Chick, Trump, & More — Free Fire Zone

There are a few minor items out there that we can’t ignore, but none of them is worth a full post. We’ll leave it up to you to decide what’s important.

1. Somehow — six months after his demise — there’s a new Jack Chick comic. You can read it online here: Adopted. It’s not about creationism, and it doesn’t seem to have Chick’s touch at all, but if you’re curious to see what his organization is putting out, click over there and take a look.

2. The Washington Examiner reports that Army secretary nominee Mark Green once called evolution a ‘bad argument’. They say:

Army secretary nominee Mark Green is being scrutinized for a 2015 speech in which he said his work as a doctor had led him to believe evolution was unproven. The former Army doctor told attendees at a church event in Cincinnati that he believed in the Bible’s account of how the Earth was created.

“The evolutionists have their bad argument, too,” Green said. “They say, ‘Well, I can’t explain how it went from this to incredibly complex, so it must have been billions of years.’ That’s kind of where they put their faith. The truth of the matter is — is the second law of thermo-fluid dynamics says that the world progresses from order to disorder not disorder to order.”

“If you put a lawn mower out in your yard and a hundred years come back, it’s rusted and falling apart. You can’t put parts out there and a hundred years later it’s gonna come back together. That is a violation of a law of thermodynamics. A physical law that exists in the universe,” Green added … .

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Green serves as a Tennessee state senator and has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

He sounds like an idiot, and we can’t imagine why Trump chose a physician to be Secretary of the Army.

3. Here’s an article from PhysOrg with a wealth of information you can’t find anywhere else: Physics of poo — why it takes you and an elephant the same amount of time.

That’s all we’ve got for the moment, so we’re declaring an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You wanna talk about Trump? Go ahead. 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.

The comments are open, dear reader. Have at it.

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12 responses to “Chick, Trump, & More — Free Fire Zone

  1. “You wanna talk about Trump?”
    I like to be contrary. Everybody has already pointed out how many stupid things he has done, which of course totally is unsurprising. So let me point out the positives, ie the surprising stuff.

    1. Bombing that Syrian airfield. That probably will prevent Assad from using poisonous gas and hence the lives of some Syrian civilians will be saved.
    2. Inviting Kim for a nice talk.

  2. I marvel that neither Hambo nor Klinghoffer have picked up this item for their own blogs, so I’ll present it here for the IFFZ: Azerbaijan: Creationist Textbooks Stir Controversy, Public Action

    “And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in six days.” Thus read the draft version of a proposed textbook for 10th-grade geography students in Azerbaijan in a section about how the universe was formed. As homework, the book suggested that students prepare presentations on verses from the Koran, referring them to the Azerbaijani-language website quran.az.

    The textbook draft was posted online at the end of March for public comment: it quickly became a hot discussion topic as Azerbaijan wrestles to determine the proper place of religion in public life. In response to the posted draft, a group of parents, scientists, and public figures used social media to organize a campaign against what they described as a government imposition of religious propaganda on their children.

    Sound oddly familiar? Why, there’s even

    “Until now, history books have only presented the theory of evolution,” said Kamran Asadov, the author of the 10th-grade history textbook. “Students should make the choice for themselves about what is correct.”

    If that ain’t the DI’s version of ‘academic freedom’, I don’t know what is.

    #MAGA: Make Azerbaijan Godly Again!

  3. Ceteris Paribus

    re: “Army secretary nominee Mark Green once called evolution a ‘bad argument’.”

    That position is completely in line with the logic of the military. There is a very old tradition which dictates how all Officers are required to advise their Enlisted personnel:
    “If your Commanding Officer thought you needed a (name here any vital item necessary to get the job done), he would already have issued you one.”

  4. FFZ;
    unnecessarily superfluous
    The phrase introduced by MacDonald’s describing their new eating utensil, the frork.
    It reminds me of another advertising “concept”
    irreducibly complex

  5. “1. Bombing that Syrian airfield. That probably will prevent Assad from using poisonous gas and hence the lives of some Syrian civilians will be saved.”

    That fake news is an outstanding example of just how propaganda works.
    Both Russia and the Syrians were informed about the bombing before it was carried out. The only planes damaged were located in hardened but wide open concrete bunkers, and they were parked there because they were not operational and needed serious repair. One source claims that less than 2 dozen of the 59 missiles actually even hit the airbase. There were also apparently 9 Syrian civilian casualties, including 4 children in the neighboring villages.

