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You can’t say something “evolved to” do something useful. That’s a profound misunderstanding of Darwinism. Evolutionists keep saying it anyway.No progress will be made in the creation-evolution debate without clarity of terms and concepts. Dr. Michael Flannery, historian, provided some much-needed clarity about the nature of Darwinian evolution in a book review about Darwin’s Dice by Curtis Johnson which explains the role of chance in Darwin’s theory. Evolution News quotes part of Flannery’s review:Johnson has meticulously examined the role of chance in Darwinian evolution and produced a superlative study. By dissecting the mass of Darwin’s writings back to his earliest notebooks, Johnson has concluded that “‘Darwinism’ had a single meaning . . . from beginning to end” (xii) and that chance formed the leitmotif of his thought from his Notebooks B and C commenced in July of 1837 to his death in April of 1882. … Darwin had to choose between a designed world or a world of chance; he chose the latter and adopted a variety strategies aimed a concealing this atheistic proposition.Focusing on chance allows Darwinian evolution to come into much sharper metaphysical focus. Johnson’s assertion that Darwin’s departure from Christianity was early and abrupt may be uncomfortable to some, but his detailed and exhaustive analysis makes it hard to argue against the fact that Darwin’s “chance-governed world seems tantamount to a godless world” (xviii). As such, Johnson’s bold and clearly argued thesis makes for an important addition to our understanding of the man and his theory.As we often state, chance is equivalent to the Stuff Happens Law: the antithesis of scientific explanation. One cannot escape the primacy of chance in Darwinism. Any insertion of teleology (goal-directed activity) abandons Darwin’s core principle and violates his goal to do away with goals (note the self-refuting fallacy in that).Something about Big Science and Big Media won’t let this picture through to the public. Either willingly or unwittingly, they personify natural selection as a strategic creative force, whitewashing Darwinism into a nicer-looking picture and deceiving the public about the aimless nature of evolution. Watch them:Fish security: You know a fallacy is coming when Science Daily says, “Fish evolve by playing it safe.” Watch for the phrase evolve to. It’s a tipoff that someone is inserting teleology into Darwin’s chance philosophy. Teleology makes sense for non-Darwinians who believe fish come pre-programmed with security mechanisms to face previously-unencountered threats. But to think that fish can take evolution into their own fins for a purpose commits the personification fallacy. Chance could not care less what happens. We’re told that “fish can evolve to be more cautious and stay away from fishing nets.” The evolutionists want to “find out under what conditions marine reserves might push fish to evolve to escape capture.” The more fishing pressure is applied, “the faster the fish would evolve to stay in the protected space.”Tetrapod tactics: Do you know why fish invaded the land? They saw a cornucopia of free lunches up there, and evolved whatever it took to reach them. Isn’t that the essence of this story in NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine with its suggestive artwork of Shubin’s Tiktaalik fish-a-pod?A provocative new Northwestern University and Claremont McKenna, Scripps and Pitzer colleges study suggests it was the power of the eyes and not the limbs that first led our ancient aquatic ancestors to make the momentous leap from water to land. Crocodile-like animals first saw easy meals on land and then evolved limbs that enabled them to get there, the researchers argue.It’s provocative, all right. It should provoke outrage against just-so storytelling by those who respect science. “We found a huge increase in visual capability in vertebrates just before the transition from water to land. Our hypothesis is that maybe it was seeing an unexploited cornucopia of food on land — millipedes, centipedes, spiders and more — that drove evolution to come up with limbs from fins,” said Malcolm MacIver of Northwestern University, who should be arrested for impersonating a scientist (see 9/30/07 commentary). For more provocation, consider that the prestigious National Academy of Sciences published this “Buena Vista” hypothesis in PNAS. David Klinghoffer had some interesting remarks about the Disney Studios reference in Evolution News and Science Today, agreeing that the story is “dripping with teleology.”Military plant: One usually thinks of national leaders engaging in an arms race, but to evolutionists, brainless plants are capable of that foreign policy. In “Surprise: Transport proteins evolved long before their compounds emerged,” Science Daily tells how evolutionists at the University of Copenhagen were surprised by the forethought of plants.As in an arms race plants constantly develop new toxic compounds to protect themselves against herbivores and diseases — and as in war, mobility is important. Therefore, plants evolved transport proteins to efficiently and timely concentrate toxic defense compounds where they are needed the most.