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Friday Night Free Fire Zone

The good news is that the creationists aren’t doing anything of any significance, but the bad news is that we need to entertain ourselves. We therefore declare another Intellectual Free Fire Zone.

But first, we do have a couple of items for you. The first is a letter-to-the-editor that doesn’t qualify for our collection. It’s in the Register-Guard of Eugene, Oregon, and it’s titled Intelligent design evidence exists. The newspaper has a comments feature. Here’s the letter — the whole thing except for a reference to some earlier letter that triggered it:

There’s overwhelming evidence of intelligent design and, even though micro evolution is a strong, established fact, there’s no evidentiary support for macro evolution.

That said, the people who support creationism also don’t follow evidence and are supporting a faith-based idea.

One can look at the bloody mayhem caused by religion and rightfully object, but to deny the evidence of intelligent design isn’t intelligent.

That’s it. Now you know why it’s not in our collection.

The second item is at the website of something called All Christian News. Their headline is Pastor Tries to Walk on Water Like Jesus, Then Drowns in Front of His Congregation. They say it’s about a preacher “on the West Coast of Africa.” One excerpt should be sufficient:

Pastor Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation that he was capable of reenacting the very miracles of Jesus Christ. He decided to make it clear through way of demonstration on Gabon’s beach in the capital city of Libreville.

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According to an eyewitness, Kabele took his congregation out to the beach. He told them that he would cross the Kombo estuary by foot, which is normally a 20 minute boat ride. Sadly by the second step into the water Kabele found himself completely submerged. He never returned.

That’s all we’ve got. Now 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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Another Sunday Free Fire Zone

It doesn’t look like there’s any news out there — not our kind, anyway — so we’re on our own. Your Curmudgeon therefore declares another Intellectual Free Fire Zone.

The Iowa caucuses are tomorrow. Wanna talk about that? The Republicans are trying to pick someone who is opposed to everything that’s been going on for the past seven years, and the top candidates seem to be competing over which of them is the most fanatical “social” conservative — something that appeals to a lot of Iowa voters. The Democrats are trying to choose between two socialists, one of whom proudly admits it, while the other may soon be indicted for her handling of state secrets.

Aside from that, 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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Here’s the Latest Flat Earth News

After the serious news we reported earlier today, it’s time to lighten things up a bit. The Week is the digital version of what used to be a British print magazine. They have this headline: Rapper BoB claims Earth is flat and a conspiracy is hiding the truth. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

US hip-hop artist Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, better known as BoB, has provoked amusement and ire on Twitter with his claim that the Earth is flat and that there is a conspiracy to deny the “truth”.

A hip-hop artist, flat Earth, conspiracy, Twitter — this is exactly what we’re in the mood for. Here’s more:

“A lot of people are turned off by the phrase ‘flat earth’ … but there’s no way u can see all the evidence and not know… grow up,” he wrote.

Yeah — grow up! Let’s read on:

He has also posted a variety of “evidence” for his claims, ranging from spurious geometry to photos of horizons with no visible curvature.

Hey — he’s got evidence! We continue:

Asked why no edge of the Earth had ever been discovered, he replied: “Have u been to the edge? or is that what your science book told you?”

Good response! Now it gets serious:

Among those answering his claims is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who corrected the rapper’s geometry. In his argument, BoB said the world must be flat because otherwise it would be impossible to see Manhattan from Bear Mountain, 60 miles away, as the curvature of the Earth’s surface “should” hide 170ft of the city, measuring from the ground up.

Wow! How could Tyson possibly refute that? We’re told:

In response, Tyson explained that the curvature, in fact, blocks 150ft of the view, not 170, but that most buildings in Manhattan were far taller than 170ft and hence visible from the hill.

But as you’ll see, Tyson was a gentleman about it:

However, he added some words of comfort for the rapper. “Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music,” he wrote.

Nicely done! Then the story takes a swipe at the US:

BoB is not alone in his beliefs: according to The Guardian, he is “following in the footsteps of the recent flat-Earthers trend” which has “been gaining ground in the US as of late”, alongside creationism.

Egad! The flat-Earthers are gaining ground? They can’t gain too much, or they’ll fall off the edge. The article ends with another strange tale:

Last February, a Saudi Arabian cleric, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, also achieved notoriety on the internet after a video of him telling students the Earth was stationary and orbited by the sun went viral.

They give us a link to that story: Saudi cleric ‘proves’ the Earth does not rotate – video, but we can only handle one of these things at a time, so this is where we’ll end.

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Sunday Night Free Fire Zone

The Discoveroids haven’t posted anything today. There are no amusing letters-to-the-editor. Actual news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism is non-existent. So what shall we talk about?

Once again, we need to entertain ourselves. We therefore declare another Intellectual Free Fire Zone.

Wanna talk about the Presidential primaries? 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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