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Traditional Pre-Kitzmas Free Fire Zone

Mars is red,
Uranus is blue,
Here’s a Free Fire Zone,
Just for you.

There’s not much news to blog about. Perhaps the creationists are depressed because they know it’s only two weeks until Kitzmas. This year will be the eleventh anniversary of the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

The Discoveroids always put up a post explaining why it was an incompetent decision, but those were usually from Casey. He’s gone now, so we’ll have to see who takes over that job.

Speaking of the Discoveroids, this is when they start posting about their Top Ten accomplishments for the year. This year’s list — if they have one — should be very entertaining. They have nothing to show for their legislative and courtroom efforts, or for their efforts to penetrate the academic world — except for bible colleges, where where creationism has always been entrenched. As for what they call research, well … let’s see what they tell us. They’ll probably brag about their books and videos. What else have they got?

As for politics, the only hard-core creationist selected so far for Trump’s cabinet is Ben Carson. He’ll be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development — where neither creationism nor his neurosurgery career will be relevant.

There’s also the impending End of the World, due to the expected collision with Planet Nibiru, but there’s nothing we can do about it, so why worry?.

That’s all there is, so we once again need to entertain ourselves. We therefore declare 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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Oh No — It’s the End of the World!

It is our sad duty to inform you that the End of the World may be fast approaching. As usual, the government and the press are trying to keep everything calm, but the frightful news is out there — if you know where to look.

At the website of TV station KFVS, the CBS affiliate in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, we found this headline: Doomsayers: Planet X will destroy Earth this December. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Brace yourselves for the end of the world again. It’s on the internet, so it must be true. This time, the culprit is the rogue planet Nibiru, aka Planet X, whose erratic orbit will bring it close enough to our planet to mess everything up totally and kill almost all the life, according to 187,000 websites that pop up if you Google “Nibiru December 2016.”

This was supposed to happen four years ago, when we posted Less Than Two Weeks Left Until Doomsday, but apparently there was a miscalculation. The news story continues:

Nibiru, they say, is 10 times as big as Earth and has a long, skinny elliptical orbit that takes it way out yonder beyond Pluto. But once every several thousand years, it comes barreling back toward the sun and bounces through the solar system like a bull in a china shop.

This doesn’t look good! After that they tells us:

The frenzy started last January when a couple of astronomy guys said they might have found a ninth planet about three times as far away as Pluto. They named it “Planet Nine,” displaying a complete lack of imagination. The alleged planet has never been directly observed and it has approximately zero things in common with the mythical Nibiru. But the Nibiru people went wild and lit up the web with claims of a global cover-up of its impending world-destroying arrival. 2016 is almost over, so the doomsayer buzz is reaching a crescendo, calling this December the zero hour for the mother of all cataclysms.

Wikipedia has an article on the Nibiru cataclysm. They say:

The idea that a planet-sized object will collide with or closely pass by Earth in the near future is not supported by any scientific evidence and has been rejected by astronomers and planetary scientists as pseudoscience and an Internet hoax

It’s sweet that they’re all trying to avoid panic with their skeptical style of writing, but it isn’t working. Let’s get back to the story from station KFVS:

The Nibiru prophets are batting a solid .000 so far, dating back to 2003, 2007, 2012 and last December, along with April, July and September of this year. But internet fear-mongers have a good feeling about the latest ETA, what with all this year’s earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, droughts, fires, volcanoes and assorted other signs of the apocalypse.

But this time they could be right! Hey — we found another story on this. It’s in London’s Daily Express. Their headline is SHOCK CLAIM: Elite preparing for Nibiru apocalypse NEXT YEAR but the rest of us are DOOMED, and they say, with our bold font:

World leaders are planning to hide out in bunkers next year to escape the doom a gigantic planet will cause as it passes the Earth, according to a crackpot conspiracy theory.

Calling it a “crackpot conspiracy theory” is supposed to make us feel better, but it doesn’t. Let’s read on:

One base is being developed beneath the Rocky Mountains in the US, according to Robert Vicino, head of the survival firm Vivos. But he said no members of public will be allowed in and will have to fend for themselves. Mr Vicino made the shock claims as he warned of an impending apocalypse. He said: “They do not have a plan for you and me, but they have a plan for themselves.”

Typical of politicians! One last excerpt:

He [Vicino] said: “No government in the world is going to tell you about something life threatening unless they have a solution for you because otherwise its going to cause social meltdown. “People that think its crazy are the ones who have not spent any time doing research.”

The only thing we’re confused about is whether The End is coming this year or next. Taking no chances, we bid you farewell, and 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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Pre-Thanksgiving Free Fire Zone

Mars is red,
Uranus is blue,
This Free Fire Zone
Was created for you.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US. People are traveling and busy with family. Traffic to this humble blog will be less than usual, and news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism will be scarce. Once again we need to entertain ourselves. Herewith we present a few random goodies, which may encourage you to add some of your own:

1: This was our original Thanksgiving post from 2008, which we think it’s still worth reading: Of Plymouth Plantation: “Every Man for His Own Particular”.

2: We want to remind you that Kitzmas is coming. Next month we celebrate the eleventh anniversary of the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

3: This article from PhysOrg should thrill the creationists. Now they have a source of water for the Flood: New study finds water deeper in Earth than scientists previously believed.

4: Our last news item is the most exciting. We found a use for the Discoveroids’ “theory” about an intelligent designer. See Intelligent Design Plumbing.

That’s the news — at least so far. We now declare an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. But before we throw open the comments, we’ll conclude with our famous guarantee of quality:

Self-Proving Truth Certificate

Everything written by the Curmudgeon in this blog is true. The presence of this Certificate is your proof. Our logic is undeniable.

Okay, the comments are open. You know the rules. Have at it!

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Halloween, Clocks, and Elections

This is a bad time of year. The evil begins tonight, when ghosts, witches, zombies, and other horrors are creeping around.

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. The illustration above this post is from one of them. Here’s the whole list so you can enjoy them online.

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

Afterwards, just when you think you’ve recovered from the other-worldly madness of Halloween night, you can look forward to setting your clocks back an hour. That’s because the end of Daylight Savings Time for 2016 will be Sunday, November 6. 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.

Aside from the absurdity of running around resetting all our clocks, including the microwave oven, the timer for outside lights and lawn sprinklers, and of course the clock in our automobile, the greatest inconvenience for your Curmudgeon is that our splendid dogs, Argos (a/k/a Aaaargh!!) and Miss Scarlett, have built-in timers to tell them when they should be fed, and they don’t like their routines to be disrupted. Truly, this is an outrage!

And that’s not all. While we’re still disoriented from the time change, Tuesday, 08 November, is election day — at least in the US. This year it’s like a replay of Halloween.

So brace yourself, dear reader. It’s going to be a wretched week. To mark the occasion, 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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