It used to be their world, now it’s yours – Red Bluff Daily News

Here’s something readers probably won’t find in another Red Bluff Daily News column:

Andrew Knoll is best known for his contributions to Precambrian paleontology and biogeochemistry. He discovered microfossil records of early life around the world and was among the first to apply the principles of taphonomy and paleoecology to their interpretation.

Taphonomy is the study of how organic remains move from the biosphere to the lithosphere, and it includes processes affecting remains from the time of an organism’s death (or discarding of lost parts) through decomposition , burial and preservation in the form of mineralized or other fossils. stable biomaterials. He also elucidated the earliest records of skeletonized animals and remarkable fossils in China preserved in exceptional cellular detail by early diagenetic phosphate precipitation.

Knoll and colleagues authored the first paper demonstrating strong organic matter preserved in Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks (1000 to 542 million years ago), and Knoll’s group also demonstrated that Middle Proterozoic carbonates display little of isotopic variation over time, unlike older, older carbonates. younger estates.

While I don’t understand much of what I just wrote, his following statement bears repeating:

“Some people now believe we are in the midst of a sixth mass extinction, and that the late Permian extinction holds lessons for the climate crisis we currently find ourselves in. As the increase current CO2 is largely due to the burning of fossil fuels, there is a very interesting resonance between the extinction patterns we see at the end of the Permian period and the kind of incipient biological effects of global warming in the 21st The study of past mass extinctions also shows that life bounces back, but it takes a very, very long time – tens of millions of years.

His book “A Brief History of the Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters” published last year ends with an eloquent call to action:

“You stand here in the physical and biological heritage of 4 billion years. Here you walk where trilobites once roamed an ancient seabed, where dinosaurs roamed gingko-clad hills, where mammoths once towered over an icy plain. It used to be their world, now it’s yours. The difference between you and the dinosaurs, of course, is that you can understand the past and envision the future. The world you inherited isn’t just yours, it’s your responsibility. What happens next is up to you.”

Changing the subject drastically, here’s an aside for today’s jazz drummers: If you watch Dave Brubeck’s drummer, Joe Morello, play drums on You Tube’s “Take Five” video, note how Joe holds the wand in his left hand between his middle and ring finger. If you, like many drummers today, hold the drumstick in your left hand palm down, you won’t have Joe’s flexibility. Sure, you’re unlikely to have his flexibility and technique, whatever, but it’s a start. However, if you are using mallets instead of conventional drumsticks, then of course both hands are used with the same overhand grip.

Joan Didion was a famous writer who died in 2021 and was married to another famous writer, John Gregory Dunne who died in 2003. As such, both received critical acclaim for their writing and were prominent in literary circles , and yet her latest novel “Play It Like It Lays” probably wouldn’t pass my Daily News editor, not only for the liberal use of the F-word, but also for the subject matter involving a fictional actress, her behavior and , in general, his deplorable lack of self-esteem. Although I am no prude, I do not understand how acclaimed novelists can be allowed, say, to publish material which, to me, seems to be unsalvageable, but then , I know the answer. Their stuff sells, and readers will agree that the writers and their subjects must therefore be acceptable. After all, they portray, apparently, a slice of life.

I mention this because the columnists of this newspaper give readers a slice of their lives every week, often with warts and all.

In my case, however, readers can vicariously experience and revel in my beautiful life. In the case of other columnists, not so much.

That said, that writes, it’s all in the eye of the beholder and did I read “Play It Like It Lays” to the end? Well, yes, but still…

“He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” Benjamin Franklin.

However, “Loving yourself is the start of a lifelong romance.” Oscar Wilde.

My cousin Bill in San Jose sent me some possible statements on a tee:

“Jesus loves you… but I’m his favorite”

“WC Fields said, ‘Start every day with a smile and end it. “”

“I’m so busy I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse”

I wrote in my Passing Parade column this week that our big dog Jazz was disheartened by the SF 49ers’ loss to the LA Rams. However, police logs this week reported that a woman’s drunken husband, angry at the loss of the Niners, had threatened to kill her dog. Excessive drinking was apparently the cause of the threat, and no dogs were involved in the outcome of the match. TTT…TTT.

A door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman went to the first house in his new territory. A woman opened the door, but before she could say a word, he rushed inside and dumped a load of horse manure on her living room carpet.

“Ma’am,” he said in his best seller speech, “if this vacuum doesn’t do wonders cleaning up horse manure, I’m going to eat every morsel of it.”

The woman replied coldly, “Do you want ketchup on that?”

The seller was surprised and asked, “What do you mean?”

“Well, we just moved in and we haven’t turned on the electricity yet.”

Robert Minch is a longtime resident of Red Bluff, former columnist for Corning Daily Observer and Meat Industry magazine, and author of “The Knocking Pen.” as well as his new book “We Said”. He can be reached at [email protected]

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