Here’s Your Weekend Free Fire Zone

Things are slow again. The Discoveroids are boring, Hambo is boring, and so are the other sources of creationism.

We can’t even find any crazy eclipse predictions. Hey — maybe you’d like to give us your own interpretation of the upcoming celestial event. But don’t tell us that the world is coming to an end. That’s too easy. Any creationist can do it. Let’s see how creative you can be.

If the eclipse doesn’t inspire you, that’s okay. We now declare this to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. 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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26 responses to “Here’s Your Weekend Free Fire Zone

  1. Charles Deetz ;)

    Ugly day in America today. It is interesting that the supremacists are being held responsible for everything, their march for white rights is being equated with hatred of others, etc. It’s like everyone else can see right thru them, their agenda is well known, as is their behavior. Somehow we could draw parallels with creationists.

  2. A couple of interesting stories:
    Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune

    Yellowstone Supervolcano Earthquake Swarm Surpasses 1,500 Events

  3. Oh, and here’s a handy site to track current earthquakes around the world:

  4. “Anthony Othman, a renowned paleontologist and leading curator at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, firmly believes homosexuality, and not an asteroid colliding with Earth as is commonly believed, was the main cause of the disappearance of the dinosaurs more than 66 million years ago.”

  5. The eclipse is a symbol of the darkening of America which is why it passes only over America. But what the eclipse also portends is that as a new day begins, the dark shadow over America will lift and America will be bathed in a bright WHITE light.

    How’s that?

  6. Regarding the Yellowstone earthquake swarm – I just left the park today. A long-standing wish among geyser watchers is that Yellowstone needs a good earthquake to get the rare and dormant geysers going again – it would be quite a show! A repeat of the 1959 quake would be nice. Dare I say nicer than the Sun darkening for a little while during the day?

  7. Regarding Yellowstone and the upcoming eclipse – the park has warned people not to use the southern entrance. Swarms of folks are likely heading south from Yellowstone into the Tetons to view the eclipse. I won’t be there, but I predict Manhattan-type rush hour/accident gridlock.

  8. Is Jeff Sessions Lindsey Graham’s evil twin?

  9. This is horrendous.

    “Our family enjoyed the experience. This facility is NOT equipt to handle emergencies.”

    Review of Ark Encounter Tripadvisor

  10. I received a notification from Nest, yes, my thermostat, informing me that an eclipse is coming and that to help balance the projected energy drop from solar farms as the shadow passes across the country, my Nest will automatically balance power consumption. So, my thermostat is going to help the country deal with a solar eclipse and nobody is taking artificial intelligence and the rise of the machines seriously. I tell you, SkyNet is coming!

  11. When I type something into my computer, the computer will help me out by correcting what I type. I am waiting for the driver-less car which will correct the destination that I want to go to. And I will not be able to go any other way. Maybe it will remember the sort of things that I am interested in, so it will help me out by dropping me off at a store which is having a sale. (Which store just happens to have made a deal with the car company.) The only way that I can get moving to what I want is to get out of the car, walk into the store, and then get back into the the car. Maybe I have to show proof of purchase before getting the car to move.

  12. I thought the start of God’s judgment coming down on America was when Trump got elected. Help me out here.

  13. The Bicycling Guitarist says: “Help me out here.”

    The eclipse is obviously a sign that he’s going to make America great again.

  14. Mark Germano

    I like the idea of God sending us messages through totally predictable astronomical events. Maybe everyou waning crescent means “stop over cooking the meatloaf,” or something.

  15. Random
    I enjoyed the homosexuality killed the dinosaurs article. I knew it would be good after the statement “was visibly enthusiast during the phone call” was next to a picture of the “leading scientist” in camouflage.

  16. Tom B

    Thanks — I tries.

  17. I’ve just unexpectedly come across an interesting factoid about Charles Darwin while doing some unrelated research on Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891), a pioneering Victorian secularist (founder of the UK’s National Secular Society), MP for Northampton, Republican (in the British sense, i.e., advocating abolition of the monarchy)–and also a sometime convict, on charges of “obscenity” for promoting birth control.

    And it was in conjunction with that last named project that he sought an endorsement from Darwin, as recorded in the above-linked Wikipedia article:

    A decade later (1876), Bradlaugh and Besant decided to republish the American Charles Knowlton’s pamphlet advocating birth control, The Fruits of Philosophy, or the Private Companion of Young Married People, whose previous British publisher had already been successfully prosecuted for obscenity. The two activists were both tried in 1877, and Charles Darwin refused to give evidence in their defence, pleading ill-health, but at the time writing to Bradlaugh that his testimony would have been of little use to them because he opposed birth control.

    The online Darwin Correspondence Project logs their correspondence, but only gives a summary, rather than the full text, as follows:

    From Charles Bradlaugh 5 June 1877:

    Wants to subpoena CD in a case pending against himself and Annie Besant, to be tried 18 June. [Bradlaugh and Besant were indicted for issuing an “obscene libel”.]

