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Co-option — effective, perhaps; but is it legal?

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[From some colleagues:] It appears that, while co-option is reputed to be a valid evolutionary mechanism, it is illegal when based on federally-funded county equipment.

“State homeland security officials have warned Vermillion County to stop using electronic emergency message boards [purchased with a grant from Homeland Security] to advertise fish fries, spaghetti dinners and other events.”

So if we can show that these primitive structures that were supposedly co-opted into the flagellar apparatus were the product of a federal granting process, then we can show that evolution is clearly illegal and ought not be taught.

But then again, when you are really hungry, spaghetti dinners may qualify as an emergency response.

And as for the fish fries, well, if you’re a fish, that’s a five-alarm emergency.

Without the pixel boards, where will PETA find out about fishicide?

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2245539


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