Category Archives: Off-topic

Coronavirus Free Fire Zone

This was inevitable. All the news seems to be about the coronavirus, and the creationist websites don’t have much else to talk about.

Your Curmudgeon isn’t worried because the Cosmic Aardvark will protect us, but not everyone shares our belief. In addition to that, “social distancing” is our natural way of life. No worries!

Therefore, we’re declaring this post to be an 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. Even Brexit, if you still have more to say. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

Okay, dear reader, the comment section is open — have at it!

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Instead of Daylight Saving Time, How About This?

Every year around this time we rant about Daylight saving time. Last year’s rant is right here. As we said then:

In the US, this maniacal mandate is the result of the Uniform Time Act of 1966, when Lyndon Johnson was President. It’s an intolerable governmental intrusion into all of our lives which upsets the natural order of things twice a year, and serves no useful purpose.

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Like good, dutiful citizens, we will all obediently comply. Most of you will reset your clocks tonight, so that when you wake up on Sunday they’ll be “correct.” Your Curmudgeon will reset his clocks too, but as we do so we’ll be raising a middle finger to show our discontent.

Aside from the idiotic inconvenience of running around all over the place resetting clocks, the greatest inconvenience is that our splendid Doberman, Miss Scarlett, has a built-in timer to tell her when she should be fed, and she doesn’t like her routines to be disrupted. Truly, this clock-changing stuff is an outrage!

You’ve seen all that before. But today we have something new for you. It’s far more ambitious than this piddling “one hour forward,” and then “one hour back” stuff they’ve got us doing. Your Curmudgeon boldly suggests that we add a whole new day to a week in spring!

Yes, you read that correctly — a whole new day. Let’s have two Sundays for one weekend in Spring, perhaps in the month of May. Let everyone have an extra day off to enjoy the end of winter. There’s no need to have a “correction” six months later, because the days will continue to be numbered as before. If the extra Sunday falls on what would be the 10th of May, so be it. Then the 11th will be Monday, followed by Tuesday, etc.

The number of days in a calendar year won’t be disturbed — not even the number of days in May — just the seven-day week sequence, which will be slightly changed because one week in May will be 8 days long. We can handle that. No correction will be needed, because no one is fanatically devoted to having June begin or the calendar year end on a specifically named day of the week.

So there you are. The only question we have is: What will the extra Sunday be called? Probably not “Sunday” or “Sunday 2,” because some might regard that as blasphemous. And certainly not “Curmudgeon Day.” That’s ridiculous. We’ll leave it up to you, dear reader, to suggest something appropriate.

Anyway, don’t forget to comply with the silliness of Daylight Saving Time. And don’t imagine that by requiring such a thing, the government is doing you any favors.

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Water Is the Designer’s Divine Gift

This one is so thrilling it will leave you writhing in ecstasy. We found it at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. Their title is Wonder of Water: Michael Denton at Bridalveil Fall, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a classic episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], geneticist and biochemist Michael Denton reads the beautiful introduction to his book The Wonder of Water [Amazon link]. Download the podcast or listen to it here.[Link omitted]

We posted about Denton and his book before — see Water Is Proof of Intelligent Design. According to Amazon, the publisher of Denton’s book is the Discovery Institute, so you know it’s good. And Michael Denton is a Discovery Institute “senior fellow,” so you can be sure he knows what he’s talking about.

Then they say:

He begins at Yosemite’s Bridalveil Fall and explores how water is curiously fine-tuned [It’s fine tuned!] for life. Indeed, thanks to a unique cluster of properties, water is able to fulfill many roles essential to our living planet.

Wowie — water is amazing! The Discoveroids tell us:

It’s thanks to some of those properties that rivers and streams can leech and carry minerals from rock to various places they’re needed in the biosphere.

That’s nice, but not particularly thrilling. What else is there? The Discoveroids’ post is very brief, so we’ve arrived at the final paragraph. Here it comes:

Water’s unusual properties also make it an ideal medium for our circulatory system. [Better than lead!] There it serves not only to transfer nutrients and oxygen but also to expel carbon dioxide, excess body heat, and waste products — again, thanks to a unique group of properties.

We are left stunned, gaping in wonder at brilliance of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — for providing us with water. And best of all, it’s a miracle those Satanic Darwinists can’t explain.

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The Cosmic Aardvark’s Political Free Fire Zone

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There’s going to be a Presidential election in the US this November, and Wikipedia already has an article on it: 2020 United States presidential election.

The Republicans have Trump, and the Democrats are in the process of selecting their candidate from a group of … well, most of the leading candidates admit to being either socialists or outright commies. It’s hard to believe, but that’s the situation.

We know some of you are thrilled, and you know how tolerant your Curmudgeon has been, so make of it what you will. That’s why we’re declaring this post to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone.

If you don’t want to talk about presidential politics, that’s quite understandable. Would you rather talk about Brexit? Go right ahead. 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.

Okay, the comments are open. Have at it, dear reader.

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