“It’s an exciting discovery because it’s often assumed that evolution is guided by what gives the organism an advantage. Why then were these transporters maintained during evolution when the compounds they move had not yet emerged?” says Associate Professor Hussam Nour-Eldin.Snails: Science Daily tells about researchers who “investigate the evolution of these proteins as a strategy to adapt the gastropodes [sic] to their new habitats — land snails have developed from marine species, and had to find novel strategies to cope with the higher loadings of heavy metals in the soil.” They didn’t have to do any such thing. Evolution is dumb and blind, incapable of strategizing. If all the snails died, evolution wouldn’t (and couldn’t) care. Stuff happens.Cows and cuds: Phys.org deigns to tell its readers “How chewing like a cow helped early mammals thrive.” A Darwin Party inductee at the University of Chicago has learned his lessons well. He “proposes that mammal teeth, jaw bones and muscles evolved to produce side-to-side motions of the jaw, or yaw, that allowed our earliest ancestors to grind food with their molars and eat a more diversified diet.” Parents know better than scientists that you can “allow” a teen-ager to eat a more diversified diet and he won’t do it. Allowing chance to evolve teeth is even more ridiculous.Humans: Read with astonishment how Roger S. Seymour proposes to explain “How our species got smarter: through a rush of blood to the head” (The Conversation). If this were a law of nature, every animal stooping to drink water should suddenly get smarter. Scientists could test this hypothesis: inject blood into the heads of mice to see if they get through mazes faster, or hold students upside down to see if they learn calculus better.Walk this way: Another way evolutionists distract attention away from Darwin’s chance world is to simply assert that stuff evolved instead of demonstrating how it evolved. Phys.org illustrates this escape mechanism by repeating the phrase “the evolution of bipedalism” three times. The prefix ‘the evolution of‘ is used here the same way certain people have shifted attention away from their own personal responsibility onto ‘the demon of‘ alcohol, sexual addiction, or laziness. Remarkably, these evolutionists multiply their miracles of chance by claiming that the skull and the legs evolved together, a “gloss unwarranted by the findings” according to Jonathan Witt (ENST). To appreciate just how complicated the changes must have been to enable upright walking and running, recall Daniel Lieberman’s list of body adaptations for endurance running from the 11/18/04 entry, “The Evolution of Marathon Man.”Placenta: Evolutionists writing for The Conversation seem particularly gifted at this fallacy. Why did the placenta evolve in mammals? Oliver Griffith says, “females evolved to hold their eggs inside the uterus until embryonic development was complete.” Again, “Placental structures have evolved to support pregnancy in most organisms that give birth to live young,” he says, compounding the error. And then the real whopper comes: “It’s a complex organ that has evolved many times independently.” Really? How many times? “more than 100 independent origins across the animal kingdom.” Let’s be clear: 100 natural miracles are a lot more improbable than one natural miracle.Beetle bailywick: Science Daily talks about “Convergent con artists,” hinting that a favorite theory rescue device of Darwinians is pending— convergent evolution. “How rove beetles keep evolving into army ant parasites.” Let’s count the personification and teleological fallacies:parasitic beetles engaged in a game of deceptionthese beetles aroseevolution has the capacity to repeat itself in an astonishingly predictable waya new and really stunning system of convergent evolutionan elaborate symbiosis, which has evolved in a stereotyped wayexceptional … that this convergent system is evolutionarily ancient“The tape of life has been extremely predictable whenever rove beetles and army ants have come together,” says Parker. “It begs the question: why has evolution followed this path so many times?”the beetles’ most recent common ancestor was an army ant doppelganger, it probably possessed traits that would allow its descendants to readily evolve into army ant parasites.They presented this huge niche for exploitation that these beetles were equipped to exploit, and they did so multiple times in parallel.many questions about how this convergent system aroseHow predictable has molecular evolution been in each of these convergent beetle lineages?We need to know how they live, how they evolved, and what role they playNone of these phrases make any sense in Darwin’s chance worldview. To see why, substitute “Stuff Happens” for evolution, as in #3, stuff has the capacity to happen repeatedly, #6, exceptional that stuff happened a long time ago, or #12: We need to know how they live, how stuff happens, and what place in nowhere stuff lands. If beetles were designed to adapt, that’s something entirely