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Earth Day? Bah! How About Uranus Day?

Today is Earth Day. If you find that thrilling, we’re happy for you, but your Curmudgeon’s interests are far more cosmic.

According to Wikipedia, Uranus, which we tactfully refer to as the Seventh Planet, was discovered by Sir William Herschel. He first observed it on 13 March 1781, and initially reported it on 26 April 1781 — 235 years ago. It’s the first planet discovered with a telescope. Creationism had nothing to do with it.

Because the world was made aware of Herschel’s discovery on 26 April, we think that’s the appropriate date on which to celebrate Uranus Day. And it’s only four days from today! That’s when we should get together with friends, raise our glasses, and declare: “Here’s to Uranus!”

This is an idea you can all, ah, get behind. As a creative challenge, you might want to suggest other slogans for Uranus Day. Tasteful slogans, of course.

Your Curmudgeon is pleased to offer this proposal as a service to all mankind.

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Eighth Anniversary — Free Fire Zone

Eigh years

Today, 02 April 2016, is the Eighth Anniversary of the start of this blog, when our first post appeared: Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design.

Last year’s anniversary post was was number 5,035. This one is number 5,703. We’ve added 668 posts to our humble blog during the past year.

Last year at this time we had a cumulative total of 3.35 million page-views. Now we have almost 4 million — well, it’s only 3.965 million. That doesn’t include RSS subscribers and others who read us without actually visiting.

Traffic has been down a bit this past year. We attribute that partly to Google. They’ve been slow to index our posts. But there’s the more important fact that news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism hasn’t been as wild and crazy as it was in the past — and that’s a good thing. However, it means that there’s less news for us to write about.

Let’s look on the bright side of all those slow news days. No new creationist legislation has been enacted, despite the Discoveroids’ efforts. Our blog may have a few less viewers each day, but the Discoveroids appear to be really suffering. And there’s been almost no creationist litigation — except for Hambo’s Ark. Well, the Mark Armitage case is still alive, but it doesn’t generate any news. It’s scheduled for a settlement conference in July. There’s also an appeal pending of a creationist suit in Kansas which was dismissed at the trial court level. They’re trying to invalidate the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards for that state’s schools. Briefs have been filed, and now we’re waiting for a decision. It’s all ho-hum stuff for now, but we’re not complaining.

Last year at this time we were concerned that we’d have to move the blog somewhere else, because Word Press had launched a stripped-down new editor named Beep Beep Boop, and the original editor — although still available — was becoming increasingly difficult to access. Since then they’ve replaced Beep Beep Boop with a different editor, which isn’t much better. Although it’s clumsy to get to, the old editor is still available, so we haven’t had to move — not yet.

And so we begin our ninth year of blogging from the fabled CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere, where your Curmudgeon is headquartered in his luxurious underground control room.

Because this post contains no news, go ahead and use the comments as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Say what you will, beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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The Curmudgeon and the Burning Bush

Brace yourself for some astounding news, dear reader, which we are revealing to the world for the first time today, 01 April, here on our humble blog. Last night, precisely at midnight — that wondrous, magical moment when the month of April began — your Curmudgeon had a transcendent experience! We wouldn’t try to fool you — [*cough, cough*] — about something as important as this.

We were enjoying a quiet evening, and everything seemed quite normal. Then suddenly, we heard a deep, thundering Voice in the back yard: Curmudgeon, come forth!

We did. Our two splendid Dobermans, Argos (a/k/a Aaaargh) and Miss Scarlett, came with us. There in the back yard we beheld an amazing sight. We saw a flame of fire, in the midst of which was a bush, and, although the bush burned with fire, the bush was not consumed.

The Voice called unto us out of the midst of the bush, and said, Curmudgeon, Curmudgeon! We replied: “Here am I.”

And the Voice said: Draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

“Wait a minute,” we said. “This is where the dogs …”

Shoes off! said the Voice. Socks too!

We complied. And the Voice said: I have surely seen the affliction of the creationists, and have heard their cry by reason of their ignorance; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hands of charlatans, and to bring them unto a land flowing with logic and evidence. You must say unto the creationists …

We interrupted: “But they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my words.”

The Voice commanded: Thou shalt say unto them …

At that moment, Aaaargh walked over to the burning bush, raised his leg, and extinguished the flame. The Voice sputtered and cried out: Aaaargh!! Then it was silent.

The dogs sniffed around, but quickly lost interest. So your Curmudgeon gathered up his shoes and socks and went back inside. We went out again later, and not only was the bush gone, there was no indication that there had ever been a flame. And so the adventure ended.

Make of it what you will, dear reader. We conclude this post with our traditional 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.

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Demonic Image in Mexican Beef

Satanic Meat

Take a good look — that ain’t no Shroud of Turin. This time, no one can deny it. The end is nigh!

We learned about this from a most reliable source — London’s Daily Mail. Their headline is Image of rib steak goes viral in Mexico after horns and face of Satan were spotted in the meat.

This doesn’t have anything to do with The Controversy between evolution and creationism — or does it? The story is brief, but not much needs to be said. Here are some excerpts, which require no bold font added by us:

This rib steak has become the the most famous in Mexico after people commented on its striking resemblance to the face and horns of the Devil. A local website posted the bizarre cut of meat on its Facebook and it has since gone viral.

If the image has gone viral, we’re probably not violating anyone’s copyright by reproducing it above. Then we’re told:

The steak is believed to have come from Mexico’s largest meat processor SuKarne and the picture taken in La Paz in Baja California Sur.

That certainly seems authentic. Let’s read on:

It is unclear if it has been eaten yet but dozens of volunteers were offering to taste it, despite its sinister appearance.

It’s not for us — not even if we were starving. We’d send it back and ask for something else. Here’s one more excerpt:

The butcher who cut the meat claimed he had been mocked by his workmates. A local paper reported they had asked him if he had carried out a satanic ritual to make it come out the way it did. SuKarne [the meat processor] appeared oblivious to the furore, making no mention of it on its official Twitter or its website.

The Daily Mail already has over 100 comments. Surely, dear reader, you have something to say about this.

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