Protesting Nonexistent Issues

Call me confused. Residents of the Rockwood School District are up in arms over a plan to switch from the BC/AD system to the BCE/CE system. Only problem is that the plan does not exist:

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Dangerous Ltd and the Discovery Channel Quote-mine a Paleontologist

Normally quote-mining is a behavior one associates with the creationist movement. So it is shocking when the Discovery channel and Dangerous Ltd (makers of Clash of Dinosaurs) engages in the same behavior. The main culprit here is Dangerous Ltd which made the show…

Still Without DSL

Well, the phone company fixed the phone issues but I am still without DSL. So it may be a bit before regular posting returns.

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Does Healthcare Reform Mean The Death Of SCHIP: Kill The Bill

You know SCHIP, it’s the State Children’s Health Insurance Program that Democrats were screaming bloody murder about not all that long ago. The Democrats were mad because Bush vetoed two bills that would expand the program. Screamed and hollared and whined about how children were going to suffer and now Democratic hypocrisy is coming home to roost From the Columbia Journalism Review:
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Fossil Raccoon Dog From The Awash

Zeray Alemseged and company will be publishing a paper in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology announcing the discovery of a new species of (extinct) raccoon dog. The new species, Nyctereutes lockwoodi – named, I’m guessing, after the late Charles Lockwood – dates to about 3.3 MYA. The new species is based on a nearly complete skull as well as fragments of other skulls…

I Hate the Phone Company

They keep telling us that our phone/DSL is on at the new place. After arguing with them most of the week we finally convince them something is indeed wrong, only to be told the soonest they can get someone out to fix things is 12/16. *sigh*

Over and above a backlog (Ardipithecus ,book reviews, etc) there is a veritable plethora, an avalanche – if you will – of interesting stuff to write about (videos of spectral tarsiers hunting, for example)…

Kent Hovind’s Dissertion: Incomplete

Wikileaks has managed to get a copy of Kent Hovind’s Ph.D dissertion. However, it seems to me to be an incomplete copy. Hovind mentions that there is sixteen chapters in the dissertion, yet the pdf from Wikileaks stops, as near as I can tell, at the fourth chapter on the age of the earth. Presumably there are chapters on the big bang, geologic column, radiocarbon dating, cave men, archaopteryx, OOL research, scientists who were creationists, etc… See pages 6-7 for a complete listing of the dissertion chapters. So, where is the rest of it? I think Skip Evans clears the mystery up.

Blogging Will Be Light

The afarensis family is in the process of moving so blogging will be light for the next week or so…

Anthropology in the News

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice article on the use of CT scanning in paleoanthropology:

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Naked Mole Rats In The News

Science Daily has an interesting story on naked mole rats (and how could a story on naked mole rats be anything other than interesting I ask):

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