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What happens when a liberal learns her family owned slaves? – Leader & Times

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The view co-host Sunny Holstin has used her platform to rail against Republicans using the typical left-wing lines of racist colonists stealing land and exploiting slavery to build wealth.

But Holstin was recently left in shock when she discovered that her ancestors were slaveholders.

Holstin recently learned that her family tree reaches back to Spain, and that her family owned slaves.

Holstin had a black father and a Puerto Rican mother. Holstin said her mother prided herself on identifying as non-white, and that discovering that their roots are connected to slave owners would be difficult for her.

The glaring racism of Holstins comments notwithstanding, there is a bigger issue here when it comes to the tribal identity some push in America.

Holstin has been raised and identifies so strongly that being white equates to being evil that she considered her Spanish-linked DNA to represent the white culture.

A few decades ago, there were white people who would have reacted with remorse if they discovered any African roots on their family tree, and they were flat out racists. Holstin holds the same contempt in reverse, and like all racists, she feel justified in her disappointment in the very blood that flows through her veins.

The reality is if any of us explore our family trees long enough, we will find relatives from a wide variety of backgrounds, especially Americans. Our ancestry comes from many backgrounds around the globe, and while some prejudices tend to lump everyone in either white, black, hispanic or asian, each of these have multiple variations.

Holstin, like me, is an American. While she wants to identify as a specific color of skin, the genetic study she recently took tells a much larger truth, and the focus should not be on where we came from but where we are. It shouldnt be on the superficial color of skin but on what Martin Luther King, Jr., suggested, the content of our character.

But she was devastated. Stunned, she said.

Is it really the end of the world that she had an ancient relative who owned slaves? She had no control of that.

Societies hundreds of years ago do not have the advantage of understanding we have today. How can we expect people who thought the Earth was flat to understand the wrongs of slavery? We can always look back with a critical eye, or we can learn from where they were and how far weve come.

Another issue this brings is the current far left effort to push concepts like reparations.

What if more blacks discover they have relatives who also owned slaves? Would they still qualify for reparations?

What other historic injustices should we be trying to correct? Asians were treated very poorly in America. Ever hear of the Anti Chinese League? They were like civic clubs even in the Wild West after slavery was abolished.

Italians were not welcomed with open arms in many pockets throughout America, and the Irish were characterized as hot tempered alcoholics.

The scourge of slavery is not to be diminished. Blacks who suffered the injustice were greatly abused.

But the reaction has been to lash out against every white person as indicated in some of the theories of Critical Race Theory. Whites, they say, were born oppressors while people of color were born to be oppressed.

Both are patently false

But Holstins situation shows just how far apart we are because of those who want us to see our differences rather than our similarities.

She is ashamed of her ancestry because of a Spanish connection, and the reality that the world used to be a less egalitarian place.

They were wrong back then, for sure, but because of their wrongs we have learned to do it the right way. Society sometimes reflects what Thomas Edison told us about the light bulb. He didnt just discover how to make an incandescent light bulb, but he also discovered 999 ways how not to invent the light bulb.

History is not to be judged but to be studied. Its not a snapshot. History is a stream, and what you may find in one direction is much different as you continue to follow the path of the stream.

Holstin may have discovered something unpleasant, but at some point that changed, and she is here today, living in a land that has allowed her to live a charmed life.

We are all better off today because we have improved on the errors of the past and are committed not to repeat them by understanding them.

Rewriting history, or erasing it, can only lead to ignorance and the potential to forget how we got here, and how everyone else got here. It omits the struggles, the wars, the winners and the losers, and the reality that the United States is not a perfect story but still the best in human history.

Your history is only a tool to be used to create a better future.

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Is it Liberal Arts, Without the Arts? – Xavier Newswire

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Quebec Liberal Party would be more popular with Denis Coderre at the helm: poll – Montreal Gazette

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Maine’s Liberal Members of Congress Stand by Biden After Disastrous, Confused Press Conference – The Maine Wire

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Maines liberal Members of Congress are either keeping quiet, pointing at former President Donald Trump, or defending President Joe Biden after the Commander-in-Chief delivered a confusing and widely-panned press conference Thursday evening.

The presser came in response to a Department of Justice report that said the Special Counsel investigating Bidens mishandling of classified documents would not seek charges but only because Bidens memory was too poor for him to stand trial.

Special Counsel Robert Hur, who was leading a probe into President Joe Bidens handling of classified materials, released a 388-page report Thursday finding that Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified documents after his vice presidency, but that no criminal charges are warranted.

