We usually post an April Fool’s story on this date, but for obvious reasons we’re skipping that this year. These are peculiar times, and most of you aren’t in the mood for a silly joke. That will come later in the year, when the coronavirus pandemic has subsided. So let’s get to our other tradition at this time of year.
Tomorrow, dear reader, 02 April 2020, is the twelfth anniversary of the beginning of this humble blog. Our first post was Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design. We started on the second day of April, not the first, because … well, it’s obvious.
There’s not much to say here that we didn’t say last year in Our Eleventh Anniversary — Free Fire Zone, but we can give you some updated statistics. This is post number 8,152. That number would be higher if we had continued our previous pace of posting twice a day, but as we’ve mentioned before, there’s a lot less of our kind of news lately. And that’s good news! Creationists are still blogging away at their websites, but they’re not suing when they’re not allowed to teach their nonsense at secular universities (they always lose those suits), and they’ve stopped sponsoring obvious, old-style creationist legislation.
But they haven’t given up. Rather, their tactics have evolved. If you want to read an excellent article about what creationist activists are doing these days, take a look at this by Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education: Anti-intellectualism and anti-evolutionism: Lessons from Hofstadter. It discusses the slick tactics of today’s creationists, and there’s also a nostalgic reminder of Florida’s Rapturous Rhonda Storms.
We’ve had over 5.79 million page-views (plus uncountable others who read us without actually visiting), and y’all have made more than 120,000 comments. Have we changed anyone’s mind? Of course not. Creationists don’t change their minds; but they’re very entertaining and we’ve had a lot of fun observing them. We plan to continue.
And so we begin our thirteenth year of blogging from the fabled CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere, where your Curmudgeon is headquartered in his luxurious underground control room.
Because this post contains no news, please use the comments as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Say what you will, beware of the profanity filters.
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