different.Climate chauffeur: Three principles of baloney detecting need to be understood aforehand: (1) Couching a fallacy in jargon protects it only from the uninformed. (2) Publishing folly in a respected journal does not sanctify it. (30) There’s no safety in numbers. In Science Magazine, no less than 20 evolutionists try to prove that climate drives evolutionary adaptation. But “climate-driven selection” can only drive animals to extinction, not to creativity. There’s nothing about the weather that can force a mutation to occur on cue to produce a coat. There’s nothing about rain that can produce an umbrella. Only if the animal had embedded code programmed to adapt could that happen. To ascribe this power to Darwinian selection is like saying “climate drives computers to generate new programs by mistake.”Notice how they couch their belief that chance is creative and goal-driven in obfuscatory language: “Although some species may migrate and undergo range shifts to avoid climate-induced declines and potential extinction, an alternative outcome is adaptive evolution in response to selection imposed by climate.” This language embeds creativity into the phrase “adaptive evolution” – the very thing they need to prove. They are fully aware that extinction is a likely outcome of climate change:Whether climate-selection coupling will lead to local adaptation and reduce the risk of extinction is difficult to predict because adaptive evolution also depends on genetic variation in the traits under selection. Moreover, if selection is strong relative to existing genetic variation, and if the rate of climate change is rapid, selection might result in population extinction rather than evolutionary rescue through adaptive evolution. Therefore, phenotypic plasticity might also have a key role in promoting population persistence due to climate change.Did you catch the personification? Who plays a “key role”? When we think of roles, we think of actors on a stage, or other intelligent agents that have a purpose of working together to accomplish a feat or solve a problem. Remember that chance is the essence of Darwin’s philosophy. Chance applies not just to mutations, but also to natural selection (see 10/03/15). It also applies to the climate and everything else in the environment: none of it has a goal of coaxing organisms to evolve something adaptive. In short, everything in their equation reduces to chance. Stuff happens! There is no law of nature that can be measured and expressed mathematically here. The 20 authors use Jargonwocky to obscure the fact that they are confabulating in Darwinese to hide their reliance on the Stuff Happens Law, leaving them to prove “adaptation” by assertion, not by demonstration:climate-selection coupling – complete balderdash, like saying ‘chance-goal coupling’local adaptation – embeds the assumption that Darwinism is creativeadaptive evolution – the problem, not the solutionselection is strong – most likely, it will strongly favor extinction. Selection is not creative.evolutionary rescue – a clear personification fallacyphenotypic plasticity – a completely vacuous term in Darwinese, masquerading as some profound truthIn all ten cases described above, the assumption that evolution is capable of creating wonders on demand drives the fallacious reasoning. If Darwinians were forced to strip out all teleological language and refer to chance alone in their hypotheses, Darwinian theory would evaporate in a puff of smoke. Science is supposed to explain, not wave hands and say, “Stuff Happens.”We’re not done yet. There’s more. Sometimes to get evolutionists’ attention, you have to rub it in.(Visited 240 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Four recent graduates from Monash South Africa – Kegaugetswe Pinky Motsomi, Mongezi Godfrey Lomo, Foundation Umaa Kundiona and Karishma Maharaj – will be using their skills, experience and qualifications to play their part and help make South Africa a better place to live, for all.Kegaugetswe Pinky Motsomi: Education is a weapon that can change the worldKegaugetswe Pinky Motsomi, graduate of leading tertiary institution, Monash South Africa, is a firm believer in her personal ethos that where a person comes from does not necessarily define where they are going. Furthermore, she is a shining example of her faith in the fact that “it is never too late to do something great”, and this is best evidenced by her recent achievement of an Honours degree in Public Health.