In explaining his decision not to recommend charges against the sitting president, Hur said that Biden presented himself in his interview as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.

[RELATED: Biden Lashes Out at Press, Suffers Memory Lapse While Denying Senility]

The Special Counsel report details instances of Biden having serious lapses in memory, including struggling to remember events and straining at times to read and relay his own notebook entries, and not being able to remember when he was vice president and when his son Beau died.

Hur speculated that it would be difficult to convince a jury to convict Biden due to the felony statute requiring a mental state of willfulness.

Following the release of Hurs report, President Biden gave a press conference Thursday evening to respond to the allegations in the report regarding his memory.

Biden explained away the Special Counsels account of his apparent mental incapacity by pointing to the date of his interview with Hur being in the days following the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas.

The president angrily condemned Hurs report for noting that he struggled to remember when his son died.

How in the hell dare he raise that, Biden said. Frankly, when I was asked the question I thought to myself it wasnt any of their damn business I dont need anyone to remind me when he passed away.

[RELATED: White House Spins After Confused Biden Claims He Recently Spoke to Long-Dead French President]

The 81-year-old president did not inspire confidence in his memory later in the Thursday press conference, however, when he referred to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as the president of Mexico.

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins told the Maine Wire Friday that the Special Counsel report raises important questions.

I encourage people to look at it themselves and draw their own conclusions, Collins said. Its up to the Democrats to decide whom they want their nominee to be. And, ultimately, all of this will be in the hands of the voters.

Maine Sen. Angus King (I) has remained silent on the Special Counsel report and Bidens press conference.

Neither he nor Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-01) responded to requests for comment from the Maine Wire.

State Rep. Austin Theriault (R-Fort Kent), one of two 2024 Republican challengers to Democratic Congressman Jared Golden in Maines 2nd District, quickly responded to Bidens press conference by demanding to know if Golden still supported Biden for president.

Theriault also released a statement Thursday evening insisting that Golden join him in calling for President Bidens resignation.

This is a very somber, serious moment for our country. We cant have a president thats so mentally limited that they cant even stand trial, Theriault said.

In this case, its not a question of age there are plenty of sharp people who are older than Biden its a question of capability, he continued. This is a dangerous world, and a person who can start a nuclear war should not be in the mental state described by the Biden Department of Justice.

This is a time for bipartisan action: Jared Golden should join me in calling for Bidens resignation, Theriault concluded.

The Maine GOP capitalized on Bidens bad press in a Friday fundraising email, writing that Joe Bidens mental incompetency was made clear to the world TWICE yesterday.

First, a Special Counsel working for the Biden Department of Justice found that Joe Biden is so mentally incompetent that he couldnt even stand trial, the email stated. Then Biden gave an stumbling, bumbling, feeble address to the nation that proved the Special Counsel right without a doubt.

The Special Counsel report and Bidens surprise presser also drew attacks from national Republicans.

National Republican Congressional Caucus (NRCC) spokesperson Savannah Viar released a statement Friday morning declaring that Mainers deserve immediate answers from Golden on Bidens mental state.

Nothing could be more dangerous than a president going senile, yet that is exactly who House Democrats including Jared Golden are backing, Viar said.

Golden did not respond to a request for comment from the Maine Wire, though he provided a comment to the Bangor newspaper that was characterized as drawing an equivalency between former President Trump and Biden.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) posted to X Thursday that Bidens press conference confirmed on live television what the Special Counsel report outlined.

He is not fit to be president, Johnson wrote.

At the conclusion of a gun violence prevention event at the White House Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris slammed Hurs report as politically motivated and gratuitous.

Harris took a similar tact to President Biden by explaining the presidents reported mental incapacity during the two-day interview with Hur by noting it occurred directly after Hamas attack on Israel.

It was an intense moment for the commander in chief of the United States of America, Harris said.

The vice president added that the way that the presidents demeanor in that report was characterized could not be more wrong on the facts and clearly politically motivated, gratuitous.

New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler released a statement Thursday afternoon in defense of Biden, saying MAGA Republicans will no doubt now call to investigate the investigatorsits their favorite movebut the Hur report effectively ends the discussion.

President Biden cooperated fully with the Special Counsel and redacted no portion of the Special Counsels report, Nadler said. Unlike Trump, President Biden has nothing to hide.

