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You Say You Want a Revolution?

You Say You Want a Revolution?
May 12, 2014
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To begin with, the Bundy supporters are lying when they say that Recapture Canyon is inaccessible.  It is closed to …Read the Rest

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The Glory of Creation

The Glory of Creation
March 18, 2014
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Did you know that the dastardly, ungodly Big Bang Theory was developed by a Catholic priest? It was a heck …Read the Rest

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Part II: Where Neil Tyson’s Cosmos Went Wrong

Part II: Where Neil Tyson’s Cosmos Went Wrong
March 17, 2014
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It has inspired several columns about Bruno, and the way his story was told in this new edition of Cosmos. …Read the Rest

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Part I: Where Neil Tyson’s Cosmos Went Wrong

Part I: Where Neil Tyson’s Cosmos Went Wrong
March 16, 2014
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There are some classics in life that should not be remade, like Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, or Philadelphia Story.  …Read the Rest

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Newt’s Uncomfortable Truth

Newt’s Uncomfortable Truth
January 7, 2014
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A couple years ago when extreme cold slammed the southwest, it was not called a polar vortex, blamed on global …Read the Rest

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Early Music

Early Music
June 17, 2013
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The other day, The Pink Flamingo happened on an article about early music.  This lead to a link to a …Read the Rest

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PART V: Liberal Science v. Conservative Science = Abject Idiocy

PART V: Liberal Science v. Conservative Science = Abject Idiocy
May 24, 2013
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The Pink Flamingo’s series into science, climate change, liberal versions of science, conservative versions, and abject stupidity of both groups …Read the Rest

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PART III: Liberal Science v. Conservative Science = Abject Idiocy

PART III: Liberal Science v. Conservative Science = Abject Idiocy
May 22, 2013
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This is my problem. When climate change scientists make their catastrophic warnings, they are completely ignoring the historical record. In …Read the Rest

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PART II: Liberal Science v. Conservative Science = Abject Idiocy

PART II: Liberal Science v. Conservative Science = Abject Idiocy
May 21, 2013
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This is yet another of those ‘no brainer’ Pink Flamingo posts I decided to toss together as quick and easy. …Read the Rest

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Just Science for a Change

Just Science for a Change
February 14, 2013
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The Pink Flamingo is a science freak.  Let’s be honest here.  I also find the far right approach to science …Read the Rest

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Really Cool Science Links!

Really Cool Science Links!
December 29, 2012
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The Pink Flamingo has not been as religious about keeping up with science links as I should.  There have been …Read the Rest

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I Wish I Were Not “Conservative”

I Wish I Were Not “Conservative”
January 4, 2012
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I am a Republican.  My values are conservative, in fact I even watch the right shows on television, but I …Read the Rest

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Romans, Bones, Bears, Repatriation & the Coelacanth

Romans, Bones, Bears, Repatriation & the Coelacanth
February 19, 2011
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When The Pink Flamingo was in elementary school, I read a book about the discovery of the coelacanth.  I’ve been …Read the Rest

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It’s Worse – Much Worse

It’s Worse – Much Worse
February 13, 2011
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According to Zahi Hawass: “…Upstairs, in front of the room that holds the golden mask of Tutankhamun, a vitrine containing …Read the Rest

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Some Really Cool Science – Swimming with Sharks

Some Really Cool Science – Swimming with Sharks
January 22, 2011
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NASA is under the gun about a heavy lift vehicle.  The DOD just launched the Delta 4-Heavy rocket.  Why can’t …Read the Rest

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New Mexico Mammoth & Other Nifty Science News

New Mexico Mammoth & Other Nifty Science News
November 21, 2010
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What is believed to be the complete skeleton of a mammoth has been discovered near Hobbs.  See what good things …Read the Rest

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Something Strange in the Four Corners

Something Strange in the Four Corners
April 2, 2010
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The Pink Flamingo does not approve of the theft of artifacts, no matter how old or how new. As a historian and a writer in the field of the “Wild West”, Wyatt Earp, and Tombstone, I deal with this any time I start doing research. While I am a good Republican, I find private collectors of history and archaeology to be somewhat distasteful in their hording of valuable historical material. I don’t care if they own it. I just think documents, photos, etc. should be made available for study. In my field, I eschew such collectors and have been denied valuable material. I do not approve of their methods which at times are lot quite kosher.

