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Today's summary comes courtesy of Zeroth, who kindly took over the task for me. I've added counts, but if you want all the luscious screenshots, you gotta click the link.

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Content note: suicide, interpersonal violence, child physical abuse

This week, Sam’s nightmares are coming true, people are dying, and Dean gets shot.

The cold open starts with an ordinary oldish car being driven at night through a suburban neighborhood. The middle-aged man driving the car pulls into his garage. As the garage door closes, the doors suddenly get locked and will not let him out.

The engine turns back on and the exhaust starts suffocating the man. He struggles to get out of the car, eventually succumbing to the fumes.

Death by Monstrosity: 1

After a flash of light, Sam wakes up, sweaty, in yet another seedy motel room. He pushes Dean to get up and get to the victim Sam just dreamed about.

In the Impala, Sam pretends to be a Michigan state trooper and calls in the license plate details he saw in his dream.


Today’s summary comes courtesy of Zeroth, who kindly took over the task for me. I’ve added counts, but if you want all the luscious screenshots, you gotta click the link. Thank you, Zeroth!Content note: suicide, interpersonal violence, child physical abuseThis week, Sam’s nightmares are coming true, people are dying, and Dean gets shot.The cold open starts …
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We've survived a lot of atmospheric nonsense and learned that you should never allow anyone associated with ACE to water your lawn. Now things are about to heat up. Yes, they are on about temperature. And in looking it over, I don't think this section has been updated since the Cold War.

Seriously. All their talk of thermometers and thermographs and such like make no mention of digital thermometers or computers. None of the equipment mentioned for monitoring temperature over time records observations electronically. The photographs look like they're straight out of the 70s.

It's pretty sad.

There's some mildly-interesting history of the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales, but delivered in that pompous and pedantic ACE tone that sucks any joy out of it.

We are told that "temperatures vary greatly nationwide," but that fact remains an orphan without an explanation. Dad says that folks are most comfortable in the 70-75°F range, because this is apparently a vital science fact. Then he joins us in the late 20th century with a brief mention of "space satellites and other devices that collect information." Don't get excited: he just tells us how high they orbit, contrasts that with the orbit of communications satellites, and that's it.

Then they're on about how the Earth gets warmed up. It's an extremely simplified version, but it's basically correct. They even manage to talk about the greenhouse effect without having a tantrum over global warming - they simply neglect to mention carbon dioxide or our excessive emission thereof. They mention that "dark colors absorb more heat than do light colors," but don't explain why. Silly kids, whys and wherefores are for heathens! All you need to know are some facts.

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This is a super-short chapter. It basically centers around one religious event in Carolyn's life: her patriarchal blessing. The blessing is the most important part of a woman's life outside of her marriage and childbearing. It's delivered by one of the church's patriarchs (the dudes just below the Prophet and his apostles), and generally consists of them telling a young woman that she's going to "become a faithful wife and a mother in Zion, raising faithful children up to the Lord."

Carolyn hadn't gotten her blessing prior to getting married and having kids, so her patriarch, Joseph Barlow, has to get creative. He pulls out all the stops. He puts his hands on Carolyn's head, and informs her that she's "a direct descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus Christ." In fact, "The pure blood of Jesus Christ runs through" her veins.

Waal okay then.


This is a super-short chapter. It basically centers around one religious event in Carolyn’s life: her patriarchal blessing. The blessing is the most important part of a woman’s life outside of her marriage and childbearing. It’s delivered by one of the church’s patriarchs (the dudes just below the Prophet and his apostles), and generally consists …
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It's here! It's very late, but at last, it's here! There is much great stuff within, and you absolutely must click on the links so that you can get all the magnificent pictures. This edition is chock FULL of utterly jaw-dropping photos.


Thrills! Chills! Exploding mountains! And some of the prettiest images of the Grand Canyon you ever did see.
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After the desert of Science of the Physical Creation, I'm hoping Earth Science Fourth Edition doesn't let me down. When I read Christianist textbooks, I expect them to incorporate a bit more God into the instruction, but it seems like no one wants to admit that they think God controls the weather. Sad.

And the beginning of ES4's chapter on Weather is positively crunchy. It's all about wind as an alternative to fossil fuels. The authors insist we come up with better, cleaner solutions to humanity's energy needs. Even the cross-box doesn't gabble about God - it just wants us to consider the benefits and drawbacks of wind power. That's... positively sensible.

Oy.

It doesn't get any godlier as temperature, pressure, and wind are discussed. They even tell us why wind is named for where it's blowing from rather than the direction it's going: it's because weather vanes point in to rather than away from the wind.


After the desert of Science of the Physical Creation, I’m hoping Earth Science Fourth Edition doesn’t let me down. When I read Christianist textbooks, I expect them to incorporate a bit more God into the instruction, but it seems like no one wants to admit that they think God controls the weather. Sad.And the beginning …
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Carolyn's back home after graduating college, but that home is anything but sweet. She and Tammy are the only two wives trying to make the family chaos more orderly. Merril's business has been fined for violations of some sort, and they have less money than ever to manage on. He gives them only $100 per week to meet all the needs of almost 40 people. Merril's older daughters, the nusses who had lorded it over all the other girls in school, are now stuck at home doing housework and childcare, and they show their displeasure by doing a piss-poor job of it.

Content note for financial and verbal abuse, food insecurity, starving children, and forced marriage.

Merril, of course, doesn't let himself or his favorite wife suffer. He and Barbara enjoy expensive dinners out in Page. When he comes home, he takes all of his wives out to eat - which only increases his daughters' resentment.

Carolyn and Tammy take over the shopping, organize meals and cleaning, and plant a garden. People who haven't gardened in the northern Arizona desert won't understand what an undertaking that is, but it's not simple to nurture plants in that environment.

