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Friday, 25 March 2005

So last night my friend Rick called and told me the news.  A T-Rex thigh bone that was fossilized such that only the outer layers of bone were fossilized, and the inner layers of bone and SOFT TISSUE were preserved, encased in the mineral deposits of the outer layers.

 

     Holy mother-fucking shit doesn’t even begin to cover it, although apparently this is the second time that this sort of thing has been discovered…but the first time there were some problems with the sample, and this one is more intact yet than the first one.

 

     I’m totally jonesing on this thing.  I’ll be listening to MPR Science Friday today, you can count on it.  I just bet this is going to be the topic of the day.

 

A word from Rick’s LJ :

 

Intact soft tissue recovered from 70 million year-old Tyrannosaur thighbone...
... and the news barely noticed. A seven-second long blip (seriously) on CNN, nothing on Faux News. The CNN blip, by the way, was immediately followed by a thirty-five second video clip and voice-over about the fact that sharks eat fish. I should be kidding, but unfortunately I'm not.

Maybe the headline should be "Cloned Tyrannosaur, wearing black trenchcoat, goes on shooting rampage at northern Minnesota high school while pulling out Terri Schiavo's feeding tube." Yeah, then people might pay attention.

Fucking mundanes.

 

     Back to me:

     It’s true that this is frustrating.  Not only are the Terri Schaivo case and the Red Lake Shooting distracting from the intolerable DeLay ethics violations, but they are eclipsing real news of public interest like this.

 

     What is it about people that they are more interested in pursuing a voyeuristic obsession with the private pain of individuals that in actual news that advances human knowledge and affects us all?

Friday, 25 March 2005 11:02:11 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [7] |  | #
Friday, 25 March 2005 11:27:19 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Great story, but I wanted to comment on Mr. DeLay. Is there anybody but me who thinks Mr. DeLay should be disbarred (I assume he is an attorney) for his comment that Terri Schaivo’s husband’s attorney is “The personification of evil?” If Mr. DeLay thinks that poorly of a man representing Terri Schaivo’s husband than what must he think of am attorney representing an accused mass murderer? What does this say for our system of justice?
Mark Rosenberg
Friday, 25 March 2005 12:03:13 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Hmmm... I have no idea what the American Bar Association thinks about that...but yeah...it certainly shows that DeLay has no respect for the basic American value that everyone has a right to have their interests represented.

It's pretty common to see lawyers criticized based on who they represented, and that's just not OK. It's a lawyer's job to speak for his client...to represent his voice. Of course, he can't lie for his client, and he can't subvert the legal system on behalf of his client, but he is supposed to be the client's voice, and to do so to the best of his ability.

To call that "evil" is just not OK. It's not the lawyer's job to decide if his client is right or wrong. That's the court's job...and the courts have repeatedly decided for Mr. Schiavo.

So if anyone is evil by DeLay's definition, it is our whole court system.

Good thing we have a God-appointed leader who will fix that. Whoo Hoo! Feeding tubes and respirators for everyone.
kemaris
Friday, 25 March 2005 15:47:00 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
"Good thing we have a God-appointed leader who will fix that. Whoo Hoo! Feeding tubes and respirators for everyone"

As long as they're white people with good medical coverage.
The Evil Cub
Friday, 25 March 2005 21:22:55 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
WEll...yeah...if they were God's people they'd HAVE medical coverage....duh.
kemaris
Saturday, 26 March 2005 08:37:11 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
*grump* There are people out there who are starving who have fully functional brains. CLUE BAT PLEASE!
Kaji
Saturday, 26 March 2005 15:24:09 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
By the way, just mentioning this scientific tid-bit is probably enough to get you on the 'terrorist' watch list. After all, every good American knows the world is only 6000 years old. Only terrorists don't believe in the literal truth of the bible.
The Evil Cub
Wednesday, 30 March 2005 17:43:18 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Of course...one could argue that it doesn't matter that they've found dino-parts. It won't feed me. It won't build my house or clothe me. It's all a matter of priorities...maybe they should put it back so that it can become fossil fuel one day to run someone's car...that would be useful.
Karen
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