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New Light on Silbury Hill

New Light on Silbury Hill
February 9, 2010
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Once upon a time, when Ronald Reagan was POTUS, The Pink Flamingo spent a couple months in England. One morning, …Read the Rest

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Another Great Archaeological Discovery – This Time It Is “Personal”

Another Great Archaeological Discovery – This Time It Is “Personal”
January 23, 2010
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The Pink Flamingo is an archaeology “freak”.  I love it.  In another life I would have been an archaeologiest.  Regular …Read the Rest

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Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?

Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?
December 31, 2009
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Borrowing from John 1:46 a little is for a good cause.  A remarkable archaeological discovery from the old town of …Read the Rest

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Roman Ruins Briefly Open to the Public

Roman Ruins Briefly Open to the Public
December 15, 2009
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ITALY ROMAN LUXURY

From the AP

“…Visitors look at new discoveries unveiled in Rome, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. Italian officials have unveiled new discoveries in an ancient Roman luxury complex filled with priceless mosaics, elegant porticos and thermal baths. The 1,800 square-meter (2,000 square-yard) complex, dating from the 2nd to 4th centuries, has been excavated intermittently starting in 2004, when the ruins were accidentally discovered during renovations of a Renaissance palazzo that now stands above them. In the latest digging campaign, which began in March, archaeologists uncovered a palatial room decorated with precious marble and a colorful mosaic made with half a million tiles brought from all over the Roman Empire.

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Has the Lost Army of Cambyses Been Found

Has the Lost Army of Cambyses Been Found
November 10, 2009
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One of the great historical mysteries has been the fate of the army of Cambyses.

“…According to Herodotus, Cambyses sent an army to threaten the Oracle of Amun at the Siwa Oasis. The army of 50,000 men was halfway across the desert when a massive sandstorm sprang up, burying them all. Although many egyptologists regard the story as a myth, people have searched for the remains of the soldiers for many years. These have included Count László Almásy (on whom the novel The English Patient was based) and modern geologist Tom Brown. Some believe that in recent petroleum excavations, the remains may have been uncovered…”

It now appears that two Italian archaeologists have discovered Cambyses lost army! The plot sounds like an Indiana Jones movie – an army of 50,000 men were literally swollowed in a massive sand storm.

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Golly – was Herodotus right?

“…Now, two top Italian archaeologists claim to have found striking evidence that the Persian army was indeed swallowed in a sandstorm. Twin brothers Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni are already famous for their discovery 20 years ago of the ancient Egyptian “city of gold” known as Berenike Panchrysos.

Presented recently at the archaeological film festival of Rovereto, the discovery is the result of 13 years of research and five expeditions to the desert.

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In Defense of Politicians Dealing with “Climate Change”

In Defense of Politicians Dealing with “Climate Change”
November 2, 2009
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On Sunday afternoon it dawned on The Pink Flamingo that we are taking the whole issue of climate change and politicians in the wrong direction. Lindsey is being hammered for a piece he co-authored with John Kerry for the NYTimes. Even I cringed – because I knew he would be hammered for it.

He has.

Suddenly, like the light flashing down from an alien craft about to abduct some drunken deer hunter (note that there is no intentional insult to deer hunters implied) The Pink Flamingo had an epiphany.

GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT

Remember that old computer term – garbage in garbage out?

I think expecting our elected officials to know everything about everything, or even a little bit about everything is just not logical. None of us know everything about everything. We specialize. The era of a eclectic “renaissance” style education no longer exists.

Take climate change – please.

The only reason The Pink Flamingo has a different take on things is because of an essay the late great, Stephen Jay Gould penned for his monthly column in the Natural History magazine. Aside from filling The Pink Flamingo with a life-time desire to be a writer of essays, this article tweaked my fancy. I was going into high school, volunteering doing the candy stripe thing at our local hospital. I remember reading the article after my father picked me up at the hospital there in Seneca. The mail was on the back seat, where I was consigned as he and my grandfather drove home.

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I read the Gould essay on the drive to Fair Play, fascinated. My current love of all things dinosaur is nothing new. I’ve been fascinated since I was a little kid and saw that now legendary T-Rex fossil in the Natural History Museum in NYC. While it might take a calculator to figure out how many scientists have been inspired by that same critter, including the great Gould himself, The Pink Flamingo never went beyond fascination when it came to dinosaurs. But – it did give me a reason to read geology, paleontology, and delve into archeology as a high school student.

The specic Gould essay, which I can no longer find, was about the fact that the planet was due for another round of what he felt might be a cycle of ice ages.

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BINGO

Golly – an ice age?

I read everything I could on the subject, only to decide upon a life-long fascination with Post-Roman Britain instead of science.

Guess what?

