Friday, June 09, 2006

Reality Wins Again!

Okay let me get this out of the way first, I think Kent Hovnid is a nut. Which in some dialects is a synonym for a Young Earth Creationist. These are folks who disregard Physics, Chemistry, Biology and every other science to tell you that dinosuars and man co-existed, 6000 years ago, and that the Grand Canyon was formed by Noah's Flood on Wednesday during brunch.

This is of course an artists interpretation of this period, or just a cheap shot, by me, to show Raquel Welch in animal hide. Which no one would mind if cave woman looked like Raquel Welch or even Wilma Flintstone, but unfortunately they probably looked more like this


So the erstwhile Dr. Dino wanted to open up a theme park which would show the Flinstone like, but very Christian, world in which dinosaurs and man walked the world together. For some reason DE LORD must not have liked that idea because:
From Pharyngula:
Science Blogs Reports:

On June 5th 2006, Hovind pled nolo contendere as charged to three counts: constructing a building without a permit, refusing to sign a citation and violating the county building code. Hovind was ordered to pay $225.00 per count. The plea brings to an end a 5-year battle over a $50.00 building permit. Hovind estimates he spent $40,000 in legal expenses on this case. Meanwhile, the property taxes for Dinosaur Adventure Land are in arrears in an amount of $10,338.36 ($4,955.23 for 2005 and 5,383.13 for 2003 and 2004).
Check out this list of things you are supposed to believe (From Wikipedia):

Below is an exact transcript from his uncopyrighted DVD, “Part 6, The Hovind Theory” giving a summarised account of his hypothesis:

  • Noah and the animals got safely into the Ark
  • A 300-degree below zero Fahrenheit ice meteor came flying toward the Earth and broke up in space
  • As it was breaking up, some of the fragments got caught and became the rings around the planets. They made the craters on the moon, the craters on some of the planets and what was left over came down and splattered on top of the North and South Pole.
  • The super-cold snow fell on the poles mostly, burying the Mammoths standing up. The dump of ice on the North and South pole cracked the crust of the earth releasing the fountains of the deep.
  • The spreading ice caused the ice age effects, the glacier effects that we see. It buried the mammoths and made the earth wobble around for a few thousand years and it made the canopy collapse that used to protect the earth and opened up the fountains of the deep.
  • During the first few months of the flood, the dead animals would settle out, and dead plants, and get buried. They would become coal if they’re plants and oil if they’re animals and those are still found today in huge grave yards – fossils found in grave yards, oil found in big pockets under the ground.
  • During the last few months of the flood, the unstable plates of the earth would shift around – some places lift up, other places sink down - that’s going to form ocean basins and mountain ranges and the run off would cause incredible erosion like Grand Canyon in a couple of weeks.
  • Over the next few hundred years, the ice caps would slowly melt back retreating to their current size. The added water from the ice melt would raise the ocean level creating what’s called a continental shelf
  • It would also absorb carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere which allows more radiation to get in which is going to shorten people’s life spans and in the days of Peleg it finally took effect.
  • The earth still today shows the effects of this devastating flood[2]
Damn. Look just so you know I am not making this crap up here is Hovnid's website.

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