The relationship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman was a long and beautiful one, producing some of the most heartfelt music of either musician’s career. Dating back to the early 1960’s, Garcia and Grisman were part of the same music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, and again teamed up for the Old And In The Way sessions. However, it wasn’t until 1990 when the two officially joined forces as Garcia & Grisman, recording many sessions together and occasionally playing live.Much to our delight, footage from their very first concert at the original Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA has re-surfaced. Taken on December 17th, 1990, it appears filmmaker Jesse Block has restored the quality of this video footage significantly, allowing for a breathtaking audio-visual experience. Garcia and Grisman are both in top form, and it’s a treat to see them in action. With bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist Joe Craven adding some color to the performance, this is one for the ages.Watch the full show footage, streaming below.Setlist: Garcia & Grisman at Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA – 12/17/90One Set: The Thrill is Gone, When First Unto This Country, Grateful Dawg, Spring In California, Off To Sea Once More, So What?, Two Soldiers, Dawg’s Waltz, Russian Lullaby
Royal Robbins, a renowned rock climber, environmental activist, and all around adventure pioneer, has passed away at the age of 82 according to the apparel company that bears his name.“We are deeply saddened to report that our founder and legendary rock climber Royal Robbins passed away Tuesday, March 14 after a long illness,” the brand noted on its website and Facebook page.“Royal was a leading figure in the Golden Age of Yosemite Valley climbing and was one of the first and most vocal proponents of clean climbing. In 1967, Royal and (wife) Liz Robbins made the first ascent of Nutcracker in the Yosemite Valley using only removable nuts for protection. It was the first climb of its kind in the United States and it started a clean climbing revolution.”Robbins, who was born in West Virginia, ushered in the age of Big Rock Climbing with numerous first ascents inlcuding El Capitan’s Salathe Wall and North American Wall in Yosemite and the first free ascent of the Open Book in Tahquitz, California.When a bout with arthritis ended his wildly successful climbing career, Robbins set his sights on the world of extreme whitewater kayaking, completing multiple first descents and bagging kayaking’s famed Triple Crown alongside fellow adventure pioneers Doug Tompkins and Yvonne Chouinard.The Triple Crown includes the Middle Fork of the Kings River, the San Joaquin Gorge, and the 55-mile Kern Trench, all in California.Robbins also wrote two influential rock climbing books, Basic Rockcraft and Advanced Rockcraft, effectively steering the culture of the sport in a more ethical, “Leave No Trace” direction.
We live in Everton Park, which is a really central suburb for work, schools and lifestyle. It’s only an hour away from both the Gold and Sunshine Coast so it’s easy to get away on weekends. The traffic coming home on a Sunday afternoon is never fun. What do you love about your home? Where do you live and why? Both my wife and I are from the Sunshine Coast and that still has a big place in our hearts. We’re not fussy and don’t need something fancy overseas. Just a beachfront home at Sunshine Beach would do us just fine!Some of the places along that stretch of coast are just amazing and if we won the lottery that’s where we’d happily settle down. What was the best piece of property advice you were given? Our home is a really nice family home, there’s lots more I’d like to do with it, but that would interfere with the kids’ trampoline or swings or play areas. Anyone with a young family knows it’s a balance trying to reno your home and also make it child friendly. What would you change about your home? My mum and dad were very keen on Jacqui (my wife) and I entering the property market as soon as we could afford it. Their thinking was basically just get in, make the most of the government first homeowners grants (when they were available) and go from there. They were wise words and it’s been a great financial investment knowing when it does come time to sell, (hopefully) we’ll make some money. We’d love to fix our outdoor living areas and also add a pool. The kids would love nothing more than a pool in summer. What is the best thing about your suburb? Ten News First sports presenter Jonathan Williams.JONATHAN Williams is the sports presenter for 10 News First in Queensland. He lives on Brisbane’s northside with his family. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoWe’ve found Everton Park to be really family friendly and community minded. Particularly our street, we have very welcoming neighbours, I mow their lawns, they’ll take the bins in if we’re away and feed the fish. We’ll often have barbecues. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where?