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It seems like the alleged time frame of La Morte de Arthur and the alleged fall of the Roman Empire all occurred around 475AD – 550AD. No one in their right mind would even put the idea of the death of Arthur, fall of Rome, and an ice age together. BUT – they all happened around the same time.

Seems like David Keys also put 2 + 2 together to come up with an ice age. Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the book:

“…In Keys’s startling thesis, a global climatic catastrophe in A.D. 535-536–a massive volcanic eruption sundering Java from Sumatra–was the decisive factor that transformed the ancient world into the medieval, or as Keys prefers to call it, the “proto-modern” era. Ancient chroniclers record a disaster in that year that blotted out the sun for months, causing famine, droughts, floods, storms and bubonic plague. Keys, archeology correspondent for the London Independent, uses tree-ring samples, analysis of lake deposits and ice cores, as well as contemporaneous documents to bolster his highly speculative thesis. In his scenario, the ensuing disasters precipitated the disintegration of the Roman Empire, beset by Slav, Mongol and Persian invaders propelled from their disrupted homelands. The sixth-century collapse of Arabian civilization under pressure from floods and crop failure created an apocalyptic atmosphere that set the stage for Islam’s emergence. In Mexico, Keys claims, the cataclysm triggered the collapse of a Mesoamerican empire; in Anatolia, it helped the Turks establish what eventually became the Ottoman Empire; while in China, the ensuing half-century of political and social chaos led to a reunified nation. Huge claims call for big proof, yet Keys reassembles history to fit his thesis, relentlessly overworking its explanatory power in a manner reminiscent of Velikovsky’s theory that a comet collided with the earth in 1500 B.C. Readers anxious about future cataclysms will take note of Keys’s roundup of trouble spots that could conceivably wreak planetary havoc….”

Would you believe the global temperature during the height of the Roman Republic and Empire ranged something like 4 degrees warmer than it is now?

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Civilizations flourish during a time of global warming and had a tendency to either fall or wax inward during periods of cooling.

Please expain the importance of the word “Greenland”.

Now, the following completely esoteric lines of study are something no “normal” person who has a “real” life would even bother thinking about, let alone own dozens of books about the above.

There’s even more.

The Pink Flamingo has been interested in astronomy and space even longer than dinosaurs.

Get the picture?

Add a fascination with geology, history, King Arthur, Ancient America fringe archaeology, and a half-way decent working knowledge of science and you have a walking rebuttal to the current infant “science” of climatology. (it is a joke)

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We are dealing with a rather fascinating solar minimum. For some strange reason, the utter lack of sunspots indicates a cooling surface on the sun. Anyone who knows anything know the cooler the sun, the cooler the earth.

Know anything about the relationship between very messy volcanic explosions and global cooling?

The Pink Flamingo subscribes to the theory of history that someone must delve, not only into the usual historical tools, papers, archives, etc, but must also integrate misc. sciences be them social, earth, biological, archaeology, or political in order to write history.

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Is the Kensington Rune Stone Authentic?

Is the Kensington Rune Stone Authentic?
October 24, 2009
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Scott Wolter, a Minnesota geologist thinks he has additional information that may point toward the famous Kensington Rune Stone being authentic.

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Anglo-Saxon Version of King Tut’s Tomb Discovered

Anglo-Saxon Version of King Tut’s Tomb Discovered
September 25, 2009
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The discovery of the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure trove in the UK was announced today.  An unemployed coffin maker named Terry …Read the Rest

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Another Good Reason to Be Phobic About Birds

Another Good Reason to Be Phobic About Birds
September 19, 2009
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You know that old Maori legend about a giant man eating bird? It’s true. (And people laugh at my hummingbird …Read the Rest

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DNA for Mummies!

DNA for Mummies!
September 2, 2009
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The Pink Flamingo, like every other writer, has a stack of rejection letters.  My favorite came from the late Isaac …Read the Rest

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The Caves of the Pharoahs?

The Caves of the Pharoahs?
August 27, 2009
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Zahi Hawass doesn’t think there are any new discoveries to be made in Giza, but he could be wrong.  Then …Read the Rest

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Huge Neolithic “Cathedral” Found on Orkney

Huge Neolithic “Cathedral” Found on Orkney
August 23, 2009
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The UK’s “neolithic” culture is still being defined and explored.  It was huge, and one day will rewrite human history.  …Read the Rest

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Feast of St. Peter & Paul Brings Fascinating News!

Feast of St. Peter & Paul Brings Fascinating News!
June 29, 2009
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Today is the Feast Day of St. Peter and St. Paul.  Pope Benedict XVI (I think he’s cute) said that …Read the Rest

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