WHEREIN ELMO ZONEBALL pulls no punches, and spares no feelings, in calling shenanigans on Barney Frank and the rest of the Democrats for their naked opportunism in the face of financial crisis…
SOME OF OUR CONSTANT READERS may not be familiar with the Darwin Central discussion forums, which is a shame – it’s where all the cool kids hang out. We’re open to all, and welcome those of a like mind. We believe you shouldn’t have to choose between self-styled conservatives who reject newfangled ideas like the scientific method, or scientists whose politics make Cynthia McKinney look like a mushy moderate. Here we strive for rationality in all things, both in the natural world and in human affairs.
WELL, CLOSING ONE of them anyway. From the Telegraph, a missing link of sorts is located:
The origin of today’s amphibians is controversial because of a lack of intermediate forms to show which ancient creatures evolved into frogs and salamanders.
Now a Texan fossil, Gerobatrachus hottoni (“Hotton’s elder frog”) from around 300 million years ago, proves the previously disputed fact that some modern amphibians, frogs and salamanders evolved from one group of ancient primitive amphibians called temnospondyls, some of which were up to 1.5 metres long.
Just a matter of time before creationists point out that two new gaps are now opened up, on either side of G. hottoni, but there you go.
IT’S PRETTY HARD TO TELL THESE DAYS, if you spend much time watching. Sure, plenty of attention is paid to the frontal assaults made by creationists and the like, not least by us here at Darwin Central. But that’s hardly the only agenda-driven perversion of good science, and now the inimitable Right Wing Professor has opened a new series, dedicated to the offenses of the ostensible defenders of science. Science is a fragile maiden, so pay close attention to the good doctor as he exposes those who, far from defending good science, instead sneak it off to a quiet back room where they might molest it undisturbed. Lots of creepy-crawlies under some of those rocks, so mind your fingers, and catch the first installment here.
…to call your attention to the fact that the DC Blog has moved to a new URL. Be sure to update your feed-readers and bookmarks as needed.
DUE TO SOME NECESSARY MAINTENANCE, down here in the bowels of Darwin Central’s communications wing, our crack army of one million typing monkeys will be given this weekend off, while our server (and hence blog, forum, and so forth) are offline. Downtime will begin today, Friday March 30′th, at midnight ET, and continue on until the worker bees have completed their appointed tasks. Monkeys are to report back to work on Monday, 9 AM sharp.
“…IN SUPPORT OF THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE,” as our own Dr. S. neatly put it. How’s that? Well, for those of you who had it all figured out, that the Repubs were raiding the budget to enrich Halliburton, KBR, thus giving Chris Mooney et. al. stuff to write about, comes this latest news on the budget front. Those science-loving lefties running Capitol Hill have proposed maintaining NASA’s 2007 budget at 2006 levels. That’s opposed to the science-hating Republicans, who wanted to increase it by $400 million. Got that? Good.
THE SCHISMATICS, that is. Presented without further comment:
IS THERE ANYONE WHO DOESN’T have a finger in this pie? This half-baked Hitler-Darwin concoction, that is. First it was Harun Yahya, now Coral Ridge Ministries is following in the footsteps of their apparent ideological soulmates, with their own production of…well, exactly the same thing. Okay, maybe it’s not so obvious with that short blurb, but bear with us.