    No Russian helicopter gunships are visible in the images and videos, even though that Syrian airbase was known for being used as a base for them. Military planes out in the open and alongside the runways, and the runways themselves were untouched by that “bombing”. The number of planes damaged was claimed to be at least three different numbers, all of which were actually ludicrous; from 20 planes to 20% of the Syrian military air force, while non-White House sources put the count at 5 planes. Note that the images provided showing the airfield “damage” were provided by the BBC and the Russians since the White House has not released any such images. Also note that the Trump administration’s “humanitarian” concern for Syrian civilians still has not resulted in allowing *any* Syrian refugees into the US.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39531045
    http://nypost.com/2017/04/07/russia-releases-footage-of-syrian-air-base-after-us-strike/
    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-syria-attack-brings-uncomfortable-truths-focus
    http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/world-news/mattis-missile-strike-took-out-20-of-syrias-airforce/690162132
    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-has-options-syria-if-he-wants-them

  6. I don’t care about the damage. I care about Assad using poisonous gas against civilians.

  7. Ross Cameron

    That thermo-dynamics nonsense is a PRATT (points refuted a thousand times). Time he read a bit of scientific literature, instead of that ‘sciency’ stuff put out by nutters.

  8. @mnbo. If he even did this attack, there simply not enough evidence to say he did, and using gas on a handful of people when knowing how the world will react is not a great cost to benefit ratio.
    It the same reason all over again when Britain declined to join the USA in 2014 in blaming Assad with the response of even though it likely he did it, There is no proof he did, and could have been another actor on the conflict. Except this time it even less likely he did.

  9. Adding to the good things Trump has done.

    Killing TPP. – Trade bill that is good for multinationals, but not good for Trumps base the American working class.
    Not going to the White house correspondents dinner to spend several hours being insulted by rich so called liberals, and instead holds a packed working class rally at the same time, poking fun at that dinner.

    It a sad state of politics when you have Trump a Republican being voted into office by the working class. In Britain you have the same pattern. Life time Labour supportors are really angry on social media at the Labour party at being “forced” to vote Conservative. France the same The left wing there has ALWAYS voted for the centre candidate if the left wing person not make the final round in the presidential election. This time they are saying they are not voting, or “Having to” vote for Le Pen.

  10. techreseller

    Two things: Poop article was pretty cool. Real knowledge from real scientists.

    On a more serious note, No the bombing of Syria by the US did NOT stop Assad from using chemicals. We have evidence that chlorine and sarin are still being used by Assad AFTER the bombing. And I agree above with the incredibly limited damage done. I have spoken with some Lockheed and Boeing people (in a bar quietly). They all say given the number of missiles the damage was slight. We have a TV President. Only two questions are necessary. Do a lot of people watch the TV because of what we did or said? If yes, then good. Does what we said or did make our base happy? Then good. Next?

  11. “I don’t care about the damage. I care about Assad using poisonous gas against civilians.”

    Sorry, I guess that I was not explicit enough for some. I occasionally forget that some people have not been exposed to critical reasoning and thus lack any ability to make any actual use of it when the opportunity occurs.

    If you had actually followed the links that I provided you would have seen direct video evidence that the airfield damage was actual quite trivial and that the “severely damaged” airfield was being used for military aircraft that were continuing to make Syrian bombing runs less than 36 hours after that “devastating” US missile attack that “stopped” Assad from killing his own civilians. This would seem to directly contradict your stated “care”.

    Thus, as techreseller has pointed out above, that US lead missile attack had *NO* significant effect on Assad’s ability to bomb his own civilian population. Also note that a number of Syrian civilians including four children in neighboring villages, died as a direct result of that US missile attack.

    Hence you should be concerned about the lack of significant damage and the lack of accurate US government coverage of the results of that missile attack. The continued lack of allowing any Syrian refugees into the US should by the Trump administration should also cause you alarm, since that obviously results in more Syrian civilians, including children dying.

    To explain it more bluntly, this entire military exercise against Assad was nothing more than political theatre. It helps make Trump look “tough” to the sufficiently naïve. It also uses misdirection to make it appear that Trump and accomplices are actually anti-Russian, and so that Putin can “complain” about the US attack – all done to reduce the pressure concerning the investigation of the entire Trump administration’s ties to Russia. Note how many “leaders” of the Russian interference investigation have either been removed and blocked (Yates), seemingly lost interest in doing an actual investigation (Nunes), or otherwise gone by the wayside (Chaffetz) thus far.
    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/chaffetz

  12. Eric Lipps

    “The evolutionists have their bad argument, too,” Green said. “They say, ‘Well, I can’t explain how it went from this to incredibly complex, so it must have been billions of years.’ That’s kind of where they put their faith. The truth of the matter is — is the second law of thermo-fluid dynamics says that the world progresses from order to disorder not disorder to order.”

    “Thermo-fluid dynamics”?

    That says all that need be said.