Nadler contrasted the Department of Justices probe into Trumps handling of classified documents with that of Bidens, saying If Trump had cooperated with the [DOJ] instead of lying to investigators, again and againhe might have avoided at least some of the 91 criminal charges currently pending against him.

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Liberal Media Scream: Kristen Welker likes to lecture Republicans, too – Washington Examiner

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This weeks Liberal Media Scream features a look at new Meet the Press moderator Kristen Welkers treatment of Republican leaders. And surprise not she continues to be just as biased as former host Chuck Todd.

First, she lectured House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) on the border bill released by the Senate on Sunday. You are now the speaker of the House. Do you not have a responsibility to your voters, to the people who put you in office, to address what you have called a crisis and catastrophe? Isnt something better than nothing? she said.

Then, she passed along the Democratic talking point that after three years of aggressively enacting open border policies, Joe Biden said he would shut down the border.

From Sundays Meet the Press on NBC:

KRISTEN WELKER: You have been calling for legislative change to actually deal with this problem. You are now the speaker of the House. Do you not have a responsibility to your voters, to the people who put you in office, to address what you have called a crisis and catastrophe? Isnt something better than nothing?

SPEAKER MIKE JOHNSON: Kristen, we did that. We did that nine months ago. And since we passed our measure in the House to solve this problem, and the reason we had to do it is because we saw that President Biden was not fulfilling his obligation under the law. Thats why it is such a failure of leadership, but we did our part. And by the way, since then, in the nine months since that bill sat on [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumers desk, collecting dust, 1.8 million illegals have been allowed into this country, welcomed into the country, sent around the nation into every community communities near everyone listening and watching this morning. And that is a catastrophe, and the American people know it, and thats part of the reason that Joe Biden has the lowest approval rating of any president facing reelection.

WELKER: Even former President Trump, though, called for legislative change on this issue. You have one of the slimmest majorities in the House in history. Dont you have to compromise to get something done? What you passed in the House cant pass in the Senate, Mr. Speaker. You know that.

JOHNSON: We are willing to work. We are willing to work with the Senate. I am not disclosing that, and Ive been very consistent for the hundred days that Ive had the gavel. We are willing to work, but they have to be serious about it. If you only do a few of those components, you are not going to solve the problem, and Kristen, that is not a Republican talking point. Thats what the sheriffs at the border, the Border Patrol agents, the deputy chief of U.S. Border Patrol, a 33-year veteran of the agency, told us. He said that its as though were administering an open fire hydrant. He said, I dont need more buckets, like the president has proposed. I need to stop the flow, and we know how to do that, but Joe Biden is unwilling to do it.


WELKER: Let me ask you about your decision, and by the way, Joe Biden said he would shut down the border. Hes calling for more funding. Hes calling for you to pass this legislation.

Brent Baker, vice president of research and publications for the Media Research Center, explains our weekly pick: A perfect example of a so-called journalist serving as an advocate for Washingtons media-political establishment, demanding a recalcitrant conservative get in line and adopt the approved narrative.

Rating: THREE out of FIVE SCREAMS.

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Australia’s only Liberal government lives on – for now – Yahoo News Australia

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Tasmania's minority Liberal government, the only of its colour in Australia, remains intact for now as the premier considers demands made by two key independents.

Premier Jeremy Rockliff issued an ultimatum to Liberals-turned-independents John Tucker and Lara Alexander on February 2, threatening the possibility of an early election if they did not agree.

The duo, whose decision to leave the Liberals in May plunged the government into minority, rejected the new deal which included a ban on supporting opposition bills.

On Friday, Mr Rockliff met with Mr Tucker and Ms Alexander, whose votes have propped up the government.

The premier said he would not ask the governor for an early election this weekend but did not rule out the prospect of a poll before Easter.

"I thank Mr Tucker and Ms Alexander for meeting with me," Mr Rockliff said in a statement.

"It was an opportunity for them to put forward their position, as I have mine."

Mr Rockliff said he would now take "the appropriate time to consider and to consult with my colleagues".

"This is an important matter," he said.

"Tasmanians need stability and certainty, and I am focused on delivering that."

Mr Tucker, who fronted media alongside Ms Alexander, indicated he had received some assurances from the premier.

He said the premier had agreed to abide by a parliamentary motion preventing any "shovels in the ground" for an AFL high-performance centre until plans for a new stadium passed parliament.

The new waterfront stadium was a condition of the AFL granting Tasmania a licence for inclusion in the competition, slated for 2028.

Mr Tucker said any flow-on impacts were a "question for the premier".

