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Here’s Your Weekend Free Fire Zone

Things are slow again. The Discoveroids are boring, Hambo is boring, and so are the other sources of creationism.

We can’t even find any crazy eclipse predictions. Hey — maybe you’d like to give us your own interpretation of the upcoming celestial event. But don’t tell us that the world is coming to an end. That’s too easy. Any creationist can do it. Let’s see how creative you can be.

If the eclipse doesn’t inspire you, that’s okay. We now declare this 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. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

The comments are open, dear reader. Have at it!

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Solar Eclipse Free Fire Zone

The total eclipse that will be visible in a narrow band across the US will occur on 21 August — less than 22 days from now. Here’s NASA’s page where they have dozens of links to information — including maps such as the one above this post: Eclipse 2017.

We’ve been hoping for some crazed creationist predictions about the end of the world, but the only one we found was a few months ago at WorldNetDaily. In case you missed it, here’s what we said about it: Solar Eclipse Means Catastrophe Is Coming.

There’s no other news, so we now declare this 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. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

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Astronomical Free Fire Zone

Our news sweeps have turned up nothing worth blogging about. The creationists seem to be in hibernation. No problem, we can always think of something to say — even if it’s a bit off topic.

That graphic above this post is typical of the illustrations we’ve all seen in our textbooks. But did you know that you have never seen an illustration of the Solar System drawn to scale?

We’ll ignore the obvious fact that the Sun is so much larger than any of the planets. Using very approximate figures, the sun is about 860,000 miles in diameter, which is more than 100 times larger than the Earth. That can’t be accurately shown in a simple diagram, so we’ll have to forget about the relative sizes of the Sun and the planets. Instead, let’s talk about the distances of the planets from the Sun.

The Earth, as every school child learns (in the non-metric US), is 93 million miles from the Sun — one Astronomical Unit (or AU). That means the Earth is over 100 times as far from the Sun as the Sun’s diameter. For convenience, shrink the Sun to a one-inch circle. Earth would be 100 inches away from the Sun — over 2.5 meters. No graphic in a school book can show that to scale.

Okay, let’s scale that down by a factor of ten. Now Earth is only 10 inches from the Sun. That’s nice, but Mars is over 1.5 AUs from the Sun — 15 inches in our textbook drawing. Jupiter is more than five AUs from the Sun, which is 50 inches in our severely scaled-down drawing. Saturn is almost 10 AUs away — that’s 100 inches, and once again our graphic is over 2.5 meters wide, with more planets still to go. Uranus is nearly 20 AUs from the Sun, Neptune is 30 AUs away, and Pluto is 40 — that would be 400 inches from the Sun, more than 33 feet, or more than 10 meters for our non-US readers. (All figures are approximate.)

Scale it down some more — by yet another factor of ten. Earth is now a tiny dot only one inch from the Sun, while Pluto is 40 inches away, and your drawing is over a meter wide. How can those distances be shown on one page — or even a two-page spread? It can’t be done, which is why you’ve never seen an accurate drawing of the Solar System.

While you’re pondering that, we now declare this 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. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

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Jack Chick & Intelligent Design Wallpaper

Does our title puzzle you, dear reader? Bear with us. The Curmudgeon never disappoints.

First, although Jack Chick died almost nine months ago, there’s another new comic offered at his website. The title is Sunk!, and you can read it on-line.

It begins with a man whose truck is swallowed by a sinkhole — while he’s not in it. Then there’s a totally chaotic, utterly incoherent romp through the bible, which persuades him to be saved. The thing is bound to change thousands of lives!

But that’s not all. As our title promised you, here’s the website for Intelligent Design Wallpaper, which proudly declares:

Every Handmade is a celebration of intelligent design, the full potential of the immortal hand and eye. This year, though, our ambitions are truly transcendent. We have charged designers and makers with tapping the long history of devotional fixtures and fittings, symbolic gateways to the godhead, or at least places that might encourage inner calm and communion. Welcome to our temple of divine design …

That’s all we can find so far, so we’re declaring an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You wanna talk about Trump? Go ahead. 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.

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