Letterkenny General HospitalA Donegal woman today spoke on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta of her family’s distress after their elderly mother, a cancer patient, spent 14 hours on a trolley in Letterkenny Hospital A&E.Speaking of her mother’s experience, Bríd Nic Suibhne told the Barrscéalta programme on Raidió na Gaeltachta today that her mother ‘was just a number’.Máire Uí Dhomhnaill from Gaoth Dobhair was brought to hospital at 5 pm on Monday evening, and had to wait overnight on a trolley until 7 am the following morning before getting a bed. “My mother had blood taken, and had to answer personal questions, sitting on trolley in a hallway in A&E. She had no privacy at all.“She was just a number. I asked where she was on the list to be seen and I was told she was fifth. Two and a half hours later, she was fourth.’“We were told that if my mother got sick, she was to come straight to the hospital to oncology. Everyone knows that cancer patients undergoing treatment need to be protected from picking up other illnesses. It’s very dangerous. We have been told that an illness like a cold or pneumonia could kill her.’“This is our story today, but tomorrow it will be somebody else’s.” Bríd praised the work of doctors and nurses who do their very best in very difficult circumstances, but questioned the management of the hospital.“There is something very wrong with the system. Why does my mother have to go through A&E when she gets sick? She should be able to go directly to oncology where her own doctors can look after her. What do the politicians and the health service managers have to say on this?’Bríd Nic Suibhne was speaking today on Barrscéalta on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.A short time ago Donegal Sinn Féin TDs, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty said they are urgently attempting to raise the renewed crisis at the Accident and Emergency Ward of Letterkenny General Hospital with the Minister for Health, James Reilly.They have expressed their serious concern at news that emergency patients from the southern half of the county are being diverted to Sligo Regional Hospital and that there was an attempt to divert emergency patients from Inishowen to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. They said: “There is clearly a staffing crisis at Letterkenny General Hospital that has now inevitably impacted on patients across Donegal. We are calling on the Minister to remove the moratorium on the hiring of nurses and other medical professionals at the hospital.“The team at Letterkenny General Hospital have been heroic in their response to the flooding crisis last year and it is frankly disgraceful that the moratorium enforced by this Government has increased the hugely stressful circumstances they have to work in.“We are also seriously concerned at the impact on other Departments throughout the hospital due to the shortage of nurses and other medical professionals up to consultant level. Many staff are working long hours that saps their morale”.“There is also the issue of how Specialist Registrars, so crucial to hospitals, are allocated to Letterkenny General. As we revealed last year, based on the number of inpatients being served by the hospital every year, Letterkenny General receives the lowest budget allocation in the state and is allocated the lowest number of medical professionals from the system in the state. “This injustice has to stop and we intend to raise this matter urgently with the Minister and confront this injustice head on again”.HORROR AS ELDERLY CANCER PATIENT WAITS 14 HOURS ON A LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL TROLLEY was last modified: January 15th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:hospitalletterkennytrolleyswaiting time
1. Prashanth Ak, “Human inhumanity,” Science,8 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5928, p. 726, DOI: 10.1126/science.1173430.2. Immordino-Yang, McColl, Damasio and Damasio, “Neural correlates of admiration and compassion,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online April 20, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810363106.3. Jean-Jacques Hublin, “The prehistory of compassion,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online April 20, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0902614106.None of these articles comes close to being as sophisticated as Stephen Pinker’s essay last year (01/20/2008) in terms of knowledge of the deep philosophical issues involved, and that essay collapsed into a self-refuting singularity. These authors did little more than wallow in their own Darwinian vomit. One should feel compassion for them (Mark 4:34).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darwinists continue to try to lay claim to morality (cf. 01/20/2008, 05/02/2008, 03/12/2009) If Darwinism is to succeed as a comprehensive world view, it must explain this innate sense we all have that certain actions (e.g., torturing babies, slavery, genocide) are morally wrong. Without a God telling man “Thou shalt not”, how can all humans converge on a moral standard? One way Darwinists attempt to explain morality is to find continuity between apparent moral behaviors of lower animals and humans. Another way is to analyze reactions in the brain when humans are thinking moral thoughts and explain it in terms of physical activity in the neurons. The most common way is to explain morality as an artifact of survival strategies that can be expressed in game theory. Here are some recent attempts that surfaced in the scientific literature.Law of the hyena: The continuity approach was shown on New Scientist, where Deborah Blum reviewed a new book by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, Wild Justice: The moral lives of animals (Ms Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison).Their definition of morality is a strongly Darwinian one. They see moral actions as dictated by the behavioural code of social species, the communal operating instructions that bond a group safely together, the “social glue” of survival. They believe such codes are necessarily species-specific and warn against, for instance, judging wolf morals by the standards of monkeys, dolphins or humans…. Bekoff and Pierce have a larger goal than simply telling nice animal stories or even describing a kind of biological morality. They also hope to persuade readers that humans aren’t so different from our fellow voyagers on planet Earth. These moral behaviours, they argue, are evidence of a kind of evolutionary continuity between humans and