"Personal items" like soap are a luxury they can't afford, so the household does without.

Carolyn’s back home after graduating college, but that home is anything but sweet. She and Tammy are the only two wives trying to make the family chaos more orderly. Merril’s business has been fined for violations of some sort, and they have less money than ever to manage on. He gives them only $100 per …
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Onward, Christianist weather! We're warming up with some global warming talk today. While SPC was content to devote a mere text box to climate change, basically blowing raspberries at anyone who gives a shit about it and waving off dramatic increases in greenhouse gas emissions by proclaiming hey, plants love carbon dioxide!, BJU's Earth Science 4th Edition isn't satisfied with blurting a few facts and moving on. No, there's a whole chapter on the subject. And, people, they are the totes reasonable ones. They're right in the middle. Look: they sneer at both sides!

They begin with a very telling couplet of sentences:

You've probably heard a lot about climate change. And you're probably wondering what you should think about it.

This right here encapsulates exactly the attitude shared across all three Christianist curricula: they aren't here to teach kids how to think. They're telling them what to think. There's only one way - God's way - and they all have the direct line to the Almighty. Never mind they're all hearing different things when they call. They have the answer (theirs God's), there's only one correct way to think about things (theirs God's), and by God, you will think exactly what they God tells you to think. (Never mind that God appears to have told the three sets of Christian textbook writers three different things. I'm sure it's just one of those ineffable mystery thingies, or the other two are being misled by Satan, or something.)


Onward, Christianist weather! We’re warming up with some global warming talk today. While SPC was content to devote a mere text box to climate change, basically blowing raspberries at anyone who gives a shit about it and waving off dramatic increases in greenhouse gas emissions by proclaiming hey, plants love carbon dioxide!, BJU’s Earth Science …
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Several of you have asked me for a nice, meaty post about whether fracking causes earthquakes. The bad news is: I haven't written one. The good news is: lots of other folks have! And the best news: I've got them all right here for you.

The upshot is: yes, fracking can cause earthquakes, but most of the induced earthquakes in the United States are caused by wastewater injection. Come find out more!


Is there any truth to the claim that fracking causes earthquakes? Answers are within!
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Carolyn has taken her body back from Merril. She's started doing things her way, without trying to please him. Now, she's about to use a word she's never used with him before.

Content Note for emotional abuse, child abuse, food restriction for punishment, sexual coercion, spiritual abuse, forced labor.

Merril calls Carolyn from his office to let her know the school is in dire need of teachers. He pretends generosity, saying he'd be fine with her going back to teaching, and pretending to ask whether she wants to, when in fact he's already told the administrators she'd meet with them. Yes, he believes he can dictate what his wife does with her professional skills. He expects she'll just go along with it, because he's the husband and she's supposed to do what he tells her to.

She says no.

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Surgoshan asks: "What is the prettiest rock?"

It's a terribly difficult question only because there are so many prettiest rocks! So I'll be back occasionally with moar prettiest rocks. For our inaugural edition, the prettiest rock is blueschist.

Lockwood introduced me to this magnificent stone. It's pretty much everything I love. Look at it!

It's blue, and a bit green: two of my favorite colors. It's got garnets! Love the garnets, plus they're my birthstone. Many pieces have got pyrite, which has always been a particular favorite of mine. It's super-sparkly in many places. And it's metamorphic. To top it all off, it's the true blueschist!

Wait, what? Isn't it all blueschist?

Well, not necessarily.

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We've just heard Earth Science 4th Edition's rather inaccurate ideas about what they think we old earthers think about geologic history. Now they're going to tell us what they think is wrong with our models. Buckle in, kids. It's going to be rough.

Their intro explains the problem they have with getting their heads around this stuff.

The secular, deep-time story of Earth's history up to this point can be summed up as being in disorder and lacking direction. The random events and motions of planetesimal collisions, drifting tectonic plates, and the ebb and flow of glaciers are natural and necessary to make their model fit the evidence.

See, they just can't stand the idea of things just happening. Without a supreme head honcho telling everything what to do, all they can see is a frenetic jumble of events all happening willy-nilly. They don't see the magnificent, undirected story unfolding. They don't see the stately order of things progressing according to natural laws, everything happening according to the nature of the universe. On the scale of deep time, I see the universe and solar system and our beautiful planet following a self-choreographed routine.

And we know the broad reasons why stars and planets form and how they evolve. The motions the ES4 writers are talking about when it comes to moving plates and ebbing and flowing glaciers aren't quite as random as they think. Shit doesn't happen haphazardly. There's a certain order to the chaos, patterns to the randomness, and we're learning more about the laws driving those motions all the time.

I don't even know how to address their other points. They try to debunk the lines of evidence we have for plate tectonics, such as paleomagnetism, fossils, and matching strata, but they're so very terribly wrong that it would take pages to debunk every paragraph. And they're just blurting creationist talking points that have already been debunked a thousand times. So no, I'm not going to reinvent the damn wheel. I'll make a list of their claims and mostly just link you to where other folks have already handily disproved them.

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Carolyn has had an eventful couple of years that have led her to the realization that Merril is a piece of shit who won't bother taking her to heaven anyway. She's not ready to leave her religion, her community, and the only life she's ever known. But she is done knuckling under to him. When she leaves the park where she's had her epiphany, she puts her new self-determination into action.

Content note for verbal abuse, spiritual abuse, sexual coercion, and marital rape.

When Carolyn returns home from the park, Merril wants to fuck her. They've gone for several months without due to her difficult pregnancy and birth with Harrison. And now that Carolyn's done trying to please him, she decides to continue that trend. She uses baby Harrison as a bundling board, thus keeping Merril firmly away from her. He doesn't leave until morning, and when he does, he's pissed.

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