In January, Mr Tucker threatened to "bring down the government" and move a no-confidence motion if the premier did not abide by the AFL high-performance motion and another to make CCTV mandatory in abattoirs.

Mr Tucker and Ms Alexander said their preference was to continue with their initial May agreement with the premier for ongoing votes of confidence and supply.

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"I hope the discussions were conducted in good faith," Ms Alexander said.

"We have come here in good faith to resolve this crisis."

The state's Labor opposition said the premier had his "pants pulled down" by Mr Tucker.

"As if refusing to follow through on his threats after his ultimatum was rejected by the two independents wasn't embarrassing enough, Mr Rockliff is now giving in to Mr Tucker's demands to delay the AFL high-performance centre," Labor MP Josh Willie said.

"The premier is being held to ransom, but he's too weak to do anything about it."

Mr Tucker and Ms Alexander said the premier had given an assurance the trio would continue discussions late next week.

Parliament is scheduled to resume in early March, while the next election is not due until mid-2025.

Ms Alexander and Mr Tucker were concerned about government transparency around plans for an AFL team and stadium and the Marinus Link energy connector when they quit the Liberals.

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Darwinists Devolve – Discovery Institute

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One sign of a robust scientific theory is the quality of its most prominent proponents.

During its long history, Darwinian theory has had no shortage of gifted champions, starting with Charles Darwin himself.

Whatever else he was, Darwin was a masterful scientific communicator who collected and interpreted a vast array of observations from the natural world. One cant read his writings without being duly impressed. Darwins civil and measured tone was calculated to persuade. Darwin was especially impressive in taking objections to his theory seriously and seeking to answer them.

Throughout the decades, Darwinism has had many other able scientific advocates. In our own lifetimes, there were Harvard biologists such as Ernst Mayr and Stephen Jay Gould.

And, of course, Oxford University boasted evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. A convincing popularizer and polemicist, Dawkins at least started out as a serious scientist who raised some of the right questions.

But as the intelligent design movement gathered momentum in the 1990s, something interesting started to happen.

On the one hand, intelligent design scientists and philosophers started publishing a stream of increasingly sophisticated books and research critiquing modern Darwinism or arguing more generally for the detectability of purpose in nature. Think about books such asDarwins Black Box,The Design Inference,No Free Lunch,Icons of Evolution,What Darwin Didnt Know,Natures Destiny,The Privileged Planet,Debating Design,The Edge of Evolution,Signature in the Cell,andDarwins Doubt. Or think about the research byDouglas AxeandAnn Gaugerchallenging the evolvability of new functions in proteins through Darwinian means.

On the other hand, as the case against Darwin was growing, the proponents of Darwinism seemed to be shrinking in stature.

Consider Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller, author of the anti-ID polemicFinding Darwins Godin 1999. Miller was a gifted debater, but his arguments all too often relied on citation bluffing andcritiquing straw-man versionsof the ideas of Michael Behe and others.

Francis Collins, in his bookThe Language of God, was even shallower in his critique. Indeed,if you read Collinss book today, youll find that many of his arguments, including junk DNA, have been increasingly thrown overboard by mainstream science.

So who was left to champion the old time religion of Darwinism?

Well, you had evolutionary biologistJerry Coyneat the University of Chicago, a loudmouth atheist (see here, here, and here) who has declared war on religion. At least he was at a prestigious academic institution, and he could muster an argument if he had to.

You also had biologist P. Z. Myers at the University of Minnesota Morris. He too could debate, although the quality of what you got was decidedly second rate. His preferred mode of discourse was invective. As heonce instructed his fellow evolutionists, they should screw the polite words and careful rhetoric. Its time for scientists to break out the steel-toed boots and brass knuckles, and get out there and hammer on the lunatics and idiots by which he meant, of course, anyone who dared to criticize Darwins theory.

In short, serious defenders of Darwinism were getting scarcer.

The trend continued as more and more thoughtful intellectuals gave up their Darwinian faith.For example, in 2005 Nobel laureate physicist Robert Laughlin at Stanford University observed:Evolution by natural selection has lately come to function more as an anti-theory, called upon to cover up embarrassing experimental shortcomings and legitimize findings that are at best questionable and at worst not even wrong (Laughlin,A Different Universe, 168).

In 2012, atheist philosopher Thomas Nagelwrote a bookwithOxford University Press, the subtitle of which declared:Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False.Yale computer scientist David Gelernter wrote a piece in 2019 titledGiving Up Darwin.