other species. This, they acknowledge, may be an even harder sell than the notion of a cooperative hyena. “Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of ascribing morality to animals because it seems to threaten the uniqueness of humans,” they write.More research is needed on this “provocative thesis,” Ms Blum said. It seems to leave some questions begging, though: how can “moral behaviors” be described as moral at all without some standard of morality? If such descriptions are mere anthropomorphisms, how is our morality to be judged? And if animals were proven to exhibit some kind of “morality,” why should Darwinism be the only explanation for it, or the best one? Blum ended by watching a hyena at the zoo and wondering which one is the moral animal. Wesley J. Smith posted a response on his blog Secondhand Smoke.Cruel joke: Another book review, this time in Science,1 deals with the subject of human cruelty. Prashanth Ak reviewed Kathleen Taylor’s new book Cruelty: Human Evil and the Human Brain (Oxford, 2009). This book takes the neurological approach to morality. The author said at one point, “To get a deeper view of cruelty, therefore, means plunging our attention into a sea of neurons, the soggy, fatty mass from which cruelty is born.” She did not give much hope for finding the roots of cruelty in the brain: “[f]uzzy blobs rather than tidy packets is certainly what our understanding of neuroscience, with its emphasis on probability, suggests we should expect.” Ak was not particularly impressed with her imprecision. He did, however, praise the book as an overview: “Addressing cruelty from multiple perspectives, including moral and evolutionary ones, the book does accord a complex subject its due.” He felt the book only provides an introduction to a subject that begs for more research. Before delving into the neuroscientific basis of cruelty (or anything else, for that matter) and its mechanisms, one wants to have a clear, rigorous intellectual framework that will allow the formulation of precise, experimentally tractable questions. No such framework currently exists for cruelty. As political scientist Judith Shklar pointed out in her classic essay “Putting Cruelty First”, philosophers have generally avoided the topic—as, surprisingly, have political theorists. In general, academic (especially American) discourse, which holds dear enlightenment notions of an inexorable march to perfection, has not focused on the darker recesses of the human condition, other than to treat them as (regrettable) anomalies. The typical approach has been to pathologize problematic behaviors, removing them from the ambit of normalcy. Surprisingly few citations to cruelty occur in scholarly literature; many that do are with reference to sadism. In older anthropology literature, cruelty was often discussed in connection with “savages,” who were supposed to possess an abundance of it.Ak did not end with any suggestions for a better framework. He just hopes this book “will encourage fresh thought on an issue that continues to be central to human existence.” For an earlier book review by Prashanth Ak, see the 05/02/2008 entry, bullet 6, “Can’t Darwinize the Golden Rule.”This is your brain on compassion: Another neurological approach to morality was exhibited in a paper in PNAS,2 “Neural correlates of admiration and compassion.” It is not clear whether the authors intended to say that compassion is merely a brain phenomenon. They did state, “the evidence from neural activity patterns and neural time courses in our experiment suggests a differentiation in the processing of these emotional feelings, in keeping with the complex sociocultural context with which they are associated, building from those related to physical pain and skill to those that transcend immediate involvement of the body to engage the psychological and moral dimensions of a situation.” There was a passing statement that could be interpreted as a Darwinian reference: “feelings of admiration and compassion recruit the brain’s ancient bioregulatory structures….” Mostly, they just seemed interested in which parts of the brain lit up using functional MRI when their subjects (“Thirteen right-handed, native English-speaking Americans”) were stimulated with stories that evoked admiration or compassion.Food fight: The last paper examined in this entry contained a combination of game theory and continuity. Jean-Jacques Hublin wrote a commentary for PNAS entitled, “The prehistory of compassion.”3 This excerpt shows the twin explanatory references:From an evolutionary perspective, the forms of altruism observed in animals in general and in non-human primates, in particular, have been primarily interpreted as either support to kin (helping those who carry the same genes) or support to those able to reciprocate the favor (helping oneself indirectly). This is in contrast to the trivial observation of humans helping others, even when the helper receives no immediate benefit and the person being helped is a stranger. However, claims have been made that the level of altruism displayed by chimpanzees could be much higher than what was once thought.Hublin referred to observations of chimpanzees appearing to show compassion to other chimpanzees in distress. “However,” he noted, “this incipient altruism seen in chimpanzees seems to disintegrate in competitive situations or when food sharing is involved.” He speculated on why the human race is different: “Because the increase in meat consumption is considered to be a major evolutionary change in early Homo, these hominins had to strengthen a behavior likely preexisting.” Anthropomorphisms aside, he also suggested that the extended childhood of early man may have also strengthened the incipient compassion seen in chimps: “In the course of our evolution, this was made possible only by having the support of group members other than the mother.” This begs the question of whether extended childhood was the cause or the effect of the behavior – if either. Whatever he meant to say, he ended with an appeal to evolutionary continuity:Finally, the divide between apes and early humans might not be as large as one tends to think. Rather than considering ancient human altruism as proof of the moral values of our predecessors, one should instead see it as merely part of the spectrum of adaptations that have made humans such a prolific and successful species.But were early humans successful because they were compassionate, or were they compassionate because they were successful? And what is the source of the light that produced the spectrum? He didn’t say.
