as bar patrons trying to get home.To view more on the Administration Report No.0148/19, item 13.2; CLICK HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Lonestar Nightlife made an application for an extension in operating hours to Council and on Monday, September 9th, 2019, Council regretfully declined.Lonestar sought to change their hours of operation on Friday and Saturday nights from 2:00 am to 4:00 am. In a letter to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, Lonestar shares, nightlife patrons start their fun at 12:30 am leaving a short window of time to be in a controlled environment. As well the establishment shares its business is suffering from reduced operating hours and the influence of unpredictable taxi service.Council declined the application, as part of their resolution stated the RCMP emphatically opposed the application.last_img read more

Bucks top Penn State Northwestern fall to Michigan in quad meet

After the men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up its four-team quadrangular meet with Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern on Saturday, coach Bill Wadley said there was not a guy on his team who did not give his very best. Unfortunately for Wadley and the No. 9 Buckeyes, points are not awarded for moral victories.The men’s team fell for the first time in its dual-meet season Saturday, losing to No. 7 Michigan 197.5-135.5. However, the weekend was not a total loss, as the Buckeyes managed to outscore Penn State 263-70 and Northwestern 263-37.  In comparison to last year’s Big Ten Championships, Wadley believes his squad is picking up ground on Wolverines.“They won Big Ten’s by 300 points last year,” Wadley said. “I feel good about the effort our guys gave, and I think in time we’ll close the gap.”If the Buckeyes could have pulled out some of the closer races, the score might have turned out differently. Nevertheless, OSU’s only individual win on Saturday was sophomore Andrew Elliott’s win in the 100 breaststroke.“There’s a lot of room for improvement,” Wadley said. “We’ve got to win the close races. When you lose the close races, those points add up.”After the Buckeyes captured an exhilarating victory in the 400 freestyle relay to end Friday’s portion of the meet, Elliott teamed with junior Elliott Keefer, freshman Tim Phillips and senior Joel Elber to win the 200 medley relay to start Saturday’s events. “I’m really happy [with how I swam],” Elliott said. “I tried to help the team as best I could today. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into Big Ten’s.”Any comeback hopes after the quick start faded after Michigan promptly rebounded by sweeping the 500 freestyle and taking first and second in the 100 butterfly. The Wolverines would add four more individual event victories to pull away from OSU.“We are just a step behind Michigan,” Wadley said. “They’ve got a couple of world-class athletes [on the team].”The Buckeyes will attempt to rebound from the tough loss at the hands of their rivals next Friday as they host Eastern Michigan and wrap up the dual-meet season. read more

Jose Mourinho on Ronaldos mega move to Juventus

first_imgJose Mourinho has weighed in on Cristiano Ronaldo’s €105 million move to Serie A with Juventus, congratulating the club for the ‘complete transfer’.Mourinho, who worked with his fellow countryman Ronaldo during his time as Real Madrid boss, believes that the Italian league will benefit greatly from acquiring one of the two best players in the world.As reported by Give Me Sport, the former Chelsea boss said: “In England, the Premier League is the most competitive championship with top players. Now there are three dimensions to look at.”“Now everyone looks at Italy for Ronaldo, the Premier League because it’s the best league and Spain for Messi.”“Serie A has become one of the most important championships in the world. In football, everything can change.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Juventus have dominated the top division in Italy, winning 7 consecutive league titles on a run which has included securing the last 4 as part of a domestic double and their success looks likely to continue with the arrival of Ronaldo.Mourinho, however, continued by saying his arrival could galvanise the rest of the competition.“If it changes the perspectives of teams like Inter, Milan and Roma, if they don’t passively accept Juve with Cristiano become stronger, that they will win again and again and can also find the right motivations from this deal, it can change Serie A in terms of quality, emotions and exposure,” he added.“For this reason, I congratulate to Juventus for this coup, which involves football, marketing and merchandising. It’s the complete transfer.”last_img read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga I want to become a Chelsea legend

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Kepa Arrizabalaga intends to establish himself as a legend by winning lots of titlesThe Spain international completed a world record transfer for a goalkeeper after joining from Athletic Bilbao in a €80m deal on Wednesday.While only 23 years old, Kepa has made a name for himself in Spain for his performances at the San Mames over the years and had been strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid in January before opting to remain at Bilbao.Kepa consulted his fellow Spaniard’s Cesar Azpilicueta, Alvaro Morata and Pedro over joining Chelsea and revealed the positive comments he received about the club.“I had excellent references from them about the club, knowing them and being able to talk to them has been a great support for me over the last few days,” he told Chelsea’s official app, The 5th Stand, via Sports Mole.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“And then of course there are many great players here, like N’Golo Kante, [Eden] Hazard, [Olivier] Giroud. It’s a squad full of fantastic players. We have a very exciting season ahead of us, so let’s go for it.”While he has just arrived at West London, Kepa is already aiming big.“All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club,” he said.“This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way.”Kepa’s move to Chelsea on Wednesday paved the way for Thibaut Courtois to complete his long-awaited transfer to Real Madrid.last_img read more