Halloween and Clock Changing — 2017

It’s that time of year again, dear reader. This Tuesday, 31 October, is Halloween — when ghosts, witches, zombies, and other horrors are creeping around. As if that weren’t bad enough, it’s an especially active time for creationists.

There was no better expert on the meaning of Halloween than the world’s greatest theologian, philosopher, illustrator, communicator, and creationist — Jack Chick. Although he is no longer with us, we are once again reminding you of Chick’s comics about Halloween. Here’s the whole list so you can enjoy them online.

Happy Halloween
Boo!
The Little Ghost
Stinky
The Devil’s Night.

Although Chick is gone, his website is still promoting creationism for Halloween. When kids come to your door seeking Halloween treats, the Chick website urges you to give them Chick tracts along with the traditional candy.

Chick isn’t the only creationist who exploits Halloween. Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, posted this recently: Halloween and the Gospel of Life. They say:

Halloween is a day when our neighbors come to us, knock on our front doors, and ask us for some treats. What could you give? Most children are hoping to receive candy like chocolate bars, chewing gum, lollipops, and so on. … Give them a treat for the time, but also give them a treat for eternity — the gospel of life. Children coming to your home are hoping for a quick visit in order to move on to the next house, so don’t expect to have a long conversation with them. But do give them some gospel-saturated literature that they and their families will find when they get home.

Like the Chick website, ol’ Hambo’s website has a large inventory of material they’re selling for this purpose. So while the undead are romping around, the creationists will be hauling in their drooling readers’ cash.

But wait — there’s more! Not long after Halloween, Daylight Saving Time ends. That’ll be next Sunday, 05 November, when you’re required to set your clocks back an hour. This is due to the annual end of Daylight saving time. We’re previously written about this tyrannical mandate, which (in the US) is the result of the Uniform Time Act — an intolerable governmental intrusion into our lives which upsets the natural order of things twice a year.

Actually, the clock reset next Sunday will be a restoration of normal time, because back in March we were required to set our clocks ahead an hour. Next week’s adjustment will undo that chronological perversion, until the madness starts all over again next year.

It’s going to be a wretched week, so we declare this post to be another 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.

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

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18 responses to “Halloween and Clock Changing — 2017

  1. ‘Macro-evolution’ in action? Octopuses ‘walking out of the sea’ on the Welsh coast

    Be afraid.
    Be very afraid…

  2. I created an Excel worksheet with a bunch of date functions I wrote which generates a monthly calendar (which can be reset to a different month by entering a number of days forward or backward in one cell) and highlights holidays and the two time-change dates, among other things.

  3. From US News and World Report:
    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2017-10-27/massachusetts-may-leave-eastern-time-zone

    Massachusetts is considering springing forward — and staying there.

    Citing potential economic benefits and a boon to public health, the state has commissioned an 11-member panel to study whether the state should adopt year-round daylight saving time, NBC reported. Instead of setting its clocks one hour ahead and one hour behind March and November, the state would permanently join the Atlantic Time Zone, ushering in more hours of sunlight during the later months.

    I am not thinking this will entice the Curmudgeon to relocate to the People’s Republic of Massachusetts any time soon.

  4. Unfortunately for Massachusetts, the only way to have more hours of sunlight in the later months is to relocate to the southern hemisphere.

  5. Over here in Europe, the clock change is intended to optimise the use of daylight for agriculture, the morning school run, etc. But there’s no need to make heavy weather of it. We made our change today, and in my house I had only two clocks to alter — on the microwave oven and our electric toothbrush. All our other clocks are either radio-controlled by the national time standard transmitter, or broadcast radio, or Internet-linked. Easy.

  6. I wonder why an electric toothbrush has a clock.

  7. Ross Cameron

    Was watching a church choir in England on TV recently, and while I appreciated the music, the lyrics they were singing were an absolute load of rubbish. Do church-goers ever consider what they are singing? So the challenge for atheists is to re-write the words for these well-known hyms with meaning relevant to mankind. C`mon wordsmiths, you can do it.

  8. There are things in churches which one grows up with, and don’t mean anything to an outsider, but stir up deep emotions. I don’t know how to explain this, in either direction: to the religionist that the outsider feels nothing other than boredom; to the outsider, that it evokes genuine emotion. For example, a religious person can’t imagine how one can read the sacred text and not be moved by the sheer beauty.