“Growing up in Morwa Village, Botswana, both my parents were diagnosed with life modification diseases. As a result of this I always wanted to be a medical doctor, but because the opportunity to pursue this path was never afforded to me, I elected to study public health with the hope of entering medicine in the future,” explains Motsomi.She goes on to add that in the Motsomi family, it is believed that school only ends when life is drawing to a close. This is a motto that Motsomi has surely taken to heart, especially when one considers that her journey at Monash South Africa began with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Development, as well as Criminology and that in addition to her Honours Degree she added a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (HIV/AIDS and Health) to her list of credentials. This means that Motsomi has applied herself in two areas of study, with her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees being completed at the Monash School of Social Sciences and School of Health Sciences respectively.Monash South Africa was always on Motsomi’s radar and she says, “I was well aware that Monash is a prestigious university and when it came to my attention that students from this institution were head-hunted I decided that I too wanted the same opportunity to prove myself. When I was approached at the youth desk where I worked as a deputy president in my community and given the opportunity to apply for a bursary, I knew my life was about to change.”It would seem that in the case of Kegaugetswe Pinky Motsomi, her parents’ teachings that education is a powerful weapon that can change the world are indeed true. Currently, Motsomi is publishing her thesis paper and that which she learned in her honours year at Monash South Africa is playing a large part in her manuscript. In addition, she has recently secured the position of provincial co-ordinator for non-profit organisation, Right to Care, which builds public and private capacity to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS.Mongezi Godfrey Lomo: Kanana township resident inspires his community by graduating with honoursFrom being raised by a single mother in Klerksdorp’s Kanana Township to helping the underprivileged acquire title deeds for their homes, Mongezi Godfrey Lomo has displayed immense determination and tenacity in overcoming his circumstances. Having recently graduated with Honours in Criminology, after acquiring a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as Communications and Media Studies as a double major, Lomo is a source of inspiration to the youth of his community and beyond.With these achievements in mind, Lomo has more than lived up to the Napoleon Hill quote, which inspires him and he has always believed that, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.” This positive approach to life, coupled with the support of his mother, who he describes as his rock, have ensured that Lomo will always seek ways in which to drive change and ensure impact in marginalised communities.“My time at Monash South Africa saw me growing professionally and personally on many fronts. My course provided me with the foundation and knowledge for my degree, while my extracurricular activities as the manager of the soccer team helped me develop critical skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and time management to name a few,” says Lomo.Having registered at Monash South Africa on a bursary, Lomo’s proudest moment was when he was recognised as the Best Sports Representative of the Year in 2014. His reputation and expertise as a sportsman and leader has resulted in him continuing to work on a local government project.His candid advice to other students: “Education is the key to your future. If you want to improve your circumstances, a solid education is your answer.” While the future does seem bright for Lomo, his five year plan includes pursuing an ambition to become an entrepreneur and establish his own security firm.”Foundation Umaa Kundiona: His path to achieving his academic aspirationsFoundation Umaa Kundiona, a Zimbabwean Monash South Africa graduate, is a leading example of the important role a strong foundation plays and how it can assist school leavers achieve their academic aspirations irrespective of their circumstances. Having completed the Monash South Africa Higher Certificate in Higher Education Studies, which in essence is a pathway, preparing candidates for the demanding requirements of a degree; Kundiona has since achieved his undergraduate degree, with a double major in Marketing and Management, and is currently pursuing his Honours in Marketing at Monash South Africa within the School of Business and Economics.Kundiona hopes to one day link his entrepreneurial ambitions with his passion for learning and he says, “Education inspires me, mainly due to my father who is my mentor and my inspiration. He has a Doctorate in education and he encourages and pushes me to achieve and be the best that I can be. From an academic perspective, my motivation to realise my goals is also drawn from my Monash academic supervisor who is really supportive and constantly encourages me to keep striving to reach my full potential.”Working as a Resident Advisor in Student Services while on campus has meant that Kundiona is already putting his educational aims and objectives into practice. He has also acted as a dedicated member of the Monash Residence philanthropist group focussing on social responsibility specifically. Furthermore, Kundiona is basing his Honours thesis on entrepreneurship and education; a topic he hopes to expand upon when he pursues his Masters and Doctorate degrees.Kundiona’s academic journey at Monash South Africa has also seen him travel to Malaysia as part the campus student exchange programme. “A