Category Archives: Off-topic

Slow Sunday Free Fire Zone

There’s nothing going on out there. Well, the Discoveroids think they’ve got an answer to “Who Designed the Designer?” — but you’ll have to watch a two-minute video to learn what they say.

Aside from that, we found a couple of headlines at PhysOrg that may interest you:

Softball-sized spider species discovered in Baja California caves

A deadly fungus that has killed millions of bats in Northeast has spread to Texas

That’s the news, so we now declare this to be 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.

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

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Our Ninth Anniversary — Free Fire Zone

Today, 02 April 2017, is the Ninth 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 5,703. This one is number 6,374. We’ve added 671 posts to our humble blog during the past year.

If you’re a new reader, you may be wondering what it is that do we do here. In a nutshell, we ridicule creationism. Why? We explained that in The Infinite Evil of Creationism. Except for occasional (and unpopular) digressions into politics, we avoid almost all other hot topics — like abortion and alternate life styles. We don’t even talk much about climate change — not because we’re in denial, but because we don’t know the subject well enough, so we leave it to others.

Although creationists like to claim otherwise, our disdain for creationism isn’t atheism. This isn’t an atheist blog. We have no problem with denominations that don’t reject science, like those in the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution.

We also try to keep our discourse at a civilized level. We don’t use coarse language and we try to keep it out of your comments. We ridicule creationists’ ideas and arguments, but we don’t ridicule creationists themselves — at least not with personal insults. The only exception to our self-imposed rule of “no personal attacks” is in the case of politicians. We are unrestrained (but linguistically moderate) in our criticism of those who labor to impose ignorance and theocracy upon the rest of us.

There are millions of blogs out there. We’ve seen estimates of well over 100 million blogs. So how are we doing? Last year at this time we had a cumulative total of 3.965 million page-views. As we write this, we’re a few days away from 4.5 million. That doesn’t include RSS subscribers and others who read us without actually visiting. Annual traffic used to be higher. We attribute that partly to Google, which has been slow to index our posts, but it’s also because news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism hasn’t been as wild and crazy as it was in the past. That’s a good thing, but there’s less news for us to write about.

When we say “less news,” what we mean is that for the last year or so, there’s been almost no creationist litigation to write about. And no new creationist legislation has been enacted, despite the Discovery Institute’s’ efforts — at least none based on their anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act. Kitzmiller put a legal dagger (or wooden stake) through the heart of the Discoveroids.

And so we begin our tenth 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’s Fantastic Voyage

Because of a time warp, this post is appearing several hours earlier than intended. Keep reading and you’ll understand.

As we told you in The Ten-Day Countdown Begins today, 01 April is the launch date for the Curmudgeon’s secretly developed space craft which is intelligently designed to avoid the limitations of sinful secular science. Our ship is powered by a faith-based propulsion system. Because it’s divinely driven, its speed is unlimited! We wouldn’t try to fool you — [*cough, cough*] — about something as important as this.

The last ten days were spent stocking the ship with supplies for a year-long voyage, sufficient for your Curmudgeon and his two splendid Dobermans, Argos (a/k/a Aaaargh!) and Miss Scarlett, so we could boldly go where no man — or dog — has gone before.

We asked for your suggestions about the name of the ship and its destination. Many excellent suggestions were offered, but after much prayerful consideration, we decided that the ship should be nameless, and its destination should be decided by the designer of the universe, which was also powering the ship.

At the stroke of midnight, when April First began, we went to the flood-lit launch field, led the dogs up the retractable stairs into the ship, and strapped ourself into the acceleration couch. The dogs settled into their deeply padded doggie beds. After a final check of all instruments, we reached for the Launch lever and fearlessly activated the Divine Drive™. Then we passed out.

Upon awakening, the first thing we noticed was gravity. It felt normal. Where were we? Then we looked at the clock. It was still April First, and only a few hours had passed. But time meant nothing with our Divine Drive™. We could be anywhere!

After unstrapping from the acceleration couch, we went to a porthole and looked outside. To our astonishment, it looked like the launch site!

Then we understood. The intelligent designer — blessed be he! — had taken us to the one place in the universe which was made for intelligent life — Earth! Verily, it is the Privileged Planet! Everything the creationists have been saying is true.

Joyously we deployed the ramp, descended the stairs, and stood on firm ground, followed by Argos and Miss Scarlett. We solemnly said: “One small step for a man, eight smaller steps for the dogs.” And we thought of the line from the end of the Wizard of Oz:

We conclude 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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The Ten-Day Countdown Begins

Get ready for some astounding news, dear reader, which we are revealing to the world for the first time today, ten days from 01 April. We wouldn’t try to fool you — [*cough, cough*] — about something as important as this.

For years, your Curmudgeon has been engaged in cutting-edge research in his superbly-equipped, secret, underground la-BOR-a-tory, located far beneath the 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.

Everyone is wondering: What has the Curmudgeon been working on? All right, brace yourselves. We are ten days away from launching — and piloting — the Curmudgeon’s space craft, which will boldly go where no man has gone before.

As you know, the problem with all the other space missions launched by various nations is their propulsion system. Chemical rockets are inadequate, and the reason is obvious — they’re based on sinful secular science. So we’ve been secretly developing a faith-based propulsion system. It’s divinely driven, so its power is unlimited!

Another problem with previous space missions is that they’ve been so unimaginatively named — Apollo, Mercury, Pioneer, Voyager, etc. We want a name for our ship that will be remembered for millennia!

What we’ll be doing in these final days before launch is loading the ship with supplies to sustain us — and our dogs — during the mission. But we haven’t yet selected a destination. For that, we thought we’d turn to you, our dear readers. What would be an appropriate destination for our ship’s maiden voyage?

You can play a vital part in this historic occasion. We welcome your suggestions regrading two vital questions:

1. What will be the name of the ship?

2. Where should we go?

Remember, there are only ten days remaining until the launch date — April first. This is your opportunity to play a part in history’s greatest adventure. We welcome your input.

We conclude 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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