Meanwhile, on the Darwinian side, one of the worlds most prestigious scientific organizations, the Royal Society in England, convened aninternational conference of scientists in 2016in search of some new theory of evolution, because of the growing understanding that traditional Darwinism didnt adequately explain the most important advances in the history of life.

The remaining public champions of old-line Darwinism kept dwindling and devolving. Post-COVID, they seem to have become a truly endangered species.

So who is the most prominent public advocate of Darwin in America today?

Probably Dave Farina, aka Professor Dave.

Except Professor Daveisnt actually a professor, and he doesnt even have a PhD in a science or any other discipline. He makes his money off of YouTube videos. And many of his arguments consist of copious four-letter words, and Im not speaking of the words atom, gene, or cell. Farinas method is to attack anyone who disagrees with him as evil or an idiot or both. More recently, Professor Dave has revealed himself to be avile anti-Semiteto boot.

Now people as nasty as non-Professor Dave can be rather depressing to deal with. But think about what it means that the most prominent defender of Darwin left is someone as small-minded and unserious as non-Professor Dave. What does it say when the most prominent defender in American society today is someone like THAT?

And what does it say when the prominent defenders of ID include people likeStephen Meyer,William Dembski,Casey Luskin,Winston Ewert,Michael Behe,Marcos Eberlin,Guillermo Gonzalez,Ann Gauger,Emily Reeves,Brian Miller,Jonathan McLatchie,Douglas Axe, and many others?

I think it says the future does not belong to Darwinian materialism.

So take heart! As we approach another birthday of Charles Darwin on February 12, Darwinists may be devolving, but intelligent design proponents are progressing.

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Darwin’s fatal competition model – Times of Malta

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Who has not heard of Charles Darwins (18091882) fateful doctrine of survival of the fittest? It is often emphasised that this dogma should not be understood as the survival of the fittest or most intelligent, but of the most adapted.

Many are convinced that todays biology would be unthinkable without Darwins theory of evolution. Nevertheless, after more than 150 years of Darwinism, we should recognise this: transferring Darwinism as an essential attitude into the economy, management theories, politics and indeed into human life as a whole, was fatal and catastrophic.

Darwins work, nature and evolution theories received acclaim as ground-breaking. But as a racist, he believed there were inferior and superior races of humans.

He thought women were necessary for reproduction, but attributed intelligence, innovation and creativity only to men, as a man attains a higher eminence in whatever he takes up than a woman can attain.

Another of Darwins fallacies was his belief that organisms can pass on characteristics which they have acquired in the course of their lives. Or that inheritance always runs vertically along the line of descent, i.e., from one generation to the next.

In the age of genetics, scientists have discovered that Darwins idea of the family tree of life is wrong. Evolution cannot be depicted as a tree, but at best, as a complex network.

Research has since established among countless other contradictions that Darwin, as a sexist, ignored the importance of female strategies or lust in sexual processes and overestimated beauty as a driving force in mate choice. This one-dimensional view meant Darwin preferred to sweep animal behaviour outside his preferences under the carpet.

One of the fundamental theories in business is that competition stimulates business. In a healthy context, this is undoubtedly often the case. However, todays understanding of competition has long since followed the Darwinian survival of the fittest. It is disastrous that Darwins theories declared war a permanent state in nature and thus the standard model. This is utter nonsense.

You must be the fittest because only then will you survive; only then will you prevail. The others, well, they wont make it; theyll be defeated, ousted, destroyed, disappear from the market and theyre out of luck. Its not enough to be committed and fit. You must be the fittest, the strongest and the best of all at the top of the pyramid. Only then will life give you a right to exist. The end justifies all means in the arduous struggle for survival.

Darwins theory is hazardous because it destroys the foundations of human life and its dignity. It leads to an entirely false understanding of human power and ruinous behaviour.

We are experiencing the extreme effects of Darwins theory more frequently in the digitalised business world. We see aggressive, almost belligerent disruptors appearing virtually out of nowhere, dominating new markets quickly, or driving long-established top dogs to ruin with radical business models without industry experience.

The attractiveness of a digital platform increases with the number of users. Once there is a significant number of users, the platform becomes increasingly attractive for users due to the so-called network effect of neoclassical economics. There is then hardly any room left for potential competitors to gain a foothold with an alternative offering. Not even if they were technologically better, more user-friendly, secure or otherwise more suitable and therefore, fitter.