Wise journal editors realize that they can’t do science without philosophy.Science and philosophy are locked in a symbiotic relationship, but scientists often get the most press. Indeed, some scientists disdain philosophy as a useless intrusion. But science doesn’t work in a vacuum; it needs to be grounded in philosophy; and all three major divisions of philosophy—ontology (what exists), epistemology (how do we know), and ethics (how should we act)—must hold science accountable. Here are a few recent articles dealing with this sometimes tense but unavoidable relationship.“In defense of philosophers as scientists” is the title of an essay by Brian Koberlein published on PhysOrg. After reviewing the history of philosophy (Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Descartes, Popper etc.), he defends philosophy against the scientific naysayers who, like Vizzini in The Princess Bride, said with puffed-up arrogance that “compared to him, the great philosophers were morons.” Not so—Our modern world is so deeply rooted in scientific thinking that it can be difficult to recognize the philosophical roots of our modern worldview. It’s easier to think of past generations as wrongheaded and ignorant rather than adherents to a different metaphysics. And this is one of the reasons science needs philosophers. It’s always good to have a bit of pushback against your assumptions.The edge of science: Science Magazine published a book review by Michael A. Goldman of Dartmouth cosmologist Marcelo Gleiser’s book, The Island of Knowledge The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning. This “demanding, though stimulating, read” is somewhat positivistic, but recognizes the limitations of science, particularly of physics and astronomy, Gleiser’s specialty. At best, science can only offer tentative answers:Coming to grips with the ever-changing landscape of fact, and the possibility that some things cannot, by their very nature, be known, is fundamental to our understanding of science and the scientific method. But, as Gleiser argues, this needn’t be cause for despair. “To avoid the funk of a modern scientific nihilism, we must find joy in what we are able to learn of the world, even if knowing that we can only be certain of very little.”Gleiser might struggle somewhat with Ken Ham’s conundrum: “If you don’t know what you don’t know, you don’t know what you do know, which could be very little” (paraphrase). This makes it audacious for Gleiser to claim any certainty at all.A little knowledge is a dangerous thing: Nature published an editorial summarized by its subtitle, “The significance of expertise passed on by direct contact— tacit knowledge — is moot.” The article deals with the problem of reproducibility, tackling the question of how much in a method such as measuring something is science, and how much is art. Like Goldman and Gleiser, they struggle with our limited knowledge:There are known unknowns and unknown unknowns, as former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld clumsily explained. Some tacit knowledge is deliberately withheld, and some journal methods sections offer insufficient space for elaboration. Those are the known unknowns and are most easily addressed. The tacit knowledge that is harder to pass on is the nugget of information that neither the teacher nor the pupil realized was important: the varnish on the Stradivarius violin; the greasing of the thread behind the ear.The editorial leaves the problem unresolved. Even though we have more data and faster communication, are all forms of knowledge dependent on the procedures used to discover them? “One way or another, we could be poised to find out.”Buyer beware: Consumers of scientific knowledge have their issues, too. In “What kind of research can we trust?” on Medical Xpress, Adam Dunn And Florence Bourgeois worry about the reliability of health claims. This gets into philosophy’s third division, ethics. How much should we doubt the conclusions of a scientist with ties to a drug company? How can we know the statistics were not fudged? Is there conflict of interest? “To be able to make informed decisions together, doctors and patients need research that’s trustworthy,” obviously. “If systematic reviews are to remain the pinnacle of evidence-based medicine, then the processes underpinning them need to be continually reassessed to ensure they meet the highest of standards.” Ah, but who makes the standards?Bloviating without repentance: It’s funny to read Sean Carroll’s bombastic claims in summer about the BICEP2 results (Caltech E&S, Spring/Summer 2014), then to follow that up with Nature’s hand-wringing editorial (Oct 14) about lessons learned from the “Dust to dust” fiasco (see 9/25/14). The editors reveal some of the human element inserting itself into the knowledge-generation process:There is a deeper issue here: science not by press conference but presented as an event. What in reality is a long, messy and convoluted process of three steps forward and two steps back is too easily presented as giant leaps between states of confusion and blinding revelation. At the heart of this theatre is the artificial landmark of a peer-reviewed paper. Fixed print schedules and releases to journalists under embargo (with or without champagne videos) help to lend the impression that the publication of a paper is the final word on a