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Fourth of July All Week Free Fire Zone

Liberty Enlightening the World

We didn’t post yesterday — a first for this humble blog — because we couldn’t find anything newsworthy enough to write about, and we finally figured out what the problem is. The Fourth of July — American Independence Day — falls on a Wednesday this week. Were it on any other day of the week, people would take a three or four day weekend off. But because it’s in the middle of the week, it appears that things are going to be slow all week long. In a peculiar way, that is fortunate for us.

As we informed you a few days ago in An Inconvenient Week Is Coming, the Curmudgeon’s headquarters will be moving on Wednesday, and we’ll be off-line that day and maybe for a day or two afterwards. But it’s unlikely that we’re going to miss out on any blog-worthy creationism news.

We always take this occasion to load you up with a bunch of historical links, so we’ll do that once again. Here’s a link to the Declaration of Independence, plus the Articles of Confederation, which — except for a few tweaks — was also drafted in July of 1776, but it wasn’t ratified until 1781. No collection would be complete without Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

Those links are about the Revolution. The time when we were living under the Articles is the often-neglected period when we had ten Presidents before George Washington — see President of the United States in Congress assembled. Finally we come to the Constitution.

Here’s the Federalist Papers — that splendid and still authoritative series of essays by the Constitution’s principal authors, who explain the meaning and purpose of its every clause. The website has a search feature at the bottom of the page. For some wholesome family amusement, invite someone over who insists that the nation was founded on religious principles. Encourage your friend to search through the entire thing for all the religious words he can think of, and then let him ponder the results.

It’s astounding what you can find at Primary Documents in American History (1763-1815). Hey –it’s always handy to have a link to Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Searchable!

Because we’re not expecting any of our kind of news this week, and starting with July 3, your Curmudgeon be off-line anyway, it’s up to you to entertain yourselves. Therefore, we’re declaring another 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. 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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An Inconvenient Week Is Coming

This is to let you know that the coming week is going to be a weird one for our humble blog. Why? Because we’re moving 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.

As you know if you’ve been through it since your carefree college days, when you could move almost everything in a single car trip, moving as an adult after years of accumulating stuff is an extremely cumbersome and time-consuming process. Every closet, every shelf, every drawer, is loaded with things we haven’t even looked at for years. Deciding what to keep and what to toss out is quite a chore.

Of course we’ll be keeping the Drool-o-tron™, the irony meter, and the other things described in the Compendium of Curmudgeonly Contrivances.

The actual day of the move is scheduled to be this coming Wednesday, the Fourth of July. Because that’s a holiday, AT&T won’t be able to hook up our internet connection, nor will Comcast be available to connect the cable TV. Those things will have to wait for a day or so. That means starting around next Tuesday, 03 July — when the computer has to be disconnected and boxed up — until probably Friday, 06 July or maybe even later, your Curmudgeon will be off the internet, marooned in meat-space, and unable to attend to our blogging duties. We’ve already changed our telephone lines to wireless phones, so at least that’s one thing we don’t need to worry about.

News of The Controversy between evolution and creationism has been scarce lately, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be missing much even when we’re off-line. Also, holidays like the Fourth of July are when blogging is usually quiescent, because people have other things to do. So actually, the move comes at a good time.

Looking beyond the mess of the coming week, we’re confident that the effort will be worthwhile. The new CITADEL will be stronger and more secret than the current one, and your Curmudgeon’s control room will be even further underground and more luxurious than ever.

Now you know what’s coming, so when we’re off-line next week, no one will be wondering what’s going on. We now resume our customary activities — as soon as we can find something to blog about.

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Preacher Devoured, Free Fire Zone

This is truly amazing. We’ve gone day after day without finding anything serious to write about. It’s as if the creationists have totally collapsed. They’re not filing lawsuits, their legislative efforts are nowhere, and even their creation science articles aren’t worth talking about. What’s going on here?

All we can find is this, which appears at the Fox News website: Pastor killed by crocodile during water baptism. It’s not very long, and you may want to read it for yourself, but essentially we’re told, with our bold font:

A water baptism ceremony held near a lake turned into a horrific tragedy when the pastor was reportedly grabbed by a crocodile Sunday. Pastor Docho Eshete was baptizing at least 80 members of his Protestant congregation at Lake Abaya, in southern Ethiopia, an area known to have a huge crocodile population, when one of the creatures leaped out of the water and grabbed him.

There’s a lot we could say about that, but it isn’t necessary. Make of it what you will.

Otherwise, until some creationism news comes along, we’ll have to amuse ourselves. Therefore, your Curmudgeon declares another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

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

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Time Traveler Passes Lie Detector Test

This isn’t about creationism, but it’s great weekend entertainment from London’s Daily Mail. Their shocking headline is Man who claims he travelled from the year 6491 and is stuck in 2018 because his time machine broke ‘PASSES lie detector test’.

This is exciting! We haven’t had a time travel story since Time Traveler Arrested! Well, Hambo addressed the subject once, but not very well — see Ken Ham: Time Travel and Genesis.

Here are some excerpts from the tabloid, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A time traveller who believes he is from the year 6491 but got stuck in 2018 when his time machine broke down, has allegedly passed a lie detector test. James Oliver’s story was doubted but paranormal experts say they were blown away when they put it to the test, because the results showed he was telling the truth. Mr Oliver claims he lives more than centuries in the future but was sent back in time.

The tabloid has a video which seems to be from his lie detector session. We haven’t looked at it, but you may want to. Then they quote the time traveler:

‘Your years are different to mine,’ he says in an anonymous video which blurs out his face. [Video available at the tabloid.] ‘Where I’m from, the years are longer. My planet is further away from the sun than yours is, so it takes longer to get around. But we have gifted mathematicians who work to calculate our years from those from other civilisations.”

How gifted does one need to be to make such a calculation? The tabloid continues:

Although the man has a Birmingham accent, with a US twang, he claims he is from outer space. Describing life lightyears from now [Hee hee!], he says more species and planets are discovered – and that there are fights coming between humans and aliens. He said: “We are constantly finding new planets and galaxies every day. Most of it is just nothing. Sometimes you hit the jackpot and find intelligent life on it. You find new planets, new eco systems. There are a lot of planets more intelligent than humans.

Either the time traveler is incoherent, or the problem is at the tabloid. The tale continues as the man from 6491 says:

“There have been some conflicts, but most of it has been put under control by the federation very quickly. ‘The federation is there as a peace keeping vessel.”

Ah yes, the federation. Star Trek fans are familiar with that. Let’s read on:

And he says he is friends with people from other planets. … “I have personal relationships with a few of them, I have friends I’d consider aliens. They are a nice lot, they are. Don’t be quick to judge. I have some who are quite good friends. My closest friend is from another galaxy.

Another galaxy? Wowie! The story continues:

Another surprise for the future is how we will all have our own Artificial Intelligence system called Siri – the same name as the Apple operating systems assistant.

Amazing! Here’s one last excerpt, from the end:

Mr Oliver said there was a ‘restriction as to what I can tell you’ about the future – when asked who the next US President would be.

Well, dear reader, he passed a lie detector test, so what do you make of this? The tabloid has almost 3,000 comments already, so Mr. Oliver’s tale has certainly stirred up a lot of interest.

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