Darwins survival of the fittest increasingly culminates in a ruthless market concentration by a few globally dominant players, the winner takes it all often more powerful than sovereign states.

The principle of survival of the fittest unjustifiably justifies the naturalness of brutal competition. Yet at least three irrefutable realities speak ultimately against this:

Firstly, at first glance, nature may resemble a theatre of war in places. But a closer, second look shows that nature is primarily a symbiotic system! Everything is interrelated because everything is connected to everything else: Every animal and plant also influences all other species and genera. Flora and fauna do not simply compete for habitat. On the contrary, they help and support each other, ensuring balance according to the principle together we are strong.

Secondly, there is also competition in nature. The stronger male defeats the rival. There is a trial of strength; there are power and territory struggles. And yes, sometimes even to the death. But it is a game with rules that uses only as much violence as necessary and as little violence as possible.

We are experiencing the extreme effects of Darwins theory more frequently

The superior stag does not chase the inferior one until it has killed it. He is superior; that is enough for him. The inferior deer accepts this, moves on, and develops elsewhere because there are enough alternatives and enough space. Thats the end of the matter; the conflict is over. Taking revenge, ruthlessly destroying the other, that does not exist in nature.

Thirdly, Darwins dogma completely contradicts human perception. If Darwins theory were correct, then war as a normal state would be a feel-good factor. But nobody feels comfortable in war. It is not experienced as a harmonious, natural state, but as a disruption of order, destructive and terrible.

The more one studies Darwinism, the more one wonders how the well-educated Charles Darwin could create his theories with so many contradictions, errors of reasoning and inconsistencies. After all, Darwinism is not coherent; it takes all kinds of twists and turns to hold on to it.

The answer to this crucial question lies in his CV. He had 10 children with his wife, Emma. The great stroke of fate came in 1851 when their 10-year-old daughter Anne died of tuberculosis. All prayers and hopes for a cure were in vain. Darwin was devastated and wrote in his notes: We have lost the joy of the household and the comfort of our old age. Annes death had also heralded the end of my Christianity.

Until then, the Cambridge-studied theologian had seen himself as a devout Christian, not profoundly religious, but firmly rooted in theology.

From then on, Darwin quarrelled with God and could not forgive him for not saving his favourite child. As a result, in his anger towards God, he became obsessed with the idea that there must be explanations for everything in life, in the universe, without God, without a spiritual authority. This can also be seen in the biography Annies Box, which was made into a film in 2009 under the title Creation and was written by Darwins great-great-grandson Randal Keynes (1948) based on old, original records.

You dont have to believe in God to see through Darwins inconsistencies. It is enough to ask yourself the question of an order in elementary conditions and the universe. Like the laws of nature, physics or the teleological argument of the watchmaker analogy, according to William Paley (17431805), which other researchers have also advocated since the time of the scientific revolution, including Sir Isaac Newton (16421726).

Darwins theories are neither conclusive nor fully provable. The Darwinian theory of evolution has by no means led to a definitive understanding of the world and nature. The opposite is the case. Darwins theory does not apply to nature, nor is it suitable as a general motto for entrepreneurship and the economy.

Darwins theories are not the ultimate truth, even though we are still being led to them today.

They should be banned from school textbooks, just as Turkey did in 2017 and India in 2023.

We must adopt a new worldview to live and let live, of together we are strong. We need a model of cooperation, an intelligent symbiosis, requiring fair rules in competition. Through millions of years of evolution, nature sets an example for us.

We should move away from the fittest mania. We should discard the greed for fast money and the unrestrained maximisation of profits that ignores a lot of collateral damage. Furthermore, we should abandon excessive competitive thinking, the permanent, excessive endeavour to outdo or eliminate competitors by any means necessary.

Today, the goal is not winning but achieving balance! We require a new, post-Darwinian corporate and economic culture based on a symbiotic system. This culture should focus on sustainable success, foresight, prudence and consideration, aligning with the sustainability principle: as much as necessary and as little as possible. It should aim to ensure the survival of as many as possible, ideally all. The Japanese Keiretsus mechanisms provide plenty of inspiration for this.

The most incredible fact about natures symbiosis is that our planet has no declared rubbish dump. In nature, everything cycles. Nothing remains leftover; nothing is useless or worthless. Everything recycles, reutilises and reuses.

The selfish survival of the fittest mentality leads the world into an abyss. Ultimately, it becomes not survival of the fittest, but victory belongs to the strongest, the most ruthless.

