Unindexed Free Fire Zone

The creationists haven’t generated any news today, so once again, we’re on our own. Actually, there is something to report.

Contrary to their excellent service in the past, it now seems that Google no longer indexes this blog. Well, they’ve indexed a few posts during the past few weeks, but we post every day and they’ve skipped ten posts during the month of July — a month that still has a week left to go. Also, they’ve skipped several posts before then. What’s going on?

We assume their unusual behavior is because they’ve had some recent personnel changes, and the new people have very different ideas from their predecessors. We may be wrong about that, but whatever the reason, the result is that Google now protects the websites and ideas that we criticize. They are certainly free to believe and behave as they wish, but we’re also free to point out their change of behavior.

As you’ve probably figured out, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You think Biden is doing a great job? Tell us about it. Use the comments 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 “Unindexed Free Fire Zone

  1. Has SC gotten the vax? If so, when? If not, why not? Inquiring minds want to know!

  2. Dave Luckett

    I was watching a ewe choob video about a car. Now, I know, I know, I should be looking at rechargeable electrocycles, since my licence is probably going west, come December, what with Parkinson’s and all, but I was looking at a video about the Aston-Martin Vulcan. So sue me.

    (Disclaimer: I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to own such a vehicle. What I was doing was more in the nature of an anthropologist who has stumbled upon a society that practices something extremely weird, like mass public copulation during lunar eclipses, or something like that.)

    Anyway, this car was designed and built without compromise on cost or anything else to go around a road circuit with bends and all, as fast as a vehicle carrying one person can possibly be made to go, and also be street-legal. It has a V12 engine of I forget how many litres capacity – a lot – that puts out over 700 horsepower, allied to the lightest possible titanium and carbon-fibre body. It is so low to the ground that it is very difficult to get into – impossible in my case, I suspect – and it’s very uncomfortable, with a suspension so hard your teeth rattle if it crosses a manhole – sorry, a maintenance access shaft cover. It comes with its own pit crew, hired by the day – six mechanics to tune it for a particular circuit. It can’t carry more than one passenger, who had best be short and slight. Otherwise, not so much as a briefcase.

    It costs 2.8 million British pounds. About 3.7 million US dollars. But anyone who owns one can be boy racer for a day, after which it goes back to the works. And there’s a market for it.

    I was watching this, and thinking: Millions of children sleep hungry every night. Millions more die of easily preventable or curable diseases. We live in a world that contains both that, and the Aston-Martin Vulcan. There’s something wrong with a species that does that, or perhaps a world that allows it. Or a God that does.

    And here’s the thing: there’s no cure. Prevent the manufacture of this car? Confiscate the works that produce it and turn them over to making, I don’t know, electric tractors for third world farmers? The problem is that the results – the actual results – of doing that kind of thing are worse. Worse even than giving rich idiots access to something as insanely useless as this.

    I don’t know. I surely don’t know. I know I don’t like the idea. More than that, I can’t say.

  3. chris schilling

    “Has SC gotten the vax?”

    Someone doesn’t know when to mind their own damn business.

  4. No need to catalogue here the daily-compounding agonies of Brexit here in the Britain Formerly Known as Great, for one need only Google the phrase “Brexit news” in order to fill screen after screen with a veritable gallimaufry of insane bureaucracy, costs, waste, and damage.

    Rather, let’s look at the lighter side of the growing ironies, especially this stunning interview: Brexit might have been a mistake, says Vote Leave supremo Dominic Cummings

    “No-one on Earth” knows whether Brexit was a good idea for Britain, the driving force behind the Vote Leave campaign has admitted.

    Dominic Cummings, who went on to mastermind Boris Johnson’s election victory on a “get Brexit done” platform, said that he personally regards EU withdrawal as “a good thing” but admitted it could have been “a mistake”.

    But, in an interview with BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, he said that anyone who claims to be certain whether the 2016 decision to quit the 27-nation bloc will turn out to be good for the UK would have to have “a screw loose”.

    Mr Cummings also said that he and his Vote Leave colleagues had “taken over” the Conservative Party in order to “try and bend it to something that’s different”, in order not only to deliver EU withdrawal but also to “disrupt” the UK’s power structures.

    Ah, so what disruption was intended? Specifically, what were the dreadful shackles the EU imposed that the UK is now free to shake off? What regulations is our government seeking to cast off?

    Surprise! New UK laws to sweep away EU state aid rules!

    IOW: a Tory government thinks it will be better at picking commercially successful firms than the market, and is itching to use public revenue to subsidise them!

    Listen carefully, and you can hear Margaret Thatcher spinning in her grave, and the shade of Tony Benn laughing his head off!

    …And, at risk of getting tangled up in the spam filter here, a modest selection of other delightful Brexit tales for your amusement:

    Why would anyone trust Brexit Britain again?
    Tory MPs who hyped Brexit fishing benefits have abandoned us, fishermen say
    Brexit has already cost £11.5billion in trade
    Post-Brexit cuts catastrophic for scientific research, say experts
    Brexit: Eight in 10 businesses believe leaving EU will cause long-term hurt for UK economy

    …and on and on, ad nauseum

    Happy days!

