The Sixth Extinction

There is irrefutable scientific evidence of five global mass extinctions in the history of this planet independent of a flood, loose morals, or a mythical, Puck like god flitting through the bushes playing tricks on the gullible humans to make it seem like the earth has been around  long enough to be overdue at the cosmic library. Elizabeth Kolbert has written a very readable account of these extinctions and represented contemporary evidence that suggests a sixth extinction is in progress and may well be inevitable no matter how much profit Exxon or BP made last year.

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Who knocks big monsters dead on their knees?

Alley OopThis came to me via The Daily Kos. Snopes rated the exhibits as “probably true” but there are a few items on these sheets that make me question their authenticity. I want to believe this is legitimate but I wonder: Would you title your quiz, “4th Grade Science Quiz”? Why would a quiz on “Dinosaurs: Genesis and the Gospel” ask a question from the Book of Job? And doesn’t the whole quiz, even with missing questions, smack of profiling the religious right, hitting all the good progressive talking points? Even if the points are true, they still seem a little too easy. But then I stop myself and recall that this is a church school in South Carolina and conclude that rational thinking is not expected of me. It just might be valid.

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Saddle-up my Brachylophosaurus

In honor of the celebration of Charles Darwin and his most-excellent theory of evolution, I just discovered that there is a Creation Museum in Santee, California, not far from where I grew up. Now I’m wondering:  if a museum in Kentucky thinks the universe is 6000 years old and the earth was made and populated with fully mature plants and animals and at least one human in six days and then a completely separate museum in California espouses to the same beliefs, is it possible that it is all true?

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