The dominance of the winner takes it all, and shareholder value, ultimately threatens our security, freedom and prosperity.

The consequences are an (economic) dictatorship, exploitation at the expense of the majority and the environment, and immense wealth only for the kleptocracy or oligarchy, the top 10,000.

Edzard Reuter, CEO of Daimler-Benz from 1987 to 1995, put it perfectly in a nutshell in a 2023 interview with the German business magazine Brand Eins: Stricter rules are the only way forward. It is unbearable if companies only pursue profit maximisation without regard for employees, the environment, the climate or tax justice.

Even Peter F. Drucker, the founder of modern management, understood: None of our institutions exists by itself and is an end by itself. Everyone is an organ of society and exists for the sake of society. Business is no exception. Free enterprises cannot be justified as being good for business. They can be justified only as being good for society.

Reinhold M. Karner, FRSA, is an entrepreneurship and start-up evangelist, multiple chairman (e.g. AP Valletta), corporate philosopher, entrepreneur, author, university lecturer and fellowship connector of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) for Malta and Austria. This article is a summary of a subchapter of his book Wahre Werte statt schnelles Geld (true values over fast money), published by GABAL Verlag, Germany, 2023.

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Xinhua Headlines: In Harbin’s icy embrace, tourists flock to offer condolences, cherish memories – Xinhua

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* Amid the joyous festivities at popular spots like the Ice-Snow World theme park, tens of thousands have also flocked to a memorial outside the city center.

* The notorious Unit 731 was a top-secret biological and chemical warfare research base established in Harbin as the nerve center for Japanese biological warfare in China and Southeast Asia during World War II.

* More and more young people are braving the wind and snow to come here and learn about history, demonstrating the strength and responsibility of the younger generation in China.

HARBIN, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Since the beginning of the year, Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, has emerged as a top winter destination. But, amid the joyous festivities at popular spots like the Ice-Snow World theme park, tens of thousands have also flocked to a memorial outside the city center.

On a frigid weekday morning, with the temperature in the city dropping to minus 26 degrees Celsius, the spirits of those visiting the Exhibition Hall of Evidence of Crimes Committed by Unit 731 of the Japanese Imperial Army remained undeterred.

Braving the freezing weather, people queued up at the public square outside the exhibition hall. Among the visitors were many young people, some accompanied by their children. Despite the harsh weather, they patiently waited for one or two hours, with volunteers distributing hot water and warming pads to alleviate the cold.

The notorious Unit 731 was a top-secret biological and chemical warfare research base established in Harbin as the nerve center for Japanese biological warfare in China and Southeast Asia during World War II. At least 3,000 people were used for human experiments by Unit 731, and more than 300,000 people in China were killed by Japan's biological weapons.

This winter the exhibition hall has been ranked third among all other tourist attractions in Harbin by the world's leading travel platform TripAdvisor.

This exhibition hall showcases documents, experimental utensils and tools used by the Japanese, along with videos that record the accounts of former Unit 731 soldiers.

Xu Xiaomeng and her two friends patiently waited for nearly 30 minutes before gaining entry to the hall. "It is worthwhile because this history should be remembered by every Chinese," said the 32-year-old Xu, who works as a middle school English teacher in central China's Hubei Province.

They planned their trip based on recommendations from social media, and the exhibition hall was on their "must-visit" list.

According to Xu, the frozen experiment performed on Chinese victims was the most unsettling aspect of the exhibition. She acknowledged that the curators might have omitted certain graphic details, but the exhibits still startled her.

Her friend Huang Guangjing, who is a Chinese literature teacher, said that she was profoundly dismayed to learn about the germ warfare conducted by Unit 731. "I will share everything with my students to ensure that they carry forward the memory."

Qian Xiaomin, a 36-year-old resident of Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province, said that she and her 12-year-old son had planned to spend a week in Harbin, with the exhibition hall being their first stop.

Following their visit, her son Qian Yanchu decided to document his impressions of the exhibition in his diary. "If I could turn back in time, I would join the army to protect my fellow countrymen," the boy said, adding that for now he wants to work hard and contribute to the building of a stronger nation.

Numerous children and teenagers, just like Qian, were visiting the exhibition hall. Most of them quietly looked at the exhibits and attentively listened to the descriptions, occasionally posing questions to their parents.

Lin Yanlu, accompanied by her six-year-old son and septuagenarian parents, was among the visitors. She said that her son tried to read the descriptions himself and was petrified by the vivid accounts of vivisection. "Our country has grown stronger, but this transformation came at the cost of many martyrs," she told her son.

