An Old-Fashioned Free Fire Zone

We’re giving up on news searches today. The creationists are quiet. Hambo is posting about Christmas. The Discoveroids haven’t yet started the list of their Top Ten accomplishments for the year. There aren’t even any letters-to-the-editor we can add to our collection.

We could complain about how slow Google has been in indexing our posts. They used to do it within a few minutes of the time they were published. That doesn’t happen any more. It usually takes a few days now — sometimes a week or more. We don’t understand it, but there’s nothing we can do about it.

We therefore declare another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You wanna talk about Trump? Go ahead, your Curmudgeon is remarkably indulgent.

We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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6 responses to “An Old-Fashioned Free Fire Zone

  1. This is a complaint about Google – and, I guess, about many other search engines. I am looking for a search engine which does not change my search to what they think I should be looking for. I realize that they have to make a ton of money, so they try to sell me stuff, and the searches are subject to “gaming”, and that they try to play to my prejudices. But I really don’t like it when they change by search subjects – if I am looking for “xys”, I mean “xys”, not “xyz”. If I try to make it explicit by saying “+xys -xyz +xys -xyz”, I am really insistent, and I am not being served by having it changed to “xyz”.
    I have not found a search engine which obeys my explicit instructions.

  2. Since you asked!

    There is what I consider a rather interesting story that has been developing out in Cleburne County, AL, town of Heflin.

    A somewhat “white privileged” couple who had decided to go “off-grid” and travel around mooching off of do-gooders and churches, wound up in Cheaha State Park and the woman happened to go in to labor. After a couple of days they broke down and called for help and went to the hospital.

    Alas, the State took the baby and “all hell” has been breaking loose since then; with, in my opinion, not nearly enough serious media attention.

    So guess what, i have been reporting on it at:

    Ah, that let the cat out of the bag.

    There is a Kent Hovind connection.

    I will let those interested figure out that, and will appreciate any additional insight into my approach to the matter.


  3. @TomS

    I use Goodsearch (which is based on Yahoo), and have no such difficulties. Occasionally it tells me I should be looking for “Charles Darwin” rather than “Chaz Derwent,” but it’s a single click to correct its misapprehension.

    I gather Google has a search algorithm that favors rightwing fake-news sites like Breitbart — see here — but Goodsearch doesn’t do that.

    And every search you make sends a (tiny) amount to charity.

  4. Happy Holidays. Actually, I had my first Old Fashioned a few weeks ago.
    I’ve waited a long time before having one. It wasn’t called an Old Fashioned Free Fire Zone however. I think the analogy mixed drink for the Free Fire Zones here would be the Somalian Car Bomb. The free fire zones here are totally NOT Long Island Iced Teas.
    Which brings up my real complaint.
    Why is it so hard to find Suntory scotch in the USA? And why wouldn’t Japanese scotch not be more popular in America? Its the GTS Nismo of scotch. The A6M2 Mitsubishi Zero of uisgebagh. The Toyota RAV 4 of the “breath of life” bottles.
    I will do my part to find and metabolize any Suntory that I can find, however, its been “slim pickins” so far.
    Its not fair.

  5. TomS. Have you tried duckduckgo?

  6. duckduckgo seems to have the same problem.