The elves who toil endlessly in our art department have done their usual splendid job on the inspirational graphic which adorns this post. The little guys are amazing!
Now let’s get to business. First, we wish you a happy new year. We assume you’ll be running around tonight, wearing lampshades on your heads, blowing horns, and watching the ball drop in Times Square. But of course you’ll be wearing masks so you don’t spread the plague.
While you’re making merry, your Curmudgeon will be attending to his year-end chores, like backing up the blog, changing the copyright date at the bottom of our post template, and (maybe) setting up a “Controversy 2021” supplemental table of contents page, for links to our posts about what used to be an ark-load of legal battles in the coming year. You can find all of those annual lists here: The Controversy.
Most state legislatures will be starting their new sessions soon, and because so many legislators are idiots, we should be reporting the same kind of creationist activity that we’ve seen in the past. But maybe not. There hasn’t been much to report for the year now ending, so maybe we won’t even set up a new page for that stuff.
We expect tomorrow to be a news-free day, except for a big — really big! — announcement from a creationist outfit in Seattle, babbling about their hottest story for the year now ending.
What else will the new year bring us? As always, there won’t be any actual science news from creationists, but they’re good at making a fuss in other areas. They haven’t been going to court lately — not because they don’t want to, but because their lawyers tell them they’re going to lose. That can have a discouraging effect.
Because there’s nothing happening at the moment, we’re declaring this post to be the old year’s last and the new year’s first 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. But beware of the profanity filters.
Hold on! Wait! Before we throw open the comments, we’ll follow our custom and conclude with a warning, followed by our famous guarantee of quality:
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If you experience any of these symptoms while reading this blog, and such symptoms last for more than four hours, it is strongly recommended that you discontinue reading and promptly seek professional assistance.
And now the quality guarantee:
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Everything written by the Curmudgeon in this blog is true. The presence of this Certificate is your proof. Our logic is undeniable.
All right! The comments are open. Have at it, dear reader. And Happy New Year!