In addition to the exhibition hall, people also flocked to the Northeast China Revolutionary Martyrs' Memorial Hall, which has welcomed over 65,000 visitors this year, excluding those who joined virtual tours online. Of all the visitors a large percentage are young people, including more than 30,000 from 270 student groups.

Guide Gao Peng, 30, has been working at the Unit 731 exhibition hall for six years. "I always encounter visitors with various questions," he said. "Through our conversations, my aim is for them to gain a deeper understanding of the historical events from those years, fostering not hatred but rather the courage and motivation to move forward."

To cope with the surge in visitors, the exhibition hall changed the opening time from 9 a.m. to 8 a.m. starting from late December in 2023, and extended opening hours.

Since the beginning of this year, the daily average number of visitors has continued to surpass 17,000. As of the end of January, the exhibition has welcomed over 500,000 visitors, with approximately 90 percent coming from outside Heilongjiang, and 60 percent being young people.

Meanwhile, discussions about visits to the exhibition hall continued to gain widespread attention on Chinese social media. On Sina Weibo, searches related to these topics surpassed 360 million, and posts tagged with "731" were viewed around 2.6 billion times on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.

"More and more young people are braving the wind and snow to come here and learn about history, demonstrating the strength and responsibility of the younger generation in China," said Jin Chengmin, head of the exhibition hall.

In the final room, an electronic screen displays the names of the victims, accompanied by bouquets placed there by the visitors. At the exhibition hall exit, visitors pass through a lengthy, dimly lit tunnel with a glimmer of light at its end. Staff members gently prompt them as they attempt to turn back, advising, "Keep moving forward, don't look back."

(Reporting by Bai Xu, Gui Tao, Li Jianping, Sun Xiaoyu, Yang Siqi; Video reporters: Xie Jianfei, Li Jianping, Sun Xiaoyu, Yang Siqi; Video editors: Hong Ling, Hui Peipei, Li Qin, Zhou Sa'ang)

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Trump says he’d ‘encourage’ Russia to attack NATO allies who don’t pay their bills – NPR

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NEW YORK Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Saturday that, as president, he warned NATO allies that he "would encourage" Russia "to do whatever the hell they want" to countries that are "delinquent" as he ramped up his attacks on foreign aid and longstanding international alliances.

Speaking at a rally in Conway, South Carolina, Trump recounted a story he has told before about an unidentified NATO member who confronted him over his threat not to defend members who fail to meet the trans-Atlantic alliance's defense spending targets.

But this time, Trump went further, saying had told the member that he would, in fact, "encourage" Russia to do as it wishes in that case.

"'You didn't pay? You're delinquent?'" Trump recounted saying. "'No I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want. You gotta pay. You gotta pay your bills.'"

NATO allies agreed in 2014, after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, to halt the spending cuts they had made after the Cold War and move toward spending 2% of their GDPs on defense by 2024.

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates responded, saying that: "Encouraging invasions of our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and unhinged and it endangers American national security, global stability, and our economy at home."

Trump's comments come as Ukraine remains mired in its efforts to stave off Russia's 2022 invasion and as Republicans in Congress have become increasingly skeptical of providing additional aid money to the country as it struggles with stalled counteroffensives and weapons shortfalls.

They also come as Trump and his team are increasingly confident he will lock up the nomination in the coming weeks following commanding victories in the first votes of the 2024 Republican nominating calendar.

Earlier Saturday, Trump called for the end of foreign aid "WITHOUT "STRINGS" ATTACHED," arguing that the U.S. should dramatically curtail the way it provides money.



During his 2016 campaign, Trump alarmed Western allies by warning that the United States, under his leadership, might abandon its NATO treaty commitments and only come to the defense of countries that meet the alliance's guidelines by committing 2 percent of their gross domestic products to military spending.

Trump, as president, eventually endorsed NATO's Article 5 mutual defense clause, which states that an armed attack against one or more of its members shall be considered an attack against all members. But he often depicted NATO allies as leeches on the U.S. military and openly questioned the value of the military alliance that has defined American foreign policy for decades.

As of 2022, NATO reported that seven of what are now 31 NATO member countries were meeting that obligation up from three in 2014. Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine has spurred additional military spending by some NATO members.

Trump has often tried to take credit for that increase, and bragged again Saturday that, as a results of his threats, "hundreds of billions of dollars came into NATO" even though countries do not pay NATO directly.

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