  9. TomS:
    “I wonder why an electric toothbrush has a clock.”

    Well, duh — so your tongue knows when to be in cheek!

  10. Good news!

    Scientists no longer need confine their searches for lost objects to beneath the street lamp. (Ref: https://sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/astrological-free-fire-zone/#comment-116899)

    “And that, in a nutshell, is pretty much the same as the logic underlying the new interpretation of quantum physics. In the new paper, three scientists argue that including ‘potential’ things on the list of ‘real’ things can avoid the counterintuitive conundrums that quantum physics poses. It is perhaps less of a full-blown interpretation than a new philosophical framework for contemplating those quantum mysteries. At its root, the new idea holds that the common conception of ‘reality’ is too limited. By expanding the definition of reality, the quantum’s mysteries disappear. In particular, ‘real’ should not be restricted to ‘actual’ objects or events in spacetime. Reality ought also be assigned to certain possibilities, or ‘potential’ realities, that have not yet become ‘actual.’ These potential realities do not exist in spacetime, but nevertheless are ‘ontological’ — that is, real components of existence.

    “’This new ontological picture requires that we expand our concept of “what is real” to include an extraspatiotemporal domain of quantum possibility,’ write Ruth Kastner, Stuart Kauffman and Michael Epperson.”

    https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/quantum-mysteries-dissolve-if-possibilities-are-realities

  11. @TomS: the clock is in a Bluetooth accessory to the electric toothbrush, and is there mainly to warn users not to brush all their enamel off.

    But none of this helps to solve the problem of what to to with an extra hour in bed on a Sunday morning…..

  12. The clocks in the UK went back yesterday; the difference leads to all sorts of fun with flight schedules.

    I’m old enough to remember the Double Summer Time of the 1940s. Sunset at midnight. And a good thing too

  13. Ceteris Paribus

    @Random:

    ’This new ontological picture requires that we expand our concept of “what is real” to include an extraspatiotemporal domain of quantum possibility,’ write Ruth Kastner, Stuart Kauffman and Michael Epperson.”

    Ya. Big Deal! I will see their wimpy “extraspatiotemporal” quantum conjecture, and raise them a full Pluperfect-perfectextrapatiotemporal quantum conjecture. Wimps.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluperfect

  14. @Ceteris Paribus

    Oh, yeah?

    You would that your “perfectextrapatiotemporal quantum conjecture” could do THIS:

    “But the universe is not required to conform to Newtonian nostalgia. And more generally, scientists often presume that the phenomena nature offers to human senses reflect all there is to reality. ‘It is difficult for us to imagine or conceptualize any other categories of reality beyond the level of actual — i.e., what is immediately available to us in perceptual terms,’ Kastner and colleagues note. Yet quantum physics hints at a deeper foundation underlying the reality of phenomena — in other words, that ‘ontology’ encompasses more than just events and objects in spacetime.”

    Hah! That’ll learn ya to cross words with a theoreticle syntactician trained at the foot of Norm Chomsky himself.

    (Btw, does your “perfectextrapatiotemporal quantum conjecture” have aught to do with single-use umbrella tables and disposable chaises longues?)

  15. @Random
    I think umbrella table is a synonym for “perfectextrapatiotemporal quantum conjecture”.

  16. #Ross Cameron

    Was watching a church choir in England on TV recently, and while I appreciated the music, the lyrics they were singing were an absolute load of rubbish. Do church-goers ever consider what they are singing? So the challenge for atheists is to re-write the words for these well-known hyms with meaning relevant to mankind. C`mon wordsmiths, you can do it.

    Let’s make a start with Cranbrook
    All together now…

    On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at…

  17. How about that hymn to the design of creation, perhaps inspired by Archdeacons William Paley’s “Natural Teology”, “All Things Bright And Beautiful”:
    The rich man in his castle,
    The poor man at his gate,
    God made them, high or lowly,
    And order’d their estate.

  18. Michael Fugate

    This just in…
    Former Satanist Warns Christians on Celebrating Halloween: ‘You Just Cursed Your Family’
    Self-proclaimed former Satanist John Ramirez recently joined Charlene Aaron on CBN News’ Facebook show “The Prayerlink” last Thursday to discuss Christianity and celebrating Halloween, ….

    go there if you dare.