true highlight of my time at Monash South Africa has been the opportunity to experience the Malaysian culture first hand. I had the privilege of meeting an inspirational lecturer at the Malaysian campus, who is passionate about demonstrating the practical aspects of her lectures to her students, and created fascinating excursions and activities for us to experience academic principles in practice. My journey made it clear to me that we have much to learn from other cultures, and many of the challenges we face in our communities are often experienced in other parts of the world too.”If education has the power to uplift communities, then the role of a strong foundation such as the one that Kundiona experienced, in ensuring more scholars are fully equipped to enter university cannot be underestimated. The Monash South Africa Higher Certificate in Higher Education Studies, by way of example, is one NQF level above matric and aims to ensure that individuals like Kundiona, who are filled with passion and potential, can achieve their academic aspirations.Karishma Maharaj: Humanitarian and Monash South Africa Public Health graduate sets out to change the worldWith her graduation taking place on March 28, 2015, Karishma Maharaj is already out in the field bringing about positive change for the mothers and children of our country. Graduating with her Honours in Public Health from leading tertiary institution, Monash South Africa, Maharaj has already secured a research post in the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and she is actively putting into practice all that she has learned.Growing up in Johannesburg, Maharaj dreamed of becoming a medical doctor or paramedic. A self-described humanitarian, Maharaj wanted to add value and be fulfilled by serving others and she says, “As the years progressed I set a new path, particularly when I saw the opportunities that were available to be involved in the medical field, but with even more impact and on an even larger scale than in curative care. What I do today entails not only treating or curing diseases, but also includes understanding the determinants and processes of illnesses to create bigger, better and more effective long-term solutions for hundreds or thousands of people, as opposed to one person at a time.”Maharaj’s time at Monash South Africa, during which she also achieved her undergraduate degree Cum Laude, no doubt contributed to this change of heart: “Throughout my studies at Monash, I grew to love public health and epidemiology. What’s more, my time at Monash really contributed towards my career in medical research, because the Bachelor of Public Health is designed as a very research intensive course. Although difficult at times, it really taught me the fundamentals of health research. I have also found that I am more advanced in terms of my research skills thanks to the excellent foundation Monash’s Public Health programme provides.”It would seem that Maharaj’s hard work has certainly paid off because in the short time that she has been working since she finished her course in 2014, she is already interacting with leaders in certain United Nations divisions including the World Health Organisation. “These are internationally recognised research organisations which I hope to be a part of one day. Being at the SAMRC for only a short time, I now know that my chosen path was the right one. It is a privilege working with the most vulnerable members of our society and ensuring that through my work I can have a direct and profound impact on their quality of life,” concludes Maharaj.In the case of Maharaj, the visionary Mahatma Gandhi who truly inspires her perhaps describes the hard-working graduate most accurately: “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
The birthday of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who turned 41 on Sunday, is being celebrated all over Uttar Pradesh by party workers as Kisan Adhikar Diwas (Farmers’ Rights Day). With Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh due early next year the opportunity is being utilised by the state unit to reach out to the farmers. The agitation at Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida on the land acquisition issue by Gandhi recently had generated a lot of heat politically. Enquiries at his residence at 12, Tuglak Lane residence revealed that the young leader is not at home and no celebration has been planned. Ahead of the birthday, party General Secretary Digvijay Singh had said Rahul has got “all the qualities and capabilities” that are required to become a “good” Prime Minister. Congress projects Gandhi as potential Prime Minister and future leader. Meanwhile, Kisan chaupals (farmer gatherings) were on Sunday organised in all the nyay panchyats in Gandhi’s Amethi constituency. The party office bearers organised chaupals in all 712 nyay panchyats in Amethi to hear problems faced by farmers. Party leader Rajesh Srivastav said this year neither cakes were cut nor sweets were distributed on Gandhi’s birthday but the party workers tried to mingle with farmers. “We will fight for the cause of farmers and get their problems redressed,” he said.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