    To Charles Bradlaugh 6 June 1877

    CD would prefer not to be a witness in court. In any case CD’s opinion is strongly opposed to that of CB and Annie Besant. Has read only notices of their book [Charles Knowlton, Fruits of philosophy, with preface by the publishers A. Besant and C. Bradlaugh (1877)] but believes artificial checks to the natural rate of human increase are very undesirable and that the use of artificial means to prevent conception would soon destroy chastity and, ultimately, the family.

    Doesn’t exactly sound like the demon Darwin whom the Creationists insist is the father of rampant abortion, wanton euthanasia, and wholesale genocide. But then, when did facts ever get in the way of the Creationist schtick?

    All that said, this is all irrelevant to the science–which is another point the Creationists just don’t comprehend: if you can’t argue science, then argue ad hominem, as Klinghoffer so enjoys doing. But even if Darwin actually had been a proto-Nazi who advocated and practised incest and cannibalism, his science would still be sound no matter how personally loathsome we would then think him to have been.

    I don’t expect to ever see Darwin described as the ardent defender of “chastity and, ultimately, the family” appearing in Creationist screeds. But it would be fun to see declarations like

    No Darwin, no condoms and no nuclear families!

  18. Arrgh! [Description of blunders omitted.] Apologies, O Great Hand of Correction!

    [*Voice from above*] All is well.

  19. …forget the keyboard, a new brain is required.

    The new battle cry should of course be

    No Darwin, no Chastity and Marital Fidelity!

  20. Charles Deetz notes

    Ugly day in America today. It is interesting that the supremacists are being held responsible for everything

    Only because the DI haven’t yet done a blog post (as I am confident they will soon) placing all the blame where it firmly belongs–on Charles Darwin, of course…

  21. Mike McCants


    “There’s no way to predict what WILL happen on Eclipse Day, 2017. But unless the word spreads and the American populace becomes informed well in advance, what CAN happen is a “Category 5” crowd event from coast to coast.

    “I was discussing the eclipse with a friend who mentioned that he’d “just drive down there that day.” Suppose a LOT of people around the USA think that same way at the same time? Imagine a great herd of motorists WITH NO PLANS AND NO RESERVATIONS that roll out of bed on the morning of Monday, August 21, 2017 and hit the interstates, all making impromptu, last-minute attempt to see the eclipse.”



    “Bill Nye the Science Guy will join skywatchers in Nebraska for a center-stage view of the 2017 total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.”

    I predict a really crazy traffic jam – so I’m planning to stay away from that area.

  22. A couple more gems from Tripadvisor 1 star reviews:

    “No Signs BEFORE you enter that there is a $10 parking fee.
    No parking attendant and no signs about parking charges and NO WAY TO ESCAPE for FREE without damaging one’s car. Unattended Exit gates require a Parking pass to be inserted in order to be raised for EXIT.”

    “Planned a whole day for the attraction. I spent 3 hours and still made it back to Michigan in time for bed, saving a night of hotel bills. 83% wasted time.”

    In particular this explains why the local hotels aren’t getting the business they’d expect…it is a 2-3 hour roadside attraction masquerading as an amusement park. Of course the majority of visitors are happy and giving 5 star reviews, but even so will they be in a rush to go back? Especially when even an adult couple could expect to plunk down almost $100. The price point needs to be closer to $20 per person and $5 parking.

  23. I have an acquaintance in Indiana who visited the Ark and seemed enthused, so I asked him his opinion – I think it reflects the thinking of many Hamites:

    “My wife and I went with a couple of Pastors and their wives. We went on a holiday weekend and it was crazy busy. It was amazing. We plan to go back. It gives a great perspective on the size and scoop of just what Noah’s ark really was. We also spent one day at the creation museum. It had a lot of information there and also was well worth the trip to see it all.”

    I particularly liked the ‘scoop’ for ‘scope’ mistake 🙂

  24. Michael Fugate

    This article about Samantha Bee has a link to her research into whether Trump can actually read – hilarious.

  25. Ross Cameron

    Enter what might be the tipping factor in global warming: ‘After the team had collated the results, it reported a staggering 91 previously unknown volcanoes, adding to the 47 others that had been discovered over the previous century of exploring the region.
    These newly discovered volcanoes range in height from 100 to 3,850 metres. All are covered in ice, which sometimes lies in layers that are more than 4km thick in the region. These active peaks are concentrated in a region known as the west Antarctic rift system, which stretches 3,500km from Antarctica’s Ross ice shelf to the Antarctic peninsula.
    “We were amazed,” Bingham said. “We had not expected to find anything like that number. We have almost trebled the number of volcanoes known to exist in west Antarctica. We also suspect there are even more on the bed of the sea that lies under the Ross ice shelf, so that I think it is very likely this region will turn out to be the densest region of volcanoes in the world, greater even than east Africa, where mounts Nyiragongo, Kilimanjaro, Longonot and all the other active volcanoes are concentrated.”
    With the melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, will this activate dormant volcanos?