  5. chris schilling Ask me if I got the vax. It’s ok, really! HIPAA and MTG won’t mind.

  6. Personal note @ Dave Luckett: Despite my perpetual bafflement that someone as rational and articulate as yourself appears to have swallowed the nonsense dished up by our Brexiteers, my respect for your postings on other topics could not be higher–nor my distress to learn of your Parkinson’s.

    FWIW: My father-in-law–, now approaching 90–has been contending with the condition since his early 70’s, and is now borderline Stage 4. He attributes the fact that he kept things very stable and manageable at Stage 2/3, in addition to medication, to a brilliant course of physiotherapy and adjustment to diet, including Omega-3 supplements. That’s only anecdotal advice, of course, but maybe worth considering?

    In any event: all strength to you!

  7. Retired Prof

    It’s okay, Megalonyx. *Admustment* is potentially useful when you need a single word to express the idea of “new requirement.”

  8. I’m vaxxed but nobody else I know is so I’m probably a gonner anyways. Welcome to ‘Merica.

  9. Theodore J Lawry

    @Megalonyx “IOW: a Tory government thinks it will be better at picking commercially successful firms than the market, and is itching to use public revenue to subsidize them!”
    I suspect that what is really going on here is the Tories think they can pick firms that will contribute to their party, and are hoping to get bribes, excuse me, “campaign contributions.” At least that is the way it works in America, I don’t know about Britain.

  10. Florida leads U.S. in covid cases and hospitalizations. Gov. DiSantis is totally owning the libs!

  11. @Theodore J Lawry
    There are other motivations.
    One thing is to get government money to be spent on local business or local
    produce. This makes the local voters happy.
    Another is for the politician’s business to get government money.

  12. Dave Luckett

    Thank you, Megalonyx. It isn’t so bad, so far, but of course it’s progressive. I’m doing the Parkinson Warrior program of exercises, which is an Australian invention, although it has to be modified for my arthritis. I regret that I am more than reluctant to face your ire over Brexit, and I see no point in rehashing the quarrel. I continue to think that the signal and decisive datum on the matter is that the British electorate voted for it, and all else is of secondary importance. So much for that.

  13. This just in…………Tucker Carlson, your favorite opinion journalist , is also the editor of,,,,,,,,wait for it,,,,,,,,,,the Daily Caller……thats right !!! it seems scientific illiteracy is also associated with Constitutional illiteracy…

  14. Chris says “someone doesn’t know when to mind their own business”..At first glance, I took your post as satire. Then I realized that you may be a selfish, anti vaccine , dangerous, Dark Ages epidemic crazy who thinks Trump won the 2020 election. But then, if so, why would you be on a pro science blog site. I finally concluded you’re from Arkansas , let it go and concluded you’ve been watching Tucker Carlson again. If you’re pro medical science, you get vaccinated. Pretty simple concept. If you’re not pro science, you’re pro plague. What a bizarre value system to bring into this group.

  15. longshadow

    och will wrote:

    “This just in…………Tucker Carlson, your favorite opinion journalist , is also the editor of,,,,,,,,wait for it,,,,,,,,,,the Daily Caller……thats right !!! it seems scientific illiteracy is also associated with Constitutional illiteracy…”

    You might want to do some research of your own before posting something that is inaccurate when complaining about “illiteracy.”

    It took me no more than 30 seconds to find THIS site:

    https://dailycaller.com/about-us/

    which includes the details of everyone working in upper level positions for Daily Caller, including editor, who is NOT Tucker Carlson.

    Tucker was a co-founder of Daily Caller, and was at one time editor, but is not currently, nor has he been editor since starting at Fox News, I believe.

    He’s not listed as currently holding any position at all on Daily Caller.

  16. Very strange. Today, Google suddenly indexed five recent posts. No way to figure it out.

  17. chris schilling

    @och wil
    Nice try, but way off target. My comment was directed purely at the likes of Matt, whom we only ever hear from when he thinks SC is supposed to account for his actions or opinions.

  18. On Brexit, Dave Luckett notes

    I continue to think that the signal and decisive datum on the matter is that the British electorate voted for it, and all else is of secondary importance.

    We’ll have to agree to disagree on that. In my view—which is also shared by ever more who voted for Brexit—the ‘signal and decisive datum’ is the fact that what has been delivered is a trillion miles away from what the Vote Leave campaign said that Brexit would be—just as those in the Vote Remain campaign predicted.

    And it was an easy prediction to make, given the contradictions and impossibilities of the Brexiteers’ promises, and the complete lack of any plan for implementing ‘Brexit’, as the last 5 painful years amply demonstrated.
    And it’s far more serious than the election of a government; if a party wins on false promises, the electorate can readily oust it from government at the end of its fixed term in office, so a simple majority is sufficient to determine the outcome.

    But there are other cases, such as large scale constitutional changes or overriding a Presidential veto, with effects that last a generation or more, where parliaments require a 2/3’s supermajority; that’s a sensible safeguard against short-term expediency that might be regretted later—as when the Athenian assembly hastily tried and executed the generals after the Battle of Arginusae—an Athenian victory, but a costly one: that hasty vote in the Assembly was a serious blunder, almost immediately regretted—and a contributing factor to the ultimate defeat of Athenian democracy