DefinitionSynovial fluid analysis is a group of tests that examine joint (synovial) fluid. The tests help diagnose and treat joint-related problems.Alternative NamesJoint fluid analysis; Joint fluid aspirationHow the test is performedA sample of synovial fluid is needed for this test. Synovial fluid is normally a thick, straw-colored liquid found in small amounts in joints, bursae (fluid-filled sacs in the joints), and tendon sheaths.After the joint area is cleaned, the health care provider inserts a sterile needle through the skin and into the joint space. Fluid is then drawn throughthe needleinto a sterile syringe.The fluid sample is sent to the laboratory. The laboratory technician:Checks the samples color and clarityPlacesthe sampleunder a microscope, counts the number of red and white blood cells, and looks for crystals (in the case of gout) or bacteriaMeasures glucose, proteins, uric acid, and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH)Cultures the fluid to see if any bacteria growHow to prepare for the testNormally, no special preparation is needed. Tell your health care provider if you are taking a blood thinner, such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix). These medicines can affect test results or your ability to take the test.How the test will feelSometimes, the health care provider will first inject numbing medicine into the skin with a small needle, which will sting. A larger needle is then used to draw out the synovial fluid.This test may also cause some pain if the tip of the needle touches bone. The procedure usually lasts less than 1 to 2 minutes.advertisementWhy the test is performedThe test can help diagnose the cause of pain, redness, or swelling in joints.Sometimes, removing the fluid can also help relieve joint pain.This test may be used when your doctor suspects:Bleeding in the joint after a joint injuryGout and other types of arthritisInfection in a jointWhat abnormal results meanAbnormal joint fluid may look cloudy or abnormally thick.Blood in the joint fluid may be a sign of injury inside the joint or a body-wide bleeding problem. An excess amount of normal synovial fluid can also be a sign of osteoarthritis or cartilage injury.RisksInfection of the joint — unusual but more common with repeated aspirationsBleeding into the joint spaceConsiderationsIce or cold packs may be applied to the joint for 24 to 36 hours after the test to reduce the swelling and joint pain. Depending on the exact problem, you can probably resume your normal activities after the procedure. Talk to your health care provider to determine what activity is most appropriate for you.ReferencesEl-Gabalawy HS. Synovial fluid analysis, synovial biopsy, and synovial pathology. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al., eds. Kelly’s Textbook of Rheumotology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 53.Parrillo SJ, Marrison DS, Panacek EA. Arthrocentesis. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 53.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
24Mar Rep. Runestad introduces bills requiring refugee placement to become safer and more transparent State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today introduced legislation to make refugee placements in Michigan both safe and more transparent, while also giving local government a voice in the process as required by federal immigration law.House Bills 5528-5529 will protect both our communities and refugees entering our communities.Michigan receives more refugees per capita than any other state in the nation, but it lacks a framework for defining how many refugees and families our state is capable of serving.“There is currently no system involving state and local governments for oversight of refugees entering the state,” said Rep. Runestad. “This is not only a security risk to our state, but is wide open for human trafficking abuses.“As a parent, I have a duty to protect my children, and as a state lawmaker, I have a duty to protect the rights of our local governments and our rights under the U.S. Constitution and federal law.”Rep. Runestad said federal immigration law requires that local governments be notified prior to placement of refugees in their communities and that they be involved in the process of placement and defining their local capacity for refugee placements. “This is being totally ignored leaving counties, schools and the state in the dark until placements have been made,” said Rep. Runestad. “Moreover, placements are made without regard to the ability of the school district to provide services or employability opportunities for the individual refugee.“The bills I introduced today propose an outline for communication between state departments and local governments in order to maximize placement success and minimize security risks for the state and refugees as allowed under current immigration law.”HBs 5528-5529 are referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics.###### Tags: #SB, HB 5528, HB 5529, Runestad Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News