question — the end-of-term report on a scientific project that details all that was achieved.Incidentally, Caltech’s article featured a photo of that now-embarrassing champagne party after BICEP’s media event.Earlier in the editorial, apparently penitent over the establishment media’s misdeeds, they had something good to say about science bloggers:The (welcome) rise of the science blogger has fuelled this navel-gazing. Some bloggers seem to spend most of their time criticizing other science writers, or at least debunking examples of what they regard as inferior science writing. But they do lots of good stuff too. Although traditionalists lament the decline of science coverage in the mainstream press, a terrific amount of analysis and comment, much of it very technical, is happening online under their noses.Maybe you’re reading some of that right now.As we have argued many times, you can’t get ontology, epistemology or ethics out of materialism by blind, unguided processes of evolution. Only the Christian worldview provides the necessary and sufficient presuppositions for doing science with any degree of reliability. It provides an ontology that’s reliable (because our Creator made us to perceive it), an epistemology based on an omniscient Communicator, and an ethic based on the Creator’s holy character that loves truth and hates lies.If you disagree, we’ll just argue that your selfish genes are using you in their strategy to propagate themselves. Philosophize your way out of that. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Difficulty:2.5Terrain:1.5 Image by juliuscoxWaffles, beer, chocolate—what comes to mind when you think of Belgium? If you’re one of the 6,000+ geocachers who have visited the busy city center in Bruges, you may remember the country for a different, highly Favorited reason: this Geocache of the Week!Image by meisernatorBruges is a canal-based city, in the same boat as Amsterdam and Venice. Its atmosphere and position as the capital of Flanders attracts visitors from all over the world. The Traditional cache in Markt (market square) is one of a series of 308 caches designed to bring geocachers to every province of Flanders, each offering a clue to the series final, ‘bonus’ cache. However, the geocache in Bruges, RV 5.08 : Brugge, far exceeds the Favorite points of any other cache in this series.Image by agnes.fleurThe cache enjoys a prime location inside the bustling commercial square. There are a few tricks to this Traditional, however. The first is that it is hidden in plain sight; the four million muggles that visit the area per year have likely sat on it, kicked its tires, or even tested out the pedals. That’s right, this regular-sized geocache is hidden on a bicycle (painted in classic Geocaching colors, of course)! Because this is a common mode of transportation within the city, this host vehicle blends right into the surrounding area. Image by Honu58 Image by Lilah&Lackó Image by DUCKYMIKE Image by Moonmatte Image by alan DuncanJust because you’ve found ground zero doesn’t mean your job is complete—this geocache is a field puzzle. On the bicycle, there are two panniers labeled A and B. Pannier A, whose lock combination is gifted with open hands in the cache hint, holds instructions to visit specific locations within the market square, admiring the medieval architecture along the way. Only by doing this can the clues necessary to open pannier B be found, which holds the logbook. Image by lacrapsul Image by Moonmatte Image by Comètes Image by k a k a u Image by Keinohrhasen Image by madbugz Image by k a k a u Image by SoniaBeard Image by viennacache Image by PaFeLu Image by SwagHo Image by Puschmuckl Image by Sandokannetje69 Image by Team_AquaCache owner, cricri010, thoughtfully brings attention to some very important and picturesque places within the square: the bustling market vendors and chocolatiers, the sparkle of the gilded edifice of the Provinciaal Hof (Provincial Palace), and the dominating steeple of the belfry. It makes the experience of this geocache the dominating memory of everyone’s trip to the area.Image by WaFiKriDiWhich geocaches spark memories of a particular location?Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocache of the Week Video Edition — De drie hoofddeugden (GC3G6DH)June 11, 2014In “Community”The Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”Country Spotlight: Five fun caches in PolskaApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Location:Bruges, BrusselsN 51° 12.543 E 003° 13.476 TraditionalGC4XMCMby cricri010
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Rochdale sign Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landellby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale have signed Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell on loan until the end of the season.Ebanks-Landell, 26, has played 50 times for Wolves since his debut in their League One-winning 2013-14 season.He has also had loan spells with Bury, Sheffield United as well as MK Dons.Rochdale boss Keith Hill said, “He’s of a young age but he has already experienced League One football,” said Hill.“He’s had promotion with Sheffield United and was involved in a relegation battle with MK Dons last season.“We see in Ethan the attributes that we need as a football team and a football club. He fits my DNA – it’s a good acquisition.”