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The World Ends Tomorrow, Goodbye Everyone

This is very short notice, but we just saw this headline in London’s Daily Mail, a British tabloid: Will the world end on Sunday? Conspiracy theorists claim mysterious planet Nibiru will trigger apocalyptic earthquakes. They have over 2,000 comments. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Nibiru was meant to destroy Earth on September 23 after a Christian numerologist claimed it was about to collide with our planet. After the prediction flopped, some have claimed Nibiru will instead trigger apocalyptic earthquakes on November 19 that will obliterate our planet.

That’s tomorrow! As expected, the government is trying to avoid a panic. The Tabloid reports:

In response to the rumours, a top Nasa scientist has said the planet can’t exist because its gravitational forces would have already stripped Earth of its moon. Dr David Morrison, an astronomer at Nasa Ames Research Centre, said if the system made it into the inner solar system, it would disrupt the position of the all planets, and ‘eject the moon from Earth’s orbit.’

Yeah, yeah. That’s what they always say. Then the Daily Mail tells us:

So-called Nibiru truthers claim Nasa is part of a conspiracy to ‘hide the truth’ from the general population while the ‘global elite’ escape to the safety of secret underground bunkers.

That’s what you’d expect from a bunch of government clerks. The news continues:

Dr Morrison’s comments were made during a podcast released by the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Institute (SETI) website. … When asked what would happen if Nibiru entered the solar system, Dr Morrison said: ‘If a big object was coming into the solar system its gravity would perturb the orbits of the planets, and we would have detected that long before it came close to the Earth.” … However, Dr Morrison said it was pointless describing what would happen as ‘Nibiru does not exist.’

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, right! Let’s read on:

Back in September, Nasa was forced to publicly state that Nibiru does not exist in an attempt to quell doomsday fears. ‘The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn’t exist,’ the space agency said in a statement. ‘Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist.’

They sound desperate. Another excerpt:

After Nasa’s predictions rang true when the apocalypse didn’t come on September 23, ‘Christian numerologist’ David Meade, who first claimed Nibiru was on its way in a series of YouTube posts, clarified his story. Mr Meade, who also writes for Planetxnews, said that the apocalypse has in fact been delayed, and was never predicted to arrive on September 23. Speaking to the Washington Post, Mr Meade said the date only marks the beginning of the end of times. ‘The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending,’ he said.

It’s a long article with lots of videos, so we’ll stop here. You’ll want to read it all for yourself.

Your Curmudgeon isn’t taking any chances, so we bid you farewell and declare the comments section to be used for what may be our last Intellectual Free Fire Zone. And of course, we close with this:

Thats all folks

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James Tour at the Jack Chick Website

Three years ago we wrote James Tour: Creationist Organic Chemist. We discovered him because he was being praised at Pat Robertson’s website. Tour is one of the courageous signers of the Discovery Institute’s Scientific Dissent From Darwinism, which we described here. This is his writeup at Wikipedia: James Tour.

Then he was being praised by Bruce Chapman, founder of the Discovery Institute, whom we affectionately call “Chappy,” so we wrote Bruce Chapman Defends James Tour.

You might think that’s enough glory for one man, but for Jimmy Tour it just doesn’t stop. He keeps attracting praise from the most interesting people. In one of the rare updates to the Jack Chick newsletter, we found: World-Famous Chemist Says Peers Hide from Explaining Evolution! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Professor James M. Tour is one of the ten most quoted chemists in the world. He holds three professorships at Rice University, authored hundreds of scientific publications and his name is on 36 patents. He and 700 other scientists, affiliated with the Intelligent Design movement, took a “courageous step” in 2001 and began writing of their skepticism of “random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.” In the worldview of the universe of godless evolution, this was rank heresy.

Heresy! Then the Chick newsletter says:

Tour has made it a practice to quietly poll top scientists in private: Nobel Prize winners and members of the National Academy. What he discovered exposes how deeply Satan’s claws have penetrated our modern education system. Dedicated sinners need a system of lies to believe when they choose to resist God’s truth. Evolution is one of these lies, and is the godfather of many others. As these lies burrow deeper into our culture, the very foundations of civil society begin to crumble.

Frightening indeed! After that we’re told:

Evolutionists distinguish between what they call “microevolution” and “macroevolution.” … Tour agrees that microevolution is common, sometimes helped along by plant and animal breeding to enhance the desired characteristics. But, as he questioned colleagues in his rarified academic atmosphere, he concluded that there is no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution.

Professor Tour went so far as to offer on his website to buy lunch for anyone who claimed to understand macroevolution so they could explain it to him. So far he has no takers.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Maybe no one wants to have lunch with the guy. The Chick newsletter continues:

When he polled many of his peers in Physics and Chemistry departments, he had to do it in private because they dared not publically [sic] admit any skepticism on the subject. So powerful are the politics of the universities that job security depends on staunchly carrying the Evolution banner.

[…]

This is only one illustration how far our schools have come from institutions of “learning,” to propaganda mills indoctrinating impressionable, trusting students with Satan’s backpack full of lies.

One last excerpt:

Bible believers must recognize that this is just part of the ongoing war between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness in the last days. We must suit up for the battle, strengthen our own troops with heavy doses of the Truth, and circle the wagons around those who are young in the Lord, especially our children.

So there you are, dear reader. Evolution is at the center of the war between God and the Devil. Which side are you on?

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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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Email Catastrophe Free Fire Zone

We haven’t been very active today. Oh, we’ve searched for creationism news, and there isn’t any — but we’ve had bigger problems. We’re locked out of our email account, and no amount of diddling with the sign-in procedures does any good.

AT&T’s help sites haven’t been very helpful. Each time we have an online chat with them, they tell us the problem is fixed and everything should be okay — but it’s not. So we struggle on.

You’ll have to entertain yourselves during your Curmudgeon’s problem, so we’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. You know how it is. 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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