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  1. etkd commented on Non Sequitur about 6 years ago

    I know I’m coming in a little late (by a month) but I felt I needed to comment on this issue, as I have recently looked into it closely. This may be a little hard to follow, but hang in there!

    First, I’m afraid that I am going to have to touch on a different issue: the fossil record. I’m sure that most who read this are aware thet history has been divided into eras and epochs, based upon what life existed at various stages of time. What you may not know is how these divisions were made. The way it worked is this: scientists examined the fossil record, every layer of it. They found that on different layers, different kinds of species were present (both plant and animal). They divided the layers based upon these different species, deciding that those layers which were on the bottom, or deepest levels, were older, because they contained simpler looking specimens. They arranged the geological column accordingly, with certain species, which appeared in only one layer, denoted representitive species. They also assigned dates to each layer, also based upon the “level of evolution” for each species present. Scientists then began to check their assumptions. They found a sample of part of their geologic column, and dated it based on the surrounding layers and the dates they had assigned to those layers. They then checked for the representitive species they had assigned to that approximate date (within a few thousand years). since they found what they had assigned, in the area they assigned it to, they decided that the dates were accurate.

    Besides this circular reasoning involved here, there are other problems with this column. The most glaring problem is that there is no place in the world where the ENTIRE geological column has been found in order. In fact, there are areas MILES long where the layers are found in the exact OPPOSITE order to what is expected, with no apparent disordering, and fossils in near-prefect condition. (words in all CAPS are supposed to be italicized, I couldn’t figure out how to do that)

    Another HUGE problem is that there are many large fossils (whales, trees, etc) which lay through several layers, spanning MILLIONS of years. These fossils could not have laid there undisturbed for so long, while dirt and other fossils slowly built up around them. The whole process of fossi formation require rapid burial, before decay (and scavengers) completely destroy the potential fossil. The only possible way this could work with a fossil spanning multiple layers is if these thousands of years of rock built up in a few days, at the most.

    This brings me back (FINALLY) to the main point under discussion: Noas Ark. A flood could easily lay down many feet of sediment in a matter of hours (and floods have done just this, in the recent past). A WORLDWIDE flood would lay down much more sediment, not just in the 40 days and nights it rained, but for the 150 days it took for all the water to recede (see Genisis 7:24). That provides ample time for the buildup of TONS of sedient, which covered the bodies of all those unlucky animals who did not make it to the ark (including “those silly Unicorns”). Obviously, the smaller animals, unable to cover ground as quckly as their larger counterparts, would perish first, ending up on the bottom of the mud plain.

    None of this even touches on the amazing complexity of even the smallest microbe, or the fact that a certain fish, long believed to have gone extinct during the Cambrian period, and to be a missing link between sea creatures, and land animals, was found alive. That fish (who’s name I will not even try to remember how to spell) also proved to be dwell in the deepest oceans, and was thus not likely to be crawl out onto land.

    Mabe I will post another essay some other time covering these points.

  2. etkd commented on Non Sequitur about 6 years ago

    My aunt works in DMV, so when I got my permit, she told me exactly where to go, so that I could be done in about half an hour (including the written test).

  3. etkd commented on Non Sequitur about 6 years ago

    I’m skinny and I freeze in the winter: I don’t have to paint my fingernails, if it drops below 60, they turn pastel purple.

  4. etkd commented on Non Sequitur about 6 years ago

    My Dad once hooked a starfish while drag fishing in the bay… Didn’t know there were starfish in NY.

  5. etkd commented on Non Sequitur about 6 years ago

    My great-uncle visited from out of state, and rented a car with a GPS. We went to the beach, and from the (huge) parking lot, asked the GPS for directions home. The parking lot was not programmed into the GPS, so the screen showed us in the middle of a green field. The first directions were, “Please find your way to a known road.”

    On a similar vein, we were driving on a recently rerouted highway. The GPS insisted that the mountain the new route had cut through, was not safe to be driving at 80 MPH on.

  6. etkd commented on Non Sequitur about 6 years ago

    Ok, everone, why does everone feel the need to be so NASTY to each other. Fine, so you don’t share the same political views, but there is no need for such harsh language. “8 hellish years under Bush???” “your a flaming bigot???” I don’t think that such strong language is necessery. It is completely possible to disagree on something, yet still be civil to one another. I have both democratic and republican friends, and I can talk with any of them, disagree entirely, but still walk away friends, because NO HARSH WORDS WERE USED!

    If a highly opinionated 18 year old can do that, then I think everone can.

  7. etkd commented on Wizard of Id about 6 years ago

    @ r g: I drive in New York, and I have to say, I have never driven over (or sailed under) the Robert Moses Causeway and seen it without at least one lane each way under construction, for as long as I can remember.

    Well, at least my block has finally been resurfaced, I don’t have to contend with two foot deep potholes.

  8. etkd commented on Wizard of Id about 6 years ago

    My cat ate cantalope, artichoke, meatloaf, garlic knots, anything we would give him.

    My dog wouldn’t eat anything untill the cat ate it first.

  9. etkd commented on Compu-toon about 6 years ago

    My first flag.

  10. etkd commented on Stone Soup about 6 years ago

    They’re not VVVV’s or WWWW’s, They’re NNNNN’s. Just take away the spaces between the vertical lines.