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Extinction Thursday – Christmas Edition


I’ve been trying to come up with a catchier title than “Extinction Thursday.”  I’ve failed.  So, readers, it’s up to you.  Leave your title in the comments.  Since it’s Christmas, I’ll offer a present: If I pick yours I’ll send you a CD of my favorite music.  Best prize ever, right?

On to the extinction of the week, Argyroxiphium virescens.

Argyroxiphium virescens

Argyroxiphium virescens

Cute, huh? This Hawaiian composite (plants like sunflowers and daisies) went extinct sometime between 1945 and 1996 due to introduced livestock.

Now you’re depressed, I know.  I am too.  So what can you do?  Climate change is a serious threat to many species and we need to reduce carbon emissions significantly to eliminate that threat.  We can put a big dent in emissions by increasing efficiency with existing technologies.  Write the Department of Energy today and tell them to prioritize efficiency and set high efficiency standards.  It’s like a Christmas present for the planet.

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  1. hrmm. i submit:

    what we killed thursdays

    what we killed this thursday

  2. stinkin’ extinction …..

    another one bites the dust…

    hmm… threatened thursdays

    thursday’s bygones


    ooops… we did it again….

  3. How about “Thunresdæg Ragnarök.”

    Ok, it’s a pastiche of Old English and Norse, but it sounds apocalyptic — well, it should, as it means “Thursday Apocalypse.”

    Relatedly, how about “Goddamn Götterdämmerung.”

    Or how about “Tout Disparaître.”

    It’s French. It means “all (to) disappear.”

    Or how about “Maundy Thursday.” It’s the feast that commemorates the last supper (very apropos symbolism in this case) in the Christian liturgical calendar, which is appropriate because many of the policies resulting in extinctions are the direct result of idiot Christians like George W. Bush — and with an added bonus that they wouldn’t even get the reference to their own religious history.

    Or “Thursday Thanatology.” (“Thanatology” is the scientific study of death.)

    Or, in a related vein, “Thursday Thanatopsis.”

    Or, “The Last Bitter Hour,” which is from the poem “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant.

    Or “All Fall Down.”

    Or “Extinction Eschatology.”

    Or “Chthonian Thursday.”

    Or “An Obolus for Charon.”

    I should stop now.

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